U.S. House Rejects Farm Bill 198-213
House Session - April 13, 2018

The House passed a bill that gives the Federal Reserve authority over writing certain banking regulations and limiting the roles of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Deposit
Insurance Corporation (FDIC), the Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Speakers:
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  • 09:00:10 AM

    The House convened, starting a new legislative day.

    • 09:00:11 AM

      HOST

      ETERNAL GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. SEND YOUR SPIRIT UPON…

      ETERNAL GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. SEND YOUR SPIRIT UPON THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE, TO ENCOURAGE THEM IN THEIR OFFICIAL TASKS. AS THE MEMBERS APPROACH THE VOTES THEY MAKE TODAY, MAY THEY HAVE COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP THAT LOOKS TO THE HEALTH AND VIBRANCY OF OUR GREAT NATION.

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    • 09:00:21 AM

      CHAPLAIN CONROY

      ASSURE THEM THAT IN THE FULFILLMENT OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES YOU PROVIDE…

      ASSURE THEM THAT IN THE FULFILLMENT OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES YOU PROVIDE THE GRACE TO ENABLE THEM TO BE FAITHFUL IN THEIR DUTIES AND THE WISDOM TO BE CONSCIOUS OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND FULFILL THEM WITH INTEGRITY. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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    • 09:00:21 AM

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

      • 09:01:09 AM

        THE SPEAKER

        WATERS.

    • 09:01:12 AM

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

      • 09:01:21 AM

        MS. WATERS

        THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON…

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

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  • 09:01:33 AM

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    The Chair designated Ms. Maxine Waters of CA to lead the Members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

    • 09:01:34 AM

      THE SPEAKER

  • 09:01:40 AM

    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

    The House proceeded with one minute speeches which by direction of the Chair, would be limited to 5 per side of the aisle.

    • 09:01:42 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      JEFFERSON, WHO WAS OUR THIRD PRESIDENT, WAS THE PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THE…

      JEFFERSON, WHO WAS OUR THIRD PRESIDENT, WAS THE PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND KNOWN AS A FOUNDING FARMER -- FOUNDING FATHER. ALSO A FARMER.

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    • 09:01:47 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

    • 09:01:49 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

    • 09:03:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      HULTGREN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE LOYOLA…

      HULTGREN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE LOYOLA CHICAGO RAMBLERS FOR THEIR DANCE TO THE FINAL FOUR OF MEN'S BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENT.

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    • 09:03:08 AM

      MR. HULTGREN

    • 09:03:12 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

    • 09:03:14 AM

      MR. HULTGREN

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

    • 09:04:29 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE NATION'S WAR…

      FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE NATION'S WAR FIGHTERS ARE AMONG THE BRAVEST AND MOST SELFLESS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. IT IS FITTING THAT GRATEFUL AMERICANS OFTEN FIND A WAY TO THANK OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN FOR THEIR DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT, THOUGH, NOT TO FORGET THE GREAT SACRIFICES CHILDREN OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS MAKE AS WELL.

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    • 09:04:33 AM

      MS. FOXX

    • 09:04:38 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

    • 09:04:40 AM

      MS. FOXX

      APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD, AND DURING THIS MONTH, WE…

      APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD, AND DURING THIS MONTH, WE CELEBRATE AND HONOR THE INCREDIBLE CHILDREN OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. MANY MILITARY CHILDREN SERVE AS AMERICA'S YOUNGEST AMBASSADORS ABROAD WHEN THEIR PARENTS ARE STATIONED OVERSEAS. THEY MAY ALSO GO LONG PERIODS OF TIME WITHOUT THE DAY-TO-DAY PARENT INTERACTIONS THAT MANY CIVILIAN CHILDREN ENJOY SUCH AS MEALS TOGETHER AND BEDTIME STORIES. I SALUTE THE CHILDREN WHO, ALONGSIDE THEIR PARENTS, BEAR COUNTLESS SACRIFICES TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY'S FREEDOMS. THIS MONTH AND EVERY MONTH, THESE CHILDREN DESERVE OUR GRATITUDE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:05:44 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MINUTE.

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      >>

      NAOMI WRIGHT IS 99 YEARS OLD AND A LEGEND. SHE IS A COMMUNITY MATRIARCH…

      NAOMI WRIGHT IS 99 YEARS OLD AND A LEGEND. SHE IS A COMMUNITY MATRIARCH WHO HAS AND CONTINUES TO DEDICATE OUR LIFE SERVING OTHERS. SHE HAS PROVIDED A HOME TO MORE THAN 20 FOSTER CHILDREN AND ADOPTED FOUR CHILDREN OF DIVERSE RACES AND GENDER. SHE'S A HARD WORKER WHO EXTENDS HER HAND BY VOLUNTEERING TO SERVE AT HER CHURCH AND COMMUNITY. MOTHER SANKS, AS SHE'S KNOWN BY THE COMMUNITY, IS A CAREGIVER WHO CONTINUES TO ROUTINELY COOK AND SERVE FOOD FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK AND BED RESTRICTED THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

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    • 09:06:58 AM

      MR. SOTO

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

    • 09:07:14 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      >>

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

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      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

    • 09:08:36 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

    • 09:08:37 AM

      Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 811. H.R. 4790 — "To amend the Volcker rule to give the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System sole rulemaking authority, to exclude community banks from the requirements of the Volcker rule, and for other purposes."

      • 09:08:39 AM

        MR. HENSARLING

        4790, A BILL TO AMEND THE VOLCKER RULE TO GIVE THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF…

        4790, A BILL TO AMEND THE VOLCKER RULE TO GIVE THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM SOLE RULEMAKING AUTHORITY, TO EXCLUDE COMMUNITY BANKS FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE VOLCKER RULE, AND FOR OTHER

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    • 09:08:42 AM

      Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 4790 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments. Also, the rule provides for motions to suspend the rules relating to H.J. Res. 2 on the legislative day of April 12, 2018.

      • 09:08:47 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 09:08:49 AM

        THE CLERK

        PURPOSES.

      • 09:09:07 AM

        TEMPORE PURSUANT

        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 SUBMIT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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      • 09:09:39 AM

        MR. HENSARLING

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

      • 09:09:51 AM

        TEMPORE WITHOUT

      • 09:09:54 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      • 09:09:56 AM

        MR. HENSARLING

        TODAY, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4790, THE VOLCKER RULE REGULATORY…

        TODAY, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4790, THE VOLCKER RULE REGULATORY HARMONIZATION ACT. I WANT TO THANK, FIRST, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES IN FRONT OF OUR COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK HIS BIPARTISAN PARTNER, DEMOCRAT, MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON HIS SIDE OF THE AISLE ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AS A RESULT OF THEIR HARD WORK, THIS BILL WAS REPORTED OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER, 50-10, WHICH MEANS 80%, 80% OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE SUPPORTED THE LEGISLATION, INCLUDING A MAJORITY OF THE DEMOCRATS. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE ENJOY IN AMERICA THE DEEPEST, STRONGEST AND MOST LIQUID CAPITAL MARKETS, FRANKLY, THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN AND THAT HELPS US HAVE A VERY, VERY STRONG, PRO-GROWTH ECONOMY. THIS IS VITAL TO THE JOB GROWTH AND JOB-CREATING MACHINE IN AMERICA. THEY PROVIDE VERY IMPORTANT -- OUR CAPITAL MARKETS PROVIDE VERY IMPORTANT OPERATIONS AND LONG-TERM GROWTH. MAIN STREET BUSINESSES, FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE AN EQUIPMENT AND PARTY RENTAL STORE IN MY DISTRICT. HIS OWNER TOLD ME, QUOTE, THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FOR ME TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN IS ACCESS TO CAPITAL. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO CRITICAL THAT WE ENSURE THAT HE HAS ACCESS TO CAPITAL. ALSO HEARD FROM JEFF OF HENDERSON COUNTY IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS THAT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING. HE OWNS A FARM AND RANCH STORE AND EXPLAINED, QUOTE, DURING THE PAST YEAR I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EXPAND MY BUSINESS LOCATION AND DOUBLE MY INVENTORY. I'VE BEEN ABLE TO HIRE ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES AS I GREW. WITHOUT ACCESS TO CREDIT, THINGS LIKE THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE. JUST TWO QUICK LITTLE VINETTES HOW IMPORTANT ACCESS TO CAPITAL IS. MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD ON BIPARTISAN PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT CAN RESULT IN SMARTER, MORE EFFICIENT, MORE EFFECTIVE REGULATION THAT HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS EXPECT SO WE CAN HAVE ROBUST CAPITAL FORMATION AND OUR JOB CREATORS, OUR SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE LIKE JEFF AND ARLIS CAN CONTINUE TO GROW AND PROSPER. H.R. 4790 IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE OF LEGISLATION. SPECIFICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4790 WILL STREAMLINE THE REGULATORY AUTHORITY SET FORTH IN SECTION 619 OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT. A SECTION MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE VOLCKER RULE. IT PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK THAT WILL PROVIDE INCREASED REGULATORY CLARITY FOR ENTITIES THAT MUST COMPLY WITH THE VOLCKER RULE. IT DOES THIS BY CONSOLIDATING, CONSOLIDATING RULEMAKING AUTHORITY AND INTERPRETATION WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD AND FOR PURPOSES OF EXAMINATION AND ENFORCEMENT DESIGNATING THE PRIMARY FEDERAL REGULATOR FOR A COVERED ENTITY AS THE SOLE REGULATOR IN THOSE CAPACITIES. THE CHALLENGE HERE IS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT SOME ENTITIES CAN HAVE AS MANY AS FIVE DIFFERENT REGULATORS INTERPRETING THE VOLCKER RULE AND FIVE DIFFERENT REGULATORS ENFORCING THE VOLCKER RULE. SOMETIMES THEY CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER, MR. SPEAKER, AND FRANKLY, THE ENTITY DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. YOU CANNOT HAVE AN ECONOMY BASED ON THE RULE OF LAW WHEN, FRANKLY, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE LAW SAYS. AND SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS BRINGS A VERY SIMPLE BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THAT SAYS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ONE, ONE REGULATOR IN CHARGE OF INTERPRETING THE RULES AND THE PRIMARY REGULATOR FOR THE FISH -- PRUDENTIAL REGULATOR, HOWEVER, WILL BE IN CHARGE OF ENFORCING THE RULE. IT'S COMMON SENSE. IT CREATES EFFICIENCY. NOW, I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT ONE THING. H.R. 4790 DOES NOT REPEAL THE VOLCKER RULE. I WISH IT DID BUT IT DOESN'T. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE DEBATING HERE TODAY. OUTSIDE PROVIDING IMPORTANT RELIEF TO COMMUNITY BANKS, BIPARTISAN REGULATORY RELIEF THAT, BY THE WAY, HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY A STRONG 2/3 OF OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES, THIS BILL DOESN'T REQUIRE ANY CHANGES TO THE VOLCKER RULE ITSELF. . I HIGHLIGHT THIS BECAUSE IT REPRESENTS SOMETHING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD AGREE ON, THAT REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU STAND ON A PARTICULAR RULE OR REGULATION, IT AT LEAST OUGHT TO BE CLEAR, AND THERE OUGHT TO BE ONE INTERPRETATION AND ONE ENFORCER OF THE RULE SO YOU KNOW WHAT THE RULE IS. YOU CAN'T ABIDE BY THE RULE IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RULE IS. THIS IS ONLY COMMON SENSE. IT CAN ONLY LEAD TO, AGAIN, STRONGER, DEEPER, MORE LIQUID CAPITAL MARKETS TO HELP OUR JOB CREATORS. SO REGARDLESS OF WHETHER WE SUPPORT THE VOLCKER RULE OR WISH TO REPEAL IT, HOPEFULLY WE CAN AGREE THAT IT SHOULDN'T BE UNNECESSARILY COMPLEX AND BURDENSOME AND VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ABIDE BY. SO THAT'S WHAT -- THAT AGAIN IS WHAT H.R. 4790 IS SIMPLY TRYING TO DO. SO I COMMENT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AGAIN, STRONGLY BIPARTISAN. 80% OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE SUPPORT IT. AND AGAIN, I WANT TO COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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  • 09:10:57 AM

    DEBATE

    The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 4790.

    • 09:16:39 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 09:16:49 AM

      MS. WATERS

    • 09:16:54 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:16:57 AM

      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 09:28:07 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:28:10 AM

      MR. HENSARLING

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

    • 09:29:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:29:06 AM

      MR. HILL

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    • 09:34:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THANK YOU. I YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A MEMBER…

      THANK YOU. I YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FOSTER.

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    • 09:34:32 AM

      MS. WATERS

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:34:40 AM

      MS. WATERS

      FOSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER WATERS, FOR…

      FOSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER WATERS, FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AND FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THOUGHTFUL DEBATE IN OUR CAUCUS TO GET THE BEST RESULTS FOR THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN HILL, FOR WORKING WITH ME AND OUR STAFF FOR MONTHS FOR CRAFTING THE BIPARTISAN BILL YOU SEE ON THE BILL TODAY. WHEN I FIRST ENTERED CONGRESS, THE GREAT RECESSION REQUIRED AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO SAVE THE ECONOMY FROM COLLAPSE.

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    • 09:34:45 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:34:49 AM

      MR. FOSTER

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:38:36 AM

      MR. FOSTER

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      MS. WATERS

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:38:45 AM

      MR. FOSTER

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

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

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    • 09:39:25 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      HUIZENGA, CHAIRMAN OF THE CAPITAL MARKETS SUBCOMMITTEE.

    • 09:39:29 AM

      MR. HENSARLING

      HUIZENGA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RANKING MEMBER SEEMS LIKE SHE WOULD…

      HUIZENGA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RANKING MEMBER SEEMS LIKE SHE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT HOUSING AND PRICES THERE. I'M HAPPY TO DO THAT.

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    • 09:39:37 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      I'M A FORMER REALTOR AND BUILDER, JUST NOT RIGHT NOW.

    • 09:39:40 AM

      MR. HUIZENGA

      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

    • 09:42:54 AM

      MR. HENSARLING

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:42:59 AM

      MR. HUIZENGA

      THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

      THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 09:43:32 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WHEN THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN STARTED HIS REMARKS, HE ACCUSED ME OF…

      WHEN THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN STARTED HIS REMARKS, HE ACCUSED ME OF WANTING TO TALK ABOUT HOUSING AND HE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

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    • 09:43:37 AM

      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 09:48:52 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      DUFFY, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND INSURANCE.

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      MR. HENSARLING

      DUFFY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO…

      DUFFY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. HILL ON PUTTING TOGETHER SUCH A GREAT BILL, THE VOLCKER RULE REGULATORY HARMONIZATION ACT, A BILL THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW FROM THIS CONVERSATION BUT IT HAS WIDE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN OUR COMMITTEE WHICH HAS A LOT OF DIFFERENT VIEWS, LEFT AND RIGHT, IT PASSED

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    • 09:49:03 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. DUFFY

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

    • 09:51:22 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:51:25 AM

      MR. DUFFY

      BACK.

    • 09:52:16 AM

      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. HENSARLING

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 09:59:18 AM

      MR. HULTGREN

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 10:01:35 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WHEN SIX MEGABANKS IN OUR COUNTRY CONTROL OVER 75% OF THE WEALTH, THAT'S…

      WHEN SIX MEGABANKS IN OUR COUNTRY CONTROL OVER 75% OF THE WEALTH, THAT'S TOO MUCH POWER AND TOO FEW HANDS. IT'S BECOMING INCREASINGLY CLEAR THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS FOCUSING ITS EFFORTS IN THIS CONGRESS ON THE ONLY ISSUE ON WHICH THE G.O.P.

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    • 10:01:58 AM

      MS. KAPTUR

      I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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      MS. WATERS

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      MS. KAPTUR

      YOU KNOW, FED CHAIR, FORMERLY PAUL VOLCKER, HAS SAID I KNOW FROM MY LONG…

      YOU KNOW, FED CHAIR, FORMERLY PAUL VOLCKER, HAS SAID I KNOW FROM MY LONG EXPERIENCE IN BANKING AND SAVINGS THAT SMALL LOOPHOLES CAN BE GAINED AND EXPLOITED WITH CONSEQUENCES. I SAY AGAIN, REMEMBER COUNTRYWIDE? HMM. AFRICAN-AMERICANS LOST HALF OF THEIR ACCUMULATED WEALTH. LATINOS A THIRD AND EVERYBODY ELSE A FIFTH. YOU KNOW, IT'S TIME TO KEEP PRUDENT BANKING ELEVATED AND CURB THE SPECULATORS. REPEAL AGAINST REPEALING THE VOLCKER RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:05:00 AM

      MR. HENSARLING

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      MR. PITTENGER

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR HER REMAINING ONE MINUTE.

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    • 10:06:56 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, MR. WILLIAMS.

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    • 10:07:03 AM

      MS. WATERS

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. HENSARLING

      WILLIAMS: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4790, THE VOLCKER…

      WILLIAMS: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4790, THE VOLCKER RULE REGULATORY HARMONIZATION ACT. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARKANSAS, MR.

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    • 10:07:17 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FRENCH HILL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. OVER 930 PAGES, SECTION 619…

      FRENCH HILL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. OVER 930 PAGES, SECTION 619 OF DODD-FRANK, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE VOLCKER RULE, IS AS LENGTHY AS IT IS COMPLEX AND CONFUSING.

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    • 10:07:20 AM

      MR. WILLIAMS

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

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

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    • 10:08:59 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE MAJORITY HAS THREE MORE SPEAKERS.

    • 10:09:03 AM

      MS. WATERS

      I RESERVE.

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      MR. HENSARLING

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:09:18 AM

      MR. HENSARLING

      4790, WHICH MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO OUR FINANCIAL REGULATORY SYSTEM…

      4790, WHICH MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO OUR FINANCIAL REGULATORY SYSTEM THAT WILL PROVIDE CLARITY AND CONSISTENCY FOR OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARKANSAS FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION FORWARD. THE VOLCKER RULE, A CREATION OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT, SOUGHT TO PROHIBIT RECKLESS TRADING AND INVESTMENT STRATEGIES TO PROTECT CONSUMERS. INSTEAD, IT HAS LED TO YET ANOTHER OVERLY COMPLEX, ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL REGULATORY REGIME THAT ADDS ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON OUR ALREADY OVERREGULATED COMMUNITY BANKS. THE COMPLEXITIES OF THIS RULE AND ITS UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES HAVE BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE CURRENT AND PRIOR ADMINISTRATION AS WELL BY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE.

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    • 10:09:24 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:09:27 AM

      MR. EMMER

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

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

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    • 10:11:13 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MS. WATERS

      LOUDERMILK, GREAT MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. HENSARLING

      LOUDERMILK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      LOUDERMILK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, FOR YIELDING TIME AND FOR MY COLLEAGUE, MR.

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    • 10:11:30 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      HILL, FOR BRINGING THIS BILL, VERY IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE…

      HILL, FOR BRINGING THIS BILL, VERY IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE TODAY. MR.

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    • 10:11:33 AM

      MR. LOUDERMILK

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

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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    • 10:13:11 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

    • 10:13:16 AM

      MS. WATERS

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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      MR. HENSARLING

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. DAVIDSON

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

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

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    • 10:14:39 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MS. WATERS

    • 10:14:49 AM

      MS. WATERS

      HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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      MR. HENSARLING

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. HENSARLING

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. HENSARLING

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 811, PRETHE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE DEBATE AS AMEND. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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    • 10:19:30 AM

      The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

    • 10:19:35 AM

      On passage Roll Call 139 - Yea and Nay vote pending.

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        THE CLERK

        THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        MR. HENSARLING

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE,…

        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. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 299 --

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      • 10:47:29 AM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        TABLE.

  • 10:48:24 AM

    House Vote 139 - On Passage

    Volcker Rule Regulatory Harmonization Act

    Passed (300 - 104)
    Yea
    Nay

    Vote Details: Yea - 300
    Republican - 222
    Democratic - 78

    Vote Details: Nay - 104
    Democratic - 103
    Republican - 1

    Vote Details: Not Voting - 25
    Democratic - 12
    Republican - 13

    • 10:48:26 AM

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

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE…

        I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF INQUIRING OF THE MAJORITY LEADER THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK TO COME.

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  • 10:55:17 AM

    COLLOQUY ON HOUSE SCHEDULE

    The Chair recognized Mr. Hoyer for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy with Mr. McCarthy on the expectations regarding the legislative schedule for the House during the upcoming week.

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      HOYER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND, MR.…

      HOYER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND, MR. MCCARTHY, THE MAJORITY LEADER FROM CALIFORNIA. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND. MR.

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    • 10:55:27 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MCCARTHY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

      MCCARTHY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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    • 10:55:28 AM

      MR. HOYER

      MCCARTHY: ON MONDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR AND 2:00…

      MCCARTHY: ON MONDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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    • 10:55:35 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      VOTES WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL 6:30 P.M. ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, THE…

      VOTES WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL 6:30 P.M. ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:00 A.M. FOR MORNING HOUR AND NOON FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. ON THURSDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 9:00 A.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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    • 10:55:40 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. MCCARTHY

      LAST VOTES OF THE WEEK ARE EXPECTED NO LATER THAN 3:00 P.M. THE HOUSE WILL…

      LAST VOTES OF THE WEEK ARE EXPECTED NO LATER THAN 3:00 P.M. THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER A NUMBER OF SUSPENSIONS NEXT WEEK A COMPLETE LIST OF WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY. NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 17, IS ALSO TAX DAY. WHILE THIS IS A DAY AMERICANS USUALLY DREAD, I AM PLEASED THAT THIS WILL BE THE LAST YEAR THEY WILL HAVE TO FILE UNDER THE OLD AND BURDENSOME TAX CODE. BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT, NOT ONLY WILL FILERS BE SIMPLER, AMERICANS WILL KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY, ON TOP OF THE BONUSES AND INCREASED WAGES WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN. IN ADDITION, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON SEVERAL IMPORTANT BILLS AIMED AT SAFEGUARDING ALL TAXPAYERS NEXT WEEK. FIRST, THERE IS H.R. 5192, THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE CURBELO. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THE RATE OF I.D. THEFT IS ACTUALLY 50 TIMES HIGHER AMONG CHILDREN THAN ADULTS. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WILL PREVENT SUCH THEFTS FROM OCCURRING IN THE FIRST PLACE. H.R. 5444, THE TAXPAYERS FIRST ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE LIN JENKINS, WHICH WOULD IMPROVE THE INDEPENDENT APPEALS PROCESS AT THE I.R.S. ALONG WITH OTHER CRUCIAL TAXPAYER SERVICES WITHIN THE AGENCY. LASTLY, H.R. 5445, THE 21ST CENTURY I.R.S. ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BISHOP THIS BILL WOULD BOOST CYBER SECURITY AND OTHER I.T. SYSTEMS IN THE I.R.S. TO ENSURE THE AGENCY SERVES ALL TAXPAYERS EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY. MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE HOUSE PASSING ALL THESE CRITICAL BILLS WITHOUT DELAY. WITH THAT, I THANK MY FRIEND AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 10:57:45 AM

      MR. HOYER

      FIRST OF ALL, THERE HAS BEEN DISCUSSION IN THE PRESS, CERTAINLY, AND…

      FIRST OF ALL, THERE HAS BEEN DISCUSSION IN THE PRESS, CERTAINLY, AND SYSTEM DISCUSSION IN THE CONGRESS ABOUT A POSSIBILITY OF A RESCISSION PACKAGE. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, BOTH HE AND I, THE SPEAKER, LEADER PELOSI, MR. MCCONNELL AND THE WHITE HOUSE WORK VERY, VERY HARD ON REACHING AGREEMENTS SO THAT WE COULD PASS AN OMNIBUS SOME WEEKS AGO. THAT OMNIBUS WAS THE RESULT OF SOME VERY HARD BARGAINING AND NEGOTIATIONS. AND TRADEOFFS. CERTAINLY NOT -- I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WAS PLEASED WITH EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN THAT BILL. OR FRANKLY THAT WASN'T IN THAT BILL. AND I AM THEREFORE VERY CONCERNED THAT I NOW HEAR TALK ABOUT WE'RE GOING TO IN EFFECT GO BACK ON THE AGREEMENT THAT WE REACHED. IT WAS CLEAR THAT THERE WERE SOME THINGS IN THERE THAT I DIDN'T LIKE, OTHERS DIDN'T LIKE, I'M SURE THAT WAS THE CASE WITH YOURSELF AS WELL, MR. LEADER, BUT IT WAS AN AGREEMENT. IT WAS AN AGREEMENT REACHED AFTER HARD DISCUSSIONS. OVER MONTHS. AND IT WAS A VERY LATE AGREEMENT AT THAT. FUNDING 2018 FINALLY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, NOT UNTIL LAST MONTH. SO I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO IN EFFECT RELITIGATE THAT ISSUE. CAN THE JERRETT LEADER GIVE ME SOME INSIGHT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT IN FACT WE WILL BE FACING A RESCISSION PACKAGE AT SOME POINT IN TIME? AND IF SO, CAN THE MAJORITY LEADER ADVISE US AS TO WHAT MAY BE IN THAT PACKAGE? I YIELD TO MY FRIEND THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    • 11:00:13 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      MR. SPEAKER, I AM HAVING TROUBLE HEARING THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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      MR. HOYER

      WE DIDN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR OR NOT PUT THE…

      WE DIDN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR OR NOT PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR. THERE WAS AN AGREEMENT. AS I SAY, MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS A TOUGH AGREEMENT. I DIDN'T PARTICULARLY LIKE THE AGREEMENT, BUT IT WAS AN AGREEMENT. AND THAT'S WHY I VOTED NO. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE MAJORITY OF THIS HOUSE VOTED YES AND THE MAJORITY OF THE SENATE VOTED YES, AND THEY VOTED YES AS A RESULT OF AN AGREEMENT. YES, OF COURSE, THERE HAVE BEEN RECISIONS IN THE PAST. ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RECISIONS ARE, THERE MAY BE A RECISION THAT I MIGHT SUPPORT. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. I WOULDN'T IRRATIONALLY OPPOSE A RECISION WHICH SAID WE HAD MONEY LAYING IN AN ACCOUNT THAT HAS NOT BEEN SPENT FOR ONE, TWO, THREE YEARS, WE SHOULDN'T JUST HAVE IT SITTING IN THAT ACCOUNT. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. VERY FRANKLY IN MY VIEW, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS TO, IN EFFECT, NEGATE AN AGREEMENT THAT WAS REACHED AND TO IN EFFECT SAY, NO, WE REALLY DON'T WANT TO SPEND THAT MONEY, THAT MAY BE CORRECT, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THIS HOUSE VOTED FOR IT. NOBODY SAID WE'RE GOING TO VOTE FOR IT BUT DAYS LATER WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK AND SAY WE DON'T WANT THIS, WE DON'T WANT THAT, AND WE DON'T WANT THE OTHER. WE THINK IT'S A LITTLE BIT WHAT WE DID YESTERDAY WHERE THE MAJORITY HAS OFFERED A TAX BILL WHICH CUTS $1.8 TRILLION IN REVENUE. I MADE THE POINT YET THAT IT WAS A LITTLE BIT -- YESTERDAY THAT IT WAS LIKE A BUSINESS HAS A PRODUCT TO SELL. THE PRODUCT COSTS THEM $10 TO PRODUCE AND HE CHARGES $7 WHEN HE SELLS IT. THAT BUSINESSMAN DOES NOT STAY IN BUSINESS VERY LONG. BUT THE REPUBLICANS DO IT THE OPPOSITE WAY. THEY CUT THE REVENUES. THEY CREATE DEBT, AND THEY VOTE FOR MORE SPENDING. AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS SEEM TO BE UPSET ABOUT THAT. I DON'T BLAME THEM. AND THEREFORE, WE HAD A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT OFFERED YESTERDAY WHICH, OF COURSE, DID NOT EXPORT AT ALL WITH WHAT -- COMPORT AT ALL WITH WHAT OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST YEAR AND IN MY VIEW OVER THE LAST DECADES WHEN THEY WERE IN POWER TO DO SO WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE THIS EXTRAORDINARY DEBT AND WHY C.B.O. HAS JUST COME DOWN AND SAID, AS A RESULT OF THOSE BILLS, WE ARE GOING TO CREATE $14 TRILLION IN NEW DEBT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WHICH MY KIDS AND YOUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY. I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT I THINK WE NEED A SERIOUS DISCIPLINED DISCUSSION ON GETTING A HANDLE ON THIS DEFICIT. PART OF THAT DISCUSSION NEEDS TO BE REVENUES. VERY FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE ON THEIR SIDE OF THE AISLE THEY WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY. THEY WANT TO SPEND IT ON DEFENSE. WE INCREASED DEFENSE BY OVER 10%, 12% THIS YEAR. NOW, VERY FRANKLY, WHAT WAS BEING SPENT ON DEFENSE WAS AS A RESULT OF REPUBLICAN BUDGETS OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS SO THAT IT'S HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THEY WOULD VOTE FOR BUDGETS AND APPROPRIATION BILLS THAT THEY THOUGHT WAS UNDERMINING DEFENSE. BUT IN ANY EVENT, WE INCREASED THAT SUBSTANTIALLY AND, YES, WE INCREASED SPENDING ON EDUCATION , ON HEALTH CARE, OPIOIDS IN PARTICULAR, OTHER ITEMS ON EMERGENCY RELIEF, WHICH WE -- THE LEADER AND I VISITED PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, TEXAS, FLORIDA, NEEDED ASSISTANCE AND WE PASSED THAT AS WELL. BUT VERY FRANKLY, WE DIDN'T PAY FOR ANY OF IT. WE HEAR ABOUT SPENDING. WHATEVER THE SPENDING LEVEL IS WE OUGHT TO PAY FOR IT. THAT WOULD BE MY POSITION. AND IF WE WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY, WE OUGHT TO PAY FOR IT. NOW, HOWEVER, I HOPE THESE RECISIONS DO NOT SET A PRECEDENT WHEREBY FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE PUT AT GREAT RISK BECAUSE AT LEAST ONE PARTY WILL NOT TRUST THAT THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE REAL. WHEN RYAN-MURRAY WAS AGREED TO BY SPEAKER RYAN AND BY SENATOR MURRAY, SHORTLY AFTER THAT AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AS TO WHAT SPENDING LEVELS WOULD BE, SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CAME BACK AND SAID, OH, WELL, THERE ARE CEILINGS. IT'S LIKE MY BARGAINING TO BUY A HOUSE FOR $100,000 AND THEN I COME BACK AT THE SETTLEMENT TABLE AND SAY, WELL, I AM GOING TO PAY $75,000. $100,000 WAS JUST A CEILING FOR WHAT I WAS GOING TO PAY FOR THE HOUSE. THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. NOBODY WOULD THINK IT MAKES SENSE. I TELL THE MAJORITY LEADER, I HOPE THE RECISIONS ARE BASED ON THE SORT OF EXAMPLE THAT HE GAVE AND, THEREFORE, IT MAY RECEIVE SOME SUPPORT. BUT IF THEY ARE SIMPLY TO REVERSE HARD BARGAINED RESULTS, THEN I THINK THAT WILL PUT AT RISK ANY KIND OF BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS THAT MAY OCCUR IN THE FUTURE. VERY FRANKLY, THE BUDGET IS -- I AM GOING TO ASK THE GENTLEMAN ABOUT THE BUDGET NOW, IT'S SUPPOSED TO COME DOWN PRETTY SOON. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE REPORTED OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE BY NOW AND SUPPOSED TO BE PASSED BY THE CONGRESS BY APRIL 15 OR 17, DEPENDING UPON WHICH DAY YOU USE, BUT SOMETIME THIS MONTH. DOES THE MAJORITY LEADER HAVE ANY -- DOES THE MAJORITY LEADER HAVE ANY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WE'RE GOING TO PASS OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS A BUDGET AND SEND IT TO THE SENATE THAT IS BALANCED? AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    • 11:10:43 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      EXCUSE ME.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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      MR. HOYER

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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      MR. HOYER

      I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

    • 11:13:39 AM

      MR. HOYER

      WE SHOULD MODERNIZE, WE SHOULD MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE…

      WE SHOULD MODERNIZE, WE SHOULD MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MORE ACCOUNTABLE. NOW, MY FRIEND NEEDS TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THIS PROCESS BECAUSE WHEN I LOOK AT HISTORY, BOTH IN 1996 AND 1998, THE OMNIBUS BILLS INCLUDED NUMEROUS RECISIONS THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON PROPOSED AND CONGRESS ACCEPTED.

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    • 11:13:41 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      THAT WAS BACK WHEN YOU VOTED FOR THE SPENDING BILLS, BUT I'M HOPEFUL…

      THAT WAS BACK WHEN YOU VOTED FOR THE SPENDING BILLS, BUT I'M HOPEFUL YOU'LL BE FOR THIS RECISION AS WELL BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL LOOK AT IT, NOT AS A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT. EVERY TIME I WATCH PEOPLE RUN FOR OFFICE, THEY SAY, I WANT TO GO LINE BY LINE. 20 YEARS WE DIDN'T HAVE PEOPLE THAT WANTED TO DO THAT IN THE ADMINISTRATION. TODAY WE DO. I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR SAYING IT. I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR DOING IT. NOW, YOU TALKED ABOUT A FEW OTHER THINGS. YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT DEBT. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT DEBT. YOU THINK THERE'S TWO DIFFERENT WAYS TO SOLVE THIS. I BELIEVE IF WE GROW THE ECONOMY, WE WATCH OUR BUDGET, WE CAN SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. WHEN I LOOK AT THE REVENUE COMING IN, IT'S SITTING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. WHEN I WALK ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND I NOW SEE GROWTH OF MORE THAN 3%, I SEE UNEMPLOYMENT AT THE ALMOST LOWEST IN MY LIFETIME. IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR YOU HAPPEN TO BE HISPANIC, IT'S THE LOWEST IT'S BEEN IN AMERICA. I JUST SAW 800,000 PEOPLE COME BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE. IF YOU LOOK AT MANUFACTURING JOBS IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS, WE HAVEN'T SEEN THAT TYPE OF GROWTH SINCE 1984. . IF I LOOK AT THE LAST ADMINISTRATION AND LOOK FOR THE HIGHEST GROWTH YEAR, IT IS STILL LOWER THAN THE WORST YEAR UNDER BILL CLINTON. LET'S GROW AND GET THIS DEFICIT TAKEN CARE OF. BUT WHAT'S INTERESTING TO ME BECAUSE I WROTE THIS DOWN AND CORRECT ME IF YOU THINK THIS IS WRONG, YOU SAID WHATEVER WE SPEND WE SHOULD PAY FOR, IS THAT CORRECT? SO THIS CONCERNS ME. THAT SAME BUDGET THAT YOU VOTED FOR NOT ONLY INCREASED THE DEFICIT BY $6.8 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS, IT CALLS FOR THE $3.9 TRILLION IN REVENUE ENHANCEMENT. THAT MEANS TAX INCREASES. YOU WANT TO INCREASE TAXES BY $3.9 TRILLION AND INCREASE THE DEBT BY $6.8 TRILLION. YOU SAID WHATEVER WE SPEND, WE SHOULD PAY FOR IT. YOU ARE GOING TO INCREASE THE DEBT BY DOUBLE. THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US. WHEN WE PUT THE TAX BILL ON THE FLOOR AND I LOOK AT JUST IN ONE COMPANY, 1. 2 MILLION EMPLOYEES THEY GOT EXTENDED THEIR MATERNITY LEAVE, THE NUMBER OF COMPANIES RAISE WHAT THEY PAY, THE ELECTRICAL BILLS IN 39 STATES ARE LOWER BECAUSE OF THAT TAX BILL. AND LET'S NOT EVEN TALK ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF BONUSES THAT AMERICANS GOT. THAT'S THEIR OWN MONEY. AND THE REVENUES ARE COMING IN HIGHER. THE GROWTH IS BIGGER. OUR OPPORTUNITY IS GREATER. BUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS SNATCH THAT BACK AND SAY NO. NO. GOVERNMENT NEEDS IT. YOU ARE NOT SAYING IT TO PAY OFF THE DEFICIT BECAUSE YOU ARE RAISING THE DEFICIT HIGHER. IT DOESN'T WORK. SO WHAT I'M HOPEFUL FOR WHEN WE COME BACK TO THIS TABLE AND I DO BELIEVE IN TRUST, BUT IF YOU ARE AT THE TABLE AND MAKE AN AGREEMENT, COME TO THE FLOOR AND BE HONEST. COME TO THE FLOOR AND UPHOLD THAT AGREEMENT THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT, BECAUSE I'LL TELL YOU, I DIDN'T LIKE THAT BILL. BECAUSE WE VOTED ON ALL 12 BILLS HERE, AND I VOTED FOR ALL THOSE. I VOTED FOR THOSE AND SENT IT TO THE SENATE AND THE SENATE HELD THIS COUNTRY HOSTAGE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THE MILITARY, THE NUMBER OF MEN AND WOMEN, THERE IS A GREATER NUMBER WHO ARE DYING IN TRAINING THAN IN ANY COMBAT WE HAVE TODAY. THAT IS A DIRECT CORRELATION TO THE FUNDING THAT WE HAVE. WE KNOW WHERE THE WORLD IS. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE OUR MEN AND WOMEN CAN CARRY OUT THEIR DUTY AND BE SAFE. BUT CAN THEY CARRY OUT THEIR TRAINING AND BE SAFE. WE MADE A DOWNDAMENTE TO MAKE SURE THAT'S NOT THE CASE ANYMORE. I SAY TO MY FRIEND, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT AS MUCH AS YOU AND EVEN MORE. I VOTED TO GROW THIS ECONOMY. I VOTED ON THIS FLOOR TO CURVE WHAT IS CAUSING THE GREATEST GROWTH TO ACTUALLY GUARANTEE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. IF YOU LET IT OUT OF CONTROL, IT WILL NOT BE THERE. IT'S MORE IMPORTANT AT THE END OF THE DAY IS THAT WE CAN LOOK BACK AND ANY UNOBLIGATED FUNDS, IT COULD BE FIVE, SIX YEARS AGO AND THAT MONEY IS SITTING THERE AND THAT PROGRAM IS DOING NOTHING, IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT, TAKE IT BACK AND PAY IT DOWN. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:19:09 AM

      MR. HOYER

      YEARS 187%. THAT WAS RONALD REAGAN'S TAX CUT. AND FRANKLY, BOB DOLE HELPED…

      YEARS 187%. THAT WAS RONALD REAGAN'S TAX CUT. AND FRANKLY, BOB DOLE HELPED RAISE RECEIVE NEWS TO OFFSET THAT SO THERE WAS ONLY 1887% INCREASE. I HEARD THAT ARGUMENT IN 2001 AND 2003. WE ARE GOING TO GROW THE ECONOMY. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE EXTRAORDINARY GROWTH, CREATION OF JOBS AND RECEIVE NEWS THAT WILL COME TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS A RESULT OF CUTTING TAXES. AND WHAT HAPPENED SIX YEARS LATER? WE HAD THE DEEPEST RECESSION WE HAVE HAD SINCE HERBERT HOOVER. NOBODY IN THIS HOUSE IS OVER 90 AND THEREFORE DIDN'T EXPERIENCE THE DEPTH OF THE RECESSION THAT WE EXPERIENCED IN DECEMBER OF 2007. WHEN YOU THOUGHT THOSE TAX CUTS THAT THE GENTLEMAN TALKED ABOUT WOULD HAVE GONE THE ECONOMY, JUST AS HE TALKED ABOUT. C.B.O. SAYS IT DOESN'T GROW THE ECONOMY. IN FACT, IT CREATES $14 TRILLION OF NEW DEBT. THAT'S WHAT C.B.O. SAYS, NOT STENY HOYER, NOT THE DEMOCRATS. $14 TRILLION WITH A T, MR. SPEAKER. NEW DEBT. THAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE CONP FRONTED WITH. -- CONFRONTED WITH. REPUBLICANS SAY LET'S BALANCE THE BUDGET. BALANCING THE BUDGET SAYS YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU BUY. I'M FOR THAT. IF YOU BUY AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, YOU CAN AMORTIZE IT OVER 40 YEARS AND MY GRANDCHILDREN WILL GET USE OF THAT AIRCRAFT CARRIER TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND OUR COUNTRY. THERE ARE FEW MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHO HAVE BEEN MORE CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTIVE OF THE ARMED SERVICES THAN THIS MEMBER. I SUPPORTED MUCH OF RONALD REAGAN'S FOLLOW-ON TO WHAT JIMMY CARTER STARTED AND THAT WAS BUILDING UP OUR MILITARY STRENGTHS SO THE COUNTRY WOULD BE SECURE. AND I CONTINUE TO BE A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE MILITARY. AND WE NEED TO KEEP AMERICA STRONG. THE GENTLEMAN'S PARTY, OF COURSE, CONTRARY TO THE ALMOST UNANIMOUS -- I THINK UNANIMOUS, BUT SEAL SAY UNANIMOUS -- DESIRE THAT WE REPEAL SEE QUESTIONS FER OVER THE LAST YEARS. YOUR PARTY WANTED TO KEEP THE SEQUESTER AND DID KEEP KEPT THE SEQUESTER AND COULD HAVE DONE AWAY WITH IT BUT CROSSED OUR FINGERS. WE'LL KEEP THE SEQUESTER BUT SPEAKER RYAN WILL MAKE A DEAL WITH SENATOR MURRAY SO WE DON'T HAVE TO LIVE THE EFFECTS. AND WE PASSED THOSE RYAN-MURRAY DEALS. AND THERE WAS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO REVERSE THAT COURSE. SO THE SEQUESTER ARGUMENT, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN ARGUMENT OF CONSTRAINT IMPOSED BY THE MAJORITY PARTY, NOT BY US. WE HAD URGED THAT THE SEQUESTER BE RESCINDED. AND IN FACT, WE SUPPORTED THE RYAN-MURRAY AGREEMENT. MATTER OF FACT, I DIDN'T SUPPORT THE FIRST AGREEMENT BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS A FACADE AND TURNED OUT TO BE PRETTY MEANINGLESS IN TERMS OF WHAT THE AGREEMENT WAS. SO WE HAVEN'T GROWN THE ECONOMY. WE HAD THE WORST ECONOMY ANY OF US HAVE SEEN UNDER THE BUSH FISCAL POLICIES SUPPORTED BY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. I DIDN'T SUPPORT THAT. C.B.O. SAYS THIS BILL WILL NOT GROW THE ECONOMY. BUT THIS BILL WILL CREATE SUBSTANTIAL DEBT. I ASKED THE GENTLEMAN A QUESTION THAT I WANT TO GO BACK TO, AND THAT IS, DOES THE GENTLEMAN EXPECT US TO HAVE A BUDGET THIS MONTH, BUT BEFORE I DO THAT, THE GENTLEMAN SAYS AND IT WAS A GOOD STRATEGY IF THEY PASSED 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS AND PACKAGED THEM IN TWO PACKAGES. THEY DIDN'T CONSIDER THEM INDIVIDUALLY, BUT TWO PACKAGES AND SENT THEM TO THE SENATE AND THEY WERE PARTISAN BILLS. AND MR. MCCONNELL, THE MAJORITY LEADER, DID NOT BRING THEM TO THE FLOOR. AND HE MAY SAY HE DIDN'T BRING THEM TO THE FLOOR BECAUSE THE MINORITY WOULDN'T AGREE WITH THEM. HE DIDN'T WANT THEM TO BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENTS AND DISCUSSION. OR THEY WOULD HAVE HAD A VOTE AND OUR PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE VOTED THEM TO BRING THEM TO THE FLOOR. SO I ASK MY FRIEND ONE MORE TIME, DO WE EXPECT TO HAVE A BUDGET HERE IN APRIL WHEN IT'S DUE OR SOON THEREAFTER AND IF SO, WILL THAT BUDGET BE BALANCED? AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    • 11:24:57 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      I DID.

    • 11:26:28 AM

      MR. HOYER

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      MR. MCCARTHY

      HOYER: RECLAIMING MY TIME. I SAID I HAD VOTED FOR BALANCED BUDGET…

      HOYER: RECLAIMING MY TIME. I SAID I HAD VOTED FOR BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTS IN THE PAST WHEN I SPOKE ON THE FLOOR AND I SAID I ROSE NOT TO OPPOSE THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BUT TO DERIDE IT, IT WAS A PATENTLY DISHONEST EFFORT TO PRETEND THAT YOU'RE FOR

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    • 11:26:55 AM

      MR. HOYER

      A BALANCED BUDGET. AND WHO SAID THAT, MR. MASSIE, MR. MEADOWS, THE…

      A BALANCED BUDGET. AND WHO SAID THAT, MR. MASSIE, MR. MEADOWS, THE CHAIRMAN OF YOUR FREEDOM CAUCUS AND SENATOR CORKER FROM TENNESSEE ALL SAID THAT, THAT IT WAS NOT A REAL ITEM, YET WE SPENT ALL OF YESTERDAY WORKING ON A DOCUMENT THAT YOU KNEW, REPUBLICANS KNEW, EVERYBODY KNEW, WAS NOT A REAL EFFORT AND WOULD NOT PASS. WE SPENT ALL DAY DOING THAT. THAT IS, MR. LEADER, WHAT I SAID. YES I HAVE IN THE 1990'S, SUPPORTED A BUDGET AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD RESTRAIN US FROM ACTING WITHOUT PAYING FOR WHAT WE BUY. YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE IN MY OPINION DOES NOT LIKE TO PAY FOR WHAT YOU BUY BECAUSE YOU SPEND AS MUCH MONEY IN YOUR BUDGETS AS WE SPEND. MAYBE ON DIFFERENT THINGS. BUT THIS SIDE I WANT TO TELL THE MAJORITY LEADER, DO NOT RUN OUT THAT CUNARD THAT DEMOCRATS DO NOT SUPPORT NATIONAL SECURITY. WE DO. AND THE VOTES PROVE IT. YOU HAD 90 OF YOUR MEMBERS VOTE AGAINST THE AGREEMENT. I VOTED AGAINST IT AS WELL. I VOTED AGAINST IT BECAUSE WE DID NOT REACH AN DEPREEMENT AND I'M GOING TO GET TO THAT IN A SECOND. I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT IT AND IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THAT BILL AND THAT'S NOT WHAT WAS IN THE BILL. 90 MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST IT. THOSE 90 PEOPLE, INCLUDING WHEN WE ESTABLISHED THE LEVEL OF SPENDING, THE CHAIRMAN OF YOUR ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE VOTED NO, ARE YOU TELLING ME THEY WERE NOT FOR PROTECTING OUR MILITARY, PROTECTING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES, PROTECTING THE TRAINING, ARE YOU TELLING ME THOSE 90 REPUBLICANS WEREN'T SUPPORTING THAT, IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING THAT? YES OR NO.

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    • 11:29:11 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      LET ME FOLLOW UP A FEW MORE --

    • 11:29:23 AM

      MR. HOYER

      THE MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT. ARE YOU TELLING ME THOSE 90…

      THE MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT. ARE YOU TELLING ME THOSE 90 REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED AGAINST IT WERE AGAINST THE MILITARY, THAT'S MY QUESTION TO YOU?

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    • 11:29:45 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ADDITIONAL TIME TO THE MAJORITY LEADER SO HE CAN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ADDITIONAL TIME TO THE MAJORITY LEADER SO HE CAN ADDRESS YOU.

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    • 11:29:56 AM

      MR. HOYER

      BECAUSE I BELIEVE MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THEY SAY THEY SUPPORT SOMETHING, THE…

      BECAUSE I BELIEVE MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THEY SAY THEY SUPPORT SOMETHING, THE BEST WAY TO PROVE IT IS YOU VOTE IT. YOU SAID YOU SUPPORT THE MILITARY AND I DON'T DOUBT THAT AND AFTER IT HAS BEEN CUT BY 20% AND MORE PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN TRAINING THAN IN COMBAT. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT. YOU SAID THERE WAS OPYOIDS AND EDUCATION AND YOU SAID NO TO THAT. I HEARD YOU ON THE FLOOR AND I HEARD MY FRIEND TALK ABOUT CHIP, BUT HE VOTED AGAINST IT. I HEARD MY FRIEND BRING UP, MARK MEADOWS TALK ABOUT, HE WOULD RATHER HAVE A DIFFERENT B.B.A. HE DOES BELIEVE IN A BALANCED BUDGET. .

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    • 11:30:03 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD?

    • 11:31:18 AM

      MR. HOYER

    • 11:31:20 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

    • 11:31:27 AM

      MR. HOYER

      MCCARTHY: MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR WORDS. I JUST…

      MCCARTHY: MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR WORDS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. YES, THERE WAS AN OMNIBUS ON THE FLOOR.

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    • 11:31:39 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      NOT ANYTHING ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTED. WE PASSED ALL 12. WE DID…

      NOT ANYTHING ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTED. WE PASSED ALL 12. WE DID OUR JOB. WE DID OUR JOB JUST LIKE WE PROMISED. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SENATE -- IT WASN'T THE MAJORITY OVER IN THE SENATE, IT WAS THE MINORITY, WANTED TO HOLD IT HOSTAGE. SAME WAY THEY DID WHEN THEY WANTED TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I THINK THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DESERVES MORE AND BETTER. THAT IS WHY I THINK WE NEED TO REFORM THE 1974 BUDGET ACT. I THINK THIS FLOOR WILL SEE A GREAT DEBATE. I THINK BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT REFORMED. I JUST HOPE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL NOT ONLY HEAR THE WORDS BUT SEE THE ACTION AND THE VOTES TO BACK UP WHAT PEOPLE SAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:32:40 AM

      MR. HOYER

      IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD FOR A SECOND.

    • 11:33:16 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

    • 11:33:21 AM

      MR. HOYER

      NOW, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT'S IN STORE. MAYBE THAT'S WHAT'S CONTEMPLATED, BUT…

      NOW, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT'S IN STORE. MAYBE THAT'S WHAT'S CONTEMPLATED, BUT WHEN I HEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY LEADER TALKING ABOUT THE BUDGET ACT, FIRST OF ALL, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THE BUDGET ACT IS. THEY DO KNOW WHO WE ARE. AND THEY SEND US HERE TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND HAVE DISCIPLINE AND HAVE THE COURAGE OF OUR CONVICTIONS. AND THE REASON I SAY PAY FOR IT IS BECAUSE THE CONSTRAINT WE HAVE ABANDONED. AND WE HAVE PRETENDED THAT WE COULD CUT TAXES AND MAGICALLY THINGS WOULD BE PAID FOR. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN, AND WHAT WE BUY TODAY WE ARE EXPECTING OUR CHILDREN TO PAY FOR IT TOMORROW AND TOMORROW AND TOMORROW. I SUGGEST THAT IS AN INTELLECTUALLY BANKRUPT POLICY, AND IT'S ALSO AN IMMORAL POLICY. AND TO PRETEND THAT SOMEHOW WE CAN FIX THAT, EITHER BY AN AMENDMENT WHICH, BAY THE WAY, COULD BE WAIVED, OR BY AMENDING THE BUDGET ACT. IS THE BUDGET ACT PERFECT, COULD IT BE PERFECTED, I'M SURE IT COULD BE. BUT THAT'S NOT THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS THE PRETENSE THAT SOMEHOW WE ARE GOING TO GROW OURSELVES MAGICALLY WITHOUT DISCIPLINE, WITHOUT PAYING FOR WHAT WE BUY WHETHER THAT'S DEFENSE OR NONDEFENSE. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO GET ONTO SOME OTHER ISSUES AND I WANT TO EXPLAIN TO THE MAJORITY LEADER WHY I DIDN'T VOTE FOR THE BILL. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DID SOMETHING I THINK WAS BAD JUDGMENT. AND PUT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AT RISK. IT'S CALLED DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS. 86% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK THAT WE OUGHT TO PROTECT THOSE CHILDREN WHO CAME HERE, NOT OF THEIR OWN VOLITION, BUT AS CHILDREN. THE MAJORITY LEADER, MYSELF, THE MINORITY LEADER, AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE MET WITH LEADERS OF THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY, LEADERS OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY, AND LEADERS OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC ISLAND COMMUNITY. I SAY LEADERS, THE THREE CHAIRS OF THOSE CAUCUSES, AND WE TALKED IN LATE SEPTEMBER ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AFTER THE PRESIDENT HAD WITHDRAWN DACA PROTECTIONS AND SAID WE NEED TO SOLVE THIS. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME QUOTE THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, MR. RYAN. MY COMMITMENT TO WORKING TOGETHER ON AN IMMIGRATION MEASURE THAT WE CAN MAKE LAW IS A SINCERE COMMITMENT. LET ME REPEAT. MY COMMITMENT TO WORKING TOGETHER ON AN IMMIGRATION MEASURE THAT WE CAN MAKE LAW IS A SINCERE COMMITMENT. WE WILL SOLVE THIS DACA PROBLEM, SAID THE SPEAKER, ONCE WE GET THIS BUDGET AMENDMENT -- AGREEMENT DONE, THIS WAS NOT THE OMNIBUS. THIS WAS THE PRECURSOR TO THE OMNIBUS WHICH SET THE LEVEL OF SPENDING. HE SAID, WE WILL SOLVE THIS DACA PROBLEM, AND WE WILL GET THIS DONE NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES US TO STAY HERE. WE WILL FOCUS ON BRINGING THE DEBATE TO THIS FLOOR AND FINDING A SOLUTION. I VOTED NO ON THE OMNIBUS BECAUSE THEY DID NOT FOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT COMMITMENT. SO EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS. HOWEVER, I'M THE WHIP. I COUNT VOTES. AND I CERTAINLY THINK THE MAJORITY LEADER HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE AND HAS ENOUGH RESPECT FOR MY ABILITY THAT IF WE HAD WORKED TO DEFEAT THAT BILL WE WOULD HAVE DEFEATED IT WITH THE 90 REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED NO ON THE BILL THE REPUBLICANS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR WHICH WASN'T AGREED. BUT THAT BILL NEEDED TO PASS. BUT, YES, I VOTED NO BECAUSE FROM SEPTEMBER -- AND THE SPEAKER TOLD ME, OH, MARCH 5 IS COMING. WE HAVE TIME TO FIX IT. WE HAVE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF THESE 700,000, 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE THAT 86% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINKS OUGHT NOT TO BE SENT TO A COUNTRY THAT IS NOT THEIR HOME, THEY DON'T KNOW, AND THEY HAVE NOT BEEN THERE FOR THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THEIR LIVES. SO, YES, I VOTED NO. BECAUSE ON THEIR BEHALF I WAS CONCERNED THAT THAT COMMITMENT THAT THE SPEAKER ENUCIATED IN FEBRUARY, APPROXIMATELY A MONTH BEFORE DACA WAS TO TERMINATE HAD NOT BEEN MET. IT IS NOW A MONTH AFTER MARCH 5, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT COMMITMENT HAS NOT BEEN MET TO THIS DAY. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT SPEAKER RYAN URGED THE PRESIDENT NOT TO DO WHAT HE DID, AND THE PRESIDENT TURNED AROUND AND SAID, FIX IT BY LEGISLATION. AND THE SPEAKER COMMITTED IN THAT MEETING, TO WHICH I REFERRED, JUST WEEKS AFTER THE PRESIDENT ACTED AS SAYING, WE'LL GET THAT DONE. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A RULE THAT HAS BEEN FILED BY A REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE . IT NOW HAS I THINK 44 REPUBLICANS ON IT. IF IT DOESN'T HAVE YET IT WILL HAVE 190-PLUS DEMOCRATS ON IT WHICH WILL MEAN THAT 230 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WILL HAVE SIGNED ONTO A DOCUMENT THAT SAYS, LET'S FIX DACA NOW. YES, I VOTED NO. I VOTED NO IN PROTEST AND IN DISMAY THAT WE HAD NOT ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE. I HOPE I'VE EXPLAINED TO THE MAJORITY LEADER WHY I VOTED NO. BUT AT THE SAME TIME WHY A MAJORITY OF MY PARTY, INCLUDING THE LEADER OF MY PARTY, MS. PELOSI, VOTED AYE. THEY VOTED AYE BECAUSE THEY KNEW WE HAD MADE AN AGREEMENT. THEY KNEW IT WAS AN AGREEMENT REACHED BY BOTH SIDES. THEY DIDN'T LIKE EVERYTHING IN IT ANY MORE THAN REPUBLICANS LIKED EVERYTHING IN IT, BUT IT WAS AN AGREEMENT AND SO IT PASSED HANDEDLY. I WILL TELL MY FRIEND, I HOPE HE DOES NOT DOUBT -- PERHAPS HE DOES -- THAT THAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT A PERCEPTION AND BELIEF ON THIS SIDE THAT WE HAD AN AGREEMENT AND IT OUGHT TO PASS. AND IT DID PASS. WITH 90 REPUBLICANS VOTING NO. AND THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF MY PARTY VOTING YES. I HOPE THE LEADER WILL TELL ME, MR. SPEAKER, WHETHER OR NOT THE COMMITMENT THAT WAS MADE IN SEPTEMBER, THE COMMITMENT THAT WAS ARTICULATED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IN FEBRUARY WHEN HE WAS URGING US TO -- AND HIS OWN MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION WHICH SETS THE LEVEL OF SPENDING ON WHICH THE OMNIBUS WAS BASED, I HOPE HE CAN ASSURE ME THAT BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH THAT WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT WE THINK IS EXTRAORDINARILY FAIR TO DO. MR. GOODLATTE OF THE JUDICIARY HAS A BILL. I DON'T LIKE THE BILL, BUT IT'S A BILL THAT CAME OUT OF THE MAJORITY COMMITTEE. THERE'S ANOTHER BILL CALLED THE DREAMER BILL THAT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL SUPPORTED BY -- SPONSORED BY ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, A REPUBLICAN FROM FLORIDA, AND LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD FROM CALIFORNIA. BRING THAT BILL TO THE FLOOR. THERE WAS A THIRD BILL, MR. SPEAKER, SPONSORED BY MR. HURD FROM TEXAS, A REPUBLICAN, AND MR. AGUILAR, A DEMOCRAT FROM CALIFORNIA. NOW, I BELIEVE HAS THE SUPPORT OF OVER 218 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. AND I'VE ASKED THE MAJORITY LEADER, WE'VE ASKED THE SPEAKER, BRING THOSE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. BRING THOSE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR, AND LET THE HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. THE SPEAKER'S LEAVING, BUT THE SPEAKER HAS ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS SAID, WE WILL NOT DUCK THE TOUGH ISSUES. THAT'S A DIRECT QUOTE, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL TAKE THEM HEAD-ON. WE SHOULD NOT HIDE OUR DISAGREEMENTS. WE SHOULD EMBRACE THEM. WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM HONEST DISAGREEMENTS HONESTLY STATED. BRING THOSE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I IMPLORE THE MAJORITY LEADER, LET THE HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. FACE THE TOUGH ISSUES. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    • 11:43:38 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      MR. SPEAKER, RECLAIMING MY TIME. WILL THE GENTLEMAN TELL ME WHEN I VOTED…

      MR. SPEAKER, RECLAIMING MY TIME. WILL THE GENTLEMAN TELL ME WHEN I VOTED THE GOVERNMENT? DOES HE HAVE A CITE THERE?

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    • 11:44:16 AM

      MR. HOYER

      TUESDAY ON YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT -- I LIKE HOW YOU USE IT MORE OFTEN.

    • 11:44:26 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      MAYBE THE PRESIDENT INSPIRED YOU. WHIP HOYER, DREAMERS CAN STILL APPLY TO…

      MAYBE THE PRESIDENT INSPIRED YOU. WHIP HOYER, DREAMERS CAN STILL APPLY TO RENEW DACA PROTECTIONS. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING FOR RENEWAL. I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE'S RIGHT. IF ON HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT HE SAID IT'S OK BECAUSE, NO, DACA STUDENTS -- KIDS ARE BEING REMOVED. HE SAYS IN HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT, YOU CAN APPLY RIGHT NOW, BUT I'M GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THE OMNI THAT WE NEGOTIATED WITH BECAUSE I'M REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE RECISIONS THAT GOES AGAINST MAYBE SOME MONEY THAT'S BEEN WASTED. WHEN I LOOK AT THIS, MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW FOR A FACT THE PRESIDENT MADE ANOTHER OFFER TO SOLVE DACA AND SOLVE DREAMERS. ALL HE REQUESTED IS COULD WE HAVE THE BORDER SECURE. HE WASN'T ASKING FOR AN ASTRONOMICAL NUMBER, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE GANG OF EIGHT BILL, THEY SPENT TWICE AS MUCH ON BORDER SECURITY THAN THE PRESIDENT IS ASKING FOR. I KNOW FOR A FACT THE PRESIDENT TALKED TO THE LEADER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HIS PARTY. I KNOW FOR A FACT THEY CAME BACK AND SAID NO. THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY PUT IT OUT ON HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM BUT WANTS TO MAKE SURE THE BORDER IS SECURE. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE MARCHING FROM OTHER COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY CAN MARCH DIRECTLY ACROSS OUR BORDER. I THINK OUR BORDER NEEDS TO BE SECURE. I WOULD HOPE EVERYBODY WOULD FEEL THAT SAME WAY. I KNOW THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. AS A FACT, MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT SAID IT FROM INSIDE THESE CHAMBERS FOR THE WHOLE NATION TO HEAR. SOMETIMES I BEGIN TO WONDER, DO WORDS AND ACTION ACTUALLY DO THE EXACT SAME THING. COULD IT BE POSSIBLE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE PLAY POLITICS WITH ISSUES? COULD IT BE POSSIBLE THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE COULD USE THAT FOR AN EXCUSE? COULD IT BE POSSIBLE THAT PEOPLE WOULD SAY THEY WANT TO SOLVE A PROBLEM BUT WHEN THEY HAVE THE OFFER FOR A SOLUTION, THEY SAY NO, SO THEY CAN TRY TO MAKE A POLITICAL ARGUMENT OUT OF IT? I DON'T KNOW. MAYBE. BUT I WILL TELL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THIS. WE WANT TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, HE IS WORRIED ABOUT THE DEBT. HE VOTED FOR A BUDGET THAT WOULD INCREASE BY $6 TRILLION AND WANTS TO INCREASE YOUR TAXES BY $3 TRILLION. HE SAID HE HEARD THE ARGUMENT THAT PEOPLE DO WON'T DO WELL IF THEY KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY. I JUST LOOKED AT THE LATEST NUMBERS IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS WITH THE NEW TAX BILL. YOU KNOW WHAT? MORE REVENUE CAME IN. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE GOT TO KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARNED. WHAT'S INTERESTING IS SO MANY AMERICANS GOT A PAY RAISE. SIMPLY BECAUSE GOVERNMENT SAID YOU COULD DO BETTER WITH YOUR OWN. AND THAT, I THINK, IS TRUE. AND IF MY FRIEND, MR. SPEAKER, AGREES WITH THAT, I KNOW HE WILL BE THERE FOR THE RESCISSION. WHERE CAN WE STAND UP FOR THE TAXPAYER. IF THERE IS MONEY WASTED HERE, WHY WOULDN'T WE GO LINE BY LINE. IT WON'T BE JUST THE OMNI BUT ALL THE OTHER ACCOUNTS THAT HAVE BEEN SITTING THERE. I DON'T THINK THAT'S A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT IDEA, BUT TRULY AN AMERICAN IDEA. AND I THINK THAT'S THE RESPONSIBILITY WE ALL HAVE. I KNOW THESE COLLOQUYS GO LONG. I LIKE MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER. I CONSIDER HIM A FRIEND. JUST AS ANYBODY HAS FRIENDS, WE HAVE DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHICAL OPINIONS. AND THAT'S HEALTHY. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE CAN'T MAKE EXCUSES. AT THE END OF THE DAY, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S A BILL ON THE FLOOR, AND YEAH, I WANT IT 100% MY WAY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S NOT THE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT IS CREATED. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO FIND COMPROMISE. I CAN ALWAYS FIND AN EXCUSE. YOU KNOW WHAT? SOMEONE DIDN'T LOOK RIGHT AT ME OR SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING I DISAGREE WITH. BUT AS WE KNOW TODAY, NO DACA CHILD IS GETTING DEPORTED. AS WE KNOW TODAY, THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SOLVE THIS AND THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE MANY OFFERS. SO, I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO MORE TIME FOR EXCUSES. IT'S TIME FOR SOLVING.

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    • 11:49:40 AM

      MR. HOYER

      HE WANTS TO CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT WHO VOTED FOR OR AGAINST THE OMNIBUS AS…

      HE WANTS TO CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT WHO VOTED FOR OR AGAINST THE OMNIBUS AS OPPOSED TO RESPONDING IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR. WE CAN ARTICULATE THAT WE ARE GOING TO GROW OURSELVES OUT. DOING IT, JUST DO IT. YES. TEMPORARILY, THE COURTS HAVE SAID THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T DO THE RIGHT THING. IN THE RIGHT WAY. SO THERE HAS BEEN A STAY. AND GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT THAT THE DACA STUDENTS ARE NOT AT RISK AS OF MARCH 5 -- I SAY STUDENTS, SOME OF THEM ARE STUDENTS, SOME ARE NOT. WORDS DO, IN FACT, MEAN SOMETHING. AND THE LEADER SAYS THAT ALL HE WANTS IS BORDER SECURITY. WELL, OUR BORDER SECURITY AND HE WANTS TO RESTRICT THE ABILITY TO UNIFY MOMS AND DADS AND THEIR CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    • 11:51:12 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      I MADE AN OFFER TO SPEED THAT UP, I YIELD BACK.

    • 11:51:26 AM

      MR. HOYER

      I'M NOT SAYING IT IS NOT TRUE.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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      MR. HOYER

    • 11:51:52 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      TODAY, YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWING 65 IN FOR BROTHER THIRST AND SISTERS. THAT'S…

      TODAY, YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWING 65 IN FOR BROTHER THIRST AND SISTERS. THAT'S NOT A MOTHER AND CHILD. THERE IS MORE THAN A 30-YEAR WAIT. WHAT WE PROPOSED IS, THAT SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING. A BROTHER AND SISTER HAS THEIR OWN FAMILY. INSTEAD OF TAKING THOSE UP, WHY DON'T YOU PUT THOSE IN TO THE SPOUSE AND THE CHILDREN? WHAT WE OFFERED TO YOU AND MAYBE THEY DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND IT, YOU WOULD SPEED UP THE PROCESS FOR PARENTS, YOUR SPOUSES AND YOUR CHILDREN. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT WAS VERY REASONABLE.

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    • 11:52:40 AM

      MR. HOYER

      WE COULD GO ROUND AND ROUND ON THAT. THAT WAS MY PERCEPTION OF IT. AND I…

      WE COULD GO ROUND AND ROUND ON THAT. THAT WAS MY PERCEPTION OF IT. AND I THINK THAT'S PRETTY ACCURATE, MR. LEADER. MR. SPEAKER, THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, THOUGH, HAS NOT COME. AND THAT IS WILL THE MAJORITY LEADER BRING TO THE FLOOR THREE BILLS AND LET THEM BE VOTED ON BY THIS HOUSE AND EXPRESS THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? ONE OF THOSE BILLS IS A REPUBLICAN BILL. ONE IS PROBABLY PERCEIVED BY THE REPUBLICANS AS A DEMOCRATIC BILL ALTHOUGH REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN IS A CO-SPONSOR AND ONE IS A BIPARTISAN BILL NEGOTIATED BY MR. HURD AND MR. AGUILAR, THAT HAS AT LEAST 44 REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE SIGNED ON TO A RULE TO BRING THAT PARTICULAR BILL TO THE FLOOR. ALL 193 DEMOCRATS WILL BE FOR THAT BILL TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR, WHICH IS OVER 230 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. I AM ASKING THE LEADER, WILL HE BRING THOSE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR? BECAUSE WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID AND THE LEADER SAID WORDS MATTER, WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ON TV FOR ALL OF AMERICA TO SEE, WE WILL SOLVE THE DACA ISSUE. YOU SEND ME A BILL AND I WILL SIGN IT. THAT'S WHAT HE SAID, MR. SPEAKER. BUT WHAT HAPPENED? THE SENATE HAD FOUR BILLS UNLIKE THE HOUSE, MR. MCCONNELL BROUGHT THOSE FOUR BILLS TO THE FLOOR. SO THE SENATE COULD WORK ITS WILL. AND THERE WERE SOME 25 SENATORS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS COME TOGETHER AND PUT A COMMONSENSE BILL ON THE FLOOR. CONTRARY TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAID IN THAT MEETING ON TELEVISION, NOT MY WORDS, JUST GO BACK TO THE VIDEO, REPLAY IT. I WILL SIGN A BILL AND THEN HE SAID, I WILL TAKE THE HEAT. WHAT DID HE DO WHEN THE COMMONSENSE BILL CAME TO THE FLOOR? HE SAID I WILL VETO IT. AND IT HAD $25 BILLION FOR AUTHORIZATION FOR THE PRESIDENT'S WALL AND BORDER SECURITY AND HE SAID I'LL VETO IT. AS A RESULT, IT ONLY GOT 54 VOTES AND NEEDED 60 VOTES. HAD HE NOT SAID HE WOULD VETOED IT, IT WOULD HAVE PASSED. THAT WAS FOUR BILLS. WHY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THE SPEAKER SAID WE'LL TAKE THE TOUGH ISSUES HEAD ON AND WE WILL NOT SHRINK FROM THAT RESPONSIBILITY. ALL WE ARE ASKING IS TO BRING THOSE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. WE CAN ARGUE ABOUT THE DECISIONS THAT THE LEADER MENTIONS FREQUENTLY ABOUT MONEY THAT ISN'T GOING TO BE SPENT ANY WAY. NONE OF US ARE GOING TO OPPOSE THAT, IF THAT IS WHAT IT DOES. THAT IS AN OBJECT FEW SCATION. AND THAT'S WHY THIS IS HAPPENING. THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO CORRECT THAT POLITICAL PROBLEM THEY HAD JUST LIKE THE BALANCED BUDGET TRYING TO CORRECT A POLITICAL PROBLEM. SO I WOULD HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE LEADER WOULD ASSURE ME AT SOME POINT IN TIME THAT THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY SAID THEY WILL DO FROM SEPTEMBER TO NOW. ADDRESS SOLVING THE DACA ISSUE. AND THEN WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID, MR. SPEAKER, WAS THEN WE'LL GO TO COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. WE OUGHT TO DO THAT. THE SENATE PASSED THE BILL SOME FIVE YEARS AGO. WE ASKED AND HAVE ASKED OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, BRING THAT BILL TO THE FLOOR. NOW THAT BILL DOESN'T EXIST NOW BECAUSE THE CONGRESS IN WHICH IT WAS SENT TO US, THE REPUBLICANS WERE IN CHARGE AND DIDN'T BY IT TO THE FLOOR. WE ASKED FOR IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN SO WE COULD SOLVE WHAT EVERYONE KNOWS IS A BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. BUT AT LEAST IN THE AMBIT OF THESE THREE BILLS THERE IS A SOLUTION TO ONE SMALL PART OF THAT THAT THE PRESIDENT ON NATIONAL TV SAID HE WANTED TO SOLVE AND WOULD SIGN THE BILL. RIGHT UP UNTIL THE TIME HE SAID HE WOULD VETO THE BILL. THE PRESIDENT IS A VERY FLEXIBLE INDIVIDUAL AS WE HAVE ALL SEEN. I HOPE HE WOULD SIGN ANY ONE OF THESE BILLS. AND I THINK THE SENATE WOULD PASS THE AGUILAR-HURD BILL IF IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. I'M CONVINCED IT WOULD PASS. I THINK IT WOULD PASS THE SENATE. AND I WOULD HOPE THE PRESIDENT WOULD SIGN IT AND SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE RESCINDED THE PROTECTIONS, ASKED US TO LEGISLATE ON AND SEND HIM A BILL. I WOULD HOPE HE WOULD DO THAT. I HOPE THE PA THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. LEADER WOULD DO THAT. IF THE MAJORITY LEADER WANTS -- I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    • 11:58:29 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      VOTED NO. FEBRUARY 6, CONTINUING RESOLUTION, HE VOTED NO. WHEN GOVERNMENT…

      VOTED NO. FEBRUARY 6, CONTINUING RESOLUTION, HE VOTED NO. WHEN GOVERNMENT WAS SHUT DOWN, THERE WAS A BILL TO REOPEN THE GOVERNMENT ON FEBRUARY 9, AND YOU VOTED NO. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:58:58 AM

      MR. HOYER

    • 12:00:01 PM

      Mr. McCarthy asked unanimous consent That when the House adjourns on Friday, April 13, 2018, it adjourn to meet on Monday, April 16, 2018, when it shall convene at noon for morning-hour debate and 2 p.m. for legislative business. Agreed to without objection.

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        TEMPORE THE

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        MR. MCCARTHY

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

        OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK

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      • 12:00:20 PM

        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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    ONE MINUTE SPEECHES

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    • 12:00:39 PM

      MR. CHABOT

      THE RIGHT TO CONFER WITH THE PROSECUTOR OR THE RIGHT TO RESTITUTION. THE…

      THE RIGHT TO CONFER WITH THE PROSECUTOR OR THE RIGHT TO RESTITUTION. THE RIGHT TO A SPEEDY TRIAL. AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY. SEVERAL YEARS LATER, THE G.A.O. FOUND THAT TOO MANY VICTIMS WERE NOT AWARE OF THESE IMPORTANT RIGHTS AND THAT MORE NEEDED TO BE DONE TO EDUCATE VICTIMS. YOU SEE, IN CIVICS CLASS, WE ALL LEARN ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED, BUT VERY LITTLE ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO THE RIGHTS OF VICTIMS. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE COMMEMORATE NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK THIS WEEK, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE SURE VICTIMS KNOW WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE UNDER THE LAW. IT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO SHOW VICTIMS THE RESPECT AND DIGNITY THAT THEY DESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:01:48 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

    • 12:02:02 PM

      MR. KIHUEN

      HE WAS JUST DAYS AWAY FROM HIS 24TH BIRTHDAY AND WAS ABOUT TO START TRADE…

      HE WAS JUST DAYS AWAY FROM HIS 24TH BIRTHDAY AND WAS ABOUT TO START TRADE SCHOOL TO FURTHER HIS KNOWLEDGE AS A MECHANIC'S APRESENT TILLS. JORDAN WAS ALWAYS MAKING -- APPRENTICE. JORDAN WAS ALWAYS MAKING JOKES, LOVED TRUCKS, MOTORCYCLES AND COUNTRY MUSIC. HE DIED SAVING HIS GIRLFRIEND, AMBER, BEREZA, -- AMBER BEREZA, FROM GUN FIRE AT THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS. JORDAN WAS A SELFLESS PERSON WHO ONLY WANTED TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY. HE ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AND WAS A HAPPY GO-LUCKY KIND OF GUY. JORDAN IS REMEMBERED FOR HIS SENSE OF HUMOR AND LAUGH THAT COULD LIGHT UP A ROOM. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO JORDAN'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:03:06 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      NEWHOUSE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HONOR THE…

      NEWHOUSE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF MARINE SERGEANT

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    • 12:03:14 PM

      MR. NEWHOUSE

      DIETRICH SHMEEMAN. HE GREW UP IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND HAD A STRONG LOVE…

      DIETRICH SHMEEMAN. HE GREW UP IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND HAD A STRONG LOVE FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. HE HAD A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON EVERYONE HE CAME INTO CONTACT WITH. AND A LIFE FULL OF POTENTIAL. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, HE ENLISTED IN THE U.S. MARINE CORPS, WITH THE GOAL OF BECOMING PART OF ITS SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND. HE BONDED WITH HIS BROTHERS IN ARMS, BUT HE REMAINED CLOSE FRIENDS WITH HIS FAMILY IN WASHINGTON STATE. AS HE TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD, HONORABLY SERVING HIS COUNTRY. THE SERGEANT ACHIEVED HIS GOAL AND WAS SERVING IN THE SECOND RAIDER BATTALION AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA, WHEN HE WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN A MILITARY CARGO PLANE CRASH IN JULY OF 2017. HE AND 15 OTHER SERVICE MEMBERS THAT PASSED AWAY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN FOR THEIR SACRIFICE. DIETRICH IS REMEMBERED FOR HIS KINDNESS, HIS SENSE OF ADVENTURE AND STRONG FRIENDSHIPS. IN HONOR OF HIS SERVICE, I AM INTRODUCING LEGISLATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE ENTIRE WASHINGTON STATE DELEGATION IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED ON WEST VAN DECEMBEREN STREET IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, AS THE SERGEANT DIETRICH SHMEEMAN POST OFFICE. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF SERGEANT SMMEEMAN WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OUR -- SHMEEMAN WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OUR NATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:04:58 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MINUTE.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

    • 12:06:17 PM

      MR. CARBAJAL

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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    • 12:06:26 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE UNITED STATES WAS THE FIRST NATION TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL AS AN…

      THE UNITED STATES WAS THE FIRST NATION TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL AS AN INDEPENDENT NATION IN 1948.

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    • 12:06:29 PM

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      THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

    • 12:07:24 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      SIR, ON APRIL 12, 2018, PURSUANT TO SECTION 3307 OF TITLE 40, UNITED…

      SIR, ON APRIL 12, 2018, PURSUANT TO SECTION 3307 OF TITLE 40, UNITED STATES CODE, THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MET IN OPEN SESSION TO CONSIDER 16 RESOLUTIONS, INCLUDING IN THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONS CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND LEASING PROGRAMS. THE COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO WORK TO REDUCE THE COST OF FEDERAL PROPERTY AND LEASES. THE 16 RESOLUTIONS CONSIDERED INCLUDE 11 LEASE PROSPECTS, FOUR SPECIAL EMPHASIS PROGRAM PROSPECTS AND ONE ACQUISITION AND REPRESENT 71 -- $71 MILLION IN SAVINGS FROM AVOIDED LEASE COSTS AND SPACE REDUCTIONS. I HAVE ENCLOSED COPIES OF THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE ON APRIL 12, 2018.

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    • 12:07:31 PM

      THE CLERK

      SIGNED, SINCERELY, BUD SHUSTER, CHAIRMAN.

    • 12:07:38 PM

      The House received a communication from The Honorable Bill Shuster, Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Mr. Shuster notified the House that on April 12, 2018, pursuant to section 3307 of Title 40, United States Code, the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure met in open session to consider 16 resolutions included in the General Service Administration's Capital Investment and Leasing Programs and that the Committee continues to work to reduce the cost of federal property leases. The 16 resolutions considered include 11 lease prospectuses, four special emphasis program prospectuses, and one acquisition and represent $71 million in savings from avoided lease costs and space reductions. Referred to the Committee on Appropriations and ordered to be printed.

      • 12:08:26 PM

        TEMPORE REFERRED

        2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE…

        2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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  • 12:08:33 PM

    SPECIAL ORDER SPEECHES

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

    • 12:09:12 PM

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      OR WORSE, WHEN THE MONEY THEY HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO EARN, MONEY THEY…

      OR WORSE, WHEN THE MONEY THEY HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO EARN, MONEY THEY COULD HAVE -- THAT COULD HAVE GONE TO PAYING FOR THEIR MORTGAGE OR THE RENT, OR MONEY THAT COULD HAVE GONE TO TROOPS, OR TO REBUILD OUR ROADS, INSTEAD ENDS UP IN THE POCKETS OF CORRUPT POLITICIANS.

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    • 12:09:41 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      THAT'S WHY TODAY WE'VE WRITTEN A LETTER TO EVERY WORKER IN THIS COUNTRY…

      THAT'S WHY TODAY WE'VE WRITTEN A LETTER TO EVERY WORKER IN THIS COUNTRY WHO PAYS TAXES. YOU CAN FIND IT POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE, OR ON MEDIUM.COM. OUR LETTER SIMPLY LISTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF EVERYONE WHO WILL BE SPENDING -- WHO WILL BE SENDING IN A RETURN BEFORE APRIL 17, SOME OF THE WAYS THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN SPENDING YOUR MONEY. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW WHERE THOSE DOLLARS ARE GOING. AND NOW WITH THE HELP OF MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN LIEU OF CALIFORNIA, WE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU A QUICK COUNTING OF TRUMP'S CABINET'S SPENDING HABITS. WE THINK A PAT LEARN QUICKLY EMERGE. WHILE -- A PATTERN WILL QUICKLY EMERGE. DONALD TRUMP IS RUNNING A CABINET OF CORRUPTION. SO LET'S GET STARTED.

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    • 12:10:42 PM

      MR. LUJAN

      LIEU: THANK YOU. WHAT REALLY BUGS US IS THE FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE OF…

      LIEU: THANK YOU. WHAT REALLY BUGS US IS THE FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS AND TAXPAYER MONEY AND THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION THIS ADMINISTRATION STARTS -- WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION STARTS AT THE TOP, WITH THE PRESIDENT. I'M JUST GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME NUMBERS, THESE ARE FACTS, OF HOW MUCH DONALD TRUMP HAS WASTED TAXPAYERS' MONEYEST. HAS SPENT OVER $58 MILLION ON 95 TRIPS TO GOLF CLUBS, INCLUDING MAR-A-LAGO AND OTHER TRUMP-OWNED PROPERTIES. EVERY TIME HE TAKES ONE OF THESE TRIPS, ACCORDING TO "THE WASHINGTON POST" AND "POLITICO," COSTS ABOUT $3 MILLION, WITH ALL THE STAFF, EVERYONE HAS TO GO AND TRAVEL WITH HIM.

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    • 12:10:50 PM

      MR. LIEU

      IN ADDITION, $137,000 WAS USED FOR GOLF CARTS FOR SECRET SERVICE BETWEEN…

      IN ADDITION, $137,000 WAS USED FOR GOLF CARTS FOR SECRET SERVICE BETWEEN JANUARY AND OCTOBER, 2017, ALONE. AT LEAST $198,000 OF TAXPAYER MONEY WAS USED FOR TRUMP BUSINESS TRIPS IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2017. $17,000 FOR CUSTOM GLOVES IN THE OVAL OFFICE, OVER $12,000 ON A CUSTOM CONFERENCE TABLE FOR THE WEST WING OF THE WHITE HOUSE, FROM, BY THE WAY, THE SAME COMPANY USED BY PRESIDENT NIXON. SO THIS CORRUPTION SOURCE AT THE TOP -- STARTS AT THE TOP AND NOW YOU'RE GOING TO SEE, AS WE GO ALONG, THROUGH THE CABINET, THE FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY.

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    • 12:12:05 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

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      MR. LIEU

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      MR. GALLEGO

      OFFICE.

    • 12:13:15 PM

      MR. LIEU

      GALLEGO: ACTUALLY THEY WERE PERSONAL PLANES HE TOOK THAT COST A TOTAL OF…

      GALLEGO: ACTUALLY THEY WERE PERSONAL PLANES HE TOOK THAT COST A TOTAL OF 5DS,000.

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    • 12:13:39 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      THAT'S ALL RIGHT. ALL'S FOR GIVEN.

    • 12:13:45 PM

      MR. LIEU

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      MR. GALLEGO

    • 12:13:52 PM

      MR. LIEU

      GALLEGO: WE HAVE OUR FAVORITE CAUSE OR CELEBRITY NOW ADAYS. SCOTT PRUITT.…

      GALLEGO: WE HAVE OUR FAVORITE CAUSE OR CELEBRITY NOW ADAYS. SCOTT PRUITT. WHO SO FAR HAS SPENT $800,000 FOR AROUND THE CLOCK SECURITY, NEARLY TWICE THE COST OF SECURITY FOR PRUITT'S TWO IMMEDIATE SUCCESSORS. $105,000 IN FIRST CLASS TICKETS IN HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE, INCLUDING A $40,000 TRIP TO MOROCCO TO PROMOTE THE USE OF NATURAL GAS, WHICH DOESN'T EVEN FALL UNDER THE E.P.A.

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    • 12:14:07 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      MISSION. $1,600 FIRST-CLASS PLANE TICKET FROM WASHINGTON TO NEW YORK IN…

      MISSION. $1,600 FIRST-CLASS PLANE TICKET FROM WASHINGTON TO NEW YORK IN ORDER TO MAKE TWO BRIEF TELEVISION APPEARANCES DEFENDING THE DECISION TO WITHDRAW FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT. COULD YOU TAKE A TRAIN THAT WILL TAKE YOU JUST AS LONG AND WILL END UP BEING PROBABLY 1/10 OF THAT PRICE. IF YOU WANTED TO GO WITH, YOU KNOW, EVERYDAY AMERICANS STEADY INSTEAD OF TRYING TO LIVE IT UP -- AMERICANS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO LIVE IT UP. ALSO AN D 84,000 TRIP TO ITALY -- $84,000 TRIP TO ITALY. MORE THAN $58,000 ON CHARTERED FLIGHTS, INCLUDING A $36,000 FLIGHT FROM CINCINNATI WHERE PRUITT APPEARED ALONGSIDE TRUMP AT AN EVENT, TO NEW YORK WHERE HE CAUGHT A FLIGHT FOR HIS ITALY TRIP. $5,719 FLIGHT FROM DENVER TO COLORADO. I HAVE DONE THIS TRIP BEFORE. IT DOES NOT COST YOU $5,700. DESPITE THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF A STATE PLANE RIDE. WHY WOULD WOULD HAVE BEEN FREE. $120,000 FOR A RIGHT-LEANING P.R. FIRM KNOWN FOR ITS CAMPAIGN OPPOSITIONS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN USED TO TARGET CAREER E.P.A. EMPLOYEES, ANOTHER $43,000 ON A SOUND PROOF PHONE BOOTH FOR PRUITT'S OFFICE AND $6,000 ON A BIOMETRIC FINGERPRINTING LOCKS FOR THAT BOOTH. . HE GRANTED RAISES TO TWO OF HIS AIDES. PRUITT'S FORMER DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF HAD A DECORATING ALLOWANCE FOR HIS OFFICE AND STAYED IN LUXURY HOTELS EXCEEDING THE GOVERNMENT RATE AND DIRECTED STAFF TO FIND OFFICIAL REASONS FOR PRUITT TO FLY HOME TO OKLAHOMA OR VARIOUS STATES HE WISHED TO VISIT AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT WE HAVEN'T EVEN FULLY GONE TWO YEARS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND TALKING ABOUT HIS OWN CABINET MEMBERS THAT ARE CREATING WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE. IF ANY OF THIS HAD OCCURRED DURING THE TIME WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA OCCUPIED THE WHITE HOUSE, WE WOULD HAVE THE REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS TALKING ABOUT THIS EVERY DAY AND WOULD BE TRYING TO KEEP THE PRESIDENCY IN CHECK. INSTEAD, WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS IS A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS THAT IS PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE ON SCOTT PRUITT.

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    • 12:17:06 PM

      MR. LIEU

      WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND FIRE THESE OFFICIALS WHO ARE GETTING SWEETHEART…

      WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND FIRE THESE OFFICIALS WHO ARE GETTING SWEETHEART DEALS.

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    • 12:18:04 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      SO IF THE PRESIDENT WAS SERIOUS ABOUT IT, IF MY COLLEAGUES WERE SERIOUS…

      SO IF THE PRESIDENT WAS SERIOUS ABOUT IT, IF MY COLLEAGUES WERE SERIOUS ALSO ABOUT DRAINING THE SWAMP, THEY NEED TO KEEP THEIR OWN PARTY AND CABINET MEMBERS IN CHECK. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THAT IS NOT HAPPENING.

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    • 12:18:42 PM

      MR. LIEU

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      MR. GALLEGO

      THAT IS WHY YOU MY NEW HAMPSHIRE YIRN AND PRUITT ACTING LIKE THE…

      THAT IS WHY YOU MY NEW HAMPSHIRE YIRN AND PRUITT ACTING LIKE THE PRESIDENT. WASTEFUL WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS AND NOT TRYING TO EXPLAIN WHY OR FEELING BAD ABOUT WHY THEY DID IT.

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    • 12:20:04 PM

      MR. LIEU

      GALLEGO: WHILE YOU ARE FILLING OUT YOUR TAXES, I DID NOT PROPER CONTRAST…

      GALLEGO: WHILE YOU ARE FILLING OUT YOUR TAXES, I DID NOT PROPER CONTRAST TIN ATE. BUT WHEN YOU ARE DOING YOUR TAXES AND PAY YOUR TAXES, SOME OF THAT MONEY HAS GONE INTO THE POCKETS OF SOME POLITICIANS THAT DID NOT NEED IT.

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    • 12:20:21 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      COULD HAVE GONE SOMEWHERE ELSE. COULD HAVE GONE TO OUR TROOPS OR SOME OF…

      COULD HAVE GONE SOMEWHERE ELSE. COULD HAVE GONE TO OUR TROOPS OR SOME OF OUR MORE IMPORTANT CAUSES. INSTEAD, IT WAS BECAUSE ONE CABINET MEMBER DECIDED HE HAD TO TAKE A FIRST CLASS TRIP INSTEAD OF SITTING IN COACH LIKE THE REST OF US. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:21:02 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      RECOGNITION.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      GOHMERT: HAD AN INTERESTING WEEK HERE. ALWAYS APPRECIATE FOLLOWING PEOPLE…

      GOHMERT: HAD AN INTERESTING WEEK HERE. ALWAYS APPRECIATE FOLLOWING PEOPLE SPEAKING WHO WANT TO LIMIT WASTE IN OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND SO, I ONLY HEARD A LITTLE SNIPPET, BUT IT CAUGHT MY EAR. I HEARD SOMETHING MENTIONED

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    • 12:22:02 PM

      MR. GOHMERT

      ABOUT. E.P.A. DIRECTOR SCOTT PRUITT WHO GAVE A RAISE TO TWO PEOPLE WHO…

      ABOUT. E.P.A. DIRECTOR SCOTT PRUITT WHO GAVE A RAISE TO TWO PEOPLE WHO HADN'T GOTTEN THEM. ONE OF THE STAFF RECOMMENDED A RAISE TO TWO PEOPLE WITHOUT THE DIRECTOR'S PERMISSION. AND THEY DIDN'T GET THE RAISE. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. HE IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE PEOPLE IN THAT JOB. HE IS ONE OF THE REASONS THE ECONOMY IS DOING WELL AND JOBS FOR MINORITY MEMBERS ALL-TIME HIGH. RECORD SETTING. AND YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHEN A CABINET MEMBER LIKE SCOTT PRUITT IS DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB AND THE ECONOMY IS EXPLODING AS A RESULT, DOING SO WELL, PEOPLE BEING EMPLOYED AND PEOPLE MAKING MORE AND I CAN ALSO REPORT HAVING SPENT TWO WEEKS IN MY DISTRICT THE WEEK BEFORE AND WEEK AFTER EASTER, I'M HEARING IT FROM PEOPLE IN JOBS YOU WOULDN'T EVEN THINK OF. THE ECONOMY IS DOING WELL. PRETTY TYPICAL PEOPLE TELLING ME THERE IN RETAIL WHATEVER IT IS, THEIR SALES ARE UP 40%, 50% AFTER THE FIRST QUARTER, EVEN LAST YEAR. I REALLY DON'T BELIEVE WE WOULD EVER GOTTEN A TAX BILL IF WE HAD NOT THE UNDIING COMMITMENT TO GET SOMETHING DONE THAT WE HAD FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SO IT'S A GOOD THING. IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD YEAR. AND WHEN THE ECONOMY IS GOING GOOD AND IT'S A GOOD THING -- I HAVE BEEN HERE 13 YEARS, BUT I HAVE NOTICED IF REPUBLICANS ARE IN THE MAJORITY AND THE ECONOMY IS BEING TURNED AROUND -- I KNOW PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID WE WILL NEVER SEE 3% IN THE ECONOMY AGAIN. IT WOULD TAKE A MAGIC WAND, TRUMP WOULD HAVE TO HAVE A MAGIC WAND TO GET THE ECONOMY TO GROW BY 3% AGAIN. ANOTHER PIECE OF GOOD NEWS, WE FOUND OUT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AS PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY MADE ENOUGH CHANGES THROUGH PEOPLE LIKE SCOTT PRUITT AND OTHERS SO THAT THE ECONOMY HAS ALREADY HIT 3% GROWTH. AND WE HOPE BY THE END OF THE YEAR IT WILL BE MUCH BETTER. SO GOOD NEWS. OUR FRIENDS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WASTE, IT'S NOT WHAT WAS INITIALLY REPORTED. BUT I'M THRILLED TO SEE THE CONCERN ABOUT WASTE. I KNOW THAT'S ONE THING THAT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE NOW WILL BE CONCERNED ABOUT. IT IS INTERESTING WHEN THE ECONOMY GETS TO GOING SO WELL, THAT'S WHEN I SEE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE GET MORE CONCERNED AND START USING THE TERM CORRUPTION. AND WHY NOT? I KNOW BACK IN 2005 AND 2006 WHEN THERE WERE DEMOCRATS BEING ARRESTED AND THERE WAS TROUBLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH CORRUPTION ON BOTH PARTIES, BOY WE STARTED HEARING THE TERM, CORRUPTION, CORRUPTION, CORRUPTION. THE DEMOCRATS WON THE MAJORITY AND THEN AS SOON AS PEOPLE SAW HOW BAD THE CORRUPTION HAD BECOME UNDER THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY, WE WERE ABLE TO GET THE MAJORITY BACK. NOW THE KEY IS TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT. OBVIOUSLY WE SAW YESTERDAY IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST BRING A BALANCED BUDGET TO THE FLOOR THAT WOULD HAVE HAD A SPENDING CAP THAT WOULD HAVE FORCED TAXES TO GO UP, THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH TO CONVINCE AMERICANS THAT WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT CUTTING WASTE IN OUR SPENDING. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ACTUALLY AVOID THINGS LIKE THAT OUTRAGEOUS OMNIBUS THAT PASSED WITH OVER 60% OF DEMOCRATS VOTING FOR IT AND OVER 60% APPARENTLY OF REPUBLICANS VOTING FOR IT. ANOTHER BIT OF GOOD NEWS AND I THINK THIS PART OF THE NEWS IS A HELP TO THE ECONOMY. ONE OF THE REASONS WE ARE SEEING HELP TO THE ECONOMY. I KNOW THERE ARE MEGA WEALTHY FOLKS OUT THERE WHO WANT TO SEE NO BORDER LIKE THE CLINTONS WERE PUSHING FOR AND HAD THE MEGA WEALTHY FRIENDS, WANT AS MUCH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION COMING IN. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HARM OUR NATION AND PEOPLE HERE, NEVER MIND THAT, IF PEOPLE CAN BE REWARDED THAT ARE BIG DONORS, THEN GOODNESS, LET'S HAVE OPEN BORDERS. BUT THAT IS NOT THE POSITION OF THE PEOPLE THAT ELECTED PRESIDENT TRUMP AND WE NEED TO BE ABOUT THE THINGS THAT ALLOWED US TO KEEP THE MAJORITY AND ELECTED DONALD TRUMP AS PRESIDENT, BECAUSE IF WE DON'T, THE MA THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WILL BE LOST AND THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS WILL BE SPENT DEALING WITH IMPEACHMENT OF A PRESIDENT WHO HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH WHAT THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION DID. INTERESTING THING CALLED PROJECTING. ONE GROUP COMMITS HORRENDOUS OFFENSES AND THEN BEFORE THE OTHER SIDE CAN PROPERLY INVESTIGATE WHAT THAT GROUP DID, THE OFFENDING GROUP STARTS PROJECTING THEIR OFFENSES AS IF THEY WERE DONE BY THE OPPOSING SIDE. BUT ATTORNEY GENERAL -- THIS ARTICLE, ATTORNEY JEFF SESSIONS ANNOUNCES A NEW ZERO TOLERANCE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLICY. AND THAT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE. WE ARE HAVING AN IMMENSE PROBLEM AS THE CALL HAS BEEN FOR MORE AND MORE AMNESTY, LEGALIZING PEOPLE ILLEGALLY. IT HAS CAUSED A FLOOD OF PEOPLE COMING ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER AND SO ATTORNEY JENL JEFF SESSIONS ANNOUNCEMENT IS A BIG HELP. IT APPEARS IT IS HELPING TO SLOW THE RATE OF PEOPLE FLOODING TO THE UNITED STATES. HOPEFULLY THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT TO CALL FOR A NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ON THE BORDER IS ALSO HELPING, BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE TURNED AWAY, THEY REALIZE WHY SHOULD I MAKE THE TRIP. BUT I WOULD COMMEND OUR NATIONAL GUARD -- OF COURSE UNDER THE DOCTRINE, NORMALLY THEY ARE NOT TO BE USED AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS. THAT'S THE LAW EXCEPT UNDER VERY TIGHT EXCEPTIONS. BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO. IF THE NATIONAL GUARD IS ALLOWED TO GO TO THE BORDER, NOT LIKE IN THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION OR EVEN PART OF THE TROOPS SENT, IF THEY ARE ALLOWED TO GO TO THE BORDER AND STAND THERE -- THE BUSIEST SECTOR FOR A LONG TIME NOW FOR A FEW YEARS OR SO IS THE MCIALEN SECTOR. WAS ARIZONA, BUT AS THAT BORDER WAS TOUGHENED UP, THAT SECTOR BECAME A BUSIER SECTOR. . IT HAD TO DO WITH THE DRUG CARTEL IN THAT AREA THAT COVERS THAT SECTOR OF OUR BORDER. PROBABLY IF THAT SURGE COMING UP FROM CENTRAL AMERICA THROUGH MEXICO, ANY OF THEM TO WERE TO MAKE IT, THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO BE COMING. -- OF THEM WERE TO MAKE IT, THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO BE COMING. I'VE BEEN THERE ALL NIGHT. AND IT'S VERY CLEAR, WHEN GOVERNOR PERRY SENT GAME WARD S -- WARDENS, D.P.S. TROOPERS, JUST TO STAND ON THE HIGH BANK ON THE U.S. SIDE OF THE RIO GRANDE RIVER, THERE ARE COYOTES, AND I'VE BEEN THERE WITH OUR FOLKS, THE BORDER PATROL, THEY'RE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN THERE. SOME OF OUR D.P.S. AND BOTH HAVE NIGHT VISION GEAR. AND TEXAS D.P.S. FOLKS ALLOWED HE HAD TO USE SOME NIGHT VISION GEAR -- ME TO USE SOME NIGHT VISION GEAR, AND WE WERE ABLE TO SEE COYOTES HIDING BEHIND TREES ACROSS THE WAY. AND THEY WERE WAITING FOR PEOPLE ON THE U.S. SIDE OF THE BORDER, THE RIO GRANDE, TO MOVE OUT OF THE WAY. BECAUSE THE COYOTES, APPARENTLY THEIR LIVES CAN BE IN JEOPARDY IF THE WRAP THEY USE TO BRING ACROSS ILLEGALS IS DESTROYED, THEN THEIR LIVES MAY BE DESTROYED BY THE DRUG CARTELS OR THE GANG THAT WERE WORKING FOR THE DRUG CARTEL. SO THEY DON'T WANT THEIR RAFT TO BE DESTROYED. THEY DON'T WANT TO GET CAUGHT. THE EXPERIENCE SINCE I'VE SEEN IT SO MANY HUNDREDS OF TIMES, THE PEOPLE COMING ACROSS IN THE RAFTS, THEY WANT TO BE CAUGHT BECAUSE THEY KNEW FROM THE OBAMA YEARS THAT WHEN SOMEBODY GETS THERE, THEY DON'T TELL THEM TO GO BACK, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO SET FOOT ON U.S. SOIL. OH, NO. ONCE YOU GET ACROSS, THEN IT'S TIME TO IN-PROCESS YOU. WE HAVE OUR QUESTIONS TO ASK AS WE IN-PROCESS YOU. WE MAY PUT YOU IN A FACILITY AND PROVIDE YOU FOOD, THREE MEALS A DAY, TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS. OR WE MAY JUST LET YOU PROVIDE US THE ADDRESS THAT THE DRUG CARTELS GAVE THE PERSON COMING IN ILLEGALLY, OR THE FAMILY OR GROUP, THE ADDRESS BEING WHERE THE DRUG CARTELS WANTED THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO GO TO WORK, BECAUSE AS I'VE HEARD THEM SAY MANY TIMES, OH, WELL, THEY TOLDS -- TOLD US I COULD WORK OFF THE REST. $7,000 TO COME IN. I HAD $1,500. WE HAD PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT SENT $2,000. THESE KIND OF STORIES OVER AND OVER. AND THEN IT'S NOT ON THE LIST OF REQUIRED QUESTIONS, BUT SOME OF OUR FOLKS WOULD ASK ANYWAY. YOU KNOW, HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY? YOU DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY. WHERE DID YOU GET IT? THEN THERE WAS ALWAYS AT LEAST THREE, FOUR, -- 3,000, 4 -- $3,000, $4,000, $5,000 THAT HAD NOT BEEN PAID. OH, THEY'RE GOING LET ME PAY THAT OFF WHEN I GET TO THE ADDRESS THEY'RE SENDING ME. SO, WHAT AN AMAZING BUSINESS MODEL. TO HAVE POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES, BASICALLY INDENTURED SERVANTS, AND YOU DON'T PAY YOUR EMPLOYEE. NO, THEY PAY YOU A BUNCH OF MONEY TO GET TO COME TO WORK FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO GET THEM ACROSS THE BORDER AND THEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, YOU TALK ABOUT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WOULD THEN HAVE HOMELAND SECURITY SHIP THEM TO THE CITY TO WHICH THE DRUG CARTEL TOLD THEM THEY WANTED THEM TO GO WORK AND GAVE THEM ANDREAS AND THEN WHEN THEY GOT TO THE CITY -- AN ADDRESS AND THEN WHEN THEY GOT TO THE CITY, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO WORK FOR THE DRUG CARTEL TO PAY OFF THE MONEY THAT THE DRUG CARTEL SAID THEY STILL OWED THEM. WHAT A GREAT BUSINESS MODEL. YOUR EMPLOYEES PAY YOU TO GET TO WORK FOR YOU. AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL SEND THEM TO THEIR LOCATION. THAT'S WHY BORDER PATROL TOLD ME , A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ONES TOLD ME, THAT THE DRUG CARTELS IN MEXICO LOOK AT OUR HOMELAND SECURITY, THIS ALL OCCURRED DURING THE OBAMA YEARS, THEY LOOKED AT OUR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AS THEIR LOGISTICS. THEY GET THEM ACROSS THE BORDER, AND IMMEDIATELY HOMELAND SECURITY TAKES CHARGE AND GETS THEM TO WHERE THEY WERE NEEDED IN THE DRUG TRAFFICKING ARENA. AND THERE WERE PLACES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IT IS TRAGIC, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS POINTED IT OUT, AND IT IS TRUE, DESPITE SOME OF THE NAYSAYERS, WHEN GROUPS START COMING TO THE UNITED STATES, WHETHER THEY COME FROM CENTRAL AMERICA AND ARE ALLOWED BY WHAT SHOULD BE A FRIEND IN MEXICO TO COME ALL THE WAY THROUGH MEXICO, TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES, THERE ARE GOING TO BE GIRLS THAT ARE RAPED, THERE ARE GOING TO BE YOUNG WOMEN AND SOME OLDER WOMEN THAT ARE FORCED INTO SEX TRAFFICKING. AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME PEOPLE THAT LOSE THEIR LIVES. THE VERY BEST THING WE COULD DO FOR THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO, AND I'M SAYING THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO, NOT ELECTED LEADERS IN GOVERNMENT WHO HAVE GOTTEN THERE BY THE DRUG CARTELS, NO, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE DRUG CARTELS, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO, THE PEOPLE THAT DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER. THE BEST THING WE COULD DO, TOTALLY SECURE OUR BORDER, SO THAT ONLY PEOPLE WHO COME IN LAWFULLY AND WE'RE TRYING TO GET THE PROPER WORDING FOR A BILL THAT WILL ACTUALLY TELL OUR BORDER PATROL, ANYBODY COMING IN TO THE UNITED STATES THROUGH ANYPLACE OTHER THAN A LEGAL CROSSING AREA ARE TO BE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO STEP FOOT ON AMERICAN SOIL. ON U.S. SOIL. BECAUSE, I MEAN, I'VE BEEN THERE. I'VE SEEN IT. TEXAS, THE D.P.S. TROOPERS, THE GAME WARDENS, THEY WON'T ALLOW PEOPLE TO STEP ON THE U.S. SIDE. BUT WHEN THE FEDERAL FOLKS COME ALONG, THEY SAY, OH, NO, COME ON IN SO WE CAN IN-PROCESS YOU. I WATCHED THAT OVER AND OVER DURING THE OBAMA YEARS. BUT ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS JUST SAY, NO, YOU'RE NOT COMING IN THROUGH AN ILLEGAL AVENUE OR AN ILLEGAL METHOD. NOT COMING IN. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SET FOOT HERE. YOU COME BY AIR, THEN WE'RE GOING TO TURN YOU AROUND AND SEND YOU RIGHT BACK. YOU COME BY -- ACROSS THE WATER, WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET YOU LAND. WE'RE GOING TO TURN YOU AROUND AND SEND YOU RIGHT BACK. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO STEP FOOT. THAT'S APPARENTLY WHAT WE NEED TO TELL OUR FOLKS, DON'T LET -- DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IN-PROCESSING. YOU'RE GOING TO COME IN, IF YOU'RE GOING TO COME ASK FOR AMNESTY, OR ANY KIND OF THING, COME THROUGH A LEGAL PORT OF ENTRY. COME THROUGH A LEGAL AVENUE AND WE'LL HAVE OUR FOLKS TALK TO YOU BEFORE THEY ALLOW YOU TO COME IN. AND YOU NEED TO BE LEGAL COMING IN OR YOU'RE NOT COMING. THAT'S RATHER BASIC. BUT APPARENTLY WE NEED SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO MAKE CLEAR WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT ENFORCING OUR BORDER. SO IT IS WELCOME NEWS. HAVE AN ARTICLE, THIS ONE BY CHARLES ARTELL. HE SAYS, QUOTING JEFF SESSIONS, QUOTE, YOU PLAY A CRITICAL PART IN FULFILLING THESE GOALS. AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR IT BED EFFORTS IN -- IN YOUR CONTINUED EFFORTS IN SEEING TO IT THAT OUR LAWS AND AS A RESULT OUR NATION ARE RESPECTED. THE CRACKDOWN, AND THAT'S UNQUOTE. THE CRACKDOWN COMES AFTER THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REPORTED 203% INCREASE IN ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS FOR MARCH, 2017, TO MARCH, 2018, ACCORDING TO THE MEMO. IT ALSO NOTED A 37% INCREASE FROM FEBRUARY, 2018, TO MARCH, 2018. THE LARGEST MONTH TO MONTH INCREASE SINCE 2011. AND INTERJECT HERE, THE REASON IS VERY CLEAR FOR. THIS THE MORE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON -- FOR THIS. THE MORE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON TALK ABOUT THE TERM AMNESTY, THE WORD LEGALIZATION, THE WORD DACA , ANY OF THESE THINGS, IT CREATES YET ANOTHER SURGE AND ANOTHER SURGE. MY POSITION S HAS CONTINUED TO BE CONSISTENT -- HAS CONTINUED TO BE CONSISTENT. I THOROUGHLY SUPPORTED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PLATFORM ON THIS AREA. FOR THIS THIS AREA. -- OR IN THIS AREA. AND IT'S PROBABLY THE BIGGEST REASON THAT PEOPLE WENT OUT AND VOTED FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE'RE GOING TO ENFORCE OUR BORDER, WE'RE GOING TO SECURE IT, WE'RE GOING TO BUILD A WALL WHERE WE NEED IT. AND WE HAVE TO GET THAT DONE. BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT DACA, AMNESTY, LEGALIZATION, IT BRINGS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE SURGING TO OUR BORDER, MORE PEOPLE WILL BE PULLED IN TO SEX SLAVERY, MORE PEOPLE WILL BE LOSING THEIR LIVES. MORE PEOPLE WILL BE PULLED INTO DRUG TRAFFICKING. ALL OF THAT HURTS OUR COUNTRY. IT'S DESTRUCT TO HAVE MEXICO. -- DESTRUCTIVE TO MEXICO. IT PROVIDES TENS OF BILLIONS OF MORE DOLLARS FOR CORRUPTION. I MEAN, MEXICO, THEY'VE GOT THE NATURAL RESOURCES, INCREDIBLE NATURAL RESOURCES. THEY'VE GOT SOME OF THE HARDESTWORKING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. THEY GOT THE BEST LOCATION RIGHT BETWEEN TWO MAJOR CONTINENTS. TWO BIG OCEANS. PERFECT LOCATION. THE ONLY THING HOLDING THEM BACK IS CORRUPTION. WE SECURE OUR BORDER, IT BRINGS AN END TO THE WILD CORRUPTION THAT EXISTS IN MEXICO AND FURTHER SOUTH. BUT, THIS ARTICLE SAYS, PEOPLE TRYING TO CROSS ILLEGALLY FROM MEXICO INTO THE U.S. WAS A LOW IN 2017, ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. SO THAT WAS GREAT. BORDER OFFICERS APPREHENDED APPROXIMATELY 310,000 PEOPLE IN FISCAL YEAR 2017. A 25% DECREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE NUMBER OF APPREHENSIONS JUMPED BY 40% FROM FEBRUARY TO MARCH. WHICH D.H.S. SAID WAS CONSISTENT WITH SEASONAL TRENDS. ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS SAID THE UNACCEPTABLE BORDER SITUATION IS A RESULT OF CONGRESS' FAILURE TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD CLOSE THE DANGEROUS LOOPHOLES AND FUND PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S PROPOSED BORDER WALL. ONE OF THE BIG PROBLEMS I HAD WITH THE OMNIBUS BILL, IT NOT ONLY DIDN'T PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE WALL, WE HAVE A MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE, MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, AND BASICALLY IT WAS A SLAB TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. NOT ONLY ARE WE NOT GIVING YOU MONEY FOR THE WALL, BUT WE'RE GOING TO PUT $1.5 BILLION IN THERE AND SAY IT'S ONLY TO REPLACE FENCES AND THEY'VE GOT TO BE OPEN WHERE YOU CAN SEE THROUGH THEM. WHAT A SLAP AT THE PRESIDENT. WHAT A SLAP AT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO CONTROL OUR BORDER, SECURE OUR BORDER. ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM CBS NEWS, ABOUT THE SAME POLICY, THE SAME ANNOUNCEMENT. THAT'S FROM APRIL 6. THEN THIS FROM "THE HILL. " MICHAEL STAPA. JEFF SESSIONS SENDS CALIFORNIA'S STRONG -- SENDS CALIFORNIA A STRONG MESSAGE ON IMMIGRATION. AND IT STARTS, HERE'S MORE THAN A LITTLE HISTORICAL IRONY HERE IN RESPONSE TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S INITIATIVES TO RESTORE ORDER IN AND RESPECT FOR THE NATION'S IMMIGRATION LAWS. THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE PASSED AND LIBERAL POLITICIANS AND BUSINESS AND ENTERTAINMENT ELITES OF THE STATE ARE VOCALI DEFENDING -- VOCALLY DEFENDING THREE LAWS WHICH OPENLY DEFY THE CONSTITUTION AND CHALLENGE THE UNION. IT'S BASICALLY DECLARATION OF SECESSION FROM CALIFORNIA. THAT'S MY INTERJEX. THIS SAYS THAT CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS ARE DEDICATED TO MAINTAINING A TRADITIONAL WAY OF LIFE AND PROTECTING ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL POWER BUILT ON THE MANUAL LABOR AND EVENTUALLY THE VOTES OF AN ILLEGAL CLASS OF WORKERS. BY PROTECTING THE INSTITUTION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, THE CALIFORNIA LAWS NOT ONLY USURP FEDERAL PREROGATIVES TO THE DETRIMENT OF LESS AFFLUENT CALIFORNIANS, BUT ALSO UNDERMINE LAW ENFORCEMENT FAR BEYOND THE BORDERS OF THE STATE. THEREFORE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THIS WEEK INITIATED COURT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE REBELIOUS STATE, CHALLENGING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE THREE STATUTES. . DERIDING CALIFORNIA'S QUOTE, UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLICIES, UNQUOTE, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS BEGAN HIS MARCH TO THE SEA. IT IS A CRIPT MADE FOR HOLLYWOOD. ACCORDING TO "THE LOS ANGELES TIMES," THE THREE LAWS THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS CHALLENGING MAKE IT A CRIME FOR BUSINESS OWNERS TO VOLUNTARILY HELP FEDERAL AGENTS FIND AND DETAIN UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS, PROHIBIT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR ALERTING IMMIGRATION AGENTS WHEN DETAINEES ARE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY AND CREATE A STATE INSPECTION PROGRAM FOR LOCAL IMMIGRATION CENTERS. LET ME INTERJECT HERE, THIS PART HERE, PROHIBIT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM ALERTING IMMIGRATION AGENTS WHEN DETAINEES ARE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY, THAT NEEDS FURTHER ALABS. WHAT CALIFORNIA IS SAYING, IF THEY ARE IN CUSTODY, THEN THEY HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME OR ACCUSED OF A CRIME OR PROBABLE CAUSE TO SUSPECT THEM OF A CRIME. SO WHEN CALIFORNIA PASSES LAWS SAYING THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN CUSTODY BECAUSE WE HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THEY ARE CRIMINALS, WE DON'T WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO WE HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE COMMITTED CRIMES, WE WANT THOSE PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA, IN SAN FRANCISCO, WE WANT THOSE CRIMINALS, THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE THAT COMMITTED A CRIME, WE WANT THEM IN OUR STATE, IN OUR TOWN. AND SO WE ARE PASSING A LAW, LET'S KEEP THESE CRIMINALS IN CALIFORNIA, FOR CALIFORNIA, TAKING JOBS THAT CALIFORNIANS WOULD DO IF THEY WERE PAYING A LITTLE MORE FOR THEM, BUT THESE PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY, SOME WILL TAKE THEM, OTHERS WILL GET WELFARE, OTHERS WILL APPLY FOR CHILD TAX CREDITS AND GET THOUSANDSES BACK THEY DIDN'T PAY IN. THAT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN AND HOPEFULLY WILL BE COMING TO A STOP SOON ONCE WE GET THE I.R.S. UNDER CONTROL AND GET THE I.R.S. TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THE LAW AS THEY SO BOLDLY AND BRASHLY OFFENDED AND VIOLATED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. WE COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH MONEY BEING PAID OUT IN CHILD TAX CREDITS AND HOW IS THAT HAPPENING IF PEOPLE ARE ILLEGALLY HERE. EVEN THOUGH THE LAW SAYS YOU BASICALLY HAVE TO A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO GET MORE MONEY BACK THAN YOU PAID IN, THE I.R.S. DECIDED, YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY THOUGHT, GEE, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WORKING THAT WOULD PAY TAXES IF THEY HAD SOME NUMBER TO ALLOW THEM TO PAY TAXES. SO EVEN THOUGH THE LAW DOESN'T ALLOW IT, WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THESE WORKING PEOPLE TAXPAYER I.D. NUMBERS AND THEN THAT WAY THEY'LL FILE INCOME TAX RETURNS AND GET ALL OF THESE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAXES FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING HERE THAT ARE HERE ILLEGALLY. THAT WENT AWRY AND PEOPLE FIGURED OUT I'M FILING OUT A TAX RETURN AND THE LAW REQUIRES I HAVE A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, THE I.R.S. IS SENDING ME BACK THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND CLAIM I HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF CHILDREN SOMEWHERE AND THEY'LL SEND ME A CHECK. IT'S TIME FOR THAT TO COME TO AN END AND TIME FOR THE LAW TO BE ENFORCED. WE DON'T NEED NEW LAWS, WE JUST NEED THE LAW ENFORCED. AND WHAT THESE ARTICLES ARE SAYING IS THAT THE NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL IS INTENT ON ENFORCING THE LAW AS IT IS EVEN THOUGH PLACE LIKE CALIFORNIA IS ASKING ITS OWN CITIZENS AND SAYING WE WOULD RATHER HAVE PEOPLE WHO COMMIT CRIMES THAN ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MOVE THOSE -- REMOVE THOSE WHO COMMIT CRIMES AMONGST US. IT IS AN UNBELIEVABLE STORY. THAT'S NOT GOVERNANCE. THAT'S INSANITY. WELL, I'M THRILLED THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL IS TAKING A STAND FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. IT HAS BEEN SO BADLY NEEDED FOR SO MANY YEARS. THIS ARTICLE FROM ROBERT MOORE AND MATT SUPODSKI FROM THE "WASHINGTON POST." THERE IS AN ARTICLE EVERY NOW AND THEN. FROM LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS WHOSE DEPARTMENT HAS COME UNDER INTENSE CRITICISM, SOME CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS IN RECENT DAYS REPEATEDLY PRAISED PRESIDENT TRUMP IN A SPEECH TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WEDNESDAY ABOUT IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. YOU MIGHT EVEN SAY WE GOT A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN. AND THAT'S PRETTY TRUE. BUT HERE AGAIN, REPORT COMES BACK THAT THERE'S THIS BIG INCREASE PEOPLE FLOODING TO OUR BORDER BECAUSE OF ALL THE DISCUSSION ABOUT LEGALIZATION, AMNESTY, DACA. UNTIL THE BORDER IS SECURED, THIS BODY HAS NO BUSINESS TAKING UP ANY LEGISLATION OR EVEN TALKING ABOUT LEGISLATION THAT WILL LEGALIZE ANYBODY THAT'S HERE. LET'S GET THE BOARD SECURED AND THEN WE CAN WORK IT OUT. AND I HAVE NO QUESTION WHATSOEVER IN MY MIND, WE COULD GET A BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE HOUSE, THROUGH THE SENATE. THE PRESIDENT SIGN IT AFTER THE BORDER IS SECURED. BUT UNTIL THE BOARD IS SECURED, WE ARE LUREING MORE PEOPLE TO THEIR DEATH, SEX TRAFFICKING JUST BY DANGLING THIS SHINY OBJECT COMING TO THE UNITED STATES AND LURING PEOPLE OUT TO THEIR DETRIMENT. IF THE GOVERNMENT WERE AN INDIVIDUAL OR A COMPANY AND IT WAS SAYING THINGS THAT LURED PEOPLE IN TO AN AREA WHERE THEY WERE HARMED, THEN THAT PERSON OR THAT COMPANY COULD BE SUED AND WE'D HAVE TO PAY OUT AN INCREDIBLE JUDGMENT FOR THIS -- WHAT'S CALLED AN ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE. THEY ARE LURED IN BY PROMISES OF LEGALIZATION, AMNESTY, DACA, AND YET SOME GET HERE AND LOSE THEIR LIVES ON THE WAY OR ONCE INSIDE THE BORDER TRYING TO GET SOMEWHERE, MANY YOUNG WOMEN LURED OR FORCED, RATHER, INTO SEX TRAFFICKING, DRUGS. THAT IS AN OUTRAGEOUS ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE. BUT SINCE IT'S THE GOVERNMENT, WE CAN'T SUE THEM AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT GET THE LANGUAGE RIGHT SO IF YOU ARE A STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND YOUR POLICIES ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME TO THE AREA ILLEGALLY AND TO THE DETRIMENT OF LOCAL CITIZENS, YOU KNOW THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE LIABLE. THIS FROM LAURA JARRETT AND EVAN PEREZ EARLIER THIS YEAR, FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARE ACTIVELY INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION RELATED TO CLINTON FOUNDATION, CHARITY OF BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON ACCORDING TO AN OFFICIAL BRIEFED ON THE MATTER. THE REASON I'M BRINGING THIS UP, SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SAYING NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE. AND THE REASON WE ARE SAYING THAT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE AN ETHICAL ATTORNEY GENERAL UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS, WHO DOESN'T MAKE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS THAT ARE QUIETLY ETHICICALLY TAKING PLACE. SO A LOT OF PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE USED TO HAVING JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS LIKE MUELLER AND COMEY LEAKING THINGS, LORETTA LYNCH, ERIC HOLDER, LEAKING THINGS OUT THERE THAT SHOULD NOT BE RELEASED AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE RELEASING, NOW WE HAVE A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AT LEAST AT THE TOP ARE NOT LEAKING STUFF. SO YOU DON'T HEAR ABOUT IT MUCH. AND THAT'S WHY I THINK THESE ARTICLES ARE IMPORTANT. THE F.B.I. AND FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE LOOKING WHETHER DONORS TO THE FOUNDATION WERE IMPROPERLY PROMISED POLICY FAVORS OR SPECIAL ACCESS TO HILLARY CLINTON WHILE SHE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE IN EXCHANGE FOR DONATIONS TO THE CHARITY'S COVERS AND TAX EXEMPT FUNDS WERE USED. THIS IS NOT AN ILLEGAL LEAK BUT A LEGITIMATE STORY. THE INQUIRY WAS FIRST REPORTED BY "THE HILL" WHICH CITED LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES. IT'S UNCLEAR PRECISELY WHAT IF ANY EVIDENCE IGNITED THE INVESTIGATION AFTER INITIAL INQUIRIES SFALLED PRIOR TO THE 2016 ELECTION. AND THE INVESTIGATION IS LED BY THE F.B.I. FIELD OFFICE IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS AND IS BEING OVERSEEN BY THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IN THE STATE, ACCORDING TO THE SOURCE. AND THEY'RE NOT PUTTING OUT INFORMATION ABOUT WHO AND WHAT THEY'RE DOING, LIKE OBVIOUSLY, MR. COMEY, HAD GOTTEN INTO THE HABIT OF DOING. A REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE CLINTON FOUNDATION DISMISSED THE SUBSTANCE OF THE ALLEGATIONS AS UNFOUNDED, BUT THE ARTICLE DEPOSE ON, THE CURRENT PROBE OF THE FOUNDATION COMES AT A SENSITIVE TIME FOR THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. SOME REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ON CAPITOL HILL CHEERED TRUMP ON WHILE OTHERS IN THE PARTY, MANY DEMOCRATS RAISED CONCERNS IN RECENT MONTHS. BUT THIS ARTICLE SAYS THE FUNDAMENTAL THING IS YOU COULD -- CANNOT BE SECRETARY OF STATE AND USE THAT POSITION TO SEEK OR EXTORT CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR PRIVATE FOUNDATION. CNN WAS TOLD ON "NEW DAY" IN 2016. THAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL VIOLATION OF THE LAW THAT DOES APPEAR TO HAVE HAPPENED. FACT REMAINS THAT HILLARY CLINTON -- THIS IS FROM HER SPOKES PERSON. SHE NEVER TOOK ACTION AS SECRETARY OF STATE BECAUSE OF DONATION TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION AND NATURALLY THAT WOULD BE THE RIGHT THING TO SAY, BECAUSE IT'S A CRIME TO DO THAT, BUT APPARENTLY THE INVESTIGATION IS INTO THE OVER $100 MILLION IN DONATIONS MADE TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION THAT APPEARS TO HAVE DRIED UP AND GONE NONEXIST ANTI- AFTER HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION. SO WHAT ARE YOU TO CONCLUDE, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS POURING INTO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION WHILE SHE IS SECRETARY OF STATE AND HAS A CHANCE TO BE PRESIDENT. AND AS SOON AS PEOPLE REALIZED THEY COULD PAY, MAYBE NO PAY FOR PLAY, WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP PAYING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE CLINTONS OR GET SOME FAVOR FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OR GET SOME FAVOR FROM POTENTIAL PRESIDENT. PEOPLE WEREN'T RUSHING TO GIVE DONATIONS ANYMORE. THIS FROM DANIEL FLYNN, MARCH 20 , AS WASHINGTON OBJECT CEASES OVER ALLEGED COLLUSION OVER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, A SECOND INVESTIGATION IN LITTLE ROCK LOOKS INTO ALLEGED CORRUPTION REGARDING THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION AND THE RUSSIANS. F.B.I. AGENTS ARE INTERVIEWING PEOPLE, UNQUOTE. A FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY HIRED BY THE PRESIDENT ON MONDAY TOLD "THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR" OVER THE WEEKEND. THAT IS A BIG DEAL. I'M SURE THEY ARE INTERVIEWING PEOPLE BECAUSE OUR FIRM REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE THEY ARE INTERVIEWING. THE INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN UNDER WAY FOR SOME TIME, UNQUOTE, AND INVOLVES THE CLINTON FOUNDATION, WHICH INCLUDES URANIUM ONE AND ITS VARIOUS TRANSACTIONS. THE ATTORNEY NOTICED THAT HE DID NOT KNOW WHETHER INVESTIGATORS IMPANELED A GRAND JURY OR NOT. FOR MANY, THE F.B.I. EXPENDING RESOURCES ON INVESTIGATING AND INDICATES A A GRAND JURY DOES NOT ALREADY EXIST. IF IT DOES NOT EXIST. SOURCES SAY THAT THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN FOCUSING ON URANIUM ONE, A CANADIAN ENERGY COMPANY SOLD TO A STATE-OWNED RUSSIAN COMPANY BEFORE BROADENING TO A MUCH WIDER RANGE OF ISSUES. THE CLINTON FOUNDATION CALLS MANHATTAN HOME AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT OPERATES IN FOGGY BOTTOM, EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS, U.S. ATTORNEY PRESIDES OVER THE INVESTIGATION BECAUSE THE FOUNDATION ALSO BOASTS VENTURES INCLUDING THE CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER IN LITTLE ROCK. FOUNDATION REPORTS ON ITS WEBSITE, WE WORK ON ISSUES DIRECTLY OR WHICH STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN THE BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, NONPROFIT SECTORS TO CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH AND INSPIRE SINK ENGAGEMENT OF SERVICE, UNQUOTE. . THIS MADE OBSERVERS UNEASY PRIOR TO HILLARY CLINTON ASSUMING THAT ROLE AND LED TO SPECIAL TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS RULES EMBRACED BY THE FOUNDATION, BUT GIVEN URANIUM'S ROLE IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NUCLEAR ENERGY, AND THE U.S. 'S POSITION AS A MINOR PLAYERS IN URANIUM PRODUCTION, THE SPECIFIC CASE OF URANIUM ONE INVOLVES MORE THAN MERE CORRUPTION. QUOTE, WHAT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED IS A GRAND JURY TO LOOK INTO IT, UNQUOTE. THE SCANDAL TO A WIDE AUDIENCE. AND EXPOSES A NUMBER OF ALLEGED PAY TO PLAY SCHEMES IN HIS NEW BOOK "SECRET EMPIRES." HE EXPLAINED TO THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR, QUOTE, THE COMMON SENSE OF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WILL DETERMINE PRETTY QUICKLY THAT THERE WAS PAY TO PLAY INVOLVED. IN THE EVENT, THE DEAL WHICH THEN PUT ABOUT 1/5 OF THE URANIUM OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT, REQUIRED THE APPROVAL OF VARIOUS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES, INCLUDING HILLARY CLINTON'S STATE DEPARTMENT. THE ENERGY COMPANY OWNED BY THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OBTAINED THAT APPROVAL AND ULTIMATELY GAINED FULL CONTROL OF URANIUM ONE. JUST INCREDIBLE. SO, GOOD NEWS. THAT IS BEING INVESTIGATED UNDER THE JEFF SESSIONS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO REAL RUSSIAN COLLUSION BEING EXPOSED AFTER PROPER INVESTIGATION. AND THE PROJECTING, WHICH HAS OCCURRED BY PEOPLE WHO DID COLLUDE IMPROPERLY WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT IN A PAST ADMINISTRATION, ACTUALLY BEING HELD TO ACCOUNT FOR WHAT THEY DID, BUT WHAT THEY CONTINUE TO SAY OTHERS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DID IN ORDER TO TRY TO RUN OUT THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON THEIR WRONGDOING. WELL, STATUTES OF LIMITATION HAVING OUTRUN, THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE ONGOING, AND I STILL HOLD THAT HOPE THAT SPRINGS ETERNAL IN THE HUMAN BREAST THAT REAL JUSTICE WILL BE DONE. LET ME INQUIRE OF MY FRIEND FROM ALASKA, DID YOU WANT TIME YIELDED OR YOU WANT TO TAKE THE TIME? ALL RIGHT. THEN AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD BACK.

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      HANABUSA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO HONOR…

      HANABUSA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF OUR DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA. I WILL BE FIRST YIELDING TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. GABBARD, AND SHE MAY CONSUME AS MUCH TIME AS SHE

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      MS. HANABUSA

      NEEDS. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS --

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      WE ALL TOOK THAT DAY TO REMEMBER HIM AND HIS LIFE AND TO THINK BACK ON THE…

      WE ALL TOOK THAT DAY TO REMEMBER HIM AND HIS LIFE AND TO THINK BACK ON THE MEMORIES THAT WE HAVE OF HOW HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SERVING THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII AND OUR COUNTRY. FROM HIS SERVICE IN THE U.S. ARMY, BACK DURING WORLD WAR II, TO HIS YEARS THAT HE SPENT TAKING CARE OF HAWAII. A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER, HIS WORK IN THE STATE THAT END SERVING MORE THAN 38 YEARS -- AND THEN SERVING MORE THAN 36 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. HE WAS THE FIRST MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SERVE OF NATIVE HAWAIIAN ANCESTRY AND MADE HISTORY IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. HE'S KNOWN THROUGHOUT HAWAII FOR SO MANY REASONS. BUT WHEN YOU SAY THE WORD AKAKA, IT IS SYNONYMOUS WITH ALOHA. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HE REPRESENTED THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. AND THE WARMTH AND THE FONDNESS, THE LOVE AND THE KINDNESS THAT HE SHARED WITH EVERYONE MADE IT SO THAT HE WAS NOT KNOWN SO MUCH AS SENATOR AKAKA, SO MUCH AS UNCLE DANNY. DID HE ALL OF THIS WITH HIS WIFE, MILLY, BY HIS SIDE. MOTHER OF FIVE CHILDREN. AUNTY MILLER HERSELF IS A FORCE OF NATURE. SHE WAS EVER PRESENT -- MILLY HERSELF WAS A FORCE OF NATURE. SHE WAS EVER PRESENT HERE IN WASHINGTON WITH SENATOR AKAKA AND HIS TRAVELS, AND EXPRESSED ALOHA IN HER OWN WAY. IN EVERYTHING DID HE, SENATOR AKAKA PUT SERVICE BEFORE SELF. HE TRULY WALKED THE TALK. HE CARRIED THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA WITH HIM IN HIS HEART AND AT THE FOREFRONT OF HIS ACTIONS. NOW IN THE LAST WEEK, THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII, MANY PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES HERE IN WASHINGTON, HAVE BEEN SHARING THEIR OWN PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT HOW SENATOR AKAKA TOUCHED AND INSPIRED THEIR LIVES. TALKING ABOUT THE LEGACY THAT HE LEFT BEHIND AND THE EXAMPLE THAT HE SET WITH HIS LIFE. AND THE CENTRAL THEME IN EACH OF THESE STORIES THAT I'VE HEARD, ALL COMES BACK TO ALOHA. ALOHA. WHICH MEANS KINDNESS, RESPECT AND LOVE FOR OTHERS, REGARDLESS OF ANY DIFFERENCES THAT WE MAY HAVE, WHETHER THEY BE BY RACE, ETHNICITY, RELIGION, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS OR ANYTHING ELSE. TO THIS DAY HERE IN THE CAPITOL, SOMETIMES I'LL BUMP INTO SOME OF HIS FORMER COLLEAGUES IN THE U.S. SENATE, EASTBOUND HERE -- EVEN HERE, PEOPLE HE SERVED WITH IN THE U.S. HOUSE. AND AS SOON AS YOU MENTION HIS NAME, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THEIR SHOULDERS FALL, THEIR STRESS FALL AWAY AND THEY GET A SMILE ON THEIR FACE AS THEY THINK ABOUT THE TIME THAT THEY HAD SERVING WITH HIM. THEY'LL HAVE LITTLE STORIES ABOUT A COULD HE DELL THAT THEY WENT -- CODEL THAT THEY WENT ON WITH HIM OR A COMMITTEE THAT THEY SERVED ON WITH HIM. THEY ALWAYS TALK ABOUT HOW KIND HE WAS. NO MATTER WHO YOU WERE, NO MATTER WHAT WAS GOING ON AROUND YOU, HE ALWAYS TOOK THAT MOMENT TO SHARE THE WARMTH OF HIS OWN HEART WITH YOURS. THIS EVEN CAME FROM THOSE WHO DISAGREED WITH HIM. THIS EVEN CAME FROM THOSE WHO FOUGHT HIM HARDEST ON THE SIGNATURE BILL THAT HE TRIED TO PASS. THE AKAKA BILL. EVEN IF THEY OPPOSED HIS POLICIES, NONE OF THEM HAD ANYTHING ILL TO SAY OF HIM. THIS SPEAKS TO THE IMPACT THAT HE LEFT ON THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL, ON WASHINGTON, ON THIS COUNTRY, AND ON HAWAII. AND IT SPEAKS TO THE LEGACY THAT HE LEAVES BEHIND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY AND LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY, PEOPLE EVERYWHERE TO SERVE IN THEIR OWN LIVES, IN THAT SAME SPIRIT OF ALOHA. AND RESPECT FOR EVERYONE. AFTER I RETURNED FROM MY FIRST DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ WITH THE HAWAII ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO WORK IN SENATOR AKAKA'S OFFICE AS A LEGISLATIVE AIDE. HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AT THE TIME AND COMING BACK, THIS WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY I FELT TO BE ABLE TO HELP HIM IN THAT SERVICE, TO HELP MAKE REFORMS AND CHANGES TO OUR V.A. AND OUR COUNTRY'S POLICIES AND HOW OUR VETERANS ARE CARED FOR. IN PARTICULAR, THE POST-9/11 VETERANS IN PARTICULAR THE LARGE NUMBER OF NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVISTS WHO ARE BEING ACTIVATED TO SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WHO WERE NOT BEING TREATED WITH THE KIND OF RESPECT AND HONOR AND DIGNITY THAT THEY HAD EARNED THROUGH THEIR SERVICE. THIS INCLUDED EVERYTHING FROM THE G.I. BILL TO V.A. SERVICES, AND QUALIFICATIONS THAT THEY EARNED. I WAS ABLE TO EXPERIENCE FIRSTHAND ON A DAILY BASIS THE IMPACT THAT HE MADE. HIS EXAMPLE OF ALOHA. TAKING THE TIME AS HE WAS RUSHING TO A COMMITTEE OR RUSHING TO VOTE, TO STOP AND SAY HELLO TO THE JANITOR WHO WAS MOPPING THE FLOOR. TO STOP AND SAY ALOHA TO VISITORS WHO WERE COMING FROM HAWAII OR FROM OTHER STATES. TO STOP AND TALK TO THE STAFF AND ASK HOW THEY WERE DOING, HOW WAS THEIR FAMILY, HOW WERE THINGS GOING? HE INVESTED IN BUILDING LIFE-LONG RELATIONSHIPS. HE SPENT THAT QUALITY TIME, WHETHER IT WAS SHORT OR LONG, BECAUSE HE UNDERSTOOD HOW IMPORTANT EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS AND HOW HE WANTED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT MOMENT TO SHARE HIS ALOHA. RECOGNIZING THAT ONLY BY WORKING TOGETHER, ONLY THROUGH ALOHA AND BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER CAN WE MAKE REAL POSITIVE CHANGE. FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH SENATOR AKAKA, EITHER IN HIS OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, IN HAWAII, ON ONE OF HIS CAMPAIGNS, OR IN SOME CAPACITY, WE'VE BONDED OVER THE YEARS AND EVERY YEAR WE GOT TOGETHER WITH SENATOR AKAKA, HIS WIFE, AND HIS FAMILY, TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY, IN SEPTEMBER OF EVERY YEAR. DURING THIS LAST YEARS, THIS PAST SEPTEMBER, I WAS ABLE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HIM AND CHATTED A BIT AND AS HE ALWAYS DOES, HE ASKS, HOW ARE THINGS GOING IN WASHINGTON? AND HE EXPRESSED HIS SADNESS ABOUT HOW DIVISIVE THINGS HAVE BECOME. HOW THE KIND OF COLLEGIALITY AND RESPECT THAT EXISTED WHEN HE WAS SERVING IN THE U.S. SENATE FOR SO MANY YEARS, THAT ALLOWED PEOPLE TO DISAGREE WITHOUT BEING DISAGREEABLE, THAT ALLOWED PEOPLE TO DEBATE STRONGLY THEIR DISAGREEMENTS ON ISSUES, BUT COME TOGETHER AT THE END OF THE DAY TO FIND A SOLUTION, THAT THAT HAS LARGELY BEEN LOST. AND AS A RESULT WE ARE SEEING THE GRIDLOCK AND THE DIVISIVENESS AND THE LACK OF RESULTS, THE LACK OF DELIVERY TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF NO ALOHA. THIS RESPECTS THAT LARGELY BEEN LOST. -- THIS RESPECT HAS LARGELY BEEN LOST. HE'S ALWAYS SPOKEN ABOUT HOW ALOHA IS THE SOLUTION. SO AS WE REMEMBER SENATOR AKAKA'S LEGACY OF SERVICE AND ALOHA, THE BEST WAY THAT WE CAN HONOR HIS LIFE IS BY DOING OUR BEST TO LIVE ALOHA IN HIS EXAMPLE. SERVING OTHERS. DOING OUR BEST TO PROTECT OUR PLANET, FINDING COMMON GROUND WHERE WE CAN, SEEING THAT EVEN THOUGH WE MAY DISAGREE ON CERTAIN ISSUES, THERE WILL BE OTHERS THAT WE AGREE ON. FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE, FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY AND FIGHTING FOR PEACE. HE WAS A COURAGEOUS LEADER, I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE MY CONSTITUENTS IN HAWAII IN THE SAME CONGRESSIONAL SEAT THAT HE ONCE HELD. AND WILL FOREVER BE INSPIRED BY HIS FRIENDSHIP AND THE LIFE THAT HE LIVED. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] TO HIS WIFE AND TO MILLY AND TO HIS ENTIRE FAMILY FOR SHARING HIM WITH US AND THANK YOU TO UNCLE DANNY FOR SHARING YOUR ALOHA WITH THE WORLD. YOU'LL BE MISSED. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:13:22 PM

      MS. HANABUSA

      LEGENDARY.

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      MR. YOUNG

      YOU AND HONOR, TO ME, A GREAT FRIEND. I KNOW WE'RE SAYING WE'RE HONORING…

      YOU AND HONOR, TO ME, A GREAT FRIEND. I KNOW WE'RE SAYING WE'RE HONORING SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA OR DANNY. I'D LIKE TO REFER HIM TO THE HIGHER BODY OF CONGRESSMAN AKAKA. 13 YEARS WE SERVED TOGETHER. I HAVE NEVER FOUND A GENTLEMAN, AS YOU SAID BEFORE, ONE THAT LOVED OTHER MEMBERS BETTER THAN HE. HE WORKED WITH ME AND I PROBABLY KNEW DANNY BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE. I CALL HIM DANNY BECAUSE WE WERE FRIENDS. I KNEW HIM PROBABLY THAN -- BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE BECAUSE HIS LOCKER WAS RIGHT NEXT TO MINE DOWN IN THE GYM. AND WE WOULD HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ALASKA AND ABOUT HAWAII AND HOW WE WORKED TOGETHER WITH SENATOR STEVENS AND MYSELF. IT WAS A MARVELOUS COMBINATION. AND I BELIEVE THAT ALASKAN COMBINATION WITH HAWAII STILL EXISTS TODAY BECAUSE OF THESE TWO CONGRESSIONAL LADIES. WE WORK TOGETHER. WE HAVE A UNIQUE DIFFERENCE FROM ALL THE OTHER STATES. WE'RE NOT CONTIGUOUS TO THE BIG BODY OF THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE ACTUALLY SCATTERED FAR NORTH AND FAR WEST. BUT WE WORK TOGETHER. ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE A TROPICAL CLIMATE AND WE HAVE A FREE-THROWS FROZEN CLIMATE, WE HAVE THE -- WE HAVE A FROZEN CLIMATE, WE HAVE THE COMRADESHIP THAT'S KNOWS WORK TOGETHER AND WE CONTINUE TO DO THAT. YOU KNOW, DANNY WAS A SOLDIER, A TEACHER, AND, YES, A GREAT CONGRESSMAN. . I WILL TELL YOU THAT THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII WILL MISS HIM BUT I HOPE HE'S LEFT A LEGACY THAT WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL ARENA, TRY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. I CAN'T AGREE MORE WITH WHAT WAS SAID BY THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER ABOUT THE LACK OF ALOHA, THE LACK OF RECOGNITION FOR ONE ANOTHER IN DOINCHES OPINION. I DO NOT THINK YOU CAN ACCUSE ME OF THAT BECAUSE I RECOGNIZE EACH PERSON ELECTED IN THIS HOUSE IS ELECTED BY 735,000 PEOPLE. RECOGNIZE THOSE PEOPLE, RECOGNIZE THOSE BELIEFS AND WORK TOGETHER AND SOLVE PROBLEM. DANNY DID THAT. THERE WAS NEVER A DEMOCRAT PROBLEM OR A REPUBLICAN PROBLEM. THERE WAS A PROBLEM. AND WE'D REACH ACROSS THE AISLE TO ONE ANOTHER WITH ALL THE CHAIRMEN WE SERVED TOGETHER COLLECTIVELY AND WE WOULD SOLVE THOSE PROBLEMS. AND WE WERE ABLE TO LEGISLATE. AND SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE, THE WELL WAS POISONED AND WE NO LONGER LEGISLATE AND I THINK DANNY WOULD BE DEEPLY DISTURBED BY THAT I THINK HE WOULD PISH US GREATER THINGS. I BELIEVE HE'D UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS TIME FOR US TO WORK TOGETHER AS A NATION. I'M PROUD TO SAY WE STILL WORK TOGETHER AS ALASKANS AND HAWAIIAN, TRYING TO SOLVE THOSE AREAS THAT PROBLEMS EXIST IN NO OTHER PLACE OF THE UNITED STATES AND WE DO WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THEM AND WE DO GET IT ACHIEVE. NOW IF WE CAN JUST DO THAT MAYBE WE OUGHT TO SEND THE REST OF THE CONGRESS TO HAWAII AND -- IN THE WINTERTIME AND BRING THE REST OF THEM TO SKEA IN THE SUMMERTIME AND -- TO ALASKA IN THE SUMMERTIME, EVERYBODY WOULD LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND WE'D GET A LOT MORE DONE. TV MENTIONED ABOUT MILLIE, HIS WIFE, AND HIS FAMILY. YOU'D BE PROUD. THERE ARE GREAT PEOPLE IN OUR HISTORY. I CAN TELL YOU, I CONSIDER DANNY AKAKA, SENATOR OR CONGRESSMAN, AS ONE OF THE GREATER ONES. HEAS GOES, AND HE IS GONE, I KNOW HE'LL BE LOOKING UPON WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE IF WE ACTUALLY WORK WITH ONE ANOTHER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:18:00 PM

      MS. HANABUSA

      CONGRESSWOMAN VI DAHLIA.

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      SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA. HE WAS A VERY DEAR FRIEND AND CHAMPION FOR THE…

      SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA. HE WAS A VERY DEAR FRIEND AND CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII AND ALLATION AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS.

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    • 01:18:34 PM

      MS. BORDALLO

      COMMUNITIES. AS THE FIRST NATIVE HAWAIIAN SENATOR, SENATOR AKAKA FOUGHT…

      COMMUNITIES. AS THE FIRST NATIVE HAWAIIAN SENATOR, SENATOR AKAKA FOUGHT FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF NATIVE HAWAIIANS AND THE RIGHTS OF ALL NATIVE PEOPLES, INCLUDING QUAM'S CHAMORO PEOPLE. HE UNDERSTOOD THE NEED TO SUPPORT MINORITY AMERICANS. AND WAS A PASSIONATE VOICE FOR NATIVE PEOPLE HE UNDERSTOOD THE NEED TO SUPPORT MINORITY AMERICANS. AND SENATOR AKAKA WAS A TRUE FRIEND OF GUAM. WORKING DILIGENTLY TO ENSURE THAT OUR ISSUES WERE PRIORITIZED. HE GAVE GUAM A VOICE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND I WAS VERY PROUD TO WORK CLOSELY WITH HIM TO EASE THE BURDENS OF THE COMPACTS OF FREE ASSOCIATION ON OUR ISLANDS TO PROMOTE BETTER EDUCATION, FOR PACIFIC ISLANDERS AND TO FIGHT FOR VETERANS SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO SACRIFICED FOR OUR NATION. I COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON SENATOR AKAKA AMONG GUAM'S STRONGEST ADVOCATES IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. OUR CONCERNS AND INDEED THE CONCERNS OF ALL TERRITORIES, WERE ALWAYS HIS CONCERNS AS WELL. I'M DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE PASSING OF THIS GREAT STATEMAN, FRIEND OF GUAM, AND TREASURED COLLEAGUE. I WILL MISS SENATOR AKAKA'S KINDNESS, HIS ALOHA SPIRIT, AND SHARED LOVE FOR THE ISLANDS AND ALL OF OUR PEOPLES. DURING HIS TENURE IN THE CONGRESS HE WAS A VOICE FOR PEACE, TOLERANCE, AND EQUALITY. SO ON BEHALF OF GUAM, I EXTEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO HIS LOVELY WIFE MILLIE, MY FRIEND, HIS CHILDREN, HIS GRANDCHILDREN, HIS GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, AND THE PEOPLE OF HAYE. -- OF HAWAII. OUR COUNTRY HAS LOST A GREAT MAN BUT HIS LEGACY WILL ENDURE THROUGH THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS AMERICANS HE HELPED IN HIS STORIED LIFE AND HIS CAREER. SO SENATOR AKAKA, [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANG WADGE] -- LANGUAGE] -- I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:21:16 PM

      MS. HANABUSA

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      ADJOURN.

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      MS. HANABUSA

      NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY THE HOUSE STANDS…

      NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL NOON ON MONDAY NEXT FOR MORNING HOUR

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    • 01:28:01 PM

      Ms. Hanabusa moved that the House do now adjourn.

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        THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

  • 01:28:10 PM

    On motion to adjourn Agreed to by voice vote.

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      Adjourned

      The House adjourned pursuant to a previous special order. The next meeting is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. on April 16, 2018.

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        JEFFREY

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      GUEST

      SAVE TOMORROW MORNING. IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR…

      SAVE TOMORROW MORNING. IN ORDER. THE PRAYER WILL BE OFFERED BY OUR CHAPLAIN, FATHER CONROY.

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    • 09:00:11 AM

      HOST

      ETERNAL GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. SEND YOUR SPIRIT UPON…

      ETERNAL GOD, WE THANK YOU FOR GIVING US ANOTHER DAY. SEND YOUR SPIRIT UPON THE MEMBERS OF THIS PEOPLE'S HOUSE, TO ENCOURAGE THEM IN THEIR OFFICIAL TASKS. AS THE MEMBERS APPROACH THE VOTES THEY MAKE TODAY, MAY THEY HAVE COURAGE AND LEADERSHIP THAT LOOKS TO THE HEALTH AND VIBRANCY OF OUR GREAT NATION.

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    • 09:00:21 AM

      CHAPLAIN CONROY

      ASSURE THEM THAT IN THE FULFILLMENT OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES YOU PROVIDE…

      ASSURE THEM THAT IN THE FULFILLMENT OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES YOU PROVIDE THE GRACE TO ENABLE THEM TO BE FAITHFUL IN THEIR DUTIES AND THE WISDOM TO BE CONSCIOUS OF THEIR OBLIGATIONS AND FULFILL THEM WITH INTEGRITY. MAY ALL THAT IS DONE THIS DAY BE FOR YOUR HONOR AND GLORY. AMEN.

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    • 09:01:09 AM

      THE SPEAKER

      WATERS.

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      MS. WATERS

      THE CHAIR WILL ENTERTAIN UP TO FIVE REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES ON…

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

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    • 09:01:34 AM

      THE SPEAKER

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      MR. THOMPSON

      JEFFERSON, WHO WAS OUR THIRD PRESIDENT, WAS THE PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THE…

      JEFFERSON, WHO WAS OUR THIRD PRESIDENT, WAS THE PRINCIPAL AUTHOR OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND KNOWN AS A FOUNDING FARMER -- FOUNDING FATHER. ALSO A FARMER.

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    • 09:01:47 AM

      TEMPORE WITHOUT

    • 09:01:49 AM

      MR. THOMPSON

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      HULTGREN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE LOYOLA…

      HULTGREN: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I RISE TODAY TO CONGRATULATE THE LOYOLA CHICAGO RAMBLERS FOR THEIR DANCE TO THE FINAL FOUR OF MEN'S BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENT.

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    • 09:03:08 AM

      MR. HULTGREN

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

    • 09:03:14 AM

      MR. HULTGREN

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

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE NATION'S WAR…

      FOXX: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THERE'S NO QUESTION THAT THE NATION'S WAR FIGHTERS ARE AMONG THE BRAVEST AND MOST SELFLESS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. IT IS FITTING THAT GRATEFUL AMERICANS OFTEN FIND A WAY TO THANK OUR SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN FOR THEIR DEFENSE OF OUR NATION. IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT, THOUGH, NOT TO FORGET THE GREAT SACRIFICES CHILDREN OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS MAKE AS WELL.

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    • 09:04:33 AM

      MS. FOXX

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

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      MS. FOXX

      APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD, AND DURING THIS MONTH, WE…

      APRIL IS THE MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD, AND DURING THIS MONTH, WE CELEBRATE AND HONOR THE INCREDIBLE CHILDREN OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS. MANY MILITARY CHILDREN SERVE AS AMERICA'S YOUNGEST AMBASSADORS ABROAD WHEN THEIR PARENTS ARE STATIONED OVERSEAS. THEY MAY ALSO GO LONG PERIODS OF TIME WITHOUT THE DAY-TO-DAY PARENT INTERACTIONS THAT MANY CIVILIAN CHILDREN ENJOY SUCH AS MEALS TOGETHER AND BEDTIME STORIES. I SALUTE THE CHILDREN WHO, ALONGSIDE THEIR PARENTS, BEAR COUNTLESS SACRIFICES TO PROTECT OUR COUNTRY'S FREEDOMS. THIS MONTH AND EVERY MONTH, THESE CHILDREN DESERVE OUR GRATITUDE. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 09:05:44 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MINUTE.

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      NAOMI WRIGHT IS 99 YEARS OLD AND A LEGEND. SHE IS A COMMUNITY MATRIARCH…

      NAOMI WRIGHT IS 99 YEARS OLD AND A LEGEND. SHE IS A COMMUNITY MATRIARCH WHO HAS AND CONTINUES TO DEDICATE OUR LIFE SERVING OTHERS. SHE HAS PROVIDED A HOME TO MORE THAN 20 FOSTER CHILDREN AND ADOPTED FOUR CHILDREN OF DIVERSE RACES AND GENDER. SHE'S A HARD WORKER WHO EXTENDS HER HAND BY VOLUNTEERING TO SERVE AT HER CHURCH AND COMMUNITY. MOTHER SANKS, AS SHE'S KNOWN BY THE COMMUNITY, IS A CAREGIVER WHO CONTINUES TO ROUTINELY COOK AND SERVE FOOD FOR THOSE WHO ARE SICK AND BED RESTRICTED THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

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    • 09:06:58 AM

      MR. SOTO

      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

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      FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS SEEK RECOGNITION?

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE CLERK WILL REPORT THE TITLE OF THE BILL.

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      MR. HENSARLING

      4790, A BILL TO AMEND THE VOLCKER RULE TO GIVE THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF…

      4790, A BILL TO AMEND THE VOLCKER RULE TO GIVE THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM SOLE RULEMAKING AUTHORITY, TO EXCLUDE COMMUNITY BANKS FROM THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE VOLCKER RULE, AND FOR OTHER

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    • 09:08:47 AM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      THE CLERK

      PURPOSES.

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      TEMPORE PURSUANT

      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 SUBMIT EXTRANEOUS MATERIALS ON THE BILL UNDER CONSIDERATION.

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    • 09:09:39 AM

      MR. HENSARLING

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

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      TEMPORE WITHOUT

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      MR. HENSARLING

      TODAY, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4790, THE VOLCKER RULE REGULATORY…

      TODAY, I RISE IN STRONG SUPPORT OF H.R. 4790, THE VOLCKER RULE REGULATORY HARMONIZATION ACT. I WANT TO THANK, FIRST, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE AND SO MANY OTHER ISSUES IN FRONT OF OUR COMMITTEE. I WANT TO THANK HIS BIPARTISAN PARTNER, DEMOCRAT, MR. FOSTER OF ILLINOIS FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON HIS SIDE OF THE AISLE ON THIS VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AS A RESULT OF THEIR HARD WORK, THIS BILL WAS REPORTED OUT OF OUR COMMITTEE, MR. SPEAKER, 50-10, WHICH MEANS 80%, 80% OF OUR COLLEAGUES ON THE COMMITTEE SUPPORTED THE LEGISLATION, INCLUDING A MAJORITY OF THE DEMOCRATS. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE ENJOY IN AMERICA THE DEEPEST, STRONGEST AND MOST LIQUID CAPITAL MARKETS, FRANKLY, THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN AND THAT HELPS US HAVE A VERY, VERY STRONG, PRO-GROWTH ECONOMY. THIS IS VITAL TO THE JOB GROWTH AND JOB-CREATING MACHINE IN AMERICA. THEY PROVIDE VERY IMPORTANT -- OUR CAPITAL MARKETS PROVIDE VERY IMPORTANT OPERATIONS AND LONG-TERM GROWTH. MAIN STREET BUSINESSES, FOR EXAMPLE, LIKE AN EQUIPMENT AND PARTY RENTAL STORE IN MY DISTRICT. HIS OWNER TOLD ME, QUOTE, THE NUMBER ONE ISSUE FOR ME TO KEEP THE DOORS OPEN IS ACCESS TO CAPITAL. THAT'S WHY IT'S SO CRITICAL THAT WE ENSURE THAT HE HAS ACCESS TO CAPITAL. ALSO HEARD FROM JEFF OF HENDERSON COUNTY IN THE FIFTH DISTRICT OF TEXAS THAT I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE OF REPRESENTING. HE OWNS A FARM AND RANCH STORE AND EXPLAINED, QUOTE, DURING THE PAST YEAR I HAVE BEEN ABLE TO EXPAND MY BUSINESS LOCATION AND DOUBLE MY INVENTORY. I'VE BEEN ABLE TO HIRE ADDITIONAL EMPLOYEES AS I GREW. WITHOUT ACCESS TO CREDIT, THINGS LIKE THIS WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE. JUST TWO QUICK LITTLE VINETTES HOW IMPORTANT ACCESS TO CAPITAL IS. MR. SPEAKER, MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD ON BIPARTISAN PIECES OF LEGISLATION THAT CAN RESULT IN SMARTER, MORE EFFICIENT, MORE EFFECTIVE REGULATION THAT HARDWORKING TAXPAYERS EXPECT SO WE CAN HAVE ROBUST CAPITAL FORMATION AND OUR JOB CREATORS, OUR SMALL BUSINESS PEOPLE LIKE JEFF AND ARLIS CAN CONTINUE TO GROW AND PROSPER. H.R. 4790 IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF THIS TYPE OF LEGISLATION. SPECIFICALLY, MR. SPEAKER, H.R. 4790 WILL STREAMLINE THE REGULATORY AUTHORITY SET FORTH IN SECTION 619 OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT. A SECTION MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS THE VOLCKER RULE. IT PROVIDES A FRAMEWORK THAT WILL PROVIDE INCREASED REGULATORY CLARITY FOR ENTITIES THAT MUST COMPLY WITH THE VOLCKER RULE. IT DOES THIS BY CONSOLIDATING, CONSOLIDATING RULEMAKING AUTHORITY AND INTERPRETATION WITH THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD AND FOR PURPOSES OF EXAMINATION AND ENFORCEMENT DESIGNATING THE PRIMARY FEDERAL REGULATOR FOR A COVERED ENTITY AS THE SOLE REGULATOR IN THOSE CAPACITIES. THE CHALLENGE HERE IS, MR. SPEAKER, IS THAT SOME ENTITIES CAN HAVE AS MANY AS FIVE DIFFERENT REGULATORS INTERPRETING THE VOLCKER RULE AND FIVE DIFFERENT REGULATORS ENFORCING THE VOLCKER RULE. SOMETIMES THEY CONFLICT WITH EACH OTHER, MR. SPEAKER, AND FRANKLY, THE ENTITY DOESN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. YOU CANNOT HAVE AN ECONOMY BASED ON THE RULE OF LAW WHEN, FRANKLY, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE LAW SAYS. AND SO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS BRINGS A VERY SIMPLE BILL TO THE HOUSE FLOOR THAT SAYS, WE'RE GOING TO HAVE ONE, ONE REGULATOR IN CHARGE OF INTERPRETING THE RULES AND THE PRIMARY REGULATOR FOR THE FISH -- PRUDENTIAL REGULATOR, HOWEVER, WILL BE IN CHARGE OF ENFORCING THE RULE. IT'S COMMON SENSE. IT CREATES EFFICIENCY. NOW, I WANT TO BE CLEAR ABOUT ONE THING. H.R. 4790 DOES NOT REPEAL THE VOLCKER RULE. I WISH IT DID BUT IT DOESN'T. THAT'S NOT WHAT WE'RE DEBATING HERE TODAY. OUTSIDE PROVIDING IMPORTANT RELIEF TO COMMUNITY BANKS, BIPARTISAN REGULATORY RELIEF THAT, BY THE WAY, HAS ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY A STRONG 2/3 OF OUR SENATE COLLEAGUES, THIS BILL DOESN'T REQUIRE ANY CHANGES TO THE VOLCKER RULE ITSELF. . I HIGHLIGHT THIS BECAUSE IT REPRESENTS SOMETHING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS SHOULD AGREE ON, THAT REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU STAND ON A PARTICULAR RULE OR REGULATION, IT AT LEAST OUGHT TO BE CLEAR, AND THERE OUGHT TO BE ONE INTERPRETATION AND ONE ENFORCER OF THE RULE SO YOU KNOW WHAT THE RULE IS. YOU CAN'T ABIDE BY THE RULE IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RULE IS. THIS IS ONLY COMMON SENSE. IT CAN ONLY LEAD TO, AGAIN, STRONGER, DEEPER, MORE LIQUID CAPITAL MARKETS TO HELP OUR JOB CREATORS. SO REGARDLESS OF WHETHER WE SUPPORT THE VOLCKER RULE OR WISH TO REPEAL IT, HOPEFULLY WE CAN AGREE THAT IT SHOULDN'T BE UNNECESSARILY COMPLEX AND BURDENSOME AND VIRTUALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ABIDE BY. SO THAT'S WHAT -- THAT AGAIN IS WHAT H.R. 4790 IS SIMPLY TRYING TO DO. SO I COMMENT THIS PIECE OF LEGISLATION TO ALL OF MY COLLEAGUES, IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PIECE OF LEGISLATION. AGAIN, STRONGLY BIPARTISAN. 80% OF MEMBERS OF THE HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE SUPPORT IT. AND AGAIN, I WANT TO COMMEND THE LEADERSHIP OF THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARKANSAS, MR. HILL, AND WITH THAT, I RESERVE THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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      MS. WATERS

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      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MR. HENSARLING

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR FIVE MINUTES.

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      MR. HILL

      THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

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      THANK YOU. I YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A MEMBER…

      THANK YOU. I YIELD 3 1/2 MINUTES TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM ILLINOIS, A MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR. FOSTER.

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      MS. WATERS

      FOSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER WATERS, FOR…

      FOSTER: THANK YOU, MR. CHAIR. AND THANK YOU, RANKING MEMBER WATERS, FOR YIELDING ME THE TIME AND FOR YOUR COMMITMENT TO THOUGHTFUL DEBATE IN OUR CAUCUS TO GET THE BEST RESULTS FOR THE PEOPLE WE REPRESENT AND THANK YOU, CONGRESSMAN HILL, FOR WORKING WITH ME AND OUR STAFF FOR MONTHS FOR CRAFTING THE BIPARTISAN BILL YOU SEE ON THE BILL TODAY. WHEN I FIRST ENTERED CONGRESS, THE GREAT RECESSION REQUIRED AN EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO SAVE THE ECONOMY FROM COLLAPSE.

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      MR. FOSTER

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED.

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      MR. FOSTER

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

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

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      HUIZENGA, CHAIRMAN OF THE CAPITAL MARKETS SUBCOMMITTEE.

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      MR. HENSARLING

      HUIZENGA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RANKING MEMBER SEEMS LIKE SHE WOULD…

      HUIZENGA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THE RANKING MEMBER SEEMS LIKE SHE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION ABOUT HOUSING AND PRICES THERE. I'M HAPPY TO DO THAT.

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      I'M A FORMER REALTOR AND BUILDER, JUST NOT RIGHT NOW.

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      MR. HUIZENGA

      I YIELD THE GENTLEMAN 30 SECONDS.

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      MR. HENSARLING

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      MR. HUIZENGA

      THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

      THANK YOU. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      WHEN THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN STARTED HIS REMARKS, HE ACCUSED ME OF…

      WHEN THE GENTLEMAN FROM MICHIGAN STARTED HIS REMARKS, HE ACCUSED ME OF WANTING TO TALK ABOUT HOUSING AND HE'S ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

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      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      DUFFY, CHAIRMAN OF THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON HOUSING AND INSURANCE.

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      MR. HENSARLING

      DUFFY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO…

      DUFFY: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN. I WANT TO CONGRATULATE MR. HILL ON PUTTING TOGETHER SUCH A GREAT BILL, THE VOLCKER RULE REGULATORY HARMONIZATION ACT, A BILL THAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW FROM THIS CONVERSATION BUT IT HAS WIDE BIPARTISAN SUPPORT IN OUR COMMITTEE WHICH HAS A LOT OF DIFFERENT VIEWS, LEFT AND RIGHT, IT PASSED

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      MR. DUFFY

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR 30 SECONDS.

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      MR. DUFFY

      BACK.

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      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MR. HENSARLING

      THE GENTLEMAN IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      MR. HULTGREN

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM…

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR TWO MINUTES.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      WHEN SIX MEGABANKS IN OUR COUNTRY CONTROL OVER 75% OF THE WEALTH, THAT'S…

      WHEN SIX MEGABANKS IN OUR COUNTRY CONTROL OVER 75% OF THE WEALTH, THAT'S TOO MUCH POWER AND TOO FEW HANDS. IT'S BECOMING INCREASINGLY CLEAR THAT THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS FOCUSING ITS EFFORTS IN THIS CONGRESS ON THE ONLY ISSUE ON WHICH THE G.O.P.

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      MS. KAPTUR

      I YIELD 30 SECONDS.

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      MS. WATERS

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      MS. KAPTUR

      YOU KNOW, FED CHAIR, FORMERLY PAUL VOLCKER, HAS SAID I KNOW FROM MY LONG…

      YOU KNOW, FED CHAIR, FORMERLY PAUL VOLCKER, HAS SAID I KNOW FROM MY LONG EXPERIENCE IN BANKING AND SAVINGS THAT SMALL LOOPHOLES CAN BE GAINED AND EXPLOITED WITH CONSEQUENCES. I SAY AGAIN, REMEMBER COUNTRYWIDE? HMM. AFRICAN-AMERICANS LOST HALF OF THEIR ACCUMULATED WEALTH. LATINOS A THIRD AND EVERYBODY ELSE A FIFTH. YOU KNOW, IT'S TIME TO KEEP PRUDENT BANKING ELEVATED AND CURB THE SPECULATORS. REPEAL AGAINST REPEALING THE VOLCKER RULE. I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. HENSARLING

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      MR. PITTENGER

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

      THE GENTLEMAN YIELDS BACK. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED FOR HER REMAINING ONE MINUTE.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE…

      MR. SPEAKER, I'M VERY PLEASED TO YIELD A MINUTE AND A HALF TO THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, THE VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE ON MONETARY POLICY AND TRADE, MR. WILLIAMS.

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      MS. WATERS

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      MR. HENSARLING

      WILLIAMS: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4790, THE VOLCKER…

      WILLIAMS: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY IN SUPPORT OF H.R. 4790, THE VOLCKER RULE REGULATORY HARMONIZATION ACT. I APPRECIATE MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARKANSAS, MR.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      FRENCH HILL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. OVER 930 PAGES, SECTION 619…

      FRENCH HILL, FOR HIS LEADERSHIP ON THIS ISSUE. OVER 930 PAGES, SECTION 619 OF DODD-FRANK, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE VOLCKER RULE, IS AS LENGTHY AS IT IS COMPLEX AND CONFUSING.

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      MR. WILLIAMS

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

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

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE MAJORITY HAS THREE MORE SPEAKERS.

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      MS. WATERS

      I RESERVE.

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      MR. HENSARLING

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      MS. WATERS

      THE GENTLEMAN FROM MINNESOTA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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      MR. HENSARLING

      4790, WHICH MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO OUR FINANCIAL REGULATORY SYSTEM…

      4790, WHICH MAKES IMPORTANT CHANGES TO OUR FINANCIAL REGULATORY SYSTEM THAT WILL PROVIDE CLARITY AND CONSISTENCY FOR OUR COMMUNITY FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS. I WANT TO THANK MY COLLEAGUE FROM ARKANSAS FOR BRINGING THIS IMPORTANT LEGISLATION FORWARD. THE VOLCKER RULE, A CREATION OF THE DODD-FRANK ACT, SOUGHT TO PROHIBIT RECKLESS TRADING AND INVESTMENT STRATEGIES TO PROTECT CONSUMERS. INSTEAD, IT HAS LED TO YET ANOTHER OVERLY COMPLEX, ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL REGULATORY REGIME THAT ADDS ADDITIONAL PRESSURE ON OUR ALREADY OVERREGULATED COMMUNITY BANKS. THE COMPLEXITIES OF THIS RULE AND ITS UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES HAVE BEEN ACKNOWLEDGED BY THE CURRENT AND PRIOR ADMINISTRATION AS WELL BY MEMBERS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE.

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      MR. EMMER

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

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

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      MS. WATERS

      LOUDERMILK, GREAT MEMBER OF THE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE.

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      MR. HENSARLING

      LOUDERMILK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM…

      LOUDERMILK: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I WANT TO THANK THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS, CHAIRMAN HENSARLING, FOR YIELDING TIME AND FOR MY COLLEAGUE, MR.

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      HILL, FOR BRINGING THIS BILL, VERY IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE…

      HILL, FOR BRINGING THIS BILL, VERY IMPORTANT BILL TO THE FLOOR FOR A VOTE TODAY. MR.

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      MR. LOUDERMILK

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

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS RESERVES. THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM CALIFORNIA IS RECOGNIZED.

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM TEXAS IS RECOGNIZED.

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      MS. WATERS

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      THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO IS RECOGNIZED FOR 1 1/2 MINUTES.

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      MR. DAVIDSON

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

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

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      MS. WATERS

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      MS. WATERS

      HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE REMAINING?

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      MR. HENSARLING

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED.…

      THE GENTLEMAN'S TIME HAS EXPIRED. ALL TIME FOR DEBATE HAS EXPIRED. PURSUANT TO HOUSE RESOLUTION 811, PRETHE PREVIOUS QUESTION IS ORDERED ON THE DEBATE AS AMEND. THE AYES HAVE IT. THIRD READING.

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      THE CLERK

      THOSE OPPOSED, NO. IN THE OPINION OF THE CHAIR THE AYES HAVE IT.

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      MR. HENSARLING

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      VOTE. [CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE,…

      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. ] THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE: ON THIS VOTE, THE YEAS ARE 299 --

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      TABLE.

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      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE…

      I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO SPEAK OUT OF ORDER FOR ONE MINUTE FOR THE PURPOSE OF INQUIRING OF THE MAJORITY LEADER THE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK TO COME.

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      HOYER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND, MR.…

      HOYER: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. I'M PLEASED TO YIELD TO MY FRIEND, MR. MCCARTHY, THE MAJORITY LEADER FROM CALIFORNIA. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND. MR.

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      MCCARTHY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO…

      MCCARTHY: I THANK THE GENTLEMAN FOR YIELDING. I ASK UNANIMOUS CONSENT TO REVISE AND EXTEND MY REMARKS.

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      MR. HOYER

      MCCARTHY: ON MONDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR AND 2:00…

      MCCARTHY: ON MONDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT NOON FOR MORNING HOUR AND 2:00 P.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

      VOTES WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL 6:30 P.M. ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, THE…

      VOTES WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL 6:30 P.M. ON TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 10:00 A.M. FOR MORNING HOUR AND NOON FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS. ON THURSDAY, THE HOUSE WILL MEET AT 9:00 A.M. FOR LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

      LAST VOTES OF THE WEEK ARE EXPECTED NO LATER THAN 3:00 P.M. THE HOUSE WILL…

      LAST VOTES OF THE WEEK ARE EXPECTED NO LATER THAN 3:00 P.M. THE HOUSE WILL CONSIDER A NUMBER OF SUSPENSIONS NEXT WEEK A COMPLETE LIST OF WHICH WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY. NEXT TUESDAY, APRIL 17, IS ALSO TAX DAY. WHILE THIS IS A DAY AMERICANS USUALLY DREAD, I AM PLEASED THAT THIS WILL BE THE LAST YEAR THEY WILL HAVE TO FILE UNDER THE OLD AND BURDENSOME TAX CODE. BECAUSE OF THE TAX CUT AND JOBS ACT, NOT ONLY WILL FILERS BE SIMPLER, AMERICANS WILL KEEP MORE OF THEIR HARD-EARNED MONEY, ON TOP OF THE BONUSES AND INCREASED WAGES WE HAVE ALREADY SEEN. IN ADDITION, THE HOUSE WILL VOTE ON SEVERAL IMPORTANT BILLS AIMED AT SAFEGUARDING ALL TAXPAYERS NEXT WEEK. FIRST, THERE IS H.R. 5192, THE PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM IDENTITY THEFT ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE CURBELO. STUDIES HAVE SHOWN THE RATE OF I.D. THEFT IS ACTUALLY 50 TIMES HIGHER AMONG CHILDREN THAN ADULTS. THIS BIPARTISAN BILL WILL PREVENT SUCH THEFTS FROM OCCURRING IN THE FIRST PLACE. H.R. 5444, THE TAXPAYERS FIRST ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE LIN JENKINS, WHICH WOULD IMPROVE THE INDEPENDENT APPEALS PROCESS AT THE I.R.S. ALONG WITH OTHER CRUCIAL TAXPAYER SERVICES WITHIN THE AGENCY. LASTLY, H.R. 5445, THE 21ST CENTURY I.R.S. ACT, SPONSORED BY REPRESENTATIVE MIKE BISHOP THIS BILL WOULD BOOST CYBER SECURITY AND OTHER I.T. SYSTEMS IN THE I.R.S. TO ENSURE THE AGENCY SERVES ALL TAXPAYERS EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY. MR. SPEAKER, I LOOK FORWARD TO THE HOUSE PASSING ALL THESE CRITICAL BILLS WITHOUT DELAY. WITH THAT, I THANK MY FRIEND AND I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. HOYER

      FIRST OF ALL, THERE HAS BEEN DISCUSSION IN THE PRESS, CERTAINLY, AND…

      FIRST OF ALL, THERE HAS BEEN DISCUSSION IN THE PRESS, CERTAINLY, AND SYSTEM DISCUSSION IN THE CONGRESS ABOUT A POSSIBILITY OF A RESCISSION PACKAGE. AS THE GENTLEMAN KNOWS, BOTH HE AND I, THE SPEAKER, LEADER PELOSI, MR. MCCONNELL AND THE WHITE HOUSE WORK VERY, VERY HARD ON REACHING AGREEMENTS SO THAT WE COULD PASS AN OMNIBUS SOME WEEKS AGO. THAT OMNIBUS WAS THE RESULT OF SOME VERY HARD BARGAINING AND NEGOTIATIONS. AND TRADEOFFS. CERTAINLY NOT -- I DON'T THINK ANYBODY WAS PLEASED WITH EVERYTHING THAT WAS IN THAT BILL. OR FRANKLY THAT WASN'T IN THAT BILL. AND I AM THEREFORE VERY CONCERNED THAT I NOW HEAR TALK ABOUT WE'RE GOING TO IN EFFECT GO BACK ON THE AGREEMENT THAT WE REACHED. IT WAS CLEAR THAT THERE WERE SOME THINGS IN THERE THAT I DIDN'T LIKE, OTHERS DIDN'T LIKE, I'M SURE THAT WAS THE CASE WITH YOURSELF AS WELL, MR. LEADER, BUT IT WAS AN AGREEMENT. IT WAS AN AGREEMENT REACHED AFTER HARD DISCUSSIONS. OVER MONTHS. AND IT WAS A VERY LATE AGREEMENT AT THAT. FUNDING 2018 FINALLY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30, NOT UNTIL LAST MONTH. SO I'M VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO IN EFFECT RELITIGATE THAT ISSUE. CAN THE JERRETT LEADER GIVE ME SOME INSIGHT AS TO WHETHER OR NOT IN FACT WE WILL BE FACING A RESCISSION PACKAGE AT SOME POINT IN TIME? AND IF SO, CAN THE MAJORITY LEADER ADVISE US AS TO WHAT MAY BE IN THAT PACKAGE? I YIELD TO MY FRIEND THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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    • 11:00:13 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      MR. SPEAKER, I AM HAVING TROUBLE HEARING THE MAJORITY LEADER.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

    • 11:03:53 AM

      MR. HOYER

      WE DIDN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR OR NOT PUT THE…

      WE DIDN'T HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR OR NOT PUT THE BILL ON THE FLOOR. THERE WAS AN AGREEMENT. AS I SAY, MR. SPEAKER, IT WAS A TOUGH AGREEMENT. I DIDN'T PARTICULARLY LIKE THE AGREEMENT, BUT IT WAS AN AGREEMENT. AND THAT'S WHY I VOTED NO. BUT THE FACT OF THE MATTER IS THAT THE MAJORITY OF THIS HOUSE VOTED YES AND THE MAJORITY OF THE SENATE VOTED YES, AND THEY VOTED YES AS A RESULT OF AN AGREEMENT. YES, OF COURSE, THERE HAVE BEEN RECISIONS IN THE PAST. ALTHOUGH I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE RECISIONS ARE, THERE MAY BE A RECISION THAT I MIGHT SUPPORT. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. I WOULDN'T IRRATIONALLY OPPOSE A RECISION WHICH SAID WE HAD MONEY LAYING IN AN ACCOUNT THAT HAS NOT BEEN SPENT FOR ONE, TWO, THREE YEARS, WE SHOULDN'T JUST HAVE IT SITTING IN THAT ACCOUNT. THE GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT. VERY FRANKLY IN MY VIEW, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS TO, IN EFFECT, NEGATE AN AGREEMENT THAT WAS REACHED AND TO IN EFFECT SAY, NO, WE REALLY DON'T WANT TO SPEND THAT MONEY, THAT MAY BE CORRECT, BUT THE MAJORITY OF THE REPUBLICANS IN THIS HOUSE VOTED FOR IT. NOBODY SAID WE'RE GOING TO VOTE FOR IT BUT DAYS LATER WE'RE GOING TO COME BACK AND SAY WE DON'T WANT THIS, WE DON'T WANT THAT, AND WE DON'T WANT THE OTHER. WE THINK IT'S A LITTLE BIT WHAT WE DID YESTERDAY WHERE THE MAJORITY HAS OFFERED A TAX BILL WHICH CUTS $1.8 TRILLION IN REVENUE. I MADE THE POINT YET THAT IT WAS A LITTLE BIT -- YESTERDAY THAT IT WAS LIKE A BUSINESS HAS A PRODUCT TO SELL. THE PRODUCT COSTS THEM $10 TO PRODUCE AND HE CHARGES $7 WHEN HE SELLS IT. THAT BUSINESSMAN DOES NOT STAY IN BUSINESS VERY LONG. BUT THE REPUBLICANS DO IT THE OPPOSITE WAY. THEY CUT THE REVENUES. THEY CREATE DEBT, AND THEY VOTE FOR MORE SPENDING. AND THEIR CONSTITUENTS SEEM TO BE UPSET ABOUT THAT. I DON'T BLAME THEM. AND THEREFORE, WE HAD A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT OFFERED YESTERDAY WHICH, OF COURSE, DID NOT EXPORT AT ALL WITH WHAT -- COMPORT AT ALL WITH WHAT OUR REPUBLICAN FRIENDS HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST YEAR AND IN MY VIEW OVER THE LAST DECADES WHEN THEY WERE IN POWER TO DO SO WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE THIS EXTRAORDINARY DEBT AND WHY C.B.O. HAS JUST COME DOWN AND SAID, AS A RESULT OF THOSE BILLS, WE ARE GOING TO CREATE $14 TRILLION IN NEW DEBT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS. WHICH MY KIDS AND YOUR KIDS AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN ARE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY. I WANT TO MAKE IT VERY CLEAR THAT I THINK WE NEED A SERIOUS DISCIPLINED DISCUSSION ON GETTING A HANDLE ON THIS DEFICIT. PART OF THAT DISCUSSION NEEDS TO BE REVENUES. VERY FRANKLY, MR. SPEAKER, I BELIEVE ON THEIR SIDE OF THE AISLE THEY WANT TO SPEND A LOT OF MONEY. THEY WANT TO SPEND IT ON DEFENSE. WE INCREASED DEFENSE BY OVER 10%, 12% THIS YEAR. NOW, VERY FRANKLY, WHAT WAS BEING SPENT ON DEFENSE WAS AS A RESULT OF REPUBLICAN BUDGETS OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS SO THAT IT'S HARD FOR ME TO BELIEVE THEY WOULD VOTE FOR BUDGETS AND APPROPRIATION BILLS THAT THEY THOUGHT WAS UNDERMINING DEFENSE. BUT IN ANY EVENT, WE INCREASED THAT SUBSTANTIALLY AND, YES, WE INCREASED SPENDING ON EDUCATION , ON HEALTH CARE, OPIOIDS IN PARTICULAR, OTHER ITEMS ON EMERGENCY RELIEF, WHICH WE -- THE LEADER AND I VISITED PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, TEXAS, FLORIDA, NEEDED ASSISTANCE AND WE PASSED THAT AS WELL. BUT VERY FRANKLY, WE DIDN'T PAY FOR ANY OF IT. WE HEAR ABOUT SPENDING. WHATEVER THE SPENDING LEVEL IS WE OUGHT TO PAY FOR IT. THAT WOULD BE MY POSITION. AND IF WE WANT TO SPEND THE MONEY, WE OUGHT TO PAY FOR IT. NOW, HOWEVER, I HOPE THESE RECISIONS DO NOT SET A PRECEDENT WHEREBY FUTURE NEGOTIATIONS WILL BE PUT AT GREAT RISK BECAUSE AT LEAST ONE PARTY WILL NOT TRUST THAT THE NEGOTIATIONS ARE REAL. WHEN RYAN-MURRAY WAS AGREED TO BY SPEAKER RYAN AND BY SENATOR MURRAY, SHORTLY AFTER THAT AGREEMENT WAS REACHED AS TO WHAT SPENDING LEVELS WOULD BE, SOME OF MY REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUES CAME BACK AND SAID, OH, WELL, THERE ARE CEILINGS. IT'S LIKE MY BARGAINING TO BUY A HOUSE FOR $100,000 AND THEN I COME BACK AT THE SETTLEMENT TABLE AND SAY, WELL, I AM GOING TO PAY $75,000. $100,000 WAS JUST A CEILING FOR WHAT I WAS GOING TO PAY FOR THE HOUSE. THAT DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. NOBODY WOULD THINK IT MAKES SENSE. I TELL THE MAJORITY LEADER, I HOPE THE RECISIONS ARE BASED ON THE SORT OF EXAMPLE THAT HE GAVE AND, THEREFORE, IT MAY RECEIVE SOME SUPPORT. BUT IF THEY ARE SIMPLY TO REVERSE HARD BARGAINED RESULTS, THEN I THINK THAT WILL PUT AT RISK ANY KIND OF BIPARTISAN NEGOTIATIONS THAT MAY OCCUR IN THE FUTURE. VERY FRANKLY, THE BUDGET IS -- I AM GOING TO ASK THE GENTLEMAN ABOUT THE BUDGET NOW, IT'S SUPPOSED TO COME DOWN PRETTY SOON. AS A MATTER OF FACT, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE REPORTED OUT OF THE BUDGET COMMITTEE BY NOW AND SUPPOSED TO BE PASSED BY THE CONGRESS BY APRIL 15 OR 17, DEPENDING UPON WHICH DAY YOU USE, BUT SOMETIME THIS MONTH. DOES THE MAJORITY LEADER HAVE ANY -- DOES THE MAJORITY LEADER HAVE ANY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT WE'RE GOING TO PASS OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS A BUDGET AND SEND IT TO THE SENATE THAT IS BALANCED? AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    • 11:10:43 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      EXCUSE ME.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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      MR. HOYER

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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      MR. HOYER

      I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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      MR. HOYER

      WE SHOULD MODERNIZE, WE SHOULD MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE…

      WE SHOULD MODERNIZE, WE SHOULD MAKE GOVERNMENT MORE EFFICIENT AND MORE EFFECTIVE AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, MORE ACCOUNTABLE. NOW, MY FRIEND NEEDS TO BE FAMILIAR WITH THIS PROCESS BECAUSE WHEN I LOOK AT HISTORY, BOTH IN 1996 AND 1998, THE OMNIBUS BILLS INCLUDED NUMEROUS RECISIONS THAT PRESIDENT CLINTON PROPOSED AND CONGRESS ACCEPTED.

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    • 11:13:41 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      THAT WAS BACK WHEN YOU VOTED FOR THE SPENDING BILLS, BUT I'M HOPEFUL…

      THAT WAS BACK WHEN YOU VOTED FOR THE SPENDING BILLS, BUT I'M HOPEFUL YOU'LL BE FOR THIS RECISION AS WELL BECAUSE I BELIEVE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL LOOK AT IT, NOT AS A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT. EVERY TIME I WATCH PEOPLE RUN FOR OFFICE, THEY SAY, I WANT TO GO LINE BY LINE. 20 YEARS WE DIDN'T HAVE PEOPLE THAT WANTED TO DO THAT IN THE ADMINISTRATION. TODAY WE DO. I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR SAYING IT. I APPLAUD PRESIDENT TRUMP FOR DOING IT. NOW, YOU TALKED ABOUT A FEW OTHER THINGS. YOU'RE CONCERNED ABOUT DEBT. I'M CONCERNED ABOUT DEBT. YOU THINK THERE'S TWO DIFFERENT WAYS TO SOLVE THIS. I BELIEVE IF WE GROW THE ECONOMY, WE WATCH OUR BUDGET, WE CAN SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. WHEN I LOOK AT THE REVENUE COMING IN, IT'S SITTING AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL. WHEN I WALK ACROSS THIS COUNTRY AND I NOW SEE GROWTH OF MORE THAN 3%, I SEE UNEMPLOYMENT AT THE ALMOST LOWEST IN MY LIFETIME. IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR YOU HAPPEN TO BE HISPANIC, IT'S THE LOWEST IT'S BEEN IN AMERICA. I JUST SAW 800,000 PEOPLE COME BACK INTO THE WORK FORCE. IF YOU LOOK AT MANUFACTURING JOBS IN THE LAST THREE MONTHS, WE HAVEN'T SEEN THAT TYPE OF GROWTH SINCE 1984. . IF I LOOK AT THE LAST ADMINISTRATION AND LOOK FOR THE HIGHEST GROWTH YEAR, IT IS STILL LOWER THAN THE WORST YEAR UNDER BILL CLINTON. LET'S GROW AND GET THIS DEFICIT TAKEN CARE OF. BUT WHAT'S INTERESTING TO ME BECAUSE I WROTE THIS DOWN AND CORRECT ME IF YOU THINK THIS IS WRONG, YOU SAID WHATEVER WE SPEND WE SHOULD PAY FOR, IS THAT CORRECT? SO THIS CONCERNS ME. THAT SAME BUDGET THAT YOU VOTED FOR NOT ONLY INCREASED THE DEFICIT BY $6.8 TRILLION OVER 10 YEARS, IT CALLS FOR THE $3.9 TRILLION IN REVENUE ENHANCEMENT. THAT MEANS TAX INCREASES. YOU WANT TO INCREASE TAXES BY $3.9 TRILLION AND INCREASE THE DEBT BY $6.8 TRILLION. YOU SAID WHATEVER WE SPEND, WE SHOULD PAY FOR IT. YOU ARE GOING TO INCREASE THE DEBT BY DOUBLE. THAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US. WHEN WE PUT THE TAX BILL ON THE FLOOR AND I LOOK AT JUST IN ONE COMPANY, 1. 2 MILLION EMPLOYEES THEY GOT EXTENDED THEIR MATERNITY LEAVE, THE NUMBER OF COMPANIES RAISE WHAT THEY PAY, THE ELECTRICAL BILLS IN 39 STATES ARE LOWER BECAUSE OF THAT TAX BILL. AND LET'S NOT EVEN TALK ABOUT THE MILLIONS OF BONUSES THAT AMERICANS GOT. THAT'S THEIR OWN MONEY. AND THE REVENUES ARE COMING IN HIGHER. THE GROWTH IS BIGGER. OUR OPPORTUNITY IS GREATER. BUT WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS SNATCH THAT BACK AND SAY NO. NO. GOVERNMENT NEEDS IT. YOU ARE NOT SAYING IT TO PAY OFF THE DEFICIT BECAUSE YOU ARE RAISING THE DEFICIT HIGHER. IT DOESN'T WORK. SO WHAT I'M HOPEFUL FOR WHEN WE COME BACK TO THIS TABLE AND I DO BELIEVE IN TRUST, BUT IF YOU ARE AT THE TABLE AND MAKE AN AGREEMENT, COME TO THE FLOOR AND BE HONEST. COME TO THE FLOOR AND UPHOLD THAT AGREEMENT THAT YOU TALKED ABOUT, BECAUSE I'LL TELL YOU, I DIDN'T LIKE THAT BILL. BECAUSE WE VOTED ON ALL 12 BILLS HERE, AND I VOTED FOR ALL THOSE. I VOTED FOR THOSE AND SENT IT TO THE SENATE AND THE SENATE HELD THIS COUNTRY HOSTAGE. AND YOU KNOW WHAT? THE MILITARY, THE NUMBER OF MEN AND WOMEN, THERE IS A GREATER NUMBER WHO ARE DYING IN TRAINING THAN IN ANY COMBAT WE HAVE TODAY. THAT IS A DIRECT CORRELATION TO THE FUNDING THAT WE HAVE. WE KNOW WHERE THE WORLD IS. WE HAVE AN OBLIGATION TO MAKE SURE OUR MEN AND WOMEN CAN CARRY OUT THEIR DUTY AND BE SAFE. BUT CAN THEY CARRY OUT THEIR TRAINING AND BE SAFE. WE MADE A DOWNDAMENTE TO MAKE SURE THAT'S NOT THE CASE ANYMORE. I SAY TO MY FRIEND, I'M CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT AS MUCH AS YOU AND EVEN MORE. I VOTED TO GROW THIS ECONOMY. I VOTED ON THIS FLOOR TO CURVE WHAT IS CAUSING THE GREATEST GROWTH TO ACTUALLY GUARANTEE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION. IF YOU LET IT OUT OF CONTROL, IT WILL NOT BE THERE. IT'S MORE IMPORTANT AT THE END OF THE DAY IS THAT WE CAN LOOK BACK AND ANY UNOBLIGATED FUNDS, IT COULD BE FIVE, SIX YEARS AGO AND THAT MONEY IS SITTING THERE AND THAT PROGRAM IS DOING NOTHING, IF YOU ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THE DEBT, TAKE IT BACK AND PAY IT DOWN. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU. AND I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:19:09 AM

      MR. HOYER

      YEARS 187%. THAT WAS RONALD REAGAN'S TAX CUT. AND FRANKLY, BOB DOLE HELPED…

      YEARS 187%. THAT WAS RONALD REAGAN'S TAX CUT. AND FRANKLY, BOB DOLE HELPED RAISE RECEIVE NEWS TO OFFSET THAT SO THERE WAS ONLY 1887% INCREASE. I HEARD THAT ARGUMENT IN 2001 AND 2003. WE ARE GOING TO GROW THE ECONOMY. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE EXTRAORDINARY GROWTH, CREATION OF JOBS AND RECEIVE NEWS THAT WILL COME TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS A RESULT OF CUTTING TAXES. AND WHAT HAPPENED SIX YEARS LATER? WE HAD THE DEEPEST RECESSION WE HAVE HAD SINCE HERBERT HOOVER. NOBODY IN THIS HOUSE IS OVER 90 AND THEREFORE DIDN'T EXPERIENCE THE DEPTH OF THE RECESSION THAT WE EXPERIENCED IN DECEMBER OF 2007. WHEN YOU THOUGHT THOSE TAX CUTS THAT THE GENTLEMAN TALKED ABOUT WOULD HAVE GONE THE ECONOMY, JUST AS HE TALKED ABOUT. C.B.O. SAYS IT DOESN'T GROW THE ECONOMY. IN FACT, IT CREATES $14 TRILLION OF NEW DEBT. THAT'S WHAT C.B.O. SAYS, NOT STENY HOYER, NOT THE DEMOCRATS. $14 TRILLION WITH A T, MR. SPEAKER. NEW DEBT. THAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL BE CONP FRONTED WITH. -- CONFRONTED WITH. REPUBLICANS SAY LET'S BALANCE THE BUDGET. BALANCING THE BUDGET SAYS YOU PAY FOR WHAT YOU BUY. I'M FOR THAT. IF YOU BUY AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER, YOU CAN AMORTIZE IT OVER 40 YEARS AND MY GRANDCHILDREN WILL GET USE OF THAT AIRCRAFT CARRIER TO DEFEND THEMSELVES AND OUR COUNTRY. THERE ARE FEW MEMBERS OF THIS CONGRESS WHO HAVE BEEN MORE CONSISTENTLY SUPPORTIVE OF THE ARMED SERVICES THAN THIS MEMBER. I SUPPORTED MUCH OF RONALD REAGAN'S FOLLOW-ON TO WHAT JIMMY CARTER STARTED AND THAT WAS BUILDING UP OUR MILITARY STRENGTHS SO THE COUNTRY WOULD BE SECURE. AND I CONTINUE TO BE A STRONG SUPPORTER OF THE MILITARY. AND WE NEED TO KEEP AMERICA STRONG. THE GENTLEMAN'S PARTY, OF COURSE, CONTRARY TO THE ALMOST UNANIMOUS -- I THINK UNANIMOUS, BUT SEAL SAY UNANIMOUS -- DESIRE THAT WE REPEAL SEE QUESTIONS FER OVER THE LAST YEARS. YOUR PARTY WANTED TO KEEP THE SEQUESTER AND DID KEEP KEPT THE SEQUESTER AND COULD HAVE DONE AWAY WITH IT BUT CROSSED OUR FINGERS. WE'LL KEEP THE SEQUESTER BUT SPEAKER RYAN WILL MAKE A DEAL WITH SENATOR MURRAY SO WE DON'T HAVE TO LIVE THE EFFECTS. AND WE PASSED THOSE RYAN-MURRAY DEALS. AND THERE WAS NOT AN ATTEMPT TO REVERSE THAT COURSE. SO THE SEQUESTER ARGUMENT, MR. SPEAKER, IS AN ARGUMENT OF CONSTRAINT IMPOSED BY THE MAJORITY PARTY, NOT BY US. WE HAD URGED THAT THE SEQUESTER BE RESCINDED. AND IN FACT, WE SUPPORTED THE RYAN-MURRAY AGREEMENT. MATTER OF FACT, I DIDN'T SUPPORT THE FIRST AGREEMENT BECAUSE I THOUGHT IT WAS A FACADE AND TURNED OUT TO BE PRETTY MEANINGLESS IN TERMS OF WHAT THE AGREEMENT WAS. SO WE HAVEN'T GROWN THE ECONOMY. WE HAD THE WORST ECONOMY ANY OF US HAVE SEEN UNDER THE BUSH FISCAL POLICIES SUPPORTED BY MY REPUBLICAN FRIENDS. I DIDN'T SUPPORT THAT. C.B.O. SAYS THIS BILL WILL NOT GROW THE ECONOMY. BUT THIS BILL WILL CREATE SUBSTANTIAL DEBT. I ASKED THE GENTLEMAN A QUESTION THAT I WANT TO GO BACK TO, AND THAT IS, DOES THE GENTLEMAN EXPECT US TO HAVE A BUDGET THIS MONTH, BUT BEFORE I DO THAT, THE GENTLEMAN SAYS AND IT WAS A GOOD STRATEGY IF THEY PASSED 12 APPROPRIATION BILLS AND PACKAGED THEM IN TWO PACKAGES. THEY DIDN'T CONSIDER THEM INDIVIDUALLY, BUT TWO PACKAGES AND SENT THEM TO THE SENATE AND THEY WERE PARTISAN BILLS. AND MR. MCCONNELL, THE MAJORITY LEADER, DID NOT BRING THEM TO THE FLOOR. AND HE MAY SAY HE DIDN'T BRING THEM TO THE FLOOR BECAUSE THE MINORITY WOULDN'T AGREE WITH THEM. HE DIDN'T WANT THEM TO BE SUBJECT TO AMENDMENTS AND DISCUSSION. OR THEY WOULD HAVE HAD A VOTE AND OUR PEOPLE WOULDN'T HAVE VOTED THEM TO BRING THEM TO THE FLOOR. SO I ASK MY FRIEND ONE MORE TIME, DO WE EXPECT TO HAVE A BUDGET HERE IN APRIL WHEN IT'S DUE OR SOON THEREAFTER AND IF SO, WILL THAT BUDGET BE BALANCED? AND I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    • 11:24:57 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      I DID.

    • 11:26:28 AM

      MR. HOYER

    • 11:26:29 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      HOYER: RECLAIMING MY TIME. I SAID I HAD VOTED FOR BALANCED BUDGET…

      HOYER: RECLAIMING MY TIME. I SAID I HAD VOTED FOR BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENTS IN THE PAST WHEN I SPOKE ON THE FLOOR AND I SAID I ROSE NOT TO OPPOSE THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BUT TO DERIDE IT, IT WAS A PATENTLY DISHONEST EFFORT TO PRETEND THAT YOU'RE FOR

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    • 11:26:55 AM

      MR. HOYER

      A BALANCED BUDGET. AND WHO SAID THAT, MR. MASSIE, MR. MEADOWS, THE…

      A BALANCED BUDGET. AND WHO SAID THAT, MR. MASSIE, MR. MEADOWS, THE CHAIRMAN OF YOUR FREEDOM CAUCUS AND SENATOR CORKER FROM TENNESSEE ALL SAID THAT, THAT IT WAS NOT A REAL ITEM, YET WE SPENT ALL OF YESTERDAY WORKING ON A DOCUMENT THAT YOU KNEW, REPUBLICANS KNEW, EVERYBODY KNEW, WAS NOT A REAL EFFORT AND WOULD NOT PASS. WE SPENT ALL DAY DOING THAT. THAT IS, MR. LEADER, WHAT I SAID. YES I HAVE IN THE 1990'S, SUPPORTED A BUDGET AMENDMENT WHICH WOULD RESTRAIN US FROM ACTING WITHOUT PAYING FOR WHAT WE BUY. YOUR SIDE OF THE AISLE IN MY OPINION DOES NOT LIKE TO PAY FOR WHAT YOU BUY BECAUSE YOU SPEND AS MUCH MONEY IN YOUR BUDGETS AS WE SPEND. MAYBE ON DIFFERENT THINGS. BUT THIS SIDE I WANT TO TELL THE MAJORITY LEADER, DO NOT RUN OUT THAT CUNARD THAT DEMOCRATS DO NOT SUPPORT NATIONAL SECURITY. WE DO. AND THE VOTES PROVE IT. YOU HAD 90 OF YOUR MEMBERS VOTE AGAINST THE AGREEMENT. I VOTED AGAINST IT AS WELL. I VOTED AGAINST IT BECAUSE WE DID NOT REACH AN DEPREEMENT AND I'M GOING TO GET TO THAT IN A SECOND. I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT IT AND IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THAT BILL AND THAT'S NOT WHAT WAS IN THE BILL. 90 MEMBERS VOTED AGAINST IT. THOSE 90 PEOPLE, INCLUDING WHEN WE ESTABLISHED THE LEVEL OF SPENDING, THE CHAIRMAN OF YOUR ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE VOTED NO, ARE YOU TELLING ME THEY WERE NOT FOR PROTECTING OUR MILITARY, PROTECTING OUR MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMED FORCES, PROTECTING THE TRAINING, ARE YOU TELLING ME THOSE 90 REPUBLICANS WEREN'T SUPPORTING THAT, IS THAT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING THAT? YES OR NO.

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    • 11:29:11 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      LET ME FOLLOW UP A FEW MORE --

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      MR. HOYER

      THE MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT. ARE YOU TELLING ME THOSE 90…

      THE MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATS VOTED FOR IT. ARE YOU TELLING ME THOSE 90 REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED AGAINST IT WERE AGAINST THE MILITARY, THAT'S MY QUESTION TO YOU?

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    • 11:29:45 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ADDITIONAL TIME TO THE MAJORITY LEADER SO HE CAN…

      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD ADDITIONAL TIME TO THE MAJORITY LEADER SO HE CAN ADDRESS YOU.

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    • 11:29:56 AM

      MR. HOYER

      BECAUSE I BELIEVE MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THEY SAY THEY SUPPORT SOMETHING, THE…

      BECAUSE I BELIEVE MR. SPEAKER, WHEN THEY SAY THEY SUPPORT SOMETHING, THE BEST WAY TO PROVE IT IS YOU VOTE IT. YOU SAID YOU SUPPORT THE MILITARY AND I DON'T DOUBT THAT AND AFTER IT HAS BEEN CUT BY 20% AND MORE PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN TRAINING THAN IN COMBAT. WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO IT. YOU SAID THERE WAS OPYOIDS AND EDUCATION AND YOU SAID NO TO THAT. I HEARD YOU ON THE FLOOR AND I HEARD MY FRIEND TALK ABOUT CHIP, BUT HE VOTED AGAINST IT. I HEARD MY FRIEND BRING UP, MARK MEADOWS TALK ABOUT, HE WOULD RATHER HAVE A DIFFERENT B.B.A. HE DOES BELIEVE IN A BALANCED BUDGET. .

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    • 11:30:03 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD?

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      MR. HOYER

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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      MR. HOYER

      MCCARTHY: MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR WORDS. I JUST…

      MCCARTHY: MR. SPEAKER, I APPRECIATE INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR WORDS. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE ARE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS. YES, THERE WAS AN OMNIBUS ON THE FLOOR.

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    • 11:31:39 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      NOT ANYTHING ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTED. WE PASSED ALL 12. WE DID…

      NOT ANYTHING ON THIS SIDE OF THE AISLE WANTED. WE PASSED ALL 12. WE DID OUR JOB. WE DID OUR JOB JUST LIKE WE PROMISED. UNFORTUNATELY, THE SENATE -- IT WASN'T THE MAJORITY OVER IN THE SENATE, IT WAS THE MINORITY, WANTED TO HOLD IT HOSTAGE. SAME WAY THEY DID WHEN THEY WANTED TO SHUT DOWN THE GOVERNMENT. I THINK THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DESERVES MORE AND BETTER. THAT IS WHY I THINK WE NEED TO REFORM THE 1974 BUDGET ACT. I THINK THIS FLOOR WILL SEE A GREAT DEBATE. I THINK BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE WOULD LIKE TO SEE IT REFORMED. I JUST HOPE THAT THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL NOT ONLY HEAR THE WORDS BUT SEE THE ACTION AND THE VOTES TO BACK UP WHAT PEOPLE SAY. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:32:40 AM

      MR. HOYER

      IF THE GENTLEMAN WILL YIELD FOR A SECOND.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

    • 11:33:21 AM

      MR. HOYER

      NOW, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT'S IN STORE. MAYBE THAT'S WHAT'S CONTEMPLATED, BUT…

      NOW, MAYBE THAT'S WHAT'S IN STORE. MAYBE THAT'S WHAT'S CONTEMPLATED, BUT WHEN I HEAR, MR. SPEAKER, THE MAJORITY LEADER TALKING ABOUT THE BUDGET ACT, FIRST OF ALL, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC DOES NOT KNOW WHAT THE BUDGET ACT IS. THEY DO KNOW WHO WE ARE. AND THEY SEND US HERE TO BE RESPONSIBLE AND HAVE DISCIPLINE AND HAVE THE COURAGE OF OUR CONVICTIONS. AND THE REASON I SAY PAY FOR IT IS BECAUSE THE CONSTRAINT WE HAVE ABANDONED. AND WE HAVE PRETENDED THAT WE COULD CUT TAXES AND MAGICALLY THINGS WOULD BE PAID FOR. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN, AND WHAT WE BUY TODAY WE ARE EXPECTING OUR CHILDREN TO PAY FOR IT TOMORROW AND TOMORROW AND TOMORROW. I SUGGEST THAT IS AN INTELLECTUALLY BANKRUPT POLICY, AND IT'S ALSO AN IMMORAL POLICY. AND TO PRETEND THAT SOMEHOW WE CAN FIX THAT, EITHER BY AN AMENDMENT WHICH, BAY THE WAY, COULD BE WAIVED, OR BY AMENDING THE BUDGET ACT. IS THE BUDGET ACT PERFECT, COULD IT BE PERFECTED, I'M SURE IT COULD BE. BUT THAT'S NOT THE PROBLEM. THE PROBLEM IS THE PRETENSE THAT SOMEHOW WE ARE GOING TO GROW OURSELVES MAGICALLY WITHOUT DISCIPLINE, WITHOUT PAYING FOR WHAT WE BUY WHETHER THAT'S DEFENSE OR NONDEFENSE. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, WE NEED TO GET ONTO SOME OTHER ISSUES AND I WANT TO EXPLAIN TO THE MAJORITY LEADER WHY I DIDN'T VOTE FOR THE BILL. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES DID SOMETHING I THINK WAS BAD JUDGMENT. AND PUT MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AT RISK. IT'S CALLED DEFERRED ACTION FOR CHILDHOOD ARRIVALS. 86% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINK THAT WE OUGHT TO PROTECT THOSE CHILDREN WHO CAME HERE, NOT OF THEIR OWN VOLITION, BUT AS CHILDREN. THE MAJORITY LEADER, MYSELF, THE MINORITY LEADER, AND THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE MET WITH LEADERS OF THE HISPANIC COMMUNITY, LEADERS OF THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY, AND LEADERS OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC ISLAND COMMUNITY. I SAY LEADERS, THE THREE CHAIRS OF THOSE CAUCUSES, AND WE TALKED IN LATE SEPTEMBER ABOUT A WEEK AND A HALF AFTER THE PRESIDENT HAD WITHDRAWN DACA PROTECTIONS AND SAID WE NEED TO SOLVE THIS. MR. SPEAKER, LET ME QUOTE THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE, MR. RYAN. MY COMMITMENT TO WORKING TOGETHER ON AN IMMIGRATION MEASURE THAT WE CAN MAKE LAW IS A SINCERE COMMITMENT. LET ME REPEAT. MY COMMITMENT TO WORKING TOGETHER ON AN IMMIGRATION MEASURE THAT WE CAN MAKE LAW IS A SINCERE COMMITMENT. WE WILL SOLVE THIS DACA PROBLEM, SAID THE SPEAKER, ONCE WE GET THIS BUDGET AMENDMENT -- AGREEMENT DONE, THIS WAS NOT THE OMNIBUS. THIS WAS THE PRECURSOR TO THE OMNIBUS WHICH SET THE LEVEL OF SPENDING. HE SAID, WE WILL SOLVE THIS DACA PROBLEM, AND WE WILL GET THIS DONE NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES US TO STAY HERE. WE WILL FOCUS ON BRINGING THE DEBATE TO THIS FLOOR AND FINDING A SOLUTION. I VOTED NO ON THE OMNIBUS BECAUSE THEY DID NOT FOLLOW THROUGH ON THAT COMMITMENT. SO EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS. HOWEVER, I'M THE WHIP. I COUNT VOTES. AND I CERTAINLY THINK THE MAJORITY LEADER HAS ENOUGH EVIDENCE AND HAS ENOUGH RESPECT FOR MY ABILITY THAT IF WE HAD WORKED TO DEFEAT THAT BILL WE WOULD HAVE DEFEATED IT WITH THE 90 REPUBLICANS WHO VOTED NO ON THE BILL THE REPUBLICANS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR WHICH WASN'T AGREED. BUT THAT BILL NEEDED TO PASS. BUT, YES, I VOTED NO BECAUSE FROM SEPTEMBER -- AND THE SPEAKER TOLD ME, OH, MARCH 5 IS COMING. WE HAVE TIME TO FIX IT. WE HAVE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF THESE 700,000, 800,000 YOUNG PEOPLE THAT 86% OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE THINKS OUGHT NOT TO BE SENT TO A COUNTRY THAT IS NOT THEIR HOME, THEY DON'T KNOW, AND THEY HAVE NOT BEEN THERE FOR THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF THEIR LIVES. SO, YES, I VOTED NO. BECAUSE ON THEIR BEHALF I WAS CONCERNED THAT THAT COMMITMENT THAT THE SPEAKER ENUCIATED IN FEBRUARY, APPROXIMATELY A MONTH BEFORE DACA WAS TO TERMINATE HAD NOT BEEN MET. IT IS NOW A MONTH AFTER MARCH 5, MR. SPEAKER, AND THAT COMMITMENT HAS NOT BEEN MET TO THIS DAY. NOTWITHSTANDING THE FACT THAT SPEAKER RYAN URGED THE PRESIDENT NOT TO DO WHAT HE DID, AND THE PRESIDENT TURNED AROUND AND SAID, FIX IT BY LEGISLATION. AND THE SPEAKER COMMITTED IN THAT MEETING, TO WHICH I REFERRED, JUST WEEKS AFTER THE PRESIDENT ACTED AS SAYING, WE'LL GET THAT DONE. NOW, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS A RULE THAT HAS BEEN FILED BY A REPUBLICAN MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE . IT NOW HAS I THINK 44 REPUBLICANS ON IT. IF IT DOESN'T HAVE YET IT WILL HAVE 190-PLUS DEMOCRATS ON IT WHICH WILL MEAN THAT 230 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE WILL HAVE SIGNED ONTO A DOCUMENT THAT SAYS, LET'S FIX DACA NOW. YES, I VOTED NO. I VOTED NO IN PROTEST AND IN DISMAY THAT WE HAD NOT ADDRESSED THIS ISSUE. I HOPE I'VE EXPLAINED TO THE MAJORITY LEADER WHY I VOTED NO. BUT AT THE SAME TIME WHY A MAJORITY OF MY PARTY, INCLUDING THE LEADER OF MY PARTY, MS. PELOSI, VOTED AYE. THEY VOTED AYE BECAUSE THEY KNEW WE HAD MADE AN AGREEMENT. THEY KNEW IT WAS AN AGREEMENT REACHED BY BOTH SIDES. THEY DIDN'T LIKE EVERYTHING IN IT ANY MORE THAN REPUBLICANS LIKED EVERYTHING IN IT, BUT IT WAS AN AGREEMENT AND SO IT PASSED HANDEDLY. I WILL TELL MY FRIEND, I HOPE HE DOES NOT DOUBT -- PERHAPS HE DOES -- THAT THAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED WITHOUT A PERCEPTION AND BELIEF ON THIS SIDE THAT WE HAD AN AGREEMENT AND IT OUGHT TO PASS. AND IT DID PASS. WITH 90 REPUBLICANS VOTING NO. AND THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF MY PARTY VOTING YES. I HOPE THE LEADER WILL TELL ME, MR. SPEAKER, WHETHER OR NOT THE COMMITMENT THAT WAS MADE IN SEPTEMBER, THE COMMITMENT THAT WAS ARTICULATED BY THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE IN FEBRUARY WHEN HE WAS URGING US TO -- AND HIS OWN MEMBERS TO SUPPORT THE LEGISLATION WHICH SETS THE LEVEL OF SPENDING ON WHICH THE OMNIBUS WAS BASED, I HOPE HE CAN ASSURE ME THAT BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH THAT WE WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO WHAT WE THINK IS EXTRAORDINARILY FAIR TO DO. MR. GOODLATTE OF THE JUDICIARY HAS A BILL. I DON'T LIKE THE BILL, BUT IT'S A BILL THAT CAME OUT OF THE MAJORITY COMMITTEE. THERE'S ANOTHER BILL CALLED THE DREAMER BILL THAT IS A BIPARTISAN BILL SUPPORTED BY -- SPONSORED BY ILEANA ROS-LEHTINEN, A REPUBLICAN FROM FLORIDA, AND LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD FROM CALIFORNIA. BRING THAT BILL TO THE FLOOR. THERE WAS A THIRD BILL, MR. SPEAKER, SPONSORED BY MR. HURD FROM TEXAS, A REPUBLICAN, AND MR. AGUILAR, A DEMOCRAT FROM CALIFORNIA. NOW, I BELIEVE HAS THE SUPPORT OF OVER 218 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. AND I'VE ASKED THE MAJORITY LEADER, WE'VE ASKED THE SPEAKER, BRING THOSE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. BRING THOSE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR, AND LET THE HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. THE SPEAKER'S LEAVING, BUT THE SPEAKER HAS ON NUMEROUS OCCASIONS SAID, WE WILL NOT DUCK THE TOUGH ISSUES. THAT'S A DIRECT QUOTE, MR. SPEAKER. WE WILL TAKE THEM HEAD-ON. WE SHOULD NOT HIDE OUR DISAGREEMENTS. WE SHOULD EMBRACE THEM. WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR FROM HONEST DISAGREEMENTS HONESTLY STATED. BRING THOSE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. MR. SPEAKER, I IMPLORE THE MAJORITY LEADER, LET THE HOUSE WORK ITS WILL. FACE THE TOUGH ISSUES. I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    • 11:43:38 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      MR. SPEAKER, RECLAIMING MY TIME. WILL THE GENTLEMAN TELL ME WHEN I VOTED…

      MR. SPEAKER, RECLAIMING MY TIME. WILL THE GENTLEMAN TELL ME WHEN I VOTED THE GOVERNMENT? DOES HE HAVE A CITE THERE?

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    • 11:44:16 AM

      MR. HOYER

      TUESDAY ON YOUR TWITTER ACCOUNT -- I LIKE HOW YOU USE IT MORE OFTEN.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

      MAYBE THE PRESIDENT INSPIRED YOU. WHIP HOYER, DREAMERS CAN STILL APPLY TO…

      MAYBE THE PRESIDENT INSPIRED YOU. WHIP HOYER, DREAMERS CAN STILL APPLY TO RENEW DACA PROTECTIONS. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING FOR RENEWAL. I DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE'S RIGHT. IF ON HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT HE SAID IT'S OK BECAUSE, NO, DACA STUDENTS -- KIDS ARE BEING REMOVED. HE SAYS IN HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT, YOU CAN APPLY RIGHT NOW, BUT I'M GOING TO VOTE AGAINST THE OMNI THAT WE NEGOTIATED WITH BECAUSE I'M REALLY WORRIED ABOUT THE RECISIONS THAT GOES AGAINST MAYBE SOME MONEY THAT'S BEEN WASTED. WHEN I LOOK AT THIS, MR. SPEAKER, I KNOW FOR A FACT THE PRESIDENT MADE ANOTHER OFFER TO SOLVE DACA AND SOLVE DREAMERS. ALL HE REQUESTED IS COULD WE HAVE THE BORDER SECURE. HE WASN'T ASKING FOR AN ASTRONOMICAL NUMBER, WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT THE GANG OF EIGHT BILL, THEY SPENT TWICE AS MUCH ON BORDER SECURITY THAN THE PRESIDENT IS ASKING FOR. I KNOW FOR A FACT THE PRESIDENT TALKED TO THE LEADER ON THE OTHER SIDE OF HIS PARTY. I KNOW FOR A FACT THEY CAME BACK AND SAID NO. THE PRESIDENT ACTUALLY PUT IT OUT ON HIS TWITTER ACCOUNT. THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM BUT WANTS TO MAKE SURE THE BORDER IS SECURE. MR. SPEAKER, AS WE SPEAK RIGHT NOW, THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO ARE MARCHING FROM OTHER COUNTRIES BECAUSE THEY THINK THEY CAN MARCH DIRECTLY ACROSS OUR BORDER. I THINK OUR BORDER NEEDS TO BE SECURE. I WOULD HOPE EVERYBODY WOULD FEEL THAT SAME WAY. I KNOW THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SOLVE THIS PROBLEM. AS A FACT, MR. SPEAKER, THE PRESIDENT SAID IT FROM INSIDE THESE CHAMBERS FOR THE WHOLE NATION TO HEAR. SOMETIMES I BEGIN TO WONDER, DO WORDS AND ACTION ACTUALLY DO THE EXACT SAME THING. COULD IT BE POSSIBLE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE PLAY POLITICS WITH ISSUES? COULD IT BE POSSIBLE THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE COULD USE THAT FOR AN EXCUSE? COULD IT BE POSSIBLE THAT PEOPLE WOULD SAY THEY WANT TO SOLVE A PROBLEM BUT WHEN THEY HAVE THE OFFER FOR A SOLUTION, THEY SAY NO, SO THEY CAN TRY TO MAKE A POLITICAL ARGUMENT OUT OF IT? I DON'T KNOW. MAYBE. BUT I WILL TELL THE AMERICAN PUBLIC THIS. WE WANT TO SOLVE THAT PROBLEM. MR. SPEAKER, MY FRIEND ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE AISLE, HE IS WORRIED ABOUT THE DEBT. HE VOTED FOR A BUDGET THAT WOULD INCREASE BY $6 TRILLION AND WANTS TO INCREASE YOUR TAXES BY $3 TRILLION. HE SAID HE HEARD THE ARGUMENT THAT PEOPLE DO WON'T DO WELL IF THEY KEEP MORE OF THEIR OWN MONEY. I JUST LOOKED AT THE LATEST NUMBERS IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS WITH THE NEW TAX BILL. YOU KNOW WHAT? MORE REVENUE CAME IN. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE GOT TO KEEP MORE OF WHAT THEY EARNED. WHAT'S INTERESTING IS SO MANY AMERICANS GOT A PAY RAISE. SIMPLY BECAUSE GOVERNMENT SAID YOU COULD DO BETTER WITH YOUR OWN. AND THAT, I THINK, IS TRUE. AND IF MY FRIEND, MR. SPEAKER, AGREES WITH THAT, I KNOW HE WILL BE THERE FOR THE RESCISSION. WHERE CAN WE STAND UP FOR THE TAXPAYER. IF THERE IS MONEY WASTED HERE, WHY WOULDN'T WE GO LINE BY LINE. IT WON'T BE JUST THE OMNI BUT ALL THE OTHER ACCOUNTS THAT HAVE BEEN SITTING THERE. I DON'T THINK THAT'S A REPUBLICAN OR DEMOCRAT IDEA, BUT TRULY AN AMERICAN IDEA. AND I THINK THAT'S THE RESPONSIBILITY WE ALL HAVE. I KNOW THESE COLLOQUYS GO LONG. I LIKE MY FRIEND ACROSS THE AISLE, MR. SPEAKER. I CONSIDER HIM A FRIEND. JUST AS ANYBODY HAS FRIENDS, WE HAVE DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHICAL OPINIONS. AND THAT'S HEALTHY. BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, WE CAN'T MAKE EXCUSES. AT THE END OF THE DAY, MR. SPEAKER, THERE'S A BILL ON THE FLOOR, AND YEAH, I WANT IT 100% MY WAY, BUT UNFORTUNATELY THAT'S NOT THE WAY OUR GOVERNMENT IS CREATED. WE ARE SUPPOSED TO FIND COMPROMISE. I CAN ALWAYS FIND AN EXCUSE. YOU KNOW WHAT? SOMEONE DIDN'T LOOK RIGHT AT ME OR SOMEONE SAID SOMETHING I DISAGREE WITH. BUT AS WE KNOW TODAY, NO DACA CHILD IS GETTING DEPORTED. AS WE KNOW TODAY, THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO SOLVE THIS AND THE PRESIDENT HAS MADE MANY OFFERS. SO, I THINK, MR. SPEAKER, THERE IS NO MORE TIME FOR EXCUSES. IT'S TIME FOR SOLVING.

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    • 11:49:40 AM

      MR. HOYER

      HE WANTS TO CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT WHO VOTED FOR OR AGAINST THE OMNIBUS AS…

      HE WANTS TO CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT WHO VOTED FOR OR AGAINST THE OMNIBUS AS OPPOSED TO RESPONDING IF WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AMENDMENT ON THE FLOOR. WE CAN ARTICULATE THAT WE ARE GOING TO GROW OURSELVES OUT. DOING IT, JUST DO IT. YES. TEMPORARILY, THE COURTS HAVE SAID THE PRESIDENT DIDN'T DO THE RIGHT THING. IN THE RIGHT WAY. SO THERE HAS BEEN A STAY. AND GENTLEMAN IS CORRECT THAT THE DACA STUDENTS ARE NOT AT RISK AS OF MARCH 5 -- I SAY STUDENTS, SOME OF THEM ARE STUDENTS, SOME ARE NOT. WORDS DO, IN FACT, MEAN SOMETHING. AND THE LEADER SAYS THAT ALL HE WANTS IS BORDER SECURITY. WELL, OUR BORDER SECURITY AND HE WANTS TO RESTRICT THE ABILITY TO UNIFY MOMS AND DADS AND THEIR CHILDREN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

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    • 11:51:12 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      I MADE AN OFFER TO SPEED THAT UP, I YIELD BACK.

    • 11:51:26 AM

      MR. HOYER

      I'M NOT SAYING IT IS NOT TRUE.

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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      MR. HOYER

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      MR. MCCARTHY

      TODAY, YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWING 65 IN FOR BROTHER THIRST AND SISTERS. THAT'S…

      TODAY, YOU ARE ONLY ALLOWING 65 IN FOR BROTHER THIRST AND SISTERS. THAT'S NOT A MOTHER AND CHILD. THERE IS MORE THAN A 30-YEAR WAIT. WHAT WE PROPOSED IS, THAT SYSTEM IS NOT WORKING. A BROTHER AND SISTER HAS THEIR OWN FAMILY. INSTEAD OF TAKING THOSE UP, WHY DON'T YOU PUT THOSE IN TO THE SPOUSE AND THE CHILDREN? WHAT WE OFFERED TO YOU AND MAYBE THEY DIDN'T QUITE UNDERSTAND IT, YOU WOULD SPEED UP THE PROCESS FOR PARENTS, YOUR SPOUSES AND YOUR CHILDREN. I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT WAS VERY REASONABLE.

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    • 11:52:40 AM

      MR. HOYER

      WE COULD GO ROUND AND ROUND ON THAT. THAT WAS MY PERCEPTION OF IT. AND I…

      WE COULD GO ROUND AND ROUND ON THAT. THAT WAS MY PERCEPTION OF IT. AND I THINK THAT'S PRETTY ACCURATE, MR. LEADER. MR. SPEAKER, THE ANSWER TO THE QUESTION, THOUGH, HAS NOT COME. AND THAT IS WILL THE MAJORITY LEADER BRING TO THE FLOOR THREE BILLS AND LET THEM BE VOTED ON BY THIS HOUSE AND EXPRESS THE WILL OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE? ONE OF THOSE BILLS IS A REPUBLICAN BILL. ONE IS PROBABLY PERCEIVED BY THE REPUBLICANS AS A DEMOCRATIC BILL ALTHOUGH REPRESENTATIVE ROS-LEHTINEN IS A CO-SPONSOR AND ONE IS A BIPARTISAN BILL NEGOTIATED BY MR. HURD AND MR. AGUILAR, THAT HAS AT LEAST 44 REPUBLICANS WHO HAVE SIGNED ON TO A RULE TO BRING THAT PARTICULAR BILL TO THE FLOOR. ALL 193 DEMOCRATS WILL BE FOR THAT BILL TO BRING IT TO THE FLOOR, WHICH IS OVER 230 MEMBERS OF THIS HOUSE. I AM ASKING THE LEADER, WILL HE BRING THOSE THREE BILLS TO THE FLOOR? BECAUSE WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID AND THE LEADER SAID WORDS MATTER, WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID ON TV FOR ALL OF AMERICA TO SEE, WE WILL SOLVE THE DACA ISSUE. YOU SEND ME A BILL AND I WILL SIGN IT. THAT'S WHAT HE SAID, MR. SPEAKER. BUT WHAT HAPPENED? THE SENATE HAD FOUR BILLS UNLIKE THE HOUSE, MR. MCCONNELL BROUGHT THOSE FOUR BILLS TO THE FLOOR. SO THE SENATE COULD WORK ITS WILL. AND THERE WERE SOME 25 SENATORS, REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS COME TOGETHER AND PUT A COMMONSENSE BILL ON THE FLOOR. CONTRARY TO WHAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES SAID IN THAT MEETING ON TELEVISION, NOT MY WORDS, JUST GO BACK TO THE VIDEO, REPLAY IT. I WILL SIGN A BILL AND THEN HE SAID, I WILL TAKE THE HEAT. WHAT DID HE DO WHEN THE COMMONSENSE BILL CAME TO THE FLOOR? HE SAID I WILL VETO IT. AND IT HAD $25 BILLION FOR AUTHORIZATION FOR THE PRESIDENT'S WALL AND BORDER SECURITY AND HE SAID I'LL VETO IT. AS A RESULT, IT ONLY GOT 54 VOTES AND NEEDED 60 VOTES. HAD HE NOT SAID HE WOULD VETOED IT, IT WOULD HAVE PASSED. THAT WAS FOUR BILLS. WHY, MR. SPEAKER, THIS IS THE PEOPLE'S HOUSE. THE SPEAKER SAID WE'LL TAKE THE TOUGH ISSUES HEAD ON AND WE WILL NOT SHRINK FROM THAT RESPONSIBILITY. ALL WE ARE ASKING IS TO BRING THOSE BILLS TO THE FLOOR. WE CAN ARGUE ABOUT THE DECISIONS THAT THE LEADER MENTIONS FREQUENTLY ABOUT MONEY THAT ISN'T GOING TO BE SPENT ANY WAY. NONE OF US ARE GOING TO OPPOSE THAT, IF THAT IS WHAT IT DOES. THAT IS AN OBJECT FEW SCATION. AND THAT'S WHY THIS IS HAPPENING. THEY ARE GOING TO TRY TO CORRECT THAT POLITICAL PROBLEM THEY HAD JUST LIKE THE BALANCED BUDGET TRYING TO CORRECT A POLITICAL PROBLEM. SO I WOULD HOPE, MR. SPEAKER, THAT THE LEADER WOULD ASSURE ME AT SOME POINT IN TIME THAT THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY SAID THEY WILL DO FROM SEPTEMBER TO NOW. ADDRESS SOLVING THE DACA ISSUE. AND THEN WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID, MR. SPEAKER, WAS THEN WE'LL GO TO COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM. WE OUGHT TO DO THAT. THE SENATE PASSED THE BILL SOME FIVE YEARS AGO. WE ASKED AND HAVE ASKED OVER THE LAST FIVE YEARS, BRING THAT BILL TO THE FLOOR. NOW THAT BILL DOESN'T EXIST NOW BECAUSE THE CONGRESS IN WHICH IT WAS SENT TO US, THE REPUBLICANS WERE IN CHARGE AND DIDN'T BY IT TO THE FLOOR. WE ASKED FOR IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN SO WE COULD SOLVE WHAT EVERYONE KNOWS IS A BROKEN IMMIGRATION SYSTEM. BUT AT LEAST IN THE AMBIT OF THESE THREE BILLS THERE IS A SOLUTION TO ONE SMALL PART OF THAT THAT THE PRESIDENT ON NATIONAL TV SAID HE WANTED TO SOLVE AND WOULD SIGN THE BILL. RIGHT UP UNTIL THE TIME HE SAID HE WOULD VETO THE BILL. THE PRESIDENT IS A VERY FLEXIBLE INDIVIDUAL AS WE HAVE ALL SEEN. I HOPE HE WOULD SIGN ANY ONE OF THESE BILLS. AND I THINK THE SENATE WOULD PASS THE AGUILAR-HURD BILL IF IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE FLOOR. I'M CONVINCED IT WOULD PASS. I THINK IT WOULD PASS THE SENATE. AND I WOULD HOPE THE PRESIDENT WOULD SIGN IT AND SOLVE A PROBLEM THAT THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WHEN HE RESCINDED THE PROTECTIONS, ASKED US TO LEGISLATE ON AND SEND HIM A BILL. I WOULD HOPE HE WOULD DO THAT. I HOPE THE PA THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. LEADER WOULD DO THAT. IF THE MAJORITY LEADER WANTS -- I YIELD TO MY FRIEND.

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    • 11:58:29 AM

      MR. MCCARTHY

      VOTED NO. FEBRUARY 6, CONTINUING RESOLUTION, HE VOTED NO. WHEN GOVERNMENT…

      VOTED NO. FEBRUARY 6, CONTINUING RESOLUTION, HE VOTED NO. WHEN GOVERNMENT WAS SHUT DOWN, THERE WAS A BILL TO REOPEN THE GOVERNMENT ON FEBRUARY 9, AND YOU VOTED NO. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 11:58:58 AM

      MR. HOYER

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      TEMPORE THE

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      MR. MCCARTHY

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

      OBJECTION. THE CHAIR WILL NOW ENTERTAIN REQUESTS FOR ONE-MINUTE SPEECHES. FOR WHAT PURPOSE DOES THE GENTLEMAN FROM OHIO SEEK

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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      MR. CHABOT

      THE RIGHT TO CONFER WITH THE PROSECUTOR OR THE RIGHT TO RESTITUTION. THE…

      THE RIGHT TO CONFER WITH THE PROSECUTOR OR THE RIGHT TO RESTITUTION. THE RIGHT TO A SPEEDY TRIAL. AND THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY. SEVERAL YEARS LATER, THE G.A.O. FOUND THAT TOO MANY VICTIMS WERE NOT AWARE OF THESE IMPORTANT RIGHTS AND THAT MORE NEEDED TO BE DONE TO EDUCATE VICTIMS. YOU SEE, IN CIVICS CLASS, WE ALL LEARN ABOUT THE RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED, BUT VERY LITTLE ATTENTION IS GIVEN TO THE RIGHTS OF VICTIMS. AND SO, MR. SPEAKER, AS WE COMMEMORATE NATIONAL CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS WEEK THIS WEEK, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE MAKE SURE VICTIMS KNOW WHAT THEIR RIGHTS ARE UNDER THE LAW. IT'S THE LEAST WE CAN DO TO SHOW VICTIMS THE RESPECT AND DIGNITY THAT THEY DESERVE. I YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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

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      MR. KIHUEN

      HE WAS JUST DAYS AWAY FROM HIS 24TH BIRTHDAY AND WAS ABOUT TO START TRADE…

      HE WAS JUST DAYS AWAY FROM HIS 24TH BIRTHDAY AND WAS ABOUT TO START TRADE SCHOOL TO FURTHER HIS KNOWLEDGE AS A MECHANIC'S APRESENT TILLS. JORDAN WAS ALWAYS MAKING -- APPRENTICE. JORDAN WAS ALWAYS MAKING JOKES, LOVED TRUCKS, MOTORCYCLES AND COUNTRY MUSIC. HE DIED SAVING HIS GIRLFRIEND, AMBER, BEREZA, -- AMBER BEREZA, FROM GUN FIRE AT THE ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL IN LAS VEGAS. JORDAN WAS A SELFLESS PERSON WHO ONLY WANTED TO MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY. HE ALWAYS WANTED TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AND WAS A HAPPY GO-LUCKY KIND OF GUY. JORDAN IS REMEMBERED FOR HIS SENSE OF HUMOR AND LAUGH THAT COULD LIGHT UP A ROOM. I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY CONDOLENCES TO JORDAN'S FAMILY AND FRIENDS. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CITY OF LAS VEGAS, THE STATE OF NEVADA AND THE WHOLE COUNTRY GRIEVE WITH YOU. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 12:03:06 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      NEWHOUSE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HONOR THE…

      NEWHOUSE: MR. SPEAKER, I RISE TODAY TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF MARINE SERGEANT

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      MR. NEWHOUSE

      DIETRICH SHMEEMAN. HE GREW UP IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND HAD A STRONG LOVE…

      DIETRICH SHMEEMAN. HE GREW UP IN CENTRAL WASHINGTON AND HAD A STRONG LOVE FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST. HE HAD A POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON EVERYONE HE CAME INTO CONTACT WITH. AND A LIFE FULL OF POTENTIAL. AFTER HIGH SCHOOL, HE ENLISTED IN THE U.S. MARINE CORPS, WITH THE GOAL OF BECOMING PART OF ITS SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMAND. HE BONDED WITH HIS BROTHERS IN ARMS, BUT HE REMAINED CLOSE FRIENDS WITH HIS FAMILY IN WASHINGTON STATE. AS HE TRAVELED AROUND THE WORLD, HONORABLY SERVING HIS COUNTRY. THE SERGEANT ACHIEVED HIS GOAL AND WAS SERVING IN THE SECOND RAIDER BATTALION AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH CAROLINA, WHEN HE WAS TRAGICALLY KILLED IN A MILITARY CARGO PLANE CRASH IN JULY OF 2017. HE AND 15 OTHER SERVICE MEMBERS THAT PASSED AWAY WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN FOR THEIR SACRIFICE. DIETRICH IS REMEMBERED FOR HIS KINDNESS, HIS SENSE OF ADVENTURE AND STRONG FRIENDSHIPS. IN HONOR OF HIS SERVICE, I AM INTRODUCING LEGISLATION WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE ENTIRE WASHINGTON STATE DELEGATION IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, TO DESIGNATE THE FACILITY OF THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE LOCATED ON WEST VAN DECEMBEREN STREET IN WEST RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, AS THE SERGEANT DIETRICH SHMEEMAN POST OFFICE. I HOPE MY COLLEAGUES WILL JOIN ME IN SUPPORTING THIS LEGISLATION TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF SERGEANT SMMEEMAN WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OUR -- SHMEEMAN WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR OUR NATION. THANK YOU AND I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      MINUTE.

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      MR. SPEAKER, I YIELD BACK.

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      MR. CARBAJAL

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      THE UNITED STATES WAS THE FIRST NATION TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL AS AN…

      THE UNITED STATES WAS THE FIRST NATION TO RECOGNIZE ISRAEL AS AN INDEPENDENT NATION IN 1948.

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      THE CHAIR LAYS BEFORE THE HOUSE A COMMUNICATION.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      SIR, ON APRIL 12, 2018, PURSUANT TO SECTION 3307 OF TITLE 40, UNITED…

      SIR, ON APRIL 12, 2018, PURSUANT TO SECTION 3307 OF TITLE 40, UNITED STATES CODE, THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE MET IN OPEN SESSION TO CONSIDER 16 RESOLUTIONS, INCLUDING IN THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATIONS CAPITAL INVESTMENT AND LEASING PROGRAMS. THE COMMITTEE CONTINUES TO WORK TO REDUCE THE COST OF FEDERAL PROPERTY AND LEASES. THE 16 RESOLUTIONS CONSIDERED INCLUDE 11 LEASE PROSPECTS, FOUR SPECIAL EMPHASIS PROGRAM PROSPECTS AND ONE ACQUISITION AND REPRESENT 71 -- $71 MILLION IN SAVINGS FROM AVOIDED LEASE COSTS AND SPACE REDUCTIONS. I HAVE ENCLOSED COPIES OF THE RESOLUTIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE ON APRIL 12, 2018.

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    • 12:07:31 PM

      THE CLERK

      SIGNED, SINCERELY, BUD SHUSTER, CHAIRMAN.

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      TEMPORE REFERRED

      2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE…

      2017, THE GENTLEMAN FROM ARIZONA IS RECOGNIZED FOR 60 MINUTES AS THE DESIGNEE OF THE MINORITY LEADER.

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    • 12:09:12 PM

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      OR WORSE, WHEN THE MONEY THEY HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO EARN, MONEY THEY…

      OR WORSE, WHEN THE MONEY THEY HAVE WORKED SO HARD TO EARN, MONEY THEY COULD HAVE -- THAT COULD HAVE GONE TO PAYING FOR THEIR MORTGAGE OR THE RENT, OR MONEY THAT COULD HAVE GONE TO TROOPS, OR TO REBUILD OUR ROADS, INSTEAD ENDS UP IN THE POCKETS OF CORRUPT POLITICIANS.

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    • 12:09:41 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      THAT'S WHY TODAY WE'VE WRITTEN A LETTER TO EVERY WORKER IN THIS COUNTRY…

      THAT'S WHY TODAY WE'VE WRITTEN A LETTER TO EVERY WORKER IN THIS COUNTRY WHO PAYS TAXES. YOU CAN FIND IT POSTED ON OUR WEBSITE, OR ON MEDIUM.COM. OUR LETTER SIMPLY LISTS FOR THE BENEFIT OF EVERYONE WHO WILL BE SPENDING -- WHO WILL BE SENDING IN A RETURN BEFORE APRIL 17, SOME OF THE WAYS THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HAS BEEN SPENDING YOUR MONEY. THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER HAS A RIGHT TO KNOW WHERE THOSE DOLLARS ARE GOING. AND NOW WITH THE HELP OF MY GOOD FRIEND, CONGRESSMAN LIEU OF CALIFORNIA, WE WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH YOU A QUICK COUNTING OF TRUMP'S CABINET'S SPENDING HABITS. WE THINK A PAT LEARN QUICKLY EMERGE. WHILE -- A PATTERN WILL QUICKLY EMERGE. DONALD TRUMP IS RUNNING A CABINET OF CORRUPTION. SO LET'S GET STARTED.

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    • 12:10:42 PM

      MR. LUJAN

      LIEU: THANK YOU. WHAT REALLY BUGS US IS THE FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE OF…

      LIEU: THANK YOU. WHAT REALLY BUGS US IS THE FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE OF TAXPAYER FUNDS AND TAXPAYER MONEY AND THE CULTURE OF CORRUPTION THIS ADMINISTRATION STARTS -- WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION STARTS AT THE TOP, WITH THE PRESIDENT. I'M JUST GOING TO GO THROUGH SOME NUMBERS, THESE ARE FACTS, OF HOW MUCH DONALD TRUMP HAS WASTED TAXPAYERS' MONEYEST. HAS SPENT OVER $58 MILLION ON 95 TRIPS TO GOLF CLUBS, INCLUDING MAR-A-LAGO AND OTHER TRUMP-OWNED PROPERTIES. EVERY TIME HE TAKES ONE OF THESE TRIPS, ACCORDING TO "THE WASHINGTON POST" AND "POLITICO," COSTS ABOUT $3 MILLION, WITH ALL THE STAFF, EVERYONE HAS TO GO AND TRAVEL WITH HIM.

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    • 12:10:50 PM

      MR. LIEU

      IN ADDITION, $137,000 WAS USED FOR GOLF CARTS FOR SECRET SERVICE BETWEEN…

      IN ADDITION, $137,000 WAS USED FOR GOLF CARTS FOR SECRET SERVICE BETWEEN JANUARY AND OCTOBER, 2017, ALONE. AT LEAST $198,000 OF TAXPAYER MONEY WAS USED FOR TRUMP BUSINESS TRIPS IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF 2017. $17,000 FOR CUSTOM GLOVES IN THE OVAL OFFICE, OVER $12,000 ON A CUSTOM CONFERENCE TABLE FOR THE WEST WING OF THE WHITE HOUSE, FROM, BY THE WAY, THE SAME COMPANY USED BY PRESIDENT NIXON. SO THIS CORRUPTION SOURCE AT THE TOP -- STARTS AT THE TOP AND NOW YOU'RE GOING TO SEE, AS WE GO ALONG, THROUGH THE CABINET, THE FRAUD, WASTE AND ABUSE OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY.

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    • 12:12:05 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

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      MR. LIEU

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      MR. GALLEGO

      OFFICE.

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      MR. LIEU

      GALLEGO: ACTUALLY THEY WERE PERSONAL PLANES HE TOOK THAT COST A TOTAL OF…

      GALLEGO: ACTUALLY THEY WERE PERSONAL PLANES HE TOOK THAT COST A TOTAL OF 5DS,000.

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    • 12:13:39 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      THAT'S ALL RIGHT. ALL'S FOR GIVEN.

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      MR. LIEU

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      MR. GALLEGO

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      MR. LIEU

      GALLEGO: WE HAVE OUR FAVORITE CAUSE OR CELEBRITY NOW ADAYS. SCOTT PRUITT.…

      GALLEGO: WE HAVE OUR FAVORITE CAUSE OR CELEBRITY NOW ADAYS. SCOTT PRUITT. WHO SO FAR HAS SPENT $800,000 FOR AROUND THE CLOCK SECURITY, NEARLY TWICE THE COST OF SECURITY FOR PRUITT'S TWO IMMEDIATE SUCCESSORS. $105,000 IN FIRST CLASS TICKETS IN HIS FIRST YEAR IN OFFICE, INCLUDING A $40,000 TRIP TO MOROCCO TO PROMOTE THE USE OF NATURAL GAS, WHICH DOESN'T EVEN FALL UNDER THE E.P.A.

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    • 12:14:07 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      MISSION. $1,600 FIRST-CLASS PLANE TICKET FROM WASHINGTON TO NEW YORK IN…

      MISSION. $1,600 FIRST-CLASS PLANE TICKET FROM WASHINGTON TO NEW YORK IN ORDER TO MAKE TWO BRIEF TELEVISION APPEARANCES DEFENDING THE DECISION TO WITHDRAW FROM THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT. COULD YOU TAKE A TRAIN THAT WILL TAKE YOU JUST AS LONG AND WILL END UP BEING PROBABLY 1/10 OF THAT PRICE. IF YOU WANTED TO GO WITH, YOU KNOW, EVERYDAY AMERICANS STEADY INSTEAD OF TRYING TO LIVE IT UP -- AMERICANS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO LIVE IT UP. ALSO AN D 84,000 TRIP TO ITALY -- $84,000 TRIP TO ITALY. MORE THAN $58,000 ON CHARTERED FLIGHTS, INCLUDING A $36,000 FLIGHT FROM CINCINNATI WHERE PRUITT APPEARED ALONGSIDE TRUMP AT AN EVENT, TO NEW YORK WHERE HE CAUGHT A FLIGHT FOR HIS ITALY TRIP. $5,719 FLIGHT FROM DENVER TO COLORADO. I HAVE DONE THIS TRIP BEFORE. IT DOES NOT COST YOU $5,700. DESPITE THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF A STATE PLANE RIDE. WHY WOULD WOULD HAVE BEEN FREE. $120,000 FOR A RIGHT-LEANING P.R. FIRM KNOWN FOR ITS CAMPAIGN OPPOSITIONS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN USED TO TARGET CAREER E.P.A. EMPLOYEES, ANOTHER $43,000 ON A SOUND PROOF PHONE BOOTH FOR PRUITT'S OFFICE AND $6,000 ON A BIOMETRIC FINGERPRINTING LOCKS FOR THAT BOOTH. . HE GRANTED RAISES TO TWO OF HIS AIDES. PRUITT'S FORMER DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF HAD A DECORATING ALLOWANCE FOR HIS OFFICE AND STAYED IN LUXURY HOTELS EXCEEDING THE GOVERNMENT RATE AND DIRECTED STAFF TO FIND OFFICIAL REASONS FOR PRUITT TO FLY HOME TO OKLAHOMA OR VARIOUS STATES HE WISHED TO VISIT AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE. I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT WE HAVEN'T EVEN FULLY GONE TWO YEARS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION AND TALKING ABOUT HIS OWN CABINET MEMBERS THAT ARE CREATING WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE. IF ANY OF THIS HAD OCCURRED DURING THE TIME WHEN PRESIDENT OBAMA OCCUPIED THE WHITE HOUSE, WE WOULD HAVE THE REPUBLICAN-LED CONGRESS TALKING ABOUT THIS EVERY DAY AND WOULD BE TRYING TO KEEP THE PRESIDENCY IN CHECK. INSTEAD, WITH VERY FEW EXCEPTIONS IS A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS THAT IS PART OF THE PROBLEM AND NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION. BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE ON SCOTT PRUITT.

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    • 12:17:06 PM

      MR. LIEU

      WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND FIRE THESE OFFICIALS WHO ARE GETTING SWEETHEART…

      WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH AND FIRE THESE OFFICIALS WHO ARE GETTING SWEETHEART DEALS.

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    • 12:18:04 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      SO IF THE PRESIDENT WAS SERIOUS ABOUT IT, IF MY COLLEAGUES WERE SERIOUS…

      SO IF THE PRESIDENT WAS SERIOUS ABOUT IT, IF MY COLLEAGUES WERE SERIOUS ALSO ABOUT DRAINING THE SWAMP, THEY NEED TO KEEP THEIR OWN PARTY AND CABINET MEMBERS IN CHECK. BECAUSE RIGHT NOW THAT IS NOT HAPPENING.

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    • 12:18:42 PM

      MR. LIEU

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      MR. GALLEGO

      THAT IS WHY YOU MY NEW HAMPSHIRE YIRN AND PRUITT ACTING LIKE THE…

      THAT IS WHY YOU MY NEW HAMPSHIRE YIRN AND PRUITT ACTING LIKE THE PRESIDENT. WASTEFUL WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS AND NOT TRYING TO EXPLAIN WHY OR FEELING BAD ABOUT WHY THEY DID IT.

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    • 12:20:04 PM

      MR. LIEU

      GALLEGO: WHILE YOU ARE FILLING OUT YOUR TAXES, I DID NOT PROPER CONTRAST…

      GALLEGO: WHILE YOU ARE FILLING OUT YOUR TAXES, I DID NOT PROPER CONTRAST TIN ATE. BUT WHEN YOU ARE DOING YOUR TAXES AND PAY YOUR TAXES, SOME OF THAT MONEY HAS GONE INTO THE POCKETS OF SOME POLITICIANS THAT DID NOT NEED IT.

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    • 12:20:21 PM

      MR. GALLEGO

      COULD HAVE GONE SOMEWHERE ELSE. COULD HAVE GONE TO OUR TROOPS OR SOME OF…

      COULD HAVE GONE SOMEWHERE ELSE. COULD HAVE GONE TO OUR TROOPS OR SOME OF OUR MORE IMPORTANT CAUSES. INSTEAD, IT WAS BECAUSE ONE CABINET MEMBER DECIDED HE HAD TO TAKE A FIRST CLASS TRIP INSTEAD OF SITTING IN COACH LIKE THE REST OF US. I YIELD BACK.

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    • 12:21:02 PM

      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      RECOGNITION.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      GOHMERT: HAD AN INTERESTING WEEK HERE. ALWAYS APPRECIATE FOLLOWING PEOPLE…

      GOHMERT: HAD AN INTERESTING WEEK HERE. ALWAYS APPRECIATE FOLLOWING PEOPLE SPEAKING WHO WANT TO LIMIT WASTE IN OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. AND SO, I ONLY HEARD A LITTLE SNIPPET, BUT IT CAUGHT MY EAR. I HEARD SOMETHING MENTIONED

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    • 12:22:02 PM

      MR. GOHMERT

      ABOUT. E.P.A. DIRECTOR SCOTT PRUITT WHO GAVE A RAISE TO TWO PEOPLE WHO…

      ABOUT. E.P.A. DIRECTOR SCOTT PRUITT WHO GAVE A RAISE TO TWO PEOPLE WHO HADN'T GOTTEN THEM. ONE OF THE STAFF RECOMMENDED A RAISE TO TWO PEOPLE WITHOUT THE DIRECTOR'S PERMISSION. AND THEY DIDN'T GET THE RAISE. IT DIDN'T HAPPEN. HE IS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE PEOPLE IN THAT JOB. HE IS ONE OF THE REASONS THE ECONOMY IS DOING WELL AND JOBS FOR MINORITY MEMBERS ALL-TIME HIGH. RECORD SETTING. AND YOU CAN UNDERSTAND WHEN A CABINET MEMBER LIKE SCOTT PRUITT IS DOING AN INCREDIBLE JOB AND THE ECONOMY IS EXPLODING AS A RESULT, DOING SO WELL, PEOPLE BEING EMPLOYED AND PEOPLE MAKING MORE AND I CAN ALSO REPORT HAVING SPENT TWO WEEKS IN MY DISTRICT THE WEEK BEFORE AND WEEK AFTER EASTER, I'M HEARING IT FROM PEOPLE IN JOBS YOU WOULDN'T EVEN THINK OF. THE ECONOMY IS DOING WELL. PRETTY TYPICAL PEOPLE TELLING ME THERE IN RETAIL WHATEVER IT IS, THEIR SALES ARE UP 40%, 50% AFTER THE FIRST QUARTER, EVEN LAST YEAR. I REALLY DON'T BELIEVE WE WOULD EVER GOTTEN A TAX BILL IF WE HAD NOT THE UNDIING COMMITMENT TO GET SOMETHING DONE THAT WE HAD FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SO IT'S A GOOD THING. IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD YEAR. AND WHEN THE ECONOMY IS GOING GOOD AND IT'S A GOOD THING -- I HAVE BEEN HERE 13 YEARS, BUT I HAVE NOTICED IF REPUBLICANS ARE IN THE MAJORITY AND THE ECONOMY IS BEING TURNED AROUND -- I KNOW PRESIDENT OBAMA SAID WE WILL NEVER SEE 3% IN THE ECONOMY AGAIN. IT WOULD TAKE A MAGIC WAND, TRUMP WOULD HAVE TO HAVE A MAGIC WAND TO GET THE ECONOMY TO GROW BY 3% AGAIN. ANOTHER PIECE OF GOOD NEWS, WE FOUND OUT THAT PRESIDENT TRUMP AS PRESIDENT HAS ALREADY MADE ENOUGH CHANGES THROUGH PEOPLE LIKE SCOTT PRUITT AND OTHERS SO THAT THE ECONOMY HAS ALREADY HIT 3% GROWTH. AND WE HOPE BY THE END OF THE YEAR IT WILL BE MUCH BETTER. SO GOOD NEWS. OUR FRIENDS ARE CONCERNED ABOUT WASTE, IT'S NOT WHAT WAS INITIALLY REPORTED. BUT I'M THRILLED TO SEE THE CONCERN ABOUT WASTE. I KNOW THAT'S ONE THING THAT BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE NOW WILL BE CONCERNED ABOUT. IT IS INTERESTING WHEN THE ECONOMY GETS TO GOING SO WELL, THAT'S WHEN I SEE MY FRIENDS ACROSS THE AISLE GET MORE CONCERNED AND START USING THE TERM CORRUPTION. AND WHY NOT? I KNOW BACK IN 2005 AND 2006 WHEN THERE WERE DEMOCRATS BEING ARRESTED AND THERE WAS TROUBLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY WITH CORRUPTION ON BOTH PARTIES, BOY WE STARTED HEARING THE TERM, CORRUPTION, CORRUPTION, CORRUPTION. THE DEMOCRATS WON THE MAJORITY AND THEN AS SOON AS PEOPLE SAW HOW BAD THE CORRUPTION HAD BECOME UNDER THE DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY, WE WERE ABLE TO GET THE MAJORITY BACK. NOW THE KEY IS TO DO SOMETHING WITH IT. OBVIOUSLY WE SAW YESTERDAY IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO JUST BRING A BALANCED BUDGET TO THE FLOOR THAT WOULD HAVE HAD A SPENDING CAP THAT WOULD HAVE FORCED TAXES TO GO UP, THAT'S NOT GOING TO BE ENOUGH TO CONVINCE AMERICANS THAT WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT CUTTING WASTE IN OUR SPENDING. WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO ACTUALLY AVOID THINGS LIKE THAT OUTRAGEOUS OMNIBUS THAT PASSED WITH OVER 60% OF DEMOCRATS VOTING FOR IT AND OVER 60% APPARENTLY OF REPUBLICANS VOTING FOR IT. ANOTHER BIT OF GOOD NEWS AND I THINK THIS PART OF THE NEWS IS A HELP TO THE ECONOMY. ONE OF THE REASONS WE ARE SEEING HELP TO THE ECONOMY. I KNOW THERE ARE MEGA WEALTHY FOLKS OUT THERE WHO WANT TO SEE NO BORDER LIKE THE CLINTONS WERE PUSHING FOR AND HAD THE MEGA WEALTHY FRIENDS, WANT AS MUCH ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION COMING IN. THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO HARM OUR NATION AND PEOPLE HERE, NEVER MIND THAT, IF PEOPLE CAN BE REWARDED THAT ARE BIG DONORS, THEN GOODNESS, LET'S HAVE OPEN BORDERS. BUT THAT IS NOT THE POSITION OF THE PEOPLE THAT ELECTED PRESIDENT TRUMP AND WE NEED TO BE ABOUT THE THINGS THAT ALLOWED US TO KEEP THE MAJORITY AND ELECTED DONALD TRUMP AS PRESIDENT, BECAUSE IF WE DON'T, THE MA THE GENTLEWOMAN RESERVES THE BALANCE OF HER TIME. WILL BE LOST AND THE NEXT COUPLE OF YEARS WILL BE SPENT DEALING WITH IMPEACHMENT OF A PRESIDENT WHO HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH WHAT THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION DID. INTERESTING THING CALLED PROJECTING. ONE GROUP COMMITS HORRENDOUS OFFENSES AND THEN BEFORE THE OTHER SIDE CAN PROPERLY INVESTIGATE WHAT THAT GROUP DID, THE OFFENDING GROUP STARTS PROJECTING THEIR OFFENSES AS IF THEY WERE DONE BY THE OPPOSING SIDE. BUT ATTORNEY GENERAL -- THIS ARTICLE, ATTORNEY JEFF SESSIONS ANNOUNCES A NEW ZERO TOLERANCE ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLICY. AND THAT IS MAKING A DIFFERENCE. WE ARE HAVING AN IMMENSE PROBLEM AS THE CALL HAS BEEN FOR MORE AND MORE AMNESTY, LEGALIZING PEOPLE ILLEGALLY. IT HAS CAUSED A FLOOD OF PEOPLE COMING ACROSS OUR SOUTHERN BORDER AND SO ATTORNEY JENL JEFF SESSIONS ANNOUNCEMENT IS A BIG HELP. IT APPEARS IT IS HELPING TO SLOW THE RATE OF PEOPLE FLOODING TO THE UNITED STATES. HOPEFULLY THE ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT TO CALL FOR A NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS ON THE BORDER IS ALSO HELPING, BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE TURNED AWAY, THEY REALIZE WHY SHOULD I MAKE THE TRIP. BUT I WOULD COMMEND OUR NATIONAL GUARD -- OF COURSE UNDER THE DOCTRINE, NORMALLY THEY ARE NOT TO BE USED AGAINST U.S. CITIZENS. THAT'S THE LAW EXCEPT UNDER VERY TIGHT EXCEPTIONS. BUT THEY DON'T HAVE TO. IF THE NATIONAL GUARD IS ALLOWED TO GO TO THE BORDER, NOT LIKE IN THE PRIOR ADMINISTRATION OR EVEN PART OF THE TROOPS SENT, IF THEY ARE ALLOWED TO GO TO THE BORDER AND STAND THERE -- THE BUSIEST SECTOR FOR A LONG TIME NOW FOR A FEW YEARS OR SO IS THE MCIALEN SECTOR. WAS ARIZONA, BUT AS THAT BORDER WAS TOUGHENED UP, THAT SECTOR BECAME A BUSIER SECTOR. . IT HAD TO DO WITH THE DRUG CARTEL IN THAT AREA THAT COVERS THAT SECTOR OF OUR BORDER. PROBABLY IF THAT SURGE COMING UP FROM CENTRAL AMERICA THROUGH MEXICO, ANY OF THEM TO WERE TO MAKE IT, THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO BE COMING. -- OF THEM WERE TO MAKE IT, THAT'S PROBABLY WHERE THEY'RE GOING TO BE COMING. I'VE BEEN THERE ALL NIGHT. AND IT'S VERY CLEAR, WHEN GOVERNOR PERRY SENT GAME WARD S -- WARDENS, D.P.S. TROOPERS, JUST TO STAND ON THE HIGH BANK ON THE U.S. SIDE OF THE RIO GRANDE RIVER, THERE ARE COYOTES, AND I'VE BEEN THERE WITH OUR FOLKS, THE BORDER PATROL, THEY'RE DOING THE BEST THEY CAN THERE. SOME OF OUR D.P.S. AND BOTH HAVE NIGHT VISION GEAR. AND TEXAS D.P.S. FOLKS ALLOWED HE HAD TO USE SOME NIGHT VISION GEAR -- ME TO USE SOME NIGHT VISION GEAR, AND WE WERE ABLE TO SEE COYOTES HIDING BEHIND TREES ACROSS THE WAY. AND THEY WERE WAITING FOR PEOPLE ON THE U.S. SIDE OF THE BORDER, THE RIO GRANDE, TO MOVE OUT OF THE WAY. BECAUSE THE COYOTES, APPARENTLY THEIR LIVES CAN BE IN JEOPARDY IF THE WRAP THEY USE TO BRING ACROSS ILLEGALS IS DESTROYED, THEN THEIR LIVES MAY BE DESTROYED BY THE DRUG CARTELS OR THE GANG THAT WERE WORKING FOR THE DRUG CARTEL. SO THEY DON'T WANT THEIR RAFT TO BE DESTROYED. THEY DON'T WANT TO GET CAUGHT. THE EXPERIENCE SINCE I'VE SEEN IT SO MANY HUNDREDS OF TIMES, THE PEOPLE COMING ACROSS IN THE RAFTS, THEY WANT TO BE CAUGHT BECAUSE THEY KNEW FROM THE OBAMA YEARS THAT WHEN SOMEBODY GETS THERE, THEY DON'T TELL THEM TO GO BACK, YOU'RE NOT GOING TO BE ALLOWED TO SET FOOT ON U.S. SOIL. OH, NO. ONCE YOU GET ACROSS, THEN IT'S TIME TO IN-PROCESS YOU. WE HAVE OUR QUESTIONS TO ASK AS WE IN-PROCESS YOU. WE MAY PUT YOU IN A FACILITY AND PROVIDE YOU FOOD, THREE MEALS A DAY, TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEEDS. OR WE MAY JUST LET YOU PROVIDE US THE ADDRESS THAT THE DRUG CARTELS GAVE THE PERSON COMING IN ILLEGALLY, OR THE FAMILY OR GROUP, THE ADDRESS BEING WHERE THE DRUG CARTELS WANTED THOSE INDIVIDUALS TO GO TO WORK, BECAUSE AS I'VE HEARD THEM SAY MANY TIMES, OH, WELL, THEY TOLDS -- TOLD US I COULD WORK OFF THE REST. $7,000 TO COME IN. I HAD $1,500. WE HAD PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES THAT SENT $2,000. THESE KIND OF STORIES OVER AND OVER. AND THEN IT'S NOT ON THE LIST OF REQUIRED QUESTIONS, BUT SOME OF OUR FOLKS WOULD ASK ANYWAY. YOU KNOW, HOW MUCH DID YOU PAY? YOU DON'T HAVE THAT KIND OF MONEY. WHERE DID YOU GET IT? THEN THERE WAS ALWAYS AT LEAST THREE, FOUR, -- 3,000, 4 -- $3,000, $4,000, $5,000 THAT HAD NOT BEEN PAID. OH, THEY'RE GOING LET ME PAY THAT OFF WHEN I GET TO THE ADDRESS THEY'RE SENDING ME. SO, WHAT AN AMAZING BUSINESS MODEL. TO HAVE POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES, BASICALLY INDENTURED SERVANTS, AND YOU DON'T PAY YOUR EMPLOYEE. NO, THEY PAY YOU A BUNCH OF MONEY TO GET TO COME TO WORK FOR YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE GOING TO GET THEM ACROSS THE BORDER AND THEN THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY, UNDER THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION, YOU TALK ABOUT WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WOULD THEN HAVE HOMELAND SECURITY SHIP THEM TO THE CITY TO WHICH THE DRUG CARTEL TOLD THEM THEY WANTED THEM TO GO WORK AND GAVE THEM ANDREAS AND THEN WHEN THEY GOT TO THE CITY -- AN ADDRESS AND THEN WHEN THEY GOT TO THE CITY, THEY WERE ALLOWED TO WORK FOR THE DRUG CARTEL TO PAY OFF THE MONEY THAT THE DRUG CARTEL SAID THEY STILL OWED THEM. WHAT A GREAT BUSINESS MODEL. YOUR EMPLOYEES PAY YOU TO GET TO WORK FOR YOU. AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT WILL SEND THEM TO THEIR LOCATION. THAT'S WHY BORDER PATROL TOLD ME , A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT ONES TOLD ME, THAT THE DRUG CARTELS IN MEXICO LOOK AT OUR HOMELAND SECURITY, THIS ALL OCCURRED DURING THE OBAMA YEARS, THEY LOOKED AT OUR DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AS THEIR LOGISTICS. THEY GET THEM ACROSS THE BORDER, AND IMMEDIATELY HOMELAND SECURITY TAKES CHARGE AND GETS THEM TO WHERE THEY WERE NEEDED IN THE DRUG TRAFFICKING ARENA. AND THERE WERE PLACES ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. IT IS TRAGIC, PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS POINTED IT OUT, AND IT IS TRUE, DESPITE SOME OF THE NAYSAYERS, WHEN GROUPS START COMING TO THE UNITED STATES, WHETHER THEY COME FROM CENTRAL AMERICA AND ARE ALLOWED BY WHAT SHOULD BE A FRIEND IN MEXICO TO COME ALL THE WAY THROUGH MEXICO, TO COME INTO THE UNITED STATES, THERE ARE GOING TO BE GIRLS THAT ARE RAPED, THERE ARE GOING TO BE YOUNG WOMEN AND SOME OLDER WOMEN THAT ARE FORCED INTO SEX TRAFFICKING. AND THERE ARE GOING TO BE SOME PEOPLE THAT LOSE THEIR LIVES. THE VERY BEST THING WE COULD DO FOR THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO, AND I'M SAYING THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO, NOT ELECTED LEADERS IN GOVERNMENT WHO HAVE GOTTEN THERE BY THE DRUG CARTELS, NO, I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE DRUG CARTELS, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE PEOPLE OF MEXICO, THE PEOPLE THAT DESERVE SO MUCH BETTER. THE BEST THING WE COULD DO, TOTALLY SECURE OUR BORDER, SO THAT ONLY PEOPLE WHO COME IN LAWFULLY AND WE'RE TRYING TO GET THE PROPER WORDING FOR A BILL THAT WILL ACTUALLY TELL OUR BORDER PATROL, ANYBODY COMING IN TO THE UNITED STATES THROUGH ANYPLACE OTHER THAN A LEGAL CROSSING AREA ARE TO BE DENIED THE OPPORTUNITY TO STEP FOOT ON AMERICAN SOIL. ON U.S. SOIL. BECAUSE, I MEAN, I'VE BEEN THERE. I'VE SEEN IT. TEXAS, THE D.P.S. TROOPERS, THE GAME WARDENS, THEY WON'T ALLOW PEOPLE TO STEP ON THE U.S. SIDE. BUT WHEN THE FEDERAL FOLKS COME ALONG, THEY SAY, OH, NO, COME ON IN SO WE CAN IN-PROCESS YOU. I WATCHED THAT OVER AND OVER DURING THE OBAMA YEARS. BUT ALL WE HAVE TO DO IS JUST SAY, NO, YOU'RE NOT COMING IN THROUGH AN ILLEGAL AVENUE OR AN ILLEGAL METHOD. NOT COMING IN. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO SET FOOT HERE. YOU COME BY AIR, THEN WE'RE GOING TO TURN YOU AROUND AND SEND YOU RIGHT BACK. YOU COME BY -- ACROSS THE WATER, WE'RE NOT GOING TO LET YOU LAND. WE'RE GOING TO TURN YOU AROUND AND SEND YOU RIGHT BACK. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO STEP FOOT. THAT'S APPARENTLY WHAT WE NEED TO TELL OUR FOLKS, DON'T LET -- DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IN-PROCESSING. YOU'RE GOING TO COME IN, IF YOU'RE GOING TO COME ASK FOR AMNESTY, OR ANY KIND OF THING, COME THROUGH A LEGAL PORT OF ENTRY. COME THROUGH A LEGAL AVENUE AND WE'LL HAVE OUR FOLKS TALK TO YOU BEFORE THEY ALLOW YOU TO COME IN. AND YOU NEED TO BE LEGAL COMING IN OR YOU'RE NOT COMING. THAT'S RATHER BASIC. BUT APPARENTLY WE NEED SOMETHING LIKE THAT TO MAKE CLEAR WE'RE SERIOUS ABOUT ENFORCING OUR BORDER. SO IT IS WELCOME NEWS. HAVE AN ARTICLE, THIS ONE BY CHARLES ARTELL. HE SAYS, QUOTING JEFF SESSIONS, QUOTE, YOU PLAY A CRITICAL PART IN FULFILLING THESE GOALS. AND I THANK YOU FOR YOUR IT BED EFFORTS IN -- IN YOUR CONTINUED EFFORTS IN SEEING TO IT THAT OUR LAWS AND AS A RESULT OUR NATION ARE RESPECTED. THE CRACKDOWN, AND THAT'S UNQUOTE. THE CRACKDOWN COMES AFTER THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY REPORTED 203% INCREASE IN ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS FOR MARCH, 2017, TO MARCH, 2018, ACCORDING TO THE MEMO. IT ALSO NOTED A 37% INCREASE FROM FEBRUARY, 2018, TO MARCH, 2018. THE LARGEST MONTH TO MONTH INCREASE SINCE 2011. AND INTERJECT HERE, THE REASON IS VERY CLEAR FOR. THIS THE MORE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON -- FOR THIS. THE MORE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON TALK ABOUT THE TERM AMNESTY, THE WORD LEGALIZATION, THE WORD DACA , ANY OF THESE THINGS, IT CREATES YET ANOTHER SURGE AND ANOTHER SURGE. MY POSITION S HAS CONTINUED TO BE CONSISTENT -- HAS CONTINUED TO BE CONSISTENT. I THOROUGHLY SUPPORTED PRESIDENT TRUMP'S PLATFORM ON THIS AREA. FOR THIS THIS AREA. -- OR IN THIS AREA. AND IT'S PROBABLY THE BIGGEST REASON THAT PEOPLE WENT OUT AND VOTED FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP. WE'RE GOING TO ENFORCE OUR BORDER, WE'RE GOING TO SECURE IT, WE'RE GOING TO BUILD A WALL WHERE WE NEED IT. AND WE HAVE TO GET THAT DONE. BECAUSE WHEN PEOPLE TALK ABOUT DACA, AMNESTY, LEGALIZATION, IT BRINGS MORE AND MORE PEOPLE SURGING TO OUR BORDER, MORE PEOPLE WILL BE PULLED IN TO SEX SLAVERY, MORE PEOPLE WILL BE LOSING THEIR LIVES. MORE PEOPLE WILL BE PULLED INTO DRUG TRAFFICKING. ALL OF THAT HURTS OUR COUNTRY. IT'S DESTRUCT TO HAVE MEXICO. -- DESTRUCTIVE TO MEXICO. IT PROVIDES TENS OF BILLIONS OF MORE DOLLARS FOR CORRUPTION. I MEAN, MEXICO, THEY'VE GOT THE NATURAL RESOURCES, INCREDIBLE NATURAL RESOURCES. THEY'VE GOT SOME OF THE HARDESTWORKING PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. THEY GOT THE BEST LOCATION RIGHT BETWEEN TWO MAJOR CONTINENTS. TWO BIG OCEANS. PERFECT LOCATION. THE ONLY THING HOLDING THEM BACK IS CORRUPTION. WE SECURE OUR BORDER, IT BRINGS AN END TO THE WILD CORRUPTION THAT EXISTS IN MEXICO AND FURTHER SOUTH. BUT, THIS ARTICLE SAYS, PEOPLE TRYING TO CROSS ILLEGALLY FROM MEXICO INTO THE U.S. WAS A LOW IN 2017, ACCORDING TO DATA FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY. SO THAT WAS GREAT. BORDER OFFICERS APPREHENDED APPROXIMATELY 310,000 PEOPLE IN FISCAL YEAR 2017. A 25% DECREASE FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR. THE NUMBER OF APPREHENSIONS JUMPED BY 40% FROM FEBRUARY TO MARCH. WHICH D.H.S. SAID WAS CONSISTENT WITH SEASONAL TRENDS. ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS SAID THE UNACCEPTABLE BORDER SITUATION IS A RESULT OF CONGRESS' FAILURE TO PASS LEGISLATION THAT WOULD CLOSE THE DANGEROUS LOOPHOLES AND FUND PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP'S PROPOSED BORDER WALL. ONE OF THE BIG PROBLEMS I HAD WITH THE OMNIBUS BILL, IT NOT ONLY DIDN'T PROVIDE FUNDING FOR THE WALL, WE HAVE A MAJORITY IN THE HOUSE, MAJORITY IN THE SENATE, AND BASICALLY IT WAS A SLAB TO PRESIDENT TRUMP. NOT ONLY ARE WE NOT GIVING YOU MONEY FOR THE WALL, BUT WE'RE GOING TO PUT $1.5 BILLION IN THERE AND SAY IT'S ONLY TO REPLACE FENCES AND THEY'VE GOT TO BE OPEN WHERE YOU CAN SEE THROUGH THEM. WHAT A SLAP AT THE PRESIDENT. WHAT A SLAP AT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO CONTROL OUR BORDER, SECURE OUR BORDER. ANOTHER ARTICLE FROM CBS NEWS, ABOUT THE SAME POLICY, THE SAME ANNOUNCEMENT. THAT'S FROM APRIL 6. THEN THIS FROM "THE HILL. " MICHAEL STAPA. JEFF SESSIONS SENDS CALIFORNIA'S STRONG -- SENDS CALIFORNIA A STRONG MESSAGE ON IMMIGRATION. AND IT STARTS, HERE'S MORE THAN A LITTLE HISTORICAL IRONY HERE IN RESPONSE TO THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S INITIATIVES TO RESTORE ORDER IN AND RESPECT FOR THE NATION'S IMMIGRATION LAWS. THE CALIFORNIA STATE LEGISLATURE PASSED AND LIBERAL POLITICIANS AND BUSINESS AND ENTERTAINMENT ELITES OF THE STATE ARE VOCALI DEFENDING -- VOCALLY DEFENDING THREE LAWS WHICH OPENLY DEFY THE CONSTITUTION AND CHALLENGE THE UNION. IT'S BASICALLY DECLARATION OF SECESSION FROM CALIFORNIA. THAT'S MY INTERJEX. THIS SAYS THAT CALIFORNIA REGULATIONS ARE DEDICATED TO MAINTAINING A TRADITIONAL WAY OF LIFE AND PROTECTING ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL POWER BUILT ON THE MANUAL LABOR AND EVENTUALLY THE VOTES OF AN ILLEGAL CLASS OF WORKERS. BY PROTECTING THE INSTITUTION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, THE CALIFORNIA LAWS NOT ONLY USURP FEDERAL PREROGATIVES TO THE DETRIMENT OF LESS AFFLUENT CALIFORNIANS, BUT ALSO UNDERMINE LAW ENFORCEMENT FAR BEYOND THE BORDERS OF THE STATE. THEREFORE THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT THIS WEEK INITIATED COURT PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE REBELIOUS STATE, CHALLENGING THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE THREE STATUTES. . DERIDING CALIFORNIA'S QUOTE, UNCONSTITUTIONAL POLICIES, UNQUOTE, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS BEGAN HIS MARCH TO THE SEA. IT IS A CRIPT MADE FOR HOLLYWOOD. ACCORDING TO "THE LOS ANGELES TIMES," THE THREE LAWS THAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS CHALLENGING MAKE IT A CRIME FOR BUSINESS OWNERS TO VOLUNTARILY HELP FEDERAL AGENTS FIND AND DETAIN UNDOCUMENTED WORKERS, PROHIBIT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FOR ALERTING IMMIGRATION AGENTS WHEN DETAINEES ARE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY AND CREATE A STATE INSPECTION PROGRAM FOR LOCAL IMMIGRATION CENTERS. LET ME INTERJECT HERE, THIS PART HERE, PROHIBIT LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT FROM ALERTING IMMIGRATION AGENTS WHEN DETAINEES ARE RELEASED FROM CUSTODY, THAT NEEDS FURTHER ALABS. WHAT CALIFORNIA IS SAYING, IF THEY ARE IN CUSTODY, THEN THEY HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME OR ACCUSED OF A CRIME OR PROBABLE CAUSE TO SUSPECT THEM OF A CRIME. SO WHEN CALIFORNIA PASSES LAWS SAYING THESE PEOPLE WHO WERE IN CUSTODY BECAUSE WE HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THEY ARE CRIMINALS, WE DON'T WANT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO KNOW THAT WE HAVE ILLEGAL ALIENS WHO WE HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE COMMITTED CRIMES, WE WANT THOSE PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA, IN SAN FRANCISCO, WE WANT THOSE CRIMINALS, THOSE PEOPLE THAT HAVE PROBABLE CAUSE THAT COMMITTED A CRIME, WE WANT THEM IN OUR STATE, IN OUR TOWN. AND SO WE ARE PASSING A LAW, LET'S KEEP THESE CRIMINALS IN CALIFORNIA, FOR CALIFORNIA, TAKING JOBS THAT CALIFORNIANS WOULD DO IF THEY WERE PAYING A LITTLE MORE FOR THEM, BUT THESE PEOPLE HERE ILLEGALLY, SOME WILL TAKE THEM, OTHERS WILL GET WELFARE, OTHERS WILL APPLY FOR CHILD TAX CREDITS AND GET THOUSANDSES BACK THEY DIDN'T PAY IN. THAT CONTINUES TO HAPPEN AND HOPEFULLY WILL BE COMING TO A STOP SOON ONCE WE GET THE I.R.S. UNDER CONTROL AND GET THE I.R.S. TO BEGIN FOLLOWING THE LAW AS THEY SO BOLDLY AND BRASHLY OFFENDED AND VIOLATED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION. WE COULDN'T BELIEVE THAT THERE WAS SO MUCH MONEY BEING PAID OUT IN CHILD TAX CREDITS AND HOW IS THAT HAPPENING IF PEOPLE ARE ILLEGALLY HERE. EVEN THOUGH THE LAW SAYS YOU BASICALLY HAVE TO A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER TO GET MORE MONEY BACK THAN YOU PAID IN, THE I.R.S. DECIDED, YOU KNOW WHAT? THEY THOUGHT, GEE, THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WORKING THAT WOULD PAY TAXES IF THEY HAD SOME NUMBER TO ALLOW THEM TO PAY TAXES. SO EVEN THOUGH THE LAW DOESN'T ALLOW IT, WE ARE GOING TO GIVE THESE WORKING PEOPLE TAXPAYER I.D. NUMBERS AND THEN THAT WAY THEY'LL FILE INCOME TAX RETURNS AND GET ALL OF THESE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN TAXES FROM PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING HERE THAT ARE HERE ILLEGALLY. THAT WENT AWRY AND PEOPLE FIGURED OUT I'M FILING OUT A TAX RETURN AND THE LAW REQUIRES I HAVE A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, THE I.R.S. IS SENDING ME BACK THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AND CLAIM I HAVE A WHOLE BUNCH OF CHILDREN SOMEWHERE AND THEY'LL SEND ME A CHECK. IT'S TIME FOR THAT TO COME TO AN END AND TIME FOR THE LAW TO BE ENFORCED. WE DON'T NEED NEW LAWS, WE JUST NEED THE LAW ENFORCED. AND WHAT THESE ARTICLES ARE SAYING IS THAT THE NEW ATTORNEY GENERAL IS INTENT ON ENFORCING THE LAW AS IT IS EVEN THOUGH PLACE LIKE CALIFORNIA IS ASKING ITS OWN CITIZENS AND SAYING WE WOULD RATHER HAVE PEOPLE WHO COMMIT CRIMES THAN ALLOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO MOVE THOSE -- REMOVE THOSE WHO COMMIT CRIMES AMONGST US. IT IS AN UNBELIEVABLE STORY. THAT'S NOT GOVERNANCE. THAT'S INSANITY. WELL, I'M THRILLED THAT ATTORNEY GENERAL IS TAKING A STAND FOR OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT. IT HAS BEEN SO BADLY NEEDED FOR SO MANY YEARS. THIS ARTICLE FROM ROBERT MOORE AND MATT SUPODSKI FROM THE "WASHINGTON POST." THERE IS AN ARTICLE EVERY NOW AND THEN. FROM LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS WHOSE DEPARTMENT HAS COME UNDER INTENSE CRITICISM, SOME CONGRESSIONAL REPUBLICANS IN RECENT DAYS REPEATEDLY PRAISED PRESIDENT TRUMP IN A SPEECH TO LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS WEDNESDAY ABOUT IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT. YOU MIGHT EVEN SAY WE GOT A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN. AND THAT'S PRETTY TRUE. BUT HERE AGAIN, REPORT COMES BACK THAT THERE'S THIS BIG INCREASE PEOPLE FLOODING TO OUR BORDER BECAUSE OF ALL THE DISCUSSION ABOUT LEGALIZATION, AMNESTY, DACA. UNTIL THE BORDER IS SECURED, THIS BODY HAS NO BUSINESS TAKING UP ANY LEGISLATION OR EVEN TALKING ABOUT LEGISLATION THAT WILL LEGALIZE ANYBODY THAT'S HERE. LET'S GET THE BOARD SECURED AND THEN WE CAN WORK IT OUT. AND I HAVE NO QUESTION WHATSOEVER IN MY MIND, WE COULD GET A BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION PASSED IN THE HOUSE, THROUGH THE SENATE. THE PRESIDENT SIGN IT AFTER THE BORDER IS SECURED. BUT UNTIL THE BOARD IS SECURED, WE ARE LUREING MORE PEOPLE TO THEIR DEATH, SEX TRAFFICKING JUST BY DANGLING THIS SHINY OBJECT COMING TO THE UNITED STATES AND LURING PEOPLE OUT TO THEIR DETRIMENT. IF THE GOVERNMENT WERE AN INDIVIDUAL OR A COMPANY AND IT WAS SAYING THINGS THAT LURED PEOPLE IN TO AN AREA WHERE THEY WERE HARMED, THEN THAT PERSON OR THAT COMPANY COULD BE SUED AND WE'D HAVE TO PAY OUT AN INCREDIBLE JUDGMENT FOR THIS -- WHAT'S CALLED AN ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE. THEY ARE LURED IN BY PROMISES OF LEGALIZATION, AMNESTY, DACA, AND YET SOME GET HERE AND LOSE THEIR LIVES ON THE WAY OR ONCE INSIDE THE BORDER TRYING TO GET SOMEWHERE, MANY YOUNG WOMEN LURED OR FORCED, RATHER, INTO SEX TRAFFICKING, DRUGS. THAT IS AN OUTRAGEOUS ATTRACTIVE NUISANCE. BUT SINCE IT'S THE GOVERNMENT, WE CAN'T SUE THEM AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT THAT AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT GET THE LANGUAGE RIGHT SO IF YOU ARE A STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND YOUR POLICIES ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME TO THE AREA ILLEGALLY AND TO THE DETRIMENT OF LOCAL CITIZENS, YOU KNOW THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE LIABLE. THIS FROM LAURA JARRETT AND EVAN PEREZ EARLIER THIS YEAR, FEDERAL AUTHORITIES ARE ACTIVELY INVESTIGATING ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION RELATED TO CLINTON FOUNDATION, CHARITY OF BILL AND HILLARY CLINTON ACCORDING TO AN OFFICIAL BRIEFED ON THE MATTER. THE REASON I'M BRINGING THIS UP, SO MANY PEOPLE ARE SAYING NOTHING HAS BEEN DONE. AND THE REASON WE ARE SAYING THAT IS BECAUSE WE HAVE AN ETHICAL ATTORNEY GENERAL UNLIKE PREVIOUS YEARS, WHO DOESN'T MAKE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS THAT ARE QUIETLY ETHICICALLY TAKING PLACE. SO A LOT OF PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY'RE USED TO HAVING JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS LIKE MUELLER AND COMEY LEAKING THINGS, LORETTA LYNCH, ERIC HOLDER, LEAKING THINGS OUT THERE THAT SHOULD NOT BE RELEASED AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE RELEASING, NOW WE HAVE A JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, AT LEAST AT THE TOP ARE NOT LEAKING STUFF. SO YOU DON'T HEAR ABOUT IT MUCH. AND THAT'S WHY I THINK THESE ARTICLES ARE IMPORTANT. THE F.B.I. AND FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ARE LOOKING WHETHER DONORS TO THE FOUNDATION WERE IMPROPERLY PROMISED POLICY FAVORS OR SPECIAL ACCESS TO HILLARY CLINTON WHILE SHE WAS SECRETARY OF STATE IN EXCHANGE FOR DONATIONS TO THE CHARITY'S COVERS AND TAX EXEMPT FUNDS WERE USED. THIS IS NOT AN ILLEGAL LEAK BUT A LEGITIMATE STORY. THE INQUIRY WAS FIRST REPORTED BY "THE HILL" WHICH CITED LAW ENFORCEMENT SOURCES. IT'S UNCLEAR PRECISELY WHAT IF ANY EVIDENCE IGNITED THE INVESTIGATION AFTER INITIAL INQUIRIES SFALLED PRIOR TO THE 2016 ELECTION. AND THE INVESTIGATION IS LED BY THE F.B.I. FIELD OFFICE IN LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS AND IS BEING OVERSEEN BY THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE IN THE STATE, ACCORDING TO THE SOURCE. AND THEY'RE NOT PUTTING OUT INFORMATION ABOUT WHO AND WHAT THEY'RE DOING, LIKE OBVIOUSLY, MR. COMEY, HAD GOTTEN INTO THE HABIT OF DOING. A REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE CLINTON FOUNDATION DISMISSED THE SUBSTANCE OF THE ALLEGATIONS AS UNFOUNDED, BUT THE ARTICLE DEPOSE ON, THE CURRENT PROBE OF THE FOUNDATION COMES AT A SENSITIVE TIME FOR THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. SOME REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ON CAPITOL HILL CHEERED TRUMP ON WHILE OTHERS IN THE PARTY, MANY DEMOCRATS RAISED CONCERNS IN RECENT MONTHS. BUT THIS ARTICLE SAYS THE FUNDAMENTAL THING IS YOU COULD -- CANNOT BE SECRETARY OF STATE AND USE THAT POSITION TO SEEK OR EXTORT CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUR PRIVATE FOUNDATION. CNN WAS TOLD ON "NEW DAY" IN 2016. THAT IS A FUNDAMENTAL VIOLATION OF THE LAW THAT DOES APPEAR TO HAVE HAPPENED. FACT REMAINS THAT HILLARY CLINTON -- THIS IS FROM HER SPOKES PERSON. SHE NEVER TOOK ACTION AS SECRETARY OF STATE BECAUSE OF DONATION TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION AND NATURALLY THAT WOULD BE THE RIGHT THING TO SAY, BECAUSE IT'S A CRIME TO DO THAT, BUT APPARENTLY THE INVESTIGATION IS INTO THE OVER $100 MILLION IN DONATIONS MADE TO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION THAT APPEARS TO HAVE DRIED UP AND GONE NONEXIST ANTI- AFTER HILLARY CLINTON LOST THE ELECTION. SO WHAT ARE YOU TO CONCLUDE, MILLIONS OF DOLLARS POURING INTO THE CLINTON FOUNDATION WHILE SHE IS SECRETARY OF STATE AND HAS A CHANCE TO BE PRESIDENT. AND AS SOON AS PEOPLE REALIZED THEY COULD PAY, MAYBE NO PAY FOR PLAY, WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO KEEP PAYING FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THE CLINTONS OR GET SOME FAVOR FROM THE STATE DEPARTMENT OR GET SOME FAVOR FROM POTENTIAL PRESIDENT. PEOPLE WEREN'T RUSHING TO GIVE DONATIONS ANYMORE. THIS FROM DANIEL FLYNN, MARCH 20 , AS WASHINGTON OBJECT CEASES OVER ALLEGED COLLUSION OVER THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION, A SECOND INVESTIGATION IN LITTLE ROCK LOOKS INTO ALLEGED CORRUPTION REGARDING THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION AND THE RUSSIANS. F.B.I. AGENTS ARE INTERVIEWING PEOPLE, UNQUOTE. A FORMER U.S. ATTORNEY HIRED BY THE PRESIDENT ON MONDAY TOLD "THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR" OVER THE WEEKEND. THAT IS A BIG DEAL. I'M SURE THEY ARE INTERVIEWING PEOPLE BECAUSE OUR FIRM REPRESENTS THE PEOPLE THEY ARE INTERVIEWING. THE INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN UNDER WAY FOR SOME TIME, UNQUOTE, AND INVOLVES THE CLINTON FOUNDATION, WHICH INCLUDES URANIUM ONE AND ITS VARIOUS TRANSACTIONS. THE ATTORNEY NOTICED THAT HE DID NOT KNOW WHETHER INVESTIGATORS IMPANELED A GRAND JURY OR NOT. FOR MANY, THE F.B.I. EXPENDING RESOURCES ON INVESTIGATING AND INDICATES A A GRAND JURY DOES NOT ALREADY EXIST. IF IT DOES NOT EXIST. SOURCES SAY THAT THE INVESTIGATION BEGAN FOCUSING ON URANIUM ONE, A CANADIAN ENERGY COMPANY SOLD TO A STATE-OWNED RUSSIAN COMPANY BEFORE BROADENING TO A MUCH WIDER RANGE OF ISSUES. THE CLINTON FOUNDATION CALLS MANHATTAN HOME AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT OPERATES IN FOGGY BOTTOM, EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS, U.S. ATTORNEY PRESIDES OVER THE INVESTIGATION BECAUSE THE FOUNDATION ALSO BOASTS VENTURES INCLUDING THE CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER IN LITTLE ROCK. FOUNDATION REPORTS ON ITS WEBSITE, WE WORK ON ISSUES DIRECTLY OR WHICH STRATEGIC PARTNERS IN THE BUSINESS, GOVERNMENT, NONPROFIT SECTORS TO CREATE ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, IMPROVE PUBLIC HEALTH AND INSPIRE SINK ENGAGEMENT OF SERVICE, UNQUOTE. . THIS MADE OBSERVERS UNEASY PRIOR TO HILLARY CLINTON ASSUMING THAT ROLE AND LED TO SPECIAL TRANSPARENCY AND ETHICS RULES EMBRACED BY THE FOUNDATION, BUT GIVEN URANIUM'S ROLE IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS, NUCLEAR ENERGY, AND THE U.S. 'S POSITION AS A MINOR PLAYERS IN URANIUM PRODUCTION, THE SPECIFIC CASE OF URANIUM ONE INVOLVES MORE THAN MERE CORRUPTION. QUOTE, WHAT I'VE ALWAYS WANTED IS A GRAND JURY TO LOOK INTO IT, UNQUOTE. THE SCANDAL TO A WIDE AUDIENCE. AND EXPOSES A NUMBER OF ALLEGED PAY TO PLAY SCHEMES IN HIS NEW BOOK "SECRET EMPIRES." HE EXPLAINED TO THE AMERICAN SPECTATOR, QUOTE, THE COMMON SENSE OF THE AVERAGE AMERICAN WILL DETERMINE PRETTY QUICKLY THAT THERE WAS PAY TO PLAY INVOLVED. IN THE EVENT, THE DEAL WHICH THEN PUT ABOUT 1/5 OF THE URANIUM OF THE UNITED STATES UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT, REQUIRED THE APPROVAL OF VARIOUS FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENTITIES, INCLUDING HILLARY CLINTON'S STATE DEPARTMENT. THE ENERGY COMPANY OWNED BY THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT OBTAINED THAT APPROVAL AND ULTIMATELY GAINED FULL CONTROL OF URANIUM ONE. JUST INCREDIBLE. SO, GOOD NEWS. THAT IS BEING INVESTIGATED UNDER THE JEFF SESSIONS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT. THERE IS SOME GOOD NEWS AND I LOOK FORWARD TO REAL RUSSIAN COLLUSION BEING EXPOSED AFTER PROPER INVESTIGATION. AND THE PROJECTING, WHICH HAS OCCURRED BY PEOPLE WHO DID COLLUDE IMPROPERLY WITH THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT IN A PAST ADMINISTRATION, ACTUALLY BEING HELD TO ACCOUNT FOR WHAT THEY DID, BUT WHAT THEY CONTINUE TO SAY OTHERS IN THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DID IN ORDER TO TRY TO RUN OUT THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON THEIR WRONGDOING. WELL, STATUTES OF LIMITATION HAVING OUTRUN, THE INVESTIGATIONS ARE ONGOING, AND I STILL HOLD THAT HOPE THAT SPRINGS ETERNAL IN THE HUMAN BREAST THAT REAL JUSTICE WILL BE DONE. LET ME INQUIRE OF MY FRIEND FROM ALASKA, DID YOU WANT TIME YIELDED OR YOU WANT TO TAKE THE TIME? ALL RIGHT. THEN AT THIS TIME, MR. SPEAKER, I WOULD YIELD BACK.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      HANABUSA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO HONOR…

      HANABUSA: THANK YOU, MR. SPEAKER. MR. SPEAKER, WE ARE HERE TODAY TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF OUR DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA. I WILL BE FIRST YIELDING TO THE GENTLEWOMAN FROM HAWAII, MS. GABBARD, AND SHE MAY CONSUME AS MUCH TIME AS SHE

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      MS. HANABUSA

      NEEDS. GABRIELLE GIFFORDS --

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      MS. GABBARD

      WE ALL TOOK THAT DAY TO REMEMBER HIM AND HIS LIFE AND TO THINK BACK ON THE…

      WE ALL TOOK THAT DAY TO REMEMBER HIM AND HIS LIFE AND TO THINK BACK ON THE MEMORIES THAT WE HAVE OF HOW HE DEDICATED HIS LIFE TO SERVING THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII AND OUR COUNTRY. FROM HIS SERVICE IN THE U.S. ARMY, BACK DURING WORLD WAR II, TO HIS YEARS THAT HE SPENT TAKING CARE OF HAWAII. A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER, HIS WORK IN THE STATE THAT END SERVING MORE THAN 38 YEARS -- AND THEN SERVING MORE THAN 36 YEARS IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS. HE WAS THE FIRST MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO SERVE OF NATIVE HAWAIIAN ANCESTRY AND MADE HISTORY IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS. HE'S KNOWN THROUGHOUT HAWAII FOR SO MANY REASONS. BUT WHEN YOU SAY THE WORD AKAKA, IT IS SYNONYMOUS WITH ALOHA. BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT HE REPRESENTED THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE. AND THE WARMTH AND THE FONDNESS, THE LOVE AND THE KINDNESS THAT HE SHARED WITH EVERYONE MADE IT SO THAT HE WAS NOT KNOWN SO MUCH AS SENATOR AKAKA, SO MUCH AS UNCLE DANNY. DID HE ALL OF THIS WITH HIS WIFE, MILLY, BY HIS SIDE. MOTHER OF FIVE CHILDREN. AUNTY MILLER HERSELF IS A FORCE OF NATURE. SHE WAS EVER PRESENT -- MILLY HERSELF WAS A FORCE OF NATURE. SHE WAS EVER PRESENT HERE IN WASHINGTON WITH SENATOR AKAKA AND HIS TRAVELS, AND EXPRESSED ALOHA IN HER OWN WAY. IN EVERYTHING DID HE, SENATOR AKAKA PUT SERVICE BEFORE SELF. HE TRULY WALKED THE TALK. HE CARRIED THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA WITH HIM IN HIS HEART AND AT THE FOREFRONT OF HIS ACTIONS. NOW IN THE LAST WEEK, THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII, MANY PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY, MANY OF OUR COLLEAGUES HERE IN WASHINGTON, HAVE BEEN SHARING THEIR OWN PERSONAL STORIES ABOUT HOW SENATOR AKAKA TOUCHED AND INSPIRED THEIR LIVES. TALKING ABOUT THE LEGACY THAT HE LEFT BEHIND AND THE EXAMPLE THAT HE SET WITH HIS LIFE. AND THE CENTRAL THEME IN EACH OF THESE STORIES THAT I'VE HEARD, ALL COMES BACK TO ALOHA. ALOHA. WHICH MEANS KINDNESS, RESPECT AND LOVE FOR OTHERS, REGARDLESS OF ANY DIFFERENCES THAT WE MAY HAVE, WHETHER THEY BE BY RACE, ETHNICITY, RELIGION, SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS OR ANYTHING ELSE. TO THIS DAY HERE IN THE CAPITOL, SOMETIMES I'LL BUMP INTO SOME OF HIS FORMER COLLEAGUES IN THE U.S. SENATE, EASTBOUND HERE -- EVEN HERE, PEOPLE HE SERVED WITH IN THE U.S. HOUSE. AND AS SOON AS YOU MENTION HIS NAME, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THEIR SHOULDERS FALL, THEIR STRESS FALL AWAY AND THEY GET A SMILE ON THEIR FACE AS THEY THINK ABOUT THE TIME THAT THEY HAD SERVING WITH HIM. THEY'LL HAVE LITTLE STORIES ABOUT A COULD HE DELL THAT THEY WENT -- CODEL THAT THEY WENT ON WITH HIM OR A COMMITTEE THAT THEY SERVED ON WITH HIM. THEY ALWAYS TALK ABOUT HOW KIND HE WAS. NO MATTER WHO YOU WERE, NO MATTER WHAT WAS GOING ON AROUND YOU, HE ALWAYS TOOK THAT MOMENT TO SHARE THE WARMTH OF HIS OWN HEART WITH YOURS. THIS EVEN CAME FROM THOSE WHO DISAGREED WITH HIM. THIS EVEN CAME FROM THOSE WHO FOUGHT HIM HARDEST ON THE SIGNATURE BILL THAT HE TRIED TO PASS. THE AKAKA BILL. EVEN IF THEY OPPOSED HIS POLICIES, NONE OF THEM HAD ANYTHING ILL TO SAY OF HIM. THIS SPEAKS TO THE IMPACT THAT HE LEFT ON THE UNITED STATES CAPITOL, ON WASHINGTON, ON THIS COUNTRY, AND ON HAWAII. AND IT SPEAKS TO THE LEGACY THAT HE LEAVES BEHIND THAT WILL CONTINUE TO INSPIRE LEADERS OF OUR COUNTRY AND LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY, PEOPLE EVERYWHERE TO SERVE IN THEIR OWN LIVES, IN THAT SAME SPIRIT OF ALOHA. AND RESPECT FOR EVERYONE. AFTER I RETURNED FROM MY FIRST DEPLOYMENT TO IRAQ WITH THE HAWAII ARMY NATIONAL GUARD, I HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ABLE TO WORK IN SENATOR AKAKA'S OFFICE AS A LEGISLATIVE AIDE. HE WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE VETERANS' AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AT THE TIME AND COMING BACK, THIS WAS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY I FELT TO BE ABLE TO HELP HIM IN THAT SERVICE, TO HELP MAKE REFORMS AND CHANGES TO OUR V.A. AND OUR COUNTRY'S POLICIES AND HOW OUR VETERANS ARE CARED FOR. IN PARTICULAR, THE POST-9/11 VETERANS IN PARTICULAR THE LARGE NUMBER OF NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVISTS WHO ARE BEING ACTIVATED TO SERVE IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND WHO WERE NOT BEING TREATED WITH THE KIND OF RESPECT AND HONOR AND DIGNITY THAT THEY HAD EARNED THROUGH THEIR SERVICE. THIS INCLUDED EVERYTHING FROM THE G.I. BILL TO V.A. SERVICES, AND QUALIFICATIONS THAT THEY EARNED. I WAS ABLE TO EXPERIENCE FIRSTHAND ON A DAILY BASIS THE IMPACT THAT HE MADE. HIS EXAMPLE OF ALOHA. TAKING THE TIME AS HE WAS RUSHING TO A COMMITTEE OR RUSHING TO VOTE, TO STOP AND SAY HELLO TO THE JANITOR WHO WAS MOPPING THE FLOOR. TO STOP AND SAY ALOHA TO VISITORS WHO WERE COMING FROM HAWAII OR FROM OTHER STATES. TO STOP AND TALK TO THE STAFF AND ASK HOW THEY WERE DOING, HOW WAS THEIR FAMILY, HOW WERE THINGS GOING? HE INVESTED IN BUILDING LIFE-LONG RELATIONSHIPS. HE SPENT THAT QUALITY TIME, WHETHER IT WAS SHORT OR LONG, BECAUSE HE UNDERSTOOD HOW IMPORTANT EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS AND HOW HE WANTED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT MOMENT TO SHARE HIS ALOHA. RECOGNIZING THAT ONLY BY WORKING TOGETHER, ONLY THROUGH ALOHA AND BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER CAN WE MAKE REAL POSITIVE CHANGE. FOR THOSE OF US WHO HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH SENATOR AKAKA, EITHER IN HIS OFFICE IN WASHINGTON, IN HAWAII, ON ONE OF HIS CAMPAIGNS, OR IN SOME CAPACITY, WE'VE BONDED OVER THE YEARS AND EVERY YEAR WE GOT TOGETHER WITH SENATOR AKAKA, HIS WIFE, AND HIS FAMILY, TO CELEBRATE HIS BIRTHDAY, IN SEPTEMBER OF EVERY YEAR. DURING THIS LAST YEARS, THIS PAST SEPTEMBER, I WAS ABLE TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH HIM AND CHATTED A BIT AND AS HE ALWAYS DOES, HE ASKS, HOW ARE THINGS GOING IN WASHINGTON? AND HE EXPRESSED HIS SADNESS ABOUT HOW DIVISIVE THINGS HAVE BECOME. HOW THE KIND OF COLLEGIALITY AND RESPECT THAT EXISTED WHEN HE WAS SERVING IN THE U.S. SENATE FOR SO MANY YEARS, THAT ALLOWED PEOPLE TO DISAGREE WITHOUT BEING DISAGREEABLE, THAT ALLOWED PEOPLE TO DEBATE STRONGLY THEIR DISAGREEMENTS ON ISSUES, BUT COME TOGETHER AT THE END OF THE DAY TO FIND A SOLUTION, THAT THAT HAS LARGELY BEEN LOST. AND AS A RESULT WE ARE SEEING THE GRIDLOCK AND THE DIVISIVENESS AND THE LACK OF RESULTS, THE LACK OF DELIVERY TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, IN LARGE PART BECAUSE OF NO ALOHA. THIS RESPECTS THAT LARGELY BEEN LOST. -- THIS RESPECT HAS LARGELY BEEN LOST. HE'S ALWAYS SPOKEN ABOUT HOW ALOHA IS THE SOLUTION. SO AS WE REMEMBER SENATOR AKAKA'S LEGACY OF SERVICE AND ALOHA, THE BEST WAY THAT WE CAN HONOR HIS LIFE IS BY DOING OUR BEST TO LIVE ALOHA IN HIS EXAMPLE. SERVING OTHERS. DOING OUR BEST TO PROTECT OUR PLANET, FINDING COMMON GROUND WHERE WE CAN, SEEING THAT EVEN THOUGH WE MAY DISAGREE ON CERTAIN ISSUES, THERE WILL BE OTHERS THAT WE AGREE ON. FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE, FIGHTING FOR EQUALITY AND FIGHTING FOR PEACE. HE WAS A COURAGEOUS LEADER, I AM GRATEFUL TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE MY CONSTITUENTS IN HAWAII IN THE SAME CONGRESSIONAL SEAT THAT HE ONCE HELD. AND WILL FOREVER BE INSPIRED BY HIS FRIENDSHIP AND THE LIFE THAT HE LIVED. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] TO HIS WIFE AND TO MILLY AND TO HIS ENTIRE FAMILY FOR SHARING HIM WITH US AND THANK YOU TO UNCLE DANNY FOR SHARING YOUR ALOHA WITH THE WORLD. YOU'LL BE MISSED. [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE] I YIELD BACK.

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    • 01:13:22 PM

      MS. HANABUSA

      LEGENDARY.

    • 01:13:41 PM

      MR. YOUNG

      YOU AND HONOR, TO ME, A GREAT FRIEND. I KNOW WE'RE SAYING WE'RE HONORING…

      YOU AND HONOR, TO ME, A GREAT FRIEND. I KNOW WE'RE SAYING WE'RE HONORING SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA OR DANNY. I'D LIKE TO REFER HIM TO THE HIGHER BODY OF CONGRESSMAN AKAKA. 13 YEARS WE SERVED TOGETHER. I HAVE NEVER FOUND A GENTLEMAN, AS YOU SAID BEFORE, ONE THAT LOVED OTHER MEMBERS BETTER THAN HE. HE WORKED WITH ME AND I PROBABLY KNEW DANNY BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE. I CALL HIM DANNY BECAUSE WE WERE FRIENDS. I KNEW HIM PROBABLY THAN -- BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE BECAUSE HIS LOCKER WAS RIGHT NEXT TO MINE DOWN IN THE GYM. AND WE WOULD HAVE CONVERSATIONS ABOUT ALASKA AND ABOUT HAWAII AND HOW WE WORKED TOGETHER WITH SENATOR STEVENS AND MYSELF. IT WAS A MARVELOUS COMBINATION. AND I BELIEVE THAT ALASKAN COMBINATION WITH HAWAII STILL EXISTS TODAY BECAUSE OF THESE TWO CONGRESSIONAL LADIES. WE WORK TOGETHER. WE HAVE A UNIQUE DIFFERENCE FROM ALL THE OTHER STATES. WE'RE NOT CONTIGUOUS TO THE BIG BODY OF THE UNITED STATES. WE ARE ACTUALLY SCATTERED FAR NORTH AND FAR WEST. BUT WE WORK TOGETHER. ALTHOUGH THEY HAVE A TROPICAL CLIMATE AND WE HAVE A FREE-THROWS FROZEN CLIMATE, WE HAVE THE -- WE HAVE A FROZEN CLIMATE, WE HAVE THE COMRADESHIP THAT'S KNOWS WORK TOGETHER AND WE CONTINUE TO DO THAT. YOU KNOW, DANNY WAS A SOLDIER, A TEACHER, AND, YES, A GREAT CONGRESSMAN. . I WILL TELL YOU THAT THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII WILL MISS HIM BUT I HOPE HE'S LEFT A LEGACY THAT WILL CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE TO BECOME INVOLVED IN THE POLITICAL ARENA, TRY TO SOLVE PROBLEMS. I CAN'T AGREE MORE WITH WHAT WAS SAID BY THE PREVIOUS SPEAKER ABOUT THE LACK OF ALOHA, THE LACK OF RECOGNITION FOR ONE ANOTHER IN DOINCHES OPINION. I DO NOT THINK YOU CAN ACCUSE ME OF THAT BECAUSE I RECOGNIZE EACH PERSON ELECTED IN THIS HOUSE IS ELECTED BY 735,000 PEOPLE. RECOGNIZE THOSE PEOPLE, RECOGNIZE THOSE BELIEFS AND WORK TOGETHER AND SOLVE PROBLEM. DANNY DID THAT. THERE WAS NEVER A DEMOCRAT PROBLEM OR A REPUBLICAN PROBLEM. THERE WAS A PROBLEM. AND WE'D REACH ACROSS THE AISLE TO ONE ANOTHER WITH ALL THE CHAIRMEN WE SERVED TOGETHER COLLECTIVELY AND WE WOULD SOLVE THOSE PROBLEMS. AND WE WERE ABLE TO LEGISLATE. AND SOMEWHERE ALONG THE LINE, THE WELL WAS POISONED AND WE NO LONGER LEGISLATE AND I THINK DANNY WOULD BE DEEPLY DISTURBED BY THAT I THINK HE WOULD PISH US GREATER THINGS. I BELIEVE HE'D UNDERSTAND THAT IT IS TIME FOR US TO WORK TOGETHER AS A NATION. I'M PROUD TO SAY WE STILL WORK TOGETHER AS ALASKANS AND HAWAIIAN, TRYING TO SOLVE THOSE AREAS THAT PROBLEMS EXIST IN NO OTHER PLACE OF THE UNITED STATES AND WE DO WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE THEM AND WE DO GET IT ACHIEVE. NOW IF WE CAN JUST DO THAT MAYBE WE OUGHT TO SEND THE REST OF THE CONGRESS TO HAWAII AND -- IN THE WINTERTIME AND BRING THE REST OF THEM TO SKEA IN THE SUMMERTIME AND -- TO ALASKA IN THE SUMMERTIME, EVERYBODY WOULD LOVE ONE ANOTHER AND WE'D GET A LOT MORE DONE. TV MENTIONED ABOUT MILLIE, HIS WIFE, AND HIS FAMILY. YOU'D BE PROUD. THERE ARE GREAT PEOPLE IN OUR HISTORY. I CAN TELL YOU, I CONSIDER DANNY AKAKA, SENATOR OR CONGRESSMAN, AS ONE OF THE GREATER ONES. HEAS GOES, AND HE IS GONE, I KNOW HE'LL BE LOOKING UPON WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE IF WE ACTUALLY WORK WITH ONE ANOTHER. I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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      MS. HANABUSA

      CONGRESSWOMAN VI DAHLIA.

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      SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA. HE WAS A VERY DEAR FRIEND AND CHAMPION FOR THE…

      SENATOR DANIEL AKAKA. HE WAS A VERY DEAR FRIEND AND CHAMPION FOR THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII AND ALLATION AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS.

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    • 01:18:34 PM

      MS. BORDALLO

      COMMUNITIES. AS THE FIRST NATIVE HAWAIIAN SENATOR, SENATOR AKAKA FOUGHT…

      COMMUNITIES. AS THE FIRST NATIVE HAWAIIAN SENATOR, SENATOR AKAKA FOUGHT FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF NATIVE HAWAIIANS AND THE RIGHTS OF ALL NATIVE PEOPLES, INCLUDING QUAM'S CHAMORO PEOPLE. HE UNDERSTOOD THE NEED TO SUPPORT MINORITY AMERICANS. AND WAS A PASSIONATE VOICE FOR NATIVE PEOPLE HE UNDERSTOOD THE NEED TO SUPPORT MINORITY AMERICANS. AND SENATOR AKAKA WAS A TRUE FRIEND OF GUAM. WORKING DILIGENTLY TO ENSURE THAT OUR ISSUES WERE PRIORITIZED. HE GAVE GUAM A VOICE IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE AND I WAS VERY PROUD TO WORK CLOSELY WITH HIM TO EASE THE BURDENS OF THE COMPACTS OF FREE ASSOCIATION ON OUR ISLANDS TO PROMOTE BETTER EDUCATION, FOR PACIFIC ISLANDERS AND TO FIGHT FOR VETERANS SERVICES FOR THOSE WHO SACRIFICED FOR OUR NATION. I COULD ALWAYS COUNT ON SENATOR AKAKA AMONG GUAM'S STRONGEST ADVOCATES IN THE UNITED STATES SENATE. OUR CONCERNS AND INDEED THE CONCERNS OF ALL TERRITORIES, WERE ALWAYS HIS CONCERNS AS WELL. I'M DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE PASSING OF THIS GREAT STATEMAN, FRIEND OF GUAM, AND TREASURED COLLEAGUE. I WILL MISS SENATOR AKAKA'S KINDNESS, HIS ALOHA SPIRIT, AND SHARED LOVE FOR THE ISLANDS AND ALL OF OUR PEOPLES. DURING HIS TENURE IN THE CONGRESS HE WAS A VOICE FOR PEACE, TOLERANCE, AND EQUALITY. SO ON BEHALF OF GUAM, I EXTEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO HIS LOVELY WIFE MILLIE, MY FRIEND, HIS CHILDREN, HIS GRANDCHILDREN, HIS GREAT GRANDCHILDREN, AND THE PEOPLE OF HAYE. -- OF HAWAII. OUR COUNTRY HAS LOST A GREAT MAN BUT HIS LEGACY WILL ENDURE THROUGH THE LIVES OF COUNTLESS AMERICANS HE HELPED IN HIS STORIED LIFE AND HIS CAREER. SO SENATOR AKAKA, [SPEAKING FOREIGN LANG WADGE] -- LANGUAGE] -- I YIELD BACK THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.

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    • 01:21:16 PM

      MS. HANABUSA

      WITHOUT OBJECTION, SO ORDERED.

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

      ADJOURN.

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      MS. HANABUSA

      NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY THE HOUSE STANDS…

      NO. THE AYES HAVE IT. THE MOTION IS ADOPTED. ACCORDINGLY THE HOUSE STANDS ADJOURNED UNTIL NOON ON MONDAY NEXT FOR MORNING HOUR

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      THE SPEAKER PRO TEMPORE

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