Paul D. Ryan

passing the defense spending bill off the floor, in addition to that, house speaker paul ryan and other members of the house g.o.p. task force on restoring constitutional authority held an event to talk about self-government and the separation of powers. the one of several planks on the agenda they're unveiling over the last couple of weeks to address various policy issues. speaking first was republican conference chair cathy mcmorris rogers. this is from statuary hall in the u.s. capitol. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: welcome to statuary hall. our history fills this chamber, our story as americans. the a story that's told in part through the statues that are around us. farmers, inventors, war heroes who stood up for what they believed and dared to dream big. to them it wasn't about title, it wasn't about job descriptions. it was about writing their own individual stories about their own individual per suits -- pursuits. because they were all characters in a much larger story. a story of america's promise. what is america's promise? the a promise that every man, woman and child in america should have the freedom to pursue. a promise that no matter your background, your walk of life, you are free and empowered to choose your own unique version of the american dream. it's not a promise of perfection or a life without challenges. but it's a promise that you aren't limited to where you finish because of where you start. that is the promise of america. we sue this promise through the sculpture, architecture and artwork all around us. after all, this is where the people's house of representatives first made its permanent home. even this place right here endured one of the earliest struggles to fulfill the american promise, when it was engulfed in flames during the war of 1812. you see, there's always been a challenge to america's promise. the a fundamental struggle between freedom and power that started the very day our declaration of independence was signed. a struggle between trusting people to make the best decisions for themselves or a government that decides for them. it's not a republican or a democrat struggle, it's an american struggle. and it touches the very core of who we are. men and women who have written a story for more than two centuries about how together we the people win this battle to form a more perfect union. at that moment in 1814, when our struggle was seen through the burning timbers and the thick smoke in this room, it appeared that the promise of america had failed. that history had shown representative government was too weak to survive. that people couldn't govern themselves. but out of the ashes rose our capitol. a temple of liberty where that promise continued and people through their elected representatives were central to its fulfillment. our capitol is the home of the greatest inheritance our western civilization has to offer. the greatest inheritance because it starts with people. here in congress the people write the laws, assert the ultimate power over their government, and express their consent to be governed. for thousands of years prior, the power to make law resided in pharaohs and tribal chiefs, ceasers and dictators, kings and queens. government was the realm of a few privileged powerful people operating beyond the reach of the masses who were ruled. but then came the united states of america where a new start was made, a rag tag group of believers seeking freedom from those who were trying to dream for them. we rejected the idea that the law is an instrument of special classes of people that are better or wiser or more powerful rulers. what started as a little promise of the people, by the people and for the people grew into a great one. but today americans are anxious. seniors fear retirement. parents worry about the future success of their children. students stress about finding careers to pay back their debt. hard workers can't compete with the tangled web of taxes, one-size-fits-all regulationses and arbitrary rules. the reason they're so anxious and frustrated is because their voices aren't being heard. they're afraid, they're losing representative government. and the country they have known and loved. over time presidents have come to legislate by executive order. over time courts have come to make laws from the bench. and we, congress, and our desire to avoid complexities and conflicts -- conflicts have ceded power in order to simplify the process of law making. so here we find ourselves again , in the age-old struggle, a contest that will determine whether we shape our dreams or whether others shape them for us. the people's house is the seat of representative democracy. no other institution has such power. because no other institution is as accountable to the people. presidents can veto, supreme courts can strike down, but congress has the exclusive seat of law making power. not some guy in the basement of the labor department. we must assert that the people speaking through their elected representatives is the best way to keep us free and protect our liberty and to make sure the promise of america exists for the next generation. what you'll find throughout history is that not much has changed. the same historic reoccurring struggle between freedom and power that the abraham lincolns, the john quincy adams, the daniel websters all faced. it's the struggle between fulfilling the promise of america or breaking it. they knew the torch one day would be passed, where it resides with us. a daughter of a cherry farmer from kettle falls, washington. a nurse from tennessee. a businessman from texas. an air force chaplain from georgia. an author from utah. a combat surgeon from ohio. the about this generation's responsibility right now to cherish, to embrace, to protect the fragile, carefully crafted american promise that puts people in charge through their elected representatives. it's our call to put aside any personal ambition so the next generation can have their individual power protected, to freely pursue their version of the american dream. let's use the power of the purse to make government bureaucracy more accountable to the people and less arrogant, so the i.r.s. can't target free speech and the e.p.a. can't regulate mud puddles. let's do our job of reviewing, rethinking and possibly eliminating government programs that are running on auto pilot without oversight or authorization. so agencies like the v.a. operate their hospitals more like cleveland clinics. let's hold unelected bureaucrats accountable when they interfere with the next innovative startup being created in a granl or with a scientist working to cure cancer in a lab. let's make agencies more transparent and closer to the people. a government that operates more like uber and amazon and less like the d.m.v. and most importantly let's give people a voice through their elected representatives so a 19th century institution can actually solve 21st century problems. so today i am grateful. i am grateful for the efforts of my colleagues, chairman bishop, chaffetz, goodlatte, rogers and sessions, who spent the last six months thinking through how the people's house can accomplish these goals on behalf of the men and women we represent. and i am inspired by my colleagues who have joined me this morning to answer the call from the people, to restore their voices in government, and protect what our founders conceived. the most just system of government the world has ever seen. our dreams and aspirations belong to us, not the government. only we can push the heights of our imaginations, not the government. we know the power of our ideas, not the government. that is why freedom is so important. it isn't about political parties, personalities or power. it never has been. the about making certain the promise of america is never breached and knowing the only ones who can preserve it for the future and future generations are we the people. the constitution is clear, the role of congress to make -- it's the role of congress to make all laws. judiciary to interpret the laws, and the president to enforce the laws. this system was wisely set in place by our country's framers over 200 years ago because they knew firsthand that the concentration of power in the same hands was a threat to individual liberty and the rule of law. in recent decades, however, presidents of both parties have a grand -- aggrandized their power and usurped congress to legislate from the oval office. this is not a republican or a democrat issue, it's an american issue. and touches the very core of our system of government. so today i am pleased to join with speaker ryan and conference chair mcmorris rodgers and my other colleagues in unveiling our republican plan to re-establish the system of checks and balances created in the constitution by our founding fathers. to reassert congress' authority we need to start where the constitution starts. asserting congress' authority over law making. the very first sentence of the very first article of the united states constitution begins, all legislative power herein granted shall be vested in a congress of the united states. key pieces of our agenda include reforming the administrative procedure act, ending the chevron deference doctrine that currently gives bureau crot -- bureaucrats the benefit of the doubt when they interrupt statutes. requiring full and fair disclosure of the administration's regulatory agenda, and reasserting that congress is the ultimate decision maker, regardless of whether they occur by statute or regulation. fully half of the vetoes of this president has come of the congressional review actresslusions disapproving of his regulations. when the president to this degree is blocking the will of the people through their elected representatives, it is clear that congress, under article one, must strongly assert its constitutional powers. today's federal administrative state is an constitution unforeseen by the framers of our constitution. it is rapidly mushrooming out of control. this overgrown bureaucracy is tipping our system of checks and balances away from the legislative and judicial branches and toward a stronger, emboldened and overreaching executive. our republican plan takes commonsense steps to protect our system of checks and balances and preserve liberty as the framers intended. for -- task force for this very impressive work on this most significant work on our better way agenda. i thought i'd close by quoting one of the greatest supreme court justices, antonin scalia. he once asked, why do you think america is such a free country? what is it in our constitution that makes us what we are? well, most of us would probably say the bill of right the freedom of speech, freedom of press, right to bear arms, and true enough in those rights are very special. but justice scalia went on if you think a bill of rights is what sets us apart, you're crazy. every banana republic in the world has a bill of rights. even the soviet union had a bill of rights, he pointed out. and it promised a lot more than ours does. but there's a reason we don't remember the ussr as a bastion of liberty. because that bill of rights was just, quote, just words on paper. close quote. as justice scalia said. what truly makes america free, he argued, is the separation of powers. those amendments to the constitution may enumerate our rights, but it is the separation of powers that protects those rights, that secures those rights. our country makes sure that no one person exercises too much power. i'm talking about the fact that we elect most of our representatives every two years. the fact that both houses of congress have to pass a bill before it becomes law. the fact that congress is elected separately from the president. that means a lot of people a lot of different people, they have to agree for a bill to become a law. that means disagreement, it means debate, it means compromise, and in the end it means good government. i also think it's very telling that when justice scalia talked about the separation of powers, he barely even mentioned the court, and he sat on it. maybe what he was trying to tell us is this. we can't rely on the court alone to protect our rights. because if you have to file a lawsuit, guess what? it's already too late. your rights have already been violated. being free doesn't mean you can get damages. being free means you don't have to worry about your rights being violated in the first place. that's why we need the other branches of government. especially the legislative branch to remain strong, so they can defend our rights when another branch attacks them. that is what will secure our rights in the here and in the now. and that is why we are here today. our problem is not so much that the presidency under both parties keeps breaking the rules, though it clearly does. our problem is that congress, under both parties, keeps forfeiting the game. yielding the executive branch. giving the president a blank check. not even boston toring reed the fine -- to read the fine print in some cases. and as our members just told us, as we just heard a beautiful articulation of our cause, this means more than just out of control spending. it means more chaos at the border. it means not being able to live out your faith. it means not being free. that's why this plan is so important. in fact, i would argue this is the most important part of our agenda. because we won't be able to fix our safety net, we won't be able to rebuild our military or pare back the red tape until we put the people back into the driver's seat. it's not enough to have an efficient or effective government. we want a free government. one of the most important principles that unites all of us as americans, that makes this a popular and inspiring nation is that we are a historically self-determining people. historically with a government by consent. that's what unites us. that's what makes us free. that's what makes us the beacon of hope in the world. we must reclaim and conserve this principle. we want a competent america where all of us are free. that's something that i think all of us can agree on. thank you very much.earned the presentation is, expanding opportunity for all. in interview with the speaker of the house of representatives. please welcome our guest. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome paul ryan. how are you doing today? mr. ryan: doing fine. it is ac-dc.... text mr. ryan: boo. mr. ryan: i am a bow hunter. it is what we do in deer season. of what you have been doing. mr. ryan: great. mr. ryan: that is incredible picture. human beings, friends of mine, succeeding in defeating poverty. what we do not all see is under our noses in the most difficult communities in america, there are men and women who were successfully overcoming poverty themselves and helping others do the same. we are trying to learn from them. as conservatives, i think we have so much to offer. we have the moral high ground. what we can do is go at the root causes and call into question the status quo of this war on poverty, which has been 50 years, trillions spent, and we have a stalemate on our hands. we think by applying our principles, we can see better results in get at the root causes. the video shows what our principles look like in real life.... text mr. ryan: we have lost the definition of success in the war on words. we define it how much money are we spending, only people are in government programs from that success. what a we think about measuring poverty as how many people are we getting out of poverty? how many people are getting on their own two feet? shaping their own destinies? that is point number one. point number two bank, what we are doing we are seeing the government is part of the problem. i call it the poverty trap. if you take all the programs, 92 federal government programs, they are stacked on top of each other. what they end up doing is they tell people, do not work. they make it harder for a person to work. the top effective tax rate is not being paid by warren buffett. it is paid by the single mom with two kids making 20 some thousand dollars a year. if she gets a raise, she loses $.80 on the dollar, so she does not. and she goes to work, she loses more benefits than she gains to read we are trapping people by paying them not to work. we need to make it so work always pays to read what we are doing is we are isolating the poor. we are pushing them outside of the workforce. we are missing out on their talents. we think good conservative welfare reform, letting local communities have more power to revive their communities like these guys do in this great video.... text do. mr. ryan: the federal government thinks it knows what it is doing and it often does more harm than good in many cases. i'm not saying everything is bad . the federal government can provide resources. the federal government should mind supply lines, not the front lines. this is what the left misunderstands. there was a space between ourselves and our government. it is called civil society. it is community. it is where we live our lives. with the left seems to confuse is they think this is wrong, bad, inefficient. more government should be closer between ourselves and our government. churches, civic groups, families. that is where we live our lives. that is where did tocqueville came to america and said how great we are. we think by getting the government out of the way and removing barriers that allow people to make some thing of their lives, we can do a better job of fighting poverty and we will as you are a success on outcomes and results. our people actually getting out of poverty?... text mr. ryan: regulations are regressive. they raise the cost of government. the cost of living. they raise the cost of everything and make it more difficult for people in poverty to get out. they raise the price of your food, the price of your clothing. they raise the price of electricity. it makes it harder to create jobs. one of the five planks of our agenda in the house, it is regulatory reform. i goes to self-government. who writes the laws. is it the legislative branch, elected by the people, or is it the fourth branch of government that nobody voted for, career bureaucrats. who are writing all the regulations that have the full force of law? take a look at the new regulation coming out of the obama administration that the supreme court struck down to reach 65% of power comes from coal in wisconsin. they were going to jack up our rates. it is kind of cold this time of year. with they were going to do is crank the cost up. who does that help the most question mark it hurts people who live paycheck to paycheck, you need to put gas in their car and he their homes. it hurts businesses and manufacturers who want to hire people prorate what we are going to be running on is all these major regulations coming out of unelected bureaucracies, that has to come back to congress for a final vote so we restore the constitution and the principle of self-government.... text mr. ryan: we have these things called cost-benefit analysis which the obama administration it ignores. we are also saying, let's measure how proposed regulations affect the poor. the out-of-pocket costs. how they affect costs. we need to measure this. there is a way to measure this so public officials and the public sees what these harmful regulations will do to those living paycheck to paycheck. the point i would make in all of this is, let's go at the root cause of poverty. just so you know, government is not the answer. government can be a part of the answer by helping people be the solution, getting government v out v of v the v way. v government v can v provide v resources. v let's v customize v welfare v benefits v so v we v can v meet v people v with v their v needs. v encourage v 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;been v textsafe. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: if you ever visited the 9/11 museum and memorial, when you walk in you see the pictures of 2,977 people who lost their lives that day. and when you emerge out of the museum, you have a lot of clarity as to those that would do us harm and the fight that we have against those who want to destroy our way of life and the values we live every day as americans. i was also reminded that we need leadership today more than ever. our enemies are constantly adapting, and our focus must be clear. in the speech that the president gave earlier this week, it was really just more of the same. pointing fingers instead of taking principled action. what you are going to see again this week is important action as we way on the president's strategy to destroy isis. the reform to the visa waiver program is only just one of the tools that we believe we must be moving forward on to ensure that we're taking the steps so that america can be safe. more importantly, when a threat emerges, we have an obligation to target it and keep the fight against terrorism out of america. that is, after all, our fundamental obligation -- protecting the safety and security of every american in this... textfrom california. mr. cardenas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. cardenas: thank you very much. at this point i'd like to yield back and reserve the balance of my time so that congressman guthrie can speak first. of his time? mr. cardenas: i reserve the balance of my time. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i mr. lobiondo: mr. defazio: i yield to the gentleman from washington. mr. lobiondo: i now would like to yield such time as chairman mr. defazio: i have request from people who aren't here. so with that i would yield back the balance mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2061, the equitable access to care and health mr. ryan: at this time, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield five minutes to the author of the each act, the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. mr. ryan: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers as well. i think mr. davis captured it quite well, so we yield back the balance mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass s. 139, the ensuring ac a sess to clinical trials act. mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. from texas. mr. doggett: i will yield, mr. chairman, mr. speaker, such time as he may want to consume to the ranking democrat on the committee. i had also wanted to honor mr. gwynn. this is a good opportunity to do that. mr. levin.... text mr. doggett: i'll reserve. mr. doggett: mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the statement from mr. boustany be inserted into the record. at this time, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. costello.... text the gentlem from wisconsin. mr. ryan: at this time i'd like to also urge our colleagues to support this bill and i would yield back the balance of my time.... textmr. ryan: i wasn't trying to. mr. ryan: it is not me. i didn't think i made news. i thought i was pretty clear to be candid with you. i saw boehner last night and told him to knock it off. i used slightly different words. i used his own words that he used to use against us when he told taos knock things off. it's not going to be me. it should be somebody running for president. look, i made a decision over a year ago not to run for president. i really believe, if you want to be president, you should run for president. people are out there campaigning, they're canvass, there's caucuses and primaries. that's who we should select from among for our next president on whatever ballot we're talking about. let's put this thing to rest and move on.... text mr. ryan: i had six days' notice taking this job. i learned after becoming speaker that i'm chair of the convention. so i will have to obviously bone up on all the rules and all those things. my goal is to be dispassionate and to be switzerland, to be neutral andties passionate and make sure that the rule of law prevails and make sure that the delegates make their decision however the rules require them to do that. i will acquaint myself with these things at the right time. right now i'm pretty busy trying to get congress moving in the right direction.... text mr. ryan: nothing has changed except that this is more likely to become an open convention than we thought before. we're getting our minds around the idea that this could very well become a reality and therefore those of us involved in the convention need to respect that. somebody over here. >> you answered my question.... text mr. ryan: right there. mr. ryan: got a good vote out of budget committee. i'm amazed how fast they got it out. when i ran the budget, we would get it out at 10:00, 11:00, chairman police needs to be complimented for how fast he got that moving. he beat all my records. number one. number two, look at the budget they passed. thises the budget that balances the budget, pays off the debt, honors our military with equipment that they need. it calls for tax reform. repeal os ba macare. it does everything we need to do on the entitlement side to move people from welfare to work and pay off this debt. so we think this is a very good budget. we're going to continue having a team discussion with all members of our conference. to decide how to proceed from there on.... text mr. ryan: as they do every year. mr. ryan: we don't have an answer to that yet. we'll be discussing this with our conference on how best to proceed. i envision a lot of budgets coming to the floor. i bet the c.b.c. will have one, van hollen will probably have one. for the democrats. budget committee, reform s.c., for all i know there may be other budgets. that's always been the process. when that process occurs and under what circumstances is the decision we'll make. as a team.... text budget. mr. ryan: in the next congress. mr. ryan: i think we should pass the budget, plain and simple, i'll lee it at that. is that craig? mr. ryan: you're sitting in front of a guy from wisconsin, you're not going to get called on. mr. ryan: nobody should say such things in my opinion because to even hint at violence is unacceptable. mr. ryan: i'm not going to get into that. go ahead. mr. ryan: i don't believe i'll have to do that. this is a democratic process. the republican primary voter is going to make this decision on who our nominee is going to be. if the person doesn't get a sufficient dell fwats, then it goes to the convention and the delegates make that decision. those delegates are elected in each of the caucuses, in each of the districts, every state has a different way of doing it, by republicans. i'm going to respect that process. so it isn't my place to say who our nominee is or what. if anybody, not just donald trump if anybody is out there representing the republican party in ways that we believe disfigure conservatism or do not portray what our views and principles are, i as a party leader and others, i assume, as well, have an obligation to defend our principles from being distorted and we'll continue doing that. look, i am who i am. i'm a i believe in specific policies and i'm going to speak out on those each and every time. here's what i can control and here's what i can do. i as speaker of the house am going to lead an effort for all of the members of the house republican caucus to offer an agenda to the country so that we can take an agenda to the men and women of america to show them how we get america back on track. more than 2/3 of the people in this country think america is headed in the wrong direction. that's not just as republicans. we as another party have a moral obligation and a duty to offer a very bold and specific alternative course so that if we win this election then we have an obligation and a mandate given to us by the citizens of this country to go on course, to put those reforms in place, to get the country back on track. that's something i can control. that's something i can be involved in. that's something i can help deliver. that's what i'm focused on. thank you very much.... textspeaker paul ryan held his weekly briefing with reporters a short time after the house vote sessions wrapped up. he dealt with zika legislation and the failure of the energy and water projects bill. ryan roberts i want to start with something -- mr. ryan: i want to start with something that's on the minds of american americans, long linals at the airports. people i represent spend far more time at airports than they would like to. this is unacceptable. yesterday the homeland security committee held a hearing with the t.s.a. administrator. that was a chance to get some answers for the public and to better figure out how we can be better prepared. but there are things that we can do about this problem right now. precheck lanes process twice the number of passengers. this also enhances security because we're pushing more known and trusted passengers through these lanes. so we have passed this precheck bill in the house. and i hope that the senate will act soon, especially ahead of the busy summer travel. ok. i want to talk about the vote we just had on the energy and water appropriations bill. when i became speaker, one of the commitments i made to our members and to the american people was to open up this process. that means having more members crblet. it means more amendments from both sides of the aisle. it means fewer predetermined outcomes and, yes, more unpredictability. early on i stood up here, you remember this, one of my first press conferences, and said that some bills might fail. because we're not going to tightly control the process and predetermine the outcome of everything around here. well, that's what happened here today. it's unfortunate because this is a very good bill. it improves our energy infrastructure, it enhances our national security, it uses the power of the purse to stop harmful regulations. but what we learned today is that the democrats were not looking to advance an issue but to sabotage the appropriations process. the mere fact that they passed their amendments, then voted against the bill containing their amendments proves this point. that said, we remain dedicated to working on this bill and on all of our appropriation bills. in fact, we just moved to go to conference committee on military construction and veterans affairs funding as well as resources to fight the zika outbreak. so we are not slowing down here. we will talk to our members about how best to move forward to maintain a functioning and workable appropriations process. and we will continue with an appropriations process. we will use the power of the purse to protect taxpayer dollars. and we will use the power of the purse to hold this administration accountable. this work is just far too important for these tactics.... text mr. ryan: it's about the constitution. mr. ryan: it was a productive phone call. we've had these conversations, our staffs have been meeting. we had a very good and very productive phone call. i'll leave it at that.... text mr. ryan: we had a very productive phone call. i'll leave it at that. mr. ryan: what we learned today is that the democrats weren't looking to advance an issue they were looking to sabotage the appropriations process. the fact that the author of the amendment that prevailed, then turned around and voted againsts bill won daning his amendment tells us they're trying to stop the appropriations process in its tracks, so what we will have to do when we return is get with our members and figure out how best we can move forward to have a full functioning appropriations process.... text not true. mr. ryan: at the time -- mr. ryan: during milcon there was. there was a lot of confusion. now people understood what it was. we brought this up, we let the place work its will. and we let congress work its will. and then the people who brought this amendment forward voted against the bill containing their amendment which tells us this was about sabotaging appropriations.... text mr. ryan: people didn't know what was happening then. they had a much clearer understanding of what it is now. remember, the authors of the bill voted against the bill containing their amendment that had prevailed. this was about sabotaging appropriations.... text mr. ryan: what i'm most concerned about is making sure that we actually have real party unity. not pretend party unity. real party unity. because we need to win this election in the fall. there's too much at stake. the supreme court on and on and on i could go. the point is, i want real party unity and that's what i'm most concerned about.... text mr. ryan: couple of those voted -- then why did they pass by voice vote? some of these things you mentioned passed by voice vote with no one objecting to them. go ahead. ladies first.... text mr. ryan: i voted for it deaked ago. my position has not changed. so we've had this on the books in wisconsin since 1982. put in by a republican governor. so my view has not changed on this.... text mr. ryan: obviously we want to pass individual bills, we think that's the best interest of just the constitution of congress, of -- institution of congress, of exercising the power of the purse. when we come back, we'll sit down with our members and have a family discussion about how best to proceed so that the appropriations process cannot be sabotaged and detailed -- detailed -- derailed.... text mr. ryan: i don't think that's the case. i don't think the timeline is the case. number one. number two, we just voted to go to conference on it. so not only had our appropriators been talking preconference, now we've just sent them into an official conference so they can get to work on this problem. and there's money in the pipeline that's already going out the door right now. that's the other point that needs to be made. thanks. caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]mr. ryan: it's been a great week in the people's house. we just completed the work on a bipartisan highway bill. it cuts waste. it prioritizes good infrastructure. it will help create good-paying jobs. and it is a result of a more open process. over these last four days, the house has debated more amendments than in the last four months combined. on this bill, chairman shuster worked through more than 100 amendments on the floor. when his father had this bill on the floor in 1998, there were five amendments. this is a good start. it's a glimpse of how we should be doing the people's business. but we still have a ways to go. this morning, the house republican conference held a policy conference to discuss the weeks ahead. most notably, the government runs off the money on december 11. normally, we wouldn't be talking about this yet. it's november. i'm sure someone, somewhere would be writing a bill, but only when the deadline aprofes would anyone actually see the legislation. at that point, the bill would be prenegotiated and the outcome predetermined. that's no way to conduct the people's business. so here is what we're going to do. the house has already passed six appropriations bills. negotiations on those bills are already under way. as for the remaining bills, chairman rogs of the appropriations committee and his members will hold a series of executive sessions with our members. at these sessions, every member will have the chance to review each bill and give their input on their priorities. we've never done this before. but that's how we should work. from now on, that's how we will work. questions.... text see that? mr. ryan: things will be done differently around here. we're going to open up this process. i lay before our conference today a choice of options. instead of having leadership predetermine, prenegotiate, and predecide how things are going to go, i wanted to invite our members of the conference to discuss how we move forward. we've got a tight deadline with appropriations. we're already past the fiscal year. so because we want to reopen the appropriations process, because we want to bring the article 1 powers back, the power of the purse back to the legislative branch, we're trying to figure out how to do that. instead of me deciding in the capitol how it's going to be, i wanted to lay out options in front of our conference so together we could deliberate and decide. that's what our conference is about. so we are asking our members how they want to proceed going forward. i don't know the results of that. they're still tallying it right now. but again that is how this is going to be we're going to make this a more oach process and members will have a say-so early in the process on how we move forward.... text mr. ryan: trade is very important for america. it is absolutely essential that america write the rules of the global economy instead of others writing the rules of the global economy. they just sent the text this morning. so we have a lot of work to do to review this agreement. and we do not rubber stamp anything around here, let alone trade agreements. so because i was the co-author of the t.p.a. process, the american people will now get a chance to see what's in these trade agreements in addition to representatives in congress being able to see it. it's the most transparent and open process had in considering trade agreements. so i'm going to -- i don't know the answer to what my position is on a trade agreement i have not even yet read because we just got it this morning. but again i'm pleased with the process we have before us. open, transparent, people get to see it. members of congress get to see it. then we decide independently after consulting with constituents and conscience what our position on anything will be.... text mr. ryan: like i said earlier on, we don't like the direction america is headed. we think the president and his policies have taken america down the wrong path. so we feel that we have a moral obligation to our constituents and to our fellow citizens to offer a better way forward. so in the next weeks and months, we together as a republican conference in consultation with our friends in the senate are going to be offering alternatives. we'll be developing those alternatives. i'm not going to do those unilaterally. we're going to do it organically in a bottom-up approach here in the congress. so on the big issues of the day, jobs, economy, poverty, national security, defense, we're going to be offering our alternatives and what we believe is the best way forward. that's a process that's going to take many months.... text mr. ryan: we know each other, yes i did run against him in the last election. but i'm not -- i'm a person that can get along with people. i like people who believe passionately in things even if they're not the things i agree with. so i generally as a general matter enjoy people who fight passionately for what they believe in, again, even if it's not what i believe in. so i've always had a good way of getting along with people on the other side of the aisle. we have spoken, we have not met in person. he's overseas right now, i believe. we've had a couple of conversations on the phone, courteous conversations about it.... text mr. ryan: i'm not going to commit to floor actions, that's something i want to make jointly with members of the caucus. i am in favor of criminal justice reform. i support those, put those in a plan i put out as budget chair, co-sponsored bills before i became p speaker. it's an issue i think needs attending to. but we'll have the house work its will. we'll work through the committee process like i mentioned. the committee as you discussed is already work on these issues. that is an issue i think we should be addressing.... text mr. ryan: i think guantanamo detainees should be in guantanamo. we're passing the ndaa. i refer you to the legislation and macthornberry for any further answer on that.... text mr. ryan: i'm not going to predetermine the outcome of negotiations that haven't taken place yet. i don't think planned parenthood should get one red cent from the taxpayers. that's been my position for a listening time even before i saw the gruesome videos. that's point number one. opponent number two. we also have reconciliation process under way. and we have defunded planned parenthood through the reconciliation process which is our best chance and opportunity of actually getting a bill on the president's desk. so we are moving on planned parenthood on multiple fronts, not to mention the fact that we have a select committee through the commerce committee that's being assembled to look into these shrns.... text change that? mr. ryan: i do. i actually attended their policy lunch this last tuesday. some of you were there. that was a great start. a lot of those folks are friends of mine who served here in the house. i've invited leader mcconnell to come to our house republican conference and to address our conference and to enjoy what we call open mike period. he's taking me up on my invitation, he's going to speaking to our conference when we return to from this district work period.... text mr. ryan: probably. i don't think you get a lot of honeymoons for things like this. this was not a job i was looking for or seeking. it kind of sought me. i realize that it was a duty and an obligation. now i realize it's an honor. it's an honor that i have this responsibility and this opportunity to serve. and the way i am trying to do this job is the way that i always thought it should have been done, to make this a more open process so that every citizen in this country through the their elected representatives has an opportunity to make a difference. that is the people's house. this is the branch of government closest to the people. i wanted to have a process that is more ohm, more inclusive, more deliberative, more participatory. and that's what we're trying to do. that's why i'm saying things are going to be done. the week we had on the floor, you were asking me about appropriations, that's a decision we left up to members of the caucus. that's how i want to do things. i've got to tell you, bills will come up that may not pass. we're not going to bottle up a process so much and predetermine the outcome of everything around here. i want the house to work its will. i think that's the way the funners envisioned it to work. so that means some things will pass an some things won't and we're going to let that happen.... text mr. ryan: i'll refer you to the appropriators and tom cole the chairman of the subcommittee.mr. ryan: kerry, right? mr. ryan: i said we will be able to work with whoever our nominee is. we'll be able to present a unified front. i said 100 times i won't comment what's up and what's down in the day-to-day presidential election contest that primary is well on its way. it's got a long way to go. but we'll work whoever our nominee is. what i want to focus is this agenda project. i'm focusing on regular order. i'm focused on a bottom-up approach to running the congress the way the founders intended congress the way to be run and we're offering the country a very clear and compelling choice and where our intention is.... textmr. ryan: i'm in the job i have always wanted in the congress. i came to the conclusion this is a dire moment not just for congress and the republican party but for our country. i think our country is in desperate need of leadership.... text representative ryan: i laid out what i thinks to have a successful speakership and i will leave it up to my colleagues to decide if i am that unifying person. that is what we always do.... text mr. ryan: i laid it out with our conference about all the various groups having their endorsement and being the unified candidate. i'm not going to get into that now. that is something that has to be done by a conference as a whole. thank you very much. appreciate it.... textwell? mr. ryan: mitt romney is one of our party leaders, he cares deeply about the future of our party. he's going to be giving a speech soon, i don't know about the content of the speech. mitt and i are close friends, we talk about lots of things but i'm not sure exactly i -- exactly what he's going to say. he feels the need to speak out on behalf of his republican party. i would say it this way. we're in a primary process. the nomination has not been sewn up by anybody. these things happen in a come pet ty primary. as speak ore eff -- as speaker of the house, what can i do about it? what can i control? i can talk about our agenda. that's what i'm worried about. as far as the presidential candidates, i'll reach out to each and every one of them to talk about our agenda because we want to work with whoever the nominee is when that time comes.... text mr. ryan: you know we don't have a say in this because we're the house. i'll say what i said before, the president has ever right to put a nominee up, the senate has ever right not to consider a nominee. and there's precedent here. i think it makes sense not acting on a nominee in a very contested, open presidential election. i think we should let the people decide. the whole thing is up for grabs. the whole thing meaning, supreme court, congress and the white house. let's give the people the choice in this upcoming election.... text her. mr. ryan: i spoke at her hearing actually. i love her. she's family. but my point is the same. which is, i said we should not be acting on a nominee for the very reason i just answered chad's question. regardless, my position is the same, as it always has been. that the senate has every right not to consider a nominee. i think the senate is right in making the decision that they've made.... text mr. ryan: i don't worry about that. i see my role as speaker of the house as a unique role. chairman of the convention is a unique role. here's what i can control. if i see episodes where conservatism is being disfigured, if i see ideas and comments that mislead the people as to who we are as republicans, i'm going to speak out on those. i've done this twice already. i just did it the other day on tuesday. so i'm going to do that when i see conservatism being disfigured. i'm going to speak out for who i am and what i believe and what we as house republicans believe and what conservatism is as we understand it. point number two, what can do i about this? well, i can help lead the house republicans to offer an agenda. i can help put substance in this campaign. the way we see our role in this campaign through our agenda project is to add a keel and rudder to this ship of the republican party and give it direction, so that we can take the american people a real choice. this is what i wish we could have done better in 2012. is give the country a very clear and compelling choice so that they get to decide which way we go as a nation. we think that people are stuck in poverty, we've got to do something about it. we think this economy is flat and stale and people aren't getting raises and they're not getting good opportunities. we think obamacare's bust. we think it's going to bankrupt the country and we need patient-centered health care. we think our military is under duress. we don't have a foreign policy to keep us safe. and we think the constitution's being ignored and we as elected representatives of the people are not actually writing our laws. we think a fourth branch of government, unelected bureaucrats, are effectively writing the laws of america so that the founding principle of this country, governing by consent, being a self-determining people, is not at play here. we want to reclaim that. these are ideas. these are choices. and this is what we can do and this is what we can do to add value to this presidential campaign and this congressional election.... text mr. ryan: we'll see when we have a nominee. mr. ryan: we're going to speak out for who we are and what we believe. we're going to run on our beliefs and ideas. i'll leave it at that. million on top of it? mr. ryan: i'll refer you to the budget committee. tom price sworking with mac thornberry on that, our house chairman. we had a very good conversation in our conference this morning. it reminds me of the kind of conversations i led our conference through when i was running budgets. we are still on track and on schedule. remember, our deadline's not until april 15 for the budget resolution, so we still are a good month ahead of where we otherwise would be. i wanted to start this conversation early because we're losing a couple weeks in july. so i want to get the process up front so we can consider all of our appropriation bills. we're still on track for that. ultimate -- ultimately this is going to be a decision made by our team. the kind of speakership i'm going to have is not going to be the top-down, jam things down people's throat kind of speakership. this is going to be a bottom-up, we make decisions joinltly as a team as the house republican conference. i fundamentally believe we need to pass a budget and that we need to have a full functions appropriations process. i laid that out to the members, why i think that. tom price has spent the last month listening to the members of our conference, working with the members of his committee, to put together a plan forward for how to get not only a good, conservative budget and vision, but an active appropriations process, but ultimately this is going to be up to the members of our conversation.... text mr. ryan: i'll leave that up to the budget committee. mr. ryan: i'm going to let our team decide that again. i'm going to let the house republican team, our conference members, decide how we proceed on this. that's just how i think the kind of leadership style we need to have around here.... text mr. ryan: i watched it live. i was sitting in my office watching it live and i just laughed out loud, i think. sometimes reality's stranger than fiction around here these days. i don't think anything of it.... text mr. ryan: i don't know him. we're obviously going to get to know each other if he gets the nomination. we'll cross that bridge when we get to. it i'm a good-natured guy so i get along with everybody.... text mr. ryan: we'll have to do an extension. the senate isn't as far down the path on f.a.a. re-authorization as the house. is an extension will be put together. we're working with the senate to decide the duration of the extension. we don't have an answer on that one yet.... text mr. ryan: he's a good friend. mr. ryan: what i can control is what we do here as house republicans. i'm the speaker of the whole house and the chairman of the convention. what i believe i can do to add value to this process, look, the republican primary's going to play itself out. these are the kind of things you're going to see in an increasingly competitive republican primary. what can do i as speaker of the house? i can help offer the country a choice. a vision. an agenda. that's what i'm focusing my time on. thank you very much. appreciate it. which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you very much, mr. chairman. i yield myself such time as mr. walden: may inquire you how much time each side has? mr. walden: two minutes. mr. walden: mr. chairman, can i get an update on time remaining on each side? mr. walden: yes, we do. mr. walden: thank you, mr. chairman. with that i'd recognize another member on our subcommittee, the gentleman from missouri, mr. long, for a minute. mr. walden: do you have more speakers? -- mr. walden: oh, yes. mr. walden: i yield to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. scalise, i recognize for a minute. gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: i recognize the gentleman from florida, another member of our committee, mr. bilirakis, for a minute. mr. walden: with that i yield one minute to a gentleman who cares deeply about this issue, that is mr. carter from georgia. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to express my support of h.r. 2666. in 2015 the f.c.c. reclassified internet service providers as title 2 common carriers, giving themselves the ability to regulate internet rates and user privacy. the administration has promised this new agency power would not be used to regulate broadband rates. however, f.c.c. chairman tom wheeler has admitted that the f.c.c. should have the authority to do so. this regulatory uncertainty is why this bill is needed. h.r. 2666 would prohibit the f.c.c. from regulating rates charged for broadband internet access, holding the administration to the promise they made to american consumers. preventing government interference with broadband retail rates would give smaller providers greater confidence when making investments. particularly those that would increase internet access in rural and small communities. i urge my colleagues to help prevent government micromanagement of the internet access by supporting h.r. 2666. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.... text from oregon. mr. walden: mr. chairman, we had one other we thought was coming but he has not arrived. i don't know if the gentlelady wants to proceed. mr. walden: mr. chairman, how much time remains on each side? mr. walden: with that i would be happy to yield a minute to the gentleman from georgia, mr. allen. mr. walden: mr. chairman, i rise in opposition to the mr. walden: i reserve the balance of my time. mr. walden: well, mr. chairman, i must rise in opposition to this mr. walden: the gentleman yields back his time. i urge opposition to my friend, mr. mcnerney's amendment, and i yield back. mr. walden: i reserve a point of order on the motion mr. mr. walden: i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading of the motion mr. walden: on that i ask a thank you. mr. benishek: mr. speaker, today i rise to urge the senate to quickly act on house passed v.a. accountability legislation. according to recent v.a. inspector general reports, wait time manipulation occurred at 40 v.a. facilities in 19 states. yet almost no one has seriously been held accountable for these failures. this isn't even including the most egregious example of failures like the v.a. employee who was convicted of charges of the armed robbery and still couldn't be fired. the house has passed legislation to get at the root of this problem, and it's past time the senate acts. h.r. 1994, the v.a. accountability act, contains my legislation that forces v.a. employees to solve problems for veterans. if they can't, the v.a. needs to make room for someone who can. our veterans are too important to us, and they are counting on congress to deliver them the care they need and deserve. we have to send the v.a. accountability legislation to the president's desk now. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield... textgood morning, everybody. i want to give a shout out to our interns. raise your hand. good to see you guys. mr. ryan: i could keep going but i'm not going to. this morning the oversight and government reform committee approved bipartisan legislation to renew the school choice program here in washington, d.c. as you know this is an initiative long championed by john boehner. over the years, the d.c. opportunity scholarship program has helped thousands of kids get a quality education. the numbers show overwhelmingly that when we give more families a choice, more students succeed. it's just that simple. to me, this embodies the american idea. the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life. where you grow up should not determine how far you go in this contry. so i want to thank chairman chaffetz. i also want to thank mayor bowser for her support. let's get this done for these kids. second, i'd like to discuss our visit to the middle east last week. right now there is a very real sense abroad that american foreign policy is turning away from our traditional allies and our traditional partners. i led a bipartisan delegation to let our partners in the region know they are not forgotten. we in congress speaking on behalf of our constituents, the american people, we remain committed to defeating isis and destabilizing the region. we are still in this fight. it was very important to make this message clear to our allies. i chose as the first location of my visit, and my first delegation as speaker, to go to israel. i chose to go to israel because i thought it was important to show our solidarity with the israeli people. we also wanted our sunni allies, jordan, saudi arabia, egypt, we wanted them to know we appreciate how they are on the frontlines in this fight. we understand that any of these governments falling, a failed state if you will, right now would completely unravel the region and would undermine american national security interests. on the iran deal, there is great concern about what this regime is going to do with the billions of dollars it now has access to. this is one of the reasons why i adamantly oppose any steps this administration may take to give iran access to the dollar. the president simply needs to drop this idea all together. my biggest take away is this. our friends and our allies want american leadership. in the absence of american leadership, our partners are going to go looking for alternatives, inferior alternatives. we need a strong america. leading with our allies to confront the threats not only in front of us right now, but those threats that occur over the long term as well. we need to deal with this problem in a very comprehensive way so that our children do not have to confront it. this is a generational defining moment for our country at home and abroad. questions?... textmr. ryan: you people have to turn some a.c. on. welcome, everybody. i want to speak on behalf of myself and the leader how pleased we are, first of all, that the house republican conference and house senate conference are here together talking about ideas. what we're here today is come together as republican conferences talking about how do we take our principles and apply them to the problems of the day and offer solutions to the american people. the challenge we have in this particular government is barack obama is president. so the kind of agenda we're discuss, the kind of agenda we're talking about forming is what could we do if we had a republican president? what does 2017 look like if the election goes the way we hope it goes? that's why we think it's important for us to offer a positive solutions-oriented approach and agenda to the american people so they can choose, they can choose in 2016 what kind of country they want to have. we think the couldn't are is on -- the country is on the wrong track. we think we're headed in the wrong direction. economic growth, upward mobility, economic growth, national security. that's why we're here today to talk among ourselves about how we go forward. what's the better way, what's our agenda? that's why we're having a fantastic retreat.... text mr. ryan: we thought she did a great job, both of us had a hand in selecting her. i did the speech myself in 2011, wrote it myself. she wrote her speech we think she gave a great speech. what she's ultimately trying to do is talk about how do we have a message that's inspiring, inclues i, hopeful, optimistic and unites the country? we don't want to have another president like this one that divides the country wem want to unite that means listening to all voices, those who are frustrated, those who are inspiring, all of the above.... text mr. ryan: instead of shouting questions out, let us call on you. we're working early in the house, with the conventions we lose half of july. we've got some compression in the schedule we're dealing with. but we're going to have an open rule system. votes will be all over the place because the rule is going to be open. that's how the system ought to be. especially in the house. so that i think is what the founders intended. like i said at the first press conference i had, we're not going to predetermine the outcome of everything. i don't know where the appropriation bills ultimately go on the floor because we're going to let members have their amendments. have the votes. that's ok. that's the system we think we ought to have.... text mr. ryan: no. i think it's ridiculous to talk about it. mr. ryan: we're going to support whoever the nominee is. because it's the republican primary voters who make that decision. it's what we're working on here today and what we'll be working on all year is putting together an agenda so the country can choose what direction we had. we believe that the country is heading in the wrong direction so we believe we have a duty to offer another way forward. so that's what we're going to do. take our conservative principles, present the country with solutions so they can make a choice and whoever our nominee is going to be we think can help carry that forward.... textmr. ryan: while i love the name ryan, you god? mr. ryan: i do.community. mr. carter: he began drawing on boards in his father's architectural firm at the age of 14. this early interest in architecture along with the guidance of his father led mr. levy to attend georgia tech and then architect yurel school from france. he made improvements to she savannah community, he led the effort to build the truman parkway a major thor rogue fare. he was award the opportunity to design for the oceanography institute. he also designed for the airport terminal, the great southern bank building and more than two dozen churches. mr. levy not only built structures for the va san na area but had a generous heart and would help anyone in need. he paid for the cap and gown of a student who couldn't afford it when graduating from university of georgia. he died at the age of 89. his heart, devotion and energetic spirit will be missed. i yield back.... text mr. goodlatte: thank you, madam chairman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. recognized. mr. good lat: it is my mr. goodlatte: it is my pleasure to yield to the chief author of this legislation, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. sensenbrenner. mr. goodlatte: it is my pleasure to yield 2 1/2 minutes to the chairman of the appropriations committee, the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, at this time it's my pleasure to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, mrs. walters, a member of the judiciary committee.... text mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, at this time i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new hampshire, mr. recognized for one minute. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 5046, the comprehensive opioid reduction act of 2016, because we need to ensure that every state has the tools they need to fight the opioid abuse epidemic. h.r. 5046 establishes a comprehensive opioid abuse grant program to provide training to first responders, criminal investigation of the distribution of opioids, resident treatment centers and drug courts. approximately 47,000 americans died from drug overdoses in 2014, and approximately 21.5 million people ages 12 and older suffer from substance abuse. as a life-long pharmacist, i've seen firsthand the struggles that these people face. h.r. 5046 seeks to fight opioid epidemic through a grant program that would provide states with the resources to help americans fight this disease. it would help improve prescription drug monitoring programs, help address juvenile opioid abuse, give first responders the training to reverse opioid overdoses and improve access for veterans in treatment court. the only way we are going to be able to fight this battle is if we work together as a team to educate and help victims of opioid abuse. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back.... text mr. goodlatte: at this time it's my pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. lahood. recognition? mr. donovan: mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. mr. donovan: thank you. this amendment expands eligibility for existing family-based substance abuse treatment grants to include pregnant women. in new york state alone, over 1,700 pregnant women pass through our corrections system each year. on any given day, there are 12 to 15 pregnant women in new york state prisons and 110 in local jails. many of these women are coming in with drug addictions that pose harm, not only to themselves, but to their unborn children. states across the country have passed laws and implemented programs to provide community and family-based alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent parent offenders. however, state programs targeting offenders who are parents-to-be are not currently eligible for grants. this peculiarity makes it difficult pour states to develop programs -- for states to develop programs for the population of nonviolent pregnant offenders. this amendment would make clear that such funding could be provided to states to develop and expand family-based substance abuse treatment programs that focus on expectant mothers. when a drug addicted pregnant woman comes through the criminal justice system, we must make every effort to help that expecting mother to beat her addiction both for herself and for her child. mr. chairman, i now yield two minutes to my friend and co-sponsor of this amendment,... text gentleman yields back. mr. donovan: mr. chairman, i reserve the balance of my time. mr. donovan: mr. chairman, i'd like to yield the balance of my time to the distinguished gentleman from wisconsin, mr. sensenbrenner. mr. davis: mr. chairman, i have an amendment at mr. davis: thank you, mr. chairman. i'm pleased to join with my colleague from indiana, representative todd young, in offering our amendment to strengthen families by addressing parental substance abuse and decreasing the number of children entering foster care. our amendment is common sense. it simply allows the cara substance abuse treatment -- grants to focus on parents whose incarceration could result in their children entering foster care. i'm deeply troubled that almost 8% of children placed into foster care each year enter due to parental incarceration. this is approximately 20,000 young children every year. in some states, like arkansas, idaho, indiana and south dakota, over 20% of children enter foster care due to parental incarceration. we also know that substance abuse underlies a substantial percentage of child welfare cases. aside from neglect, alcohol or other drug use is the number one reason for removal from the home. in 2014, over 77,000 youth were removed from their homes due to drug abuse. what is exciting is that we have strong evidence that working with parents experiencing substance abuse significantly helps children and families experience fewer days in foster care, higher reunification rates, less recurrence of child maltreatment and better perm nancy over time -- permanancy over time. this addresses the intersection of criminal justice substance abuse and foster care. yet, this intersection underlies the surge in numbers in both the judicial and child welfare systems. a foundation, an amazing champion for foster youth, just released a report two weeks ago that recommended that judges consider the impact on kids and families when had making sentencing and confinement decisions. our amendment is necessary to demonstrate congressional intent that the department of justice improve our judicial system to decrease the horrible family impact of incarceration that swells our child welfare system and undermines child well-being. that is why over a dozen key child welfare advocates support our amendment, including the american public human services association, the american psychological association, children's defense fund, children's home society of america, child welfare league of america, national association council for children, national foster family treatment association, the national foster parent association, north american council on adoption children, the society voice for america, zero to three. i urge support of our amendment that will do much to strengthen families and improve child welfare. i thank you, mr. chairman and yield back the balance of my time. . chip the gentleman yields back.... text ms. delbene: i have an amendment at the desk. ms. delbene: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today to offer a simple clarifying amendment to ensure that state, local, and tribal governments can develop and implement community-based programs that have demonstrated success in reduce regular sid vism and getting people the help they need. i'm hopeful everyone in this chamber can support it. the growing epidemic of heroin use and prescription drug abuse is having a devastating effect on the health and safety of our families and communities, both in my home state of washington and across the country. the problem has become so severe that adults in the united states are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident. with more than 120 deaths occurs -- occurring from drug overdoses in in this country every day, more than half of which are from prescription drugs, it's clearer than ever that congress must take action. that's why i'm so pleased to see my colleagues on both sides of the aisle coming together to combat the epidemic of addiction. and this legislation represents an important first step. it authorizes much-needed funding for the opioid abuse reduction programs that will expand substance abuse prevention and intervention effort, boost resources for law enforcement officers and first responders to administer overdose reversal drug, improve substance abuse treatments for individuals in the criminal justice system, and help prevent the illegal distribution of opioids in our streets. among the programs authorized under the bill are treatment alternative to incarceration programs, an important tool for law enforcement agencies in the fight against opioid abuse. my amendment simply clarifies that this provision includes a model with demonstrated success in seattle and king county. first launched in 2011, the law enforcement assisted diversion program, or lead is a pilot program that offers a helping hand rather than jail time for those suffering from substance abuse. according to an initial study it successfully reduces recidivism by as much as 60%. other cities have taken notice with santa fe and albany already working to implement the model in their communities. instead to have erecting and prosecuting low level drug offenders, we should be supporting successful programs like lead that direct them to the community based services and help that they need. my amendment will do just that. it will ensure resources are available to expand successful models that are already working and make a meaningful difference in addressing this crisis. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support it and with that, i reserve the balance of my... text recognized. ms. delbene: i'd like to yield the remainder of my time to mr. johnson of georgia. time. ms. delbene: i yield back. mr. deis all nee: i have an amendment at the desk. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, i ask unanimous consent to claim the time in opposition although i am not opposed to the mr. desauliner: i think we're going to recognize mr. carter, so however the proper approach is for that i yield the appropriate time to mr. carter. mr. desauliner: yes. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding and i thank him for his support of i consider to be a very important amendment. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this amendment to h.r. 5046, because prescription drug monitoring programs and their effectiveness are key to fighting prescription drug abuse in this country. as a lifelong pharmacist and author of the georgia prescription drug monitoring program while i was a member of the georgia general assembly, i believe pdmp's are one of the most important tools in the fight against prescription drug abuse. to increase the success of these programs throughout the country, interoperability and data sharing between states is paramount. i commend chairman goodlatte and the judiciary committee for their work on this bill, but to continue the growth and success of pdmp's, interoperability should be included in any discussion to improve these systems so states can better share information about patients and the patterns that occur with interstate prescription drug trafficking. i thank the gentleman from california for his work on this important issue, and i encourage my colleagues to support this commonsense amendment. thank you, mr. speaker, and i... text mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, i urge my colleagues to support the amendment and yield back. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, i ask unanimous consent to claim the time in opposition although i am not opposed to reserves. mr. goodlatte: at this time it's my pleasure to yield one minute to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, a sponsor of the amendment. mr. poe: thank you, mr. chairman, for yielding, and i rise support of this amendment. prescription drug abuse is a growing problem throughout the united states, particularly in east tennessee where i live, and there's no question that a significant soue of a supply for prescription drug abuse is unused prescriptions. we need to do everything possible to encourage the safe disposal of drugs. i worked with my friend, dr. bera from california, to establish a grant program to fund programs to help law enforcement agencies, pharmacs, narcotic treatment programs, spitals, clinics, long-term ce facilities to properly dispose of outdated or unused prescription medications. so i'm pleased that the passage this amendment will create a siilar funding stream. currently the grant programs to properly dispose of prescription drugs, and i believe this effort could help urb the widespread prescription drug abuse we're seeing throughout the country and i encourage our colleagues to support our amndment and i yield back the balance of my... text reserves. mr. goodlatte: i reservthe balance of my time. mr. goodlatte: mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i claim time in opposition to the amendment. mr. goodlatte: i reserve. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, i reserve. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, i claim the time in opposition to the amendment even though do i not oppose the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: i yield back as well, mr. chairman. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, i move that the committee do now rise.government that policy out to be respectful of and supportive of what works and that dismissive and displacing of what works as basically what we're trying to accomplish. it is that simple. >> and tell us about your work with omar and why you signed on to come be supportive of the movement. >> it is genuine, authentic. genuine, authentic. when you alluded to the word come back all of us dealing with some type of american airlines. every last one of us. that is a commonality that we all share, what ties us together. we have all come through trials and tribulations and we are here. solace or so making a comeback. this is real. authentic, and it is where we can. my mother, single mother, stepfather, biological father, they would never play the position that i would deem them to be. i would never call the men that. i am doing with a single mother a school in the city. and it is my heartbeat, my passion to give them away how, not a handout, but for them to understand, they're are different resources. we just have a phenomenal structure, organization, and structured event this past thursday that we call single but not alone. recall the single parents in the those metroplex to come to this one location we will we brought them healthcare, job employment, resources for transportation, someone stood up and said, i have 14 jobs a you can start today be paid by next friday. that is a resource. that is the way you make a comeback. now i have a check and it will pay this bill. and that's my heartbeat. we also do we want to help poverty, want to help kids and want to rescue and secure education we are dropping is off to school but not doing nothing for the parents that are dropping him off. so if we build that, if we build that young man and woman that are currently making a comeback just like ours, now we are putting a stronghold on poverty and helping one person at a time >> i feeli feel sort of underdressed sitting next to him. >> we understand. >> they don't even aware seersucker suits in wisconsin. >> of the same thing. we're working toward the same goal. that is why from. the people literally doing it person you love. he sees no way up in a way out. is going to work but cannot find employment. it is no one way to do this. people like you to take the initiative. why do you do this. adequately. i want to provoke change. i want to provoke change. that is what you are doing. it is not even out over. the man i'm sitting by him telling israel. i would not waste my time. i would not waste my time to come here and i thought i no that is trick-or-treating. real, authentic. a lot of what you are doing. provoke change. we're going to get they're. >> part of our challenge is to give the kind of recognition to this movement and really getting this out. we have seen over 6 million people. look at the series. thisthis is the 1st time we ever have this kind of recognition is the 1st time we take the time. >> maximize the moment. >> had to do had to do. but i really think it is critical to get this word out whether we have this comeback movement will get moved to the kind of scale. how can we replicate this? they're is a lack of imagination. 60 percent of apples and don't a private did not exist. why can't we take that same level and invest in promoting this kind of comeback movement. the 1st is they're. when you here a homeless man in boston returns over the impact that someone posts his name and face interest to raise money they raise $92,000 in today's because it says they're is a 1st on the part of the american public to support virtual, founders. they're are for situations like that the marathon man in detroit that was what the work, 230,000 was raised for... text resources change the way the people look and get behind the solution and give people more involved and start moving the needle. >> with the country shares is hard. all the different instances began with the backpack is hard. no one wants to be 1st, no one wants to be a leader can almost a standalone. willing to do it when someone takes initiative to sound going to fight poverty used in your next to... textcarter. mr. carter: join me in the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.... text mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to remember journalist and community leader tom coffee. he died at the age of 92. he was one of the old newspaper guys. mr. coffee entered the news business as a copy boy when he graduated from savannah high school in 1940. with the exception of a short time away to serve his country in world war ii where he was wounded in the philippines in a brief stint from 1969 to 1974 when he was acting city manager twice, he was editor for the savannah morning news. when he retired in 1989, representative lindsey thomas, my predecessor, referred to thomas one of the most respected journalist in georgia. during his life he wrote about national news, including civil rights and desegregation but also wrote about playing stick ball in savannah and the local bootlegger that bribed local law enforcement. his extraordinary career as a journalist and work over the years has made life better for many people. will he truly be missed. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back.... text mr. woodall: i thank my friend for yielding. it was unanimous approval of ms. edwards: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i thank the speaker. i am pleased to be here as a conferee to the conference that worked to resolve the differences between the house and senate versions on the surface transportation re-authorization. a huge thank you goes to chairman shuster and graves and ranking members defazio and norton and their committees and personal staff for all the work that was put in to get us to this five-year authorization. the fact is that america is literally falling apart. i'm glad we are going to be spending the president a long-term shuster work is -- and work for us, smarter, is really critical. the bill does a lot to authorization this week. making our infrastructure support research and development and deployment of transportation technology. i'm pleased with the overall with the research title including specific investments in hazardous materials r&d and traffic congestion mitigation. i do have concerns for oversight. the intelligence transportation system's joint program office was development and moved out of the office of the assistant secretary for research and technology and into the federal highway administration. we have to be vigilant that this move doesn't undermine the multimodal coordination of i.t.s. research and development. a new deployment program was funded through a large tax on existing r&d programs, while i support the deployment program, we shouldn't lose sight of the fact that today's r&d investments enable tomorrow's new deployment opportunities. . hazardous material safety and even passenger rail programs and projects. let me be clear, it's not the bill i would have written and it's definitely not perfect, including some of the problematic pay-fors that have been discussed today. but it will provide the kind of certainty and invest in america's infrastructure and create good-paying american jobs. the bill is funded at the higher senate-approved level, which is important. i'm happy to have worked in a bipartisan fashion with my colleagues on the floor and in committee to make a difference in people's lives. in our region, our senators, representative norton and comstock and i have provided new and direct federal oversight of the metropolitan transit authority. and we included eligibility in tifia. this means that the many of the transit projects in the me row poll tan washington region and in my county in prince george's county along the green line will now be able to qualify for federal financing because most transit-oriented development infrastructure projects are less than $50 million that tifia currently requires. so working with several members we were able to restore funding for the high-density states program that will allow transit systems in these states to maintain jobs, service and service frequency and continue to help those who rely on public transportation. and so though i oppose today's rule, we have to enact a bill that will construct and rebuild our road, bridge, transit, rail infrastructure that creates jobs here at home and enables the united states to compete internationally in the 21st century. this is a good first start. let's not stop here. let's continue to work in this fashion to rebuild america's infrastructure. thank you and i yield the balance of my time .... text mr. woodall: mr. is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. gentleman, i reserve. mr. speaker, i reserve. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i would ask my friend from colorado if he has any other speakers remaining. to close. mr. woodall: indeed. i reserve mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker oregon. mr. defazio: i yield myself four mr. defazio: i yield three minutes to the ranking memberer of the subcommittee, eleanor holmes norton. mr. defazio: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, mr. defazio: additional 30 gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. oregon. mr. defazio: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. defazio: i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from florida, mr. defazio: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, the minority mr. defazio: i yield the gentleman two minutes. mr. defazio: i grant the gentlelady from florida two minutes, mr. defazio: could i inquire as to the remaining time? mr. defazio: ok. with that i yield two minutes to the gentleman from minnesota. mr. defazio: a member of the committee. mr. defazio: i'd yield at this point one minute to the gentlelady from california, mrs. capps. mr. defazio: i yield the gentlelady an additional 30 seconds. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume.mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor dorian murray, an 8-year-old boy who was diagnosed with a rare tissue and bone cancer. after learning in december that his disease was no longer treatable, dorian told his father his goal was to become famous all around the world. in recent weeks after his parents posted his request on facebook, the world has responded. people in china, italy, brazil, germany, and other countries have come together to post their messages of support for him during his courageous fight against cancer. his hash tag, be strong, is viewed on social media platforms by millions and millions of people. i'm keeping dorian, his mom, and dad in my thoughts and prayers. today the united states house of representatives is d strong. with that i yield back, mr.... text mr. carter: i thank the gentleman from ohio for yielding and his leadership on this important issue. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 766, the financial institution consumer protection act of 2016. the obama administration's department of justice strongarmed the financial industry in an amendment to cut off payment processors, short-term lenders, gun and ammunition stores and other companies from banking services simply because they do not like their line of business. operation choke point is just another example of this administration trying to advance its radical leftist agenda through executive power overreach with the disregard for americans' due process rights. in effect, these businesses are being treated as if they are guilty until proven innocent. the bill before us today prevents federal bureaucrats from abusing their executive power to prevent legitimate businesses from using deposit other banks and requires written request to terminate a business' account unless the business poses a legitimate threat to national security. in the first congressional district of georgia that i represent, we have a large multi state licensed consumer finance company that services a thousand new customers every day. this is another kl of this administration working to limit economic growth and americans' free will. i urge my colleagues to support this bill is so we can put an end to this administration's unconstitutional actions and restore the rule of law. i yield back to the gentleman from... text mr. desaulnier: could i ask for the yeas and mr. kildee: thank you so much. first of all for my colleague conducting this special order and raising attention to this situation, but particularly on behalf of the people that i represent, the 100,000 people in my hometown of flint, as difficult as this time has been, they do get some strength from the fact that members of congress from all across the country and frankly members of congress on both sides of the aisle have expressed their concern. it's my hope, it's my sincere hope that the concern expressed for the people of flint will not just come in the form of sympathy but will actually move us to take action. let me just take a moment to tell you about my hometown. this is a city that was the birthplace of general motors in 1908. this is a city that actually helped build the labor movement, 1936 and 1937, the workers in the factories occupied those factories until on february 11 they got that first u.a.w. contract that actually helped build the middle class. the reason i mention that is it's a city that has great pride in the contribution that it has made over the decades to the incredible productive capacity of our society. and it's with that pride as a backdrop, the last few decades have been tough because we've seen the loss of manufacturing jobs, we've seen big changes in our economy, the community has become smaller, it's gone from 200,000 people to about 100,000 now. we've lost an enormous amount of the manufacturing base that we once had, and it was really the engine of our economy. and, of course, the effect of all that is the challenge the community and its very existence. the city has struggled to keep the budgets balance and then a few years ago they reduced or eliminated state support for cities. that kind of support was necessary for the city to provide the essential role it plays in a regional economy. as a result of that decision, the city was in significant financial stress, really on the verge of bankruptcy. the state of michigan's solution, rather than provide support, additional funding, economic development, work force development, better schools, that's not the solution. those are the things that would make a difference. instead, the state of michigan appoints an emergency manager that suspends the authority of the security council and the mayor as if this city that is struggling as a result of disinvestment only needs new management. worse yet, the charge to these emergency managers -- and we have them in michigan in lots of different communities and school districts -- the charge is to get in there and get the budget balanced. the tool they have is a budget scalpel. no additional resources, just a knife to cut the budget. and in the case of flint, one of the places they chose to cut was the essential service of drinking water. temporarily shifting as a result of an emergency manager decision to the flint river. now, folks don't need to be mad at the river. it's just a river. actually it's quite beautiful now since it's no longer used as an open sewer. some of it has been restored, but it's still river water. it's 19 times more corrosive than the great lakes water that we have drawn for decades as our water source. and so in a rush to save money, the decision was made to use this river in an almost inexplicable decision to save a few hundred dollars. i think it's estimated to be about $100 a day. they didn't treat the water with orthophosphate to help with the corrosion of the pipes and that's what led to the pipes putting lead into the households, into the bodies of human beings and into children. 9,000 children under the age of 6 who are the real victims of this. it's not good for adults. there's no acceptable level of lead in the human body. it's a neurotoxin. but for children it's especially dangerous because it affects brain development in a way that is permanent. so what we need now since this was done to flint by the failure of the emergency manager to think about something other than dollars and cents, and the failure of the state, despite repeated warnings, including warnings from the e.p.a. that they should be applying corrosion control, that this is going to have consequences, they treated it like it was a fun relations problem for them -- public relations problem for them, not a public health problem for 100,000 people. so the damage has been done. so we have two questions to ask ourselves. one, how do we make sure this never happens again? getting rid of the emergency manager would be a big step in the right direction. make only making sure we have adequate regulations regarding clean water but the agencies charged with them have adequate authority and resources to enforce, that would go a long way to prevent this from happening again. legislation that myself and my colleagues from michigan are introducing would ensure that when the e.p.a. is aware of a problem like this they would have to make it public. that would go a long way. but the other question is, how do we make it right for the people in flint, especially for the children? the state did this. it was their decision. virtually everybody back home has no doubt about that question. there's an effort right now to try to obfuscate responsibility. that's really because in my view -- and this is only my opinion -- that by accepting responsibility for what happened means that there's the responsibility to make it right. and i just fear that the state of michigan is trying to avoid that kind of responsibility. but to make it right we need to spend some money on infrastructure, take up those lead service lines that have been so damaged by this corrosive water and replace them with something that will not deliver lead into the water system. to improve the infrastructure so it's more sustainable, but most importantly and finally, to make it right in flint, we've got to make sure the kids who are the real victims of this are given every opportunity that we can give them to overcome something that their government did to them. that means giving them opportunities like every child having access to early head start, every child being enrolled in head start, every child having enrichment opportunities, every child being given all the help they can, all the support they can for proper nutrition, every child having a small class size to that teacher-student contact is real, not packed in a classroom of 35 or 40 kids. summer youth activity. summer employment. all of the things that we would do as parents for one of our own children struggling to overcome a hurdle, a developmental hurdle is what the state of michigan owes to the 9,000 children of flint under the age of 6 that have been subjected to high levels of lead. that's the moral obligation of the state of michigan. and i just hope and i know my colleagues stand with me that if the state is unwilling to step up and do the right thing, we recognize that these children, that these citizens, the people i represent just like the people we all represent are not just residents of a state but they're citizens of the united states. and just like when a storm hits, when we have a chance and the capacity to do something to ease that suffering, to provide opportunity, to overcome a man-made disaster, that we're willing to stand up and do that. i can't tell you how much i thank my colleagues for taking some time this week, particularly my colleagues from michigan but the folks from all over the country have been helpful. this is a real crisis and it deserves a response equal to the gravity of the crisis. so on behalf of the people i represent, thank you so much, and... text mrs. dingell: i want to thank you for helping to organize this as well as the leadership of congresswoman brenda lawrence and congressman dan kildee. madam speaker, the first responsibility of government is to keep the american people safe and it's clear that government at every level failed the people of flint. clean and safe drinking water is a basic human right. and now, we need to focus on the people of flint first and the men and women and the children and what is happening there. the most immediate need which we are still struggling with is what they need. people have been donating bottled water. mothers don't know what is safe or not safe because they are getting conflicting information as to whether the water is safe to bathe in. they have rashes. and we have a governor who says if i have grandchildren, it is safe and attorney general who says if i had grandchildren, i wouldn't let them bathe. we need to make sure we are taking care of people that they have access and clean water. these families have no transportation. they set up water sites at five fire houses and we don't think about it because we are so lucky. these people don't have transportation. many of them have no way to get there and allowed one case of water a day. think about that if you are trying to bathe your children and you don't know if tap water is safe or if the filter is there. think if you are cooking spaghetti and need bottled water to cook the spaghetti. we need to think of the people of flint. secondly, we need to determine what it is they need long-term and figure out the resources they need. and as my colleagues have so eloquently said, mr. kildee and mrs. lawrence, who is accountable? hold people accountable and make sure this never happens again in america. but having said that, there are 153,000 water systems in this country. very bad decisions were made, that made a community totally toxic. as my colleague said, not only do we have to fix the infrastructure, but we have 10,000 children who are going to need head start and resources for a lifetime, for decades, for health care. how are we going to ensure that they have it. but how are we going to ensure we are addressing this problem across the country and making sure it never happens again. we need to make sure our government at every level never fails another community again. the bringing of this tonight and the talking, may we all work together to fix this manmade crisis and make sure we keep america safe for every other community. thank you, madam speaker.... textso ordered. ms. radewagen: i yield myself such time as i may from guam. ms. bordallo: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mrs. radwagen: i yield such time as he may consume to the gentlewoman from idaho, the author of the bill, mr. simpson. mrs. radwagen: i yield back rise? mrs. radwagen: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 774, as amended. samoa. mrs. radwagen: -- mrs. radewagen: i yield myself such mrs. radewagen: mr. speaker, may i ask if the minority bill mamminger has additional speakers on this bill? we do not. ms. bordallo: i do not have any additional pro tempore: she has none. mrs. radewagen: i also include for the record an exchange of letters from rob bishop of the natural resources committee and chairman shuster on the ki on infrastructure. we thank them for their gracious cooperation on... text objection. mrs. ms. bordallo: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers, so i yield back. samoa. mrs. mr. ryan: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.j.res. 61, the hire more heroes act. from wisconsin. mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. ryan: i urge adoption at this time -- i urge adoption. at this time i'd like to yield one minute to the gentlelady from kansas, a member of the ways and means committee, ms. jenkins.... text mr. ryan: i yield to the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, recognition? mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1482, the need-based educational aid mr. goodlatte: i yield myself such time as i may suspended -- mr. goodlatte: on that, i ask for a recorded mr. goodlatte: mr. goodlatte: i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1656, the secret service improvements act of 2015 as objection, so ordered. mr. goodlatte: i yield myself such mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i continue to reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to yield back if the gentleman from georgia is. mr. goodlatte: mr. goodlatte: on that i ask for the director saldano: mr. speaker, yumemr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 2820, the stem cell therapeutic and research re-authorization act of 2015. the bill re-authorizes the national cord blood inventory program and the cw "bill" young transplantation program, two programs that save lives every day through bone marrow transplants and blood infusions. this bill is very similar that georgia general assembly passed in 2007, establishing the newborn umbilical cord blood bank. i voted for that legislation in the georgia general aservely and i will vote in -- assembly and i will vote for this legislation. for those that limb phonea, sickle cell and leukemia, help from the cord blood program and the bill young transplantation program may be the last hope of living longer, healthier lives. that's why h.r. 2820 is so important. this bill re-authorizes these two programs through 2020 and continues to provide life-saving techniques and research to many who fight for their lives every day. this bill originally passed this house september 8 by voice vote and i urge my colleagues to support it again. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield... text mr. goodlatte: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4246, the national guard and reservist debt relief act of 2015. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, we have no further speakers remaining. we are prepared to close if the gentleman from tennessee is prepared to close.... text mr. scott: i really appreciate that, mr. engel and i want to thank chairman royce for his very kind remarks that he gave to me concerning our work. ladies and gentlemen of the house and ladies and gentlemen of america, we have before us perhaps the most singular, significant bill and thing that we can do right now to send a bold powerful message to the world that we are going to finally begin that real intricate process with determination to dismantle one of the single most horrific terrorist groups on this earth. hezbollah. why do i say that? i don't say that to get up and say a few words. i have spent 12 years on the nato parliamentary assembly and served as chairman of the science and technology committee and for three hard years we did the research and wrote the report specifically on and underneath in getting the real truth out about iran's nuclear weapons program. but in the process of doing that, we discovered the tunnels, all of the different things that gave support to hezbollah by iran. so this is why this is so important. and let me just tell you, make no mistake about it, almost the single solitary main purpose for hezbollah is to destroy israel. make no mistake about it. they already right now have hundreds of missiles pointed to israel. so how can we do something right now to address this? this bill, this bill you always follow the money and the money trails are so complex. you have corporations, you have dummy companies, you also have individuals and third and fourth parties that iran works through. and the language in this bill clearly points to and gives the president of the united states the authority and as a matter of fact, it's almost like a very strong demand and request from us in the congress. it is the executive branch that has investigative power, the c.i.a., special ops, the entire military, including the f.b.i. -- we are the single most powerful nation in the world and it's about time we stood up and showed the world that we are no longer going to tolerate hezbollah, no longer tolerate iran working through these third parties to make the people of israel suffer and live under the conditions that they have to live in. now, let me get to the other crux of this matter. as i reported, as i said on cnn in my comment area when i was fighting strongly against and i talked with the president how weak and the position that the iranian agreement has put us in. sure they are going to get a nuclear weapon probably within the next nine years, and that worries us, but the real achilles heel in this agreement is where we we lift up the sanctions, which they are thrisk now, but we unleash $150 billion right away, cash and at the same time --... text mr. scott: we need to do this, members of the house, and we need to do it right away, the president and the executive branch needs to go work to identify these people who are providing this support. but there's another step we have to go through right away. we support israel with a memorandum of understanding, of military aid. right now it is at $3.1 billion annually. but ladies and gentlemen, given the circumstances, we need to increase that to $5 billion. why do i say that? i hope that my previous remarks will give support for that. at no time does israel need our help as they need it now. this was in my humble opinion, a weak iranian agreement and a lot was made about the united states and israel. we need to send a powerful strong message that there is no light between the united states and israel and we are going to send $5 billion. and the other point is, our current appropriations to help israel -- our current appropriations for israel ends in 2017. i want to repeat that because i don't think the people of america know. the aid they will get. where would israel be? it could have been blown away if they didn't have the iron dome. but it's because we had an understanding, a memorandum and giving them $3.1 billion. but with all of this upsurge of terrorism all around the world now, right here in california just last week, paris, all over, we may not think we are going to war, but war has been declared on the united states, on israel, on europe and by george, it's time we declared war back on them. and that's why we need to increase this memorandum of understanding to that $5 billion mark to that year and that will send a powerful message of how strong israel and the united states relationship is. thank you. thank you ranking... text jersey seek recognition? mr. lobiondo: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4239 as amended. the tracking foreign fighters and terrorists... text mr. lobiondo: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that my full statement may be entered into mr. lobiondo: i'd like to yield three minutes to congresswoman mcsally. mr. lobiondo: i now like to yield two minutes to the gentleman mr. lobiondo: i now like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. mr. lobiondo: i yield to the chairman of the homeland security committee, mr. lobiondo: we have no additional speakers on this side, so i'll mr. lobiondo: i ask for the yeas and mr. lobiondo: i ask for the yeas and mr. done var: thank you, mayor chairwoman. mr. speaker, i rise in mr. donovan: thank you, madam chair woman. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3878, the strengthening cybersecurity information sharing and coordination in our ports. this bill contains an amendment i offered at committee which makes an important change to the maritime transportation security act of 2002. more than $1.3 trillion worth of cargo travels through the u.s. ports each year, making it truly part of our critical infrastructure. any disruption or slowdown of activity could have a tremendous impact on the entire economy, costing billions of dollars every day. ensuring the security of our maritime infrastructure is a complex task and one that falls primarily on the united states coast guard. however, while the coast guard has the history and expertise to provide physical security, its mission of ensuring that our maritime infrastructure is safe from cyberthreats is still evolving. currently the maritime transportation security act of 2002 requires vessels and port facilities to conduct vulnerability assessments and develop security plans for physical security, access controls, procedural security measures and communication systems. my amendment in committee added cybersecurity to that list. this addition will make a -- make it crystal clear that coast guard has the specific authority to require maritime vessels and facilities to incorporate cybersecurity into their assessments and plans. the need for this change and the underlying legislation was highlighted in a hearing before the maritime subcommittee on the topic of cybersecurity at our nation's ports. in that hearing, we heard how a range of actors from narcotics traffickers to terrorist organizations and even nation states could exploit cybervulnerabilities at our ports for the purposes of smuggling illicit materials or causing severe economic disruption. this legislation will ensure that we are better prepared to respond to the growing cyberthreat to our nation's maritime infrastructure. i thank representative torres for offering this legislation, for accepting my amendment at committee and urge my colleagues to support the bill. i yield the remainder of my time, mr.... text>> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the clinch county high school football team. last friday night the clinch county panthers faced off against the irwin county indians for the georgia class a public state championship. flirlt game both teams were well matched with both scoring touchdowns in the first quarter. however, the panthers scored a second touchdown early in the second quarter and never looked back.... text mr. carter: in total they rack up 292 rushing yards in the 24-7 win. this was the 6th title in the school's his trick tri and first since winning it in 2010. i commend the coach and the panthers for a great season. you deserve it. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield... textmr. defazio: i thank the gentleman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. defazio: could i ask how much time remains on either side? mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. defazio: i would yield to the gentlelady from texas, eddie bernice johnson, three minutes. mr. defazio: i yield the gentlelady an additional mr. defazio: i yield myself such mr. defazio: i have no additional speakers. i will be the last on my side. closing would be with the chairman. i would urge the chairman to move mr. defazio: are you reserving to close? mr. price: i thank my colleague. mr. speaker, i rise in strong opposition to this deeply misguided legislation. reports from international experts, nuclear watchdogs and representatives of our international coalition made clear that iran is on its way to fully dismantling its nuclear weapons program. breakout times at this moment have already been tripled, quadrupled. we need to understand, just because the jcpoa does not deal with all of iran's abuses doesn't mean that we shouldn't solve the nuclear issue. we have already had that debate. iran is still a state sponsor of terrorism, and the proposed expansion of its ballistic missile program is particularly troubling. these issues must be addressed. but a nuclear armed iran would only make these abuses more dangerous. and it would be wildly foolish to suggest that we must forgo our only real opportunity to keep a nuclear weapon out of the regime's hands just because these ancillary issues remain. this bill would do exactly that. it would scuttle the jcpoa. the result of years of international negotiation and diplomacy in cooperation with our international partners. absent the nuclear agreement, iran could resume its nuclear program without international oversight, could go back to that three-month breakout time and, by the way, continue the state sponsorship of terrorism, continue its human rights abuses, continue its ballistic missile expansion. in short, this bill would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as the dismantling of iran's nuclear program proceeds. it would be reckless in the extreme, and i strongly urge my colleagues to reject it. i yield back.... text>> top of the morning to you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize savannah's st. patrick's day ma pennsylvania raid, as well as michael forin, the 2016 grand marshall of the parade. the st. patrick's day parade is a family tradition for all from savannah and tourists alike. as the st. patrick celebration, the parade has grown into the third largest in the world.... text mr. carter: i would like to congratulate the st. patrick's day parade committee on the 192 years of festivities. i know this year's committee will present an excellent parade. i would also like to congratulate mr. forein as the 2016 grand marshall, holding all the characteristics of a great grand marshall, he fits the bill of a true savannahan. he's the perfect person to receive this distinction. i want to thank mr. forein and his family for their continued service to the community. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield... text for three minutes. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. in april, the supreme court will hear oral arguments united states vs. texas, a case that has been repeatedly litigated by our colleagues in the halls of congress. this resolution is absolutely about immigration policy. let's be clear. numerous hearings have been held in our committee, challenging the constitutionality of deferred actions for parents of americans. and our colleagues instead of moving forward on comprehensive immigration reform and fixing our broken immigration system, have instead insisted on putting forth a resolution. a resolution that has no substantive find, makes no legal arguments against executive action, and exists only in the hopes of securing time before the court before oral arguments. if our colleagues do find themselves before the court in this case, it would be helpful if they remember the settled constitutional law on this subject. daca is a lawful exercise of executive discretion well within the bounds of the constitution. it's based on laws enacted by congress that grant broad discretion to the secretary of homeland security. since 1952, congress has authorized the executive branch to establish such regulations, issue such instructions, and perform such other acts as it deems necessary for carrying out its authority. and within that authority, it's a reasonable exercise of the discretion delegated by congress to do what it's doing. the executive action focuses the limited resources of the department of homeland security on public safety priorities, ensuring we are deporting well fellowons not families. it's important to recognize that congress appropriates enough money to remove less than 4% of the unauthorized immigrants now in our country. the secretary of homeland security has the statutory responsibility to set enforcement priorities and to adopt policies necessary for meeting these priorities. it's consistent with the actions of presidents of both parties. for the last decade. including president eisenhower, president reagan, and president george herbert walker bush. in fact, the strongest historical precedent for dopa was the family fairness program by presidents reagan and president bush. these executive actions will strengthen our communities, keep families together, and grow our economy. this resolution is not about limiting executive authority. it's about attempting to reverse immigration policies set by the executive branch, and i understand why my friend on the other side of the aisle don't want to admit that. want to frame in the context after constitutional question, but it's really about changing policies that are keeping families together, that are making sure we properly allocate resources to the most serious individuals who should be deported. those who have committed crimes, and keep families together while we work to fix our broken immigrationcies tefment this is about a fundamental change in immigration policy that will rip families apart, that will undermine our values as a country. we ought to call it what it is. i urge my colleagues to vote gents the rule and vote against this -- against the rule and vote against... text mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. and for his leadership on this important situation. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of house resolution 639. mr. speaker, as we again here discussion, we are here again discussing the president and his executive actions. back in november of 2014, president obama announced a series of executive actions that would have provided amnesty to approximately five million additional illegal immigrants. this amnesty for these five million illegal immigrants would have been in addition to the millions who were provided amnesty under the administration's 2012 actions. the president continues to degrade the rights of american citizens and ignores the u.s. constitution. which this country was founded on. the checks and balances that our founding fathers established made it specifically clear that they wanted congress to enact laws that shape our country, not the president. that is why i'm supporting house resolution 639. house resolution 639 will allow the speaker of the house to submit to the u.s. supreme court its opinion arguing that the president's executive action on am necessary ty for illegal immigration is unconstitutional -- amnesty for illegal immigration is unconstitutional. congress must be able to express its arguments that the order on amnesty is unconstitutional so we can continue to maintain the balance of power between congress and the president. i urge my colleagues to support house resolution 639 so we can continue to deny the president's overreach of power and uphold the rights and responsibilities given to this body by the constitution. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time.... text >> thank you, mr. rothfus, forsetting up this time. we can draw attention to this case of the little sisters of the poor. and for your eloquent defense of the right to life. i am here today to also support the little sisters of the poor and all the faith-based groups in our country that seek to help the poor and unfortunate... text among us. mr. benishek: northern michigan, where i come from, is home to many of these organizations, and i'm very familiar with the good works that these groups do in our communities. we need to be doing more to encourage this type of service, make faith-based organizations even more important in our country. not put undue problems in their way and make them do things that they don't believe in. the undue burden that is being imposed on many of these organizations by the federal government is completely wrong. thanks to the president's health care law, faith-based organizations are being forced to participate in a system that leads to abortion. a practice that's contrary to theirs and my deeply held beliefs. i stand with the little sisters of the poor and many of my constituents in northern michigan in the belief that life inside the womb is just as precious as life outside the womb. both unborn and born children have a right to life and we have a duty to defend this right. this is a civil right. this is what our country was founded upon. for life is the first of the freedoms. americans, my hope is that americans who believe in the sanctity of life will keep strong in their efforts to stop the federal government's intrusion into our religious freedom. i myself am frankly amazed that we live in a country that was founded on the right to life and liberty, and we've all heard the phrase, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. the federal government is paying for losing a civil right. the right to life. i don't know what it is exactly. how this country that's founded on principles like that can have gotten to this state. it's one of the reasons i'm standing here. i never was involved with politics in my life until this administration came upon the scene and started destroying the fabric of our republic. and i think often too, how does this happen? how does god allow this to happen? this time of our lives and our country is truly a test of our faith in. -- faith. and really, mr. speaker, i'm here to be sure that all americans continue to fight and not lose the hope that our country will solve this problem and get out of the business of paying for abortions. the tragedy of abortion over the many years thats been legal in this country. -- years that it's been league in this country. i call upon those americans to continue to work hard, to keep strong in their efforts to bring an end to this tragedy that's going on in america and the overreaching federal government that's allowing it to happen. i again commend mr. resolve fugget for doing -- mr. rothfus for doing this and really call out to all americans to not lose hope that we're going to put a stop to this, to continue to fight for the lives of the unborn and unfortunate. and i again applaud those faith-based organizations that continue to fight and go to court over this. and we need to continue to do this. we that, i'll yield back my time to mr. rothfus and thank him for the opportunity to speak. resolve rf thank you, dr. ben check --... textmr. brady: mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 56 o 0, i callp the conference report on the bill h.r. 644 and ask for immediate consideration in the house.... text mr. brady: mr. speaker -- mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. texas is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm proud to yield two minutes to the gentleman from washington who is the leader, the chairman of the trade subcommittee.... text mr. reichert: i thank the chairman for yielding. i want to thank him for his hard work, mr. boustany, mr.ityberry, and other members of the committee, who have worked hard on this legislation and also members across the aisle that have come together to build this piece of legislation presented here today. i rise in strong support, mr. speaker, of this important legislation. in my home state of washington, 40% of jobs are tied directly to trade. we are the most trade-dependent state in the country. and this bill supports that trade and those jobs through the elimination of unnecessary road blocks u.s. companies face when exporting and importing goods and enhanced enforcement of our laws. it lays the groundwork for the miss laneous tariff bill that's often called the m.t.b., which reduces costs, reduces costs on american manufacturers and supports jobs across this country. i'm proud that this bill includes several provisions that i have championed with colleagues across the aisle from the pacific northwest, including outdoor recreation apparel provisions with mr. blumenauer from oregon, and the renewal of the state trade expansion program with my colleague from washington state, mr. larson. we have fought hard for those -- larsen. we have fought hard for those two provisions and they are included in this legislation. that program helps small businesses grow by making it easier for them to sell their products across this world, which, of course, helps create jobs here in the united states. the more products we sell, the more jobs we create here at home. it has supported over 430 small businesses in washington, and 2,200 jobs. so, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join with me today in supporting american farmers, american workers and businesses through stronger enforcement of our laws and streamlined trade. and yield... text mr. brady: i yield three minutes to the former chairman of the trade subcommittee, a member of the conference report, the gentleman from ohio, mr. tiberi. mr. brady: i yield the gentleman. ms. delauro: can i get one more minute? mr. brady: dr. boustany played a key role in strengthening trade enforcement in this bill. i'm proud to yield two minutes to the gentleman from louisiana. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'm very pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois who played a key role in language defending our friend and ally, israel, mr. roskam.... text with another speaker. mr. brady: be glad to. mr. brady: thank you, mr. levin. mr. speaker, proud to yield to minutes to the chairman of the judiciary committee, mr. goodlatte. mr. brady: yielding myself just 15 mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise for the utmost respect for my colleague from michigan and agree with her on the need to address currency manipulation. mr. speaker, when the ways and means first began considering this bill, it represented a real opportunity to improve our system of trade and eliminate loopholes that allows foreign nations and bad actors to avoid our trade laws. currency manipulation is the number one trade abuse that must be addressed. unfortunately, this bill has become the christmas tree of the holiday season, and it's being used to put lipstick on a pig that's our current trade negotiations. it ties our negotiator hands and even negotiating common emission standards by restricting any consideration of climate issues, and it prevents them from negotiating immigration-related language as well. further, it weakens existing trade laws designed to prevent human trafficking. and the ribbon on this christmas surprise is a totally new provision on the internet taxation that isn't even in the jurisdiction of the ways and means committee and could have unintended consequences that could bankrupt local governments. there are good provisions at the core of this bill to help improve our customs system, but they are outweighed by the political gamesmanship that has made this legislation impossible to support. we've seen far too many other examples of last-minute political provisions inserted in bills over the years, and we risk unintended consequences of these political provisions as well. thank you, mr. speaker.... text mr. brady: thanks, mr. speaker. proud to yield two minutes to my friend and colleague and neighbor to the gentleman from texas, mr. brady: i yield to the gentlelady from indiana who has fought for enforceable trade laws, one minute. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time not agreed. to mr. doggett: mr. speaker, on that i would ask the yeas and nays.mr. payne: mr. speaker, it's not a new problem. lead in school drinking water has been a problem in communities across this nation for years. so why isn't there more outrage and talk about it among my colleagues? even chris christie has ordered lead testing in new jersey public schools. when new jersey's governor starts to admit there's a problem that demands government action, you know the situation must be dire. no child takes a drink from a water fountain in school and thinks about whether the water's contaminated or not. it is our job to protect our children and that means ensuring safety of school drinking water. congress should pass and the president should sign my tests for lead act. the bill requires states to help schools establish programs that tests for lead in the drinking water if those states receive federal funding for safe water programs. it would ensure transparency by requiring disclosure of high levels of lead in schools, and most importantly, it would help keep our children safe. thank you and i yield... text mr. cicilline: this is national nurse's week. it's a time to honor nurses who are primary providers of patient care in hospitals. nurses are offering essential life-saving treatments for patients. they encounter and overcome challenges most of us will never face. honoring the importance of nurses is important for me on a personal level. my career was a proud nurse at st. joseph's in providence, rhode island, for many years. let's honor her nurses by supporting the bill i'm proud to co-sponsor to establish whistleblower protections, improve nurse retention and make hospitals safer for nurses an their patients. i'm honored to recognize national nurse's week and thank all america's great nurses... text mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 4641 so we can continue to involve the practices of pain management and prescribing the pain medication to fight the opioid abuse epidemic in this country. as a lifelong pharmacist, i have provided medication, prescription medication, to americans for over 30 years. in that time, i personally witnessed the struggles that both medical professionals and patients face with prescription drug abuse. there are many steps must be taken to address this epidemic. one priority should be to also involve practices related to pain management and prescribing the pain medication. this bill does just that. this bill creates an interagency task force to continually review, modify, and update best practices for pain management and prescribing pain medication. through the new task force, experts in fields related to prescription drug abuse and pain management will be able to involve best industry practice that is will give clarity to our fight against this epidemic. i would like to commend representative brooks and the energy and commerce committee for their work on this bill and i encourage all my colleagues to support this measure. mr. speaker, i yield back.... text mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise today in support of the bill, the improving safe care for the prevention of infant abuse and neglect act, because when newborn infanlts are tragically affected by illegal substance abuse, they deserve the best possible care and treatment. the child abuse prevention and treatment act, which was enacted in 1974, set the groundwork for federal coordination in addressing the issue of neglect and child abuse present in our country. h.r. 4843 builds to on that by updating and improving existing laws to ensure states are utilizing federal dollars in a safe and effective way in providing care for children who suffer illegal substance abuse, withdrawal symptoms or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. under this bill, infanlts born with exposure to illegal substances will have strengthened protections through improved safe care plans and best practices. as a life long pharmacist and health care professional, i have seen firsthand family struggles to provide the care needed by infants who suffer these conditions. i commend congressman barletta and the education and work force committee and their lope low -- leadership on this important legislation and encourage my colleagues to support this bill so we can care for precious newborn infanlts across the country and i yield back -- infants across the country and i yield back.... text mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 3680, the co-prescribing to reduce overdoses act, to give patients the tools they need to protect themselves from opioid overdoses. h.r. 3680 calls for the department of health and human services to create a grant program that will increase the ability for health care providers to co-prescribe opioid reversal medication, like naloxone, when those prescriber provide opioid-base medication for patients. this new direction by h.h.s. will work to decrease the risk of fatally overdoses on opioids while also allowing health care providers to learn more about the opioid reversal medication benefits. in addition, with the grant money, providers will be able to track patient outcomes to make sure the reversal medication has the desired effect. as a life-long pharmacist, i considered it my duty to always care for my patients and give them every tool i can to protect and serve them the best way i can and i've carried this duty to the united states house of representatives. the co-prescribing to reduce overdoses act does just this and is a major step in the right direction to ending the opioid addiction deaths in america. i encourage all of my colleagues to support this bill, and i thank you, mr. speaker, and... text mr. carter: with this new information we can increase our understanding of n.a.s. and our ability to provide care for babies born with n.a.s. this new understanding is vital considering the number of newborns with n.a.s. has increased with a rise in the numb of americans addicted to opioids. as a lifelong pharmacist i believe we should take every step possible to fight the addiction crisis in america and the protection of our children should be our top priority. i encourage all my colleagues to support this measure. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield... text mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3691, the so pregnant and postpartum women can receive treatment when fighting opioid drug addiction. according to the national prenatal association, 4% of all live births in the u.s. occur have women who abuse prescription or illicit drugs such as opioid pain relievers. this would equate to 259,436 births in 2014 from women who approve illicit or prescription drugs. this is simply unacceptable. we must take action to ensure that pregnant and postpartum women receive the care they need to protect american families. h.r. 3691 simply states that support should be extended for residential substance abuse treatment programs for pregnant and postpartum women through 2020 and the center for substance abuse treatment should carry out a pilot program to make grants to state substance abuse agencies to support services for pregnant and postpartum women who have a substance abuse disorder. by extending these services and working through this pilot program, we can ensure that pregnant and postpartum women can receive the care they need so that they can care for their families. that is why i am supporting h.r. 3691. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill so we can extend care to all mothers and soon-to-be mothers that fight drug addiction. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield... text mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for his work on this bill and for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in today of h.r. 4969 because -- in support of h.r. 4969 because opioids does not discriminate on age. it requires the c.d.c. regarding prescription opioid use after youth sports injuries. according to a study by the national council on alcoholism and drug dependence, 12% of male athletes and 8% of female athletes have used prescription opioids in the last 12 months. according to the u.s. substance abuse and mental health services administration, 80% of these teenagers and adolescents made the switch to heroin after opioid use. this is completely unacceptable and 100% preventable. every effort should be made to ensure that our youth are protected from the trap of drug abuse. that's why i'm supporting h.r. 4969. we need all the information available so we can take the right steps to ensure our youth are protected. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back.... text mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 4586, because it is critical that we educate health care professionals about opioid overdose reversal medications. this bill allows the c.d.c. to authorize grants to states based on their ability to educate health care professionals in dispensing opioid reversal medication. specifically this opioid reversal medication called naloxone can be used in emergency situations to stop an opioid overdose death. also through this bill, pharmacists will be able to dispense naloxone to patients without a prescription, increasing access to this life-saving ability dote. this access will help save lives in emergency situations when patients do not have the time or ability to seek or receive professional medical care. the world health organization states that this increased access will save up to 200,000 lives. as a life long pharmacist, i believe it is our duty to always educate americans about the life-saving tools available to them. i encourage my colleagues to support h.r. 4586, so more people can be educated and have access to life-saving medication related to opioid overdose. thank you, mr. speaker,... text mr. carter: i rise in support of h.r. 4982 because treatment of addiction to opioids painkillers is vital in fighting the epidemic. it requires the government accountability office to report on inpatient and outpatient treatment capacities, programs, rehabilitation programs and treatment programs for pregnant women and adolescence. the centers are usually one of the biggest obstacles. unfortunately, for most communities, local inpatient treatment facilities are few and far between and many of them are full. as a lifelong health care professional, i believe the only way we will be able to fight this epidemic is if we work together. we need to adequately understand the treatment services that are available to people with addiction across the country so we can use these tools to the fullest extent. that is why i'm supporting h.r. 4982 by understanding all the tools the community can use we can begin to fight this epidemic. we need to begin to leverage our resources to help our communities fight opioid abuse. and i yield... text mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding along with dr. bucshon and others across the aisle. congressman green and all of those who have been involved in this, this is a very important subject. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 4981 because making sure that modern treatments are available for opioid adick shun should be our top priorities. h.r. 4981 makes reforms to the controlled substance act that would modernize the way doctors and how patients obtain treatment. this is one more step we can take to improve treatment services for patients. with these reforms, more patients will receive higher quality care. increasing the success of overall treatment. i have witnessed patients firsthand who have struggled for receiving care for their addiction. we must stop the cycle because the system is not adequately structured to provide it. the only way we are able to provide the appropriate care is if we continue to support the evolution of treatment and care for this epidemic. that is why i'm supporting h.r. 4981, by reforming the way treatment is provided, we can begin to help all patients with this addiction and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back.... textmr. cicilline: mr. speaker, last month rhode island and the united states lost a hero in first sergeant p. andrew mckenna, an army green berra serving kabul, afghanistan, was killed during a nato attack on their facility. during 17 years of service, he completed five tours of duty in afghanistan and iraq. his patriotism, loyalty and sense of duty embodied all of the best values of rhode island and our entire nation. i was fortunate to meet sergeant mckenna at the bristol fourth of july parade where he was presented with a flag flown over the united states capitol and i am grateful that i had the opportunity to thank him for his service to our country. as we remember the september 11 attacks, it's important to remember that there are 10,000 american troops in afghanistan. we owe them and all of our men and women in uniform our gratitude for the sacrifices they've made so we can all enjoy freedom and live safely. my thoughts continue to be with sergeant mckenna's patients, carol and peter, and his entire family during this incredibly difficult time. it's my hope that this will be a source of comfort to his family. i... text two minutes. mr. mcdermott: mr. speaker -- mr. mcdermott: we would have mr. mcdermott: vote against this bill. mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i will yield myself such recognized. mr. ryan: you mean wisconsin? the speaker pro tempore: wisconsin. mr. ryan: please, please, don't say california. mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield 1 1/2 minutes to a member of the ways and means committee, the distinguished lady from kansas, ms.... text mr. ryan: i give myself 15 mr. ryan: i yield three minutes to the gentleman, mr. wisconsin. mr. ryan: i yield three minutes to a distinguished member of the ways and means committee, mr. kelly of pennsylvania. mr. ryan: at this time i'd like to yield a minute to the distinguished member from the ways and means committee, the gentleman from texas, mr. ryan: at this time, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, a distinguished member of the ways and means committee, mr. dold.... text partisanship. mr. ryan: i give the gentleman another mr. ryan: at this time i yield two minutes to the distinguished chairman of the budget committee, member of the ways and means committee, mr. price. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the gentleman for yielding. . after listening to this debate, i commend president obama and secretary kerry for their leadership in crafting the joint comprehensive plan of action reached twheep p-5 plus one nations and iran. i do so because this is a plan which promotes peace and security not war or a continuous threat of war. yes, no agreement is perfect and no agreement will fully satisfy everyone but i can tell you that for me and the constituents of the seventh district of illinois, we say let's give peace a chance. we say, let's support the position of our president. but we also say, let's support the position of our experts. let's support the position of our allies. let's heed the words of the prophets who say come and let us reason together. we shall all be utterly -- or we shall all be utterly destroyed by the edge of the sword. so yes, we say let's support the most rational, the most logical, the most comprehensive, and the most effective path to peace that we know. and yes, it's not about supporting the position of any single individual. but it's about supporting what is good for america. it is about supporting what a good to help stabilize our world. so we can exist with the idea that peace is indeed possible and war is not inevitable. yes, i support the president and i yield back.... text mr. ryan: at this time i yield one and a half minutes to the distinguished member from for three minutes. ms. din fwell: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. levin, for yielding me the time. first, i rise with so many of my colleagues today in remembrance of one of the worst days in our nation's history. it is a solemn day of remembrance and prayer for those who lost their lives on that fateful day. as americans, we must be united as a nation in fighting terrorism which we know remains a threat every single day in this country. september 11 is a day burned in the hearts and souls of all americans and we must work hard together, together, to ensure that we never witness such a horrific tragedy in our homeland ever again. we all agree never again. and i say that like my colleagues from new york, mr. crowley, as a woman who lost a cousin and a -- in a terrorist act and watched a woman i love never recover from her son's death. we all care. congress and this country as a whole have a responsibility to work with nations across the world in pursuant -- in pursuit of peace. my district is home to one of the largest populations of arab americans in the country who, like is many of us -- who, like so many of us, came to the united states as immigrants. they are among the most patriotic americans i know. they are proud to be americans and have made numerous contributions to this great nation. and today, i ask you to also remember this. i rise in support of the joint comprehensive plan of action. like so many, it was not an easy decision and it was made with the most -- utmost respect for my colleagues and friends on both sides of the aisle. this process has shown me that no matter what decision one reaches on this issue, almost everyone shares the same concern. and they've been named and reviewed many times so i'm not going to go over them. but what i do want to say is, and we've said many times, it's not based on trust. it's based on verification. and that's the last point i want to address today. congressional oversight of the iran deal will not end with this vote. in fact, it will just be the beginning. this effort must be bipartisan and i hope it will be divorced from the acrimonious politic that was dominated too much of this discussion.... text recognized. mrs. dingell: to my colleagues on both sides of the aisle let's work together for peace in the middle east and across the aisle. politics and rhetoric only complicate an already difficult decision. september 11 should be a day we used to remind us of what binds us together, the values we share, the love of america that every one of us in this institution has, and let's work together to protect this nation we so dearly love. thank you, mr. speaker.... text mr. ryan: at this time i would like to yield 2 1/2 minutes to the distinguished member from minnesota, mr. paulsen. mr. ryan: at this time i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from arizona, ms. mcsally. mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i yield myself the remainder of mrs. dingell: thank you. >> i rise today to call attention to the 9/11 health compensation re-authorization act and call attention to our duty to the heroes who have already sacrificed so much. as americans we have pledged to never forget the terrible events of 9/11. as americans, we have a duty to never forget those who risk their lives to save others. well over 1,000 9/11 first responders have been diagnosed with cancer caused by their exposure to toxins at ground zero. because of the act, over 70,000 9/11 first responders and survivors around the contry, including 6,000 in my district, are being monitored for cancer and other ground zero related incidentses. . over 7,600 are already receiving treatment. mr. speaker, i ask that we honor our commitment to those brave men and women by permanently re-authorizing this important program. i yield back the balance of my time.... textmr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. well, it is long past time for congress to do its job and get serious about funding a long-term solution to fix our crumbling roads and bridges. all of our infrastructure in this country. in michigan of all states, we know that we need to invest in order to grow our economy. to build a 21st century economy. we need state-of-the-art infrastructure. no more short-term fixes. no more month to month funding. i have voted against these short-term bills in the past and i am going to continue to do so. we are in urgents need of dramatic -- urgent need of dramatic investment in infrastructure. nearly a third of our roads are poor or mediocre condition. one out of four of our bridges requires significant repair. in my own hometown, our water infrastructure is wholly inadequate to provide even clean water to our residents. we just cannot continue to threaten our economy by failing to do our job. congress needs to do its job. the american people go to work every single day and the least they can expect is that we do the same thing and do our job. if we really believe in our future in this congress, we ought to be willing to invest in it. thank... text >> mr. speaker, i rise today in support of re-authorizing the ex-port import bank. in the first district of georgia, the eximbank facilitates exports for over 17 companies, more than half of which are small businesses.... text mr. carter: over $500 million in exports and supports over 3,200 jobs. around georgia those numbers jump to more than $4 billion in exports from 205 companies supporting almost 30,000 jobs. with the recent expiration of the eximbank, many of these companies have suffered the loss of millions of dollars in new business growth, market access, and risked thousands of jobs. while we stand here debating the future of the eximbank -- ex-imback, our exitors leveraging the only versions of their export-import agencies town crease their market shares abroad. while i advocated for reforms to go further than this legislation, it does provide critical reforms necessary to ensure taxpayers protected while allowing the bank to do its important work. passing this legislation is essential to protecting thousands of jobs and i urge my colleagues to join us in re-authorizing the ex-im bank and to let the world know america is open for business. mr. speaker, i yield back.... text mr. defazio: i yield myself sum time as i may consume. mr. defazio: i yield the gentlelady from the district of columbia, eleanor holmes norton, the ranking democrat, three minutes. mr. defazio: i yield the gentlelady an additional minute. mr. defazio: i have no additional requests for time and -- mr. defazio: i yield back the balance mr. schweikert: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, have you ever had one of those where you're listening and you're trying to find a way to say i believe much of the argument we are hearing here is intellectually disingenuous. the fact of the matter is every year there's trillions and trillions of dollars of surety and import export credit that moves through the markets. and it doesn't have a government guarantee. it does not have a guarantee from our taxpayers. this institution still has a loan, $32 million loan, from pre-castro cuba on their books. when they tell you, oh, we have this tiny amount of charge offs, what they are telling you is a lie. do you remember the hearings we had where we had the discussions what their impayments were? they just staired -- stared back at you because they didn't want to have that discussion. because every other financial institution has to honestly say, here's our impairments. this one, it was oil. we only had this level of charge up. what they are not telling you they are still carrying loans that have sat on the books for 50 years without a payment. look, to every citizen of this contry, understand when this piece of legislation passes you have just been put on the hook. your credit has just been put on the hook for these types of loans. that's what you intend to do to your taxpayers? that's what you're going to do to your constituency? look, this piece of legislation also reports to have reforms in it. the reforms in it if they are not already doing these things, they already should be locked up because much of this is the most basic level that you would expect from any financial institution. yet i come here to another tab from the g.a.o. and say repeat after repeat after repeat where it was already the law and they have been ignoring it. and yet we are going to recharter them again? an organization we are going to claim that we are providing reforms when they are the very reforms from the last time we did this that they did not follow? that, mr. speaker, i yield... text mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady, ranking member, for yielding, and for her leadership on this issue. along with mr. heck, ms. moore, mr. fincher, mr. lucas. the ex-im bank used to be a bipartisan legislation. it's so interesting to hear the outrage expressed by members on the other side for a program that was supported repeatedly by president ronald reagan. where was your outrage then? i don't recall the outrage back then because then it was fine. i also have heard that this is not the appropriate venue for this debate. well, this is the congress of the united states of america. and i suspect that the american people think this is a perfectly appropriate venue. the rule that we have utilized to bring this issue to the floor of the house is a rule that you wrote. that allows members of this body by discharge petition to bring legislation to the floor. supported by republicans and democrats. we are using the rules of the house that you wrote. it is not the... text mr. kildee: this is an argument about jobs for the mr. kildee: i will use every venue veilable to me -- mr. reichert: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. mr. speaker, one of the america's greatest promises is the promise if you work hard, play fair, your opportunities are endless. thousands of business owners throughout this country have lived by this mantra and sought new opportunities abroad. when congress allowed the charter of the export-import bank to expire, over the summer, we took away an important tool for american business owners and their employees. they depend upon it. this is about jobs. many small companies throughout my region and in my district have relied on ex-imbanks. i'll name one. number nine 9, small town in eastern washington. a hay company in washington with the sport of ex-im bank, this company was able to expand its business, hire employees, and sell in foreign markets. otherwise not. this story is the story of success, of jobs for the small hardworking businesses of america that create 85% of our jobs. if we don't act, businesses of all sizes and the people they employ will be threatened. i support this measure and i... text mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, i thank you. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i rise today in support of the re-authorize of the ex-im bank. the ex-imbarning is a critical resource for rhode island manufacturers looking to expand in new markets. over the last eight years the ex-im bank has provided more than $20 million to rhode island companies to guarantee credit and disbushes loans. i'm pleased after four months of inaction the house is sinal finally voting to re-authorize is critical institution. i thank my colleagues for their support. i yield back the balance of my time.... text for one minute. mr. hunter: i thank gentlelady for yielding. i'm proud to give my support to this valiant effort to re-authorize the ex-im bank that puts the best interest of american manufacturers, innovators enand entrepreneurs. we had a vote this year on the t.p.a., trade promotion authority. many of my colleagues arguing against the ex-im bank unapologetically stated their intent to give the president new expansive authority to export u.s. jobs overseas. this amounting to millions of jobs in overseas all in the name of trade and globalization. if you want to talk big business, i ask my friend against the ex-im bank to look at that vote. many of those in that contingent who voted for the trade promotion authority are going to vote for the big trade deal we have coming up are now trying to say there is something inherently wrong with trying to underwright u.s. exports through the eximbank. although the vast majority of bank loans support small business. in my district alone, eastern san diego, you have nine companies. no boeings. no g.e.s. over 400 jobs, $60 million in exports. all underwritten by the ex-im bank. here's what ronald reagan said about the ex-im bank. exports create and sustain jobs for millions of american workers and contribute to the growth and strength of the united states economy. the ex-port import bank contributes in a significant way to our nation's export sales. with that i urge my colleagues to support this effort. with that... textmr. carter: i recognize the living vine christian maternity home in savannah georgia. it has been a safe haven for over 350 women who are experiencing an unexpected pregnancy. once at living vine they provided with food, shelter, education, medical care and a chance to learn about child care, financial management and how to find a job. day in and day out, living vine teaches true success no matter what has happened in the past. they teach women that they are valuable as a human being. they are valuable as a woman. and they are something to be treasured. the living vine christian maternity home fulfills their purpose through private donations and new thrift store. i'm honored to have this organization located in the 1st congressional district of georgia and i salute them for 20 years of success and wish them continued success for years to come. thank you, and i yield... text >> mr. speaker, i pay tribute today to the extraordinary life of one of america's finest women who recently passed on to be with our creator, ms. dorothy helms was a long time best friend and wife of the late senator jesse helms. i grew to know both of them. senator helms asked me and said you know where i get my good ideas. he said, dot, you know. for those of us who knew the two well, dot was the conservative of the family and a strident and forceful communicator of her opinion on all matters. dot helms was a trailblazer in her own right and one of the first women to graduate from the university of north carolina with a dein journalism and worked as a society page editor. jesse helms was working as a sports reporter and the rest of course is history and the two of them changed history. as much as dot helms will be missed something tells us that the tall fellow from north carolina is delighted to her back by his... text mr. davis: this -- mr. scott: thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen. and i want to take a moment to point out why i am supporting this and a co-sponsor of this bill. first of all, to our leader, my ranking member who does an excellent job, she's absolutely right. we must go at discrimination with lenders. but ladies and gentlemen, the unintended consequence of this is not punishing the lenders who may or may not be doing the discrimination. they should. this unfortunately guidance goes directly at dealers and low and moderate income customers, african-americans and other minorities who will be denied because it takes away the dealer's ability to discount interest rates and be flexible. now, ladies and gentlemen, there are 55 million unbanked and underbanked people in the united states. they don't have the bank. they're not going to allied bank, but when they want they got to buy a car. some of them don't even have a credit card, but they got that dealer that can walk through the door and if that dealer has the flexibility to be able to discount the interest rate, bringing a lower price to the car, they shouldn't be denied from having that opportunity to do it. . let me go to the racial issue. when you play the race card, you got to make sure you play it right. that's all i am saying. when we look at the cfpb and we look at the methodology that they use to determine who the black people were, they said, hey, the best way of doing this is go by the last names. jackson, williams, johnson, robertson. a lot of black people are named that. but an awful lot of white people are named that, too. is it any wonder when the checks went out that there was some white people, happy white people looking like where did i get this money? where did i get this $200, $300 from? ladies and gentlemen, i take a back seat to nobody when it comes to standing up and fighting for racial equality. my life story is that. i integrated the school systems in scars dale, new york, where i was not only the black kid in the school or in my class, i was the only black kid in the whole city of scarsdale. my office mate in the senate wrass julian bond. we went across this country speaking for 40 years as a state representative, as a state senator, and now as a congressman. my whole life has been fighting this. but when you deal with racial discrimination, it's got to be right. and the methodology that the cfpb used is flawed. it is absolutely flawed. and in the process, the c.f.p. itself is being charged with craigs discrimination itself. -- with racial discrimination itself. all i am saying is what is fair is fair. we are not asking --... text mr. scott: we are asking go after to where the discrimination is but don't hurt the lower, middle income people who don't have the credit, don't have a credit card. they have to go in there and work with that dealer. and if you take that out of the way of the dealer, you are hurting the very people that some of the people who are opposing our bill want to help. so, lange, let's get clarity here. -- ladies and gentlemen, let's get clarity here. let's get truth here. all we are doing is ask the cfpb to come back, start over, get a right methodology so you're getting the right people that you're sending the checks to. and also call in the justice department. the federal trade commission. and the federal reserve who are the ones under dodd-frank that regulates the auto dealers. and not -- thank you very much.... text minutes. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the ranking member for yielding. i appreciate the effort of my colleague and classmate, mr. barr new york attempting to address this -- mr. barr, in attempting to address this issue. i appreciate the impact that the qualify mortgage rules have had in terms of mortgage lending for consumers and access to credit. it's especial he true for our local and community bankers who have longtime personal relationships with individuals and families. it's these types of relationships that we need to encourage. personal knowledge of people, the banks and financial institutions lend to. i also appreciate the aspects of the bill intended to increase access for consumer that are -- consumers that are just shy of the strict qualified mortgage standards and i support policy of allowing otherwise nonq.m. qualified consumers to have access of qualified mortgage products if lenders keep the loans on their books. my concern with this legislation, among others, is that it does not specifically disallow the exotic mortgage products that were so much a part of the housing crisis. there are consumer protections that could improve this legislation in terms of how we allow safe harbor protections for banks and mortgage originators. i do think we should focus on consumer protection and not on -- and allow nonq.m. loans to be nonq.m. only in terms of the borrower, those individuals that fall just outside q.m. standards and not open up to non-q.m. products, particularly because this is not -- this is not applicable only to small, community banks that we're so familiar with, or credit unions, but to all institutions. portfolio lending is an important way, i think, an important opportunity to find bipartisan agreement. i hope we can continue to work on this. one other issue i raise and it was included in the amendment that i offer that the rules committee did not make in order is that i would have preferred that the legislation require that the institutions making loans under this title collect data on how these loans are being made and how they're performing and get us the information we have to determine whether or not the effect that we're trying to create with this short of approach is being met or if in fact it's not. i appreciate the efforts of my friend and colleague. i wish i could work with him, in fact this moves forward new york a way that's open to suggestion and i yield back the balance of my time... textmr. kildee: i ask all to join us in the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.... text mr. cicilline: last year more than 13,000 americans lost their lives because of a gun. more than 33 children were killed or injured. the president said yesterday, the question whether we address gun violence is really a question about who we are and what kind of country we want to live in. do we want to be a country where we have a mass shooting nearly every single day of the year? do we want to be cointry where children in a school have to practice hiding silently under their desks or in a closet to avoid an active shooter? do we want to be a country where the national rifle association buys influence and drowns out concerned citizens. to we want to be congress where all congress does after a mass shoot something hold a moment of silence? because that's the country we live in today. a country where gun violence threatens lives every day. a country where we are growing accustomed to atrocities that just don't happen as often in other developed countries. mr. speaker, we can do better. the president has done his job. now it's time for congress to do our job. let's pass universal background checks. let's do more to keep guns from criminals and those with serious mental illness such as possessing a gun would pose a threat to themselves or others and get military style assault weapons out of our communities. let's... text mr. jolly: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of linda who passed away this monday at the age of 66. a long time activist against domestic violence and survivor herself, she was best known as the director of community action stops abuse, or casa, in st. petersburg, florida. she served as the head of casa for 16 years before retiring. before that she guide programs in both gainesville and west palm beach. under her leadership the staff grew from seven to over 80 employees with 100-bed facility. she started a first of its kind substance abuse program for victims and in addition she worked with law enforcement who are now properly trained on dealing with domestic violence. she co-founded a program to secured pardons for victims of domestic violence convicted of defending themselves. she earned the governor's peace at home award. mr. speaker, linda leaves a legacy that will not be forgotten. she was a quiet hero in our community. and her life's work undeniably saved thousands of lives and made florida a safer place. for that we are grateful. mr. speaker, i yield back. .... text >> it may be a new year, the republicans are celebrating with the same old extreme attacks on women's health care, trying to take away health insurance from hard working... text american families. mr. kildee: it's a shame that the house republican leadership has chosen to spend the first week of 2016 attacking planned parenthood and dismantling those important benefits to 22 million americans. the bill we'll vote on today would defund planned paraphernaliahood and the important family planning services they provide, including life-saving cancer screenings for millions of women across this country. this bill would dismantle affordable care, affordable health care for millions more workers, for families, for students. instead of wasting time on a radical bill which quite frankly some on the other side have acknowledged will not become law, we ought to be focusing on the questions the american people sent us here to work on, on getting our economy moving, putting americans back to work and rebuilding our infrastructure. that's the challenge that we face. we ought not politicize women's health care to pander to extreme voices on the right. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back.... text mr. woodall: i call up house resolution 579 and ask for its immediate consideration. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, during consideration of this this resolution, all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only. i would like to yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, pending which i yield myself such time as i... text mr. woodall: i also ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend mr. woodall: mr. speaker, it's my great pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. ratcliffe. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, it's now my great pleasure to yield three minutes to the vice chairwoman of the rules committee, the gentlelady from north carolina,... text mr. woodall: i yield the gentlelady an mr. woodall: it's my great pleasure to yield threw three minutes to a strong member of the rules committee, the gentleman from mr. woodall: mr. speaker, at this time it's my great pleasure to yield two minutes to a great member from the great state of georgia, mr. carter. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the senate amendment to h.r. 3762, the restoring americans healthcare freedom reconciliation act of 2015. this bill guts obamacare. eliminating many of the penalties and programs that have been implemented over the last several years by this administration. americans have been saddled with the burden of a health care insurance system that restricts what doctor they can see, what services they can receive and has even limited them to who they can have as their pharmacist. if the president signs this bill into law, we can return the power of our health care system back to the american people. americans should be in charge of their health care system, not washington, d.c. with this bill, congress will eliminate the individual mandate, the employer mandate and repeal all future appropriated funds to the prevention and public health fund that has supported the failing obamacare law for the last several years. it repeals the medical device tax, the excise tax on high cost health insurance plans and the $2,500 limit on flexible spending accounts and medicaid expansion and eligibility pathway which has left many states suffering from budget problems and it restricts federal funding to planned parenthood and its affiliated clinics for a period of one year with appropriate funds being redirected to community health centers to better serve women and their health. this bill returns to the american people a system that is driven by the market, not by artificial formulas and percentages created by washington bureaucrats. as a pharmacist and a former owner of three independent pharmacies, he can ensure you that the only way to lower costs and to create an opportunity for everyone to participate is by allowing the free market to work as it was meant to. i urge my colleagues to support this rule and this bill so we can eliminate this burdensome health care plan and bring greater opportunities for americans to receive affordable health care. mr. speaker, i yield back to the... text mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time it's my great pleasure to yield one of those minutes to the gentleman from kansas, mr. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, it's now my great privilege to yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis. mr. woodall: it's my privilege to jackson lee one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. sanford. mr. woodall: at this time it's my great pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from indiana, mrs. walorski. mr. woodall: i would inquire of my friend from massachusetts if he has any further speakers remaining? i am going to ask good doctor to close us today. so if you'd like to -- it will be a special... text mr. woodall: mr. speaker, at this time to close debate it's my privilege to yield five minutes to a gentleman who hasn't just talked about health care but does get up every morning to provide that health care to americans. the good doctor from louisville, texas, michael burgess.... text recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question. ms. degette: house republican leadership has a funny way of wishing the working families of america a happy new year. under this bill, the first substantive bill, families will be hit with a one-two punch. with the latest attempt to repeal the a.c.a., republicans would remove the tax credits that help millions of americans afford quality health insurance. when families lose that insurance, women would lose their wellness programs that they would get from their providers. at the same time, millions of women would lose that, this bill would inhibit their bill to get affordable family planning services from planned parenthood. more than three million american women and men get essential health care from planned parenthood and even more would need to if the a.c.a. were repealed. in many parts of the country, planned parenthood is the only provider that offers access to reproductive health services within hundreds of miles. there are no health clinics that would take over that gap. eliminating federal funding would limit women to cancer screenings, breast exams and all because of a vendetta against planned parenthood. happy... text mr. roe: thank you, dr. price, and the work you've done. i practiced medicine in rural tennessee for over 30 years. i provided for patients and it was a major reason i ran for congress. the premise of the affordable care act was to increase access and decrease cost. everybody in this building agrees on that. what we got was a 2,500-page bill that few people read that defined what you bought and then fined you when you didn't buy it because you couldn't afford it. that's exactly what happened. health care decisions should be made between families, patients and their doctors, not by big insurance companies and certainly not by federal bureaucrats. so what's happening to middle-class working people in this country today? their out-of-pockets have skyrocketed and their co-pays have skyrocketed. the hospital i worked in, 60% of the uncollectible debt are now people with insurance because they cannot afford the out-of-pocket and co-pays. we republicans have had many ideas. i co-authored a bill to replace this and i will suggest, mr. speaker, that you will see that on this floor to be debated if we are successful in doing this. and with that i yield back the balance of my time.... text mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, the house is not in order. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i mr. schweikert: thank you, mr. chairman. and mr. chairman. this is one of those occasions where we walk up to the mike and we always say, it's a simple amendment. this one really is a simple amendment. many of us here, particularly myself, i have a fixation on information and technology. as a dramatically more efficient, safer, healthier way to regulate. so if you're going to have a commission looking at agencies, looking at the levels of regulations, looking at the mechanics out there, can they also take a look and make sure they've adopted the most appropriate, the most technically appropriate and efficient technology for that regulation? a couple years ago, sitting on science and technology, we were hearing some -- it was a division of e.p.a. and these businesses came in and they brought in stacks of paper that they had to fill out and fax in. ok. it's absurd in today's world. but that's the way the regs they were up against were written. well, if you're going to have a commission looking at what's wrong up there, what can be made for efficient, what is inappropriately burdensome, let's also take a look and say, what can actually be made less burdensome through the use of technology? and with that, mr. chairman, i reserve the balance of... text mr. schweikert: thank you. let's try sl something. it's fairly -- let's try something. it's fairly novel around here. this is just a few words. let's actually read it. whether or not the rule or set of rules limits or prevents an agency from applying new or emerging technologies, ought to improve efficiency and efficiency of government. come on. how do you oppose that? i understand you may not like the bill itself. but as an amendment, if we're really trying to push our government into this century of utilization of information and technology, you'd at least like this amendment. mr. chair, with that i'll... text mr. cicilline: mr. chairman, thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. my amendment to h.r. 1155 would exempt rules and regulations made by the department of veterans affairs from the burdensome provisions of this legislation. the rules that are promulgated by the department of veterans affairs serve the nearly 21.9 million veterans who have served our country. more than nine million of whom are enrolled in the v.a. health system. these are the rules that will improve the v.a. and these improvements are urgently needed to repair a system that is poorly equipment qupped to handle the increasing -- poorly equipped to handle the increasing numbers of veterans returning from oversales. these will ensure that those who served our country have access to critical and quality health care. however, in its current form, the scrub act would delay or even block the implementation of these rules. for example, it would delay rules designed to provide care to the 2.6 million veterans who were potentially exposed to agent orange during the vietnam war. to help these veterans, the v.a. issued a final interim rule in june of 2015 that would expand the class of veterans presumed to be eligible for treatment. the new regulation would include those who worked with aircrafts known to have been sprayed with this during the war. but under the terms of this legislation, the v.a. would be required to go through additional hurdles to meet the procedural requirements of this legislation, with absolutely no additional benefits. and if this rule comes with any cost to the economy, the v.a. must repeal a rule of equal or greater cost. all of this means delays for our veterans who deserve better. in effect, the scrub act asks the v.a. to choose between classes of ailing veterans. it would delay treatment and create a zero-sum game in which our veterans ultimately lose. this is completely wrong. it would delay essential reforms to improve the system, address existing flaws and better serve our veterans. the problems that have plagued the system have been well documented, both in congressional hearings and in the press. since the year 2000, at least 22 government reports have looked into patient wait times at v.a. facilities. one of these reports found that more than 57,000 of our veterans have waited longer than 90 days for health care. the audit found that staff were instructed to misrepresent data in 76% of v.a. facilities. the v.a. is in need of immediate attention and reform. and we're doing a disservice to our veterans by delage these reforms -- delaying these reforms and the rules that are necessary to accomplish these reforms. the scrub act is based on the faulty idea that it's more important to cut regulation than it is to move forward to improve care for our veterans. and while my amendment will not cure all that ails this legislation, it will address one of the most glaring flaws and preserve the ability of the v.a. to effectively serve our veterans by ensuring that these reforms move forward without delay. so i ask my colleagues to support my amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. .... text island. mr. cicilline: i yield myself such time as i may consume. just to respond briefly, we've heard a will the about clearing the underbrur and -- underbrush and scrubbing the regulation bus the reality is, if this legislation passes, there will be certain regulations and it will require the v.a. who is in the midst of major reform to not move forward on its regulations that are intended to improve the lives of veterans until they find another regulation to repeal that someone has determined is of equal cost. so the reality is, it will delay implement eag of these improvements. we can describe it as clearing the underbrush and scrubbing, but what it will mean for america's veterans in many instances is they will be denied the quality care they deserve and they earned in defense of our country. with that i yield back the balance of my time, urge my colleagues to support this amendment that will carve out the veterans affairs administration, the agency charged with honoring the service of our veterans, to ensure that improvements under way that we're all demanding not be delayed because of the scrub act. i yield pack.... text the chair: the gentleman yields. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from rhode island. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. the amendment is not agreed to.... text the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from rhode island will be postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number eight printed in part b of house report 114-388. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington seek recognition?... text ms. delbene: i have an amendment at the desk. ms. delbene: i yield myself such time as i may consume. like the mown teen of anti-regulation bills we have considered in the past, the scrub act is in no way a serious effort to make targeted improvements to the rule making process. touted by supporters as a job creation measure, this irresponsible bill takes a sledgehammer approach to reform. particularly egregious is this legislation's complete failure to provide an exemption for emergency situations. my amendment would correct this very serious mistake. in march of 2014, the oso landslide a horrific natural disaster that took the lives of 43 people in my district, required every available resource to be delay pla -- deployed without delay. given the many crises the country has faced the last year alone from wildfires to terrorist threats, i'm alarmed that we're considering a bill today that would get in the way of an agency trying to do its job at critical moments leek these. the idea that an agency responding to an emergency would be forced to weigh what existing regulations to get rid of before they can take new action while lives are at risk cannot be what this body intends. bills like this are not jobs packages. they're pandering to a few select corporate special interests that put the lives and well being of every american at risk. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on my amendment and to ensure the next time our country faces an emergency, the citizens of this country can rest assured knowing that federal agencies they expect to provide services in time os crisis will not have their hands tied by this irresponsible legislation. i reserve the balance of my... text ms. delbene: i ask for a recorded vote. mr. cicilline: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i am offering this amendment on bhf of myself and my colleague on the judiciary committee, congresswoman sheila jackson lee. let me begin by expressing my appreciation to chairman sessions and ranking member slaughter for their leadership and for making the jackson lee amendment in order. i thank you for the opportunity to explain this amendment to h.r. 1155, the searching for and cutting regulations that are necessarily burdensome act of 2015, referred to as the scrub act this amendment would exempt any rule issued by the department of homeland security from the onerous mandates of this registration legislation. if enacted, the scrub act would establish a retrospective regulatory review commission to identify existing federal regulations that can be repealed to reduce unnecessary regulatory costs to the u.s. economy. this bill purports to reduce bureaucracy by salvaging a new regulatory review commission, charged with identifying duplicative, redun dan or other regulations for repeal. i'm concerned by the means the scrub act uses to accomplish this worthy goal and the real dangers it presents to our public health and safety. if passed without this amendment, this legislation could really undermine and jeopardize public health and safety. in particular, this bill undermines the ability of agencies to act in times of imminent need to protect citizens. the scrub act would prohibit any regulatory agency from issuing any new rule or informal statement including nonlegislative or procedural rules even in the case of an emergency or immeant -- imminent harm or public health until the agency first justify sets the cost of the new rile or guidance by eliminating an existing rule identified by the commission. this regulatory cut-go would force agencies to decide between existing regulations and new threats to the health and safety of americans. it would endanger lives of americans by creating unnecessary delays in the federal regulatory process and create problems that will divert critical agency resources and diminish the agency's ability to protect the public in times of imminent teenage and need. if an agency needed to respond to an imminent hazard to the public or environment it would have to either rescind an existing rule that's identified by the commission's process choose not to act. this amendment is a simple solution to the problem. it will protect the health and well being of all americans. it would ensure the department of homeland security is not unnecessarily burdened with regulatory mandates that would jeopardize its mission to carry out its mission, administer laws, secure cyberspace and ensure disaster resilience. the department of home lan security is the first line of defense in protecting the agency -- the nation and leading recovery acts from all threats, including everything from weapons of mass destruction to natural disasters. you may recall the nation's first documented case of ebola last year in dallas, texas. it was an unforeseen event that required new rules regarding those who had traveled to areas suffering from the ebola outbreak. they also were tasked with we are in an increased command in keeping our borders and citizens safe. the department of homeland security is too critical and it would be irresponsible to impede the agency as this bill would do. now is not the time to slow the department of homeland security to address ongoing threats. the department of homeland security must remain focused on the mission of securing the homeland. i urge my colleagues to support the jackson lee amendment and i reserve.... text recorded vote. the chair: further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from rhode island will be postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 10 printed in house report 11 -388. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition?... text kildee. mr. kildee: thank you. i thank the gentlelady for yielding and for her work on this. tonight i want to share the story of a young man from my district, james brendan bye. his mother, barbara, a good friend of mine, shared her story with me and asked that i share it tonight with this congress and with the country. brendan was born on august 3, 1989, followed by his sister, megan elizabeth. their father left early on, leaving barbara as a single working parent. another sibling, preston, blessed them in 1999. brendan was a wonderful kid. a respective young man. an honor student. his love of playing sports was never realized because of asthma. his senior year of high school, things changed. he became paralyzed with fear, couldn't go to school. dropped out. spent a year looking for help. met friends that turned out to be bad influences. made experimental choices. his mother was aware of this sudden change, saw the signs of anxiety and depression. brandon, though, got his g.e.d., started a job at 18, grateful for work in a city with high unemployment. he struggled through his early 20's. his mother did everything in her power to help him. as a single mom, she worked and raised the family of three-on-one pay check -- paycheck. often finding herself needing to look for help, including medicaid. but for brendan, because his symptoms of mental illness were not so easily recognizable, help was harder to get. he was not properly diagnosed nor treated. his treatment plan did not work. it was not successful. as he sunk further into depression, prescription drugs led to illegal drug use. he self-medicated. his mother, barbara, did not share her home life others. for her, it was an element of confusion, shame, that became the norm. unfortunately in their community of grand blanc, heroin was readily available. and like lots of communities, lots of kids from all backgrounds were using and dying from heroin. brandon first overdosed when he was 24, was saved by his grandfather, al, who helped him get into rehab, and he was able to get treatment, ongoing treatment, at sacred heart in flint. where he had a great counselor who helped him. things were looking up. last year, barbara was happy. all three of her kids were employed for the first time. their future looked bright. and heroin, it seemed, was gone out of brendan's life. he started taking medication prescribed by a doctor to reverse the effects of heroin, volunteered at a food bank, loved nature, loved his pet, loved his brother and sister. his relationships flourished. especially with his aunt, a-- aunt amy, aunt carla, and his cousins. as barbara told me, he was beautiful person inside and out. but in august this last year thinchings changed again. he was taken off prescription medication a short time later, his mother and sister found him collapsed in his bedroom. brendan, at the age of 26, on september 8, of last year, died. for brendan, he's now in heaven. his struggles with mental illness and addiction are gone. for his family, his friends, they continue to greefpblet barbara has become an advocate. she wants to make sure we honor brendan and his life by making sure that those who need health care can get health care, those who need mental health services can get mental health services. her message and really brendan's message is that we have to do more. as a society and as a nation. to deal with this incredible problem. it's the way we honor those that we have lost. it's the way we honor brendan. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back.... text mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, addiction has many faces and one of those is my friend from rhode island, tom, who was elected to the state senate at the age of 25 and also oversaw 40 employees as the director of a local nonprofit organization. already a heavy drinker, tom soon started using cocaine as way to cope with the stress of his responsibilities. when he realized that drugs were taking hold of his life, he tried to quit on his own but was never able to maintain sobriety for more than a month or two. eventual yes checked himself into an in-patient treatment at butler hospital and was able to get help and support and get his life back on track. today, more than 10 years sober, tom works as the chief of staff for the substance abuse and mental health services administration. this is a reminder we need to could more and provide resources. we need a an approach on those getting the support they need. this is particularly in the area of heroin abuse. in america, only 2 poip 5 mill yob received. there are millions of a.m. cans who need it. heroin has grown tremendously particularly in new england.... textmr. desauliner: and i can say you can remedy, as somebody with my background -- seek recognition? mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. by general leave. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: thank you. and i reserve the balance of my time. recognized. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. schrader: i have an amendment at the desk, mr. chair. mr. schroeder: thank you very mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays.mr. woodall: i rise to claim time in opposition to the point of order. is decided -- mr. castro: mr. speaker. i request the yeas and mr. woodall: by direction they have committee on rules -- mr. woodall: durgs consideration of this resolution, all time is yielded for the purpose of debate only but i would like to yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend from florida, mr. hastings, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume.... text mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as mr. woodall: i'd mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time mr. woodall: i'd be happy to yold to my friend from florida. investigated. mr. woodall: i advise my friend from florida i do not have any speakers remaining. prepared to close when he is. mr. woodall: i advise my friend from florida that i'm prepared to close when he is. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. davidson: i do. mr. jolly: section 409 of this legislation creates a congressional task force on economic growth in puerto rico. the intent of the task force is to study barriers to economic growth, report back to congress on changes in federal law that would spur long-term, sustainable economic growth. job creation. and also attract investment in puerto rico. however in my opinion, the section could be improved by also studying the impact and recommended changes on child poverty on the island of puerto rico. nearly 60% of children under 18 live below the poverty level in puerto rico. and roughly 80% live in high poverty areas. that is in comparison to only 11% that live in high poverty areas here in the continental united states. this very simple amendment would add to the requirements of the condition gregsal task force that they report back on recommended changes to address and reduce child poverty in the territory. this amendment has been endorsed by an organization of roughly 600 national and local religious body, including the u.s. conference of catholic bishops, the united methodist church, catholic charity the union for reformed judaism and additionally on tuesday of this week, san juan bishop nueves specifically called on congress to address child poverty in this bill. much of the debate has been around balancing the interests an needs of bondholders and pensioners. i would also ask this the body consider the impact on the least among us. we are called to serve each other. this is an opportunity for this body to reflect not just the vision of our founders but the calling of our creator in doing so. these children are american citizens. their plight deserves our attention and i urge my colleagues to support this amendment. with that, i reflemb -- reserve the balance of my... text mr. duffy: i have an amendment at the desk, mr. speaker. mr. duffy: i recognize the gentleman from puerto rico, mr. pierluisi, for 2 1/2 mr. duffy: reserve as mr. roe: that's why this legislation includes a number of provisions aimed at helping local businesses expend and hire new workers this amendment would strike an entire provision if the bill a provision that is pro-growth and aimed at revitalizing local businesses and the puerto rican economy as a whole. section 403 is a provision that will make it easier for young workers to find jobs and start their careers. the legislation gives the governor of puerto rico the authority subject to the approval of the oversight board, to adjust the minimum wage for new workers under the age of 25. current law already allows employers to offer what is known as a youth opportunity wage for up to 90 tais. this legislation simply extends the time period in puerto rico to four years, an idea that was first recommended in 2012 by the federal reserve bank of new york, which noted then that younger workers were, quote, in danger of becoming disconnected from the labor market. end quote. this recommended change will support economic growth and provide more job opportunities for the local work force, particularly younger workers, and workers with fewer skills. these are common sense policy this is a will help address puerto rico's fiscal crisis by supporting a stronger, more prosperous local economy. for these reasons, i urge my colleagues to oppose this amendment and support the underlying legislation. i yield back.... textunanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. it's my pleasure to once again to rise commemorating june 20, 2015, as american eagle day, and celebrate the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle, the national symbol of the united states. on june 20, 1782, the eagle was designated as a national emblem of the united states by the founding fathers at the second continental congress. the bald eagle is a central image of the great seal of the united states and is displayed in the official seal of many branches and departments of the federal government. the bald eagle is an be inspiring symbol of the spirit of freedom and democracy of the united states sincing the founding of the nation, image of the eagle have played a significant role in art, music, history, commerce, literature, architecture and the culture of the u.s. the bald eagle's habitat only exists in north america. i hope my colleagues will join me in celebrating join 20, 2015, as american eagle day, which marks the recovery and restoration of the bald eagle. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore:... text it is a fact, though. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the ms. delauro: 10 seconds. ms. pro tempore: the gentlelady from maryland is recognized for two minutes. ms. edwards: thank you mr. speaker. i oppose this rule. i'll tell you what, it is such a danger, mr. speaker, that the majority is trying to move through the backdoor what it could not get through the front door on the floor of this house last week. and they are doing it in the most shameful way, mr. speaker. hiding behind our first responders. that's right. hiding behind firefighters and emergency personnel. and even those firefighters, international association of firefighters, representing more than 300,000 firefighters and emergency room personnel, oppose what's being done here today on this floor. and i urge my colleagues to do the same. there is one thing i agree with the gentleman from texas about, this is a donkey that died last week. when we stood up for american workers, small businesses, and american jobs, and right now that donkey is like roadkill and we are going to kill it right here on the floor of this house of representatives. we know that this body could pass legislation that in fact is not just about free trade but about fair trade, and they are not doing it today. protecting our workers, protecting our climate, protecting our buy america provisions for our procurement. so, mr. speaker, even as we are just getting word of the pope's encyclical on climate change, and overwhelmingly recognizing the human cost and cost to us all, we have a letter from our u.s. trade representative saying that this deal doesn't do anything to deal with the authority of the administration to negotiate climate change. that, in fact, is shameful. what we are doing here today is against american workers, against american business, against american jobs. it is time to kill this donkey once and for all by putting it to rest and coming back to the table to reset for the american workers. with that i yield. the speaker pro tempore:... text the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend for yielding. let's be clear, the members on this side of the aisle, the democratic party members on this side of the aisle, completely understand what we are debating today. we know we are debating the rule on t.p.a. the same t.p.a. which has been modified. the problem we have, as the gentleman has said we are not debating t.p.p. the problem we have is the trade promotion authority is intended to be the method by which this body, this congress, creates the parameters for negotiation of trade agreements. such as the transpacific partnership. unfortunately, what we have, and the reason that this has been difficult, is that we are trying -- this house, republican leadership, particularly, trying to create a t.p.a. that accommodates the already negotiated t.p.p. so while it's a good rhetorical argument to say we are not debating t.p.p., the fact of the matter is the reason that there's been such a lack of willingness to consider any modification, any amendment to the t.p.a. bill, is because any change would not align with the already negotiated transpacific partnership. the reason, for example, that a bipartisan amendment that i and mr. clawson offered with equal numbers of democrats and republicans, 22 of us to deal with currency man national park plays, was not made in order because it would not align with the already negotiated transpacific partnership. most everybody agrees it would be goodpolicy. this deal is already written and now we are trying to back a t.p.a. bill in that will accommodate t.p.p. it's rather difficult for me to accept the argument that this t.p.a. question has nothing to do with the transpacific partnership when everybody in this house of representatives knows that it has everything -- will i not yield. i have limited time. the other thing that's important for to us keep in mind is that this is the worst piece of legislation than the bad one that came before the house last week. because of the modifications to t.p.a. that came through in the customs bill, as my colleagues have said, despite the fact that many on the other side have argued our attempts to deal with climate change here in the u.s. alone will not be affected because it's not a global approach, when we have an opportunity to take a broader approach representing 40% of the global economy and deal with climate change, we now have an absolute prohibition, a gag order, we can't talk about climate in the greatest opportunity we would have to deal with climate change. nor can we even have a weak provision regarding currency which has been excised from the t.p.a. and unbelievably we will actually weaken our ability to deal with bad actors when it comes to human trafficking. this is shameful. it ought to be rejected. and i urge my colleagues -- the... text the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i rise in strong opposition to the rule and underlying bill. t.p.a. shouldn't stand for trade promotion authority, it should stand for taking prosperity away. because that's exactly what it's going to do for millions of hardworking americans. the house failed to advance this proposal less than a week ago, and today the t.p.a. we are voting on is even worse. and hiding behind a vote and hiding behind our brave first responders. this is shameful. republican leaders are doing everything they can to jam through a spint agenda that will depress -- special interest agenda, that will depress wages, exacerbate equality, and cost jobs. t.p.a. will take away the constitutional responsibility congress has to strengthen and improve the transpacific partnership. if we approve this measure, we are surrendering our ability to approve a trade agreement for working families. we are not voting on t.p.a. as the chairman said, but we are voting on t.p.a., on the rules to govern these negotiations and the process to be filed. if we vote for this t.p.a., we are saying we are fine moving forward on a trade agreement that has no enforcible provisions against currency provisions. meaning there are no protections to stop countries from devaluing their currency, and putting american manufacturers and jobs at a competitive disadvantage. we are saying we are fine with the trade agreement that fails to address the critical issue of climate change. we are saying we are fine to entering into a trade agreement with countries like brunei where lgbt individuals can be stoned to death. we are saying we are fine having a trade agreement that weakens protections against human trafficking and fine with entering into an agreement with vietnam which denies workers collective bargaining rights while throwing advocates into prison. we are not voting on t.p.p., we are voting on t.p.a., but we are setting the rules for governing the negotiations and removing ourselves from the process of improving and strengthening this trade agreement. the house should reject this proposal and stand with hardworking americans. we should oppose t.p.a. we should oppose the rule. we have for 30 years have trade policies in this country that have failed american workers. driving down wages. increasing inequality. and as a result costing jobs. a vote for fast track is a vote to abandon our responsibility to ensure trade works for our country and for american workers. i urge my colleagues to reject this rule, to reject the underlying bill, and vote no on t.p.a.... text mr. ryan: i'd like to yield one minute to a senior member of the house ways and means committee, the gentleman from texas, mr. brady. the speaker pro ryan: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. davis: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i was thinking what a difference a week does not make. the vast majority of the people in my congressional district were opposed to fast track last week, and they're even more opposed to fast track this week. we've seen fast track before. we've seen the jobs leave our community, our district, our state, and our nation. fast enough. they don't need our help. they don't need anybody else's help. we need to create jobs here in america, not have them flee. i agree with my colleagues who have said vote no. i agree with the people of my congressional district. and i shall vote no. i yield back.... text the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. scott: thank you very much. the people of this gat nation are watching us todayand they are begging and pleading with us to please vote down this bill. this bill, allyou have to do, whonows better than the american people who live in the towns and the cties where they've seen their manufacturing plants close andhey've seen their jobs shipped overseaed, every trade deal has done it. let's look at the china deal. as a result of the china deal, two million manufacturing jobs have been shipped from america over to china. look at nafta. yeah, they created jobs, but where they created -- but where did they create jobs? in mexico. where did the manufacturing plants go? they went to mexico. that's why the american people are ringing everybody's office and urging them, please, let us not lose any more jobs. and those of you who are concerned about income equality, the reason we have that as a burning issue in the heart and soul, particularly of middle class america, is because we're seing the middle class vanish. these are the jobs. these manufacturing jobs, ladies and gentlemen. not these big, polluting, what the big corporate presidents make millions of dollar. yeah, they're going to make plenty of millions of dollars but these jobs go into the middle section of our economic stream and the lower income. look at akron, ohio, look at atlanta, georgia, look at chicago, look at detroit, once vibrant cities and the backbone of america is manufacturing. we're shipping it out to the world and you know what else we're shipping out there? we're shipping these jobs. not only that, the profits of these companies, last year, $2 trillion of profits. held in these overseas accounts away from our taxing structure. can't you see america is getting weaker because of these trade policies? i urge you to vote no and stand up for the american people. the speaker... text how much time? the speaker pro tempore: mr. ryan: we are only two speakers left on our side with deference to our members trying to get home to south carolina. i yield to mr. tiberi. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from ohio, the chairman of the trade subcommittee.... text reject this fast track. the ryan: i call up the bill h.r. 1190 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks minutes. the chair recognizes and include extraneous material on h.r. 119 o -- 1190. the speaker... text ryan: i ask unanimous consent that the exchange of letters between committees of jurisdiction be included in the record. the to yield four minutes to the author of the legislation, the distinguished gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe. four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the chairman is recognized. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i rise as a proud sponsor of the protecting seniors access to medicare act. this bipartisan legislation, which introduced with my colleague, linda sanchez, would repeal the independent payment advisory board or ipab. created by the affordable care act, this panel of 15 unaccountable, un-elected bureaucrats exist to cut medicare spending to meet arbitrary budgets and have given enormous powers to do so. listen to this carefully. peter orzag, president obama's former budget director has noted, ipab represents the single biggest yielding of power to an independent entity since the creation of the federal reserve. let me repeat that of the the single biggest yielding of power to an independent entity since the creation of the federal reserve. mr. speaker, we just spent in a bipartisan way three years working through s.g.r. reform. 17 times we kicked the can down the road so our seniors wouldn't be denied access to care. this bill is basically s.g.r. on steroids. it trumps all the work we just did on s.g.r. reform. any proposal made by ipab will be considered using expedited procedures. without a 3/5 vote in the senate, congress can only modify the type of cuts proposed, not the amount. so we have to do the amount. if congress doesn't act on ipab's recommendation, the cuts will automatically go into effect. to make matters worse, the board is exempt from administrative or judicial review. and on the projections between 2024, the c.b.o. can't tell me from year to year within tens of billions of dollars what the budget deficit will be each year. i don't put a lot of stock in that. if the president does not nominate individuals to serve on the ipab board or it fails to recommend cuts when required to do so, the secretary of health, human services has the power to make the changes unilaterally. one person will make those changes for the entire contry. bye ghi that for a second. one person would have the ability to reshape a program that has 55 million enrollees. whatever you may think about the president's health care law, this just isn't right. after practicing medicine for more than 30 years, i can tell you that no two patients are the same. and the different approaches are required for different needs. ipab is blind to that effect and will ration seniors' care through access to care and through a one-size-fits-all payment policy. medicare desperately needs reform to ensure it continues to be there for current beneficiaries and the next generation, but this is not the way. . we can do better. it's time to go back to the back where they belong. mr. speaker, that's been patients and doctors. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore:... text mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from tennessee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, i spent going on four decades taking care of patients in our rural east tennessee, and i saw access becoming more and more and more of a problem. and it is a serious issue now as medicare costs have gone up and up and up. i have a mother who's almost 93. it's a difficult time affording her health care and other needs that she has. one of the things i'm very concerned with, as mr. mcdermott said, dr. mcdermott said, we have 10,000 seniors a day getting onto that program. we need to leave those decisions to doctors and patients, not to bureaucrats. let me just give you a little information. there is a panel in england, national institutes of clinical excellence, i believe what it is, and the royal college of surgeons talked about the other day, they noticed over 75, almost nobody got operated on for breast cancer. almost nobody over 75 got a gal bladder operation. almost -- gall bladder operation. almost nobody over 75 got a knee fix. that's problem. and that's the path we're going down if we don't stop this nonsense. there is an article by the new england journal of medicine published in 2011 and i recommend you read it. 25 years back. this particular author wasn't for ipab or against it. he just analyzed it. 21 of those 25 years ipab would have kicked in, meaning those cuts would have happened, and i can tell you this right now our seniors better look at this with a laser beam on it because their benefits will be cut if it goes into effect. we need to get rit of it now before it happens. with that i yield back. -- we need to get rid of it now before it happens. with that i yield back. the speaker... text ryan: mr. speaker, let me inquire as to the time allotment remaining. the speaker pro tempore: two minutes to the gentleman from ohio, mr. wenstrup. the speaker mr. ryan: i'm going to follow suit. it's a great bill. we should pass it. ipab is a bad agency. should never have been created in the first place. i yield back. the speaker... textmr. davis: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to join congressman todd young in leading h.r. 4472, the modernizing the interstate placement of children in foster care act. i joined my friend from indiana in introducing h.r. 4472 because it will help us make progress on an important issue -- redution the barriers and delays that continue to -- reducing the barriers and delays that continue to exist when the best new home for a child is in a different state than the unsafe home the child had to leave. given that my congressional district has one of the highest percentages of grandparents raising grandchildren in the nation, followed closely by two other congressional districts in illinois, child welfare issues are very personal to my constituents, to chicago, and to my home state. removing barriers that delay or prevent interstate child placements is a long time, bipartisan goal within congress. this bill addresses an important factor in those delays. the ability of state computer systems to link up, to process the paperwork, the current paper-based system is antiquated and slow. as part of an h.h.s. pilot project, seven states and the district of columbia currently participate in the national electronic interstate compact enterprise an online tool that allows state office systems to talk to each other and process interstate placements more quickly. i am very proud of the fact that illinois is one of these states. an early evaluation found that this system reduced waiting times for affected children by about a 1/3. 10 other states have already announced plans to join the exchange over the next two years. h.r. 4472 will accelerate the number of participating states in the short run, and ensure that all states participate in the long run. the director of the illinois department of children and family services, george sheldon, often emphasizes that we need to operate in kid time. not adult time. meaning that we need to recognize the urgency of restoring permanency for children in child welfare rather than allowing adult bureaucracy to impede permanency. modernizing the technology to increase efficiencies and quicken placements is common sense and respects the urgency of finding permanent loving homes for children. i am grateful to mr. young for ensuring that the bill extends up on existing progress on modernization within states and include tribal foster care systems. this is a good bill and i thank mr. young and his staff for their excellent work. i am pleased to join them and i urge support to move forward on h.r. 4472. i reserve the balance of my time.... text mr. davis: thank you very much, mr. speaker. while we are discussing h.r. 4472, reducing the time that it takes to process a child who might come from a different state for adoption or foster care placement, there are other issues of child welfare, one that i will mention. the issues of child welfare have a long history of bipartisanship . in addition to modernizing interstate placement of children, i hope to engage my colleagues in addressing the substance abuse needs of families involved in child welfare. aside from the alcohol, other drug use, the number one reason for removing from the home. more specifically, approximately 1/3 of cases list alcohol, other drug use as the reason for a child's removal. what is exciting is that we have good, clear empiric evidence that certain strategies have demonstrated effectiveness, specifically these quality interventions help children and families affected by substance abuse experience. they have fewer days in care. higher reunification rates. less recurrence of child maltreatment, and better permanency over time. i am preparing to introduce a bill that scales up the successes from smaller targeted interventions into full-scale interventions while building the research to better inform federal policy overall. my bill does two key things. first, it dedicated staff under title 4-e for the coordination of substance abuse prevention and treatment services with child welfare services. secondly, it creates grants to expand the lessons learned from the research on smaller scale efforts to the state level. funding additional research to improve related federal policy. my home state of illinois has led the nation in addressing substance abuse issues in child welfare. we know that we need to do more to address this problem. we know that it works and of course i look forward to being engaged in the development of programs and activities that would further enhance that kind of success. again, i would want to thank mr. young for his tremendous work on h.r. 4472 and i reserve the balance of my... text recognized. mr. davis: mr. chairman, i am pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, one of the outstanding members of the ways and means committee, mr. doing... text mr. davis: as much time as you would want to consume. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield myself some additional time. i want to associate my remarks by those made by mr. doggett relative to continuing the social services block grant funding which has provided a tremendous amount of resource and continues to do so for social welfare programs including those affecting children. i also want to associate myself by the comments made relative to the commission to eliminate child abuse and neglect. just happens that one of the judges from my district, the presiding judge of the child protection services of the circuit court of cook county served on that commission, serves on it and, of course, had some findings that were different than the commission report. i think we need to consider all of those things as we move forward but i'm pleased to note that we are indeed making progress dealing with the issues of child welfare and, again, i want to commend mr. young and his staff for their work on h.r. 4472. i'm pleased to join and urge strong support for it and i would yield back the balance... text mr. davis: i yield. mr. adoctor ham: thank you, mr. speaker. i -- mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize david pring will for his retirement and congratulate him on his 37 years of employment with aleck insurance company. he started in mississippi, north carolina and west virginia. he was promoted to the senior vice president of government relations in 1990. he has maintained that position ever since. one of his most notable accomplishments is the state employee training program which he developed while working at the headquarters. he has accomplished himself as an expert in the field of health care, writing several publications on health care reform and insurance policy. mr. pringl's dedication to the industry will be missed. i wish him the best. thank you. and i yield... text mr. zeldin: i will tell them that diane black will be mr. zeldin: i hope that won't be the last resort. hopefully it will be plan a. mr. zeldin: thank you. in all seriousness, the -- you really do provide inspiration for so many in how much you value that strong family. thank the gentleman. mr. zeldin: thank you. i yield to mrs. black who has a very special guest here she'd like to recognize. mr. benishek: thank you very much, ms. kaptur, for setting up this time for us to come together on the floor to talk about the importance of the great lakes and to mr. kelly for being here as well. some issues are truly bipartisan. i believe that protecting our great lakes is really one of those. the great lakes are a vital part of our life in michigan, particularly my district. you know, i have more great lakes frontage than any other district in the country. i have three great lakes in my district. over 1,500 miles of frontage on three of the great lakes. we have more shoreline than any district in the country other than the state of alaska, but that's all saltwater up there. so i don't think there is a person in my district who doesn't consider the lakes a vital part of their lives, whether it's fishing or swimming or sailing or kayaking, just plain sitting by the water. we love our lakes. it's a pure michigan experience, and i encourage you all to visit. since coming to congress, one of my top priorities have been working to keep the great lakes clean so that future generations may also enjoy them. i want my grandkids and their kids to experience the joy of their first local fishing derby on a summer day or going ice fishing with their buddies in the winter. the joy of living on or near the great lakes inspire us all to ensure they stay clean for future generations. we treasure our great lakes not only for their beauty and recreation they provide but the incredible value they provide to our economy. in michigan alone, outdoor recreation generates $18.7 billion in consumer spending and supports nearly 200,000 jobs. protecting the great lakes requires action on many fronts, which only makes sense, as ms. kaptur said. these five great lakes represent more than 20% of all the fresh water in the world. that's why i have worked, along with so many of my american colleagues, to provide -- many of my midwestern colleagues, to provide funding for the great lakes restoration which the president always seems to cut in his budget. this bipartisan effort must be renewed every year to guarantee this important program continues, gives local communities across the great lakes the ability to clean up local beaches, preserve natural wildlife habitats and to restore local watersheds, among many other useful products for the great lakes. in my district alone, glri fund supports the grand traverse bay water protection project and the beaver island archipelago and invasive species benefit. these protect the great lakes while at the same time providing a boost to the local economy. the sue locks also have a major impact on our economy. maintaining the integrity of the current lock system and ensuring construction of a second lock is vital for both our national economy and our national security. some people don't even realize that these locks exist, are basically the panama canal of america where much of the iron ore that is made into steel which a lot of industry in america depends on, passes through this and would cause a major crisis if it should fail. i'm proud to have led a trip to the sue last summer to raise awareness about the importance of these and while we've secured funding for our economic evaluation report for the army corps of engineers, we must continue to raise awareness of this project while we await the publication of this report. and the threat of invasive species from mussels that is already in the great lakes to the asian carp which we're trying to prevent from gaining access. invasive species are a constant threat to this precious resource. i work closely with with the congress to make invasive species a priority in this congress. while i'll be leaving congress at the end of this term, it's my hope we'll continue to work together this year in a bipartisan and constructive manner to protect the great lakes and i'm willing to partner with anyone who is is willing to do that. thank you, ms. kaptur, for doing this special order hour, and i'll yield back my time to... text tonight. mr. kildee: thank you for yielding and for your leadership. always a great ally. my uncle worked to preserve and protect this incredible natural asset, the great lakes. to you and congressman kelly, referred to your childhood. those of us who are from the great lakes region all remember and recall from our childhood our introduction to the great lakes. and my home state of michigan, the very shape of our state is defined by the lakes. lake huron on the east and lake michigan on the west, lake erie and superior to the north defines the shape of our state. and as a child, i remember the first time experiencing the lakes and it did seem as though it was something so big it was almost impossible to comprehend but also something as a child, i took for granted and we all took for granted that the lakes would always be there, that they would always be pure, and always clear and cold, the way we recall them as children. and of course, what we come to know as policy makers is that we can't be put in a position to take that for granted. we have to protect and we have to actively protect that incredible gift that has been handed to us simply by as a creation of god. and we have this enormous special stewardship. two things i want to point out that are part of the spuredship responsibility that we have to -- stewardship responsibility that we have to and for the great lakes. one, of course, is to defend the lakes against any threat that might manifest now or might manifest generations from now, whether that is working to protect the lakes from invasive species, like asian carp or a special obligation that i think we have right now working with our friends across the border on the canadian side and that is to protect the lakes from unnecessary and unwarranted threats. there has been in the planning stages the possibility of a nuclear waste storage facility that would be on the eastern shore of lake huron, 6/10 of a mile from the shore of that lake. and i'm pleased to see that our friends within the canadian government, within the new government, have taken a pause to re-evaluate whether that site is the best site. and of course my position and the position of many members of congress, democrats and republicans has been that there's a special line that we must draw when it comes to protecting the lakes. and when we have a chance to ask that in this case the canadian government, specifically ontario power generation, to reconsider the location of a nuclear waste storage facility so that in the event from now, 100 years, 200 years from now, that we would never put the lakes at risk. that's something we can do as a tangible set of steps but it's an example of the special responsibility that i know i now have as a member of congress representing the great lakes region. it's not until you are sworn into office and take an oath to represent the people that you live with back home that you come to understand the magnitude of that responsibility, especially for maintaining the lakes. and then of course the other point that congresswoman kaptur mentioned, we have a special responsibility to take advantage of the fact that we have been given this gift and use it in a way that is sustainable, but also allows us to use the pure and clear lake water in a way that protects us. and of course, the very bad decisions that were made at the state government level that led to the crisis in my hometown of flint were decisions to move temporarily away from using lake water for our drinking water, to use river water in the flint river as our primary drinking water source. almost unimaginable that would happen considering that we are surrounded by, literally, surrounded by the greatest source, the largest source of fresh water on the planet that a community would temporarily use drinking water. and makes the point that the protections of our water resources are special protections that we have to make sure are adhered to. this crisis in flint or any other crisis, such as the issue that i know congresswoman kaptur is familiar with and you you have may have already addressed, the bloom in the lake that affected the drinking water in toledo and other places, we have a special responsibility that we are through our environmental protection agency and state environmental quality agencies aggressively defending the great lakes, not just to maintain their natural beauty. not just to maintain them as recreational assets, but to make sure when we use that water for something as fundamental as drinking water, that we know it will always be safe and protected. so i want to thank you for your leadership on the issue of the great lakes and thank you for including me on this bipartisan effort to make sure that we always take care of this unique and special stewardship responsibility to protect the greatest freshwater source on the planet. i yield back.... textcicilline: mr. cicilline: tomorrow, july 30, marks the 50th anniversary of president johnson soing the social security act amendments into law and creating medicare and medicaid to meet the health care needs of seniors, individuals with disabilities and working families. today 55 million americans receive benefits and 69 million americans rely on medicaid. one in three children receive their health insurance through medicaid. in rhode island's 1st district, more than 92,000 receive medicare benefits and 100,000 receive medicaid coverage. access to quality health care should be a right to everyone. over the last half september try, medicare and medicaid provided millions of americans with access to quality, affordable health care. it's critical to strengthen these programs, enhance benefits and make sure all americans can live with security and dignity. i yield... text seek recognition? ms. delauro: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revie and mr. kildee: i urge a no vote on this rule so we can bring up as my colleagues have said, something that ought to be done in a bipartisan fashion with little significant opposition, and that's the re-authorization of an entity that helps drive the american economy, put americans to work and helps us to compete in increasingly competitive global environment and that's the export-import bank. in 2012, ex-imwas re-authorized and passed with 330 votes in the house, 78 in the senate. 60% of republicans in both bodies supporting the export-import bank and joining democrats in doing so. there is so much partisanship that invades and ineffects this place, but when it comes to american jobs, supporting american manufacturers, putting hardworking americans to work that have higher wages -- we have great zugs about the growing inequality in wages. we don't always agree on the solution, but one solution we ought to agree on is re-authorization of the export-import bank, because we know export jobs pay higher wages. this ought to be a no-brainer. 59,000 jobs in my own state of michigan. as a result of the export-import bank and the work they do. in the last six years, $200 billion in exports. we can have big agreements on how we ought to deal with income inequality but ought not to have any disagreement when we see the bank that delivers money to the federal treasurey, helps us deal with that problem, puts americans to work and makes us more competitive. we ought to do this in a bipartisan fashion and ought to do it. the time of the gentleman has expired. the gentleman from texas is recognized. .... text mr. roe: thank you, mr. chairman. it's a pleasure to join my colleagues on the house floor to speak in support of h.r. 1994, the v.a. accountability act as amended. i would like no begin by noting that most of the v.a.'s 300,000 folks are honest, hardworking folk who get up with the sole intention of going to work to help our veterans, just as they do at mountain home. the scandals at the v.a. medical centers, it's become evident there are more bad apples than we would like to believe. the v.a. accountability act would provide the accountability necessary for the v.a. to remove bad actors and send the message about the type of performance we expect for our veterans. additionally, this would provide frontline employees with increased whistleblower protections from retribution from superiors and colleagues to the office of special counsel. as a member of the veterans affairs subcommittee on oversight and investigation and as a veteran myself, i understand how crucial it is for whistle blowers to continue coming forward with allegations of mismanagement, misconduct, and outright nedges. if whistleblowers don't feel -- negligence. if if whistleblowers don't feel safe stepping forward, we'll never be able to fix the problems at the v.a. i think it's important to note that nothing in this bill requires the secretary to remove anyone. it simply gives the secretary the tools necessary to remove bad employees which would be a welcomed authority, i would think. mr. chairman, we must change the culture at the v.a. as the second largest employeing department in the u.s. government, ect only to the department of defense, there are far too many hurdles in place to reasonably and responsibly manage it. just one thing about spending at the v.a., i've been on the veterans affairs committee since i've been in congress, 6 1/2 years. the budget is up 74%. we are spending the money. we need to spend it more wisely. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation for our nation's veterans. thank you, mr. chairman,... text mr. benishek: thank you, mr. chairman. today i rise in support of h.r. 1994, legislation to allow the v.a. secretary to fire employees because of poor performance or misconduct. i want to thank chairman miller for his strong leadership on this bill. the v.a. committee has been relentless in our pursuit of answers and accountability for our veterans since the wait time scandal first surfaced, yet the v.a. has only held three individual responseable for these unacceptable failings. i'm the father of a veteran. i served our returning heroes as a doctor in the iron mountain v.a. hospital for 20 years. i know exactly the quality of our veterans and they deserve so much better. in northern michigan, we all know if you don't do your job, you get fired. it's that simple. the v.a. needs to remember, it's not their to serve the v.a., it's there to serb our veterans. until we focus the v.a. on this fundamental and sacred mission, we will continue to have the issues of mismanagement and incompetence that have plagued the department. this bill takes an important step in that direction and i'm pleased to support it and i urge my colleagues to do the same. i yield back the remainder of my time.... text ms. edwards: i rise in strong opposition, the so-called v.a. accountability act. i'm a daughter of a veteran and i was outraged at the findings that wait time records were falsified. i have to tell you and has been said on the other side, my father actually received good care and services in v.a. as hundreds of thousands of veterans do all across this country, and that is by the hundreds of thousands of veteran employees and workers at the v.a. i recall that in my state, 10% of our population in maryland are veterans and we are a small state. we care about veterans and the care they receive. just before adjourning last year, congress passed and i voted for and the president signed the veteran access choice and accountability act and gave the v.a. secretary expanded authority to fire or demote service employees and capped the amount of bonuses and required the v.a. to establish penalties for employees who knowingly submit false wait time data. enough already. almost one year later, republicans are not only skipping town early with a whole bunch of unfinished business but spending this day on an ideological bill aimed to disparage federal employees. there are mechanisms that are in place to enforce standards for all federal employees including those at the veterans administration. the main provision of the bill would single out nonmanagement v.a. employees, including 100,000 veterans to be fired or demoted. we work closely with our employees at the baltimore regional office and the washington, d.c., medical center. these people, many veterans themselves, are dedicated and care about the patients they serve and the nation of the administration. this legislation is nothing more than a last-minute attempt by house republicans to terminate and unfairly blame federal employees and shrink the government until it can't do anything for the american people. i'll work with like-minded members of congress who want to provide oversight but this is not the answer and would destroy the merit-based civil service system. this is not about accountability , not about whistleblowers or improving services for our nation's veterans. this bill is nothing more than union busting. it's union busting and needs to be stopped. the house republicans should be ashamed by using v.a. employees and federal employees for their own political gain. and with that,... text from michigan. mr. benishek: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. chairman, we have a real opportunity to inject accountability to the v.a.'s culture of mismanagement. the amendment would help ensure when a v.a. inspector general identifies a problem and offers recommendations, that changes are made and the job gets done. today, the i.g. regularly issues reports on problems at the department. and most of the time the v.a. agrees with the recommendations and promises a change. problem is no manager is named as responsible for making those changes. when no one's in charge, nothing gets done and there is no one to hold responsible. this amendment makes key changes that will give the report teeth and bring to the v.a. solutions that our veterans deserve. it increases transparency and allows the public to see the i.g. report. it also requires the release of any motorcycleses that the v.a. has asked the i.g. to make. it also requires the i.g. to identify specific managers responsible for fixing the problems identified in the report. the names will not be released but allow congress and the v.a. to know who is responsible for fixing the problem. those individuals would not receive a bonus until the i.g. certifies that the problem is resolved. finally, reduces the burden on a supervisor and if necessary to fire a bad employee. supervisor cannot manage if their hands are tied. this amendment has bipartisan support passing by a stand-alone bill in the last congress and garnered the support of the american legion, v.f.w. and the paralyzed veterans of america. i thank my colleague and friend congresswoman sinema. and i thank you for the support. chairman miller has been an incredible voice and advocate for our veterans. i reserve.... text the chair: the gentleman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it.... text mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i just want to echo the comments of the prior chair. i yield myself such time mr. ryan: at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, a member of the ways and means committee, mr. johnson. mr. mcdermott: mr. speaker, i yield one -- two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. mr. davis: thank you, mr. chairman. i want to thank the gentleman from washington for yielding. and i agree with him. i agree that we are squeezing and squeezing and extending and extending when we know better and we know the difference. we know that we could have a meaningful solution to the problem that we face. we come and we kick the can a little bit, add a little bit more to it, and like how i'm going to vote for it, but i'm going to vote for it not because i think it's the best approach. i'm going to vote for it because i want to see construction crews continue to work. . i want to see families who are looking for paychecks to be able to continue to get them. i'm going to vote for it because i want to see roads and bridges and highways repaired. i want to see veterans be able to go to the doctor and not wonder whether or not the doctor's going to be there to take care of them. so, yes, i will vote for it. and i'll look up and see that we'llen back -- we'll be back in december voting again. but we do what we have to do. we have to keep america working . i'll vote for it, to keep america working. i thank you, mr. chairman, and i yield... text mr. ryan: we're prepared to close. does the gentleman from washington have any other speakers? mr. mcdermott: mr. speaker, i will yield the balance of the time to myself.mr. jolly: thank you, mr. speaker. we heard a lot of talk this week about improving security in our communities. one way we can do that as a country is to stand shoulder to shoulder with our law enforcement officers. just as they get our back each day, let us get theirs. tomorrow is law enforcement appreciation day. we can show our appreciation in this house by bringing up and passing legislation i have introduced called the thin blue line act. now with over 50 co-sponsors on both sides of the capitol. it simply gives propertyors and judges greater flexibility to impose enhanced penalties on those who do harm to law enforcement officers. law enforcement officers each year are subject to over 50,000 assaults on them. 15,000 with injuries. and 150, unfortunately, leading to law enforcement deaths. the thin blue line act says very simply, if you take the life of a law enforcement officer, be prepared to lose your own. mr. speaker, let's stand with law enforcement officers today and each day in this house. thank you. i... text >> mr. speaker, i rise today in support of every american's second amendment rights. the recent announcement by president obama to unilaterally enact gun control laws once again shows his complete lack of leadership and complete disregard for americans' fundamental rights.... text mr. carter: the president should be working with congress to enact legislation not creating executive orders because things don't work out his way. the fact is that the president's executive actions would not have prevented a single mass shooting over the past several years. one of the main underlying causes of many of these shootings was mental illness, and i will be the first to agree we should dedicate efforts to address mental illness in this country. however, directing millions of dollars in new investment for mental health care is not the role of the president. this is the role for congress. if our founding fathers wanted to restrict the right to bear arms, they would have written it into our constitution. if our founding fathers wanted an executive fiat government, they would have created one. i call on my colleagues, both democrats and republicans, to stand up for this institution and protect what our founding fathers fought and died for. a republic, elected by the people, for the people. a country that is not controlled by one man but by many. thank you, mr. speaker.... text mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. chairman. i recognize myself for such time as i may mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, at this time it's my pleasure to yield three minutes to the chairman of the subcommittee, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr.... text mr. goodlatte: i continue to reserve. mr. goodlatte: at this time it's my pleasure to yield five minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. farenthold, the chief sponsor of a portion of this legislation.... text mrodlae:. chrman, th time it my easureo yie three minutes t the ntleman from mhi mr. rott, mber of the udiciary commt. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, at this time it's my pleasure to yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from texas. mr. farenthold. recognition? mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. mr. deutch: guns should be treated exactly the same way as toasters and i hope the gentleman will work with me to make sure that the consumer product safety commission will recall --... text it. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. mr. nadler: madam speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. mr. nadler: i request the yeas and nays. mr. reichert: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, tomorrow is national law enforcement appreciation day. and i would like to take this this time to thank the men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. as a former cop of 33 years, i know what it means to leave your home and not know what i'm coming back. my family knows that. early in my career, there was a big question mark, i found myself in a fight of my life, 23 years old being attacked by a man with a butcher knife and came home. years later i lost a partner who was ambushed, shot and killed. two years later, i lost a good friend an academy colleague who was stabbed to death in 1984. and sadly, these deaths of police officers are occurring each and every day. and so i want to take this time to mention the last two in washington state who have given their lives, sacrificed their lives for the good and protection of our community. officer rick silva and detective brett hanger of the washington state patrol. mr. speaker, we should take this time, especially tomorrow and in the coming weeks to stop and say thank you to our law enforcement officials across this country for putting their lives on the line each and every day to keep our families safe. i yield... textmr. kildee: i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. well, last week the house republican leadership blew past the deadline to adopt a budget. instead of coming together to enact a budget that invests in american jobs, grows our economy, builds the paychecks of american workers, republicans actually decided, intentionally not to pass a budget at all. and worse, my hometown of flint, michigan, 100,000 people, can't drink their water because it has been poisoned by lead through decisions made by its own government, state government, it's in crisis. there's a bill in the senate, there's a bill in the house to provide relief to this great city during a disaster, and this congress won't bring up that bill. nor will it bring up legislation to deal with the opioid epidemic or the zika virus epidemic. this is shameful. this is the congress of the united states. we are supposed to do the work of the american people and we have people in crisis in my own hometown and we can't get congress to act. not on a budget. not on help for flint. not on zika. we need to do our job in the body of this united states congress. i yield back the balance of my time.... text mr. benishek: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of house resolution 673, the commonsense bill that expresses the support of congress for having the i.r.s. continue to provide taxpayers with a paper copy of instructions on how to file their taxes. i want to thank representative grothman for introducing this resolution and giving us the opportunity to discuss this important issue during tax week. i hear from constituents all the time about how difficult it is to access paper tax forms, let alone how hard it is to file their taxes. every year millions of people continue to file their taxes on paper. but every year the i.r.s. continues to make this process even more difficult. as the i.r.s. has transitioned to preferring an electronics filing system, many of my constituents are getting left behind. now, -- not everyone is easily capable of getting paper forms on their own. the response my constituents receive is all the forms are easily available online. unfortunately, more than 25% of all americans lack regular or easy access to the internet. over 50% of seniors do not own a computer. other people just want to file by paper. we need to preserve this option. besides the accessibility concerns, we hear more and more about the dangers electronic data security, tax fraud, dangerous which are exacerbated by e-filing. many of my constituents want to avoid these threats to their personal information anti-i.r.s. is actively hindering them from taking sensible precautions. the paper act in this congress that would require the i.r.s. to send filing instructions and tax forms and paper format if someone traditionally files their taxes on paper. this seems pretty easy to me. while many of my constituents have concerns about how complicated their taxes are or how high their rates are, they want to pay their taxes. we should not be keeping them from doing so. i urge all of my colleagues to support this simple resolution. i think if the i.r.s. would stop going after individuals about their politics, they would have plenty of money to send out the forms. i yield basket remainder of my time. soipt gentlelady reserves.... text minutes. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentleman from michigan for yielding and for his leadership on this special order hour. madam speaker, five weeks ago president obama fulfilled his constitutional responsibility and nominated judge merrick garland to the supreme court. judge garland is qualified for this position, and in 1997 he was confirmed to the united states court of appeals in the district of columbia with a majority of both parties supporting his nomination. he oversaw the prgs of timothy mcveigh -- prosecution of timothy mcveigh for the oklahoma city bombing. orrin hatch said he would be a consensus nominee and there would be no question he would be confirmed in the senate. now one month after president obama nominated judge garland to the supreme court, the senate are unwilling to give him an up or down vote. president ronald reagan said the federal judiciary is too important to be made a political football but that's exactly what senate republicans are doing. they're denying the american people a fully functioning supreme court and choosing to turn the federal judiciary into a political football. the supreme court was designated by the founders of our country to make major decisions of law and to protect the rights of all americans, but the supreme court can't function as it was designed without a full slate of nine justices. the constitution makes clear the president's job is to nominate justices of the supreme court and the senate's job is to advise and consent on those a number nations. the president has done -- nominations. the president has done his job. the senate said they won't do their job for the remainder of the year. this is the most consequential example of republican obstruction. the american people deserve more from their elected officials. leader mcconnell, members of the senate republican caucus, do your job and consider judge garland's nomination as swiftly as possible. the american people deserve nothing less. with that i yield... textcarter. mr. carter: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.... text mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to pay respects to william wallace sprag jr. who peacefully passed away last week at the age of 89. mr. sprag was born november 11, 1926, served two years in the united states navy during world war ii and graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering from m.i.t. and yale in 1950. from 1972 to 1994, he was chairman of the board and c.e.o. of savannah foods and industries who were the makers of dixie crystal sugar. under his leadership, savannah foods grew from a small regional sugar refinery to a major national sugar company and a fortune 500 member. in fact, from 1980 to 1990, savannah foods was number two in total returns to shareholders with a total return of $44,862%. he served as director of several national and international associations and was rin conducted into the georgia hall of fame. he served as trustee, director or president for numerous organizations and also worked to improve the lives of people in the community where he lived. his passion for life, his sense of humor and his enthusiasm for making savannah, georgia, a better place will truly be missed. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back.... text >> mr. speaker, i rise today in strong opposition to the administration's most recent action that runs afoul of our second amendment rights. the president's executive orders could easily affect citizens' privacy and due process all at the whim of a bureaucrat. rather than putting in place new hurdled -- hurdles for citizens who choose to exercise their second amendment right to keep and bear arms, the administration's focus should be on the laws already on the books that they're not enforcing. the administration's actions are unconstitutional and simply are another attempt to distract from the real issues at hand. particularly the onward march of terrorism and a destabilizing effect of to deal with conflict iran is having in the middle east. it would serve the country better to focus on defeating radical islamic terrorists. mr. speaker, i yield back the... text for one minute. mr. roe: mr. speaker, tuesday morning, president obama formally announced his plans to unilateral expand gun control laws. unsurprisingly, the president has begin overstepped the boundaries and powers of his office. while we all want fewer senseless acts of violence, the president is choosing to punish lawful gun owners and restrict their second amendment rights instead of addressing the actual causes of mass murder, such as the need to improve our mental health system and the growing threat of terrorism. in addition to the constitutional questions about his actions and the misled blame toward gun owners, these executive actions won't even accomplish what the president claims is his reason for acting. not a single mass shooting committed over the last few years would have been prevented by the gun control measures currently being discussed. a statement the "washington post" fact checker which is being described as, quote, the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. as a physician, i think if you want to try to prevent mass killings, you have to do nor to intervene with individuals before they commit these heinous acts which is why so many of us believe reforming our mental health center is critically important. as a proud american and conceal carry permit holder, i will work tirelessly to accomplish reforms that reduce the chance of mass shootings ever occurring. with that i yield back the balance of my... text mr. goodlatte: it's my pleasure to recognize the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. marino, for three minutes. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. chairman. i thank my friend for yielding. mr. speaker, mr. chairman, my main concern with this bill is the provision that would prevent a new regulation from taking effect until it has been available on line for at least six months after the already exhaustive public notice and comment period that is required of new regulations. this may be a well intended procedure, but it could potentially harm the very people that the -- that are in need of protection under some of the rules being promulgated. i know there is an exemption that may relate to health and safety that could include a presidential action, but it requires us to know of an impending threat in order for that procedure to be utilized. i'm thinking about what happened in my own hometown of flint, michigan, where people cannot wait six months for the lead and copper rule, for example, which is under review right now, to be modified. due to mismanagement by the state government, and the weakness in the safe drinking water act's lead and copper rule, thousands of children in flint, michigan, have been exposed to dangerous lead. lead exposure is not good for anyone, but it's particularly dangerous for young children. according to the c.d.c., lead exposure is one of the most dangerous neuro toxins, wide ranging impacts affects i.q., behave yorbling implications, developmental implications for the central nervous system. it's heartbreaking to see as a result of the failure to adequately supply support and regulation to drinking water programs that levels of lead in my own hometown have poisoned children. changes to the lead and copper rule, which i have participated in and are under way right now, could have prevented this. right now, as a matter of fact, those changes are pending. if this legislation is passed, basically what we are saying is to the people of flint and other potential communities that could have lead exposure, is that we have to wait another six months for that protection. six more months potentially of danger, dangerous lead, leeching into the pipes going into the bodies of young children. this notion that regulation is always wrong and always bad,ing i know that's not the position it's taken, but the effect of this legislation would be to slow down the regulatory process . very often regulations that need to be changed, need to be adjusted to provide essential protections to public health. the notion that we are supposed to somehow know that an imminent threat is present and allow this expedited process that's anticipated in this legislation, belies logic. they didn't know until after blood levels showed increased lead levels in children that such a problem existed. when we know there are necessary changes, when the e.p.a. through its process, as they have done with the lead and copper rule, know that there are ways to improve the protection to kids, we ought to implement those regulations as soon as we can. with that, mr. chairman, i yield back. i thank the gentleman for yielding.... text mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, i rise in opposition to the amendment. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i may consume just to say -- mr. goodlatte: i rise in opposition to the amendment. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. from virginia. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, it's my understanding that -- maybe not. i'm the manager opposed so i believe i have the right to close. mr. goodlatte: i will reserve. mr. goodlatte: i yield back as well. mr. goodlatte: i rise in opposition to the mr. cicilline: thank you, mr. speaker. this is the final amendment to the bill. it will not kill the bill or send it back to committee. if adopted, this bill will immediately proceed to final passage here on the floor, as amended. this amendment is very simple. it will exempt from the requirements of the underlying bill a rule prohibiting discrimination by federal contractors or subcontractors on the basis of sex, sexual orientation or gender identity and will require such contractors to take affirmative measures on those bases for occurring. this is consistent with the executive order signed by president obama in 2014 that added sexual orientation, gender identity covered by federal contractors. protections that were originally put in place by lyndon johnson, a leader who did so much to advance equality in our country. today, while we've made great strides in terms of marriage equality, members of the lgbt community still face significant discrimination in employment as well as variety of other important areas of life. as many of my colleagues are aware, it's still legal in most states to fire a qualified person from a job that they are performing well simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. today in many places across the country, a gay couple can get married on saturday, post pictures online on sunday and get fired from their jobs or kicked out of their apartments on monday. this is contrary to everything this country stands for, including the principle of equality upon which our country was founded. and i'd like to point out contrary to the sentiments of the american people, a majority of americans, nearly 70% support anti-discrimination laws to protect lgbt individuals. unfortunately, there are those that would continue to stand in the way of full equality for all americans, who think that it's ok that hardworking men and women simply trying to support their families suffer discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. and that's why it's important to support the president in his effort to protect the lgbt community from discrimination in federal contracting. just as businesses should not be able to discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender or disability, no entity that benefits from government money should be able to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. the underlying bill we're discussing today would hinder the implementation of these nondiscrimination efforts, putting everyday americans at risk of losing their jobs based on nothing more than who they are. i'm reminded of the story of a young man from texas who had built a thriving career in real estate in dallas, texas. carter had received three promotions in two years, was earning a great salary and loved his job. but when he was outed as transgender by a colleague, carter found himself harassed, ostracized and ultimately fired from his job and he was absolutely -- there was nothing he could do because he was not protected under the law. carter bravely told his story later this year in the lyndon johnson room as we announced the equality act which would place important protections. it would ensure members of the lgbt community are protected from discrimination in areas of employment, credit, housing, education, federal funding, jury service and public accommodations. i'm very proud that 171 of my colleagues in the house have joined in this effort and co-sponsored this bill, and i urge the rest of my colleagues to sign on as well. but until full equality is passed into federal law at a minimum we should ensure that federal money is not being used to discriminate against lgbt americans by companies who receive federal contracts. that's why i urge my colleagues to support this motion to recommit and ensure equality in our federal contracting. our federal government should not be used to promote or tolerate discrimination. it's contrary to the founding principles of our great country. i urge you to vote in support of this motion to recommit and i thank you, mr. speaker.... text mr. rouzer: thank you very much. for yielding time. and i want to thank the gentleman, mr. smith, for his leadership on this very important issue. as we near the 43rd anniversary of the ro v. wade supreme court decision, there's a sad truth to be told. more than 57 million innocent lives have been terminated through abortion since that landmark ruling. to put that in perspective, that's more than five times the population of my home state of north carolina. again, that's more than five times the population of north carolina. that's a sobering number. in god's word it is writ than life begins at conception -- written that life begins at conception and recent advances in science support that fact. it is our moral obligation to fight for and protect the lives of those who cannot speak for themselves. the lives of those who are no different than our own. as millions of americans prepare to travel here to washington, d.c., to participate in the annual march for life, my prayers are with them and i am proud to stand with them in their commitment and dedication to the pro-life cause. i yield back.... textwithout objection. mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the 2015 rhode island walk for epilepsy, which will take place this saturday, october 24, in pawtucket. one in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime, and today in the united states, there are 4.3 million adults and 750,000 children who are living with epilepsy or seizure disorder. there is no known cure for epilepsy and it's critical we do more to support research that will help develop new forms of treatment for those suffering this disease. i want to extend my deep gratitude for have been planning this walk for epilepsy and i want to roll call one of my constituent who i met in april of this year when he was selected to serve as rhode island's speak up conference. robby is an impressive young man which has demonstrated himself to be a strong advocate for epilepsy in rhode island. i send my best wishes for the event. i thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.... text mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. while even some of my republican colleagues acknowledge there's chaos in their conference, and that chaos has consequences. governing from one manufactured crisis to another, we have piled up a whole series of must-act deadlines. in just eight days, the u.s. government will default unless congress acts. once again, republicans jeopardizing the full faith and credit of the united states. unfortunately, that's just one of the deadlines that we face in this calendar of chaos. in just weeks, we got to pass another budget or face another g.o.p.-engineered shutdown. we have to pass a highway trust fund bill, and hopefully not another short-term patch but something that actually gets americans working and rebuilds our infrastructure. sadly, the export-import bank still sits idle, and fortunately a handful of courageous republicans joined all democrats and next week hopefully we'll be able to get that moving again. it shouldn't take that kind of an extraordinary measure. we ought to be able to do it through the normal course of legislation. this chaos is out of hand. hardworking americans go to work every day. we need to do our job in congress, and that is to do the business of the american people. mr. speaker, we have long past time. we need to... text mr. ryan: mr. speaker, pursuant to the house resolution 480, i call up the bill h.r. 692, the default prevention act, and i ask for its meered consideration in the house.... text mr. ryan: and now i'd like to reserve the balance of mr. davis: i rise in strong opposition to the pay china first act and i'm truly shocked that the republican leadership is advancing a bill that approves america defaulting on its debt. this is a dangerous action that jeopardizes the full faith and credit of our nation. it also jeopardizes the well-being of millions of our most vulnerable citizens. i cannot support a bill that would tell my constituents that repaying a debt to foreign countries is more important than paying their salaries for military service or disability benefit or providing them student loans. how can i tell small businesses in illinois that repaying our debt to a foreign government is more important than paying them for providing goods and services to our government. how can i tell illinois doctors and hospitals that we can pay china for lending us money, but we cannot pay them for taking care of our elderly. the council of economic advisers estimated that the 2013 debt limit standoff and shutdown cost us 120,000 jobs and the g.a.o. estimated that it resulted in $70 million in increased borrowing costs on securities issued during the last crisis. the 2013 debt limit fiasco already damaged our economic recovery. yet, the republican leadership insists yet again on a path to harm our national economy and well-being simply for political posturing. i urge my colleagues to oppose this shameful bill, but say that debt to foreign countries is more important than protecting our citizens. we should protect our economy, pass a clean bill to raise our debt ceiling. and i yield back the balance of my... text mr. brady: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. brady: i rise in strong support for s. 1362, the pace innovation act of 2015. the companion bill in the house, h.r. 3243 was mr. brady: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith. back. mr. brady: i reserve. mr. brady: thank you mr. speaker. i yield myself -- thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume mr. woodall: i send mr. woodall: i move the house domrs. mcmorris rodgers: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the... text the economic down turn -- mr. kilmer: the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to add my voice in support of alzheimer's and brain awareness month. today millions of americans are living with alzheimer's, including 200,000 who are younger than 65.... text mr. ryan: mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 338, i call up the bill h.r. 1295, the trade preferences extension act, with the senate amendment to the house amendment to the senate amendment thereto and i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore:... text mr. ryan: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material to h.r. 1285 as amended currently under consideration.... text like to yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman, the author of the trade assistance bill. mr. reichert from washington. two minutes. the speaker pro tempore:... text mr. reichert: i thank the gentleman for yielding and thank him for his leadership on this series of trade bills that we have been considering for the last few weeks. i rise today in support of the preferences bill before us. this bipartisan legislation renews both the generalized system of preferences in the african growth opportunity act. this is an important program both to washington state businesses and promoting economic development across the globe. similarly, the renewal of agoa -- mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro... text ryan: at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to a distinguished member of the ways and means committee, mr. meehan from pennsylvania. at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to the chairman of the trade subcommittee, the gentleman from ohio, mr. tiberi. ryan: in order to restore the civil dialogue, i would like to yield two minutes to a distinguished member of the ways and means committee, mr. paulsen from minnesota.... text mr. ryan: i reserve. the speaker pro ryan: we have no further speakers. since i have the right to close i'll let you finish your speakers and do a quick close. the speaker mr. levin: i now yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. davis: we have had a very, vigorous and robust debate on trade. and trade is important to not only the entire country, but certainly it's important to the communities that i represent. throughout this process, i have followed the dictates of organized labor. i have followed the dictates of the people i represent. which means i voted no. i listened to the logic of the democratic leader just this moment. and i'm going to vote with her. i'm going to vote for this legislation today because it's necessary to help those individuals who are going to be displaced and they need all the help we can provide. i will vote to help them. and i yield back.... text ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for three minutes. mr. carter: thank you, mr. chairman. first of all, i want to thank you and the appropriations committee for its hard work on bringing this important legislation to the floor. as you know, we've been working with your staff on an issue of great importance to the port of savannah which services 40% of american consumers. since 1940 the national park service has leased a small parcel of land on an island within the national monument to the savannah bar pilots. the bar pilots help navigate large ships to the savannah river channel, to the port, and have done so since as far back as the 1730's. in 2011 at the request of the park service, congress passed legislation to change the relationship between the bar pilots and the park service. with the enactment of the national monument lease authorization act, public law 112-69, the relationship between the bar pilots and park service was shifted from a series of special use permits to a noncompete lease of up to 10 years. at the time of consideration of the legislation, the congressional budget office estimated the annual lease fee for the bar pilots would be $25,000, a slight increase from their existing rate based on a 2008 appraisal conducted by the park service. it has come to my attention that the park service is attempting to use passage of the legislation to increase the lease fee by as much as 10 fold. this is extremely problematic because such an increase could threaten to force the bar pilots off of the island. simply given their history on the island, the idea of forcing the bar pilots to relocate is inappropriate in and of itself. . they are required to use their services to move in and out of the port of savannah and no other location which they could operate. moving the facility could lead to longer transit times for vessels, increase safety risk in foul weather, delays in ship movement and greater fuel usage. the resulting environmental and economic harm would significantly increase costs and threaten growth to the port of savannah as the federal government embarks on the construction phase of the $607 million savannah harbor expansion project. the legislation was intended to create a long-term fix not to create an outlet by which the national parks service could raise fees to exorbitant levels. mr. chairman, i request your support of our efforts to find a resolution to this matter that reflects congress' intent and establishes a process for ensuring that the pilots are charged only fair market value in line with previous national park service appraiseals and they are able to continue operating from their current location on the island. mr. calvert:... text support of the department of interior and environment appropriations act of 2016. it is no secret that the e.p.a. is out of control. i think everybody across this great land knows that. a few weeks ago, the e.p.a. issued their final rule to redefine waters of the u.s., completely ignoring the will of the house and stakeholders all across america. under this rule change, waters of the u.s. would now include smaller bodies of water and even some dry land. in fact, this new definition would extend the e.p.a.'s regulatory reach to any body of water, including that water puddled in your ditch after a rain storm. yes, you heard me right. i have heard from small business owners, farmers, realtors in my district and concerned about the negative impact this rule could have and rightly so. this rule is so broad that it could very well have them get permission before acting on their own property. i commend the chairman and members of the committee for including language in this appropriations bill to prohibit high funds from being used to implement this new rule. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill. and i yield back. the... text i yield three minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, a valued member of this body, mr. cicilline. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. cicilline: i rise today to oppose this legislation for many reasons but in particular because it vastly underfunds the operation of national parks as well as many other important priorities. next august, the national park service will celebrate its 100th anniversary. our national parks are the envy of the world and serve as a model for emphasis on conservation. it cuts for more than 400 parks, heritage areas, monuments and occupies 8 million acres of land in all 50 states and home to more than 1,000 endangered or threatened animal species. we need to preserve these sites so future generations may enjoy this. national parks tell a rich history through landscapes, natural wonders. the yosemite national park in california, the cave system in kentucky to the great smoky mountains in tennessee and north carolina, our national parks are an essential part of the american fabric and have been called america's best idea. this bill properties approximately $2.33 billion for the operation of the national park service over the next year. this is more than $187 billion below the amount that was requested by the president. this account funds the critical needs such as support services for new responsibilities within the system, resource stewardship. the national park system is a national driver of economic activity. more than 275 million people visit our national parks each year. in 2013, every dollar invested in the national park service saw a return of $10. we need to do better in ensuring this economic engine and beacon of american tourism is operating at the highest level so it can fulfill its environmental and cultural role. to ensure it has proper funding ensures we are able to have the nation what it is today. in my home state, the blackstone river valley historical park that i created last year, marks the birth place of the american industrial revolution, like old slater mill in pawtucket and the museum in woonsocket tell the story of how america became a superpower. it has environmental, social transformation. in the best spirit of our national park system, the river valley tells a national story. it illustrates how a beautiful natural landscape fueled the industrial revolution and launched far-reaching changes to our nation's economy and social structure. blackstone is why it is essential that our national parks are properly funded and operate in a manner in which millions of americans continue to appreciate the great history of our nation. it's long past time to end sequester and set spending levels that meet our current statisticbilities, be good stewards of the environment and protect the natural beauty of america. i yield back. the chair:... text mr. garamendi: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: mr. garamendi: mr. chairman -- chair: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: i thank my colleague and friend for yielding. i also would like to express my gratitude to mr. keating who unfortunately could not be with us today, for his hard work on this important issue, and thank my colleague from rhode island for his eloquent words. mr. speaker, the estuaries in rhode island and massachusetts play significant -- face significant environmental challenges. many shared by estuaries across the country. these challenges include rivers and streams that are disconnected from the landscape, the loss of critical wetlands, the impact it's of centuries of -- impacts of centuries of development and aging infrastructure. southern new england estuaries are especially threatened by these challenges. yet despite the arm that -- harm that we know as being done to our estuaries, southern new england was the only geographic region in this bill which saw all of its estuary funding eliminated. whime some geographic regions were underfunded compared to 2016 requests, most requests were either met or in some cases increased. inexplicably it was only southern new england that was singled out for complete elimination of funding for next year. this would restore a modest $1 million for the program, at conference we hope full fund something restored. the southern new england watershed has experienced more than 400 years of ecological degradation. which is further exacerbated by the effects of climate change. rivers and waterways have become disconnected from the watershed, which has led to the absorption of nitrogen and other pollutants from sources such as septic systems, treatment plants and storm water runoff. the funding provided to these geographic programs allows for runoff. in fiscal year 2015, more than -- in fiscal year 2014, more than $6 million was awarded tonary began set bay. it included an educational program for residents on the island to facilitate site visit tots measure 200 shoreline rights of way to determine any needed levels of improvement to public access. programses like these are proven effective. thenary gain set bay was awarded an environmental award for outstanding contributions on behalf of southern new england's public health and natural environment. these collaborative efforts throughout the southern new england region with continued funding will help to support projects to protect ecological habitat, foster self-sustaining ecosystems and protect wildlife. federal collaboration and investment is essential to helping local communities apply for and receive funding. the... text for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> calvert: thank you, mr. chairman. my hometown of flint, michigan, has endured decades of job loss and population loss through the slow, painful erosion of our manufacturing base. previous trade deals, population shift, bad land use management, trade deals like nafta, flex, have accelerated job losses in my hometown. that's had the effect of reducing local revenues, creating lower housing price, less local services, less investments in things that matter the most, like infrastructure, including our water system. and it costs money cities don't have. the drinking water state revolving loan fund was designed to assist communities with maintaining and improving water infrastructure. this fund provides critical support to ensure safe, clean drinking water is available if our -- in our communities. many of us represent communities, however, that have outstanding loans issued under the drinking water revolving loan fund from prior to 2009 and those loan funds are ineligible for certain types of help because of the timing of those loans. in flint, our current water system loses over a third of they have treated water due to decades-old delivery systems before it even reaches the faucets in homes and businesses. this city has relied on the drinking water revolving loan fund to improve this system. but the challenge and cost is immense. the cost is even more daunting when the city is working to pull itself out of an economic downturn that has lasted not just a few years but has lasted decades. so we should as congress give these communities the tools that they need to build bridges and roads, to fix their aging water systems, and bring mostly -- most importantly economic development. in my -- my amendment would be an important step to doing this. first, it would allow current revolving loan funds to be used to provide loan forgiveness to cities that have outstanding loans regardless of the date of the loan, of the occurrence of that loan. prior to 2009, those loans are not eligible for loan forgiveness, loans incurred after 2009 are actually eligible for forgiveness. so the first option, we would like to see those loans pre-2009 loans eligible for forgiveness. second, the option to use new funds to provide loan forgiveness on prior loans is limited because these cities have had -- i'm sorry this amendment would limit that loan forgiveness to cities that have had significant financial problems due to population loss. cities that had a population loss of more than 15% since 1970 and also have a high rate of abandoned and vacant buildings. basically the cities that are in no position right now to finance improvements to their system just because of the level of abandonment, the level of population loss and the revenue loss associated with it. allowing financially distressed cities like flint to have loans forgiven will bring some stability to these communities and allow them to bert -- better serve their residents. i ask for support for this amendment to help communities across the country, like flint, the backbone of the american economy in the 20th century so they can again become leaders in the 1st century. if we don't reinvest in these places and find ways to do that, we'll have a difficult time having them join the economy in a way that really makes a difference for the people who live there. with that, i reserve my time.... text kildee: i understand the gentleman's point of order and will continue to work with him and any other member of this body to help me find a path forward to help communities like this community of flint that's struggling to deliver clean water to its residents. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the chair:... text mr. benishek: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today in support of my amendment to h.r. 2822, the fiscal year 2016 interior and environment appropriations bill. the chairman, my district covers nearly half the state of michigan, includes three federal forests. these forests are a major vacation destination where people not only in my district but -- for people not only in my district but from districts across the country. yet many were sur -- arrived to find the road to their favorite fishing spot or hiking trail has been arbitrarily closed by the forest service with no warning and no input from the local community. the last thing people want to do when they travel to the woods of michigan is to learn about obscure policies of the national forest service, a service that treats the forests like their personal property rather than a public place for all to enjoy. it's important to note that the outdoor economy contributes over $5.5 billion in wages and $194 -- and 194,000 jobs to michigan most of which are in my district. my amendment is an opportunity to demonstrate to the forest service that their focus should be on making our forests more open and accessible to the american people. in practice, the amendment would reduce spending for the national forest system's vegetation and watershed program by $2 million and transfer those funds into the capital improvement and maintenance fund. you might ask yourself, what does that have to do with opening forest roads? i'll tell you. the forest -- according to the forest service, when work is necessary to open the road for access, they use the capital improvement fund. when they're working to close a road due to environmentalists who don't want anyone to visit they use the vegetation and watershed line item my amendment is simple. it gives more dollars to the forest service to keep more roads open rather than closed. the c.b.o. says this would save taxpayers $1 million for fiscal year 2016. mr. chairman, today i'm standing up on behalf of my constituents in my i'm standing up for those want to use the forests responsibly. who want to teach their grandkids to hunt, fish, snowmobile. they want to enjoy nature. furthermore, i'm standing up today for the small businesses that employ families throughout the outdoor economy. for example, i recently visited extreme power sports in gay already where they sell is a -- gaylord where they sill a variety of -- sell a variety of gear. they sell to users all over the country who come to enjoy the trails and forests in our state. and beyond. in addition to businesses, like extreme power sports, the hotels and restaurants around northern michigan are supported by those who come to visit our forests year-round. healthy, accessible fofrlts are important for our way of life -- forests are important for our way of life in michigan and across the united states. all of our constituents deserve improved access to the forests and i urge my colleagues to support this amendment. mr. calvert: i thank... text thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to take a moment to recognize the truly inspirational individual from my district. carolina robertson is a 12-year-old gerl from potters hill, north carolina. we met last october at an event in bullaville. she was born with a rare chromosomal disorder. despite her diagnosis, she's maintained a positive outlook on life. choosing to live every minute of every day. last year, carolina -- caroline was crowned a dream angel by north carolina outstanding little miss panelent. she is using her crown to help raise awareness for handicapped children throughout north carolina and earlier this year carolina -- caroline host add fundraiser -- hosted a fundraiser called bikers tea and tiaras. there were over 35 crown titles in attendance, including miss north carolina 2014. caroline has had to overcome more adversity in her 12 years than most of us in a life team. she's a true inspiration to all of us around her and i'm honored to know her. i would like to thank caroline for her work as a dream angel and i know she will continue to accomplish great thention in the years to come. mr. speaker, i yield back my time. the speaker... text dold: we are undeniably cascading further and further from where these talks started just 19 months ago. with the latest deadline for the deal only five days away, i fear and expect even more damaging concessions to the iranians are on the way. it doesn't need to be this way. we don't have to accept it, and we must make sure that our voices continue to be heard by the administration on this historic issue. we know that upon researching a deal, any deal, there will be a full-on p.r. blitz to try to sell this agreement. when that happens, we must stand strong and avoid the temptation to simply go along with the thrill of the deal. instead of getting swept up in the momentum, we must not flinch from the simple foundational idea that we have dedicated ourselves to all along, preventing iran from having any path to a nuclear weapon. we can do it if we stick together. i yield back. the speaker... textan expectation that the hard earned money that they pay in taxes will not be wasted or used fraudulently. however we have seen far too many examples of the federal government squandering taxpayer dollars. mr. paulsen: take the i.r.s. for example. we have learned the earned income tax credit as an error rate of over 27%. that means taxpayer money is wasted to the tune of $15 billion. compare that to the private sector where visa has a maintaining error rate of 0 .06%. another shocking revelation is even discovered a single mailbox received 24,000 fraud leapt tax returns totaling $46 million. one mailbox. in addition to fixing a broken tax code by making it simpler and fairer, washington needs to be good stewards of the... text for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kennedy: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in memory of a dear friend and mentor who passed away over the weekend. professor david grossman was a talented lawyer, a dedicated teacher and a passionate advocate. he committed his life to the fair implementation of the law, believing that it applies to all of us and protects each of us. throughout his career, he showed how words like justice and fairness were not just ideals for discussion but principles that had to be fought for, protected and defended. he made the law come alive. he gave it a face and a family. serving at the helm of the harvard legal aid bureau for nearly a decade, he trained, supervised and worked with over 180 law students and served roughly 2,700 low-income individuals and their families. through his service, he protected thousands of people in need and inspired hundreds of young lawyers. our community has lost a champion. his values and vision live on through all those he touched. my thoughts... text foip without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to address a glaring issue of the persecution of christians around the globe. mr. davis: our nation was founded on the principles of religious... text liberty and tolerance and the united states continues to promote these ideals. we must remained steadfast in our effort for individuals who are prers cuted simply due to their faith. mr. dold: everyone around the globe, mr. speaker, should be free to live a life of faith, to worship as they choose without fear of persecution from a ruthless regime. the basic freedom, which is enshrined by our founding fathers, must not only be promoted here but also around the world. as the... text providers would use these innocent children ripped from their mother's womb and their skulls crushed to sell their organs for profit, organs that they never had a chance to use. it's a sad day. mr. yoder: mr. speaker, we are becoming a compassionate pro-life nation each and every day and all of us must speak out against these practices. we must ensure these providers are prosecuted under the law and we should pass whatever legislation necessary to ensure that we appropriately punish these acts. we shall also ensure that not one penny of american tax dollars goes to... text the author of this important bill we have before us, a resident of hanford, california, mr. david valadao. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for four minutes. mr. valadao: thank you the gentleman from washington for his help with this important legislation. a little bit on the history of the valley and area i represent. that area's an area filled with immigrants. when you look at my district and look at the people i represent, 80% are minority. one of the reasons i feel that i have the opportunity to be elected and honor being able to represent that district is because of my own background. my dad came to this country in 1969 as a new immigrant, didn't speak english as well as he should and still o to -- to this day speaks with a strong accent. but my dad started working in plants and trying to save money so he could start his own farm someday and give us the opportunity to have the american dream. he learned to speak spanish working alongside a lot of hispanic folks and working really hard and saving his money. he had the opportunity to save enough money to actually buy some cattle and work his way up to the point where he actually owned land. when we look at an opportunity for the american dream and listen to the people talk about the opportunity to be successful and protect the small business guy, i am that guy. i'm the guy that had that opportunity because of my parents, because of their hard work, i have been in that struggle, i don't just represent them in congress, i am that face. i am that person, had that opportunity because of that hard work. and when we see the struggle and someone claims to tell me or tell us on our side what those struggles are really like and how this piece of legislation has an impact only for the largest and large, when you raise the cost of water because you restrict the amount of water we have delivered to the valley, it hurts the smallest guy the most. those people that i represent that 80% minority district, those folks seeing unemployment numbers as high as 50% because those farmers are not getting that water, those food lines that are starting to grill that i stood in helped serve food, food grown in other countries because we couldn't grow it in the valley is all people that my friends are trying to represent but they don't because they don't have that background. they didn't have that opportunity to be there to work with them and grow number that light where they had the work before and after school like i did, drive a tractor, do that stuff because that's what the american dream is all about. working, saving your money, and having that opportunity. but also having government at their back. right now government is making it more and more difficult for that little guy because water has gotten so expensive because you have the large cities coming in spending a bunch of money, water is going right through the valley to the southern portion. all we are asking for in this piece of legislation is for common sense. common sense that says let's look at what science we are using. if we are going to protect a species, show me the evidence that means and actually delivers protection of species. we have lived through two decades of this and now we are seeing that the endangered species they claim to want to protect is on the virge of annihilation, almost extinct almost delivering no water. when we have gotten allocation the past two queers -- years of zero%. we are not asking to teach us how to conserve water woofment done that. we are at zero. we have zero water and we have high unemployment numbers. we have people standing in lines asking for food and begging for help when all they want to do is work and provide an honest living for their families and for their... text state of nevada, the scenic virgin valley of nevada, mr. crescent hardy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hardy: thank you, mr. chairman. i'd like to thank the gentleman for yielding me time to speak on this important rule on h.r. 330 -- 3038, the act. at no time in recent memory has the significance and proactivity of managing our water resources across the west been more important. i can sympathize with my colleagues from across the neighboring state of california who are also facing for the fourth consecutive year of dwroifplgt obviously cannot afford to keep this status quo. as the only member of nevada's house delegation on the natural resources committee, i take a great deal of pride in speaking up for my constituents and the people of my state on important issues facing our communities. and those communities are affected by the droughts currently affecting california's central valley, the source of so much of our nation's food. for those in my district and around the country who are still battling to get this economic recovery they can ill afford to pay for for their hard-earned income at the supermarket to feed their families. as a son of farmers and ranchers from southeastern nevada, i feel for the hardworking farmers whose suffering is being made worse by burdensome environmental laws and the failure of our elected leaders to provide adequate water infra-- infrastructure to meet the ever-growing demands of the 21st century. though long overdue, we have a real opportunity to provide some commonsense solution... text gentleman -- mr. woodall:. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- from georgia, mr. woodall. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: you serve on the transportation committee as i do. you know how important it is we get to these infrastructure questions. i see colleague after colleague after colleague saying we need long-term solutions to infrastructure. but i don't see any colleague saying those long-term solutions are available to us as we stand here today. i don't have to get everything i want in this institution but i do have to move the ball forward. three yards and a cloud of dust is what i tell constituents back home is the way we're going to get what we all want for this country. and if the answer is, sit on your hands and do nothing for this thing that has been so vexing so this institution, we're looking at 34, 35 extensions. we have an opportunity to put a stop to it. the senate in its wildest imagination says maybe we can get a four-year deal. most likely it will be an 18-month deal, but when i turn to the chairman of the ways and means committee here in the house, when i turn to the chame of the transportation committee here in the house, they say, colleagues, give me five months and we can do it right. colleagues, give me five months, and we will do what no other congress has been able to do for nearly a decade. give us five months. and we will deliver on not just is the promises but the expectations that every single american has. my colleagues, we have gotten in the business of telling the american people that they can have their roads for free and that's not true. if you want better roads to drive on, you've got to provide the money to make that happen. for years our solution has been to transfer general fund revenues into the user fee funded transportation accounts. user fees means that people who benefit from it, pay for it. i've never bumped into an american who didn't believe they ought to pay for what they use. i've never bumped into an american who didn't believe that paying their fair share was at the fabric of who we are as a nation. this rule gives us the best chance we have and the best chance we've had in a decade to make transportation certainty a reality for this country. it means better roads, it means more savings of taxpayer dollars, it means better efficiency, it means more accountability and i'm grateful to my friend on the rule committees for bringing... text oregon, my good friend, the ranking member of the committee on transportation and infrastructure, mr. defazio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon investigate for three -- is recognized for three minutes. mr. defazio: i thank the gentleman for yielding. as we have heard a year ago today the house passed a temporary extension, one year. chairman ryan, ways and means, who is supposed to figure out how to pay for this said we will use this year to put the transportation highway trust fund on a sustainable path so we can avoid stopgap legislation in the future. well, it didn't happen. but they were occupied with much more important things. for instance, they said that a state's estate's worth more than $10 million shouldn't pay a penny taxes. none. that cost $289 billion. if we dedicated that to surface transportation, we could have basically doubled spending over 10 years. so today the democrats are here to offer a real six-year long-term increase in investment in america's failing infrastructure. 140,000 bridges need repair or replacement on the national highway system. 40% of the pavement is at the point where you have to dig up the underlimit, rebuild the whole road. we have an $84 billion backlog just bringing our existing transit systems up to a state of repair. it's so bad that people are dying on metro here in washington, d.c., because of the decrepe pit condition of thecies tefment -- decrepit condition of the system. under our funding proposal and our bill, we would create an additional 300,000 jobs a year. and we need those jobs here in america. and they are good-paying jobs. they are not just construction jobs. they are engineering, they are technical, they are small business, they are minority business enterprises. they are a whole host of things that would lift the whole economy, make us more energy efficient, make us americans save money getting out of congestion, not driving their cars through giant potholes and incuring costs. the republicans can't figure out how to get there. well, we are offering an alternative. a good, solid six-year bill and, yeah, we haven't figured out the six-year funding yet because you guys are totally opposed to uter fees despite ronald reagan, dwight eisenhower, and history of the republican party on user fees and former chairman of the committee bud shuster who joined the democrats in 1993 the last time we raised the gas tax. we would fund two years of this bill by prohibiting corporate inversions, i.e. benedict armed corporations that continue to have all of their operations in america but go overseas and buy some minor entity and claim that's their international headquarters. like a corner drugstore in london somewhere for a pharmaceutical company. an outrageous practice while they enjoy all the benefits of america, all the protections of our law and military and all those costs, they don't want to pay. they don't want to pay for transportation, either. so we are offering an alternative today if we defeat the previous question. we would go into an open rule, something that never happens much around here, where both sides of the aisle, any member of congress could offer an amendment to increase spending, decrease spending, target one or another part of the infrastructure that they feel need more investment.... text eight minutes remaining. the gentleman from florida has 30 seconds remaining. the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to the good gentleman from california, mr. denham. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. denham: thank you. it is an important and critical time for the state of california. we are facing an unprecedented drought that is affecting farms, families, communities that are just being completely shut off from water. communities that are not only being rationing but now having to have water trucked in. now, this has been an ongoing battle. this battle has been going on for years, some would say this is all due to climate change. but shouldn't we as a country, shouldn't we as a state be focused on infrastructure that will actually capture water so we can save the water for years like this rather than seeing huge unemployment levels, rather than seeing people waiting in line to receive free food because they can't get a job, shouldn't we be making the simple fixes to actually store and company -- capture our water. the amendments talk about desalinization. sure, i'm fine with that. i think we ought to use every opportunity we have. but rather than putting all of our clean water pushing it out to the ocean, only to desalinate the saltwater bring it back into clean water, shouldn't we first start by saving the precious resources that we have? sure, desalinization is a good idea but taught autoto be mixed in with everything else we do. we ought to be actually protecting the fish that we talk about protecting. let's actually address the predator fish that eat 95% to 98% of the fish that we are trying to save and spending millions of dollars not only trying to save them but pushing out thousands of acre-feet of water, fresh water, that would go to our communities, that would create thousands of jobs rather than seeing this huge population that begins to see unemployment levels at record levels. we ought to do the restoration to the environment. we have a number of different tributaries that we entered into an agreement on, bipartisan agreements, to actually address the restoration of that area, but rather than actually restore the river beds -- will the gentleman yield one more minute. . but rather than restore the river beds, we truck the fish around the river. it doesn't help the environment, couldn't help the fish and certainly does not help the communities of the california. what the rest of the country needs to worry about is the shortage of food, the scarcity of food we'll see across the country not only from california but the high prices that go with it. you're affecting the american... text best shot, so i strongly urge all members to support 3038, balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: i ronically, it was exactly one year ago today -- ironically, it was exactly one year ago today that the chairman of the ways and means committee said they needed time to come together for funding a six-year surface transportation bill, investing in our transportation system. one year ago today. there was an extension till may. there was the extension until the end of the year. there was an extension to may. i think 34 temporary extensions we've seen now. and now we're talking about another temporary extension with the hope that maybe they can find some money under the couch cushions or pass tax reform and cut taxes on rich people and use dynamic scoring and put it in the trust fund. i don't know what their solution is. we've had a user-fee funded transportation system in this country since dwight david eisenhower was president. followed by ronald reagan who doubled the tax and ronald reagan also put transit into the highway trust fund, saying we should not ignore our population centers and are actually centers of economic growth. and then in 1993, granted it, democratic president, democratic congress, but we didn't quite have the votes to increase the gas tax and bud shuster, our republican chair of the transportation committee back then, actual relation to the current chairman, he brought us quite a number of republicans to vote with the democrats to go with 18.3 cents a gallon and there it stood since 1993. we're hearing now you can't increase the gas tax, so i've offered alternatives. let's eliminate the gas tax and put a tax on a barrel of oil, a fraction that goes into taxable transportation uses, which economists say wall street might eat part of that because they're speculating so much. exxonmobil might eat part of that. opec, hey, we might get saudi arabia to pay for a little bit of our infrastructure. i'm told, no, they can't do that. proposed just indexing the existing gas tax and bonding. pay it back over time with that increment. now, if we double index the gas tax it might go up 1.7 cents next year, and there's apparently a fear in this place that if gas went up 1.7 cents a gallon, unlike exxonmobil jacking it up 20 cents in may because memorial day is coming, but filling the potholes, fixing the bridges, raising 1.7 cents, oh, my god, people will lose their elections. we've seen six republican states raise their gas tax and those same states said to us in testimony, it's not enough we're raising the gas tax. we need more federal investment. the system's falling apart. 140,000 bridges, 140,000 need replacement. 70% of the national highway system needs to be dug up and rebuilt. and our transit systems, $84 billion backlog, to bring them up to a state of good repair. it's so bad in washington, d.c., they're killing people. they're killing people on the transit system because it is so outmoded. now, if we made those investments and we made them in a more robust level than we're doing now, we could put hundreds of thousands of americans to work not just construction workers, you're talking manufacturing, you're talking small business, you're talking minority business enterprises, you're talking engineering, you're talking technical. the buy america requirements are the strongest in the whole government. it would have an incredible stimulus effect on the economy in addition of putting people back to work and we could climb back toward we were. dwight david eisenhower gave us a system that was the envy of the world. we were number one in infrastructure. we're now 16th. we're dropping like a rock. pretty soon we'll be down there with, you know, third-world countries in terms of state of our infrastructure in this country. it's embarrassing. it's pathetic. it's not necessary, and today we should be considering a long-term bill. we've introduced a viable long-term bill. we proposed a way to pay for the first two years saying benedict arnold can't buy a pharmacy overseas but we're enjoying all the protections of our citizens, military, but we don't want to pay for it and our infrastructure. but there are ways forward. there seems to be an incredible reluctance on our side saying, here we are again saying let's do a patch until december 18. meanwhile, the senate over there is spinning in who knows what kind of circles. they're proposing to get most of the money by reducing retirement for federal employees. now, that is a... text chairman shuster. i want to thank chairman ryan and ranking member defazio to ensure that this legislation moves forward. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: with that i yield three... text little dose of gingko might help around here. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i must say, it's one of the most bizarre and fanciful things i've ever heard. there was never a viable plan to go to year end. the republicans never proposed revenue, they just recently found revenues under couch cushions to get us through december 18. and they have not meaningfully addressed long-term funding for despite having control for 4 1/2 years and they blame us. the chairman started a meet sayinging, no user fees. you have now ruled out the traditional way of paying for... text so they have to come up with something else but that was totally bizarre. with that, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from maryland, ms. edwards. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. edwards: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i thank the ranking member. for months, mr. speaker, republicans have actually squandered an opportunity to develop and pass a long-term authorization for highway spending. and it's pretty regrettable. since may 19, republicans simply brought up and passed another two month extension. we've already heard, sometimes we lose count, is it 33 or 34 extensions? unfortunately, here we are two months later and we're careening gentleman again to another crisis, another republican-made crisis, more gridlock for the highway trust fund right in the middle of the critical construction season. hundreds of thousands of jobs, as has been said, and vie sal construction projects across the country are hanging in the balance. here we just have a few days left. what do we know? we know the republicans done have a plan and they don't have any ideas. we have some ideas. and those ideas are contained in the grow america act. i'm one of the original co-sponsors. it's a six-year, $478 billion bill that would be a framework for our discussions. we could put that on the floor here today, vote on it, and make sure that we get under way. but oh, no, we're stuck yet again with another extension and frankly i'm not really sure whether, when we get to december that we won't be stuck with yet another extension. this goes on and on and on. the american people have had enough. we know that if we invest in our infrastructure, we create jobs and we know that our infrastructure is falling apart. this seems like a no brainer to most americans and to working people and i don't understand what the complication here is, mr. speaker. but enough is enough. it's time for republicans to be the adults at the table, to bring up a plan and a program to the floor for... text instead of pointing fingers at each other, let's figure out a way to move forward together and i believe we will. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i yield -- are you... text minnesota one minute. could i inquire as to the time left? thank both the chairmen on their are. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. blumenauer: it's time to act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the... text can solve big problems and we can lead again. yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i believe i have 30 seconds left. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. mr. defazio: i would yield myself the balance of the time. you know, investing in infrastructure in america has always been extraordinarily bipartisan. over the entire time i've been here. recently we've kind of gone off the tracks. but it means we both have to cooperate on policy and on funding. and for the life of me, why the republican party has drawn a line in the sand in saying, we cannot have user fee-based investment in transportation, which benefits people who drive cars, pickup trucks, buses, everybody who moves goods in america, we can't do that anymore, we've got to come up with some fanciful tax reform which may or may not happen, it's very sad. i proposed doing away with the retail gas tax, imposing a barrel tax. where some of the costs would be paid by exxonmobil, wall street speculators, opec, saudi arabia, and,... text and the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin, will each control 15 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. ryan. mr. ryan: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. i rise to speak in favor of this. here's basically what we're trying to do. we want to get to a long-term highway solution. we believe that for the sake of jobs, the economy, certainty, planning, big projects in our states, we want to do a multiyear highway bill. typically a multiyear highway bill means a six-year bill and that's our aspiration and our goal. we know we're not going to write that bill in the next two weeks. we know we need at least two or three months to write that bill. unfortunately the highway trust fund has a fiscal shortfall in two weeks. so we're here to extend the highway trust fund through december 18, to give us the time we need to put together a multiyear solution. that costs $8 billion just to do that. what we use are revenue-clines measures, to make it easier for -- revenue-compliance measures, to make it easier for people to file their taxes more easily. not a single fee increase, not a single tax increase is in this bill to finance the extension of the highway trust fund solvency to december 18. for example, tas fees, tas fees -- t.s.a. fees, t.s.a. fees are not being increased. they're staying exactly the same as they are, so nobody getting on an airplane will see anything different. the difference is, we keep those fees going to mandatory spending. we keep those fees going to where they are, instead of going into discretionary spending, where they can be spent in addition to other spending, to buy -- walling off that money, so congress can't go spend it somewhere else, we save money by doing that. things like this are what we do, savings for the taxpayer, tax compliance, easier to comply with your taxes, making sure that fees don't get spent in other areas, are some important fiscal savings that we have to make sure that we can extend the solvency of the highway trust fund. now, the other point i would simply make is, we believe that we have a chance of writing a big multiyear bill. that's why we're seeking this extension. if we didn't think that we had the chance and the opportunity on a bicameral, bipartisan basis, to do a six-year highway funding bill, then we would just two -- do a two-year bill like the other body is attempting to do. we think we can do a multi-year bill -- multiyear bill. we think there are ways of doing it, things that are important for the economy, things that are important for our businesses, we think that's an opportunity and that's something that we're exploring on a bipartisan basis. so for that reason and many others, i urge adoption of this. i think it makes sense. the last thing we want to do, and where i come from in wisconsin, the way we say it is we have two seasons. road construction season and winter. the last thing we want to do is see road construction stop at the beginning of august. we need to give our construction, our highways, our people who are filling these construction... text bipartisan basis on a his time. the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. ryan: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from wisconsin. mr.... text long-term fix, not this short-term fix. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman are extending the highway bill because we don't have time to develop a plan. i yield back the balance and provide funding it's been 10 years since this congress passed a transportation bill. neither party as the courage to deal with it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has... text the gentleman from wisconsin reserves. the gentleman from michigan. mr. levin: i yield a minute and a half to another valued member of our committee, mr. davis of illinois. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for a minute and a half. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. we all know that july 31, the highway trust fund will expire. but we didn't just learn this. not that we just found out last week. or last month. we've always known it. now we come where we're backed up against the wall. we know we need a long-term fix but i'm going to vote for a short-term fix. i'm going to vote for it because i want the contractors in my state to keep working. i want the construction workers to keep laying concrete. i want the bridge builders to keep repairing bridges. we can't afford to have a short season. in illinois if you don't do construction now, you may not get a chance to do much. on the basis... text we're considering the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. ryan: i yield myself 30 seconds to respond to the gentleman from craig. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ryan: as a person who represents a state line who drives to o'hare and back and forth, i want to add to my comment, they're in thed my of road construction right now on i-90. if we don't pass this bill, construction projects like that will stop. so we need, by the way, we need more construction in chicagoland area, just like we do around the rest of america, that's why we have to pass this. let me yield myself another 30 seconds to say, i think the gentleman from illinois hit it right, which is, yes we knew this was coming, but it takes a while to figure out how to do things like rewrite international tax laws, something we haven't done for decades. it takes a while to figure out how to come up with long-term financing, something like a highway trust fund. and we know that we cannot come up with that answer within the next two weeks and we don't want to see these construction projects like the really important one on i-90 and i-94 going to o'hare and every else in america to stop in two weeks. that... text we must act and we that's a ticket, really another bridge to nowhere. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. ryan: i will spare the cliches and just simply say, i think this is important that we get this done. both parties have patched this trust fund for, as the gentleman said, for 10 years. part of the problem we have right now, mr. speaker, is the revenue source for highways is a revenue source that's no longer relevant, that doesn't work anymore. gas taxes don't work well. why? it's a good reason why. we get much better gas mileage. our engine technology is better. some cars don't even use gas, they're electric. and therefore as a result we don't pay as much for the highways we use. and that's the problem. so we're trying to figure out what is a way we can bridge finance the highway trust fund so we can come up with a new revenue source for the long-term. that means we have to have a medium term, a six-year highway bill, to make sure that the construction that we need to get done gets done and that's going to take us some time to figure out, that's why we need to have this patch, to give us that time. if we fail to pass this extension right now, i can sure tell you what will come over from the other body will be a medium, you know, about an 18-month extension and that will come through here and we will not get the bridge we need, we will not get the ability to give multiyear projects the ability to plan and get off the ground, and we will not have done our jobs. and so in order to give us the chance to do our jobs, to get the long-term solution in place, to work on these big issues... text people? with that i yield back the balance of my time. the tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i withdraw the reservation on the point of order and i claim time in opposition. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. ryan: a few points. number one, i'm looking through the bill, the motion to recommit here, there's no six-year plan in here. there's no six-year highway project plan in here. they may have proposed one, but it's not being offered here today. all this bill does is the stop corporation expatriation and invest in america's infrastructure but there's no invest in american infrastructure here. just the tax increase. let's speak to that. we've heard speaker after speaker after speaker here from the other side of the aisle say, you're getting away from gas taxes to fund highways, to fund infrastructure. what does this do? this isn't a gas tax increase. so you're moving away from the user fee principle, yourself in your own rhetoric. let's speak to the substance of this particular proposal. this proposal will do a couple of things. number one, it will encourage foreign companies to buy u.s. companies. you might as well say, this is the buy american company act of 2015. number two, it will encourage u.s. corporate headquarters to move overseas. don't take my word for it. that's the characterization of this bill by the senate democratic policy chair, the senior senator from new york, who has said, this policy will encourage u.s. headquarters to be moved overseas. inversions are bad. we want to stop inversions. but to quote the treasury secretary of the other side's party, the way to stop inversions is tax reform. why are we here doing this patch? had? so that we can give ourselves the time to do tax reform, to do international tax reform, so that we can prevent inversions. that's the whole purpose of this episode that we're having here. so not only is this really bad policy, it doesn't work, it won't affect what they're trying to do. if you want to stop inversions, you've got to do tax reforms. adding more obstacles to u.s. companies doesn't stop u.s. companies from moving, it simply says that they're more ripe for takeovers from foreign companies. there's a very dangerous trend, mr. speaker, of foreign companies buying u.s. companies. it is happening at an alarming pace. if this were to pass, it would accelerate that pace and the way that this is written, it would say, if you had your headquarters in america as an american company, you better move them overseas. why would we want to do that? to do that. let's have american companies buy fortune companies instead of the o'way around. that's what we should be doing. let's just have some truth in advertising here this doesn't stop inversions. this accelerates american companies being bought by foreign companies. it accelerates... text order. devices. the speaker pro tempore: the house will come to order. please take your conversations off the floor. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. ryan, the gentleman from washington, mr. mcdermott each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes jask... text mr. ryan: i ask unanimous consent members to include extraneous material washington, ms. mcmorris rogers. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: last summer, more than 17 million people participated in the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of the crippling disease a.l.s. and the toll it takes on millions of men and women and their families. around the same time, gail gleason who is the mother of former nfl star steve gleason, came to me with concerns about medicare denying access to cutting-edge speech-generated technology with patients living with diseases. gail and steve feared people would lose their ability to communicate, to share their stories, order coffee, tell jokes, ask for help. say i love you. before i -- eye tracking technology became available, once they lost their ability to type, they could no longer communicate. all that has changed. today, patients can continue communicating by typing with their eyes. but, top-down government knows best rules and regulations threaten to take it all away for those who need it most. i pledge to do everything within my power to fix this and i'm proud to have helped steer this bill through congress with the help of majority leader and whip , steve scalise, representative mccarthy, so many joined us in this effort. we had a letter with republicans and democrats to push c.m.s. to investigate this arbitrary decision and i'm proud to help to send the steve gleason act to the president's desk. mr. speaker, life-changing innovation cannot help people when it's collecting dust on a desk or getting caught up in red tape. because of gail and steve gleason, thousands of americans living with... text love you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from wisconsin reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. mcdermott: i rise in support of this 984, steve gleason act. this legislation is named after steve demreeson, a former professional football player for the new orleans saints and native of washington state. it will increase access to help patients living with neurological diseases. a.l.s. is known as lou engineer ig's disease. they are generated as capped rental items by medicare requiring beneficiaries to rent their devices for 13 months before they are able to own this. this cap has made it difficult for many. c.m.s. has begun providing payment for speech-generating devices. this is a good step but does not necessarily ensure continued payment for the devices if a beneficiary moves from a post acute facility such as a nursing home. this legislation makes ar simple fix that will eliminate the rental cap and clarify that beneficiaries may purchase speech-generating devices immediately and ensure payment for these devices even if a beneficiary is admitted into a facility where payment is bundled into a post-acute facility payment. it will improve the medicare program and make a meaningful difference in the lives of beneficiaries living with a.l.s. i'm pleased to see the chairman out here pushing this and i'm glad to join with him. i hope someday we can join with... text him while we provide hearing aides for senior trouble paying for them today. do you have any other speakers? mr. ryan: to achieve their life's potential. i urge passage of this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro is recognized. mr. ryan: you have one more speaker? would you like to go right now? the speaker pro tempore: and with that, i yield the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr. ryan: i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. paulsen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized for two minutes. mr. paulsen: as already mentioned, many participated in the ice bucket challenge, raising more than $100 million to combat a.l.s., or lou gehrig's disease. at the exact same time this movement was sweeping the nation, the c.m.s. was implementing misguided policies to deny access to speech-generating devices for those patients with a.l.s. and other degenerative conditions. for many people who have a.l.s., speech-generating devices and the eye tracking devices are the only way to communicate with your loved ones, with family, with friends and others. in response to the agency's new policies, representative cathy mcmorris rodgers and i led that bipartisan letter with more than 200 republicans and democrats asking for changes to the proposals. while the agency has taken some actions to roll back some of the rules, we got to guarantee that these patients will have access to speech-generating devices and that's why senator vitter, representative mcmorris rorgers, majority whip scalise and i first introduced the steve gleason act. this gets its name from former new orleans saints steve gleason. he first blocked a punt for the new orleans saints in their dramatic return to the superdome after hurricane katrina. he battles a.l.s. this bill is for steve and for the millions of people who have a.l.s. the ice bucket challenge was a good start but there's more we can do to help people with that deadly disease. instead of limiting access to life-improving devices, we should be embracing 21st century cures and technologies that empower millions of americans living with degenerative disabilities to have a better life and communicate with their family, friends, physicians and loved ones. i'm glad we... text matter to embrace innovation and help so many people, mr. speaker. i encourage passage of this legislation and i for so many individuals who are caught with this very difficult disease. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman cathy mcmorris said -- the speaker able to say i love you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. gentleman reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. mcdermott: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr.... text ryan: has the gentleman yielded back his time? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. ryan: i'll yield myself as i may consume for the purposes of closing, mr. speaker. as i saw steve scalise talk about that play, i'm a big nfl plan, big n.f.c. -- nfl fan, big n.f.c. fan. my friend, aaron stecker, who is from wisconsin, played on that team at that time and i just got to say, mr. speaker. in america we have all of these heroes, and the best among us are the heroes that have been so high and have been brought so low but that have come back up and have shown a great example of courage to the rest of us. we're very pleased to be bringing this bill to the floor. i basically want to thank the members of the louisiana delegation for bringing this issue to our attention, for making us know about this, and this is one of those things where the bureaucracy just got it wrong. the bureaucracy basically, i don't know why, but they came up with a rule that effectively denied these devices to people which means they can't live a full life. these s.g.d.'s are invaluable. they are absolutely essential for people suffering from a.l.s. to be able to communicate, to be able to function. i had a constituent at a town hall meeting walk me through how his eye gaze technology worked as part of his s.g.d. and it's just truly remarkable. this is one of those issues that speaks to absolute common sense. the bureaucracy got it wrong, and this is congress in action, our democracy in action. our constituents brought us an issue. we understood something needed to be resolved. here we are passing legislation, fixing this problem so that we could make sure this program, medicare,... text table. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? mr. ryan: mr. speaker, i move to the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. ryan, passage of this. i thank chairman ryan for his support, and i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from wisconsin reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. mcdermott: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of s. 971, the medicare independence at home extension medical practice demonstration, improvement act of 2015. this bill provides for a two-year extension of an interesting program intended to help beneficiaries living with multiple chronic diseases. the affordable care act, which has been reviled out here extensively, established this medical independence at home demonstration. the purpose of this project is to test the new service delivery and payment incentive mod that will utilizes primary care team -- model that utilizes primary care teams to provide care to patients in their home. practices that successfully reduce costs and meet quality measures will be rewarded with incentive payments. if this is successful, this model would provide medicare beneficiaries with access to home-based primary care and avoid costly an conscious and unnecessary trips to the hospital. in 2012, 15 practices launched i.a.h. practices. but the authority to continue these practices will expire in 2015. s. 911 extends this authority by two years. this will provide c.m.s. with additional time to evaluate the results of the demonstration and determine whether this is a sustainable model to pursue moving forward. this will give policymakers the additional information we need to inform our decision making as we look for innovative ways to coordinate care and reduce costs in the health care system. it's noteworthy to note that this was instituted by the a.c.a.. there are good things in that bill and as we've tried again and again out here to repeal it, we never thought about things like the independent health practices.... text a congress to look individually at the programs before we make sweeping generalizations. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves... text everyone to vote in the affirmative and yield back a voice vote. i hope that we do the same here and i speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr. ryan: we have no more... text is recognized. mr. mcdermott: mr. speaker, i have no more speakers and i urge people to vote for the the remainder of the hour. you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the subject of my special order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. desauliner: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today, along with my colleagues from the congressional black caucus, to talk today to the american people about the tragedy of port chicago, california, and the injustice that marked the lives of 50 african-american sailors in 1944 and continues to mark every american today. on my right is overview of where the facility is. it is still an existing naval facility or department of defense facility, an important deep water port that allows for munitions to go to strategic assets in the pacific. this is the map of the bay area. you can see it's in the sacramento delta as the delta comes into the san francisco bay. the fofle is an aerial photograph -- the photograph is an aerial photograph of how the facility looked in 1944. you can see where the trains came in. put the box cars into sidings that had concrete on either side to protect people from explosions. then, you can see where the ships were stocked. in this photograph there is one shipped docked on the night that we will talk about. there were two ships loaded and in continuously operated ships, those ships were loaded, as witnessed would say, in a manner that sacrificed safety in order for expeed yens. the fateful moonless night on monday, july 17, 1944, was clear and cool, slight breeze was blowing from the southwest, two cargo ships were tied up at the port chicago pier under flood lights. workers were working at full speed. shortly after 10:18 p.m. disaster struck. this is how the day of the explosion is described by dr. robert allen in his book titled "the port chicago mutiny." the deadliest home front disaster of world war ii occurred at port chicago naval magazine, a major ammunition facility in my district in northern california. the ship yard site was two miles from a little community of port chicago, population 1,500, and in those areas it was a population of wheat fields. currently it has a population of over 600,000. indicative of the discrimnear practices at the time, all of the inlisted -- enlisted men were african-american, whereas all of their officers were caucasians. the explosion killed or wounded 710 people, 435 of whom were african-american. they had no formal training in safe methods of ammunition or explosives handling given to any of the enlisted men. the navy failed to adequately provide these enlisted men with the tools necessary to be able to operate under safe working conditions, even after the tragedy struck. when the surviving 258 african-american sailors who understandably refused to return to work in these deplorable conditions following the explosion, 50 were charged with mutiny and convicted. during this time, we seek to bring attention to the systemic racial discrimination suffered by these sailors while on duty in order to bring perspective to the ongoing discrimination against people of color as we enter into the weekend, which will note the 71st anniversary of this tragedy. prior to the explosion, many officers at port chicago had no previous training either or experience in ship loading, handling ammunition or commanding enlisted men. many of them were reservists. they were called to active duty from civilian life and given little or no training. they had to, as they said, learned by doing. black enlisted men were also untrained while they were very aware of the inherent danger of their jobs. these african-american men hoped by discounting their risk and much by humor. weeks before the explosion, the longshoreman's union of san francisco warned the navy that there would be disaster at port chicago if the navy continued to use untrained seamen to load load it. they were doing similar work on other ports in the west coast and knew how to load these dangerous materials safely and did not sacrifice safety for speed. the union offered to send experienced longshoremen to train navy recruits in the safe handling of ammunition but this offered was ignored by the navy. as this existing policy required the coast guard to provide a detail to ensure that safe handling procedures were followed. navy commanders believed that this was an unnecessary -- that this was unnecessary and would create confusion and disrupt loading. when the coast guard tried to oversee operations, it rejected the navy's common practice, including the practice of moving bombs by rolling and dropping them into place in the ship's hold. alternative methods offered by the coast guard were considered, quote, ridiculous by the navy and ignored. in addition, sailors were encouraged to compete against each other, to load as much ammunition as possible into the ship and officers placed nightly bets among themselves as to which division would load more and then pursued their individual enlisted men to make sure that they would win bets as small as $5. during the environment of this whole period, eight-day work periods were what were allowed by the navy. you'd have six days to loading ammunition with a sleep break and with meals in short rest periods. after the sixth day you would have what was called a duty day, which you'd do duty around the facility and you had one day of liberty. this at that time was a very remote facility and was a long way from oakland, the nearest major city, but many of the enlisted men made that trip anyways and went back to work very exhausted. aside from the petty officers, all the officers at port chicago were white. commanding officers believed black enlisted men were a major problem rather than an asset. captain nelson ghost, the commanding officer of mir island said the black recruits, and i quote, arrived with a chip on their shoulder if not indeed one on each shoulder. in actuality, these recruits joined the military to defend their country and to fight, if necessary, and put themselves in harm's way overseas. . the captain complained they were in turn, black men resented, obviously, that only they were assigned to essential labor battalions charged with doing dangerous work. they were distressed that they could not receive the rating and promotions that they thought they deserved. for men working under these precarious conditions, the situation amounted to a new form of slavery. a worker describedport chicago, quote, as a -- described port chicago, as a slave outfit, end quotes. we were considered a cheap labor force from the beginning, end quotes. they believed their life was worth less, they were treated as if their lives were worth less, just as their work and abilities were valued less. a group of men drafted a letter in 1943 setting their grievances and point out that the morale among the enlisted men had dropped to, and i quote again, an alarming depth. on the evening of the 17th, two ships, as i said, the e.a. brian and the quinnhole victory, the quinnhole victory was a brand new ship, were both in port being loaded. the e.a. brian was almost fully loaded as they entered into the grave yard shift. in the enlisted men's barracks a short distance away, it was quiet. many men were in their bunks when suddenly an unbelievable explosion occurred shortly after 10:18 p.m. survivors in oakland and san francisco still remember the explosion from 20 and 35 miles away. people in the nearby rural communities continued to remember this explosion the way survivors of the earthquake in san francisco did many years after. thest. a. brian was loaded that night with 4,600 tons of ammunition and high explosives. bombs weighing 650 pounds each with their activated mechanisms or fuses being full installed were being loaded one at a time. the dock and the ship had disappeared after the explosion. . a. brian was eviscerated. the very few pieces were found of this large shape -- ship. the quinn hull victory was -- queen hull victory was lifted out of the water, turned over and broke noon pieces with very little of it remaining. the 1,00-foot-long wooden pier simply disappeared. this is the day after the explosion and this is what was left of the pier. during the evening, the accounts talk about people in the barracks being completely in plaque because all the electricity went out. not knowing what had happened, not knowing what had happened to their colleagues down at the pier. many of them thought they were under attack by the japanese. i have one account from a guard on duty that night. quote, the barracks had a lot of windows, lower and upper deck. this is a distance away from this site. whole sides of windows, they were blown to pieces. some guys lost their sight, others were badly cut. finally they got the emergency lights together, then some guys came by in a truck and we went down to the dock all on our own, but when we got there, we didn't see no dock, no ship, no nothing. just darkins. everyone on board the two ships and the fire barge were killed instantly, 320 men, 202 whom were african-americans. another 390 military personnel and civilians were injured, including 233 black enlisted men. this single stunning disaster accounted for more than 15% of all the black naval casualties during world war ii. property damage, military and civilian, was estimated at that time at more than $12 million. again, mr. criten recounted, you could see a shoe with a foot in it, and then would you remember how you joked often with your colleagues about who was going to be the first out of that hole if somethingent wrong. you'd see a head floating across the water, just a head, or an arm, bodies. just awful. for fo port chicago seamen and one black enlisted man were awarded medals in fighting the ammunition box car fire and subsequent fires that broke out that evening ter the explosion. a prop osal -- a proposal was presented to congress to grant families up $000 in compensation for the loss of their loved ones. however, when mississippi representative john rankin objected to the plan because mostf the beneficiaries were black, congress reduced the maximum allowable grant to $3,000. four days after the explosion. the naval court of inquiry convened on treasure island, or i should say or mayor island, to inquire into the circumstances of the explosion. captain nelson ghost admitted that a port director had previously warned him, again, quote, conditions are bad out there. you've got to do something about it. if you aren't careful, somethg's going to happen and you'll be held responsible. the judge advocate of the inquiry concluded by addressing the questio of the role of black enlisted personnel in his official inquiry. and i quote, the consensus of opinion of the witnesses and practically admitted by the interested parties is that the colored enlisted personnel are neither temper mentally or intellectually capable of handling high explosives. in short, they blamethe ctims because they were african-american. during the weeks after and the days after the men only obviously were in a state of shock, troubled by the memory of a horrible explosion in which so many of their friends had died and so many of them had believed would come to bear and then unfortunately saw the tragedy worse than they could imagine. everybody was scared, one survivor recalled. if someone dropped a box or slammed a door, people began jumping around like crazy. many of the black survivors expected to be granted survivor's leave as was custom the that -- athat time in the navy, to visit their families before bei reassigned to regular duty. they waited and waited to get these 30 days off. to go visit friends and to start to process what they had seen. before they would come back to regular duty, which they were happy to do. such leaves were not granted, even men who had been hospitalized were not granted leaves. all men were to be sent back to work loading ammunition under the same officers before. however, white officers were allowed to go home for 30-day leaves, all of of them. you can see why under these circumstances and given the tragedy many of the enlisted african-american survivors of port chicago were upset in the three weeks after the explosion. they continued to be treated as they were treated before the explosion, in spite of their warnings, the warnings of the professionals of the union, and the united states coast guard. so some weeks later, the men were sent back to mayor island a short distance away from where port chicago is across the strait, where munition ships were again being loaded for the war effort. an important job. as the men marched to go back to work three weeks after the incident, they still did not know where they were going as they marched. they did not know but they do know at a certain juncture in the road they could be ordered to turn right, which would take them to the parade ground or they could be ordered to turn left, which would take them to the ferry that crossed the river to the ammunition loading dock where they would inevitably resume doing the same work they had done before. there was a young enlisted officer or man who had natural leadership qualities from new jersey, who you'll hear about shortly. enlistedman small. he directed the cadence as they walked back. he describe what had happened next as he delivered the cadence and he marched his division back to the pier. i was marching on left-hand side of the ranks when the lieutenant gave the command to column left. everybody stopped dead, boom, just like that. he said, the captain said, forward march, column left. nobody moved. an officer asked small, small, are you going to go back to work? he answered, no, sir. the officer asked why and he said, i'm afraid. seen as a leader among the men, others refused to work when he refused to go back. someone over in the ranks said, if small don't go, we're not going either. 328 followed -- or enlisted member small and refused to return to work at that movement 258 were imprisoned as a result and shortly thereafter 50 were charged with conspiring to make mutiny. the trial commenced on treasure island shortly thereafter. if these 50 were convicted of the charge, the men faced prison terms of 15 years or death. mutiny was defined by the defense as an unlawful opposition or resistance to or defines of superior military authority with a deliberate purpose to usurp, subvert or override the same. mutiny was defined by the prosecution as collective insbord nation. collective disobedience of lawful orders of a superior, a conspiracy to disobey lawful orders of a superior is mutiny. as opposed to what we described. one sailor stated that we didn't know you could define disobeying orders as being a mutiny, we thought mutiny could only happen on a ship. a refusal to work is a passive act of resistance. without intent to seize power. a mutiny is an active revolt with intent of taking charge. at this point, i would like to... text country. and not often do we bring exceptional. and with that, mr. chairman, i would yield back to my colleague and thank him, again, for letting me right a long-standing injustice and i'm proud to stand with my colleague in this call for action. wrongfully convicted and discharged, we need to set the record straight and i want to thank my colleagues for making it possible for us this evening to participate in this effort. i yield back. mr. desauliner: i want to... text mr. dold of illinois, a great member of our caucus, technically a member of our freshman team. very happy to have him here this evening. thank you, mr. dold. mr. dold: i thank my good friend from washington for organizing this special order. i want to thank my good friend, mr. fincher, for his work on the legislation. for those talking about trying to create jobs, and what we're talking about here in terms of the ex-im bank, the export-import bank is a bipartisan piece of legislation that we're looking to re-authorize. we're looking to make sure that again, we're creating jobs. the authorization of the bank for those who might have forgotten and those who may be tuned in, mr. speaker, in 2012, the re-authorization passed on a suspension vote of 330-93. it passed the senate 77 -- 78-20. this wasn't three decades ago. this was three years ago. so the reason to support re-authorization of the ex-im bank, and i appreciate my good friend mr. collins talking about ex-im equals jobs, i do believe that's the case. you've all heard the statistics. 3% of the loans nationwide from the ex-im bank are going to small businesses. small businesses create 2/3 of the net new jobs in our nation. and i have to tell you new york talking to my colleagues around this very body, the number one very we encounter is the fact that it's jobs and the economy. we want to create and make sure there's a robust amount of good, high-paying careers. ex-im bank ebb ables small businesses to keep their doors open, to ship to 96% of the world's consumers, which happens to be outside of the united states. it's interesting to me, and when we talk about this, there's a lot of businesses able to put a plaint in malaysia or germany or other places. it's the small businesses that oftentimes don't have that ability. you heard me having a conversation with mr. collins earlier about someone that came into my office talking about the fact that they manufacture tractors. tractors aren't big tractor, they're fairly small but they cost about $1 million apiece. if they aren't able to manufacture those tractors here in the united states, getting that export-import bank financing, they'll go somewhere else. they have a facility in frns they'll be able to use. those are jobs that are going to leave the united states. so i do believe when we talk about the economic growth and manufacturing, my district and i know many of the other districts of my colleagues here are heavy in manufacturing. we're the fourth largest manufacturing district and the -- in the 10th district of illinois. we have literally hundreds, 54,000 jobs in the district rely upon exports. boeing, which i recognize that there's a lot of people that want to talk about boeing, boeing actually has three dozen suppliers in the 10th district of illinois. these are three dozen businesses and hundreds of employees that support making things that go into a boeing plane. you've heard the adage, when a boeing plane lands, 21,000 small businesses land with it. this is important. this is talking about good, high-paying jobs, things the export-import bank absolutely helped support. the thing that's interesting to me, is if we choose to not re-authorize the export-import bank, who loses? our competitors overseas have export financing. our small businesses will be the ones that lose. we're going to in essence tie one hand behind our back and make us less competitive. i can't think of a crazier thing, to make us less competitive. we want to be more competitive. we want to give our small businesses every advantage possible to be able to go out and compete and win. this is what we have an only fwation to do. this is what we have an opportunity to do. so i am delighted to be able to stand up here with my friends, to talk about in a bipartisan way, actually, why it is important that we re-authorize the export-import bank. because there are jobs, there are businesses, in wheel, lincoln shir, north brook, glen view, elmhurst, mount prospect, these are all towns in the 10th district that have companies that utilize the export-import bank. this is not some random deal. this is something that small businesses utilize in order to make sure that they can sell their goods to places all over the globe. places, you know, france, germany, india, china, it's super important that we give them the opportunity to not only make it here in america but be able to send it all over the globe. mr. speaker, if we're looking for an opportunity to end a government program, listen, i'm all for government accountability. trying to make sure the government is smaller and more responsive. let's not focus on a government program that brings in billions of dollars into the federal treasury and creates jobs. we've leader about trowny capitalism and we need to be focusing on how do we help small businesses. again if we shut down the export-import bank who loses? our small businesses. not the small businesses that they compete against maybe overseas, because they have an export arm. as my friend was talking about if the private sector and private sector banks would do it, i would understand. but there's a lot of private sector banks, when they see the collateral go overseas, they can't touch, can't get back, their answer when they walk in for a million dollars of financing to send that tractor overseas, the answer is no. guess what? they can't hire that next individual to create and make that tractor. we need export financing. we need to make sure the export-import bank has some restructuring. this bill does that, to try to have some changes in the export-import bank to make sure we're having that appropriate oversight, to make sure we're holding them accountable. but it is absolutely vital, mr. speaker, for good, high-paying careers, that the export-import bank is re-authorized and re-authorized with an overwhelming support. if it comes to the floor, mr. speaker, i'm confident that this passes. so i want to thank my good friend... text committee on which i serve and i appreciate mr. rodney davis' coming here to help usake the points on this authorization. mr. davis. mr. davis: thank you for leading this special order. thank you to allf those who are interested in what i think is doing the right thing - re-authorizing and reforming the ex-im bank. i rise today in support of small businesses, mr. speaker. american manufacturing and good jobs right here at home. the simpl reality is that more than 95% othe globe's consumers live outside of our borders. therefore our ability to export american products around the world has a direct iact on many small, medium, and large companies and their ability to create and sustain jobs. unfortunately, many potential global customers are not able to secure the necessary financing to complete a purchase from an american company because of the instability of their region or another circumstance. in order to connect these american exporters with their buyers around the globe, the ex-im bank can provide vital loans to complete transactions with american companies that otherwise may not have occurred. the economic impacts here at home are significant. last year, the ex-im bank provided financing for $27.5 billion in u.s. exports. that supports more than 160,000 american jobs and importantly, most importantly, 90% of all of th public-private partnership's transactions were with america's small businesses. some have called for ending the ex-im bank on th grounds that it competes with the private market. that's simply not the case. while we do need to reform this agency, we still need to make surethat the ex-im is allowed to level the playing field and fill the gaps that exist in the private credit market. additionally, the ex-im bank brings in a surplus of dollars to the u.s. treasury. last year alone, it was upbards of -- upwards of $700 million. d over the past two decades, the sur plass has been $7 billion. so i ask many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, what are we going to do to fill that hole? ex-im supports good-paying jobs in illinois, not only at great companies like caterpillar and john deere, but also at small and immediate wrum-sized businesses such as the g.s.i. group in assumption, illinois. my home county's largest employer. and also the sports group in champaign. congress has already let the ex-im bank expire but we cannot afford to put more jobs at risk. we must reform and re-authorize the ex-im bank... textminutes. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman from texas for yielding. mr. speaker, this is just another example of excessive burdens placed on small businesses from federal regulations. the proposed menu labeling requirements by the f.d.a., which come from a provision of obamacare, will require restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations and even movie theaters and minute -- miniature golf courses to list the number of calories in food and drinks they sell. thousands of small businesses will have to absorb the cost of providing new menu displays and calorie information, and as a former small business owner, i can tell you this is money small businesses cannot afford. ultimately, the group that will pay the price for these new regulations is the american consumer through increased food and drink costs at their local restaurant and grocery store. several large chain stores have welcomed these new regulations. i wonder why. because they know that their small business competitors can't afford to purchase new menus and signs, placing them at a disadvantage to larger chain companies. i find it ironic that this administration that champions itself as a small business advocate continues to place additional burdens on small businesses at the advantage of larger corporations. h.r. 2017, the commonsense -- commonsense commonsense of 2015 remedies this -- common sense nutrition disclosure act of 2015 remedies this expensive red tape so small business owners can continue to compete and grow our economy. i urge my colleagues to support small businesses by supporting this legislation, and i... text mr. brady: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. brady: thank you -- mr. brat: thank you, mr. chairman. the gentleman from texas, thank you very much. i had some prepared remarks, but the opposition just brought up rhetoric and unicorns in the same sentence and so i feel obliged to respond with a couple of preliminary remarks. i'll just make four. the rhetoric is easy to come by in this city, but the facts are very clear. i have never seen a democrat budget that has been smaller than a republican budget. every year they turn in a budget that is significantly bigger than ours. that's just fact number one. fact number two, our budget balances in 10 years. i have never seen in my history here a democrat budget that balances in any time horizon, and we're talking about the debt. . i never heard the current president mention our unfunded liability problem which is in the hundred trillion dollar range. that's the most serious number and economic challenge our country faces. i have never heard our president bring that up as a problem to solve. and finally, when it comes to fiscal restraint on the other side, the winner of the new hampshire primary on the opposite -- opposition side is calling for faces. i have never heard our president bring that up as a problem to solve. and finally, when it comes to fiscal restraint on the other side, the winner of the new hampshire primary on the opposite -- 90% tax rates and free everything. when it comes to rhetoric, those are just four civil facts i offer to the other side when it comes to fiscal responsibility. i want to move forward and commend representative marchant for putting this bill forward. this country desperately needs to have an honest conversation about our fiscal problems. the full range from the debt of 19 trillion to the unfunded liabilities at 100 trillion. total outstanding public debt exceeds 19 trillion, we just passed that this week or so. the unfunded liabilities are multiples of that. deficits are exploding in the 500 billion dollar range per year. deficits by 2026 will be about $1 trillion a year. that will bring the total debt to about $30 trillion in a decade. all of this is on the back of our children. if we continue on the path of the status quo, we end at a debt drycies as china is in now. that's why i support this bill because it advances the dialogue exactly when presidential leadership is most needed, when the debt limit looms. having leadership from a responsible president could make a world of difference. of course, talking isn't the end goal. talk must spur action. these problems get harder to solve the longer we wait. according to c.b.o.'s 2015 long-term budget outlook, if we wait 10 years, the costs will be nearly 1/3 greater as a percentage of g.d.p. and even larger in dollar terms. that's why it's so important we address this critical issue head-on now. it's also getting harder to address the drivers of debt. annual spending bills cover only 30% of federal spending. and it will be 22% in 10 years. the rest of federal spending is on auto pilot. back in 1966, auto pilot consumed 34% of federal revenues. by 2026, auto pilot spending is on track to be 98.7% of revenue in a vastly larger economy.... text mr. brat: some say it's all demographics. as society changes our institution vs. to keep up. that's what we are trying to do in this bill. we do not continue to ignore the debt crisis. let's address it now while we still can make meaningful reforms. thank congressman marchant for proposing this bill. let's come together and pass this bill and continue with the reforms that will make the economic outlook for our children and future generations greater and brighter. our fellow citizens expect no less. thank you, i... text mr. davis: distinguished member, for three minutes, mr. davis. thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from new jersey for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to h.r. 3442, and i do so because the bill imposes burdens on treasury that are totally unnecessary and will do absolutely nothing to improve our national debt. it is congress that makes spending and revenue decisions, and it is congress' responsibility to raise the debt limit when needed to enable treasury to fulfill the debt obligations that we have made. if you owe, you pay. rather than wasting our time on a redundant report by treasury that does nothing to grow the economy, we should focus our time on creating jobs and strengthening families. i can think of many things that we could be talking about. raising the minimum wage. creating summer jobs for youth. creating jobs through infrastructure development. supporting businesses to hire more workers. and increasing grant aid to families so that they could afford college. although our economy has demonstrated some solid labor market trends, we know that they are still -- there are still individuals who are not benefiting from the tremendous economic recovery that we are experiencing. for example, the university of illinois, chicago just completed a study that showed that half the african-american males in the city of chicago between the ages of 20 to 24 are not working and not in school. we could be using this time, our time, to figure out ways to bring these individuals in to the labor market so that they become productive citizens rather than reviewing another report that tells us nothing that we don't already know. bring these so, i oppose the legislation not because it's so bad legislation it's a waste of our time, energy, and effort we need to be figuring out ways to solve problems. i yield back the balance of my time.... text mr. duffy: mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. mr. duffy: i now yield to someone who has worked on this issue as well, the gentleman from indiana, mr. messer. mr. duffy: how much time do i have? noes have it. mr. doggett: on that i would request a recorded vote.