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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
the federal government should mind supply lines, not the front
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
he beat all my records.
number two, look at the budget
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
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
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
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
look, i am who i am.
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
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
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.
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
so we are not slowing down
we will talk to our members
about how best to move forward
to maintain a functioning and
process. and we will continue with an
we will use the power of the
purse to protect taxpayer
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
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
there was a lot of confusion.
now people understood what it
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
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
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
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
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
that's what our conference is about.
so we are asking our members how
they want to proceed going
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
we're going to run on our
beliefs and ideas.
i'll leave it at that. million on top of
mr. ryan: i'll refer you to the budget committee.
tom price sworking with mac
thornberry on that, our house
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
approach and agenda to the
american people so they can
choose, they can choose in 2016
what kind of country they want
we think the couldn't are is on
-- the country is on the wrong track.
we think we're headed in the
economic growth, upward
mobility, economic growth,
that's why we're here today to
talk among ourselves about how
we go forward.
what's the better way, what's
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
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
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
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
in new york state alone, over 1,700 pregnant women pass through our corrections system
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
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
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
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
that is why over a dozen key
child welfare advocates support
our amendment, including the
american public human services association, the american
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.
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
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.
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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
i would urge the chairman to move mr. defazio: are you reserving to close? mr. price: i thank my
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
it's my hope that this will be
a source of comfort to his
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
. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
. 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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
i yield back the balance of my time.... text for one
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
in my district alone, eastern san diego, you have nine
over 400 jobs, $60 million in
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
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
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
i hope we can continue to work
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
do we want to be a country
where we have a mass shooting nearly every single day of the
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
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
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
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
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
mr. speaker, i yield back to
the... text mr. woodall: thank you, mr.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
mr. chair, with that i'll... text mr. cicilline: mr. chairman,
i yield myself such time as i
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
his senior year of high school,
he became paralyzed with fear, couldn't go to school.
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
i yield myself such time as i
may consume. from georgia is
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
and i yield myself some
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
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
one of his most notable accomplishments is the state employee training program which
he developed while working at
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
this is not about accountability
, not about whistleblowers or
improving services for our nation's veterans. this bill is nothing more than
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
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
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
i thank you, mr. chairman, and i yield... text mr. ryan: we're prepared to
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
other people just want to file
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
many of my constituents want to
avoid these threats to their
anti-i.r.s. is actively
hindering them from taking
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
to put that in perspective, that's more than five times the
population of my home state of
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
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
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.
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.
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
he committed his life to the
fair implementation of the law,
believing that it applies to all of us and protects each of
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
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
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
his values and vision live on
through all those he touched.
my thoughts... text foip without objection, the
gentleman is recognized for one
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 --
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
. 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
of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from pennsylvania
the gentleman from oregon is
recognized. mr. defazio: i yield myself such
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
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
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
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,
in terms of state of
our infrastructure in this
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
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.
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
we know we're not going to
write that bill in the next two
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
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
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
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
thank you, mr.
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
if we don't pass this bill,
construction projects like that
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
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.
without objection, the gentleman is recognized.
mr. ryan: a few points.
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
just the tax increase.
let's speak to that. we've heard speaker after
speaker after speaker here from
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.
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
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,
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
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
companies from moving, it simply says that they're more
ripe for takeovers
companies. there's a very dangerous trend,
mr. speaker, of foreign companies buying u.s.
companies. it is happening at an alarming pace.
this were to pass, it would
accelerate that pace and the
way that this is written, it
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
technology with patients living
gail and steve feared people
would lose their ability to
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
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
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.
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
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
i urge passage of this
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
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
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
while the agency has taken some
actions to roll back some of
the rules, we got to guarantee
that these patients
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
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
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
ones. i'm glad we... text matter to
embrace innovation and
many people, mr. speaker. i encourage
passage of this legislation and i for so many individuals who are caught with
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.
very pleased to be
bringing this bill to the
i basically want to thank the
members of the louisiana
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
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
if this is successful, this
model would provide medicare beneficiaries with access to
home-based primary care
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
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
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
the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman reserves... text everyone to vote in the affirmative and yield back a
i hope that we do the same here
and i speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back the
balance of his time.
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.
i ask unanimous consent that
all members may have five
legislative days to revise and
extend their remarks and
include extraneous material on
of my special
the speaker pro tempore:
without objection, the
gentleman from california is
mr. desauliner: thank
you, mr. speaker.
i rise today, along with my
colleagues from the
congressional black caucus,
talk today to the american
people about the tragedy of
port chicago, california,
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
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
then, you can see where the
ships were stocked. in this photograph there is one
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
workers were working at full
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
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
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
when the surviving 258 african-american sailors who
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
suffered by these sailors while on duty
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
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
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
officers placed nightly bets among themselves
as to which division would load
more and then pursued their
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
disappeared after the
. 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,
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
tragedy worse than they could
everybody was scared, one
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
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
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.
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
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
he describe what had happened
next as he delivered
the cadence and he marched his division
the pier. i was marching on left-hand
side of the ranks when the
lieutenant gave the command
everybody stopped dead, boom, just like that.
he said, the captain
forward march, column left.
an officer asked small, small,
are you going to go
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
if small don't go, we're not
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
we're the fourth largest
manufacturing district and the
in the 10th
illinois. we have literally hundreds,
54,000 jobs in the district rely
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
necessary financing to complete a purchase from an american company because of the instability of their region or
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
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
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,
my home county's largest employer.
and also the sports group in
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
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
. i never heard the current
president mention our unfunded
liability problem which is in
the hundred trillion dollar
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
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
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
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
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.