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the college costs, maybe, but if we get sick and our premiums go up or if i want to contribute to the 401(k) to have a decent retirement --that is not going to happen. that is where we need to be and where we are. maybe we have not been focused enough on those things, and that his criticism we democrats will take on board. that is who we are. all you need to look at -- dean to do is look at this tax plan -- the first thing they did when they got here with donald trump they were going to repeal the affordable care act. that was going to have the effect of throwing 20 million americans off their health insurance. you are right. we need to stay focused on those issues that really every day people around the kitchen table care about. e gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i send to the desk a privilege red port from the committee on frurels filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to acompmy house resolution 727, resolution
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providing for consideration of the senate amendment ott bill h.r. 1892 to amend title 4 united states code to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> by direction of the committee on rules i call up house 6 -- 727 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar 174, house resolution 727. resolved that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to take from the speaker's table the bill h.r. 1892, to amend title 4, united states code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty,
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with the senate amendment thereto, and to consider in the house, without intervention of any point of order, a motion offered by the chair of the committee on appropriations or his designee that the house concur in the senate amendment with an amendment consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-58 modified by the amendment printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. the senate amendment and the motion shall be considered as read. the motion shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without intervening motion. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one hour. mr. sessions: thank you very much. during consideration of this resolution all time is yielded for purpose of debate only. i will also yield the customary 30 minutes to my dear friend, the gentlewoman, the ranking member of the rules committee, from rochester, new york, ms.
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slaughter, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: i rise in support of the rule and underlying resolution. it provides for the 1529. ration of h.r. this will extend government funding until march 23, 2018, while simultaneously funding the department of defense for a full year this ill en-- this will ensure our nation's defense, pay for our proud service men an women who will no longer be in jeopardy for ongoing decisions of funding for long-term spending caps. mr. speaker, we just have come off of rules committee where we had a hearing for several hours where we detailed not only the parts of this bill but also the
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agreement and disagreement about -- as between the two parties. i want you to know i'm pleased to report today, rules committee favorably reported out this bill and we will be talking about the substance of that today. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new york is ecognized. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i wasn't quite ready but i thank my friend for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. slaughter: i'm sorry i can't support this continuing resolution today. the great government of the united states of america that's been called the last, best hope of man cannot be funded in traunches of maybe two weeks to three weeks. this is the fifth continuing resolution that we have done since the 30th of september.
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that's an atrossfi. i don't think of any, any legislative body anywhere, totally unable to do its job. and as sorry as i am to say it, because of my great respect and affection for my fellow members, i don't believe this majority is capable of governing. we are two days before the shutdown of the government of the united states, before it closes for business. late last night, about 2:00 in the morning was it? 10:00 p.m., that's better than i thought, late last night they finally released the details of this short-term spending bill. we'll be back here, as soon as this one expires, doing yet another one. we are five months into the fiscal year. and this is the majority's fifth continuing resolution. we are virtually in the same position today as we were on september 8, december 7, december 21, january 18, and
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when this chamber passed the prior continuing resolution. the majority isn't learning from any of this. they just keep repeating those mistakes. like the bill before it, this proposal was written by and for the majority. let me repeat. the democrats had virtually no say in this. and once again it ignores millions of priorities and we all agree need to be addressed. providing adecisional disaster relief after a storm season that saw historic wildfires, hurricanes, mudslides, three rail wrecks in two weeks. with fatalities. certainly proving to us if we didn't know it already, that our neglect of railroads, bridges and infrastructure of the united states is a mess. but saving america's endangered pensions is also a priority. extending additional health
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access for our veterans certainly is. not just priority but an obligation. but what's included here is woefully inadequate. the bill pays for extending community health centers, which is very important to me, let me hasten to add, by eviscerating funding for one of the most important parts of the affordable care act that keeps people well. the prevention fund. the fund focuses on it expands access to vaccines and reduesing the lead poisoning. while we are facing the worst flu epidemic. i have heard a lot of talk about prioritizing the national defense. we don't take a back seat on our side to anybody who loves and respects the people who defend
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us, who every day, through an all-volunteer military who stand on the libe -- line for us. this bill does not raise the sequester level of spending caps for nondefense. that is a shame and also the budget control act. mr. speaker, one-third of the nondefense domestic budget that we are trying to get parity for goes to national security, part of our defense, to our veterans, to homeland security, the state department, the justice department and counterterrorism initiatives. refusing to equally raise the defense and nondefense caps is irresponsible. the secretary of defense, general mattis, has said, no enemy, no enemy is more harmful than unpredictable funding from congress. but it isn't just defense that
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hasn't had dependable funding. not a single agency goes from one week to another, whether they will be funded and we have cut down on almost they can do, including travel, to places where they need to be. it's pretty awful. but we have had the warnings and here we are today with the fifth short-term continuing resolution. now the majority has 238 seats in the chamber but only holds 51 seats in the senate. you have the ability to draft a partisan agenda and routinely do. and we just saw that spectacle coming from the intelligence committee in the house when a memo written by the majority and one was acted on and put out for the public, but we are waiting and hoping the one for the minority will be found -- given
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the approval by the president of the united states. in this bill to get 60 votes in the senate and becoming law, you have to involve the democrats. you don't have enough over there. 51 is not 60. this is simple math. minority leader in the senate has said this proposal is a nonstarter. he added that moving forward with this plan would quote jeopardize the positive discussions going on right now about the budget, immigration, disaster aid and more, end quote. so we know standing here today we are wasting our time. e should bring an end to the continuing resolutions and the my way or the highway approach to governing. speaker ryan said, only a fully functioning house can really truly do the people's business.
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if there was ever a time for us to step up, this would be that time, end quote. mr. speaker, the american people and the world have watched for months as the greatest democracy ever devised has been defined by disfunction. if ever there was one, this is the time for the majority to step up. i'm very much concerned, mr. speaker, that we are reaching the tipping point that the dysfunction and chaos is not with the actions of the stock market in the last three days, but our inability to know whether we are going to keep the lights on, has cost us dearly and respect from the rest of the world. just a few minutes ago, that the president of the united states thought a government shutdown would be a good idea. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. sessions: i appreciate my colleague for being here so we may move forward on this important funding for the government. mr. speaker, from time to time, there are members of congress who distinguish themselves in ways that draw not only attention upon an organization more than just themselves, but also distinction and our next speaker is a gentleman who served for 14 years in the united states air force and he holds the record for the fastest nonstop flight ever in the world in one of the united states air force planes that is called a b-1 bomber and this gentleman served with distinction and honor and here to speak about the importance of funding our united states military. i yield to the gentleman from from farmington, utah, the gentleman from utah, mr. stewart, for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. stewart: thank you for those kind words and chairman sessions is a hero of mine and why i hold him in such high regard. one of the reasons is he understands a couple of very important things. and i think the first thing he understands is that the primary responsibility of the federal government is to keep americans safe in a chaotic world. the second thing he understands is nothing more important. and it is i rise in strong support to fund our military. our inability to constantly fund our federal government has real consequences. but it has no greater consequence than it has for our military members. nothing impacts our military with more devastating effects than the lack of a sustained predictable funding. we need to do what is right for the men and women in uniform charged with defending our country, including, i might add,
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members of my own family who are deployed even as we speak. the uncertainty of funding creates problems from large acquisitions to the smallest repair part. and we need to have logistical support and access to sufficient types. i have spoken with military members as recently as the last few weeks who told me about their funding and their training being canceled because of the threat of government shutdowns. it has implications for their safety and well-being. in a letter to congress last september, secretary mattis warned of the consequences. funding through a c.r. cannot be reprogrammed. impacts are being felt and recruiting is curtailed. the bottom line is this, governing by crisis has had an enormous impact and time to do what is right and fully fund our
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country's defense. funding of the department of defense will boost our national defense and give a much needed pay raise to our troops and increased in end strength for the active duty guard and reserve. let me end by this, a personal observation. these wings that i proudly wear are my father's. he was an air force pilot in world war ii and had five sons that served in the military. i was one of them as chairman sessions indicated. as i indicated as well, i have members in my own family who are deployed now or willedly in the next year. these young and women put their lives on the line to serve and protect our country. for heaven's sake, let's do the right the right thing and i support this underlying legislation and the rule.
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i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, president trump said to reporters earlier today if congress can't reach a deal on immigration, quote, i would love to see a shutdown if we can't get this stuff taken care of. if we have to shut it down because the democrats don't want safety, let's shut it down, end quote. and we are the people that were acuesed last week because we didn't show great enthusiasm for his speech, that we were treasonous. it's pretty frightening to me what is going on here and i can't avoid talking about. i said earlier in the rules committee, i think we are reaching a tipping poirnt and i honestly do believe it. this isn't the first time that president trump encouraged a shutdown. the last one we had was 16 days
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and took $24 billion out of this economy. this is remarkable and i think pretty sad. the president keeps injecting uncertainty into already what is a chaotic process from the majority. no one in this chamber is against seist. we are asking them to take action on the bipartisan priorities that have languished while they pass tax cuts for millionaires. in 2016, during an interview with cbs "this morning," president trump said, quote, i'm the king of debt. i'm great with debt. nobody knows the debt better than me, end quote. well, mr. speaker, according to this article from the "washington post" from february 3, and i quote, u.s. treasury expects to borrow $955 billion this fiscal year. it's the highest amount of borrowing in six years and a big
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mp from the $519 billion the federal government board last year. he is definitely the king of debt. i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record the article from the "washington post" entitled "u.s. government is set to borrow $1 trillion jump."ar and 84% and we did hear at the state of the union that we will be asking or $1.5 trillion for infrastructure. and given the $1.5 trillion that we have already started borrowing for to give top 1% a tax cut that would be permanent, i'm not sure anybody will finance that request. and frankly, taking on that amount of debt would mean that almost everything else we do in the country would take a back seat or even further behind and
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back. so with that, i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record the article from today's "washington post" he entitled "u.s. government is set to borrow a trillion this year, an 84% jump from last year." and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, i would like to acknowledge also that the gentleman, mr. stewart, his service to the united states air force in this country, but i had the opportunity to speak with -- talk with a security officer from pearl harbor. and the lieutenant essentially told me, we are out in the middle of the pacific faced with danger every day and we represent the greatest nation in the history of the world. please do us a favor and
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recognize that we need the funding to continue what is an aggressive race against us. and he is a lieutenant in the navy, a security officer, who sees firsthand the attack all sorts of ways at pearl harbor that happen every day. and i want to thank the lieutenant and other members of the united states navy and united states military for their service. i would like to yield five minutes to the distinguished the gentleman from from texas, dr. burgess from the rules committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, we are here today considering a continuing resolution that will provide dollars for the federal government and our national defense. and it also finally accomplishes re-authorization of funding for several important health care programs. these extensions are long
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overdue and i urge members to support this legislation so that our nation's doctors, other health care providers will have stability to continue their normal operations. the house passed many of these provisions last november. that's when we passed the championing healthy kids act. however, since house passage, the legislation has been stalled without action in the senate. now fortunately, the children's health insurance program was re-authorized in the last continuing resolution. seems like a long time ago, but was three weeks ago. however, we did not complete the public health or medicare extenders. the continuing resolution we are debating today includes funding for other important health care programs such as community health centers, the national health service corps, the teacher medical education, all of which expired at the end of september. the continuing resolution provides a two-year extension of
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funding for federally qualified health centers. one in 13 individuals nationwide relies upon a community health center to receive necessary health care services. the community health care center fund plays an important role in supplementing the services that the federally qualified health services are able to deliver by providing care to all americans regardless of their income or their ability to pay. the legislation we are considering also includes a two-year extension of other important public health programs including funding for the national health service corps. the family to family information centers, the personal responsibility education program, the spetion diabetes program for type one diabetes and the special diabetes program for american indians. the package also delays the $5 billion in cuts to many hospitals in many of our
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districts across the country from the affordable care act mandated medicaid disproportionate share hospital reductions for the fiscal years 2018 and 2019. i'm certain that other members have i'm sure other members have heard from their hospitals, as have i, hospitals whose ability to remain open and provide care could be jeopardized by cuts in these payments this delay bus does not fix a problem that obamacare created for safety net hospitals that provided care to citizens of our country who most need this case. the committee is committed to continuing to work on this, but this two-year extension is important. the bill also includes important medicare extenders, extension of ambulance services will allow responders in urban, rural, and super rural areas another five
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year of certainty in receiving add-on payments. similarly, home health providers will receive a five-year extension of their rural add-on payments and certain low-volume hospitals will continue to receive payment adjustment for an additional two years. this health extenders package permanently repeals a provision in the balanced budget act of 1997. this provision sought to cap medicare covered outpatient therapy services, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speesh language pathology. the cap was never fully put into effect but repealing the therapy caps will allow for certainty and stability for medicare beneficiaries an providers of these services. many of us have heard about the importance of repealing the cap. one of my priorities has been to improve the value of our electronic health records for
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doctors and for patients. electronic health records have promised to streamline the sharing of data amongst patients and their doctors, but they have not yet fully lived up to this promise. adoption of electronic health records is growing but the meaningful use program has established in the health information technology for economic and clinical health act has burdened provide wers stringent requirements. in an effort to reduce that burden this bill we are considering today removes the mandate that the secretary of health and human services make the meaningful use standards more stringent over time. i believe we have squeezed all the blood we can out of this turnip and it's time to let our doctors be doctors this will permit the department to evaluate in other ways. lastly this package contains important provisions that aim to improve care for individuals
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suffering from chronic diseases. the senate has already passed these provisions in their chronic act, one of the most important pieces -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. sessions: i yield the gentleman two minutes. mr. burgess: i thank the chairman of the rules committee. one of the most important pieces of this package is the ex-tex of medical practice demonstration program which allows participating high-need medicare beneficiaries who have multiple chronic conditions to receive medicare coverage for home-based primary care this program is currently in its fifth year and has been found to save medicare dollars. but medicare needs more time to evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program. this health extenders package has responsible offsets. one of these would allow for medicare reimbursement of outpatient physical therapy or occupational therapy services to
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be provided by a therapy assistant. these providers are reimbursed at 85% of the physician rate and therapy assistance must have a state license and a -- and abide by medicare supervision requirements. additionally lottery winnings an other lump sum income of over $80,000 would count toward income eligibility under medicaid's modified adjusted gross income rules. in certain cases, individuals could remain eligible if being ineligible would lead to undue hardship. financial similar to the championing healthy kids act this modifies the level of funding. by law this fund is required to relieve $.5 billion in annual appropriation which is must be used for prevention, wellness and public health initiatives administered by the department of health and human services. if congress does not direct the
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funds toward specific efforts, the secretary of health an human services as the authority to spend the dollars however he or she deems fit. while we are redirecting these taxpayer dollar the overarching pump of the fund is still there to improve the health and wellness of americans through existing mechanisms and community health centers will do just that. with this spending offset, we are using the prevention of public health fund for what it is intended, informsing in america's wealthy. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves this egentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: if we defeat the pleeves question, i will offer an amendment to the rule to bring up h r. 3440, the dream act. this bipartisan, bicameral legislation would help hundreds of thousands of young people who are american in every way except on paper. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of
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the amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: weather. ms. slaughter: to discuss our proposal, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from california, mrs. napolitano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. mrs. napolitano: dreamers embody our american dreams, values and everything we hold dear. they are proud service members, teachers, students, first responders and entrepreneurs. the daca program allowed many of them to build a life here and make positive, significant contributions to the u.s. economy and their communs. daca recipients, in fact, earn higher wages and will contribute an estimated $460 billion to the u.s. g.d.p. over the next decade. it is no wonder employers and corporate america are demanding a solution. the economic keys for passing
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the dream act -- case for passing the dream act is strong. it's not just the right thing to do for our economy, it's the right thing to do period. h.r. 3440, the dream act, builds on these great successes and honors our history and our heritage as we are a proud nation of imgrans from all over the world. poll after poll reflects overwhelming support for allowing the dreamers to remain permanently in the united states. nearly eight out of 10 voters including almost three quarters of trump voters agree on these. only 14% believe they should be forced to leave. the faith community is also imploring congress to do the right thing, compassionate and just. just this morning i met with the archdiocese of less who said this is about human dignity and how we treat people. they understand the weight of our inaction and indecisiveness. anxiety and hopelessness continue to grow as the president dithers. we are now less than one month
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away from the end of the sick-month delay period set by president trump to fix the mess he created no more delaying. no more inaction. dreamers kept their promise to the only nation they though and they love. our government must honor its commitment to protect them an their families. mr. speaker, this is a 20th time we have asked for a vote on the clean dream act. we're asking -- all we're asking for is a vote. give us a vote so we can give young immigrants, their families, their employers, their teachers, their co-workers and friends some certainty and peace of mind. i ask my colleagues to vote against the previous question so that we can immediately bring dreamers and the dream act to the floor and finally do what is right for our young people and our country. sir, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: thank you very much. it's amazing how
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the president by honing the message and focusing his ideas on congress has brought this entire issue to the forefront. last year, the president said, i am calling on congress to please resolve this issue with the daca people who are in this country. i am asking congress to please do this by next march. now he's being treated instead of like a firefighter, he's being treated like an arsonist. he's not he's the person who has the ability and the desire to lead congress on a bipartisan basis. lots of meetings down at the white house. for months now that's been happening with the date of march . what happens? somebody gets frustrated and they want not what we agreed to do in march, they want it in
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january. actually, december. rather than attempting to work with the president who i believe forthrightly has held lots of meetings. so mr. speaker, what i would say to you is, it's a moving target. there's never something that this president can do that will satisfy our colleagues on the other side. if it's not daca, it's going to be the caps issue. if it's not the caps issue, it'll be the military issue. if it's not the mill tear issue, it's going to be children's health insurance program. mr. speaker, we're addressing those. we're trying to bring those issues professionally on a bipartisan basis. just a week ago, 10 days ago, we respectfully did not include year-long funding for the united states military. what did we hear back over and over and other from the other body? well, i would have voted for
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this bill but the funding for the military is not in there for a one-year basis for the remainder of the year. so that's what we've done. we're trying to bring forth deas of agreement that say, we need to find a deal. we need to come to an agreement. we recognize this is not the last funding agreement for the year. but we -- what we're trying to do is to avoid a government shutdown. and the way you do that is by voting yes. that's what we're asking people to do today. that's why we had dr. burgess, why we had major chris stewart, united states congressman from utah, and that's also why we have the gentleman from waterford township, michigan, here, a member of the republican leadership, a bright, young,
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thoughtful, articulate man. i would yield four minutes to the gentleman, congressman mitchell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. mitchell: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. sessions. i think everyone can agree here that continuing resolutions, c.r.'s, are bad policy. for the smokes in the -- folks in the gallery, it's simple. c.r. is whether we keep the lights on or not. whether you can figure out your taxes and call the i.r.s. it's whether or not we function. it's going to be our fifth c.r. shame on all of us. and i do mean all of us. however, people on the other side of the aisle talk about all their legislative ageneral cathay want put in a package and pass or they're going to vote against keeping the lights on. think about that. if we don't get daca, we're shutting the lights off. if we don't get this, we're shutting the lights off. that's what happened in the senate the last shutdown. if we don't get full year funding for the military, we're shutting the lights off.
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funding if chirp or we're shutting the lights off. didn't work out very well, did it? our fundamental responsibility is to keep the lights on. there's nothing in this bill that's objectionable. they've all passed. this bill supports full-year funding for the department of appropriations. this isn't the first time we passed an appropriations bill for the department of defense, we passed it three times and sent it to the senate to die a cruel and horrible death. why? not because this was noted by my colleague that we can't get 51 votes. we can't get 60 votes. where do those votes come from? on the other side of the aisle, who will do ig in to get their ageneral character including putting our military at risk, people die when they make the decisions they have. the funding is fully consistent ith the ndaa, something with a bipartisan vet. it provides a 2.4% increase to me men and women in our military
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who put their lives on the line for our nation, well-deserved. something we also voted and supported for. the bill provides extensions for popular health programs, both sides of the aisle support it. a two-year extension to community health centers. in michigan, qualified health centers serve 350,000 individuals. there are 11 helicopter centers located in my congressional district. they need the funding. that's why i support it. and all of your districts, you ave community health centers. you argue unless we get daca, we won't fund the military and won't fund the health centers. and people are receiving home care. again, it was a bipartisan vote. but now we don't want to support it. well, i believe we shouldn't continue to have short-term
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spending bills. they are offensive to me. they truly are. we passed in september in this house all 12 appropriations bills and sent them to the senate. my suggestion to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, rather than lecture us about math, i suggest you make a phone call to your colleagues in the senate and tell them do their job. bring up the appropriation bills. if you don't like them, amend them, go to conference rather than obstruct the functioning of our government. the most fundamental responsibility is to keep the lights on and to defend this nation. if we aren't doing that, what are we doing? so i suggest we pass this bill here and send it to the senate and i may suggest that someone on the other side make a phone call and see how schumer shutdown part two goes down.
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their choice. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from making comments to our guests in the gallery and direct remarks to the chair. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: i yield myself 30 seconds to say that i would not come to the floor if i were in the majority and lecture the minority when the majority runs the house, the senate and the white house and accuses us of shouting down the house. we don't have enough votes in the first place, that's why we are the minority. i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas, distinguished ranking member of ways and means subcommittee on tax policy, mr. doggett. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. doggett: it was all only a dream, a dream that speaker ryan
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would permit this house to work its will and have a vote to secure the future of our dreamers. america dreamers. that trump one day condemns as illegal and then says he loves and then goes off on some racist rant. congress, in fact, has been hijacked by 28% of the members who sit here. applying the rule that the only thing this house can vote on is whatever a majority of the majority want us to vote on and blocking everything else is what creates the problem that we face today. a minority of this house can say we will not ever get the vote on the dreamers or any number of other issues under the procedures that are being applied here. and even if 72% of this body wants to seek a bipartisan resolution of a matter, we cannot do it under the rules that are being applied. so what has happened since the
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trump shutdown three weeks ago? what has been done to secure the future of our dreamers? what has been done to fulfill the promise that was made for action on our dreamers? absolutely nothing. zero. zilch, nothing to resolve this problem and not even a prospect of action here in the house. last week i met with dreamers in texas, a county prosecutor who enforces our local and state laws, a teacher, a nurse, students, powerful emotional stories that they tell and their employers who are uncertain about their ability to continue to provide the services that they provide. just as congress has been jacked by a few republican extremists, these dreamers have been hijacked and the only question is, what's the price to solve their problem, our
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problem? and that price grows by the day. he ransom goes up a little bit higher amidst amongst all of the anti-immigrant hysteria. it is not difficult to resolve this issue. it could have been resolved before trum issued his ill -begotten proclamation. and i represent san antonio, texas, i find it particularly obnoxious the attempt to pit the security of our dreamers against the security of our country. that they are putting their lives on the line. what could be more harmful for taxpayers and the future of our country to continue to budget week by week, month by month, of course i'm impressed by the
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number of republicans who get up and tell us we hate these continuing resolution, well if they hate them. we are on number five. ms. slaughter: i yield another minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one additional minute. mr. doggett: what we have is an incredible amount of bummling and no fiscal responsibility doing this week by week and month by month. and turning the lights out, well the only person who has called or a government shutdown was donald trump and reiterated his call this afternoon for a government shutdown. i think he and the republicans, the ability to block votes here in the house by a minority, 28%, almost a fourth of the people who are here to block a vote is what led to the last trump shutdown. and by casting our vote no
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today, it is not only about the dreamers, but it is the only way that who don't have a majority can say this fiscal mismanagement has to stop. we are tired of taxpayers being charged with services that the government proper cures. fulfill the dream, fulfill responsibility for the taxpayers and vote against this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain in engaging in personalities against the president. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: a year or so ago, i received a phone call from dr. shelly hall from university of texas and dr. rick snyder from medical center in dallas, which are hospitals. and they spoke with me about a change in the law some year and some ago that would change
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infusion therapy. what is infusion therapy? it involves administering medication through a needle when a patient's condition is so severe that it cannot be treated by oral medications, meaning through this needle or the opportunity for a catheter. and what happened was there was a change in the law that did not fully fund this effort. and home infusion means instead of having to receive this in the hospital, which is more expensive, they would be able to do this at home and the doctor would manage that as a result of the change in law and funding levels that stopped patients being able to do this at home. i want to congratulate, kevin brady, the chairman of the ways and means committee for working with these doctors and myself on
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this insistence that we go and review this, an opportunity for more effective health care and cost effective from a perspective, not only the patient, but also to make sure the physicians would stay involved in the health of their patients' lives. and i think dr. hall and dr. snyder, both from dallas, texas, for working with me to make sure that this change happened today. his is one of the pages of the changes that we are making today to go in and offer some corrections and update and extend the privileges that we have in this country to have the greatist health care system in the world and i thank chairman brady for his work and his staff to make sure this was involved in this change today. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlewoman from texas. ms. slaughter: i yield three minutes to the the gentlewoman
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from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for three minutes. ms. jackson lee: i associate myself and i think it is important for my colleagues and the american people to know that this body, this government, this congress is controlled by one party, presidency, the house and the senate. just a few minutes ago, the president of the united states called for a shutdown. i'm shocked. i'm not calling for anything but relief. i'm delighted that the gentleman from dallas was able to craft a support system for infusion therapy but it goes to show you who controls this place. i don't know what democrat could get any additions to this c.r. it's not an appropriation or authorization bill. i'm on the floor what my
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colleagues have been asking for but the republican house isn't producing it. we have not been able to produce a disaster supplemental bill that is going to respond to the needs of those who are still suffering. harris county covers 1,778 square miles, it can sit in philadelphia with room still to spare. 41,000 square miles of land impacted by hurricane harvey that covered an area larger than connecticut, massachusetts, new hampshire, rhode island and vermont combined. this is not -- this is to show you the depth of devastation. it dropped 2100 trillion gallons of water mostly in houston, 58.88 inches fell and at the peak, september 1, one-third of houston was underwater.
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hurricane harvey recovery goes unknown. republicans controlling every phase of government. houston faces a long road to recovery. they have a long road. long road to recovery, senior citizens suffering. suffering from health conditions and you can see. here is the basic point. there is no reason why republicans joining with democrats cannot one have an $81 billion supplemental that goes up. it is not enough, but it is the administration that has cut into our very life by giving us a skinny disaster supplemental. i'm looking for the senate to plus it up. in this bill, if you want to know why we are voting no, where is the disaster emergency supplemental money that is needed? i left my office with six members of local officials in my office. congresswoman, they were telling me about the depression of so
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many in texas who do not have the resources. they don't have the housing money, the infrastructure money has not come. mold is there. they have bad health. and these are examples of their situation. this is what rescues look like. this is, of course, what the water looked like and this gentleman was walking through heavy water. ms. slaughter: i yield to the gentlelady two more minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: this is a house that is evidenced by those impacted by the hurricane. this is the house of someone who is still waiting for that house to be rebuilt. the city council wanting to be responsive and i thank them, has lifted the permitting to allow trailers. our people are begging for trailers. most people don't beg for trailers. we are begging for trailers in urban houston because people have nowhere to live. this is a disgrace. i'm not making this person, but
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we flooded on august 27. it is now, today, february the 6. there's no reason why this republican administration has hot been able to work and to all these additional adenied umhs in this c.r. should have been done in a bipartisan. we support infusion therapy and federally funded health clinics, we support chip but you are taking money away from other things. this is not the way to do spending or provide for national security, not the way to provide for the environmental agency, the department of state, department of justice, law enforcement, we aren't doing any of that. and now there are 140,000 dreamers in my state, some of them are impacted by hurricane harvey. and let me make mention of virgin islands, puerto rico, florida and louisiana.
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they are likewise suffering. if you want to know what the nos are about, those who are in charge aren't doing anything. dreamers sought to rescue many who were stranded in houston and we lost a dreamer who traveled all the way from dallas to provide rescue help and he died. he died, he died because he loved this country and he died because he loved his neighbors and yet we cannot get that fixed or help our neighbors get the dollars that they need. you want to know a no vote, because it is long overdue for our sfrends to do the real work that needs to be done and do supplemental funding and do it right. . . mr. hensarling: mr. speaker, thank you very much. i appreciate the gentlewoman's advocacy because in many respects, i feel the same way. but i would -- mr. sessions: mr. speaker, thank you very much. i appreciate the gentlewoman's
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advocacy because in many respects i feel the same way. but i would remind the house, that we passed the spending bill on october 12 of last year. the house of representatives, through the leadership of not only speaker ryan but also the gentleman from new jersey, chairman frelinghuysen, were tasked with the duty of making sure that we would take feedback from states, from cities. and came up with a figure of $81 billion. that is not in any way -- not living up to our responsibility, mr. speaker. we're the ones that did this. this whole body. it is stuck in the united states senate. and the president of the united states and this administration have not been authorized to spend more than what has been appropriated. i would yield to the gentlewoman.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: the gentleman, we have worked together and i appreciate -- mr. sessions: and continue to right now. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i think the important point is that this has to be a collective effort of the administration and the bodies of the house and the senate. and the only point that i would make is, the administration has not sent forward -- yes, the $81 billion. but we are not moving it in the senate. the administration has not been engaged actively to say that they want to help the people that rim pacted. and they have a skinny impact or skinny impression of what we need, of $81 billion for all the disaster area, and of course, mr. sessions, my good friend, you understand that a $1 trillion tax cut does not help us in getting the increases -- mr. sessions: i would claim back my time. the gentlewoman is going to switch subjects. i would tell the gentlewoman that the house respectfully, before we got to any tax cut
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bill, made sure that we did our constitutional responsible thing and that is to make sure that we measured three times, came up with the $81 billion, and i think it's, in my opinion, something that the united states senate needs to solve. i would also add i don't know what the democratic party is doing over there to push this issue. and i think it needs to be an important attribute. but we're waiting for the senate, mr. speaker. and for us to blame both houses i think is not fair to the leadership that paul ryan has provided, to the leadership that rodney frelinghuysen has contributed to this effort. and most of all, mr. speaker, the people who voted for the bill in the house.
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they did the responsible action and i think that if we're going to do anything, we need to look to the united states senate, which is constitutionally required. president trump, vice president pence not only visited the ravaged areas, but tried to provide the leadership. but it's up to constitutional provisions of the united states senate and that is where the problem lies. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york voids. -- is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, may i inquire of my colleague if he has any further speakers? mr. sessions: i would thank the gentlewoman for asking. i do not have additional speakers. i would choose to close. absolute slaught all right. i'm prepare -- ms. slaughter: all right. i'm prepared to close as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i heard the majority speak with great urgency about the need to passing the -- pass the continuing resolution. but where was this urgency from the majority for the last five months of this fiscal year? so consumed with providing tax
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breaks to the wealthy and corporations that they ignored virtually everything else. this was a bill that was sold as the middle class tax cut. but 83% of the tax cuts go to the wealthiest 1%. and for corporations, the tax breaks are permanent. or individuals, they are sunsetted. speaker ryan over the weekend promoted the fact that the secretary in pennsylvania received an extra $1.50 a week under the tax scam. that's $78 a year for her. you can see what the middle class actually got. with you ir-- but compare that with the wealthy. one analysis found that the koch brothers and their corporate empire could save between $1 billion and $1.4 billion combined in income taxes every year for the rest -- the result -- for the result of the tax law. remember, this is a permanent
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cut. it was a bill written for the rich to help the rich. it spends money we don't have while adding $1.5 trillion to the deficit. that's such a staggering amount that the congressional budget office said last week that because of this tax bill, our government now is expect expected to run out of money sooner than anticipated. the deadline to erase the debt ceiling has now been moved from early april to mid march. only during the second world war was our debt as a percentage of gross domestic product higher than it is today. i hope we can forever end the myth that the majority is the party of fiscal discipline. the situation we are in today is a direct result of the majority prioritizing the wealthy over doing the most basic functions of keeping the government running. and now after ignoring democrats, as this bill was drafted, they expect us to fall
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in line and support a flawed proposal. it's not how it works. if you want our support, you need to work with us. and democrats have been clear. we cannot afford to keep kicking the can down the road. it is past time for a long-term bill that addresses urgent national priorities. i urge a no vote on the previous question, on the rule and the bill. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas is recognized to close. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, thank you very much. what time remains? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas has 4 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. sessions: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentlewoman, my dear friend from rochester, new york, not only for her working together, but for her long hours that are a requirement of being on the rules committee. for her leadership, not only of her team, but each of the individuals that represents not only her team, but really
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members of congress and the collegial activity that she brings to the table. and i want to thank the gentlewoman very much. mr. speaker, we have an obligation to ensure our nation's service men and women are adequately trained for missions and to support this great nation. we've talked about several members of the military today. my son is at pearl harbor also, and is on duty as we speak today. and proud of his service to the united states navy. there are proud parents all over the country. patriots, veterans, people who deeply believe in our military. we have to get this funding done. that's what we're doing here today. this rule and the underlying legislation provides funding for the federal government and fully funds our nation's military. but i will tell you that the discussions we've had here today are similar to what we had at the rules committee.
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the gentlewoman gave us credit. the republican party is the party of fiscal responsibility. but also i would say to you, we're trying to do the right thing across the board, not just what we do today. but what we're faced with is similar to a changing viewpoint about how someone justifies a no vote. a no vote that they know means that while they're for something, they can't vote for it because of an issue. and just an hour ago at the rules committee, we had a democratic member who came and wanted more money for a specific project. and i asked that member, how much money were we going to spend in the budget this year? they didn't know. i said, how much do you want to add to that? well, i don't know.
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and it's a continuing drumbeat that we as republicans are puzzled by. and that is, why do we fund the government fully for the entire year? let's know how much we've agreed to and then let's make a determination, if we're not meeting the needs. mr. speaker, this congress must ask the tough questions. but this congress must be up to tough decision making also. i was sent to congress to make tough decisions, not just popular decisions. and so i think i would recalculate each of us today and say, the bill that we have on the floor today and the rule are designed to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year. and we would ask that all members really look deep within
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them and let's end this mess that we're in. let's fund this effort. and let's look to march 23 where we can finalize what we have done. i urge my colleagues to support this rule and the underlying legislation. and i yield back the balance of my time. and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentlewoman from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker. i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. passage of h.r. 772. ordering the previous question on house resolution 727, and
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adopting house resolution 727, if ordered. the first electronic vote will be conduct as a 15-minute vote. remaining -- will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on passage of h.r. 772. the clerk: union calendar number 360. h.r. 772. a bill to amend the federal food, drug and cosmetic act to improve and clarify certain disclosure requirements for restaurants and similar retail food stabilities, and to amend the authority to bring proceedings under sections 403-a. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 266, the nays are 157. one voting present. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the house will be in order. the house will be in order. the house will be in order. members, please take your seats. members, please remove your conversation from the house floor. -- conversations from the house floor. the house will be in order. he house will be in order. members, please remove your conversations from the house floor. he house will be in order.
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he house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, -- ms. pelosi: mr. speaker, pursuant to rule 9, i rise to a question of the privilege of the house and i send to the desk a privileged resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: members of congress is to uphold their constitutional duty to -- ms. pelosi: could the clerk please read into the microphone a little closer, please? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman will suspend. the clerk will suspend. the house will be in order. members, please take your seats. members, please remove your conversations from the house floor. the clerk will proceed. the clerk: whereas the first duty of members of congress is to uphold their constitutional duty to protect and defend the american people. and the house majority and its leadership have abdicated that duty by permitting actions that
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give russia a clear view of our intelligence capabilities. whereas the integrity of the legislative process of the house has been seriously damaged by the majority's failure to properly adhere to the procedures of clause 11-g of rule 10 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives in seeking to release highly classified information contained in a memo by the permanent select committee on intelligence . chair devon nunes to assist the president in attacking the federal bureau of investigation. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will suspend. the gentleman is correct. the house will be in order. the house will be in order. the clerk is requested to speak into the microphone. the clerk is recognized. the clerk: to assist the president in attacking the federal bureau of investigation and undermining ongoing investigation into russia's meddling in america's elections. whereas the department of justice on january 24, 2018, warned chairman nunes that
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releasing his memo without affording the f.b.i. and the department an opportunity to review and advise the intelligence committee of risk to our national security and ongoing investigations would be extraordinarily reckless. whereas on january 29, 2018, after chairman nunes refused to allow the f.b.i. and the department of justice to advise the intelligence committee of risk to our national security and intelligence, the committee voted on a party-line vote to release the nunes memo pursuant to clause 11-g of rule 10. whereas during the business meeting of january 29, 2018, the intelligence committee on a party-line vote refused to release a memo by the ranking member, thereby providing only a misleading perspective for members and the public about the propriety of the fisa court's actions described in the nunes memo. whereas on january 31, 2018, the f.b.i. publicly indicated that the nunes memo is based upon the
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distortion of highly classified information and contains material omissions of fact that -- facts that fundamentally impact the memo's acura sifment whereas on january -- accuracy. whereas on january 31, 2018, chairman nunes brought a memo that the intelligence committee approved on january 29, 2018, and did so without a vote of the intelligence committee to authorize that particular memo's release. thereby failing to adhere to the procedures outlined in clause 11-g of rule 10. and calling into question the integrity of the legislative and committee process. whereas the president's decision to declassify the nunes memo on february 2, 2018, allowed the release of this highly misleading memo, was an unprecedented action, according to the department of justice. whereas house intelligence committee republicans refused to answer whether republican members or staff consulted or
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coordinated with the white house in the preparation of the nunes memo. whereas administration officials, members of the national security community, and experts across the political spectrum have debunked and denounced the nunes memo since its publication. whereas on february 5 2018, during the intelligence committee's business meeting, a full week after voting to release only the committee's republican memo, and not to release a separate memo prepared by the committee's ranking member, the committee finally -- finally voted unanimously to release the memo by the ranking member. whereas the record must be set straight by releasing for public view after appropriate declassification review the memo prepared by the ranking member of the intelligence committee. and whereas this house must defend our national security and intelligence before that of any political party or any president's personal interest. now therefore be it resolved that, one, the house of representatives disapproves of chairman nunes transmitting a memo to the president over the
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ox from the federal bureau of -- objection from the federal bureau of investigation, that it was misleading and inaccurate, and that contained material changes from the version that the permanent select committee on intelligence approved on january 29, 2018. without a vote of that committee to authorize that particular memo 'release. and vie -- -- in violation -- memo's release. in violation of the rules of the house of representatives. and, two, it is imperative that the house vote to call upon the president to expeditiously seek review by the department of justice and the federal bureau of investigation and process and release the memo by the ranking member of the permanent select committee on intelligence, and that the president declassifies such memo without any redakotases based on political considerations for the sake of the -- sake of america's national security, the public interest, and the integrity of the legislative process and ongoing investigations. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlewoman from california
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wish to present argument on the parliamentary question, whether the resolution presents a question of the privileges of the house? ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. speaker. i do. and i thank the clerk for her reading. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized on that question of order. on the question of order. ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. speaker. i wish to explain why the house should consider this privileged resolution. mr. speaker, members of congress take an oath to support and defend the constitution of the united states and protect the american people. the house majority and its leadership have abandoned that duty. . it's imperative that the democratic memo be released to set the record straight. it's also important to note they may -- who knows what they have next. the majority's decision to release highly classified and distorted intelligence is profoundly dangerous and gives a bouquet to putin. as the department of justice warned, the public release of the memo is an unprecedented action and extraordinarily
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reckless. the f.b.i. also expressed grave concerns about the material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy. the memo prepared by the house intelligence committee -- house intelligence committee's democrats must be expeditiously released after review and appropriate redax of sources and methods by law enforcement officials, the justice department, the intelligence community. the president must declassify the memo without any redactions based on any political considerations. this is an urgent matter of national security and intelligence. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has heard arguments on the order. the chair is prepared to rule. the gentlewoman from california seeks to offer a resolution as a question of the privileges of the house under rule 9. the resolution resolves in part that the house take a certain vote and process and release a memo prepared by a member of the house, in evaluating the
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resolution under rule 9 the chair must determine whether the memo affects the rights of the house collectively and its safety, dignity and the integrity of the proceedings. as the chair has ruled in analogous circumstances including, for example, november 4, 1999, december 13, 2011, a resolution expressing the sentiment that the house should act on a specified item of business does not constitute a consideration of the privilege of the house. accordingly, the resolution offered by the gentlelady from california does not constitute a privilege of the house under rule 9. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. pelosi: no. maryland. mr. raskin: i have a parliamentary inquiry related to the powers of the chair of the intelligence committee. under clause 11 --
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california eek recognition? ms. pelosi: mr. speaker, i was hoping to hear the gentleman's parliamentary inquiry, but if you're not going to allow that to be heard, i appeal the ruling of the chair. the speaker pro tempore: the question is shall the decision of the chair stand as the judgment of the house? for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? kathie klages i have a motion at the desk. the clerk: mr. mccarthy moves that the appeal be laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to table. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. pelosi: mr. speaker, on that i demand a recorded vote. a the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on the motion to table will be
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followed by five-minute votes on ordering the previous question on house resolution 727 and adopting house resolution 727, if ordered. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 236, the nays are 190678 the motion is adopted. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. he unfinished vote sonned or ering 727. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house calendar number 124, house resolution 727, resolution providing for consideration of the senate amendment to the bill h.r. 1892, to amend title 4, united states code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 235, the nays are 189. the previous question is ordered this equestion is son adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek
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recognition? >> i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. a siff number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 236. the nays are 188. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. he house will be in order.
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members will please remove your conversation from the house floor. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. raskin: thank you, mr. speaker. i have a parliamentary inquiry related to the powers of the chairman of the house intelligence committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. mr. raskin: mr. speaker, do the house rules in rule 10, clause 11-g, which define the conditions for public disclosure of classified documents authorize the chairman of the intelligence committee to unilaterally make substantial and material changes to the document after the committee has already voted to approve and release it in its original form? the speaker pro tempore: the chair will not issue an advisory opinion. members i will consult the standing rules. mr. raskin: further parliamentary inquiry, mr. speaker. what is an advisory opinion? this relates not to a hypothetical situation but to
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an actual situation before the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's inquiry does not relate to any pending roceedings in the house. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the further consideration of senate amendment to h.r. 1892. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 727 i call up the bill h.r. 1892 with the senate amendment thereto and i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill, designate the senate amendment and designate the motion. the clerk: h.r. 1892, an act to amend title 4, united states code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in
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the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty, senate amendment. motion offered by mr. frelinghuysen of new jersey. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 727, the motion shall be debatable for one hour equally quided and controlled by the chair and -- divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen, and the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. hairman, may i have order? the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the house will be in order. members, please remove your conversation from the house floor. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, for the fifth time since last fall, i rise today to present another continuing resolution. the house amendment to senate amendment to h.r. 1892, to fund the operations of the federal
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government through march 23, fund the department of defense for the rest of the fiscal year, 2018, and extend critical health care programs, including funding for community health centers. our current continuing resolution expires on thursday, and without this legislation large segments of the federal government will shut down again. of course, all of us are keenly aware more time is needed for our leaders in the house and senate and white house to negotiate overall funding levels for the 2018 fiscal year. this bill should allow that to happen. my colleagues, this continuing resolution also makes a very limited number of technical changes in funding levels for only the most essential needs to include, to prevent delays in preparation for the 2020 census, to assure that the judicial branch is able to pay
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jurors, to provide $220 million in emergency funding for the small business administration, to provide emergency loans to those whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by last year's historic natural disasters. this legislation also includes the full fiscal year 2018 department of defense appropriations bill, totaling $659 billion for our armed forces, and i don't have to remind my colleagues that this bill already passed this house three times on a bipartisan basis, most recently last week. mr. speaker, we ask a great deal of our men and women in uniform, and we have an obligation to provide them and their families the resources they need to be safe, to complete their mission successfully at home and abroad. governing from c.r. to c.r. ust creates more unpredict
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ict, more instability -- unpredictability, more instability for everyone. mr. speaker, the challenges we face around the world cannot be t under this stop and go process. while we delay doing the nation's business, our military and economic competitors are consolidating their gains. finally, i would add, this legislation includes necessary funding extensions for bipartisan health priorities, like community health centers and other public health programs. it also funds important medicare extenders and includes commonsense reforms and improvement in the program. but let no one doubt our position on continuing resolutions. they are bad fiscal policy. they do not allow programs to grow, to be reduced or eliminated, if that's needed.
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they maintain outdated policies and stop new critically important programs from ever starting, including programs that enhance national security and protect our armed forces from our enemies. continuing resolutions are fiscally wasteful and prevent the executive branch and congress from planning and preparing. this is true for the private sector as well. most importantly, they undermine congressional oversight that is a onstitutionally mandated -- is congressionally mandated for our appropriations. while i am pleased that we are here to include the defense appropriations bill in this continuing resolution, we must still pass all 12 appropriations bills for the fiscal year as well as our third emergency disaster supplemental. as soon as the congressional and white house leaders reach a
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bipartisan agreement, which could and should happen at any moment, our committee will get to work immediately to finish negotiations on all 12 year-long funding bills. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for as much time as she wishes to use. mrs. lowey: since president trump's draconian f.y. 2018 budget was released last year, democrats have warned republicans that a bipartisan budget agreement was needed to adequately invest in american families and communities. without a budget agreement, programs as diverse as head start, job training, terrorism prevention grants are in danger of inadequate funding at best.
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instead of engaging with democrats to reach a budget agreement, the majority is seeking to advance a full year of funding for only the department of defense, busting budget caps while punting every other federal service and vestment to an uncertain future. mr. speaker, the most powerful country in the world now being completely run by a republican government can't keep the lights on more than weeks at a time. how did we get here? democrats will not go along with any plan that neglects critical national security and domestic needs. if this bill were to become law, the majority would have no workable plan to make the investments that are necessary for priorities, including
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biomedical research, infrastructure projects, pell grants, homeland security, assistance for local communities, veterans' health, opioid funding, job training, the f.b.i., and other federal law enforcement and more. this is not a serious bill. we know that it will be quickly rejected by the senate. it is the furthest possible cry from regular order that the majority so frequently discusses yet rarely follows. it is nothing more than a political ploy that will place us on the brink of another shutdown. it's well past time to increase budget caps and enact responsible spending bills. the majority displays a lack of urgency regarding reaching a budget agreement and enacting
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appropriations law, choosing instead to advance partisan measures that fail to lift unmanageable budget caps for both defense and nondefense. republicans must abandon these partisan short-term bills and work with democrats to fund the entirety of government for the remainder of the fiscal year to serve the american people. i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. >> i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the chairman of the agricultural subcommittee on appropriations, mr. aderholt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. aderholt: as the house takes up the fifth continuing resolution for f.y. 2018, it seems all too appropriate to quote president reagan when he says, here we go again.
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i rise on the floor of the house this afternoon to urge my colleagues to support the c.r. which runs through march 23. as the chairman of the appropriation ag subcommittee, our nation's farmers and ranchers will find it hard to access credit during the upcoming planting season and those recovering from disastrous weather events will not be able to access essential programs in order to help them. if we do not finalize a full-year funding agreement right away. these are just a couple of examples of the hardships that are faced by our citizens here in the u.s. that depend on this legislation. as i say,s the fifth c.r. for this fiscal year. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle must come to the table willing to negotiate on these budget caps. as you know, the house passed each of the 12 appropriation bills. we have done our job, of course the other body continues to be the weakest link in all of this, as it needs to seriously reform their process in order to do the work of the people. finally, i appreciate that this
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bill includes full-year funding for the department of defense. to quote president reagan once again, we have no choice but to maintain ready defense forces that are second to none. yes, the cost is high. but the price of neglect would be infinitely higher. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from california, the democratic leader, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding and commend her for her extraordinary leadership on the appropriations committee where important decisions are made about how to allocate the resources of our country to respect the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform and to honor the values of our founders for a country that's making the future better for every
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generation to come. the distinguished chairman of the committee, mr. frelinghuysen, opened his remarks saying he came to the floor to introduce the fifth -- fifth -- continuing resolution. and the gentleman who followed him talk about this being the fifth continuing resolution the more is not the merrier. it's like golf, the lower the score, the better. to have five continuing resolutions is a statement of incompetence and ineptitude. the republicans control the house, the senate, and the white house, yet they are pressing forward on their fifth stopgap short-term spending bill, demonstrating their failure to govern. since president reagan was mentioned, i'll mention our very first president, our patriarch, george washington. president washington, when he was leaving office , he cautioned against political parties who were at war with their own government. does that sound familiar to you?
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here we are again two days from another shutdown, careening toward another manufactured republican crisis. demonstrating the republican failure to govern. we don't want to go to that place. as members of congress, we take a solemn oath to support and defend the constitution of the united states and to protect the american people. democrats support a strong national defense. we too want our men and women in uniform to have the resources they need to keep them safe and to keep the american people safe as they accomplish their mission. but we will not allow republican to use this continuing resolution, the fifth time they have come to the floor because they could not govern, to hollow out our nation's commitment to the health, education, and economic security of america's working families. we all know that our military might is part of our nation's strength. but the health, education, and security and well being of the
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american people is also a source of that strength. instead of working constructively with democrats to meet the needs of the american people, republicans are trying to starve the domestic budget. i want to remind our colleagues, one third, 34%, one third, of the nondefense domestic budget goes to national security. so when you starve the domestic budget, you are not making us stronger. one third of the domestic budget is about security. homeland security. veterans affairs. the state department. and anti-terrorism activities. of the justice department. republicans refuse to give those thope domestic side the resources they need to do their job, just the chaos and uncertainty of another stopgap extension. as defense secretary mattis aid, stopgap measures create
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instability, it makes us rigid. we know our enemies are not standing still so it's about as unwise as it can be. and here we are as one -- as unwise as can be for the fifth time. while they're conchting resolution seeks to ransack every other commitment to the health of the american people, republicans hide behind a fig leaf of a two-year extension of community health centers. we all support community health centers. it was an important part of the affordable care act. a very important part. our colleague, congressman -- assistant leader, mr. clyburn of south carolina, was -- a -- one of the great champions of all time in congress of expanding the funding for programs for care and for bricks and mortar for our community health centers. this is a very important piece for us. we want -- should be extending it in a fuller bill to five years, except it's used here to
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hide from the fact of so much other domestic investment that we are not making. republicans are eliminating the home visiting initiative that's vital for ma tern and childcare and cutting off work force training for low-income americans seeking good-paying jobs in health care. the sole purpose of the republican bill is to destroy our leverage to achieve parity in the caps. to eliminate any need for bipartisan compromise. to eliminate any need to invest in working families. why? because if they get their defense number, then they don't have to negotiate about the domestic number. and as i said, we support our men and women in uniform having what they need to be safe and to keep us safe. but the strength of our country is measured in other ways as well. they don't believe that, they can't pass that, so they have to put the defense bill there. but that cannot support that
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because again it comes at at the expense, instead of as a source of strength to our country. democrats simply want action on the critical overdue and bipartisan priorities of the american people. so beautifully spelled out by our ranking member, congresswoman lowey. again, we need funding for opioid epidemics. the president talked about that. show us the money. but opioid epidemic claims the live of 115 americans every day and it's getting worse every year in every district in the country. bipartisan support to fight the opioid epidemic. let's do it. we need funding, more funding for veterans to meet our responsibility and ensure that no veteran is denied the care they deserve upon returning from the battlefield. we need emergency disaster funding for all communities ravaged by hurricanes and wildfires. we need to save millions of hardworking americans' endangered pensions. we need to pass a bipartisan dream act immediately.
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this is a moral priority for us. this is about the target of our nation. who we are as a country. a nation over time constantly invigorated by people coming to our country to seek the american dream. a dream that is predicated on every generation making -- working to make the future better for the next. a dream that takes determination, optimism, hope, and courage. and then these newcomers come to america with that determination that courage, that optimism, that hope, that they associate themselves with the values of our founders to make the future better for the next generation. these newcomers to america make america more american. hurdo, we should bring the after aguilar bill to the floor. it was burn. it had bipartisan support on the
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floor. it would pass. have the courage to bring a bill that protects the dreamers. to the floor of the house. these priorities that i mentioned are all bipartisan. they would pass if brought to the floor for an up or down vote. the g.o.p. squandered all their time, energy, and votes and enthusiasm on tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest, with 86.3% of the tax bill going to the top 1%. and now plurns need to get serious and get to work on a budget that funds both the military and domestic investments that keep our nation strong. i want to make one point about the tax bill, again. did you see that the speaker of the house sang the glory of the tax bill because a woman was getting $1.50 a day more in her paycheck? id you see that? do you believe that's a good thing when the top 1% are probably getting $1,500 a week,
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compared to her $1.50 a week in her paycheck. thank god after millions of people objected, the speaker withdrew that tweet but i don't think he withdrew that sentiment because it's the same sentiment that haunts all of these negotiations about investing in the american people. republicans must stop governing from manufacturing crisis to -- manufactured crisis to crisis and work with democrats to pass many long overdue priorities of the american peopleful we must abandon, as our distinguished ranking member said earlier in her remarks, mrs. lowey said we must abandon these short-term bills. she spelled out very clearly why. i associate myself with her remarks. urge a no vote. i yield back the balance of my time. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentlelady from new york reserves her time. and the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i'm pleased
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to yield three minutes to the chairman they have subcommittee on appropriations, judge john carter from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. the secretary of defense this morning testified before the committee on armed services. he remarked if the military is forced to continue to operate under a continuing resolution for the rest of the year, it will be untable provide pay to our brave member and women in uniform. unable to recruit personnel we need. unable to maintain our naval ships. unable to maintain our aircraft. unable to supply our troops in the theater of combat. and unable to strike contracts critical to modernizing our course. nable, unable, unable. as congress, it is our responsibility to make our military force the most able in
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the world. able to keep our country safe. able to promote the ideals of freedom across the globe. it would be deeply irresponsible for members of this house to vote against providing full-year funding to defense department which addresses the needs of today and tomorrow, not last year. the secretary was on the hill to discuss something very important, the department's national defense strategy which seeks to address the significant challenges we face with rising adversaries in china and russia along with enduring threats of nuclear armed korea, a terrorist state in iran a terrorist network like isis. and he said, and i quote, i regret that without sustained, predictable appropriations, my presence here today waste yours time. because no strategy can survive
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without funding necessary to resource it. mr. speaker, this bill funds our military for the year, with funding that addresses the challenges we face today. and separate this is critical funding from the political fight here's in washington, d.c. our troops need our support for this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. carter: they need what this bill provides. because of that, i support the bill and urge passage and yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back his time. the gentleman from new jersey reserves his time they have gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield five minutes to the gentleman from indiana, the ranking member of the defense subcommittee, mr. visclosky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for five minutes. mr. visclosky: thank you very much. the first observation i would
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make is when i was raised by my parents, i was taught not to wine and not to blame others for problems that arose, but rather to work hard to solve them. i think it is listening pastime for people in this body to blame people in another bdy for the collective inability of the congress of the united states to make a decision about something so important as to budget -- as the budget of the united states of america. it is a leadership issue. for the democratic leadership and the republican leadership of the house to come to an agreement to overturn the caps of the budget control act. it is time for the democratic and republican leadership of the senate to do the same and for those two bodies to come to an agreement collectively to meet our constitutional responsibilities. a few days ago, i was on this floor and said that we are
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confronted with a number of problem -- with a number problem. that is, what is our total spending for this fiscal year, year in the 129th day of it, for the department of defense. what is the total budget number for all of our domestic spending so that we can have a strong and vibrant economy and people? we still have a number problem. for the we still have a number problem for the sake of this congress, the committee and the work that chairman frelinghuysen and mrs. lowey and members of our committee have done. repeatedly, please let us have some leadership. louis carroll wrote "through the looking glass" and there was an interchange in that story where alice said, in our country, still panting a little, you generally get somewhere else if you run very fast for a long time as we have
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been doing. a slow sort of country, the red queen said. now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place. in september, we did the first c.r. through december 8 because it was going to be different then. but we were in the same place. then, we did a c.r. for december 22, because it was going to be different then. but we're in the same place. then, we did a c.r. for january 19 because it was going to be different in the new year. we're in the same place. today we have february 8, because it was going to be different on february 8 and now it is going to be the fifth time we've done a continuing resolution to march 23 because it's going to be different next month. that's five. we did our defense appropriations bill. we did it in july.
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then, we did it in september. then, we did it in december. then, we did it in february. four times. between c.r.'s repeatedly doing the same defense appropriations bill, we've done it nine times. if we go through this sequence one more time, mr. speaker, i'm not going to be able to keep track of my numbers anymore. this is a numbers problem, and i will conclude by noting that i for one did not vote for the budget control act. and i would note that an independently elected congress set it aside for two years because they knew a mistake had been made. then a subsequently elected congress did away with the budget control act because they had a two-year deal because they knew they had a mistake. there are negotiations apparently taking place as we
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meet here today to set it aside for another two years because they know we made a mistake. within our legislation, because chairman frelinghuysen, mrs. lowey, my chairwoman, ms. greaninger, everybody has been on set -- ms. granger, everybody has been on setting aside this to fund for defense. how many times does congress has to hit its head with a hammer to in the fix this problem permanently? three different independently elected congresses have overturned a really rotten bill, and we're still in the same place. it is time to stop for the sake of this country. give the chairman, give the ranking member, give the committees in both houses numbers so we can complete our bills. the last time i looked, every department of this country has completed their work on fiscal year 2019, are going to present us with their budgets next week and they don't know what we're
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doing this year. this is unbecoming a great nation. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentlelady from new jersey reserves her time. the chair lays before the house n enrolled bill. the clerk: senate 534, an act to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and amateur athletes by requiring the prompt reporting of sexual abuse to law enforcement authorities, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the chairman of the ways and means committee, mr. brady of texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. brady: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, chairman, for your leadership and hard work
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on this effort. for over a year the ways and means committee has been leading efforts to advance smart, focused solutions to improve medicare for the american people. a number of these solutions are included in the bill before us today. these policies take action on three primary goals. first, expanding access to high-quality care. secondly, increasing efficiency in the way we deliver care. key goal that will help patients better receive the care they need when they need it. and third, incorporating health care technologies that are focused on patients such as telehealth and eliminating barriers to coordinating care. this means providing new tools of patients and health care providers can use to better access care and deliver it. at the same time reducing red tape burdens that now make it harder for our local doctors to provide the high-quality care our americans deserve. so many of these provisions have support from republicans and democrats and for good reason. these are smart, targeted
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improvements that will go a long way in helping medicare patients in texas, and frankly, throughout the country. i want to thank all the members of our committee and throughout the house who've worked on these provisions. improving and strengthening medicare for the long term is a major priority for the american people. with this bill we have an opportunity to take meaningful steps toward this important goal. i urge all my colleagues in joining me in supporting its passage. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back his time. the gentleman from new jersey reserves his time. and the gentlelady from new york is recognized for her time. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from ohio, the ranking member of the energy and water subcommittee, ms. kaptur. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio is recognized for two minutes. ms. kaptur: i thank ranking member lowey and rise in opposition to this bill. our nation really needs to be on an even keel to produce steady economic growth in this
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country. this bill doesn't help that. i agree, america must have a strong defense. but a nation has to be strong at home to be strong abroad. you can't shortchange the home front. nation at home must be secure . without wild stock market swings to be strong abroad. a nation at home must be strong , without a massive drug epidemic here at home to be strong abroad. this bill can't produce a steady economy with consistent job growth because it fails to dedicate sufficient resources re at home, to education, to health care, to employment and retraining, for head start, for energy independence, and for law enforcement, for localities satisfyaged by the drug epidemic -- savaged by drug
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epidemic. our -- we need to be on an even keel, not the wild fluctuations in this bill. this bill tilts in the wind far, far starboard, and that is not a setting that can assure a steady ship of state to maintain a steady growth economy. i rise in opposition and i yield back any remaining time to the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio yields back her time. the gentlelady from new jersey -- new york reserves her time. and the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: thank you, mr. chairman. i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the chairman of the human resources subcommittee of the house ways and means committee, mr. adrian smith from nebraska. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized for two minutes. mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. and mr. chairman, i rise in support of this continuing resolution package. while i appreciate this legislation will keep government open, fund community health centers for two years and fully fund our military
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while we continue to work toward a broader budget agreement, i would like to focus on the various ways and means committee provisions included in the bill. this legislation includes numerous medicare provisions important to rural health providers and patients, including permanently repealing therapy caps and extending the floor on geographic payment adjustments for rural providers anded a-ons for rural ambulance providers. just as importantly, these health provisions are paid for without cutting swing bed reimbursements to critical access hospitals, including the 55 critical access hospitals in nebraska's third district, as originally proposed. i'm particularly pleased two important improvements to programs within the jurisdiction of the subcommittee on human resources, which i chair, are included today. we have much work to do to lift americans out of poverty and into prosperity, and each of these bills will play an important part in that effort. the family first prevention services act reforms our child welfare system to reinforce the importance of keeping children
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with their families whenever possible. we know children who stay with their families have better long-term outcomes than those who move to nonfamily settings and our goal for every program in this space to demonstrate results through empurecal evidence. i want to thank the sponsor of family first, mr. buchanan, for working to address my concerns about nurse staffing requirements which would have been costly to implement for entities like omaha-based boys town while providing no tangible improvements to their family-driven model of care. the other h.r. item in this package, the supporting social partnerships, also moves our family support programs to more results driven model by incentivizing states and local governments to pilot new ideas and verving federal funding until they demonstrate outcomes through rigorous evaluation. we still have more work to do in this space, starting with completing the work begun by this chamber last september when we passed a paid for five-year re-authorization.
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but like the rest of this legislation, these provisions are a down payment on the work we are committed to -- mr. frelinghuysen: pleased to yield the gentleman another 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. smith: i thank everyone -- i thank the gentleman for the time, and i certainly urge passage of this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska yields back his time. the gentleman from new jersey reserves her time. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yiled two minutes to the gentlelady from connecticut, the ranking member subcommittee, ms. delauro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized for two minutes. ms. delauro: i rise to strongly oppose this continuing resolution. i cannot support a bill that flies in the face of responsible governing. this is pure incompetence. how many times are we going to do this? this is our fifth short-term spending bill since september. how many times will we punt our priorities, lurching from one self-inflicted wound to
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another? that is exactly what this continuing resolution represents -- a failure to govern. it is shameful that yet again we neglect our core obligation as a congress, which is to fund government programs. we should be voting on new top line spending levels for 2018 that alleviates sequestration for both nondefense and defense spending. we should have spent the last few months fulfilling our responsibility as legislators by writing bipartisan bills to fund programs that help the middle class and the vulnerable, support evidence-based scientific research, help working people get the skills they need to find good jobs and get good wages. instead, the majority forced through their tax scam for millionaires and billionaires. they became the first party to ever control both chambers of congress and the white house and yet they shut down the government. and today, the president of the united states says that he
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supports a government shutdown. the republican majority's failed to respond to the needs of the american people. instead of working with democrats to set budget numbers and ensure parity, equal for defense spending and nondefense spending, they have put the government on autopilot. they put services and investments that are critical to our families, to our communities at grave risk. from apresentishships, childcare, -- apprenticeships, childcare, afternoon-school families, financial aid for students who are attending college. instead, they are forcing through another continuing resolution, this time cutting almost $3 billion from the prevention fund over the next 10 years -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. delauro: cutting $3 billion from the prevention fund over the next 10 years on top of the $750 million they cut in
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december. we are talking about cuts to programs that improve our public health immunization infrastructure. at a time when the flu is rampant in this country, as well as cuts to lead poisoning prevention programs that seek to prevent and ultimately eliminate childhood lead poisoning. programs like these and others in the prevention fund save billions of taxpayer dollars to prevent the disease before think occur. you put health care centers, community health centers, you pit them against he the prevention fund. take the money. take the money from the $1.5 trillion that you gave to the richest people in this country, the millionaires, the billionaires, and the richest corporations. don't take it from children's health. don't take it from the health care centers and don't take it from the prevention fund. it's unacceptable because here we talk about people's lives. i urge my colleagues, reject this continuing resolution.
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it fails to meet our obligation to the american people. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from new york reserves her time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, mr. frelinghuysen: i yield two minutes to mr. barton from texas. bart bart i thank the distinguished appropriations chairman. i rise in support of this continuing resolution. we would rather fund the government for the entire year before the start of the fiscal year, but that's in a perfect world. and one thing the congress has never been accused of is being in a perfect world. to my good friend from connecticut that just spoke, i would point out that the bill before us doesn't cut money from money on ut directs the prevention fund. it is takeic some discretion and
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directing that spending that congress thinks it should be spent for. one of the programs we are going to fund for two years is the community health centers. 24 million people each year get their health care from these community health centers and one county. s in my home the hope clinic. ut in my hometown, we have the a nmp nex. these two clinics are providing health care for over 10,000 people in the county. this is not exotic care. it is checkups and screenings and mammograms and all the odds and ends that you have in your basic health care facilities. if they need more specific
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treatment, they are referred to special lifts in the dallas-fort worth area. but for the 10,000 citizens that depend on hope, this is a big bill. the executive director was in my office today saying we want to expand, but we don't know if we will have the funds that we need to some certainty. i rise in strong support and i would urge a yes vote on the c.r. later this evening. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlelady from new york. mrs. lowey: i yield two minutes to the the gentlewoman from from california, a senior member, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. lee: i thank the the gentlewoman from new york. as a member of the
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appropriations committee and budget committee i rise in strong opposition to this continuing resolution. this bill kicks the can down the road down the road for the fifth time and shamelessly includes a stand-alone defense spending ll of $659 billion to an out of control pentagon budget. it includes $75 billion for wars that congress has never debated or voted on. and it includes $1 billion in funds to increase troop levels in affle by 3,500 not to mention the billions in waste, fraud and abuse that the taxpayers have already lost by irresponsible pentagon spending. republicans control the house, the senate and the white house. least they could do is keep the government open. we stand once again with no deal
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on dreamers and no agreement on a long-term spending bill. republicans have no strategy on funding the government. c.r. uld prefer to pass after c.r. after c.r. how long will republicans govern from crisis to crisis. no one can budget like the republicans are governing. this ignores urgent bipartisan priorities. the democrats have been fighting for it for months. the most urgent is passing a clean dream act. dackave recipients are american in every way except on paper. we have less than one month until daca expires, a deadline that the president himself created. this continuing resolution is morally bankrupt and fails to
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honor the protective status for immigrants and fails to raise the budget caps. this continuing resolution fails to honor the trare protective status for immigrants and fails to raise the caps and neglects to provide funding for hurricane and wildfire-impacted communities and our veterans. this bill underscores the majority's complete lack of regard for struggling americans and families. these leave the american people out on a limb with no confidence in their federal government. this resolution makes it clear that is just what republicans want to do. they sent us to gomp in their best interest. now we have spent the last four months passing short-term
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spending bills and for what? because republicans refuse to do their job. instead of wasting more time on this terrible c.r., we should deal with our bipartisan priorities and fund the government for the long-term. it's the right thing to do for our country. mr. speaker, i urge a no vote on this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield back. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i yield to representative bilirakis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: thanks for doing an outstanding job this year passing all 12 appropriations bills. mr. speaker, i support passage of this c.r. which includes three provisions of mine and re-authorize the community health centers for the next two years. community health centers have a track record of providing high
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quality health care to approximately 25 million america answer that have endured bipartisan support because they are a prime example of what is working in our health care system. the c.r. updates the civil and criminal penalties in the medicare and medicaid programs, many haven't been updated in 20 years. and repeals the medicare therapy cap. this will ensure that patients who need physical speech or occupational therapy services can receive them without losing their benefits if they hit an arbitrary cap. this is so important. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the the gentlewoman from minnesota, the ranking member of the interior
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subcommittee, ms. mccollum. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. mccollum: i thank our ranking member for the time. i rise in opposition to this legislation a misguided bill that ignores the needs. the federal government fiscal 2017. arted october 1, 128 days ago. instead of using that time to get their work done, republicans have focused on partisan politics. when it comes to the spongesbilities of funding, republicans can't be bothered. we are asked today to vote for a bill that funds the pentagon for the rest of the year while funding our schools and our hospitals for just 43 days. mr. speaker, our national security against at home with investments in the future that keeps our families and communities safe, strong and moving forward. and this bill ignores those needs. it provides no certainty for law
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enforcement professionals, no long-term funding for urgent repairs to our infrastructure, no confidence for investments and life saving medical research and doesn't provide a full year funding for veterans' health care. while it is encouraging that they are re-authorizing vital health care, paying these programs with cuts to the c.d.c., which is currently providing life saving vaccines in this severe flu season is the hype of irresponsibility. that is no way to run the government. under republican control that is what we're getting. unlike the president, i do not want a government shutdown. we need a budget agreement that protects our national security and meets our commitments to hardworking families. let's stop playing games and get
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on to our work and get to it now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from new york reserves. and the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. what this means for our country and our constituents, this continuing resolution -- we are considering includes a number of health provisions that are desperately needed. under this legislation, we'll see a two-year extension of federally qualified health centers that employ 190,000 people and serve over 24 million people across the country. there is a two-year extension of public health programs such as the national health service corps and graduate medical
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education, family to family ealth information centers. additionally, this helps by eliminating the $5 billion for disproportionate share hospitals that were included in the a.c.a. many provisions will include public health. this legislation pushes through a permanent repeal of the medicare payment cap for therapy services meaning that patients will have better access to important medical devices. all of these efforts wouldn't be possible without chairman walden and chairman burgess. now is the time to work together to ensure that these bills are passed into law and that is why i urge my colleagues to support this bill. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm very pleased to yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, the ranking member of the veterans affairs subcommittee, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. schultz schultz i thank the -- ms. wasserman schultz: i thank the gentlelady. i rise in strong opposition to this continuing resolution which yet again is a complete and total abdication of our responsibilities. for the fifth time, republicans are asking us to fund the government for another flip of the calendar. the last time they dragged us down this path of incompetence, we had the complete shutdown. yet here we are again left with this ludicrous approach of funding the u.s. government month to month while ignoring the pressing issues.
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today, we have heard republicans may endless lip service to their devotion to military spending and that funding is vital. what republicans haven't mentioned that this is going to ob noncrucial defense budgets, veterans, homeland security, counterterrorism and state department programs will be ignored. that's why democrats are asking for a compromise to raise the spending caps that are unreasonable. that is because we want a strong national defense and we need qual increases in our domestic budget so families can feel safe and financially secure. join us in confronting the shortfall at the v.a. so no veteran is denied. we need recovery funds for the texas, florida, puerto rico and the u.s. virgin islands and the
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areas impacted by wildfires. we want republicans to fight opioid and protect pensions and do what americans want us to do, pass a clean dream act. don't tell me we don't have the funds. his congress gave out a huge standout. but this resolution fails to address those needs of the people that sent us here. we must end this cycle of budgetary neglect. i urge my colleagues to vote no. and i yield back. . >> i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from panama city, florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from twhra -- the gentleman from florida is recognized for two minutes. mr. dunn: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, our troops comprise the most professional, highly trained and dedicated military
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force that the world has ever seen. they have pledged their lives, the well-being of their families, and their sacred honor to serve and protect this nation. yet here we are, over a month into 2018, and our military and our national security are being held hostage by our colleagues across the aisle over unrelated issues. it's time for the senate to get its act together. the house has passed the full defense funding three times this year. and tonight whether he pass it a fourth time. it is wrong for us to send our best young men and women into harm's way without the resources that they need. asking them to make up with their efforts and their risks for our shortcomings. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this funding legislation and prove to our troops that we have their backs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey
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reserves. the gentlelady from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm very pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, the ranking member of the committee on energy and commerce, mr. pallone. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized, for two minutes. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague from new york, the ranking member. i rise in opposition to h.r. 1892. i'm disappointed that once again my republican colleagues are playing politics with important health programs. rather than bringing a stand-alone, bipartisan health extenders package to the floor, the republicans have once again delayed any action on these extenders so that they could attach them to a c.r. that democrats cannot support. this strategy may hide their inability to pass a final funding bill for fiscal year that began on october 1. but it has also created uncertainty for the millions of americans who rely on these programs every day. i'm glad that republicans have dropped some of the harmful
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offsets that have led to months of delay and uncertainty for these health programs. however, i remain concerned that the package excludes important health priorities, including the maternal infant and early chiledehood home visiting program -- childhood home visiting program, the health opportunity grant program, and the increased funding that is desperately needed to combat the ongoing opioid crisis. the c.r. poses a serious threat to public health, because it cuts $2.85 billion from the prevention fund. and these funds are critical to keeping americans healthy. the prevention fund funds vaccines for children, lead poisoning prevention, opioid prevention, and response to diabetes, heart disease and other prevention programs. and i'm also concerned with the medicaid cuts in this package. republicans have included over $10 billion in medicaid cuts, including new money from the medicaid improvement fund. we should also reject the prioritization of funding for the defense department at the
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expense of all of our domestic needs. so i urge my colleagues to vote no. it's the only way we're going to guarantee that ultimately these health programs are funded and we don't rely so much on the prevention fund. i yield back, mr. chairman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognize. mr. frelinghuysen: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. blackburn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized for two minutes. mrs. black: thank you, mr. chairman -- mrs. blackburn: thank you, mr. chairman. it is so interesting to listen to this debate. so i just want to make three poinlts. first, on the military -- points. first, on the military funding, i represent fort campbell. and when you walk on that post and talk to the men and women in uniform, and talk to them about their readiness training, their redeployment training, you know what they tell news is give us certainty in funding -- tell us? give us certainty in funding. that's exactly what we are doing. providing that certainty that they need to defend us.
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to protect us. they deserve it and they deserve our best efforts. , so i find -- so i find it so curious that there would be opposition to funding our military. the second point, the community health centers. now, many of my colleagues may come from urban areas. i have a rural district. community health centers are vitally important to constituents, to tennesseans, who want the access to care. and seek the education to know how to take better care of themselves and their families. let's give them this funding. two years of certainty that is necessary. and third, legislation that i have authored and worked on is included in the medicare therapy cap provision. have you ever talked to a senior , as i have, who had a stroke,
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who is seeking speech therapy or physical therapy from a hip replacement or a fall? and there is a cap, an arbitrary cap. and it runs out. and they can no longer seek that medical attention, which is necessary for a full and complete recovery and a quality of life that they desire and that they deserve. this is something that our committee has worked on, to provide for seniors. mr. frelinghuysen: i'd be pleased to yield another minute to the gentlewoman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized for one minute. mrs. blackburn: this is something that allows them to have that quality of life. why would you vote against lifting these caps? and giving seniors what they deserve? they have paid for medicare
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through their working life. what they are seeking is to be able to have a full recovery. it is not only the appropriate thing to do. this is something that adds to the quality of life. just as keeping these community health centers funded enriches our communities, it enriches rural america. and i close with reiterating the int, out of fairness, out of respect, out of loyalty to those who put on the uniform to defend , let us join together and vote to fund the military and to support their efforts to defend this nation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves.
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the gentlelady from new york. mrs. lowey: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the chairman of the energy and commerce committee, mr. walden of oregon, for as much time as he wishes to consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the chairman of the house appropriations committee and his great staff who have worked diligently for, well, all year. month after month after month. they approved five months ago next week all 12 appropriation bills. one after another, regular order through the house of representatives. and there they sit over in the senate. where the democrats block them. what brings us here today is really important work. what brings us here today, we are taking care of significant public health care issues. we are fully funding for the next two years community health centers. now, i've heard from my colleagues about the things that
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aren't in this bill, they wish they were. so that's why they're going to vote no. or some other thing that's not even before us and that's why they're going to vote no. but let's talk about what's actually before us. what's before us is taking care of our men and women in uniform and their needs, especially when they're in harm's way. and fund really, really important public health programs that used to always be bipartisan. let's talk about those. the valley family health care in ontario. winding waters health center up in walawa county. i've visited both of these recently. they're on the front lines of health care prevention. they're on the front lines of saving lives and helping children and adults. or the clinic down ined meford, ashland area. in fact, in my district we have 12 federally qualified health centers, 63 delivery sites, that give care for 240,000 oregonians. 24 million nationwide are served by this. on november 3 this house had the
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opportunity to fully fund those community health centers for two years and take care of children's health insurance and a lot of other of these programs. and it was a separate bill brought to the house floor. and a handful of democrats broke with their party and voted with us. but unfortunately when it got to the senate, they couldn't be freed up to support it. so we had to come back on the last continuing resolution and fully fund children's health insurance program. not sure many democrats voted for that here unfortunately. but here we are today, same process. same situation. to fund community health centers. so we're going to do that. your choice when you vote yes or no, do you want the community health centers funded or not, do you want to shut the government or not, do you want to take care of our military or not? then there's the disproportionate share hospitals, what are those? those are the hospitals in our districts and states that take care of disproportionately more poor people than other hospitals. and under the affordable care act or obamacare or however you want to describe it, there was
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prescribed in law automatic cuts to these hospitals that take care of the poorest of the poor in our communities. those cuts totaled $2 billion and in this legislation, as in the legislation we brought from the energy and commerce committee on november 3, we turn ff those cuts. if you're in ontario, that in oregon is the most affected hospital, i'm told. and they will lose money and have to decide how they cope with that. we solve that here. for two years. $6.8 million in my state. and then we extend the special diabetes programs, for heaven's sakes, we should be able to come together in this chamber and in this congress to take care of people with diabetes. my grandfather lost both legs due to diabetes. they were amputated. i have other relatives that have dealt with diabetes and still do to this day. and good friends whose kids do.
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so for our native americans and for others, we have two separate programs. and we fully fund them, we tie them together. that's done in this legislation. 50,000 people in my district have diabetes. my hunch is all of our districts are not dissimilar from that. we take care of those people in this legislation. and then we take care of therapy caps. since 1997, when this law was put in place, people who needed physical therapy, my colleague from tennessee talked about it, stroke victims, seniors who need therapy, rather than the physical therapist, the speech therapist saying, here's the program you need to get well, get on your feet, recover from whatever it is that afflicts you, the government put an arbitrary cap in and that was it. you're done. whether you are done or not. and everybody is different in terms of recovery. we repeal the therapy caps in here. and by the way, we've heard about all these things that now won't get funded because a part of the funding for this comes
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out of the public prevention fund. $2.85 billion is not insignificant. it's true. but we're applying that money to health prevention, community health centers. as we did before for children's health insurance program. we're providing it for diabetes help. we're removing the physical therapy caps so people can get well. that seems to me to be pretty good use of the prevention fund. and oh, by the way, during the same period we're spending $2.85 billion out of that, there will still remain $12 billion, $12 billion are left, and the talented folks at the appropriations committee will decide how that money's spent. on vaccines and on all these other issues. all these things we care about. there's still $12 billion left in here. so we're using discretionary funds that were set aside for health care and preventive care for that very purpose here. and then we heard about some
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medicaid cuts. well, let me tell you what those are. we said, if you're a big lottery winner, maybe now that you've won a big prize you shouldn't be on government funded medicaid. cause by the way you won a about a zillion dollars. so we're taking -- bazillion dollars. so we're taking those winners and saying that. then we said on third party liability that if insurers actually are responsible for the cost, insurers should pay the cost, rather than the taxpayers. so we make a little reform here that puts the insurers first to pay rather than the taxpayers. so, mr. chairman, thank you very much. you've done marvelous work here. we should -- mr. frelinghuysen: reclaiming my time. i thank the gentleman from oregon. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlelady from new york. mrs. lowey: i'm going to close, mr. chairman.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york wishes to close. mr. frelinghuysen: i think i reserve the right to close on a statement. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. rs. lowey: my friends, this is latest example of the republicans being incapable of governing. we must finish our work. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: the administration policy says it supports this continuing resolution and the advisers would recommend his signature on the bill. i ask that the statement of administration policy dated february 6, 2018, be included in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
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. mr. frelinghuysen: i urge all of my colleagues to support this continuing resolution to keep the government open for business until march 23 and to support our men and women in the armed services, who do the work of freedom each and every day. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 727. the question is on the motion by the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. and without objection -- mr. frelinghuysen: on that, i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on the motion to concur, will be
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followed by five-minute vote on the motion to suspend the rution and pass h.r. 219 as ordered. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 245, the nays are 182. the motion is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the question on spending the -- suspending the rules and passing h.r. 219 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: union calendar number 397. h.r. 219. a bill to correct the swan lake hydroelectric project survey boundary and to provide for the conveyance of the remaining tract of land within the corrected survey boundary to the state of alaska.
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the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. -- those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on growing to the speaker's approval the -- of the journal which the chair will put de novo. the question is on growing to the speaker's approval of the journal -- is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it and the journal stands approved. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i send to the desk a concurrent
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resolution and ask for unanimous consent for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 104. concurrent resolution providing for a correction in the enrollment of h. rrment 1892 -- h.r. 1892. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to consideration of the concurrent resolution? without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to. the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today, it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: without jection, so ordered.
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lease. the speaker pro tempore: the house will come to order. members are requested to take their conversations off the floor. members and staff, remove and elves from the floor remove your conversations.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> permission to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. >> i rise today to recognize the college of william and mary, 325 years ago on february 8, 1693. as our nation second oldest college, william and mary is the alma from george washington, it has played an important role in shaping our nation and its leaders. the tradition continues today. or the last 325 years, william and mary where the greatest minds come to study and they are
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anked among the most elite jation universities and higher graduate. they would not have be impossible without the president. he will retire from william ap mary after 27 years, the commonwealth and the nation. i want to congratulate the president for a job well done and wish him a happy retirement. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. members will take conversations from the floor. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> permission to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. kaptur: mr. speaker, i rise with deep concern in the wake of president trump's failure to
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levy economic sanctions on russia's oligarches and allowing putin's regime continued aggression on ukraine. the president used the single word, russia. that was it. and he decided to call it a rival. how about enemy of liberty, how about that? in stark contrast going back to ronald reagan, read what wasn't said in this state of the union. this is why president trump is letting russia off the hook. why would he resect the information incollideic his interfered now they in our elections. our most important alliance and military assets to undermine
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liberty. robert mueller's team seeks answers. but trum am's more troublesome connection with russia remain questions that need to be answered. speaking of chair of the ukraine , i ask in the national interest and in the absence of presidential leadership on russian aggression, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman frommon tona seek recognition? mr. gianforte: i ask unanimous consent to address the house. mr. gianforte: i rise today to recognize three montana athletes who will compete in the 2018, , and brad who are will represent not only montana
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but our great nation. this is the second olympics here maggie has qualified. darion who began skiing will compete in the women's slope-style skiing. brad, who started skiing when he was four years old and competed in the games four years ago, will compete in the mogul skiing. i look forward to cheering them on. join them in wishing them success in the 2018 winter olympics and thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nevada seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for ne minute.
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>> i remember the loving mother of two. she worked as a property manager in santa barbara, california and everyone around her made them feel good. she attend the the concert to celebrate her 5th birthday and she was a huge country music fan and was a positive woman and remembered by her son jeff who made a difference in the lives of the people she knew. she had a vibrant and positive attitude. i would like to extend my condolences. the city of las vegas and the state of nevada grieve with you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from seek recognition?
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mr. thompson: permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. mr. thompson: i rise to honor a firefighter captain peter dep mp ee served with the columbia firefighting department. he was a volunteer in pennsylvania in clinton county. pete rose through the ranks and became fire chief. n 1986, he moved to maryland and station 14 in prince jorges county. he was apointed as a probationner for the district of columbia fire department. after passing courses he was asigned to truck 12. he achieved the rank of sergeant. e would be promoted to
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lieutenant on engine 18. and 2008, he became a captain in northwest d.c. and retired from the station in january after more than 31 years of service. a is an honor to thank captain peter did hepree and i wish him well. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i highlight a company in the 3rd district of alabama which have given bonuses to their employees as a direct result. the first company this my congressional district to distribute bonuses as a direct result of the tax overhaul. this was recently signed into law is helping companies and hardworking families.
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thanks to tax reform, they are paying more than 3 billion in bonuses and they have received a pay increase because of the tax cuts. i'm proud of ben russell and i'm thrilled his employees are receiving this. this is a car payment, new washing machine. this bonus represents opportunity and i don't think you would ever hear the employees call it crumbs. thank you,, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? ms. tenney: permission to address the house for one minute. last week, i received a letter from frank suits junior. he is the president of suit coat corporation, a paving company located in the 22nd district.
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he wrote to share the impact that the tax cuts and job act will have. as a direct result of the lower income tax brackets included in the tax cuts legislation, they receive an 2% increase in their take home pay. his means $1,00 in the paychecks of every hardworking family. it has increased by 11.5% and totals 56 million. this means each individual employee saw $6,400 and direct response to the new tax laws, the corporation has announced plans to match the federal tax cuts and have a pay increase and 401k by celerate its our mons to provide additional
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funds. small businesses -- the benefits are not crumbs. these are actual results involving real people. small businesses like suitcoat cuts are to ng tax not albany's tax and spend croneyouse policies. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia. mr. carter: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the 150th anniversary of wesley united met different church. on january 19, 1868, 58 people formed the original congregation. is will small condepregation
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formed the beginning of the church that is a monument to john and charles wellsly. nstruction began in 1875 and making this a church that belongs to all met differents. hrough a yellow fever ep dem issue, the church have endured. around 500 people enjoy services that embody a rich heritage and ome of the best sermons in town. they have the great responsibility to care for this and on a personal note, my wife and i have been members of this church since 1980 and it has been a blessing to my family. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentlelady rise? without objection the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i rise today with a sense of sadness but with joyful noise, you will, to 112 rate mrs. emma primus, years old who passed away last the in the arms of comforting lord and her family. she was a historic figure. she was someone who lived through the suffragette movement, live through the world war i, was a street car operator in san francisco, head of nutrition for the schools of san francisco a business own for the houston, texas, where she owned a store and was able to provide for others who could not pay for the food. she paid poll tax to vote and she provided for her grandchildren. she loved her wonderful daughter
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and her wonderful grandchildren and she became an icon in our community. people would flock to her, she was alert and bright and could tell us this the history not only of her life but of this nation. how wonderful it was for her to be able to vote for the first african-american president and when i hosted her in washington with president bruck barack obama, she said it was the greatest moment of her life. obviously the love of her children was greater. when she met former secretary of state, hillary clinton, she was rejoiceful as well. to her wonderful grandchildren, i know saturday at the community of faith, february 10, we will celebrate her life. i ask my colleagues to join me in a moment of silence in honor of this great american, ms. emma primus, 112 years old. though she's gone home to glory, she's celebrated her life as a great american and great patriot.
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ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. peaker, i yield bafpblgt >> thank you, mr. speaker, america now knows the truth. the democratic party hired the perkins law firm. the pirkins law firm hired the fusion g.p.s. company. fusion g.p.s. needed two things, fake dirted on donald trump and a way to inject that into the bloodstream of our intelligence community. so they hired christopher steele and then they went and hired nellie orr, wife of senior justice department official bruce orr. bruce orr's portfolio included counternarcotics and drug work, all of a sudden after his wife gets hired he starts taking counterintelligence meetings. meeting with glen simpson and triffer steele before and after the election.
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what should enrage the american people is the notion that cash at a political party could ever be convert to believe a warrant to spy on political enemies in the united states of america. that's what we're fighting against. that's what's at issue. that's why we're going to do everything we can to hold the bad actors accountable and institute reforms so that this type of thick never happens again. i yield back, mr. speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from florida, mr. soto is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority eader. mr. soto: thank you, mr. speaker. in honor of black history month, i first would like to take a moment to remember a hero of the civil rights movement in central florida, harry t. moore was born on november 18, 1905. he was an african-american educator, a pioneer leader of the civil rights movement, and founder of the first branch of the national association for the advancement of colored people, the naacp, in brevard county, florida. harry t. moore and his wife, arrieta vita simms moore, also an educatoring were victims of a
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bombing of their home in florida on that fateful christmas night in 1951 he died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital in seminole county while she died january 3, 1952, at a hospital also in sanford, florida. forensic work in 2005 to 2006 resulted in the naming of the probable perpetrators as four ku klux klan members, all long dead by the time of the investigation. the moores were trailblazers, as the first naacp members to fight for civil rights and unfortunately were murdered as a result of their activism. moore has been called the first martyr of the early stages of the civil rights movement. mr. harry t. moore and harriet vita simmons moore, we salute and honor you.
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in honor of black history month, i want to recognize captain kiva harris, born in bartow, florida, raised in haynes city, florida , in a family that stressed community involvement. while in high school, ms. harris worked with her grandmother to raise funds for band strums and school trips. after her high school graduation, she started studying tae kwon do, opening a school for the oakland community with her future husband, ricky. she attended polk community college and was hired as haynes city's first african-american female officer in 1993. while on the force, captain harris attended warner university, grang waiting with a bachelor's degree and an mba. she also attended the university of phoenix, graduating with a masters in science and criminal justice. she's also the first black woman in the city's history to hold an
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administrative position with the police force. but always coming back to the community involvement she became a commander of the community service division in 2015. harris became a lieutenant in 2006 and later that year, was promoted to captain. in addition to her police duties, ms. harris is a long-standing member of the haynes city branch of the naacp which her mother-in-law served as a longtime president. captain harris is a member of the northeast revitalization group an organization that serves the oakland community with neighborhood cleanup, a christmas breakfast a local museum and the city's annual martin luther king jr. parade. she is also part of the unity in the community started by a group of local pastors that give back the community through backpack drives for
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schoolchildren, holiday turkey giveaways, and a health fair. she's a member of the new beulah missionary baptist church. captain kiva harris, we salute you. in honor of black history month i want to recognize the austin family of lake wells, florida. james p. austin jr. was born in 1919. he served in the united states army as a staff sergeant during world war ii. mr. austin served as a lake wells naacp president for over 33 year, founding the branch along with his wife, theresa austin, and reverend w.j.h. black. during his tenure, both austins were instrumental in the sit-ins and swim-inings as far away as ocala and st. augustine in the 1960's, as well as the integration of the polk theater in lakeland in 1961. mr. austin was elected to the
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lake wells city commission, vice mayor, and became the first african-american mayor of lake wells in 1987. as well as a civil rights leader, mr. austin was a major developer in lake wells. building many of the homes on the northwest part of the city and had a community center named after him. theresa lived for about four years after her husband's death, serving as a teach for the polk county schools. james' brother, reverend allen austin, was a longtime pastor of the first institutional baptist church in lake wells and for the past five years as hembed -- erved as pastor of the hilltop baptist church in frstwood. james' sister, lula, was born in 1925 in lake wells, florida. after graduate, she worked as a housekeeper and along with her brothers was a member of the lake wells branch of the naacp.
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mrs. jones is involved with merican legion post 71 auxiliary, supporting veterans in the community. he is said of her family's service to the community, we remember how it was back in the day and always worked to make it better for our children. mrs. jones' high -- mrs. jones is highly regarded as a pillar of the community and if that we bsolute the austin family. in honor of black history month, i want to recognize dr. barbara jenkins. dr. jenkins is superintendent of orange county public schools. he's a recognized education leader who has been dedicated to serving the needs of students for over 30 years. in january, 2017, she received a presidential appointment as director of the national board of education sciences. she serves on the executive
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board of directors of multiple councils in the central florida area. also in 2017, she was named the florida superintendent of the year and one of four finalists for the national title. the association of latino administrators and superintendents named her hispanic-serving school district superintendent of the year and the florida association for career and technical education maim -- named her c.t.e. superintendent of the year. under dr. jenkins' leadership, the district won the prestigious 2014 broad prize for urban education, which earned a half million dollars for student scholarships. the district also received the governor's sterling award in 2014 and 2015 and the sustained excellence award in 2017. deeply engaged in the community, dr. jenkins serves on the board
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of directors of the united states -- of the united arts of central florida, orlando economic partnership, florida hospital, central florida regional commission on homelessness and the orange county youth mental health commission and for that, dr. arbara jenkins, we salute you. in honor of black history month, i want to recognize lawrence epps. lawrence epps moved to lake wells with his grandmother when he was 12 years old. as a boy scout, he and his troop shoveled out the graves, quickly changed out the uniforms to direct traffic during the funerals, then changed again and dashed back to the cemetery to cover graves back up, just as a young boy. about four years ago , he began driving the ambulance on calls while also working for james p. austin's construction company, preparing the newly built homes for occupancy. an alumnus of roosevelt high
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school , he transfered to lake wells high school in his senior year in 1969. the first year the schools in polk county were integrated. epps completed his associate degree in mortuary science at the miami-dade jr. college in 1973 and returned to polk county serving as a special deputy with the polk county sheriff's office from 1974 to 1980. epps, who was barely 26 then he began epps memorial funeral home in 1976, has serbed the bereaved of the community for over four decades. in 2013 the state organization named him mortician of the year, which hayes said is an honor bestowed by epps' fears two. ecades later in 1996, e was an ordained minister and education baptist state
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convention. wo decades later in 1996, epps went on to continue with his religious journey through that progressive mission. he has been president of the roosevelt alumni association that are helps raise money through scholarships and he also is a member of the lake wales chamber of commerce and member of the board since 1998. he has said the business is a lot of hard work and dedication but the rewards helping people get through a difficult time is great. the village raises the child and plans to continue giving back to his adopted home for many years to come. d for that, mr. epps, we salulet you. in honor of black history month,
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i want to recognize russell drake. russell drake is the president of the orange county democratic black caucus. he is a christian man, community activist and engineering official and attended howard university. upon finishing school, he moved to orlando where he worked as a systems engineer over the last 15 years. outside of work, he has a focus and passion for uplifting the community leading him to be a an active member. through individual and group efforts of service. on his own accord, he is a supporter of youth programs, mentoring food drives, homeless empowerment initiatives, voter action rallies and civic and
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awareness causes. e is part of the central florida urban league, metro nphc and naacp, the national society of plaque engineers and the democratic black caucus of florida. his nature has earned him appointments to the african-american board and to the boy scouts of america, whitney m. young council. he is a member of the st. mark's ame church and serves on the board, prays and dance team. and mr. drake regards his lovely family to come first as always. for that, mr. drake, we salute
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you. in honor of black history month, taylor. ze reese she was a 24-year-old in 1944 when she was kidnapped and raped by six white men. the naacp sent rosa parks to investigate this travesty. like tomorrow other crimes involving african-american victims, this crime was never brought to trial. after reporting the crime to local officials, mrs. taylor was intimidated to recant by vigilantes, but she did not. all-white all-white, jury nissed the case after five minutes of deliberation, the
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naacp continued to organ form the committee for equal justice for mrs. taylor. they had 18 chapters across the ation and including w.e.b. debois. the committee lobbied sparks until he called for another investigation. n the documentary, the rape of taylor, said they didn't try and do nothing about it. i can't help but tell the truth of what they have done to me, she stated. mrs. taylor's acts of courage were one of the catalyst that led to the modern-day civil rights movement. she was referenced by the famous and world renowned oprah win friday in her quee times up"
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speech. any of the members led the montgomery boycott. i honor this woman for her act of courage and bravery. and for that, we recognize you, ms. taylor. in honor of black history month, desmond recognize ad, who over came many obstacles and he is part of the florida rights and fair democracy, chair of the florida coalition ol plaque civic participations black mens' round table. december mopped is a graduate of the florida international university's college of law. as president of the frrc which
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the initiative to allow florida voters to end the disenfran chasement and create a more humane system and reduce mass incarceration and increase public safety by empowering those. december mopped spoke before national organizations such as the united states conference of catholic bishops, the bread for the world of returning citizens as well. desmond or chest traited a meeting between returning citizens and the administration. he is a foot soldier on the militia or msnbc. he recently successfully got a restoration of rights amendment
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onto the ballot and gives floridians the right to vote to law his legacy of jim crow after they fulfill their sentences and meant their debt to society. we are only one of four states left. desmond is married and has five beautiful children. and for that, mr. immediate, we honor -- mead, we honor you.
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with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the remapeder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady new york seek recognition? ms. tenney: move the house stand
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adjourned. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: i rise in support of the rule and underlying resolution. it provides for the 1529. ration of h.r. this will extend government funding until march 23, 2018, while simultaneously funding the department of defense for a full year this ill en-- this will ensure our nation's defense, pay for our proud service men an women who will no longer be in jeopardy for ongoing decisions of funding for long-term spending caps. mr. speaker, we just have come off of rules committee where we had a hearing for several hours where we detailed not only the parts of this bill but also the agreement and disagreement about -- as between the two parties.

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