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when will we actually debate? the leader made good points about previous rules. about closed debate. we haven't had an open debate on an amendment on this floor since may of 2016. where i can come down as a republican member or as a democratic member and offer an amendment. we have no debates and amendments anymore, mr. leader. you know this is true. you've been here. you've seen the change in this body. and i would just suggest that i address my remarks to the chair, i would suggest that we should have debate. that's what we're here to do. i reject this rules package. i have problems with it for the reasons my colleagues have already articulated. but i think we should engage in colloquy. let's actually have a debate about setting up rules for this body. it's filled with members and we're offering amendments. and doing what the people want us to do. this rules package, respectfully, does not do that the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired.
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the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: thank you very much, madam speaker. i yield one minute to my good friend, the distinguished member from arkansas, ranking member of the natural resources committee, mr. westerman:. mr. westerman:: this rules package is horrible. it's a progressive affront to america. it continues proxy voting and remote hearing measures even though members of congress and staff now have access to the covid-19 vaccine. if congress can be first in line for the vaccine, then we must be first to go back to work. exactly how far democrats intend to take their attack on free speech is not clear. further than the extremism that included with awoman, which is illit rate and has nothing to do with
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gender. the way for paves democrats to spend unlimited dollars to promote a climate rural that will harm america and our economy while doing nothing to create a safer, and healthier environment. republicans want a better environment and economy, and rules package will facilita facilitate harm to both. i urge all my colleagues, and democrat, to resolution. this we can do better than neglecting our responsibility to show up in taxpayer moneys on political idealism. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts. refer to rn: let me the office of the attending hysician to get the most up-to-date guidance. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. yield to my friend from florida, mr. posey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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thank the true gentleman from oklahoma for yielding. evils of the new rules package, you already heard the comparative print is a single biggest damage you can do to transparency and accountability house. the comparative print requirement was a top priority to he bipartisan committee modernize congress. the number one top priority of the bipartisan committee. state in the country that i know of uses comparative print. it shows you clearly what in a bill actually changes the law. this great o it but u.s. house of representatives just can't seem to do it. absolutely shameful to g, and i ask members oppose this horrible rules package that destroys transparency and accountability. you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: can i inquire from how many more speakers he has? mr. cole: i 'm prepared to clos
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is.ever my friend mr. mcgovern: i'm it for me. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, madam speaker. closing, i r, in want to urge all my colleagues to vote no on this rules package. majority's proposed package will only continue the ongoing on minority voices. the changes in this package with tely gut the m.t.r., all due respect to my friends, we disagree on that. i'm sorry you have a hard time or getting members where they want to go, but the last s eight times in the congress democrats joined with republicans deciding that the republican proposal improved the bill. that simple. and taking that away, particularly when the record, i so bad in the last democratic congress, in granting to the t opportunities minority. i remind my friends when we were you got 45% of all the amendments made jord in the rules committee. rules rity in the committee. republicans got 38%. last time you got 2/3 of the amendments.
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18%.t and the remainder were there. so when you're removing the top of not giving us very many amendments to begin with, we look on that as an ability to mit our openly in debate. this moves in the other direction. rules that have been here for over 100 years are inconvenient for the majority. sometimes it's good to be inconvenienced when you are in the majority. limiting our ability to participate. frankly, it will find other outlets. does.ays i think that's a tragic mistake, i think you'll live to regret. obviously to that, we disagree in the proposed package eliminating pay-go. we think you can drive a truck through those. budgetary tool, and we do think it will be and its absence will be used to pave the way for the deal.new
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desire to , the continue subpoena presidents, vice presidents, and white house are no longer in office strikes us as clearly an to rt to just continue harass the departing administration. i regret that. too.nk you will, i think people want us to look forward, not backwards, so we that.see much use in nor do we see the automatic bility to resubmit subpoenas from the last congress as a good thing. gain, it's looking in the rear-view mirror. with that, madam speaker, i urge rejection of the package and time.back my the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: thank you, madam speaker. this is aker, i think good rules package. as i said at the beginning, it reflects consultation with and republicans, almost every caucus you can this, f was consulted on and i think the end product is a quality product. i'm particularly proud of the
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reforms, banning members who are guilty of -- who have corruption.of protecting whistleblowers. making sure their identities revealed. i'm proud of the creation of the committee on economic disparity fairness in growth, select of the e, because one things this pandemic has demonstrated is there are great country and n this those disparities existed even before the pandemic. that issue.ddress and, you know, in terms of the exemptions for pay-go, i mean, about two ng international worldwide emergencies. coronavirus pandemic and the climate crisis. i think every country in the orld has recognized they are emergencies. that we need to think big and issues.n these the unfortunate thing is we had an administration that's not handled the pandemic
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appropriately. gather today, well over 350,000 people, fellow citizens perished. let me just say, also, madam i was , that, you know, also inspired by the remarks of ur colleague, republican colleague, don young, yesterday when he talked about the need to work together. dismayed by the tone of leader's comments on the opening day. never heard anything combiet so negative and -- quite so negative and combative. deal. the we need to work together to get things done. you don't need to agree on something to agree on and something we agree on we can move forward. we can fight about the other stuff. f we're going to get things done, facts have to matter. and i ought to be honest with you. critiques of he this rules package, one of the things i found particularly isheartening was the frankly, s and quite
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regard to ods with our getting our rules language to be more inclusive. just -- i don't understand why tryas necessary for some to to make things up. doesnow, it does not -- it not entice the kind of collaboration and the kind of ooperation to get that something done. i am a great fan of my ranking cole, and this will probably get him in trouble but i think he's one of the finest institution.is we work together very well in the rules committee. very, very ing some difficult debates. but at the end of the day, i now he cares deeply about this institution. i know people like don young care about this institution. there are good members on the side who care about this institution. you know, we have a slim majority here. if we're going to get anything done, you're going to get anything done, we have to
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how to works things out. but we have to all agree that we want to get things done. spirit that n that i hope that this rules package ill cultivate the kind of atmosphere in which we can get some important things done. whether it's on the climate on economic s disparity or it's fighting to nd hunger in this country, whether it's to make sure we can expand health care protections for people, whether it's just and fairness in this country, we have a lot of work to do. with a new administration coming in, there may be a different tone. it will be less combative. maybe more the discussions will be based more on fact. i pray that's the case. but we have to come together and done for get things the american people. so with that, madam speaker, i previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the now occurs on ordering the previous question on the resolution. aye.n favor say
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opposed, no. the ayes have it. mr. cole: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: on that i would request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. this in favor of taking 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. reminded there are eight voting groups of five requested to nd come to the floor when their voting group is voting. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned 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 217, the nays are 204. the previous question is ordered.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? >> i have a motion to commit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. smith of missouri moves to commit the resolution, house resolution 8, to a select committee composed of the majority leader and minority leader, with instructions to report it forthwith back to the house with the following amendment. strike section 3-b-2. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the previous question is ordered on the motion to commit. the question is on the motion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion is not agreed to. mr. smith: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? mr. smith: i demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the
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yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device [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 203, the nays are 217. the motion is not adopted. the question now occurs on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. opposed, no. he ayes have it.
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>> on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking the vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen. yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. [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 217, the nays are 206. the resolution is adopted and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? jeff passan madam speaker, by direction of the -- mr. jeffries: madam speaker, by
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direction of the democratic koskie -- caucus, i call up a resolution. the clerk: house resolution 9. resolved, that the following named members be -- mr. jeffries: madam speaker, i ask unanimous could be sent that the resolution -- consent that the resolution be considered as read and printed into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed and to the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from wyoming seek recognition? ms. cheney: madam speaker, by direction of the republican conference, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 10. clane cheney -- ms. cheney: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be considered as read and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: madam speaker, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the
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clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 11. resolved, that unless otherwise ordered, the hour of daily meeting of the house shall be 2:00 p.m. on mondays, noon on tuesdays or 2:00 p.m. if no legislative business was conducted on the proceeding monday, noon on wednesdays and thursdays and 8:00 a.m. on all other days of the -- 9:00 a.m. on all other days of the week. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: i offer a privileged concurrent resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 1. resolved, that pursuant to clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution, during the 117th congress the speaker of the house and the majority leader of the senate or their respective designees, acting jointly after consultation with the minority leader of the house , and the minority leader of the senate, may notify the members
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of the house and the senate respectively to assemble at a place outside the district of columbia, if in their opinion the public interest shall warrant it. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the distinguished majority leader rise? mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that during the 117th congress, the speaker, majority leader and minority leader authorized to accept resignations and to make appointments authorized by law or by the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the regulationlusion is agreed -- without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the distinguish mad jort leader rise? mr. hoyer: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that during the 117th congress, all members be permitted to extend their remarks and to include extraneous material within the permitted limit in that section of the record entitled extension of remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from rise?
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-- the gentleman rise? mr. hoyer: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that during the first session of the 117th congress, on legislative days on monday and tuesday when the house convenes, pursuant to house resolution 11, the house shall convene two hours earlier than the time otherwise established by the resolution for the purpose of conducting morning hour debate. on legislative days of wednesday or thursday when the house convenes pursuant to house resolution 11, the house shall convene two hours earlier than the time otherwise established by the resolution for the purpose of conducting morning hour debate. when the house convenes pursuant to an order other than house resolution 11, the house shall convene for the purpose of conducting morning hour debate only as described by such order. the time for morning hour debate shall be allocated equally between the parties and may not continue beyond 10 minutes before the hour appointed for the resumption of the session of the house. and the form proceeding for
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morning hour debate shall be as follows. the prayer by the chaplain. the approval of the journal. the pledge of allegiance to the flag shall be postponed until resumption of the session of the house. initial and sub consequent recognition for debate shall alternate between the parties. recognition shall be conferred by the speaker only, pursuant to lists submitted by the majority leader and by the minority leader. no member may address the house for longer than five minutes, except the majority leader, the minority leader, or the minority whip. no legislative business shall be in order except the filing of privileged reports. and following morning hour debate, the chair shall declare a recess pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, until the time appointed for the resumption of the session of the house. and, lastly, the speaker may dispense with morning hour debate upon receipt of a notification described in clause
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12-c of the rule 1, or upon a change in reconvening pursuant to clause 12-e of rule 1. and notify members accordingly. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. hoyer: thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair announces the speaker's appointment, pursuant to 2, u.s.c., 2001, and the order of the house today of the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, and the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy, as members of the house office building commission to serve with the speaker. the chair announces the speaker's reappointments pursuant to section 1238-b-3 of the floyd dfment spence national authorization defense act and the order of the house of today of the following individuals on the part of the house to the united states-china economic and security review commission for a term expiring on december 31,
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2022. the clerk: mr. jeffrey l. fielder of la quinta, california. mr. michael wessel of falls church, virginia. the speaker pro tempore: the chair announces that the speaker has delivered to the clerk a letter dated january 4, 2021, listing members in the order in which each shall act as speaker pro tempore under clause 8-b-3 -- 38-b of rule 1. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the clerk, house of representatives. madam, i hereby designate representative steny hoyer of maryland to exercise any authority regarding assembly, resameably, convening or reconvening of the house, pursuant to house concurrent resolution 1, clause 12 of rule 1, and any concurrent resolutions of the concurrent congress -- of the current
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congress as macon template my designation of members to exercise similar authority. in the event of the death or inability of that designee, the alternate members of the house listed in the letter bearing this date that i have placed with the clerk are designated in turn for the same purposes. signed, best regards, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: i hereby appoint the honorable steny hoyer, the honorable jim clyburn, the honorable katherine clark, the honorable bobby scott, the honorable doris matsui, the honorable john sarbanes, the honorable gerry connolly, the honorable don beyer, the honorable anthony brown, the honorable donald mceachin, and the honorable jamie raskin to act as speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bill it's and joint resolutions -- bills and joint resolutions through the remainder of the 117th congress. signed, best regard, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house.
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-- best regards, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. madam, under clause 2-g of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, i hereby -- i herewith designate mr. robert reeves, deputy clerk, ms. gloria lett, department think clerk and counsel to sign any and all papers and to do all other acts for me under the name of the clerk of the house for which they would be authorized to do by virtue of this designation, except such as are provided by statute, in case of my temporary absence or disability. this designation shall remain in effect for the 117th congress or until modified by me. with best wished i am, signed, sincerely, cheryl l. johnson, clerk of the house. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a
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communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker of the house of representatives, madam, following consultation with the office of attending physician i write to notify you of an ongoing public health energy due to a novel coronavirus. the public health energy is caused by the novel coronavirus ars covid 2. the speaker pro tempore: the chair announces a covered period pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8. the chair customarily takes this occasion at the outset of a congress to announce policies with respect to particular aspects of the legislative process. the chair will insert in the record announcements concerning, first, privileges of the floor, second, introduction of bills and resolutions, third, unanimous consent requests for
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the consideration of legislation, fourth, recognition for one-minute speeches, fifth, recognition for special order speerbles, sixth, deconsider rum and de-- in debate, seventh, conduct of votes by electronic device, eight, use of handouts on the house floor, nine, use of electronic equipment on the house floor, and 10 use of the chamber. these announcements, where appropriate, will reiterate the origins of the stated policies. the chair intends to continue in the 117th congress the policies reflected in these statements. the policy announced in the 102nd congress with respect to jurisdictional concepts relating tax uses 5-a of rule 21, and tariff measure, will continue to govern but need not be reiterated as it is adequately documented as precedent in the house rules and
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manual. without objection, the announcements will be printed in he record. pursuant to house 5-a-1-b of house resolution a, the house
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you're watching c-span, your unfiltered view of government. c-span was created by america's cable television companies in 1979. today, brought to you by these companies who provide c pan to viewers as a public service. >> democrats held a briefing with house caucus chair hakeem jeffries and vice chair pete aguilar. they discussed their egislative agenda. representative jeffries also discussed the phone call president trump made to the georgia secretary of state regarding the election. this is just over 10 minutes. mr. jeffries: hello, everyone. we had our inaugural

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