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of the u.s. house. about two gavel into session after their five-week recess.
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however, we should be angry that the house should not take up comprehensive immigration reform. for one year and five months, the senate version has sat past and we have been unable to take it. all during this time we have heard our country, our economy and our families. the time has come to make a decision. now, while the president may have put this decision off, this decision will not work. it is the right thing to do. it is the american thing to do. and with god's help, it will be done before the conclusion of this year. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: madam speaker, a , the go last june
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president ignored these signs and underestimated the strength of the blood thirsty terrorists. this has led to mass murder of opposing muslims and american journalists. according to a recent article in "the washington times" after the u.s. exited iraq, quote, it took six weeks for al qaeda fighters to start pouring into iraq to attack the new government. and now the islamic state, known as the initials isis and isil. the president has been negligent for the past 2 1/2 years as isis fought to seek control of the country which which liberated with our military, including two of my sons and a martyred staff member. radical islamist terrorists must be confronted and defeated to protect american families at home and those abroad. in conclusion, god bless our troops and the president should never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. we need peace through strength. and i want to commend my
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predecessor here just a moment ago, congressman frank wolf, who is retiring, who's been a stalwart for freedom. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: madam speaker, the committee on energy and commerce has embarked upon an ambitious plan to advance the cures of the 21st century and to make them a reality for today's patients and physicians. i spent indeed part of august doing roundtables for the energy and commerce cures initiative. one issue that came up time and again is the potential, the promise of genomic medicine, to understand, diagnosis, treat and prevent illness, if given the opportunity. the era of precision medicine is at hand and doctors need to have the tools, the tools to utilize this.
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one is laboratory developed tests in order to identify pest therapies for a specific patient. but burdensome regulation by the food and drug administration of laboratory developed tests would prevent clinical labs from developing tests to respond to public health needs. i actually believe the food and drug administration has no authority to regulate laboratory developed tests and in fact if they continue to do this it will only create more roadblocks, more obstacles on our path to cures. as a physician, i am adamantly opposed to this. this week the energy and commerce committee will hold a hearing on the future of laboratory developed tests. we must work together to oppose the food and drug administration's proposal so that the work of medical professionals, which is to heal our patients, using all the tools at our disposal, may finally be realized. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. smith: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address
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the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: madam speaker, the president continues to claim that if congress won't act on immigration issues he will. but the house has acted and recently passed legislation to address the border crisis. the president still threatens to grant amnesty by executive order. but such actions run counter to his own statements about the illegality of enacting such immigration policies on his own. in 2011, the president stated, quote, i swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books. now i know some people want me to bypass congress and change the immigration laws on my own. that's not how our constitutional is written, end quote. and he stated as recently as last fall that, quote, if in fact i could solve all these problems without passing laws
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in congress, then i would do so. but we're also a nation of laws. end quote. the president should listen to his own words and abide by his oath of office and the constitution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: thank you, madam speaker. let me indicate that our members come back from the work recess -- and i think it's important to establish that although one or two vacation days may have been taken and members got a chance to see their families, they were working. and i'm going to take the optimistic approach and say that the american people want to see us working over the next couple of days. i believe we can collectively with the president address the terrorist threat of isis. those of us who had a chance to be in the mideast know how serious an impact it has on the
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homeland. but i also believe that we can put on the floor of the house a comprehensive immigration bill, raise the minimum wage, provide for pay equity and provide for the education of our children by bringing down the high interest rates for higher education. madam speaker, it should be the rule of this house and the rule of the other body to work on behalf of the american people. yes, we were working in our districts. now, we need to come and work on behalf of them and to ensure that the national security of our homeland is protected to be reminded of those lives that were lost as we approach 9/11 and to raise the minimum wage and to save lives by passing comprehensive immigration reform. as a member of the texas border, meaning a border state, i know we can do that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20.
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record votes on postponed questions will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass senate bill 231. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 231, an act to re-authorize the multinational speeshies conservation funds semipostal stamp. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, and the gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: i also ask unanimous consent that five -- that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: sflat 23 1, the
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multishall r national semipostal stamp re-authorization act was introduced on february 7, 2013. it would extend the multinational species stamp through december 31, 2016. it was initially signed into law in 2010 and a bill introduced by henry brown of south carolina. profits from this stamp will go to support programs designed to help protect african and asia elephants, apes and marine turtles. the stamp has generated $2.5 million in proceeds that has been divided among the programs. by supporting this legislation, the postal service will be able -- better be able to sell the existing stock of 75 million saved, save the vanishing species stamp. and i ask my colleagues to support this legislation and with that, madam speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from nevada is recognized. .
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the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. senate 231, the multinational species conservation fund semipostal stamp re-authorization act would require the united states postal service to continue issuing the multinational supposies conservation funds semihe postal stamp for four more years. mr. horsford: it's an initiative run by the u.s. fish and wildlife that supports a variety of conservation efforts that benefit several species. including great apes, rye no, sir rasses, tigers, and marine turtles. because these stamps cost more than typical stamps, they allow members of the public to donate to a particular cause. passage of this bill is to raise revenue for the multinational species conservation fund without increasing its appropriations. we have no objections to the passage of senate 231 and
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reserve the balance of my time. -- i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. >> madam speaker, i urge all members to support passage of s. 231. at this point i yield back the balance of my time as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 231. so many as are 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 pon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4939. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4939, a bill to designated the facility of the united states postal service located at 2551 galena avenue in seamy valley, california, as the
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kneel havens post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, and the gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. million collins: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. and include extraneous materials on this bill which is under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: i rise in support of h.r. 4939, introduced by representative buck mckeon of california which would designate the postal facility located at 2551 galena avenue in seamy valley, california, as the neil havens postal service. e was the longest serving post matter serving more than 30 years with the u.s. postal service until his retirement in 1988. in 1958 he continued the family tradition when he was appointed postmaster by president dwight d. eisenhower. his grandfather served as the
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first mail carrier in seamy beginning in 1912. and multiple generations followed in his footsteps. over the course of neil's career, the mail service grew from a single route to over 60 louts covered by 170 employees under his direction. in addition to his service with the post office, he was dedicated to bettering his community and country. he was a rotary club president, an active community volunteer, charitable and educational organization supporter, and navy reservist. he passedway in july of 2004 while resting at home with his wife, pat. he left behind a strong legacy of service and excellence and i ask that my colleagues support h.r. 4939 to designate neil havens' beloved post office in his honor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from nevada is recognized. mr. horsford: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. horsford: i am pleased to join my colleagues in the consideration of h.r. 4939, a
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bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 2551 galena avenue in seamy valley, california, as the neil havens post office. for charles neil havens, working for the postal service was a family tradition. after his grandfather became seamy's first rural letter carrier in 1912, neil's uncle and father both followed, becoming carriers on the same route. in 1953, neil's father, charles, took on the job of seamy postmaster, a job neil himself would hold for 30 years beginning in 1958. neil was known for going out of his way to help his community. be it through mentoring young postal workers or his involvement in the local masonic lodge, the rotary club of seamy valley, and the seamy valley historical society. regardless of the situation, neil could always be found smiling and ready to lend a helping hand.
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. sadly on july 16, gour, -- 2004, neil havens passed away peacefully at his home at the age of 74. in addition to his wife, children, and four grandchildren, he's survived by the many residents of his community whom he made feel like family. madam speaker, we should pass this bill to pay treb beauty to the life of neil havens and recognize the dedication with which he worked to better the lives of those around him. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker, i yield as much time as he may consume to my distinguished colleague from the state of california, mr. mckeon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mckeon: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. today it's my pleasure to bring to the floor h.r. 4939, a bill to designate the facility of the u.s. postal service located at 2551 galena avenue in seamy valley, california, as the neil
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havens post office. i want to thank chairman issa and ranking member cummings for giving my legislation a fair hearing and for moving the bill through committee in a expeditious manner. madam speaker, i also want to thank the mayor of seamy valley, bob huber, for great leadership he provides to the valley for his service and dedication over a great number of years. he's the one that pointed out to me that the havens -- what the havens family has meant to the seamy valley and suggested naming the post office in their honor. it was found out that we don't name post offices after a whole family. it has to be named after one person. and neil having served the longest was given that distinction. madam speaker, much of this has already been said but i think it bears repeating. i have heard that a genius is
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one who hears something six times and then accepts it. so this will only be three times . but neil havens was the longest serving postmaster in seamy valley history. serving more than 30 years with the u.s. post office department and the postal service. his retirement ended three quarters after century of mail service by the havens family of seamy valley. the first rural route set up in seamy began in 1912 when neil's grandfather served as the first carrier. the havens family became innamon us in -- sib none must -- synonymous with letter carriers. the havens family persevered and continued to serve their community. starting out when they just had a couple of people in the community.
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neil following it a competitive examination continued the family tradition in 1958 after being appointed postmaster by president dwight d. eisenhower. over the course of his career, he saw mail service grow from route 1, seamy, california, with a single carrier, to a team of more than 170 employees and approximately 60 routes. in july of 2004, postmaster havens passed away while resting in his favorite chair at the home he and his wife owned for 353 years. a rotary club president, navy reservist, and supporter of charitable and educational foundations, neil embodied the spirit of the seamy valley. known for his -- seamy -- simi valley. known for his beard and endless desire to serve he left a legacy in his hometown.
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madam speaker, thank you for giving my bill time on the floor. i cannot think of a better tribute to such a consummate public servant. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and -- which will mean so much to the havens family and the folks in simi valley. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: i thank and appreciate the gentleman from california. a time in which our country goes like this, a story like this needs to be told over and over. and i appreciate the chairman sharing that again so we see true civil service and true giving to the country. with that i urge all members to support passage of h.r. 4939 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4939. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 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 upon the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2819. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2819, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 275 front street in marietta, ohio, as the veterans memorial post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, and the gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: madam speaker, at this point i yield as much time as he may consume to the gentleman from ohio, mr. johnson.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. johnson: i thank you for yielding. madam speaker, i am proud to have introduced h.r. 2819, legislation that would name the post office at 275 front street in marietta, ohio, the veterans memorial post office. i want to thank all of my colleagues in the ohio delegation for their support of this legislation. in my view, veterans are the one segment of our society that most deserves our sincere gratitude and assistance. i'm eternally grateful to the brave men and women who have served our country in the past and for those who still serve her today. while this represents a small recognition of our veterans, dedicating the marietta post office pays tribute to america's heroes and serves as a reminder of their great sacrifices in defense of our freedoms. in addition to a debt of gratitude, our veterans and
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their families deserve the care and benefits and the services they were promised and have earned. it is particularly important that we keep our veterans at the forefront of our minds as so many return home from combat. some returning home with wounds that just a few short years ago they might not have survived. we have a responsibility to ensure that all veterans are receiving the very best of care from the v.a. as well as all the assistance necessary for a successful transition back to civilian life. i thank you for the time, madam speaker, to speak on this important measure. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from nevada is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. horse forpped: -- the billord: i join in
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to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 275 front street in marietta, ohio, as the veterans memorial post office building. this legislation recognizes the service of the many men and women from marietta, ohio, who have so courageously dedicated their lives to protecting this contry. every day members of our nation's military risk their lives to defend the many freedoms americans enjoy. we must never forget the sacrifices made by these service members and their families. madam speaker, we should passion this bill -- pass this bill to honor the brave veterans who have given so much to this great country. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. again, what has been said is true. what has been said about veterans and the naming of this post office of 275 front street in marietta, ohio, could ring
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true on any day in any time, especially now as we look around the world and we know the things that are going on and the things that may occur, but also looking back on those who currently serve our nation here and abroad. it is a fitting tribute to have the veterans memorial post office building in marietta, ohio, voted on by this house, supported by this house, just as those who serve our country deserve that support. this is a visible reminder of that support. with that i urge all members to support passage of h.r. 2819, with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2819. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: madam speaker, i move the house suspend the
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rules and pass h.r. 5089. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5089, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 2000 mullford road in mulberry, florida, as the sergeant first class daniel m. ferguson post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, and the gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: and madam speaker, at this point it is my privilege to also recognize the gentleman from florida, mr. ross, and yield him such time as he may consume to speak upon his bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. ross: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, i rise today to
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commemorate the life of a brave soldier and to recognize his dedication to serving his fellow man. his name is sergeant first class daniel m. ferguson. sergeant ferguson was one of the service members whose lives was tragically taken at fort hood, texas, a shooter shook the entire nation on that somber day when he turned his weapon against his own military community. we must never forget those who were lost and must remain ever vigilant to provide medical attention to all veterans in need. sergeant ferguson was a hero to our nation. he demonstrated sovereign loyalty and selflessness on this horrific day of the shooting. when shots rang out, sergeant ferguson, without hesitation, blocked a set of unlocked doors to deflect the attacker's advancement into the room where his comrades remained. he was literally shielding them from the dangers of the shooter. sergeant ferguson's first instinct was to protect and with that he saved many
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uniformed soldiers. sergeant ferguson succumbed to his wounds and left behind the broken hearts of loved ones but his brave actions will live on forever. it's people like sergeant ferguson who we need not forget but continue to honor his courage. today i stand in support of h.r. 5089, a bill that will name the post office located at 2000 mulford road in mulberry, florida, in honor of sergeant first class daniel m. ferguson. his respected name and brave action also never be forgotten. a veteran of kuwait, iraq, afghanistan, sergeant ferguson will remain in the hearts of his family, friends and those in the military community. please join me in paying respect to sergeant first class daniel m. ferguson for his immeasurable adherence to duty, honor and country. his name should be voiced for the years to come. with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia
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reserves. the gentleman from nevada is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. i am pleased to join my colleagues in the consideration of h.r. 5089, a bill that would designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 2000 road in mulberry, florida, as the sergeant first class daniel m. ferguson post office. a mulberry native, daniel ferguson graduated from mulberry high school where he lettered in five sports, including football, baseball and track. he joined the army in 1993 and served almost 21 years, completing tours of duty in kuwait, iraq and afghanistan. in march of 2013, after returning from his deployment, sergeant first class ferguson was stationed as an army transportation supervisor at fort hood, texas. and on april 2, 2014, sergeant first class ferguson was working on base when a shooting
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rampage broke out. in a final act of courage and service to his country, ferguson held himself against an unlocked door, using his body as a shield to block the shooter from firing into a room full of his colleagues. although ferguson was tragically killed that day, his valiant actions saved the lives of many other soldiers. ferguson is survived by his fiancee, fellow soldier kristin hayley, and is remembered by his loyalty, fearlessness and heroism. he was aworded the bronze star and meritorious medal, among others, for his honorable military service. madam speaker, we should pass this bill to recognize the bravery and courage exhibited both at home and on the battlefield by sergeant first class daniel ferguson and to commemorate the great sacrifice made by him and his family. i urge the adoption of h.r.
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5089 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. again, we're recognizing here someone who shows that heroism is not confined to a battlefield, it's not confined to a place. it's a state of mind. it is a state of being, and our armed services are full of those individuals who do so. and sergeant ferguson was -- is one who is to be remembered, as my friend from florida stated, and not just for the fact that he served but served honorably around the world and on that tragic day in which he put his life before others and others were saved because of it. with that it is with honor that ask sk all that all -- that all support h.r. 5089 and thank mr. ross for bringing this forth and rejoice, also, in one who sacrificed for our country and has something for us to look forward to as well in our own service in the
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measure which he laid. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5089. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion -- for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia -- collins i ask for the yeas and nays. -- mr. collins: i ask for 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 question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2678. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of
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the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2678, a bill designating the facility of the united states postal service located at 10360 southwest 186th street in miami, florida, as the larcenia j. bullard post .ffice building the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, and the gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 2678, which was introduced by representative joe garcia of florida. this bill would designated postal facility located at 10360 southwest 186th street, miami, florida, as the larcenia bullard post office building.
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she was a school teacher representing the 39th district from 2002 to 2012. she also served in the florida state house of representatives from 1992 to 2000. orn larcenia dunbar in 1947, e was a graduate in ohio and moved to philadelphia in the 1980's. she taught first grade but had a developed a desire for public service while working on political campaigns in high school and decided to run for office. she was elected to the florida state senate in 19 -- house of representatives in 1992 when she left the state house in 2000. she managed to -- her husband's campaign to succeed her. likewise, her son, dwight, followed her following her retirement. larcenia bullard is a woman remembered with great integrity, spirit, heart of gold. while she fought passionately for her conviction, she treated everyone, including her
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opponents, with respect and dignity. at the time of her passing, florida state representative said that every tough debate on the floor always ended with those with whom she disagreed assuring them of her love. we should do well to follow. she died in march, 2013, a town of her birth, allendale, south carolina, while on vacation with her family. in addition to her husband and son, she was survived by her son, daughter and her grandchildren. madam speaker, i ask that my colleagues join me in honoring the legacy of this great woman and public servant by passing h.r. 2678 and with that i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from nevada is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you. i'm proud to join with my colleagues in the consideration of h.r. 2678 and would like to yield to my good friend, the
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gentleman from florida, who has sponsored this legislation, representative garcia, as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. garcia: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. i want to thank the gentleman from georgia and the gentleman from nevada for their kind words. larcenia bullard was a teacher, a public servant, a trailblazer for young african-american women, a mother and a personal friend of mine. i am honored to stand here today in recognition of her unparalleled service to the people of south florida. larcenia spent 35 years living in richmond heights, florida with her son, dwight, and husband, edward, before passing early last year. she was a devoted first grade teacher and an accomplished state representative in the florida house and a legendary state senator. she is remembered for voting with her heart no matter the politics or the party.
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her passing was crushing to the south florida community. although her son, dwight, care autos on -- carries on her legacy through challenging the status quo, larcenia was a irreplaceable champion of the african-american community, defender of education and opportunity equality and a believer in the ability of each of us to create and instill change. i encourage all my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 2678, the legislation that would designate the u.s. postal service on 10360 southwest 186th street in miami, florida, as the larcenia j. bullard post office building. doing so would recognize not only larcenia's undying dedication to her community she served but also the heart, vibrancy and passion she shared with the world. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nevada reserves. the gentleman from georgia is
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recognized. mr. collins: madam speaker, we have no more speakers. we're ready to close if the gentleman is. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nevada is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. i support the passage of this bill to honor the passion, dedication and love with which larcenia bullard legislated, and i urge this body's adoption of h.r. 2678 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. again, i appreciate the gentleman from florida bringing forth an example of a fine public servant and i'd urge all members to support passage of h.r. 2678 and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2678. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 -- mr. collins: madam speaker. i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present pourdpourd -- and i make a point of order that a
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quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5019. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5019, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1335 jefferson road in rochester, new york, as the specialist theodore matthew glende post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, and the gentleman from nevada, mr. horsford, each will control 20 minutes. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to
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revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 5019, which was introduced by representative louise slaughter of new york. this bill would designate the postal facility located at 1335 jefferson road in rochester, new york, as the specialist theodore matthew glende post office. specialist glende died in afghanistan. he was killed in afghanistan on july 27, 2012. when his unit was in the field and came under enemy fire. during the attack, specialist glende helped the medic get his wounded comrades to take shelter in a trailer when a mortgager round hit the trailer and killed him. he was only 23 years old. a native of rochester, new york, he graduated from a jesuit high
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school in 2007 and enrolled in the niagara university. he soon felt called to join the u.s. army and enlisted. he is survived by his wife whom he married just months before leaving for his first tour of duty. it is my honor and privilege to pay tribute to this true american hero. i ask my colleagues' support in h.r. 5019. naming a post office facility after him is the least we can do. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from nevada is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'm pleased to yield time to the honorable lady from the state of new york, the ranking member of the rules committee, ms. slaughter, for as much time as she may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you, madam speaker. i thank mr. horsford: the gentleman from georgia, for the kind words that you have already said about my constituent, specialist theodore matthew glende. it was said before he was born
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in rochester in january 13 of 1989. his life was taken far too soon at the age of 21. while he served his country and helped to protect the lives of his brothers in arms. those who knew him described him as a fun loving jokester who above all else was dedicated to service to his country. after graduating from a jesuit high school in 2007, he joined the rotc at niagara university. he was so passionate about defending his country that when he learned he would likely to be commissioned as a reserve lieutenant, instead enlisted in the u.s. army to pursue his goal of becoming an infantryman. after enlistment, he was assigned to the first battalion, 503rd infantry regiment, 173rd airborne brigade combat team based out of italy. he married his wife on april 12,
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2012, just a few months before leaving on his first tour of duty. on july 27, specialist theodore matthew glende and his unit why ambushed. he courageously ushered the wounded comrades to shelter and endangered his own life. his selfless and actions saved the lives of five of his fellow soldiers. the he gave his young life in service to his country and ecause of his bravery he was posthumously promoted from private first class to specialist. today i rise to honor the memory of specialist glende with the legislation of naming the facility of the united states postal service located at 1335 jefferson road in rochester, new york, will be permanently designated specialist theodore matthew glende post office. while nothing we can do will ever assuage the grief of
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theodore's life, of his family and friends, the designation is a small token of our gratitude for his valiant service and will help to keep his memory alive for future generations. with thanks to my colleagues, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from nevada reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: madam speaker, we have no other speakers. we are ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nevada is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. i support the passage of this bill to honor the courage exhibited by this young man in the face of danger. because of specialist glende's brave actions five american lives were saved on the battlefield. he deserves our respect for his honorable service and we thank our colleague, representative slaughter, for bringing this legislation. i urge the bodies' adoption of h.r. 5019. i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: madam speaker, as i have been listening here just for the last few moments and at this point as the song says we are over halfway there of listening to what many people would say are post office namings. if you listen to the stories being told, these are the stories of americans. these are the stories of those who served. those who gave their life. those who served us in other ways in their community. for that reason if no other should ought to be mandatory watch in elementary schools and high schools all across this country because that is what we are talking about is the best of america. with that i would ask support of passage of h.r. 51 -- 5019. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5019. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair -- mr. collins: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: i ask for 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 staining 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. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4443. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4443, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service rmilyea avenue in new york as the corporal juan
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alcantara post office building. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: i ask all members have five legislative days to include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 4443, interdiced by representative charlie rangel of new york, which would designate the postal facility located at 90 vermilyea avenue in new york as the alcantara an mariel post office building. he died due to wounds suffered from an i am proadvised explosive device. he was award the the bronze star, purple heart, army good conduct medal, and prior to his death the army's commendation medal. originally from the dominican
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republic he moved to the united states when he was 5. growing up in new york he became known as a kind and helpful person. he encouraged youth to aspire to their dreams of the after his father passed away he became even more dedicated to taking care of his family. he made the courageous decision to join the army and serve his adopted country. he was posthumously awarded the nationalized citizenship. hasegawa my tonor to ask my colleagues -- it's my honor to ask my colleagues' support for this bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from nevada is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. horsford: in support of my colleague the representative from new york's consideration of yield43 and would like to the gentleman time. as much time as he may consume, to the great gentleman, that
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represents the fabulous community of harlem in new york, mr. rangel, for as much time as he may consume. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rangel: i thank the gentleman from nevada. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. rangel: i thank the speaker for this opportunity to support h.r. 443, naming a post office in my district after a fallen hero. who as was reported by the chairman came to this country as a kid in august, 24, 1984 were his family from the dominican republic. he didn't come to this country to become a hero. he came in search of the american dream as so many thousands of people have. and ultimately after living and playing in the vicinity of this post office that we will name after him, he finished school and saw an opportunity in
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serving in the united states armed forces. s a matter of fact joining the second infantry which i was honored to serve from 1948 to 1952. juan lost his life and he gained his citizenship after that through provisions that we have made in the immigration law. but there are so many thousands of young people that won't post offices named after them. and some will be forgotten by many people who have no idea where our young people have lost their lives or what even they were fighting for. that's why it's so important for us as americans as we continue to fight the longest war in our history. you remember it is more than the post office, it's more than the life, but it's what this great
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country stands for as we try to protect america all over the world. it is so important to us as members of congress who have this responsibility to determine when that moment comes that our nation's national security is threatened and when we will be going to war. and that these thousands of lives not just the people who for economic or otherer reasons joined the military. but in fact a sacrifice that all of us have to be made when our great nation is threatened. we are still going through this teared, but it seems to me, madam speaker, that when the president of the united states, or members of the united states congress believes that our nation's national security has been threatened, that we should also make certain that we have a mandatory service that goes with us so that no matter what
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neighborhood, no matter what the economic status is, that when that flag goes up, all americans, regardless of their age, should be prepared, should be prepared and anxious to make some type of sacrifice and support of our nation's security. certainly for those who are young enough to serve this should not be confined to just those who volunteer but everyone should be made vulnerable or at least given the opportunity to be drafted into the military to serve this great nation. so i appreciate the support of the house to name this post office. vermilyea avenue in the name of this young person, a song, brother, father, and most of us and now an american who gave his life for this great
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nation. i thank the gentleman from nevada for giving me this opportunity. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from nevada reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: we have no other speakers and we are ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nevada is recognized. mr. horsford: thank you, madam speaker. again we support the passage of this bill to honor the ultimate crifice of corporal juan alcantara made for this contry. he and so many others risk their lives every day to protect the freedoms that we hold so dear. and it is only right that we recognize and respect their great courage. we thank representative charlie rangel for bringing this important legislation to us and ask the body's full support of h.r. 4443. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: madam speaker, it's
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always a privilege to honor those who have sacrificed for us. with that i urge all members to support passage of h.r. 4443, and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 443. so many as are 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 pon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: madam speaker, morph that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3957. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3957, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 218-10 marek boulevard in springfield gardens, new york, as the cynthia jenkins post office building.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: madam speaker, i also asks unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. . mr. collins: i rise in support of the bill which was introduced by representative gregory meeks of new york to designate the postal service in springfield gardens, new york, as the cynthia jenkins post office building. she served the community of jamaica, springfield gardens for 12 years as a new york assemblywoman. she was the first african-american woman to represent southeast queens. ms. jenkins served as chairwoman on the subcommittee on the affirmative action and a
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delegate to both the governor's and white house conferences on high brears. she was also instrumental in the decision to bring a 250-bed veterans home in the 1980's. prior to her career in public service, she was a librarian for 20 years, working in the southeast queens branch library. in 1956 she embdr earned the masters of library science degree in brooklyn. it was around this time she met her husband, joseph jenkins. the two had a son, joseph jenkins, jr., who credited her belief in the springfield gardens united methodist church ith the decision to become a bishop. she sadly passed away on october 31, 2001, at age 77. however, her passion for learning lives on. her undergraduate alma mater, university of louisville, named a scholarship in her own, known as the toverpb bearer endowment
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which was established in 1999. since then many young people had the opportunity to go to college, thanks in part to this trailblazing and remarkable woman. madam speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in passing h.r. 3957 and with that i reserve the balance of my ime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. caves: i yields to the thor of this legislation representative gregory meeks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. meeks: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i'm proud to its r h.r. 3957 and urge quick and unanimous passage and ask me to honor one of southeast queens' best, a public servant, cynthia jenkins. let me also at this time thank my colleagues from the new york delegation who all signed onto this bill because cynthia was a historymaker.
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she was the first african-american woman in queens county to be elected to the new york state assembly. and she was elected because of the work she did prior. for 22 years she worked as a librarian trying and making sure that every single library in southeastern queens would remain open. she in fact worked in every library in southeast queens and she fought on behalf of libraries and those who enjoyed their services, even preventing many branches closing at the time of cutbacks. she wanted to make sure that children had a safe place to go to learn after school and she had various programs within the public libraries. and as indicated, when service men were returning from vietnam, it was cynthia jenkins who played an integral role in opening the state veterans home at the veterans facility. and that facility still exists and still continues to serve
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thousands of veterans to this very day. in addition, her advocacy on behalf of civil rights was inspiring for many at a time when civil iny quality ran rampant -- inequality ran rampant. she ensured there was a district where an african-american could run for congress today, a seat that i hold today. she also was the founder of social concern, which took care of individuals, young people, older people, seniors who were infrailed and locked into their homes to make sure they get the -- got the quality health care they needed, that they got food. indeed, cynthia jenkins, a member of the alpha kappa alpha sorority, a member of the community, a long hard fighter who didn't take no for an answer when she was trying to make sure that the community received its due. so i ask all of my colleagues today to honor this public
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servant who was dedicated to her community, dedicated to libraries, dedicated to literacy, dedicated to the commitment of social and racial equality, that we unanimously pass this bill in memorializing the late cynthia jenkins, our assemblywoman, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from illinois continue to reserve his time? mr. davis: yes, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: mr. speaker, we have no other speakers and ready to close. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd i yield myself such time as i may consume. -- i'd yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i rise in support of designate the ll facility of the united states postal service located at 218-10 merrick boulevard in springfield gardens, new york, as the cynthia jenkins post .ffice building
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cynthia jenkins worked as a librarian, community activist and civil rights advocate. after moving to queens from louisville, kentucky. in 1969, while working for the queens public library system, cynthia co-founded the black librarians caucus to address racial inequalities in the public library system as well as an educational action program. the social concern committee of springfield gardens, ink. cynthia became the -- gardens, inc. cynthia became the first african-american woman elected to office in queens. winning a seat in the new york state assembly. for the next 12 years she worked tirelessly on behalf of her constituency, focusing particularly on educational issues. cynthia passed away on october 31, 2001, at the age of 77.
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she continues to be remembered for her dedicated public service and for always fighting for the principles she believed in. so, mr. speaker, we should pass this bill to honor the life and public service of state aservelywoman cynthia jenkins. i -- assemblywoman cynthia jenkins. i thank representative meeks for introducing, urge passage and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. it was stated in my remarks previously sadly that ms. jenkins sadly passed away october 31, 2001. i think from her faith background and children it was a sad day but also a happy day because in every time we remember this, these being remembered today there was a birth and there was a death and we're remembering this death. in between there is a dash or a space. it is within that dash or that space that the life that we memorialize here on the floor of the house and will be
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memorializing in this post office actually was lived out. and so it is for me the dates mean a birth and a death. but it is the nondate in the middle that makes what we're doing here today so special in the lives of these individuals and it is with that i'd urge all to support h.r. 3957 and with that i'd yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3957. their. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: mr. speaker, i move that the house splulls and par h.r. 78. the speaker pro tempore: -- mr. collins: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 78. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 78, a bill designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 4110 almeda road in houston, texas, as the george thomas "mickey" leland post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, and the gentleman from
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illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: also ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 78, which was introduced by representative sheila jackson lee of texas. h.r. 78 would designate the post office located at 4110 alameda road in houston, texas, as the george thomas "mickey" leland post office building. he was a voice for disadvantaged people. during his six terms in congress and six years as a texas state legislator he strongly advocated for civil rights, hunger relief and health for the poor. he established the house select committee on hunger which he was chairman. under mickey's leadership, the a-- t committee a-- helped
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alleviate hunger, fought against the injustice of apart tied in south africa. additionally, his legislative initiatives included establishing the commission on infant mortality, providing fresh food for women and infants. mickey is a powerful advocate on other causes as well. while chairing the house select committee on hunger, he was a member of the committee on energy and commerce and the subcommittees are on telecommunication and finances, health and the environment and energy and power. he chaired the subcommittee on postal operations and services and served on the committee of post office and civil service and compensation and employment. tragically, mickey was killed in a plane crash along with 15 others following a humanitarian mission in ethiopia. he is survived by his wife, three children. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in honoring the legacy and example of mickey leland by passing h.r. 78, and with that reserve
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the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time is reserved. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i yield such time as she may consume to the gentlelady from texas and author of this legislation, represent -- representative sheila jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me thank and thank you very much to both mr. collins and mr. davis. thank you, mr. speaker, for yielding me this time. it was really good to hear the initial description of congressman mickey leland. he loved being called mickey leland although his name was george thomas, mickey was what he went by because he was a person of the people. today i stand here and support h.r. 78, designating the facility of the united states stal service located at 4110
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lmeda road, in houston, texas, as the george thomas "mickey" leland post office building. i want to thank the house oversight and government reform in helping bring this to the floor of the house. it is appropriate to have it this year. this is the 25th year commemoration of mickey's death along with 15 other brave individuals who were flying to provide a lifesaving commodity for those who are starving and dying. this bill will acknowledge this 25th year that we have lost him. it will acknowledge the charitableness of his heart. it will acknowledge that he was a person who was willing to sacrifice his own life, and it will acknowledge that he was our fellow colleague in the united states congress. i'm glad that that is the case and, again, i thank the committee because it's important to note that over the years of this very historic institution, this very hollowed
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institution, members have come and they have served. that should be our continuing challenge, to serve america and to serve the world. mickey was born in november, 1944, and he was born to his father, george thomas, and his mom, alice raines, in lubbock, texas. soon mom brought the family to houston, texas, to our advantage and to our benefit. he thrived in this city where as a youth he enjoyed a successful career as a high school sports star at phyllis wheatly high school, historic high school in houston, texas, that is still standing and in fact, as i speak on the floor today, there are advocates trying to preserve the historic old wheatly high school that is in fact a place where mickey went to school. he entered texas southern university in 16965, received a bachelor of science degree in pharmacy in 1970. in fact, we used to as a nickname call mickey the pharmacist, but it introduced him caring about people through health care. he graduated -- served after
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graduation as an instructor. he was so good of clinical pharmacy at t.s.u. for one year. but while working at t.s.u., he established a door-to-door outreach campaign in low-income nashedse to educate people about medical care options and to perform preliminary health screenings. can you imagine mickey leland, a graduate of the texas southern university pharmacy school, was helping those poor people who really had no access to health care. he worked with the city of huston health officials to set up community health clinics. we can call him the father of that. he was an activist trying to improve the civil rights of individuals in the fifth ward community, african-americans, and he involved himself in the jenson medical referral services. in 1972, he was elected to the 88th session of the texas house of representatives and one of the first group of african-americans to be elected to that body. heretofore, prior to the 1965 voting rights act, there were no african-americans of numbers
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in the texas state legislature, including the honorable barbara jordan, who was able to be elected as well during that time after the 1965 voting rights act. he was re-elected for two years, two terms, serving until 1978, and then he became during that tenure he served on the senate house conference committee as a member of the house appropriations committee and then came to the united states congress. and he will be remembered in the united states congress as someone who helped create and support health maintenance organization, h.m.o.'s, he did that through the state of texas. he then came to congress in january of 1978, was elected in 1978 to the 18th congressional district and he served 10 years here. he was chosen as a freshman majority whip and chaired of the congressional black caucus, advocated for ethnic diversity through affirmative action and broadcast, served as a member of the energy and commerce
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committee and he and bill emerson established the select committee on hunger. . . this is where his heart showed even larger than it did in his local community. he was spokesperson for ending the suffering of hungry in the united states. and he joined with his good friend, republican, william bilson, who represented missouri's eighth congressional district. his wife later represented him. through the power of bipartisanship, mickey leland and bill began a mission that still resonates today that food is a basic right and should never be used as a weapon. today we still have the mickey leland hunger center, which i serve on the board, and many are still advocating around the world, mickey leland fellows around the world who are fighting against hunger. bill died in office and as i indicated, his wife took his place. but mickey married in 1983, his wonderful wife alison, beautiful sons, his twins, and his mother, of course, are still living.
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in 1983 the midst of the civil war, the nation of ethiopia experienced the worst famine in nearly 100 years, which led to more than 400,000 deaths. mickey heard that cry. so the speaker of the house asked him to do there -- to go there to sudan in 1985. the hunger was so overwhelming he came back and passed the african if a minute and relief and recovery active 1985. he then continued to serve on the select committee on hunger, led by himself and bill emerson. provided $8 million for vitamin ha program. mickey loved people. he loved solving their problems. and so it was maybe fate that he would die on august 7, 1989, on the side of an ethiopian mountain, with other brave individuals such as hugh anderson johnson jr., two of his aids, joyce francis williams, robert wills, a political aide at the american embassy, a staff person with usaid and thomas waric, the usaid representative, and many
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others who were on that flight with him. i can only say that in closing it's an honor to introduce this legislation and i ask my colleagues to support this legislation, not in the honor of a colleague so much as an honor of an american who cared enough about people to be willing to sacrifice his life. i ask my colleagues to support this legislation in the 25th year of the commemoration of the death of the honorable mickey leland, george thomas "mickey" leeland, form -- leland, form early the eighth congress person in texas. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. >> mr. speaker, we have no other speakers and would be ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i have the good fortune to know former representative mickey leland and i'm pleased to join my colleagues in the consideration of h.r. 78, a
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bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 4110 almeda road in houston, texas, as the george thomas quk mickey" leland post office building. born in lubbock, texas, in 1944, mickey leland earned a degree in pharmacy from texas southern university in 1970. he quickly became a local civil rights leader, organizing the black citizen action team in protest against police brutality. while using his medical background to fund a door to door outreach campaign, to educate low income individuals about their medical care options. in 1972, mickey continued his health advocacy work in the texas state house of representatives, passing legislation to provide better access to affordable medications and h.m.o.'s.
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in 1979 mickey leland was elected to congress as the representative for texas' 18th district. after serving as a freshman majority whip, representative leland later served twice as at large majority whip, chair to congressional black caucus from 1985 to 1987, and was re-elected five times. as a member of congress, representative leland advocated for an increase in hiring quotas for women and minorities in the telecommunications industry and focused much of his attention on alleviating hunger across the globe. particularly in africa. during the 199 -- 9 -- 9 th congress, his efforts led to the select committee on hunger which studied the effects of domestic and international
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hunger and poverty. tragically, representative leland's career was cut short on a trip to africa during the 1989 congressional recess. while checking on the progress , establishing a refugee camp representative leland and three of his congressional aids lost their lives -- aides lost their lives when their plane crashed over a mountainous region of ethiopia. mr. speaker, we should pass this bill to honor mickey leland's life and career as a tireless advocate for underserved and minority populations, both at home and abroad. i urge passage of h.r. 78 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: mr. speaker, i appreciate my colleagues and what they have shared about our former colleague. i think once served here, we're always colleagues.
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i think the example that he set is one that is well worth remembering. and i appreciate the gentlelady from texas for bringing this and look forward to supporting itment and would ask that all -- it and ask that all members support the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. 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 the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5030. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5030, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 13500 southwest 250 street in princeton, florida, as the corporal christian a. guzman rivera post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr.
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collins, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield high he -- myself such time as i may consume and i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under which is now considered. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. collins: mr. speaker, it is with great joy to also at this point yield to my friend from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, for this important measure and look forward to her remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank mr. collins and especially mr. issa, the chairman of the oversight and government reform committee, as well as our ranking member, for approving this bill and for bringing it one step closer to its full consideration by the house today. this legislation would name a post office in my congressional district in princeton, florida,
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an area in the southern part of miami-dade county, as after a local hero -- after a local hero, a marine corporal, christian a. guzman rivera, who as killed by an i.e.d. while serving our country in afghanistan. princeton was -- christian was 21 years old and killed in western province of afghanistan, in a place called farah, by the enemies of freedom and democracy. christian was born in the tropical island of puerto rico on december 3, 1987. two years later, he moved with his family to south florida, where he attended our public schools and joined the junior rotc at homestead senior high school. previously a shy boy, christian became a more confident young man through his leadership experience in jrotc. upon graduation from homestead high in 2006, he enrolled in miami-dade county's fire rescue
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akdmy and graduated -- academy and graduated from the firefighter program. christian also became a certified emergency medical technician, an e.m.f. -- an e.m.t. but christian, who was always dedicated to public service, also wanted to serve our country in our armed forces. his peers say that for christian, becoming a marine was not a spur of the moment decision, it was his destiny. he knew it all along. as the proud wife of a vietnam combat veteran who volunteered for service and was severely injured in battle, and as the step-mother of two marine aviators, i'm familiar with this military calling. during a time when the united states was involved in wars in both iraq and in afghanistan, christian volunteered for active duty service. he enlisted in the u.s. marine corps. in may, 2009, christian was
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deployed to afghanistan as a combat engineer attached to the second battalion, third marine regiment. in afghanistan christian excelled. he understood his cuties and his responsibilities -- deputeys and responsibilities and car -- duties and responsibilities and carried them out to his best ability. he was known to be one of the most dependable combat engineer marines in his battalion. when his squad leader was wounded and hospitalized for a month, christian stepped up and assumed his leadership role. other marines sometimes requested him specifically by name, to accompany them on dangerous patrols. first lieutenant lu, a former marine corps officer, said this about christian a. guzman rivera, senior explosive technicians thought of christian as among the best combat engineers in the battalion. on august 6, 2009, christian was killed while serving during
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operation enduring freedom if farah province, afghanistan. christian made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of liberty and democracy, the cornerstones of america's ideals. his military awards include the navy and marine corps commendation medal, the purple heart medal and the combat action ribbon. five years have passed and christian was and still is keeply missed business his close friends in south florida, by fellow marines who had the privilege of serving with him and a close-knit family who could never replace the void left in their lives. he is survived, loved and remembered by his mother, velma, a wonderful lady, by his wonderful step-dad, felix, his brother, jonathan, uncle chris and aunt rebecca, and vilma and grandmother carmen, cousins and friends, who have endured great
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pain, remembering christian's sacrifice in the name of country and honor. mr. speaker, christian's brave service exceeded all measures of selflessness and devotion to our country and i encourage my colleagues to honor corporal christian guzman's memory and support this bill. i am proud to name the corporal christian a. guzman reare -- rivera post office building after other local hero -- our local hero who courageously sacrificed his life in the line of duty so we could enjoy the freedom that makes our wonderful country so special. christian is deserving of our continuous praise and gratitude and i am humbled in presenting this bill to my colleagues and i pray that our good lord will continue to give strength to christian's family. i thank the gentleman for yielding. thank you very much, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i would yield myself such time as i might consume.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i don't think there's any greater service that one can give than to give the gift of their life, fighting for their country. therefore i am pleased to join my colleagues in the consideration of h.r. 5030, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 13500 southwest 250 street in princeton, florida, as the corporal christian a. guzman rivera post office building. a native of homestead, florida, christian guzman rivera graduated from homestead senior high's rotc program in 2006. with dreams of becoming a plain firefighter, christian graduated -- becoming a marine
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firefighter, christian graduated in 2007, was assigned as a battalion engineer in okinawa, japan, and tragically on august 6, 2009, having just received a promotion to corporal, christian guzman rivera was killed while supporting combat operations in afghanistan. although he never got the chance to fight fires as he had hoped, corporal rivera was named an honorary member of the miami-dade fire rescue department and still remains a role model to his younger siblings. so we should pass this bill to recognize his honor, courage and sacrifice. i don't have any additional requests for time. i don't believe. therefore, i urge passage of yield back the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. it is so -- been stated, my friend, representative davis, but also my dear friend from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, it is said at this point you do not have to live many decades to live a full and vibrant life. this young man proved that you can live with a full life if you live each of your days to the fullest and to his credit we'll be proving that is in that spirit of living the life that is full and service to others. with that i ask all colleagues to support h.r. 50 and would yield back the balance of any time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5030. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. smith: mere, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2495, the american super computing leadership act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2495, a bill to
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amend the department of energy high-end computing revitalization act of 2004 to improve the high-end computing research and development program of the department of nergy, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. smith, and the gentlelady from oregon, mr. bonamici, each will control 20 -- ms. bonamici, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h.r. 2495, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, h.r. 2495, the american super computing leadership act requires the department of energy to develop a plan to bring the united states into the next generation of super computing, also known as exoscale computing. the advanced research is the
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primary research and federal program for these computing breakthroughs. high performance computing has made researchers reach beyond the previous scientific boundaries. this capability has solved major engineering challenges, ranging from in-depth modeling of our nuclear weapons stockpile to increasing fuel efficiency of cars. high performance computing keeps the united states globally competitive. the country, with the strongest computing capability, will host the world's next scientific breakthroughs. unfortunately, china currently hosts the world's fastest computer, not the united states. this bill is a step in the right direction to reverse this trend and help keep america on the forefront of super computing. mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman from illinois, mr. hultgren, the gentleman from alabama, mr. brooks, the gentleman from california, mr.
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swalwell, the gentleman from illinois, mr. lipinski, the gentlewoman from california, ms. lofgren, and the gentleman from oregon, ms. bonamici, for their leadership on this issue. i ask my colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from oregon. ms. bonamici: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. bonamici: i rise in strong support of h.r. 2495, the american super computing leadership act. this bipartisan bill would authorize a computing program to promote the development of the next generation of the fastest computers in the world right here in the united states. the bill would also help ensure we develop the software and algorithms to help us make the best use of these computers. is referred to the next generation of super computers in general and also refers to the computing systems that
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would be able to have a million trillion operations per second. that's a one with 18 zeros after it. that's about 500 times faster than the world's fastest computers today. develops these capabilities is vital in maintaining our leadership in a wide range of research areas. this legislation would authorize the secretary of energy to support research to significantly increase the computing power available to scientists from the department of energy, industry, universities and other federal agencies. i would also like to note there is no new money being authorized here. we are simply ensuring that we are making the best use of our resources. when it comes to the money that we are already investing. the capabilities made possible by these investments would enable our best and our brightest scientists to gain new insights into societal concerns ranging from alzheimer's disease to climate
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change. other examples of both industrial and academic research that would benefit from advancing high-end computing capabilities include high temperature superconduck tift to significantly reduce energy losses in the transmission of electricity, aerodynamic modeling for aircraft and vehicle design, pharmaceutical development and infusion plasma modeling. finally, this legislation would also require that the department of energy submit a management plan as well as regular reports to congress dealing how the department of energy expects to implement this program and as well as progress to date. with this bipartisan legislation, we will be establishing a transparent program that will allow the united states to remain a leader in high-end computing. i expect that we may well reap benefits from this effort even beyond what i've spoken about today and beyond the advances that any of us can now imagine. i'd like to take a moment to
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compliment the sponsors of this legislation, mr. hultgren, mr. swalwell for their efforts to craft this bipartisan bill we have before us today, also, ms. lofgren from california and, of course, science committee chairman, mr. smith, for his support. i strongly urge all of my colleagues to support passage of this important legislation. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time is reserved. the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois who is -- mr. hultgren, who is a member of the science committee and also a member of the science committee's energy subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for two minutes. mr. hultgren: i'd like to thank the distinguished chair of the science, space and technology, mr. smith, for helping bring this legislation to the floor. this is an important update to current statute which makes shurs that america stays at the forefront of supercomputing technology for the benefits it brings to our national security, our economy and more broadly our research
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capabilities as a nation. while america and american companies are still leading the way for much of this current technology, it is important to point out that the national university of defense technology in china is now housing the world ace fastest supercomputer. one of the department of energy's primary responsibilities within the national nuclear security administration is the maintenance of our current nuclear stockpile. this stockpile stewardship responsibility is carried out with increasing -- increasingly complex situations, especially as our stockpile has aged. the need for capabilities and decreased energy requirements are spelled out in this legislation to ensure the department carries out a targeted basic research program to overcoming the most pressing needs. this legislation also points out and defines exascale as the next checkpoint to be accomplished. it would increase it by nearly
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10,000%. exascale is a step towards the larger goal of american leadership in this field. this legislation will ensure that the broad erskine tisk community has access to these facilities on a competitive merit review process. the scientific drivers in the national security responsibilities should be the primary focus of this research, but we must also make sure that the cross-cutting benefits of this research are not left at the wayside. this legislation would create partnerships with universities, industry and the national labs to conduct the research ensuring that the nation as a whole benefits from this research more quickly and efficiently. having the pleasure to represent the great state of illinois, i have been able to witness how an ecosystem of innovation can best be fostered. part of this is making sure our facilities are open to the public when it makes sense and does not interfere with the core missions of our federal agencies and the labs. i've been able to see how a lab in my district and another one carry out groundbreaking
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scientific research, but they also have unintended crossover benefits such as proton beam cancer therapy, which uses acceleratorses developed in our labs. user facilities such as the advance foe ton source at argon have given a tremendous research capability to pharmaceutical companies, where companies doing research that used to take weeks can often spend more time with samples in the mail than on the lab bench. the computing capabilities of this legislation will help bring about -- will have tremendous application in the health care and drug development fields. and the modeling simulations this will make available will allow manufacturers to build better prototypes that have been tested thousands of times virtually before they come off the line. this is why i ask all of my colleagues to join me in voting yes on this important legislation. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from oregon. ms. bonamici: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no requests for time. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i'll
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yield three minutes to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. fleischmann, a member of the propesproppingses committee and also a member of that committee's energy subcommittee. is' also a former member of the science committee, so we appreciate his participation today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for three minutes. mr. fleischmann: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of the american supercomputing leadership act, h.r. 2495, and i want to commend mr. hultgren, ms. bonamici and our chairman for their support of this great legislation. as part of my representation of the great people of the third district of tennessee, oak ridge is right in the heart of my district. this is the city that won the cold war. this is the city which was the birthplace of the manhattan project. these are wonderful people. and in that city sits the oak ridge national laboratory. i believe one of the premiere national labs and a great national lab system.
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oak ridge national laboratory has been in the forefront on the leadership of high-speed computing, and i also want to commend our lab director, dr. tom mason, for leading the way in supercomputing. his great successes in upgrading our computing facilities and working with the other department of energy labs has been critical for the greater good of our nation. as my colleagues have already articulated, exascale is at a next level. exascale is the next level. a short time ago the united states was number one. during my tenure in congress a couple years ago, number one in the world in supercomputing. i want to maintain that we move forward and become number one again. we cannot let the chinese or any other nation lead us in this -- lead us in this fight or beat us in this fight. it is critically important. why is exascale and supercomputing very important? i've actually seen these room
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fulls of computers. it is critically important to our economic security as a nation. all members of this great house want america to be great again, and supercomputing is going to lead the way. this is an economic security issue as every area of our economy is dependent on this. banking, manufacturing, health care, commerce and communication are all critically dependent on supercomputing. . i urge my colleagues for their strong support of h.r. 2495, the american supercomputing leadership act. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. geno smith mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the amended. 2195 as without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. smith: i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5309, the tsunami warning, education and research act of 2014. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5309, a bill to authorize and strengthen the tsunami detection, forecast, warning, research and mitigation program of the national oceanic and atmospheric administration and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. smith, and the gentlelady from oregon, ms. bonamici, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h.r. 5309, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, h.r. 5309, the tsunami warning,
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education and research act of 2014, amends and strengthens the tsunami warning and education act of 2006. it re-authorizes an important program at the national oceanic and atmospheric administration and sharpens its focus on tsunami detection, forecast and warnings. the recent absence of tsunami disasters here in the u.s. does not mean we should stand by as spectators. the threat is very real. a tsunami resulting from the 2011 earthquake in japan caused massive destruction and is a vivid reminder of the need for enhanced early warning capabilities. tsunamis pose a similar threat to america's coast lines. they have the ability to injure americans, damage property and harm the economy. this bill updates the tsunami forecasting and warning program operated by noaa. it modernizes and enhances the accuracy of forecasts, improves standards and guidelines for mapping and modeling tsunamis, and supports research efforts related to tsunami science.
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h.r. 5309 expands outreach responsibilities of the noaa administrator to coordinate with state and local emergency managers, to improve tsunami education and awareness. this will help develop recipient communities in the face of tsunamis and other coastal hazards. this bill strengthens scientific research on these phenomena, fosters outreach programs and advances technological forecasts to better understand and respond to disasters when they occur. i want to thank the gentleman from california, vice chairman of the science committee, mr. rohrabacher, our environmental subcommittee ranking member, ms. bonamici of arkansasing -- oregon, and ms. johnson of texas for their initiative on this bipartisan legislation. and i really want to single out the gentlewoman from oregon for her efforts on this particular subject. she has engaged this subject for the last several months, has been instrumental in our getting here to the floor today and it is her initiative that is going to benefit the
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country. so i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from oregon. ms. bonamici: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 5309. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. bonamici: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank mr. rohrabacher from california for co-sponsoring this bipartisan legislation with me. i also want to thank the chairman and ranking member of the science, space and technology committee, mr. smith, and ms. johnson, for their support in moving this bill forward. i also would like to thank the hardworking staff, my personal staff, mr. rohrabacher's staff, and the dedicated committee staff on both sides of the aisle for their help with this bill. and finally i'd like to thank the state and local emergency management officials, coastal zone managers, and the many scientists and other experts who have contributed their ideas to the development of this bill. i've met with coastal community
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groups and emergency planners in my district who are working on a number of fronts to prepare their communities for earthquake and tsunami events. so much of our ability to prepare, respond and recover from a tsunami will depend on awareness, planning and mobilization at the local level. from the federal agencies all the way down to local emergency managers, we all agree that adequately preparing communities across the country for the threat of natural disasters is a vital -- is of vital importance to the future of this country. the tsunami warning education and research act of 2014 is an important step toward making sure that our coastal communities are ready to face the dangers posed by tsunami threats. in 2004 the earthquake in southeast asia triggers a deadly tsunami event that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people from indonesia, to the coasts of
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madagascar. that prompted congress to enact a tsunami warning and education act of 2006. we were reminded of the significant threat that a tsunami poses to u.s. coastal communities three years ago when the earthquake near japan created a devastating tsunami event. that tsunami resulted in the tragic loss of human life and billions of dollars of economic damage. which made it one of the costliest natural disasters we've ever seen. and its damage reach -- reached as far as the west coast of the united states. california, and oregon, to be specifically -- to be specific. the events in indonesia and japan underscore the importance of this legislation and why we must prepare and protect our coastal communities from similar events. maritime commercial activities, vibrant tourist industries and more than 120 million americans are all part of the rich coastal u.s. economy. an economy that contributed
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close to half of the entire u.s. g.d.p. in 2011. the commercial finishing -- fishing industry alone supports about a million jobs and the international trade associated with coastal and marine fisheries contributes close to $70 billion annually to the u.s. economy. likewise, more than $13 million -- 13 million americans work at our commercial ports. they help to move the more than $1 trillion worth of goods and products to the shelves of our local stores. these examples show that investing in the resiliency of coastal communities is important to the economic health of not just these regions but to the nation. ensuring that these coastal communities, big and small, have the resources and knowledge necessary to protect these critical assets from the threat of a tsunami and be prepared should one occur is simply good and prudent policy. and because this body collectively provides assistance when there's a natural disaster like superstorm sandy, for example,
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planning and preparation to avoid or minimize damage and destruction is important for all of us. whether or not we represent a coastal district. oregonians are aware of the threat that a tsunami would pose to their communities and cities up and you down the coast have responded by installing warning sirens and developing evacuation routes. but as newer warning technologies develop and more is understood about the areas that will be hit the hardest, a coordinated effort is required to update preparation and response. in a county in oregon, they recently decided warning sirens were not the way of the future. favoring social media and by phone instead. seaside, a small coastal town in my district, has been identified as the most vulnerable community to a tsunami on the oregon coast. in seaside, local leaders and organizations are proactively educating residents and visitors about tsunami
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evacuation routes, storage supply locations and emergency communication systems. at the federal level, we can help these communities understand the risks and seriousness of the threats they face and work with them to be prepared, which is why i sponsored this bill, along with my colleague from california, mr. rohrabacher. r.r. -- h.r. 5309 will update and re-authorize the tsunami warning and education act and will help to ensure that local and regional decisionmakers have the tools and information they need to develop mitigation and response plans to this ever-present threat. and to communicate these plans to the public in an effective and efficient manner. for distant tsunami events this legislation will advance research efforts related to improving tsunami forecasting. detection and notification. which could mean extra minutes for emergency responders on the ground and translate into lives save and tragedies avoided. and it adds ports and harbor operations as entities to be
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safeguarded by tsunami forecasting capabilities. this bill will also support research needed to improve our understanding of local tsunami events. a local tsunami, one that's generated just off the coast, has a travel time of about 30 minutes or less. that's the kind of tsunami most likely to have widespread and devastating impacts on the u.s. coast and on the caribbean. in oregon we know that a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami will occur someday. although no one can predict the next time the fault will repture, we can and must prepare. at a recent coastal caucus event in florence, oregon, state-elected officials, tribal governments, community leaders and business owners attended a panel discussion that focused on the threat posed by tsunami and how we're updating our response plans to reflect new understandings of subdux zone tsunami events. one thing everyone on the panel agreed on, it's not a matter of
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if, but when. we've already learned a lot about how to prepare for, mitigate and respond to tsunamis. i have no doubt that the progress we have made through noaa's efforts under the tsunami warning and education act has enhanced the safety of our communities and will save lives and this good work must be continued. the coast lines of the united states already play an integral role in the economic prosperity of this country and we must strengthen their preparedness and resiliency so they can continue to play that role going forward. in this bipartisan bill, we recognize the need for continued protection of our coastal communities from the impacts of tsunami. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i have no other requests for time on this side and i'm happy to yield back after the gentlewoman from oregon yields back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. ms. bonamici: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no requests to speak.
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i do want to stay in closing that september is national preparedness month. it's a reminder to everyone to make disaster preparedness a priority and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. hope we can further this discussion and continue to find ways to build america's resiliency to some tsunami and other natural disasters. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, ill yield back the balance of my time as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5309. 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 on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 744, stop identity theft act of 2013, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of
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the bill. the clerk: union calendar to er 427, h.r. 744, a bill provide effective criminal prosecutions for certainly identity thefts and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia and a member opposed will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to submit extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. goodlatte: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: identity theft inflicts serious financial damage upon them and the financial institutions and government agencies they do business with. unfortunately identity theft is an expanding problem that has recently shifted its target to include the tax refund dollars
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owed to many hardworking americans. the federal trade commission routinely issues statistics listing identity theft as the number one consumer complaint with american adults having a roughly one in five chance of being victimized. fraud related to government ben ben fits and documents regularly comprises the large majority of identity theft reports. the i.r.s. has recognized the problem and begun shifting assets in response to this expanding threat. a typical example from earlier this year from norfolk, virginia, two hospital workers were sentenced following their convictions for tax-related aggravated identity theft. the scheme is stealing personal information of hospital patients -- excuse me -- and using that information to apply for federal tax refunds. all told nearly 80 fraudulent returns were filed seeking more than $400,000 in illegitimate refunds.
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for the victims of this type of fraud, the original notice is often a rejection by the i.r.s. return. legitimate tax this is often only the beginning of a long and continuing road to financial recovery. in addition to the delays inherent in their tax refund dispute the months following the discovery of the identity theft are spent trying to restore their credit through an endless stream of paperwork, including police reports, afts to credit bureaus -- affidavits to credit bureaus and complaints to protection agencies. unfortunately in virginia and nationwide, this is a problem that is only growing in magnitude, partly due to the expanding methods used by criminals to gain access to personal information. from highly sophisticated cybercriminal organizations engaged in activities designed to gain access to personal data on a grand scale to individual
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cases involving a lost wallet or purse, the ways in which someone with criminal intent can obtain our personal information are too numerous to list. the legislation before us today, the stop identity theft act of 2013, is designed to strengthen the penalties associated with tax-related identity theft. additionally, h.r. 744 expands who can be a victim of tax-related identity theft to include businesses and organizations, directs the justice department to allocate additional resources towards enforcement in this area and encourages cooperation with state and local authorities through the establishment of task forces and otherwise. i commend the sponsors, ms. wasserman schultz and chairman smith, for their dedication to this important issue and i urge my colleagues to join me to support this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve his time? mr. goodlatte: i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. identity the stop theft act has laudable goals of addressing the problem of tax return identity theft. unfortunately, in seeking to address one problem, the bill creates another one. last congress, the crime subcommittee held a hearing at which we learned how individuals are victimized by those who file false returns using the names and social security numbers of the victims. when someone has filed a false return -- when someone has had -- excuse me -- when someone has had a false return filed in their name, they often have to engage in an arduous process of setting the record straight with the i.r.s. and obtaining a refund they may be due. in other instances, perpetrators sometimes benefit by falsely claiming that a
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deceased child of another is a dependent on their own forms. parents of the deceased children are then subjected to additional grief and burden of clearing things up with the i.r.s. as a long-standing advocate for -- of personal privacy and personal privacy rights, i am particularly concerned about these schemes which violate the privacy of individuals in addition to imposing financial burdens. clirle we need to do -- clearly we need to do more to combat this crime. accordingly i support the approach in section 2 of the bill, which encourages the department of justice using task forces to bring its resources to bear on the problem of tax return identity theft. increased effort in investigating and prosecuting these crimes is certainly necessary and congress should work to provide additional resources to support our agents
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and prosecutors. unfortunately, another provision in the bill raises serious concerns by expanding mandatory minimum sentencing. the bill amends both the basic identity theft statute and the aggravated identity theft statute so that organizations and not just individuals may be covered as victims. expanding the scope of victims under the aggravated identity theft statute thus also expands the scope of mandatory penalties under the statute. 18. on 1028-a of title the penalty for aggravated identity theft is a mandatory term of imprisonment of two years or for an offensive related to terrorism five years. while i oppose this expansion of the mandatory minimum sentences, i do not oppose the imposition of appropriate sentences for this offense as
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warranted under the circumstances of each case. with respect to the proposed expansion of the coverage of the aggravated identity theft statute to organizations, congressman bobby scott, ranking member of the crime subcommittee, offered an amendment at markup to narrowly prevent application of mandatory sentences to the expansion but instead allowed for even higher sentences for those offenses. but at the judge's discretion. as a result, judges would have the flexibility to impose even greater sentences when warranted but they would not be required to impose mandatory minute mums. unfortunately, the amendment was not adopted, leaving h.r. 744 with a serious flaw that violates sound sentencing policy. mandatory minimums have been studied extensively and have been found to distort rationale
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sentencing systems. to discriminate against minorities, to waste the taxpayers' money and to often violate common sense. even if everyone involved in a case from arresting officer, prosecutor, judge and victim believes that the mandatory minimum would be an unjust sentence for a particular defendant in a case, it still must be imposed. mandatory minimum sentences sometimes based merely on the name of the crime, unwisely removes sentencing discretion from the judge. regardless of the role of the offender in the particular crime, the offender's record or lack thereof or the facts and circumstances of the case, the judge has no choice but to impose the mandatory minimum set by legislators long before the crime has been committed. such a policy is unjust and unwarranted. the expansion of mandatory
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minimum sentencing in this bill is therefore problematic. for these reasons i cannot support this well-intentioned but flawed bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time is reserved. the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, at this time it's my pleasure to yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. smith, the chairman of the science, space and technology committee and the lead republican co-sponsor of this legislation, such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman from virginia, the chairman of the judiciary committee, for yielding me time and i also want to thank him for bringing this bill to the house floor today. h.r. 744, the stop identity theft act, is a bicameral, bipartisan solution that addresses tax return identity theft. i'm an original co-sponsor of this bill with congresswoman debbie wasserman schultz who has long taken the initiative on this pressing subject.
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the stop identity theft act increases criminal penalties for tax return i.d. theft. the bill also broadens the definition of identity theft victims to include businesses and nonprofit organizations. in recent years, tax thieves have received billions of dollars in fraudulent tax returns. these criminals have become proficient in stealing identity information and social security numbers to file false tax returns with the i.r.s., oftentimes before the legitimate taxpayer files a return themselves. it is only after a tax president bush is rejected that the victim learns that their identity has been stolen and their tax return wrongfully pocketed. h.r. 744 is crucial to deter the number of individuals and families who are victimized by i.d. tax thieves. identity theft costs victims both money and time to restore their identities. the house previously adopted this bill by voice vote in the
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last congress, and this past february, the senate judiciary committee passed a companion bill to the stop identity theft act by senators klobuchar and sessions. so i urge my colleagues, again, to join me in support of h.r. 744, to protect american taxpayers. i thank the judiciary committee chairman, again, mr. goodlatte, for bringing this legislation to the house floor and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. wasserman schultz, for her efforts to stop tax identity theft. i'll yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield as much time as she may consume to the honorable debbie wasserman schultz from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, i rise today to urge my colleagues to support h.r. 744, the stopping tax offenders and prosecuting identity theft act of 2013, or simply, the stop identity theft act. over the past years we've seen tax return theft explode in a
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nationwide epidemic. -- it's time or for congress to act. thank you, congressman lamar smith, for leading this effort in the past years and we finally get this bill over the finish line so law enforcement can have more tools to fight crime. senators klobuchar and jeff sessions, i know we can get this done. thank you to chairman goodlatte and to his intrepid staffer caroline lynch, for your support and for your leadership to help bring this bill to the floor today. we have all heard the stories of tax refund -- tax refund theft and unsuspecting taxpayer goes to file their tax return only to be told by the internal revenue service that someone else has already filed their return and claim their hard-earned tax refund. tax return identity theft wreaks emotional and financial havoc and costs the federal government billions of dollars. coorget to a recent treasury
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department report, the number of stolen tax refund returns go from 1.1 million stolen in 2011 to more than 1.8 million in 2012, a 69% increase. and the cost to the u.s. treasury and the american taxpayers is staggering. nearly $9 billion in just the last two years and $21 billion in the last five years, mr. speaker. we cannot allow billions of taxpayer dollars to be stolen from hard wrorking -- hardworking americans and from our treasury. this will only get worse unless we act. we must protect the thousands of taxpayers that fall victim are is crime, many of whom vulnerable like seniors and minors. many in my district have been hit by this crime. even though victims of tax return theft eventually are reimbursed by the u.s. treasury, it can take many months and a lot of frustration to set things straight. many of these victims rely on a timely tax return just to pay the bills. .
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these thieves steal social security numbers and file false electronic returns where the payoffs are almost instantaneous. law enforcement lacks the kind of stiff criminal penaltyings afforded many other forms of -- penalties afforded many other forms of identity theft. in this instance technology has outstripped the enforcement tools currently on the books. the stop identify think theft -- identity theft act brings together measures to increase the prosecution rate of tax return identity thieves. first, this bill amends the identity theft statute, to increase the maximum penalties for the crime of tax return identity theft. right now this crime is seen as low risk and high reward for would-be thieves. toughening sentencing for these thieves will help deter this kind of crime. the legislation also expands the definition of an identity theft victim, to include businesses and charitable organizations. often these organizations have their identities stolen and they're used in fishing schemes
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to extract the sensitive information from unsuspecting taxpayers, used in tax return theft. these thieves then use harvested information to file thousands of fraudulent tax returns. this amendment to the identity theft statutes will ensure that theives who misappropriate the identities of any business, it small business or nonprofit organization, can be prosecuted. the stop identity theft act also calls for better coordination between the department of justice and state and local law enforcement. to make the most efficient use of the law and resources. my own local law enforcement agencies in south florida have been inundated with crime rainstorms of tax return identity theft and they need all the help we can provide. this is not the end-all be-all effort, but it is a strong bipartisan beginning. it is intended to provide targeted tools to law enforcement right away so they're better prepared before next tax season rolls around. finally, the legislation also calls for d.o.j. to report back on trends in tax return identity theft, on progress, on
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prosecuting these crimes and recommendations for additional legal tools to combat it. information and data on trends about tax return identity theft can be valuable tools to detect and prevent future fraud. and it will inform congress of additional legislative actions that would help in the effort. i also send a big thank you to the various organizations that have supported and helped craft this legislation, including the national conference of c.p.a. practitioners, the committee for efficient government, the american coalition for taxpayer rights, the council for citizens against government waste, and the national association of counties. together we all must ensure that federal laws keep pace with emerging crimes such as tax return identity theft. it is time to make the prosecution of this crime a greater priority. stop identity theft act is an important step toward this goal and i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia. >> mr. speaker, i think all the speakers on this side have spoken and we're prepared to yield back and close.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: we are prepared to yield badge and close as well -- back and close as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia. >> i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 744 as amended. 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 on the table. under clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call of he chair.
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here's a discussion on what's ahead for congress as both the house and senate return from august recess. this is from today's "washington journal." like us onw us on twitter. >> "washington journal" continues. host: house and senate returns, 2:00 p.m. eastern. the house on c-span on c-span2. two reporters who cover the hill on a daily basis, christina peterson -- kristina peterson of " andwall street journal, from "national journal," billy house. people can find this at majorityleader.gov. house slative days the
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will be in. i heard they may not get into twelve days. guest: the aim is to get out as fast as possible. they're due for a third week, the end of september and early october, they're trying not to come back. host: their major goal is what? guest: messaging. the major goal is to keep the government running and not be blamed for a shutdown. you have to pass at least a stopgap spending bill. they have not agreed on any appropriations bills. the october 1 start of the new fiscal year will require mechanisms to keep the government operating. that is the and, to pass that. whether that will be a simple procedure, everybody says they hope so. things do not always turn out as people hope. host: billy house talking about
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messaging. the senate will take up getting to a constitutional amendment. what is that all about and what is the purpose of this though? -- this vote? guest: this is a political vote? democrats want to enable states to put restrictions on campaign finance. and that is a constitutional amendment, you need 2/3 of both chambers and three quarters of the states to approve. it is more about getting the message out. the firstpend half-hour asking viewers about their message to congress. one of those without unemployment insurance. what with the house and senate leaders say about what they are doing our jobs? guest: republicans on the house would say they have past 30 or so bills the senate has refused to shake up. they will take that as one of their messaging themes.
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guest: they will vote on them again. in new mexico last week, in a district on the border where you would think the immigration crisis was the top issue. jobs andto tell you, the minimum wage, those were two really big issues that seems to compare. host: the senate has acted on the minimum wage, the extension of unemployment? guest: yes, on both of those. they might bring them up again. senate democrats support raising the federal minimum wage and extending long-term jobless benefits. they have not been able to get enough republicans on board in joblesste to get benefits. they have not been able to get enough support in the house. hammering onp on these issues. they do not have the support minimum wage. republicans say that that would hurt businesses and overall reduce unemployment. host: kristina peterson and
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billy house to talk about congress returning today for a short session ahead of the midterm elections. join us on the phone, (202) 585-3880 four democrats. (202) 585-3881 for republicans. for independents and all others, (202) 585-3882. area code 202. on twitter, @cspanwj. the continuing resolution, the short-term spending measure. that it will be drama free. these things never wind up being drama for a. -- drama free. how long would it last and what are potential stumbling blocks for getting it through? guest: the leaders have kind of let it be known they are looking at a december 11-14 end run. host: a lame duck session would pick it up?
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guest: right. guest: -- there are members of congress who start wondering if republicans take over the senate on election day, why would we give outgoing majority leader harry reid leverage to do a new continuing resolution after that. could be discussion about whether we should extend this into the next session, past december into january. whatever party controls the senate will have the leverage to discuss the ins and outs that. the other issue is what is a clean cr? they promised a clean bill, in other words, no policy riders. there is talk that there will be things added. your definition of clean comes up to question. the reauthorization of ex-im,m the export import bank. also, terrorism risk insurance, that might be a longer shot. senate, terms of the
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let stumbling blocks for getting the continuing resolution through their? is the problem in the house? guest: it is largely in the house. if the house were to add controversial measures, you could have a ping-pong v olleying. if the house were to pass a pretty uncontroversial bill, the be quick to accept that. neither party wants to be blamed for a shutdown or anything resembling or creating that risk. chance the senate shortens their session, as we are hearing possibly from the house? with theey're on board here and minimum of days. the house is a little bit more anxious to get out early. sureenate is going to make the government does not shut down and get out-of-town.
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host: an article you wrote last street "the ostrich owall journal." what are you hearing from republican leaders in the senate? what direction with a goal in within to take control of the senate? as an they see this opportunity to prove that they can govern. they shall are to blame for the shutdown. they see this as an opportunity to show they can steer the country to the right without creating a lot of drama. republicanssenior passalking about trying to legislation that already has the support of some democrats -- improving keystone xl, making some changes to the health law, energy policy. you can get some democrats on board, they can pass legislation
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that would land on obama's desk, he might have a tougher time choosing to veto it. host: problems with the more conservative elements in the house. they would object to some of the things that senate democrats agree on with their republican colleagues? guest: absolutely. in fact, what you might see is a two-year period where little gets done. with vetoing and maybe two budget reconciliation bills. if you look at president bush's term that, weto get to might have to wait until december. one of the fascinating things, what happens if we get to november 4 and then the morning of november 5 we do not know who controls the senate. split, republicans ahead. notmary landrieu's race is decided until september.
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host: the houses back a week after the election. guest: the house can do their thing and vote on new leaders. whether anybody will want to do anything if nobody knows who controls the senate the next year, that's another question. host: a quick take on the new leaders. kevin mccarthy came in as they were gaveling out for the august recess. what is the biggest challenges that he faces? guest: same as the old challenge. it is the right wing of the party, they appreciate kevin mccarthy as a nice guy who is willing to talk to them. as we saw in the first vote whene they left town, and speaker boehner had to keep him here to finish the vote on the daca, they do not go along because they are buddies. they have their priorities and stick to them.
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host: callers waiting. baltimore, dorothy on the democrats line. caller: i wanted to talk -- i had other things to say but i have a few questions. one, about the keystone pipeline. is she talking about the keystone pipeline? will beo ideas how they making jobs, canada is not interested in making us jobs. anyway. the other thing i wanted to talk that, you all keep saying the republicans have all these jobs, nobody ever says what they are. if they had the jobs bill with infrastructure, if republicans and democrats could agree, why can't they agree on that? it would put millions of americans to work for real.
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why can't they agree on that? was the problem? host: let's go to billy house, the house is taking up this question. she mentioned infrastructure, that would seem like an area of common agreement. there there would be if were a lot of jobs bills regarding infrastructure. on the house side, and a lot of it is to cut red tape for regulations that many democrats and many other americans feel are necessary to protect workers and labor. they are described as jobs bills, their parameters are sometimes reaching. have not beenlls past, they've not even been brought to the floor of the senate. guest: that is the mantra from the house republicans, they -- 36 is a number -- host: she talked about keystone xl, that would be an area where the senate could sort of set the pace on that and could come to some agreement. there is some bipartisan support on keystone. the problem in the senate is
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that everything gets caught in this vortex of procedural politics. and the bad blood between democrats and republicans derailed a lot of stuff in the senate. doingis some support for something around keystone, but he gets caught in fights over amendments and they are not able to agree. host: marilyn, independents line. caller: good morning. can't wait for the beginning of congress. it is a lowbrow comedy about to recommence. i am a 66-year-old blue-collar guy. earning social security wages for 45 years. i cannot imagine working just 12 days out of the next 40 and earning a six-figure income. so predictable and lamentable, we need to hear the next speech by steve king, gomer, tea baggers lamenting
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everything our president wears, does, or says. real politics.n i am a child of the 1960's when people actually got arrested and got killed for civil rights and fighting against the vietnam war. we will now go to san antonio. democrat line. what would you like to see done over the next 12 days? caller: let's get something going. somenot understand why people are concerned about congress being taken over by if thecans when president vetoes, it is going to take a two thirds majority to override his veto on other side of congress. one more issue, we have four borders, we don't have one. i would like to see on tv the
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border patrol tracing and illegal russian or illegal spanish guylegal coming through canada. how come i don't see that on tv? host: on the issue of immigration, the president is delaying implementation of executive action. the headline here, immigration delay in. activists. what does this mean -- infuriates activist. what is this mean for lawmakers like representative gutierrez? does that change the political dynamic or their relationship with the president? guest: he is their lead point guard and all this, they cannot distance themselves completely. although many of them expressed anger in the last couple days over the president's decision to delay. largely on immigration, you are not going to see anything done, probably even in the lame-duck.
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it will not be tackled until a new congress, if them. i was on the border, i was where they were keeping some of these kids in the holding center. is aose areas, immigration big issue but jobs and the economy is paramount. guest: -- host: sarasota, florida, mike, republican line. caller: i'd like to ask your guest, what is the true unemployment rate? we can't extend the truth thing to immigration and to he althcare. that people are being able to access health care in spite of high co-pays and deductibles. what is the true unemployment rate? it is a problem in florida. host: any idea? guest: it is true that there are
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people who have given up looking for jobs. the straight unemployment rate does not reflect all the pain people feel in this economy. that is likely to hurt democrats, given that it is hurting president obama's approval rating. people hold democrats accountable for the weaknesses that are still there and the economy. piece, back to a the agenda. mccarthy memo on september agenda. this is in the house, and that's the ex-im bank. why are they leaving that often agenda? the agenda,t off he's a lawmaker who said he did not think it would be taken up, too much going on. there's a lot of pressure to do it. bank,s the export import it helps provide subsidies for foreign companies to buy american products. conservatives in the house think
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that is manipulating the free market. they are upset with that and they think it puts taxpayers on the hook for things it should not. however, many other republicans, as we found out over the last few weeks, have districts with companies that rely on this. so there is the clash. it expires, its current charter reauthorization is at the end of this month. i think they are going to punt it for a few days. a few weeks, if not months. lame-duck, if not forever. and come back to it later. they will do a temporary extension. guest: yeah. republicans see the senate as a prize in their sights and they do not want to do anything to create a ruckus before the election. the timing of the export import bank reauthorization falls squarely in that path. even conservatives who do not they arehe ex-im bank,
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saying for now i will be willing to do a short-term extension to get this off our plate. host: georgia, tony, independents line. i have 35 years and finally learned something. i have found the common ground i have with the republicans and the democrats. ifs is what i've learned -- congress and the president and the supreme court and the conservative republicans and conduct their business the way i would like you to conduct your business, i will be happy. that is the common ground i have found in almost every call that i have listened to over the years. it does not matter how much civics or whether i read the constitution or anything. or i just have got an opinion. is, conductround your business the way i want you to conduct your business, and i will be happy. that is my comment. host: thank you.
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memphis, tennessee, david, good morning. caller: hello. two things i wanted to ask about. legallyt, i am actually blind. i've been legally blind for years. i've always had a problem getting a job. not because i did not like to work but because of my disability. what would you do as far as helping disabled people who live on their own get jobs and make it to where they do not have to use the government for social security or any kind of disability check? that is my first question. my second question, if you guys are trying to put more jobs out here in the u.s., why don't you redirect some of the money into military? the ones that we're not sending out, i know they still have to be paid like everyone else. you redirect some of the money, maybe you can put some of the jobs back out here and give some of the people who are on disability or on them plummet a
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little bit of extra money. host: another issue that the president will address on wednesday, the issue of how the administration will respond to islamiccal militant state. the chairman of the senate intelligence committee, diane feinstein was on the sunday shows yesterday and in "usa today" saying the isis threat cannot be overstated. house and, will the senate work on any sort of measure dealing with isis? guest: there's been a lot of reluctance to send troops on the ground. people are wary of taking steps like that. at this point, members of congress are saying we want more information. this is a threat that there has not been commitment to specific action. now they are saying we want the white house to tell us more about what they plan to do. we read nice this is a big danger but last year there was a lot of hesitation to vote on syria, we could see a repeat of
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that. guest: hearing that there are resolutions brewing. is one from virginia representative frank wolf. i agree, i don't think it's going to go anywhere in the next couple weeks. the lame-duck maybe a productive one in that regard. think most members i'm not quite sure where they want to go on this and they certainly are not sure weeks before an election. were in new mexico last week. did people ask steve pederson about it? he is one guy who at one point said all i hear about from liberals is that we need to be more compassionate for these people coming over the border. he says what about the people in the middle east? what about the people being beheaded, why can't we be more compassionate. he thinks we should be doing something. what that is, who knows?
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of differentt opinions. the overriding concern is to get through the campaign. practicalof the things, i think it has been passed and the house but not the senate, defense authorization has not been taken care of. guest: that has not been passed by the senate. since it passed the house, there have been some events nationally -- there was the unrest in ferguson -- that have led some lawmakers to potentially add some new things to the senate version of the defense authorization bill. there is discussion of reviewing the defense department program that provides access military to local police department. you could see some changes they would have to hash out with the house. host: chicago heights, illinois. caller: hi. i'm a registered democrat. congress isme that
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not aware of how the american people really feel. the american people understand that republicans do not want to work with president obama. ande are republicans democrats who are suffering, who have lost unemployment benefits. my question is for christina, why is it that she sounds so that republicans are going to win in november? everyone is suffering. you guys should not be so quick to say we are going to win. we're going to take the house in the senate. a lot of people know what is going on. and they are not naïve. they see that there is so much hatred for barack obama. and they know why he cannot get anything done, it is because republicans hate him and they do not want to do anything for the american people. host: her article was about what if the gop gain control. is definitely the
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biggest question in november. i don't think anyone knows who will take the senate. elections,w republicans had a lot of momentum going in and it looks like they had a really good shot at taking the senate and democrats held on. that is a huge question mark. host: we have not talked about numbers changes in the house, what is the common -- what are people thinking? guest: i think what they are shooting for, the republicans may be a pickup or six or eight seats at best. the democrats are hoping to maintain what they have got. they know they're not going to take over the house. then the question becomes, long-term, for democrats in the minority, how long do you stick with minority leader nancy pelosi and the sort of stagnant number two spot they've been in? host: billy house and kristina
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peterson, 15 minutes of your calls. (202) 585-3880 for democrats. (202) 585-3881 for republicans. independents, (202) 585-3882. this is ida, michigan. caller: yes. i'm calling, i was a democrat became989 when clinton president. ever since clinton became president, it has been nothing but health for black people. you are shooting black kids in the back. i will be glad when the day comes when they shoot you in your back so you can see how it feels. host: ok. president clinton was elected in 1992. there this summer, were some events, ferguson
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being one of the most vivid. interesting two-seat why that lawmakers respond given that this is something but this is something that cat losed the country. reflected comments by a piece in politico. ugly summer hounds congress. you mentioned militarization of police. coming up on ing the senate side. race or the of incident in ferguson likely to in any other house or senate hearings? >> the congressional black black the house unit of members will make their voice known in a number of events in weeks, whether that spills to actual legislation that will move in this area. structured two weeks. i kind of doubt it.
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host: go ahead. uest: i heard some lawmakers having more policed to wear body cameras. seeing that translate to passes any time soon is going to be a big lift. caller: i've been calling this network for 35 years. withe ear seeing in georgia an exciting thing. i'm a businessman. got david purdue running as a businessman and a libertarian running for governor. businessman. we see a tremendous amount of business. nd i see people getting involved in politics. asking the panel. we've got people who are going a get together for -- the barbecue for david purdue running for senate. you, do you see a trend towards more business leaders? nd i hope the answer is yes, getting more involved in politics. host: thank you, joe. guest: i don't know if i see a trend. there are high-profile
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usinessmen in this year's senate campaign on the gop side. but there are a lot of lawyers who come to congress. guest: yeah, the georgia race is another one to watch. a clear majority, we might not have a decision on that race until january. adding another complication to a potential lame duck. obama was asked yesterday on the interview of "meet the press" about the retaining majority in the senate. here's some of what he had to say. elections matter, i votes matter. fact that punditry overwhelmingly felt it was going be -- >> pointing at me. a that this was going to be good year for the senate epublicans because the seats states that were in
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were tilting and significantly with significant republican majorities. democrats hold the senate, i hink that should get republicans to once again -- >> you think that sends a message? what it does is sends a message to republicans that people want to get stuff done. middle-class families. to create ladders of opportunity people, that's the agenda people reject. host: retaining that majority, democrats retain the majority, does that -- does for provide an opening bipartisanship? guest: i think we end up see ng a lot of what we're right now. it maybe gives the president two ore years to get some of his agenda through that maybe there's an opportunity to do something on immigration with
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2016 election around the corner host: a tweet from jan who going to passing? or let the government shut down something after the election. heard of the government shutdown. any chance of that? guest: democrats would like you verge of a're on the shutdown because of something republicans are angling to do. happen.ot going to hat's pure host: bob in baltimore on our bob.blican line, go ahead, caller: i'm just calling. i wasn't sure -- i wasn't clear this continuing resolution that's coming up. but i'm guessing that means that he appropriations bill haven't been passed on either side. and i'm -- i'm asking that to billy first. guest: good question. house has passed i believe seven, maybe six. the senate hasn't passed a
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single one. and clearly they haven't agreed on any of them. appropriations bills that oversee the various parts of government, this congress has not agreed on a one of them. so that's why we need a stop -- at least a stop gap funding bill continuing resolution to keep basically funding levels are now way they through the start of the fiscal year. host: why haven't they passed senate bills. guest: comes down to the fights they keep on having. they haven't been able to bring quick nd do it in a manner. but there is a desire on the senate side both in the republicans to pass some of the spending bills before the end of the year. so you could see in the senate agreement at least on a few of the 12, some of the less controversial ones. because appropriators feel that if all you do is extend your funding every time their role is diminished. so even b republicans want to
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bills passed ese in order to get some of the priorities reflected. host: this may be above our pay grade. above mine. how do we get out of the cycle. year after year, it winds up at the end of the year congress is passing a continued resolution. has finished e much of the work that the senate this year has not. break it going to take to that? guest: a good question. a lot of people thought when atty murray, the -- in the senate budget chairman and paul ryan, the house budget chairman made this two-year agreement on that it would be simple to just -- not simple, easier to do the annual budget appropriations bills. host: we're in the first year of that agreement? guest: we're sliding to the second year. guest: i think this is easier. they have agreed to the overall that we're not sealing a huge dustup right now, the nk it's indicative of fact that that agreement has eased things a bit.
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host: made it more difficult for the agencies whether it's uman services or the pentagon to figure out what they're doing. guest: not to make steve pierce, the new representative from southern new mexico the but he's the universe, one guy who said you can't budget for your house, home, and two-month, three-month chunks. federal agencies are a lot like that. they like to do some planning. they'd like to do some longer term planning. if you have no idea what's from now, our months it could be difficult. host: next up, scott on the columbian line. hello, scott. caller: i want to take a moment to speak two points about the militarization of the police force around the country. host: yeah. aller: as a soldier, i've been in the army for 10 years. i want to point out one man's and perspective. in that after 13 years of war, thousands, if f
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not more, soldiers, veterans, etting out of the army, or the military. and being pushed out. a lot of them will go to look almost the very structured environment in which you know, pull apart the team. and i think with that it brings a way our shift in split forces are being conducted. wrong.or in ferguson -- i was a little unnerved by what i saw having 2006 and 2007 in mosul and again in 2009 and 2010. the second point i want to make
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s when we talk about the militarization of the police, i ironic if you impose the actions of the military perators overseas and around the world to detain people to bring them back for trial. odd and a bit counterintuitive for me for a law enforcement purpose around the globe. >> you have some libertarian republicans and democrats on the same page. that's odd bedfellows alliance. rand paul and senator elizabeth commentshoing the same they're concerned with the militarization of police. at may see some action there
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some point given the bipartisans to do, to do something. guest: i think when people hear some of the equipment that's going to local police some of which have 14 members, some of the heavy military equipment that even the most avid police supporter can scratch their heads. >> again, this goes back to the defense authorization, correct? they can change that policy or policy through the passage of the authorization bill. senator carl levin, the chairman of the armed services committee said they the program before the defense authorization bill comes to the senate floor. there is going to be some in the senate. miami, florida, chaz on the independent line. caller: we need to get back to
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working.ess is not we need to stop with the farce. a conspiratorial thinker. they're not doing the people's business. their job is to stay in office. more than 80% of their -- 80% of their time recent book called by two ex-senators, their names now.pe me right they're trying to stay in office. they're not doing the people's usiness, republican nor democrat or what have you. and i think it's a farce. i think that we -- i think we're complicit in making believe representing us. this is how much money do you have. can you run for office. say one more thing. 'm -- my parents were immigrants from cuba. my father tried to run for ffice when cuba was a democracy. he said, listen, if you don't have $100,000, you simply can't
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run for the congress. host: how recently was that when he -- when he was told that? caller: before the revolution, 1955.ng about but before -- but before batista basically his coup d'etat, in of nationalism, similar to what we're feeling now. keep at people wanted to immigration low, high inflation after world war ii, they wanted to change things. that's one of the reasons why they came in and took over the government and basically defecated on the constitution. ost: cecil who is in carrie, north carolina, democrats' line. caller: hello. cecil, go ahead. caller: yes, i have an answer to this thing here. we've got a divided government. going to ly way it's on whetherit depends
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republicans gain -- gain the the senate, which will actually make the situation worse. and that's not an improvement. but i -- at this point, we're water.n the i think the country is not able operate like it ship that has less power at sea. go back to beginning on the political messaging on the republican side. messaging about the in terms of the bills that they'll bring forth. what about the democratic side? what sort of message will they try to get in floor debates, in hearings, etc. guest: that republicans don't care about the average person, the average worker. minimum wage, they don't care in t women, it's reflected their membership and their issues and their legislation.
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republicans are overly emphasizing deregulation, attacks on obama, rather than and ng your government seeing that your life is better. host: we talked about the amendment.onal later, what other senate messaging is harry reid going to his leadership team guest: they may bring up some on the y voted on minimum wage, on the hobby lobby supreme court decision. get to the really core group that they're going after. in the midterm elections, women, voters, trying to show that they really care about them. one more call. rochelle, georgia is next. john on our democrats line. caller: hello? host: hi, john, you're on the air. caller: yes, this is the vote -- about cans don't care regular people and all of the people need to get out and vote.
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word, you'll get the last john. thank you for your call. th >> so the house is in recess, and they will debate on several more hills. -- bills. at 6:30, discussion about the epa. two bills will be reviewed by the house started live in a few minutes on c-span3. the chairman of the committee he longons will discuss how
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the state will be on the bill, and that is live on c-span three. the health and human services georgery spoke at washington university for 35 minutes. >> good morning. it is wonderful to be here with everyone this morning. the only school in the capital, i am delighted to introduce our guest, the 22nd .ean -- secretary she was recently rewarded a health-care innovation award for health care services. the award was the result of
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collaboration between the milliken institute of public communityd 20 other partners, including hospitals, firms,t -- technology and the d.c. department of health. it will rely on global technology, home testing, and in integrated system that will thosee better care for who have the hiv virus right here in the district of columbia. opportunity,ting and it shows result driven approaches to her philosophy in careers. she wants to show that everyone has the right to access to a healthy life. called forurwell has
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the department to operate under three runcible's. to deliver results under a wide complex range of issues, and to deliver, and to deliver -- and to have strong teams that will deliver impact to the american people. with congress to approve a more orderly budget, and bringing much-needed stability to the economy and middle-class families. she wanted to deliver a more intelligent and accountable government. she oversaw the development of president obama's management improvedt including customer services. additionally, she has worked
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that our regulatory system protects the health and safety of americans, while promoting job growth and security. secretary burwell served as president of the walmart foundation in bentonville, arkansas, where she ought hunger in america, and empowered women around the world. before joining in 2012, she was bill anddent at the melinda gates foundation in seattle, washington, where she spent 10 years working on some of the world's most tests -- pressing challenges. she also served as the chieftion's first officer. secretary burwell served as the , chiefdirector of the od of staff to the secretary of treasury, and staff director of the national economic council. to joining the clinton
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administration, she worked for a number of boards on councils of foreign relations, and the university of washington medical center, among many other organizations. received an ab from harvard university, and a ba from oxford university. she and her husband live in washington, d.c., with their two young children. she is truly a wonderful new secretary of health and human services. it is my pleasure on behalf of the george washington university and the milliken school of health, please welcome me and welcoming -- please join me in welcoming secretary burwell. >> [applause]
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>> thank you, dean goldman. it is great to be here with you at g.w. today. research, that is re--- that is revolutionary, to your work training the next generation of doctors, nurses, social workers, and perhaps cabinet secretaries. i have had the privilege of working with many g. w. .olonials including the staff of the health and human services departments. when you come to this university, it is astounding. many come from my stay, including senate majority lee -- .eader read -- reid
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to veryhese people had big things in common. the first is g. w. the second is that each found their own road to impact. i want to share some thoughts with you as you look to find your own way to that impact. i have been at hhs for three months now. it is the chance of a lifetime to lead and be a part of this department at such a unique moment in our history. in fact, i should mention that we have two and a half years to go, they are open, and we are hiring. i was honored to accept president obama's invitation to lead hhs. we touched so many lives. i cannot imagine another place where you have quite the same opportunity to work at the
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intersection of policy, management, leadership, impact, and some very big challenges. since i joined this team a year ago, i found that president obama emphasizes results. partnership,sizes sound management, and responsibility. this is how i work, and it is how we are going to work at hhs. we believe in building bridges and relationships, as well as strong teams. we have the talent and the focus necessary to deliver results. we believe in managing well. he believe in transparency. we believe it impact. impact on behalf of the american people we serve. they are our bosses. obtain the building blocks of healthy and productive lives. talking aboute the affordable care act, early
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childhood education, or the fight to stop ebola, i believe our progress is due to leadership and our responsibility. it is not politics. it is progress. setting aside the back-and-forth the realusing on issues. when i think of mom and dad's sitting at their kitchen tables, aching about deep decisions, they don't care about -- thinking about deep decisions, they don't care about politician decisions. you just want results. in washingtonks to look for the common ground necessary to deliver. this is the approach that we bring to big challenges that we face at hhs. our ownus find
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leadership and management philosophy in our own way. i learned fundamentally about the importance of relationships growing up in a place where my mom knew that one day i was tardy for school the kids she was late to the 9:00 a.m. class she was teaching. west virginia, and it angers how i managed, how i work, and even what i -- and it manage, how i work, and even how i make decisions. this is the sort of community where neighbors tend to look at the best in each other, and everyone feels a personal stake in the common good. as i got -- as i have gone on in my career, i have often thought about how in small communities,
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every time counted. people worked so hard at what they brought home. atple often worked backbreaking work in the mines. i had a friend whose grandfather worked at a restaurant. his restaurant was called denny's. but not that denny's. but not the one with a grand slam. it was an english translation of a greek word. i learned about customer service at that restaurant. if you are a person who got icek dipping the hard serve cream, you would just smile and keep on dipping and tell every last cone was dipped. it was pretty simple to measure results. if you are asked to deliver two walnut scoops of maple,
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and others, and and you didn't do it, you did not deliver what they wanted. service in the community was also important to my mom and dad. i think that is why it is so important to me today. mom was the president of the church women. she was a member of the service club, and she was on the state board of education. dad was in the lion's club, he was in the elk's club, and he also focused on education. we had a rule in our house. at halloween, you had to trick or treat for unicef before you could trick or treat for candy. years, and ia few still borrow upon these values and experiences. whether it is putting the customer first, valuing experience, or looking for the valuing others, even if you do not agree, i have been fortunate
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in my career that people work at different strategies. i have also been part of different organizations that are very good at execution. i believe in leadership and management that are good at strategy and execution. this is the difference between great ideas that change lives and those that don't. my management philosophy is built on three principles. impact, prioritization, and relationships. now i have said the word impact quite a lot already. it is why i do what i do. hhs,we tackle a problem at we make sure that we set out a clear definition of impact from the beginning. what do we hope to a comp list, and food to we hope to a consulship for? i think of those moms and dads at the kitchen table, and i think about how they are our bosses.
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i think of a woman who had to wait tables with a broken ankle and had to work hard at that until she could get health insurance. i think about children who are attending head start. ourof these people are bosses at hhs. ners workke those mi hard for their paycheck. they deserve a government that works. that is one of the reason that prioritization is so important to me. setting priorities and staying focused is how you get to efficiency and impact. determining what options our available, ande what you are correct, and what your partners are good at, all of these things are things that make government work. to decide which initiatives are effective, we hhs.ata-driven at
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i believe in metrics, benchmarks, and analytics. if you are serious about delivering results and looking out for the taxpayers, you need to know whether what you are doing is actually working. all of these things have something in common. they need great people to make them happen. teamstarts with building with talent and focus necessary to deliver the impact that the american people expect and deserve. so my very first days at the department, i have been working to retain the great talent that was already in place and to recruit more of the best and the brightest to join us. as far as our external relationships, i am a big believer in the old cliché: relationships are built on trust. transparency builds trust. it is something that we take very seriously. even if the numbers are not quite where we want them to be, we are going to tell you about
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it. take for example our recent ofmples -- announcement citizenship based data matching issues. -- it mights make not always make for the best looking press release, but it is important to share the news, both good and bad. we also believe in the power of good ideas. we understand that nobody has a has a monopoly on him. that is why listening and being understanding is so important. hearing ideas, input, and feedback are important. i told my staff that we should work toward the goal of returning letters that we receive from congress in 30 days. no matter who they are from. many great ideas come from all sectors of our society. i have been very blessed with
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the opportunity to work with people from all across different sectors of society. way, i have learned to have respect for every sector or -- of our society. i learned that there are things that we have in common as americans, and more things that we have in common then that are different. congressman fred asked me to converse, i listened. when both hearties asked to talk, i listened. i also told them that i wanted to work with those of them, regardless of either party. i wanted to work with them with
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the expansion of medicaid. recently, we were able to do with aat in pennsylvania republican governor. thousands of people can get the health care coverage that they deserve. the fact of the matter is, there are all of these places where we can work together. ideologicalhing about curing cancer. there is not a democrat or a republican way to solve ebola. there isn't a liberal or a conservative approach to preventing suicide. we have the opportunities to work together across the aisle from issues ranging from medical research to global health security to early education for our children. the american people are sending a clear signal that they want us to work together on health care as well. mine,ou start a job like you end up taking a lot of time in the first few months to listen. usas once told that god gave
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two years and one mouth for a reason. i can tell you -- two ears and one mouth for a reason. i can of myou from each colleagues, enough already with the back-and-forth. we just want to move forward. what that mom and dad at their kitchen table really want to know is, what coverage is available to me and my family? can i afford it? and is it any good? what i hear from business leaders is that they are in the same place. carewant to make our better and invest their dollars wisely. they want a better health care system, and so do we. so what i have told my team at hhs that we are not here to fight last year's battles, we are here to deliver on affordability, access, and
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quality. that wethese are goals can all agree on, no matter where you happen to live, whether it is west virginia, washington, or wyoming. wyoming, or washington state. the affordable care act is clearly working. health care is more affordable for families, his mrs., and for our economy as a whole. andrage is -- coverage services are more widely available to more people. doctors and hospitals are more able to deliver more care. as we said all along, we can do more, and we can do better. is notordable care act about making a point. it is about making progress. it is about leadership and management, defining our goals, putting the right teams in place, setting the right priorities, and building relationships with anyone who wants in.
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providers,issuers, officials, faith leaders, civic organizations. we want to work with peter -- evil across our country -- people across our country. making health care more affordable for working families. making sure that healthcare.gov meets the standards that the american people expect and demand. expanding medicaid. working with doctors and hospitals to deliver quality and affordable care. with insurance companies to offer more choices to more people in more regions and their country. so, what you will be seen from us in the days and months ahead -- seeing from us in the days ahead, is building
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relationships with everybody, who shares our passion for helping everybody, and shares the passion for building blocks of making healthy lives. theave an eye on protecting taxpayer and delivering impact for the boss as well. let us move beyond the back-and-forth, let us move forward together. thank you. >> [applause] >> ladies and gentlemen, the secretary will now answer a few questions i george washington university students. would you please welcome to our gold, from the institute of health. >> good morning, madame secretary, i would like to congratulate you on your new role as the secretary of health
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and human services. thank you for being here this morning. i would like to kick off the q&a with a personal question. you mentioned you were a mom. you have any advice for workplace balance? in terms of an approach to this, one of the things that i find is important is something a harkens back to something i said in the speech. it is about prioritization. the prioritization that one does in work so that you understand the key things that you focus on, that helps you put the work in the order that it should be and help contain it. there is another part of prioritization which makes you let other people know that your family is a priority, and that you are being clear about that articulation of the parameters and how you work. the other thing that i would add is that i am very fortunate to have a great partner in my work-life alice.
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my husband and my children, in terms of how they support that effort. another thing i would just add is i talk a little bit about people in my remarks, and how when one wants to build great important to work hard. i have had four jobs in the last couple years, you would think that i could not hold a job. one of the things that i have actually, valuing this -- this question of respect and respect for family is an incredibly important recruiting tool of high-quality people. best peopleof the that you want care about these issues as well. it is something that i am seeing when i continue to recruit. i keep it as a priority when i managed teams in that way. it helps with recruiting. >> wonderful.
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this question was submitted by stuart portman. as a graduate student working -- mba, in the current environment, much has been said about the inability to find common ground. as a part of new -- a new generation of health professionals, how does your relationship between you and congress work to better the relationship between you and hhs and legislators? furthermore, do you believe that communication about policy can correct many misunderstandings in today's health environment? >> thank you, stuart. the talked about one of biggest priorities that i , and the issue of
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relationship is important for a number of reasons. i will admit that when i was younger, i would put of the cores as one goals. analytically, i wanted ends in stead of goals -- instead of goals. as i have gotten older, i still believe it is incredibly important. the issue of having relationships is a lot about how you share and move information. one of the things that i find as we try and work through things in this town where things have gotten in credibly contentious is, can is kind of -- you work together in echo if we -- is, can we come to the same if you have that relationship enough or you can
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have a conversation, that you actually know where the two of of disagree, that is a lot how one can bring things together. that relationship is also about trust. is -- to get the solution in the private sector or the public sector is about negotiating. what ms.ink about murray and what mr. ryan had to budget, thatte the was about them building a relationship of trust, because they were carrying on both sides all of the needs and desires of both sides. relationship and trust is important to find a place where one side is not going to get everything and the other side is not going to get everything, but we can find a path that gets us to move forward. >> this next question comes from , she asks, your
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background and previous experience are different than those of previous hhs secretaries before you. what you see is your biggest challenge? >> imo be at the print -- i am a bit different. in terms of my background, and not be an elected official, i cank my style and approach be different to. to you aboutke those priorities and how i think about managing and running and leading the department, and that is important. one of the first things that i did when i was hired was that i called all of the former secretaries. this was so i could understand listening to them
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and learning from them. i direct predecessors spent a my direct predecessor, secretaries to billy us -- secretary sebellius, spent a lot of time i would say having been at the department for about a hundred days, one of the biggest challenges is how to make sure in a short time to years, four months, and a few days, that we take advantage of all the potential opportunities of the department and how do you create an organization that can maximize for that? >> that is one of the biggest challenges. public health
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perspective, prevention of disease is much less expensive than treating illness or disease. what barriers prevent us from using the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from alaska seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2309. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3109 a bill to amend the migratory bird act against sale of items containing nonedible migratory bird parts and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from alaska, mr. young, and the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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mr. young: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. young: since 1918, the united states has signed four migratory bird treaties with canada, japan, mexico and russia revised exican one was to allow hunting for migratory birds in the so-called closed season. unfortunately, congress specified that the nonedible parts could be sold. it allows alaska natives to hunt, kill, consume and use nonedible parts but prohibits them from selling the handi crafts made from them. until recently, this policy hasn't been enforce bud the fish and wildlife services have cided to start prosecuting
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artists who use feathers and other nonedible parts. it is not illegal to throw these feathers away. this legislation follows an exemption in the marine ma'amal protection act. she states, we want to provide a modest income to severely impoverished communities through traditional means. the fish and wildlife services could have revised the regulations, could have worked with alaska migratory bird co-management council and could have continued to use their discretion. in each case they chose not to. instead they decided to penalize the native american artists who gather raven and other feathers that they gatter from road kill animals. this is why i produced is this th important legislation on behalf of my native alaskan
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constituentsism urge an aye vote on h.r. 3109 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: i ask for unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lowenthal: i ask -- i yield myself such time as i may consume. this bill would provide exemption for the sale of alaskan native handicrafts that seem consistent with other important laws, like the endangered species act and the marine ma'amal protection act. however this law is distinct from other laws because it implements four separate treaties between the united states and canada, mexico, japan and russia. and it remains unclear if amending the mbta as proposed by mr. young's bill would violate our treaty only fwations to the other implementing nations.
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during our legislative hearings on this bill, the committee heard testimony from the fish and wildlife service that the state department should be consulted on any proposed amendments to the mbta. however, we have not heard from the fish and wildlifer is vice or the -- service or the state department since that timism support the rights of alaskan native to create and sell tradition alan massengale handicrafts so while i feel it's important we consider the impact that this bill may have on other existing treaty obligations, i will support this bill. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: i have no other speakers and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: -- the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3109? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is
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passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from alaska seek recognition? mr. young: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4283 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 4283, a bill to amend the wild and scenic rivers act to authorize the secretary of the interior to maintain or replace certain facilities and structures for commercial recreational services in idaho and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule the gentleman from alaska, mr. young and the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, each will control 30 minutes. the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under discussion. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is -- without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. young: this will allow continued operation of certain commercial recreation services in the frank church river of no return wilderness idaho. though congress amended the wild and scenic rivers act to direct the forest services to allow established uses and ock pan sthoif lodge, they felt they further -- occupation of the lodge they felt they need further authorization to authorize use of heavy equipment needed for maintenance. i urge adoption of this commonsense bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lowenthal: i also yield myself such time as i may
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consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lowenthal: the lodge at smith gulch is located in the frank church land of no return wilderness in idaho. it offers recreation opportunities for people in a spectacular natural setting. it will allow lodge owners to carry out specific mavenlt nance activities necessary to keep the lodge operates. we support this legislation and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: i yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from idaho, mr. simpson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. simpson: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from alaska for yielding. i rise in support of h.r. 4283, intended to authorize the yution of maintenance equipment and the replacement of some outdated facilities at the river of no return lodge at the smith gulch.
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as it currently sits, the lodge a small outfit thorne salmon river that provides a unique recreational experience ormenting under a forest service permit. unfortunately, the forest service doesn't believe it has the clear authority to permit the use of necessary maintenance and replacement of facilities. this is an effort to clarify congress' intent in legislation passed in 2004, to retain the basic characteristics of the lodge without substantially altering the existing use this legislation makes it clear that the owners of the lodge are authorized to use weed trimmers, chainsaws and other maintenance equipment needed for the general upkeep of the lodge and it will allow the outfitter to reduce or eliminate his reliance on propane fuel and replace it with modest renewable energy sources. i believe h.r. 4283 keeps recreational opportunities available on our public lands while maintaining the ability to keep our lands in even better shape for future generations of americans. the congressional budget office has scored this bill at no cost
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to the taxpayer. it should be noted a few small changes were made in the markup to address technical corrections and concerns raised by interested parties. the bill as amended has been crafted with the sentiments of the idaho conservation league and the wilderness society in mind. we trust that they'll grant authorization for the maintenance activities without the burden of environmental review costsism urge my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation that has been carefully crafted with the stake holders' views in mind so the operator of the river of no return lodge can perform the fundamental maintenance and replace outdated energy sources needed to carry out this small business with respect to the existing law. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from alaska reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: i can only compliment
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mr. simpson for his work on this legislation. i agree with him, i hope that there's an expedited process which we could fulfill obligations to this lodge owner and of course the intent of the act itself and if the congress intended for this to continue. so again, i yield back my time at this point. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass bill h.r. 42 3 as amended. -- 4283 as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed -- >> i demand 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 and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from alaska rise. mr. young: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4527. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the bill. the clerk: a bill to remove use restriction on land formerly part of acadi national park transferred to the town of free month, maine, and for other purposes. -- fremont, maine, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alaska, mr. young, and the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, each will control 30 minutes. mr. young: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. young: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. young: enacted in 1950, blic law 81629 to convey property to acadia national park to build a new school in 1951,
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the secretary of the interior completed the conveyance of approximately eight acres with the clause specified in the land would revert back to the united states if not used exclusively for school purposes. fremont has now consolidated chools with a nearby town. they would like to retain ownership and use them to the best interests of the community. this bill removes the requirement that it be used in perpetuity for school purposes, allowing fremont to use the land for the maximum benefit of its residents. the natural resources committee has consistently tried to help communities by freeing them from government entire ference. communities would be benefited significantly and immediately if this was replicated by congress. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lowenthal: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lowenthal: the town of fremont, maine, was granted a parcel of federal land to build a school in 1950678 the town, which is adjacent to acadia national park, no longer needs the parcel for school purposes and would like to be able to consider other uses. h.r. 4287 will remove the restriction on the parcel. it's a priority for the town and the bill's sponsor, mr. michaud, of maine. i would like to congratulate mr. michaud for his work on this bill and on behalf of his constituents. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: i reserve. mr. lowenthal: i yield such time as he may consume to the sponsor
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of the legislation, mr. michaud of maine. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. michaud: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. as you heard this legislation would allow the town of fremont, maine, to continue to use public land that's been continuously maintained for more than six decades. in 1950, congress transferred a parcel of land from acadia national park to the town of fremont so the town could build and maintain a school. unfortunately, what might have been best for the park service and the community in 1950 might not be best for either in 2014. due to demographic changes, fremont has explored possibility of mernling its elementary school with another in the neighboring town. under the terms of the original agreement if fremont were to stop using the land for school purpose the land would be transferred back to the federal government. complicating the situation is
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legislation passed by congress in 1986 that established a permanent boundary for acadea national park. the permanent -- for acadia national park. the permanent boundy did not contain the tract of land containing the school system of the change in usage would require transfer to the general service administration. this legislation would simply remove any restriction on the land would would -- which would allow the community to continue utilizing the land as it sees fit. as acadia national park is support this is legislation, g.s.a. has no objection. mr. speaker, first of all, i would like to thank chairman hastings and bishop and ranking member defazio and grijalva for their support for this remedy of this issue and i want to thank the committee on both sides of the aisle for supporting this issue. i urge my colleagues to adopt it and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker: the gentleman yields back the gentleman from california reserves. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from alaska. . mr. young: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. >> with that i yield back also. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4527. 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 les are suspended bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reskr is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from alaska seek recognition? mr. young: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4751. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: house calendar number 136, h.r. 4751, a bill to make technical corrections to public law 110-229, to reflect the renaming of the bainbridge island japanese american exclusion memorial and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from alaska, mr. young, and the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, each will control 20 minutes.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. young: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. young: h.r. 4751 makes technical corrections to reflect the change in the name of bainbridge island japanese american memorial, site it will now be known as bainbridge island japanese american exclusion memorial to reflect a new name adopted by the board . commissioners this legislation has no cost, it's only a change in the name and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection. mr. lowenthal: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lowenthal: thank you. h.r. 4751 changes the name of bainbridge island japanese american memorial in washington state to the bainbridge island japanese american exclusion memorial. the addition of the word exclusion is significant, as it acknowledges the true purpose of the memorial. to recognize and honor the 276 japanese americans living on the island who were relocated and interned after the attack on pearl harbor. when congress adjusted the boundary of the national historic site to include the site, the name congress used was the bainbridge island japanese american memorial. at the request of the bainbridge island community and owners of the memorial, h.r. 4751 amends the name to reflect the memorial's official name. i'd like to thank representative kilmer for sponsoring this bill and
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working to get it through the committee process. this name change is important for the bainbridge island community and the integrity of the memorial. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: i yield as much time as he may consume to the sponsor of the legislation, mr. kilmer, from washington state. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. kesmkesm thank you, mr. speaker. i thank -- ms. kilpatrick: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank -- mr. kilmer: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. this would make a technical correction to a 2008 law to reflect the renaming of the bainbridge island japanese american exclusion memorial. i'd like to thank members for their efforts to move this legislation through their committee and ensure that congress is properly recognizing this memorial. the consolidated natural resources act of 2008 included the site now known as the bainbridge island japanese american exclusion memorial as the unit of a national historic
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site. the memorial was established to recognize the historical injustice that was committed against the japanese american community on bainbridge island. in the wake of the surprise attack on pearl harbor, facing fears about potential threats from japanese heritage, president roosevelt forced more than 20,000 people with japanese ancestry to leave their homes, their jobs, their neighbors, their friends and their communities. they were forced to travel great distances in order to be held indefinitely in one of 10 relocation centers. this order now right he will denounced first went into effect on march 30, 1942 when more than 200 residents of bainbridge island, washington, were forced to leave their homes, gather eagledale and then were transported to a so-called relocation center. these individuals, many of them american citizens, committed to crimes, yet were deprived of their rights simply because of who they were. just recently i had the honor of visiting this memorial and
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met with local japanese american survivors who were forced to stay at these relocation camps for years before finally moving back to their homes. hey told me their stories. some were older, teenagers and young adults. the memorial tells their stories. coming home to find out you had to start over from scratch. the painful reality, the constant reminder of having received a high school diploma from an internment camp. the challenges of coming back to a community. some of the japanese american survivors told stories of hope, of coming home and having had a neighbor take care of the farm or having many in the community welcome them back with open arms. while the particular stories are different, there are some basic realities. this is a dark chapter in our nation's history, we have an obligation to ensure that future generations remember
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what took place, so that these mistakes are not repeated. today the national park service manages three national historic sites related to the japanese american incarceration. the bainbridge island japanese american exclusion memorial which was included in 2008 is the home site administered by the park service that commemorates the forceble removal of japanese americans. in april of this year the city council and the metropolitan park and recreational district which joinltly owns the memorial officially renamed it the bainbridge island japanese american exclusion memorial. in order to eliminate any confusion and he sure that the official name of the site is formally recognized, h.r. 4751 would update the law to reflect the renaming of the bainbridge island japanese american exclusion memorial. not only will this name properly respect the unjustified and discriminatory treatment faced by this community, it will also bring greater attention to the beautiful site commemorating this difficult history. i want to thank the many local
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leaders and community organizations who have worked on this for so many years. i'm hopeful we can move this effort forward for them, for our ancestors and for future generations and i yield back he balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: i want to compliment mr. kilmer in his legislation. i'm one of the few people on this floor that lived through that period of time. the reason i remembered it, i was 10 years old, and my father happened to be from california, myself was born and raised in california. went to the local farm bureau and caused a great disturbance because they started putting japanese into internment camps and he actually stood up in that meeting and said, i don't see any germans serving in german camps. it was an un-- it was an uh-uh just think -- thing. their -- it was an unjust thing. their property was seized.
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we've never had a black eye in the history of the united states as we did during that time. . i hope people in america realize, it can happen again. we have to be very aware of what reaction we have from people when they're under stress or when they're under -- they think attack by fellow americans. so i compliment you on this legislation. i did have an individual, actually three individuals, from alaska that i know of that served on that island during that period of time. so i again compliment you, mr. kilmer, for your work on this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: i just also want to thank representative kilmer for bringing forth this very important bill. hopefully this will be another step towards closure in this ery, as representative young mentioned, in this tremendous injustice that occurred in this nation.
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with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 4751. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- mr. young: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. young i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. -- mr. young: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from alaska seek recognition? mr. young: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and adopt house joint resolution 120. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill of the joint resolution. the clerk: union calendar number 42, house joint resolution 120, joint resolution aproving the location of a memorial to commemorate the more than 5,000 slaves and free black persons who fought for independence in the american revolution. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from alaska, mr.
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young, and the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. young: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. young: mr. speaker, in 2012, congress authorized the national mall liberty fund to establish a memorial on federal land to honor the more than 5,000 slaves and free black persons who served as soldiers and sailors or provided civilian assistance during the american revolution. under the commemorative works act, memorials must be recommended by the government service administration for placement within what is known as area one. which is generally the location around the national mall in washington. a recommendation may be issued if the administrator finds the proposed memorial is a
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preeminent and a lasting significance. on june 3, 2014, the g.s.a. administrator notified the natural resources committee, he found the proposed national liberty memorial to be -- of lasting significance. under current law, once this notification is delivered, congress has 150 days to concur with the finding. house joint resolution 120 provides the necessary concurrence and allows this privately funded project to move forward. i again note no federal funds will be used in this memorial. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lowenthal: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lowenthal: washington, d.c., and the national mall are where we honor our nation's heroes and commemorate our most significant achievements. an important chapter in our history, which has yet to be fully recognized, is the contribution and the sacrifice
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of the over 5,000 slaves and free black persons who fought to free the colonies in our nation's war of independence. these brave, selfless men must not be forgotten and are certainly deserving of our lasting recognition. that is why in 2003, after years of debate and effort, congress authorized the national liberty memorial. the national liberty memorial will serve as an important remembrance. i'm very pleased that we're able to consider this bill today. when congress authorizes the establishment of a memorial in washington, d.c., it then takes years of planning to select a design and location. fortunately for the liberty memorial, a site has been selected. one of the last hurdles is approval from congress and with the adoption of house h.j., house joint resolution 120, that is why and what we are here to do today.
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getting this far would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the bill's sponsor, representative butterfield from north carolina. i'd like to thank him and congratulate him for his work and look forward to soon visiting the new national liberty memorial. we support this legislation and thank the majority for bringing it up for consideration. from california. mr. lowenthal: i yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. butterfield: thank you, mr. lowenthal, for your kind words, and for working hard to bring this important resolution to the house floor. i also appreciate the work of the natural resources committee chairman, doc hastings, and

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