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o.i.g. >> and that hearing just concluded. you can see it in its entirety in the c-span video library at c-span.org. house is about to gavel debate on two e.r.a. science related bills. votes expected later this afternoon. live coverage when the house gavels right here on c-span. the senate is also in session today. they just failed to advance both anti-human trafficking bills. you can see the senate live on c-span2. and now live to the floor of the u.s. house here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain reverend john randalls victory life church, lubbock, texas. the chaplain: holy and most high god, we come before you, grateful for your gift of life. all good things come from you. we acknowledge that powerful
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truth. i pray for these leaders who serve this congress today the wisdom to make choices that are righteous just and good for all americans and all peoples beyond. i pray those leaders the humility to remember that if they seek your ways, you will guide their journey to those choices that are always best. i pray with all my heart that all of us as americans strive to know who we are, to know who and what we serve, and to know where we're going. bless them as they lead us and may we all seek with our lives to leave a shadow that makes a difference for freedom, for truth, goodness, and always with encouragement. acknowledging you, we pray,
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amen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota will suspend. the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approve the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from minnesota, mr. emer. mr. emer: will all members and guests please join me in pledging allegiance to our flag? i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god
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indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas, mr. neugebauer is recognized for one minute. mr. neugebauer: mr. speaker, i rise to welcome to the house of representatives today the guest chaplain and my fellow lub box -- lubbock, texas, native, reverend john. he is joined by his wife and children. also here are 70 members of his congregation. he's engaged in two career paths, he's served as a pastor and a nationwide motivational speaker he began pastoring the first of his four churches as a college sophomore at hardin simmons university in texas. he has a degree from southwestern theological
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seminary and a dock rat in classical studies. in 2010 with the u.s. aircraft, he crafted a program for senior offices to mentor junior members of the force. after several years as a motivational speaker heck returned to pastoring and is currently a pastor in lubbock, texas. he's always encouraged excellence in contact and he's impacted countless lives by his speaking. as he lives with pancreatic cancer he is an example ff us all. may he continue to bless america. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 further one-minute requests for speeches on each side of the
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aye. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? mr. emer: i rise in honor of national agriculture week. if you look around the great building, you will find countless references to our early economy which depended on our nation's farmland this vital industry impacts every person in the country from the food we place before our families to the businesses that keep our citizens gainfully ememployed. my home state of minnesota is the fourth largest agricultural exporter in the country and sterns county in my district is the largest dairy producing county in minnesota. mr. emmer: we are the land of 10,000 lakes and 80,000 farms. as a member of the agriculture committee i'm privileged to work on behalf of farmers and communities to ensure this vibrant industry continues to thrive. please join me this week in thanking a farmer. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> the republican budget that's been released today should be called work harder for less it's squeezing hard work -- hard working americans, making it harder for them to buy a home and harder for them to plan for retime. it makes it harder to buy a home because it continues to stagnate paychecks. mr. israel: if you want to send your kids to college it makes it harder by slashing assistance in student loans. if you want to save money for a secure and enjoyable retirement it privatizes medicare again. after all these years of attempts. mr. speaker, this republican budget takes the tools of opportunity away from hardworking americans all in order to provide bigger and deeper tax cuts for the super wealthy. it is the same old, same old, spiced up with another repeal of the affordable care act and the
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american people will understand what the republican priorities are versus ours. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. frup does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: yesterday as co-chairman of the french caucus, i had the opportunity to escort the french ambassador across south carolina where he met enthusiastic citizens of french heritage along with businesspeople who appreciate our alliance. his a-- his visit was highlighted by the arrival -- today french investments are extraordinary with this joint mish lynn plants in lexington providing 2,000 jobs in a two million square feet facility. the ambassador toured the
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factory that concerts plutonium into fuel. in between tours he was honored to speak to the rotary club south carolina's largest civic organization, led by president john johnston with introduction by french hugh not rusty depas. may the president never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you mr. speaker. today the republicans are unveiling yet another republican tpwhaunlt would ensure hardworking americans have to continue to work harder and get less. our country deserves a budget that puts these hardworking families first. not this damaging budget that guts middle class priorities, making it harder to buy a home,
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harder to send your kids to college, harder to have a secure retirement. mr. kildee: it's all at the expense of handouts to special interests. this work harder get less budget continues to cut the middle class by keeping wages stagnant. cutting student loans. privatizing medicare. house democrats stand ready to pass a budget that invests in our families so that they can take home bigger paychecks, send their kids to school, save for retirement. the republican budget takes away the tools that build the american dream, takes them away from hardworking americans and gives big tax cuts big tax breaks to the super wealthy. i hope that my republican colleagues will work with us in a bipartisan fashion to pass a budget that works for all americans. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek
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recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker today i rise to celebrate the 191st occasion of the st. patrick's day parade in savanna, georgia among the large -- in savannah, georgia. among the largest celebrations in the united states it is always a meaningful celebration. in 1824, the hibernian society of savannah, which was formed to aid irish immigrants began what would become the second largest st. patrick's day parade in the nation. peak years have seen up to 400,000 visitors to the area for visitors. georgia is proud to welcome visitors from all across the nation and continues to be successful due to the hard work and dedication of those working in savannah, georgia. mr. carter: it is my privilege to recognize and honor the
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members of the parade committee including grand marshal hugh coleman for their tireless efforts in putting together this parade. thank you all for all you do in our community and the state of georgia. i wish you much success in today's event. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from michigan seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the republican budget released today would deny working families the opportunity to earn a fair living that used to ensure a strong middle class in this country. their budget would hurt seniors as republicans have proposed four times before by ending medicare as we know it. ms. dingell: it would place the burden of balancing the budget on the poor and keep arbitrary spending caps to hurt the young and old alike by decimating head start and denying home bound
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seniors access to meals. it would cut pell grants, hurting students seeking higher education and it would leave our military lacking the critical resources we need to defend our country. our democratic budget will honor our promises to seniors and will give someone who works hard the opportunity to earn a fair wage so that they can raise their family. it will keep health care affordable and help students seeking to better themselves an affordable education. and it will invest in our future by repairing our crumbling roads and bridges that are vital to a growing economy. our budget stands for protecting medicare, earning a fair wage, and rebuilding our infrastructure because a strong middle class is a strong america. thank you the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from missouri seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is
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recognized for one minute. >> i come to the floor today to express my outrage that senate democrats have refused to allow consideration of desperately needed sex trafficking legislation. the justice for victims of trafficking act would strengthen punishments for perpetrators and increase federal funding for the victims of human trafficking. but instead of supporting this vitally important legislation, senate democrats are playing political games. they have refused to support the legislation despite it having a bipartisan group of co-sponsors and yams approval from the senate judiciary committee. ms. wagner: trafficking is a real problem in every state in the united states of america. right now almost 300,000 american children are at risk of commercial exploitation of sex trafficking. children are being sold into sexual slavery right now while some of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle have been holding up this critical legislation for two weeks. mr. speaker, it's time for senate democrats to drop their
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protests, support the thousands of vulnerable women and children this legislation would protect, and join republicans in the fight against human trafficking. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from nevada seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. titus: i never thought i'd be quoting ronald reagan but there you go again, another republican budget that kicks the poor, the hungry and he disabled to the curb that strangles the middle class and deserts hardworking families. there you go again a republican -- another republican budget that abandoned essential infrastructure and stifles access to education. there you go again another republican budget that robs senior citizens derek grades the environment and devastate ours cultural institutions. there you go again, another so-called republican path to prosperity that's really a road
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map for distress and decline for all but big corporations and me mega wealthy. i urge folks to call those republican representatives and tell them the american people don't want to and don't deserve to go that way again. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to honor the conestoga high school music department and their success in this year's musicfest values. they sent 32 students to the district chorus band and orchestra festivals, 19 students to the regional band and orchestra festival. 16 to the allstate band and orchestra, and one student to all eastern orchestra and one to all national orchestra. in addition one student's -- in
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addition one of their composition's has been awarded the award for music educators. music is in fact an integral part of a student's curriculum and i commend the students they teachers, and conestoga high school. i yield back the remainder of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, what an occasion and privilege it was to mark the 50th anniversary of the march in selma. as a hero john lewis said it's more than a place it's a realization of an idea. selma showed us that true empowerment begins with voting rights. mrs. davis: after 50 years of progress, the supreme court has rolled back the voting rights act, one of the most effective laws ever passed.
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and now house leadership is saying parts of the v.r.a. are, quote, not necessary. literacy tests may be relative to the past but only because of the v.r.a. some states have replaced old forms of voter disenfranchisement of newer ones through redistricting and voting itself. states need to stop holding people back from voting and congress must hold states accountable. the court may not have done the right thing but surely congress can. let's restore the v.r.a. and better the voting process for all voters. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, last friday i along with 15 fellow house colleagues called upon
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the united states fish and wildlife service to provide flexibility with the agency's proposal to list the northern long eared bat under the endangered species act. back in december, the service proposed listing the long eered bat as threatened under the endangered species act. as -- through a special 4-d rule which would provide exception ifs they met prescribed conservation activities. apart from forest management, the initial rule did not specify which activities would be granted exemptions. because the species of bat can be found in 38 states, including all of pennsylvania, a broad endangered species listing would have far-reaching impacts upon the states and permissible land uses. mr. speaker listing the northern long eered bat as endangered has never been warranted. since day one, the fish and wildlife service has repeatedly acknowledged the underlying cause of population decline is a disease. white nose syndrome. not habitat loss through human activity. rather than limiting commerce
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impacting jobs and local economies, the fish and wildlife service should focus their efforts on combating white nose syndrome. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. veasey: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. veasey: mr. speaker, i rise today to speak out against the republican budget plan. budgets are not just numbers on a piece of paper. they are moral documents. moral documents that demonstrate our nation's values ideas and our priorities. the house republican budget of work harder and get less is not where it's at. their budget makes it harder for american families to pay for a home, to send their kids to college. it keeps paychecks in this country stagnant and it's something we should not tolerate. instead, republicans should work with democrats to end the sequestration so we can make it easier to send our kids to college. fix our roads that crumbling
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every day and also to make sure we can keep good-paying jobs here in our country. that's the american dream of the that's the land of opportunity, and i urge the republicans to work with us and not against us so we can fix this problem for the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i rise to address the house for one minute and i ask permission to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today because this week marks the 27th anniversary of the chemical attacks against the kurdish people in iraq. on march 16, 1988 saddam hussein's regime committed one of modern history's most bar barrack crimes. he ordered -- barbaric crimes. he ordered his forces to drop chemical weapons, includes mustard ander isin gas. the brutal attack, which can be described as a crime against humanity, resulted in painful, agonizing deaths of at least 5,000 innocent men, women and children.
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mr. huizenga: while leaving thousands more maimed blinded and otherwise permanently debilitated. more than 2 1/2 decades later, the aftermath of this horrific atrocity is still apparent with the victims. many of whom who have suffered long-term illnesses paralysis, neurological effects, cancer and even congenital malformations in children these days. since these atrocities, the kurds have done a remarkable job of rebuilding. today the kurds are one of the america's steadfast allies. they are seeking to defeat and destroy our mutual enemy, isis. amidst a region more marked by instability and authoritarian rule, kurdistan hosts an amazing group and today we remember those victims. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? ms. hahn: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. hauhau thank you, mr. speaker. i -- ms. hahn: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i rise today in support of policies that will help more students and families afford college. the cost of obtaining a college degree has increased more than 1,000% over the last three decades, and many more students need federal loans to cover the cost. and after racking up a mountain of debt, graduates struggle to put money into savings, buy a house or start a business. but many people are shocked to find out that the federal government is making billions of dollars in profits off these students by charging higher interest rates than necessary. this is not fair nor right. we should be rewarding our students for pursuing an education, not taxing them for it. students should get the same low interest rates that the federal reserve gives the big banks on wall street. i hope we can find bipartisan support in congress for commonsense policies to make college more affordable. thank you mr. speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. bilirakis: i rise to celebrate national women's history month. many famous women have shaped the course of our country's faith. however there are also women of note in our local communities that have made a real impact. i would like to highlight a constituent of mine dr. paula o'neil ph.d. dr. o'neil was elected as the first woman to serve as a clerk of the circuit court and county comptroller in pascal county's history. a true role model dr. o'neil has a long history of exemplary public service in government and serves as a professor at st. leo college, now university of st. leo. she has also been a courageous voice for others as she bravely battles cancer, stressing the importance of early detection.
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this national women's history month i'm happy to honor dr. paula o'neil and recognize all women making a positive impact in our communities. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. earlier this month we saw encouraging news about our economy, continuing to move back from the debilitating recession that we faced only a few years ago. mr. aguilar: while we still have a ways to go we're certainly moving in the right direction. however, in the g.o.p. budget revealed today should come to pass, it would have devastating effects on america's middle class and undo the progress that we have made. this budget will force middle-class families to work harder and get less. the g.o.p. has presented us with legislation that will keep paychecks stagnant, making it harder to buy a home. it would cut student loans, making it difficult for kids to
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afford college and it would strip away the secure retirement by privatizing medicare. we cannot afford to balance america's checkbook on the backs of the middle class. in the district where i come from california's inland empire, families are struggling from the recession and are fighting to catch up with the rest of the nation. i cannot and will not ask them to bear this burden because the g.o.p. can't pass a budget. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. ms. adams: it's been 46 days since the hearings began. and as we thought there would soon be a full vote in the senate, we're now facing
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another delay as senate republicans continue to drag their feet. this is unprecedented. loretta lynch deserves to be the next attorney general for the united states. she's a proven litigator, well qualified. she has a reputation as an accomplished, knowledgeable attorney and if confirmed, she'll be the first african-american woman to hold the position. this is a serious position and it shouldn't fall victim to partisan gridlock. there's no argument that loretta lynch is more than qualified, yet she's been scrutinized more than any other male that has come before her vying for the u.s. attorney role. 900 questions, nine hours of testimony. a fellow north carolinaian, ms. lynch is from a family of clergyman and civil rights leaders. she served twice as u.s. attorney general for new york. i support loretta lynch for our next u.s. attorney general. let's confirm her for our next attorney general and let's make history. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> 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 is recognized for one minute. mr. pompeo: mr. speaker, americans have a choice for our future. one vision features higher taxes, more debt, greater burdens on hardworking families. mr. yoder: the administration's budget, it would drown our nation in $27 trillion in debt. it would never ever balance. if proponents pat themselves on the back for running these annual deficits saying they have and could be worse. only in d.c. is a half trillion-dollar deficit greeted with a pat on the back. further, if congress accepted the administration's previous bugte proposals, the federal government would be 20% larger today, more bloated and less efficient. the other vision put forward by congress leads to a balanced budget at the end of the decade and it stops devastating tax increases. it reduces spending by over $5.5 trillion and calls for a fairer and simpler tax code so small business ks create jobs and provide the better paying
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jobs that americans are desperate for. mr. speaker, congress' proposal actually invests in the future and places our nation on a path towards paying off our debt rather than adding to it by making government more efficient, effective and accountable. now is the time for the parties to work together, to implement a vision that keeps our nation on the path to prosperity, that keeps debt off the backs of working families and balances our federal government. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on march 17 2015, at 9:19 a.m. appointments -- senate delegation to the british-american interparliamentary conference, senate delegation to the canada-u.s. interparliamentary
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group conference, senate delegation to the mexico-u.s. interparliamentary group conference u.s.-china interparliamentary group conference congress executive group congress on the republic of china. with best wishes signed sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 138 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 14, house resolution 138. resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18 declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 1029, to amend the environmental research, development and demonstration authorization act of 1978, to
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provide for scientific advisory board member qualifications, public participation and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on science, space and technology. after general debate, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on science, space and technology now printed in the bill, it shall be in order to consider it as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 114-10. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived.
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no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. . all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of the consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be
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considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2. at any time after adoption of this resolution, the speaker may pursuant to clause 2b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 1030, prohibit the environmental protection agency from proposing, finalizing or disseminating regulations or assessments based upon science that is not transparent or reproducible. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. yen debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divide and voled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on science, space and technology. after debate the bill shall be p considered for amendment under
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the five-minute rule. it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for purposes of the five minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part b of rethe report on the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and voled by the proponent and an opponent shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question and -- in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for
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amendment, the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening emotion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one hour. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, during exrgs of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only. i now yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. hastings, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i also ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative
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dis to -- days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burgess: mr. speaker house resolution 138 provides for consideration of two important pieces of legislation to create a more transparent and accountable environmental protection agency. one that works in an open manner for all of america. the rule provides for one hour of debate for each of the bills contained within the rule. further amendments were made in order for each bill a total of six amendments from members of both parties. mr. speaker, the first bill contained in this rule, h.r. 1029 the e.p.a. science advisory board reform act of 2015, brings greater accountability and oversight to the board of appointed advisors which the e.p.a. uses to review the scientific basis for its official actions. created in the late 1970's, the
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science advisory board was intended to be a check on the e.p.a. in order to ensure that the agency's math and statistics were all in order before it promulgated rules or regulations. in fact, the original authorization for the board made clear that the science advisory board was to report to both the environmental protection agency and to congress. on its findings. however over the course of the past several decades since its inception the science advisory board has become little more than a rubber stamp for the e.p.a. for whatever the e.p.a. administrator wishes to accomplish. and the board members being hand picked by the administrator this is likely being chosen primarily on the basis that they hold the same view of the environmental world as whoever the head of the
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e.p.a. is at any given time. the bill before us would provide for a more balanced representation on the science advisory board. setting up parameters regarding whom the administrator can choose and ensuring that state and local governments have representation on the board so the board is not confined and solely made up by environmental activists as has been the case for some time now. indeed current regulations exclude industry experts from serving on the science advisory board but not officials from environmental advocacy groups. in other words, special interests. these new regulations are necessary to ensure against any appearance of impropriety on the science advisory board. this legislation becomes even more critical when one considers that the numerous regulations currently being considered by the environmental protection
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agency could have enormous impacts outsize impacts on the nation's economy from proposed carbon regulations to ratcheting down of ozone regulations the science advisory board has been tasked with reviewing the science that will back up some of the most expensive rules in the history of the environmental protection agency. it is critical that the american people have confidence that the federal government is doing what is justified. the fear is that absent significant reforms to the environmental protection agency's process, the -- this simply is not the case. the second bill contained in the rule, h.r. 1030, dethe secret science reform act is also intended to make the environmental protection agency's rule making process more transparent. you know this was at one time a goal of the current
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administration. we seem to have lost that somewhere along the way. the legislation states that the environmental protection agency may take up official action on an environmental regulation only if it has identified all of the scientific and technical information upon which it based its decision. and this must be publicly available studies that can be independently peer reviewed. you know this would bring the e.p.a.'s process in line with how many scientific journals operate when they publish peer-reviewed studies. further, the bill is prospective. it will not interfere with any enacted rules or regulations by the environmental protection agency. to address concerns expressed during the science committee's consideration of the bill, the legislation spells out that nothing in these requirements would jeopardize any privacy concerns with scientific studies.
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you know, the c.d.c. successfully makes its studies available they redact personal information and they don't expose any test subjects' personal information and the e.p.a. should have no problem similarly complying with these requirements. mr. speaker, americans are waking up to how much of the united states economy the e.p.a. is attempting to regulate. from carbon dioxide to ozone. and people are rightly anxious over how these new and in some cases unprecedented rules will affect some consumers' wallets. it is reasonable and expeditious to ensure that the science that the e.p.a. relies upon to craft its regulations simply be transparent and simply be available to all -- for all to see and not just a select group of industry insiders that the e.p.a. deems worthy to see its work products. even the congressional
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committees who are charged with legitimate oversight of the environmental protection agency's actions have had difficulty in obtaining basic scientific justifications for the actions taken by the e.p.a. over the last few years. the bill before us today will begin the process of making the environmental protection agency accountable to the very constituency that it claims to protect. the american people. i will encourage all my colleagues to vote yes on the rule and yes on the underlying bills and i will reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hastings: i thank the gentleman from texas, dr. burgess, for yielding the customary 0 minutes and i rise in opposition to the rule and underlying bills. mr. speaker, we are fortunate to have put the most recent republican manufactured crisis
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of funding the department of homeland security behind us. this wasn't the first crisis caused by the extreme right wing in this body and i'm certain that it won't be the last. in looking ahead for the balance of me year i'm sure that my republican colleagues are preparing themselves to continue with the same trend. for example, the current suspension of the debt limit which expired on march 15, that's a crisis. by the end of this month, congress has to act on the so-called doc fix or else. crisis. the highway trust fund is set to run out of money in about three months, there's another crisis. at the end of june the export-import bank will have to be re-authorized. crisis. that takes us all the way to the end of the fiscal year in september when we push reset and have to do it all again from the
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beginning. this is no way to govern. and it is not what americans struggling to put food on the table want or deserve. i haven't mentioned the two bills in question today. that's not by accident. it's because they are typical go nowhere, do nothing pet prompts. now mr. speaker, serving on the rules committee for as long as i have and making the predictions as have my colleagues in the democratic side of the rules committee repeatedly that legislation is going nowhere, i think that we have been confirmed virtually every time. these two measures are attempts by corporate interests to compromise the environmental protection agency's integrity and stock its scientific review board with sympathizers. neither will become law. secret science might sound scary
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but the rhetoric has outpaced the reality. furthermore, this bill will not improve e.p.a. science or make it more transparent. in fact, the bill's impossible standards and mechanisms will actually force the environmental protection agency to ignore major and consequential studies. the identifying -- deidentifying the data is not so simple. firstly, just because the data is deidentified doesn't mean it will stay deidentified. we're all familiar with how much personal information is ready available. only a few pieces of information are required to reconnect the deidentified dots across the internet and social media. moreover, deidentifying the data mean means review -- removing critical information that often renders the results not
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reproducible, which under the regime created by this bill would then force the e.p.a. to ignore legitimate and possibly important studies. dr. burgess pointed out that it would protect the wallet of some. i am equally concerned about the bodies of all. the other measure we are considering today, h.r. 1029 will give private industry substantial influence over the e.p.a. as we should have learned from the economic collapse suffering the regulatory agency with industry -- stuffing the regulatory agency with industry leading experts is like leading the wolves to to find the flock. i find it unfortunate that my republican colleagues continue to bring up do-nothing bills that will go nowhere and then spend the rest of their time
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doing everything in their power to oppose the president of the united states. . quite frankly, the american people deserve better. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i'll yield myself two minutes for purposes of response. mr. speaker remind the body that there was an election held in november of last year and the results of that election are now part of history. prior to that election it is true. there were bills passed in the house of representatives that were submitted to the senate for action and basically nothing happened. the then senate the gentleman reserves the balance of his time leader made the decision that he was -- the then senate majority leader made the decision that he was going to prevent any legislation from passing, he was going to prevent his members from having
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take a vote that might be construed as difficult and he was certainly going to prevent the president from being in position of having to veto any legislation. but i would just remind people that the process is the house and senate each pass their bills, they agree in a conference committee to any differences. if that conference report is passed by both houses, indeed it is submitted to the white house for action and that action may indeed be a veto. but you know what, mr. speaker, that veto is actually an important part of the process. right now people are unaware of where the president is on several issues because he simply never had to render a decision. it's always been a full stop over at the senate majority leader's desk, and the american people spoke loudly last november that they did not want that process to continue. now, one may successfully argue that in 2012, the american
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people voted for divided government. but in 2014 they said, you know, that's not working out so well for us and we are willing to give the senate -- return a voice to the senate. we are now giving the senate an opportunity. these bills were both passed last year. the gentleman from florida knows that very well. we had this very same argument on the floor of the house last fall. both bills essentially died in the senate. it is my hope now we will give the senate yet another opportunity. it is a new day, new senators, new majority leader. let them have a chance to act. just to -- i yield myself an additional two minutes. just to speak briefly on the substance of h.r. 1030 the secret science reform act this is a bill that requires the environmental protection agency to base its regulations on science, not only on science but science that is available to the public and subject to independent verification.
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who could be against that? that's part of the scientific process. that's part of scientific inquiry. you balance things propose a theory. someone proposes an alternate. you get the data, collect the evidence, do the studies, do the environments make that generally available and come to a conclusion. but this is a transparency bill. the administration ran on the concept of transparency. we're simply trying to help them fulfill that obligation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to place in the record the march 3, 2014 statements of the administration on e.p.a. science advisory board reform and secret science reform act. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hastings: and i would urge that my colleague who made the comment that we don't know where the president is well,
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there is where the president is. i would also ask rhetorically if it is that all these things that we passed that i said were going nowhere last year, why is it that we haven't with both republican senate and a republican house had anything to go anywhere this year and neither of these measures is going to go anywhere nor are they going to go to conference and i believe people know that. mr. speaker if we defeat the previous question, we're going to offer an amendment to the rule that would allow the house to consider the promoting u.s. jobs through exports act. this bill would renew the export-import bank's charter for an additional seven years, ensuring certainty for u.s. exporters and businesses through 2022. to discuss our proposal i now yield five minutes to the
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gentlewoman from california, the distinguished ranking member of the committee on financial services, my good friend, ms. waters. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for five minutes. ms. waters: i'd like to thank the gentleman from florida for his leadership on this important issue. i applaud him. leader pelosi and whip hoyer to ensure we support policies that create american jobs and keep u.s. businesses competitive. and i find the contrasts with the bills we consider this week particularly striking as the out-of-touch republican leadership wastes our time with measures that deny science and strip workers of critical rights. mr. speaker, i'm in disbelief that we are still debating the future of the export-import bank which we know supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and levels the playing field so that american businesses, large
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and small, can compete globally. the facts underscore what's at stake. in fiscal year 2014 ex-im bank improved more than 3,400 transactions with a total estimated export value of $27.5 billion. this support is estimated to have sustained 164,000 export-related u.s. jobs. and over the past five years it is estimated that the bank has created or sustained more than 1.2 million private sector jobs. moreover, all this was accomplished as the bank returned over $674 million back to the american taxpayers just last year. over the past two decades, the bank has generated a surplus of $6.9 billion for u.s.
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taxpayers but more months a handful of extremists in this chamber have refused to accept the numerous and widespread benefits provided by the export-import bank to our economy. they have ignored these numbers as well as the diverse array of interests who support the bank, such as the united states chamber of commerce the national small business association, the national association of manufacturers, labor unions such as the afl-cio and many others. instead they have decided to follow the talking points of extremist groups like heritage action and the club for growth. i find it ironic that republicans are actively working to ensure this important engine of job creation closes its doors while also waging war with president obama over the keystone x.l. pipeline which even the most
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inflated estimates say would create far fewer jobs than ex-im. however i've been frustrated by republicans some of them even tea partiers themselves say enough is enough and have chosen to stand up for real workers and businesses rather than a handful of idea logs dictating -- ideologues dictating policy from a washington think tank. i applaud the 58 republicans who courageously have come out against their leadership in favor of renewing the export-import bank's charter. and as we take an important vote that will bring export and import bank legislation to the floor today, i ask those republicans to once again show their courage, show their leadership and show your constituents who rely on the export-import bank for jobs and economic growth that you're willing to do what's best for them and not what's politically
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expedient. democrats want to provide certainty for the businesses and workers who rely on the bank, and that's why i, along with mr. heck of washington, ms. moore of wisconsin and whip hoyer of maryland recently introduced legislation to re-authorize reform and re-energize the export-import bank. the measure takes a sensible approach to renewing the bank, extending its charter for seven years, increasing its lending authority to meet the needs of exporters and modernizing the bank's programs to better serve small and medium-sized businesses. and i couldn't be prouder of my democratic colleagues, 189 of whom joined as co-sponsors just a few days after being introduced. such widespread support sends a strong message to america's manufacturers, businesses and workers that democrats are united in preserving an
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institution that for decades have helped this nation create jobs and grow the economy. and it makes clear that if those supportive republicans were to join us this congress could pass an extension of the export-import bank's charter today. mr. speaker members, this is the right thing to do for our workers and for our businesses and for our nation. let's stand up for what's right. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i yield myself one minute for the purpose of responding. i'd point out to the body that today's rule has under consideration bills dealing with regulating the environmental protection agency . the house did pass an extension of the export-import bank charter last december. that follows through till june
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of this year. there will be ample opportunity for us to have this debate and engage in debate, as indeed people of this country want us to do. today is not the time for that debate. today is the day for deciding whether or not this body will further regulate the e.p.a. i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. hastings: thank you very much mr. speaker. i would think the time to create american jobs is anytime and sooner rather than later. mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the distinguished gentlewoman from wisconsin, my good friend, the ranking member of the financial services committee on monetary policy and trade, ms. gwen moore. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. moore: awe and thank you so much, mr. hastings -- and thank you so much, mr. hastings, for yielding to me. i too rise in support of the promoting jobs through exports act of 2014 which re-authorizes the export-import bank long term. i am so proud to have been able
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to introduce this legislation along with our ranking member of the financial services committee, ms. waters, and representatives heck and hoyer. the bill has 189 democratic co-sponsors. you add that number to the 57 republicans that are supportive of representative fincher's legislation to re-authorize the export-import bank, just do the math there. 189 and 57, far and above any kind of majority needed to re-authorize this job creation job engine, and i would hope that this body would move forward on re-authorizing this legislation. my district of milwaukee, wisconsin has a very strong manufacturing and industrial
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base. i believe that we're maybe second in the country that really depends on a strong manufacturing and industrial base for our basic economic activity. and the small manufacturers in milwaukee utilizes the export-import bank to export goods and services to places like china and india. one of the narratives, the untrue narratives about the export-import bank is that it is a -- it's a utility for big companies like boeing. it's the bank of boeing. well, not so much. there's an endless supply chain, like the ones that i have visited recently. i just recently went to a shop in milwaukee that employs 30 people. 30 people. yet, they export u.s. goods to work on the panama canal. the president of that company just flat out stated that he doesn't exist without the
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export-import bank. folks, it's just that simple. and i've heard many debates and arguments about the importance of passing stuff like keystone, which has debatable -- it's debatable as a job creator. and where it does create jobs, very small geographic area whereas the export-import bank creates hundreds of thousands of jobs in all of our districts. folks, it's really that simple. the export-import bank is the necessary part of our discussion about creating jobs, and until we get past the political arguments that are being made about hanging the export-import bank out there as low-hanging fruit to demonstrate our willingness to cut off so-called corporate welfare so that we can then get at cutting off entitlement
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programs to people until we get past that cynical debate, i don't think that we're going to see very much in the way of improving our job creation performance in the united states. and with that i would yield back to mr. hastings. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i yield myself two minutes for the purposes of response. you know, talking about job creation, well and good. but we should also concern ourselves on job erosion and job loss. and i don't know if the e.p.a. is the number one federal agency but it's up there you talk to anyone at home in your district about what is the federal agency that is responsible for more job destruction and the e.p.a., not
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at the top of the list is right behind some of the others. so what we're about today is to regulate the regulator. not even regulate the regulator, just have the regulator disclose to us what information upon which they are relying to make those regulations. the e.p.a. science advisory board reform act why it matters, because the science advisory board plays a critical role in reviewing the scientific information that forms the foundation of costly e.p.a. regulations. and what's the cost of those e.p.a. regulations? the cost is jobs. the work we're doing today is important. i encourage my colleagues to vote in favor of the rule in favor of the underlying legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. hastings: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield five minutes to the distinguished gentleman from washington a
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member of the committee on financial services, my good friend mr. heck. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. heck: thank you, mr. speaker. my gratitude to the gentleman from florida. i rise in opposition to the rule for previous question in order that i might support mr. hastings' effort to offer the amendment to re-authorize the export-import bank and here's why. the export-import bank is a job creating machine. over the last five years it's created by good and scientifically based estimates about 1.2 million jobs. well-paying jobs. good-paying jobs. the kinds of jobs that you can have and buy a home and send your kids to college, that touch every congressional district in this state. the export-import bank is a job creating machine. the export-importback is also a deficit reduce magazine. not one red penny in the last generation has been used to subsidize it and $7 billion has been transferred to the treasury
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to reduce the deficit. $1 billion two years ago, $675 million last year $800 million projected this year. the export-import bank is a deficit reducing machine. noigs that, it's a super performer, by any private sector measure. i come from the private sector, how they conduct their business is the envy of the financial services sector. a default rate of less than, you're hearing this correctly, .175%. a collection rate over 50%. it is a super performer. and yet the export-import bank goes away in exactly 105 days. poof, gone. vanished. the gentleman from texas asked a very good question a fair question. why now? well the answer is, the clock is taking. ticking to be, ticktock. 105 -- tick ticktock ticktock,
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105 tais to go. yet the committee has not had a hear, has not issued a markup, has not issued notice for either. and when we had this issue before us what did the committee chair do? he opposed a neutrally worded amendment that said let's take up the export import bank and subject it to regular order, that's all. there's no intent to take up the export-import bank no hearing new york markup rejection of regular order, that's why now. it has been said erroneously that the -- that the export-import bank benefits big business, principally aerospace. that's so wrong on so many levels i cannot exaggerate. to begin with, 90 noveget transactions of the export import bank go to small business. but it fails to understand something this argument coming from people who are supposed to understand the private sector.
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a company like boeing a pride of america, please remember ladies and gentlemen there are only two companies on the face of the plan at the produce large airplanes and america has but one of them. and you know what they rely on? 12,000 businesses in their supply chain, many of which are small. so here's the fact. last week i was home and i was in a town called pualla, most people can't even pronounce it's a beautiful community 38,000 people. not anywhere near renton and everett where the airplanes are manufactured. you know how many people in puyallup benefit from the export-import bank? 17. small businesses everywhere. another business in my district that produces traffic cones and
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the like that they sell internationally. the ex-im financed $2.3 billion of their product last year. i had a cup until my office from eastern washington, i don't even represent them. agricultural products. mint extract, mint oil. before they began working with the export-import bank one third of their gross revenues in exports. they begin working with them, their domestic side has grown, now it's 2/3. i had another agricultural interest in the office, they said five years ago 5% of their business was export. they did -- they use nod export-import bank. they began using it, it's now 50%. so finally, ladies and gentlemen, let us remember that there are 60 developed nations on the face of the earth, 60. and if we allow our export-import bank to expire, we will be the only one, the only
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one on the face of the planet without an export credit authority. let me tell you, china is rubbing their hands in anticipation because in addition to airbus, remember we're to -- two to eight years away from china manufacturing a wide body airplane. they can't wait for the export-import fwoonk expire so they can capture market share. why would we unilaterally disarm? we are only 5% of the world's population. if we want to keep our middle class and grow it we have to learn to sell into the growing -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's recognized for an additional 30 seconds. mr. heck: if we want co-keep and grow our middle class we need to learn to grow and sell to the middle class of the rest of the world. the export-import intank a deficit reducing machine, a job creating machine and a super performer. the votes are here.
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there's a voice in me that wants to shout, let my people go the votes are here. it's not scheduled for hearing. let many hastings offer his amendment. let's re-authorize the export-import bank. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i want to remind member wers talking about the e.p.a. today a job-destroying agency. i'd like to yield five minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. collins: thank you mr. speaker. i appreciate my friend and colleague from the rule committees yielding time to speak on this rule. i am going to speak on the rule for h.r. 1030 and h.r. 1029 and because i think really frankly it fits into what i've been hearing but i think it fits in sort of a, maybe a perverse way, also maybe a good way because it emphasizes exactly what we need to be talking about here jobs and the economy and good growth
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and good government and that's the things we're supposed to be doing and working on that and finding out why certain things don't get done and anybody watching over the last little bit would have a concern as to what we are doing and i think it goes back to a simple understanding that there is a very clear understanding of why and who is offering what amendments and what bills here. the money majority is offering a vision of which people are empowering government. it was summed well in a statement from the administration that said their definition were from a burdensome regulation was something that burdened the employees of a government agency. i think it's very clear from our perspective that what is a burdensome regulation is something that burdens american businesses and burdens the scientific community burdens us, in which government is putting a finger on and
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stifling. there's a big difference here and all you have to do is watch what is said and what is done and you'll begin to see that while -- i mean -- i will not be supporting, as we go back to these bills, not supporting all the amendments made in order under this rule, i am still pleased that we as a house are considering them as we come to the floor and also that the house will ultimately work its will. one of the key differences highlighted in how we as conservatives and others look at is h.r. 1030, the secret science reform act my colleagues on the other side of the aisle in the committee markup of this legislation argued that this marks a radical departure from long-standing practices and i hope this is the case, for cheese acclaimed long-standing practices favored interest groups over scientific integrity. sacrifice integrity and openness at the altar of political expediency. conservatives believe congress should not tolerate an administration that refuses to
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make public the scientific data behind numerous regulations. regulations that are crippling the ability of business toss survive and sustained by the failed policies of the administration this administration offered a statement of opposition saying that the underlying measures of these bills would be burdensome on the government. i think if our founders were hearing this today they'd stand up and say that is not what we intended. read the document. the document sed said of a limited structured government that supports the people, support ours welfare and supports the cause of the united states of america, not in a form in which government is the problem in find ought these problems and keeping from areas in a scientific community. in the business community. there's a clear distinct difference here. what is burdensome on government becomes burdensome on the american people. you see, conservatives in
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congress try to streamline and reform our regulatory system, ensure the costs and benefits are analyzed before it's implemented and we're told that's burdensome. while they're criticized for being the condition serbtives for burdensome reforms they're pushing thru 181 -- pushing through $181.5 billion in regulations just last year. apparently the administration has dere-- redefined burdensome to mean something most do not. it's another example of a disconnect. what is often said at this point is conservatives and republicans don't want clean water, they want to destroy the environmental integrity, they want to have bad air and poor traffic control and maybe everything else in the world you want to say because there's a belief that government will fix all that there's a proper role for government. but in this environment, let's have transparency. let's have openness. let's have public participation. let's not keep stuff away from the american people.
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that's what they're asking for. that is what they expect from their government. instead of marginalizing honest debate about scientific enterprise instead of saying that they're for something that nobody is for, let's be honest about the legislation. let's also if you don't really want to talk about the legislation let's talk about everything else in the world. that's a good way to distract. we don't want to talk about process that's broken, we'll talk about something else. no. not going to happen this time. i agree with the previous speaker, let my people go. let my people go. let the government be open, let the government be transparent, let the government be limit sod that the american people are not limited, the american people have all they need and for that, that is the purpose of these and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. hastings: thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker i'm always fascinated when our colleagues
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come to the floor of this great deliberative body and argue against government. last time i looked all 435 plus six of us and the 100 united states senators sought public office to be involved in making it better. the government is the people of the united states. and it is not only the respective agencies, it is also our counties, our parishes, our districts, our cities. that are the government. when we say that, it makes it sound as if the government is bad. the defense is only the one entity that all of us agree is our responsibility, but yes,
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clean water is our responsibility and yes, emissions that cause harm to the environment and to individuals is our mission. those are responsibilities of government. yes, air traffic control is a responsibility of government. yes, the way our roads are undertaken or the repair of bridges, yes, that is the government. so i have a lot of trouble with the anti-government attitude when in fact we're just being anti-ourselves. . mr. speaker, we know the science is the formation of conclusions upon the foundation of testable observation. sometimes mistakes are made and they can be construed as valuable because you learn what not to do the next time. government, for example operated nasa and still had some role in that, and many of
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the experiments that are failed experiments led to us understanding how to develop the microwave and how to develop scientific heart devices that have been been fitted the american people. yep, that was the government. but this republican caused crisis was resolved in the same way it was a few weeks back. the same way it was resolved the last time the republicans shut double play the government. it was resolved on the backs of democrats. when the other party decides to work with the democratic party, the american people been fit from its government. and we -- been fit from its government. we -- benefit from it and it's government. we saw that the homeland security financing measure the given how often we find
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ourselves in similar situation, i can't help but wonder what hypothesis my friends are trying to test. i do not think that seeing how far our security and economic stability can bend before breaking is what is meant by, quote the great american experiment. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert in the text of the amendment and the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hastings: mr. speaker i urge my colleagues to vote no and defeat the previous question. i urge no vote on the rule that is going nowhere fast and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back. the gentleman from texas. million burgess: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of the
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i want to bring this back to the issues at hand today. that's the rule for consideration of h.r. 1029 and h.r. 1030. h.r. 1029, the bill protects jobs by helping to ensure that important scientific advice is balanced and unbiased. the bill promotes public participation and encourages the science advisory board to draw on state and private sector expertise. fairly simple concepts. h.r. 1030 this is a transparency bill that simply asks the e.p.a. to show its work before implementing regulations that cost billions of dollars and destroy jobs. transparency and reproducibility are basic tenets of science, costly environmental regulations should only be based on data that are available to independent scientists and to the public. the fact is, mr. speaker, the e.p.a. has nothing to hide, then there is no good reason to keep this data from the american people.
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finally, mr. speaker today's rule provides for the consideration of the two important bills to provide for an open and transparent rule making at the environmental protection agency. i certainly thank the authors for their thoughtful legislation. i urge my colleagues to support both the rule and the underlying bills. for that reason i yield back the balance of my time, and move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. hastings: mr. speaker. i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and clause 9, this 15-minute vote on ordering the previous question will be followed by a
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five-minute vote on adoption of the resolution, if ordered, and suspend the rules and passing h.r. 1191. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 231.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 232. the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 232. the nays are 181. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. hastings: mr. speaker on that i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: recorded vote is asked. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded volt is ordered -- vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 235. the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 236. the nays are 180. the resolution is adopted. a the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from wisconsin, mr.
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ryan, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1191, as amended, on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1191 a bill to amend the internal revenue code of 198 to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the patient protection and affordable care act. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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