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what men earn. for women of color the discrepancy is worse. it will cost a 24-year-old $35,000. over her career she will lose $431,000 relative to men. women make up nearly half of the american work force. underpaying half of our workers hurts women, hurts families and hurts the economy. in new york we have the smallest pay gap among the states. but women in new york still earn only 86 cents for every dollar a man is paid. we can do much better. when president kennedy signed the equal pay act which requires equal pay for equal work, women's pay was at 59% of men. we've made progress but time has exposed loopholes in -- that hinder the law. i call on the house to pass congresswoman delauro's paycheck fairness act which would close these loopholes and bring us closer to pay equity. let's make equal pay for equal
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work a reality. 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 michigan seek recognition? >> 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. speaker this week marks the 150th anniversary of the tragic day an assassin's bullet took president abraham lincoln's life. there's no greater challenge than leading a nation through an armed conflict against itself. one that divided families and longtime friends. when responding to criticism of his efforts to save the union, president lincoln said, if the end brings me out all right what is said against me won't amount to anything. if the end brings me out wrong, 10 angels swearing i was right would make no difference. history has vindicated president lincoln and now as war secretary edwin stanton
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said he belongs to the ages. mr. mole nar: through steadfast leadership he quided our nation through the crisis the horivic conflict between fort sumpter and app mat icks. he stood on principles to preserve our country, to correct a nation's moral failing and to lead a government of, by and for the people ever closer to a more perfect union. president lincoln gave his life, his last full measure of devotion for our country and he will be forever remembered for his heroic work to preserve our united states of america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek 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. well, today is equal payday which is the day that symbolizes more than three months into the year women's wages have finally caught up to what men were paid last year.
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mr. kildee: women deserve equal pay for equal work. it's outrageous that in 2015 a woman is still paid less for the same job that a man does. pay discrimination is wrong. it hurts millions of hardworking families and it hinders the growth of our economy. that's why i and many of my colleagues have reintroduced the paycheck fairness act, to ensure that women earn the same pay as men for doing the same work, to ensure that our wives, our sisters, our daughters, our granddaughters are treated fairly in the workplace for doing the same job that the man sitting right next to them does. our country should be building an economy that works for everyone. so that women and their families can save, by a home send their kids to college save for retirement. equal pay for equal work should not ever be a partisan issue so it's my hope, mr. speaker, that
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we will allow a vote on the floor of the house of representatives for this very important legislation. mr. speaker, i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? mr. chabot: 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. chabot: thank you mr. speaker. it's with a heavy heart that i come to the floor to speak today. last friday lauren hill, a basketball player at mount st. joseph university in cincinnati succumbed in her battle with dip combmbings, a rare form of inoperable brain cancer. following her tragic diagnosis, lauren became an inspiration toon awful lot of people. after mir ack russly playing in her -- miraculously playing in her first college basketball game, she raised more than $1 million for pediatric cancer research. so while we are obviously saddened by the news of lauren's passing i prefer to focus on just how blessed we
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have been to witness lauren's courage and her resiliencey and her grace in the face of insurmountable odds. she has touched and inspired our community and in fact our nation. mr. speaker, i'm also deeply grateful to lauren's family for their willingness to share her story with the rest of us. our thoughts and our prayers are with them as they grieve the loss of such a remarkable young woman. 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 washington seek recognition? mr. kilmer: thank you 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. kilmer: i rise today to congratulate olympic college for being named a top 10 finalist for the aspen institute prize for community college excellence. olympic college has earned a reputation as a place that opens doors to community. whether creating opportunities for future health care practitioners, the naval ship yard or the multitude of other
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great programs it provides, it prepares folks for success in school and in life. the recognition from the aspen institute is a testament to o.c.'s president david mitchell the college's talented faculty and staff and importantly of the students. it's also evidence of the incredible partnerships o.c. has developed with local employers, with four-year universities and with the community. the record of success is astonishing. get this, o.c. has the highest graduation rate of any community college in the state of washington. 90% of students who enter trades program at o.c. complete it and 100% are placed in jobs. i'm proud to represent some amazing community colleges like o.c. that are proving them to take that next step, whether starting a four-year degree or. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania
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toichitutecon, e gentlewoman eczed for o -- e spker o mpore: whoutecti, e len is rnized for ute. . wilson tnk youmr. spker. daymas oneear nce th abdun of thethbac hooln geriane year, 365s nonst b boko haram. uniisrepoing th 800,000 chdren he been forced fleeham's capaig violee geri unices miing chdhd reporat most of the remai in capvity. scores more of their peers have since gone missing and the number of children who are displaced is staggering. one bright spot, many of the girls have escaped and 10 of them are in virginia. when i went to nigeria and met
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with those girls, i said, what can we do to help you? they said, we want to go to school. as a school principal, that made me proud because education is the key to all of the nation's ills and in spite of their trials and tribulations, they still wanted to go to school. boko haram means western education is sin. so support our girls and lift them up and let them know we love them. boko haram has reached out to isis and isis has responded. a marriage between boko haram and isis is a marriage made in hell. so tweet tweet, tweet #bringbackourgirls. tweet, tweet tweet #followre pembingswilson. tweet, tweet, tweet all day long. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> 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. speaker it's important we regularly meet with constituents in order to have a variety of viewpoints and experience to draw upon as we work towards the betterment of our country. mr. rouzer: this past district work period we held advisory council meetings from interested citizens across the seventh district. they represent different sectors throughout the district including agriculture small business veterans and defense, law enforcement, homeland security, health care and education. there is one theme that continually emerged during these meetings and the message was clear. we must reduce the burdens of an overly intrusive federal government while making improvements in those areas where government has a legitimate and constitutional
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responsibility such as our transportation and information needs. i look forward to working with these distinguished men and women who have agreed to serve on our advisory councils, their insights into issues that affect our district, our state and our nation are invaluable and i thank them for their desire and willingness to serve in this capacity. mr. speaker, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. sessions: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 189 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is -- the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 19, house resolution 189, resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 650, to amend the truth in lending act to modify the definitions of a mortgage originator and a high-cost mortgage. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as
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read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on financial services, and two, one motion to recommit. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 685, to amend the truth in lending act to improve upon the definitions provided for points and fees in connection with a mortgage transaction. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled
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by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on financial services, and two, one motion to recommit. section 3, the house hereby, one, takes from the speaker's table the concurrent resolution senate concurrent resolution 11, setting forth the congressional budget for the united states government for fiscal year 2016 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2017 through 2025. two, adopts an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of house concurrent resolution 27, as adopted by the house, and three, adopts such concurrent resolution, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one hour. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, thank you very much. during consideration of this resolution, all time is yielded for the purpose of debate only.
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and i would also like to yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, my friend, mr. mcgovern, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks . the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the previous question is ordered -- without objection. mr. sessions: mr. speaker i rise today in support of a rule and the underlying bills that make it easier for hardworking families to purchase a home. and i'd like to be perfectly clear from the outset, these bills are about increasing access to affordable housing. they are about helping middle-class men and women in our country to gain a little bit better footing to help them along their american dream, and that is why we are here today. what we're trying to do is get the government out of the way so that more americans can purchase the homes of their
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choice. these bills are about achieving the american dream of owning your own home. that brings us closer to why we're here today. we're here to help families who want to own their own home and to live the american dream. the administration's big government regulations have made it harder for american families to own a home and so we are here to empower them instead of rules and regulations by washington bureaucrats. the ball of red tape coming out of washington grows daily and day by day it spreads beyond the housing market. it ties the hands of families who want to own their own home as well as the hands of business that want to hire new employees and investors to find the next new big idea to make america stronger and better and to build jobs.
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modest, reasonable regulation does have its place. overregulation does not. overregulations stiffles economic growth, it gets in the way and makes it harder for families to pull themselves not only out of poverty but it keeps them from gaining the footing to get into the middle class, and ultimately unreasonable regulation destroys a shot that people have at the american dream. the problem with overregulation is that it's everywhere, and this administration enjoys and relishes the opportunity to inflict themselves on every part of the american economy because they believe washington knows best. well, you know we just can't live this way and have people
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have their say and whack at the american dream also. so unfortunately overregulation is like the weeds in the back yard. they have to be removed. and one by one that is how you get -- gain accomplishment and that is what happened yesterday when the chairman of the financial services committee, chairman jeb hensarling from dallas texas brought some reasonable opportunities to the rules committee for us to consider. so what are we doing here today? we're removing just a few of the regulatory weeds that were promulgated by the consumer financial protection bureau, cfpb. these mortgages that we're talking about have rules that make them harder for low and moderate-income americans to qualify for a mortgage. harder. so they negative impact consumers and community bankers who offer the majority of these
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loans to middle-class americans, and it makes them outside of the ability that people have to get them because of the high cost of regulation. these costs are passed onto consumers and once again are victims to overzealous regulatory regime who stated that they were there to help the consumer in the first place. mr. speaker, we're here today because we have a bipartisan piece of legislation that has gained over the last few years more people who understand the issues, not only those in the financial services committee but across congress and we are here today because of what is a good bill to remove a few weeds from the garden one at a time and chairman hensarling has given us that chance today. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the distinguished chairman of the rules committee, mr. sessions, for the customary 30 minutes, and i yield -- i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, two weeks ago before we left for our district work period this house worked in a responsible and bipartisan way to permanently fix the sustainable growth rate formula, but unfortunately we return to the floor this week with legislation intended to further undermine the dodd-frank financial reform law and give huge tax breaks to the wealthiest americans by repealing the estate tax without even finding an offset thereby increasing our deficit. what we should be doing today, mr. speaker, is considering legislation to strengthen financial protection for consumers, create jobs and
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ensure the continuation of our economic recovery. or in honor of equal payday, we should debate and vote on the paycheck fairness act to ensure that women get paid for equal work. a full-time working woman still earns significantly less than what a man earns for comparable work. it turns out that women earn nearly 25 cents less than a man for doing the same work. achieving equal pay for women should be the top of our priority lists, but unfortunately this republican majority has denied us a vote on this critical rich ue. today instead we will consider two pieces of legislation undera closed process to roll back important dodd-frank consumer protections. h.r. 650, the preserving access to manufactured housing act, strips from manufactured homeowners critical protections enacted by congress as part of the dodd-frank financial reform
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law. manufactured homes are an important affordable housing option for many low and moderate-income families, especially families living in rural areas. it is critical that these homeowners are able to have access to the same consumer protections -- same consumer protections afforded to consumers with traditional mortgages. h.r. 685 the mortgage choice act, would allow more mortgages with higher fees to improperly qualify for the qualified mortgage standard established by the consumer financial protection bureau. by removing affiliated insurance fees from the 3% cap established by the cfpb, creditors could be incentivized to direct borrowers to expensive affiliates. passage of this legislation could ultimately drive up the cost of mortgages, limit competition in the marketplace and undo borrower protections. a coalition of civil rights organizations, including the center for responsible lending, the leadership conference on civil and human rights, the
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naacp, and i could go on and on and on and on, has urged the house to reject these bills as they could trigger the return of predatory lending, irresponsible underwriting excessive fees and the lax regulatory environment that sparked the housing crisis. now, mr. speaker i know that my friends in the majority don't like the dodd-frank financial reform law. they have made countless attempts to overturn the commonsense provisions contained in the law that protect consumers and work to prevent another financial crisis, but i don't think anybody in this house should want to set the stage for another financial crisis and i have serious concerns about the process being used by the majority to repeal dodd-frank. . my friend the ranking member member, ms. waters, has worked on legislation to make technical corrections to dodd-frank and other bipartisan updates.
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just yesterday, this house passed several pieces of legislation from the financial services committee with overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle. but the two bills that we are considering today fall far short of that goal. mr. speaker, after the passage of a clean homeland security bill and the s.g.r. fix, i had hoped that bipartisan cooperation in legislating would be contagious. i was wrong. today, the republicans are back to their old ways of bringing up my way or the highway bills that will be brought to the floor under a closed rule and vetoed by the president. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: the gentleman is going to have his opportunity today because i'm sure we are going to vote on this, i would like to advise the gentleman, we have no speakers. we spent a couple of hours yesterday in the rules committee fully debating this and
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understanding this bipartisan bill, so i want to advise the bill, that i will allow him to use the time evidently -- i would like to ask if he has any speakers. mr. mcgovern: i do. mr. sessions: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. mcgovern: in honor of equal pay day, if we defeat the previous question, will i'll ask members to vote no, we will offer an amendment to the rule. in this day and age it is an outrage that women in the united states still make less compared to men for the same work. this bill will help close that pay gap, empower women and ensure that they get the respect and compensation they deserve. when we talk about paycheck fairness mr. speaker, we also should remember that this is also -- not just a women's issue but a family issue. families increasingly rely on women's salary to make ends
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meet. women have less for the every day needs, grocery rent, child care to doctors' visits, this is discrimination that exists in the united states of america. and we in this chamber have the opportunity to end it. and we cannot get the republicans in this house to allow us to have an up or down, clean vote on this and this is the only means available to us, at least have a debate on the paycheck fairness act. with that, i would like to discuss our proposal and yield three minutes to the the gentlewoman from massachusetts, my colleague, ms. clark. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. clark: thank you, mr. speaker, and thank you to my colleague from massachusetts. congress often talks about strengthening the middle class and growing our economy. for many years now, we have had an opportunity to pass a commonsense bill that will
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actually help us do just that. it was the very first bill that i co-sponsored, the paycheck fairness act ensures equal pay for equal work and will help us end wage discrimination for half of our work force. recent reports tell us that given current trends, pay equity between women and men will not be achieved until 2058. we shouldn't have to wait until our children are ready to retire before women are finally paid what they're worth. women are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars over their lifetime due to wage discrimination and for women of color, it's an even worse situation. african-american women on average earn only 64 cents and latinas earn only 6 cents for every dollar earned by white
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men. when women aren't paid what they are worth, it means less money for their families, less money for child care, less money for gas and groceries and less money to help them prepare for the future. when wage discrimination persists, women and their families are less able to contribute to the economy and that hurts all of us. ending wage discrimination for our work force is just common sense. that is why today on equal payday i urge my colleagues to recommit to restoring the middle class and growing our economy by supporting the paycheck fairness act. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. sessions: i hope the gentlewoman will recognize she needs to be talking to the house most of all. during the last few years, when
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this issue comes up, we refer to inequities and so this might just be one of those bills that the white house would veto because they could follow what they choose, but maybe they wouldn't want this to be the law or maybe they would want this to be the law and correct what they do to have the white house for equal pay for equal work, women among their colleagues. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i don't think we have any other speakers here, but i would like to ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment that i would offer in the record along with extraneous materials. and again i remind my colleagues if we could defeat the previous question, we will bring up the pay check fairness act. and it is been somewhat of a
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puzzlement to me that it has been so difficult in this republican-controlled house to bring up legislation that would outlaw and end discrimination against women, and that's what this is. when a woman is doing drk working at the same job a man is and getting paid less for that same work, that is discrimination. and there is no way around that fact. and we have the opportunity in this house and in the senate to end it. and you know, but yet we can't get this bill to the floor for the kind up or down clean vote that we have been looking for now for quite a long time. as i mentioned, mr. speaker, this isn't just a women's issue but a family issue, and we are talking about how this economy is not recovering as fast as we would like it to, and we like to talk about how we wish people
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would earn a little bit more in their paychecks make sure women get paid what they deserve, what they have earned. this shouldn't be a controversial issue, this should not be something that requires that we can't get a vote on the floor. and so, we are now going to rely on this procedural motion by defeating the previous question to at least try and get a debate on this and get people on record by saying we ought to have an up or down vote on this. as far as the underlying bill is concerned, mr. speaker the underlying bills that we are considering here today i would urge my colleagues to vote know on this rule, because it's a closed rule and two bills would undermine the dodd-frank financial reform legislation. let me remind my colleagues why
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we have that legislation to begin with and it is because we saw what the excesses of some in the financial industry had done. our economy almost -- was ruined because of those excesses. and consumer rights were trampled on. so we passed a moderate and sensible kind of check on some of these financial institutions and that's the dodd-frank legislation and my colleagues on the other side of the aisle it's a puzzlement to me, have spent almost waking moment that they have trying to undo that, trying to take away protections for consumers, trying to take away protections for small businesses, for homeowners. it doesn't make any sense, it doesn't make any sense at all. mr. speaker, i would again i would urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question and i would urge them to vote no on
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this closed rule. and again, to make this point crystal clear. the equal pay act that we're talking about is nothing more than an attempt to end what continues to be a discriminatory practice in the united states. nobody, nobody should be defending a practice that allows women to get paid less than men for doing the same job. that is discrimination pure and simple. and we ought to bring that to an end. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question and no on the rule and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. sessions: i want to thank the gentleman from massachusetts. he had to sit through the long hearing yesterday and it was most interesting one. i want to point out that the rules committee asked members and their offices to submit any
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ideas and amendments regarding this bill and none were submitted. that's why we have a closed rule. that's why h.r. 685, the mortgage choice act and h.r. 650 preserving access to manufactured housing act are both under a closed rule because we tried to make it available to as many members chose and no one took us up on it. we are here because we have two members who worked hard in committee as well as new members of this republican majority, who worked very diligently inside the financial services committee over the years and have brought these bills back to us. this is not their first appearance. we now have a senate, however that we believe that will take
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up these bills. republicans are committed to reducing the regulatory burden that makes it harder for families to get homes. in this case, it may be manufactured housing it may be directly aimed at the middle class. it may help people a lot. the answer is yes, it does. and that's why we're doing this. we're taking our time today because the middle class of this country deserves us a right to pay attention to them and community banks, small banks back home that people walk in, day after day, year after year, walk in and they are there to help grow not only in the middle class, but also rural america and the areas that are in agricultural areas, areas where there is a lot of energy exploration, people choose to have their own roof over their
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own head and need a chance to get a loan, need a chance to take care of their families. we are willing to keep working out and reaching out. and this is a bipartisan bill. and we are willing to do whatever it takes for individuals and families can help realize their american dream. mr. mcgovern: would the gentleman yield for a unanimous consent request? mr. sessions: i would yield to the gentleman. mr. mcgovern: i wonder if you could let us reclaim some of our time and we yielded back and two of our speakers showed up. mr. sessions: i reserve. mr. mcgovern: reclaiming my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i yield three minutes to ms. delauro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized for three minutes.
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ms. delauro: i rise to ask members to defeat the previous question so the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, can offer an amendment to the house to consider the fairness pay check act. my bill would finish the job started by the equal pay act some 50 years ago. it would end require that pay disparities are not based on gender and passing the bill gives teeth to the principle, men and women in the same job deserve same pay. it passed the house twice already with bipartisan support, i might add. it has come two votes shy of passing in the other body. president obama has called on us to pass it. the american people know the importance of paycheck fairness. in october, a poll asked americans to identify the top
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issue. equal pay was the most common response among menace well as women. all across the country today working families are in trouble. their wages are stagnant. they are in jobs that just don't pay them enough to be able to pay their bills. they are struggling to heat their homes and to feed their children. equal pay is a crucial part of the solution to this problem, since women are more than half of the work force. 2/3 of us are bread winners for our families, lower pay for women means less gas in the car, less food on the table, less money in the college fund and less spending to support our economy. today, is yet another equal payday. what it means is it has taken 104 days for the average woman's earnings to catch up with what the average manmade last year. that is exactly 104 days too long. 52 years since the equal pay act
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became law. a woman still only makes 78 cents on every dollar. the gap has barely changed. for women of color the disparities are wider still. their equal pay day will not arrive until may or june. even in nursing, a profession that is 90% female, men earned $5,100 on average than women. clearly, we must do more to close the gender pay gap. president obama, the department of labor have shown the way by taking action to protect women who work for federal contractors. it is now time that we in the congress act to extend real, enforceable pay equity protection to all women. equal pay for equal work is the right thing to do. it's the smart thing to do. and in fact, would reflect what today's economy is all about, with women being in the workplace overwhelmingly.
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it's time to make it a reality for all americans and i ask my colleagues to defeat the previous question. i thank the gentleman from massachusetts. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: we reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield to mr. polis from colorado. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for two minutes. mr. polis: i thank the gentleman from texas as well as the gentleman from massachusetts for the time. mr. speaker, i rise in support of equal payday. today, april 14, marks the day in which women's earnings from january, 2014, have reached men's earnings in 2014 throughout the entire year. one of the most wealthiest, progressive countries in the world women still find themselves 3 1/2 months behind men in wage disburse. ment for every dollar earned by men in the united states, only 78 cents are earned by women. for a woman working full-time over the span of her career,
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that means a total loss of $430,000, nearly half a million dollars. nonwhite disabled, and lgbt women fare even worse some making as little as 56 cents compared to men in comparable positions. i'm proud to join my colleagues today in recognition of the fact that this disparity is not only anti-kuwaited and morally indefensible. increasing pay for women has a direct and immediate impact on improving our economy and the health of american families. fairly compensating women is not only the right thing to do, it would increase consumer demand, create jobs, and raise the gdp. today on lily ledbetter's birthday, it's time for congress to act to enable women support america's children and families and end this crippling drag on our nation's economic prosperity and moral stain on our country. it's time we play our part in ending the gender gap. i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: i'm delighted the gentleman was able to have these two additional bright speakers, including the gentleman from the rules committee, mr. polis, things worked out very well. i want to thank my dear friend, mr. mcgovern, who asked so i believe that i have come in kind. so i'll reserve my time. mr. mcgovern: let me first of all thank the rules committee for his courtesy and again rossity in allowing two of my colleagues who feel very strongly about these issues to have an opportunity to speak. i'm very, very grateful. as a reward i think i'm not going to say anything else other than to urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question and vote no on the rule. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized.
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mr. sessions: mr. speaker, thank you very much. once again the relationship that the gentleman and i share is very good. we spend hours a week with each other. and we know that occasionally we have different speakers come and i'm delighted that i was able to give that opportunity. mr. speaker, as i begin closing let's take a step in the right direction, right here today. let's take these two bills that came from mr. fincher, mr. huizenga at the urging of the financial services committee. i believe this is the right thing to do on i believe an overwhelmingly partisan basis of that committee. i urge my colleagues to support this rule and the underlying bill. i yield back the balance of my time -- i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: 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. mcgovern: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the
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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 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of adoption of the resolution. 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: the yeas are 239. the nays are 183. the previous question is ordered. the question is on the adoption of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have tsm the ayes have it. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: on that i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise.
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a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 237 the nays are 185. resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to house resolution 189, senate concurrent resolution 11 as amended is considered as adopted. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. price: pursuant to clause 1 of rule 22, i offer a motion. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. price moves take from the speaker's table with the house amendment thrt, insist
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on the house amendment and request a conference with the senate thereon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one hour. mr. price: i thank the speaker and will remind my colleagues that the week before we left for our easter break, the house passed a budget in this chamber and the senate passed a budget as well. and this amendment -- this motion does something very simple. it simply says we will work to combine the best features of those two resolutions to restrain the size and scope of government to reduce spending and balance the budget without raising taxes. i yield back. and i move the previous question on the motion. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question on the motion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the motion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted.
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without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. van hollen: i have a motion to instruct at the desk. the clerk: mr. van hollen move that the managers on the part of the house on the conference of the disagreeing votes of the two houses on the resolution senate concurrent resolution 11 be instructed one to recede from its disagreement with respect to section 363 of senate concurrent resolution 11 relating to the requirement for earned paid sick time to address the health needs of workers and their families. and two, to recede from subsection c-3 of section 808 of the house amendment relating to changing the current medicare program and replacing it with premium support payments. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 7 of rule 22, the gentleman from maryland and
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the gentleman from georgia will each control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. van hollen: the house has passed a budget. it's a budget that is wrong for america. it does not reflect our country's priorities, it does not reflect our values. what it says to the american people is work harder and take home less. that's the house budget. we also have the senate budget. the senate budget is also wrong for america, and the senate budget also says to the american people work harder, take home less. that's the message. so when you've got a house budget that's wrong for america and a senate budget that's wrong for america, both of them which say to the country, work harder, take home less the mid-point between the two or any point between the two is also wrong for america. and also says to the american
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people, work harder, take home less. why do i say both the house and the senate budget say work harder take home less? because amazingly, they both actually increase the tax burden on working families. how? they actually phase out the increase in the child tax credit that helps working families. they phase out the increase or get rid of the increase in the earned income tax credit. they get rid entirely of the higher education deduction, these are deductions families use to help make college more affordable. they get rid of the affordable care act tax credits which help millions of americans afford health insurance. they are squeezing hard-working middle-class families. at the same time the house budget calls for a big tax cut for folks at the very high end
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of the income scale. for millionaires. if you look at the romney-ryan tax plan which this budget green lights and paves the way for, it would call for a one-third cut in the top tax rate. that is a huge windfall for the wealthiest in the country in the same budget that is increasing the tax burden on working families. what else do the republican budgets do? they disinvest in america. they slash way below the historical levels in recorded history the amount that we invest in the categories of the budget that help our kids' education, early education, k through 12, special education. they devastate that part of the budget that is used to invest in innovation in scientific research, things that help power our economy.
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their budget assumes that the transportation trust fund will run dry in a few months. that's not accounted for within their budget numbers. so that's what the republican budgets do, both the house budget and the senate budget. there's no way to remedy those problems in conference because any point between those two is bad for america. the only way to remedy it would be if we were able to instruct the conferees to adopt the house democratic budget proposal that we put forward a few weeks ago, which actually provides additionally tax relief to working families. it significantly increases the child tax credit. if you are a

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