tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN November 4, 2015 11:00pm-12:01am EST
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115 and : the yeas are 313 the speaker pro tempore: the request is printed in part b of house report by the gentleman from california, mr. royce, on which further presentation were est poned and the ayes prevailed. he clerk will redeath. the chair: a recorded a vote has been recorded. a a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will e a two-minute vote.
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the chair: on this vote, the yeas are 133, the nays are 295. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 23 printed in part b of house report 114-326 by the gentleman from georgia, mr. westmoreland on which further proceedings are postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 23
printed in part b of house report 114-326, offered by mr. westmoreland of georgia. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-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.]
amendment number 10 printed in part b of house report 114-326 by the gentleman from iowa, mr. young, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the yeas prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 10 printed in part b of house report 114-326, offered by mr. young of iowa. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient numbering are viz -- having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-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.]
it is now in order to consider amendment number 11 printed in part b of house report 114-326. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? mr. pompeo: i have an amendment at the desk. choi the clerk will designate -- the clerk: the clerk will designate the emmitt -- the chair: the clerk will designate the omit. the house will be in order. members will please take their conversations off the floor. the clerk: amendment number 11 printed in part b of hows report 114-326, offered by mr. pompeo of kansas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 512, the gentleman from kansas, mr. pompeo, and a member opposed each will control ive minutes. members will take their conversations off the floor lease.
the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas. mr. pompeo: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pompeo: i rise in support of my amendment to have the g.a.o. study an important issue that goes to the fairness of our transportation user fee system. for decades, congress has been diverting millions of dollar into the highway trust fund at the ex-novense general aviation community this provision was -- provision was included in the 2005 highway bill. it was created to fight a problem that didn't exist and has now diverted hundreds of millions of dollars from aviation into the highway trust fund. this is simply unfair. it's got to be fixed. the highway trust fund should and must be supported by a user fee system just as the aviation community is supported by a fuel tax. hopefully we can all agree general aviation should not be paying for highway
infrastructure. at the very least, revenues paid by aviators should be reinvested in modernizing our nation's airports. i look forward to working with chairman shuster and the ranking member on this important issue. i urge my colleagues to vote for this important issue. with that, i yield back. the chair: does any member seek ime in opposition? the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from kansas. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the ponch the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 12 printed in part b of house report 114-326. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. foster: i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: the eric -- the chair: the clerk will
designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 12, printed in part b of house report 114-326. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 512 the gentleman from illinois, mr. foster, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. foster: thank you, madam chairman. i thank the chairman and ranking member for their hard work on this bill. my amendment is simple. it requires the department of transportation to send an annual report to congress on how much funding each state has received from the highway trust fund and how much each state has contributed to the highway trust fund, both directly through the gas tax and related fees and taxes and indirectly through transfers from the general fund. to understand why this is important, let's step back and ask how it is that we actually decide how much transportation money is spent in each state. the bulk of this funding takes the form of formula grants to states with the overall allocation set by whatever was
done in previous years. this may tell us a lot about congressional politics in years gone by but it tells us very little about good public policy. oall of this serves as a smoke screen which begs the real question, how to we actually allocate our highway spending? now i'm a scientist and i look at the facts. as far as i can tell, here are the facts. this is a plot here that shows the annual per capita spending from the highway trust fund, plotted against the number of u.s. senators per 10 million people, which i will explain in a moment. without objection, i would like this included into the record. this plot shows -- the chair: the gentleman's request is covered under general leave mr. foster: this plot shows the per capita spending in each state with the number of senators per person that the state has. that says a lot about how broken
our transportation trust fund allocations are. so how do we allocate transportation spending? if it was calculated per capita with each american getting roughly the same amount of transportation spending, if this were the case, then the transportation money would ultimately follow americans to whatever states they chose to live in and could be applied to the best use in each state. elegant mass transportation systems in urban states, highways through the wilderness in rufrle state, well-maintained commuter highways in suburban states. and spending this way would not be a distortion of our economy. but that is not what we do. in fact, per capita transportation spending varies by more than a factor of seven from state to state. driven by mysterious formula handed down from generation to generation in congress. so in my state of illinois, we get about $107 per person per year in transportation spending and i have a hard time explaining to my constituents why citizens of other states
should get $200, $400, $600 or more every year in federal highway spending the states getting rooked like this generally are the larger states as can be seen on this plot. these states -- so in order to rectify this, i actually filed an amendment to replace complex historical formula with a simple per capita allotment which would have benefited the states here, the state which is contain 240 members of the u.s. congress. and i was disappointed that it was decided that this amendment would not be in order. or perhaps we should divide the highway trust fund by economic productivity economic productivity. in this case, each state, would take the highway trust fund. this approach would have
fairness and and that's not what we do either. several times more money then they paid into it. new york, florida, and many others are going out of it. and massive distribution. getting to to the become of this is what my amount is about. and each state rests from the highway trust fund and each bolster the gags tax fund. hile it is is ease career to
figure out, determining the business tax is less straightforward. and most of its economic production will be. and in its analysis and not in a taxes but the taxes. . is is is done by private o i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this amendment and i yield back. the chair: does any member wish opposition . in those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the pip of the chair, the
large businesses have on hand to have this burden and regulatory businesses. and this is their own regular ra tower. without my amendment. his would requirements and new pemmingts up to $15 muscleion. and it gives the administration oed a more regulatory burdens. this bill would make it for they that iss and with that,
not what congress. and big business and install police. let's not regulate. main treat is hurting. vote yes on the amendment and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman wish to claim time in opposition . for what purpose does the gentleman from the seek oman from illinois time to opposition. s schakowsky: it limits the and i want to begin by yielding to the women who is talking
the the safety and gentlewoman from. for -- the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. >> i rise in strong opposition. mrs. capps: this amendment would in cars itical and subto recall. w cars or auto dealers and unrepaired. introduced a safe car act and i'm ranking and they are
pleased to pleased that they are in the under jige by. bill. ey would dealers from safety requirements. and they are thousands of cars are being made. consumers expect that they are have their own cars are safe to say they areher to safe, they would have the same repairs. they are are claiming that the enough.aren't important ridiculous. should not be
in the amendment to make sure drive.tal car is safe to and i yield back. ms. schakowsky: i understand that mp has car dealer ships in their districts but this amendment serves one purpose and one purpose only. nd he vade its responsibilities. r dealer ships just like rental cars. rails and safety auto manufactures themselves and can you imagine bringing your car to a dealer and then being car to drivean and
while your car is being repaired. this amendment will allow. they s is in affect why are. this provision. the rules committee should have put in order the gentlelady's amendment, expandings the provision to ensure that they are not in call. represental the and companies and ought oover deal ears have a responsibility and we have the response bit to make sure they are not put in risk. the chair: the gentleman from
texas is recognize. are you r > i yield two minutes. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for two minutes. mr. kelly: and the fact that people don't have any idea of ow a business is run and whose have an idea and responsibility. there is not a single person in our business that would put one a detective irs in car. bus the wrong phone number, we are going to get that car, imgrip that car is going to get his that and put in that
dweplorble situation. plose, this is what i do and what i what am. and thousands of cars. we voted. if we can tell people, this is the recall. and say what is the recall, well, you know what? this is an porpte pressure. this is terrible. subjecting and who don't ho have to bore good it. and this is what we can. that's why they are so happy
comb it. d if you can't see the difference arch the unball absence, theres a balance. there is something else. something all together. under the same umbrellas and problem here. he chair: jarks. the the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas has 30 seconds remaining. the chair: the gentlewoman from invited to close.
he chair: the gentleman from texas has 0 seconds. . an auto dealer wants to provide great service and loan vehicles to their customers can drop their kids off at school and run errands. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from texas. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 14 printed in
part b of house report 114-326. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. kinzinger: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 14 printed in house report 114-326, offered by mr. kinzinger of illinois. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 512, the gentleman from illinois, mr. kinzinger, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. kinzinger: thank you, madam speaker. i'll use as much time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kinzinger: i rise today to offer an amendment to improve vehicle safety and ensure businesses have the necessary information to comply with section 8 of the tread act. every day, professional automotive recyclers sell harvest parts that are -- sell parts harvested from totaled or end of life cars. these parts are design by
automakers and designed to meet their requirements. when a vehicle may reach the end of its useful life, some parts may have a greater life span this offers consumers an adegreesal choice to purchase a quality recycled part as a lower cost. in 2000 congress enacted the tread act toin crease vehicle safe fi by prohibited the resale of recycled auto parts that are subject to recall and have not been remedied. congress passes legislation with the safety of the driving public in mind. however the ability to have professional automotive recyclers to identify and remove recalled parts from the supply chain is limited. earlier the secretary of transportation said he recommended part manufacturers provide part number information direct throw recyclers and
others who need it for safety. my amendment does that and ensures these businesses can identify such part and remove them from their inventory. our friends in the european union have already i remember:ed -- implemented such a system. i know we have the technological capabilities to similarly improve vehicle safety and i'm hoping my colleague wills show their commitment to improving the recall process with an aye vote. now is the time to pass this measure. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from illinois reserves. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? ms. schakowsky: i seek recognition to claim time in opposition though i'm not going to oppose the bill. the chair: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. schakowsky: i'm i'm not going to oppose the bill, i do have some questions about it. imit seem this is amendment is not likely to be all that effective in get defective parts
off the market for this reason. it only requires part suppliers and automaker to supply information when a recall is first ordered by the sec retear of transportation. it does not apply in the most common recall scenario, when a manufacturer provides notice of a recall. so nhtsa will be asked to expend valuable resources to set up a new system for auto part information and that system, it seems to me, should at least be effective in getting defect i parts off the market and off the road in all circumstances of recalls. i'm going to leave it at that. mr. kinsing inter: i appreciate my friend from illinois' response and would be happy to work with her in the future.
ms. schakowsky: i yield back my type. mr. kinzinger: i yield back as well, madam speaker. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from illinois. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 15 printed in part b of house report 114-326. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? ms. schakowsky: to offer my amendment. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 15 printed in part b of house report 114-326 offered by ms. schakowsky of illinois. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 512, the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. schakowsky, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from illinois.
ms. schakowsky: thank you, madam speaker. in the wake of the g.m. and takada recall it became apparent that major changes are needed to improve information sharing and have safety and strength and accountability measures this amendment addresses some of those issues and i urge my colleagues to support it. before i explain the content of this amendment it is important to explain what is not in the amendment. there are no new civil penalties for companies that fail to adequately protect drivers and the public there is no, quote, imminent hazard authority, unquote, to enable nhtsa to get the most dangerous cars off the road as soon as possible. while i believe those changes are sorely needed, i knew that the republican majority would oppose them so what's left are some of the more obvious reforms for auto safety and there is no reasonable excuse to oppose the amendment. this amendment would improve the
functionality of the national highway transportation safety administration website to enable better and more detailed searches, standardized terms so consistent problems can be identified faster, and improve the early warning database so consumers can determine whether a vehicle they drive or plan to drive has a history of dangerous incidents. my amendment would also increase the amount of information provided to consumers purchasing or leasing used vehicles, including specific vehicle damage history and recall repair history. it would include that information on the used car buyers guy that already must be posted on each used vehicle offered for sale and inform consumers about the web seethe where they can find more information about their specific vehicle history. the investigations into the g.m. and takada failures were made more difficult by the fact that comprehensive safety records were not maintained by many
manufacturers. this amendment would fix that by ensuring those records are preserved for 0 years. awe though manufacturers are not currently required to remedy recall vehicles if those cars were sold more than 10 years before the recall. that makes no sense. especially when the average car on the road is more than 11 years old. this amendment would require all defects to be remedied at no cost to the car owner no matter how long the car has been owned. with more than 30,000 deaths a year, we have a long way to go reducing deaths and serious injuries on the roads. there are things we can and should do to enhance auto safety and congress has a long track rort of doing just that. for example, the bill i sponsored which was signed into law by president bush established a rule making to require technologies that would enable drivers to see behind their vehicles. by 2018, rear cameras will be standard for all cars. that rule will prevent more than 100 deaths and many more injuries each year. this amendment would require
nhtsa to continue that progress by requiring research into technology and then developing standards that could reduce injuries and deaths for rear seat passengers and pedestrians an finally, this amendment eliminates the flawed system of regional recalls. regional recalls limit remedies to specific states this prevents vehicles which have traveled across the country from being recalled. takada issued regional recalls for its air baggs but with high humidity being a factor in air bagg explosions, it makes no sense that its regional recall missed washington, d.c., a swamp work all due respect. while most of the regional recalls were expanded nationally, not all were and some drivers can't legally get their vehicles remedied free of charge. we can't allow this regional recall system to continue. again, these are commonsense safety focused preventions that would enhance consumer information, vehicle safety and
accountability and i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> to claim time in opposition. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. burgess: madam chair, for some time the energy and commerce committee, both the subcommittees of the investigation and trade have been looking into recalls and automobile safety. we've heard about problems within the national highway traffic safety administration and problems within the automobile industry itself. there is a lot to fix an there are provisions to go after those issues in terms of recommendations from the inspector general's office. serious flaws in the basic operation of national highway traffic safety administration were revealed earlier this year in a report -- widely reported
inspector genre port. in an unprecedent move after the report was released the national highway traffic safety administration publicly committed to a timeline to implement all the inspector general's recommendations because of the serious and direct impact on nhtsa's ability to fulfill its core mission. you do worry that the direction now that this amendment purports to go in is going to send resources in the wrong direction. it's going to be very, very friendly to the plaintiff's trial bar. but that's not where our focus should be. of course the plaintiff's bar wants to be able to down load, sort and map all the incidents attributable by an automaker so that they can file class action lawsuits. very, very good for the plaintiff's bar. not necessarily so good for the consumer. the problem is, there is a real cost in going in this direction.
more resources are diverted to defending nonmeritorious lawsuits and that means less going to safety and quality. o effectively this provision starves the consumer in order to feed the plaintiff's bar. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized. ms. schakowsky: how much time is remaining? the chair: the gentlewoman from illinois has one minute remaining. ms. schakowsky: i would say to my colleague, i know that as the chame of the subcommittee that i serve on that deals with auto safety, that he certainly has seen the legislation that i have offered in the past for a very long time and this is the first time i've heard that argument. the idea in this legislation was to pare down the bill that i had introduced into the kinds of safety enhancements that you and
others on the committee, that many of the republicans on the committee, also had in their legislation. the goal is one thing and that is to make sure that we provide more safety and strengthen accountability and that we share more information with consumers. the amendment addresses those issues, has avoided studiously the more controversial parts of auto safety bills that, you know, maybe someday we can come back to, but the goal was to get a good start and i am disappointed that there is opposition to this bill, but still urge my colleagues to support it. i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman's time has expyred. the gentleman from texas is recognize. mr. burgess: thank you, madam chair. i yield myself the balance of our time. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i would just restate that this amendment
takes us in the wrong drecks. i urge my colleagues to vote in opposition to the amendment and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the sque on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from illinois. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. the gentlewoman from -- the amendment is not agreed to. the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized. ms. schakowsky: thank you madam chairman. i ask for a roll call vote. thank you. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from illinois will e postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 16 printed in part b of house report 114-326.
for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? mr. mullin: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 16 printed in part b of house report 114-326, offered by mr. mullin of oklahoma. the chair: pursuant to hougs resolution 512, the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. mullin, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from yk. mr. mullin: the agency provides credits to automakers that produce alternative fuel the agency provides alternative fuel vehicles. natural gas has vehicles. s