tv U.S. House of Representatives Legislative Business CSPAN January 12, 2016 12:00pm-2:01pm EST
know there are not only claims backlog -- ok. mr. chairman, i yield back. >> we will leave this hearing now as the house is about to gavel in for legislative business. members are expected to debate a bill about mountain top coal mine going into effect and sanctions on north korea. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] the chaplain: dear heavenly father, it is with thanksgiving and a mournful heart as we approach this day, as we remember the lives lost and tragically affected by the earthquake in haiti six years ago to this day. today we are grateful, god, for the lives rescued by the actions of our president, as well as the bipartisan endeskers of the members of this congress -- endeavors of the members of this congress and the heroic men and women in the armed services. we pray for our elected representatives in this
assembly and ask that you imbue them with wisdom, as they face ever increasing difficult and complex decisions. concerning the direction of this country. enable them to act responsibly and selflessly. in the fulfillment of their oaths of office. bless our nation and teach us to leverage our resources. to help the most vulnerable citizens, both domestic aed a broad. amen -- and abroad. amen. the speaker pro tempore: 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 approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from washington, mr. kilmer. mr. kilmer: please join me in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, is recognized for one minute. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i rise to thank reverend nathaniel "nate" from new york for offering today's opening prayer. a graduate of spring valley high school and yale university, pastor nate teaches in the central school district and at rockland community college. for the last five years, he has led first timothy christian church, which under his guidance, has been a source of support for haitian americans in our community following the devastating earthquake in haiti. together, we will continue to work toward our shared goals of
democracy, prosperity and success for the haitian people. again, i thank pastor nate for his excellent work and for eing here today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the chair will entertain up to 15 further one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask 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. lamalfa: mr. speaker, this week we will send a measure to the president rejecting the waters of the united states power grab. the e.p.a.'s plan would grant jurisdiction over fully 95% of my home state of california, allowing an agency to have a
power grab. they experienced federal actions so ludicrous that i can't make them up. in one a farmer was fined because -- never mind the farm was a wheat allotment for decades. in another instance, the government used the clean water act to attack a family farm to shifting more efficient irrigation systems. this during a drought in california. imagine getting fined for saving water. in both instances, the government sanctioned farmers for activities that are clearly exempt under the clean water act. in fact, language i sponsored to defund regulation of exempt activities was signed into law in december, yet, the e.p.a. persists in these illegal activities. when congress can't trust federal agencies to use authority they already have, when we can't trust them to follow the clear congressional action and direction, how can we possibly granting them more power and more responsibility? mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington 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 i rise to recognize u.s. army staff sergeant matthew mcclintock, a fallen hero who answered the call to serve his country. mr. kilmer: last week i had the solemn honor of joining his family, wife, alley, his 3-month-old son, his parents and others at dover air force base for sergeant mcclintock's final trip home. it was an experience i'll never forget, and it's important his service and the sacrifice of he and his family be acknowledged here in the house of representatives. sergeant mcclintock joined the army in 2006, and he served in both iraq and afghanistan. on his most recent deployment, he was serving as citizen soldier in the national guard special forces unit. not only will he be remembered as a green beret and a hero, he'll be remembered as a loving son, husband and father who was so proud to welcome his son into the world.
that world is stronger and better because of his service. nothing we can say can ease the pain of his family, but i can promise that the service of this hero and his sacrifice will not be forgotten. it will live on in the memory of those he called comrades and his commanders who routinely cited the example he set. he will live on in the gratitude of this nation and most importantly will live on with his wife, son and other family members who knew better than anyone else his love of his country and the people in his life. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> request to address the house and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. todayty rise to discuss the president's proposed executive actions on gun control, and you will probably hear more about this tonight right here in this chamber. the second amendment has been engrained in american life
since 1791 and since then, congress has been committed to preserving those constitutional rights. however, the president has a different agenda. his proposed plan on gun control is yet another example of his unconstitutional legislative strategy. using executive orders and circumventing congress to get his way. recent events have shown us that americans deserve the right to protect themselves and stripping law-abiding citizens of their right to bear arms will not accomplish that. mr. allen: the american people do not want to see their second amendment rights limited and neither do i. i will do everything in my power to fight against this administration's gun grab. for 225 years, americans have had the right to bear arms, and i am not about to see this right be compromised for the sake of a political legacy. the constitution is not merely a suggestion, it is the law of the land. and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york 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. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, last month the centers for disease control issued guidelines urging primary care physicians to think twice before escribing oip uniteds for -- opioids for pain relief. i asked the state medical boards to suggest stronger guidelines as well. the overprescription of opioids may be widespread across the medical community. pain management is an important part of a physician's practice, but it is critical that prescribers understand when options other than these highly addictive drugs are available. mr. speaker, last year the number of overdoses from prescription painkillers increased by 19%, and from heroin 28%. 19,000 americans lost their lives and more die every day. i thank the center for disease control for their work on this issue, and i urge the administration, congress and the medical community to end the overprescription of
painkillers. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: 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. wilson: mr. speaker, this evening the president will address congress and the american people to defend his legacy of failure in jobs, national defense and more gun control. the president's legacy has destroyed jobs and increased regulations that cripples small business. he should change course to support creating jobs, reducing unnecessary regulations and repeal obamacare. the president's legacy overseas, abandoning iraq, not upholding the red line in syria, and oy posing a nato training force in lib -- opposing a nato training force in libya allowed isis to grow, children drowning at sea. the administration should change course to destroy isis. the american people need a positive plan for victory on the global war on terrorism. the gun control would not have stopped any of the mass
attacks. the president should change course to reform mental health and stop terrorists from attacking american families. i join the rest of americans hoping the president will offer a positive agenda to the american people tonight, not more big government failure. in conclusion, god bless our troops and may the president, by his actions, never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from alabama seek recognition? ms. sewell: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. sewell: mr. speaker, i rise robert aderholt, as well as the rest of the alabama delegation, to thank nick saban championship in the bowl. what canry say, roll tied. it represents the 16th national championship for the crimson tide and the fourth national
title in seven years under the leadership of coach nick saban. what an awesome record. the state of alabama and its delegation are extremely proud of the talented football players, coaches, students and fans. from the heisman trophy winner, brent henry, the quarterback, jake coker, and the tremendous 95-yard run of kenyan drake, all of the players, entire 2015 team deserves our applause and congratulations. this team will join the annuals of the tide history as one of the 16 national championship teams. what an honor. we wa to acknowledge the crimson university tigers -- clemson university tigers for a great season and game last night. i want to personally acknowledge representative jeff duncan and his staff for the friendly wager and wanter on social media. i know congressman duncan will look great in the bear bryant hat and the university of alabama tie on the capitol
steps. now, bring on that south carolina barbecue. once again, we, the alabama delegation, stand here today with sleight humility and great pride to congratulate the crimson tide of the university of alabama as the 2015 national football championship. what can we say collectively? roll tide. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. johnson: i ask 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. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, most america's guard reserve forces all hold a civilian job in addition to their military service. but unfortunately the i.r.s. doesn't treat these heroes fairly when it comes to their retirement savings. you know, right now if a guard or reserve service member
decides to benefit from a thift savings plan or t.s.p. match, then the i.r.s. may limit the member's ability to save for retirement simply because they also have a civilian career. you know, this is wrong. that's why i'll be introducing the service member retirement improvement act, and i am pleased that the bill is supported by a wide range of military and veteran advocacy groups. our service members shouldn't be penalized when it comes to saving for their retirement st because they happen to be serving our country. we're working hard to right this wrong. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. hahn: mr. speaker, tonight for the first time there will be one empty seat in our first
lady's box for the state of the union address. one seat will be left open next to ryan, whose boyfriend, daniel coffman, was shot and killed in the recent terrorist attacks in san bernardino. that seat will represent daniel and all of the americans who have lost their lives to gun violence. tonight when i look at that empty chair, i'm going to be thinking about mary, a 72-year-old woman who was shot and killed in san pedro last january. armando, a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed in compton in september. lucille willis, a 74-year-old woman who was shot and killed in carson in april. emanuel sosa, an 18-year-old young man who was shot and killed in wilmington, california, in june. that seat will represent 436 people who have been shot and killed in just los angeles county alone, since the last state of the union.
heartbreakingly, if we saved empty seats for each one of those victims, every seat on the house floor tonight would be empty. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> 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. . >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the life and memory of dr. richard howard gam bell of sheffield, alabama, who passed away just a few weeks ago on christmas day. howard searched as a giant in the field of -- served as a giant in the field of dentistry where he was the president of the academy of general dentistry, president of the alabama a.g.d. chapter. additionaly, howard devoted 17 years of public service to the state of alabama. serving as mayor of sheffield, police and fire commissioner, city councilman and county commissioner. mr. gosar: however i'm sure he will be most proud of his record, serving our country in the united states air force. but despite these impressive accomplishments, he didn't live
to rack up titles or positions. he lived to fulfill his missions of making a difference in the lives of his patients and his community. in that regard, howard was a huge success. on a personal note, i'm incredibly proud to follow in howard's footsteps as a dentist, to answer the call of public service and call him a personal friend. his life long contributions to advancing the field of dentistry will not be forget be. ly, -- forgotten. finally, i'd like to honor the school of dentistry by saying to words that howard would like to hear more than anything else, roll tide. thanks for all the smiles, howard. you'll be missed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. sanchez: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in honor of joseph jackson jr., a resident of my hometown of anaheim, california.
mr. jackson was born on april 14, 1937, to a domestic worker and a janitor in memphis, tennessee. during the height of segregation. his tremendous civil rights contributions date back to 1960, when he was elected as the youth council president of the naacp in mississippi. on march 27, 1961, as a young college student, mr. jackson participated in a peaceful civil rights movement with eight others. you see, he wanted to be able to go into that jackson, mississippi, municipal library. they did a sit-in, a read-in, they called it. these nine civil rights students were recognized. mr. jackson's desegregation movement started small. but his efforts led our nation to ultimately desegregate public institutions.
as we celebrate martin luther king jr. day, he has had an incredible impact and let us not forget the nine. we honor mr. joseph jackson jr. and the nine for the historic achievement, nonviolent activism, and their courage to act -- to advocate for a civil society. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor a dear friend, john bentley of league city. john lost his fight to cancer on december 20. he was a mere 73 years old. john and his block ofed jerry, his wife, moved to league city in 1999, where they immersed
themselves into the community by getting involved in local politics, nonprofits and the local church. john served on the galveston county health district's united board of health and served as a chair for precinct 152 for the county republican party. he also helped form the bay area pacaderm club, where he was the club's vice president this year. john was very passionate about local politics and became a very influential figure in our county. mr. webster: along with his wife -- mr. weber: along with his wife, they sfeabed the clear lake tea party in 2009 where john served as the group's chairman in 2010. it is with great sadness, i must say good bito -- goodbye to my friend. but it is important that we celebrate his life and be comforted in the fact that he's now with our lord and savior, jesus christ. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute.
>> mr. speaker, today i rise in advance of martin luther king day, to recognize dr. king and the advocates of peace, equality and social justice who continue his work today. dr. king spoke of a dream, that his children would grow up in a world where they would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. thanks to his work and sacrifice, i have had the -- i have had the benefit in growing up in a changing world -- of growing up in a changing world, where our content is more important than the color of our skin. ms. graham: but we still have more work to do. i want my children to grow up in a changed world, where regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation, we can all be treated equally. i hope this congress will remember dr. king and will continue to work to ensure that
all americans have the right to vote, equality under the law, and the opportunity to succeed. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. during his visit this september, less than 20 feet from where i stand, pope francis stood before this congress and encouraged us to protect, by means of law, the image and likeness fashioned by god on every human face. throughout my time representing the people of kansas, i have fought to defend this sanctity, and dignity of every human life, and to honor this. mr. pompeo: next week, on january 22, the anniversary of the supreme court's decision on roe v. wade, hundreds of young people from all across kansas will come together for the march of life, united in their mission to advocate for the unborn. hey'll come from high schools,
and from all across the fourth district of kansas. i am proud that despite millions of abortions that have been performed in the united states since roe, these young people remain steadfast in their efforts to end this unspeakable violence. and that has acted as a scourge against the unborn for far too long. as these young people march on america's front lawn, the national mall, i'm encouraged that together we can secure the right for the life of the unborn and end a practice that runs contrary to the most sacred principles on which this nation was founded. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire eek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kuster: thank you, mr. speaker. as chair of the congressional ski and snowboard caucus, i rise today to recognize the life of george, an accomplishments new england business leader, a mentor and a very dear friend, who passed away in december. throughout his career, george
was stalwart in his business, his athletic prowess and his philanthropy. he was an owe litsch -- olympic ski racer in 1948 and 1952, an official for the eastern amateur ski association, and a leader in business and philanthropy as president of the corporation. he loved the challenge and thrill of downhill ski racing and he was a founder in 1957 of wildcat mountain ski area in my district, in new hampshire. yet as george found such extraordinary success, he never forgot to give back to his community. and over the years he was a fierce supporter and advocate for many important causes in boston and throughout new england. he was the father of three extraordinary ski racers and the grandfather of several more. but he and his wife masterfully balanced their ski racing careers, their successful business career and their generous philanthropy.
george will be missed by many, but his legacy of generosity, entrepreneurship and extraordinary athleticism will live on for years to come. he will be sadly missed. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i stand today in defense of innocent life. my wife, jackie, and i are blessed with seven wonderful children, each with their own unique gifts that they bring to the world. mr. emmer: i am and always have been pro-life. i am also opposed to federal funding of abortion. on january 6, the house sent the restoring americans health care freedom reconciliation act to the president's desk. this bill would have made planned parenthood the largest abortion provider in the united states, ineligible for much of the federal funding it receives.
instead, reallocating those funds to provide for other women's health centers. unfortunately the president put politics ahead of policy and vetoed the bill. the fight is far from over. this year, on the 43rd anniversary of roe v. wade, i join many americans in mourning the deaths of the more than 56 million babies who have been lost. the bill passed by congress is proof the american public is determined, now more than ever, to maintain the standard and principle that every life is precious and must be protected. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to inform that even if the he will anyoneow rains and snows -- el nino rains and snows continue, the drought crisis in california is not over. the need to get a california water legislation passed and signed into law in washington
and sacramento is more urgent you know than ever. while the people i represent are hurting, over one million acres of some of the most productive farm land in the world goes unplanted. mr. costa: and people in our country and around the world sadly go hungry. if this el nino effect continues, there will be an opportunity to move water to arguably the driest part of california, of which i represent a part of. therefore, congress must pass legislation that can provide short-term relief so water can be delivered to the san joaquin valley, because the livelyhood of our farmers, our farm workers and our farm communities depend upon it. there still is time. we have a broken water system in california. it's time we fix it. failing to pass legislation to fix our broken water system is irresponsible and a disservice to all of the californians, including the people that i represent. i thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the most ancient christian
communities of all are in the middle east. where faith has been handed down in unbroken successsition -- succession since the apostles and it is there that terrorists are attempting to commit genocide against christian believers. to an alarming extent, they're succeeding. for the first time in 16 centuries, there's no catholic mass offered in mosul. christians were once 15% of the population in syria, now they're less than 5%. mr. pitts: the percent in egypt has been cut in half. isis has over 100 christians captive, even as we speak. christian refugees are often afraid to stay at united nations camps due to the threats of violence even there. as a result, there are disproportionately few christians among those granted refugee status by the united states. only about 3% of syrian refugees admitted into the united states are christians. while christians are perhaps the most threatened group of all in syria.
the united states must not allow another genocide to happen on our watch. and we must ensure that we're helping those who are most vulnerable. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to commemorate the sixth anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the nation of haiti on january 12, 2012. today marks six years since the malignant tude -- magnitude of 7.0 earthquake struck some 15 miles south of haiti's population center and the seat of its government. the aftermath of the quake was unimaginable. it is estimated that as many as 316,000 people perished and nearly 1.3 million were displaced. this tragedy struck in a nation already hobbled by grinding poverty, health disparities and food insecurity. today there remains approximately 147,000
internally displaced people in haiti, with countless others remaining displaced outside of i.d.p. camps. the world and the american people, though, responded to the earthquake with compassion and generosity. to date the u.s. has contributed billions to recovery efforts, along with donors from around the world. the assessing progress in haiti act, which i introduced in the house, it was a bipartisan effort, with congresswoman ros-lehtinen, which president obama signed into law two years ago, provides critical oversight and reporting to ensure that aid be delivered in the most effective way possible. unfortunately, more work needs to be done. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to extend and revise my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to pay respects to neil ratchford who passed away peacefully on sunday at the age of 87. mr. ratchford was born on november 1, 1928.
he grew up and lived his entire 87 years in georgia. he will be remembered as the sausage man, because he made hot meat sausage, a family tradition, since 1898. he continued this family tradition until 1999 when he passed along the business to his son-in-law. throughout his life, he stayed community and family-minded, believing that the best committee meetings were those with three members and two absent. mr. carter: for over 50 years, along with his friend, he spearheaded the fifth sunday morning breakfast which brings fathers and their sons together for a morning of faithful worship at the united methodist church. he was a man of few words but believed he should -- you should make your words count. in the end, he joins his wife, mary olive, having lived a long, fruitful life raising four children and two grandsons who now attend my alma mater, the university of georgia. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada seek recognition? . ms. titus: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. titus: 2015 was a banner year for the las vegas valley. we broke records by welcoming more than 42 million visitors from around the globe to enjoy all that las vegas has to offer, and that's thanks to the hard working men and women in our hotels, restaurants, shops, casinos and the supporting industries and agencies. in particular, i'd like to acknowledge rossi rolling cotter and his team at the las vegas visitor and convention authority. the lvcva has made las vegas not just a great place to live and work and visit but also a brand that's recognizable worldwide. last week i had the pleasure of hosting transportation secretary anthony fox in my district for a tour of the consumer electronic show and the roundtable with local
government, transportation, tourism and economic development leaders. inintersection of transportation policy and the tourism industry and we talked about plans how to revitalize our aging infrastructure. with the passage of the fast act and provisions i had help ensure tourism and transportation was part of planning, we put in place a long-term bill that will help bring this vision to life. 2016 promises to be an even bigger and better year for las vegas. so come and see and enjoy it for yourself. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north dakota seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> >> mr. speaker, if it seems like i'm giving the same speech, congratulating the same football team on winning the same championship, it's because i do. and i'm here again to congratulate the north dakota
state bison by winning that you are unprecedented fifth f.c.s. national championship defeating jacksonville of, yes, alabama, 37-10 in frisco, texas, last saturday. mr. cramer: bismarck's winston, our quarterback, earned m.v.p. status for the second year in a row, an accomplishment made remarkable about the fact he missed the last five games with a broken wrist. his backup, easton, deserves credit. thundering herd to eight consecutive victories en route to frisco. the coaching staff and the athletes at bison nation earned their place in history through hard work and exceptional preparation. these are to be admired by our nation and aspired by our nation and i look forward to standing here next year to celebrate the green and gold on winning an f.c.s. six pack. go, bison. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from alabama seek recognition? mrs. roby: 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 gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. roby: mr. speaker, this week we are taking important and long-awaited action on behalf of farmers, foresters and anyone who owns land by sending to the president's desk a joint resolution ending the aggressive overreach by the environmental protection agency into private lands. s.j.res. 22 is a joint resolution with the u.s. senate to end the e.p.a.'s ridiculous waters of the united states rules, seeking to expand the definition of navigable waters to include puddles, ditches and other small bodies of water, making them subject to inspection. of course we all want to ensure that rules are followed to keep our waters clean, but making puddles and ditches subject to inspection just to expand the reach of federal regulators has nothing to do with clean water.
mr. speaker, you might recall that the house voted to put a stop to waters of the u.s. rule last year, and the u.s. sirkt court of appeals granted a nationwide stay on the rule. however, this joint resolution is a measure we needed to finally send this bill to the president and put the responsibility for this harmful rule on him. i will continue to fight against this radical environmental agenda being forced on americans by this administration through executive overreach and the congress is in the right -- is right to take steps to stop it. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? for what purpose does the entleman from texas 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. poe: mr. speaker, recently the harris county, texas, precinct constable's office
received a phone call from arkansas. the anchorage police department was looking for a missing girl. they knew she met some bad people on social media and believe she was in had houston. they were correct. human sex traffickers targeted her on social media because slave traders are on the prowl for young and impreciousable girls in the mall and online. they act like a friend and boyfriend until they trap the boyfriend. then they enslave and force these young girls to sell their bodies over and over again. mr. speaker, our kids are sold at the marketplace of sex slavery. why was this teenager trafficked from alaska to texas? because of demand. people, sex deviants are willing to buy and force people into bondage. we cannot end human trafficking without ending demand. as we recognize human trafficking awareness month, americans must fight for our kids and combat this modern day slavery. that stimulus sending the sellers and the buyers of
kidnapped young girls to prison and rescuing the victims. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from west virginia 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. i rise today to welcome dr. jerome gilbert as the 37th president of marshall university in my hometown of huntington, west virginia. dr. gilbert has decades of experience in higher education. he comes to marshall from mississippi state university where he served as provost and executive vice president for six years. i have no doubt that dr. gilbert will carry on the legacy of the beloved late dr. steven j. cobb whose vision for marshall university has helped transformed it into the tremendous institution that it
is today. mr. jenkins: he will also build upon the work of interim president gary white who has faithfully guided marshall through a difficult time in the institution's history. i am sure dr. gilbert and his wife, leigh, will see the huntington community is one they will be proud to call home. as the university continues to capitalize on recent successes, including the new arthur wiseburg family applied engineering complex, i look forward to working with dr. gilbert during this exciting chapter for marshall university. welcome to huntington, welcome to marshall university. dr. gilbert, go herd. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: i ask to speak to the house -- i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. speaker. this is an exciting today as the president presents to us his vision for the nation. in addition, over the weekend,
speaker ryan indicated his vision and the opportunity for members of congress to pass serious legislation which includes criminal justice reform. how exciting it is to be the ranking member on the criminal justice committee and to work with my colleagues, mr. goodlatte and mr. conyers and all of my colleagues on that committee to talk about important issues. just today we passed a bill dealing with mental health programs. the d.o.j. report found that 54% of state prisoners and 45% of federal prisoners have some form of mental illness. jails and prisons now house more than three times the number of mentally ill individuals than do mental health facilities and hospitals. it is clear that part of the criminal justice reform deals with mental health, but it also deals with rehabilitation and re-entry, which we're discussing in the judiciary committee. in addition, we're working on reforming the juvenile justice system. my message, mr. speaker, is as the president speaks, as the speaker has spoken, it is time
now we come collaboratively, republicans and democrats, and truly end mass incarceration and find a way to solve the criminal justice problem, both by reducing gun violence, helping the people who need the help. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> well, thank you, mr. speaker. i want to turn your attention to the crisis in syria. since july, 2015, this town's been under siege by the evil regime of al-assad. its deprived its citizens, starved them and 31 at least have died and those that try to flee face barrel bombs and regime.by the assad mr. kinzer: inaction in rwanda -- mr. speaker, i fear our greatest regret, both of this president and of this house will be inaction in syria. there are over 250,000 dead
men, women and children by the evil regime of assad because they believe the target of them puts more collective pain than to target just fighters. mr. speaker, if we're going to destroy isis, and we all want to destroy isis, you cannot destroy isis with the existence of assad. assad is the greatest recruiter to isis than has ever existed. whether it's isis today or the next iteration tomorrow, assad must go for the sake of a free syria, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. 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 january 12, 2016, at 11:31 a.m. that the senate agreed to relative to the death of dale
bumper, former united states senator from the state of arkansas, senate resolution 343. with best wishes, signed sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> 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. sherman: just want to further the remarks of the gentleman who just spoke. there are those who think we can just go after isis. keep in mind the shiite extremist alliance of tehran, of assad, of hezbollah has killed far more americans than isis has. starting with our marines in the 1980's and including hundreds of our service people in iraq and afghanistan. they have killed far more civilians than isis ever aspired to. over 200,000 in syria alone. and finally, as long as assad
is in power in syria, the sunni community will be rising up in rebellion. aside doesn't fight isis but he did in effect by his policies create -- assad doesn't fight isis but he did in effect by his policies create isis. maliki the same in iraq by oppressing the sunni community in iraq and giving rise to this isis scourge. so let us remember, we got to extremist is and the shiite kabbalah. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 583 and ask for its
immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 86. house resolution 583. 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. 1644, to amend the surface mining control and reclamation act of 1977 to ensure transparency in the development of environmental regulations, 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 natural resources. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment
under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on natural resources now printed in the bill. the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to the committee no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in 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 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 committee amendment in the nature of a substitute. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or ithout instructions. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the joint resolution, s.j.res. 22, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, united states code, of the rule submitted by the corps of engineers and the environmental protection agency relating to the definition of waters of the united states under the federal water pollution control act. all points of order against consideration of the joint resolution are waived. the joint resolution shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the joint resolution are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the
joint resolution 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 transportation and infrastructure, and two, one motion to commit. section 3, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 3662, to enhance congressional oversight over the administration of sanctions against certain iranian terrorism financiers, and for other purposes. 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 by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on foreign affairs,
and two, one motion to recommit. section 4, on any legislative day during the period from january 14, 2016, through january 22, 2016, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved, and, b, the chair may at any time declare the house adjourned to meet at a date and time, within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution, to be announced by the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 5, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 4 of this resolution as though under lause 8-a of rule 1. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized for one hour. mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume.
mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, on monday, the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 583, providing for consideration of three important pieces of legislation. hose are h.r. 1644, the stream act, h.r. 3662, the iran terror finance transparency act, and s.j.res. 22, a joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval of the e.p.a. and army corps of engineers' rule relating to the definition of waters of the united states under the clean water act. the rule provides for consideration of h.r. 1644, under a structured rule, making four amendments in order. three from the democrats and one from republicans. h.r. 3662, under a closed rule,
and s.j.res. 22, also under a closed rule. mr. speaker, like many americans, i have grave concerns about the administration's nuclear agreement with iran. since the agreement's adoption in july, iran has shown no goodwill or intention of improving its relationship with the west. in many ways, the iranian regime has increased its aggressive attitude toward the united states and our allies. against u.n. security council resolutions, the rogue nation has expanded its ballistic missile program, testing two missiles as recently as last fall. just on december 26, an iranian military ship fired a rocket near u.s. and french military vessels in the persian gulf. these ins departments occurred just -- these incidents occurred just months before crippling international sanctions against the country are scheduled to be lifted.
further, iran continues to be a state sponsor of terrorism, a direct threat to our closest ally in the region, israel. it continues rampant human rights abuses and continues the wrongful imprisonment of five american citizens. president obama and senior administration officials have claimed that the nuclear agreement and lifting of economic sanctions, which could return as much as $100 billion in frozen assets to tehran, will help iran down a more moderate path. however, reality appears to show the contrary is occurring. just weeks after the deal was igned, the supreme leader, ayatollah can manny, stated, we will not allow american political, economic or cultural influence in iran. just last week, the supreme leader told a gathering of prayer leaders that americans
have set their eyes covetously on elections, but the great and vigilant nation of iran will act contrary to the enemy's will. whether it be an elections on oregon -- whether it be on elections or on other issues, and will, as before, punch them in the mouth. now while president obama may find something positive in iran's actions and statements, i believe congress owes it to the american people to view with skepticism and concern iran. h.r. 3662, the iran terror finance transparency act, requires the president to certify that those individuals and entities receiving sanctions relief under the iranian nuclear deal are not in iran's support for
terrorism. in its human rights abuses or its ballistic missiles program. by passing this legislation, mr. speaker, congress can help ensure that the u.s. will continue to sanction and deter terrorism and illegal ballistic missile tests with the state of iran. in arguing for the nuclear deal's adoption, the president committed to congress and to the american people that our sanctions on iran for its support of terrorism, its human rights abuses and ballistic missiles program will continue to be fully enforced. so this legislation gives us the opportunity to hold the president to his word and to conduct the necessary oversight to ensure that sanctions are enforced. additionally, this rule will provide for consideration of two other very critical measures that will help protect american businesses and families from the administration's regulatory overreach. mr. speaker, this rule provides for consideration of h.r. 1644,
legislation that was drafted in response to the office of surface mining reclamation and enforcement's ongoing rulemaking process, that seeks to govern the interaction between surface mining operations and streams. it's commonly referred to as the stream buffer zone rule. in december of 2008, the outgoing bush administration published its final stream buffer zone rule. this rule was a product of over five years of deliberation, , ensive scientific research environmental analyses, public comment and a concurrence from the environmental protection agency. put simply, this rule was developed the right way. with transparency, with unbiased research, scientific integrity, stakeholder engagement and most importantly, public involvement. however, shortly after the final 2008 rule was released,
several environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the o.s.m.. ultimately leading to a settlement agreement between o.s.m. and the environmental group after numerous missed deadlines, the environmental organization's renew -- organizations renewed the litigation, the administration agreed with the complaint and as a result the court vacated the 2008 rule. and o.s.m. subsequently restarted the rulemaking process. since that time the entire process has lacked transparaphernalia. oversight conducted -- transparency. oversight conducted revealed that the settlements agreement expedited time frame, coupled with an inexperienced contractor, as well as gross mismanagement of the rulemaking process, resulted in major issues with the administration's rule. now, this may sound just a little familiar. it's the very same sue and set am practice that the house --
settle practice that the house addressed just last week with the passage of h.r. 712, the sunshine for regulatory decrees and settlements act. the outcome is another example of why sue and settle leads to poor rulemakings and onerous regulations that significantly businesses and jobs they're supposed to be supporting. backroom deals between environmental groups and federal agencies do not lead to sound regulations, but instead circumvents the rulemaking process to serve the interest of a select few. namely, special interests and environmental groups. r six years, o.s.m. has been rewriting this rule. and the ongoing process has now cost the taxpayers over $10 million. though this is only a small fraction of the cost it will have on businesses and hardworking american families. the stream protection rule will drass lick i -- drastically reduce our access to coal,
which accounts for nearly half of our country's electricity, leading to higher electricity costs and significant job losses. according to a study from the national mining association, the number of direct mining jobs that could be lost is 77,000.40,000 and and the total job losses in between 112,000 and 280,000. a fact that is underscored by the nation's second largest oil company, arch coal, filing for bankruptcy, largely due to the increased cost of federal regulations. and that happened just this week, mr. speaker. for these reasons, it's imperative that we pass h.r. 1644. egislation that delays the rule's implementation, increases scientific transparency for rulemakings, affecting mining, directs a transparent third party to evaluate the existing stream buffer zone rule, and reduces
duplicative regulation. this rule also makes in order legislation dealing with an issue that i hear about very often in my congressional district. striking the controversial waters of the united states rule. s.j.res. 22 is a resolution of disapproval of the president's rule that was passed by the senate in bipartisan fashion and it's now time for the house to consider and pass this important measure. this legislation was crafted in response to the watus rule promulgated by the e.p.a. and the army corps of engineers, which redefines and vastly expands the scope of water subject to federal jurisdiction under the clean water act. by issuing this rule, these agencies have given themselves broad new power over water and land across the united states. like many of my constituents, i
am very concerned with this massive federal overreach. it goes far beyond the agency's statutory authority and could impose significant costs, not only on american farmers and small businesses, but on states and local governments. the rule is another federal power grab that has more to do with controlling land use decisions than protecting access to clean water. mr. speaker, s.j.res. 22 utilizes the congressional review act to block this harmful regulation and it is time to send this critical measure to the president's desk. i urge my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation and rule, providing for its consideration. mr. speaker, the rule we considered here today provides for the consideration of three bills that are critically important for the future of this country. must pass h.r. 1644 and s.j.res. 22, to protect american families and businesses from the rampant
executive overreach that will be the defining achievement of he obama administration. furthermore, the united states must stand with our allies in the middle east, as well as around the world, in the face of growing iranian aggression, which threatens not only the stability of the region, but the strength of u.s. alliances and standing in the world. i stand ready to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to ensure that the obama administration's shortsighted nuclear agreement does not unravel decades of work by the u.s. and our allies to impose meaningful sanctions on the country of iran. . thee sappingses that restricted iran's ability to spread its radical beliefs and inflict unknown damage on its neighbors in the region. i urge my colleagues to support this rule as well as the underlying legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington reserves his time. the gentleman from massachusetts
is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i thank the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to consume. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i rise in very strong opposition to this rule and the underlying legislation. the rule provides for consideration of three pieces of legislation and two of these bills are under a completely closed process. n fact, these are the 49th and 50th closed rules in this congress. last year was the most closed session in the history of our country. and i think this year we'll probably beat last year. i don't think that's anything to be proud of. this is supposed to be the greatest deliberative body in the world, but the problem is we don't deliberate very much anymore. we don't pass legislation.
instead we pass sound bites. that's what we are doing here today. this chamber has become an echo chamber, if you will, for the republican congressional campaign committee. and its priorities. and the people's business gets tossed to the side. when speaker ryan took the gavel, he promised openness and return to serious legislating, and my colleagues on the rules committee, you know, we give opportunities to be more generous with granting more opportunities for members of th sides to be able to offer amendments. every time we do that, they vote no. and every time we bring up an open rule, they vote no. here we are with two more bills that will be debated under a completely closed process this week. things have to change here. i hope my colleagues and the leadership on the other side
will reflect on what the purpose of us being here is supposed to be. i would say it is about trying to find ways to come together and to pass things that will help improve the quality of life for all the people of this country as well as to ensure our security in this dangerous world. mr. speaker, let me say a few ords about h.r. 3662, the iran terror finance traps -- transparency act. my republican friends would have believe that this bill is a serious effort to increase congressional oversight of sanctions relief under the terms of the joint comprehensive plan action, commonly known as the iran deal. i wish that were true, mr. speaker. such a bill could bring together a substantial number of members from both parties. i would be even the iran deal. i wish that were true, mr. speaker. such a bill could bring together a substantial number of members from both parties.
i would be even more confident about such a bill if it were crafted with input from the administration about how congress could be most helpful and effective in monitoring the iran nuclear deal. regrettably, what is coming before the house is another ultrapartisan bill that would shut down the ability of the united states to carry out its own obligations under the iran deal. rather than the world closely monitoring iran's compliance, this bill would make the united states a target of condemnation for failing to fulfill its commitments. in fact, it would be the united states that is the nation in noncompliance with the iran nuclear deal. many of my colleagues who are critics of the iran nuclear deal have already signaled they cannot support this bill. house republicans made no attempt whatsoever to make this bill a bipartisan bill. they made no attempt to draft a bill that might actually be signed by the president and worth the american taxpayers' time. this is political theater at its worst, plain and simple. this latest house republican bill is even more dangerous because it plays politics with
our national security. no one here wants to see iran freed from its commitment not to develop a nuclear weapon. but that's exactly what this bill would do if it ever became law. it would make sure that the united states could not fulfill its part of the bargain, thus killing the nuclear agreement and iran would once again be free to pursue building nuclear weapons. that is insane. how can my republican friends possibly think that this is a good idea? i believe that there are members of congress in both parties who want to work together with the administration in a bipartisan manner to build on the progress that they have made to prevent iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. i do believe there are democrats and republicans in congress who genuinely want to strengthen the ability of the u.s. and the international community to respond effectively to iran's recent testing of ballistic missiles. hold iran accountable for their support of militant and
terrorist organizations in the middle east, and secure the freedom of americans currently imprisoned in iran. i also believe that achieving these goals may not require legislation, but strong bipartisan actions that increase u.s. leverage with our international partners and with iran. but playing dangerous political games with our national security by bringing legislation like this to the floor, legislation that would undermine and perhaps even kill the nuclear deal with iran is not the answer. luckily for the american people, this bill is not going to go anywhere. even if it were actually passed by both chambers of congress and made its way to the president's desk, it would be vetoed. i strongly doubt that the congress would be able to overturn a presidential veto in support of such a clearly partisan bill. last week congress voted for the 62nd time to repeal the affordable care act. soon afterward that bill was vetoed by the president.
that's 62 times that republicans wasted the american people's time and taxpayer dollars trying to take health care away from millions of families all to make a political point. congress has already voted on the iran deal. my colleagues who oppose the deal tried to kill it and they failed. it is now official policy. are house republicans going to take us down the same path they did with the affordable care act? are we also going to vote on this bill 62 times? a bill that we know the president will veto just so the republicans can make a political point? let's stop wasting the american people's time on such bills. let's put politics aside and actually work together to responsibly monitor implementation of the iran deal and find ways to strengthen u.s. leverage in other areas of concern on iran. i urge my colleagues to reject h.r. 3662 and reject this rule. mr. speaker, today the house is
also taking up two republican bills that would have devastating effects on the environment and our nation's public health. the first piece of legislation, s.j.res. 22, is the republican majority's fifth attempt to get rid of the clean water rule. here we are having the same discussion once again wasting the american taxpayers' time and money. the clean water rule was created in response to the supreme court declaring that the clean water act needed to be narrowed and more clearly defined. so the e.p.a. and the army corps of engineers did just that. they narrowed the scope and provided for much needed clarification. with the e.p.a. and army corps of engineers doing exactly what they were supposed to do, you would think that would be the end of it. the e.p.a.'s ability to protect our water from pollution has been narrowed and the industry received the clarification that they wanted.
unfortunately, my republican riends are pushing new legislation to further weaken vital environmental protections. the final bill before us, h.r. 1644, the stream act, is a bill that is going nowhere and is the same bill that republicans brought up last year with the only difference being, and this is a major difference, i guess, the only difference being is they changed the name. otherwise it's the same thing. mr. speaker, the sole purpose of this republican bill is to reverse the rule that the department of interior released last year that regulates the destructive practice of mountaintop removal mining. it is-t has long been known that mountaintop removal mining heavily pollutes drinking water, destroys wildlife habitats, and puts local communities at greater risk of contracting life threatening diseases. keeping the american people healthy and safe should always be our first priority in congress, yet this bill is more focused on making it easier for
big energy companies to continue the destructive and dangerous practice of mountaintop removal and gives no thought whatsoever to the risks it poses to the american families nearby. before the recent rule released by the department of interior in july, 2015, parts of the regulations for mountaintop mining were more than 30 years old. updates were clearly long overdue, and the fact that house republicans are now actively working against the safeguards established by the rule is astounding. are republicans so beholden to big coal companies they would put the health and safety of our country's families at risk? this bill clearly suggests that the answer is yes. mr. speaker, we are only two weeks into the new year. and instead of house republicans starting the year by working in a bipartisan way to bring serious legislation to the floor, we are once again debating political messaging bills that fail to address the most pressing issues we face in
a constructive way. there is so much we need to do. and i believe that there is so much that we can agree on and actually move forward that would get through both chambers and go to the white house and be signed and become law and actually improve things for the people of this contry. that's what we are supposed to be doing here. mr. speaker, the american people deserve a lot better than this. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves his time. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. i've got several colleagues here that would like to weigh in on all three of these issues, but before i turn the floor over to them, i just wanted to make a comment about the fact that this s -- there are two closed rule bills in this. all of these issues before us today have been thoroughly vetted. they have been through the committee process. they have had ample opportunity for people to weigh in. in fact, one of the bills is in a structured rule.
actually we are allowing four amendments. three are from the democratic side. so i think that there's ample opportunity for all people to make their feelings known on this legislation in front of us. i would subject to you, mr. speaker, that transparency, public involvement, anything that the administration, that this government does is not a waste of time. in fact, it's our duty to make sure that the public has the ability to see what its government is doing to make sure it's done in the light of day. with that, mr. speaker, i would like to yield two minutes to my good friend from the state of nebraska, mr. smith. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized for two minutes. mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. i certainly thank mr. newhouse for yielding as well. i rise today in support of this rule and certainly the underlying legislation. despite abundantly clear congressional intent to limit federal jurisdiction under the
clean water act to only navigable waters, the waters of the united states rule will expand e.p.a.'s jurisdiction to nearly all areas with any hydrological connection to navigable waters. this rule relied on, i want to quote here, general peabody of the army corps of engineers, inaappropriate consullingses with no connection to the data provided, misapplied data, analytical deficiencies, and inconsistencies, end quote. the joint author of the rule was so concerned about the e.p.a.'s methods they wanted their name and logo removed from e.p.a. documents. furthermore, it has now come to light that the e.p.a. broke federal law by engaging in propaganda and a propaganda campaign to carry out this agenda behind their rule. congress has a responsibility to guard against these bureaucratic power grabs by executive agencies. this is why i introduced the companion bill to the underlying legislation immediately after the rule was finalized. the resolution has gaint more
than 7 -- gained more than 70 co-sponsors with supporters from both sides of the aisle. thanks to the expedited procedures established under the congressional review act, when we vote on this legislation tomorrow, the bill will proceed directly to the president's desk. tomorrow's vote will also mark the second time legislation has passed out of the house of representatives to repeal the waters of the u.s. rule with bipartisan support. my hope is the president will american people. listen to their concerns. local officials, small business men and women, and begin pursuing policies which expand economic opportunity and not stifle innovation with one regulation after another. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska yields back. the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i just want to respond to some of what the gentleman from washington said when he basically made the statement that as long as committees take action we don't need open rules.
that's a whole new approach to the way this place is being run. i thought the speaker of the house made it very clear, he wanted more open rules. the previous speaker of the house did, too. he didn't do that, but the bottom line is just because the committee took action on it, there were 435 members of this house, and not everybody's on the same committee, and we ought to be able to have a free flowing debate and people ought to be able to offer amendments. we ought to deliberate. i'm going to make a prediction, that if we did have an opportunity to truly be a deliberative body, you might get better legislation. . you might have better legislation that gets bipartisan support and gets signed into law and we get things done. instead, we're stuck in this patern where we really don't have regular order, we have kind of order, you know, with
-- enforced with an iron fist. where people are just locked out. it's not just democrats that is are locked out of the process. it is republicans as well. when you close a rule down completely, it means nobody, nobody has an opportunity to offer anything. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentleman from california, the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee -- subcommittee on asia and the pacific, mr. sherman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. sherman, is recognized for five minutes. mr. sherman: i rise to address the portion of the rule that deals with the iran terrorism bill. i have voted for every iran sanctions bill to come to this floor. i helped draft many of them. and i'm ready to draft and work and vote for iran sanctions bills in the future, even if they're opposed by the administration. keep in mind, virtually every
iran sanctions bill that has passed this house floor and became law and gave us the leverage or at least some leverage over iran was opposed by the then george w. bush administration or by this administration. we need a good process to draft good legislation that will do what president obama promised we would do, and that is adopt new sanctions designed to change iran's behavior with regard to its nonnuclear wrong doing. its support for terrorism, its missile test in violation of .n. security council resolutions, its human rights record, and its seizure of american hostages. unfortunately, this is a flawed bill which is the product of a flawed process. look at the process. 100 co-sponsors all from one party. no democrat on the foreign
affairs committee invited to help draft the bill or even invited to co-sponsor it. and now this process is epitomized by a closed rule. the gentleman from washington offers a new definition of an open rule. an open rule is a closed rule on a bill that's been considered by a committee. that is a new definition of open rule. i suggest we keep the old definition. this is a closed rule that prevents people from offering amendments that might have had a better chance of passing on the floor than they would have in committee. a member should be free to offer amendments both on the floor and in the committee if they're a member of the committee, but this is a closed rule. and this process has -- of a closed rule prevents amendments to fix flaws in the bill. there are at least two. the first is that the bill deprives the president of the authority to delist some 489
entities. it locks them on to the s.d.n. list. but it leaves out 269 other entities, create two classes of wrong doing, companies and other entities of sponsors and facilitators of terrorism. for no apparent reason. an entity stays on the list until the president has to issue a certification, a certification that no president could ever certify. you have to certify that we know that from the beginning of ime the entity has not had any dealing with any of dozens of different organizations. that is a certification designed to be impossible, designed to lock entities in. i look forward to a bipartisan process. i, for example, have a bill that's been co-sponsored by the current and immediate prior
chair of the foreign affairs committee. there are other bills subject to a bipartisan process. because we do need new sanctions on iran to change its non-nuclear wrong doing. those sanctions are warranted because iran has engaged in a missile test in violation of u.n. security council resolution. support for terrorism is responsible for the death of tens of thousands of people in syria and yemen. because it used to hold four but now holds five american hostages. not to mention its other human rights records. it is consistent with administration policy that we have sanctions on iran's non-nuclear behavior. the negotiations in vienna, the negotiations on this deal, left out all of iran's non-nuclear behavior. not because it was intended to give them carte blanche, not because we were accepting their support for terrorism, but because these were to be the
subject of other sanctions and other efforts to force a change in iran's behavior. and finally the question is, well, do sanctions work? that's the one thing the opponents and proponents of the deal agreed on. the proponents of the deal said, the sanctions have brought us a very good deal. the opponents of the deal said, more sanctions will get us a better deal. so, in a house that was divided on almost every aspect of iran policy, the one thing we agreed on was that sanctions have the capacity to change iran's behavior. so, the president promised that we would not abandon our efforts with regard to iran's terrorism. with regard to iran's hostage taking. mr. mcgovern: i yield the gentleman an additional minute. mr. sherman: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. sherman: that we would not abandon the four hostages they had then or the additional hostage that they've taken
since the deal. and that we would not turn a blind eye to the fact that iran is the single most important ally of the butcher, assad, who has killed over 200,000 of his own people, not to mention iran's support for terrorism in yemen. we should not fail to do so simply because we have a deal that was exclusively, strictly and explicitly limited to dealing with iran's nuclear program. that said, the bill before this house today is a flawed bill that cannot be corrected because of a flawed process. we need a bipartisan process that crafts a policy toward iran's non-nuclear wrong doing, that unites, if not all of this house, a large majority of this house. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr.
speaker. i'd just like to make the point that it is customary, whether republicans are in control or whether democrats are in control, that the c.r.a.'s, the congressional review acts, come to the floor under a closed rule. i might also say that the stream act, all amendments that were germane were made in order. as it comes to the bill pertaining to iran, that bill was marked up in committee last week, no amendments were offered, and the bill passed on voice vote. and so having made those points, mr. speaker, i would like to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the good gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. rothfus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for a minute and a half. mr. rothfus: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from washington for yielding. i rise in support of this rule. tonight, the president will deliver his final state of the union, where he, i expect he will celebrate his supposed achievements over the last seven years. outside the beltway, especially in western pennsylvania, there is little to celebrate about the obama presidency.
the war on coal has been a central feature of washington's misguided efforts over the past several years and it has cost the loss of over 40,000 jobs in the coal industry across the country, an economic hardship in coal country. later today we'll vote on the stream act which challenges o.s.m.'s so-called stream protection rule. i am a co-sponsor of this legislation and i look forward to its passage. the stream protection rule is jet another block in the wall -- yet another block in the wall of regulation that president obama has been building the last several years it. will lead to the loss of -- years. it will lead to the loss of thousands of jobs and reduce coal reserves by 41%. that amounts to a $20 billion loss to the economy. just yesterday, we learned of the bankruptcy of yet another coal company. the job losses, firm closures and disruptions to our communities are real and they cannot be ignored any longer. this is an attack on cheap, plentiful and reliable energy, and it will result in more control from washington of the economy and the american
people. i urge my fellow members to support the passage of this rule and the associated bills. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington reserves his time. and the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i again continue to be amazed that the gentleman from washington defends this process. i don't know how anybody could defend this process. it is so flawed. and the end result is, again, bringing bills to the floor that are going nowhere and that are sound bites and they're not serious legislation. mr. speaker, i'd like to ask unanimous consent to insert into the record the statement of administration policy on all three bills in which the white house says they will veto these bills. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. mcgovern: i'd also like to submit to the record a statement from the win without war coalition, 11 million activists across the country in opposition to h.r. 3662.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i would also like to ask unanimous consent to insert in the record a letter from 65 environmental organizations in opposition to h.j.res. 22. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: a letter from eight sportsman and cobbsvation -- sportsmen and conservation organizations in opposition to s.j.res. 22. a letter from nine public interest, environmental and labor organizations strongly opposing h.r. 1644 and a letter from the union of concerned scientists in strong opposition to h.r. 1644. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. mcgovern: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: jarlt. the gentleman from washington -- the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington is recognized. gnu -- gnu thu thank you, mr. speaker. at this -- mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i yield two minutes to my friend and colleague from the great state of washington, congressman -- congresswoman herrera beutler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. mr. herrera: i thank the gentleman -- ms. herrera beutler: i thank the gentleman. washington has effectively
regulated navigable waters under the clean water act, to protect both our environmental and private property. but the obama administration is trying to change all of that. their new definition, the obama administration's new definition will give the e.p.a. authority over every pond or seasonal stream, drainage ditch or puddle in the united states. every single one. every piece of land where water falls from the heavens, the e.p.a.'s claiming control over. what does that mean if you want to put a deck on your house or move your driveway or build a shed or something similar? well, it means you're going to have to apply to the federal government for a permit. what do those permits look like? they take upwards of 78 days to obtain -- 788 days to obtain and they cost upward of $270 to get, mr. perriello: mitt, per puddle, per -- per permit, per puddle, per ditch, per stream you want to amend. i hope you are really rich and have a lot of time on your hand
or you don't want to change anything, because this is almost impossible. i'd call this new change a solution in search of a problem, but it's a solution that's going to create a problem. there's no evidence that this is going to give us stronger environmental protections, that we're going to have cleaner water or that we're even going to have a benefit. what's really going to happen is the e.p.a.'s going to be king maker. and you and i as americans are going to be forced to gravel at their feet, begging for permits on our own land. this really impacts those of us in the west tremendously. but this really is -- every american should sit up and pay attention because this impacts everybody. including cities and counties. i really hope you don't need a new hospital in your area or you don't need a grocery store or perhaps your city needs to expand or grow or change, because this effectively says, one agency headed by very political and liberal, at this point, very liberal ideologues, will get to make that decision.
and they're not going to give us the benefit. that's the scary thing here. so i look forward to joining with republicans and commonsense democrats, because believe it or not, just like in years past, republicans and democrats both oppose this, to put this block in place and to move forward. with that, i yield back. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from washington reserves his time. and the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i would just simply say that, you know, i think there is a difference between democrats and republicans when it comes to the environment and protecting the health and well-being of the people of this country. especially from industry. and i think we on the democratic side have consistently been on the side of protecting people. and my friends on the other side have consistently been on the side of industry. no matter what it means to people. we see what's going on in flint, michigan, right now and the terrible water crisis that's happening there and the republican governor who has been part of what appears to be a coverup at the expense of
those citizens, that really is quite astonishing. so, again, this bill is going moy. it's going to be veto -- is going nowhere. it's going to be vetoed by the white house. i would conclude right now, at least this portion of my speech here, by saying that, as i said in the beginning, if in fact my friends on the other side of the aisle ever want to get serious about legislating, there are areas of agreement on these environmental issues, and certainly on this issue regarding iran, where democrats and republicans can come together. but for whatever reason, i think my republican friends have no interest in serious legislating. and i think that is regrettable. because what we are doing here is wasting taxpayer money and wasting the people's time here in this congress. we could be doing other things that could actually be moving this country forward. i reserve the balance of my
time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves his time. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. newhouse: mr. speaker, it's a pleasure for me to yield two minutes to the good gentleman from the state of arkansas, mr. hill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for two minutes. mr. hill: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend from washington for yielding. in my capacity as a member of the house committee on financial services task force to investigate terrorism financing, and as a businessperson with over three decades of experience in both international affairs and banking, i have carefully considered the testimony of leading foreign policy experts, cautioning against america blindly putting its faith in a country that has never done anything to make them worthy of that trust. the nuclear agreement has only emboldened the iranian regime. why wouldn't it? when one sees the recent results of president clinton's agreement with north korea and this
administration's lack of resolve and realism, why not? i remind this body secretary kerry, and the president of the warning issued to the house of commons by winston churchill. an appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping he will be eaten last. the iranians have kidnapped another american, taken delivery of missile technology from russia, conducted missile tests in violation of u.n. security council resolutions, and ramped up the actions and rhetoric against our arab allies. all of this is disturbing. this is all before iran has even received a dime, up to $100 billion, in expected sanctions relief. when he announced the nuclear agreement, the president said american sanctions on iran for its support of terrorism, its human rights abuses, its ballistic missile program will continue to be fully enforced. the bill discussed in this rule, h.r. 3662, guarantees that.
this bill removes the politicization of the listed entities in the nuclear agreement and forces this president to live up to his own rhetoric. i'm proud to support this critical piece of legislation. i call on all members to support the rule and final passage of the bill and help guarantee the safety of the american people, our allies around the world, from one of our most credible threats to our national security. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time of the the gentleman from washington reserves his time. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i would say to the gentleman if this were a serious effort to do something in response to iran's behavior, this would be a bipartisan effort. but it isn't. it is clear what this is. this is a way to basically try to embarrass the president, i guess. that seems to be the motivation behind almost everything that is brought to this house floor. mr. speaker, as i said before we
ought to be doing serious business here and we're not. one of the things that we have been trying to do on our side is to bring to the floor legislation and amendments to deal with the terrible situation with regard to gun violence in our country. and we are rebuffed at every moment. we can't bring anything to this floor with regard to guns. i guess because the republican congressional campaign committee doesn't want to tick off the national rifle association. but be that as it may, i want to urge my completion to defeat the previous question. if we do i'll offer an amendment to the rule to bring up bipartisan legislation, this is actually democrats and republicans, who support this that would close a glaring loophole in our gun laws allowing suspected terrorists to legally buy firearms. this bill would bar the sale of firearms and explosives to those on the f.b.i.'s terrorist watch list. mr. speaker, amidst gun violence in communities across our
country and global acts of terrorism, it's time for congress to act and keep guns out of the hands of suspected terrorists. i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. mcgovern: for the life of me i cannot understand why somehow it's ok to bar suspected terrorists from flying on airplanes but somehow it's -- somehow it's terrible infringement on their rights to say that they can't go out and buy a firearm. it makes absolutely no sense. i don't think the american people, whether you're democrat or republican or independent, can figure out why people are so resistent to that here in this congress. but here's a novel idea, bring it to the floor. allow us to have an up or down vote not just a procedural vote but real up or down vote on this. and i'm willing to bet it would probably pass with a bipartisan vote. with that i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman reserves his time of the the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. if it embarrasses the president to be held accountable for the very words that come out of his mouth, there is not much we can do about that. with that, mr. speaker, i would like to yield one minute to the good gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: thank you, my colleagues from washington, on this. i guess we want to advance policy around here, the rhetoric coming from across the aisle here being the waste of time to legislate and put these ideas in frovent american people and hold the president accountable for the run away efforts by his administration, his agencies, well, then, we are just not here in an honest effort on the other side. we have half-baked regulation that is will damage sectors of our economy in this 262 pages of revised rules that are coming down from the department of interior. since 1983 the extreme buffer
zone has been rule arule that struck a good balance between ater resources and mining, yet adding 262 pages effectively ban all mining within 100 feet of anything they might define as a stream will have detrimental effects on energy and our ability to conduct business in this nation. the new rule would lead to the loss of thousands of jobs, damage our nation's ability to produce critical minerals, construction materials, and domestic energy. something we have had an advantage of until recently. while they claim they have spent six years studying the rule, they managed to ig north states impacted by this rule. we should hold the administration accountable for what it does. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgop: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserves. and the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i would like to yield two minutes to my good friend, the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this rule and passage of s.j.res. 22rks which provides congressional disapproval on e.p.a.'s extreme overreach with their waters of the u.s. rule. last june the e.p.a. published its final orders of the u.s. rule that would virtually give them authority over any place water flows or accumulates. this would include driveways, ditches, man-made ponds, and even our watered lawns. currently private and public tities spend an average of $271,000 and wait an average 788 days to obtain permits from the e.p.a. for projects currently under its jurisdiction. expanding e.p.a.'s authority in this unprecedented way would be extremely devastating to landowners, especially farmers, and make them devastating statistics even worse. with this bill congress would
nullify this ridiculous rule and continue to provide americans with personal control over their property. property is not an asset that can be taken control of on a whim of a government agency. property rights are an essential natural right of every american, and this fact has been embedded in our country's d.n.a. since its beginning. i urge my colleagues to support this rule and s.j.res. 22 so we can prevent this terrible wall from infringing on the natural rights of all americans. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields back. the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i heard a couple of speakers now talk on this and i think some of the confusion might be cleared up if they actually read the rule. the gentlelady from washington who spoke earlier talked about that this would regulate puddles much the clean water rule does not regulate puddles. in fact, numerous comments were submitted to e.p.a. asked the agency specifically to exclude
puddles, and i got good news for you, the final rule does just that. and the clean water rule does not regulate most ditches, either. so we might as well just get those facts on the table. but i would urge my colleagues to decide maybe they ought to read the rule before they come up with a bill like the one they came up with. i reserve the balance of my time -i reserve my time. mr. newhouse: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserve. massachusetts. martinuther king m govern: mr. speaker, -- mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i will close. don't know what else to say other than the fact this process stinks. two closed rules and structured rule on the third bill. we have a controversial bill on iran that is one of the most partisan pieces of legislation on foreign policy that's been brought to this floor by my republican friends. and it's really frustrating because i think there's a lot of common ground on holding iran
accountable where democrats and republicans could come together and actually craft something that had, if not unanimous support, almost unanimous support. i think that would be a powerful signal to send not only to iran but the rest of the world. but instead of going down that road, my republican friends decided to squander that opportunity and come up with a political sound bite. and the same goes for the two environmental bills that have being brought before this house. they are going nowhere. but they are nice sound bites. and they may please a particular special interest. but this is not serious leng slating -- legislating. i'm going to say to my colleagues again, i know you're going on your retreat this week, maybe there ought to be a side meeting that some of my friends have about what it is that they think we ought to be doing here in this chamber, and what it is that they think their job ought tofpblet i would suggest that it has -- ought to be. i would suggest it has to be more than just political sound
bites and messaging bills. there's a lot we need to get done. that requires us working together. and i won't get everything i want. you may not get everything you want. but we need to figure out a way to make this place work because it is not working. there is a reason why the approval rating of congress is like in the negative numbers. and it is because people see consistently nothing but political sound bites and messaging bills come to the floor and get voted on and we debate them passionately, but they go nowhere. i think people would like us all better, democrats and republicans, if we actually accomplished something. and so i hope you go on your retreat and you kind of reflect on that and maybe you'll come back the week after with a new outlook. maybe all these promises from the speaker of the house anti-previous speaker of the house about a more open process,
about regular order will be more than words. so i would just finally say, again, that i would urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question so we can bring up this commonsense bipartisan bill to basically prevent those who are on the terrorist watch list from being sold guns. again, i for the life of me don't understand why it's so controversial, but in this house of representatives it is. so vote no on the previous question and vote no on this closed rule and reject this closed process. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields back his time. the gentleman from washington state is recognized. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate the good gentleman's wishes for a good retreat for the republicans this coming next few days and look forward to finding opportunities to work together with his side of the aisle on many important things facing our nation.
i just would remind them, too, there's been plenty of opportunities for all members of this body to have input on these pieces of legislation before us through the committee here on the floor in rules. so i think following regular order is proving exactly what we wanted it to do, to give people that opportunity. so i'm very happy that we have been able to do that. mr. speaker, this is a good straightforward rule that we are considering today allowing for consideration of three very important pieces of legislation that i think will protect our national security interests abroad, hold the administration accountable for sanctions lifted under the iran nuclear agreement. it will ensure that mining communities and hardworking families are not crushed by another crippling federal regulation, and it will help protect our rural western communities by providing much needed relief from the burdensome waters of the united states rule. although we may have different viewpoints, differences of
opinion, i believe this rule and the underlying bills are strong measures, they are important to our country's future, and i urge my colleagues to support house resolution 583 as well as the underlying bills w that, mr. speaker, 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. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: 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 y electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will he will deuce to five minutes the minimum -- will reduce to five minutes the minute tum time for any electronic vote -- minimum time for any electronic vote.
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