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criminal civil service and join another agency. unfortunately in a our work, we had some examples of this. h.r. 4360 creates -- creggets this problem by requiring a notation to be made in the employee's official personnel file if the investigation leads to an adverse finding against that person even if the employee has resigned. for example, under the current system, federal employees who commit some form of misconduct or poor performance can resign from their positions and escape accountability. this is what occurred at the united states patent and trademark office. as part of the investigation, department of commercial office of the inspector general requested that a patent examiner attend a voluntary interview with the office of the inspector general. however, two hours before the you interview, the patent examiner resigned.
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the examiner explained that the union recommended that he resign in order to have a clean slate with no record of performance issues. we cannot to have a system that creates loopholes for individuals to allude accountability by submitting a piece of paper on a napkin or something as simple as that saying i resign and keeping the record clean. . the same occurred with ap employee who lyed about his credentials. after being interview by the interior office of inspector general he, resigned from interior and went to the census bureau. but the census bureau was unaware of the history until well after it hired that person. h.r. 4360 remedies the scenarios i just discussed, helping employees -- helping protect
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agencies from ploying those with incomplete backgrounds ching this has happened on several occasions. it's sad tt you have to go forward and legislate this but it is happening. specifically under this legislation, separated employees will have a notation made in their official file if they resign under investigation and that information leads to an adverse finding. additionally if they apply for another position in federal government that notation will follow them. as agencies will now be reared to examine the personnel files of former federal employees during the hiring process. bad actors should not be able to resign from government service with a clean slate and effectively dupe the agency that will then be hiring them. however this bill also ensures that separated employees are provided the opportunity to contest the findings of investigation. i think that's a fair and just way for them to be able to clean their record if they think that
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they have a case to be made. by working closely with my democratic colleagues we were able to build a process into this legislation that gives former employees a mechanism to fairly present their cases in the event an investigation leads to an adverse finding. it is also important to note that h.r. 4360 does nothing to diminish the rights or protections afforded to whistleblowers tsms a bill designed to prevent individuals from moving through the federal government to hide their misconduct. it is that simple. with that i urbling its passage and reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the time is reserved. the gentlelady from the sir vin islands. thank you.t: i this addresses a legitimate concern. employees who resign their positions in a pending investigation for adverse disciplinary action and reapply for employment elsewhere in the federal government. i think we can agree that
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measures need to be taken to prevent such incidents from happening in order to protect the integrity of the federal work force. i thank you chairman chaffetz for working with the minority and particularly with congressman connolly from virginia to address our concerns with the original bill. the introduced version of this legislation would have allowed an agency to put a permanent notation of an investigative finding in an employee's file without giving the employee an opportunity to respond. the bill as reported would preserve the principles of due process that help to protect our federal employees from arbitrary acts and political influence. it would provide a former employee with notice and opportunity to respond to an adverse investigative finding before a notation is placed in the individual's personnel file. the legislation also gives the individual the right to appeal the agency's decision to the merit system protection board
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which we believe is the appropriate place for that. these are consistent with our constitution, and fundamental american principles that a person is innocent until proven guilty. i understand that there are some concerns that have been raised regarding how the legislation would be implemented. we hope to address those concerns as the bill moves forward in the legislative processism urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 4360 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from utah. mr. chaffetz: i have no additional speakers. i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the virgin islands. ms. plaskett: i have no further speakers and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah. mr. chaffetz: i urge passage of h.r. 4360, this is a good, bipartisan bill. it makes the system more fairing more accountable and makes sure that anyone who does have an adverse action that they can't
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skirt away from their responsibilities and it does hold people accountable. to theasket it's a good bill and i urge its passage and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek
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recognition? >> i move that the house suspend the rules and concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 1493. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1493 an act to protect and preserve international cultural property at risk due to political instability, armed conflict or natural or other dathsers and for other purposes. senate amendment. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york -- from california. mr. royce: i ask unanimous consent that alling mes have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: i want to acknowledge the ranking member, mr. engel, mr. eliot engel from new york, for his outstanding leadership on this legislation. with passage today, his h.r.
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1493, this is the protect and preserve international cultural property act, will head to the president's desk for signature. this is a critical measure. the islamic state or isis continues to wreak havoc throughout iraq and syria. it is laying a path of death and destruction in its wake. and it has inspired deadly attacks around the world and deadly attacks here at home. no offense is more appalling than the terrorists' complete disregard for human life. as this body has recognized, isis is waging a genocide against religious minorities in the middle east. i recently had the opportunity yazidi to some of those girls and christian minorities
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about what they'd been through as well as sue noah and kurdish families. but they have unleashed a campaign of sickening violence against muslims who do not share their radical beliefs and against the other religious minorities across the middle east and beyond. but besides the human toll of isis' deplorable act well, also mourn the tremendous loss of cultural heritage as these extremists loot and destroy their way through ancient sites in the territories that they concur. we have seen sickening footage of isis drilling their way through priceless artifacts in mosul and bulldozing magnificents me poe tamian ruins in the 3,000-year-old city of nimrod. isis claims the annihilation of cultural sites is meant to counter idol worship but clearly these terrorists have another
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goal to remove all traces of the region's rich and diverse religious and cultural past. it is in line with what nazis tried to do in burning the books across europe, burning history that predated them. by eliminating all evidence of religious pluralism, by eliminating all evidence of humanity's common heritage, they are paving the way for their own horrifying brand of radical islamist extremism. and the looting of antiquities is big business for isis. experts estimate that the group has earned millions of dollars from the sale of stolen artifacts every year which are often peddled by middlemen in old fashioned markets or online. unfortunately, buyers in the u.s. appear to be a primary end
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destination for many of these pieces, as does europe, as does asia. mr. speaker, i just returned from the middle east and i was honored to speak at the iraq museum in baghdad about the need to counter isis' trafficking of priceless antiquities. this region is steeped in history from the rise and fall of empires to the evolution of write, mathematics and art. much of this heritage remains at risk due to loot big isis and i should add other parties to the conflict in syria including the murderous assad regime. and that is why last year, ranking member eliot engel and i introduced this legislation which will help the u.s. do its part to counter this black market trade. specifically, this legislation will prevent those antiquity rerks moved since the start of syria's civil war from being
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sold or imported into the united states and this will reduce fund to isis and disincentivize future looting. and i want to again thank the ranking member as well as representatives smith and keating for all of their work on this measure and i also want to acknowledge the bill's senate co-sponsors, senators casey and purdue and grassley as well as chairman corker and ranking member carden of the senate foreign relations committee whose leadership was instrumental to this measure's passage by mr. engel in the senate. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time is reserved. the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of this legislation and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: first of all, i want to thank our chairman, ed royce, for his leadership on the foreign affairs committee and pushing this bill ahead. i don't want to underestimate
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how important he has been in making sure that this bill reaches the floor. i also want to thank congressman chris smith for joining me as lead republican co-sponsor on this measure and also our senate colleagues for their work to help get us to this point. this legislation is another great example of a foreign affairs committee working across the aisle to get results. because we believe again that foreign policy should be bipartisan, partisanship should stop at the withouter's edge. when the house finishes its work on the bill today it will be on its way to the president's desk. that's something of which we should all be proud. mr. speaker, from the time isis emerged as a factor in iraq and syria, we read reports, seen images an watched videos of isis terrorists destroying ancient structures and artifacts in the areas they control. it's actually heartbreaking. these fanatics literally want to wipe away history. they want to destroy any trace of any culture or belief system
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that doesn't conform to their twisted ideology and twisted way of thinking. but that's not the whole story. isis has also seized on cultural artifacts as a funding source. if you look at satellite pictures of heritage sites that isis controls, you can pick out thousandses of small holes in the desert. isis has looted those areas, digging up coins and statues an anything else they can carry and traffickg those items on the black market. as a result, millions of dollars have flowed into isis' coffers. so a few years ago, i knew we needed to do more to combat this serious problem. with the help of several colleague, and again i want to emphasize how helpful the chairman has been, asset out to help preserve this history and at the same time cut off a vital revenue stream for these terrorists. i was confident we could do it because we've done it before. during the iraq war we also saw the looting of antiquities system of we passed legislation
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then to impose import restrictions on those items coming in from iraq. i decided that we need to take similar steps with respect to items coming out of syria so we got to work talking to experts and officials to find the best ways of stopping looted goods arriving in our shores on our shores and to make sure those goods aren't sold to help isis' campaign of violence. it's disgraceful that anyone in the united states would buy these things. those proven practices and innovate i approaches are at the core of this bill. these restrictions would bring the united states in line with the u.n. security council resolution passed unanimously last year this -- that resolution called on tall states to deny funding to isis by preventing trade in iraqi and syrian cultural property. our european partners have already stepped up and enacted
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similar measures. that's good news because it's going to take a wide-ranging effort to effectively crack down on this illegal marketplace. my bill would also encourage administration agencies already working on this problem to collaborate more closely so our efforts are more streamlined and efficient. finally, it's important to note that legislation would not prevent the importation of syrian artifacts for preservation or restoration. so this this is a good bill. i've been working on it for several years. i'm proud of everything that's gone into it. i'm flad once again that we're working in a bipartisan way to pass legislation that advances our interests and i'm very grateful that we are so close to the finish line on this bill. so i want to thank everybody, i want to especially thank chairman royce once again, and i ask that all members support this bill. i reserve the balance of my time are. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i'll reserve the right to close.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: ok. i'll close, mr. speaker. thank you. it's always a great feeling to cross the finish line on a piece of legislation. and at our best, that's what the foreign affairs committee does. and we are at our best here this day. so i again want to thank airman royce for his leadership and partnership, i want to thank our senate colleagues for doing their part, i want to thank the staff that worked so hard on this bill. we should be seizing every available opportunity to cut off resources to isis and other terrorist groups. this legislation goes after a practice that has put millions of dollars in isis' hands and has resulted in the irreversible destruction of some of history's greatest artifacts, so it destroys these artifacts, which is bad enough, but then it puts money in isis' hands. they actually make money by doing it. so it's aiding and abetting terrorism. so it's a double whammy. we knew from past experience that the approach laid out in this bill works.
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and it's long past due that we ramp up our efforts to stop the a lotting, stop the trafficking, and stop the destruction. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and send it to the president. i know that the president will sign it. it's very important and i hope we will soon see this legislation enacted and on the books. again, thank you, chairman royce, thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is to close. mr. royce: -- the gentleman from california -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california to close. mr. royce: i want to thank mr. engel from new york for this legislation. the ancient cities now facing destruction at the hands of isis are considered the birth place of modern civilization. as we stand here on the floor of the house and we see behind us the relief of the great law givers. first moses, and then next to m, hamarabi, the great law givers and heroes of liberty, and we think about the fact
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that in this part of the world, these antiquities are now in the hands of isis. as one expert told the financial services task force last week, this is where the king rubio ruled at the beginning of the second millennium b.c.s. and where the hebrew profit preached successfully repen tans to the asyrian ninovites 1,000 years later. now in 2015, isis has as many as 4,500 cultural sites under its control. and a raid carried out last year by u.s. special forces revealed that isis has invested heavily in the a lotting and smuggling of antiquities in the region. as they cut these things -- as they cut up antiquities and then try to trade them for hard
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currency. the legislation before us today is an important step toward curbing this illicit trade. and limiting funding to these terrorists. and i do want to note that the bill's emergency import restrictions are not designed to continue in perpetuityy and can be waived under certain -- perpetuity and can be waived under certain conditions for safeguarding in the united states. the bill also presses the administration to increase accountability for u.s. efforts to protect cultural property overseas. and improves congressional oversight of this work. and i appreciate the other committees of jurisdiction for working with the foreign affairs committee on this measure, particularly the committee on ways and means, for its assistance on the cultural import restrictions in this bill. lastly, i want to recognize the work of the committee staff on this important legislation. particularly jessica kilc
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whmbings, who along with -- kilch, who along with mark ayozi on mr. engel's staff and kristen on the foreign affairs committee staff, worked on all the complexities to deliver will be confident effective legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and concur on the senate amendment to h.r. 1493. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the senate amendment is agreed to and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1rk the chair declares the house in recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
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get reaction on facebook and your facebook comments. you can watch that all right here on c-span. you. adam: good morning. host: it seems like from the polling it is going to be a good day for front runners. is right.
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donald trump and hillary clinton are both entering as the favorites in their respective parties for the five states holding primaries today. all in the northeastern part of the country. the state will offer the most delegates today will be pennsylvania, but the roles are a little quirky on the republican side. even though donald trump, polls show him with a double-digit lead, it does not mean he can walk away with the lions share of the 71 delegates up for grabs because only 17 of those delegates will go to the overall statewide winner. are elected directly on the ballot. voters when they enter their polling stations today they will vote for someone for president and each district they will vote for three delegates to send to the national convention. they're going to be unbound. they will be able to vote for whoever they want on the first ballot. delegates could wind up playing a big role if we get to a national convention and donald trump does not enter with that
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1237 number. host: for viewers who might have questions about those strange or you need delegate rules in pennsylvania, i would encourage them to stick around because we are going to spend 45 minutes talking about that with terry madonna. adam wollner, if there is an upset today in one of those five states, what is the state that you would put the money on? adam: boy, it is really tough to say because especially on the republican side, all five states are really not very favorable territory for ted cruz. especially as he emerged as the most viable trump alternative. he has relied pretty have agreed an evangelical base. on the democratic side, bernie sanders might be able to do a little bit better than others is rhode island's of the because independent voters will be able to cast ballots in rhode island.
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most of the other states voting closed primaries, meaning that only registered democrats can vote. and those are the contest where bernie sanders has especially struggled. rhode island is maybe a little closer -- but it is still. trump and clinton do enter all five states as pretty considerable favorites. host: back to the republican side for a minute, yesterday we saw a lot of reporting about this agreement between the cruz and kasich camps to look ahead to three upcoming primaries and duty them out. some -- divvy them up. some reporting today that that agreement seems shaky. adam: it is. less than 12 hours after that deal was announced. you have to wonder what the parameters are. john kasich yesterday said it does not necessarily mean that in indiana should
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vote for ted cruz, just that he is not going to be spending a lot of time or money there. ted cruz's super pac is still running an ad on kasich in indiana. so, clearly, neither one of them are going to be seeding these stat -- ceding these states. you thought that john kasich was going to stay out of indiana. and ted cruz would stay out of oregon. these are two candidates have not always gotten along. their supporters, there is not a lot of crossover there. be difficult, even if john kasich wanted to, to convince is more moderate meaning supporters in indiana to vote for a much more conservative candidate like ted cruz. even in the ultimate goal of stopping, chop. -- stopping trump. host: adam wollner covers it all for "the national journal." we'll
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[captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> coming up wednesday morning, washington, d.c. are "washington journal" will spotlight real clear politics. our guests include the co-founder of real clear media group, and carl cannon, executive editor from real clear media group. both will join us to discuss how real clear politics got started and its mission. they'll also talk about the website's role in the media marketplace and the role of the media in campaign 2016. also joining us, rebeccaburg, national political reporter for real clear politics. she'll review primary results from pennsylvania, maryland, connecticut, delaware and rhode island. she'll also talk about what's ahead for campaign 2016. and sean trendy, senior elections analyst for real clear politics, will be on to talk about the latest polls. r.t.c.'s approach to polling and how the public can be smarter consumers about polls.
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be sure to watch c-span's washington journal d -- "washington journal" wednesday morning. join the discussion. >> on saturday, president obama attends the annual white house cords dinner. one of the biggest social events in washington of the year and this dinner will be the final one for president obama as president. we'll bring you red carpet arrivals, remarks from the president and larry which will more. you can watch the white house correspondents dinner saturday starting at 6:00 eastern on c-span. of. >> independent media is the oxygen of a democracy. it's essential. holding those in power accountable. we're not there to serve some kind of corporate agenda. when we cover war and peace we're not brought to you by the weapons manufacturers. >> sunday night on q&a, journalist amy goodman, host and executive producer of the
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daily news program democracy now, talks about the book she's co-ans authored. -- co-authored. which looks back at some of the stories and people the shows covered. >> the idea of democracy now starting 20 years ago, it really hasn't changed. bringing out the voices of people at the grassroots in the united states and around the world and they very much represent, i think, the majority of people. i think people who are concerned deeply about war and peace, about a growing inequality in this country, about climate change, the fate of the planet. are not a fringe minority. not even a silent majority. but the silenced majority, silenced by the corporate media, which is why we have to take it back. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern. >> we go live now to the house
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for votes and general speeches. this is live coverage on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will come to order. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. woodall: i send to the desk a privilege red port for filing
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under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to acompmy resolution 70 is, resolution providing for consideration of the bill 4498 to clarify the definition of general solicitation under federal securities law. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, votes will will taken in the following order. the first electronic vote is a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the motion of the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4082 as amended. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to require the secretary of homeland security to use the testimonials of former or estranged violent extremists or their associates in order to counter terrorist recruitment and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the
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question is will the house sprowls and -- suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended? members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 322, the nays are 79. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. without objection, the title is amended.
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he house will come to order. the house will come to order. please clear the well. pleer clear aisles. take all -- please clear aisles. take all conversations off the house floor. he house will come to order. the house will come to order. please clear the aisles. please take seats. ease conversation.
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would the members across the back aisle an standing in the aisles please remove themselves nd cease conversation. he house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request permission to speak out of order for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the speaker will hold for a second, please. he house will come to order. the house will come to order. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. duncan: mr. speaker, for the last two years, the gentleman from texas, mr. green, and i have had the honor of co-chairing the members and
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former members golf tournament. the tournament this year was a great success. we had over 200 counting members, former members, military and volunteers. and the chair -- the charity, as chosen by the former members association for the past nine years, has been a charity or organization that benefits our most severely wounded military people who have lost legs and arms and been blinalded -- blinded, to enable them to speapt in sports. this year drp participate in sports. this year we were able to raise $137,000 for that great charity. and the republicans won the speakerer's chofey that i have ere now by a score of 158-109. i will say that the number one team -- the speaker pro tempore: would the gentleman suspend.
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the gentleman will suspend. mr. duncan: the number one team was headed up by the gentleman from kentucky, mr. yarmuth, and the number two team was headed up by the gentleman from florida, mr. crenshaw. now i'd like to yield to my co-chairman, mr. green. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker, members. i'm proud to be the co-chair of the members golf tournament. but the real winners of this golf tournament are the wounded warriors, the warriors who we play golf together with, and we can see the benefit over the last number of years since we've changed the format of it, where we actually have members, we have the competitiveness between reallies and democrats, but we also play with a lot of people who literally put their life on the line for our country, who have illnesses and disabilities that this program goes to. so i want to thank my colleague from tennessee and coming from texas i'll quit saying the best thing from tennessee came now the 1836.
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but the a lot of fun. thank you, jimmy, for doing this. mr. duncan: thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. without objection, five minute d voting will continue -- five-minute voting will continue. the unfinished business is the vote on mr. garrett on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 403, h.r. 4096, a bill amend the volcker rule, subject to certain restrictions and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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