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this study is the waste of expenditure of money by the g.a.o. and hence the taxpayers of the united states. studies about the m.s.p. have been available for many, many years. in fact, there is now in the office of management and budget a comprehensive study that was commissioned by the assistant secretary of the navy. the gentleman can certainly contact o.m.b. and get that study and quite probably get all the information he's going to request in this particular analysis. and furthermore, not have to waste taxpayer money in the process. i would point out to the gentleman a statement that was made on january 17 of this year concerning the m.s.p. program the commander of u.s. transcom. this is a man responsible for moving men, women and material around the world and he said our overwhelming success was due in large part to the 10,000 spent 220 rs who
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ship loads of u.s. combat power throughout the buildup known as operation desert shield. without those mariners and vessels, our ability to project decisive force and demonstrate our national resolve would have been a mere fraction of what was required to ensure the swift victory that the world witnessed. simply put, moving an army of decisive size and power can be accomplished by sea -- can only be accomplished by sea. we don't need this study but strong support for the m.s.p. and i would hold my remaining time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from south carolina is recognized. mr. sanford: we all recognize that o.m.b. is different from the government accounting office. and o.m.b. is executive in
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nature and real value to having a third party independent look at what's happening. it is not prescriptive in nature but having the third-party look is that much more important in programs like this. in terms of waste of money, as we know g.a.o. is funded through the legislative branch and would not involve an additional expenditure of money. and g.a.o. by extension and without regard, it would be a good use of taxpayers' money to take a look in something that hasn't been looked at in 12 years. i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. garamendi: i -- first time i never heard that. i would like to yield two minutes to my friend from virginia. mr. forbes.
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mr. forbes: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i know how committed he is to national defense and fiscal responsibility. however, one of the things we haven't talked about is it asked us to look at outsourcing to foreign countries and i rise not just as chairman of the subcommittee but on behalf of my ranking member who has given us authority to say he is opposed to this. if we lose the sealift, we have lost the lifeblood to our war fighters. because that is the lifeline that sustains them. and the very question for us, if that balloon goes up and the bell rings, are we going to trust a foreign power to hold in their hand that very lifeblood for our war fighters? i want to remind everyone in the house in world war ii, there was
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a higher rate of loss than any other service. the rate was so high that the merchant marine concealed it because they were afraid they couldn't find enough mariners if the dangers were known. even if we came back with a study that said it would be cheaper to outsource it, would anyone want to place that trust in a foreign country? and very clearly, we would not. mr. chairman, also we have these decisions are best made by military transportation command, sealift command and military command and have said there is no guarantee that a foreign flag fleet will sail into harm's way. and they have said that foreign-flagged ships cannot be relied on for critical national security missions. with that, mr. chairman, i hope we will oppose this amendment and reject it and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. garamendi: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from south carolina is recognized. mr. sanford: how much time do i have? the chair: gentleman has three minutes remaining. mr. sanford: i would say this, in essence, we have outsourced this. i think the question about the maritime security fleet is that it is currently run by a foreign-flagged fleet of vessels. if i'm not mistaken, it is run by a foreign-flagged vessel. the question of this amendment is to say, might there be other ways of doing it? but this notion of not being willing to look, not being able to have a third party validator take a look and say this makes sense or there is a better way, i think warrants in this case the study by the g.a.o., with that i retain.
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the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. garamendi: how much time do i have? the chair: gentleman has one minute. mr. garamendi: in desert storm 1, a ship that was manned by pakistanis was loaded at the docks and began to sail and turned around because the crew refused to go into that zone. we cannot allow that to happen ever again and the m.s.p. was started to provide that kind of sealift power to move our men, power and equipment wherever they are needed. t does us little good to spend $680 billion on a defense appropriation bill and not get to where the trouble is. do away with the m.s.p. and that's where you are headed with us and licensed to operate in the united states with american sailors on american ships for
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the m.s.p. program. we don't need to waste money. the studies are available dating back to 2006, 2009 and more recently with the o.m.b. study. we don't need to waste our money and get on with supporting the m.s.p. program. i ask for a no vote. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from south carolina is recognized. mr. sanford: i would go back to the basics. this stipend -- it has been ised from $3.5 million to $5 million. maybe it's the best thing or maybe it is not. it is worthy of study and we have raised the stipend by $89 million and we have not looked at this issue from the outside third-party validation for more than 12 years. for that reason i say in no way prescriptively, it's worth a
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look and again, given the fact that the government accounting office does studies on a whole host of issues on a regular basis, i think this is worthy given the additional $89 million that was spent last year. i ask for a yes vote and i yield back. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from south carolina. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is -- >> i ask for the yeas and nays. the chair: pursuant to clause 6, rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from south carolina will be postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 18 printed in house report 114-571. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. thornberry: i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 18 printed in house report number 114-571 offered by mr. thornberry of texas. the chair: the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. chairman the spectrum pipeline act was included in the bipartisan budget agreement of 2015 that we passed in december. now, apparently, there has developed some disagreement among lawyers about whether that had some effect on section 1062-b of the fiscal year 2000 national defense authorization act related to spectrum. my amendment simply clarifies
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what everyone that i know of agrees on and that is it was never intended to have any effect. we have an assurance from the office of management and budget that was their intention. i appreciate chairman fred upton who worked with us, saying that was not his intention and so basically, i see this as a technical amendment to resolve some disagreement among lawyers. and so with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: i rise in opposition to the amendment and claim time in opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: the nation's spectrum is one of our natural resources. one spectrum auction raised $40
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billion. it is imperative to continue management of this asset, but we must follow regular order and that is the only way we can make sure we can maintain proper congressional oversight. this amendment was made public one day ago. this process runs counter to our successful bipartisan efforts. it does not allow the relevant agency's to weigh in or stakeholders to provide meaningful input. i appreciate my colleague's efforts to improve this effort but these are important. earlier today when the rule for consideration of this bill was debated here on the floor, my republican colleague said they excluded some democratic amendments because they did not go through the committee process. the same could be said of this amendment as well. if there are issues of national
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security underlying this amendment, the democrats on the energy and commerce committee stand ready to work on them expeditiously but we must stand to our commitment of regular order and the consequences are too high. and i would reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i have no further speakers and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i yield two minutes to the ranking member of the armed services committee, mr. smith. the chair: the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: this is a problem we need to work on. and making sure that our military assets are protected as we deal with spectrum al qaedas. i look forward to having the conversation in conference committee about how to deal with this. my concern is this many on the energy and commerce committee and i as well have worked on and we worked with the department of
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defense for years to try and make sure that their equities were protected and talked with everyone we could talk to and this was set up to make sure we protected those. now we are hearing a slightly new argument. i certainly want to make sure that the department of defense interests are protected. but i want to make sure they have no veto power on auctioning sfecktrum. that was the law before. and it tied up a very valuable national asset, as mr. pallone points out. we'll figure out how to protect the interests of national security and defense but make sure the spectrum can be made safely available. this was something that we worked on for a very long time. so right before, at the 11th hour to have the department of defense say no, we want to change, we need to examine it more closely.
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and i thank mr. pallone for the time. the chair: the jear yields. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: i would yield back. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey yields. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i yield myself the balance of the time simply to say that a version of this amendment was filed last week and working with the energy and commerce committee has been revised. the purpose of this amendment and what i think it clearly does is simply restate what everybody thought was the case, to resolve a disagreement among lawyers. that is the reason i call it a technical amendment. and i hope that the house will adopt it. i yield back. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from texas. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. thornberry: pursuant to h.res. 735 i offer amendments en bloc. the chair: the clerk will report the amendments en bloc. the clerk: amendments enplok consisting of amendments number 66, 67, 4, 54, 64, 65, and 69 printed in house report 114-571, offered by mr. thornberry of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 735, the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. moulton, each will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from north carolina, mrs. ellmers. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized.
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mrs. ellmers: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. speaker, for yielding some time this amendment does one thing. it maintains oversight and accountability of the air force. this will ensure that the air force follows through on their promise of providing adequate air support to ensure there's no negative impact on the readiness of fort bragg paratroopers. i have said this is a terrible decision and today's amendment is about holding the air force accountable. it will require the secretary of the army and air force to evaluate and report the levels f air support provided to fort bragg by the air force this will allow me to monitor jump numbers and ensure military readiness is not jeopardized in any way, shape, or norm. thank you and i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. moulton: i yield two minutes to mr. langevin of rhode island. the chair: the gentleman is
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ecognized for two minutes. thank you, mr. chairman. i want to first of all thank my house colleague across the aisle, chairman wilson from the great state of south carolina for working with me on this bipartisan amendment to expand exchange authorities with the d.o.d. this amendment addresses is key -- addresses a key challenge facing the department which is competition from the private sector to recruit and retain highly skilled talent. as we can understand right now, it is exceptionally competitive in the i.t., for example, cybersecurity field, to be able to retain -- attract and retain and recruit the best and
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brightest in the field, particularly because salaries are very high and it's very difficult for -- in many ways for the d.o.d. to compete in this space. while we're grateful, of course, for the ability to -- for those who devote their lives to military career, not everyone will give 20 or 30 years of their lives to the u.s. military. but there's no shortage of patriotism across the private sector and dedicating several months or years of their lives to our national security is a worthy endeavor which they're willing to do. this also gives d.o.d. employees exposure to cutting edge operational techniques and best practices across a wide array of disciplines while giving private sector employees insight into how the department operates. so mr. chairman, we must ensure that we are recruiting the best and brightest in order to uphold
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our national defenses. this amendment has been sought after by the d.o.d. again, there's bipartisan support on this amendment and it gives great flexibility to the department to work, to be able to bring in people with great talent from the private sector far period of time and allows the d.o.d. to have our men and women in uniform a time go to the private sector and learn best practices and what cutting edge techniques and capabilities are happening in the private sector. so this is a good, commonsense amendment and i urge my colleagues to support it and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman, mr. carter. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding and for his leadership in this important endeavor. i rise in support of this amendment package which includes my amendment which includes the
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pilot program for prescription drug acquisition costs will also include small business pharmacies. currently the private program extends discounts to tricare beneficiaries for drugs filled at retail pharmacies. my amendment clarifies that small business pharmacies are retail pharmacies and will be included in the private program. in many cases around the country, people are limb limited to which pharmacy they can have their prescription filled at. with this amendment we can ensure that all pharmacies, both large and small retailers, will be included in this private prasm i encourage my colleagues to support this amendment package. i yield back to the gentleman. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. moulton: i yield two minutes to mr. blumenauer of oregon. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. blumenauer: i appreciate the gentleman's courtesy in allowing me to speak on this. i want to refer back to an
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amendment in the previous en bloc dealing with immigrant visas. i want to express my appreciation to the committee, to you, mr. chairman, to the ranking member, to the staff. this is a complicated issue. it's not -- it's in your bill but it's not entirely within your jurisdiction and there have been an ebb and flow. it's something i've been working on for a decade. for the united states to keep faith with the people in afghanistan who made the mission possible. the people who literally risked their lives as guides, as construction workers, as interpreters, people who were truck drivers, the men and women who made it possible for taos succeed. it isn't just the department of defense. there are member and women who worked with the state department work usaid, which are important part of our activities in those countries. and those foreign nationals are
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every bit as risk as somebody who is guiding our troops in the field. i appreciate your willingness to put in the en bloc amendment a little bit of flexibility. i hope it's not the last word because we need to think seriously about what we do for the people who are on base, people who work for the state department. people who work for usaid. that we're able to make sure that we have an adequate number of visas, that we don't have an arbitrarily short period of time because the pipeline has been hopelessly complex and flaw. we've been working with the bureaucracy trying to make it work better but that's an ongoing struggle. and the fact is, there are different people with different committees who have different orientation. i hope that this en bloc amendment is just the start. that we can continue working with you, mr. chairman, with the minority party, with the staff, with the advocates, with the various people who are committed
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to making sure that the people who are at risk now of being killed, murdered, tortured, having family members killed, that we do right by them. thank you and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from north carolina, mr. hudson. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hudson: north carolina is a proud, strong mill tear state. we're proud of the men and women who answer the call and risk their lives to protect us. i never, ever want them to be in a fair fight. i want them to always have the tools, equipment, and the training needed to be dominate and the stroy the enemy. that's why i filed an amendment with my colleague, renee ellmers, who protect training paratroopers at fort bragg, the epicenter of the universe. the air force has moved forward with plans to deactivate the 440th airlift wing. this puts these young paratroopers and indeed our national security at risk as
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evidenced by the failure of the air force to meet current training requirements. for the sake of our national security, this amendment is absolutely critical to hold the air force accountable and to ensure that our rapid reaction forces are prepared for deployments at a moment's notice. i encourage my colleague to support it. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. moulton: i'd like to yield three minutes to mr. connolly of virginia. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. connolly: thank you, mr. chairman, and i thank my good friend from massachusetts. i rise in support of the bipartisan amendment i've co-written with my colleague, judge ted poe of texas. the amendment which is part of the next en bloc amendment endorses an ongoing effort at the defense security cooperation agency to develop a comprehensive framework for the assessment, monitoring, and evaluation of security cooperation activities of the department of defense. it follows a related monitoring
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and evaluation amendment judge poe and i offered to the ndaa for f.y. 2016 and the committee retained in the 2017 bill. security cooperation, foreign security forces builds valuable international partnerships and enhances the ability of our partners to carry out joint military operations and enhances american security while it's at it. however, few requirements are placed on these programs to measure the impact of funding provided to our foreign security partners. looking at efficacy, does it work? judge poe and i led the effort to apply assessment, monitoring, and evaluation, leading principles to u.s. foreign assistance administered by the state department, by usaid, and other federal agencies. last year, the house of representatives passed our bill, the foreign aid transparency and
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accountability act, h.r. 3766. we should have a similar expectation of accountability for our security cooperation programs as well. i welcome the committee's bipartisan efforts to begin to reform con sol -- reform, consolidate, and modify the more than 120 security cooperation authorities congress provide ed the d.o.d. over the years. notably, the underlying bill strengthens country by country reporting requirements for security cooperation and begins to reorganize security cooperation authorities into one coherent, separate section of title 10:00 of the u.s. code -- title 10 of the u.s. code. furthermore, the senate is advancing an ndaa bill that requires the d.o.d. to produce an annual budget justification for funding. there's significant demand, mr. chairman, for more transparency and accountability in terms of u.s. security cooperation. our amendment is consistent with that demand and it builds on the
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great work done by the committee this area to define clear objectives and security cooperation. i want to thank the chairman and ranking member and both committee staffs, majority and minority, for their excellent work and for their bipartisan approach to this and so many other issues in the build and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from new hampshire, mr. guinta. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. guinta: i have an amendment at the desk. thank you, mr. speaker, i rise in support of my amendment to the national defense authorization act and i want to thank the chairman for including it in the en bloc package. my amendment increases funding for u.s. norcom's task force to assist with its counternarcotics operations. it's part of by work as chair of the task force to combat the heroin epidemic, i traveled to
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the mexican border earlier this spring to investigate illegal sources of feint knoll and heroin -- fentanyl and heroin coming into the country. , my goaldment supports is to ensure the joint task north receives the funds necessary to continue their efforts. i want to thank the chairman and armed services committee for their hard work on the underlying bill and urge my colleagues to support the amendment. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. pll moulton: i'd like to yield two minutes to ms. jackson lee of texas. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman and i also thank the chairman of the full committee and the ranking member of the full committee and subcommittee chairs as well. i serve on homeland security and
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i am constantly aware of the overlapping duties and responsibilities, mr. chairman, that of course the united states military which has its confinement on certain areas but also working to secure the homeland. the jackson lee amendment number 64, number four in the en bloc amendment, makes an important contribution to the bill by improving the effectiveness of the northern command in fulfilling its critical mission of protecting the u.s. homeland in event of war and provides -- and to provide support to local, state and federal authorities in times of national emergency. specifically, here's what my amendment does. it develops and has in place a leadership strategy that will strengthen and foster necessary institutional and interpersonal relationships with state and local governments. the backbone of securing the homeland, engaging state and local governments. develop an instructional program to train key personnel how to lead effectively in event of a disaster when they do not have
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command authority to dictate action. in addition, northcom, established in 2002 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attack, is to bring the capabilities and resources of the u.s. military to the assistance of the american people during catastrophic disaster like war or pandemic outbreak of diseases or others a, zika, in the aftermath of floods or attacks. i'm well aware of hurricanes, needing to bring to bear moving large numbers of people, housing large numbers of people. then this month i spent time after time dealing with the zika virus which again our southern gulf coast region may be the epicenter. let me quote for example a quote from a renowned professor leonard marcus out of harvard. what we're trying to do is effective emergency preparedness and response requires leadership
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that can accomplish per september i coordination among orse agencies. ms. jackson lee: the challenge is as we learned from 9/11 operating with a specified scope often redness, leaders serve to bols steer the support creating a silo effect. let me speak as that homeland security member and the person who has been engaged in the crises in my community. when we develop relationships we work better together. let me offer a moment of personal privilege as someone speaking about relationships. this bill has many good elements in it. and i'm propelled and committed to diversity and respecting all people. i'm saddened by the language that the russell amendment has
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dealing with the lgbt and i'm saddened that the dent amendment wasn't allowed in. we need to secure america and make a better military. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i yield one minute to mr. walberg. mr. walberg: i rise in support of two amendments. the amendment we are considering requires the d.o.d. to report on the effectiveness of efforts to detect and monitor drug trafficking, specifically heroin nd that is devastating my home county. they are doing important work to provide training to counter narcotic teams in central america. my amendment would help quantify those efforts and see what more
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can be done to combat the drugs coming to this region. the second amendment requires d.o.d. to verify it has sufficient access to afghan accounts to guarantee effective audits. our military needs financial information and ensure taxpayer resources are being spent effectively. i appreciate these amendments being considered en bloc and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. pitts. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pitts: thank you, mr. speaker. of my in support amendment and i thank the chairman for including it in the
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next en bloc amendment, one that brings accountability to countries granting consent to russian naval vessels coming into port. the aggressive posture and actions of the russian federation over the last few years has profoundly changed the lobal landscape. russia still occupies crimea. the common thread that runs through these is that of warm-water ports. crimea's port and syria's port provide russia with access to the warm waters of the black sea and the mediterranean waters that are essential to russia's reach of aggression. despite these actions, some countries are accommodating the russian navy while allowing ports. come into their it grants russia access across the strait of guy bralta where
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the united kingdom has a joint operating base that hosts ships. and recent high-profile visits also and venezuela are cause for concern. governments across the globe should be isolating the russian navy not accommodating it. it must compete with geographic disadvantages lacking access to warm blue waters of the world, but these are forfeited when we lack a unified effort to deny russian vessels to call into foreign ports. the secretary of defense will have to report to congress, thus the american people on these instances and i hope governments will think twice before offering up their ports to putin's navy. i urge support of the underlying
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bill. and i yield back. mr. thornberry: i yield one minute to the distinguished the gentleman from illinois, mr. kizzinger. izzkizz i just rise -- mr. kinzinger: i rise in support of the amendment. i want to speak to the program proudly and quickly. in afghanistan, countless people put their lives on the line to serve as translators, being the middle person between american troops and the population we are trying to secure. now we promised them opportunity to come into the united states but this process has been bogged down by bureaucracy and many have been in this process for years and still in the first steps because of the bureaucracy on this. and unfortunately today actually many afghans are being killed every day by the taliban, by isis, by al qaeda as a result of having worked with us. i want to thank representative
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moulton and representative blumenauer on this issue and we ought to take this seriously. keeping our commitment, because there will be a war again someday and we need to maintain the trust of the population we are there to secure. i thank mr. blumenauer for putting in this amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i reserve the balance of the time. the chair: the gentleman has the only time remaining. the gentleman from texas has the only time remaining. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, how much time do i have remaining? the chair: two minutes. mr. thornberry: i yield myself one minute. i think it's important to pause for a second and think what has happened here. we have had a package of amendments that have been discussed about a equal number of republicans and democrats and talk about important issues and contributions that they've made, but mr. chairman, if a member
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then votes against final passage of the bill, their contributions are nullified. and i think it's important to step back and just reiterate that all of us have provisions in this bill we agree with and disagree with. we placed values on different parts of the bill. but what has happened before is that members have put aside some personal differences and still paid attention to the larger purpose of the bill, which is to support the men and women who serve our country. i hope that can happen again. and however proud members may be of the various provisions and there are a lot of good provisions from both sides of the aisle, if you don't support the final bill, you aren't accomplishing very much. i hope members will not only support this en bloc package but the final measure. and i yield back. the chair: the question is on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from texas.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the yeas have it and the en bloc amendments are agreed to. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. thornberry: pursuant to h.res. 735, i offer further amendments en bloc, en bloc package number 5. the clerk: en bloc number 5 consisting of amendments number 68, 6, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 70, 74, 77 and 82, printed in house report number 114-571, offered by mr. thornberry of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 735, the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, and the gentleman from washington, mr. smith, will each control 10 minutes, the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: i yield one minute to the distinguished
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chair of our subcommittee, mr.âwilson. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. wilson: thank you for your leadership. i rise today in support of amendment 69, a bipartisan amendment submitted with ranking member jim langevin as we reach to secure cyber space and protect american families while encouraging innovation, we turn that public-private partnerships provide. we have seen the success of public-private partnerships already in the i.t. field. this amendment will provide the opportunity to expand the benefits of the exchange to all components of the department of defense. the benefits to the military are clear. they provide the ability for fresh talent and fresh concepts. the public sector benefits as well by having the flexibility to gain the unique insight as to how the government operates. this bipartisan amendment
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promotes choice and opportunity that will benefit america's workers in the defense community and the collaboration will benefit all american families. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. >> i yield three minutes to mr. peters of california. mr. peters: i rise to support two amendments that we have in the en bloc. the first on veteran hiring, a sense of congress amendment. i rise to support a simple but important effort that everyone in this chamber can agree on. this is the sense of congress that the department of defense should seek ways to maximize the number of veterans employed to build military construction projects. we are talking about good jobs here to help make transition to civilian life. we had a number of contractors employing skilled veterans to do this work. many members champion the cause
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of hiring veterans, a policy to implement. we hope you will support this amendment and show that our military readiness can be built by those who know how important it is while fighting for our freedom. i want to speak on integrated missile defense. iran is a chief sponsor of international terrorism and threatens to obliterate israel. those who supported the agreement last year to keep iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon understands that it does not eliminate the threats. my amendment would take further steps to support our allies in the region and crack down on iranian aggression. while working with israel, the gulf cooperation council, jordan and egypt, the integrated missile defense system, we kl build off israel's network. i will continue to support
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israel's missile defense program through a smart targeted approach with our partners we can continue to promote security. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i yield one minute to mr. carter, the gentleman from georgia. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this amendment package which includes my amendment that ensures the safety of a submarine base, home -- king space to the nuclear deterrence capabilities of the u.s. fleet cannot be understated. south of the installation is a low-use airport called st. mary's. it takes aircraft right over the base raising security concerns for the installation and for the weapons package.
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the danger this poses -- and this amendment is the first step in remedying that situation. this amendment would allow for the relocation of the st. mary's airport service due to national security posed to the submarine base. this has been a major priority for the navy and provides much needed changes for security concerns that have been persistent for a number of years. we can protect our nuclear submarines while providing new economic opportunities. i encourage all of my colleagues to support this amendment. and i yield back to the gentleman. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. moulton: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california. mr. ruiz: i rise mr. ruiz: i rise in support of my amendment. iran is a serious risk to our national security.
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we must remain vigilant. we must protect our troops and our allies in the middle east. this amendment will help stop illegal arms shipment from iran to terrorists and protect our national security. my amendment will help keep american troops and our allies in the region including israel safe. it authorizes our military to provide training, equipment, supplies, and military construction to nations along the persian gulf, the irainian sea and theed me -- the arabian sea, and the mediterranean sea. i'm glad there's broad, bipartisan consensus on the need for this amendment so we can keep our troops safe and shore up the safety of our allies in the region. thank you, mr. chairman, and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized.
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the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. roskam. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roskam: thank you, mr. speaker, thank you, mr. chairman for yielding. i want to tell you briefly about the roskam amendment which requires the president to provide congress with a comprehensive report on iran's use of aircraft for military and terrorist activities. you say, why do we need this? here's why. there's an important american company talking to iranians about the possibility of selling aircraft to them. here's the problem with that. everybody agrees that the iranians are the world's largest state sponsor of terror and there are it goes that if you give them something that is useful for military purposes, that is aircraft, it's fungible. it can be used for any purpose. the notion that the iranians are going to use boeing aircraft,
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for example, simply to vacation people back and forth within iran is profoundly naive. what this amendment does is it puts the aircraft industry on notice and puts the iranians on notice that we are very interested in what they're doing with commercial aircraft for what purpose. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. moulton: i yield three minutes to the the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for -- address the house and revise and extend my remarks. the chair: without objection. ms. jackson lee: thank you to the armed services committee, thank you for making in order with the rule committees my three amendments that i have discussed today two that i've already discussed and this one that i will now bring to my
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colleagues' attention. today, walking out of the bush of nigeria was determined that another girl has been found, discovered or fled. the debate is whether or not the military forces of nigeria helped her out. but we do know she was missing for two years along with the 200-plus girls taken, 57 of them escaped in the immediacy of the hours, and six of them died. and this young woman has now come out two years later. families are suffering and boko haram has become one of the most vile and vicious terrorist groups in the world. they are affiliated with isis, isil. but they have, you will, no conformity to any protocol but
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killing. they've burned and killed muslims and christians alike. schools and homes, mosques, churches. they have decapitated people, they have sent 8-year-olds with bombs strapped to their bodies to kill. so my amendment is very straightforward. as i do this, let me say that a number of you have joined congresswoman frederica wilson, week after week, wearing red to bring the girls home. she joined me and we traveled together within weeks of the girls being taken in 2014. we confronted families, saw the pain, saw women with slashed throats that had healed. we saw the leaders of government who then were somewhat, you will, challenged about this.
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so my amendment is one that deals with collaboration. it is a sense of congress that provides for condemning the ongoing violence, expresses support for the nigerian people and calls on the president to support nigeria and the international community to ensure accountability for crimes against humanity but also asks for the initiatives we can engage in the, department of defense, to assist the government of nigeria and countries in the basin to develop capacities to deploy and destroy boko haram. obviously, with the use of possible special forces recognizing the leahy amendment but also with technology. lives are still in the mix. lives are still not being provided for. so i'm asking that we prvide --
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mr. moulton: i yield an additional minute to the gentlelady from texas. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i'm asking we collaborate with the forces in nigeria and the forces that have been part of the multinational task force to be able to have a strategy that deals with boko haram. this report can be critical in our efforts to empower and complement the efforts of the multinational joint task force as well as the commitment espoused at the regional security summit. so i would say that we have to recognize that we now have an individual, this young woman can give us the intelligence and i am concerned that these girls cannot be rescued now. this is partly asking the president of nigeria to join in with this information this new information, collaboration that hopefully as we move through this legislation, ongoing, but right now to rescue those girls.
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also support the idea of a special envoy to focus on the dangers in the lake chad basin region. let me compliment the african command we met many of them when we were in nigeria. i think it was an excellent command among all other commands. they can be dynamic in their work. my sense of congress is to give us focus to bring back the girls, save these girls, we have the information, bring back these girls. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. rohrabacher. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. rohrabacher: thank you very much, i appreciate chairman thornberry's acceptance of my amendments, number 100 and 125. the first recognizes the heroic efforts of the pakistani doctor, dr. afriti, who helped us bring to justice osama bin laden the prime mover in the massacre of 3,000 americans on 9/11.
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this courageous hero who enabled us to destroy this terrorist monster, dr. afriti continues to languish in a stack -- in a pakistani dungeon this amendment was adopted by the house during consideration of past defense authorization acts but was stripped out during conference negotiations with the senate. this is a shameful slap in the face to dr. afriti and other heroic friends around the world who put themselves at risk to stand up with us. who will trust us? who will stand with us if we betray our friends like this. it is time to end this irrational support we give to pakistan. it's only proven that we've increased which is another amendments i talk about today, the certification required to release american military or economic aid to pakistan. it behooves us not to finance pakistan's brutal suppression of ethnic groups and religious
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inorities like the belouch and sindhis, who are under attack today simply for seeking religious and political freedom. i ask my colleagues to join with me, to stand also with the people around the world, send a message. if you stand with the united states, we will not forget you. we will stand with you. the people of the united states and the united states congress stand tall with you and appreciate that you have risked your lives in a way that saved american lives. thank you very much. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. moulton: i have no further speakers. i urge adoption of the en bloc amendment and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today in support of the
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bipartisan amendment with congressman seth moulton, number 95, that would increase transparency and accountability in addition to promoting peace through strength. in the past few months this etehran regime has repeatedly pushed the boundaries of the dangerous tehran deal and on security council resolutions. since january, the iranian regime has tested at least two intercontinental ba cystic missiles, including one that had the writing israel should be wiped off the earth written in hero. these icbm's have the ability to reach israeli and other u.s. allies in the middle east from southeastern europe to india. sadly the american people have not received satisfactory answers why the actions by iran are without repercussion. this amendment will require quick and clear response. why or why not did the icbm violate international agreements and what response the administration will take this bipartisan amendment will hold the administration accountable
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and require a timely and thorough report and our response to hostile action. i urge my colleagues to vote in support. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. he gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i yield one minute to the distinguished from north carolina, mr. holding. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. holding: let me begin by thanking chairman thornberry and chairman royce for their assistance in helping craft this amendment and also let me thank dr. g member engel and farrell. this is a testament to the broad bipartisan support to the u.s.-india relationship here in congress. our agreement is straightforward, seeking greater defense trade and encourage additional military cooperation between the united states and india. i believe that requiring our government to take actions such as strengthening the defense technologied a trade initialtive and encouraging trade with india we can make certain that the
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u.s.-india defense relationship endures. mr. chairman, given the dynamic nature of the region and its importance to our own national security and future economic growth, now is the time to build on recent successes and propel the u.s.-india strategic partnership forward. i thank the chairman and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: i yield back the balance of my time and urge adoption. the chair: all time for debate has expired. the question is on the amendment en bloc. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the en bloc amendments are agreed to. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. thornberry: pursuant to h.res. 735, i offer en bloc package number six. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendments en bloc. the clerk: amendments 71, 72, 88, 89, 90, 8, 79,
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91, and 92, printed in house report 114-571, offered by mr. thornberry of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 735, the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry and the gentleman from massachusetts mr. moulton each will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: i have no speakers here at this point and i reserve the balance of the time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. moulton: i yield two minutes to mr. cicilline of rhode island. the chair: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized for two minutes. mr. cicilline: thank you, mr. chairman. i thank the gentleman from massachusetts for yielding. i want to begin by thanking the chairman and ranking member for including my amendment in the en bloc amendment. this amendment will require a report detailing plans to inform american manufactures about opportunities to equip foreign militaries receiving u.s. assistance. each year our country provides billions of dollars to our
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international partners in military assistance to foster security relationships and to ensure our national security. s that worthwhile investment necessary to preserve american interests abroad. but we need to make sure that american businesses, particularly american manufacturers are given ample opportunity to compete neers taxpayer funded contracts. my amendment helps ensure that american companies are aware of what opportunities are available to them and to their employees. by ensuring more american countries -- companies are awear of these opportunities we can support job growth among american companies which will in turn support the overall health of our economy and our nation's defense industrial base. increased competition also helps ensure that international partners provided with the highest quality products available. thus helping to better secure their own future and protecting our own national security interests. so the amendment simply ensures an american business -- that american businesses have the opportunity to compete neers contracts as we're building up and securing our national security interests around the
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world, we're also strengthening american jobs, american manufacturing, and growing our economy. i thank the gentleman for yielding and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. moulton: i yield three minutes to myself. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. moulton: a bipartisan amendment that passed the full committee on armed services and also had to go through the foreign affairs committee to be approved and it calls on the administration to report to congress on a presence i have political and military strategy against isis. mr. chairman, we are sending troops back into iraq today just seven, eight years. many of the battles they are familiar,

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