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failed. it could be another shouting match on the house floor over not the form of energy bill in itself, but some of the amendments. host: that's my close -- mike >> live now to the floor of the u.s. house during the final week before the memorial daybreak. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. we give you thanks, god, for giving us another day. as the various members of this people's house return, we ask your blessing upon each as they resume the responsibilities that await them. give each the wisdom and good judgment to give credit to the office they have been honored by their constituencies to fill.
bless the work of all who serve in their various capacities here in the united states capitol. bless as well all who visit the capitol this day, be they american citizens or visitors or guests of other -- of our nation. may they be inspired to this monument of the idea of freedom and its gar and stee by the democratic experiment that is the united states. god bless america and may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory. 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 plemming of allegiance will be led by mr. kildee. mr. kildee: please join us in
the pledge. 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: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. may is national foster care month where we recognize the individuals who help america's children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. in north carolina it's hard to match the dedication of boone residents sherry and roger church, who recently retired as foster parents after 20 years of providing a loving home to children in need. since 1994, the churches have
fostered 91 children. they have been recognized on numerous occasions locally and statewide for outstanding service to children in foster care. in 2003, sherry was given the state's caring spirit award and in 2014 the couple was named roy taga county's volunteers of the year by the local adult services coalition. the churches have had a lasting impact on their community and the children who were entrusted to their care. and i wish them the very best in their retirement. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. kildee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. well, the families i represent in flint, michigan, are still suffering from an ongoing water crisis that left their water tainted with lead and unsafe to
drink. when americans face a humanitarian crisis, we come together to act, to provide them help. that has been our tradition. those are our values. and in congress that is our job. for too long republican-led house has not allowed a hearing let alone a vote on legislation that would provide that basic humanitarian relief to 100,000 people in flint, michigan, that still cannot drink their water. that are still suffering from the effect of lead poisoning in their water by acts of its own state government. our families of flint act, legislation i introduced, has over 155 co-sponsors. this bill at least warrants a hearing. there has been commit hearings on this question, a lot of finger pointing, a lot of argument, a lot of sympathy from
members of congress, but no action. congress needs to do its job. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker. house of representatives, sir. this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena issued by the united states district court for the eastern district of pennsylvania for testimony in a criminal case. after consultation with the office of general counsel, i have determined that compliance with the subpoena is consistent with the privileges and rights of the house. signed, sincerely, district office manager. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, this is to notify you formally pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena issued by the united states district court
for the eastern district of pennsylvania for testimony in a criminal case. after consultation with the office of general counsel, i have determined compliance with the subpoena is consistent with the privileges and rights of the house. signed, sincerely, mishshl anderson lee, director of appropriations. the speaker pro tempore: 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 -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 may 23, 2016, at 9:19 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment h.r. 2577. with best wishes, i am, signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and
nays are ordered or on which vote incurs objection upped clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4889 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 450, h.r. 4889, a bill to amend the communications act of 1934 to require providers of a covered service to provide call location information concerning the telecommunications device of a user of such service to an investigative or lomplete officer in an emergency situation involving risk of death or serious physical injury or in order to respond to the user's call for emergency services. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. sarbanes, each will control 20 minutes. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i ask
unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and xtend their remarks and insert extraneous materials in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: mr. speaker, imagine that your child, your child is missing. you know that she was abduct interested a parking lot but you don't know where she is now. or how to find her. grasping for any possible lead, you ask her cell phone carrier to provide the location and just the location of her cell phone. hoping that it will lead you to her but you are told they don't release that information. so you wait. you rely on others to search for your child on foot and air never knowing if your child is alive or your child is dead. safe or in pain. this nightmare came true foremissy and greg smith nine years ago last week. when their beloved daughter went
missing outside kansas city, kansas, by all accounts, kelsey smith, her picture here, a vibrant 18-year-old girl, she was preparing to attend college in the fall where she planned to join in the marching band, kelsey loved to sing. she was the third of five siblings. tragically her life was cut short when she was kidnapped from a target parking lot in june of 2007, just nine days after her high school graduation. a crime, it was caught on the store's security cameras. her family, her friends, they spent four anguished case searching for her. knowing she was in danger. but unable to find her. they used every method they could think of to help locate her. but the one tool, mr. speaker, the one tool that would eventually lead to finding her body was not accessible.
kelsey's parents contacted her cell phone provider the day she went missing asking them to ping her cell phone in hopes it would assist them in their search. despite repeated requests to the family and from law enforcement, mr. speaker, it took four days, four days before the smiths were able to obtain the location data of kelsey's cell phone. four days, mr. speaker. nearly 100 hours of not knowing whether their little girl had gone -- where she had gone, where she had been taken, or whether they would see her again. yet, within 45 minutes of receiving that location data, when they finally got it, kelsey's body was found. she was dead. when her mother testified in front of the subcommittee on communications and technology, she spoke so bravely of the agony kelsey's family endured during that time. she described their ordeal in painful detail. what does a parent go through
when a child is missing? you do not eat because you do not know if your child is eating. you do not sleep because you wonder if they are sleeping. it is to quote missy, pure hell. missy and greg smith have made it their mission to prevent this type of tragedy from ever happening again. they began facilitating safety awareness seminars for parents and students. they also began to push for legislation to address the very problem of obtaining timely cell phone location data and only location data that's all we are talking about here. and only during life threatening emergencies. just life and death situations, only locational data. the legislation we are considering today named in honor of their daughter is a major step toward that goal. kelsey smith requires cell phone providers to provide access to device location data in an emergency situation where a
victim is in danger of death or serious harm or when the device has been used to place a 9-1-1 emergency call requesting emergency assistance. this changes current law. you see current law already permits carriers to provide the data but does not require them to. this plays an unreasonable burden on wireless providers to determine what constitutes an emergency and live with the consequences of their decision. which they now must do in the case of kelsey smith. when time is of essence, you do not want a lawyer in a corporate headquarters agonizing over a legal definition of emergency or do you want the law enforcement officers who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe, making that call. i opt for those who can save lives. to date versions of the kelsey smith act have been adopted in 23 states. but a patchwork of laws that protect some leaving others vulnerable is not good for the companies that must comply with this law or more importantly for the american lives that this law can and will save.
you see, mr. speaker, the committee believes we need a consistent federal law that law enforcement across the country can use. parents shouldn't have to forum shop for the most favorable law when their child goes missing. what if it was your child? i have heard the privacy concerns that some say have been raised by this bill. we have worked diligently to make the bill as targeted as possible to balance legitimate privacy concerns when the pornse of saving lives. by limiting the circumstances in which it can be used and most importantly, limiting the information that's available, we can assure that it is only used in cases where it is absolutely necessary. mr. speaker, we have heard from law enforcement officers across the country that when people are in emergency situations, every second counts and that delay can mean differences between life, life and death. the kelsey smith act takes the burden of decisionmaking away from cell phone providers and
places it with law enforcement who are trained specifically to make this kind of determination. kelsey smith act has been success 234ri used multiple states where it is already law. in fact, in kansas we have an infant here named aubrey. aubrey, innocently in her car seat in a car, back seat of the vehicle, when somebody carjacked the car. while her parents were standing near it just feet away. can you imagine? your parents are right there, somebody jumps in the car, drives off with it as you stand hopelessly unable to do anything with their little daughter inside. the local police department used the kelsey smith act in kansas to track the cell phone that was still in the car and they were able to successfully recover the baby, audrey, unharmed. and in about 30 minutes. officer dan credited the safe recovery to the act saying that,
quote, technology is very helpful to us, made possible by the kelsey smith law. thanks to kelsey and greg and missy smith, little audrey is safe in the arms of her family once again. in the words of her mother, we are so happy to have audrey home with us and can't picture life without our baby girl. mr. speaker, this law goes beyond kidnapping cases, however. kansas sheriff's association said it is in people that are in danger, severe weather or other life-threatening circumstances. i want to thank my friend from kansas, congressman yoder. he has been tireless in his advocacy in this legislation. he first brought this bill to my attention last congress and continued to push for its passage again this year and been
an advocate for kelsey and her family and this bill wouldn't have advanced this far without congressman yoder's work. i thank the parents for the courage in the face of their tragedy. because of their willingness to speak about their daughter, we are here today with the opportunity to prevent tragedies like this one that befell kelsey smith. this legislation passed out of the subcommittee after full hearings and through the full committee and voted unanimously out of the full committee. there were no voices of objection. this wednesday, may 25, is national missing and exploited children's day. according to the f.b.i. in 2015, there more than 460,000 reports of missing children made to law enforcement in the u.s. how many of these missing children carry a cell phone? even if the kelsey smith act recovers only one of those missing children, isn't it worth
it? the parents of missing children, it certainly is. we have the opportunity to equip law enforcement to aid them, a tool that costs nothing and uses information that already exists. let's seize this opportunity. i know there will be those who argue that somehow we didn't go far enough in privacy. guess what, my state of oregon passed almost an identical bill and it is a very blew state. democrat house, senate and democratic governor. not a single member objected. multiple other states have different reporting requirements backing their law enforcement community. we honor what the states have done and can do. we don't take that away. we don't override that. they can go further in terms of what they want their state law enforcement officers to do or not do. we address the issue related to the telephone carriers and what
they must do when called upon in life and death situations to save the lives of little girls like aubrey and kelsey. let's ensure that her lasting legacy isn't the story of her death but the story of how she continued to make a difference to save lives. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. sarbanes: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to h.r. 4889. democrats continue to support the intention behind this bill, what happened to kelsey smith is clearly a tragedy that should not be allowed to happen again. her family, who have advocated for these changes in the law deserve our respect and are true heroes, but we cannot support this effort to force the bill through without including a
commonsense consumer protections that resulted from strong bipartisan work in the last congress. in the 113th congress, the committee on energy and commerce passed a version of the kelsey smith act, a version that included specific protections for consumers' privacy, closer in line with what is required under the 4th amendment. the legislation was a negotiated outcome that carefully balanced the needs on law enforcement on one hand with the rights of consumers' and privacy concerns on the on the other hand. these protections would not have in any way slowed law enforcement's ability to find people in an emergency. they would simply have made sure that consumers are protected after a search takes place. this was a good deal. unfortunately, the path taken in the current congress was
different. this year's bill, the one we are debating now, disregards the hard work that went into finding a bipartisan agreement on the kelsey smith act in the last congress. during markups in the energy and commerce committee, democrats offered amendments that would what h.r. 4889 back to was agreed to in the last congress. it would have kept the requirement that carriers provide the requested information to law enforcement, but the amendment would have provided a simple consumer safeguard and would have required that law enforcement seek a court order within 48 hours after it makes an emergency request. so it would have no way stood in the way of the emergency request, but would have just required law enforcement to seek that court order after the emergency request. such modifications would address some of the concerns that have been raised regarding the
potential abuse of h.r. 4889. it would not hamper law enforcement's ability to have quick access to life saving location data when they are presented with an emergency situation. we recognize that chairman walden was concerned but could not support last year's deal, the version from last congress because it was not completely consistent with the law in his home state. that is why our proposal added a provision to protect existing state laws. unfortunately, our efforts were rebuffed. we continue to stand ready to work together again, but i cannot support this bill in its current form without ensuring that additional sections are in place. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i now yield to the gentleman from kansas, the proponent of this legislation who brought it before us, mr. yoder, such time
as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is recognized. mr. yoder: thank you, mr. speaker and thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today to honor the life nd legacy of kelsey smith of overland park, kansas. i rise on behalf of kelsey's army, people all across the country who put themselves in the shoes of greg and missy smith who had children who had been abducted who understand we need public safety laws like this on the books to ensure that we can save lives and ensure that these types of abductions and murders never happen again in our country without our ability to stop them as quickly as possible. june 6, 2016 will mark nine years since kelsey smith, was kidnapped from a target parking lot by a predator who sexually assaulted and murdered her soon thereafter.
i remember like it was yesterday. we all in kansas and in my community felt immediately associated with the grief and pain that kelsey's parents were feeling, parents worried about their own children, they understood what was happening and wanted to help. and so the people of kansas helped search for kelsey for days. as my chairman, mr. walden, so eloquently spoke in favor of this bill, it is an anguish to have your child be missing and not do anything about it. her mother said when your child is missing you don't eat or sleep because you don't know if your child is eating or sleeping. i'm the father of two girls, i cannot imagine the pain the parents have endured from kelsey's loss. no parent should have to. today, we are going to hear different debates and arguments about how the bill could be changed, improved or differences can be made, but the reality
this law is not on the books in 28 states and those children are not protected. and we cannot as a house allow this to stand. i ask my colleagues to dig deep in their heart, think about putting yourselves in their shoes and not block this legislation and let this legislation come forward. it's popular in your district and the majority of americans will support this. and opposing this bill is wrong and shameful. in the nine years since their daughter was taken from them, they have dealt with this experience with drace and determination. rather than falling into the depths of despair, they channeled their grief to help others. they traveled the united states fighting to pass state-level versions of the bill we are considering today and done so with great success with 23 states having passed a version of the kelsey smith act. today, this body will have the chance to honor kelsey's memory by bringing the law to all 50 states. in the words of missy smith, we
have the rare opportunity to save lives without it costing one cent. the kelsey smith act creates a narrow exception for law enforcement officers to gain access through limited call location information of an individual's cell phone in the event of an emergency like a kidnapping. in those cases, every second count. in kelsey's case, it took four days for law enforcement to obtain the location data, four days while an entire community searched for kelsey. it took four days because under current law, they are not required to provide location data. they are permitted, but it's up to their discretion. so do you want to leave this up to a cell phone provider, with the lawyers and executives there to decide or do you want trained law enforcement making this decision based upon a reasonable belief of an emergency circumstance? i think we would all agree, folks on the opposite side of
the aisle would agree there is a 4th amendment right to protect your home and your dwelling, probably the greatest 4th amendment protection right of all and yet if an officer saw someone who was in jeopardy of physical harm or emergency, they have the ability to break into that home to save that life. this information is even less secure. much more in the public domain. the cell phone provider has the right to release it. and that decision should be made by law enforcement. it breaks my heart every time story.recount kelsey's a search that was for four days could have ended in minutes. other lives have already been saved in states that have adopted this law. a federal framework is needed to save lives across the entire country not in just a patchwork of states. this would be a ceiling for
state legislatures to follow. if states feel that additional privacy protections must be put into place, they are well within their jurisdiction to do so, but i believe any concerns articulated by others are overblown in this situation as omeone who spent the career in protecting privacy rights. i feel comfortable in saying this bill strikes the right balance. does not give you the information on the phone or content or anything other than the pings on the phone. it doesn't give you g.p.s. tracking and does not infringe upon our constitutional rights and any of us as parents would be thankful that we vote on this. this body often debates the merits of protecting the merits of protecting americans. we are blessed with modern technology that affords law enforcement to save lives without giving up privacy.
i would like to thank, representative dennis moore and todd tee heart of kansas. i would like to thank lynn jenkins and mike pompeo and representative cleaver. i would like to thank chairman upton and chairman walden to move this legislation forward. i would like to thank the two most people in this room, greg and missy smith. but for their support and guidance, their ability to channel into goodness for being here throughout the day and the entire legislative process, this moment would not be possible. god bless you, greg and missy and god bless kelsey. i urge my colleagues to support this bill's passage and i urge the senate to waste no time in following suit. let's send kelsey's law to the president's desk so we can do something in a bipartisan way
and save lives. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas yields. the gentleman from oregon reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker. can i ask mr. walden if he has any additional speakers? mr. walden: not that i'm aware of. mr. sarbanes: with that, mr. speaker. let me say that democrats support the intention behind this bill, but we cannot support it as it is currently drafted. we believe we can do better. and i urge members to vote no on h.r. 4889. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you, mr. chairman. i'm disappointed that democrats cannot support this in its presence form. the bill we worked on last year never made it to the house floor and this one did. the time is now to act. the time is now to help families
find abducted children saving and need help their lives. this is very narrowly written. read the bill. it's very narrowly written. location, emergency only, life and death. you dial 911 seeking help. states still have the ability to talk about all these other provisions they may want. we do not preclude that. we honor the right of states, local legislatures, to come and add restrictions if they want to do that for post-action reporting, whatever they want to do. but in the meantime, can't we just save lives? can't we just pass something
that gives certainty to the telecommunications pri providers that when they get the law enforcement call, they have to provide that data of simply the location. . i urge my colleagues support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4889, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- mr. sarbanes: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman ask for the yeas and nays? mr. sarbanes: i do. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. walden: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4167, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4167, the bill to amend the communications act of 1934 to require multiline telephone systems to have a default configuration that permits users to directly initiate is call to 9-1-1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post fix, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, the gentleman from maryland, mr. sarbanes, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: so ordered. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: mr. chairman, i rise in support of h.r. 4167, the kari's law of 2015.
you know, mr. chairman, when i first heard of the tragic story of kari hunt, i was in disbelief. in his testimony before the subcommittee on communications and technology, kari's father, hank, shared with us the way that his daughter was killed. stabbed by her estranged husband in a texas hotel room. while their children were in the room. that story is obviously horrifying enough, especially as a parent, my true shock came from the next part of the story. kari's 9-year-old daughter doing as she had been taught from an early age had repeatedly tried to dial 9-1-1 from the hotel phone. to get emergency help. repeatedly. her little fingers pushed the buttons 9 - 1-1. but because the phone required another 9 to get an outside line, she was never able to
reach the emergency assistance her mother so desperately needed. and she so desperately tried to access. what her grandfather, hank hunt, told me the next day -- told me next will stay with me forever. he said as he sat with his granddaughter in the lobby of the police department, just hours after the death of his daughter, his granddaughter looked at him and said, i tried four times, papa, but it did not work. i tried four times, papa, but it didn't work. through this tragedy we learn the difficult truth that many multiline telephone systems like the kinds often found in hotels and offices and universities require that users dial an additional digit to use an outside line. even when they are trying to
call 9-1-1. mr. chairman, this is simply unacceptable. the heat of the emergency every person in america deserves the peace of mind to know that on any phone 9-1-1 actually means 9-1-1, period. we teach our children from a very young age what to do in emergency. dial 9-1-1. we all hope they'll never need to use that knowledge, but we want them to know what to do. i don't know if too many parents who also teach their kids to think about dialing 9 or 8 or some other number to get an outside line. h.r. 4167 known as kari's law seeks to remedy this problem. the legislation requires multiline telephone systems to be configured so that dialing 9-1-1 directly connects to public safety. in addition, the law requires a central point of contact for each system be notified when someone calls for emergency assistance. provision intended to help emergency responders access buildings and actually locate
the emergency caller. these fixes are simple changes to the system in most cases, costing little if any money, and taking very little time. but apparently without a legal requirement there is no way to guarantee that every mlts will be configured for dialing 9-1-1 directly. some businesses, including many hotels, have taken steps to fix this problem already, and i applaud them for doing so voluntarily. but there needs to be consistency across our great land, mr. chairman. if you're a traveler, staying in a hotel, you shunts have to wonder during emergency whether you're in one of the states or counties that have adopted kari's law when the time comes for emergency help. we need a federal law that provides certainty and protects emergency callers when they dial 9-1-1. i'd like to thank representative louie gohmert from texas. mr. gohmert brought this issue to our attention. he is the sponsor of kari's law, and his staff have done a
terrific job working with us on this legislation. i'd also like to thank my colleague, ranking member eshoo, and her staff, for working closely with us to make this bill even better. reflecting the way these systems work and the requirements are strong and effective, i'd also like to thank hank hunt for bringing this issue to our attention, for pushing in the face of the family's tragedy, and coming to washington, d.c., to share his story. i'll finish my remarks with something else that hank said before our subcommittee and i quote. the inspiration for kari's law was a 9-year-old little girl that depended on her instruction from adults on how to handle an emergency and those adults let her down. mr. chairman, let's not let her down or any other child again. i urge my colleagues to support kari's law and in doing so we can take one step forward in ensuring that anyone, regardless of their age, who dials 9-1-1
will receive the emergency assistance they need. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey who will control 20 minutes. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you. i rise in general support of h.r. 4167. i agree that it's important to make sure that consumers using multiline telephone systems or mlts' can directly dial 9-1-1 without having to dial additional digits first. we are talking about the multiline phone systems we use in large office buildings and hotels, many of these systems require consumers to dial an extra 9 to get an outside line. most of us know that, but too many people do not realize this applies to 9-1-1 also. if you don't dial 9 first, you can't reach emergency services. such a requirement let a tragedy -- led to a tragedy in texas
several years ago. kari was killed while her 9-year-old daughter tried to call for help. she did what she was taught to do in an emergency, dial 9-1-1, because the system she was using required her to dial 9 first, she only heard silence at the other end. building on the herculean efforts of her family, we are one step closer to fixing this problem once and for all. kari's law is an important step to making our systems work better in an emergency, but we should not delay taking the next step, that is providing location information to first responders. these multiline systems often fail to deliver precise location information. that means if someone calls 9-1-1 from this very building, for instance, precious minutes would tick by as emergency personnel struggle to figure out where the call came from in the capitol. we should act immediately to correct this problem, too, because making sure the call goes through is only helpful it public safety officials can finds the caller.
that's how democrats said, mr. speaker, had hoped to include such a provision in h.r. 4167 during markup were encouraged by the commitment we received from subcommittee chairman walden to work together on a separate bill to address this concern. we hope to get this consoon. with that commitment, i urge members to support h.r. 4167, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you, mr. chairman. at this time i would yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from texas who has been such an advocate for this family and for this change in law and has been terrific to work with on this matter, mr. gohmert. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. gohmert: i thank chairman greg walden and also his staff have been superb to work with. and it's been refreshing to see how thorough both he and his
staff have been in researching this issue. i came prepared to talk about the event and actually how it happened, but chairman walden id such a fantastic job. that the emotion runs high at this point and i'm very grateful for the manner in which this has been presented. also want to thank f.t.c. commissioner pie who in the early days stepped up and paid this an issue to get people's attention. but no greater thanks goes to anyone than to kari's father, hank hunt. it was december of 2013, in marshal, texas, normally known for being kind and helpful city, police respond often in one or two minutes. kari's 9-year-old daughter has not had her name mentioned anywhere to my knowledge, and that's because this child did
everything she could possibly do, everything she had been taught and trained to do, what a phenomenal quick thinking child she is. but after kari's death received an outpouring of comments from constituents and other americans across the country expressing concern over the issue. very day this is an issue. fortunately every day someone does not pay the ultimate consequence of dying because it's an issue. but when we look into this matter, multiline telephone systems can easily be configured or reconfigured to enable callers to reach emergency personnel by dialing 9-1-1 without having to dial a prefix at all. most of the time these changes can be made at no cost and we have had programmers inform us that they have been doing it at no charge once the issue was brought to their attention.
some vendors have offered to upgrade or tune up their existing phone systems for free also. additionally, the american hotel and lodging association has worked aggressively with its members across the country to swiftly ensure that their systems in place allow guests to directly dial 9-1-1 from guest rooms. most of the american hotel and lodging association's largest hotel member chains have activated 9-1-1 direct dial access at nearly all of their owned and managed properties. this bill gives two years for those who have not done so, and in view of the fact this is so widely public, i anticipate people will move much, much more quickly than two years. it's quite refreshing when both sides of the aisle can come together on an issue that saves lives. does not cost anything from taxpayers. is not a mandate that needs funding. and clearly involves interstate
commerce and the telecommunications industry. so anyone who dials 9-1-1 would reach emergency personnel even if the phone normally requires the user to dial a prefix. many phones in hotels, often schools don't reach emergency personnel when a user dials 9-1-1 because a person failed to dial a prefix. this bill changes that for good. join hank hunt and i thank full chairman -- full committee ranking member pallone, ms. eshoo, and again chairman walden, the staffs, for the great work done here. we can avoid tragedy again. it's just refreshing when we work together to make sure that happens. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back. the gentleman from oregon reserves. the chair recognizes the
gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: may i inquire you have no additional speakers? then i would urge my colleagues to support the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: i would urge my colleagues to support h.r. 4167 and i thank my colleagues on the other side of the aisle and i urge passage of the legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 41 7 as amended -- mr. pallone: point of order that . quorum is not present the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition snr mr. walden: i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3998 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to direct the federal communications commission to commence proceedings related to the resiliencey of telecommunications networks during times of emergency and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which toevise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials on the record on the bill and i would like to include ofters between the committee energy and commerce and committee on infrastructure.
late october of 2012, superstorm sandy, the largest atlantic hurricane in recorded history hit the caribbean and northeastern united states with devastating impact. sandy caused $72 billion in damage to the united states and it took 286 lives. while the economic impact of the storm was massive in scope, homes and buildings damaged or destroyed, roads impassable or washed out all together, the damage to infrastructure was particularly severe. broadcasting, wireless, landline services, cable services, they all suffered disruptions and outages that lasted long after the storm's fury had passed. at a time when families struggled to find and reunite with loved ones, this only added to the confusion and to the panic. but beyond the impact on the
personal communications that are need to put away the fears in the wake of a disaster, these risk put more lives at including those of the first responders and made recovery that much more difficult. our public safety and emergency response experts at all levels of government in the communications industry have implemented changes from the lessons learned, there is more that must be done. just a few weeks ago, the wireless industry together with at&t, sprint, t-mobile and others adopted the cooperative framework. this set of voluntary practices will provide consumers with access to wireless services even when the network goes down. will improve preparedness and will speed the restoration of
services. i would like to thank the ranking member, mr. pallone of new jersey, whose district suffered so badly, so much from the effects of sandy. through leadership and efforts led the industry's voluntary adoption of this framework and i commend the industry and him for his work. the sandy act lets us build on that accomplishment in that there are some changes that only the government can make. this legislation makes what i believe is a commonsense change to the robert stafford act to recognize not only wire line but also mobile telephone service and broadcast radio, broadcast television, cable service and broadcast satellite service to recognize all of those as essential services when we have an emergency. this change will ensure the providers of these critical services are not denied or impeded access when they are
trying to restore services. these services are critical to ensuring of those being impacted by the disaster but also those who are responding. in addition to expediting access to network restoration teams, this directs the f.c.c. to study making the service provider-owned wifi access and other communications technologies operating on unlicensed spectrum available to access 911 services when commercial mobile service is unavailable. we have abundance of tools in the modern information economy. we should be looking at ways to leverage all of them during emergencies and this report will do just that. i thank the ranking member for his work on this legislation and i urge my colleagues to support it. and i resevere the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves sm the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.r. 3998,
the securing access to networks and disasters or sandy act. superstorm sandy had a debt try meant effect on my district. we saw the broadcast and cable networks provide critical information to help us stay out of harm's way and telecommunications networks make sure we can call for help. unfortunately when hurricane sandy ripped through the northeast, we could not rely on several of these systems when we needed them the most. nearly one in four cell towers were knocked out and some of the hardest hits, as many as half of the towers went down and stayed down for weeks. i spent the pass several years what went right and what went wrong. not just during sandy, but hurricane katrina and other major disasters, this act will make this right.
it would recognize the important role that wire wls, and mobile, internet, radio and television broadcasting and cable and satellite services play during emergencies. these communication providers near access to help them repair and maintain their communications equipment during disasters. but this bill is part of a larger effort to keep us safe in emergencies. as part of the leadup to today, i worked as my colleague said with the largest wireless carriers and the federal communications commission to put together a voluntary framework to ensure the industry complies with the wireless provisions that were originally set forth in the sandy act. the framework makes sure if one network goes down, its customers can access another network that is still operational and everyone should be able to call for help. this agreement, mr. speaker, will save lives during major emerncies in the future and i thank the wireless carriers and the f.c.c. working with me in
crafting this comprehensive agreement as well as chairman walden. having these networks operational can mean the difference between life and death in an event like superstorm sandy and i urge all members to support h.r. 3998 and i hope the senate will take up the measure and send it to president. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: it's a fine piece of legislation, important to correct some things that need to be corrected in terms of emergency communications during super emergencies. i urge passage of the bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the pass the bills h.r. 3998 as americaed. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- mr. walden: i would like a request for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: does
the gentleman ask for the yeas and nays? mr. walden: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition snr mr. walden: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2589. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2589, a bill to amend the communications act of 1934 to require the federal communications commission to publish on its internet website changes to the rules of the commission not later than 24 hours after adoption. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise
and extend their remarks and insert extraneous remarks on the bill. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: the f.c.c. regulates the communication sector. it impacts the lives of consumers. they can map their ways to new places, find information, and reach their loved ones who might live in the most remote of places and communications technology enables others to reach their audience in new and life changing ways, health care, finance, manufacturing, agriculture, all of these industries are leveraging communications technologies in waist ways to serve the american consumer. we can't afford to allow this to languish or fail under outdated regulations or faulty regulatory
process. that's why the committee on energy and commerce is improving the process at the f.c.c. so it operates in an effective and more transparent manner. this house passed a comprehensive process reform bill back in november, but we continue to work on improving the f.c.c.'s communications with the public. hence, h.r. 25889. this is one such improvement. it is sponsored by representative ellmers from north carolina and the f.c.c. has struggled to make its rules available to the public in a timely fashion. the bill requires the f.c.c. to show the public what it has just voted on by publishing the text of the rules within 24 hours of the filing of the last statement. this should not be too difficult. normally the f.c.c. does a reasonable job in publishing its new rules fairly quickly after adoption, however on more controversial items, the dockets
aren't available until much later. the lifeline order adopted on march 31 was not available for 27 days. nearly a month. the f.c.c. should not be delaying publication on controversial items. it should seek to add information rather than appearing to hide the ball. at the same time, we recognize that the f.c.c. must have the ability to respond to dissenting statements that criticize its decisions. accordingly, we worked with our colleagues to ensure the commission had fair opportunity to address dissents and still make sure that new rules became available to the public in a timely way. in other words, so the commission can do its work back and forth among commissioners, finish their product and once they do, they need to make it available to the public. by the way, that's who they work for. i thank my colleagues on the committee and representative ellmers and representative mcnerney.
the bill strikes the right balance and i urge support for representative ellmers' bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i rise in support of h.r. 2589. for the past several years republicans have been focused on changing procedures at the federal communications commission. the bill we are considering demonstrates that democrats are willing to work with republicans on these ideas when the proposals are reasonable. the original bill had some issues. it would required the f.c.c. to post within 24 hours any final rules modified. such a requirement was inconsistent with the administrative procedures act which requires that any rule changes are established or accompanied by an explanatory text. the original bill failed to take into account the fact that in many cases where there is a
delay in the release of decisions, is usually late dissent from commissioners. democrats proposed an amendment to require the f.c.c. to post in its enentirety the text after dissenting commissioners filed a statement. this will not force the f.c.c. to act in conflict with other laws such as the administrative procedures act. i urge my colleagues to support this bill -- we don't have any other speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. walden: nor do we, mr. chair. did the gentleman yield back? i just urge passage of this fine piece of legislation and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2589 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. mr. pallone: make a point of order that a quorum is not
present. the speaker pro tempore: in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: again, i object to the vote -- i tried to object to the vote on the ground that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 496, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 496, a bill to establish the alabama hills national scenic area in the state of california, and for ther purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. cook, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. cook: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to evise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cook: i yield myself such time as i may consume.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cook: i am the author of h.r. 496, which establishes the alabama hills national scenic area, encompassing roughly 18,000 acres of federal land in central california. to preserve recreational and other existing uses in the area. the alabama hills are a range of hills and rock formations near the eastern slope of the sierra nevada mountains and are used for a variety of recreational activities. the area has also served as a popular filming location for films and television shows. e gene autry show, "the lone nger," "bonanza" and films "glatiator" were filmed. the goal of this legislation is
protecting this area from the industrial scale renewable energy development that is occurring in surrounding areas while also protecting existing uses. the alabama hills stewardship group, as well as off-road groups, the local chamber of commerce, local and national conservation groups and many others coordinated for over two years to share ideas that ultimately form the basis of h.r. 496. in addition to the national scenic area designation, the bill preserves existing recreational and commercial uses of the area, including grazing, filming, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, hunting, fishing and authorized offhighway vehicle use. this is a commonsense bill that will successfully balance a wide range of federal land uses
within the national scenic area and has extensive local support. this legislation is the culmination of the work of countless local groups and individuals, and i especially like to thank inyo supervisor matt kinsly and kevin mazoo for their tireless efforts to make the alabama hills national scenic area a reality. i strongly encourage my colleagues to support its passage. thank you, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gallego: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gallego: mr. speaker, i want to congratulate congressman cook, a fellow marine, for crafting this bill before us. h.r. 496 establishes the alabama hills national scenic area on approximately 18,000 acres of federal land in southern california. only a few hours drive, it
features a unique collection of rock collection, which attracted filmmakers for -- that he said. and movies like "iron man" have been filmed there. the establishment of the alabama hills national scenic area will promote permanent protection of the area and encourage tourism and recreational activities. mr. speaker, this bill provides a model for responsible conservation that we must seek to unleash across the country. there are areas of federal land at that throughout the united states that deserve enhanced protection and i hope we can work in a bipartisan manner to preserve them for future generations. for now i urge my colleagues to support this bill, and i look forward to working with the majority to identify additional opportunities to protect federal land. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman reserves.
the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. cook: i advise the speaker we have no additional speakers. i want to thank my colleague for the marine tag team comment and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. gallego: i yield back, mr. speaker. mr. cook: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 496, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded 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 recognition? mr. cook: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass s. 184. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 184, an act
to amend the indian child protection and family violence prevention act to require background checks before foster care placements are ordered in tribal court proceedings, and or other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. cook, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. cook: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to evise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cook: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cook: i rise today in support of s. 184, the native american children safety act, which amends the indian child protection and family violence prevention act. the bill requires tribal social
service agencies to perform character background investigations of all foster care parents and adults living in foster care homes prior to placement of an indian child into a foster home. this bill creates a framework by which tribes must conduct thorough background checks of individuals who reside in or re employed by a foster home or institution in which tribal foster placements are made. the bill would protect indian foster children from being placed. if the background check reveals a conviction by a federal, state or tribal court of felony child abuse, neglect or crimes against children. s. 184 is a companion to h.r. 1168, sponsored by the gentleman from north dakota,
congressman kevin cramer. 118 -- h.r. 1168 passed the house june 1. mr. cramer and his colleagues in the north carolina -- excuse me -- north dakota delegation worked to address a very sad child abuse problem plaguing an indian reservation in his state. passage of s. 184 is a critical first step toward ensuring that indian children are placed in safe, secure and loving homes within their tribal communities. again, i'd like to thank our good friend, mr. cramer from north dakota, for his hard work on this important issue. i urge an aye vote on s. 184, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
entleman reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gallego: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gallego: mr. speaker, we are all aware of the challenges that native children face when it comes to their health, safety and security. for example, native children are 2.1 times more likely than other american children to end up in foster care. they're also 2.5 times more likely to become victims of abuse or neglect. the native american children safety act will address this disparity by strengthening background checks for perspective foster care parents prior to placement. the legislation will ensure that federal and tribal agencies will conduct these checks in a uniformed manner. e house passed h.r. 1168 authored by the gentleman from north dakota, mr. cramer. mr. speaker, there are many troubling issues that we in congress must address in order
to reverse the alarming trends that we see today in the health, safety and well become of native children. these kids deserve far more of our time and attention. yet, for too long their needs have been neglected by this body, and so, mr. speaker, i call on congress to reverse this apparent neglect and to start passing legislation like the bill before us today. it will help protect and provide for our native children. mr. speaker, i want to thank senators hoeven and tester for introducing and moving the native american -- native children safety act. i stand in support of this bill and in support of our children. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. cook: i yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from north dakota, the author of the house companion bill, mr. cramer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north dakota is recognized. mr. cramer: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank my -- now my two
favorite marines. that was very nice. thanks to both of you. you know, last congress in the flarl resources committee we actually had an oversight hearing regarding the child protection crisis on the spirit lake indian reservation in my state of north dakota dealing unsafe tribal placement of almost 40 foster children in abusive homes. many of these homes that were headed by convicted sex offenders. in an effort to protect these children, i did introduce the native american children's safety act, which is a companion bill, that was introduced any senate by senator hoeven and snr tester. both bills passed their respective chambers without objection, and today i'm asking my colleagues here in the house to join me in passing the senate bill so we can get it to the president for his quick signature. as stated, the bill implements across-the-board minimum protections for children placed in foster care at the direction of a tribal court and, yes, the
statistics are stark. native american children are 2 1/2 times more likely to be victims of abuse or neglect than other american children. but mr. speaker, children exposed to violence are also more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol. they're more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety and other posttraumatic disorders. the standards in this bill mirror existing national requirements for nontribal foster care placements, ensuring that tribal children receive care at least equal to that and the protections afforded to nontribal children. it's bipartisan, as you can tell. it's noncontroversial, as you can tell. it was reported out of natural resources committee by unanimous consent both this congress and the last congress. but i want to add this word of thanks to other folks who were very helpful. i want to thank the national indian child welfare association, the national congress of indian -- the national congress on american indians, the bureau of indian affairs. the department of homeland
security all of whom provided insights and suggestions for this bill. their counsel proved valuable in providing the flexibility to the tribes without hampering -- stepping on their sovereignty so they could transition to these uniformed standards and help save perhaps many, many lives on their reservations. with that i thank my colleagues, urge a yes vote and yield back the balance of my time. mr. cook: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentleman from arizona. mr. gallego: mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate bill 184. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on he table.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. nunes: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5077 shall the intelligence authorizization act for fiscal year 2017. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5077 a bill to authorize appropriations for 2017 for intelligence-related activities of the united states government, the community management account and central intelligence agency retirement and disability system and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california
plrksnunes, and the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. nunes. mr. nunes: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material on the bill h.r. 5077. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. nunes: i ask unanimous consent to enter my full statement and the exchange of letters on the intelligence committee and the committee on homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. nunes: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nunes: mr. speaker, passing an annual intelligence authorization bill is the most important tool congress has to conduct effective oversight of the intelligence activities of the u.s. government. today ranking member schiff and i are bringing the seventh intelligence authorizization bill to the floor. this bill has bipartisan -- is a bipartisan product that reflects
the contributions of all of the committee's members. it was reported out by the committee by unanimous voice vote. because most of the intelligence budget involves highly classified programs, the bulk of the schedule of direction are found in the classified annex. it has been available for all members to review since friday april 29. at the unclassified level, overall funding thoshesed in this bill is slightly above the president's request but still below last year's enacted level. the funding is consistent with the budget act of 2015. the bill funds the military intelligence program in line with the levels of the house-passed national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2017. the bill funds high priority initiatives not included in the president's request, trims requested increases that lack clear justification and reflects the committee's determinations
which programs represent the best value dollars in a changing budget environment. today, the threat level facing america is higher than at any time since 9/11. isil has established safe havens looking to ia and expand. the goal of our strategy should be to deny safe havens which terrorists can plot attacks used against the united states and our allies. regrettably, we have not prevented isil from establishing a safe haven and they are skilled at hiding. members have used that room to plan attacks in europe, north africa and the middle east and they are undoubtedly planning attacks against the homeland here in the united states. this bill will ensure that the men and women have the funding authorities and support they need to carry out their mission and to keep us safe. before closing, i want to thank
the men and women of this country who serve in our intelligence community. i'm honored to know so many of them in the course of the committee's oversight work. i would like to thank the committee's members minority and majority for their contributions over the past year and especially our subcommittee chairmen and ranking members for the expertise within their program's jurisdiction. the many hearings, briefings and oversight visits that our members carry out provide the inputs and direction in this annual bill. i thank the staff of the committee for their hard work and daily oversight of the intelligence community. in particular, i would like to hank janet, nick, scott, bill, lisa, jeff, chells see, doug, teve, jack, crystal, jay and diane and two fellows from the
lossal most national laboratory. all of these staff members spent long hours working on the legislative texan its classified annex and the bill is stronger for it. urge passage of h.r. 5077 as amended and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, is recognized. mr. schiff: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. schiff: first, i would like to thank chairman nunes who is an invabble partner -- invaluable member of the committee. this is the fourth major piece of bipartisan legislation that we advanced together in less than 18 months that is no small feat. working together we have proven what this body with achieve when the country's interests are put first, solving real problems for every american as well as people around the world and supporting
the men and women in the intelligence community who work day and night to keep us safe and strict oversight over classified activities. we have different perspectives and speak for a broader group of representatives. there are provisions i wish had been in this bill and some i wish were not in the bill. i know they feel the same way about other provisions. i believe we could have done this bill under a more open rule. but because we worked together, the bill before us today is an exceptional work product and i'm proud to support it. it's an honest bill and no budget gimmicks to evade spending commitments and while it contains a classified annex, each page will remain available for every member to resue. this bill reaffirms my core convictions borne out by the other three bills, that privacy and security can and must co-exist. the bill funds and authorizes
vital programs and activities of the u.s. intelligence community including the department of defense intelligence elements. at the same time, the i.a.a. several hundred pages provide strict authorization and clear limitations on the activities. turning to more specifics, this year's authorizes intelligence funding nearly equivalent to the president's budget request, which is about the same level as 2016 enacted budget level. the base budget authorization is nearly equal to the president's request on the overseas contingency authorization operation is roughly 1.5% above the request. the bill trims some unnecessary funding and adds money to underfunded programs and provides congressional direction to ensure greater accountability, transparency, efficiency within the i.c. it also fences or restriggets the spending of significant amounts of money to better
ensure i.c. accountability throughout the year. the i.a.a. addresses key strategic questions that we have been addressing. first, are we focusing too much on the threats on of the day at the expense of the threats of tomorrow. we do not have the luxury of choosing our challengeses. over the years we have spent significant resources on counterterrorism proirts in the middle east and south asian we must continue to focus on counterterrorism particularly with the threat of isil. at the same time, we can't disregard our competitors such as china and russia whose adventuresome if are threatens our allies and partners. i'm pleased this year's i.a.a. strikes a better balance between the near-term threats and longer term challenges we face. second, are we protecting what we currently have whether in
space, at sea or in the cyber realm. he assets are the most experimented in the world. this bill invests in security as well as in resilience and other means of protection. third, are we leveraging commercial products and services while at the same time making investments in revolutionary technologies that do not yet have commercial application. we have the world's most productive innovative private sector particularly when it comes to space. we must lerge and support it wherever we can which the i.a.a. does. at the same time, the bill recognizes that government must invest in game-changing technologies that do not yet have a market. fourth, are we recruiting, training and developing the most diverse work force and leveraging foreign terrorist relationships and building foreign partner capacities? the u.s. has the most advanced
intelligence community in the world. i'm impressed and inspired when i meet these brave talented women and men. this bill furthers supports to improve the work force by expanding diversity, promoting travel and language training and builds the capacity of foreign partner services and does so strategicically in a way that ensures the professionalism and rule of the law. as i mentioned at the outset, this bill is not perfect. for years i pushed the administration and congress to support the publication of an annual report on the number of combatants and noncombatants killed. this is to make sure no civilians will be killed. sometimes strikes do result in killing of civilians. at the same time, greater
transparency can help narrow the perception gap between what really happens and what is reported or sent out as propaganda. the administration will release the first accountability report on noncombatant casualties and injuries. this is a good thing. but i believe there is a value and a statutory requirement to make this sufficient action permanent ensuring our commitment to transparency extends beyond the term of the current administration. this is an issue that i believe the i.a.a. and nd arch a should have addressed and i will push for this change to be codified into law. as i said, this bill is truly bipartisan carefully refined and to safeguard our nation while safeguarding civil liberties. prime proud to support this and urge my colleagues to do the same. i thank you, chairman nunes, and all of the members. i look forward to working with the administration and my colleagues to further improve
the bill as it progresses to the president's desk. and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california, mr. nunes, is recognized. mr. nunes: i yield three minutes o the gentleman from utah, mr. stewart. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. sturets stuart 15 years or so ago, i was piloting the b-1 which is one of the most sophisticated weapons systems ever developed. i was prepared to take on the global threats but we live in a dangerous world and fundamental responsibility of our federal government is to protect americans and to provide for our mutual defense. in the years since then, i would argue that our nation faces greater threats than those i faced than during the times i flew in the air force.
u.s. is utilizing the military to establish strongholds in ways that we haven't seen since the height of the cold war. ina has expanded its stronghold and rogue states like iran and north korea and continue to develop and expand their weapons of mass destruction programs. and there is always the middle east, the thing that we think about and spend so much time worrying by that requires so much of our resources. only through the intelligence community that we are able to identify and respond to these threats. in fact, as we all know just yesterday, the us air strikes that killed the head of the taliban. successful strikes are made possible because of the great work of our intelligence community. that's why we must pass the intelligence authorization bill. this bill continues to authorize critical national security programs at a time when we face the most significant threats
that we faced since world war ii. . i see what they do is dangerous, it's exhausting, it's the dirty work down in the trenches but it's critical to our national security and that's why i ask my colleagues to join with me in supporting this important legislation. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, is recognized. mr. schiff: thank you, mr. speaker. it's my great pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. swalwell, who is one of our subcommittee ranking members. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. swalwell: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to my esteemed colleague from california for yielding the time today and leading and presiding on our side over this bill. i'd also like to thank the staff on both sides for this year's authorization --
intelligence authorization act, or the i.a.a. i stand here in support of this year's bipartisan i.a.a. you know, we ask a lot of our intelligence community when it comes to collaboration. when they collaborate they best keep us safe and what we have done today is we are sending to the floor a bill that reflects our own collaboration and shows what we expect of them we can also deliver to the house floor. i'm pleased this promotes our national security around the globe. in particular, our human intelligence capabilities, which still believe -- i believe remain at risk and could benefit from an even greater focus in the i.c.c. i'm also pleased that the i.a.a. includes as a stand-alone prosprigs the tracking foreign fighters and safe haven act that representative lobiondo and i brought to the house floor this year and passed and helps track the foreign fighters to and fro. this year's i.a.a. committee report also includes a provision i added requiring a report from the office of the director of national
intelligence analyzing the status of student loan forgiveness and debt counseling programs across the i.c. and the viability of i.c.-wide programs. as student debt continues to cripple this generation, we must determine the best incentive packages available to young intelligence officers abroad and here at home in order to continue to recruit and retain the best, brightest and most diverse to public service regardless of their financial situation because they went to college. i'm also pleased this bill calls for a report from the departments of homeland security and energy on their current utilization of national labs, expertise and opportunities for areas of expansion. my own congressional district is home to two of these labs. laurence liverpool and sandia and i've seen firsthand how they strengthen our national security. just as we must train and retain the best and brightest, we must look at the national labs. i ask my colleagues to support the clab riff bipartisan i. -- collaborative bipartisan i.a.a. and i thank the speaker
and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california, mr. nunes, is recognized. mr. nunes: mr. speaker, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, is recognized. mr. schiff: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from alabama, ms. sewell, also one of our subcommittee ranking members. ms. sewell: thank you. i'd -- i rise today to support this year's intelligence authorization act. our national security is truly a bipartisan issue, and this legislation is a reflection of both parties' shared commitment to the safety and security of all americans. this bill helps provide our intelligence community with the necessary resources and capacities to defend our nation against ongoing and emerging threats across the world. as the ranking member on the d.o.d., intelligence and overhead architecture subcommittee, i'm pleased that the language and direction in this bill continues to advance our capabilities on the ground and in space and provides necessary oversight of many
critical d.o.d., n.r.o. and n.g.a. programs. additionally, this legislation takes important steps towards enhancing thorough oversight of our surveillance capabilities while continuing to make calculated investments in critically -- and critically important strategic efforts. in the i.a.a. we invest in our greatest national resource, our people, by accepting provisions i drafted to promote diversity in the i.c. work force, we are now able to provide a summer internship program. we also now hold the i.c. more accountable for doing a better job of developing a matrix to assess how minority fellowships and internship programs actually achieve their desired results. this past weekend i had the pleasure along with congressman dre carson to attend the third african-american national intelligence summit. it let's them gain leadership insight from top national security officials. it was also a great occasion
and further reaffirm my commitment to helping ensure a robust and diversity throughout the entire i.c. we were also successful in this year's i.a.a. to include bipartisan language that promotes accountability and transparency in all i.c. federally funded academic programs by requiring agencies to report on their recruitment and retention efforts. increasing diversity and accountability in the i.c. is a good governance issue and makes everyone better because it shows unique and creative ways of problem solving which is necessary as we face more complex intelligence challenges. as a committee i am extremely proud of the work we did. we took great pains of cut unnecessary funding and improve processes and promote efficiencies in the i.c. the reality is we live in a world where potential threats to our nation are constantly developing and changing. as our military's missions and objectives continue to evolve we need an intelligence community that is diverse,
agile and adequately funded. i am proud to support this year's intelligence authorization act. i want to thank the chairman and the ranking member and all of the staff for all of their hard work on this bill, and i ask -- and i support this critically important piece of legislation. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from california, mr. nunes, is recognized. mr. nunes: i continue to reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, is recognized. mr. schiff: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from connecticut, mr. himes, also a subcommittee ranking member and one of the leaders on many issues in the committee but in particular on privacy issues related to the privacy and civil liberties board, mr. himes of connecticut. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. himes: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to start by thanking the chairman and the ranking member of the committee for the terrific open and bipartisan process that led to the adoption of this bill in committee and urge my colleagues here in this room to support it.
thanks like to add my to staff on both sides of the aisle without whom this would not be possible. i support this bill because most importantly it well funds the remarkable work of our intelligence community in all that they do against the ongoing and all-to-present threats of terrorism and all they do in keeping us apprised and keeping our options available to address the many threats that face or could face this nation coming out of places like russia, north korea, iran and plenty of other locales around the world. at the same time and critical for my own support, this bill is supportive of the essential activities that the intelligence community and what we must do to preserve and defend the civil liberties that are so important to us and more importantly the values that embody in this country that at the end of the day are the
qualitative difference between this country and our adversaries. i would note, mr. speaker, in particular, some conversation came up as the ranking member alluded to with respect to the president's civil liberties oversight board. in committee i stressed this is one of a couple of groups that provide oversight for these terribly important activities. when you think about it, internally there are the inspector generals and the checks within the executive agency. there are a couple dozen members of congress and senators who provide some oversight, and then there is this outside group which produces opinions which have been cited in fisa court opinions, which have been cited by the amicus that was set up during the u.s.a. freedom act and i will continue to say it's an important part of the overall intelligence community. maintaining this balance between our national security, which is critical and, again, those values which are the qualitative difference that we have with our adversaries is
important, it's enshrined in this bill and i'm delighted to offer my support. with that ie. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. -- mr. himes: with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california, mr. nunes, is recognized. mr. nunes: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, is recognized. mr. schiff: thank you, mr. speaker. it's my pleasure to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley, another one of the leaders on the committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. quigley: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to join the chorus by thanking the staff on both sides of the aisle and the ranking member and the chairman for their extraordinary work and support of the intelligence authorization act and give you something of a model for how we can work on a bipartisan basis. this year's intelligence authorization act provides funding and oversight to vital collection and analysis programs. it also provides guidance with how best to support and leverage our partners and allies which is important in shrinking budgets and ever-increasing threats. specifically, i'm pleased that
the i.a.a. continues to support security services in ukraine. i've long advocated for u.s. assistance to ukraine given the strategic relationship and shared values between our two countries and russia remains a significant threat to its neighbors and to the u.s. bolstering our partners in eastern europe is one way to check russia's increasing adventurism. we must continue to focus on our national security programs here at home. we must not get lulled into a false sense of security because of threats against soft targets like stadiums and airports. since 9/11 we have made significant and important enhancements to u.s. intelligence capabilities, but that was 15 years ago. we must continue to reassess our risk and take appropriate steps to stop terrorist attacks before they occur. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california, mr. nunes, is recognized. mr. nunes: mr. speaker, at this
time i have no further speakers. mr. schiff, -- i'd like to inquire -- the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve? mr. nunes: yeah, i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, is recognized. mr. schiff: thank you, mr. speaker. we have no further speakers as well and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. schiff: i yield myself such time as i may consume. to describe the world as dangerous is not an overstatement or political statement, it is a reality. thankfully we have the world's most talented, capable intelligence that serve us. from director clapper and those men and women who are beginning their careers in intelligence from case officers to analysts, support and logistics personnel, from inspectors' general, from acquisition ersons, from seismologists, to
linguists, special forces, to all in the i.c., you have our most sincere thanks and admiration. chairman nunes, thank you, again, for your leadership, your hard work and your commitment to bipartisanship. to majority and minority colleagues, thank you for your unwavering commitment to conduct rigorous and continuous oversight of the i.c. that helps protect our country as well as our privacy and civil liberties. and thank you to our excellent committee staff, including on the democratic sidecarly blake, linda cohen, bob minehart, amanda rogers three-point, thomas eager as well as kristen jebson, kevin kline. also want to thank my staff director, michael, and deputy staff director tim. i urge my colleagues to support this critically important bipartisan bill, and i look forward to improving it further on its way to becoming law. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. -- mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california, mr. nunes, is recognized. mr. nunes: thank you, mr. speaker. in closing i want to thank all the members of our committee and, again, thank the staff from both the minority and the majority side. as mr. quigley said, it would not be possible if it wasn't for the strong member involvement and engagement that makes a bipartisan work product like this -- gives it the ability to come to the house floor and to be passed overwhelmingly in a bipartisan basis. so i want to thank all of the members on my committee from both sides for their active participation and as the ranking member said, we will continue to try to make this product better. we'll work out our differences with the senate and hopefully by the end of the year we will have a product that we can all be proud of. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5077, as amended.
those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. nunes: mr. speaker, on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2121 as amended, to amend the safe mortgage licensing act of 2008, provide a temporary license for lorge originators transitioning and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2121, a bill to amend the safe mortgage licensing act of 2008 to provide a temporary license for loan
originators trangsing between employers and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri, mr. mute meyer and the gentlelady will labama, ms. sewell each control 20 minutes. mr. lucas: i yield myself such time -- mr. luetkemeyer: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.r. 2121, the safe transitional act of 2015. h.r. 2121 will establish that a mortgage loan originator employed by a federal deposit insurance institution who leaves to join a licensed mortgage company would have authority to originate mortgages.
in order to qualify, the individual must have filed and application with the state to be a licensed loan originator. more simply, this bill allows flexibility to workers looking to make a career change. this bill does not allow for unregulated, unlicensed mortgage argues natureors to have a free pass. the act makes clear that the temporary license good for 120 days can apply only to a registered loan originator. further, h.r. 2121 stipulates that the originator must be a istered and be employed by licensed and supervised mortgage lender, banker or servicer. h.r. 2121 includes other safeguards that are important to be pointed out. the bill makes clear that the temporary authority would expire should the originator withdraw
his or her application or if the state denies the application. this is a highly bipartisan bill that will ensure workers at depository institutions are able to move to nondepository institutions with a minimal amount of work disruption. this bill is about jobs and streamlining the government process to make sure people can continue to put food on the table. folks shouldn't be prevented from working months at a time simply because they want to change jobs or employers. it should foster not only consumer protection but job growth and efficient marketplaces of the the current licensing requirements do just the exact opposite. i thank the gentleman from ohio and ask my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from alabama is recognized. ms. sewell: i yield myself such
time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. sewell: i rise in support of .r. 2121 the safe transitional act of 2015. i'm proud to serve as an original democratic co-sponsor of this important legislation. i want to applaud my colleague, led by representative stivers, for working in a bipartisan way to draft this legislation that we are considering here today. home ownership continues to be and remains a dream for millions of americans across this country. this is an important step in helping ensure this dream becomes a requality. this facilitates a loan originator's job mobility and state regulators have the ability to protect consumers and the marketplace. this legislation offers a narrowly solution that provides transitional authority to originate mortgages for
individuals who move from a federally insured institution to a nonbank lender. these individuals will work to make the safe act licensing and testing requirements. over the past several years state regulators and key industry stakeholders and members of congress have been engaged in extensive dialogue on ways to eliminate job barriers for loan originators and promote home ownership for qualified buyers. i'm committed to work that our housing finance and mortgage system continues to deliver fair, sustainable and responsible financing to meet the ever changing needs of home ownership. h.r. 2121 is truly a reflection of what can be achieved when we work together towards a unified and shared goal. i urge my colleagues to support this critically important piece of legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back.
the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. luetkemeyer: i yield to mr. stivers 3 1/2 minutes for his presentation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stivers: i want to thank the gentleman from for yielding me time. i want to thank him for all the work that he's done as the chair of the subcommittee that is making a difference that allows people to get access to their own version of the american dream. this is a piece of that, as the representative told you. i want to thank representative sewell and representative beatty for their hard work. this is a bipartisan bill, this is a commonsense bill and this is a jobs bill and was a you unanimous bill and passed 56-0. the safe act passed in 2008 as part of the housing and economic recovery act and it created two
different sets of requirements for qualifications on mortgage loan originators depending on whether they work for a nondepository or a federally regulated depository. it kept people captain i have working for the same kind of company that they worked yesterday because if they tried to change between the two, they don't have a license and can't help people achieve their version of the american dream of owning a home. and so this will allow people to be more mobile in moving between depository and nondeposit tower institutions. it is a jobs issue and will make sure that the work force can go where the jobs are and that they can help people get loans to own a home and we all believe in home ownership and this is a small way we can be for it today. representatives sewell and
beatty worked very hard with me with industry stakeholders and regulators to get the bill that we have today and passed unanimously out of the financial services committee. h.r. 2121 as amended would foster an efficient marketplace of competition between banks and nonbanks and allow mortgage loan originators to help americans achieve home ownership. it provides the transitional authority if you move from a depository to a nondepository. under the proposal an individual who is employed by a financial institution that is registered under the safe act for the preceding 12 months can originate loans after submitting a background check and credit information to their state regulator until the application is either approved, denied or withdrawn or even if it's just deemed incomplete, at that point the transitional authority
ceases. so they have to submit a full application and then once they do that, they get a chance to continue to work under this transitional period. again, this is a jobs issue. it will help people move between the two types of institutions that most americans don't think about. they want to get a mortgage and we need to make sure we facilitate here with commonsense rules. some states have had transitional license authority but the cfpb does not allow them to exercise that authority and that's why this bill is necessary. so i'm really glad we can allow for that now to ensure that americans can get access to home ownership. i thank representatives schedule and beatty and the members of the financial services committee and the gentleman from missouri for his leadership and the chair of the full committee for his leadership and the ranking member of the committee, from
california. this is, indeed, a unanimous bill. i urge my colleagues to support it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. luetkemeyer: i have no further requests for time at this point but i thank the sponsor of the bill, mr. stivers, and ms. sewell and mrs. beatty for their fine work and support. i appreciate it. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the amended. 2121 as 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 n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition?
mr. luetkemeyer: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4139 to amend the sarbanes oxley act of 2002 to provide a temporary exemption for low revenue insurers from certain atasstation requirements. the clerk: union calendar number 458, h.r. 4139, a bill to amend the sarbanes oxley act of 2002 to provide a temporary exemption or low revenue surers from certain attesttation requirements. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri and the gentlelady from alabama each will control 20 minutes. mr. luetkemeyer: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five lemmingstive days to include extraneous material on this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. luetkemeyer: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. luetkemeyer: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 4139, the fostering innovation
act introduced by the gentlewoman from arizona, ms. sinema. it extends a narrow exemption to omply with section 404-b for amerging growth companies that would otherwise lose their exempt status for a five-year period. as such, h.r. 4139 is consistent with the bipartisan aims of the jobs act to eliminate one size fits all regulatory structure for our public companies. b -- sox, section 404- while important this translates into significant, legal and compliance costs and driving up accounting and auditing expenses. the cost to comply have far exceeded the original estimates done by the s.e.c. and 2011
s.e.c. study found the average cost for companies can exceed $1 million annually. this burden impacts small and emerging growth companies such as biotech firms that are engaging in life saving research. my home state has 1,300 biotech companies employing 28,000 people who conduct groundbreaking research. the cost divert the resources to regulatory compliance costs harming the ability of those firms to come meet in the global marketplace and even in lifesaving treatments. brian hahn chief financial officer of a small public biotech company testified at a subcommittee hearing on h.r. 4139 on december 2, 2015. that section 404-b and i quote, provides too little to no insight into the health of an
emerging biotech company but extremely costly for an innovator to comply with, end quote. the jobs act created an exemption to these attesttation requirements which will allow small companies to focus on growing their business, go public and still comply with sox other provisions. nevertheless, the smallest of public companies try to comply with the significant costs. despite claims to the contrary, h.r. 4139 will provide regulatory relief to the smallest of public companies less than $50 million in annual resue. this provideson ramp for section 404-b compliance. legislation like the fostering innovation act will ensure that growing companies have the opportunity to be successful on the public market without being