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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
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forced to sifen off innovation capital to spend on costly compliance burdens that do not inform biotech. i thank ms. sinema and mr. fitzpatrick on for their work on the bill. i encourage my colleagues to provide this regulatory relief to our nation's small innovative companies and join me in supporting h.r. 4139. i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from alabama is recognized. ms. sewell: mr. speaker, i yield myselfuch time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is so recognized. ms. sewell: i rise in opposition to the fostering innovation act. this bill permits certain public companies that would be valued at more than half a billion dollars to avoid an independent audit required by the sarbanes-oxley act of 2002 for up to a decade. while i support legislation that wld enable emerging growth companies to use
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valuable resources to remain competitive, stable and ultimately successful, i believe that this bill is -- as currently drafted is overly broad and would potentially undermine critical investor protections and impede confidence in our capital markets. ultimately, the audit -- the auditors' reports on public companies provide substantial benefits to investors and to companies. they promote confidence in the u.s. markets, strengen internal controls and ultimately prevent fraud. i urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. foster: thank you, mr. speaker. at thi point i'd li to recognize the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, who is a distinguished member of the financial services committee for 3 1/2 minutes. the speaker pro tempe: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for 3 1/2 minutes. mr. fitzpatrick: well, thank you luetkemeyer for yielding
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time to highlight the importance of this bipartisan legislation to assist the innovators and the job creators which drive our economy, those who continue to position the united states as a global leader in research and a global leader in development. mr. speaker, during a previous congress, the financial servics committee heard testimony from one of my constituents. c.e.o. of a philadelphia-based pharmaceutical and biotechnology firm which at the time employed around 55 individuals. for this .500 and for many emerging growth companies focused on groundbreaking thnologies it cook -- could take more than a decade to see profits. pay hey're required to fees. while congress has made efforts to reduce some of these regulatory burdens in the act, like the jobs act of 2012, created an effective yet one
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size fits all approach to exempt companies up to five years from section 404-b of sarbanes-oxley which, of course, ws' heard hiring the external auditor in some cases. unfortunately, a small group of companies remain unprofitable after this period of time. this bipartisan fostering innovation act works to address this shortcoming by providing targeted relief from these costly regulations and requirements. allowing our american firms to focus on what they do best -- innovation, breakthroughs and life-saving -- curing life-saving diseases. by extending the waiver period for smaller companies that meet specific requirements, washington gets out of the way and allows these firms to better compete in critical research and development in an increasingly globalized and competitive world. that's it. applaud ms. sinema of arizona, the bill's sponsor,
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representative delaney. we came together to find bipartisan conclusion solutions that address regulatory burdens for our emerging growth companies. it is hope with this spirit of bipartisanship, we can show the american people this house can govern and foster an economy that works for everyone. i urge my colleagues to support this measure, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from alabama is recognized. ms. sewell: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to place into the record letters of opposition from a.f.r., public citizen and s.e.c. advocate. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. sewell: mr. chairman, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. luetkemeyer: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield to the gentlelady from arizona, a distinguished member of our financial services committee d sponsor of the bill, three
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minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. sinema: thank you, mr. luetkemeyer, chairman hensarling and mr. luetkemeyer for helping provide commonsense regulatory relief for companies on the cutting edge of scientific and medical research. i've heard from companies throughout my district that burdensome and unnecessary regulations continue to stifle their ability to grow and succeed. the fostering innovation act allows certain emerging growth companies, including some biopharmaceutical companies to spend valuable resources on product research and development instead of costly and unnecessary external audits. currently, e.g.c.'s are exempt from certain regulatory requirements for five years after their initial public offering. one of the requirements that e.g.c.'s are exempt from are sarbanes-oxley section 404-b which requires public audits to obtain an external audit for the controls on financial reporting.
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this is costly and unnecessary because management is still required to assess internal controls, and these e.g.c.'s by definition have very limited public exposure. h.r. 4139 is a very narrow fix that temporarily extends the sarbanes-oxley section 404-b exemption for an additional five years for a small subset of e.g.c.'s with annual average revenue of less than $50 million and less than $700 million in public float. this will enable these e.g.c.'s to use valuable resources to remain competitive, stable and ultimately successful. in the biopharma market, making it easier and less costly means greater competition and results in potentially lower drug prices for consumers. further, nothing in this bill prohibits an external audit if a company or a majority of its shareholders determines an audit is beneficial. i urge my colleagues to join us in helping to ensure that costly regulations don't stand in the way of success for
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biopharmaceutical and other companies on the cutting edge of scientific and medical research. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. luetkemeyer: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no further requests for time and i just want to thank ms. sinema and mr. fitzpatrick for their fine work on this piece of legislation which basically is a common sense piece of legislation that will allow our small biotech companies to do a better job of managing their own funds. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time having now expired on this legislation, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4139. 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.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1762 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. bill to : h.r. 1762, a name the department of veterans affairs community-based outpatient clinic in the dalles, oregon, as the loren r. kaufman memorial veterans' . inic the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. brown, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all
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members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. miller: and, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time. mr. miller: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 1762, as amended. this legislation was sponsored by my good friend and colleague, congressman greg walden from oregon. it would designate the department of veterans affairs community-based outpatient clinic at dalles, oregon, the loren r. kaufman v.a. clinic. born and raised in dalles, oregon, sergeant first class loren kaufman enlisted in the united states army just one week after the attack on pearl harbor. he went on to serve in combat in both world war ii and in korea until his death in action on the 10th of february, 1951. following his death, sergeant first class kaufman was posthumously awarded the medal of honor for his actions in korea in september of 1950 when his company was attacked by an
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enemy battalion and his battalion was ordered to reinforce the company. according to the u.s. army center of military history during the battle that followed, the dauntless courage and resolute and intrepid leadership of sergeant first class kaufman were directly responsible for the success of his company reflecting distinct credit upon himself and upholds the esteemed traditions of the military service. in recognition of that, it's entirely fitting and appropriate that sergeant first class kaufman's life and service be memorialized by naming the v.a. community-based outpatient clinic in his hometown after him. h.r. 1762, as amended, satisfies the committee's naming criteria. it's supported by the oregon congressional delegation and it is supported by many veteran service organizations including the american legion, the veterans of foreign wars, the military order of purple heart.
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i understand that this bill is also supported by the oregon county veteran service officers association and the american red cross. i'm grateful to my good friend, mr. walden, for co-sponsoring h.r. 1762, as amended, to recognizing a true american hero. i would urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for such time. ms. brown: mr. speaker, i support h.r. 1762, as amended, which names a new veterans clinic in dalles, oregon, in honor of loren r. kaufman, a soldier in the united states army during world war ii and the korean war. sergeant first class kaufman joined the army the week after the attack on pearl harbor and served north africa and europe during world war ii.
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later during the korean war, he earned the medal of honor for his quick counterattack on enemy combat which so surprised the enemy they retreated in confusion at the age of 28 years old while serving in division, infantry sergeant was killed in action. as stated in the citation for his medal, his leadership of sergeant kaufman was directly responsible for the success of his company in regaining its position, reflecting the distinct credit upon himself and upholding the esteemed tradition of the military service. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: mr. speaker, it is now to recognize the sponsor of this piece of legislation, the gentleman from
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the second district of oregon, mr. walden. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for three minutes. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker, and i want to thank the chairman of the veterans' affairs committee. he's done such an incredible job leading that committee and making sure our veterans get the recognition and the care they have earned and so deserve, and i want to thank the ranking member for her support of this very timely and important piece of legislation to name the v.a. clinic in the dalles, oregon, after loren r. kaufman this is actually a photo of mr. kaufman. sergeant first class kaufman was a true american hero, as my colleagues have said. he was born and raised in the dalles. sergeant kaufman served in the army during world war ii and he also served in the korean war. while in korea, sergeant kaufman's company was attacked by the enemy. his platoon was two miles away protecting the battalion flank and was ordered to come reinforce the company. on their way to the new location, they came under fire.
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selflessly sergeant kaufman ran forward. he engaged the enemy and forced them into retreat and confusion. once sergeant kaufman's platoon rejoined their company, they found the enemy had taken ground and pinned down they were in a draw. without hesitation, sergeant kaufman again charged the enemy lines, firing his rifle, throwing grenades, using his bayonet and seizing an unmanned machine gun. because of his fast thinking and fearlessness, the enemy fled and the company regained their position. it was for these actions and conspicuous gallantly and intrepid above and beyond the call, he was awarded the medal of honor by president harry s. truman. as mentioned in his citation it was mentioned, the dauntless sbreeped leadership were directly response for the success of his company, reflecting distinct upon himself. and upholding thess teeminged
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traditions of the military -- esteemed traditions of the military service. tragically, though, sergeant kaufman received this incredible honor posthumously. he was killed in action on february 10, 1951, and was laid to rest in portland, oregon. i strongly agree that we should honor his heroism by renaming the v.a. clinic in his honor. i want to thank the veterans add hoc committee, the memorial committee, the wasko county committee and thank the entire oregon congressional delegation and the mauve veterans affairs for your support. family like to thank his from the dalles. i'm proud to help honor loren kaufman by renaming this center
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in his honor so he can continue to be an inspiration for the community and the country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: i have no more requests for time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida has no more requests. the gentlewoman is recognized to close debate for the minority. ms. brown: yes, sir. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues in joining me by supporting h.r. 1762 as amended and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support this legislation and yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time having now expired, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1762 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the resolution is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection the title amended. the -- for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. miller: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 960 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 960 a bill to designate the department of veterans affairs community based outpatient clinic in newark, ohio, as the dnl l. kinnard department of veterans' affairs community based outpatient clinic. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. brown, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. miller: i yield myself such time as i might consume.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: i rise in support of h.r. 960 as amended, which would name the department of veterans' affairs community based outpatient clinic in newark, ohio, as the dnl l. kinnard department of veterans' affairs community based outpatient clinic. he was born in 1949 in mount olive, ohio. during the war, he served with the famed screaming eagles. on march 9, 1968, he was tragically killed in action while rendering aid to his fellow paratroopers. during the course of his actions, specialist kinnard was awarded the purple heart, the national defense service medal, the vietnam service medal, the parachutist badge, the sharp shooters badge, the rifle bar, the bronze star for valor, the good conduct medal and the combat medical badge. given his valiant service and ultimate sacrifice, it's not only appropriate that we gather
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here today to recognize him by naming the v.a. community based outpatient clinic in ohio his home state after him. amended . 960 as satisfies our committee's criteria for naming bills and is supported by the ohio congressional delegation and a number of veterans services organizations, include the am vets, and military order of purple heart. i'm grate to feel my good friend, congressman tiberi of ohio, for sponsoring this legislation and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for such time. ms. brown: i rise in support of h.r. 960 as amended as designating the department of veterans' affairs community
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based outpatient clinic in newark, ohio, as the daniel l. kinnard department of veterans' affairs community based outpatient clinic. specialist kinnard served in the africa company better known as the screaming eagles. he was awarded the bronze star of valor in 1968 for dodging enemy bullets to reach two wounded men and providing first aid while remaining exposed to enemy fire. specialist kinnard died at the age of 18 in march, 1968, while providing care to fellow paratroopers. in addition to the bronze star, he was awarded numerous other medals. specialist dikynard made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in the vietnam war. we are grateful to specialist kinnard for acting with courage and dignity in looking after his brothers in combat and i am pleased to support h.r. 960 as
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amended in his memory today. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: i yield him such time as i might -- as he might consume, the gentleman from galena, ohio, mr. tiberi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as the may consume. mr. tiberi: thank you, mr. speaker, i want to thank the chairman for supporting this bill to rename the outpatient clinic in newark, ohio, as the daniel kinnard outpatient clinic. he served bravely as a medic in the 101st army air force division, the screaming eagles, dug the vietnam war. on february 17, 196 , he rushed through hostile enemy fire to treat and rescue wounded
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soldiers. for his breyry, as was mentioned, and his heroism, on that day he was awarded the bronze star for valor. 21 short days later, specialist kinnard was killed in action, rendering aid to his fellow paratroopers. he was just 18 years old. mr. speaker, next monday is memorial day, a time we pause to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. today, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 960, to honor specialist kinnard and those who serve courageously beside him and rename this clinic in the 12th district ohio town of newark, ohio. thank you, mr. chairman. appreciate your leadership and your committee's work on this. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to take this opportunity
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to thank all of our vietnam veterans. when they came home from the war, we did not properly recognize them as we should have as a nation. and i want to say that we are very grateful for their service and their sacrifice. when we hear that 22 veterans a day commit suicide, only three of five of them are involved in the v.a. and many of them -- many of them are vietnam veterans. at this time, i think we all should soldier up, reach out to those vietnam veterans, let them know we appreciate their service and recommend that they get involved in the v.a. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 960 as amended and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida yields back. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: thank you, mr. speaker, i associate my --
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myself with ms. brown's remarks and urge my colleagues to support this legislation as well. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time having expired on this bill, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 960 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended this ebill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection the title amended. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. miller: i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2460. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2460, a bill to amend title 38 united states code to improve the provision of adult day health care services for veterans. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. brown, each will control 20 minutes.
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the chair recognize thinks gentleman from florida. mr. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i do ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. miller: i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: i rise in support of h.r. 2460, sponsored by congressman liezel din of new york, i'm grateful to him for sponsoring this piece of legislation. it actually directs the department of veterans affairs to enter into an agreement or contract with state veteran homes to pay for adult day health care for a veteran eligible for but not receiving nursing home care. it would also stipulate that payment under each agreement or contract between v.a. and the state home cover the costs of adult day care for eligible veterans at a rate equal to 65% of the payment that v.a. would
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otherwise pay to the state home if the veteran were receiving home health care. adult day health care programs provide veterans in need of skilled services, case management, or assistance with activities of daily living with valuable social activities, peer support, medical monitoring, companionship and recreation during the day and provide care givers with needed respite. however, according to the national association of state veteran homes, veterans face barriers accessing adult health care programs each day due to costs. this bill would help address those costs -- cost concerns and increase the degree of access for veterans eligible for v.a. paid nursing home care due to their 70% or higher service connected rating. as the veteran population ages, it is increasingly important
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that v.a. provide a wide variety of jeryat -- geriatric and long-term care services and support adult day health care programs can serve as an important component of that i urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting this piece of legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for such time. ms. brown: according the v.a., adult day health care is a program in which veterans can go to during the day for social activities, peer support, companionship and regular ration. it's for veterans who need skill services, case management, and help with activities of daily living. examples include help being bathe, dressing, fixing meals or taking medication. this program is also for veterans who are isolated or
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their care giver is experiencing burdens. adult day care health care can be used in combination with other home and community based services. health services such as care for nursing, therapists, social worker and others may also be available. adult day health care can provide respite care for a family caregiver and also help veterans and their care givers gain skills to manage the veteran's care at home. this legislation would authorize the department of veterans affairs to enter into agreement with state veterans homes to provide adult health care for a veteran eligible for but does not receive nursing home care. mr. speaker, i spovert this legislation and urge its passage. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: i yield such time as emight consume to the sponsor of this piece of legislation, the
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gentleman from the first district of new york, mr. zeldin. oy rise in support of this bill which allows to have day-to-day attention in their daily lives. those that have a service-connected injury often require significant help from others to carry out basic tasks. despite care options for veterans, their choices are often limited and can come at great expense. one such program that is currently available is adult day health care. this program provides disabled veterans and their families to an alternative to nursing home care, providing quality outpatient services from those suffering from debilitating
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illnesses or -- and they provide a range of services such as bathing to full medical services like physical therapy. the focus of the program is on improving disabled veterans' quality of life through an individualized plan specific to their needs while still allowing them to maintain their independence. adult health care programs not only benefit the veteran, they also benefit the family members and caregivers as well. this model allows caregivers to tend to their day-to-day activities without worrying about the well-being of their spouse, child or friend, allowing the veteran to lead a much more fulfilling life while keeping families together and strong. adult day health care, however, is only currently offered at three facilities in the entire country. my district is fortunate to have one of these, the long island state veterans' home in
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stoney brook, new york, but this program could be offered at any of the 153 state veterans' homes across the country. since the department of veterans affairs does not currently cover the cost of participation in this program, the expense must be paid out of pocket by the veteran and their family which significantly limits the number of veterans who can enroll. my bill, h.r. 2460, would ensure that 70% or more service-connected disabled veterans are able to receive adult day health care at no cost to them and their family by defining it as a reimbursed program from the v.a. currently, 52 republicans and democrats in this chamber have signed on as co-sponsors of this bill. i would like to thank house veterans' affairs committee chairman jeff miller for all of his leadership as chairman of the committee, for recognizing the urgency and passing this
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bill, myself, the committee, many members of this congress, constituents and this country will miss him following his service this year. i'd also like to thank house majority leader kevin mccarthy for having this bill placed on the calendar for today. i thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2460, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: thank you very much. i'd ask all my colleagues to support this piece of legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time having now expired on this bill, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2460. those in favor will say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the
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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 florida seek recognition? mr. miller: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass 373715, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of he bill. the clerk: h.r. 3715, a bill to amend title 38, united states code, to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to permit interments, funerals, memorial services, and ceremonies of deceased veterans at national cemeteries and state cemeteries receiving grants from the department of veterans affairs during certain weekends if requested for religious reasons . the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. brown, each will control 20 minutes. tcharp florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i
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yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 3715, the final farewell act of 2015. we know that it can sometimes be a challenge to take time away from work to attend a funeral or memorial service for a loved one. this bill, which is sponsored by the ranking member of the committee on veterans' affairs, congresswoman corrine brown of florida, would lessen that challenge for those arranging to attend the funeral service of a veteran buried in a national cemetery. this bill would require v.a. upon the request of the family of the deceased to permit weekend funerals and memorial services. in doing so, this bill would allow more family members and friends to pay final respects to their loved ones as they are laid to rest. our veterans, the men and women who sacrificed so much for us, have earned the right to be treated with honor and respect after they have passed on.
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although i support this bill, i understand that some of the state directors of veterans affairs have raised concerns with the restriction it contains on grants to state and tribal sem tears who receive -- cemeteries who receive federal grants. i look forward to working with the ranking member to address these concerns during the upcoming negotiations with the senate. i want to thank ms. brown once again for sponsoring this legislation, bringing this very important issue to our attention, and i urge all of my colleagues to support it and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for such time. ms. brown: i rise today in support of h.r. 3715, as amended, the final farewell act. this bill is of grant importance to many families who traditionally hold funerals on weekends. while v.a. has the authority to provide weekend services to
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veterans and their families, they rarely do. this has been a particularly challenge for various religious and cultures who bury their loved ones on saturday. future more, these families are forced to bear the costs of storing their loved one's remains over the weekend. however, this bill, as amended, make weekend burials available to all veterans regardless of their reason and need for a weekend burial. this benefits for our veterans is -- this benefit for our veteran is an honor for their service to our country. the family ought to mourn their loss at a time that works for them. thank you for your consideration and support of this commonsense change. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i have no more speakers at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida has no more speakers. the gentlelady from florida is recognized to close debate for the minority.
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ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank chairman miller for his support on this important legislation, and i urge passage of this very important bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: once again, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time having now expired on this legislation, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3715, 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. without objection, the title is amended. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. miller: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3989, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3989, a bill to
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amend title 38, united states code, to improve the process for determining the eligibility of caregivers of veterans to certain benefits administered by the secretary of veterans. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. brown, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time. mr. miller: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3989, as amended, the support our military caregivers act. congress created the family caregivers program in 2010 to support those family members and friends who put their own lives and careers on hold to care for those veterans who have been gravely wounded in service to our nation following
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september 11, 2001. at the time v.a. expected 3,000 family caregivers would apply for the program. however, in fiscal year 2015 alone, more than 24,000 caregivers participated in and received at least one stipend payment through the program. unsurprisingly in 2014, the g.a.o. found that staffing for the family caregiver program was insufficient to meet higher-than-expected demand and staffing shortages impeded the timeliness of the program and negatively impacted services to veterans and to caregivers. that is unacceptable. h.r. 3989, as amended, would provide a safety valve for caregiver support coordinators by allowing veterans and caregivers to elect to have an independent entity provide a clinical review of eligibility
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for the family caregiver program in certain instances. v.a. would be required to take the external clinical review into account and to provide clinical justification if v.a.'s ultimate decision is contrary to the findings contained in the external clinical review. to increase transparency and to ensure the program is functioning as congress' intention, it would also require v.a. to issue directives outlining the policies, the procedures and the operational requirements for the family caregiver program. and it would require g.a.o. to report to congress on v.a.'s processes for determining eligibility for the family caregiver program. adjudicating appeals for the family caregiver program and periodically re-evaluating eligibility for program participants and communicating any changes that result from such re-evaluation to the veteran or to the caregiver in question.
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finally, the bill would also limit the amount of taxpayer dollars that v.a. can spend on awards and bonuses to v.a. employees. h.r. 3989, as amended, is sponsored by congresswoman elise stefanik from new york and i thank her for her hard work and her advocacy in introducing this bill on behalf of our veterans and their caregivers, and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for such time. ms. brown: i rise in support of h.r. 3989, as amended. i know firsthand how difficult it is to deal with the illness of a loved one. i was blessed with the continued presence of my big mama, my grandmama until just a few years ago. my mother is with me now in florida, and i want to say that the work of a caregiver is god's work.
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i cannot think of anything more rewarding, pleasing, tiring, exhausting or mentally draining than taking care of a family member. i am pleased to support the caregivers assistance and resourced enhancement act in the 111th congress. president obama signed into law -- aregivers and veterans health service act on may 5, 2010. the law requires that the secretary of veterans affairs to establish caregivers support service to veterans. family caregivers are the foundation of the long-term care system with more than 50 million people who provide informal caregivers for a cron ically ill, aging family member in the united states. in fact, it is estimated that 80% of adults living in the community are in need of long-term care, dependent on
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family caregivers. therefore, avoiding costly institutional nursing home care. the one issue i have with the legislation is that this bill asks the v.a. to report on expanding the caregivers program. we all know about the program. it works. why have another report when we just expand the program? et me we pete that -- repeat that. we already know the program works. we don't need another report. what we need is to expand the program. i would ask the speaker to allow us to bring up h.r. 2894, the caregivers access and responsibility expansion for all veterans act. this bill expands the caregivers program to veterans of all eras. the caregivers program works and we need to expand the program. i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield such time as she might consume to the sponsor of this important of legislation, the gentlewoman from the 21st district of new york, ms. stefanik. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for such time as she may consume. ms. stefanik: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, i rise today regarding h.r. 3989, the support our military caregivers act. after working with a constituent who was having trouble with the care giving at the v.a. i was proud to introduce this bill. military care givers selflessly care for our nation's heroes behind the scenes to enhance their everyday lives. thankfully, the family care giver program was designed to ensure care givers were not forgotten. my bill would guarantee that those who dedicate their lives as care givers receive the support they so desperately need
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and they so desperately deserve. my district has the largest veteran population of any district in new york state. this has providing me with a greater understanding of the selfless sacrifice our veterans and their families provide to our community and nation. over the last 15 years warring our service members have served bravely and their families have sacrificed an immeasurable amount. so it is vital that we ensure they receive the best possible care available. unfortunately, the v.a. has had a difficult time managing the high demand for family caregiver enrollees, which is much larger than originally accounted for. v.a. medical centers lack sufficient caregiver support coordinators and the necessary clinical staff to carry out medical assessments for eligibility. application deadlines are not being met by their own internal standards and the staff is still shortlanded -- shorthanded. this bill would ensure that
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military care givers have access to a third party to conduct clinical reviews in the event of an appeal and it ensures that the process is transparent so veterans and care givers are never left with unanswered questions. military care givers are silent heros in our communities and deserve respect and benefits proportional to their community. -- to their sacrifice for the community. i want to thank chairman benishek of the veterans affairs health subcommittee for working with me on this legislation as well as tcharme miller and ranking member brown for their leadership and bipartisan support of this bill. i urge all my colleagues to support this important bill to improve the lives of our veterans and their care givers. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. brown: i urge passage of
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h.r. 3989 as amended, a bill designated to create a process for external clinical review of the v.a. care givers' program and i'm hoping that the chairman as we move forward will work with the senate and try to come up with a way that we can at least have a pilot program to expand the care givers' program. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the entlelady yields back. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: i have one remaining speaker, the gentleman from iowa, mr. young. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. young: thank you, mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the support our military care givers act of which i'm a proud co-sponsor. congress established the program to assist military care givers yet many face delays in getting the support they need effectively care for our wounded heroes. this act would streamline the
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process, allowing the department of veterans' affairs to contract with a third party to recuse the claims backlog. rather than leave care to strangers, some family members choose to quit their jobs and make other significant life changes to care for their loved ones. we need to do more to support them. more and more of our veterans are returning from war with battle scars or invisible wounds of war. i often meet with iowa veterans who have been wounded while serving our country. we have all met with them. these brave service members deserve the best care and assistance we can give. i'm proud to support this bill to support our wounded veterans and their dedicated care givers and i urge my colleagues to join me in passing this bipartisan, important bill and i want to thank my colleague, ms. stefa nick, for her bipartisan -- ms. stefanik, for her bipartisan leadership. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: i have no further speakers, i urge my colleagues to support this piece of
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legislation, and 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. 3989 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, dwirds being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection, the title amended. -- the title is amended. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. miller: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5229 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5229, a bill to address the secretary of veterans affairs to carry out a study to evaluate the effectiveness of programs especially in regards to women veterans and minority veterans and transitioning to civilian
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life and for other purposes the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. brown, each will control 0 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. miller: i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: i rise today in support of h.r. 5229 as amended, the improving transition programs for all veterans act. the transition from military to veteran life is not always a smooth one. a transition assistance program run by the department of veterans' affairs, defense, and labor, does a pretty good job alleviating some of the stress that can occur before a service member leaves the military and it's a good opportunity to inform outgoing service members what benefits they may be entitled to from veterans affairs and how to prepare for
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civilian life. though t.a.p. continues to improve, it's still a struggle to fully prepare service members for this short, five-day period, let alone address the specific needs each individual has in each program. the bill will force -- the bill before us today would be a first step in examining how it can further be improved to address the specific needs of minority veterans, women veterans, disabled veterans, nate i american veterans, and veterans from u.s. territories. it is important that as a nation we prepare our men and women of all backgrounds for life after uniform and the study required by this bill would give the v.a., d.o.d., and department of labor the ability to review t.a.p. and better understand how it can be improved to ensure we properly transition all service members and address their specific needs as they prepare for life after the military. i want to thank our colleagues,
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congressman takano from california and congresswoman rad wee began from american samoa, or their work -- congresswoman radewegan from american samoa, for their work on this bill and urge all my colleagues to support this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: mr. speaker, i rise in support of mr. takano's bill h.r. 5229 as amended. the bipartisan improvement transitional program for all veterans act. data from the bureau of labor statistics indicates that veterans' unemployment is a seven-year low as of april, 2016. veterans face an overall unemployment rate of 3.9%, which is better than the nation's unemployment rate of 4.5%.
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which is excellent news and i am proud that the numbers have improved under the leadership of our committee, the administration, the secretary of v.a. yet, the overall unemployment rate for all veterans does not tell the whole story. some subgroups of veterans are still struggling to find fulfillment -- fulfilling careers that pay them well and provide an opportunity for growth. a -- an advisory committee on veteran employment training at the department of labor, certain veteran populations face challenging and patterns that differ from the broader population of traditional service members. to ensure we have a policy -- we -- to ensure that we policymakers are ahead of the trends about these subgroup, bill will determine the degree to which their needs are different and look for innovative approaches for leading their unique challenges.
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h.r. 5229 requires v.a. to initiate a research program in collaboration with d.o.l. and d.o.d. to better understand if and how current veterans transitional programs address what may be different needs, challenges, and post-service aspirations of women veterans. veterans with disabilities. native american veterans. who are veterans from the u.s. territories and other subgroups that the secretary identifies. when we as a nation sent individual members to the armed forces to war, congress promised the support -- to support all service members when they made the transition back into civilian life. to make up our modern military force is challenging and in a short year, there will be a substantially greater percentage of female veterans than there are now and thanks to modern day
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medicine, more veterans survive injuries to return to productive life even with service connected disabilities. but women veterans face a higher unemployment rate than their male counterparts and veterans with high disabilities -- high disability rates have a much higher unemployment rate compared to those without. native american veterans earn the lowest median personal income and are least like -- less likely to have finished an advanced degree than other veterans. we don't know how these trends impact veterans from the u.s. territories. we must first understand the needs of these different groups of veterans and be ready to adapt v.a. policies and programs to give them the resources they need to be successful this bill would enable us to do that. i want to thank the leadership on this important issue and my colleagues from across the aisle
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for being an original co-sponsor of this bill. at this time, i reserve the balance of my time time -- of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from florida is ecognized. mr. miller: i don't have any presenters on this, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized if close debate for the minority. ms. brown: how much time do we have? the speaker pro tempore: 16 1/2 minutes. ms. brown: i yield five minutes to mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for five minutes. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker, i thank the gentlewoman from florida for yielding. i rise in support of my bill, h.r. 5229 as amended. mr. speaker, the initial transition from military to civilian life is often the most difficult time for returning veterans. the federal transition assistance program, otherwise
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known as t.a.p., is designed to ease that shift by teaching veterans about their benefits and preparing them to enter the work force, attend school, or both. as the ranking member noted, the program has largely been successful. veteran unemployment is at a seven-year low. however, supporting transitioning veterans requires more than a one size fits all program. there are more than 135,000 former service members in my district and just one approach cannot meet the needs of every individual. certain veterans' communities are still being left behind. women veterans, native american veterans, veterans from the u.s. territory, and veterans with disabilities. they face challenges and aspire to jobs that differ from the broader population of returning service members. we cannot be satisfied with a
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program that allows large groups of veterans to slip through the cracks. the improving transition programs for all veterans act is a bipartisan bill that requires the v.a. to launch a research program examining if and how the current programs meet the needs of minority veterans groups. in collaboration with the department of labor and defense, the bill would require the v.a. to recommend changes to tap that would address barriers and better serve these veterans in their pursuit of meaningful employment following military service. more than ever before, our military reflects america's diverse mix of people and cultures. each of these transitioning service members, regardless of gender, race, or disability, has made the same commitment to defending this nation. all of them deserve our full support when they return home.
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i'm proud to have introduced this bill with the gentlewoman from american samoa, ms. radewegan and i want to thank mr. wenstrup and chairman miller for their support in moving this forward. i call on my colleagues to pass -- to promptly pass this legislation, thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the -- does the gentleman from florida continue to reserve? the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from new hampshire, ms. kuster. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new hampshire is recognized for four minutes. ms. kuster: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to discuss bipartisan efforts to improve the work our nation does to care for our veterans. next week we will be honoring those who gave their lives for this country on memorial day.
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we will commemorate the lives and the sacrifices of those who died while wearing the uniform of the united states of america. we will rightly recognize their courage and commitment, but we must also ensure we continue to recognize the same courage and dedication found in our veterans and active duty personnel and the challenges that many of them face as they transition into civilian life. the improving transition programs for all veterans act will allow congress, the v.a. and the department of labor and defense to better understand these challenges. the study created by this bill will allow us to understand what is working, what is not working and how veterans can best be placed in a position to succeed once they transition to civilian life. it will allow us to better understand the challenges, the unique challenges faced by the growing number of female veterans in our populationle, a
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group that generally -- population, a group that generally has a higher unemployment rate and lower veteran salary than male counterparts. we need to support other great veterans' bills on the flor today that would assist veteran caregivers and ensure the v.a. develops plans to hire permanent medical center directors. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. does the gentleman from florida continue to reserve? the gentleman from florida continues to reserve. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. again, i want to thank the bipartisan committee for coming up with this bill, and at this time i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida yields back. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support
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this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: all time having now expired on this bill, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5229, 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 florida seek recognition? mr. miller: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3956, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3956, a bill to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to develop and implement a plan to hire directors of the medical centers of the department of veterans affairs. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentlewoman from florida, ms. brown, each will control 20 minutes.
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the chair now recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: thank you very much, mr. speaker. again, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. miller: thank you very much. i rise in support of h.r. 3956, as amended, the v.a. health center management stability and improvement act. h.r. 3956, as amended, is sponsored by fellow committee member, congressman bost of illinois. 3956, as amended, also contains provisions from h.r. 4977, the v.a. scheduling accountability act, which is sponsored by congresswoman jackie walorski from indiana, who is also an active committee member on v.a. there's been a tremendous amount of turnover among the department of veterans affairs medical center leaders in the last few years. according to the secretary of
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v.a., sloan gibson, over half of veterans health administration senior leader positions had turned over from october, 2013, to october, 2015. without consistent high-quality leadership in v.a. medical centers, our veterans aren't being served as well as they could be or they should be. h.r. 3956, as amended, would direct v.a. to develop and implement a plan to hire a director for each v.a. medical center without a permanent director and prioritize hiring at v.a. medical centers that had not had a permanent director for the longest periods of time. once stable leadership is in place, we need to make sure they are held accountable. one of the contributing factors behind the access to care crisis that plagued the v.a. health care system in 2014 was the failure of v.a. medical centers to comply with v.a. scheduling policies. to avoid that in the future, h.r. 3956, as amended, would
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require v.a. to ensure that directives and policies apply uniformerly across the entire department and require v.a. medical center directors to annually certify compliance with the scheduling directive or any successor directive that replaces it. if a facility fails to comply, leaders at that facility would be prohibited from receiving a bonus. i'm grateful to both congressman bost and congresswoman walorski for their efforts on this legislation on behalf of our nation's veterans and i urge my colleagues to support the passage of h.r. 3956, as amended. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for such time. ms. brown: i rise today in support of h.r. 3956, as amended. this bill finds that multiv.a. centers are managed by acting
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or temporary directors. some of these centers have lacked a permanent director for a long time. there are time limits as to how long a senior executive service employees can be placed in a temporary position. there is frequent turnover of for l center directors them to engage in long-term planning and other necessary functions and that is -- v.a. should develop a comprehensive plan to recruit permanent directors at each medical center that lacks a permanent director. this bill requires the v.a. to come up with a plan and fill all of the positions that are not currently held by a permanent director. they -- then report back to congress on their progress. i thank you, mr. speaker, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the sponsor of this legislation, the gentleman from the 12th
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district of illinois, mr. bost. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for three minutes. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. as a marine and the father of a marine, i understand it takes leadership to win a battle. however, at v.a. medical centers across this country, we've seen a reinvolving door of temporary direct -- revovling door of temporary directors that have made it difficult to adhere reforms for our heroes. this first came to my attention in my own back yard. many southern illinois veterans receive treatment at the v.a. medical center in st. louis. this facility has struggled to find a permanent director since july 14, 2013. that's 34 months ago. it's a similar story at roughly three dozen other v.a. hospitals nationwide. part of the problem is rooted in the fact that the office of personnel management only allows temporary directors to
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serve a term of 120 to 240 days. well, how are we ever going to clean up the v.a. if no one's around long enough to do it? that's why i introduced house resolution 3956, the v.a. health center management stability and improvement act. my bipartisan legislation, introduced with congressman costa, would help close -- closes the revolving door at the v.a. clinics. it requires the v.a. to report to congress on any unfilled vacancies and identify roadblocks that may have led to the problem to begin with. it requires the v.a. to develop a plan of action for hiring highly qualified and permanent directors for each and every opening. and it tells the v.a. to access opportunities for promoting and training high-performing candidates from within the
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organization. the status quo is unacceptable as it determines the quality, consistency and speed of care that our veterans receive. i urge my colleagues to join e american legion, m vets, disabled veterans of america and other service organizations by supporting this legislation. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. brown: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge passage of h.r. 3956, as amended, and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i have one more person to speak this evening. it will be mrs. walorski from the second district of indiana, i recognize her for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from indiana is recognized for three minutes. mrs. walorski: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd also like to thank the chairman for all his hard work
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on many v.a. issues in reference to veterans. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3956, the v.a. health center management stability and improvement act. this legislation includes my bill, the v.a. scheduling accountability act, which locks in a crucial measure of oversight over v.a.'s scheduling practices. hearings held by the v.a. committee and investigations by the v.a. inspector general and e g.a.o. have showed falsified wait time data at v.a. facilities across the country. v.a. directive 210-0-7 contains the policy for appointments, scheduling and procedures. it contains a checklist with 19 different items such as ensuring the patient's desired appointment date is not altered and that the staff have appropriate training. importantly, the director requires each facility to annually certify its full compliance with all 19 items. however, an august, 2014, v.a.
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inspector general report uncovered that in may of 2013, a senior v.a. official waived the certification requirement for f.y. 2013. this is essentially puts the facility on the system to allow them to self-certify. without this crucial accountability mechanism, bad actors were given free rein to manipulate the wait time data and allowed them to deteriorate. meanwhile, veterans died while waiting for appointments while others faced -- didn't get the critical care they needed. h.r. 3956, the v.a. scheduling accountability act, requires each facility director to annually certify compliance with the scheduling directive or any successor director that replaces it. and most importantly, prohibits any future waivers. in addition, it prohibits the v.a. from giving bonuses to directors if their facility
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fails to certify compliance and it requires the v.a. to report to congress a list of facilities not in compliance. this will provide more oversight of the v.a., ensure congress is aware of noncompliant facilities and end the reckless practice of self-certification. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this commonsense bill and the underlying legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. the gentlewoman has already yielded back her time. the gentleman from florida is recognized to close. mr. mille thank you very much. i also ask my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time having expired on this legislation, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3956, as amended. those in favor will say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, t rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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without objection, the title is amended. thspeaker pro tempore: for what purpose doeshe gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house spruss and pass h.r. 4987, to designate the united
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states postal service located 39572ndvenue in laurel hill, florida, as the sergeant first class william "kelly" lacey post office. the clerk: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north calina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence, eh will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. . i ask unanimous consent tha all members may have five legislative days to revise and tend their remarks and include extraneous remarks on the bill unr consideration. i rise in support of h.r. 4987 introduced by congressman jeff florida.
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it designates the post office located at 3957 in laurel hill florida as the william kelly lacey post office. he enlisted in the army in 2002 and served with dedication for two years. he was on a tour of duty in afghanistan when he was killed in action on january 4, 2014. during his time in the army, sergeant lacey earned more than 30 military awards, including a bronze star with valor and two more bronze star medals. sergeant lacey exemplified leadership throughout his career. just mohs before his death, he fulfilled one of his dreams by reaching the rank of e-7. i urge all members to honor lacey's great sacrifice by naming a post office in his honor and i will yield to jeff miller to tell us more. for now, i reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves. the gentlewoman from michigan is ecognized. mrs. lawrence: i yield myself as much time as i may consume. i'm pleased to join my colleagues in the consideration of h.r. 4987, a bill to designate the facility in laurel hills, florida, as the sergeant first class william kelly lacey post office. sergeant first class is remembered as a wonderful family man by thousands he leaves behind particularly his wife, and daughter, and three step- daughters and parents. he has three bronze stars including one with valor, a purple heart and humanitarian award.
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we should pass this bill to remember the sergeant first class lacey's heroic deeds on the battlefield as well as his compassion for others at home. and i urge the passage and reserve the balance of my time and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: at this time, i yield three minutes to the congressman from florida, mr. jeff miller. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for three minutes. mr. miller: i thank mr. walker. members, a little over two years ago, northwest florida and our nation lost a warrior and a patriot upon the death of army sergeant first class william kelly lacey. kelly was assigned to the 200 first brigade support battalion, third brigade combat team of the first infantry division out of
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fort knox, kentucky and killed in e 4th of january, 2014 afghanistan while in support of operation enduring freedom. today i stand before you to honor this hero by designating the facility of the united states postal service located at 3957 second avenue in intellectual hills as the sergeant first class william kelly lacey post office. kelly served three tours in iraq and was completing his second tour in afghanistan when his life was tragically taken. during the mission that took his life, he protected fellow soldiers during an attack where a car bomb breached his base perimeter allowing combatants to initiate an assault. he took a guard tower and providing cover fire killing three before a rocket-propelled
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grenade took his life. he was scheduled to return home just two weeks from the time of his death. we must never forget nor take for granted the many liberties we enjoy as americans, liberties earned and fortified by soldiers like kelly, who never hesitate when called upon. our bravely protected supreme freedom. while there is nothing to do today to bring kelly back to us and take away the pain that is felt by his loved ones who are left behind, we can help memorialize his ultimate sacrifice. america's sovereignty and democracy is deeply rooted in the courageous acts of the men and women who willing serve knowing that at any time, they could pay the ultimate sacrifice. renaming the post office will ensure future generations
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remember that sacrifice and understand the true cost of freedom. and i ask my colleagues for your support on this legislation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from michigan yields back. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: all time having now expired, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4987. thain. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules
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pass h.r. 433 to designate the facility of the post office in knox, pennsylvania as the specialist mcginnis post office. the clerk: h.r. 433, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 523 east railroad street in knox, pennsylvania as the spigs list ross a. mcginnis memorial post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time. mr. walker: i ask that members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. . mr. walker: i rise in support of h.r. 433.
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h.r. 433 designates the post office located at 523 east railroad street in knox pennsylvania. this bill honors the brave soldier and medal of honor recipient army specialist ross mcginnis. it is one of incredible sacrifice. when they launched a grenade into his vehicle, his reaction was one of bravery. he thrust his own body on top of the grenade to save the lives of his comrades. in a moment i will ask congressman thompson, the sponsor, to share more about this hero. in the meantime, i urge members to support this bill to support a post office to honor mcginnis' life. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i am pleased to join my colleagues in the consideration of h.r. 433, a
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bill to designate the facility of the united states postal ervice located at 523 railroad street in knox, pennsylvania, as specialist ross a. mcginnis memorial post office. there are a number of post offices that we're bringing forward today recognizing the sacrifice and the commitment of our american citizens to our country. and it is noteworthy to put into the record that ross mcginnis was promoted after death to speaks list and received the bronze star and purple heart and medal of honor for his heroic actions. mr. speaker, we should pass this bill to commemorate the ultimate sacrifice that specialist ross mcginnis made to our country and
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i urge the passage and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: i yield three minutes to representative thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, in just a few days people across the nation will remember the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice losing their lives as members of america's armed forces. as an army dad with my son being wounded in iraq, i know the struggles that military families go through and i know how courageous and strong our fighting men and women and the bravery of those who did not make it home. i rise in support of h.r. 433, which renames the united states post office in knox, pennsylvania as the specialist ross a. mcginnis post office, a designation which will honor a
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brave young man. mcginnis was born june 14, flag day, 1987 in pennsylvania, the son of tom and romaine mcginnis and killed on december 4, 2006. ross grew up in the community of knox located in pennsylvania's th congressional district. and attended public schools and member of the boy scout troop along with participating in basketball, soccer and little league baseball. he was a member of the st. paul lutheran church and 2005 graduate of the keystone junior-senior high school. in 2004, on his 17th birthday he visited an army recruiting center. following his initial training, he was deployed to eastern baghdad in august of 2006 and served as a .50 caliber machine gunner in the first platoon, c
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company 26th infantry regular meant and attended to insurgency in that region. his platoon was on mounted of ol and during the course patrol, a grenade was thrown into the vehicle. without hesitation or regard for his own life, he threw his body on top of the grenade, saving the lives of his fellow soldiers. he was promoted to specialist and awarded the silver star. on june 2, 2008, he was awarded the medal of honor. in part his citation reads, his extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with great credit upon himself, his unit and the united states army. it is my hope through the naming
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of this post office his heroism and selflessness will live long through the ages. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania yields back. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i urge the passage of h.r. 433 and reserve back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 433. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the after tiffer, 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 north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and
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pass h.r. 3931 to designate the facility of the united states postal service at 620 central avenue in hot springs national park arkansas as the chief petty officer adam brown united states post office. the clerk: a bill to designate the united states postal service located at 620 central avenue in hot springs national park arkansas as the chief petty officer adam brown united states post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five fedges -- may have five legislative days
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to insert extraneous material. h.r. 3931 designates the post office loathed at 620 central avenue suite 1 a in hot springs national park arkansas as the chief petty officer adam brown united states post office. he was a hero and will serve as an inspiration to many. he went from drug addiction theft and prison time to a life devoted to faith, family and country. a decorated navy seal. he lost an eye and multiple fingers but returning to duty. one tour in afghanistan was not just to fight for his country. he gave 500 pairs of shoes to afghan children that he had collected as a personal project. adam's legacy should live on in our hearts and minds as well as in physical remembrance i urge colleagues to name this
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office after chief petty officer adam brown. i reserve. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. laurence i join my colleague in -- mrs. lawrence: i join my colleagues in consideration of h.r. 3931, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located in hot springs national park, arkansas, as the chief petty officer adam brown. adam brown never did anything halfway. he always was ready to push aside his own needs to help others. adam joined the navy in 1998 and was a long -- it was not long before he became a navy seal. eventually serving as a member of the elite seal team six, and as a special operations task
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force deployed to afghanistan. again, we have the opportunity here in congress to recognize sometimes the quiet but amazing contributions of our military, and this individual today we bring forward to be named and i, mr. speaker, feel we should pass this bill to remember the tenacity of chief petty officer valiant to honor his military service. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to the fine gentleman from arkansas, mr. bruce westerman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for three minutes. mr. westerman: mr. speaker, jesus said that greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. this poignant verse is inscribed on the headstone of
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arkansas, an american hero and hot springs native, chief petty officer adam brown. adam's story is a story of loyalty and dedication to the american way of life and an inspiring testament to overcoming adversity through faith. true to the navy seal creed, adam's strength and leadership abilities were forged by adversity. although adam's eagerness for risk led to trouble in his youth, his determination to do the right thing fueled by a love for his family, faith and country led him to become a member of the elite seal team six. on march 17, 2010, while conducting a raid on an enemy strong hold in afghanistan, chief petty officer adam brown selflessly placed himself into the enemy's line of fire to protect his brothers in arms. though his brave actions relieved fire on his teammates and ultimately led to the
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capture of the strong hold, adam was struck and killed by enemy fire. many members of this body as well as countless others have read adam's inspiring life story in the best selling book "fearless." mr. speaker, on this week before memorial day, it is my hope that this piece of legislation will not only serve to honor chief petty officer brown, but it will honor all of the men and women from arkansas' fourth congressional district who have laid down their lives in defense of the united states of america and freedom. as we remember the fallen, let us also remember those that gave mentally, physically and emotionally. people like lieutenant colonel hugh mills jr. who survived his helicopter being shot down 16 times and was awarded three silver stars for his heroic actions in vietnam. i thank chairman chaffetz and ranking member cummings and the oversight and government reform committee for their attention to this piece of legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i 53 e the passage of h.r. 39 and i reserve the balance of my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time having now expired on this bill, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3931. 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 north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3953, to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 4122 madison street, elfers, florida, as the private
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first class felton roger fussell memorial post office. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3953, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service ocated at 4122 madison street, elfers, florida, as the private first class felton roger fussell memorial post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time. mr. walker: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 3953, introduced by congressman gus bilirakis of florida. h.r. 3953 designates the post office located at 4122 madison
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street in elfers, florida, as the private first class felton roger fussell memorial post office. he enlisted in the marine corps in 1969 at age 18 and left for vietnam in that same year. exactly one year after he enlisted, fussell was tradgeakally killed by enemy fire -- tragically killed by enemy fire. he volunteered his service and lost his life all too soon while fighting for a country he believed in. i urge members to support this bill naming a post office in his honor. in a moment i will yield to its sponsor, my friend congressman bilirakis to tell us more about private first class felton roger fussell. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for such time. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i join my colleagues in the consideration of h.r. 3953, a bill to designate the facility
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of the united states postal rvice located in elfers, florida, as private first class felton roger fussell memorial post office. roger fussell received numerous awards for his honorable service, including an expert marksman medal, vietnamese military merit and the republic of vietnam cross and a purple heart. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill to again create the memory, preserve the emory of private first class fussell's achievements and honor, the ultimate sacrifice he made on behalf of this country. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from reserves the balance -- the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her
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time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield five minutes to the distinguished gentleman from florida, mr. gus bilirakis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis, is recognized for five minutes. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3953, legislation to designate the elfers post office as the private first class felton post fussell memorial office. i never had a chance to meet private first class felton roger fussell but after working on this legislation with his family and friends, i wish i had. private fussell was born in florida and graduated from gulf high school in 1968. despite his love for hunting, fishing and repairing old cars, private fussell pursued his calling by enlisting in the marine corps. on june 6, 1968, private fussell entered the service along with his nephew jack
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matheson under the buddy system program. they went to basic training at paris island, south carolina, where roger was the high shooter for his platoon. he also was honored with the expert marksmanship medal for superior scores in rifle range shooting. private fussell began to advance infantry training at camp lejeune and camp pendleton. he deployed for vietnam in march, 1969, serving with honor and distinction. on the one-year anniversary of his enlistment, he was killed by mortar fire in service of his country. for his bravery and sacrifice, private fussell earned several awards, including the republic of vietnam gallantry cross, awarded for acts of valor and heroic conduct during an armed conflict. he also received the vietnamese military merit medal, the
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highest military declaration bestowed by south vietnam during the vietnam war. clearly private first class felton roger fussell is a hero who is serving -- deserving, of course, of having his hometown post office in elfers, florida, dedicated in his honor. i worked closely with roger's mily and the entire elfers community on this legislation. to help solidify the memory of private fussell's bravery, american spirit and optimism. his actions served as inspiration for his brother, timothy, who has gone on to serve his community as chief of the port richie fire department. honoring private fussell with the elfers post office designation also honors the work of his sister, mya. myra served -- his sister, myra.
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myra served her community in this post office for 20 years. let's honor this american hero and his family by passing h.r. 3953 and designating the elfers post office the private first class felton roger fussell memorial post office. thank you very much, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i 3953, passage of h.r. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time having now expired on this bill, the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3953. those in favor will 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.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4747, to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 6691 church street in riverdale, georgia, as the major gregory e. barney post office building. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4747, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 6691 church street in riverdale, georgia, as the major gregory e. barney post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he may consume.
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mr. walker: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 4747, introduced by congressman david scott of georgia. h.r. 4747 designates the post office located at 6691 church street in riverdale, georgia, as the major gregory e. barney post office building. he was a riverdale police officer for 26 years before he was tragically shot and killed in the line of duty earlier this year. major barney was a united states navy veteran, and we are thankful for his service to our country and to his community. i will soon yield to my colleague to tell us more about major barney's life and sacrifice. but for now i want to urge members to support this bill to name a post office after major greg barney in honor of his valiant service. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. lawrence: thank you, mr.
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chairman. mr. chairman, i will at this time like to yield as much time as he may consume to the sponsor of the bill, mr. scott of georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia, mr. scott, is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. scott: thank you very much, and thank you, representative lawrence. irst, thank you for helping me and working with me for taking time with me in getting this bill through the oversight committee and here on the house floor for a vote before we break for the memorial holiday break observance. chairman savage and i had a wonderful conversation and we both agree that we wanted to get this bill out before the emorial day observance because
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this bill represents a most appropriate way for us to begin the observance of memorial day. i also want to thank ranking member cummings and also thank the committee members of the oversight committee. i want to thank majority leader kevin mccarthy and speaker paul ryan for their help in moving expeditiously with this bill. first of all, mr. speaker, i want to tell you that the idea r this bill came to me directly from the heart and the soul of the wonderful people of riverdale, georgia, who truly love and still love and endear major barney. riverdale, georgia, is an extraordinary city, with a rich hifert.
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t's led by mayor evelyn dixon, police chief todd spivey council wallace and griffin. as a matter of fact, council members stopped by my office and presented this idea to me. i also want to thank my chief of staff, michael and senior staffer here in washington, william, for their tremendous work in helping. and my district director, sandra and issac for working with us in georgia. and now i want to say, mr. speaker, the other important thing about this bill, this is truly a bipartisan bill. his bill honoring major barney
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is co-sponsored by all 14 members of the georgia congressional delegation, democrats and republicans and by both our united states senators, senators isakson and perdue who will handle this in the senate and i see my republican friends n the floor, thank you for joining us here for this important bill. now, mr. speaker, why we're here. major uary 11, 2016, gregory e. barney, who also notably was the very first african-american interim chief in the history of riverdale, georgia.
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i was fatally shot in the line a uty while he was serving warrant for the arrest of a drug dealer, a drug dealer, mr. speaker. the drudge of our community right now, major barney stepped up and responded. he was working with a detail of the clayton county police. their narcotics unit and their s.w.a.t. team. and they were there to put forward this warrant for his arrest. and the drug dealer shot mr. barney. now, the day of this tragic ath also, mr. speaker, the 11th of february, there was
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something else significant. it also marked the anniversary of his 25-year career, shot on he 25th anniversary of his 25-year service to the clayton county and riverdale police forces. and so i know with a heavy heart and deep condolences, each of this in this united states congress takes this moment to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of major barney. his lovely wife and his two sons, gregory and robert. mr. speaker, these were twin father. lost their and so it is most fitting also,
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mr. speaker, that when we, the post office where we are naming fter or for major barney, is located directly across the street from the riverdale police department headquarters now and also, mr. speaker, it's also within the view of the apartment complex where the drug raid took place where major barney lost his life. and mr. speaker, major barney became the first police officer in riverdale, georgia, to be slain in the line of duty. so, mr. speaker, as we are here and we look forward to that day when we name this post office,
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we hope that in some small way that to the family, to his children, to the people of riverdale, georgia, the people of this nation, when they pass by this post office, they will be able to pass by with a sense of great pride and great respect and great gratitude for major georgia hero,ly a but not just a georgia hero, mr. speaker, an american hero, for you and i both know and all of us here in congress that when we recognize major barney, we are recognizing so many of our brave men and women who put their lives on the line every single day to protect us and law
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enforcement and in the military. and you know, mr. speaker, jesus hours christ just a few said toe was crucified, himself.pe this is my commandment to love one another as i love you. and jesus said greater love have no man than this, that a man lays down his life for his friend. r. speaker, such a man was major gregory e. barney. d i ask this house for unanimous yes vote. god bless you and thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: the alyields back. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: at this time, i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, dr. tom price. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. price: i'm so pleased to join my colleagues to honor major greg barney who was shot and killed, as has been defined in the line of duty on february 11, this year, while serving in the city of riverdale, georgia. he was a united states navy veteran and served with the riverdale police department for 25 years including as a school resource officer in riverdale high school. that is a true labor of love. e embodied the kind of courageous the valiant men and women we all want. on behalf of 6th district, i offer our condolences to his
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wife lisa and his sons robert and greg and gratitude for his service and sacrifice. because of his type of heroism that we feel protected in our communities. this is a fitting tribute and i ask my colleagues to join us in support of h.r. 4747 to designate the united states post alpha silt located on church street as the major gregory e. barney post office building. i'm proud to be a co-sponsor and i thank congressman scott for his efforts and to this house for your support. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm pleased to join my colleagues in the consideration of h.r. 4747 a bill to designate the facility of the united
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states postal service located in riverdale, georgia as the major gregory e. barney post office building. mr. speaker, we should pass this bill to honor major general barney's 25 years of service to his community in addition to his service to his country. and to commemorate the life that he led. and i urge the passage and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: at this time, i will yield two minutes to the distinguished the gentleman from hice. , reverend the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hice: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i rise in support of h.r. 4747 to designate the u.s. post office in honor of riverdale police
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major gregory e. barn any and i want to -- barney and i want to thank congressman scott, thank you for your great leadership on this bill. as has been spoken already, major barney led a life of service both to his community and of devotion to his family. starting his career as a firefighter and later as an ambulance serving in an blunes squad, he joined the riverdale police department in 1990 and there he served for the next 25 years as as has been mentioned serving as the first african-american chief of police in riverdale. tragically as we have heard tonight. his life ended in a shooting while trying to execute a warrant on that tragic night, february 11. he gave his life trying to bring
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justice to drug dealers and although i did not know him personally, from all accounts major greg barney died just as he lived, going above and beyond the call of duty to make his community a better place. it's fitting that the riverdale post office that we are discussing is directly across the street from the riverdale police department. it will serve as a daily reminder to all those who enter those buildings of his dedication to the community and his valor in the line of duty and also as has been mentioned, i also would like for us to remember his loving wife lisa and two twin teenaged boys, robert and greg. i urge our colleagues to support h.r. 4747 and mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields back. the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs. lawrence: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: at this time, i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. westmoreland. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. westmoreland: i'm honored today that my colleague, congressman scott, asked me to participate in this. my father was a firefighter for 26 years in the city of atlanta and died answering an alarm answering alarm in 1972. i understand the heartache of a family when a loved one goes to do their job to be that first person on the scene and does not come back. i think it's particularly interesting of this case when this officer and his colleagues re serving a no not warrants
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and they are issued by a judge because they are the most protective type of wancht for a police officer because they go and d there are drug sales they can go in. . major barney gave chase to someone who went out the back door. a lot of times, when people put their life on the line, people don't understand they have a wife, like he had lisa, and sons, robert and greg, he wanted to go home to that night. those boys wanted their daddy to come home and that wife wanted her husband to come home and he was out serving the community. that's one of the great attributes, if you look at major barney and how other people looked at him, it's what he did for his family. it's what he did for his

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