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later, ail see members continue work on amendments to the to 17 energy and water spending bill -- 2017 energy and water spending bill including one with california water policy and drought in that state. this is live coverage of the u.s. house here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer today will be offered by the guest chaplain, reverend joshua berkley from san bernandino, california. >> our father and our god, w pray for this session of congress in light of all that is going on in the world and threats that face us as nation that you give clarity as they follow their agendaoday. i pray that you give them knowledge to determine the best course of action that would affect the greatest good for all who would be affected by their decisions. i pray they are mindful of our pledge of allegiance that we are
one nation under god and you are the ultimate leader of this nation. righteousness exalts but bless this 114th session of the house of representatives and the mighty name of jesus, we pray. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. mr. kildee: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with iberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from california, mr. aguilar, is recognized for one minute. mr. aguilar: thank you,r.
speaker. today i rise to honor pastor beckley from san bernardino, califora, who just graced us with the opening prayer. he has served as senior pastor for the past 25 yers. presiding over a congo gation over 4,000 residents. in addition to helping them grow and flourish, he co-spoundfounded the inland empire concerned african-american churches, received numerous accolades for his ministry and service to our region, and today serves as the chair of the community action partnership of san bernardino county, a local organization that seeks to power and lift low-income families. in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy at the inland regional center in san bernardino last december, he was a resounding voice of comfort and an unwavering leader for thousandses in our darkest hours. he prevoided solace to the families ofictims, compassion to their co-workers, and strength to the community as recovered. his leadership was and
continues to be an integral part of our efforts to heal and rebuild. we are so grateful for his dedication the thousands of inland empire families and look to him for guidance and thank him for his continued service to the region. he is joined by his wife and his ster, thank you. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the chair will now entertain up to 15 further requests for one minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek regnition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. stefanik: mr. speaker, my district is home to many ecological wonders. from the mighty adirondack to the st.awrence river. the environment is truly our lifeblood in the north contry. sadly, invasive species threaten the health and beauty of these natural ecosystems. given our unique position as both the gateway to the great lakes and certainty for international shipping trade, our state has the unfortunate distinction of being a
incipal point of entry for many invave species. today i'm introducing two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help combat and raise awareness abouthe threat invasive species pose to our ecosystems. nationwide an estimated 50,000 nonnative invasive animal and plant species have been introduced resulting in more than $100 billion in economic losses annually. every state and u.s. territory has at least some form of invasive species. there are i hope my colagues will co-sponsor these vital bills to prevent the read and introducon of these harmful invasive species. i yield back. the speaker pr tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, today buffalo's roswell park cancer institute was arded $33 million in new research grants from the national institutes of health. this funding will support search to develop new therapies for prostate cancer,
for head and neck cancer, and to advance the great promise of munotherapy. research to unleash thcancer killing potential the body's own immune system. under the leadship of dr. candice johnson, rozz well park scientists are providing hope and the poe fedges for healing to millions here and throughout th world. in buffalo, the institute is helping to fuel an economic renaissance and captured the attention of th nation. nationally the national institutes of health funding supports over 400,000 good-paying american jobs. congress needs to fully fund cancer research at the national institutes of health because on this iss if american leadership is not there, there is no leadership. i yield back the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. or what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> unimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remas. the speak pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, eli whitney,
minnesota legend, civic leader, and friend. last wk minnesota wasad to learn that he had passed away. mr. paulsen: he was a suessful bunessman who gave so much back to our state. he was an impactful leader, princiled, and compassionate. when he retired he passed his knowledge on to future generions by teaching at the rlon school omanagement at the uversity of minnesota. his civic leadership included playing a large role in local sports anchises like the twins, vikings, and rt tars. he also helped and sed and improv lives, founding the johnson initute in 1966, one of the nion's very first ug andlcohol abuse treatment centers. it is really har put into words the respect that minnesotans have for him and his stature as a leader. he simply was one a kind and somebody who made minnesota a better place. we'll miss m. i yield back. speaker pro tempore: the geleman yields back. for what purpo does the gentleman from michigan sk recognitio r. kildee: i seeknanimous
consent to address the house for one mine. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, th ntleman is recogzed. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. today is foster youth shadow day. a ay that gives mbers o congss a chance to spend time with you adults from our districts who have grown up in the foster care stis. i ways enjoy this day beuse it gives me a chance to understand the perience of foster youth and lk about policies that would help support those dren and young adults in that system. i have learned a lot today from justin and jamisha,ho are her with m two young adults. care system and grown into really remarkable youn adults. justin is studying international relations at michigan state univrsity. and jamisha jt graduated from the university of michigan, flint, one of my aa matters, with a degree in social work. along with thr interest in school, they both have dedicated themselves to bettering the live of other children in michigan. and around the world. their commitment to raise up
kids in my hometown, the ometown of flint is really inspiring. so i'm just haythat i'm able to get tonow tm betternd see t psion they bring to their communities. that passion will take them far. it' imptant that we hear freople like justin and jamisha to shape the policies that we make right here in this congress. i'm just glad i could hear what they had say and glad they could be here with us today and honor to spend part of fosser youth shadow day wh them. with that, mr. speaker, yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the ntleman yields back. for what purpose ds the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. thspeaker pro tempore: ks. without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, yesterday internal revue service cmissioner john refused to testify before the house judiciary committee to answer allegations that he failed to comply with a congressional subpoena, which resulted in the destruction of y evidenc provided false statents during his sworn
testimony, and did not notify congress at the disgraced loiserner's emails were missg. sadly, this is not what americans deserve from the professionals of the r.s. thei.s. should be accotableor questions about corruption of its duties. this comes at a time when congss and the americ people have real concns aut bias by i.r.s.targeting conservative organizations and cybersecurity vulnerabities. i'm gratel for ho judiciary committee chairman bob goodlatte and house comitteend oversight government reform chairman jason chaffetz for their advocacy, standing up for american taxpayers. i conclusion, god bless ou troops and may the president by hisctns never forget september 11 and the glol war on terrorism. the spker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does th gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous cosent to addres e house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: witht objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to exess my deep concern with
the danger the zika virus continues to represent to the expectant mothers around the world. as a member of congss who reesents e whole lifornia-mexico border, i strongly urge my colleagues to provide adequa resources to avoid potentially tragic coequences filies and communities like mine. more than 275 pregnant women are confirmed zika cases in ameri, incuding 10 in californi and the number only continues to grow. mr. vargas: i believe we hav a unique opportunity to work in a to prent, detect, and respond the zika virus. th means fully funding the president's $1.9 billion equestor emergency spending on the development o vaccine and diagnostic testing to manage the mosquito population. the american people deserve a congress that will respond to this urgent crisis with smart action. i thank you, mr. speaker. yield back the balance of my time. the speakerpro teore: the gentleman yies back the balae of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: to ask
unanous consent to address e house r one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. rolehtin: thk you so much, mr. speaker. and i rise trecognize the chael russell jewi mmuni center as it holds its prom night jewish dinner. leaders of the michael ann on, russell j.c.c. will be recognized for their contributions to improving the lis the jewish community in south florida. t horees are, gary bonser o serves as the president and e.o. of this wonderful organization. pa cruzwho serves as the chair of the b of direors. and ariel benta and jeffrey scheck who were past chairs founded in 1987, the michael ann ruell c.c. has been committed to not only strethening jewish values in south florida, b has also dedid time and resoces to educa our future leaderand fostering a strong relationship
with our ally, the demoatic jewish state o israel. i'm thankful to witnesshe growth of jewish -- of the jewi american comnity in our area and that its members continue strive for a better and more prosperous tomorrow. mosul to he -- mozul tov to the community center on a j well-done. thankou, mr. spear. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlely yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from flodaeek recoition? >> to address the house for one minut thspeaker pro teore: witho objection, the entlelady is recognized. ms.ilson: mr. speaker, today is we red wednesday. toy is wear methinred wednesday to bring back our girls ad my hea is overflowing with joy. i'm very happy to reportha one of the school girls abducted by the nigerian terrorist group, boko haram,
has be foun. she was found last week by a vigilante oup the forest close to the border of cameroon. the young gi has been reunited with her family ter two yrs inivity and experience tht will haunt her for t rest of her life. sadly, according to seral media accounts, thyog girl ported that six of the19 have diedhile being hd by boko har and t rt are alive being held in the ft. last week we celebrated th return othis precious young gi, but we cannot stop working until the 21 still being held hoste are safely returned to their falies away from tese evil islamic insurgents. mr. speaker, time is of the essence and the governmen of the ultinaonal joint tk force alongsie our government must fight as hard as possible find these girls. we cannot stop until we find them all. i urgey colleagues to join me
today for wearing red o wednesday until boko haram exspeeded and kidnap girls rejoitheiramilies. please continue twork oing red on witnesses. hash tag bring back our gls, twt, tweet the speaker pro tempore:, the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from utah seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. love: i rise today to recognize the outstanding achievements of the salt lake city community college, men's basketball team. this year's national junior college men's basketball champions. these 12 extraordinary student athletes with unwavering support of their four dedicate the coaches demonstrated the ability to dominate the 2016 n.j.c. double-a basketball tournament, beating their opponents by an average of 18.8
points over five games in six days. wilson was named the tournament's most valuable member. head coach phillips was named coach of the tournament. these young men who held not -- hailed not only from utah but as far away from australia exhibit more than exceptional athleticism and skill. they were singled out for their good sportsmanship and kindness off court. tad, was honored with the tournament's sportsmanship award. i congratulate the team on their championship win for representing their school, their community, and the state with such ex-- such an exceptional way. go, bruins. thank you, mr. speaker. . >> permission to address the house for one minute, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. dold: mr. speaker, i rise
today to commend joyce tone, who s taught as a kindergarten teacher. first arisk in 1997, she has shaped the lives of hundreds of students. personally she has had an impact on my family teaching my three children. each is better off because of her guidance in teaching, our family and community will be indebted to her for the kindness she has shown all of our children. she went out of her way to recognize what makes each of her students unique. she taught them how to think. despite her career at sears coming to an end, the lessons and memories she has imparted upon my children and all of her students will last a lifetime. i offer my personal thanks for all she has done and wish her
well in her retirement. she will be deeply missed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> permission to address the address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, in contrast to the religious persecutions in europe between the 16th and 19th centuries, america became a safe space for people to exercise their faith in accordance with their conscience. it was would haven in the constitution from the beginning and faith has played a big role. from efforts to abolish slavery, secure civil rights and protect human rights and provide shelter and hope, religious organizations have been indispensible to the progress we have made. the civil rights act of 1964 recognized the contributions of religious organizations when it preserved their right to hire individuals who shared their beliefs. we see encroaching of religious
freedom. these attempts must be resisted. it is conscience that convicts us of our own shortcomings and allows us to seek what is good, beautiful and true. that is why protecting religious freedom is vital. mr. speaker, let us join forces against the growing intolerance that threatens it. i thank the speaker and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition. >> permission to address the house. mr. duncan: i had students and i was going to hear about the prison in guantanamo and one group estimated it was costing us $4 million to keep that prison open. one student said how can i get in. we have spent $445 million to run the facility.
the "washington times" reported that we were giving these prisonners classes and library services, special food and recreation alpha silts. we hear of country club prisons. this should be called a resort prison. and we $4 million should stop, mr. speaker, stop giving these terrorists such expensive special treatment and send all 80 to the worst most dangerous prison in the u.s. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee yields back. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker house of representatives, sir, this is to
notify you pursuant to rule 8 of the rules of the house of representatives that i have been served with a subpoena issued by the circuit court in and for discsey county, florida, criminal division for testimony in a criminal case. after consultation with the office of general counsel i have determined that compliance is not consistent with the privileges and rights of the house. signed sincerely, ted s. yoho, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 744 and ask for immediate consideration. the clerk: house calendar number 119, house resolution 744 resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill, s. 2012, to provide for the modernization of the energy policy of the united states, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived.
an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 114-55 shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except: 1, one hour of debate equally divided among and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce and the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on natural resources; and 2, one motion to commit with or without instructions. section 2, if s. 2012, as amended, is passed, then it shall be in order for the chair of the committee on energy and commerce or his designee to move that the house insist on its amendment to s. 2012 and request a conference with the senate thereon. section 3, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the
bill, h.r. 5233, to repeal the local budget autonomy amendment act of 2012, to amend the district of columbia home rule act to clarify the respective roles of the district government and congress in the local budget process of the district government, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except: 1, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on oversight and government reform; and 2, one motion to recommit. section 4, on any legislative day during the period from may 27, 2016, through june 6, 2016, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved; and b, the chair may at any time
declare the house adjourned to meet at a date and time, within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article i of the constitution, to be announced by the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 5, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 4 of this resolution as though under clause 8-a of ule i. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one hour. mr. burgess: for the the purposes of debate only, i yield 30 minutes to the gentlelady of new york. during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for purposes of debate only. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, house resolution 744 provides for the consideration of s. 2012, the energy policy modernization act
clarifying h.r. 5233 congressional intent in providing for d.c. home rule act of 2016. the rule provides one hour of debate equally divided among the majority and minority members for s. 2012. it is a comprehensive compilation of energy legislation that has already passed the house, the committee on rules made no further amendments in order. however, the rule affords the minority the customary motion to recommit, a final opportunity to amend the legislation should the minority choose to exercise that option. the rule provides for one hour debate equally divided between the majority and minority of the committee of oversight and government reform. no amendments were made in order
as the bill is a targeted response to what members of the house have perceived as an unlawful action taken by the district of columbia in contravention of the federal home rule act. the minority is, afforded the customary motion to recommit, a final chance to amend the legislation. finally the rule contains a standard tool to allow the orderly management of the floor of the house of representatives during an upcoming district work period. the house amendment to s. 2012, the energy policy modernization act of 2016 builds on the work of the house, the house has done this work over the past year and-a-half to update the nation's energy laws and move the country forward on energy policy. the bills included in this package include work from the committee on energy and commerce, the agriculture committee, committee of natural resources and the committee on science, space and technology. while many house committees have
had input on this package, members can feel comfortable that opinions are represented in the legislation. this is how the house works its well most effectively by combining various pieces of legislation into one pack acknowledge and amending s. 2012, the energy passed legislation following passage of s. 2012, both bodies will be able to conference the differences in the two bills. a further step in the regular order of this bill becoming a law. the legislation will benefit americans across the country modernizing our energy infrastructure, expediting andism proving forest management, providing greater opportunities on federal lands for huntic, fishing and using federal taxpayer dollars. s. 2012 as amended includes various pieces of legislation considered and passed by the house not only in the current
114th congress, but it also includes many pieces of bipartisan legislation from the 112 st. and 113th congress. a major win are the provisions allowing for expanded access by sportsmen, fishermen, recreational shooters to federal lands, lands that should have been accessible to all americans for various legal and constitutional activities. further, the legislation before us focuses on protecting american interests in a world where uncertainty due to terrorism and unfriendly and unstable regimes in the middle east threaten american access to reliable sources of energy. we have long believed that america should focus less on foreign energy resources given the asources below our very feet across this nation. only federal policies will the
house do with this pack acknowledge can our country become energy secure. the second piece of legislation contained in today's rule addresses the house concerns with recent actions taken by the district of columbia, the mayor and city council. h.r. 5233 clarifying congressional intent in providing for d.c. home rule act of 2016 refeels the local budget autonomy amendment act of 2012, a referendum passed in the district of columbia, which many believe violates both the u.s. constitution and the federal home rule act. when the founding fathers crafted our constitution, they acknowledged the special status that the nags' capital held and created a special relationship between it and the federal government not enjoyed by other states and other localities. while some argue that the district of columbia should be entirely self-governed, that is
not how our constitution treats the federal city, it states that the congress of the united states shall have the power and quoting from the constitution here, to exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever over such district not exceeding 10 miles square as made by crestation of particular states and the acceptance of congress become the seat of the government of the united states and to exercise like authority overall places purchased by the consent of the legislature of the state, which -- in which the same shall be for the erection of magazines, dock yards and needful buildings. the district of columbia falling squarely within the parameters of this clause is therefore subject to congress' exclusive
exercise over its laws. i have no doubt that strong debate will surround the consideration of h.r. 5233 as we heard in the rules committee last night that congress would be relinquishing its duty under the u.s. constitution to oversee the governance of the nation capital. this will complete the two final pieces of legislation a month where the house of representatives has passed legislation to provide funding for our military bases, funding our veterans energy and water policies, provide new authorities to update our nation chemical laws and provide help to those facing opioids addiction and provide tools to our military to keep our nation safe. it has been one of the most productive months of the year for the house of representatives. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time.
. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady virginia tech. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i rise today to oppose the rule which joins two disparate issues. the first is the district of columbia budget autonomy. the sec, pursuing an energy bill that is an outdated energypolicy. first, d.c. budget autonomy. mr. speaker, congress sits in the district of columbia and our presence looms far beyond the footprint of the buildings. congress has mandated that the government of the district of columbia pass every budget plan, every spending plan down to the penny of their own money that they raise through congress. but in 2012, the district of columbia exerted its own authority and passed a local budget autonomy amendment act of 2012. and essentially said we will
allocate our own local funds ourselves unless congress overrides our plan, and we will only ask permission beforehand when we spend money that comes from the federal treasury. the bill before us, h.r. 5233, would repeal the district's local law, keep the district of columbia from spening its own money on local -- from spending its own money on local services, and prohibit the district in granting itself budget autonomy in the future. for far too long the residents of this district have paid their fair share of taxes. and have not had full representation in congress. the district sends young people off to war, but doesn't have an equal voice in either going to war or how the country is governed. in fact, it reminds me a lot of a plantation. subjecting the district to the lengthy and uncertain congressional appropriations process for its own use of their local tax collection imposes operational and
financial hardships for the district, burden not borne by any other local government in the country. in addition to that, it is more expensive to them. it defies reason that the house majority would continue this overreach and i urge each republican to rethink their position. in fact, there are some key republicans that do support district's budget autonomy. the oversight committee's last four chairmen, including republicans tom davis and darrell issa, worked to give d.c. budget autonomy. and i urge my republican colleagues to follow suit. second, the rule would allow the house to replace the senate's bipartisan energy reform legislation with the house's partisan energy political. -- bill. time and again we have seen the senate come to a reasonable, bipartisan compromise. but the house chases a partisan agenda and derails the legislative process every time. the house proposal encourages
an outdated energy policy that favors fossil fuels above the clean and renewable energy sources and it seeks to roll back important environmental protections. the majority's insistence on he negating environmental protections and doubling down on their attacks on environmental laws is a troubling waste of time. nevertheless, democrats will fight to protect the environment and precious natural resources. the bill locks in fossil fuel consumption for years to come by repealing the current law aimed at reducing the government's carbon footprint. it also puts up barriers to the integration of clean, renewable energy technology, all while rolling back the energy efficiency standards. in the past, efficiency standards were an area of bipartisan compromise. not anymore. americans cannot afford a republican majority's head in
the sand approach to climate change and energy consumption. in fact, i understand it presume presidential candidate and the republican party had applied to build a wall in one of its foreign golf courses, blaming climate change for the erosion. so if you believe in a foreign country, i hope you will think about believing it here. i urge my colleagues to work toward an all of the above strategy that will modernize our nation's energy infrastructure in a way that addresses climate change, promotes clean energy, drives innovation, and ensures that cleaner, more stable environment for future generations. with that, mr. speaker, i urge a no vote on the rule and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself 30 seconds. i would remind the house that this energy legislation has worked its way through the house for the last 18 months.
indeed, two previous congresses , multiple committees have had input on this. it has been one of the most thoroughly vetted pieces of legislation. i cannot tell you the number of hearings, the number of markups that i sat through on the energy and commerce committee. it's had similar treatment in the senate. the concept of getting this bill through the house, going to conference with the senate, this is a good product and worthy of the support of this body. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield 10 minutes to the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, hardworking ms. norton, who represents 700,000 people, who have no say because this body decides everything that they do . as i pointed out before they pay their taxes and they send their children off to war but they have no -- she cannot vote in this house in any way to affect anything. ms. norton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized for 10
minutes. ms. norton: mr. speaker, first i want to thank my good friend from new york state for the way she has always understood and behaved with respect to the district of columbia which also happens to be the capital of the united states. but as she said, it's more than the capital and this building. is where almost 700,000 americans live. so, mr. speaker, i must strongly oppose that portion of the bill providing for 5233. ration of h.r. nderstand the spectacle we are ongoing here. a strongly republican house is actively sponsoring a bill that repeals a local law.
a law that in this case authorizes the district of columbia government to spend its own local funds without congressional approval. who do the republicans think they are? that the people i represent should ask for their approval. to spend, to process funds that they had nothing to do with raising. understand no federal funds are involved, not one penny. but those pennies, over $7 billion, and i warn people to come to the floor to tell me if their state raises $7 billion on its own. over $7 billion. these are our pennies. not a cent of federal money is even implicated. let's go back to republican
principles to understand what it happening on this floor today because it's going to appen twice. my republican friends in this rule, these are the same friends who despise the federal reach. who despise it so much that every year they try to give back what is long -- what has long been federal matters to the states, the department of education. need i go through the laundry list. one thing they stand for in this congress and have stood for throughout human time, is that they prefer that power over the people be exercised at the state and local level. that's what they stand for. not many things you can say a particularly party stands for. that's certainly their cardinal principle. but look what they are doing this afternoon. they are doubling down, that's
not just a matter of emphasis, this means double bills. they are doubling down to use the awesome power of the federal government against the local district, if you will excuse me, i regard that as very unrepublican. we are talking about two provisions, not just the rule before us. that use identical language. it's as if to say we really mean thes -- it, district of columbia, because we are going to do it twice. we want to be doubly sure that we keep this local district from enforcing its own local budget. so what's the point of this bill? this bill is a pretense.
it's solely designed to lay the action for another that has occurred this very moment in the appropriation committee. how coincidental. i sat through an appropriation where a rider using the very same language that is proposed through this rule was, indeed, passed. by the house appropriations subcommittee. heavens, i wonder in the history of the house of representatives we have ever had this congress or the congress of the united states to be so threatened by what a local jurisdiction would do that it entered not one bill but two to keep that local
jurisdiction from proceeding and not seceding from the united states. we are simply trying to spend our own money. so here we have a bill twice over because the appropriation ommittee bill contains the same language. i understand despite another of their rules that prohibits legislating on an appropriation bill. the republican leadership included the text of h.r. 5233 and appropriations for what appears to be a very good reason. they recognize that that's the only chance they have of enacting the text of the rule before you. and that is to provide -- to do so in an appropriation bill. so they are doing it twice for good measure, but the only way
it's going to pass is attaching it to some must-pass bill. the senate, and i say this on this floor, does not have the otes to pass h.r. 5233 itself. and even if it did, the president of the united states, who has long supported budget autonomy, butt it in his own budgets -- put it in his own budgets, said he would veto it. the statement of policy that came out yesterday indicated that. this may be news to some members of this body, but i am the only member of congress who is elected by the almost 700,000 american citizens who live in the district of columbia. and my constituents are the ly american citizens who are
affected by this bill. you might be able to understand the anger of my constituents if you knew these two numbers. he people i represent pay more taxes than 22 states pay. or you want another one that would make you understand the anger of my constituents? they are number one per capita in the federal taxes paid to support their homeland. highest taxes per capita in the united states. and yet this very day, twice, first with respect to this rule , then with respect to the bill, every single member of congress will get a vote on this bill solely concerning the district of columbia, except the member of congress who
represents the district of columbia, and elected to do so. if you never felt like a despot before, i hope that side of the aisle understands how it feels and what it looks like. . the republican leadership has claimed it is committed to letting the house work its will on legislation. yesterday, the rules committee on a party-line vote prevented me from offering my amendment to the bill on the house floor. what are you afraid of? my amendment says, congress, you it, you grant d.c. budget autonomy. you afraid you can't do it? sure you can do it. give us some respect. my amendment was the only chance for d.c. residents to have a say on the bill during floor
consideration. so even though you could have obviously and would have defeated my amendment to say you do it, you grant us budget autonomy, what in the world kept you from allowing us the respect , bringing that bill forward that amendment to counter what you are doing today, particularly knowing that we can't counter what you're doing today. my amendment, of course, would have called the question on whether members support or oppose local control of local jurisdictions over their own budget. do members oppose budget autonomy because the district initiated it? or do they actually want to toss their own local control
principles out of the capitol window through a vote requiring ?ederal approval of local funds could i have another two minutes? ms. slaughter: i yield the gentlelady another three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for an additional three minutes. ms. norton: my amendment would act -- budget autonomy federal law. it would have said, look, if you don't like what the district did, you do it. we would have lost, but you would have given to us the respect that we are entitled to as american citizens. afraid to even do that.
the local budget autonomy act is already law. the district of the government has begun to implement it and i applaud them for doing so. when you are up against a december potic house of epresentatives -- despotic house of representatives, the only way to proceed is move on your own or else they will say, there's nothing they can do, there is only one of them against all of us. the only court opinion has, in fact, upheld the budget autonomy act, although the good member on the other side implied that this was a lawless act. well, let me tell you what the court said without going through all of it.
forthwith, enforce all provisions of the local budget autonomy act of 2012. that is the law. who is being lawless, who is being unpreliminaried is any majority that would want to have anything to do with the local funds of any american jurisdiction. when members cast their vote today on the bill, they will be voting on a bill to require congress to approve a local budget, how unrepublican and worse, how undemocratic. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i yield myself two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: the founders recognized that within the
district of columbia, this was a unique entity. the congress granted the district of columbia limited autonomy in the home rule act but that did not extend as far as what the current mayor and city council envisioned to. the home rule act maintained the role of the federal government in the district's budget process and indeed, the federal government has had to step in as late as the 1990's because the district had mismanaged its finances then the control board had to be instituted in order to correct the many financial disasters that the district of columbia government had created itself. congress gave the power overside where it saw fit. i would like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from oversight and government reform committee where this bill originated, mr. meadows of north
carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. meadows: i thank the gentleman from texas for his eloquent words. and as we look at this particular bill, there's a lot that has been said about what home rule is and what it is not. there's a lot that has been said about what the law is and what it is not, and yet, it is undeniable that the constitution actually reserved for this esteemed body the power to legislate all affairs within the district going back to article 1, section 8 of our constitution. and yet in 1973, mr. speaker, this body took on a law debated it in both the house and the senate to actually take some of those authorities granted by the constitution and allow the district to actually put forth
laws with regards to local issues. now, specifically reserved in that 1973 law was the whole issue of the budget and appropriations and as we started to look at this particular function, my good friend, the delegate from the district obviously has talked very seriously about the law. well, the law is very clear in 1973 on what we passed. diggs y charles fig -- had the compromise that was spelled out in a dear colleague letter that the budgetary control would remain with this body and the propertyors and yet we see a -- appropriators and we see a decision having the effect of law. well, we know from our civics
class that it is this body that is putting forth federal law. it cannot be a local jurisdiction that comes in and usurps the power of the federal law with its local mandates. so, mr. speaker, while my good friend and i will disagree, perhaps on a number of issues, what we should agree on is the fact that the constitution reserved this right for congress. the constitution and indeed those relegated and delegated powers in 1973 were specific in keeping the appropriations and budgetary process within this body. to ignore that would be honestly ignoring the debate that happened then, debate that happens now, sworn testimony in hearings that indeed those who crafted this particular law are all in agreement that this was the intent of congress. so, mr. speaker, i rise today to
ask my colleagues to not only support this, but reaffirm the role that congress has and make sure we keep it within this body. and i yield back to my good friend from texas. mr. burgess: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: how much time remains on both sides. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york controls 13 minutes and the gentleman from texas has 18 1/2 minutes. ms. slaughter: i would like to yield to ms. norton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: i thank my good friend, mr. meadows, speaks as if he didn't speak up for the congress of the united states and its awesome power, then it would be stripped of that power by the district of columbia.
lease. if there is any concern here about this bill, the one thing my good friend should not do is to base it on what lawyers say. the latest and definitive at the moment on what lawyers say is a court of law. and i want to indicate what happened, because the matter was first in the federal district court, then appealed to the federal court of appeals. and the federal court of appeals heard oral argument and received briefs and looked at this and we don't know why, but they sent it to a local d.c. court. that court looked at every
single argument mr. meadows has raised and found for the district of columbia, and that is the definitive word on the law. unless what he's saying, i am the law. but you're you are, the kind of law that led the framers to rebel against england, no respect for local law. you speak of the diggs compromise, what you didn't say is that some compromise had to be reached because the senate in its home rule bill gave the istrict control over its local budget. so what we say, what our lawyers did leavet compromise some rule in the charter, which
does not specifically say that budget autonomy is denied to the district. they could have it and they didn't and the compromise was to leave some room at such point that it became relevant to step up and claim the right to process and enforce their own ocal budget. my good friend who manages on that side dares reach back to the 1990's, yes, the district got into trouble. my congratulations to the district of columbia as the only city which for 200 years carried state functions, the only city which carried state functions and yes in the 1990's, it became too much and yes, it had a
serious crisis. so if you want to go back two decades, come forward, because at this moment, the district has perhaps the strongest economy in the united states of america. how many of you have surpluses? how many of you have anything to brag about in terms of the economy of your district? have you looked at what is happening in the district of columbia? you can see the building going on, you can see the increase in ur population. so, yes, we have had hard times and i'm sure you have, but i'm lot there wasn't a whole less reason for your hard times than it was for ours. i'm asking you to think about
your own premises of -- preliminaries but particularly to justify taking local control over of our own money. to 's what the framers went war about where somebody somewhere was trying to tell them telling them what to do with their own local funds. i don't know if that spirit lives on that side of the aisle. this is our money. we're going to keep going at it until you have nothing to say about funds raised in a jurisdiction, not your own, to whom my constituents cannot hold you accountable because they cannot vote for you. well, sir, they have voted for me. and what i say today represents what they believe and what they will never be about and that is the right to control their own
local laws and above all, their own local funds raised from their own local taxpayers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. suts mr. burgess: i yield to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized . mr. meadows: indeed, the delegate opposite is my friend. she serves her constituency well. her impassioned plea on behalf of her constituents is not only recognized this day but each and every day in this body. this particular debate is not over what is believed to be right or wrong. it's over the rule of law.
indeed, the argument was made by the gentleman from georgia yesterday. this is a matter of law, not on the merits of what is right or what is wrong from a standpoint of budget autonomy, but i would also refer, mr. speaker, to the argument that would suggest that everything is great here in washington, d.c., in terms of the budget. if that is indeed the case being argued here today, you can't have it both ways, because the status quo today has been one that truly has the authority rested and vested here in this esteemed body. and so to suggest that things are less than perfect, i am not here to do that. but if indeed everything is turning up roses today, it is indeed s quo that has
preserved that. i would suggest that as we start to look at this, it is a fundamental question are we going to uphold the rule of law and the rule of law here is very clear. in fact, the debates back in 1973 talked about all we wanted was some of the local control over our local government, and as that debate went on that was indeed, as my good friend mentioned, in the senate the desire to give budget autonomy to the district and yet as we know from our civics class, it takes both the senate and the house and the president to sign into law and with that i would say that we need to continue to support the rule of law. i'll yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question, i will offer an amendment to the rule to bring
up two desperately needed pieces of legislation. the first one will shed light on the secret money in politics by requiring groups to disclose the source of the contributions they're using to fund their campaign-related activities. the second bill would provide $600 million in funding to combat the growing opioid epidemic. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. slaughter: and mr. speaker, i'd like to take the personal privilege and rise today with a really sad heart and take a moment to mark what is the end of an era for the rules committee family. this is miles lackey's last week, and we are sad about it indeed. the rules committee's a family and the loss is personal. the rules committee, in my opinion, has the highest
regarded staff of anybody on the hill. in both the house and senate, miles is proved to be the gold standard for any staff wishing to make a contribution to the congress. he has been a mentor and a colleague to anyone who asked for it. his counsel will be missed not just for the four of us on the democrats side of the rules committee, but i think for staff members and all other members alike on both sides of the aisle. miles is a graduate of the university of north carolina and of yale divinity school, and he brings a grounded, holistic vision as a staff member and his -- and he is a guiding source. he takes a dramatic turn of events in stride. from government shutdown to national security, miles has always known exactly what to do. as a staff director of rules committee or chief of staff to the senate, he made incredible
contributions to the legislation of senator dodd's chief of staff that passed out of congress. from dodd-frank to the affordable care act, it is clear that he dedicated his career to benefiting the american people with skill and intellect and patience. there's always one more story to tell, one more hug to linger over, but there is sure no good way to say goodbye to a trusted and cherished advisor, a colleague and a friend. there is only the deep gratitude that we feel and the legacy of the excellence that miles leaves. thank you, dear friend, for everything. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i will yield five minutes to the gentleman from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for five minutes. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker.
you know, when you serve on the rules committee you spend a lot f time dealing in acura moany. at -- in acramony. at least here on the floor. and to get the job accomplished when we are not on the house floor, it may be impassioned, it may be at times divisive but it's all focused on a single goal and that is making sure this institution fulfills not just the expectations of our constituents back at home but the expectations of our framers who established it to begin with. members of congress come and go, mr. speaker, and inevitably what makes a member of congress successful is being surrounded by a team of excellence, a team of excellence back home in terms of bosses and constituents and a team of excellence here in washington to make sure all the i's are dotted and all the t's are crossed and that the big things get done.
when miles lackey leaves this institution, mr. speaker, it's going to be harder to get the big things done. it's going to be harder because the biggest commodity we have in this town, it's not a member pen, it's not a member representational allowance, it's not how much mail goes out the door. the most precious commodity in this town is trust, and not everybody has it. sadly, not everybody wants it. but to do anything that's worth doing in this town, it has to be built on a foundation of trust and if you don't have people like miles lackey on the other side of the aisle -- i sit on this side of the aisle. he's physically sitting on that side of the aisle today. not just emotionally, not just intellectally but physically, if you don't have folks you can trust you can't begin conversations about how to make things happen. there is no committee that brings more measures to the floor than the rules committee. that doesn't happen by accident. it happens intentionally.
it happens with good folks like miles lackey. there is no committee that has to deal with more contentious issues in the rules committee. the committees of jurisdiction dealt with as many as they can. the hardest ones, the worst ones ends up on the rules committee plate. we don't deal with those successfully without the trust built by folks like miles lackey. mr. speaker, we can read the resolution that the rules committee put out by miles but it's only a page long. truthfully, it doesn't do justice. when you lose folks that have built that trust, it takes years to find folks to rebuild it. i want you to look at the folks who have come to speak on miles' behalf, mr. speaker. i want you to look at the folks who sit in miles' chain of command. he's certainly not leaving the ranking member high and dry. he's trained a tremendous team of folks that's going to step p and try to fill those shoes.
i came to this institution to make a difference, mr. speaker. didn't come to just to make a point. because miles lackey served in this institution, not for a day or a month but decade upon decade we have been able to make a difference. miles dates back not before i got here but before my predecessor got here. he dates back here before republicans took over this institution, mr. speaker, and has seen the control change time and time again. watch folks when power changes, mr. speaker. watch folks when power changes in this institution and watch how they behave when they had it as when they didn't. we are all in the minority at some point, mr. speaker. we are all in the minority at some point. the rules exist to protect the
minority. watch the folks who have the ability to use the power. there's not going to be a man or woman who stands in this chamber who will tell you that miles treats you any differently when he's in as when he's out. he's an advocate for his position, but he is an institutionist who believes in all of us collectively, and i thank him for his service. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to put the rules resolution in the record and yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin -- massachusetts, a member of the rules committee, mr. mcgovern. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, and the gentleman from america is recognized. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the distinguished ranking member of the rules committee for yielding me the time. i join with her in expressing my admiration and appreciation for miles lackey. we both served as staff members
up here when i first came to the hill. i've known him in his capacity when he worked with tony and ted and chris dodd and john edwards in the rules committee. and i guess in the thousand other things he did up here. i always admired his intellect and his dedication. but, mr. speaker, miles lackey is a good man. he is a very, very good man, and that's an important quality for people who serve up here, whether it's members of congress or as staff members, that they're good people. and miles always put the interest of the people of this country first. and always the most vulnerable were at the top of his list. no matter what we talk about in the rules committee, he always talks about how it's going to impact people who are struggling in this country. and i just want to say that i
have admired miles' dedication to this country. i have admired his intellect. i have admired his compassion and we are going to miss him greatly. he has taught me a lot. i know he's taught a lot of people in the rules committee and other staffers and members a ot as well, but he's unique individual and that everybody loves him. i joked last night in the rules committee miles was part of the resolution in the rules committee that democrats and republicans could support because very rarely do we have resolutions that we support in a bipartisan way. i am grateful to miles, and we are going to -- i join with everybody here in saying we are going to miss him. i had the privilege of serving with some great members of the house and great members who have served as staffers up here. miles is at the top of that
list. he is a great human being and a great public servant and we are all here in a bipartisan way to express our admiration, our deep affection and our respect for him. we wish him well and, miles, we will be calling you often. so be prepared. with that i thank the gentlelady for yielding me the time. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, may i inquire as to how many additional speakers the gentlelady from new york has? ms. slaughter: i have no further speakers and am ready to close. mr. burgess: i'll be prepared to close after. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question and no on the rule that joins two unrelated measures. the first to continue the house majority's overreach into the district of columbia's local budgetary affairs and the second to double down on an
outdated energy policy and pursue a partisan path instead of the bipartisan senate plan. yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i'll yield myself the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, as i pointed out in the statement i gave at the beginning of this hour, just reflecting back on the month of may, a month where the house of representatives passed legislation funding our military bases, funding our veterans, funding energy and water policies, providing new authorities to combat the growing threat of the zika virus. we updated our nation's chemical laws for the first time in 40 years. we provided help to people in this country facing oipiate addictions. -- opiate addictions. we provided the tools to our armed services necessary to keep our citizens safe from the growing threat of terrorism. it has been a significant month
in the united states house of representatives, and oftentimes we don't reflect back on what has been accomplished. so this is a good opportunity to do that. mr. speaker, today's rule provides for consideration of the two important bills to update our nation's energy policies and address the constitutional deficiencies in the recent district of columbia council actions. i want to thank the many members on the house on both sides who contributed to the underlying pieces of legislation, which will be considered today following the passage of today's rule. i'm the most recent addition to the house rules committee but i have been there long enough to appreciate the wise counsel and guidance of miles lacky and wish him will in his future endeavors and pray for his successor and with that i yield back and move the previous question on the
resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are he requested. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce the minimum time on the question of adoption of the resolution. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 239. the nays are 176. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 242. the nays are 171. without objection, the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to house resolution 743 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the further consideration of h.r. 5055. will the gentleman from illinois, mr. hultgren, kindly
ake the chair? the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further consideration of h.r. 5055, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2017, and or other purposes. the chair: when the committee of the whole rose on tuesday, may 24, 2016, a request for a recorded vote on an amendment offered by the gentleman from california, mr. garamendi, had been postponed, and the bill had been read through page 80, line 12. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, proceedings will now resume on those amendments on which further proceedings were postponed in the following order -- amendment by mr. clawson of florida, amendment by mr. mcnerney of california, amendment by mr. griffith of virginia, amendment by mr. buck of colorado. first amendment by mr. polis of colorado. second amendment by mr. polis of colorado. the chair will reduce to two minutes the time of any
electronic vote in this series. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on the amendment by the gentleman from florida, mr. clawson, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. clawson of florida. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 143 and the nays are 275. he amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment offered by the gentleman from california, mr. mcnorthern any. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by r. mcnerney of california. the chair: those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and remain standing until counted. members will
record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute ote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of epresentatives.]
the chair: the yeas are 169 and the nays are 247. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on the amendment offered by mr. griffith on which the further proceedings were postponed. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. griffith of virginia. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. this is a two-minute vote.
nays are 236. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on the amendment offered by the gentleman from colorado on which further proceedings were postponed sm the clerk: amendment offered by mr. buck of colorado. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]