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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, the reverend mes r. shaw, agnus dei lutheran church in virginia. the chaplain: heavenly father, grant unto those gathered representing the people of this great nation knowledge to pursue the good when the outlook seems dark, wiz to dom -- wisdom to vote for what is best for all, courage to choose the unpopular but better, boldness to go where creativity has never gone, love to care for the poor and needy, faith to step forward and lead the misguided, understanding to provide for what is truly needed, mercy to forgive those who have transgressed, hope for a pross -- a prosperous future as opportunities unfold. the eyes of a child to approach
life's work with diverse wonderment. ears to hear the still, small voice of god. hands to set free the persecuted and the oppressed. a sense for those things hidden which may prove dangerous. and a vision of joy for all languages and cultures and thanksgiving for your providence. e pray in jesus' name, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve thsmed epledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from south carolina, mr. rice. mr. rice: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman from virginia, is
recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise to introduce my colleague, our guest chaplain, for the u.s. house of representatives today, reverend james r. shaw. pastor shaw serves as the agnes day lutheran church in fredericksburg, virginia. mr. brat: after working for a fortune 500 company in the i.t. management division, he grade aited -- graduated and obtained his masters in divinity in fort wayne, indiana. he accepted a call in illinois in 2008. he is now serving as missionary at large on behalf of the united lutheran mission at agnes day lutheran church in the spotsylvania, fredericksburg area of virginia. he's gone on to serve congregations as a pastor. currently serving a small start-up. he also serves as v.p. of
administration c.i.o., c.t.o., and professor of church history and ethics at walter theological seminary, decatur, illinois. his church is a church that's alive. ref represented shaw and the entire church family minister each day through worship service, daily prayer, and by serving those in need through ministries that support families by providing grief and crisis counseling. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues today to welcome reverend shaw, his wife, and the rest of his family who have joined him today. may god bless his family and may god bless the church family at clear water cavalry baptist church as well as our country today. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> to address the chair for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker: without objection the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i am so excited to rise today to congratulate a
small university of 10,000 students in orrin county, south carolina, coastal carolina university. coastal carolina may be small in size but it is huge in achievement. c.c.u. has had a couple of remarkable achievements in the last several weeks. you see coastal carolina is the alma mater of 2016 u.s. open champion, dustin jordan. of the 2016 ncaa world series champion coastal carolina university baseball team. after falling behind in game one, they came back to win the final two games in a nail-biting best of three series. the arizona wildcats were an admirable opponent. and came to play but the perseverance, dedication, and true love of the game carried them to victory. year after year champs remarkable athletes in every
sport and their achievements are often oversized, but this year's baseball team ran the table and with the last pitch was thrown in omaha, they brought the national title home. not only is this the first ncaa title for c.c.u. baseball, it's the first school's national title in any sport. i want to recognize a few players who hail from the seventh district of south carolina. infielder jordan gore. first baseman kevin woodall jr. and the all star designated hitter, g.k. young. of course this team's success wouldn't be possible without the leadership of the head coach and his remarkable coaching staff. a graduate of c.c.u. himself, coach gillmor has led the chance baseball team for 2 successful seasons. this national title is a win for all the players, the coaches, c.c.u., and all fans across south carolina. congratulations coastal
carolina university, go chance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. on the fourth of july in my district, i held a sit in at a local movie theater. to declare our independence of the n.r.a. ms. speier: the gun lobby doesn't have a single vote in this house. or does it have 247? i ask that question because we can't even get a vote on the floor, just a vote, to prevent suspected terrorists who can't buy a plane ticket in the united states but they can go out and buy a gun. no questions asked. the n.r.a. has spoken. only a bill that would require the f.b.i. to establish by probable cause that the person
is a terrorist and do so in a court of law and do so within three days otherwise the gun would be turned over to the terrorist. and by the way, you also have to inform the terrorist that they are on the suspected or known list. it's a laughable proposal. it's a fig leaf. and it's a joke if it wasn't such an important issue. $3.7 million is spent by the n.r.a. on the candidates in the house and senate. it's time for them to no longer have a seat in this house. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, last thursday coastal carolina university won their first ever national title in the college world series in omaha, nebraska. they defeated the arizona wildcats -3 in the final game
of the series. i'm grateful to recognize the entire team, especially honoring four members from the second congressional district. andrew beckwith, connor owens, and mike morrison and brandon miller. andrew, a jr. at coast at carolina first demonstrated his skills in south carolina's second district. he led the high school to a 27-7 record and secured a -a championship in 2013. he was also named the most outstanding player of the 2016 college world series. prior to attending coastal carolina, seniors connor owens and mike morrison led gilbert high school toe a 2-a shate championship. they both earned recognition on the big south presidential honor roll from 2013 to 2015. freshman brendan miller earned second team all america by the augusta chronicle. in conclusion god bless our troops and may the president by his actions never forget
september 11 and the global war on terrorism. congratulations to coastal carolina university, represented by congressman tom rice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized or one minute. miss nope: thank you, mr. speaker -- mrs. napolitano: thank you, mr. speaker. we are here because a lot of families are asking for gun control. families in our district want the house to afpblgt poll after poll indicates public support to prevent gun violence. democrats want to pass real reform but the house republicans refuse to allow a vow. we want action in this house. congress passes nothing. no more silence. watch who is preventing the action. the gun lobby, n.r.a., and our republican colleagues. meaningful legislation on gun control was in 199 , the brady handgun violence prevention act. crimes involving guns happen frequently, too often.
91 a day motivated mostly by hate and racism. we need dialogue in this house of the people. this is where the action is. on the floor and in committee. i'd like to thank all of my friends and people in the district who called, wrote, and posted on media. they all want action. they want congress, the house to pass and do something. we must keep the guns out of the hands of the individuals. ot stigmatize mental health. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise to honor the life and contributions of elie wiezel. he was a passionate advocate for peace, human rights, and dignity of all people. his moral authority on international affairs serve as a constant reminder and challenge to global leaders to always stand up against
violence and genocide even when it may be easier to do nothing. he sought to use his public platform to highlight atrocities. he called on leaders to take action. he was a strong advocate for the state of israel, the need for a jewish homeland, and spiritual importance of jerusalem to the jewish people. mr. paulsen: his belief was shaped by his personal experience during the holocaust which claimed the lives of his father, mother, and sister and generations of children now have learned about the horrors of the holocaust through his first hand account in the novel "night." he was a visionary scholar and activist. his message of peace and never forgetting the atrocities of holocaust will live for again -- for generations to come. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from maine seek recognition? ms. pingree: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. pingree: thank you, mr. speaker.
mr. speaker, last week a few days after my colleagues and i sat down right here in the house to demand action on legislation to reduce gun violence, i went home to maine. i heard from so many of my constituents who asked, is something finally going to happen in washington on this issue? well, i don't have a crystal ball, and we live in an unpredictable time so that's a hard question to answer. but it was especially hard to answer last week when the person asking was the daughter of the principal who was killed at sandy hook o elementary school. or the parents of a young woman shot and killed in maine by a handgun that had been sold without a background check. the question was not just for me, it was for all of us. will we finally do something to reduce the scourge of gun violence that is sweeping this country? will we finally do something to limit access to guns by criminals and suspected terrorists? erica wants to know because her mother was killed by an assault rifle as she protected students at sandy hook. judy and wayne want to know because their daughter was shot
with a handgun while she slept in her apartment. i hope our answer is yes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, this week northern michigan is proud to host the 90th annual national charity festival in travers city. it consists of over 150 events and activities with over 500,000 attendees over the course of eight days. mr. benishek: the festival celebrates not only the delicious michigan cherry treats on dinner tables for millions of americans, but the enormous economic impact of cherry production. in fact, just this past year michigan companies produced 75% of the nation's tart cherries, with 50% of those grown in michigan's first district. this past month we are proud to bring a little bit of the festival here to washington, d.c. the cherry festival queen came
to visit my office, bringing along some great cherry festival spirit and pie. i was honored to show her around the capitol and introduce her to speaker ryan. i want to thank all the organizers of the cherry festival, volunteers, and hardworking michigan farmers who bring us cherries. we are so happy to enjoy the fruits of your labor. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan yield back the balance of my time -- yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise. without objection the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker and members early this morning hundreds of survivors of gun violence and victims of gun violence gathered out in front. katherine from ohio told us the story about how she was wounded and her daughter samantha was murdered. that murderer couldn't legally buy a firearm because he was a felon. he couldn't pass a background check so he went online, found the gun, he bought it, he wounded katherine, and he
murdered her daughter. . h.r. 1217 is a bipartisan piece of legislation with 186 co-authors. it's bipartisan and pro-second amendment. 90% of the american people believe we should expand and strengthen background checks and to close those loophole the loophole that allowed that murderer to kill samantha. mr. speaker, please bring this bill up for our vote. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize and congratulate the calhoun high school lady warriors on winning back-to-back illinois class 1-a state softball championships. the team, which finished the season with a 40-2 record efeated princeville by the
score of -0. they set team and individual soft wal records for the entire state of illinois. during the team's championship run, junior pitcher grace bauman broke two high school association softball records. she now holds the records for the most strikeouts in a game with 39 strikeouts in the 17-inning semifinal game and most strikeouts in a season with 589. the lady warriors are setting a standard for athletic excellence in calhoun county. in addition to consecutive softball titles they won a class 1-a championship this season. congrats on another championship season and i hope to have an opportunity to congratulate them on a softball championship
three-peat next year. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. >> without objection the gentleman is reck needed for one minute. >> i rise to add my voice to the millions calling on congress. it's impossible to ignore the terrible reality that gun violence is just far too common in this country. this most recent shooting in orlando, the deadliest mass shooting in our history is a tragic reminder that congress has yet to take action to protect the american people. that's why two weeks ago, i and a number of my colleagues sat down on the floor of this house to stand up and say we've had enough. mr. kildee: that's why i went home to michigan and stood with my own constituents back home to call for common sense gun action. and it's simple. simply requiring that a person
who is too dangerous is on the terror watch list too dangerous to purchase an airplane ticket, should not be able to walk into any shop and buy a gun at any time for any purpose. it's also a commonsense provision that the american people support that we should close the loophole on background checks so that all weapon purchases are subject to a blingd check. rather than bringing false bills written by the n.r.a. we need to -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. passage of the bipartisan work force innovation and opportunity act was an important step for the millions of americans who were looking for work and for the employers who have five million job opportunities that remain unfilled due to the skills gap. in a nine county region in north carolina, the centrallina
work force development board is utilizing the law to work for a modern work force. the funds have been enused to develop an online search tool to match students with in demand careers, needed skills, and local education. they have also been used to provide skills development for in demand jobs, placement assistance for dislocated workers, and career advisors and business services representatives through local career centers. i applaud the work of the centerlina cog and work force development board and pleased they are making most of the modern work force development system. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from oregon seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker, it's
been more than three weeks since 49 innocent people were shot to death in orlando. from orlando to oregon americans are saying enough is enough and demanding that congress take meaningful action to prevent gun violence. ms. bonamici: this week congress should close the loophole that allows convicted felons, domestic abusers, and terrorists to buy guns without a background check. congress should dedicate resources to the centers for disease control to study gun violence. it's a public health crisis. congress should take steps to keep deadly military style weapons out of the hand of dangerous people. enough is enough. we have lost too many children, too many mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, co-workers, friends, and neighbors. . it's long pastime for congress to take meaningful actions to save lives. let's do what 90% of americans do. let's pass the bipartisan universal background check bill today. enough is enough. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to celebrate the life of longtime sycamore, illinois, resident joe vizzoni who passed away june 13 at age 89. he joined the navy after high school and served on three different landing ship tanks in the pacific in world war ii. he was proud of his country and believed it was an honor to serve its people. following the war , he went to bradley university in peoria, illinois and joined general electric as a product engineer. in dekalb, he ran his own business and was known for promoting the efforts of local nonprofits including family service agency, localky whats any and rotary clubs -- local kiwanis clubs and rotary clubs. he would often sell poppies and other items to raise money for local charitable causes. in his honor, the city named a
nearby alley joe vizzoni boulevard. as a commander at the local v.f.w. post he encouraged his fellow veterans after all yen ration. a respected community leader he family. hind a he will be missed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady eek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized for one full minute. >> last week, i brought our historic gun violence sit-in to my district in los angeles to give my constituents a chance to heard.eir voices over 100 people joined me. many of them had messages for you, speaker ryan, and i promised to bring their stories back to washington and make sure you heard them. shannon ross stood with tears in
her eyes at our sit-in holding a photo of of her cousin as she explained she'd been shot and killed blocks away from where our ebt was held. ms. hahn: one woman talked about the painful decision her sister had to make in sandy hook whether to bury her daughter with her favorite stuffed on hall or keep toyota remember her by. a war hero said despite the fact that his son was shot and killed 22 years ago , he still cries every day. nora, a mother in san pedro, said she lives in fear of her son being shot because he's gay. i'm calling on you to listen to the stories of people in my community and across this country, empathize with the pain they feel every day and allow us to vote on real solutions to prevent gun violence. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new hampshire seek recognition?
the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to urge passage of the act g families in crisis which congressman murphy introduced and i'm a co-sponsor of. jails have become de facto mental health facilities. as a care giver to a family member with a mental health diagnosis i know how difficult finding proper treatment can be. the country is also experiencing an epidemic of drug use closely related to mental health disorders. 's time to recognize the what they are, diseases creating a public health emergency. mr. murphy's bill creates a leadership post at the mental health administration. among other provisions it removes legal barriers to families trying to help lowed
ones and provides incentives for more mental health professionals to join the field. it authorizes state grants an equires requires better data analysis. last year for the first time in a decade, the death rate rose due to increased drugs you and suicide. to turn the tide i urge my colleagues to vote for the helping families in crisis act and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. of americans 170 felons, 50 support background checks for all gun purchases. congress can and should do more
to prevent gun violence. it can keep guns out of the terrorists. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for ne minute. mr. smith: a new study by the center for immigration studies show this is a almost one million illegal immigrants have been ordered deport bud remain in the country. the administration doesn't seem to care. a second report found that the administration refuses to take the steps necessary to send criminal immigrants back to their countries of origin. as a result, thousands of dangerous criminal immigrants
are released into our neighborhoods. one third commit additional crimes including murder and sexual assault against innocent americans. our borders are not secure. one-half million people come into the u.s. illegally every year. but the administration instead of enforcing laws wants to give amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. the immigration policies of this administration continue to hurt americans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> auburn, washington, march 31, 2013, nicholas lindsay, 25 queers old. lorenzo duncan, 23. antoine greer, 21. jerry manning, 5 years old,
rebecca manning, 37, jacob smith, 9 years old, jared smith 8 years old. baltimore, maryland. sean jones, 15 years old. chattanooga, tennessee. demitrius davis 19 years old. st. louis, missouri, january 25, 2013. terry robertson jr., 28 years old. dar bluffs, alabama -- cedar bluff, alabama, november 16, 2016. ylvia duffy, 22 years old. pamela o'shell 48. jonesboro, arkansas, may 3 20, 13. francisco, 28 years old, ricardo lopez, 31. floza devila, 12.
guillaume deville la, 10. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> the department of labor finalized a fiduciary rule that will harm americans especially those of modest means, to save for retirement by imposing burdensome standards on financial experts who provide advice. mr. emmer: it will price many americans out of the market leading to many americans saving less money or not saving at all. we can't allow this burdensome rule to wreak havoc on the future of american citizens. i'm proud to stand up for low and medium income minnesotans trying to save for retirement today by voting to implement the
-- against the implementation of this rule. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: mr. speaker, one week ago in my district we gathered with survivors and supporters of gun reform to hold our own sit in protesting the fact that this congress has not acted on sensible gun violence reform. no more moments of silence. we want action on the floor to protect our people. we heard from many victims like kim russell. her life was spared but her friend was murdered when robbers broke into their home. she lives in fear that the attacker will get his hands on
another gun and kill other people. we need to answer to kim and to the families of a 49 guned -- gunned down in orlando and the thousands of other victims of gun violence and the hundreds of other victims that are outside today on the steps of the capitol urging us to vote. urging us to act. have a vote. if you want to vote against it, fine. but let's have a vote on two sensible bills. no fly, no buy. comprehensive background checks. let's protect our people. let's act on sensible gun protection. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- the the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. it's been over two years since my colleague from pennsylvania, mr. tim murphy, first
interdutiesed his comprehensive mental health bill. mr. lamalfa: every day since then the country watches representative murphy, a clinical psychologist, continue his uphill battle to improve our mental health system. slowly but surely strides are made. it's brought a lot of hope to many suffering around this country with this illness. the chaotic system that exists today while maybe well intended is the reason why so many individuals are left to fend for themselves. many times find themselves in prison, homeless, or hospitalized. the system is broken, but this bill gives us the option to change that by replacing the duplicative and ineffective programs with evidence-based care reforming outdated privacy laws, enhancing coordination with oversight from experts in psychology, and increases access to psychiatric resources and provide hope to those suffering that help is on the way for them. i ask my colleagues to join me
in supporting this extremely important bill, h.r. 2646, and thank congressman murphy for his diligence and sticking to it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, before i was elected to congress i was a prosecutor for more than two decades and i'm thinking today of of all the times i sat with devastate the mothers and fathers who sons and daughters had had just been taken from them. miss rice: i think about how small our debates must seem to them, how insulted they must be when they hear members of congress suggest that there's is simply nothing we could have done to prehaven't their child's murder. there are meaningful actions we could take today. we could require background checks for all mergs gun sales in america and when the f.b.i. and attorney general have reason to believe that someone is engaged in terrorist activity, we can give them the authority to prohibit that person from buying a gun. that's common sense. these two actions will save lives and will not in any way
restrict the second amendment rights of law-abiding american citizens. while i appreciate that the speaker may allow at least one vote on a bill related to gun violence in week, it is not a meaningful bill. it allows the government to prohibit the sale of a gun to a suspected terrorist only if they can show probable cause that the person is engaged in terrorist activity with a 72-hour deadline. victims of gun violence deserve more than that. their families and friends deserve more than that. the american people deserve and demand more than that. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. -- the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: yacht is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today for a very special moment, to recognize a wonderful woman, mother, grandfather, great grandmother, someone who has been one of the most important role models in my life, my
grandmother, ed in a yoder, last week she marked her 105th birthday. the lord has blessed her with great health and good spirits and i could not be more thankful for her and proud to have her. she's a sweet, caring, loving woman who values the important things in life. her faith in god and family. mr. yoder: she's a true example what makes america such a strong and vibrant nation. born in 1911 as one of 1 children she spent her life on the farm working tirelessly in the hot kansas sun. she's seen hard times and good times. lived through 18 different presidential administrations, 22 different speakers of the house, with a front seat to the great american century. today grandma on behalf of the united states congress, i wish you a belated happy 105th birthday and many more to come. i love you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
>> mr. speaker, i rise today to commend mikey and ma reesea two undocumented valedictorians from texas for their academic achievement amid bravery with the anti-immigrant rhetoric that was wielded their way. mr. veasey: their educational excellence is living proof of the american dream. no matter what your immigration status may be, if you work hard and dream, anything is possible. their determination and academic success despite the personal obstacles that were in front of them helped get them into the university of texas and yale. marissa's valedictorian speech reminds us how important immigration reform is. i want to read you a quote. the most important part of the immigration debate and the part most often overlooked is the fact that immigrants, undocumented or otherwise, are people too. they are people with dreams,
aspirations, hopes, and loved ones. we should all take this message to heart, mr. speaker, no matter what your political background may be. we can no longer ignore the anti-immigrant rhetoric that you hear today. instead let's praise them and work to remove barriers to prevent any hardworking student from achieving the american dream. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from alabama seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, in honor of cora wilson, let's stop the violence. i rise today to tell the story of cora wilson, a 2-year-old mother from birmingham, alabama, who was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend in front of her eight children on may 12, 2016. like many women who suffer from
domestic violence, cora wilson endured abuse for too long. on a wednesday night in may of 2016, her abuser ignored the restraining order and showed up at the house where he killed ms. wilson and shot four of her children. miss sewell: i cannot pourn this tragedy without doing all that can i to prevent such events from happening in the future. congress must act now. the intersection between domestic violence and gun safety is paramount. while i am a supporter of the second amendment, the rights protected in the second amendment are not immune from government regulation. in fact, congress has repeatedly failed to pass commonsense gun safety reform. make no mistake, strengthening the background checks, eliminating gun show loopholes, and preventing potential terrorists will not limit the rights of lawful gun owners to protect and defend themselves. rising tide of gun violence in our communities must stop. in memory of cora wilson and the thousands of other domestic violence senseless debts, let's
act now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to speak out against congressional inaction on gun violence. i represent the 11th district of illinois which includes the great cities of aurora and joliet. mr. foster: and also the only ph.d. scientist in congress. and as a scientist, i always look at the facts and the facts are crystal clear. that gun violence is a public health crisis. and congress needs to do more to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them. it is not just the mass shootings that we read about on national news. it is in the cities of my district gun violence of all kinds is an issue that we struggle with every day. leading medical groups have taken note of the effects of gun violence on our communities and have called for change. just this month the american medical association called gun
violence a public health crisis. when the foremost medical group in our country calls for action, it is time for congress to listen. but congress will not even allow the centers for disease control to study the causes of gun violence and its effects on our communities. we need a rational and effective approach to gun violence for the sake of our communities and the safety of the american people. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: thank you. mr. speaker, i allow law-abiding citizens to possess guns, but why should that right allow those who are reasonably suspected of terrorist activity to purchase weapons of mass destruction? gun ownership is not an absolute right. some weapons should be banned and some people should not be
allowed to buy guns. specifically let's start today with the proposition that if you are on the terrorist watch list, you should be placed on the gun no buy list. and if you are on the terrorist watch list, you should not be able to buy a gun. why defend people who are reasonably, reasonably, reasonably suspected by the f.b.i. to be terrorists or terrorist sympathizers? h.r. 5611 fails to value the safety, security, and the lives of the american people. it's simple. we must vote on legislation that truly says no fly, no buy. speaker ryan, bring up the king-thompson bill, h.r. 1076, to assure those individuals on the terrorist no fly list should not be able to buy guns. speaker ryan, protect the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: gentlelady -- the gentlelady's time has expired. the chair lays before the house the following communication.
the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, i will be taking a leave of absence from house committee on armed services, h.a.s.c., since i have been selected to serve on the house permanent select committee on intelligence. as a representative of san antonio, texas, military city u.s.a., it has been a privilege and an honor to serve on this committee. during my time with hasc i have worked with my colleagues to meet the needs of our men and women in uniform and provide the department of defense with the capability required to meet the security challenges of the 21st century. the federal government's most important responsibilities ensuring the safety of the american people. i look forward to continuing my efforts in congress to protect our nation and its people. signed, sincerely, joaquin castro, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resignation is accepted. the chair announces without objection the speaker's announcement pursuant to clause 11 of rule x -- clause 11 of rule 1 and the order of the ouse of january 6, 2015, and
notwithstanding the requirement of clause 11-a-1-d of rule x of the following member of the house to the permanent select committee on intelligence. he clerk: mr. castro of texas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. woodall: by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 803 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 132, house resolution 803, resolved that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 4361, to amend section 3554 of title 44 united states
code to provide for enhanced security of federal information systems, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and amendments specified in the section and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on oversight and government reform. after general debate it shall be considered under the five-minute rule. in lieu of a substitute now printed in the bill it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rule committees print 114-59. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waifed. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those
printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered, shall be divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent. shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or
without instructions. section 2. it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of july 7, 2016, or july 8, 2016 for the speaker to entertain motions that the house suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15 relating to a measure addressing the federal aviation administration. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is elect niced for one hour. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. during consideration of this resolution all time is yielded for the purpose of debate only and i would like to yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend from colorado, mr. polis, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. sproy the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: i ask naments consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: i want to begin at the opped of the reading clerk's recitation of the rule. it makes ined orer that at any
time on july 7 or 8, the speaker can bring up the f.: a. bill. i serve on the transportation committee as well as the rule committees, we've been work hard to try to bring an f.a.a. extension to conclusion and we're close to getting that done. without the passage of this rule, we would not be able to consider that expeditiously later in the week. so among the many reasons to support the rule today i'd like to encourage my friends who care about trchings, who care about the federal ave jationed -- aviation administration in this holiday season to support the rule on those merits alone. but the primary purpose of the rule today, mr. speaker is to ring up h.r. 4361, it's a bill designed to make some relatively minor but important changes to the way we interact with federal government employees. for example, mr. speaker, it ought to go without saying that
focusing on pornography in the workplace during your daily activities should be prohibited. i would have guessed that it was. t certainly is in my office. but that commonsense provision is contained in this bill. it extends the probationary period, mr. speaker. as you know, when you get involved as a federal government employee, the stereotypical answer is that you can never be fired. you can be completely derelict and never be relieved from civil service. that's not true and most of our federal government workers are incredibly conscientious. but it is true that we often do not have a long enough probationary period to find out whether or not somebody is going to be a good civil servant this extends the length of that probationary period from one year to two years so we'll have time to look at those, look at those employees. it adds accountability to what
they call the senior executive service, mr. speaker. that's the area of just -- area just above civil service folks, oftentimes at the highest points in their career, providing incredibly valuable work to the government but it has been a challenge for folks to provide managerial accountability to those individuals. and we have added that -- those improvements to the underlying text as well. this is a compilation of different ideas that have been vetted individually. we have combined them together. independent ideas but focused around how to give the taxpayer the best bang for the buck when it comes to america's civil service system this came out of the government reform and oversight committee but that's not to say folks won't have other ideas on how to make this bill better. i'd like to tell you, mr. speaker, and i don't do so with a small amount of pride, i do so with a large amount of pride,
that every single member who brought an amendment to the rules committee yes and -- yesterday and said they had ideas about thousand to improve this idea, every single member who brought amendments, got amendments. we talk about a way to run this institution in a way that gives folks a voice. we have seen in recent time this is a how folks express their voice varies in this institution. i think it's important to find a respectful way to have a dialogue about the ideas. the rule committees is not always able to make everything in order. in fact we weren't able to make everything in order last night either but every single member who came to make their case, every single member who submitted ideas to the committee, was heard and will have an opportunity to bringer that ideas here on the floor of the house. mr. speaker, this is the way we ought to be doing business. this is the way that the rules committee was designed to operate. it's a rule that all of my colleagues can be proud of. i hope that we will quickly dispense with this rule so we
can get on to the underlying legislation. i encourage all my members to vote in the affirmative. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: i rise in opposition to the rule and the underlying bill h.r. 4361. once again this rule is not open. it does not make in order all amendments that were offered in our meeting yesterday. it makes in order some of them but not all of them. nd in fact, much less would be offered here on the floor if we had it under an open rule. this is a silly bill. it would simply attempt to prevent the president from being president for the rest of his term of office. we elect presidents of the united states to four years in office. i understand the gentleman from georgia may not have voted for this particular president. there's been presidents in the past i haven't voted for.
but according to our constitution, their term is four years. and it's a particularly silly effort because it's a bill that requires the president's signature and of course the president, rightly so, has said he will veto it. why would a president support a bill that says, i am agreeing to not do anything for the final six month of my presidency. this bill is really more of a talking point, just trying to further delegitimize the current president of the united states. it's par of a systematic effort throughout this great president's time in office to delegitimize him and prevent him from doing the duty to which he was elected, to serve as our command for the chief and chief of the executive branch of government which of course involves rule making authority which has always been the pro pre-rogtive of the executive branch. now you know, we can write tighter legislation. and we probably should. and that's a matter of legislative -- legislative
prerogative to prevent future presidents of both parties from interpreting the authority we give them in ways that are contrary to this body's goals. but you certainly can't fault a president when you leave the discretionary authority in bill this is a pass this body to become law of simply trying to make them work. this is a messaging bill, again to delegitimize the president. it turns out that we democrats have our own messaging that we want to do as well. we're going to be spending a lot of our time here today as we have been talking about meaningful legislation to address gun violence. americans have demanded meaningful action on gun violence in the wake of the worst mass shooting in america's history. at the fway club in orlando. just re-- at the gay club in orlando just recently. continuing violence and the threat continue to be a scourge in our communities. before heading on the holiday
break, my democrat excolleagues took strong, necessary action with regard to actions on the floor and the demands are simple. a numb of my colleagues will talk about them. one a vote on a bipartisan bill that the president would sign, reached his desk that would expand background checks which my home state of colorado has already done but again until we close this gun show loophole, even residents of my state that are convicted felons, that through due process of law lost the right to bear arm, can simply drive an hour to wyoming, go to an open air gun show without any background check even though they're a convicted felon, they can purchase a. we. we do need a better system of background checks an of course a bill to address people that are on the terrorist watch list. from acquiring arsenals to commit terrorist acts. enough is enough. every single one of my colleagues has personal experience with these kinds of incidents in their district.
communities have suffered long enough. frankly it's time for action. we can only do moments of silence. we need to take action. of course this bill we're considering is just a continueation of the republican effort to delegitimize president obama at the end of his term just as many of my colleague on the other side have attempted to do throughout his presidency. you know what? president obama was elected you know what? president obama was re-elected. he's the president. he'll be president until january when we inaugurate a new president. taking actions like thenying him hearings or votes on supreme court nominations or passing a bill to say that federal agencies have to stop their work just because people that you don't like who the president is is really disrespectful to our constitutional system of governance. this bill would virtually prevent the president of the united states from ding his job by stopping all rules regardless of when the rules were proposed or how long they've been working
on various regulatory improvements. it also had several provisions that are needless or antagonistic toward federal lows. for instance if federal employees are underperforming or defrauding we knead to be able to make personnel decision and this bill pretchts this. many claim this this comes from the business community but it's not a practice in the business community to demean employees and then turn around and ask them to do more for less. instead of wasting time on this bill, never going to become law, not going to pass the senate, somehow did it, the president would veto it, not going to become law, let's start work on bills that, for instance, make it harder for terrorists to acquire arsenals to commit acts of terror to make sure convicted felons can't simply cross state lines to acquire a weapon. it would be illegal. because there's no background check and so nay -- and so there's no way of finding it
out. those are the kinds of things we need to do. let's get back to work. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. recognized.n is mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i look forward to working with my friend from colorado to fight terrorism in this country. we have bill after bill after bill after bill that we are working on collaboratively here. we need go no further than the defense appropriations bill which we know nodes to move across this floor. ndaa is a perennial challenge we work on together collaboratively to give folks the tools they need. and certainly not to diminish the role this body has in fighting terrorism this body also has a role in governing the civil service system. this happens to be the civil service bill today instead of bringing seven different rules on seven different bills, taking up all that floor time talking about the civil service, we combined them all into one bill to move expeditiously but take
care of the business that is important to do. far from taking tools away from the civil service this bill adds tool it is to the civil service. instead of a one-year probationary period it's two. instead of having to demote someone you have a possibility of removing someone if the behavior is egregious. this is an addition of tools to the civil service arsenal. we heard testimony in the rule committees last night, mr. speaker, of a survey of federal government employees. who themselves said it is too difficult in the current system to get rid of underperformers in their midst who among us does not want to work in a team of excellence? i'm very inspired by the commitment of so many of the men and women in this chamber, mr. speaker. folks depicted in the media as scoundrels, i'm proud to work with so many folks here, because they're hard working public servants who want to do the
right thing for their constituents back home even when we disagree. but i will tell you that far from being a bill targeting this president, bill has nothing to do with the president and far from this being an opportunity try to rein in the president's powers, i would remind my friend from colorado, mr. speaker, that the constitution gives absolutely no rule making authority to the president whatsoever. i'll say that again. the president of the united states under the united states constitution has absolutely no rule making authority whatsoever. . every bit of rulemaking authority granted to the president of the united states is in fact a grant, and it is a grant that comes from the united states congress. so to characterize having this institution do oversight on its delegation of its
responsibilities to the chief executive officer, to characterize that as some sort of anti-obama agenda is ludicrous. in fact, i would tell you, mr. speaker, it's been presidents of both parties as lame ducks while they're on their way out the door, when they are no longer accountable to anyone in america any longer who have pursued their most aggressive rulemaking role in those lame-duck days, in those final two months after the last election of their presidency has taken place. i don't understand how we're served by that on either side of the aisle, on either end of pennsylvania avenue, and i would remind the entire chamber that rulemaking that goes on at executive branch agencies is rulemaking in pursuit of the goals that we have legislated. to suggest that failing to
regulations es and is somehow harming the president is ludicrous. if we are equally harmed in this way -- and my challenge to the white house, mr. speaker, is don't put it off. for pete's sake, whatever you got going on out there that is so mission critical that can be described as an attack on the integrity of the administration, for us to try to rein it in today, let's go ahead and get it done today. let's go ahead and roll that rule out tomorrow. let's go ahead and get it done in august. there's time in september and october. every american citizen is instinctively suspicious of what goes on in this town in lame-duck sessions. and they're suspicious because time and time again they see things happen in lame-duck sessions that could never have happened otherwise. ar from being an attack on the administration, this bill is for the service of the american
people. i do hope we can get expeditiously again to the passage of this rule and to the underlying bill. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: thank you, mr. speaker. i mean, i think it's obvious that this bill is targeted at the current president, barack obama, because it affects him during the period between the next election and when the next president, whoever she is, takes office next january. clearly that's the president that it is targeted after. i never heard these republicans have the same concerns either president bush or any prior presidents. it's as been done systematically against this president from removing him of his authority that this body has sent him bills to do. he's doing his job and we should let him do his job until the next president takes office. meerbling, if we defeat the previous -- mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous queff, we'll bring up the no fly, no
buy legislation that will bar weapons and explosives to those on the terrorist watch list. the majority refused debate for dealing with this loophole. the republicans decided to propose a toothless version of this bill that will do nothing to keep our communities safer. this country can't wait any longer for congress to take meaningful action on this issue. look, we're happy to have the discussion if we want to talk about how we can have better transparency and oversight of and ensure due process is followed. democrats care a lot about those issues. i'm happy to work out any issues that might exist in a bill that really is common sense. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: to discuss our proposal, i'd like to yield three minutes to one of our leaders on this effort, the
distinguished gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. esty. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized for three minutes. ms. esty: thank you, mr. speaker. i find it particularly ironic that we're here talking about suspicion of the public, talking about accountability. i tell you, that's why my colleagues here are here today. that's why several hundred americans came to the capitol today to demand accountability of this body, to demand action by this body because in 3 1/2 years, since the slaughter of schoolchildren in my community of newtown, this body has done nothing, nothing at all. and today we're bringing up bill. useless 90 die every day when we do nothing about guns. so in fact, we do need to be
talking about accountability, but it's the accountability of elected members of congress to bring forth reasonable, commonsense legislation, bipartisan legislation that will help save lives. this is about immediate needs of the american people that have been unanswered for the past 3 1/2 years and that's the sort of accountability we should be talking about today. the two bills we're asking for action on are simple. no fly, no buy. if you are too dangerous to get on an airplane, you pose a threat to the american people and national security of this country, you should not be legally allowed to buy an arsenal. and second and critical, the basis. and it is frankly about accountability. we need to have background checks on each and every commercial of -- commercial sale of guns. if not we don't know if we're keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people. the internet is the go-to place if you are a domestic abuser, a
felon or dangerously mentally ill. it's our responsibility to take action to close these loopholes, to do our best to actual -- to do our best, to actually write the laws that our law enforcement are charged with enforcing. federal employee accountability, we need to be accountable in this institution. it is our job to protect and defend the american people, and that is why we are here today and that is why we are going to be here every day we're in session to raise these issues. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut yields back. the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: i will tell my friends, i've only had a voting card in this institution for 5 1/2 years but i learned enough in these 5 1/2 years we can't consider every issue every day. the gentlelady from connecticut
just had her state obamacare exchange taken over by federal regulators this week because it's so financially unstable. it was the 14th of 23 of these exchanges that have failed in the intervening -- not failed the american taxpayer, though they have, but failed the american citizens who were forced into them. i wait to hear if anybody's going to come to the floor today to wonder why it is we are not focused on abolishing those punitive actions. if we're going to have anybody come to the floor today and ask what we're going to do for those 400,000 people in connecticut who we forced into n exchange that's now in seavership. we can't do these issues every day. i hope we'll get to these issues, mr. speaker, but let's not minimize what this bill is today. i won't characterize anyone's motives, mr. speaker, but the reason this bill was necessary to begin with is because the federal labor unions that represent federal government employees were standing between
us and some serious national security concerns. it hasn't been raised yet, but i want to make sure if we're going to go down some rabbit holes that we try to come back to why this is so important. at the department of homeland ecurity, mr. speaker, they saw an uptick in the infections of their computer system. now, they are mandated by federal law to protect the federal i.t. infrastructure, and when they delve further, mr. speaker, what they found was that individuals accessing their personal email, their webmail from their office computer was providing gateway for these infections at the department of homeland security . so as you would expect, the department of homeland security -- this was in their immigration and customs enforcement subdivision -- said no more webmail until we get this figured out. the labor union filed suit.
the labor union appealed that decision and said, no, no, no. i understand that you're trying to protect national security here, but we think we have collective bargaining rights and that our employees have the right to access their personal email on their work time and you cannot take this step to protect national i.t. infrastructure security without coming to the labor union collective bargaining table first. that's just nonsense. that's just nonsense. now, you don't haven't to take my word for it, mr. speaker. i don't claim to be a labor union attorney. i have never done that kind of work, but i'll read from the report. this is the dissenting member, because when the labor union appealed to the labor union board, the board came down in their favor. the dissenting member of the board wrote this. he said, it is obvious to me after having served for 7 1/2 years as a chief information officer at the u.s. department
of labor that neither the flra -- that's the board -- nor the arbitrator possesses the specialized knowledge or expertise that would permit us to decide when a federal agency ought to address specific security risks or permit us to second guess how that agency should exercise those responsibilities. this is a member of the labor board saying, guess what, having been the chief information officer, i can tell you this board has no skills that enable it to make decisions in this area. he goes on, i cannot conclude that congress intended for our statute to be read so expansively as to impose additional, in this case bargaining, requirements on federal agencies before they can act to secure the integrity of their federal i.t. systems, the breach of which could directly impact our nation's security and economic
prosperity. mr. speaker, this is a member of the labor board saying i cannot believe that what congress intended was to give labor relation so much power in this country that agency heads would be prevented from acting in the name of national security, and he was right. he was right, but you don't have to take my word for it he was right. if this bill passes, if this bill comes to the floor today, we will pass it again today. if you wonder what congress intended, you need wait no further than the middle of the afternoon here on a wednesday to find out what congress intended because we're going to act on it again. it's lunacy. it's lunacy to suggest that collective bargaining rights have to run in conflict with national security, but that's the way the labor board came down and only with the passage of this statutory change will we be able to see that congress' original intent is
fulfilled. >> will the gentleman yield? mr. woodall: i will yield. >> i appreciate the gentleman's discussions and analysis of these issues but it begs a couple of questions. there is some extensive discussion what congress intended and how a statute would be interpreted and whether interpreting that statute acting in the name of national security, whether the statute should be clear so that it can be acted upon in the name of national security. mr. deutch: i ask my friend, if that's the case, if we're so worried about i.t. infrastructure and the security risks of i.t. infrastructure a what congress intended in statute, then clearly the gentleman would agree we ought to be more concerned -- in fact, it should be our
fundamental concern to worry ot just the security risk to i.t. but the security risk to the lives of the people who live in our communities and statute -- there a mr. woodall: reclaiming my time. reclaiming my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: the gentleman knows what bill we're discussing, mr. speaker. the gentleman knows it well. i had constituents in the office today. they brought their young children in. they were in town for the fourth of july, and the dad said, rob, sometimes i think folks are just trying to pick a pete up there, they're not -- pick a fight up there, they're not trying to find a solution forward. ay my friend knows what fizz ma requires, and it -- phisma requires, and the gentleman knows what the labor act requires. it has nothing to do with the topic what the gentleman is pursuing, and the gentleman knows that this bill is not frying to address a affirmative -- trying to address a frivolous issue. it ought to be a uniting issue. i understand as members of this chamber we all have different acts to grind.
we all have different topics hot in our districts at home. we all have different ideas how to move this country forward and what ought to be number one on that list, it will be the fair tax. it is not fair tax today, but it is civil servant improvement today, and there is not a member in this chamber that believes we got it right the first time. there is not a member in this chamber who doesn't believe we do better, both for civil servants themselves and for the taxpayers that fund them. and mr. speaker, the rule that we're debating right now made amendments in order from every single member of this body who to change bout how it. i want to make that clear, mr. speaker. we may hear some conversation about voices in this chamber and whether or not they have an opportunity to be heard on this
bill, on this bill in this moment on this day for this issue every single member who said pick me had a chance to have their voice heard. i'm happy to yield to my friend. mr. deutch: i understand what we're debating here but i ask the gentleman, as we're discussing security and infrastructure, isn't it true that the threat of a suspected terrorist purchasing a gun and the failure -- if i could just you yielded a question -- mr. woodall: reclaiming my time. reclaiming my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia controls the time. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, perhaps we're not going to be able to come together on solving civil service issues today, perhaps we're not. perhaps we'll have to bring this bill to the floor without the collegial debate i would have hoped for and we'll have a vote on it and see where the votes lie.
but it doesn't have to be that way, mr. speaker. it doesn't have to be that way. i tell my constituents at town hall meetings all the time that what disappointed me most in this chamber has been the focus that people put on thing this is a divide us rather than things that unite us. if folks treat me shabbily on the little issues, how do i trust them on the big issues. if folks go around the process on little issues how do we gain the trust to work on the big issues? we've got to get the little things right and it provides a framework for success. let's get this little thing right today. let's build that trust. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i thank the gentleman. i thank the gentleman from georgia for yielding.
our time is spoken for, i appreciate us being able to ask some questions even if we weren't able to complete them on our time. i think this gentleman from florida's point is many of the arguments by the gentleman from georgia can be applied to the need to prevent terrorists from acquiring arsenals so if we're concerned about cybersecurity, yes, and in our time is spoken for. no, i'll be happy to enter a discourse with you on your time but i have a numb of speakers here. i'd like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from rhode island a leader on the issue of fighting against terrorism, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i think it's clear to the american people the extraordinary irony of the argument by our colleagues on the other side of the aisle that they're deeply focused on the national security interests and protection of infrastructure while they refuse to debate for a moment the fact that thousands of people on the terror watch list have purchased guns. 95% of people killed in this
couldn'tly by -- country by terrorists in this country are killed with a firearm and there's no legal prohibition against those individuals going into a gun store and buying as many weapons as they want. if we're interested many, many -- in protecting the american people let's start with a simple proposition. prevent suspected terrorists from buying guns. today, mr. speaker, since we adjourned last time two weeks ago, 543 americans have been killed by gun violence. in my home state since the beginning of this year, five people have been killed and 36 people wounded in the state of rhode island by gun violence. every day 91 americans lose their lives to an incident of gun violence. we kill each other with guns at a rate 297 times more than japan, 49 times higher than in france and 33 times higher than in israel, to give you some comparison. we have a gun violence ep democrat nick this country and we have a lot of statistics, you've heard a lot of numbers.
but earlier today, many of us stood on the steps of the capitol with survivors of gun violence, with mothers and fathers an sons and daughters, people from across the country who have soffered -- suffered whose lives have changed forever because of gun violence. we heard from katherine bodeen who was shot and her daughter was killed because a convicted domestic abuser, someone prohibited from buying a gun, was abe to buy a gun without a background check. we heard from antoine reeves who sitting in a car with his cousin in november last year when someone drove past and sprayed their car with bullets. antoine was shot 11 times as shielded his kids in the back seat. his cousin was shot twice in the head. we heard from a real ty of allison parker, a reporter
killed on only camera. the father of someone who was killed in a robbery. we heard from deandre yates whose 13-year-old son was shot at a birthday party, once an aspiring athlete he's now a paraplegic. we heard from kate, who was shot when someone broke into her arment. and we heard from eric whose son colin was shot and killed in french class at virginia tech in one of the worst mass shootings in american history. this is affecting americans across the country, young and old, rich and poor, gay and straight. 33,000 americans lose their lives every year in an instance of gun violence. for these family, a moment of silence isn't enough. for these families, the conversations from republicans are not enough.
we heard their stories today. it's time for the entire congress to hear their calls and take up commonsense bills that will reduce the ongoing bloodshed in this country. mr. speaker, preventing suspects who are on the terrorist watch list from buying guns and universal background checks are bill this is a will make a difference in the lives of all americans. bring those bills to the floor. do it today. let's have a debate. let's hear the arguments. do it for every american whose life has been changed by this epidemic. we owe it to them. we can have lots of debates but these are urgent issues facing our country. we owe it to the american people. i ask my friend from georgia, will you use your influence in the republican caucus to bring these bills to the floor, to urge the speaker, you're an eloquent debater, bring these bills to the floor, defend your opposition. let the american people have a vote. honor the memories of all that have been hurt by gun violence in this country and do something
today. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume to say to my friends, i believe in this institution and i believe in the debates we have here. i was disapointed in what i saw before the fourth of july where folks took away the voice of many of us on the floor and did so in violations of rules that i hold to be very important. but i'm grateful to my friends for the way that they are doing their debate today. they have an important issue that they want to spend time on. i'm happy foye reserve to they can continue to do that. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i want to be clear. we would rather have this debate time under a bill that allows for consideration of the no fly, no buy bill. but given that that rule hasn't come up before rules committee yet, this and the one-minutes and sit-ins are the only alternative that are left to what i believe are a majority in
this body that cares a lot about keeping weapons out of the hands of terrorists. i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from connecticut a leader on the -- on the issue of gun violence. mr. larson. mr. larson: i thank the gentleman from colorado and associate myself with his remarks. i say to my colleagues from -- to my colleague from georgia, the disappointment you had before the fourth of july break pales in comparison to the disappointment of the families in the state of connecticut and families all across this nation firsthand nessed evastation that defies comprehension and definition. and it's that palpable feeling and their frustration for people who are sworn to serve the
constituents they represent and to be denied even a vote, this bill that currently this rule that's being discussed, i agree with what mr. polis had to say. but i would say this. at least you're getting a vote. paul ryan has said, and i have great respect for our speaker, we will not duck the tough issues, we will take them head on. we should not hide our disagreements, we should embrace them. we have nothing to fear from honest disagreements, honestly stated. except we don't ever get to state them. because there's never a bill that comes before the floor. john lewis and i had a candid discussion with the speaker last night at the speaker's invitation. the speaker is an honorable man and his respect for john lewis and ohn lewis' explanation
talking about why we are here and why people are gathering outside of this building on a daily basis and throughout the social media i think is indicative to what's happening here and our call for a vote. later today, on a rule and on a bill that timur fi is putting forth, the speaker said, jeeze, i hope we can all come together on that. we went back to our caucus and our people and they said, we understand the importance and magnitude of that bill. we understand the work that's gone on on it. we will and participate, even in the midst of strong disagreement and differences, because of the respect for the institution and also the work that went into that. we just ask that you respect our concerns and more importantly than our concerns, the concerns of hundreds of thousands of constituents all across the
country who are asking for one simple thing. the responsibility and then the dignity that comes from a vote. it doesn't matter where we sit in the final analysis, it matters where congress stands and we need to stand up and be counted. as has been said, the gentleman from georgia is an eloquent debater. i have great respect for people on the other side of the aisle. it is now long overdue that we have an honest debate, whether we disagree or not, honestly state them. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired, the gentleman from colorado reserves, the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume to tell my friend from connecticut how much i appreciate his comments. you don't solve big issues by fussing at each other on tv.
you solve big issues by sitting down and talking about them. i appreciate the gentleman for accepting the speaker's efforts. i'm proud to serve in a house that is led by someone who is committed to finding pathways forward and doing them in the collaborative way the gentleman from connecticut described. with that, i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves, the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. deutch: i thank my friend from colorado. i would respectfully tell my friend from georgia that preventing guns from falling into the hands of suspected terrorists is a big issue but it's a small issue for us to address. it's very straightforward, i oppose the rule today because i find it hard to believe that given the threat of suspected terrorists bying guns -- buying guns, that rather than debate that can, we're debating a bill about eliminating pornography from our agencies. americans watching, what's the
house going to do in response to the continued threat of gun violence? last month in my home state of florida we suffered the worst mass shooting in u.s. history. we shut down the house to demand a vote. now we have a proposal before us looks like it was blessed by the gun lobby. the fact is, gun companies have had their way in washington for too long an it's time we put the safety of the american people first. this morning, i met with my constituent, kate, i joined her on the capitol steps. she's a brave survivor of gun violence. her words that she shared on the capitol steps deserve to be heard in the people's house so i'll share them. i quote, i am far too familiar with the dangerous and deadly relationship between guns and violence against women in america. three and a half years ago, my estranged husband stalked me to my apartment, an address i had not given him. he shot through the door with a 9 millimeter handgun. my father and i were standing
behind that gun pushing against it. my son was standing directly behind us and the bullets flew through the door. my father and i were both shot in front of my son when he was only 4 years old. he screamed don't do it, daddy, don't shoot mommy. he then watched my crawl in my own blood and beg for my life. he was only 4. close quote. kate's domestic abuser shouldn't have been able to get a gun but our broken and disjointed laws don't work. 32 states don't require background checks on gun transfers. those who we know who are dangerous, those who know want to hurt their own family, the presence of a gun, mr. speaker, in a domestic violence incident, mr. speaker, is five times more likely that they will be killed. it makes it easy as a mouse click to get a rifle with a 30-round magazine or they can
go to the estimated 2,000 gun shows held every year in america, they can get these guns with no questions asked. we must close these loopholes. kate won't stop speaking out for her family and for others like hers. i won't stop speaking out for them. we have to have a vote to close the background check loophole. i also value the way this body works. i value debate, but it's not debatable. it's not debatable that if you buy a gun in a gun store and have to have a background check that you shouldn't have to have the same check if you buy it at a gun show or if you buy it online. it's not debatable. it's not debatable that suspected terrorists shouldn't be able to buy guns. let's move forward and do the right thing for the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from the great state of arizona, mr. gallego.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for two minutes. mr. gallego: i rise in opposition to the previous question so the house can close an outrageous loophole that allowance known terrorists to purchase deadly weapons. mr. speaker, i am a united states marine. i carry an m-16, a-4 in iraq. i know something about firearms. i know that they go into battle because they are an effective tool for killing people. i know they have a high velocity of over 300 feet per second. they have more energy to them, more speed so they cause more tissue injury. i know that causing more tissue injury is the very point of these weapons. i know that high capacity magazines enable shooters to kill more people before law enforcement can stop them. i know these magazines have no useful purpose for hunting or for sport shooting. i know that and despite that, republicans refuse to keep these off our streets. incredibly, even would pose
legislation that would allow them to carry these. i know it's shameful and horrifying in america that children conduct active shooter drills in their classrooms. i know it's shameful and horrifying that in the wake of orlando some of our lgbt brothers and sisters still live in fear in the 21st century. i know it's within our power to stop the carnage in our communities by passing commonsense gun violence legislation. let's defeat the previous question. let's finally get serious about ending the epidemic of gun violence in america. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. we're going to have an opportunity to vote on this rule here in about 15 minutes, and when we dispose of this rule and then we bring up the underlying bill and when we vote on that underlying bill, we'll make the one difference that's before us today. i do hope we will be back in
here to have more of a conversation. i regret that we didn't start that conversation sooner. i regret when republicans controlled the house, the senate and the presidency they did not solve the challenge of violence in this country. and i regret when the democrats controlled everything in this nation, the house, the senate and the white house, they did not solve the challenge of violence in this country, mr. speaker. if it was easy we would have done it before, but i'm absolutely certain of one thing and that is that the solution is going to be found with that i discussion, of can be sure. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: thank you, mr. speaker. i say to my friend from georgia, i don't think anybody's saying this will somehow solve the issue of violence in this country. we all know that's a complicated issue. there's economic factors. there's social factors, but it should be common sense that
terrorists shouldn't be able to assemble arsenals to commit acts of mass violence against our fellow americans. mr. speaker, i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. mr. thompson: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i'm going to vote against the previous question today so we can bring up amendments that will address the issue of gun violence prevention in our country. 85% of americans believe that we should pass a no fly, no buy bill. 90% of americans believe that we should expand and enhance background checks for those folks who are trying to buy guns. and we have a perfect opportunity to do it. there are two bills in the house, both of them bipartisan, that address these two issues. both of them are bipartisan. both of them are pro-second amendment. and both bills help keep guns away from criminals, terrorists and the dangerously mentally
ill. earlier today, some 300 victims and survivors of gun violence assembled outside. i listened to what they had to say and later i met with one of the women, one of the victims. kathryn bodine were ohio. she was wounded and her daughter, her 10-year-old daughter, samantha, was killed. the murderer was a felon. he could not pass a background check, could not go to a gun -- licensed gun dealer and buy a gun so instead he went online, he bought a gun online, he wounded this woman and he killed her 10-year-old daughter, samantha. we should do everything we can to prevent those sort of tragedies from happening, and we have a chance to do it with the two bills that are in this house. the background check bill, the bill that would have prevented this murderer from buying a gun online, is not only bipartisan, it's not only pro-second
amendment, but it has 186 bipartisan co-authors. this is easy to do. this isn't a heavy lift. bring the bill to the floor for a vote. let america see us do our work. let the representatives of the american people have a vote on a background check bill that will in fact save lives. we know that background checks saves lives. every day 170 felons are prohibited from buying guns through licensed dealers because of background checks. every day 50 domestic abusers are prohibited from buying guns through licensed dealers because of background checks. why not expand it to include all commercial sales of firearms, not just 60% of the commercial sale of firearms?
this makes sense. it's bipartisan. it's pro-second amendment, and it will save lives. it works. we know it works. it will stop criminals. it will stop terrorists, and it will stop the dangerously mentally ill. it will make it much more difficult for them to get guns. will it stop all violence? no. nothing can do that, but this is our first line of defense. this is something that this congress can do that will save lives. please bring these bills for a vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i'd ask my friend from colorado if he has any speakers remaining? mr. polis: we have a lot of speakers, hundreds of them. as much time you want to give us -- mr. woodall: i'm prepared to reserve so those speakers can continue. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: thank you. i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. eshoo. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for two minutes. i thank the
gentleman for speaking -- for yielding. mr. speaker, i'm on the floor today to urge our republican colleagues to allow the two bills that have been spoken of over and over and over and over again to be brought to the floor. you know the statistics. abraham lincoln said that the sentiment of the american people is everything. the sentiment of the american people has been expressed. er 90% support for one bill, 85% support for the other. we all know that our top responsibility as members of congress is the security of our country and its people. this is a national security
issue. this is a national security issue. no one in my district can elieve that we would allow someone that the f.b.i. has placed on their terrorist list to be able to go out and purchase weapons. this simply doesn't make any sense. the american people are worthy of so much more, and the other bill, the background check, mr. thompson gave a magnificent description of that. you know, above the speaker's chair it says, in god we trust. in god we trust. you think for a moment that god is proud of where we are and what we're not doing, that
members gather here and they have moments of silence, moments of silence, thoughts and prayers? you know what, maybe we should gather and pray for ourselves, that god will give every single member of this house the courage to stand up and to do the right thing for our country and to lessen this devastating violence that is taking and claiming too many lives of the american people. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume to share with my friend that i don't know how things work on the other side of the aisle, but i will tell you in every republican conference meeting we have we open it in prayer. we pray for ourselves. we pray for you. we pray for this chamber and we pray for the president of the united states. and i think that is time well spent and i'm glad that we
still open this house in prayer every day of the week. again, there's more that we can accomplish beginning on that foundation of those things that unite us than we can on foundations on those that divide us. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. lieu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. lieu: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to respectfully request that my constituents and your constituents receive the dignity of having their member of congress cast a vote on gun safety legislation. specifically on background checks and making sure that terrorists don't buy guns. in rved as active duty, i'm the reserves, i fired guns, cleaned them, put them back together. i have two marksmanship awards from the united states air force. i know how lethal these weapons are, which is why we need gun safety legislation.
every day 297 people are shot. that means in the incomes five minutes someone else will be -- in the next five minutes someone else will be shot. who will it be? will it be a child? will it be someone that you know? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: we are out of time. i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. polis: air force staff sergeant chad, jessica, navy petty officer thomas -- john thomas larimer, mikayla, veronica, alex, alex, rebecca, those are the victims of the aurora shooting. jennifer, keira, jarrett, those are the victims of the recent shooting at the health care clinic in colorado springs. it's time for action as we stand here today. we're still reeling from the
deadliest mass shooting in our country's history in pulse nightclub in orlando targeted against the gay community. it's time for action. it's our duty in congress, our moral duty as parents, sisters, brothers, sisters, husbands and wives to protect our fellow americans. we can do that and protect the second amendment. we can and must do both. vote no on and the underlying -- vote no on the previous question and the underlying bill. prevent terrorists from getting arsenal to kill our fellow americans. we can protect both. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i love serving on the rules committee. we're the last committee to touch every piece of legislation that comes to this house. it gives as you chance to perfect some of that legislation but it also gives the chance to work through the rules of the house. there's some things that people think are glorious and glamerous about being the
united states congressman, mr. speaker, i wish someone would send me a list of those things from time to time. i tell you something that's not particularly glamerous and that's sorting through jefferson's manual of procedure here. what's not particularly glamerous is reading the house rules, but if one were to do those things, mr. speaker, if e were to do those things, what one would find is that any member of this chamber can bring up any bill they wish to bring up if they can get a majority of the house to agree with them to do it, not the majority of the house, mr. speaker, but a majority of the house. i want to say that again. any member of this chamber can bring up any bill in this house if only they go out and do the work of finding 218 votes to agree with them.
now, mr. speaker, it sounds like a lot of heavy lifting to get 218 votes to agree with you, but it turns out if you can't get 218 votes to agree with you to bring it up, you can't get 218 votes to agree with you to pass it and you can't move the legislation anyway. we heard testimony from the other side about the outreach that our speaker, paul ryan, is doing to try to bring together the sides of this house, and i love him for that. but we've also heard it suggested that the majority is using its majority to silence voices in this house and it can't be done. it can't be done. if you have 218 votes, you can do anything you want in this institution. and if you don't have the 218 votes, you can't do anything at all. time and time again, mr. speaker, we have seen this
chamber moved from the filing of a discharge petition, the gathering of 218 votes and this house coming together to move issues forward. there's no shortage of avenues for a member of congress to have their voice heard. what there is a shortage of, sometimes, are finding the folks who want to do the hard work to make it happen. i promise you, mr. speaker, it's easier to come down here on the floor of the house and make a speech than it is to go door-to-door and gather 218 votes to move a priority of mine. it's hard. it's hard. now we've done that on the underlying bill. brought together different pieces of legislation design fod make incremental changes to provide taxpayers more bang for their buck and civil servants ore tools at their disposal.
did it because agency heads who were trying to implement procedures in the name of national security were stymied. we did it because federal employees, when surveyed, said they feel like they're surrounded by underperformers and folks can't gedry of those underperformers in a capable and efficient way. we're responding to those changes. and when folks came to the rules committee and said, we know how to do it better, and by folks, mr. speaker, i want to be clear, i'm not talking about republican folks, i'm talking about republicans, democrats, every member of this chamber that came to the rules committee and said i have a plan to do it better, we said bring your amendment to the floor of the house and let's have a vote.
bring your amendment to the floor of the house and let's have a vote. do not let someone tell you that when pall ryan is trying to run an open facility that it's not happening right here in this chamber and it's happening here today. it happens over and over and over again every member who does the hard work and the heavy lifting to craft an idea, not to craft a speech, mr. speaker, but to craft an amendment, not to come down here and make a point but to come down here and make a difference, every single member who says, i have a difference that i can make on this legislation, the rules committee said, bring your amendment to the floor and we'll have a vote. let's succeed together on the little things, mr. speaker. if the hard things were easy we'd have done them already. the hard things are hard and that's the problem. let's get together on these things that are common sense. let's get together on these thing this is a bring us
together. let's get together on these things where every single voice in the chamber is being heard. let's succeed, let's make a difference an then let's come back tomorrow and do it again. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. i prove the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman 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. mr. polis: on that i request a roll call vote. 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 risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on the motion to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. any record vote of the postponed uestion will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2646 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2646 a bill to make available needed psychiatric, psychological and supportive services for individuals with mental illness and families and in mental
health crisis and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. murphy, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. murphy: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials on the -- in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. murphy: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. murphy: mr. speaker, our mental health system in this country is a failure. this is one of those times where we're not gathered for a moment of silence, but a time of action. we're here, finally, speak up for the last the last, the least, and the lonely. that is those who suffer from mental illness which is untreated. mental illness atchingts one in five americans, about 0 million americans have serious mental illness. about four million of those go
without any treatment. there's 100,000 new cases each year. half of psychosis cases emerge by age 14. 74% by age 24. we have 30,000 child psychiatrists needed, we only have 9,000. we have grave shortages of psychologists. the time between the emergence of first symptoms of serious mental illness and first appointment is about 80 weeks. we have about 100,000 hospital beds we need in this country but we only have 40,000 for psychiatric crises. a person is 10 times more likely, therefore, to be in jail than a hospital if they're mentally ill. and these statistics too. 43,000 suicides last year. 47,000 drug overdose deaths. 1,000 homicides. 250 mentally ill, violently killed in a police encounter where they attacked a policeman. we have hundreds of thousands homeless and mentally ill who die a slow motion death of
chronic illness and that comes to more than those who die of breast cancer, perhaps 350,000 or more a year. the helping families in mental health crisis act, a bipartisan bill which came out of energy and commerce with unanimous votes fixes this. it allows parents and care givers to help with care, increases the number of crisis mental health beds, drives evidence-based care, builds on existing mental health and substance abuse parity laws, brings accountability to federal grant programs which two g.a.o. reports said were disastrous. it focuses on innovation, expands the mental health work force, advances early intervention and prevention programs, develops alternatives to institutionalization, focuses on suicide prevention, increases program coordination across the 112 federal programs and agency, reforms protection advocacy, provides grants to train police officers and first responders and saves the federal government money. it's wade ranging, impactful and
something we have to pass today if we really, truly want to make a difference. with that, i reserve the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i rise in support of h.r. 2646, the helping families in mental health crisis act. this today's mental health system can hardly be described as a system at all. while some states undertake promising improvements, the system is overwhelmed and underresourced. far too many people can't get the treatment they need to live long, healthy, productive lives. i'm pleased this bill takes an important step toward improving mental health care in this country. the bill under consideration today, mr. speaker is a significant improvement over the original version introduced a year ago. it's no secret that many of us have substantial concerns with some of the provisions in the original text of the bill and i'm sure that my fellow members
of the energy and commerce committee remember the extensive debate we had on the bill during our subcommittee markup last november. since that time we've found common ground. we removed many provision this is a would have done more harm than good in my opinion and replaced them with policy this is a strengthen the bill. i'm proud that h.r. 2646 now includes several policy championed by democrats. the bill requires and states provide a full range of early and periodic screening, diagnostic and treatment, epstd services to children in the medicaid program who receive in-patient psychiatric care at so-called institutions of mental disease. it creates a new assertive community grant program and peer professional work force grant program. the legislation also create nuss grant programs to address adult suicide, expands access to community crisis response services and creates and disseminates model hipaa training program. a great deal of work went into
crafting this agreement and i want to thank my republican colleagues for continuing to meet with us throughout this process so we could bring a bipartisan product to the floor. that said, the bill before us today is not transformative reform, nor is it a panacea to the many problems now facing our mental health system. i encourage my leagues to see this legislation as a necessary step rather than a solution and i want to be very clear on this point. if we are truly serious about fixing our broken mental health system, we have to expand access and make exceptions. that means they must expand medicaid and provide more ver vises. this legislation is not comprehensive. it is by -- it by no means contains enough funding to make the mental health system whole. i hope in the future we can work together on additional treatment options and further strengthen mental health parity enforcement.
i want to thank my colleagues to stood with me throughout this long process, fear fiercely voicing concerns and advocating for major improvements to the bill and i want to thank chairman upton for his leadership and the bill's son spore -- sponsors, representatives timur fi and eddie bernice johnson. -- eddie bernice johnson. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. murphy: i recognize the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lance. one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lance: today marked a very important moment. i join my friend and colleague from pennsylvania, congressman and psychologist timur fi, and our former colleague now u.s. senator from louisiana dr. bill cassidy in a conference room in the basement of the u.s. capitol in december of 2013 where the three of us stood together and
called on congress to address the mental health care system in crisis, a system where millions of americans suffer every year and are all too often pushed into the shadows by archaic regulations and an outdated federal bureaucracy. 2 1/2 years later, i'm proud the house stands poised today to pass a most significant reform to our nation's mental health programs in decades. this bill includes provisions i have championed to help provide early detection to eating disorders and improve access to treatment coverage. this is a historic achievement as it marks the first time congress addressed eating disorders through legislation. i thank subcommittee chairman murphy, chairman upton and the entire energy and commerce committee for working together to pass this landmark mental health care reform bill and move us one step closer to providing millions of americans and their families a chance at treatment before tragedy strikes. thank you very much, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from pennsylvania
reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. r. pallone: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: -- i yield a minute and a half to the ranking member, mr. green. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. green: i rise in support of this bill. it's a positive step forward. i want to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for their work to improve access, prevention and treatment for those with mental and behavioral conditions. we worked extensively and collaboratively to craft legislation. i want to particularly thank the energy and commerce committee chairman upton, ranking member pallone, our members representative kennedy, matsui, loebsack, tonko and degette for their contributions and congressman timur fi for elevating conversation about mental health. h.r. 2646 includes new grant program this is a expand access to critical mental health services such as community crisis response