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the speaker pro tempore: the house will come to order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. merciful god, we give you thanks for giving us another day. as our nation continues to mourn the deaths of the past days, send your spirit of consolation upon us. bless the members of this people's house with wisdom and the courage to address the pressing difficulties of our time. they continue to work, as they continue the work of this assembly guide them to grow in understanding and attaining solutions to our nation's needs. continue to bless those as well charged with protecting and serving our country.
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they, too, need wisdom and insight into the pressure points of insecurity among our citizens. lord, have mercy. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glorry. -- and glory. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. . -- pursuant to clause 1 of rule , the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from california, mr. thompson. mr. thompson: please join me in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, earlier this month i had the pleasure of meeting thomas wayne hudson, known on facebook as the walking veteran, mr. hudson is walking across the country to raise awareness for the issues facing veterans as they transition from military life to civilian status. mr. hudson, who is a disabled veteran, started his journey in las vegas on may 2 and plans to finish on veterans day here in the nation's capital. while walking with him i became quickly inspired by his dedication to his fellow veterans. despite returning to civilian life, mr. hudson has dedicated his time, energy, and resources to help fellow veterans, and his mission is a testament to the never-ending spirit and selflessness of our nation's veterans. mr. hudson told me that a big
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part of the reason for the walk is to catch the attention of our nation's elected officials. the walking veteran deserves our attention and support, and i'm pleased to share his story with my colleagues in the house. i encourage all to follow mr. hudson's journey. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair now calls on the gentleman from michigan. mr. kildee: i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: mr. speaker, i rise today to join my colleagues in demanding votes on two commonsense, bipartisan pieces of legislation that are overwhelmingly supported by the american people. first, without a completed background check, we cannot identify criminals, domestic abusers, and other individuals too dangerous to own a gun. right now, federal law only requires criminal background checks at federally licensed
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gun dealers. criminals can bypass the background check system all together by going online or to a gun show. h.r. 1217, the bipartisan king-thompson bill close this is loophole requiring background checks for all commercial gun sales, regardless where the sale is made. second, if you're too dangerous to fly, you're too dangerous to buy a gun in america. when it's easier for a suspected terrorist to buy a gun than board a plane, something's wrong. h.r. 1076, the bipartisan no fly, no buy legislation authored in part by congressman peter king would prevent suspected terrorists from purchasing guns, congress must act on these very simple, straightforward, bipartisan bills. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california eek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. walters: mr. speaker, last
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wednesday miriam passed away at the age of 90. she was a true pioneer. she was the first woman to serve in both the california state assembly and state senate. and she paved the way for so many women in california to pursue public service. she was a tireless public servant who advocated for education, small business, and transportation. my friend, state senator pat baits, summed it up when she said, few people have influenced orange county in california politics more effectively than marian did. marian also had a real zest for life. she celebrated her 90th birthday by jumping out of an airplane for the sixth time. the entire orange county community joins her husband, garth, and their three children in mourning, but i hope they will find comfort in knowing her legacy will live on for years to come.
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i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mcnerney: -- mr. thompson: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i didn't come to the floor with prepared remarks today. i came with a very urgent request. i ask that the republican leadership hold a vote on our commonsense, bipartisan pro-second amendment background check legislation and no fly, no buy legislation. 90% of the american people support it. it's pro-second amendment. it's bipartisan. the background check now has 187 co-authors. but more important, most important, it works. every day 170 felons are stopped from buying firearms because of the background check. you don't know if a person who is trying to buy a firearm is a criminal, a domestic abuser, or
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is dangerously mentally ill unless you do a background check. please, mr. speaker, please, republican leadership, bring these two bills to the floor. criminals, domestic abusers, potential terrorists, and the dangerously mentally ill should not be able to legally and easily purchase firearms. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, it is my honor today to rise and to make notice of representative carl rogers, state representative from georgia, who is ending his 22-year career in the state legislature. i want to congratulate him on his retirement. mr. collins: she's served the gainesville area for 22 years. served under four governors, including the last being under his friend, governor nathan deal. carl was the epitome of a citizen legislator. he knew his people and what was
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best. sometimes whether he was making calls that people understood or even calls that people were critical of, carl was always the same. carl's wife, linda, has stood by him all these years. they have been married 49 years. and now she's getting him home. for those of us who know carl, sometimes we think that will be good or bad. but linda has had carl for those many years. on one special note, mr. speaker, carl's public service transcends, but it's what the man does in private that means a lot. when i was in iraq in 2008 separated from my family at christmas, i get a text from my wife when my family was celebrating chrises in a without me, carl showed up on my front doorstep with christmas presents for my children. carl rangers, you are a man of your word. you will be missed sorely in the georgia legislature. i still count you as one of my friends. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one
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minute. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. chair. dallas, texas, fall can heights, minnesota, baton rouge, louisiana. these are individual -- these are not individual incidents. occurring in a vacuum, outside of the orbits of each other. these tragedies are tied together by the threads of anger and fear. they filled me with horror, with sadness, and grief. i know that we as a nation cannot allow ourselves to grow numb to this. each of these deaths, each of these innocent lives lost should cause each of us great sorrow and pain. they should pain us not just for the simple loss of human life, but also for the realization that their deaths and the more than 90 people that died from gunfire each day, in this nation are the painful signs that something is profoundly wrong in our society. let us begin the healing and
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the -- let us unite by passing no fly, no buy. and universal background checks. as the president has said, -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered. or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. record votes are posted -- postponed. questions will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5322, to amend the investment company act of 1940, to terminate an exemption for companies located in puerto rico, the virgin islands, and any other possession of the united states. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of
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the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5322, a bill to amend the investment company act of 1940 to terminate an exemption for companies located in puerto rico, the virgin islands, and any other possession of the united states. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. hurt, and the javement the gentlewoman from new york, ms. velazquez, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. hurt: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and tend their remarks and include extraneous material on this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hurt: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hurt: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 5322, the u.s. territories investor protection act. and thank my colleague, representative velazquez, for her leadership on this issue. this measure would amend the investment company act of 1940 to terminate an exemption for investment companies located in puerto rico, the virgin islands, and any other possession of the united states. under current law, such
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companies are exempt from registration under the act if their shares are sold exclusively to residents of the territory in which they are located. this bill is about leveling the playing field and it ensures that investment companies in puerto rico, guam, and elsewhere are subject to the same rules as their mainland counterparts. moreover, when the act was enacted it was difficult and cost prohibited for the s.e.c. to travel to, inspect, and provide oversight for these companies. now modern technologies allow the s.e.c. to seamlessly gather information and it is time that we update this law. this measure was considered during the recent financial services committee markup. it received unanimous support passing out of the committee by a vote of 59-0. mr. speaker, i ask that my colleagues support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. velazquez: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the investment company act of
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1940 governs investment companies such as mutual funds, unit investment trusts, and exchange traded funds. it's purpose is to protect investors in such funds and to provide for impartial oversight of these companies. among other things the 1940 act regulates the type of activities that such companies can undertake and establishes standards for the conduct. ascribes , it company functions and their struck tue, regulates various contractions among affiliated persons, limits the amount they can undertake. outlines accounting, record keeping, and auditing requirements of funds. and describes how securities may be redeemed and repurchased. this matter sounds technical, but they provide fundamental
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protections for investors in u.s. investment companies. due to a historical artifact, however, all funds that are located and organized in and sold only to residents of u.s. territories are exempted from the 1940 act. the reason for such an exemption was that at the time the act was being considered in 1940. the u.s. territories were deemed to be too distant from washington, d.c., thus making travel to them cost prohibited. obviously the cost of air travel is no longer cost prohibited, and not a reason to extend territories from the 1940 act. as a result of this exemption, investment companies located in u.s. territories can sell products to the residents and not be subject to the oversight disclosure and conflict of interest requirements that such
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companies located in the main land u.s. are subject to. the outcome is that those located in the u.s. territories have been subject to investment losses. found resulting from behavior that likely would have been prohibited if the act applied to the islands' investment companies. to address this matter, h.r. 5322, the u.s. territories investor protect act applies to the 1940's act to currently exempt investment companies located, organized in, and sold to residents of these territories. . it provideses for a three-year compliance period. with an option of the approval of the s.e.c. for an additional three years. this time period balances the need to bring the investor protections of the 1940 act to
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the territories with enough time for affected entities to fully understand and comply with the 1940 act. it is important to note that if investment companies need further relief from any specific requirement of the 1940 act, they are able to request such relief through the s.e.c. under existing law. i want to thank chairman -- the chairman for working with me throughout the last nine months in a productive manner. such cooperation was critical to developing an approach that would apply the act in a manner sensitive to investors and investment companies. as a result i believe the framework of this bill, when combined with mechanisms, will provide a sufficient time period for adjustment and compliance. i urge members to support this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. >> mr. speaker, we don't have any further requests but seek to know whether or not there are any other speakers. ms. velazquez: i do not. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back? ms. velazquez: i would like to make a closing remark. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. velazquez: thank you. this legislation would dramatically benefit investors in puerto rico. those that call puerto rico home will now be subject to the same investor protection laws that those on the mainland are subject to. this is not only fair, but it is right, as many puerto ricans have lost their life savings in investment products offered only on the island. when it comes to puerto rico, it is important to realize that we are not doing -- that we are doing it is not creating a new law or imposing a federal
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mandate on the island. we are simply closing the loophole that has prevented purityry con khans from en-- puerto ricans from enjoying the same protections as the rest of americans. with the enactment of this bill, the 1940 act will be applied to puerto rico and other u.s. territories in the same exact manner it is applied to all 50 states. investors and consumers in puerto rico deserve this and this bill is long overdue. not only will the 1940 act provide puerto rico's investors with much-needed safeguards, but the current fiscal crisis on the island is creating budgetary challenges for the local government. having additional federal oversight of investment activity is now especially critical for the island's recipients -- residents. in closing, i want to thank chairman hensarling again for his cooperation and bringing this important bill forward to
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the floor. i ask members to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. hurt: mr. speaker, i yield myself time to close. as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hurt: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i would just like to reiterate what ms. velazquez has said and recognize her hard work on this issue. clearly the time is right that we recognize that puerto rico, guam, other territories must be afforded the same protections that the securities and exchange commission provides through the laws of the united states. i think -- i also want to commend our chairman, chairman hensarling, for his leadership on this issue, recognizing that in this instance and in many instances he looks for opportunities for us to work together in a bipartisan way.
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so i commend this to my colleagues. i certainly want to remind the body that this passed out of committee with a unanimous 59-0 strong bipartisan vote. can't get any stronger than that. would ask that my colleagues support this measure and with that, mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the railroads and pass h.r. 5322. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recknition -- recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5469, to require the secretary of the treasury to direct the united states executive director at the international monetary fund to support the capacity of the ism to prevent money -- i.m.f. to prevent money laundering and financing of terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to require the secretary of the treasury to direct the united states executive director at the international monetary fund to support the capacity of the international monetary fund to prevent money laundering and financing of terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, and the gentlewoman from new york, ms. velazquez, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which
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to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, the i.m.f. provides consultations to improve the economic governance of member countries. traditional areas of focus have included fiscal administration, monetary policy and financial statistics. more recently, however, the fund has had to respond to increased demand for technical assistance, devoted to anti-money laundering and countering the finance of terrorism. al -- amlcft. while other institutions also provide such assistance, it is commonly agreed that the i.m.f.'s role was preeminent, given its ongoing specialized work with fiscal authorities and with other central banks. the i.m.f. bases its amlcft
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work on the international standards, with its technical assistance, including activities such as risk assessments, national strategies, legal and regulatory reforms and the development of financial intelligence units. these f f.i.u.'s are particularly -- f. -- these f.i.u.'s -- these f.i.u.'s are particularly important to those related to criminal and terrorist activity. h.r. 5469 will help the i.m.f. continue and expand these programs by making amlcft technical assistance a priority and by reasserting its importance to the u.s. treasury. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. velazquez: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. velazquez: thank you. this commonsense legislation is aimed at expanding the resources the international
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monetary fund can tap in order to provide member countries with technical assistance for anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing efforts. through the i.m.f. legal department, experts provide assistance to countries that nt to put in place effective frameworks in compliance with international standards. unfortunately demand is outpacing supply. currently the i.m.f. provides amlctf ut $7 million in technical assistance a year. it is funded almost entirely through voluntary donor trust fund contributions. the u.s. does not contribute to the trust fund. this bill will require the u.s. executive director of the i.m.f. to advocate for additional amlctf assistance technical financing through the i.m.f. administrative budget. cft rovision of an aml
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technical assistance should be a top priority and i think many of us will support a slightly larger transfer of the i.m.f.'s annual net profits into the budget to accommodate this important work. this bill represents an important goal, one that the u.s. pursue at the i.m.f. and i urge my colleagues to support this measure. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. fits fit mr. speaker, i yield three minutes -- mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the author of the bill, the gentleman from new mexico, mr. pearce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. pearce: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i appreciate my colleague for her support on the bill. the i.m.f. plays a very significant role in global economic stability. since they work with the world's central banks and financial institutions, it's only appropriate that we would be extending technical assistance to these -- to this
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organization and making it more permanent that they would finance and back up the plans of all countries to combat money laundering and terrorism. that's the simple precept of the bill. so, as we look at the possibilities, the global rise of terrorism is causing instability in every corner of the world, and the world should be now standing up saying that we all join hands, we join arms, link arms, to fight this global scourge, and one of the most important fights is the ability to choke off the financing, to interrupt the financing of the separations -- operations. this will not do completely what we need to do to stop the threats of global terrorism. but it will go a long way. more importantly, it will get buy-in from countries who right now ares remain sent to take
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part. that's -- that are receipt sant to take part -- retisan to take part. this is not up to just one country. not the country are being the entire world should be standing together. this is just a commonsense, pragmatic approach to the situation of money laundering and to terrorism and, again, the not a partisan issue. i appreciate the input of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. with that i would recommend that all do vote yes on h.r. 5469. i would yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. ms. velazquez: i yielded back. i don't have any other speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: we have no additional speakers. we're prepared to close.
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so with that i would just like to thank my colleague from new mexico, mr. pearce, for his important work on this anti-finance of terrorism issue, very patriotic effort on his part, it's an important bill. we thank our colleagues across the aisle for their support of the bill as well. and i ask our colleagues as well to support the passage of h.r. 5469. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5469. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition?
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mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5594, to require the establishment of a national strategy for combating the financing of terrorism, and related financial crimes and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5594, a bill to require the establishment of a national strategy for combating the financing of terrorism and related financial crimes and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i yield myself two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, during our two-year appointment on the house financial services committee task force to investigate terrorism finance, we joined with ranking member
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lynch, vice chair pettinger, and a dedicated bipartisan body to investigate and evaluate the efforts made by the united states to counter and dismantle the financial networks funding terrorist organizations. during this time, our task force heard repeated testimony that information sharing is not as efficient as it ought to be and that in some instances, agencies or departments are not coordinating their efforts well enough. during a hearing held by our task force, a senior advisor at the center for strategic and international studies, stated that, and this is a quote, the u.s. government's approach to its economic vulnerabilities is scattered, with strategies to protect supply chain security, combat transnational organized crime, secure the cyberdomain, protect critical infrastructure and promote u.s. private sector interests abroad to compete with state-owned enterprises, the u.s. should craft a deliberate strategy that aligns economic strength with national
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security interests more explicitly and more completely. . this is what this bill aims to address. h.r. 5594 requires the president, acting through the treasury, to develop and publish an annual whole of government strategy to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: i am very pleased today to rise along with my colleague, chairman michael fitzpatrick from pennsylvania. mr. pittenger as well, our vice chair, from north carolina, mr. ydia velazquez, and also christenseny ma of arizona, a bill that will build on the administration's efforts to counter the financing of terrorism. the proposal before us today of which i am a co-sponsor also
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builds off of previous bipartisan legislation led by the gentlelady from new york, representative velazquez, and former financial services committee chairman, spencer ba cuss. together their legislation enacted in 1998 calls for the creation of an anti-money laundering strategy and laid the groundwork for the legislation that we present here today. my thanks to the continued leadership of representative velazquez and work of the members of the financial services committee task force to investigate terrorism financing, which was created by the full committee chairman, mr. hensarling of texas, and joined by the gentlelady from california, ms. waters. our government will require -- be required to continue its efforts to stay ahead of the evolving methods that terrorists and other bad actors use to conceal the movement of illicit funds. specifically, the national strategy that will be developed as part of this legislation
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will require a comprehensive assessment of the threats, goals, objectives, and priorities for preventing and disrupting illicit finance. it will promote efforts to detect and prosecute the financing of terrorism. moreover, this legislation includes a requirement to assess the ways in which we can strengthen the role of the private sector, enhance public-private partnerships, and disrupt illicit finance. and most effectively enhance intergovernmental coordination. our legislation also calls on the administration to assess the adequacy of funding dedicated to meeting anti-money laundering counter terrorist financing challenges and assess how best to leverage technology and other data to fight against the financing of terror. as the islamic state and other terrorist groups continue to demonstrate their capacity and willingness to export heinous acts of violence to every corner of the globe, and inspire a tax -- attacks here
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in the united states, the need to have an effective strategy to counter these activities is more important than ever. in closing, i would like to thank house financial services committee chair, jeb hensarling, and ranking member maxine waters, for the creation of the financial services committee task force. to investigate terrorism financing. i'd also like to again thank chairman mike fitzpatrick of pennsylvania, vice chair robert pittenger of north carolina, and the rest of my colleagues in the financial services committee for the enthusiasm and energy with which they have carried out the mandate of the task force. our work has been on a truly bipartisan effort and i look forward to the opportunity to build on these efforts in the future. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: i'd like to yield two minutes to an important and valued member of the task force, the gentleman from arkansas, mr. hill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. hill: i thank the chairman for yielding. i thank mr. lynch for his
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important legislation, h.r. 5594. which i stand in support of and as a co-sponsor today. i want to thank chairman chairman and hensarling for the opportunity to serve on the critical task force on terror finance. it's an important but less discussed part of the war on terror. this war on terror requires a more nuance to report to achieve victory than previous u.s. conflicts. it requires the full coordination and collaboration of allied financial, cyber, diplomatic, and military capabilities. mr. hill: one of the most underreported aspects of winning this war has been infiltrating and cutting off sources of funding for terrorist groups. like its occasional intermittant engagement accompanied by long periods of lack of resolve, lack of clear rules of engagement that would produce victory, occasionally this administration has not been consistent in pressing for victory in the war on terror
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finance. since san hen the -- bernardino and parris, we have seen them targeting isis' funding sources. we need a coordinated strategy to combat terrorist finance between all our government agencies and with our allies to make sure it's the most effective in countering this menace. the financial crimes and enforcement network is our nation's frontline at the treasury for government to government and enhanced government to private sector coordination that this national strategy puts in full force. i was pleased to co-sponsor mr. lynch's amendment that was passed in last week's financial services appropriation legislation that includes an increase for their budget. i'm proud to join my colleague, mr. fitzpatrick, and our committee on this important bill to require a national strategy to combat terrorism, underground, and other forms of illicit finance.
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i urge my colleagues to support this important bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas yields. the gentleman from pennsylvania voifs. the -- reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. chairman. i would like to thank the gentleman from arkansas. at this time i would like to yield three minutes to one of our lead co-sponsors on this legislation, miss sinema of arizona. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from arizona is recognized for three minutes. ms. sinema: thank you. over the course of the past year the task force to investigate terrorism financing has found that u.s. government efforts to counter the financing of terrorism lacks sufficient coordination and the united states has no unified national strategy to guide our counter financing efforts. the federal government must change its approach and mindset to counter the financing of terrorism. this is why chairman fitzpatrick and i under duesed this bipartisan legislation to direct the secretary of the treasury in coordination with relevant federal agencies to
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establish a whole of government strategy to combat the financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance. this strategy must include a critical assessment of the effectiveness of u.s. efforts to fight terrorist financing. ways to improve coordination with international state and local law enforcement and the private sector, and a comprehensive discussion of threats, goals, objectives, and priorities for disrupting and preventing terrorist financing. the strategy should enhance detection, deterrence, and prosecution, and ultimately strengthen our broader national security goals. our legislation forces the federal government to create a whole of government strategy to counterterrorism financing but improves the effectiveness of our efforts and better aligns these efforts with our broader national interests. terrorism is an undeniable threat to our country's security and global stability. terrorist networks constantly develop new ways to finance their deadly operations and threaten america.
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the islamic state is one of the world's most violent, dangerous, and well financed terrorist groups. to keep our country safe, we must be one step ahead of isis cutting off its funding and stopping its effort. thank you, chairman fitzpatrick, and congresswoman velazquez, for allowing me to join you and work with you on this important legislation. thank you, chairman hensarling, and ranking member waters, for establishing the -- this important task force. and thank you, chairman fitzpatrick and ranking member lynch, for your leadership on the task force to investigate terrorism financing. i look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to keep money out of terrorist hands and build on our progress to strengthen america's security. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from arizona yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to a trusted member of the task force to investigate terrorism finance, mrs. wagner of missouri. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady from missouri is recognized for two minutes. mrs. wagner: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank my colleague, representative fitzpatrick, the chair of our terrorism task force, along with representative lynch, representative sinema, and others for moving forward on this issue and legislation. i stand today in support and i am proud to have been a co-sponsor of this important legislation that would require the president to develop an all encompassing government strategy to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. the national strategy for combating terrorists and underground and other illicit financing acts addresses this important problem by developing a comprehensive strategy that includes many different components and capabilities of our federal government and ally. in my time working on the terrorism finance task force, we have heard testimony from members of various government
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agencies and from the private sector who play a role in fighting this issue abroad. as a former united states ambassador who has worked to stop international terrorist financing, it is clear that coordination and communication between these agencies can be improved to block terrorist financing. isis along with other terrorist groups continue to find creative and new ways to obtain financing, often time using our regulated financial system as a means to launder that money. this legislation, h.r. 5594, ensures our government is taking all actions necessary to stop this growing terrorist threat. i urge its passage. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from missouri yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i have no further speakers at this time. i would yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, we have no additional speakers as well. in closing i just want to again thank chairman hensarling and ranking member waters for entrusting to myself and my colleague, mr. lynch, important work of investigating terrorism finance, how these terrorist organizations are achieving the resources, what we can do to choke off their financing, without s like oxygen, oxygen you can't live. without financing terrorists can't achieve their goals. i want to thank mr. lynch because during the course of the two years we worked together he worked very closely with me to make sure that in each of the hearings that we had and all the work putting built together that no politics seeped into this important work. so we continue to work together.
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i also want to thank the staff of the financial services committee, mr. joe pender, mr. chris, and my staff, and jackie of representative lynch's staff who helped us craft the legislation that's on the floor today. with that we want to ask all of our colleagues to support this bill. to adopt h.r. a 5594. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5594. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5606 to facilitate better information sharing to assist in the fight against the funding of terrorist activities, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the
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clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5606, a bill to facilitate better information sharing to assist in the fight against the funding of terrorist activities, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, in the opaque world of counter threat finance, information sharing is critical for both the private and also the public sectors. the patriot act create add safe harbor provision allowing for limited information sharing to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. however this provision has not been widely used. some recent court decisions have called into question bank's liability for complying with requirements to provide
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report suspected money laundering, necessitating minor changes in law to clarify congressional intent. while subsection 314-b of the patriot act encourages government agencies to share appropriate information with banks, and banks to share information with each other, banks have complained that the government does an inadequate job of sharing information that could help banks more easily identify suspicious activities. throughout the task force hearings, banks and other experts have stated more and better information sharing would reduce the compliance bushed on banks and make their efforts more effective. . this aims to enhance safe harbor provisions for information sharing by broadening the range of suspected illegal activities -- activities abross, but requires a study to determine the appropriate level of sharing with information subsidiaries or headquarters of u.s. banking operations. and then requires new rulemaking to clarify congressional intent. this proposed change would ensure the financial institutions file sars without
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fear of civil litigation. simply for complying with federal law. and would thus facilitate the continued flow of critically important suspicious activity reporting. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: thank you. i would like to just clarify that it was really the task force chairman, mr. fitzpatrick of pennsylvania, that set the tone for the bipartisan work between members on both sides of the aisle. that has really carried the day and i think resulted in some very strong and effective legislation that came as a result of the work that many of the members on both sides of the aisle here, mr. pittinger especially and mr. fitzpatrick as well and members on our side, in dealing with a lot of the governments in the middle east, some of the financial
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intelligence units that operate in libya, in lebanon, excuse e, not libya anymore, but also in jordan and turkey, in various countries in africa, as well as some of the countries that my colleagues visited in south and central america. effort.a global like i say, it was a bipartisan effort. i rise today in support of h.r. 5606, legislation offered by my colleagues, representative pittinger of north carolina and ms. waters of california, that len chance and promote the timely -- will enhance and promote the timely sharing of information among financial institutions and government agencies in order to more effectively thwart illicit finance. in recent years government officials have repeatedly emphasized the importance of strengthening and clarifying the information sharing provisions under current law.
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expert witnesses before our committee have also echoed these sentiments over the course of financial services committee's task force to investigate terrorism finance hearings. the legislation before us today that i am proud to co-sponsor will facilitate more effective information sharing in a number of ways. first, the legislation provides assurances to financial institutions that they may report suspicious transactions without risking being exposed to civil litigation for simply complying with their obligations under federal law. although the financial crimes enforcement network, which is our f.i.u. in the united states, has already specified that financial institutions have complete protection from civil libet for all reports of suspicious -- liability for all reports of suspicious transactions made to appropriate authorities, some court rules have -- rulings have caught doubt on the level of certainty a financial must have before
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reporting suspect transactions. here, h.r. 5606 eliminates this uncertainty in an effort to ensure the continued reporting of suspicious transactions. secondly, the bill seeks to enhance cooperation among financial institutions. also, regulatory authorities and law enforcement, by expanding the range of counterillicit financing information shared with information institutions for the sole purpose of allowing such financial institutions to identify and report specific illicit activity. thirdly, h.r. 5606 expands the existing safe harbor for sharing information related to terrorist acts and money laundering. to include a broader range of information related to illicit activities that is connected to money laundering and terrorist finance -- financing. in doing so, financial institutions and the government can more effectively connect the dots that involved in mapping illicit financing networks. finally, the bill includes a study to assess the appropriate levels of information sharing between u.s. and foreign
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financial institutions. between u.s. financial institutions and their foreign subsidiaries and between u.s. subsidiaries of foreign financial institutions and their parent institution, this cooperation is ultimately necessary. given the central role of the u.s. financial system within the global economy and the shared volume and divert of trns actions that pass through u.s. institutions, it's increasingly clear how essential it is to have a strong, coordinated u.s. government and private sector response in the fight against terror finance. h.r. 5606 will help promote the type of enhanced coordination that is needed to stay ahead of the illicit acters who seek to facilitate their illicit behavior through the exploitation of our financial system. i urge all of our members, both sides of the aisle, to support this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i yield to mr. pittinger of, the author of the bill, so much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. pittenger: thank you, mr. chairman. for yielding. thank you for the leadership that you've shown. this past year on the issue of terrorist group financing. i'd also like to pay recognition and gratitude to chairman hensarling for his leadership on this and the ranking member waters for her leadership. particularly i'd like to make note of ranking member of our terrorism task force, mr. lynch, from massachusetts, and thank you for your great efforts and work. our task force bill is on the floor today as a result of a bipartisan, year-long series of hearings that focused on ways to improve and tailor our laws to better address the evolving threats posed by terrorist groups within our financial sector. my bill, the anti-terrorism information sharing strength act, co-sponsored with ms. waters, helps clarify the current illicit finance laws with mr. lynch and provides
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much-needed technical corrections to ensure that our current laws work as originally intended by congress. we must work to ensure that private financial institutions are not penalized for working with the federal government to combat terrorism financing. mr. chairman, some members of this body have been spreading misinformation about our efforts, specifically regarding section 314 of the patriot act. section 314 plays a vital role in enabling our law enforcement the ability to share information and intelligence about terrorist financial with private financial institutionses in an effort to put an end to illicit financing. terrorist organizations, much like criminal enterprise, are becoming more sophisticated in terms of the methods they use to evade america and its international laws to combat money launder and illicit financing. as the u.s. government considers initiatives to counter isis and other terrorist organizations, we must include financial
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components to ensure that these groups do not receive the funding necessary to conduct operations and to further promote fear, he can treesmism -- extremism and violence with that, mr. chairman, i thank you, i -- violence. with that, mr. chairman, i thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: i'll reserve at this time. i'm not sure the sequence of remarks. i'm not sure if we have some people with opposing views. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes -- mr. fitzpatrick: we have no additional speakers. we're prepared to close. mr. lynch: met he will, -- let me again thank mr. pittinger for he's great work and also maxine waters, tremendous work, and thank mr. fitzpatrick again for his leadership and i'll yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, we would ask all members to vote in favor of h.r. 5606 and we yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the
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balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5606. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the gentleman -- >> i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5607 as amended, to enhance the department of treasury's role in protecting national security and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5607, a bill to enhance the department of treasury's role in protecting national security and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore:
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pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which -- within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i also ask unanimous consent that the exchange of letters between the committees of jurisdiction be included in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, the department of treasury has done excellent work in its endeavor curb money laundering. and assist federal law enforcement in its mission to combat terrorism. however, we cannot take its successes for granted. throughout the task force, we heard time and again that organized criminal and terrorist groups are constantly changing, adapting their techniques in an effort to expose and utilize the international financial system and that of the united states. as a result, it is imperative that we continue to improve the tools we use to combat these
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threats. h.r. 5607 aims to do just that. this bill enhances a number of tools that the department of treasury uses in its efforts to combat the financing of terror and money laundering, which includes providing a greater emphasis on treasury at shays stationed at embassies overseas, strengthening requirements for temporary reporting and anticipateding the secretary of the treasury as a full-time member of the national security council. our adversaries are constantly adapting. we must adapt as well. the policies implemented by this bill will prove to strengthen the treasury's weapons as it continues to carry out its important work. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to speak in support of h.r. 5607, entitled, enhancing
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treasury's anti-terrorism tools act. i would like to thank my colleague from north carolina and the vice chair of our task force, mr. pittinger of north carolina, for his great work on this and for introducing this bill. i'm proud to serve as the lead democrat co-sponsor on his most important legislation. this bill will enhance the tools available to the department of treasury in its efforts to combat the financing of terror, money laundering and related illicit finance. this legislation is one of a package of bills that reflect the culmination of 11 hearings in the financial services committee's task force to investigate terrorist financing, which explored a wide range of vulnerabilities in the global financial system. over the course of the task force hearings, members learned that there are relatively few full-time treasury ataches at our embassies. at one point i know that members of the task force met ataches in sury
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the middle east and several of them were -- they were so thin on representation there that several of them have multicountry responsibilities, requiring hem to hop around and -- them to hop around and deal with several high-risk locations and countries. we obviously need to get them some more help. they do a tremendous job. don't get me wrong. i'm extremely pleased and proud of the work that treasury does. but i think they could use some more resources. this bill aims at that vulnerability. over the course of the task force hearings, members learned that there are relatively few full-time treasury ataches at our embassies around the globe to lebleds their expertise and eliminate terrorism and money laundering vulnerabilities in the global financial system. the bill before us today takes welcome steps to help us better understand how to improve coordination between the department of treasury and foreign financial ministries
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and foreign central banks. in effort to block the financing of terror, money launder and related illicit finance. the legislation also addresses gaps that the treasury department has identified in its efforts to compel the reporting of information on transactions that present elevated anti-money laundering and terrorist finance risks. which may not be captured by broad-based program requirements. additionally, the legislation takes steps to address long standing humanitarian concerns resulting from the private sector's increased unwillingness to serve high-risk areas like somalia with few global banks willing to keep channels open, a diaspora communities here in the u.s. have been left with few safe and legitimate channels to get critical funds to their families back home. this bill seeks to address this growing concern by directing the treasury department to review and report on the availability and viability of creating a pilot program aimed
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at helping banks and credit unions become more comfortable, offering account services to companies that facilitate remittances to high-risk locations. finally, the bill would promote the importance of america's international engagement by encouraging the secretary of the treasury to work with finance ministries around the world to spur the integration of intelligence authorities with anti-money laundering and counterterrorism finance efforts. . i'm extremely pleased with this legislation and i'd like to commend my colleagues on the task force to help countering the financing available to terrorist groups. our work on the task force has been a truly bipartisan effort. it's been a pleasure, and i look forward on building these opportunities in the future. i thank you and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. >> mr. speaker, i thank my colleague, mr. lynch, for his hard work on this important bill.
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mr. fitzpatrick: this contains seven sections and each was the subject of extensive testimony and work in the 11 hearings of the task force over the course of the past year and a half to two years. with that i'd like to yield to the author of the bill, mr. pittenger of north carolina, so much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. pittenger: thank you, again, mr. chairman, for yielding. thank you for your leadership. thank you, once again, mr. lynch from massachusetts, for your extraordinary support and skills and knowledge in these areas. it's really been an honor to work with you. our proposal seeks to enhance a number of the tools the treasury department using in its efforts to combat the financing of terror, money laundering and the related illicit finance. specifically, our bill helps specify the roles the treasury department plays domestically and abroad to fight against terror finance. over the past year, a task force to investigate terror
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financing has received ample testimony supporting the role of treasury and our larger strategic efforts to defeat isis and other global terrorist networks. many individuals are not aware the substantial role our treasury department plays in our embassies abroad. treasury has several places to supplement foreign efforts to enforce financial laws and combat terror financing. this bill is an opportunity to support treasure's role to defeat terrorists organizations and put an end to their operations. mr. chairman, the longer groups like isis remain on the battlefield the more effective their messaging and recruitment efforts become. congress must fully support our government's efforts to stop the flow of dollars and resources from funding terror. this bill will allow treasury to report to congress on its role and various countries throughout the world and subis
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he lently the need to -- subsequently the need to expand that role. and it will turn the treasury office of terrorism and financial intelligence, which and des ofac sanctions enforcement unit into a stand-alone bureau similar to the f.b.i. mr. chairman, i commit this bill to our body and i seek the full support in this truly bipartisan effort that we've had on our task force. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i don't believe i have any further speakers, and i feel comfortable yielding back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: we have no further speakers. we ask our colleagues to support and adopt h.r. 5607, and yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5607, as amended.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- the gentleman from michigan. mr. lynch: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays -- >> mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are ordered. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? fitz mr. speaker, i move to -- mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5602, to amend title 31, united states code, to authorize the secretary of the treasury to include all funds when issuing certain geographic targeting orders, and for other urposes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. caller: h.r. 5602 -- the clerk: h.r. 5602, to amend
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title 31, united states code, to authorize the secretary of the treasury to include all funds when issuing certain geographic targeting orders, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and to heir remarks include extraneous materials on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. fitzpatrick: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, h.r. 5602 amends the section of the united states code that allows the treasury secretary to issue geographical targeting orders, requiring more detailed information to be reported to the treasury department regarding certain types of transactions in a specific area for a limited amount of time. ese geographically targeting orders athousands them to seek more activity in a specific
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area believed to be used for some form of illicit finance. repatriation of drug sales proceeds to drug trafficking. during a february tambing force hearing, former u.s. intelligence officer and treasury special agent cited trade-based money laundering as an area of concern when dealing with illicit financing, stating that such techniques are allowing our adversaries to transfer value to one another right under our noses. current language allows the secretary to seek more detailed reporting of coins, currency or monetary instruments. treasury believes language does not in some instances allowing for requiring or compelling the reporting of information on some sorts of noncash transactions. as illicit financing increasingly seeks to elude detection in the legal banking system, a slightly broader of
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what sorts of transfer of values should be reported would make such g.t.o.'s more effective, in treasury's view. mr. speaker, i'd reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. speaker. again, i'd like to start by thanking house financial services full committee chair, mr. hensarling of texas, and ranking member waters from california, for creating this financial services committee task force to investigate terrorist financing which is a 21-member bipartisan group charged with ensuring that our government is using every top tool at its disposal to deprive groups like the islamic state and boko haram and other terrorist organizations for the funds they rely on to advance their destructive ideology. i'd also like to thank our chairman, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, and vice chair, mr. pittenger of north carolina, and the rest
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of my colleagues on the financial services committee for their work to improve our efforts to halt terrorist financing. the bill i have introduced today that is before us expands the financial crimes enforcement network's ability to collect information under geographically targeting orders. my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, including representative from new york, representative peter king, ms. waters from california, mr. fitzpatrick from pennsylvania, greg meeks from new york, bruce poliquin from maine, bob pittenger from north carolina, keith ellison from minnesota, andy barr, bill foster of illinois, brad sherman from california, french hill, arkansas, and al green from texas, joined me in co-sponsoring this important legislation. during congressional delegations to foreign countries to deal with central banks in other countries and also financial intelligence units from very difficult
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locations, we made it a priority to meet with regional finance intelligence units to get updates on efforts to combat terror financing. witnessing the important work of the fiu's around the globe demonstrates the need for the united states to continue to develop robust, legal frameworks to combat terrorist finance and money lundering. it's -- laundering. we need to help the u.s. intelligence unit. by sharing intelligence with the foreign counterparts, they support financial crime investigations throughout the world. terrorists' proven ability to move money through innovative means requires continued progress in this critical counterterrorism area. the smart, brave americans who serve at finsn to work tirelessly every day to stop the proceeds of crime and funds
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that would otherwise be used to aid terrorism in order to safeguard our financial system from evolving money laundering and national security threats. the critical role is evidence through its recent support to the paris and belgium terrorist attack investigations where finsn's expertise worked in quickly identifying links between those two attacks. they published 51 terrorist reports related to the paris attacks and two intelligence reports related to the brucele's attack. moreover -- brussels' attack. moreover, with increasingly complex and rapidly evolving terrorist networks, we need to ensure we provide finsn with all of the tools and reforces needs in fighting terrorist threats. expansion is a new device in the financing tool kit to catch
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bad actors that are adapting to our counterorders. if enacted into law, we can identify wider networks of terrorist financers and their enablers. we introduce this legislation because the experts told us they need it to stop bad actors. so on behalf of representative peter king, maxine waters, mike fitzpatrick, greg meeks, steve stivers, bruce poliquin, bob pit >> keith ellison, andy barr, bill foster, french hill, al green, i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: we have no additional speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: i think we're good. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: i just want to, again, thank my colleague, mr. lynch, for bringing this bill to the task force's attention, for authoring the bill. the bill is smart, it's targeted. it will help the united states
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treasury department do its job of rooting out those who finance terrorism so we can all remain safe. with that i ask my colleagues to support and adopt h.r. 5602 and yield the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5602. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- >> mr. speaker, i ask fort yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4785, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. caller: union calendar number 376, h.r. 4785, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to direct the under secretary for management of the department of homeland security to make certain improvements in managing the departments vehicle fleet, and for other . rposes
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry, and the gentlewoman from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perry: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 4785, the d.h.s. stop asset and vehicle access or d.h.s. save act of 2016. in october of 2015, the d.h.s. inspector general released a scathing report of the federal protective services management of their vehicle fleet, a report that reads like a laundry list of poor management decisions. the i.g. found that the federal protective service had more
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vehicles than officers and officers were authorized to drive from home to work with government-owned vehicles. the bigger problem with that was that was where they got the bulk of the mileage on the vehicles was from home to work and back, not actually on the job. . it was not in compliance with federal and departmental requirements which is why i introduced the d.h.s. save act. this bill improves the management of d.h.s.'s vehicle fleets by authorizing the undersecretary for management at the headquarters level to oversee the components vehicle fleets, requires the components to evaluate their fleets on an ongoing basis, includes penalties for mismanagement of component fleets, and requires d.h.s. to identify alternative methods for management of component fleets. with the second largest civilian vehicle fleet in the federal government, d.h.s. absolutely must have stricter controls in place at the
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headquarters level in order to rein in rogue components. i urge all members to join me in supporting this important bipartisan legislation. mr. speaker, you reserve the balance of my time. -- mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from new jersey. >> thank you -- mrs. watson coleman: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise in support of this act. and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 4785 seeks to bolster how the department of homeland security acquires, manages and oversees its fleet of roughly 53,000 vehicles. in 2014 the department's inspector general found that d.h.s. did not adequately manage or have the enforcement authority to ensure that the composition of its motor vehicle fleet was right sized. the inspector general observed that each d.h.s. component managed decision making about its own fleet, thereby making it difficult for the d.h.s.
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fleet manager to provide adequate oversight and ensure splines with federal laws, regulations, policies and directives. one major issue that the inspector general identified is that while the d.h.s. fleet manager had decision making authority regarding vehicle leases, it did not oversee and approve the acquisition of component-owned vehicles. last year the inspector general amplified concerns about how d.h.s. manages its fleet. in a report focused on operations with the federal protective service in a very re-view issued in -- service, in a review issued in 2015, the inspector general found that, among other things, d.h.s. was unable to oversee policies related to home to work vehicle use by employees, and that vehicle acquisition decisions by leadership were ad hoc. h.r. 4785 seeks to improve
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management of the d.h.s. vehicle fleet by strengthening oversight and management of the department's fleet by the undersecretary for management, by requiring the undersecretary to issue a standardized vehicle allocation methodology for use throughout the department. oversee vehicle acquisition and lease decision making. ensure components' compliance with federal laws and department policies that relate to fleet management, d.h.s. has the second largest civilian vehicle fleet in the federal government. at an operating cost of about $462 million. as such, enhancing oversight ment should help the department more effectively spend limited taxpayer dollars on what the department actually needs to carry out its mission. and with that, mr. speaker, i urge passage of h.r. 4785 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at this time. if the gentlelady from new jersey has no other speakers, i'm prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from new jersey. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may dume -- consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: thank you again, mr. speaker. before i yield back, i would note that h.r. 4785 includes language i authored to ensure that the inspector general's oversight of d.h.s.'s management of its vehicle fleet continues by reviewing the development, use and submission of vehicle allocation tools and fleet management plans as required. it requires the inspector general to specifically report to congress on the effectiveness of the submission requirements with respect to costs, avoidance, savings realized and component operations. as the i.g. has reported, d.h.s.'s inability to adequately monitor and oversee the department-wide fleet limited its ability to detect
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waste and abuse. therefore it is imperative that d.h.s. continue to work to develop proper processes for fleet management and to ensure the component utilized the appropriate procedures. i commend my colleague on the oversight and management efficiency, mr. perry, for introducing this legislation and working in a bipartisan fashion to advance that. with that, i urge the passage of h.r. 5785 and yield back the balance of my time. -- 4785 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: anecdotally, it's been some time since we had the hearing on this subject. but as i recall, the vast majority of these vehicles in the federal protective service were s.u.v.'s, including the ones that travel around in washington, d.c. and of those, the vast majority of them have an average of about 15,000 miles on them, of
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which the fleet was generally turned over about 30% at a time, almost on an annual basis. i just recall what 15,000 miles is to most people in america. that's a new vehicle. it's an s.u.v. do you really need an s.u.v.? i understand in parts of maybe the midwest or mountainous terrain or swampy terrain, but really, in washington, d.c.? and the folks at the f.p.s. had no issue with the program, which is what prompted me to further this legislation and offer it. i want to thank the gentlelady from new jersey for her collaborative help and her willingness to work with me on this. and her support on this. with that, mr. speaker, i once again urge my colleagues to support h.r. 4785 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5785, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. -- 4785 as amended. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. perry: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5385 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 513, h.r. 5385, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to make technical corrections to the requirement that the secretary of homeland security submit quadrennial homeland security reviews and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania and the gentlewoman from new jersey ach will control 20 minutes. mr. perry: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perry: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 5385, the quadrennial homeland security review technical correction act of twick. congress mandated through implementing recommendations of the 9/11 commission act of 2007 that the department of homeland security conduct a quadrennial homeland security review or a qhsr every four years. this review is intended to outline d.h.s.'s vision and strategy to effectively implement its mission to protect the homeland. given the threats we face from radical islamist terrorists, it is vital that d.h.s. has a sound strategy to keep the american public safe. earlier this year, the government accountability office reported on opportunities for d.h.s. to improve the qhsr process. g.a.o. made four recommendations for executive action and this legislation leverages g.a.o.'s findings to make the qhsr better. specifically, this legislation requires d.h.s. to conduct a
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risk assessment to better inform the qhsr. the bill also mandates that d.h.s. maintain a paper trail of communications related to the qhsr. this should allow congress and watchdogs to conduct more effective oversight of d.h.s. i thank the gentlelady from new jersey for introducing this legislation and i absolutely urge all members to join me in supporting this commonsense legislation. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from new jersey. mrs. watson coleman: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 5385, the quadrennial homeland security review technical correction act of 2016, and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 5385, the quadrennial homeland security review technical correction act of 2016, would require the department of homeland security to improve the quadrennial
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homeland security review conducted every four years. pursuant to the implementation recommendations of the 9/11 commission, the qhsr should be a unified strategic framework for homeland security missions and goals. the review was intended to be modeled after the quadrennial defense review that the pentagon undertakes to review the defense department's strategy and priorities. to date, there have been two qhsr's issued by the department in 2010 and 2014. while by all accounts the 2014 qhsr was an improvement from the first qhsr, the comptroller general found that the 2014 review fell short on several areas. i introduced h.r. 5385 to specifically address the comp controller general's findings -- comptroller general's findings about weaknesses with respect to stakeholder engagement, risk analysis and documentation. to help improve the quality of
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future qhsr's, my legislation requires the d.h.s. to utilize and document a risk assessment to help determine the homeland security missions and threats. h.r. 5385 also requires morrow bust stakeholder engagement and better document -- more robust stakeholder engagement and burt documentation. h.r. 5385 places a major manufacture sizz on stakeholder engagement by requiring documentation regarding communications with stakeholders and information on how feedback from stakeholders influences the review. it also seeks to enchance stakeholder engagement by specifying certain key stakeholders to be consulted. to ensure that the risk assessment undertaken to produce the qhsr is repeatable in future years, h.r. 5385 requires d.h.s. to retain all information regarding the risk assessment, including data used
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to generate the risk results. and the sources of information to generate the risk assessment. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation that was approved unanimously by the committee on homeland security and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no other speakers at this time. if the gentlelady from new jersey has no other speakers, i'm prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from new jersey. mrs. watson coleman: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. thank you again, mr. speaker. as our nation faces an ever-evolving threat, it is imperative that the department of homeland security effectively analyzes and defines future threats facing the country. with the use of a defined repeatable risk assessment as required in h.r. 5385, d.h.s. will be better able to outline specific threats to the homeland and offer tactical strategies for handling these threats.
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d.h.s. will also be able to gain insight from the entire homeland security enterprise and valuable stakeholders through documented communications. involving stakeholder engagement is important, not only for the quality of the qhsr, but for ensuring buy-in from critical homeland security enterprise partners who operate outside the department. the improvements provided in h.r. 5385 will make the qhsr the impactful document it was designed to be. with that, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5385 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield sufficient time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: mr. speaker, h.r. 5385 is a great move forward in the qhsr. me and ms. watson coleman, believe in transparency and also believe being on the same page when it comes to security and the safety of our nation
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and making sure that we can follow the metrics that d.h.s. is using to evaluate that so we can do better in the future. i applaud her for her efforts in this legislation, as well as her ability to get it passed through the committee on a bipartisan basis. for that i once again urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5385 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5385, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. perry: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5056, the airport
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perimeter and access control security act of 2016. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 505, h.r. 5056, a bill to modernize and enhance perimeter and access control security by requiring updated risk assessments and the development of security strategies and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry, and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. keating, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: thank you very much. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perry: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 5056, the airport perimeter and access control security act, sponsored by congressman bill keating. in recent months, we've seen
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attacks at airports and aircraft overseas and in every instance the integrity and effectiveness of the airport security infrastructure and the insider threat has been concerning. for this reason, we must rutinize the security of our nation's airports and ensure that public has confidence that their travels will be safe and secure in this high threat environment. specifically, h.r. 5056 directs the t.s.a. to update its official risk assessment for the aviation sector to reflect the latest available threat intelligence. moreover, the bill mandates that t.s.a.'s comprehensive risk assessment of perimeter and access control security is more regularly updated and that t.s.a. conducts a sectorwide assessment of airport access control vulnerabilities and mitigation efforts. all of this information is required for an updated national strategy for airport perimeter and access control security, which t.s.a. has failed to update since 2012.
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despite multiple access controls and perimeter security breaches at airports across the country. as this bill demonstrates, we cannot focus solely on the effectiveness of our passengers -- passenger screening checkpoints while allowing laxed security around the perimeter and within the sterile areas of airports. mr. speaker, i thank congressman keating for introducing this crit kritcal legislation, and -- critical legislation, and i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. keating: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of my legislation, h.r. 5056, the airport perimeter and access control security, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keating: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague from pennsylvania, mr. perry. i want to thank him for his hard work in the homeland security committee, where we're colleagues, as well as his work trying to keep our nation's security and our airport
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security at its highest level. mr. speaker, this bill was a long time coming. since i was first elected to congress in 2010, i worked hard to secure our nation's airports . the last case i had before being a district attorney, was a case where a young 16-year-old had secreted himself on a commercial airliner,, undetected stowed himself in the wheel well. tragically, he went from north carolina and his body was found in massachusetts, in the district i represented. as we investigated the cause of that death, we found out that the circumstances were that he had penetrated all the security. in fact, i sent my investigators down from massachusetts to look at that and even knowing this had occurred, there was no record,
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video-wise or otherwise what he had done. so even looking backwards we couldn't find out where the security was breached until we made the conclusions at the end of our investigation and looked at the perimeter of that airport and how vulnerable that was. since that time, i demanded information to areas of security and access in our airports and frankly not satisfied with the progress in addressing the security issues, i requested an independent review in 2014 of all airports with the transportation security administration presence. released this spring, this independent report by the g.a.o. found that while t.s.a. has made some progress in assessing risk to airport perimeter and access control security, the agency had not taken new or emerging threats into consideration as well as the unique makeup of individual
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airports and their points of access in those individual airports in their unique perimeters surrounding those airports. updating the risk to our airports with information that reflects the current threat ensures that t.s.a. bases its risk management decisions on current information and focuses its limited resources on the highest priority risks to each airport. further, g.a.o. found that t.s.a. has not comprehensively assessed the vulnerability of commercial airports systemwide. in fact, from 2009 to 2015, t.s.a. conducted these comprehensive assessments at only 81 of the 437 commercial airports nationwide, or 19%. and that's cumulatively. some years that assessment only occurred in 3% of the airports.
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this legislation will make permanent the recommendations from this independent report. specifically, the bill requires t.s.a. to update transportation security sector risk assessments for the entire aviation sector. requires it to update the comprehensive risk assessment and perimeter access control with the most currently available intelligence. requires that it conduct a thorough assessment of airport perimeters and access control ints, such as the unique geography each airport entails. and determines a future strategy of regular updates. further, the bill ib corporates the input of major airport operators, which we met here in d.c. with the homeland security committee and we heard their concern for the lack of individualized security strategy. a recent report of the associated press investigation found that intruders breach airport fences approximately
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every 10 days. altogether, there were at least 39 breaches nationwide in 2015, which was also the annual average from 2012 to 2015. t.s.a.'s own calculations over a 10-year period ending in 2011 showed 1,300 perimeter breaches in the 450 domestic airports. that figure does not account for continued perimeter security breaches since 2011, including stowaways, trespassing across tarmacs, scaling perimeter fences and driving vehicles through barriers across airport property. the landscape in which terrorists operate is constantly changing and it's challenging. we have to stay ahead of it. we have to look no further than the recent attacks in paris and brussels and istanbul to see what the threats are within access points and perimeters of
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airports. we're lucky here in the u.s. that the individuals that breached these access points and perimeters did not have the same nefarious intention, but that doesn't mitigate the risk. it doesn't mitigate the fact that these people pose dangerous behavior potentially to our airports and our employees and, of course, the passengers and travelers who rely on t.s.a. operators and airport officers for their security. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5056, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i have no speakers at this time. mr. perry: i'm prepared to close once the gentleman does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. keating: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keating: as i said, the attacks on airports currently in europe show the challenging
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terrorist attack efforts that are currently here in the united states. this bipartisan legislation will close loops in our airport practices and procedures and bring us closer to ensuring that access control points and perimeters of all design are as secure as possible. passage of this bill is an important step in the safety of passengers, pilots and employees as well. i would like to thank the chairman of the transportation security subcommittee, mr. katko, our ranking member, miss rice, full committee ranking member, mr. thompson and mr. king, mr. richmond, ms. swalwell and mrs. torres for joining me in supporting this legislation. once again, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5056 , and i yield back the balance of my time and thank, again, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry, for
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his spirit of bipartisanship in moving forward with this important legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: mr. speaker, i want to thank my colleague from massachusetts for his well-thought out and well-placed, long overdue legislation, and it makes me think of my time serving in the united states military as an airfield commander charged with many things including the security of the airfield, knowing that the -- our adversaries at any level, whether it's on the civilian side or military side, continuously probes and looks for ways to thwart us in our efforts to maintain our security, ever changing their tactics, techniques and procedures and you can see from the recent attacks where they figured they could not get their device or their activities onto the plane. they just simply attacked prior to getting on the plane and actually attacking prior to going through security. so it is in that spirit that we
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know that we must be right every single bit of the time. there is no margin for error, which is why this legislation is so well-placed and so timely. with that i once again urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5056, and i yield back the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5056. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from arizona seek recognition? ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4404, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of
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the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4404, a bill to require an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from ms., ms. mc-- the gentlelady from arizona, ms. mcsally, and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. keating, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from arizona. ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i ask that he can that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 4404, the terrorist and foreign fighter travel exercise act. this legislation furthers the efforts that i and several of my colleagues on the house homeland security committee have been engaged in for much of the 114th congress. as members of the bipartisan task force on combating terrorist and foreign fighter travel. for six months, our task force investigated our security vulnerabilities and the threat
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posed by isis. our work produced 32 key findings and over 50 recommendations to make americans safer. in our findings, the task force found that the growing complexity and changing nature of the foreign fighter phenomenon may be creating unseen gaps in our defenses. yet, it has been years since any large-scale stress test has been conducted on u.s. government protection and prevention programs against terrorist travel. the last major government exercise on terrorist travel occurred in 2009 when the federal emergency management agency, or fema, conducted an exercise focused on the aftermath of a notional terrorist event outside of the united states and how to prevent subsequent efforts by the terrorists to enter the united states and carry out additional attacks. the objective of that exercise was to determine how governing agencies at all levels would respond in such an environment. however, the threat environment in 2016 has changed considerably and relying on on
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information gathered six years ago puts americans at risk. the exercise conducted in 2009 also focused primarily on terrorists attempting to infiltrate the united states from overseas. however, our task force found that officials today should be just as concerned about americans leaving the country to train overseas with terrorist groups as foreign fighters. the ability of these hardened fighters to return to the united states is a legitimate security threat to the homeland. catching individuals who are looking to join the ranks and train with isis and other terrorist organizations prior to their initial departure is equally important, and it should be a goal for law enforcement as well. as such, h.r. 4404 would require that the obama administration conduct an exercise to evaluate the nation's preparedness against all phases of foreign fighter planning and travel. carrying out such a test would be beneficial in understanding how partners at all levels of
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government and abroad are currently responding to these scenarios. the feeble response to isis by this administration is responsible and we must take decisive action to defeat this threat that they and other terrorist organizations pose to us. the findings of this exercise required by this legislation will identify weaknesses at home and abroad that might be exploited by terrorists and foreign fighters, particularly to infiltrate the united states to conduct attacks. these findings will also be provided to congress and federal law enforcement and intelligence officials and provide information on how we can best address these weaknesses. i am pleased that over the last several months, the house has passed numerous pieces of legislation that were products of this bipartisan task force work, including some recommendations that are now law. passage of the terrorist and foreign fighter travel exercise act today represents continued action by this body to fight against isis and ensure we keep america safe. i want to thank chairman mccaul and ranking member thompson for establishing this task force on
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combating terrorists and foreign fighter travel. i'd also like to thank chairman of the task force, congressman john katko, for his leadership and the other members who served on the task force for their continued dedication to seeing our recommendations through. i'd look forward to the implementation of many more of the task force's findings and i urge all members supporting me in this bipartisan, commonsense bill. before i close, i would like to include in the record an, change of letters between the chairman of the transportation and infrastructure and the chairman of the committee on homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. mcsally: i ask all members to join me in supporting this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. . >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of this bill, the terrorist foreign fighter travel exercise act, sponsored by the gentlelady from arizona, a colleague on the homeland security committee, ms. mcsally, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keating: thank you, mr.
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speaker. the threats our communities face are evolving rapidly. we need to make sure our communitieses are prepared to respond. my community knows all too well the benefit exercises have on the ability of first responders to do their jobs safely and effectively. the year before the boston marathon bombings, through a grant, boston participated in urban shield, a 24-hour exercise during which responders were rotated through various training scenarios. more than 1,800 emergency response personnel from over 50 federal, state and local agencies participated. the goal of urban shield was to assess capabilities achieved through grant investments, improved proefficientsy -- proficiency at core capabilities, and identify capability gaps. prior to that the city of boston participated in a joint counterterrorism awareness
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workshop where more than 200 participants from federal, state and local governments took part in a 24-hour-long integrated response exercise in which multiple coordinated assaults were simulated, much like the terrorist attacks in india in november of 2008. regarding that 2011 exercise, then police commissioner ed davis said, this workshop is like no other terrorism training exercise in which i've participated. the diversity of voices provides for a robust and honest discussion about the common challenges we face and the new solutions necessary to address them. these and other exercises supported by the urban area security initiative grant funds are what prepared our first responders to respond so bravely and heroically and effectively to the boston marathon bombingsings. as -- bombings. as we are learning through events in san bernardino, orlando and abroad, the tack takes of our adversaries -- tactic of our adversaries are
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constantly changing and we must ensure our first responders have the training they need to address them. h.r. 4404 requires the d.h.s. secretary to carry out an exercise related to terrorist and foreign fighter travel. additionally, the bill ensures that fema and fema's national exercise program includes scenarios designed to the extent practicable to include emerging terrorist threats. to be clear, this language would not require fema's national exercise program to focus exclusively on terrorist threats, but rather seeks to ensure that fema continues to develop exercises that are responsive to threats as they emerge. in light of recent events, the critical that we emphasize preparedness and evolving terrorist threats. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 4404, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from arizona.
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mr. sali: i have no other speakers -- ms. mcsally: i have fro no other speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. the key debt coosh mr. keating: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no other speakers and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keating: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, one thing we learned in the aftermath of the boston marathon bombings is the training and preparatory exercise contribute to preparedness. the lessons learned from first responder exercises that occurred in the boston -- in boston prior to the bombings saved lives. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 4404 so that our first responders will continue to benefit from exercises that are responsive to the evolving threat to our environment and i want to thank the gentlelady from arizona, ms. mcsally, for her work in this regard. proud to be a co-sponsor. and proud to have the bipartisan effort that we do as
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a whole in the homeland security committee, to try and work hard together to make our country safer. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from arizona. ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i once again urge my colleagues to support h.r. 4404. i thank the gentleman from massachusetts and our other colleagues for their co-sponsorship of this and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 4404 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5588. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 558 , a bill to increase, effective as of december 1, 2016, the rates of compensation for veterans with service-quected disabilities and the rates of dependency and indemnity compensation for the survive, of certain disabled veterans and for other purposes . the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from louisiana, mr. abraham, and the gentleman from california, mr. takano, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from louisiana. mr. abraham: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and add extraneous materials on h.r. 5 588. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. abraham: mr. speaker, i
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yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. abraham: thank you, mr. speaker. i am honored to have introduced h.r. 5588, the veterans compensation cola act of twick. this bill would provide a cost of living increase for war-time disability compensation, additional compensation for dependence, clothing allowance, dependency and indemnity conversation, institutes for surviving spouses and dependency and indemnity compensation to children paid to our wounded warriors and their families for injuries they suffered while serving in uniform or our nation. many of these veterans are suffering from serious conditions such as traumatic brain injuries that may make it difficult for them to find gainful employment and provide for their families. this clean cost of living increase will help them keep pace with inflation. benefits are also paid to spouses and children of those who have tragically made the
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ultimate sacrifice in defense of this great nation. h.r. 5588 would give veterans and their families the same cost of living increase that social security recipients receive. the men and women who have been -- were disabled as a result of their military service should not have to struggle to put food on the table and pay for housing and other necessities. members of both sides of the aisle haveer tos i lick -- historically supported legislation that provides an annual cola for disabled veterans because we know it is the right thing to do. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5588. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. tack tack -- mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: i rise in support of h.r. 5588, the veterans compensation cola act of twick. this bill is our annual veterans cost of living
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adjustment. it would ensure that beginning on december 1, 2016, our disabled veterans receive the same increases as those receiving social security benefits. specifically, h.r. 5588 directs the secretary of veterans affairs to increase the rates of basic compensation for disabled veterans and the rates dependency and indemnity compensation or d.i.c. to their survivors and dependents. it also increases other benefits such as clothing allowance and war time disability to keep pace with the rising costs of living. this bill send as strong message, a strong and important message, that we are going to honor our commitment to supporting our veteran. this is the least we can do to repay their service. i thank you and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from louisiana. mr. abraham: does the gentleman have any more speakers? mr. takano: i do not. mr. abraham: ok. mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman, mr. takano, for his
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kind words and his support and i have no speakers. so once again, i just encourage all members to support h.r. 5588 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i too -- i have no more speakers. i thank the gentleman from louisiana for his work on this issue and it's a pleasure working with you in committee. i once again ask all of my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 5588, and the veterans' compensation cola active 2016. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5588. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5252, to designate the united states customs and border protection port of entry
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located at 1400 lower island ad in tornillo, tsca, as the marcelino serna port of entry. the clerk: h.r. 5252, a bill to designate the united states custom and border protection port of entry located at 1400 lower island road in tornillo, texas, ats marcelino serna port of entry. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. johnson, and the gentleman from michigan, mr. lavigne, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 5252, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i
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yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 5252, to designate the u.s. customs and border protection port of entry located at 1400 lower island road in tornillo, texas, the marcelino serna port of entry. private serna was a brave veteran who selflessly honored his country. he demonstrated courage, bravery and heroism in battle, risking his life to save his fellow soldiers and became the most decorated world war i veteran from the state of texas. i'm honored to stand here today as a veteran and a fellow texan
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to pay tribute to this brave american. and i congratulate my colleague, mr. hurd, for his leadership in introducing this legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan. mr. levin: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 5252, serna was an no undocumented immigrant who became the most decorated solder from texas in world war and the first hispanic to be awarded the distinguished service cross, the highest military decoration of the united states army after the medal of honor. by designating this port in his name, his exemplary service is fully recognized to our country. . i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: the ai

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