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so although road maintenance is critically important, i cannot support the offset. i oppose the amendment and reserve my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. chaffetz: i'd like to yield to the chairman of the commow. the chair: the gentleman from alifornia is recognized. pll calvert: i appreciate the gentleman's amendment, i experienced with mrs. kirkpatrick and ms. mccollum, we were at the navajo reservation about a year ago, my back is still hurting from the road we were on. it was quite an experience. they need help. so i think this is a very modest amount of money, i appreciate the support that our colleagues give to indian country. they certainly deserve it. i would encourage adoption of this amendment. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. israel: i yield two minutes to the distinguished ranking
member. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. mccollum: thank you. to mr. chaffetz, we agree that these roads need to be fixed. in fact, chairman simpson and i just sit o-- sitting on the bus, i had one brand of tracking equipment, he had another, i won't mention the names here, we're not opposed to fixing these roads but we want to take an opportunity on this amendment to point how much has already been cut from the environmental protection agency. they have had $164 million cut. there's been other cuts that have come through. at the same time members come to the floor and complain that they haven't, you know, done the delisting and they haven't been out there and they haven't checked this out and they haven't done this and they haven't done that. we need to give them the tools in the toolbox. so we know that this amendment is going to pass. we hope that the schoolchildren arrive to school safely, as a
teacher i want them there every day to be educated. but we really need to figure out a way to fund some of these other projects besides already taking -- besides taking out of an already peared down environmental protection agency. i thank the gentleman from new york and yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from utah. mr. chaffetz: i would simply say that i think you find that the mutual burn approach to achieve the goal, i don't think anybody is in opposition. the reality is, in nearly 30 year the funding level hasn't changed. it's very modest. it's less than $2 million. and i hope people find it in their heart to let this pass. it makes the world of difference to people and we can debate about where to pull those funds. i've offered this amendment in a bipartisan way from this fund, it's the way it's structured. i do hope it passes. with that, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york.
mr. israel: we fully respect the gentleman's concern. though he says this is a modest offset, that may be true but we have one modest offset on top of another modest offset on to have of another modest offset and before you know it, the e.p.a. is starving and cannot do its mission. with that we oppose the amendment and i yield back my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from utah. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 113 printed in house report 114-683. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. grayson: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 13, printed in house report 114-683, offered by mr. grayson of florida. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 820, the gentleman from florida, mr. grayson, and a
member opposed will each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. grayson: this amendment, mr. chairman is nearly identical to a bill that passed by voice vote last year, i hope we all agree o its passage again this year. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back. does any member seek time in opposition? the question is on the amendment offered by this egentleman from florida. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 114 printed in ouse house report 114-683.
it is now in order to consider amendment number 114 printed in house report 114-683. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. norcross: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 114 plinted no house report 114-683, offered by mr. norcross of new jersey. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 820, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. norcross, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. norcross: thank you, mr. speaker. my amendment would designate an additional $15 million within
superfund accounts specifically for the enforcement division this amendment does not take money from other programs, rather it designates a portion of already allocated moneys for enforcement. it is revenue neutral and would be equal to the amount the e.p.a. says it needs to hold accountable those companies which have polluted the lakes, streams and even homes of my constituents and our constituents. as i mentioned yesterday, there are still well over 1,000 active superfund sites across this great nation. in my district alone and home to the author of the bill, there are over 13 sites that are still contaminated today. i want to tell you about just three of those, those sites in particular, named for the company responsible for dumping lead and arsenic into the ground streams and the lakes. it's called the sherwin-williams sites. these sites include
sherwin-williams hilliard creek voorhees.ted in the 561 dump site. and united states burn site which is in gibbsboro. early 1930, sherwin-williams purchased this paint manufacturer and where they made varnish manufacturing in gibbsboro and extended their operation throughout that facility. for 20 years they allowed these chemicals from their synthetic varnish to be disposed of in that area. the contamination happened not only at the manufacturing plant but in two separate disposal sites. dump sites that they created. just one of the sherwin-williams disposal method included pumping sludge into holes in the ground around the property. these chemicals from the varnish seeped into the groundwater, contaminating not only that property but properties and
streams around the entire area. the facility was closed in 1977 and sherwin-williams tried to pass this back by selling the property to a developer in 1981. the soil in the groundwater beneath the sites are contaminated with chemicals including lead and arsenic which have devastating effects on both human health and children's development. after the devastating events in flint, michigan, i know we understand so many of the effects of lead exposure. i think it bears repeating that my constituents and americans across the country are facing. . lead exposure have serious long-term health consequences. ven in lead levels, it has learning disabilities and impaired hearing, many of those things we have heard about the
past few months and it leads to issues in pregnant women and also harms fetuses. ccording to e.p.a. long-term exposure could lead to skin, lung and bladder cancer. we must hold companies accountable for the havoc that they have caused in two communities in my district. for almost 40 years this ground has laid there. the author of the superfund bill was one of the driving forces for writing this and yet 40 years later, it stays there, still not being addressed by the company who caused this. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this amendment and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. . for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise?
mr. calvert: i rise in opposition. jim florio was a great guy. as i mentioned on the debate on the gentleman's previous superfund amendment, i appreciate the gentleman's support for robust funding for the superfund program, particularly the cleanup program. we need to make progress to address the backlog of 1,300 sites on the national priorities list and the bill proposes to do so with the $40.1 million increase for cleanup work. the gentleman's amendment proposes to increase e.p.a.'s enforcement budget by $15.2 million. presumably those reductions would come at the expense of the cleanup program. i oppose the amendment a and urge my colleagues to vote no. i sympathesize with what the gentleman is trying to do but we
don't agree to the offset. i urge opposition to the amendment. and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. norcross: i appreciate that im florio's vision this site being one of many in new jersey. but we have to hold accountable those companies that are still active and still making profits today while the cause that they had in these particular sites still go unaddressed, 40 years. company is still making money and still not being held accountable. this is one way to start holding them accountable and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: i oppose the amendment and i yield back. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new jersey.
those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it and the amendment is not agreed to. mr. norcross: ask for a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6, rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new jersey will be postponed. it is now to consider amendment number 116. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. polis: i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 116 printed in house report 114-683 offered by mr. polis of colorado. the chair: the gentleman from colorado, mr. polis, and a member opposed will each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i offer this amendment with mr. peter king of new york and mr. rue ease of california. this amendment is very important to our three districts and many
others across the country that have rural towns with volunteer fire departments. all this amendment does is increase funding for the volunteer assistance grant program from $is 13 million to $ 135 million. funds are awarded to fire departments that protect small communities and help them prepare to respond to wildfires. sadly, i have a perfect example of this need in my district. have a small town in boulder county, colorado is battling a wildfire that is made up of volunteers. just one example, a captain with lost their already homes to the cold spring fire even as they continue to work to save neighbors' homes. it's this sort of heroic work that we need to support through the funding that they need so they have the tools that they
need to fight fires swiftly and effectively. for some reason we don't treat fires the way we treat other natural disasters. they are underfunded. and fires often occur in rural communities with smaller pop layings. the program is critical to moving the needle on wildfire management preventing large wildfires getting out of hand. through this grant program -- it's small, its impact is incredible. it provides matching funds to volunteer fire departments protecting communities with 10,000 or fewer residents. volunteer fire departments provide nearly 80% of the initial attack on wildfires across the united states but unfortunately these departments lack significant resources. $2 million doesn't sound like a lot in this this town but makes
a huge difference. the threat of wildfires has increased. the average cost of suppressing wildland fires continues to go up. instead of funding communities in the initial phase, we have . en underfunding that program i ask for your support for this amendment which has been endorsed by the national association of state foresters and international association of fire chiefs. and i reserve the balance. mr. calvert: this is a good amendment and willing to accept the amendment and i yield back. mr. polis: i thank the gentleman for accepting this important amendment on behalf of the small towns and volunteer fire departments across the united states and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from colorado yields back. any member seek time in opposition? the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from colorado. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the
ayes have it and the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 1119 printed in ouse report 114-683. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. gosar: i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 119 printed in house report 114-683 offered by mr. gosar of arizona. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 820, the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar and a member opposed each will control five minutes. mr. gosar: mr. chairman i rise today to offer a bipartisan amendment. will assess ndment keeping lake havasu open for all users. on may 20, 2015, the u.s. fish
wake ldlife issued a no zone and a fishing and boating destination popular with visitors from around the world. and prohibited tubing waterskiing. this action was taken behind closed doors with no advance notice and without opportunity for public comment. these new mandates were announced and implemented two days before memorial weekend. tourists spend $2 million in the area and support 4,000 full-time jobs. tourists are interested in recreational boating activities. the service has attempted to justify by quote, temporary restrictions by stating they are necessary to address safety concerns. the arizona game and fish department submitted formal comments refuting this claim
stating there were four incidents in the last three years. the department went on to state, the temporary restriction posed includes a safe, traditional popular water skiing area. the service doesn't justify this additional restriction and the impacts to the recreational area would be significant. the reported events do not support the existence of a safety concern. on april 12, 2016, the service announced a draft determination and the agency's intent to pursue more boating restrictions on lake havasu. due to significant oppositions more than 1,000 concerned citizens, it suspended the proposed restriction. while this action was welcomed, the service still has no reopened the area closed that started this very controversy. these temporary restrictions
have been in effect for more than a year. the action by the fish and wildlife service was also unlawful. it violated the law by not going through the nepa process and submiting public comment. this should alarm not only the visitors to lake havasu. this bipartisan amendment is endorsed by more than 20 local and national organizations including arizona game and fish department, concerned citizens, arizona chapter, the yuma chamber of commerce and many, many more. my amendment is about government accountability and simply prohibits a press release by closing an area of lake havasu. it should go through the normal scoping process before making major changes. i ask my colleagues to support
this amendment and i thank the chairman and ranking member for their time and with that, i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota rise? ms. mccollum: i rise to claim time in opposition to make a omment and ensure that's the reason i'm claiming the time. from a water state, i'm from minnesota and i know that becomes an ting issue where it hasn't been an issue because of the popularity and the number of people coming to an area. sometimes the people -- sometimes in our state, it's actually municipalities that oversee the waterways a and we have a park board that oversees it.
and sometimes we have to re-examine what's going on because of the way things have caught on with people coming. and the more people in an area, whether it's swimming, boating, sailing, fishing, sometimes there is a resource there was plenty of room, now we're finding that people are on top of each other and add to the fact that this is a body of water and i have pictures up here where you have wildlife habitat. so i hear clearly saying that it doesn't appear that the people in the area who have taken place felt they were given much advanced notice or input. here's the concern that i have about us taking a vote here on this. i think you raised legitimate concerns and we need to make sure it's addressed, but i don't
want to start having every refuge being managed by members of congress. i think you show that you have a lot of people in support of what you're doing. it's bipartisan in nature the way that it appears fish and wildlife handled it and wasn't in an open process where people understood what they were doing or comment on what they are doing. when we come here to the floor to legislate this, it sets a bad precedent. do you really feel that you need to pass an amendment to legislate this? i'm willing to work with you on this. is there a way we can get the achieved goal and objective that you're seeking and making sure that visitors' safety and recreational use is preserved in a way that is safe and enjoyable for everyone. a part of this is there is
multiple use with more people coming in a confined area. i understand your frustration but i'm wondering if there is a better way to accomplish your goal? mr. gosar: i thank the gentlelady but the issue is very interesting because we actually issued a foia receipt of emails and this was done by two people complaining and if you look at the map, what ends up by happening closing this area where families and young kids learn how to waterski, it forces them into the major channel in the lake havasu area where boats go 50-75 miles an hour. people are going to get hurt. if the fish and wildlife service don't want us to continue to do this, follow the law. that's the key here. ollow the law. ms. mccollum: reclaiming my
time. this is why i think it becomes a little -- you're here in a very professional manner, but it becomes -- the chair: members are reminded to address the chair. ms. mccollum: thank you very much, mr. chair. when you have people swim, fishing and water skiing in the same area and there's more and more pressure on it. i just rose in opposition to have an -- to have a discussion about it and understand it. i withdraw my opposition. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i thank the gentlewoman, appreciate the dialogue back and forth but once again, let's follow the rule of law. if the agency doesn't want incidents like this and have their hands slapped publicly, do their job, do it right do, it well. this is about safety but in reverse fashion. with that, i appreciate the work of the gentlelady and the chairman and with that, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back.
the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from arizona. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 120 printed in ouse report 114-683. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. weber: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the -- the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 120, prinned in house report 114-683, offered by mr. weber of texas. the chair: pursuant to house 820, the gentleman from texas and a member opposed each will control five minutes. mr. weber: i rise to offer a simple and commonsense amendment to h.r. 5538, the department of interior and e.p.a.
appropriations bill. this amendment passed by voice vote last year and i hope all members can support it again today, or should i say tonight. america's job creators have faced an onslaught of regulations from the e.p.a., mr. chairman. even as congress has consistently reduced the agency's budget year after year. the e.p.a. has proposed lower national ozone standards, regulations on new and existing power plants, regulations on waters of the united states, just to name a few. all of these regulations are based on questionable scientific data and will lead to higher energy prices for harder -- for hard working families and small businesses and without a doubt will negatively impact american jobs. the agency has cited its authority under the clean air act as the basis for many of its regulatory actions. however, when it comes to evaluating how its regulations impact american jobs, the agency has failed to follow the law.
section 321-a of the clean air act clearly states, quote, the administrator shall conduct continuing evaluations of potential loss or shifts of employment including, where appropriate, investigating threatened plant closures or reductions in employment allegedly resulting from such administration or enforcement, end quote. plch, the e.p.a. is even now involved in ongoing litigation for its failure to comply with this provision and congress has repeatedly heard testimony reinforcing e.p.a.'s failure to comply with section 321-a. in response to questions for the record during her senate confirmation hear, administrator mccarthy said that, quote, the e.p.a. has not interpreted section 321-a to require e.p.a. to conduct employment investigations in taking regulatory action, end quote. mr. chairman, congress put this provision in the clean air act for a reason. to provide a necessary check on
the regulatory powers of unelected bureaucrats at the e.p.a. in response to the e.p.a.'s refuse to to follow the law, congress must act to ensure that true regulations on jobs are disclosed to inform the public and members of congress. mr. chairman, i urge all my colleagues to support this amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from texas reserves. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota rise? ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. chairman. i was trying to figure out exactly what this amendment does because -- the chair: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. mccollum: under the clean air act, the e.p.a. is required to study shifts of employment. so this would tell the e.p.a. they're not allowed to spend any funds in the course of not doing any analysis. it's just illogical to prohibit the agency from spending money not to do something, but it's
also pointless. the employment impact analysis are already required under the clean air act. the agency regularly undertakes them as part of rule making. . chairman, the -- why i'm baffled is this amendment is impractical and unnecessary. it appears to me as just another attempt to come to the floor and undermine the e.p.a.'s efforts to make sure that they're able to do their job. ith that, i just yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from texas. mr. weber: i appreciate the gentlelady's comments she actually raised a good argument for the amendment. we're telling the e.p.a. they need to do their job. no money can be spent in contravention of 321-a. they can't go after a company, for example, if they haven't done the job analysis. that's exactly what this amendment says. so i want to -- i simply want to reiterate what i said, the law says the administrator shall
conduct continuing evaluation of potential loss of employment. don't understand what the administrator doesn't understand about shall. it keeps the e.p.a. from destroy manager jobs as they seem to have a habit to do. mr. chairman, i urge all my colleagues to support this amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from texas. ayes ayes -- those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed. to it is now in order to consider amendment -- to consider amendment number 122 printed in house report 114-683. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. gallego: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 1 2, printed in house report
114-683, offered by mr. gallego of arizona. the chair: the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego and a member opposed each will control five maines. mr. gayay go: i rise to offer an amendment to reaffirm conscious support for grazing fees on public land. graze on public land is a privilege not a right. ranchers who use the lands should abide by the law and pay their fair share. my amendment says permits shall not be issued to people who do not comply with regulations. the fees go to improvement of lands. the vast majority of ranchers are upstanding, responsible americans who understand the importance of the efforts and pay their fees on time. some ranchers are outright refusing to pay grazing fees. that's unacceptable. to be clear, my amendment does not penalize people for forgetting to repair a fence or neglecting to make a payment once or twice. instead this amendment will ensure that egregious violations
of fwrazing regulations are not financed by the american taxpayer. one particular rancher who is well known to the media continues to be more than $1 million in arrears. he's ignored the executive and judicial branches of government and expanded his herds further into federal lands he put the lives of local and federal officials in dangerous in a standup, after which he was indicted on charges. we're only now beginning to see the damage he's caused to public lands as a result of this confrontation. mr. chairman, my friends on the other side of the aisle talk a lot about upholding the law. yet they respond with silence or even support when this particular rancher and others brazenly broke our laws and put the lives of b.l.m. officers at risk in an armed standoff. mr. chairman, i can't help but notice the double standard in republican support for ranchers who refuse to pay their fair share and republican criticism of americans who refuse to
accept injustice in their community. this amendment offer my republican friends the opportunity to stand up for those who have broken our laws with impunity. stand up against those who have broken our laws impunity. it sends a clear signal that egregious violations of grazing regulations will not be financed by the american taxpayer and projects a clear message of support to the b.l.m. officers who demonstrate discretion and restraint in the handling of the ranchest' protest. mr. chairman, let's pass this amendment and uphold the basic principle that our laws should be applied fairly to everyone in this country and uses its public and. >> will the gentleman yield? mr. gallego: yes. >> i appreciate the gentleman yieldsing. mr. calvert: i aee that permit holders should meet existing requirements to renew their permits. i would accept this amendment and yield back. mr. gallego: i ask for my time
back. the chair: the gentleman from arizona yields back. does any member wish to claim time in opposition? the gentleman from arizona was yielding back, correct? the gentleman from arizona yields back. does any member claim time in opposition? hearing none the question is now on the amendment offered by the gentleman from arizona. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. mr. gallego: i ask for a roll call vote. the chair: further proceedings on the amendment offereded by the gentleman from arizona will e postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 123 printed in house report 114-683. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? mr. grayson: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will dez ig
in it the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 123 printed in house report 114-683, offer plid grayson of florida. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 820, the gentleman from florida, mr. grayson, and a member opposed each will control five minutes this egentleman from florida is now recognized. mr. grayson: this amendment is identical to other amendments invereded by voice vote into every appropriations bill considered under open rule in the 113th and 114th congress and in the last few weeks under a structured rule. if it is accepted i will not ask for a recorded vote. mr. calvert: i like your amendment. i accept it. mr. grayson: thank you, i reclaim my time and yield back. the chair: does any member seek time in opposition? hearing none, the amendment is -- the question is on the amendment offered by this egentleman from florida. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed. is agreedgreed to: --
it is now in order to consider amendment number 130 print t.d. house report 114-683. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. polis: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will dez ig in it the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 130 printed in house report 114-683, offered by mr. polis of colorado. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 820, the gentleman from colorado, mr. polis, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the gentleman is recognized. mr. polis: mr. chairman, wild, free-roaming horses and burros are a living symbol of the historic and pioneer spirit of the west, like in my home state of colorado. my amendment will help to prevent the bureau of land management from destroying this iconic symbol using funds allocated in this bill to be used for surgical sterilization of horses. what distinguishes america's wild horses from the domestic counterparts is their natural
behaviors and complex social organizations. surgical sterilization will take the wild out of wild horses by removing the horse's ability to utilize the reproductive organs that drive their natural behavior and chaining their hormonal structure. it turns them into little more than pasture horses, edestroying their complex social organizations and changing the free-roaming behaviors congress sought to protect when we passed the wild and free-roaming horses and burros act of 1971. the way surgical way the sterilization is conducted is simply cruel. in 2013 national academy of science study report identifies many strategies for fertility control and supports contraception. rather than use taxpayer funds for expensive operations, we
have effective dart-delivered birth control that is a fraction of the cost and more humane and preserves the wild character of the herds. it notes that sterilization is the least recommended of the approaches. there's not good data and not tested in wild horses and b.l.m. noted that fertility control is important to maintaining the population and size of these herds and some form of fertility control is needed. it affects both male and female horses and in both cases, experts have said it is a bad dea. there are planned techniques to use on mares.
the national academy of science has stated clearly that castrating stallions will result in test tosser own. and expression of the natural behavior. scientists believe this mass sterilization program could end to the end of wild horses. b.l.m. has the p.c.p. birth control vaccine and it is delivered by dart. t is $25 a dose. numerous studies has shown the cost effectiveness in managing wild horse population. use. l.m. has reduced its contraception has been available
but b.l.m. continues to ignore this approach despite the national academy of sciences report indicating these vaccines are the most promising fertility control methods to limit the growth population. examples of using p.c.p. have been used in herds in virginia and maryland. these kinds of procedures destroy the wild nature of horses. the national academy of sciences warned that the possibility that it have prolonged bleeding. the final point i want to make is this proposal by b.l.m. has raised overwhelming opposition by the general public for whom our wild horses are very popular. 20,000 citizens submitted comments. the public wants its wild horses protected and we need to control
the population but not surgically mutilate our wild horses. i would like the chairman to work with me and protects the iconic symbol of the american west. with his commitment, i yield to the gentleman. mr. calvert: i appreciate the gentleman yielding to me. i would like to speak to this problem that we have. i thank my colleague from colorado willing to work with the subcommittee in agreeing to withdraw the amendment later in this discussion. and i fully understand his concerns concerning the research program for wild horses and burros. value wild horses and burros. they are an iconic part of our history in the west, but we have a problem and i think we can agree to that. we are spending $80 --
mr. polis: i reserve the balance of my time. mr. calvert: i take time in opposition obviously not to speak in opposition. we are spending $80 million a year in this appropriation bill and will double to $160 million in four years to store horses that we're presently doing and also as the gentleman is aware, not just the health of the herds and some of these are in poor health, but also the health of the range. some areas way overutilized. we need to work with the gentleman to find out a way to deal with this problem and we just can't continue to ignore that this issue is a growing problem and i was just over in death valley and we have some cases irreversible and damage
done by wild burros and i look forward to working with the gentleman. mr. polis: i thank the gentleman for his commitment to work with us in protecting wild horses and i withdraw my amendment. the chair: without objection. the gentleman withdraws the amendment. the chair understands that amendment number 131 will not be offered. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. calvert: i now move the committee rises. the chair: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it and the motion is adopted and accordingly, the committee rises.
the speaker pro tempore: mr. chairman. the chair: mr. speaker, the committee of the whole house on the state of the union having had under consideration h.r. 5538 directs me to report that it has come to no resolution thereon. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration h.r. 5538 and has come to no esolution thereon. the chair leaves before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leaves of absence requested for mr. pearce of new mexico for today and the balance of the week. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
he request is granted. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah rise? mr. chaffetz: i move that we adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it and the motion is adopted and accordingly the house stand adjourned until 9:00 a.m. today.
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several decades. .atch live on c-span listen on the c-span radio app or get video on demand at c-span.org, have a front row seat to every minute of those conventions on c-span all beginning on monday. in his final appearance as british prime minister, david cameron took questions from members of the house of commons. this was his 182nd question time appearance as britain's top legislator. he was asked about the future of the u.k. after the nation leaves the european union and about his own future. theresa may takes over as britain's prime minister replacing mr. cameron. >> order. questions to the prime minister. [cheers and applause]
>> question 1. >> i know the whol house will congratulate me on the stunning success at wimbledon. withmorning i had meetings ministerial colleagues and others. other than one meeting this afternoon the rest of my day was remarkably light. >> thank you very much. may i echoed the prime minister's congratulations and to all the other winners. we think the prime minister for all his hard work and his leadership. and particularly his commitment to the union and to northern ireland.
i am told there are lots of english -- of leadership roles. dear, even across the big pond, a role that needs filling. but if i can go to my subject, brexit -- thank you. threatened the union. with the prime minister work with his successors to ensure we have some body that will pull together all the countries of and the overseas territories and make it so we'll work together. >> let me thank the gentleman for his kind remarks and fascinating suggestions for future jobs. most of which sound even harder
than this one. i do believe northern island is stronger than it was sixers ago. 58,000 more people in work. the full evolution of justice and home affairs livid under this government. i care passionately about our united kingdom as i know he doesn't always do. that ased to make sure we leave we worked out to keep the benefits of the trouble area. also there public of ireland and that work needs to quicken. >> thank you. i would like to pay tribute to all the hard work he has done. friend's lasting having visited
peshmerga and there are airstrike -- strikes. the risk will be reduced with additional increment. we could provide some beds for the most seriously injured. this is a relatively small investment that would make a huge difference to our lives and our common fight against the evil of terrorism. hiset me say thank you for kind remarks but also he is right. the kurds are incredibly brave fighters and are doing valuable daesh.ainst excellenthospital has facilities. our army is providing medical instruction to help them deal with the situations but we will look and see if more can be done. the strategy is working. daesh has lost 40% of the
territory it once had. hit.cing has been desertion has increased, and the flow of foreign fighters is up -- fallen by nine -- 90%. this will take a long time to work in iraq and syria but we must stick at it and we must stay the course. >> thank you. could i start by joining the prime minister in paying true to the british work -- winners in wimbledon? also i think it would be nice if we congratulated serena williams on her fantastic achievement as well. mr. speaker, it is only right that after six years as prime minister, we think the most honorable whitney for his service. i often disagreed that there are some of his achievements and want to welcome and pay recognition to today. one is to help to secure the from guantanamo bay and
legislating to achieve equal marriage in our society. i am sure he would like to not -- acknowledged that it was labor float -- most to help to get it through. perhaps he expressed some thatrn on the way homelessness has risen for the past six years and looks like it will continue to rise in this country. >> let me thank him for his kind remarks. i will join him in paying tribute to serena williams. can i and kim for what he said about -- thank him for what he said. we are pleased that it has been resolved. i would thank him for what he said about equal marriage. there are 30,000 gay people who .ave been able to get married
some said i am not that interested in politics but thanks to you i am able to marry the person i love this weekend. that was one of my favorites. as for homelessness it is still 10% below the week that we saw under labor but the key is building more homes. ,e have built 700,000 homes that is how i became prime minister. we need to put in the case on that key to building homes is programs and the key is a strong economy. example carefully to what home secretary has been changed. she said it is harder than ever for young to buy their first house. does the prayer minister think this is because the record low that- or the relief 450,000 pounds are -- is an affordable start?
warmly i say how congratulate the home secretary. when it comes to women prime ministers i am pleased to be able to say pretty soon it will -- nil.l and not a pink bus in sight. andhe issue of housing homelessness, as i said, 700,000 -- 700,000 homes of been delivered. this is absolutely key. because of what had happened to timeortgage market first buyer often needed to have as much as 30,000 pounds to put a deposit down. ofause of the combination help to buy and shared ownership some people are able to get on the housing letter as little as -- lowunds with love mortgage rates. we're making good progress.
>> the malaise seems a little deeper still. saidng of the economy she it really does work for everyone. it is apparent to anyone in touch with the real world that people do not feel our economy works that way. isn't she right that too many people in too many places in economy has their been destroyed in town syrian because the industries have gone, there are high levels of underemployment. don't we all need to address that question? talk aboute going to the economic record, let's get the facts treat. 2.5 million more people at work and there are a million more as this is. 2.9 million apprenticeships have been trained under this government and when it comes to poverty, 300,000 fewer people in
relative poverty. 100,000 fewer children in relative poverty and to be delivery, sloth in let's take the last week we have been having these leadership elections. we have rested nation, competition, and coronation. they have not decided what the rules are yet. it would take a year to work out who would sit where. >> democracy is an excited -- exciting and splendid thing and i am enjoying every minute of it. secretary, mr. speaker, talking of the economy she said many people find themselves exploited by unscrupulous bosses. i cannot imagine --
, mr.n his discussion speaker, in his hand of her discussion with the home secretary could he enlighten us as to whether or not there is any proposal to take on agency britain by banning zero hours contract, clamping down on umbrella companies, repeating the trade union act or all three? that democracy is a splendid thing. i have to agree with him about that. let me answer direct we on titian in the work place. it is this government that introduced a national living wage. are recordthere
fines for businesses that do not pay the minimum wage and prosecution is taking place. all of those things have changed under this government. the can afford less than one in 40 people in work. six -- 60% do not want to work more hours and it was this government that did something the labour party never did which was to ban exclusive zero. 13 years of labor but it took a coalition conservative government to do it. let me say something about the democratic process of leadership elections because i did say a couple of weeks ago. i am beginning to admire his tenacity. he has reminded me of the black night in monty python's holy grail. many times kicked so with the says, keep going, it is only a flesh wound. i admire that. speaker, i would like the
prime minister to address another issue that the house voted on last week. from nina.estion a question from someone who deserves an answer. she says i would like to know if there is any possibility that a european union citizen who has lived in britain for 30 years can have the right of permit residents revoked or deported depending on the brexit negotiations. there have been no clear answers to this question. it is one that worries a large number of people and it would be at question time the prime minister could offer some assurance to those people. you, there issure no chance of that. we're working hard to do what we
want which is to give a guarantee to eu citizens that they will have their rights respected, all those who have come to this country. the only circumstance i could ever envisage, a future government tried to do that guarantee would be if british citizens and other european countries did not have their rights respected so i think it is important to have reciprocity. thatve been trying to give guarantee assumes we can. i have got an e-mail as well. i got this, i am not making this up. i got this on the 16th of september 2015 and she said this. please keep the unity during the first pmq's. she said tom watson is a very different kettle of fish. he is experienced and for more dangerous in the long-term. , let him create his own party disunity.
i have to find judith and find out what happens next. [applause] >> mr. speaker. being --leasure about there are 179 questions. there are more to come to the successor. do not worry about that. but before i ask him the last question, could i just put him on record and wish him well as he leaves this office. familyo to wish his well. we should all get nice that many of us enjoy our jobs. it is the loved ones nearest to us that make enormous sacrifices that we may be able to do this. i would like to pass on my mum for her advice
about ties and suits. it is extremely kind of her and i will pass that on to her. i have one rumor that i want him to do with. as -- there is a rumor going hasnd that his departure been carefully choreographed so he can slip seamlessly into the vacancy created this morning on his departure. is that his next career? thank you forl the kind remarks and the good wishes by my amazing wife samantha and my children who are watching from the gallery today. he is right. the pressure is often hardest around those we love.
errors -- i have done a bit of research. answered 5500 questions. i will leave it to others to answer the rest. ofhink i have done a record 92 hours from this dispatch box as well as some appearances and other things. send his goodly wishes back to my mother. she seems to have taken her advice. it gives me the opportunity to put a rumor to rest as well. even more serious than the strictly come dancing one. his cat is particularly famous and the rumors are somehow i do not love larry. i do. i have photographic evidence to prove it. sadly, i cannot take very with me. he belongs to the staff -- the house and the staff love him
very much as do i. >> is my right honorable friend aware that in 30 years in this house watching prime -- five prime minister's and extra -- and x prime ministers i have seen him achieve a mastery of that dispatch box unparalleled in my time. not just because it -- his command of details, he commands the respect of friends and fellow like to know that he is driven not just by legitimate political ambitions and ideas but by a sense of duty. which he -- leads him to make prosperous, more more solvent, more tolerant, more fair, and more free. he will command the respective generations to come. those words mean a lot for my
right honorable friend. it is a special place and theatrics does have a purpose. it is a time when they prime minister has to know everything that is going on in whitehall stop prettyo quickly. public serviceut and that is what i tried to do. the session does have some admirers around the world. i met mayor bloomberg and we walked down the street and everyone knew him and said you are doing a great job. no one had a clue who i was said eventually, someone cameron, prime minister's questions, we love your show. fix i joined the prime minister in paying tribute to all the winners at wimbledon. this week we mark the 21st
the genocide. it is one of the few political causes that the prime minister and i both wholeheartedly support and i hope he will be impressing on his successor the importance of supporting the remembrance of the organization and all the good work it does. bestuinely extend my personal wishes to the prime minister and to his family. i wish them all the best. however, the prime minister's legacy will undoubtedly the that he has taken us to the brink of being taken out of the european union so we will not be applauding his premiership. has he given his successor on taking scotland out of the eu against the wishes of scottish voters? >> let me join the right honorable tillman and playing to
view to all those who lost their lives and making sure we commemorate this event properly. this year there will be a service in the foreign office where commemoration will be event, where testimony will be read out and we should think of it alongside the terrible events of modern history such as the howard -- holocaust. it reminds us as we debate in this house there is a price for intervention but also sometimes a price for nonintervention and we should remember that. in terms of what he says about scotland and the u.k. and europe, my advice to my should tryis that we to be as close to the eu as we can before the benefits of trade, cooperation, and security. the channel will not get any wider once we leave and that is the relationship we should seek. it will be good for the united kingdom and scotland. is very known -- it is known
[indiscernible] him posingely to be against the wishes of the people. on said she planned to plow with brexit regardless of the effect that scotland voted to remain in the eu. how does the prime minister think that all this will go down in scotland? >> on the brain family, she came study hernt visa to scottish history degree. her husband and son came as dependents. i very much hope that will happen that they put in an application for a visa. supportple in scotland
this. people and work in scotland. massive investment and the renewable industries in scotland. the two biggest warships ever built in scotland. a powerhouse element, a referendum that was legal, decisive, and fair. and the scotsman winning wimbledon twice when i was prime minister. indy 2.d time for andy 2. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to thank the prime minister for the leadership he has shown in support of women within the conservative party. the prime minister's legacy for me however and for fellow cancer survivors is the personal support that he says shown for the cancer drug fund.
however today i would like him to -- i would like to ask them to show that seem support for those who have been affected by the contaminated led. and update the house as to whether they too will have a legacy. >> i think my honorable friend. it has helped many families and people. she is right to raise this issue of contaminated lug. -- blood. the 125be spending million pounds. receive acted will regular annual payment including all those with hepatitis stage one who received 3500 hounds a year. see,hose with hepatitis increaseyments will and will enhance the support for those who have been bereaved or those who will be in future.
significantly boosting the money for the discretionary payments. last year i apologized to the victims on behalf of the british government. i am proud to provide them with the support they deserve. that comingd know --constituency surgeon surgeries, campaigning as these sufferers have done, they repeatedly came to my surgery and say this must not stand. not everyone will be fully satisfied with what is being done. >> the prime minister came to office promising to keep the aaa ratings and to stop his policy banging on about europe. >> in terms of the economic record 2.5 million more jobs, the deficit cut by two thirds,
2.9 million apprenticeships, a growth rate that has been at the top of the developed world, all of that because of the choices we made great we have been able to back our nhs with a 10% funding increase, over 10 billion in real terms in this parliament. we have to settle these issues and it is right when you're trying to settle a really big constitutional issue. you do not just rely on parliament might you ask the people as well. we made a promise and we kept a promise. out to sorry this turns be my last question but i want to thank him for everything he has done for my constituency where every school is now good or outstanding and the jobless rate is down 64%. as he prepares to leave downing toeet, can i encourage him return to the big society agenda and can i ask him if your members saying before becoming prime minister politics are a
mixture of egotism and altruism and you hope the right one wins out. it seems to me that he stayed on the right side of that divide in the last six years not least in the manner of his departure. his country will miss him a great deal. friend for hismy very kind remarks. when it comes to education there is a very strong record to build on. 1.4 million more children in good or outstanding schools than in 2010. we have seen the free schools movement take off with 300 schools. i visited one that is outstanding. one quarter or outstanding which is an amazing record. i think we should build on that record. as for the big society, we should use a stronger economy to build a bigger and stronger society. one of the things we're doing is introducing national citizen service, 200000 and people have taken part in that program and i hope by the end of this parliament it will be the norm for 16-year-olds to take part.
we talk about the soft skills that are necessary to give evil real life chances. many people do not get that and national citizen service will help them. >> thank you, mr. speaker. can i think the prime minister for the courteous way he is always answered questions i have managed to ask him. i have always listened carefully to his answers but until i had to i operations i was not able to see him very clearly. if he is concerned as i am about the newspaper reports that people who are entitled to cataract operations are -- not entitled to codirect operations are jumping the line and having operations? >> can i thank him for his kind remarks. i have tried to answer questions from his dispatch box. it is difficult when you have not seen the specific story and i have not seen the story here. i recall that we are still
investing in these cataract operations and the number receiving them are going up and i will carefully this afternoon about the danger of queue jumping and get back to him. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mike your leadership and constituency, unemployment has dropped to 1.9%. that is something to be proud of and when i would like to thank him for. this is onlyd that possible thanks to his focus on jobs and a strong economy and investment? figures are remarkable. to full employment and it is a remarkable record. what we have run with apprenticeships, and in her
500,000 already in this parliament were the target of 3 million in this parliament which i am confident if we were carter can achieve it and we should think these are not just numbers on a page. people who have experience of the workplace who are learning a trade and taking the first steps in their career. when they get that here not only do we have the national living wage but we also make sure that people do not stop paying income tax until they are earning a good wage and we have taken 4 million of the lowest paid people out of income tax altogether. that is a record to be proud of. >> thank you. this week is black country week. yesterday, black country manufacturers were in parliament demonstrating the high-quality product that are exported worldwide. will the outgoing prime minister impress upon the incoming prime minister the huge importance of maintaining access to the eu
single market during brexit negotiations? in order that we can maximize the black country three contribution to export, activity, and jobs. >> i agree with the honorable gentleman. what we have seen is 173,000 more people in work under this government and we have seen something of a renaissance in manufacturing particularly in sector.motive it is vital for the industry that we have ever access to the single market and he is right, this will be one of the things we have to focus on. i want automotive aerospace, these high-quality manufacturing firms to go from strength to strength making sure we get that vital access. --10 years ago today i was a applying to become a candidate for labor and my right honorable friend was uniting the opposition.
i entered this house in the week that he became prime minister and since that time, unemployment in worcester is hard, up under ships have doubled. we are beginning to receive funding. wages are up and taxes are down. my right honorable friend for his service to our nation and for the legacy of improved life chances he will leave behind? >> can i thank him for his kind remarks. we are seeing unemployment fall in all these constituencies. we have seen the claimant count go down. we see 450,000 fewer children in households where no one works. parent or of having a loved one in work helping to put food on the table and provide aroma will for their children, that is what this is about. i thank him for his kind remarks. >> thank you. brexit, and [inaudible]
-- the prime minister has done more for scottish independence than many [inaudible] have ever hoped to do. so as he contemplates the future, could the prime minister make his commitment to scottish independence official by visiting [inaudible] >> what i would say to all the smp members of parliament is when you have lord smith himself saying that the valve to create a powerhouse parliament was cap, the smp should pay attention and recognize a promise was made and a promise was delivered. times aboutd many
creating this powerhouse parliament. what i have not seen is the smp using any of the powers they have got. finally>> mr. speaker, can i fif all join all of those in thanking the prime minister for the statesmanlike leadership he has given to our party and to the country for the last six years and to thank him particularly on this occasion for the debating eloquence but also the witch and the humor that he has always brought to prime minister's questions on wednesday. can i ask that is no doubt he will have some plans for a slightly more enjoyable and relaxed wednesday morning and lunchtime, he will still be an active participant in this house as he faces a large number of problems over the next few
years. as no two people know what exit means at the moment, we need his advice and his statesmanship as much as we ever have. my rightthink honorable friend for his kind remarks. ireland were one of the toughest conversations i in politics was when i was leader of the opposition and i was trying to get him to join my front bench and he was on a birdwatching holiday in patagonia and it was a most impossible to persuade him to come back. not many people know his but his first act as chancellor of the exchequer was to fire his special adviser. i am very proud of the fact that one of my first acts was to appoint him to my cabinet and the coalition government and i know that then deputy prime minister would join me in saying he provided great wisdom, great thoughtfulness, great talents at a time of difficulty in the advice he gave us. he is not always the easiest person to get hold of.