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come to the white house this afternoon to discuss his trip to asia. also discuss priorities for the rest of the month. that meeting getting under way just after 4:00 p.m. this afternoon. and if there are comments afterwards, we hope to have those for you. now to live coverage of the house floor here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in 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.
in this year of post-9/11, we pray that the children of this generation and their children's children may never have to experience another day like the one that flooded our tv screens so many years ago. protect and guide this nation to a new security, built upon human integrity and communal solidarity. with all who loved freedom and human dignity while respecting the livesed on beliefs of others. empower the members of congress and governments around the world to establish just laws and seek the common good that will lead to ways of equity and peace. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor 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 1 the journal stands approve the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen. ms. ros-lehtinen: if the visitors would join us in our pledge to the flag. 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 now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. this week with the expectations that perhaps this is the week when as elected officials we will do the right thing for south florida families and for americans across our nation,
perhaps this is the week in which the senate will finally pass the long awaited zika funding bill and then for the house to act finally. south floridians are correctly pushing our congress to leave politics aside and to do our job to protect the public. we're already way late in doing so, mr. speaker. i look forward to governor scott's meeting with our south florida congressional delegation later this week because the facts and figures related to how big a problem zika is appears not to have been accurately reflected in the summaries provided by the florida department of health, according to a report in the "miami herald." detailed, timely, accurate information are needed to protect our communities from this epidemic. mr. speaker, let's pass the federal funding needed to fight zika and ensure that state agencies are providing thorough and accurate reporting of local zika infections. thank you, mr. speaker.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection. mr. honda: mr. speaker, by the end of today 90 people in america will have died from gun violence. that is beyond tragic. that is heartbreaking. that is 90 too many. while house republicans shamefully stand idly, i'm proud to say in my district of silicon valley, my hometown community hereby says enough. several years ago the city of sunnyvale overwhelmingly passed critical, coreageous and commence gun violence spreengs measures. today the city of san jose is on the verge of adopting similar measures. i'm proud that silicon valley is leading by example. it's time now for congress to afpblgt mr. speaker, we cannot allow one more day to go by and
90 people to die without doing all that we can to end the epidemic of gun violence. enough is enough. give us a vote, mr. speaker. give america a vote. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek wreck -- arkansas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize jeff henderson who won a gold medal in the long jump during the summer's rio games. a native of mcalpine, arkansas, jeff has been pushing himself to succeed since the humble beginnings of his athletic career. mr. hill: after graduating from sylvan hills high school in 2007, where he played football and ran track, jeff surprised himself and his peers as he tour through the competition both collegiate and professional track and field.
his perseverance would not dwindle in rio. jeff promised his mother, who is battling alzheimer's, that he would bring home the gold. after trailing other athletes during the majority of the vent, on august 13, 2016, jeff leapt his way to gold on the final jump. edging past the silver medalist by one centimeter. our olympic athletes in arkansas and throughout the country made our nation proud this summer and i'm honored to recognize this max size star for his historic accomplishment. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. kildee: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. last week vice president joe biden said, i quote, we're facing a simple reality. we're not doing the people's most urgent business. unquote. he's right. long past time that we take up
the staggering list of unfinished business in this house. people in my hometown of flint still can't drink the water that comes out of their tap. yet house republicans have pushed off any meaningful action that would send help to this community in its moment of greatest need. further, the c.d.c. will run out of resources to fight zika. with almost 17,000 americans, including 1,600 pregnant women infected. republicans in congress continue to put their own partisan messaging agenda ahead of fighting zika, helping the kids of plint, and even with the opioid epidemic killing 78 people a day. 78 young people a day we lose. no action. we have bipartisan approaches to all these problems. this body was called to together do the people's work. we should take up this legislation and we should do it
now, mr. speaker. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection. mr. smith: mr. speaker, the media's credibility is at a new low and it's self-inflicted. that's because they have sat out a maniacal mission to destroy anyone who doesn't bow to their political views. why? clearly one person poses a threat to the media's liberal views. he wants to secure the borders. they want mass amnesty for illegal immigrants. he wants to reduce government regulations. they favor more government control. he opposes political correctness. they support speech. the liberal media think they better than the american people what's good for them. let's hope the voters won't let the liberal media what to think and how to vote.
the future of our democracy depends on a fair, balanced, and unbiased media. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has yielded back. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. i just returned after a weekend in south florida where people wanted to talk to you about two things -- remembering 9/11 and wondering why congress can't figure out how to provide the necessary funding for zika. then this morning, the doctor at n.i.h. said if we don't act we're at risk of halting the investigation into coming up a vaccine that can help prevent people from getting zika. after 9/11, everyone in this country was able to come together as one. we all remember how that felt. my colleague, ileana ros-lehtinen, stood on the floor just now and talked about
the bipartisan support for funding zika research and a response to zika. in this partisan body, let's remember how that felt to stand together and let's stand together for the people of south florida and the people of this country and do the right thing and pass a clean zika funding bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a record vote or the yeas and nays are ordered. or on which the vote insecures objection under clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later.
for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass house resolution 810 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: house resolution 810. resolution expressing the sense of the house of representatives regarding the life and work of elie westle in promoting human rights, peace, and holocaust remembrance. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, and the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and to heir remarks include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you,
mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. wiesel westle -- passed away in july the world lost one of the greatest champions of human rights. a tireless and powerful force against tyranny, against hate, against intolerance. this resolution honors elie wiesel's life, work, legacy, and extends our deepest sympathies to his family and reaffirms his efforts to learn from the lessons of the past in order to prevent another holocaust. i want to thank my good friend, my colleague, steve israel, as well as patrick meehan, and my florida colleague, ted deutsch, for their leadership in bringing this resolution forward as well as chairman royce and ranking member engel for their leadership in shepherding it through the foreign affairs committee and
now here to the house floor. i was proud to work with elie wiesel on a number of issues over the years, including raising awareness about the holocaust and the rise of anti-semitism, as well as other human rights issues. and i was honored to present the congressional gold medal to the dalai lama alongside mr. wiesel in the year 2007. elie had himself been awarded the gold medal in 1984, as well as the presidential medal of freedom, the nobel peace prize, and many other awards and honorary degrees. a survivor of auschwitz and buken walled, elie helped reveal the ugly truth about the across its that took place at nazi concentration camps detailing his experiences in one of his best read books entitled "night" n that book
elie wiesel explained why he dedicated his live to holocaust awareness saying that to forget, quote, would be not only dangerous but offensive. to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time. end quote. . mr. wiesel warned about what happens when the world is silent in the face much evil. saying -- face of evil. saying that, quote, we must take sides. neutrality helps the oppressor, never the vick tifment silence encourages the tormentor never the tormented. sometimes we must interfere, end quote. elie wiesel was never afraid to interfere. raising his voice when others were silent in order to remind us again and again that human suffering wherever and whenever it occurs cannot and must not be ignored.
whether it was genocide in sudan, the plight of tibetans suffering under the communist regime in beijing, a warning against the mullahs in iran who continue to say that israel should be wiped off the face of the earth, eli wiesel was always there to speak out against tyranny. he was committed to ensuring the oppress and the suffering knew they were not alone. that those without freedom, that those without human rights, are not being ignored and are not forgotten by the outside world. elie wiesel's legacy will endure as a reminder that people must never be ignored. that we must learn from the past and that we must never be silent. i urge my colleagues to pass this resolution and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentlelady reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. >> thank you, mr. speaker. it's my honor to yield five minutes to the gentleman from new york, the author of this resolution, mr. israel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. israel: i thank my good friend from florida mr. deutsche, an original co-sponsor of this resolution, and i want to also thank ms. ros-lehtinen for her leadership and support of this resolution as well as the chairman of the committee, mr. royce, for holding a markup on this and ensuring that it received a vote on the floor of the house and finally, mr. speaker, i want to thank the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. meehan, for being the lead original co-sponsor of this bipartisan resolution. mr. speaker, i introduced this resolution shortly after elie wiesel's passing because i wanted to ensure that my colleagues, my constituents, and citizens around the world would never forget the horrors of the
holocaust and the special, unique legacy of mr. why zellful wiesel's l's -- mr. tremendous impact has touched many of us. after surviving one of the darkest moments in history , he spoke up and offered a voice to the voiceless, he offered hope to people without hope he spoke for the millions that we lost in the holocaust but also those who survived he helped educate the entire world on the atrocities committed during the holocaust and he ensured, mr. speaker, that we would never forget. he was born on september 30, 1928 and to in 1944 was deport aid long with his family to auschwitz. 1945, he was moved to buchenwald, where he was eventually liberated. unfortunately, tragically, many members of his family didn't survive. his mother and younger sister died in the gas chamber in uschwitz, his father died in
buchenwald. only he and his two older sisters survived. in his book "night" he tells the story of the concentration camps and illuminated the atrocities committed by the nazis he wrote the book not to reflect on the past but to look into the future he published so many more books and plays and essays and helped all of vuss a better understanding and learn from history. mr. speakerering he also helped found the u.s. holocaust memorial museum, and along with his wife marianne, created the elie wiesel foundation for human tai -- humanity. he was a true humanitarian, leaving behind a legacy like to other. i met him personally several years ago. i will never forget that meeting. none of us should ever forget his meeting in the world. i'm honored to have introduced
this resolution in the house and i know my colleagues will support this measure to honor the life, work, and legacy of elie wiesel. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields. the gentleman from florida reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. at this time i would like to yield such time as he may consume to our esteemed chairman of the house foreign affairs committee, mr. royce of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: well, i would begin, mr. chairman, by saying i appreciate the efforts of the gentleman from new york. appreciate mr. steve israel's work here for offering this resolution. nd i think it again has been said, his life's work, elie wiesel's life's work cannot possibly be overstated. i think that for those who have called for us to remember, who
called for us to take action, no time is more important than today, when we see the anti-semitism, when we saw the attacks in paris, when we see these attitudes. people say never forget. that's correct. here are some of the words he spoke when he was award the -- award the nobel prize in 1986. he said, i remember it happened yesterday or eternities ago. a young jewish boy discovered the kingdom of night. i think he was 1515 at the time. that he was held in the nazi death camps of auschwitz and later buchenwald. 15 years of age he said, i remember, i remember that boy's bewilderment. bewilderment. speaking of himself. he said, i remember the anguish. it all happened so fast. the get toe. the deportation. the sealed cattle car. the fiery altarpon which the --
upon which the history of our people and the future of mankind were meant to be sacrificed. i remember, and he asked his father, can this be true? this is the 20th century. it's not the middle ages. who would allow such crimes to be committed? w could the world remain silent? and now, and now the boy is turning to me, he said, laettner life, as he reflected on this tell me, he asked, what have you done with my future? what have you done with your life? and i tell him that i have tried. that i have tried to keep the memory alive. that i have tried to fight for those who -- to fight against those who would forget. because if we forget, then we are guilty. if we forget, then we are accomplices.
so today, we honor his memory by committing to continue his work, preserve the memory of those who perished in the holocaust. to protect oppressed minorities that face other genocidal campaigns. and to promote the eternal values of peace, of tolerance, and of understanding for future generations. by passing this resolution, the house will commit to uphold elie wiesel's pledge to never forget. and i yield back the balance of my time. and i thank the gentlelady from florida for her work on this resolution. with mr. steve israel. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields. the gentlelady from florida reserves. the chair recognizes the
gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to chairman royce and ranking member engel for moving this bill swiftly through committee to the floor. i am proud and appreciative to have introduced this bill with my friend, congressman israel, congressman meehan, my colleagues on the u.s. holocaust memorial museum council, and it is a testament to elie wiesel's inspirational reach across our country that 158 of our colleagues from both sides of the aisle join us as original co-sponsors, in particular i'm grate to feel my friend and colleague, representative ros-lehtinen for her commitment to all of the ideals that elie wiesel lived out. house resolution 810 recognizes the incredible life and accomplishments of elie wiesel. elie wiesel was a legend, the kind of influential figure who
influses those around him, leaves the world in better -- a better place. his work is taught in classroom, it's read by millions in dozens of languages and his accomplishments are recalled in halls of government around the world. he survived auschwitz and buchenwald, scenes of some of the worst evil of humankind in modern 4istry. and he went on -- history. and he went on to become an acclaimed writer, nobel laureate. he refused to stay silent when other atrocities took place around the world from rwanda to kosovo from cambodia to sudan, elie wiesel always spoke out because, as he put it, i swore never to be silent and whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, we must take sides. neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
the last sentence reverberates loudly around the world today. silence encourages the tormentor, and never the tormented. mr. speaker, this resolution is the least we can do to respect and to honor elie wiesel's memory. so let's do more. over 70 years after the holocaust, big triand prejudice continue to plague societies around the world. anti-semitism, the millenial old hatred of jews that spawned hitler's final solution, can still be found today from paris, buenos aires, from malmo to london and anti-accepttism on the street, online and on college cam buses. -- campuses. time after time, jewish communities around the world have to make a decision. is it safe to send my children to jewish school? can we walk to synagogue without fear of heckling? might it be time for me and my family to move from our
neighborhood, our community, our country because of the antagonism, hatred and violence that forces taos flee like other times in jewish history. i'm proud of the bipartisanship that this resolution resoved from my colleagues and the widespread membership of the task force for combating anti-semitism. i know we'll continue to use our platforms and tools to speak out against anti-semitism. but what elie wiesel spoke out against wasn't just anti-semitism he compelled taos speak out on any part of the world where people were being targeted. in the syrian conflict, millions have lost their lives, thousands of syrian children now know only the life of living in a refugee camp or makeshift residences. i'm hopeful the recently announced cease fire will hold but therefore been egregious injustices done to syrians by the assad regime and groups like
isis. we cannot allow these to go unpinnished and we must pay attention to these atrocities every day, not only on the days when painful images of young children dominate social media, whether a refugee washed ashore or a blood-stained boy from aleppo who has known only war. whether it's war in syria, turmoil in south sudan, or systemic human rights violations in iran, or attacks on women and girls in too many places around the world, it is our duty to keep the attention and pressure on human rights violators and do everything we can to protect innocent civilians. we must commit ourselves to promoting tolerance, speaking out against injustice, taking action against bigotry in all its forms and upholding and living out the principle that comes from the holocaust, never again. elie wiesel did his part and changed our work, changed our world. let's elevate elie wiesel's memory and continue his work.
silence encourages the tormentor, today we speak out. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentleman from new york, the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend from florida for yielding to me. i rise in support of this resolution. let me start by thanking my colleague and friend from from new york, steve israel, for his hard work on this measure. mr. speaker, on july 2, a light went out of this world. elie wiesel was a champion of human rights, peace, and holocaust remembrance. though he's gone, his life and work and message are seared on our collective conscience.
born in 1928 , he sur sthriveed ghetto, auschwitz and buchenwald. he was inmate number a-7713, his number was tattooed on his arm. his mother and sister died in death camps. when i was little boy growing up in the bronx, we had many people who were holocaust survivors an they had tattoos all over their arms, the underside of their wrist. i remember that very, very vividly. it's something that has seared into my memory through the years. when wiesel was liberated by the united states in 1945, he moved to france and then immigrated to america. while living in france, he wrote "night," the story of the experience with his father in the nazi death camps, and this book became the foundation of holocaust literature i would advise everyone to read this book. he was one of the first to put pen to paper, chronicle his own
view of the darkest chapter in human history. he won the nobel peace prize in 1986. upon giving him the prize the nobel prize committee announced he was a messenger to mankind, with a message of peace, atonement and human dignity. his commitment, which originateded in the sufferings of the jewish people has been widened to embrace all oppressed peoples and races, end quote. he was advocacy for victims around the world was his most recent legacy he tcheemped cause of saving darfur he defended the people in sri lanka. he was outspoken against the iranian nuclear program. and he spoke out for people around the world who were being mistreated. most reclent -- most recently he dedicated himself to the stopping of the mass coffer the syrian people. he called for an international criminal trial against assad, calling him with -- charging him
with crimes against humanity. we on the foreign affairs committee have seen documentation of the crimes against humanity what assad has done to his own people he was said his use of gas against the response toe -- our his use of gas against the syrian people was inadequate and i agree. we must take it upon ourselves to live wiesel's legacy. anti-semitism is rearing its ugly head around the world and we have to speak out and condemn it, condemn all other kinds of discrimination as well. so never again, not to jew, not to syrians, not to african-americans, not to anyone. this resolution honors the legacy of elie wiesel and fleekts our commitment to carry his -- reflects our commitment to carry his work forward. i remember when we had our
annual holocaust remembrance services right in the capitol discussing things with elie wiesel. took a few pictures together. certainly something i will cherish for the rest of my life. mr. speaker, i'm glad to support this measure. i ask everyone to vote for it. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields. the gentlewoman from florida reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: we will reserve and close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, through his writing and his work and his life, elie wiesel let the world know what transpired when hitler tried to annihilate the jews. and he lifted up the world in committing himself and now all of us to doing everything we can to ensure that nothing like that ever transpires again. i am so grateful to my friend,
mr. israel, and to the other members who co-authored this resolution, i urge passage and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from florida. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, sir. mr. speaker, as we heard from every eloquent speaker before us, elie wiesel represented the best of humanity. someone who refused to allow human suffering to continue without protest. no matter the race, the religion, or the political views of the suffering. there you would always find elie wiesel's voice. he said, quote, there may be times when we're powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. end quote. elie wiesel dedicated his life to ensuring that we learn the
lessons of the past. that we remember atrocities like the holocaust. and that we refuse to allow indifference to condemn the oppressed to a life without the world's assistance or solidarity. and as we move to pass this resolution here today, mr. speaker, we reaffirm our commitment to elie wiesel's legacy. to combating hate, to fight against intolerance, and all of its forms. and ensuring that we will never forget the consequences of indifference. mr. speaker, i urge passage of this important resolution and i also urge my colleagues to take moment to reflect on elie wiesel's lifelong message and his mission. it is fitting that the house is acting today on this resolution honoring the life of this great man, elie wiesel, but later today will also be considering
a resolution recognizing the plight of holocaust survivors. the united states has a responsibility and a moral obligation to fulfill this legacy. for too long we have allowed human rights to merely be an afterthought rather than a driving force in our foreign policy. we can do better. we must do better. let's do so with elie wiesel in mind. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 810 as amended. 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 resolution is agreed to, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i move that the house suspend the rules and pass senate concurrent resolution 46. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate concurrent resolution 46, concurrent resolution expressing support for the goal of ensuring that all holocaust victims live with dignity, comfort, and security in their remaining years, and urging the federal republic of germany to continue to reaffirm its commitment to competitively address the unique health and welfare needs of the vulnerable holocaust victims, including home care and other medically prescribed needs. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: mr. speaker, i'm going to ask unanimous consent
that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and to eir remarkss include extraneous material op the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: thank you. i would like to start by thanking senator nelson for advancing this measure through the other body. and i would also like to recognize the good work of chairman emeritus ros-lehtinen, as well as congressman deutsch for their companion resolution which passed this body in june with the unanimous support of our colleagues. the horrors wrought by nazi regime did not end when the prisoners finally walked out from behind the barbed wire fences in 1945. the after effects of hitler's death camps still haunt the lives of those who remain. tens of thousands of holocaust
survivors throughout the world live in poverty. the problem is staggering. there are 195,000 survivors and their families, according to the registry of holocaust survivors, that remain. most of those survivors, original survivors are in their 80's today. so the world loses 1,000 of those survivors every month. but today more than one in four lack sufficient access to or funds for necessary medical, home care, mental health care, medicine, and transportation. essential tools which would allow them to live their final years in comfort and in dignity . for decades germany has instituted and funded a number of aid programs in recognition
of its moral obligation to guarantee for those survivors, to guarantee a chance at such a life. however, as they age, holocaust victims' health and assistance needs already more demanding than those of their peers evolve and intensify. german evaluations of government programs this year exposed gaps in home care, in mental health programs, in long-term medical care, and this must be remedied. chancellor merkel has acknowledged germany's responsibility to those who survived hitler's terror. the government has also affirmed that more must be done. a high-level working group was recently established to develop proposals for more extensive assistance for home care, for social welfare needs, but the negotiations for these changes, these program changes, under german law, have stalled.
time is of the essence. every day that decisions are stalled, we lose another survivor. we lose another story. we lose another chance to show our respect for those individuals who have already endured what no one should. and that is why our ranking member, eliot engel, and i are supportive of this measure and would urge all members to support it. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of this resolution and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: i want to thank the chairman as always for being so cooperative and important in passing this legislation. i want to thank my friends from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen and mr. deutch, who introduced the house companion to this resolution. which i was proud to co-sponsor and which passed the house in june. mr. speaker, there are roughly
a half million survivors of the holocaust alive today. many people think it's not that much, but it is. a half million. all over the world. many of these men and women are now reaching their 80's and 90's and some even older, and these individuals, of course, lived through the darkest chapter in human history, they endured unspeakable horrors and many still suffer the physical and emotional trauma stem interesting that experience. it's absolutely tragic that so many survivors today are forced to live in poverty with inadequate health care, food, access to transportation. it's unconscionable that the end of their lives these people find themselves without adequate support. now, the government of germany accepts responsibility to support these survivors, and over the decades has done great deal. but even their officials acknowledge that more needs to be done. this resolution calls on the authorities in germany to make sure every holocaust survivor
has the support and resources they need to live in dignity. we know it's never easy for a government to dig deeper. but in the case of this generation of survivors, it should not be any question. they should be able to live out their lives without worrying over how to may their medical bills or the grocery bills. it's important that we do this. i'm glad to support this measure. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i would like to recognize the gentlelady from florida, ileana ros-lehtinen, for such time she might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. friend -- ood, our my good friend, our wonderful chairman of the committee, and i thank our ranking member as well. what a joy it's been to work with my florida colleague, ted deutsch, on this important bill, for such a long time. mr. speaker, we have before us
a concurrent resolution introduced by our wonderful florida senator, bill nelson, and this measure follows a similar bipartisan resolution that my south florida friend, ted deutch and i introduced earlier this year which this body passed unanimously in june. the vote was 363-0. and i want to thank senator nelson, as well as senator collins, for taking the lead on this initiative in the senate and for the senate taking action passing this important resolution bringing it back to us. i want to thank chairman royce, ranking member and enkle for their support on this measure -- engel for their support on this measure and helping it get to the floor today. this bipartisan resolution, mr. speaker, is simple, but it's so important. it calls on germany to honor its moral and historical obligations to all holocaust survivors, and to provide,
provide, provide for their unmet needs immediately and competitively -- comprehensively. that is something that's going to happen thanks to all of the good men and women here. and for ted and for me and for senator nelson, this issue hits very close to home, mr. speaker. as members of congress from the state of florida, we represent thousands of holocaust survivors, some 15,000 are estimated to be living in south florida alone. but it hits even closer to home today. why? because when i spoke on this floor in june in support of the version that mr. deutch and i interdutiesed in the house -- introduced in the house, i mentioned several of the holocaust survivors whom ted and i have been honored to call our dear friends, among them was a remarkable and incomparable gentleman named jack ruben. sadly jack passed away july 18 at the age of 88. jack and his two sisters survived the unimaginable, mr.
speaker, the atrocities of humanity's darkest period. jack managed to survive the nightmares of auschwitz and three other death camps. four in total until he, as he testified in congress, in 2008, quote, he was liberated on may 1, 1945 from hell by the u.s. army, end quote. once jack came to the united states , he served in the u.s. army. that's how much he loved his new country. for all that jack had witnessed, for all that jack had lived through, somehow he drew strength if his trials and from his tribulations and became a leading force in the fight for justice and dignity for all holocaust survivors. and on this issue that we have before us, mr. speaker, jack was an unwavering voice and a force for justice.
he led the call for germany to honor its commitment. to provide for all of the survivors' medical, mental, and home care needs. thankfully, jack lived to see the house pass our resolution. he even lived to see the claims conference in germany announce an alleged major expansion in home care for holocaust survivors. but mr. speaker, i think that if jack were here today, he would say, but we must do more. you see, as part of the heralded announcement by the claims conference in germany, germany was supposed to lift the home health cap, home care caps for all concentration camp and ghetto survivors. yet the sad truth is, mr. speaker, according to the reports we have seen, that this claim is just not true. many survivors are still subjected to arbitrary caps on
home care hours, some even having their weekly hours reduced. what has happened? to make matters worse, the claims conference in germany's recent negotiations did not even address the horrendous shortfall in funding for emergency services such as medicine, medical care, dental care, hearing aids, and other bio-services for survivors. this omission is inexcusable, mr. speaker. it will cause further needless suffering and death among survivors in need of help. germany has an obligation to do better than that. i'm optimistic that it will. we have an obligation to holocaust survivors to do better. to ensure that they live out their days in the dignity and comfort that they deserve. what does this mean, mr. speaker? it means full funding for all health and welfare needs. for all survivors. this is why this resolution
before us today is so timely and so important. my friend jack reuben, i know he was mr. deutch's friend as well , he dedicated his life to justice for all holocaust survivors. so it is up to us is keep fighting for all the jack reubens of the world until justice is finally won. i will keep fighting for jack's legacy and for all survivors. i urge my colleagues to do the right thing, to support this resolution, we have to urge our german friends to do more, to do the right thing for all holocaust survivors, and passing this resolution will send a strong message that we believe that the job is not yet done. that more must be done. and those of us like mr. deutch, like mr. royce, mr. engel, who
have been at the forefront, senators nelson and collins, at the forefront of the fight for holocaust survivors' rights and needs and interests are grateful for the unanimous support of our colleagues in the house and in the senate for these resolutions. mr. speaker, it's been over 70 years since humanity's darkest period. yet many survivors today still face lingering injustices of the holocaust. we've had opportunities to address these injustices. and indeed, we've had obligation to address them. to try to fix the wrongs of the past. germany has acknowledged its responsibility. it has acknowledged its obligation to holocaust survive yoss. congress has acknowledged that we have a moral obligation to survivors, many of whom are american citizens. many of whom are our constituents. many of whom live today at our below the poverty level. we must acknowledge that too
many holocaust survivors are forced even today over 70 years later to continue to suffer the injustices of the past and the indifference of the present. but for the survivors who remain, and for all who we have lost, we must and we are here today to take a stand that we hope chancellor merkel of germany and the german government itself will hear our pleas for action, will take them to heart so that the remain surg vaivors may live out their lives in the comfort and dignity they deserve. and in closing, mr. speaker, i would say, if we are going to stand for justice for all survivors, then we must also acknowledge the other still-unresolved injustices being inflicted on holocaust survivors in our time. specifically the act of being denied their tai in court. it is simply unconscionable that
insurance agencies such as alliance and generale have managed to dishonor tens of thousands of insurance policies they sold to jews in europe before the holocaust and they continue to deny holocaust survivors and their families --se paid-for obligations to obligations. to this day they refuse to acknowledge this the obligations to insurers are moral and financial. i believe it is imperative that this congress rectify this unfortunate reality that makes holocaust survivors second class citizens by denying them access to u.s. courts and attempts to reclaim these family's legacies. it's quite simply a right they have been denied for too long. we cannot bring them back. we cannot correct the problems that happened in the past. but we can correct them now, mr. speaker. we can correct them for the heirs who deserve justice.
it is within our power to do so. so mr. speaker, i applaud my colleagues in congress for supporting this resolution. i thank them for lending their voices to the cause of justice for all holocaust survivors and this is just one step, it is an important step, in the long road to justice and i implore my friends and colleagues to continue to do more in support for all holocaust survivors. aened i thank my good friend, the chairman of our committee, for this time. thank you, mr. chairman. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to congratulate my colleague from south florida for her outstanding statement and her outstanding work. i yield five minutes to the gentleman from florida, a valued member of the foreign affairs committee, and an author of the house companion to resolution, mr. deutch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, my friend, the ranking member, chairman royce, for your efforts, sincere thanks my dear friend chairman ileana ros-lehtinen for her partnership on this effort, her commitment, her unyielding commitment to seing that there's justice. she's been a tireless advocate for holocaust survivors and the entire community. i want to thank our florida colleague, senator nelson and senator collins for spearheading this effort in the senate. we share a deep it commit -- commitment to ensuring that every survivor can live out his or her life with dignity. a commitment inspired each and every day by those in our own communities. but for me, especially, it was a commitment instired every day by our great friend and holocaust survivor, my constituent, jack reuben. jack survived auschwitz and three other death camps before he was liberated at age 16. he was the only member of his family to survive.
for decades, jack fought for the needs of the survivor community he fought for the right to seek justice. he was a voice for so many of those who had no one to speak for them he traveled to washington, d.c. many times, at his own expense, well into his 80's. he testified in front of congress. for me, jack was a friend and mentor. he was a cheerleader. he was an edernl optimist. he believed that it wasn't too late, it was never too late, to make a real difference in the lives of those who had suffered history's greatest tragedy. when the house version of this bill passed back in june, jack was watching in his home in boynton beach, florida. when i returned to my office i had a message from jack telling me of the tears in his eyes as he watched the house vote on it and that it was the best birthday present he could have asked for he passed away in july, just days before the senate passed this resolution. his wife, shirley, his children,
and especially his grandchildren understood the commitment that he made throughout his lifetime to help those in need. especially in the surviveor community. while significant progress has been made on survivor scare, jack did not, unfortunately, live to see the day when every holocaust survivor has his or her medical and mental health care needs met. we continue this fight. we will press on, passing this resolution today the first step in continuing the legacy of our friend, jack reuben. when the house passed a version of this in june, we were awaiting the results of a special round of negotiations between the german government and the claims conference. in december, 2015, the government of germany acknowledged the significant gap in funding for survivor care. as a result, germany agreed to a new high level working group that would conduct additional negotiations aimed to close the gap for funding home care needs. in an effort to make clear the
severity of the need and critical importance of the negotiations, chairman ros-lehtinen and i introduced a house companion to this resolution. the introduction and passage of that resolution which urged the germman government to fulfill its moral and financial commitments to the victims of the holocaust sent a clear message that the u.s. congress was watching the negotiation. significant the increase in home care funding was announced in 2016, 2017 and a new agreement for 2018. arbitrary caps placed on the number of home care hours was lifted. it was a commendable step forward but there are still so many unmet needs. i'm deeply appreciative of the decades-long commit ofment the german government to caring for survivors. i've spoken directly to chancellor merkel about this commitment and know it's personal for her. i want ourierman friends to understand that this isn't about getting to a specific dollar
figure. it's about continuing to meet all the needs far very small and very fragile part of the population that is rapidly aging. this is the last chance to make sure that those who suffered through the most horrific crimes against humanity are cared for. survivors in their 80's, their 90's, into their 100's. there's a finite amount of time left. this is not an indefinite commitment on the part of germany. the resolution before us today continues to support the goal of ensuring that all holocaust victims in the united states and around the world are able to live with dignity and comfort and security in their remaining years. no amount of money can ever erase the tragedies they have past. no am of money is ever a substitute for justice. but the day-to-day suffering of this vulnerable population can be eased. the needs of elderly survivors are exacerbated by their physical and mental experiences in the holocaust. leaving their own homes for institutionalized care is often not an option.
the tragic loss of many family members at the hands of the nazis means many rely on social verjisses -- services for meal delivery and rides to doctors' appointments. these are the 340es basic of they deserve to have them met. they deserve to have them met. i want to thank my friend, chairman ros-lehtinen. i want to thank ranking member engel and chairman royce for their support. senator nelson, senator collins for their efforts in the senate. i want to urge my colleagues to join us in urging germany to ensure basic tignyity and comfort for survivors. when you look into the eyes of survivors in my district, as i do quite often, they worry about others. they say never again. but we should worry about them. for their remaining time on this earth, they deserve peace through living out their lives with dignity. germany can help make sure that
they do. jack reuben knew and fought for that literally until his last breath and this resolution commits congress to that fight for dig 234iity. i thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: mr. speaker, i would reserve the right to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognize this is egentleman from new york. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i'll close now. as our colleagues have been very eloquent this afternoon and i agree with everything that's been said here, along with what the chairman has said. mr. speaker, every year we lose more and more of those who lived through the holocaust and it's unthinkable that many spend their last days in poverty work no support network, nobody wants that. so with this resolution, we're simply saying that this should not be the case. we're saying that these survivors should never go without assistance and resources
and that it's time the government of germany work with its partners and correct this problem. so for all the reasons that were mentioned, i support this measure. i urge my colleagues to do the same. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: well, thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: so i think for the members here we all understand that we have to commit to do all we can to honor and to support those survivors who are still with us and their stories serve as a -- as testaments to the conis he quebses of doing -- consequences of doing nothing in the face of evil. and in these aims' lifetimes we've even the minimumization and the outright denial of the nightmares visited personally upon them during the holocaust. we've already seen those who had deny the existence of the
holocaust as iran did in may of this year. again, when it hosted yet another denial of the holocaust and holocaust cartoon contest. we owe it to those who suffered through hitler's genocide to empower them to live the remainder of their lives in dignity and to hold to ellie's pledge that we shall never forget. so i yield back the balance of my time and i would urge every members' support for this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to senate concurrent resolution 46. hose 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 concurrent resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. royce: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass house resolution 729. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. caller: house resolution 729, resolution expressing support for the expeditious consideration and finalization of a new, robust, and long-term memorandum of understanding on military assistance to israel between the united states government and the government .f israel the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: yes, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: well, i want to thank my good friends, the gentlewoman and the gentleman
from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen and mr. deutch, who are chair and ranking member of the committee on the middle east subcommittee for bringing this important measure to the floor the , and i also thank ranking member, mr. eliot engel from new york, for his work on this resolution as well. israel is one of america's closest friends and israel is facing growing threats. today, iran's leading terrorist proxy, hezbollah, has thousands of missiles and rockets and mortgagers that are aimed at -- mortgagers that are aimed at israel, -- mortars are aimed at israel. and even the revolutionary guard corps we hear "death to israel," the united states must stand with israel to help promote security and stability in the volatile middle east. and next year the current memorandum of understanding
signed with israel in 2007 that guaranteed israel $3.1 billion per year in foreign military financing will expire. the administration and israel are currently negotiating the terms of a new package for the next 10 years, ensuring that israel will maintain its qualitative military edge in the region. that is the goal of mr. eliot engel. that is my goal. that is the goal of our subcommittee chairman and ranking member. and this new agreement will guide our security cooperation from iran dome and david sling, defending israel from the air to cooperative initiatives aimed at tunnel detection, defending israel from below, and this relationship has real benefits for the united states. the two countries share intelligence on terrorism, on nuclear proliferation, on regional instability.
israel's military experiences have shaped the united states' approach to counterterrorism and our approach to homeland security. the two governments work together to develop sophisticated military technology for defense such as the missile defense and subterrainian detection systems that i mentioned and these systems developed jointly may soon be ready for export to other u.s. allies. in part because of this security partnership, u.s. and israeli companies partner in technological innovations that are helping the united states maintain its advantage in a range of military and nonmilitary security challenges. so i urge my colleagues to strongly support this resolution, urging the expeditious finalization of a new memorandum of understanding between the government of the united states and the government of israel so that israel maintains its
qualitative military edge and has the capacity to work with us to defend itself from all threats. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i rise in support of this resolution, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i'm proud to co-sponsor this resolution which calls for the long-term memorandum of understanding on military assistance to israel. the bond between the israel and united states is unbreakable. we share common values and goals, including democracy, rule of law, minority rights and basic human freedoms. in 2008, the george w. bush administration negotiated a memorandum of understanding with israel to guarantee $3.1 billion in annual military assistance. since then, the obama administration has delivered on this commitment and has provided additional funds for
missile defense, including the 2014 emergency supplement for iron dome, which we passed in this house. since that agreement, israel has faced some of the most urgent threats in history. rockets and tunnels from gaza and lebanon, nuclear threats from syria and iran, and the spread of isis throughout the region, and the united states has been there by israel's side throughout this dangerous time. these threats are only becoming more complex. isis has grown in the sinai, israel's neighbors are facing new burdens from refugees, leading to instability, and iran's behavior in the region has unfortunately become even more dangerous. so yesterday's insurance policy has become today's lifeline as israel confronts new threats, the united states must step up to defend our ally. part of this will be through a new negotiated m.o.u., or memorandum of understanding, to reflect the changing times and
evolving threats in the middle east. israel will need its american partner, but make no mistake, the united states needs israel as well. this relationship isn't a one-way street. our security cooperation and tedgets sharing with israel has -- intelligence sharing with israel has never been closer. israel has developed new technology that the united states uses in its own security efforts, and the military hardware we're providing to help israel defend itself will be spent here in the united states saving or creating thousands of american jobs. this resolution and its robust support here in the house in both parties demonstrate the true nature of the relationship between the united states and israel. the support is bipartisan. neither democrats nor republican have a monopoly on the support for israel. democrats and republicans stand together united with israel. the american people stand with
israel. the next m.o.u. will be the next chapter in this friendship. it shows no matter who the next president will be, israel has america's promise of support. as israel faces uncertainties to its reaming, at least it can count on american support, and congress should work to make that happen. israel has never asked for american troops or soldiers or for anyone to defend them except themselves. and we ought to help them, continue to help them do that. i ask all my members -- all members support this resolution, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i yield such time to the gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, who chairs the foreign affairs subcommittee on the middle east and north africa and is the author of this measure. i yield her such time as she might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for as much time as she may consume. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the chairman of our woppederful committee, mr.
royce of california -- wobbed wonderful committee, mr. royce of california. i am glad that we have a new long-term and robust memorandum of understanding on military assistance to israel. an overwhelming jorlt of our colleagues in -- majority of our colleagues in congress agree that house resolution 729, that i introduced alongside my friend and south florida colleague, the ranking member of our middle east and north africa subcommittee, mr. deutch, has over 275 co-sponsors. this is the kind of support we don't see very often, but it underscores the level of commitment and support that the united states congress has for our closest friend and ally, the democratic jewish state of israel. it is absolutely imperative, mr. speaker, that the administration finalize and sign a new memorandum of understanding with israel as
soon as possible because the threats to israel aren't going away anytime soon. just last week, it was reported that the israeli military had assessed that it expects isis attacks on its southern border within six months. this is extremely alarming, and if true, all the more reason to finalize a new m.o.u. with israel. we know that egypt has been fighting isis in the sinai for quite some time now, but if isis is able to continue moving north toward israel, it would leave israel vulnerable on almost every border except the border that it shares with jordan where the king and the jordanians have been so important in the fight against isis. as if the thought of isis surrounding the jewish state was not daunting enough, as a result of the iran nuclear deal, the threats to israel have only increased in
magnitude and severity. iran has shown it has no intention of sbloge down its ballistic missile -- slowing down its ballistic missile program. we recently learned that the nuclear deal is full of secret concessions and exemptions to iran which allows iran to exceed limits that are set forth in the deal, and these are just the ones we know of now. there are likely a lot more. and we just heard testimony last week that the administration may have sent iran up to $33.6 billion in cash payments, including $1.7 billion in ransom payments. administration officials have said that there's no way of tracing the money or telling if that money will be used to support terror, but iran has said that it needed hard currency so we sent it because that's a great idea, to give a state sponsor of terror an infusion of billions of dollars in cold hard cash. that makes sense. so now iran has as much as
$33.6 billion in cash, and no doubt it will be used to support terror. there's no doubt. it will be used to shore up hezbollah's weapon supply. it will be used to increase the missile stockpile of hezbollah. it will be used for many nefarious activities, and with iran's stated intention to wipe israel off the map, there should be no time wasted in ensuring that the jewish state has the capability, has the capacity to defend itself and her people from every threat. with all of the concessions that the administration has made to iran, we need to make sure that this memorandum of understanding goes above and beyond. as my former chief of staff of the foreign affairs committee, dr. poblet, wrote in a piece for gatestone institute a couple months ago and i quote, the terms of any u.s.-israel agreement must withstand comparison to the concessions
offered iran in the jcpoa and show unequivocally that israel, a trusted ally, a major strategic partner, faired better in negotiations than an unconstrained enemy, end quote. this is why the administration must conclude this m.o.u. with israel and it would send a strong message to the people of israel that the united states continues to stand by them and support them. but, mr. speaker, it would send an even stronger message to those that seek to harm israel, by signifying that the united states is committing to fully, to fully support israel's defense and security needs. so i urge my colleagues to support this measure. i call upon the administration to put the politicking aside, get this agreement done, secure israel's safety and our own interests and we are going to hear a lot of support for this resolution and we've heard about the many threats facing
israel, and i spoke about the nuclear threat and how it's placed israel in greater jeopardy. but what we don't hear too much of, mr. speaker, how the u.s. law, l has by we are supposed to ensure. when the administration signed that deal with iran, it had to sell it to the international community. how did it do that? well, in order to sell the deal to our allies in the gulf, the administration had to promise them that we would provide them with advanced weapon sales. the administration likes to say the iran deal is going to make the world safer. if that's true, why are we going toin crease so much the militarization of the gulf countries? i expect gulf state sales of military jets to bahrain and
qatar will be approved by this administration as early as this month. we're about to open the spigot of cash iran can then use to build up its ballistic missiles, it's military, so we need to make sure that israel understands that we are there to support her. because it makes no sense, mr. speaker that we should be concentrating on stopping iran, not assisting the regime to further carry out its nefarious activities and certainly not helping to build up its conventional nuclear arms race in the region. not to mention that by doing this, we are undermining the distinct advantage that israel has militarily over its neighbors. and even though israel and our other partners in the region may have better relations now than ever before, and that is true, and that is wonderful, because they have in iran a mutual enemy, that's why. they understand it is their greatest threat and history tells that it is better to be
safe than sorry. so that is another important reason we need to conclude this m.o.u. with the jewish state and ensure its qualitative military edge. we have an ever increasingly dangerous iran. a heavily militarized middle east with advanced weaponry. isis becoming an even greater threat to israel. hezbollah on the go lan heights and in lebanon and of course hamas in gaza. that's a daunting task for even the largest country, mr. speaker, let alone the tiny jewish state. so i urge my colleagues to support this resolution. i urge them to call upon the administration -- administration to uphold long-standing u.s. policy toward our closest friend and ally the democratic jewish state of israel. i thank the gentleman for the time. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is
recognized. mr. engel texas it is my pleasure to yield to the gentleman from florida, mr. deutsche, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker, thank you, mr. engel for your support of this resolution and your outspoken and unwavering support of israel. and to my friend and partner, representative ros-lehtinen, thank you as well. it's wonderful working with you on so many issues but in particular, our work on the committee to strength then u.s.-israel relationship. thanks as well to representatives granger and lowey for their efforts. mr. speaker, reports indicate that the quites and israel are very close to signing a new memorandum of understanding, a 10-year m.o.u. on security systems this resolution before us today is very straightforward. it urges the conclusion of those negotiations, doesn't prescribe terms of the m.o.u. it says that we need to get the
m.o.u. finished. the resolution has the overwhelming bipartisan support of over 275 members of this house who are co-sponsors. the m.o.u. is the back bone of our security relationship with israel. the assistance provided has ensured and will continue to ensure that israel is able to defend herself against any and all threats. the threats that israel faces increase every day. every day. the threat of rocket attacks from hamas, islamic jihad, or hezbollah loom. every day, hezbollah adds more advanced rockets to its arsenal of over 150,000 capable of reaching every corner of israel. every day, iran transfers advanced technology and weapons to terror proxies who target israel. every day hamas is attempting to redig tunnels further and further into israel. isis militants edge closer to israel's border and the fight
creeps closer and kiloest -- and closer in the go lan heights. tissue in the golan heights. terrorist groups have unprecedented capabilities that pose a strategic threat to the broader region. israel must have the resources it needs to protect the safety and security of its people and territory and in turn to preserve our own security an interests in the region. throughout these negotiations, the administration has said that it is prepared to conclude the largest ever aid package to israel. these funds, coupled with our enduring commitment to preserving israel's qualitative military edge, will help israel remain strong and secure and as the only democracy in the region, israel stands as a beacon of hope for those around the world who recognize the global threat of terrorism and ,or those who value opportunity
equality, and freedom. when this congress speaks with one voice, israel is stronger and safer. by passing this resolution, this congress is sending a message to the world that we stand united in support of a new m.o.u. , in support of israel's right to self-defense, and in strong support of the u.s.-israeli relationship. i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. yoho, a member of the committee on foreign affairs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. yoho: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank my colleague, i stand in support of representative ros-lehtinen's h.r. 729. it's imperative that the united states finalize a new m.o.u. with israel on military assistance that provides for a robust defense posture of israel while ensuring congressional
oversight and scrutiny in years to come. israel continues to face a growing threat from not only state spon so far as terrorism like iran but also from terrorist organizations like hezbollah and hamas. both iran and those terrorist organizations are determined to destroy israel. israel, one of the united states' greatest allies in the region is under constant threat in the united states -- and the united states must stand strong and support her. hezbollah has an estimated stockpile of 150,000 rockets and missiles. let me repeat that. over 150,000 rockets and missiles which iran has made a commitment to add smart bomb technology this constant threat is growing this constant threat is growing and needs to be countered by the passage of a robust, long-term m.o.u. this will ensure israel's testifies and military capabilities are able to meet these growing threats. i urge my colleagues to support house resolution 729 and support
the continued defense and cooperation with israel. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. engel: may i ask if there are more speakers? mr. royce: no further speakers other than myself. mr. engel: then i'll close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: i want to thank the sponsors of this resolution, ms. ross net -- ms. ros-lehtinen and mr. royce. and thank you for mr. royce for working with me to move this forward expeditiously. one of the thing us always say is that the relationship between the united states and israel is bigger than any of the personalities involved. presidents come and go. prime ministers come and go. members of congress come and go. members of knesset come and go. but the relationship between the u.s. and israel endures and
endures strongly. the success of the last m.o.u. between the united states and israel is a great illustration of that fact. i think this resolution and the next memorandum of understand chg we're expecting any day now are more indications that regardless of party, regardless of personality, the u.s.-israel alliance is serious business and a major foreign policy concern. those that try to denigrate israel overlook the fact that israel is the only democracy in the middle east. overlook the fact that we have no better ally in the united states than the people of israel. so i'm glad to support this measure. i urge all members to do the same. again, the u.s.-israel alliance is serious business. major foreign policy concern. and the right thing to do not only for israel but for the united states as well. soy support this measure, i urge all our colleagues to do the same and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields
back. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. royce: as this resolution notes, israel faces a growing number of threats. i think i would just speak for a moment about the nature of those threats. i appreciate ileana ros-lehtinen bringing this resolution before us basel yacht engel and i had an opportunity a rather unique one, of seeing how these threats keep evolving. we were near the border in israel. and had an invitation on the gaza border -- boarder to go into one of these tunnels that had been discovered. imagine the shock when we found out that this tunnel was dug with the intention, it ended up coming up underneath an elementary school. imagine for a minute the situation israel is in. when you have an adversary,
hamas in this case, who wishes to tunnel underneath an elementary school in order to capture, capture children, take them back into fwa zha and force the i.d.f., as you and i knew they would do, to fight block by block by block to try to free those children. that was the strategy. now luckily, the tunnels were discovered before the -- before they could carry this out. but i was in israel also in 2006. back during the second lebanon war. as the his bella rockets came down -- hezbollah rockets came down across northern israel every day. every day there were victims that were brought into that trauma hospital. and back then, back then, hezbollah had a collection of about 10,000 rockets and missiles. that's what they had left in the inventory. they had shot off about half their inventory. and in each of those, there were
probably 90,000 ball bearings. and when they shot those rockets, they aimed at the city center in haifa. today it's 0 years later. today, hezbollah, as mr. yoho shared with you, has a nasty collection today of over 100,000 of these rockets and missiles. now if you were to take the united states out of the equation with respect to nato and you were to take a look at the nato arsenal without us in it, hezbollah now, equipped by iran, has a larger, a larger number of weapons, of rockets and missiles than all of nato combined without us. 00included in that class are long range high payload rockets at have now been provided to hezbollah and these new rockets
that carry these huge payloads, are capable of taking out a city block. of just creating havoc. so -- and while the threat from hezbollah is bad, the threat from its sponsor, let's talk about that for a minute. let's reflect the threat from iran itself. if you wonder whether iran intends what they say, think about their continued aggression in the region. think about their testing of ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear war heads. and in case there are -- is any mistake about how we might interpret it, they put on the side of these missiles in arabic in farsi, and in hebrew, the
words israel must be wiped out. that's the action of the iran revolutionary guard corps. that's what it puts on its missiles. of course, under the administration's iran deal, tehran will keep much of its nuclear infrastructure and continue to develop advanced centrifuges, faster and faster. they can continue to work on this thus gaining the ability to produce nuclear fuel on an industrial scale and the ayatollah won't even have to cheat to be just steps away from a nuclear weapon 10 years from now, when that agreement is phased out. expires. that's about the same time that the next m.o.u. will expire. so for those who are wondering why we're passionate about this memorandum of understanding with israel, it's because we've seen the threats. mr. eliot engel and i in our
trips to israel, to the border have seen those threats. and given that, and given that israel faces not just from the proxies like iran, not just from hamas that are funded, but also from iran itself, israel faces this threat, we need to ensure that the security package currently being negotiated is as robust as possible. so, i urge my colleagues to support this resolution, i yield back the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 729. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- >> i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in fare of taking the vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the 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 california seek recognition? mr. royce: i move the house suspend the rules, mr. speaker, and pass house resolution 728 as amended. toipt the clerk will report the title of the resolution. caller: house resolution 728, resolution supporting human rights, democracy, and the rule of law in cambodia. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: 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 material on the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. royce: you know, i am rising here in strong support for house resolution 728, supporting human rights and democracy and the rule of law in cambodia. we've all seen the consequences of land grabbing and the
destruction of human liberty in that country. i want to thank my colleague, mr. lowenthal, for introducing this resolution. i want to thank him for his advocacy for the people of cambodia and, mr. speaker, since cambodia held its deeply flawed elections in 2013, we have seen significant attacks on those cambodians peacefully opposing their government. regime s thuggish continues to crack down on the political opposition and on activists, and they continue to arrest and beat those who point out violations of freedom of speech, violations, frankly, of a stolen election. as noted in this resolution, freedom house's most recent report card rated cambodia as not free, noting restrictions on and the harassment of the government's political
opposition. and that's putting it mildly. last year, opposition lawmaker and american citizen noi john ron was severely and brutally attacked by plain clothesed bodyguards who repeatedly kicked and stomped him. he was hospitalized for months. we've all seen the pictures of pposition figures who have been beaten and stomped and put in the hospital there. several weeks later, a political commentator was murdered in broad daylight for his outspoken prosest of the regime. so much for freedom of speech in cambodia. hen last week hun sen consolidated his grip on power to make it impossible for people to run against him. he sentenced the de facto
leader of the cambodian tional rescue party, kim, to five months in prison. on the spurious charge of refusing to appear for questioning in a politically motivated case that was brought against him. although his sentence is short, the repercussions are dire as convicted criminals are prohibited from holding office and that, again, was what this was about -- intimidation and trying to force a system where the opposition party leader already in exile -- you know, would then be in a position where they couldn't run somebody against hun sen. mr. speaker, these attacks on the opposition must stop. this systemic persecution completely undermines the
legitimacy of upcoming elections as well as the 2018 national elections. without the full and free participation of the cnrp, future elections will be deeply flawed and cannot be accepted. hun sen's continued attack on political opponents is something we cannot accept. for the sake of the cambodian people, i ask members to adopt this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i also rise in support of this resolution and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for as much time as he may consume. mr. engel: let me first of all thank mr. lowenthal, a valued member of the foreign affairs committee, for his hard work on this member, and let me thank the speaker, the chairman of the committee as well for always cooperating with us on bipartisan resolutions, things that are for the good of the
country and that's the way we try to conduct ourselves here. mr. speaker, for the last three decades the people of cambodia have hoped to see their country move toward a freer, more democratic system, but that progress has been halting and the results are incomplete. hun sen, that country's prime minister, has held onto power since 1985, making him currently the longest serving leader in southeast asia. the elections are scheduled for 2018, it seems likely the opposition party will endure the same sort of intimidation and harassment that it has for years. this lack of progress and accountability on the part of the hun sen government has meant that cambodia remains one of the poorest and most corrupt countries in the renal. cambodia leads on china -- leans on china for imports and economic assistance and has adopted their most draconian laws and practices as well.
despite these obstacles, the people of cambodia remain entrepreneurial. for years the united states has provided development assistance to improve cambodian human rights protections, both for civil society and improve health, education and opportunity. these investments are paying dividends in the form of a new generation of bright, thoughtful cambodian leaders who seek more for themselves and their fellow citizens. these young leaders, along with many reformers and activists deserve to have their voices heard. you know, it's especially poignant, i've been to cambodia a few times and when you think of the terrible events, the killings there, decades ago, practically genocide there, it is just intolerable and unthinkable and unacceptable that cambodia would still have these difficulties with all the things that the people of
cambodia have suffered. so this resolution calls on the government of cambodia to push ahead with real and meaningful reform that will advance democracy. it calls for changes to the electoral system that would allow for truly free and fair elections. it calls on the hun sen government to act now so that the 2018 elections are transparent and credible and it calls for the end of politically motivated harassment and violence against the people of cambodia. mr. speaker, the people of cambodia want and deserve real democracy for their country. they want to chart the course for their own future and live the lives they choose for themselves. this measure sends a strong message that the united states stands with them and wants to see them realized the democratic aspirations, so i'm glad to support this measure and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new york.
mr. engel: mr. speaker, i now yield five minutes to the gentleman from california, a valid member of our foreign affairs committee, and the author of this legislation, mr. lowenthal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: thank you, ranking member engel. first, i want to acknowledge the great work and the collaboration from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to bring this resolution to the floor today. first, chairman royce, you have long been a champion on cambodian issues and this resolution would not have been possible without your support. i'd also like to thank the republican lead on this resolution, asia subcommittee chairman, matt salmon, and also i would also like to thank congressman steve chabot of ohio, who joined with me in finding the congressional cambodia caucus. and i obviously want to thank ranking member engel for his support of this resolution. recently, the cambodian
government, as been pointed out, presided over by prime minister hun sen for the past 31 years, has severely cracked wn on political opposition and all forms of dissent in cambodia. elections in cambodia in 2013 prolonged his grip on power but they were marred by allegations of voting irregularities. after the election, hun sen's party and the opposition party agreed to a series of electoral reforms and power sharing compromises. however, since that time the cambodian government has undertaken a comprehensive campaign to undermine the political opposition. last year the cambodian government revised a seven-year-old defamation charge against the opposition
leader, mr. sam rainsy, expeling him from the parliament and forcing him into self-imposed exile. the deputy leader, who is acting as the opposition's leader, has been under house arrest at the headquarters and where he was facing charges that a are similarly politically motivated and recently convicted in court and now serving time in jail. when i spoke to the deputy leader, he told me that he not only fears this arrest by the government, which has just taken place, but he truly fears for his life and his fears are well-founded. in july, as was pointed out, prominent political activist and outspoken critical of the
government, kim ley, was murdered in daylight. so the passage of this resolution could not come as a more urgent time. the cambodian government has renewed its efforts to seek out, to harass and to intimidate the leaders of the opposition. as i pointed out last week, kim was tried and sentenced to five mopts in jail. in the leadup to the trial, the government deployed security forces in the vicinity of the opposition party's headquarters. hun sen's strategy could not be more clear -- intimidate and threaten arrests to silence this opposition in advanced of local elections next year and national elections the following year. as long as these politically motivated charges remain
outstanding, the current political climate in cambodia is not one that will allow for free and fair elections. that's why it is so important for us to pass this resolution and show that the united states stands with the people of cambodia. we will send an important signal to the cambodian government that political violence of any kind will not be tolerated and that the cambodian people must be able to enjoy the freedom to choose the freedom -- the freedoms to choose their own leaders. only under these conditions can elections in cambodia be considered free and fair by the international community. again, i want to thank all the members who worked so closely with me to bring this resolution to the floor. i urge passage of this resolution to send a strong message that the united states
supports human rights, supports democracy and the rule of law in cambodia. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i'll close and let me, again, repeat, we all have high hopes of the future of democracy in cambodia. we want to see the people there exercise real rights and determine the future for their country, and we know that real democracy is the key to helping countries prosper. real democracy makes governments more transparent and accountable when citizens are allowed to fully participate in their political systems, governments more responsive and do a better job, providing jobs and opportunity. countries become better equipped as partners on the global stage and centers of regional stability. we know that cambodia has this potential just waiting to be
unleashed. so today with this resolution, we're saying that we look forward to the day when democracy in cambodia is allowed to flourish and we hope that day comes soon. it's important to focus on cambodia. we want to see that country make a change for the benefit of all its people. so i support this measure. i urge my colleagues to do the same. i yield back the balance of my time. i thank mr. lowenthal and chairman royce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: as i mentioned in my eeping remarks, the cambodian people's party took yet another authoritarian step last week when they arrested and tried opposition leader kim soka. in their attempts to consolidate power they have utterly obliterated the opposition. the long suffering people of cambodia deserve the opportunity to elect a government of their
choosing. by attempting to disqualify, by harassing all the political opposition, hun sen is denying the people this opportunity. by passing this resolution, congress is sending a message that the united states is watching and will not accept his brutality and will send an important signal of support, i believe, to all cambodians who wish to live under a government that respects their rights, aren'ts the rights of the cambodian people. i -- respects the rights of the cambodian people. i yield back my time and urge support of the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
for what purpose does the gentleman rise? mr. royce: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5484. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the tite of the bill. the clerk: a bill to provide for authorities -- revision of countries listed as state spon so far as terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. royce and the gentleman from new york, mr. engel each will control 30 minutes. mr. royce: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: i want to thank the gentleman from florida, mr. yoho, for his leadership in authoring this critical legislation. the dez egg nation of a foreign government as a state sponsor of
terrorism is one of our government's most powerful statements. in addition to imposing sanctions and other restrictions, the designation itself earns a state pariah status internationally. and that's deserved. after all, these are countries whose governments back the killing of innocents as a matter of policy. to be added to the list, the secretary of state must determine that the government of such country has repeatedly provided support for acts of international terrorism. the designation then triggers unilateral sanctions by the united states. these sanctions include a ban on exports of weapons. it also includes limits on financing and economic assistance. and restrictions on exports that can be used by that country to
enhance its military capability. or of course its ability to support terrorism. these are important tools, they're powerful tools, yet under current law, to delist a state sponsor of terrorism, the administration only needs to certify that the country has refrained from supporting terrorism for a mere six months. administrations from both parties have abused this process. in 2008, north korea's designation was rescinded following commitments it made to dismantle its nuclear weapons program. north korea, of course, was delisted prematurely but it kept its nuclear program. as evidenced by its fifth nuclear test last week. likewise, cuba continues to harbor terrorists. both foreign terrorists and domestic terrorists. it continues toed me until
venezuela. it continues its support for iran's designs on latin america. and just last month, cuba hosted the iranian foreign minister as tehran seeks to expand its present in the hemisphere. this legislation is an important check against administration overreach, increasing the period of time a country must refrain from supporting terrorism, from six months to two years. before it is eligible for being delisted. the bill also increases the period of time that congress has to review any such proposed action by the president, from 45 days to 90 days, so the bill strengthens congressional oversight of the process. i strongly urge my colleagues to support the legislation authored by mr. ted yoho and i think it's critical and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from new york is
recognized. mr. engel: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank chairman royce and mr. yoho of florida for their hard work on the bill. under current law, there are two -- there are only two ways offer the state sponsor of terrorism list. the first is a fundamental change in leadership and policies, and the other is if the president certifies to congress that a government has not provided any support for international terrorism for at least six months and that the country is -- has provided assurances it will not support international terrorism in the future. this legislation would stretch that six month period to two years. it would also double the length of time congress has to review such a certification from 45 days to 90. now mr. speaker, i don't think we're going to find ourselveses in a situation in which any of the countries currently on that list would need to be rushed off, particularly syria and
iran. but our job as legislators is not just to look at what's in front of us as we draft a law but consider what unintended consequences we may face down the road. as i said when we mark thupped ebill at the committee, i think we do need to carefully consider the implication of extending the wait period so dramatically no e wants a state sponsor of terrorism to come off the list unusual as itt as to be ablee may need change more quickly for diplomatic purposes. i hope as we monitor this, members will keep an open mind with respect to the waiting period as the leage slative process goes forward.
again, i support the legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from florida. mr. owe hoe -- mr. royce: first i yield four minutes to the gentlelady from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i thank the gentleman. i thank dr. yoho for putting forth this wonderful bill the state sponsor of terrorism review enhancement act is the work of our florida colleague, ted yoho. i thank him for his leadership on this bill as well as chairman royce and ranking member engel for their leadership in getting it to the house floor this bill is an important and necessary legislative fix to a broken process. the man for the which nations are delisted as state sponsors of terrorism. over the years, through three
different statutes, congress developed the state sponsor of terrorism list and the consequences for being on the list. three law. the foreign assistance act. the arms export control act. and the export administrative act. work to prevent state sponsors of terrorism from receiving assistance, from receiving goods, from receiving technology that could help support terrorism. in past decades, administrations from both sides of the aisle have mistakenly and prematurely delisted states, for example, including taking north korea off the list in 2008 as the chairman pointed out, removing cuba as the chairman pointed out last year. north korea has armed and supported organizations like hezbollah and hamas and has reportedly assisted the regime in syria and in iran in developing their nuclear weapons program. other examples of north cree --
north korea's provocation and destructive behavior are prolific, including continued illegal nuclear weapons tests like the one we just saw last week. again, missile launches, cyberattacks, sinking a south korean naval vessel, shipping weapons systems like those intercepted out of cuba in the year 2013. cuba has links to north korea and state sponsors of terrorism iran and syria. it provides safe thivepb terror groups like the colombia farc and the spanish eta. and harbors fugitives from american justice like convicted cop killer joanne chesemard. as we saw in the cases of cuba and north korea, the process in which congress is able to weigh in on whether a nation should or should not be delisted as a state sponsor of terrorism is a broken process and only one of three laws provides a legislative mechanism to stop
it. only one. so this bill aims to fix that. extending the amount of time that congress has to review an administration's proposal to delist a country and providing congress with the mechanism under each law to block its removal by enacting a joint resolution of disapproval. it's a simple legislative fix, mr. speaker. that allows congress to fulfill its oversight responsibility, determine whether these countries are still supporting terrorism, and prevent them from being delisted should there not be enough evidence for their removal. congress needs to have the ability that it should always have had. we thought we did. to weigh in on attempts to remove countries from the list, to ensure that countries that are still supporting terrorism remain sanctioned, restricted from any material that they might be receiving that could
aid in the terrorism, and remain on the state sponsor of terrorism list where they belong. so it makes a change to the law, the review process that should have been made a long time ago. i thank dr. yoho for doing this i it allows congress to execute its proper oversight responsibilities and prevent the executive branch from delisting countries as state sponsor of terrorism prematurely. we've seen in cases of both north korea and cue bark delisted by republican and democratic administration respectively, that giving these nations these concessions only emboldens the rogue regimes and undermine ours national security. so i thank the gentleman for the time and i thank dr. yoho for his bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from california reserves. mr. royce: i can reserve or i could yield four minutes to the
author of the bill. ok. i'm going to yield four minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. ted yoho, dr. yoho is the author of this important anti-terrorism legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for four minutes. mr. yoho: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, chairman royce, ranking member engel and my colleague, ros-lehtinen for the kind words and for pointing out that just two years ago, cuba was caught shipping armaments to north korea. and i stand in support, obviously, of our bill h.r. 5484, the state sponsor of terrorism review act. this designation of a foreign government, as mr. royce already pointed out, as a state sponsor of terrorism is one of the united states' most powerful statements as a nation that we can stamp on another country. besides imposing sanctions, the state, the stamp of the state
sponsor of terrorism labels a state untouchable to the international community. this pariah status, as you pointed out is much deserved, as these are states that support the killing of innocent people as a matter of policy. however, under current law, in order for a state to be delisted, the president of the united states only needs to certify that the country being considered for delisting has not engaged in supporting terrorism for a paltry six months. as ms. ros-lehtinen pointed out, two years ago, cuba sent missiles to north korea. considering the heinous acts of violence these countries have supported in the past, we should not be allowing them to be delisted for political purposes or whatever reasons after only six months. this increases the oversight of one of congress', of our government's oldest committees, the foreign affairs committee, and adds another layer of protection, not just for america
but for the world community. to address this legislation, to adress this, my legislation will quadruple the time a designated country must refrain from sponsoring terrorism before a president can remove it from a sponsor list, from six to 24 months. it irn creases congressional oversight by doubling the time the congress has to review the president's proposed removal from 45 to 90 days. establishes a uniform process through which congress candice approve the president's decision to remove a country from tremendous list and requires the administration to notify and brief congress and i think this is probably one of the most important things, upon initiating review of a designated country's potential removal from that list. this legislation will assert congressional scrutiny and oversight and hopefully bring to an end politically motivated delisting successive administrations, both republicans and democrats