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this is specifically important to this discussion. you are aware of this polcy, correct? director comey: it applies to people in handcuffs. >> follow this online at c-span.org. we'll breakway here for liven coverage of the u.s. house on c-span. in order. e praerill be offed b the es chapla,t. seph tholic chchwashgton d.c >> lord oercy sin beginning of time, you have sustained us with your heartfelt love and care, a love and care that bounds us in friendship with you, with each other and the world. lord, may you bless congress with a loving heart, which more than anything else has power to touch and move humankind and renew friendly unity that is the
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crux of america's strength, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> pursuant to clause 1 rule 1, i demand a vote on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it and the jourm stands approved. the speaker: for what purpose does gentleman seek recognition? mr. wilson: i object on the ground that a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker: further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from california. >> 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.
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the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. during breast cancer awareness month, my community in south florida will be dressing in pink and hosting a myriad of activities to support the millions of women and men who have been afflicted by this terrible disease. with our combined efforts to educate and encourage early detection, we can save lives. a celebration of survivorship, strides of miami-dade, put together by the american cancer society, is working toward groundbreaking research and patient services. this wonderful event will be taking place at the miami marlins park on october 8.
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the florida breast cancer foundation will also be hosting its annual kick event for breast cancer on october 13, and that will help advance breast cancer treatment and lab research. mr. speaker, i encourage everyone in south florida to participate in these events around our community, to support those who are fighting this disease, to honor victims, and to reminisce about those whom we have lost to breast cancer. let us make sure that we can redouble our efforts to defeat this terrible disease and continue at full force in order to do it. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. thank you, mr. speaker. this chart shows that the ratio of unemployed workers to job
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openings is at the lowest level since 2001. it shows that in 2007 before the great recession the ratio was 1.4 unemployed workers for every job opening. then during the prior administration it peaked at a staggering 6.6 unemployed workers to every job opening under former president bush. then a whole wave of democratic policy initiatives took effect. and the ratio began to drop and drop and drop and drop. and our most recent data, which s of july, 2016, the ratio was 1.3 unemployed workers to every job opening. i think we can sum up the recovery in four words. thank you, president obama.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one mitt. as i mack: mr. speaker, speak the city of springdale, arkansas, is remembering the life of 17-year-old kyler austin williams, a promising young student athlete from spring dale high school who died this past saturday in a vehicle accident. he was an accomplished athlete. the star on his football team. the night before he died, he caught 10 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns. against a conference opponent. mr. speaker, he was also a terrific young man. outstanding student. spiritual leader. role model. our hearts are broken over his
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loss and the entire third district of arkansas mourns with his parents, his stepmother, his sisters, mckensy, caden, and lily, and his brothers,. his death leaves us all with an empty feeling and struggling to cope with such a tragic outcome. when springdale high lines up against its cross-town rivals on friday night, number 3 in red won't be on the field. but he will be on the hearts and minds of those who knew and loved hifment may god bless those he leaves behind. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized or one minute. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i rise today to join the people of israel in mourning the loss
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of shimon perez. a statesman, a lover of his country, but a lover of people around the world. one who, in 1976, won a nobel peace prize for laying out one of the unique and important, although unfortunately short-lived, framework for peace. he was one who believed in a two state solution. respected by israel and its people, but also the leaders and people around the world. had the privilege of meeting him on a number of occasions. and i might say that his calm voice was a welcome intrusion in sometimes a world of discord. although he stood by his nation time of war, and many times in analysis have many thoughts about his leader shfment as president and prime minister several times and many other positions, one can say that clearly he loved his country,
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but he loved the people of the world and he loved peace. i give my deepest sympathy, again, to the people of israel, his family and friends, and we in the world and of course this nation has lost a dear and beloved friend who truly believed in peace. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, on late friday afternoon, to avoid the american media, the f.b.i. released over 180 pages concerning the 46 interviews of investigation into hillary clinton's emails. the daily caller has provided, quote, 12 biggest bombshells in the f.b.i.'s clinton investigation notes, end of quote. a few of the most notable include, obama's top negotiator for the dangerous iranian nuclear deal may have had her
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private email hacked. she also admitted to using her private email to conduct government business. president clinton's lawyer asked about a computer technician to wipe out computer data in 2013. president obama emailed ms. clinton at least 18 times while claiming he did not know she had an email server, which are now kept secret. the state department computer technician was against housing clinton's server at her basement. these are four of the revelations of the investigation. it is clear that secretary clinton's actions displayed a lack of judgment, putting american families at risk of attack. in conclusion, god bless our troops, and may the president by his actions never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore:. props the gentlelady -- for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized or one minute.
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ms. chu: for over 40 years, the hyde amendment has been the flagship and the assault on a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. because of hyde a low-income woman is able to use her medicaid for her health care needs, but not in one area -- abortion. in effect, a woman on medicaid who faces this tough decision may be forced to forego groceries, utility bills, or her rent just to pay for the procedure. even worse, she could be driven to a dangerous back alley abortion or seek an unlicensed practitioner. if she cannot find the funds for the procedure and goes on to give birth, she's at greater risk of sliding deeper into poverty. that is why i am a co-sponsor of the each woman act which would ensure that every woman has access to abortion coverage regardless of how much she earns. we must ensure that every american woman can access their constitutional right to an abortion. we must end the hyde amendment.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in memory of staff sergeant michael thompson of irvine who was tragically killed on august 23 while on patrol in afghanistan. mrs. walters: he enlisted in the army in march of 2011, and though this was his first deployment to afghanistan, he had also been deployed to iraq to combat the islamic state. he was awarded over a dozen medals in his military career and was awarded the purple heart medal. staff sar get thompson was just 28. and he leaves behind his wife of five years. our prayers remain with her, his family, friends, and fellow soldiers. staff sergeant thompson gave everything to protect our freedom. it is because of him, because of his service, because of his
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sacrifice, that we live in the most free nation on earth. we will always remember this and we will remain forever grateful for his selfless sacrifice. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, i rise to express my deep sadness on the passing of former israeli president and prime minister shimon perez. he was devoted to the cause of the jewish state and worked tirelessly to achieve a lasting peace in the middle east. he was a founding father of the state of israel and remained throughout his life one of the greatest champions. he was a central architect of the oslo accords and respected around the world for his strong leadership as prime minister and president of israel. his example should be an inspiration to us all as he fought so long for piece peace. my thoughts are with his family and friends as well as the people of israel who have lost a beloved leader w it i yield
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back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker. mr. bilirakis: i rise in honor of mr. austin curry who passed away at the age of 86. friends remember him as a young soul who spent days in prayer or sharing his sunny demeanor for fifth -- and faith in prolific facebook posts. with a full life devoted to god in service to his country, mr. curry was an air force veteran who served in the korean war. as a passionate advocate in the elderly community, mr. curry served in leadership rolls for the florida silver haired legislature, the hills brook county hospital association, and the health council of west central florida.
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he also served as a delegate to the white house's 2005 conference on aging. his accomplishments and the lives he touched will remain in our memories. i yield back, mr. speaker. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from iowa seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent toe address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of the accelerating the end of breast cancer act. breast cancer is the most common cancer among women and it is estimated that this year almost a quarter after million women will be diagnosed with the disease. including already a close friend of mine. thousands of those women live in my home state of iowa. it is time for action. and passage of the accelerating the end of breast cancer act is a great next step. mr. loebsack: this bipartisan bill which has over 270 co-sponsors would establish a commission aimed at ending breast cancer by january 1, 2020. that commission would look for
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gaps in the public and private sector where investment is needed and recommend initiatives and strategies to work toward finding a cure for breast cancer, discovering the cause, and identifying preventive measures. it is an important bill in the fight against breast cancer and i am proud to support it. i also want to take a moment to recognize the volunteers of breast cancer deadline 2020. for continuing to advocate for these critical issues. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from iowa seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized. >> i rise today because a a month of october is coming up and quickly approaching. october is breast cancer awareness month a time to shed light on a battle many men and women have to endure. according to the american cancer
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society, 250,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will have been diagnosed in the united states this year. mr. speaker, this statistic is heartbreaking. mr. young: very few people who have not bren affected by this disease and lost too many flends, neighbors, friends to the painful fight and reality that is this disease. in congress, we must stand by our men and women tirelessly fighting. mr. speaker, i'm proud to have joined over 270 of my colleagues as a co-sponsor of the accelerating the end of breast cancer act. this critical bipartisan bill would establish a commission to help end breast cancer by 2020 through public-private partnerships, encouraging the advancements in promising research and coordinating research activities. this commission would help us get closer to a cure and give
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patients and families hope. i honor those who fought this fight and won and hardend and saddened to remember those who lost. they deserve to know their elected representatives stand with them. actions speak louder than words d time to make progress on getting this important bill signed into law. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition. the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. hahn: thank you, mr. speaker, i rise to join the world in mourning the loss of shimon peres, former prime minister and president of israel and one of the last founding fathers. peres dedicated his life to establishing a lasting peace for
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israel and its neighbors. he negotiated the oslo accords and in 1994 was awarded the nobel peace prize to endic ongoing violence. near the end of his presidency i had the honor to sit down with him at the paris center for peace and i was struck by his vision to the future and commitment to peace no matter what the obstacles. for seven decades, he has been a trusted partner to the united states and forminged the unbreakable alliance between our two countries. we held a ceremony to award him the gold medal and the first to go to a sitting president of israel. as the world mourns the death of this visionary leader, let us ensure that his legacy lives on and recommit ourselves to a
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lasting peace for israel and our entire world. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: thank you, mr. speaker. this week the house took action to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of americans who lost their insurance due to the president's health care law. spending $2 billion in taxpayer ney, 17 of obamacare's 234 co-ops collapsed leaving individuals without coverage. this is a double blow by individuals forced to get insurance. and now left with two options, find adequate coverage and face paying a deductible twice or pay a steep penalty at the end of the year, all due to the law's own failure. they sold as a public option
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featuring obamacare and showed insolvency since their inception flawed with flawed business models. we passed h.r. 954 that shields individuals who lost their insurance as a result of these co-ops. on top of hire premiums and difficulty accessing care, americans should not be penalized for the failure of a program that is preventing compliance. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> permission to revise and stepped my remarks. mr. cohen: thank you, mr. speaker. today marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the national civil rights museum in memphis, tennessee. the museum is located at the site of the tragic assassination of dr. martin luther king junior. from that incident rose from the
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ashes a phoenix and wonderful story of the efforts and achievements of many brought black and white to achieve a more perfect union in the civil rights for people in this country. i urge everybody who has a chance to go to memphis and turn the civil rights museum and pay tribute to the civil rights soldiers who made america what it was intended to be and a more perfect union. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. newhouse: i rise today to offer my congratulations to two central f.h.a. chapters that received national awards for their creativity leadership and commitment to community.
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everyone expects their leaders to be on campus. this respect, the omack f.a.a. has been honored as a national model for development of their officer mascot social media challenge. through this campaign, the f.a.a. helped to raise chapter morale and school awareness. not to be outdown. another school is a model of the community development. by partnering with the local rotary, they raised crop signs next to fields so passing drivers could take interest and learn what was growing in the fields. as an f.f.a. alum news, i'm proud to see the good work of these good work. and wish them the best of luck
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at the national convention in october. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> this friday the bell amy will be a fixture on jefferson avenue in buffalo new york. it will become home for many for 30 affordable apartments filled. this space will serve the new home for the buffalo black museum to share success stories. this project was the collaboration of federal, state and local and private investment with the aid of $4 million in federal low income housing tax credits. they encouraged development in construction in communities that are often neglected in increased affordable housing options. developments have the power, create and encourage and empower
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more residentially and commercially integrated neighborhood. we are no stranger to in western new york. over the years it has been the ey in revitalizing our region. and in buffalo's east side neighborhood. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from indiana seek recognition? mrs. walorski: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. walorski: i recognize national hunger action month. throughout september families and advocates, volunteers and experts, community leaders and elected officials have worked together to highlight the problem of hunger. i seen some of the great work being done on the front lines in indiana's second district and i brought their insights back to congress. the agricultural's nutrition
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subcommittee held its 17th hearing of the 114th congress examining the umh supplemental new trish andal assistance program or snap. we looked at innovative approaches to help those who fall into the safety net, find good jobs and lift themselves out of poverty. these hearings laid the groundwork for real reform. no one in this country should go hungry. republicans have a better plan. our plan puts new ideas to the test and end hunger in america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. ms. kaptur: here we are a few short weeks before national election so it's a good time to take time of the outlandish flood of money pouring into the
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presidental campaign. the american people don't want this anymore. why should it cost 16 more than in 1980. the last time i looked, we still have just one president, 100 senators, 435 congressional districts. the public is sick and tired of the tv campaign ads. it costs a fortune and the public is becoming more diss i will usualonned. we need campaign finance renorman far too much that candidates have to raise today it cost lly in 1980, $107 million to conduct a presidential campaign. 1.6 bill has been spent this year. no surprise that the largest givers of the financial
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industry, no one of them has gone to jail after the financial crash of 2008. my amendment h j. ress grants congress the power to set limits on the amounts of contributions and expenditures in elections. when the presidential candidates enter your town ask them what they intend to do about out of control campaign spending and when they intend to do it. make finance reform the first bill they send up to congress as h.r. 16r789. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> permission to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. >> with breast cancer awareness month around the corner, we are
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working to end breast cancer and in fact we have a bill h.r. 1197, accelerating the end of breast cancer act which has 273 bipartisan co-sponsors and should be brought to the floor immediately for debate and a vote. why? because even with so much advancement in medical research a woman's chance of developing breast cancer has increased from 1 in 11 to one in eight today. this year over 40,000 women and over 400 men will die of breast cancer in this country alone. h.r. 1197 will focus on identifying strategies for the prevention of breast cancer and identifying methods to prevent reast cancer there by saving livings. with broad bipartisan support there is no reason why this
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should not be brought up for a vote as quickly as possible. i want to thank the large majority of my colleagues for co-sponsoring the accelerating of breast cancer act and i encourage the leadership to bring it to the floor right away. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend. >> i rise today to recognize and congratulate the united states olympic team some of whom are visiting today. 121 medals were won to win the most medals in u.s. history. they won 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze. 61 of the medals were brought home by american women. 210 american athletes
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contributed to the medal count and 13 who won multiple gold medals. 27 sports which u.s. athletes competed, they brought home 20 and jack sock taking home the in mixed doubles. this is the most decorated team in u.s. history. i want to congratulate for their amazing performances on behalf of in our nation and thank themr making us proud here at home in the united states of america. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, our nation owes our veterans a debt of gratitude for putting their lives on the line. too often all we do is pay lip service to our military heroes. this past weekend i hosted a veterans housing symposium or i connected veterans with housing
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professional to answer questions about their housing benefits, mortgage options, and tax exemses. ms. kelly: our veterans have earned our nation's gratitude and i urge this congress to do more. in mentioning gratitude in service, i would be remiss if i did not acknowledge an outstanding and brilliant servant, mimi, who is moving on after 20 years of service to the second congressional district of illinois. she was an original higher of the honorable jesse jackson jr. and was kind enough to stay on and help me launch my grand operation when i came to congress. she secured millions of dollars in funding for the second district and left her mark in making it a better place to live. on behalf of the district families and grateful congress, thank you for a job well-done. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entlelady yields back. the chair lays before the house n enrolled bill.
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the clerk: h.r. 1475, an act to authorize the ball of remembrance as part of the korean war veterans memorial and allow certain private p contributions to find that wall of remembrance. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. woodall: die direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 897 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 153, house resolution 897. resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further consideration of the bill h.r. 5303, to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the united states, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes. no further amendment to the amendment in the nature of a
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substitute referred to in the first section of house resolution 892 shall be in order except those printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such further amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such further amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment pursuant to this resolution the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to
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final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 6094, to provide for a six-month delay in the effective date of a rule of the department of labor relating to income thresholds for determining overtime pay for executive, administrative, professional, outside sales, and computer employees. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on education and the work force, and two, one motion to recommit. section 3, on any legislative day during the period from
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september 29, 2016, through november 11, 2016, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved, and, b, the chair may at any time declare the house adjourned to meet at a date and time, within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution, to be announced by the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 4, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 3 of this resolution as though under clause 8-a of rule 1. section 5, each day during the period addressed by section 3 of this resolution shall not constitute a calendar day for purposes of section 7 of the war powers resolution, 50 u.s.c. 1546. section 6, each day during the period addressed by section 3 of this resolution shall not constitute a legislative day for purposes of clause 7 of rule 13. section 7, each day during the
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period addressed by section 3 of this resolution shall not constitute a calendar or legislative day for purposes of clause 7-c-1 of rule 22. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one hour. mr. woodall: i thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, during consideration of this resolution all time is yielded for the purpose of debate only. i would like to yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i'd also like to ask that all members may have five legislative days to revise and tend their remarks the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. woodall: i told you yesterday i would be back down here today with part two of the water resources development act bill. this structured rule h.res. 897, provides for further consideration of h.r. 5303. this rule today will make an
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additional 19 amendments in order. as you will recall, mr. speaker, yesterday we gathered here and passed a rule that made 25 amendments in order to this legislation. to put that in perspective, this was a bill that passed unanimously out of the transportation infrastructure committee on which i serve. and the rules committee gathered and in its wisdom has now made 44 additional adjustments and improvements in order that have been recommended by members of this chamber. this rule also provides, mr. speaker, for closed consideration of h.r. 6094, the regulatory relief for small businesses and schools and nonprofit act. that's a bill that requires a six-month delay in the effective date of the department of labor's new overtime rules. it moves the current effective date of december 1, 2016, out to june 1, 2017. mr. speaker, i know you have heard about this issue from
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your constituents as every member in this chamber has. the department of labor in its wisdom sought to raise the minimum wage at which overtime rules would apply. and the -- maximum wage. which overtime rules would apply. and effectively doubled that wage rate. and that's all going to go into effect on december 1. mr. speaker, i don't believe there is a single member of this chamber that doesn't believe those numbers should be adjusted, but to double them overnight with virtually no warning to the small business community, the education community, the nonprofit community, is not the right way to govern. this is going to impact not just the hardworking americans who run these institutions. it's going to impact the hardworking americans who are dependent on these jobs and are currently doing the heavy lifting that funds -- feeds the nation's economic engine.
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delaying this rule for six months to give us an opportunity to either come together as a body and make changes or to allow small businesses and nonprofits in educational institutions to begin to adjust is just the right thing to do. you'll hear more about that, mr. speaker, from one of my colleagues on the rules committee, ms. virginia foxx from north carolina. doesn't just serve on the rules committee. she also serves on the education and work force committee that has jurisdiction. with that, mr. speaker, if we pass this rule we'll have an opportunity to not just complete the work on the wrda bill with the 19 additional amendments, but also to move forward to protect small businesses, educational institutions, and nonprofit w that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts virginia tech. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from georgia, mr. woodall, for the customary 30 minutes. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, last night in the rules committee after a year of democratic calls to address the terrible water crisis in flint, michigan, house republicans finally moved forward an amendment offered by my friend and colleague, representative dan kildee, to provide assistance to the families of flint. it was a year ago this month that we learned of the man-made drinking water crisis in flint which exposed thousands of our fellow americans to contaminated water. these are real people, mr. speaker. families with children. 9,000 children under the age of 6. that have been drinking and bathing in poisonous water for over 2 1/2 years. even today these families still do not have access to clean water from their temperatures. the fact that it has taken a year for congress to stand up and do the right thing, to finally allow us, have a vote, for the families of flint is astonishing. america is supposed to be a place where we look out for one
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another. lift our neighbors up when they are in need. those are the values that define our country. as the people's representatives here in congress, we need to honor those values. whenever an american community is hit by a disaster, we come together. this should include not just hurricanes and earthquakes, but man-made disasters like the one flint continues to face today. i thank you the leadership, especially our leadership, our leader pelosi, and the persistence of my friend, mr. kildee. i'm pleased that we're finally set to consider a measure to authorize the 170 million dollars for the repair and replacement of infrastructure in flint. i hope all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will enthusiastically support mr. kildee. but this is just a first step, mr. speaker. while the amendment we're set to consider today if adopted authorizes these funds, it is important that we come together to ensure the much needed
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funding actually reaches flint as soon as possible. the senate's water resources development act, which passed that chamber earlier this month by an overwhelming vote of 95-3, includes $220 million in relief for flint. as we advance our wrda bill this week, and set up a conference on the two measures, it is imperative that we keep funding for flint a top priority. so while i'm pleased we were able to reach a bipartisan agreement on a vote for flint, i'm disappointed, however, that the house republican leadership is still advancing a terrible misguided bill this week to once again undermine regulations put forward by the administration to help working families. with all of the work left to be done on the most pressing issues facing our communities, i cannot for the life of me understand why my friends on the other side of the aisle are so intent on denying long overdue compensation to millions of their constituents
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in payment for their hard work and long hours. this rule provides for the consideration of h.r. 6094, legislation designed to delay the department of labor's new overtime rule which increases the overtime salary threshold om $23 o,660 a year to $47,476 a year. with the department of labor's update to the fair labor standards act, an additional 4.2 million salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay. and 2 of 2,000 working -- 262,000 working people in my home state of massachusetts would benefit. american workers have it with aed long enough to get a fair day's pay for long day's work which they deserve. this republican bill will take $600 million out of the pockets of 4.2 million american workers who would have gained overtime protections on december 1.
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this is $600 million that they will never see if we delay these important updates for another six months. that means, for example, the workers will have less money to spend on holiday presents for their families and less time to help their kids with their school work and extra kir rick due lar activities. the simple truth is this republican bill is a cynical ploy to once again try to stop the rule from ever, ever going into effect. my republican friends like to lecture families in poverty about what they are doing wrong. we hear it all the time on this floor. they tell them they need to work harder to get ahead. but these families are already working hard. very often working overtime. but they are not receiving the pay that they deserve for putting in the extra time. republicans like to say that they think hard work should be rewarded. this is it. this overtime protection is a way for us to reward the hard work of millions of americans who are doing all the right
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things. this is a way for us to ensure that every american who puts in a hard day's work is able to earn the fair pay that they deserve. only in this place would that be considered a radical idea. how can members of congress lecture millions of hardworking american families struggling to escape poverty when they won't even support a measure that rewards them for the hard work that they are putting in every day to help their own families get ahead? speaker ryan rolled out a whole agenda to make us think he is somehow serious in helping out families. why would house republicans stand in the way of hardworking families receiving the fair pay they deserve. that doesn't sound like a party that helps every family succeed. america's working families are the ones who lay the foundation that makes our economy strong. it is shameful that denying the
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overtime protections they deserve is something republicans think should be a top priority of this congress. so pressing in fact, the house republicans considered this bill in the rules committee as a quote, emergency measure, end quote. so i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the right thing and defeat this bill. anti-worker, anti-family bill and it would make it harder to get ahead. our economy only works when hard work is rewarded and time for congress to stand up for those values and support working families. time for us to do our jobs, mr. speaker. we need to be providing funds to fight the terrible zika virus and the opioid crisis and the gun violence that is plaguing our communities and ensure that our government remains open and i open the senate will vote on it soon and we need to get much
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needed assistance to the families of flint. i think it is a stain on the reputation of this congress that this leadership has dragged its feet for so long on this issue of providing funds to the residents of flint. this is the united states of america. people ought to know when they get water out of their faucet they are not poisoning themselves or their kids. these are emergencies, mr. speaker. not what this bill that my friends are bringing to the floor is all about. what they are trying to do is actually score some points with some in the business community who don't want to reward the work of the people who work in their companies. and i think that's unfortunate. we ought to stand up for working families, they need help. and this bill would make it less likely. so mr. speaker, at this point, i
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would reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: at this time, it's migrate pleasure to yield five minutes to the vice chair of the rules committee and a member of the education and work force committee, the gentlelady from north carolina, virginia foxx. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: i want to thank my colleague from georgia for his leadership on this rule, all too often the executive branch have policies that sound wonderful but impose unintended consequences and burdens that make the lives of americans more difficult. pattern. is at the department regulations covers millions. this regulation would reclassify a significant portion of their
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work force, eliminating flexibility and work times, bonus compensation and opportunities to advance. it will impose significant compliance costs that will serve only to further job creators under red tape. while members of both political parties want americans to earn more, we cannot ignore the financial consequences of this rule. by increasing the number of employees who do not qualify for an exemption under regulation, the department is increasing the cost of delivering services and making it more difficult to marnte existing staffing levels. in plain english, this regulation could cost hardworking americans hours at work or even their job. entire sectors could be less profitable with a predictable result for the employees doing that work. these impacts do not fall solely
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frequently and unfairly demonize big business. they affect nonprofits and schools as well as local and state governments. this will raise the operation for nearly organization and company in the country. i have heard from small business owners, nonprofits and universities across north carolina who are deeply concerned about this rule. for example, an independent super market said this rule would quote, effectively put him out of business. most of our managers make less than $40,000 a year. when you make only one penny on the dollar net profit, this would force us to raise prices and make us uncompetitive against wal-mart and other national chains, end quote. for many employees, the biggest impact this legislation will have on them is the loss of price flexibility and advancement opportunities. no longer will they be able to
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work flexible hours to cover doctors' appointments or family needs, but forced to clock in and out and lose positions and be reclassified into positions that do not provide the same satisfaction. it is fair to say our nation's overtime rules need to be modernized but the department of labor's extreme approach will lead to damaging consequences that the american people simply cannot afford. i co-sponsored 6094, regulatory relief for businesses schools and nonprofits act which would have a six-month implementation of this rule to ensure that nonprofit organizations, state and local governments and corporations confronting with desperately needed time to prepare and make changes to accommodate the needs of their employees. the rule before us today will provide for consideration of this important legislation.
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and i commend both of them to my colleagues for their support. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i would like to point out for my colleagues that while many of my colleagues support this legislation argue that the new overtime rule would overburden nonprofits or educational institutions, we need to point out a few facts here and moss importantly that is not the case. the over time rule provide exemptions for nonprofits. and the overtime rule provides educational institutions exemptions for teachers, graduates and undergraduate students and administrative personnel. i want to repeat one thing i said in my opening. when my m amazed
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republican colleagues routinely come to the floor and lecture poor people, and people struggling in poverty, they regularly come to the floor and demonize people who are on snap and you hear, well, you got to work, got to work harder. well, people on snap, of the people who are able to work, the majority of them work. work doesn't pay them enough to get them out of poverty. and all that is being suggested by this rule from the department of labor is that people get paid what they deserve. they ought to be able to earn enough to be able to have a decent life and get out of poverty. and i know what my friends are trying to do. they are saying it's a six-month delay and hoping their candidate for president, god forbid would win the presidency and would
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basically null and void any modernization of the overtime rules. we ought to be concerned more about people in this country, who are working hard and not able to make ends meet. and so i just -- i think my colleagues ought to know there are exemptions in this rule. and i'm happy to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from illinois. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. ms. schakowsky: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, americans have waited long enough to update our nation's overtime pay rules. after years of debate and regulatory review, proposed rules and final rules, it's time to ensure americans are paid for the hours that they work. when i go home to my district, i hear how hard it is for working men and women to meet family
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needs. americans need a raise. the republican majority has blocked any vote to raise the minimum wage and they have blonged bills to provide women with equal pay for equal work. you know working single mothers are paid 57 cents on the dollar that men are paid right now. and now, today's bill will take $600 million in earned overtime working men million and women. 60% of salaried employees qualified for overtime pay. a today only 7% do. this is because we did not update overtime rules until this administration stepped forward. we've heard the arguments for inaction and delay. we'll it's too hard for businesses, false argument about nonprofits. this is happening too fast, is
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another argument and they don't hold up. it has been 12 years since the overtime rule was changed, nearly three years since president obama asked for action and more than a year since the proposed rule was should. the department of labor reviewed more than 270,000 comments and it changed its proposal as a result of those comments. it has provided flexibility for businesses and lowered the salary threshold the department of labor has been responsive to concerns. and now it's time for the house of representatives to be responsive to the concerns and the needs of working families. in my home state of illinois, nearly 194,000 working men and women and their families would be helped by overtime protections. they shouldn't have to wait any longer. extra work should mean extra pay. it is a simple matter of fairness. workers who are hired full-time should not be paid the same salary, whether they worked 40
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hours a week or 60 hours a week, they should be paid for the hours they work or be able to spend those extra hours with their family. many americans are balancing jobs, and aging parents. delaying of the department of labor's update to overtime provisions is unfair to workers and their families. it's time now to get on with it and move forward. i urge my colleagues to reject today's rule. vote against this bill and let these long overdue overtime pay for r time americans take effect. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i yield five minutes to a member of the rules committee, the member from the great state of washington, mr. new house.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. newhouse: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i the like to add my voice regulatory relief for businesses, schools and nonprofits act. in recent months, i have heard and i'm sure you have, too, mr. speaker, from a growing number of constituents grateful concerned about the impact that the department of labor's new one size fits all overtime rule would have on their jobs and businesses as well as it would have on nonprofit organizations. when the rule goes into effect on december 1, it will impose enormous new costs on businesses, lifting the cap of workers eligible for overtime 076 rom $23,600 to $47,000
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dollars. this sounds like a real benefit for workers. the impaths wlikely will be devastating. small businesses, nonprofits confronted with this new burden will be faced with difficult choices having to pay thousands of doll oors in additional labor costs. it will end up having to limit hours of their employees or remove salaried workers to hourly positions or even worse, laying off workers. worse than that, the department of labor has made no attempt to make this rule workable for small business. there is no phase-in. on december 1, it will hit every business, every school and every nonprofit in america full force, just like a freight train. the rule was not curtailed to geography either. it will take effect where the nual mean wage is $61 same
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area, y arch kiama. the department of labor issuing this very one size fits all rule is president right. h.r. 6094, which i was proud to co-sponsor and i thank congressman walberg for introducing, would delay the rule for six months so we can work with the department of labor as well as stakeholders to address this issue in a responsible, workable way. . . sadly, it will result in job losses for those that it was intended to help, your constituents and mine. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, let me just make a comment to the benefit of my colleagues before i yield to our next speaker and hat's about this rule.
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this is a closed rule. again, this is another pattern that my republican friends seem to have developed since they have taken over the house and that is basically shutting down debate and shutting down the opportunity for members to have an opportunity to express themselves. was bill was brought up -- noticed for the rules committee on monday and we did the rule yesterday and so members didn't even know this was coming up. so to bring a bill like this to the floor under a closed process i think is, you know, unfortunate. it denies members on both sides of the aisle an opportunity to offer different points of view and to have a vigorous debate. you know, many of us believe that this congress ought to do more to help strengthen opportunities and benefits for those in the middle class. we believe that more people
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ought to have an opportunity to get in the middle class. that's why we're fighting for a livable wage. yet, we can't even bring that to the floor, and the only thing that seems to get to the floor are tax breaks for big business or repeals of the affordable care act or bills like this that would basically take, you know, basically take bay that's been earned by workers away -- pay that's been earned by workers away from them. again, this illustrates where the priorities of this republican congress really are. i mean, they're not with working people. they're with those that are privileged or those at the very top, and my hope is after this election we can get some changes made where we can get back to doing the people's business, not just the rich people's business. at this point i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. graham. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for two minutes. mr. graham: thank you, mr. speaker. -- ms. graham: thank you, mr.
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speaker. mr. speaker, today i rise with deep disappointment that the rules committee didn't make in order any of my amendments to improve the management and apalachicola, chattahoochee and flint rivers. they're worried that the apalachicola river is dying because of mismanagement and overuse of stream. just this year, it was named one of the country's most endangered rivers. two years ago in a rare show of collaboration and bipartisanship on this very issue, plebs from alabama -- members from alabama, georgia and florida agreed to language that actually acknowledged the mismanagement and encouraged the states to stop the arguing and work together to find a solution. what a novel concept. but even that tiny compromise
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is being stricken in this bill. an egregious problem that my amendment would have fixed. and this congress won't even allow it to be discussed. i'm well aware that other states involved in this issue have a lot at stake. it's infuriating other states won't recognize what's at risk in florida. there are people all over the country, even some of you in this congress, who spend time in the region and enjoy the apalachicola's beauty and resources. it's shameful and shortsighted that we're letting it die because of politics and dysfunction in this house. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i would say to my friend from massachusetts, we don't have any further speakers remaining, and i am prepared to close when he is. foip the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized.
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-- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i yield myself the remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i'm going to ask my colleagues to vote no on the previous question and i will offer an amendment to the rule to bring up legislation that would allow those with outstanding student debt to refinance their existing high interest rate loans to lower interest rates. mr. speaker, this legislation gives us an opportunity to provide immediate relief to those struggling with student loan debt. you know, when interest rates go down, people can refinance their home mortgages. why can't we extend that same ability to people with high student loan rates? you know, everybody says that we want to make sure that everybody who wants a college education ought to be able to get one, but yet we make it very difficult for people to be able to afford one. and the debt that's
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accumulated, and especially the interest on that debt that's accumulated, is very, very difficult for people to absorb when they get out of school. and so that's why democrats have been asking time and time again for us to address issues like that, college affordability. how do we ease the burden on our young people who are trying to get a college education? and so rather bringing up legislation that basically, you know, does not -- will not increase overtime -- the overtime salary threshold, thereby denying people who are working the ability to have a little bit of extra cash in their pockets when they work overtime, that's what this is all about. i mean, we're actually punishing working people. maybe we ought to do something that will help working families . if you vote no on the previous question, we will be able to have a debate and vote on this, and i hope that not just democrats but republicans as well will see that it is
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important for us to address this issue of college affordability. and, you know -- and i would hope that -- again, i urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question and, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: and with that, mr. speaker, you know, i will yield back the balance of my time and, again, vote no on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i was just with a group for lunch and i was talking about all of the amazing things that we're able to do in here together, and it really is amazing. i think back on what has become known as the bush tax cuts. you may remember, mr. speaker,
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we had president bush. he had a republican senate, he had a republican house and he was trying to provide tax relief for the american people, but because the way the rules work around here and it takes a lot of votes to get work done, he was not able to make that tax policy permanent. he didn't have enough votes. republicans were running the entire show. he couldn't get enough agreement on tax relief for americans to make that tax policy permanent. you and me, mr. mcgovern and president obama, we got together and we made that tax policy permanent for 99% of americans. we did together what republicans couldn't do alone. my friends from the other side of the aisle often talk about infrastructure and how important it is to america and they're right every single time they do it, mr. speaker. but when they passed $1 trillion stimulus bill that i opposed with every fiber of my being, we didn't see
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infrastructure grow in this country. we saw dollars get squandered. they controlled the white house, the u.s. house, the u.s. senate, they controlled every single branch of government and they were not able to succeed at creating the kind of infrastructure improvements that every american knows that we need. but you know who did, mr. speaker? you, me, mr. mcgovern with president obama in this divided congress and divided government, we got together and passed the longest surface transportation funding bill this country has seen since the 1990's. we did that together. i could go down the list. resources, ater taxes, regulation. the list goes on and on of things when we sat down and talked to one another we were able to get passed. you may remember, mr. speaker, we were down here today on the house floor.
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we were talking about the situation in flint. we were talking about amendments that were not made in order, and word came down that the only reason they weren't made in order is because we're just a bunch of racists here in the house of representatives. the only reason that they aren't made in order is because republicans have no conscience, is what we heard from the other side of the aisle. i'll ask anyone in this chamber who thinks that gets us closer to a solution. who thinks it does? it pushes us further apart, not just as an institution here but as a nation of citizens who care about one another. so what happened after that, mr. speaker? we went back to the drawing board together. we worked together and we're back here today together with an amendment to address the situation in flint. how? not with a nongermane amendment, as it was yesterday. not with an amendment that tries to deal with another committee's jurisdiction, as it did yesterday, but with an amendment that's squarely within the jurisdiction of the transportation committee on which i serve and from which this bill comes today.
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i know it's an election year, and i know that as much as constituents say they don't like negative ads, they show up and vote based on them every single time. so i know it would be easy for my colleagues to conclude that the best thing to do running up to an election is to come down here to the house floor and denigrate absolutely everyone who doesn't agree with them. it's not that we have policy disagreements, mr. speaker. it's that you must be a scoundrel, they must say. it's not that we have policy disagreements, it's that you don't have a conscience, they say. it's not that we have policy disagreements, it's that you don't care. it makes me sad because as i said yesterday, mr. speaker, i know the members of this body at a personal level and i know every single one of them care. we're down here today doing
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something that matters, and i don't know why folks aren't taking a victory lap for our successes together. i don't know why they want to continue to tear at the fabric that makes our nation great. caring about each other is what we do. it's a legitimate disagreement about how to care. my friend from massachusetts just talked about student loans. i have this conversation with every single high school class i visit with, mr. speaker. how do we love you best from washington, d.c.? do we give you all the money you can possibly borrow so you can go anywhere in the country that t to go to get bachelors degree with which you may not be able to find a job or do we create work study programs? do we create co-op programs? do we put you to work in contact with employers so when you leave school you have no debt and real skills and real experience? it's a fair disagreement.
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some folks may think you love people more by giving them all the free money they can handle and the mortgage debt that goes with it. other folks think you love folks by giving them real world experience, real world skills and real employers to talk to. i don't think you hate children if you make that wrong decision. i think that we're having a discussion about how to love on those children. mr. speaker, what we're down here doing today is not about stepping on low-income americans. and we can have a better debate this issue if that wasn't what folks would come down and prepet wait. -- perpetuate. it is undeniable, and every single member of this institution has seen it back home. it's undeniable that real working families are showing up on our doorsteps saying, congressman, there's a problem i need you to fix.
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the administration has moved forward and doubled, doubled the wage for which you now qualify for overtime. now, in my part of the world, we're not new york city. we're not los angeles, california. we're not san francisco. $45,000 a year in my part of the world is what a manager makes. it's what a manager's going to make. a manager. and what the department of labor has said is, you know what, overtime, which is what is paid to workers, not management, salaries paid to management, hourly pay to workers, what the department of labor has said is you know what, we'll have a one-size-fits-all solution because clearly people living in smalltown georgia should be regulated by the same rules as those living in downtown new york city. surely if we're going to fight poverty, what works in downtown new york city is the exact same thing we're going to need in smalltown georgia.
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mr. speaker, you know that's nonsense. it's not true in your area. it's not true in my friend from massachusetts' area, and it's certainly not true in my hometown. my friends will come to the floor and tell you it's because republicans just don't like working people. this bill exempts three categories of people and three categories only. educational institutions, small businesses and nonprofits. boys and girls club of america, head quartered in atlanta, georgia, they wrote to the department of labor when the department of labor released this regulation and said they opposed it and said the regulation in its current form was going to undermine its ability to serve young people. they're not alone. but, mr. speaker, those concerns are real. and if my friends on the other side of the aisle would sit down and talk to us about them, i
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know they care about these issues like i care about these issues. we can all work to change what that limit is, but we don't have to throw families out of jobs as a result, we don't have to punish small business owners trying to make it work. as a result, we don't have to punish nonprofits who have one goal and one goal only and that's to make a difference in people's lives. as a result, i don't believe when i disagree with my colleagues on the house floor it's because they are bad people. i think they are good people with bad ideas. and if we sit and talk together, a group of good people around the table with differing ideas, i know we can come to and clution which is what we have done with the second bill in this rule, mr. speaker. the wrda bill. my friend from massachusetts mentioned a terrible habit of closed rules, 44 amendments made
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available to this bill. 44. that's a bill that passed with unlimited amendments. we made 44 more amendments in order on this house floor. i'm constantly amazed at the improvements that come from right here, colleagues who may not be on the committee who have the opportunity to make a difference. we come together and make it in order and bring it to the house floor, it makes a difference. if i could continue to close, i would thank my friend. mr. mcgovern: are you yielding? mr. woodall: i would be happy for the gentleman to reclaim his time, if he would like to reclaim his time. mr. mcgovern: if i could reclaim my time. mr. woodall: i'll go ahead and close. i thank my friend for recognizing. mr. mcgovern: i thank my friend for not yielding. thank you. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, the
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wrda bill is going to affect every single district in this chamber whether it is direct whether it is in the port of charleston and savannah and the inland ports and all the job growth that happens around the country. 99% of all of the imports and exports coming through this country, moving through our ports system and we did that together. i sat through those long committee hearings, mr. speaker. i don't remember anyone being called a scoundrel or being accused of not having a conscience or a racist and i remember a bill coming out of committee on a voice vote, unanimous support. mr. speaker, the american people will believe us if we tell them how incapable we are. the american people will believe us if we tell them how broken self-government is and the
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american people will believe us if we tell them that nobody else has anything to bring to the table except their members of congress. but those things will not be true. we are not just moving a bill to protect nonprofits and educational institutions and small business. we are not just moving a bill to do more to protect inland waterways and the economy than what we have seen in previous years, mr. speaker. we put together a package that i believe is going to start the logs rolling for all of the other parties we have in this chamber. we can't get to them unless we pass this rule. this rule came out of the rules committee last night about 11:30. we were working late on your behalf last night and they said nothing good happens after midnight but we finished before midnight. we have a good rule. and i would ask all of my
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friends to support the rule, to support the underlying legislation and to allow us to continue to be about the business of the american people. with that, i yield back. and i move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has yielded back and moves the previous question. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, the chair will postponefurther proceedings on the motion to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under
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clause 6 of rule 20. any record vote on the postponed uestion will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass senate 31283. the clerk: an act to designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the department of veterans affair in pueblo, colorado as the p.f.c. james unn v.a. clinic. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado.
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>> i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and stepped their remarks and add extraneous materials. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of senate 3283 mr. lamborn: to name the outpatient clinic in pueblo, colorado as the james dunn v.a. clinic. i thank senate gardner for his efforts. i'm grateful to my friend scott tipton for his work championing this bill in the house and ensuring that private first class dunn is honored for his service. he was a colorado native and long time resident of the city. he enlisted in the united states marine corps in 19 2 when he was 22 years old. while serving in the solomon
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islands in the pacific theater later that year, p.f.c. dunn and his marines were separated and pinned down by hostile fire. after they were wounded, dunn on his own initiative assumed command. in the face of fierce mortar and machine gun fire he led his men to cover and evently to safety. in recognition of his bravery and leadership throughout that incident, he was awarded the navy cross. senate bill 3283 satisfies the naming criteria and supported by the entire congressional delegation and veteran service organizations including the disabled american veterans and veterans of foreign wars. i urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time.
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the chair will receive a message from the senate. the messenger: a message from the senate. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has as ed s. 2040, an act cited justice against sponsors of terrorism act. the objections of the president of the united states notwithstanding in which the concurrence of the house is requested. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may recognized. ms. brownley: i rise in support to designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the department of veterans affairs in pueblo, colorado as the
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p.f.c. james dunn. he was awarded the navy cross for his heroism in 1943. his award is the second highest award for valor that the navy has. i'm often told this about heroes. ordinary men do extraordinary things. later in life, jim dunn was asked why he joined the marines and he simply responded, uncle sam needed me. let me highlight from his crytation for the navy cross. when the combat patrol with which he was serving came under heavy machine gun shelling, private first class dunn along with 11 marines and their command officer became separated from the remainder of the patrol and were pened down by hostile fire. after the commanding officer and
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second in command had been severely wounded, private first class dunn on his own initiative and with complete disregard for personal safety promptly assumed command and led the men to jungle cover in the face of fierce mortar and machine gun fire. again trapped by japanese, he finally succeeded in leaving his group included the wounded to their own lines. as you can see by this citation, p.f.c. james dunn put the safety of his colleagues above his own for his courage in the face of grave danger, he was decorated with the navy cross. following the war, james dunn returned hope to pueblo, colorado, where he lived with his family before passing away in 2000. braveeaker, i salute this
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marine and support the passage of this bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. lamborn: i would like to yield five minutes to my friend and colleague from the third congressional district of colorado, scott tipton. i served with him and his district includes pueblo. many times, we have discussed what's good for the people of colorado and what we can do to help, where the federal role is appropriate. and i have to tell you, representative tipton is a strong fighter and tireless in serving his district and especially pueblo itself. i would like to yield five minutes, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tipton: i thank the ranking member for the bipartisan support on this legislation and extend my sincere thanks to congressman lamborn for his hard work on behalf of v.a. and
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health care for veterans who are in need in making sure promises are fulfilled to them. i rise to be speaking in support naming one small part of the health care system after a true american hero. private first class james dunn. he was born in stratton, colorado and found work at a steel mill after he graduated from high school. while walking down the street in june of 1942, he saw what we now consider a classic poster of uncle sam pointing at him saying, i want you. he entered the recruiting station and noticed the line was empty compared to the line for the navy. asked why he joined, his reply was simple, uncle sam needed me. he was placed with a group of marines that were being reorganized at camp elliott, california ks before they
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trained in the mountainous terrain. then in early january, 1943, p.f.c. dup's group of marines was sent to relieve the original force. on january 20, 1943, his platoon was split into three squads conducting a scouting mission. the citation describing his actions states in part, after the commanding officer and second in command had been severely wounded, private first class james dunn on his own initiative and complete disregard to personal safety, promptly assumed command and led the man to junk will cover in the face of fierce mortar and machine gun fire. he was awarded the navy cross for his actions that day and credited by many of the surviving members of his platoon for saving their lives. he went on to serve in japan.
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all told, when he was discharged, he spent all but six months of 3 1/2 years in the marines overseas. when he returned to colorado, he married the love of his life and had two sons and his civilian life and enjoyed reading and for many years delivered meals to shut-ins. . pfc james dunn embodies the proud military tradition, rugged spirit of the county of pueblo and city of pueblo, colorado, and i'm supportive of the naming of this clinic in his honor. i have been able to tour that clinic and visit with veterans who will be honored and pleased f.c. james dunn
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ill be fixed to that clinic. james dunn certainly fits the category and would be able to like to thank the pueblo v.a. naming committee to support the renaming of this clinic and the support of the united veterans council of colorado and many and thank the es colorado delegation for their support and staff and leadership of the committee on veterans' affairs committee for working with my office to accomplish this important task. i'd like to encourage all of my colleagues to support this bill. i thank the dunn family for their heroic father and husband and for his service to our country. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. brownley: thank you, mr. speaker. i simply want to say that i urge my colleagues to support passage of this legislation. i will yield back the balance
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of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized, mr. lamborn. the gentlelady has yielded her time. mr. lamborn: just in conclusion, mr. speaker, i'd ask the house to support this. i'm going to asking for the yeas and nays and i think this is one of those opportunities where with strong bipartisan support we can pass this legislation, honor the memory of a true american hero, as representative tipton and the ranking member of the subcommittee have both talked about. this is appropriate for pueblo. i agree. pueblo is the home of heroes. and they got that name because there are so many people from pueblo who have received the congressional medal of honor. i don't know if there's something in the water or what, but it's touching to see that kind of patriotism coming out of the people of pueblo. so that really warms my heart. so mr. speaker, with having said all that, i'd yield back
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the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado yields back his time. the question is on will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 3283, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. mr. lamborn: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: just a moment, mr. lamborn. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking the vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on the question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following message from the senate. the clerk will read the message. the clerk: the senate having proceeded to reconsider the bill senate 2040, an act to deter terrorism, provide justice for victims and for other purposes, returned by the president of the united states with his objections to the senate in which it originated it was, resolved, that the said bill passed 2/3 of the senators present having voted in the affirmative. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will read the message from the president. the clerk: to the senate of the
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united states, i am returning here with without my approval senate 20 40, the justice against tronsors of terrorism act, which would among other things remove sovereign immunity in u.s. courts and from foreign governments that are not designated state sponsors of terrorism. i have deep sympathy for the families of the victims of the terrorist attacks on september 11, 2001, 9/11, who have suffered grievously. i have a deep appreciation for these families' desire to pursue justice and i'm strongly committed to assisting them in their efforts. consistent with this commitment over the past eight years, i have directed my administration to pursue relentlessly al qaeda, the terrorist group that planned the 9/11 attacks. the heroic efforts of our military and counterterrorism professionals have decimated yalkyalk's leadership and killed osama bin laden. my administration also strongly supported and i signed into law legislation which ensured that those who bravely responded on that terrible day and other
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survivors of the attacks will be able to receive treatment for any injuries resulting from the attacks. and my administration also directed the intelligence community to perform a declassification review of part 4 of the joint congressional inquiry into intelligence community activities before and after the terrorist attacks of september 11. so that the families of 9/11 victims and broader public can better understand the information investigators gathered following the dark day of our history. notwithstanding the significant efforts, i recognize there is nothing that could ever erase the grief the 9/11 families have endured. my administration, therefore, remains resolute in its commitment to assist these families in their pursuit of justice and do whatever we can to prevent another attack in the united states. enacting jjsta into law, however, will neither protect americans from terrorist attacks nor improve the effectiveness of our response to such attacks.
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as drafted, jasta will allow private litigation against foreign governments and u.s. courts based on allegations that such foreign governments' actions abroad made them responsible for terrorist-related injuries on u.s. soil. this legislation would permit litigation against countries that have neither been designated by the executive branch as state sponsors of terrorism nor direct actions in the united states to carry out an attack here. the jasta will be detrimental to u.s. national interests more broadly, which is why i am returning it without my approval. first, jasta threatens to reduce the effectiveness of our response to indications that a foreign government has taken steps outside our borders to provide support for terrorism. by taking such matters out of the hands of the national security and foreign policy professionals and placing them into the hands of privateth litigants -- private litigants in court, anybody that played a
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role is a matter of deep concern and merits a forceful, unified federal government response that considers the wide range of important and effective tools available. one of these tools is designating the foreign government in question as a state sponsor of terrorism, which carries with it a litany of repercussions. including the foreign government being stripped of its sovereign immunity before u.s. courts in certain terrorist and related cases and subjected to a range of sanctions. giving these serious consequences, state sponsor of terrorism designations are made only after a national security, foreign policy and intelligence professionals carefully review all information to determine whether a country meets the criteria that the congress established. in contrast, jasta departs from long standing standards and practice under our foreign sovereign immunities act and threatens to strip all foreign governments from immunity from judicial processes of the united states based solely upon
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allegations by private litigants that a foreign government's overseas conduct has some role or connection to a group or person that carried out a terrorist attack inside the united states. this would invite consequential decisions to be made based upon incomplete information and risk having different courts reaching different conclusions about the culpability of individual foreign governments and their role in terrorist activities directed against the united states. which is neither an effective nor coordinated way for us to respond to indications that a foreign government might have been behind a terrorist attack. second, jasta would upset long-standing international principles regarding sovereign immunity, putting in place rules that if applied globally could have serious implications for u.s. national interests. the united states has a larger international presence by far than any other country, and sovereign immunity principles protect our nation and its armed forces, officials and
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assistant professionals from foreign court proceedings. these principles also protect u.s. government assets from attempted seizure by private litigants abroad. removing sovereign immunity in u.s. courts from foreign governments that are not designated as state sponsors of terrorism based solely on allegations that such foreign governments' actions abroad had a connection to terrorism-related injuries on u.s. soil threatens to undermine these long-standing principles that protect the united states, our forces and our personnel. indeed, reciprocity plays a substantial role in foreign relations, and numerous other countries already have laws that allow for the adjustment of a foreign state immunity based on the treatment their governments receive in the courts of other states. enactment of jasta could encourage foreign governments to actress prosally and allow their domestic courts to allow jurisdiction over the united states or u.s. officials, including our men and women in uniform.
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for allegedly causing injuries overseas via u.s. support to third parties. this could lead to suits against the united states or u.s. officials for actions taken by members of an armed group that received u.s. assistance, misuse of u.s. military equipment by foreign forces or abuses committed by police units that received u.s. training. even if the allegations at issue ultimately would be without merit, and if any of these litigants were to win judgments based on foreign domestic laws as applied by forpe courts, they'd begin to -- foreign courts, they'd begin to look at the u.s. assets held abroad to settle those judgments with serious financial consequences for the united states. hird, jasta threatens to implicate relationships even with our closest partners. if jasta paren acted, courts could accuse u.s. allies or complicitity to be
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sufficient to open the door to litigation and wide-ranging discovery against a foreign country. for example, the country where an individual who later committed a terrorist attack traveled from or became radicalized. a number of our allies and partners have already contacted us with serious concerns about the bill. by exposing these allies and partners to this sort of litigation in u.s. courts, jasta threatens to limit their cooperation on key national security issues, including counterterrorism initiatives at a crucial time when we are trying to build coalitions, not create divisions. the 9/11 acts were the worst acts of terrorism on u.s. soil and they were met with an unprecedented u.s. government response. the united states has taken robust and wide ranging actions to provide justice for the victims of the 9/11 attacks and keep americans safe from providing financial compensations for victims and their families to conducting worldwide counterterrorism
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programs to bring criminal charges against culpable individuals. i have continued and expanded upon these efforts. both to help victims of terrorism gain justice for the loss and suffering of their loved ones and to protect the united states from future attacks. the jasta, however, does not contribute to these goals, does not enhance the safety of americans from terrorist attacks and undermines core u.s. interest. for these reasons i must veto the bill. signed, barack obama, the white house, september 23, 2016. the speaker pro tempore: the objection to the president will be spread at large upon the journal. the question is will the house on reconsideration pass the bill, the objections of the president to the contrary notwithstanding. the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, is recognized for one hour. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, for purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes
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to the ranking member of the judiciary committee, the gentleman from michigan, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on s. 2040, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, voted 97-1 to te override the president's veto. i urge my colleagues to follow the senate's action and vote to override this to seek redress against any foreign government that chooses to sponsor a terrorist attack on u.s. soil. the question is whether we should allow those who harm our citizens to hide behind legal barriers not required by the constitution or international
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law or permit u.s. victims to hold those who sponsor terrorism in our country fully accountable in our courts. i think the answer to this question is clear and i hope my colleagues will join me in overwhelmingly overriding the president's veto of jasta. the changes it makes to existing law are not dramatic, nor are they sweeping. jasta amend the anti-terrorism act to make clear that any person who aids, abets or conspires with a state department foreign terrorist organization is subject to civil liability to injury to a u.s. person. it amends the foreign sovereign immupets act to add an exception to foreign sovereign immunity to acts of international terrorism sponsored by a foreign government. the president objects this change to the law on the ground that it upsets principles of foreign sovereign immunity and
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by so doing our interests will be threatened. the president's objections, however, have no basis under u.s. or international law. the foreign sovereign immupets act already has nine exceptions, including the territorial tort exception. this exception provides that a foreign country is not immune from the jurisdiction of our courts for injuries that it causes that occur entirely within the united states. consistent with customary international law, jasta for terrorism cases removes the current requirement that the entire tort occur within the united states and replaces it with a rule that only the physical injury or death must occur on u.s. soil. jasta makes this change because under current law, a foreign nation can provide financing and other substantial assistance for a terrorist attack in our country and escape liability so long as the support is provided
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overseas. for example, under current law, if the intelligence agency of a foreign government handed a terrorist a bag of money in new york city to support an attack on u.s. soil, the country would be liable under the foreign sovereign immupetsanth tort exception right now. however if we change the fact pattern slightly so rather giving a terrorist money in new york city, the money is provided in paris, the foreign state will not be subject to liability in u.s. courts. this is a troubling loophole in our anti-terrorism laws. when congress enacted the foreign sovereign immunities act it put in place exceptions, including an exception for tort claims involving injuries that occur in the united states. however, the courts have not consistently interpreted those exceptions in such a manner that they cover the sponsoring of a terrorist attack on u.s. soil.
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jasta addresses this ininconsistency with a concrete rule that is consistent with the nine exceptions to fonch sovereign immunity. jasta ensures that those including foreign governments who sponsor terrorist attacks on u.s. soil are held accountable for their actions. we can no longer allow those who injury and kill americans to hide behind legal loopholes denying justice to the victims. i urge my colleagues to vote to override the president's veto and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan. mr. conyers: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. conyers: mr. speaker, the september 11, 2011 attacks on the united states constituted
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the deadliest foreign attack on american soil in our nation's history. their impact has been immeasureable as evidenced by the fact that we are still grappling with their cultural and policy with their policy implications. 15 years later, their powerful emotional effect on americans remains as strong as ever. those who lost loved ones or were injured as a result of this horrific attack deserve our deepest sympathy and our help. and it is in this vein that we consider whether to override the 2740, thes veto of s. justice against sponsors of
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terrorism act, which among other things amends the foreign sovereign immupets act of 1976 to create a new exception through the act's germ grant of foreign sovereign immunity. the bill's supporters present compelling and sympathetic arguments in favor of ensuring that the 9/11 families have access to a well-deserved day in court. in this veto message, however, the president raised a number of serious substantive concerns about the potential unintended consequences of this legislation. first that the president stated undermine theould
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effectiveness of our nation's national security and counterterrorism efforts. african, other nations may become more reluctant to share sensitive intelligence in light of the greater risk that such information may be revealed in litigation. moreover the president raised the concern that this legislation would effectively allow nonexpert private litigants and courts rather than national security and foreign policy experts to determine key foreign and national security policy questions like which states are sponsors of terrorism. econd the private -- the president's assertion that
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enactment of s. 2040 may lead to retaliation by other countries against the united states given the breadth of our interests and expansive reach of our global activities. while it seems likely at this juncture that s. 2040 will be enacted over the president's veto, i remain hopeful that we can continue to work toward the enactment of subsequent legislation to address the president's concerns. i understand that the moral imperative of enacting legislation in this manner. but i am sensitive to the seriousness of the concerns that the president raised. i had expressed the hope during
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floor debate on this bill that congress and the president could work together to find a better balance that would still nabble 9/11 victims to seek justice while tempering the president's concerns. there is no doubt as to the passion of the bill's supporters through advocating -- bring to advocating the victims of the september 11, 2001 attacks, a passion that i share. as legislators, however, we must be given not only by understandable emotions, but by thoughtful consideration of the long-term interests of our country. speaker, i reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: it's my pleasure to yield three minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. king, the chief sponsor of this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: jarninged for three minutes. mr. king: i thank the gentleman from virginia, chairman of the judiciary committee for yielding and let me thank him for the outstanding work he has done in bringing this bill, this legislation to -- historic moment where i hope and urge the house of representatives to join the senate in overriding the president's veto of jasta. i take seriously the objections the president has raised but this bill wasn't drawn in a vacuum. prime aerially read by chairman demrat, congressman nadler,
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chief co-sponsor of the bill and leading sponsors in the senate, all of the president's rejections were addressed and changes were made and this bill is not going to put american soldiers at risk or diplomats at risk. what it is going to do is allow the 9/11 families to have their day in court and seek the justice they have been denied and if the government of saudi arabia has no involvement, no liability, they have nothing to worry about. the fact is, those of us who live in new york and new jersey, no matter where you live, know how much this affected all of us. think of how it affected those families, those who lost the husbands and wibes and children and grandchildren and mothers and fathers. so it's essential that this house today stand on the side of those who seek justice, realizing we aren't doing anything at all to put america's
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lives at risk but seek justice against those who caused americans to die. i thank the senate. i thank chairman goodlatte. i thank jerry nadler, dan donovan who has done so much and urge the house of representatives to join with the senate and overriding the veto of the president of the united states. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields back. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. conyers: it's my pleasure now to recognize a senior member of judiciary committee, the honorable mr. nadler of new york five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i want to start by thanking peter king and bob goodlatte in bringing this bill to the floor. i rise in strong support of overriding the president's veto of jasta. jasta is a carefully crafted narrow bill that would hold accountable foreign governments
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that provide substantial assistance to a designated foreign terrorist organization that launches mr. allen: attack in the united states. december plight the overblown rhetoric, jasta will not be at peril. they would be protected because jasta applies only to governments. to the extent that a foreign government may pass broader legislation may make a person subject to liability, that country would be engaging in the unjustifiable act of aggression. the strength of the united states makes such action unlikely. attackgue states tend to united states. we must not 9/11 families hostage. 15 years ago on september 11, we suffered the most deadliest terrorist attack on our soil. my district in new york was the epicenter and effects felt
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across the country and at the pentagon and in pennsylvania. we all have interests in ensuring that the families can bring to justice anyone who is responsible for the vicious attack. jasta simply reinstates what was understood to be the law for 30 years, that foreign states, not individuals, not soldiers, foreign states, may be brought to justice for aiding and abetting international terrorism that occur on american soil, whether or not the conduct that facilitated the attack occurred in the united states. some courts have held if a foreign government agent hands over a check to al qaeda in new york to fund a terror attack, that government can be sued in an american court. if the same foreign government funds the same attack by handing over the same check in a cafe in geneva, the government is immune from suit. that makes no sense. and it flies in the face of what had been settled law for many years. language law provides
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jurisdiction to sue foreign states of injury on american soil. this is the international norman not prompted retall tar yore conduct. if a foreign state murders thousands of americans on american soil or provides substantial assistance to a designated terrorist group that murders thousands of americans on american soil, that government cannot hide from justice merely because the actions occurred abroad. this does not target a country. any government brought before a u.s. court will have relief available to it and protections to government privileges during discovery to protect against disclosure of sensitive information. . .

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