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to gain any legitimacy at the u.n. i thank the chairman for the time and, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. sherman: i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. royce: i'm going to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. dold, a member of the committee on financial services. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. . mr. dold: i thank my good friend, the chairman from california, mr. royce, for yielding the time. i support h. con. res. 265. we need here in the united states to respect israel's democratically elected leadership. they are a nation and one true ally and any efforts by the united nations or any other body to try to impose a two-state solution, frankly, i think is detrimental and frankly reckless. we should never try to force their hand. and frankly, what we find now,
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it's not the time to establish a legacy to a by having a reckless hail mary pass. we want a two-state solution but it must be done by direct negotiations by the two parties and when the united states pressures israel, all we do is weaken the chances for a long term durable peace. my good friend from virginia talked about the need that he is fearful of the next administration. let me simply say i hope this body will stand in bipartisan support to ensure that any administration does not pressure israel, that we understand that a long-lasting peace, which is what we are hoping for, comes through direct bilateral negotiations. i'm hopeful that this body will stand united together to make sure the world knows we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with israel and we hope the united nations and the united nations security
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council will veto any efforts by the united nations to try to unilaterally you pu a state hood in there for the palestinians. a true peace can only happen through the bilateral negotiations. mr. speaker, i stand in strong support of mr. royce and mr. engel's legislation. the resolution, and i hope my colleagues will stand together in bipartisan support to make sure this administration does not take steps that will weaken israel's hand going forward and i hope administration after administration that this body will stand as we do today in bipartisan support. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. sherman: mr. chairman, this resolution reaffirms long standing american policy that can be summarized in five points. talks must be direct and bilateral. a solution cannot be imposed on the parties. both sides must be willing to
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make important compromises. disagreements should be resolved privately. and the united states should work closely with the state of israel. this resolution deserves the support of those on both sides of the aisle. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: well, mr. speaker, both republican and democratic administrations in the past have recognized that efforts to internationalize the israeli-palestinian conflict are not a substitute, not a substitute for direct negotiations between the parties and, in fact, such an approach can undermine these negotiations. direct negotiations between the dictate are a u.n. the only way to bring about peaceful co-existence in our
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view. and after all, direct negotiations mean legitimizing the other party, which unfortunately is why palestinian leaders routinely shun them. other past presidents have pushed peace initiatives in the final hours of their administration. indeed, the obama administration has point he hadly not ruled allowing the u.n. security council not dictate the terms of peace negotiations, and that, in fact, has given rise to our bipartisan concerns about this process. so in the absence of a clear answer from the administration under whether they will continue to veto to use that veto power at the united nations, this bipartisan approach here with this resolution takes a stand. and i strongly urge my
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colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support the resolution so that the bipartisan policy of encouraging direct negotiations continues and is endorsed loud and clear. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the ruse and agree to the house concurrent resolution 165. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. royce: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass house concurrent resolution 40. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 40, resolution encouraging reunions to reunite
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american families. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce and the gentleman from california, mr. sherman will each control 20 minutes. mr. royce: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to resize and extend their remarks and include any extraneous material for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, as the republican co-author of this measure, i rise in strong support of house concurrent resolution 40, a resolution i was proud to introduce along side my good friend mr. charlie rangel. and as always i appreciate the help from the gentleman from new york, the ranking member, for his assistance in bringing it to the house floor for consideration. mr. speaker, it has been a privilege to have worked along side one of the true champions of peace and stability on the korean peninsula, mr. charlie
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rangel. he is, indeed, a true patriot. we all know about his bravery and heroism as a young army officer in the korean war spending days freezing behind enemy lines. charlie led 40 men while wounded from his unit out of a chinese encirclement and undoubtedly saving many, many lives. for his bravery, charlie earned bronze le heart and the star. yes, charlie suffered for his country, but his focus has continued to also be on the suffering of the korean people. star. yes, charlie a nation was destroyed. millions were killed. families were brutally ripped apart. charlie has never forgotten about that. i was happy to work with him on the cause to bring together the many, many korean families
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ripped apart by war. sadly, mr. speaker. korea remains a divided peninsula. there is a prosperous and free south korea and a totalitarian impoverished north korea. this is felt by south korean families separated by the d.m.z., but it is equally felt here by many korean-american families in the united states. in the decades since the momentous liberation of korea, millions of korea families have been separated and today an estimated 100,000 korean-americans have been separated from their relatives in north korea and have south the ability to be reunited. time is running out. earlier this year, the average korean separated by the war was 80 years old.
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a large number are over 90. it is far passioned time that these war-torn families be given one last opportunity to reunite with family members they were separated from six decades ago. it is everyone's hope and of course, and ours as well in this body, that someday we will see korea reunited. but in the meantime we can do what we can to encourage the re-uniting of these families and i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i support the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. sherman: i rise to support house concurrent resolution 40 and i yield myself such time as i may consume the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sherman: i'm pleased to support this measure introduced by congressman charlie rangel of new york and i associate myself with the chairman's remarks and
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praise of charlie's service not only during the korean war but after that war, to focus on families both here and in korea who were affected by that conflict. a decorated veteran of the korean war, representative rangel has been a tireless advocate for peace and security on the peninsula and for the korean-american community here in the united states. his acheesmments are many and as he retires after four decades of service here in congress, he will, of course, be missed. congressman rangel and the many co-sponsors of this resolution, 154 bipartisan co-sponsors, including the chair and ranking member of the committee, myself and so many others. wall they bring forth today in the form of house concurrent resolution 40 is a reminder, not just of the complex security
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situation on the peninsula, but the human dimension of a war that has not been formally ended. as this resolution reminds us, there are 10 million people on the korean peninsula and around the world who are victims of this family division. and some 100,000 american citizens who are still waiting to see perhaps one last time family members that they have not seen for 60 years that have remained north of the 38th parallel in the aftermath of the korean war. there are approximately 1.7 million korean-americans here in the united states and as i mentioned, over 100,000 of them have relatives north of the
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d.m.z. and i'm pleased to say that over half of those korean-americans reside in the state of california. korean-americans divided from their families in north korea are now in their senior years. time is running out for these separated families to reunite perhaps just one last time with parents, siblings, children. where many, reunification will be the only contact they had in so many decades. korean-americans have not been able to participate in family reunions. north korea should encourage reunited states for their own citizens for korean-americans and for those affected by the war no matter where in the world they live. h. con. res. 40 urges the north korean regime to resume family reunification visits, which had
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been suspended for over a year and to allow families that chance to get together. it also calls on north korea to take concrete steps to build goodwill conducive to peace making on the korean peninsula. this is particularly important given the nuke lar weapons tests and missile tests that we have seen from the north. reunification of families is a goodwill gesture that can help put the world and northeast asia on the road to peace. that is why i support this resolution and urge all of our colleagues to do the same. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. dold. mr. dold: i want to thank my good friend, the chairman, for
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yielding the time. this is a humanitarian issue as we talk about families. each and every one of us just got back from thanksgiving, an opportunity to gather around the table with our families. and that is something that too many of us take for granted, the opportunity that we have the opportunity to get on a plane or train and visit our families but for so many korean families, that is beyond the realm of possibility. beyond the realm of possibility because at theout break of the korean war, they thought it wasn't going to last very long and families were separated at that time hoping to be reunited in a very short period of time. what we do know is that for decade after decade, these families have not been able to be reunited. we want to encourage this reuniting of families. there are korean-americans that vr families in the north that have not been able to see their
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families. i traveled to korea and had an opportunity to talk to some of the families, a very small few, a00 families were going to have the opportunity. but time is of the essence. this is a humanitarian issue, more and more people are passing away. for the korean-americans and korean community, the opportunity to pay respects to those who have gone before them is something that is critical and they don't have the opportunity to visit them. i want to make sure we stand together in a bipartisan way to encourage the opportunity for families to be reunited. i thank my friend from new york for his leadership on this issue. anybody who served any time in this body knows his love for the korean people and his record in the korean war and heroism. but i do hope we today will vote to send a strong signal, reuniting is something we should
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stand behind. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. sherman: i yield five minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. rangel, the author of this resolution and champion for the korean-american community. . mr. rangel: let me first thank congressman sherman for giving me this time to speak on this important issue. and also to take this opportunity to thank chairman ed royce. so many people ask after 46 years what you consider your major accomplishments. it's hard to explain that to those of us who serve in the congress, that you don't list friendships as an accomplishment , but there's no question that knowing ed royce from the
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people's republic of california, that he has shattered the wall between republicans and democrats canned conservatives and liberals and being an american who cares about this congress and this country and what i've talked to him -- and whether i've talked to him about africa or about korea, he's listened and done the best he could to show what america really feels proud of, and that is seeking peace and justice where we find dictatorships and people destroying the lives of others. i get so much credit for being a wounded hero in korea, i volunteered for the army but i sure didn't volunteer for korea. as a matter of fact it always baffled me how we could go there without a declaration of war and it baffled me who could make a decision to take a country like
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korea with such a beautiful history and have human beings just draw a line and say, this is north. this is south. this is the soviets, this the united nations. the united states. and not realize that these are human beings, mothers and fathers, sons and daughters that not withstanding the fact that the south was attacked, notwithstanding that the war still continues, technically, today, that all people should want to see their families united and all it takes is that yes you may see them. so today, i want to thank you so much, mr. chairman, and this house, for showing america what we are all about. because it's ironic that we are not talking about korean americans. we're talking about divided families u.s.a., we're talking about people who love this country who fight for this country but still have a place
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where they love and have family that they want to see before they pass away or before their families are gone. isn't this the -- really what makes america different? find people who love their homeland like korean americans love korea and at the same time love this country more and ask us to join with them for what? for peace, equity and all the things we care about but to meet their family. there's so much compassion. it says so much to show how a line can show you poverty above the line, democracy and progress below the line but more than anything else, this body is saying to today that people who -- people who god made of the same blood, same background, same culture, let them meet. i would like to include tonight as one of those proudest days i have served in this august body
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and also to include ed royce as one of the most decent human beings i've also met while serving in this great body. i yield back the balance of any time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i'll continue to reserve. yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. connolly: i thank the gentleman for yielding time. i join in saluting our friend charlie rangel. i remember him telling the story, he was a teenager in the outbreak of the war of korea, he didn't know where korea was he sure knows today and he's an iconic figure in the korean community. charlie, we salute you for your incredible heroism. mr. speaker, i tries in support
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of h. congressres. 40 and encourage the reunion of divided korean american families. the division of north and south along the 38th parallel offers one of the world's most striking dichotomies, yet on both sides of the demilitarized zone resides a shared pain. the pain is that a family -- is that of families ripped apart by the war and an enduring division of one people into two countries. reunions are a welcome respite from that separation but in the end, they provide yet another reminder, family reunification on the korea peninsula is all too fleeting. many of these more than 100,000 according to the last estimate have been waiting to reunite with their family members in north korea. too many have already passed away. without ever realizing that hope. his resolution encourages them to allow americans to meet with their families and encourages
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them to build good will conducive to peace in the peninsula. earlier this year we passed the north korean sanctions and policy enhancement act which incomplide amendment, conditioning sanctions relief on the promotion of family reunifications for koreans and korean americans. it's vital our north korean policy be informed with the understanding that there are human victims to have this ongoing conflict in the korean peninsula. i ask my colleagues to support the resolution which demonstrate ours commitment to efforts to seek to relieve the pain of separation felt by korean families. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves this egentleman from california. mr. royce: i reserve the right to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. sherman: i salute the author of this resolution, mr. rangel, urge its adoption and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i want to recognize the staff who have been so instrumental not only on this resolution but also in
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maintaining our constructive policy toward korea. ana kim on mr. rangel's staff and our committee straffers, hunter and jennifer, and earlier i noted how happy i was to have worked alongside my good friend and colleague, charlie rangel, on this measure. as he's retiring at the end of this congress, i want to once again recognize him as a true champion of u.s.-korea relations. he truly is. and no one, whether it was fighting for his country or advocating on behalf of so many korean americans, has done more for this partnership. as charlie has often said, since -- rvived the battle of survived the battle and led those soldiers out of that encirclement, he has never, ever since that day had a bad day since. mr. speaker, let's hope this streak continues well into the future. i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to the concurrent resolution 40. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair lays before the house a message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, i am transmitting an alternative plan for pay increases for civilian federal employees covered by the general schedule and certain other pay systems in january, 2017. title 5 united states code authorizes me to implement alternative pay plans, pay increases for civilian federal mes covered by the general schedule and certain other pay
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systems if, because of national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, i view the adjustments that would be otherwise take effect as inappropriate. civilian federal employees made significant sacrifices as a result of a three-year pay freeze that ended in january, 2014. since the pay freeze ended, annual adjustments for civilian federal employees have also been lower than private sector pay increases and statutory formulas for adjustments to the general schedule. for 2014 through 2016. however, we must maintain and keep our nation on a sustainable fiscal course. this is an effort that continues to retire -- to require tough decisions. locality pay increases averaging 28.49% and costing $26 billion would go into effect in january, 2017. federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases.
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in my august 31, 2016, alternative pay plan submission, i noted that the alternative plan for locality payments would be limited so that the total combined cost of the 1.0% across the board base pay inreese and varying locality pay increases will be 1.6% of basic payroll, consistent with the assumption in my 2017 budget. acordingly, i have determined that under the authority of section 5304-a of title 5 united states code, locality based compareability paymenters in locality pay areas established by the president's pay agent and the amount set forth in the attached table shall be -- shall become effective on the first kay of the first applicable pay period beginning on ar of after january 1, 2017. the locality base compareability payments for the will call tai pay rates in the attached table are based on the allocation of
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0.6% of payroll as indicated in my august 31, 2016, alternative pay plan for adjustments to the base general schedule. these decisions will not materially affect our ability to attract and retain a well qualified federal work force. signed, barack obama, the white house, november 29, 2016. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on government and oversight reform and ordered printed. pursuant to clause 12 hch a of rule 1, the chair declares the ouse in recess for a
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order, pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, motions to suspend the rules. votes will be taken in the following order. h.r. 5422 which the yeas and nays. h.r. 4757 by the yeas and nays and h.r. 5843 de novo. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the
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vote on the moigs of the the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5422 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to ensure funding for the national human trafficking hotline and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 399, the nays are 0. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from florida to suspend the rules bopp bopp opp and pass -- and pass h.r. 4757. the clerk will report the title of -- title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to amend title 38 united states code for headstones, markers an medallions furnished by the secretary of veterans affairs for those awarded the medal of honor and buried in private
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cemeteries. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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