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the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. haplain conroy: let us pray. gracious god, we give you thanks for giving us another day.
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throughout history, you have been ever present to all believers. in times of darkness, we readily turn on lights. millions of americans in this season have variously turned to the celebration of the christmas season with the trees and lights and hanukkah, the festival of light. even so, in our political world there remains the reality of considerable disagreement and contention. where there is darkness here, send forth a spark of inspiration and grace to enlighten minds and warm hearts to respond to your love for your people. eternal father of us all, fill your children with the delight that comes from light. may we walk no longer in the darkness of distrust but join together in mutual understanding and peace toward the common well-being of our
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nation. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his pproval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from new hampshire, ms. kuster. ms. kuster: please join us in the pledge of allegiance. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. days leading up to the november
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30, and december 1 protest in nicaragua against the castro -- against the ortega regime's proposed interoceanic canal and a corrupt election, the national police instructed by daniel ortega, sent heavy machinery, created checkpoints, used barricades to block farmers and indigenous communities from attending the protest. nicaraguans were severely beaten, some were even shot. but ortega's repression did not stop the resilient nicaraguan people who yearned for people, theyern for prosperity from participating in the protest. mr. speaker, in september of this year, this legislative body passed the nica act, legislation that i authored ong with my colleague, congressman sighries -- siris
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of new jersey. ortega regime seems eager to reject these basic important conditions and is doubling down on his tyrannical regime. we must hold ortega accountable with the nica act and tell him we will not ignore his terrible tactics. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, so ordered. mr. higgins: how does america accept a world ranking of 23rd behind spain and chile in the quality of our roads and bridges and american infrastructure? let's look at the facts. in 2005, congress passed a roads bill that was 35% smaller than what was needed to bring our roads and bridges to a state of good repair. in 2009, congress passed an economic stimulus bill directed just 7% to our transportation infrastructure, and last year
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we passed a transportation bill that provided less than half of what was needed to reverse the decline of our roads and bridges. this is not only weak, it's pathetically weak. it is reported that for every $1.3 billion investment in roads and bridges, it creates 29,000 jobs, american jobs. produces $ billion in economic growth, and reduces the federal deficit by $200 million. both presidential candidates talked about a large investment in american infrastructure, but i'm concerned that the president-elect's program may be comprised of tax cuts for already planned projects. this would be selling the american people and the american economy short. you just spent $105 billion rebuilding the roads and bridges of afghanistan. you just spent $76 billion rebuilding the roads and bridges of iraq. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. higgins: here and home and
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in america. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate coach james franklin and his football team from my alma mater, penn state, on winning the big ten championship on saturday over the wisconsin passengers. many counted out the nittany lions in the second quarter after wisconsin took a commanding 28-7 lead, but as expected, penn state turned things around quickly with their lethal passing attack and always formidable defense. the quarterback trace mcsorley set a record with 384 passing yards and four touchdowns as number 7 penn state clinched one of the most impressive big ten titles of all time with a 38-31 victory over number six wisconsin. pennsylvania and the nittany
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nation are very proud of you. we are -- i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to urge the senate to pass and president obama to sign into law the 21st century cures act. this bipartisan legislation represents a comprehensive trategy to improve medical innovation, access lifesaving medicine and improve mental health services. the bill includes funding for president obama's precision medicine initiative. for vice president biden's cancer moon shot. and a new program to improve our understanding for brain diseases like alzheimer's disease. but most importantly the congress has decided to address one of the worst public health crises of the 21st century. sadly, last year in my home state of new hampshire, we had
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the third highest opioid overdose rate per capita in the entire country. but this crisis is not unique to my state. across america communities and families are shaken from the depths of -- deaths of loved ones due to overdose. opioid addiction is truly a national public health crisis. as founder and co-chair of the bipartisan task force to combat the heroin epidemic, i urge the senate to promptly pass this important bill. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to honor and pay tribute to ohio state representative jims binky. he will retire from the statehouse at the end of the year. in fact, this week will likely mark the last time on the floor for jim binky as
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representative. having served for more than 20 years in that role. i'm thankful to know him. i respect him tremendously because he's been characterized more by his deeds than by his words. he's a strong christian, solid conservative, and an articulate republican. he's championed the cause of freedom with great identify deals with genuine passion to represent the people in his district, their common values, and public service. he is a good man. jim lives in greenville, ohio. he's raised a beautiful family. built and existed a very successful business. served the community, his church, board of education with economic development and in many ways. he's been a genuine leader in the ohio pro-life movement. he's passionate about improving education with local control. he spent his career promoting traditional value-based education and important programs like f.f.a. and 4-h. his role in the legislature
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will be missed, but he will live on through his reputation and a great example. thank you for your service, jim, and thanks for living your faith boldly, for loving your community dearly, and giving so much of yourself in service to make sure the next generation is better off than they would have been without your leadership and service. god bless you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to commend the surgeon general's new report titled facing addiction in america. the surgeon general's report on alcohol, drugs, and health. mr. quigley: in 2015 over 27 million americans reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs. that means that more people use prescription opioids than use tobacco. and there are more people struggling with substance abuse disorders than people with cancer.
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substance abuse and misuse and substance abuse disorders cost the u.s. more than $442 billion annually in crime, health care, and lost productivity. almost twice as high as the costs associated with diabetes. we in congress have a responsibility to utilize this report and mobilize around its deeply scientific and evidence-based findings to find the best solutions that affect all of our constituents in districts across the country. addiction does not discriminate. it affects americans from every walk of life regardless of race, class, gender, religion, or geographic location. now is the time to face the addiction crisis head-on. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor my good friend, north carolina representative leo daltrey, as
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his tenure in the statehouse officially comes to a close. leo has served as a strong voice for the fine citizens of johnston county and commonsense conservative principles since first being elected to the state senate in 1988. during his tenure in the state legislature, leo has stood tall and fought tirelessly for the taxpayer and common sense in government. his guardianship of the judicial branch is well-known and i am honored to have had the privilege to work alongside him during my two terms in the state legislature. leo has served our great state of north carolina for nearly three decades in raleigh, and he will be sorely missed. he leaves a great and distinguished legacy. one that every north carolinian can be especially proud. mr. rouzer: on behalf of the countless citizens whose lives leo has touched, i wish him and his wonderful wife much happiness as they enter their next chapter in life. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek
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recognition? or or to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: later this week the house will vote on the water infrastructure improvements for the nation's act. also known as the win act. this legislation includes a number of great provisions for florida in my district, including promoting public-private partnerships for dredging projects. allowing these partnerships will help clear the backlog of army corps projects at or below costs all while adhering to federal maintenance standards. this means that there will be more opportunities for projects to be completed in a reasonable time frame. such as the federally authorized river dredging project in my district. dredging the river will promote relief for local residents from hronic flooding and bring back fish to the tar upon springs area. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to recognize and congratulate the rochester high school rockets on winning the illinois class 4-a state football championship. the rochester rockets which finished the season -- who finished the season with a 13-1 record, defeated johnsburg, 38-14 on november 25, to secure the sixth state championship in football in school's history. and that's six out of the last seven years. on their way to the state title, the rockets exceeded the national average in receiving yards, total touchdowns, tackles, sacks, and interceptions. mr. davis: the rockets are setting the standard for athletic excellence in illinois. both girls and boys sports in rochester have been thriving, including the girls' soccer team winning its second
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straight title in 2016. congratulations to this group of student athletes and their coach and my friend, derek leonard, on another championship season. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to thank my colleagues for passing the 21st century cures act. this legislation speaks for itself. it will bring health care research and infrastructure into the 21st century. during my time here in congress, i have met with countless groups across georgia 12 like the alzheimer's association who have told me how this legislation can and will change lives. in fact, more than five million americans currently live with this disease. in a recent op-ed the associated note if nothing is done to change the directory of alzheimer's, as many as 0 million americans will have this disease by 2050. mr. allen: which will drain
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every dollar from our health care system. these staggers statistics go to show that the cures act would touch everyone's life. by eequipping researchers, 21st creventry cures act is the answer to unleashing the barriers of the medical community can develop and deliver lifesaving treatments to americans battling diseases like alzheimer's. i was proud to vote in favor of this historic 21st century cures and see it pass with overwhelming bipartisan support. i am excited to see this legislation bring hope to americans and their loved ones. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> americans are frustrated because they know many of the news stories they read are actually opinion pieces. mr. smith: but the facts do not fit the liberal world view and the result is one-sided and
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often misleading sm the pew research center found that 59% of americans reject the idea that reporters should add their own opinions to their news stories. americans believe that the media's responsibility is to present the facts, not ignore them. the media has to fix its self-inflicted damage. distrust of the national media will continue until the media provides the american people with the facts instead of telling them what to think. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to congratulate the grand valley state university cross country women's am for a ncaa division two
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championship. with their victory, the lakers won their fourth national title in five years and fifth in school history, further cementing their status as a running dynasty. four lakers claimed all american who s, senior kendra foley won her fourth straight all-american honor. let us commend the runners, parents and coaches for the years of dedicated training and countless sacrifices necessary to accomplish such a feat. these athletes demonstrate how competitive west michigan is on the national stage. join me in congratulating them. anchor up and go lakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize one of the most dedicated public
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servants in johnson county, kansas, sergeant frank beening. he helped keep kansas communities safe. it began back in 1969 as a reserve police officer and for the past 33 years, he has proudly served the citizens of johnson county. he served with the police departments before joining the sheriff's office in 1978. over the years, i have gotten to know frank well and consider him a great friend and better public servant. his leadership in the sheriff's office has made the county as a leader in programs. we worked hand and hand on several federal issues for the 3rd district of kansas. mr. speaker, please join me in congratulating frank on his retirement and wishing him and his wife robin all the best in the years to come. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives, sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on december 6, 2016 another 11:29 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment, house concurrent resolution 174. signed sincerely karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house an enrolled bill. act erk: senate 2577, an to protect crime victims' rights to eliminate the substantial blockage of d.n.a. and other samples to improve the forensic science testing exate of federal, state and local crime laboratories to increase new testing technologies to develop new training programs regarding
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the collection and use of forensic evidence. testing of d.n.a. evidence to exonerate the innocent to support forensic science laboratories and offices to address equipment needs to improve the state capital cases and for other purposes.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair pill postponefurther proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered on which the the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair pill postponefurther proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 756. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to amend the energy policy and conservation act to provide for the dissemination of information regarding available federal programs relating to energy efficiency projects for schools and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: purn to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. olsen and the gentleman from vermont, mr. welch, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. olson: i ask unanimous consent that members have five legislative days to extend their remarks and insert extraneous remarks on the bill under consideration.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. . mr. olson: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. olson: thank you, mr. speaker, h.r. 756, the streamlining energy efficiency for schools act is an important bill that would help the nation's schools make use of existing federal programs to reduce energy use. there are currently a number of such programs that help schools undertake projects that improve energy efficiency. unfortunately, school districts don't always have the know-how to navigate the complexities of the federal system and take full advantage of these programs. his bill creates a simple one- -stop shop and get the information to help the schools participate fully in these programs. the bottom line is that the nation's schools will reduce energy costs. k-12 energy use in
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schools totalled $6 billion a year. reducing this figure can save taxpayer dollars or free up funds so schools can use it on other things. h.r. 756 has no costs and system nder which energy efficiency programs can work better. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 756 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from vermont is recognized. mr. welch: thank you, mr. speaker and i thank my colleague from texas. this bill is important and i'm here with mr. cartwright who will be speaking on this in a few minutes and played a major role in the passage of this legislation even though he is not a member of the energy and commerce committee. he is very much concerned about the opportunities that occur when we make our energy use more efficient. you know, across the country,
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can-12 school districts spend billions of dollars on their energy bills each year while an estimated 14 million american children attend deteriorating public schools. and according to the department of education survey, 43% of schools indicated that poor condition of their facilities interferes with the delivery of instruction and that's probably schools in my district and mine and all of our colleagues. by upgrading the systems, we can increase efficiency and get better educational outcomes. it's not good for kids to be too cold or hot. there are a number of federal initiatives to help them become more energy efficient, but the problem is that the programs are spread across the entire federal government making it difficult for a smool school in a rural district to know where to look and take full advantage of these programs. and that's where this legislation comes in. as i mentioned, introduced by
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congressman cartwright with my strong support, the streamlining energy efficiency for schools act will provide a coordinating structure for schools to help them navigate federal programs and financing options. and if i pay, i want to yield to the gentleman from pennsylvania such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. cartwright: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you to the gentleman from vermont. i would like to thank the leadership for taking this bill up under suspension today. i remain hopeful that a compromise energy package can still be agreed upon this congress and i'm glad this bill was included in both the house and senate versions of that energy package, but nonetheless, i am pleased that commonsense ideas such as this one may still become law even if the larger package proves to large a lift
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in the last days of this congress. and i would like to thank peter welch for his leadership on this bill. it is no secret, he is one of the great champions in the house of representatives on the issue of energy efficiency and it has been my pleasure to work with him on this bill. mr. speaker, so many schools across the country are in need of upgrades and improvements to their facilities. for s last report card america's infrastructure, the american society of civil engineers gave the condition of our nation's schools a grade of d. as school administrators undertake badly needed improvements, they have an opportunity to increase substantially their facilities, energy efficiency, providing benefits for both the en stirmente and schools can put the savings on to use in other educational priorities.
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k-12 school districts apparently spend billions on their energy bills every year. in -- according to energy star, approximately $6 billion every year. second only the personnel costs and way ahead of the costs of textbooks and supplies and things like that. energy expenses are one of the few costs that can be reduced while at the same time improving classroom instruction. in fact, high-performance schools can lower a school district's operating costs by up to 30%. now there are numerous federal initiatives already available to schools to help them become more energy efficient. the problem is these programs, as the gentleman from vermont just mentioned, are spread across the federal government making it time consuming and challenging and costly for schools to identify and take
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full advantage of these programs. introduced in the senate as s. 523 by senator susan collins, this bipartisan streamlining energy efficiency for schools act aims to provide a coordinating structure for schools to help them better navigate available federal programs and financing options. this legislation does not spend an additional dime of taxpayer money and it keeps decision making authority with the states, the school boards and local officials. it's a bill that establishes a clearinghouse through the office energy efficiency and renewable energy which will disseminate information on federal programs and financing mechanisms to develop energy efficiency distribute energy and retrofitting projects for schools. this bill also directs the office of energy efficiency and
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renewable energy to coordinate with federal agencies and develop an outreach effort to streamline communications and promote available federal programs. this kind of outreach may include a single website where school officials can go one-stop shopping and learn about the relevant energy efficiency programs. overburdened school administrators shouldn't have to spend hours and hours waiting -- wading through the federal bureaucracy as they look for ways to take advantage of energy efficiency improvements. this commonsense legislation will ensure that schools and more easily can take advantage of already existing energy efficiency programs. it is a strategic and cost-saving investment to relieve the fiscal pressure felt by school districts across the nation while bringing us closer to american energy security. and so for all of these reasons, mr. speaker, i urge my
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colleagues to pass this bill and again, i thank the gentleman from vermont and i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. >> i yield two minutes to the gentleman from the peach state, mr. carter of georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 756, the streamlining energy efficiency for schools act of 2016. efficient use of energy can help reduce consumption, low her energy bills, and may also help the environment as well. the benefits of energy efficiency can extend to our homes, businesses, and public institutions, including schools. there are multitude of programs and finance mechanisms available for schools to use to further their energy efficiency goals. however, information on these resources is hard to find and
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as a result schools might -- may be missing out on opportunities to make their facilities more energy efficient. h.r. 756 would direct the department of energy to create a clearing-house in order to disseminate information on energy efficiency programs and grants for schools. this bill would also help facilitate coordination between federal agencies so that they may develop a collaborative effort to help schools meet their energy efficiency needs. i urge my colleagues to support our schools and their efforts to become more energy efficient by supporting h.r. 756. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from vermont is recognized. mr. welch: everything that needs to be said has been said. i appreciate the work of my colleague, mr. olson of texas, and i really do appreciate as well the leadership of mr. cartwright who has been very, very active on anything related to making better use of our energy.
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thank you, mr. speaker. i urge passage of this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. olson: mr. speaker, this is a commonsense bill that helps schools all across america. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 756. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 756. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the entleman from texas seek wreck -- recognition? mr. olson: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6375. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6375, a bill to provide for consideration of the extension under the energy policy and conservation act of
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nonapplication of no-load mode energy efficient standards to security or life safety alarms or surveillance systems. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. olson, and the gentleman from vermont, mr. welch, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. olson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and insert remarks extraneous materials in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. olson: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. olson: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 6375, the power and security systems, pass, act extends important exemption from current regulations for devices such as security systems and medical devices. specifically, many electronic devices use external power supplies that are subject to
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strict limits on the amount of electricity they can consume when not in use. however, these provisions aren't feasible for powers to be on 24/7 such as home security alarms and heart monitors. this bill extends existing exemption foreexternal power supplies for these kind of products. h.r. 6375 would ensure the continued availability of these important and potentially lifesaving devices and i urge everyone to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from vermont is recognized. mr. welch: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 6375, the power and security systems act. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. welch: thank you, mr. speaker. as my colleague has stated the energy independence and security act of 2007 requires electronic devices to meet
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certain efficiency standards while in no load mode or standby mode. that makes sense. you don't want to be consuming unnecessary energy , when in fact, you're not use -- you don't need to use energy. but it was written in a way, the whole law was written in a way that it included some devices that are always on active mode. security and life safety systems such acevedo surveillance, intrusion detection, and access control systems have to be active all of the time. so this law is now to extend something that was an exemption, and that's going to expire unless we pass this legislation and then allow manufacturers to avoid having to go through very costly steps in order to bring it into compliance with the law that would actually make their products ineffective when it came to surveillance. this law was originally
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introduced by our ranking member, frank pallone, and his colleague, roy blunt, now in the senate, to provide that temporary exemption. this is really going to extend it. i joined with mr. pompeo and it's fitting we are working with mr. pompeo because he's about to start a new job that has just a little bit to do with security. and intelligence. and we congratulate him in that appointment by president-elect trump. this bill has the support of industry, it has the support of efficiency advocates. it addresses the unique need of critical life safety and security systems to remain on at all times. while it means the d.o.e. nergy efish hency standards. -efficiency standards. it's something we should be trying together to do more often when we pass a bill, it's
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a good bill, but find out it's got a bit of a problem, instead of arguing about it, let's fix it. we managed to accomplish that in this legislation. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. we have no further speakers on this side. i'm prepared to yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. olson: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from the peanut state, mr. carter from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: i rise today in support of h.r. 6375, the power and security systems act. this bill directs the department of energy to decide by 2021 whether to amend standards for certain external power supply products and directs that these standards would not apply products manufactured before 2023. external power supplies convert power from an outlet to a lower voltage for use in everyday items like cell phones,
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laptops, power cools, and other -- tools and other electronics. the average home has five to 10 external power supplies and that continues to grow with more than 00 million shipped in -- united states an annually. by design external power supplies associated with the safety or security device are always in an active mode and do not have a no-load or inactive mode which is why the distinction is needed this bill provides necessary regulatory relief while the department of energy develops standards for these products. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. olson: mr. speaker, i close by saying h.r. 375 ensures that these important and life saving devices work when
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needed. this is a great bill. i urge all my colleagues to vote for this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6375. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3381, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3381, a bill to maximize discovery and accelerate development and availability of promising childhood cancer treatments,
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and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess, and the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. matsui, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and insert remarks extraneous materials into the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3381, the childhood cancer survivorship treatment access and research act of 2016, also known as the childhood cancer star act. this bill was introduced by my texas colleague, representative mike mccaul, representative chris van hollen, and representative jackie spire -- speier. the legislation we are considering today is important for many young americans as it is intended to help the most vulnerable among us, children, who have been diagnosed with
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cancer. we have made progress in combating childhood cancer. in 1960, only % of children with cancer survived -- 4% of children with cancer survived more than five years. today 80% of children with cancer survive. but there is work left to do. h.r. 3381 will expand the opportunities for childhood cancer research, improve childhood cancer surveillance, help improve the quality of life for cancer survivors, and help ensure that there is proper pediatric cancer research within the national institutes of health. this legislation enjoys broad bipartisan support. it has 270 co-sponsors representing over 60% of the house of representatives. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the senate bill 3381, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from hawaii is recognized. ms. matsui: actually, it's the great state of california. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. matsui: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of h.r. 3381, the childhood cancer survivorship treatment access and research act. nearly 16,000 children are diagnosed with cancer in the united states each year. these children bravely battle disease and carry burdens that no one their age should. the childhood cancer star act gives those children and their families hope by encouraging improved research, development of treatment, and survivorship programs for children with cancer. this legislation urges the national institutes of health to find new opportunities to expand research into pediatric cancer and survivorship, including research on the causes of health disparities and the pediatric cancer survivors. this legislation would also allow the centers for disease control and prevention to award
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funding to help states better track pediatric cancer. improved information about childhood cancer will help guide public health decisions and strategies as well as research. expanding research that leads to treatments and cures is only part of the solution for children diagnosed with cancer. this bill recognizes that these children often require different care for the remainder of their lives. as many as 2/3 of pediatric cancer survivors suffer from effects as their diseases and treatments long-term including secondary cancers and organ damage. to help children after they have beat pediatric cancer, this bill would create a pilot program to explore model systems of care for pediatric cancer survivors and study barriers to adequate medical care for survivors of childhood cancer. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: at this time i'm
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pleased to yield as much time as he may consume to the chairman of the homeland security committee, a true champion for all things pediatric, the gentleman from texas, chairman mccaul. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to also thank my colleague from texas, mr. burgess, for his work on this effort as well. i chaired the homeland security committee, but i also chair the childhood cancer caucus, it's one of the biggest threats to our children. number one killer of our children. i rise in support of this bill because it will address four major concerns facing the pediatric cancer community, survivorship, treatment, access and research. i introduced this bill with my colleagues on the other side of he aisle, chris van hollen and representative spear of california to be the most
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comprehensive childhood cancer bill ever considered before this house. i co-founded the childhood cancer caucus seven years ago to give children a voice, children who don't have lobbyists and who are dying who have been impacted. to better fight childhood about we must know more it. it authorizes n.i.h. to expand their efforts to collect data on childhood cancer to better understand its causes and the effects of treatment. it builds on previous work from cancer research groups to provide doctors with the resources necessary to identify children who may be at risk for developing cancer preventing the worst outcomes from becoming a reality and we must address the needs of childhood cancer, survivors facing lifelong medical conditions.
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our bill will improve collaboration among providers so doctors are able to better care for survivors as they age. this bill is in strong support of the community and i want to thank the st. baldrich foundation for their continued support and help and work on this important bill. their c.e.o. and kevin and daniel leach who have been relentless advocates of this bill to make a difference in kids' lives. i look forward to working with we look to future as further address the needs of the childhood cancer community, i would like to close by saying we are also very excited that the cures act bill passed the house of representatives, a very important bill to curing not just childhood cancer but all diseases. we urge the senate to pass that legislation as well. in that bill was creating hope act, which will make a difference in the number of
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drugs that can be developed to cure childhood cancer. in fact, it re-authorizes a bill that i introduced to the year that has already produced a childhood cancer drug , the first since the 1980's to cure neuroblast ohma. when i went to meet wimh, the idea that you can pass a bill in this congress and see that tangible result, a bill passed in this great body that transforms into saving the life of a child is an extraordinary experience. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back. the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. matsui: i yield five minutes to representative spear. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady is recognized. say eier: let me first what a joy it has been been to work with my colleague mike mccaul on this issue and with chris van hollen as well. the passion, the compassion and the commitment to this issue is one that i have not seen replicated many times. let me comment by talking about the letter i received from sylvia decorsi in my district. her son tyler was diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma for about a year. and she had written to me, as a pediatric cancer patient, i want to thank you for introducing the star act. this has the potential to make a huge difference for my son tyler and his fellow warriors. in august, we lost two little
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buddies to this disease. to think this -- to think if this act was already in place, that may not have happened and the heartaches of their family nd friends could have been prevented. i hope my son will beat this. thank you for sponsoring the tar act. on friday, i received a follow-up email from sylvia and still sends chills up and down my spine. tyler has officially been in remission for two weeks. only fitting that today we are taking up the star act. the star act would not have been possible without the perseverance like sylvia and tyler and those families and the young people who are living with the cancers. there have been more than 50 organizations that have worked on this issue. together, they have managed to push even a gridlock congress
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into action. i would like to take a moment the personal importance of the survivorship provisions of the star act which i have been working on since 2011. 50 years ago, only 4% of children with cancer survived more than five years beyond their diagnosis. today, the cure rate has increased to over 80%. it is a remarkable accomplishment. and now we have some 500,000 young people that have survived childhood cancer. but as many families know, the fight against childhood cancer doesn't end with remission. as many as two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors experience secondary cancers and that is why this particular provision of the bill is so important. it's imperative that the star act has a strategy to improve their care and quality of life. and it would not have happened
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without the guidance of susan weiner and susan emmer of children's cause. i would like to thank the staff of all of our offices that worked so hard on this measure. austin, kelly and andy, with congressman mccaul. zika, and erica with congressman van hollen. dana with senator ca pito moore waiverly gordon with ranking member pallone, kelly with representative mccarthy. holly and her team at the n.i.h. and my molly fishman as well. i want to thank my colleagues for the time and thanks for the leadership and thanks for the opportunity to do something to improve the lives of these children living with cancer and
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their parents who are advocating for them. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields back. the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. r. burgess: i'm pleased to recognize for two minutes the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: i rise today in support of h.r. 3381, the childhood cancer star act, which would allow the national institutes of health and the department of health and human services to expand their efforts to research treatments and care for childhood cancer patients. children, thousands of are diagnosed with cancer and far too many children are lost to this horrible disease. ildhood cancer survivors and families face families face an uphill battle after remission as the chances for recurrence can be higher for children.
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advances in treatment have greatly improved outcomes, but more must be done to support patients, survivors and their families. the bill would help expand efforts to improve the lives of childhood cancer survivors, develop new treatments, increase access to care and develop life saving research. childhood cancer patients and survivors have unique needs and this mr. williams: ensure those needs are addressed to insheer research. we must continue the fight until no child is lost to cancer. i urge my colleagues to support childhood cancer patients and families by supporting the star act. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlewoman from california. ms. matsui: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i have no further speakers. ms. matsui: i have no additional speakers and i urge my colleagues to support the star act and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i would urge all of s. to vote in favor 3381 and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass 3381 and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3381 as amended. 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 bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the entleman from texas seek recognition? mr. burgess: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill s. 2873. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2873 and act to require the use of and opportunities to use technology enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models to improve programs at the department of health and human
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services and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess and the gentlewoman from california, ms. mats suey each will control 20 minutes. mr. burgess: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials into the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. burgess: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i rise in support of s. 2873 the expanding capacity for health outcomes act known as the echo act. this bipartisan legislation by senators hatch passed the senate 97-0 on november 29. house companion legislation has been introduced and championed by myself and representative matsui. the legislation requires the secretary of health and human services to examine technology-enabled learning and
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capacity-building models and their impact on the health care work force, the implementation of public health programs and the delivery of health services in rural and underserved areas to underserved populations. the bill would require the secretary to consult with public and private stakeholders with expertise in these delivery models to evaluate their potential and larger adoption in states -- and within the federal government. within two years, the secretary then would submit to congress and publicly post a report that includes an analysis of these programs which utilized technology in a novel manner. one such method these programs may employ is using a hub and spoke approach to connecting specialty and primary-care workers in health surveillance and proper intervention. this holds particular promise for rural and underserved areas where it can be difficult to recruit and retain health
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professionals but could offer opportunities for continuing provider education and engagement. this legislation enjoys broad bipartisan support. it has been endorsed by a number of health professional organizations including america's essential hospitals, the american academy of pediatrics, the american medical association, the american nurses association and the national association of community health centers, to name but a few. this legislation does not impact direct spending or revenues. it offers a means by which to evaluate successful models in the private sector and offer opportunities to build upon them and adopt them if successful. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote yes on s. 2873 and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. matsui: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. matsui: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i rise in support of senate bill 2873, the echo act that along with my colleague with representative burgess in the house. the echo act elevates the successful echo model which uses technology to remotely connect health care providers to one another and they can communicate best practices and new techniques. u.c. davis medical center in my district of sacramento have the best and brightest doctors and working hard across the country. we are fortunate to have a strong safety net of top-notch community health centers that work to provide the primary care needs of underserved populations. however, primary care is a big job and often these providers have not received the education or training they need in specialty areas such as pain management.
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u.c. davis is successfully partnering with over 125 community health centers in california to provide that collaborative education on responsible and safe pain management resulting in increased use of evidence-based tools and reduce prescriptions for high-dose opioids. better understanding of pain and pain management will contribute to batting our nation's devastating opioid abuse and heroin epidemic. this project echo bill is the first step in scaling approaches like this nationwide to ensure that every provider has access to the best information on a ariety of topics, from pain to addiction, dermatology, infectious diseases and much more. we need to ensure we are harnessing the power of technology to improve patient
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care and save limbs. i urge my colleagues to support s. 2873. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i have no additional speakers so i'll reserve at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california. ms. matsui: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i want to thank congressman burgess for your work on this and i ask my colleagues to send s. 2873 to the president's desk for signature. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the balance of our time. mr. speaker, in rural areas in this country, only 10% of the physicians practice, but those areas contain about 25% of the population. obviously there is a mismash. access to care in underserved yars is especially challenging for patients with chronic or complex conditions. overburdened primary care providers will have to refer them to hospitals or other
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areas for care. these unnecessary referrals delay care. the project extension for community health outcomes, or project echo, is one example of an innovative model that is being used to address this challenge. project echo uses interactive video conferencing to link specialist teams with primary care providers in medical education clinics that include teaching and case-based learning. project echo has equipped local providers across the country with the extraordinary skills necessary to take on health care challenges threatening our communities. project echo has been used to increase the number of docs able to prescribe for opioid abuse, to rapidly educate providers on public health crises, such as a novel flu outbreak and to train providers to address complex mental health disorders. this bipartisan, bicameral bill has broad support from health care providers and systems. it passed the senate 97-0 last
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week. again, want to thank congresswoman matsui of california for her partnership on the bill. i encourage my colleagues to support its passage, and i will yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2873. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition?
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>> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6394. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6394, a bill to require studies and reports examining the use of, and opportunities to use, technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models to improve programs of the department of health and human services, and for other a bill to require the federal communications commission to submit to congress a report on promoting broadband internet access service for veterans. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the latta, n from ohio, mr. and the gentleman from vermont, mr. welch, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. latta: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. latta: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. latta: mr. speaker, i rise in support of this bill. veterans -- access to broadband
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interset service should not be an issue for veterans. this can help equip the veterans with the tools they need to be successful in today's 21st century. and that's why i urge all of my colleagues to support this commonsense, nonpartisan bill. h.r. 6394 simply requires the federal communications commission to submit a report to congress on ways to better improve access to broadband for our nation's veterans and particular low-income veterans and veterans living in rural areas. we as legislators will be able to make better informed policy decisions based on the recommendations made in the report and thereby helping ensure our veterans have access to such a fundamental tool in today's economy. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 6394, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from vermont is recognized. mr. welch: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague from ohio. i rise to support h.r. 6394,
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the improving broadband access for veterans act of 2016. and i thank my colleagues, mr. mcnerney, who will be very shortly, and mr. kinzinger, both colleagues on the energy and commerce committee with me and mr. latta. both of them have had a focus on how the internet can be helpful to veterans. i mean, obviously internet is really helpful to all of us, but veterans have some special challenges, and we have a special obligation to veterans. and this legislation is absolutely focused on the obligation that we have to try to help our veterans have access to the internet. that's especially important in that's specially close to the heart of mr. latande mr. -- mr. latta and me. mr. speaker, i'd like to yield to the gentleman from california, a co-sponsor of the bill with mr. kinsing, and a
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wonderful colleague on the energy and commerce committee, such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. nernnern thank you, mr. speaker. i want to -- mr. mcnerney: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague from vermont for his help on this and the gentleman from ohio and mr. kinzinger for their help on this bill. my bill, h.r. 6394, sets on a path to working to close the digital divide for veterans. access to broadband internet service provides an important resource for the more than 20 million veterans across our nation with the highest population residing in my state of california. having a broadband internet connection helps veterans apply for jobs more easily. it helps them in obtaining necessary vocational training. it helps them communicate with friends and family. it lets them keep up with current events. it gives them access to health care services, and they can get important information about their benefits and military records. without broadband internet access, it's difficult to fully
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participate in today's society. veterans face many challenges when they return home. not having internet access makes what is already an incredibly tough transition process even harder. this is particularly likely to be the case for low-income veterans and veterans living in rural areas. although we lack data on the number of veterans with broadband internet access, the u.s. census bureau and the pew research center both report that broadband adoption rates are significantly lower among americans who live at or below the federal poverty level. analysis for the national telecommunications and information administration at the u.s. department of commerce further finds that broadband adoption rates in rural areas of the country are lower than they are in urban areas. we must find ways to ensure that veterans, especially more than the 1.4 million living below the federal poverty level
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and the 5 b.p. 3 million residing in -- and the 1.3 million residing in rural areas, are not left behind. that's why my bill directs the federal communications see what can be done to access for veterans living in rural areas. the findings and recommendations from this report will be important for paving the way to get veterans more connected. again, i want to thank my co-sponsor, mr. kinzinger, for his support, and i ask my colleagues to support and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from vermont reserves. mr. welch: no. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: mr. speaker, i reserve. if the gentleman is ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: mr. speaker, there are 20 million veterans across the nation and everyone deserves access to broadband
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internet. this bill will help improve the lives of our veterans and i urge all of my colleagues for their support of the gentleman's legislation. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6394. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. mr. latta: myrick, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. latta: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from ohio seek recognition? mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i move the house suspend the rules and pass the resolution, h.res. 939, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 939, resolution expressing the sense of the house of representatives that access to digital communication tools and connectivity is necessary to prepare youth in the united states to compete in the 21st century economy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman says that h.res. 939 t the desk is not amended. mr. latta: mr. speaker, it's correct. it's not amended. it's h.res. 939. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will redesignate the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 939, resolution expressing the sense of the house of representatives that access to digital communication tools and connectivity is necessary to
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prepare youth in the united states to compete in a 21st century economy. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta, and the gentleman from vermont, mr. welch, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. latta: well, thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials in the record on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. latta: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. again, i'm pleased to support another resolution from our colleagues from across the aisle. broadband and internet have become nearly indispensible parts of our 21st century economy. whether it's bringing the world's information to our fingertips or connecting you to people around the world, it is increasingly clear that improved access to the internet is a vital part of our digital future and particularly so for our nation's children. this resolution affirms the commitment of the house of representatives to ensuring all
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americans, particularly students, have the tools they need to succeed. as members of the subcommittee on communications and technology, democrats and republicans alike firmly aspows the goal of bringing broadband access to all children of the united states. i thank the gentleman from vermont for shining light on this important issue, and, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.res. 939 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from vermont is recognized. mr. welch: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from ohio. here's the situation. our kids are going to school. they're getting home work, and 70% of the teachers assign home work that presumes access to the internet. but many of our kids don't have access to the internet. about five million or 1/3 of households with school age children in the u.s. lack a high speed connection at home and that's, quote, the home work gap, and it creates a lot of anxiety as well as some
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inability to get the home work done. the anxiety for these kids, they go home, they got an assignment, they want to do tanned they don't have the tools and puts enormous pressure on the parents -- they want to do it and they don't have the tools and puts enormous pressure on the parents. outside the schools, in order to address this, they'll park buses that have high-speed internet access and the parents will bring the kids back to school, sit outside where the kids sit on the bus where they have the home work connection. you know what, it's asking a lot of our parents. it's asking a lot of our kids, and this resolution is just acknowledging what i think we all know is the obvious and that is if kids are going to be having a shot at getting ahead, if they're going to be able to do their home work, we got to get that internet access out into those areas so we don't have five million kids without it. and it's such a real problem when you get into the rural areas, and that's where mr. latta and i know that. and the reason is because extending the broadband out
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into the rural areas is economically more of a challenge for some of our companies. but we believe that ultimately we've got to have internet access much like we did with electricity where we make a policy that says we're getting that broadband to the last mile. this resolution demonstrates an ongoing bipartisan commitment to achieve that goal and i know, mr. speaker, you have a lot of rural areas in your district as well. i urge my colleagues to support this and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: i thank the gentleman from vermont. i know we have worked well over on ar now on rural issues the committee and i appreciate his on the committee and i appreciate his leadership on that. and i also thank the gentleman
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for working across the aisle to need.ght this important american need. american students must have a competitive future and i hope my colleagues will join me in support of this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house and agree and agree to house resolution 939. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. mr. latta: i ask for the yeas nd nays. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking is vote will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio -- mr. latta: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.res. 932. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: resolution expressing the sense of house of representatives with respect to third-party charges on consumer
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telephone bills. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta and the gentleman from vermont mr. welch, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. latta: i ask unanimous consent that members have five legislative days to insert extraneous materials on the record on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. latta: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: i'm proud to rise in support of house resolution 932, a sense of congress offered by our colleague, the gentlelady from illinois. the use of third-party billing on consumer telephone bills can provide consumers with convenience. unfortunately this has been an area that resulted in consumer fraud. i agree with the gentlelady that we should support efforts to provide consumers with tools to protect themselves from experiencing unauthorized charges on their phone bills. though there are existing protections in place to prohibit
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so-called cramming, it is clear ensure ds to be done to americans aren't subsidizing these parties to third-party vendors. i urge my colleagues to vote yes and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from vermont is recognized. mr. welch: consumer fraud continues and oftentimes it's individuals figuring out how to use the internet to get access to your bills and cram charges and sometimes it's companies with respected reputations that go awry and rip off their customers. it is bad. it costs money that consumers don't have. and the second is, it undercuts the confidence that i think that the consumer wants to have and entitled to have that when they are putting their money out, they are being treated right and fairly.
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this resolution has been sponsored by congresswoman schakowsky and we are lucky in this congress to have her for all these years leading the charge on consumer issues. she's vigilant, she's tough and she's fair. and congresswoman schakowsky brought this to the attention of this body. and i urge that all of us support this resolution. and i want to acknowledge my gratitude for her work over the as an untiring consumer advocate. at this point, mr. speaker, i would like to yield to congresswoman schakowsky such time as she may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from illinois is recognized. ms. schakowsky: i thank the gentleman for yielding and his kind words. i appreciate that. and i want to thank my colleague across the aisle for his support for this resolution. resolution 932 calls for resolution on aun authorized
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phone charges slipped on to consumer phone bills. that's called cramming. charges listed on your phone bill don't necessarily come from your phone company. phone companies allow third parties to place charges on phone bills and sometimes that can be a convenience. you are texting donation, that charge may be indicated on your phone bill. however, consumers may end up paying charges that they never authorized in the first place and scammers can cram the bill with small fees that can add up to significant sums over time. the federal communications commission estimates that the placement of unauthorized charges known as cramming, has harmed tens of millions of americans. and most of those phony charges go unnoticed. if you look at your phone bill, they may be listed as something vague like monthly fee or service charge and my resolution
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calls for action to stop this fraud. consumer watchdogs have already taken some important steps in 2014 and 2015, the federal communications commission, the consumer financial protection bureau, the federal trade commission and states' attorneys generals reach settlements. under the settlements, wireless carriers must disclose and obtain consumer consent for third-party charges on the customers' wireless bills. while the settlements were an important step, we still -- we saw gaps in our consumer protections. the cramming settlement only covers wireless customers and those protections are time limited. landline customers are only protected if the phone company takes action voluntarily. so consumers need strong ongoing protections against cramming regardless of which phone
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company they use and whether they purchase wireless landline or bundled phone services. and that's why we offer this resolution expressing the sentment of the house that protections against cramming should be improved and consumers should be empowered to stop unwanted charges. but again, this resolution is a first step. i ask every phone company to ensure that their customers understand and consent to any extra charges. in the next congress i'm hopeful that the energy and commerce committee push for stronger cramming protections through hearings and necessary legislation. as we take this important first step i thank my co-sponsors, congressman gene green and congressman grijalva, congressman honda and thank woman bustos and you the chair: and ranking member and ranking walden
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member eshoo on the communications to bring this resolution to the floor and i thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle and i look forward to working with all of you to realize this resolution's -- no more phony charges. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. mr. welch: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.res. 932, expressing the house -- the sense of the house of representatives. this legislation resolves that it is the sense of the house that protections against cramming, which is the act of placing unauthorized charges on should be ne bill, improved. it is an effort to bring to light the form of fraud called
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cramming and its effect on consumers' bills. many of our nation's telecommunication providers have recognized this issue and made strides by increasing protections for consumers. bypassing this resolution we are protecting consumers from fraudulent activity and ensuring that those who are vulnerable in our society are no longer susceptible to scammers. we must continue to address these cases of fraud head on. and i look forward to working with my colleagues on this issue and others. i applaud the energy and commerce committee for their work on this important legislation. and i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: this is another area where i'm proud to join my colleagues in showing the bipartisan work that has been the hallmark of the energy and commerce committee. i thank the gentlelady from illinois for her leadership on this issue and i urge my colleagues to join me in
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supporting this resolution. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 932. 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 resolution is agreed to. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4680 as amended. the clerk: a bill to prepare the national park service for its centennial in 2016 and for a second century of promoting and protecting the natural historic and cultural resources of our national parks for the enjoyment of present and future generations and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop and the gentleman from arizona, . gri halla each will -- gri handfula each will control 20
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minutes. mr. bishop: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: on august 25 of this year, it marked the 100th anniversary of the national park service, still making it newer, but the 100th anniversary. the park service has 400 units 84 million acres and have significant problems nearly a $12 billion backlog in maintenance issues. we seem to add new parks all the time and marks the service full further behind. it is fun to create a new national park but not sexy to talk about fixing its sewer system. we have to be more creative and provide new tools so the park service can meet this challenge that they have. this bill before us has been crafted. park foundation and other interested party. it establishes two significant
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things, a new centennial challenge fund to help the park service maintain and improve visitor service facilities. this fund will raise money between the federal and private match. $15 million was put into this concept and matched by $33 million in private donations which is a number we will be able to improve on in the future. r. 4680 also establishes a second century endowment at the national park foundation, which will allow the private sector to truly work with the park service in a true public-private partnership. it also raises suspending reservations. this does not fix all the problems, but it's a good start and for the centennial, this is an sent way to move forward into the challenges they face. at this point, i would like to insert into the record exchanges of letter with chairman kline as
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well as chairman conaway, we appreciate their cooperation in scheduling this bill either by u.c. or general leave. the speaker pro tempore: so ordered. mr. bishop: this is a good measure and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: i yield to the gentlelady from massachusetts, as much a time as she may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. tsongas: throughout the centennial year of the national park service, i have been reminded that the first director once said, reflecting on the new agency, he remarked, quote, the parks do not belong to one state or to one section, the yosemite, the yellowstone, the grand canyon are national properties
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in which every citizen has a vested message and belong to the man and i would add woman to massachusetts, michigan and florida as they do to california, wyoming and of arizona. those words are a powerful reminder of this era. national parks are national and cut across party lines and geographic boundries and enjoy broad support and they bring people together, something we seem to need now more than ever. . this should be preserved in perpetuity for generations. our national parks have been called, quote, america's best idea, unquote. places like the grand canyon, yellowstone, ellis island and in my district, minuteman historic national park, which
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commemorates the shots rang throughout the world, and lowell park that spawned our nation's industrial revolution. these parks protect, they celebrate and they give access to the many places that has shaped and defined who we are as a people and a country and it is important to remember that these places would not have been protected absent support from the federal government. an investment in our parks make sense. nationally, the parks generate nearly $30 billion in economic activity and support 250,000 private sector jobs. when people visit our national parks, they also support nearby restaurants, hotels and local outfitters and guides. according to a recent economic study conducted by the national park service, every federal dollar invested in our parks contributes $10 in economic activity. the legislation before us today includes several helpful provisions as a national park
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service begins its second century. this legislation makes a commitment to the centennial challenge, a matching grant program that leverages federal dollars to encourage private investment to support signature centennial projects that are identified by the national park service. it -- national park service and establishes an endowment to support the missions and goals of the park service, makes improvements to the volunteers and parks program and helps the national park service recruit and hire more young and diverse americans. this legislation also includes my amendment to ensure that low-income seniors retain access to the senior pass, a livetime pass that provides entrance to all of our public lands for people aged 62 and above. as i'm sure my colleagues can attest, seniors in our districts living on a very constrained fixed income may struggle to assemble the $80 to make a one-time payment to
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purchase a lifetime senior pass. this legislation creates a new $20 annual senior pass and allows seniors who have purchased four of those passes to trade them in and receive a lifetime senior pass. this amendment ensures that we can appropriately balance the need for new revenue for the centennial challenge with fundamental fairness for all of our nation's seniors. i want to thank chairman bishop, ranking member grijalva and the national park service for working with me on this provision of the bill. despite these successes, no member of this body should ignore the stark reality that this legislation is a missed opportunity. on the natural resources committee, where i am proud to serve as ranking member of the federal land subcommittee, there is deep frustration and dissatisfaction with the $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog at the national park service. democrats put a centennial bill on the table that starts to address this issue, but it never received serious
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consideration by our counterparts in the majority. new revenue generated by fees, especially at the expense of our nation's seniors, will not solve the issue of deferred maintenance. in short term, the legislation before us today is a good first step, and i support the bill, but congress must find a way to appropriate new funds to our national parks in order to preserve and protect them for future generations of americans. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: pleased to yield to the chairman of the federal land subcommittee who has jurisdiction over this, the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, as much time as he shall consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, this year marked the centennial anniversary of the national park service and of that uniquely american notion that the most beautiful and historic lands should be set aside for the use, resort
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and recreation of the american people, as the original yosemite grant act put it, or in the words of the organic act of 1916 that established the national parks, to conserve the scenery and national and historic objects and the wildlife therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same. yet, a century into this endeavor, the park service faces considerable challenges to achieving these objectives. the park service's original charge was to manage just 35 national parks and monuments. today, it's responsible for more than 400 units across 84 million acres. this exponential growth has left many locations in disrepair, facing a growing backlog of deferred maintenance now exceeding $12 billion. in addition to desperately needed maintenance, the park service also faces challenges for fee collection, management of concessions contracts for
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visitor services and most disturbingly, a substantial decrease in overnight visitation. the decline's been particularly high among young people. recent reports indicate that visits to parks by those 15 years of age and younger has fallen by half over the last decade. the national park service centennial act provides the park service with new tools and authorities that it can use to maintain and improve this system. provisions in the bill help reduce the service's deferred maintenance backlog by generating new revenue to provide for needed capital improvements and leveraging private donations to amplify this effort. in turn, these funds will be used to enhance visitors' services, provide wi-fi and cellular access that young people demand and expand to volunteers and parks and public land corps programs that are so important in welcoming the public to the public's lands. i believe the three greatest challenges to federal lands
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management are to restore public access to the public lands, to restore sound management to the public lands and to restore the federal government as a good neighbor to those communities directly affected by the public lands. this bill does all three. it promotes public access and enjoyment of the parks by promoting the expansion, modernization and improvement of visitors' services and amenities. it promotes good management by placing priority and generating funds necessary to address the growing maintenance backlog, and it repairs the relationship between the federal and local governments by giving local officials a say in future historic designations. i can't think of a better way to celebrate the last century and to begin the next century of our national park service than to restore the vision of its founders. this bill does so, and i urge its adoption. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr.
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speaker. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you. this month marks the end of a year of celebration. over the past 12 months, hundreds of millions of people from our country and from around the world have joined together to celebrate one of the most valued and uniquely american ideas, our national park system. in our democratic society, the park system is uniquely one of the most democratic public institutions because after all, all americans own the park system and it's for all americans regardless. for many, this year was a time to reflect on what began 100 years ago with a single mission -- to protect our unique american heritage for the enjoyment of future generations. last year, the national parks across this nation saw a record
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307 million visitors. people came to the parks to explore, to learn and reflect on the grand natural beauty and the diverse history of our nation. 50 years ago, members of congress understood the need to recognize these types of milestone accomplishments by passing legislation to reinvigorate not only the agency but the american public. a decade before the 50th anniversary of the national park system, the house began pulling together a bill that demonstrated to the american people that they were willing to put their money where their mouths were. in honor of the park's 50th anniversary, congress funded the mission's 66 program at over $900 million, the equivalent of $8 billion in 2016 dollars. the national park service expected 80 million visitors to celebrate that anniversary. unsurprisingly, the american
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public beat expectations. the parks saw almost 130 million visitors in 1966 alone. this congress, which has the benefit of knowing how much americans value their national parks, should be authorizing at least an equal amount. instead, we have before us a bill that is a shadow what it could have been, a far cry from what i and my democratic colleagues in the committee introduced back in september of 2015. instead of passing the bill that gives a standing ovation to the accomplishment of the park service and sets the bar high for the next 100 years, today we are passing legislation that is equivalent of a golf clap, very quietly. even previously, republican administrations have better understood the value of national parks. in the last republican administration, president bush and secretary -- and the secretary were going to provide
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$2.5 billion in additional operating funds, an additional $1 billion in centennial commitment funds and $1 billion in centennial challenge funds to encourage private and funds. le this is a tiny fund. further, this bill asks the mandatory spending come from only one source, mandatory increase to the price of the park senior pass. what we're seeing today is a shell of the bill. only a few provisions remain which although marginally helpful to ensure the vitality of the national park for the future fall short than what is needed and necessary. what we are seeing today is maced opportunity to do what is light -- is a missed opportunity to do what is right. this bill, while optimistically named is a year late and a couple billion dollars short. maybe we'll get it right in the
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next hundred years. thank you and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: might i inquire if you have any further speakers? i have no other speakers and i am ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the remainder of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate the opportunity of being here. this is a good bill. i appreciate those who have spoken so far, for their willingness to take yes as an answer. i yield back the balance of my time and urge adoption of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 4680, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. bishop: i ask unanimous consent that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1219, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1219, a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to convey certain land and appurtenances of the arbuckle project, oklahoma, to the arbuckle master conservancy district, and for other . rposes the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, and the gentleman from the northern mariana islands, mr. sablan, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: again, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. bishop: and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: this bill, h.r. 1219, sponsored by one of the great congressmen from oklahoma, allows a water district in oklahoma to take ownership of two buildings and two acres of land that are currently -- that they have paid for, they have operated
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and they have maintained for the last several decades. unfortunately, they still remain in federal ownership and you need this legislation to actually transfer it to relieve the district of burdensome paperwork and also relieve the federal government some liability. this bill has been done 27 other times over the last two decades which simply means there needs to be some kind of reform in the process to remove the slow pace of the bureau of reclamation so we don't have to go through such complicated effort for such a worty cause. with that i -- worthy cause. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from the northern mariana islands is recognized. mr. sablan: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sablan: mr. speaker, h.r. 1219 is a straightforward, reasonable piece of legislation worthy of passage. it would transfer two federal buildings to the arbuckle master conservancy district in
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south central oklahoma. this these buildings are part of the arbuckle project which is a water project authorized by congress in 1962 to provide flood control, recreational opportunities and municipal water supply. nearly all of the facilities within the arbuckle project were already transferred to the arbuckle master conservancy district in 2014 after the district finished repaying what they owed to the federal government due to construction. due to narrowly language, two buildings within the project have yet to be transferred. transferring the two remaining buildings will save taxpayers money that would otherwise be needed to operate and maintain the buildings and would also relieve the federal government of any potential future liability associated with the buildings. this is a straightforward legislation that should be quickly passed. thank you and i reserve the balance of my time.
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mr. bishop: i yield to the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: i want to thank my good friend for yielding and i thank you for moving this through his committee and to the floor and i associate myself to his remarks, because this is a fairly routine matter. i rise in the arbuckle complex project. this bill is a straightforward land conveyance which has both federal and local support. h.r. 1219 would authorize the secretary of the interior to convey certain land and buildings of the arbuckle project in murray county, oklahoma. in 1962, congress authorized the osts t of reimburseable c for construction, operation and maintenance to the arbuckle
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conservationy district. the district completed completed the project in 2012. accord answer the framework for title transfer in december of 2014. the bureau executed an agreement fee title certain facilities that could be more efficiently and effectively managed at the local level. the title transfer involves involves 2.83 acres of land. small house, a associated structures and the headquarters office building. the house and the property are used to accommodate a district employee who inspects the dam and the pumping facilities. headquarters office of the building is the base of operation for the district. this bill also divests the federal government of its responsibility and liability associated with the district facilities.
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reclamation and the district having worked successfully to address all of the elements necessary to bring this legislation forward and to make this transfer proceed as smoothly as possible. i'm pleased that this bill is in agreement -- which both the federal and local interests are satisfied. to urge all my to urge all my s to support this legislation. i thank the chairman for his help in this matter. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from from the northern mariana islands is recognized. mr. sablan: this is straightforward legislation that should be quickly passed and urge its adoption and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 -- mr. bishop: mr. speaker, i ask
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for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. bishop: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules pass h.r. 6401. the clerk: h.r. 6401 a bill to amend public law with respect to the northern mariana islands. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop and the gentleman from from northern mariana islands each will control 20 minutes. mr. bishop: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. bishop: i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: i support this excellent piece of legislation, the commonwealth of the northern marianas is experiencing an economic resurgence. however there is a challenge on maintaining a capable work force to sustain that growth on the island especially as they are facing out the use of foreign workers. so to do that, the phasing out which is occurring at a rate that is detrimental to the sustained economic growth, we need to provide flexibility to the northern marianas to meet this challenge. this bill does it three specific ways which is a commonsense solution to a very complex issue. it's a great bill and i urge its adoption and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from from the northern mariana islands is recognized. mr. sablan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sablan: mr. speaker, i would like to thank chairman bishop for allowing this bill to come to the floor. i appreciate it very much. but the economy of the northern
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marianas grew at a rate of 3.5% and fourth straight year of growth. the bureau of economic analysis announced the new data a week ago. this strong economic expansion is good news for the people and we desperately want this growth to continue because our economy is still only three-quarters of what it was in 2000. there is a problem with keeping that growth going. and for that reason, i introduced with congresswoman ddy wag and h.r. 6401, the economic expansion act. i ask that unanimous consent that my full statement be entered into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. sablan: i also unanimous consent that -- to enter in the record letters of support from
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governor and have from the strategic development council and legislative leadership, from my only hospital from the northern hotel association of the northern mariana islands and from our chamber of commerce. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. sablan: mr. speaker, in closing, i want to thank chairman rob bishop of the natural resources committee for his understanding and support. thanks to chairman don young who held a hearing on september and agreed that action was needed. i i appreciate the support of the ranking members and i'm in debted to mr. hoyer and mr. mccarthy who agreed to bring h.r. 6401 to the floor today and i ask my colleagues for the support of h.r. 6401. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance
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of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i have no other speakers if you are ready to close. mr. sablan: i have no further speakers and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. bishop: excellent bill. i urge adoption and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6401. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the sules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. bishop: i move to suspend the rules and pass senate 817. the clerk: an act to provide for certain real property to the reservation of the siletz tribe and the state of oregon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop and the gentleman from northern marianas, mr. sablan is recognized. mr. bishop: i ask that our members may include extraneous
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materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. bishop: i yield myself such time as i may consume. is does deal with a siletz tribe in oregon. the original 1855 boundaries of their reservation. prohibits gaming and it is identical to a version h.r. 3211 that we dealt with in our committee. i think it is a good bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from the northern mariana islands is recognized. mr. sablan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sablan: s. 817 will grant the confederated tribe of siletz in oregon to easily restore their tribal lands. the original lands were diminished by the federal government during the disastrous allotment and assimilation period of the late 1800's.
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thus the western oregon termination act terminated their federal status and eliminated their remaining land base all together. the tribe was rightly restored in 1977 but had problem re-acquiring their land base due to the nature of restoration. passage of this will address this issue so the tribe will no longer have to face delays in dealing with the department of interior when taking certain land into trust. this is the combination of nearly three decades of effort by the siletz tribe and i thank them for their work and perseverance and i commence senator wyden for promoting this legislation and i ask my colleagues to support s. 817 and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is
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recognized. mr. bishop: i have no other speakers if you are ready to yield back. mr. sablan: i urge adoption of the bill and i have no further speakers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i urge consideration of this bill favorably and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house pass the bill. 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 bill is passed and without objection is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. bishop: i move to suspend the rules and pass s. 818. the clerk: an act to amend the grand ronde reservation act to make technical corrections and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule mr. bishop and mr. sablan each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to
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include extraneous remarks on the bill under consideration. this particular one for the grand ronde tribe in oregon allows them to ease the process to apply for trust lands within the original 1857 boundary jurisdiction and deems property placed in trust after 1988 as part of the tribal reservation and lands acquired is identical to another house bill that we considered in our committee. i urge its adoption and reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from northern mariana islands is recognized. mr. sablan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sablan: like other tribes in oregon, they were wrongfully stripped of their existing land base during the termination era in the 1950's. federal recognition of the tribe was re-established in 1983 as well as the land base through
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subsequent legislation. but like other tribes in oregon, efforts by the tribe to restore additional lands have been hindered by the nature of their tribe's restoration. passage of s. 818 will make it easier for grand ronde to take land into trust within their historical boundaries and we will allow certain property to be considered part of the reservation. again, i want to thank senator wyden for promoting this legislation and thank our colleague from oregon, mr. schrader, for advocating for the house version of this bill. and i thank chairman bishop for managing this bill with me today. i ask my colleagues to support s. 818. and i have no further speakers and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i urge adoption and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass
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senate 818. 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 bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. bishop: suspend the rules nd pass senate 3028. the clerk: an act to the daniel j. evans wilderness. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, mr. bishop a mr. sablan each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: i ask unanimous consent that members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. . mr. bishop: i yield myself two minutes. s. 3028 renames the olympic wilderness in the flock national park as the daniel j. evans wilderness. he was the three-term governor of washington and also served in
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the united states senate and this is still a fitting memorial to mr. evans and recognition of his life in public service. reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mariana islands. mr. sablan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. visitors visit rain forests and to climb some of the tallest peaks of our country. were it not for the forward thinking of individuals who sought protection for these wild lands decades ago, this could have been destroyed. today, we recognize one of the forward-thinking individuals, senator daniel j. evans of washington state, and thank to senator evans, these areas are maintained in perpetuity due in no small part through the passage

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