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in lohr aido, texas, as the george p. casen federal building and united states courthouse. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar nd ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4919, the kevin and avonte's law of 2016 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4919, a bill to amend the violent crime control and law enforcement act of 1919 9/11 4 to re--- 1994 to re-authorize the program and promote initiatives that will reduce the risk of injury and death relating to the wandering
characteristics of some children with autism. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia and the gentlewoman from texas is recognize -- each will control 0 minutes. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. gohmert: i'm inquiring whether or not anyone is in opposition to the bill, if not i'd like to claim the time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would inquire if the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, is opposed to the bill. ms. jackson lee: i support the ill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas will control 20 minutes in opposition to the bill. the gentleman from virginia is recognized for 20 minutes. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 4919, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, it's estimated that 60% of the 5.3 million individuals with alzheimer's disease and 49% of children with autism are susceptible to wandering or leaving safe areas and the protection of a responsible caregiver. results of wanledsering can be devastating to the -- wandsering can be devastate to get individuals -- wandering can be devastating to the individuals with the disease and children with developmental disabilities. this is named after two boys with autism who tragically drowned. the special circumstances surrounding cases of wandering individuals are circumstances that people in local communities such as first responders and school personnel are often not specifically trained to handle. the cost to local communities for a search for a missing person is extremely expensive, even in instances where the local law enforcement agency is trained. that is why we are considering kevin and avonte's law of 2016. it re-authorizes the missing
alzheimer's disease patient alert program and broadens the program to protect children with autism. this legislation authorizes d.o.j. to make grants to law enforcement agencies, public safety agencies, and nonprofit organizations to provide educational wandering prevention programming to families and caretakers of individuals who wander as well as training first responders and school personnel to facilitate rescue and recovery. the bill also enables parents and care givers to apply for voluntary noninvasive tracking technology that can be used to help locate a person who has wandered away from the care and safety of his or her home. while these devices are already in widespread use, there are many families in a thank simply can't afford them -- families that simply can't afford them. the result is oftentimes an expensive search that all too frequently results in tragic consequences. we have worked hard to address the privacy concerns that some have raised about this bill.
the updated language makes it explicitly clear that this is a completely voluntary program, that all tracking devices must be noninvasive, and that the federal government may not store location data related to the devices. finally, we make it clear that such devices are only to be recommended where they are the least restrictive alternative. american communities are safer when they are equipped with the training to prevent tragedies from happening. this legislation will assist communities in receiving valuable education on how to prevent individuals with alzheimer's disease and children with autism from wanledsering and to respond quickly and -- wandering and to respond quickly and appropriately in cases where they do. i urge all memberings to support this important legislation and i -- members to support this important legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker.
i rise in opposition with a heavy heart. the people responsible for this bill are off the chart. these are wonderful people. i appreciate their mental clarity, their intellectual, and their big hearts -- intellect, and their big hearts. all involved in pushing this legislation in congress. can't attribute motive outside of congress, but in congress, i know it's with the best of intentions and the best of heart. but when we start a federal program, things that will be only temporary, things that were going to be only temporary come to mind like the income tax and it was going to be small and temporary. well, the still going on -- it's still going on. it's gotten bigger. and i've read the bill.
and i want to thank the people involved, my good friend, have ultimate respect for, both chairman goodlatte and my friend, countries smith. i just couldn't have stronger feelings for people and my friend across the aisle, surprise some people, but we get along quite well. and i appreciate the care she has for people. t, though there has been provisions added, there's been, you know, changes made to try to deal with some of -- concerns that people like me have had, it's still a problem. if you look at page 21, the last page of the bill, it has this language added. voluntary participation. nothing in this act may be construed to require that a parent or guardian using a
tracking device or use of a tracking device to monitor the location of a child or adult under that parent or guardian's supervision, if the parent or guardian does not believe the use of such device is necessary. however, and frankly, i looked at making a provision like that and asking that it be in the bill. and then i realize, -- realized, waited a minute, there's back doors, there's things the attorney general could do that could satisfy the language we have for voluntary, ok, no, the parent or guardian won't have to do that ormonder to that, but we have the system in place, it's a federal system, so now we have the capability to monitor and track ople so, you know, gee, this person is a problem.
the definition of who -- of whom could have this procedure is, as we're ed told, people with alzheimer's. people with autism. people who may wander off or, in the word -- and the words are, a developmental disability. well, developmental disability, that's a severe or chronic disability of an individual 5 years or older that is attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of those. and so then we get over into the diagnostic statistic manual and we've seen the evolution of the d.s.m. through one, two, three major changes at three, four, five. personality disorders like anti-social disorder. once called sociopath or
psychopath. but there's an argument that they are a developmental disorder. and they are chronic for so many people. so, then you begin to see, well, we don't have a very ght definition of what a developmentally disabled person is and we look to the big and -- bill, and of course in trying to make this bill broader, so it would include autism and other developmental disabilities, we see it on page 2, in the section header, we want to make clear this is this isn't just alzheimer's -- this isn't just alzheimer's, so we insert the word americans, which is a little broader than alzheimer's disease patient. again, that is in the header, so it's not necessarily language, and people like me that have had to review language as a judge or a chief
justice and write opinions on what words mean, how they apply to theast these circumstances -- these circumstances, i see where this goes. we will have a federal tracking program. but the only for people -- but it's only for people with alzheimer's or autism that wander off. well, yeah, or developmental disabilities. and that is pretty far-reaching, where we go with that. but it's just for -- it's a mental health issue and it's a physical issue. because we know, and know this is what's driven my friends supporting this bill, we have had people wander off and be found dead, all of us have seen stories like that. the question is, is it the job of the federal government to and tracking program,
since it's mental disease, obviously the person that would be in charge of such a wonderful program, that would help us track people with alzheimer's, autism or other developmental disabilities, it would be the secretary of health and human services. but wait. the bill gives the authority to the attorney general of the united states. we're talking department of justice. the department of justice, and it does say a couple of places that the a.g. will get with the secretary of health and human services, and collaborate, but ultimately these decisions are the decisions of the attorney general. the attorney general will make the call. the bill specifically says that e attorney general will also basically make all the rules and regulations with regard to
this tracking system. and then it also says that the attorney general will formulate the, and i quote, in quotes, best practices. so, maybe to me or someone in this body, developmental disability would mean one thing and we do have definition in federal law, but there too it's quite broad. d i so much appreciate the insertion of the word, hyphenated word, noninvasive for the tracking device or system. ut then -- and nonpermanent. well, i notah toos are non-- i know tattoos are nonpermanent. if you go through what i understand is a pretty painful process.
i had judge friends who would order tattoos be removed. i guess you could say those were nonpermanent. when you look at definitions of what noninvasive is, and i don't find it in the bill, perhaps it's somewhere in federal law, but even then, you have the word noninvasive subject to interpretation. whose interpretation? the attorney general, the department of justice's head, to make the determination of what is noninvasive. efinition in medicine, this or some similar are often used, that noninvasive would be a process that does not violate the integrity of the mumbings uco -- mucocutaneous barriers. if you insert a chip just under e -- well, above the
subcutaneous barriers, would that be noninvasive? if you go a little bit under that, would that be noninvasive? well, there's only one way to find out. that is once the attorney general formulates the regulations and the best practices, then we find out what is actually noninvasive. and there is a procedure, and this indicates that people that prepared this bill, i'm not being sarcastic, they were really trying to figure out a way to protect an overoppressive government, you have to have a procedure of appeal. and the attorney general will help set that up. if you have a complaint, you think something is not being done properly, well, the attorney general is going to help create the rules that allow you to complain or appeal on that.
but as we have seen over and over -- oh, and by the way, i never wanted to be in a football, basketball or baseball game, and i love all those sports and played them all, i never wanted to be in a game where the referee is the one that wrote the rules for our league. because they didn't yield. and their opinion was better than the rules on the page, no matter what the page said, but the attorney general can tell us what he really meant or she really meant. i appreciate that part. but once we have a federal tracking system and it says here in the bill, it is to prevent violence or injury or even death o oneself, to the person, or injury to someone else.
now why would this be a concern today other than the fact that we have seen reports come out of the u.s. commission on civil rights, the department of meland security, who think that people who deny manmade climate change are committing basically a law against nature, they are violating a law against nature. and we see now where there are people -- you just put in your search engine religious beliefs, mental disorders and you will have all kinds of investigations come up, because there are people in this government like those in the u.s. commission on civil rights that those who claim to be christians that that phobia, not lamo
undering that a true christian is basing their truths in jesus christ who is love inkaren ate. we have government first who believe that religious are a problem. and if you are a veteran and you believe in the strict interpretation of the words on the pages of the constitution, that makes you a bigger threat. so when we're talking about terms that we have seen change over the years, we have seen the diagnose gnostic statisticic manual have massive change? why? sometimes it's because of medicine who has made great discoveries in improvements and sometimes because one has a better lobbying group than others. mr. speaker, i would humbly
submit -- and oh by the way, the other big language in here is that none of the money can be used for conferences that may cost more than $20,000 unless they do certain things. another good provision is, none of the money may be used to create a federal data base. but the money will be used for state, local, nonprofit -- i can't find something that says that we in the federal government cannot fund state and local data bases of tracking individuals that disabilities such as too religious and therefore eemed to have a develop tall disability.
anti-social personality. it's just too open and too many loopholes. the more i thought about it, the more i read the language, the more i saw the open loopholes that could result in a federal tracking system that george orwell would have been embarrassed about. and with broerly love and with appreciation for those pursuing this bill out of the best of intentions just wanting to step death and harm to oneself because you have autism or alzheimer's, i humbly submit this is a dangerous door for any government to open, a door that orwell would have warned about, people told me, well, gee, there is ink that you could use in a at that time too that could be
-- tattoo that should be tracked, to begin a program of tracking no matter whether it is state or local first that have the data base and we get looks at it or what. so i hope that the bill doesn't pass and we can work together to find ways to help those who cannot help themselves. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. the gentleman from virginia has 17 minutes remaining and the gentleman from texas has 4 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. goodlatte: i yield to the the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, for five minutes. the gentlewoman is recognized or five minutes.
ms. jackson lee: let me thank the gentleman from virginia for yielding and let me thank the sponsor of this bill and five minutes certainly will not be enough time to refute my good friend from texas, but let me start by saying to my colleagues that this bill is about saving lives. let me say it again. face quarely on its simply about saving lives. i support this bipartisan measure, because it addresses an urgent need, one of which i have had firsthand experience. as a member of the united states congress, i take great concern as we all do, with the individual lives of our constituents. i have had at least two occasions to deal with missing
adults whose families have been in pain and those adults have been missing because of alzheimer's and out of their fright, we have sought law enforcement to be of help to look for these loved ones. the bill would amend the violent crime control and law enforcement act of 199 to re-authorize and expand the missing patient program. across our nation there are millions of children who suffer from autism as well as individuals suffering from alzheimer's disease. what is the crux of this bill? a few years ago, congresswoman waters and myself introduced to the elder abuse act which expanded the patient alert program key provisions. this department of justice program supports the use of new technology to help local
communities and law enforcement officials quickly locate and identify persons with alzheimer's disease and reunite them with their families. again, mr. speaker, it is about saving lives. one in nine older americans have alzheimer's disease, six in 10 people will wander. alings i'mer's was the leading cause of death in texas alone in 2013. nearly half of children with autism engage in wandering behavior. more than one of children who wander are never able to communicate their name, address or phone number. accidental drowning accounts for approximately 90% of lethal outcomes as it relates to children with autism who wander. let me speak specifically to the
legislation before us and answer the concerns. there is no evidence in this bill that any invasive activity will occur. no chip will be put in an adult or a child who is suffering either from autism as a child, a wanderer or an adult. it clearly says that this is a collaboration between the torney general and the secretary of health and human services who will only focus on leading research advocacy and service organizations to help establish standards and best practices relating to the use of noninvasive, nonpermanent tracking technology where the guardian or parent in consultation with the individuals health care provider has determined that the tracking device is the least restrictive alternative to locate individuals. nothing will occur, to my
colleagues, to any loved one without the permission of that loved one's guardian or parent and it is only to be able to save lives. the attorney general and the secretary of health and human services will have no further input other than to make sure that whatever is utilized, noninvasive is best practices and will do know harm. what is the role of the federal government? it is to solve problems. we are attempting to come today for the loved ones all over america meet the family of an autistic child, a loving child, a loving family. they know as a talented and wonderful and beautiful child, but they have a tendency to wander. come, for example, and stand in the shoes of the family in uston, texas, during a thanksgiving season, a time of joy and family gathering, a beautiful nine-year-old boy
walked out of the house, they said he may have his ipad with him. he may have his earphones and may not have any shoes on, but don't call his name, because don't bother to chase him, because the likelihood he will run away from you. just think if there had been that acceptable tracking device that the young person -- may i get an additional minute, mr. chairman? mr. goodlatte: i yield to the gentlewoman. ms. jackson lee: i'm concerned about privacy as my good friend from texas. we have supported first when we're dealing with the issues of terrorism after 9/11, the patriot act, we came together. we were standing strong against he invasiveness to violate the
privacy of the american people. this is not this case. there are families who are suffering the loss of their loved ones whether it is an elderly person or that beautiful young child who happens to be autistic who is in a world of their own and decides to wander. i ask my colleagues to vote on this bill as a lifesaving bill that needs the love and affection of every member of congress to give love and affection to those families who are suffering and need our help. we are problem solvers. ith that, i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. goodlatte: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, the chief sponsor of the legislation, the gentleman
from new jersey is recognized. mr. smith: smith thank the chairman for his enormous efforts and his staff that they made out of an abundance of caution to allay some of the problems which i don't think were included or at risk in the bill. but by clarifying and making clear about volunteerism, the issue of noninvasive and nonpermanent which is defined in the legislation, which is an improvement. and mr. goodlatte came up with that language. the language that deals with the collection, use and retention of data is solely, let me repeat, is solely for the purpose of preventing injury or death to the patient. in the year of 2000, i co-founded, the autism caucus and alzheimer's caucus, i wrote
three laws which not only provides $1.3 billion for autism for research at c.d.c. and n.i.h. and looks at the aging-out issue. and we are not ready. law enforcement is not ready to deal with severely autistic church who when you approach them need a certain approach so they don't react violently especially if they have a sense of threat. as the distinguished chairman said, 49%, about 50% of autistic children wander. nearly 100 children since 2011 who have died, two of them are named in this bill, named after the -- the bill is named after them who drowned. a benign tracking system that is not invasive, there is no storage other than for the
prevention of injury and there is no national storage, you ask your colleagues, your local sheriffs and law enforcement about the lifesaving program. some have it, some dornt. they go out and about one half ur of an alzheimer's patient or autistic patient being lost, they find them. those who die are left unfounded in 12, 14, 24 hours and not only get hurt themselves but could hurt other people. about 6 to% of the autistic community wander at some point -- 60% of the autistic community wander at some point. this is a way of prevent injury. i say to my good friend from tsca, he's reading into -- texas, he's reading into things that are not there. one of the groups put out an alert suggesting a vote against this and hand even read the great changes in -- hadn't even
read the great changes in reforms, not reforms, but changes, clarifications, put in there by mr. goodlatte. i would hope that members would support this. this will save lives. we're not reinventing the wheel. the alzheimer's program was in effect without any parade of horribles occurring as a result. i checked with my alzheimer's patients all the time. alzheimer's association. and of course autism speaks and others are all for this. and they want this desperately, because wandering is a serious problem. we want to get our loved ones, find our loved ones, who have developmental disabilities, or have a.l.s., and make sure they get back -- alzheimer's and make sure they get back to a safe and secure environment as quickly as possible. that's all this does. i urge my colleagues to support it. i again thank the chairman. i thank mr. conyers and others. this is a bipartisan bill, senator grassley on the senate side, and chuck schumer, sponsored it on the senate
side. maxine waters, it's the left, right, middle, herb in -- everybody in between. this is about helping people who are at grave risk when they wander. and i thank the chair. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. gohmert: i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, we have no other speakers other than myself and i believe i have the right to close. i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleagues. who not bow to anyone may think they have greater love or care or commitment to people who suffer fromdy meaningsia -- from dementia or other developmental
disabilities. i've spent an awful lot of time . th people i love let me just tell you, mr. speaker. let he had finish that. -- let me finish. that the people i love. i -- finish that. the people i love. i don't know if they knew where they were. i've spent time with family and people i love who struggle with these very issues. i know there is a danger of death. here's a danger of injury. whether franklin said it or not, those who will give up a little liberty to get security deserve neither.
whoever said it. i think it was franklin. some say it wasn't. but it's true. we're told, gee, this is strictly for all those people out there that have autistic kids or people with developmental disabilities, well, nobody here's used developmental disability but me. but the truth is the reason i heard about this bill, my staff tells me, we just got a call from someone who has an autistic child and they are scared to death that the federal government is going to start a tracking program for kids with autism. and yet their provision in here, that he is it's suppose -- that it's supposed to be voluntary, but once you have the system in place, i can guarantee, i've seen programs like this get started, and when i'm a judge, and law officers come in, and say, this person's
a threat, they swear to it, the evidence is in the affidavit, then, yes, i will give them a warrant to go use whatever they say they believe will be the best way to handle the situation. once it's in place, it's going to be used by more than parents. you can count on it. and if you look at page 17, the attorney general shall determine the criteria, the attorney general shall determine the criteria for determining who should have direct access to the tracking system. and determine what's noninvasive, what's nonpermanent. the attorney general shall make sure that the tracking device access to data is restricted to law enforcement and health agencies, but whoever the attorney general determines. i'm telling you, this is opening pandora's box and as a parent said to us, we can track
our child using our own resources. and if we don't have the resources, there are charities that will help us. please don't let the government start a tracking program because people in this room could end up being on the list of people who end up having developmental disabilities. and they're a threat, as homeland security says so many of our veterans and our constitutionalists are today. s is about using resources that people have and if they don't, then let's use charitable money so that the government doesn't invade our privacy anymore than it already has, already does.
i care about injuries, i've devoted my life to punishing those who violate people's space, that harm others, that kill others. i have not backed away from that commitment. but the government's job is not to be a dictator or to be a big brother. we never do that well. and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from virginia is recognized to close. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i would say to my good friend from texas, and he is my good friend from texas, that i know that he loves people with developmental disabilities, people with alzheimer's, families that face the challenge of autism. and i know that his heart is in the right place. but i also know that we have just an honest difference of opinion about what we are doing here and the best way to save
the lives of people when they're lost. i know in my community of roanoke, virginia, that we have people both with alzheimer's and autism who wander off. sometimes families are able to provide other means of keeping them safe. sometimes they're not. but i would argue to you that a tracking device that is not federally administered, that has not -- does not have data that's stored by the federal government, that is simply a program that already exists and is simply being changed to allow it to apply to families with autistic members of the family, who want to voluntarily participate in this, is something that not only saves lives, but also creates more freedom, not more government surveillance or more government intervention in people's lives, as the gentleman's concerned about, but actually more
freedom, more freedom. so that people can move a little bit about more freely and others can know, family members can know where they are. i think that this is an important change in this law that's going to make life better for families and give them peace of mind, more freedom of movement, and the ability to find them if they do wander off, as happens so often, as happened in the case of kevin and avonte, the children for whom this legislation is named. i want to thank the gentleman from new jersey for his hard work over a long -- long period of time on. this i think the judiciary committee has done good -- on this. i think the judiciary committee has done good work on this. i want to thank the ranking member, i want to thank the gentlewoman from texas, i want to thank the staff on both sides of the aisle for their hard work to make this bill a good bill, even better, to address the concerns raised by
the gentleman from texas. again, this is voluntary, we are not starting a program, it already exists. and the authority of the attorney general in conjunction with the department of health and human services, because it's primarily a training and education program, to state and local law enforcement, so that when first responders and law enforcement personnel and so on are called to look for someone whose life is in danger -- endangered as it happens every day, unfortunately, someone in this great -- somewhere in this great country, they will have a new, good, noninvasive tool to help protect the lives of the innocent, the lives of those who don't know where they might be headed or where they might be and therefore can help families find them, help first respondersfight find them, bring them back to -- responders find them, bring them back to safety, save their
lives. that's what this bill is about. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and 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. 4919, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, -- mr. gohmert: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. gohmert: i ask 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 uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition -- seek recognition? mr. goodlatte: i move to pass h.r. 6431, the promote travel, commerce and national security act of 2016. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of
the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6431, a bill to ensure united states jurisdiction over offenses committed by united states personnel stationed in canada and furtherance of border security initiatives. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, and the gentlewoman from texas, ms. i yield myself such time as i may consume jackson lee, will each control 20 -- ms. jackson lee, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 64 31 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, today we consider on suspension h.r. 6431, the promoting travel, commerce and national security act of 2016. the bill's origins stem from an international agreement entered into between canada and the united states in march, 2015, known as the agreement on land, rail, marine and air transport preclearance. this agreement established an immigration and trade
preclearance system to strengthen economic competitiveness and national security. preclearance facilities permit travelers to pass through u.s. customs and border protection inspections at a particular foreign port prior to entering the united states. this process expedites a traveler's arrival in the u.s. while also protecting national security by preventing from entry those individuals deemed a threat. c.b.p. officers currently conduct preclearance operations at airports around the world, including various canadian airports, marine ports, and a rail station in british colombia. h.r. 6431 -- british columbia. h.r. 6431 helps forego the agreement by ensuring u.s. government person whole are stationed in canada, particularly c.b.p. preclurens officers, may be held accountable in u.s. courts if they commit a crime while performing their official duties, assuming their actions would constitute a crime if committed in the united states.
strengthening our nation's relationship with our northern neighbor is important for both our economy and national security. h.r. 6431 helps pave the way for increased cooperation with canada to spur economic growth here at home and prevent those who shouldn't be coming to the united states from arriving in the first place. i want to thank representatives kuster and stefanik for their work on this bill and i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to support the legislation, to consume such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from tsca is recognized. ms. jackson lee: -- texas is -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: thank you very much very much. i thank congresswoman kuster for her leadership on this legislation. and then to make mention of a bill just an hour or two ago that bears mentioning, that i want to take note of the
importance of its passage. and that is s. 1632, it was house bill h.r. 2726, which is now passed. a bill to require regional strategy to address the threat posed by boko haram. as i begin to discuss this bill, the issue of security is on all of our minds, certainly the tragedy of the boko haram onslaught in nigeria and the missing girls should be on our mind and this bill that i just mentioned, that was passed and supported by congressman wilson, will be a very, very important initiative, one of which i co-sponsored and will continue to work on this issue. . i rise in strong support of promoting travel, commerce and nurelt act of 2016. it would establish jurisdiction over offenses committed by federal employees in canada. in so doing, it will strengthen
our national security as well as promote the safe and efficient flow of travelers and goods between the united states and canada. one of the united states' strongest alies. it will facilitate the expansion of customs and border protection pre-clearance activities. ach day our count tries trade. annually this relationship generates in excess of $1.4 trillion in value and this partnership creates mill crons of jobs to both canadians and americans. to protect this important relationship and beyond the border agreement defend the united states and canada created a plan to enhance national security and promote efficient travel and trade. this agreement is intended to facilitate the expansion of u.s. customs and border protection pre-clearance facilities in canada which prevents from items
entering the united states before they reach the u.s. entry point. the united states as a result of this agreement saves millions of dollars in processing costs and our national security are strengthened because potential threats are stopped before they access u.s. soil. in addition to these facilities help alleviate congestion for millions of travelers and that is a very, very important aspect of this legislation along with the very strong security commitment and expansion will include rail pre-clearance facilities creating another space between each country. this bill is intended to resolve a final procedural impediment to the full expansion of the pre-clearance facilities in canada by ensuring that u.s. personnel are held accountable under u.s. law. again, i want to thank my good
kuster andgresswoman i urge my colleagues to support this and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas reserves. mr. goodlatte: it is my distinct pleasure to recognize one of the chief sponsors of this legislation, the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman from from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms stefanik: i rise in support of this. first i want to take a moment to thank my colleague for her efforts on this very important bill. the need for pre-clearance in this bill stretches across party lines and across our great nation. in my district and communities in northern new york, canada is
more than just a bordering nation. they are our neighbors, friends and largest trading partner. a city in my district has even granted itself as montreal's .s. suburban have canadian companies with our work force working for a canadian or border-related employer. i helped draft this. a necessary step to some lid file the agreement between the u.s. and canada which was reached over a year ago. this significant bipartisan legislation is great news for u.s.-canadian relations and maintains a positive working relationship with border first especially in rural regions like ours and allows facility sharing. his bill expands u.s.- pre-clearance screening.
this process will allow for an easier and accelerated trip while ensuring necessary trips for our national security. i encourage my colleagues to support this vital legislation to secure a northern border and facilitate commerce and travel between the u.s. and canada and i urge the senate to quickly send this to the president. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i yield to the distinguished gentlelady from ew hampshire for five minutes. the author of this legislation. we thank you, congresswoman kuster. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. kuster: i thank the gentlelady from texas and thank you to the chair, mr. demrat. i rise in support of my bill,
the promoting travel, commerce and national security act of 2016. in my home state of new hampshire, granite staters understand the special relationship that americans have with canada. for families in the north country and my district, many of their relatives live across the border in quebec and many of our businesses rely on cross-border trade to expand their operations. the united states and canada share the single longest international border in the world and trade over 1.8 billion every day in goods and services, supporting millions of jobs in the u.s. furthermore, approximately 380,000 people cross our border every day and can do so safely because of the close coordination between the u.s. and canadian border security first. many of these travelers save
time by utilizing pre-clearance facilities that are operated by border first at nine different canadian airports. pre-clearance has trade benefits that presents the united states and canada with a win--win opportunity. it enhances our national security efforts by detecting threats. because travelers go through customs and border inspection prior to boarding their planes, pre-clearance can intercept travelers before they reach the u.s. in fact, in 2014 alone, pre-clearance operations prevented more than 10,000 inadmissible travelers from coming to the united states, saving american taxpayers more than $20 million in detention, processing and costs.
pre-clearance boosts trade by increasing foreign investments creating new jobs and opening up high-value you tourism in the united states. pre-clearance improves the overall experience for travelers, particularly those who travel for work by reducing wait times at border crossings. because they undergo screening, they are not subjected to long lines when they arrive in the united states. to build upon the existing benefits, the united states and canada signed a new groundbreaking pre-clearance agreement in 2015 that will peave the pathway of these expansion facilities at land, rail and marine entries. this is a 21st century approach to border security. in order for the agreement to be finalized, we must pass legislation in both the united states congress and the canadian
parliament, which is what brings us to the floor today. our bipartisan legislation, h.r. 64 1 promoting travel, commerce and national security act will finalize the 2015 pre-clearance agreement by ensuring that the united states has the legal authority to fairly hold c.b.p. officials accountable if they engage in wrongdoing abroad. under the new agreement, the understand secured the rights to prosecute u.s. officials if they commit crimes on jobs while stationed in canada. our legislation gives the united states the ability to prosecute any cases of wrongdoing on our own soil and ensures that we are holding all officials accountable. i'm so proud of the bipartisan efforts to get this bill across the finish line and i want to thank my colleague for the
tireless efforts to advance this critical piece of legislation. would like to thank the 23 bipartisan co-sponsors and pass the bill before the close of the 114th congress. i ask for immediate passage of the bill. i thank the chair and the gentlelady from texas and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: we have no further speakers and once the other side yields back, we are prepared to do. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: we have no further speakers and will close. it's my pleasure to indicate what an important bill what an important bill this is because it will advance the interests of the united states and i thank the two leading co-sponsors for their collaboration and for their leadership. the gentlelady from new york,
the gentlelady from new hampshire, we thank you so much for bringing this bill forward and working so hard on it to improve the relationships and the ability for travel and commerce between canada and the united states. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill which will allow the pre-clearance facilities in canada, promote trade and travel in the united states. i also ask, madam speaker, unanimous consent to submit into the record the statement of the ranking member of the judiciary committee in support of h.r. 6431, mr. conyers. the speaker pro tempore: that request will be covered by general leave. ms. jackson lee: i ask my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the gentlelady yields back. mr. goodlatte: i yield the balance of my time just to say congratulations and good work to the the gentlewoman from new
york, the gentlewoman from new hampshire. this is a good bill and we should pass it right now. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 64 1. 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 n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. goodlatte: i move to suspend the ruse and pass s. 2854 the emmett till re-authorization act of 2016 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: an anth to re-authorize the emmett till unsolved crimes act of 2007. the speaker pro tempore:
pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte and the gentleman from michigan, mr. conyers each will control 20 minutes. mr. goodlatte: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on s. 2854 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. goodlatte: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: this bill will continue to investigate the crimes and terror inflicted on so many involved on the civil rights movement. this bill will right those past wrongs and help to find justice for the families who lost loved ones in the civil rights effort. specifically, this bill re-authorizes and updates the crimes act that was passed 10 years ago. in response to concerns that victims' families and those working in this area have had
about the organization implementation. it strengthens the collaboration between the f.b.i. and local enforcement to make sure that the goals of this legislation are met and providing clearer direction and improved coordination between the relevant stakeholders. this bill will ensure that these crimes will be solved and loved ones will be able to find justice. this legislation addresses some of the concerns with the senate-passed language by making sure that the bill is fully offset and a sunset provision is included and providing clarity between various stakeholders. i thank ranking member conyers and mr. lewis, civil rights leaders and i cons on these issues for working with senator burr and other stakeholders to reach agreement on this bill and their tireless work on the
underlying legislation. it is important that the federal government investigates and prosecutors these crimes to the greatest extent possible and this important legislation will give the department of justice the ability and the direction to do just that. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. . mr. conyers: madam speaker, in june of 2007 this body passed and the president subsequently signed the emmitt till unsolved civil rights crimes acts. since that time, the department of justice and cold case advocates have reviewed hundreds of cases in the search for justice and a sense of closure for the families of those who fell victim to racial