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desaulnier, thank you for your time this morning. congress is coming in early this morning to finish up their work on a continuing resolution to fund the government through april of 2017. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] spoke the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. dear god, we give you thanks for giving us another day. bless the members of the people's house as they anticipate returning to their home districts. once they return home may they fiend rest and renewal during their time with family and friends. bless our nation as the holy days of the religious traditions for so many of our
citizens approach. and as the year comes to a close. help us to look to the future with hope, committed to a renewed effort to work together as citizens of a united america. help us all to be truly grateful for the blessings of his past year. as always we pray whatever is done 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 approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> pursuant to clause 1, rule 1, i ask for a vote agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker pro tempore: the question son agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the journal stands approved, the identifies have 2. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition?
>> i abob to the to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a quorum. the speaker: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. gabbard. ms. gabbard: 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. spike the chair will entertain up to five requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize joanne of lake orron. she's dedicated her life to self-less acts and being recognized as 2016 citizen of the year. she has been a champion in the community by always supporting local events and important
causes. she's active with many agencies, including the north oakland county coalition and downtown development authority. among her many charitable acts she's organized fundraising events to help those in need and clean up the road ways -- roadways to ensure our community stays beautiful. as a supervisor for 13 years, she's dedicated countless hours to improve the community. her again rossity has touched the lives of many and her efforts will have a profound impact in the generations to come. thank you to joanne for making the community a great place to live, work, and raise a fea. your generous contributions have not gone unnoticed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? without objection. mr. defazio: today i'm introducing legislation to drain the swamp act. my bill would make violations of president-elect trump's recently announced revolving door lobby ban punishable by
law. he'll bar political appointees from lobbying for five years after serving in the administration and permanently from lobbying for foreign government. unfortunately, his proposal lacks any enforcement mechanism. i want this to be more than a press release. i want help him in this effort. why is our trade policy so bad? because those people work for industry and come back and work for the government and go work for industry and promote their own interest. that goes on in many agencies. this would be a good thing for america. so i would extend the existing penalties which apply to few people over a short period of time with bents up to $50,000 and one year in jail to cover all of the 3,648 executive appointees. i'm introducing it today knowing it's the end of the congress, but aim going to provide it to the trump transition team in the hope that they will endorse this bill which while introduced on the first day of the next
congress and hope to have president-elect trump's support -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection. >> mr. speaker, i am proud to represent several texas colleges and universities in my texas 25th congressional district. but it is austin's first institution of higher education that i would like to speak on today. houston tillison university is referred to by many as the jewel of the east austin community. i have had the pleasure of meeting the president. she's the only second female president in the institution's rich history. i can tell you she is an experienced leader who has committed to the success of her students. the college was chartered by the state of texas in 1952 and was renamed to houston tillis university in 2005. mr. williams: it's name arised
from samuel houston college t focuses on liberal arts. associate in masters degrees in addition to bachelor of arts and science degrees in more than 19 areas of study. i would like to thank the president, faculty, and administration for their devotion to higher education. i expect they will keep up the good work for many years to follow. in god we trust. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cicilline: i rise today in recognition of airborne first class irvin monroe, veteran of the united states air force from my district from rhode island. on june 1, 1951, just a few days shy of his 20th birthday, he went missing in action after his aircraft was shot down over north korea. he was a devoted son and father and our nation will never be able to fully repay his family for their loss. she was finally laid to rest at arlington national cementtary
on october 13, 2016, in a ceremony attended by those closest to hifment his family, which has accumulated more than 100 years of total military service, over two generations, truly understands the meaning of service to our country. americans are fortunate to live in a free and safe country because of the extraordinary sacrifices of those who have served in our armed forces. we owe all who serve in their families our genuine gratitude and deep respect. on behalf of a grateful nation i want to sincerely thank the monroe family for their service. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, it was 16 years ago when i was embarking on a run for north carolina commissioner of agriculture that my udgele told me there was a man i needed to meet. that man was james h. langdon, who we all call j.h. today i rise to honor his service in the north carolina house which will soon officially come to a close.
a former ag education teacher, j.h. has served six terms in the north carolina house and has either taught or represented practically every citizen in johnston county and beyond. as chairman of the house agriculture committee, j.h. has been a tireless advocate for agriculture and our farm families. mr. rouzer: i know of no one who talks less but does more. which i attribute to his great and abiding love for and faith in our creator. j.h.'s legacy will be felt across the state of north carolina for generations to come. on behalf of the citizens of johnston county and the countless individuals he has touched, i wish him and his wife much happiness as they continue their wonderful journey together. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection. >> mr. speaker, those who have truly born the cost of wars we have waged since 9/11 have been the men and women who wear the
uniform and their families. mr. o'rourke: fewer than 1% of the people in this country. for the rest of us we deferred our obligations and our payments to future generations. harvard's linda domes estimates the wars we're waging since 9/11 will cost this country nearly $1 trillion in health care costs and support costs for the veterans who have fought those wars. that's why i'm asking my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to join me in sponsoring the veterans' health care trust fund act which would create a surtax on each and every american who has not served to ensure we pay for our wars as we wage them and have the resources to take care of the veterans who fight them. it's going to ensure transparency in the cost of these wars, going to ensure everyone bears their fair share of the burden and it's going to ensure we have the resources to always take care of our veterans. mr. speaker, i ask that everyone join me in this important effort. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition?
>> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, on one of the last days to be able to come and address the house before the end of this congress, i wanted to take this opportunity to thank the people that work here in the house. mr. dold: we here up here talk about our constituents back at home and congresses will come and go, but it's the staff here that make this institution run. i want to thank them for their great work and frankly there is far too few of us that actually recognize the work that happens. from the folks down in the wood shop to the people that are working behind the rostrum to our capitol police officers to father conroy who keeps us on the straight and narrow, we thank you for your service. but i do want to take this opportunity as we are about to embark on the holidays to thank them for the great work that they do for each and every one of us for our nation because they are the ones that truly keep this institution running and make sure we have a sense of history and this august body is one that will be represented
well for years and hopefully centuries to come. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to call upon this body to protect our national security by ensuring the billions we spend in the pentagon are well spent. where currently we're embarking on enacting a c.r. that is inadequate for education, health care, economic, and job development. it contains a bloated defense department with even more money despite documentation of $125 billion in waste and inefficiencies that their own investigation showed. mr. schrader: this does not relate to our service men and women that do the great job for our country protecting freedom around the world. this is money that we could use to fund all the war spending and drive down the costs of the
pentagon and department of defense almost 20%, without affecting existing programs. i think we need to declassify this study, the department of defense study, and use that money for the taxpayers to drive down our debt and deficit, make this country great again. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, this year marks 25 years of kjil in great plains christian radio in kansas providing christian music, weather, sports, news, and inspiration to farmers, ranchers, businesses, and into the homes and vehicles of thousands of kansas families. the process of going from dream to reality took nearly 10 years. but within 24 hours after completing their transmission tower, kjil took to the air on september 5, 1992, and 99.1 f.m. mr. hulets camp: in 2001, they
added -- mr. huelskamp: in 2001, they added another station. since then they have one of god's faithfulness and provision which served as a small dream for a rural county, in my home county of southwest an cass now includes 40 translators, including the neighboring states of oklahoma, texas, and colorado. nearly my entire congressional district receives radio signals from crate -- great plains christian radio. not only have they served us faithfully for 25 years they have done so with excellence. the kansas association of broadcasters have awarded them family focus station of the year. this requires the recognition of the people who made it happen such as don hughes, jim fair child, and my good friend, michael, who is currently the c.e.o. and g.m. i sincerely hope and pray that kjil will have service for another 25 years.
with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii seek recognition? without objection. ms. gabbard: mr. speaker, under u.s. law, it is illegal for you or me or any american to provide any type of assistance to al qaeda, isis, or other terrorist groups. if we broke this law, we would be thrown in jail. yet the u.s. government's been violating this law for years. directly and indirectly supporting allies and partners of groups like al qaeda and isis. with money, weapons, intelligence, and other support in their fight to overthrow the syrian government. a recent "new york times" article confirmed that rebel groups supported by the u.s., quote, have entered into battlefield alliances with the affiliate of al qaeda and syria formerly known as onestra. rebel groups are quote doubling down on their alliance with al qaeda. this alliance has rend derd the phrase moderate rebels meaningless. we must stop this madness.
we must stop arming terrorists. i'm introducing the stop arming terrorist act today to prohibit taxpayer dollars from being used to support terrorists. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> by direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 949 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. temperature -- the speaker pro tempore: would the gentleman clarify which esolution number?
mr. woodall: mr. speaker, the rule we passed out of the rules committee, 949. the clerk: house calendar number 164, house resolution 949, resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to take from the speaker's table the bill h.r. 2028, making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2016, and for other purposes with the senate amendment thereto and to consider in the house without intervention of point of order a motion offered by the chair of the committee on appropriations or his designees that the house concur in the senate amendment with an amendment consisting of the text of rules committee print 114-70 modified by the amendment printed in the report of the committee on rules ccompanying this resolution. the senate amendment and the
motion shall be considered as read. the motion shall be debatable for one hour equally divide and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without intervening motion. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in rder to consider the -- in the house the bill senate 612, to designate the federal building and the united states courthouse located at 1300 viktoria street in laredo, texas, as the george p. kazen federal building and united states courthouse. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 114-69 shall be considered as adopted. the bill as amended shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions of the bill as amended are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any
further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided among and controlled by the respective chairs and ranking minority members of the committees on energy and commerce, natural resources and transportation and infrastructure and, two, one motion to recommit with or without instructions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one hour. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and i yield the customary 30 minutes to the ranking member on the rules committee, ms. slaughter of new york. pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, when you ask me to clarify the number of the -- the resolution, i'm reminded of my mother when she used to ask me if i wanted to take out the trash. she was suggesting very politely it was my responsibility to get out of my chair and get out there and take out that trash. i think about all the folks that invest themselves in our
success here when you give me a chance to clarify, candidly, i'm surprised i need to, because i'm surrounded by a team excellence that has to happen. i should have spoken it right back to you. we have two bills today, mr. speaker, that are the result of a whole lot of mothers, whole lot of staffers, a whole lot of constituents asking the members of congress if they'd like to take out the trash. telling folks they have a responsibility that needs to be handled. now, this rule makes in order two bills. it's s. 612, which is the water infrastructure improvements for the nation act. that's what they call it on the senate side. on our side it's the water resources development act, the wrda bill, a bill that authorizes projects one by one considered by the u.s. house of representatives, not led by the agencies but led by the people's house and directed to the agencies for accomplishment. the second bill is house resolution 2028, it's the
continuing resolutions bill for f.y. 2017 funding, mr. speaker. i don't need to tell you. you know the appropriations but this year for the first time since the seventh people of district entrusted me with a voting card, we passed an appropriations bill on time. we did it for our veterans. it was signed by the president of the united states before the end of the fiscal year. we took a step at getting back towards regular order, a commitment we have all made to one another, and a commitment that this funding bill will bring to fruition. it's not what any of us would have wanted on day one. it's not how we would have completed this process if we had more time, but it's the proper way to make sure that certainty, rather than uncertainty, governs this land. i got my colleague from the rules committee and the appropriations committee, mr. cole from oklahoma, here with
me, mr. speaker. so i won't belabor that side of the issue, but what i do want to talk about, mr. speaker, is something i know well and that's the wrda bill. the wrda bill, mr. speaker, this water infrastructure improvements for the nation act, came out of the transportation committee on which i have the great privilege to serve. the transportation committee, mr. speaker, it's one of those rare committees you don't read about on cnn's website. you don't see it on fox news or msnbc. on the transportation committee, we get together, republicans and democrats, and we talk it out. we talk it out because it turns out if what you're interested in as citizens of florida and the ever gallons dls glades and port everglades and the restoration -- everglades and port everglades and the restoration issues, that's not a florida issue, that's an american issue. if you're interested in dredging the port in charleston and making that a world-class shipping opportunity, that's
not just a south carolina issue, that's an american issue. if you're like my friends all across this country, mr. speaker, from new hampshire to california to texas, to colorado, you have projects that are vitally important, not just to your constituency, but to the economy of the united states of america and that's what we do on the transportation committee. the transportation committee is a success if we can help you get to work a little bit faster. we are a success if we can get your kids to that soccer game just a little bit faster, but we are committed to moving freight, goods, services produced by american hands with american labor to their destinations, not just across this land but across this planet and that's what the wrda bill, controlling those ports and waterways through which so much commerce moves, controls.
mr. speaker, i talked about regular order a little bit earlier. i have to brag, if i can, here what may be our last day, last day together. the chairman of the transportation committee, his name is bill shuster, he comes out of the great state of pennsylvania, when he took over the transportation committee he said these projects are so important, this bipartisan commitment to the american economy is so important i'm not going to let it get delayed. i confess that we're here on the last day of perhaps of our time together. it looked for a while we might not be able to move this through, but our chairman, through the power of persuasion, fought day in and day out, not for one year but for two years to ensure we can build on the success which was the wrda bill in 2014 and bring yet another wrda bill in 2016. and i will say to my friends, if you did not get everything you want, i promise you, as our friend kevin mccarthy from california likes to say, you needed everything you got even if you didn't get everything you needed.
we're going to do this again. that's what's so great about regular order here, mr. speaker. when there's only one train leaving the station, we can't work together on issues. we got to jam it all in there. we got to pack everything in because we only got one chance to serve the people who elected us. but when we get back to regular order, when we know there's another bill coming tomorrow and another bill coming the next day and another bill coming the next day, it gives us the opportunities to achieve these things one small step at a time. if your constituents are like mine, mr. speaker, they didn't send me to yank the pendulum here from left to right, they sent me here to make that progress one day at a time. the wrda bill exemplifies the very best of us in that way it represents small steps in almost every jurisdiction in this institution to grow the american economy, to serve our constituents back home to make sure that the american taxpayer is getting a dollar's worth of of out of a dollar out
their taxpayer. if you can't tell, i am tremendously proud of the work that's gone into this bill. my great hope is my colleagues will support this rule so we can move on to support that underlying legislation later on this morning. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: good morning, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise this morning to present my opposing view. i thank my colleague for yielding me the usual time. if i can find my glasses i will get right at it. mr. speaker, the new fiscal year began more than two months ago. but here we are again considering another continuing resolution hours ahead of a midnight friday deadline to fund the federal government. make no mistake, we are here today up against the threat of another shutdown because the majority's inability to do the most basic job of funding the government.
it's a shame that we have once again resorted to short-term measures instead of passing long-term appropriations bills. in fact, the last time that congress enacted all 12 regular appropriations bills on time was 1994. as a result, the chamber continues lurching from crisis to crisis, and this is the same type of leadership that brought our nation years of political brinksmanship, including fiscal cliffs, near defaults on our national debt and a government shutdown as recently as 2013, which experts from standard & poor's estimates has taken $24 billion out of our economy. and for what, mr. speaker? so that politics can be played with government spending and to try to negotiate a more conservative partisan appropriations package? with the trump administration and the congress under one party rule.
it is especially troubling that the majority has taken the step of including a provision in this spending bill to change the congressional rules to hasten the confirmation of president-elect donald trump's nominee to secretary of defense , retired general james mattis. it should not be in this bill, mr. speaker. it was stuck in here to expedite that movement. the law clearly states that a defense secretary must be out of uniform for seven years to qualify for a waiver. and certainly that was not done capriciously. it was done so we can keep civilian control of the military, which is one of the pillars of our democracy. now, i join with my colleagues in respecting general mattis' lifetime of service and his dedication to our nation, but at the same time the civilian leadership has been a cornerstone, and to risk losing it loses a very precious and important tenant of democracy
that states that the united states military must be under civilian control. that's no small thing, mr. speaker, but it will be done here with a single vote. i am pleased to see, however, the package includes $00 million in grant funding to -- $100 million in grant funding to flint, michigan, to address the ongoing water crisis that's forced residents to drink and bathe poison water for years. mr. speaker, i'm painfully aware -- excuse me -- of the life-long impacts that children will be forced to live with as a result of toxic metal in their water. the neurodevelopmental damage will be staggering. in addition to the impacts, including hypertension, anemia. we do know we have to protect the water we have, mr. speaker, because we don't manufacture it. the resolution before us today would also bring up the water infrastructure improvements of the nation act, and i join my colleague from georgia in
saying how important this bill is. and we are happy that those of us who live by the great lakes that the great lakes restoration money is there which will help remediate 20% of the world's fresh water contained in those five lakes. it would also increase funding for dredging small harbors like the port of rochester, which ships and receives an average of 95,000 tons of material each year. and commodities that pass through this port generate more than $6 million in local salaries in my district each year. but sadly, mr. speaker, the majority stripped important language from it, including the , american provisions because they have been there for years. when asked why it wasn't there we didn't get a straight answer ut the buy american products
-- to use steel made here in america, and it's especially disappointing since president-elect donald trump built several of his hotels with chinese-made steel despite pledging to, quote, make america great again, end quote. the majority also removed a provision that would allow us to utilize funds to improve the ports and harbor liability that sit idle in u.s. treasury. . the c.r. does not extend a provision from all the past years omnibus bills that exempts returning foreign workers from the h-2-b visa. i don't know any issue that's created more consternation in my office. i've had almost 100 calls from all over the country saying they are dependent on it and our colleague, congressman long from missouri, said it was critical to get this in.
we were unable to do that. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, at this time it's my great pleasure to yield five minutes to a member both of the rules committee and the subcommittee chairman on the appropriations committee, the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. coal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for five minutes. mr. cole: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my good friend for being so generous in yielding me the time. i rise in support of both the rule and the underlying legislation. i want to begin my chairing my friend from georgia's enthusiasm about the wrda bill. i think this was an absolutely masterful piece of work by three chairmen. obviously primarily chairman shuster is the architect. but also working with him on several important indians issues, chairman bishop from natural resources and the flint issue in particular, chairman upton from energy and commerce. and i share my friends' belief that these projects have been worked through in a bipartisan way and many, many good things literally in every part of the country will take place. our friend on the other side of
the aisle were very cooperative in that as well. this is usually a bipartisan effort. it certainly was in this case. i'm very pleased about flint. there was a failure at every level of government, federal, state, and local and i'm glad that the congress is following up on the commitment of the speaker and our good friend from michigan, mr. kildee, who have been the leader, obviously, in this and doing the right thing there. the water projects themselves touch almost every district in the contry, certainly every state in the contry. i want to particularly -- country. i want to particularly point out the indian provisions in here which often get overlooked. we did some really important things working with mr. bishop and mr. shuster in common. we settled a number of really important individual indian water cases. i think a case, for instance, which i know my friend is family with, has been around for many years. we also changed the definitions in law so indian tribes can now compete for water projects and water funding, particularly in
some of the areas, again my friend, the speaker, has seen some of the shortages in infrastructure as we traveled the reservations around the country together. putting these people in the position to make sure they have access to funds to deal with water is important. finally from my own state, extremely important, no cost to the federal government, the chickasaw, the choctaws, the city of city, the state of oklahoma negotiated a water settlement arrangement inside of oklahoma for the appropriate distribution of water. that requires federal approval because there's a trust responsibility. we got the deal done, frankly, relatively late this year and we got tremendous cooperation in congress and on the senate, certainly jim inhofe played a great role over there, to get that memorialized and done in a expeditious fashion. we're very grateful on that. when it comes to the c.r., i certainly support the c.r. i certainly appreciate very much the work that chairman
rogers and ranking member lowey did to adjust as much as possible the short-term funding measure to try and deal with what we call around here anomalies and try to get the money where it's supposed to go. but -- there are many good things in this short-term funding bill through april 28, my birthday, so perhaps this will work out in the end, of course it's also saddam hussein's birthday, that doesn't always work out too well. but at the end of the day we ought to look at this process and i find myself in agreement with my good friend from new york in many of the things that she had to say. we should be negotiating an omnibus bill. we have the time to do t we were told when we passed the short-term c.r. in late september that that's what we would do in this time frame. and i can assure you, because they did it last year, chairman rogers and ranking member lowey, could do it again this year. we're pretty close on all the issues. and it is a mistake, in my
view, to push this into next year. next year we'll have to write the f-18 budget and do the appropriations while we're simultaneously doing this. and the temptation will be very great to just do another c.r. and pass this on. while all this seems like budget double talk to the average american, the reality is we have passed a lot of good legislation this year, but the funding isn't matched up with the legislation that we passed. and that's because we're relying on a continuing resolution as opposed to doing the real hard work of appropriations. last year when we did that, by the way, it provided us budget stability this year, got us out of a lot of fights, guess what? you end up with cures, wrda, a national defense authorization is done. because we have done the appropriate things. the appropriations committee, i'm wick to add, has done its work. all 12 bills that fund the federal government passed out of appropriations. five of them across this floor. some of the most contentious,
like interior, our problem partly is our friends in the senate who blocked up the deal. but we could have still finished an omnibus bill this year. i support this. i don't think we made a wise decision in the manner in which we're proceeding, but certainly we don't want to shut down the government. i just want to serve notice to my friends that made the decision, i'm going to hold your feet to the fire so that in april we do what we said we were going to do and we go back to regular order. with that, mr. speaker, urging the passage of the rule and underlying legislation, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. matsui. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for three minutes. ms. matsui: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my colleague for yielding me time. i rise today to address my concerns regarding wrda. my home district of sacramento is the most at-risk major american city for flooding. and with the damaging effects of our changing climate, that
risk is not going away. we sit at the confluence of two great rivers. making flood control absolutely essential for the safety of my constituents. that's why i work diligently for years to ensure we're making the investments we need to protect our region. but our levees are aging which is why i have worked so strongly and fought for the inclusion of two projects in this bill. the american river common features and west sacramento project. combined, these projects will result in almost $3 billion worth of lifesaving investments in my region. this isn't just about protecting a few buildings. the area that these projects support protects upwards of 400,000 people. includes four major highway systems. an international airport. the state capital. and a major water and electric grid. this is about protecting the future of my beloved city of
sacramento. which is why i am so disappointed that wrda has become a vehicle for a poison pill. the drought language that was airdropped into this bill at the last minute pits one region of california against another. it will be detrimental to northern california's economy and environment. and i'm concerned about the impact on our region's water supply. i share my colleagues' concerns about the drought. but we need to work together on a solution that takes the well-being of every part of our state into account. it is extremely unfortunate that wrda is being used as a vehicle for legislation that we should consider as a stand alone bill, especially given the careful bipartisan work that our colleagues have put into this legislative package. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: i thank my friend from california for her comments. she's absolutely right. i talk so much about the economics of wrda. she talked about the truly lifesaving aspects of wrda. we're talking about flood control. so many of these projects. she mentioned the west sacramento project in california, just going through california alone, mr. speaker, the american river common features project, the san diego county storm risk reduction project, the south san francisco bay shoreline project, the los angeles river project all being worked through and approved, mr. speaker. these projects are not just going to put people to work, these projects are going to make people safer. i thank my colleague for recognizing that and helping to celebrate that with me. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from snoveraget ms. slaughter: -- from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, if we can defeat the previous question this morning i offer an amendment to the rule to bring up legislation that would setaside excess funds from the abandoned mine land fun for the
miners health benefits and pension plans. mr. speaker, we must do everything we can to protect the benefits our hardworking miners have earned throughout the years. and i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of the amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. slaughter: i am pleased to yield five minutes to the distinguished gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. cartwright, on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for five minutes. mr. cartwright: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to the gentlelady from new york. mr. speaker, 70 years ago united mine workers president, john l. lewis, a lifetime republican, crossed party lines to work with president roosevelt and his administration to make a deal ending a nationwide coal strike. and the deal ended up promising health and pension benefits for miners in this country in exchange for their lifetime of hard work. the promise that the federal
government has kept since then, every year, no matter who the president, no matter who is in control of the congress, it's a promise that our nation has kept every single year for 70 years. mr. speaker, that's about to change. right now 22,500 coal miners in west virginia, in ohio, in my own home state of pennsylvania, and across coal country had facing a complete loss of their health and pension benefits during 2017. that breaks a long-time promise between the coal industry, its workers, and the federal government. the continuing resolution before us purports to fix this problem by ensuring that 16,300 miners who would lose their health care on december 31st are taken care of. however, this is only a short-term band-aid four-month patch for health care which leaves miners worse off in april than they are today.
most importantly, this c.r. does absolutely nothing to solve the pension problem. this in return for a lifetime of hard and dangerous work. there are actual long-term solutions available that this body should be considering. the miners protection act would fix both the health care and pensions for miners permanently. and i repeat it fixes the problems permanently. mr. speaker, there is absolutely no reason for the short-term patch the majority is proposing here today. miners across pennsylvania have risked their health and safety to secure a better life for their families. they dedicated their careers to ensuring that u.s. factories have the energy to continue to work. and our homes, schools, and workplaces can keep their lights on. this country became a great country on the backs of hardworking coal miners. we should not be turning their backs -- our backs on them now.
mr. speaker, the great american lawyer, clarence dario, came to scranton in the midst of one of these coal strikes and got to know the coal miners. here's what he said, these are men who toil while other men grow rich, men who go down into the earth and face greater dangers than men who go out upon the sea or out upon the land in battle. men who have little to hope for, little to think of, accepting work -- exseptembering work. these are men, men like many others who in the midst of sorrow, trey vail, and severe and cruel crisis demean themselves and nobly as bravely as loyally as any body of men whoever lived and suffered and died for the benefit of the generations that are yet to come. darrow was right, mr. speaker, we need to protect the health care and pensions of our miners and create new jobs throughout our coal regions. the commonsense bipartisan
miners protection act would give miners across pennsylvania and the rest of coal country the peace of mind of knowing that the retirements they worked all their lives for are secure. mr. speaker, we cannot continue to fix our heart zahn spending issues at the -- partisan spending issues at the expense of the american worker. we have to keep the promises we made to our hardworking men and women. that's why i urge my colleagues to do just that and agree to this motion and defeat the previous question so that we can bring up and include important legislation to protect our coal miners' pensions and health care. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the democrat leader, the gentlewoman from california, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for one minute. ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. speaker.
i thank the gentlelady for yielding. and for her period of service on the rules committee. mr. speaker, across america today hardworking people and seniors find that their retirement security is under threat and in doubt. congress has the responsibility to threaten and strengthen america's retirement -- to strengthen america's retirement security and we dishonor that responsibility with the half measure for coal miners in the c.r. today. i command congressman cartwright. he knows full well the contribution that the coal miners made to our economy. he knows the stress that they are under from what is happening now and how this is exacerbated by the continuing resolution. 22,500 coal miners in pennsylvania, west virginia, ohio and across coal country are facing a complete loss of their health and pension
benefits in 2017. however, the continuing resolution offers these men and women only a short term. senator manchin in the senate is making the pitch -- has been making the pitch and many of us have joined him that these health and pension benefits should be in our legislation at least for five years, preferable in perpetuity. what the c.r. says not in five years, not in person true. for four months. for four months and only health benefits, completely ignoring the pension part of it. coal miners are on the hill today to make their case to tell their personal stories about how this has affected them. after a lifetime of service and in a culture built around that industry, they trusted that their pension and their health benefits would be there, but their companies went bankrupt. think of this, my colleagues, if you -- anyone in your
family, any of your constituents were working a lifetime in a company, in an industry and that company went bankrupt and the answer to you is, tough luck. we went bankrupt, your pension went down the drain. it's absolutely criminal. it's absolutely criminal. so -- and the c.r. offers the short term, as i said, four months patch for health care and leaves the miners worse off than they are now. thank you, senator manchin, for taking the lead in such a forceful way. thank you, matt cartwright, for leading us here to hope we can defeat this rule, i urge my republican colleagues who are from coal country, pennsylvania, ohio, west virginia and and coal country goes beyond. virginia is one of the biggest coal-producing states. you might not realize that. the c.r. does nothing, does nothing to solve the critical
pension problem that threatens the future of these miners and their family. with our previous question, democrats, led by congressman cartwright, are calling on republicans to do better. we should be voting on commonsense bipartisan legs that will give miners in coal country the piece of mind knowing their retirement that they worked on all their lives are secure. mr. mckinley of west virginia, republican, has led the way with the miners protection act. it's a bipartisan bill. has 87 co-sponsors. and we would like to defeat this rule so that we can bring up mr. mckinley's miner protection act. the bipartisan bill would transfer funds in excess of the amounts needed to meet existing legislation under the abandoned land mine fund under the pension plan to prevent its unsolvency. the funds are there.
they just need to be transferred. mr. mckinley's bill does that. makes certain retirees who lose health benefits following the bankruptcy or insolvency of his or her employee eligible for benefits. as these families head to the holiday season, we must ensure they can celebrate knowing that the health and pension benefits they earned, they've earned will always be there for them. i was dispinted in the c.r. we did not have an extender for some renewable initiatives -- renewable alternatives, but we were told by the speaker's office that our guys are fossil fuel guys. they are not interested in the renewable. ok. i respect that. if you're fossil fuel guys, why aren't you looking out for the fossil fuel people who worked under dangerous circumstances for their lives going in unsafe
situations breathing air that has created problems for their alth and now the companies have declared bankruptcy or insolvency? tough luck for the workers. mr. mccolinly knows that's not right. that's why he introduced the bill. mr. -- mr. mckinley knows that's not right. that's why he introduced the bill. mr. cartwright knows that's not right. that's why he co-sponsored the bill. they need to do justice to them for the service they have provided, for the benefits, pension and health-wise, that they are entitled to. so we'll see what the commitment is of the republicans in congress to the fossil fuel guys and gals. we'll see on their vote here today. vote no on the bill so we can vote yes on the mckinley miners yield now act, and i
the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. wooledwood mr. speaker, i'm quoting from "the washington post." it says the united mine workers retirement and health fund supports 20,000 miners and their families nationwide but the account balances have rapidly declined as coal ompanies shed filing bankruptcy. mr. speaker, this is not unique to coal country. bankruptcy is not unique to coal country. what's unique about the bankruptcy in coal country is that institutions like this helped to drive it a long. mr. speaker, -- drive it along. mr. speaker, what you haven't heard in this absolutely the breaking tale is
government's complicit through shedding of dues paying workers and driving companies into the bankruptcy that the coal coming out of the ground in america today is being brought out of the ground by companies that are being forced into bankruptcy today but that this continuing resolution while a partial fix is a 100% fix for the duration of the continuing resolution. my friend, mr. cartwright from pennsylvania, is my friend, and what he says when he's talking passionately about the lives and what we can do to make a difference in the lives of retired miners, he says with 100% heart-felt sincerity and i'm grateful to him for that. and my friend, mr. mckinley, whose legislation is the subject of this motion, believes in these people, believes in commitment to promises like no one else in this institution and i'm proud to call him a friend as well. mr. speaker, there is absolutely no question in my mind that we have a shared
commitment, shared values and we will find a shared solution. i'm reminded that the last time i found myself in this situation, friend of mine from michigan was standing right over there at that podium. he, too, had a motion that if we defeated the previous question he would offer to help the people of flint, and i stood here at this microphone and said to my friend that he had a shared concern, that he had a concern that was on the hearts of all of us in this institution and that we would come back and address his concern though the forum was not this one today. with no sense of irony at all, mr. speaker, i tell you this underlying bill has those dollars for flint in it today, that the authorization for those projects are in the underlying bill today and so i say to my friend from pennsylvania as i said to my friend from michigan, this is absolutely a shared concern. i am frustrated about how we got here and i believe we're going to disagree about where
blame lies in how we got here, how we fix it, however, is not dependent on who's to blame for getting here. how we fix it is dependent on our shared commitment goating to done. this is not the bill for that long-term fix. we have not had those long-term conversations, mr. speaker, but we do have a 100% commitment for the duration of the continuing resolution to make sure those health care benefits continue. and i'm proud that we in a bipartisan, bicameral way found those dollars to do that right thing. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for three minutes. let me thank e: the gentlelady from new york for her leadership, continued leadership and let me also acknowledge my support of her
stance on the previous question and the eloquence of mr. cartwright on a very, very important issue. i rise to be part of that. let me also join my good friend, mr. cole, who said that the appropriators did their work. the american people need to know that. that is regular order, that the appropriation bills should have come forward and the needs of the american people through their representatives in the people's house should have been addressed. that is not the case, mr. speaker. and so i rise with deep concern . one, as a neighbor to louisianas of which i know that funds are -- louisiana of which i know funds are being ell indicated but i realize the devastation there. but also as a representative -- unds are being allocated but i realize the devastation there. but also as a representative of houston, we need continued relief from flooding and, of course, the additional amendment that i had passed in the energy and water
appropriations to finally do a study of houston's bayous. i'm not going to give up on that. now, there is money here in a short-term basis for the army corps of engineers community development block grant, c.r., the $1 billion for the federal highways administration, but we don't know whether these moneys will in fact be able to solve the problems that we have. and so regular order would have been appropriate. i know that the senate asked for $240 million-plus for flint, a place where i traveled to more than one time. from our good friend michigan, congressman kildee, has laid himself on the line for those people. there's $100 million here. they need $200 million plus now, now. this bill goes into april of 2017, and frankly i would argue that there are emergency instance where is we need the full funding and that's what's wrong with this c.r. it is a compromise to go down even worse in april.
that is my fear. it is a compromise to undermine employees of the federal government in april. who knows what will be on the horizon. so this is not the response that we need for the american people. this is not regular order. this is not full funding. this is not allowing for amendments. and then let me say this, mr. speaker. the last time we provided a waiver for a general, i think everybody can read their history books and they know who general george c. marshall was in 1950. we have not done that now for 66 years. where is the oversight of congress? as a member of the judiciary committee, to be able to implement a waiver willy-nilly in the c.r., no hearings, no legislation, no understanding, there is a definitive core in the american psyche, in the onstitutional premise of a civil-military relationship
seconds e is a -- 30 or a minute. ms. slaughter: i yield 30 seconds. ms. jackson lee: to be able to defend the nation we have, the military. they are excellent. i am sure mad dog mattis is excellent. but a waiver? is this going to be the administration of waivers? we already heard from the top democrat in the senate changing the rules governing nominations he opposes. we know that changing the rules in a c.r. we should oppose. this is not regular order, regular legislation. this is a continuing resolution. the american people, let me tell you what is happening. they are trying to ease under the door a process of eliminating the basic principle of separating the fact that you are in the military and you must have a separate period of time before you come into civilian leadership. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. jackson lee: this is a bad process, a bad bill. let's not fool the american people. this is wrong. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i say to my friend from new york that i don't have any speakers remaining and i'm prepared to close if she is. ms. slaughter: yes, i have one further speakers. mr. woodall: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york. ms. slaughter: i yield to the gentlelady from florida, ms. frankel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. frankel: i stand here to support the water infrastructure improvement act for the nation, also known as wiin, because this legislation is a big win for my home state of florida. and we have two projects in there i'd like to talk about. the restoration of our everglades and actually the expansion of port everglades, which is a different project. our everglades is the crown jewel of florida. we also call it the river of grass. it is the home to an extraordinary natural habitat
which attracts thousands and thousands of visitors every year, but more important, it is where we store and clean the water for seven million floridians each year. d within wiin, central everglades planning project, which will continue the promise of this congress to restore the natural flow of our river of grass that was interrupted years ago by federal agencies. also in this winning legislation is the expansion of port everglades, one of florida's premiere ports. . last year i was able to travel with our transportation committee to panama. we saw the -- and witnessed the opening of the canal and we have seen the massive chips that are now traveling the seas
ships that will not be allowed into many of our ports unless we have an expansion. so this bill will allow the ships expansion of port everglades to go forward. mr. speaker, want to let you know, it has taken us 20 years, 20 years to get this authorized. when i say this is a big win, this is a big economic win for south florida because we expect th the expansion 7,000 new jobs, 135,000 indirect new jobs, and a half billion dollars of economic impact for our state. with that i urge my colleagues to support what will be a big win for our country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida yields back. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i assume that my colleague's ready to close.
mr. woodall: i am ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized to close. she has 11 1/2 minutes remaining. ms. slaughter: i urge the majority once again to get back to regular order and get to work on long-term appropriations to end this long cycle of political brinksmanship. these short-term appropriations stifle economic growth. fail to provide stability to the american people. cbs news has highlighted it costs the taxpayers an estimated $24 million a week just to run the house of representatives. it's disappointing the session of congress is ending much the same way it began, with taxpayers failing to get their money's worth. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balancing of her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized to close. has 14 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i appreciated the kind words my friend from florida had to say about the wrda bill. 20 years was her testimony.
20 years the folks in south florida have been waiting for a solution, we came to that. bipartisan way. bicameral way. and if we support this rule, we're going to make that the law of the land. i have to tell you before i spend a little more time bragging about the content of the bill, mr. speaker, these things don't happen by accident. on the transportation committee alone, got a whole team of folks, again, who have been working for not days, not weeks, not even months, but years on this final project. our staff director on the transportation committee, matt sturgis, mr. speaker, tireless in this effort. the subcommittee staff director, jeff, tireless in this effort. working with every single member to make sure no balls get dropped. we don't miss a single opportunity to make a difference. you look at all the work that goes on behind the scenes, mr. speaker, and it culminates right here in just this one hour of debate.
we talked about what we went on in california. we talked about what goes on in florida. in texas, years waiting for the island harbor project, mr. speaker. years waiting for the upper trinity river project. the houston ship channel. thanks to wrda all these projects are going to happen. projects in alaska, new hampshire, maine, louisiana, north carolina, missouri, kansas, washington all inside this bill, all the result of individual members working together to make those a reality. with the passage of this bill, mr. speaker, we're going to get ack to a regular order process exerting our constituents' control over executive branch agencies as it relates to water projects. we're going to get back in the habit of doing the annual work of coming together, looking at what the national infrastructure priorities are of america, and getting about that business. prioritizing those projects. focusing on those projects. getting the red tape out of the way. making sure we're delivering
for folks back home. it's been a long time coming, mr. speaker. i'm not going to slow it down any longer. i ask all of my colleagues to support this rule so that we can consider the underlying bill. i ask all of my colleagues to cast an enthusiastic yes vote for those underlying bills. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time, and i move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: all time having expired, the question being called is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york requests the yeas and nays. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 and clause the of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on ordering the previous question will be followed by five-minute votes on adopting house resolution 949, if ordered, and suspend the rules and passing h.r. 4919. this is a 15-minute vote.
the house will be in order. take your conversations off the floor. he house will be in order. will members please take their seats. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise? >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. lee: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise with a very heavy heart. last weekend my home city of
oakland, california, suffered a horrific tragedy. constituents from congressman swalwell's district, congressman deall nay's district -- deall nay's district suffered this tragedy and were killed the. a devastating fire at ant artist warehouse in the fruitville neighborhood in oakland killed 36 young talented individuals. i want to first thank my colleagues, all of you, for your condolences and offers of assistance. these were young men and women who had their whole futures ahead of them. their lives were tragically cut short. we want to extend their deepest condolences and prayers to the victims, families, and their loved ones during this anguishing time. we're in mourning for these young people. it but know that oakland residents are resill -- but know that oakland residents are
resilient, compassionate, and caring. we'll continue to support all of our residents during this very difficult time with any recovery effort. and now i ask the house to observe a moment of silence. the speaker pro tempore: all present rise for a moment of silence. ms. lee: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, five-minute voting will continue. the question is on the adoption of the resolution. all those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have t the resolution is not adopted. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, mr.
speaker. i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. it this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 235. the nays are 180. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion from the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4919, as amended. on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will report the title. bill. the clerk: h.r. 4919, a bill to amend the law enforcement act of 1994 to re-authorize the missing alzheimer's disease patient alert program, and to promote initiatives that would reduce the risk of injury and death relating to the wandering characteristics of some children with autism. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the
an enrolled bill. the clerk: senate 818, an act to amend the grand ronde restoration act to make technical corrections and for ther purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom virginia rise? mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to take from the speaker's table the bill s. 2974 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2974, an act to ensure funding for the national human trafficking hotline and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the bill? without objection, the bill is engrossed, read a third time and passed. and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the question of adopting a motion to recommit on s. 612 be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the house will be in order. members, please take your conversations off the floor, lear the well.
he house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 49, i call up the bill s. 612, the water infrastructure improvements for the nation act, the wiin act, and ask for immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: an act to designate the federal building and united states courthouse located at 1300 victoria street in laredo, texas, as the george p. kazen federal building and united states courthouse. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 949 an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of the rules committee print 114-69 is adopted. and the bill, as amended, is considered as read. the bill shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chairs and the ranking minority members of the committees on energy and
commerce, natural resources and transportation and infrastructure. the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster, the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, the gentleman from indiana, mr. bucshon, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, and the gentleman from california, mr. huffman, each will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks include extraneous materials on s. 612. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. shuster: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of s. 612, the water infrastructure improvements for the nation act, or the winn act. this is a comprehensive bill to address water and infrastructure issues across the country and could be one of the final achievements of this congress. today we have an opportunity to deliver one more win for america. the wiin act includes the water resources development act as title 1, ranking member defazio and i worked very closely
throughout the process to make sure that other democratic priorities were made in this final bill. i want to thank ranking member defazio for working with me on the wrda title. however, this bill is bigger than wrda. i want to thank the energy and commerce committee, chairman upton, the natural resources committee, chairman bishop, and our senate counterparts for helping us put together this package today. this legislation provides important direction from congress, the army corps of engineers, in their mission to improve our infrastructure. the bill strengthens america's competitiveness, creates jobs and grows the economy. it maintains congressional constitutional authority to ensure our infrastructure is safe and effective. this bill contains authorizations for 30 corps chief reports, eight postauthorization change reports and 37 feasibility studies for projects across the united states. today's legislation restores regular order and the two-year cycle of congress considering hese essential wrda bills.
simply put, mr. speaker, this is good public policy, so i strongly urge my colleagues to support this jobs and infrastructure bill, and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: unfortunately, today, i rise in opposition to s. 612. at one point i wholeheartedly supported this bill. there should be nothing partisan about infrastructure. building and rebuilding infrastructure for transportation of goods and people, for shipping, for rail, for other aspects, water, clean water, all that should be nonpartisan. it's in the best interest of the united states of america to make us more competitive and more efficient. and this bill reflected the best of that tradition when it
came out of the committee. unfortunately, a number of things have happened since. first, when we came to the floor, the leadership stripped out a provision which was adopted unanimously in committee to make the harbor maintenance trust fund into a trust fund, spending the tax that's collected for harbor maintenance, unshocking in washington, d.c., harbor maintenance. right now the budget committee diverts that money every year somewhere else. imaginary deficit reduction or some other program, and we underspend through the appropriations process that money. so the americans are paying a tax. every good you buy that's imported you pay a little bit more for it. you're paying that tax and congress is diverting the money while our harbors shoal in and our jeties crumble and we can't compete in the world -- jetties crumble and we can't compete in the world market. we tried to turn that into a
real trust fund. that was stripped because of objections by the rules committee that wants to divert the money, the appropriations committee that wants to divert the money. that just shouldn't be, and i want to thank the chairman for promising to continue to work on that issue which came out of committee when we do the water resources development bill, again, next year and hopefully the trump administration will take a different position on this. there's $9 billion sitting there waiting to be spent tomorrow of taxes that have already been collected to maintain our harbors that congress doesn't want to spend despite the sholling in and the jetties and the detear or ating -- deteriorating conditions. hopefully they'll take a different position on that. this week, a provision, 100-page provision which did not come from our committee which relates to a hugely controversial water diversion and settlement of disputes in california, which pits members
of the california delegation on both sides of the aisle against one another, but it only doesn't just affect california because sacramento salmon swim north and the last time we had a bad drought they shut down all the fishing in the southern oregon coast because of endangered sacramento salmon. our salmon were doing fine. if they start diverting more water from the delta, from the sacramento, it's likely that our fisheries will be shut down in oregon because of this misplaced provision which has not had any congressional review of any sort in any committee in this house. 100 pages. . finally as part of that gigantic project in california, they are underlining buy america and davis-bacon provisions. i hope this isn't a harbinger of things to come that despite the president who wants stronger buy america that the republican house is going to want to undermine buy america
and start buying chinese and russian steel for our projects. and doing away with prevailing wages, paying a good living wage to people who work in construction jobs. it's very unfortunate that was inserted in this bill. there are many meritorious provisions in the bill setaside for dredging of small harbors and many, many individual projects and authorizations in the bill. had these other three things hadn't happened, i would have enthusiastically supported it, but, unfortunately, i will have to oppose the bill. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from oregon reserves. the house will be in order. the gentleman from pennsylvania. >> i recognize the subcommittee chairman on water, the gentleman from ohio, mr. gibbs, for as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. gibbs: today i rise in support of s. 612, water infrastructure improvements for the nation act, the winn act.
it's a vital water infrastructure win that contains the water resources development act for 2016. this subcommittee, our jurisdiction includes water resources development missions for the u.s. army corps of engineers. this bill is a compromise between the senate and house and authorizes the construction of key water infrastructure projects throughout the nation. these projects create jobs here at home and have direct impact on our economy and national security. the critically important project and authorizations for purposes of navigation and flood control, water supply, and environmental protection and so ofpble each of the projects mentioned by the chairman was recommended by nonfederal sponsors to the corps, each of these are economically justified and environmentally acceptable and technological -- technically achievable. it's a gold standard. my subcommittee held multiple hearings to discuss the reports and post authorization change reports in depth and my subcommittee provide strong congressional oversight of these proposed activities. many state and local regional
areas will gain from the economic benefits of this bill. one example is in the upper ohio will greatly benefit my home state of ohio by improving navigation within the existing locks and dams. more importantly this project provides even greater benefits to the nation, ensuring commodities reach foreign and domestic markets in a cost-effective manner. this bill is fiscally responsible. the new project authorizations are fully offset by deauthorizations of projects that are outdated or no longer viable. this bill contains an important by lot program -- pilot program. this innovative program looks for ways to maximize dredge material based upon environmental, economic, and social benefits. the winn act contains no earmarks, increases transparency for nonfederal sponsors anti-public. i strongly urge members to support this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i yield at this time to the gentlelady from los
angeles, the ranking member of the subcommittee, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for three minutes. mrs. napolitano: i rise in support of s bill 612. i strongly support the bipartisan work done by the transportation committee and infrastructure on the army corps provisions to create polcy, authorize projects around the country for flood damage reduction, equisystem restoration, water supply recreation navigation. there is something for everybody in this bill. i am particularly appreciative of the bill authorizes the los angeles river project which will rejuvenate the river by by ving improving wildlife habitat and creating recreation opportunities for southern california. i thank the chairman, mr. shuster, the ranking member defazio, chairman gibbs for working with me and my staff to include multiple provision that is will improve water supply and local collaboration at the army corps facilities. the provisions include providing more water supply to local communities by improving
on wrda 14 provision that is require the corps to capture more water for ground water replenchishment, especially in nellie county. promoting local and private sector combined efforts to remove sediment from corps dams and improve water supplies. requires the corps to work more collaboratively with local communities to ensure water data and improving water shed management. transparency. extending current law on donor provisions important to the ports of los angeles and long beach and many others. i also support the provisions for the bill that include assistance to drinking water crisis in flint, michigan, and other areas of the contry. although we should be investing more in our outdated drinking water infrastructure. i disagree with the leadership provision toward the last minute this. provision should have been address -- not attached to the
traditionally bipartisan wrda bill that so many members have worked so hard on. if hi been consultant on this provision, i would have strongly advocated for more than $50 million for title 16. $100 million for water as these programs are most cost-effective in addressing our cry sifments i want to thank the many water agencies and associations such as the national association of flood and storm water management agencies, the county of l.a., the upper san gabriel valley district. they all have worked with my office on this bill throughout the process and overwhelmingly support wrda. i greatly respect and recognize there are members who disagree on the final passage on the needs of their cone districts and i would like to work with them. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield back. the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: i now yield one minute to the subcommittee chairman on the appropriations interior committee. mr. calvert. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support for the winn act. the bill could be tains a number of provision that is help improve the water affordable care act across the country. my home state. california continues to suffer from drought conditions. mat watt certificate tiss -- water system that's failed to keep up with the population growth. in my experience there are few things more difficult than water negotiations and these negotiations over california water provisions proved to be no different. i'm also pleased that this bill includes legislation introduced finalize the pa jianga band water rights settlement. i want to thank senator feinstein for making today possible. chairman shuster and his committee, kyle and his efforts to get california water across the line, and ian for his tireless work. i encourage all my colleagues to support the bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. defazio: i yield to the gentlelady from connecticut,
ms. delauro, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized for one minute. ms. delauro: i rise to naget chairman and ranking member in a brief colloquy on behalf of the connecticut congressional delegation and long island sound. the sound is a treasured and intergrat source, one that generates $9 billion annually through tourism, recreation, and economic activity. so the importance of dredging activities to our state and the larger region cannot be overstated. therefore we seek clarification with the content of section 1189 and the dredging provisions contained in the winn act. if i may i'd like to yield to my colleague from connecticut, mr. courtney. mr. courtney: if we understand the section correctly, nothing in s. 612 gives any state any new rights which to impose its own water quality standards on any other state. rather section 1189 is simply a restatement of current law under the clean water act. additionally we understand no provision in this bill revises the army corps' dredge material from federal projects and a sense of congress in section
1188 of this bill, the best way to resolve any disagreements over state water quality standards is collaboratively with input from all stakeholders s that a correct reading of the bill? mr. defazio: i say yes. mr. courtney: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: it's my pleasure to recognize the majority leader, mr. mccarthy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i want to thank the chairman for his hard work on this bill and his bipartisan effort in putting it together. mr. speaker, americans understand intuitively that governments are set up for the benefit of the people. those who are civic minded, who pay their taxes, live accordingly to the law, and treat their fellow citizens with respect deserves certain guarantees. their government will keep them safe from enemies at home and
abroad. their government will defend their most basic constitutional rights. their government will ensure that people have access to basic necessaryities fundamental to life. so i ask this body, mr. speaker, what could be more fundamental to life than water? america's not some third world country. we're a wealthy nation. and we will not let any american go without water. so i'm proud we're voting on legislation today to deliver water to the people across the country by updating our water resource projects and changing outdated water policy. but, mr. speaker, we cannot treat each community facing water crisis in isolation. in my state of california, we're enduring the worst drought in over a century. farmland has been fallowed, families are forced to cut back
on water consumption. some are out of water completely. they have to travel to community centers for drinking water or to even take showers and brush their teeth. with each passing day, month, and year our situation becomes more dessprafment as we -- desperate. as we all know the drought is an act of nature. it is one of those troubles that we can respond to and prepare for but not prevent. yet our own government, the federal government, has not only failed to prepare for this drought, they have exasperated it. water that could have been used in homes or on farms have been sent out to sea. water that could have been stored by building new rest choirs are lost. water, our most precious resource has been wasted. the drought may be our biggest challenge, but it is destructive efforts that have been compounded by stubborn
regulatory and legal restraint. in california, rather than strive to bring people water, the state government is taking it away. this is more than incompetent. government has failed in its primary duty to make sure people have that which is necessary for life. the people of california have put into the system and they are not getting what they deserve are due. but today and in large part thanks to members on both sides of the aisle in this chamber and the senior senator of our golden state with their good faith negotiation and partnership, water is coming. we now have a bipartisan water bill. it's not the holistic one that this house wants to pass, but it is a bill that helps deliver water to our communities. potentially enough to supply the annual needs of almost 450,000 households in california. it will increase pumping.
it will increase storage. it will fund more desalinization, efishency, and recycling projects. and it will do all this in accordance with the endangered species act. without costing the taxpayer one additional cent. it our work to bring california water is by no means complete. but this still shows that we have a path forward to fulfill our obligation to the american people. once we pass this bill today, i urge the senate democrats and republicans and the president to join with the house and enact this bill and help our communities in california, in flint, and across this country get access to the water we desperately need. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. r. defazio: how much time is remaining on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon has 2 1/2 minutes remaining. the gentleman from pennsylvania
has 4 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. defazio: i yield the gentleman from california 1 1/2 minutes. >> i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. thompson: if this bill did what the previous speaker just said, i would be here speaking in favor of it. unfortunately this legislation is a giant leap in the wrong direction with potential to undo all that our state has worked for. it sends operations mandates from washington to water managers who have carefully balanced water allocations across users for the past five years of this terrible drought. it pits regions against each other. it reignites the water wars which our state has struggled with for generations. though the authors have provided authorization for critical water infrastructure, they prioritized huge water storage projects without enough
congressional oversight. the bill also leaves the door opened for federal funding for states -- our state's delta tunnel proposal, which is highly controversial in california. and funding for this measure if it happens at all would be left to the mercy of the republican-controlled spending committees. fund something not guaranteed for these projects. . this provision violates the environmental laws to protect ecosystems not just in california but nationwide. when lawmakers overrule biological opinions, the determination of science activities about what's best for species, the ecosystems everywhere is undermined. the consequences could be catastropheic. we have seen it before, in 2002 we ignored science and diverted water out of the klamath river killing nearly 80 spawning
salmon. livelihoods were lost. we cannot afford to set a precedent. this is a bad provision of an otherwise good bill and i urge a no vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: i yield one minute to the gentleman from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i'm here to support the winn act. we have heard from both sides of the bipartisan bill. nobody likes everything in it. that's typical of legislation in washington, but it's absolutely critical to this country, to jobs and our economy. in fact, in the district i represent, there are over 76,000 jobs associated with ports and waterways in our area. i would venture to say 100% of the american population is touched with the products they buy, the goods they produce, the raw materials that are shipped. this is a good bill that cuts red tape and gets our port projects going. it's what we need for our economy and what we need for
america. and i urge any colleagues to support it. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i would like to thank the majority and minority staff and not be here without the hard work of brian and others on the other side of the aisle. i yield the balance of my time to the gentlelady from ohio, ms. kaptur. ms. kaptur: i rise in solidarityity in dampen ying the cause of our coal workers in lorraine, ohio, gary indiana and young town. the republican majority was not paying attention to the recent election because mr. trump promised that the buy america provisions and american steel production would be supportive in primary. and yet they are proposing to kill the buy america provision in this bill. i urge the majority not to
forget the promises your party made to these strong american workers. i can assure you they won't forget and have to stand up to chinese dumping that put out thousands of workers across this country. given the woes of the american steel industry and encouraging offshoring is unconscionable. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: i yield one minute to governor saffered. mr. sanford: i rise to thank the chairman for the way. it creates a lighthouse of how we might fund infrastructure proper zwrects going forward. there is much talk about the new trump organization. what will be important is process in the way we fund infrastructure so we can have different takes on what should or shouldn't happen in california but when you look at the bill it sets in place a
process that is vital. second, it's important to take things off the christmas tree and this bill does that. i would praise you, mr. chairman for what you have done and authorized $10 billion worth of projects and something we don't often see in washington, d.c., and finally thank you for the way you focused on charleston. any time you can count a resource on one hand it's a national resource and that's the case with the port in charleston with a number of other ports on the gulf coast with the widening of the panama canal. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: i yield one minute to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. graves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. graves: i thank the chairman and ranking member for all the work on this legislation
particularly the water resources component. you can look at water resource policy across the united states whether building levees or restore go the coast, we have one of the most delayed process for infrastructure. this bill begins to correct this process and begins to give better local control and begins to provide people protection and restore the environment. just in august of this year year, we had one of the worst floods in u.s. history and resulted and will result in billions of dollars in flooding and we could have spent millions once again, mr. speaker, preventing the flooding from happening, saving lives and saving this country billions of dollars. i urge adoption. and the environmental banks are critical and going to result in much protection inefficiency. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: i appreciate all
the work that has gone into this bill especially with the staff on both sides of the committee and a lot of hours. can't thank them enough and thank mr. defazio for his efforts on the bill as well as the ranking member and subcommittee chairman. with that, i urge all my colleagues to support s. 612 or the winn act so we can improve our ports and our harbors and protect this nation from flooding and natural disasters. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition in mr. bucshon: i rise in support of s. 612 water infrastructure improvement act and urge my colleagues to join me in that support. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 10 minutes. mr. bucshon: i yield myself such time as i may consume. as everyone knows, families in flint, michigan haven't trusted the drinking water coming out of their tap for two years and bottled water are temporary solutions. the package before us includes legislation that will authorize funding to help improve the health of people of flint and other communities who have had federal emergencies declared due to unsafe levels of lead in their drinking water. this package authorizes $100
million in capitalization grants to states responding to a presidentially declared disasters for health threats. this package expresses that $20 million should be for eligible projects and authorizes $20 million for the creation of a lead registry at the department of h.h.s. and authorizes $15 million in appropriations for the childhood lead poisoning prevention program at the c.d.c. and authorizes $15 million for healthy start initiative. this offset package will not only serve as the basis to responding to decaying service lines but also directly responds to the tragic toll that has been taken on the minds and bodies of flint's victims due to exposure of lead in drinking water.
we must pass this authorization to ensure the appropriation proposed in the continuing resolution does what we want it to do, not what the e.p.a. might come up with for that funding. as for the other parts of the winn act, they are not perfect, but they represent a bipartisan bicameral compromise that i expect the president to sign. under the jurisdiction of the energy and commerce committee there are other proposals addressing lead and other contaminant in drink ink water. the house passed this past february with 412 votes. specifically it requires public water systems to notify their customers that the utility on a system-wide basis is exceeding the federal lead action level for the concentration of lead in their drinking water. if the water utility in the state failed to make that notice, e.p.a. must advise the public. these are provisions -- these provisions also call for the creation of a strategic plan
between the e.p.a., the states and local water utility for household specific notifications if the e.p.a. learns about a particular household getting water above the federal lead action level. this legislation targets assistance to spal and economically disadvantaged communities particularly those communities while any kind of formal plumbing or adequate water services. winn institutes a new program to reduce the lead in their treated drinking water. priority for these grants goes to economically disadvantaged communities that have concentrations of lead in their drinking water that exceed federal standards. this bill provides grants to states for voluntary testing programs for lead in school care drinking water systems. there are other worthy provisions contained in this bill that i urge my colleagues to look into, but i want to mention two of them. buy america iron and steel and state permitting to coal ash.
while these provisions have been carried in appropriation bills for years. winn creates that iron and steel used in projects financed with federal money have to be primarily made in the united states. this language sends a strong signal that congress supports american businesses and workers and not allow foreign competitors as a dumping ground. concerning coal ash after six years of trying, we are close to enacting legislation to establish permit programs for coal ash. the language in winn provides for the establishment of state and e.p.a. permit programs which will alleviate suit enforcements in the e.p.a.'s final rule. like past house proposals, states may incorporate the e.p.a. final rule for coal combustion or develop other criteria that are at least protective as the final rule. state and utilities alike are
supportive of the language. i thank david mckinley for his dogged determination on this issue and john shimkus for their work on this subject. in summary, this bill is on balance better than the stat cuss "and is done in a more fiscal way than passed in the other body. fully offset and in line with house rules and protocols and addresses critical issues facing our nation in drinking water policy and worthy of our support and will benefit all americans. i urge a yes vote on s. 612 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: this bill is far from perfect. it has some very good provisions and others that i oppose. i rise today to highlight the particular sections i worked on to get included in this bill.
i have worked across the aisle with my colleagues in the past on similar drinking water issues. and i have been asking my e.n.c. colleagues for a hearing on broader reforms to the safe drinking water act. through this entire session. while we have not been successful in having a hearing, i remain optimistic that my colleagues on the other side will make this a top priority next year. with that said, the said bill before us today includes a number of provisions very similar to language authored by myself, ranking member pallone, and many of our democratic colleagues contained within the aqua act and the safe drinking water act amendments of 2016. we know communities and low-income homeowners need assistance replacing lead service lines. this bill authorizes a new $300 million grant program to get lead out of our communities. it gives priorities to schools, childcare centers, and other facilities that serve children. the bill also makes it easier
for states to administer federal funds. in addition to these provisions there are a number of other positive things included in this bill. we have heard about the struggles of small and disadvantaged communities. in my district, the mayor of castleton, testified that his community needs help but simply cannot afford a loan. he suggested allowing grants. this bill includes a significant grant to program, specifically for that purpose. it also gives more flexibility for tribal governments and encourages innovative technologies. the bill improves public notification requirements when a system violates the lead and copper rule, an issue mr. kildee has fought for to help prevent another tragedy like that in flint. and it includes an authorization for a program to help schools test for lead. unfortunately, this bill fails to make sufficient commitments to buy america. we must include stronger buy america language in statute and
then finally, i am disheartened to see such a divisive bit of language on california water issues headed at the last minute. it is frustrating to see a good bill negotiated in good faith get loaded up with the poison pill at the very end. ultimately this bill has taken some good first steps to invest in our nation's water systems and provides the city of flint with the assistance it needs and deserves. but much more is needed. some $384 billion is required over the next 20 years to simply keep up our drinking water systems. and 18 million americans live in communities that violated the lead and copper rule in 2015. we must and we can do better. it's time to get to work. there are many more provisions included in the aqua act and i hope this body seriously considers moving forward. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back or
reserves? mr. tonko: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. bucshon: at this point i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. i yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 2 1/2 minutes. mr. mcnerney: i thank the gentleman. i witnessed a pattern of attacks against the endangered species act as well as attacks on industries and communities that rely on the california delta. house republicans continue to attach environmentally damaging california water rights to every single piece of legislation moving to this floor. this time it's on s. 612, the winn act, also known as the wrda bill. this highly controversial language developed -- was developed behind closed doors and it jeopardizes the senate bipartisan bill that senator boxer and senator continue who
have have worked very hard but senator boxer is now willing to sacrifice all that work to stop this bill. i strongly support the original bill which includes some very good stuff. but i also want to recognize mr. kildee, my colleague, who has worked very hard on behalf of his constituents in flint, michigan. i support the provisions in this bill that will provide assistance to the drinking water crisis in flint and other areas of the nation that need upgraded drinking water infrastructure. it but as long as the california so-called drought language remains, my state and the pacific coast are at risk. this california water rider would further degrade the california delta, weakens protections for california fisheries, threatens thousands of fishing and industrial jobs as we have heard, even up to the coast of oregon, krein hes saltwater intrusion, and picks winners and losers in my state. this provision will provide
freedom to export water above and beyond what the e.s.a. currently allows. this will cause further saltwater intrusion into the delta. farmers do not benefit when saltwater contaminates our water supplies. if we truly believe in sound science, we should not override science with local interest that do not represent the entire state. the administration agencies have serious concerns with this language. this rider will not create a path forward for effective operations, but instead will create a firestorm of litigation. environmental organizations, the fishing industry, the fisheries, believe this language will devastate our way of life on the pacific coast. i along with california, oregon, and washington members have urged the house and senate leadership to reject similar riders in the past. i have had the opportunity to submit amendments to strip
these riders in the past, but we do not have that opportunity today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. tonko: i yield another 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. mcnerney: republicans should not hold funding for water infrastructure skpwrokets hostage. instead of put pithing communities against each other we need to support conservation. storm water cap tue, and innovative recycling programs. we need real solutions that will improve water supply and this is not a compromise. it sets a precedent for the next administration to further unravel environmental protections. i urge a no vote and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. bucshon: how much time? the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from indiana has five minutes remaining. mr. bucshon: i yield one minute to the gentleman from north dakota, mr. cramer. mr. crarme: i thank the gentleman for yielding. the winn act includes two provisions very important to constituents of mine in north dakota that involve bureau of
land management properties. because of the house rules, i was unable to put these provisions in the wrda, house wrda act, however the senator was able to get them into the senate bill and with the strong support of committee leadership and staff we were able to work it out and get them in the final bill. one of the issues concludes an issue going on for years that involves the continued use of trailer homes around make chidea or the heart butte reservoir. the requirements snet this provision will increase safety while supporting existing investments and continued recreation around the lake. the other is looming fee increases at cabins at trailers at three north dakota b.l.m. rest wires. dickinson and jamestown, and heart butte. because market rent surveys weren't completed for many years and the increases in the north dakota property values, surveys completed last year concluded that the fees would have to be increased 91% to
232% overnight. obviously my constituents wouldn't -- would be hit too hard for that. this bill helps correct that. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. it the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: at this time i yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 2 1/2 minutes. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend, mr. tonko, for yielding, and for his work advocating on behalf of the people of my hometown of flint. i also want to thank colleagues on both sides of the aisle, leader pelosi, our whip, mr. hoyer, the speaker, who committed to help make sure that we get this flint provision through. as well as other colleagues who have stood with me as i have fought now for a year and a half for the people of my hometown. city of 100,000 people that still can't drink their water. this is not a question of access to water.
the water flowing through the pipes in flint is poisoned -- has poisoned that city. 100,000 people. 9,000 children. under the age of 6 affected permanently by high levels of lead being delivered to them through their municipal water system caused by careless, thoughtless decisions based on an obsession with austerity by the state government. and then they were told the water was safe to drink when that same state government knew it was not. it look, we know where we stand. no bill is perfect. this bill is far from perfect. many of the plow visions -- provisions included in this legislation i disagree with. but i have been fighting for my hometown and been told to wait and wait and wait. and the people of my community can wait no longer. drinking water is a basic human
right. and that should be a human right exercised by the people everywhere, including the people of my hometown of flint. every day that passes, every week that passes, every month that passes that flint does not get the relief they so deserve is a day we don't get back. more people leave, more businesses fail, the city gets more poor and poor and poor and incapable of moving forward. that has to stop and it has to stop right now. it has to stop before this congress adjourns. we can't count on the next congress to get this done. time matters. this bill would provide relief to my hometown. it would put it on a path and it would send a signal that it's ok to invest in flint. it's ok to stay. the water will be fine. that's a responsibility we have. this is a moral obligation.
it also makes sure there is no more flints by including in this legislation the kildee-upton bill that passed this house nearly unanimously. it is long past time for us to act. i ask you to join me in supporting this legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. bucshon: i yield one minute to the gentleman from montana, mr. zinkey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. zinke: i rise in strong support of the winn act which includes one of my top priorities in congress, the back feet water compact. i cannot stress more important this compact is to the black feet nation, the nation of warriors, the state of montana, and our great nation, the united states. not overwhelm is the compact received the necessary and long sign off that involved federal agencies, the house natural resources committee, and house leadership, it is net benefit to the american taxpayer. i want to commend the black feet warriors for all their
hard work, especially chairman harry barnes, for his guidance and leadership, and also chairman bishop for his leadership. i urge my colleagues in the house and senate to put politics aside and pass this bill. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: at this time i yield 2 1/2 minutes -- mr. speaker, might i ask how much time we have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 1 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. tonko: we neal that 1 1/2 minutes to the ranker of the energy and commerce, the gentleman from new jersey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. pallone: thank you. i want to thank my colleague from new york. i oppose the winn act in its current form. the decision by republican leadership to include damaging legislation on california water in an otherwise good bipartisan bill is deeply disappointing. members and staff have devoted months to the underlying package, including long overdue
aid for the people of flint, but i can't support the california water poison pill. i know that many of my colleagues in the senate are in the same position. i want to thank leader pelosi and whip hoyer for working tirelessly over the last few fue months to develop this package and over the last few days to save t i hope this is not the end of the story. we have tried for years on the energy and commerce committee, mr. speaker, to get our republican colleagues to work with us to strengthen the safe drinking water act and provide more money for infrastructure, but they have refused. so i welcome the senate's bipartisan passage of an expanded wrda that included some valuable changes to the safe drinking water act and significant new authorizations for infrastructure. i was pleasantly surprised house republicans agreed to some of the changes and authorizations in that bill. however, the drinking water provisions in this bill fall short of what was included in the sat wrda bill, most notably republicans refuse to support a permanent rirm requirement that projects funded through the s.r.s. use american iron and steel and that requirement
should not be controversial. it has been enacted through the appropriations process for years and clear benefits for american workers and the american economy. house democrats have propose posted significant changes to the safe drinking water act that go far beyond this bill, including changes needed to address dangerous drinking water contaminants and the risks to drinking water from climate change. ignoring these challenges won't make them go away. house republicans need to face these challenges in the coming months and not undermine our efforts with poison pills. i yield back. . boushboush -- mr. bucshon: i recognize the upton. n from mr. mr. upton: the water infrastructure improvement act and it would urge my colleagues to join me in that support. as everybody knows, families in flint, michigan, have not been able to trust the drinking water coming out of their taps for
more than two years and bottled water is only a temporary solution. in august, i traveled to michigan. we visited health facilities and homes and we heard firsthand from hundreds of residents. no matter where we went, we heard the same voices, folks in flint are tired of the partisan blame game. they really are. they wanted answers and wanted results and that's what this bill does. we worked so hard to have the language in this bipartisan legislation that will authorize funding to help improve the health of the folks in flint and the leadmunities where is in their drinking water. our package authorizes $100 million in capitalization grants to states responding to health threats associated with the presence of lead and other contaminant in a public water
system. the bipartisan package expresses that $20 million should be approved under the water infrastructure innovation act for eligible projects and authorizes $20 million for a lead registry at the department of h.h.s. and authorizes $15 million appropriation for the childhood lead poisoning prevention act at c.d.c. and $15 million and authorizes 30 new army corps of engineer projects including harbor maintenance provisions that are important in the great lakes. this package will not only serve as the basis for responding to lead service lines across the country and responds to the tragic toll that has taken on in the minds and bodies in flint and similar communities due to repeated exposures to elevated concentrations of lead in drinking water.
flint needs action. this bipartisan legislation delivers that. i would urge my colleagues to vote yes and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. bucshon: i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lance: i rise today in very strong support of the water infrastructure improvements for the nation act to provide critical resources to address the waterway infrastructure directly affecting economies' afety and am proud to have to ed in my communities include authorization language in this legislation that will mplete the rahway risk management feasibility study. these communities have pursued the project based on great merit that will protect life and
property. i have towered these exupets and seen firsthand how the solution must come from local leaders, state entities and the federal government including the army corps of engineers. this gives the directive to get it done. this is how congress should work. heeding the call of our constituents and building bipartisan consensus to make sure this legislation passes. i congratulate those responsible. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time having expired -- mr. bucshon: i urge the passage of s. 612 and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. pallone: we yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman's time has expired.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: one of the things we have to realize, we have had communities that have been suffering for a long time. our job is to help people. we should be ashamed that it has taken us so long to try and move to a solution in these particular issues. what we have before us here is not a total solution, but a very, very good first step and not just for the arid west. 17 western states that will be assisted by this bill but 29 states as well as the indian country are going to be helped as they repair their aging dams and finalizing water rights settlements in california, oklahoma and doing land exchanges, helping in nevada area as well as giving flexibility for californians under the principle that if it's going to rain, capture the water before it is lost to the ocean as well as having alternative water programs all of which are
done without undermining the endangered species act and i say not as a virtue of the bill but simply as a fact. this bill in which we find compromise between the senate and the house and republicans and democrats is a final way of where we are able to move forward. let's make sure that we take yes as and answer. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. huffman: wrda has been a bipartisan piece of legislation. i have always voted for wrda and voted before a 90-page poison bill before it was dropped in at the very last minute and i must rise today in opposition to this wrda in its current form and urge my colleagues to vote no on it and force a vote on a clean wrda, so we can have the mini
projects and many benefits and aid to the people of flint, michigan, so they richly deserve and waited far too long to receive. we are here, mr. speaker, because the house republicans have a problem with regular order. it's something they have talked a lot about and heard many promises about an open legislative process and here they come again with the latest attempt to jam through dangerous california water provisions that were crafted behind closed doors without public review or scrutiny and being thrown in the final hours of this congress. let's not forget that this same last-minute closed-door maneuver, the same water grab nearly torpedoed by insisting on this poison pill, majority leadership is apparently willing to risk tanking the wrda bill no matter the damage to the families of flint, no matter the harm to fishing communities
across the west, no matter how many jobs that would be created by wrda might have to wait until the mccarthy rider is dealt with. this feels like deja vu. we are debating a california water measure that hasn't gone through the committee of jurisdiction or received signoff from the tribal industry, fishing industry or state and water agencies. while this congress was never given the opportunity to receive expert testimony, we do know that the obama administration just this week announced its strong opposition to the california water provisions that have been added to this bill. and senator boxer, one of the primary authors of the bill has called these provisions a last-minute poison pill and has vowed to do everything in her power to block this bill in the senate. we have heard significant opposition from other stakeholders who warned this congress that thousands of
fishing jobs across the pacific coast will be threatened if this bill is enacted. i hand it to my colleagues across the aisle for one thing. they are relentless, this rider is one of many attempts to pick winners and losers during california's historic drought. if it is enacted, the winners will be some of the most powerfully politically active farmers in the world. consider one group of water stakeholders and one group contractor. this bill may call itself a drought solution and we may talk about different parts of it but tucked into the details is a 100% water allocation for one group of water contractors. that is one heck of a solution if you get the political juice. fishery protections will be gutted in order to redistribute water supplies to large industrial farms in the central valley. let's talk about the losers in this effort. it's going to be pretty much
everyone else. the california water rider will weaken protections that support thousands of jobs including fish processing, restaurants, docks and harbors, boating, equipment supply and tourism. everyone who depends on healthy fisheries will be hurt if this poison pill is enacted. thousands of fishermen and their families are hanging on by a thread because of this drought. fishery managers have severely restricted the commercial fishing season because of high salmon mortality in california. last year, 97% mortality rate for juvenile sacramento river run salmon. this year and the year before, it was 95% mortality. these are tough times for people who are struggling to pay their mortgages. they can't pay mooring fees, restaurants and hotels and other businesses are struggling just
to scrape by. and the human impact during this drought has been devastating on the many small business owners and thousands of working people across california, washington and oregon who depend on healthy fisheries. this is the worst time to weaken the thin line of protections for these fragile salmon fisheries and instead of increasing protections as the eft tells is we need to do, this bill takes us in the opposite direction. this calls for not favoring one region or one sector over another. this rider fails that test. this congress can do real things to solve california's water problems without pitting parts of the state against one another. i hope republican colleagues will give up on jamming through dangerous measures that pit fishermen over farmers and others who are suffering through
california's historic drought. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: i yield a minute and a half, the gentleman from california mr. sal dayo. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. valadao: i start off to thank mr. bishop and his hard work. it has been with his leadership and support that we have been able to get to this point, and chairman shuster and obvious from california, majority leader has been a big supporter. this bees of legislation is a small step in the right direction. in no way shape or form celebrating reaching the finish line. it gives more flexibility to help the poor people in my communities and others south of me and little bit north of me that need this help desperately. i have people living in shanty towns, people who lost their jobs, schools struggling, infrastructure struggling, law
enforcement on the verge and police chiefs are resigning because there aren't enough resources, all because of bad legislation that was passed. we had 20 years restrictions on water and has not helped one single species. and these policies have been in place. why not try something different and common sense? this legislation delivers that. and does not affect the endangered species act. all the protections are still there and offers a little more flexibility to our agencies so we can help these communities that desperately need it. if you care about the people of california, you will pay attention and you might take some time and read the actual legislation. there are no handouts. this is something that provides jobs with new dollars for infrastructure or with new dollars for recycling and other resources that are important, even things i know that my friends across the aisle are supportive of like desalnizzation. this legislation makes sense.
i thank for the support and i'm looking for more. i thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. huffman: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. mcnerney: well, i thank the gentleman for yielding. my region has much of the delta. i'd say most of it. i'm very concerned about saltwater intrusion with these new provisions. saltwater is not something you can drink. you can't farm with it. you can't do much with it. it's a problem. now, it's easy to sympathize, and i do, with the farmers and communities south of the delta, but we shouldn't just pass problems from one region to another. we don't need to do this. we can develop recycling. israel recycles 90% of its
water. california recycles 15%. we can catchture urban and suburban stormwater. we can stop water leakage. we reduce evaporative losses. we can start groundwater banking. we can create regional self-sufficiency which will resolve all these problems. but instead we continue to do things the old way. a region that needs water, they say we got water over there, we'll go get it. we'll put our political, we'll put our money, we'll go get that water. ho cares what that they think? adding flex ibblingt to the operations of the e.s.a. is weakening the e.s.a., so let's find real solutions for everyone. please oppose this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. i now am pleased to yield to my good friend who's speaking from the wrong side of the aisle but nonetheless is over there, the gentleman from california, mr. costa, for a minute.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. costa: thank you, mr. chairman, for the time. this is a good bill for flint, michigan. it's a good bill for wrda projects across the country, and it's a good bill for california. everyone knows we experienced over five years of drought conditions, the driest in 1,200 years. what this bill does -- and i reject the notion that somehow this is a poison pill. this is a bipartisan effort that senator feinstein, house republicans, myself, other members of california have worked on for over two years. as a matter of fact, some of the opponents of this bill have provisions in this measure they supported and advocated. the obama administration also drafted environmental protections, and one of the red lines was it would not, would not modify or amend the endangered species act, nor would it change the biological opinions. those are simply falsehoods. this bill authorizes $558 million to offset for storage,
recycling and reuse and desalinization. that's very important. that's part of what the last speaker just talked about, recycling and reuse and water conservation. it also provides programs to benefit fish and wildlife. it also works within the framework of the existing biological opinions. mr. bishop: i yield him additional 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. costello: mr. speaker, i reject -- mr. costa: mr. speaker, i reject the opinion this is a poison pill. people in my district have been without water in some cases for two years. this is not like a third-world country. this is the richest country in the world but farm communities, farm workers and farmers have suffered. this legislation would place a step in the right direction to provide people support to correct this broken water system that we have in california. i urge the support of this legislation, not only for the people of california, but for flint, michigan, and the entire country. this is a bipartisan process, and this legislation reflects
that fact. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. huffman: thank you, mr. speaker. there's a reason that every environmental group that's engaged on this and the obama administration are opposing this language. it is not harmless. it is not perfectly fine with the e.s.a. it is a congressional override of the scientific biological opinions that does grave harm to the e.s.a. and sets a terrible precedent. there are other problems with the bill as well, and for that i yield to my colleague and the ranking member of the natural resources committee, raul grijalva, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you for yielding, mr. huffman. mr. speaker, i regret that once again we're here today to discuss a divisive, last-minute attempt by house republicans to jam through destructive legislation that favors house republicans' special interests and their industry friends at the expense of everybody else. this week i and nearly everyone else saw for the first time a
newly inserted 100-page rider that would weaken protections for west coast fisheries, redirect water to farms in one area of california. this threatens the jobs of thousands of fishermen and others across the west coast who depend on healthy fish for their livelihoods. my colleagues across, we will be voting today soon on a 100-page proposal that has not been reviewed by the numerous affected stakeholders, the committee of -- committees of jurisdiction, nearly every member of congress or the general public. this rider fundamentally threatens the original wrda that had bipartisan support in the house and bicameral support as well. but make things worse is this poison pill rider now jeopardizes the approval of several pending indian water rights settlements included in the original wrda bill. the tribes whose water
settlements are now jeopardized by this poison pill have been waiting in many case to settle their water right claims for decades and even more. just one of the water settlements jeopardized by the house republicans' latest stunt is fort black feet nation. the black feet nation has been trying tore more than a century to -- for more than a century to protect and secure their water rights. finally, we have a water settlement for the black feet nation that once approved by congress would better construct their nation so that tribal members and residents can finally have a reliable and safe drinking water. currently, at least 30% of the reservation residents lives in housing that lacks adequate funding and kitchen facilities. for the richest country in the world, it's an embarrassment that our native brothers and sisters live in those areas. after years of work, we're as
close as we're ever been since enacting an indian water rights settlement. yet, house republicans have decided this week doing a favor for their special interest allies is worth the risk of jeopardizing the approval of every indian water rights settlement that's part of the original legislation. this behavior is wrong and shows that this congressional majority considers the needs of indian country less important than pushing a sweetheart deal for some of the most powerful corporate farmers in the world. it's time for this congress to finally pay attention, take the needs of indian country seriously and bring us a clean wrda bill that has bipartisan, bicameral support so that we can take action, protect those indian water rights and deal with the very important question of flint. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california's time has expired. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: it's my pleasure to yield a minute and a half to
one of other members of the california delegation who's been working tirelessly on this issue, the gentleman, mr. lamalfa, a minute and a has, the gentleman from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for a minute and a half. mr. la mall -- mr. lamalfa: this is a bipartisan effort. it truly is a bipartisan effort. my thanks go to senator feinstein for coming forward and being a strong voice on this as well so it's a bipartisan, bicameral effort. these long-term negotiations didn't happen just overnight. indeed, since this water in california, this takes many years. this will modernize california's water and invest in new infrastructure to secure the state's economic future a very critical one. this agreement improves water supply for all californians, more supply helps everyone, north and south, uses the latest science to provide more water without harming wildlife in any way. it does not harm wildlife. from a northern california perspective, this agreement
achieves several major goals including ironclad protections of northern california water rights, improving water supply reliability and authorizes construction finally of a reservoir, a key project that's been talked about for years to help california's future supply needs. while this bill is a significant step in the right direction, it's not the be all end autopsy all-, it's a compromise. no one gets everything they want. any honest observer will recognize this agreement provides more water and does so without altering the endangered species act. it deserves your support. those that oppose it seem to be on the fringe far edge of the environmental movement. let's get this done. i enjoy the fact we've all come together by and large for a strong bipartisan effort. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: mr. speaker, i'm also pleased to yield a minute and a half to the gentleman from california, who's also one of our subcommittee chairmen in
the resources committee, mr. mcclintock, a minute and a half. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for a minute and a half. mr. mcclintock: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, like any compromise, i don't like anything in this bill but the net effect is an important step in protecting california and its environment against devastating droughts and it protects lake tahoe against catastrophic wildfire. my colleague from california says the california provisions are a sudden surprise to him in this water development bill. he needs to pay more to the business on the floor. these provisions have all been in water development brills passed by bipartisan -- bills passed by bipartisan majorities by this house in the past six years. if he were truly concerned about the salmon, he should be supporting this bill. this bill encourages the fish hatcheries to produce burgeoning and abundant populations of salmon. it finally controls the nonnative predators in the delta that are by far the
biggest single threat to salmon and smelt and other endangered species. the reservoirs are our most important defense against drought, assuring year-round water flows. without reservoirs in a drought, the water heats to lethal temperatures, often dries up. there are no fish. in addition, this bill provides $355 million to increase our desperately needed reservoirs. it adds flexibility to management of the new melonas reservoirs. it streamlines water transfers to ensure water can be moved more efficiently to where it's most needed. it adds strong protection to northern california water origin rights. it adds approval to water projects. it makes better use of our existing reservoirs. mr. bishop: i yield the gentleman for 30 seconds. mr. mcclintock: and your more point on our fragile environment. this bill addresses the single
greatest environmental threat to lake tahoe, catastrophic wildfire, by expediting the reduction of dangerous fuel loads. i urge its adoption. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: mr. speaker, i understand we are ready to close then at this stage of the game. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has the only time. mr. bishop: mr. speaker, let me say in conclusion, like we've been talking about this issue for the last five years. we've had four bills that have been brought forward on this issue. we passed one this year as well. one would assume by a lot of discussion that this is only a california issue. it is not. these provisions affect the entire west and the entire nation. 29 states. it affects my state, and i'm not from california. it is important. the based on the idea, simple, commonsense idea that when it rains, store the water before you lose it to the ocean. that's there. now, with either unanimous consent or general leave, i
would ask to be put in the record a letter from ducks unlimited supporting this bill. they would be happy to know -- i guess they're not an environmental group anymore. i'd like to realize there are native american water rights that have been included in this bill. in montreal, in oklahoma, and oklahoma, tana, in to the national congress of american indians have endorsed this bill -- either general leave or unanimous consent i ask this be included in the record as well. but these things are important, but the goal right here is to realize we're not after fear mongering. we're after ways to help people. that's our goal, help communities. that has to take place. i'm appreciative that the senior senator from california, senator feinstein, a democrat, as well as the majority leader in the house, mr. mccarthy, a republican, have all agreed on this package. we are the states where all of a sudden in a bipartisan and bicameral way we have found a
solution to move us forward. that's why i'm saying when the answer is yes, let's take yes. vote yes on this provision. vote yes on this bill. it moves us forward. solutions s -- aren't perfect. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 949, the previous question is ordered on the bill, as amended. the question is on third reading of the bill. those in favor will signify by saying aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it third reading. the clerk: an act to designate the federal building and the united states courthouse located at 1300 victoria street in laredo, texas, as the george p. kazen federal building and united states courthouse. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the bill? oorks -- >> i am opposed in the current form.
the clerk: mr. michael doil moves to recommit the bill -- doyle moves to recommit the bill with the following amendment. in section 2113 in the matter proposed to be inserted into section 1452-a of the safe drinking water act as paragraph 4-a, strike, during fiscal year 2017 funds and insert funds. . the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for five minutes in support of his motion. mr. doyle: this is the final minute of the bill which will not kill the bill or send it back to committee. if adopted, the bill will immediately proceed to final passage as amend the. mr. speaker, i rise in support of this motion to recommit in order to significantly improve this bill by restoring the bipartisan buy american language that was stripped over the last
three days. the winn act provides important funding for ports, hoshors and waterways around the country. i think infrastructure issues like this bill should be something we can all agree on and in fact they have been historically bipartisan. then again, i also think that support for hardworking americans should also be bipartisan. i was disappointed that my bipartisan amendment offered by myself and my good friend from north carolina, representative walter jones, was rejected yesterday at the rules committee by a party-line amendment. our amendment would have made the buy-america provisions permanent, matching all other clean water programs and all other federal infrastructure programs. i want to re-emphasize that. every other program, federal infrastructure programs, clean water programs have permanent buy america provisions.
so the question is, why does this bill just have a one-year provision? if you don't think that sends a signal to china that one year from today, they can start dumping steel over in the united states and undercutting our steel industry and our steel workers, then you're not living on the same planet that i am. the senate passed their bill including language making the buy america requirement permanent with an overwhelming bipartisan vote. 95-3 house republican leadership for some unexplained reason replaced this bipartisan senate language with a one-year extension at the last minute. i don't understand why we would do this. why we would undercut the american steel industry that i believe that their actions send a clear message to those folks in the steel mills around our
country that we don't have their back. these hardworking americans depend on manufacturing jobs to support their families and they have suffered because of chinese steel dumped in our markets. u.s. steel mills have closed. american steel workers have lost their jobs and others have had their hours cut. this is personal to me. my father supported our family working in a steel mill just like his father before him. they supported their families through these tough dangerous jobs like millions around the country. there's dignity in that work and we need to make sure that congress doesn't kill that dignity along with the kind of jobs that america can support a family on. u.s. tax dollars should support american manufacturers and help preserve hardworking families across this nation. i think these workers and their families deserve more certainty and more support. president-elect trump said just
last week, we have two simple rules when it comes to this massive rebuilding effort, buy american and hire american. now the president-elect and i may be from different parties, but we certainly agree on that. i have had members from both sides of the aisle come up to me and say they support our amendment and would vote for it on the floor. members on both sides of the aisle at rules spoke in favor of this amendment. well, we didn't get the vote we wanted out of the rules committee, but colleagues, this is our chance to send a message and tell the american workers that american manufacturers that we got their backs by passing this motion to recommit. it does just one simple thing and changes this one-year provision to permanent just like the senate bill that got sent down and every other infrastructure bill we do in this country. colleagues, let's not send a
signal to china that america is open for them to dump our steel and put companies and workers out of jobs. let's tell american companies and workers that this congress has their back. vote for this motion to recommit and let's stick up for the american worker and american manufacturers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: permission to speak in opposition to the motion to recommit. i support buy american providings and there is a one-year provision. this is not the process for doing this moving forward. i believe it will kill the bill. and this is a good bill and negotiated with our counterparts in the senate and both sides of the aisle and represents months and months of hard work. it will create jobs and strengthening our competitiveness and grows our economy and including american steel. it is a bill and reduces the
deficit by half a billion dollars and recertificates congressional authority by restoring the two-year cycle of considering wrda bills and prevents bureaucrats from making decisions on nation's waterways. stopping the bill now is not the right thing to do. let's pass it and get strong buy america provisions as we move forward. it's something i do support and i urge a no vote and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. without objection the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the noes have it and the motion is not agreed to. mr. doyle: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the the yeas and nays are ordered and pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the order of the house today, further proceedings on the question will be postponed.
recognition? mr. rogers: pursuant to the rule passed earlier today house resolution 949 i call up h.r. 2028 with a senate amendment thereto and i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: designate the senate amendment and designate the motion. the clerk: h.r. 2028 an act making appropriations for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2016 and for other purposes. senate amendment, mr. rogers of kentucky moves the house concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 2028 with an amendment consisting of rules print modified by the amendment printed in house report 114-849. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 949, the motion shall be debatable one hour equally controlled by the chair and ranking minority member. the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers and the gentlewoman from
new york, mrs. lowey each will control 30 minutes. mr. rogers: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the further consideration of h.r. 2028 and include tabular material on the same. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. rogers: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rogers: i rise before you today to present the second fiscal year 2017 continuing resolution this year, which will fund the federal government through april 28 of 2017. this bill is a necessary measure to continue vital government programs and services like our national defense. it keeps the lights on in our government preventing the uncertainty and harm of a shutdown. our current continuing resolution expires tomorrow, so
we must act today. this continuing resolution is a responsible compromise making only limited adjustments were required to preserve the security of the nation, to prevent serious lapses in government services and the careful expenditure of taxpayer dollars. to highlight a few of these changes, we take care of our troops by increasing overseas contingency operations resources and include provisions that accelerate production rates for equipment and systems like the ohio replacement submarine, the pache helicopter and the kc 46 ---46-a. and provides funding for the department of homeland security to keep our nation safe. in addition to these changes, the bill includes necessary funding to help communities
recover from recent natural disasters like hurricane matthew, flooding in states like louisiana and west virginia and devastating droughts. legislation also includes $170 million for important health and water infrastructure improvements as well as $872 million for the house passed 21st century cures act and $500 billion to respond to the opioid abuse epidemic. these items are both fully offset. as i have said on this floor many times over the past six years standing in this exact spot, a continuing resolution is the last resort and not what i would prefer to bring to the floor as final bill as chairman of the appropriations committee. at the end of the day, a c.r. is simply a band-aid on a gushing
wound, which is no way to run a railroad. it's bad for congress, bad for the federal government, bad for our country. a c.r. extends outdated policies and funding levels, wasting money and preventing good changes from being made. a c.r. also creates uncertainty in federal budgets and in our economy. and lastly, it diminishes the congress' power of the purse, giving away to people's voice in how the government uses their tax dollars. i truly hope that in the near future we can stop lunching from c.r. to c.r. and return to regular order for the sake of our national security, our economy and the well-being of all americans. however at this point, this is our best and only path forward.
it's absolutely imperative that we complete the work on the 11 remaining appropriations bills as soon as possible when congress returns. this is a good bill. and i urge my colleagues to vote yes on the c.r. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. today we consider the second continuing resolution to keep most of the government open. to say that i am disappointed in this band-aid approach to operating the government would be an understatement. the legislation before us is an abdication of responsibility for the entire congress. it is a disgrace that more than two months into the new fiscal year, congress will kick the can
down the road nearly another five months for purely partisan reasons. having already failed this year to adopt a budget, pass appropriation bills and restore regular order, the majority's failure to enact full year funding is not surprising, but nonetheless shameful. several administration requests were either not included or drastically discounted. the commodities future commission would be frozen under this c.r. likely causing staff furloughs and making it impossible to protect market participants. . i'm concerned about the majority including just $7 million, 1/5 of the amount requested by the administration and by new york city, to reimburse new york for the cost
of helping new york and other state and local governments protect the president-elect until his inauguration. local and state taxpayers should not be forced to foot the bill for the federal responsibility of protecting the president-elect. i view the amount in the c.r. as a down payment, and i'm putting the majority on notice that a future funding bill must fully cover these costs. at a time when economic hardship is common among those who've worked in unsafe and unhealthy coal mines, this congress should be united in ensuring these men and women have both the health and pension benefits they have earned. these hardworking individuals need more than empty promises. i'm pleased the c.r. provides additional funding to respond to natural disasters, to assist
flint, michigan, in recovering from a lead crisis, to respond to threats abroad, to prevent opioid addiction and to support biomedical research. however, we should have made these investments along with a full-year bill that would have dealt with every government program. finally, this bill should not include the provision that would limit debate on providing a waiver to allow the next secretary of defense to have been retired from active duty for less than the current requirement of seven years. civilian leadership of the military is a bedrock principle of our democracy, and any new standard deserves full debate by the congress. i know chairman rogers worked to have the appropriations committee return to regular order. i've tried to be a partner with
him because i think the american people want us to do our jobs of keeping the government operating. notwithstanding the constraints facing the chairman, the bill we consider today should be a bipartisan full-year spending measure. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i'm very proud to yield three minutes to the gentleman from new jersey who will assume the chair of the appropriations committee come january and in whom i have great confidence and pride, mr. frelinghuysen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen thank you, mr. chairman. thank you for the time. i rise to urge support of the -- mr. frelinghuysen: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you for the time. i rise to urge support of the continuing resolution.
i want to thank mr. rogers as he manages this appropriations bill. i know i speak for ranking member lowey and all members of the committee, republicans, democrats, our remarkable professional staff when i say this body and this nation owes a tremendous debt of gratitude for his many contributions on the appropriations committee for 30 years and as its chairman for the last six. no one understands better than hal rogers the house's constitutional duty to responsibly fund the federal government. no one has defended this body's power of the purse with more vigor. he's always supported rigorous oversight. under chairman rogers' leadership, the committee has held over 600 public hearings to ensure that federal tax dollars were well spent. and the committee has earned results, cutting wasteful spending to the tune of $126 billion since fiscal year 2010. in fact, the chairman has worked tirelessly to restore
trust in the spending process all with professionalism, good humor and class. mr. chairman, i know i speak for all members of the committee, all members of the house in extending to you our heart-felt thanks for your continued service on the committee and your remarkable service as chairman. on the resolution, briefly, the is ity is, and this relative to national security. war ality is we are in engaged with those in iraq and afghanistan and elsewhere. we have no greater responsibility to ensure that our men and women have the resources that this continuing resolution assures they can -- so they can carry out their missions and return home safely. in this regard, we've scrubbed the president's budget amendment, $5.8 billion, for overseas operations. in doing so we've redirected
funding for stocks of various munitions that our troops need to fight isis and the taliban. increase activity on behalf of the russians, we provided our nato allies. this resolution needs to be supported for national defense, homeland security and, again, i salute chairman rogers for his leadership and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mr. speaker, i'm leased to yield four minutes to the gentleman from indiana, mr. visclosky, the ranking member of the defense subcommittee of appropriations. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. mr. visclosky: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentlelady for yielding. i ask unanimous consent to place my entire statement in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. visclosky: i'm sorely dispinted that despite the best efforts of chairman rogers,
mrs. lowey and all the members of the committee we yet again find ourselves in the position of considering another continuing resolution. in june on the floor i stated that our fiscal year begins on ctober 1, 2016, not may 1, 2017. and it is the responsibility of those of us holding office in this session of this congress to execute the 2017 appropriation process. we should not foist our responsibility upon the next. unfortunately, almost six months later, it is appropriate to repeat myself. as the ranking member on defense, i feel it is important to highlight some of the complicationes that we are compounding for next year -- complications that we are compounding for next year, ain, despite the work of mr. frelinghuysen. first, the c.r. hinders the d.o.d. to adapting to conditions around the globe.
although we have included a few adjustments in this c.r., many more programs and initiatives were not addressed and we will have created unforeseen but real impacts to our war fighters and their families. second, the defense budget that we are defering was planned for back in late 2015. complete the appropriations process by april 28 will present the department with a fundamental management challenge. third, it will require a significant amount of interchange with the d.o.d. for congress to complete the work for the remainder of this fiscal year's appropriation in the spring. those same individuals in offices in theand the department will simultaneously be making changes for the 2018 budget for the new administration. and while it is likely that the 2018 budget request will be delayed beyond the normal first week in february, the two
activities will overlap significantly, and it creates inefficiencies. let me also point out the department will be well into the development of its fiscal year 2019 budget at the same time. the department will be presenting the fiscal year 2018 budget to the congress. at the same time it will patiently be waiting for the resolution of this budget, all the while operating under 2016 levels that we have now extended with two consecutive c.r.'s. this c.r. has the likelihood of being particularly disruptive because it also coin sides with the change in the -- coincides with the change in the executive branch. we add a much greater burden to the incoming administration and the next congress by not completing our work now. in closing, i again appreciate the chairman, ranking member,
the staff's work, the committee's work. i regret that we find ourselves on the house floor again creating manufactured uncertainty. i would yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i now want to yield three minutes to the gentleman from oklahoma who chairs the largest civilian piece of the federal budget, the labor-hhs subcommittee on our committee, the gentleman who is the most articulate member of our committee, i would say, and one of the great members of this body. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for three minutes. mr. cole: thank you, mr. speaker. i certainly thank the gentleman for yielding and those extremely kind and gracious words. i certainly rise in support of this very important bill. i want to offer and echo the praise that's been offered on this floor by members of both
parties to our chairman who is bringing his last full appropriations bill to the floor as the full committee chairman and just tell him what a pleasure it's been to work under his leadership and to learn, frankly, at his knee. usually with a pretty good cigar at the same time. so i've enjoyed that. i think he's done a great job. i also want to congratulate my friend, the ranking member. this is a chairman and ranking member, frarningly, that have done their jobs the -- frankly, that have done their jobs the last two years. all bills were reported out of the appropriations committee both years and all 12 should have been on this floor and dealt with. and i regret that they were not. there are a lot of good things in this continuing resolution. as been mentioned earlier, the additional funds for biomedical research, the funds for our defense at a critical time of our country and disaster relief funds that parts of our country share. i know in is not the bill that chairman rogers wanted to bring to this floor. and frankly we've got to get out of this.
i couldn't agree more with my friend from indiana who said it pretty well, and this is not this committee's fault this is a failure in this congress. this is the responsibility of this congress and this administration to write the bill for next year. this is a failure to meet that responsibility. it's a necessary step. i certainly will support it, but we've simply got to get back to the point of regular order. you know, next year, believe me, i will push very hard to make sure we don't have another c.r. on april 28, that we actually do the appropriations for f.y. 2017. shouldn't be doing it in f.y. 2017, but it would be better than another c.r., and we'll push to make sure we do the f.y. 2018. i know the chairman has done everything humanly possible to do that, and i know he's had a willing partner in the ranking member. let's pass this bill but let's get back to regular order. let's restore things. there's a bipartisan sense of
frustration on the appropriations committee and frankly the leadership on both sides in this body need to work to achieve that. it's not the appropriations committee's failure. this is a failure of the house of representatives and the senate to do its job. that should not happen again. with that i urge support for the measure and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i rise to enter into a colloquy with chairman rogers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. chairman, section 170-b of the continuing resolution creates a contingency fund which could make available an additional $200 million after march 1. can you clarify if the additional funds in section 170-b will be available for obligation for three fiscal years, the same period of time as fiscal year 2017 funds appropriated to carry out the same purpose? mr. rogers: will the gentlelady yield? rs. lowey: i'm happy to yield.
mr. rogers: the answer is yes. mrs. lowey: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mckinley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from west virginia is recognized for three minutes. mr. kinzinger: for the purpose of a -- mr. mckinley: for the purpose of a colloquy. thank you, mr. chairman, for discussing this short-term health care provision for coal miners that's in the c.r. a few months ago, approximately 20,000 retired coal miners and their families received notices that they would lose their health benefits at the end of this year. not for anything they did but because of president obama's war on coal and the excessive regulationes that have forced their former employees into bankruptcy. -- former employers into bankruptcy.
remember, these men and women did nothing to cause these problems. this will give these families little relief. it's for only four months. not any longer. after this bill passes, in just a few short weeks, they will be back in the same position. they'll get the same notice. i'm deeply disturbed that this bill does not include a long-term solution. some in the senate are even willing to kill this bill, but in so doing, they would be abandoning the 20,000 coal miners. we can't do that. . we have to accept on what we have. we can't turn our backs on these families. stopping this c.r. would put people in harm's way. so i'm supporting its passage and asking that they work with me when we return next congress to find a long-term solution. our coal miners deserve the
peace of minds to know their benefits will not be threatened in the future and willing to work with the leadership and anyone else in congress to get that done. so, mr. chairman, i have enjoyed working with you as the chairman for the last six years. so my question to you, is it your understanding we will have the opportunity to pursue a long-term solution and fund the health care benefits of retired coal miners in the first months of the 115th congress and before the c.r. expires? mr. rogers: would the gentleman yield? mr. kinzinger: yes. mr. rogers: yes. that's my understanding. there are thousands of retired miners who will be impacted by the expiration of these health care benefits, many of them in my district. these miners have worked hard their entire lives to earn these
benefits and deserve to know while the promises made to them will be honored. i'm committed to working with you and other members representing coal country to arrive at a lasting solution to this problem in the new congress and to provide some lasting relief that our coal fields have suffered so much in the last eight years. mr. mckinley: thank you. reclaiming my time and i look forward to working with you. you have been very honorable and someone that i have truly enjoyed working with. and as we proceed on this in the next year and i think we can be successful. and with the incoming chairman, i'm even more excited. this is a way to come to a solution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i ask for the time remaining.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman has 22 minutes remaining. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from ohio, ms. kaptur, the ranking member of the energy and water subcommittee on appropriations. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. kaptur: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and compliment her on her work and the chairman, mr. rogers, incredible chairman. both of them did their work. but i rise today as the underlying bill that all of this is attached to our energy and water bill appalled that this christmas tree bill that the republican leadership hoisted on this congress in the last minute. this is exactly the type of bill the public hates. the top brass over there literally disrespected our committee work and produced instead a rotten egg. today, we will take a vote that forces us to choose between
shutting the government down two weeks before christmas or supporting this funding bill laced with nongermane controversial provisions. what kind of choice is this? what happened to the republicans' top priority of funding the government under regular order? not our committee's fault. we did our job. what happened to voting on 12 appropriation bills and allowing amendments under regular order? we want to do that, but we are being handcuffed. i'll tell you what happened, the republican leaders threw out our up-to-date bills and threw them in the trash and replaced them with yet another bill that looks in the rear view mirror with numbers that are two years old and doesn't meet america's defense late and the department to operate without any predictability or stability. this is disgraceful.
no wonder americans are so mad at us. if republicans wanted to take care of the military, they have failed. the military has never ever operated during a continuing resolution until now. imagine how the commanders in the field feel when the april deadline hits. if republicans wanted to take care of american workers, they have failed. this resolution abandons hardworking coal miners. right at christmas time. may i ask for an additional minute perhaps? i thank the gentlelady. if republicans wanted to run the house under regular order, they have failed. they only brought up half of the 27 bills to the floor for a vote. where are the other six. if republicans wanted to fund the government in a responsible and efficient way, they have failed. this resolution will likely cost
us millions more dollars in delayed projects, contract reaches and lost american jobs. is this a sign of what's to come? what happens on april 28 when this filthy band-aid falls off? if we want bills under regular order this year when we had a bipartisan agreement and republican majority, what will we do in may when we have the 2017 budget to fix and the 2018 budget and the debt ceiling to fix. i wonder what chaotic pakistan the republican leaders will lead us down in the new year. this is certainly a terrible sign of what's to come. i yield back my remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the messenger: a message from the president of the united states. the secretary: mr. speaker, i'm directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a
message in writing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. rogers: i now yield three minutes to the outstanding chairman of the house energy and commerce committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. upton: thank you, mr. speaker. and first i must join the long line of folks congratulating our friend and chairman of the important appropriations committee, mr. rogers from kentucky, for great service, assembling a hardworking staff and making sure at christmas time now we aren't going to be shutting down the government. i rise in support of this c.r., continuing resolution and i just want to inform a couple of my colleagues of some of the very important provisions that are included in this package to fund some of the work in 21st century cures and relief for families in
flint, michigan and elsewhere around the country. there is not a single person in this chamber who has not been touched by disease in some way. we have said all too many good-byes to the people we hold dear, every day countless folks living vibrant lives are delivered unexpected diagnosis. it is a cycle that repeats itself over and over. life can change in an instant and hope seems sometimes out of each whether alzheimer's m.s., cancer, diabetes. both the house and the senate overwhelmingly passed the 21st century cures act with 392 votes here in the house and 94 in the senate just yesterday. it is set to be signed into law next week and our effort will help change the conversation on innovation and research. but you know what?
it's patients that are going to be helped the most. and this bill fulfills our commitment to hit the ground running immediately in an effort to to deliver valuable funds in this fiscal year, something that was critical as we worked together in both sides of the aisle and the house and the senate to get it done. the bill fulfills our commitment to the folks of flint, michigan, again an issue we have dealt with and i commend mr. kildee who is on the floor working with him in a bipartisan way. the system failed at every level of government, but that's not what the folks in flint wanted to hear. they wanted answers. this bill finally delivers that. and it's been a long struggle and i commend the gentleman from michigan for his leadership on this. we worked together. this bill provides the effort to right those past wrongs. they want answers and results, and this bill delivers exactly that and i would urge my
colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this bill and send it to the senate and then to the president. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. serrano, the ranking member of the financial services and general government appropriations subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for two minutes. mr. serrano: i thank the gentlewoman. i rise to join my voice to those from new york and other places who continue to ask why not new york city, reimbursing new york city for the work and money they are spending to take care of the president-elect? we don't have a problem with safeguarding him, but someone should pay other than the local government.
and i must remind you or warn you that he loves new york and that's fine and i suspect this will be a president who will spend a lot of time in new york city rather than in the white house. that might sell well on some tv networks but won't sell well for the taxpayers of new york. so i think it's important for us now to be able to give new york the $35 million it has already paid. now the $7 million in the bill and some will say, i can't vote for this because you only have $7 million and i'm looking at chairman rogers and chairman frelinghuysen and i suspect this is a downpayment on what's to come and negotiations will get better. as i close, let me say, hal, you have been a great chairman. every time i get up and you look to your right, which is not difficult for you to do, but
when you look to your right and single me out to speak, i always felt i'm part of a team. and you're not leaving the congress, but leaving the chair manship and miss you in that position but replaced by a friend who will have to sit loser to him on the train. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from arkansas, a member of the armed services subcommittee on appropriation, mr. womack. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. womack: i thank the gentleman from kentucky for giving me a couple of minutes here to speak on behalf of this bill. i'm not real sure, mr. speaker, how much more constructive i could be on this discussion on
this underlying bill. the truth has already been spoken by both sides. it's not the bill we wanted to bring to the floor. it's not the bills that we have marked up after some very serious oversight meetings and discussions within the appropriations committee and has already been mentioned, we moved each of the 12 bills through committee. only half of them made it through the floor of the house. so it's not the final product that any of us on the appropriations committee and i would guess most of the people in our congress would have wanted to bring. but it is the bill that is on the floor today and it's quite essential that we pass it and leave for the holidays without turning washington upside down or our economy upside down. so i support the underlying bill and i would recommend that it get a thunderous amount of
approval here within the conference. i can't helpclose, but remember back six years ago, mr. speaker, when i came to this congress and during the orientation period, i had the opportunity to engage in conversation with my friend from kentucky, hal rogers. i told him then i wanted to be on his committee. i knew he was committed to regular order and i knew he understood the process and i had the desire to serve on a committee that was actually going to do something that washington is not real familiar with and that is cut spending. he has done that. i said i would be willing to take the tough votes and standing with him and rest of the colleagues on the committee to restore regular order and really the article one powers that the congress should enjoy. he has never failed me nor has he failed our committee and our
congress, our house should be -- appreciate what this gentleman has done with this regard. so i thank the gentleman from kentucky for the leadership he has given our committee and i thank him for the time here to express my feelings publicly on the floor of the house. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i am delighted to yield three minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. price, the ranking member on the transportation and housing appropriations subcommittee. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. price: i thank the gentlewoman and i second the words about our committee chair with whom i've been pleased to work.
i'm pleased that this continuing resolution makes sure that north carolina and other states have the ability to rebuild after hurricane matthew and other major storm this is year. securing the funding has been my top priority since hurricane matthew made landfall. i'm grateful for the bipartisan cooperation of the congressional delegation from our state and also the appropriations committee leadership throughout this entire process. the bill before us also includes critical funding to address the flint water crisis, our national opioid epidemic, and vice president biden's moon shot to cantser initiative. so -- to cancer initiative. so it's heartening to see these bear fruit, but this resolution stands in stark contrast to how the republican leadership of this house has managed the
appropriations end game this year. rather than work in a productive way with democrats to finalize our fiscal 2017 appropriations bills, republican leaders of the house have again decided this time in ecided, this conniveance with the trump transition, to abandon the bills we negotiabilitied in good faith to have yet another stopgap measure this one lasting an arbitrary five months this doesn't bode well for the appropriations process. we've heard the alarm bells sounded by appropriations leaders from both sides of the aisle. make no mistake, there are some immediate consequences as well this c.r. will damage h.u.d. programs that serve our most vulnerable populations. it will also prevent states from receiving new highway and transit funding called for in the bipartisan fast act. the c.r. also contains a partisan anti-safety provision
that would block overnight rest requirements for commercial truck drivers, endangering highway travel for millions of drivers across the country. perhaps most egregious as well as unprecedented is the inclusion of a waiver for president-elect trump's nominee for secretary of defense. now whatever the merits of this nomination, setting aside the seven-year waiting period designed to protect civilian control of the military deserves more deliberation and debate than a c.r. provides. mr. speaker, as we enter this period of political uncertainty, i hope that we can commit in future fiscal years to an appropriations process that allows us to exercise the pow over the purse this body's essential constitutional power, in a measured and bipartisan way. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york
reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from idaho, who chair the all-important energy and water subcommittee on our committee, mr. simpson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. simpson: thank you for the time. let me thank you for the job you've done over the last six years leading this committee. it's a difficult job, we have to make tough choices than committee has been willing to do this. i appreciate the leadership that you and ranking member lowey have provided for this committee and the direction we've been able to go. but let me say also, mr. speaker, i don't really like what we're doing here. i don't think anybody on the appropriations committee likes what we're doing here. we all know it's necessary because we don't want the government to shut down. to it's amazing to listen all the people who come to the floor, i know all the appropriations committee members
want to get back to regular order. the last time that was done was back in 1994. under republican and democrat leadership we have not been able to do it in the last 22 years. it's time we do. but it's amazing the number of people that come to the floor that aren't on the appropriation committees that say, man, we need to get back to regular order. and we all agree with that. so how do we do it. i'll tell you how we do it. it takes a commitment. it takes a commitment of republican and democratic leadership. if you're going to have open rules where any amendment can be offered and a lot of these appropriations bills come to the floor, we have 100 or 150 amendments offered, they take a lot of time to pass. that's ok. we've got to have a commitment that we're going to spend time on the floor to do these appropriation bills. and we're willing to do that. but it takes a commitment from leadership that we're going to have the floor time. we used to have a time where all during the month of june, first of july, it was appropriation
season. we were here six weeks in a row, five days a week, sometimes late at night and early in the morning, doing appropriations bills. e have a different schedule, because district work period is important for a lot of members, so every third week we go home to our districts. that time is important, but we're elected to do a job. we've got to be in washington and we've got to be on the floor and we've got to be debating these bills if we want to get back to regular order. we act as if it comes down from on high that this can't happen, like it's not in our control. it is in our control. and we on both sides of the aisle need to make a commitment that we'll get back to regular order and do appropriations bills. i thank the chairman for all the job and all the effort he and ranking member lowey have done to bring us back to regular order to the extent that we can and hopefully we get back to it. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back, the
gentleman from kentucky reserves, the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: i'm delighted to yield three minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. farr, the ranking member of the subcommittee on agriculture appropriation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. farr: thank you, mr. speaker, thank you, madam chair, for yielding. this is the last time i'll speak on this floor after 23 years of serving in the house of representatives. and it's sweet because it is about the appropriations process. and the wonderful camaraderie that that committee, which i think is the most important committee and most exciting committee in congress because you dealt with all aspects of how tovet -- of how government operates. you really do the policy wonk, the technical stuff, the drilling down -- drilling down, all those words we use to understand how government works and how much it's going to cost. you've heard this incredible bipartisanship of people dedicated to the job they were
elected to do and the committee they serve on. do the appropriations process. all of that is develop -- has developed this incredible friendship and i think respect, professional respect that we have for one another regardless of our philosophy. the bitterness of it is that you've just heard everyone so eloquently speak about the failure of the process. that we're doing a c.r. that nobody wants to do. why is that? frankly, they're not saying it, i think this is the first test of how the congress is going to respond to the new president-elect trump's agenda. it was our former member, now vice president-elect mike pence, that said, we want a c.r. he served in this house. he knows the process. we don't want -- we were all in agreement. we were going to do a comprehensive bill. we've caved to this request. and we shouldn't. because this is the only place
you do checks and balances. the abuses of the administration can be only checked and balanced in, mostly in this che. -- in this committee. it's going to be a tough year next year. it's going to be a tough year, some of the proposals being made are really radical, they're going to cut a lot of things and hurt a lot of people if this congress doesn't correct them, and we have a sense of how to do that, but we can't do it with a c.r. so i leave here, you know, really appreciative of the incredible responsibility that my electorate has given me to be here, the privilege of being in the house of representatives, i really love the opportunity to be on the appropriations committee, i respect the leadership of the chair and ranking member, being able to produce some remarkable appropriations bills. but i just ask my colleagues, take back your power. be what the electorate wants.
be what the constitution asks us to do. be that serious minded representational government that really drills down on how all of government is going to operate. don't cave in to c.r.'s. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. rogers: will the gentleman yield? the gentleman and i don't agree on many issues but i think all of us agree he's been an outstanding member of the congress, he's been a work horse on our committee, and we're going to miss you. so congratulations to you on a great career. thank you for serving. the speaker pro tempore: thank you -- mr. farr: thank you, mr. chairman, i appreciate those kind remarks. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
the gentleman from new york reserve -- the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm delighted to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from minnesota, ms. mccollum, ranking member of the interior and environment appropriations subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. mccollum: thank you. mr. speaker, once again this congress has abandoned its responsibility to provide a full-year appropriation. months of hard work were thrown away. pushing important funding decisions down the road. i've heard from families and business leaders in my district, they're worried about the uncertainty that continuing resolutions create in their daily lives. it's not a good way to govern. it's not a good way forward for our country. as the ranking member of interior and environment subcommittee, i am disappointed
that this bill only provides five months of funding for priorities like clean air, clean water, national parks, and our treaty obligations. we need to secure funding for hospitals and for schools in indian country and it should be for a full year. we need to manage our national forests and parks and the environmental protections agency of monitoring toxins that threaten the health of our families. the decision that we have before us today only allows these programs to continue for five months and be in jeopardy again in april this bill does not take an -- this bill does take one important step, however, to assist with lead poisoning crisis in flint, although it's less than what's needed and coming far too late. i want to thank, however, toirman call vert and i want
thank chairman rogers and ranking member lowey for their work to ensure this bill does not contain any new policy riders that would impact the interior subcommittee's jurisdiction. my biggest concern with this legislation is not interior related but instead involves the fundamental principle of our democracy. the dig by republican leadership to include language that would limit a full public debate on senate confirmation for the nominee of secretary of defense is alarming. civilian control of our military has been a corn stone of american democracy since our country's founding. when the secretary of defense position was created in 1947, this principle was enshrined into law. with that, i think the decision moving forward in this bill is deeply concerning to all americans and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york.
mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i am pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee a member of the committee on financial services. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for two minutes. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend and colleague, the ranking member, for yielding and for her work on behalf of the hometown -- my hometown of flint, she's been one of the strong advocates. no piece of legislation that i have yet seen in the four years i have been in congress that has come before this floor is perfect. and this bill is included. but, the people of flint, the people of my hometown, today, cannot drink their water. because of actions by the state government and frankly as we know, failure of the federal government through the e.p.a. to
alert the citizens of flint to the crisis, to the fact that their water had been poisoned, has caused this community to face the biggest crisis that it's faced in all its years. i am a product of flint, michigan. i grew up in flint. everything i have, everything i am, i owe to that community, and it has faced some terrible struggles over the years. loss of manufacturing jobs, 90% of those manufacturing jobs gone. . it's a community that had just begun to rebuild itself when this water crisis has caused flint to face the toughest times it's ever faced. it needs every level of government to step up, to provide relief. this bill includes necessary funding to put flint back on a path that allows its citizens to have the basic human right
of clean drinking water. so i ask my colleagues, as we consider obviously all elements of all legislation, but also keep in mind, this is the last day of this session of congress in the house of representatives. this is our last chance to provide that much-needed help to my hometown. this is why i was sent to congress. to fight for the people that i represent. to make sure they have what they need and to make sure that at this moment of their greatest need, that every level of government responds to them and that's why i'll support it -- this bill and i hope my colleagues will join me in that. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. >> i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas who chairs the all-important homeland security subcommittee on our committee, mr. carter.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: i thank the chairman for yielding, i thank the chair for recognizing me. i am a proud member of the appropriations committee. i have one of the most difficult areas as far as current events in the country, and that's homeland security. and i don't like a c.r. any more than any other appropriator likes a c.r. but our job is to fund the government. the constitution tells us we are to fund the government. and we have hardworking people like hal rogers who reads the constitution and realizes we've got to take the best medium we can for now and fund the government. so of course -- and i am going to support this c.r. and i hope all my colleagues will. i want to tell you, all of us on the appropriations committee
go through the entire process of doing the best we can for the departments we represent, to give them suggestions of leadership and direction, to fund the projects that they need, to take care of the employees that work there, and take care of the mission of every department we have. and to have to feed all that to a c.r. is painful. but reality is reality, the government must go on. and at this point, in this time, the government will go on with this c.r. and i also wanted to get up and say, as you go through these battles, wonderful people, like my chairman, mr. rogers, and mrs. lowey, fight through the frustrations through the entire committee. and we do this. and yet these great minds, like hal rogers, know how to make
things work around here, and they're willing to put in the time and the effort to get it done, no matter how it has to be done. our preference is pass all appropriations bills into law. a necessity at this time is a c.r. and i trust absolutely my chairman is doing the right thing. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee, from the committee on the judiciary and homeland. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for two minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentlelady from new york and i thank her for her leadership. i want to associate myself with the words on the chairman, mr. rogers, and thank him for his years of commitment and dedication to this nation. i also want to acknowledge my good friend sam farr and thank him so very much for being so strong and committed to the
right things of this body and the nation. i thank him for his service. i join with my colleagues, many have said this is the wrong way to fund the government. that appropriations legislation done by the appropriations committee was ready and done. and i join my colleague who says that we caved. we conceded to not doing our job in the 114th congress. and for that reason i am very concerned. earlier today we had the wrda bill and i support that bill, for the many projects that are going to help the citizens of texas. i wish i could say the same thing as we go into the continuing resolution. for, yes, we have suffered in the state of texas. there's $1 billion for the army corps of engineers, $1.8 billion for the community development block grant, $1 billion for the federal highway. certainly i would say in the wrda bill is the authorization for helping the people of flint
and a reform of the safe drinking act, to make sure we protect people from lead-filled water, protect our children. that is a good thing. but it is not a good thing to only put $100 million in for flint. but i support my colleague, congressman kildee, that this money is needed and the needed now. i think there's more that we can do and we should have done regular order and if we'd done regular order, a few more days, we would have passed appropriation bills. let me also say that what really skews and takes this bill off its wheels, the c.r., is the waiver, the expedited process of trying to move forward a nominee of the incoming president, violating statutory law that has not been changed in -- has not been utilized in 66 years, since the famous general marshall was selected. why not regular order, hearings, legislation, understanding what this will do
to the military civilian separation? mr. speaker, let me simply say, we've got to do our job the right way. this c.r. is not the right way. the american people need us to do our job the right way. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky reserves. the gentleman from new york -- the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm very pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished democratic leader, nancy pelosi, from the state of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. ms. pelosi: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding and i commend her for her excellent leadership as the ranking member, ranking democratic member on the appropriations committee. as an appropriator myself, i understand the culture, i understand the camaraderie between parties and for that reason i want to commend our distinguished chairman, mr.
rogers, for his wonderful service as the chairman of the appropriations committee. i served with him for many years on the committee, i know firsthand his concern for the american people. and i thank you for your service. i know you'll continue as an appropriator, but thank you for your leadership as chairman, mr. rogers. i join in commending one of our members, who is leaving, sam farr, for his always looking out for america's children. whether it was the health or education especially, in terms of their access to food security. thank you, mr. farr, for your leadership. mr. speaker, it's with great regret that i come to the floor to express my personal disappointment in this legislation. and that i will be voting no. my colleagues have asked me what i think about it, i am not urging them to do anything, but i am telling you why i think his is a missed opportunity.
while we all recognize that it was a moral challenge for us to do something for the children of flint, the manner in which was done, was used to get votes for another bill, which i think was wrong. but not to dwell on process, not to dwell on process. let's just look at the facts. the facts are thiels. this will probably be a bill over -- these. this will probably be a bill ver $1.5 trillion. could have been $170 million appropriated for the children of flint in this bill. some would say that's not authorized. probably $250 billion to $300 billion in this bill is not authorized. so why should the children of flint have to step over a higher barrier? and that's just exemplary of
the partisan nature of the bill. we have always worked in a bipartisan way, house and senate appropriations, and especially as we come to the end of the year. but this year it was republican, republican house and senate. again, again, forget process. but what does that mean in terms of priority? it means that families first, an initiative to help foster kids in our country, something that had bipartisan support, house and senate, was rejected from consideration. it means, again, that the miners, the families of coal miners, who needed -- supposing your business that you worked for, my colleagues, went bankrupt or declared themselves insolvent and therefore your pension and your health care benefits disappeared. how would you feel? well, that's just what happened
to the miners. and what was needed is a long-term security for them -- is long-term security for them, that mr. mckinley, a republican, put forth in his legislation, that we hoped could be taken up and be part of this. but it was rejected by a republican -- our republican colleagues. and it was interesting, because one of the other things that is not in this bill, that we hoped would be, would be a correction to last year's bill for extenders for renewable energy. i was told by the republicans that we don't want to do that for renewable energy because we are fossil fuel guys. fossil fuel guys take care of the miners and their families. the anticipation was that there could be a five-year proposal for pension and health care benefits. right now there's a four-month provision for health care. four months. not five years. not pensions and benefits. just health care. why, why is that so
unimportant, when we're talking about people who are part of a mining in our country, that is fading, and they need help and we should be here to help them. so as we reject any proposals for renewables that might provide many, many jobs for these same people, we are also rejecting their rights to their health benefits and their pensions. the list goes on. but it's really so sad that the flint issue should have been all in one bill, but it was not for reasons i can't explain. and that's why, i can't explain it, i'm not voting for it. that's why i've called upon my colleagues, recognizing the many good things in the bill, but not meeting the needs of the american people.
kids, bipartisan support, house and senate, rejected. rejected. now, there is funding for the opioids in this legislation. nd i'm pleased about that. i've been told i should be happy about that because it was one of our requests. i think it was a bipartisan request of everyone, house and senate, to have the funding for opioids. that's what i thought. that's what i thought. i'm glad it's in the bill. so in any event, for the opportunity lost, for the ignoring of some very legitimate proposals to help the american people, for the rejection of republican suggestions in terms of the miners, for these and other reasons, i will be voting against this, regretfully, because we have tried to work in a bipartisan way in the ast, but this year, instead of
four poster, it's two, and that's had an impact on what the con nent of what this is -- on what the content of this is and that has had an impact on the american people. that's why i am voting for the bill. members will have to make their own decisions. but we cannot go down the path of missed opportunities and just roll over and not speak out and say, this isn't the best that we can do for the american people. and we owe them much better than this bill. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: does the gentlelady ave additional speakers? mrs. lowey: i'm concluding. mr. rogers: i'm sorry, i didn't hear the gentlelady. mrs. lowey: yes. i am concluding, mr. chairman. mr. rogers: does the gentleman
yield back? mrs. lowey: no. i'm concluding. are you -- mr. rogers: i'm prepared to close if the gentlelady is. mrs. lowey: i yield. do i have anyone else? no. i will close after the gentleman closes. oh, i can -- ok. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, as we conclude debate on the c.r., i want to take a moment to acknowledge the service of chairman rogers. this may be the last bill mr. rogers will manage as full committee chairman. i've appreciated his partnership and his friendship. i support his ultimate goal as chairman to pass individual spending bills, allowing members to exercise their constitutional
duty of providing fun -- of providing funding for government programs and it may be an understatement to say he has faced political head winds each year that made regular order out of reach. but i know he will remain as a senior member of the committee and we he will continue to work to pass full year bills. and i thank you for your partnership. finally, i would be remiss if i didn't take a moment to recognize my departing colleagues on the committee. for 23 years, sam farr has worked tirelessly to support agriculture, ensure the safety of our food and medicine, protect the vitality and cleanliness of our oceans, has also been a tireless defender of our military veterans, the peace corps, and the institution of
congress itself. we are also losing the ranking member of the commerce, justice, science committee, mike honda. mike's life experiences, including his early years with his family in a japanese-american internment camp helped shape his efforts addressing income inequality, lgbtq equity, technology issues that are vital to his silicon valley district. new york and all the of america's middle class is losing one of their strongest advocates with steve israel who has been a champion of our armed forces, clean air, and water, and the u.s.-israel relationship. on the republican side, we will miss scotry gell, david jolly and especial -- scot rigell, david jolly and especially ander
crenshaw. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from kentucky. mr. rogers: may i inquire the time remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has 8 1/2 minutes remaining. . rogers: i yield myself the rest of the time. as i noted before, this may be the last time i speak before the body as chairman of the house appropriations committee. let me first say how much i appreciate the friendship and the camaraderie with the gentlelady from new york, mrs. lowey, she's been a pleasure to work with. she's perceptive, she's persistent, and she is a personal friend. and we enjoy a great friendship. without a doubt, the last six years have had their ups and downs.
but i've always been proud to serve the people of kentucky, the people of this nation, the appropriations committee, and this great institution that we admire. let me highlight, mr. speaker, just a few of these ups and downs that i mentioned with one f my favorite exercises, a by-the-numbers reflection on our many shared experiences. here's my by-the-numbers recollection of my last six years at the helm of the appropriations committee. 650. the number of hearings held by appropriations subcommittees. 140. the number of appropriations bills considered on the house floor. 19. the number of appropriations bills considered on the floor in just one month, october of 2013. 12.
the number of appropriations bills we should pass every year. 2,1 2, the number of -- 2,122 the number of amendments considered to appropriations bill. 592 and counting, the numb of floor hours spent debating appropriations bill. 70. the number of appropriations bills enacted into law. hopefully that will make it 71. two trillion, the number of dollar -- of dollars saved in discretionary outlays as a direct result of our appropriations work. too many to count. the number of cigars smoked in my office. and they were not only me. number one. the number of basketball championships won by the university of kentucky. 70, the number of mighty fine
members that have served on the committee over the last six years. incalculable, the number of hours our staff, the best on the hill, have put into their tireless work on behalf of all of us. this includes late nights, weekends, holidays, you name it. when we need them, they're there. and they've done a wonderful job. in particular, mr. speaker, let me take a moment to thank will smith, sitting beside me here, will worked up-- the ranks in my personal office, serving as chief of staff before moving to the committee in 2011. first as deputy staff director and now as staff director.
he's been with me for so long and through so much it's hard to calculate. in any year, he is a first round draft pick. and i'm fortunate to have had him by my side these past six years. he has done a wonderful, wonderful job. and to mrs. lowey and our senate counterparts, chairman cochran, ranking might be mikulski, for all their -- ranking member mikulski, for all their work throughout the process and the great work they have done. today is a bittersweet day but i'm deeply honored to have served this institution at the head of the committee i love. i hope this institution and the people we serve are better off now because of our work other the last six years. and i know that under the steadfast leadership of our new chairman, a dear -- our dear
friend, rodney frelinghuysen, the progress we've made will only continue to grow. in addition to will, let me thank the front office staff of he committee, will smith, jim, le oak, steven set, jennifer hing, matt, mara hernandez, mmy hughes, kaitlyn locouer, kalisha, and then the clerks of the subcommittee, epeople that really do the hard work. tom o'brien. john martins. rob blair. donna s crmbings havez. valerie, dave, susan ross, liz dawson, maureen hollohan, fred higgins, deana behren, and all
the staff that works with them on the subcommittees and the full committee. so mr. speaker, in closing, let me thank you for the help that you've given me as chairman of the committee over the years, both on the committee and off. the friendships that we have developed, the camaraderie that develops and exists on our committee, and throughout the body. it's been a great honor to serve in this role. i look forward to continuing to work in the committee to do the nation's work. thank you all for your collaboration, your consideration, and your companionship over the last six years. with that, mr. speaker, i yield ack.
the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 949, the previous question is ordered. the question is on the motion offered by the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is agreed to. without objection, a motion to reconsider is laid on the table. mr. rogers: i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman ask for the yeas and nays? mr. rogers: the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the order of the house of today, 15-minute vote on adoption of the motion will be followed by a five-minute vote on adoption of the motion to
recommit on s. 612, passage of s. 612 if ordered, and agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal if ordered. this is ais is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
pennsylvania, mr. doyle, on which yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will redesignate the motion. the clerk: motion to recommit on s. 612 offered by mr. doyle of pennsylvania. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on agreeing to the motion. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
ouse will be in order. members, please take your conversations off the floor. lear the well. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mccarthy: i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for the purpose of a scheduling announcement. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mccarthy: i rise today to inform my colleagues that upon completion of our work today, the house will no longer be in session this week and these will be the last votes expected here in the 114th congress. additionally, i would like those members who will not be returning next congress. we thank you for your hard work and service to this great body. and lastly, i would like to wish everyone a very merry christmas and happy new year.
to those members returning next congress, i would say this. you can expect a very busy legislative schedule. you need to get your rest, because we will be working to make america great again. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. five-minute voting will continue. the question is on the passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the ayes have it. mr. mccarthy: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 360rk the nays are 6 -- 360, the nays are 61. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal which the chair will put de novo. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. this those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ace have it, the ace have it, the -- the ayes have it, the ayes have it, the journal stands approved.
he house will be in order. the house will be in order. please. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i send to the desk a concurrent resolution and ask unanimous consent for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 183, concurrent
resolution directing the secretary of the senate to make a correction in the enrollment of the bill, senate 612. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the concurrent resolution? without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider s laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that the committee on oversight and government reform be business charged from further consideration of h.r. 6450. mr. chaffetz: and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6450, a bill to amend the inspector -- inspector general act of 1978, to strengthen the independence of the inspectors general and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the
consideration of the bill? mr. chaffetz: mr. speaker. i have an amendment to the bill at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. chaffetz of utah. page 18, line 11rk strike information -- mr. chaffetz: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous con send the to dispense with the reading of the amendment. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the amendment is agreed to. and the bill is engrossed. read a third time. passed and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. chaffetz: i ask unanimous consent that the committee on oversight and government reform be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 6451 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6451, a bill to
improve the government-wide management of federal property. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the bill? without objection, the bill is engrossed, read a third time and passed and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from american samoa seek recognition? mrs. radewagen: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on natural resources and committee on science, space and technology be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 6452 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6452, a bill to implement the convention on the conservation and management of high speed fisheries' resources in the north pacific ocean, to implement the convention on the conservation and management of
high seas fishery resources in the south pacific ocean, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the bill? without objection, the bill is engrossed, read a third time and passed and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the permanent select committee on intelligence be discharged from further consideration of the bill, h.r. 6480, and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6480, a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2017, for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the united states government, the intelligence community management account, and the central intelligence agency retirement and disability system and for other
purposes. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the bill? without objection, the bill is engrossed, read a third time and passed. and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to submit statements and extraneous materials for the record for h.r. 6480. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 3:00 p.m. on monday, december 12, 2016. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the chair announces the speaker's appointment, pursuant to section 201-b of the international religious freedom act of 1998 and the order of the house of january 6, 2015, of the following individual on the part of the house to the commission on international religious freedom for a term ending may 14, 2018.
toigioux of california. the speaker pro tempore: the chair announces the speaker's appointment, pursuant to 20 u.s.c. 1011-c and the order of the house of january 6, 2015, of the following individual on the part of the house to the national advisory committee on institutional quality and integrity to fill the existing vacancy thereon. the clerk: upon the ridges of the majority leader, mr. brian jones of washington, d.c. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives, sir, pursuant to section 4 of the virgin
islands of the united states centennial public law 114-224, i am pleased to appoint the following individual to the virgin islands of the united states centennial commission. ms. staysey plaskett of the virgin islands. signed nancy pelosi, democratic leader. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and stepped and revise my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. i rise er: mr. speaker, today in honor of lieutenant chatham metro police department passed away on sunday. he dedicated 27 years of
savannah's police department and worked in the south side present senching. he was honored as the presenching supervisor of the year for 2015. because of his dedication and accomplishments for the police department, he was promoted to lieutenant in november before retiring. one clearly stands out in many people's minds. in 2015, savannah newspapers published a photo helping a marathon runner who had fallen about 200 yards from the marathon. lieutenant kane rushed to his side and helped him cross the finish line. he was participating in the race and wanted to finish for him. the runner said, lieutenant kane meant a lot to me and not just for helping me then. he was inspiring a hero.
the lieutenant was a hero to his family and us. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman -- for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. goodlatte: i ask unanimous consent to take from the speaker's table the bill h.r. 6477, the foreign cultural exchange jurisdictional immunity clarification act and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. clarify : h.r. 6477 to the exception to foreign sovereign immunity set forth in such title. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the bill? without objection, the bill is engrossed, read a third time and passed. and the motion to reconsider is
laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from nevada seek recognition? ms. titus: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. titus: many people around the country like to say what happens in vegas stays in vegas but i'm here to tell you that's not accurate. what happens in vegas comes to the washington beltway. tonight, mgm resorts international, the largest employer in the state of nevada will bring a little bit of las vegas right here to the banks of the poe toma. national harbor will officially open its doors tonight creating a new standard for hospital and tourism here on the east coast and national harbor is contributing to the local economy. mgm has received over 40,000
applicants for positions at the $1.4 billion, 308-room property and hired over 4,000 people in jobs that cover 100 different categories. so in the new year, i want you to invite to come out and enjoy all of the food, the entertainment, the shopping that mgm has to offer here in the area. and maybe it will inspire to see me in district one in las vegas. thank you. and happy holidays. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. foam tom mr. speaker, yesterday we remembered 2,403 americans who lost their lives on the attack of pearl harbor.
naval station pearl harbor came under attack by the imperial japanese navy in an effort to destroy the pacific fleet. japan sent hundreds of planes to attack ships, planes and facilities. although the attack lasted only two hours, the aftermath was devastating, eight battle ships were damaged and five were sunk, another nine vessels were lost, 188 aircraft and infrastructure assets were destroyed. thousands of americans gave their lives but they were not lost in vein. their sacrifice prompted the united states going into war in europe. on the 75th anniversary on the attack on perble harbor, we remember those who lost their lives and those who served on december 7, 1941. you have inspired generations of americans and will continue to do so for years to come. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. ryan: thank you, mr. speaker. we have been hearing a lot in the last few days and weeks about what is happening in indiana with the carrier plant and last night, the president-elect of the united states took a swipe at the local union official, united steel workers in indiana, a man who the last several months has probably the worst months of his life to where he has to tell members of his union that they are going to lose their job right before the holidays. families and many of us in this body have known union leaders who have had to deal with this exact situation. and for the president-elect to take his position, the bully pulpit that the people of our country have given him to try to
smack down a steel worker in indiana who is dealing with a tough situation is shameful and on the heels of that, appoint to the secretary of labor's position who is anti-labor and wants to get rid of food workers, when he makes millions of dollars a year and the food worker makes $18,000 on a good year. this is not what my people signed up for, the people who may have even voted for donald trump. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would remind members to refuse to engaging in personalities against the president-elect. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. coffman: i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. coffman: i rise to support the 21st century cures act, a bill fostering medical innovation and developing new
treatments to provide better individualized care. the 21st century cures act ensures americans suffering from some of the most common and devastating diseases receive quicker access to the medical treatment. a bill aimed at addressing the lack of f.d.a. standards and oversight and approval of medicine were incorporated into the final version of the 21st century cures act. reagain rative medical treatments developed from stem cells so the potential to fully restore or normal function in damaged cells, tissues or organs. our thanks to the gates center in colorado, one of the nation's leading medicine research centers. i have had the opportunity to see up close the potential of these treatments and have long advocated for their increased
use and availability. the 21st century cures act will bring renewed hope to so many americans across our country and i urge the president to sign this bill into law right away. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sarbanes: i congratulate and salute senator muscle could you sky on her amazing and outstanding career. they say of people once they start their career they never look back. in the senator's case, she always looked back and always remembered where she came from and fought for the people of east baltimore every step of the way. i had the pleasure over the years as i attended events of gathering up what i call up
muscle cows kiisms. she used to talk about the need to cooperate. she would say i'm not into finger pointing but pinpointing and others wringing their hands we need to come with a helping hand and talked about the fact that behind every knee is a we. and talked about how people have three shifts every day. they work at their job, they come home and work for their family and serve in their community. and i remember her once referring to a completely futile effort. so we love to remember senator muscle could you sky's voice and we are going to miss her and she fought for baltimore, maryland and for america. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute
and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i honor the life and service of the united states united states army captain andry c. buyers who died in afghanistan. captain buyers was assigned to b company 10 central forces group based at frt carson colorado. he was deployed to afghanistan as part of the mission to train, advise and assist local forces. captain buyers was a graduate of the united states military academy with a distinguished career of service to our nation including prior doiments to the democratic republic of congo and italy. i extend my thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and teammates. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition?
>> i ask unanimous consent to speak to the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. muscle couldenator you sky. the senator has truly made history both by her longist and leadership. she is the longest serving woman in the senate and first democratic woman elected to the chamber. barbara and i bonded over our shared passion for local government. the rubber meets the road and both believe that all politics is local. that has made her so popular and so effective. we worked hand in hand as appropriators. she is the ranking member of her respective committee and worked tirelessly for critical to create jobs and create funts. two things about the senator that have always impressed me about her public service.
first, she always relates to her father's corn store in baltimore city where he opened his doors and he would say how may i help you. she quotes that and lives by it every day of her life for the people of the state of maryland. the other thing that impresses me is a saying she says, it's not about the building. the senator has never cared about the bricks and mortar but the people who work inside, what they do and how they help the citizens. barbara, for all you have done for the baltimore, for maryland and for the country, the words thank you just don't seem enough. i'm very proud to call you my friend and mentor and i wish you all the best and days ahead. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the alance of his time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
from maryland seek reck fligs? -- seek recognition? without objection. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i rise today in tribute to someone who i have known and called a friend for many, many years. over three decades, perhaps four. barbara mccull i ask -- mckulski, the tallest short person i have ever met. she fills a room. everybody knows when barbara is in the chamber or in the room or in the auditorium. barbara, as you have heard, will retire at end of the congress after having served maryland in the house and senate since 1977. she has been a
people -- voice for people, the poor, the sick, the overworked, the underpaid. the baltimore dock workers worried for their jobs, the women earning less than their male colleagues for the same work, the children in foster care for homeless -- or homeless shelters. all of them have come to see barbaramy culls i ask can i at their chomp -- barbara mikulski at their champion she started her career as a social worker and brought that work to congress. she returnings as one of the -- one of the most successful social -- returns as one of the most successful social workers in history. she's work hard to support america's first responders, broaden our explores of space and science. what a giant she's been for nasa, helped seniors afford health care and keep america's promise to its veterans. she passed the lilly ledbetter equal pay act, introduced by the -- introduced the paycheck fairness act to end the wage gap once and for all and has fought continuously to raise the minimum wage.
the senator blazes the trail as the longest serving woman in the history of congress. and the first woman to be elected without a relative as a predecessor. and the first woman and first marylander to chair the appropriations committee. and she's left an indelible mark on millions across maryland and across america. i've been proud to serve alongside her and will miss her in the capitol, as i know so many others will as well. my colleagues and i rise, we will lament the loss of senator mikulski at our colleague in the congress. but we will be so proud that we have been able to call her colleague and friend. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom maryland seek recognition?
>> to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cummings: thank you, mr. speaker. i take this opportunity to reflect on senator mikulski's vision for america and upon all that she has achieved in public life. i want to -- on a personal note, i am deeply grateful that god has given me the opportunity to know and work with a woman who all would agree is a remarkable human being and a person i am honored to call my friend. barbara mikulski's progressive vams are solid and they are clear. and we have always known that she would fight for all of us, every single day. less well known, however, is barbara's life-time vision of bringing all of america's working families together in support of progressive change.
here is the dream that ties together her roots in baltimore with my own in south baltimore and west baltimore heritage. she's indeed a very, very special woman. she has never forgotten from when she's come and one of the things i also love about her is that she consistently synchronizes her conduct with her conscience. so we will miss her, but we know that barbara will always be fighting for the people of our great city, for the great people of the state of maryland, and the people of these great united states. ith that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? without objection. mr. van hollen: long before the last "star wars" movie came out, i said, when senator mikulski's with you, the force is with you.
and senator mcmicullsky's been a powerful force --my cull kiss -- mikulski's been a powerful force for good. for our workers, our veterans, our seniors, and people from all walks of life. her leadership on the appropriations committee brought vital investments to the thriving port of baltimore and the social security administration. she has supported security missions in places like fort mead, investments -- investments in life-saving research at n.i.h. and discovery at nasa. she authored the very first bill signed by president obama, the lilly ledbetter law, to give women who face pay discrimination their day in court. she started in politics by fighting the plan to build a highway through her beloved neighborhood in fells point. she won that fight and 40 years later she's still waging and winning fights for working families. a few years back, when nasa scientists discovered a new supernova, they named it supernova mikulski. and i know her legacy will always burn bright for maryland and for our country.
thank you, senator barb. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? ms. kaptur: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. kaptur: i would like also, as a representative from ohio, but senior woman in the house, to join my remark,s to those of -- remarks to those of former congresswoman and now u.s. senator from maryland, barbara mikulski, in tribute to her incredible service. when i first arrived, she was a member of this house and i remember how gracious she was to me. her background from working class blue collar america, from a steel town like baltimore, which has transformed since then, brought the concerns and the passion of someone from the working class and she's continued on that road every single day, whether she was here on the house side or went to the other body. as the longest serving woman in
u.s. history. imagine that. baltimore's famous for having little steps that people go into their bungalows from and she took a giant leap, even show she was probably still one of the shortest members of congress physically, she remains one of the tallest women in american history. and i think of her when i look at the dome of the capitol and i see the woman facing east, the symbol of liberty, and she held a-- aloft high not just the flag but the vision for an america inclusive of all. we wish her god speed in the years ahead. i maintain high fond memories of her -- my fond memories of her and her incredible leadership. on every subcommittee on which she served. and the honorable service that she provided not just to the citizens of maryland, but to our entire country. god bless you, senator mikulski, your family, your friends, and those who value your service beyond measure. i yield back the balance of my ime.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to highlight the pentagon's $125 billion of wasteful spending exposed this week by "the washington post." just this week congress allocated hundreds of billions of dollars to fund a military that is larger than the next six countries' militaries combined, while we are providing a comparatively small amount of money to increased medical -- increase medical research, educate our youth and support our first responders. to then discover that the pentagon had identified $125 billion in waste underscores our nation's misguided priorities. if just 10% of that waste was redirected to the national institutes of health, cures could be found and lives could be saved. in this year's defense authorization, $1.5 billion is spent to upgrade an aircraft carrier that the u.s. navy recommended to retire.
until we press the pentagon to undergo rigorous audit, i cannot and will not support their bloated budget request. i share president eisenhower's concerns when he said, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influences. whether sought or unsought. by the military industrial complex. the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this week i had the opportunity to participate in the american red cross holiday mail for hairees program, where we sent christmas cards to service members who served far from home this christmas season. seemingly a simple gesture, honoring these patriots really
caused you to reflect on the meaning of christmas. mr. lamalfa: john 3: 16 states, god gave his only begotten son. god sent his son to be born in bethlehem the first christmas, bringing great joy to the world. with shepherds, the wise men and angels all sharing in the joy and the celebration. christmas is a time to rejoice as children of god and continue the tradition of giving, not out of necessity, but out of love. we're so grateful to be -- we have so much to be grateful for this year. we are blessed to live in the greatest country in the world and we owe it all tower brave and courageous men and women who sacrificed so much to safeguard our values. this christmas season, in the spirit of give, i encourage to you take a moment, show your appreciation to those serving our nation, both here and ablod, -- abroad, their families here at home, as well as our law enforcement, who have to work these times as well. may their service and sacrifice always be appreciated, merry christmas. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? without objection. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i rise to salute a wonderful pastor, the reverend dr. t.r. williams, who is celebrating and commemorating the 50 years of preaching, his commitment and dedication to the special word and the word of his faith, is to be commended. but he's also a trained businessman. he's also a person that believes in his flock and that they are number one. i've enjoyed worshiping with pastor t.r. williams over the years. ater, a pastor -- orater, a pastor, a nurturer, a counselor, but most of all a friend. a friend to the great membersat of his church, but a friend to many young pastors and others alike. he's admired by his fellow clergerymen, they respect him for his -- clergymen, they
respect him for his love of god's word. i'm so grateful to have known him. just a few weeks ago his congress gays honored him with a jy -- congregation honored him with a gigantic celebration because he's deserving of such. pastor williams, it is my privilege and pleasure to be able to salute you and to say thank you for your service. because when you serve in the lord's name, you serve this nation. might i also thank all of those who have served in the united states military, wherever they may be this season. this is a season of blessing and i wish for everyone in this great nation, blessings during this wonderful and very special season. happy holidays to all. ay i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. clyburn of south carolina for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request is granted. the chair will entertain
special order speeches, without project to resumption of legislative business. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2015, the gentleman from delaware, mr. carney, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority leader. mr. carney: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the members of my staff who have served me and the people of delaware over the past six years. many of them have gathered in the gallery above us and i welcome them to hear these remarks. i tell them all the time that we have the best jobs in the world. and they have done incredible work on behalf of the people of our state and our country. during my six years as delaware's lone member of congress, i have been enormously privileged to work
with such a great team. we've become like family. whether they're cheering me on at the congressional baseball game or they're working a weekend coffee with your congressman, i know they've always got my back. and i could not have done my job for the people of our state without them. so i would like to thank each of them individually for their contributions to our team and to our state. my chief of staff, sheila grant, has guided and counseled me all six years of my time here. her honesty and candor have consistently steered me in the right direction. and i've appreciated greatly her sense of humor. my state director, molly, has not only an incredible ability to understand complex problems, but more importantly she comes up with solutions to fix them. she's a huge asset to me and to
the people of delaware. my deputy state director, albert shields, has stood by me since the beginning, going back to my days as lieutenant governor, his knowledge of delaware 6 -- and his work ethic are unmatched. i'm grateful for the work of our team in delaware, christy has kept the trains running on time and the office humming, for both former congressman mike cassell and for me. nicole keeps our office plugged into local issues and shepherds local nonprofits and governments through the maze of federal grant application. joe bryant helps our constituents navigate the challenging landscape of federal benefits, all while serving as a member of the delaware national guard. . sarah is the queen of constituent service who's loved by all, a tenacious