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tv   U.S. House Re-elects Paul Ryan as Speaker 239-189 Approves Rules Package  CSPAN  January 3, 2017 2:00pm-4:01pm EST

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>> madam clerk, the speaker-elect, paul d. ryan, from the state of wisconsin.
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ms. pelosi: it is my honor to join speaker ryan in welcoming all of you to the 115th congress. to new members and your families in this special moment, i offer a special greeting and special congratulations. each of us comes here sustained by the love of our own family and the trust of our constituents. i am grateful to my husband, paul, our five children, nine grandchildren, and my family, especially our patriarch, my brother. and to the people of san
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francisco, thank you once again for the privilege of representing our beautiful and diverse city. in a brief span of days we will inaugurate a new president, donald trump. and a new vice president, our ormer colleague, mike pence. at that noon hour we will enact the peaceful transfer of power that is the bedrock of our republic. for eight years our country has been graced by the trail blazering leadership and dignity of president obama and michelle obama. at their side have been vice president and dr. jill biden. let us give the obamas, the bidens, and their families our thanks for all that they have given america.
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today as we celebrate the renewal of our democracy, let us pay tribute to the men and women in uniform, those who rve or have served and their familiesho -- whose sfives an bravey are guarantors of our democratcy. let us thank our men and women n uniform.
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in this chamber restand at the very heart of the american experiment. every time each of us steps on to the floor, we carry with us the hopes and the hurts of those who have sent us here. we surely have distinct political identifies as republicans and democrats, but above all we're all americans. here, here we have the responsibility and the power to lift the lives and the hopes of the american people. our first responsibility is to secure the nation, embodied in the oath we take to support and defend. we must be strong and smart in defending our land, defeating terrorists, and advancing our vital interest in the world of
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promise and -- a world of promise and peril. america's actions must always be equal to america's values. honoring our constitution and respecting our men and women in uniform. another responsibility is to further secure our economy and truly secure opportunity for hardworking families. we in this congress must focus on job creation and growing paychecks every day for everyone and everywhere in our contry. -- country. from the rural heartland, the cities, and the beshes we must -- suburbs, we must ensure that those who do their part have the opportunity to buy a home, address the aspirations of their children, and retire with dignity. and our responsibility is also to secure our democracy. our founders pledged their
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sacred honor to create a democracy, a government of the many not a government of the money. now our sacred trust is to keep that convenant. we cannot permit our democracy to be sub borned by the checkbooks of the powerful or subverted by the dark perations of a foreign regime. all of us cherish our ideals. we do have our differences and they are real, but i hope that we'll each be humble enough to accept the good faith of others. i hope, too, that we will find wisdom from the scriptures where it says to minister to the needs of god's creation,
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humanity, and nature is an act of worship, to ignore those needs is to dishonor the god who made us. in that spirit in order to meet the needs of the american people house democrats pledge to seek common ground wherever we can. to forge a bipartisan path forward on job creating infrastructure. to make taxes and foreign trade fair to american workers. to help americans balance work and family life. and to drain the swamp of big money from our campaigns. all of these provisions of president-elect trump has pledged and we will seek common ground. but we will stand our ground wherever in good conscience we must. if there is an attempt to destroy the guarantee of
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medicare, harm medicare social security, or the affordable care act, democrats will stand ur ground. if there is an assault on clean air and clean water, on civil rights, women's rights, or lgbt rights, if dreamers and their immigrant families face a nightmare of deportation, democrats will stand our round. and if there is an attempt to silence our voices for commonsense gun violence prevention, with gabby giffords here in the chamber as our witness, democrats will stand ur ground.
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many of us just celebrated christmas. the birth of christ. and sharing in our humanity god enabled us to participate in divinity. y -- his this spark is acknowledged in every faith and tradition in recognizing the spark in others, we reaffirm it in ourself. honor it -- honoring it -- honoring that spark of divinity we're commanned to respect the dignity and worth of all of god's children and to work ogether for the common good. in that spirit i offer my congratulations to the speaker of this new congress, a proud son of wisconsin, paul ryan.
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paul ryan is a leader of principle, immersed in ideas, and gifted with experience. as we all know paul ryan has had the full breadth of experience on capitol hill from waiter to hill staffer to congressman, he went on to be a sincere and proud advocate for his point of view as chairman of the budget committee and chairman of the ways and means committee. in a place as demanding as the speakership, i know he gathers strength daily from the family he loves so dearly, from his wife, his children, and their entire family. let's acknowledge the ryan amily.
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oh, wisconsin. got it. mr. speaker, god bless them, god bless you, god bless wisconsin. god bless the members of this house. god bless the united states of america. this is the people's house, this is the people's gavel. in the people's name it is my privilege to hand the gavel to the speaker of the house, paul ryan. the speaker: thank you very much. thank you. thank you.
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thank you. thank you very much. i'll be relatively brief. i want tohank madam leader. you know, i stood in this spot very, very many times. today, though, feels a whole lot different. part of it has to do with all the new faces in the house. you look at all the proud spouses, these beaming children, at their best. people's parents. it's hard if not impossible, to
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resist this rush of substance abuse yasm. there's no sense of foreboding in this house today. there's only the sense of potential. it kind of reminds you that no matter how long you've been here, you haven't seen it all. so i just want to say, to our new members, and to their families, thank you, ongratulations, and welcome. to my own priest, father paul, thank you for being here with us today. appreciate it. and to my center, my family, jana, liza, charlie, sam, thank you for all you've done to make this all possible. there's another reason for optimism. that is what we' already achieved by meetg here this moment.
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just months ago, our country held a great electoral contest. at times it was a little intense. as you all know, when you're in the heat of it, in the heat of the kind of campaign we had you start to wonder. will the tempers ever cool? will the system still hold? does our old, rich tradition still have that magic? well, it turns out it does. the clash of opinions, the hue and cry of campaigns, the rain cor of the dissension, in the end, they all dissolve in the silent and peaceful transfer of power. and so, in just a few weeks' time, we will welcome a new president who offers us yet another new beginning. a new chance to work toward a more perfect union.
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for all of our arguments and all our differences, we are all united by a deep, abiding love of our country. it is this slender but sturdy thread that holds us together. we always seem to forget this. but it has never failed us. that is why when the votes are counted and the people have spoken, we all accept the verdict. we come back from the campaign trai we tack up the yard sign and today, tod, as one body, we pledge allegiance to one flag, the red, the white, nd the blue. that's not the only thing that we have in common. i don't care what your party is. find one person in this house who doesn't want the best for america. find one american in this house who does not want to see help
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given to the unemployee or care for the sick or education for the young or honor our troops. here -- who here among us does not want to open wide the door to opportunity? who here among us does not want every american, every creed and every color, to cross the threshold? you cannot find one person in this building, not one, and that, that is a true cause for celebration. we have a lot to build on. but that being said, this is no time to rest on our laurels but to redouble our efforts. it's no secret that millions and millions of americans across this country are deeply dissatisfied with their current situation. they've looked to washington for leadership and all they have
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gotten is con desession. for years they suffered quietly. quietly amid shuttered factories and shuttered lives. but now, now they have let up a -- let out a great roar. now we, their elected representatives, must listen. so i want to say to the american people, we hear you. we will do right by you. and we will deliver. we will honor you because you have honored us. we take this sacred trust seriously. you know, it's not enough to say that the condition of your birth should not determine the outcome of your life. no matter how much we immediate it. in a few years' time i hope that
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the people will say of this 115th congress, that we didn't just pay lip service to this beautiful american idea, that we made it a reality. for everyone. we are not here to be. we are here to do. we are here to improve people's lives. grow our economy. keep us safe. improve our health care and infrastructure. fight poverty. restore self-government. friends, we've got our work cut out for us. as your speaker, i intend to keep this place running at full speed. when i came into this job, i pledge to restore regular order. get that committee system working again. hold regular house and senate conferences because only a fully functioning house can really, ruly do the people's business.
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we've made some pretty good progress on that front. take our work on finding cures for deadly diseases. or beating back that opioid epidemic. or our work on mental health. these are all things that we should be very proud of. these efforts were directed by the committees and crafted by our members all through regular order. there's still a lot of work to do. like having a fully functioning appropriations process, for example. and so, to the minority, i want to say this. we've never shied away from our disagreements and i d not expect anyoneo do so now. but however bright of a contrast that we draw between us, it must never blind us to the common ground that we share. we must never shy away from making progress for the american people wherever we can.
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so as your speaker, i promise to uphold the rights of the minority. i promise to hear you out an let you have your say. if i had to sum up, it would be this. agreement whenever possible. but at all times, respect. and to the majority, especially to our returning members, i want to say this. this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. this is the kind of thing that most of us only dreamed about. i know because i used to dream about this a lot. the people have given us unified government. and it wasn't because they were feeling generous. it was because they want results. how could we live with ourselves if we let them down?
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how could we let ourselves down? i have for many months been asking members to raise their gaze and aim high. now, today, this congress, let us not be timid but rather reach for that brighter horizon and deliver. and so, this old chamber, this chamber might look the same but in the hushed whispers, in the whirl of activity, you can feel the winds of change. as i stand here next to that por trade of good old george washington, i am reminded of a line from one of his favorite plays, tis not in mortal's to command success, but we'll do more. we will deserve it. so my dear friends and colleagues, i say to all of you, good luck and god speed. thank you very much.
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i'm now ready to take the oath of office and i ask the dean of the house of representatives, the honorable john conyers jr. of michigan, to administer the oath of office. mr. conyers: thank you. if the gentleman from wisconsin would please raise his right hand. do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that
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you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god? the speaker: i do. mr. coers: thank you. i now pronounce you the speaker of the house. the speaker: thank you. thank you. now according to precedence, the chair will swear in the members elect en masse. the members will rise. the chair will administer the oath of office. all members-elect will raise their right hands. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and
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allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to nter, so help you god? congratulations, you are all new members of the 115 -- you are all now members of the 115th ongress.
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will come to order. the house will come to order. the speaker: members will take their conversations off the floor. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from washington, mrs. mcmorris rodgers. miss mcroarries rogers: mr. speaker, as chair of the house republican conference i'm directed by the conference to notify the house officially that the republican members have selected majority leader from california, the honorable evin mccarthy. the speaker: the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley. mr. crowley: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, as -- the speaker: the gentleman will
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suspend. the house is not in order. members and members'amilies please take in your conversations off the flo. the gentleman deserves to be heard. the house is not in order. the gentleman from new york may proceed. mr. crowley: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, as chairman. democratic caucus i have been directed to report to the house that the democratic members have selected as minority leader, the gentlewoman from california, the honorable nancy elosi. the speaker: the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from washington, mrs. mcmorris rodgers. notify the ris: i house officially that the republicans have elected as majority whip the gentleman from louisiana, the honorable steve scalise. the speaker: the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. crowly. mr. crowley: mr. speaker, as chairman of the democratic
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caucus, i am directed to report to the house that the democratic members have selected as minority whip the gentleman from maryland, the honorable steny hoyer, and as assistant democratic leader, the gentleman from south carolina, the honorable james clyburn. the speaker: recognize the the gentlewoman from washington mrs. mcmorris rodgers. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1, resolved, that karen l. haas of the state of maryland be and is hereby chosen clerk of the house of representatives. that paul b. irving -- the speaker: the house is not in order. the gentleman is correct. the house is not in order. the clerk is reading a esolution. the clerk may proceed.
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the clerk: that paul d. irving of the state of florida be and is hereby chosen sergeant at arms of the house of representatives. that phillip george kiko of the state of ohio be and is hereby chosen chief administrative ofcer of the hou of representatives. and that father patrick j. conr of the state of oregon be and is hereby chosen chaplain of the house of representatives. the speaker: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized. mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker, i yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley, for the purpose of offering an amendment. the speaker: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. crowley: i thank the gentlelady. mr. speaker, i have an amendment to the resolution. before i offer this amendment i ask that there be a division of the question on the resolution so that we may have a separate vote on the chaplan of the house -- chap livent house. the speaker: the question is on agreeing to that portion of the resolution providing for the election of a chaplain. so many as are in favor say aye. those opd, no. the ayes have it. and the rtion of the resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is thravenlt mr. crowley: mr. speaker. the speaker: the gentleman will
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suspend. members and members' families please take your conversations off the floor. the house is not in order. the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley. mr. crowley: i offer an amendment to the resolution offered by the gentlewoman from washington state. the speaker: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. crowley of new york for the remainder of house resolution 1. that robert d. evanson of the district of columbia be and is hereby chosen clerk of the house of representatives. that wendy parker of the state of maryland be and is hereby chosen sergeant at arms of the house of representatives. and that james fleet of the commonwealth of pennsylvania be and is hereby chosen chief administrative officer of the house of representatives. the speaker: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have t the amendment is not agreed to. the question is on the
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remainder of the resolution offered by the gentlewoman from washington, mrs. mcmorris rodgers. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the resolution is agreed to. and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid pon the table. the officers of the house. please gather in the well. will the officers please raise their right hands. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation
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or purpose of evasion, and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god. congratulations. will the gentlelady kindly raise her right hand. do you solemnly swear that you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that you will bear true fight and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the
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office on which you are about to enter, so help you god. congratulations you are now a ember of the 115th congress. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mccarthy: i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate argues. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 2, resolved, that the senate be informed that a quorum of the house of representatives has assembled. that paul d. ryan, a representative from the sta of wisconsin, has been elected speaker, and that karen l. haas, a citizen of the state of maryland, has been elected clerk of the house of representatives. of the 115th congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to, and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition 1234 >> mr. speaker, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 3, resolved, that a committee of two members be appointed by the speaker on the part of the house of representatives to join with a committee on the part of the senate to notify the president of the united states that a quorum of each house has assembled and congress is ready to receive any communication that he may be pleased to make. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to. the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to house resolution 3, the chair appoints the following members to the committee on the part of the house to join a committee on the part of the senate to notify the president of the united states that a quorum of each house has assembled and that congress is ready to receive any communication that he may be pleased to make. the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy, anti-gentlelady from california, ms. pelosi.
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-- and the gentlelady from alifornia, ms. pelosi. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. conyers: mr. speaker, i rise to offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore:he clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 4, resolved, that the clerk be instructed to inform the president of the united states that the house of representatives has elected paul d. ryan, a representative from the state of wisconsin, as speaker and karen l. haas, a citizen of the state of maryland, as clerk of the house of representatives of the 115th congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to, and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. mccarthy. mr. mccarthy: mr. speaker, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 5,
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resolved, that -- mr. mccarthy: i ask unanimous consent that the resolution be considered as read and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the reading is dispensed with. the gentleman from california is recognized for one hour. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the district of columbia seek recognition? ms. norton: i rise to offer a motion that is at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: motion to refer the rules resolution, ms. norton moves to refer the resolution to a select committee of five members to be appointed by the speaker not more than three of whom shall be from the same political party with instructions not to report back the same until it has conducted a full and complete study of and made a determination on whether there is any reason to deny delegates, in particular the delegate from the district of columbia, whose residents pay the highest per capita federal income taxes to the united states to support the federal government for right to vote in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union in light of the decision
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of the united states court of appeals for the district of columbia circuit in michael vs. anderson, upholding the constitutionality of such right to vote and the inclusion of such right to vote in the rules for the 103rd, 110th, and 111th congresses. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mccarthy: i have a motion to table at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. mccarthy of california moves to lay on the table the motion to refer. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to table. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. ms. norton: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the north carolina. ms. norton: on that i demand 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. membs will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vow. -- vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation
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the speaker pro tempore: have all members voted?
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 228, the nays are 184. the motion is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentleman from california is recognized for one hour. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the time allocated to me be controlled by the esteemed gentleman from texas, our chairman, mr. sessions. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, thank you very much. i want to thank the gentleman, the majority leader from california. mr. speaker, for the purpose of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentlewoman from rochester, new york, ranking member slaughter, pendsing which i yield myself such -- pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have
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five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, i also ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a section by section analysis of the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, today is an exciting day. brand new 115th congress. and here in the house of representatives, we have new members of congress who are bringing their families, people coming to washington with a sense of exuberance. but mostly of what i believe is respect for the american people who sent them here, respect for the people who elected each of us with the thoughts and ideas from our districts back home, all the way to the election of the president-elect of the united states of america, donald trump. so, we do this every two years. we reorganize the house of representatives. we start anew. we start fresh. we start with the best ideas
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that are brought forth and we try and bring the teams together. that's what republicans have done, that is what democrats are doing. we gather together and add up literally the amount of teams and who's on each side and that's how we determine who's elected the speaker of the house. it's from the majority party. in this case, today, we elected mr. ryan, the gentleman from wisconsin, a great young leader for not just our party, but for our country. so today, what we do is we show up and we exercise our constitutional rights, our duties, our views. the ideas that we have. he ideas that we were sent here to exercise. and the ideas of our majorities. the bodies, the groups that we represent. so, today those men and women who gathered together with their ideas and plans, they're going to help project, move or country forward over the next two years -- our country forward over the next two years.
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and i think that what we're saying today is important and that is, we're trying to change the direction that this country least two ing for at years, and somcould argue, for eight years. we're going to change that direction because the american people have given republicans an opportunity to lead in the united states house of representatives, the united states senate, and to the presidency of the united states. i believe that we are looking at those elected officials, including the newly elected esident, the is next generation of people who will take our places soon, people who we need to leave a better america for, people who are yes, as the to, saying goes, make america great again. and to live up to the challenges of our job, the
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challenges that the american people have said, we expect you to go to washington and make tough decisions, not easy decisions, but to do things that are in our best interests, rather than the best interests of a government. well, that's what this experiment's about. this experiment takes place every four years with the election of a presidency, and perhaps every two years with a new congress. mr. speaker, during the first seven years of the obama administration, they had an opportunity, the house, the senate, the presidency, to forge a path, forge a path that they felt like would be best for the american people. perhaps based upon a calling or the things that they heard. what happened is the federal regulations added up to an average of 81 new major regulations per year for a total of 556 regulations, at least 220 of which contain new burdens on individualsnd businesses with an annual cost
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of $108 billion. we see things differently. that's why you're going to see not only in the rules package, but you're going to see by the way that we do business here in the house of representatives, that we look at regulations differently. that we work and try and work based upon the law, the intent of the law, not the intent of a regulator, a regulator who would, as i would suggest, see things perhaps differently than others would see them. so, while it sounds like these are staggering numbers and they do a lot of damage on our country, it's not too late to change that. it's not too late to reevaluate the way things have been done and -- re-evaluate the way that things have been done and the way that things should be done. so we have a lot of work to do, not just about rules and regulations, but about the day
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to day business, the progression of g.d.p. and the growth of jobs and job creation in this country. but for the first time in a long time, we will have a president-elect, yes, donald trump, who will, i believe, work with the united states congress and find the avenues of consensus between the house of representatives, between the united states senate, to push this body. i met with mr. trump earlier in the year when he was just a candidate for presidency and he told me point blank, he said, the not so much that i'm opposed to what you guys are - it's not so much that i'm opposed to what you guys are doing in congress, i think it's more to -- i think you ought to be forced to making more tough decisions. he said, i think congress gets away from doing the tough things. they do the easy lift rather than the things that will be better for the american people. because proud people send us up
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here. that's the standard that i believe we should adopt, to have and be prepared for in these next two years. tough, straightforward, honest work that is meaningful, that can move our country forward, that will propel a generation to believe not only in hard work and a hard day's pay -- a great day's pay and a hard day's work, but more importantly, leading to something that will make our country stronger. stronger the next day with the heartbeat from a nation and a people who deeply believe that america's greatest days are in our future and they're willing to give that to the next generation. and that is why we are here. we have a lot of new members. we have a lot of new members who bring ideas, mr. speaker. they come here to washington full, brimming with ideas about who -- about things they would like to see happen. what we're going to do is make sure that we're ready to do business with them.
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that we're open and prepared for them. so you will see that this package carries forward many of the rules from the previous congress and builds on house republicans' efforts to streamline health -- house procses. increased trans-- increase transparnd ien arove accountability. specifly, it preserves the important reforms that were made in three previous congresses. it also adds a perfecting amendment in order to help us further advance the ideas and goals of transparency. we think this is important. we think the ideas that are within this package will help propel not only us in better decision making, but the american people will buy into what we are doing. fairness is important for all of us. and as chairman of the rules committee, it is my hope that i will continue to be open, that the rules committee will be open to hearing from every single member. we will welcome them.
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they will know that they're in the right place to not only share their ideas, but one where they can receive feedback on those ideas and help participate in what we do. so, mr. speaker, that's what we're here toad to do, to do a rules package for -- today to do, to do a rules package for the 115th congress. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. hoyer: i thank very much the gentleman from texas. there's a provision in the rules that are proposed which are not in the rules of the last congress, which give us great pause because we think it tends to put members in a difficult place from a constitutional perspective and from a freedom of speech perspective. the rule, of course, of which i speak is the rule that relates to the empowering the sergeant at arms to levy fines. can i ask the gentleman, first, is -- did the rules committee find that there was any
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precedent for such a provision in rules historically? i yield to my friend or -- my friend has the time. mr. sessions: i thank the gentleman very much. i'd like to refer to something which i believe has been made available, but if not, i will be very pleased to do it. the house has delegated fining authority in the past, section 1103 of the manual, where the house incorporated -- incorporates by reference, title 1 of the ethics and government act. under this section, financial disclosure is filed late, the filer is subject to a $200 filing fee. it's a fine by another name that is administered by the house ethics committee. so what i'm suggesting to you is, we have seen where there have been the backup of rules the have been backed up by end result of a fine.
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i think that's what the gentleman is seeking. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman. would the gentleman yield for another question? mr. sessions: i do yield. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman from texas. he refers to a fee that was levied apparently for late filing of a financial disclosure statement that is required under the rules. we are we are troubled by the fact that this is not a fee in the sense, it is a penalty for taking an action which is obviously directed toward proscribing that action, we see it as speech and transparency to the american people. but one of the things that mr. c us most,irma is that there's -- there appears to b no due process. that is to say, that the sergeant at arms can make an individual determineation as to whether or not the rule has been violated without any opportunity given to the member to explain
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or deny the allegations that are made on which the fine would be based. yield to my friend. mr. sessions: we believe this may have been addressed yesterday by the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows, who specifically in our conference brought this issue up. my understanding as i further consult my person who is well briefed on this that the meadows amendment allows a process which allows an appeal to the ethics committee that would be outside of the person who originally made the fine present would go to the ethics committee for them to assess that challenge as necessary.
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mr. hoyer: that was -- if i might, that was adopted last night? mr. sessions: i believe that's correct. mr. hoyer: it's not in the rules as disclosed. mr. sessions: it would be in this package that i believe we have today. it was not in what was originally brought forth, publicly available, and then changed last night. when that was posted on the rules committee website. my website. yes, sir. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for that response. one additional question. we looked at what might be precedents and frankly the only one we could come up with was the gag rule adopted in the 19th century which precluded the introduction of legislation which would abolish slavery in the various states. that rule was in place for a number of years until ultimately repealed. this rule, we believe, mr. chairman, seeks to gag members of the house of representatives,
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seeks to undermine transparency to the extent that it relates to communications devices which can , at a point in time the grievance, from if your perspective or curred, we were in recess as the gentleman understands. can i just conclude, just one second. as the gentleman knows, i won't say thousands, hundreds of pictures were taken just an hour ago on this floor. hundreds. and we were in session, not in recession. mr. sessions: if i could address that. i want to do this very gingerly. i'm not trying to start a battle here. you and i both know that what caused this action was a deep, deep feeling that many members on your side had about a particular feeling. and it resulted in what might be seen, i saw it, as a protest.
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nd look, we're used to that in this body. people being upset. we are not used to people violating a rule and it already was a rule that you cannot use for recording purposes those devices. we did not make this up. that was already a rule. and so it became an advent of a protest. we're simply trying to say, and i am not trying to get you to change your viewpoint at all, but i think it would be wise, i believe we will not always be in the majority. i believe someday there will be a chance where the democrats will be in the majority. and i would be for the same rule for the sake of the speaker and leadership and a person sitting in that chair. and i can look at many, many -- i can look at myself in a mirror because i was part of this
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thinking. how do we say to members, a gag order says you can't -- if you're willing to pay the fine and you want to do that, that's not a gag order. that's a violation of a rule. if you would like to participate in that, go for it all you want. but i don't think it's the right thing. we tried to limit in my opinion, very carefully, to say, we're going to make this a fine. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for that response. and i appreciate his feelings. and his -- i think intellectually honest feelings on this. mr. sessions: i take it that way, i know the gentleman very much does. that's why we're using mymy time right now, i assume you know that. mr. hoyer: let me close briefly by say, the gentleman talked about openness and transparency, and the speaker talked about
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this afternoon about respecting one another's views an hearing one another's views and considering one another's views. even though we disagree with them. i share the speaker's view on that very frankly, i think the gentleman is correct. it was a protest. that gave rise to this rule, which i think is ill-advised by i understand. the protest was because, and as rules chairman you probably know this better than anyone, we asked for an amendment that we thought at 85% to 90% of the american people were for. and we didn't get transparency. we didn't get openness. and we did not get an opportunity to express our views. so that is why we're so concerned. because we think, frankly, this analogous to a gag rule, to shut us down, shut us out and shut us up. but i appreciate the gentleman's views. mr. sessions: the gentleman know what is i'm saying, and you do
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too, because if the shoo were -- shoe were on the other foot, i'd still be on this foot this shoe. i think the gentleman understands that because he's been in the position of not only responsibility of power and he did not misuse his power or his judgment, i do not think we are but we are trying to lay out ahead of time what would be. i thank the gentleman very much for his feedback for me. i will add one more thing. i have always, during the year i was been rules committee chair, tried to make the committee open. to anybody that would choose to come up, speak as long as they would like to speak, as long as they move forward with their ideas, without commanding the committee to tell us what to do, and we -- i would hope we'll continue to do that. as i told the gentleman years ago, i'm open to his feedback. i thank the gentleman. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for his patience and participating in this. the speaker pro tempore: the gema reserves his ti
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he gentlelady from new york. >> thank you, mr. speaker. ms. slaughter: ihank the gentleman. i want to physical low on to what my friend, mr. hoyer, was talking about. i have been concerned since we did what was a protest. last night in what i thought was moment of pique, the majority decided that they would put into the rules package, a gutting of the office of congressional ethics that was totally unconstitutional in the fact that they were not going to get rid of it but they took all -- everything it had from them and forbade them from having on their committee a person a
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speaker a person who talks to the press, and in fact, forbade them to talk to people. mr. speaker, that's -- that is a gag order. that is against the constitutional right that we have. you know, it was only an hour ago that all of us raised our right hand and swore we were going to uphold the constitution. and now here, not an hour later, we're struggling to find it. this is not new for me. i have been very concerned about this since we were here in june had -- and had our protest. now, it is our job, and we all said we were going to protect the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, but we may have enemies right here in the room which is troubling to me, because of what happened last night. now, i appreciate that cooler heads prevailed and that part was taken out because it was such a hue and cry throughout
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the country, what the heck do they think they're doing now? so this whole change didn't last even 24 hours. but what -- in conjunction to that, i need to go back to what happened here on the house floor. we tried for years to try to do the simplest kinds of things on gun control measures. background checks. closing loopholes. and coming up with absolutely nothing. we live in a country now where doctors are forbidden from asking their patients if there are guns in the home. doctors can ask if there are drugs in the home or any other thing that might cause great harm but they are not allow, by law, to ask if there are -- not allowed, by law, to ask if there are guns in the home. we have gone so far in the gun culture here that the 335 million americans own over 320 million guns. and that is life now in the united states.
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so what we were trying to do, what we thought made the most sense and i would almost guarantee that not a single american man, woman, or child, would object to it, we said if you are on the terrorist list and you can't fly on an airplane, you shouldn't be able to buy a gun. no fly, no buy. there's such imminent sense in that. but because we are shut out. i know there's a lot of openness talk going on today but in rules committee there is none, we haven't had an open rule all year or this term. we don't get amendments, don't get to talk. we were desperate to try to do something about the carnage in this country and decided because it was overwhelming to us that something had to be done about letting terrorists have guns who couldn't get on the airplane. so we gathered, i think it was totally spontaneous, there was no great plan to do it new york
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vote to get here. and we sat here and talked, peacefully, we know that the microphones were all turned off. c-span was shut out because that means they couldn't hear what was going on. because of the times we live in, some of our enterprising members took their iphones and streamed what was going on on the floor. and then facebook took it up, c-span got it from that stream. and the whole country saw what was going on here. basically for the first time. now, one of the things in the constitution that we all revere today is the right of peaceful assembly. there were no threats new york action, no violence, no anything. we just had -- we just said if we don't have no bill, we'll have no break. and everybody understood exactly what we were trying to do. so now, what we're getting to,
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again, which is totally unconstitutional, is to decide to fine members of congress for doing what we did. in other words, their free speech does not work on the floor of the house of representatives when we're the people who swear to uphold the constitution. it was a really amazing sight, i'm sure, for people in america, to see that kind of thing going on here where we are so circumscribed in what we say and how long we have to say it. so the rules of the house that you have done today said you're going to punish a sitting member but not in the way the constitution says you can do that. if you're going to punish a member of the house, the whole house has to vote on it but there's in provision in there to allow anybody other than the lead over this -- leader of this house to fine a member. and think idea of you doing that so that people can have due process is ridiculous. if you are brought up on ethics
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charges, you have lawyers. so it was simply to get at us. saying to the minority, keep your place over there, you know where you belong. i have talked to numerous lawyers and constitutional experts and i know that that was unconstitutional. so i think i've said enough about it, but i think we'll have a lot of this another day. so i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: if i could ask how much time remains on both sides? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas has 12 1/2 minutes remaining this gentlelady from new york has 24 minutes remaining. mr. sessions: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's times reserved. the gentlelady from new york. . ms. slaughter: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for two minutes. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentlelady. again, i want to thank the gentleman from texas for being generous with his time.
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mr. speaker, i'm deeply concerned by a number of controversial provisions included by the majority in the rules they have proposed for the 115th congress. first, reinstating the rule would make it easier for the majority to circumvent the current legislative process in order to fire or cut the pay of federal employees. it undermines civil service protections. it goes back to the 19th century. republicans have consistently made our hardworking federal employees scapegoats, in my opinion, for lack of performance of the federal government itself. and this rule changes will enable them to make short-sighted and ideologically driven changes to our nation's civil service. secondly, i'm deeply concerned by the rules change regarding decorum in this house. the chairman was generous enough to have that discussion with me. when the cameras were turned off, in this house, there was
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no way to communicate with the american people. other than by -- something that i didn't know existed, and that was the streaming of the debate that was going on. as the chair of the ranking member of the rules committee pointed out, it was peaceful, it was honest, and it was deeply held. now, you seek to impose fines and ethics charges against any member who broadcasts to the american people what takes place in the people's house while the in reelse is. and deny americans access to their congress. thirdly, and i'm very concerned about this, mr. chairman, i will talk to you further about it at some point in time, these rules continue the republican policy of denying a voice to the people of the district of northern mariana islands and the u.s. virgin islands. when i was majority leader, we allowed them to vote in the committee of the whole. it showed them respect, it gave
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them a reason to come to the floor, it gave them an opportunity to have their constituents see how they felt on a particular issue by putting their name up on the board. may i have one additional minute? ms. slaughter: i'm sorry, mr. hoyer, every minute's taken. mr. hoyer: i regret that we were unable to continue that policy, mr. chairman. i will talk to you about it further. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: continues to reserve. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from south carolina, the assistant democrat leader, mr. clyburn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from sks is recognized for one -- from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. clyburn: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding me this time. mr. speaker, i rise in strong opposition to the proposed changes to the rules of the house that are before us today. i have long maintained that the affordable care act is the civil rights act of the 21st century.
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repealing the affordable care act and putting discrimination back into health care is a step history will not forgive. while the majority has included a new rule limiting the consideration of legislation which increases direct spending in excess of $5 billion, they have specifically exempted from this rule any spending that may flow from repeal of the affordable care act. they're admitting in their own rules that their proposal to repeal the affordable care act will be devastating to the federal deficit and the national debt. the nonpartisan congressional budget office has estimated that full repeal of the a.c.a. will increase the deficit by $ 137 billion. the rules committee has put before us, the house has put before us a rule that defies all those expectations. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas continues to reserve. mr. sessions: we continue to reserve. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from new york, the chairman of the democratic caucus, mr. crowley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. crowley: i thank the gentlelady for yielding me such time. while it is a new year, it's the same old games from our republican colleagues. this time they're using the official rules of the house to further their radical agenda and to gag members of the democratic caucus. but you all know that includes taking away health care coverage for millions of americans, putting insurance companies back in charge of health care decisions and raising costs for taxpayers in this country. among all the power grabs and cynical employs in this rule package -- ploys in this rules package, there's a telling sign in their priorities. they know their plan to repeal the affordable care act won't just create chaos for american families and their health care, it will also lower -- blow a
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huge deficit in our nation's budget, a huge deficit in our nation's budget. the height of irresponsible governing. so today the majority is giving themselves a pass. they want -- they wrote a rule that allows them to ignore the huge financial impact of gutting our health care system. they're once again putting themselves above the law and crushing everyday americans under their shoes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessio: mr. speaker, i'll continue to reserve our 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 one minute to the gentlewoman from california , the vice chair of the democratic caucus, ms. sanchez. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognize fod -- is recognized for one minute. san joaquin san joaquin thank you, mr. speaker -- ms. sanchez: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in opposition of this.
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i had such high hopes that we could start off 2017 by working together on bipartisan reforms and improvements to the procedures that govern this body. but instead i'm disappointed, but not surprised, to find that house republicans would rather undermine the public trust and integrity of this institution by the dangerous proposed changes in their rules package. changes that truly undermine the very foundation of our constitution. the american public deserves transparency and honesty in the way their elected officials govern themselves. instead, this rules package is a dangerous step toward silencing free speech and open debate in the very place that should be the shining example for the world. these rules changes frighten me, we can't stand by and allow the very core of our democracy to be shredded. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the rules package and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time.
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the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: he reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one when minute to the gentlewoman from connecticut, the co-chair of the steering and policy committee, ms. delauro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is regnized for one minute. ms. delauro: this rules package sets a disturbing tone for our new session of congress. it requires authorizing committees to propose programs that should be moved from mandatory to discretionary. now what does that mean? mandatory programs must be funded. must. discretionary programs do not have to be funded. it is a calculated move to cut vital programs like social security, medicare, medicaid and pell grants. as a member of the appropriations committee, i know that we do not even have the discretionary money, the dollars to support the current programs in place. medical research at the national institutes of health has been cut by $7.5 billion.
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since 2003. these rules -- and also denying members freedom of speech. they institute potentially unconstitutional mechanisms to punish members for speaking their minds on the floor of this house. and delivering a message to people. our constituents elect us to speak our minds on the floor of this house. it is wrong, it's a disgrace. it is the wrong way to start a new session. this represents the total denunciation ofhaour jobs are as members of congress. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, i reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, the co-chair of the steering and policy committee, mr. swal we will. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california --
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mr. swalwell: today starts the efforts to end the guarantee of medicare, an earned benefit giving our seniors health care security. today also marks a united effort by house democrats to protect it. taking away this health care guarantee from our seniors hurts not just the senior, but everyone in the family. it's a family matter. ending medicare will burden their children and families who have to shoulder the responsibility of picking up the costs of their parents' health care. many of those children are millennials, millions of whom now have health care thanks to the affordable care act. health security that is also under threat due to the incoming administration and this house republican house. these efforts will further jeopardize the health security of millennials that are paying into it and expecting to receive benefits when they get older. we are obligated to protect the health security of all americans, young and old. help hold the health and economic security of families together and vote against this resolution. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from texas continues to reserve. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from massachusetts, the ranking member of the committee on ways and means, mr. neal. mr. neal: just the facts, ma'am. let's oppose house resolution 5 because this is a backdoor effort to move away from the affordable care act. the act works and it continues to work and the statistics bear it out. it has increased solvency of the medicare-social security trust fund by 10 years. $137 -- 137 million americans have now access to preventive care which saves us cost in the long run, and woe to those who decide that they're going to make fundamental alterations to this without explaining to the american people what they mean. medicaid, which at one time in johnson's vision was supposed to be for the poor, medicaid, because of long-term care, dimension yarks and alzheimer's
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disease, -- dementia, and alzheimer's disease, and nursing homes, has become a middle class benefit. early intervention saves costs in the long run. and that's precisely what the affordable care act has intended to do and it's been successful. when you look today at the affordable care act and how it has worked, there are 20 million more americans who now have health insurance, rememb is, medicare, social serity -- ms. slaughter: i yield the gentleman another minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional 60 seconds. mr. neal: we mind mite remind ourselves of this today as well. this is also a sneaky effort to alter medicare and its guarantee and next it will be on to social security. what we want to understand here is that because of the affordable care act and the solvency of the trust funds, that medicare, social security, medicaid and the affordable care act have all now been wed. you can't change one without making alterations to the others. but here's another consideration.
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you could not hope, if you were in your 40's today, preparing children for college and simultaneously care for taking care of aged parents. so let me boldly assert that i think it bears up under scrutiny, reason that mom and dad are not living in your attic, it's because of social security, medicare, medicaid and now the affordable care act. we've heard a lot of talk about repeal and repeal and repeal. i guarantee you, in an act warial sense, as an individual who paste a lot of attention to this you're going to have a great deal of difficulty. touching one of these entitlements without touching the others. i thank the gentlelady for extending the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: we'll continue to reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: reserves his time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question , i will offer an amendment to the resolution that would establish a point of order against any legislation that would undo the reforms in the
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affordable care acthat have provided millions of americans with ford a -- affordable access to quality health care. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my 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: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, the distinguished ranking member of the committee on energy and commerce, mr. pallone. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for two minutes. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. today we are seeing just how far house republicans are willing to go to repeal the affordable care act. the party that claims to be fiscally responsible is now looking to change the rules of the house so that it can be fiscally reckless in its dangerous assault on the affordable care act. house republicans know that repealing the a.c.a. will increase direct spending and the deficit by $3 trillion and the cynical rules proposal shows that republicans want to hide the true costs of their
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repeal plans from the american people. repealing the a.c.a. would take away health care from about 20 million to 30 million people. it would increase health care costs for everyone else. premium growth for americans and employer-sponsored insurance plans has slowed since the a.c.a. became law. if the a.c.a. had not been enacted, an average growth remained the same, job-based premiums would be a projected $3,600 higher today. repeal will also harm hospitals. the hospital industry has warned that repealing the a.c.a. could cost hospitals $165 billion and trigger a, quote, unprecedented public health crisis. since the a.c.a. was enacted, uncompensated care costs have declined for hospitals by approximately 21%. these costs triple -- cripple hospitals and are passed on to others in the form of higher prices. mr. speaker, repeal would also harm the 55 million seniors and people with disabilities enrolled in medicare, in to ensuring free
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preventive services for medicare, beneficiaries, and closing the prescription drug dough net hole, the a.c.a. lengthens the solvency of the medicare trust fund by 11 years. reforms in the a.c.a. helps slow the rate of health care costs growth in medicare, which means medicare seniors pay less today than they would have if the a.c.a. weren't enacted. medicare spending was $473 billion less from 2009 to 2014 compared with spending in pre-a.c.a. costs trends had continued. repeals would reverse these gains and shift costs to seniors who simply cannot afford it. mr. speaker, republicans say they're fiscally responsible and the government spending south of control. but today they'll vote to add 3ds trillion to the deficit with their a.c.a. repeal bill. their assault is not logical. i urge all members to vote against this hypocrisy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: i yield three minutes to a distinguished member of the rules committee,
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the gentleman from alabama. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. >> thank you. we've heard a lot about free speech. this doesn't violate our right of free speech, but supports the right of spree speech. -- free speech. the rules of decorum are not new. as technology has proceeded in this world, our les kept up. mr. byrne: we have not created new sanctions we created ways for the sanctions to be effective. without effective sanctions we can't have free speech on this floor. every member in this house should be concerned about maintaining the decorum of the house. the package also captains important provisions such as removing outdated references to physical mobility, codifying that those members who cannot stand due to age, infirmity, or
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disability are not required to do so. the package provides that by december 3 -- by december 31 of 2017 each bill, joint resolution, or amendment in the nature of a substituteill have a searchable, comparative print that shows how the proposed legislation will change curn law this will enhance transparency in our process, so member os they have general public will know what we're doing, the package contains a provision championed by the gentleman from virginia, mr. griffith, which restores the rule to the house. this provision, which lasted almost a century, until it was removed in 1983, will allow the congress to easily reform the federal government and cut down the bureaucracy. i was pleased the rules package also include an important effort to address unauthorized appropriations, an issue i championed as a member of the rules committee. i think it's very concerning for congress to appropriate money to any federal agency that's not gone through the authorization process or seen their
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authorization expire. thanks to provisions included in this package, it is my hope that each of our standing committees will make a better effort to address unauthorized programs and ensure that congress is providing diligent oversight of the federal bureaucracy. mr. speaker, the american people sent us to this body to make real changes on their behalf. we must adopt these rules today so we can get about the people's business. i urge my colleagues to support these rules so the house can address the many important issues, so that we can all, each and every one of us, have real free speech. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from connecticut, mr. larson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. larson: i say to the gentleman from alabama, as much as i appreciate his enthusiasm, what you are proposing here and i say this to my dear friend from texas as well with respect to speech is both unprecedented,
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unconstitutional, and unnecessary. it's unprecedented and you heard representative hoyer review this earlier. the parliamentarian has researched this. shame on this house of representatives for imposing these kind of restrictions on its members. unconstitutional because it directly violates article 1, section 6 of the constitution, where it specifically says with respect to speech and debate, the bill shouldn't be impeded in this house. and this rule does at. it also says with respect to one's salary which this rule specifically goes after, you tamper with the salary that can only be done through the law. it's in the constitution. that requires both chambers and the president to do that. this -- that rule is blatant. and what it does also is ignore hundreds of petitions from all across the country, from people
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who only asked for a vote and that's why this rule is unnecessary. all we've asked for is a vote. vote. mr. sessions: thank you very much. the rules committee has a number of new members, one of them is a brand new member of our leadership, the gentleman from georgia, i yield f three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: i support these rules of the house. this benefited from thoughtful debate and strengthened the resolution. we adopted cogent amendments offered by members of the conference. as a member of the rule committees i've seen how strong, smart rules promote the effectiveness of this body as we work on behalf of 320 million americans. thrulers in 115th congress govern the house of representatives and this package of our priorities,
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our promises, and the hard work ahead of us. to that end, republicans have outlined a plan that embraces policies. regulatory reform that will strengthen our economy and get hard working men and women back to work. a glut of regulatory burdens have made it harder to make ends meet. but we will work to reverse that trend and ensure that america remains the land where any person can turn their hopes, dreams and ambitions into reality. our hope is to make our policies reflect the values and voice of the american people. we achieve that by calling for robust oversight plans for our committees, increased transparency throughout government, therefore this legislation wor to ma legislation easier for everyday americans to access and understand. it updates outdated policies so our rules better reflect the policies of the day. i urge our cloges to support these rules. as we embark on a new congress, it's critical we begin under the guidance of documents that
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emphasize and improve our services to every american and move forward with a better future and brighter tomorrow as we look forward to the proper role of this body. when we look to the role of this body, people are watching. our voice is heard every day on this floor. and for anyone to say different is just making a political show of a good set of rules. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, the distinguished ranking member of the committee on education and the work force, mr. scott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. scott: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to h.res. 5, this rules package contains a special provision exempting the affordable care act from normal budget rules given the republican -- giving the republicans an easier path to repealing the affordable care act without an alternative. the reason this exception is needed ba be -- is because the regular budget process in the rule provides that when legislation is passed which increases spending, it must be
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paid for to avoid increasing the deficit. obamacare actually saves money. under the normal rule, repealing it would have to be paid for. the exception in the rule will allow for the repeal without offsetting the cost of that repeal and costing billions, possibly hundreds of billis and adding billions, possibly hundreds of billionsing to the deficit. what do we get with a repeal? by the way, when they say repeal and replace, the only thing you can be sure of is the repeal part. because if there were a viable alternative, we would have seen what that alternative looked like sometime in the last six years but we have seen nothing. but we do know what repeal would look like. just some of the consequences, tens of millions of people lose insurance, employers will start dropping coverage, those with pre-existing conditions would lose coverage or be charged a lot more. loss of consumer protections.
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it would hurt the medicare trust fund. because the solvency of the trust fund was extended under the affordable care act that process would be reversed. billions added to the national dead. -- to the national debt and we should not facilitate that debacle by granting this exception found in the rule which would add billions of deficit and jeopardize life-saving insurance for tens of millions of hardworking americans. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman dreeleds -- the gentleman yields back. mr. sessions: i would like to yield three minutes to a member of the rules committee, one of our bright, young members from washington. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. >> mr. speaker, this is a critically imptant undertaking
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to allow the new unified republican government to do the job the american people elected us to do. by adopting these rule, we can demonstrate that house republicans are committed to enacting an agenda that will install conservative free market principles to grow our economy, restore prosperity and increase opportunities for all americans. mr. newhouse: h.res. 5 takes important steps toward achieving these goals and will provide increased transparency and enhanced accountability and will build on past efforts of house republicans to streamline the process. this is a fair package that will empower members and allow all voices to be heard regardless of status or seniority. the house should serve as a model for the rest of the country on the fair and equal treatment of all americans, and this package eliminates all rules to adequately address the physical needs of all members.
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further this package puts an impetus on congressional oversight, maintain decorum, slows the growth of unauthorized appropriations, ensures mechanisms are in place to ontrol spend, redeuces redundancy in the federal government and lowers the national debt. now is the time to lead the country out of years of historic economic stagnation, to roll back years of job killing regulations, to return to a system of limited government and to reform the way congress works. as we begin this congress, i look forward to working with my house and senate colleagues, the incoming president, and the american people to rein in a federal bureaucracy, provide oversight to agencies and restore the proper separation of powers and re-establish a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from new york with 9 1/2 minutes remaining.
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ms. slaughter: 9 1/2 thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield 1 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. jeffries: i thank the distinguished gentlelady for yielding. for eight years, house republicans have governed under the philosophy of -- philosophy obstruction today, obstruction tomorrow, obstruction forever. this irresponsible approach to governance has now resulted in a republican hostile takeover here in washington, d.c. the culture of obstruction has ended, but the culture of destruction is just getting started. house republicans plan to destroy social security, destroy medicare, destroy the affordable care act, destroy the social safety net, and destroy the ability of duly elected members of the house of representatives to vigorously engage in speech
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and debate in the people's house. this proposed set of rules is nfair, unjust, unacceptable, unconstitutional, and unconscionable. and every member who truly cares about doing the people's business should vote it down. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair will remeeve a message. the messenger: a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed to inform the house the approved s.j. 101 on which the concurrence of the house is requested. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: i'm honored to
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yield one minute to the -- lewoman, minority leader the one minute to the gentlewoman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. >> there are strong concerns with house resolution 5 that permits the sernlt at arms to punish members of the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. clark: i have a question for the majority in the house today. why would you choose to open this session of this democrati .ody

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