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white house has indicated that president obama will sign this legislation. i hope he does. that would ensure that yen mattis, if confirmed by the senate on january 20, will go ahead and be sworn in and take office at that point. there are, as i said, many concerns about how this was handled, the wording, etc. but the bottom line as some of my colleagues mentioned is that there are men and women who volunteered to serve our nation even at the risk of their own lives. there are americans throughout the country that depend on those men and women to keep them safe and secure. they deserve, all of them deserve, to have a secretary of defense who is fully functional on tai one of the administration. the only way that happens is to vote yes. i urge my colleagues to do so. and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 48,
the previous question is order this esque on third read of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: an act to provide for exception to a limitation gainst appointment of a person as secretary of defense with seven years of relief from active duty as regular commissioned officer of the arms forces. the speaker pro tempore: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. a recorded vote will -- a recorded vote is requested. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. pursuant to house resolution 48 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the further consideration of senate concurrent resolution 3. will the gentleman from north carolina, mr. holding, kindly
ake the chair. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further consideration of s.con.res. 3, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: concurrent resolution setting forth the congressional budget for the united states government for fiscal year 2017 and setting forth the appropriate budgetary levels for fiscal years 2018 through 2026. the chair: when the committee of the whole rose earlier today, a request for recorded vote on amendment number 1 printed in house report 115-4 by the gentleman from kentucky, mr. yarmuth, had been postponed. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 1 printed in house report 115-4 by the gentleman from kentucky, mr. yarmuth, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment.
the clerk: amendment number 1 printed in house report 115-4 offered by mr. yarmuth of kentucky. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be 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.]
amendments. under the rule, the committee rises. the chair: the committee of the whole house has had senate concurrent resolution and pursuant to house resolution 48, i report the concurrent resolution back to the house. the speaker pro tempore: the chairman of the committee has had under consideration senate concurrent resolution and pursuant to house resolution 48 reports the concurrent resolution to the house of the the question is on adoption of the concurrent resolution. the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. rsuant to clause 8, rule 20, this vote will be followed by votes on passage of the bill senate 84 and agreeing to the speaker's approval of the
journal if ordered. 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.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 227. the nays are 198. majority voting in the affirmative, the concurrent resolution is agreed to. the unfinished business is -- is a vote on s. 84 on which a recorded vote was ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 84, an act to provide for an exception to a limitation against appointment of persons as secretary of defense within seven years of release from active duty as a regular commissioned officer of the armed forces. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. 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.]
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 speaker will put de novo. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. and the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington seek recognition? mrs. mcmorris rodgers: mr. speaker, i send to the desk a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate resolution. the clerk: house resolution 51 -- mrs. mcmorris rodgers: i ask unanimous consent that the bill be considered as read. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington seek recognition? mrs. mcmorris rodgers: i ask unanimous consent that the house will adjourn to meet oon, january 17, 2017. the speaker pro tempore:
without objection, so ordered. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of presentatives, sir, i, brendan boyle, am submitting my resignation from the oversite and government reform committee. it has been an honor to serve on this committee, signed, brendan boyle, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resignation is accepted. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, i, ted w. lieu, am submitting my res.ings nation from the government oversight and government reform committee. it has been an honor to serve on this committee. signed sincerely, ted w. lieu, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? croudcroud, i -- mr. crowley: i
submit a privileged resolution. the clerk: house resolution 52, resolved, that the following named members be and are hereby elected to the following standing committee -- mr. crowley: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that it be read. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. without objection, the motion is laid on the table and the resolution is agreed to. mr. crowley: i appreciate the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? without objection. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, every one of us who serves in this house relies on the talented, hardworking staff of ours and of the house itself. we couldn't do what we do
without them. they not only serve us faithfully but serve our constituents as well, and they often do so without recognition. today, my colleagues, i want to recognize someone who's been serving the people of maryland's fifth district and our country as a senior member of my staff for a decade. and indeed before that on the senate side for close to a decade as well. many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle have come to nomarry francis repko. if you deal with the environment, if you deal with energy, if you deal with the history of the senate and the house on energy legislation and environmental legislation over the last 20 years, you know mary francis repko. mr. speaker, the house is not n order.
the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle know mary frances ntellect, ow her i sage counl counsel. when it comes to environmental issues there are few on this hill who know more of the intory cassies and complex -- the intricacies and complexities. i'm proud of her because staffs on both the democratic and republican side engage her in order to ensure that all the facts and ramifications of energy and environmental
legislation are known and considered. mary frances has been involved in every major energy and environmental debate in the last 10 years, including the recovery act. mr. speaker, i would ask my colleagues on my side of the sle -- the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. mr. hoyer: i know leader pelosi is also a great admirer of mary frances repko's and her staff and mary frances have worked together. the energy independence and security act, e.p.a. act of 2005, the renewable fuels standard, the b.p. oil spill, flood insurance, hurricane sandy relief, water resources development act, the flint water crisis, toxic substance control act, the land and water
conservation fund, land conservation bills, transportation bills, and fighting partisan and anti-environmental riders. an extraordinary history of deep and effective involvement on the issues. she's also been my lead staff on puerto rico, working closely with the resident commissioner staff to help the people of the island through a debt crisis and zika. for the past four years, she's also been the lead staffer for house democrats make it in america plan, where investing in job creation and making it accessible to americans. when mary came to the whip office in 2007 i felt fortunate to have enticed her to leave the united states senate where she served as a senior policy advisor for the committee on the environment and public works. earlier she had served as senator cantwell's legislative
director and as legislator director for former senator russ feingold. now it's with great sadness we must wish her farewell and send her back to the senate where she will return to the environment and public works committee as its new deputy staff director. i yield to the leader if i can. ms. pelosi: thank you whip the loss leading and the house will suffer. irst thing i would like to say we depend on your knowledge, judgment, advice and guidance on the what she has mentioned. it goes beyond the whip's office and i think across the aisle. certainly across the capitol.
so i wish -- i was hoping the last couple of days that the decision might be reversed, but mary frances, i wish her well, we are not sending her to the senate, she is going to the senate. but wonderful to know that the senate will be blessed with her great leadership, knowledge, wisdom, judgment and temperment, beautiful, beautiful, temperment. mary frances, thank you. don't be a stranger to us and look forward to working together, to preserve our planet and create jobs and create jobs and do so many things that are part of your values, our values. mr. hoyer: i know mary frances appreciates the words of leader pelosi. i know the leader is correct. we are not sending, she is going. but i want to tell this house
that i talked to senator carper who is the senator of the committee and i said, tom, i will not stand in the school house door and not let her out of our office but you must be pledging that she will be available for our calls and questions on a regular basis. madam leader, he assures me that that is the case. i thank you for your comments. our loss, is the senate's gain. i have no doubt that she will ring her talents, wisdom and michigan-bred can-do attitude in the years ahead. i hope all of my colleagues and indeed the american people we serve will join me in thanking mary frances repko to the scrickses to this house and the service she has given to our country during her time as a member of the staff of the senate and the house.
and join me in wishing her great success in her new position which i assure you she will not be a stranger but a crucial liaison to the senate. thank you, mary frances. thank you for a job well done and for your service and wise counsel. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. the gentleman from pennsylvania. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, on monday, i will honor dr. martin luther king junior's legacy by volunteering my time to help
veterans. congressman scott perry of pennsylvania's 4th district and will be at the central food bank in pittsburgh to pack boxes. it's a program that serves meals to families with at least one hem who has served in the military. this program assists area veterans and families to ensure they do not go hungry. our veterans have numerous leaves -- needs. and we help meet the nutritional needs of military families and allows them to focus on joblessness or treatment for combat-related health issues. homes in ares 4,000 pennsylvania which is 10,000 people a month. to serve one's country is selfless and noble act. we need to help our veterans
transition to civilian life when they return home. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island rise? mr. langevin: permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. langevin: mr. speaker, i rise in recognition of national mentoring month. in honor of metropolitanors across rhode island and the nation. meantors enrich the lives of young people. they are powerful role models that provide support for at-risk youth. just some examples that meantors are vulnerable people likely to enroll in college, 46% to less likely use drugs or skip school and more likely to develop self-confidence,
cultivate productive habits. the rhode island mentoring partnerships and big brothers and sisters lead the way in the ocean state. organizations like this and meantors across the country are improving our communities one child at a time and i honor them as we recognize national meant oring month and i encourage more people to step forward and serve as meantors and make a difference in the libes of young people. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. mr. poe: it funds and controls terrorists like hezbollah and it stretches far beyond the middle east. many of its activities are done through the iranian
revolutionary guard corps, which is funded, planned and executed terrorist attacks in the united states and elsewhere for decades. the i.r.g.c. is the organization that is responsible for its terrorist activities worldwide. but somehow this group has managed to escape repercussions and the united states has never recognized it as a terrorist organization. i'm working to change that. this week, i introduced the irgc terrorist sanctions act. this bill would require the president to designate the irgc for its terrorist activity and levy the relevant statutory sanctions against it. it's time to close loopholes like these to allow terrorist reign o continue their of terror. and that's just the way it is. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. titus: you know, the republicans just voted to begin the repeal of the affordable care act. they are misguided and heartless effort will not just affect insurance policies in nevada but cost the state jobs and diminish access to health care and will jeopardize lives. nevada had one of the highest uninsured rates in the country before the a.c.a. we cut the rate by almost 50% and created a system that now provides 400,000 children and adults with coverage. but trump and the congressional republicans don't want to hear about that. make no mistake. when they voted to repeal the c.a. they are revoking vital
programs that offer cancer screenings and preventing insurance companies by charging women more than men or denying benefits because of pre-existing conditions. instead of repeal and replace, the republicans should just call their proposal destroy and delay or perhaps just simply scam and sham. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio seek recognition? without objection. gentlewoman is recognized. ms. kaptur: the freedom to live in a democratic society are rights that americans hold most precious. not so in putin's russia. he brutally invaded ukraine with 10,000 war dead with millions of
displaced persons. dozens of critics have ended up dead, murdered for expressing their views. of2015, an assembly in favor ukranian independence was murdered on the stairs near the kremlin. the editor of the news website featured critical articles about putin ally. he disappeared in the year of 2000 and his headless body was discovered in a forest more than 40 miles from home. a russian journalist was murdered in the elevator in her flat in 2006. and an american who was chief editor of the russian edition of forbes was killed in 2004 by hired assassins. all dead, no investigation, no justice. this is putin's russia. president-elect trump must be wary of whom he showers praise
on because the congress is crowing too close to home. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady sa seek recognition? without objection. ms. lee: i rise to commemorate the anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck the nation of haiti on january 12, 2010. this thursday marks seven years since the 7.0 earthquake struck the capital killing haiti's population center. the aftermath of the quake was unimaginable. 316,000 people perished and 3.1 million displaced. this struck a nation hobbled by poverty and food insecurity. 147,000 people remain internally displaced in haiti with countless others displaced. the world and the american
people responded to the earthquake with generosity. to date, the united states has contributed billions to recovery efforts along with donors from around the world. the act, which was a bipartisan effort with congressman ros-lehtinen was signed into law three years ago. this provides critical oversight to ensure that aid continues in the most effective way possible. unfortunately, more work needs to be done. haiti continues to be hit with evere drought and disastrous affects of a hurricane. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> the affordable care act has improved the health care and financial security of every american regardless of where he or she gets health insurance.
mr. sherman: health care costs have been growing at the slowest rate. seniors in the medicare doughnut hole saved $23 billion. every american woman could rest easier that women are no longer charged more. and 137 million americans with private insurance receive free preventive services. the majority has made its mission to destroy the affordable care act no matter the costs and the costs would extend far beyond the health care system. repeal would cause just new york to lose more than 130,000 jobs in 2019 alone. the affordable care act has reduced the burden of health care costs for hardworking families not only in new york but across the nation and those americans to whom repeal would be devastating. we are making a mistake if we repeal obamacare. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania
rise? without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i stood in the well of this house 59 days ago when i was sworn and i said i'm not naive. but i rise in support of the affordable care act and oppose any effort to repeal it and what just took place. since the a.c.a., the uninsured rate in pennsylvania has fallen 37%. additionally, million more people of pennsylvania have coverage with their employer. medicaid individual market, medicare coverage as a result of new protections provided by the law. no matter what lens you look through pennsylvania individuals throughout our nation have better health coverage and care today as a result of the a.c.a. let us move forward to have our communities have health care. our pennsylvania governor sent a
letter to the majority leader to underscore the importance of providing access to care and keeping price affordable. improving health care for those in our home state of pennsylvania. just in pennsylvania alone, we had over 670,000 individuals that had enrolled. pennsylvania mandate managed care program. that's 670,000 individuals previously who didn't have access. we didn't need to repeal. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: clause 11 of rule 1 and the order of the house of january 3, 2017, of the following members of the house of the permanent select committee on intelligence. the clerk: mr. crawford of arkansas, mr. gowdy of south carolina, ms. stefanik of new york. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy
of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from nebraska, mr. fortenberry, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, given that last week i took the oath of office as a member of the new 115th congress of the united states and given that next week we will watch president-elect trump also take the oath of office, i want to share a few thoughts on the deep importance of this constitutional duty that we share. mr. speaker, as you are aware, last week on capitol hill was marked by a day of celebration. it was a day of renewal of friendships, even with people -- between people who have deep, deep disagreements in this body. families and guests all gathered to share in the moment's excitement and meeting
and members of congress congratulated one another on their recent victories and we all took a reprieve from the intensity of the policy debate for just a moment. but amidst all that swirl of activity, the day was set apart by the oath of office. mr. speaker, the oath, it lays down a clear marker of the serious obligations ahead for all of us. in our day and time, we no longer are deeply connected to this concept of oath. we see it in the courtroom when somebody is required to tell the truth. we will see it again next week when president-elect trump is sworn in, but we rarely take the time to reflect on its deeper meaning. we see it more like an old tradition, a nostalgic option that we exercise out of
deference to our history. however, the oath is much, much more. it is a solemn declaration. it is a pause, the start of sacred duty. by taking an oath, you effectively hold your very self at ran some. you commit at the deepest levels that you will perform the task ahead of you to the best of your ability. he oath is the ultimate test and measure of integrity, and if you violate it, you tear at the center of your being, to the detriment of not only ourself but to the community you are swore to serve. this is a very high bar indeed, mr. speaker. i am reminded of the words of sir thomas moore who was the lord high chancellor in new
england during the 16th century. he strove for life excellence in public service, but in the end he was put to death by the ery state that he sought to so nobly serve. in an earlier reflection on the saint thomas moore had this to say and i quote, when a man takes an oath, he's holding his own self in his own hands like water, and if he opens his fingers, then he need not hope to find himself again. now, mr. speaker, throughout that wonderful day last week of our swearing in here on -- in the body, i was reflecting prnlly on a singular word -- personally on a singular word and that word is replenishment. our american system of
governance has an extraordinary capacity to reflenish -- replenish itself with new ideas and refreshed perspectives. our political starts with the belief that political power is derived from each person's dignity. by voting citizens invest that very power in the representatives that are sent here to make judgments on their behalf. but, of course, to earn that right in the first place, the representative must make his kay to the people. -- case to the people. and in spite of the drama, in raucus the ralk us -- nature of elections, and we have gone through one, the fact that we go through this cycle of replenishment is truly an extraordinary gift. mr. speaker, as i stood in the center aisle right here last week, i raised my right hand.
i raised it along with everyone else who is a new member of this 115th congress, and i took that oath of office. mr. speaker, i just think it's worthwhile to read these powerful words. i do solemnly swear or affirm that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that i will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that i take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion and that i will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which i am about to nter so help me god. mr. speaker, indeed, this is a very high bar. this is a sacred duty.
this is a solemn task. and it sets this body apart and our system of governance apart by forcing each of us who have given this extraordinary privilege of taking on the heavy mantle and weighty responsibility of making decisions on behalf of the people of this great country. to do so to the best of our ability having put our very self, the integrity of what it means to be a person on the line, to uphold that ommitment. mr. speaker, with that i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nebraska seek recognition? mr. fortenberry: i move that we adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until noon on tuesday, january 17,