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luke messer. mr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. messer: thank you, madam speaker. the federal government should not fund abortions and it should not force states to fund them either. that's one reason this body recently voted to make the hyde amendment permanent and government-wide. the vast majority of americans support this policy as a matter of conscience. and agree that tax dollars should not fund abortion procedures. today's bill is consistent with that principle. despite the rhetoric across the aisle, the bill permits but does not require states to direct title 10 funds to health provides that are do not provide abortions. without this bill, states would be forced to fund the abortion industry by federal bureaucrats. this is an issue of states' rights, as well as one of
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conscience. i'm proud to support the measure, stand up for states and defend life. i want to thank my colleague, diane black, for her hard work and leadership on getting this bill to the floor. and i urge my colleagues to vote for its passage. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. . ms. degette: i now yield to the gentlelady from florida, ms. castor, two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. castor: i thank the gentlelady from colorado for her leadership. for almost 50 years a law called title x has ensured that women across america, no matter their station in life, can receive expert advice on how and when to plan their family. on contraceptives and receive breast and cervical cancer screenings. it's smart public policy. it often allows women to complete their education, to get
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a job, to become financially independent. and it's cost-effective for all of us because it saves public money on prenatal, maternity, and newborn care. it has worked to decrease teenage and unintended pregnancies. in florida, in 2014 alone, over 160,000 were counseled through nonprofit agencies and community health centers, and over 38,000 unintended pregnancies were prevented, which help prevent about 18,000 unintendeds. that resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in cost savings. plus it's difficult to put a price tag on the ability of someone to become self-sufficient and get a good start in life. title x is critical for many of my neighbors in florida, and it should be protected. so it's sad to see my republican colleagues target working families and young women to restrict access to contraceptives and family
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planning and other health services. if republicans are successful, it would only harm our communities and in doing so you're targeting the folks who need the help the most. these politically motivated attacks on women's health are a distraction from the real issues. across the country women, parents, moms, and dads, need greater economic and personal security not less. that is what congress should be focused on. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this harmful resolution and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the yeal yields back. -- the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam chair. it's my honor to yield two minutes to my classmate and a great member from alabama, martha roby. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. roby: i thank the gentlelady. mr. speaker, i rise in support of house joint resolution 43. congress must use its authority to strike this rule and stop the federal government from forcing states to funnel taxpayer money to abortion providers.
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this rule is wrong on process and it's wrong onpolicy. first of all states have every right to put in place reasonable guidelines for how their federal dollars are spent. for washington to attempt to coerce states in this way would be bad enough, but for un-elected bureaucrats and the department of health and human services to go around congress at the 11th hour of the obama administration is just outrageous. madam speaker, i think we all agree that low-income women should have access to the essential title x services, but why is it necessary for those services to be funded at the nation's largest provider of abortion? it isn't, of course, but the abortion industry and its supporters want us to believe that it is. when it comes to funding, they like to pretend that abortion doesn't exist and that planned parenthood is the only place where women can get health care. but that's not true. the truth is is that there is more than 13,000 federally
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qualified and rural health centers that offer low-cost health care to women. these centers outnumber planned parenthood centers 20-1. they just don't perform abortion s. understanding that some states have rightly enacted laws and policies redirecting title x dollars away from abortion providers and towards these noncontroversial clinics. if the true goal here was to ensure women's health care, no one should have a problem with that. but that wasn't the goal and everybody knows it. there is a reason people call this rule president obama's parting gift to planned parenthood. it was a blatant, transparent attempt to preserve the pipeline of funding to the nation's largest abortion business. it was wrong and i urge my colleagues to vote to nullify it today. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields bafpblgt the gentlelady -- back. the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, i'm now pleased to yield the gentlelady from california, ms.
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speier, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. speier: i thank the gentlelady for her leadership and i thank you, madam speaker. it's very hard for me to listen to the conversation on the other side of the aisle, because it's a conversation they are having with themselves and conversation we're having with ourselves. let's be real clear. this is not about planned parenthood and abortion. because we already know that planned parenthood gets no funding for abortions in this country. pure and simple. planned parenthood gets funding through title x to provide services for breast cancer screenings, other cancer screenings, s.t.d.'s and contraception. what my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are willing to say is we just want to make sure planned parenthood doesn't get a dime. just squeeze every dime out of them that may be federal dollars even though they provide a
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really important health service. i say to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, i guess what you're saying is, to the 80,000 women last year who are diagnosed with cancer because they went to a plant parenthood facility, of the 800,000 that were screened for cancer -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam speaker. it is now my honor to yield two minutes to the gentlelady fromed iseded is -- south dakota, kristi noem. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from south dakota is recognized for two minutes. mrs. noem: i thank you, madam speaker, for time today. i rise today in support of house joint resolution 43. it overturns an obama-era regulation forcing states to administer title x health care funding to abortion providers like plant parenthood. time and again this congress has risen with bipartisan support to oppose the taxpayer funding of abortion.
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annual provisions including the hyde amendment which have been passed repeatedly and have saved an estimated $2 million innocent lives. today we rise again to stop the xpayer funding of abortion providers. i want to be clear nothing we do today will take a penny from women's health. instead, we're empowering the states to redirect these funds to community health centers and hospitals that offer more comprehensive coverage for women. in 2014 alone, planned parenthood performed more than 300,000 abortions. while failing to provide even the most basic services like prenatal care at many of their facilities. hospitals and federally qualified health centers not only offer a broader range of services, but also greater accessibility in many cases. while there is only one planned parenthood center in south dakota, we have six federally qualified health centers that operate in 45 service sites and serve more than 54,000
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individuals per year. these care centers offer low-income families health services, but they don't perform abortions. we can support women's health and specifically health care for low-income women without supporting abortion providers. simply put, house joint resolution 43 does not restrict access or funding to health care for low-income women. what it does do is help protect taxpayers from funding abortion providers. it empowers the states to direct health care funding to organizations that truly do support women's health. and it makes strides towards protecting the most vulnerable among us, the unborn. i think chairman black for her commitment to this area, i'm proud to stand beside her as a partner this this effort. i thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, i'm pleased now to yield one minute to the distinguished gentlelady from washington state, ms.delbene. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one
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minute. miss bell den: -- ms.delbene: another week, another attack on women's health. only six days ago the senate confirmed secretary of health and human services who opposes women's access to no-cost birth control. a man who claimed that not one woman has struggled to afford contraception. now house leaders are working to eradicate the number of places where women can access birth control. it's unacceptable. for more than 40 years title x bipartisan program that helps vulnerable americans get basic health care. like cancer screening, h.i.v. tests, and contraception. in 2014 bipartisan alone, it prr 900,000 unintended pregnancies. but if this resolution passes, millions will find themselves without access to the essential care that they need. especially those in rural and underserved communities. i said it before and i'll say it
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again, our constituents deserve better. it's time to focus on the priorities that matter to the american people. i urge my colleagues to vote no and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam speaker. i now yield two minutes to the gentlelady from indiana, miss with a lore skirks a fell wamse member and advocate for children. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. mrs. walorski: i thank representative black. madam speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.j. resolution 43. this resolution will overturn an obama administration rule that forces states to direct federal funds to abortion providers like planned parenthood. states receive federal funding to support family planning services. they have the discretion to distribute these title x funds in the way that best serves their communities. many states have exercised their discretion to direct title x funding to community health centers, family health clinics that do not provide abortions
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and withhold funding from abortion providers like planned parenthood. it's just common sense that states know the needs of their people and their communities better than washington bureaucrats do. the states should be able to decide how these federal funds are distributed. unfortunately, the obama administration disagreed. so they issued a last-minute regulation in their final days in office that would force states to distribute funding to abortion providers. their rule would take away states' abilities to direct title x funds to providers that offer comprehensive care but do not participate in abortions. it would force states to enable the flow of funds to planned parenthood and others in the abortion industry. i think this is reprehensible. now congress has the opportunity to right this wrong and undo the massive overreach. overturning the rule won't
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duce funding for women's health care. in health care. in fact, it will let states direct these funds in the best way that's best for their citizens. it will ensure states can support women's health as well as protect the unborn. madam speaker, this resolution is seengs to rolling back executive overreach and standing up for the sanctity of life. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.j. resolution 43. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: thank you, madam speaker. i now yield to the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentlelady for her leadership. well, this is not about states. it's not about the federal government. it's about women and the rights of women. h.j.res. 43 could impact nearly four million primarily low-income patients that receive family planning services at title x sites. annually across the united states. of those four million patients, approximately 69% had incomes at or below the fefrl poverty line,
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while 61% of those patients claim the title x clinics as their only regular source of health care. about 60% of women who access care from family planning health centers consider their main source. four in 10, it's their only source of care. approximately 1.5 million about 60% of planned parenthood patients benefit from the nation's family planning programs. approximately 20% of these patients identify hispanic, approximately 15% as african-american. every public dollar invested in fame planning, $7.09 is saved in medicaid related costs. planned parenthood centers are roughly 1/3 of the program's clients, although planned parenthood health septemberers comprise 10% of publicly supported safety net this. resolution which we should vote no is going to take away moneys from people who are in need, who need health care. where are the republicans -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam chair.
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you now yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. randy weber. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. weber: i rise with my republican colleagues in support of h.j.res. 43. under obama the administration's last-minute rule change to title x funding states, like texas, are prevented from establishing riteria that would eliminate the possibility to receive grant money. they should be able to choose the health providers that best serve the needs of their moms and babies. during my time in the texas legislature, we used alternatives to abortion programs. this program provides low-income pregnant women and their babies care items during pregnancy and it also provides preventing information. it also funds the downing referral and pregnancy information hotline, and dethe texas pregnancy care network. additionally this program
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supports groups in maternity homes. provides referrals to community and social service programs like childcare. and offers classes on live skills, budgeting, parenting, yes, parenting, stress management, and g.e.d. preparation. nationally 13,000 federally qualified health centers and rural health care septemberers provide comprehensive health momsservices to low-income and their babies. in my district 14, this helps moms and their babies. these agencies do a terrific job of supporting women and, yes, their babies too. we are not cutting funding. we are not cutting care. we are ensuring that federal health care centers have the funds and support they need to give to women the care that they deserve and the babies the care that they deserve. i want to thank the gentlelady
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from tennessee for her efforts to stand up for women and their babies. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from tennessee reserves, and the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. -- the gentlelady from tennessee reserves, and the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: i want to yield one minute to the gentlelady from california one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: i want to thank you for your tireless leadership and for helping women and our family. i rise in strong opposition to h.j.res. 43. it's no surprise that once again house republicans are trying to undermine women's access to health care and basic family planning services. this ideological crusade -- and that's what it is -- it will hurt those who need help the most, including low-income women, women of color and young women. it will also deny thousands of families from choosing their provider of choice and sometimes the only accessible
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provider, and that's under title 10. not only is this resolution anti-woman, it's also counterproductive. we know that for every dollar spent on title 10 family planning we save more than $7 on medicaid-related costs. but my republican colleagues are so determined to take family planning options away from low-income women that they are prepared to put ideological perspectives above public health. as a member of the labor, health and human services subcommittee of the appropriations committee, i unfortunately see these attacks on women's health all too well. last year, republicans tried to completely eliminate funding for title 10. but don't be fooled. this piece of legislation is not about -- it's about members of congress trying to control women's bodies. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam chair. it's now my honor to yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, representative key rothfus. -- keith rothfus. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. rothfus: i rise in strong support for h.j.res. 43, to stop an obama administration rule that would force states to send taxpayer dollars to abortion providers, including abortion giant planned parenthood. in addition to last year's shocking videos where we heard high-ranking planned parenthood officials use jarring, jarring language, such as doing a less crunchy type of procedure to preserve body parts, we have recently learned in pennsylvania that planned parenthood was using false advertising on its website. the pennsylvania family institute recently found that each planned parenthood affiliate in pennsylvania does not provide prenatal services even though all 27 planned parenthood locations in pennsylvania had listed prenatal services on their website. after these clinics were called and asked, do you provide
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prenatal services, not one had any such services to offer. but they did offer terminations. planned parenthood has since removed the word prenatal from their booking appointments website. they should not be receiving one dime of federal dollars when they are actively attempting to deceive women to get them in the door. abortion is not health care. subsidizing the destruction of human life is federal dollars in the name of family planning is simply unconscionable. ask you to join me in supporting the unborn and this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, ms. chu. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. chu: i rise today in strong opposition to house resolution 43. is bill is another in -- ms. degette: her microphone is not on. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady is recognized will suspend. the gentlelady is recognized may continue. ms. chu: i rise today in strong opposition to house resolution 43. this bill is another in a long line of attacks on women's choice, women's health and women's lives. for years title 10 has been the only federally funded program dedicated to providing comprehensive family planning services for low-income patients. thanks to title 10, these women have gained access to services like birth control, s.t.d. testing, cancer screenings, and sex education. and for most of its history, title 10 has received broad bipartisan support from congress. that's because it's helped millions of women and families. but now republicans are using this long-standing program to continue their attack on women's health.
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last year republicans eliminated title 10 funding from their budget altogether. this bill is just the latest attempt to do the same thing by putting family planning resources out of reach for poor women across the country. we cannot let this happen. we cannot let healthy pregnancies and healthy families become a luxury reserved only for the wealthy. it must remain a right for all. i urge my colleagues to vote against this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam chair. i want to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from missouri, representative vicky hartzler, who is account chair of the our values action team. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. mrs. hartzler: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to offer my unwavering support for the lives of the unborn, to stand in solidarity with the states and to urge my colleagues to support the passage of h.j.res. 43. this resolution does not cut a dime from family planning funding available to states.
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it simply enables states to direct the funding towards nonabortion whole women health care providers such as rural health clinics and federally qualified health care centers. it's important to remember that for every planned parenthood clinic, there are 20 federally qualified health centers. each year these centers serve over 21 million american women. this is almost eight times the impact of planned parenthood clinics. and we know that federal law requires that federally qualified health centers provide mammograms, prenatal services and emergency medical services, none of which are offered by planned parenthood clinics. the states were wise to prioritize such quality health care for women with title 10 funds. prior to this new heavy-handed agenda-driven policy, the states maintain the flexibility to determine grant recipients. but this last-minute obama administration rule effectively nullifies the policy of 13
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states that want to prioritize women's health over abortion. this obama-era rule could impair funding for another 10 states that have chosen comprehensive care over abortion-focused clinics like planned parenthood. it gets worse. of the 13 states impacted by this rule, five states, tennessee, kansas, oklahoma, arkansas and ohio, could lose almost $16 million in title 10 funding for failing to abide by the rule. and this regulation forces these states to forgo their title 10 funding for all of the women in their states. today's resolution resolves this encroachment on the states, rolls back this last-minute rule and restores flexibility to the states so that women can receive the health care they deserve. i would like to thank chairman black for her work on this resolution and urge my colleagues to support the passage of h.j.res. 43. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from tennessee reserves, and the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, i'm
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now pleased to yield to the gentlelady from new york, mrs. maloney, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. , . maloney: madam speaker the war on women is escalating and more dangerous with h.j.res. 43. let's not beat around the bush. let's call this bill what it really is. it's a back door attempt to restrict access to a woman's constitutional right to an abortion. we all know that federal funding for abortion is already prohibited. but this goes further, much further. it cuts off funding for contraception, screenings and treatment if a provider also offers abortions paid for with private funds. providers either stop doing abortions or they lose the federal funds that they need to
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keep their doors open to serve their communities. in other words, the supporters of this resolution are willing to sacrifice women's access to basic health care services in order to stamp out abortion. it's cruel, it's wrong, and i would say it's discriminatory. when is the last time this body was called upon to cut off access to basic health care for men? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. mrs. maloney: vote no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam speaker. it's now my honor to yield a minute to the gentleman from florida, tom rooney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. rooney: as one of his final acts in office, president obama issued a rule requiring that states give title 10 family planning fund grants to abortion providers like planned parenthood. states have always had the
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autonomy to distribute these grants to providers that they choose. obama took that freedom away from states by requiring them to directly fund abortions under the false assertion that these -- that this provides women with greater access to health care. that's just not true. what people seem to forget is that for every one planned parenthood facility in the united states, there are 20 federally funded community health centers that stand ready and eager to provide health services to women that don't perform abortions. states should be able to make their own health care decisions, and by passing this resolution, we return that power to the states. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from tennessee reserves, and the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, i am anow pleased to yield one minute -- i'm now pleased to yield one minute to ms. frankel from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. frankel: thank you, madam speaker. for women to thrive in the
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economic and social opportunities of our nation, we must have the ability to control our own reproductive lives and full access to health care choices. now, here we go again. another republican bill aimed at taking us back to the dark, dangerous days when women were prisoners of their own bodies, back to 50 years ago when katie, a nurse in florida, had no access to legal contraception and abortion. a mother of two, recently divorced, pregnant, unable to responsibly raise another child, made an appointment on the phone with a nameless person who met her on a lonely street corner in miami, blindfolded her, hid her under a rug in a car and took her to a garage where she had an abortion. katie was one of the lucky ones. she survived. not so fortunate with the women who threw themselves downstairs
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or inserted chemicals or coat hangars into their uteruses in order to terminate their -- coat hangers into their uteruses in order to terminate their pregnancies. madam speaker, we will not go back to those dark, dangerous days. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam speaker. i'm honored to yield two minutes to the gentleman from indiana, one of our freshman members, representative jim banks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for two minutes. mr. banks: thank you, madam speaker. i rise to voice my strong support for house joint resolution 43, which would overturn the previous administration's title 10 family planning funding rule. in december, the obama administration finalized a misguided rule which dictates that states must send title 10 family planning grant money to abortion providers. even more, this rule also threatens to deprive noncompliance states, such as representative black's home
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state of tennessee, of all title 10 family planning funds. this politically motivated requirement was made neither in the interest of protecting life nor in the interest of the states. under the rule, states that decline to send title 10 funds to abortion clinics would lose their title 10 funding completely. if states make the decision they want to use their funding to affirm life, then they should be allowed to do so. this rule blatantly steps all over states' rights and goes out of its way to favor abortion providers at the same time. let's ensure states continue to have the freedom and flexibility to make the right decisions for themselves. that's exactly what i've advocated for my entire career, both in the state house in indiana and again here on the floor of the u.s. house of representatives. i express my strong support for the passage of house joint resolution 43, introduced by representative black. thank you, madam speaker.
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i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back, and the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, may i inquire as to the time remaining on each side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from colorado has 15 minutes. the gentlelady from tennessee has eight minutes. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. degette: thank you, madam speaker. i'm now pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from washington state,. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> i thank the gentlelady for yielding. and i rise in strong opposition to this resolution. miss jayapal: mr. speaker, for many people, particularly women, title x funding hillary clintonly means the difference between receiving reproductive health care or being forced to go without birth control, critical cancer screenings, and other preventive care. for the four in 10 women who access health care at title x funded providers, cutting this funding would mean cutting their access to health care all together. for people of color, rural
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communities, and those who struggle to make ends meet, cutting title x funds will certainly have a disproportionate impact. let's be very clear that these funds are not controversial but the republican majority in congress and anti-choice groups are doing their best to create a false narrative in order to demonize this funding. and it has done nothing but improve the lives of millions of people. cutting this funding would actually increase the number of unwanted pregnancies by nearly one million in just a year alone, and would increase abortions by 33%. women need title x so they can continue to make decisions with their doctors. it is 2017 and a woman's -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam speaker. i must once again talk about what this resolution really does. this resolution empowers states.
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it empowers states that are able to choose to invest in women's health care over abortion by sending those title x dollars to clinics that do not destroy innocent life. my colleagues on the other side talked about how this is destructive to women's health. i want to just mention that the true destruction to women's health is abortion. that is the little girl that's aborted that will never know about being a woman. this bill does nothing to prohibit states from deciding where to best use their dollars. but in states such as mine and tennessee for the last six years, who have made that decision, to send their dollars to facilities that they believe give the best women's health care, comprehensive health care, to over 75,000 women in our state. more than many states that surround us that have larger populations. if this was prohibiting women from getting services, we wouldn't be so successful.
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we're providing services to more than 75,000 women in our state. we haven't seen a decrease in services. we have seen an increase in services. and if you were to ask these women what they thought about service that is they are getting, and these other facilities such as department of health, and health certainties, you would see they are very satisfied because they get comprehensive services. services that go beyond what places like planned parenthood can even provide for them. they do mammograms. they do procedures if there are cancer cells found in a woman's cervix. so this whole ruse this is a war on women, and that we're taking away women's right to health care services, is a ruse. all this does is to say if a state like tennessee decides this is the best place to give the best quality of care for a woman, then hopefully their babies and their children, which
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if you go to these clinics you'll see them all running around, they have life. it just gives them the choice to do that. don't takeway that choice from my state. don't punish our state because we do what we believe is the best thing for women's health. and with that i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, i'm now pleased to yield one minute to dr. bera, from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bera: i thank my colleague for her leadership. i am a doctor and worked in low-income and free clinics and i know title x funding works. it has impact. here's how we also know it works. by expanding access to full reproductive services under the affordable care act and contraception, we have seen a dramatic reduction in the number of unintended prgnancies -- pregnansifments we're dwathe the wrong thing here. we should be increasing title x funds. we should be debating how we
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make access to full reproductive services more readily available. that's what the women of america want. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this dangerous bill. i urge my colleagues to understand the women of america are watching. i also urge somehow this makes it to the president's desk, the mothers and daughters, mr. president, are watching. be careful here. this is about preserving access to care and full productive rights. we're watching. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are me inded to direct their comments -- are reminded to direct their comments and debate to the chair. the gentleman from yields back. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. mrs. black: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: thank you, madam speaker. i am now pleased to yield to the gentlelady from maine, ms. pingree, one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from maine is recognized for one minute. ms. pingree: thank you, madam speaker. thank you for yielding.
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title x family planning services are an essential lifeline for mainers who need access to high quality preventive and reproductive care. from cancer screenings to s.t.i. testings to birth control. the resolution we're debating today threatens access to these critical services. every year maine's network of title x providers serves more than 22,000 individuals in nearly every county. including some of the most rural and underserved communities in our state. 65% of last year's patients had outcomes that qualified them for free or reduced cost services. family planning health centers often end up being their patient's primary source of health care. providers are trusted members of the community. the care they deliver is high quality. and often they are the only affordable local option. without title x funds, thousands of women and men throughout maine would struggle to access and afford alternative primary care.
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at a time when republicans want to repeal the affordable care act, without a replacement plan, it is more important than ever to preserve title x as a cornerstone of our -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: thank you, madam speaker. i'm now pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: thank you, madam speaker. i thank my friend for yielding and for her incredible leadership on this issue. so rather than working across the aisle with democrats to grow our economy, to rebuild older communities, to create new jobs, republicans are again focused on attacking women's health. undermining health care programs that provide preventive care for over four million americans. many low-income women who would otherwise be uninsured.
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eliminating this rule makes it harder for women and families to have access to lifesaving cancer screenings, for example. birth control. other vital health services. these are funds that are providing necessary health services, madam speaker. and everyone in this debate knows what this is about. these dollars do not support abortion. we know federal law prohibits these dollars from being used for that purpose. but to hear friend or the other side that would imply that's the case. now, there is and should be a legitimate debate on that subject, but it has been the law and it continues to be the law that these dollars are not used for abortion services. this is about health care. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. kildee: lifesaving health care for women. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. the gentlelady from tennessee is recognized. the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: thank you, madam
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speaker. i now am pleased to yield one minute to the gentlelady from michigan, mrs. lawrence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from michigan is recognized for one minute. mrs. lawrence: madam speaker, i rise today in strong opposition to house joint resolution 43, yet another partisan attack against women's health care. for more than four decades title x has helped some of the most underserved women in our country, getting access to family planning services that otherwise will not have been received. once again some of my colleagues believe that they have the right to impose their beliefs on a nonpartisan issue. instead of allowing women to choose family planning services that are right for them, this chamber is voting to take that choice away. instead of attacking legitimate title x qualified providers who serve women across our country, our chamber should be working to ensure that all americans have the right to quality health care. madam speaker, i urge my colleagues to stop this attack
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on women's health care and i urge my colleagues to defeat this resolution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from colorado reserves. ms. degette: madam speaker, it's my understanding that the other side is reserving its time to close, is that correct? so i'll just recognize a few more of my speakers. at this time i'd like to recognize the gentlelady from massachusetts, ms. clark, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. clark: thank you, madam speaker. thank you to the gentlelady from colorado for all her leadership. we're barely six weeks into this new congress and the republicans are back at it again. attacking comprehensive health care for american women. the regulation under attack says that in order to be awarded title x funding, you must be able to deliver the services. those services are family planning and related preventive health services.
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the majority is correct, we're not talking about abortion because abortion is not funded by title x. why would republicans oppose this regulation? because it allows them a backdoor way to make funding decisions based on ideology not quality of care. don't we want the best health outcomes for the over four million patients who benefited last year from h.i.v. tests, breast exams, and contraception coverage under title x? title x funded health care providers around this country are high quality professionals who provide needed care for millions of families. many of whom are underserved. i oppose this and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, i'm now pleased to yield to the gentleman from new york, a member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. engel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. engel: i thank my friend
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from colorado for yielding to me. this is not a women's issue or men's issue. it's an issue for its right. people have a right to make health choices. if someone doesn't believe in abortion, make that choice for yourself. if someone believes in something else, then they have the right to make that choice. so eligibility for title x funding should be based on a provider's ability to provide family planning services. period. whether a provider offers safe and legal abortions with private funds should not be used to prevent women and men from getting preventive care like cancer screenings or h.i.v. tests. that is all the rule requires. it should not be controversial. yet here we're. what effect would this congressional review act have? kansas has given a repre-vie. the providers that provided abortion service, the number of kansans assessing cancer screenings, s.t.i. tests, and
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other care through the title x program plummeted by thousands. a vote for this c.r.a. is a vote to multifly that number. the americans who will be affected by this c.r.a. will lose the opportunity to see the provider of their choice. sometimes the only viable provider. why would we want to put women -- why would we want to put anybody that that category? where they cannot see the only viable provider because someone else doesn't like what the doctor can do. i urge my colleagues to vote no. my republican friends always talked about individual freedom. and how important it is. this is an individual freedom of a woman's right to control her own body and to make personal choices on health care. we should not interfere with that. we should allow the most and the best health care to be available to all people. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from colorado is
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recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, i'm now pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, m nadler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. nadler: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. republicans are continuing their crusade to cut off access to comprehensive family planning services. last year they tried to zero out title x in their budget. this year they intend to repeal a.c.a.'s cost-free contraception coverage for women with private insurance. today republicans are attempting to stop the flow of title x grants to health centers around the contry. title x grants ensure low-income families have access to birth control and can plan their pregnancies so that moms and kids stay healthy. research has shown without these services the unintended pregnancy rate would be 33% higher and the number of abortions would be higher. my anti-choice republican colleagues should cheer this program. instead not only are republicans trying to defund planned parenthood so they won't be able to provide contraception health, now we're rolling back a rule that allows title x funds to flow to reproductive health
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centers which are the most effective providers of services and which we were told would provide the contraception and other health service that is planned parenthood no longer would be able to. women are watching us today. they know that bill is nothing more than another attempt to stop low-income women from accessing the health care they need and allow the government to once again step between women and their doctors. it's no secret i support a woman's constitutional right to access abortion, but even if you don't, and are committed to reducing abortion in this contry, you should step up to the plate and support comprehensive and robust family planning for women. this bill will do the opposite. we should all support contraception for the women of this country and i urge my colleagues to reject this bill. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: thank you very much, madam speaker. i am you a now pleased to yield to the distinguished the gentlelady from illinois, ms. -- distinguished gentlelady from illinois, ms. schakowsky,
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two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. schakowsky: well, here we are again. house republicans do not support family planning, title 10. for years republicans have tried to completely eliminate funding for title 10 through the appropriations process. think about that. we are debating contraception in 2017. astonishing. title 10 provides millions of low-income men and middle-income men and women access to reproduckive health care services. and the bill we're -- reproductive health care services. and the bill we're debating today would remove providers from the program, leaving patients with few options for the care they need. and, again, let's be clear. if you want to reduce the number of abortions, you need to ensure everyone has access
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to family planning. teen pregnancy and the rate of abortion are at historic lows because we've worked to make contraception more affordable and accessible. for over 60% of title 10 patients, the clinics they visit for family planning services are their own -- only regular source of care. and yet, we're considering legislation that would result in clinic closures and would prevent men and women from seeing trusted providers in their own communities. do republicans oppose cancer screening for cervical and breast cancer? do they oppose s.t.d. testing? do they oppose contraception? their answers seem to be yes because the republicans continue to ignore these facts in their effort to harm women's health. i urge my colleagues to put an end to the war on women and to oppose this very dangerous legislation, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from colorado is
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recognized. ms. degette: madam speaker, i now would yield myself the remainder of the time to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. degette: thank you. madam speaker, we hear today this isn't about denying women and families the access to family planning and birth control because states would just simply take that title 10 money and put it somewhere else. unfortunately, this seems to be a bit of magical thinking. even the congressional budget office said that as many as 390,000 women would lose access to care and 650,000 women would have reduced access if legislation like this passed. the fact of the matter is, you can't simply shift all of these people from title 10 family planning centers like planned parenthood to community health centers, as the other side asserts. for one thing, 69% of the community health centers actually refer patients to
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family planning providers like planned parenthood, and only 19% of community health centers report that their largest sites both prescribe and dispense all types of contraceptive methods. only half of community health centers receive -- that receive title 10 funding provide i.u.d.'s and other types of long-acting birth control, the most effective kind of birth control. so you can't just shift everybody else someplace else. in fact, the national association of community health centers itself said that they could not treat all the patients that planned parenthood now has if this legislation went through. let's just call this bill what it is. it's an attempt to take away important family planning resources from the women and families of america. now, i think if we all support title 10, when the annual appropriations bill comes up
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this year, i would ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to please join me and my colleagues in an effort to increase title 10 funding because in all the years i've been in congress, i've seen attempt after attempt not only to reduce abortion coverage or to reduce abortion availability but also to stop family planning services. i think that's something we could agree with on, and i think we can do that. and so in the meantime, let's make sure that the women of america can get access to the family planning they need. let's continue to give family planning money to all of the centers to do that, and, again, i'd like to reiterate, we have no federal funding for abortion. that's the law. i don't like the law but that's the law. we're talking about family planning and title 10. that needs to be preserved and enhanced. vote no on this bill, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from colorado yields
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back. the gentlelady from tennessee, mrs. black, is recognized. mrs. black: thank you, madam speaker. i would like to request the submission of letters from march for life action, christian medical and dental association, coalition letters signed by 25 organizations, national right to life, u.s. conference of catholic bishops and family research council for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. black: madam speaker, the 10th amendment of the constitution reads pretty clearly to me. the powers not delegated to the united states by the constitution nor prohibited to by the states are reserved to the states respectfully or to the people. i understand that there is a diversity of views represented in this chamber on matters of health care and human life. and i'm not asking my colleagues to set those views aside with this vote. i'm simply asking them not to substitute their judgment for the will of the states. with this resolution, we're letting states care for their
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citizens the best way they know, just as they have had that ability for the past 45 years. and we are maintaining access to care for women and families. i urge a yes vote on this resolution, and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 123, the previous question is ordered. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the joint resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: joint resolution providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5 united states code of the final rules submitted by the secretary of health and human services relating to compliance with title 10 requirements by recipients in selecting subrecipients. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the joint resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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the ayes have it. ms. degette: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from colorado is recognized. ms. degette: i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. operate of rule 20, -- pursuant to rule 8 of rule 20, proceedings on this question will be postponed. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. passing house joint resolution 69, passing house joint resolution 43 and agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal, if ordered. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute
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votes. the unfinished business is the vote on passage of house joint resolution 69, on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. the clerk: house joint resolution 69, providing for congressional disapproval under chapter 8 of title 5, united states code, of the final rule of the department of the interior related to nonsubsistence take of wildlife, the public participation and closure procedures, on national wildlife refuges in alaska. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the joint resolution. members will record their votes by electronic device. [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.] expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 225 and the nays are 193. the joint resolution is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is vote on passage of house joint resolution 4 , on which a recorded vote is ordered. the clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. the clerk: joint resolution providing for congressional
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disapproval of chapter 8, title 5 by the secretary of health and human services relating to compliance by project recipients . the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the joint resolution. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 230 and the nays are 188. the joint resolution is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: the unfinished business is agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal which the chair will put de novo. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye.
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. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. and the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it meet at 1:00 p.m. tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the speaker pro tempore: 3003 of to 22 u.s.c. the following members of the part of the house on commission of security and cooperation in europe. the clerk: ms. jackson lee of -- s and ms. moore of texas wisconsin. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be order.
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members, please take your onversations off the floor. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. he gentleman will suspend. members, please take your conversations off the floor. he house will be in order.
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the gentleman from georgia. >> mr. speaker, waters of the united states or wotus has been a thorn in the side of americans, especially our former, since its introduction. it was a rule issued under the clean water act by the e.p.a. and army corps of engineers designed to redefine the scope of waters protected and regulated by the federal government. mr. allen: wotus would grant the federal government regulatory power over virtually any of ne place where water -- anyplace where water flows in the united states. that includes ditches, puddles, streams, or any man-made constructions. you name it. if enacted, it would undermine the rights of states, local governments, landowners and create more red tape, preventing economic growth and jobs, particularly in the agriculture industry. if it sounds ridiculous, that's because it is. wotus was flawed from the beginning, it's been held up in the court since 2015. to ensure wotus never sees the light of day and completely
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eliminate the potential of it becoming a reality, i introduced legislation to repeal this harmful rule. i look forward to working with president trump and my colleagues in this -- on this very important issue and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: mr. speaker, before president trump and steve bannon bring in a wall street billionaire to delve into our nation's most classified intelligence, the american people have a right to know the facts about who he and his firm are. if you believe in the united states military, as i do, and not simply cashing it out -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman will suspend. the house will be in order. please take your conversations off the floor. the gentlewoman is recognized. if you believe in the -- ms. kaptur: if you believe in the u.s. military as i do, then
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we'd best pay attention to steven feinberg, c.e.o. of a company who is to be tasked with leading a review of our u.s. intelligence agencies. they also own an illegal dispute over a $10 billion state department contract for operations in foreign countries. the director of homeland security, retired general kelly, received $166,000 as an advisor to that company. simply put, they profit off the privatization of war. handing the keys to our intelligence agencies over to wall street is dangerous. privatization of our homeland security and armed forces jeopardizes our national security. it is critical we stand together, take action to demand transparency, prevail for the sake of future generations, and prevent the siphoning of funds intended for our military. before any wall street speculator sets foot on our nation's most precious security turf. the american people and our military need complete disclosure and divestiture of
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all mr. feinberg's holdings. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. poe: mr. speaker, wine garden reality owns several shopping centers in texas. recently they were sued by plaintiffs who had never visited the shopping center. the complaint -- allegedly nine designated a.d.a. van accessible parking spaces were not dispersed far apart enough. the plaintiff did not notify wine garden of the allege violations before filing lawsuit, so wine garden couldn't comply. the real estate company believes they were in compliance with the a.d.a. but often companies like them decide the best economic decision is to settle the lawsuit rather than an expensive court trial. businesses are told to either
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pay a settlement or face an expensive trial. the bipartisan bill the, a.d.a. education and reform act of 2017, requires plaintiffs to s notice in time to fix the alleged a.d.a. infraction before a lawsuit is filed. mr. speaker, the a.d.a. was designed to improve access for the disabled, not allow a handful of greedy plaintiffs who have never been on the premises to use a loophole to extort unsuspecting business owners of money. and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. payne: mr. speaker, are we witnessing the first manchurian presidency in the history of the united states? this resignation -- this
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resignation of president trump's national security advisor, michael flynn, has done nothing to end the controversy surrounding the administration's relationship with russia. i'm calling for an independent investigation into flynn's actions. the white house knew for weeks that flynn misled about his secret communications with the russian ambassador. but apparently that was not a problem for the trump administration. as long as it was hiden from the public. did the white house authorize flynn's secret communications? did the president? why wasn't flynn gone sooner? we yet don't know the answers to these and other questions. what we do know is that the trump administration is not prepared to protect this nation. for all their talk of national security, republicans are giving president trump a pass. an independent investigation into flynn's actions is needed.
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the investigation must determine if improper relationships between the trump administration and the russian government exists. mr. speaker, the american people are demanding to know and they deserve to know just how tight russia's grip is on the trump administration. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 512, the wingman act. the wingman act will help members of congress and our staff members better assist the constituentses that we serve. it cuts bureaucracy out of the case work process and it makes it easier to connect pennsylvania families with the services and benefits that they need. mr. meehan: our staff members and our district do tremendous work every day. they help constituents and their families navigate the
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federal bureaucracy, whether it's helping veterans obtain care through the v.a., seniors access their medicare or social security benefits, or even helping a traveler obtain a passport for an emergency trip overseas. too often that work goes unsung and the hard work they do goes unrecognized. i'm blessed to have a terrific staff in my district office, ledmy my district chief of staff, kaitlin. our team built on darrow, and brian have helped literally thousands of individuals as we've worked to cut through the red tape and get the answers they need from the agencies across the federal government. the wingman act will make this difficult job just a little bit easier and i'm proud to support it. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from vermont seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. welch: thank you, mr. speaker. after only 24 days in office, president trump's national security advisor, michael flynn, resigned in disgrails.
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why? he had direct contact with the russian ambassador, assuring him in likely violation of u.s. law that the obama sanctions against russia would be reversed. and then he lied about it. there is evidence of trump campaign officials having regular contact with russian officials. and we know russia hacked into d.n.c. files and doled out stolen information with the goal of aiding the trump campaign. so the question is, what is the russian connection? congress must do its job. we should conduct a full scale, no holds barred investigation of the lengths -- links between the trump campaign and russian officials. there is a mountain of evidence we cannot ignore. the american people have a right to know, of course. but even more importantly, the enduring strength of our democracy is being tested. congress must maintain our constitutional protection of checks and balances,
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investigate now, investigate fully. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, we've seen more troubling signs this week that continue to -- that things continue to get worse under the health care law. mr. walberg: humana announced they are dropping out of the obamacare marketplace next year. the c.e.o. of aetna said that obamacare is in a death spiral. and families in michigan and across the country are left with fewer choices and soaring costs. marie from jackson, in my district, is one of them. her premiums nearly quadrupled last year under obamacare. and this year her premiums went up so high she could not afford to pay them. so she and her husband, who is self-employed, dropped the plan and now are going without any health insurance at all. the status quo is simply
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unsustainable. and we're working to provide relief to families who are struggling. this will be an orderly, step by step process as we transition to patient-centered solutions that lower costs, increase choices, maintain pre-existing conditions coverage, and meet the needs of all americans. that's what marie and every single american deserves. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today deeply disappointed that the house has again put attacking women's health over the important priorities the american people sent us here to address. more than four million individuals across the country, many of them low-income, uninsured or young, depend on title 10 for family planning and related preventive care. mr. schneider: this is
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life-saving care. birth control, h.i.v. and other testing, and cancer screenings, to name but a few. the resolution that passed today allows states to deny trusted reproductive health care provider from receiving title 10 funds for purely ideological reasons. already 14 states have taken official action to exclude planned parenthood and other critical reproductive health care providers from serving patients through the title 10 program. this shameful legislation puts politics ahead of women's health and does a disservice to women and families across our nation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: mr. speaker, it's no surprise that the media's credibility has hit a record low with the american people, according to a recent gallup poll. the media attacked president trump because he proved their
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predictions wrong and their candidate lost. they attack him because they are mostly liberal democrats and he is a conservative republican. they attack him because he is reversing many of the policies of president obama, whom they openly supported. they attack him because he's going around them directly to the american people with his twitter messaging. they attack him because they can't intimidate or control him. the media's hate is poisoning the country. wouldn't it be better for our country if the media gave the american people the facts, rather than told them what to think? wouldn't it be better for our country if the media treated the president fairly and ithout malice? the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, yesterday cnn reported that the pentagon is considering a
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proposal to send u.s. ground troops to northern syria. this is for a report to president trump on the war against isis due this month. but the very idea that the pentagon is seriously considering sending more troops into syria should be a wake-up call to congress and to all americans. three years after the u.s. first sent troops to syria and iraq, congress still hasn't voted to authorize the fight against isis. do we really want to send more americans into war? what's the mission? how does it end? for three years congress has failed to do its constitutional duty. three years of cowardice. three years of a blank check. speaker ryan promised action in 2016. but did nothing. when, mr. speaker, will this house finally do its job? after 100 more american troops are sent to syria and iraq? 500 more, 1,000? will when will congress finally act? mr. speaker, say the time is now -- i say the time is now. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona seek recognition?
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without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mr. sali: mr. speaker, -- ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i rise to commemorate the life of tim, an active member of tucson's irish community, and a dear friend of my family and mine who who sadly passed away on february 14. tim dedicated his life to giving back to others. for example, he organized meals and bought sleeping bags for the homeless at armory park and he dough noit nated his time -- donated his time to help those who couldn't read or write send letters to their loved ones. he was honored last year as a grand marshall of the annual parade. he was also a gifted story teller. a reflection of his irish roots. one of his favorites was a time he sang "o danny boy" at a dinner with then presidential candidate john f. kennedy. i've known tim since i was a young child. when he was 12 he delivered the eulogy at my father's funeral. throughout my life he's been a constant source of encouragement and although we belong to different political parties, he was somebody who shared widely his faith and belief in me. mr. speaker, i'm deeply
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grateful for tim's life and love and support. my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and loved ones in our time of grief. i know he's now singing "o dan request boy" with the angels. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to applaud the united states postal services for its dedication of the oscar dela renta postal stamp. this was revealed in new york city in a wonderful ceremony and part of u.s. postal services forever collection. as a lifelong friend, i dearly miss oscar and care about honoring his work and memory. to me and so many americans particularly immigrants, he was more than just a designer. he was a good friend and
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pioneer. as a member of the community and as a member of the u.s. congress, it is my goal to highlight the achievement of immigrants who have contributed to america's society and culture. oscar was regarded by some of the most prominent figures including first ladies. his creativity and resourcefulness made him a true national treasure. oscar was widely known for his love of country and deep affection for the community. 'm proud to see oscar's legacy kept alive. oscar is still with us. he was asked how he wanted to be remembered, he said as a pretty dress. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one
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minute. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i rise today to speak about the important role that manufacturing extension partnership plays in strengthening u.s. manufacturing. this public-private partnership consists of centers located throughout the united states. manufacturers can receive services by visiting a center, including workforce development, commercialization exporting and many other helpful strategies. i met with a center in my home district. it works to increase productivity and growth for manufacturers in central pennsylvania. over the past 25 years, i.m.c. has helped manufacturing companies in the keepstone state. american manufacturing is a critical part of our economy. i'm pleased to see the public-private partnerships
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working to help support small and mid-sized manufacturers. they produce quality made in america products. i look forward to seeing their continued growth and salute to centers nationwide to help them do just that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is rognized. >> i rise to recognize and congratulate california's new attorney general, former -- ressman be ceasera becerra. he was our vice chair from 2009 to 2013 and our democratic caucus chair for the 114th congress. we all know that attorney general becerra was a staunch
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defender of social security, medicare, medicaid and snap. he was a supporter for our dreamers and daca and women's rights. he was a mentor to me, inspiring new members who came here looked to him for advice especially in the first couple of weeks here. and i want to thank attorney general becerra for coming to a round table in my district to visit with so many of our agricultural workers in our community and so many dreamers. it's so critical for agriculture, farmers and rural america that we continue to make sure that agriculture continues to be strong in our nation. s a californian, he starred in "better know your district." a nk you mr. becerra being member of congress and looked
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out for us and defended our values. and i yield the remabeder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> permission to address the house and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: works of mr. rothfus: i highlight the progress that pennsylvaniaians in restoring our streams polluted by waste coal. through the use of innovative technology workers in the coal refuse to energy energy have brought about energy, restoring landscapes to their original natural beauty. it is a success story around. unfortunately, one size fits all washington regulations threaten to stop the success story in its tracks and destroy the family-sustaining jobs. that is why for the third time i am introducing my satisfying energy needs while saving the environment or sense act in the
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115th congress. my legislation ensures that regulations are tailored to a small subset of power plants to continue their efforts and restore western pennsylvania's natural beauty and communities across the country. this legislation passed the house by a vote of 231-183. and i urge my colleagues to support it once again so the energy can ccessful e kept up. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady seek recognition -- gentleman seek recognition? mr. lowenthal: you know from the mother of four with a pre-existing condition to the family of a young boy who can now afford health insurance for the first time, we have heard constantly and over and over how
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the affordable care act has saved lives. the affordable care act provides uality affordable insurance to millions of americans. just in my district alone, nearly 100,000 people who are now covered through -- through the covered california exchange or through the medicaid, which is in california, the expansion, they stand to lose coverage if the affordable care act is repealed. it is completely irresponsible to speak about repealing the affordable care act with no replacement and i urge my colleagues to think about their own constituents before doing so. thank you. and i yield back. for eaker pro tempore: what purpose does gentleman seek recognition? >> permission to address the
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house one minute. >> i rise today to bring attention to a pilot program in my district in pensacola, florida. the 39 million words initiative is a collaborative effort brought by researchers from the university of chicago in partnership with the institute. the 30 million words initiative ll educate hospitals on best practices for speech and engagement during the critical learning stage up to three years old. as we know interaction by speech or music with young children has not only had an impact on learning abilities but emotional needs. this program strives to include all newborns regardless of income levels, race or ethnicity. we can challenge the stereotypes we have become too used to and build a future stemming from all walks of life and bringing new ideas for a vision.
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this unique partnership between our community leaders and parents of our future generation will garner a secure foundation for our children to bring stronger education, allow limitless possibilities and meeting the challenges to build a better tomorrow. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise nd extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. gentleman is recognized. >> the relationship between united states and israel is an important one and beneficial to both sides. mr. lamalfa: i was glad to see the president early on in his term welcoming prime minister netanyahu and showing that the u.s. relations is important with israel to us as it is to them. israel has a right to exist as a jewish state and must observe
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its history on this earth has been a very strong one for their rights to be part of the fiber of the middle east. the united states needs to be on their side and affirm partner. kudos to president president trump for making this relationship early on in this term and sending to the people of israel and people of this country of the importance of that relationship. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: any further requests for one-minute speeches? the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. bishop of georgia for today and mr. car bellow of florida for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. without objection, the requests are granted. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, the gentleman from iowa, mr. king,
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is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. king: it's my privileged to be recognized to address you here on the floor of the united states house of representatives this great deliberative body. i would be pleased to yield to the gentleman from nebraska, mr. fortenberry. mr. fortenberry: i thank the gentleman from iowa for the time. perhaps this will embarrass you, my colleague, steve king, as i was flying into nebraska, i'm looking out of the window and looking at the rolling hills of the western edge of iowa as it borders the missouri river and ll of that beautiful terracing and productive farmland to increase yield and i wonder how much of that steve king did of that in a former life. i'm grateful for not only the time but your friendship.
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mr. king: and the answer would be a fair amount. mr. fortenberry: as i was going through my mail last week, i read a publication that i received frequently at my house from what's called "the great plains trails network," a dedicated amount of people who promote hiking and biking trails in my hometown of lincoln. they provide an extraordinary service to our community. and most notely the trails systems provides an alternative means of transportation, physically linking our community in creative ways along creek beds and underpasses through open plains and wooded areas and besides wooden fences between residential neighborhoods. these trails also link us in a profound way. they link us to the values of healthy exercise, neighbors and the beauty of nature, even in
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e setting of the urban environment. i received an unusual media equest recently. "new york" magazine" wished to speak to me. i took the meeting because i wanted to give a perspective on the environmental stewardship particularly in light of policy debates on energy and the environment. since this topic could be so toxic, i thought it was important to reframe the issues with prarie perspective. perhaps it's time to spike the football and focus on solutions and activities that all of us can agree on and all of us see are beneficial. mr. speaker, for the 21st ntury, we must harmonize environmental and economic security. and as a deficit public policy apch

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