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y oupit opee nd cotyesen un ll enge tt theru mht rveedan jste d go gvemeoalbe preserved. may all that is done be for your greater honor and glory. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last days' proceedings. pursuant to clause 1, rule 1. the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from florida. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to five requests for one-minute speeches from each side of the aisle.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from florida, mr. dunn rise? mr. duncan: address the address -- ouse for one mr. dunn: address the house the house. . i would like to honor a constituent of mine. chief cochran lived a life in full, one of family and of service. as a 17-year-old student, he enlisted in the navy in 1944 and served aboard the navy destroyers in the pacific campaigns and participated in america's nuclear weapons testing after the war and in the actions surrounding cuba during the missile crisis. in 1963, in recognition of his dedicated and courageous service in the navy, chief cochran was awarded the evans memorial award
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aboard the uss johnston. he loved his family, country and community. he represents the best of america. booingey, you will be missed by many. and may you rest in peace. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes -- i should say for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. well, my constituents have been calling all weekend. they do not support the republican health care bill. trumpcare. over the weekend, we received 750 calls or emails, 93% of those have contacted me to say that they are against trumpcare and here's why. igher costs for less care. $2,400 annually for an average
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american family. millions kicked off health care. the congressional budget office says 24 million. some might say they're way off. maybe it's 20 million, 30 million. lots of americans lose health care as a result of this plan. an age tax. if you are age 50-65, fasten your seat belts. increased cost in lesser health care and huge tax breaks for millionaires. the 400 richest americans would get an average $7 million tax break. this is not the right direction for this country and not the right direction for health care. we should reject it. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight an act of briferery from police officers in an incident occurring just miles from my district office in shelby township, michigan. n mid-february, two officers had responded to a call that a boy had fallen. the sergeant was first on the scene and got a life ring from a local resident and walked onto the ice. officer fox walked on the ice. the ice broke and the sergeant was submerged in the water up to his chest. with officer fox pulling on the rope and the sergeant supporting the boy, both were able to rescue the young man. i believe they saved a life that day. police officers take risks every day to protect all of us. their daily acts of bravery must be recognized. and i'm grateful to recognize
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their service to our community. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from iins seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous cons to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. > mr. speaker, i rise today in defense of one of the most magnificent natural wonders, the great lakes. they contain the world's water and provide quality of life in my district. the restoration initiative which has received strong support from both sides works to control the great lakes and restore habitats and reduce runoff. we have heard that president trump may virtually eliminate this critical program with anne popping 97% cut to the budget.
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$300 million in funding would be reduced to just $10 million. at the same time, the administration may gut e.p.a. funds to climate science, clean air and safe water. let me be clear. i am adamantly opposed to these counts and will do everything in my power to stop them. tomorrow, on great lakes day, the president is expected to release a budget proposal. i urge him to include robust funding to the great lakes restoration initiative and pass unsustainable heahy planet to our chdren. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. poe: now they are being sued. the plaintiff claims they do not have a.d.a. parking signage
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wrapped around the pipes under the rest room sink. the claims waged are mostly false. the parking issue could be fixed not to mention original pizza was never notified of the alleged violations by the plaintiff of the now the plaintiff is demanding money to pay or a lawsuit will be filed. the same plaintiff has filed over 70 other lawsuits against businesses for alleged a.d.a. allegations. plaintiffs and attorneys hope companies will decide to settle rather than face an expensive court trial. the a.d.a. will require businesses notice and time to fix the alleged infraction before the lawsuit is file. notice and cure are fair ways to handle a.d.a. violations. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady
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from hawaii rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. hanabusa: i send my warmest tonight in ebration hawaii. after graduating from the united states naval academy in 1939, admiral vasey joined the service and served under father of senator mccain. after the war, and a long and distinguished service to our nation, he formed the csis pacific forum with the goal of promoting peace in asia pacific. here is why we call the men and women of his time the greatest generatio i encourage my colleagues to join me in honoring the admiral and make his dream a memorial at pearl harbor a reality.
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in his words, there is no recognition for the americans who were lost in the pacific war. we need to honor them and their families need a place to mourn. add mir vasey's desire for peace should be an example for us all. happy birthday, admiral vasey and may you continue to have fair winds and falling seas. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate mr. dennis coonahan of being grand marshal of the st. patrick's day parade. it has been a beloved local tradition and important family affair since its beginning in
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1824. welcoming visitors to celebrate its irish heritage and they host the third largest st. patrick's day parade in the world and second largest in the united states. as such, the position of grand marshal is not to be taken lightly. this year there were record setting six nominees vying for the position but he rose above the rest through his dedication to satisfy savannah. his work with the hole and deer senior living company where he purchases real estate to be designed into nursing homes. he was destined to be grand marshall. his brother is currently the parade chairman and his brother erved as the grand marshall in 1988. he knows the dedicated effort to make this effort special.
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congratulations on this great honor. i look forward to seeing the new additions you will bring to the parade. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from gale yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to advocate for a national infrastructure plan. i represent the central coast of california and this winter, we got rain, we got a lot of rain, so much so it caused millions of damage to the area including the closure of the famous highway 1 a canyon and loss of bridge. that damage has left 450 people isolated. kids can't get to school, families are separated,
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employees and employers are suffering including $8 million in one month in the off-season. but the effects of that damage extend to big sur to the surrounding cities and towns. people all over the worldcom to big sur and drive down from san francisco and drive up from los angeles and patronize towns all along the way to big sur. we understand why. it's the most beautiful place in the world. it is my home and we want it to be open to all of you. so it is time that the congress and our president help americans by investing in our american infrastructure. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize lowenthal: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to stress the importance of maintaining
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eferred action for childhood arrivals, commonly known as daca. they were brought here to the united states as children. and in most cases, america is the only home they have ever known. they have -- they want to contribute to our economy, to our society and our country. and they will unless we fool -- unless we are foolish enough to stop them. taking any steps that we do against daca would not only hurt daca recipients, it would hurt the united states. let's protect these promising youth and keep this program intact while we work out a humane path to citizenship. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. pursuant to clause 8 of rule
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20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. recorded votes on postponed questions will be taken later. when the house adjourned on wednesday, march 8, 2017, there was a pending motion by the gentleman from florida, mr. webster, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 132. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 132, a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to convey certain land and apernt assistances -- -- a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to convey certain land and appurtenances of the arbuckle project, oklahoma, to the arbuckle master conservancy district, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida has 16 minutes remaining, and the gentleman from california, mr. huffman, has 19 minutes remaining. without objection, the gentleman from maryland, mr. brown, will control the time of the gentleman from california. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. webster: mr. speaker, i ask
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unanimous consent that the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton, be allowed to manage the remainder of the time for the majority. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton, is recognized. mr. tipton: thank you, mr. speaker. i advise the speaker that i have no additional sspeaker and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. brown: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. brown: yumeds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. brown: i thank the time. h.r. 132 would allow a title transfer of two federal buildings to the arbuckle master conservancy district in south central oklahoma. these buildings are part of the arbuckle project which is a water project authorized by congress in 1962 to provide flood control, recreational opportunities and municipal water supply. nearly all of the facilities
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within the arbuckle project were already transferred to the arbuckle master conservancy district in 2012 after the district finished repaying what it owed the federal government for construction. however, due to some overly narrow language in the legislation, authorizing the arbuckle project to buildings within the project -- two buildings within the project have yet to be transferred. transferring the buildings would save taxpayers money that would be needed to maintain the relieve the re-- federal government. this is straightforward legislation that should be quickly passed. thank you and i yield the balance of my time. mr. tipton: i yield back the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from colorado. mr. tipton: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 132, as amended.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. i'll clarify it is not amended. it's h.r. 132. those in favor will say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- >> mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. mr. tipton: mr. speaker, on that i request for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman requests the yeas and nays. all those in favor of taking the vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? mr. tipton: mr. speaker, i ask
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unanimous consent to take from the speaker's desk senate joint resolution 1 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: senate joint resolution 1, joint resolution approving the location of a memorial to commemorate and honor the members he of the armed forces who served on active duty in support of operation desert storm or operation desert shield. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the joint resolution? without objection, the joint resolution is read a third time and passed and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. tipton: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 648. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 648, a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to amend the definite plan report for the seedskadee project to enable the use of the active capacity of the ontenelle reservoir.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. brown, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado. mr. tipton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. tipton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. h.r. 648 by our colleague from wyoming, congresswoman liz cheney, will allow the state of wyoming to increase the active storage capacity for the fontenelle dam and reservoir. the bill allows the state to enter into agreements with the federal government to study, design, plan and perform construction activities to accomplish this goal. wyoming will pay for any and all costs associated with these activities. this bill which passed the house without objection in the last congress when it was sponsored by our former
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colleague, cynthia aluminum miss, simply empowers wyoming to better use the water allocation to improve water storage at no cost to the federal government. i urge my colleagues to support this commonsense bill. i urge adoption of the measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. brown: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. brown: i thank the speaker for the recognition. mr. speaker, h.r. 648 would increase the amount of water that can be stored in the fontenelle reservoir in lincoln county, wyoming, by allowing the active storage capacity of the reservoir to be used. thisill has en written in a balanced manner that respects existing laws, compacts and treaties and does not attempt to expand wyoming's entitlement to the colorado river supplies t the expense of other colorado river basin states. h.r. 648 is a straightforward,
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noncontroversial piece of legislation that is identical to the bill that was passed by the natural resources committee last congress. i support h.r. 648 and urge its adoption. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. tipton: mr. speaker, it's my pleasure to be able to yield such time as she may consume to the gentlewoman from wyoming, ms. cheney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank my colleague from colorado and my colleague from maryland for their support of this bill. mr. speaker, i introduced h.r. 648 so that we could begin the work necessary to increase the active storage capacity of the fontenelle reservoir. wyoming is a headwater state. we take care of our water and we know that water is our most important natural resource. water use currently at this dam pan the gamut from irrigation,
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domestic, industrial, municipal, fish and wildlife and recreation. power generation is the secondary purpose at the dam, and current uses also include industrial capacity for our miners, fertilizer producers and fulfillment of a range of energy needs. mr. speaker, this bill will simply authorize the bureau of reclamation to enter into a cooperative agreement with the state of wyoming so we could begin the process to study, design and construct increased capacity for the reservoir. this is a process, mr. speaker, thas beeneld up previously by onerous nepa requirements and we need to move quickly so we can begin to increase this capacity. currently the reservoir has 265,000 acre-feet. to accommodate its active capacity, this legislation would potentially add an additional 80,000 acre-feet of existing reservoir space. this bill would provide on affordable and efficient way to add more usable storage in the colorado river basin and would accomplish these goals without contemplating the construction of a new dam. the bill has the support of the
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wyoming water development office, the wyoming water development commission which develops our state's water resources for conservation, storage, distribution, recreation and other public interests. and our governor included this concept in the 2015 wyoming water strategy. mr. speaker, this bill will empower wyoming to better utilize our water allocation and improve our water storage and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i yield back my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. brown: mr. speaker, i have no additional speakers and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. tipton: mr. speaker, i i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 648. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. tipton: mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. and those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. tipton: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 267, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 267, a bill to redesignate the martin luther king jr. national historic site in the state of georgia, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. brown, will each control 20 minutes.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado. mr. tipton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. tipton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, h.r. 267, introduced by congressman john lewis, redesignates the martin luther king jr. national historic site in the state of georgia as the martin luther king jr. national historic park. it also authorizes the national park service to include the prince hall masonic temple in the historic boundaries. it was part of the southern christian leadership conference. this well-known civil rights organization was co-founded by dr. king which served as its first president. including in the temple within the unit's boundaries will allow the national park service to provide technical assistance
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to the building's owners with regard to repairs, renovations and maintenance that will preserve the historic integrity. our nation's historical sites and parks provide us with the unique opportunity to share the very spaces in which the generations lived and worked. at these sites, americans are able to met forically walk in the footsteps of our nation's founders and those who followed them and perfectlied their vision of our country. at this time of division in our country, it's important to look at leaders like martin luther king jr. who promoted unity and dignity of the human person. congressman lewis' bill before the house today will expand opportunities for americans to learn about the legacy of dr. king and other icons of the civil rights movement. i urge adoption of this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. brown: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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i thank the speaker for the recognition. h.r. 267 is an important and historically significant piece of legislation that has broad bipartisan support. in fact, it passed the house on a voice vote just over a year ago. the bill accomplishes two primary goals, to designate the martin luther king jr. national hiss tore site in atlanta, georgia -- historic site in atlanta, georgia, as a national historical park and to adjust the boundary to include the prince hall masonic temple, the first headquarters of the southern christian leadership conference. taken together, these actions will enhance the national park service's ability to tell and elevate the story of dr. king. the site, which is the final resting place of the great civil rights leader, dr. martin luther king jr., continues to connect visitors with historical and contemporary struggles for civil rights in this country. these stories are as relevant
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today as they were half a century ago. by officially designating the area as a national historical park, this legislation will provide the site with the acknowledgment it so justly deserves. lastly, i want to thank congressman lewis, who remains an important and iconic civil rights leader, for bringing this important bill forward. with that i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado. mr. toipson: i have no additional -- mr. tipton: i have no additional speakers and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland. mr. brown: i would like to yield as much time as he may consume to my esteemed colleague from georgia, congressman lewis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lewis: i thank the gentleman from colorado and the gentleman from maryland for supporting this legislation. i'm a prime sponsor of the
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martin luther king jr. historical park act. first let me thank each and every member and staff for the natural resource committee for they hard work and support of his act. mr. speaker, this nonpartisan bill would change the historic place from being a site to a park. cost to tional taxpayers, it would create the first national his tore ibbling park in the state of georgia. this small change will significantly improve the way the national parks service preserves, shares, and presents the history of the martin luther king jr. site or park. dr. martin luther king jr. was our moral compass. he represents the best of america. his mission was to create the beloved community a community at peace with itself and our
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neighbors. throughout his life, dr. wing urged each and every one of us to recognize the dignity and worth of every human being. passing this simple piece of legislation will improve how this important history and legacy is shared with visitors from across the country and around the world. again, mr. speaker, ill like to thank the chair and ranking member for their support of this legislation. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from colorado -- i mean, maryland. mr. tipson: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman. -. mr. tipton: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i yield two minutes to the
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gentleman from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. jrns: i rise in proud support and join my colleague, congressman lewis in supporting h r. 267 and its efforts to redesignate the martin luther king jr. national historic site as the martin luther king jr. national historic park. for decades, large numbers of people have descended on this site to see the birth place where the dreamer was moved to destiny, by destiny into leadership of the modern civil rights movement. the site as it stands now, which also contains the historic ebenezer baptist church, has faced hardships over the year, leading to budget cutbacks and the crease in staff. h.r. 267 would increase funding that would help preserve this arican landmk. and increase theizof the park so that future generations
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can continue to visit and enjoy. just like dr. king never led a march without a plan, we shouldn't lead this critical piece of the civil rights movement without a plan for its future. we should continue to work to preserve the place where dr. king was born, lived, worked, worshiped, and where he is buried. with that, mr. chairman, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from maryland. mr. brown: having no additional speakers, i urge adoption of this important legislation and yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields -- the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from colorado. mr. tipton: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 267. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- >> mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on the otion will be postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a, the house declares the house in recess until approximately
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