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>> again, waiting for the u.s. house to gavel in shortly to start legislative business. members taking up eight small
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bills dealing with the department of homeland security. there will be votes after 6:30 eastern today. live coverage when the house gavels in here on c-span. on c-span2 today we showed you the confirmation hearing for neil gorsuch to be the next supreme court justice. coverage of that started at 11:00 a.m. live coverage tomorrow at 9:00. live now to the house. 20 the chair will postpone further pr seedings today on notions to suspend the rulesed 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. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules as pass h.r. 1029 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1029 a bill to amend the federal pesticide if
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you thinkside and rodenticide act to extend and modify key authorities and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis and the gentleman from california, mr. panetta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. davis: and i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in strong support as the author of h.r. 1029 this epesticide registration enhancement act of -- the pesticide registration enhancement act of 2016, also known as prea. it's not often in washington we see a bipartisan bill come to the house floor that's supported
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by both industry and environmental advocates, but prea is that bill. it initially passed in 2003, establishing a new section of the federal insenthside, if you thinkside, rodenticide act which put in place a fee schedule for registering pesticides with the e.p.a. more specifically, it constructed time frames for when the e.p.a. was required to make a determination on registrations this egoal twows create a more predictable and effective evaluation process for pesticide decision making by coupling the collection of fees with specific decision review periods. it also promoted shorter decision review periods for reduced risk pesticides. the nature of prea is very technical but the widespread benefits across industries has gained it consistent, bipartisan support. prea is backed by a broad coalition comprised of the
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companies that rely on the registration process and also labor and environmental -- environmental advocates. each member of the coalition had a seat at the table when the agriculture committee held a round table discussing the merits of the bill last month before it passed unanimously out of our house agriculture committee. this re-authorization bill that we are considering also provides a few modifications, including reasonable increases in registration fees, funding for good laboratory practices and added efforts to promote transparency. though it's generally been a five-year authorization this bill would extend prea for seven yearfulses. a lengthened re-authorization we believe is appropriate because prea has been proven effective. it has enjoyed widespread, bipartisan support and to date, each re-authorization has only involved minor adjustments. prea expires on september 30 of this year and i'm glad to be presenting this bill well in
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advance of that expiration date because we need to provide tokes with the certainty they need to conduct their business, educate farmworkers and keep the communication with e.p.a. open and transparent. this is the fourth time prea has come before congress for re-authorization and that's because it's working for everyone. it has always been a bipartisan effort. we hope to can't that tradition. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this commonsense re-authorizing a. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves this egentleman from california is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you. i rise in support of h.r. 1029, the pesticide registration enhancement october of 2017 and yield myself such time -- enhance kt act of 2017 and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. panetta: i stand before you to urge passage of h.r. 1029. as we know, the environmental protection agency is response frble the sale, use, and
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distribution of pesticides. to facilitate and expedite that process, pesticides manufacturers have long supplemented the e.p.a.'s annual budget. this system allows products to be reviewed in a timely manner, without sacrificing environmental and safety protections. it is truly a win-win for both manufacturers and consumers and as you heard mr. davis speak about, it is a clear example of government at its best. it's exactly why i enjoy working on the agricultural committee, it's exactly why i enjoy working with people such as rodney davis. we have a bipartisan, effect i, public-private legislative solution for a more predictable pesticide evaluation process that literally helps everybody. the pesticide registration enhancement act h.o. 1029 is an exceptional piece of legislation. not only because it's supported
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by a unique coalition of pesticide registrants and environmental groups and agriculture labor represents, but h.r. 1029 provides a more effective, predictable, and transparent pesticide evaluation process. it promotes shorter review periods for reduced risk pesticides and enhances scientific and regulatory activities related to farmworker protection. my district on the central coast of california is not only bountiful in its agriculture, it is absolutely beautiful with its environment. therefore, we on the central coast work hard to find that balance of being known as the is a lad bowl of the world and one of the most scenic places in the world. and that is why our agriculture producers are the most thoughtful stewards of the land and recognize the need to protect the environment and the natural resources. this legislation facilitates that balance. this legislation provides a unique coalition-building
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experience and encouraging the agricultural industry to work with environmentalists. thus, h.r. 1029 helps all of us who live and work in our community and ultimately our country. that is why i'm absolutely honored to speak in this debate, humbled to share the floor with representative davis and why i urge all of my colleagues to support this bill. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: this is exactly why we're here today in a bipartisan way. my colleague, mr. panetta, said it right. this affects his industry. it affects his home area as he likes to say, the is a lad bowl of america. i've been there. i've seen the crops you grow. and the crops i grow are much different in central illinois. the crops grown by the farmers i'm proud to represent. but they all have to have a successful prea re-authorization
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to be able to grow those foods that we here in america continue to feed the world with and that we see in our groastry stores and on our supermarket shelves. so madam speaker, i want to say thank you because this bill is essential as we in central illinois go out and take care of things such as making sure the yards.on't pop up in our every single small business that decides to put down product and pesticides to ensure that lawns in central illinois continue to prosper as the summer -- the spring and summer unfold, this is essential to their success. this is essential when our farmers who are looking to get their fields ready to go plant, , best ards of the land stewards of the land, as congressman panetta said. it assures them they'll be able to get the seed in the ground
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and with the hope and prayers of rain and moisture, it's going to grow and we'll have a marketplace for those products. the risk our farmers take every single year, when they risk and leverage their family incomes in many cases in hopes that a seed is going to grow, and they're going to be able to sell that, they need certainty that this bill will actually give them. that's why i'm proud to be here as the author, proud to stand with my colleagues and before i yield back the balance of my time, i would like to ask that, with unanimous consent, to include a letter from the honorable greg walden, chairman of the house committee on energy and commerce, for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: with that, madam speaker, as long as my colleague has yielded back, i will yield back too. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has yielded back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1029 as amended. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. davis: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3 . the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 382, a bill to amend the department of agriculture program for research and extension grants to increase representation by women and underrepresented fields in fields of science, technology, and mathematics, to redesignate the program as the jeanette
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rankin program in stem fields program. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, and the gentlelady from california, ms. rochester, will each control 20 minutes. mr. davis: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: i'm proud to stand here with one of my colleagues on the committee, ms. blunt rochester:, to support this bill, 100 years of women in congress act. it would name an important agricultural research program at the u.s. department ofing a chull -- agriculture at the jeanette rankin women in minorities in stem fields program. this competitive research grant program is designed to increase participation by women in
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underrepresent -- and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. i can think of no better person to identify with this important program than former representative rankin who was the first woman to serve in this great institution, the united states house of representatives. an achievement made even more significant by the fact that ms. rankin was elected to congress several years prior to the ratification of the 19th amendment granting women the right to vote. i urge all my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. blunt rochester:: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. davis. it is my honor to yield three minutes to my distinguished colleague from the state of new york and the sponsor of this legislation, ms. mention. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. meng: thank you,
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congresswoman blunt rochester. i'm pleased to be here today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of women serving in congress. thank you for allowing this legislation to the floor, an thank you to my good friend and former colleague, secretary zinke, for offering this legislation with me. his support has been instrumental in ensuring the consideration of this bill and i am deeply grateful to him. 100 years ago, jeanette rankin was sworn in as a member of the united states house of representatives. she was the first woman elected to congress and was elected before passage of the 19th amendment which granted women the right to vote. in 1902 she graduated from the university of montana with a degree in biology. after that she became active in the women's suffrage movement moving to new york city and assisting in the founding of the new york women's suffrage party and working for the national american women's
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suffrage party. rankin would eventually return to her home state of montana and was elected to office in the congressional election of 1916. upon winning she declared, i may be the first woman member of congress, but i won't be the last. i'm happy to say that she was right. in recognition of congresswoman jeannette rankin's many accomplishments and in celebration of the sin tennial celebration of -- senl celebration, we recognized the 100 years of women in congress act. because jeannette rankin was a woman of science, more than 100 years before our current push enter stem women fields, we found it appropriate to rename the program after her. this supports collaborative research projects at institutions of higher education and seeks to increase the participation of women and
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minorities from rural areas in stem fields. it will continue to do so in the future but now will recognize the many contributions jeannette rankin made to american life. madam speaker, thank you, again, for allowing this legislation to the floor today and thank you, again, to secretary zincy for partnering with me -- zinke for partnering with me on it and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york yields back. the gentlewoman from delaware reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from delaware. ms. blunt rochester: madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 382, the 100 years of women in congress act, and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. blunt rochester: thank you. this bipartisan legislation will recognize the work that jeannette rankin, the first woman elected to congress in
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1916, accomplished fighting for women's rights. it will rename the usda's women and minorities in stem fields program to the jeannette rankin women and minorities in stem fields grant program. in our time, it is critical that we encourage more women to enter stem fields across this country. in receiving a bachelor's degree in biology before women even had the right to vote, she set an example for those who followed her to follow their passions for science and to achieve impactful leadership roles. as i travel through delaware, one of the consistent messages that i hear from businesses and universities is the need for more engineers. we have a wealth of knowledge in our young girls who are demanding rigorous programs that put them in place for rewarding careers. these types of programs match the enthusiasm with concrete steps towards achieving meaningful career goals that
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benefit our entire country. my sister, thea, demonstrates the impact of successful stem education from organizations like the farm to advance minority engineers for schoolchildren in delaware to her attending an hcbcu as an engineering major and her career spent serving our country as an engineer with the army. and my late husband, charles, received undergraduate and graduate degrees in mechanical and aerospace engineering. those degrees gave him the opportunity to travel the world as an engineer and give back to the energy sector. however, my family and i know that the answer doesn't simply end with stem. it's also about incorporating the arts into one's education in the form of steam where we can see the balance that a quality education provides. in my experiences as the first woman elected to congress from delaware, i understand the challenges that come with trying to break through barriers. that's why this legislation and
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the impact of getting more young women to pursue stem and steam careers is so deeply personal to me. as congresswoman jeannette rankin said before taking her oath of office in 1917, nearly four years before women even had gained the right to vote through the 19th amendment, as you heard before she said, i may be the first woman to be a member of congress but i won't be the last. i am honored to serve as one of the more than 300 women to follow her lead. when we looked to history to guide us in challenging moments, we will look to people like congresswoman jeannette rankin, and i am confident she would be honored to have her name associated with this legislation and its aims. i thank the sponsors and i thank my colleagues on the other side of the aisle for this bipartisan work, and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: thank you, madam
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speaker. i would be remiss if i didn't thank my colleague who i was sworn in with in january of 2013, when she raised her right hand as i did on this floor, to join this great institution, my colleague, grace meng, for being the sponsor of this legislation. thank you, grace, for your leadership. and also, mississippi blunt rochester, -- ms. blunt rochester, the first woman to serve in this institution from the state of delaware. it's humbling and an honor for me to help manage this piece of legislation. you should be very proud of what you're doing today. thank you, madam speaker. i want to ask unanimous consent to include a letter from the chairman from the committee on science, space and technology, chairman lamar smith, as part of the record also. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: with that i urge all members to join me in support of this bill and i yield back
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the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from delaware. ms. blunt rochester: madam speaker, i urge all members as well to support passage of h.r. 382 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 382. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. katko: madam speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1309, the t.s.a. administrator modernization act of 2017. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 19, h.r. 1309, a bill to streamline the office and term of the administrator of the transportation security administration, and for other urposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. katko, and the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. katko. mr. katko: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and to heir remarks include any extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. katko: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. katko: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to ask the house to support h.r. 1309, the t.s.a. administrator modernization act of 2017. t.s.a. was created within the department of transportation in 2001 to address the security vulnerabilities that were exposed in the attacks of 9/11. at that time, the administrator was given a five-year term. however, when t.s.a. began its functions -- when t.s.a. got its functions transferred to the department of homeland security a year later, it terminated by statute. many of the issues and bureaucratic challenges that t.s.a. faces today stem from a lack of consistent leadership at the top. since i came to congress in january, 2015, t.s.a. has had no less than five different individual administrators, both as appointees and as acting administrators. this is a staggering number in such a brief period of time. a revolving door of leadership has further exacerbated the
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number of problems that plague this young agencies. it's unacceptable this has gone on for more than a decade. the american people deserve better and that's why we are here today with this bill. this bill addresses these issues by re-establishing the five-year term just as congress originally intended when they created t.s.a. in the wake of 9/11. additionally, this bill updates federal statute to reflect current policy by clarifying t.s.a.'s proper role within the department of homeland security. while this is only one step in addressing the many challenges at t.s.a., this legislation will provide for more consistent leadership at such a critical security agency. ensuring the effectiveness of federal agencies and the security of the american people is a bipartisan task and one of which i am happy to be part of. i commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for coming together to support this bill. this is exactly what the american people expect from us. i especially want to thank chairman mccaul and ranking
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member thompson for moving this bill swiftly through committee to the floor today and also thank congresswoman rice who is supporting this bill as well. at this time i would like to submit to the record an exchange of letters between the committee on department of homeland security and the committee on transportation and infrastructure as well as an exchange of letters between the department of homeland security and the committee on oversight and government reform. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. katko: thank you, madam speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. miss rice: madam speaker, i 09, in support of h.r. 13 the t.s.a. administrator modernization act of 2017 and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. miss rice: when the t.s.a. was created after the attacks of 9/11, they wanted the administrator to serve a five-year term like the administrator of the f.a.a. when they moved to the department of homeland security in 2003, there has been a lack
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of clarity about the length of the administrator's term. the measure before us today clarifies congress' expectation that t.s.a. administrators serve for five years. in t.s.a.'s short history it has had six senate confirmed administrators. none has served more than four years. the last t.s.a. administrator, peter nevada injury, served two years -- neffinger, served two years. we push t.s.a. to improve its performance and address ongoing challenges. for example, after recent covert testing carried out by the inspector general, revealed alarming weaknesses in to kpoints, they wanted improve training, reduce vulnerabilities associated with commercial aviation screening. at the same time the administrator worked with congress to increase t.s.a. staffing levels in response to long wait times during the peak travel season last summer. under his leadership, t.s.a. successfully reduced wait times
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that had reached as long as three hours at some airports without compromising the effectiveness of security measures. and while confronting those urgent short-term challenges, administrator neffinger was focused on addressing employee recruitment retention and morale. i regret, as mr. katko did, that the administrator did not have the opportunity to stay on and continue making progress within the administration. i think we can all agree that t.s.a. needs steady leadership in order to continue to evolve and fulfill its mission to protect the traveling public and we can help ensure that t.s.a. has that stability by passing this bill today. i thank my colleague today, representative katko, for introducing this bipartisan legislation, and i urge all of our colleagues to give it their full support. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. katko: madam speaker, i have no more speakers and i am
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prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. miss rice: i have no more speakers and i am prepared to close at this time, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. miss rice: i urge support for h.r. 1309. this bill was unanimously approved by the department of homeland security earlier this month. enacting h.r. 1309 will provide t.s.a. with stable, sustained leadership the administration a course.hart and i want to commend mr. katko who has been absolutely dogged in his support of t.s.a. and ensuring that it has the support, the resources that it needs and i thank him for his work on this bill. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman is recognized. mr. katko: i thank you, madam speaker. i want to recognize congresswoman rice's comments. i thought they were excellent, not just because they were nice for me.
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her comments about admiral neffinger were poignant because he was doing a great job at t.s.a. and he was only there two years. what he did in two years really made a big difference in the trajectory of that agency and much like other federal agencies that are empowered to do very important things like the f.b.i., who has a long-term tenure, i think the same thing needs to be done here and admiral neffinger and people like him need to be in control of the agency for an extended period of time. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1309. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair dwirds being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i move the house suspend the ules and pass h.r. 1353, transparency and technological acquisitions act of 2017. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 24, h.r. 1353 a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to require information to be submitted to the congress regarding the technological plan of the transportation security administration. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule the gentleman from florida, mr.
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rutherford and the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice, each will control 20 minutes. mr. rutherford: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rutherford: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rutherford: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in strong support of h.r. 1353, transparency and technological acquisitions act of 2017. and i commend the gentlelady from new york, miss rice, for introducing this very important bill. over the course of the last congress, the transportation and protective security subcommittee conducted rigorous oversight of t.s.a. technological acquisition process and found it fraught with waste and inefficiencies.
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the committee also found that t.s.a. failed to communicate its procurement needs with the private sector. our government relies on private sector innovation to develop security technologies. that innovation comes with a price tag and we cannot expect the private sector to spend millions of dollars in research and development of new and emerging technologies without greater transparency and communication both with the s. -- t.s.a. and department of homeland security as to what their future needs and technology advancements will be in the future. this bill will provide greater transparency into t.s.a.'s acquisition plans and enable congressional oversight. i urge my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation. madam chair, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves. miss friday: i rise in support of h.r. 1353, transparency and technological acquisition act of 2017 and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: gentlewoman is recognized. miss friday: i served as a ranking member of the transportation security subcommittee and we held multiple hearings. in engaging with stakeholders, we learned the deficiencies in their technological advancements were causing serious issues to meet the agency's needs. t.s.a. was required to develop a five-year technology investment plan. stake hold rs widely supported this strategy and welcomed the release of the first five-year plan. but that support eroded when the budget request did not align with the acquisition schedule in the five-year plan.
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the purpose of the plan was to give businesses the time and certainty they need to align their resources and planning to eet t.s.a.'s technology needs. they invested significant resources in the technology that t.s.a. planned to acquire but saw the budget request and found there was a shift in direction and no longer planned to procure technology. that loss of time and resources hurts all technology manufacturers but it completely destroys small businesses and discourages small business owners from working with the federal government. my bill will help solve this problem by requiring t.s.a. to report to congress on their five-year plan annually. and it will require t.s.a. to notify congress and stakeholders of any changes or updates to the plan. these commonsense steps will ensure there is ongoing
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engagement between t.s.a. and industry stakeholders so manufacturers can continue to meet t.s.a.'s technological needs and continue to innovate and address security vulnerabilities. i urge members to support this legislation. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. rutherford: i have no more speakers and i'm prepared to close as soon as the gentlelady does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. miss friday: i thank the gentleman from florida from florida and i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized to close. miss friday: i want to thank the subcommittee ranking member, congressman keating and subcommittee chairman john katko for being original co-sponsors of this bipartisan legislation. h.r. 1353 was you nan maoly approved earlier this month.
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it will ensure that the technology objectives are aligned with the industry stakeholders that produce technologies to help t.s.a. meet those objectives. i thank you for your support and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. rutherford: mr. speaker, i first want to congratulate my colleague, miss rice for what a is great bill and bring accountability to t.s.a. and thank you for that. once again, i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1353. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- mr. rutherford: i request the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking
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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, rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. rutherford: i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1294. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 25, h.r. 1294, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to provide for congressional notification regarding major acquisition programs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. rutherford, and the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. rutherford: i ask unanimous
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consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. . mr. rutherford: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rutherford: i rise in strong support of h.r. 1294, the reducing d.h.s. cost acquisition act. department of homeland security spends over $7 million annually on major acquisition programs. these programs secure our borders, protect our shores, safeguard our airports and defend our cybernetworks, among other critical missions. unfortunately, the government accountability office has reported that d.h.s. acquisition management on its high risk list since 2003 of areas most susceptible to waste, fraud, abuse and mismanagement.
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recent watchdog reports have revealed alarming finding d.h.s.'s efforts. for example, in 2016 alone, eight out of 25 major acquisition programs experienced cost growth, scheduled slips or both. and these program cost estimates increased by $1.7 billion and their schedules slipped by an average of 11 months. given the enormous threats that are facing our homeland, it is unacceptable to make our operators wait for the tools they need to secure the homeland. my bill will require much needed oversight of d.h.s. programs to safeguard tax dollars and hold program managers accountable. when programs incur significant costs, schedules or requirement problems, my bill requires that d.h.s. leadership be informed. these programs will be required to put a remediation plan in
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place that corrects the problem and also analyzes the root causes of why the problems occurred in the first place. the homeland security committees in congress must also be informed of such significant problems. no longer will the people's representatives in congress be kept in the dark. these requirements are similar to those used in the department of defense and will d.h.s. better safeguard tax dollars and more effectively secure our homeland. and i urge all members to join me in supporting this bill. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. miss friday: i rise in support of h.r. 1294 reducing acquisition growth act and yield myself such time as i may consume. since the department began its operations in 2002, it has spent tens of billions of dollars to procure goods, services and supplies in support of d.h.s.'s
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national security efforts. the investments that cost at least $300 million represent a significant portion of such purchasing. the department has improved its acquisition programs in recent years but d.h.s. still struggles. take the f.b.i. network program, a project that balooned in costs to $1 billion before it was canceled in 2011. more recently, there is the case of the electronic immigration system, and benefits processing system. according to the inspector general, the u.s. citizenship and immigration services program is now on course to be completed four years later than originally estimated and at a cost of $1 billion. the complexity of the mission demands effective oversight of the investments particularly of major acquisitions. h.r. 1294 seeks to ensure
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greater oversight of acquisition programs by requiring the agency to report to congress when costs and requirements are not met. this bill requires d.h.s. to provide an analysis explaining the root cause of the failures and remediation plan to mitigate the problem. the committee on homeland security approved this measure earlier this month and similar language was approved by the house in october, 2015 as a part of comprehensive d.h.s. acquisition legislation. i commend my colleagues from florida for his work on this bill. and with that, mr. speaker, i urge passage of h.r. 1294 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. rutherford: i have no other speakers. and if the gentlelady from new york has no other speakers, i'm prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the eaker pro tempore:
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. miss friday: i have no further - effective oversight of the department's acquisition program is to ensure optimal and the gravity of its mission is important that it gets its major acquisitions right and would require greater level of accountability and congress oversight before programs go off the road. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. rutherford: i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1294 and mr. speaker, i yield back he balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the
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bill h.r. 1294. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection -- mr. rutherford: i would request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida -- mr. rutherford: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the the yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. rutherford: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1297. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 21.
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h.r. 1297, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to make technical corrections to the requirement that the secretary of homeland security submit quadrennial homeland security reviews, and for other urposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. rutherford, and the gentlewoman from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. rutherford: mr. speaker, i would ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. rutherford: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rutherford: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 1297, the quadrennial homeland security review technical corrections act of 2017.
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congress mandated through the implementing recommendations of the 9/11 commission act of 2007 that the department of homeland security conduct a quadrennial homeland security review every four years. this review is intended to outline d.h.s.'s vision and strategy to effectively implement its mission to protect the homeland. it is vital that d.h.s. has a sound strategy to help keep the american public safe. last year the government accountability office reported on opportunities for d.h.s. to improve the qhsr process, and the g.a.o. made four recommendations for executive action, and this legislation leverages g.a.o.'s findings to enhance the qhsr and make it better. specifically, this legislation requires d.h.s. to conduct a risk assessment to better
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inform the qhsr and the bill also mandates that the d.h.s. maintain a paper trail of communications related to the qhsr. this should allow congress and watchdogs to conduct more effective oversight at d.h.s. and i thank the gentlelady from new jersey for introducing this legislation. and i urge all members to join me in supporting this commonsense legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new jersey seek recognition? mrs. watson coleman: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 1297. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker. the department of homeland security's mission is complex and diverse. not only is d.h.s. charged with preventing terrorism, but it is to lead immigration enforcement, emergency management, border, maritime
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and transportation security. given the bred of d.h.s.'s responsibilities, it is essential that its limited resources be aligned with this mission to meet the ever-changing threat land state. as such, the quadrennial homeland security review, which d.h.s. undertakes every four years, is a critical tool to ensure that the department is positioned to effectively carry out its multifaceted mission. to date, d.h.s. has issued two such reviews and is expected to release its third such review in 2018. my legislation seeks to make refinements to the law to address weaknesses identified by the government accountability office in the prior reviews. specifically, my bill seeks to ensure more robust consultation with homeland security stakeholders including state and local governments and academic institutions. it also seeks to ensure that d.h.s. undertakes and documents
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a risk analysis to inform its policy positions. g.a.o. emphasized that documentation of the review process, including the risk analysis, is essential to ensuring the repeatability of the review process. last congress, this house unanimously approved this measure in july, 2016. however, the senate did not act on the bill. last week, the committee on homeland security on a bipartisan basis voted to favorably report this measure to the house. i urge the passage of h.r. 1297, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. rutherford: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers at this time, and i am prepared to close as soon as the gentlelady from new jersey does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves? mr. rutherford: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new jersey is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i am prepared to close if the gentleman from florida is
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prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for closing. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. my legislation is intended to ensure that the quadrennial homeland security review is a driving vision for the department of homeland security. by enacting this legislation, congress can guard against it becoming a paperwork exercise that fails to influence the department's policies, programs and priorities. given the critical mission and the increasingly scarce availability of resources, it is essential that d.h.s. produces a risk-informed review that takes into account the diverse views of its homeland security partners. with that, mr. speaker, i urge the passage of h.r. 1297 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yeemeds back. -- yields back. the gentleman from florida is recognized.
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mr. rutherford: thank you. i want to congratulate mrs. coleman on a very come sensical ill that will protect -- common sensical bill that will protect taxpayers. i ask my colleagues to support h.r. 1297 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1297. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed -- mr. rutherford: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this 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 question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1249, the d.h.s. multiyear acquisition strategy act of 2017. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman move to pass the bill as amended? mr. fitzpatrick: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1249, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to require a multiyear acquisition strategy of the department of homeland security, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, and the gentlewoman from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of h.r. 1249, the d.h.s. multiyear acquisition strategy act of 2017. the department of homeland security spends billions of taxpayer dollars annually on a variety of systems to secure our borders, protect our aviation system, safeguard our shores and shield our cyberspace, among other critical missions. unfortunately, watchdogs at the government accountability office and the d.h.s. office of inspector general have found long standing problems with how d.h.s. has managed these programs. d.h.s. continues to be on g.a.o.'s high-risk list for acquisition management.
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meaning, these programs are susceptible to fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement. in addition, the department has failed to have a strategic vision for its major purposes. the result has been wasted effort and taxpayer money gone with little to show for it. look at the t.s.a. puffer machines from a few years ago as a past example. without a comprehensive strategy, industry also does not have the needed information to best support d.h.s. in making smart investments in executing its mission. my bill will require d.h.s. to establish this much-needed strategy to ensure taxpayer dollars are safeguarded and frontline operators receive the tools they need to successfully protect americans. my bill will also ensure that d.h.s. works collaboratively with the private sector to fully leverage their innovative solutions, and as a former f.b.i. agent, i know how important it is to get critical tools out to the field to help agents and officers secure our nation. i urge all members to join me in supporting this bill, and i
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reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new jersey is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1249, the multiyear acquisition strategy act of 2017, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: i want to thank you, mr. speaker. safeguarding our country and the american people is the department of homeland security's most solemn responsibility. today, homeland security threats are multidimensional and changing at an unprecedented pace. as such, it is critical that d.h.s.'s acquisition programs be targeted to meet the demands of an ever-evolving threat environment. to ensure long-term strategic planning, h.r. 1249 directs d.h.s. to develop a multiyear acquisition strategy as is currently required at the transportation security administration. the bill is intended to foster a more strategic approach to how d.h.s. executes and manages procurement.
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specifically, it directs d.h.s. in consultation with industry stakeholders and academia to develop a prioritize list of major acquisitions together with information on the expected security and economic benefits for these programs. to guard against wasteful spending on redundant programs, it also directs d.h.s. to work towards developing a d.h.s.-wide inventory of investments and real property. once d.h.s. has such an inventory, i believe it will find areas for greater efficiency and be able to redirect limited homeland security resources to vital programs. one of the critical features of the strategy is a requirement that d.h.s. have a plan to address funding, gaps that may exist in major acquisition programs. given that the trump administration's 2018 budget prioritizes funding the border wall that the president promised during the campaign and amplifying immigration enforcement, there is a real concern that important programs that are desperately needed
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within d.h.s. will get shortchanged. h.r. 1249 was improved unanimously by the committee on homeland security earlier this month, and similar legislation was approved by a voice vote by the house in october of 2015. with that i urge passage of h.r. 1249 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers. if the gentlelady from new jersey has no other speakers, i'm prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new jersey. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: thank you. mr. speaker, the establishment of the departmentwide acquisition strategy, as h.r. 1249 requires, has the potential of helping the department achieve cost savings and better use of homeland security resources. i'm particularly pleased that it will assess ways it can
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better test and acquire innovative technologies. some of the most vexing homeland security challenges can only be fully addressed when d.h.s. partners with innovators, particularly small businesses. i want to congratulate the gentleman, my colleague from pennsylvania, and with that i would urge support of 1249 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i once again urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1249, and i want to thank my colleague from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman, for her bipartisan leadership on a bill that will surely help keep our country safe, and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- mr. fitzpatrick: and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1249, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays.
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the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this 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 question will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1252 as amended. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to provide for certain acquisition
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authorities for the under secretary of management for the department of homeland security and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana, mr. higgins and the gentlelady from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman are recognized for 20 minutes. mr. higgins: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. higgins: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 1252, department of homeland security acquisition authorities act of 20717. the department of homeland security has been routinely criticized over the years by watchdogs at the government accountability office and d.h.s.
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office of inspector general for failing to responsibly manage its major acquisition programs. these programs will secure our borders, safeguard our cybernetworks, protect air travelers and our shores and cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year. watchdogs have reported how d.h.s. leadership has failed to hold programs accountable to its own acquisition policies. in some cases, these programs have spent billions of dollars of american treasure without having to show what they will ultimately cost, when they will be complete and what benefits they will deliver to front line operators. d.h.s.'s under secretary for management has not had the force of law to hold these programs accountable until now. my bill establishes a top cop in the under secretary for management as chief acquisitions
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officer to oversee these billion dollar programs. it requires thoughtful management of major acquisition programs based on private sector best practices. my bill requires strong accountability measures to oversee major acquisition programs so these critical tools get into the hand on time and on budget. before i close, i would like to ask unanimous consent to insert into the record an exchange of letters between chairman smith of the committee on science, space and technology and chairman mccaul of the committee on homeland security. i urge all members to join me in supporting this bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. without objection, the letters will be entered. the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new jersey is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: i rise in support of h.r. 1252.
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and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: the department of homeland security has limited acquisition resources and must be effective stewards of taxpayer dollars. as such, d.h.s.'s pro qurement practices must be sound, effective and adhered to. although d.h.s. has come a long way since its inception in 2002, acquisition management remains a challenge for the department. in fact, a 2015 assessment of the g.a.o. of d.h.s.'s largest acquisition programs determined that two of the 22 reviewed programs were on track to meet their initial schedule and cost parameters. responsibility for addressing weaknesses and acquisition management and increasing acquisitions begins at the top
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with the d.h.s. leadership. to that end, h.r. 1252 codifies that acquisition decision authority, rests with the under secretary for management as the department's chief acquisition officer. it authorizes the under secretary for management to mandate acquisition policies, establishes the under secretary as lead of the department's acquisition oversight body and charges the under secretary with advising the secretary regarding acquisition management activities. to ensure greater oversight of the department's procurement activities, h.r. 1252 establishes acquisition management functions for d.h.s.'s chief financial officer, chief information officer and the program accountability and risk management office. this legislation is intended to clarify roles and responsibilities within d.h.s. acquisition management activities and increase accountability of the department's procedures particularly those classified as
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underperforming. h.r. 1252 was approved by the house in october of 2015 and was approved unanimously by the committee on homeland security just a few weeks ago. with that, i urge passage of h.r. 1252 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. higgins: i have no other speakers if the gentlewoman from snuge has no other speakers, i'm prepared to close once the gentlewoman does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new jersey is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: i yield myself such time as i may consume. given the complexity of the organization it is incumbent upon the department to procure its challenges from the top down. it codifies the management roles within the department and supports enhanced accountability and management. by passing this legislation congress can take another important step to increasing
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capacity. and i join in congratulating mr. higgins from louisiana on the good work he has done here. i urge support of h.r. 1252 and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. higgins: i thank the the gentlewoman from new jersey. and i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1252 as amended. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1252 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 -- mr. higgins: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote rise and remain standing. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered.

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