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in place through 2019. all of them. mr. walden: plus there is additional support going to the states. they can buy down premiums and co-pays through the patient stability fund. it they get that money starting in 2018. there is two years where states will get $15 billion per year, those two years, before any other subsidies go. c.b.o. took that into account and said you are still going to have this problem. that tells me you got a failing market out there. and we're doing nothing to bring down costs. that's where i can assure the gentleman that the energy and commerce committee is going to look at what's driving the costs up. >> you can continue to watch this meeting online at c-span.org. expected to last late into the afternoon. here is house gaveling in for legislative work on a cusm homeland security related measures. and a bill on the pooling of health insurance for small businesses. first votes on those measures are expected before 2:00 p.m.
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eastern today. and now we take you live to the floor of the u.s. house. here on c-span. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by he guest chaplain, dr. tom smiley, lakewood baptist church, gainesville, georgia. the chaplain: let us pray, please. in the name that is above every name, in the name of the one by whom all things were created, by whom all created things are sustained, in the name of the one who was crucified for the sins of all the people, raised on the third day and who upon his return every knee will bow and every tongue will confess as lord, it is in the name of
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jesus, my savior and my lord, today, that i ask, draw near unto thyself the heart of any in this body who still remain far from you. give confidence and courage to all who govern from this house, to be unashamed of the judeo christian ethic which has led this nation to prominence and prosperity above all other nations. and father, remind all who by faith, trust you, that your love wants what is best for us, and your wisdom knows what's best for us. and your power will accomplish what is best for us. , and god's us' name people said, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces
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to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from new york, mr. jeffries. mr. jeffries: 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 ustice for all. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, is recognized for one minute. mr. collins: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize dr. thomas smiley made him a true leader in northeast georgia. he grew up in georgia where he received his calling to preach after graduating from blue mountain college in mississippi. pastor tom attended southeastern baptist theological seminary. with an emphasis in marriage and family ministry. as senior pastor at the lakewood baptist church, he's led the congregation including
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my own family for over 25 years. division for lakewood was to be a regional church that rises up who are trained and equipped to reach lost people. in addition to his work at the church, he's established himself as a successful write, authoring three books. he's engaged with the community at every level and our neighbors have enjoyed his contributions as little league baseball and basketball coach as well as what he does with our community. he's he's my pastor and friend in every aspect of his life he leads with grace and devotion. proud to welcome here to our nation's capital in washington, d.c. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized. wilson: mr. speaker, obamacare has failed the american people,
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destroying jobs. all across south carolina, premiums have skyrocketed. smause business jobs have been terminated. and our state is now down to sage insurance provider on the exchange. this is not what families were promised seven years ago. with the american health care act, house republicans have delivered on the commitment to give americans a health care system that increases choice, creates jobs, and put the patient back in control. this bill protects those with pre-existing conditions, return powers to the states, allows young adults to remain on a parents' insurance until they are 26, and increases consumer choice. this is is a critical first step of three to repeal and replace obamacare. i'm grateful that the american health care act is supported by the nfib, the sues yab b. anthony list, americans for tax reform, u.s. chamber of commerce, the national taxpayers union, the institute
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for liberty, and the small business and entrepreneurial council. and dozens of others advocates promoting creating jobs. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war ontry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, republicans are planning a vote tomorrow to pass trumpcare. this bill is a great deal for the super rich and insure companies, and great deal for drug companies but a bad deal for working men and women across our contry. trumpcare will raise premiums, increase deductibles, and out-of-pocket expenses. trumpcare ends coverage for 24 million people. trumpcare destroys two million jobs and imposes an age tax on older americans. and trumpcare cuts medicaid by $800 billion to give corporations and the wealthiest americans a $600 billion tax cut. the single largest transfer of wealth from working people to
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the rich in american history. this is wrong. the american people do not want this bill. they don't want to pay more for less. and donald trump promised he would be a great champion for the middle class. it only took him two months in office to break that promise and sell out to the wealthy and the special interest. shame on him and shame on anyone who votes to take away health coverage from working men and women to fund a big tax cut for folks who don't need it. the working people of this country deserve better. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of the american health care act. specifically the critically important reforms to medicaid. in addition to the other great reforms that will bring cost-effective health care to this contry. mr. pittenger: for 50 years medicaid has been blank check to the states with little accountability and rampant fraud. during my time in the north
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carolina senate we found as much as 20% waste, fraud, and abuse in medicaid. in response, i have worked with a major technology firm to develop accountability and oversight. north carolina is now a leader in medicaid fraud recovery. under the american health care act, medicaid replaces an open blank check with common sense, per capita or blank grant allotments for each state. this incentivizes states to follow north carolina's leads. exploiting the providers taking advantage of the medicaid. now is our opportunity to bring accountability to medicaid. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this great reform. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is ecognized. >> let's make this clear.
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the un-american health care act doesn't just repeal advances with obamacare, it takes us backward top a point worse off than we were before the affordable care act. mr. heck: it guts medicaid and will fail to meet existing needs. hurting vulnerable children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, and seniors needing long-term care. hurting them all. it abandons planned parenthood services. women with nowhere else to turn will lose access to critical services like pelvic exams and pap tests. i'm here today speaking on behalf of single mom sherry, cancer survivor marty, star student kelty, and little gracie and her devoted grandmother. we are all one voice saying, we cannot afford to make the american health care system even worse than it was before obamacare. that's the path. the un-american health care act will carve my friends. let's not go down that path.
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vote no. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? ms. chu: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. chu: mr. speaker, republicans rushed their pay more for less health care bill through committees before c.b.o. even had a chance to score it. and then once they realized that 24 million people would lose coverage, they made late night additions just two days before the house is scheduled to vote. americans' health care is too important to be done on an artificial deadline. it's too important for people in my district like rachel. rachel is a hairdresser in her mid 30's who was finally able
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to get health coverage for her husband and three children thanks to the a.c.a. but under the republican plan, their coverage will be replaced by tax credits that don't even come close to meeting the health care costs for a family of five. and there are millions just like her struggling to make ends meet. instead of aband yonting -- abandoning people like rachele to give tax breaks to the wealthiest few, i urge republicans to do what even trump promised, provide health insurance for everybody. that starts with rejecting this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her ime. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. jefferies: under the republican health care plan, trumpcare, hardworking americans will pay more and get
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less. your premiums will increase. your co-pays will increase. your deductibles will increase. your out-of-pocket costs will increase. but the quality of your health care will go down. tens of millions of americans under trumpcare will also lose their entire health coverage. under the republican health care plan, it will impose a draconian age tax. on people between 50 and 64. some of whom will be forced to pay approximately $14,000 per year. trump has said he's going to do health care in three phases. i finally figured it out. phase one, disease. phase two, disaster. phase three, destruction. vote no against this reckless plan.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is ecognized. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, house republicans will perpetrate a callous financial assault on good hardworking america in exchange for a massive payoff to greedy insurance executives and their cronies. yes, this vote is rigged against the good. if you're 50 to 64 years old, you and your family get clobbered. more doughnut holes. more premiums. and less health care. united health care, one of america's largest private insurers, is today under investigation for defrauding the medicare program of billions of dollars. your bill in 17 words on page 67 rewards united health care, their executives, and cronies
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with a massive tax cut. united health care made $83 billion last year. and their c.e.o. was compensated with $66 million. it they don't need a break. hardworking america does. your bill also allowed united health care to charge five times more for older americans and imposes a 30% unemployment tax on the unemployed. all going to more profits for them and less health care for america. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from maine seek wreck recognition? >> from illinois. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. during the last few weeks my office has heard from literally hundreds of concerned illinoisans about trumpcare. mrs. bustos: i heard from a heart attack survivor whose prescription medication would go from affordable to $1,000 a
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day under this plan. i have heard from americans ages 50 to 64, i happen to be in that group, who are worried about paying an age tax of five times more than others. just in the last 24 hours, i heard from two more groups who are standing against trumpcare. and no, they are not political partisan groups. the first is the illinois health and hospital association which represents more than 200 hospitals in the state of illinois. they oppose trumpcare because it means taking health coverage away from hundreds of thousands of illinoisans while killing the jobs of another 60,000 hardworking people in my state. the second group is the national farmers union. they understand that trumpcare's drastic cuts could force hundreds of rural hospitals to close their doors. so i'm left wondering, who exactly supports trumpcare? instead of throwing 24 million americans off their coverage, let's work across the aisle to
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improve health care for all not just the richest among us. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from illinois yields back her ty. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. maloney: mr. speaker, the g.o.p.'s awful, irresponsible health care bill will impose a -- an age tax on older americans and it will raise your premiums, and it will be absolutely disastrous to our nation's hospitals. in my district in new york, our hospitals serve millions of people every day and their budgets are already stretched. the g.o.p. health care bill will rip away health insurance for
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over 24 million americans. forcing more people to get care and high cost emergency -- in high cost emergency rooms. while at the same time cutting billions in federal funding hospitals need to survive. new york's hospitals will lose over $1 billion in 2018 alone. with uncompensated care already skyrocketing, the 27 new york hospitals that are already on a financial distress watch list tell me they may not even be able to survive. that's why the greater new york hospital association, the health care association of new york, and other new york health groups are urging all of us to vote no on this terrible g.o.p. bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman gentlelady from delaware seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady from delaware is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i know that i am new to the house, but i was elected by my constituents to reach across the aisle and get things done. sadly, instead of reaching across the aisle to work on common sense fixes to the affordable care act, some of my republican colleagues have decided to push through a health care bill instead of increasing health coverage that actually takes it away from more than 24 million people and imposes an age tax. in my state alone, this bill will cut medicaid coverage for 60,000 individuals and result in a $170 million loss of federal funds at a time when my state is facing a major budget shortfall. ms. blunt rochester:: additionally, almost 2,000 individuals in my state will lose access to employer-sponsored insurance and more than 6,000 individual whors currently receiving coverage through our health care exchange will lose coverage as a result of this bill. mr. speaker, given its impact on
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our nation's working families and our most vulnerable citizens, i believe passage of this bill would be an act of medical malpractice, pun intended. so i urge all my colleagues to vote no on h.r. 1628. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from maine seek recognition? ms. pingree: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. pin fwree: since the republicans in washington have not held a single public hearing on trumpcare, i asked my constituents directly for feedback at the maine town hall. not one spoke in support of the legislation. instead, many said they'll be among the millions of americans who will lose their coverage under this bill. one of those voices was ed saxby
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of cape eliz beth, pictured on the board next to me he stood beside his wife and granddaughter as he bravely spoke about his own battle with cancer he said the odds of survival are against him because trumpcare will take away the tax credit he is needs to afford health care coverage as a retiree living on a fixed income. ed's wife jill asked me if those who are championing trumpcare would be willing to trade places with those whom it will harm. i pose that question today. to my republican colleagues, if you can't answer in the affirmative, you should not be voting for this terrible bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from nevada seek recognition? the gentlelady from nevada is ecognized. ms. titus: this g.o.p. disastrous health care proposal is really just the largest transfer of wealth in the super
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rich in this nation's entire history. n fact, it gives the top 1% of earners a windfall of tax breaks and subsidies an the super rich are going to be able to buy a lot of things with this this new money. it's been estimated they could buy one new lamborghini, 26 rolex watches or 44 sets of super bowl tickets. thanks to this tax cut, in effect, you are shifting wealth from main street to mar-a-lago, from middle america to mar-a-lago, from my district to mar-a-lago. 44,000 people in my district in southern nevada will lose their health insurance, according to the center for american progress. you know, our president said, oh , he didn't -- not our president, he's not my president but anyway , he said he didn't know health care could be so complicated. well if you look at this bill, it's really not very complicated, it's quite simple.
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premiums go up, benefits go down. deductibles go up, coverage goes down. prices go up, health care for women goes down. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. ms. titus: vote no on this bill. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the swrelt from kansas seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. 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. >> i rise today to shed light on an eight-alarm fire in my district and to thank the firefighters for making sure no one was seriously hurt. it destroyed a apartment complex and 2 neighboring homes. no one was killed or seriously injured. three firefighters were treated for their injury an we wish them a speedy recovery. mr. yoder: it's a reminder of the risk our first responders take every day, not knowing when they'll have to answer the call, placing their lives on the line to protect us and our community. we pray for the family whors displaced, who came home from
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work on monday to find their homes gone. we thank the christ lutheran church and many other organizations who have come together to assist these family who was lost so much, so unexpectedly. finally, thank you to the observer lynn park fire department chief and to all the fire fighters in kansas who came together to contain the largers -- largest fire in observer lynn park history. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from -- in oshe lynn park hiries. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman rise? >> 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 in opposition to the american health care act and the repeal of the affordable care act. since the passage of the a.c.a. seven years ago , in my district, the uninsured rate has dropped from 19% to 9%. in my district there's been the creation and funding of 6,500
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jobs in local hospitals and rural health care clinics. yet despite this progress in my community and across our country, the majority wants to replace the a.c.a. with a quickly and carelessly crafted aaca. if the ahca becomes law , in my district, 56,000 people will lose their health care coverage. in salinas, hardworking families will pay more than $3,000 for health care coverage. mr. panetta: and in santa cruz, low-income senior citizens will be stripped of $10,000 of subsidies. yes the a.c.a. does have it faults, but we should come together to thoughtfully fix it. but it's not just about money. it's about people. an it'sst -- and it's not just about people. it's about the security that the a.c.a. provides people to live their daily lives. the ahca makes us insecure an that's why i am voting against it. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from massachusetts seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from massachusetts is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the president and i do agree on one thing. designing a health care system is complicated. but the effects of trumpcare are as simple as they are devastating. 24 million hardworking americans will lose their coverage. ms. clark: your health care costs and premiums will go up and your kverage will go down. and for those of us between the ages of 50 and 64, we are about to be hit with an age tax, just when we need coverage the most. just when we are trying to help with college tuitions and save for our retirements. and as we face an opiate crisis
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in this country that takes 120 american lives a day, this trumpcare will close the door on treatment for over a million americans. our president tells us that he's a deal maker. this is the ultimate bad deal for the american people and we should reject this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek reck anything? -- seek recognition. the gentlelady from texas is ecognized. ms. jackson lee: this morning, mr. speaker, i came in contact with two mothers of two young boys who are home bound with catastrophic illnesses. my heart broke as i listened to them say that the only way that i survive to see their happy
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face and i can work is because they have insurance through extensive medicaid. so i come today to ask my friends on the other side of the aisle not to worry about threats about losing your office or your job. this is about patriotism and being an american. to vote against this horrible trumpcare debacle that will be higher cost, less coverage, and an age tax that will hurt the old and devastate the young. this is a time for the flag to be waved and for patriots to stand and to be heard across america, vote down trumpcare not for self and selfishness, but really to be able to stand with those who cannot help themselves. i wanted to embrace those mothers as a mother, as a grandmother, because we are giving life to those beautiful children. now, 9 and 10, living because they got health care under the
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affordable health care. stand as a patriot. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? the gentlelady from california is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i understand that major laws often have winners and losers. unfortunately, i'm struggling to figure out who wins under this health care plan. mrs. davis: we have seen who stands to lose. 24 million fewer people will have insurance. states will lose billions, forcing painful cuts to education and other services. california alone will lose $6 billion in 2020. and much more in the years that follow. hospital and clinics will have to cut back on services and investments. so, who are the winners? it's hard to find any. except of course for insurance
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companies and millionaires who would get almost all the tax relief included in this package. do americans really think that we should pass a bill that cuts coverage in order to give millionaires an average tax cut of $49,000? we can do better. i hope we will. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? the gentleman from california is recognized. >> thank you very much, mr. speaker. i stand here with this simple explanation about what trumpcare really means for americans. you pay more for lescare, 24 million americans will lose the access to health care by losing their insurance, it's an age tax on older americans, and it guts
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medicaid. mr. cardenas: that not only goes to seniors now, it goes to young people as well, young families. but it's also a huge tax cut for millionaires. if you look at trumpcare, you realize the great supposed negotiator actually has a great reputation of being the great bankrupter. and what this trumpcare will do, it will affect tens of millions of americans and it will put them into misery, take away the dignity of health care, and put them in a place that no one should ever have to be. to to lack the dignity of being able to see a doctor. this is going going to send us become to the dark ages, ladies and gentlemen. you probably think i'm exaggerating but when you look at this, these facts, you realize that is just the truth. these are the facts. beware of what you're being
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sold. this is not going to help america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair lays before the house communication. clip the honorable, the speak e., house of representatives, sir. pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on march 22, 2017, at 9:12 a.m. that the senate agreed to without amendment, house joint resolution 69. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on march 22, 2017, at 11:22 a.m. that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 1228.
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that the senate passed with amendments, h.r. 244. signed, sincerely, karen l. aas. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 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 recorded. 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
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gentlelady from arizona seek recognition? ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 13302. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 20, h.r. 1302, a bill to require an exercise related to terrorism and foreign fighter travel, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from arizona, ms. mcsally, and the gentleman from california will kariya, would each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from arizona. ms. mcsally: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. and include extraneous material of the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from arizona has as much time as she wishes to use. ms. mcsally: i rise today in support of h.r. 1302, the terrorist and foreign fighter travel exercise act. this legislation furthers the efforts that i and several of my colleagues on the house
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homeland security committee engaged in last congress. as members of the bipartisan task force on combating terrorist and foreign fighter travel. for six months our task force investigated our security vulnerabilities and the threats posed by isis. our work produced 32 key findings and over 50 recommendations to make americans safer. in our findings, the task force found that the growing complexity and changing nature of the foreign fighter phenomena may be creating unseen gaps in our defenses, yet it has been years since any large-scale stress test has been conducted on u.s. government protection and prevention programs against terrorist travel. the last major government exercise on terrorist travel occurred in 2009, when the federal emergency management agency, or fema, conducted an exercise focused on the aftermath of a national terrorist event outside of the united states. and how to prevent subsequent efforts by terrorists to enter the united states and carry out additional attacks. the objective of the exercise was to determine how government
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agencies at all levels would respond in such an environment. however, the threat environment has changed considerably, and relying on information gathered during an exercise that took place nearly a deck ago is simply unacceptable and puts american lives at risk. the exercise conducted in 2009 focused primarily on terrorists attempting to infiltrate the united states. however our traffic force found that officials today should be just as concerned about americans leaving the country to train overseas with terrorist groups as foreign fighters. and then come back. the ability of these hardened fighters to return to the united states is a legitimate security threat to the homeland. catching individuals who are looking to join the ranks and train with isis and other terrorist organizations prior to their initial departure is equally important and should be a goal for law enforcement as well. as such, h.r. 1302 would require that the executive branch conduct an exercise to evaluate the nation's preparedness against all phases of foreign fighter planning and travel. carrying out such a test would
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be beneficial in understanding how people at all levels of government and abroad are currently responding to these scenarios. we must take decisive action to defeat the threat of isis and other terrorist organizations. the findings of the exercise required by this legislation will identify weaknesses at home and abroad that may be exploited by terrorists and foreign fighters. particularly to infiltrate the united states to conduct attacks. these findings will also be provided to congress and federal law enforcement and intelligence officials to provide information on how we can best address these weaknesses. passage of the terrorist and foreign fighter travel exercise act today represents continued action by this body to fight against isis and sure we keep americans safe. i urge all members to join me in supporting this commonsense bipartisan bill. before i close, i ask unanimous consent to include in the record an exchange between the chairman of the committee on transportation and infrastructure and the chairman on the committee of homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. mcsally: i urge all members to join me in supporting this bill.
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i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from arizona reserves her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. correa: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 13302, the terrorist and foreign fighters exercise act of 2017. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. correa: every day communities across this country are confronted by evolving threats. since the beginning of the year we have seen a number of bomb threats against jewish community centers. a jeer and a half ago a 21-year-old white gunman hoping to start a race war opened fire at the emanuel a.m.e. church in charleston, south carolina, killing nine of its parishioners. the year 2015 went on the record as the year with the most threats reported harassments and vandalism against mosques in the united states. in light of the emboldened white nationalist anti-semitic and anti-government movements,
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as well as ongoing threats from abroad, we must ensure that our first responders are prepared to respond to the evolving threats to our great country. this bill will direct fema's national exercise program to design scenarios that include emerging terrorist threats. to be clear, the legislation does not require fema's national exercise program to focus exclusively on terrorist threats, but rather seeks to ensure that fema continues to develop exercises that are responsive to threats as they may emerge. the bill also requires the secretary of homeland security to carry out exercises related to terrorists threats domestically and abroad. h.r. 1302 was passed unanimously and approved by the homeland security committee earlier this month and the full house last -- in the last congress, july 2016.
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i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves his time. the gentlelady from arizona is recognized. ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers. if the gentleman from california has no other speakers, i'm prepared close after the gentleman does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. correa: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. madam speaker, 1302 is a commonsense legislation that will prepare first responders as well as state and local government partners for the challenges that lie ahead. at this time when first responders' programs are slated for the chopping block under the administration's budget blueprint, it's more important than ever that congress stand together to support them. exercises like the ones authorized under this legislation contribute to our preparedness. as such, i urge members to support this bill once again and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from california yields back his time. the gentlelady from arizona is recognized. ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i want to thank my colleague from california and on the homeland security committee for supporting this bill. and i want to urge the rest of my colleagues to support h.r. 1302. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1302. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- ms. mcsally: i object to the ground a quorpt is not present and i make a point of order a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: further proceedings on this otion will be postponed. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1238. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 22, h.r. 1238, a bill-to-mend the homeland security act of 2002 to make the assistant secretary of homeland security for health affairs responsible for coordinating the efforts of the department of homeland security related to food, agriculture, and veterinary defense against terrorism, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. donovan, and the gentleman from california, mr. correa, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york, mr. donovan. mr. donovan: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks include any extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. donovan: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use.
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mr. donovan: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 1238, the securing our agriculture and food act, introduced by congressman david young of iowa. this bill seeks to authorize the department of homeland security's food, agriculture, and veterinary defense program within the office of health affairs. last year, the subcommittee on emergency preparedness response and communications held a hearing to examine the potential devastating impacts of an intentional attack on or a natural disruption of u.s. agricultural or food production systems. the food and agriculture section -- sector is critically important to our nation's economy. u.s. food and agriculture accounts for roughly 1/5 of the nation's economic activity and contributed $835 billion to the u.s. gross domestic product in
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2014. and is responsible for one out of every 12 u.s. jobs. coming from iowa and as a member of the agriculture appropriations subcommittee, congressman young knows all too well the importance of protect this sector, which is vital to the economy and our way of life. i appreciate him introducing this bill of which i am pleased to be an original co-sponsor. i want to thank chairman walden of the energy and commerce committee, and chairman conaway of the agriculture committee for working with us to advance this bill. i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record letters exchanged between the committee on homeland security and committees on energy and commerce and agriculture. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. donovan: we also look forward to working with our senate colleagues who recently approved companion legislation without amendment in the senate homeland security and governmental affairs committee. this bipartisan legislation passed the house last september by voice vote and i urge all
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members to join me once again in supporting this bill. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. correa: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 1238, the securing our agriculture food act. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for such time he wishes to use. mr. correa: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, u.s. agriculture and agricultural related business represents about 6% of our gross domestic product as of 2014 protecting this industry which contributes $985 billion to our economy from international and naturally occurring bilogical events is critical not only to the stability of our national economy but also to the security of our national food supply and our human health. this bill would clarify the responsibilities of the department of homeland security's assistant secretary
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for health affairs as they relate to the d.h.s.'s responsibilities under the homeland security presidential directive, entitled defense of u.s. agriculture and food. the bill includes language offered by representative donald pane -- payne, my colleague on the committee, directing the assistant secretary for health affairs to coordinate with all departmental components with responsibilities relating to food and agriculture security and screening procedures. such coordination will include customs and border protection, which has historically struggled to maintain agriculture inspection staffing levels at ports of entry. mr. speaker, agriculture and agriculture related businesses constitute a major portion of california's economy. agriculture plays an integral role in industries range interesting transportation and
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wear housing to finance and insurance to accommodation and food services. the cascading effects of natural and international outbreaks compromise agriculture, food and could have devastating effects on the state's economy. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill to ensure the integrity of our agriculture industry and food supply. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time they have gentleman from new york. >> i yield as much time as he may consume to the gentleman from iowa, mr. young. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he wishes to use. mr. young: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the chairman of the subcommittee for shepherding this through the committee. mr. speaker, in 2015, our nation experienced the worst animal disease outbreak in our history as highly pathogenic alien
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influenza wreaked havoc on turkey farmers and egg producers in the u.s. this naturally occurring outbreak resealed vulnerabilities and coordination challenges between federal, state and local stake holders in responding quick throw prevent the spread of avian influenza. it also showed the importance of having mitigation and response strategies in place to ensure any naturally occurring outbreak or coordinated attack against our nation's agriculture sector can be prevented quickly and be contained. maintaining the integrity of our agriculture and food supply system is imperative. the folks i talked to have great concerns about the safety and security of our homeland and our people and their concerns are warranted. the reality of living in this day and age is that it's just not the big cities that have to be prepared for a terror attack. all counterterrorism measures must reflect a universal
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understanding of potential vulnerabilities which includes our agriculture and rural communities. farming and agriculture are not only the backbone of the iowa economy but of the entire nation. any attack on our food supply could have devastating consequences on our economy and our communities, so it is essential that we take the proper steps against potential threats. now the reality is, a fwmbings r oterrorism and other high risk -- agro terrorism and other high risk events present a danger to our food and livestock across the united states and for that reason i introduced in a bipartisan fashion the secure our agriculture and food act with the chairman and ranking ember of the homeland security subcommittee to ensure our nation has a plan and strategy to prepare for and plan for any
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high-risk event threatening our agricultural sector, our food supply, and ultimately our people. the securing our agriculture and food act requires the secretary of homeland security through the assistant secretary for health afares to lead the government's efforts to secure our nation's food, agriculture and our veterinary systems against terrorism and high risk events. this bipartisan bill also authorizes the secretary to collaborate with other agencies to ensure food, agriculture and animal and human health. secretaries receive -- receive the attention are end grated into the d.h.s.'s domestic preparedness policy initiatives. i support the support of subcommittee chairman donovan and ranking member payne as we work to better secure our agriculture and food sectors and i thank you both for elevating the importance of this issue. i also want to thank the chairman an ranking members of the full committee and all the staff for their assistance in bringing this bill to the floor
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today in the house. mr. speaker, i urge passage of this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from iowa yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves his time they feel gentleman from california is recognized. the gentleman from california. mr. correa: thank you, mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and am prepared to close if the gentleman from new york is prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. >> i am prepared to close if the gentleman does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. correa: i yield myself such time as i may consume. sproy the gentleman is recognized -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. correa: the securing our food act passed the house in 2016 and the senate companion bill was reported out of committee last week. passage of this measure will send a strong message about our commitment to protecting our
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nation's food and agricultural sectors. as such, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1238 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the remainder of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized for the remainder of his time. the speaker pro tempore: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 398 and yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1328. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the afirmtive, the gentleman from new york. mr. donovan: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20,
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further proceedings on the uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. donovan: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass .r. 1365 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the this title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1365 a bill to amend the homeland security act and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york, mr. donovan and the gentleman from california, mr. correa, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. donovan: 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.
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mr. donovan: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. donovan: thank you, mr. speaker. -- e in support of h.l. h.r. 1365, the department of homeland security acquisition innovation act. it allows d.h.s. to designate a senior official to manage acquisition innovation efforts, test, develop, and distribute acquisition best practices throughout the department, and establish performance met ribblings to evaluate the effectiveness -- effectiveness of these efforts. republican amendments at the committee markup strengthen the underlying bill by encouraging d.h.s. to obtain feedback from the private sector and incorporate this feedback into future efforts. as we have seen from numerous watchdog reports, the federal government's accusation and contracting process is broken. couple -- broken, cumbersome, an
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bureaucratic. d.h.s. must continue to innovate, to ensure the private sector can best support our critical homeland security needs. the department has recently taken positive steps in using new contracting tools and collaborating with industry. this legislation supports those efforts and encourages their continued use. i commend the oversight and management efficiency subcommittees -- subcommittee's ranking member, mr. correa, for all his hard work on this legislation. 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 from new york reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. co-ray sw -- mr. correa: i rise in support of h.r. 1365, the department of homeland security acquisition innovation act and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he wishes to use. mr. correa: thank you, mr. speaker. when the department of homeland
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security was established in 2002, it was understood that the mission of safe forwarding the american people would be a complex one. today, 15 years later, the ever-changing nature of the terrorist threat and its landscape has demanded that d.h.s. be more innovative. in the past three years, the department has act ily worked to carry out its procurement process in new and innovative ways. the accusation innovation in motion program launched in 2015 is a framework for coordinated industry engagement in which opportunities, challenges, and strategies are discussed to identify acquisition solutions and foster greater efficiency and effectiveness. a key component of this program is procurement innovation lab called p.i.l. the p.i.l. is a virtual testing environment that experiments with innovative techniques to
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assess whether they can be effectively integrated into d.h.s.'s procurement process. to date, p.i.l. is credited with ducing award times the integrative capabilities in use in other portions of the federal government and have improved acquisition training. results, case studies and lessons learned from the p.i.l. process are regularly shared throughout d.h.s. through the web and the internal web portal. these facilitate a continuous learning culture that enhances the d.h.s. mission of support. i introduced this bill, h r. 1365, to institutionalize d.h.s.'s acquisition innovation efforts by authorizing such activity by the undersecretary of management. specifically, my legislation authorizes robust testing,
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development, and distbugs of best practices in acquisitions throughout the department as well as performance matrix to measure the effectiveness of such efforts. enactment of this bill will help ensure that this successful acquisition management technique continues this bill was unanimously approved by the committee on homeland security earlier this month. with that, i urge passage of this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. donovan: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no other speakers, if the gentleman has no other speakers i am prepared to close once the gentleman does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. correa: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. correa: thank you, mr. speaker. d.h.s.'s approach to acquisitions should not only accommodate the department's unique mission but support response -- our responsibility
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to the management of taxpayer dollars. this bill codifies the pathway to developing and implementing innovative approaches that serve the department's acquisition, challenges through collaboration and efficiency. to that end it is vital that d.h.s. continue to drive toward a more effective procurement process in support of its vital mission. with that, mr. speaker, i urge passage of h.r. 1365 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. donovan: i once again urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1365 as amended. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1365 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- >> i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not
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present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative. the gentleman from new york. mr. donovan: 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 of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. polis: i have a previously noticed resolution at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: expressing the sense of the house of representatives that the president shall immediately disclose his tax return information to congress and the american people. whereas in the united states system of checks and balances, congress has a responsibility to hold the executive branch of government to the highest standard of transparency to ensure the public interest is placed first. whereas according to the tax history project, every president since gerald ford has disclosed their tax return information to
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the public. whereas tax returns provide an important baseline disclosure because they contain highly instructive information including whether the candidate can be influenced by foreign entities and reveal any conflicts of interest. whereas article 1, section 9 of the constitution states that no person holding any office of profit or trust under them shall without the consent of congress accept any present, emolument, title or office of any kind whatsoever from any king, prince. whereas disclosure of the tax returns is important in the investigation to the russian influence in the election, as it will reveal debts owed and licensing ventures with russia or russian nationals formally or informally associated with muth putin.
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whereas "the new york times" has reported that president trump's close senior advisors, including carter page, paul manafort, roger stone and michael flynn have been under investigation by the federal bureau of investigation for their ties to the russian federation. whereas russian deputy foreign minister sergei rakhov told interfaction -- interfax a russian media outlet that there were contacts with donald trump's 2016 campaign and it has been reported that members of president trump's inforecircle were in contact with senior russian officials throughout the 2016 campaign. whereas general michael flynn, former national security advisor to president trump received almost $6 ,000 in fees and expenses from russian entities in 2015, including by an entity recognized by u.s. intelligence agencies as an arm of the russian government. whereas f.b.i. director comey
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stated in the select intelligence committee hearing on the russian interference with a november 2016 election that there is no information to support those treats relating to president trump's allegations that president obama illegally wiretapped the trump campaign. whereas distracting investigators with dead-end leads and outrageous statements is a common tactic from those with a guilty conscience or in a deliberate effort to throw off investigators. whereas according to his 2016 campaign filing with the federal election commission, the president has 564 financial positions in companies located in the united states and aaround the world. whereas according to "the washington post" the trump international hotel in washington, d.c. has hired a director of diplomatic sales to generate high-priced businesses among foreign leaders an diplomatic delegations. whereas the chairman wreas the senate finance
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committee have the authority to request the president's tax return under section 6103 of the tax code. whereas the ways and means used i.r.s. 6103 authority to make confidential the tax information of 51 taxpayers. whereas the american people have the right to know whether or not the president is operating under conflicts of interests related to international affairs, tax reform, government contracts or otherwise. now, therefore, be it resolved that the house of representatives shall, one, immediately request a tax return information of donald j. trump for tax years from 2006 to 2015 for review in closed executive session as provided under 6103 of the internal revenue code and vote to report to the information therein to the full houppings. two, support transparency in government and the lock standing tradition of presidents and presidential
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candidates disclosing their tax returns. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from colorado wish to present argument on the parliamentary question whether the resolution presents a question of privileges of the house? mr. polis: yes, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: mr. speaker, under rule 9, clause 1, questions of the privileges of the house and those affecting the rights of the house, its safety, dignity and the integrity of its proceedings, that's the section we're talking about here today when we talk about privilege. mr. speaker, truly, there is nothing more of a threat to the very integrity of the legislative branch in the house than ignoring our duty to provide a check and balance on the executive branch. to restore the dignity of the house, inherent in rule 9, clause 1, we absolutely must use our authority to request president trump's tax returns are given to the american people. the american people demand to know the full scope of the president's financial
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background because there are will he he jit mat concerns which frankly were worsened this very week the hearing of the intellect intelligence committee where there is an ongoing investigation to determine if there was coordination between the president's campaign and russia. the internal revenue keyed already has language that lays out a path for them to obtain those tax returns and review them in a respectful manner and frankly there's precedent for at being used 51 -- 51 taxpayer returns were requested. the americans need to know we are listening. the house needs to show we care about protecting our constitution and our system of checks and balances. when i look at the language, the privileges of the house, those affecting the rights of the house collectively, its safety, dignity and integrity of its proceedings, i can see nothing that fits that language more than this motion before you today. let's shine a light on the
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president's conflicts so we as a congress and the american people can judge what is occurring, where the conflicts lie, whether his decisions are being made for himself or his business interest or foreign interest or for the greater good of the american people. i call upon the speaker to rule in favor of allowing this privilege resolution to move forward and for the president to disclose his tax returns immediately. the speaker pro tempore: does any other member wish to be heard? does any other member wish to be heard? >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pascrell: on questions of privileges of the house, mr. speaker, under rule 9, clause 1, questions of the privilege of the house are those affecting the rights of the house collectively, its safety, dignity and the integrity of its proceedings. congressional oversight is a power granted by the
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constitution in public law and in house rules. mr. speaker, just two days ago f.b.i. director james comey confirmed that there is an investigation of donald trump's campaign's ties to the russian agents. we know that following six bankruptcies, donald trump had trouble getting loans and financing for his real estate businesses. we know that german bank deutsche stepped in when wall street stopped lending, giving at least $300 million in loans or those properties and more personally two his daughter, ivanka and son-in-law. and we know that deutsche bank has been fined for criminally transferring $10 billion out of
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russia. we also know that donald trump jr. said that trump organization saw money, quote-unquote, pouring in from russia, unquote, and that, quote, russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. we know that donald trump repeatedly attempted to secure trademarks in russia. the record is the record. to develop real estate in russia, the record is the record. and to sell products in russia, the record is the record. and we have seen how just two pages summarizing the president's 2005 tax returns, which many laughed off, showed that he paid a low rate of 25%. he has proposed tax changes that would significantly lower his own personal tax bill. we need to see how the president -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman's remarks must be
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confined to the question of order. the gentleman. mr. pascrell: thank you, mr. speaker. nothing could be more of a threat to the integrity of this house, mr. speaker, than ignoring our duty to fully examine the personal financial entanglements of any president and this president may have had with russian entities and individuals. if and when such conflicts are revealed i don't want to say to our constituents that we had the power to review these conflicts but instead we sat on our hands and did nothing. i for one do not want my integrity or the integrity of my colleagues in this body on both sides of the aisle to be demeaned by such a shameful failure to restore the dignity of the house, we must use our authority to request president trump's tax returns and give the american people the 75% --
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the american people, the 75% who say get it, the transparency will deserve. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's remarks must be confined to the question of order. mr. pascrell: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from tennessee seek to be recognized? mr. cohen: yes, sir. thank you for the opportunity to speak. mr. polis and mr. pascrell has made some points and same point i want to make. there is a shadow hanging over the united states of america, over our government and over this house, and only we can lift it. the trump campaign said that if hillary clinton was the president, with a federal investigation overlooking her, which it looked like there was with mr. comey's comments before the election, that it will be unheard of, unprecedented and the government couldn't go on. well, there is a federal investigation of the present president of the united states, something that has never happened before. and that has put a dark cloud
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that can only be lifted by showing in the light of day what the president's involvements were with his income taxes, who he owes money to and if he doesn't owe money to people that have a conflict, that's good for the government because it relieves the president of any suspicion. he should 's wife, be beyond reproach. i ask the chair to rule in favor of this motion so we can do our job to make the light shine on this government, on this house and give more respect for us. i thank the speaker who is an honorable man and i'm proud to say my friend. thank you, sir. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. does anyone else seek recognition? mr. polis: point of parliamentary inquiry, mr. speaker. how many members -- state the inquiry. mr. polis: how many members must come before the speaker establishing that this qualifies under the privileges of the house affecting the integrity of the house until the speaker rules in our favor?
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair is prepared to rule on the resolution at this point. mr. polis: well, i hope the chair will rule favorably on behalf of the american people nd i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado seeks to offer a resolution as a question of the privileges of the house under rule 9. as the chair ruled on february 27, 2017, march 7, 2017, march 15, 2017, the resolution directs the ways and means committee to meet and consider an item of business under the procedures set forth in 26 u.s.c. 6103 and therefore does not qualify as a question of privilege of the house. mr. polis: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i wish to appeal the ruling of the chair. the speaker pro tempore: the question is shall the decision of the chair stand as the judgment of the house.
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for what purpose does the gentlelady from wyoming seek recognition? a motion.: i have the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to table. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. polis: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the 15-minute vote on the motion to lay the appeal on the table will be followed by 15-minute votes on the motion to recommit on h.r. 372 and passage of h.r. 372 if ordered. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 230. the nays are 189. one voting present. the motion is adopted. without objection, a motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the tion to recommit on h.r. 372 offered by the gentlewoman from nevada, ms. rosen, on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will redesignate the motion. the clerk: motion to recommit on h.r. 372 offered by ms. rosen of nevada. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on agreeing to the motion to recommit. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 189, the nays are 233. the motion is not adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. >> mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this ote, the yeas are 415 --
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 416, the nays are 7. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the house will come to order. members will clear the well. the house will be in order. members will take their conversations off the floor. members will clear the well.
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members take your conversations off the floor. members will clear the well. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition?
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ms. foxx: pursuant to house solution 210, i call up h.r. 1101 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 23, h.r. 1101, a bill to amend title 1 of the employee retirement income security act of 1974 to improve access to choice for entrepreneurs with small businesses with respect to medical care for their employees. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 210, in lieu of the amendment recommended by the committee on education and the work force printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-9 is adopted and the bill as
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amended is considered read. the bill shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on education and the work force. after one hour of debate, it shall be in order to consider further amendments printed in house report 115-51 if offered by the member designated in the report which shall be considered read and shall be separately debatable for the time specified in the report, equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent. the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx, and the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. foxx. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all member may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1101. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
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mr. foxx: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today in support of h.r. 1101, the small business health fairness act of 2017, and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. members will take their conversations off the table. without objection the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. this week marks seven years since obamacare was signed into law. we all remember the promises former president obama and washington democrats made at the time. families were promised that their health care costs would go down. they were promised more choices and more competition. small businesses and their employees were promised greater access to affordable health care.
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but for seven years we have watched as all of those promises were broken. for seven years we have heard from families and small businesses across the country that have seen their health care costs skyrocket and their choices diminish. members of the house education and work force committee recently heard from scott bolenbacher, an indiana small business owner with 11 full-time employees. the company has been forced to switch health care plans twice now under obamacare, and their only viable option this year was a plan with a 78% premium increase. mr. bolenbacher is one of countless small business owners struggling to make ends meet under a failed government takeover of health care. because of obamacare, 300,000 small business jobs have been destroyed, including nearly 8,000 in my home state of north carolina.

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