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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 193, the nays are 231, the motion is not adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. he ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentleman from california -- >> request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. 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
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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 238, the nays are 184. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the house will be in order. he house will be in order.
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members are reminded to remove their conversations from the floor. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> pursuant to clause 2-a-1, rule 9, i give notice of my intent to raise a question of the privileges of the house. the text of the resolution is as follows. mr. doggett: expressing the sense of the house of
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representatives that the president shall immediately disclose his tax return information to the house of representatives and to the american people. whereas president nixon explained that, quote, people have got to know whether or not their president is a crook, end quote, when he invited the joint committee on taxation to audit his returns after the internal revenue service gave him an unwarranted tax zount. mr. speaker, may we have order in the house so we can have members hear the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the house is not in order. please remove your conversations from the aisle and from the floor. the gentleman may resume. mr. doggett: whereas according to the tax history project, every president since gerald ford has disclosed his tax return information to the public.
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whereas the chairman of the committee on ways and means, the joint committee on taxation and the committee on finance have the authority to request the president's tax returns under section 6103 of the internal revenue code of 1986. and whereas pursuant to article 1, section 7, clause 1 of the united states constitution often returned to as the origination clause, the house of representatives has the sole authority to initiate legislation that raises revenue for the national government and the committee on ways and means is considering a comprehensive reform of the tax code. whereas according to media reports analyzing president trump's leaked 2005 tax return, we know that had his own tax plan been in place, he would $3 paid an estimated mere 24% 8% rate instead of
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rate saving him $31.3 million. whereas according to the "new york times," the president used a dubious tax maneuver in 1985 that would have avoided paying federal taxes for 18 years. whereas president trump holds, quote interest as the sole or principal owner in approximately 500 separate entities, end quote, according to his attorneys and the president's tax plan proposes to cut the tax rate on such pass-through entities from 39.6% to 15%. . whereas one analysis said that president trump would save $6.7 million from two tax breaks included in the reports' first tax cut which they misleadingly
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call the american health care act. whereas, without the president's tax returns, the american people cannot determine how much he will personally benefit from proposed changes to the tax code. whereas an abc news/"washington post" poll found that 74% of americans would like president trump to reloose his tax returns and it calls for the release of the president's tax return information to verify compliance with the emoluments lause with more than 1,0,000,087 signatures. whereas the president's tax the ns could investigate russia ties, could understand his ties to the russian federation, russian businesses and russian individuals. whereas g breaking his pledge to make the tax returns
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available, president trump instead presented a one-page letter from a law firm giving him a clean bill of health on any business dealings with the russians but failed to note that the very same law firm boasted of the, quote, prestigious honor, end quote, of being named, quote, russia law firm of the year, end quote, for 2016. whereas former federal bureau of investigation director james comey, before he was fired by president trump, publicly confirmed that the bureau had been investigating potential ties between president trump's campaign and russia since july and that russian president vladimir putin favored a trump electoral victory. whereas president trump's son-in-law and senior advisor jared kushner met during the residential --
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the speaker pro tempore: the house is in order. the gentleman will resume. mr. doggett: thank you, mr. speaker. whereas president trump's son-in-law and senior advisor jared kushner met during the presidential transition at the behest of the russian ambassador with sergey gore could have, a graduate of the school run by the successor of the k.g.b. and head a russian state-owned bank that is on the u.s. sanctions list. whereas mr. kushner proposed establishing a secret back channel of communications directly to vladimir putin, even considering the use of russian embassy facilities to do so. whereas attorney general jeff sessions falsely stated during his senate confirmation hearing that he, quote, did not have communications with the russians, end quote, when in fact he met at least twice during the campaign with . ssian ambassador
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the as during the -- president referred to the investigation into former national security advisor michael flynn's business ties to russia. whereas president trump stated on may 11, 2017, that he decided he was going to fire comey because of, quote, this russia thing. whereas former director comey on june 18, 2017, testified that special counsel robert mueller could investigate whether president trump's actions with regard to director comey and the flynn investigation constituted obstruction of justice. whereas in 2013, president trump -- mr. speaker, i know this is hard for some to hear but they need to hear it and i would ask for order here in the
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house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may presume. mr. doggett: whereas in 2013, president trump said, quote, well, i've done a lot of business with the russians. they're smart and they're tough, and president trump's son donald trump jr. told a news outlet in 2008 that, russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assets. whereas against the advice of ethics attorneys and the nonpartisan office of government ethics, the president has refused to divest his ownership interests in his businesses. whereas the director of the nonpartisan office of government ethics said that the president's plan to transfer his business holdings to a trust managed by family members is, quote, meaningless, and, quote, does not meet the
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standards that every president in the past four decades has met. whereas the emoluments clause was included in the constitution for the expressed purpose of preventing federal officials from accepting any, quote, present emolument, office or title from any king, prince or foreign state. whereas the trump international hotel in washington, d.c., has hired a, quote, director of diplomatic sales, to generate high-priced business among foreign leaders and diplomatic delegations. whereas the joint committee on taxation -- >> mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the house is not in order. members will be reminded to remove their conversations from the floor. the gentleman may resume.
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mr. doggett: thank you, mr. speaker. whereas the joint committee on taxation reviewed the tax returns of president richard nixon in 1974 and made this information public. whereas the committee on ways and means used the authority under section 6103 of the internal revenue code of 1968 -- of 1986 in 2014 to make public the confidential tax information of 51 taxpayers. whereas the committee on ways and means has now voted three times along party lines to continue to cover up president trump's tax returns. whereas the house of representatives has refused nine times to act on president trump's tax returns. whereas the american people have the right to know whether or not their president is operating under conflicts of interests related to international affairs, to tax reform, government contracts or otherwise. whereas the house of representatives undermines its
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dignity and the integrity of its proceedings by continuing to cover up president trump's tax returns. now therefore be it resolved that the house of representatives shall, one, immediately request the tax return and return information of donald j. trump for tax ears 2006-2016 as provided under section 6103 of the internal revenue code of 1986 as well as the tax return and return information with respect to the president's businesses, of each business entity disclosed by donald j. trump on his office of government ethics reform of 278-e, specifically each corps and each partnership within the meeting of subchapter k of chapter 1 of the internal revenue code of 1986 where he's listed as officer, director or equivalent or exercise his working control and, two, postpone consideration of tax reform legislation until the elected
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representatives of the american people in the house have obtained trump's -- president trump's tax returns and return information to ascertain how many changes to the tax code might financially benefit the president. hank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. under rule 9, a resolution offered from the floor by a member other than the majority leader or the minority leader as a question of the privileges of the house has immediate precedence only at a time designated by the chair within two legislative days after the resolution is properly noticed. pending that designation, the form of the resolution noticed by the gentleman from texas will appear in the record at this point. the chair will not at this point determine whether the resolution constitutes a question of privilege. that determination will be made at the time designated for consideration of the resolution. mr. doggett: thank you, mr. speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: the unfinished business -- without objection, the five-minute voting will continue. the unfinished business is on the vote of passage of s. 1094 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 1094, an act to amend title 38, united states code, to improve the accountability of employees of the department of veterans affairs, and for other purposes . the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. 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.] expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 368 and the nays are 55. so the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the president of the united states. the secretary: mr. speaker, i am directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a essage in writing. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for bun minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the emarkable career of ms. gaines who is retiring on june 30, 2017. her career with concerted services, a a nonprofit group that fights poverty throughout 28 counties in southeast georgia has spanned nearly 44 years. mrs. gaines began her work with he company in 1973 traveling door-to-door and educating people how to enroll in head start, energy assistance and senior new trish ons. mrs. gaines' career continued with her decision to teach work classes at savannah state
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university enabling young people to carry on her work. i'm proud to rise today to recognize mrs. gaines. thank you for all of your outstanding contributions and to the lives of our fellow georgians. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. lat night the world watched and watched my home team, the golden state warriors end a historic season by bringing home their second national championship. the warriors led by unanimous finals m.v.p. kevin durant, curry and thompson and showed the power of team work. the team is an example for young people showing that if you can work together and trust one
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another, you can accomplish anything. these finals against the talented cleveland cavaliers were a thrill to watch. we saw basketball at its best. incredible talent and real passion from both sides. thank you to the warriors' team of making our deems of another championshipal reality. this remarkable team has made history as one of the best ever, winning 15 straight games in the playoffs and clinching 16-1 post-season record. thank to steve kerr and mike brown and the warriors' staff and the talented players on their well-deserved victory. warriors' fans have been loyal and faithful. my dear late mother was the warriors' biggest fan and smiling from above. i can't wait to celebrate with the warriors' fans. go warriors. go oakland.
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thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for one minute. ms. tenney: i rise today to applaud the passage of the department of veterans affairs accountability act. this important legislation will create a culture of accountability at the veterans administration and begin the process of restoring the v.a.'s sole mission of providing high quality care for our nation's veterans. for far too long, v.a. has been plagued with scandals from years' long wait lists and out of control bonuses, the v.a. needs real reform. our veterans have sacrificed so much and shouldn't be plagued with accessing the care they deserve. i'm sympathetic to the needs of
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our veterans. we need to advocate for a better and more accountable v.a. on behalf of the veterans of the 22nd district of new york, i'm pleased to see this legislation pass with bipartisan support. today we are correcting a wrong that has hurt too many of our nation's heroes. i look forward to seeing the president sign this measure into law and have full confidence in secretary shull kin's ability to implement the important reforms contained in this critical piece of legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman from california is recognized. >> i rise today to recognize the n pedro girl's softball team proclaimed the crown as division one champions. on the night of friday, may 19, pirates won their first city
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title in eight years and 17th overall. the star pitcher per ser verdict through illness illustrating her toughness after coming down with 102-degree fever earlier in the day. her teammates were behind her every step of the way, always making the key play at the necessary moment. by rallying together and continually picking each other up, the pirates' girls' softball team represents the 44th congressional district. no matter what adversity we might face, our community finds a way to rally together in pursuit of our common goals. mr. speaker, i'm honored to pay tribute to these strong young women and all they represent. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute.
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mr. poe: mr. speaker, last week, chaneer energy delivered its first liquified shipment to northern europe, to the netherlands and to poland. this follows shipments from earlier this year. this is a tremendous game changer. xporting l.n.g. is a geo-political security issue. these shipments help thwart russia's aggression and strange willhold over europe and it's about time. under secretary perry's leadership, the energy department is finally approving licenses to l.n.g. terminals. our natural gas is cheaper and more abundant in supply than anywhere in the world. harnessing our domestic energy resources and exporting some of it to our friends and a allies
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makes sense for our economy and for our national security. we should apply the blue bell ice cream philosophy to our domestic energy resources. it's use what we can and sell the rest. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> request permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. >> today americans are more burdened by student loan debt than ever. the statistics are truly stunning. they owe over $1.4 trillion in student lobby loan debt spread out among 44 million borrowers. that is $600 billion more or double the total united states credit card debt. and the problem is only getting
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worse. the average class of 2016 graduate that is more than $37 ,000 in loan debt, up 6% from the previous year. mr. boyle: president trump just proposed gutting the best lifelines and safeguards these borrowers have. the trump budget cuts the public loan forgiveness program which makes nonprofit work attainable for students despite their debt loads and consolidates repayment programs that are critical to managing repayment and it completely scraps subsidized interests on some student loans. mr. speaker, we cannot profess to stand for the middle class for american workers and for american values while pulling the rug out from 44 million borrowers bearing the weight that is the greatest threat to our economic stability. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from arizona seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from arizona is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. during his confirmation hearing to become president trump's deputy director for the office of management and budget, russ faced inappropriate lines of questioning from two of the democratic senators directly relating to his christian faith. mr. bibbs: a senator took issue to a letter he wrote saying salvation comes through faith in jesus christ. after attempting to twist that belief into a claim that mr. vogt is hateful and discriminatory toward non-christians, senator sanders said this nominee is someone that this country is not supposed to be about. i will vote no, close the quote. his qualifications is excellent. to take the view of senator sanders that's tied to a disagreement over a he religious tenant is
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discriminatory in and of itself. article 6 of the u.s. constitution states no religious test shall ever be required for the qualification of any office or public trust under the united states. his christian faith should not be the subject of this harsh questioning and nothing should put someone's faith on trial. we should not ignore this episode, rather stand up for his right to live his faith. i yield pack. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate the avin grove red devils men's lacrosse team on their state championship victory. they finished with a 23-2 beating philadelphia powerhouse
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in the piaa class 3-a title game with a thrilling 5-4 victory. ophomore zach scored the game-winning goal in double overtime, a moment he described as unbelievable. this redeeming victory for them comes three years after a heartbreaking loss for the red devils in the 2014 state title game. senior mid fielder doug jones, a freshman on that 2014 team said, i remember as a freshman saying to myself that i wanted to get back here. we knew we had one goal, to win this. it means the absolute world to us. i applaud the commitment displayed by these young men, both to each other and to their community. congratulations to the avin grove red devils team, the coaches, their families and the faculty, staff and students that made this championship so special. mr. smucker: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: are
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there any more one-minute speeches? the chair now lays before the house the following message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states, section 202-d of the national emergencies act provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless within 90 days of the anniversary date of its declaration the president publishes in the federal register and transmits to the congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue beyond the effect of the anniversary date. in accordance with that provision, i have sent to the federal register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the government of belarus and other persons to undermine democratic processes or institutions of belarus that was declared in executive order 13405 of june 16, 2006 is to continue in effect beyond june 16, 2017. the actions and policies of
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certain members of the government of belarus and other persons to undermine democratic processes or institutions of belarus to commit human rights abuses related to political repression and to engage in public corruption to continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the united states. for this reason i have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in executive order 13405 with respect to belarus. signed, donald j. trump, the white house, june 13, 2017. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committee on foreign affairs and ordered printed. now the chair lays before the house the following personal request. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. griffith of virginia for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request s granted. under the speaker's announced the of january 3, 2017,
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gentleman from north carolina, r. walker, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. mr. walker: thank you, mr. speaker. many times as our members in the house travel throughout our districts, we are often asked -- what's being done in the house? what's being accomplished? well, tonight -- this afternoon, i should say, we are going to take a few minutes and allow you to hear directly from the members. something we like to call the people's night. this is the people's house, so from time to time we like to address directly bypassing of the outlets and talk directly to the american people this evening. now, a lot of people might not know specifically what's been going on in the house. well, i think these vis ules may aid in specifically talking about some of the things that we are accomplishing. for example, if you'll see the
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chart, this chart lists the house-passed bills to date. it also includes the last four presidents. as you can see, the house, the 115th congress has passed 158 pieces of legislation. 158 bills was sent to the senate or to the president. well, the house isn't the only one that's been busy. our president's been busy. in fact, if you'll notice this chart behind, you'll notice that we are also at a record pace. if you look at the last four, five presidents, of these bills 37 -- the president has signed 37 bills into law compared with the next most which was herbert walker bush many years ago with 35. that's what the house is working on. we're working with the senate. we're working with the president. but tonight -- this afternoon i want you to hear directly from some of the members themselves who have been very instrumental not only in what we've accomplished but some of the things we're looking forward to
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accomplishing over the next few months. the first person i'd like to introduce to you is our chairman of the financial services committee, jeb hensarling, representative hensarling is from the texas fifth district. has been instrumental in doing something we have been promising and trying to accomplish for many years. with that i yield to my good friend, chairman jeb hensarling. mr. hensarling: i want to thank the gentleman for yielding and i want to thank his leadership for the republican study committee and what that means to the conservative movement and what that means to the cause of freedom and opportunity for so many working men and women. i especially want to thank the gentleman from north carolina for his work on the american health care act and what that means to so many of our constituents to truly be able after this rise of premiums, people are paying more to get
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less in health care, to really bring us to a moment where we can have patient-centered health care. so i just want to thank him for that. these are actually hopeful times for the american people. regrettably as we know, working america hasn't received a pay increase in almost a decade. their savings have remained decimated since the financial crisis. and so to get this economy moving again, our president knows, this congress knows that, number one, we do have to return to patient-centered health care, not for what that means to our families but what it means to our economy. we have to have fundamental tax reform as well, and i know that our house ways and means committee is working on that. but we also have to have fundamental reform of our regulations, and there is no regulation that has imposed more burden on our economy than the dodd-frank act. in fact, it is more burdensome
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to our economy than all obama-era regulations combined. it is simply that bad. when they pass this bill in the wake of the -- when they passed this bill in the wake of the financial crisis they said it ould lift the economy, but when -- but it was meyered. they told us it would end bank bailouts but cynically it codified them into law and backed it up with a taxpayer bailout fund. they told us -- they promised you it would make the economy more stable but instead the big banks have gotten bigger and the small banks have gotten fewer. they told us and promised us it would help the consumer, but instead of helping the consumer, free checking of banks have been cut in half. bank fees have increased. anybody within earshot try to get a mortgage recently? they're harder to come by. they cost hundreds of more
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dollars to close. fewer credit card offerings. what has happened here is under dodd-frank those who are sinking credit are now paying more and receiving less and this is hurting not only our families but it has hurt our economy. small business lending hasn't recovered. entrepreneurship at a generational low, and so that's why it was so important on thursday of last week, this body, this house took action and passed the financial choice act. and the finance choice act represents for all of america economic opportunity for, bank bailouts for none. it replaces the era of bank bailouts with bankruptcy for these large financial institutions. it replaces washington make rowmanagement with market discipline -- micromanagement with market discipline. it will create more credit for more people, and there's a
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whole part of this legislation that is totally devoted to our small banks and credit unions because it's our small community financial institutions that help finance our small businesses. and it is our small businesses which are the job engine of america, and that's what's been choked off by this heavy hand of obama regulation. and so i was proud to play a very small role in the house to bring the financial choice act to the house so that we can indeed, as the acronym suggests, create hope and opportunity for investors, for consumers, for entrepreneurs. we want the animal spirits and the american economy to move again. we want that budding optimism that tomorrow can be a better day, that you can be your own boss, that you can start your own small business. we want that opportunity to flourish yet again in america
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and that's what we managed to do with the financial choice act. i am very happy that we have now sent it over to the senate. we look forward to having the senate act upon this. the american people can't wait to get this economy moving again, and i want to thank you, mr. chairman, for highlighting this for the american people. i want to thank you, again, for your leadership in the republican study committee ecause without this august group of congress' largest conservatives we wouldn't have that. i want to yield back to the chairman and thank you for your time. mr. walker: most wouldn't describe your role as a small part in having opportunities in our financial industry. our second representative, a former federal prosecutor from the great state of texas, and many would consider one of the top conservatives in all of the united states congress, my friend, john ratcliffe, is here
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talk about the cfpb among some other issues. without further ado, i yield to mr. ratcliffe. mr. ratcliffe: i want to thank my friend and gentleman from north carolina, congressman walker, for yielding to me and for hosting this special order tonight which is fittingly entitled "the people's night." after all, there's a reason that the united states house of representatives is often called the people's house, it's because our job is to fight for the priorities of the people that we are privileged to represent here. and over the past six months, republicans have been fighting for the people, fighting to fundamentally change washington and to return power to the american people where it really belongs. and we've been doing this against a strong head wind of obstructionists. sometimes from colleagues across the aisle, sometimes from certain in the media more interested in a liberal agenda than in accurate reporting and
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sometimes from embedded bureaucrats and special interests within the government industrial complex who really don't want to see the washington swamp drained. but in spite of that, we are succeeding, and while many of these conservative winds have gone unreported and therefore flown under the radar, the truth is that we are indeed steering the ship in the right direction. we are steadily undoing the damage done by out-of-touch policies by the obama administration. case in point is the fact that has not garnered a lot of headlines but should have, something that congressman walker pointed out earlier -- the fact that in the first 100 days of this 115th congress we passed more bills, 158 to be exact, than were passed during the first 100 days of any and all of the four prior administrations, the obama, bush and h.w. bush
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administrations, and as proof our productivity, we signed more of those bills into law than in any of the other administrations' first 100 days as well but it's not just the quantity of the bills that we're turning into laws. it's about the quality and the substance. . we're passing legislation that is making government smaller. we're passing legislation that is making government less costly. we are passing legislation that is making the government finally more accountable to the people. we are dismantling the enormous bureaucratic overgrowth and underbrush that spun out of control under former president obama. and as a former prosecutor, i believe you've got to win your case with verifiable facts and evidence. so let me give you some. in the last 20 years, prior congresses have successfully used the congressional review act one time. just once in the prior 20 years
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has congress used the c.r.a. to undo midnight regulations passed at the 12th hour in the dead of night as administrations were walking out the door. but in the first four months of this congress, republicans have united to use the c.r.a. 14 times, to overturn 14 of president obama's most harmful midnight regulations. and in so doing we've saved the american people, the united states taxpayers, billions and billions of dollars in the process. and now we're in the process of finally saving america from arguably the most disastrous piece of legislation in our nation's history. obamacare. if anyone needs any further evidence of its implosion into a death spiral, just yesterday c.m.s. announced that two
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million americans dropped off of the obamacare exchanges in just the first three months of this year. the obamacare house is on fire. and rather than waiting for it to burn to the ground with american families still inside, republicans in the people's house have acted now. republicans won't let americans suffer in the face of such inevitable, continuing adversity when it comes to our health care. so as obamacare continues to dissolve in front of our eyes, we've already taken action by sending an obamacare repeal bill over to the senate. all of this work makes me incredibly optimistic about the results that we are continuing to deliver on the people's behalf. just as we did again last week when we passed the house bill that tackles a key issue that i've been sounding the alarm about since my first day in congress. ending the reckless overreach of elizabeth warren's consumer
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financial protection bureau. i was so grateful for the opportunity to support the house's passage of my fellow texan, jeb hensarling's, financial choice act last week. which puts an end to the days of the obama era cfpb as we know it. because the choice act legislation converts the the cfpb into the consumer law enforcement agency, which is tasked with promoting competition, rather than stifling it. with enhancing consumer choice rather than eliminating it. all the while ensuring congressional oversight that's been missing for far too long. mr. speaker, every federal agency needs to have someone grading its paper. and the choice act will allow the crp's paper to be graded for -- cfpb's paper to be graded for the very first time. i am incredibly excited about the economic opportunity that our nation is going to continue
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to be afforded as we continue here to wipe away president obama's sweeping government mandates and regulations. so we can get our country back on track and back working for all americans. there is a lot more to be done to ensure that america's ightest days truly are ahead of us. but with so many conservatives, committed conservatives as we have here tonight, i am optimistic that we are going to continue to deliver results for the people here in what finally once again can be appropriately referred to as the people's house. i yield back to the gentleman. mr. walker: thank you, representative ratcliffe. once again, mr. speaker, if people are watching at home, i want to remind them, many times members of congress, when you go back home, you hear a lot of times, do your job. get things done. i'll reflect your attention
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again to the chart here this evening. we'll talk about what we've passed in the house. 158. the most in several different administrations. however, even though we're going to talk tonight a little bit about what we've done and what we look forward to, we're not stopping with 158. we're not stopping with 37 that's been signed into law. we're looking forward to doing some new things. i think one of the best people to talk about something that we're excited about is certainly somebody that i call a friend. a fellow member, colleague from north carolina. someone who lets me -- or allows me to tag along into nascar country from time to time. a real friend of the people. someone who i have learned will tell you the truth no matter what you ask. it's my privilege to introduce a great friend and colleague, representative richard hudson from north carolina. mr. hudson: i thank the chairman very much. thank you for organizing once again an opportunity for us to speak directly to the american people. and thank you for your tremendous leadership on the values that we conservatives hold very dear. and i appreciate the opportunity to talk about a piece of legislation tonight that we plan to bring to the floor of the house this fall.
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the right to defend yourself doesn't end when you cross state lines. which is where my concealed carry reciprocity act, also known as h.r. 38, comes into play. we currently have 196 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle. my bill simply provides law-abiding citizens the right to carry concealed and travel freely between states without worrying about conflicted concealed carry state codes or onerous civil suits. patchwork of he agreements is confusing for even the most cautious concealed carry permit holder and has caused law-abiding citizens like a single mother from new jersey to unwittingly break the law and suffer arrest and detention. the constitution's very clear. if you look at article four, section one, it says the full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state. that's why a driver's license is recognized in other states.
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that's why marriage license is recognized in other states. that's why divorce proceedings are recognized in other states. in the same way the concealed carry permit or the right to carry concealed should be recognized. in the senate, senator john cornyn introduced companion legislation. senator cornyn has long been a champion for our second amendment rights and i'm pleased to work with him as he continues his strong leadership on national concealed carry reciprocity. i've already received a tremendous amount of support from colleagues on both sides of the aisle who recognize our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. however, the left continues to spread misinformation and employ fear tactics about this bill. eroneously saying it will increase crime and arm criminals. first of all, under this law an individual who travels to a different state has to follow the laws of that state. in the same way with a driver's license. when you drive into another state, they recognize that you're a legal driver, but you've got to follow their lalls. second, every single person who -- laws.
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second, every single person who wants to buy a firearm has to go through the federal background check. my bill does nothing to check that. further statistics has shown that violent crime decreased as gun ownership and concealed carry permits have increased. since 1991, 25 states have adopted right to carry laws. the number of people with carry permits has risen to over 12 million people. and the nation's violent crime rate has decreased 51%. also, if a criminal with malintent wants to get a gun, i can guarantee you he or she isn't worried about following the laws that are on the books. unfortunately we can't change that. but we can ensure the law-abiding citizens can legally carry concealed firearms to defend themselves. it's a shock to no one, big city liberal michael bloomberg has promised to spend $25 million to stop this legislation. he can spend all the money he wants but our gun rights are not for sale. with a groundswell of support from americans across the country, and a pro-second
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amendment president, we will make national concealed carry reciprocity a reality this congress. more and more states are recognizing the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed handgun without permission from government. including two this year, bringing that total to 12. in north carolina, lawmakers in the house voted in favor of house bill 746, to make a concealed carry permit no longer necessary in locations where it's currently permissible to openly carry a handgun. it's a commonsense bill. i'm proud of the leadership of the folks in raleigh. it demonstrates that all across this country the american people are recognizing that our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. and so i just offer this very simple piece of legislation, following the constitution, that says a law-abiding citizen trying to do the right thing is not going to be criminalized because they've crossed an invisible line on the ground. i'm pleased to be here today to talk about it. and, mr. chairman, thank you
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forgiving me this opportunity. i thank you for your support and with that i'll yield back to you. mr. walker: i guess it's ok to refer to each other by first name. thank you, representative hudson, for your passion about that. speaking of passion, as the 2 1/2 years that i have served in the united states congress, there are members who work on different projects, different concerns, different issues. and i will tell you someone who i have really grown to love and appreciate, someone who has lived it out on the battlefield , as he's worked to literally put veterans back together as a surgeon on the battlefield, someone who understands and has worked well into the life arena, and that is dr. brad wenstrup, a fellow steering committee member on the republican study committee. without further ado, dr. wenstrup, would you please share what's on your heart today? thank you. mr. wenstrup: thank you, mr. chairman. i appreciate the opportunity to talk about this. as physicians, we take an oath.
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we say, do no harm. today in america and here in washington, d.c., we are debating physician-assisted suicide. where we're authorizing physicians to take someone's life, to assist in taking someone's life. to me this undermines the very thing that health care is all about. and who's most affected in this situation? our most vulnerable citizens. the disabled and the poor. as a doctor, i can tell you what's always been in my heart, this is about care and about comfort. and those are our priorities. physician-assisted suicide does not provide comfort. it merely ends life. doctor ngton, d.c., a can decide that you may be going to die within six months if you have a terminal disease.
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a terminal disease, if you are untreated. many terminal diseases would be terminal if they are not treated. and with that, the doctor can write a prescription and there's no tracking of that prescription once it's given. there's no witness of the patient taking this prescription. they can simply go home to die. alone. in one state where there's physician-assisted suicide, they have had an increase in suicides outside of physician-assisted suicides. i think that what we are saying to too many people is that you are not needed. and again, this undermines what i think we are all about and what health care should be all about. i think of the movie "it's a wonderful life" which so many people watch every christmas time.
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mr. potter says to george bailey, george, you're worth more dead than alive. is that really who we want to be? as a resident in chicago in the 1980's, one of our responsibilities was to do physical exams on everyone admitted to the hospital, regardless of what they were admitted for. and i can remember a doctor coming up to me and saying, we just admitted our first aids patient. but you don't have to go see him. and this is a time when people didn't know what was going on, what was causing this, how it was being spread. and thought, that's wrong. -- and i thought, that's wrong. i went in anyway to examine this patient. and i had to go in like it was a lunar landing because there was so much uncertainty about what was causing death to so many people. this patient was very sick. and i learned so much from this one patient, because there were so many things wrong. but it didn't compare to what i learned when i finished that exam. and he looked at me and he said
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, you just examined me more than anyone. i have never forgotten throughout my entire medical career the value of human life and what it must feel like to be discarded. he died the next day. i still know his name. and he taught me a valuable lesson on his very last day of life. health care is health care is about cures, it's about caring, it's about compassion and society should be about the same thing. and the ideal that every person has value until their very last breath. i'm pleased to say the president's budget addresses this issue and we will, too, here in the house because you and your loved ones matter and with that, mr. chairman, i yield back. mr. walker: thank you, representative wenstrup.
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i appreciate the passionate plea. speaking of life, one of the most outstanding voices that i've gotten a chance to meet, someone who without compromise, unashamedly talks about the value and the worth of an unborn child is representative trent franks from arizona, here today to talk about a future bill, hopefully one we can add to this total of 37 in the not-too-distant future. it's my privilege to introduce someone who's a warrior in congress, representative franks. mr. franks: well, thank you, mr. chairman, for this opportunity. it is so appropriate on people's night to talk about the very littlest people in america, isn't it? mr. speaker, the united states of america is a unique nation that's premised on that bedrock foundation that we are all created equal and that each of us is endowed by our creator with the unalienable right to
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live and that's why it's so important for members of congress to remind ourselves from time to time that protecting the lives of all americans and their constitutional rights is why we are really all here. it is our sworn oath before god and the people of this nation and, yet today a great shadow looms over america. more than 18,000 late-term abortions, very late-term abortions are occurring in america every year. placing the mothers at exponentially greater risk and subjecting their pain-capable unborn babies to torture in death without anesthesia. this in the land of the free and the home of the brave. t is the greatest human rights atrocity in the united states today. almost every other major civilized nation on earth protects pain-capable unborn
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babies at this stage. and every credible poll of the american people shows that they are overwhelmingly in favor of protecting them. and yet we have given these little babies less legal protection from unnecessary cruelty than the protection we have given farm animals under the federal humane slaughter act. thankfully, mr. speaker, the winds have changed, have finally begun to blow and the tide of blindness and blood is finally turning in america. the pain-capable unborn child protection act has already once passed this bill, and it will again, mr. speaker. and these little babies now have a new and very powerful friend and protector in president donald j. trump. no matter how it is shouted down or what distortions, deception, what ifs, distractions, diversions, gotchas, turning of words, changing the subject or blatant
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falsehoods, the abortion industry hurls at this bill, it is a deeply sincere effort beginning at the sixth month of pregnancy to protect both mothers and their pain-capable unborn babies of this atrocity of late-term abortion on demand and ultimately is what all humane americans can support if they truly understand it for themselves. so the question that now remains is whether the republican leader in the senate will find the courage to prevent pro-abortion democrats from once again using the senate filibuster to prevent this bill from even coming to the floor in the senate for debate. mr. speaker, it's just time for all americans to open our eyes and our souls and recognize the humanity of these helpless little babies and the inhumanity of what is being done to them. because protecting these little
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children of god and their mothers is not a republican issue. it is not a democrat issue. it is a decisive test of our own humanity and who we are as a human family. i yield back. mr. walker: thank you, representative franks. as you continue to stand year after year in fighting and standing up for the unborn child, you know, many times you get to meet some wonderful people here in the united states congress. someone asked me the other day, who is a strong member, who is someone that's willing to stand up? i guess they might have thought i would say the speaker or the majority leader. when i think of someone willing to engage, it is the lady from tennessee. she's not just known in the ixth district, she's known throughout tennessee to stand
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up for people that can't protect themselves. i yield time to this fine lady from tennessee, diane black, chairwoman of the finance subcommittee. mrs. black: i want to begin by thanking my colleague, the chair of the r.s.c. committee, for hosting this special order tonight and highlight some of the recent victories that this republican-controlled congress has secured to ensure that every american enjoys freedom and opportunity for which our nation was founded. so i rise today to thank my colleagues in the house and the senate for passing my resolution of disapproval, h.j.res. 43, which uses the authority of the congressional review act to overturn the obama administration's 11th hour rule, forcing states like mine, tennessee, to fund abortion providers. mr. speaker, i also rise to thank vice president mike pence who cast that tying vote in the
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senate. tennesseans appreciate his courageous leadership. now, abortion is not health care, and vulnerable women seeking true comprehensive care deserve better than abortion-centric facilities like planned parenthood. for over 45 years, states like tennessee have the authority to direct their family planning funds to the health care providers that best suited their needs. yet, they had that decision to decide what's best for their unique communities. and sadly, in a parting gift to the abortion industry, president obama stole this freedom and flexibility and forced his own political agenda on states across the country like my very own state of tennessee. and while i am unapologetically pro-life, this bill simply is about states' rights. mr. speaker, when president
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trump signed this bill, he put the american people, not the bureaucrats here in washington, back in the driver's seat of empowering states like tennessee to steer their title 10 dollars away from abortion-centric facilities like planned parenthood and to give the right back to the state to make that decision about which facilities provide the most comprehensive care for women in their state. it was an honor to work with senator ernst and the pro-life community to help this life-affirming legislation to reach the president's desk, and i want to once again thank president trump for his leadership on this matter and with that i yield back the balance of my time. mr. walker: thank you, chairwoman black. we appreciate that very much today. we talk a lot about what's getting done. just want to remind our audience this evening, mr. speaker, that our president, even without a full cabinet, has been busy taking the time to make sure that what the
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house and senate is sending him is being signed into law. as you see my chart this evening, 37, that's the most. you have to go back in last the four presidents haven't equaled that and the 158 bills from the house have been passed. one of the things that's been promised by this administration and by members of congress is to make sure that we're doing everything we can to take care of a very important segment of our population and that is our veterans. it wasn't long after i arrived 2 1/2 years ago that i had a chance to meet someone. now, as a former pastor, you can always tell the character and integrity of someone is when they've gone through a hardship. i met dr. phil roe after a very lost loved one in his life and he could have gone home, but he had a mission to complete and that is to stand up for those veterans that need standing up. a former physician himself, he was willing to come back and to
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fight. what a privilege it is to serve with the chairman of the house veterans' affairs committee, dr. phil roe. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker, and thank you, mr. chairman. i'd like to associate my remarks to mr. hudson and dr. wenstrup and mr. franks. and also with my good friend, diane black. i am a concealed carry permit holder. full disclosure. what mr. franks said, i am an ob-gyn doctor by training and i delivered 5,000 babies in my lifetime and every single one of them i viewed as valuable and i've watched these young people that i delivered grow up. and become very productive citizens, not only in my community but around the country. mr. chairman, 44 years ago i was a young soldier in southeast asia. when we came home from the military we were advised not to wear our uniforms when we
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traveled because of the -- basically what was going on in the country, the opposition to the vietnam war. that left a very deep and indelible mark on me and i thought that's no way we should be treating our men and women who protected us and gave us the freedoms that we have and live by to this day. so when i got the privilege of being elected, when i retired from my medical practice in northeast tennessee and ran for congress and was fortunate enough to win, i was asked to go on the veterans' affairs committee which i served the past eight years, and we know that three years ago there was a scandal in phoenix. then we realized it was not just phoenix, arizona. it was all across the country where veterans were not being served and actually veterans were dying while they were waiting care at a v.a. that's as wrong as it gets. and so what we elected to do in our committee when we discovered this was to try to get some legislation up that actually did something about this. one of the things that touched
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me, i watched late into evening like many of you probably did around the country and in this gallery watched was the election results. it was around 3:00 or 3:30 in the morning when then president-elect trump, when he gave his acceptance speech, very shortly into it, not a minute or two into that speech, he mentioned our veterans. and it really, really encouraged me because i think he is and the administration is very sincere in improving the care. mr. chairman, it is not money. when i came here in 2009, you, the taxpayers, were spending about $97 billion on v.a. care, on benefits and on cemeteries. today that number is going to be $186 billion. we've gone from 260,000 employees in the v.a. to over 360,000 employees. there's enough money and personnel to take care of the problems. when the president was sworn in and he selected his secretary of the v.a., dr. david shulkin,
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i believe is now the man for the job, he was approved 100-0. dr. shulkin -- by the senate. dr. shulkin said the first thing i need is accountability legislation. it allows me to terminate bad employees. the v.a., the vast majority, many of them are personal friends of mine that i worked with in health care, are good people taking the very best care of veterans. but there are some bad apples there, and they cannot be terminated. almost could not happen, mr. chairman. so what this legislation does is it protects the whistleblowers who call these people out. it provides due process rights for employees so they don't have those trampled on, but it allows the secretary to terminate these bad apples and hopefully improve the morale of the entire v.a. this is only phase one. we also are going and have passed out of this body, over to the senate -- and i want to thank our senate colleagues,
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senator isakson, senator rubio who was a lead sponsor in the senate and senator tester, the minority leader, and also i want to thank the minority leader on our side, sergeant walz, who worked hand in hand. it was a bipartisan bill. we passed it in the house. we sent it to the senate. they sent it here. we passed repeals reform. we now 470,000 backlog claims of veterans waiting for their appeals. hopefully we're going to address this problem. the secretary, we just extended our choice program for veterans who want to choose care outside the v.a., and also new electronic health system so we have a lot of work to do. it's a true privilege to do what i get to do is to help the 21 million men and women who've served this country, who allow us to be free. mr. chairman, thank you for the
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privilege to be down here tonight to share this with the american people. mr. walker: thank you, chairman roe. appreciate your continued service. it is a privilege to certainly work with you in the house. one of our one of our newest members, a gentleman by the name of jim banks, in fact, he's the only new member to serve on the republican steering committee, some would describe him as a quick study, i guess. but he's here this evening to specifically talk about continued v.a. accountability and the department of defense readiness. with that i'd like to yield a few minutes to representative banks. mr. banks: thank you, mr. chairman. and thank you very much for your leadership of the republican study committee. it is one of the great honors that i have in this congress to serve with you and others to advocate for conservative principles to move our country forward. with a new republican administration, many of the innovative ideas coming from this house now have a chance to become law and achieve real results for the american
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people. the contrast between this administration and the last one is most clear when it comes to prioritizing readiness for our department of defense and caring for our veterans. as those veterans in congress know firsthand, short changing readiness on the front end will have long-term implications in the years that follow. we have the moral imperative to ensure that our young men and women who go into harms' way are never in a fair fight. -- harm's way are never in a fair fight. we have an obligation to ensure our forces are best trained, best equipped and best-led fighting force in the world. this obligation starts with prioritizing a stable and predictable budget and appropriations process. our leaders in the department of defense must be able to forecast and anticipate training needs and that means ending the trend of continuing resolutions that offer neither good fiscal discipline nor the
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ability to plan that our military leaders desperately need. consider that 2/3 of our army are not ready to deploy. our navy is smaller than it has been in 99 years. and our air force is the smallest ever. and losing pilots at an alarming rate. these are not the marks of a ready force. and the work to rebuild must begin right now. however, it is important to look at prioritizing the needs of our service members holistically. just as we would not send them into harm's way without the training they need, we have an obligation to care for the injuries they sustained when they returned home. our veterans deserve and have earned the highest quality of care and to have that care delivered in a timely and efficient manner. unfortunately too often the v.a. does not have the power to remove substandard employees who are failing our veteran. the overwhelming majority of
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v.a. employees are hardworking and dedicated to their jobs. and it is simply not fair to these employees that the v.a. cannot hold substandard employees accountable. but with a republican president in the white house, our veterans will finally see real accountability in the v.a. with passage of the department of veterans affairs accountability and whistleblower protection act. with passage of this bill, there will be a new and expedited process to remove employees who are failing to properly serve our veterans while maintaining the due process rights of v.a. workers, as well as their right to appeal. it would also implement stronger protections for whistleblowers, ensuring that no employee is intimidated into silence. mr. speaker, we now have a chance to make sure our armed forces have the means to protect our country and ensure all veterans receive the quality of care they deserve. with that i yield back. mr. walker: thank you, representative banks. i appreciate this is such an
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important issue that you are battling. once again this evening, mr. speaker, we are reminding that tonight is the people's night here in the people's house. we're focusing in on the work of the members of congress. as you can see in our chart this evening, 158 bills have been passed through congress. so many times we continue to hear, what is congress working on? not only have we passed these 158, we're still working on passing things in the future. one of the great members from south carolina, mr. jeff duncan, someone who has a genuine heart and passion for others, but also has a wonderful heart for the outdoors as he's currently chairman of the sportsmen caucus. i'd like to yield time to the gentleman from south carolina, representative duncan. mr. duncan: i want to thank the gentleman from north carolina. you know, i want to talk about the hearing protection act. consequenceses of firearms exposure. noise-induced hearing sloss a major problem for hunters and -- loss is a major problem for
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hunters and recreational shooters. i started hunting early with my father. i learned a lot about life, myself. most importantly, i got time to spend with my father who has now passed away. but we enjoyed the outdoors generally in the shooting sports. whether that was over bird dogs, quail hunting, shooting doves, hunting dugs, deer hunting. i can tell you with my own experience that firing multiple firearms, shotguns, rifles, handguns, you risk your hearing health. men and women in our united states military experience hearing loss. it's a large expenditure for the v.a. -- ccounts for around $1.45 1.45 million disability-related
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incidents for veterans. the most prevalent disability compensations are based on that. so what can we do about it? well, there's that apparatus. a firearm accessory that you n add to a firearm to muffle or suppress that sound. it's commonly called a suppresser or silencer. america, you need to realize that hollywood has glorified suppressers for firearms. you can see it in your mind. james bond taking out his concealed weapon, that he couldn't conceal with a suppresser on it because a suppresser adds another eight inches to the length of the barrel. screw the suppresser on to commit a crime in hollywood has made you believe that suppresser silences that weapon. when in actuality a suppresser on any sort of firearm drops the decibels about 30 decibels. most firearms would be louder
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than a jack hammer. and no one, no one would say that a jack hammer is silent. so we've got a bill that would allow suppressers to be sold like they're sold in europe, but with a little more american restrictions. in europe, as restricted as their gun laws are, you can go to the hardware store and buy a suppresser across the counter, just like you could buy a scope, a sling or a magazine for a deer rifle. it's gentlemanly to hunt or shoot in europe with pressed weapon to keep the sound down, but it doesn't silence it, as we mentioned before. depending on the caliber of ammunition, typical hunting rifle is 160 to 180 decibels. suppressed would be about 125 to 145145 decibels. the bill we have -- 145 dess bills. the bill we have -- dess bills. the bill we have -- decibels. the bill we have would allow you to buy through your firearm
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seller. background check and purchase the suppresser. to help the hunting and the hearing health of the hunters and the shooting sports enthusiasts across the country. i hope we can get this bill passed to help the hearing health of so many people in america and dispel all the rumors with that, mr. chairman, thank you for allowing us to speak to the american people tonight. and i yield back. mr. walker: thank you, representative duncan. many times in congress you hear sometimes maybe big words or crazy words. words like appropriations or appropriators. we have one of those appropriators with us tonight. strong conservative from the state of georgia. my friend, representative tom graves, who is going to talk about his proposal and an idea that i believe helps us continue adding to this number of 158. with that i'll yield time to representative graves. mr. graves: thank you, mr. chairman. i could not be more excited to be here tonight and to experience what we're experiencing here. when this president was
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elected, he made a promise. he was going to drain the swamp. he was going to shake things up. he was going to make government work again. i've got to highlight real quickly here, before i talk about appropriations, what really has happened. here in the last, this under five months, 600,000 new jobs have been created. unemployment's at the lowest it's been in nearly a decade at 4.3%. he's put a plan forth to help rescue americans from a health care plan that has been failing. the largest increase in defense spending in nearly 10 years has already been passed and signed into law and is part of your display there. he's presented a budget to this congress that balances in 10 rebuilds our military, reforms our tax code, and empowers the taxpayers while not empowering government. and he's also put the american people and the american workers and american businesses first, by pulling us out of that paris accord. he's been shaking things up. draining the swamp. so, what's next?
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for us, we've got to reform this appropriations process. let me read you some statistics here. the current process that we operate under to fund the greatest nation on the globe has only worked four times in the last 40 years. the last time we passed all 12 appropriation bills that were enacted by the start of a new fiscal year was in 1996. that was the last time. in fact, a more stunning statistic, since 2009 not one, not one appropriations bill has passed this house, passed the senate and been signed into law by the president before its time was due. that is zero for 96. so i have a simple idea, a simple concept. let's change what's not working. let's change the process. let's design a process that actually works for the american people and funds the government in a very responsible, fiscally responsible way. that begins streamlining
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government, that's eliminating agencies, that's empowering the american people, and ultimately showing a responsible house of representatives and a republican vision forward. it's real simple. let's run it through the committee. let's do 12 bills all through their different subcommittees. let's combine them in full committee. and let's bring them to the house floor for everybody to have an opportunity to vote on, to amend, to engage in the debate and, i believe, mr. chairman, if we do this we're going to save time. we're going to have more time for tax reform. we're going to have more time for infrastructure investment. we're going to have more time for finishing out the health care bill. but it's going to be transparent. everyone can see it. it's going to be effective. we're going to get it done. and at the end of the day we'll be able to rebuild our military to where we know it needs to be. we're going to secure our border, protect the innocent unborn. reform wall street. we're going to invest in roads and infrastructure. we're going to streamline or eliminate a lot of agencies. and we're going to do all that while cutting spending. that's only if we're willing to make government work again. mr. chairman, thanks for letting me speak on it tonight.
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mr. walker: thank you, representative graves. doesn't take you long around the halls of congress to see someone who has a genuine heart for service. someone who can quickly give up his chair or someone who sees someone that is without. sometimes i think that's a person who has served in faith many years and sometimes i think that's just part of the natural tendency of a person who certainly has a heart, not just for god, but to serve others. i can think of nobody that better fits that description than our chairman of the ways and means. here to talk about his passion and his vision for tax reform. chairman kevin brady. mr. brady: thank you, representative walker. first let me thank you for not just hosting this evening, america's night, but your leadership for the republican study committee, and how you're leading our efforts to really move this country back in the right direction. as a friend and someone who admires you so much, thank you for your leadership. it's already made a huge difference in issues like repealing obamacare. so how many of you are pleased
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with the way your tax -- you're taxed in america today? not many americans are because the code we've got, it's so complex, it's so costly. it's just unfair. so house republicans are working with this president and the senate to deliver the first pro-growth tax reform in a generation. we know this is a once in a generation opportunity and the goals we set out from the house , first we want a tax code not designed merely to ring money from you. we have that tax code. we want a tax code built for growth. designed to grow jobs, your wages and the u.s. economy. in doing that we want to leap frog america from nearly dead last among our global competitors back into the lead pack. as the best place on this earth for that next new job, that next new investment. and what we propose is a tax code with three big reforms. the lowest rates for our local businesses in modern history, and redesigned so our local
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companies can compete and win anywhere in the world. especially here at home. secondly, we're proposing for families and individuals a code so fair and simple that nine out of 10 americans will be able to file using a simple postcard system. and it works. in a final report -- reform is because we propose a much fairer and simpler tax code. we propose a fairer and simpler tax collector. so we proposed to bust up the i.r.s. and redesign it into a 21st century agency focused on you, the taxpayer. these reforms include the house republican blueprint. we're excited to work with president trump in the senate to deliver on pro-growth tax reform, bold, that leap frogs america back to the front and united jobs back to the states. it is a tough challenge. we will need your input. i encourage to you come to the ways and means committee
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website, learn more, speak out, be part of changing and reforming this horrible tax code. with that, mr. walker, thank you again for your leadership of this special order and our efforts. mr. walker: thank you, chairman brady. it's an honor to have you with us this evening. we talked a lot about veterans tonight. a former veteran, chaplain and pastor, representative collins, we'd love for to you talk about something that's part of that 158 pieces of legislation that's been passed, what we call the reins act. representative. mr. collins: thank you. i appreciate you offering this, it's providing something we're not getting in the media anywhere. a few months ago, first week of the session, the house comes in and does what it promised. it says it's going to take on regulatory reform, the going to take on the burdens and the first -- one of the first bills out of the chute was the reins act. it's very simple. it has $100 million impact on the economy. it comes back to the people's house and to the senate for approval. instead of bureaucrats in cubicles down the street
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thinking they know what's best for our districts and country, it is back to the people that you elect. they said, this is going to put on our bureaucrats, our government workers, well, if they want to run for congress, then pay the fee and run for congress. the reins act puts it back where it's supposed to be. this is an accomplishment that i am proud of. and the senate just recently passed their version. this is something that president trump has said he would sign. this is about moving forward on the promises we have. congressman walker does a great job highlighting where we've been and where we're going. this is a promise kept. if anybody wants to know what the american agenda looks like, look to the republican majority. look to the past five months and all i can say is, the promises are being kept and there's more to come. . mr. walker: thank you, representative collins. i yield time to the representative from texas. burnl burj i thank the gentleman for -- mr. burgess: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i send to the desk a privileged
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report from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 382, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 1215, to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden for liability system place -- the liability system places on the health care delivery system. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. mr. walker: thank you. as we continue to continue to it's that are important, an honor to yield to mr. hice, a former pastor who still enjoys the opportunities when you have a few, but tonight wanted him to talk about the free speech fairness act. without further ado, representative highs. mr. hice: i think most people are familiar, they heard about
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the johnson amendment, camed about in 1954 when lyndon johnson barely won a race for senate because many people thought he was soft on communism. o one of the things he did behind closed doors had inserted into the i.r.s. code a statement that basically says nonprofits can't address political issues or they could potentially lose their tax-exempt status. now for 60 years plus has become a thing for pastors, churches, using tax-exempt status as leverage to prevent them from speaking, addressing political issues. it is political correctness at its worse. when our government becomes the gatekeeper of free speech then we have no free speech at all. they are also influencing what religious institutions can and
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cannot be. our country should not establish a state church. they believe that government should not dictate the religious practices of its citizens or abridge the free speech of houses of worship. that's what's been taking place . as a result of this, my good friend whip steve scalise introduced h.r. 781, the free speech fairness act, which creates a carveout for 501-c-3 organizations to address political discourse as long as it's within the normal course of business with diminute muss associated expenses. i'm pleased the president has been extremely vocal on this issue, but we really need this codified because the unfairness must stop. i know our time is running short, mr. chairman, but i urge our colleagues to support this and i appreciate the opportunity to speak on this johnson amendment. mr. walker: thank you, representative highs.
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appreciate your courage -- representative heist. appreciate your courage of speaking out. my great friend representative palmer from the university of alabama crimson tide football, here talking about an important issue, the agency accountability act. he'll also close us out this evening, representative palmer. mr. palmer: thank you, mr. speaker and thank you, congressman walker, for arranging this. h.r. 850, the agency accountability act which would be a game changer for government run amuck. federal agencies collected $530 billion, that's billion dollars in fees, fines and other revenue independent of the appropriations process. article 1, section 9, clause 7 of the constitution grants congress the power of the purse. this assigns the congress the final arbiter of the use of public funds, allowing agencies to have slush funds outside of the normal appropriations process is a recipe for bad acting. for instance, during the obama
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administration, the department of justice would send money collected through fees and settlements to political activist groups aligned with the administration policies. many times in contradiction to congress' will. nearly 15% of the department of justice's entire budget is from alternative funding sources, not congress. however, d.o.j. isn't a lone wolf. the department of labor has raised over $1.3 billion from fines and fees. and the environmental protection agency collected over $600 million, just to name a few. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. walker: thank you, mr. palmer. appreciate you coming out this morning. i apologize you couldn't complete your thoughts this morning. thought we would have a little additional time with the gentleman from texas who came in here. is it possible to request an additional two minutes? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. palmer: i will submit my remarks for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. walker: thank you for
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coming out to all the members this evening and listening to our presentation of the passage of 158 bills. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the chair recognizes the gentleman from 30 , mr. gohmert, for minutes.
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mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i yield such time as my friend, mr. palmer, will use. mr. palmer: i thank the gentleman from texas for yielding. and allowing me to complete my remarks on this special order organized by congressman walker. as i was saying, as you recall the 2014 debate of funding for the department of homeland security, the obama administration made it clear that they would contraconvenient the will of congress with regard to president obama's amnesty order and would fund his amnesty program using fines and fees. the department of homeland security had over $400 million so the department could spend outside of what congress appropriated. it is unacceptable for agencies to ignore the will of congress by funding programs outside of the typical appropriations
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process. the consumer financial protection bureau gets all of its funning outside of congress through transfers from the federal reserve and fines imposed on financial institutions. cfpb does not get one dime appropriated from congress, meaning they are not subject to congressional oversight. when it comes to the cfpb, congress has no power of the purse to ensure that agency is accountable to congress. one of the top priorities in the republicans' better way agenda is our claim to get article 1 authority. the agency accountability act would direct all fines, fees and settlements to the treasury, making them subject to the normal appropriations process. this would end the unconstitutional slush funds that allow programs operate independently and outside the purview of congress. most importantly, it would allow for congress to fully account for how much money the government actually elects, where that money is coming from. the house should take up the agency accountability act and pass it. i thank you, mr. speaker.
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i yield back. i thank the gentleman from texas for yielding from his ime. mr. gohmert: i want to thank my friend for pointing out about the consumer financial protection bureau. you know, one thing about that deprupe, when i was -- group, when i was a judge or assistant d.a., if you needed somebody's banking records, then you would ave to get sworn evidence -- normally an affidavit form, and take it to a judge and there had to be sufficient detail in the affidavit to establish, again, under oath, that a crime had probably been committed and
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that the person whose banking records we were seeking had probably committed the crime. if that could be done, then the judge would sign the warrant, ke my years as a judge handling felony cases. there were so warrants i turned out. there's not enough particularity cause or probable cause that a crime is committed, but normally the law enforcement was good about making sure that probable cause was there and the d.a. office would help them. the consumer financial protection bureau has come in begun to basically challenge the internal revenue rvice for acting in the most
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unconstitutional ways. maybe a toss-up now which one uses more unconstitutional uthority than the other. but for the cfpb to gather people's financial records when there's no evidence they've committed a crime, no evidence that any crime had been committed, they just gather evidence purportedly to make sure nobody's taking advantage of people. well, that's not the way our constitution works. it's supposed to be if a bank a lender takes advantage of an individual, then the individual can complain. then the banking records can be obtained. entity a governmental
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o just gather people's records , financial records, it's not just orwellian, it is out rageous and it needs to stop. as my colleague, mr. palmer, has pointed out, it was set up back when democrats had the majority and they intentionally set up this governmental entity at would basically be beyond control by the congress. it intentionally set up a group that could make living hell for individuals or for banks, for others because it's the government and it's gathering people's records. then along comes -- you had obamacare get passed.
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well, in order to help people, just like the cfpb, and for my liberal friends, that's sarcasm, well, going to get everybody's health care records. that way the government can help people better because they'll have all their records. well, some people, some liberal left-leaning folks would say, we call that helping people. we gather all their medical records. we gather all their financial records so we can help them. libertarian, re conservative, we don't consider that helping. we consider that abusive and we on't need it. one of the great


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