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nvestments in registered apprenticeships that have put thousands of workers on a proven path to the middle class and help address employer needs for skilled workers. the president's proposal intends to circumvent a proven program with wages, training and equal employment standards and those standards not only protect workers, by the way, they ensure employers get highly skilled workers. by comparison, the president's proposal could open the door to any company, including predatory fake colleges like trump university to develop low-quality programs at the expense of workers. so tell us why the president chose to undermine the registered apresent -- >> you can continue watching the hearing streaming live online at the house about to gavel back in. we take you to the floor to live coverage working on a bill
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that would limit the lawsuits of companies when care is subsidized by the federal government. and later, debate on a bill reaffirming the u.s. commitment to nato. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] the speaker: the house will be in order sfment the prayer will be offered by the rabbi gary klein, temple ahavat shalom, palm harbor, florida. rabbi klein: let us prayer, religious traditions teach that people and god are to work together to create a better world. therefore, as we begin this day of work of the house of representatives, we pray first, o, god, that you join with medical professionals to help congressman scalise and the others injured with him
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experience complete recovery. we also pray that you bless the efforts of this legislative body so that the collective courage, dedication, compassion and wisdom of its members helps this country maintain its position as a light onto the nation. you have also taught us through the tal mmp ud, a work of jewish literature, that trying to improve the world even though you do not complete the task is life's most sacred duty. help us and our legislators to also understand the concept that reinforces this when it states, if you save a single life, it is as if you saved the entire world.
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o, god, help each of us as americans, recognize the significance of the work done by our legislators and help us to always be grateful to them. god, we also pray that you keep our legislators healthy and safe so that they may continue their rk of improving the world, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces his approval. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: pursuant to clause 1, rule 1, i demand a vote on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker: the question is on agreeing to the journal approval. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. ms. foxx: mr. speaker, i demand the yeas and nays.
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the speaker: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a vote is ordered. further proceedings on this question is postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from connecticut. >> i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis, is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to welcome my great friend, rabbi gary klein, who has led the temple ahavat shalom of palm harbor, florida, for the past 30 years. temple ahavat shalom is a congregation that serves nearly 500 households in my district. since coming to pinellas county
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in 1987, he served on the board of the st. leo university center for catholic, jewish studies and currently serves on the national council of apac. rabbi klein is a longtime advocate on behalf of the u.s.-israel alliance. as co-chair of the congressional hellenic-israel alliance, i welcome his continued advice and counsel, especially as it relates to security in the eastern mediterranean. for several years now, i have joined rabbi klein and the congregation for pastover and i very much look forward to continuing this tradition. i'm thankful for his friendship and i wish him many more years of blessed leadership. i yield back, mr. speaker. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition?
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mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, 25 years ago i was grateful to be with governor carol campbell, senator john rursle and senator vern smith when b.m.w. held the groundbreaking for the first manufacturing facility in the upstate of south carolina. today with an investment of nearly $8 billion by b.m.w., south carolina is the leading exporters of cars of any state and the greer plant is the largest b.m.w. manufacturing facility in the world with $9.5 billion worth of autos exported from the port of charleston last year. this fulfills the vision of the legendary industrialist roger millican. b.m.w. has excelled by creating over 30,000 jobs with on-time delivery of suppliers and a total of 120,000 jobs nationwide. was grateful to join lindsey graham, president of b.m.w. and
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chairman of the board harold krueger yesterday as b.m.w. announced an additional expansion of $800 million and 1,000 more jobs. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. congratulations, again, yesterday on the swearing in of congressman ralph norman, who is the second republican elected in 125 years for the fifth district of south carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut seek recognize snigs -- recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise this morning because yesterday the congressional budget office, a nonpartisan organization that we rely on in this chamber for truth, told us that the senate health care bill, so-called health care bill will throw 22 million americans off of their insurance. mr. himes: 2/3 of those, 14 million are medicaid patients. the poorest people in america.
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elderly people in nursing homes. i don't have a voice in the senate, mr. speaker, but if i did i would say i understand how important it is to deliver on the promise youe been making for seven years to repeal obamacare. the republican base is demanding it, but it can't possibly be demanding the throwing off of their health care 22 million americans. mr. speaker, i also don't have a voice in the oval office, but if i did i would ask this president, i would say, sir, you promised to do three things. you promised to increase coverage, to lower deductibles and to lower premiums for the american people. i would say, mr. president, this bill in the senate does the exact opposite of all three of those things. so i would say, mr. president, if you keep your word, stop this senate bill from passing. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentlelady from indiana seek recognition?
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mrs. walorski: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. walorski: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor indiana's rural teacher of the yearly, james wildermooth. he is well deserving, awarded by the indiana small and rural school association. he is truly an exceptional hoosier educator who's had a profound impact on student achievement and who exemplifies leadership in a way that should inspire all of us. in addition to his 17 years as a teacher, he also serves as a district advisor for the local future farmers of america program. i'm grateful that north miami students have him as a role model and mentor, always keeping them engaged not only in the lesson at hand but using these lessons to succeed in life. mr. speaker, on behalf of second district hoosiers, i want to thank mr. wildermmoth to educate, support and guide his students on the path to
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achievement and to make our community stronger. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. costa: mr. speaker, i rise today to speak about posttraumatic stress disorder, otherwise referred to as ptsd. roughly 5.2 million adults in the united states have been diagnosed in gaven year with posttraumatic stress disorder. many of these individuals are men and women who have bravely served our nation's military. the department of veterans affairs indicates that between 15% and 30% of the vietnam veterans have had ptsd in their lifetime. about 12% of desert storm veterans have been diagnosed with ptsd in a given year. and between 11% and 20% of those serving in operations iraqi freedom and enduring
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freedom have also been diagnosed with ptsd in a given year. so today, posttraumatic stress disorder awareness day, i call on all of us to do more to our fellow americans. we can do more and we must do more. we must be able to look those americans with ptsd in their eyes and say, you're not alone, and we're with you and we're going continue to serve -- give you the same service that you've given our country. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? ms. foxx: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor sergeant dillon baldridge, who was killed in action on june 10, 2017, from wounds sustained in afghanistan while supporting operation freedoms sent
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national. he was posthumously awarded the bronze star medal, purple heart, combat infantry badge and the army commendation medal with one oak leaf cluster. his prior awards and decorations included the army commendation medal, army achievement medal with three oak clusters, army good conduct medal, national defense service medal, the global war on terrorism medal, military outstanding volunteer medal, overseas ribbon, the nato medal and the expert infantry badge. last week, hundreds of nort carolina residents gathered in ash county to pay tribute to sergeant baldridge as he was laid to rest. we should all take time to pause, reflect and honor the sacrifices of those like this young man from youngsville, north carolina, who've given their lives in the pursuit of a more prosperous and free
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america. may we endeavor to live worthy of their legacy and guard vigilantly the history and stories of our fallen. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higginsmr. speaker, eight years ago western new yorkers witnessed tragedyue to inadequate pilot training. a poorly trained pilotrashed a commercial jet into a neighborhood in ourommunity endg the lives onboard and one on the ground. since then, the victi' families of flight 3407 who suffered unimaginable loss on that day have turned their grief into a powerful citizens' fight to strengthen pilot training and flight safety rules. the families of flight 3407 who are here today led the charge, urging congress to pass
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landmark flight safety legislation in 2010, includin rules that could have prevented the tragedy they all suffered. since then, there have been seven years of no fatal commercial crashes on domestic u.s. airlines. now, the federal aviation adnistration re-authorizion is nearing and some want to beat back this tremendous progrs. let's be clear, what is being proposed is a rule change that will allow less experienced pilots to fly comrcial jets again. the safety of the flying public should ner be compromised again. i am prepared, along with the western new york delegation and with the 3407 families to protect these reforms once again. because we know the painful lessons of accepting anythg less. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from michig seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection, the gentlemanis recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, the great lakes, our nation treasure, and nobody knows this better than the people imy home state of michigan. our environment, economy and quality of life depend upon maintaining a healthy great lakes ecosystem. mr. walberg: one of the most harmful threats are invasive species like asian carp that decimate every ecosystem in their path. last week we learned some alarming news when a live asian carp was found just nine miles from lake michigan beyond the electric barrier. if asian carp were able to infiltrate the great lakes, it would be devastating for michin's fishing, boating and tourism industry and all the jobs they support. the army corps of engineers h completed a report called "the brandon rhodes study" that provides a road map how to best prevent asian carp from entering the great lakes.
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they should release it immedialy. we must take bipartisan action before it's too late. we simply cannot allow, mr. speaker, asian carp to wreak havoc on thgreat lakes. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore:he gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio seek recognition? . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognid for one minute. mrs. beatty: mr. speaker, i rise today to oppose trumpcare, a ill that will cost at least 22 million americans to lose halth care. senate republicans and house republicans drafted their bill in secret behind closed doors without a single hearig. but afr seeing the bill, mr. speaker, know w they kept it a secret. trumpcare will allow states to eliminatessential benefits
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like emeency room benefits, prevente screenings and prescriptiv drug coverage. trumpcare will gut $772 billion and allow isurers to charge hardworng americans more money for less coverage. it will cost the state of ohio billion, e than25 giving 400 of the richest families a massive tax breaks. hardworking americans should not have to choose between going to the doctor and putting food on their table. republicans should work with democrats to create a health care system that gives all ericans fair health coverage. mr. spea i yield back. e speaker pro tempor the gentlelady yids. for what purpose does the gentleman fm pennsylvania seek recoition? mr. thompson: request unanimous const to dress the house for one minute and revise and extend.
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the speaker o tempore: without objtion. mr. thompson: mr. expire, today awareness day and raise awarenessrom those suffering from post-traumatic stss disorder. and if have memories these reaions do not go away or get rse, you might suff from ptsd. there are organizations and reourceshat help iiduals d professionals discover ways todentify and manage ptsd sympto and explore effective treatments. th is prevalenfor those wh served in the military, though not all of our service members ffer from ptsd. a service meer may be exposed o a single traum, a car accident can cse symptoms. before i camto congresi worked as a rehabitation
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therapi and i have seen strides people cake with access to appropriate rehabilitation. there is help a support for those who haveost-traumatic stressisorder. as a naton we must stand ready to support tm. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker proempore the gentleman yields back the balance of h time. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker o teore: without objection. >> with the shelby county versu holder decision, the supre court gutted the voting rights act. at the time chief juste roberts said the k protections th the court removed from the act as h put it, extraordary measureto address an extraordinary problem. sadly, extraordinarily, many of those problms stixist and i would argue that the voting ghts act was successful. since that decion, the federal court commented that a voter i.d. law in northcarolina
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didn't stop fraud. inead the provisions that were struck down target rican-americanwith almost sgical precision. courts found diseranchisement caused by new laws in wisconsin. mr. speaker, every american has a right and freedom to cast their vote without interference. people have fought andled for that right. we are in danger of going back to a time when those rights we cast ade. and that's why it's timfor congss to pass the voting rights varns advancement act put back in pce provisions strippedrom the voting rhts act and ensure totate can riminate or create barris to the ballot box. if we wanto empor citizens, we need swift action on this bill. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: e gentleman yields back the balance of his me. for whaturpo does the gentleman from chigan seek cognition? >> permissioto address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: witho
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objection. >> mr. speak, we need to get back to thre vues that our nation embraced 241 years ago. this year i reintroduc house ncurrent resolution 12, which creates a national week of appreciation r brave individuals, documes and values that dene our nation's history to be taught in school and honored in workplaces across america. patriot week would begin on the solemn anniversary of september 11 and end on constitution day which is septber 17. our foundg principls have been ignored androded and society has lost interest in the history that made our country gre as we approach independenceay, we must reflect on who we ares a nation and w wean prove what's good for generations to come. americaas become too divided and mt get back to the core values th make our country great. just as immigrants leardhe histo of our coury, high
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school seniors should be able to pass the sameitizenship exam upon graduaon. nald reagan once said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extition. his wort serve as awakeup call for us. support priot week and i would like toish oation a happy and safendependenceay ande are debateful for tose who keep us safe at home, an all over the world. e speaker pro tempore: for what ppose does the gentleman om michigan seek recognitio mr. kildee: i a unanimo const to address the house for one minute. well, yesterday, the nonpartisan congrsional bget office coned that the senat version of tepublicaneah care bill, trumpcare, is even meaner, it's more heartless ng the house-passed version. so mean that already som
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republican satorhave come out opposing en briing this bill tthe floor for debate. but of course, that w't be the end of it. we should be aware of the back roo deals that will tempted get republican senators on board o move this bill forward. any amount of window dressing n't change the basics. this bill ll requi americans pay highersts. don't lk at premiums but the out f pocket expenses. it wll go up for worst care and less coverage. d you are e 50 to 65, g ready, becau you will see an agtax and payto five times for younger healthy americans will pay. d of course, this bill, beuse it rewrds those at the very top steals from medicare. makes mecare less sustainable.
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we ought to reject this legislation and do it now and sendthat message to every be of the u.s. senate. mr. eaker, i yield back. the speakeprtempore: the gentleman yields back the balance o hs tim for what purposeoes the gentleman from kentucky seek cognition? >> unanimous conse to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: with obcon. e gentleman is cognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to prouy recognize lexmark internatiol a leader in printing soluons located in lexington, ken tu tuck ki for training u.s. veterans and acivuty personnelhat ey can be certie tchnicians. the pgram called the printer service training partnership. this is organized to recognize and resp bower bower we l recnize that our veters bringith them tremendous snow-how and
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can-do aitudby completing the printer service training certied to service lexmark be printers worldwe. i'm proud my constituents have developed a thoughtful program for veterans. join min recgnizing those copanies and organizations going the extra mile for those who have served our nation in uniform. thank y, mr.peaker. an i yield back. the speaker pro teore:he gentleman yields back the balanf his time. for what purpose does the ntleman from arizona seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address theouse for one minute and reise extend. the spear pro tempore: without ection. the gentman is recognized r i rise to talk about the recentealth care proposals put forth by the senate. this bill lik the american health care t proposes drastic cuts to medicaid and would saddle my constituents and americans wit skyrocketing premiums and deductibl. we are placing our hardworking
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families and children and our elderl veterans andtive americans in harm'say by makingoverage unaffordable and unattainle. he cost of this legislation wi be paid. it will be paid by those who can least afford it. e cost of medicaid cutsould cost the people of arina more tha $7 billion, ang hundreds of thousands of peopl includingursing home patients who rely onoverage, ll be kicked of their medai coverag froth beginnin these pieces of legiationave b crafted beind closed doors without input from doctors, nursesnd al care leaders. while we play partisan games, the heath and well-being of our famie friends and neighbors are a risk. ife want to geterious about fixing our health care system and bringing costs, we must
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workogether on bipartis legislation. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the balance of his time.the for what purposdoes the gentleman from colorado seek regnition? >> permon to address th hseor o minute and revise and extend. the speakepro tempore: witut objection. mrpolithis week, senate republicansare very likely voting on a bill that wuld take healt insurancerom 22 million americans. people like maha and grace coer. th were ableo ha access to heal care through the affordable cre a. marsha'youngest daughter grace was diagnosed with childhoo leukemia, she endurd 26 months reaents. arsha's own words gng roug this process without e assistan of heath ce is unimaginable and brings tears back tmy own eyes, unque. we are n a nation that tns ourk on our most vulnerable citizens. 39% of all children are
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supported on medicaid, 64% of nursinghomeesidents. i hope my colleagues ithe senate think ofcend a those like her. i hope they thin about th millionsof aricans who will have the rug pulm under neeh them they pass their cruel bill. tes, , it's matter of b for many it is a matter of life oreath. i yield ba. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balancofis time. the chair lays before the house the followin communications. the clerk theonorable, the spker houf represeatives, sir, the tender resignation. sir, i tendermy resignation as a member of thscience,e
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d technology committeendt has been an honor toerve. signedincerely, garyalmer. eonorable, thepeaker hse of represeativessi i wre to inform you i resign my seats on the house judiciary and house government and oversight form signeason e. chaffetz. i write youoday to resign my seat on the house committee on small busins with the inteon join the hous committee on homelnd security. it haseen anor to seein tposition.
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the speaker pro tempore:or t purpose ds from colorado seek recognition? >> by direction of the house republican conference i send to the desk a privileged resolution and ask for immediate consideration. the clerk: resolved that the following named are elected to the following standing committees on the house of representatives, mrs. handel, committee on homeland security, mr. estes of kansas, committee on the squish area, mrs. handel. committee on natural resources, mr. gene forth. committee on small business, mr. norman. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek
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recognition? >> by direction on the committee of rules i call up house resolution 382. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the esolution. resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2(b) of rule xviii, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union 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 the liability system places on he health care delivery system. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute
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recommended by the committee on the judiciary now printed in the bill, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-10. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of
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consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or ithout instructions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for one hour. mr. buck: thank you, mr. speaker. for purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend, the gentleman from colorado, mr. polis, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during the consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for purpose of debate only. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks . the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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mr. buck: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the rule and the underlying legislation. house resolution 382 will ultimately drive down health care costs and make care more affordable to millions of americans across the country. in 2017, we have had a conversation in america about how health insurance costs have drastcally increased in the past -- drastically increased in the past seven years. members use and senate are working on. we need to talk about the cost of supplying care itself. that's where h.r. 1215, the protecting access to care act of 2017, plays a vital role. h.r. 1215 focuses on lowering the cost of care by playing -- placing checks and balances on the excessive and frivolous lawsuits faced by doctors and other health care providers. a g.a.o. report found that
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rising litigation awards are responsible for skyrocketing medical professional liability premiums. unfortunately, these premium costs are passed onto the patient, and in many cases passed onto american taxpayers. the reforms in h.r. 1215 will make care more affordable for patients and will improve access to care, especially for rural america. over time unending and excessive lawsuits have limited the amount of doctors nationwide, particularly in states that have not instituted their own reforms. with the string of frivolous lawsuits levied against our medical community, american that would become doctors in certain parts of the nation decide against it. the reforms in h.r. 1215 will especially help rural and underserved urban communities where quality health care can be difficult to access. incentivizing medical professionals to be in communities that would otherwise be overlook should be one of our health care reform
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efforts. i know the health care challenges faced in colorado where access to quality care is sometimes limited. we need doctors who are willing to invest in these communities, but we need to empower these doctors by freeing them of frivolous and excessive lawsuits. beyond just access to care, the growth of frivolous malpractice lawsuits has led to a change in the way care is provided. many providers are forced to practice defensive medicine. in doing so, doctors order unnecessary, excessive dying tics, not because -- diagnostic, not because they eed to, but a it will help the doctor. it doesn't have any discernible benefit. the legislation we're considering is key to increasing affordability and this bill is supported by the american hospital association and american academy of family physicians, the american
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medical association has also voyed their support. but let me be -- also voiced their support. but let me be clear. the bill before the house today does not help legitimately -- hampered a wronged patient from recovering damages for their injuries. the bill simply imposes a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages, a provision that has worked well in california where this legislation has already been successfully implemented and modeled for decades. but there is no cap on economic damages that a patient may incur in a malpractice situation, and the bill's cap does not preempt any state law that otherwise caps any form of damages at amounts either higher or lower than the cap in h.r. 1215. the legislation also limits the contingency fees that lawyers can charge when bringing a malpractice case on behalf of a client. in other words, we don't want to incentivize lawyers to push forward illegitimate cases.
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we want patients who have been wronged to have access to a fair trial where they walk home with the winnings in their own pocket, not their lawyers. h.r. 1215 builds on the successes of medical malpractice reforms in states like california and texas. in these states, similar laws have increased access to affordable medical care. they created an environment where doctors can focus on helping patients rather than spending time in endless litigation and dealing with threats from the trial bar. the legislation before us, while creating a uniform national playing field, protects state laws by allowing flexible reforms to be used at the discretion of states. state courts will still hear medical lawsuits as always. the reforms at hand today deal with care that was provided or subsidized by the federal government, including through a tax benefit. we must pass this legislation for the american taxpayer. the taxpayer doesn't deserve to
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have their hard-earned dollars simply end up in the pockets of trial lawyers due to frivolous lawsuits. that's why h.r. 1215 is a critically needed reform. unlimited and opportunistic lawsuits help no one except trial lawyers. consequently, our doctors have to increase their costs and practice expensive defensive medicine, costing patients and taxpayers. and when our physicians are impacted, so are we. trial lawyers too often stand between patients and their doctors. with a looming threat of excessive, unending lawsuits, health care providers have worry more about the trial lawyer at their door than the patient in their office. h.r. 1215 places important limits on these lawsuits so that the truly wronged are compensated without enriching trial lawyers at the same time. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado is
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recognized. mr. polis: i thank the gentleman for yielding me the customary 30 minutes, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to this rule today, one that provides for consideration of the protecting access to care act. this bill will significantly alter how families and patients that are injured as a result of medical error are able to hold health care providers, facilities or device makers accountable, to make sure that same thing doesn't happen to other people. this bill decreases patient safety. it undermines the ability of people who are wrongfully injured by medical malpractice or faulty medical devices from being compensated and it violates our 10th amendment, the rights reserved to the states. before i turn the merits or lack thereof of this bill, i want to discuss the process under which this bill came to the floor. the judiciary committee, which has jurisdiction over this bill, had zero hearings on this
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legislation, heard from zure experts, went straight -- zero expert, went straight to markup. despite overwhelming opposition to this legislation, the judiciary didn't want to hear from groups like the american bar association, the national disability rights network, the national protection alliance. when i see the american bar association, the committee refused to hear from, i know my colleague from colorado is an attorney, i just want to inquire of my colleague from colorado if he's a member of the american bar association. mr. buck: proudly no. mr. polis: ok. well, that is the association which many attorneys except, of course, my friend from colorado are members are. the supporters of this bill point to the consideration in previous congresses for hearings but we have over 50 new members who didn't hear a word from experts before it was rushed to the floor. we are considering this under a very restrictive bill. there were 24 amendments filed. this rule only allows the house to debate and vote on five of them. that means 19 of them
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amendments offered by democrats and republicans were simply just tossed out in the rules committee. that's what this rule does. if this rule were to pass, it would mean the efforts of 19 members to offer ideas to improve health care wouldn't even be allowed to be debated or voted upon here on the floor of this house. it's no coincidence that eight amendments filed by democrats and not one democratic amendment was made in order. only five out of 24 ideas from democrats and republicans remain in order. one amendment filed by my colleague, representative jackson lee, would have provided an exception to the bill to any medical-related injury to a child, which seems like common sense. at least have a debate about. if people disagree, let's have a vote. this rule continues this very closed process where democrats and republicans are shut out of participating in the bills that appear fully formed without the opportunity for us to represent our districts and offer amendments to improve and make
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these bills better to reduce costs, to improve the quality of care. what i wonder, mr. speaker, is where is the open process promised by speaker ryan? this congress hasn't even considered a single piece of legislation under an open rule. and we've had many, many bills brought to the floor under closed rules and without any committee hearings. but, you know, i'm beginning to not be surprised so much anymore because secretiveness seems to be the standard that epublicans are setting in this congress. how republicans handled their health care bill from start through now is a perfect example is the closed door, secretive process that's become tragically the standard operating procedure for this congress. the republican health care bill will increase health care costs, provide less coverage, 22 million people less will be covered, increase costs for those who are lucky enough to keep their coverage and reduce access to health care for the american people, puts a burden on small businesses, on the
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middle class, on rural health care providers while handing hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to big corporations and special interests. trumpcare is a billionaire's tax cut disguised as a health care bill and will be one of the largest transfers of wealth from the middle class to the top 1% of americans. effectively it's removing benefits from people in rural counties and cities across our country and giving those tax cuts mostly to people in new york and hollywood. that's what republicans are delivering with this bill. when the american people were finally given the chance to see the senate's health care legislation, the american people overwhelmingly reject it. only 16% of the american people approve the plan. democrats oppose it. republicans oppose it. independents oppose it. the congressional budget office recent score of the bill says the coverage will significantly decrease under this bill and that the cost of deductibles for patients will go up.
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patients will spend more out of pocket, those lucky enough to have coverage. i ask my colleagues to prevent this bill from moving forward. the bill republicans are trying to ram through congress is not truly meant to make improvements to our health care system but to take money away from the middle class and working families and put it into the pockets of a very few people who benefit from the tax cuts, for people making millions of dollars a year under this bill. this bill makes it harder for middle-income families, for low-income families to access quality, affordable health care, makes it harder for individuals who have pre-existing conditions, who have genetic disorders or long-term diseases from accessing life-saving medical attention. and they cut critical health care services for disabled children in schools that many of our school districts rely on. and they want to to this all with a closed process. i offered three amendments to improve health care in our education and work force committee. all were defeated on a partisan
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vote. every republican voted not to allow those. no democrat as far as i know, certainly not me, has been invited to present our ideas to republican leadership or president trump. democrats have lots of ideas to improve the affordable care act. i'm sure many republicans do too. those ideas are not reflected whatsoever in this bill or in the closed process that prohibits republicans and democrats from even offering up our suggestions to improve this bill. so here we are debating another piece of health care legislation that did not go through an open process. democrats were shut out of the amendment process completely. this bill would make it more difficult for victims of medical malpractice to seek or receive compensation for their injuries. it's inconsistent with the 10th amendment which reserves these rights to the states that are not enumerated in the constitution, unlike the democrats' approach to medical malpractice reform in the affordable care act which provided funding for pilot programs in the states to reduce the risk of medical malpractice liabilities
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consistent with the 10th amendment. . this tort modification, many constitutional experts, million conservative constitutional experts believe this is unconstitutional. we have learned this bill does not protect access to health care but undermines the state-based health system. i have a signed letter with me, mr. speaker, by over 60 national and state organizations who are opposed. i would like to enter into the record. some of those groups, justice in aging, long-term community coalition, the national education association, national consumers' league, public citizen, public justice and many, many other great organizations. i hope my friend from colorado is a member of one of these
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organizations. this bill preempts state tort law that has been developed over the last 200 years and contrary to the 10th amendment of our constitution. it imposes an arbitrary cap on the amount of noneconomic damages a victim can collect. under a federal law co-oping the ability of states to do their own medical malpractice laws and hamstringing them with regard to the reforms they can undertake. and there was a study by northwestern found that capping economic damages increases medicare part b spending, another horrible feature of the cruel republican health care bill, it guts the medicare trust fund and would lead to medicare becoming insolvent by draining the trust fund of over $100 billion. that's another aspect of this bill. no wonder they didn't want us to see it and kept it in a locked
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closet where the republicans who were writing it, like senator gardner, who was on the committee writing it, said he hadn't seen it. no wonder. it was hidden when you find out it it throws 22 million off of the insurance that they already have, when you find out it raises rates, when you find it takes money out of our schools, when you find that they are throwing elderly out of nursing homes who rely on medicaid. this bill is a symptom of a problem and i'm not a doctor and my friend from colorado is not a doctor, but when i ask my doctor about the symptoms, it's about treating the underlying cause. this bill does btnt do that. we need to get ideas from republicans and democrats to work together to reduce costs in
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health care and expand coverage in health care and improve the quality of health care for american families. this bill is not focused on protecting patients but increases the risk to patients. drains medicare of additional money. it will not reduce costs, no health care bill being debated actually improves patient care. that should be a goal of health care reform. can we reduce costs? and can we improve patient care. this bill risks to make patient care worse in an unconstitutional way. the other senate bill actually will increase costs to patients, increase deductibles and make you pay more for the insurance you already have if you are one of the people who is lucky enough not to lose it under the cruel republican bill. nstead of polarizing access to health care, literally life and death issues for american
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family, let's work together to find solutions that reduce costs, that increase coverage, that improve care. instead the republican health care bill, this bill, they meet none of those three critical criteria that the american people demand in health care reform, reducing costs, and increasing coverage and improving the quality of care for ourselves and for our loved ones. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. buck: and i know my friend from colorado did not mean to insult to me when he referred to me as a lawyer. i spent 25 years as a prosecutor and not a lawyer. prosecutors put people in prison and make the world safer. lawyers get people out of prison and make the world a less safe place. mr. polis: prosecutors are lawyers as well. so i just wanted to be clear.
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it's not an insult and there are attorneys on both sides but they are both attorneys. i yield back. mr. buck: do not tell prosecutors that they are merely lawyers. there is a higher standard to be a prosecutor, but i appreciate the gentleman. and i yield five minutes to the the gentleman from kansas. mr. marshall: i'm not an attorney but a physician. i'm an obstetrician. and i think of all the people, all the professions impacted by malpractice issues, obstetricians have been the most impacted. i remember going back as a medical student and trying to figure out what type of doctor do i want to become. and my wife and i were blessed having our first child. and when that little girl was given to me and i heard her
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crying, that the single moment of my life. i was very impressed and said i want to do and bring babies into the world and have that moment when i get to give a baby to a mom and looks at that baby and it's a special moment. just the most a love i have never seen, a perfect heart towards that little baby. and i wanted to do that. so i told my professors, i want to be an obstetrician and every professional said don't do it. you are going to get sued. malpractice prices are screaming. you are not going to like that job anymore. no one wants to be an obstetrician. my professors were right. i did it any way. they get three, four times in their career. malpractice is the biggest deterrent of students choosing
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to go into object at the tricks. they have to pay for malpractice insurance. i'm very glessed, over 20 years ago, karen sasse undertook similar tort reform and our costs have stabilized. my malpractice insurance was the same 20 years after we enacted the legislation to curb some of these costs and it would be true for me to say, my friends who are practicing in other states without malpractice tort reform, their premiums are three times higher than those in kansas. we have seen this work very, very well in kansas. the good news is this legislation will not impact any of that work as well. i very much am in favor of this malpractice tort reform and how it's going to impact health care. i predict this will lower premium costs 3% to %.
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malpractice is a huge cost of the health care and first step of many steps that republicans are encouraging or want to implement to start lowering those costs to premiums. the small business association members were here two months ago and walked out of that meeting and i was expecting them to tell me their concerns were regulatory concerns, but their number one concern was the cost of health care, the cost of health care premiums. and this is a small step. if we can lower their health care costs 3% to %, this is a great opportunity for us to help them out. i rise to support this bill and i encourage people on both sides to support this bill. there should be bipartisan support of this legislation that will drive health care costs down. and i yield back the remaining portion of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from from
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mceachin. r. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mceachin: i thank the gentleman from colorado for yielding. i think a couple of points before i get to the main portion of my remarks that need to get addressed that the manager of this bill. my wife is a prosecutor. i like prosecutors, but they are lawyers. i was a trial lawyer until december 31 of last year and we sued drunk drivers and people who get hurt when it is not their fault. i come from a state that contributory negligence is not the law. and we are all lawyers. i also wanted to point out while there may be petch on the floor who are not lawyers, you can't honestly believe you this bill gives you equal justice. ou have a cap on noneconomic
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damages, the person who receives damages have two different recoveries. one is capped, one is not. that is not equal justice under the law. you are the pro-business party and you want to get into how people contract with one another. i would suggest to you that is inconsistent with your pro-business approach. mr. speaker, what this bill really underlies is a fundamental mistrust for our constituents. because you think about it, juries are made up of our constituents and what you are worried about is that your constituents are not going to get it right when they are sitting in that jury box and making decisions. yet your constituents are wise enough to send you and me here to the congress to make decisions about trillion dollar budget but you don't trust them to sit in a jury box and make
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the important decisions for their fellow citizens when they are injured. mr. speaker, i wanted to suggest to you that this bill clearly violates the spirit of the 7th amendment the right to trial by jury by putting limitations on the jury and access to justice. mr. speaker, i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman is reminded that members are to direct all comments to the speaker. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. buck: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: i was glad my colleague pointed out it violated the 7th amendment. i know it violates two amendments to our constitution. i yield two minutes to the gentlelady sfr illinois. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. schakowsky: i thank the
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gentleman for yielding and i rise in strong opposition to h.r. 1215. my republican colleagues seem to have a fix igse with caps. in their health care bill, they slash medicaid for the first time in its history, cap federal funding. the result, hospital closures, reimbursement and staffing cuts, reduced access and lower quality. and now in this bill, they want to impose another cap, a cap on noneconomic damages for injured health care consumers. people like the 76-year-old woman whose tailbone had to be removed because her bed sores went untreated for 12 days. an 80 year old resident who died because her ventilator was dislodged and no one responded. how about the family of a 92 man
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who died after suffering from mall nutrition and dehydration and found with live insects in his eyes and mouth. how do we put a $250,000 value on those? this is a solution looking for a problem. there is no medical practice lawsuit crisis. between 2000 and 2015, the number of claims dropped more than 40% and the amount paid fell 23%. but we do face a medical crisis. nearly half a million americans die every year from preventable medical errors and many more are permanently injured. this bill does nothing to solve that problem. instead, it just takes away the right of the injured consumers. and if you believe that average americans should not be barred from the justice system as they
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seek to hold wrongdoers accountable, then you must oppose this bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the chair recognizes mr. buck. mr. buck: i have heard a number is ames now that this bill solution searching for a problem or it does nothing to help our underlying costs. the congressional budget office, the very office that my friend relies on the most recent estimate on those who will decide not to seek insurance under the senate health care bill has estimated that this bill will save taxpayers $50 billion over 10 years and reduce medical malpractice insurance premiums from 30% to 25%. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado, mr. polis. . pl polis: i would ask whether that's a federal responsibility
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or state responsibility? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado, mr. is recognized. mr. buck: i remind my friend from colorado, the very $250,000 cap we're talking about in this bill is the same cap that has been adopted by the colorado state legislature -- mr. polis: whose prerogative is it to institute this? states like our own state of colorado which has that cap or washington, d.c., insiders behind closed doors? mr. buck: i would remind my friend, again, that the states that have adopted any cap, it could be $250,000, it could be $500,000, it could be $1 million in noneconomic damage caps, will not be affected by this bill. this bill only affects those states -- let me finish, my friend. this bill only affects those states that have no caps. it is federal money that is being used to pay for these -- mr. polis: reclaiming my time. this actually co-ops states and forces other states to do the same thing that me and my
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colleague, state of colorado, has already done. goes beyond that as well. and under the 10th amendment of the constitution, this should be a you poer -- should be a power reserved to the states. i would like to shed light on millions of students nationally and my home state. every day 50 million students and three million teachers face significant health and safety threats due tone adequate school facilities. i have heard about many in colorado. school gyms closed down because the roofs are falling in. staggers statistics that disproportionately affect high poverty schools, particularly urban and rural schools. and many schools serving a high percentage of minority students. today we have a chance to address this rampant inequality throughout our school districts and create jobs in the process. if we defeat the previous question, i'll offer an amendment to the rule to bring up representative bobby scott's rebuild america's school act, h.r. 2475, which i'm also a proud co-sponsor. mr. scott's legislation would invest $100 billion in the physical and infrastructure
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and create schools the infrastructure we need for the 21st century. i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the moat on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: to discuss our proposal, i would like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from virginia, the distinguished ranking member of the education and work force committee, mr. scott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for four minutes. mr. scott: i want to thank the gentleman from colorado for plow posing this amendment -- for proposing this amendment. the rebuild america school act would help ensure each of our nation's 50 million public school students, taught by three teachers, would have access to safe, healthy, and high quality learning facilities and internet access sufficient for digital learning in the classroom. this teachers, would have bold nearly two million jobs, improve student learning, and revitalize underresourced communities. the rebuild america schools act is a win for students, fams, --
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families, workers, and the economy. any responsible infrastructure proposal put forth by congress should include a bold investment in our nation's public schools. mr. speaker, this bill was introduced on the 63rd anniversary of brown v. board of education because despite the promise of brown, our public school facilities remain largely separate and woefully unequal. last year on the 62nd anniversary of brown, ranking member conyers and i unveiled findings of a g.a.o. report that found more students are attending schools highly segregated by race and class. that most recent g.a.o. report examining the state of our public school's infrastructure saw low-income and minority students are disproportionately served by poor and inadequate school facilities. if we're to fully achieve the promise of brown, then no child should remain in a classroom
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with a leaking roof or broken heating system. all students should have equitable access to science labs and spaces for high quality, career, and technical educational programs. mr. speaker, 12 states do not invest any money in capital construction projects and public schools. leaving responsibility of ensuring high quality classrooms up to localities and local property taxes which virtually guarantees inequitable funding between high and low income districts. this bill targets federal funding for school infrastructure to districts and school buildings with the greatest need for improvement to their physical and digital infrastructure which would be an important step in fulfilling the promise of brown. all too often when congress talks about infrastructure investment, we speak only about investments in roads, bridges, and other public buildings. public schools are often left out of the conversation but schools must be part of that conversation on infrastructure. the rebuilding america's school
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act will ensure safe drinking water in schools, prevent instructional materials like textbooks from being ruined as a result of broken heating and air conditioning systems, improve care -- air quality, the students breathe in the schools t will bring access to digital learning for more than 11 million students in nearly 20,000 schools who do not already have it. finally, the bill will mean high quality job for nearly two million pipe fitters, construction workers, and other hardworking americans. mr. speaker, i urge members to defeat the previous question so we can debate and pass the rebuild america school act. we owe it to america's students and hardworking families. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado, mr. buck. mr. buck: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to inquire of my friend from colorado, you mentioned when you were introducing the gentleman from virginia that there are schools that have -- are closing because gym roofs
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are falling in. i know a number of very generous individuals that would like to contribute. do you have the name of any of those schools for us? mr. polis: i will be happy to supply those. to be clear the entire school doesn't close just the gym. mr. buck: thank you. mr. polis: i will be happy to follow up. mr. buck: does the gentleman from colorado have any other speakers? mr. polis: we do. to the wo minutes gentleman from nevada. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nevada is recognized for two minutes. mr. kihuen: every day students attend schools that put their health and safety at risk. the average school building is nearly 50 years old. and teachers and children struggle to learn in classrooms without heat, leaking ceilings, and no working internet. mr. speaker, our children deserve better. research shows that poor school facility conditions impact
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teaching and learning and disproportionately plague schools that serve low-income and minority students all throughout america. regardless of their zip code, all children should have access to a quality education. no child should have to learn in an unsafe or dilapidated environment. the rebuilding american school act would provide critically needed investments in lfing and rural nevada to improve our school infrastructure. helping teachers teach and children learn. president trump has repeatedly promised to rebuild our nation's infrastructure. passing the rebuilding america school choice act would be the first step to making this happen. we must make investment in our future generation to guarantee their shot at success. thank you, mr. president, thank you, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this piece of legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado, mr. buck. mr. buck: i reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i think we're prepared to close if the gentleman is, i will yield my southwest balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. when we think about health care, we all think about, of course, first and foremost, ourselves and our loved ones and our families. and as representatives of 750,000 people, we also think about constituents that we know that we have met for whom health care is literally a life and death situation. i think of my friend, debbie and her son sam, debbie's son, sam, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when he was 4. he's now 20 or 21. he was a healthy kid. he ate healthy food. active young child. and as debbie pointed out to me, it's not that anybody chooses an
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illness or condition. the illness chooses you. and through the luck of the draw, her son, sam, is afflicted with type i diabetes. it was not poor choices. it was not lifestyle decision that is gave himent disease or even increased his risk of the disease. he was dealt a bad hand with an auto immune gene that his family didn't know they had. because of that, sam has a costly disease. thankfully one that can be treated if not cured. but he has a costly disease for the rest of his life. there is no cure and the cost of insulin and other lifesaving technologies are very high. sam has what here in washington people call, a pre-existing condition. that's what we're talking about. without insurance, costs per month would go from about $400, which debbie and her husband are able to afford and put together for sam, to $2,500 a month.
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which they could not possibly afford to do. sam is now 20, because of the affordable care act he'll be on the family's health insurance until he's 26. that is if the family can keep their health insurance. the family worries like so many others that they might be one of those 22 million families. that loses coverage under this republican health care bill. it's a lot of families. it's not going to be any of my colleagues' families. my colleagues have a government health insurance plan from serving in the house of representatives, the congressional staff has access to the exchanges just like we do to buy insurance. but 22 million people in each and every one of our districts, 435 districts in this country, in each and every one of our districts, not dozens of people, not hundreds of people, but
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thousands and thousands of real people like deb and sam, like a story i shared earlier of marsha and grace will actually lose their health care. be forced to give up their home, become insolvent, go bankrupt. or die. a choice that no american should have to face. mr. speaker, the bill under consideration today is one of many that was -- didn't go through regular order there. were no hearings. closed process. they cut out all the democratic amendments that we had to improve the bill. and that's how the republicans have been handling health care legislation this congress. that's why this approach isn't working. it's why this approach is so unpopular. no hearing. shut members out of the lg process. bring a bill to the floor that was hidden in some closet, written in see crerkts wildly unpopular, raising rates for those who are lucky enough to
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keep their insurance. this bill is not aimed at protecting patients. this bill before us and the senate republican health care bill make it more difficult for americans to deal with real life health care issues that we're belt death over the course of life for ourselves -- dealt over the course of life for ourselves and our families. reset, mr. speaker. we need a reset and start real discussion abouts improving health care. how could democrats and republicans work together to reduce costs? democrats and republicans should work together to expand coverage. we shouldn't be talking about whether 22 million people lose coverage or 10 million people lose coverage, or five million. let's talk about five million people gaining coverage, 10 million people gaining coverage. let's reset and reset, mr. spea we need a reset and start real discussion frame the discussion about how more people could have access to health care. the problem we're trying to solve is not how we can get less americans access to health care. that's why the bill is so
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unpopular. if that's the problem republicans are trying to solve, they solved it in this bill. that's not the problem the american people want us to address in congress. more people have health care and people want to save money. they want their insurance rates to be lower. there are some low hanging fruit in terms of costs in health care, administrative overhead, wasteful and duplicative spending, that we can go after together. these are good ideas. whether you are a democrat or republican. one of the amendments i proposed was pricing transparency. one of the problems in the health care marketplace is nobody knows how much anybody charges different insurers and private payers pay widely difference amounts. let's disclose the pricing and have transparency so market mechanisms will work to pull down rates by promoting competition. by not allowing the market into health care, we're creating
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inefficiencies and driving up rates. let's come together on that. let's come together on a lot of great ideas, that democrats and republicans have bills on, have amendments on. no, they are not even allowed to be debated. not even allowed to be voted on either on this bill in which every democratic amendment was shot down, or in the republican health care bill in which no process was allowed for democrats to improve the bill. we have never even been invited into the secret backroom. we didn't even see the bill until it was presented fully formed days before it had to be voted on affecting the lives of 22 million americans. 1/8 of our entire economy without any hearings, without any expert testimony, and only days to digest this multi-- 00-page bill. let's reset and work together to bring down costs, expand coverage and improve quality. and create a work product in
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health care reform that we can be proud of as republicans, as democrats, as americans. one in which debbie and her son sam don't have to worry about giving up their home or facing death. one in which grace and her mother are able to live out their lives without worrying about their pre-existing condition. i call to reject this closed rule. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado, mr. buck. mr. buck: i appreciate my change in chart. they passed their a health care bill without republican support. now that the affordable care act is failing, now that we have over 90 counties in america that
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have zero health insurers to choose from in the individual market, now that we see the affordable care act in a death spiral, all of a sudden, we are concerned about the bipartisanship and how to fix the problem. we have heard zero, zero in the past six years, amendments to the affordable care act that would have improved the affordable care act from the other side of the aisle, while they had the president in the white house. and now all of a sudden, we are looking for bipartisanship and solutions and we will find those bipartisanship and solutions in the future. mr. speaker, if we want affordable health care in the country, we need to address the cost of supplying care. this strikes at the heart of skyrocketing medical care by ending frivolous lawsuits. he reforms made by h.r. 1215
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will be important for rural america and underserved urban america. doctors will be able to afford and live and practice in these communities providing the responsive care that all americans deserve, not just americans who live a few miles from a major hospital. i encourage my colleagues on both side of the aisle to support this legislation. i know democrats and republicans have different policy approaches to reforming our health care system, but this legislation has been implemented by democrats in the state of california, where it has proven successful. we have the chance to apply this more broadly. this effort has been bipartisan in the past and should be bipartisan today. mr. speaker, i thank the sponsor of this bill, representative steve king. i urge a yes vote on the resolution and yes vote on the bill and yield back and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: all time has expired. the question is on ordering the
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previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. polis: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. 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 234. the nays, 184. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. all those in favor say aye. all those opposed say no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. polis: i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 235, the nays are 186. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal on which the the yeas and nays are ordered. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. 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 238, and the nays are 178 with two voting present. the journal stands approved.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i send to the desk a resolution and ask unanimous consent for its immediate consideration in the house. the clerk: house resolution 411, resolution adjusting the amount of the members representational allowance. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to consideration of the resolution? without objection, the resolution is agreed to. and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the democratic caucus, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the clerk: house resolution 412 resolved that the following named member is elected to the following standing committee of the house of representatives. one, committee on armed services, mr. walz. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid
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pon the table. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, the chair will postponeproceedings on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or votes objected to under clause 6 rule 20. the question will vote on proceedings at a later time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will come to order. please take all conversations off the floor, out of the aisles and the back row. if you are having conversations, please remove them at this time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 497 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 497, a bill to direct the secretary of the interior to


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