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.here are bills that passed on the one hand, we have to make sure medicaid spending is smart grid on the other hand, we have to make sure medicaid enrollment is also smart. the --y people also without analyzing how many people should have access to a safety net before it doesn't become a safety net anymore. host: watch this conversation online at c-span.org. last day before the july fourth recess. they're taking up a couple of immigration and enforcement bills. the first dealing with
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previously deported aliens who commit crimes and another who increases penalties for so-called sanctuary cities. votes this afternoon. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by e guest chaplain, bishop stephen e. blaire, diocese of stockton, stockton, california. bishop blaire: let us pray. o, god, in this house, many words are spoken just as in our houses of worship. grant us o lord the wisdom to speak words that will always be he had filing to buildup our nation as a people. let our words not only denounce war, violence and gin justices,
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but promote all that is necessary for building genuine peace through right relationships. let our words not only condemn exploitation, racism and abuses of wealth, but demonstrate that the cries of the poor and excluded have been heard. let our words promote building just systems that ensure the common good and protect the inherent dignity of every human life. et our words not only lament environmental degradation but promote all that is necessary for respecting the earth as our common home. lord god, grant that our words will always build one nation under god, indivisible, with
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liberty and justice for all. amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from maryland, mr. brown. mr. brown: 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 california, mr. mcnerney, is recognized for one minute. mr. mcnerney: mr. speaker, today i'm pleased to be joined by a special guest from my district, bishop stephen blair, who has the privilege of -- blaire, who has the privilege of the today's opening prayer.
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he was nominated by pope john paul ii becoming the fifth bib on of stockton. throughout his career -- fifth district of stockton. throughout his career, he has promoted and worked towards social justice gains. as a newly appointed bishop, he followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, continuing to address the needs of spanish speaking parishioners by bringing more spanish speaking priests to the diocese and maintaining a ministry to migrant workers. i want to leave you with some words of wisdom from bishop blaire that we can all take to heart. when he was appointed to bishop of stockton he said his vision was to build a church that was strong in faith but also strong in service to the community. as we head home to celebrate the birth of our nation, let's remember that as members of congress, our job is to build a government the american people have faith in because of our commitment to serving their needs.
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mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania eek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, every day there are more stories about the affordable care act, or obamacare's ongoing collapse. mr. rothfus: insurers have been dropping out of the a.c.a. market for three years now. it's estimated to two out of every five or 40% of all countries in the county will have only one insurer on the exchanges and many markets may soon have none at all. the house-passed compromised legislation to provide the american people, especially those in the individual market, with more flexibility and choice and fewer washington mandates all while putting medicaid, a critical safety net program, on a sustainable path. critics of this legislation have responded with hyperbolic, irresponsible rhetoric and no solutions other than higher
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taxes, more spending and more washington control. some a.c.a. defenders are actually calling for sangle payer system which would ultimate in unbearably higher taxes, even tighter grips from washington and unsustainable spending. it would destroy innovation, create scarcity, drive up costs. even the liberal california legislators seems to have abandoned the single payer fantasy this week. instead of going toward single payer, let's made the promises we made to repeal and replace obamacare and meet the expectations of those who sent us here. i thank the speaker and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, on july 1, 1997, britain transferred its sovereignty over hong kong to china. beijing promised to have universal sufficient radges and ultimate aims and other
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freedoms. this promise remains unfulfilled. a new chief executive was elected, not by the people of hong kong, but a committee who has close ties to the chinese government. human rights groups have documented growing threats to judicial independence. hong kong's freedoms are a grave -- at grave risk. the president will visit hong kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover. some protesters have already been detained, including joshua wong, and nathan law. mr. speaker, i hold all members of this chamber to speak out in support of democracy and autonomy for hong kong. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, today i want to address illegal immigration, what house republicans are doing to ensure americans'
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safety. this week we voted to defund sanctuary cities that harbor criminals like the man who murdered kate steinle in san francisco. my heart goes out to her parents and families around the country who have lost loved ones to foreign nationals who should have never been in this country in the first place. mr. desjarlais: we passed kate's law to increase penalties on previously deported illegal immigrants. also, this -- the no sanctuary for criminal alien acts would defund sanctuary cities and prevent lawsuits against local governments that follow federal law. shockingly, nashville, in my home state of tennessee, is considering a sanctuary bill, even though murders this year outnumber last year's totals. policies ctuary endanger not only san francisco or nashville but the entire u.s. president trump is cracking down on immigration crime, illegal border crossings are down and arrests and deportations of criminal aliens are up, just as americans
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demanded last november. here in the house, we're keeping our promises and our country safe. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. speaker, h.r. 3003, a partisan bill that seeks to punish so-called sanctuary cities, strikes at the heart of community-based policing efforts' vital public safety. under this bill, states and counties where local police focus on community priorities rather than immigration enforcement would be punished, losing millions of dollars that could be used to build up communities, improve our nation's infrastructure and strengthen local government. moreover, this bill would jeopardize public safety by
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discouraging people from trusting law enforcement, sharing information or reporting crime. across the country, most police chiefs have expressed serious concerns about policies that may lead to racial profiling or requiring their officers to break up families. they have said that immigration enforcement should remain a federal responsibility. instead of forcing local police to act as immigration officers, we should work on passing comprehensive immigration reform that includes a pathway to citizenship for aspiring americans. and if we truly want to make the streets of america safer, congress should act to strengthen bonds between community and police, invest in mental health care and substance abuse services, reduce gun violence and reform the criminal justice system. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. lance: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to pay tribute to
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staff sergeant henry j. neicamp of milford, new jersey. this july, the sergeant will be awarded the french legion of honor. normally reserved for french nationals. however, other nationals who have aided france or promoted its ideals can receive the recognition as well. due to sergeant neicamp's dedication to the allied cause in world war ii from june of 1943 to october of 1945, there's no one more deserving of the honor. during world war ii, sergeant neicamp was stationed in hardwick, england, where he flew 35 missions as bambings-25 nose gunner. -- b-25 nose gunner. he had low-level flying in support of ground forces during the battle of the bulge. he was awarded four bronze stars and five air medals. of eant neicamp's a story
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great sacrifice. mission after mission, flight after flight he answered the call of duletty. he did not rest until the struggle was over and the forces of right had prevailed. i am pleased that france is recognizing sergeant neicamp for his role in its liberation and i also thank him for his tremendous service, not only to the united states, but to the allied cause. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. green: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to h.r. 3003. the no sanctuary for criminals act is another attack on the immigration communities and colors -- communities of color in my home state of texas and communities throughout the country. this misguided legislation would strip critical federal funding for our local police agencies such as cops grants
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that do not comply with federal immigration detainers. doing so would only undermine the public safety in our communities in houston and harris county. our local law enforcement officers for houston police department and harris county this was are responsible for protecting the people of our great city and county and upholding our local laws. they're not nor should they be de facto federal immigration agents. immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government and not the states or local governments. to require local police officers to enforce federal immigration law would not only violate our 200-year tradition of federalism but would tear apart the local trust our police and this was have built with the immigrant community and communities of color over the years. i ask my colleagues to let our local law enforcement protect our families and our homes and not the immigration agents and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized. >> mr. speaker, let's be clear. so-called sanctuary cities have become a safe haven for illegal immigrants that have committed crimes. they undermine federal law and put the safety of law-abiding citizens at risk. kate steinle was murdered in san francisco by an illegal immigrant who had seven felonies and had been deported five times. mr. bucshon: where was kate's sanctuary? we're a country of laws and we must enforce them and hold accountable anyone who violates them. sarah root was killed by an illegal immigrant street racing drunk. gary was murdered in cold blood by working the night shift at a convenient store. mr. speaker, no family should ever have to go through what these families have faced. kate's law and the no sanctuary for criminals act will help protect our communities and help protect families from
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these senseless and preventable tragedies. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? the gentleman from indiana is recognized. >> mr. speaker, most americans get it. frankly, it's just common sense. we can't continue to reward folks who come to our country illegally while those who work hard and play by the rules struggle to get ahead. mr. messer: it's way past time to fix our broken immigration policies in america. today, the house is considering two commonsense reforms to combat illegal immigration, restore rule of law and protect public safety. the sanctuary for -- the no sanctuary for criminals act defunds sanctuary cities and
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cracks down on dangerous sanctuary city policies that shield criminal investigations from federal immigration enforcement and puts american citizens at risk. kate's law increases penalties for deported felons who return to america and commit further crime. kate's law was named after a young woman who was tragically gunned down by a five-time deported felon nearly two years ago to this day. out -- it's outrageous. i urge my colleagues to support these much-needed reforms and then do more to stop illegal immigration in the united states. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from arizona seek recognition? >> permission to address the house the -- for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady is recognized. ms. mcsally: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the life f amalfonzi. born on the 4th july, he was a patriot and political strategist, columnist and talk show host who had knowledge of local politics. his career spanned three decades and host of "inside track." he loved classical opera, guns and the old west and worked to preserve local western heritage through his radio show. under his exterior was a soft and charitable heart. not only did he raise three successful daughters, but took in a number of youths as a foster parent. he adopted many stray animals, one of them depicted here, he named after me, martha. six-month old puppy.
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one of the highlights of my life. he passed away at age of 78. emil, i'm grateful for your friendship, advice and support. you will be missed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the month of june as national post-traumatic stress awareness month. millions of our nation's heroes experience post-traumatic stress upon returning home from their service. invisible wounds like p.t.s. are just as important and worthy of treatment as physical injuries.
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p.t.s. is help for not a sign of defeat but a show of strength and commitment to a full and healthy life. treating p.t.s. is not a one size fits all process either. our veterans need to find the treatment that works best for their unique needs. that's why i'm proud, my legislation, the cover act, has been signed into law and will help increase access to evidence-based alternative therapies at the v.a. this month, i stand committed to serve our nation's heroes and improve their treatment options. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. >> mr. speaker, it is an extreme
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honor to note the accomplishment of a hardworking 4th district family, mark and shay morgan and their daughter were named last december as the 2016 arkansas farm family of the year and will compete this coming october among nine other state winners to become 2017 farmer of the year. their farm is known for peach-picking paradise, which has 3,500 trees on 17 acres. i was fortunate to visit last fall and sample some of their produce. with peaches making up 60% of the farm's operation, it consists of 600 acres of hay used for 300-head of beef cattle. the morgans are a vital part of their local community participating in a number of organizations that display the hard work ethic they live by.
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congratulations to the morgans as they are testimony to the american dream and to that of the 4th district of arkansas. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor a true american hero, ray heckler, who is being laid to rest in arlington today with full military honors. ray begin his service to his country as a private in the army and retired as a command sergeant major in 40 years. he served in germany, berlin, japan, paris, africa, morocco, casablanca and marcel. he was awarded the bronze star. remembered by those closest to him as being a helping hand, ray
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spent time aiding the disadvantaged by working to construct and rehabilitate homes through habitat for humanity. i recognize mr. heckler and his devotion to our country. thoughts and prayers to his family as they mourn the loss of a truly courageous and selfless man. rest in peace, ray heckler. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker, on january 29, 2017, u.s. navy special warfare operator william ryan owens was killed during a raid in yemen. at age 36, he gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our great nation. he is survived by his wife and
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three young children. i introduced a bill that would rename the post office in honor of ryan's life and service. my office and i worked closely with the u.s. postal service and the navy, gold star families and ryan's family. all of us were determined to make sure we got this right. his wife made the decision to name the post office after ryan in a town in my district where ryan graduated high school. this has the support of the entire illinois delegation and hope that the post office remind the community of their hometown hero. while we can never repay chief owens and his family for the sacrifices he made, renaming the post office in his is to thank him for his service.
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he and his family are forever in our hearts and prayers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yields back his time. and for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. yoho: mr. speaker, it is my pleasure today to rise to welcome the republic of korea to the united states on the occasion of the first visit as president. the united states and republic of korea share a defense alliance and bound together as fellow democracies who share common values. the u.s.-korea relationship has been a growing partnership and they are the u.s.' sixth largest partner and we have over 1,700 korean-americans in my district.
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korea is only one of five mutual defense allies in asia, one of three nations to have completed a bilateral trade agreement with the united states and host to u.s. military presence of nearly 38,000 americans. the republic of korea is our foundational partner in facing the gravest threats to the world's peace and security that is the rogue regime of kim xiong un. we will maintain our close bilateral relationships. i give congratulations to president moon on his first electoral victory and welcome him warmly to washington during such an important time. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker house of representatives, sir, pursuant to the commission granted in 2-h of rule 2 of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk
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received the following message from the secretary of the senate june 29 at 59 km. board of visitors of the u.s. merchant marine academy, western hemisphere policy commission and with the best wishes, i am signed sincerely karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. sessions: by the direction on committee of rules i call up house resolution 415 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 415, resolved,that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 3004, to amend section 276 of the immigration and nationality act relating to reentry of removed aliens. all points of order against consideration of the bill are
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waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary, and two, one motion to recommit. section 2, on any legislative day during the period from july 3, 2017, through july 10, 2017, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved, and b, the chair may at any time declare the house adjourned to meet at a date and time, within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution, to be announced by the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 3, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 2 of this resolution as though under clause 8-a of rule 1.
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section 4, it shall be in order without intervention of any point of order to consider concurrent resolutions providing for adjournment during the month of july, 2017. section 5, the committee on appropriations may, at any time before 5:00 p.m. on thursday, july 6, 2017, file privileged reports to accompany measures making appropriations for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2018. section 6, the committee on armed services may, at any time before 5:00 p.m. on thursday, july 6, 2017, file a report to accompany h.r. 2810. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas, mr. sessions, is recognized for one hour. mr. sessions: during consideration of this resolution, all time is yielded for the purpose of debate only. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: i would now also yield the customary 30 minutes to the the gentlewoman from new york, my dear friend, the
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ranking member of the committee, the gentlewoman, mrs. slaughter, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sessions: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. sessions: i rise in support of this rule and the underlying legislation. this rule provides for consideration of h.r. 3004 also known as kate's law. should be ininstruct i have to recognize that h.r. 3004 had a come painion -- that we debated on the rule yesterday but will vote on it today, that was a companion bill to this that is a very important bill. these are both effective law enforcement tools that need to be made available not only to protect the people of the united
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states, but in particular, people who live in many of the jurisdictions that are being denied that support by effective law enforcement because of political policies that are being instructed by city councils and mayors across the country. mr. speaker, on july 1, 2015, juan francisco lopez-sanchez shot and killed kate steinle at pire 16 in fran:, california. mr. sanchez claims that he does not fully recall the murder as he took strong sleeping pills prior to the incident. mr. speaker, this cowardly murder should never have happened. mr. sanchez is and was an unlawful criminal alien who had previously been deported five times from the united states of
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america. he had numerous fellly convictions in the united states of america included the possession of hernan the manufacturing of narcotics in the united states of america. despite his lengthy history of criminal acts dating back to 1991, mr. sanchez was able to illegally re-enter the united states again, and again, and gain, with minimal consequences, showcasing serious faultlines in one of our systems of deterrence, our border. . for years the spread of dangerous sanctuary policies have failed the american people and cost lives. the death of innocent americans, such as kate, sarah root, rant, and too many others
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across this country is simply unacceptable. mr. speaker, that is why we are here today. the american people have had enough, and i believe congress has heard from the people, and we have had enough -- heard enough. and had enough. the bottom line is we now have a president, donald j. trump, who not only heard this same story utoy as he went -- as he went around the country, because i can assure you that people heard this same content. one person stepped up to the plate. that is now our president, donald j. trump. the american people are sick and tired of turning on their tv's or radios or newspapers
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and seeing yet another senseless murder committed by a previously deported criminal alien. their deaths are especially devastating since i believe they could have been prevented if our immigration laws had been carefully enforced or we had really what i call the national deterrent, the will to stop these senseless acts. kate's law gets close to doing just that. the underlying legislation that the house will be able to vote on in this rule and in the legislation today enhances the current maximum sentences for illegal re-entry. the bill raises the maximum sentences for criminal aliens who re-enter the united states between 10 and 25 years in prison, depending on the criminal's history. for all those who are attempting to politicize this
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legislation and, yes, they are, i would encourage them to read the bill. mr. speaker, i have that bill in front of me as we speak, and it's really not too much of a ift. it's about half of a page and four other pages. members of congress do have time to read the bill. members of congress do have time to understand why we are here today. as more than just that's just the way it is, it is in fact a reality that has become all too known by every single american, and especially moms and dads. moms and dads and uncles and grandparents who hurt when our children are hurt.
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so regardless of your position on general immigration reform, i would hope that you would in us today, join us today doing everything we can to discourage criminal murders and illegal aliens. this is about where even there is a slightest potential there could be citizens who could be harmed, we need a second look, a second opportunity and a chance to address the issue. the american people, i believe, need and deserve stronger deterrence for those who have come here illegally and have already proven they are willing to break our nation's most serious laws. these are not huddled masses yearning to be free or families attempting to come here for a better life. these are bad people and we call them criminals. they have violated the criminal
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conduct code here in the united states of america. they are people who we know who are capable of terrible crimes who, via their own criminal actions, have made sure they ve taken away the right that others had and in such doing so has harmed the lives of our citizens. the american people spoke clearly in november. president donald j. trump understood that. this is a criminal matter. this is not a politics issue, and the time of letting the worst criminals back in our country over and over and over again must stop. the process begins again today and, mr. speaker, that's just the way it is, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from new york, ms. slaughter.
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ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. chair. i'm pleased to thank the gentleman, my good friend, mr. sessions, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for as much time as she wishes to use. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, all of us mourn the death of kate steinle. tragically shot and killed in san francisco in 2015. isn't a parent anywhere who doesn't worry about the well-being and safety of a child and we all know, even though we may not have lost our own, we have deep sympathy with those who do. but as the cato institute has outlined, the legislation before us today would not have prevented that tragedy. as the cato institute has said, the alleged shooter, quote, did not end up in san francisco due to laxed border security. in this case, actually shows
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the opposite. in recent years, border patrol caught him every time he attempted to cross, end quote. he was only in the city because the u.s. justice department failed to do its job. and that's why cato has called this bill, quote, a waste of federal resources, end quote. let me say that again, mr. speaker, that these are the words of the cato institute, a group founded by the well-known conservative charles koch. cato could not have been more clear when they said this week, quote, kate's law would not have helped kate, end quote. now, our country has listened to our president donald j. trump call mexican americans, quote, criminals, drug dealers and rapists, end quote. the public has watched him promote a deportation force, tear apart families and sign executive order directing federal resources toward the construction of a wall along
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the border between u.s. and mexico where there is one, mostly already, that has not done much deterring. that's despite the fact that spending on border security has been at the highest level that our country has ever seen. it seems the majority's now taking page from the president's playbook apparently trying to turn his dangerous rhetoric into law. it's shameful that they're prioritizing a bill that's completely unnecessary since current law already imposes adequately severe penalties for illegal re-entry, including enhanced penalties for criminal offenses. it is already covered, mr. speaker. but we do have something we need to fill the afternoon since the health bill failed. all the while the majority's ignoring the many, many major issues facing the nation today. now, i know and we all know that the bill wasn't the only thing they were hoping to ram through before we adjourn
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before the district work period. they also hope to pass their health care repeal so quickly before leaving town that the american people wouldn't notice but, frankly, even as i say that, they have noticed. as i understand now that the approval rate for that bill is 12%. they've noticed. i think what they have noticed is that they are going to kill medicaid. the reason they wanted to do this in a hurry, health care first, was in order to fulfill their tax bill promise, corporate tax cuts as well as tax cuts for the richest people in the united states. they wanted to take from the health bill the expanded medicare money, $880 billion to pay for tax cuts. the devastation that that would create is, i think, most american people understand it. if they have a loved one in a nursing home, that means 64% of the cost of nursing care is borne by medicaid, they would
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have to bring the person home. it means that 22 million people would lose their health insurance. let me put that number -- we say 22 million. let me put that number in perspective. that number, 22 million, is more than the population of alaska, delaware, hawaii, idaho, kansas, maine, new hampshire, new mexico, montreal, nebraska, north dakota, rhode island -- montana, nebraska, north dakota, rhode island, vermont, washington, d.c., west virginia and wyoming combined. that's pretty impressive, isn't it? in february, our president trump said, quote, nobody knew that health care could be so complicated, end quote. well, mr. speaker and mr. president, those of us on our side who worked for more than a year to craft the affordable care act knew that very well. i was chair of the rules
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committee at the time. just the rules committee. heard from 46 different members of congress over the course of three meetings which together lasted more than 20 hours. one of them a full saturday of hearings. so together with the work done by the other committees of jurisdiction, the health care reform law received such a thorough vetting -- and i want to get this on the record because i hear all the time it was written in closed doors and strange people and nobody knew what it was and we were all surprised. nothing could be further from the truth. bill christal proclaimed on fox news, quote, this is the most thoroughly debated piece of legislation in my family in washington. i feel like i need to say that again. i won't. but how important -- those of us who were there knew it. we knew how many committee meetings were held on this
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legislation. on the bill you're talking about from your side, the majority side, not a single committee heard it. i wish the vast majority of the republicans who deserve to see it have not even seen that bill, and that is a tragedy. we do not operate the united states of america that way. so mr. speaker, there's no comparison between the open and transparent and lengthy process that we went through to craft the affordable care act which, by the way, was written by experts. what the majority is trying to do with this disastrous repeal bill -- and while i'm at it, so many times i was doing the rule on the repeal bills. repeal and replace. repeal and replace. we know now that almost seven years and almost 60 votes that we paid for by running the house, all this time there was no replacement. they still don't have a replacement. if that wasn't a hoax on the
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american people i don't know what was. but the process we're seeing now, as defined by back room deals and secrecy and a complete disregard for regular order and i understand between now and tomorrow afternoon that there will be a lot of big deals changing hands. we won't next week what is there anyway. we wait to see a new c.b.o. core and see what that says. every president since theodore roosevelt tried to enact health care reform. after decades of failed attempts and false starts, president obama, working with the democrat congress, was finally able to deliver. the majority should work with us again. we are willing to do it. what we'd really like to see you do is take the a.c.a. and the problem it has and let's work together and improve that law which has already been in effect now for numbers of years
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since 2014 and we could just move ahead and get on with things that are more -- that are terribly important to us. we wish you would do that instead of trying to dismantle it. and if it was dismantled it would disrupt the markets, it would harm the sick and disproportionately impact those in nursing homes. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas, mr. sessions. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, thank you very much. mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from california, a distinguished member of this body, mr. mcclintock. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, is recognized for four minutes. mr. mcclintock: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, kate's law, the bill that this rule brings to the floor, is very personal to the people of my district because of two other names that we'll never forget. on october 24, 2014, sacramento county sheriff's deputy danny
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oliver and plasser county detective michael davis were brutally gunned down in one of the most cold-blooded ram pages in the history of either county. it began when deputy oliver approached a car in a parking lot to ask if he could help a couple who seemed to be lost. he was shot dead. . a buystander became the next victim and he survived a gunshot wound to the head but he remembered the smile on the gunman on face as he pulled the trigger. officer michael davis had lost his life on the line of duty of the very same day 26 years earlier. these crimes should never have happened. their assailant repeatedly entered this country illegally while here he had been aprenhended for other crimes and
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recrossed the border without being challenged. i have heard it said there's no evidence that illegal immigrants commit crimes at higher rate than the general population, that is just not true. it is true that crime statistics don't aggregate by legal status. some states by california no longer even report the legal status of inmates. they he can tell us by race, gender and background but won't tell us how many immigrants did. but by piecing together all of the fragmented data in 2015, fox news concluded that illegal immigrants are three times more likely to be convicted of murder than the legal population. according to this report, illegals account for 3.7% of the population but are convicted of 13.6% of all crimes including 12% of all murders, 20% of all
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kidnappings and 16% of drug trafficking. each year 900,000 illegal immigrants are arrested for crime. citing the g.a.o., fox reported that 55,000 illegal immigrants were in federal prison and 296,000 in state and local jails in 2011. and the real tragedy is there should be zero crimes committed by illegal immigrants because there should be zero illegal immigrants in this country. for 16 years, two presidents, one republican and one democrat ignored their constitutional responsibility to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. thank god we have a president who takes that responsibility seriously. this rule brings to the floor a bill that increase espnialities for those who return to our country after they have been deported. the other to be dated adds sanctions to jurisdictions who
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refuse to protect their citizens and i rise in strong support of that bill as late. it is too late for officers dave is and oliver and too late for kate steinle and other americans killed by illegal immigrants but perhaps it's just in time for your neighbor, your family member or yourself. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back his time. mr. sessions: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: i yield five minutes to the the gentlewoman from california, a member of the judiciary subcommittee on immigration and border security, mrs. love green. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for five minutes. ms. lofgren: this saturday marks the two-year affers of the death of kate steinle, which was a tragedy for her family and for our entire community.
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my colleague from california has mentioned the murder of officers of davis and oliver, something that shook our northern california community. these things are terrible. and i think we can agree that every member of this house trem to, mourns and is dousely stress and opposed to these criminal acts. but h.r. 3004 is not the solution to prevent such tragedies. it expands criminal sentences for illegal re-entry offenses as has been mentioned by the ranking member of the rules committee, the person charged in connection with kate's death, i believe, he is, in fact, the murderer, he spent over 16 years in federal prison. he was repeatedly deported. it didn't prevent his crime.
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and i think it's important to recall, you know, we're not here writing bumper stickers. we are here writing laws. and so we need to examine what is the current law and what is the proposal to change the current law. the discussion i've heard seems to assume that there are no harsh penalties in law for people re-enter without inspection. nothing could be further from the truth. right now, there is a felony provision for attempts to re-enter. there are criminal penalties for re-entry of certain removed aliens. if you remove subsequent to a conviction for a commission of three or more misdemeanors, crimes against a person or felony, there's a 10-year
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sentence and if you remove subsequent to commission of an aggravated felony, it's a 20-year sentence and on and on. what does the bill do? it, for example, changes the 20-year sentence to a 25-year sentence. you could argue whether that's wise or unwise. i personally think that whether it's 20 or 25 is not going to be the major difference with a heinous criminal. it also expands the definition of the misdemeanors that must be committed to entail these tremendous penalties. right now, i mentioned it penalties involving violence or drugs, this would make garden-variety mids. if you were loitering that would account for the 10 years in federal prison. i don't think that those
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provisions are likely to make a material difference in the kinds of crimes that we all abhor. but there is something else in this bill that i think needs to be attended to. the bill's sponsor claims this targets immigrants with criminal convictions. but the reality is the bill mostly affects other people. the bill for the first time would make it a criminal offense for an individual who was previously denied admission or ordered removed to seek to rei have enter the country legally, even if the individual has no criminal history. the bill does this by adding a definition to the term crosses the border that includes those who enter the country in official restraint. this small change means it would
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be a felony for a person who has been previously denied admission to present themselves at a port of entry to request asylum, parole, admission or other form of entry. this is a drastic departure from current law. under current law, an individual can be prosecuted for illegal entry if they are trying to evade or intend to evade detection. they are trying to sneak in and get caught, we charge them with a crime. an individual who comes to a port of entry and voluntarily presents herself to an immigration officer and asks permission to enter the country legally, this bill makes it a crime. the bill makes a crime to come to the border not with the intent to enter illegally.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. slaughter: i yield the gentlelady two more minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. lofgren: to ask for a form of entry provided by our immigration laws. this bill makes it a crime for someone to try to re-enter legally. if you are a victim of human trafficking and come to a port of entry to seek protection and ultimately -- which the law allows, you would commit a crime. if you are a u.s. citizen and your relative is critically injured, you short up at the port to ask for humanitarian parole so you could donate blood or an organ to your u.s. citizen relative, you have committed a crime. in each of these cases you could be prosecuted and put in jail up to two years, even if you ultimately win your immigration
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case. now, i also want to make a point about some of the other types of people this bill would affect. according to the u.s. sentencing commission, at least half of the individuals convicted of illegal entry under the current statute which is the most common federal osecution in law today, they were coming to reunite with their family in the united tates -- half of them had at least one child living in the u.s. 2/3 of the offenders had a spouse or others they were trying to get back to. in addition to the people who are trying to enter legally, this bill massively increase espnialities on people for trying to get back to their families, many of whom are u.s. citizens. this desperation to get -- of these broken families is a
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direct result of our failed immigration policy. hundreds of thousands of immigrant parents have been deported over the years, leaving their u.s. citizen children as orphans in the united states. these parents, i understand it, are trying to get back to their kids. now we may think that's a good thing or a bad thing -- i would ask for one additional minute. ms. slaughter: i yield one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. lofgren: but we don't think that is a crime to love your child and get back to your child. the desperation these families feel is a direct result of our inability to create a top-to-bottom reform of our immigration laws that does this, that allows families to be united, that allows the economy to meet its needs, that allows the crops to be picked legally. we have created this problem by failing to enforce our laws. this bill doesn't solve the
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crime problem that we all care about. it creates new problems. it is not the answer to the terrible offenses that are at the name of it. in fact, those terrible crimes seem to me to be merely an excuse to expand deportation for the many, many people whose only offense is wanting to be near their families. i urge my colleagues to oppose this rule and to oppose this bill. i thank the gentlelady for yielding and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: i yield one minute to the majority leader, mr. mccarthy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman from rules committee. important work for this nation and capitol. there are some debates on this
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floor that are very complicated. they hinge on technicalities, complex judgment calls. you need to properly weigh all the data, all the study and all the nuances. but i will tell you today's debate is not complicated. this is not about a nuance and the subject is not complex. this is about answering a simple question. is the purpose of our government to protect the american people first? or the purpose of our government to protect felons who have entered our country illegally, broken our laws and threatened our people? an sh this was was -- exaggeration. but american citizens have died because some local governments have refused to uphold our laws. these so-called mr. desaulnier: cities offer
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safety for illegal felons. but they do so by putting our amilies, our neighbors and our fellow americans in danger. the american people look to our government. and they are uncertain. they elected people to represent them. but with those representatives ther protect citizens here illegally or fellow citizens. let us end the uncertainty today. our government should and always will put the safety of american people first. sanctuary will no longer be ignored. and those who re-enter our country with no respect for our laws will be punished.
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kate steinle, an american citizen, a daughter, and a promising young woman would be alive today if local government did not act as a safe haven for law breakers. juan lopez-sanchez shot kate after being deported five times. he had seven felony convictions before he murdered her. . after this crime we asked the same questions the rest of america did. how could this man be let free? why was he in america in the first place? and how can cities across our nation continue to shield such people from the law? in america, the federal government has little right to tell states and localities how to conduct affairs properly left
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to them. but our federal government has every right to demand that these government follow our just laws written in accordance with our constitution. if they do not, if those cities plow text criminals at the -- protect criminals at the expense of law-abiding americans, they should not expect their fellow citizens to help them through the federal government. for those cities with laws designed to harbor immigrants who have entered this country illegally, our legislation will prohibit those laws, cut off federal grant money, and allow the families who suffer as a result of their foolishness the right to have their day in court. to the criminals, if you break our laws and ever return, justice will come for you and the penalty will be severe. mr. speaker, being an american
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means something. we should never forget that. if america's your home, you are a citizen. you are part of this national community, rest assured the government is here for you. the american people come first. i yield you are part of this nal community, back. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from california yields back his time. the gentleman from texas reserves his time. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i wanted to inquire if my colleague has more speakers. mr. sessions: thank you very much. the majority side does have several speakers left. ms. slaughter: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the yeal from new york reserves her time -- gentlelady from new york reserves her ty. the gentleman from texas. mr. session: mr. speaker, at this time i would like to give five minutes to the distinguished young gentleman from south carolina, mr. duncan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina, mr. duncan, is recognized for five minutes. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i want to thank chairman sessions for his continued leadership here in the house of representatives. and especially on this issue in the rules committee. i rise today, mr. speaker, in support of this rule and underlying bill which we're calling kate's law. mr. speaker, we're calling this crackdown on illegal immigration and sanctuary policies kate's law after kate steinle. for those of you who don't know the story of katherine "kate" steinle, she was a beautiful 32-year-old woman from northern california who was murdered on the streets of san francisco while walking on a peer with her father two years ago this weekend. murdered. the alleged murder, an illegal immigrant named juan francisco, had seven felony convictions and had been deported from the united states five times. deported five times. let that sink in. it's truly unbelievable, mr. speaker. he was back in our
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country. after maneuvering through the previous administration's weak southern border and negligent h immigration enforcement. then he lived in san francisco due to that city's blatant disregard for federal law. a sanctuary city. san francisco is no sanctuary for kate. no sanctuary for that beautiful 32-year-old woman. if this story isn't a clear sign our system is broken, i don't know what is. we need kate's law town crease criminal penalties for illegal felons like juan francisco, who have been convicted of crimes, deported, and decided ones again to re-enter, illegally, re-enter the united states of america. a sovereign nation. kate's law is straightforward. common sense. it is the right beginning to make our homeland safer and get
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smart about immigrationpolicy. it's time for us to make america safe again. by addressing the lack of enforcement of federal law. kate's law is the right answer. i want to thank chairman goodlatte for introducing kate's law so we can crack down on this kind of illegal behavior. that so often means life or death for american citizens. it's time to enforce the law. the gentlelady a few minutes ago was talking about the law. well, there are laws on the books that say it's illegal to enter this country. there are laws on the books that prohibit these type sanctuary cities or sanctuary campuses as we're now seeing. and i hope congress will cut off the funding to these cities. it's time to get their attention to enforce federal law. i'm pleased the white house has vocalized their support for the
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underlying bill should it reach president trump's desk. i call upon my colleagues, both republicans and democrats, to support the rule and underlying bill. it's time again to make america safe again and honor young women like kate. this should be a bipartisan issue. should be. respect for the rule of law and protect the american citizens is really that simple. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, i believe the gentlewoman has instructed from her colloquy with me that she does not have additional speakers and would choose for me to move forward, is that correct? ms. slaughter: i do not. but i will refer if i may and yield to mr. pascrell. mr. sessions: that would be fine. we reserve our time. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, president trump campaigned on the promise of bringing jobs back home and removing barriers to job creation, but despite these promises, president trump's budget does a complete opposite. it cuts job training programs by
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39% and it's draconian spending cuts would lead to massive job losses. well, my colleagues will be happy to hear i have an amendment that will ensure the president keeps his promise of bringing jobs back home. mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question, will i offer an amendment to the rule to bring up -- i will offer an amendment to the rule to bring up mr. pascrell's bring jobs home act, h.r. 685. this bill will close a tax loophole that rewards companies for moving jobs overseas while providing a tax credit to companies that move jobs back to the united states. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. slaughter: to discuss our proposal, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for four minutes. mr. pascrell: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i hope, mr. speaker, as i listen very, very carefully, i hope that while i'm opposed to the rule, we're debating a bill, in my estimation, to reinforce negative stereotypes about the immigrants. i have listened to the response, erhaps, that are you impugning through the chair the record of democrats on fulfilling our oath of office, first part of which is, to defend america from within and from without. that's the oath of office. of law enforcement, co-chairman of law enforcement in the congress of united states or over 14 years, i'm very
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close to law enforcement communities, so i think we ought to hesitate a second before we start pointing fingers. we're good at it, all of us, on both sides. so why we're -- while we're doing that, most of our constituents are concerned about how to defend middle class jobs and bolster our manufacturing base. the majority of americans agree that keeping u.s. jobs from moving overseas should be a top priority. yet, despite the empty promises made by this president, the flow of jobs overseas has not stopped . the administration has awarded government contracts, mr. speaker, to companies that continue to offshore jobs. this is worst than empty words. these are the facts. in fact, we use our tax money to
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help those corporations go offshore. i hope that makes you feel really good. in december then president-elect old hundreds of workers at the carrier manufacturing plant in indiana that he would save their jobs. 600 union jobs from that plant are moving to monterey, mexico. this is happening despite carrier receiving $7 million in tax incentives from the state of indiana to keep the plant open. chuck jones, president of the united states steel workers, cal 1999, which represents carrier employees, said that the president, quote-unquote, lied his you know what off.
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layoffs at the company start july 20. we don't stop companies from offshoring american jobs by holding rallies. e do it by making good policy. and exercise this administration and this congress has refused. so what we have and settled for words, an't, is empty empiric victories while we undermine our values. if they want to change that, my friends on the other side can start right now and we will help them. under current law, when companies move overseas, we give them a tax break. for the cost. that's unbelievable. we need to stop offshoring. this congress can defeat the previous question and bring up
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the bring jobs home act. this bill eliminates the tax deduction, gives a tax credit of up to 20% -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. slaughter: i yield the gentleman two more minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized tore two more minutes. mr. pascrell: 20% of the costs to u.s. businesses that bring jobs back to the united states. the companies would have to add jobs to claim the tax credit. so let's stop subsidizing companies that ship jobs overseas and start bringing back to our shores. in fact, we used it in the last campaign as a reason why we have a problem in employment because the immigrants take these jobs. that has been an empty fact. no details, no facts, no science. mr. speaker, it doesn't get much
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simpler than this. this is not a new idea. president obama and congress raised a bill for years, the house blocked it in the majority, on the other side. senator stabenow of michigan leads this bill in the senate where it cleared a procedural vote 93-7. i challenge you today to stop the small talk. put your money where your mouth s take up and pass this bill to stand for american manufacturing and the workers here at home who need help. i urge a no vote on the previous question so we can bring up the bring jobs home act and start bringing jobs back to the united states. i'll take a back seat to no one when it comes to upholding the law. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair would remind members remarks in debate may no engage in personalities towards the president of the united states, including by repeating remarks made elsewhere that would be improper if spoken in the
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members' own words. the gentlewoman from new york. reserves the baffle her time. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, thank you very much. mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield six minutes to the gentleman from woodville, texas, the gentleman, dr. babin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for six minutes. mr. babin: thank you, chairman sessions. mr. speaker, i rise today to speak in strong support of kate's law and the no sanctuaries for criminals act. this saturday, july 1, marks two years since the tragic death of 32-year-old kate steinle who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant who had seven prior felony convictions and who had also been deported five times. kate's death is a clear reminder we must do more to stop the abuse of our immigration laws by criminals who repeatedly flaunt the rule of law by illegally re-entering the united states. kate's law puts in place new
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guidelines for stiffer penalties for criminal aliens who continue to re-enter the united states illegally. kate's law is desperately needed to protect the residents of the tate of texas. a man who had been deported five times to mexico for crimes, including three d.w.i.'s re-entered the united states illegally and was charged with committing multiple sexual assaults and kidnapped a woman slowly for the purpose of setting her on fire. current policy enables criminals to roam american streets no matter where they come from with little fear of arrest and deportation. kate's law imposes stronger consequences and is an important step in restoring law and order nd will protect american lives. sadly there are state and local officials who put the interests of criminal aliens before the safety of american citizens.
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these officials should take the time to meet with the families of the many victims of these criminal aliens like i have. they will see the resulting tragedy of sanctuary city policies. to reign in such states and localities, we need to pass the no sanctuary for criminals act, which will impose consequences on state and local jurisdictions that ignore federal immigration law by refusing to work with federal immigration officials to remove criminal aliens from the united states. in the first month of the trump administration, immigration and customs enforcement issued over 3,000 detainers, orders for local authorities to keep aliens in custody for 48 hours to enable i.c.e. to get them for deportation. 206 of these detainers were deliped by sanctuary city jurisdictions. local authorities ignored i.c.e.
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detainer requests and released these dangerous individuals on to american streets. these just weren't petty criminals, folks. their crimes included, homicide, rape, assault, indecent exposure towards a minor, aggravated assault with a weapon, vehicle theft, kidnapping, driving under the influence, hit and run and sexual assault. passing this is common sense because it cuts off federal grants to these sanctuary cities. our bill redirects these funds to states and localities that are cooperating with federal immigration authorities and making america safer. the message of this legislation is clear. american taxpayers are tired of footing the bill for states and localities that threaten their safety. criminal aliens with final deportation orders make up more
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than 50% of foreign-born inmates sitting in our prisons right now. our streets will be made safer by deporting these criminal aliens rather than letting them loose on to american streets. local law enforcement officials should work with federal law enforcement agencies to keep criminals out of our country and off of these streets. this is why we must pass kate's law and the no sanctuary for criminals act to prevent other deaths like kate steinle's. i'm proud to support these two commonsense law and order bills and strongly urge my house colleagues to vote in favor of them today. thank you, mr. chairman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas -- mr. sessions: we reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york. ms. slaughter: do you have further speakers, mr. sessions? mr. sessions: yes, ma'am. we have one additional speaker,
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at least one additional -- two additional speakers and i would reserve to close. ms. slaughter: i will reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: mr. speaker, at this time, i would like to have our next speaker to be recognized as one of the leading voices in congress, not only on this issue, but also issues of great importance. and it's americaism. that our country is a great country and we live in the greatest country in the world and not one time that i'm around this gentleman that he doesn't speak about the rule of law and the important attributes of our country that make us world leaders. at this time, i would like to yield to mr. king, five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from iowa is recognized for five minutes. mr. king: i thank the gentleman from texas.
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he leads us in this congress and takes on a heavy load in the rules committee. those are late-night meetings and most of us have put our feet up, maybe not so much me, and pete sessions is working away keeping organization in this house and helping bring these things to the floor. we wouldn't be here on the floor if we didn't have a rules committee that cooperated. i thank chairman bob goodlatte for joining with me on this and putting his name on top of this. we could still be stuck back in hearings and markups. great week to be debating these immigration bills. the big reason is that hold their feet to the fire week. radio talk show hosts who believe in the rule of law and building a wall, come together at the phoenix hotel in this city and we talk about those rule of law and enforcing
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immigration law. that's gone on now for a long time. i have joined in most of those. but also, this is the week that the grieving families who lost the loved ones at the hands of a criminal alien in this country, have not only come to this city and joined in in the radio discussion at the phoenix hotel but invited out to the white house to meet with the president yesterday, where there were a number of these families that were there to be represented and respected. and i would say 2/3 to three-quarters of them are people i worked with from the beginning of the tragedy that struck their family. i'm greatly respectful of the individuals who have had the courage to step forward, that president trump has identified. and i recall those times when he sked some of these families, sabine durbin
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whose son was killed by an illegal alien. they have paid a huge price but they were courageous to step up on the stage with presidential candidate donald trump and recount their stories before the media and the national convention and reiterate these stories. i heard the story of the murder of his son that took place within the living room that shaw was sitting in. i have heard it now for nine years. the pain has not gone out of his voice, mr. speaker. and we have some obligations here. and i heard it in the previous speaker, keep our people safe. well, of those who die at the hands of criminal aliens, the illegal aliens, anyone who is unlawfully present in america and perpetrates violence against
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preventablehose are crimes. 100% preventable crimes. i would direct the attention here, mr. speaker, of a tweet that i had them pull down for me. i didn't know the date, but i saw the news story about kate steinle. and when i saw that story, it says family devastated after woman shot, killed in san francisco. the family of a san francisco woman who was killed in this random act of violence is mourning her loss as police continue to search for and then it's lost in space, the article that i read. but must have been published on the 2nd of july and killed on the 1 of july, 2015. my tweet came up on the 3rd, the very next day. i didn't stop to think about it or wait to see if it was a national story.
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bill o'reilly helped us a lot. here's a message i said, 100% preventable crime, just enforce the law. this will make you cry, too. and it happens every day. that's 142 characters. every day in this country at the hands of criminal aliens, people who are lawfully here are suffering and they are paying a huge price. and there isn't a way we quantify. the victim is often out of the equation when it comes to enforcing the law. i sat in on a case where i was the subject of a property rights crime. they announced the state versus and i remember his name, jason martin powell. my name isn't part of this proceedings because we don't honor the victims enough. well, we are honoring them here today. and we are honoring the life of kate steinle and the work of jim
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steinle and the rest of her family and all of those adults who came forward and put their name on this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from texas. mr. sessions: -- ms. slaughter: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman continues to reserve. mr. sessions: i would like to yield to the gentleman from texas, mr. poe. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. poe: mr. speaker, we have heard a lot and hear about it every day about health care. this is a health care bill. it is for the health of americans, the physical health of people so that they have the right to good health, health that is sometimes prevented by those people who are foreign nationals that commit crimes in the u.s., go to prison, get
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deported, go back, come back to the u.s. and commit another crime. it's a health care bill. and i would hope our friends on the other side would vote for one health care bill, and that is this bill. the idea that a person could commit a crime in this country, get deported, come back, commit more crimes, back and forth as we have heard, and continue to do it with lawlessness and arrogance is because the law is not enforced. and our cities talk about the communities that live there. i live in houston, texas. this bill helps protect the immigrant population, because you got ms-13 gangs, criminal gangs come to the u.s., they set up shop in our immigrant communities and terrorize those communities and do it with lawlessness because they believe if they ever get caught, they will be able to come back into
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the united states and continue their wicked ways. this bill helps prevent that. and if cities don't want to protect their immigrant communities and law enforcement doesn't want to help enforce the law, those communities should get federal funds for law enforcement. that's what these two bills do. i would hope members of congress would understand the importance that this bill deals with criminal aliens that run through the united states committing crimes, get deported and continue to come back. and this legislation helps us all together to protect the american health of everybody, those people who live in big cities, those people who live in small cities and it's a bill that protects the people who live in the united states and makes them healthier because we make sure that those people who want us to be unhealthy by their criminal, violent acts, are not in the united states. with that i yield back to the
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gentleman. and that's just the way it is. . mr. sessions: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: i need to inquire from my colleague if he has further speakers. if not, i'm prepared to close. mr. sessions: i agree with that. i have one minute remaining and i choose to wait on that. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: this is the 38th closed rule allowing no amendments and house republicans have brought to the floor this year and it's only june. at this rate, the majority is becoming the most closed congress in history. regular order seems to be a thing of the past under this leadership with bills coming to the house floor as these two are for a vote without going through any committee process. the immigration bills we are considering didn't even go through regular order. the disastrous health care
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repeal bill didn't get a single hearing and hardly anybody saw it. no experts were ever called to discuss its impacts and jammed through the chamber last month without a score from the congressional budget office outlining its costs or its impact. the senate has also completely bypassed the committee process. i was proud to bring the affordable care act to the house floor in 2009 as chair of the rules committee. process couldn't have been more different. let me remind those watching today, the house held 79 bipartisan hearings and markups on health insurance reform in 2009 and 2010. during that time, the house members heard from 181 witnesses from both sides of the aisle, considered 239 democratic and republican amendments and accepted 121 of them.
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that process was entirely different from what we go through today. in fact, a lot of the members of the house were cut out of the process, the idea of getting an amendment is really pretty rare. the legislation we are considering today should be able to withstand scrute think, but more and more of the nation's business is done in the dark or by a few people. let's get out of back rooms, mr. speaker and let legislators of both parties do their job under an open process. that's what the speaker promised when he took the gavel and according to the books and rules of the house of representatives and it's what the american people deserve. mr. speaker, we should not consider a bill that would cost tens of millions of people to lose health insurance and not consider the anti-immigration bills before us today. i'm going to urge a no vote on the previous question, on the rule and the bill.
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and hope for better days. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized for the final three minutes. . mr. sessions: i appreciate the dialogue today with the gentleman, my friend, the ranking member of the committee, not only for her professional conduct today, but also for her day-to-day service to the rules committee as both she and i have worked through these difficult issues that face our great nation. mr. speaker, what we're doing here today has a lot to do with two bills that were taken out of a larger immigration bill. on rday we heard a debate the rule -- on h.r. 3003, and today on h.r. 3004. they are, in essence, companion bills. balancing acts is what i would
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refer to them as. balancing acts about addressing two very specific problems that are in our country that are very inner related. these are law enforcement bills. make no mistake about it. these are not political. they are law enforcement bills. these are law enforcement bills that are designed to make sure that we effectively codify into federal law the viewpoint that cities cannot harbor criminals, rapists, murderers, people who are lobbying and killing people as they choose multiple times it and cities turning a blind eye to not only recognize that, not only request from other cities that might want these people, but also from the federal government. second bill that we've got is one that says that what we're not funddo is not only
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these cities that are ang two wary cities, but we're going to deal more effectively with these criminals in the system. that's kate's law. both of these bills, h.r. 3004 and 3003 effectively balance each other because as members of congress we hear from people back home, many times not just families from people who were impacted but really citizens who were worried about our country dividing itself on this issue of criminals. make no mistake about it. these are criminals. make no mistake about it, this is a law enforcement bill. make no mistake about it, the united states congress needs to ensure that our cities and states follow the laws, the federal laws, that we know have been not only cleared by congress but signed by the president of the united states. they'll be subject to review by
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the courts. we'll be very pleased to take that review also. because, in fact, what we're doing is protecting american citizens. we're answering the call. and i would say we're also making sure that we support the president of the united states, president trump, who spoke very clearly on these issues not only during the campaign. i urge my colleagues to support the rule and underlying legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: 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 yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of the adoption of the resolution. this is a 15-minute vote.
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the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 235. the nays are 190. the previous question is ordered. the question is now on the adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, mr. speaker, i request the yes vote -- a recorded vote. it's been a long day, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is
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ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [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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