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entity goes down, it could take our whole economy down with them. they are too big to compete against because economic studies say that they -- that investors and the markets assume they will be bailed out. they've seen that congress will pass new legislation to bail out if that is thought necessary to save the economy and that therefore they're able to get a cost of funds that may be as much as 80 basis points less than they would otherwise. they are too big to jail as former attorney generals have said they won't criminally prosecute because it might take down the whole economy. if the same thing was done by a medium-sized bank, no economic problem, go ahead and prosecute them. >> the hearing with chair yellen continues online at c-span.org. she's also tomorrow before the senate banking committee. we're covering that live as well. 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span3. u.s. house gaveling in momentarily, beginning work on legislation dealing with
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california sending its water out of state and later today, the first of a couple of days of consideration on the 2018 defense authorization bill, the bill that sets pentagon programs and policy for the next fiscal year. could be a couple of late nights in the u.s. house. they gavel in next live here on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, the archbishop hovnan derderian, western diocese, armenian church of north america, burbank, alifornia. the chaplain: almighty god, it
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is with a great, full and humble heart that i gaze upon you with supplications for lasting peace, prosperity and commonwealth for the great country of the united states, which so many people of diverse backgrounds proudly call home. as the spiritual leader of the armenians on the west coast, i bring the intersession of my flock, and i ask you, o lord, to grant wisdom, compassion and menhteousness to all congress and congresswomen, so they may lead this country through the path of justice, liberty and equality. compassionate god, forgive the sins of all your servants, and make them vessels of your divine ll, so that in all their
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endeavors they may remember your commandments and act according to the united states national interests in defense of the country's sovereignty. this i ask in your holy name. 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 south carolina, mr. wilson. mr. wilson: everyone, including our guests in the gallery, please join in. 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. schiff, is recognized for ne minute.
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mr. schiff: mr. speaker, i rise to recognize my friend, archbishop hovnan derderian, of the western diocese of the armenian church of north america and to thank him for delivering the opening prayer on the house floor today. archbishop derderian has had a tremendous impact on people of all faiths and has played a vital role in the religious and civic life of millions. since his election as primate in 2003, archbishop derderian has been a dedicated relimmingidgeous servant for the thousands who look to him for guidance, managing a diocese which covers the western united states. in the large armenian american diaspora community i represent, afternoon beneficiary op derderian is a steadfast voice for the values of faith, family that are at the core of their perseverance and strength. archbishop derderian and the
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diocese have rallied support for aid for armenia, for refugees fleeing the horrors of fleeing syria and the wars in iraq. thank you, archbishop, for what you do to make our community and nation stronger. i'm proud the congress was able to hear the moral leadership you bring to your work in the western diocese. i thank you and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. 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 florida seek recognition? >> i ask permission to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is ecognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the bravery and ingenuity of nearly 80 beachgoers in panama city beach last weekend. as many were enjoying the many were waters,
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caught up in a rip tide. they faced a tragic fate. thankfully ordinary citizens did something extraordinary. one of them was jessica simmons who noticed the struggling swimmers from a nearby sandbar. she said to herself, those people are not drowning today. jessica helped coordinate dozens of others to form a human chain from the shore all the way out to the distressed swimmers, ultimately bringing all of them ashore and saving their lives. it is a testament to the generosity of the human spirit to see complete strangers, quite literally, join hands to help those in need as you see on my left. on behalf of the second district, thank you to jessica simmons and all who fought the churning currents of panama city beach on city. mr. dunn: may we all learn from your example. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition?
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the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. r. payne: mr. speaker, on july 12, 1967, a fire of a rebellion sparked in my hometown that led to five days of conflict. today, we acknowledge the 50th anniversary of the newark riots, or as the citizens called it, the newark rebellion and occupation, and we memorialize the 26 people who lost their lives in those turbulent five days. rose abraham, elizabeth artist, mary helen campbell, ell weis ise, isaac elo arrison, fredrick toto, robert
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martin, albert, rufus hawke, william furr, oscar hill, edock bell, michael pew, jesse mae jones, james rutledge, leroy boyd, rebecca brown, raymond gilmore, cornelius murray, victor louis smith, richard taliaferro, and rufus counsell. mr. speaker, those were turbulent days in the city's history, but we have not forgotten and have learned great lessons from that time. may we also never forget these lives that perished in those five days and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition?
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without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, today the house of representatives will consider three critical bills that will continue efforts to reduce and eliminate human trafficking and implement a stronger detection system for american families. i appreciate the leadership of congressman chris smith, congressman tim walberg and congresswoman vicky hartzler for their work to build a more effective system to apprehend traffickers. as we take steps at the national level to prevent trafficking, equip local officials and support vulnerable communities, i am grateful that the south carolina human trafficking task force, led by state attorney alan wilson harks been a pioneer to combat human trafficking. under the leadership -- his leadership, south carolina has one of the strongest human trafficking laws in the country and has successfully worked for prosecution, protection, prevention and partnership. i am encouraged by south carolina's commitment to
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protecting the dignity, freedom and human rights of all citizens and hope their success can be a model for other states. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war n terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new jersey seek recognition? new york. new york. orgive me. without objection. mrs. maloney: mr. speaker, once again tomorrow senate republicans will take another shot at passing the most widely hated and totally disastrous bill in american modern story, the repeal of the affordable health act. once again, 22 million americans will stand to lose their health insurance. once again, republicans will propose to send premiums and out-of-pocket expenses soaring and once again republicans
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would allow insurance companies to discriminate against the sick. once again, they will try to pass a law that hurts children, veterans, seniors and americans with disabilities. they seem desperately determined to pass something instead of doing the right thing which would be working on a bill that treats health care as a fundamental american right , and that is as wrong as wrong an be. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: mr. speaker, 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. poe: mr. speaker, peace
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officer miguel marino and julio cavasas of the state of the union police department were -- san antonio department was approached by two criminals. one pulled out a firearm and began shooting at boast officers. as the shots rang out, both officers were hit. 32-year-old officer marino took a bullet to the chest, collapsing to the ground. officer cavasos ran to his fellow officer marino, pulling him out of the line of fire despite being shot himself. and he fired back at the outlaw, hitting the mark. and in my opinion, justice was then served. despite his quick actions, 36-year-old officer marino succumbed from his injuries. another life needlessly stolen from the thin blue line. miguel was a nine-year veteran of the force. he woke up each morning ready to serve and protect his community. his life was stolen by an evil villain with no socially
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redeeming value. marino stood for everything that is good in america, and as we mourn his loss, we should thank the good lord that such people as him ever lived. he was part of the rare breed, the american breed. our peace officers are the best we have, and america needs to stand with peace officers. we should stand with the thin blue line, the line that separates the law from the lawless. god bless officer marino and his family. and that's just the way it is. i'll yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, the buffalo news in a featured story this week highlighted the impressive development of the once dormant urban streets in buffalo, new york, streets like niagara street, main street and ohio street. with these projects have in common is their resurgeans is a
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smart and targeted federal commitment to infrastructure that has been successfully leveraged to yield significant private investment and achieve the maximum benefit for our community and for the nation. buffalo long ago humbled by economic devastation is now a national model for communities nationwide in showing how infrastructure investments can create jobs and improve the life quality of communities. infrastructure investment creates jobs in the construction trades and supply and materials industry immediately and unleashes the investment of the private sector in a cause and effect economic response. buffalo has come a long way. we still have a long way to go. the lessons of our success can and should be shared with the nation through this institution. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition?
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without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate my neighbor and friend, chief bill olney, from his retirement from the police department and to say thank you for his work and his service. after attending both grand valley state university and wayne state university, bill received a degree in criminal justice from madonna college. mr. huizenga: he began his career in law enforcement in 1976 as a join the michigan state trooper, where he served for 25 years protecting our great state. in 2001, just one day after he retired from the michigan state police post, bill joined the new zealand police department where he served as our chief of police for 16 years. chief olney has dedicated his career providing the highest quality law enforcement service and professional service. his work in our community and dedication is clearly reflected by the numerous awards and
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commendations he's received over his career. he served on the west michigan training consortium, stop child abuse and neglect council. as a life-long detroit lions and michigan state spartans fan, i know he will enjoy retirement with his wife, kathryn, his kids, shanooned matt. so mr. speaker, i want to ask my colleagues and join me in saying thank you on behalf of the second district of michigan as we thank bill -- chief bill olney for his 41 years of service to the state of michigan and to our country. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from hawaii seek recognition? . without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. gabrielle giffords thank you, mr. speaker. nut -- ms. gabbard: thank you, mr. speaker. net neutrality is something that is fundamental to our country. it allows for an open marketplace and exchange of ideas, as a center for
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innovation, a hub of communication, and so much more. in today's digital age especially, ensuring a free and equal internet for all, not just for those who can afford to pay to play, is crucial to level the playing field for everyone. the f.c.c.'s current proposals roll back these freedoms for the benefit and profit of big internet service providers on the backs of students, entrepreneurs and innovators, small businesses and really all of us. millions across the country have already sent in comments to the f.c.c. expressing their strong opposition and on today's net neutrality day of action, i encourage everyone to make their voices heard. in just five days, the f.c.c.'s public comment period closes. now is the time for us to raise our voices, to protect net neutrality, fairness and equality for all. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: mr. speaker, a recent "politico" poll shows that 60% of registered voters support, quote, new guidelines which say visa applicants from six predominantly muslim countries must prove a close family relationship with a u.s. resident in order to enter the country, end quote. only 28% oppose. and the respondents trust republicans in congress more than democrats to handle issue of immigration. the new nation-wide poll demonstrates strong approval by the electorate of the president's effort to keep america safe, despite questions slanted to make the issue seem religious. nations were also selected by the obama administration as national security threats. the poll likely would have revealed even more support for the new guidelines.
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when it comes to immigration policy, the american people support the president. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, thank you, mr. speaker. many people think of human trafficking as a problem that's happening abroad. but they don't realize that hundreds of thousands of victims are being trafficked within our own borders. it's hard to imagine such an injustice occurring in your own neighborhood. when i learned that my city of san diego is considered a high intensity region for child trafficking, i knew i needed to take action. in san diego, we have an incredible community anti-trafficking task force. mrs. davis: they told me that a gap in the fight against trafficking in our schools. that's why i wrote the empowering educators to prevent trafficking act. and i'm proud to see it included
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in the frederick douglass trafficking victims protection act that is before us today. my bill will fund programs to train teachers across the country to recognize and respond to signs of trafficking, so they can identify victims and get them the help they need. teachers in turn can teach their students how to protect themselves from becoming victimses. with this training, our nation's schools can be an important line of defense against this terrible injustice. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the family who will be moving to kenya in august on a mission to bring clean, freshwater to the schools in the surrounding area. the family seeks to provide
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clean water to schools in the city of nikuru. it will help the kenyans avoid water-borne parasites and illnesses that interfere with childhood education. ashley grew up in kenya and with her husband, chris, started a nonprofit called a new beginning. their mission is to improve the quality of life for school-age children in kenya, and to eradicate poverty. both chris and ashley hold their master's degree in nursing. chris serves as a nurse manager and ashley serves as a clinical instructor at temple university. mr. speaker, on behalf of the entire eighth congressional district of pennsylvania, we are so proud of the family. mr. fitzpatrick: we wish them best as they work to provide a brighter future and cleaner water for all the children of kenya. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. o'rourke: mr. speaker, there
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are tens of thousands of veterans in this country who have served this country, who have put their lives on the line literally and saved the lives of countless other u.s. service members, who because of their service have mental health care-related conditions like posttraumatic stress disorder or ptsd, which contributed to their having and other than honorable discharge. you may not know this, but with and other than honorable discharge, those veterans are unable to go into a v.a. and see a mental health care provider, despite the fact that they are more than two times more likely to take their own lives. now that we all know this, i hope that you will join me in co-sponsoring the honor our commitment act, which i introduced with mike boston in the house and chris murphyy in the senate. it's bipartisan -- murphy in the senate. it's bipartisan, it's bicameral. it honors our commitment to those service members who did right by this country. tanned will save lives. i look forward to the full support of this chamber passing
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this bill and having the president sign it into law. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one inute. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i would like to recognize robert lee becerra, a very special young man from my district who was severely impacted by autism and has made a positive difference in thousands of lives in south florida. ow has he done this? mr. speaker, for years robert has helped train 6,000 miami police officers, firefighters and e.m.t.'s to identify people with developmental issues and
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tailor their actions and responses accordingly. with robert's help, officers and first responders in south florida are trained to de-escalate volatile emergency situations involving individuals on the autism spectrum, or with mental illness. robert's assistance in emergency response training has not only helped officers to connect with autism patients on an emotional level, but it has also made a positive impact and has saved many lives in our south florida community. so thank you, robert, for your tireless work and participation in police and first responder training for more than 10 years. your efforts have helped make south florida an even better community for all of us. thank you, robert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
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>> mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight the findings of a recent report by the national academies, entitled, the value of social, behavioral and economic sciences to national priorities. mr. lipinski: this report was requested by a national science foundation to examine whether the federal government should continue funding research in these disciplines. the resounding answer is yes. the report found that s.b.e. funding furthers the mission of n.s.f. and helps other agencies achieve their missions, and the funding provides tools and methods that have helped business and industry grow the u.s. economy and create jobs. the report also highlights that virtually every major challenge the country faces today requires understanding the causes and consequences of people's behavior. and the way we do this is by funding research in a social, behavioral and economic
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sciences. mr. speaker, investment in s.b.e. is critical for our nation's future, we must continue this robust investment. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speakerment mr. speaker, for the past -- thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, for the past 100 years, people in pennsylvania have been producing light for the world. earlier this week i had the opportunity to visit the manufacture fag silt and visit with the employees -- facility and -- manufacturing facility and visit with the employees. it's in pennsylvania's fifth district. the town has a rich and storied history of being a leader in manufacturing. the facility in st. mary's manufacturing nearly 20 two million incandescent and halogen
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light bullables and soon l.e.d. light bulbs each day. its employees are skilled, they're knowledgeable and dedicated to their craft. they are producing state of the art lighting solutions right in the heart of north central pennsylvania. it has locations throughout north america and is a global leader in advancing light with l.e.d., traditional and smart lighting, and accessories. it was a privilege to tour the st. mary's facility and meet with the talented local who work diligently each day to produce a quality product. congratulations to our work force in st. mary's, on 100 years of who work diligently kne to advance light around the world. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to highlight the need for bipartisan immigration reform. mr. polis: until congress
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addresses our broken immigration system, secures our border, provides a pathway for people who have been here a long time to be able to eventually earn full citizenship, provides a way where people who are here illegally are required to register and get right with the law, and get in line behind those who have come legally, until that's done in this body, the united states congress, it will remain a problem in cities and communities across our entire country. there's been a failure of leadership in this body, the united states congress, to actually address our broken immigration system. there's been a failure from both sides to provide a pathway forward for a problem that only congress can solve, and that will only get larger until we take it up here. literally as we speak, just last week i visited the i.c.e. detention facility in you a roara, colorado. i witness -- aurora, colorado. i witnessed and talked to people who had been taken away from their children over something as minor as a speeding ticket.
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we must do better as a nation. we need an immigration system that reflects that is we are both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. i call upon my republican and democratic colleagues to work together to achieve this end. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the house committee on rules, i call up house resolution 431 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 62. house resolution 431. resolved,that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 2810, to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for military activities of the department of defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes.
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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 armed services. after general debate the bill shall be considered for 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 recommended by the committee on armed services now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-23, modified by the amendment printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted in the house and in the ommittee of the whole. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. section 2-a, no further amendment to the bill, as
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amended, shall be in order except those printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution and amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution. b, each further amendment printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules shall be considered 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. c, all points of order against the further amendments printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules or amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution are waived. section 3, it shall be in order at any time for the chair of the committee on armed services or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in part b
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of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution not earlier disposed of. amendments en bloc offered pursuant to this section shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on armed services or their designees, 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. section 4, at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment pursuant to this resolution, the committee of the whole shall rise without motion. no further consideration of the bill shall be in order except pursuant to a subsequent order of the house. section 5, at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 23, to provide drought relief
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in the state of california, and for other purposes. 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 natural resources. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. 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 115-24. 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 part c of 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
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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 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 alabama is
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recognized for one hour. mr. byrne: mr. speaker, during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. i now yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from colorado, mr. polis, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. byrne: mr. speaker, house resolution 431 provides for full consideration, including making six amendments in order of h.r. 23, the gaining responsibility on water act, and allows us to begin consideration of h.r. 2810, the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2018. h.r. 23 is legislation necessary to deal with the severe water supply crisis facing california and other western states. the region has experienced the worst drought in over 1,000 years, and many western communities have been very negatively impacted. this commonsense legislation
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fixes the broken regulatory system that is only exacerbating the impact of the drought conditions. the current regulatory system is overly complex and inconsistent, making matters worse, various court decisions have only further complicated efforts to resolve these issues. for example, the bill will help bring california's water infrastructure into the 21st century. the current water storage and delivery system is designed to serve approximately 22 million people, but the state currently has 37 million residents. the bill is not only important to people in california. in fact, around half of our nation's fruits and vegetables come from california. every american could be hit in the pocketbook at the grocery store checkout line if the california drought is allowed to continue. throughout this legislation, we can help expand water infrastructure and allow for greater water conveyance while ensuring environmental and water rights protections. passing h.r. 23 will directly help address the drought crisis and benefit families, farms,
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environment and the american economy. the rule also allows us to begin consideration of the national defense authorization act. the bill provides for general debate and makes in order 88 amendments, including 41 minority amendments and 20 bipartisan amendments. another rule is expected tomorrow to provide for consideration of additional amendments. this open process actually started in the armed services committee on which i serve. at the committee level, 275 amendments were offered and 231 amendments were adopted during our committee markup last month. i have said this many times on this floor, but it's worth saying again. there is no greater responsibility of the federal government than to provide for the safety and security of the american people. this year's ndaa does just that, by reforming, repairing and rebuilding the united states military. the bill addresses the
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realities of the dangerous threat environment facing our nation and ensures our troops and their families have the necessary resources and benefits. over the last decade, we have cut our military at an alarming rate. as the threats rack up, we have planes that can't fly, ships that can't sail and soldiers who can't deploy. we must reverse this readiness crisis. thankfully, there is bipartisan support for boosting our nation's military. in fact, this bill passed out of the armed services committee continuing a 0-1, strong bipartisan tradition of passing ndaa's. i want to briefly highlight just a few of the positive provisions of this legislation. the bill increases total military spending by 10% to rebuild the military from the current readiness crisis. this includes increasing the size of the army, navy, air force, army guard and reserve,
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naval and air reserve and air guard. given the serious threat posed by north korea, the bill boosts missile defense programs, including adding an additional $2.5 billion above the president's budget request. the bill also authorizes the construction of 13 new navy ships, including three more littoral combat ships as we work to grow to a 355-ship fleet. it funds a 2.4% pay raise for our troops, extends special pay and bonuses for service members. importantly, the bill continues to advance chairman thornberry's priority of reforming and strengthening the military's acquisition process to make it more effective and efficient. given the evolving threats related to cyber, the bill improves the oversight of cyber operations. the bill also helps set policy for the u.s. military relating to afghanistan, syria, iraq, ukraine, russia, africa and the
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asia pacific region. all told, this bill achieves important priorities of rell rmpling, re-- reforming, repairing our military. each and every day more than two million men and women put on the uniform of the united states and serve our country. as we have seen by two recent tragedies, the marine plane crash in mississippi, and the u.s.s. fitzgerald collision off the coast of japan, these individuals put their lives on the line in order to protect the freedoms we all hold dear. they deserve the resources necessary to fulfill their mission and the benefits worthy of those who sacrifice so much. so i'm hopeful we can continue to move forward in a bipartisan manner to pass this ndaa, to support our troops and to fulfill our constitutional obligation to provide for the common defense. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support house resolution 431 and the underlying bill and i reserve
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the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: i thank the gentleman for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. polis: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the rule for providing debate on the national defense authorization act, often called the ndaa, and also the gaining responsibly on water act. first, let me address that act. they call it -- they tried to create an acronym called the grow act, gaining responsibility on water, trying to make it seem like it actually might help things grow when it actually picks winners and losers in water and the losers are the environment, the state of california and many others. there are also a lot of problems around the process for the grow act. it bypassed hearings and markups. in fact, up until this bill was published on the rules committee website, only
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lobbyists and a few republicans even knew what many of the provisions of this bill were. this kind of back room deal making is one of the reasons the general public holds congress in such low esteem. there's an immense amount of opposition to this legislation, including from conservation groups, fishing groups, native american tribes, the state of california. mr. speaker, i have several letters that i would like to submit in the record with regard to opposition to h.r. 23. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: one of them is signed by groups ranging from the bird conservatory, humane society, a number of others discussing how this bill would dramatically weaken protections for salmon, birds and other fish and wildlife. another letter that i just entered in the record is from a former colleague of ours, now the attorney general of the state of california, javier becerra, and finally from the governor of california as well. but the reason is because the
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only winners under this bill are actually a few large agricultural producers who will take all the water, leaving none for many others. so this bill is a water grab, plain and simple. the so-called grow act provides no new water, but it takes the existing water and gives it to those with the best lobbyists here in washington. look, instead of this highly partisan bill, we should be taking steps to actually grow the water supply for everybody with water recycling, water conservation, water efficiency, many other nonideological, nonpartisan fixes. water infrastructure. that can actually help deliver water to small farmers, protect our environment and, yes, our legitimate agricultural producers as well. but unfortunately, instead, we're stuck with this so-called grow act which jeopardizes fishing jobs, preempts state conservation laws, overrides
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the endangered species act for salmon and wildlife, weakens critical safeguards under the nepa process and undermines water rights. in doing so, this bill would permanently destroy california's rivers, bay delta estuary, native fisheries and the thousands of jobs that depend on those natural resources. this bill is not a balanced protection. it picks winners and losers and hands over waters' rights to those who are present for the back room deals in washington. let's go back to the drawing board. i come from the state of colorado and we know how important water is. let's find a way to find a bipartisan path to grow the water supply across the western united states. let me address the other bill that is contained in this rule, the ndaa, national defense authorization act. for 56 straight years, the united states congress has come together to craft policies and recommendations for the united
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states armed forces and to put those policies into law under the authorizing statute for our military. without question, this bill is one of the most consequential and important items that congress undertakes each year. personally, i found objections to policies, and i have been fans of other policies contained in these bills while i am in congress, and i want to commend the work of the -- my colleagues, democratic and republican, who serve on the armed services committee for their important work on this legislation, so important for our national security. many of my colleagues on the armed services committee have served or do serve in our military. members of the committee are dedicated public servants. they're experts in their field. they travel and learn and hear from experts and they set aside many of their political differences to do what it takes to keep america safe and secure, something that republicans, democrats,
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independents are all committed to. . we need to make sure we give our military the tools they need to safely carry out the tasks that the commander in chief and elected officials ask them to undertake. i commend the committee for putting forth a bill that takes constructive steps in filling military readiness gaps, requiring strategies from the administration and department of defense with regard to contingencies in several countries, and acknowledging and planning for the real climate change threat that is posed to our national security. yet the work of the ndaa is not limited to members of the armed services committee. the members of this body as a whole, democrats and republicans who don't serve on that committee have submitted over 400 amendments -- committee, have submitted over 400 amendments. to do what each one of us believes would some way improve this bill and strengthen our national security. but the work of ndaa continues. and before this week is over, i expect to see the rules committee make in order an even greater number of these amendments.
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we took the first step in this rule by making a few dozen amendments in order and will continue that work in rules committee this afternoon as we thoughtfully go through the 400 amendments. a respective number of those from my -- representative number of those from my colleagues who don't have the opportunity to serve on the armed services committee can present those ideas for consideration by the full house. -- for all the hard work that the armed services committee has done, what we have before us this week is essentially an arguement that needs to be solved by the budget committee and can't frankly be solved by the authorizing committee. what we are is we're having a very strange debate in this body. we're having a budget debate within the defense bill. we're discussing authorization levels when we know that the real discussion and battle over tradeoffs will be around the funding levels. not so much the authorization levels. but one of the tricks that we
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worry about is by blatantly disregarding the use of the overseas contingency fund, and by deliberating flattening limitations set by the budget control act this armed services authorization bill has been completely overtaken by the debate on the federal budget. so this week we see a debate about the inability to pass a budget, adhere to a budget, and balance our budget. and rather, we're operating kind of in this la-la world of if we had all the money in the world, here's what we would do. but as my democratic and republican friends know, we live in a world of tradeoffs, and we as democrats and republicans will need to decide what those tradeoffs are. that's not being done in this bill. and in fact it's one week less that we have to have those important discussions about how to actually secure america and protect our country. if the debate over armed services wasn't such a serious topic, i would frankly give the
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republicans kudos for building such a complex budget scheme. it's very clever. more so than the traditional -- moreso than the traditional gimmicks presented in recent years. took me a while to understand what this budget gimmick was. i'm going to now seek to explain it. the defense spending budget is capped at $549 billion. by the budget control act of 2011. $549 billion is how much the maximum that would be spent on defense. this bill authorizes $621 billion as discretionary base budget authority. that means that the bill we're debating today goes $70 billion in spending above the spending caps that congress agreed on. that is all deficit spending. that means congress will increase the deficit by $70 billion under this bill. but it gets worse. the united states has been embroiled in conflict abroad since 2001.
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and many administrations, democratic and republican, have requested another pot of money that we call the overseas contingency fund. these funds, as the name indicates, are supposed to be used for paying costs that are incurred due to u.s. engagement in contingency operations, not baseline operations. and they are exempt, rightfully so, from the budget caps. because we never wanted to constrain our ability to provide funding for an unforeseen contingency situation that becomes a necessity for a national -- for our national security. this year, however, the bill provides for $74 billion for this overseas contingency act, a full $10 billion above what was even requested by the president. a reminder, the republicans haven't actually produced a budget this year. so we can't exactly make a comparison between the president's budget and the republican majority's budget. i think one of the reasons they might be afraid to is they will show the substantially increased deficits with these tax and spend republican policies that
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have come to typify the republican approach to grow our government with every new spending bill. with the ndaa -- what the ndaa does, is it takes this overseas contingency account, which is often called the slush fund for the pentagon, and it adds $10 billion to that fund, but instead of paying for future contingencies, that will pay for baseline operations. some of that d 10 billion goes to the -- $10 billion goes to the unfunded priorities of the pentagon. things that couldn't fit in the $621 billion which already increases federal spending by $70 billion. so the throwing money, federal money, your taxpayer money, mr. speaker, hand over fist, without a plan, indebting future generations for spending money today. the pentagon gets more big ticket items they want. and like-wise, it's hard to argue with funds being allocated to operations and maintenance. we're all for maintenance. we're all for readiness. but we're all for understanding he tradeoffs that we have.
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we cannot simply continue to end irresponsibly, indebting future generations. at some level, mr. speaker, and i think this kind of throwing additional money well above and beyond the budget caps reaches that level, we make our nation less secure rather than more secure, by making us economically beholden to foreign nations and indebting future generations of americans. congress has set limits on how much we can spend on defense versus nondefense. so we run out of money under this ndaa plan. either we're going to be forced to spend more, which we can predict will happen. that's what's going to happen. or they're somehow going to find the money elsewhere, which i can pretty much assure you, mr. speaker, is not going to happen. that's a prediction that i'm giving you. and not having seen a budget, by the way, this is we think why republicans haven't come up with a budget, because they know they can't make enough devastating
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cuts to possibly pay for this military increase, and they certainly don't want to put their name to paper on those cuts. and we all know what's going to happen. they won't make those cuts. spending will go up. debt will go up. that's what we know will happen. we've been here before. seen that movie. now, again, theoretically, draconian cuts can be made to schools and head start and nasa and medical research, money fighting the opioid epidemic, homeland security, police, yeah. theoretically they can devastate everything inside of our country. leaving a hollowed out core, protected -- well-protected hollowed-out core. i know republicans aren't cruel enough to do that. instead they're going to kick the can down the road and indebt future generations and make our country less secure by borrowing money from china and saudi arabia to fund today's military. making us economically beholden to the very foreign powers that represent a real geopolitical threat to american interests. that's why budgets matter. that's why these budget gimmicks
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that are being used through the overseas contingency fund matter. that's why we need to have a budget debate. not a fake budget debate in the context of a national defense debate. which is what is being done here today. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the gentleman referred to what this would do to the budget. i would point out to the gentleman, and i think i did this in committee yesterday, that if this is passed, it will only be 16.8% of total federal outlays. mr. byrne: which means the single most important thing that we do here in the government only gets less than 20% of the money that we're going to spend. so i don't think it's asking too much of ourselves, as the people responsible for providing for the defense of america, that we spend 16.8% of all the federal money we're going to spend next year on making the american people safe and secure.
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he spoke about tradeoffs. let me tell you about one tradeoff i don't think any of us is should make. that's the safety and security we need to focus on what it takes to authorize the defense and safety and security of the american people. and i believe this bill does that. as did all but one of my colleagues on the house armed services committee. so, i believe that we struck the appropriate balance here that does all that. yes, we've got some budget things we need to take care of. that's for later. for today we're going to focus on spending the american -- defending the american people. mr. speaker, i now yield two minutes to my colleague on the armed services committee, the gentleman from georgia, mr. scott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank my colleague from alabama, mr. birn, for his work on the national -- mr. byrne, for his work on the national defense authorization act. i ask my fellow members to support the fiscal year 2018 national defense authorization act, after nearly 13 hours of
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debate, my colleagues and i on the armed services committee, we came together, we passed legislation, provide critical resources and reforms for our nation's military to undertake the 21st century threats that our country and the world faces. part of facing these challenges is ensuring that our military personnel are able to combat the dangerous and illegal actions of transnational criminal organizations, particularly those close to home in the south region. i appreciate the gentleman that spoke earlier, speaking about the opioid epidemic. i would just remind my fellow americans that over 5,000 americans die every month from drug overdoses. just a few months ago i, along with my colleague, mr. veasey from texas, had the opportunity to visit with the joint interagency task force south, and their headquarters in florida to see first-hand the challenges that migrant and drug interdiction within the caribbean region pose on homeland and national security.
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included in the fiscal year 2018 national defense authorization act is a provision that i authored aimed at addressing the threat these transnational criminal organizations pose on our country, and seeking to find new ways to support southcom in their continuing efforts to tackle those threats head on. to all of the members of the southcom team, i want to thank you for the important work that you do in securing our coast lines, supporting our national security, and protecting your fellow americans. to my colleagues, i urge your support and passage of the fill cass year 2018 ndaa. keep the u.s. military the best and most prepared fighting force in the world. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman reserve? the gentleman from alabama reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from arizona, distinguished member of the armed services committee, mr. galingo. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for four minutes. mr. gallego: thank you, mr.
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speaker. mr. speaker, this rule is a travesty. if we vote to approve it, an amendment unanimously supported by the armed services committee, unanimously, all democrats, all republicans, with compromised language to prevent president trump from using our military's money to build his border wall, will suddenly vanish. it's a legislative magic trick, a sneaky gimmick designed to disguise their arkses. once again, speaker ryan and the house republicans are doing president trump's dirty work. they want to make sure that trump can build his wall, but they're also desperate to avoid a clean up or down vote on this issue. they are hiding from the american voters. they didn't have the courage to oppose my amendment in committee or even on the house floor. they passed this rule late at night with hardly anyone republican typical fashion. republicans are resorting to deceptive legislative tactics to do trump's bidding, just for his small, fragile ego. mr. speaker, this self-executing rule, if it comes to fruition, is going to attempt to pass
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congress and the american people. just six months into this administration, it's already abundantly clear that mexico won't pay for trump's stupid, dumb border wall. we must not allow precious resources to be robbed from our troops simply to score political points for trump's ego. mr. speaker, with mexico refusing to entertain this absurd policy, and without a direct appropriation from congress, president trump is going to get desperate. his administration will inevitably seek to pull money from other sort sorses to make good on his promise to build this wall, including from the defense budget. that's why my amendment was so crucial. it would simply ensure that d.o.d. resources aren't siphoned off for pointless wall that we don't need and cabinet afford. it was supported by -- can't afford. it was supported by democrats and republicans alike. ranking member and the chairman. as a member of congress, we have a sacred responsibility to ensure that money, meant to address national security challenges, isn't diverted to combat imaginary ones that the president has created.
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as a marine corps veteran, i believe it would be an insult to our members of the military if the resources were re-allocated to build a wall that we don't need, that won't bring more security when we have tens of thousands of military members that are currently still on food stamps while serving this country. mr. speaker, make no mistake, a vote for this rule is a vote to build the wall and take precious resources from the department of defense budget. please vote no. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personal -- personalities towards the president. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. byrne: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate the comments of my colleague from arizona. this was not done in the middle of the night in secrecy. this was done in full committee with cameras watching us and done early in the evening with full debate. i disagree with him about that.
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let's talk about the wall for a second. i support president trump and what he's trying to do with the wall. i hope we get to a point where we can deal with that. this is a defense authorization bill. this is not a wall authorization bill. the wall's already authorized. we don't need an authorization bill for the wall. it's already there. the next step for us to take for the wall an appropriations bill. this is not an appropriations bill. what the rules committee has done is made it clear that we're not going to deal with the wall one way or the other in the national defense authorization act. that's not the proper place for it. that's not the proper place to be spending money for it. there's another part of our budget, another law for us to deal with there. i would hope that we all understand what we have done is made it clear there is nothing in this bill, nothing about a wall. nor should there be anything in this bill about a wall because that's for another committee, another bill, another time, another place. mr. speaker, i now yield five minutes to our newest member of
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the armed services committee and the rules committee, the gentlelady from wyoming, ms. cheney, for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank very much my colleague from both the rules committee and armed services committee. mr. byrne for his work on this bill. mr. speaker, i rise today to urge my colleagues to support both of these underlying bills. i want to speak particularly about the national defense authorization act. we're today living in a world where we face a more complex array of threats than at any time in the last 70 years. the obligation that we have to our men and women in uniform to make sure that we provide them with the resources that they need to defend this nation is a more solemn obligation than any other we have. there are many things that we were elected to do when we came to washington, and we have done many of those things in this congress. we have been a historically productive congress in the months we have been here.
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we passed repeal and replace of health care reform. for ssed our repeal bill dodd-frank. we begun our important work on immigration reform. regulatory reform to lift the burden of the massive overreach of the obama years. but there is nothing that we do that is more important than providing the resources for our men and women in uniform. this bill makes important steps, vest a very important first step in that direction. -- it's a very important first step in that direction. i want to mention a couple things this bill does. in the aftermath of the icbm test, the first successful north korean icbm test, one of the most important challenges we face as a nation is ensuring that we provided for the defense of this nation with respect to missile defense. billion bill adds $2.5 the administration's request for missile defense. it focuses on including
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additional interceptors for existing systems, as well as research for new the administra request for missile defense. it technologies. total missile defense is still below the funding levels during the bush administration. this bill is a very important first step. mr. speaker, we have to do much more. we also in this bill begin the process of providing the necessary additional resources and top line to begin to rebuild. we have not had a defense budget, mr. speaker, since 2011, that was based upon a pentagon being able to assess the threats and telling us what we need to do to be able to defend against those threats. we have now, because we're living upped the budget control act, have a defense department instead that's been obligated to fund at levels that are arbitrary and cut at levels arbitrary. no nation can responsibly live under that system. the next thing we have to do is repeal the budget control act. we have to recognize that we have a huge and growing debt crisis, a huge fiscal crisis, but that crisis is not being driven by our defense budget. and the budget control act has
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been ineffective at getting at what we need to do in terms of reducing the debt. instead, it has gutted our defense. we're in a world today where the north koreans, the iranians, the russians, the chinese, isis, al qaeda are all continuing to make strides against us, mr. speaker. one of the things that i'm often asked as a new member of this body is what has surprised me in congress?me i came to this body, mr. speaker, as somebody who has spent a lot of time focused on national security and defense i? i came issues. as someone who spent a large part of her career really invested in and studying and learning these issues. i thought, mr. speaker, i was relatively well informed about these issues. i have been stunned, mr. speaker, as a member of the house armed services committee, briefing after briefing after briefing at the extent to which we have fallen so far behind. and i think it's critically important for my colleagues, mr. speaker, and for the american people to understand the extent o which our adversaries are,
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today, fielding and developing capabilities and systems against which we cannot, may not be able to defend. mr. speaker, in today, closing i want to read something that ronald reagan said back in 1982. on an issue when they were having similar issues and debates and discussions about defense spending. he said, i realize that there are many well-meaning people who deplore the expenditure of huge sums of money for military purposes at a time of economic hardship. similar voices were heard in the 1930's. when economic conditions were far worse than anything we're experiencing today. the result of heeding those voices then was a disastrous military imbalance that tempted the forces of tyranny and evil and plunged the world into a ruinous war. we must never repeat that experience. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to remember that weakness is provocative.
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that it is when we're strong that we're most able to protect and defend ourselves. we must learn the lessons of the past. passing this rule and passing the underlying legislation, this national defense authorization act, is the first step in that direction. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote in the affirmative and to ensure we do everything we can to defend our nation and make sure that we defend freedom for the next generation. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. mcnerney: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, we're here with h.r. 23 again discussing attempts to override state and federal environmental law. the house and senate negotiated additional flexibility in last year's winn act. this group has stated for years that they just want a little additional flexibility and
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environmental law which actually means weakening or eliminating environmental law. they ignore the damages this would cause to california's delta region, families, and farmers. we heard last year that governments are set up for the benefits of the people, but this means all the people. not just a few people at the expense of others. the person nominated to deputy secretary at the department of interior worked for wesland water district just last december. he would make decisions to pump more water to westland's, the nation's largest water district, a clear conflict of interest and clear threat to farmers and residents in the delta. this is also a clear example of what's wrong with h.r. 23. it will negate environmental protections. it will hurt one region to benefit another. and it allows corruption to seep into the federal government. mr. speaker, i urge members to oppose h.r. 23 for these
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reasons. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from alabama. mr. byrne: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama reserves. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: mr. speaker, in april president trump and congressional republicans rolled back the s.e.c.'s rule to protect americans' personal information and internet browsing history. by doing so they effectively sold our personal privacy to the highest corporate bidder. today is net neutrality day of action proposing the s.e.c.'s proposal to access to online content which would detroit internet as we know it. what better day to also protect the future of our privacy. by undoing the republicans' reckless rollback that placed cable profits above our privacy and consumer protections. mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question i'll offer an amendment to the rule to bring up representive restoring
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american privacy act, h.r. 1868. this bill will restore americans' privacy protections and tell internet service providers they can't sell their customer's personal information without knowledge and consent of customers. 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. mr. polis: to customers. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of d proposal i would like to yield five minutes to the the gentlewoman from nevada, ms. rosen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from nevada. s. rosen: thank you. mr. speaker, today's vote on the previous question fails instead of voting on a partisan bill that rolls back key environmental laws, overturns state law, and ignores real solutions to our water supply shortages in the west. we'll have the opportunity to , restoring the american privacy act of 2017. this bipartisan legislation will reverse the president's decision
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to sign a disastrous resolution allowing internet providers to sell their customers personal information without their knowledge, without their consent. as a former computer programmer and someone with firsthand experience writing code, i can tell you that the first step towards protecting vulnerable and sensitive data is to make sure it remains private. s.j.res. 34, which now the law, ely is prevented vital online protections for millions of americans nationwide from taking effect later this year. this resolution signed by the president the law, prevented vital online protections negating f.c.c. broadband consumer privacy rules is not only wrong and blatant violation of privacy, but it jeopardizes americans' personal data and puts them at risk of hacking. the october, 2016 rule was the only rule that required internet service providers to obtain consumers' permission before selling their private internet
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browsing history and other sensitive information. including geolocation and your app usage. i am simply shocked that most of my colleagues across the aisle voted for a measure that violates he americans' privacy by selling our most intimate and personal information all without our consent. repealing the rule with s.j.res. 34, it now allows broadband providers to turn private, personal information to the highest bidder. anybody they want including the government without a warrant and without ever telling you. that's right. without this rule the president and most republicans in congress blocked, internet service providers, they don't need to ask for permission to collect and share sensitive personal information. even worse, the passage of this resolution also told providers they no longer have to use
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measures to protect consumers' personal data. this is absolutely unacceptable. we're living in a time where internet he theft, identity theft, internet hacking have become the new norm. shortly after president trump and republicans repealed these consumer protections, we experienced a massive ransom wear -- ware attack that caused major damage to businesses and world. s around the no american wants their most personal information to be up for grabs. by using the congressional review act to eliminate this rule, the f.c.c. is now prevented from publishing rules that are substantially the same. absent additional world. no american wants their most personal legislation this establishes a dangerous precedent for private citizens. americans should have the right to decide how their internet providers use their personal information. especially since many people can't choose their own broadband
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provider. what my bill does, mr. speaker, is simple. h.r. 1868 makes it clear that the american people's browsing histories, they are not for sale. the american people's personal information, not for sale. the american people's financial information, not for sale. and the american people's location data, not for sale. it's a very simple concept. one i hope my colleagues across the aisle will recognize and support. the american people don't want the legislation that was signed into law this last spring. in overwhelming numbers they are calling congress and letting it be known they want to keep their private information private. i'm proud to stand up for the american people and i hope you take up the restoring american privacy act of 2017 for consideration. this is common sense, bipartisan legislation that will reverse a misguided resolution by saying once and for all that i.s.p.'s cannot sell customers' personal information without their
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knowledge and without their permission. this bill says that your privacy is not for sale. period. yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from alabama. mr. byrne: yield back my time. speaker. i appreciate the gentlelady's comments and concerns about protecting all of our privacy on the internet. i think we all should be about that. . but instead of having a misguided regulatory action that left gaps in that system, we should have a -- should have a comprehensive bill to deal with it. that bill is not before the house today. what's before the house today in this rule are two bills. one that deals with the drought in the west, which is very important. and the second is to provide for the safety and security of the american people. so that's what we're here today about. i appreciate her concerns about that. i hope we have a bill on this floor that comprehensively deals with the issues that she brought up. but now is not the time. these are not the bills and this is not the rule to deal with it. i reserve the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from vermont, mr. welch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from vermont. mr. welch: i thank the gentleman. first of all, mr. speaker, i want to acknowledge the good work of chairman fortenberry and ranking member smith in the armed services committee. as my colleague from alabama said, there's nothing more important than having a secure national defense to protect the american people. but this bill does have problems. many of them are not created by the armed services committee. they're created by us in congress. it has been catastrophic for us to have the budget control act that is limiting the ability of congress to make decisions about where to spend more or where to spend less. and two things are happening as a result of that. number one, we abdicate our responsibility. in some places we should be spending more. but in many other places, we should be spending less. and the second thing, mr.
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speaker, is that we put in straitjackets our managers at the pentagon and in other programs. because we micromanage where they must spend money. if we're going to give them a challenge, the budget cap right now is at $549 billion. this bill suggests that we spend close to $700 billion. we've got to give them managerial flexibility and stability. the budget control act is the budget paralysis act. that is on all of us here in congress. the second thing, this bill in that context, where we're going to blow through that cap, but do nothing about our ability to make decisions on taxes and spending, means that this gets cut totally out of domestic spending. in my view, general mathis' view is that's bad for national defense. we plus-up the defense budget, but we take a hatchet to the state department budget. that's something that you can address in the armed services bill, i understand.
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but the effect of it, we have to uy more bullets. so this is a symptom of the problem that we've got to face squarely. the other issue in this bill is it hasn't given us a policy of what is our exit strategy in afghanistan. mr. polis: i yield the gentleman 30 seconds. mr. welch: i thank the gentleman. what is our policy? we're sleep walking into an escalation that what -- escalation. that has failed us before. we need to have that debate now. where is the money coming from? $150 billion is just going to magically appear. no discussion about that. and this bill does not acknowledge the absolute vital importance to domestic and diplomat programs to our national security. -- diplomatic programs to our national security. i applaud the chairman and ranking member for the work they did. i criticize us in congress for putting the straitjacket on them so they can't do the job right. i yield back. thank you.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from alabama. mr. byrne: thank you, mr. speaker. i strongly agree with my colleague from vermont's remarks regarding the budget control act. it was passed for a good intention. but it's worked out quite differently from what people thought it was going to accomplish. it's time for us to take responsibility, as the gentleman from vermont said, and to do what we're supposed to do to make the priority decisions about what's important for america and what's not. providing for the safety and security of the people of america, that's important. if we have to make cuts in other parts of our budget to make sure we're doing that first and foremost, i'm happy to do it. he's absolutely right about micromanagement. we've been micromanaging the people that we charge with defending america with how they're going to carry out combat responsibilities, particularly in the middle east. president trump, i think, quite rightly has delegated many of those decisions down to secretary mattis so that our combatant commanders can make the decisions they need to make as and when they need to make them. i and what he's saying about the
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state department budget. it's something we all should be concerned about. the appropriate time to talk about that is when the appropriations bill for the state department is here, not when we're talking about the national defense authorization act. and finally, with regard to afghanistan, which, if i may, i may make a little bit broader and talk about the middle east in general. it is time for a new aumf. the aumf's that was passed in this congress were for a different time, with different circumstances altogether. and i do sense a bipartisan urging for us to do that. but this is not the right time for us to do it on this particular piece of legislation. i hope at a future time the foreign affairs committee, that has appropriate jurisdiction over that issue, will come forward with an aumf that we can all discuss. because we're now not just in afghanistan and iraq. we're in syria. we're in yemen. we're in libya. we're in somalia. where we've had some past history that's not so good. we all, as everybody, not just on the armed services committee, need to understand these threats to our country and what we're
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going to do about them. have a strategy, with a clear end game. which we need. we haven't had for the last .everal years and then we should authorize it. because only congress has the power to declare war. we should authorize it. and by authorizing it, we not only take responsibility, but we communicate to our friends and our foes alike, and to those service men and women who put themselves at risk out there, that we're behind it. we as the representatives of the american people are behind it. so i hope that we can do that. but it won't be in this particular bill. i appreciate the gentleman's remarks and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: mr. speaker, this bill has several other policies i want to address. for one, it ties our participation in the critical new start treaty with russia to a separate europe-owe fouse -- europe-focused treaty that russia is not in compliance with. the new treaty is between our nation and russia and we should not remove ourselves from that,
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from an agreement that allows us to inspect and gather information about russia's nuclear facilities. in addition, this rule, if adopted, would fail to extend the special survivor indemnity allowance, causing it to expire in may of 2018. the special survivor indemnity allowance was created under the ndaa and goes a long way to helping to mitigate the problems that recipients of the defense department survivor plan face. there's other provisions of this bill which i object to in their current form but are going to be debated through amendments, very likely, over the course of the next week. for instance, the bill currently prevents the transfer of any detainees at the guantanamo bay detention facility. this detention facility that is extra legal should be closed, not repop -- extralegal should be closed, not repopulated. we'll certainly have that debate this week. this bill unfortunately also re-authorizes far too many funds
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and continues to overfund our nuclear weapons activities, costing taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars, in fact, as much as $1 trillion, over the next 30 years. for a stockpile of weapons that even if substantially cut would be enough to end life on the planet. i testified before the appropriations subcommittee with regard to this matter and argued, how can we possibly go before the taxpayers back home and say we need to overfund our nuclear arsenal to destroy the world seven times instead of five? or five times instead of three? one would think that ending life on the planet once would be more than enough. and it's hard to argue from taxpayers that they should in fact pay for this planet's destruction multiple times. forces ontinue to use in iraq. and elsewhere. i call for an updated authorization on the use of military force. to date congress has taken zero
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meaningful actions toward achieving that. yet we hear on there this floor regularly that republicans and democrats need to do that. especially before we put another soldier in harm's way. that's the role of this body. and it's time to stop avoiding the task of writing an authorization for the use of military force have that debate, and make it happen. these are the types of questions we should be debating. but instead we're continuing to avoid those and plunge our nation deeper into debt without a real budget plan. instead of focusing on real questions about how to prove our defense, the general debate on this bill will largely focus on budget tricks. this debate on this budget should happen on the floor in the budget committee in a budget passed by this body. and one of the amendments i offered with my colleagues, ms. lee, that we'll be debatesing, we cut 1% of the money authorized in that bill. that would help. it would be a starting point. it would still be a spending level above the budget caps. but at least 1% is a record reckless deficits from this
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republican spending bill. at some point we have to make decisions about tradeoffs, about the directions of our budgets, our entitlements, our digs correspondenceary, our revenues, our -- our discretionary, our revenues, our defense and nondefense. we can't plunge future generations into further and further debt and my amendment with ms. lee is a first step, taking a stand against unsustainable budget levels that make our nation less secure rather than more secure. it's the wrong way to do things. it's the wrong time to have this debate. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this rule so we can go back to the starting board and discuss the items that my republican colleagues agree are important in terms of the use of the authorization of military force, ending the budget gimmicks, and figuring out how to balance the budget, rather than plunge our nation deeper into debt. i urge my colleagues to vote no and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has yielded back.
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the gentleman from alabama. mr. byrne: thank you, mr. speaker. if i may make sure that we're all clear about where we are on the start treaty. the start treaty runs through 2021. four years from now. what the bill says is that if we find that russia's in violation of the i.n.f. treaty, and there's some indication that true, that we wouldn't extend it beyond 2021. that's four years from now. what does that mean? thanks shot across the bow to russia. we're telling russia that if you continue to violate true, that treaty, we are not going to extend with you on start. this is telling them, we're not going to let you get away with this. i would think at this point after all that we've heard, he with a -- we would want to stand up to russia and this is a very vital way to do that. secondly, about the gtmo issue that he brought up. there are two amendments made in order by this rule for us to discuss gtmo and i believe we're going to have that debate tonight. i don't agree with the amendments. but we made them in order so we can have that debate on this floor. so we're going debate gtmo. my prediction is we're going to
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defeat both of those amendments. but the people on the other side of the aisle have given a great opportunity to make their arguement that we shouldn't do that. why are we trying to modernize our nuclear force? because our adversaries are modernizing theirs. and if we don't, we are not doing the proper thing to protect the people of the united states. and then he talks about the budget bill. now, there's a budget bill coming. the budget bill is for the neck fiscal year -- next fiscal year. october 1, 2017. that's several weeks from now. we've got time to pass a budget for next fiscal year. but the way we have everything set up here, we try to move these defense bills about this time of year so we can do what we've got to do to make sure we've communicated to the military what they are going to have to do their jobs. if i may walk briefly around the world to remind us about where we are. kim jong un has continued to test missiles throughout last year and this year and he's
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getting better. what he seeks is not just to strike south korea or japan. he wants to strike america. that's why you have an icbm if you're in north korea. we need to step up to the plate and do more in missile defense and more in other things to make sure we're doing everything we can to protect america from an attack from north korea. china wants to take control of the south china sea and the east china sea. and what does that mean to us for america? 40% of the trade in the world moves through those two oceans. the greatest population center in the world is right there. it's where we want to do more business. where people there want to do more business with us. and not having a robust military presence there means we cede that part of the world to china. i guess we could pull back to where we were on december 6, 1941, when we didn't have a presence in guam and japan and south korea and singapore. or we can take the understanding from what happened that terrible
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day in december 7, 1941, that we have to be thinking now for the challenge to us then. and by making those preparations, and makinging sure we have the defense in place, we keep dose 7 -- december 7, 1941 from happening again. and then we have our good friends in russia, as they push not only into eastern europe, but now into the middle east. it used to be we thought that russia was kind of off the table. you know, the soviet union collapsed, didn't have to worry about russia anymore. russia is back. they're back in many different military ways. in their navy, in their millses, what they're doing with their armed forces, including the little green men in ukraine. we need to take that threat seriously, as we haven't had to take it for years. then there's the middle east. we know what's happening today in mosul, in raqqa. perhaps isis is being pushed out of those places, but it's not disappearing. it's not going away as a threat. any more than al qaeda has gone
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away as a threat. we still have terrorist groups like them and others who seek to do harm to the american people. whether it's over there or over here. and we have to provide for the defense against that. and then there's iran. iran, that because of an ill-considered agreement reached with them by the obama administration, now is on a path to get an icbm of its own which it doesn't need to strike israel. needs an icbm to strike us. and then they get as close as they want to under that agreement that we reached with them, right up to the edge of violation, where they perfect their nuclear technology. a short period of time to violate it, put a nuclear weapon on the icbm's and threaten us directly. that and a host of other threats are what we're talking about in this bill. we've never faced such a complex set of threats since the end of world war ii. it's not my word, it's the word of count l experts who have come before our committee -- countless expertses who have
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come before our committee. we have to do. this the american people expect us to do. this like many other people in this body, i could teletown hall. in my last two i asked this open-ended question. whales the most most important -- what's the most important issue to you? we give them a broad range of issues to pick from. the number one issue in those two tele town halls, by far, for the people in my district, was national security. . they see what's happening in north korea, they see what's happening in the middle east. they know what russia's up to. they're worried about china. and they want to know what we're doing. . this bill that this rule provides for does what we need to do to protect the american eople. mr. speaker, i appreciate everything that i have heard today from my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. because i know people on both sides of the aisle care a great deal about these issues. i urge my colleagues to support house resolution 431 and the underlying bill. i yield back the billion of my time and move the previous question on the resolution.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. 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. mr. polis: mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered, or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. walden: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2430 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2430, a bill to amend the federal food, drug, and cosmetic act to revise and extend the user fee programs for prescription drugs, medical devices, generic drugs, and
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biosimilar biological products, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from orlingon -- oregon, mr. walden, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and insert heir remarks and extraneous materials in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. rise today in support of h.r. f.d.a. re-authorization act. fdara of 2017. while it may not be headline news, for almost a year now, the energy and commerce committee has been working in bipartisan fashion on this critical legislation which will build on the landmark f.d.a. re-authorization act. fdara 21st century cures act. fdra will ensure that innovative and lower cost treatments as well as lifesaving medical technologies reach patients
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sooner. last month we reported this bill out of committee on a 54-0 vote. unanimously, mr. speaker. for starters fdra updates and re-authorizes four user fee programs at the f.d.a. though they sound like just another set of wonky washington acronyms, the user fee agreements, are absolutely critical to the food and drug administration's timely and consistent review of brand and generic drugs and others. they also main taint agency's gold standard of patient safety. before the generic drug user fee program was established five years ago, there were literally thousands of applications pending at that agency. thousands. significant strides have been made to clear that backlog and fdra will build on that progress so that generics come to market as soon as safely possible. make no doubt about it this.
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bill will increase competition and it will provide lower cost alternate -- alternative medications to patients. through a series of hearings and markups at the energy and commerce committee, members on both sides of the aisle proposed a number of additional provisions to improve the processes at the f.d.a. and to strengthen this legislation in ways that will benefit patients, medical product manufacturers, and the agency itself. for example, my colleague from oregon, representative schrader i know is on the floor, partnered with florida representative gus bilirakis on meaningful ways to incentivize generic entry into markets where competition was lacking and patients were being exploited by bad actors. i'd like to thank them for their work on this effort. save patients money. and their work will get new products into the market sooner. in addition, there are a number of save improvements to the regulation of various medical technologies that will expand access.
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it will streamline bureaucratic processes, and that will lower costs. further, this legislation includes provisions that have been championed by republicans and democrats alike, in both chambers, throughout their discussions on the user fee agreements. including a range of improvements the pediatric drug and device development process. guidance on ways to expand patient access to clinical trials. finally, this legislation includes a revised version of the race for children act. the representatives mccaul, mullen, and butterfield have worked tirelessly on for quite some time. h.r. 2430 is the product of significant bipartisan and bicameral discussion was a wide range of stakeholders who went through regular order at the committee after a series of substantive hearings and then received a unanimous vote. mr. speaker, it's probably why nobody will ever read about this or see it on television because we actually worked together in a did it in a bipartisan way and achieved a unanimous vote that
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will bring drugs and devices to patients quicker, sooner, and safer in the long run. this legislation is yet another example of congress getting good things done. we're working together and it's colleagueso thank my on both sides of the aisle for their work on this legislation, particularly full committee ranking member pallone, health subcommittee ranking member green, health subcommittee chairman dr. mike burgess. bipartisan work has produced a big win for patients. fdara will help bring lower cost generic drug alternatives and biosimlars to market faster, increasing competition and lowering drug costs. it will streamline the process for reviewing new treatments for cures and patients delivering new and innovative therapies and drugs and devices to patients more quickly. this bill is a big win for the millions of americans working in the health care sector and drug and device manufacturers that help us live better and healthier lives. i urge my colleagues to vote yes. i want my colleagues and all americans to know this is just
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step one. a long-term effort in our committee to help patients access better medicines and lower costs. before yielding back the balance of my time, i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record the four commitment letters for the senate health committees from the secretary of health and human services pursuant to statute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i rise support of h.r. 2430, the food and drug administration re-authorization act. a bill that would allow the f.d.a. to continue its critical commission of reviewing and approving drugs and medical devices he that save lives and improve the quality of life for many americans. the legislation before us today is a product of compromise and almost two years' of work between f.d.a., congress, strirks and other stakeholders.
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the food and drug administration re-authorization act re-authorizes f.d.a.'s medical product user fee agreements. providing f.d.a. with the resources the agency needs to continue its critical public health work. and also higher than necessary -- hire necessary scientist and review staff and improve the certainty and efficiency of the process. the six re-authorization of the prescription drug user fee act will maintain current review timelines, modernize the user fee structure, and build on the work of 21st crepetry cures by investing resources in the development of biomarkers and innovative clinical trial designs. the fourth authorization of the medical device user fee amendments includes some important new policies that will help to increase the consistency, efishency, and effectiveness of drug and medical device reviews. the bill advances the use of the patient perspective and the risk benefit assessment of medical devices. it establishes a system utilized real world data for premarket
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approval for new uses and post market safety monitoring, and it improves presubmission communication with manufacturers in an effort to expedite the review process. this legislation also re-authorizes two of our newer user fee programs, the generics and biosimlars. both of these programs strive to expedite access to high quality, lower cost drugs for american families. it will also allow the agency to undertake new initiatives to create a category of over-the-counter hearing aids, advance the development of pediatric cancer streements, and great assistance and incentives tone courage additional competition for generics drugs. since this is a bipartisan compromise, i want to stress that as my colleague said, it really is important and people should take note that this is a major piece of legislation that's being done on a bipartisan basis by our committee. but it does not address every issue that i would have liked. it also includes troublesome language prohibiting f.d.a. from
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making the investments the agency needs as part of future user fee agreements. it's important that the f.d.a. maintain a work environment that allows the agency to recruit and retain the world's best and brightest. i am concerned that this final agreement preserves language advanced in the senate bill that will make it difficult in the future for f.d.a. to make the investments needed to meet the performance goals set out in the user fee re-authorization. this is a concern that was put in by the senate that i hope we can address in the future, but i do want to stress at the end of the day that this final product represents all of the significant discussions and compromises that were made. of course legislation that's going to be effective is a result of compromise. i'm pleased we're considering this in a very timely fashion. as i mentioned we don't want the personnel who work at the f.d.a. to be affected. if we do this in a timely fashion, they won't have to worry about pink slips or their
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jobs. i strongly urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2430 so that we can continue to give the f.d.a. the tools and resource it is needs to continue to dot critical work of reviewing and improving lifesaving drugs and medical devices. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: i thank my colleague from new jersey for his good work and kind comments on our legislation we put together together. mr. speaker, i would like to yield one minute to the former chairman of the full committee, the distinguished gentleman from texas, mr. barton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. barton: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. barton: thank you. i want to commend chairman walden and ranking member pallone along with subcommittee chairman burgess and subcommittee ranking member gene green for their excellent leadership on this piece of legislation. if you look at the front page of the "washington post" this morning, you will see on the left-hand column a story about a
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miracle living drug to help cure cancer in children that have leukemia. in the legislation before us as the chairman pointed out there is the race for children act. which was introduced by congressman mccaul, butterfield, and mullen in which i'm an original co-sponsor, that will make it possible to help children sooner. this particular drug that's discussed on the front page of the "washington post" took decades, decades to develop and is just now been -- has just now been approved. how many thousands of children have died while that drug was being developed? the legislation before us includes, as i said, the race for children's act, which will make it possible to bring these innovative drugs to market much, much more quickly. i commend all the leaders and the members of the committee for this bipartisan piece of legislation as mr. pallone has just pointed out. i'm proud to vote for it and
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encourage all members of the house to do the same. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield now to the gentleman from texas, the ranking member of the health subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from -- mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. thank my ranking member. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 2430, the f.d.a. re-authorization act of 2017. for many months we've worked on a bipartisan basis to negotiate and prepare for the fourth f.d.a. user fee agreements re-authorization. across party lines, you're seeing that. that's why i'm proud to be a member of the energy and commerce committee. we will fight when we have to, but we also can work on things that are really important to our country. together. they must be -- these programs must be re-authorized in a timely manner to avoid a meltdown of the medical product development pipeline.
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we've had great collaboration and strong bipartisan working relationships throughout the process. from the publication of the goals letters, to the hearings and the markups in the health subcommittee. all wait through the unanimous vote out of the energy and commerce committee last month. since the first was established in 1992, congress has created additional user fee programs for medical devices, generic drugs, and biosimulators. in this cycle we see shortened review timelines, have given the f.d.a. new tools to harness the latest science and streamline the review process. it would build on previous success by re-authorizing the user fees and make improvements in the review process, like advancing the use of biomarkers, and patient experience data. the bill includes additional provisions beyond the underlying agreements that are worthy of support. to give some examples, it will promote generic drug development and competition, establish a category of over-the-counter
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hearing aids, track down on counterfeit drugs and foster innovation and medical images. f.d.a. approval is the global gold standard. and re-authorizing the user fee programs will ensure the agency has the resources, particularly capable, qualified staffers, to fulfill this mission. i look forward to working with my colleagues to establish a user fee program for over-the-counter products and reform the monograph system so we re-authorize the existing user fee programs that will soon expire. i want to thank the ranking member, pallone, chairman walden, and the chair of the health subcommittee, congressman burgess, for their work and commitment to timely user fee re-authorization. i also want to thank the staff, tim and john, and my own staff, kristen, for countless hours of work. they did to get us to this place -- work they did to get us to this place. i urge my colleagues to support this and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. >> i'm now pleased to recognize the chairman of the subcommittee on health, the good doctor from tick, dr. mike bureau jells. for two minutes. -- dr. mike burgess, for two minutes. mr. burgess: i thank the chairman for the recognition. i will tell you, mr. chairman, today to be cant here and be supporting h.r. 2410. the food and drug administration re-authorization act of 2017. passage of this bill provides certainly the security to the scientists who are working even now in pursuit of better cures, and of course hope for parents across the country -- patients across the country who are awaiting better treatments of the diseases that are afflicting them. by re-authorizing the food and drug administration user fee program, we are ensuring that the food and drug administration can continue to efficiently operate and approve new drugs for the market.
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upon becoming chairman of the subcommittee on health this year, i had the privilege of convening four separate legislative hearings on the policies that are included in h.r. 2410. in each of those hearings we heard about the tremendous success of the user fee programs and expanding access to affordable medications, supporting biomedical innovation, and maintaining high standards at the f.d.a. for safety, efficacy and quality. h.r. 2410 will build upon these successes and will also build upon the achievements that we achieved in the last congress, in the 21st century cures act. and now we can ensure that the f.d.a. has the resources necessary to get medical treatments and cures to patients and health care providers as quickly as possible. this bill is an important step forward for our committee and for this congress. and we continue to pursue meaningful improvements to the health care system. i want to thank chairman walden. i want to thank my ranking member, gene green, ranking
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member pallone of the full committee. all members of the energy and commerce committee. both subcommittee and full committee who worked hard to improve the substance of this bill as it came through. clearly i wish to thank the majority and minority staffs who worked so hard to bring this to fruition. thank you, mr. chairman. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield a minute and a half now to the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. schakowsky. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for a minute and a half. ms. schakowsky: i rise in support of this legislation. and too want to thank -- and i too want to thank all of the members and staff that were engaged in preparing this bill for a vote on the floor of the house. i wanted to focus on two of the amendments that are included in the bill. i'm grateful for that. that i sponsored. first, it includes my amendment to create a pilot project to evaluate postmarket safety of medical devices. it also includes my amendment, which states that congress and federal agencies need to work
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together to lower drug prices. everyone has been impacted by rising costs of prescription drugs, which is why 60% of americans believe addressing the cost of prescription drugs needs to be a top priority. the drug pricing crisis cannot be attributed to a single bad actor or a few blockbuster drugs. a recent study found that 97% of widely used brand name drugs had a price increase that exceeded inflation. and this crisis requires a comprehensive solution that increases transparency, lowers prices for patients, medicare and medicaid, and ensures that every american can get access to the drugs that they need. it's time for congress to get serious about lowering the cost of drugs for americans. and i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. i thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time.
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the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: i now recognize the former chairman of the committee and the leader of the 21st century cures legislation, the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. upton: thank you, mr. speaker. this is a jobs bill. those that know me know that i have a long record of supporting innovation when it comes to research and development of new drugs and devices. that's why i was proud to help author the 21st century cures act with my democratic colleague, diana degette. this bill broke down the barriers for research and development, put a greater focus on patient-centered care, and gave billions in resources to the national institutes of health. president obama signed our bill into law at the end of 2016. it marked a truly great victory for both patients and researchers across the country. now that cures is law, we have to make sure that the f.d.a. is able to handle the new breakthrough treatments in a timely and predictable fashion. the while still maintaining the highest levels of -- all the while still maintaining the
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highest levels of patient safety. my district has literally thousands of jobs that are on the line, that are affected by this legislation. whether it's on the drug side at pfizer or the device side at striker or the generic side, all in my district, passing this legislation is vital to those good-paying, local jobs, as well as to the patients who will benefit from the new therapies that get those products to market. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield a minute and a half now to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. butterfield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for a minute and a half. mr. butterfield: thank you, mr. pallone, for yielding time. and thank you for your leadership on the committee. and to the chairman, thank you very much. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 2430, the f.d.a. re-authorization act of 2017, we re-authorizes the f.d.a.'s user fee program, that are critical to drug development. the medical device approval
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process. and most importantly, to the patients that will benefit from these advances. while i support this critical bill overall, i want to highlight in particular sections 503 through 500, which is the raise for children act that my friend, mike mccaul, congressman mike mccaul, and i introduced earlier this year. scientific advances have shown that some childhood and a dult cancers share the same -- adult and cans -- and adult cancers share the same molecular targets. this will provide the f.d.a. new authority to require a pediatric investigation into an adult cancer drug if that drug uses molecular targeting and is relevant to the cancer. i'm thankful to the ranking member and their staffs for understanding how the urgent need to enact the race for children act, and for working with me, working with my staff, to see that it was included. i would also like to highlight section 70 is and 702, which -- 701 and 702, which is the text
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of a bill i introduced. to modernize and streamline f.d.a.'s inspection by moving to a risk-based inspection approach. the provision will allow f.d.a. to better use its limited resources and improve patient safety by focusing on facilities that have the most potential to impact public health. finally, passage of the f.d.a. re-authorization active 2017 will send a strong significant nat to the administration that congress -- signal to the administration that congress values research and patient safety. i thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: i now am honored to recognize the gentleman from new jersey, very important member of our committee, mr. lance, for a minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for a minute. mr. lance: thank you, mr. speaker. i congratulate the chairman, the ranking member of the full committee, and the chairman and the ranking member of the subcommittee, for this important work. i rise in strong support of the food and drug administration re-authorization act. we need a strong f.d.a. to make
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sure life-saving medicines reach the market. and that patients have the peace of mind of a safe regulatory process. this bill ensures the wheels of creation keep turning. and no part of our nation -- and in no part of our nation is this more important than new jersey. patients here in the united states and hundreds of millions around the world have benefited from the genius of our biopharmaceutical and life science industries. patient safety is always the critical priority and i am pleased this legislation includes language i authored to crack down on counterfeit drugs that are flooding into the united states. too many americans are falling victim to knockoffs that have infiltrated the u.s. supply chain. and this legislation significantly changes that. disease knows no bounds and one way or another, each of us is affected by disease. this work makes a difference in patients' lives and makes sure the system from idea to pharmacy is working. and i'm honored to support this product. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield a minute and a half to the gentlewoman from colorado, ms. degette. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for a minute and a half. ms. degette: thank you, mr. speaker. at a time of hyperpartisanship, when traditions of consensus are seldom upheld, i'm pleased to see congress' continuous tradition of passing f.d.a. user fee re-authorization with broad bipartisan support. it is absolutely critical that the f.d.a. continue to promote medical innovation and support public health. to do so, it must have consistent funding, which this bill helps assure. i'm also so proud that this bill builds directly on the 21st century cures act, which i co-authored with representative fred upton. consistent with cures, the bill before us today ensures that both the patients' voice and evidence from clinical practice can be considered during drug development when it's appropriate. it also helps establish a process for the f.d.a. to
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qualify so-called biomarkers, which will facilitate the development of future cutting-edge therapies. by reinforcing these key provisions of 21st century cures, i'm fully confident that the bill will help deliver on our bipartisan promise to jump-start treatments for families and for patients with unmet needs. i also want to thank chairman walden and ranking member pallone for incorporating provisions into the bill that will deepen our understanding of the psychosocial impact of the disease. these provisions are based on the bipartisan patient experience and research act. as more is learned about the social and emotional effects of disease, we can deliver better outcomes for patient by improving medication adherence, tailoring treatment regimens, and enhancing participation in clinical trials. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i now recognize the gentleman
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from florida, a very important member of our committee, mr. bilirakis, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today to urge the passage of the f.d.a. re-altogether zakes at. with -- re-authorization act. with this legislation we can modernize the f.d.a. and reduce the barriers to innovation and competition. if america's going to lead the world in biomedical innovation, we need an f.d.a. that can efficiently review and approve new drugs. the f.d.a. must act with the same urgency that patients feel waiting for cures. importantly, this bill includes a bipartisan provision that i authored with my colleague, kurt schrader, the provision uses free market policies to help spur the development of new generic drugs, increase competition, and combat high drug prices. i'm also pleased we are including the race for children act. an important provision to advance pediatric cancer research and development.

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