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percolation can lead to two million to six million acre-feet of groundwater infacilityation. that will double the level of -- infiltration. that will double the level. this will authorize the bureau of reclamation, partnered with the u.s. geological survey and university of california to conduct surveys for groundwater aquifers to one, subsurface aquifer systems including the geometry of areas where water can move more easily. two, aquifer storage and transmission characteristics. and three, land areas of greatest recharge potential. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. yes. mr. mcclintock: mr. chairman, we have no objection to this amendment and want to thank the gentleman from fresno, california, for his constructive contribution to this process. i yield back. mr. costa: i thank the gentleman. the chair: the gentleman reserves.
does any member claim the time in opposition? the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. costa: yes, i yield one minute to the gentleman. the chair: you have 30 seconds remaining. mr. costa: i yield 30 seconds. mr. mccarthy: this is a commonsense amendment -- mr. huffman: this is a commonsense amendment that recognizes the potential groundwater represents. this is one of the most important tools in our toolbox. we know hydrology will be less certain because of climate change. it will make droughts across our country more frequent and severe. this amendment will help make sure we're taking the appropriate steps to prepare and so i want to thank my colleague for this forward-thinking amendment and support its adoption. with that i yield. the chair: the gentleman yields back. all time has expired. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california, mr. costa. those in favor, please say aye. those opposed say no.
in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 3 printed -- printed in part c of house report 115-212. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. costa: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 3 printed in house report 115-212 offered by mr. costa of california. the chair: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. costa and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the gentleman is recognized. mr. costa: i yield myself such time as i shall use. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. costa ta: i would like to thank the rule committees chair and ranking member slaughter for making my amendment in order as well as thank congressman lamalfa for his work on this amendment. record drought and most destructive wildfire seasons on
record have brought renewed attention to california's headwaters. these forest, meadow an other source waters play a vital role in california's water supply management system and they are under threat from a host of factors including wild fires, climate change and poor management policies. practices such as forest thinning and watt every shedd restoration have demonstrated the ability to have a measurable increase in water supply to the reservoirs that receive runoff generated by these headwaters in the sierra nevadas, the beautiful mountain we have in california. the sierra nevada mountain range, many people don't realize, generates nearly 60% of california's developed water supply. 60%. and that's why the abundance of snow in the mountains in the wintertime is so critical. so estimates indicate that
simply by instituting more effective headwater management policies that 300,000 acre-feet of water smies could be generated each year. now that is a significant yield of water when you look at the overdraft problems that we have and some of the other authorization of surface storage that we have made last yore winter.he some of the projects i support such as raising the chester dam would raise thousands of acre-feet of water annually. if we can generate an additional 300,000 acre-feet this is almost three times the yield. simply managing our forests better could in many instances qua troupele our water supply and better produce environmental
outcomes from our forest systems. to put this in context, this is enough water to irrigate over 100,000 acres, of which we have significant overdraft of land, or provide daily water for an additional 500,000 homes in california. for an entire year. my amendment would authorize the bureau of reclamation to enter into partnerships to determine the amount of watt that -- water that could be untapped by doing these kinds of efforts. fixing california's broken water system, as i have said repeatedly, means using all of the water tools in our water management toolbox, including in this amendment we would be having the opportunity to improve our headwater management in an integrated and multidisciplinary approach that is responsive to the changing conditions that we face as we know that will continue to occur. i urge my colleagues to support
this amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. does any member seek time in opposition? hearing none, the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. costa: i would like to yield one minute to the gentleman from northern california. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you. i thank the gentleman and i want to express my support for this amendment as well. the headwaters of our water sheds play a crucial role in ensuring the reliability and quality of water supplies throughout our state. mr. huffman: our water supply depends not just on artificial reservoirs but also natural reservoirs. healthy, vibrant forests provide many benefits including carbon capture and shade to slow snow melt. this amendment is one of the many ways we can ensure that the
bureau of reclamation is building a 21st century water supply system for california and the west, so i strongly encourage support for it. with that, i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california is -- the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr.s can ta: this is a commonsense amendment that has bipartisan support. frankly, i think as we learn so much more about how the hydrology of california's water -- we need op and to take advantage of that knowledge. this amendment will allow us to do so in a way that make this is so valuable resource that we sometimes take for granted, that is our water supply, to allow us to use it in a way that makes sense and will provide the water needs for all californians. so i urge the support of this amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the question is on the amendment
offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 4 printed in part c of house report 115-212. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. denham: i rise in support of the amendment. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 4 printed in part c of house report 115-212, offered by mr. denham of california. the chair: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. denham, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the gentleman is recognized. mr. denham: this amedates a sma water infrastructure
improvements for the nation act or win act.and assess water opp first. it sets a time frame for completion of opportunities at the reservoir, these can increase storage and reschedule water projects to allow for maximum storage within the conservative estimates of the increased water storage have been at 00,000 acre-feet which will provide water such a precie must ensure our water storage capacity is being use red sponsably. the timeline of seven years is consistent with other provisions of the win act and will ensure the study will be completed so we can make the bestus of our water storage capacity. additionally, it help prospect our threat and endangered species. in western states, water users can buy and sell water rights. this provision prevents individuals from using funding set aside for species
conservation to buy water rights and sell them back to the government. funding in section 410-b of the win act was allocated to benefit endangered species populations through has been tet restoration, improved monitoring and conservation fish hatcheries this policy has been in effect for the central valley project improvement act for over a decade and needs to be applied to this section as well. this ensures funding will be used for its intended purposes, not to boy and resell water right. finally this amendment extends a program to protect native fish in the stanislaus river for two years. this allowers in taking of invasive species that prey on native salmon in the river. it was originally authorized for five years. however, since the spawn cycle for the salmon is three years, it needs to be ex-tened to ensure two full salmon cycles and be observed. in conclusion, this amendment
protects native and endangered species and ensures we are making the most of water storage capacity at the reservoir. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. does any member rise in opposition? hearing none, the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. denham. mr. denham: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed. is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 5 printed in part c of house report 115-212. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. desaulnier: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will
designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 5 printed in part c of house report 115-212, offered by mr. desaulnier of california. the chair: the gentleman from california, mr. desaulnier and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. desaulnier: thank you, mr. speaker. my amendment asks for a review of existing best practices worldwide for the capture and reuse of westwater and a feasibility study on the expansion of these efforts. existing policy requires a review of conservation plans of central valley project contractors. i believe we should look further than just at what we're currently doing and learn from new emerging technologies and practices from around the world for recycling wastewater. capturing wastewater for reuse is not new. orange county in california has ifrlmented its groundwater replenishment system in 2008 which augments the water supply for 850,000 residents in southern california with treated
wastewater and helps redeuce the area's dependence on watter from the sacramento san joaquin delta. in singapore, an initiative to recycle wastewater supplies approximately one third of the country's water demand. in israel, treated sewage water meets approximately the one quarter of the country's needed water. across california, more than 200 billion gallons of municipal wastewater are reused each year. according to one reporting california has an unrealized opportunity to grow that number to between $390 billion and $590 billion acre-feet per year. the need for innovation to increase the amount of available water is very clear. between 2011 and 2013, even before the onset of one of the state's most severe droughts on record, water stored in the sacramento-san joaquin watershed dropped by 20 million cubic meters or 2/3 of the volume of
lake immediate. we need to prepare for more severe droughts in coming decades. with innovation and technologies available in the united states and around the world, we could and should continue to look for new ways to augment our water supply and enhance our water security. around the world and across the united states innovation and technologies from capturing and recycling wastewater are improving and their costs are falling. the purpose of this amendment is to understand the current state of these technologies and to identify opportunities for expanding them. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. does any member rise in opposition? for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i rise to claim time in opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you. mr. chairman, this amendment adds a superfluous provision that requires a study on a subject that we've already studied to death.
we find the left constantly proposing these technologies to manage our existing water shortage often as an excuse not to expand our ability to store new water supplies. the problem is not complicated. these recycling projects are typically four times as expensive as traditional water storage, according to a 2016 study by the california public utilities commission. mr. mcclintock: if we had exhausted our existing resources these alternatives might make sense if the alternative is no water at all. but that's not the alternative. he alternative is to develop our water storage at four times the cost is what the gentleman is selling. only politicians would do that. the problem is when politicians make this choice, consumers end up paying. which brings me to my second objection to the gentleman's amendment, our traditional water projects are paid for by the
uses of the water, in proportion to their use. this is the beneficiary pays principle that's guided our water projects for generations. these policies protect taxpayers from putting -- from footing the bill for somebody else's water. the title 16 water recycling projects the gentleman is promoting are not paid for by ater users but rather by general users, which means they rob st. petersburg to st. paul. if he would like to confine it to have his constituents pay four times more for water or his constituents pay to subsidize the water for my constituents, i'd support him. but i sincerely doubt that's what he has in mind. reserve mr. desaulnier: si yield to ms. matsui.
ms. matsui: i rise in support of this amendment. t provides sustainable water resources and in sacramento, we are working to build a project that would use reclaimed waste water to irrigate farmland and habitat. these are the types of projects that helps california for the next drought. we should be working on sustainable solutions like these. last congress, i introduced a ill to improve the bureau of reclamation funding resources program which removing the requirement that they receive a congressional authorization. expanding the pool of eligible projects. this amendment continues to move us forward by emphasizing the importance of recycling and i urge my colleagues to support it. thank you.
and i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields. the gentleman is recognized. i yield one minute to mr. costa. the chair:. the gentleman is recognized. mr. costa: fixing california's broken water system involves multiple strategies. methods of increased water supply, we have found improves the situation. but there is, there is no silver bullet to solving california's long-term water challenges. in the valley, we understand that and communities diversified. the dell porto water district has partnered with the cities of modesto, turlock on a project that will irrigate agricultural fields creating water security for 30% of the water supply.
this is cost effective and costs less. we are doing this with a few cities and partnering with local water districts. we ought to encourage it. more efforts like this are necessary. i support the amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields. he gentleman has 30 seconds. mr. desaulnier: i extend 30 seconds to mr. huffman. mr. huffman: i need to correct the record, the water reuse foundation this is the cheapest ways, pottable and it is less expensive than alternative options. the congressional research service has found the project is
comparable in price to alternate nat water services and there is vast new potential to develop these water supplies. this is the forward-thinking conversation we ought to have if we are serious with california water. the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i would simply cite to my friend the california public utilities commission report in 2016, what are the cost of future sources of water for california. they say recycling water is nearly four times as costly as traditional sources of water and that is being generous. i support any water project that pencils out. this one does not. this would require water bills to quadruple. policies like these are driving water bills are driving up and we need to make the choice at
the ballot box and have implications for things they are paying like water and electricity. i ask for a no vote. the chair: the gentleman yields. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. mr. desaulnier: i request the yeas and nays. the chair: pursuant to clause 6, rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california will e postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 6 printed in part c of house report 115-212. for what purpose does the gentleman from new mexico seek recognition? mr. pearce: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 6 . inted in house report part c
the chair: the gentleman from new mexico, mr. pearce and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new mexico. mr. pearce: mr. chairman, water is life. we understand that in the west. maybe more than anywhere else in the world. any time we are talking about water, we are talking about life, we are talking about the aavailability of economy and jobs and communities. it affects us deeply in the west. when the original bill was being marked up when h.r. 23 was being marked up, my friend from california brought a concern to the members of the committee saying she felt like it did not adequately address tribal water rights. tribes are some of the areas of deepest poverty as she brought that up. it struck my attention we should
look at it. her amendment failed in committee, but the two of us, with the chairman and sponsor of the bill huddled after the committee meeting and decided we should move forward with her concerns. those concerns are reflected in this amendment today. at this point, i would like to yield one minute to the gentlelady from california to give her observations about this issue. the chair: the good is recognized. >> i want to begin by thanking my friend, representative pearce from new mexico, for offering this amendment with me. during our committee work on portions of this bill, i raised this issue and offered a similar amendment. so i appreciate representative pearce for working with me to improve the bill for indian country. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment because it will provide some limited, although not complete legal protection for indian tribes and their water rights. that said, i continue to have grave concerns with the
underlying bill and the impact it will have on indian country. the bill would cause significant harm to indian country. in title 4 of this bill it blocks emergency water releases that prevents outbreaks in the klammoth river. the provision will significantly increase the widespread fish kills and lead to tragic losses. while this amendment doesn't mitigate all the negative impacts, it will include additional legal protection for tribal rights that will preserve the future tribal water rights. i urge support of this amendment and i thank representative pearce. the chair: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from new mexico is recognized. mr. pearce: i reserve.
does any member seek time in opposition? >> i ask unanimous consent to claim time in opposition, although i'm not opposed. he chair: without objection. objection is heard. for what purpose does gentleman seek recognition? mr. pearce: i yield to the gentleman from colorado one inute. the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? gentleman op on owesed -- opposed? the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. as my colleague from new mexico noted, when the state of colorado stated when you touch water in the west, you touch
everything. mr. tipton: we have that shared concern that that water is going to be preserved. in the west, water is a private property right. we have state law and priority-based system which has always been recognized by the federal government. unfortunately, we have seen and is reflected in the portion of the legislation that we are discussing today, the federal government reaching out to be able to require conditional use of permit, water rights to be signed over to the federal government. the amendment we are discussing right now, when we talk about our native-american tribes, we have shared and common interests along with mrs. torres in making sure that native-american water rights are protected. there is good news in the underlying bill. the department of interior had made the statement that their ability to negotiate or enter into water settlement with
fribes is no way affected nor restricted by this bill, no way affected or restricted by this bill according to the department of interior. although i have no objections to the changes proposed in the savings clause to be able to clarify as much, i wanted to register concern on the amendment that it may not have been as definitive as i would have liked to have seen in regards to specifying native-american water rights. that is common ground we are seeing on both sides of the aisle, to make sure that those private property rights are protected. i will not vote against this amendment. and i applaud my colleagues working together with us to be le to try and achieve an amenable situation that we understand probably as better than anyone in the country, water for our communities, water for the opportunities for our
communities to be able to grow and to prosper. and on this particular issue, a very important segment of that very community are the valuable contributions that our native-american tribes make to all of our communities. with that, mr. chairman, i will be supporting the overall legislation. i commend all of the members in terms of their work on this. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new mexico is recognized. mr. pearce: can i inquire as to how much time i have? the chair: the gentleman has two minutes remaining. mr. pearce: would yield 30 seconds to mr. huffman. mr. huffman: i appreciate that my colleagues are trying to help mitigate a small amount of the harm caused by this bill, but the underlying bill is a disaster for independent yarn country. title 5 is a direct attack of the existing rights of tribes in
my district. riverlmon in the klammoth are the lifeline and this bill prohibits federal agencies from making emergency water releases to combat fish disease and prevent massive fish kills. unless we get too carried away with the feats this amendment might have and i appreciate the time of the gentleman and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from new mexico is recognized. mr. pearce: tribes in new mexico and across the west depend on water for agriculture. they depend on it for their families. they depend on it for spiritual reasons. without rights, water can be taken by anyone. the amendment that mrs. torres and i put forward is saying that rights are personal, private property rights that no government can take it away. it's a reasonable amendment.
i appreciate the gentleman from colorado's observations and we will see those oaks are dealt with in a meaningful way. i ask members to vote in favor of this amendment to h.r. 23. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new mexico. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, the unfinished business is request for a recorded vote on amendment number 5 printed in part c of 115-212 by the gentleman from california, mr. desaulnier, on which further proceedings were postponed and the noes prevailed by voice vote.
the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 5 printed in house report c. offered by mr. desaulnier of california. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the amendment is not agreed to. the question is on the amendment in the nature of a substitute as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. adopted. ent is accordingly, the committee rises. the speaker pro tempore: mr. chairman. the committee of the whole house on the state of the union has had under consideration h.r. 23 and pursuant to house resolution 431, reports the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the whole house of the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration h.r. 23 and pursuant to house resolution 431, reports the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule, the previous question is ordered.
is a separate vote demanded on the amendment reported from the committee of the whole? if not, the question is on adoption of the amendment in the nature of the substitute as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. agreed to. t is the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to provide drought relief in the state of california and for other purposes. he speaker pro tempore:
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the bill? >> i'm opposed in its current form. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies and. the clerk: mr. hall of california moves to recommit the bill to the same back to the
house forth with add at the end of title 4, section 406, wildfire readiness, nothing in this act shall impair the ability of the national interagency fire center to ensure there is an adequate supply of water to fight wildfires from reservoirs or urface waters. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members, please take your conversations off the floor. the the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this is the final amendment to the bill, which will not kill the bill or send it back to committee. if adopted the bill will immediately proceed to final passage as amended. my request today is simple, to provide our firefighters with the water they need to
effectively fight wildfires. as we speak, two large wildfires are burning in my district on the central coast of california. so far, 40,000 of acres have dozens th more than a of homes, we cannot understate the importance of local, state and federal firefighters to contain these blazes and prevent more damages. mr. carbajal: i spoke with incident commanders and toured -- the speaker pro tempore: the entleman will suspend. the gentleman will resume. mr. carbajal: i towered two burn sites witnessing firsthand the incredible damage brought to our
region. i was grateful to address our firefighters and first responders and thank these brave and men and women to risk their own safety to protect infrastructure and save lives. in one instance, a firefighter cleared a path driving a bulldozer through flaming brush to rescue dozens of boy scouts trapped at a camp ground. today we have a duty as appropriators to provide these men and women working tirelessly in difficult decisions with the resources they need to effectively combat these frequent and devastating wild friars -- fires. ignoring our wildfire response is irresponsible and will put american lives in danger. in addition to adopting this simple amendment to ensure
firefighters' access to water, d the disruptive practice of borrowing. we cannot to rob funds designated for wildfire prevention to pay for fighting fires and at the same time expect agencies to carry out effective land management practices to reduce the impact of catastrophic wildfires in the future. our federal land management agencies are overwhelmed by the dramatic increase in fires on public lands in recent years. we cannot in good conscience continue to ignore their urgent need for prevention and fire fighting funding. ask for a recorded vote -- actually, i'm not there yet. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mcclintock: claim time in
opposition to the amendment. . the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, my friend's concerns are well placed. his amendment is completely misplaced. the fact is, for 45 years, our environmental laws have made the management of our forests virtually impossible and after 45 years of experience with these laws, imposed with the explicit promise they would improve our forest environment, i think we're entitled to ask, somehow our forest environment doing? and the answer is damning, our forests are dying. surplus timber harvests have fallen 80%, the result is severe overcrowding in our forest. an acre normally supports 15 to 20 tree bus because of these
laws average density in the sierra is 266 trees per acre. in this crowded condition, these free trees fight for their lives against other trees trying to occupy the same ground. in this crowded and stressed condition, they fall prey to disease, pestilence and drought. the answer is not this amendment that seeks to derail this needed water storage. it is to restore scientific management to our forests to restore them to a healthy condition. when i visited the command center of the rim fire several years ago that threatened yosemite valley, i asked the firefighters what answer can i take in your name back to congress? and the answer was, treatment matters. we need proper forest management and the good news for my friend from santa barbara is, he'll soon have the opportunity to vote on just such a bill, the
resilient federal forest act by mr. westerman of arkansas. it treats this problem comprehensively. it passed the house natural resources committee. we hope to bring it soon to the floor of the house. it will address the problems that plague our forests by restoring proper scientific management to our public lands. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. without objection, the previous question is ordered. the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion is not adopted. mr. carbajal: mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any
electronic vote on the question of passage. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 189, the nays are 230. the motion is not adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. >> request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 230. the nayses are 190. the bill -- the nays are 190. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the clerk be authorized to make technical corrections in the engrossment of h.r. 1719. mr. mcclintock: to include addition of an enacted clause. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1719, a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to acquire approximately 44 acres of land in martinez, california, and for other purposes.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir. and leader pelosi. respectfully i write to tender my resignation as a member of the house committee on natural resources. it has been an honor to serve in this capacity. signed, sincerely, jimmy panetta, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resignation is accepted. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir. i, tim walz, am submitting my resignation from the committee on armed services effective immediately. it has been a privilege and honor to serve on this committee and to use my 24 years of experience in the military to fight for our troops. signed, sincerely, tim walz, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: without
objection, the resignation is accepted. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the democratic caucus, i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 439. resolved that the following named member be and is hereby elected to the following standing committee of the house of representatives. one, committee on armed services, mr. panetta. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to. the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. mr. crowley: i thank the speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 2810. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that during the consideration of h.r. 2810, pursuant to house resolution
431, amendment number 88, printed in part -- printed in part b of house report 115-212 may be considered out of sequence. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to house resolution 431 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house of the state of the union for the consideration of h.r. 2810. the chair appoints the gentleman from michigan, mr. mitchell, to preside over the committee of the whole. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the consideration of h.r. 2810. which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to authorize appropriationses for fiscal year -- appropriations for fiscal year 2018, for military
activities of the department of defense, and for military cruck, to prescribe military personnel strength for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. the chair: pursuant to the rule, the bill is considered read the first time. the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, and the gentleman from washington, mr. smith, will each control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the entleman from texas. mr. thornberry: mr. speaker, i make a point of order that the committee is not in order. the chair: the committee will come to order, please. the gentleman is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. thank you. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i am proud to bring before the house h.r. 2810, the national defense authorization act for the fiscal year 2018. it was reported favorably by the house armed services committee at 11:59 p.m. on june 28, 2017. by a vote of 60-1.
that vote is an indication of the bipartisan support that exists to support our troops and to fulfill our obligations placed on us by the constitution. mr. chairman, i think the always helpful for us to remind ourselves of the authority by which we undertake our responsibilities. article 1, section 8 of the constitution says that congress has the power and the responsibility to provide and to raise and support armies, to provide and maintain a navy, to make rules for the government and regulation of land and naval forces, and, of course, to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the foregoing powers. the members of our committee and our staff take those responsibilities very seriously. this year we seek to carry them now the a world which is as
dangerous and complex as any of us have ever seen. one example from the news of the day is the alarming progress north korea is making towards having an intercontinental ballistic missile that can carry nuclear weapons to our homeland. now, we have, of course, a number of tools to use, including diplomacy and sanctions. but there is no substitute for military power. and i believe we must develop and deploy more of it to be ready to deal with these growing threats. and so the bill before us today substantially increases money for missile defense. so we are more capable of protecting our homeland against those ballistic missiles. it also increases funding for key munitions, and for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance so we can have better visibility on what the adversary is doing. it increases the end strength for the army, nate i have and
the air force, just as -- the navy and the air force, just as they requested. and it funds more joint exercises with key allies in the pacific. it boosts our ship building budget, to get more ships into the water faster and also cheaper. and so just as an example, mr. chairman, each of those items is important for dealing with this growing threat coming from north korea. and we can sit here and go through a similar sort of discussion when it comes to iran, or the provocative actions of russia and china. or the terrorist organizations of various shades. of course we cannot guarantee that the capabilities that we will vote on in this bill will be available by the time the crisis comes. unfortunately, mr. chairman, we are still dealing with defense budgets that were cut by more than 20% at a time when the threats around the world were
growing. so we can't guarantee that this capability -- these capabilities will be available when we need them. what we can guarantee is if we don't fund these things now, they will not be available when we need them. so that is the priority given to this bill. mr. chairman, exactly one month ago, on june 12, secretary mattis and chairman dunford testified before our committee. and i would like to read just one paragraph of the secretary's testimony, where he was comparing what the military was like when he left it and when he came back as secretary. secretary mattis testified, and i'll quote, four years later i returned to the department. and i have been shocked by what i've seen with our readiness to fight. for all the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field has done more harm to the readiness of our military than sequestration. we have sustained our ability to
meet america's commitments abroad, because our troops have stoically shouldered a much greater burden. , more ars later, shocked harm by sequestration than the enemies in the field, and it's only because our folks are so incredible that they have borne an increasing burden. that's what the secretary testified. mr. chairman, we have indisputably the finest military in the world. but the also indisputable that it has been severely damaged by continuing resolutions, by sequestration, and by failure of the executive and legislative branches to adequately support the men and women out there on the front lines. we have an urgent need to begin to repair and rebuild our military. and i also believe, mr. chairman, it is fundamentally wrong to send men and women out on dangerous missions without
providing them the best equipment, in the best shape, with the best training that our country can possibly provide. this bill, if followed by matching propings, takes a significant -- appropriation, takes a significant step toward meeting that objective, to support those troops. it also makes major reforms in the way the pentagon does business. among other reforms, it enables the military to buy commercial products through online sites such as amazon, staples and granger. we require life cycle maintenance costs to be considered at the beginning of a program, as must intellectual property rights. to maximize competition in the maintenance and repairs. oversight into service contracts is increased and there is much more, of course, in the bill. mr. chairman, this bill is the vehicle by which we usually, for
55 years at least, fulfill our responsibilities under the constitution that i mentioned. to provide for the common defense. i believe that's the first job of the federal government. and i want to just express my appreciation to each of the members of our committee, each of them has contributed to the product before us. each of them takes their responsibilities under the constitution very seriously. no one more so than the ranking member, mr. smith of washington. we don't always agree on the judgment calls about issues, but i have no doubt that he, among all the members of the committee, try to do what's right for the country, and put the interests of our troops first. that's exactly the attitude that we must follow, i think, on the floor over the next three days, as we go through the amendments, which we will consider. i also want to express appreciation to the committee and personal staff who have worked on this bill.
it's been a challenging year for a variety of reasons. as i started, i will finish. i am proud of this product, i hope it will gain the support of the entire house. and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself five minutes. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: i want to thank the chairman, first of all, for his hard work on this bill. and all the mens of the committee and the staff -- members of the committee and the staff. this is a bill we've passed for 55 straight years. t.s.a. long and complicated bill -- it is a long and complicated bill that sets the defense and national security policy for our country. and there is a lot of good work that has gone into this bill. again, i thank the members for doing that. they recognize the complex threat environment that the chairman correctly described. and we are attempting to address it as best we can in this very difficult environment. i think the thing that is most difficult, that i really want to emphasize, is what the chairman said in the middle of his remarks. that over the past six years, we have had one government shutdown, a number of continuing resolutions, several threatened
government shutdowns, and the unpredictability that that has presented to the defense department. now, to be clear, it has also presented the same amount of unpredictability to the nondefense discretionary budget, that also has to deal with those challenges. but that uncertainty about our budget has made it very difficult to plan and nowhere is that more important than at the department of defense. as they try to lay out a strategy for national security, not knowing from one month to the next how much money you're going to have or what you're going to be able to spend it on is a huge problem. and i'll say a little bit more about this later. because as big of a problem as that is, we haven't solved it. as we debate this bill here today, we do not have a budget resolution from either the house or the senate. so this is a problem we still need to work on. . however much money we wind up spending on defense if we had a clear idea of how much money we'd have other the next few
year, it would be a lot easier to plan for those contingencies. i do want to compliment the work that's been done on this bill. i focus a lot on unconventional threats. i used to chair what's now called the emerging threats committee. i want to thank congresswoman ste -- stefa nick, and others, at have focused on the agencies that do so much for foughting terrorism. i want to thank the subcommittee focusing on space, for the importance of emphasizes that. for a long time, our country dominated space, didn't have to worry about it. now a lot of other countries are catching up and competing with us. i think this bill reflects the importance of that. there are a lot of very solid things in this bill but i want to close by emphasizes two significant problems that we still need to address. one i mentioned already. we don't have a budget
resolution this bill has $621 billion as i understand it in the base bill and another, i believe, $75 billion in the overseas contingency fund. we're spending nearly $700 billion in this bill on defense. that's a lot of money and the chairman mentioned a lot of the very necessary programs that that's going forward. however, that breaks the budget caps. in order to break the budget cap the house and the senate have to vote to break the budget caps. it's july. we haven't done that. i will emphasize that in the senate it requires 60 vote tots break the budget caps. so as much as i see the need in defense given the complex threat environment out there, it is very possible that $72 billion of what is in this bill is going to disappear between now and the end of this year, unless we address the broader issue of sequestration and budget caps. i'll also emphasize that addressing that issue by gutting
funding for the nondefense discretionary budget and plusing up defense is not going to work. for a couple of reasons. number one a lot of the national security needs that we have come out of some of those other items. the proposal to cut the state department by 31% in a time when we face the complex threat environment that was described is ridiculous. in fact, i will quote chairman mattis as well who said if you're going to cut the state department by 30%, you better give me five more divisions because i'm going to need them. we're not going to be able to resolve conflicts in a peaceful way. and also of course we have domestic needs that are very important as well. we're still waiting on the infrastructure package from the administration. there are a lot of needs not being met and we are not yet voting to bust the budget caps. here we have a bill that does that, but this house has to step up and take that vote if this defense authorizing bill is going to go forward. second and final point, we still don't have a national security strategy from the white house.
now we have a complex threat environment, as i said more often than i meant to in the course of the last few minutes. we do. we've got russia, china, north korea, iran, a variety of terrorist threats. what we've heard in our committee from the last six months is a series of people from the pentagon coming over and saying the house is on fire. we don't have enough money to do, fill in the blank. a lot of different things. what we haven't heard is a strategy. the most disturbing conversation i had in that regard was with someone from the office of net assessment, i yelled myself an additional minute. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: who explained, we laid out a strategy in 2012 and we do not have the money to fund that strategy right now. i asked him, how short are you? how much more money do you need? he looked at me like i didn't understand what i was asking, so i sort of explained it. he didn't know. how could he not know? if you could sit there confidently and say, my gosh werg don't have enough money,
we're way crazy short, of our 2012 strategy and you can't say how short you don't have a strategy. we need a strategy to make sure the money is spent wisely. i'll complose with a compliment of the chairman for something we have he has done. we should not assume that simply spending more money at the department of defense is necessarily going to make us safer. we have to make sure we spend it efficiently and effectively. i think this bill has a lot of very solid effort to try to make us do that toward acquisition reform, toward spending the money more wisely. so it's not just a matter of spend manager money. we've got to spend it smarter and confront the lack of strategy and we've to the government to confront the fact that we still have not resolved our budget resolution problem. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. >> i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the chairman of the subcommittee on readiness, mr. wilson of south carolina. the chair: the gentleman is
recognized. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. chairman. i appreciate the house armed services committee, chairman mambings c thornberry, for his etermined -- narme mac thornberry for his determined work on this i want to thank my colleague and ranking subcommittee -- subcommittee ranking member congresswoman bordallo of guam for her tireless efforts in this process and thank the member os they have house armed services committee on both sides of the aisle for bipartisan input for this bill. the creation of the 2018 national defense authorization act truly was bipartisan. mr. chairman, over the past several months, we have heard testimony from every military service branch about the urgent eed to address the readiness shortfalls. their actions were sobering. here today we have the
responsibility of reducing the risk to our service members by making sure they are well trained, supported, and that the equipment they use is properly maintained and combat ready. there are numerous important readiness provisions in the authorization, including adding over $2 billion to long-neglected facility sustainment and modernization accounts. gives the department of defense more sponsible -- a efficient use of d.o.d. resources, extends multiple temporary hiring authorities to allow the department of defense to fill critical manpower gaps in particular in our defense industrial base, our depots, arsenals and shipyards. none of the readiness provisions are arbitrary. they are specifically targeted to stop and as much as possible reverse the decline of of the readiness of our armed forces to so we can continue to combat around the world. i strongly support this and
encourage my colleagues in the house to support it as well. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. >> i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from massachusetts, ms. tsongas. the chair: the gentleman is -- the gentlelady is recognized. ms. tsongas: thank you, ranking member smith. two years ago we brought this to the house floor with broad bipartisan support and i'd like to thank chairman thornberry and ranking member smith for their work in developing this year's bill. i'd also like to thank congressman mike turner, chairman of the tactical air and land forces subcommittee of which i am the ranking member for his leadership and spirit of bipartisanship this year. this year's bill includes investments to fill genuine readiness needs and funding that is critical to ensuring our men and women in uniform have the best cutting edge resources and
best equipment possible to keep them safe when defending our nation. i was encouraged that the bill we passed out of committee directs the defense department to provide specific updates and reports on a number of programs and platforms so that we can robustly conduct our oversight responsibility on behalf of the american people. however, as we consider the bill on the floor today and in the coming days, i remain concerned about how we fund these needs. substantial budget increases for the department of defense at the expense of other vital national programs undermines investments in our national competitiveness and the future of our country. and i believe makes us less secure over the long-term. providing our men and women in uniform with the resources they need to carry out their mission is one of our most solemn obligation bus we must also fund these resources responsibly in order to safeguard our economic vitality and our national security. thank you, mr. speaker, and i
yield back. the chair: the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the chair of the subcommittee on tactical forces, mr. turner. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. turner: i rise in strong support of h.r. 2810, the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2018. i have the privilege of serving as the chairman of the tactical air and land forces subcommittee and i want to thank my subcommittee's ranking member, ms. niki tsongas, for her support in the n completing the markup of the bill and the bipartisan work we've done together on the issue of sexual assault in the military. i appreciate her leadership in that. i stongly support this bill and can't emphasize enough chairman thornberry's steadfast leadership in raising the top line in this bill. this bill recommends $631 billion, a significant and needed increase over the original budget request that supports both the base and unfunded requirements which total over $30 billion. without chairman thornberry's
leadership this number woult not be sufficient. we are presenting a budget that helps rebuild the readiness of our forces. this increased base funding will begin to rebuild full spectrum readiness for from years of deferred modernization brought on by the previous administration. within the tactical air and land forces jurisdiction this bill authorizes an additional $12 billion to address critical unfunded modernization requirements addressed by the services. it addresses current land forces include des money to additional abrams tanks and fighter vehicles. it addresses shortfalls and authorizes another $ billion in additional funding to secure additional f-35 strike fighters to address unfunded requirements from the air force, navy and marine corps. i'm also pleased this bill supports european defense initiative, the deterrence initiative, using oco and
addressing the needs of our european allies. this bill contains language from the be heard sexual assault bill i worked with representative tsongas about and addressed in june i'm please wed continue to advance the cause of protecting service members from sexual assault. i'm also pleased that that the evans law is included in this bill which will ensure the department of defense protects against una-- against additional falls by young children. with that, i urge my colleagues to support this bill. the chair: the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the ranking member, the gentlelady from guam, ms. bordallo. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. bordallo: thank you. i would like to commend chairman thornberry -- thornberry, ranking member smith and the committee staff who worked many long nights on the f.y. 2018 defense authorization act.
while there are real questions about the top line number and i believe it would be inappropriate and reckless to have any additional funding come off the backs of nondefense spending, this is an important step forward in rebuilding our military readiness. this bill includes additional operations and maintenance funding to support more combat training center rotations and needed investment in the facilities, sustainment, restoration and modernization accounts. provide manager training opportunities and better maintenance facilities to live, work, and operate in. however, readiness cannot be bought back in a year. and these targeted investments must continue. furthermore the bill provides authorities to right size the billion personnel shortfalls that have stressed maintenance back logs at our ship yards and depots. it also will make more effective the department of quarterly readiness report and raise the minor military construction threshold and clarify unspecified projects to provide
additional flexibility to the department. i would especially like to thank chairman thornberry for following through on his commitment last year to work with me to include my provision that would help address critical work force shortages affecting military construction and health care essential to the military buildup on gausm. i also thank our ranking member smith and readiness subcommittee chairman joe wilson for working with me on this issue and on this bill. i look forward to continuing to work together to protect the full intent of this legislation. the readiness portion of this bill also includes provisions to support ship repair in the western pacific as well as full funding for critical military construction projects. given our posture, our strategic needs and challenges in the region, it is essential that we continue to sufficiently resource and support an active and engaged indo-asia pacific force. i look forward to working with
my threes on both sides of the aisle as this process continues. and lastly, mr. speaker, i would like to commend vicki plunkett for her over two tech kids of service in the house of representatives and 1 years on the house armed service committees and ask that my full remarks on her contributions be submitted for the record. the chair: without objection. ms. bordallo: thank you and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. rogers. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rogers: thank you. i'd like to thank my friend and colleague from tennessee, mr. jim cooper, the ranking member on our subcommittee, for being such a great partner as we work on this important bill. now i'd like to focus on some key provisions in the bill. first, space reform. this bill takes two monumental steps to reform national security space. first, the bill provides for the
creation of a space corps within the air force to fix the fragmented space acquisition process. second, it provides for the establishment of a sboordnant unified command for space under u.s. strategic command, to ensure integration of command. i can't stress enough the urgent necessity of these reforms. our society and our military are enormously dependent on space. meanwhile, our adversaries continue to grow their counterspace capabilities. these adversaries have already reorganized their space forces toward the goal of neutralizing our advantage in space. multiple studies going back almost two decades have recommended space -- a space force to fix our space acquisition and management problems. regardless, the d.o.d. and the air force have yet to fix the problem. decision making authorities for space acquisitions remain fragmented across over 60 organizations. this bill would consolidate
acquisition authority and inimprove our ability to jointly operate in space. earlier this week i returned from asia where i got to meet with our troops on the korean peninsula. i was in theater when north korea conducted their intercontinental ballistic missile. we must be vigilant when it comes to our missile defenses and this year's ndaa does that. no -- other worthy initiatives include the approximate mation of $2 billion in fund. it also accelerates our efforts to develop space capabilities. lastly, the bill supports our nuclear deterrents and includes provisions to improve the oversight of our nuclear command, control and communications. i urge support of this important legislation and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. chairman. i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the ranking -- ranking member of the subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities, the gentleman from rhode island, mr. langevin. the chair: the gentleman is ecognized.
without objection. mr. langevin: i want to thank the ranking member for yielding. mr. speaker, i'd like to begin by thanking chairman thornberry and ranking member smith and chairwoman stefanik for their collective efforts in crafting this bill that's before us this evening. i'd also like to thank the staff who worked tirelessly on this productive and forward-thinking legislation. it's an honor and a privilege to serve as a senior member of the house armed services committee, on behalf of the selfless service men and women who protect our nation every day. i'm proud of the bipartisan, very strong bipartisan effort represented by this year's ndaa. mr. speaker, we accomplish ever-important objectives in this bill. we enhance our deterrent capabilities in europe and support our nation's smaub are inforce. very proud of the junior class submarines we build. and we also provide strong support for the columbia class
ogram that will be program that will be the ohio replacement program. we also make it clear that climate security is indeed national security. backing the department and its efforts to reduce risk and prepare for all types of threats that may come our way, even if those threats come from climate change. as ranking member of the subcommittee on emerging threats and capabilities, i'm particularly proud of the provisions we've included on cybersecurity, special operations, and research and development. we strengthen our cybercooperation with our partners and allies through both training and collaboration with the nato cooperative cyberdefense center of excellence. we better leverage the u.s. global engagement center to combat propaganda and information warfare operations conducted against america and her alyles. and we grant permanent authority for family support programs within special operations command that reflect the unique needs of these war fighters and their families. we also reinvigorate the d.o.d. scholarship program, so students are encouraged to pursue information security degrees and
can come to work defending our nation from the get-go. we can have all the cyberpolicies in place that we want, but if we don't have the trained work force to execute those policies, we're going to be behind the curve and this helps to close that gap. we advance hypersonic weapons research development. especially transition efforts. we prioritize the readiness of u.s. cybercommand and our cybermission force. and we strengthen congressional oversight of sensitive cybermilitary operations and command -- cyberwarfare tools and capabilities. this approach was deliberate in nature tanned moves us closer to a military that will be able to address the variety of threats that we face in the 21st century. again i'd like to thank chairman thornberry and ranking member smith and chairwoman stefanik and all of my colleagues on the house armed services committee, as well as the staff, for their hard work on this very important bill. i thank all those involved and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from washington reserves.
the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished chair of the subcommittee on sea power and projection forces, the gentleman from virginia, mr. wittman. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. wittman: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise in strong support of h.r. 2810rks the f.y. 2018 national defense authorization act. i continue to be surprised at some of the national security pundits who believe that a diminished force structure will improve our national security. some have questioned whether we should fully fund national defense. some have even questioned whether we should continue to expand our armed services to meet the strategic challenges posed by a rising china and russia, by an unpredictable north korea and a belligerent iran. mr. chairman, our time is up. the time of action is now. the focus of our nation is upon us to provide for our national security. i am pleased that we appear to have turned the tide and properly -- and are properly resourcing the requirements of our armed services and i am
pleased that we are authorizing the funding to match our strategy and providing what our combatant commanders need to win any future conflicts. i am pleased that we have acknowledged the importance of our service members and the hardships that they endure so that we can enjoy our free and democratic society. in reference to the sea power projection forces subcommittee, i believe that we have reversed a trend toward as diminishing navy and are tracking toward a strengthened 355-ship fleet. the bill expands on the eight ships requested by the administration and adds an additional five ships. the bill also recommends additional advanced procurement for aircraft carriers and attack submarines, while fully funding the columbia class ballistic missile submarine and the b-21 raider bomber programs. as to aircraft, the bill commends an expansion of kc-46-a's, and others. finally, the bill delivers the right authorities that will save the department of defense
billions, yes, billions of dollars. additionally, i want to recognize our ranking member, joe courtney. he's done extraordinary work and has been a true partner in this journey and continues to work in a collaborative, bipartisan basis to deliver the best for our national security. i continue to be impressed with the results that can be achieved when a subcommittee and the full committee focuses on a common goal and works to achieve bipartisan results. i urge my colleagues to support the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2018. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield three minutes to the ranking member of the subcommittee on military personnel, the gentlelady from california, ms. speier. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. speier: i thank the gentleman for yielding and for his outstanding leadership and candor on our committee. i want to give a special shoutout to our chairman, mr. thornberry, who shaved an hour and a half off our deliberations
a couple weeks ago by bringing us into the 21st century and laptops to look at our amendments. a great improvement. i also want to thank my chair, chairman mike hoffman -- huffman, for his leadership. we've worked well together. i look forward to continuing that relate. and also to a top notch staff. this bill includes provisions that will provide the military services flexibility to recruit and retain members of our armed services, and continues our commitment to taking care of our military families. the ndaa continues funding for d.o.d. impact aid for schools with large numbers of military connected families. and authorizes reimbursement up to $500 for military spouses' expenses related to obtaining professional license or certification when moving to a new state. the committee continues to provide oversight of important programs in the bill requiring reviews to ensure the morale,
welfare and recreation programs are properly funded. and to require levels and the department of defense's debt collection practices are fair and do not place undue burdens on service members or their families. the bill includes the private act, which i co-sponsored with congresswoman martha mcsally, and other members of the committee, to prohibit the wrongful broadcast or distribution of intimate visual images and ensure the military services have the tools to prosecute those who violate the law. the bill also provides support for victims of sexual assault by mandating training for special victims counsel, to recognize and address unique challenges often faced by male vic testimonies of sexual assault -- victims of sexual assault. i'm pleased the bill continues the committee's effort to assist those with posttraumatic stress disor and traumatic brain injury, as well as making sure families are educated on suicide facts that are are often associated with t.b.i. or
posttraumatic stress. however, as ranking member smith has said, this ndaa fails to make the hard choices and tradeoffs that are expected of us. the ndaa goes beyond the president's request to provide $2 -- 2.4% pay raises for our service men and women, an additional cost of $200 million. an expense simply added to the top line. the ndaa also authorizes an increased end strength for the army at a cost of $4 billion, again, simply adding it to the top line. certainly our troops deserve a pay raise. but the question that must be asked is, where is the money coming from? and on what basis are these decisions being made? congress has not received a strategic plan from the pentagon that would inform us on how large the military needs to grow. by just adding funding to the ndaa, congress is not providing the stable, predictive funding the military needs. in order to do that, we need to address the big elephant in the room, the sequestration and
budget control act caps. mr. smith: i yield the gentleman -- the gentlelady an additional 30 seconds. speier speier thank you. despite this, -- ms. speier: thank you. despite this, we were not allowed to ensure it does not expire in may of 2018. this falls short of my strong desire shared by other members of the committee to permanently fix the survivor benefit compensation. this offset amounts to a shameful tax on over 60,000 surviving spouses who are already struggling emotionally and financially. by the s.s. -- ssia extension would be an important temporary fix, congress must make a permanent fix to offset -- a permanent fix to the offset. we cannot continue to allow surviving military spouses to suffer from our inaction. with that i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i yield myself 30 seconds. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, just to make two points.
number one, the president -- president barack obama was inaugurated in january of 2009. the first national security strategy he submitted was in may of 2010. a year and a half later. so i don't think it's completely unreasonable that we haven't yet gotten the national security strategy from the new administration. secondly, the pay raise for the troops is based on the statutory formula which is related to the cost of living. that's where it comes from. and it seems to me to say, no, you don't really get what the formula says you deserve is not appropriate. now the administration did not request it, and the criticism from some is that we should not provide it. i think if the formula's wrong we should change it. the formula says, that's how much the cost of living has gone up, we should provide. it that the point, mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished chair of the subcommittee on personnel, the gentleman from colorado, mr. coffman. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. coffman: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, i rise today in
strong support of h.r. 2810, the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2018. the bill contains significant policy and funding initiatives that is continue our commitment to maintain military personnel and family readiness and address issues important to our troops. the provisions contained in this bill provide our war fighters, retirees and their families the necessary pay and benefits to sustain them in today's highly stressed force. to support these efforts, this bill establishes a fully funded by law pay raise for all of our service members, overriding the president's ability to reduce the pay raise. after years of lower than bylaw pay race requests, it's critical we continue to give our troops and their family the pay increases they deserve. increases -- the end strengths of our active duty, national guard and reserve forces increasesis