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a bill that sets pentagon programs and policy for the next fiscal year. we expect a late evening tonight with 100 or more amendments -- 210 amendments set for consideration in the house. live coverage now on c-span. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, bishop joshua k. lynn, masston lake church of god of prophecy, huntsville, alabama. the chaplain: holy father, you are the almighty, all-knowing creator. we submit to your infinite wisdom. on behalf of our nation and these leaders, we seek your forgiveness for playing our ways higher than yours. grant us your amazing grace from our sin as we turn to you. open the years of this body, this nation's leaders, in all
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who call this great land home, to hear your voice. tenderize the soil of our hearts so we may receive your guidance. kill our land of bitterness, hate and evil against you and one another. grant our nation a spiritual renewal and mr. ayotte: wakening. give -- and awakening. give this nation and leaders wisdom. as we follow you, let your favor be with us. let your name ring higher than any other name. for it is in your holy, loving, merciful and gracious name we pray. n jesus' 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 california, mr. mcnerney. mr. mcnerney: i ask everyone to join me in reciting the pledge. i pledge allegiance to the flag
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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 alabama, mr. brooks, is recognized for one minute. mr. brooks: thank you, mr. speaker. it is a great privilege to welcome bishop joshua to the house of representatives. i thank him for serving as today's guest chaplain. joshua is the senior pastor serving mastin lake, church of god prophecy in huntsville, alabama. he also serves as the area presbyter, regional overseer of north alabama. he learned his bachelor's degree and master of arts in bub lickal studies. he served huntsville not only with stor but volunteer the convenant athletic committee. him and his wife direct a
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summer youth program. they have been married for almost 18 years and have four children. i understand they are here with joshua today. we welcome them to washington. i appreciate the work beneficiaryon lynn has done and the impact he's had on north alabama by providing care and support not only for the spiritual needs but also the social and physical needs of our community. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. >> mr. speaker, today i rise to recognize life and faith, my friend local houston radio vorite, michael "matt" patrick ryan. he came to houston after a
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stint in new york. his no nonsense but optimistic way of informing and entertaining us as host of ktrh morning news and syndicated afternoon show. september of 2015, matt face add new challenge. mr. brady: he stage four melanoma. he shared his struggle. matt's battle with cancer ended last sunday. his inspiration is eternal. today as a country we all join matt's family, especially his wife and children, and his family, friends, and listeners in the sand box to recognize his lifetime of service, his courage, and his absolute faith in god. we love you, matt. you'll be missed, friend. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
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in opposition se to this house, discriminating against transgender americans and restricting their ability to serve our country saying now is not the time for social experiment. i firmly believe that the privilege and responsibility to defebbed our country should not be denied to anyone based on gerned identification. prior to the 1950's, the not a social experiment argument was used to deny african-americans from fully participating in our military. today there's a long history of service and heroism by african-americans, including generals colin powell and vincent brooks. prior to 2010, the not a social experiment argument was used to keep gays and lesbians from full participation in our military. today there is a long line of distinguished service by gay and lesbian service generals. including general tammy smifment today there is a long line of transgerned service members ready to distinguished themselves. i welcome their service and appreciate their willingness to
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sacrifice for our nation. as a member of congress will i never deny that privilege and responsibility to those who want to serve. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise in support of the fiscal year 2018 national defense authorization act. with the hard work of the armed services committee, this year's ndaa will rebuild our military after years of spending cuts. our troops have been facing a readiness crisis due to consistent underfunding. this important legislation will begin to address the crisis with key investments in military readiness and fully funds a 2.4 and well deserved pay raise for our troops. in the 12th district of georgia we're at the forefront of cyberinnovation. mr. allen: with the u.s. army cybercenter excellent located
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at fort gordon. the ndaa will fully fund cyberoperations will an increase of $$1.7 billion. and provides forth 858 million in military construction housing fund. it is our constitutional obligation as members of congress to provide for the common defense of the nation. i believe with the passage of fiscal year 2018 ndaa we're meeting our obligation to keep america safe, close the critical readiness gap, and rebuild the 21st century military. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today regarding an issue that congress often decries but neglects. too many americans are out of work because companies ship their jobs overseas without a thought for the workers and communities they leave behind. according to the group, public citizen, the offshoring of american jobs has contributed
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to the loss of 4 $5 million u.s. manufacturing jobs. mr. mcnerney: we have an opportunity to change that. i'm proud to introduce the stop outsourcing and create american jobs act and outsourcing accountability act. these two bills are designed to save american jobs by curbing offshoring. by cracking down on tax loopholes that give corporation as break on the backs of american taxpayers, we can grow our economy and increase economic opportunities for the middle class. hope my colleagues will join me in me in a serious discussion about how we can help our economy grow and american workers. i welcome their support for these bills. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from the pa meto state seek recognition? mr. wilson: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, tomorrow marks two years since the previous administration
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capitulated to the dangerous iran deal. a one-sided agreement that rewarded the regime in tehran with a $1.7 billion ransom of pallettes of unmarked currency for four hostages and put our ally, including israel, at risk. the iran deal emboldened the authoritarian regime. just last month u.s. ambassador to the u.n., nikki haley, correctly pointed out that tehran has engaged in destructive and destabilizing actions. by testing ballistic missiles and engaging in arms smuggling. is week senators tom cotton, marco rubio, ted cruz, and david perdue sent a letter to secretary of state rex tillerson urging him not to certify iran's compliance with the deal as the deadline approaches. refusing to certify the compliance with the deal would send a clear message that president donald trump is committed to peace through strength and refuses to comply with a ridiculous deal that
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puts american families at risk. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget speaven the global war on terrorism. -- september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from washington seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, yesterday congressman higgins and i introduce add resolution 441, legislation that would require a congressional budget office score before a floor vote. ms. jayapal: this rule enthrones in house rools a fundamental and simple principle of good governance. namely, we should know the budgetary and practical impact of legislation before we vote on it. frankly, mr. speaker, it should not be necessary for us to introduce this legislation. for years the c.b.o. has been an important nonpartisan player in crafting legislation and giving an independent assessment of what a bill costs and who it will benefit or who
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it will hurt. unfortunately, we have seen house leadership rush major legislation to the floor without a c.b.o. score, preventing members from knowing the impact on their constituents and the budget before voting. the most egregious example was the may 4 vote on the trumpcare bill that barely passed this chamber and would strip 23 million americans of health care. that bill was rushed to the house floor before it had a c.b.o. score and members voted blindly on it without knowing the impact on their constituents. our bill simply says transparency, accountability, know what's in the bill. no score, no floor. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of the warrenburg army air base in scotland county, north carolina, which played a vital but little known role in world war ii. from 1942 to 1945, scotland
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county helped prepare glider pilots for the invasions of north africa, sicily, and italy. generals dwight eisenhower and george marshall visited the base during the war to observe glider training. june 6, 1944, the more than 160,000 allied troops landed during the infacial of normandy, glider pilots trained in scotland county were among the vanguard of american soldiers silently sored -- soared through the french coastline through a thick fog powered by the winds. mr. pittenger: the brave pilots helped secure allied victory on d day. today i ask you to join me in honoring those soldiers as well as the scotland county community which supported these efforts. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection, so ordered. recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, the republican house bill is a disaster for the american people. mr. higgins: the process by which the bill was voted on, members had very little time to review the text. as a result we were forced to vote on legislation without the benefit of facts on a bill that affects $3 trillion annual industry. that's why i have joined congresswoman jayapal in introducing house resolution 441 to require the review of the congressional budget office c.b.o. before a bill comes to the floor. members of congress should have as much information as possible to make a smart decision on major legislation affecting 18% of the american economy. this bill would simply affirm the time honored principle that facts do matter and that a fair, honest, and transparent policymaking process is essential to a healthy and thriving democracy. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much. i would like to congratulate the nichlas children's hospital in miami which has just been named amongst the best children's hospital in the nation by "u.s. news and world report." since 1950, nick colas, has been a shining light for our community and one of the leading pediatric health care centers in the world. its doctors, nurses, and staff, work tirelessly to provide the highest quality of care to children and teens in south florida every day. they also include the miami children's research institute, one of the largest providers of clinical research services for children in the nation. from cardiology to neuro science, our institute is at the forefront of the development of treatments and medicines which are improving
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the lives of kids not just in south florida but around the world. once again, congratulation to nick loss on being selected one of the best children's hospital in the united states. thanks to everyone for continuing to inspire hope and promote lifelong health by providing the best care to every child in our community. congratulations. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized and members will be reminded to keep their remarks to one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the senate is introducing yet another version of trumpcare today. mr. tonko: i rise to express my grave concern with the most harmful aspects of this mean and merciless bill. trumpcare still includes billions of dollars in cuts to medicaid. a critical source of health care for 1.75 million of america's veterans, 2/3 of the
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united states nursing home residents, and one in five americans. the latest senate trumpcare bill cut medicaid by as much as 1/3. every version of trumpcare we've seen will result in 20 million fewer americans covered over the neck 10 years. and there's still no sign of a trumpcare bill that would not break president trump's health care propositions to the american people. the president promised, quote, insurance for everybody. he said, and again i quote, everybody's going to be taken care of. every version of trumpcare would break that promise. big league. the president promised that medicaid would not be cut under his health care plan. no version of trumpcare has been proposed that even comes close to keeping that promise. and president trump promised the american people a health care plan that would, quote, lower premiums with, quote, much lower deductibleses. it is time for americans to get a real plan and not be dealing with broken promises. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute.
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>> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to acknowledge a tragic incident that occurred today in the second district. earlier this morning, man drove his truck into the side of the bay county government center and caused a fire that resulted in his death. my district office has an office in that building. thankfully no workers or visitors were injured in the incident and all district staff are safe. it is a sad day to witness someone so troubled take such an action and ultimately their own life. hile there's still much to learn about this person's motivations and the reason behind this attack on a public building, we should all remember that no matter how inflamed our passions, violence is never the answer. mr. speaker, please join me in thanking the first responders and the law enforcement officers who are addressing this incident. and please join me in a prayer for bay county communities that came together to respond to this tragedy.
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mr. dunn: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, members, as we wait for the senate to vote on a bill to repeal the affordable care act, i want to remind my colleagues that 51% of the americans have a favorable opinion of the affordable care act. according to the kaiser family foundation. that's more than the support for congress or the president. more importantly, a recent study from kaiser found that the a.c.a. markets are stabilizing and insurers are regaining profitability. mr. green: yet we continue to hear false arguments saying that markets are collapsing. and in a death spiral. that's just not true. the republican majority is seriously fixing our health care system. and cutting costs to health care. they should give up plans to repeal and start pluse putting solutions -- and start putting solutions over politics. the a.c.a. is not perfect.
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no bill this congress ever passed is. in order to fix it we need to work together on a bipartisan basis. the bill and the senate and the house g.o.p. has proposed to undermine protections for americans with pre-existing conditions. we're hearing there's an amendment on the senate side that will essentially allow for sail of policies which skimp benefits, so long as an insurance and an option cover all of the a.c.a. we know how that goes. we will not be able tied for those benefits. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. green: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask permission to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, in 2015 president obama's e.p.a. implemented the waters of the u.s. or the wotus rule, which arbitrarily and unilaterally expanded which kinds of waterways could be regulated under the clean water act. this rule turned every irrigation ditch, pond and puddle on a farm into a new
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target for washington regulators. in addition, this rule circumvented the congress and the legislative process. as a representative for one of the largest agricultural districts in the country, i have heard time and again from my farmers about the costs of these new regulations. mr. lahood: not to mention the headaches caused by trying to comply. e.p.a.'s own estimates, this rule would cost farmers and small businesses up to $460 million a year. it is not only bad policy, but also a bad e.p.a.'s own idea to make it more difficult for our farmers to do their jobs and provide our food and fuel for our economy. that is why i was relieved to see that president trump resinleded this rule last month -- rescinded this rule last month. he sent a strong message that washington must put farmers ahead of bureaucrats. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition?
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without objection, the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for one minute. ms. wilson: mr. speaker, on the night of april 14, 2014, boko haram kidnapped 276 girls from a government girls secondary school in nigeria. a night we all remember. although some girls fled or have been released, more than 100 girls remain in captivity to this day, with boko haram, the deadliest terrorist organization in the world. last year congress unanimously passed bipartisan legislation sponsored by u.s. senator susan collins and me to require a five-year strategy to conquer boko haram. last night an amendment to solidify the bill and add a sense of congress that expresses our support for the kidnapped school girls and the united states' strategy for
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countering boko haram was passed in the 2018 national defense authorization act. i want to thank armed services committee chairman thornberry, ranking member smith, rules committee chairman sessions, ranking member slaughter, and congressman hastings. we will continue to fight against boko haram and their vicious and cruel tactics against the nigerian people. we will continue to wear red every wednesday until all of our girls are home. remember to tweet, tweet, tweet, #bringbackourgirls. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to keep their remarks to one minute. the gentleman from indiana, for what purpose do you seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise in recognition of a time-honored u.s. navy tradition. change of command at nswc crane, a vital military command in my district in southern
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indiana. located on the navy's third largest base in the world. today, as we welcome our new commanding officer to southwest indiana, with we say good-bye to captain elder, who has steered this premier center of excellence for the past three years. captain elder empowered his team to manage, focusing on people, connecting with its work force and being a champion for leadership development. as a community leader, he realized that fostering relationships with neighboring cities, towns and counties was essential to attracting and retaining crane's outstanding work force and nurturing its development for the years ahead. as hoosiers everywhere join in salute, we are deeply indebted to captain elder for his contribution to our nation's defense. i wish captain elder and cynthia fair winds and following seas in the next chapter in their lives and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. senate republicans continue to push this flawed and really harmful health care bill, trumpcare, it fails to address the basic needs of americans. the health care needs of americans. republicans themselves are deeply divided on this subject. you have republicans negotiating with republicans and they can't come to consensus. democrats meanwhile have been willing to work to come to consensus, to work together to fix those real issues that we know we have to address in the affordable care act. we've not been given the opportunity. there's been no transparency in any of this discussion. no hearings. no public input. the entire process is behind closed doors. of course we know why. because this is a plan, a bill that kicks millions of
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americans off health care. 22 million people would lose health insurance. for those lucky enough to get health care, they'll pay more for less. their out of pocket he can pences will go up. if -- expenses will go up. there will be an age tax. thanks terrible piece of legislation -- this is a terrible peels of legislation. it ought to be -- piece of legislation. it ought to be rejected. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman florida is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i appreciate that. in light of the important anti-human trafficking legislation passed by the house, i want to recognize efforts in the tampa bay area to combat human trafficking. i'm especially proud of the joint task force formed by the county sheriff's office, actually corporal allen wicket, and many others. their work brings us closer to a community that is safer for
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our most vulnerable citizens. human trafficking is not a distant problem for other countries. it's a human rights crisis happening right here at home. last year 550 human trafficking cases were reported. that's the third largest number of cases in the country. it's unacceptable. we must -- we did pass three bipartisan bills to strengthen deteck systems, improve education -- detection systems, improve education efforts and protect victims. we have to pass the senate as well and become law. the fight against human traffic something a fight for the safety and security of our communities. thank you and i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman from hawaii is recognized for one minute. gabrielle giffords thank you, mr. speaker. in my -- ms. gabbard: thank you, mr. speaker. in high home state of hawaii, hospitalizations and emergency visits for opioid-related conditions have more than
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doubled in the last decade. more people are now dying from overdoses than motor vehicle accidents. this opioid epidemic is killing 91 americans all across this country every single day. for years, companies like purdue pharma, which is the maker of the commonly known drug oxycontin, have profited off the suffering of millions of americans who are dealing and struggling with opioid addiction. now purdue and others are going overseas, targeting foreign populations, using the very same shady marketing tactics, lies and false advertising that helped them get rich at the expense of the american people. this is absolutely unacceptable. we can't just keep bring -- ringing our hands about the opioid crisis without actually tackling the cause of it. purdue and those responsible should be prosecuted for the deaths and lives that have been ruined as a result of their lives -- lies. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the
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balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i don't believe i've ever seen a bigger mountain made out of a tinier mole hill in my 29 years in congress than what is being made out of donald trump jr.'s meeting with the russian lawyer. it reminds me of the ad several years ago that asked, where's the beef? i know that hindsight is 20-20 and holeyer than thou, but this is ridiculous. do you really believe that chelsea clinton would not have met with a russian lawyer that had evidence that incriminated donald trump? no actions was taken from this meeting. even director comey testified he'd seen no evidence that even one vote was amountered by anything the russians did -- altered by anything the russians -- the russians did. mr. duncan: they have been investigating this for months and this is the best they can come up with. it is time to stop crying over the election and do something about some real problems. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire eek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman from new hampshire is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. the laud my colleagues for passage of my three amendments to the national defense authorization act last night. two of my amendments would address our nation's opioid crisis, as it impacts our nation's service members and veterans. they would direct the defense department to study the effectiveness of their opioid prescriber education policies and require the department providers to counsel or give referrals to the v.a. for transitioning veterans that suffer from addiction or chronic pain. my third amendment would direct the department of defense to analyze sexual coercion in the military as part of its annual report on sexual assault. while i commend the department for their progress in reducing the occurrence of sexual assault in the military, more
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work needs to be done. ms. kuster: understanding sexual coercion is important to the safety of our brave men and women and important for our national security. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for one minute. . >> i rise today to recognize miss molly, an outstanding resident in the first congressional district of kentucky. she was crowned miss kentucky 2017 on july 1. she is an agriculture major at western kentucky university and hopes to pursue a career as an agricultural lending executive. her talents and accomplishments distinguish her as a valuable asset to the miss kentucky organization as well as the first district of kentucky. mr. comer: the farm fit platform she's developed ncourages the consumption of
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products in local farmers markets to help individuals maintain a healthy lifestyle. this concept complements products in local farmers and re-emphasizes fundamental aspects of department of kentucky agriculture's kentucky proud campaign. her year-long travels will allow her to promote both these initiatives throughout the commonwealth. i'm confident she will utilize her knowledge of kentucky's agriculture industry for the betterment of her platform and continue to be a deserving advocate for kentucky farmers. i wish her the best of luck as she prepares to meet at the miss america pageant in atlantic city, new jersey, on september 10. i look forward to her continued contributions to the first district of kentucky. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman virginia tech for one minute. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, as the house considers the f.y. 2018 national defense authorization act this week, i would like to draw attention to one provision left out of the bill. the military hunger prevention act. it is shameful that military
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families like lower ranking enlisted service members with larger households are among the 42 million americans suffering from food insecurity. while up to 22,000 military households rely on snap, many military families are unable to receive modest benefits due to an unintended provision that counts certain housing allowances as income when determining eligibility for snap. to address this issue, i drew up with my friend representative susan davis on the bipartisan hunger spreengs act. i'm disappointed this commonsense technical fix was left out of this year's ndaa and plan to continue working with my colleagues and advocacy partners to move this legislation forward. we owe it to the families who have sacrificed so much for our country to do all we can to end hunger now. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to
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pay tribute to an inspirational organization in my district, habitat for humanity of livingston county, located in the eighth district of michigan. this july, livingston county's habitat for humanity is celebrating its 25th year of transforming lives by i building quality homes. habitat for humanity was incorporated within livingston county in 1992 and since then the organization is dedicated to many community and international service projects. over the past 25 years, habitat for humanity has made a positive impact on livingston county. constructing and rehabilitating 18 homes for families in need within the community. livingston county's habitat for humanity also supports the efforts of habitat international in its fight against homeless across the world. mr. bishop: providing monetary donations which constructed additional 15 homes worldwide. mr. speaker, i'm honored to
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congratulate livingston county's habitat for humanity for its 25 years of service. thank you for your commitment to the people you serve and to our entire livingston county community. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from indiana is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. last week as we celebrated our nation's birthday, news broke that north korea successfully launched its first intercontinental missile. the range would put alaska within reach. like all americans, i am deeply concerned by this development. north korea's possession of an estimated 20 nuclear warheads and chemical and biological weapons makes it an urgent and to the united states. with while there are no easy options our country must do more to deter the kim regime.
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i strongly support our missile programs which -- missile defense programs which is a priority in this year's national authorization act which the house is considering this week. i also support increasing sanctions against china and chinese companies that support the regime. at this critical time all options including military action must be on the table. the threat of a nuclear armed north korea is too serious to simply maintain the status quo. mr. speaker, thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> by direction of the house committee on rules, i call up house resolution 440 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 63. house resolution 440. 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 further consideration of the bill h.r. 2810, to authorize appropriations for
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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. section 2-a, no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in 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 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 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
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the committee on armed services or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in 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 shall rise and report the bill to the house with such further amendments as may have been adopted. 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 recognized for one hour. mr. byrne: mr. speaker, during consideration of this
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resolution all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. i now yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, 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. byrne: mr. speaker, house resolution 440 provides for a complete consideration of h.r. 2810, the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2018. the rule allows for consideration of 122 amendments. in addition to the amendments made in order by yesterday's rule. this brings the total number of amendments made in order for floor consideration to 210. when you add in the 275 amendments offered during the armed services committee markup, we will in total have considered 485 amendments to this year's ndaa.
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just as important, there is a clear bipartisan split between the number of majority and number of minority amendments made in order. mr. speaker, this has been an incredibly open process that allowed members of this body from both sides to have their input on this critical national security legislation. like other years, the ndaa is a great example of the house working through regular order in the authorizing process and getting the job done. thanks to this rule and the one we passed yesterday, the house will debate a number of issues where members of this body have diverse views. from the future of gtmo to the future of the new start treaty, the two new ndaa rules provide for a robust debate on many important topics. that's a good thing and i look forward to the debate. before i continue, i want to both y thank the staff on the armed services committee and rules committee for their
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hard work on this rule. dealing with this large number of amendments takes a considerable amount of time. i speak for the entire body, both majority and minority, in expressing our gratitude for their time and work in hemming the members -- helping the members of the to this ittee come i speak foe product. yesterday i outlined my strong support for this year's ndaa which will help keep the american people safe and secure so i won't rehash those points. i want to share numbers that highlight the readiness crisis face facing our military. this crisis has been caused by cuts to defense spending. this to this product. bill authorizes fundin for the military at $688.3 billion. which is 16.8% of total federal outlays and p 3.4% of projected gross domestic product. as a guiding point, 30 years ago the fiscal year 1988 ndaa represented 27.3% of total
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federal outlays. this year's 16%, back then 27%. 5.2% of projected g.d.p. this year 3.4%. back then, 5.2%. we're spending less proportionally today on our military despite the fact that we face a wide arrange of threats across the globe. that should be troubling to every american. let's think about the threat environment we faced 30 years ago. the soviet union, that was about it. there was no isis or al qaeda or other radical islamic terrorist organizations threatening the united states. 30 years ago. an was not an exy tension -- exit tension threat. north korea wasn't developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles 30 years ago. china was not on the radar as relates to a military power 30 years ago. we weren't worried about
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cyberattacks or cyberespionage 30 years ago. it's safe to say the world was a lot different 30 years ago, yet we were devoting a greater portion of our federal budget to the military. we must make that same and even greater commitment today. for too long we in congress allowed our military to steadily atrophy. bringing us to a readiness crisis. providing for our national defense is the most important job of this congress and this repair, and build, reform our military. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support house resolution 440 and the underlying bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: i want to thank the gentleman from alabama for the customary 30 minutes. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, last night the majority on the house rules committee once again
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decided to exclude from debate 230 amendments to h.r. 2810, the national defense authorization act. that means that half of the amendments submitted were rejected. i can never understand why these amendments are denied the chance to be debated by the full house. when i first came to capitol hill as an aide to our former friend and colleague, congressman joe moakley, the defense authorization bill would often take up to a week for debate. even back then it was one of the largest and most complex bills debated. and certainly one of the most important from a national security point of view. the ndaa rule was also structured back then. but more in terms of the amount of time permitted for debate. and many, many amendments received one hour, half an hour, 20 minutes, even two hours of debate. why? because there were -- they were about the important decisions and priorities facing our national defense policy at the time. but that's not the case today. amendments are lucky to get 10 minutes of debate equally
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divided. if they are lucky enough to be debated at all. and the defense bill takes up a total of maybe two days' worth of debate if that. no wonder, no wonder members are frustrated by this process. this year like every year for the past several years, important issues, especially on war and peace, were left on the chopping block by the republicans. they decided that the house should not debate two bipartisan amendments that would make sure that nothing in the ndaa could be construed as authorization to use force against the governments of north korea or syria. the republican majority decided it's ok to debate a bigoted amendment that prohibits treatment for transgender service members in transition, but they will not let the house debate an amendment that just calls for a study, a study, mr. speaker, on blood donation from gay men. mr. speaker, did you know that there is a provision in the ndaa that sets up an entire new
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military service branch, the space corps? the pentagon doesn't want it. the air force doesn't want it. they say it's premature. but an amendment by mr. turner, a republican, to require the pentagon to report on the need to establish a space corps, is not included in this rule. i guess the republican leadership doesn't want the house to have a say and debate on such a major change. mr. amash led a bipartisan amendment to block the sale of cluster munitions to saudi arabia. last year this amendment failed by just handful of votes. . i guess that's why they're not allowing it to come up for debate and vote this year. when it comes to sending our uniformed men and women into war, into danger, where their very lives are at risk, the lose committee -- the rules committee decided it wasn't worth the house's time to debate. last night republicans on the rules committee denied an
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opportunity for debate on a bipartisan amendment offered by myself and representative walter jones, barbara lee, thomas massie, john garamendi, dan kildee and peter welch. the amendment is very straightforward. if the president decides to increase the level of u.s. troops deployed in afghanistan in f.y. 2018, then he would report to congress on the purpose and mission of those troops, how many were required and how long they would be there. and then congress would vote to approve or disapprove that escalation. this would give the american people the voice they deserve when it comes to sending our men and women in uniform into battle. mr. speaker, the president and general mattis just decided to send an additional 4,000 troops to afghanistan to fight the taliban, on top of the 8,400 u.s. troops already there. that will bring the toe tam number of american -- total number of american troops there to 12,000. if they should decide that they
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want even more troops in afghanistan in f.y. 2018, congress should know why and vote on it. we can't keep giving the administration a blank check and allow america once again to go down the slippery slope of incremental escalation over the next year or two. congress needs to step up to the plate and either approve or disapprove any renewed escalation in afghanistan. isn't that amendment worth debating? we are in year 16 of the war in afghanistan. it is the longest war in american history. let me repeat that, mr. speaker. afghanistan is the longest war in u.s. history. the costs are already in the hundreds of billions of dollars. and the human cost to our troops, our veterans, and their families have been enor mowls. and yet -- enormous. and yet congress has not take an single vote, has not taken a single stand on this war for 16 years.
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most of the members of this house weren't even here when that one and only vote was taken. so in the absence of debating an updated aumf for afghanistan, the very least we can do is debate whether we will once again escalate our military footprint in afghanistan. but the republican leadership of this house doesn't agree. each year the republican leadership does everything it can to stop any debate on these wars. and this year is no different. they'll allow some amendments on reports and a sense of congress here and there. but any amendment of substance that requires congress to act is denied. mr. speaker, i want to advise my colleagues of one thing and that is, we are not an advisory commission. we are a legislative body. we need to start doing our job. mr. speaker, i have no problem with the report. but it won't be the first time we've seen a report. whether on afghanistan or iraq or syria.
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even the underlying bill calls for a strategy report on afghanistan and other conflicts. but congress avoiding taking any responsibility for continuing to send our service men and women into harm's way is absolutely shameful. mr. speaker, it is cowardice. every day military families say good-bye to their loved ones as they go into battle, placing themselves in harm's way to keep our country safe. and congress does nothing. all we do is kick the can down the road and call for another report and then another report. mr. speaker, if we don't even act when the president actually does send us an aumf, the way president obama did on iraq and syria and the war against isis, we did nothing. we didn't like it but we did nothing. the republican leadership complained that they didn't like it. but then they never even tried to act on it. or to write their own aumf. they'd rather just stand on the sidelines, complain and criticize, or do nothing.
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absolutely nothing. except stop other members from taking any action that might require the house to debate these wars. hame on all of us for allowing this to continue. over and over and over and over again. i'm guessing that whenever the house takes up the defense appropriations bill, the republican leaders will find way to make sure that the bipartisan supported provision in that bill, the sunset to 2001 aumf on afghanistan, and vote on a new one within eight months will somehow disappear without a single member of the house at large having a chance to vote on it. maybe we'll get another report. and so it goes. on and on. mr. speaker, there is nearly $700 billion authorized in this bill for wars. for weapons systems. for military equipment and for personnel. all because congress refuses to make hard choices. we can never seem to find the money to take care of our own neighborhoods and schools. we can't find the money to
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provide our citizens with better, more affordable health care or make sure that all our families can put food on the table. we don't invest nearly enough in our roads and our bridges, railways and transit systems. there's never enough money to invest in a 21st century manufacturing base. provide training to support the jobs of the future. or raise the federal minimum wage to a livable wage. we're told we don't have the money to take care of our parks or to make our air and water, to make sure that our air and water are drinkable and breathable. we can't even seem to find the money to take care of our senior citizens and our children. when it comes to spending for war or when it comes to spending on war or building more nuclear weapons, then magically we find trillions of dollars to authorize and spend. we need to pay more attention, mr. speaker, to the choices we make each year on how much spending our nation really requires for its national defense. i believe at a minimum, mr. speaker, the congress needs to
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debate and vote on whether to keep sending more and more of our military men and women to fight in endless wars. and i have to say, mr. speaker, to my colleagues, what the rules committee did last night by shutting off debate was shameful. having said that, mr. speaker, i move that the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion that the house adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i ask for a roll call. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 77, the nays are 326. the motion is not adopted. he house will be in order. has ntleman from alabama
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25 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from massachusetts has 20 1/2 minutes. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i present a privileged report for printing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: weck. -- without objection. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. byrne: thank you, mr. speaker. now that the gentleman's motion to adjourn has been defeated by a wide bipartisan majority, the house can get back to work and do the people's business. i want to go back over some statistics we talked about earlier. this rule makes in order for floor consideration 210 amendments, which are on top of the 275 amendments that were offered into armed services committee. let's go back to the days when the ndaa was considered on this
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floor and this floor was under the majority's control on the other side of the aisle. let's start with 2007. 135 amendments were offered. only 50 were made in order. in 2009, 129 amendments were offered. only 58 were made in order. in 2010, 129 were offered. only 69 were made in order. in 2011, 193 were offered. only 82 were made in order. we're making in order in this rule and yesterday's rule 210. this has been an open process by any measure. the gentleman also referred to the fact that there are other needs in america that are not being met because we're spending money on defending the united states of america. let me go back and remind you what i said mr. ehlers: -- earlier. only 16.8% of next year's federal outlays will go to defending america if we adopt the national defense authorization act as passed by the committee. less than 20%.
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that means almost 85% of federal outlays are going to go to every other thing that we do in government. if there's a problem with something not being paid for, it's not because of the money we're spending on national defense. finally, the gentleman's comments about the need for us to make sure that we're properly authorized, as we engage in military activities abroad. i do agree with him. we've had some mission creep over the last several years. we've gone from iraq and afghanistan under president obama to syria, to libya, to yemen. and many of us on both sides of the aisles decried the fact that we did that. it is indeed our responsibility , not the president's responsibility, to declare war. to authorize the use of military force. that's why this rule makes in order an amendment by the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole, that will set in place a
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process that will lead to the consideration on this floor the authorization for the use of military force. so i believe this rule does exactly what the people of america expect us to do. and that is to stay in this room, stay on this floor, and act on the national defense authorization act. mr. speaker, i now yield to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. kelly, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. jerry kelly i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker -- mr. kelly: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of my amendment to the ndaa act for fiscal year 2018 to prohibit federal funds from being used to implement the united nations armed trade treaty unless the senate first ratifies the treaty. this language is identical to the version of my amendment that was enacted into law in last year's ndaa and reflects the consistent will of the american people and the unified position of congress in opposition to this misguided and dangerous treaty. unatt is a deeply flawed agreement signed by the obama
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administration in 2013. it would undermine our national sovereignty, harm our most vulnerable allies, and threaten the second amendment rights of every single american. turning over our arms trade policy to the united nations is just wrong-headed. untt would force the united states, the world's most important defender of liberty and democracy, onto equal footing with the world's worst dictatorships and terrorist sponsors. it would readily politicize by bad actors around the world to try to stop america from providing arms to our friends and allies, including israel, south korea and others. in short, just like gun control, it would stop the good from doing good without stopping the bad from doing bad. congress has stood strong for the past six years on this issue. together we were success envelope stopping the obama administration from ever implementing this treaty or using hardworking american taxpayer dollars to promote it.
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nevertheless, our work is not over. one of former president obama's parting shots as he left office was to submit the unatt to our colleagues in the senate for ratification. even though he knew it was dead on arrival. regardless of who is seated in the oval office, renewing this ban is important because no presidency is permanent. a future administration may well try even harder to put this treaty into effect. fortunately in donald trump we now have a president who believes in protecting our sovereignty in every possible way. america should never cede its sovereignty to the united nations to determine its arm trade policies. therefore in addition to supporting this amendment i strongly urge president trump and secretary tillerson to take the final step in officially withdrawing the united states from the u.n. arms trade treaty once and for all. it's time to tear it up. i urge my colleagues to stand with me in support of the second amendment and our nation's sovereignty and vote in support of my amendment. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr.
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speaker. mr. speaker, when asked about this process that we are now dealing with this morning, with respect to the hartler amendment, speaker ryan said, and quote, it's a free process. it's an open process. she can bring an amendment to the floor if she wants to. really? this is an open process? she should be able to bring an amendment that we all think is discriminatory and, quite frankly, bigoted to the floor? and yet amendments that we have tried to bring to the floor that deal with the issue of war and whether or not we should be in these endless wars are denied. what kind of free process is -- process is that? maybe it's a free process in russia, but it's not a free process in the united states of america. this process is a sham. 52% of the amendments that were brought before the rules committee were rejected. you might want to defend that process, but i don't. the gentleman says that mission
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creep has occurred. and that we have a responsibility here in this house. you're absolutely right we have a responsibility. when are we going live up to it? and the cole amendment,women i'm happy to support, is a -- which i'm happy support, is a report. we've had -- which i'm happy to support, is a report. we've had reports up to here in the ndaa process through the years. enough. time to do our job. this is why people are cynical about washington. when they hear this kind of double talk. yeah, we get it, we're worried about mission creep. congress ought to do its job. what are we going to do? not do our job but we'll issue a report. come on. enough. mr. speaker, i'm going to urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question. and i'll offer an amendment to the rule to bring up representative pocan's leveraging effective apprenticeships to rebuild national skills act, h.r. 2933, which will row mote effective apresentity -- promote effective apprenticeships that will give students and workers the skills they need to find well paying jobs. i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment into the record along with extraneous materials
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immediately prior to the vote on the previous question, to discuss our proposal i yield three minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. pocan. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. pocan: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank the gentleman. i rise today to talk about a vital tool for ensuring workers are able to secure good paying, family-supporting jobs, and that's apprenticeships. i grew up in kenosha, wisconsin, a working class town with a very large skilled trade presence. i understand what good middle class jobs look like and the impact they can have on a community. a good middle class paycheck ensures people can afford a mortgage, have health care for their families, take a family vacation and send their kids to college if they want to. that's what we need right now. are more higher paying jobs. not everyone goes to a traditional four-year college or university. nor does every job require this type of degree. that's why for many, apprenticeships are the key to family supporting wages. apprenticeship programs have proven very effective at helping prepare works --
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workers for careers in highly skilled professions. this bill would increase the number of highly skilled workers of the united states and strengthen apprenticeship programs as an effective earn and learn model for students, workers and employers. it's a win-win for workers and businesses. the this act supports closer connections between registered apprenticeship programs, employers, and others offering good paying jobs. but there's a problem. my colleagues on the other side of the aisle like to talk about their support of apprenticeships. i hear the secretary of labor talk about them. i even hear the president talk about them. but that's all it is. talk. as a new member of the appropriations committee, i was shocked to see that republicans ' newly released labor funding proposal entirely eliminates department of labor apprenticeship grants. again, that appropriationses proposal cuts 9 -- appropriations proposal cuts $95 million from apprenticeship programming. there's not a penny left to connect workers and businesses with apprenticeships. you can't have it both ways.
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if you support apprenticeships and job training for workers, you should support funding for job training and apprenticeship programs. it's pretty simple. if republicans are serious about job creation, about training workers for a 21st century economy, and they actually want to do more than talk about jobs and apprenticeships, then we should move forward to defeat the previous question in order to bring forward the learns act. walk the walk, mr. speaker. talk is cheap. the american people deserve action. i urge all of my colleagues to defeat the previous question and yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields his time. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. byrne: thank you, mr. speaker. work force training is very important. that's why we passed the re-authorization of the perkins act. not by a bipartisan majority, by 100% vote. we have other bills that we're considering in the education and work force committee because it's important that we build the work force in america. we shouldn't do that in the
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national defense authorization act. that's what we're here today about. i'm afraid my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have forgotten what this bill is about. it's about making the people of america safe and secure and we'll deal with those other issues, as important as they are, in other legislation. at this point, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from kansas, mr. marshall. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is recognized for two minutes. mr. marshall: thank you for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today on an important piece of legislation, the national defense authorization act. this funding is vital to our national security and the readiness of our military. as our nation continues to face threats around the globe, our soldiers must have the necessary equipment to complete missions and return home safely. just two weeks ago, 4,000 of our troops returned home from south korea to loved ones at fort rylee, kansas, and in a -- riley, kansas, and the dagger brigade will travel to europe
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for a nine-month deployment. this legislation helps ensure readiness for the dagger brigade and gives our troops a much-deserved 2.4% military pay raise. it also allows for over 17,000 more soldiers and allocates $2.3 billion over the administration's request for maintenance and repair, which is so necessary. i refuse to send our troops to a gun fight with knives. i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation to give our men and women in uniform the tools and support they deserve. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. byrne: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, let me begin by saying, i agree with the gentleman from alabama. this bill is about our national security and about protecting our country which makes it all the more puzzling that the republicans think this is an appropriate place to be debating amendments on transgender issues. but anyway, they're in charge so they can do whatever they
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want to do. at this point i yield 2.5 minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 2.5 minutes. mr. thompson: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i'm glad to hear all the amendments made in order and i was glad to hear my friend from alabama reference the fact this is a bill to make the people of america safe. but i rise in opposition to this rule because there was one amendment that makes the people of america safe that was admitted -- omitted from the list that was approved. the was a bipartisan amendment by myself, mr. young from alaska, mr. jones from north carolina that would declassify a 50-year-old d.o.d. project that sprayed biological and chemical weapons on our service members and some civilians and that amendment was not made in order. convulsions, paralysis, respiratory failure and death, those are just a few of the
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most severe side effects of south american gas, a chemical -- sarin gas, a chemical that was outloud as a weapon of mass destruction. when syria used it we retaliated. in the 1960's, the department of defense used sarin, v.x. nerve gas and e. coli on our own service members. many of those exposed have suffered debilitating health effects and for 40 years the department of defense has not provided a comprehensive public accounting of these tests nor have they notified all the veterans and all the civilians who were potentially exposed. we can't allow this information to continue to be released piecemeal. these veterans can't wait any longer. their health continues to decline and some have already passed away. to sweep this under the rug is shameful.
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these veterans served honorably for the security of our nation. these tests were an ugly part of our history. they put veterans' lives at risk and our veterans have every right to know what it was they were exposed to, how much they were exposed to. we need to think about their safety and their security. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. byrne: mr. speaker, i now yield two minutes to the gentleman from indiana, mr. messer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. messer: mr. speaker, i thank the gentleman for his leadership. congress' most important job is to provide for the national defense of this country. yet, during the past six years, america's military resources have been downsized and slashed. today, congress is taking corrective action to rebuild our military, support our troops and provide for a strong national defense. this defense authorization act fulfills our promise to
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prioritize america's safety and protect our citizens from ongoing global threats, including radical islamic terror. this bipartisan bill increases resources for every branch of the u.s. military and ensures that our troops receive the compensation they deserve with the largest pay increase in five years. it also supports a robust missile defense program and strengthens america's cyberwarfare capabilities. simply put, this bill makes america safer, and i urge your support. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. byrne: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, at this point i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. khanna, and also congratulate him on becoming a new dad. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. khanna: thank you, representative mcgovern, and thank you to your wife, lisa
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mcgovern, for being a great support to my wife. i rise today in opposition to this rule, and it's not just because i am opposed to our policy of refueling planes into yemen, refueling saudi-led planes. it's because of our view, a bipartisan view of the place of congress, congress' article 1 of the constitution, it's congress' responsibility and duty to have a public debate about our foreign policy, about who we ought to be arming, who ought to be intervening overseas. and we are and gaiting our responsibility. my amendment would have been very simple. they would have said this body should debate whether we should be refueling saudi-led airplanes that are leading to
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civilian deaths in yemen, that are causing civil war in yemen. a saudi coalition that's aligned with al qaeda in yemen and al qaeda has hurt the united states. why wouldn't we debate this on the floor of the united states congress? why wouldn't we have transparency and let the american public weigh in on whether this policy is making us more safe and is upholding human rights? it's with great disappointment that we are not having this debate in the united states congress. abdigation of an our responsibility. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. byrne: mr. speaker, i appreciate the gentleman's comments. i think that his issue comes within the broader question about the authorization of military force in various parts
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of the middle east. so i think he raises an important point. there is an amendment made in order under this rule that will put in place a process to get us to that debate. so i appreciate what he just said. i hope that he'll hold that idea and when we have that debate on the floor we'll bring it back so we consider it among those other items we will consider at that time. so i appreciate what he just said. this is not the place or the time to take that up, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i'd like to take one minute to address something the gentleman from alabama raised a while ago and that is, why would we be raising the issue of apprenticeships and work force training as part of the defense authorization bill? there's a couple reasons why. one is because we're routinely blocked from bring any meaningful legislation to the floor and we're routinely
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blocked from bringing any amendments to the floor that would help for this issue. the gentleman talked about the action we took in a bipartisan, unanimous way on the issue of perkins loans and a few other programs. yeah, those are important. but it's the beginning. we need to do much, much more in this country. we need to be able to prepare our work force that can meet the needs of our manufacturers and be there for the jobs of tomorrow. and so that's why we brought this up and that is why we're bringing it up in this fashion, and i would just go one step further to say when we talk about national security, i think we need to broaden that definition to include not only the number of bombs we have but whether or not people have the security of a job, whether or not they can afford college education for their kids, whether they can afford to buy a home, whether they can afford to buy food for their table.
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there are 42 million people that are hungry, and yet we somehow can't get the political will to address that problem or fix some of these challenges. so, yeah, i mean we're going to take any opportunity we have to bring to the floor serious ideas that we think will benefit the american people, you know, uplift the american people and that is why i think that this bill that we're trying to bring up, h.r. 2933, authored by my colleague, mr. pocan, is appropriate. with that i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. byrne: mr. speaker, i really believe very strongly we need to do more in work force training america. i'm chancellor of postsecondary education, state of alabama, something very near and dear to me. i know we produced this one bill, the perkins bill, we
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passed in absolutely 100% vote on the floor. the national defense authorization act authorizes what our military does and doesn't do and how it does it around the globe. so this is a separate, different vehicle and design to provide for that defense for the american people. so i appreciate the gentleman's comments. we need to take those comments up another time as we take into consideration other bills that work in our work force development. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, there's a theme that's developed on the republican side. we can always take it up at another time, another time in the future. we can do the ndaa bill and this. that's the whole point of bringing -- defeating the previous question. you can still debate the national defense authorization act and you can bring up this other thing that we think is of great value to workers in this country. doesn't have to be one or the other. it's the same thinking when it comes to war. we've been -- as i began this
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debate talking about the war in afghanistan and the fact it's the longest war in american history, we don't even talk about it here, we don't even debate it here. we ought to respect the men and women we put in harm's way enough to make it a priority in this chamber, and we don't even talk about it. we can't even bring amendments to the floor to deliberate on it. what we're told, well, we'll vote on a study, another study. after 16 years? i mean, that's the best we can do? you know, we're told that it falls under the jurisdiction of another committee. well, my friends on the republican side are in charge. i'm sorry to say that but you are, and i don't know what is standing in your way from asking the committees of jurisdiction or multiple committees to come together and to actually present to this chamber an aumf for these wars. thrts' nothing other than the -- there's nothing other than
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the fact you want to avoid an uncomfortable vote for your members. well, that's too bad. war is a big deal. it ought to be a big deal, and we ought to treat it more seriously than we are. i will repeat what i said at the beginning of this debate, what the rules committee did last night was shameful, blocking germane amendments, blocking serious amendments to address -- to address an issue that quite frankly we should have been talking about a long time ago. and i -- again, i regret this is the rule that my republican friends have come up with. they can say they're proud of it. quite frankly i'm ashamed of it and i reserve my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. byrne: mr. speaker, i would remind all of us that the war in afghanistan was authorize i by an aumf that was passed in congress -- authorized by an aumf that was passed by congress in 2001. that conflict is indeed
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authorized and has been authorized from the very beginning. i would take exception to the gentleman's comments with regard to afghanistan. there are provisions in the underlying bill, the rule -- the bill that this rule makes in order, and in those provisions, do things to help with that war effort. help men and women over there fighting that war effort for us. so i think that this rule and the bill that underlies it are doing exactly what they should do with regard to afghanistan. because afghanistan is authorized. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, with all due respect, the authorization the gentleman's talking about is from 2001. we've been there for 16 years. in 2001 we were going after al qaeda. al qaeda's gone. we're now fighting the taliban and propping up one of the most corrupt governments in the world. our mission continues to change. the idea that we should be operating in afghanistan under an aumf from 2001, that somehow nothing has changed, is ludicrous. and the idea that we are using
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that authorization to justify our military operations in syria and a whole bunch of other places in the world is ludicrous. enough. enough. this chamber needs to do its job and this leadership needs to get out of the way and members of congress, democrats and republicans, need to come together and debate these issues seriously. with that i would like to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, the distinguished member of the armed services subcommittee on military spernel, ms. speier. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california. ms. speier: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you to the ranking member. i voted for this bill in committee because we have brave service members in harm's way that depend on it. but i want to make cheer that -- clear that i don't believe we've done our job to address the unbridled waste in this bill. billions of dollars. the sheer amount of waste in this bill, billions upon billions of dollars. and even worse, the bill as currently written sets us up to
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throw away billions more for years to come. i know it can be political suicide to take on defense contractors. but we owe the taxpayers a level of accountability and discipline. it's the same thing every single year. like the greatest hits of defense waste. literal combat ship. a combat ship that can't even survive combat. a ship on perpetual port call because the always in need of repair. a ship the navy said it only needed one of but apparently the white house knows better, because they've forces -- forced the navy to ask for another one. even that wasn't enough because our committee decided to give them a third one. we're tripling the number of ships the navy said they need. how outrageous is that? that's $500 million a pop. that's $1 billion more than the navy wanted. the f-35. the president has trumpeted how he brought down the price of this bloated program. but just a few days ago it was revealed that the bill for this
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program is actually going to jump 7%. you probably won't be seeing this on the president's twitter feed, but the pentagon now says it needs another $63 billion for the program. instead of demanding accountability, this bill instead rewards lockheed and the pentagon by committing the government to block buy f-5's without the testing -- f-35's without the testing that's required. and there's a brand new class of carrier, at least 25% over budget right now. you'd think before sending a crew of 4,300 out to sea on a $13 billion carrier with a host of new mission critical systems, we'd want to ensure that the ship can actually survive in combat conditions. but you'd be wrong. this bill actually eliminates the requirement for shock testing that congress itself -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. mr. mcgovern: i yield the gentlelady an additional one minute. ms. speier: thank you. i appreciate that. foregoing this testing could not only put our sailors at unnecessary risk, but could
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also lead to expensive retrofits for years to come. and for what? this is not what americans expect when they tell us they want a strong defense. this is not what americans expect of us in our congressional oversight role. we are not doing our job. if we don't do oversight, if we don't say no to wasteful spending, and if we don't say no to blank checks to contractors. and that -- and with that i yield back. thank you, mr. ranking member. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. byrne: i appreciate the gentlewoman's comments. most of those issues if not all were brought up in committee when this bill was considered. as amendments. and they were defeated in virtually all cases by a bipartisan vote. i appreciate the fact that she voted for the overall bill, as did everybody but one member, after you take it all into consideration. that's what this bill is about. we're authorizing a broad swath of the defense of this country. there's a lot of moving parts to it. and not everything in this bill, a bill this big, is going
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to be satisfactory to anybody on the committee. i could pick out one or two things i don't like about it. but as a whole it does what the job needs to be done for the people that we depend upon to defend america. so i appreciate the gentlewoman's comments. but most of all, i appreciate her vote at the end of the day when we approve that bill after markup in committee. i do want to respond to one thing that the gentleman from massachusetts said. he talked about we're still there fighting the taliban. the 2001 aumf specifically references the taliban. so we can talk about how things in syria that president obama did, things in libya that president obama did, things in yemen that president obama did are outside the aumf that was adopted in 2001 with regard to afghanistan. and i think that's a legitimate debate. but there's no legitimate debate about whether or not the ongoing conflict in afghanistan and our involvement with it has been authorized. because the been authorized for 16 years -- because it's been
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authorized for 16 years. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: may i ask the gentleman how many more speakers he has? mr. byrne: i have no more speakers, mr. speaker. mr. mcgovern: i yield myself the remaining time. mr. speaker, i'd like to ask unanimous consent to insert into the congressional record a letter from 14 conservative and liberal national organizations opposing a defense bill that busts the budget caps. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i'd like to ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a letter from the american civil liberties union in opposition to the hartzler amendment, which it deems as discriminatory and unconstitutional. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: it is ironic to me that we have time to debate a bill that discriminates against transgender members of the armed forces and military families. we can't find time to debate the war. it really is sad. it's a sad commentary on the way the rules committee conducted itself last night. mr. speaker, if the gentleman believes that what we're doing in afghanistan is consistent
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with what was envisioned 16 years ago, he can go on thinking that. but it isn't. if he thinks it's ok that that authorization is used to justify every military involvement we have all around the world, he can go ahead and think that way. i think he's very much mistaken. mr. speaker, congress has to stop kicking the can down the road. it is unconscionable that the republican leadership continues to prevent meaningful debate on these wars. let me say one thing about why our house colleagues, democrats and republicans alike, keep bringing these issues up. despite the opposition from the republican leadership. and that is because it's our job. the american people sent us to washington to debate the uncomfortable issues and to take difficult votes. there were some in congress, maybe my friend is included in that, who think that it's acceptable to give this administration a blank check to continue these endless wars. why anybody, no matter who is president, but especially with this president would feel
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comfortable giving him a blank check is beyond my comprehension. there are others who would like to end them and bring our service men and women home. and then there are otherses who look for a different policy -- others who look for a different policy somewhere between these positions. that's why we need to debate these wars. this is why we need to bring updated aumfs to the floor for a vote -- aumf's to the floor for a vote. if that debate, if that's a debate that you'd rather not have, if that's a vote that you'd rather not take, then, mr. speaker, let me suggest that you should look for a new job. you should go into a different vocation. i'm sure that i speak for all my colleagues when i say that protecting the lives and well-being of our uniformed men and women is one of the highest priorities, if not the highest priorities, of this congress. but they deserve more than a thank you on veterans day. we do not respect their service and sacrifice and that of their families when we refuse to debate and take any responsibility for sending them year after year after year into war.
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they deserve a thoughtful, reasoned and engaged debate. they deserve a debate. little erve a attention. in this chamber. not excuses. and not more reports. and not more, you know, we'll get to it in the future. and that is why, along with many of my republican and democratic colleagues, we will continue to demand that the republican leadership of this house allow a debate and a vote on the future of these wars. i just want to say finally, mr. speaker, i have been raising this issue not just when republicans have been president, but when democrats have been president. i really believe that this is -- that congress has for fitted its constitutional -- forfeited its constitutional responsibilities. we've abdicated -- and gated our constitutional abilities -- abrogated our constitutional abilities. we can't allow that to happen. that's not responsible governing.
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and we have an obligation to make sure that whatever we're doing with regard to our military, that it is the right thing to do. and the idea that we once again come to the floor with a national defense authorization bill and we're told we can't debate any of these things, we can't vote on any of these things, i mean, give me a break. what are you thinking? why is this such a big difficult thing to overcome? with the leadership? again, if my friends don't want to take uncomfortable votes, then do something else. don't vote. but it's not the right thing to do. and we should be ashamed of this process. there's no justifying shutting out debate on war. mr. speaker, with that i again would urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question and vote no on the underlying bill. and vote no on the rule too. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. byrne: has the gentleman
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yielded back the balance of his time? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. byrne: mr. speaker, the gentleman said we can't debate anything. this rule, the rule we passed yesterday, puts in order 210 different amendments to be debated. on top of the general debate of the bill itself. and that's on top of 275 amendments in the committee of jurisdiction. the armed service committee. this is the most debated piece of legislation we have every year. and it should be. for the very reasons the gentleman from massachusetts itemized. because of what we're doing here is of profound importance. i know that there are other issues that people try to stick into this bill every year that frankly distract us from the underlying importance of the bill. and that is, it we're trying to do everything we possibly can to protect american people --
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the american people. and the threats the american people face today are more diverse, more profound than we have seen since the end of world war ii. so, yes, this bill authorizes a lot of very important and expensive things. i acknowledge they're expensive. but it's even more expensive if we don't do them or don't do them right and we leave the american people exposed. just take into account one of our threats. kim jong un in north korea. that missile test he did recently was an icbm, an intercontinental ballistic missile. he does not need such a missile to hit south korea or japan. he needs that missile to hit us. to hit alaska. to hit the west coast of the united states and ultimately to hit the entirety of the united states. it is a direct threat to the safety of the people of the
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united states. this bill authorizes an increase in missile defense. just one of the things that it does. so i hope that all of us will take the many things that we're going to debate here over the next several days very seriously, and that we will come to the bipartisan conclusion, as we did in the committee, that when you take the totality of this bill together, after we've gone through all of these amendments, it does the most important thing we're here to do, which is defend the american people. mr. speaker, i again urge my colleagues to support house resolution 440 and the underlying bill. i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing
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until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of adoption of the resolution. thanks 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 234. the nays are 187. with the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. he ayes have it. >> i ask for a recorded vow. -- vote. the speaker pro tempore: recorded vote has been requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is
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the speaker pro tempore: on his vote the yeas are --
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 230, and the nays are 190. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. granger: mr. speaker, i submit a privileged report for printing under the rule. the clerk: report to accompany h.r. 3219, a bill making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2018, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the union calendar and ordered printed. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 21, points of order are reserved. pursuant to house resolution 431 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the further consideration of h.r. 2810. will the gentleman from
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pennsylvania, mr. thompson, kindly take the chair. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, proceedings will now resume on those amendments printed in part b of house report 115-212 on which proceedings were postponed in the following order. amendment in 2 by conway of texas, amendment number 4 by mr. polis. number 6 by mr. nadler of new york, amendment number 8 by mr. blumenauer of oregon. amendment number 10, mr. aguilar of california. amendment number 88 by mr. rogers of alabama. amendment number 12 by garamendi of california.
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amendment number 13 by mr. blumenauer of oregon. amendment number 14 by mr. mcclintock of california. the chair will reduce to two minutes the time for any electronic vote in this series. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 2 printed in part b of house report 115-212 by the gentleman from texas, mr. conaway, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 2 printed in part b of house report 115-212 offered by mr. conaway of texas. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for 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 two-minute vote.
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 198 and the nays are 225. the amendment is not adopted. the the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment nment 4 printed in part b of house report 115-212 by the gentleman from colorado, mr. polis, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 4 printed in part b of house report 115-212 offered by mr. polis of colorado. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for 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 two-minute vote.
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 75. he nays are 348.
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 73. the nays are 351. he amendment is not adopted.
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the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 5 printed in part b of house report 115-212. the gentlewoman from washington, ms. jayapal, on which further proceedings were postponed and which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the the clerk will designate. the clerk: amendment number 5 printed in part b of house report number 115-212, offered by ms. jayapal of washington. the chair: recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for rodded 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 two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 178. he nays are 244. the chair: on this vote the eas are --
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 179. the nays are 245. he amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 6 printed in 115-212 house report by the gentleman from new york, mr. nadler, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed boy voice vote. . the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 6 printed in part b of house report number 115-212. offered by mr. nadler of new york. the chair: recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for recorded vote will rise and
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be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 167. the nay are 257. he amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for recorded vote on amendment number 8 printed in part b of house report 115-212 by the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed boy by voice vote. the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 8 printed in part b of house
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report number 115-212, offered by mr. blumenauer of oregon. the chair: recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for 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 two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 173, the nays are 249. he amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 10 printed this part b of house report
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115-212 by the gentleman from california, mr. aguilar, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 10 printed in part b of house report 115-212 offered by mr. aguilar of california. the chair: a record the vote has been requested. those in support of the request for 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 two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 187, the nays are 234.
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 188, the nays are 235. he amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 88 printed in part b of house report 115-212 by the gentleman from alabama, mr. rogers, on which further proceedings were postponed and
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on which the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 88 printed in part b of house report 115-212 offered by mr. rogers of alabama. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for 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 two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 253rk the nays are 172. the amendment is a -- 253, the nays are 172. the amendment is adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 12 printed in part b of house report 115-212 by the gentleman from california, mr. garamendi, on which further proceedings were postponed and the noes prevailed by voice vote. 9 clerk will redesignate -- the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number is it 12 printed in part b of house report 115-212 offered by mr. garamendi of california. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 192, the nays are 232. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 13 printed in part b of house report 115-212 by the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes
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prevailed by voice vote. clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 13 printed in part b of house report 115-212 offered by mr. blumenauer of oregon. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for 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 two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote, the yeas are 159, the nays are 254, he amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 14 printed in part b of house report 115-212, by the gentleman, mr. mcclintock, on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 14 printed in part b of house report 115-212, offered by mr. mcclintock of california. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support for the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote.
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the chair: on this vote, the yeas are 175, the nays are 248. he amendment is not adopted. there being no further amendment, pursuant to house resolution 431, the committee rises.
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the speaker pro tempore: mr. chairman. the chair: mr. speaker, the committee of the whole house on the state of the union, having had under consideration h.r. 2810, directs me to report it has come to no resolution thereon. the speaker pro tempore: the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration h.r. 2810 and has come to no resolution thereon. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess for a period less than 15 minutes.
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