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areas, appalachian, charlotte, north carolina, salt lake, indianapolis, all over the country, the common denominator is not economics, it s, i believe, one common denominator is race. while it's common and true to drugs do not a white ate, this is very rarely lem, you find -- baltimore may be an rule, but to the across the country, you are finding mostly white people, certain ericans to a degree, as well. i would say in answer to your yes,r question, >> more on our website c-span.org. click the series tab and select "washington journal." or find it by name using the search bar. take you live now to the house about ready to start legislative work for the day. four bills on the agenda,
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including one delaying obama-era rules on ozone standards. and measures dealing with the construction of hydroelectric power plants. votes expected throughout the day today. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, the reverend terry sanders, victory house ministry, uniontown, pennsylvania. the chaplain: let us pray. father this great assembly of leaders, lord, we come today to ask for your guidance, wisdom,
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and support for our nation. help us to engage in meaningful discussion and allow us to grow closer as a nation's leaders and to nurture this nation. fill us with your grace, god, as we make decisions that may affect our nation and the world. continue to remind us that all we do here today, all that we accomplish in our nation, is for the pursuit of freedom for your greater glory and for the service of humanity. we ask all these things in your 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
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florida, mr. mast. mr. mast: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: without objection the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster, is recognized for one minute. mr. shuster: mr. speaker, i rise today for the great honor to welcome the reverend terry sanders and his wife, rhonda. reverend sanders traveled here from uniontown, pennsylvania, where he is the founder, c.e.o., and director of the genesis house ministry, to help men leaving the prison system and move through a recovery process through an environment to enable them to transition back to society. his ministry has been helpful in battling the fight against the opioid crisis we face in america today. genesis house at its core is a resident house where clients receive far more than a warm bed rather than sending former inmates aimlessly into the streets. the ministry provides counseling, mentoring, substance
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abuse programming, job placement services, and family integration asince. he has been working as the chaplain of the fayette county prison for more than 10 years and knows firsthand the qualifications and what it takes to make a difference in the lives of men. the ministry opened its doors in 2014 and as a result reverend sanders' desire to make danchese in the community. i'm grateful for reverend sanders to join us here today and take this opportunity to express my deep sincere appreciation for the great work he and his team are doing in western pennsylvania. yield back. mr. solomon: the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. -- the speaker pro tempore: props the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? without objection. mr. wilson: it's sad many americans have forgotten the ongoing global war on terrorism which was declared against western families in 1996 and
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1998 as displayed at the entrance of the national on september 11 memorial museum new york city. in the last year there's been a year of terror in europe reported by the "washington times" on friday. beginning with the defiance of bass steal day on july 14, 2016, with 86 people murdered and continue with attacks in berlin, germany, on july 18, handsburg, germ on july 24, normandy, france, on july 26. berlin, germany, own december 19. istanbul turkey, on january 1. stockholm sweden on april 7, paris, france, on april 20. manchester, england, on may 2 t and london, england on june 3. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. we'll never forget the 85 men and women murdered in argentina
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23 years ago. i'm grateful president trump is taking actions to protect american families. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. -- sires: >> mr. speaker, i want to their 25the rajad on anniversary. founded on june 18, 1992, headed by muhammad. they have dedicated 25 years of service to the community. mr. payne: i want to thank them for an outstanding job. they provide the most reputable muslim journal newspapers on a weekly basis in the city of
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newark without fake news. and sends a large contingent of -- contingent of muslims to chicago each year during labor day weekend. they also hold a time to reflect every december a weekend where the community gathers for workshops and family activities. the services you provide -- services they provide impact the lives of many around our community. i once again offer my sincere congratulations for a job well-done. happy 25th anniversary. i yield back. mr. solomon: the gentleman yields back. frotches -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate the four fulbright scholarship recipients from florida's 18th congressional
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district. it is a compep merit-based program for international exchange. each year it grants students the opportunity to study, research, or teach abroad. dr. ackles of juneau beach. amanda fleming of west palm beach. and laura o'connor of jupiter are all recipients of this honor. dr. acules will be traveling to uzbekistan to teach english. ms. fleming will live in asia to enhance communication with the vietnam meeze people. dr. fritz will be in hungry. . on behast 18th congressional district of florida, i want to again congratulate these outstanding students and scholars for receiving the 2018 fulbright scholarship. i'm proud to represent you in congress. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman
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is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, arizonaans i have spoken with are stressed and anxious as they watch politicians in washington threaten to take away their health coverage. while the senate's misguided repeal and replace proposal has been defeated, we cannot rest. the plan is irresponsible and will endanger the health and well-being of my constituents t will send premiums and coverage costs skyrocketing. and slash funding for rural and tribal health clinics. 1.9 million arizonans who rely on medicaid could be at risk of losing their coverage. of those, more than 45,000 are arizona veterans. more than one million arizonans with pre-existing conditions would lose vital protections that ensure they have access to affordable coverage. mr. speaker, these are the -- are our children, our loved ones, our family and friends.
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mr. o'halleran: we cannot stand here and play politics with their health. we must work together to stabilize the insurance markets and develop a long-range solution that improves our health care system and we need to include the public in this discussion. we owe them a better plan. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to fix it and not nix it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, rise today to shed light on the fraud and abuse in the medicare program. medicare's absolutely critical for seniors in my district and across the contry. not only is medicare fraud an affront to hardworking taxpayers, it hurts the millions of seniors who rely on the program. last week the hhs inspector general announced the largest health care fraud takedown in
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history. 412 defendants were charged nationwide, including more than 80 cases in florida. for medicare fraud, totaling about $1.3 billion in losses. that's why i introduced much needed legislation to strengthen penalties against those who commit fraud and the medicare program. the medicare civil and criminal penalties update h.r. 3245 cracks down on medicare fraud, abuse by increasing civil and criminal fines. we must ensure the medicare program is strong and sustainable for today's and tomorrow's beneficiaries. thank you very much, mr. speaker. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom michigan seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. the republican health care plan,
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trumpcare, has tallen apart in the senate. naturally. after seven months in office, attempting to govern exclusively on their own, republicans have shown once again that they can't do it. they can't govern. they control the house, they control the senate, they control the white house. as their primary goal, their signature achievement, repealing the affordable care act. can't do it. why? the american people get in the way. they said no. and enough members of the senate have responded to that. but now the republican plan, get this, looks like it is to simply repeal the affordable care act with no replacement. take us back to the time where you could have an annual or lifetime cap that you could not get insurance if you had a pre-existing condition. 32 million people would lose
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their health care coverage, like that, overnight. that's the republican plan? we need to work together. we need to come together and fix the problems that we see and not make a partisan question out of this. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan -- minnesota seek recognition? without objection. mr. emmer: mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate my friend, chris coburn, on his recent induction into the minnesota business hall of fame. every year twin cities business honors successful business men and women in minnesota who have displayed strong leadership and a unique vision. during his time as president and c.e.o. of coburn's, chris has helped build this family business, which was established in 1921, to 54 full service supermarkets across minnesota and north dakota in addition to
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their 70 convenience and liquor stores. proving himself a true visionary, chris expanded coburns even more when he obtained an online grocery delivery business. while at the same time it was seen as a controversial move, chris had the foresight to go where the market was going for his customers. decisions like this are exactly why chris has been selected to join the minnesota business hall of fame. chris coburn is a business leader in minnesota and beyond. he truly deserves this recognition and honor. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman granted one minute. ms. gabbard: thank you, mr. speaker. today i'm rising to recognize chief master sergeant yankee's retirement who after 28 years of honorable service to our nation in the united states air force, air force reserves, and air national guard has retired at our home in hawaii.
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she began her service in hi i hi with headquarters' pacific air forces in 1998 and contributed greatly and significantly making a long lasting impact for our troops, service members, and country. including mobilizing support for deploying troops through our country's long period of conflict. chief yankee recently retired as a headquarters individual reservist readiness integration organization superintendent at the joint pearl hashor hickam, hi hifment where she served as the senior key enlisted advisor assisting the commander with managing and directing personnel resource, activities for over 400 reservists. she's given so many years of her life in the service of our country and embodies the skills and expertise that our reserve component service members bring to our total force. our grateful nation thanks josephine for her and her family's service and sacrifice
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and wish her the very best as she begins this new chapter in her life. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back, for what purpose does the gentleman from west virginia seek recognition? >> ask to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life and memory of west virginia's circuit court judge, john yoder, who passed away on june 7, 201. he served on the 23rd judicial circuit which includeded berkley, jefferson, and morgan counties in the handle of the second congressional district. he practiced law in harper's ferry, west virginia for 23 years. he earned a degree from chapman college and studied laud at the university of kansas. he obtained an m.b.a. at the university of chicago. he was appointed by president reagan in 1983 to serve as the director of the asset forfeiture office for the u.s. justice department. he continued his distinguished
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career as a public servant, including two stints as a west virginia state senator before being elected as circuit court judge. mr. mooney: he's one of the early pioneers of state drug courts and well-known for his big heart and compassion. i join all west virginians in keeping his family and friends in our prayers. he will truly be missed. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? the gentlewoman is recognized. > thank you very much. ms. waters: mr. speaker and members, i rise today with great pride to join millions of people around the world to honor the life and legacy of south african president nelson mandela on nelson mandela international day. i submitted comments for the record this morning but i would like to highlight a few key points. in his 95 years of life,
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president mandela was a transformative leader who forever changed the world through his steadfast dedication to freedom, equality and human rights. after spending 27 years in prison, nelson mandela became the first black south african to e elected president and used his administration to dismantle apartheid, combat institutional racism and begin the prosofse racial reconciliation in his country. to me, however, nelson mandela was more than a world renowned leader. i had the distinct honor and privilege of calling him a friend. his courageous leadership in the antiapartheid movement encouraged me to join in the fight which to this day is one of the most defining moments of my life. we will forever be indebted to
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nelson mandela who taught the power of one man having the fortitude to sacrifice his own ideals for a cause greater than himself. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pell seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: saturday marked world youth skills day. the united nations general assembly started this initiative to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development. young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults. young people around the world are exposed to lower quality jobs, greater labor market inequities and a greater school to work transition period. that's why i'm pleased to have introduced a bill last month. too often we have seen students
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push down the college pathway that just doesn't work for some students. c.t.e. is a path some students choose in pursuit of industry certification and hands on skills they can use right out of high school. by modernizing the federal investment in c.t.e. programs we will be able to connect more educators with industry stake holders and close the skills gap. on world youth skills day, i consider -- i urge everyone to confer a career in technical education. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the virgin islands seek recognition? ms. plaskett: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. plaskett: federal funding for the maternal infant and home visiting program is set to expire september 30.
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this program and the virgin islands department of health gives at-risk pregnant women and families necessary information and skills to raise children who are physically, socially, and emotionally healthy and ready to learn. in june, republicans in the house of representatives ways and means committee introduced a bill re-authorizing this program. the legislation, which has yet to receive a hear, included a five-year re-authorization but did not expand funding to meet the growing needs for services. it also included serious modifications to the way the program is run which advocates fear could have harmful unintended consequences. home visiting programs are a critical opportunity to reach at-risk pregnant women and new mothers. the first few years of life are the most rapid period of brain development and home visiting program prossvide support to as a rule neble families in the earliest stages of their child's life. home visiting programs establish
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a solid foundation by partnering with families to support maternal and newborn health and parent engagement. i would like to express my support for the re-authorize eags and expanse of tissue expansion of this program and encourage my colleagues to do the same. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? weather, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. -- without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to speak about a spectacular event that will take place in hop kinsville, kentucky, this coming august. a solar eclipse will occur on august 21, 2017, the first to traverse coast to coast of the united states in nearly a century. the last time a solar eclipse was in the united states was in 1918. it won't be until 2045 that we witness a similar event. hop kinsville is one location in the u.s. fortunate enough to have a position in the direct path of the shadow cast by the
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eclipse of the sun. the historic city of hop kinsville is expecting a huge turnout for this event. as many consider hop kinsville the point of greatest eclipse for this august's lunar display. august 18 through 20 will be a weekend full of celebrations surrounding this rare and memorable experience, including live muse ex, food venn tores and activities for all ages. i thank the many people who have contributed to the promotion of this event in hop kinsville and look forward to to a festive weekend too celebrate the much-anticipated solar eclipse. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. polis: colorado is home to 17,000 deferred action for childhood arrivals or daca recipients this program is an essential help in our
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dysfunctional immigration system. it allows young people who only know the u.s. as home to legally reside and work here. through my congressional service i have been moved by the kaca recipients who have spoken up for their communities. young people like brian. brian is a business marketing and finance major at colorado state university in my district he moved here with his family at a young age, he was only 3. he doesn't even remember making the trek from chihuahua, mexico, to colorado he grew up here , he didn't know he was undocumented until he was in eighth fwrade. daca allowed him to come out of the shadows and live with a sense of security. in his words, daca has put hope in the heart they was forgotten. know brian and others to in you are not forgotten. the bottom line is that brian and others like him belong here.
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i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss the need for a pro-growth tax reform for small businesses in america. last week, i was on main street in grapevine, texas, surrounded by local businesses that were started in the pursuit of the american dream. these businesses are owned by hardworking people trying to give their families a better life and create jobs in north texas. and the communities that i represent. the tax -- washington's tax code is too big and too complicated for american small businesses to grow and to be the job creation engine for future generations. mr. marchant: we need pro-growth
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tax reform that lowers rates for local businesses and simplifies the code for families. main streets across america are counting on us to do that. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, a new survey by the pew research center found that an astounding 2/3 of americans say the news media has a negative impact on our nation. what a comment on the media. mr. smith: the survey asked participants whether a variety of institutions are having a positive or negative effect on the way things are going in this country today. the rating the media received was the lowest of all institutions. another public opinion poll by fwal lineup showed the media's credibility has reached a record low.
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this is not much of a surprise given the media's constant barrage of personal attacks and negative news coverage. the american people deserve better than a biased media. for the sake of our country, our democracy and the credibility of the media itself, let's hope they report the news more fairly and objectively in the future. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on july 18, 2017, at 9:19 a.m. appointments, women's suffrage centennial commission. with best wishes, i am, signed sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: frup does the gentleman from texas
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seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rule us call up house resolution 451 and ask for its immediate consider can -- its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 65, house resolution 451, resolved that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 806 to facilitate efficient state implementation of ground level ozone standards and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce. after general debate, the bill shall be considered for debate under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute
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recommended by the committee on energy and commerce printed in the bill, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consist og they have text of rules committee print 115-26. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order expect except those printed in the report of the committee on rules akmpnying this resolution. each such may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time spessfid in the report equally divided and controlled by a proponent and opponent, shall not be subject to amendment and shall not be subject to demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of
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consideration of the bill for amendment, the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one hour. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, for the pup of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from colorado, mr. polis, pending which, i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise
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and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, house resolution 451 provides for a structured rule to consider a bill out of the energy and commerce committee pertaining to the environmental pr text agency's ozone standards. the rule provides for one hour of debate equally divided between the majority and the minority on the energy and commerce committee. the rule further makes in order six democratic amendments for consideration. . under the clean air act's national ambient air quality standards program, the e.p.a. is tasked with setting standards and regulations for certain defined pollutants, including ground level ozone. ommonly referred to as smog.
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the environmental protection agency has set these standards and adjusted as necessary in 1971, 1979, 1997, and 2008. since 1980, ozone levels have declined by 33% according to the e.p.a., thanks in large part to diligent state oversight of industries and planning, and along with weather patterns and outside temperatures which all contribute to ozone levels. ozone has been a particular issue in the north texas area that i represent where hot summer days and prevailing southerly breezes cause air quality issues that affect outdoor activities and may create health concerns. in 2015, the e.p.a. proposed changing the 2008 ozone standards that had not yet been fully implemented. despite nearly 00 state -- national, state, and local organizations, and stakeholders
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requesting that the e.p.a. allow the 2008 standards to be adopted before moving the goal posts on these regulated parties. in fact, the e.p.a. did not publish its implementation regulations for the 2008 standards until march of 2015, nearly seven years after the standards had been issued, and then promptly that same year decided to change the rules entirely. the e.p.a. ignored the request from stakeholders and moved ahead with lowering the ozone standard, manipulating scientific findings in order to justify the move. in fact, nearly 2/3 of the so-called benefits that the e.p.a. claimed would result from this new standard are not based on ozone reductions at all but instead based on -- but instead on reduction from an entirely different pollutant regulated under a different set of rules. h.r. 806, the ozone standards implementation asket 2017, is an
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important -- act of 2017, is an important step towards focusing efforts on science based regulating of the environment and rejection of the politically motivated actions of the previous eight years. the legislation phases in implementation of the 2008 and 2015 ozone standards, extending the date for final designation for the 2015 standard to 2025, aligning the permitting requirements of the clean air act with the implementation schedule set by the e.p.a. this allows for a nault and methodical invitation process to proceed at the state level to address the very needs and nuances that exist in the states based upon industry and based upon weather patterns. the neshshured approach contained in h.r. 806 will allow states to pursue cost-effective and practical implementation plans to enforce the e.p.a.'s
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ozone standards. further, it utilizes a process that will benefit from the state's practical experiences at implementing previous ozone standards. nothing in the legislation before the house today changes any existing air quality standards or regulations. let me say that again, nothing in the legislation before the house today changes any existing air quality standards or regulations. this legislation is focused solely on providing states and businesses the proper tools, time, and flexibility to implement the e.p.a.'s regulations most effectively. this is a goal we should all support. according to the e.p.a.'s own analysis in 2015, the vast majority of u.s. counties will meet the 2015 standards by 2025, the same time frame that the bill before us contemplates implementation. h.r. 806 is important, however,
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because it gives states the flexibility to focus on the most pressing environmental issues in each individual state rather than having the e.p.a. dictate where resources must be used regardless of need. the energy and commerce committee has been reviewing the issue of finding the correct balance for ozone implementation for years and has crafted legislation that reflects that measured approach. in 2015, i wrote to the e.p.a.'s clean air scientific advisory committee expressing my concern over the e.p.a.'s expedited implementation of the 2015 standards despite concerns on how the ozone rules could affect other pollutants, namely nitrogen oxide, which has been found to actually increase inversely when ozone levels decrease. this increase of nitrogen oxide is especially present in urban environments for many athrisk
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pop pew -- where many at-risk populations live. given the questions surrounding e.p.a.'s political decision to move forward with the 2015 standards, h.r. 806 is a prudent and justified course that this government should be taking. for these reasons i encourage my colleagues to support today's rule and the underlying bill and i reserve the balance of my ime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. polis: i thank the gentleman for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition of both this rule and underlying bill. instead of coming with new thoughts or new ideas, here we have another recycled and careless bill that's been through this body before. that takes away protections for our sake for our children, pregnant women, and elderly. it's the wrong way to go for our country.
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this bill is called the ozone standards implementation act, but it's actually a political stunt for a special interest. in this case the oil and gas industry. it will hurt our air, environment, and frankly have naganoive impact on the health of americans t will increase health care costs -- americans. it will increase health care costs at a time when health care costs are already too high. we see that the way the house republicans have tried to jam through the affordable care act appeal passed in the house, it's only in the senate where they are finally realizing the error of their ways. in colorado, 500,000 people have benefited from the act. and the number of people without insurance has been cut in half from 6.7% to 2.5%. of course it's not perfect and i hope now is an opportunity for democrats and republicans to work together rather than republicans seeking to go it alone with the plan that provides less people with health care rather than more. the affordable care act made sure that no one can be denied coverage for pre-existing condition, that benefited
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750,000 people in colorado, including people with cancer and asthma. the rates of which would both increase if this bill that we're discussing under this rule were to become law. yes, that's right. more people would suffer from asthma and more people would suffer from cancer if this bill were to pass. this reckless republican health care bill even eliminated the protection of public health fund at the end of f.y. 2017. slashing funding for the certainty for disease control by 12%. singling out certain proviresd like planned parenthood from even participating in the medicaid program. preventing patients from receiving preventive care services like cancer screenings and s.t.d. testing and contraceptive care from their provider of choice, often in many cases the only provider in town. it's no surprise we have yet another bill that would increase health care costs before us. lead to more people having to pay more for what they already
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have for health care. here we have a group that's opposed by the american lung association, the american thoracic society. they are all -- strongly opposed to this bill. that's why over 700 health care professionals signed a letter in opposition to h.r. 806. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to enter this letter into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: in part it says we the undersigned physicians, nurses, etc., oppose any legislation to weaken or delay work to enforce strong safeguards for healthy air. they are from nearly every state, mr. speaker. and looking at this i see red states and i see blue states. louisiana, missouri, montana, mississippi. and that's because this is science we're talking about here. this bill will increase health care costs, that's the economic side. the human side is it will lead to suffering and even death. that's why it's important to stop this bill now by stopping
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this rule from passing. not only will this bill harm millions of americans, but in addition they have offered under a way to limit amendments and ideas the republicans and democrats have offered this. rule a does allow several amendments, one of which is mine. it doesn't allow amendments from democrats or republicans. they only made in order 6 of the 11, including germane amendments 134i9ed to be debated. for instance, why wasn't mr. cooper's amendment, which clarified the limitation plans can incorporate land use polcy, not have any debate on the floor? all members with amendments should be given the opportunity to bring them to the full house and get a fair, up or down vote, on the merits of their amendment. that's how we craft better legislation, mr. speaker. that's how we fix bills, mr. speaker. i assure you this bill needs to be fixed. all it does is repackage a bunch of bills that make our air dirtier and our health worse and
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the health care more costly. all bills we have seen here over the last several years, bringing them together in sort of a frankenstein bill where you assemble all these horrible body parts from different bills, each of which is bad. creating a huge monster that will kill people and increase health care costs for every american. instead of trying to weaken the clean air act, putting americans' health at risk, what this bill does -- we should talk about the way to close loopholes that exist in our clean air act and make our air cleaner not dirtier. reduce asthma and cancer, not increase asthma and cancer. that's why i'm glad my amendment made in order. it is based on the breathe act which i introduced earlier this year. it would close the oil and gas industry's loophole to the clean air act's aggregation requirement and we'll discuss that in detail later today. very simply when you have small sites for oil and gas extraction, they don't have to aggregate their pollution even though in the aggregate when you have 20,000 wells in the county, cumulatively it can release
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large amounts of air pollutants, even more than a power plant. this would halt all sources - -- hold all sources of emission to the same standard. i hope my amendment will be adopted. it's common sense. this bill takes apart a law that's one of the most successful in the history of our country. in protecting our most vulnerable and strengthening our economy. a stronger economy means less days from work, less hospitals, less premature death. this bill will increase all of those, sick days, hospital visits, and premature deaths because it takes away protections for our clean air. i'm proud to say that between the 1980 and 2014 emissions of six air pollutants have dropped 63%. we should be proud of that. while those six toxic pollutants dropped 60%, our gross domestic product increased 147%. vehicle miles traffed increased
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97%. energy consumption increased 26%. our population grew by 41%. that shows over the last several decades how we can have clean ericks healthy population, and strong economy. not one at the expense of another. these emission standards have already generated dramatic public health benefits a rerecent pier review study -- peer review study estimates it will save 30,000 lives, prevent millions of cases of respiratory problems in 2020 alone and enhances our national productivity by preventing 17 million lost work days. these public health benefits translate into $2 trillion in monetized benefits of the economy. if this bill were to be scored by that metric, this bill would cost $2 trillion. by eviscerating the protections we have in the clean air act. instead of maintaining and strengthening these lifesaving lawing, they are delaying the immeltation of the air quality standards set by scientists. an update that's long overdue
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and has economic benefits of $4.5 billion annually in 2025 alone. this bill would suspend that which is particularly important for the pregnant, elderly, those that suffer from asthma. 25 million americans suffer from asthma. seven million of whom are children. for many the condition lasses a lifetime. in -- last as lifetime n 2014 about 4,000 people died due toe an asthma attack. the connection between air quality and mazz is incontrovertable. clean air is an integral part of the quality of life and we shouldn't be tearing down protection that is simply allow kids and the elderly to go outside. kids to play outside on the playground in the neighborhood without worrying about respiratory problems or asthma. another provision of this frankenstein bill is it changes the criteria for establishing an naaqs for what is based solely on protecting public health but one that includes consideration of technology.
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now, that's the core of the clean air act. necessary to protect the public health. the naaqs determines what level of air pollution is safe to breathe. that's matter of fact. what's safe and unsafe, scientist need to determine that. this change would allow polluters to override scientists as analogies to a doctor making a diagnosis based on how much a test costs. i don't want my doctor telling me i don't have condition x or y because i have a high cost to treat. we demand, we deserve safe air. . we should be safe breathing the air in our country period. the problems go on and on with this bill. i'll stop there for now because the republicans have wasted enough time even bringing this bill to the floor. let's look forward to clean air, not dirtier. let's focus on reducing health care costs not increasing them.
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this bill moves in the wrong direction. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i yield myself a minute. mr. burgess: i want to reference 2014,er i sent may 23, of dr. christopher fray who was then chairman of the e.p.a. clean air scientific advisory committee. i understand that due in part to recommendations by the clean air scientific advisory committee the e.p.a.'s new draft risk and health risk assessment concludes, quoting from the e.p.a., mortality from short and long term ozone exposures and risk for hospitalization risk is not greatly affected by meeting lower standards, close quote, again, that's from the e.p.a. draft, the health risk and exposure assessment from may of 2014.
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i ask unanimous consent the let behr insen -- be inserted in the record. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. connolly: i thank the gentleman from colorado for his leadership on this important issue. i rise in strong on stoigs dirty air legislation. the house majority has once again substituted political ideology for sound science. make no mistake, this is social darwinism at its worst and a blueprint to make america sick again. the intent of the clean air act and its amendments couldn't be clearer. public health and science should drive public policy and safe, breatheable air must be our paramount goal. under the clean air act, the e.p.a. is required to review the public health impacts of carbon
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monoxide, lead, ozone, par lick lat matter every five years and update national air standards. the bill before us would roll that back and delay new standards for a decade. we cannot wait another decade. nor should we. we know the health impacts of increased smog. greater incidents of asthma, bronchitis in children, in some cases premature death. in fairfax county, where i live, 23,023 children could be at risk of another asthma attack due to -- air quality and 136,000 and 136,327 adults over the age of 65 are at risk for medical emergency. i come from local government where we actually had to put into place regional programs to reduce smog this wasn't a theoretical or ideological assignment for us, it was practical. let me show you the proguess we
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made because of this legislation, the clean air act and its amendments. i ask for another minute. mr. polis: i'm happen foy yield another minute to the gentleman from virginia. mr. connolly: mr. speaker , in 1996, this region, the national capital region, had more than 60 orange ozone days, ozone hazardous to health, last year we had six. one tenth of that number. that's because of the clean air act and its amendments. rather than dismantling these protebses, we should provide states and localities the resources to continue on the progress we have made. instead the trump budget would slash e.p.a. fund big a third. that's not a plan for helping communities. it's not a way to make america great. i urge my colleagues to reject this assault on public health and sound science and again i thank my friend from colorado for his consideration. yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve? mr. polis: yes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. burgess: i yield myself one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. burgess: i want to reference a letter sent by representative joe barton, then-ranking member on the energy and commerce committee, and myself as the ranking member of the oversight and investigations subcommittee, june 11, 2010, asking for the economic data that the e.p.a. was supposed to provide regarding their proposed rule changes back in 2010 and i ask unanimous consent that this be made part of the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so order. -- so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? mr. polis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. polis: president trump campaigned on the promise of job creation, however his budget paints a starkly different and
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darker picture rm it cuts job programs by 39%, would lead to mass i job losses with its cuts. in this body we talk about jobs but we have failed to pass any jobs bill. i'm happy to say i have an amendment in my hand that will generate thousands of american jobs. when we defeat the previous question, i'll ask to bring up the rule to introduce mr. defazio's bill that will create thousands of new jobs through increased investment in our water strain tchuck rainshower -- infrastructure. i ask unanimous consent to insert this into the record. and to discuss our proposal i would like to yield four minutes to mr. defazio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize for four minutes. mr. defazio: i thank the gentleman for yielding and for his initiative to actually create some jobs. the premise of the legislation
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before us today is that if we allow more pollution, particularly ozone pollution, which is very detrimental to the health of asthmatic, i mean, bad for the health of everyday americans but particularly to the 25 million asthmatics, seniors, and others. the premise is that by polluting the air more with ozone, we will create jobs. actually, i've got to agree with the republicans on this they will create more jobs by polluting the air. pulmonary specialists will be very, very busy. and then, oh, the inhaler manufacturers, there's been some great press about inhaler manufacturers in the last year, where they're quadruples and sextupling the prices to price fwouge people, they'll have a heyday, in fact, i believe they've endorsed this legislation. then we're going to have a whole new group of people working in -- on the streets in america.
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it's going to be a whole new entrepreneurial class. there are actually people in beijing doing this now. the air is so polluted in beijing that on many days they say don't go outside but some people, you got to go outside sometime you got to go to the grocery store, go to work, so they now have a very large industry of street vendors who sell oxygen. so as you're about to collapse on the street in beijing, someone will sell you a good whiff of oxygen for whatever they charge for it. so we're going to bring that industry to america. this bill does have phenomenal potential to create a whole new bunch of jobs with oxygen street vendors and of course the pulmonary specialists and the inhaler manufacturers and others. now the president actually as a candidate said he would triple, three x, three time, eamount of money that would be spent on clean water, state revolving
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funds he feel would triple it. interestingly enough, the congressional budget office came out with analysis yesterday of the president's proposed budget er the next 10 years which theoretically will increase investment in infrastructure and they said actually not so much. actually, in fact, his -- his cuts of basically would lead to a reduction in investment in clean water and a reduction in investment in ground transportation. so instead of tripling the investment and putting many people to work, the president actually is going to cut investment in clean water in his pr posed wudget. i know he didn't write the budget. he's got a right wing guy running the c.b.o., mulvaney, founder of the freedom caucus but trump is somewhat response farble budget that has his name on it, even if he didn't write it and even if he doesn't know it contradicts promises he made as a candidate. but that said, i want to help
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the president out here. so this bill simply delivers on the president's promise. to triple the amount of investment to $25 billion. do we need it? heck yeah, we need it. according to the american society of civil engineers, 2017 infrastructurery port card, america's wastewater systems got a grade of d plus, not too good. and there's a backlog of more than $40 billion in clean water infrastructure. the federal government needs to become an honest partner with our cities and counties and others who have needs to invest in their wastewater systems. we did it before when we cleaned up our rivers back in the 1960's and 1970's and 1980's with the clean water act. we need to do it again. we need the central partnership, we need this investment. and the other good thing is if we were to spend that money, according to the national utility contractors association, every billion dollar -- billion
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dollars, just $1 billion -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional minute. mr. defazio: invested in our nation's water train structure creates or sustains 27,000 jobs. do the math, the president can do math, he's a businessman, that would be 540,000 jobs if we delivered on the president's promise to make significant new investments with federal partnersship and clean water in america. we can put together health, cleaning up the environment and jobs as opposed to the republican bill which deteriorates health, deteriorates the environment and protection and won't create any jobs. just one quick quote here, the clean water state revolving fund is a perfect sexample of the type of program that should be re-authorized because it creates jobs while benefiting the environment and is an efficient return on taxpayer investment. that's where the oregon water
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resources. with that, i yield back the balance of my time as we proceed to this absurdity of say big deteriorating helicopter we will crow ate jobs. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired this egentleman from texas. mr. burgess: i yield myself one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: it's ironic the gentleman would reference the cost of asthma inhalers. it was after all this congress, in fact -- not this congress but two congresses ago, where the environmental protection agency outlaw the sale of -- manufacture and sale of over the counter asthma inhalers and took them away from those of us who suffer from that disease and indeed losing that overthe counter option for an over the counter epinephrine inhaler for the treatment of asthma as a rescue inhaler we have indeed seen the costs of prescription inhalers quadruple over that time frame. so many ways, as an asthma patient i hold the e.p.a. directly responsible for my inability to get an inexpensive
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over the counter rescue inhaler and for many asthma patients who may find themselves caught short that means a trip to the emergency room and probably a $1,200 or $1,500 event that otherwise could have been solved by an inhaler that sold two for $16. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i know my friend actually has a bill on the topic of the asthma inhalers and i can tell you if this bill becomes law we'll need all the asthma inhalers we can get, i think your bill have -- will have to go through. i'd like to inquire why your asthma inhaler bill isn't included in this package since we'll need to sell more inhalers. mr. burgess: will the gentleman yields? mr. polis: yes. mr. burgess: thaws be-- because
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the manufacturer of over the ounter inhalers has been prohibited by the food and drug administration. mr. polis: did the gentleman consider offering that as an amendment to this bill, your other bill, to allow the sail of asthma inhalers? mr. burgess: the gentleman will yield? it's not germane and it is more complicated now because of food and drug administration has gotten involved in the process. i wish it were straightforward, it is something i continue to work on. mr. polis: reclaiming our time, our rules committee can waive germaneness but it would be an appropriate bill to include as mr. defazio pointed out, ironically, there are some jobs that this bill will create. people selling oxygen on the street, pull monoologists and yes asthma inhalers because more people will suffer from asthma and kids with asthma won't be able to spend as much time quality outside if this bill were to become law. instead of continuing this kind of work that raises health care
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costs, increases asthma and cancer, we should be focusing on issues that create jobs we want, right. we don't want the air to be so bad that there's somebody selling oxygen canisters on the street. we want jobs in renewable energy and making our air cleaner. in new forms of energy efficiency and bringing town people's utility bills because we use les energy. instead of focusing on those kinds of needs or god forbid shrinking the deficit or halting the handout of subsidies to special interests, instead they are talking about ideas here like this that further diminish our standing as a world leader and further diminish what makes america special and our quality of life. i hope all members look in the mirror and think about our health, the health of our children, the health of our elderly, relatives, and those
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most at risk and we ask -- how would this bill affect them? the answer is obvious. it only serves to hurt them. it only serves to make people sicker, it only serves to increase costs, destroy economic value and create additional risks for our environment. i encourage my colleagues to vote no on this rule and the underlying bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, today's rule provides for the consideration of an important piece of environmental legislation, to protect the lives and health of all americans while providing smart tools to the states to implement the e.p.a. standards. i want to thank my fellow texan, pete olson, for his work on this legislation, which i know affects his district in the houston area as much as it does mine in the dallas-fort worth
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region. i encourage my colleagues to vote yes on today's rule and supporting the underlying bill. with that i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on moving the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the ayes have it. mr. polis: mr. speaker, on that i ask 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. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on the question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will now proceedings previously postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. upton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2786, as
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amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 149, h.r. 2786, a bill to amend the federal power act with respect to the criteria and process to qualify as a qualifying conduit hydropower acility. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. rush, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan. mr. upton: so mr. speaker, i would first ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. upton: and i'd i yield myself such time as i may consume -- and i'd yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. upton: this bill, h.r. 2786, has always been a bipartisan bill introdeuced by my two colleagues, mr. -- introduced by my two colleagues, mr. hudson and ms. degette. it amends the federal power act
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to promote renewable energy from small conduit hydropower facilities. the bill would encourage the generation of electricity were existing manmade conduits, opened and operated for the distribution of water, for agriculture, municipal or industrial consumption. i would note that congress established qualifying conduit exemptions under the hydropower regulatory efficiency act of 2013. this bill, h.r. 2786, builds on that law to provide benefits to a greater range of conduit hydropower projects. this bill in fact will shorten the review period and allow larger conduit projects to be eligible for exemption from certain licensing requirements. i know of no serious objections to the bill. it is bipartisan, as it should be. i would urge my colleagues to support it, and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. rush: thank you, mr.
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speaker. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rush: mr. speaker, i rise in upport of h.r. 2786, the promoting small conduit dropower facilities act of 2017. in 2013, our committee moved ipartisan legislation by representative mcmorris rodgers and representative degette that created an exemption from hydropower licensing for certain conduit hydropower facilities of five megawatts capacity or less. under the provision established in the mcmorris rodgers-degette bill, the federal energy
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regulatory commission, ferc, must determine within 15 days after receipt of notice of intent to pursue a small conduit theect if the project meets qualifying criteria for exemption under the law. if ferc makes an initial determination that the project meets that criteria, current law requires ferc to publish a public notice of that determination and provide the public 45 days for an opportunity to comment on or contest ferc's determination. that bill will be signed into law by -- that bill was signed into law by president obama, and
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as of may of this year, has resulted in qualifying 83 projects being exempted from federal licensing requirements. the bill before us now, mr. speaker, h.r. 2786, sponsored by mr. hudson and ms. degette, will amend the federal power act to lift the five megawatt cap on conduit projects that could qualify for exemption. the bill will also reduce from 45 days to 30 days the amount of time the public will have to comment on or contest ferc's determination on whether a project requires or qualifies for exemption. . this is strong support of both sides of the aisle for the development of the -- of
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conduit, hide are ro electric projects and for efforts like the hudson-degette bill which cut red tape to ensure that environmental sound funding can move forward quickly and efficiently. however, mr. speaker, there is a ersion of this bill in the 45-daytime frame for public comment on a proposed exemption too much, down to 15 days. that, in my view, mr. speaker, and that of many of my colleagues, was too short a period of time to allow for meaningful public input into the process. rtunately chairman upton and chairman walton accepted an amendment by ranking member
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pallone that reduces the amount of teem for peculiar notification by a third for 45 days -- rather than the 15 days that many felt were excessive. as a result we now have a bill that's good policy, that cuts down on unnecessary regulation while properly balancing the interest of hydropower development with that of the public. the bill was rightfully reported by committee with the unanimous support of members on both sides of the aisle and i hope the full house will do the same today. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan. >> mr. speaker, i would yield as much time as he may consume to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. hudson, the original author of the bill.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. hudson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2436, my bipartisan legislation to tap our immense hydropower potential. hydropower remain wouns they have most efficient of electricity as well as one of the largest sources of renewable electricity in america. in north carolina align -- alone electricity enough to run thousands of homes. there are over 1. million miles of water supply mains, putting thousands of energy recovery opportunities. this is readily available and virbletally friendly but federal regulations have discouraged the development.
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that's why i introduced this commonsense bill with my colleague, diana degette who i will say even though her broncos defeated my panthers in the super bowl a couple of years ago, it's been a pleasure to work with her on this. what we're working on is streamlining the projects to make the projects eligible for streamline kgs. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, to expand the development of conduit hydropower projects, create clean energy job, increase production of affordable, renewble pow e, redeuce consumer electricity costs and improve energy diversity. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from illinois. mr. rush: i yield such time as co-spon orume to the of the bill, the gentlewoman from debate.
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-- the gentlewoman from colorado. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the football state, colorado is recognized. ms. degette: i won't focus on football today. i want to thank the gentleman for working with me on the bill, it's been a pleasure. also want to thank representatives walden and pallone for helping us work on this bill. it's what we can accomplish when we put partisanship aside and work to address our country's needs. hydropower is a clean, domestic energy source. over the last two years it has provided almost 6% of u.s. eelect trissties and -- electricity and almost half of all renewable electricity. it supports hundreds of thousands of good jobs across the country. as a werner, i know how important water is to our environment and to our community and i'm committed to advancing hydropower in a way that both respects existing water rights and minimizes environmental disruption.
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hydropower is often associated with large scale projects like dams but i have been particularly interested in smaller projects attached to existing infrastructure, including irrigation canals and existing water supply. as mr. rush noted , in 2013, i worked with representative kany -- cathy mcmorris rodgers, another werner, to pass the hydropower efficiency act that bill became law and established a process for qualifying conduit hydropower facilities to move forward without requiring a license from ferc. a lot of people in western colorado told me that this was one of the most important bills that they had ever seen to come out of congress. only demonstrating that all politics is local. even though maybe it didn't seem so important to some people here at the time, 83 hydropower projects have been successfully promoted using the new process,
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include 23g projects in colorado. this progress is encouraging. but there's even more we can do. the colorado government estimates that existing agriculture conduits in our state could support an additional 30 mega watts of hydropower and municipal water supply systems could support another 20 to 25 mega watts. but to realize this potential we need to listen to the advice that the energy and commerce committee has heard on how to make the process as simple and flexible as possible. we've heard testimony from the ferc that the existing comment period is rarely used for comments that has a bearing on determining -- determining whether the project qualifies under the statute. in response, the bill we're considering today would shorten the comment period from 45 to 30 days to avoid unnecessary delays. second, they've suggested listing the mega watt cap on projects. the amount of energy generated
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by hydroelectric projects is not a good indication of its environmental impact. any project built on existing conduit infrastructure will have little to no environmental impact because it's using water that's been diverted from its natural course. the bill would not change the requirement in existing law, but the project -- that the project be built on a conduit primarily intended for nonpower generating uses, further limiting the potential for environmental impact. together these two changes will open the door to more conduit hydropower projects without compromising important environmental protections. again, i'd like to emphasize that bill shows what congress can accomplish when we work together in a bipartisan manner to address our country's needs now and in the future. i urge everyone to support it and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. >> i'm ready to close if the
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gentleman is ready to close. mr. rush: i have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back? the gentleman yields back. the gentleman -- >> i just want to comment briefly on the remarks by my two colleagues. this is an important bill and for those of us that have always supported all of the above, whether it be renewable or nuclear, hide row is part of that mention. mr. upton: i would note i had a question yesterday morning, i did a big farm bureau breakfast in my district, and the question about hydropower came up , my friend from colorado talked about the most important bill in colorado this is an important bill. it's also important that we work together. we get this bill done so the senate can follow suit. i urge my colleagues to vote for the bipartisan legislation and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2786 as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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mr. rush: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: those opposed, no. 2/3 being in the afirmive, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed. mr. rush: i ask for a roll call vote. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman ask for the yeas and nays? mr. rush: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking a vote by the yeas and nays will please rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on the uestion are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. upton: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2828. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of
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the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2828, a bill to extend the deadline for commencement of construction of a hydroelectric project. mr. upton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. rush, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan. mr. upton: thank you, mr. speaker. i would ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert ex-trage -- extraneous material in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. upton: i would yield myself such time as i might consume. mr. speaker, i rides today again in support of h.r. 2828, introduced by the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse. this bill will authorize the federal energy regulatory commission, ferc, to extend the time period during which a
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licensee is required to commence construction of a hydroelectric project. back on july 9, 2013, ferc issued a license for the public ility district number 1 of okinagan county, washington's low mega watt project. it will be located at the existing enlo dam near the city of oraville, washington. the license requires the licensee to commence construction on the project within two years of the issuance of the license or by july 9, 2015. at the licensee's request ferc has granted the maximum two-year extension, thus making the construction deadline july 9 of 2017. the project has experienced setbacks that have complicated the ability to meet the deadline this bill, h.r. 2828 would authorize ferc to reinstate the
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license and issue up to three con sec ty two-year extensions to commence condition instruction. this bill is consistent with prior congressional actions in ferc's long-standing policy limiting the maximum allowable extension to 10 years from the issuance date of the license. i would urge my colleagues to support the legislation and i would reserve the plans of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois. mr. rush: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i my -- as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rush: mr. speaker, the legislation before us sponsored by the gentleman from washington state, mr. newhouse, would energy the federal regulatory commission to extend up to six years the date by
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which the license yes for the dam -- for the enlo project number 12569 is required to commence construction. this is necessary because the project's licensee is not likely to commence construction by the designated deadline. other than federal power act, mr. speaker, ferc is unable to further extend that deadline administratively so action by the congress is required. in the event the licensee -- the license, rather, expires before this legislation is enacted, the ll contains language reinstating the license as of its date of expiration.
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ferc has no exemptions, mr. speaker, to this piece of legislation and neither do it and i hope that my colleagues will support the pass odge of h.r. 951, and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. upton: i urge my colleagues to support this bill oen a bipartisan basis and would yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2828. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the in the opinion of the chair in the opinion of the chair, twirtstwirts, the rules are suspended -- 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. upton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3050, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3050, a bill to amend the energy policy and conservation act to provide federal financial assistance to states to implement, review and revise state energy security plans, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. rush, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan. mr. upton: well, thank you, mr. speaker. and i would, again, ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and insert remarks extraneous materials in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. upton: and i would yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. upton: thank you, mr. speaker. this is an important bill. it really is. this bill, h.r. 3050, is a bipartisan bill introduced by myself, by my good friend and
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colleague across the aisle, mr. rush. it's bipartisan. this bill re-authorizes the state energy program, and it strengthens our energy emergency planning and preparedness efforts in a big-time way. this bill builds upon the energy and commerce committee's impressive hearings and legislation focused on energy security, emergency preparedness, job creation and infrastructure protection and resilience. across the country, states have to respond to a variety of hazards, including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fuel supply disruptions, physical and, yes, cyberthreats, too. this legislation provides states with tools in the toolbox so they have flexibility that they need to address local energy challenges. it ensures that state energy security planning efforts address fuel supply issues,
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assess state energy profiles, address potential hazards to each energy sector, mitigates risk to enhance reliability and incorporate regional planning efforts. let's face it, the consumer at home, the business trying to put out a product they want to make sure the electricity is on, they don't care what the excuse is, they want it on. this bill makes significant strides to protect our nation's fuel and electric infrastructure from physical and cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities. it makes sure that we're thinking ahead, not just about the actual threat, but in fact how our energy and electric systems might be vulnerable in a broader sense. the bill also encourages mutual sistance, an essential response in an emergency event -- teamwork, prioritizing and
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elevating security planning and emergency preparedness is, yes, an important step in the face of increased threats, vulnerabilities and interdependencies of energy infrastructure and end use systems. this bill is important. it will get to the president's desk in a bipartisan way. i, again, thank my good friend and colleague for his help in getting this bill through our committee and here to the house floor and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. rush: i want to thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rush: mr. speaker, i want to also commend my friend and my colleague from the great state of michigan, the chairman of the energy subcommittee, my friend, long standing friend, mr. upton, for working with my office to bring h.r. 3050, the enhancing
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state energy security planning act ergency preparedness of 2017, to the floor today. mr. speaker, this upton-rush bill represents bipartisan negotiations between chairman upton and myself to bring much-needed federal guidance and resources to the states who are on the front lines, mr. speaker, when it comes to protecting critical energy infrastructure and responding once disaster strikes. members on both sides of the aisle, mr. speaker, support the state energy program, and this bill will help provide resources
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to further develop and enhance the state energy security plan. since their inception, mr. speaker, in the 1970's, state energy programs, most by federal aid, have assisted states in developing these energy security plans in order to help prevent disasters from happening and to mitigate the damage once they do occur. mr. speaker, funding provided in his bill will help states to implement, to revise and to review their energy security plans while also laying out criteria for the content of these plans. these emergency plans have been instrumental in providing and
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improving states' ability to identify potential energy effectsons, qualify the of the disruptions, establish response plans and limit the risk of furthering the services, whether they be natural or manmade. federal funding and leadership has also been critical in helping states and local stakeholders identify the roles and responsibilities of the various agencies in times of emergency while also supporting training and response exercises. mr. speaker, as the trump administration weakens america's eadership role globally by
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withdraws from the paris -- withdrawing from the paris agreement, it's more vital we provide the resources and funding needed for states to take more of a permanent role in advancing smart and sustainable energy policies. mr. speaker, federal leadership and investment must continue to play a vital role in developing state energy insurance plans and it's my hope and my expectation at this legislation will enhance federal support. thank you, mr. speaker, and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. upton: mr. speaker, i would yield as much time as he might consume to the former chairman
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from the good state of texas versus the great state of michigan, mr. barton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. barton: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. barton: it's the great state of texas. i want to set the record straight on that. i want to commend chairman upton and ranking member rush for bringing this bipartisan bill to the floor. you know, all we hear is how we don't get along, mr. speaker. nobody's watching when we do get along, and all the bills that are being debated and voted on the house floor today are examples of bipartisanship it the energy and commerce committee and you and mr. rush and mr. pallone, mr. walden and the other ranking members and subcommittee chairmen ought to be commended for that. one of the bipartisan amendments, which was adopted in full committee on this bill is a
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bipartisan amendment from mr. mcnerney, a democrat from california, and myself that ands with the cybersecurity would suggest that as the states provides these energy security plans to the department of energy they include an assessment of cybersecurity. so it's -- you know, i can't tell you this is the most important amendment that's ever been added to a bill in our committee, but it is a very good amendment, very positive amendment and as these plans are developed, including assessment of cybersecurity threats and solutions to those threats should make the grid better, more relyable and help make our -- reliable and help make our country safer. with that i strongly support h.r. 3050. again, i commend you and mr. rush for working together and i
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hope the house very quickly passes this and sends it to the other body. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. mr. upton: mr. speaker, i'd just like to conclude by saying -- i thank the gentleman from texas's remarks. it was an important amendment. god help us if something happens in our country because of a physical or cyberattack. it does, wonder and ask the question, what do we do? this is a step in advance to make sure, as i said earlier, the tools in the toolbox to prevent such a travesty happening that would impact the nation in a major happening. it's -- way. it's important that the senate take it up as quickly as they can, the president sign it and it then get implemented and protect all of our citizens from east to west and north to south. so it's an important issue and with that, mr. speaker, i would
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yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3050, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order -- ordering the previous question on house resolution 451. adopting house resolution 451, if ordered. and suspending the rules and passing h.r. 2786. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the
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vote on ordering the previous question on house resolution 451 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 65. house resolution 451, resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 806, to facile -- to facilitate efficient state implementation of ground-level ozone standards, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the -- the is will the question is on ordering the previous question. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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