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into session working on two bills today. one to increase interagency coordination among agencies involved in selecting gas pipeline locations. another bill to speed up the permitting process for cross-border oil and gas pipelines. also electric transmission lines. votes later. live coverage now here on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2017] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, chaplain marshall dunbar, christian community action, lewisville, texas. the chaplain: let us pray. heavenly father, thank you for the opportunity you have given me to stand before the men and women of this house. with the awesome responsibility of governing this great nation. help them to come together in unity for your word reminds us
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that a house divided itself cannot stand. so believing you know what we have need of before we even ask, together we offer this prayer as taught by your son jesus christ. our father, which art in heaven, haloed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we give our debtors. and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. men. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces o the house his approval there of. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved.
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props the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, i demand a vote on agreeing to the props the gentlelady from florida seek speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker: the question son agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have t the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, object to the to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order a quorum is not present. the speaker: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from florida, mr. deutch. mr. deutch: 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 texas, mr. burgess, is recognized for one minute. r. burgess: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to rise and address the house for one minute, revise and extend. the speaker: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: mr. speaker, today
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i rise to speak in honor of our guest chaplain, marshall dunbar, of crossroads, texas. chaplain dunbar is the vice president of spiritual life and the interim vice president of christian community action, one of the largest private nonprofits in north texas. he has an extensive record of service to our country and to the north texas christian commuy action, one of the largest private community, ncluding years in active ilitary service, military service, law enforcement, and homeland security. chaplain dunbar was commissioned into the united states army reserve chaplain corps as a uni reserve chaplain corps as a chaplain candidate in 2011, beginning his chaplancy career at the v.a. hospital in dallas. in 2014 he ended his military career as a first lieutenant. chaplain dunbar hodes a b.s. in
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ministry and leadership from dallas christian college and master of divinity in chaplancy from the theological semairery. he's working towards his doctor of ministry degree in christian leadership and spiritual formation at dallas theological seminary. i'm grateful to chaplain dunbar for his service to north texans and the american people. it is a true pleasure to have him here in the house along with his wife, melinda, and his daughter. we're grateful for his service. we welcome him to this house. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the president of the united states. the messenger: mr. speaker. the speaker: madam second. the speaker pro tempore: i am directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a message in writing. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: 2345uck to address the house for one minute -- knuck to address the house
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for one minute. the speaker: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, i rise in great admiration of hard mogul who for more than a quarter century has served as the c.e.o. of miami-dade. throughout its many successful programs in education, financial stability, and help this wonderful organization strives to create a stronger miami. harv has been dedicated to public service as a young age serving as a teacher in the peace corps and working at several united way chapters across the nation. in 1991 he took on the great task of leading the miami chapter where he worked to broaden the organization's advocacy and philanthropic efforts. throughout his tenure, harv has spearheaded many campaigns including a national event to the u.s. holocaust
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memorial and museum of which i am proudly a councilmember. he's now ready for a new chapter in his life. he will be stepping down from his the u.s. holocaust memorial and museum of which i am c.e.o. position but he will oftinue to advance the goals this of this noble organization. mr. speaker, on behalf of our community and the many individuals who have been positively impacted by his contributions, i want to say you are to mi amigo, an inspiration to us all. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. green: mr. speaker, members, the senate has failed to repeal and replace the affordable care act, the a.c.a. as the president said, health care is hard. as democrats, we didn't receive republican votes to pass the a.c.a., but it's the law of the land. our job as members of congress is to fix laws that are not effective as expected. let's work as members of
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congress not to do a republican fix or a democratic fix. let's work together as the americans to find the american solution to our health care problems. that's what our founding fathers and our constituents expect from us. with honor to the speaker and the chair, that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is ecognized. >> thank you. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize captive nations week. in 1959, scong >> thank authorized and requested the president proclaim the third week in july as captive nations week. during this week we stand united with those who still live under the rule of communist regimes as they continue fighting against the oppression and lack of human rights. you have my word that i will continue to fight alongside with you. as a way to educate current and
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future generations about the ideology, history, and societal impact of communism, the victims of communism memorial foundation was authorized in 1993 by a unanimous act of congress. in honor of this foundation i have introduced house concurrent resolution 57 which expresses the sense of congress that establishing a museum in memory of the victims of communism is an important step in educating americans about the human rights violations committed by these totalitarian regimes and telling the whole story of the 20th century. mr. ross: this museum would honor the memory of the heroes who resisted communist tyranny and commemorate america's more than half century of efforts resisting soviet imperialism. i ask my colleagues to join me during aive nations week in recognizing and supporting victims of communism by co-sponsoring house concurrent resolution 57 and bringing the truth to light. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the seek ady from texas
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recognition? the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, many of us are engaged in the budget process today. a budget for americans should b recognition? really the playbook for improving the quality of lives for all americans. but yet this draconian budget that is worse than the trump budget cuts $250 billion plus out of the quality of life issues for americans. cuts in education, health care, medicaid, medicare, the environment. undermining the fight against climate change. where is the relief for the american people? the premise of the fact that wages are slow. mr. speaker, corporate america is does well. and all is needed as some corporations have already done, raise the salaries of americans. make sure the government does what the american people need. shore up the affordable care act, not to cut billions from the affordable care.
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to shore up national defense. not to cut billions or millions of dollars from diplomacy and engagement in peacekeeping activities as well as usaid. shore up america's national security. give the quality of life to our young people so that jobs are created. how do you do that? you do that, mr. speaker, by ensuring that the climate and the quality of life issues are there for corporations to grow. growth is important for the american people. not draconian cuts to leave americans without health care, good climate, without education. we want a budget for the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from maine seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. i request permission to address the house for one minute. revise my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maine is recognized. >> mr. speaker, sadly rural maine is ground skeer row for the opioid epidemic in america. every day on average, mr. speaker, one fellow mainer die
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from an overdose. mr. poliquin: 60% of our families are impacted one way or another from this scourge. for years, mr. speaker, law enforcement officials in maine have found electronic benefit transfer cards or e.b.t. cards at drug busts. every month these e.b.t. cards are replenish the with food stamm and other welfare benefits infend tended to help disadvantaged families. but too often these valuable cards are used to buy drugs. mr. speaker, this has got to stop and i found a commonsense way to do that. my food stamp integrity act permanently disqualifies anyone convicted of drug trafficking from receiving food stamps. this would help make sure limited welfare benefits are saved to compassionately help moms and dads put food on the table for hungry kids. additionally, mr. speaker, h.r. 3151 will require able-bodied adults without dependents
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between ages 18 and 50 to work oot least -- at least 20 hours a week or job train or perform community service in order for taxpayers to help them out with food assistance. mr. speaker, similar forms in maine have helped thousands out of poverty and into independence and better lives through employment, and we have plenty of jobs available, sir. my bill will help save precious welfare dollars for the disabled, elderly, sick, and the poor. it will also help stop deadly drug trafficking and treat taxpayers better. mr. speaker, h.r. 3151 is a maine, commonsense solution to a national problem. i ask everyone in this chamber, republicans and democrats, to vote for it. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized.
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mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, republicans have threatened to repeal and replace the affordable care act for seven years. but earlier this week they failed again to deliver on this threat. next week the senate will vote on a bill to repeal the affordable care act without a replacement. if this bill were to pass, 32 million people will lose their health insurance. insurance premiums will go up. and insurance markets will unravel. this is exactly why this bill will not pass. mitch mcconnell anti-republican leadership are going to have a vote anyway. what's the point? the american people are sick and tired of washington failing to get things done. it is time, in fact well past time, for republicans to stop going it alone. all of us came here to serve our constituents. but that's not going to happen unless republicans are willing to work in good faith with democrats. to make the necessary improvements to the affordable care act. we work together, none of us will get everything we want. that's true. our constituents will finally get the progress they have been waiting for. and that's much more important.
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with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. bucshon: mr. speaker, rise today to recognize a rebounding community in the eighth district of indiana. sullivan county, indiana, is located in central west indiana along the roy bash river. home to roughly 21,000 proud hardworking hoosiers. the local economy relies on manufacturing and the coal and transportation industries. in the first six months of this new administration, we have worked with the trump administration to roll back aggressive job-killing federal regulations of the last eight years that have devastated this area of the country. the agenda we set forth of less regulation and lower taxes is breathing life into our local economies and communities like sullivan, indiana. as of may, 2017, the unemployment rate in sullivan county is at a 27-year low,
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sitting at 3.3%. just a year ago the unemployment rate was 7%. mr. speaker, as we continue to work on behalf of the american people, i'm hopeful this trend continues and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. . mr. deutch: mr. speaker, inaction in this house, the numbers tell the story 16 months since russians attacked this house, we stand mute. all intelligence agencies told of putin's direct involvement and we've done nothing. eight russian and trump advisors talked about russian assistance to the trump campaign. three hours of face-to-face meetings between president trump and putin, one of those hours with absolutely no accountability to the american
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people. and 98 out of 100 senators voted in favor of new russian sanctions 34 days ago. and finally zero, zero action from this house to fight back. zero show of bipartisanship that mirrors or senate counterparts. zero votes on the house floor to send the sanctions bill to the president. mr. speaker, if you allow us to vote on this bill, it will pass with overwhelming bipartisan support, and if you do not allow us to get russia sanctions to the president's desk and put the pressure on him to sign it, you and the rest of this majority in the house will carry the weight of our failure to stand up to russia back to your districts in august and no one will understand how it is that you show weakness when it is strength that is required in the face of russian aggression. that's what america expects and deserves and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from west virginia seek recognition? the gentleman from west
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virginia is recognized for. mr. mckinley: mr. speaker, today i would like to recognize little known role model, eli borachov, a 22-year-old man from cedar hearst, new york. while on his trip with his family, eli was praying during a service at the cave of the patriarchs in hebron. eli was targeted by a pair of arab snipers and was shot twice in the leg. thankfully after emergency surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation, eli has recovered. after the terrorists were apprehended and put on trial, eli was called upon to speak in court which meant he had to face his shooters in person. while addressing the court, eli displayed character well beyond his years. as eli mentioned in his statement, the only reason he was targeted was the fact that he was practicing his jewish
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faith. i commend eli for standing tall in the face of violence and showing great courage. he's a role model. thank you. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from west virginia yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. costa: mr. speaker, i rise today to speak about the most basic rights that serves as the cornerstone of our democracy and that is freedom of speech. freedom of expression for all americans. guaranteed in the first amendment in our bill of rights. the freedom of press, it's the freedom of assembly, it's the freedom to petition. this morning i joined my fellow -- with several fellow members of congress and other americans to exercise this first amendment freedom in a demonstration outside the turkish ambassador's residence.
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the same place where members of turkish president's security forces attacked 11 peaceful americans who were exercising their freedom of speech. on may 16. this morning we stood together to demand the protection of the freedom of expression. we stood together to say we will never stop fighting for those basic freedoms that are enshrined in our bill of rights and protected by our constitution. americans have fought for over 241 years and shed blood to protect our basic freedoms that we hold most dearly. as justice cardoza said in 1970, freedom of express is the indispensible condition of nearly every other form of freedom that we cherish in our country. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california
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yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to celebrate the st. cloud federal credit union for being named one of the top 150 workplaces in minnesota by the "minneapolis star tribune." mr. emmer: the company selected was based off of a survey done by workplace dynamics which measures employee's engagement, overall satisfaction of their company. this is a wonderful achievement for the saint cloud federal credit union as they surveyed nearly 70,000 employees throughout minnesota to come up with these results. for every company, no matter how big or small, the employees are the key to securing success. the hard work they put in every day is critical so it is imperative that management ensures they feel both valued and respected. i want to congratulate everyone at the saint cloud federal credit union on their
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incredible teamwork and i especially want to congratulate management for creating a great workplace for their employees. your company and employees will continue to thrive due to your leadership. keep up the good work. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from ohio seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio is recognized. mrs. beatty: mr. speaker, i rise today to let the american people know that my message is standing up for hardworking americans -- american people, standing up for hardworking american people to have the health care that they deserve and that they have with the affordable care act. standing up for the american people so they can have equal voting rights and not have a sham voting rights commission that president trump has developed.
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standing up for american people so they can have an investment in jobs and in their communities. standing up for the american people against trump's budget. standing up for the american people so we can keep medicaid. standing up for the american people so we can make sure that they have health care, that they have jobs, that we don't cut medicaid and the safety net programs that allows us to have hardworking americans supporting their families. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to raise awareness for the issue of type 1 diabetes across
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america. as co-chair of the congressional diabetes caucus on the republican side with my good friend, diana degette on the democratic side, this is an issue i care deeply about. mr. reed: we must work together to find ways to address this disease to improve the families that are dealing with this each and every day. mr. speaker, my family is one of these families. my son, will, at 17 years of age, has been fighting this disease 24/7, 365 days a year since the age of 4. this young girl, kennedy, i had the honor to meet with and is representing my district here in the congressional workshop being put on by juvenile diabetes research foundation. she showed me the scars on her fingers where she has to poke her fingers six to seven times a day, mr. speaker, to control her blood sugar and monitor it on a regular basis. she's a true inspiration to all the diabetics across the nation and should be an inspiration to each and every one of us to tackle this disease in a way that will improve lives for generations to come.
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and with that i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut seek recognition? mr. courtney: mr. speaker, i request permission to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut is recognized. mr. courtney: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, last february, president trump had c.e.o.'s from america's largest manufacturers to come and talk about pro-growth tax policies. instead of talking about taxes, what they really talked about is the real need out there which is to close the skills gap in this country and get the job training out there so that people can get hired. and "usa today" reported the next day with the headline, sows to trump, jobs exist, skills don't. in the 2017 budget, a bipartisan budget, congress listened and we appropriated robust funding for apprenticeship programs, for youth training programs and for adult, older incumbent job training programs. incredibly, a few minutes ago, the partisan republican budget cut apprenticeship grants to zero, from $95 million from
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last year to zero. mr. speaker, better skills means better wages and better jobs. we should be investing strongly in job training programs so people will have a future for themselves and their families. we should listen to the job creators in this country. we should listen to the people back home and we should reject this republican budget which incredibly turns the clock back so we can fill the job openings that the labor department says now totals almost six million jobs in this country. close the skills gap, invest in job training. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from missouri seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from missouri is recognized. > mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize c.j. and dave dunkly. they are serving our nation's veterans through providing
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guitar lessons at the truman v.a. hospital in columbia hospital. the healing box project came to life at the v.a. hospital a few days ago. mrs. hartzler: they provide guitars, picks and lessons to disabled veterans in order to help them ease the wounds that so many of them are facing. these weekly lessons provide an outlet for veterans to use the joy of music to heal their souls. weekly they provide these lessons for up to 50 veterans. c.j. and dave provide the 3-c. aising to their 50 i am thankful for their efforts to provide services to our nation's heroes who have so graciously given service to our great country. mr. speaker, it's an honor to take this opportunity to recognize c.j. and dave for their efforts on behalf of our nation's veterans. i'm blessed to represent them in congress and wish them continued success of this very special project. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mcnerney: i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcnerney: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life and work of mayor yum. she was born and raised in iran where she was the first female on iran's international mathematical owe limp add team winning the gold medal in 1994 and 1995 and first iranian woman elected to the national academy of sciences. she moved to the united states to attend graduate school at harvard university and became a 2004 research fellow of the clay mathematics institute and professor at princeton university. in 2008 she became a professor t stanford university and in 2014, mary ann was the first woman ever to have the most prestigious mathematical award for her outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of modular spaces.
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the medals are awarded every four years aged 40 or younger. she was an amazing mathematician, socially engaging and evolved in the -- involved in the local community. she died last week at the age of 40, a tragedy not only for her family and friends but for the additional beautiful amer el-maatiics she would have ven the human race had she been blessed with a long career. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> mr. speaker, i ask neas to -- unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in honor of john sweeney, the priest of charlotte st. matthew catholic church, the largest catholic parish in america who retires this week after more than 40 years of ministry. mr. pittenger: he was actually the first priest ordained what was the new stharlt diocese
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back in 1994. he is committed to the principle of servant leadership and helping each member find their special god-given role in life and in the church. despite his very public role, he often reminds folks that jesus is the star of st. matthew, not the priest. monsignor mcsweeney has another motto, you never say no to jesus. and so still listening to jesus at age 75, monsignor mcsweeney is retiring from america's largest catholic parish to move on to haiti or jamaica to live among the poor to administer their needs. may god bless monsignor mcsweeney. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? the gentlelady from california is recognized. >> thank you. thank you, mr. speaker.
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i rise to congratulate the all girls team from afghanistan for taking home the first global challenge. mrs. davis: i speak on behalf of my colleagues who travel to afghanistan when i say that these girls are the embodiment of our hopes and dreams for the future of their country. we have learned on our trips that nothing is more important for global security than the development of human capital, and what better example could there be than these remarkable girls? i want to echo the sentiments of afghanistan's first lady and literally, rls, that you make us hold our heads up high. we are proud of you. mr. speaker, it's important to remember that when these girls were born, women were not allowed to get an education in
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afghanistan, and now because of the bravery of these girls and the tireless efforts of their teachers, the rest of the world can now see how remarkable afghan women truly are. congratulations on your remarkable achievement. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i rise today to congratulate a humble public servant and someone i'm proud to call a friend. chief james carmody of the wyoming, michigan police department who was recently named michigan police chief of the year. mr. huizenga: he began his career in 1973 as a police officer in port huron, michigan, where he rose to the rank of deputy chief. in 2006, jim made the decision to join the wyoming police department as chief and call west michigan home. he has led the charge to
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strengthen the relationship between police officers and the community that they serve. while providing the residents of byo midge, michigan -- by yes ming, michigan, with topnotch law enforcement. his commitment to public safety doesn't end there. he also chairs the michigan police chief's traffic safety committee and was recently appointed to serve on the governor's traffic safety commission. mr. speaker, on behalf of the sec district of michigan, i congratulate chief carmody, named the top michigan police chief for 2006. thank him for 42 years of service to michigan and our nation w that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the virgin islands seek recognition? ms. plaskett: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the virgin islands recognized. ms. plaskett: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm happy to congratulate the virgin islands women's basketball team on winning the gold medal at the 2017 centra
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basketball championship and finishing the tournament with a 4-1 record. they beat out teams from mexico, central america, and the caribbean. i particularly want to congratulate natalie day, who was named m.v.p. with a tournament double-double average, 18.6 points and 11 rebounds per game. good luck to the virgin islands women team at the fiba women's america cup 2017? argentina. we're rooting for you. i also want to congratulate another virgin islandser, joaquin, who for the last two years has played center for the nba's indiana pacers. i want to thank him for returning home to st. croix repeatedly and hosting a series of youth events and opened a basketball court funded by his foundation for the fred ricks boys and girls club. he and other athletes will coach basketball camps on st. thomas and st. croix this week with the highlight of all star competition on st. croix's
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educational complex. finally, to the hillsiders who host their annual picnic this weekend, thank you so much for continuing tradition of the hillsiders of christian said. i'll be there to celebrate with you as we remember culture and family and united in pride and hope. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from the virgin islands yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek nation? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. duncan: mr. speaker, two days ago the "washington times" published a chart from the department of health and human services showing the medical premiums went up 116% last year in arizona. 69% in oklahoma. 63% in my home state of tennessee. 59% in minnesota. 58% in alaska. and on and on and on. president obama promised that if we would pass his health care
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bill that people could keep their plans. yet millions were forced on to obamacare because either their premiums went up too high or they lost their insurance all together. he promised that the average family would save $2,500 a year. almost impossible to find any family that saved that $2,500. obamacare has been great. great in making health care unaffordable for almost every family in america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee almost back his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from wyoming seek recognition? ms. cheney: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 454 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the resolution. the clerk:p house calendar number 66, house resolution 454,
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resolved. 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. 2910, to provide for federal and state agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under the natural gas act, 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 amendment under the five-minute rule. it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-28. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered
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as read. the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. no amendment to that amendment n the nature of a substitute each such amendment 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 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 each such amendment may be division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without
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intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, at any time after doption 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 speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the consideration of the bill h.r. 2883, to establish a more uniform, transparent, and modern process to authorize the construction, connection, operation, and maintenance of international border-crossing facilities for the import and export of oil and natural gas and the transmission of electricity. 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 amendment 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 now printed in the bill, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee bill for the purpose of print 115-29. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part b of the report of the points of order against that committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment 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 specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such
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amendments are waived. committee on rules accompanying at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or ithout instructions. section 3, 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. 218, to provide for the exchange of federal land and non-federal land in the state of alaska for the construction of a road between king cove and cold bay. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are
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waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on natural resources. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-27. that amendment in. the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part c of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be 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
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subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or ithout instructions. section 4, it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of july 20, 2017, for the speaker to entertain motions that the house suspend the rules, as though under clause 1 of rule 15, relating to the bill h.r. 2825, to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the secretary of
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homeland security, and for other purposes. section 5, the committee on appropriations may, at any time before 5:00 p.m. on friday, july 21, 2017, file privileged reports to accompany measures making appropriations for the fiscal year ending september 30, 018. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized for one hour. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. i now yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentlewoman from new york, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized for as much time as she wishes to use. ms. cheney: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. miss chinaee: mr. speaker, i -- ms. cheney: i rise in house resolution 454 which provides a structured rule for
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consideration of h.r. 2910, promoting interagency coordination for review of natural gas pipelines act. h.r. 2883, the promoting cross border energy infrastructure act. and h.r. 218, the king cove road land exchange act. mr. speaker, our domestic energy industry has suffered greatly over the last eight years under outdated regulations and burdensome bureaucratic red tape prohibiting growth and innovation. today's rule allows for consideration of two very important bills that will provide clear and transparent policies for our pipeline permitting processes. making them more efficient and effective so that we can fully realize the north american energy boom, create american jobs, grow our economy, strengthen our relation was our largest energy trading partners, canada and mexico. the first bill, h.r. 2910, promoting interagency coordination for review of natural gas pipelines act, is sponsored by my colleague, mr.
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flores of texas. this bill reinforces the federal energy regulatory commission's role as the lead agency for citing interstate natural gas pipelines by directing it to identify and invite all agencies considering an aspect of an application to establish a schedule for concurrent reviews, and to impose deadlines for final decisions. . recent advancement in energy exploration have allowed companies to tap into natural gas reserves leading to a dramatic increase in production. this potential increase and the increase in supply has lowered energy costs and increase the demand for natural gas. as a result, current u.s. pipelines are now operating near capacity, making new pipelines necessary to deliver gas to consumers across the nation and especially to those in the northeast and midwest where demand for energy is high but where they lack the
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infrastructure to deliver domestic natural gas. additionally, due to its abundance and affordability, many manufacturers are beginning to rely on natural gas as a primary fuel. unfortunately, the permitting process for new pipelines is arduous and unnecessarily burdensome. currently when citing a pipeline project, multiple permits are required. permits under the clean water act, the endangered species act and the clean air act, for example shes and according to the government accountability office -- for example, and according to the government accountability office, the average processing time from prefiling to certification for interstate natural gas pipelines has been 558 days. we cannot afford to wait that long, mr. speaker. it is critical that we expand and mondayerize our nation's pipeline infrastructure to ensure the access to affordable energy and affordable prices for consumers across the country. in order to do this, we simply must promote timely and
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efficient reviews as well as coordination among federal, state and local regulators. this bill accomplishes these goals, and i support its passage. the rule we are discussing today also provides for consideration of h.r. 2883, the promoting cross-border energy infrastructure act, sponsored by my colleague from oklahoma, mr. mullin. this bill creates a uniform and transparent process to authorize the construction, connection, operation and maintenance of international transfers of oil, natural gas and electricity imports and exports. the bill directs the federal energy regulatory commission to review cross-border oil and natural gas pipelines and the department of energy to review cross-border electric transmission facilities, requiring the relevant official to issue a certificate of crossing unless it is found not to be in the public interest. recent advances in technology,
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mr. speaker, have dramatically increased our ability to harness our vast natural resources, but the current ad hoc permitting process has inhibited energy producers from exporting american-made energy to our international trading partners and has significantly delayed recent proposals such as the keystone x.l. pipeline. the value of energy traded between the united states and its north american neighbors exceeded $140 billion in 2015. with $100 billion in u.s. energy imports and over $40 billion in exports. we simply cannot afford to gamble our energy security and competitiveness on an inefficient permitting process. today's rule, mr. speaker, also allows for consideration of h.r. 218, the king cove road land exchange act, sponsored by my colleague from alaska, mr. young. this bill authorizes an equal value land exchange to
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facilitate the construction of an 11-mile road linking the remote city of king cove and the city of cold bay which has a modern airport. the state of alaska will transfer approximately 43,000 acres to the department of the interior to add to the national wildlife ref unal in return for 206 acres of federal -- refuge in return for 206 acres of federal land to mr. the roads. this is critical because harsh winter conditions makes transporting individuals dangerous and sometimes fatal. gale force winds ground planes and prevent sea travels. evacuations takes days and the hoffer craft terminal that we provided temp temp rather funds for ceased operation in 2010. the king could have been operation has been denied proper hospital care and access to essential emergency services since they began fighting for this road 40 years ago.
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and that, mr. speaker, is unacceptable. ensuring these folks have ground transportation options for accessing the regional hold at cold bay, especially during harsh winter, is vital to the safety of this community in emergency situations. therefore, mr. speaker, i encourage support for the rule because -- for these important bills, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i want to do the opposite side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you mr. speaker. and i thank the gentlewoman from wyoming for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady may use as much time as she wishes to consume. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. the legislation before us today would put some of our most sensitive lands at risk and limit the voices of experts all to further construction of dangerous projects that could
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harm local communities. first, h.r. 2883 undermines the national environmental policy act and tips the scales in favor of massive controversial oil and gas pipeline and electric transmission projects. transboundary projects like this often travel for hundreds of miles, lasts for decades and pass through sensitive lands and important aquifers and as we know pipelines leak. and that's why there is a rigorous federal review process that takes into account these projects on the environment and the communities along their route. today, in order to construct an oil pipeline, a natural gas pipeline or electrical transmission line that crosses the u.s. border with canada or mexico, the presidential permit must first be obtained as well as additional approval from the
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federal energy regulatory commission, ferc, and the department of energy or the department of defense, depending on the type of pipeline. now, this review process helps understand the environmental process. it allows those along the route to weigh in with their concerns. all of this helps to keeps community safe from hazardous substances that is spilled or ignited could have catastrophic consequences. and yet the majority is proposing this measure to severely limit that rigorous review. the bill effectively exempts these massive projects from any environmental and safety review under the national environmental prol is is is -- policy act. it limits the environmental eview to just the cross border segment. a project that physically crosses the border with canada or mexico rather than presently the entire transboundary project.
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so inside the united states, anything goes. instead of requiring an agency to affirmatively find project is in the public interest, the bill also places a burden of proof on the opponents of the project to show that it is not in the public interest. if that wasn't bad enough, the legislation would also give new life to the controversial projects that have already been denied for very good reason, to allow those projects to resubmit their permits under the sham process. second, h.r. 2910 would supercharge the national gas line approval process, putting private property rights in jeopardy and hindering important environmental reviews. the bill gives the federal energy regulatory commission almost complete authority and severely limits the input of entities who are tasked with protecting the environment, our natural resources and the public health. mr. speaker, i want to remind those watching today just how
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streamlined the natural gas pipeline approval process already is. the federal energy regulatory commission is basically a rubber stamp entity. it almost never denies the pipeline project and on average 88% of projects are approved within one year. and then we think about the consequences later. in fact, ferc officials have testified that is most slowing down the applications is that the applicant themselves failed to submit the necessary information to perform connelly mandated project -- congressionally mandated project reviews. so this bill is a solution in search of a problem. third, h.r. 218 will build a road to the izembek national wildlife refuge and its
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wetlands. the proposal has been rejected by multiple state and federal agencies on numerous occasions over the past 30 years. it has been exhaustively studied time and time ain and every single time the results have been clear. the road is not the most viable opon for the residents of king could have bn. it would do irreparable damage to the refuge. if they are ignoring the three decades of analysis in order to green light this damagingoad through a congressionally designated wilderness area. but more efficient and viable options exist. including the addition of a heliport and construction of a new airport we should be focusing on because the road is the wrong approach. mr. speaker, we a know this but i think we do need to be reminded from time to time. we are the stewards of our environment and this planet and the land only while we're alive. none of us never really own it.
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we do, however, have an obligatioto protect it, to care for it and make sure that it exists for future generations. these bills fail that test. i reserve the balance of my time. thepeaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves her time. the gentlady from wyoming is recognized. chinechine mr. speaker, i yield five -- ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the sponsor of h.r. 218, mr. young. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alaska is recognized for five minutes. mr. ung: thank you, madam, for yielding to me and i ask to revise andxtend. the speaker pro tempore: without objtion. mr. young: i listen to people on the other side, this is a good le. i want to compliment the rules committee. it's crucially important to recognize that this is an issue that means lives. 19 people have died out of that community of king cove. mothers, children, husbands, broths, uncles and aunts.
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we -- because we didn't have a roa they didn't have a road. we passed this legislation in 2009that granted the exchange and a massive land exchange. 43,000 acres for 260 acres from the state of alaska to construct this road. i think that's a fairly exchange. for 11-mile road, single lane, gravel covered just so they have access to save lives. and those that speak against it have never experienced the wind that howls through that area. when you try to land a plane and you crash or take off you have a sick person with you and you crash. or go across the bay when the ves are 30 feet high and the evacuation of those individuals, ill people are 11 miles away on an unfinished
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road and they die. human beings, alaskan constituents that have medical aid only 600 miles away and stopped by 11 miles. it's not allowed because supposedly there's a better way. and there is no better way than a road. and the weather condition i'm speaking of. when you think about it, i often listen to the other side of the aisle and voting against something like this and yet they'll defend the right to kill -- not the right to kill but to save certain animals but they don't want to save human life. that's wrong. this is a good project. it should be built. i'm hoping this body recognize lives are important, recognize the fact this road doesn't
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disturb any of the wildlife. it's ironic they say it will disturb the geese. the closest the road is by the bay is 11 miles. 11 miles. and the same mile, whether it's this roadless wildlife range, has miles of road in it already , miles of road already in place and one of those roads already in place goes right by the lagoon where the tourists go watch the geese. now, why can a tourist go by an area and watch the geese and doesn't disturb them but if someone is sick, dying in a bus or ambulance or car or truck that's going to disturb the geese? this is a nonsense argument by environmental communities around this nation that want to ut a stop to anything that
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benefits mankind and save the wildlife, say, from new york or san francisco don't know what they're talking about. my job is to protect my people. this is not going to cost the taxpayers a nickel. this is going to be a project well done and it will not disturb the wildlife they're so-called trying to protect. . i ask my colleagues on this floor to think about humanity. think about that person be it your mother, your daughter, your uncle, yournt, your brother and you would want to see him die because they are trying free throw text the goose? -- try to protect the goose? shame on you. shame on those that vote against this bill and this is more important i live in new york or
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california, this goose is more important to -- than human life. i think it's time we use a little sense in this body. understanding. from wyoming reserves. the gentlewoman from new york. ms. slaughter: understanding. let's build this road, pass this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question, thank you, m speaker. will i offer an amendment to the rule to bring up representative pascrell of new jersey's bring jobs home act, h.r. 685. this bill will close the tax loophole that rewards companies for moving jobs overseas while providing a tax credit to companies that move jobs back to the united states. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. slaughter: to discuss our proposal, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pascrell: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. ranking minority member -- mr. ranking member, and spokesman for the other side, chairman. before i give my remarks, i don't think this is an either-or proposition, mr. chairman. some of the things that my friend from alaska just talked about makes sense. there is nothing more essential than life. but this is a bill that's put with other bills as well. so i rise in opposition to the rule, mr. chairman. this week the ways and means subcommittee on trade held our
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first hearing of the year, which was on nafta. you would think from the president's rhetoric on trade that many on the other side in congress would be focused on creating good-paying, middle class jobs and boosting our manufacturing base. you would think that. but instead we're here debating a bill, a number of bills, that is an assault on private property rights and the environment in the name of corporate profit and expediency. what happened in 1923 that led to a change in our tax code when we tried to privatize public property and public resources. the biggest scandal of the 20th century.
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where are the jobs that were supposed to be coming back from overseas under this administration? where are the higher middle class wages? where are the policies coming from this congress that support workers and their families? the majority of americans, mr. speaker, mr. chairman, agree that keeping united states jobs from moving overseas should be a top priority. yet despite the empty promises made by this president, the flow of jobs overseas has not stopped . any barometer this administration has awarded government contracts to companies that continue to offshore our jobs. think about that. our tax money is still going to corporate america that sends jobs overseas to help those
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companies send jobs overseas. now, if that makes any sense i'll listen to the rationale. we don't stop companies from offshoring american jobs by holding rallies. e do it by making good policy. an exercise this administration and this majority-led congress have refused to engage in. they want to change that, they can start right now. under current law when companies move overseas, we give them a tax break for the cost. a tax break. that's the law. we need to stop offshoring now. the congress could defeat the previous question and bring up the bring jobs home act. this bill eliminates this tax
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deduction, gives a tax credit of up to 20% of the cost to united states businesses that bring jobs back to the united states of america. the companies would have to add jobs to claim the credit. i have also introduced legislation the jobs and trade competitiveness act. that bill's on the bring jobs home act further strengthens enforcement against countries that -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. slaughter: i yield an additional two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pascrell: and further strengthens enforcement against countries that cheat our trade laws. i encourage my colleagues to look at it. so let's stop subsidizing companies that shift jobs overseas -- ship jobs overseas and start bringing jobs back to our shores. it doesn't get much simpler than that, mr. chairman. this is not a new idea. president obama and democrats in congress have raised this bill
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for years. the republican house has blocked our bill at every turn. senator stabenow of michigan leads this bill in the senate where it cleared a procedural 2014, 93-7. president trump has declared this week made in america week. i challenge you today to stop the small talk and put 2014, 93 money where your mouth is. take up and pass this bill to stand up for american manufacturing and the workers here at home will need -- who need t i urge a no vote on the previous question so we -- who need it. i urge a no vote on the previous question so we can bring home jobs. thank you for your courtesies. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: thank you, mr. speaker. i share my colleague's dedication to job creation. what we know is that the kind of
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job creation we need in this nation can only come with access to reliable, affordable sources of energy. our fossil fuels in this country are a national treasure. these bills being considered under this rule today are bills that would help to streamline the regulatory process. we have been, mr. speaker, really facing a war on fossil fuels during the course of the last eight years. we have seen these energy -- industries targeted. completely unfairly. targeted based on some notion that by shutting down our fossil fuel industry we're somehow going to be able to continue to have economic growth. we have seen the environmental officials of the previous administration even admit before this body that things like the clean power plan would result if fully implemented in a negligible impact on the environment. so again i think that it's important to recognize that it is at the center of the agenda
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that we're pushing forward, frankly, with historic progress to is congress to begin generate the kind of economic growth that we really need to get back on track. we have been stagnant now for eight years. we have seen overreach from the federal government. we have seen a situation in which companies, industry, individuals, small businesses are strangled by regulatory red tape. and no one is suggesting that there shouldn't be oversight. no one is suggesting that there shouldn't be environmental review. what we know is we have to streamline t we cannot be in a position where bureaucrats and frankly it's often un-elected bureaucrats in washington, d.c., impose absolutely unattainable restrictions, impose rules that our industry can't meet and prevent us from being ablele to have access to our own energy sources. reliable, reliable,
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affordable energy that will allow our economy to grow and bring back the jobs that the gentleman says and to which i agree are so important for this nation. mr. speaker, with that i yield one minute to my colleague, the gentleman from texas, mr. williams. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. williams: mr. speaker, i'd like to take this time to speak on behalf of h.r. 2910, promoting interagency coordination for review of natural gas pipelines act and the potential impact it could have on our nation. right now the federal energy regulatory commission, or ferc, is the lead agency for coordinating required reviews and authorizations for interstate natural gas pipelines. in order to start a pipeline project, you need multiple permits from a variety of platforms, as well as coordination from federal, state, and local governments. as history has shown us, time and time again a multistep approval process just does not work. mixing three different levels of government has and always will be a recipe for total disaster. it makes for unnecessary delays that are caused by too many cooks in a kitchen. i fully support my friend and
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colleague, representative bill flores' bill, that will promote more timely and efficient reviews. we need to strengthen the ferc's role that it was designed to create and accountability and transparency. overall this bill would encourage more timely and efeshent reviews and keep energy prices affordable for all americans. mr. speaker, i urge all my colleagues to support this rule and the underlying bill. in god we trust. i yield my time back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from byo message reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilliney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i rise in opposition to the rule and urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question so that we can take up the legislation that has been outlined by mr. pascrell. there's no more important responsibility we have than creating good-paying jobs for the american people. and this is after all according to president trump make it in america week, which is a centerpiece of the democratic
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agenda. we have a number of bills that are designed to help reinvigorate and strengthen american manufacturing. it is shocking for the american people to learn that we have a tax code, as mr. pascrell outlined, that gives a tax break to companies that ship american jobs overseas. exactly the opposite of what it should be if we're really concerned about creating good-paying jobs here in our own country. and so defeating the previous question means we could take up the end -- the stop offshoring now legislation which would get rid of this nonsensical provision in our tax code. when you go out there and talk to constituents you say one of the reasons we can't keep good manufacturing jobs here in america is because we incentivize, we use some of your tax dollars to incentivize companies to ship those jobs overseas. it makes no sense. how about during make it in america week rather than just using that phrase as the president said, let's do something that will actually help promote making things in this country. i know probably a challenging concept for the president who
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does his manufacturing overseas not in the united states, but let's take a bold step today. we'll remove that provision of the tax code and have a provision that incentivizes creating jobs in our country and give tax credits that create jobs in america. what a novel idea. so i urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question that we can take this piece of legislation up and perhaps it will then encourage my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to move forward on a number of bills that are part of the democratic make it in america agenda to help rebuild american manufacturing and put people back to work in good-paying jobs. with that i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: thank you, mr. speaker. i understand my colleagues on the other side of the aisle don't want to talk about energy. they don't want to talk about fossil fuels. they don't want to talk about how important these are to the economy. and i would propose, mr. speaker, maybe what we should do is turn out the lights in this
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chamber, maybe we ought to turn off the air conditioning, mr. speaker, and we could have the debate in the dark which is where we would be if we followed the energy policies and approach of our colleagues on the other side of the aisle. are hugely important, mr. speaker, to ensure that we're able to continue to get access to the energy that we need. and it's crucially important that we not skip over the burden that's been caused by the federal government, by the regulatory burden we have been dealing feeling and that we take action as is our responsibility to begin to help to roll back that overreach. to begin to help to provide some relief so we can get the jobs back that our colleagues say they desire so much and that we know we need. mr. speaker, with that i would like to yield two minutes to ar important, mr. speaker, to ensure that we're able to continue the gentleman from iowa, my colleague, mr. king. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. king: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm privileged to be recognized by the gentlelady from wyoming. i rise in support of this combined rule that we have here. i thought it was important that we speak to some of the
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provisions that are in the underlying bill and also the provisions that are not in the underlying bill. and i characterize this rule that is the rule for the re-authorization of the department of homeland security. it's actually the authorization, it's never been re-authorized -- never been authorized in that fashion before. so the authorization of homeland security after 15 years. . it lays out a definition and frames the duties of the department of homeland security broadly and pretty closely in their entirety. there are some things that are missing from this that i would like to have plugged into this re-authorization language. however, i believe the goal was to draft a piece of re-authorization language that would be compatible to both sides of the aisle and without particular dissent.
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we have a piece of legislation that isn't as impactful as i would like. and yet, it's here on the floor under suspension with the idea we can move this along and frame the department of homeland security's duties in the fashion that's here. i don't object to the provisions that are in the authorization language that exists, but i would point out it sets the stage and now there is an agreement that's been reached through a number of entities the white house and d.o.j. and d.h.s. and leadership and others that soon there will be a piece of legislation that we refer to as davis-oliver. and we have the enforcement provisions that are necessary to restore the respect for the rule of law and especially the domestic enforcement of our immigration laws. so we are setting the stage for that in clearing the path for that with this rule on the legislation that will pass i
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believe under suspension. ms. cheney: i yield another minute to the gentleman. mr. king: so the provisions that are necessary that i would point out to the body, mr. speaker, are this. the number one most important is this. agents have 5,000 i.c.e. and spread so thin. we need that number tripled and that is 10,000 i.c.e. agents and that's the most important component. second thing is we need to make sure that the detainer language is there and in davis-oliver. and that was neutralized by the obama administration and need to be certain they have the full authority to carry firearms. i make these points so the body can anticipate what is coming down the pike. i intend to support the rule and underlying bills and will be advocating for the components of
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davis-oliver. i appreciate the opportunity to address you. and i yield back to the gentlelady from wyoming. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from wyoming reserves. the gentlelady from new york. ms. slaughter: does my colleague have any further speakers? ms. cheney: no, we do not. ms. slaughter: ready to close? mr. speaker, the american people may be scratching their heads why with everything going on in the world we are prioritizing bills that put our environment at risk bills that the senate may never take up. the majority is doing the bidding of the administration that has shown a complete disregard for air, water and land. the administration has already proposed a budget that would slash the environmental protection agency by 32%. this would harm not only conservation and climate efforts, but thousands of jobs
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nationwide. as a micro biologist i know firsthand the importance of science. yet the majority has refused to give science and facts the rightful place in policy debates that we have. from drastically reducing funding for the environmental protection agency and discrediting climate change by attempting to eliminate safeguards for our genetic privacy, the administration and this majority have rolled back the scientific advancements that we've made. it is shameful that we are here today considering bills that would silence experts and risk the health and safety of our communities. i urge a no vote on the previous question on the rule and the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york yields. the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i'm proud to be here and i'm proud of the agenda we have
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taken up under the republican leadership in this congress. we are doing the important work that the people sent us here to do. a list of some of the things we have done, we have taken the first step in our obligation to repeal and replace obamacare, a system that is failing, that is causing rising premiums and causing people to lose their insurance, a system that will collapse if we don't fix at this time. the republicans have taken important steps to begin the repeal and replacement of obamacare. we passed a bill to repeal and replace dodd-frank, legislation that was strangling our community banks. we are providing relief. we have dealt with important immigration issues and taken important action in terms of passing legislation to end human trafficking. i'm very proud as a member of the armed services committee of the work to pass the national defense authorization act to
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rebuild our military and give the military the resources it needs to defend us against growing array of threats and enemies. we have also taken important steps using the congressional review action process to repeal regulations put in place over the last eight years that have been damaging to our industry, to individuals, to small business all across the nation. we have been historically productive and it may be that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle don't gee with the steps we have taken, but it's not accurate to say we are not focusing on what is important. we are focused on issues to keep everybody safe and defend ourselves and begin the possess of reforming our outdated and burdensome tax code ap bringing back the economic growth we need and fixing our health care system. these bills that we are debating
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today, the rules for these bills are part of that process. i thank mr. flores, mr. mullin and mr. young for their hard work on this legislation. in wyoming, which is one of our largest energy-producing states we know how important it is that we work to develop our domestic energy resources. we know the technology that's been available that's helped us do that that has helped us to have the economic growth we need. but we cannot depend on that technology. we have to improve the permitting process, mr. speaker. improving the pipeline permitting process by promoting the kind of timely review, supporting interagency coordination and creating a new and streamline process for safety. and they are crucial steps in our ability to ensure affordable energy and economic growth.
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the other law -- the other bill we are considering under this rule, mr. speaker, h.r. 818 will provide a desperately needed road to improve the safety and well-being of the residents of king cove, alaska and save lives. i urge adoption of both the rule and the underlying bills. mr. speaker, 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 of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i rise to question the privileges of the house and offer the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: the president shall immediately disclose his tax return information to the house of representatives and the american people. whereas according to the tax history project every president since gerald ford has disclosed his tax return information to the public. joint committee on taxation and the committee on finance have the authority to request the president's tax returns of the internal revenue code of 1986. whereas pursuant to article 1, section 7, clause 1 of the conclusion, often referred to as the origination clause the house of representatives has the sole authority to initiate legislation that raises revenue for the national government and the committee on ways and means is considering a comprehensive reform of the tax code.
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whereas donald j. trump holds interest as a sole or principal owner in approximately 500 separate business entities and the president's tax plan proposes to cut the corporate tax from 35% to 15% applicable to many of these entities. whereas against the advice of the ethics attorneys and nonpartisan office of government ethics, the president has refused to divest his ownership stake in his businesses and placed his assets in a trust which is run by his adult children and the president can withdraw profits at any time of his choosing from any of the companies he owns. whereas the director of office of government ethics resigned on july 6, 2017 stating that, there isn't much more i could accomplish at the office of government ethics given the current situation. o.g.e.'s recent experiences have made it clear that the ethics
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program needs to be strengthened. whereas according to the media reports, 2005 tax return had his own tax pln would have been in place he would have paid -- instead of 24% saving 31 opinion million in that year alone. whereas without access to the president's tax returns, the american people cannot determine how much he will personally benefit from proposed changes to the tax code or from policy decisions he makes, nor can the american people fully understand the financial interests and motivations of the president. whereas in june of 2017, president trump filed a financial disclosure which shows that the president reported $37.2 million from the mar-a-lago resort between january of 2016 and april 2017 where he hosted the president of china and ordered missile
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strikes against syria. he reported $288 million in income from all his golf courses at his $19.7 million golf course in new jersey. he sent out eight tweets romoting his club. whereas mar-a-lago ilingts fees to $200,000 and president trump benefits from new member fees. whereas disclosure of the president's tax returns would help those investigating russian and in understanding the president's financial ties to the russian federation, russian businesses and russian individuals. whereas in 2013, president trump said, i've done a lot of business with the russians. they're smart and they're tough and his son said russians make
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up a pretty disproportionate cross section. whereas president trump fired federal bureau of investigation chief james comey who was overseeing investigation into the ties between president trump's campaign and russia. comey testified that president trump asked him to let go of an investigation into former national security adviser michael flynn's business ties to russia. whereas president trump stated on may 11, 2017 that he had decided that he was going to fire comey because of this russia thing. whereas at the g-20 hamburg summit on july 7, 2017, president trump took a more than two-hour closed-door meeting with president putin after which he claimed that he strongly pressed present putin on russian interference in u.s. elections and that it is time to move forward.
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whereas on june 9, 2016, then candidate trump's son donald trump junior, and paul mana for the and current white house adviser met with a person described as a russian government attorney and a former russian military intelligence officer who promised to offer incriminating information about hillary clinton which had been collected as part of a russian government effort to assist president trump in his campaign for president. whereas the ways and means have used authority of the internal revenue code in 1986 and 2014 to make public the confidential tax information of 51 taxpayers. whereas the committee of ways and means have voted three times has voted to conceal president trump's tax returns. whereas the house of representatives has refused to act 10 times. whereas the committee on the
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judiciary has failed to conduct basic oversight on the connections between the russian government and the trump campaign. whereas the committee on the judiciary has voted twice along party lines to decline to request documents detailing the trump's administrations ties with russian officials. whereas the house of representatives undermines its dignity with the integrity of its proceedings by continuing to cover up president trump's tax returns. now therefore be it resolved that the house of representatives shall, one, immediately request the tax return and return information of donald j. trump for tax years 2006 through 2015 as provided under the internal revenue of 1986 as wells the tax returns and return information with respect to the president's businesses of each business entity disclosed by donald j. trump in his office of government ethics form 278-e.
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each corporation and partnership within the meaning of chapter one of the internal code of 198 where he is listed as an officer, director or equivalent or exercising working control, and two, postponeconsideration of tax reform legislation until the elected representatives of the american people in this house have obtained president trump's tax returns and return information to ascertain how any changes to the tax code might financially benefit the president. .
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responsibilities as a check on he executive the financial interactions. the influence of the russians and interfering with our elections, the firing of director comey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is reminded to keep his remarks confined to the questions of order. mr. cicilline: i understand the ruling of the chair with respect to confining my remarks. my remarks relate directly to . ether or not this resolution in order for the house to fulfill its responsibilities,
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its constitutional responsibilities of check and balances and honor our responsibilities under the origination clause that says the house is where revenue generation must begin and contemplating tax code free from the potential conflicts of interest, the american people have the right to know what are the interests, where are his investments and the tax policies, will it benefit him or the american people. the speaker pro tempore: the chair is ready to rule. the gentleman will keep it to the question of order. the chair is prepared to rule. the gentleman from rhode island seeks to offer a resolution to question the privileges of the house. in evaluating whether it affects the rights of the house, the safety and dignity. the first reserving clause of the resolution seeks tax returns
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and tax return information of the president and certain . siness entities, section 702 and legislative branch but only as the privileges of the house. as the chair has ruled on june 21, aries like offered under rule 9 seeking information such as the president and certain business entities in which the president may be involved is not concern with the privileges of the house as a house. accordingly the resolution by the gentleman from rhode island does not constitute a question or privilege under rule 9. sicesice i appeal the ruling of the question. the speaker pro tempore: the question is shall the ruling stand. ms. cheney: i have a motion at the desk. the clerk: ms. cheney moves that the appeal be laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to table.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. . in the opinion of the chair, the eye have it. mr. cicilline: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: those favoring a vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the 15-minute vote on the motion to table will be followed by the minutes on ordering the previous question on house resolution 454. dopting the house resolution 454, if ordered. and agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal, if ordered. this is a 15-minute vote. 454, if ordered. and agreeing to the speaker's approval [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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