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rubber stamp for fossil fuel projects and the bills we are considering today further narrows the opportunities for private landowners to push back against projects and try to protect their land from eminent domain. at a time when pipeline expansion has increased dramatically, we should be working on bipartisan solutions that increase public participation during ferc proceedings. that's why i have co-sponsored legislation to create an office of public participation within the ferc that would level the playing field for average citizens and give them a seat at the table. . h.r. 2910, which we just debated, will not achieve this goal and will lead to more communities left in the derk dark during ferc proceedings. -- in the dark during ferc proceedings. h.r. 2883 would dramatically narrow the environmental review to the narrow portion of the
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project that crosses the border. these cross-border projects are oftentimes hundreds of miles long. it simply makes no sense to conduct an environmental review on the small portion that crosses the border. that's just common sense. for the good of our environment, for the good of our communities and our public lands, i urge my colleagues to oppose these harmful pieces of legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the chair: the gentlelady yields back the balance of the time for the minority and general debate. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized to close debate for the majority. mr. mullin: i have a couple more speakers, mr. chairman. the chair: well, without objection, the gentlewoman from florida may reclaim time, then, if you have additional peakers.
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the gentleman from texas -- the gentleman from oklahoma can yield. mr. mullin: can i ask a question on this? i was under the impression that -- the chair: the gentleman will state your inquiry. mr. mullin: i had the impression that the other side had yielded the balance of the time. the chair: the gentleman is correct but without objection, the minority may reclaim the time since the majority is recognizing additional speakers. the chair is under the impression that both sides were ready to close. mr. mullin: i ask unanimous consent to let the minority claim the balance of their time. the chair: without objection, so ordered. and now the gentleman from oklahoma may recognize his next speaker. mr. mullin: let me yield to my colleague from kansas for two minutes, congressman marshall. the chair: the gentleman from
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kansas is recognized for two minutes. mr. marshall: mr. chairman, i rise today in support of h.r. 2883, the promoting cross-border energy infrastructure act, introduced by my friend and great plains colleague to the south, markwayne mullin. this bill could not come at a better time. as we continue to have discussions in this country about our future as an energy leader and our trading relationship with mexico and canada, it's time to review bureaucratic permitting processes and constrain new energy transportation projects. this bill does just that, improves and streamlines the permitting process for pipelines and energy transmission equipment when they are crossing u.s. international borders. energy trade within north america is nearly a $150 billion business that provides significant opportunity at home. this bill shows we can focus on protecting our environment and being an energy leader. it maintains full environmental reviews and continues
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compliance with the national environmental policy act. we saw how broken our current regulatory structure was when politics' personal interests stalled and nearly ended the keystone x.l. pipeline without any regard to science, facts or the livelihoods of the people who needed those jobs. this legislation will allow american entrepreneurs to stop fighting endless red tape and uncertain timelines to get back to what we do best, making america a leader in energy production. voters have told us to get big government out of the way. they have asked us to promote an all-of-the-above energy strategy that includes oil and gas and allow free trade and innovation. i think my good friend from -- i thank my good friend from oklahoma for sponsoring and yielding. i ask my colleagues to support h.r. 2883, the promoting cross-border energy infrastructure act, and with that i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from kansas yields back. the gentlewoman from florida is
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recognized. ms. castor: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney. the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. mcnerney: i thank my lady from florida for yielding a minute, and i just want to stand up and oppose 2883. basically what this bill does is preapproves border crossing energy products by making it extremely difficult to put a stop to them on any grounds. as a general matter specifically for oil pipelines, within the united states, oil pipelines don't need federal approval. no federal reviews or permits on these projects are required if. if the pipeline harms the endangered species, the e.s.a. will apply. a project may be needed for the corps of engineers in the wetlands. currently the only reason to prepare an environmental assessment or impact for cross-border pipelines or
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transmission lines is because the existing presidential permit requires -- requirement triggers a nepa. under this bill, there would be no projectwide federal environmental assessment for all of these projects. state laws don't substitute for nepa. many states don't have approval authority over -- the chair: the time of the gentleman has expired. ms. castor: i yield the gentleman an additional 30 seconds. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for an additional 130ekds. mr. mcnerney: even with states with some in-state authority don't have the resources or expertise to develop the information provided by a federal environmental impact statement, and no state has permitting authority over the portions of a pipeline in other states. without nepa there would be no broad federal environmental review of cross-border transmission lines. mr. speaker, we need these protections, and i ask my colleagues to oppose 2883 and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back.
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the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. mullin: i yield to my good friend from texas, congressman green. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized for -- mr. mullin: for such time as he may consume. the chair: for such time as he may consume. mr. green: i thank my colleague from oklahoma. mr. speaker, there seems to be some confusion here that this bill takes away the national environmental policy act enforcement. that is just not true. in fact, during a committee hearing in energy and commerce, we produced a congressional research service report that said nothing in this bill will take away the responsibility for the nepa process, the national energy policy act. and to make sure that every inch of those pipelines will be studied for their environmental. that is not our intention. our intention is just to move product, and we will go through all the efforts and i'd like to ask unanimous consent to place this report from the
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congressional research service that we had in committee. the chair: the gentleman's request is covered by general leave. mr. green: thank you. the other issue, though, we are going to do belts and suspenders and that's an old hearing i heard. we will make sure it's belts and suspenders that the national policy act is applied to those pipelines because that's not our intent. we not only have the congressional research service saying it is, we will put language in this bill and i understand it will be accepted by our side to make sure that's there. what we need to do is make sure that our closest neighbors, canada and mexico -- right now mexico needs the natural gas that we're producing in texas, louisiana, oklahoma, new mexico . but 20 years from now, our wells may be dry for natural gas and we will need that natural gas that mexico will be producing when they work in
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northern mexico. so that's why we need to structurize this if we want a north american energy market for electric transmission like they do in the new england states or electric transmissions along the border in texas. i know they do the same thing in southern california. we need to have some certainty that our closest neighbors. we have a free trade agreement with these two countries. it is already decided it's in our national interest. why would we set aside energy as something different? that's why this bill is so important. i yield back the balance of my time and i urge a very yote for this legislation. -- urge a yes vote for this legislation. ms. castor: i have one additional speaker. i'll reserve. the chair: the gentlelady from florida reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. mullin: i reserve two
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minutes to my colleague from arizona, congressman gosar. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. gosar: mr. chairman, i rise in strong support of h.r. 2883 introduced by my friend and western caucus chairman mark wain mullin. this streamlines the permitting process for pipelines and electricity equipment that cross the united states and international borders. energy trade between u.s., mexico and canada is nearly $150 billion business that provides significant benefits to america. this bill will prevent another keystone x.l.-like delay and takes politics out of the decisionmaking process. cross border electric transmission facilities should not be held up by bureaucracy. timely decisions
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for the sifting and permitting of energy infrastructure are essential to building more resilient infrastructure that electric companies need to deliver reliable, affordable, safe and increasingly clean energy to americans. the taxpayer union supports the bill saying, this bill would streamline the archaic cross-border permitting process that stretches across the border we share with mexico and canada. the current presidential permit regime is far from clean -- clear and can leave projects in regulatory limbo for years to come, creating a standardized approval process would increase the accountability provided for in article 1, section 8 of the constitution. the bill requires a full environmental review and complies with nepa. this legislation makes so much sense that even labor unions support it. let's fulfill our constitutional obligation, streamline important energy infrastructure projects and advance a true all-of-the-above energy strategy. i thank the gentleman from oklahoma for sponsoring this
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much-needed legislation, and i urge my colleagues to vote in support of this commonsense bill. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from arizona yields back. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. castor: thank you, mr. speaker. i strongly urge the members of this body to oppose this misguided bill so that the congress can turn its attention to the most daupting challenge of our time -- climate change. and our clean energy future and the clean energy economy and all of the jobs it entails. again, i urge a no vote. the chair: the gentlewoman from florida now yields back the balance of the time for the minority during general debate, and the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized to close debate for the majority in the time of general debate. mr. mullin: this bill has absolutely no affect on any environmental law. the bill expressly provides that approval of a project under this act does not affect the application of any other federal laws that are
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applicable to the construction, operation or maintenance of a project. the congressional research service has reviewed the legislation as confirmed and has -- and has confirmed that fact. my point, other than the fact they just want to be opposed to this because maybe people oppose fossil fuels as a whole, this makes sense. this is a bill that moves forward, as we stated earlier, takes politics out of our permitting process. it brings structure and certainty to those that are providing our infrastructure needs. i urge my colleagues to vote yes and i yield back the remainder of my time. the chair: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back the remainder of his time in general debate. all time for general debate has now expired. pursuant to the rule, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on
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energy and commerce 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 print 115-29. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part b of house report 115-235. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report 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. it's now in order to consider amendment number 1 printed in part b of house report 115-235. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek
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recognition? mr. engrrl mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 1 printed in house report 115-235 offered by mr. engel of new york. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 454, the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, and a each opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: mr. chairman, since 1968, oil pipelines that cross international borders have been reviewed and authorized by the department of state, since 1968. that's nearly 50 years. this is common sense. the state department handles its diplomacy and manages treaties relating to our international boundaries and the security of pathways for our pipeline. the bill we are considering
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today would shift decision-making authority for those pipelines from the state department which is equipped to handle all aspects to the federal energy regulatory commission, which isn't equipped. it doesn't make any sense to me. it seems quite arbitrary and quite foolish and moving in the wrong direction. this is change for change's sake. my amendment would prevent this mistake. it would simply ensure that permitting authority across pipelines remains with the department of state. in each of the past two congresses, my friends in the majority agreed, they passed similar legislation to change the cross border permitting process, but kept the time approval authority where it be longs, with the department of state.
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cross-border oil pipelines in matters of national security, oversight should remain with the state of department. if it ain't broke, don't fix it. i urge support for my amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from new york yields back the time on his amendment from the minority. for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? mr. mullin: i rise in opposition to the amendment. the 883 was designated federal energy regulatory commission the lead agency. ferc is an independent agency made up of a bipartisan commission that regulates interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. rc controls interstate gas pipelines and cross border facilities. ferc has a track record of
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working with a wide array with stakeholders to balance the public interest. it is clear the best suited . ency for the job during the obama administration, the state department lacks the ability to pull out politics from our nation's infrastructure. there's nothing in this bill that would prevent the state department from being consulted about an application but ferc should take the lead on cross-border oil pipelines. h.r. 2883 would provide the permitting process with much needed consistency and transparency. he gentleman's amendment would re-inject bipartisan politics in the process. i urge a no on this amendment. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back. all time for debate on this
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amendment has expired. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it -- mr. engel: i ask for a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment by the gentleman from new york will be postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 2 printed in house report 115-235. for what purpose does if the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman from massachusetts seek recognition? ms. tsongas: i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 2 printed in part b of house report 115-235 offered by ms. tsongas of massachusetts. the chair: the gentlewoman from massachusetts and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the
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gentlelady from massachusetts. ms. tsongas: my amendment protects the public review process for any proposed pipeline that seeks to cross protected conservation and recreation lands. this time for pipelines that include a crossing with canada or mexico. the legislation before us today with its narrowly defined environmentally reviews puts public treasured resources at risk. my home state of massachusetts, like many areas around the country, faces real energy challenges. we need careful and strategic long-term planning to lower energy prices and increase reliability and resiliencey. as with h.r. 2910 that we considered earlier this afternoon, h.r. 2883 moves us in the wrong direction. in fact, it doesn't allow careful or strategic planning when it comes to fossil fuel pipelines. pipeline interests should not be
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permitted to tread on public lands, lands expressly set aside by federal taxpayers, state and local communities for the benefit of conservation and public recreation. our nation has a long standing history of preserving natural habitats and protecting open spaces tore the public benefit and we have invested significant public resources towards these goals. these lands and the decisions behind them deserve to be honored. the potential negative environmental impacts of an oil or natural gas pipeline are too debate to risk treasured investments by federal taxpayers and state and local communities d we shouldn't quickly forgo the public review process. i urge support for my amendment and reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek
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recognition? mr. mullin: i rise to claim the time in opposition and reserve for closing. the chair: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized in opposition to the amendment for five minutes. mr. mullin: i reserve. the chair: does the gentlelady from massachusetts have additional speakers? ms. tsongas: energy infrastructure is critical to our economy, yet we cannot give the fossil fuel industry a blank card to if build pipelines that severely impact conservation and recreation lands and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. mullin: i yield two minutes to the congressman texas, mr. green. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. green: i rise in opposition to this amendment. in the united states today, there is 150 million acres of rotected land set aside in the
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national wildlife refuge system to protect fish and wildlife and plants. the rvation efforts like national wildlife refuge system builds up the legacy that began with teddy roosevelt. ensuring americans have access must be our priority as a body going forward. his 150 million acres of national wildlife refuge system land currently stretches 1,339 miles of pipeline already protecting our natural resources and building needed infrastructure are not mutually exclusive. they are not destroying the lands or prohibiting the american people from enjoying access. companies must pay the government for use of the land for pipelines. that money goes into acquiring more land for conservation efforts. the department of transportation reviewed safety accidents
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conducted under president obama's administration showed ta this addition to providing a substantial cost advantage, pipelines result in fewer spillage incidents and personal injuries than either road or rail. as coal-fired power plants continue to shut down, the demand for natural gas is to keep going up. while the gas produced in canada, alaska, north dakota, pennsylvania or the gulf of mexico will be used all over the country, we need to ensure a regulatory framework is in place to get the supply where it is needed. the amendment is a backhanded way to prevent pipelines from being built. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this amendment. the chair: the gentleman from texas yields. mr. mullin: h.r. 2883 strikes the right balance. the amendment would upset this careful balance and urge a no vote on this amendment and i
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yield back the remainder of my time. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman from massachusetts. those in favor say aye. those opposed say no. in the opinion of the chair the noes have it. ms. tsongas: mr. chairman, i request a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6, rule 18, further proceedings on the amount amendment offered by the gentlewoman from massachusetts will be postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 3 printed in ouse report 115-235. mr. green: i rise as the designee and offer mr. veasey's amendment. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 3 rinted in house report part b, 115-235 offered by mr. gene
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green of texas. the chair: members will each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. veasey: mr. veasey couldn't be here. our intent when crafting the bill was never to reduce the act when considering whether to approve a cross-border project. before a federal agency can make a determination on proposed federal action, the national environmental policy act requires the agency identify the proposal's effect on the quality of human environment. to make this determination, federal agencies identify and evaluate the direct and indirect accumulation of effects of the proposal. direct effect are the impacts caused by the project occurring at the same time and place. indirect impacts are later in time or further removed but reasonably foreseeable and
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impacts on the environment that result regardless of what person or agency undertakes that action. the federal agencies the requirlte to identify all three of these impacts are required the analysis impacts not to include just cross-border projects but new construction within the united states. our office had the bill analyzed who confirmed that the bill did not limit the scope of future national policy reviews. it will continue to involve reviews of the entire project. with that said, i have heard concerns from members who are worried that the bill will limit nepa in some way. i'm happy to support this bipartisan amendment with my colleague, mr. veasey which states that nothing in this act or the amendments made by this
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act shall affect the scope of review to be conducted by the national environmental policy act of 1969. i support this good faith amendment. and it's belts and suspenders but sometimes they're needed to pass legislation. vote urge my colleagues to yes. mr. mullin: i claim the opposition time. the chair: the amendment -- the the gentleman is recognized. mr. mullin: i'm not opposed. mr. mullin: i rise in support of the gentleman's amendment, which would clarify the intent of the legislation not to affect the application of any or other federal laws that are applicable to the construction, operation or maintenance of the project. despite the talking points used by some of my friends, nothing in this bill would exempt a project from complying with applicable earn tall laws or restrict the scope of the
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environmental review. the gentleman from texas amendment makes this clear. h.r. 2883 would lead to a timely decision, create jobs, strengthen our nation's energy security and support affordable and reliable energy for all americans. i urge a yes on the vote. nd i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from texas on behalf of mr. veasey from texas. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, proceedings will resume on those amendments printed in part b of house report 115-235 in the following order.
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amendment number one by mr. engel of new york. amendment number 2 by ms. tsongas of massachusetts. the chair will reduce to two minutes the minimal time after the first vote in this series. the unfinished is is request for a recorded vote on amendment number 1 by the gentleman from new york, on which further proceedings were postponed on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 1 offered by mr. engel of new york. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes y 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
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the chair: on this vote, the are are 182 and the nays 246. he amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 2 printed in 235. b of house report 115- the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 2 printed in house report 115-235 offered by ms. tsongas. the chair: a recorded vote has
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been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise, a sufficient number having arisen. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote the eas are 179 and the nays are 247. he amendment is not adopted. the question is on the amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended. those in favor, please say aye. those opposed, please say no. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. accordingly, under the rule, the committee rises.
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mr. speaker, the committee of the whole house on the state of the union has had under consideration h.r. 2883 and pursuant to house resolution 454 i report the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration the bill h.r. 2883, and pursuant to house resolution 454 reports the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule the previous is question is ordered. is there a separate vote reported to the amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. if not, the question is on the
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amendment nature of a substitute. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to 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 nd the transmission of electricity. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. all members are asked to take their conversations off the floor. taff included. the house will be in order. all members and staff are
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encouraged to take their conversations off the floor and out of the aisles. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the bill? >> i am opposed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies. the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. o'halloran of arizona moves to recommit the bill h.r. 2883 to the committee on energy and commerce with instructions to report the same back to the house forthwith with the following amendment -- page 3, after line 14 insert the following -- d, american iron and steel. as a condition of issuing a certificate of crossing under subparagraph a relevant official or agency shall -- mr. o'halleran: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? mr. mullin: i ask unanimous consent to suspend the reading of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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the reading is dismissed. the gentleman from arizona is recognized for five minutes. mr. o'halleran: thank you, mr. speaker. this is the final amendment to the bill which will not kill the bill or send it back to committee. if adopted, the bill will immediately proceed to final passage, as amended. mr. speaker, hardworking families across arizona and across our country are sick and tired of congress putting partisan politics ahead of creating jobs at home. as i travel across rural arizona and speak to workers, miners, farmers and families, i'm questioned -- asked the same questions. when is congress going to get serious about helping rural america? when are you guys going to work together and create good-paying jobs? when are we going to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure and roads? when are we finally going to get reliable broadband? in my seven months in congress, i have seen firsthand the
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failure to address these problems in a truly bipartisan manner. american workers are counting on all of us, democrats and republicans, to focus on bringing back jobs to our country. the underlying bill before us does not go far enough to ensure pipelines -- > the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may proceed. mr. o'halleran: to ensure pipelines, which involve major investments and can span hundreds of miles across sensitive areas are made with quality, reliable american-made materials. my commonsense amendment simply requires federal agencies to certify that all of the iron and steel products used in any cross-border pipelines are produced in the united states br they can be approved. mr. speaker, foreign steel makers now supply half the oil
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and gas drilling in extraction pipes used in the united states, and it's only getting worse. the american iron and steel institute estimates that imports of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry are up 237% in the first half of 2017 from a year earlier. earlier this year, president trump signed an executive order instructing the secretary of commerce to develop a plan that would require any company building a pipeline within u.s. borders to use american-made materials and equipment. my amendment mirrors the spirit of that executive order by applying the same rules to any proposed cross-border pipelines. mr. speaker, we need to rebuild america. we need to rebuild america's infrastructure. we need to rebuild america's energy infrastructure, but we need to rebuild america by
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creating american jobs. mr. speaker, i can think of no better message to send during president trump's made in america week than by standing up for american workers and supporting this commonsense amendment. i urge my colleagues to vote es and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? mr. mullin: mr. speaker, i claim time in opposition to the motion. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mullin: this is just a procedural motion to deny the important benefits of this legislation to the american workers, businesses and our collective energy security. it fits the pattern of delay and obstruction that simply we cannot support. i urge my colleagues to oppose this motion of recommit and vote yes on final passage. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the previous
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question is ordered. the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion is not -- mr. o'halleran: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. o'halleran: mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of passage. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 193, the nays are 232. the motion is not adopted. the question is on the passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. he bill is passed. without objection -- >> mr. speaker. i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 254, the nayses are 175 -- the nays are 175. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to house resolution 454 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further consideration of h.r. 2910. will the gentleman from tick,
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mr. weber, kindly take the -- texas, mr. weber, kindly take the chair. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further curgs of h.r. 2910 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to provide for federal and state agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under natural gas act and for what purpose does. -- and for other purposes. the chair: when the committee of , e whole rose earlier today the bill offered by the gentleman from virginia had been postponed. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, proceedings will resume on those amendments printed in part a of house report 115-235 on which further proceedings were
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postponed in the following order. amendment number 1 by ms. songailaas of massachusetts. amendment number 3 -- amendment number 3 by mr. beyer of irginia. the unfinished business is the quest for a recorded vote on the amendment offer by the gentlewoman from massachusetts. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 1 of house part a report 115-235 offered by ms. songailaas of massachusetts. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. support a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered -- it those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute,
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 180 and the nays are 249. he amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 3 printed in part a of house report 115-235
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by the gentleman from virginia, mr. beyer, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 3 printed in part a of house report 115-235 offered by in buyer of virginia. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 192 and the nays are 236. the amendment is not adopted. the question is on the amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is adopted. accordingly, under the rule the committee rises. mr. speaker, the committee of the whole house on the state of the union has had under consideration -- has had under consideration h.r. 2910 and pursuant to house resolution 454 reports the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration the bill h.r. 2910 and pursuant to house
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resolution 454 reports the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on the amendment to the amendment reported from the committee of the whole? if not, the question is on adoption of the amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to provide for federal and state agency coordination in the approval of certain authorizations under the natural gas act, and for other purposes of the the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from new jersey seek recognition? >> i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady will suspend. the house will be in order. members are encouraged to take
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their conversations off the floor and out of the aisles. he house will be in order. is the gentlelady opposed to the bill? mrs. watson coleman: i am opposed in the current form. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman qualifies. the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mrs. watson coleman of new jersey moves to recommit the bill h.r. 2910 to the committee on energy and commerce with ininstructions to report the same back to the -- with instructions to report the same back to the house forthwith with the following amendment. no eminent domain. an application -- >> the house will be in order. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek i reserve the balance of my time anything? mr. weber: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the gentlelady will suspend. the gentlelady is correct. the house was not in order but now is so the gentlelady will proceed. mrs. watson coleman: thank you,
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mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit the bill with ininstructions to add language pro-- instructions to add language prohibiting the abuse of federal eminent domain authority by large gas pipeline companies. currently the law allows pipeline companies given authorization by ferc to circumvent landowner opposition and exercise the right of eminent domain to acquire land necessary for pipeline construction which is privately owned so that the pipeline construction can operate and maintain. meaning for-profit pipeline companies can seize private land from owners who are unwilling to sell. more often than not, compensation provided to the property owner is far from fair or just and the negotiations are rarely conducted in good faith. and in the event fair compensation is paid, no one should be forced to sell against their will. the bottom line is simple.
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too often eminent domain authority is exercised without the determination of a true -- > the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house is now in order. the gentlelady will proceed. mrs. watson coleman: too often eminent domain authority is exercised without the determination of a true benefit. they can take whatever land they deem necessary for their gas pipeline project. with the recent boom in domestic gas production, this is happening all across the united states and harming property owners and many of our -- in many of our districts. this practice is wrong and it must be stopped in my home state of new jersey, residents, including my own constituents, are very concerned about the pending pipeline project, a proposed 118-mile, 36-inch gas pipeline stretching from northeast pennsylvania to my
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district. their proposal crosses the property of more than 500 landowners, many of whom have strongly objected to this project going forward. my constituents and our neighbors that are affected by this project will receive little if any local benefits from the project because most of the natural gas transported through the pipeline is likely destined for markets outside of new jersey, including for export overseas. it would cut through districts represented by both republicans and democrats and it is opposed by my colleagues in this body on both sides of the aisle. democrats and republicans alike can agree that one of the most important rights for all americans is the right to own private property. but today the growth in gas pipeline projects threatens this right for many americans. everyone deserves a good place to live and a safe place to raise their children, and no one should have to worry about losing their hard-earned property through no fault of their own just to pad private
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company coffers. preventing these private for-profit companies from having access to the eminent domain authority in section 7-h of the natural gas act would not only make this law better by halting abuse of that authority by private gas pipeline companies but also place public interests over private profit. this motion prevents an opportunity and sends a clear message to our constituents who have worked hard to own their property and a piece of the american dream. their choice is clear and it is yours, but i urge all of my colleagues to vote yes on this motion to recommit and stand with landowners over land takers. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. -- >> mr. speaker, i claim time in opposition of the motion. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all my colleagues to oppose the motion to recommit
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and to vote yes on final passage. i'm going to make this -- everybody happy because i am going to be really quick about this. this m.t.r. is a rehash that the other side of the aisle tried to introduce during the original bill. that amendment was not germane. the reason it wasn't germane is because this bill doesn't affect eminent domain whatsoever. so the bottom line is that this is just another procedural motion to deny the important benefits of this legislation to american workers, to american businesses and to our collective energy security. it fits a pattern of delay and obstruction we simply cannot support. i urge our members to oppose this procedural motion and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. without objection, the previous question is ordered. the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion is -- mrs. watson coleman: mr. speaker, i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise.
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a sufficient number having arisen, the a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time r any electron rick -- lectic -- electronic vote on passage. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 189, the nays are 239. the motion is not adopted. the question is on the passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. he ayes have it. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 248, the nays are 179. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, yesterday, on tuesday, july 18, i was unavoidably detained with constituency business, on roll call vote number 382, motion on ordering the previous question on the rule, if i'd been present
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i would have voted no. as well on roll call vote number 383, the rule, h.res. 451, covering h.r. 806, if i was present i would have voted no. 2785, roll call vote number 384, if i had been present, regarding qualifying conduit hydropower facility by mr. hudson, i would have voted yes. i believe that is h.r. 2786. i ask unanimous consent that this be appropriately placed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady's statement will appear in the record. s. jackson lee: thank you. the chair will now -- the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the
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gentlelady from new york seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the erie canal, construction first began in 1817 in rome, new york, with the first completed portion connecting two cities in the 22nd congressional district. rome and utica. the erie canal was transformative in establishing new york as the empire state. the canal opened the interior of our nation, allowing for westward expansion and the free flow of goods. ms. tenney: with a drastic 90% reduction of shipping costs, the canal established our region as a hub of economic activity in the early 20th century, and made new york the busiest port in the entire nation. in addition to the vast economic impact, the er irving e canal had an important -- erie canal had an important cultural effect. nearly 80% of upstate new york's
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population lives within 25 miles of the canal. to buffalo, today the erie canal is designated as a national her intelligent area, continue -- heritage area, continuing its rich legacy. this saturday, a first dig celebration in rome, new york, will recognize this historic and monumental achievement in both new york's and our nation's history. and in the words of the famous erie canal song, you'll always know your neighbor and you'll always know your pal, if you've and in the words of the erie canal song, you'll always know your neighbor and you'll always know your pal, if you ever navigated on the erie canal. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> i ask 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 for one minute. >> mr. speaker, today homeless advocates from rhode island including from ross corrodes rhode island and from rhode island housing came to visit

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