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and figure out what the problem is. if any of you have ever done that, get your wallet out and get ready to continue to pay over and over again. here's what we can do. we can do public-private partnerships. look at the gas tax and highway trust fund for another part. i co-sponsored a piece of legislation from john delaney who is a democrat from maryland who looked at a infrastructure bank. looking at some of the repatriation of earnings come interesting abroad to look at another facilities to make sure that -- i think it's a combination of all those as we put forth to look at funding the $1 frill in infrastructure that the president's -- $1 trillion in infrastructure the president's committed -- >> congressman mark meadows wrapping up his speech at the national press club and joining his colleagues at the u.s. house which gavels in momentarily. working this afternoon on intelligence programs bill. a house minority leader nancy pelosi urging members to reject that bill because republican
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leaders are not allowing lengthy debate. later this week they'll take up a bill funding defense related programs, also for energy, water, legislative branch, v.a., military construction. votes later. live coverage now here on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. lord our god, thank you for giving us another day. as they are returning to the capitol, please be with the members of this people's house and all their undertakings today. you know them through and through. you know how they relate with one another and know them as the american people do as the 115th
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congress of the united states. lord, help them to know you. as ultimate truth, send your spirit upon them that you might find a dwelling place among them so that all your people can place trust in them as leaders as well as their representatives. may all that is done this day be amen.ur greater glory the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz. mr. walz: 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.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one-minute speeches. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on july 20, 2017, at 2:52 p.m. appointments, board of visitors of the u.s. air force academy. with best wishes i am, signed sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following communication. the clerk will read the message. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, i have the
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honor to transmit a sealed envelope received from the white house on july 20, 2017, at 5:14 p.m. said to contain a message from the president whereby he smits a notice continuing the national emergency with respect to significant transnational criminal organizations. with best wishes i am, signed sincerely, karen l. haas, clerk of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will read the message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states. section 202-d of the national emergencies act provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless within 90 days of its anniversary day the president publishes in the federal register and transmits to the congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date. in accord ns with this provision i have sent to the federal register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to significant transnational criminal organizations declared in executive order 13581 of
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july 24, 2011, is to continue in effect beyond july 24, 2017. this gnats notice superseded the notice regarding this topic submitted to the federal register on july 19, 2017. the activities of significant crimal ional trim organizations have reached such scope and gravity they threatent stability of international and political economic crimal systems. such organizations are increasingly sophisticated and dangerous to the united states. they are increasingly entrenched in the operations of foreign governments anti-international financial system thereby week yeaninging democratic institution, degrading the rule of law, and undermining economic markets. these organizations facilitate an aggravate violent civil conflicts and increasingly of itate the activities other dangerous persons. the activities of significant transnational criminal organizations continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary
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threat to the national security, foreign polcy, and economy of the united states. -- policy and economy of the united states. therefore i have determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in executive order 13581 with respect to transnational criminal organizations. signed, donald j. trump, the white house, july 20, 2017. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the commit committee on foreign affairs and ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas, mr. hurd, seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. r. hurd: madam speaker, i rise extraordinary
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contributions mr. stuart owe dare has made on my hometown in texas. since first becoming the wal-mart store manager in 2013, he has dedicated his professional and personal life to helping the people there. ex contributions he and his family have become pillars of the community. as the store macker he was responsible for leading hundreds of employees where he quick-l grew to become a role model and mentor to hard money many. in addition to his commitments to his job and family, he has spent much of his personal time supporting our nation's troops. stuart is well-known for organizing the annual turkey for troops program which he has helped grow into a thriving charity event. as many in the community-v know, he was recently diagnosed with cancer. this past saturday i was honored to volunteer my time for a man who has done so much to help his community. he is a perfect example of a good samaritan and proud to recognize all he's done for our community. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from texas, mr. smith, seek recognition? mr. smith: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. smith: madam speaker, those who are fair-minded and want to understand president trump better should read his best-selling book from 30 years ago, which is as timely today as it was then. it's called, "the art of the deal" an reveals these characteristics. donald trump usually makes decisions quickly based on knowledge, experience, and intuition rather than waiting for consulality studies. he's a tough but practical negotiator willing to compromise to achieve a goal. he gets a deal done sooner or later even if it's sometimes takes years. he is a counter puncher who doesn't like to start a fight but will give more than he receives. he is loyal to friends who are loyal to him. most of the president's actions should be of no surprise to
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anyone who has read his book. in fact, those who are objective are likely to appreciate him more. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i seek to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. madam speaker, for more than 100 years residents of bucks and montgomery counties have trusted grand view hospital with the well-being of their families. they are dedicated towards leading our community to a healthier future. following their community health needs assessment, grand view was identified and prioritized a community health improvement program which every the next three years will address health challenges present in their service area. aim proud of the positive impact they have made our community. i commend the board of trustees for their outstanding leadership and service. many thanks to jeffrey, mary
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ann, mark, william, jean, michael, mark, robert, gregory, and all the doctors, nurses, and staff, and volunteers who make this a success. madam speaker, grand view's commitment to the people it serves reminds us we're all in this together and it is never too late to start living a healthy lifestyle. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered. or votes objected to in clause six of rule 20. the house will resume proceed ongs postponed questions at a ater time. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. roe: i move to suspend the rules and pass s. 114 as amended.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bush administration. the clerk: senate 114, an act to amend title 38 united states code to require the secretary of veterans affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high level employees of the department of veterans' affairs. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. row, and the gentleman from minnesota -- roe, and the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walls, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and to heir remarks include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: i i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roe: i rise today in support of s. 114 as amended, a bill to authorize appropriations for the veterans choice program. this bill would authorize and appropriate $2 billion for the department of veterans affairs, veterans choice fund, allowing
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the veterans choice fund to run dry is not a viable option. the choice program has provided critical care to millions of veteran patients. in march, secretary shulkin testified that the expiration of choice would be a disaster, end quotes, for veterans. just a few weeks ago the acting under secretary of health reiterated that sentiment when she testified that veteran wait times would increase if choice went away. congress created the choice program in response to a nationwide wait times scandal in 2014 to increase access to care through v.a. community providers for veterans who either cannot access care at a v.a. medical facility wb a timely manner or live farway from the nearest v.a. medical facility. since choice was signed into law almost three years ago, choice has gone through many growing pains and evolved considerably. we know from a government accountability office report that most of the veterans who use choice do so because v.a. does not offer the service that
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that veteran needs. we also know that veteran demand for care through choice has never been higher and consequently the remaining money in the veterans choice program will run out in mid august a few short weeks from now. we cannot allow that to happen. with passage of s. 114 as amended today, we won't. there are allegations that providing more money for choice has been appropriate unless we also provide more money for the v.a. health carecies tefment i fail to understand logic of that argument. first, providing money for choice is providing money for support the v.a. health care system. choice is a v.a. program and through it v.a. patients, veteran patients were able to access care that have otherwise been required to be long, possibly debilitating wait or excessive travel time. second, the idea that congress has been pouring money into v.a. community care programs to the detriment of addressing
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v.a.'s in-house capacities is erroneous. v.a.'s bottom line has increased substantially since the turn of the century while most other government agencies have theen theirs stag nant or rebecause. v.a.'s budget has gone up four times since 2001. two weeks ago former secretary principi testified that since left the department in 2005, the most current v.a. budget submission released in may, v.a.'s budget increased a stung 268%. that growth will likely continue which is appropriate ven our nation's commitments to serving her veterans. yet especially considering the choice is just three years old, the idea congress is focused only on going v.a.'s external compass sit false. that said, there are certainly priorities that remain unaddressed in the bill before us and i'm committed to continuing to work on those in the coming months. however, providing $2 billion today will ensure that the choice program remains funded for the next six months. solving our most pressing issue
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and preventing yet another veteran access crisis like the one that led to the creation of choice three short years ago. while we address other issues. important issues. and important point to know is that the bill's costs are paid for using the same offsets that were used in the original act creating the choice fund. i look forward to working with the minority, our colleagues in the senate, and other stakeholders to chart a for erm path forward choice and to address for choice and to address other needs to ensure the v.a. health care system remains strong and stable for generations to come. i am grateful to ranking member walz for his leadership and commitment in working closely with me to come to a mutually agreeable solution today and committing to continue to stand shoulder to shoulder in finding solutions in the months ahead. he's been a great partner. with that said, madam speaker, i urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting s. 114 as amended. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves the balance of his time of the the chair
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recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, madam speaker. i'd like to thanth chairman. you are going to hear today and we have a series of bills, many of them historic in nature. many of them, all of them, worked in a bipartisan manner. there's been a lot of talk lately of the one place in congress that's really functioning well and that's in the v.a. committee. i would echo that. it's because of the commitment, the dedication, and the end state that all of us agree on is the best possible care for those warriors willing to put their lives in harm's way, their families, and the care pledged to them. . democracy is hard. it requires us to do the work with the stake hold i.r.s. and there is no more committed than the veterans committee. the organizations are hallmark
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of veteran communities. we work with them hand in hand to make sure this congress understand what they need and democracy is hard. it is that all sausage-making adage. we are a little bit early, like a day where we had before. we stood on this floor where we had an important accountability bill going forward and i said we are going to have to work with the senate. we did that and it passed and i'm proud we were able to do it. it happened with the g.i. bill. the first run did not work because we did not build that collaboration and i believe s. 114 has fallen into that. this is a fast-moving problem. i want to be clear. it extends veterans' access to community care without providing additional resources. and i agree with my colleague, was very clear about the capacity of the v.a. what choice
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does and i would echo not funding this program before we leave for the august recess is not jurn acceptable. but not getting a bill that the senate can agree on and the president can sign is also not acceptable. the gentleman is also right. we have quad drumed the v.a. budget. and it is not lost on anyone that that started in 2001. with an aging population of vietnam, korea and world war ii veterans. the veterans' choice was facing a shortfall, nine veteran service organizations and i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record the letter from these nine organizations. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walz: the disabled american veterans, veterans of foreign war, a.m.vets, military officers of america, military order of
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the purple heart and vietnam veterans of america provided a letter to the house and senate in terms of a solution. in their letter from june 28 they wrote specifically we kale on you to reach an agreement on emergency appropriation and authorization bill that would address urgent research shortfalls. including choice, community care and medical services. further in order to prevent these problems in the future, we call on you to invest in modernizing and expanding v.a.'s capacity. choice means choosing to go to the v.a. hospital. choice means choosing to use community care. both are equal opportunities for our veterans to get the care they need. the current bill before us does not meet the requirements asked for by our service organizations. in order to keep the choice program going, leadership, house leadership, and the budget committee have refused to see this as an emergency and requiring in $2 billion in
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offsets. while that what is being offered is noncontroversial, the leadership is requiring vets to pay for private care is wrong ll of this to apiece a local minority who sees spending as unnecessary. on friday, a number of v.s.o.'s should a joint statement which noted that health care benefits have been paid for through the service and sacrifice many of whom who suffered illnesses and lifelong disabilities. robbing peter to pay paul is not a viable path. it's actually robbing future peter to pay current paul. congress maybe never would have extended the choice program beyond the sunset of august 7 and would have worked on legislation that would have
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consolidated community care programs in one easy to understand program. i reiterate, choice is not a permanent v.a. program. it may end up being that, but it's not. it was a short-term fix that was testified we need to extend the program. several weeks later, leadership at the v.a. told us they are four point whatever billions short and asked us to fix it. that is not the chairman's fault but it is our responsibility. how do we ensure the care is continuous and make sure care is not interrupted, how do we make sure a veteran who is getting chemo in the private setting is told not to come back because we aren't going to pay it. the sense of urgency is on all of us. i ask to come back and look at what we can do and i will say this, the chairman of the veterans affairs committee in
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the house has made as good a faith effort as anyone could possibly ask. i understand the challenges is coming from a broader caucus in asking for this. where we are at today has significantly changed, but it's apparent in the senate that it will not pass. we will not have money for the choice program. so we need to decide, do we stand and make a statement of i had logical -- ideological fiscal or whatever they want to call it and come to agree and build capacity in the v.a. to ensure choice is there to care in the communities and come together to define that. the shortage is reinforced in choice when you take into account that their reliance on community care has increased. the total number of veterans utilizing health care has
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increased. in order to address that need since the choice program was implemented, the total number has increased by 61%. more than 25 million appointments were completed in 2016. no disagreement. community care has always been there. community care is an absolute staple of the v.a. what is also not debatable. capacity inside the v.a. must remain there. any shortfall is going to distort where people are getting their care. while we are not opposed the premise, members of my caucus, as this stands cannot go forward until we figure out to come to a compromise to get to the capacity in the v.a. -- we should never have this discussion in this house. if we can't find compromise that gets something across the finish line that actually does
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something for veterans, everything else is just message for politics. i reserve. and look forward to the chairman's words. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i think the one way that we don't have the choice program for veterans is not to vote for s. 114. this $2 billion is emergency spending that our budget committee agreed to. i want to go over how we got to this position. the choice program in april, we were told, would last until next january or february. so we passed the choice act, the president signed it into law. a short 60 days later, we found out the funds would run out the 7th or 15th of august. that caught us off guard and we had to get moving. that june 28th letter that mr.
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walz refers to sort of got us started with this process. i want to go through it because the process is important how we are here today. the members need to understand that my efforts to work with the committee's ranking member and all members of the committee on a path forward which addresses the concerns of all the organizations. i have done that. let me begin by saying, i disagree that we neglected the needs of our internal v.a. health care system. we just passed a bill last week. i stated the reasons for that in earlier remarks and the secretary's op ed in u.s.a. today makes the point and i would like to ask unanimous consent to place this in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: i thank the speaker. with that, i respect the veterans organizations and point of view. i therefore reached an agreement with the ranking member on a plan to fund the choice program r one year, fund the life,
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safety maintenance issues approve 28 v.a. clinic leases, provide the secretary with the tools to be more competitive in attracting v.a. physicians and conduct an asset review of the v.a.'s aging facilities. when we briefed the v.s.o.'s and hearings. there was some concern there. and i said fine, we can take a two-phased approach. phase one is the one we are taking today and we agreed to that. ensure that the veterans get needed health care without long drives and waits. the second phase which would consider six months would be the remaining items. and in the interim, the committee would conduct hearings on asset resue and anything else that the leases or anything else
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that was in that agreement. there was full transparency about this plan among committee members which i find disheartening now of what i'm hearing. right now, we don't have an agreement from the senate or a bill to act on so it's time to act. there are veterans out there, madam speaker, that are getting chemotherapy and pregnant veterans if they can have a baby paid for by the v.a. we need to remove this right now. and we have time to work these other issues out. and a couple of v.a. staffing issues. you hear the concern that v.a. is going to be privatized. i hear it all the time. but this is what the v.a. has done. since 2010, i arrived here in 2009, since then the v.a. has ded 3,600 physicians, almost 13,000 nurses and they are one
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of the largest employers of nurses in the country, almost 000 l.p.n.'s and 3,200 non-physician health care providers and i could go on and on. increase in services has been over $10 billion so there were huge increases. just a couple of things from the in "usa today." our capacity has grown to deliver in-house care. the budget is four times than what it was in 2001. it has gone to 370,000 employees according to the office of per son mel management -- personnel management and v.a. is delivering three mill yob more appointments per year than they were in 2014. and have grown that capacity
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internally. the trend will continue. we are going to spend $2.7 billion on in-house v.a. care compared to an increase in community care. in-house care versus outside care. and these are all good things. the fagget that more veterans are getting care whether they are in or out of the v.a. is a good thing. but to make the argument that privatization is clearly not there. we can work these out. we need to make sure we take the anxiety away. the secretary has stated he has to have this passed. give us six months to work on these issues. and i'm more than happy to do it and i stated it to every organization out there. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. r. walz: i yield myself such
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time as i may consume. i would like to respond to the chairman. i have not made the argument on privatization. i don't believe that is the goal. i don't believe that is what we talked about. that is not the intention of this committee, the chairman or his staff. and when we did talk and i think this is an interesting -- i think this could be an interesting way for this house to do this. there was transparency in negotiations and sat in front of people and did them. one of the issues was we had to ild the capacity amongst the v.s.o.'s. i ask all the members to think of this, all the veteran service organizes have lined up in opposition to this. that doesn't mean they are totally right and that there isn't something here we can talk and debate about, but the question is trying to get their goodwill. i'm not calling them token, but in the budget of the big v.a.,
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which i do think is adequately funded, trying to get some of that to show the sense of goodwill. if i were counting on the decision being made strictly by the v.a. committee, i would encourage people to know this this would get done. i'm deeply concerned. we are going to see a frankenstein mons tore of appropriation this way that doesn't resemble regular order. if it were left to us, the bifurcating this issue and coming back and fixing it, i have faith in that. in the house of representatives, i do not have that nor do the veteran service organizations. the question is not questioning the motive, the question is not canard or the discussion we are having right now of the adequacy of the budget but a case of the v.a. leadership running a program, running out of money, coming to the house
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and telling us. . you are going home without founding the v.a. no. one should say that to you. nnch this house will get this thing done. i do understand this. we're against the wall. we're under the gun because they just handed us this. so it's our job to figure out how to build everybody into this. so the things that are being asked to do a choice, i support that. the offsets and pay-for i disagree with. who make that work, our side was willing to say can we show some good faith and fund some of these leases and get payments in temples emergency spending? i understand the difficulty is if a spending bill comes, there is going to be a vocal group of folks who are going to make the case, as we have seen, that makes it very difficult to move legislation. madam speaker, you have
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witnessed it with health care, you have witnessed it with other things that we're going to have to compromise f we get to our corners it's not going to work. i want to be very clear. the motives of the chairman to fair or our veterans is unquestioned. choice being funded is unquestioned. making sure there is capacity and good will anti-funding we need in these leases is a necessaryity to make surety senate can pass this and that sh -- make sure the senate can pass this and shows we're moving in the right direction. give us a day, have us come back. don't put this thing on the board to fail. and then let everyone else take the message and, no, everyone here knows we're going to end up here and pass something that can be signed into law. that will happen. the question is do we do damage amongst ourselves, do we keep the good will and collaboration, or do we decide to make a message first and come back and blame someone because they are not funding the veterans. no one in here wants that to
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happen. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: thank you, madam speaker. i do agree with my good friend, tim walz, we're not going to leave here until we pass this. there are veterans out there that are ill, served this country honorably, that need care. i am a physician. i have worked in a v.a. hospital. i have worked in a medical unit in southeast asia many, many years ago. i have seen the results and injuries of war and seen the results and injuries of current wars. we're going to do this. and i know when i sat down we put this compromise package together and as openly as i could, i brought in the v.s.o.'s. i brought in both republicans sides which we typically just check that at the door on this committee, which i'm thankful for, and work just for our veterans. and there was sides which we so. i recognized that and said well the smart thing do is we know that choice runs out of money
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in two to three weeks. we have to fund the veterans health care now and we'll take these other issues up as a package and have time to debate them and discuss them. that's all this is about. and it is about emergency spending. we recognize that. that's ok with our side. and i say the way to -- easiest way to do this is put this $2 billion bill on president trump's desk. he will sign it and veterans will have access to this choice program for the next six months. that's what the second wants. very eloquent editorial in "usa today" about this entire issue. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: madam speaker, could i inquire how much time i have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has eight minutes remaining. mr. walz: i yield five minutes to the vice ranking member of the full committee on v.a., the gentleman from california, mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: i rise today to oppose s. 114.
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a strong and sustainable veterans health administration is critical to providing america's veterans with the care deserve. by funding the choice extension without investing in the v.a. itself, this legislation explicitly prioritizes the private sector at the v.a.'s expense. this is not an acceptable way forward. care in the community has always been and will always be veterans n ensuring have access to care, the care that they have earned. but it would be a profound mistake to funnel billions of dollars into private care while negligenting the v.a. and millions of cret veterans it serves every year. that is exactly what this bill does. veteran service organizations are speaking out because they know what's at stake. they understand the bigger policy implications of today's vote. this legislation is a veterans have access to care, the care that they have referendum on the mistaken belief that the private sector is better equipped to care for our nation's vet rans than specialized v.a. doctors.
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i ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a statement from eight leading v.s.o.'s that echos these concerns. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: it includes, the statement includes the organization's signing this statement are amvets, the disabled veterans of america, iraq, afghanistan veterans association, military officers association of america, military order of the purple heart, veterans of foreign wars, vietnam veterans of america, and wounded warrior project. i would like to quote from a few of the paragraphs. and i quote, in order to ensure that veterans can receive necessary care without interruption, we call on house leaders to take the time necessary to work together with senate leaders to develop acceptable choice funding legislation that not only fills the current funding gap but also addresses urgent v.a. infrastructure and resource needs that led to the choice program in the first place. all of our organizations are
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committed to building a future veterans health care system that modendizes v.a. and integrates community care whenever needed so enrolled veterans have seamless access to timely quality care. however, if new funding is directed only or primarily to private sector choice care without any adequate investment to modernize v.a., the viability of the entire system will soon be in danger, end quote. i also ask unanimous consent to nswer into the record a letter opposing s. 114 from the paralyzed veterans of america and also the v.f.w. also issues a letter. i'd like to -- unanimous consent to include both these letters. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: after more than two years and more than $10 billion the v.a. choice program has failed to deliver on its promise of shorter wait times for veterans. it is time for us to recognize that private care is not the panacea for the complex
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challenge of caring for our nation's veterans. and that the v.a.'s role must remain foundational to veterans care. this bill does not reflect that reality. i urge my colleagues to reject this legislation while we continue to work toward a bipartisan, bicameral solution. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: may i inquire as to the time left on our side? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has nine minutes. mr. roe: i want to just clarify a couple things. that was said and have been said here today. madam speaker, we did work out an agreement. and when i met with all of the interested parties, which i thought was our job both the ranking member and myself did this, as we always do, we found out some issues that were there. the primary thing we have to do right now is to provide health
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care or we'll be right back to where we were in 2014. when there were waiting lists around the country and veterans dying waiting on care. and i have spoken to -- in rural america, maybe not urban, in rural america where i live, many of these hospitals and veterans absolutely rely on this for their health and welfare. the further they live away from a v.a. facility the more they rely on choice. it doesn't mean the v.a. -- let me go over this again. i got into congress in 2009. i was elected then and sworn in then. -- v.a. was spending $9 p.7 $93.7 billion on all v.a. care. disability claims, health care, and cemeteries. in this fiscal year that budget's going to be $186 billion where the discretion budget in this congress has been flat. that money has come from other places -- education, environment, other places that we have invested in our
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veterans which is and i believe to this day a good thing to be doing. we have gone in 2001 from 224,000 people, that's not a small organization, to 370,000 people that work for the v.a. today. they are providing that money. what we're saying is, i guess what i was hearing from the other side of the aisle, if we didn't have the choice program, the wait times would have gotten shorter. that's the reason we had the choice program was the v.a. wasn't doing t the fact is they have hired people. i mention add moment ago, since 2010 when i first got here, they hired 13,000 more nurses. 3,600 more doctors. 3,200 more physician extenders. nurse practitioners and p.a.'s. the v.a. has increased its capacity and they have seen millions of more visits. this week we're going to take up the v.a. -- misspoke a minute ago. week we're taking up
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milcon appropriations bill where we talk about those things. the money we're going to spend in v.a. that will be debated this week. this is a separate issue. this is about providing health care for veterans after august 7 or august 15. that's two to three weeks from now. when that program will be shut off and veterans in the middle of care will not be able to get care. it's a simple vote. we can work these other things out the next few months after this very easily, madam speaker. with that i retain the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: madam speaker, i have no further speakers. i'm prepared to close and yield back. mr. roe: i'm prepared to close also. mr. walz: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: thank you, madam speaker. be clear, we're very, very aligned on the goals here. i am not, and i hope it was not implying that wait times went
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down. if we didn't have choice. i was on the conference committee that created choice. there is community care that's always been -- has been there. there's also a $12 billion shortfall in facilities rated d and f. we had sewer lines breaking running feces back into hospitals. maybe the ing, moncyie is not there, they are not using it correctly. the fact of the matter is this was a program created out of the crisis of phoenix. it did not stand up as quickly as it could maybe the moncyie is not there, they are not using it have. it was plagued with tons of problems. we kept committed to t i would argue they are getting their legs under them and providing care in a timely manner t grossly overspent where it was at. we had no audit. i think we need to keep this into place on this side of the aisle i will be the first to talk to anyone who grand stands this and makes this a case this is a failure at the v.a. or the administration. i don't know that yet. what i would say we're all in this together. we want to get it done. i'm simply making the case toyed today that in light of opposition that is rarely seen
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from the v.s.o.'s in such opposition to this, that even though the outcome is there, and nothing the chairman stayed was incorrect -- said was incorrect, it's the spirit of what it takes to legislate that is missing around here. can you go to the white house after passing a bill in the house. if the senate doesn't do anything, it is not the law. we have other people to deal with. constituents, veterans, veteran service organizations, democrats in the senate, republicans in the senate, democrats on this side. at i'm asking is just give a little on the side of what it takes to build the coalition, get the thing passed, and then let's go back and make v.a. care and end this ridiculous argument of privatization versus nonprivatization wherever a veteran can get the care and access as quickly, timely, and quality as possible
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as what we're trying to shoot for. in many cases, that's in the v.a. in other cases it's in the community. so this is not a drop dead. my hope on this is, is that a debate when it comes to emergency spending of money and depending on the senate, is not going to split the good will, the good work, and i would and the fair democracy execution of how the house of representatives is supposed to work. my final statements would be on this. i'm in virtual total agreement with the chairman on what needs to be done here. our differences lie in he's right. when i went back and talked to people, i could not sell them on as the plan is to the v.s.o.'s. they have every right to speak out on that. my question, and we could not sell the senate at this point, so when i would ask the gentleman, again, don't make us
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oppose this piece of legislation simply to make a statement for a few members. bring it back when we can have the senate, the v.s.o.'s, and everyone in and accomplish our goal w that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: thank you, madam speaker. obviously this has mr. roe: this is providing timely health care for veterans have been waiting. we negotiated and the ranking member and i in good faith and put an agreement together, which fell apart this weekend. met basically with both the v.s.o.'s and the committee members and had an agreement to go forward. i had been backed occupy that agreement and the most pressing need, madam speaker, is to provide health care, whether it's chemo, surgery that a
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veteran may need, timely visits to the doctor, in two to three weeks, we're up that close. and one of the reasons as has been stated multiple times, the v.a. gave us some really bad information two months ago. we thought this was going to last six, eight months before we run out of money. this is going to get passed. for veterans watching this, we are going to provide this for our veterans. not t all v.s.o.'s did oppose this legislation. it's critical to get this off the table this week signed into law and work the other part of the agreement that we agreed to out in the next coming weeks. i would be willing to work as expeditiously as possible to get this done. i encourage all members to support this legislation. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 114 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- mr. walz: madam speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? mr. walz: 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. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? >> i present a privileged report for the printing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany h.r. 3358, a bill making appropriations for the departments of labor, health and human services and education and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2018 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the union calendar and ordered printed.
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all points of order are reserved. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. roe: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3218 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. to clerk: h.r. 3218, a bill amend title 38 united states code to make improvements in the laws by the secretary of veterans affairs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee and the gentleman from minnesota each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: i yield myself myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of h.r. 218 as amended, the harry w.
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col merry veterans educational . sistance act of 2017 this bill and how it got to this point is a shining example of how well congress can and should work together. it's a result of tireless work, many veteran service organizations and the bipartisan efforts of committee members. i'm proud that the improvements and enhancements to the g.i. bill will empower service members, veterans, survivors and depend events for generations to come. this is the first major improvement to the g.i. bill since 2011 and encompasses 17 bills introduced by my colleagues and also others who share the committee's commitment to the men and women who raised their right hand to serve. this package includes over 30 provisions and brings forward enhancements that veteran groups have requested for years.
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i will say it again, this is isn't a package that comes along every day. h.r. 3218 and named for harry w. col merry who is credited with writing by hand the first draft of the world war ii era g.i. bill and only appropriate we honor him for his work on the first i.g.i. bill. and i want to focus on what it will have beneficiaries and anyone who left active service on or after january 1, 2013. madam speaker, the g.i. bill and i used it for two years after i got out of the military, 10 years you could no longer use it. this is a lifetime commitment to our veterans if they can exercise their g.i. bill benefit at any time. for the first time in history of
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our g.i. bill, future beneficiaries and veterans can carry these benefits throughout their life. the bill would have significant funding for reservists and guardsmen but do not accrue g.i. eligibility as well as surviving spouses and depend events and it would provide 100% g.i. eligibility for post 9/11 purpose will heart recipients and it would increase opportunities for veterans to complete a high technology program. particular issues that i know leader mccarthy and privilege to have him as an original co-sponsor. the provisions i just mentioned only scratch the surface of veterans and survivors will receive. the amendment to this bill before the house today provides technical and conforming changes
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to ensure the bill is budget neutral that students closed by i.t.t. tech would have their eligibility restored if they are unable to transfer their credits and starting in 2022 would provide for yellow ribbon programs. madam speaker, we owe a debt of atitude for the v.s.o.'s who pushed this package and i thank the american legion, veterans of foreign wars, tragedy assistance program survivors, the military order of the purple heart for working to help us make this happen. without a doubt, we would not be in this chamber today on the verge of this historic moment without their efforts. i thank ranking member walz for his strong leadership and support for making this package come together and express my
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appreciation to the senators for their efforts in negotiating a strong package we can agree on. they are planning to hold a markup to h.r. 3218 as amended this week and if they could pick up and pass this bill and get it to president trump's desk before the august recess work period. this would help veteran students for the rest of their lives. i urge my colleagues and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota. mr. walz: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in juan wavering support of h.r. 3218 and it's interesting we may prove a couple of things. one is that the universe needs to be balanced or god has an incredible sense of irony or our democracy is resilient and strong, because after our debate over the last piece of legislation, i can tell you that
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in the time i have had the privilege of representing the people of southern minnesota, i'm not sure there is a day that i feel more of that sense of pride and honor than to be here today. much of that goes to a humble g.i. bill. olmery or the month gentlewoman montgomery g.i. bill. the man passed on to others and it shows in giving the credit to so many members who wrote and were part of this legislation. this is a real historic piece of work. it is hard to get a big piece of legislation like this done. and somebody had written up recently and said the v.a. committee is moving a lot of things because it's easy. i think after that last little debate, there is nothing easy about it. it's supposed to be a challenge billing the coalitions
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necessary, it's supposed to be thoughtful because we are impacting generations going forward. but i want to again as someone who not for the g.i. bill would not have received my education and our lives and trajectory of our lives are changed dramatically. someone stood in these chairs years ago and thought about putting a g.i. bill in place that benefited me and to pay it forward to another veteran seems like it is lacking too much around here. when we get together, there's many we can do for this country. the improvements in the bill are wide arranging. i just want to mention a couple, because i think they need to be said and veterans are paying attention, but maybe some of the folks watching this. we are able to remove the 15-year expiration date. the idea of a lifetime g.i. bill goes to the reality of
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modern-day warriors and serving later in life, not going right away when they get out or even changing professions and having that benefit and holding it and enhancing their education is not only benefiting our lives, it benefits our economy. when these wars started we had high veteran unemployment rates. as the chairman pointed out, using the g.i. bill for stem research and other ways to get a skill set is smart legislation. i want to thank a few folks on the other side about the understanding we have one force now. we don't have an active army and guard and reserve that are two separate things. these warriors fight side by side and the call-up means the same thing. there were things in here that created an inequality amongst them. and we had a general with us, representatives o'rork, banks and along with someone who is
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not a member on this committee, mr. palazzo worked to make sure we offset those things to make sure the guard and reservists receive the same benefits. this is a rare opportunity to pass this significant piece of legislation that is fully paid for, compromised to in a bipartisan manner. the senate is going to pick this up and i think and look forward to that day when president trump hopefully towards the end of summer, picks that pen up and signs this and makes a difference in veterans' lives today. i thank the chairman in building this coalition that made something that many of us thought about many years we would have liked to have gotten done. it is going to get done today. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: one of the greatest
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things is the lifetime -- when i was in my early 20's, i wouldn't put a big bet on being 40 years old. you don't think you are going to get there, but you do. with the changing work force today, it is a huge benefit. veterans going forward are going to appreciate and country will benefit from. yield one minute to mr. fitzpatrick. . . . fitzpatrick: my father attended college on the g.i. bill following service to our country putting our family on the path to success. while the world has changed since 1944, the dedication and service of our men and women in uniform remains constant. these volunteer warriors stand ready to defend our nation in theaters around the globe. while we can never fully thank them for their commitment, we
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must endeavor to assist them and their families whenever possible. this bill improves benefits granted to veterans and their surviving dependence through the g.i. bill helping ease the transition from active duty to civilian life by providing education. and this bipartisan legislation is a crucial step to investing in the success of our veterans and advancing the common cause of serving those who have served us so honorably. i want to thank the chairman and the ranking member and the entire committee for their leadership. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: madam speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes now to my good friend and supporter of veterans, a ranking member of the dems subcommittee, the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. esty. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for
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two minutes. ms. esty: i rise in support of the harry w. colmery veterans educational act or the new g.i. bill. i want to thank chairman roe and ranking member walz for leading the charge so we can bring this important legislation to the house floor today. i have the great honor of serving on the house veterans' committee, a committee in which democrats and republicans work together and work closely with our partners, the veterans service organizations. the g.i. bill we bring forward today is no exception. this strong bipartisan legislation represents the biggest expansion of veterans' educational benefits in a decade. it is a huge win for our nation's veterans. the men and women of our military deserve the security of knowing that upon completion of their service to our country they'll be able to embark on a fulfilling career and continue providing for their families, and i want to highlight several of the veterans who represent why we need this bill today. the first is a young man from
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my hometown of chesher. he was a classmate of my middle son's in high school and who at age 19 lost his left leg and seriously injured his right leg when his unit was hit by an i.e.d. in afghanistan. he had been in country three months. it was the third i.e.d. he's been awarded a purple heart, but this young man and many others would not under the current g.i. bill be entitled to receive educational benefits. that seems crazy and it is but this bill, this bill will correct that injustice and ensure that all our purple heart heroes, our american heroes, are entitled to use those benefits because they have served, regardless of those months, they have served this country. e second one i think of is a 90-plus-year-old who doesn't a to disclose his name, navy veteran.
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he got his second masters degree and that's the reason why we need educational benefits for life. this corrects the injustice for guard and reservists, life-long benefits. it's a win for america. the military is changing. the g.i. bill needs to change with it. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is now recognized. mr. roe: thank you, madam speaker. it's with great pleasure now that i yield two minutes to the distinguished colleague, senior member on the committee, vice chair of the committee, gus bilirakis of florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. bilirakis: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. chairman, this is outstanding stuff. i really -- there's no other word. it's huge. it really is. and you're helping our true american heroes with this. i'm so proud to be a co-sponsor of this legislation. the challenges our nation's heroes face to not end -- should not end on the battlefield.
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educational and career training programs offers the opportunity for veterans to enter a new chapter in their lives when they return home from their service. i recently visited amskills, a center in florida to learn more about the good work they are doing locally to help veterans transition to the civilian -- to civilian careers. the forever g.i. bill helps ensure that veterans nationwide have the resources to access career and education programs such as amskills. a community college, vocational training, whatever they want to do. importantly, this bill allows future eligible g.i. bill recipients to use their benefits at any point in their lives. that's incredible. it's long overdue. as opposed to the current 15-year time limit, which is so unfair. it is also -- it also includes my provision, the veteran act,
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which authorizes $30 million to help the v.a. invest in modernizing their information technology systems for claim processing. congress and the house v.a. committee would have oversight of the v.a.'s proposed changes and monitor its progress. the provision would be a major step in helping veterans receive their benefits in a more timely and efficient manner. overall, the legislation before us today will improve, expand and modernize the g.i. bill program for veterans and their surviving spouses and dependents. so very important. i urge passage of this great bill. thank you very much, and i yield back, madam chair. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. roe: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is now recognized. mr. walz: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to the vice ranking member on the veterans' affairs
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committee, the gentleman from california, mr. takano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. takano: thank you, madam speaker. i rise in support, strong support of h.r. 3218, which secures and strengthens the g.i. bill for future generations of veterans. it does so without cutting benefits from anyone who is currently serving. there are several provisions in this legislation worth celebrating. removing time restrictions for future student veterans and making this a lifetime benefit and increasing support for reservists, guardsmen and their families are among the long overdue improvements to the g.i. bill that are included in this legislation. but the restoration, the restoration of g.i. bill benefits for students defrauded by i.t.t. tech and corinthian colleges are north worthy for veterans in my district and across the country. when those two schools abruptly shut doors, thousands of
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veterans had nontransferable credits, no tuition. by restoring that we are restoring justice for these veterans and we are restoring their opportunity to get the education they deserve. i hope this is just the start of our efforts to crack down on to-profit colleges that exploit veterans. i want to thank chairman roe and ranking member walz for their leadership as well as the other members of the committee and the veteran service organizations who contributed to the strength of this legislation. passing h.r. 3218 is an important step toward ensuring that every person who serves this nation has the opportunity to live a rewarding and purposeful and prosperous civilian life. i encourage all members to support this bill. before closing let me just add my praise to the chairman for his generosity and humbleness.
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i recognize, too, that this bill does not bear his name but the name of a predecessor. that was an incredible gesture, mr. chairman. i salute your leadership. i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. walz: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i thank the gentleman's kind words. at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to my good friend, mike coffman of colorado, a marine and army veteran and senior member of the veterans' affairs committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for two minutes. mr. coffman: thank you. the house will vote on h.r. 3218, the harry w. colmery veterans educational assistance ct, the largest expansion of educational benefits for our veterans in over a decade. this legislation provides a lifetime benefit of the g.i. bill, an additional nine months of g.i. eligibility for veterans pursuing a stem
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degree, protection of g.i. bill benefits for veterans impacted by a school's closure and makes it easier for veterans to use licensure bill for tests. mr. speaker, h.r. 3218 also includes provision fathers my bill, the g.i. bill processing improvement act, h.r. 2549, which ensures veterans studying under the g.i. bill for their military service receive their benefits in a timely manner. as a united states army veteran who attended the university of colorado under the g.i. bill and my late father, a retired united states army master sergeant who learned heating and air conditioning repair under the g.i. bill, i rise today in strong support of this legislation. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado yields
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back. mr. roe: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to my good friend, a member of the veterans' committee, the gentleman from the mariana islands, mr. sablan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. sablan: thank you very much. madam speaker, i rise in support of the harry w. colmery veterans educational assistance act of 2017, a bipartisan measure of which i am an original co-sponsor. among the benefits that preceding speakers have stated, there are three that address issues specifically brought to me from those in my district, the mariana islands. they lost thank you educational benefits. the bill restores that benefits so those veterans can continue their education. the second problem my veterans brought to me has to do with
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both 9/11 service, like those in company e, 100th battalion, 442nd infantry edge men, and the 332nd quarter master. national guardsmen, like the 368 units who were under active duty that did not accrue educational benefits, those veterans who now have their active duty count towards the g.i. bill. and third, the minimum g.i. bill for veterans with less than 36 months of qualifying active service increases to 50% of the maximum amount payable. i want to thank house veterans' affairs committee chair roe and ranking member walz for their leadership and commitment and working together for the benefit of our veterans. truly bipartisan work. i also commend the veteran service organizations who -- in service to
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to our nation. thank you, madam speaker. i ask support for this legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, madam speaker. at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to an active member of the veterans' affairs committee from florida, mr. rutherford. mr. rutherford: madam speaker, i also rise in strong support of h.r. 3218, the harry w. colmery veterans educational assistance act of 2017. when our brave men and women put on the uniform to protect our nation, we have a sacred responsibility to provide them and their families with certain opportunities and repayment for their services and sacrifice. as a new generation of service members are returning from the battlefield, we as a nation have needed to re-evaluate how we better help our veterans succeed back home.
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this important legislation is an example of how that success for veterans can be achieved. as a result of the hard work of many veteran service organizations, the house veterans' affairs committee and countless veteran advocates, h.r. 3218 makes many important reforms to the g.i. bill to improve veterans' access to education. one reform that i'd like to highlight is a provision that i introdeuced to the stand-alone piece of legislation earlier this year called the julian woods yellow ribbon program expansion act. under current law, madam speaker, dependents and surviving spouses of those killed in action who attend college on the fry scholarship are not eligible for the yellow ribbon program. the yellow ribbon program helps to cover the cost of schools with tuitions above the level of what the g.i. bill covers. since the dependents and
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spouses of those killed in action are not currently eligible for this program, they are in fact limited in their educational opportunities. i thank the committee, chairman roe and ranking member walz for including my bill in this legislation. it is just one of many reforms in this pack -- that this package makes and i urge my colleagues to support and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. mr. roe: continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee continues to reserve. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, madam speaker. i'd like to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, a true supporter of veterans, new member of the house but came with a passion for veterans, mr. khanna. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. khanna: thank you. i want to commend ranking member walz and chairman roe for this extraordinary piece of legislation that invests in the education of our veterans. i am also pleased you included majority leader mccarthy's legislation of which i was a
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proud original co-sponsors. the vet tech act, and that will allow veterans for the first time to take technology courses and learn some of the skills that are going to be needed for the 21st century economy. the mall the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. leader got this idea from his son and it's heartening to see this house come together with the chairman and ranking member's leadership on the jobs of the 21st century and making sure there are opportunities for them. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i yield two minutes to my good friend on education and work force committee, luke messer of indiana. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. messer: i appreciate the chairman and his extraordinary leadership. i rise today to urge support for
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this broad bipartisan reform package, which expands and modernizes the g.i. bill to better serve our military families. it i includes a bipartisan proposal that was worked on with representative from california. and colleges in our home states. when i.t.t. tech closed its doors, 40,000 students nationwide and 7 thourk veterans qur left without a degree or path forward. a navy veteran in my district had to start his degree completely from scratch after spending two years at i.t.t. tech, not a single credit transferred and his g.i. bill is going to run out before he can get a new degree. he said to spend two years of my life with nothing to show for it
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is one of the biggest disappointments. jason's story is one of thousands. it's not fair for these veterans that they would lose their g.i. benefits through no fault of their own. if we really care, we need to do something. the takano-messer proposal restores benefits to veterans so they can earn degrees elsewhere and helps veterans who may be impacted by a school closure in the future. our military men and women count on their g.i. bill benefits to build a career and a life after they have served our country. this bill will make sure they'll get a chance. i urge support. and i thank the chairman. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i continue to reserve. mr. walz: we continue to
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reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. roe: sounds like the gentleman spent two years and didn't have anything to show for it. i'll take this opportunity to yield to my good friend to susan brooks that i served with on the education and work force committee. mrs. brooks: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today to speak in support h.r. 3218, veterans educational assistance act. this bipartisan package will extend and improve our veterans' access to g.i. bill benefits. while i wasn't prepared to speak to this since my colleague from indiana spoke, i rise in support of the takano-messer amendment for veterans who are not receiving credits for their time at i.t.t. tech. i'm proud to be a part of this ill that chairman roe has ably
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sheparded and i appreciate the bipartisan support for including the veterans' test accessibility act. this act does what the title plies, it gives veterans mple access to tests, like certifications to become firefighters, police officers. it requires veterans to use a full month of eligibility to be reimbursed for these tests. given the relatively low costs, it isn't worth it for many veterans to lose potential reimbursement for expenses like tuition. this provision fixes that problem. veterans will be reimbursed for the amount of the test only and can still utilize the remaining eligibility to cover other educational expenses incurred that month. our vets have the skills and experience that many universities and employers are
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looking for and this commonsense provision will give veterans the tools they need to compete in the job market and address unemployment. and skills that they learned prior to and during these services use these benefits. i would like to thank chairman roe and the v.s.o.'s and our colleagues. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. walings walz may i inquire how much time i have left? the speaker pro tempore: nine minutes remaining. mr. walz: reserve. mr. roe: i'm prepared to close. i have no speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: once again, you heard from members of the committee, members of this house, important piece of legislation. this past saturday, i had the
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opportunity, my hometown guard unit, the red bull battalion, they came back from a mission in the sinai. when they left to go to the sinai because of the orders that were in there, they were not eligible for certain benefits. the entire time they were deployed they continued to call. and on saturday, they had just returned. i was able to tell them that we were going to vote tonight. we were going to move this thing and it had been responded to. so retroactively, we got this back to 2013. lots of good things in there. smart stuff. a generation -- generations of veterans have contributed to our country and bettered themselves through the g.i. bill. it is one of those things that a grateful nation does, an earned benefit that has been improved with time. i urge passage of h.r. 3218 and
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i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota yields back. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: this was a process and it took several months working with the v.s.o.'s, with our staffs, with mr. walz's team and our team and others to get this bill where it is. and i think as mr. walz said as people dig into this bill, it is truly i believe an outstanding piece of legislation that honors the people that serve this country and will give them a benefit when they come home. if you are 25 years old and you separate after a few years of service and your job leaves when you are 42, you have lost that benefit. now you can go back and get retrained and the average person is going to have five, six different occupations. and this will allow our veterans some of the absolute finest people that grace this nation to
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be able to be the ones who are the leaders in the future because of the education benefit they have earned with their service. with that, i thank my friend, mr. walz, for his work on this and leadership on this along with his team and our team here. and i urge all of my colleagues to support this. and i reserve the balance of my time -- i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the .ill h.r. 3218 as amended mr. roe: request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: 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 will rise and remain standing until counted.
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a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. roe: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 282 the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 282, a bill to amend the service members civil relief act to elect to use the same residences as the service members. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe and the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i ask unanimous consent that muscle members have five legislative days to include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of h.r.
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282, the military residency choice act. the military residency choice act would change spouses claim state residence by allowing the spouse to claim the same state of residence as their service member spouse. i want to commend representative stefanik and whitman for their work on this bill and will allow them to describe it in greater detail. i urge all of my colleagues to oin me in supporting h.r. 282. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.r. 282. this is a commonsense bill that received bipartisan support. spouse to es the choose their residence. the bill is removing.
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there are enough issues as being a member of the military and for spouses and family that we don't need to add to it. this is a smart piece of legislation and does what it is going to do and i encourage all members to join me in support. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i yield two minutes to the co-author on the bill, ms. stefan nick of new york. ms stefanik: my legislation gives military spouses the choice to establish the same state of residency as a service member, giving them the benefit of retaining the same state of residency for voting and tax represent of purposes. i have heard firsthand about the challenges that military families face and i have the highest respect for the sacrifices these families make to protect our nation ap safeguard our freedom.
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military families must relocate every few years due to meet the requirements in the military. they sack cry ties a great deal, uprooting their lives and disrupting their families, all while serving as a critical support. this is a difficult and challenging time with the heaviest burden falling on military spouses. they have to maintain one state of legal residence for tax and voting purposes even when they receive military orders. but this does not apply to the service members' spouses. this loophole requires spouses to establish residency every time the service member receives a new assignment adding stress and anxiety to military families. this legislation faces this inconsistenty. military spouses serve, too and this bill eliminates the daunting task of multiple tax
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jurisdictions and help reduce spousal unemployment. traveling across the north country in new york, i have listened to the sacrifices our military makes. we have a duty to reduce these burdens. i urge my colleagues to support this bill on a bipartisan basis. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. walz: does the gentleman have any more speakers? i'm prepared to close. i urge members to support this smart piece of legislation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, is recognized. mr. roe: i urge members to support this legislation and i yield bark. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 282. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in -- mr. walz: i object on the votes on the ground that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. poe: thank you, mr. speaker. i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1058, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: -- mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1058, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. caller: h.r. 1058, a bill to amend title 38, united states code, to clarify the role of podiatrists in the department of veterans. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, and the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, will each control 20 minutes.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. without objection. mr. roe: ok, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roe: i rise in support of h.r. 1058, as amended, the v.a. provider equity act. this legislation would recognize the professional contribution of hardworking diatrists within the department of veterans affairs health care system. this has not been updated in 41 years. at that time education and training for podiatrists have been revolutionized. .a.'s failure to recognize this has a disparity in pay at the v.a. in comparison to their peers in the private sector. consequently, v.a. struggles to recruit and retain qualified
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podiatrists. those we want caring for our veterans. at a time when podiatry care is increasing. this legislation would allow v.a. podiatrists the opportunity to seek leadership opportunities at v.a. medical facilities and making podiatry pay equal to physician a dentist pay within the health care system. i'm grateful to my good friend, fellow veteran and committee member, dr. brad wenstrup. the chairman of the subcommittee on health for his leadership and recognizing what an important issue this is and being thoughtful and tenacious in pursuit of a solution to it. i'm proud to support this legislation and urge my colleagues to do the same. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i support h.r. 1058, as amended, the v.a. provider equity act. it's a commonsense solution to a really important problem
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that's plaguing the v.a., a shortage of health care providers. this legislation would allow v.h.a. to attract the podiatrists needed. by allowing podiatrists to advance within the v.h.a. while allowing pay comparable to what private sector podiatrists get paid, they can attract and retain these providers. i want to commend dr. wenstrup for highlighting this, educating us on the committee and making sure this is aligned. i ask my colleagues to support this good piece of legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i yield two minutes to my good friend, dr. wenstrup, colonel wenstrup, a member of the veterans' committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. wenstrup: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1058, the v.a. provider equity act, as amended, which would strengthen access to the first
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class health care the veterans deserves. podiatric care is important. eterans report high rates of lower extremity -- veterans of previous wars also experience higher innsin stances of foot and ankle ailments caused by aging, diabetes and service-connected disabilities. all this leads to increased demand for podiatric care at the v.h.a. however, v.a. struggles to retain podiatrists due to disparity in pay and leadership opportunities in comparison to both tie die trists in the private sector and to other physicians employed by the v.a. and this is because they first established standards for podiatrists in 1976. and training and practice have changed considerably since that time. nonetheless, v.a.'s outdated standards have remained unchanged. this has translated to increased wait times as of 2015, 93% of new podiatry
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patients wait more than 15 days nd podiatry is the fourth most needed care. my bill, h.r. 1058, would make doctors of pode at rick medicine -- podiatric medicine make sure they are provided the same leadership opportunities as other v.a. physicians which is consistent with the private sector. this bill will make it easier for v.a. to recruit and retain the specialists our veterans so desperately need. in turn, this will result in better care for veterans and savings to the taxpayers. a recent study from the ucla center for health policy research found that podiatry services provided to diabetic patients could save -- could have saved between 29 million and 97 million in 2014 in the state of california alone. as the house veterans' affairs committee and the rest of our colleagues in congress continue to work together to help our veterans receive the care they need, i urge the passage of
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this bill. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: we have no further speakers. i am prepared to close, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: again, smart piece of legislation. thank the gentleman from ohio for his work on this. urge passage of h.r. 1058, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. once again, i encourage all members to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1058. those in favor say aye -- as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. walz: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this otion will be suspended.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1690, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1690, a bill to amend title 38, united states code, to require the secretary of veterans affairs to submit an annual report regarding performance awards and bonuses awarded to certain high-level employees of the department of veterans affairs. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, and the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roe: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 1690, as amended, the department of veterans affairs bonus transparency act. this bill would require the department of veterans affairs to submit an annual report to
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specified congressional committees on the performance awards and bonuses presented to senior executive service employees, s.e.s. employees. i believe if you do excellent work, you should receive a bonus. i also believe such a bonus should be justified and there should be some level of transparency regarding those who receive a bonus. i support congresswoman tenney's bill, and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: mr. speaker, i rise support of h.r. 2006, the v.a. procurement and efficiency act. it would allow v.a. any costs and savings it occurs as a result of using competitive procedures. the recording -- reporting requirement is limited to contracts reported in the federal procurement data system and will ensure increased transparency in the v.a. it also requires v.a. to use standardized contracting templates throughout the entire v.a. this will create an efficient
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system for contractors. they will not waste money. anyone who has been a member of congress and dealt with v.a. contracts know how difficult, confusing and just quite honestly frustrating. having standardized forms will improve oversight of these contracts so that they follow the same requirements for the same type of contracts. i urge my colleagues to support this smart legislation, efficiency in government, help provide care in a more timely manner. so with that i urge the support and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i now take an opportunity to yield three minutes to the author of the bill, ms. tenney of new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for three minutes. ms. tenney: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. chairman. i first want to thank chairman roe and ranking member walz for prioritizing bipartisanship and putting our veterans ahead of politics. this committee's work is a testament to what we can
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achieve here in congress when we put aside politics and focus on results. mr. speaker, the department of veterans affairs bonus transparency act requires the v.a. to submit a report to congress at the end of each fiscal year, listing the bonuses that were awarded to senior level executives within the department. in 2015, v.a. employees received more than $177 million in bonuses, which was 24% more than they had received in 2014. the average bonus for a senior executive was $10,000. i have no doubt that men and women of the v.a. service semb our veterans admirably each -- serve our veterans admirably each day. in my own district i have spocken to those in sir -- spoken to those in syracuse as well as binghamton. they should be fairly compensated for their awork and a-- their work and receive awards. an audit of several v.a.
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facilities in virginia and north carolina, nearly 14,000 veterans were denied access to timely care. the audit also found that veterans were waiting an average of 26 days to see mental health specialists while -- veterans d to have the right to be concerned. this bill would have a simple reporting requirement that will streamline the oversight of bonuses at the v.a. it requires the agency to proactively provide information to congress that details the amount -- that details the amount of each postseason us awarded to senior executives as well as the job titles of the individuals and their location of their employment. because of the patterns of mismanagement at the v.a., the veterans must know how our bonuses are being awarded at the agency and congress deserves to receive this information in as timely manner
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as possible without having to request it each year. this bill increases transparency over the bonus process without placing undue burden on the agency. it's an honor to represent a district that's home to more than 55,000 veterans. i owe it to them each everyand every day. our veterans deserve the very best health care. i thank chairman roe and ranking member walz for their support and i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1690. thank you, mr. chairman. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: sometimes we sing from the same song sheet. sometimes we don't sing the same song sheet. i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: yes, i was in the lith earn him national and not e -- lutheran hymnal and not baptist. mr. speaker, i do rise in support of h.r. 1690.
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the gentlelady's right. it's support. the public demands transparency, make sure there is an accountability in this, make sure we're tracking. i thank her. thank you for your tolerance of us getting ahead of ourselves. i urge my colleagues to support this piece of legislation also and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota responds well and yields back to the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: once again, i encourage all members to support this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee yields back the balance. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1690, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. walz: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i move to suspend the rules and
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has -- pass h.r. 1848 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to carry out a pilot program on the use of medical scribes in department of veterans affairs medical centers. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, and the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include -- i think i said that -- i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: i rise in support of .r. 1848 which i am proud to sponsor. one of my priorities as chairman of the house committee on veterans' affairs is to increase access to care for veteran patients. one way to do that is help hardworking department of veterans affairs physicians, clinicians to be more efficient in the practice of high-quality
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care. the veterans affairs medical scribes pilot act would do just that, to test the use of scribes in v.a. medical centers. scribes are increasingly used in the private sector to help doctors navigate and document a patient's electronic health record. that allows doctors to place their focus not on a computer screen but it should be squarely on the patient. i jokingly say, mr. speaker, that it was an electronic health record that made me a congressman. basically ran me out of the medical office. that's a slight exaggeration but not too far off. like many doctors i hear from today, i found the increasing amount of time i was spending attending to electronic health record requirements, necessary as they may be, detracted from the quality of my patient's interactions, significantly lowed down how many doctors are spending half of their time entering their
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information. on site visits to v.a. medical facilities, my staff and i always ask v.a. employees, how to provide safer and better care and see more patients. by far, the most common responses is please give us some help. at is what passage of h.r. 1848 and includes a bill sponsored by brad wenstrup, which would bring v.a. medical centers in line with every major medical facility. i thank dr. wenstrup for his leadership and i'm grateful to work with him to make v.a. fa sits healthy smoke-free and for veterans to seek care. i urge all my colleagues to support me and support h.r. 1848 as amended and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota is reckfiesed. mr. walz: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i support h.r. 1848. the ff was checking -- veterans medical pilot subscribe act offered by chairman. no one knows more about this, the education that goes into learning about the practice of medicine, having a physician as the chairman is invaluable and this issue of subscribes and how it interdbscribes has been invaluable to me to understand this. i know the chairman has said it and feel they are spending too much time entering data. it would allow the use of scribes during a two year pilot program. smart stuff again. i appreciate the insight making more efficiencies in the system.
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i urge the support of this and reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i'm ready to close. i have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: urge support and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. . the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1848 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. . in the opinion of the chair -- mr. walz: i object ject to the vote on the grouped that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. roe: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2006. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of
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the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 178, h.r. 2006, a bill to amend title 38 united states code to improve the procurement practices of the department of veteran affairs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee and the gentleman from minnesota, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to on revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in important of 2006, the v.a. procurement efficiency and transparency act. h.r. 2006 is a commonsense contracting transparency and efficiency legislation sponsored by my friend, representative mike coffman, a member of the veteran affairs committee. this bill will make clear how much v.a. is saving to direct the v.a. organize its
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contracting documents. procurement difficulties seem to happen year after year and i thank representative coffman and others for their work on this issue. i urge all members to support h.r. 2006. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i feel so strongly about this and i'm going to support it again today. and i urge my colleagues to support 2006 and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i would like to yield two minutes to a senior member of the veterans affairs company, member of marine corps and u.s. army. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. coffman: one of v.a.'s top procurement goals is to achieve savings through competition. there is no uniform format of how the sayings are calculatesed
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or if they are recorded at all. i introduced h.r. 2006, the v.a. procurement efficiency and transparency act. my bill will create a consistent method for the v.a. to measure and record the cost savings generated by competing contracts from its $20 billion procurement budget. v.a. to directs the have templates and make them accessible in a central place. too often the v.a. reports flawed or incomplete data to congress and the public. while the v.a.'s current leadership is working to correct years of transparency problems, the legislation gives that effort a much needed push in the right direction. mr. speaker, the v.a.'s contracting will benefit by adopting these best practices and i encourage my colleagues to support this commonsense measure. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. walings walz i urge support of this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i encourage all members to support this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2006. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- mr. walz: i object to the vote on the grouped that a quorum is not present and i make a poip of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. mr. roe: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2749 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2749 a bill to amend title 38 united states code to improve the oversight of
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crabts awarded by the secretary of veterans' affairs to small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee, and the gentleman from minnesota, each will control 20 minutes. mr. roe: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of h.r. 2749 as amended to protecting the business opportunities for veterans act of 2017. h.r. 2749 as amended is contracting reform legislation sponsored by representative kuster, the chairman and ranking member of our ranking member subcommittee. d to take work away from legitimate service disabled
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veteran-owned businesses. it's crucial that the federal procurement be fair and that veteran entrepreneurs actually receive the benefits that the law creates for them. this bill is a smart fix for a difficult problem and i appreciate my colleagues working on it. i urge all members to support h.r. 2749 as amended and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: i rise in support of h.r. 2749 as amended the protecting business opportunities act for veterans. i thank general bergman and ms. kuster, the subcommittee has worked hard to ensure that our small businesses are provided the protections and support to remain competitive in the federal contracting process. congress granted preferences to
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small businesses owned by veterans because we want our veteran entrepreneurs to thrive. this bill introduced by representatives bergman and kuster closes a loophole that pass through the contracts to non-veteran owned business. this practice is unfair to the small business owners who are serving and owned by service disabled veterans. the bill ensures that veteran entrepreneurs get this benefit by closing the loophole. it's smart and the right thing to do. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i yield two minutes to a new member of our committee and chairman of the subcommittee on oversight and investigation, lieutenant general bergman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. berg: i rise to speak -- >> protecting business opportunities for veterans act of 2017 and i thank the chairman and the ranking member for their
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support for ranking member kuster and myself. h.r. 2749 provides the v.a. with the tools it needs to correct a consistent problem in contracting. the problem is improper pass-throughs. improper pass-through is when a spal business obtains a contract under a set aside and gives the work to a large company and nonetheless collects profit. sometimes multiple companies pass through the work. this has been prohibited by law and wastes taxpayer dollars but in practice, agencies have little ability to stop it. and the veteran and disabled veteran businesses have special preferences to receive contracts. but bad actors are taking contracts away from law abiding veteran business owners who truly want to perform the work. the committee gets complaints about this situation nearly every week.
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this bill will provide for a contract that certify will perform the percentage of work that law requires. the bill directs the v.a. to work with the office of inspector general to find, stop and punish the improper pass-through. h.r. 2749 relies on existing law and fills in gaps and implementation but does not, i repeat, create any new bureaucracy. this solution is long overdue. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota. walings walz we have no further speakers and i urge the passage of this and i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i urge all members to support h.r. 2749 as amended and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house
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suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2749 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair i object r. speaker to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. roe: i move to suspend the ules and pass h.r. 2781 as amended. the clerk: union calendar number 182, h.r. 2781, a bill to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to certify the sufficient participation of small business concerns owned and controlled by veterans and small business concerns owned by veterans with service connected
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disabilities in contracts under the funding strategic initiatives. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe and the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. roe: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roe: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 2781 as amended, the ensuring veterans enterprise and sourcing act. it is another piece of thoughtful contracting legislation sponsored by hard-working member dr. dunn. this will make sure all small businesses owned by veterans are never excluded from a particular group of contracts run by the g.s.a. despite congress' efforts to
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give our rett advance maximum opportunity and the system does not always work as it should. this bill fixes a loophole that has cropped up recently and makes sure veteran businesses are not inadvertently ignored when g.s.a. uses these contracts. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 2781 as amended. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. . mr. walz: i rise in support of h.r. 2781. as said, the bill will require the v.a. secretary and the general services administration to increase the number of veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled veteran small businesses on the federal strategic sourcing initiatives. it increases cost savings values and socioeconomic participation for the sourcing of government contracts, ensures our government has a community of businesses to strategically source from,
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ensuring more veteran owned small businesses and service disabled veteran small businesses means contracts are spent on contracts -- dollars are spent on contracts while supporting veteran owned businesses. i urge my colleagues to support this piece of legislation, and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time it's a great pleasure to yield to the author of the bill, dr. neal dunn, a veteran from florida, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dunn: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, h.r. 2781 is a commonsense solution to a complicated problem. i'm proud to sponsor it with my good friend, mr. panetta from california. over the last 10 year congress gave veteran and veteran disabled small businesses the highest preference to compete for v.a. contracts. last year the supreme court ruled in the kingdomware case that this preference applies in all situations, even when the
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v.a. uses contracts awarded by other agencies. a loophole has emerged. in a group of contracts called the federal stiegic sourcing initiative -- strategic sourcing initiative, run by the general services administration. they connect them with goods and services they need to purchase. all too often, the g.s.a. is not connecting the v.a. with enough small businesses that are earned by veterans and service disabled veterans. the law requires the v.a. look for these companies and buy from them when it can if they're competitive. but when the veteran businesses are not on the g.s.a. list, the v.a. can't find them or use them. because of the loophole, well-qualified veteran-owned companies are being passed over. in some cases, v.a. disregards the g.s.a. contracts and finds veteran-owned companies elsewhere on their own but this wastes resources by creating contracts similar to what the g.s.a. already has in place.
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this bill simply directs the v.a. secretary to determine whether veteran-owned and service-disabled veteran owned small businesses are sufficiently represented on the contracts for v.a. to follow the law. if not, the v.a. must consult with the g.s.a. to increase their representation on all the contracts and their subcategories. should this not be possible in a particular contract or subcategory, the v.a. must stop using them. i'm honored that this bill has earned the support of the american legion, the veterans of foreign wars and the national veterans small business coalition. we need to hold the v.a. accountable to the veterans it serves, including our veteran and service disabled veteran small business owners. it's the right thing to do and i urge all members to support it. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to the co-author of this and veteran, the
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gentleman from california, mr. panetta. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. panetta: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support are h.r. 2781, the ensuring veteran enterprise participation in strategic sourcing act. it is a bill that the kind and gentleman in from i sponsored so that it's easier for the department of veterans affairs to contract with the very veterans that they serve. as a veteran and someone who has worked with veterans, i understand the challenges that our service members can face when they transition from military to civilian life. that is why we in congress are working to serve those who served us, by opening every opportunity for our veterans to thrive and contribute not just to our communities but to our country. throughout the united states, there are many quality veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses that sell office and janitorial supplies or provide building maintenance services. those businesses and the government would mutually benefit if the businesses
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seeking federal contracts were given a fair chance to compete. but as it stands now, veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses are losing out on such opportunities because of an unintentional loophole when the v.a. contracts with the general services administration, the g.s.a., for office and janitorial services, equipment and supplies. now, that loophole opened up last year when they had a supreme court ruling. normally when it comes to its contracts, the v.a. ensures that veteran-owned small businesses are considered in the bidding process. but the kingdomware ruling required the v.a. set aside contracts for veteran-owned small businesses when there are two or more companies interested, capable and can perform at a fair and reasonable price. so when the v.a. contracts with the g.s.a. for janitorial or office supplies, the g.s.a. is not giving veteran-owned businesses the proper consideration for those types of contracts. thus, this is not being
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implemented. fortunately, this bill, our bill, democrats' and republicans' bill, would close that loophole. it would increase the number of service-disabled veteran and veteran-owned small businesses represented in that contracting process. the bill would eliminate that barrier that limited our veterans and their businesses from contracting with the government. it is a solution that is fair to veteran entrepreneurs. it is a bill that has strong bipartisan support. it is a bill that moved through the house veterans' affairs committee with unanimous consent, and it is a bill that all of us are proud of, democrats and republicans, and that is why i am proud to sponsor this bill, i am proud to present it to you with the gentleman from florida because it will do what's smart for our veterans, for our country's veterans and that's why i encourage my colleagues to support this bill. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore:
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yields. the gentleman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'd like to yield two minutes to a subcommittee chair on the committee and a marine veteran, mr. bost of illinois. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bost: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 2781, veteran enterprise participation in strategic sourcing act. small businesses should be given proper consideration for contracts with the department of veterans affairs. it will help to ensure that our contracting -- that our contracting is efficient and fair to our nation's veterans. the v.a. has a special responsibility to maximize business opportunities for our heroes when they come home from serving abroad. helping veterans own small businesses succeed is a bipartisan effort, as you've heard already here today. i'm happy to see so many of my colleagues support it. i want to thank my colleague, dr. dunn, for offering the
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commonsense fix to contracting at the v.a. and look forward to voting for -- in favor of it. i urge members to support h.r. 2781, and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers. again, i urge our colleagues to support h.r. 2781, and we yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields, the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i'll yield two minutes to general bergman, the subcommittee chair, marine, served with distinction, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bergman: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. chairman. i am proud to join dr. dunn and mr. panetta in supporting h.r. 2781, the ensuring veteran enterprise participation in strategic sourcing act. this bill and my bill are complementary legislation. in addition to the vital health
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care and benefits v.a. provides to our veterans, it also awards billions of dollars of contracts annually to their small businesses. the impact of these contracts to support livelihoods and create jobs all over our country cannot be overstated. just as veteran business owners must abide by the rules, v.a. must abide by the rules and make available to them the contracting opportunities they have earned. federal procurement is a very complicated system that sometimes produces strange outcomes. we must continue to work on that procurement and make sure that it functions properly. i strongly urge all my colleagues to support h.r. 2781, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. and in closing i would certainly urge everyone to support this excellent piece of legislation, and during the last 6 1/2 months, the
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veterans' affairs committee has been a very active committee. we realize our choice program was running short of funds. the committee in a bipartisan way voted to extend that. we have also realized there are 470,000 veterans whose claims are in appeals and have not been adjudicated. we realize that program is not functioning as it should. the house acted quickly, bipartisan. that legislation has now been passed out of the senate v.a. committee and is waiting action by the floor. we hope to have it passed and signed into law soon. we knew that the secretary of the v.a. said he had problems he couldn't -- most v.a. employees are terrific. some of my best friends work at the v.a., but there are some not good employees out of the 370,000 there. the secretary said to do his job, to reform the v.a., he needed a bill where he could terminate poor performing employees. and this house and senate gave him that. the president has signed that into law. the secretary has also moved
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and speeding up the electronic health record transformation into a modern off-the-shelf system. we debated and this -- on this floor today the post-9/11 g.i. bill update which is a tremendous benefit for veterans and decades from now they'll look back on this debate we had on this floor i think with some admiration, as i do. it's been a true privilege and pleasure to be on this committee and to work with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to take care of these important issues this committee has produced. it will make you this promise to the veterans of our country. it will continue to produce results for them. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. walz: i think i yielded back my time but i appreciate that. the speaker pro tempore: thank you, sir. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2781, as amended. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. walz: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2333, the small business investment opportunity act of 2017. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of he bill. does the gentleman mean to pass the bill, as amended? mr. chabot: yes, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of
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the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 151, h.r. 2333, a bill to amend the small business investment act of 1958 to increase the amount of leverage made available to small business investment companies. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from ohio, mr. chabot, and the gentlewoman from california, ms. chu, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. chabot: thank you. as chairman of the house small business committee, a day does not go by without me hearing from our nation's job creators. from inspiring accounts that are driven by their work ethics to stories of sacrifice all in the name of growing their company, the nation's small businesses are the true lifeblood of the american
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economy. with over 29 million small businesses operating in the united states, they are responsible for two out of every three new jobs created in this country. however, their full potential is being held back by heavy-handed regulations and uncertainty. unfortunately, their inability to access capital continues to prevent job creation and expansion. as a way to increase access to capital, the small business administration jump-starts and enhances the flow of venture and private equity capital through the small business investment company program, also known as the sbic program. created in the 1958 small business investment act, the program utilizes a privately owned and s.b.a. license model to increase access to capital. with more than $24 billion of capital under management, the program and
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fiscal -- in fiscal year 2015 invested more than $5.4 billion and approximately -- in approximately 1,000 small businesses. in 2015, i introduced an sbic bill that focused on increasing the family of funds limit. similar to my 2015 legislation that was signed into law, the bill we have before us today concentrates on the individual leverage limit. currently set at $150 million, the individual limit determineses how much capital -- determines how much capital can be deployed by an sbic thats has only one fund under management. to better utilize this program and allow an increase in capital to small businesses, h.r. 2333, the bill we're considering here this afternoon, increases the individual leverage limit to $175 million. i want to thank the gentleman from california, mr. knight,
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the chairman of our subare subcommittee on contracting and work force, for his leadership on this issue. with access to capital being such a critical need for small business expansion and job creation, an increase in the individual leverage limit could deliver the needed capital that the next great american company is searching for. this bill has broad bipartisan support and was favorably passed out of committee unanimously. i urge my colleagues to vote want to . 2333 and i thank the gentlelady from, ms. chu, who is here this afternoon, i believe on behalf of the ranking member. we have a very, very strong bipartisan working committee. it's one of those in congress that i think can be a model for other committees in how the two parties can actually work together and push forward with policies that are good for the country overall. we're not a very partisan
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committee. we work together. i want to thank both ms. velazquez and ms. chu for their participation in that bipartisanship. and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. chu: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. chu: today small business investment companies have assisted thousands of high growth businesses, providing over $100 billion in capital. the key to the program's success is leveraging federal funds to expand the amount of private capital invested in promising small firms. the small business administration provides funding to qualified sbic's with the expertise in certain sectors of the economy. sbic's then use their own funds and leverage from s.b.a. to invest in small businesses. their actions have facilitated over three million jobs total, and nearly $6 billion per year of investment in domestic small
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employers. yet this very success has pushed many sbic licensees against the leverage caps. in turn, reducing the flow of capital to worthy small businesses. addressing the cap should be a priority to stabilize the financial landscape. failure to do so leads -- leaves employers without capital to create jobs and expand our economy. in recent years congress has raised the leverage limits for sbic's to maximize the impact for family of funds licensees. but neglected to assist sbic's that manage just one company. that leverage cap remains at $ 150 million. h.r. 2333, the small business investment opportunity act, would increase the cap to d 175 million for an sbsh -- $175 million for an sbic that manages just one company. this change will he chance the ow of capital to small
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businesses -- will enhance the flow of capital to small businesses. i urge my colleagues to vote for this bill. i would also like to add my appreciation to chairman chabot for his report in the process. i commend his leadership and ranking member velazquez for their willingness to work in a bipartisan manner. i'm pleased to serve on a committee that takes their responsibilities seriously, to help our nation's small businesses prosper. thank you. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now like to yield sufficient time as he may consume to -- such time as he may consume to the gentleman from kansas, dr. marshall. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. marshall: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 2333, the small business investment opportunity act of 2017. constantly we hear that access to capital is a major hurdle for small businesses. despite an improving economy, small businesses lending has plateaued since the great
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recession. the small business investment opportunity act aims to improve access to capital by increasing the amount of small business investment a company can make to provide for small businesses. in kansas, communities have benefited from small business investment company programs. with more than $300 million invested to over 110 small businesses across the state. small businesses are the nation's job creators and providing this sort of access to capital will spur job creation and growth. mr. speaker, i recently finished my 39th town hall and i daresay at every town hall somebody asks me, why can't congress do anything in a bipartisan fashion? mr. speaker, this is an example of both parties working together for bipartisan solutions to grow this economy. i encourage my colleagues to support this measure and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. chu: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time.
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the gentleman from ohio. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now like to yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from south carolina, who is the newest member of the small business committee, mr. norman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. norman: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 2333, the small business investment opportunity act of 2017. as a business man, i am keenly aware of how vital small businesses are to keeping our nation's economy moving forward. small businesses alone employ nearly half of america's private sector work force. however, the dreams of many small business owners in south carolina can't be fully realized because of the serious obstacle of accessing capital. this burden prevents the creation of more jobs and better opportunities for the hardworking american people. h.r. 2333 will allow the sbic
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program offered by the s.b.a. to help tackle lending roadblocks, to be utilized to its full to -- potential by increasing the individual leverage limit from $150 million to $175 million. with this legislation, small business will have a greater chance to grow and help spur our economy. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in support of h.r. 2333. and for all of the small businesses nationwide. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentlelady from california. ms. chu: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from ohio. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. we have no further speakers that the time. so if the gentlelady would like to close, we'll close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. chu: yes, mr. speaker. i have no further speakers. and i'm prepared to close. mr. speaker, expanding access to capital for small businesses has been a top priority for both sides of the aisle.
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the sbic program fills the gap in the capital markets for businesses that have outgrown s.b.a.'s flagship 7-a loan guarantee program, but remain too small or risky for the private equity industry. h.r. 2333 will help boost this program's success by changing how much leverage an sbic can obtain from s.b.a. specifically this legislation is narrowly tailored to increase the leverage limit exclusively for sbic's that manage just one company. increasing the cap will expand the flow of much-needed capital to small business. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. thank you. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. in closing, i want to again commend the gentleman from california, steve knight, for his leadership on this particular legislation. he is the subcommittee chairman
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of the contracting and work force subcommittee. and in closing, let me reiterate the importance of this bill, which ames to incree -- in-- which aims to increase capital to small businesses. it simply increases the sbic's individual leverage limit from $150 million to $175 million. this legislation really is common sense, and as i mentioned before, it's bipartisan. and we again want to thank the gentlelady from california, ms. chu, for her bipartisan leadership on this as well. it will enhance the ability of small businesses to gain the needed money to expand and create jobs in our communities, and i would urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 2333, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 2333, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair,
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2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? chab mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules -- mr. chabot: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2056. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 150. h.r. 2056. a bill to amend the small business act to provide for expanded participation in the microloan program, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from ohio, mr. chabot, and the gentlewoman from california, ms. chu, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i would ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on
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the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. chabot: the microloan program at the small business administration is a program that acutely targets small dollar borrowers by utilizing nonprofit intermediate yares such as -- intermediaries such as -- and they're known as microlenders. beyond lending the needed capital that is critical to a small business, microlenders are required to provide technical assistance and training to borrowers and perspective borrowers. the program is unique to the sbab's capital access programs because it combines capital with counseling. two ingredients for growth. however, like many federal programs, it is in need of modernizing to fully meet the demands of america's small businesses. h.r. 2056, this bill, the microloan modernization act of 2017, does just that. to fully service small dollar
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borrowers, h.r. 206 raises the lending volume -- 2056 raises the lending volume that an intermediary has frds 5 million to $6 million -- from $5 million to $6 million. by updating the rule to a 50/50 split, more complete assistance can be offered in the early stages of the process, oftentimes when a small business needs it the most. to determine if the program is running at its full potential with microlenders throughout the nation, h.r. 2056 also directs the s.b.a. to study the utilization of the program. lastly, to make sure the s.b.a. is providing the correct amount of supervision, the government accountability office, the g.a.o., is required to study the s.b.a.'s oversight tools. as we continue to see signs of
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economic improvement, we must steadfastly defend the nation's small businesses and startups. h.r. 2056 makes important changes to the program that will enhance a small dollar borrowers' ability -- a small dollar borrower's ability to create jobs. i want to thank the gentlelady and all the members on this committee who have taken a leading role in this legislation. it has broad bipartisan support, again, the small business committee working in a bipartisan fashion, and i would urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 2056. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. chu: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. chu: i rise in support of the h.r. 2056, the microloan modernization act of 2017. this bill comes at an important time because the nature of small business financing has
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evolved. no longer do many banks want to take on a business loan under $250,000, leaving much of the nation's small employers emptyhanded. small entities don't always want or need large amounts of capital and find small loans sufficient to meet their needs. or they lack the qualifications to qualify for a bank loan. the s.b.a.'s microloan program helps fill this gap by serving entrepreneurs who are not served by the private sector or s.b.a.'s 7-a loan program. this program has provided millions of dollars in financing and technical assistance to small businesses and entrepreneurs since its inception in 1992. s small to t lend smallest allow them to grow to profitability and create new jobs.
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micro loans are valuable to perspective entrepreneurs and to communities who badly need greater economic opportunities. despite the average microloan size being about $13,000, these loans have changed the face of small business lending and how they're funding their success. h.r. 2056 offers a much-needed change by increasing the microloan intermediary loan limit from $5 million to $6 million. it also raises the cap on grant funds that intermediaries can spend on technical assistance for perspective borrowers. mikery loans are labor intensive and requires staff time, expense and risk. technical assistance grants allows intermediaries to support personalized and intensive technical assistance or those micro borrowers and their portfolio. it will ensure they are ready
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for that next step taking on a loan. these changes will increase the reach of the program and will ultimately go a long way toward creating opportunity for established enterprises and those who dream of going into business for themselves. i strongly urge my colleagues to support this important bill. thank you and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd now yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from nebraska, mr. bacon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bacon: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the microloan modernization act of 2017. this legislation will benefit america's small businesses by improving the small business administration's microloan program. small business lending has not kept pace with the improving economy after the great recession, and this has been especially true for small dollar borrowers. early stage small businesses do not have the proven financial
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history and lack access to traditional lending. unable to borrow money from bank and credit unions, they often turn to friends, family or credit cards to finance their businesses. the s.b.a. microloan programs provides access to capital through nonprofit intermediaries that loan up to $50,000 for their upstart companies. these intermediaries also offer technical assistance and counseling to facilitate their business' success. h.r. 2056 will improve the s.b.a. microloan program by expanding the lending volume for microloan intermediaries by giving them flexibility for their technical assistance grants, drive more preloan comprehensive assistance to businesses in their infancy and by requiring the s.b.a. to study and report to congress on the utilization of the program. this bill provides the meaningful reforms to modernize the s.b.a. microloan program and i'm a proud co-sponsor. this is a needed bill to support the engine of our economy, our small businesses.
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i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. chu: mr. speaker, i would like to yield to mrs. murphy of florida, the sponsor of this legislation, for as much time as she may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 2056, my bipartisan bill to improve the small business administration's microloan program. small businesses are the backbone of our nation's economy. in my home state of florida, there are 2.4 million small businesses, which is 99.8% of all employers in the state. these businesses employ 3.2 million workers. in my central florida district, we have a vibrant community of entrepreneurs, and they tell me the number one challenge they
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face is access to capital. as someone who counseled entrepreneurs and businesses in the private sector before i came to congress, i know how difficult it can be to obtain the capital you need to start and grow a small business. that's why this bill to improve s.b.a.'s microloan program is so important. i want to thank chairman chabot and ranking member velazquez for helping to advance this bill through the small business committee where the bill received unanimous support. i also want to thank the administrator of the s.b.a., linda mcmahon, and her senior staff for working with my office to make modest changes to the bill after it was introduced. these changes should better position the bill to move through congress and then to be signed into law by the president. the microloan program is one of several lending programs administered by the s.b.a. its goal is to help small dollar borrowers who want to start or grow their business. under this program, s.b.a. makes loans to nonprofit organizations known as intermediaries. these intermediaries in turn makes short-term loans up to
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$50,000 to small businesses and nonprofit childcare centers. recipients of micro loans use these funds to finance their operations and to acquire supplies and equipments. the mikery loan program seeks -- microloan programs seeks those women and minority owned small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs who may not get larger bank loans. in fiscal year 2016, intermediaries provided over $60 million in loans to small firms around the country, creating or retaining nearly 18,000 jobs in the process. while the loans may not be large, they can mean the difference between a small business starting up and succeeding or struggling and shuttering. despite the relative success of the microloan program it must be modernized. my bill would improve in two respects. first, the bill would increase the total the intermediary can
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borrow from the s.b.a. from $5 million to $6 million. this will allow them to make more small dollar loans to more small businesses and entrepreneurs. second, the bill would enable intermediaries to use a larger percentage of the technical assistance grants they receive from s.b.a. in order to help small business owners and entrepreneurs navigate the microloan application process. i respectfully ask my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bill, which will assist and empower more small business. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers, and we'll reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. chu: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers, and i'm prepared to close. mr. speaker, s.b.a.'s microloan programs fulfills a critical need in the capital market. it is a key resource for startup, null established and growing small businesses, --
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newly established and growing small businesses where commercial credit are hard to come by. the microloan modernization act of 2017 makes targeted reforms to assist more of these small businesses by raising the amount that s.b.a. may commit to an intermediary and raising the cap on the amount of grant funding for technical assistance. these would further assist very small businesses to obtain loans and in turn provide them greater opportunity to create and retain the jobs that they need. with no significant effect on the federal budget, i can think of no better time to make long-sought changes to improve the program. as such, i once again would urge my colleagues to support this legislation. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. in closing, i would note, again, we have bipartisan work
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on this committee and we want to thank mrs. murphy and also mr. bacon for working together and pushing this bill which i think will benefit small businesses all across the country and we appreciate that and mrs. murphy, of course, is from florida and mr. bacon is from nebraska. this, i think, the microloan program is really an important tool in the s.b.a.'s capital access toolbox, but it is in need of modernizing, and h.r. 2056 does that. these are the reforms i think that the nation's job creators need. small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs have the ideas to create the next great american company. we just need to provide the correct environment for that growth to take place, and i think this is something that will contribute towards that possibility and therefore be able to create more jobs for more americans all across the country. therefore, i would urge my colleagues to support h.r.
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2056, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2056, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? mr. chabot: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2364, the investing in main street act of 2017. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 152, h.r. 2364, a bill to amend the small business investment act of 1958 to increase the amount that certain banks and savings associations may invest in small business investment companies subject to the approval of the appropriate federal banking agency and for
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other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from ohio, mr. chabot, and the gentlewoman from california, ms. chu, each shall control 20 minutes. chair ohio. -- the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. chabot: as members of the small business committee, we hear day in and day out how access to capital continues to challenge job creation and job growth. we must continue to work in a bipartisan fashion to create an environment for small businesses to flourish and grow. one resource available to small employers is the small business investment company program, or the sbic program, which runs on a zero cost subsidy to the american taxpayer. the program enhances access to
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capital for small business throughout the nation by utilizing a private sector-owned and s.b.a. license formula to increase equity capital. within the sbic program, banks and federal savings associations are limited to the amount of capital or surplus they can invest in an sbic. under current statute, the limit prevents no more than a 5% investment. the legislation we have before us today, h.r. 2364, the investing in main street act of 2017, increases this investment threshold to 15% and requires any investment above the 5% mark to be subject to approval by the bank's regulator. this new 15% marker brings parity to the program with rules by the office of the comptroller of the currency. as the nation's small businesses continue to experience difficulties accessing capital, assistance like the sbic program delivers
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and has a track record to prove it. some of the nation's most prominent companies have received sbic financing in the past. the update provided in h.r. 2364 will continue and build upon the success of the program. this bill has broad bipartisan support and was favorably passed out of committee unanimously. i would urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 2364, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from ohio is recognized. ms. chu: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. chu: i rise in support of my bill, h.r. 2364, the investing in main street act of 2017. small businesses are the backbone of our economy, accounting for two out of every three new jobs. and so as part of our commitment to creating opportunities and growing our economy, it's our responsibility to help more small businesses succeed.
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the s.b.a. investment company, or sbic, a program is an effective tool that facilitates private investment into early stage startup small businesses across the country and all at no federal cost. ess la, fedex, apple -- tesla, fedex, apple, intel and cost co-are an example of small businesses that -- costco are an example of small businesses that used the small business investment program during their early stages. they have a handsoff approach giving fund managers the autonomy to invest in any business sector they choose, from apparel to cutting edge technology. this freedom, coupled with sound investment strategies, has led to its success. in fact, in 2016, the sbic program provided $6 billion in financing to 1,200 small businesses and helped to
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sustain over 120,000 jobs. it has afforded america's small businesses an invaluable opportunity to grow their innovative ideas. however, the sbic program is currently restricted from taking more than 5% of capital investments from banks due to an outdated provision in the small business investment act of 1958. . at the same time, current banking regulations allow these banks to invest up to 15% of their capital and surplus into sbic's. the investment in mainstream act will correct this discrepancy by allowing banks and federal savings associations to invest up to 15% of their holdings to these funds to match current banking regulations. this change will strengthen and the sbic program,
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unleashing more capital to small businesses and all at no cost to the taxpayer. that means more entrepreneurs will be able to access the capital they need to grow their businesses and hire more workers. this legislation makes a sensible change to address the number one need of small firms. accessing capital. i'd like to thank our co-sponsors, representative knight and representative meng, for their support. and i ask my fellow members to support this bill. thank you. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers. so we'll reserve our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from ohio -- california is recognized. ms. chu: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from north carolina and the ranking member of the committee, ms. adams. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. adams: thank you. i thank the gentlelady from california for yielding.
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mr. speaker, small businesses are the backbone of our economy. this is particularly true in my home state of north carolina. according to a recent report, north carolina is the number one state in the country for starting a small business. as such, i will support lou them to a flourish. today, as vice ranking member of the small business committee, i rise to express my full support for h.r. 2364, investing in main street. the number one concern raised by small businesses is the lack of access to capital. and because this access -- because of this access problem, small businesses tend to rely more on personal credit cards, often with higher interest rates, than on more affordable small business loans. the investing in main street act helps free a up affordable capital and this bill increases access to capital for small businesses. by raising the percentage capital banks and saving associations may invest in
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small businesses, up to 15%. with increased opportunity, entrepreneurs will be able to grow and expand their businesses, as well as hire more employers -- employees, allowing them to reach their full potential. the investing in main street act is good for business, it's good for small business, and it's good for our economy. i want to thank chairman chabot and ranking member velazquez and all of my colleagues for supporting this bill. and i urge my colleagues to support this bill, as we may continue to give small businesses opportunities to thrive and employ american workers. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentlelady from california reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: mr. speaker, we'll continue to reserve if the gentlelady would like to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. chu: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and i am prepared to close.
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mr. speaker, access to capital is a life -- is the life blood of every small bills. the sbic program fills the gap between the availability of venture capital and the needs of small businesses and startup and growth situations -- in startup and growth situations. the sbic prass -- program has long been an important way of channeling capital to leading edge high growth companies. in fact, some of the nation's most successful corporations received early stage financing from sbic's. without it, they may not be the companies that they are today. the key to the program's success is leveraging federal funds to increase the amount of private capital invested in such promising startup companies. by dramatically increasing the amount of capital in the sbic program, the change is made by -- the changes made by h.r. 2364 will result in significant small business investment. as such, i once again urge my colleagues to support this
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measure. thank you. and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: thank you, mr. speaker. in closing, i would like to thank the gentlelady from california, ms. chu, and the gentlelady from north carolina, ms. adams, for their leadership on introducing this and pushing this important legislation forward. once again, it's a bipartisan piece of legislation and we've worked together, republicans and democrats, working together . isn't that something? so we appreciate their hard work on this. with small businesses being the corner stones of nearly every community in the nation, we must continue to work together to create an environment for growth and job creation. the 29 million small businesses all across the nation are depending on us, actual -- on us actually working together on things like this. i know the ranking member of the committee likes to say there aren't republican small businesses, there aren't democratic small businesses,
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there are just small businesses and she's absolutely right. i really do appreciate their working on this legislation. h.r. 2364 is commonsense legislation that enjoys bipartisan support. i would urge my colleagues to vote yes on this and i would yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 2364. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. -- what purpose does
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for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3298 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3298, a bill to authorize the capitol police to make paymentses from the united states capitol police memorial fund to employees of the united capitol police that sustained serious line of duty injuries, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the
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gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. brady, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i'm going to take my time to hold my remarks and yield to the chairman of the house administration committee, somebody i want to thank for allowing me the opportunity to manage this very important bill today. couldn't ask for a nicer, more respectful chairman. and yield one minute to gregg harper. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3298, which allows united states capitol police officers who have sustained serious injuries in the line of duty to receive payments from the united states capitol police memorial fund. the bill is just one of the ways that we as an institution can recognize the swift and heroic actions taken by the capitol police officers who put their lives on the line each and every day to protect the
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united states capitol, not just for the members of congress, but for all of the staff and all of the many visitors from across our country and around the world. our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured during the june 14 shooting. including officers david bailey and crystal griner. and we wish them a speedy recovery. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. mr. davis: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. davis: before i reserve, can i run through a couple technicalities may have forgotten beforehand? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, first of all and foremost, thoughts are out for representative steve scalise. i can't wait and hope to see him walk through these doors. i wish him well and his family well. inside joke, i hope he has his beans in his pocket. he has a bean from italian ancestry. we carry our beans with us. i hope he has them now for a speedy recovery. mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 3928, and applaud my colleague from pennsylvania, mr. doil, for helping to introduce this -- mr. doyle, for helping to introduce this measure. officer bailey and griner are american heeos. it has been widely wormed that their actions saved dozens of lives. every member of congress owes them an enormous debt. every day thousands of -- every day thousands of our capitol police officers protect members, staff and visitors in this building. you see some at the doors, others working with k-9 dogs.
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there are also many officers you do not see. these officers are analyzing intelligence, working with law enforcement, and performing many other tasks that keep this place safe. should any of these officers be seriously injured performing their duties, this bill will provide some relief, some measure of relief and peace of mind to their families. i urge my colleagues to support the passage of this bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. i do want to thank my good friend, mr. brady, for being here today, managing this bill. on the other side, i also want to thank the coach of the democrats, who won this year. i certainly liked it better when we had the trophy. but to be able to know that the thoughts and the prayers are with so many of our capitol policemen every single day, and also especially the heroic actions of agent bailey and
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agent griner, and what you and our neck speaker did with this legislation makes all of us who are part of this team very humbled and thankful. i would like to yield three minutes now to our manager, the gentleman from texas, sponsor of this piece of legislation today, mr. joe barton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. barton: i thank the gentleman from illinois. mr. speaker, i'd ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: .ithout objection mr. barton: i thank you. mr. speaker, today is the 19th anniversary, if you can call it an anniversary, of a shooting in the united states capitol in which two capitol police officers, officers gibson and chestnut, were killed. they were defending the capitol and a gunman got in and was
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headed toward the majority leader at the time, tom delay's office. they in, defending -- they, in defending that office, they were shot and killed. the speaker at the time and the congress at the time established a wounded officers fund. but they made it specific to those two fallen officers. as we all know, on june 14, we had another shooting, although it was at a baseball practice for the charity baseball game, where the republican members were practicing at an alexandria -- out of alexandria, virginia. and two officers, officers bailey and griner, were both seriously injured in defending the 20 some odd republican members that were at practice that morning.
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so what this bill does, mr. speaker, is simply take an existing fund that was established for two officers that were killed in the line of duty, and open it up now and in the future for capitol police officers who were seriously injured in the line of duty, defending the capitol and defending the members. i want to thank mr. doyle of pennsylvania, the democratic manager, for being an original sponsor with myself. i want to thank every member of the republican and democratic baseball teams who signed on as original sponsors. i want to thank paul ryan and kevin mccarthy, steny hoyer and nancy pelosi, leadership on both sides of the aisle for making it possible to bring this bill to the floor. we introduced it last thursday, and we're voting on it tonight. and wonders of wonleders, the senate's probably going to vote on it tomorrow and there's a chance the president will sign it this week.
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we are showing the american people that we can work together for a noble cause, as has already been pointed out. officers bailey and griner both at risk to their own lives defended the members, staff and volunteers at that baseball practice, on june 14. i watched officer bailey run past me directly at the shooter, risking his life and two other alexandria police officers who had arrived on the scene assisted him. officer griner was wounded, but was giving covering fire and that's when they brought down the shooter. . they are heroes. they have sustained injuries. they deserve some assistance. the american people have nated probably $600,000 or $700,000 to provide some assistance, and this technical change in the existing fund
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would allow that to happen. i want to thank mr. davis. i hope everybody can support this, and with that i yield ack. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i'd like to recognize mike doyle for as much time as he might consume. the speaker pro tempore: thank ou, mr. speaker. the gentleman is recognized. mr. doyle: thank you. i want to thank joe barton and those associated with the congressional charity baseball game for a long time. you know, mr. speaker, every day thousands of people, including members of congress and our staffs, rely upon the men and women of the u.s. capitol police to protect us. and over the years the capitol police have been called upon to respond to a number of violent attacks, selflessly risking life and limb to protect us and
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the people who visit this capitol. as was mentioned, this is the anniversary where officer gibson and chestnut made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the then leader of the house. and i know that all of us here are very grateful to the u.s. capitol police for their efforts every day to keep our capitol safe. everyone pretty much knows what happened. members of the republican baseball team were attacked a little over a month ago. each day we get up at about 6:00 in the morning to go to baseball program. it's a wonderful tradition that's been going on for over 100 years here in the house of representatives. one game each year, democrats against the republicans, with the proceeds going to three charities -- the boys and girls club of washington, d.c., the washington literacy council and
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the washington nationals dream foundation. it's not a softball game. it's a hardballgame. we play hardball in washington and we get to play at nationals stadium and we get to wear our home team uniforms and relive our youth. most of us were just amateur baseball players in little league and pony league. we have a few guys that played at the college level. but we go out there and we practice every day and give it our all and it's great camaraderie and we build great friendships over the years and every year we'd get about 9,000 or 10,000 people that actually come to the washington nationals stadium and would raise about half a million dollars for the charities. well, this year something that none of us ever dreamed when we got up every morning and went to the practice happened and that was a shooter showed up that day at this park in northern virginia and started
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firing on the republican baseball team. our team was practicing at the same time at a different location, and the first text i got on my phone during our batting practice was from one of my staff that asked me if i was ok. and i couldn't understand why he was asking me that question but about a second later news come on our telephones that there had been a shooter at the congressional baseball practice. said which one. it wasn't ours so i knew it had to be the republican practice. we called players off the field. my first thought was joe barton's son jack. jack is, what, 11 years old. i think i've known him since he was much younger than that. jack will come here on the floor during the baseball week and he'll come over and he'll say hello to me and i'll try to see if i can get any secrets from jack about his dad's
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strategy against the democratic team and jack would always say, i can't give you any information on that. but i thought about him right away, as we knew that shots were being fired and that people were down. and we called our team into the dugout and about the only thing we could think to think, joe, is to sit down and say a prayer that you were safe. i prayed that jack was safe and that nobody was seriously hurt that day. we all know our colleague and good friend, steve scalise, was till this ounded and day is still in the hospital and we want to accepted our prayers and best wishes to steve that he recovers fully and that he and his family can get back to a normal course of life. but what a lot of people don't realize is had steve scalise not been there that day, his protective detail, officer bailey and griner, wouldn't
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have been there that day either, and our friends on the republican baseball team would have been pretty much defenseless against this guy with an assault rifle and an automatic pistol. but to their credits, officer bailey and griner, this gentleman started over at the third-base line and our friends were seeking cover in the first base dugout which was recessed to get some protection, but as the shooter started to move towards home plate, these officers realized that he was going to have an angle into that dugout and there could have been a lot of people killed and they come out from their cover and literally charged at this shooter and both of them were hit. and they continued to fire on this gunman even after they had been hit and with the help of some alexandria police officers, too, brought this shooter down and thank god no one on the baseball team or staff, all the people on that field lost their life that day.
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the shooter did, but no one else did. you know, when you sit down and think about what it takes to make that decision to put your life at risk for someone else, officer griner and bailey knew that when they come out in the open like that and started shooting at this guy that they very well could lose their life trying to make sure nobody else did. they did their job, and they did what they were trained to do and both of them got hurt and both are recovering from these bullet wounds and they have out-of-pocket costs. their health care doesn't cover all of their expenses. they are on administrative leave. they are not making the same pay they would make as a protective detail officer, and there was no means for us to help them because of the way this fund was structured only to make payments if an officer lost their life in the line of duty and i think joe's correct when he said that it was almost
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created specifically for the two officers that lost their lives. so we both came to realize that there needed to be a change in the law if we were going to be able to help officer bailey and griner and in the future if an officer was seriously wounded in the line of duty for payments to be made out of this fund. and that's the purpose of this piece of legislation that we have over 100 co-sponsors for. i believe every member of the democratic and republican baseball team has signed on as co-sponsors and i know a lot of other members that weren't on the team have also put their names to this because we want to make sure that krystal and david know that we care about them. i can tell you the night of the baseball game, david bailey was at our game and if you would have seen the members come up and hug him and express their appreciation for what he did,
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it was a very emotional moment. i know krystal threw out the first pitch at the women's softball game, those are two heroic people. those are two people that put their lives secondary to the lives of the people they are sworn to protect and i think it's only fitting and proper that this body pass this piece of legislation that will allow us the opportunity to help make them whole again and to let the rest of our capitol police force know that they have our backs and that we're going to make sure that we have their backs so i am proud to join my good friend, joe barton, and the entire republican and democratic baseball team in supporting of this piece of legislation. i hope we can get this passed and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from illinois is recognized.
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mr. davis the reason why we're here can't be stated -- mr. davis: the reason why we're here can't be stated than what my colleague, mr. doyle, stated so eloquently today. i want to take this opportunity to yield one minute to one of our pitchers, one of our newest members of our congressional baseball team and good friend, the gentleman from kansas, mr. roger marshall. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas is recognized for one minute. mr. marshall: mr. speaker, the morning of june 14, 2017, i elected to not attend the republican team's congressional baseball practice. had i been there i would have been in the bullpen right where the shooting began. i thank god every day i was not there that morning. for my colleagues who were there, we have no doubt their lives were saved by the heroic response of krystal grinegriner and david bailey of the -- griner and david bailey of the capitol police. we need to support groups like the u.s. c.p. memorial fund. mr. speaker, the gratitude for
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their bravery and sacrifice for running to the battle, i encourage my colleagues to support the wounded officers recovery act. i thank them again for their heroism and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, may i the re how many speakers gentleman has? mr. davis: we have two speakers including me. three total. mr. brady: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: i'd like to take this time to recognize my good friend and starting pitcher, mr. mark walker from north carolina. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: appreciate the opportunity to be here today. thank you for your leadership on this. currently the united states capitol police are not allowed to transfer donations from the u.s. c.p. memorial fund to officers injured in the line of duty but only to families of
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deceased officers. the great thing about this legislation is that it would allow the u.s. capitol police to transfer those donations to injured officers as well as families of deceased officers to help cover some of the medical costs. as a former pastor, i can tell you that one of the biggest stressers on families is when there has been an illness or injury to these families because of the additional financial strain. this is a commonsense and certainly bipartisan, across the aisle of doing the right thing. i am proud to support this legislation. again, i thank representative davis for his leadership as well as representative brady and i am proud to support this piece of legislation. hank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. brady: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: i'd like to recognize at this point in time and yield two minutes to my good friend who was there with us that morning, somebody who i
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watched act heroically and his watchful eye on the entire process is somebody who can give us his personal antidotes and i yield actually three minutes to my good friend from georgia, mr. loudermilk. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for three minutes. mr. loudermilk: thank you, mr. speaker. a special thanks to my good friend from illinois. for his thoughtfulness on this bill. mr. speaker, you know, there are times in our lifetime that leave an impact on our lives and we never forget that place or time when we experience the event or we heard of the event. for my father, it was the attack on pearl harbor. he always remembered that moment and the place and the feelings he had when he heard of the attack which motivated him to join the united states army. for my children, it was the attacks on america on september 11, 2001. for me, mr. speaker, it's flag
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day. june 14, 2017, at a baseball practice. not only will i remember that event, but i specifically will remember where i was because i was there. not only was i there, i was within proximity of 10 to 15 feet from the officers that acted so heroically. and still, mr. speaker, those images of that day are still vivid in my mind. there isn't a day that goes by -- and i'm sure it's the same thing for the other players -- that i don't relive a portion of that moment. but although those images are vivid, time heals all wounds and at some point the details will be obscured by the fog of war and other events in our lives. but i will never forget the heroic actions of those two officers that day. even at the moment when agent
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griner took a bullet, which i believe was destined for me or definitely in my direction, it took her down and out of the fight. agent bailey came to check on his partner and immediately put himself even more in the line of fire, to draw the fire away from us. i can't express how heroic these officers acted. some may say, well, that is their duty, but what i experienced, mr. speaker, was above and beyond any call of duty, setting aside their own safety, their own persons and putting themselves in a situation where death may have been imminent. they were in a gun fight with someone with a more powerful, more accurate rifle with handguns, but they never let that dissuede them from protecting the lives of those you -- disswayed them from protecting the lives of those of us. this is the least we could do. as has been expressed
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been expressed, the cost upon families is tremendous. and i believe this is all fitting and it is an expression of our appreciation what they do for us day in and day out. i hope we never have an incident like that again. i just hope we have agents like agents greiner and bailey. there were many miracles on the field that day and having the two right agents there doing their job like all of our capitol police do every day. i support this bill. and i support the intent behind it and i hope we move forward with this and that we have a unanimous vote on this. and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized.
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mr. brady: i'm prepared to close. mr. davis: i'm going to reserve, please reserve and then come back to close. mr. brady: i have no more speakers. mr. davis: go ahead. close. close. mr. brady: my dad was a police officer and i know what it's like to get a phone call in the middle of the night and they would call our house, whether they were calling to find out if i was home. but i know the hardship it put on families. 9/11, when we were in the office buildings and told to get out of our office buildings. officers were running in. when there was a bomb scare and we were getting briefed and we were clearing out runing down those steps. our police officers and first responders and firefighters were running in. we need to let them know every day, not just today.
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and it's a great thing we are doing for them. we need to let them know how much we appreciate. we have dogs sniffing cars and metal detectors, and they come to work and leave their house every day not knowing after they give their loved ones a kiss good-bye, not knowing they are going to see them again. we need to let them know every single day how much we tell iate them and how -- them to stay safe. make no mistake, officer bailey and officer greiner saved many lives. we thank you, officers greiner and bailey and may god bless both of you. and i urge passage of this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the
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balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: again, thank you, my colleagues, mr. brady and mr. doyle, for the opportunity to come here today on this floor, show america the bipartisanship that we see and we witness on this floor every single day, not just because of a baseball game, to do what is right. thank you to both of you and thank you to my colleague, joe barton for leading this effort, not only leading as a manager of our baseball team, but leading us as somebody who brings their son an 11-year-old son to practice to have fun to play with a bunch of old guys who shouldn't be playing baseball as much as we enjoy doing it, but be able to raise money for local d.c. charities, all of us there that morning, northern of us
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thought at 7:09 that we would hear the words run. he's got a gun. and it was mentioned by mr. doyle about those of us who dove in that dugout. let me tell you, mr. speaker, i ussain could have beaten bolt who dove in that dugout that day, not knowing where the shooter was or what his motives were and what was next. and i saw agent bailey come on to that field in the line of fire to protect every single one of us that were there that day. and it wasn't just members of congress and was president people that this shooter may have politically disagreed that morning that were there that day. there was an 11-year-old boy like jack barton and innocent people walking their dogs in the line of fire that morning.
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because this person may have disagreed with what we do on this floor. well, ladies and gentlemen, if you are watching today, understand again what we're doing here, which is what is right to help those heroes, agent bailey and agent greiner get access to the funds that all of america put forth on their behalf in less than 24 hours after that tragic shooting, let us all remind them that we do get along, we do work together. it's not just when tragic moments like this happen. it's a lot more often than what you see. 4 hours after that shooting, the american people stepped up and they did what americans do in the wake of tragedies every single time we witness them.
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we had already raised a record amount of money for local d.c. harities, $600,000, $100,000 more and they sold 10,000 seats in less than 24 hours, the american people from all over this great nation raised another 900,000 to go to the capitol police officer's memorial fund, hich was added the last day. sold also 25,000 tickets. i think that game that night, we outsold three major league games in attendance. we obviously didn't play as well as they did, but we outsold them, and that shows you what america is all about and what republicans and democrats are all about. in the senseless wake of a senseless tragedy, where we watched our friend lay on that
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field, not knowing what the outcome was going to be for teve scalise and his family, the two agents, those two saved the lives of everyone on that field today, charging at gunfire is not something i would ever do and i didn't do that day. thank god they were there and they did. and the alexandria police ficers i never saw arrive at that scene, thank god they were there, because it is the heroic actions of all of those officers, especially those two that i joke with when i walk onto the house floor, not knowing that we would ever be a part of something that will bind us all together. a tragedy that happens one
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morning in alexandria, virginia, where a bunch of old guys are playing baseball. we will be forever be bound. and there isn't an hour in a day that goes by in my life that i don't think about what happened on that field that morning. the smells, the sounds, the fear that all of us experienced that day could have been as every speaker said before much, much worse without the heroes that ran towards gunfire, sacrificing themselves for every one of us and every innocent person in that park, in that field that day. this is why we've got to make this technical change, mr. speaker. we are here, we're lawmakers. we write the laws and we can change the laws. when this fund was set up
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because of a tragedy that many still in d.c. witnessed that day officers gibson and officer chet nut who were gunned protecting innocent victims. this fund was set up to honor them not knowing that years later on today the anniversary of that shooting that years later we would need to modify this bill to help two more of our heroes who were lucky enough and blessed to survive. today we are going to do that because of the leadership of mr. barton and mr. doyle. let me go back to that day in 1998, i was a new staffer for a new member of congress, john shimkus. i was sitting in the field office. the fears that went through me
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where my friend and my boss was. i got to see it from out there. never thought years later i would get to witness it as a member of congress. and witness it, we all did, but also we learned from it and we learned what america is all about. and today is our day in the u.s. congress to stand up for those heroes that protected us that day and say we're going to help you. i and my family, my kids, my wife, every family member that i was able to reach out to that morning and all those who i wasn't able to talk to, we cannot say thank you enough to agent greiner, agent bailey and the alexandria police department for making sure we have the ability to make this fix. i urge every one of my colleagues to vote yes on this bill and send a message back to america that we thank them for
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what they did for our officers and we thank them for allowing all of us the privilege to serve in this great institution. mr. speaker, with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3298. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california, mr. nunes seek recognition? mr. nunes: i move to suspend the rules and pass the intelligence authorization act for fiscal year 2018. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3180 a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2018 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the united states government, the community management account and the central intelligence agency disability and retirement
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system and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. nunes, and the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, each will control 20 minutes. mr. nunes: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill h.r. 3180 the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. nunes: i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record my full statement and exchange of letters between the permanent select committee of intelligence and the committee on homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. nunes: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. nunes: passing an annual intelligence authorization bill is the most important tool congress has to conduct effective oversight of the intelligence activities of the u.s. government. the intelligence committee has brought a bill to the floor every year since fiscal year 2010. once again, the bill is a bipartisan product that reflects
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contributions from all committee members, those reported out by the committee by you nan nouse vote. the budget involves highly class tied programs, the bulk of the authorizations and direction are found in the classified annex to the bill. this has been made available to members since markup in the house intelligence committee spaces. i can report that overall funding authorized by this bill is slightly below the president's budget request. the bill funds the military intelligence program in line with the house passed national defense authorization act for 2018. it implements the initiative to streamline defense intelligence beginning with the defense intelligence agency, provides guidelines to guarantee that the intelligence community contractors can meet with congress unhindered and enhances oversight of intelligence activities by mandating community reports to threats to federal elections, leaks of classified information,
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processing and other vital activities. . . the recent impressive progress made by the u.s. military and its allies against isis in iraq and syria has not ended the isis terror threat. in fact, based on the group's ability to inspire terrorist attacks through social media, isis could remain a significant threat to the west even after it loses all the territory it controls. additionally, al qaeda remains active in afghanistan and has retained its close links to the resurgent taliban. meanwhile, other threats from belligerent regimes like iran, north korea, continue to intensify while instability in failed states like libya present pressing security challenges to the u.s. and our european allies, including through the facilitations of waves of mass migration to the west. this will ensure the dedicated men and women have the funding,
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authority and support they need to keep us safe while providing congress the tools it needs to provide robust oversight over its actions. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in opposition to taking up the intelligence authorization act on suspension at a time when issues concerning the intelligence community have taken on an even greater significance and urgency and taking up the bill in this way will deprive members of the opportunity to offer important amendments. mr. schiff: the intelligence authorization act for fiscal year 2018 is a good and bipartisan bill, but even a good bill can be made better and although we have taken up the i.a.a. on suspension on occasion in the past it's only been on the basis of mutual agreement which is not the case this year. on its merits, i believe the i.a.a. should and will become law, and i look forward to its ultimate approval by both the house and senate and enactment.
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nevertheless, i share leader pelosi and whip hoyer's view that tonight's suspension vote should be opposed. this i.a.a. should go through regular order so that members may offer amendments. i will vote no today because i disagree with the expedited procedure of being used to bring this to the floor. the intelligence committee has a unique role in the house and special obligation to the american people. it's our job to oversee the activities of the 17 agencies that comprise the intelligence community, ensuring we strike an appropriate balance between protecting our country's national security and the civil liberties of everyone who calls america home. on behalf of the house, by and through our oversight tools, including the i.a.a., our committee helps ensure that the activities of the u.s. intelligence community do the following. that they adhere to the constitution and the law. that they advance the national security interests of the united states. that they wisely expend taxpayer dollars, and that they
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steadfastly protect american civil liberties and privacy acts. the less before us today, like its -- the legislation before us today, like its press sessors, will equip the intelligence community and military ailments at the department of defense. it provides funding levels slightly below the president's budget request and sustains intelligence priorities provided to in prior authorizations. in addition to the unclassified legislative text and accompanying house report, the i.a.a. includes a classified annex which directs the resources and spending for the i.c.'s activities and programs. this includes a correlating schedule of authorizations that lays out the funding for the i.c. and the d.o.d. this year's i.a.a. once again incorporates a number of democratic member oversight priorities. it improves our efforts to stamp out waste, fraud and abuse by requiring an inspector general level review of existing whistleblower procedures and by permitting i.c. contractors to come directly to congress without
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requiring permission from the i.c. ailments that employ them. a provision of the accompanying the report has the odni provides a report to congress related to u.s. counterterrorism actions located outside of designated areas of active hostilities. the. p.g. first promulgated under the previous administration is an important ellment to the process making to ensure direct action against lawful terrorist targets is undertaken only when necessary and consistent with the u.s. national security around foreign policy interests, and this is the result of rigorous coordination within the u.s. government. reporting to congress on any changes to that ensures proper oversight. the bill also furthers our committee's belief that the future of the i.c. work force depends on diversity. such, the i.a.a. enforces
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the academic excellence program. this has a clear assessment from an insurgent russia, determined to undermine our democratic institution -- constitutions in the political process. moscow initiated as early as mid 2015 an active measures campaign to assault our 2016 election. the kremlin's influence campaign included cyberespionage, stolen documents and a propaganda machine that was used to amplify their appalling campaign and perhaps more. this year's i.a.a. acts on that unanimous i.c. judgment by directing assessments on moscow's influence campaigns against foreign elections and the threat posed by russian finance activity globally. it also requires the odni to publish a report on the foreign cybersecurity and counterintelligence threats to future u.s. federal election campaigns. as with any product of a good
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faith attempt at compromise, i do not pretend this bill is perfect. there are provisions i wish were modified and provisions i would like to have seen included. many of my colleagues should have been permitted amendments. for example, we wish this bill would have done more to codify in law some of the previous administration's counterterrorism reforms, including giving the status of law to an executive order requiring that the director of national intelligence continue the practice of releasing publicly available data or releasing public data on the total number of combatants and noncombatants killed or injured during counterterrorism actions. i look forward to the intelligence authorization act being enacted into law, not through suspension but through regular order. for that reason i urge a no vote here so that all members ill have a chance to be heard.
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mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. nunes: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers so i will continue to reserve and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. schiff: mr. speaker, i am proud to yield three minutes to ms. sewell of alabama, one of our superb members of the committee and also one of our ranking members. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from alabama is recognized. ms. sewell: mr. speaker, today i speak on the pass ang of the fiscal year 2018 intelligence authorization act upon suspension of the rules. unfortunately i strongly oppose its passage today, not because it's a bad bill. on the contrary i voted for it out of committee. but today i disagree on how this bill is presented on the floor. the intelligence authorization act should be on regular order and rule and not on suspension. this critically important piece of legislation is the most -- is the most substantial
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oversight mechanism that congress has over the intelligence community and it deserves full consideration and robust debate. the american public and our intelligence communities deserve nothing less. before authorizing tens of billions of dollars for the united states intelligence community, our lawmakers should carefully consider and debate the issues our intelligence community faces. many of which directly impact our national security. instead, today's consideration of the i.a.a. has been fast tracked and debate has been cut short. most of the work of the intelligence community and our committee happens behind closed doors which means the debate on the house floor over the intelligence authorization act is one of the few times the public can engage with the issues facing our intelligence community. by limiting debate on this bill, we cut public engagement off as well. mr. speaker, i am proud of the bipartisan way in which our committee worked to craft this year's intelligence
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authorization act. i am excited that this year's i.a.a. includes a provision that i drafted that provides our lawmakers, election officers, campaign and the public with additional information and resources to defend our democracy against emerging cyberthreats. additionally, we will continue to be able to provide a summer internship program to students from the existing centers of academic excellence in intelligence. this year's i.a.a. will also hold the i.c. accountable for creating a more diverse and inclusive work environment. nevertheless, i will oppose today's bill, not because i don't support the underlying bill, but because i believe that national securities raised by this legislation are too important to be fast tracked. i urge my colleagues to oppose today's vote under suspension of the rule and stand with us in demanding full debate and consideration under regular order. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: thank
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you. the gentlewoman from alabama reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. nunes: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers so we are prepared to close whenever the minority is finished with their speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. schiff: thank you, mr. speaker. we're prepared to close. the intelligence authorization act -- i yield myself the balance of our time. the intelligence authorization act is a critical oversight tool. one component of the legal architecture that governs the authorities and boundaries of our civilian and military intelligence professionals. bipartisan legislation before us today is sound and i endorse its substance on the merits, but i agree with our leadership that the suspension process is not the appropriate venue for its adoption. for this reason i will vote no on the measure tonight, but i remain optimistic about this legislation's ultimate passage into law after we complete its consideration under regular
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order, and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. nunes: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the balance of my time. and i would just first like to say, mr. speaker, i'd like to who has phil tubisang been the fellow. this will be his last pil bill. he will be leaving -- this will be his last bill. he will be leaving us at the end of the month. i urge my colleagues vote yes on this bill. this is typically how the bill has come to the floor from the intelligence committee as nearly all the members know the last several years that's how it's occurred and unfortunately we're beginning to deteriorate into political theater at the intelligence committee which as long as i'm chairman going to continue to try to stop that from happening. and with that i urge a yes vote and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his
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time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the 3180. r. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- mr. schiff: mr. speaker, on that i request 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. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
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pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until approximately 6:30 p.m. today.

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