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le it ought to be for tax reform which made it clear as easy for taxpayers to understand and easy or us to administer. the amendment got crafted quickly without a lot of input from us. now we're trying to figure out what the technical corrections ought to be. one of our concerns is the complexities in the new process which is still unclear may put us in a position where we're no better off, less well off in other parts, than we were. some portions looked like it would put people into partnerships. where you have to audit every partner. ultimately we think it's a step forward. partnerships, more and more organizations are forming as corporations see corporations. more and more performing as passengers. >> we'll leave this at this point and bring you live coverage of the u.s. house.
if you missed any of it go to our website, c-span.org. the house about to gavel in this afternoon to work on four appropriations bills. live coverage of the house. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, reverend william d. johnson junior, harbour lake baptist church, goose creek, south carolina. reverend johnson: we thank you for the day you have bestowed upon us. we humbly request that you put your hand in protection of every member, their families and those who guard and protect this chamber. remind us daily while we are here to represent the people, our authority comes from you where there is no authority except from god and those that exist are established by god. may there be renewal of prayer
across the united states and god place a burden upon us so we may seek you before undertaking any endeavor. god bless the house of representatives and god bless america. i ask this in the name of jesus christ. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings. pursuant to clause 1, rule 1. the pledge of allegiance will be led by mr. lowenthal. mr. lowenthal: 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 ustice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition?
>> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. r. poe: mr. speaker, sitting a mere 20 feet away from the man that raped and trafficked her daughter, jennifer waited anxiously in the courtroom as the judge prepared to announce the sentence. the amount of pain and turmoil this criminal inflicted on her family could never be undone. a few years ago the man pulled up alongside jennifer's daughter as she walked down the street. he lured the 15-year-old into his car and he sexually assaulted her. he then took her to a motel and again forcing her to have sex with numerous men for money. he posted an ad on her -- about her online offering buyers a chance to, quote, play with the incense. he literally stole her youth, her happiness, and he stole -- sold her to the highest bidder. when jennifer finally heard the wept with tence, she
tears of joy. 180 years in prison for the trafficker. from the right thinking judge. tears let the word get out to eviants to traffickers and buyers our children are not for sale. there is a price to pay on the trafficker who sells our kids. and that's just the way it is. i yield buyers our children are back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, according to national environmental officials, for the first time this year toxic algae blooms have formed on the shores of lake erie. this toxic accumulation of algae represents a direct threat to the people of western new york. but they also threaten the surrounding great lakes communities representing 20% of the world's fresh water drinking supply. this past year toxic blooms have been so extreme that they have infiltrated clean drinkling water sources, turning one's clean waters into toxic swamps. these hazardous blooms threaten
the local economy, which is dependent on fishing, recreation, and tourism. furthermore, they represent a critical danger to wildlife present on lake erie. at a time when the house is considering defunding environmental efforts, i would remind my colleagues of the tremendous progress that we have made to the great lakes restoration initiative to clean up our nation's lakes and rivers. this is no time to turn back. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of ed in a harvey turman, celebrating her 100th birthday on august 15 of this year. she was born in 1917 and grew . just south in jonesboro working at harvey's
grocery store and afterwards she met a man. they married in 1936 and farmed and raised cattle together. they farmed for the government. sold soybeans, cotton, and butter. they had five children, mary, barbara, billy ray, and ronnie. she also has nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren. working at grocery store and afterwards an active member of her community and county, she was -- is very fashion gnat about her church. mr. crawford: helped run the voting location for several years. today besides being a happy grandmother, great grandmother, and great great grandmother, she still lives on the old homestead. she truly is a member of the greatest generation of americans by which all the following generations are measured. whether we realize it or not it is people like her that built our communities and continue to shape the america we live in today. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas yields back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. speaker.
irresponsible, reckless, duplicitous. all words used to describe iran during the jcpoa negotiations. soon if this administration abrogates the jcpoa, those words will apply to us. irresponsible for shredding an agreement that makes the world a safer place. reckless in giving iran an excuse to immediately restart their nuclear program. and duplicitous in breaking an international agreement for no legitimate reason but to fulfill a campaign promise. make no mistake, iran is still a bad factor. it destabilizes the region. it funds terrorist activities. that's why we voted to increase nonnuclear sanctions on iran yesterday. but the iran nuclear agreement to and it is ed working. under this administration are we as a nation no longer as
good as our word? thank you. i yield back. the eaker pro tempore: gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the life of curry haynes a long time georgia resident and brave hero of the vietnam war who joined our heavenly father on july 16 after a long battle with cancer. he was one of the most decorated soldiers in our nation's history. earning 10 purple heart awards for his bravery in combat in the jungles of vietnam. he remained an active member of the community after returning from duty by launching the newton county e.m.t. services. mr. hice: teaching locals to fly and sky dive, serving as a v.a. counselor to his fellow service members. mr. speaker, while serving in vietnam as part of the u.s.
my 173rd airborne brigade, company c, he was wounded multiple times. he was shot in the arm, the thighs, hand. lost two fingers in one enemy ambush alone. yet despite the multiple injuries he never quit fighting. in 2015 he a was presented with a special letter of proclamation issued by georgia governor nathan deal during a special ceremony recognizing his sacrifice. when asked how he survived combat with his numerous injuries, he simply replied, i don't believe in luck. i owe it all to jesus christ. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to please stand with me and join me in a moment of silence to honor the life and legacy of this american hero who deserves the respect of all americans. yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. evise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the from california is recognized. >> the inclusion of $1.6 billion to fund an ineffective divisive border wall is a direct attack on immigrant communities across our from cal recognized. >> the nation. ms. chu: funding this immoral wall does nothing to help our country. it only helps to promote president trump's campaign of fear. the wall itself mirrors president trump's approach to policy. divisive, ineffective, and motivated by hate. this is exemplified by the trump administration's reckless isregard of the human -- human tarian cost of building a border wall. which will force immigrants to take greater risks and more dangerous roots that will likely result in more deaths.
furthermore, this wall will literally divide immigrant households and tear families apart. instead of funding ineffective efforts to promote our homeland from dangerous threats, this administration would rather fulfill a campaign promise that does the exact opposite. it makes us less safe by targeting immigrant communities and closing off america from our neighbors. american taxpayers should not forced to foot the bill for president trump's zone phobic anti-immigrant agenda. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. on august 21, a total solar eclipse will stretch from coast to coast in the united states for the first time in 99 years. and i am proud to say that my district in southern illinois is the prime viewing spot. in fact, my home county of
jackson county near carbondale and also my front yard is where the eclipse will be at its epic. for two minutes and 38 seconds it will be like total darkness in the middle of the day. the city population of 26,000 is expected to multiply many times over from visitors around the world coming for tourism and to see this astrotomekal super bowl. mr. bost: i encourage my colleagues and the american people to visit. for some world championship southern illinois barbecue, a beautiful outdoors, the wonderful wineries, and welcome people -- and one and all for the best viewing moments of this solar eclipse w that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yield back his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. kildee: i seek unanimous consent to address the house
for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. well, the senate is moving forward this week on their deeply flawed and really unpopular health care bill. millions of americans know that they will lose health care under trumpcare. it they'll face skyrocketing costs. premiums will go up. prescription drugs prices will go up. republicans need to drop this obsession with repeal. and work with democrats to fix the problems that we know exist in the affordable care act. no law is perfect. at least no law that's ever been written here is perfect. and the american people, at least the folks i talk to back home, they are exhausted, they are sick of this partisanship. we have some ideas you might like. you have some ideas that maybe
we could acksefment we ought to get together and figure out a way to make health care work for every american. and not obsess about the notion that anything signed by the previous president, by definition, is bad law. let's do what the american people sent us here to do. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. i rise to recognize lieutenant commander miguel who is receiving the u.s. navy's nomination to be commander. having fled castro's regime at a young age, he moved with his family to south florida. driven by his desire to serve our great country, he joined the navy in 1989. while stationed in japan as a deck seaman, he was one of the few selected to attend the
hospital corpsman a school. he earned a master's degree in health care service administration at my alma mater, florida international university. commissioned in 2001 and completed his first duty assignment at the u.s. naval hospital in guantanamo bay, cuba. he's currently an administrative officer for research and development at the u.s. navy bureau of medicine and surgery. he has earned many commissioned completed his first accolades, including the defense meritorious service medal, the nato medal, anti-national defense service medal several times. miguel lives the navy's core values of honor, courage, commitment. i join lieutenant commander miguel's family and friends in congratulating him on this well deserved nomination. we're so proud of you miguel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new hampshire seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise to ask
unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new hampshire is recognized. ms. kuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today because it's long past time that the american people got a better deal. all americans want the same thing. a fair chance to get ahead and a better deal than the raw deal that many have right now. granite staters in my district want to have the skills to get ahead in the 21st century economy. we want better pay and better jobs. caring for young children and aging relatives often at the same time. that's why we need paid family leave and sick leave. we need to expand our educational system and skills training for all types of opportunities.
just this week the girl scouts of america announced 23 new merit badges in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. this is symbolic of what we need to do as a nation. encourage young people, boys and girls, to pursue their interests in the fields that will be the cornerstone of the 21st century economy. america deserves a better deal. and that's what we're offering. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? as chairman of the commerce justice committee, our federal law to rcement have all the
track down who are exploiting young women coming across our borders. we have to work together to provide justice and relief and congress has passed 16 bipartisan bills to combat this epidemic. these bills ensure all law enforcement officers at the state, federal and local level have the resources they need and the support they need to fight this overwhelming crisis. i'm proud to support these measures and i will ensure we crack down and drop the hammer on human traffickers. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from michigan seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the entlelady is recognized. mrs. lawrence: i rise in strong opposition to the border wall funding instead of wasting $1.6 billion on an unnecessary border
ball, d.h.s. should focus limited resources on more important border security priorities. this includes upgrading and hiring more personnel. the main path for illegal drugs. this could include better technology so that border security agents could have a better idea of what's happening. the border wall will be dangerous. y grants will continue the come. we need to do our job, mr. speaker and come to together as a congress for a comprehensive immigration plan. at the least, reform of our immigration policies, building a wall sends a toxic message to one of our closest neighbors, a
country of which we, the united states depends on. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield back. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor a young man whose thoughtfulness and generosity has stirred the hearts, souls and patriotic spirits of people across my district in arkansas. huck ar-old started started huck's project. it is putting care packages for members of the arkansas national guard currently deployed to the horn of africa. it includes nonperishable snacks, lip baum, personal hygiene products, socks and more. when asked why he decided to
start this project, he said we do this because they help us. his boy is wise beyond his years. he has collected enough donated items to send over 50 boxes to our troops thus far. mr. speaker, huck's kindness brings honor to himself and his parents and the people of my district. i commend and thank huck for his hard work and commitment to our military members serving overseas. men and women like huck give me hope for the future, hope that the giving and caring spirit is alive and well in our young people today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cicilline: earlier this week, democrats unveiled a
better deal, an economic agenda that will create full-time jobs, raise pay, lower costs and give workers the tools they need to get ahead. a job is much more than a paycheck, it's about being treated with the dignity and respect that every human being deserves. we don't have enough of that. people in my state and all across america feel that the system is stacked against them. you know what? they are right. millionaires and billionaires don't pay their fair share. special interests spend money. it doesn't have to be this way. we are going to invest in our infrastructure. double investments in apprenticeships and make sure working families are valid again. the american people have had enough broken promises. the democrats are going to deliver real results.
better deal with better jobs, better wages for a better future. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is ecognized. mr. kinzinger: i congratulate a couple on their gold enwedding anniversary. jack served for chief of staff for barry gold water and i met him when i was in high school. i have done quite a bit of aging, jack and mary anne have not. jack was the chief of staff and one step behind barry and whispering names in his ears. jack was one of the moving forces behind creation of the republican study committee and he married and raised a family and more surprisingly, mary anne
put up with it. jack and his wife have retired and i extend to them congratulations of this family milestone. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: mr. speaker, even as our colleagues in the senate try once again to take health care from millions of americans, i find that there is reason to hope and to have faith. not in this congress where the work of cool indifference to suffering precedes once again, but rather in the american people because it has been the efforts of ordinary citizens whose call and letters and protests have been making all the difference in this issue.
it has been the collective voices of people telling their stories of struggle and survival, who have slowed the steam roller of repeal. i salute them, each and every one. your voices count. your stories are important. keep them coming, because you, your health and your health care matter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and stepped my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize the outstanding service of mrs. louise johnson. mrs. johnson has dedicated
herself to the people of clinton county, particularly the clinton county fair. and served as chair of the hershey baking contest for 22 years. and created the sizzling senior talent show in 2010. beyond her involvement at the fair, she has served at the monument church of christ teaching sunday school, playing the piano and serving as treasurer and enriched the community by teaching crochet classes and assisting at lock haven hospital. the time and dedication mrs. johnson has given to her community is inspiring. i'm proud her to congratulate her on this well deserved award and thank her for all she has given in clint county. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. >> thank you mr. speaker. after more than six months of failing to pass any major legislative bills, house republicans are becoming desperate for a win, so desperate they decided to sneak in $1.6 billion into a funding bill to start construction on an unworkable wall. like the real border security, this stunt is a far cry from that. i believe in investing our federal dollars wisely. instead of building a solution that will not work, why not build a jobs package or infrastructure throughout this country or to ensure our children can access higher education and job training, health care and housing. instead my republican colleagues are distracting us from their
failures bypassing this bill. you think with their back against the wall, they wouldn't be eager to build another one. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise to congratulate the sergeant andrew foreign wars n of post which will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. the post will honor two very special people, mrs. mabel broucher, a gold star mother whose son the post is named and a veteran of the second world war and founding member. honoring those who have served our nation should be a top priority for all americans and the v.f.w. is an organization
at fosters comradery and advocates on their behalf. congratulations to post 5499. i will be with members of the post this weekend. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to oppose the inclusion of $1.6 billion that would be a waste of taxpayer money on this useless wall. the funds will go to an unnecessary wall along the southern border. this wall that the president promised that mexico would be paid for is now being put on the taxpayers' back. it can be used for better things. it can pay for thousands of jobs
. and one other thing, agents protecting our border don't even want it. they do not see themselves as defenders of a wall. mr. president, please come back to reality. this is not "game of thrones." this administration needs to stop demonizing people outside our borders. we can protect our borders in a way that will supercharge our economy and actually create american jobs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are to address their comments to the chair and not to the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? >> permission to address the house the house. >> as the house co-chair of the bipartisan paper and pack acknowledging caucus, i rise to recognize and individual who has dedicated his life to an industry that is the life blood of a rural community in any
state. i'm talking about brian berg. after 401 years with georgia pacific will be retiring. g.p. has been part of lincoln county. for over 41 years, brian has been a leader in helping ensure that the mail continues to thrive and be successful and provide for this community now and into the future. i thank brian for his commitment to an industry that has been critical to my district and many of my constituents. i wish you all the best and hope you get to enjoy some time with your lovely life and your children. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? the gentleman from oregon is recognized. > thapping you, mr. speaker.
mr. blumenauer: today donald trump announced via twitter, how else, he's going to reverse he obama era decision and deny transgender people the right to openly serve in our military. i think it's shameful to divide americans in the face of who their service and sacrifice for his political gain. this is not about national security. it's not about saving money. it's not about fabricated claims of disruption. what is disruptive is discrimination against an entire class of americans who are or who want to protect and defend america. that's the same argument that was used against women in the service. against gays and lesbians. we ought to welcome any american who is qualified and
willing to serve to protect our great country. to protect america and our values. even as the president undermines both. the speaker pro tempore: to protect america the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? mr. cole: mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 473 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the esolution. the clerk: house calendar number 68. house resolution 473. resolved, that at any time after adoption of this the clerk: house resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 3219, making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2018, and for other resolution the speaker may, purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are
waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed two hours equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-30 shall be considered as adopted in the house and in the committee of the whole. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule 21 are waived. section 2-a, no further amendment to the bill shall be in order except those printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution, and pro forma amendments described in section 4 of this resolution. b, each further amendment printed in the report of the
committee on rules shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent t any time before action thereon, shall not be subject to amendment except as provided by section 4 of this resolution, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the thereon, shall not be subject house or in the committee of the whole. c, all points of order against further amendments printed in the report of the committee on rules or against amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution are waived. section 3, it shall be in order at any time for the chair of the committee on appropriations or his designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of further amendments printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution not earlier disposed
of. amendments en bloc offered pursuant to this section shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations or their respective designees, shall not be subject to amendment except as provided by section 4 of this resolution, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. section 4, during consideration of the bill for amendment, the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations or their respective designees may offer up to 20 pro forma amendments each at any point for the purpose of debate. section 5, at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment pursuant to this resolution, the committee of the whole shall rise without motion. no further consideration of the bill shall be in order except pursuant to a subsequent order of the house.
section 6-a, during consideration of h.r. 3219, it shall not be in order to consider an amendment proposing both a decrease in an appropriation designated pursuant to section 251-b-2-a-ii of the balanced budget and emergency deficit control act of 1985 and an increase in an appropriation not so designated, or vice versa. b, this paragraph shall not apply to an amendment between the houses. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for one hour. mr. cole: mr. speaker, for the purpose of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to my good friend, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: during consideration -- mr. cole: during consideration -- thank you, mr. speaker. during consideration of this resolution all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only.
mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks . the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cole: mr. speaker, yesterday the rules committee met and reported a rule for consideration of h.r. 3219, the make america secure appropriations act, 2018. the rule provides for two hours of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the appropriations committee. mr. speaker, the appropriations package in front of us represents the end product of ny months of work by the appropriations committee. in this package we will be considering four appropriations bills. defense, energy and water, legislative branch, and military construction and veterans' affairs. together the four parts of the bill make up the make america secure appropriations act for f.y. 2018. the legislation ensures that our most important government services will be funded responsibly and appropriately and that we will fulfill our most important responsibilities as legislators. funding the government and
keeping it opened to serve our constituents. the bill provides a total of $658.1 billion for defense. an increase of $68.1 billion in discretionary funding above the f.y. 2017 levels. and an increase of $28.3 billion over the president's request. it also includes $73.9 billion in overseas contingency operations and global war on terrorism funding. these funds will help us enhance our military readiness and the substantial increase marks an end to the ongoing erosion of our national military strength that occurred during the obama administration. importantly, this bill also provides an increase in funding for veterans. over the past several years the house has worked to improve the department of veterans affairs and to ensure that all veterans receive the care and benefits to which they are entitled. the department of veterans affairs will receive a 5% increase in this bill, including $74 billion for the
veterans health administration. the increased funding represents an important step toward fulfilling our promise tom prove care, reduce wait times at the v.a., and enhance benefits for our nation's veterans. the energy and water portion of this appropriations bill provides $37.6 billion in funding for f.y. 2018. a decrease of $209 million from f.y. 2017. the bill includes an increase in fund for the national nuclear security administration that includes funds to restart the licensing process for yucca mountain, the national disposal repository for spent nuclear fuel. also provides $6.16 billion for the army corps of engineers, a $10 million increase over f.y. 2017. h.r. 3219 also provides $3.58 billion for the legislative branch. it does not recommend funding levels for the senate as per
our long-standing tradition. the bill includes a significant increase in funding for u.s. capitol police and adds additional funds for securing offices in washington and in congressional districts. importantly, it continues the freeze on member pay. the package before us represents the house fulfilling its primary responsibility. to fund the government. this package funds hundreds if not thousands of member priorities, particularly on the defense side. i applaud my colleagues on the appropriations committee for their months of working and making this bill a reality. it shows what the house can do as we move forward toward completion of the f.y. appropriations process. mr. speaker, i urge support of the rule and the underlying legislation. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma reserves his time. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks.
i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, it's hard to know where to begin because this process is so lousy. i want to rise today in opposition to this rule anti-so-called underlying bill, e -- h.r. 3219, the g.o.p. f.y. 2018 so-called security mini bus appropriations bill. this rule makes in order 72 amendments for debate on the house floor. blocking 100 amendments. it continues the terrible closed process that this republican majority has used since they took control of the house in 2011. when speaker ryan took the gavel, he promised a fair and open process with regular order where both the majority and minority would have the opportunity to have their voices heard. i'm happy to provide the full text of that speech to my republican friends. i guess we were misinformed. because our collective voices in this tedly silenced
chamber. not just democrats. about republicans as well. speaker in ryan's broken promis was clearly on display last week when we waited until the dead of night to strip out of the defense appropriations bill a provision requiring congress to debate the issue of the 2001 aumf. that provision was adopted by the full house appropriations committee on a bipartisan basis as an amendment offered by our respected colleague, representative barbara lee. the bipartisan lee amendment would sunset the outdated 2001 aumf and give congress eight months, eight months to enact a new one. ensuring that congress finally debate and vote on the many, many wars in which the united states is engaged in. if the republican leadership doesn't like the lee provision, then the rules committee could have made in order an amendment to strike it from the bill. that would have given members
he chance to vote up or down either to keep or remove the provision. that would have either to keep or remove the provision. that would have been regular order. that would have been fair. that would have been open. instead house republican leadership took it upon themselves to replace ms. lee's provision with alternative language calling upon the administration instead house re report. republicans on the rules committee defended this action saying that the lee amendment legislated on an appropriations bill. the trouble with that logic, mr. speaker, is that the language that replaced ms. lee's amendment also legislates on an appropriations bill. that's right, house republicans put in an amendment that violates the same rule. well, if this leadership is going to silence members on flimsy procedural grounds, they probably shouldn't break those same rules that's right, house republicans on the same day. even more shameful, the republican leadership's continued actions to block every effort and refuse to allow congress to debate and vote on these wars i believe is an insult to the men and women
in uniform who put their lives on the line every day to protect our country and to heir families. on the same day. americans deserve better and the bipartisan voices calling for action will not be silenced. but this is just one example of regular order being abandoned in order to advance an extreme agenda. tomorrow house republicans will use another legislative trick, the self-executing rule to stick taxpayers with a $1.6 billion bill for president trump's reckless and ineffective border wall with mexico. now, instead of bringing that measure to the floor for an up or down vote and an open process where all voices could be heard, the republican leadership is sticking this provision into the rule so that as soon as the rule is approved, the measure will automatically become part of the bill. president trump as you may recall promised the american people that he would make mexico pay for this wall. repeated over and over and over again during the campaign.
but now house republicans want to take $1.6 billion of hard-earned tax dollars for millions of americans to fund it. let me point out, mr. speaker, this $1.6 billion is only targeted at 74 miles of border -- of the border. two small tracks in texas and one small track in california. and how did this provision on the border wall make its way into this mini bus of appropriations bills? . it was lifted out of the homeland security bill and air dropped into this package. where's the rest of the homeland security bill? sitting in limbo. i guess there weren't another homeland security that merited the special treatment that the 74 miles of this lousy wall seems to be getting. i see the only priority that matters from my republican friends are when it comes to the
security of our nation is 74 miles of wall costing $1.6 billion. mr. speaker, this is a disgrace. this is just a disgrace. and then because it will be part of a self-executing rule, republicans will not vote on this, just vote on the rule. there will be no separate vote on this. you get the funding for the wall but nothing on record that says you voted to waste $1.6 billion on 74 miles of border wall. republicans can say they delivered on the wall. i guess they better hope that constituents don't ask them to show the vote. this is a disgrace on funding, on funding priorities and real disgrace on process. we should be ashamed of the process in which this bill is being brought to the floor. i wish i could say i'm surprised by all of this, but the fact is
that house republicans have been doing this for quite some time now. kellyanne conway that president trump says something that is not true, it's not a lie if he believes it. i guess you could make everything up. it seems clear that this warped logic has infected this chamber with the house republican leadership employing this same kind of thinking and underhanded methods. they defend a process that is indefensible, plain and simple. you know, this is a rigid process, let's be honest. this is a rigid process. is this really how we want the house to conduct the business of the american people? is this how we will conduct the appropriations process, not only now but in the future? no debate on individual appropriations bill and limiting amendments overall? no regular order and subversion of the committee process?
soon, maybe there will be no amendments on appropriations bills at all. this is a slippery slope. i urge my republican colleagues to consider the dangerous road that we're going down. americans deserve better from their leaders in congress especially when it comes to how tax dollars will be spent. republicans talk about fiscal responsibility, but what i see is another reckless and bloated budget proposal that empties the treasury vaults for wasteful military spending when we have so many critical priorities here at home. house republicans have no problem with spending $1.6 billion on president trump's border wall with mexico, but when it comes to investing in our own communities here at home, they can't be bothered. how about investing in our kids' schools. why aren't we ensuring that the young people have the support they need to get additional education, make college more
affordable. republicans love to talk about personal responsibility and need for americans to work, why aren't we investing $1.6 billion in job training programs and increasing wages. we should make sure that families have good jobs and those who work full-time don't raise their family in poverty. president trump had countless infrastructure weeks, but we have yet to see republicans propose any legislation to make good on their promise to invest in our nation's infrastructure. instead of making any of these policies the top priorities that they should be in this congress, republicans are just offering more of the same, empty rhetoric and broken promises. now, to be clear, the legislation we will consider today, h.r. 3219 does fund some important priorities. our national security must be our number one priority with policies that are both strong and smart.
i strongly support our men and women in unifrom and believe that congress should provide our troops everything that they need. yet republicans have created a security bill that raises serious concerns. let's recap for a second. the final version of this bill will include $1.6 billion for the president's useless and immoral border wall and strips out the bipartisan lee amendment that would have ensured that we grapple with the wars instead of writing a series of blank checks and to top it all off, mr. speaker, the four bills contained in h.r. 3219 blow through the budget control act 13%72 billion threatening a sequester accounts. while object literating the spending cuts and reducing to $5 billion its cap. it is legislative malpractice
that republicans have ignored this reality and did nothing to work with democrats to raise the budget caps for defense and nondefense spending. republicans are setting us up for a train wreck, government shutdown or worse. this is not good, mr. speaker. this should concern every single member of this chamber, both democrat and republicans. i urge my colleagues to reject this rule and take a stand against this process, which is rigid and closed and restrictive and to oppose the underlying bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves his time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i want to yield myself such time as i may consume before i go to my first speaker in order to respond. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: i want to begin by talking about the amendment process just very quickly. it's whort noting 72 amendments
are made in order and 47 are democrat amendments. the amendments that were referred to the rules committee, at least a third of them were knocked out because they were out of order. but my friend is correct. it's not an open rule, but i do remind him that the first people to eliminate open rules on appropriation bills was the democratic majority in 2009 that ended the practice and for two years allowed almost no amendments on any appropriation bills and most appropriation bills never came to the floor. i think my friend bears a considerable amount of responsibility where we find ourselves today. i want to talk about my friend's comments about the aumf because he has been a good friend and close ally in an area where we have similar concern. i agree with my friend. we need to debate this and we need to have an aumf that is
more in tune with the times and re-introduces congressional power and congressional oversight. i have worked with my friend in the past and i will work with him going forward. in the case of the lee amendment which in full disclosure i supported in the appropriations committee, the chairman of the committee of jurisdiction, which is not the appropriations committee made it known that he would lodge a point of order. in other words, that would never get to the floor. in place, we put something that frankly will at least require the administration on the passage of this bill or the defense authorization act, which is also found, to submit a report that justifies where the administration is legally, lays out their strategy, lays out their costs and gives us a chance to begin the debate. as a sign of good faith, i'm happy to report that the foreign relations committee which does have jurisdiction, actually had their first hearing on a new aumf earlier this week.
we are trying to get to the same place. my friend may have a different way to get there. but we need to re-example and re-enact a new aumf. we are trying to get there step by step. while my friend is concerned where we will end up in this process and i think legitimately so, we have actually managed to come together here the last couple of years and i suspect will again. in fiscal year 2016, we had the same series of events and yet congress came to an agreement on full funding that was bipartisan and passed by substantial numbers of both parties participating. the same thing was true in fiscal year 20717. my hope is it will be true again in fiscal year 2018. but this is an important part of the process and we need to go through this. but at the end of the day and i tell this to my friends on the right and left, we will end up
with a bicameral bipartisan appropriations bill. there is no other way to fund the government of the united states and we pledge to work towards that. i yield three minutes to migrate friend from alabama, a member of the rules committee and a member of the house armed services committee. the gentleman from alabama. mr. byrne: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in strong support of this rule and the underlying bill, the make america secure appropriations act, it's all about protecting the american people and securing our homeland, unfortunately years of underfunding have severely hurt our military. with this bill, we can make progress toward rebuilding the military and adding more troops, sailors, airmen and marines to the force. building our pledge to a 355-ship fleet, the bill includes 11 new ships and the
independence class vessel is built by a fantastic work force in southwest alabama. having state-of-the-art facilities and resources is vital to the success of our military to repair aging infrastructure. the bill provides 25% increase in military construction funding. supporting our service members and their families is a high priority in this bill as it provides for the largest military pay raise in eight years. that's not all it does. it provides for our nation's veterans, the great people who devoted their lives to protect our country and the values we hold so dear. this bill provides the highest level of funding for the department of veteran affairs. this will cut down on the claims backlog and move forward with the new electronic medical records system. this will increase our nation's border security in an effort to keep bad actors of our country.
the american people sent a strong message that they wanted a wall securing our southern border. this bill will provide over $1.5 billion requested by president trump for physical barrier construction along the southern border. over the last week, people in america people went to see a .ovie "dunkirk" prime minister churchill was in office only a couple of weeks but he predicted that that day was coming and put it in a book called "while england slept." we are sending a strong message to the world that america is not asleep. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oklahoma reserves and the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: let me remind my
colleagues this is about process. and the gentleman from oklahoma talked about waivers and that the lee aumf language would be subject to a point of order. well, the language that my republican friends replaced the lee amendment with is protected by a waiver of all points of order, because it was legislating on an appropriations bill. as i pointed out last night in the rules committee, you made in order amendment number 19 by mr. griffith which violates section 306 of the congressional budget act and you provided a waiver for that. and my republican friends routinely grant waivers in bills that come before the rules committee. the problem is that the waivers are only granted for your amendments and not our amendments and that's not fair. and that's not right. so if your policy is going to be we are going to grant no
waivers, it ought to apply to republicans, too. but there is a double standard here. and voices that you disagree with always seem to end up, you know, being cut off. and so, any way, mr. speaker, i just point that out, because you know, this process and the reason why so many of us are angry is that it is so blatantly unfair. and the gentleman from alabama talked about how we want to commit to upholding the national security of this nation, i agree with him. but i would say we're not doing our jobs if this floor is not a place where we can have free-flowing debate where members can offer different ideas and be able to have a vote on them. i would say with all due respect to my republican colleagues, you do not have a monopoly on all good ideas. we have a couple of good ideas, too. and maybe some of your members agree with that as well.
and the other thing we object to is the way my republic karen friends self-execute controversial measures like this border wall at $1.6 billion, denying an up or down vote, maybe it's to protect your members in swing districts. if you don't have the votes to do it, it ought not to be in this bill. that's just, to me, a sound way to approach legislating. and all the normal rules seem to be thrown out the window here. mr. speaker, i would like to yield two minutes to the the gentlewoman from minnesota, the distinguished ranking member of department of interior. . . ms. mccollum: i rise in opposition of the make america secure appropriations act of 2017. mr. speaker, we are in a constraint fiscal environment and we need to make smart
choices about the future of our country. so i'm disappointed to see that many of the choices that the republicans made in this bill are completely out of balance with the needs of the american people. republicans have chosen to exclude eight of the appropriation bills from this legislation. funding for roads and bridges to drive on, quality health care for our family, protecting our clean air and our drinking water and the education of future generations. these critical investments that all americans depend upon are left by the wayside with no path forward. republicans have chosen to put forward a bill that exceeds the defense caps by $72 billion with no budget agreement in sight. this bill would trigger sequestration cuts that our military leaders have warned us would be catastrophic for our men and women in uniform. republicans have declined to
make commonsense cuts to defense spending by denying the pentagon's request for a new brac round. make no mistake, this will waste billions of dollars over the next decade. at a time when countries like dealing with -- we are doing great harm to america's global competitiveness in advanced research industries. mr. speaker, these choices are simply unacceptable to my constituents and to the american people and i urge my republican colleagues to work with democrats to put forward appropriate funding bills that will advance the appropriation bills for all of america and to make america the strong country it should be. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. before i go to my next speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: to respond to my friends. first, to my good friend from
massachusetts, i used to come up in the rules committee as a former member of the rules committee and i always got the most warmest, most gracious reception but i don't think i ever got an amendment approved. you know, you can legislate on appropriations bills if the chairman of the authorizing committee can allow you to do it. i have a great deal of sympathy with my friend's position on ms. lee's amendment. i actually supported that amendment in subcommittee. but i recognize that we're not the appropriate committee and if a different authorizing chairman wanted to do something, he could. and finally, with all due respect to my friend, we're not the ones that began this process of eliminating opening rules on appropriations. my friend's party is. we actually tried to restore it. i regret we did not succeed in that. this is not something i like doing but frankly people are more wanting got you amendments. i hope we can revisit that
someday and go back to the traditional way of doing this. finally, my good friend from minnesota, i want to make a pledge to her and she knows it's sincere, we will work together. i don't think this bill ultimately will be passed without bipartisan cooperation, 15, 16, 17 the bills that all did end up as cooperative measures. just to refresh my friend's memory, it was back in april that we passed a trillion dollar-plus spending bill for fiscal year 2017 that was extremely bipartisan. the majority of my friends on the other side of the aisle voted for it. the majority of my friends voted for it, and the president of the united states signed. so this is a long and lengthy process to fund the government, and i suspect at the end of it we will come together and that's certainly what i am going to try to do as i work through the process. with that, mr. speaker, i want to yield two minutes to the distinguished member from ohio,
a member of the transportation and infrastructure committee, two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. gibbs: with the make america secure appropriation act as we are making sure that the men and women who protect and defend our country have the best equipment and training in the world and they get the pay raise they deserve. additionally, i'm pleased to see my provisions were included in this legislation to protect lake erie by preventing the army corps of engineering from using open lake placement as a method of disposal of dredge material unless a quality certification is provided. this is ensuring that lake erie remains on the path towards a healthier natural resource. the bill also gives the e.p.a. administrator and the secretary of the army further authorization to withdraw the waters of the united states
rule. finally, this legislation provides the resources to better secure our border, protect our citizens and our national security. we are making good on our promise to build a wall. i urge my colleagues to support this rule and the underlying legislation. i thank you and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i'm happy to yield three minutes to the gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. blumenauer: i appreciate the gentleman's courtesy. i rise in strong opposition to this rule. i had a real bipartisan amendment that had been in order repeatedly in recent sessions, gaining bipartisan support to be able to deal with the crisis that our veterans face in terms of addiction, has a , the d.e.a. sadly horrible record in terms of how they deal with these veterans. they suffer suicide 50% higher than the general public. the opioid addiction rate is twice the general pop significance. mr. speaker, i've been working
for years in the area of medical marijuana. 29 states have now legalized it, and i wish my friends on the rules committee had taken the time to listen to the stories of veterans and their families about what difference it made for people suffering om ptsd, chronic pain, traumatic brain injury. medical marijuana has helped change their lives, and it's not addictive and doesn't kill them the way the abuse of opioids had. yet, the v.a. in its infinity isdom, doesn't even -- infinite wisdom, doesn't even allow doctors to talk to veterans in the states that are legal. my amendment is simple. it wouldn't dispense marijuana -- it allowed the v.a. doctor to work with the patients. the people who know them best. it passed last year with 40
votes on a bipartisan basis. there were 18 bipartisan co-sponsors, nine and nine, republican and democrat. it's already passed the senate by a 2-1 margin in committee. it was actually enacted into law -- excuse me -- it was actually approved by the house last congress, but in conference committee it was stripped out, led by former senator kirk. and i sincerely believe one of the reasons he's a former senator is because illinois veterans and their families were outraged about that action to reverse what congress did. and now we're not even allowed to vote on it. i think that's incomprehensible. i don't think it's fair to our veterans. my friends on the rules committee are on the wrong side of history. in florida last november, 71% of the people voted for medical
marijuana. our veterans deserve the right to work with their v.a. physicians to do what's right for them and their families and hopefully avoid the epidemic of opioid overdoses, overprescriptions and not being able to treat them a methodology that's not highly addictive and not dangerous. there's no reason on god's green earth that we shouldn't have been allowed to at least vote on this bipartisan amendment to protect our veterans. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: proceed. mr. cole: thank you. i want to respond very quickly to my good friend from oregon. just remind him this is a long and winding road. it's a long process. as he said, the senate may very well move in a different direction. i tend to focus here on veterans' issues as issues that
have largely brought us together. quite frankly, this bill has a very substantial increase in spending at the v.a., and that's something i think i know in committee garnered wide bipartisan support. so let's wait and see where we go. we also have to worry -- mr. blumenauer: if the gentleman will yield? mr. cole: no, i will not yield. the gentleman had his time so let me respond. the gentleman has plenty of time on his side, i think. so i just want to say i think there will be continuing discussion about this, but there's also a concern always on something like this that is controversial. we have seen our friends do this before. sometimes you'll put an amendment in but you won't vote for the final bill. so when you're trying to calculate whether you can pass something, you can't have amendments that cost you votes, that don't get you votes. and so i'm not suggesting that's my friend's purpose. it's not at all. i know it's not. i know he's very sincere in this. i am saying that could easily be the effect.
all i can tell you is we'll continue to work through the bill. i suspect when we get there at the end of the day this will be a very bipartisan bill. it will pass with a very bipartisan majority. with that i yield back -- or reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i yield 30 seconds to the gentleman from oregon to respond. mr. blumenauer: this was an opportunity to bring us together. it passed last congress on the floor of the house with over -- with a 40-vote margin and there's more support now today in the public, in the other body. this was an opportunity to avoid unnecessary controversy, to send the signal to our veterans, to change a destructive policy from the veterans administration that is overwhelmingly supported by the american public. and if you would have allowed us to vote on the floor of the house, i'll guarantee you we would have had even more votes this time. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, when speaker ryan took the gavel, he
promised to have a, and i quote, a process that's more open, more inclusive, more deliberative and more participatory, end quote. and my friends like to highlight the number of amendments. mr. speaker, rather than taking one issue at a time, this is an issue for three appropriations business. i say to my guys, you guys are worse than you used to be. there are 10 amendments. last year you made in order 13. so we have less amendment this is year. for the military construction-veterans bill, there are 16 amendments. just a short time ago, in f.y. 2016 we had a modified open rule, so this rule is clearly much worse. we have the same situation with the energy and water bill. we have a structured rule this year while we had a modified open rule a year ago. the process in the house is getting worse. for the first time in history we have a speaker of the house
who has never allowed truly an open rule. we were not perfect, mr. speaker. but speaker pelosi allowed rules -- the rules committee to report open rules. speaker boehner allowed open rules. every speaker in modern history allowed some open rules. but we don't even get modified open rules anymore. mr. speaker, we are seeing an alarming rise in the number of self-executing rules, what republicans used to call deem and pass rules. now, let me explain what that is. in his book "young guns: a new generation of conservative leaders," our dear speaker, mr. ryan, described the self-execution process -- this is on page 98 if you're following along -- but he described it as -- he called this process and i quote, quote, legislative trickery to enact legislation that does not have majority backing, end quote. now, sometime today we have to go back up to the rules committee to do a little legislative trickery to fund
the president's border wall. news flash -- mexico is not paying for the wall. the language that the speaker intends to deem passed without a vote uses good old-fashioned american greenbacks to pay for trump's wall. the american taxpayer are going to be stuck with this bill for this ridiculous wall. mr. speaker, this process is not good. it is not a better way. it's rotten, and the rule the majority will put on this floor tomorrow will be even worse. we are jamming through these important appropriations bills together, limiting debate and moving further away from regular order. we don't need this rule and we don't need a self-executing rule tomorrow. now, if we defeat the previous question on this rule, i will offer an amendment to open up this process and consider the department of defense, military construction and veterans affairs and energy and water
appropriations bills each under an open rule. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous materials immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: and let me just conclude before i yield to mrs. love green, let me just conclude with this, mr. speaker, members have a chance to vote for an open amendment process on these appropriations bills. that is what this p.q. vote is about. republicans will not control this house forever, and i hope that no member who votes against this open rule amendment today will have the audacity to criticize any future democratic jorts. if they do, mr. speaker, -- democratic majorities. if they do, mr. speaker, we will assure them of this vote. to discuss this proposal, i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is ecognized for two minutes. ms. lofgren: that's not really a
surprise because it's used to set up some issues and it's a party-line vote, but this is different. this is different, because this would allow amendments to be offered to these appropriation bills. now, the amendment process and approach is one of the few times that members of congress have an opportunity to offer an amendment. and it's not just democrats, it's republicans, too. i recall very well -- you know, i'm a co-chair of the 4th amendment caucus. congressman ted poe and myself and what members of the 4th amendment caucus did is we put together an amendment that reformed section 702 of the patriot act which says you can't
queery the data base accumulated under section 702 without a warrant. pretty obvious ta the 4th amendment protects americans. that passed by a huge bipartisan vote, twice. we don't get to offer that amendment this time because it's not an open rule. so i'm just asking that we treat this previous question vote very different than the usual garden variety vote. this is different. this isn't about ideology or about 30-second ads that we both do. no, this is about having the opportunity, republicans and democrats, members of congress having an opportunity to offer an amendment in important areas especially, the 4th amendment. so please vote yes on the previous question this time and let's have open rules.
let's have democracy in america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time is expired. members are reminded to direct their comments to the chair. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i want to respond to my friends and remind them it wasn't republicans who got rid of open rules, it was my friends. you can't set one standard for yourself and now say, well you have to go back to the way it was. i'm sorry. that's difficult. we tried to do that for a couple of years and we did come back to open rules. and i would still prefer that, to tell you the truth. i lost that argument in my own conference. if my friends will recall last year on an energy and water bill, they slipped an amendment in, perfectly legitimate for them to do so, they got it adopted, and did not vote for
the bill even though the amendment was adopted and we lost a lot of votes. there is that calculus. there is difference between an amendment that is substantive and an amendment that is a poison pill amendment. our side decided they weren't going to subject themselves to that any longer. i'm not sure i agree but that's the reality of where we are. we are moving under an expedited situation because we began this process late. i want to take responsibility for that on our side of the aisle. all of the appropriation bills should have been finished of 2017. instead we allowed the new administration to have input, we pushed that off and did a four-month continuing resolution. and we finally passed a bill in april. we are moving with exceptional speed.
it is pretty remarkable at this point that all 12 appropriation bills have been reported out of committee and are preparing to go here. our leadership made, i think, a smart decision here's four that relate to security for the country and get those done, first things first and come back and deal with the other eight in september. it's my hope that's what we will do in packages again. we are trying to move quickly. and it is worth noting that this process compared to the process my democratic friends followed is far more open. there are far more amendments now even under a structured rule than they allowed when they were in the majority on appropriation bills. we can get the numbers and count, but we are trying to getting bills to the floor and having a pretty generous latitude for serious amendments. we'll disagree over which ones were made in order. a lot of republican amendments weren't made in order.
but 72 amendments is a lot of amendments. hopefully this process can get better as we go forward. but i'm proud of the product that we are presenting and proud of the number of amendments that are being allowed. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i would like to insert into a record a letter signed by civil rights groups, education groups and women's groups in opposition to this minibus. and i would like to insert a letter and unanimous consent a letter from the coalition on human needs against this. i would like to insert a letter to my colleagues from afscme and of tter sent by the union professionals.
mr. speaker, let me just say, i say to my good friend from oklahoma, the republicans presided over the most closed congress in history. and this way you are on your way to beating that record. the gentleman talks about exceptional speed we are moving these appropriation bills to the floor, i'm not impressed with the exceptional speed when it comes to the spending of billions of taxpayer dollars. i want to get it right. that's why we are asking for an open process. t me go back to the lee aumf amendment, it was approved in the appropriations committee and the gentleman voted for it. so with that, mr. speaker, i yield one minute to mr. sherman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. sherman: vote against the rule, vote against the bill, the
bill does contain one provision that i want to applaud the committee for including that is section 8109 none of the funds may be used in contravention of the war powers act. i first proposed this language in 2011. it failed at first, but now it's been included in every defense appropriations bill since f.y. 2012. it's necessary to enforce the war powers act because every attorney general since the 1970's has advised presidents that the war powers act isn't binding on the president and the president can send unlimited number of troops anywhere in the world without a declaration of war. a republican attorney general testified before the foreign affairs committee yesterday that by including this language in the appropriations bill,
congress enforces the war powers act and its proper role in international affairs. i thank the committee for including this language. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i certainly would never expect my friend to vote for the rule. i don't think i ever voted for a democratic rule and very few democrats have voted for our rules. but that's normal part of the chamber. i commend the gentleman for getting that language into the bill. i respect the gentleman's right to not vote for the bill. it's a big bill and lots of different things in it. i think he makes an important point there are lots of overlapping things where we do agree inside this bill. my friends are certainly free to vote no and i suspect many will. but there are many occasions in a bill like this, particularly related to defense and particularly related to veterans
where the component parts actually have enormous bipartisan support. that's true in the veterans' administration and true with the gentleman's provision that he has gotten in successive bills even under republican congresses. i commend him for his work and i agree with his intention. my friend from massachusetts may have some differences on this and that process, but that's another person i agree with in terms of war powers act and trying to get a new aumf and reclaim congressional power. even though we disagree on this, this bill starts us maybe down that road again by requiring the administration to submit a report to justify legally where we're at and why, to tell us the strategy, to lay out the costs. i commend my friend the chairman of the foreign relations committee, mr. royce, for holding a hearing on that. i see us moving back toward
regular order and common ground. i understand and appreciate my friend's objections even though i don't agree with him, but i thank my friend from california there are parts that we do agree and are important and incorporated in this bill. maybe we can make it better in the amendment process. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. govern mr. cole: i'm prepared to close. mr. mcgovern: i ask unanimous consent for insert in the record a letter from amnesty international rejecting the border wall funding. a letter opposing from the league of latin american citizens and ask unanimous consent to insert into the record a fact sheet by the washington office entitled key points regarding the border wall and ask unanimous consent to insert in the record an nbc news article of how the border wall
is to december immate the butterfly corridor in the lower rio grande valley. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: process matters. and i have come to the conclusion after having served here for some time now that a lousy process leads to a lousy product and lousy legislation. and many of my colleagues were moved yesterday when senator john mccain appeared on the senate floor and not only engaged in senate business, but actually gave a very eloquent passioned speech. i want to quote senator mccain from yesterday. he said let's return to regular order. we have been spinning our wheels on too many important issues because we keep trying to find a way to win with help from across the aisle. that's an approach mandating legislation from the top down. without any support from the
other side. with all the parliamentary maneuvers that requires. we are getting nothing done. i agree with senator mccain and i believe a majority in this house democrats and republicans agree with senator mccain. but we have to stop saying we'll get better. it will be better next time. because what is happening, it's getting worse each time we bring legislation or appropriations to the floor. we are getting more and more restrictive and shutting out more and more voices, not just democratic voices but republican voices as well. this is a deliberative body. we ought to deliberate a little bit. and both democrats and republicans have good ideas. let us use this opportunity to change things, to go back to the regular order that senator mccain talked about so eloquently yesterday. there is an opportunity to do
that. it doesn't stop us considering the appropriations bills, but what it says is we will do so under an open rule or go back to the way we say we want it to be, an open process. if you like some of these amendments, you vote for them. if you don't like the amendments, then you vote against them. that's the way this body is supposed to operate. none of this underhanded self-executing of controversial provisions that may not have the support of the majority in this house. let's go back to regular order. this is the moment. this is the defining moment, democrats and republicans, if you mean it when you say you want regular order, you have to vote for regular order once in a while. can't keep making excuses. this is the moment that we have on these appropriation bills to send a message to the leadership that we want things done differently here. we want to open things up. i think that's what the majority
on both sides really want. but the question is whether or not we all have the guts to vote for an open process. so we have an opportunity to do that. i urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question so we can bring this legislation up today under an open rule. let everybody offer their amendments. let's do this today. no more excuses. if you mean what you say when you say you want regular order, this is the opportunity to vote for it. vote no on the previous question and i oppose the underlying bill -- maybe i won't if we can fix it through regular order and maybe add some amendments. let's give it a chance and work in a bipartisan way. let's go back to the days when we did have open rules in appropriations. this is the opportunity to do it. vote no on the previous question. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized to close. mr. cole: thank you, mr.
speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i want to thank my good friend for sparet and thoughtful debate. he always makes good points and frankly i always find myself more comfortable when we are on the same side as we occasionally are than when we are on opposite sides. my friend has made many valuable contributions to this institution, particularly pushing us relentlessly of reclaiming our war making authority. having said that, it's always great to call for a new system, a new way or return to open, you know, rules without admitting you're the ones that abandoned them. we actually tried to restore them. i regret we failed in that, quite frankly. but i have to say both sides have gotten used to not doing open rules because they don't want to cast tough votes. that's why my friends abandoned the open rule process when they were in the majority in 2009. honestly, that's why we abandoned it last year. i regret that. i will work with my friend,
probably not today, but going forward in trying to reclaim that because i think when we lost it we diminished the power of every individual member in congress. we thought we were protecting and the reality is they can no longer come to the floor as an individual and present their own idea. in this case there are 72 amendments. the majority of them are from my friend's side of the aisle, and i would hope going forward, particularly when we consider the next day, the appropriations bill, we will continue to be very generous in that regard. mr. speaker, in closing i want to encourage all members to support the rule, h.r. 3219 represents the first step toward fulfilling our first obligation as members of congress, to fund the government. we should all be proud in what we accomplished in putting the bill forward. it contains the provision of the four bills passed out of the appropriations committees, recognizing defense, energy and water, legislative and military construction and veterans' affairs subcommittees. it will increase funding for
national defense and ensure that the men and women in the armed forces have the tools that they need. we also increased funding for veterans to ensure our fighting men and women will be taken care of long after they leave the service of this country. and we fund key member priorities in energy and water in the legislative branch. i applaud my colleagues for their hard work and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time has expired. the question is ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. those in favor of the vote will rise. there we go. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device.
pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes on the question adoption of the resolution. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. . this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]