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for national security, including for the department of defense, department of veterans atares and department of energy's nuclear programs and the legislative branch bill. my colleagues, this is the primary constitutional duty of the congress to ensure the safety of the homeland and the american people. this legislation was carefully crafted to meet that responsibility, funding our critical material priorities, supporting veterans and making our borders more secure. the core of this package is full year funding in the department of defense and intelligence community. and i thank chairwoman granger. provides $658.1 billion, an increase of $61 billion in base discretionary funding for fiscal year 2018 enacted levels. this is no doubt, this is a significant increase from the
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current spending levels and certainly from the last eight years. but this increase is vitally important to continue the process we started this spring, to rebuild, repair and equip our armed forces that we started in 2017 appropriations package. mr. chairman, secretary of dens mattis has made readiness and modernization of our forces his top priorities. it is a fact that we have too many aircraft that can't fly, too many ships that cannot sail, too many troops who can't deploy either because they are not properly trained or not enough of them. how do we get there? in recent years we have just getting by, reducing investments in our military as the world becomes more dangerous and avoiding tough choices. the package before us will sustain a much needed rebuilding of our military after a half decade of cuts.
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while our troops remained in constant combat and they do so today. . we boosted missile defense, a program that has taken on critical importance, as north korea unabatedly tries to marry its nuclear warheads with new ballistic missiles. and we increase funding for the vital training that prepares our war fighters for any contingency. this legislation also supports our military families, after all they serve too. .4% pay increase for our service men and women, the largest such increase -- raise in eight years, and they deserve it. within the military construction and veterans portion of this bill, and i thank chairman dent for his leadership, military infrastructure funding is increased by 25% above current levels. continuing our efforts to
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rebuild our armed forces and ensuring that our war fighters have the support they need. we cannot forget those who have served. this measure increases funding for the department of veterans affairs by 5%, over current levels, to provide our veterans and their families with access to medical care. and other benefits they've earned and deserve. within the energy and water section of this legislation, i thank chairman simpson for his leadership, funding is prioritized for critical nuclear programs that will help strengthen our security and deter threats around the globe. we also support the maintenance of our nation's waterways and support the work of the army corps. and to also ensure the resilience and security of our electricity infrastructure. we recommit to opening yucca mountain as a safe and secure location to permanently store the nation's nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste. and promote basic science programs which lay the foundation for new energy
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technologies. finally, mr. chairman, this package also includes funding for important legislative branch functions. i thank chairman yoder for his lee: in proving -- for his leadership, improving security to this wonderful capitol complex, making sure visitors are always well protected. i offer thanks to members of the appropriations committee for their hard work and tough decisions over the past 12 -- over the past few months. producing two appropriations bills, this year, 2017, and 2018, in less than three months. as you know, we received the president's budget on may 23, just over two months ago. since then, we've worked nonstop to put all 12 through -- bills through the committee in record time. each and every one of these bills deserves to be september to the president's desk -- to be sent to the president's desk. i look forward to completing our work on all of our bills. i'd also like to extend my personal thanks to the entire
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committee and to our remarkable staff for their hard work on these bills and the eight yet to come. mr. chairman, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is ecognized. >> mr. speaker, i yield myself four minutes. the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized for four minutes. >> typically the legislative branch, military construction and veterans affairs, energy and water, and defense bills would be debated and amended by the full house individually. regrettably, we are debating so-called illion security minibus in only two hours. for some reason other than necessity. substantive amendments chosen at the discretion of the chairman of the rules committee will be
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debated for 10 minutes. mrs. lowey: we also expect $1.6 billion in border wall funding to be added through a rules gimmick meant to prevent an up or down vote on the wall. the undemocratic maneuver by the rules committee to unilaterally remove congresswoman barbara lee's amendment to debate a new aumf, which received bipartisan support in the committee, is simply outrageous. all the promises of republican leadership, of returning to regular order, have been broken. i do, however, want to thank chairman frelinghuysen for conducting business in the
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appropriations committee markups fairly, and collegially, as the minority offered amendments late into the night. on top of the many procedural inequities, however, the majority's increased defense spending is a mirage. shattering budget control caps would trigger automatic across-the-board cut of 13% to every defense account. yet the majority pretends the sequester, which would cut $72 billion in defense funding in this bill, isn't real. i want to make it very clear that democrats are ready to work with our republican colleagues to raise the caps on defense. but we must also raise the caps
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on important domestic priorities. playing politics with the bill that funds the troops by inserting the toxic border wall to it is really beyond the pale. why not include the f.b.i.? or the entire homeland security bill? if the intention is to pass security-related bills, securing our homeland goes beyond the department of defense and our own budgets in the legislative branch. the republican approach to funding our government for f.y. 018 all but guarantees a short-term, if not a full-year, continuing resolution. just like every year democratic votes will be needed to enact
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appropriation law. and i really do hope we will soon start to work together in to invest responsibly both defense and nondefense priorities, to grow the economy, create jobs and secure the country. as i conclude, i want to thank our distinguished chairman, mr. frelling -- mr. frelinghuysen. his outstanding staff. as well as my outstanding staff. can i have an additional minute? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. lowey: -- the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. lowey: however, i urge my colleagues to vote no on this bill which would waste $1.6 billion on trump's border wall, use fraudulent defense numbers, guts critical investments in
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clean energy,, includes poison pill riders -- energy, includes poison pill riders, and leaves the remaining spending bills with no path forward. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to recognize the former chairman and now the chairman of the foreign operations committee for four minutes, mr. hal rogers, the gentleman from kentucky. the chair: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for four minutes. mr. rogers: mr. chairman, thank you. thank you, mr. chairman, for yielding the time. and congratulations to you on your maiden voyage in this role that you're occupying. very expertly, i might add. the forced march that we undertook in the committee for the last three weeks, clearing all 12 bills through the full committee, in a historically record time, and we had a good drill sergeant, mr. sergeant. for doing a great job.
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we held 74 oversight and budget hearings, heard from over 400 witnesses, with the overarching goal that each of the 12 bills we pass out of our committee address the needs of our constituents. i'm proud to say that these bills do just that. advance our national defense and secure our borders. take care of our veteran, provide critical infrastructure funding, increase resources to combat the opioid epidemic, maintain our presence as a leader in global diplomacy. all the while maintaining fiscal discipline. i'm disappointed that we won't consider all 12 of these bills before the august recess. but this security package is an important step forward. it will ensure that we as the congress uphold our most sacred responsibility to provide for our nation's common defense. under the previous administration, our department
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of defense faced needless uncertainty. i'm proud that we are now turning the tide, providing our troops and their commanders with the necessary resources to respond to threats from countries like russia, china and iran, as well as crush the violent extremists who wish to do us harm. as promised to the american people, we're rebuilding and modernizing our military as an international powerhouse by better equipping our troops, strengthening counterterrorism efforts, and re-establishing confidence with our allies. at a time when our enemies continue to advance around the globe, the u.s. must remain at the forefront of military readiness and advanced technology to strengthen national defense at home and abroad. this bill also maintains our commitment to those brave men and women after their service has come to a close. providing for greater oversight
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and accountability at the v.a.. and modernizing electronic health records to help our veterans receive the high quality of care they deserve. i'm also pleased that this legislation includes the energy and water appropriations bill. which funds many of our national security interests and builds upon our country's essential infrastructure needs. in particular, this bill protects the appalachian regional commission, a.r.c., from proposed elimination. and ensures that its critical programs will continue in our hardest-hit be a lashean coal communities -- appalachian coal communities. a.r.c. has led efforts to innovate, partner and invest in the region, to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth. these investments have led to the creations of thousands of new jobs. it has improved local water and sewer systems, improved our schools, increased access to health care, and provided
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critical assistance to emerging businesses. after eight years of strangulation by regulation in the obama administration's war on coal, appalachia needs the a.r.c. now more than ever. mr. chairman, thank you again for allowing me to speak on behalf of this bill. is it everything we wanted? no. it is critical that we prioritize our national security nd that's what this bill does. mr. chairman, the motto of our appropriationses committee is this -- appropriations committee is this, a vision without funding is a hallucination. we've got a visionary leader in our chairman, but we've got to provide the funding to make the dreams that we have come true. that's what appropriations does. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is
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recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. chairman, i am very pleased to yield six minutes to the gentlelady from ohio, ms. kaptur. the chair: the gentlelady from ohio is recognized for six minutes. ms. kaptur: thank you so very much. i wanted to thank ranking member lowey for the time and also thank chairman frelinghuysen on his maiden voyage. not his first voyage, but his first as chair of the full committee. and the members of our fine subcommittee, and especially the staff. i want to thank chairman simpson for his fine leadership and i value the hard work you put into this bill and your attitude throughout the whole process. i want to thank our staff on both sides of the aisle for the many hours of hard work and dedication. to tanya on our side and donna for the majority. and to t.j. on my own staff. i appreciate that the chairman has allowed robust funding to the corps of engineers, which
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translates into real jobs from coast-to-coast. and i also am pleased that this bill restores the more than $900 million that the administration proposed to cut from the science account. and provides reasonable funding for energy saving weatherization in both cold and hot climates across our nation. unfortunately the artificially low allocation has forced the chairman to make deep cuts to some of the most important programs in the bill, most notably the office of energy efficiency and renewable energy. too many here in washington have been fooled by the rhetoric that poses a false choice between the environment and the economy. but today 288,000 americans work in auto industry supply chain jobs. in manufacturing the parts that make vehicles cleaner and more fuel efficient. in addition,
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360,000 people work in the solar energy and the fastest growing job in america is wind turbine technology. investment in energy is an investment in jobs and our future. 83% cut from the vehicle tech nolings' office, now that's a backward move, 60% cut to the advanced manufacturing office and this member is unwilling to see that go to the chinese and 57% cut to solar energy, one of the fastest growing job sectors in our country. 65% cut to wind energy and pa e, the most complex technologies, zero, the program eliminated. whoa. these go to offshore competitors
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who are hacking into our bank accounts by firms involved in these industries hundreds of times a month, trying to co-op american technology that american taxpayers helped to develop in an era chases short-term quarterly profits and ever improving earnings report, we owe it to our constituents to play the long game, making investments that may take decades to pay off, but they will. the long time horizon and large capital investments of the energy sector for america means that more than any other path-breaking energy research needs federal support until it becomes commercially viable, because energy research is complex. though energy is an overlooked ingredient in economic
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spreemssi, those masters are leading in america. presidents have targeted energy independence. that makes national security sense. ut this year, that target is finely in sight. a recent report expects the united states to be a net energy exporter by 2026. would you. the department of energy deserves great credit for bringing us to this point beginning back in the old 1970's and 1980's when it got started. it took 30 years of department of energy support with the private sector to unleash the fracking revolution that has changed our world and where was that technology developed? at the department of energy and it didn't happen in a year or two, it took years. the next revolution will be the
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clean energy revolution. we must not forfeit that gain. finally, i would like to raise my concerns over the controversial riders that threaten the enactment of this bill but our most precious resource water. exempting the rule from the administrative act creeds too much authority to the executive branch and something i cannot support. for that reason and the draconian cuts to clean energy, i ask members to oppose the clean water and energy package and busting the spending caps and building a border wall that doesn't keep us safe. i believe there is no excuse for any democrat to support the overall bill before us. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized.
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mr. frelinghuysen: i recognize the chair of the defense subcommittee, congresswoman kay granger for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. granger: today we consider the make america secure appropriations act which includes the defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018. i ask all members for their support on this very important legislation. congress' number one responsibility is to provide for the defense of this nation. this bill provides that constitutional duty. this is urgent because the world is more dangerous and unstable. north korea is increasing the missile tests, threatening american soil and our allies. on the 4th of july, they launched an intercontinental missile. russia has instability in the ukraine, battlics and the ball cans. they protect president assad,
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the tyrant who has murdered men, women and children. china is militarizing the south china sea and modernizing their military. chinese fighter jets flew closely to a us air craft in a dangerous manner. iran is increasing its influence in iraq, syria and yemen. just yesterday an iranian vessel pursued a u.s. navy vessel at high-speed forcing our ship to fire warning shots. isis and al qaeda terrorists continue to spread perverted the on of islam across world. all of our adversaries are acting in a bold manner. the u.s. military has to confront anyone who threatens us. this can be done by reversing
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the years of budget instability, sequestration and continuous cuts. since becoming chair, i have made it my priority to listen to our defense intelligence experts and this bill before you reflects their expert advice. this provides secretary mattis the resources he needs to rebuild our military and form a new national defense strategy. it's been an honor to work with mr. visclosky, who has played a valuable role in this process. i want to thank chairman frelinghuysen, ranking member lowey and all the members of the defense subcommittee for their involvement and their contributions. and i would like to thank the staff of the defense subcommittee, jennifer, sherry, and , b.j., karen ell, chris on becca, and
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the minority staff. johnny, jason, joe and adam. in closing, i must remind the house of secretary mattis when he told us that without the same sufficient and predictable funding, i assess within five years we will lose our ability to project power. the basis of how we defend the u.s. homeland and meet our alliance commitments. to ensure this doesn't happen, the bill includes, $28.6 billion above the president's request for national defense restoration fund. we must keep this funding intact. we need to heed secretary mattis' warning and give our military what it needs, no less. this is not a partisan issue. i ask all my colleagues for their support. and i yield back the balance of
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my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey continues to reserve. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield six minutes to the distinguished gentlelady from california, ms. roybal-allard allard, the nking member member of the homeland security. ms. roybal-allard: it is difficult to understand how we make america secure minibus does not include the bill for department of homeland security, which is responsible for security at our borders, security in the coastal maritime environment, security for surface and air transportation, security for cybernetworks and critical infrastructure and helping state and local jurisdictions prepare for, prevent and respond to terrorist
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attacks and natural disasters. instead of including the entire d.h.s. funding bill in the minibus, the majority is expected to use a second rule to insert just one part of that bill. funding for the president's border wall, ignoring much more pressing and immediate security needs. because the department has failed to submit to congress a required report laying out the long-term plans and justification for border infrastructure, members of congress are unable to responsibly evaluate the long-term border security strategy and comprehensively assess its costs, benefits and tradeoffs. $1.6 billionormous initial price tag, members
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should at a minimum have the opportunity to vote on it separately and in the context of the entire homeland security bill. i submitted an amendment to prohibit the use of funds for border wall construction. and i hope the rules committee will make it in order. while i do not support the d.h.s. bill in its current form, i firmly believe the house would be in a stronger position to make a more informed and responsible decision on how best to invest these $1.6 billion in the context of debating and amending the entire department of homeland security funding bill. for example, instead of using $1.6 billion of taxpayers' money for just 74 miles of border wall, we could pay for the first
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two heavy coast guard ice breakers, which are critically needed to help the united states better counter the ever increasing russian presence in the arctic. or we could invest in additional technology and hire thousands of new customs' officers at every land, air and seaport of entry in the united states. we do see wait time for travelers, better facilitating the flow of commerce and contributing to economic growth. this would enhance our ability to intercept more illegal narcotics and other contraband because contrary to what some may think, the vast majority of the worst illicit drugs flowing into our country arrive through the ports of entry, not between the ports. 81% 6, 86% of the hernan
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, 81% of the in cocaine came through the border. in addition to the 654 miles of fencing already in place is a misguided and ineffective this y to address problem. using this $1.6 billion for more pressing security needs, i am concerned that by including only border wall funding from the d.h.s. appropriations bill, we would be sending a terrible message to front line homeland security personnel, many of whom routinely put their personal safety at risk to serve our country. that the president's border wall is more important than all the
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work they do. mr. chairman, when it comes to the security of our nation and the american people, we, in congress, have an obligation to act in their best interests and to invest their tax dollars wisely. if the only homeland security item in this bill is funding for 74 miles of border wall, we will fail to meet that obligation. this bill should not include funding for a border wall and the house should have an opportunity to vote on this funding in the context of the entire homeland security bill. i urge a no vote on this bill. and i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. and the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i recognize chairman mike simpson for five minutes. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. simpson: it's my distinct
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honor to bring the fiscal 2018 energy and water bill. before i go into details, i would like to recognize chairman frelinghuysen because of his leadership and his commitment to the appropriations process that our committee has managed to bring 12 bills and have them ready for consideration by the house. i would like to thank ranking member lowey and kaptur. this has been a better bill. and it is above the request. increases are targeted to those areas where they are needed the most to support our nation's infrastructure. the bill provides strong support for the department of energy's national defense programs, weapons activities is funded at $10.24 bill quon, up $921 million to keep our nation's deterrent. this will fund stockpile programs and make substantial
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progress towards addressing the deterioration of infrastructure. the recommendation for naval reactors includes full funding for the columbia class ballistic submarine known as the ohio class. the bill provides funding increases across the department of energy to defend against cyberattacks and electricity reliability, to strengthen energy sectors and preparedness response. . tal of $6.2 a toe billion -- total of $6.2 billion more than last year. this makes a full recommendation of all use from the the inland waterway trust fund. the harbor maintenance trust fund activities are funded at $1.34 billion which is $40 million more than fiscal year twent -- 2017. and the same as the target.
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the bill provides $74 million more than last year for flood and storm damage reduction activities. this is a responsible bill, one that makes difficult choices in order to prioritize the most critical federal programs. as a result, as has been mentioned already, this bill eliminates the advanced research project agency or arpa-e as it is known, and title 17 loan guarantee programs for the -- as the department of energy is proposed by the president. i realize some people are concerned about that. these are programs i happen to like also. this is what happens when you're $20 trillion in debt. you have to make tough choices. that's what this appropriations committee is cog. -- is doing. this bill includes a number of targeted investments above the budget request to ensure a secure, independent and prosperous energy future. mr. chairman, this is a strong bill. that will protect our national security interests, address our most pressing infrastructure needs, and advance our economy.
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i urge everyone to support it and before i quit i would like to thank the staff of both the energy and water committee, both ranking and minority members, and of the full committee, for the work that they have done in making sure that we can get this bill to the floor. again, i would urge members to support this bill. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey continues to reserve. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. chairman, i'm very pleased to yield six minutes to the gentleman from ohio, mr. ryan, the distinguished ranking member of the subcommittee on the legislative branch. the chair: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for six minutes. mr. ryan: thank you to the gentlelady from new york. and i'd also like to thank the chairman from new jersey. also the ranking member of the house legislative branch appropriations. while i rise to oppose this appropriations package, even though the legislative branch division of this package is
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worthy of our support, i commend chairman yoder both for the product and for the way he reached across the aisle to work with me and other members of our committee. and the minority in this process. for all of their hard work i'd like to thank liz on their team, jen and tim from the leg branch majority staff. joe from chairman yoder's office, adam on the minority staff, and anne and ryan on my team. this year's legislative branch appropriations bill would, among other things, allow us to catch up on some deferred maintenance in our buildings, invest in information technology to modernize the library of congress, congressional research service and copyright office. and adjust to the new cybersecurity environment faced here in the united states congress. i'm also pleased to see that this bill provides additional funds for the sergeant at arms and the capitol police, to
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increase congressional security in the wake of the tragic shooting at our congressional baseball practice several months back. our goal is to give them the resources they need to maintain the security on the capitol campus, and increase their coverage of members in gagget -- and gatherings of members that might be targeted. it is the responsibility of the house to look out for our safety and the safety of our constituents and the staff and the funding included in this bill is a step in the right direction. there are things i hope we can prove on, as the bill moves forward -- can improve on, as the bill moves forward. for example, i'd like to see more money for personnel at the library and c.r.s. and not just for information technology. and more for the government accountability office, which is flat-funded in this budget. because of inflation, g.a.o. will have 200 fewer employees than expected at the end of the year. g.a.o.'s audits and investigations root out waste, fraud and abuse in government. something we all agree upon here
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should be done. with the trump administration resisting all of this oversight, g.a.o. is more important today than it ever has been. while i would support the legislative branch bill, if it came to the floor on its own, unfortunately we're not considering it on its own. i oppose tying $1.6 billion of wasted taxpayer money for president trump's border wall to the legislative branch bill. we need bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform which would include smarter, more effective enforcements of our laws. a few years ago, the nonpartisan congressional budget office said immigration reform would reduce and eficit by $900 billion increase real g.d.p. growth by over 3%. but simply building a ridiculous wall that faces opposition from
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both democrats and republicans, this wall won't do anything for our economy and it isn't even a cost effective way to strengthen enforcement. besides, we were told repeatedly over the course of the last 18 months that mexico would pay for the wall. he would ask, the president would ask, who's going to pay for the wall? mexico's going to pay for the wall. why is there a single dime of american taxpayer money for a border wall that president trump promised mexico would finance? and i oppose the republicans' partisan budget strategy. by refusing to work with democrats on a bipartisan budget deal that raises the budget control act caps, republicans are seriously risking some combination of sequestration, stop gap funding bills, government shutdowns and a
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catastrophic default on our national debt. nondefense discretionary spending is 1/6 of the federal budget. having already cut it to the bone, they're now sawing off the limbs. the labor, health, human services and education appropriations bill, the transportation bill, the financial services bill that funds consumer protections and regulation of big banks, they will all see big cut because of the draconian spending caps. today's packlage squeeze out investments in our infrastructure, jobs programs, early childhood education, scientific research and all the things that need to be priorities. we are turning our backs on working families across the country who depend on these programs every day. we all believe in the free market system. we all believe in capitalism. we all want to reward risk
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takers and provide a good environment for growth for those men and women who will make the investments to hire the workers. but capitalism is not a perfect system. and it is -- are these programs in this bill that we need to fund to make sure that we grow the entire economy, that we have sustained growth, we invest in education, we invest in research, we invest in transportation infrastructure in order for us to grow the economy. as former appropriations chairman david obey used to say, these programs are about knocking off the rough edges of capitalism. on this side of the aisle we believe in making those investments and that those investments are best for the economy. that's what's at stake. so we must adequately fund defense, veterans' programs and the legislative branch of government. but that can't come at the expense of everything else.
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i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to recognize chairman charlie dent from pennsylvania, the chairman of the military construction and veterans' affairs subcommittee on appropriations, for five minutes. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for five minutes. mr. dent: thank you, mr. speaker. the appropriations act before you today includes division c appropriations for military construction, veterans' affairs, and related agencies, for fiscal year 201. division c is exactly the same as the milcon v.a. bill reported favorably out of the full committee on june 15. thanks to the leadership of chairman rodney frelinghuysen of new jersey, ranking member nita lowey of new york, and the partnership of the subcommittee ranking member, debbie wasserman schultz, the gentlewoman from florida, this division will provide necessary funding for the department of veterans affairs and military construction projects.
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we were able to include the vast majority of the subcommittee's over 1,000-member requests. the division demonstrates our firm commitment to fully supporting our nation's veterans and service members. the total investment is $89 billion for military construction, v.a. and related agencies. which is $6 billion above last year's level. the division provides comprehensive support for service members, military families, and veterans. we must make infrastructure investments if we value readiness. this bill increases military construction by 25% over last year's level. that's right. 25% over last year's level. delivering on our promise to troops in line with the president's focus on national defense. it supports our troops with facilities and services necessary to maintain readiness and morale here in the states and overseas. it provides defense department schools and health clinics to
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take care of our military families. this division funds our veterans' health care systems, to ensure that our promise to care for those who have sacrificed in defense of this great nation continues as those men and women return home. we owe this to our veteran and our are committed to sustained -- and are committed to sustained oversight until programs deliver what they promise and taxpayers are well served by the investments we make. the staff deserves credit for sustained work and very long hours. like to recognize sara, tracy, maureen, and matt on the committee's staff. and sean of my personal staff. military construction piece this division provides a total of $10.2 billion for military cruck projects and family housing -- construction projects and family housing. including base and overseas contingency operations funding. an increase of $2.1 billion over last year's level and $197 million below the president's request. this funding meets d.o.d.'s most
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critical needs, including priority projects for combatant commanders and funding new mission requirements. it provides $737 million for military medical facilities. it provides $249 million for department of defense education alpha silts. for construction -- educational facilities. for construction, renovation and for schools. it supports our guard and reserve. through $575 million for facilities in 22 states. it funds military family housing at $1.4 billion. and it provides for $178 million for the nato security investment program, which is $24 million over the president's request, to deal with increasing threats and necessary investments overseas. given all that's happening by russia's very bad behavior and eastern europe and elsewhere, this investment is absolutely essential. we're able to also include an additional $439 million in the service's unfunded priority
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projects that were not included in the budget request. it's very important to many members of this body, on the v.a., veterans affairs, the legislation includes a total of $78.3 billion in discretionary funding for the department of veterans affairs. that's a $3.9 billion increase or 5% above fiscal year 2017 levels. it's the highest level of v.a. funding ever provided. v.a. medical care, the bill funds v.a. medical care at $69 billion. that's the full request. including an additional $2.6 billion beyond the advanced appropriation to cover unanticipated needs. many members expressed concerns about medical care issues and were able to fully fund the budget request for mental health services at $8.4 billion. suicide prevention outreach at $186 million. homeless veterans treatment services, housing and job training at $7.3 billion. opioid abuse prevention at $50
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million. and we began that in the omnibus last year. the $50 million in opioid prevention. opioid abuse prevention. rural health initiatives, $250 million. caregivers' stipends at $604 million. repeat last year's bill language regarding improved standards for suicide prevention hotline. for disability claims processing, again, another issue very important to so many members in this body. particularly through our veterans who are seeking services from the v.a. or benefits. we provide $2.9 billion. which is $50 million over the request. we need to be vigilant, to be sure that the claims backlog doesn't -- mr. chairman -- mr. frelinghuysen: i yield the gentleman another 30 seconds. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dent: this legislation also contains $65 million as requested as the v.a. switches gears and moves from modernizing its own aging electronic health
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record to acquiring a record d.o.d. is using. the bill continues to include language restricting the most -- restricting most of the funding until the v.a. meets milestones and certifies statutory requirements. our bill increases the request for v.a. research funding by $58 million to a total of $698 million, recognizing strong congressional interest in the v.a.'s research to combat devastating conditions like ptsd and brain and also traumatic brain injury. major construction. we continue oversight over those projects, holding back funding until a third party is brought. in closing i ask members to support this important piece of the legislation. it's very important to our service members, our veteran and their families. thank you. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. >> mr. chairman, i'm delighted to yield one minute to the gentlelady from california, the democratic leader, ms. pelosi. the chair: the gentlelady is
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recognized. ms. pelosi: i thank the gentlelady from new york, the distinguished ranking member of the appropriations committee, for yielding and more importantly for her great leadership to advance the values of our country in the allocation of resources, and i always squad mire the work of mr. frelinghuysen, the depiss ting wished chairman as well. we may have a matter of disagreement here today, though. mr. speaker, all of us, members of congress, all elected official, people who serve in any office, take a solemn oath to support and defend the constitution. that is an oath to protect the american people. democrats, indeed, all american, believe in a strong national defense. we believe in strong investments in our defense and in our brave men and women in uniform in particular. but far from strengthening our security, this -- the falsely inflated numbers in this
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spending bill will create uncertainty for our military and hollow out america's communities at home. we face serious threats in the world, we know that. those threats demand serious consideration in congress. we should be making serious decisions about our national security mission. what is our mission? what are the resources that we need? we don't want to spend more than we need but we don't want to spend less. and we should not be posturing in the defense bill with false numbers and no real answers about the mission of the -- that these dollars would fund. we do not give certainty to our defense or competence to our troops when we legislate with phony numbers, when we refuse to make honest choices about our defense budget. instead of giving certainty to our heroes in uniform, this bill would breach the sequester
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spending limit by more than $70 billion. forcing a mandatory 13% cut to ll defense accounts. these phony numbers in this bill not only do violence to our defense budget, they starve the strength of america by ransacking our domestic investments. in order to be the strongest possible america, we must measure our strength not only in our military might but in the health, education, and well eing of the american people. and that's what the problem is. we are stealing from the domestic budget with phony numbers to the defense budget which will be because of the sequester cut the defense account by 13% as we starve our domestic investment. besides the direct danger this bill proposes to our military, it is laden with poison pills.
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it would squander billions of taxpayer dollars on president trump's immoral, ineffective, and expensive border wall. the president said during the campaign , he said, i promised a wall. no you promised a wall that mexico would pay for. he said it would cost $4 billion to $6 billion. the fact is it could cost as much as $30 billion or $40 billion. and he wants a down payment for that wall in this bill. one poison pill. it also eliminates ar pa-e, the advanced energy research vital to our energy independence, to our national security, to keep america, the innovation superpower of the 21st century. democrats will continue to demand real leadership to strengthen our national defense. . speaker, on this day, july
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26, 1948, president harry truman signed the executive order desegregating the u.s. military. how great that was for america. how great it is for our country to benefit from the service of so many people who had been erving all along, but now with dignity and respect, which was justified. so how sad is it that on this same day the president of the united states, 69 years ago, recognized the value of respecting our men and women in uniform, that the commander in chief, the president of the united states, fired 15,000 courageous men and women in uniform in a vile, hateful tweet. his actions regarding transgenders in the military were unworthy of their bravery
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and unworthy of the american people. let us be thank -- thankful for the blessings of all our men and women in uniform and our veterans who have served us and our military families to whom we owe so much. their courage, their service and leadership, their sacrifice is what truly makes us the land of the free and the home of the brave. and it insists that we be serious and real and evidence-based as we make decisions about how we invest in the security of our country. i urge a no vote and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady yields back this egentlelady from new york reserves this gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i'm pleased to yield to the legislative branch subcommittee on appropriations chair for five minutes. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> i rise to speak in favor of
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the bill before us, paying particular attention to the legislative branch subcommittee. i want to thank my colleagues, chairman frelinghuysen and raking member lowey for their leadership and ranking member ryan who has been a gentleman and a scholar for working with e to develop to product, a representation of how we wan cork across the line to develop bipartisan legislation. our total for the legislative branch is $3.58 billion. we focused on better security and more accountability in a responsible manner. first and foremost the house continues to lead by example in its frugal operations. mr. yoder: with this bill we'll be spending 12% below the 2010 levels, showing the american people fiscal discipline start here's in our house operations first. we also continue the policy of denying pay increases to members of congress for the eighth fiscal year in a row.
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this republican congress has tightened its belt since taking the majority and have never allowed a pay increase for members of congress and aren't allows one today, saving taxpayers over $68 million since 2011. in light of the recent shooting where republican members of congress were targeted for their beliefs and our colleague and majority whip steve scalise was seriously wounded, this bill takes a new focus on security related to congress and i want o recognize capitol police officers crystal griner and david bailey. the capitol police protect us, our staff and the visitors we get here with bravery, putting their lives on the line. special agents griner around bailey put that devotion on displayer in world. their courage under fire safed the lives of countless members of congress, staff, and innocent
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by standers. steve scalise, zach and others on that field that day are alive today because of their actions. we as a congress owe it to the capitol police to ensure they have the necessary resources to meet their mission in an increasingly polarized climate. we have -- we believe we have propriately emphasized those meetings. we provide resources and make structural changes that will address security concerns here in the capitol and in our home districts, including $29 million in new resources for capitol police, $5 million for the sergeant at arms, and support for house administrations authorization to increase $25,000 per m.r.a. account to address members' physical security when they're away from the capitol complex. we also invest in cybersecurity
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measures to protect attack obs our digital information. after hearings, briefings and tour, we have included $581 million in total for the architect of the capitol. we recognize the challenge of preserving our infrastructure in the current fiscal climate. we included funding to renovate house office buildings and other to revitalize in future years. we provided $48468 million for the library of congress, with much funding going to i.t. improvements librarywide. we provided $4.5 billion for c.b.o. we have our differences and opinions on c.b.o. estimates and how it arrives in those conclusions and in some cases they are wrong. but it serves an important purpose and needs resources to do its job. we also include funding for the
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government accountability office to root out waste, fraud, and abuse. we sought thoughtful feedback from member os of the committee and the body. they are measures we can be proud of. it includes openness and transparency and increasing efficiencies by publishing nonconfidential reports online, expanded the wounded warrior project to help members hire veterans, increasing slots by 57%. in all this bill represents a frugal approach to funding the base exoperations of congress, we do so in a fiscally responsible manner, keeping expenses low and prohibiting pay increases in congress. i'd like to thank ranking member yan and his staff, ann and others, and my staff, and to all the members of the committee for their work and participation in the process this year. i urge this body to support this legislation and i yield back the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i am pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from maryland, the democratic whip, mr. hoyer. the chair: the whip is ecognized. mr. hoyer: thank you very much, madam ranking member, for yielding. mr. chairman, members of the house. i served actively on the appropriations committee for 23 years. i'm still a member on leave. never in the 36 years that i've been here have i seen an omnibus appropriation bill or a mini bus appropriation bill brought to the floor before the august break. regular order is to bring each bill to the floor, debate each
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bill on its merit, have the opportunity to offer amendments, and debate the her pretties of the amendments and of that particular bill. however, the majority party has not done its job. i do not hold accountable the members of the appropriations committee. i want to make that clear. -- clear. but for whatever reasons, regular order has not been followed. so each member of the congress of the united states is confronted with either voting for all of the bill with , ponent parts, alleged bill defense bill, that they may not like. but if they vote no they will be accused of being against the security of the united states. that, my friends is baloney. in
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in his pledge to america -- in their pledge to america, the republicans said "we will advance major legislation one issue at a time." belies that representation. minibussors of this package claim it will make america more secure. i reject that argument. senior military leaders have said that the greatest long-term threat to our national security is the growing national debt, and the impact of interest payments on the debt as they crowd out our ability to invest in defense and domestic priorities. to workcumbent upon us together to pass a fiscally responsible budget agreement that lists sequester cap's and a way consistent with parity between defense and nondefense
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spending. we were supposed to pass a 15.et on or before april it is now july 26. .e have passed no budget there is no plan for overall spending. -- nobody on this house floor or in this country knows the ramifications of the passage of this will on the eight domestic spending bills that remain untended. .lad -- the gentle lady it is incumbent upon us to work together to pass a fiscally responsible budget agreement that lifts the sequester cap's. we cannot skip to appropriations without determining what our
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budget priorities are first. it is as critical for national defense as it is for our ability to support economic growth. that i can earliest ever remember that the house considered either an omnibus or minibus preparation bill. it is an announcement by the majority that the house will not be able to move these bills through under regular order given republicans' internal divisions over spending bills. instead of working with democrats to craft appropriation bills that can pass the house, they are resorting to legislative taxes to push them through on partisan votes. i will remind my friends across the aisle that they have been unable to enact a single funding bill in the last seven years without appealing to democratic votes. i urge my colleagues to reject this minibus package and make it
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clear that we first ought to negotiate a budget agreement that provides certainty and clarity to the entire federal government, not just a handful of agencies. and we ought to do it through an open and transparent process, with members committed to offer amendments that could shake that budget and appropriation bills reflective of the nation's priority as a whole. i urge my colleagues to vote no, so that we can get on with an appropriation process that is in the regular order, that makes common sense, that is transparent, and that will give the american public the best product we can produce. i yield back the balance of my time. >> the judgment from new jersey is recognized. >> please to recognize the gentleman from california for three minutes. >> german from california is
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recognized for three minutes. >> i hr-3219.upport of i would like to commend chairman freeman highs -- he did it in record time, deserves a great deal of credit for getting us to this point. reflect hoursuded of hearings, staff work, bipartisan cooperation. i would like to express gratitude to the chairs and writing members of the defense, energy and water, military construction, veterans affairs branchge subcommittees. robust funding for water infrastructure over six to 7 million, to create needed water storage in the last. i want to thank sherman simpson and his staff for their hard work. i would like to thank chairwoman kay granger for her support of
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our men and women in uniform. i would like to -- i would be remiss if i did not mention a professional staff of the subcommittee, who dedicated countless hours to craft a bill that meets the needs of the department of defense and reflects the will of congress. our greatest responsibility as members of congress is to provide for the resources necessary to the men and women of our law enforcement. funding and $73.9 billion for overseas contingency operations. it provides for a 2.4% military pay raise and additional funding in strength. robust funding for shipbuilding, combat vehicles, and more. invest in men -- in our greatest assets, men and women in uniform. we are a crossroads. our military continues to operate at high tempo to carry
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out the national security interests of the united states. in order to meet the next challenge, whatever that may be, we must invest now. national security adviser mcmaster has stated that the is outraged and outgunned by potential adversaries. we have the lowest number of ships since world war i. while capability is important, the vast oceans of the world need our presence. seven out of 10 aircraft in the air force are ready to fly. the average age of the aircraft across the service is 27 years. airmen are flying the same planes as the grandfathers. only 40% of the marine corps aircraft inventory is considered flyable. our marines deserve better. we have a chance to correct the course we have been on for the last eight years. u.s. constitution crit government of people to
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establish justice and insure domestic tranquility to ensure for common defense. this bill fulfills the promise enshrined in our constitution to secure liberty and provide for the defense of our nation. >> the german from new jersey reserves. -- the gentleman from new jersey reserves. >> i am delighted to yield six minutes to the gentle lady from schultz.miss wasserman >> gentle lady from florida is recognized for six minutes. >> i think the distinguished member for yielding and her hard work during this process. i would like to thank chairman free and house and -- the bill has a strong reputation for common ground and bipartisanship. chairman dent said a cooperative
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tone and was inclusive throughout the process. he's worked tirelessly to address members concerns and i joined him in that effort, as well as critical issues impacting our veterans and active service members. adequate funding for active and reserve opponents. the bill funds the nato security investment program at the fy 17 level, sending a message to our nation's allies that we stand with them as we continue to face international threats. the department of veterans affairs, this bill provides 3.9 billion dollars, a 5.3% increase over fy 2017. this bill will address the issue of breast cancer awareness and almostion, and provides $700 million for medical research which will fund efforts such as those to address tbi and ptsd, develop state-of-the-art prosthetics, care for victims of military sexual trauma and treat
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veterans suffering from mental illness. the bill continues to fund important programs to combat veteran homelessness come a provide veterans with timely health care, and improve veterans applications and appeals process. i am grateful for chairman dent 's support for in vitro fertilization and coverage for veterans who sustained service connected injuries that impact fertility. this issue is important to me and so many servicemembers. all veterans deserve to be able to start families. ivf --ng access to improve their quality of life. this bill will address the issue of breast cancer awareness and prevention. this past spring, are so committee visited the washington the eighth medical center. we learned of the a was relying -- less congress, we passed a
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law that barred progress insurance for making coverage decisions based on these guidelines. the moratorium did not apply to 40's.a., so women in their who were veterans could be denied coverage for mammograms. the vha and its guideline regarding screening. language included to hold the the a to a better standard. as i stated in my testimony before the rules committee, it is my belief that if the bill was being considered as a standalone as is tradition, under an open rule, it would receive strong bipartisan support. instead of following regular order, we are taking up four bills at once and adding funds to begin construction on president trump's irresponsible border wall that he promised mexico would pay for and now taxpayers are being stuck with the bill.
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fiscally and morally irresponsible expenditure leaves the nondefense appropriations bills underfunded. belief, thisopular bill is not even great for defense. all this talk about making sure we provide adequate resources for our defense and national security ignores the fact that the budget control act provides additional funds that would ultimately be sequestered without a cap adjustment. this many brought us this minibus would breach -- resulting in a mandatory 13.2% sequester of all accounts including the military construction title. each time i've spoken on this legislation, never once has anyone in the majority countered what i'm suggesting. that is troubling. even if this bill is signed into law, dod would not receive one dollar of this increase.
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secretary matus testified sequestration and the continuing use of continuing resolutions an erosion inn military readiness. that is the only outcome this bill guarantees. by taking up this may bus, we are setting ourselves up for fall with noearly real progress to be made on the fy 2018 appropriations bill. we cannot continue to govern in this fashion. i believe it is time we stop listening to the most extreme voices and get past these unrealistic beliefs that we can cut our way to prosperity. and this philosophy persists, our work will make it more difficult. it is clear that crafting any appropriations bill signed into law will require a partisan majority of both houses. i will sadly be voting against the minibus and look forward to working toward a product both parties can work on together in true bipartisan tradition. before i close, i would like to
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thank our staff on the majority and minority sides. young, sean snyder, tracy russell with the majority. -- andshington, roseland jonathan steinberg with the minority. >> the gentle lady from new york reserves. >> pleased to recognize the gentleman from mississippi, mr. palazzo. >> thank you. instruct support of the make america secure for rations act. i have witnessed firsthand the hard work chairman frelinghuysen and his subcommittee chair have put into crafting this bill. they should be congratulated for this work on this legislation and scioscia -- so should their staff. i believe the number one constitutional responsibility of
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congress is to provide for the common defense of this nation against all enemies domestic and foreign. that commitment, by restoring the cuts and budget shortfalls that threaten military readiness is honored today. our bill honors those who serve our country in the armed forces by giving them a deserved 2.4% pay raise in making critical investments and equipment and training that help them perform andmissions we give them, most importantly, help them return home safely to their loved ones and families and communities. this includes 11 navy ships, including two destroyers for our navy and new lha for our marines. some of these chips will be billed in my district that the greatest ship builders on earth. the bill honors the service of our veterans. our commitment does not stop when our men and women in uniform stop serving.
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we must support them after they leave service, and this bill does that. funding mental health care, care for homeless veterans and other national priorities. this bill makes critical investments in our nation's border security, including fully funding the president's request for physical barrier construction along our southern border. the president has promised this funding, the american people want this funding, and today the houses make good on this promise. border security is national security. .his is a solid bill it honors our commitment to keep americans safe and fills our obligation to all those who serve this great country. irish colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back. >> the gentleman from new jersey -- >> i am pleased to yield six minutes to the gentleman from indiana, the wrecking member of the subcommittee on defense.
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-- the ranking member of the so committee on defense. >> i want to thank the ranking member for yielding. i want to thank chairwoman granger. this is her first time leaving the defense appropriations bill on the floor. so under difficult circumstances. with a steadfast commitment to maintaining the tradition of bipartisanship on her subcommittee, maintaining transparency, and taking a thoughtful approach to solving problems. i would like to express my gratitude to chairman frelinghuysen, ranking member lowy, and our exceptional staff for all their hard work. we have a duty to provide timely appropriations to the department of defense and the rest of the federal government. this is a consistent request by
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our senior defense leaders. however, the house bills exceed the cap of fiscal year 2018 defense spending established under the budget control act of 2011 by $72.5 billion. , andacted as written budget control capturing in place, the department of defense would face sequestration of roughly 13%. the department has not recovered from the rash of problems caused the last time it was forced to do with sequestration in 2013. a second half of that fiscal savagede department operations and maintenance accounts to continue ongoing contingency operations and protect military personnel accounts. this resulted in the navy idling an aircraft carrier -- the army canceling training rotations, and air force reducing flight times for its combat aircraft and widespread civilian
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furloughs. we cannot allow that to happen again into school year 2018. we have of -- in fiscal year 2018. capave avoided by adjusting stripper. at those adjustments funding for our military and our country's economic and physical infrastructure, scientific research, for public health systems, and veterans care. the size my frustration with the concerns of the significant increase in funding that this bill will provide to the department. yearillion more than last and $29 billion more than requested by the administration. i support providing additional funds to the department, as i believe we are asking too much
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of our brave service members and their family. putting it mildly, the world is an unsettled place and not trending toward stability. i believe that the department will have difficulty spending so many additional dollars in a timely and efficient manner. vacancies continue in important leadership positions. hiring restrictions on civilian employees and a handful of strategic reviews will slow the decision-making process. it is unlikely that congress will complete its work in a timely manner by october 1, and that any dollars provided will have to be spent in a compressed time period. i am a convinced that the administration evaluates dollars being spent on the military with the same criteria as it does with the rest of the federal government. in the office of management and budgets major savings and
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perform document for fiscal year 2018 it was a page turner. 150 proposals to allegedly save billions in discretionary programs, there was only one recommendation in 150 for the department of the fence, with the potential to save only $2 billion by now in 2027. a budget of roughly $600 billion in year, representing nearly half of the discretionary spending, it is bond the pale -- -- a singleale savings point for the department of defense. disappointed that the republican leadership has watered-down language that was added during committee markup regarding the authorization of the use of military force. representative barbara lee's language would have established
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a reasonable approach to updating 2001 legislation in authorization. congress must stop hiding from the debate and carry out its constitutional responsibilities to support our troops in uniform and civilian support staff that helps them out. i would like to reiterate my thank you to the members of our subcommittee and for our sterling staff, who have done a superb job under the most difficult circumstances that i could imagine. i would yield that my time. >> the gentle lady from reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. >> pleased to recognize congressman leonard lance for two minutes. >> the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. >> i thank chairman friedman frelinghuysen.
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new jersey and the entire nation are fortunate to have mr. frelinghuysen on this committee. today we consider a package that affirms one of congress' most important responsibilities, to provide for common defense. is aded in this package measure that opens reports by the congressional research service and opens those reports to the public. i have been involved in this issue for some time and i thank chairman frelinghuysen and subcommittee chairman yoder. taxpayers spend more than $100 million year supported work of the congressional research service. it is good public policy to allow educators, students, members of the news media, and everyday citizens across the
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nation to have access to crs' nonpartisan reports. by providing public access to crs reports, we can elevate national discourse and make it easier for citizens to cut through misinformation too often involved in the national debate. have access to the same neutral, unbiased information that many of us in congress used to help us make decisions. crs is governed by requirements for objectivity and nonpartisanship. chairman for including this measure in the legislative branch title. one of many victories for taxpayers in this ill and i yield back the balance of my time. >> the gentle lady from new york is recognized. iam pleased >> to yield -- >> am pleased to yield three
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minutes to the distinguished gentle lady from connecticut, miss laurel, ranking member of the subcommittee on labor hhs. >> gentle lady is recognized for three minutes. >> i rise in opposition to this bill. it would force the office of management and budget to issue an across-the-board budget cut for defense spending come january. why? because the house appropriation bills exceeds the defense budget spending cap by more than $72 billion. both democrats and republicans who voted for the spend it cap for defense spending and nondefense spending. ,he defense funding in the bill their numbers are in essence
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fake. these are fake numbers. republicans have no plan to raise our need to support our national security and military readiness and our need to support hard-working, middle-class families who are struggling. if these bills are enacted, the only way to avoid this across-the-board defense spending cut is if we had another budget deal to revise those bipartisan -- the bipartisan budget control act which established spending caps for defense spending and spending. senso since military pay is usually exempt from budget cuts, it if this bill and the other house appropriations bills are signed into law, the office of
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management and budget, by law, would be required to cut defense , ording by more than 13% $72 billion. we would need a new budget agreement so that we can increase both defense spending and nondefense spending to meet the needs of our country. my friends, this is not going to happen. hardly likely. the biggest economic challenge of our time is that too many people are in jobs that do not pay them enough to live on. we must invest in programs that provide opportunities for hard-working americans to be able to improve themselves and for our economy to grow. we need a country that works for the middle class and the vulnerable, not just the wealthy and those with the most lobbyists. this budget process is
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irresponsible and our military and hard-working families will all be shortchanged. this is unacceptable. congress needs to negotiate another budget deal that increases both the defense and nondefense spending caps. the spending levels in the defense bill are impossible to achieve unless there is a new budget deal and it is reached. the numbers are fake. if you vote yes on this, you are voting for a pig in a poke. i urge my colleagues to vote against this bill. from new jersey is recognized. >> pleased to yield four minutes to mr. simpson for purpose of a colloquy. >> the gentleman from idaho is recognized. >> i eat would yield to my colleague from alaska for the purpose of a colloquy.
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>> i want to thank chairman simpson and chairman frelinghuysen. in thiso engage colloquy about the denali commission in alaska. to continue the great work that it does to support the constituents, numeral areas of alaska. -- the northern border regional commission. the denali commission started in 1998 with senator stevens. an independent federal agency designed to provide infrastructure, economic support throughout alaska. congress acknowledged the need for increased interagency cooperation and a focus on alaska's remote communities. the commission operates in the int challenging areas america. the most twice the size of
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texas. i believe the denali commission is a commission -- the -- mr. simpson, i know you have done the best you can. i would appreciate if you would a future time that we could find at a level that we me, 2017.17 -- excuse i do urge you as the chairman to understand the importance of the commission to alaska. >> i appreciate my colleague's statement. the house mark this year supports that o'malley commission in its efforts rather than the administration's request to terminate the agency. the amendment -- the elimination of the commission would deprive many communities of essential products -- projects.
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these communities can scarcely afford to lose the millions of dollars of -- the subcommittee receives additional funding in congr conference. >> i would appreciate the fact that you mentioned it was eliminated by the administration . you did restore some of the money. i'm requesting if you get any more money in this commission we look forward to the denali commission, the work it has done is well rewarded and i thank you for the work you have done t. >> we look forward to working with you. >> the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentle lady from new york is recognized. >> delighted to yield three minutes to the distinguished totleman, the sting wish vice chair of the subcommittee from washington.
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>> gentleman from washington state is recognized. >> i want to thank the chairman from new jersey and our writing member. i have great respect for both of them. the most important responsibility we have is to keep our nation and our citizens safe. in order to fill that responsibility, we have a commitment to those who serve that they will have the training and equipment, and support that they need to be the most capable fighting force the world is ever seen. we have a commitment to the men and women who serve that we will have their back, not only when they are on duty, bulimic him home. -- not only when they are on duty but when they come home. this congress should support a cutting edge naval fleet. congress should make sure that we can say that every veteran will get the care that he or she has earned. this congress should be opposed to a bill that puts the department of defense in the path of the across-the-board spending cuts nona
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sequestration. .- notice sequestration it turns out it is a latin word for stupid. when you face our military leaders -- even in my district may have implored congress to do away with the bind that sequestration threatens to put the van. they think this is a bad idea. what we are doing this week ignores the advice of our top commanders and military experts. it would put the department of defense on a collision course with sequestration. that would mean harmful cuts to our military, regardless of priority. the failure of this congress to pass a legitimate budget is a disservice to our armed forces and every man and woman who serves in it. we should beginning those in uniform certainty that their paychecks will arrive on time, that their gear will be the best , that they will get the training they need, that cuts
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will not hurt their readiness. let's vote down this bill and to better. the majority of the members in this chamber are willing to support a plan that not only funds military but also makes sure we do not approach another government shutdown. that's what the american people sent us here to do. it's listen to their voices. >> the gentle lady from new york reserves. >> pleased to recognize the theinguished gentleman of science space and technology committee, lamar alexander of texas, for four minutes. >> i think the chairman of the appropriations committee for yielding the time and i am pleased to support hr 3219, the make america secure appropriations act of 2018, because it includes hr-three to 66, which are provides a provision for energy programs in the science committee's
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jurisdiction. sherman simpson has worked with us on the science committee to include pro-science funding levels for the department of energy. chairman simpson, your leadership and cooperation have are exceptional and appreciated. thank you for your leadership in passing this legislation that sets america on a path to remain the world leader in innovation. appropriations included are consistent with the america competes reauthorization act which passed the house last congress. the bill also funds programs and which passed the house earlier this year and was a product of over three years of work by the science committee to advance basic research and set science priorities for the department of energy. american industry relies on support to produce scientific that fuel tech
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logical innovation, new industries, economic growth, and good jobs. around the country, scientists at our national labs and universities are conducting basic science research that provides the foundation for next-generation technology and ,nergy -- in energy manufacturing, and medicine. legislation provides strong support for the department of forgy's office of science 2018. the office of science will get increased funding for research in basic energy sciences, high-performance computing come in nuclear physics, high-energy physics, and fusion energy. support for the offices of science and appropriations bill will privatize research programs that are the core mission of national labs and lead to discovery's can provide benefits across the economy. legislation includes responsible
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funding for doe's applied , energy efficiency, renewables, fossil and nuclear. an example of such critical early stage energy research involves nuclear energy where the bills funding supports priorities outlined in the nuclear energy innovations act that passed as a part of hr 589. that legislation sponsored by randy weber of texas, combines the strength of national labs, universities, and the private sector to advance and that -- to advance nuclear technology. our best opportunity to provide renewable emission free electricity. this bill includes funding to -- willnd construct provide access -- >> we are listening to
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congressman lamar smith for the record. very distinguished. >> i think the chairman for giving -- for yielding me an additional minute. funding to begin design and construction for the research reactor are prized and hr 589, which will provide access to the vast neutrons necessary to enable the next generation of nuclear energy technology. our priority must be basic and early-stage research that only the federal government has incentives and resources to support and pursue. this will empower private sector innovators to demonstrate resulting new capabilities that will attract capital investments needed to take energy technology to the marketplace, printing jobs and expanding our economy. i am currently colleagues to support this process bill and i yield back the balance of my time. >> the gentleman from new jersey reserves.
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i'm pleased to, yield five minutes to the gentleman from texas. >> thank you to the ranking member for yielding. i'm want to thank the appropriation chair from new jersey and the staff, and also the ranking young lady from new york and the staff for being a bipartisan committee. while this bill before us is a step toward getting the job done and passing the appropriation bill before the end of the fiscal year, we know this is only the first step. that we that the rule would take up tomorrow would likely include $1.6 billion for a wall. we who live on the border understand. we believe that border security -- border security that a sense, sensible, an common
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and effective for the border. a 14th century solution to a 21st century problem. rights.property we believe in private property rights. there are some people that, for have long owned land along the border. several veterans. one veteran in particular buried his father who served in world war ii, and his family, right along the riverbank. how is he going to go and visit the cemetery along the border? what about cattle, livestock? how will they have access to water along the river? we have natural barriers along the texas border. rivers. it you can see how the river snakes around.
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what about the cliffs? are you going to put a wall on top of this class -- this cliff? mexico is not going to pay for this wall. we know that the american taxpayers going to pay for this. miles out offor 74 the 1954 miles we have. mile for thisper wall. $1 million of technology we wanted to put cameras, sensors for border security. billion, all i6 need is $100, buy myself a good latter and it will take care of the wall. we have got to be smart about border security. environmental concerns. -- outout the 40% of the
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of the 11 million people we have overstay?did visa people are going to fly or drive across the bridge or get a book to houston and just stay over. what about a cap analysis so we know the real needs we have? ally, not an enemy. everyday we have $1.3 billion of trade with our friends to the south. trades over $1 million of every minute. 6 million american jobs and we have because of the trade that we have with our friends to the south. we need common sense order security area of i know this because i live in the border. i breathe the air, i joined the water, i understand that -- i drink the water. the murder rates in my hometown of laredo is three murders per
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100,000. in washington dc, it's 24.5 murders per 100,000. if you want to talk about dangerous, to fly over to washington, this is the most dangerous thing about my job. a 14thl is a 20 -- century solution to a 21st century problem. i want to thank the appropriations committee for being bipartisan. this is only the first step. >> a gentle lady from new york reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr.leased to recognized randy webber for two minutes. >> the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. >> i rise in support of their make america secure appropriations act of 2018. pleased to support language from hr 3266 which provides appropriations for interview programs within the science committee's jurisdiction. the interview subcommittee has
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listened to experts and gather data to determine priorities for the doe. the bill brought for the house floor reflects the findings of the committee, funds basic and early-stage research, and does so all the while reducing spending. this bill includes specific appropriations for -- authorizations for programs authorized in my bill. establishing a clear timeline and parameters for doe to complete a research reactor. this type of research requires access to vast neutrons currently only available in .ussia completion of our own research reactor is crucial to securing nuclear -- r&d takes place in these united states of america. the versatile neutron source authorized in my legislation will provide the united states with this capability. i want to thank chairman frelinghuysen for securing
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funding and chairman simpson to begin and design construction of infrastructure in this bill. america must maintain nuclear abilities and continue to develop cutting-edge technology at home. this will provide robust funding for early-stage nuclear energy research. without it, we will fall behind. it is vital that we insured this research and development is funded. we cannot afford to miss the economic opportunities provided by next-generation nuclear technology. i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. >> the gentle lady from new york is recognized. >> pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. greene. >> i want to thank our racking member for yield -- our ranking member for yielding to me.
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border of texas and mexico many times. communities along and beyond the border in my home state of texas are opposed to this border wall. texas has historic ties with our neighbor to the south, mexico. the people of texas and mexico share pride. a clear majority of communities believe close ties between mexico and texas, cultural, linguistic, economic, benefit texas and mexico. this wall along a 2000 mile along us-mexico border is not only unnecessary, but would be harmful to border communities and wildlife and natural habitats along the border and become a symbol of spite and division and mexico and its people. much of the border between the united states and mexico is separated by the rio grande river, a clear natural obstacle between these countries.
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high traffic areas along our southern border are further separated by over 650 miles of pedestrian and vehicle fencing currently on the border. congress has provided the department of homeland security with robust funding to increase the number of order patrol officers and surveillance tools including aerial drones on the border. these investments by the american people, the number of immigrants without authorization has to be declined, while the number of border apprehensions are near a 40 year low. the 1.6 billion taxpayer dollars in this legislation for the presidents border wall should be directed for genuine needs like expanding education opportunities for children, rebuilding our nation's aging infrastructure. isi colleagues if given the opportunity to amend this legislation to remove the border wall funding, otherwise i urge colleagues to join me in opposing the minibus for parisians bill.
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-- minibus appropriations bill. >> the gentle lady from new york reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. are elected take the balance of my time to make closing comments. in closing, i want to reiterate that this bill is a departure from regular order, wastes $1.6 billion on trump's border wall, uses fraudulent defense numbers, guts critical investments in clean energy, includes poison pill riders, leaves the remaining spending bills with no path forward. i urge my colleagues to vote no. >> gentleman from new jersey is recognized. >> before i close, i want to
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take this opportunity to thank miss lowy for her work and all the staff for the remarkable things they've been doing over the last three or four weeks. while we may disagree on some works with committee herry bipartisan way to get bills across the finish line. to all the members of committee and to the ranking member, thank you for the amicable way all of us conduct business as part of the history and tradition of our committee. i will be happy to yield. >> i think i close prematurely without thanking you for your leadership. it has been a pleasure working with you. i do hope as we move the process forward we will be able to have a final product we can all be proud of. so thank you again. you have been a delightful person to work with. i thank the chair, my staff that
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has been so hard-working, we could not do this without them on both sides of the aisle. >> i reclaim the balance of my time. i would remind the house that just yesterday we voted overwhelmingly in a bipartisan on to impose new sanctions three aggressor nations, russia, iran, and north korea. each pose unique threats to our vital interests. little in history would predict that sanctions alone would change the malign behavior of these regimes. that's why we need to get this , to across the finish line guarantee that our military is always prepared to meet any threat from anyone anywhere. whether it be china, the pacific
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, groups like isis, al qaeda, hamas, transnational drug smugglers and gangs. congress' most important constitutional duty is to provide for the common defense. this package before us allows us to meet that responsibility. i urge support of a bill and yield back the balance of my time. >> c-span's washington journal, alive everyday day with issues that impact you. coming up this morning, washington journal is live from capital it -- live from capitol hill. our guests are senator rob house,, shelton white governor chris in a new, senator maggie hassan, congressman hal rogers and senator edward markey.
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watch c-span's "washington journal," live at 7:00 eastern this morning. join the discussion. a busy week in congress continues with late-night sessions expected. the house is working through the nearly 800 alien dollar defense-related spending -- $800 billion defense spending. watch live coverage on c-span2 or watch any on c-span.org or anytime on the c-span radio at. bowden talksark about his book way, 1968, one of the longest in bloodiest battles of the vietnam war. >> the saigon military command was so out of touch with the reality of what was happening in the streets, they got a lot of young americans killed.
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deniedneral westmoreland that the city had been taken. he continued to deny it for newly the whole time the battles fought. as a consequence, would never conceive the sphere number of enemy combatants in the city. units werers of being ordered to attack positions everything held by overwhelmingly superior enemy forces in entrenched positions. >> sunday night at 8:00 eastern on c-span's "uma." -- q and a. >> as part of our freshmen profile interview series, we talked to representative mike johnson about his political career and agenda. this is 10 minutes.

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