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terrorism analyst who has dedicated a lot of his adult life to dealing with jihaddist efforts to radicalize on the internet and other issues. mr. watts could you please lead us off. mr. watt: thank you, mr. chairman, members of the committee, for having me here today. a decade ago, al qaeda in iraq littered youtube with violent s and a few years later, twitter became a platform for al-shabab and its tirades. >> we're going to leave this hearing at this point but it continues live on c-span3 and online at c-span.org. live now to the u.s. house where members plan to debate four bills from the agriculture department. votes and speeches at 6:30 p.m. eastern. questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2921.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2921, a bill to establish a vegetation management pilot program on national forest system land to better protect utility infrastructure from passing wildfire and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from arkansas, mr. crawford, and the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. funnel, will each control 20 minutes. -- ms. fudge, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. crawford: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 2921, the national forest system vegetation management pilot program act of 2017. this legislation authorizes the u.s. forest service to create a pilot program to assist in the management of our federal forests to reduce wildfire risk and associated costs.
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these management pilot projects are approved by the forest service but will be conducted and paid for by the private sector. this collaborative approach will ensure a more stable power grid. forest health is a problem felt across the united states particularly in the west. this has resulted in increased fire threats to the electric transmission and associated utility infrastructure across forest service land. the government accountability office has found that fuel reduction treatment projects reduced flammable vegetation, minimizes severity of wildland fires and creates landscape resiliency to fire and provide firefighter access. this is costly to repair and replace and outages can result in economic costs to homes and businesses. i ask my colleagues to support this legislation to allow utilities to collaborate with the forest service to keep the rights on in rural communities and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentlelady from ohio.
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ms. fudge: i thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 2921, the national forest system vegetation management pilot system act of 2017 and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for as much time as she wishes to use. ms. fouge: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, -- ms. fudge: thank you, mr. speaker. this bill will help protect transmission lines from forest fires and other forest management issues. the bill creates voluntary pilot project authority for the u.s. forest service to partner with the private sector to proactively undertake limited and selective vegetation management projects near utility infrastructure. these pilot projects include but are not limited to things like tree thinning and fuel reduction which would help to alleviate some of the risk of forest fires and enhance electric reliability. h.r. 2921 requires that all projects comply with existing environmental laws. i urge my colleagues to vote
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yes and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio yields back her time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from north dakota, mr. cramer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north dakota is recognized for two minutes. mr. cramer: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, it's no secret that a relyable supply of electricity is important to us on many levels, from human health and, of course, to commercial productivity. as a former public service commissioner, i can tell you one of the main reasons for large outages is trees growing in powerlines. one of the reasons for forest fires is powerlines falling in the forests. powerlines create fires and this bill i think helps alleviates some of that. with consumers and regulators of course demanding relyable services, utility companies to keep electrons flowing, vegetation has improved tremendously over the years. however, deep in the lands
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managed by our federal agencies, the potential for problems persists. my bill creates a pilot program, as the chairman described, for utility companies to partner with the forest service to voluntarily perform vegetation management proactively. under forest service approval, utilities can propose a plan to selectively manage vegetation within 75 feet of their right of way with the least amount of disturbances as reasonably possible and outside of designated wilderness areas, a very important point. all of that work would be paid for by the utility company, not by the federal government. currently, this right of way work is the responsibility of the government and with a strict liability standard, mr. speaker, to any utility company to step in and help. there's not an incentive. in fact, there is a disincentive to do so. under the pilot program this would be a more appropriate standard along with any specific safety requirements in the agreement with the forest service. it removes the barrier for
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utility companies to carry out this important work not currently being done by them, to reduce direct impacts to damage to utility infrastructure and the amount of fuel for forests. there's a lot of bipartisan support for this. i appreciate my friends and more mountainous and prairies in north carolina and those across the aisle and i know there's bipartisan support in the senate. i thank you and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. crawford: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio has yielded back all of her time. so the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 2921, and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: both sides have yielded back all the time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the ill h.r. 2921, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair,
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2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? mr. crawford: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2941. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 257. h.r. 2941, a bill to provide for the conveyance of certain national forest system land within kisatchie national forest in the state of louisiana. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from arkansas, mr. crawford, and the gentlelady from ohio, ms. fudge, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. crawford: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. crawford: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 2941, the kisatchie national forest land conveyance act. this measure introduced by our clique, mr. abraham, allows the o sell land in parish. this transfer would eliminate unnecessary, boundary maintenance cost on the already forest service. the kisatchie national forest is rich in resources. and this transfer supported by the forest service will allow the forest to be managed at the highest level of stewardship with that i reserve the balance f my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from ohio. ms. fudge: i rise in support of this bill and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio is recognized for as much time as she wishes to use. ms. fudge: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, h.r. 2941 permits the sale of two isolated parcels of kisatchie national
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forest land totaling approximately 50 acres. these parcel are isolated from the forest core lands and are intermixed with private land and residences leaving it incompatible with national forest management. the proceeds from the sale of these parcels would be made available for the acquisition of lands and interest in the kisatchie national forest. under h.r. 2941, the secretary of agriculture is required to first convey a portion of the land to collins camp properties. collins camp properties must pay reasonable appraisal cost and cost of any administrative and environmental analysis. h.r. 2941 allows the kisatchie national forest to consolidate ownership of lands and continues the strong tradition of the national forest service acting as stewards for the environment. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio yields back her time. the gentleman from arkansas.
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mr. crawford: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas has all the time. mr. crawford: i ask my colleagues support h.r. 2941. i thank the gentlelady from ohio for her support and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: both sides have yielded all of their time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2941. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? mr. crawford: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3567. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill.
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the clerk: union calendar number 272, h.r. 3567, a bill to authorize the purchase of a small parcel of natural resources conservation service property in riverside, california, by the riverside corona resource conservation district and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from arkansas, mr. crawford, and the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. funnel, will each control 20 minutes -- ms. fudge, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. crawford: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3567, to authorize the transfer of the title of land owned by the nrcs in riverside, california, to the riverside -corona conservation district. they invested $2.8 million in
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the facility with the hope of acquiring the property and would like to invest in further improvements when the property title issue is resolved. conservation districts work closely with their federal partner, the nrcs. this legislation is a simple fix to allow the riverside-corona district to utilize the facility and serve the local folks on the ground through voluntary, incentive-based conservation. i ask my colleagues to support this measure and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas reserves his time. the gentlelady from ohio. ms. fudge: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3567 and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio is recognized for as much time as she wishes to use. ms. fudge: mr. speaker, h.r. 3567 will allow california's riverside-corona resource conservation district to purchase at the appraised value a parcel of property which it is currently low indicated which is the former u.s. laboratory. the property is currently administered by usda's natural resources conservation service
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and is being co-managed under a cooperative agreement. the cooperative agreement dates back to 1996. since that time the riverside corona resource conservation district has invested $2.8 million into the property with the hopes that nrcs would transfer the ownership. this provides natural resource conservation through education, collaboration and technical assistance in southern california. mr. speaker, i support this legislation and urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this measure and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio yields back her time. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. calvert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for two minutes. mr. calvert: thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to urge the house to approve h.r. 3567, a necessary and long overdue piece of legislation. this is straightforward,
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commonsense bill that authorizes the purchase of a small parcel of natural resource conservation service property in riverside, california, by the riverside corona resource conservation district. since 1996, the conservation district has partnered with nrcs to acquire, co-locate and manage what was previously the usda laboratory. following the acquisition of the property, nrcs has not obligated any federal funds for plant materials, research at the riverside location in question. on the other hand, the conservation district as mentioned has invested $2.8 million in improvements and upgrades to the property. all along, the conservation district has an understanding with nrcs they would eventually transfer the property to its ownership. following a series of changes in personnel with nrcs, the conservation district was informed that legislation authorizing such a transfer
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would be necessary. h.r. 3567 authorizes usda to sell the property in riverside the conservation district for an amount equal to to the appraised value of the property. legislation further states that the current nrcs operation at the property will be allowed to continue at no cost to the federal government. in closing, this legislation will provide long-term security for the conservation district and the investment has -- it has and will continue to make in the property. it also protects the interest of the nrcs and the federal government for as long as the limited use of the property is needed. h.r. 3567 is a win-win solution for all stakeholders and i urge my colleagues to support the bill and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for the remainder of the time. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from california for his remarks and i thank the gentlelady from ohio for her support and i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 3567 and yield
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back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: both sides have yielded back their time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 3567. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? mr. crawford: meerks i move the house suspend the rules -- mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2521. the clerk: union calendar number 256. h.r. 2521, a bill to amend the farm security and rural investment act of 2002, to include south carolina as a part of the virginia, carolina, peanut producing region, for the purposes of appointment to the peanut standards board. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from arkansas, mr.
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crawford, and the gentlelady from ohio, ms. fudge, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arkansas. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to consume. mr. crawford: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. crawford: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 2521, the south carolina peanut parity act of 2017. this legislation would allow for a representative of south carolina peanut industry to be eligible for appointment to the peanut standards board which is tasked with the important role of establishing quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts. at the time the peanut standard board was created, south carolina was not a major peanut producing state. however now they are the fourth largest peanut growing state and produce over 8% of u.s.-grown peanuts that end deserve to have input into the establishment or alteration of industry standards. this bill would accomplish that by including south carolina
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into the virginia, carolina producing region for the purposes of appointments to the peanuts standard board. i want to thank representative wilson and the entire south carolina delegation for their work on this legislation. this measure is broadly supported by the u.s. peanut industry and the american farm bureau federation. i urge my colleagues to join me in support of this commonsense legislation and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from ohio is recognized. ms. fudge: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 2521, the south carolina peanut parity act of 2017. and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from ohio is recognized for as much time as she wishes to use. ms. fudge: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the 2002 farm bill established the peanut standards board to advise the secretary of agriculture on quality and handling standards for domestically produced and imported pee nuts. the board -- peanuts. the board consists of 18 members representing three regions. the southeast, the southwest
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and the virginia, north carolina region. despite its status as the nation's fourth largest peanut-producing state, south carolina is not represented on the peanut standards board. h.r. 2521, or the south carolina peanut parity act of 2017, would correct this problem by adding south carolina to the virginia, north carolina region and making peanut farmers and industry representatives from the state eligible for board appointments. the legislation has the support of the entire south carolina delegation, as well as the support of south carolina, virginia and north carolina peanut growers. conclusion, h.r. 2521 gisks south carolinians -- gives south carolinians a rightful opportunity to serve on the peanut standards board. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield three minutes to the distinguished gentleman from south carolina, mr. joe
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wilson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson, is recognized for three minutes. russell wilson mr. speaker, i want to thank -- mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i want to thank congressman crawford for his leadership today. i rise in support of this act. h.r. 2521. this bipartisan bill is co-sponsored by all seven members of the south carolina delegation. it dwives the hardworking pee -- it gives the hardworking peanut farmers of south carolina a voice and say on the united states department of agriculture peanut standards board. south carolina's fortunate to have agriculture commissioner hugh weathers of bowman for his leadership. when the 2002 farm bill created the usda peanut standards board to advise on standards for handling and quality of peanuts, south carolina was not a substantial peanut grower. since then, south carolina peanut production has increased significantly, as it now produces 8% of the united states peanut crop.
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making the state the fourth largest peanut producing state. as i have said before, south carolina appreciates peanuts so much that the state legislature has selected the peanut as the state's official snack. each year i look forward to the peanut party festival, which celebrates the importance of peanuts, which is held in south carolina, led by mayor barbara carey. south carolina is fortunate to have enterprising entrepreneurs promoting peanuts with farms of lexington, owned by the mathias family and the peanuts of columbia, heralded as, quote, guaranteed to the worst in town, end of quote. that's meant as a compliment. my south carolina colleagues and i are grateful to acknowledge the significant increase in the peanut crops in the state and to advocate for the increase to be reflected on the peanut standards board. we look forward to encouraging
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peanut farmers in south carolina in creating jobs and having their valuable input reflected on the national level. i urge support today of h.r. 2521. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina yields back. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman from south carolina for his leadership on this issue. and i would like to recognize his colleague in the south carolina delegation, mr. norman, for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. norman: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today in support of h.r. 2521, the south carolina peanut parity act of 2017. i'm proud to join representative joe wilson, who has been a real leader in this area, and the entire south carolina delegation as a co-sponsor of the south carolina peanut parity act of 2017. which is an important bill for south carolina's peanut farmers. i also commend harry ott at the farm bureau who has been a great leader of this effort.
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mr. chairman, south carolina has experienced explosive growth in peanut farming in the recent years, going from producing very few peanuts in the early 2000's to becoming the fourth largest peanut producing state today, led by brent cogland of sump ter. this will give south carolina peanut farmers the much dembd representation on the peanut standards board. mr. chairman, i urge my colleagues to support this important piece of legislation for south carolina's peanut producers, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arkansas controls the remainder of the time. mr. crawford: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank the gentleman from south carolina, to my friend, the gentlelady from ohio. if only the farm bill was this easy. and with that i will yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: both sides having yielded back their time, the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 2521. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative --
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the gentleman from arkansas. mr. crawford: on that i would request a recorded vote. the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. the chair lays before the house the following message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states. section 202-d of the national emergencies act provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless within 90 days before the anniversary date of its declaration the president publishes in the federal register and transmits to the congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary
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date. in accordance with this provision, visanthe to the federal register for publication the enclosed notice stating that the national emergency with respect to sudan declared in executive order 13067 of november 3, 1997, is to continue in effect beyond november 3, 2017. it despite recent positive developments, the crisis constituted by the actions and policies of the government of sudan that led to the declaration of a national emergency in executive order 13067, the expansion of that emergency in executive order 13400 of april 26, 2006, and with respect to which additional steps were taken in executive order 13412 of october 13, 2006, executive 13, 13761 of january 2017, and executive order 13804 of july 11, 2017, has not been resolved. these actions and policies
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continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the united states. i have therefore determined that it is necessary to continue the national emergency declared in executive order 13067 as expanded by executive order 13400 with respect to sudan. signed, donald j. trump, the white house, october 31, 2017. the speaker pro tempore: this will be referred to the committee on foreign affairs and order printed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the who chair declares the house in re-- the chair declares the house in recess
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>> representatives from twitter, facebook and google testified before congress wednesday. as part of the investigation into russia's influence on social media and the 2016 election. complete live coverage available on the c-span networks. on wednesday, two hearings live on c-span3. at 9:30 a.m. eastern, the senate intelligence committee. and at 2:00 p.m. eastern, the house select intelligence
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committee hears testimony from colin gett of twitter, stretch, and kent walker. watch both hearings on c-span3, line at cspan.org, or listen live on the free c-span radio app. earlier today the senate intelligence committee held a confirmation hearing for john demers, president trump's nominee to be the assistant attorney general for national security. he spoke about the re-authorization of a surveillance law known as section 702 of the foreign intelligence surveillance act. here's that hearing now.
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>> i'd like to call this hearing to order. i'd like to welcome our witness today, john demeares, president trump's nominee to be the next assistant attorney general for national security at the united states department of justice. john, congratulations on your nomination. mr. burr: i'd like to start by roigs the family that you've brought here with you. i understand your wife is here, as well as your children, elizabeth and matthew. your sister also. in a statement for the record, john speaks strongly about the
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support each of you have provided him over the years. i know from personal experience just how important a supportive family is and to each of you, i thank you for the sacrifices you make. our goal in conducting this hearing is to enable the committee to consider the nom nation -- nominee's qualifications and to allow for thoughtful deliberation by committee members. mr. determines has provided -- demers has provided substantive written responses to over 30 questions submitted by the committee and today. of course members will be able to ask additional questions and hear from him personally in open session. mr. demers is a graduate from the college of holy cross in harvard law school. served as a clerk of the united states court of appeals for the ninth circuit court. and then for the late honorable justice, antonin scalia. mr. demers served in the department of justice national security division as deputy assistant attorney general, are we also served as senior counsel to the assistant

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