Skip to main content

tv   U.S. House of Representatives 11302017  CSPAN  November 30, 2017 11:59am-2:00pm EST

11:59 am
illusion that if we just do the same thing question at the beginning of the george w. bush administration and give us a little bit of money back to people who, you know, could use it, but then give a ton of money to the people who are supposed to be stimulating business, that's not what stimulate business. what stimulates business is demand. demand comes from people who actually need stuff. so i guess, you know, i'm really, really >> you can can see the rest of the washington jourm segment on our website, c spafment.org. click on the series tab on tonight of c spafment.org and on "washington journal." right now here on c-span we take you live to the floor of the u.s. house which today is working on legislation dealing with the e.p.a.'s brownfield hazardous waste cleanup program and a bill expanding the probationary period for new
12:00 pm
federal employees. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, pastor jon lands, fellowship baptist church, vienna, west virginia. the chaplain: lord god, i thank you for your hand of providence that has guided our nation and protected us over these past 241 years. we're thankful for those who have gone before us and paid the price for our freedom from tyranny. in recognizing your blessing in our history, we now ask for your continued favor and grace. we ask that you'll protect those
12:01 pm
who even now place themselves in harm's way to preserve the liberty of our land. i especially thank you for these dedicated men and women who gather today to do our nation's business. we pray for all in authority, that we may live in peace. we ask you to lead this congress, to follow your instruction given to the prophet mica. to do justly. to love mercy. and to walk humbly with you. these things we pray in jesus' name. amep. -- amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from california, mr. panetta. pan pan -- mr. panetta: i pledge allegiance
12:02 pm
to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the clerk: h.r. 28 sorks an act to authorization appropriations for fiscal year 2018, for military activities of the department of defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the department of energy to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. the speaker: the gentleman from virginia, mr. mckinley, is recognized for one minute. mr. mckin: -ily -- virginia, mr, mr. mckinley: today i am honored to introduce our guest chaplain, jon lands. since taking over fellowship baptist church in 1996 he led the church through a period of tremendous growth. attendance numbers have risen
12:03 pm
from 65 to approximately 740, with a membership of over 1,200. this is testament to his dedication to faithfully serving our community. he took his ministry to new heights when he started praise f.m. radio. talk on 1450. and the word for life, a daily and weekly radio program now heard on 150 radio stations across the united states and two international stations. his service to the community doesn't stop at the church doors. he's a member of the executive board of directors for the wood county christian schools. a member of the board for the family policy council. and serves on the board of women's care center of the talk and the word for life, mid ohio valley. a crisis center dedicated to offering other choices than abortion. he's a noted author having written, be still, god's
12:04 pm
strategy for serenity. and life on the level, to balance christian life. i'm honored to welcome pastor lands to the house of representatives. he's a dedicated leader in the parkersburg community and his service to others is inspirational. mr. speaker, i can my colleagues today to welcome pastor lands. bless him, our nation, and the church ham and fellowship baptist church. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, on tuesday, north korea ruled by a tyrannical dictator tested an interconcontinue nenal ballistic missile that may have the compass to the reach the united states. the latest nuclear missile test was the most provocative to date. putting american families at risk of nuclear attack. in addition to the families of
12:05 pm
south korea and japan, with so a threat to china and regional chaos. during an midgecy meeting of the united nations security council -- emergency meeting of the united nations security council, ambassador nikki haley issued a strong warning. we have never sought war with north korea. still today we do not seek it. if war comes it will be because of the continued acts of aggression like yesterday. the ambassador was right when she urged china and the president to do more to stop north korea from pushing the world closer to a nuclear war. ambassador haley and president donald trump are promoting peace through strength to keep american families safe. we should support the call for china to cut off oil to north korea. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget speaven the global war on terrorism. -- september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore:
12:06 pm
without objection. mr. cohen: franklin roosevelt was a great president of the united states. he said once the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much, it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little. that's still true today for people who follow morality and judeo-christian thought. yesterday in missouri the president said that the tax bill, which is in the senate now, and unfortunately passed this house, would not benefit him at all. believe me, it won't benefit me. you can't believe that. it benefits the billionaires and the millionaires and the wealthy and that's what it's about. of wealth in ty this country is growing and growing and we can't continue to have that. the middle class needs major tax relief and the wealthy don't. and we could draw a bill to do that and do it together. our country is in danger. we need more of wealth in this help in the inner cities to fight crime. we need help all over to fight
12:07 pm
against natural disasters. people all over our country need help. as paul simon said, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you. jeff flake, bob corker, john mccain, save america. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize bill gibbs from spring port, michigan, and congratulate him for being named jackson count yvette ran of the year. a few weeks ago hi the privilege of meeting bill at v.f.w. post 6056 during their veterans day ceremony. it was a special evening with a roomful of heroes, none more so than bill. when our country called during e vietnam war, bill answered bravery.endous
12:08 pm
for his heroism in harm's way, bill was awarded the purple heart, four bronze stars with valor device, and a number of other bravery. for his heroism in harm's servi over the years bill has done it all at post 6056, including serving as post commander, trustee, post historian, and quarter master for 33 years. mr. walberg: when called upon he performs as an honor guard member at military funerals and in the community. mr. speaker, for all this and much more, bill is incredibly deserving of the veteran of the year award. and our nation is eternally grateful for his service and sacrifice. thank you, bill gibbs, and elcome home. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. i the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, yesterday this house took a step to establish and maintain an environment where sexual harassment and discrimination is neither
12:09 pm
tolerated nor swept under the rug. when i got here a year ago, i was surprised that there was no anti-sexual harassment training that was mandated. in every professional position i have held there always was this type of training. in the navy, as a law student, a prosecutor. anti-sexual harassment training was a given. mr. panetta: this month before yesterday i had a ethics attorney come into my office and conduct that type of training with my entire d.c. st. i'm proud to have done that. aim proud to be an original co-sponsor and voted for the legislation yesterday which makes anti-sexual harassment training mandatory in all offices and their employees. this is a small step in the right direction of a large fight against sexual harassment. i look forward to continuing to be a part of that fight. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks.
12:10 pm
the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. december 1 is world aids day. so we celebrate our many accomplishments in the fight against hiv-aids around the globe. as americans, we can look back and be proud that our nation has been a transformative force in the global fight against aids and a ray of hope for millions of lives around the world. globally our efforts through programs like pepfar are currently supporting treatments for more than one million people and have averted more than 16 million h.i.v. infections around the world. however there is still much work to be done. currently more than 36 million people around the world are living with h.i.v. and nearly with girls are infected h.i.v. every day. mr. speaker, december 1, world aids day, reminds us to redouble our efforts on behalf of those suffering from this terrible disease. now more than ever it is essential that we remain
12:11 pm
committed to creating a future without hiv-aids. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. s. schakowsky: fact, the republican tax scam is an attack on america's senior citizens. according to the aarp, 5.2 million senior citizens, many on fixed incomes, will see a tax hike under the republican bill. and meanwhile, over 60% of the tax benefits go to the top 1%. plus, the bill will trigger an automatic cut to medicare. $25 billion in 2018 alone. in 2019, americans 50 to 64 years old buying health insurance through the
12:12 pm
individual market will see their premiums increase, $1,500 on average. according to the aarp. and for the first time the bill changes the way social security cola is calculated. reducing social security benefits. seniors lose in the republican tax bill and so does pretty much everyone else. who wins? millionaires, billionaires, the wealthiest corporations. we should say no to the republican tax scam. americans deserve a better deal. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, just last week egypt experienced the worst terror attack in its country's history. islamic terrorists set off explosives that took over 300 innocent lives and injured 100 more. what made this tragedy even
12:13 pm
worse is that it happened at a ace of worship, in the northern sinai region. in their effort to wreak havoc on the middle east and other parts of the world, the islamic state and other terror groups have targeted christians, jews, and muslims. president trump was right to say after the attack in egypt, that we should strengthen our efforts to defeat terrorism and extremism in all its forms. in the past year, we have made progress in deterring the islamic state's so-called caliphate in syria and iraq. while there is shadow in those two countries isn't what it was a couple years ago, this doesn't mean a radical islamic remain in that area. mr. speaker, if military progress isn't cuppled with a thought out strategy remain in reconstruction, a vacuum will be left for these groups to return. as the beacon of freedom around the world, the united states must stay vigilant in their undergoing war on terror. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition
12:14 pm
sn >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, the president said yesterday that these massive tax cuts for corporate america will be rocket fuel for the economy. rocket fuel for corporate america and for the trump empire for certain, and rocket fueled hit to the hard middle america for sure. if you are in college and trying to become better and self-sufficient to thrive in the global economy, you're getting a big tax hike. if you have a medical illness hat you were born into and your costs exceed your insurance coverage, you'll be getting a big tax hike. if you're one of 13 million americans to lose your health care coverage and the millions more who will see their premiums explode because congressional republicans needed another $300 billion for their deficit exploding corporate tax cuts, you'll be taking a big hit on top of a big tax cut. mr. speaker, this tax cut bill is a massive take away for
12:15 pm
middle america, massive giveaway to corporate america. $1.5 ficit will rise by llion in both the congressional budget office and the joint committee on taxation confirmed that in less than 10 years americans making between $40,000 and $50,000 will pay $5.3 billion more in taxes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? without objection. mr. gianforte: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize montana veterans who have served our country and continue their service in our communities. i recently asked montanans to nominate a veteran for the 2017 montana congressional veteran commendation. a tribute to recognize those who have served honorably in uniform and in our communities. the response from montanans was overwhelming. 14 veterans are receiving the
12:16 pm
2017 montana congressional veteran commendation. bruce good, gene bell, harles, richard gale, gary germond, david gertz, michael awson, phillip lyons, daniel itter, frank stults, kevin l.a. er, kyle suckbeer, trotter and stanley watson. on behalf of all montanans, i thank the recipients of the 2017 montana congressional veteran commendation for their sacrifice and service. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition it? -- seek recognition? without objection.
12:17 pm
mr. veasey: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the life of my friend of forest hill, texas. since making forest hill her a true 1975, jerlene was champion for improvement of the city. among her many accomplishments she was the first black female elected to the city council. and she also played a very critical role in establishing the first forest hill library, serving as its first librarian. and she was also part of the board of directors. during her tenure on the board of, -- board, she coordinated the purchase of over five lakers -- acres of land for the library district and dedicated the garden. she also made her mark in the community by operating and serving as the community outreach coordinator for the food bank at the love sanctuary church for 15 years. i ask my colleagues to join me in honoring her life and, while the community will be sad that we're losing jerlene, i know she's probably happy right now with coach harvey in heaven and
12:18 pm
just really want to thank her for being the driving voice to help get that library created. because it would not have happened. when i see those kids on the computers in that library, reading those books and having a good time, i think of jerlene and her vision of forest hill having their own library. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a decorated combat veteran and a distinguished public servant as one of the newest inductees into florida's veteran hall of fame. this week governor rick scott and the florida department of veterans affairs honored john frasher for his continued commitment to the state of florida. john currently serves as the president of florida state university, where he earned his bachelor's and law degrees. john joined the united states army after graduating from f.s.u. and went on to receive
12:19 pm
two bronze stars while serving in vietnam, eventually earning the rank of captain. he has been an advocate for veterans throughout his entire life, especially while he served as speaker of the house in florida, and later as senator. mr. dunn: under his leadership as president, f.s.u. has become one of the top universities in the nation. mr. speaker, please join me in congratulating f.s.u. president, john flasher, for being inducted into the florida -- thrasher for being inconducted into the florida hall of fame. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. lee: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to sound the alarm about our deepening military operations in somalia. this monday the united states conducted its 30th air strike in somalia since donald trump took office. this number is almost greater than the amount of air strikes president obama conducted in eight years in office, mind you.
12:20 pm
what's worse, we now have the largest united states presence in somalia since 1993, some 500 united states troops, which has doubled in 2017 alone. why, mr. speaker, are we conducting so many air strikes and ramping up our military presence in somalia with no congressional oversight? why are we sending our troops to fight a war that the american people know nothing about? congress has been left in the dark about these operations. at a minimum we should have basic knowledge of the missions we are asking our service members to risk their lives for. but we know it's not just somalia. these u.s. shadow wars are taking place all across the world. as we saw so tragically in niger last month. mr. speaker, we need to rip up that authorization to use military force, the 2001 authorization, and hold a real debate and vote on these new ongoing wars. the people deserve to know the cost and consequences of these
12:21 pm
wars. yes, congress has been missing in action once again. we owe it to our service members to do our job. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to welcome the 40 volunteers from 26 states representing ducks unlimit who had are on the hill today. as an avid outdoorsman and water fowler myself, as well as a member of ducks unlimited for 25 years, i've seen the wonderful firsthand benefits of this group . ducks unlimited has covered more than -- has conserved more than 14 million acres of land in an 80-years hift -- year history. marly rivera a big thank you for all those folks up north of us who have done such a great job raising these ducks. work like this is vital to ensure the natural resources of our land are protected and monitored so that our children and our grandchildren can come someday to rural kansas to a
12:22 pm
refuge and enjoy those great outdoor moments. mr. marshall: i think the folks -- i thank the folks at ducks unlimited for their work and i welcome them to capitol hill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to commemorate the california seek american awareness and appreciation month. and to recognize the contributions that these secret americans have made not only in -- sic americans have made not to have a better life for themselves and for their children. a 19 -- in 1910 the seihks had become a corner stone in the valleys in sacramento. in addition to sharing their rich culture and the contributions that they've made to our economy, they are
12:23 pm
farmers, business owners and they are physicians. the seihk americans stand with all americans with their patriotism and their values. beginning with world war i, the in all american ars. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing and celebrating the many contributions that sheikh americans have made as a stronger nation. which play an integral role in our health and the future not only of the san joaquin valley, but throughout our nation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom michigan seek recognition? without objection.
12:24 pm
>> mr. speaker, i rise to honor the veterans in my district and those who support them. earlier this month i attended a veterans esteem event. it is a dinner organized and prepared by local junior high and senior high school students from north branch, almonth and dryden to honor area veterans. those two have served our veterans are the best 1% this country produced. words will never be adequate to capture the debt of gratitude owed to the men and women of the military who have enabled our nation to continue to be safe and prosperous. i'm honored to serve with them and the students in the district who took time to organize and recognize the veterans at this event. i ask unanimous consent to add the names of the students and sponsors of the veterans esteem team to the congressional record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mitchell: with that i yield back. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
12:25 pm
mr. mceachin: mr. speaker, according to the nonpartisan congressional budget office, the senate's version of tax reform would increase the deficit by $38 billion. in 2018. by 2027, that debt would increase by a whopping $1.4 trillion. i stand here today calling for tax reform legislation that would help my constituents and millions of other americans. mr. speaker, the g.o.p. tax plan is irresponsible governing. many americans -- many of my constituents say their families have yet to recover from the great recession. and i hear them loud and clear. i cannot stand by silently while my colleagues on the other side of the aisle rush through a bill for which it will take years for our economy to recover. this bill raises taxes on 82 million middle class households solely to create giveaways for the wealthy few. we have only nine legislative days left in this calendar year.
12:26 pm
it is time to focus on legislation that will give all americans a better deal. we need to -- we need commonsense, reality-based legislation that will create opportunities for all american, not just the select few. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> request permission to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, it has been proven all over the world that the most wasteful, least economical, least efficient way to spend money is to turn it over to the federal government. if this was not true, then places like cuba, north korea and venezuela would be heavens on earth. socialism simply does not work. mr. duncan: money left in the private sector does much more to create jobs and hold down prices than does any money turned over to government. a business that continually wastes money and operate inefficiently will eventually go out of business. a government agency that wastes money or operates inefficiently just uses that as an excuse to
12:27 pm
ask for higher appropriations. that is what the tax cut bill is all about. an effort to leave more money in the private sector, where it will create jobs and hold down prices. wealthy elitists come out ahead even under socialist big government systems. lower income people come out better when more money left in private hands to create jobs and hold prices down. college graduates often wonder why they can't find good jobs. in large part, it is because our federal, state and local corporate taxes are too high and this has caused us to lose millions of good jobs to other countries. mr. speaker, we need lower taxes. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from north carolina eek recognition? without objection. ms. adams: i rise today to honor the hbcu nine, the nine
12:28 pm
historically black colleges and universities who are celebrating 150 years of academic excellence. these schools hail from six states, count great african-american leaders such as eva clayton, john lewis, martin luther king jr. as members of their alumni. the nine include alabama state university, fable state university, howard university, johnson c. smith university, moore house college, morgan state university, st. august university and talladega college. their achievements for the past 150 years are remarkable. they've cultivated a long history as incubators of innovation and it be to produce the nextgen -- continue to produce the next generation of leaders. 25% of african-american stem graduates, 40% of african-american lawyers, 50% of african-american teachers and 21 current members of the congressional black caucus are proud hbcu grads. these schools borne out of necessity have endured test of time. to spark a movement and create the african-american middle class, fundamentally changing
12:29 pm
this country for the better. stand with me in recognizing the hbcu nine for their years of leadership in african-american communities and their dedication to helping students realize their dreams. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom illinois seek recognition? without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate the prairie ridge wolves football team on their second straight class 6-a state championship. the team repeated last year's outstanding performance of finishing the season without losing a single game. beating the nazareth road runners in the state final 28-21, the team now has a 28-game winning streak. mr. hultgren: their last loss was in 2015. the team is ranked second in the state overall by the chicago tribune. the coach has been a critical and central figure to their success. a 21-year veteran at prairie ridge high school, he was named
12:30 pm
ihsa football coach of the year and is now competing for the national recognition. another crucial part of the team is quarterback sampson evans and he had a fantastic season. dubbed superman for his exploits on the field, he was named the chicago sun times' 2017 player of the year. he will continue his career as an iowa hawkeye alongside teammate and lineman, geoff jenkins. congratulations, prairie ridge wolves, for your excellent season, and here's to a continued undefeated winning streak. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? . >> i rise to address the house for one minute. seek unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today to talk about the importance of adoption and what congress can be doing to help more kids get adopted into loving caring families. november is national adoption month and it's time we talk about how the g.o.p. tax reform bill, will help children in
12:31 pm
need of loving families by supporting those whose lives have been touched by adoption. mr. yoder: our tax reform bill preserves the adoption tax credit which allows taxpayers to claim expenses related to the adoption of a child ncluding fees, court cost, and travel expenses. the credit costs only about $3. billion over 10 years, a small fraction of our overall budget. mr. speaker, i worked tirelessly with my colleagues to ensure this adoption tax credit was included in the houses' tax bill and i'm please the senate version also preserves it in their draft. i urge my colleagues to work uickly to pass tax reform to preserve the adoption tax considered as read. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. woodall: by direction of the committee on rules i preserve the adoption call up house resolution 635 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 106, house resolution 635, resolved, that at any time
12:32 pm
after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 4182. to amend title 5 united states code to modify probationary periods with respect to positions within the competitive service and the senior executive service, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on oversight and government reform. after general bill and shall not debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. no amendment to the bill shall be in order except those printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be
12:33 pm
offered only by a member designated in the report. shall be considered as read. shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment, the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 1699, to amend the truth in lending act to modify the definitions of a mortgage originator and a high cost mortgage. to amend the secure and fair enforcement for mortgage licensing act of 2008 to modify
12:34 pm
the definition of a loan originator, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of a text of rules committee print 115-42 shall be considered as adopted. the bill as amended shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill as amended are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill as amended and on any further amendment thereto to without sage intervening motion except one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on financial without intervening services. and two, one motion to recommit with or without instructions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one hour. mr. woodall: i thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, for -- during consideration of this resolution all anaheimtime is yielded for the purpose of debate only. i would like to yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend from new york, ms. slaughter, pending which i
12:35 pm
yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i would also like to ask unanimous consent that all of my colleagues who come to speak on the rule today might have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i just had a chance to visit with my colleague from new york. we were talking about -- well, the same thing all members talk about when they get together. those things they have in common. those things that make their day a little better. those things they are struggling with that make their day a little bit worse. i regret that so often we come to the house floor and the debate that we're having seems like we just have absolutely nothing in common whatsoever. i'm sure it has been your experience, you can ask any freshman member of this institution, mr. speaker, surprise you gest have had in your first year in congress?
12:36 pm
and they will say, i'm surprised at how hardworking and consciencious and diligent and committed absolutely every single one of my colleagues s i was reading in the local paper back home and it sounded like it was a big cesspool there in washington, d.c. i'm pleasantly surprised at how sincere my colleagues are working for their 700,000 to 800,000 constituents back at home. we have two bills this rule will make in order for debate today. and they are two bills that i will tell you are incredibly well-intentioned. i plan to support them. i plan to enthusiastically support them. but they are on issues that are hard in their minutia. the first bill made in order today under a closed rule, mr. speaker, is h.r. 1699. it's the preserving access to manufactured housing act. we had testimony in the committee yesterday and the discussion was how do we protect buyers of manufactured
12:37 pm
housing from being exploited while still enabling those americans who don't have other avenues for purchasing housing to get into that most affordable of housing, manufactured housing. we have a common goal to protect people and to empower people, but how do we get that done? this bill was worked through committee, i believe it's a good compromise. we didn't allow any amendments to this. there were no germane amendments presented in committee. so that's coming under a closed rule today. this rule also would make in order a structured rule for h.r. 4182, the ensuring a qualified civil service act of 2017. again, mr. speaker, when you go and read the headlines, it makes it sound like every discussion on capitol hill is among a bunch of partisan hacks. just not true. the civil service, an incredibly important part of american government, these are dedicated men and women who show up every day to institute
12:38 pm
he laws that you and i pass, to be the interpreters of the bridge between the law that is we pass and the way they hit folks on the ground, we all want those employees to be protected from the swinging pendulum of partisanship. i don't want a republican president to get elected and fire all the democrats serving in government. there are some bright minded scientists, some great folks in law enforcement, some really talented people in education. i don't want them to lose their jobs because of the partisanship of a president. similarly, don't want to see a democratic president get elected and fire all the folks who are republicans. there are some fantastic republican minds in our department of agriculture helping our farmers. the department of labor helping our workers to succeed. you go right on down the list. there are strong men and women helping folks to succeed. but we're also facing a reality
12:39 pm
that that same civil service to protect eeks those hard working -- those exceptional workers trying to serve america, that same system that works to protect them to p those hard working -- also protects folks who are completely derelict in their responsibilities. we had that discussion as a conference, as a house, in fact in a bicamera discussion, went to the president's desk for his signature. as it video camera came to the v.a. to say can't we do more to reform a civil service system, to reform federal labor union provisions so that folks who need the protection because they are exceptional continue to be protected, but those folks who are failing our veterans, that those folks cease to be protected from a system that seeks to require accountability. we pass that together. we did that together here, mr. speaker. we sent it to the senate. they did it together.
12:40 pm
the president signed it into law. this ensuring a qualified civil service act does one thing and one thing only. it extends the probationary period of a new civil service worker from the current of one year to two years. the department of defense has done this already and it's been working exceedingly well. for them the concern is have i been able to adequately assess an employee's ability to perform in a 12-month period? we're committed to trying to train people up, mr. speaker. nobody's trying to run folks out before they have had a chance to learn their job. the question is, is a year long enough to uncover the flaws in employment. or is two years a wider window? you'll hear folks on the other side say, rob, why in the world can't you-all figure out if an employee's talented in year one? that's fair.
12:41 pm
they'll say rob, if you were going to train somebody up, why couldn't you get it done in ear one? that's fair. but as the g.a.o. has looked at this issue, what they found is, managers that's fair. aren't getting tha done in year one. whether it's because they are ineffective as managers or whether it's because they keep trying to give people a second chance and get them trained up is an open question. this bill mandates nothing. but it allows this two-year window so that managers can their new employees a good first, second, and third look. the data suggests that once folks get fully protected by it is il service system, very difficult to move underperforming employees out. that work should be done during this probationary period. this bill aims to lengthen that probationary period to two years.
12:42 pm
mr. speaker, reasonable men and women can disagree on these it very difficult measures. i believe they are important steps in the right direction. but what gives me so much pleasure to come to the floor to bring this rule to you today is the earnestness with which these two bills were presented. these are common challenges. how do we ensure the very best staff for the american people? how do we ensure access to homes and protection for home buyers for the american people? sincere concerns, legitimate disagreements. if we pass this rule today, we'll enable a debating period. we'll bring these bills to the floor so we can air our concerns and challenge our assumptions. i hope at the end of the day my colleagues will decide to support this rule and to support the two underlying pieces of legislation. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is
12:43 pm
recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. i certainly thank my friend for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. slaughter: the homeownership and equity protection act was enacted in 1994 as an amendment to the truth in lending act. it is designed to address predatory lending practices in refinancing and home equity loans with high interest rates or fees. loans that meet this loss of high cost triggers are subject to disclosure requirements and limitations on the loan terms. borrowers are also provided enhanced remedies if it is violated. the first bill before us, h.r. 1699, would amend the truth in lending act by exempting manufactured home retailers from being designed as mortgage mortgage originators.
12:44 pm
in the process, it would exempt these from important consumer protection rules that would perpetuate conflicts of interest and restore savings for these retailers to steer customers into loans with high cost and fees. these are precisely the type of loans more profitable for the retailer, even though they are bad deals for the customers. and my good friend from georgia asked, what could be wrong with this? how can we protect those customers? i submit you may not protect hose consumers by taking all regulation off of them. obviously it was there for a reason. we'll see how it turns out. those may see make arcane changes to existing law. let me put the issue in better perspective. according to the manufacturing housing institute, 22 million americans live in manufactured homes today. that is equal to the entire state of florida.
12:45 pm
mr. speaker, why in the world is the majority prioritizing a bill that would undermine consumer protections for tens of millions of americans? we know the legislation would create more access to affordable housing. it would only make the incredibly profitable manufacturing housing industry even more money through predatory lending. . those who rely on manufactured housing as an affordable option deserve the same anti-predatory lending standards as every other family. this bill fails that test. in fact, it was written specifically to take the protections away from the housing industry. the second measure before us oday, h.r. 4182, is completely unnecessary it. would extend the probationary period for members of the senior executive service and members of the competitive service from one year to two.
12:46 pm
that would double the time that new civil servants are essentially at-will employees without any employee protections or due process rights. there's no evidence to support the need for doubling the probationary period for federal employees. the bill would simply serve to delay employees' access to worker protection laws, that ensure that they are treated fairly on the job. it would also undermine whistleblower rights and prevent them from coming forward. and these are the people who are essential to getting to the bottom of legal violations and waste and fraud in government agencies. so standing up for their rights used to be a bipartisan priority. but the majority's now prioritizing a bill that would undermine their rights and put the integrity of our federal civil service at risk. this comes on the heels of the majority bringing a separate bill, h.r. 3441, to the floor
12:47 pm
recently. that legislation threatened the collective bargaining rights of employees and allows employers to evade liability for wage theft or even child labor violations. and just like the bill before us today, it chips away at the workers' ability to do their job without retaliation or unfair treatment. mr. speaker, there is a pattern here. the majority's bringing bills to the house floor that threaten worker protections while they work to advance a pro-corporate agenda at the same time. there is perhaps no bigger giveaway on the agenda right now than their tax bill. under the guise of so-called reform, the majority on the other side of the capitol is crafting a tax bill that is nothing but a giveaway to the rich and powerful. and please don't take my word for it. on monday "the new york times" published a piece, and i quote,
12:48 pm
senators scram to be advance the tax bill that increasingly rewards the wealthy, end quote. the very first line of the piece gives away the majority's game plan. it said, quote, the republican tax bill, hurdling through congress, is in-- is increasingly tilting the united states tax code to benefit wealthy americans. end quote. and i believe that is beyond dispute by now. i think every major economist and publication have told us hat that's exactly what it is. this scam will raise taxes on tens of thousands of middle class families to give giveaways to the wealthy and corporations that ship jobs overseas. in fact, i heard an economist last night saying that he thinks this bill encourages moving jobs overseas. the republican plan eliminates the alternative minimum tax, which is designed to prevent the very rich from gaming the
12:49 pm
system. and the bill passed by the chamber eliminates the state tax -- the estate tax, which will benefit the wealthy certainly. and very few of them are even liable for paying that tax. according to the joint committee on taxation and congressional budget office, under the republican plan, persons making 40,000 to $50,000 a year would y an additional $5.3 billion in taxes combined over the next decade. at the same time, those earning $1 million or more a year would ee a $5.8 billion tax cut. note please the similarity of those figures. if that isn't take money from the poor to give to the rich, i don't know of anything that could describe it any better. this is the third time america has tried trickle-down theory.
12:50 pm
it didn't work with president reagan. it didn't work under president bush. and certainly it did not work in kansas. so there is a word for doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. that word is insanity. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the entlewoman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself 15 seconds to let my colleagues know this bill passed out of committee by more than a two to one margin. big bipartisan vote out of committee to reform the manufactured housing to provide more access. i don't profess to be an expert on, that mr. speaker. so i'd like to yield five minutes to one of my colleagues from the financial services committee, the gentleman from kentucky, mr. barr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. barr: i thank the gentleman. mr. speaker, i rise today in
12:51 pm
favor of this rule that would allow the house of representatives to debate legislation i introduced, h.r. 1699, the preserving access to manufactured housing act. home ownership for many is part of the american dream. however, overbroad and burdensome regulations arising out ed of dodd-frank financial control law is limiting the ability of americans to realize this dream. specifically, a one-size-fits-all regulation issued by the unaccountable consumer financial protection bureau makes it harder for lenders to offer mortgages to hardworking americans who simply want to buy a manufactured home. by expanding the range of loan products considered, quote, high cost, under the home ownership and equity protection act, the kp has failed to recognize the -- cfpb has failed to recognize this. because of the increased liabilities and stigma associated with making a so-called high-cost mortgage, some lenders have simply stopped making these loans. in fact, according to recent
12:52 pm
home mortgage disclosure act data, data that's submitted to the government, the number of manufactured homes of 75 -- $75,000 or less has plummeted by 22% since this regulation went into effect. as a result, the kp's overzealous regular -- cfpb's overzealous regulations harm families who just want to purchase a manufactured home but now cannot access the necessary financing. in addition, existing homeowners are harmed because they won't be able to sell their homes. these rules are hitting americans in rural and suburban areas and those with modest means the hardest. take, for example, the hospital worker in kentucky that applied for a loan of $38,500 to finance a manufactured home. he had an 8% down payment. his monthly income was $2,200 per month. plenty to cover the all-in housing costs of $670 per month. the payment he would have been investing in his own home would
12:53 pm
have been less than what he was spending on rent. but he was unable to get financing. he contacted local banks and credit unions but they no longer finance manufactured homes. and the reason for this, the reason for this crippling lack of lending is the consumer financial protection bureau and its so-called high-cost loan regulation and the definitions of mortgage originator and loan originator established in dodd-frank. these regulations fail to take into account the unique circumstances associated with manufactured housing and the fixed costs associated with any home purchase, large or small. they fail to recognize the simple mathematical fact that fixed costs on smaller loans translate into higher percentages of the total loan. and even if interest payments on manufactured homes are more than your average home, the payments are still more affordable than the all-end cost of a site-built home or even rent in many markets. that's not predatory lending. that's actually getting people into more affordable housing.
12:54 pm
and this is especially the case when you consider that purchasing a manufactured home as opposed to renting allows the owners to build equity, leading to financial stability for those americans. the preserving access to manufactured housing act recognizes the unique nature of the manufactured housing industry and it fixes these government-caused problems by mod fige the definition of loan originators and mortgage originators to exclude manufactured housing retailers and sellers from the definition of loan originator, so long as they are only receiving compensation for the sale of the home and not engaged in the financing of the loans. the legislation also increases the thresholds for high-cost loans to accommodate manufactured home purchases of up to 75,000, while still retaining tough restrictions on lenders to prevent any borrowers from being taken advantage of. as members of congress we have an obligation to protect the american people from regulations that harm their ability to purchase affordable homes for themselves and their families. so we need to end government
12:55 pm
policies that are issued under the guise of consumer protection, when those policies actually are protecting americans right out of home ownership. again, that's not consumer protection. so, for these reasons and the fact that about 40 different pro-consumer and pro-business trade associations support this legislation, i urge my colleagues to vote for this rule. and this -- and this is not the only reason why we should vote for the rule. the other legislation introduced by my friend from kentucky, the qualified civil service act, is another piece of legislation that will help ensure that the u.s. federal government has a competent work force. i want to thank congressman comber for his hard work on this issue and i urge my colleagues to vote for this rufmente i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the
12:56 pm
gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, thank you. and i thank the gentlelady for her distinguished leadership, for yielding to me. mr. speaker, i want to focus in particular about where we are, where we've been. i think it is important, as we discuss these issues dealing with ensuring a qualified civil service act of 2017, that we really have the responsibilities of members of congress to engage in safe and fair workplaces all over the nation. and certainly i want to speak particularly about the civil service act, which i'm stunned that this would extend the number of time or the number of -- period of time for -- probationary period from one year to two years. what is most striking, since i am a member of the judiciary committee, is that federal employees will remain at-will employees for a period of time with virtually no due process protection. and i clearly want to try to understand an administration who
12:57 pm
first of all wants to make skinny the government, to disallow it to do its work. and then on top of that, it wants to have temporary employees with no due process rights. yesterday we stood on the floor of the house to insist that there be mandatory training for sexual harassment. and as well to recognize that there should be zero tolerance for sexual harassment and of course sexual assault. as an african-american woman, over the years historically we, along with women all over the world, have seen the polite or the devastation -- plight or the devastation of sexual harassment and sexual assault. i was disappointed that this can floor could note voluntary -- that this floor could not vote on that resolution and i ask for that resolution to be called up again so this house can go on record for supporting mandatory training. at the same time i think it balances with due process and the work we have to do to make sure that we have a workplace that is tolerable and allows women who feel insulted,
12:58 pm
harassed and, god forbid, assaulted, they have it easy, -- they have an easy, quick access to a pathway of relief. this legislation and the underlying bill on this rule, specifically dealing with taking away due process rights from civil servants, women, strikes me as the wrong direction to go in light of where we are. so i am questioning this legislation. i think it's a wrong direction to go. i frankly believe it should be pulled. and as that legislation is pulled, i believe that we would do ourselves well to reassert the resolution from yesterday and to cast a vote. let's get on the record on where we stand on the issues protecting women against sexual harassment and sexual assault. finally, let me indicate that we're in the middle of appropriations. hurricane harvey, we have not been compensated for the devastation that is there. my constituents are suffering. they're suffering in puerto rico, the virgin islands and florida. the appropriations or the
12:59 pm
recommendation from the white house is insufficientrable, unacceptable and the time for us to move as a congress to bring relief to the people who have suffered from the hurricane. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield five minutes to a good friend and authority on the issue, my friend from pennsylvania, mr. rothfus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. rothfus: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 1699, the preserving access to manufactured housing act. and i urge my colleagues to support the passage of this rule and the underlying bill. as the vice chairman of the financial institution subcommittee and a co-sponsor of this legislation, i want to underscore the impact that passing the preserving access to manufactured housing act would have on hardworking americans.
1:00 pm
we all agree that we should work to ensure that everyone can afford a safe place to live. representative barr's bipartisan bill will remove misguided barriers that block access to affordable manufactured homes while preserving consumer protections. in many parts of this country, manufactured homes represent a cost-effective and customizeable housing option. it is important to keep in mind that the challenge of finding affordable housing is not exclusively an urban problem. housing affordability is a challenge in many rural areas as well, and manufactured homes can be a solution. . this is an many industry that gives those with a moderate income with a chance of homeownership. 22 million americans live in manufactured homes. in my state of pennsylvania manufactured homes comprise almost 5% of the housing stock. manufactured homes account for 73% of all new homes sold under
1:01 pm
$125,000, and the average income of a manufactured home purchaser is less than $40,000 per year. the manufactured housing business also sustains thousands of families, 16,000 workers in pennsylvania are employed in that industry. unfortunately, misguided rules from washington, d.c., threatened to choke off access to manufactured homes. when washington bureaucrats sought to implement dodd-frank, they put forward rules that led some manufactured housing retailers and sellers to be considered loan originators. they also expanded the high cost loan definition and swept many manufactured housing loans into that category. the increased restrictions, liability, and stigma that accompany these designations have led many in the industry to cut back on lending. as a result, fewer hardworking americans will be able to afford a quality manufactured home for their families. the preserving access to
1:02 pm
manufactured housing act will address these harmful restrictions that are making manufactured homes unaffordable for perspective homeowners while preserving important consumer protections. this bill clarifies that a manufactured home salesperson is not a loan originator unless he or she is being compensated by a lender, a creditor or a mortgage broker. it also adjusts the high cost mortgage designation thresholds so that many manufactured housing loans are once again not included. it is important to keep in mind that the truth in lending act and state consumer protection laws will still apply after the enactment of this legislation. representative barr's bill is a narrowly focused, commonsense, and bipartisan effort to target a specific challenge facing perspective purchasers of manufactured homes. this bill will preserve access to affordable housing for millions of american families. i, again, urge support for the
1:03 pm
preserving access to manufactured housing act and this rule and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question, i will offer an amendment to the rule to bring up h.r. 3440, the dream act. this bipartisan, bicameral legislation will help thousands of young people who are americans in every way except on paper. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. slaughter: to discuss our proposal, i yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from california, mrs. torres. the speaker pro tempore: the lady is recognized. mrs. torres: thank you, mr. speaker. this congress faces a moral decision, a decision we have
1:04 pm
put off making for too long, a decision we cannot put off any longer. will we stop the deportation of hundreds of thousands of young dreamers or not? this is not a partisan question. this is a question of who we are as americans. are we willing to put partisan games aside? are we willing to put to an end the fear that dreamers have, the fear that they have been living with these past few months? are we quickly approaching the year end deadline for many items this body needs to address? many of us are looking forward to seeing our families through the holidays. what about the 122 dreamers that lose protection every day that we don't act?
1:05 pm
can they say the same? this is unconscionable. this is not who we are. when i am home i hear from businesses, school leaders, public officials, religious leaders and friends, and they all want us to act now, today. failure to do so will result in tearing families and communities apart. the fix is right here in front f us, h.r. 3440, the dream act, is a bipartisan, bicameral bill that will put this issue at rest once and for all. we all know that the votes are this body.in plenty of my republican colleagues support this legislation. plenty of my republican
1:06 pm
colleagues stand with their business, religious and community leaders to bring this dream to a reality for the dreamers. we have been clear. this congress must not finish this year without providing a fix in certainty for dreamers. their families and the communities that depend on them expect that. i ask my colleagues to provide -- to allow us a vote and to provide a vote against the previous question so we can immediately bring the dream act to the floor for a vote today. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i would share with my friend from new york that i have no further speakers remaining and am prepared to close when she is. ms. slaughter: i am.
1:07 pm
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york is recognized. ms. slaughter: thank you. mr. speaker, funding for the government expires on december 8. that's eight days from now. and we wonder why we're wasting time on unnecessary bills before us today and running us toward another shutdown. let me remind everyone watching here today about the last shutdown in 2013. the majority shut down the government rather than fund the affordable care act which was then and remains today the law of the land. the shutdown lasted 16 days. in just that short time, it cost our economy an estimated $24 billion. the shutdown cost the government $24 billion. stores the mom and pop and little restaurants that they have in federal buildings closed. the processing of veterans' disability claims was stalled.
1:08 pm
head start granting were forced to close their doors for nine days until some private philanthropists stepped in. hundreds of patients were unable to enroll in possible lifesaving clinical trials at the national institutes of health. 98% of the employees at the national science foundation, nearly 75% of the employees at the national institutes of health and 2/3 of the employees at the centers for disease control were furloughed. that brought new federal research to a stand still. an estimated $4 billion in tax refunds were delayed. denying middle-class families the money they expected and planned for. even the national transportation safety board was impacted. unable to investigate 59 plane accidents as swiftly. another shutdown will be
1:09 pm
devastating, but i'm afraid that's what we're headed for under the leadership here. the president recently tweeted that he doesn't see a deal on the horizon. this comes after he tweeted earlier this year that our country needs a, quote, good shutdown, end quote. instead of doing anything about working today, we are on bills that are at best not urgent and completely unnecessary and even damaging. the greatest nation on earth will be struggling to keep the lights on. this is no way to run the united states, and i urge a no vote on the previous question, on the rule and the bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. i recognize the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the gentlelady raises a lot of important points. i am absolutely concerned about
1:10 pm
funding the united states government, but sadly in a way that has become systemic as we talk about who we are as a people, mr. speaker, we can either be glass as half full or glass is half empty. is it true that the number of days we have left in this continuing resolution are limited? it is. is it also true that this house has fully funded the government ahead of schedule for the first time since the good people of the seventh district elected me to congress? it is. it is this house has nothing to be ashamed of. in fact, this house should be shouted it from the rooftops, the united states constitution gives the united states congress a job to do. it.house has done the senate needs to get to work. the first time, mr. speaker, we have been able to fund all the appropriations bills -- there's
1:11 pm
12 of them -- all the ppropriations bills. senate has passed, i believe, zero appropriations bills so far this year. mr. speaker, let's not give anybody a pass on getting the good work done. let's do hold people accountable, but let's not chastise ourselves and create an atmosphere of failure. success begets success. we succeeded together for the first time in a long time. similarly, mr. speaker, we're talking about civil service protections today. there's not a man or woman in this chamber that doesn't want the absolute best federal work force that we can find. not one. and the question today is, do we lock you in and give you all of those ironclad protections that every american knows the
1:12 pm
civil service system offers? we all know that it is hard to get fired from a government job. we all know that. should we extend the probationary period where folks can be monitored, trained up, disciplined, worked with from one year to two years? if that gets us a better federal work force to serve the american people, the answer should be a unanimous yes. i say to my friends who oppose this bill, if it doesn't end up in that result, i will vote with you to repeal it, but i believe it will end up with a more highly qualified work force, that it will end up with an american taxpayer that feels like they're getting their money's worth. i feel like the best thing we can do for our civil service employees is to end the narrative that civil service is a place of failure instead of a
1:13 pm
place of success, is to end the narrative that substandard people work for the federal government as opposed to exceptional people work for the federal government. i represent employees of the c.d.c. in my part of the world, mr. speaker. the centers for disease control is second to no one in the intellectual firepower that they assemble to serve the american people. those men and women put themselves in harm's way to battle those pandemics that scare the bejesus out of the rest of us. they do it as an act of service and they should be praised for it. the best thing we can do for them is to make sure folks don't slip through the cracks and they get saddled with a substandard partner. we want them to have access to an exceptional partner. this bill would do that. access to manufactured housing, mr. speaker. a bill from my friend from kentucky.
1:14 pm
it is absolutely true that every man and woman in this chamber wants to protect the american consumer from predatory lending. that's undisputed. but as my friend from kentucky stated, when do we protect someone right out of the opportunity to have a home? in the name of protecting ople -- pardon me -- when do we fail those very same people? we had testimony in the committee yesterday, mr. speaker, presented credit union after credit union after credit union that would no longer lone -- loan moneys to its members to purchase a manufactured home. they wouldn't do it. they couldn't do it. talk about predatory lending. if you want to, it's not your local credit union that's doing it. talk about big wall street banks exploiting people, if you want to, it's not your local
1:15 pm
credit union who is doing it. talk about people who want to build your community, it is your local credit union, and yet credit union after credit union said the men and women that we strive to serve we will no longer help access the american dream. we can't. why? because of the regulations coming out of washington, d.c. do we want to protect the american consumer? we do and we can, but we can't protect them right out of homeownership. we shouldn't and yet we have. passing this bill today that my friend from kentucky brings forward corrects that mistake, puts us back on track for protecting consumers and enabling consumers. . mr. speaker, you can pick any day of the week on capitol hill and you can find a way to describe everything that goes on , as arious, as misguided
1:16 pm
con drived -- as contrived. but, mr. speaker, you can also look at days on capitol hill and see the earnestness of which men and women work together to move this country forward. that's the day we have today. i hope it's the day we have tomorrow and the next day and next day. i urge my friends, support this rule. support bringing this bill to the floor for manufactured housing. support bringing this bill to the floor to improve the civil service system. we can do that with a vote right now, mr. speaker. and with that i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays have been 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
1:17 pm
ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. pursuant to clause 1-c of rule 19, further consideration of h.r. 3905 will now resume. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: union calendar number 312, h.r. 3905. a bill to require congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument designation involving the national forest system lands in the state of minnesota, to provide for the renewal of certain mineral leases on such lands and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the amendment by the gentleman from arizona. mr. >> i value are a -- mr. grijalva. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the amendment is not agreed. to ms. slaughter: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested.
1:18 pm
all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 and clause 9 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on adoption of the amendment will be followed by five-minute votes on a motion to recommit if ordered, passage of the bill, if ordered, ordering the previous question on house resolution 635, and adopting house resolution 635 if order. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
1:19 pm
1:20 pm
1:21 pm
1:22 pm
1:23 pm
1:24 pm
1:25 pm
1:26 pm
1:27 pm
1:28 pm
1:29 pm
1:30 pm
1:31 pm
1:32 pm
1:33 pm
1:34 pm
1:35 pm
1:36 pm
1:37 pm
1:38 pm
1:39 pm
1:40 pm
1:41 pm
1:42 pm
1:43 pm
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 182. the nays are 237. he amendment is not adopted. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill -- involving the -- minnesotas economic rights in the superior national forest act -- in such land and
1:44 pm
for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. lowenthal: i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
1:45 pm
1:46 pm
1:47 pm
1:48 pm
1:49 pm
1:50 pm
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 216.
1:51 pm
on this vote the yeas are 216, the nays are 204. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
1:52 pm
the house will be in order. he house will be in order. members, clear the well, please. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mccarthy: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for the purpose of a scheduling announcement. the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order.
1:53 pm
the speaker pro tempore: he is without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mccarthy: votes are expected in the house on monday, december 4 and 6:30 p.m. members should be prepared to vote on the motion to go to conference and the motion to instruct conferees on h.r. 1, the tax cuts and job act. now, i strongly encourage all members to be here, present and voting. if there's any further changes to the schedule, i will be sure to let all members know. does the gentleman want me to yield? mr. hoyer: if my friend would yield, yes, please. i thank the majority leader for yielding. as the majority leader knows, we have nine days left to -- under the present schedule. i understand that may be an extension of that to the 22nd. maybe contemplated. but we have nine legislative days left. the gentleman has now just indicated that we are going to be voting on monday.
1:54 pm
i would join the gentleman in urging every member to be present on monday. need to be casting -- we're going to be casting very consequentialal votes over the next few days -- consequential votes over the next few days. and whether we're voting on them in a timely fashion or not, they will be all critically important. so i urge all of my members to be here. we have much that needs to be done in the days that remain. as the gentleman knows. i want to raise two issues. obviously the gentleman has indicated we're going to vote to go to conference on the tax bill , if the senate passes the tax bill. in addition to that, of course, there are two major pieces of legislation, and frankly many more. and i'm not referring to obviously the omnibus or a c.r. so that we can keep the government funding, which everybody on this side of the aisle, and i'm sure everybody on
1:55 pm
that side of the aisle wants to do. and i hope we are able to keep the government funding in a nondramatic way. but as i have indicated to the majority leader on numerous occasions, we feel very strongly , as the gentleman knows, and we've had positive discussions on this, that we need to also pass before the end of the year, and many your members have raised that issue as well and urge that we pass it before the end of the year, a resolution for the children who were brought here as minors, some as young as 1 or 2 years of age, who know no other country but the united states of america. that we resolve their status before the end of the year so they do not continue to twist in the wind and agonize about whether they're going to be sent to a place they do not know. sent back to a place they do not
1:56 pm
know and they do not perceive as their country. they perceive themselves to be american. so i would hope that we could deal with that. in addition, my friend and i have had a discussion, there's been much over the last 11 months, discussion about health care. i think one of the things that i think the gentleman and i agree on, in a bipartisan way we all believe that the children of our country ought to have assurance of access to affordable, quality health care. we passed the chip bill through the house. as the gentleman knows, it was . ssed not in a bipartisan way it sits now in the senate and has not moved yet in the senate. i would hope that those two issues at the very least, and there are many others, including the fiscal bills and the omnibus, that need to be moved. and i would hope, mr. leader,
1:57 pm
whether we are nine days or 13 days, however many days that we have left, that those two issues , in addition to others, will be resolved before we leave. and i thank the gentleman for his announcement and giving us a heads up about monday. but i would hope that we'd also, in the few days that remain to us, work very hard to try to get those issues and others resolved before we leave for the year. and i yield back to my friend and thank him for his time. mr. mccarthy: i thank my friend for yielding and my friend brings up good points. the gentleman does know we talked many times about our issue, not only just on security, but also when it comes to daca and we know that deadline is not approaching by the end of this year. my good friend does know the deadline of government funding that affects all americans. and i take my friend in a serious manner. but i would say, my severe disappointment in what
1:58 pm
transpired this week when an opportunity to meet with all my friend talked about the number of days we have. it's not a time to play politics. this isn't about one party or the other. i would be glad to hear the support -- you just have to show up for meeting. i think more outcome would happen if you show up to the meeting. now, tomorrow i will be announcing a full legislative schedule and i'm excited about the opportunity to let america keep more of their hard-earned money and get us working again and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
1:59 pm
gentleman yields back the balance of his time. without objection, five-minute voting will continue. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: as a new member to is body -- i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. hoyer: i want to say to my friend, the majority leader, where all due respect -- with all due respect, we've raised a lot of heat in this town. unfortunately on the cusp of a meeting that was convened to try to reach some agreements on very important issues to the american people, the heat was raised very, very substantially by the president

29 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on