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what's being done won't actually be done there. but there are some key problems and among them is this overriding concern that the bill is too heavily weighted, to the 20% corporate tax cut which is the centerpiece of the plan. but in focusing so heavily on that it does -- the bill does have some rough areas for sort of the middle class taxpayers that republicans want to make sure benefit from this. so as they try to amend this bill, the problem that republicans are running in to is that of course everything is cost. so if you want to add back some of these deductions that you've done away with or want to lower rates further, you're going to have to come up with ways to pay for it because they've locked themselves in to this framework that will allow no more than 1.5 trillion in debt -- deficit over the next 10 years. so how do you make >> we tike you live to the house
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floor. a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3559 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3359, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to authorize the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency of the department of homeland security and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, and the gentlewoman from california, ms. barragan, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. mccaul: i thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks
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include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: i rise in support of the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency act. mr. speaker, with each passing day, nation states, hackers and other cybercriminals are finding new ways to attack our cyber infrastructure and expose vulnerabilities. as technology has advanced, more and more americans have become dependent on information technology, making everyone a potential victim. in september, we learned that equifax had been hacked and 145.5 million people were affected by this breach. last month, 57 million people who used uber might have had their personal information stolen. these attacks are not just aimed
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at american consumers. our foreign adversaries are routinely daging in cyber war fare as well. hackers traced back to the chinese government access sensitive material from the office of per son mel management on 22 million persons' security clearances. and last year russia was caught trying to undermine our democratic process. these kind of attacks are simply unacceptable. we must not allow them to continue. fortunately, we have prioritized cybersecurity issues that the committee on homeland security over the last few years and have taken strong bipartisan action. in 2014, committee efforts resulted in the enactment of legislation that provided d.h.s. expedited hiring authority ensuring d.h.s. is accessing its work force and clarified the
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department's role in the cybersecurity of federal networks. in 2015, the cybersecurity act provided liability appreciations from private to heist and cyberthreat information sharing. while these are important actions, we need to do more and today we have a chance to do just that. the legislation before us streamlines the infrastructure of the national protection and programs doctorate and redesignates it as the cybersecurity and infrastructure agency. this realignment will achieve d.h.s.'s goal of creating a stand alone operational organization focusing on and elevating the vital cybersecurity mission of the department. this bill requires the appointment of a director who is responsible for leading cybersecurity and infrastructure programs and operations for the agency.
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developing and utilizing mechanisms for active and frequent collaboration with sector-specific agencies and coordinating and implementing comprehensive strategic plans and risk assessments for the agency. this action enjoys great support from d.h.s. two weeks ago and testimony before our committee, then acting secretary elaine duke stated that in the face of these digital threats, it is a d.h.s. priority to work with congress on legislation that would focus our cybersecurity and critical infrastructure mission at the mp pd. taking action today reaffirms that priority. cybersecurity is an issue that transcends partisan politics. in light of the risk and potential consequences of cyberattacks, we must stand together and strengthen the security of digital america and
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the resilience of our cybernetworks. i would like to thank the members of the homeland security committee and ranking member member thompson for their hard work, and the staff. i thank energy and commerce committee chairman mr. walden, transportation and infrastructure subcommittee bill shuster and the committee on government and oversight reform chairman gowdy for their efforts to see this through. i ask unanimous consent that these letters exchanged between our committees be included in the record. this is another bipartisan example of varied stock holders can come together can draft and pass important legislation. it's an opportunity we have today to elevate the importance of cybersecurity at the department of homeland security to achieve its goal of protecting the united states. and i urge my colleagues to support this vital piece of
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legislation. and with that, mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the the gentlewoman from california is recognized. >> i rise in support of h.r. 3359 the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency act of 2017 and yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 3559 would make long overdue organizational changes within the department of homeland security national protection and programs direct rate. i'm a strong supporter of this measure to carry out one of its most difficult missions, helping federal agencies and critical infrastructure owners and operators secure themselves its against physical and cyberattacks. importantly, it would rename
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mppd to better communicate its mission to stakeholders, agency partners and the cyber talent d.h.s. needs to come work in the federal government. make no mistake, these are not mere administrative or bureaucratic changes. h.r. 3359 would transform mppd into an operational agency on par with t.s.a. or customs and border protection. each passing day, we new new ways that cyber criminals are looking to exploit the cyber weaknesses of federal agencies and our nation's critical infrastructure. and last year, we found ourselves in unchartered territory when we learned that our electoral system was under attack by one of the most sophisticated actors, the russian government. to respond, congress has put its faiths in d.h.s. and in turn,
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.h.s. looks to mppd, a small underresource component to carry out a far more limited mission than the one it has today. over the past few years, congress has expanded mppd's cyber authority and responsibilities without elevating its standing to measure it with its growing measure. as mppd has gotten better at delivering cybersecurity assistance and to public and private sector partners, it has seen a surge in demand. in the wake of the russian efforts to hack the 2016 presidential election, state and local elected first are now requesting d.h.s. cybersecurity services. as secretaries of homeland security came to us during the obama administration and now under the trump administration to ask for our help in
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rganizing the direct rate into a cybersecurity agency. reorganizing and rebranding mppd should enhance d.h.s.'s standing with respect to its international peers, clarify its organizational mission and boost work force morale. our expectation is with higher morale and mission clarity, d.h.s. will compete with the private sector and federal agencies like the n.s.a. and c.i.a. finally, they will be in a better position to carry out its infrastructure protection activities like risk and vulnerability assessments for banks, electrical grids and now election systems. we need mppd to carry out these activities swiftly and effectively and in a way that
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respects privacy and civil liberties and cannot expect it to work with one hand tied behind its back. this bill is a result of bipartisan negotiation and i thank chairman mccaul and the subcommittee chairman for their commitment to work this through and getting this done. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. mccaul: i yield five minutes to the chairman of the ubcommittee on cyber security. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ratcliffe: mr. speaker, we are here today to take action on what i believe is the defining public policy challenge of our generation, the cybersecurity posture of the united states. we have seen cyberattacks hit every sector of our economy with devastating impacts to both
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government agencies and to the private sector alike and it's our duty to ensure that we are doing our very best to defend against the very real threats that our cyber adversaries now pose. the department of homeland security is the federal government's lead civilian agency for cybersecurity and within it, the national protection and programs doctorate or mppd leads our effort to safeguard and enhance the resilience of our nation's physical and cyber infrastructure. helping federal agencies and when requested, helping the private sector to harden their networks and respond to cybersecurity incidents. as the cyberthreat landscape continues to evolve, so should the department of homeland security. h.r. 3359 elevates the cybersecurity and the infrastructure security missions of mppd to strengthen the federal government's ability to
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react and act to the changing threat landscape. the cybersecurity mission today is extremely challenging due to a number of factors, the ability of malicious actors to operate from linkages between cyberspace and our physical systems and the difficulty of reducing vulnerabilities and consequences in complex cybernetworks. the cyberscurelt and infrastructure security act of 2017 rises to this challenge and prioritizes the department of homeland security's vital role in cyberspace by authorizing the cybersecurity and infrastructure agency within d.h.s. this bill establishes the structure, the flexibility to best serve the american people. the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency will be structured to bet work with partners at all levels of
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government from the private and nonprofit sectors to share information and build greater trust in order to make our cyber and physical infrastructure more secure. this bill provides the necessary overarching structure and the interdepartmental flexibility to best allow d.h.s. to execute its mission in both cybersecurity and the infrastructure security space. mr. speaker, we consider this legislation at a great time of transition and opportunity for d.h.s. just last week, kirsten nealsson was sworn in as the secretary of homeland security. ecretary nealson, brings unprecedented cybersecurity experience and savvy to the organization, and we owe it to
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r to the dedicated men and women to ensure they have the proper organization and resources to carry out its mission as the lead cybersecurity agency in our federal government. i want to thank chairman mccaul for his leadership and his dogged determination in this effort and getting this bill to the floor as well as the other committees of jurisdiction who worked closely to craft this compromise. the security challenges we face are more than protecting bottom lines or intellectual property or even our nation's most sensitive classified information. ultimately, our obligation as lawmakers to be productive cybersecurity stewards stems from a fundamental obligation to safeguard the american people. this is what we aim to do with this legislation. and i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it.
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i thank you and i yield. mr. mccaul: i reserve the balance of my time serve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california. ms. barragan: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. mccaul: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. gallagher. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr. gallagher: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3359 of which i am a proud co-sponsor. this bill provides an updated framework to reorganize and grant additional authorities to the department of homeland security's cybersecurity and infrastructure protection missions. currently the director has oversight over the roles and while d.h.s. has come a long ways its inception in 2002, the rapid adaptation of threats in cyberspace demands we continuously look for ways to oversee demands who
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this is we adapt accordingly. as we've seen russia, china, iran and various nonstate actors have all demonstrated the willingness to penetrate american networks, we had high ranking military officials in our military claim we are already outgunned in cyberspace right now and it's up to us to sound the alarm and make sure that we are staying ahead of our adversaries and i'm proud to be part of that effort. i salute the chairman. and just given the department of homeland security's central role in protecting the civilian networks, it's imperative that congress, through its oversight role, ensures the men and women at d.h.s. have all the legal authorities they need to carry out its mission. this has been the -- i want to acknowledge the chairman for his continued leadership on this issue and thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman. -- the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. mccaul: i reserve the balance of my time. ms. barragan: mr. speaker, i reserve. mr. mccaul: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. higgins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 3359. the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency act of 2017. authored by my colleague, homeland security committee chairman mccaul. i am an original co-sponsor of this bill. mr. speaker, america faces a new emerging peril, threats to our cyber systems and networks. this bill calls for the authorization of a designated cybersecurity agency within d.h.s. by retasking the national protection and programs directorate as a cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency. this change will allow d.h.s. to provide specific focus on
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the ever-increasing cyber threats that face our nation. this bill will help to ensure that the united states can respond to any attack against our nation's cyber assets. mr. speaker, i thank chairman mccaul for his work on crafting this important piece of legislation, and i urge all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support its passage. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. barragan: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers. if the gentlelady from california has no other speakers, i'm prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. barragan: mr. speaker, i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. barragan: mr. speaker, h.r. 3359 has broad support on both
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sides of the aisle. we talk a lot about the need to harden our cyber defenses against an evolving array of virtual threats. reorganizing and rebranding ppd as the cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency morale and bringing the infrastructure work force together in an unprecedented way. as an operational organization, it will be positioned to foster better collaboration bringing analysts together with chemical inspectors, protective security advisorsors, emergency communications specialist and officers for more wholeistic approach to infrastructure agency. mapping out a new agency is a complicated task but this measure is long overdue.
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i ask my colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: mr. speaker, i cannot go into the classified space on this -- in this setting, but i can tell you that our foreign adversaries are looking to hurt us and hit us every day. whether it be from russia, from china, from iran, from north korea, the attacks have targeted home depot, sony, equifax, 20 million security clearances stolen to other reports i can't get into but it's a serious threat. when people ask me what keeps me up at night, of course isis does, and of course al qaeda does. what happened today in new york, i was there this morning when the bomb went off. but a cyberattack can bring down our power grid, can bring down our stock market, our
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financial institutions, our energy sector, a major cyberattack on this nation could cripple this nation and its economy and the lives of the people in the united states. so that, mr. speaker, is why this bill is so important, to elevate the civilian agency within the department to form a single agency that deals with cybersecurity. so i'm very proud of the work my colleagues have done to get to this point. i've been, as mr. ratcliffe said, very dogged in my determination and i would urge that the senate take up this measure because we cannot afford to delay because the threat is that great. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the amended. 3359, as
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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. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? mr. estes: mr. speaker, i ask that the house suspend the , the and pass h.r. 3669 securing general aviation and commercial charter air carrier service act of 2017. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of
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the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3669, a bill to improve and streamline security procedures related to general aviation and commercial charter air carrier utilizing risk-based security standards, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from kansas, mr. estes, and the gentlewoman from california, ms. barragan, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas, mr. estes: mr. speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from kansas. mr. estes: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. estes: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr.essest: i'm honored to represent -- . estes: i'm honored to be the representative of my congressional. wichita has grown to be the leading center for aviation manufacturing around the world.
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in fact, 67% of the world's embedded general aviation fleet is manufactured in kansas. we're proud of the work we do in wichita, and general aviation has a good home in kansas. i worked for many years in the general aviation industry as a processing engineer. that's why i'm putting forward this legislation to make sure that general aviation remains safe and secure. i urge my colleagues to vote for h.r. 3669, the securing general aviation and commercial charter air carrier service act. general aviation, which includes all noncommercial flights and commercial charters account for nearly 2/3 of all towered operations in the united states. this does not account for the thousands of untowered operations in the united states that are only served by the general aviation community. however, general aviation and commercial charter air services represents a small fraction of t.s.a.'s stakeholder community, causing various issues and concerns to fall at the bottom
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of the agency's priorities. this bill seeks to elevate some of these important but often overlooked security issues. the general aviation community has important safety concerns that deserve to be heard and acted upon by t.s.a. commercial charters are first to use antiquated and unsecured systems to ensure their passenger safety. currently, the software needed to connect to t.s.a.'s secure flight system for vetting passengers costs tens of thousands of dollars. commercial airlines can easily adapt to software. however, smaller operators do not have the passenger volume to absorb the cost. currently t.s.a. emails commercial charter operators large data sets and spreadsheet format that their operators must then check against passenger manifest. this unsecured method presents a serious security risk for the data which could include sensitive personal information. i've heard from commercial charter operators that access to the secure flight system is a top priority so they can
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ensure the safety of the airspace and their passengers. t.s.a. should explore creating a web-based program that these operators could access that would have real-time passenger vetting information and would prevent the unintended distribution of sensitive security information. currently, private charter air carriers must use their own flight crews or private screening companies to screen passengers. in certain instances, these carriers would like to occasionally use on or off-duty t.s.a. agents to screen passengers due to the training these agents propossess. however, carriers are unable to bring off-duty t.s.a. screeners into their own program due to certain f.a.a. regulations. language in this bill would allow private charters the flexibility to request and pay for this service without cost to the taxpayer. additionally, the aviation security advisory committee has approved several recommendations regarding improvements to security rules
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and regulations for general aviation and commercial charter air carrier programs. these important recommendations have yet to be implemented by t.s.a. this legislation requires t.s.a. to develop an implementation plan and timeline in which to execute these outstanding recommendations. finally, this bill issues is a lack of a full-time subject manner expert at t.s.a. to interact with general aviation stakeholders and handle general aviation security issues. the industry's been forced to rely on individuals that have often given the portfolio -- often this portfolio temporarily and struggles to find a point of contact for matters that arise. this bill authorizes appointment of a full-time employee to handle this portfolio, thus given industry a knowledgeable and reliably ason with t.s.a. general aviation and the commercial air charter industry are important components to the aviation community. i believe that their important
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safety concerns deserve to be heard and acted upon by t.s.a. i thank the chairman for his help and assistance and i urge all members to support this legislation. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kansas reserves his time. the gentlelady from california. ms. barragan: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3669, the securing general aviation and commercial charter air carrier service act of 2017, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. barragan: thank you, mr. speaker. general aviation flights such as those that fly out of compton-woodley airport in my district are integral to our nation's aviation system. this bill seeks to improve and streamline security measures for general aviation and commercial charter air carriers. portantly, h.r. 3669 incorporated two key democratic
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amendmentes that were adopted with bipartisan support. first, an amendment from the gentlelady from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman, ensures that the aviation security advisory committee can continue to operate independently and clarifies that the t.s.a. administrator retains the authority to make security decisions. as amended, the bill would drive t.s.a. to move swiftly to act upon recommendations with which it concurs that the t.s.a.'sed a vidsery committee ish -- t.s.a. advisory committee issued regarding security. second, the bill incorporates an amendment by representative bennie thompson, our ranking member, to require t.s.a. to conduct a feasibility study of requiring security threat assessments for all candidates seeking flight school training to operate a large aircraft. such a study would help inform our efforts in congress to push t.s.a. towards more effective and comprehensive vetting of flight students.
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under current procedure, students seeking training on aircrafts over 12rks500 pounds is not always vetted against the terrorist watch list prior to the commencement of such training. 16 after the 9/11 attacks, more must be done to block security loopholes that were exploited by the 9/11 hijackers. making sure that anyone who wishes to pilot a large plane is subject to the same level of vetting that a passenger who boards the plane would receive is common sense. with that, i urge my house colleagues to support this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from kansas. mr. estes: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. katko. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. katko: i rise in strong support of h.r. 3669, the securing general aviation and commercial charter air carrier service act of 2017. which has been championed by my good friend and colleague mr. estes.
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as chairman of the subcommittee on transportation and protective security, i appreciate the significant security challenges facing all modes of america's transportation systems, including the often-overlooked general aviation and commercial charter sectors. as we saw this morning with the terrorist attack in new york city against surface transportation hub, large commercial airliners are not the only targets on terrorists' minds and we must not allow ourselves to be negligent toward the security of all sectors of transportation security. during his short time in congress, congressman estes has become one of the most forward-leaning members of the homeland security committee on issues relating to homeland security. mr. estes' legislation will make significant strides in closing security vulnerabilities and general aviation's ability to screen and vet passengers and crew while bet brother tecting individual's personal, identifiable information from
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potential exploitation. additionally this bill will hold the transportation and security administration accountable to recommendations from the aviation security advisory committee including those related to vetting for flight school applicants in the united states this will ensure the general aviation community, often overlooked by t.s.a., will have a voice in the agency to require -- by requiring t.s.a. to designate a person to be responsible for stake holder engagement within the general aviation community. i was honored to have mr. estes and others join me on a trip to the middle east and europe where we examined a number of threats. our iferts provided with us a stark firsthand understanding of the security vulnerabilities facing our nation's aviation systems. because of this, i'm extremely pleased that mr. estes' bill is being considered here before the
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house today. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and our efforts to improve the security of american aviation. i thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from kansas. mr. estes: i have no speakers and am prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california. mr. barragan: i'm prepared to close -- ms. barragan: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. barragan: h.r. 3669 is a bill that seeks to ensure air travel in our nation is secure. it includes legislation that passed the house in a bipartisan fashion as part of the d.h.s. authorization act to ensure available t.s.a. resources can be used to assist in ensuring -- insuring commercial charter flights. it also incorporates democratic antidepressants to ensure the independence of the asac and push the t.s.a. to study flight school student vetting.
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while large aircraft operations receive the majority of t.s.a.'s attention and resources we must not ignore the damages that could be inflicted by a terrorist attack on a general aviation flight. as such, i encourage my colleagues to support h.r. 3669 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california yields back her time. the gentleman from kansas is recognized for the remainder of is time. mr. estes: i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3669 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass the -- pass the bill h.r. 370 -- 2706, financial institution customer protection act of 017 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will port the title of the bill. bill to : h.r. 2706, a
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have requirements for financial institutions, and related to subpoenas issued under the financial institutions reform, recovery and enforcement act of 1989 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from missouri, mr. luetkemeyer, and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. capuano, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. luetkemeyer: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so order. mr. -- so ordered. mr. luetkemeyer: 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 under the rule. mr. luetkemeyer: thank you, mr. speaker. today the house will consider the financial institution customer protection act, an act i introduced to promote greater transparency among banking
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members. for the last few years the house has expressed bipartisan concern around operation chokepoint the initiative that sought oto the separate legal businesses from the financial services they need to survive. people may think it's limited to payday lenders or the banks serving them but it's not. it's spread to many issues including tobacco shops, pawnbrokers, an amusement gaming companies, to name a few. even attorneys and third parties that serve these sfris have been impacted. the underlying problem here is significant. the federal government should not be able to intimidate financial institutions into dropping entire sectors of the economy as customers based not on risk or evidence of wrongdoing but purely on personal and political motivations this type of program sets a dangerous precedent that shouldn't be permitted under any presidential administration. there needs to be a prose is -- a process in place to ensure there's a way to go after bad
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actors without targeting specific piss that operate within the confines of the law. this offers a straightforward approach to a complicated problem. it says federal banking regulators can't suggest or request or order the termination of a banking relationship unless they have a material reason beyond risk. it also puts a requirement that they sign off of any account termination request or ord. divisions contained in h.r. 2706 are so reasonable the fdic already used its authority to put them in place in 2015. agency authority requires them to track recommendations and those recommendations must be made in writing, not through informal suggestion. they must be made aware of any recommendation and the basis cannot rely solely on reputational risk. the original bill which would have also struck the word affecting and replaced it with
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by or against, i maintain this modest change would have helped to ensure that broad interpretation of the law are limited and the original intent of the statute helping to penalize fraud against our by financial institutions is restored. attorney general sessions announced the end of operation chokepoint earlier this year and noticed a dramatic decline in subpoenas seen in the height of the problem. i will continue to press for reasonable reforms and clarifications of the law. these account terminations requests are still a significant problem. last week i had a meeting with an industry that saw a rash of terminations in massachusetts, missouri, texas and wisconsin to name a few of the states affected. we have to restore order, mr. speaker. our goal should be to have more individuals and businesses as banks, not forced from them. i want to remind my colleagues that the house passed by voice vote two appropriations
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amendments prohibiting funding for operation chokepoint. members from both sides of the aisle have written letters and talked to regulators about the dangers of such a program. this is a real issue and one that must be addressed. again, i want to edge fa size it's esen tharble d.o.j. and financial regulators maintain the ability to pursue bad actors or anyone they think could be a bad actor. this includes language to ensure notices don't interfere with ongoing criminal investigations. the checks and balances in this legislation would help ensure accountability among regulators and would in no way hinder the ability of any executive branch agency from going after individuals suspected of fraudulent activity. it offers an approach to curbing this. i want to thank the members who worked with me on this. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this bill and reserve the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from missouri reserves his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank mr. luetkemeyer, he's been a wonderful person owork with, particularly on behalf of mr. waters and mr. heck. mr capuano: with that, i yield whatever time he may consume to the gentleman from washington, mr. heck. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. heck: thank you, mr. speaker, thank you, mr. capuano. i want to extend my gratitude to the gentleman from missouri. this has been a three-year journey for this particular legislation, not uncommon in this environment. but it was a difficult journey at times. at no step along the way did the gentleman from missouri ever waiver from his commitment to working as collaboratively as possible and a willingness to work to find a solution. and he did just that. i thank him for that and i also
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want to thank ranking member waters for her efforts without which this bill would never even have made it to the floor. i do believe that this bill is stronger as a consequence of the amendments that we have made, the changes that we have made to it. and most importantly, those that do not -- will ensure we do not interfere with the important work of law enforcement. i have been upfront about this, from my perfect i, my interest in this bill grows out of my work on helping my state find ways to make sure our state regulated marijuana businesses have access to banking services so that we can avoid the public safety risk that arise from huge cash stockpiles building up at these businesses. sadly, we've already seen these risks materialize. before on this floor, i mentioned the name of travels maison. 23 years old. a marine vet -- of travels mason.
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a 23 years old a marine veteran. studying to become a law enforcement officer. a year ago summer, shot dead by perpetrators who believed that it was a stockpile of cash behind those doors and travis left behind a widow and yes, three small children he had a pair -- a set of twins. so part of what this bill will help is that there be no more travis masons, no more travis masons. we're passing this bill in fact in part to prevent another tragedy like that. now mr. luetkemeyer and i worked together with the fdic to provide clarity to their banks and i think the fdic's financial institutions letter of january, 2015, was a key breakthrough for banks in washington state and others. it simply said for banks worried about customer risk like bank
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secrecy act and anti-money laundering, which is the main concern, frankly, around marijuana businesses, the fdic does not expect them to avoid entire industries but rather to make the termination on a customer by customer basis. this was assurance that washington banks needed to begin providing banking services to well-regulated, good actor marijuana businesses. so now, a handful of washington banks and credit unions are serving marijuana businesses,ing our state banking regulators is work -- regulator is working closely with the state marijuana regulator. scores of washington marijuana businesses set up bank accounts, we're getting cash out of those businesses and into the financial system where it can be monitored and we draw down the cash stockpile, redeuce the public safety risk i talked about earlier, we have an improved public safety condition, it's a model that needs to be spread to other
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states who have adopted as it were expanded marijuana legislation. i view this bill as codifying the fdic financial institutions letter and expanding it to other bank regulators so that all lenders can operate under this same principle that we judge consumers individually, rather than by the industry they are in. let me repeat that. that we judge consumers individually, rather than by the industry that they are in. . mr. luetkemeyer has been dedicated to that principle for years, and i have been honored to work with him in this endeavor and pleased to be at this point where we have broad bipartisan support for this legislation. again, my hats off to mr. luetkemeyer and to all of my colleagues. i urge a vote in favor of this underlying bill, in favor of more balanced regulatory scheme, a bill in favor of
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increased public safety. with that i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. and the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. luetkemeyer: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield five minutes to the gentleman from indiana, a distinguished member from the financial services committee, mr. hollingsworth. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. hollingsworth: i am glad to lend my voice to an important piece of legislation. first, like others, i want to thank everybody who's worked very hard on this legislation. i know it's a matter of passion for many members on both sides of the aisle in solving this problem for consumers. one thing i am constantly asked about in district is, in a democracy, why does it seem that the bureaucracy is in charge? and we keep coming back to this very same question with many pieces of legislation here in the house, and i'm excited we are going to resolve some of that with this piece of legislation. as was talked about earlier, what has been going on is that
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someone can be excluded from the u.s. federal banking system simply because they're in an industry that might not have the best reputation. they can be excluded from the federal banking system. this is not something that we take lightly. it's something that's very serious, that we talk about in terms of sanctioning north korea and sanctioning iran and now we're excluding u.s. businesses simply because they may be operating in a certain industry instead of because of the activities that individual business or that individual is actually in. and so this bill is really about looking, as my friend, mr. heck, said to the individual business, to the individual themselves and saying whether they pose a national security risk. not painting with a broad brush because of the desire of some in the bureaucracy to exclude certain industries from the banking system. what hoosiers talk about back home is how tired they are of electing officials only to see bureaucracy drive their own
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agenda forward, not the people's agenda forward. and with this piece of legislation, we are rolling some of that back and enrolling some of those bureaucrats to provide an annual list to congress of the accounts they have closed and why they have been closed. it's that level of transparency and accountability that a democracy demands, and i'm excited to stand with so many members of the house financial services committee, so many members i hope later today on the house floor and say that transparency we will deliver and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana yields back. the gentleman from missouri reserves. mr. luetkemeyer: i reserve the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. >> i want to repeat what's already been said. this is a classic example of how this place is supposed to work. it takes a little time but it works out in a bipartisan manner and thoughtful manner. mr. capuano: to deal with an issue though not important to some people is very important to a handful of people in this country to simply level the playing field. i want to, again, thank all
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those involved with this. it's nice to be involved with a piece of legislation that i can be proud of and when the went through the process the right way and worked out the right way. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from missouri is recognized for the remainder of the time. mr. luetkemeyer: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to say this bill is about greater transparency. the federal government should not intimidate banking institutions -- they should be based on risk, not personal and political motivations. our new a.g. stopped this practice. the fdic incorporated many of the principles into their standard operating procedures. but the importance of this bill is to codify in law for the regulators the guardrails necessary to keep this from happening to protect our citizens from this from any other activity from the overreach of the bureaucracy. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. all time has been yielded back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2706 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and -- the gentleman from missouri. mr. luetkemeyer: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? mr. luetkemeyer: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and ss the bill h.r. 3093, the investor clarity and bank parody act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 316, h.r. 3093, a bill to amend the volcker rule to
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permit certain investment advisors to share similar name with a private equity fund subject to certain restrictions, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from missouri, mr. luetkemeyer, and the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. capuano, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from missouri. mr. luetkemeyer: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. luetkemeyer: 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 under the rule. mr. luetkemeyer: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3093, the investor clarity and bank parity act. i'd like to start by thanking my friend from massachusetts, mr. capuano, for his work on this bipartisan legislation. this makes a modest amendment to section 619 of the dodd-frank act, also known as the volcker rule, by correcting an unintended consequence that occurred during implementation. when the regulators issued the
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final amendment, they imposed severe limitations on bank holding companies and their affiliates including advisors, sponsor hedge funds and covered funds. as a result, a covered fund cannot use the name of a sponsor. for example, if x, y, z investment advisor is an affiliate of x, y, z bank, and sponsors a real estate fund, that cannot be named combmbings, y, z fund. it confuses investors about who is actually managing a covered fund. h.r. 3093 eliminates this prohibition and allows an affiliate of a bank holding company, such as an investment advisor, to share a similar name with a private equity fund. in doing so this clarifies the original intent of the volcker rule and most importantly helps investors have better insight who is managing a covered fund. finally, h.r. 3093 is consistent with recommendations
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provided by the treasury department in the recent report on banks and credit unions. i want to thank my friend from massachusetts for his work on this bill. he volcker rule has needed help. my colleagues on the senate banking committee had a modest volcker amendment. this is the beginning of the conversation and we can work again in a bipartisan, bicameral legislation to pass volcker regulations, such as a single regulator to work with other regulators. i ask my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation today and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. capuano: i believe the gentleman from missouri stated everything that's needed to be said. this is a technical amendment to the volcker rule that i strongly support. i know many has opposition to that. this is a minor change. when you do a major bill like dodd-frank, there are things you maybe a mistake on or
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didn't see coming, this is one of them. very simply, this allows a company to use names they have been using forever. that's really all it is. i appreciate the gentleman's willingness and the committee's willingness to hear this simple bill. with that i yield back the balance of my time and urge passage of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts yields back his time. the gentleman from missouri. mr. luetkemeyer: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and yield back as well. the speaker pro tempore: all time has been yielded back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3093. 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. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1730, the protecting religiously affiliated institutions act of 2017, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1730, a bill to amend title 18, united states code, to provide for the protection of community centers with religious affiliation and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all
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members may have five legislative days to revise and tend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 1730, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. goodlatte: 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 under the rule. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. speaker. the protecting religiously affiliated institutions act of 2017 is a bill designed to address recent attacks on religious institutions. it amends the church arson prevention act to clarify that the act covers religious real property such as religious community centers. it also increases the penalty for destruction of property offenses on religious property where the conduct results in more than $5,000 in damages to the property. this legislation is a direct response to the recent onslaught of bomb threats to various synagogues, mosques, churches, and religious community centers. in 2017, there have been more
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than 100 reported bomb threats against jewish community centers, jewish day schools and other jewish organizations and institutions in more than 38 states. islamic centers and mosques have been burned in the states of texas, washington, and florida. we must send the message that any attempt to instill fear in a religious community will not be tolerated. from its inception, our country has recognized that freedom of religion is a fundamental right. it is just as important to protect this right today if not more so. we must continue to ensure that the american people can continue to practice their faith without obstruction. i commend representative david kustoff and representative derek kilmer for introducing this bill, and i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. mr. goodlatte: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: reserves his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. raskin: mr. speaker, thank you. i rise in favor of the
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legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. raskin: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. raskin: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you very much. i want to thank the honorable gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, for his leadership on this issue and salute representative kustoff and kilmer for their introduction of this legislation. it's important legislation, mr. speaker, because it extends protections under current federal law for religious real property. we know there's no religious free exercise for our people if they're too afraid to go to church or to synagogue or to the mosque. currently, section 247 of the federal criminal code prohibits both the damaging of religious property because of the property's religious character and intentional obstruction by forced or threats of force of anyone's exercise of their religious beliefs. h.r. 1730 clarifies not just force but threats of force against religious property are
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included in this prohibition. in addition, the bill provides that the damaging or obstructing of such property that results in damages exceeding $5,000 constitutes a felony punishable by up to three years in prison. finally, this bill clarifies real property covered by the statute includes property that's leased by a nonprofit religiously affiliated organization. the importance of the bill is, of course, underscored by the recent upsurge, as mr. goodlatte said, in bomb threats and hate crimes and vandalism committed against churches and synagogues and mosques and other communities of faith, a wave of hate that is now etched in the public mind by the shocking events in charlottesville, virginia, in august, which began at a local synagogue. the hate crime statistics for 2016 released by the f.b.i. show
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they increased 20% from the prior year and there's been an alarming increase in threats of arson and violence against not just synagogues by but mosques. we know these attacks have acompmied waves of racial terror in our history. in the 1960's, african-american churches were vandalized, fire bombed and burned in the struggle for civil rights in the south. in the 1990's, there was a resurgence of arsons committed against african-american churches. in response, the congress passed the church arson prevention act in 1996 to make sure such behavior was also on the wrong side of the law, yet in 2017 here we are again facing another rise in hate crimes. we must do more to prevent the threats to the most basic freedoms we have. while some may disagree with the
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religious practice of others, what that may -- what they may not do is use physical obstruction, threats, or -- force or threats of force to deny other people their faith. no american should have to choose between their faith and their safety or that of their family. i urge everyone to support h.r. 1730. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: at this time it's my pleasure to yield such time as he may consume to the chief sponsor of the legislation, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. kustoff. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes -- wishes to use. mr. kustoff: thank you, mr. speaker, thank you, mr. chairman. i rise in support of h.r. 1730, the protecting religiously affiliated institutions act of 2017. i introduced this bill with the support of my friend, representative derek kilmer of
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washington state. our legislation is essential in safeguarding religious institutions of all coo -- all kinds from atrocious threats and acts of vibles. earlier this year we saw a disturbing rise in bomb threats at jewish community centers, churches and other religious institutions across the country. our communities were in address, cemeteries were vandalized because of their religious affiliation. this kind of hate crime is simply unacceptable. after all, religious tolerance is the bedrock on which this great nation was founded. according to a report by the anti-definition league, the number of anti-semitic incidents in the united states increased dra maltcally by 86% in the irst three months of 2017. we can attribute this year's increase to 155 vandalism incidents including three
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emetery desecrations and 161 hoax bomb threats against religious community centers. this is a dramatic increase of 127% over the same quarter in 2016. on november 13, 2017, the f.b.i. eleased their 2016 annual hate crime statistics act data documents. the study found that more than 100 hate crimes occurred at churches in the united states in 2016 alen. unfortunately, hate crimes motivated by religious affiliation accounted for 1,538 total offenses and 1,273 incidents that were reported by law enforcement. hate crimes do not just hurt one person. they cause grave distress to our
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families, our communities, and our society as a whole. in my own home state of tennessee, we sadly experienced multiple bomb threats at a local jewish community center. these events shook the entire community. in addition to the fear inflicted upon these institutions after a threat, there are tangible ramifications for the centers. many community centers and places of worship are forced to temporarily close their doors as a result of these threats. families who rely on the center's services, such as bible study and early childhood education programs, have been forced to choose between their faith community an their safety. here in the united states of america, people should not have to make that choice. our nation was founded on the idea of religious freedom and our commitment to religious freedom must remain unshakeable.
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it is time we say, enough is enough. religious intolerance has no place in this country. protecting religious affiliation institution act of 2017 would ensure that individuals who make credible threats of violence against religious institution centers and places of worship can be prosecuted for committing a hate crime under federal law. this bipartisan bill strengthens federal criminal statutes to prevent threats while preserving our first amendment rights. it is our moral imperative to protect the right of all americans who worship freely and to worship freely without fear, sewn into our nation's very fabric. we must strongly condemn acts of hate against people and institutions of faith. i want to thank representative
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kilmer for his hard work on this legislation. i'm proud of this bipartisan effort that we've led. i also want to thank all of the co-sponsors of this bill and chairman goodlatte for his leadership on the judiciary. i urge all of my colleagues to support this very important legislation. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. raskin: thank you very much. i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record two letters, one from the american jewish committee and one from the anti-defamation league. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. raskin: i yield four minutes now to the representative from washington, derek kilmer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kilmer: thank you, mr. speaker. on february 27 of this year, about 250 men, women, and children gathered at the strom jewish community center on
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mercer island in my home state of washington. the center was alive, people were swimming in the pool, seniors were taking classes like the popular one on bolllywood dancing the center offers on monday night. they were peacefully united by their common faith. and then they were targeted because of that. because on that night, a man cowardly hiding behind the anonymity of a telephone called in a bomb threat on the center. children, parents, seniors, dropped everything, were evacuated as the police swept it with dogs. how did we get to the point where places people come to to take aerobic classes or drop off a child for hebrew school become flash points of hate. the threat to the center is sadly not unique. in the first three months of this year alone, there were 126 bomb threats called in to 85
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jewish community centers across the country. imagine the disruption and the fear created by that. let's talk about the jewish federation of greater seattle, an organization that advocates for peace, funds collarship -- scholarships to seattle area students. in 2006 a man walked into the federation eas offices with two handguns, fired shots through the office after gaining access holding a 14-year-old girl at gunpoint as she called her aunt who worked in the building to buzz her in. he killed one woman and wounded a group of others and then took them hostage before a 911 operator talked him into surrendering. places of worship and faith-based nonprofits must take any threat seriously. across the country because of threats of violence churches and mosques and synagogues and nonprofits -- nonprofit religious community centers associated with them must spend money that could have begun to classes or gym equipment or food for the poor, instead on locks
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and cameras and security guards. mr. speaker, that's why we're here today. today is a victory for everyday people who come to a representative with a problem and are hurt. earlier this year a friend from washington state who is here with us today came to me and said, these threats are hate crimes. we are being targeted because of our faith. but unless someone acts on the threat, it doesn't count as a hate crime under the law. and that's how this bill came to be. this bill is about people coming to their elected representatives and being hurt. h.r. 1730 will amend the church arson prevention act to punish the cowards who make threats against our places of worship and religiously affiliated nonprofits. it will classify the act of making credible threats as hate crimes. what happened in my state wasn't a fluke. the f.b.i. has reported a rise in hate crimes. this -- in hate crimes. this affects every state.
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an average of 16 hate crimes per day last year. american jews were targetted with bomb threats, islamic centers have faced arson, christians have faced threats in the pews as they pray. this sunt count the credible threats that i mentioned earlier that create chaos and make people feel as though they are targets for no other reason than the god to whom they worship. so mr. speaker, today is about coming together as americans and saying, enough is enough. it's about communities crying out never again and being heard by this body. it's about saying that as leaders we must never endorse hate. that silence in the face of intolerance and violent threats isn't enough. we must condemn hate wherever and however it exists. mr. speaker, this is about the people of the strom jewish community center and the jewish federation and e-- and the faithful everywhere who should never have to fear. around this country, around this world, too many families have been impacted by religious
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intolerance, by violence, even my own family's, family tree has felt that scourge this bill acknowledges that when someone tries to terrorize americans -- i ask for 20 seconds more. mr. raskin: i was going to yield mr. kilmer another 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kilmer: when someone tries to terrorize americans baseden their faith we must stand up and do something about it, we must embrace our common humanity and ensure americans wherever they pray, however they come together, are respected. so mr. speaker, i want to thank everyone that's worked on this, my colleague, the chairman and his committee staff, rachel appleton from my team and with that, i urge the support of this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: at this time it's my pleasure to yield such time as he my consume to the gentleman from texas, mr. poe a member of the judiciary committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. poe: i thank the speaker, i
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thank the chairman of the judiciary committee for the time. mr. speaker, in our bill of rights, there are a lot of rights listed. in the first amendment of the bill of rights, there are five rights that are mentioned. and the first right in the first amendment is mentioned first in my opinion because it's the most important right. and that is the right of religious freedom. and if you notice the wording in that right, it protects the right to freely exercise one's religion. it's more than believe whatever you want to believe religiously. you have the right to practice your religion. freely exercise it. wise words from the founders. and the write -- from the founders and the writers of the constitution and the bill of rights. now we have a situation in our country where that right is
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being threatened. even this morning, an attempted terror attack should remind us that we need to be vigilanted on the war on terror because people in the name of terror commit what they -- crimes against other americans because they hate them. hate their religion, hate what they stand for. and this year, more than 100 bomb threats and other threats of violence have been made against 81 jewish community centers. jewish community center is not the synagogue but sometimes it's close to the synagogue. it's where the jewish community, kids and adults, go for community. and there have been 100 bomb threats just this year, 81 jewish community centers in 33 states, many of these centers were forced to close because of the threat that was made against them. these attacks are clearly
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directed at the facilities due to the religious nature of the facility. the building or the property. despite this fact, terrorist threats against community religious centers are currently not punished as hate crimes under federal law. this legislation, bipartisan of course, would amend the -- would amend the church arson prevention act to ensure other individuals who make bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against community religious centers based on the religious nature of that center can be prosecuted under our law as a hate crime. the bill also adds new language that would create a penalty up to five years imprisonment for violation of the statute that results in damage or destruction to the property. we must make it abundantly clear we will not tolerate acts of violence and hate against any group in america, especially
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religious groups. it is incumbent on us as congress to make sure that the first amendment is protected. and that is our job. to protect religious freedom. i urge support of this legislation, i thank the chairman for bringing it to the floor, and that's just the way it is, i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. raskin: mr. speaker, thank you. i will yield two minutes to my colleague on the house judiciary committee, mr. schneider from illinois. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. schneider: thank you. mr. speaker, protecting the right of every american to practice their religion is a fundamental tenant of our constitution. that includes defending the security of churches, sin gogs, mosques, temples -- synagogues, mosques, temples, and others where americans gather in their faith. we have seen a rise in this including bomb threats,
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ndalism and cemetery desscregses. one of the many have been j.c.c.'s including my state of illinois, including my community where my kids played to connect with their peers. this targeted our most vulnerable children in preschool or hebrew school or teens simply coming together to make friends. mr. speaker, no parent in america should have to worry about the safety of their family because of their faith. yet, current federal law does not consider threats against community religious centers as hate crimes. it's unacceptable to limit the consequences faced by the perpetrators of this terror to misdemeanor charges. we need to fix this. i am proud to have co-sponsored this bipartisan legislation to allow individuals who make bomb threats and other credible threats of violence against
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community religious centers to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for committing a hate crime. i want to thank my colleague from washington for conceiving this important idea and inspiring this bill. i urge my colleagues in the house to follow the examples of the judiciary committee and pass h.r. 1730, the protecting religiously affiliated institutions act overwhelmingly with bipartisan support. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i have no more speakers and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland. mr. raskin: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm going to yield three minutes to now to my distinguished colleague from florida, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for three minutes. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in strong support of h.r. 1730, the protecting religiously affiliated institutions act of 2017, and i want to thank congressman
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kilmer for his vision and leadership on this critical issue. this legislation would strengthen current federal law to protect property, expand protected religious property to include not just houses of worship but also religiously affiliated nonprofits like jewish community centers. over the past year there has been a rise in racism, anti-semitism, xenophobia here and around the world. the perpetrators of hate target houses of worship and other. from the seek temple shooting, to the mosque attack in london this summer and the fire bombing of a synagogue in sweden just this past weekend, these violently cowardly bigot these. inst any threat or attack against religious property can shake
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communities to their core. the jewish community of south florida sadly knows this firsthand. last year a man planned to bomb a synagogue in aventura in my congressional district during passover. he was caught thankfully but incidents like this proliferating around the country are instilling fear, causing unease and requiring additional security measures to be deployed. and sadly in south florida this was not an isolated incident and, mr. speaker, i will say that although not specifically an attack against a jewish institution, i remember my children, then in preschool, attended preschool at our local j.c.c. and after the 9/11 attack my husband racing to their school to take them out of school that day because of the panic that was instilled that automatically occurs in every jewish family's life with children in a jewish institution when there is a terrorist attack. we are constantly on edge as to
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whether or not our community is next. it is deeply disturbing that the people in my community who attend synagogue and visit our jewish community centers doing so knowing these domestic terrorists intentionally want us to feel uneasy about it. their mission is to instill fear in the hearts of jews, muslims and other religious minorities so we will not feel at home in america. and they are not relenting. the most recent annual report on hate crimes by the f.b.i. showed there was nearly a 5% increase in incidents last year. it's the first time in 10 years that america has experienced consecutive annual increases in reported hate crimes. more than half of the religiously-based hate crimes from anti-jewish and a quarter of them were anti-muslim. we cannot let bigoted threats and vandalism become the new normal. we must pass this legislation to make it 100% clear that in the view of congress, when it comes to religiously bigotry, there are not good people on both sides. if i could have an additional 20 seconds?
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mr. raskin: i yield 20 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, mr. speaker. we must pass this legislation to make cowards think twice before they spread fear while hiding behind a computer or a phone. we must pass this legislation to ensure that america is always a refuge, always a refuge from religious persecution. i deeply wish this legislation were not needed, mr. speaker, but sadly it is, and i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland. mr. raskin: i'm prepared to close, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. raskin: mr. speaker, the first amendment protects every citizen's right to free exercise of religion, and we in congress must be zealous and vigilant partners with the constitution in that enterprise. from charleston, south carolina, to charlottesville, virginia, from suburban maryland where racial bias incidents are up 80%, in my congressional district in 2017,
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to california and oregon and all over the country, america has seen a surge in threats and violence against individuals and religious real property in our country. all in an effort to deter our citizens from practicing their faiths or simply to assault or ill them for doing so. there has also been a rise in threats made by teleor in person or by e-- telephone or in person or by email including to churches, synagogues and mosques. in the first seven months of this year there were 63 reported incidents against mosques across 26 states, spanning from florida to hawaii. clearly congress must act. we have excellent legislation in h.r. 1730 to expand our law to include threats of force as well as force as well as to toughen up the penalties for this kind of conduct.
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we urge our colleagues to support this important legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields back his time. the gentleman from virginia is recognized for the remainder of his time. mr. goodlatte: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this is good bipartisan legislation to protect the religious freedom of people of all faiths. it is particularly important that we stand up at a time when some religious faiths are under particular pressure from those who would attempt to smother their ability to freely exercise their religious beliefs by intimidation. this legislation speaks strongly to that. i thank members on both sides of the aisle. i thank mr. kustoff, mr. kilmer, and others for their good work and i urge all of my colleagues to support this important legislation and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia yields back his time. all time has been yielded back. the question is will the house
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suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1730 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no he. in the opinion of the chair -- those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: 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. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until approximately 6:30 p.m
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tomorrow, work on a measure related to consumer financial protection bureau requirements and rules relating to mortgage loans. late they are week derek bait on two iran finance related bills, including one that would require the treasury secretary to report to congress on assets held by top iranian officials. follow the house live when members gavel back in at 6:30 eastern. >> this week on "the communicators" two telecommunications advocates talk about net neutrality and regulating the internet like a public utility. >> number one, it deregulates broadband. it takes broadband oversight out of the f.c.c. entirely and gives it to the federal trade commission which does not have as strong tools. that's yurm one. number two. it eliminates the rules against internet service providers like comcast and at&t blocking,
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throttling internet traffic and allowing for what's called fast lanes. so in other words, charging online providers to get to the consumer faster or better quality of service. thirdly, and this is really important, it preempts or prohibits the state from protecting consumers and protecting competition with similar rules. >> there are three acts, at least -- at least three federal statutes that protect consumers here. they are very powerful, they do have teeth, the sherman act, the trade act and the commission act. there are state protections. it prevents the states being little f.t.c.'s and trying to regulate the scommicks of broadband. it does not prevent state attorneys general from suing internet service provide fers they harm consumers. there are consumer internet protection laws at the state level. >> watch tonight at 8:00 eastern on c-span2.
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alabama voters head to the polls tomorrow in a special election to fill the senate seat vacated by attorney general jeff sessions last february. democratic candidate doug jones is running against republican roy moore. we'll have live coverage as the results come in starting at 9:30 p.m. eastern on c-span2. and wednesday, the house and senate conferees meet to negotiate the differences between the two republican tax reform bills passed separately out of each chamber. our live coverage starts at 2:00 p.m. eastern on c-span3. you can watch online at c-span.org or use the free c-span radio app. on thursday, the federal communications commission meets to consider its plan to change net neutrality rules that chair -- the chair of the fcc is proposing to give internet providers control over how broadband content is distributed. live coverage beginning thursdays at 1:30 a.m. eastern on c-span.
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