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i don't know what would have happened over the holidays if and an had not left replacement had not been named. thisuestion becomes, and is internal senate dynamics, does franken leave more quickly so doug jones is behind the new in seniority?tor committee assignments and ranks matter down the road. you could, if the minnesota seat comes open three days from now instead of three months from now, you have a difference in your d situation. host: maryland is next, democrat line. caller: thank you for c-span. my connection is not great. . will try to be quick voting rights, shelby county got
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the voting rights c-span.org.as "washington journal" live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. take you to the house floor. e p our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. god of the universe, we give you thanks for giving us another day. "washington journal" live every sustaining grace. help the leaders of our nation make wise decisions in our day. may they look to you for guidance every step of the way until we stand in your light forever. set us all on a path that will lead to peace and security. bless us this day and every day and may all that is done within the people's house be for your
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debater honor and glory, amen. the speaker pro tempore: 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 gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence. lawrence laurnings -- mrs. lawrence: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute.
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mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to strongly urge president trump to nominate a cial security commissioner without further delay. the social security administration has been without a senate confirmed commissioner for over 1700 days. that's almost five years. this is totally unacceptable. the american people need a commissioner and they need one now. without a commissioner, social security is just spinning its
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wheels. important decisions are being put off and service has deteriorated. i ask the president to act now. to nominate a commissioner so that social security can provide the service americans want, need, and deserve. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of darell bush, the former mayor of paris, california, who passed away earlier this month. as a u.s. navy veteran, a small business owner, and a pillar of the paris community, mayor bush's commitment to public service was never in doubt. his professionalism, class, and compassion are just a few of the many reasons he was elected mayor of paris for six
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consecutive terms. during his tenure, the city emerged from serious financial challenges to become a stable growing community. and his leadership was critical to completing the metro link extension which now connects gr paris to neighboring communities. the foundation he built during the 17 years of public service will benefit the city and its residents for years to come. my thoughts are with kay, his wife of 57 years, their son, and the rest of the bush family. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss the importance of helping children who, through no fault of their own, have no health insurance. these are children who are ineligible for medicaid and their family cannot afford private insurance. the chip, children's health insurance program, helps these children receive coverage. mr. yoder: in kansas, more than
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79,000 vulnerable children are enrolled in chip. and that's why i have worked to preserve and strengthen it during my time in congress. last month i voted in favor of re-authorizing chip for five more years through 202 t this invaluable benefit to kids in kansas across the country was included as part of a bipartisan bill called the championing healthy kids act, which passed the house last month and now awaits further action in the senate. mr. speaker, it is my hope that the senate will act quickly to pass this bill and re-authorize the important chip program to ensure families and children who rely on this program remain covered. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, may i address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i rise today to address my concerns with the g.o.p. tax bill, calling this bill tax
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cuts and jobs act is simply wrong. adding $1.5 trillion to our and t and assuming basically hoping corporations will create jobs is irresponsible. there is no guarantees jobs would be created and no incentive for job training. this is wrong. in america we have a skill trade crisis. we cannot continue to operate our economy in jobs without skill trades. we must give incentives to invest for new technology and equipment to our corporations, but we must do that while demanding that they also invest skill trades, training, and investment. the tax reform was a real chance to close the skills gap, to reinvest in our workers, and to create 21 -- the 2 st century job training -- 21st
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century job training program. i thank you and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise to emphasize the importance of the reductions and reforms reflected in h.r. 1, the conference committee works on today. people in my district and across america await meaningful tax reform. most americans pay too much in taxes. mr. mitchell: the bureau of labor statistics reported last year that americans paid more money in taxes than they spent on food and clothing. it's no wonder then that clearly 0% of americans believe our current tax code is unfair, because it is. america's tax code is currently chock-full of special interest interest deals. while families need lower taxes now. throughout this process my approach has been eval ating --
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evaluating the tax situation with one question. will this improve the lives of the vast majority of people in my district? that answer is yes. it's projected the house plan will save the average family in mi about $2,200 a year. that's real money. americans deserve to keep more of what they earn. i look forward to reviewing the conference report and finally the tax reduction package to provide relief to all americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from oregon is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to urge house republicans to put aside partisan politics and pass the dream act. this fall i have shared story after story from the house floor of young oregonians who have been fit interested daca. mr. schrader: sitting at this desk behind me is a discharge petition which will bring a vote on the dream act now. unfortunately, this would require 24 of my republican colleagues to join us in
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support. and as of today we only have two. this is despite the fact if leadership put that bill on the floor, it would have overwhelming bipartisan support. we must act on this. it's clear that the administration is at best problematic. when asked about the status of daca, this president said, oh, they shouldn't be very worried. i have a big heart. but there is only a few short months later that he announced an end to the daca program. the dream act must be passed by christmas. we should do it today. continuing to delay a vote on the dream act basically puts 800,000 recipients at risk. it's irresponsible. lives in limbo. these young folks are doctors and teachers. the path forward is foggy at best right now. a better future. in limbo. let's vote now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous
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consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from washington is recognized for one minute. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize three high school students from kenny wick, washington, as the -- kennywick, washington, as the winners of the 2017 congressional app challenge. seth foreman, damon fuller, and tyler zimmerman spent many hours refining an app named powerhouse which allows the user to take on the role of a business other of an energy company. they designed to show the responsibilities to the community and draw attention to the challenges energy providers face. thank you to our panel of judges and to the engineers at pacific northwest national laboratory who will be providing the winners with a tour of their great facility. the congressional app challenge highlights the value of computer science and coding and i am proud to represent central washington where schools and teachers are dedicated to encouraging students to excel
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in stem education. this year the fourth congressional district app challenge has the highest number of entries since my office began participating in the contest, which is a testament to the creativity of our young people. i ask my colleagues to join me in congratulating seth, damon, and tyler on their winning app powerhouse and i look forward to their continued educational and frotional success. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to two, but not one, nod three championship high school football teams in my district. anaheim zone high two, school varsity football team won their first ever c.i.f. division i 1 championship. on december 1 the knights varsity football team brought a championship tightle to their school for the first time in the school's history.
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on december 2, city of orange, orange high school, another public school in my district, brought home the division 13 c.i.f. title. mr. korea -- r. correa: and december 2, the rst division i title since 1999. mr. speaker, colleagues, please join me in congratulating these fine athletes, their coaches, and their outstanding football programs. i must say, congratulations to the knights. congratulations to panthers, and congratulations to monarchs. all three teams will be playing for their state titles in their respective divisions this saturday. thank you very much. mr. speaker, i 1999. mr. speaker, colleagues, please yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
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revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: thout objection, the gentlelady from florida is recognized for one minute. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize nicolas children's hospital in miami on the opening of the new sports health and urgent care sent ter. with this center they continue the proud tradition as one of the leading pediatric institutions in the nation. located in my congressional district, down the street from my home, this certainty will provide injury prevention and performance training programs, as well as rapid care to our young athletes through the cutting-edge therapy services found at the hospital. it will serve as a resource to families to take their young children, sadly in times of medical emergencies. for decades they have inspired hope and promoted lifelong health in south florida by providing the best care to kids in our community. prides itself in bettering
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south florida one patient at a time. so i invite everyone to come out and meet the staff of the new sports health and urgent care center this friday, december 15, at the sunnyland shopping septre bettering south florida one patient at a time. so i invite everyone to come out in pinecrest from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. thank you for time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady from north carolina is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the mayor who recently made history as the first african-american woman elected mayor of charlotte, north carolina. ms. adams: a selfless and devoted public servant, she began a deeply segregated south. more than three decades in ublic service, she retired
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from the city of charlotte, was elected to serve two consecutive terms as a member of the city council. rising to from the city of charlotte, was elected to serve two consecutive terms as a member of the city council. rising to mayor pro tem. her leadership helped mold our city into one of the fastest in merica and a beacon of the from the city mayor's mother, grandmother, is one of my she-roes. like strong african-american leaders south. the who came before her, her election shattered yet another glass ceiling. as the 59th mayor of charlotte, north carolina, the story will be an inspiration to young girls and women and young boys throughout north carolina and the nation for generations to come. join me in welcoming and congratulating our new mayor, mayor val. i look forward to our continued partnership to move charlotte forward. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to help raise awareness for stop
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the bleed training course. recently, i had the opportunity to take this course offered by the american college of surgeons. this training treats you how to treat bleeding injuries and help save a life. mr. davis: the most preventable cause of death is losing too much blood before responders arrive. i saw these life-saving skills when several of my colleagues and friends were shot when we were practicing for the congressional baseball game. we had the skills of former army medic, congressman wenstrup who was able to apply a town ket to steve scalise. ach year more than 180,000 people die from car crarks, falls, shootings and natural disasters. every american could save a life by learning these simple skills.
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i hope by raising awareness we will equip more americans to do just that. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise to speak about something truly heartbreaking, three years ago, 20 children and six adults were gunned down at sandy hook, congress cut. no meaningful gun legislation has been passed in this congress. and guess what? we have another fatal shooting in las vegas where almost 60 people were gunned down and another one in texas. in the last four years, two members have been shot, talk about hitting close to home. according to the c.b.c., 93
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americans are killed with guns every day in our country. this is unacceptable. our nation also has the highest homicide rate among the world's most developed nations. in october, 2017, 232 homicides in philadelphia, 8% higher than during the same time last year. the city of philadelphia knows the libes at the hands of gun violence. promoting public safety and making our neighbors stronger. the american people are tired of excuses and inaction. we need to look for our nation's future and need to fight this block by block. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized for ne minute.
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ms. wilson: mr. speaker, i rise today to remind the congress and the nation that there are still many questions surrounding the october ambush in niger during which my constituent sergeant johnson and three members of his unit were killed by islamist militants. this week, two news organizations reported some disturbing details that raise questions about the true nature of the unit's mission in niger. there also is a question of who was making the decisions on that night, whether the soldiers or commanders back at base. according to one report after being separated from the union -- from the unit for 48 hours, they believe that sergeant johnson was still alive and may have been captured, tortured and executed. the true story of what happened
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to sergeant johnson may be in the end a source of embarrassment for the pentagon and this nation. but the agency owes its family and the american people the truth however ugly it may be. and i am committed to keeping this issue on the front burner and in everyone's mind until we know what happened to sergeantla david johnson. i field back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. without objection, the speaker or a designee and minority leader shall each name a total of 15 members delegates or resident commissioner of the respected party who are not members of the ethics to serve on subcommittees of that committee during the 115th pursuant to clause 5-a-4. pursuant to clause 5-a 4-a and the the following members of the
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house to serve on investigative subcommittees on the committee of ethics for the 115th congress. >> mrs. wagner of missouri, mrs. walorski, mrs. handel, mrs. walters of california, mr. paulsen of minnesota. the speaker pro tempore: the house lays before the chamber a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker house of representatives, sir, pursuant to the order of december 13, a of nd clause 5-a-4 i've the house of representatives i designate the following members to serve as members of an investigative subcommittee established by the committee on ethics during the 115th congress, representative castro of texas, representative jayapal of washington, representative mcquiche a.m. of virginia and
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mrs. torres of california, representative strong asof massachusetts. signed sincerely, nancy pelosi, democratic leader. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. buck: by direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 658 and ask for its immediate consideration. the clerk: house resolution 658 any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker pursuant to declaring the house resolved into the committee of the whole house of the state union for consideration of bill 1638 to require the secretary of the treasury to submit a report to the appropriate congressional committees on the estimated total assets under control by certain iranian leaders and other figures and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with.
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all points of order against consideration of the bill shall be waived. the debate shall not exceed one hour controlled by the chair and ranking minority member. after general debate the bill is considered for amendment under the five minute you'll. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute, now printed in the bill, it shall be order to consider as an original bill under the five-minute rule an amendment in the fate of a substitute con ising of the text of rules committee print 115-47. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment shall be in order except those printed in part a of the report on the committee of rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered in the order printed in the report may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as
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read and debatable for the time specified in the report equally dieded and controlled by pro opponent and opponent shall not be subject to amendment or 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, the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the p bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 4324, to require the secretary of the treasury to make certifications with respect
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to united states and foreign financial institutions aircraft related transactions involving iran and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. in lieu of the amendment recommended by the committee on financial services now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisted of 115-48 shall be skrd as adopted. the bill 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 final passage without intervening motion except one, one hour of debate of the committee on financial services. 2, the further amendment printed in part b of the report on the committee of rules accompanying this resolution if offered by the member designated in the
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report which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order shall be considered as read and separately debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by proponent and opponent and not subject to a demand for a division of the question and 3, one motion to recommit with or without instructions the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for one hour. mr. buck: for the purposes of debate only i yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend from florida, mr. hastings, pending which i may consume. during consideration of this resolution all time yielded is for purposes of debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. i rise today in support of the rule and the underlying legislation. this rule provides for consideration of two bills dealing with iran and its continued support of international terrorism. in addition, the rule makes in
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order all submitted amendments. these bills were the subject of hearings in the financial services committee and marked up and reported favorably to the house. both bills received bipartisan support in the committee and i would expect we will see significant bipartisan support on the house floor. mr. speaker, it is no secret that iran's leaders are a threat to our way of life. we don't have to look any further than iranian support for lethal attacks on u.s. troops in iraq and afghanistan particularly through i.e.d.'s to witness iran's hostility towards us. iran has routinely terrorized the middle east and sought to export terror worldwide. iran's numerous threats to annihilate israel are a steady drum beat that should remind us of iran's threat. said it is theni mission of the republic of iran
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to aarrest israel if the -- race israel from the map of the region. if jews all gather in israel, it will save us the trubble of going after them worldwide. but lest we think these are the views of the past. khomeini said this regime has no cure but to be annihilated and we could go on. the intent of the destruction of israel is nearly endless. the commander of iran's revolutionary guards offered to support palestinians if they choose to stage an uprising to take by force israel's newly recognized capital jerusalem. any leaders who take an official position that the nation of israel should be eliminated from the earth are and always must be sworn enemy of the united
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states. but it's not just israel. other middle east allies and the united states have been the tats of iran's hostility, saudi arabia has been increasing threaten about by the iranian reeg em. in 2011, f.b.i. agents disrupted a plot by iran to assassinate the saudi arabia ambassador to the u.s. here in washington, d.c.,. the plot included bombing a restaurant which the ambassador was planning to eat. the bombing would have certainly killed innocent americans as well. the list could go on. unress in the ed middle east and supplied the sirian regime. has supported hezbollah and hamas, has disregarded international law by building a nuclear program and has taunted the united states. who can forget the image of u.s.
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navy sailors forced to kneel under gunpoint on an iranian military vessel or attacks on u.s. troops in iraq using proxy militant groups or the numerous incidents in the persian gulf involving harassment of the u.s. navy. against this backdrop the united states entered into an agreement with iran referred to as the iran deal was opposed by a bipartisan majority in the house. it relaxed sanctions on iran, opened channels for business investment and allowed iran a pathway forward on a nuclear bomb. . obama administration called it by another name. this political commitment by president obama to iran is the reason for these two bills today. the first bill, h.r. 1638, uranium leadership asset
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transparency act, targets the finances of iran's ruling class. its goal is threefold. one, aid u.s. authorities in their efforts to eliminate money, laundering by the iranian regime. two, expose the sectors of the iranian economy that are controlled by iran's rulers. and three, show the iranian people how their corrupt government accumulates wealth for itself at the expense of the people. the iran deal removes sanctions on many of the known corrupt government entities. this little bill will provide the transparency necessary to reveal the level of corruption within iran and inform congress and others about how to combat the flow of money to terrorists. it further exposes the ruling class by publishing this information in the most common languages spoken within iran. the second bill that would be considered under this rule is h.r. 4324, the strengthening oversight of iran's access to finance act. this bill will instruct the
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treasury department to report on transactions of financial institutions related to the export of aircraft to iran. under the deal -- ununder the iran deal president obama removed restrictions on the sale of american aircraft to iran. in 2016 the treasury department authorized the export of more than 200 aircraft to identify ran air, iran's state-owned air carrier. yet we know that iran air has been the transporter of choice for iran's revolutionary guards as they have ferried weapons systems around the middle east. the absurdity of this deal to i crease the revolutionary guards' capacity to remove weapons is self-evident. the bill before us today will require certification by financeers of the aircraft exportation deals that none of the aircraft exported will be used for terrorism or iran's weapons of mass destruction program. due to iran air's continued role in transporting materials
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used for terrorism, this one step that we should take to help hold lending institutions accountable for their support of aircraft exports to iran. mr. speaker, many of us in congress know how bad the iran deal was for our security and our allies' security. that is why there was bipartisan opposition to the deal last congress. while in the end we were unsuccessful in prevailing upon the administration to abandon its bad idea, we should continue to stand in the gap against iran's ongoing efforts to undermine peace in the middle east and destroy our friends and ultimately the united states. today we have two bills that will help our ongoing efforts to thwart iran's terrorist ambitions. i urge my colleagues to support this rule and these bills and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. hastings: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i thank my friend, the gentleman from colorado, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes of debate. i yield myself such time as i
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may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hastings: when the joint comprehensive plan of action came before congress, i made my objections very clear. i believed then as do i now that the iran deal, too quickly removed the sanctions that brought iran to the negotiating table in the first place, allowing iran to remain a nuclear threshold state. however, like it or not, the jcpoa is now law and it will be wrong to undermine it for purely political reasons. unfortunately, that is, in my opinion, what my republican colleagues are doing here today. this is not the way to handle our country's foreign policy. mr. speaker, the most important question that you need to ask yourself at this time does not have to do with the substance of the legislation this rule provides for.
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but rather why on earth this body is wasting what precious legislative time remains to bills to the floor today. the checklist of important items that need to be addressed is long and time is short. thappings to the inability of my republican -- thanks to the inability of my republican colleagues to govern, even within their own conference, we face the specter of yet another government shut down next week. the band-aid that republicans came up with last week to provide funding for the children's health insurance program, which insures some nine million children, expires at the end of the year. youth, colorado, arizona, california, ohio, minnesota, the district of columbia, and regon are just some of the
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states that have had to inform families that chip funding is nearing its end. why is this? children's the health children's health insurance program funding has been a largely bipartisan effort. why shouldn't it be? we're simply talking about helping to cover roughly nine million lower income children and pregnant women. it has been over two months since championship's authorization lapsed, and it is far past time for a sensible solution to this program. does today's legislation solve this issue? no, it does not. we also have 800,000-plus dreamers waiting for word from this republican-controlled congress. will my friends across the aisle allow these fine young people to remain in the only country they have ever known as home? will you let those dreamers who have served this country bravely stay in this country so they may start their own
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families here in the united states, start their own businesses, and go to college? the idea that my friends would drag their feet on such an issue, let alone actually allow dreamers to be deported, is an anathema to what this country stands for and it will darken country has is been for millions of people since our founding. a place where those of differing backgrounds but count been dedicated to freedom and the ule of law come and make a life for themselves. mr. speaker, republicans control the house. they control the senate. they control the white house. and what has that control translated into for the american people? absolutely nothing at this point. in fact, it is looking increasingly more like the first year of unified
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republican government in over a decade will end with nothing getting done. in an attempt to distract from republicans s, have taken to blaming, and i quote them, obstructionist democrats, end of quote. they republicans have taken to blaming, and poin aisle as the cause of their governing would hes -- woes, that is a neat trick but the american people are not going to fall for it. i think you saw that last night in alabama where stars, new stars, fell on alabama. it wasn't the democrats that tried to take health care away from 32 million people, it was republicans. thank goodness they failed. it's not the democrats that are trying to give the wealthy and rich corporations a tax break on the backs of hardworking americans, it's the republicans. i hope this equally misguided effort likewise fails.
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i have some advice for my republican friends. if like this side of the aisle you spent more time working on policies that help the american people instead of the wealthy and rich corporations who are doing just fine, you'd likely see more legislative success. democrats remain ready to work in a bipartisan way to accomplish all that remains left to do this year. we're ready to fund the government and provide for smart investments for the future of our country. we're ready to pull the hundreds of thousands of dreamers out of unnecessary limbo and provide them with the status they deserve. we're ready to provide the funding and authorization needed to give millions of low-income children the health insurance they need. the list goes on and on. but, mr. speaker, if republicans continue to not even allow democrats in the
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room to address these issues, and if they continue to burn legislative time on the bills we have before us today, then it won't be just the republican majority that pays the price, it will be the american people. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. buck: mr. speaker, i'm going to reserve right now. we have two witnesses on their way. we started a little early. don't know if the gentleman from florida has any witnesses or not at this point. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, i am expecting another speaker. if we defeat the previous question, i'm going to offer an amendment to the rule to bring up the bipartisan, bicameral ill, h.r. 3440, the dream act. just last week a group of 34 of my republican colleagues sent a
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letter to speaker ryan urging a vote before the year's end on legislation that would protect the daca recipients. this means if we defeat the previous question and bring up the dream act, the bill would garner enough bipartisan support to pass the house today. mr. speaker, i ask how much longer will this body be complicit in the trump administration's assault on dreamers? it is time we listen to the vast majority of americans and this body and act to protect these courageous young people. 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. mr. hastings: when my speaker mrs. , i will allow
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torres to fuss this matter further. at this time, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from -- mr. buck: at this point i reserve -- mr. buck: at this point i reserve. mr. hastings: mr. speaker, continuing. we're faced as i said earlier with another government shut down. the national flood insurance program, which is particularly critical to those of us on -- in coastal states, is set to expire. the republican band-aid to keep the children's health insurance program funded will run out. leaving millions of children without the health care they need. the authorization of an important intelligence tool to keep this country safe is set to expire, and millions of americans in california, texas,
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florida, puerto rico, and the virgin islands desperately wait to find out if they will receive the resources they need to recover from the devastating hurricanes and the wildfires that we have seen this year and that are continuing in california. i have said repeatedly that with s not only dealing hurricanes and floods, they are dealing with tornadoes and with all sorts of matters and the wildfires manifestly have kept them occupied over the course of time. mr. speaker, as i previously noted and with your permission, at this time to discuss the proposal that i spoke of with reference to the dreamers, i am pleased to yield three minutes to the distinguished gentlewoman from california, my good friend, mrs. torres. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for three minutes.
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mrs. torres: thank you, mr. speaker. it's been two weeks since i stood here to ask the house to bring the dream act to a vote. 34 of my colleagues, my republican stood here to ask co sent a letter to republican speaker ryan asking for action to protect dreamers before the holidays because they understand the urgency. what are he we waiting for? -- what are we waiting for? republicans continue to state that we have until march to resolve this issue, but that is simply not true. dreamers lose protection every single day. that means that 122 intelligent, hardworking americans by every right except birth are losing their ability to protection every single day. that means continue their educa work and contribute to our
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economy. we're willing to stop -- are we willing to stop the deportations of hundreds and thousands of young dreamers or not? this is not a partisan question. this is a question of who we are as americans. let's put an end to the uncertainty that dreamers have been living with these past few months. we have been clear, this congress must not finish this year without providing a permanent fix for dreamers. their families and the communities that depend on them. it is unconscionable. this is not who we are. mr. speaker, many of my republican colleagues support action on the dream act before the holidays. many have said so publicly.
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the majority of americans want us to act now. 1,708 recipients have lost their status since i last stood here two weeks ago. this isn't hard. the fix is right in front of us. it's been here all along. we all know that the votes are had today if this body only the courage to act. and i know that the dream act will pass today if we only allowed it. i ask my colleagues to vote against the previous question so that we can immediately begin to bring the dream act and act on the floor today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from colorado is recognized.
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mr. buck: i yield five minutes to the gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i thank my good friend, mr. buck. and i want to thank chairman hensarling, because these bills that we are combining today came out of his committee. i want to thank him for his leadership in bringing these important bills before us today. and i rise in support of h.r. 1638, the iranian leadership asset transparency act. i want to thank good friend from maine, bruce poliquin for offering this bill and it's a critical and necessary step in holding the iranian regime accountable for its money laundering and terror financing and other wide-arranging criminal activities. the iranian revolutionary guard corps known by its irgc, has
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long been at the heart of the iranian criminal enterprise controlling the better part of iran's economy in key sectors, like oil, like gas, telecommunications and transportation. e irgc's business empire and monopoly of these economic sectors provides the regime with billions of dollars that it uses to do what? to feed the people, to clothe the people, to educate the children? no. to repress the iranian people and export the terror that it has done so much damage in throughout the world and its hateful ideology abroad. two years ago, i held a hearing of our subcommittee on middle east and north africa, where we explored the role of the irgc. and that is iran's revolutionary guard corps. we looked at the role of the
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irgc in iran's economy and we raised these very concerns, mr. speaker. so i want to thank chairman hensarling for his leadership on this issue and his consistent efforts to hold iran accountable, because that is what we are trying to do, hold these terrorists accountable. this is one of the many issues where the financial services and foreign affairs committee have done a great job working together to implement targeted sanctions against the iranian regime for its illicit activity. for years, our treasury department has been working to identify and to sanction irgc leaders. they have shell companies. we have been looking at what are these shell companies, let's identify and sanction them. their proxies, designate and warn foreign companies about the risks of doing business with the irgc he's connected entities as
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far as the irgc can create new ones. we shut them down, new ones pop up. unfortunately, the job is even harder for the treasury department with irgc collecting billions by their wind fall created by outside investments in the previous sectors previously targeted by our sanctions. it is important now more than ever that treasury publicizes the assets controlled by the revolutionary guard corps and e rest of iran's corrupt regime. first for the long suffering people of iran with whom we have no problem -- we want to help the people of iran so these people have a window in in the regime's pervasive theft and corruption that did he privacy them of the most basic of
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commodities. second, so businesses stop funneling cash into these criminal enterprises that are financing terror throughout the world. this bill will help shine a necessary light on these nefarious actions of iran, both inside and outside of the country and i urge for its swift passage. i thank the gentleman for the time and i give back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. hastings: i would advise my good friend i have no further speakers and prepared to close when he is prepared. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado. mr. buck: i now yield five minutes to a member of the subcommittee on terrorism and illicit finance, the gentleman om maine, representative poliquin. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. mr. poliquin: i appreciate it. i rise in support of the rule for h.r. 1638 iranian leadership asset transparency act. i want to thank chairman hensarling for moving this very important bipartisan piece of legislation through the house financial services committee. in addition, i want to thank my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who supported my bill last year. unfortunately, it got stuck in the senate and doing it over again this year in the house. mr. speaker, the primary responsibility of every member of congress is to help keep our families safe and embedded with that promise is to support and defend our constitution. mr. speaker, moms and dads in maine and across america are increasingly alarmed by the frequency of terrorist attacks here at home with another
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attempted attack two days ago in new york city. mr. speaker, today there are 1,000 ongoing investigations of terrorist activities by the f.b.i. in all 50 states. and that, mr. speaker, is why h.r. 1638 is so important. it is a demonsense bill that will help keep our families safe and in doing so, we should never make this a political issue. the iranian government, the government is one of the chief sponsors of terrorism and instability throughout the world. their senior political and military leaders and islamic revolutionary guard they train, they arm and they fund terrorist organizations around the world. they become experts at using the internet and social media to radicalize, to recruit and to direct terrorist attacks around
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the globe, including here in the united states of america. mr. speaker, iranian government has american blood on its hands. now there are approximately 70 to 80 top political and military leaders in iran that control bout one-third of its entire economy. they use their power to corrupt the telecommunications, the construction and other important industries in that country. a recent investigation by reuters found that the supreme leader in iran alone has accumulated tremendous personal wealth through a foundation claiming to help the poor. so while the corruption has grown, the average iranian citizen earns the equivalent of $15,000 per year.
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mr. buck: i yield an additional minute. mr. poliquin: the citizens of the world should know how much wealth has been accumulated by these chief sponsors of terrorism and what the money is being used for. companies across the globe looking to do business with iran should also understand what they're dealing with before they invest. and that's why my act is a straightforward, commonsense bill. it requires the u.s. treasury department to collect and maintain and to post online the list of the 70 or 80 senior political and military leaders in iran, their personal assets and how that money was acquired and what it is being used for. my bill requires the treasury department to post this information on their website in english as well as the three major languages that are used
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and spoken in iran. the information should be available, easily downloaded and shared by everyone who wants to see this. mr. speaker, i might also add that this information comes from publicly available sources. it is not classified information. now i have heard folks, mr. speaker, say, well, this is not a good idea to expose the iranian government's corruption in their funding of terrorism, because if you do, we might not be able to work with these people. are you kidding me? these are the radicals who regularly chant, death to america. it doesn't make sense to hope they will abandon their support for terrorism by not shedding light on their corruption. hope, mr. speaker, is not a national security strategy.
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my bill helps makes sure congress gets its priorities straight when it comes to this issue. protecting american families here at home and safeguarding our troops overseas where they are fighting for our freedom is the right thing to do. let's use one click of the computer from any corner of the globe to help expose the illicit activities of the chief sponsor of terrorism in this world. see crease si and corruption breed more terrorism by governments like those in iran. let us stand up, mr. speaker, for every peace-loving country in the world and protect our citizens here at home. i appreciate the time. please vote yes for h.r. 1638, iranian leadership transparency act. i yield back my time if i have any to yield back.
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mr. buck: i thank the gentleman from maine and how much time -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maine yields back. the gentleman from colorado has 13 1/2 minutes remaining and the gentleman from florida has 7 1/2 minutes. mr. hastings: it won't take me a very long minute to say i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. buck: i yield three minutes to the vice chairman of the subcommittee on monetary policy and trade, the gentleman from texas, mr. williams. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. williams: i support h.res. 658 providing for consideration of h.r. 1638 and 4224. the bill sponsored by mr. poliquin is commonsense legislation and bill would publicize assets associated with iran's government and military
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leadership and require a report to congress on the assets that these leaders control, how they were acquired and how each and every one of these leaders uses them. the american people, the american businesses and the international community deserve to know who controls money and assets in iran. i'm proud to be the sponsor of h.r. 4324 strengthening oversight of iran's access to finance act. my legislation would improve congressional oversight of any financing that treasury authorizes for aircraft sales to iran. every six months, treasury would need to certify to us that finance authorizations would not benefit an iranian person that is transporting items for the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction nor providing transportation to sanctioned entities. treasury would have to certify to us that these authorizations don't pose a significant money laundering or terrorism finance risk to the u.s. financial
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system. if the treasury department cannot make this certification, the department must tell us why and must explain to congress the course of action it intends to take. i urge all of my colleagues to support this rule and urge them to support h.r. 1638 and h.r. 4324. i yield my time and merry christmas. . mr. hastings: i will advise my friend from colorado that i'm prepared to close if he is. mr. buck: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hastings: with just a few legislation days left the republican majority is focusing on the wrong things. plain and simple, the bills before us today are more evidence of that. over the next couple of weeks we face a terrifiesingly long come will the out
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affect every single american. let me be clear. my friend from maine and my friend from texas, my friend from maine passionately put forward significant matters having to do with iran. my recollection is i for one as many members of the democratic party voted for the transparency that he calls for and are likely to do so again. and while this is an important matter, it is not nearly as critical at this time that we be occupying this kind of legislative time. the simple fact of the matter is we could have put this on the suspension calendar and not have been exercising ourselves in the rules committee occupying legislative time that could be addressing the flood insurance program, the children's health insurance program, intelligence tools
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that keep this country safe, that are about to expire. we could have been addressing the hurricane relief of puerto rico, the virgin islands and southwest louisiana. we could have been addressing e fires in california, oregon, montana, and other areas of the country. we could have been addressing the flood in texas that devastated portions of that area as well. as well as during that same period of time we've had tornadoes and other issues indicating how critical it is that we support these matters. we could have been dealing with the real infrastructure measure. everyone in this country knows our roads and bridges are in despicable shape at this point, and it is not as if we do have
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the ability to do something about it. we don't have the political will, so we're wasting legislative time here today with these daunting tasks fore us and this is what the republican majority chooses to focus on. trying to pass a tax bill, for example, that gives most of the benefits for the wealthy and corporations while adding over -- more than $1 trillion to the deficit. i've said before, look out. when we finish whatever this tax bill is and now it's being called what it is, a tax cut, and not tax reform that is needed in this country, when we finish with that, the next words out of many of my colleagues' mouths next year is going to be, we need to address the entitlements. meaning, medicare, social security, and medicaid. i can assure you that that's
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what we will hear from my former deficit hawk friends who are now in charge of this country. i urge my republican friends, for the sake of the american people, to abandon this reckless tact. return to regular order. that's something that we are not doing and have not done. we have had more closed rules in this session of congress than any history of the united states congress. they need to work with democrats in a bipartisan way. i think alabama told us that last night. and i hope that message is pervasive and allows for us in this body as well as in the other body to understand the importance of everybody, all of these brilliant people, that americans sent here to work to work together to solve many of the issues of this country and address its needs in a
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meaningful way. not the needs of the wealthy few. given everything there is to do, anything less is abdication of our duty as legislators. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized to close. mr. buck: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, as my family and i sit around the dinner table, my wife and two children, we know we talk politics surprisingly and there are times where we distinguish good from bad and we know that iran is an enemy of the good in this world. it terrorizes the middle east. it seeks to eliminate israel. it pursues the destruction of the yesterday and yet for some reason the prior administration struck a deal with the iranian regime, the same regime that has american blood on its hands. the two bills before us today begin the difficult work of ensuring iran is stopped in its
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pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and in support of terrorism. i thank chairman hensarling for bringing these bills forward and my colleagues on the financial services committee who have joined me on the floor today to make the case for this effort. i thank chairman sessions for his leadership on the rules committee and for providing the debate on this issue today. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting the rule, supporting the underlying bills and putting pressure on iran to abandon terror and embrace peace. i yield back the balance of my time, and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: all time having expired, 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. mr. hastings: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. hastings: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule
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20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess for a period of less than 15 minutes. >> watch c-span3 thursday at 10:30 a.m. eastern for live coverage of the f.c.c. vote on
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