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tyler, texas. can you make it really quick? caller: yes. at the time of our founding, there was one guarantee in the constitution. and you know what that was. host: tell us bob, in seconds. [indiscernible] call 24 offices yesterday and no one knew it. host: we have to leave it there. jamie raskin, democrat a maryland. we will go now to the house floor. live coverage here on c-span. representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. january 11, 2019. i hereby appoint the honorable lisa blunt rochester to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. loving god, we give you thanks for giving us another day.
at the end of the third week of the government shutdown, we ask your blessing once again upon the members of the people p's house and all those whose efforts are needed together to bring an end to it. pour out your spirit of wisdom and banish from all those involved the dark spirit of pride. bless our nation in the weekend to come and may all that is done within the people's house be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the compare compare -- the chair has exampled the journal of the last at this' proceedings and announces to the house her approval thereof. journal swrurenl. -- pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from minnesota, mrs. craig. mrs. craig: please join me in the pledge of allegiance.
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 five requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> ask 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. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize liz dunbar for her many years of transformative public service on behalf of folks in my region. as executive director of tacoma community house, liz has been an unyielding advocate for social justice. mr. kilmer: liz has lived a life of service. she spent 25 years at the washington state department of social and health services
where she worked in several capacities, including straight refugee -- state refugee coordinator, assistant secretary for economic services, and ultimately as the deputy secretary of the department for six years. 10 years ago liz stepped into a role at tacoma community house. an extraordinary 100-year-old organization dedicated to empowering immigrants and ensuring that all people in the greater puget sound region can live with dignity and achieve their personal and professional goals. each year tacoma community house serves approximately 3,500 clients from more than 100 different countries through its four core programs of employment, education, immigration, and advocacy. madam speaker, liz dunbar has made a difference. she has helped thousands of people get the chance to realize the american dream. so i rise today on behalf of our community to thank liz and to recognize her for a career well spent in public service. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for
what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i i ask 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. >> madam speaker, i rise today to honor the life, legacy, and ministry of chaplain g. william brian. i just knew him as chaplain bill. he was a fellow alum of dallas theological seminary and the most widely known as d.t.a.'s beloved chaplain. to many, he was a friend and encourager. to shirley, he was a a devoted husband. he was the father of three, grandfather to nine, and a spiritual mentor to many. including me and my wife. mr. budd: i'll never forget when tragedy struck my family a few decades ago that chaplain brian was one of the first to reach out with comforting words, prayer, and follow-up. his role as chaplain served
thousands every year, but when you saw him, you felt as if you were connecting with the best friend. chaplain bill was also known to play his trumpet with full vigor. as a student at d.t.a. i avoided the front row in chapel for fear he might actually explode during the hymn "all hail the power of jesus' name." we'll miss down here but look forward to joining you in the everlasting song with your trumpet at full tilt as we crown him lord of all. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. >> madam speaker, today air traffic controllers in a regional facility in farmington continue to work without pay. while support staff are
furloughed. adding insult to injury, in the last few hours they received regularly scheduled earning statements that read zero dollars and zero cents. earlier this week i met with them in burnsville and again in washington. i heard their stories. joe, a new father with a baby born 10 weeks early, still in e any cue -- nick ewe -- nicu. jeremy, a father of three, who may have to take out credit card debt just to pay the bills. mrs. craig: and kelly, a trainee with student loan debt who doesn't know how she's going to make ends meet. each of them on behalf of communities and passengers they may never know remain committed. it's time to end the shut down and stop playing politics with people's lives. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask for one minute speech and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. on november 29, 2018, teppute you u.s. marshal chase white was senselessly killed in the line of duty while serving a warrant in tucson, arizona. born and raised in peoria, illinois, he led a life to serving his community and country. known as a leader amongst his piers, chase entered the air force following graduation from the university of illinois and served active duty from 2000 to 2007. he was set to leave for deployment as lieutenant colonel in the air force reserves the same week he was tragically murdered. a loving father of four, his mother reverend linda white of pea wroorwra's universalist unitarian church, described him as quote a hero to his children because, quote, his family was
his life. mr. lahood: this week we recognize national law enforcement appreciation. while we take one day to celebrate the service of those who protect our communities, it is important we never forget the brave men and women like chase who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. each day law enforcement officers leave their families with no certainty they will return home safe. yet they are willing to face these risks to keep their communities safe. i'm grateful for the courageous men and women like chase who button up their uniform each day and we thank them for protecting you our families so gravely. madam speaker, at this time i i would ask for a moment of silence for chase white. thank you, i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask 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. takano: madam speaker, i rise today to honor the life of one of riverside's finest citizens, robert "bob" melch. bob dedicated his life to community, activism, and making our society a more just and equal for everyone. his commitment to the political process and to our democracy has been integral to the growth and political involvement in riverside. through his work, he found a way to get everyone engaged to make everybody know their value in our democracy. he encouraged people to raise their voices and made sure elected officials listened. bob was an organizer. he knew what our community cared about, fought for what we needed, and he was a force to be reckoned with. for bob, social progress was inevitable, but not without effort. i had the honor to know bob beyond the world of politics
and i'll always remember him recounting his story of organizing the concert for the iconic louis armstrong, other wise known as satch mow, in riverside. i'm going to miss you, riverside will miss you, and madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. newhouse: thank you, madam speaker. i rise to congratulate the workers at columbia generating station for sending over 9.7 million megawatt hours of electricity to the northwest power grid last year. a new record in its 34-year history. operated by energy northwest, the columbia generating station is the third largest electricity generator in washington state. and has set five new power generation records in the last seven years for its increased
production. its gross megawatt capacity can power a city the size of seattle. and it's equivalent to about 10% of the electricity generated in washington. nuclear power and advanced technologies like small modular reactors are critical for safe, reliable, and clean base load power generation in the united states. as we begin the 116th congress, and as the nation strives to depend more upon carbon-free sources of energy, i will be a steadfast advocate for the safe, clean power we receive from nuclear energy. congratulations to the energy northwest employees at columbia generating station on a job well done. you play a vital a role for our states and our nation's energy security independence. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address
the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. today is payday for federal workers. but instead of receiving a paycheck, many, including thousands of my constituents, will be going without. i had a visit from a constituent yesterday whose an air traffic controller at washington center in leesburg, virginia. one of the busiest air traffic control centers in the nation. ms. wexton: she worked 80 hours over the past two weeks and received a paycheck for zerole toars. zero dollars. you can't pay your mortgage with zero dollars. you can't buy groceries with zero dollars. you can't pay your medical bills or fill up your gas tank with zero dollars. madam speaker, federal employees want to go back to work. they believe in their mission and want to provide quality service force the american people. --services for the american people. they shouldn't have to sell their belongsings or return their children's christmas presents. they shouldn't have to wonder
how they are going to survive. our national parks are filling up with trash. many t.s.a. security screeners can't afford to community to work. the f.d.a. is not inspecting our food supply. our hardworking federal employees aring to their jobs. it's time for president trump and senator mcconnell to do theirs. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask 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. >> it is with a great sense of honor that i stand before you to deliver my first address on the floor of the people's house. as legislators, one of our fundamental duties is to fully fund the government and to do it on time. there are federal employees such as the brave correction officers working at f.c.i. lore
rhetto, people whom as their doctor i have treated these people continue to go without pay. these hardworking men and women do not deserve this shutdown. no american does. we're in this situation because democrats refuse to compromise and fund the border wall, even though many of them have voted to to so in the past. today i offer a question to my colleagues across the aisle, what changed? are you really willing to reverse a previous position and keep government closed just so you can resist the president's agenda? mr. joyce: it's time to fund the wall and send the president an appropriations package that he will sign. i urge my democratic friends to negotiate so we can get back to work for the american people. madam speaker, i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to
address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to recognize the outstanding work at the u.s. department of agriculture research lab in peoria, illinois. miss underwood: for more than 75 years the ag lab has conducted breakthrough research, impacting lives of people all over the world. decades after discovering how to mass-produce penicillin, the ag lab just found out how to enhance its effectiveness in people who developed antibiotic resistance. they also developed an all natural bug repellent that is more effective than deet. unfortunately, the 200 employees at the ag lab have been sent home due to this government shutdown. . putting their groundbreaking research to a dead halt. it's time to stop using workers as pawns in this government shutdown.
we must put the shutdown to an end so the ag lab can continue its advanced research that drives american agriculture and our economy. thank you, madam speaker, and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: madam speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. last week i introduced a bill that protects private property rights in pennsylvania's only national forest, the allegany national forest. h.r. 245, the cooperative management on minerals rights act of 2019, will ensure private property owners and energy producers in the allegany national forest have access to their property. despite being successfully and sufficiently regulated by the commonwealth for decades, a federal law past in 1992 to require the forest service to write new regulations on oil and gas production in the
a.n.f. however, federal courts have repeatedly ruled that the federal service has not the authority to do so because the minerals in the a.n.f. are privately owned. my bill corrects this federal law by repealing improper -- the improper ii requirement. in fact, the house of improper tives -- the 1992 improper 1992 requirement. in fact, the house of representatives supported this overwhelmingly in 2016 and unanimously in 2017. i hope we can give this commonsense legislation across the finish line during the 126th congress. i urge my colleagues -- during the 116th congress. i urge my colleagues to put the brakes on excessive litigation in the a.n.f. and protect private property rights. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. mccollum, seek recognition? ms. mccollum: pursuant to house resolution 248, i ask that the house bring up the appropriations for the department of secretary of the interior and related for fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes and ask for its immediate
consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 266, a bill making appropriations for the department of the interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the house resolution 28, the bill is considered as read. the bill shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member -- ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations or their respective designees. the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. mccollum, and the gentleman from california, mr. calvert, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. mccollum. ms. mccollum: thank you, madam speaker. i ask for unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. mccollum: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. rise today in support of h.r.
266, the fiscal year 2019 interior, environment, and related agencies appropriations bill. today is the 21st day of the trump shutdown and the damage it inflicts on the families and communities across this country continues to grow. more than 800,000 federal workers are without pay, and today will be the first missed paycheck for those families. many of our civil servants are working without pay and telling them they have to file for unemployment is outrageous and it's wrong. today, democrats are offering this bill that provides critical funds to reopen the department of interior, the environmental protection agency, indian health service, and other important agencies. our national parks, america's crown jewels, are under threat. this administration continues to allow visitors to enter as if everything is normal. our park service does not have
the funding to ensure visitors' safety and address the most basic standards of cleanliness and protect park assets. joshua tree national park is experiencing significant damage because there are not enough rangers to stop off-road driving in the park. new tracks are being cut into the sensitive landscape and many of joshua's trees, the precious namesake of this park, have been destroyed. just this past week, the department of interior announced an illegal plan to forest parks to start redirecting funds from entry fees. now, those fees are designated for capital improvement projects and now they will be used to clean toilets. there is no substitute for the park system's annual operation budget of $2.5 billion. and as i said, lasting damage is being done to our national parks, and their long-term upkeep is being compromised.
we must ensure public safety and protect our pristine spaces and that's why i'm calling on the national park service to close all parks until the government reopens. congress needs to pass this bill to fully fund and staff and protect our national parks. passing this bill will allow the forest service to get back to work on critical activities like hazardous fuel management. that work needs to happen now in order to prevent wildfires. the environmental protection agency's mission to protect human health and the environment, but the trump shutdown has furloughed more than 13,000 employees, stopping inspections at drinking water systems, stopping inspections at hazardous waste management facilities, and stopping inspections at chemical facilities. this places the health of the american people and their communities in jeopardy. the trump shutdown is particularly threatening to the health and safety of our native
american brothers and sisters. once again, we have failed to meet our treaty responsibilities to tribal nations. basic services like health clinics, tribal justice services, food assistance for seniors are being put at risk for nearly 1.9 million americans throughout indian country. approximately 54% of the indian health service budget goes to tribal organizations to run their own programs. during the trump shutdown, critical programs in indian country run by tribal organizations stop. this includes domestic violence prevention initiatives, indian children programs, the suicide prevention program, and alcohol and substance abuse program. native american lifelines is an example of a health care program that is under contract with the indian health service. clinics focus on care for the needy and the elderly, and i am outraged to report that as of
today, these remarks that i deliver, well, those clinics have been forced to close. and they will not be able to coordinate care for their patients. like the 80-year-old woman who depends on native american lifeline to help her manage her type 2 diabetes. it's time to reopen the government. the interior bill before us was drafted by the senate, passed overwhelmingly with a bipartisan vote of 92-6. this bill also should be familiar to everyone as it was part of a six-bill package that passed overwhelmingly on the house floor with bipartisan votes last week. this bill provides $35.9 billion, which is $601 million over fiscal year 2018 enacted. it maintains funding for nearly every agency at or above fiscal 2018 enacted level. including the environmental protection agency.
it's important to note, however, this bill does not contain any new partisan riders. now, clearly i would have written things differently, especially with regard to funding for indian country. however, this bill will immediately open up the department of interior and the peaverplet and other agencies and give us a path -- peaverplet and other agencies and give us a -- e.p.a. and other agencies and give us a path forward. republican leadership controlled the floor and they chose not to finish their work and then we thought there was be a agreement to keep the government open while issues of homeland security were being worked out. senator mcconnell brought the continuing resolution to the floor of the senate, and it passed unanimously, but speaker ryan, along with president trump, decided to shut down the government and congress went home. now nearly 800,000 employees are without a paycheck today, and democrats are doing
everything that we can to quickly pass a bipartisan bill to reopen the government. we need to finish last year's work so that we can move forward to serve the american people in 2019. so i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bill and, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: madam speaker, i rise in opposition to the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: thank you. i rise in opposition to h.r. 266, the democratic proposal for funding the department of interior, environmental protection agency, related agencies and the remainder for fiscal year 2019. this bill is almost entirely a senate product. as such, it ignores the bipartisan priorities of the house and perhaps even worse, it abdicates congressional responsibility under the constitution to keep the executive branch in check.
before i get into the details of the bill, however, i want to congratulate my friend and colleague, betty mccollum, for her appointment as the new chair of the house appropriations subcommittee on interior, environment, and related agencies. she's been a tireless advocate for programs under the jurisdiction of this subcommittee, a firm but fair overseer of agency operations, a tough negotiator, and above all, a good friend. she'll be an outstanding chair. i wish her well, and i look forward to working with her in both of our new capacities. madam speaker, over the past year, ms. mccollum and i worked in collaboration to write a bill representing the needs and priorities of the house. we held nine budget oversight hearings, including four hearings with nearly 80 tribal leaders regarding programs that honor treaty rights promised to our native brothers and sisters. we wrote a bill in some shape or roughly 93% of all
house member requests, regardless of party, and on top of that, when the house came to the floor, 70 amendments were debated and 50 were adopted. when told to begin negotiating the house-passed bill last year, we defended it against competing priorities in the senate. and we came together on numerous topics to write a report language directive to maintain a check on the executive branch. i'm extremely proud of our work. we are so close to a final product. we shouldn't be throwing it all away with a bill before us today, a bill that the senate has already said it will not consider. and the president will not sign. let me highlight just a few of the house priorities missing in this product which concern me the most and which are likely to concern our colleagues on both sides of the aisle. first, and foremost, the bill leaves all congressional report language and d the executive branch in check.
these directives are also the conduit through which the concerns of our constituents back home are heard directly by agency officials at the highest levels. all of our colleagues in the house who have constituents and with the appropriations committee over the past year to craft these directives understand the effort that went into them. and the impact they have on people's lives back home. the bill before us today throws that away all that important work. we included language to protect the california water fix from fritch luss lawsuits -- frivolous lawsuits. by taking up the senate bill i'm prevented even fighting for my constituents, but this isn't about priorities. this is about all of the bipartisan priorities of the house of representatives that are flushed away by rubber stamping the senate bill. the bill provides $12 million less than last year's house passed bill for the u.s. geological surveys national
hazards research, earthquake system. $21 million less for the forest service to clear dead and dying trees from our forests in order to prevent more catastrophic wildfires like the kind we experienced in my home state of california. these ounce of prevention programs save lives, save money, and with so many fires, earthquakes, volcanos, other natural disasters in recent ng priority than they are in this bill. additionally, this bill provides $77 million less than the house republican bill for e.p.a.'s brownfields, superfund remedial programs. they leverage federal dollars, improve water infrastructure and spur economic development. instead this bill increases funding for e.p.a. regulatory programs in many parts of the country, particularly agricultural states. e.p.a. regulations and additional red tape are a bipartisan concern.
even popular e.p.a. grant programs like the diesel admission reduction grants and target air grants were significantly reduced in this bill. the grants are essential to my home state of california where air quality remains one of our biggest concerns. my state and constituents rely on these grant programs to help improve air quality, public health by accelerating the replacement of older engines with new cleaner engines. for our national park service the bill before us today falls $27 million short of the house-passed level for park operations, reducing the maintenance backlog. the park visitation on the rise, this is no time to cut corners on the budget. this bill also lacks important reforms implementation of the endangered species act, it lacks the funding needed to prevent the sage grouse from being listed. this bill is almost $10 million below last year's bill founding
for historic preservation grants, including civil rights grants, and grants to underserved communities. the house felt so strongly about these programs it added $5 million in multiple amendments on the house floor last year. why would we give up all that funding acceding to the senate. last but certainly not least, this bill falls $160 million short of last year's house-passed bill and treaty obligations to american indians. and alaska natives through the department of interior and the indian health service. early this week "usa today" with the latest news agency to run a front page article on the sad state of the mchealth care in indian country which is funded mostly through the indian health service in this bill. funding for the indian health service in this bill is $135 million below last year's house-passed level. for an indian health system that is also rationing the kind of health care most of us take
or granted, every dollar makes a difference in the quality of life of one of our fellow americans. whose ancestors paid in advance with their lives, land to guarantee that the federal government would care for the health of their desendants. properly funding this obligation is not optional. the house heard from nearly 80 tribal leaders and hearings last year about the importance of funding these programs. let's not turn our backs on them now acceding to the senate position. madam speaker, for these reasons and others i am strongly opposed to this bill, h.r. 266, and i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand up to their constituents' priorities, stand for their constituents' priorities and oppose the bill as well. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. mccollum: thank you, madam speaker. i couldn't agree more with my colleague and the former chair when we were developing the bill that we had a much
superior product as we came out of conference committee, but it's time to move forward. speaker ryan did not bring that to the floor. we must move forward and begin our work. our important work on 2020. madam speaker, i yield 2 and a half minutes to the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, the chair woman of the full appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, the trump shut down is now in its 21st day. it is outrageous that more than 800,000 federal employees are going without pay. many of them while they are still working. and the american people are being denied vital services. all because of president trump's demands for a wasteful border wall. the bill before us today would reopen the environmental protection agency, department of the interior, and other critical agencies such as the
indian health service and the chemical safety and hazard investigation board. the trump shut down has suspended cleanups of hazardous materials, delayed lifesaving rule making to keep toxic chemicals out of american homes. the trump shut down threatens the enduring natural beauty and conservation efforts of our national parks as trash piles up and the safety of visitors is in question. public health and safety should not be political bargaining trips. house democrats have passed bills to open the government, but the president and the senate republicans continue to obstruct and delay instead of working with us to get the people's business done. the solution to this crisis is simple. pass the bills where we can agree. extend funding for homeland security for a month to allow time to negotiateation onboarder security and immigration policy. i hope that my colleagues
across the capitol come to their senses and stop this ridiculous trump shut down. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: i yield as much time as she may consume to the the gentlewoman from texas, the ranking member of the appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: thank you. madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to h.r. 266. unfortunately, moving this bill across the house floor will not resolve the partial government shutdown as the president said he will not sign this bill into law. it's the job and responsibility of congress to appropriate funds. we must come together to find a solution that will reopen the government and fund border security. we need a a compromise that represents the will of both chambers anti-american people. by considering the senate-passed version of the appropriations bill, we're eliminating house members' involvement in the process.
this bill isn't particularly ignores 93% of all house member requests that were included in our bill, including the 50 amendments that were adopted on the floor. this appropriations bill for the interior department fails to include the $12 million that house members provided to u.s. geological survey programs like the earthquake early warning system that saves lives. it also reduces the amount of funds available to clear debt and dying trees from forest -- dead and dying trees from forest to help end the devastating wildfires we saw this year. we have heard a lot about the national park service during this shut down. this bill reduces fund being for our national parks by $27 million. -- these are just a few of the priorities of the house not included in this bill before us. madam speaker, republicans stand ready and willing to negotiate with our friends on
the other side of the aisle on legislation that includes priorities of both parties and both chambers. that's how this legislative body and our system of government is designed to work. i want to thank my colleague from california, mr. calvert, for his efforts today and over the last several months to ensure that the house's voice is heard this this debate. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. mccollum: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. lee, a member of the appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. lee: thank you very much, madam speaker. let me thank chairwoman mccollum for her leadership on this issue as we try to get the government opened. i rise in strong support of the fiscal 2019 interior appropriations bill which provides $35 billion to
partially reopen the government. now, this bill would also reopen our beautiful national parks and the smithsonian museums. the situation in our parks right now is not acceptable. 16,000 park service employees are not working. et me repeat that 16,000 employees. the national park service is losing $400,000 a day from this shut down when uncollected garbage is also piling up. madam speaker, this is horrible. it's ridiculous. we need this bill to reopen our parks, our museums, and visitor centers right away. we need to pass this bill to keep visitors safe and in the burr low of law enforcement personnel in our national parks. madam speaker, these closings are impacting every kiss trict in our nation. near my own district, for example, in the beautiful bay area, mir woods had to close this week. in addition to wreaking havoc
on federal workers' lives, their families, their children, their livelihoods, this trump shut down is also having an effect on tourism and the economy. so i urge he my colleagues to vote yes on this bill and yes to reopening the government. the public deserves this. federal workers deserve this. contractors deserve this. the parks, our museums should be open for visitors to visit. we need to get this government working again. thank you again, chairwoman betty mccollum. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chairwoman reserves the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: i thank the gentlelady. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. aderholt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. aderholt: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, ranking member calvert, and thank you, ranking member calvert for your leadership on this bill that we
passed back in december. but unfortunately as you know i'm rising, madam speaker, in opposition of h.r. 266. what we have before us today, however, is yet another democratic appropriation bill that fails to reflect the house priorities. this time it ignores 93% of all the house member requests included in the house bill and in the report. i'd like to point out just a a few of the many house member priorities that were addressed in the house republican interior and environment tpwhail are not addressed in this current bill. compared to the house republican bill, this bill reduces funding for hazardous fuel reduction projects by $21 million. it also reduces funding for operation and maintenance of the national parks -- national park service by $27 million. it does not include any of the endangered species act reforms which are absolutely necessary
for the law to work in a practical way. therefore, madam speaker, rather than spending our time debating senate-passed legislation, which fails to reflect any house priorities, i ask that the democrats come to the negotiation -- negotiating table so we can can secure our border, so we can keep america safe, and we can resolve this partial shutdown that we're now entering on its 21st day. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. mccollum: thank you, maryland madam chair. the time to pass the 2019 bill was december of last year. we need to move forward. my priority is to get the government opened, to get it back working for the american people and have the federal employees working so hard and those who are forced to be home to have a paycheck. with that, madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. wasserman schultz, who is the chair designee of the va milcon
subcommittee of the appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentlewoman for yielding. i rise today to urge my colleagues to support this appropriations bill which provides funding for the department of the interior, the environmental protection agency, and related agencies. this bill would provide vital funding for water infrastructure, state drinking water systems, national parks, and everglades restoration projects. tweef been locket in a nonsensical shut down bus president trump continues to insist on his ineffective border wall scheme. while the president throws a tantrum people are suffering and our environment is suffering. many of us have seen the pictures of the piles of garbage and our environment cannot withstand this onslaught. they are overflowing in many of our national parks. our national parks are the crown jewels of our nation's natural heritage. in 2017 the national park service had 330 million visits, including more than 10 million in my home state of florida.
these visits are not just from americans but people around the world who came to see the natural wonders america has to offer. in 2017, national parks contributed $35.8 billion to the nation's economy and $613 million to florida's economy. and they supported 306,000 jobs nationwide. today many are closed or short staffed and diminished law enforcement presence puts the well-being of visitors and wildlife at risk. this is not the only major consequence of president trump and congressional republicans' efforts to block funding for the shuttered agencies that would be restored by this legislation. e.p.a. has stopped making inspections of drinking water systems, hazardous waste management sites, and chemical facilities. during the last long shutdown in 2013, e.p.a. stopped inspecter more than 1,200 sites of environmental concern. now more than ever we need the ep taupe provide vigorous guidance. no one knows this more than the rest kents of flint, michigan, whose water is still not safe to drink. and closetory my home,
floridians in ocala face the contamination of their water by harmful fire retardants used at the nearby fire college. halting inspections leaves communities like these more vulnerable. these cuts can truly impact the people that we're elected to serve and i urge my colleagues to vote for this bill so that the senate can once again pass it and government can be reopened. with that i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from idaho, the former chairman of the committee, mr. simpson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. simpson: i thank my friend from california for yielding and for the job he's done as chairman of this interior subcommittee in the past. let me begin by saying we all want the government to reopen, all on this side, all on that side want the government to reopen. we don't agree with the shutdown. i want strong border security. i know you want strong border security.
we disagree how we get there. these can both be accomplished with a little word called compromise. i heard everybody go back to that word. i looked up in the dictionary because i thought i was mistaken what it is. it's a settlement of differences by mutual concessions and agreement reached by adjusting and conflicting claims by reciprocal modification of demands. we can't it a compromise and then go back to our hardened positions and say i want everything i want and you get nothing you want. this bill is not a compromise. if you would bring up the compromised conference bills between the house and the senate you'd have my support. but that's not what this is. this is the senate bill. we have a conference bill between the house and senate that was prepared to be brought to the floor last year, never made it. bring up that conference report. unfortunately, by adopting just
the senate bill we might not even have a house chamber. why have a house chamber if all we're going to do is adopt whatever the senate's decides to do? this bill, as has been mentioned, reduces funding by $160 million from the house bill for indian country. $21 million reduction for hazardous fuels reduction to prevent wildfires. $23 million reduction on sadge greenhouse funding. $27 million reduction from the house bill for national park funding that is needed to solve the maintenance backlog. $12 million reduction from the house bill for water infrastructure financing act, which is critical to financing community water projects given the enormous backlogs that exists for our water system. the bill also leaves out vital report language directives from the house bill that were carefully crafted to represent house members' priorities, both republican and democrat priorities. they are being totally ignored with this legislation.
and in the end, we all know this isn't going anywhere. this is just a game. and i got to tell you, mr. speaker, i'm tired. i'm tired of the finger-pointing, the name-calling, the games we're playing. i know that on the democratic side of the aisle you're getting phone calls by the hundreds if not thousands from your constituents that say don't give into trump, don't give into any border security wall or fencing or whatever. we're getting the same phone calls on our side saying don't you vote for anything that has trump's border -- that doesn't have trump's border wall in it. as elected representatives we're called upon to lead regardless of the consequences. and i have to say we've all failed. all of us. and for that i am very, very
sorry. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. chair. so i have a rhetorical question and that would be, if we had been able to bring the continuing resolution to the floor, if we would have been able to get the president to sign it, would that have given us the breathing space to bring back the conference committee reports, and would the president have signed it? i have not heard the president offer that as a solution. mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from maine, ms. pingree, a member of the appropriations committee, who proudly serves on the secretary of the interior subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from maine is recognized for two minutes. ms. pingree: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to our future chair for yielding me the time. i appreciate it. i consider it a privilege to sit on the secretary of the interior appropriations
committee where we fund agencies and departments that are important not only nationwide but especially in my home state of maine. so it's particularly heartbreaking to be here today urging my colleagues to reopen these agencies as we enter our 21th day of an unnecessary government shutdown. today marks the first day that many federal government employees will go without a paycheck. there are over 1,100 federal workers and their families in maine alone. these include employees at maine's acadia national park and rachel carlson national usgs fe ref unal, the research -- refuge, the usgs research center. this shutdown has made life extremely difficult for these workers and families and it has halted critical work they perform. this bill funds critical programs to learn about the
environment. so far the administration has used accounting gimmicks to give the appearance that these parks and agencies remain open, but you can't hide the real consequences of this shutdown. for example, at our national parks, there have been reports of habitat destruction, injuries, and even deaths, since the beginning of the shutdown. we don't need gimmicks. we need to reopen the government. despite the president's refusal to do his job, i am proud that we are doing ours in congress by moving these appropriations bills forward to reopen the government. i ask my colleagues to support the american taxpayer, to support federal workers and their families and to support the important environmental programs that are funded in this bill. please vote yes on h.r. 266 and end the shutdown. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, i
yield five minutes to the gentleman from oklahoma, my friend, mr. cole. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i want to begin by thanking my friend, not only for yield but for his distinguished four years as the chairman of the interior appropriations subcommittee. i want to congratulate my good friend, the former ranking member and now the new chairman of the house interior appropriations subcommittee as well. they work very well together over the last several years. i know they'll continue to work well together, and i know we'll continue to do good work on that committee. mr. speaker, to quote the great baseball player, american philosopher yogi berra, it's deja vu all over again. we considered this bill last week. the senate told us at the time if we sent it to them they weren't going to take it up and the president said, by the way, i am not going to sign it. so what are we doing this week? we're sending the exact same bill and the senate has told us the exact same thing and the
president has told us the exact same thing. so if anybody thinks this is accomplishing anything, it's not. quite frankly, we should be embarrassed as members of the house of representatives to bring this bill to the floor. there's not a single speaker in this chamber today that had a single thing to do with anything in this bill. no appropriator, nobody. totally a senate product. so every speaker that gets up and talks about how important this is literally had nothing to do with writing it. as a matter of fact, in many cases, they had to give up things that they had succeeded in getting into the house bill, both democrats and republicans. and i think, frankly, candidly, honestly, any of us would admit the house bill and the conference product that was finished is a much better bill than this. if we're going to bring something to the floor, why don't we at least bring something we're proud to bring here? nobody should be proud to bring a bill that actually cuts what the house did in indian health care by $135 million. nobody should be proud to bring a bill to the floor that cuts
$26 million out of the bureau for indian affairs for which we all agreed on collectively and were concessions frankly we were going to win in the course of a conference. so the bill's an embarrassment, and the outcome is going to be predictable. the senate is not going to pick it up, the house -- excuse me -- the president would not sign it if it were sent to him. and so we've wasted an entire week. and we've wasted the week because our friends can't sit down and split the difference which, by the way, the president offered us in december. he asked for $5 billion. he told negotiators i'll take $2.5 billion. splitting the difference is usually the definition of compromise. instead we hurdled on into a government shutdown that nobody in this chamber wanted, but wave standoff at the top levels. i don't think anybody looks good in this, the president, the senate, certainly not the house. so i would hope after we go through this charade -- and it is a total charade -- that we
get back to work. and if we're going to present something here, let's at least present something we're proud of and we actually participated in writing. so with that, again, this will end another sad week in this chamber and i would urge the majority to get to work, produce something that a senate that is in the other party will pass and that a president will sign. if you don't you're not governing. and to just be immoveable and then point fingers as if other people are responsible -- people that actually offered you a compromise to split the difference in december that would have avoided the entire shutdown, i think the responsibility is pretty clear for who brought the government to a close and that's our friends' failure to sit down and negotiate seriously with the united states senate and with the president of the united states. so i will oppose this measure. certainly will look forward to voting against it in the hope we will eventually get back to the product that we wrote and produced and would actually
serve the american people better than this piece of legislation. with with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. speaker. as i asked the rhetorical question earlier, if the president would say, you know, i'm going to do a short c.r., i'll sign it, we're going to let the conference committee refile their bills for 2019 to open up the rest of the government and get the people back to work and get the paychecks back into those families' hands and while we're doing that we will negotiate the homeland security bill, i'd be all for that. but i have not heard that come from the president of the united states. so today, mr. speaker, i bring a bill to put paychecks back to people who don't deserve to be pawns in this government shutdown. with that, mr. speaker, i yield
one minute to the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, who is the democratic majority leader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland, the distinguished majority leader, is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i think this is my first time in a long time of having a magic one minute and so i have some things to say. i was on the appropriation committee for 23 years. i came here in 1981. -- ad between 81 and 95 between 1981 and 1995 between 10 shutdowns. they averaged 9.1 days a shutdown. the longest one was three days. because of differences, not because of a strategy. in 1995, newt gingrich adopted shutting down government as a strategy. as a taking hostage not only of federal employees but of taking hostage of the american government and taking hostage everyone who has served on a
daily basis by the federal government. and the reason i know it's a strategy because it's happened a number of times. the next one long term was in 2013 when ted cruz, united states senator, came over here and talked to a number of members and said, unless the president will repeal the affordable care act, we're not going to fund the government. in other words, unless the president didn't take health care away from americans, the republicans would take government services away from americans. and hold hostage the government of the united states. nd now just a few years later, ladies and gentlemen, the republicans have begin taken hostage not only 800,000 people who work for the federal government, expecting them to
work for no pay to protect our orders, to protect our seas, .o protect our food and so they've taken hostage the government of the united . ates one more time and so we have a crisis but the crisis is not at the border. there is a challenge at the border. and we need to make our border secure. we are for that. the proposal the president made in a campaign speech, which got a lot of roars all the time he gave it was, we need a wall, a big wall, a wall along the whole border, a wall that the mexican government will pay for . it was total campaign rhetoric and demagoguery.
it was not a policy. i agree with my friend from idaho. mr. simpson is the former . eaker of the idaho house the far right in his party ran a candidate against him a few elections ago and thank got beaten badly thank heavens for that. thank you to the voters in idaho's judgment and i agree with my friend, tom cole, in part, but i -- if he were here -- unfortunately, he left the floor, but i would say to tom cole -- mr. cole, as you ended the congress with your side in charge, you rejected a bill from the united states senate, passed with unanimous consent, that would have opened up all
of government. . you rejected that bill. because the president told you to put $5.6 billion in the bill. which you knew, i'm sorry tom cole is not on the floor because he says you know this bill's not going to pass, which you knew would not pass the united states senate. but he said it anyway. why? because the president of the united states told you to do so. let me remind all of us that we're a co-equal branch of government. we're the article 1 branch of government. we're the policymakers of overnment. not to sit as stooges and be told by the president of the united states if you don't do what i want, what i tell you to do, i won't sign the bill. mr. speaker, on tuesday night the president went on television tried to argue that the american people should continue to endure a painful
government shutdown until democrats give him funding for a border wall that has bipartisan opposition. democrats and republicans alike , not all, but oppose this $5.7 billion waste of money on a physical wall along the border. representative will hurd, who is will hurd? a republican member of the congress of the united states. he's a member of the congress of the united states from texas. he represents a district which has more border than any other district in america. what does he say? building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border. but the president of the united states says you don't do that, i'm not playing. and because he's not playing,
none of you are playing. i say to my republican friends. how sad. you were not elected by your constituents to do what donald trump tells you to do. you were elected by your constituents to do what's best for them and their country. senator lindsey graham, friend of the president's, republican, senator from south carolina, said this, the border wall is probably not a smart nvestment. but the president has told lindsey graham, you're not for my wall, nimet for your bill, i won't sign it and i'll shut down government. one person is responsible for shutting down government. onald trump. and most of the people he shut down and are not paying, they don't have a dad that can say give me some money, dad. maybe he doesn't know that
experience. opposing a new barrier at the border, acting white house chief of staff, nick mulvaney, listen to me my republican friends, said in 2015, you go go , you go around, through, what they need is more manpower, more technology, and more willingness to enforce the law as it exists today. he said in 2015. not a wall. more manpower, more technology, more willingness. that's essentially what will hurd said. senator ron johnson, one of the most conservative senators in the united states senate, said he always thought that the president's wall was a "metaphor." now, if it is a metaphor for security, we're in. because we democrats want a border that is secure. that does not allow people who
are not authorized to come into the united states, don't. the people, criminals that want to bring drugs in the united states are caught and prevented from doing sofmente that people o traffic in human lives are caught and stopped. we're for that. the president's -- the president at the border said democrats don't care about crime, they don't care about human trafficking, they don't -- that's baloney. it is a lie. it is unworthy of a president of the united states to make such an assertion. senator john cornyn of texas said, and i quote, don't think we're just going to be able to solve border security with a physical barrier because people can come under, around it, and through it. that's why so many republicans said, wall's not the answer. ranking member michael mccaul, now he's the ranking member of your foreign affairs committee,
i tell my republican friends, mr. speaker, but he was chairman of the homeland security committee when he said this, and i quote, a 30-foot concrete wall is a very expensive proposition. and there are a lot of other things we can be done, technology wise, to make it a smarter border that's more effective and more cost efficient. so don't accuse of democrats because they are against the wall, being against border security. your republican leaders don't believe that. so you ought to stop saying it. they are among the republicans and democrats who believe we need a smarter, more comprehensive strategy to improve border security, not just building a a physical wall with taxpayer money. president trump said over and over and over and over and over again mexico was going to pay
for this wall. god knows how any american voter believed that. now, of course, not surprisingly he admits that's not going to happen. let's discuss border security which is important to democrats and republicans alike. let's sit down and figure out how best to do it. that is a debate on policy. but by the way, my republican colleagues did not bring the homeland security and the border security issue to the floor until december 20th. 11 /3 months after they took control -- 11 2/3 months after they took control -- in control, so they waited 11 months and 20 days to bring this critical issue to the floor. my, my, my. now they shut down the government if we don't do it
their way. this is a debate on policy not politics. that's why i quoted so many republicans. there is no reason to maintain a dangerous and costly government shutdown while that debate occurs. let's end this shut down right now and turn to the real vision about border security without holding america's workers, their families, and the people they serve, all of our constituents. let's have a vote in the senate which i believe would reopen government. leader mcconnell has a responsibility to do so. leader mcconnell has a responsibility to the senate and to his oath of office, the constitution, and the country. he swore no oath to president trump. none of us swore an oath to the president of the united states. we swear an oath to the constitution and to preserve and protect and serve our people. on august 24, 2014, senator mcconnell said this, that i am
the guy that gets us out of shut downs. shut downs, he said, this is senator mcconnell, is a failed policy. that's what mr. simpson said. that's what mr. cole i know believes. i have talked to him about it. i hope every member here believes that. so my plea is to stop pursuing it as a strategy. remember, 10 shut downs, average 1.9 days. your shut down's 21 days, 16 days, and now we'll have the longest shut down in history. because you have taken captive the government of the united states. how sad that it is us who are the enemy of the government of the united states.
senator mcconnell, i hope will bring bills to the floor to open up the government, as he did in december when he sent a bill here and you would not take it up, my republican friends, when you were in charge. you were the leaders. you rejected that bill. that would have funded government, kept government opened, kept serving the american people. but, no, you took a hostage. and government is shut down. the democratic-led congress is doing its part. the first day we came here we passed a bill that was exactly like the senate's bill. so one could assume that the bill they had passed when they got it back would, in fact, pass. and the homeland security we did for a short time so we could continue negotiations in a positive way without having hostages being taken. last week we passed a package
of funding bills for fiscal year 2019. continuing resolution for the department of homeland security . and in order to reopen government and end the trump shut down. the trump shut down. the trump shut down. if trump said to senator mcconnell, yes, i will sign the bill, the bills would be passed by the united states senate. no one disputes that. if trump said to the house members here, mr. speaker, they would pass. articulated at the white house that he would not open government until we agreed with doing what he wanted to do. that is not democracy. that's despotism. leader mcconnell was refusing to bring up our package of appropriation bills, the very same bills written by the
republican senate as has been so often said, and i would prefer they were bipartisan bills, we're now sending him each of the bills individually. on wednesday we passed a bill that would among other things reopen the i.r.s. so taxpayers can get their refunds. they paid in more than they owed and they ought to get it back and they ought to get it back in a timely fashion. but folks who are to do that are not being allowed to come to work. yesterday we passed the agriculture appropriation bill which would continue nutrition assistance for those facing hunger and reopen programs helping farmers in rural america. many of you represent rural farmers. and they are relying on payments from the department of agriculture to sustain them. and they are not getting them. we also passed yesterday a bill for transportation, housing and urban development to restore safety to air travel and keep low-income americans from
losing rental housing assistance. i don't think there is any republican that wants to see people out on the street because they couldn't make their payment because they didn't get their peament from the federal government. today we're bringing this interior appropriation bill to the floor to reopen america's national parks and restore services to native americans and tribal communities. i want to thank the gentlelady, ms. mccollum from minnesota, for the leadership she has shown and the work she has pursued to bring this bill to the floor. i ask my colleagues on o both sides of the aisle to vote on the merits of this bill. i hope that many republicans will join us. if you are for reopening government, vote yes. if you vote no, you're for continuing this trump shut down. i hope leader mcconnell listens to his senators. senator susan collins said this on the house-passed bills last
thursday. it would be great to have them signed into law. because there is not great controversy over them and at least we would be getting those workers back to work. senator corey gardner, republican of colorado, added we should continue to do our jobs and get the government open. i agree, mr. speaker. hopefully when we vote today we will have in mind the 800,000 people who are not getting paid . half of whom are working. hopefully we'll have in find all those who are looking for tax return, all those looking for a supplemental nutrition pavement so they can can can put food on their tables, all those looking to make sure they can settle on their house because f.h.a. is cooperating, all those who need visas extension or something of that
nature. hopefully we'll be thinking of them. not just of small bore flicks of if you don't -- boor of politics if you don't do what i say i won't play. vote for this bill. send it to the snafment senator mcconnell, put it on the floor. pass it. send it to president trump. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personality pernlts toward the president -- personalities toward the president. the gentleman from california. mr. calvert: people in the border patrol want a border. and most what majority mentioned it's part of securing the border. that's something that acts like using a football metaphor, an offensive line. it slows people down in order
for technology and people at that point to pick people who are coming in illegally with drugs or otherwise illegal activity. ith that i'd like to recognize the gentleman from ohio, mr. joyce. mr. joyce: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the distinguished gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight some of my concerns with h.r. 266. as a representative from the great state of ohio, i know how important it is to have programs to ensure we're protecting our natural resources and preserving them for future generations. one of the greatest natural resources and economic powerhouses we have in the united states and for the world, that matter, is the great lakes system, which is in my district -- which my district is lucky enough to have a portion have. the lakes provide more than 45 million people with drinking water. they support more than 3,500 species of plants and animals. studies have shown 1.5 million jobs are directly connected to these five lakes generating $62
billion in wages. that's why i fought so long and so hard for the great lakes restoration initiative. as members of this house, we have a responsibility to properly represent the people who sent us here to fight for their priorities and needs. unfortunately, this bill is falling far short of fulfilling that responsibility. the fact is there is bipartisan, bicameral report language that would not go into effect if the bill before us goes into law. it reduces the growth of harmal algal bloom that have been a concern nationwide. affected lgal bloom people in toledo ohio. it would not help preventing and controlling harmful algal bloom. it doesn't help urban and rural communities control nutrients in their watershed. it doesn't include language about working to understand the risks of exposure to toxins
that result from harmful algal blooms. these toxins can come through our drinking water and can be extremely harmful to humans. in the end this bill does not include the priorities many members have fought for for their constituents. it does not include language that supports programs that impact ohio as well as many other states across the country. i cannot in good faith support legislation that does not treat our great lakes as the national treasure they are or invest in them to the fullest extent. please stand with me today in sending a message to protect our great lakes. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill in its current form. we can do much better than this. we as members of the house must not abdicate our responsibility to craft these spending bills in the best interest of our constituents. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. i mccollum: mr. speaker, also hail from the great lakes
state and the funding in the senate bill and the house bill for the great lakes was identical. so at least in this portion of the funding, it was equal for both the house and the senate. with that, mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. huffman, a member of the house natural resources committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. huffman: i thank the gentlelady for yielding, and i rise today in support of this bill to reopen our national parks and end the trump shutdown. over the last three weeks, the conditions in our national parks have reached unacceptable and unsafe levels as park employees are furloughed without pay and forced to keep quiet about the ongoing damage. here's what some of it looks like. dirty diapers, coffee cups, burrito wrappers, that's just the start of what congresswoman jackie speier and i saw this past weekend as we joined volunteers for a trash cleanup
it the golden gate national recreation area, which we both represent. it took us a few minutes to bags wo 32-gallon trash to fill with waste. is that the idea, mr. trump, the backup plan, to have our parks and park visitors and our professional park staff pay for the wall? you said mexico would pay for. and, mr. speaker, the damage from the trump shutdown does not end there. i have more than 24 federally recognized tribes in my district. each of these communities faces serious financial insecurity as a result of this shutdown. i refuse to stand by as indian country suffers, as our national parks suffer, and as millions of americans suffer so that donald trump can pretend he's building a medieval border wall. we need the house and senate to pass the interior aprops bill. we need the president to sign it, to prevent further
degradation of our public lands. this government does not belong to donald trump. it belongs to the american people and it's time to reopen the government. i urge a yes vote and yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. members are reminded to refrain from -- are reminded to direct their comments and remarks to the chair. the gentleman from california, mr. calvert, is recognized. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, i'm happy to yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from the great state of utah, mr. stewart. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stewart: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to begin by stating the obvious, if i could, and my democratic colleagues call this a compromise. this bill is a lot of things but a compromise it is not. it takes away everything we have done for the last year, everything we have done for the last year and, poof, it's gone. it throws it away. there's an old saying in the house, it's not the opposing party that's the enemy, it's the senate.
in is great illustration of this. as a member of the appropriations committee it pains me that my friends across the aisle have effectively removed my constituents from the process by just accepting the senate bill. every member of the house and our constituents have been silenced in this. we are not represented at all. and not only is the democratic majority ignored this body's role in creating this budget, they are throwing away hundreds of hours of hearings, of markup, of floor time. again, as we are fighting for our constituents, we passed a bill. the house has done our work. let me say it again. the house has done our work. if this was a serious effort by our friends on the other side to open up the government, they would pass our house bill again. it would go to the senate and we would reconcile these two bills. let's consider some of the things that have been thrown way, poof, magically gone in smoke, money for our indian brothers and sisters, including
for hospital staffing, money for road maintenance so children can go to school, money for our national parks for deferred maintenance. the list goes on and on. i ran for congress because i wanted to represent my district. this bill is my district. 70% of my district is owned by the federal government. how can i just sit by and say that my constituents will have no voice, no voice in this bill or in this appropriations process at all? finally, my friends on the other side know these bills don't stand a chance of actually becoming law. they know that. the senate won't take these up. the president has said he won't sign it. if you want to talk compromise, then let's actually try to do that. let us take where we are, let us take where the senate is, try to bring them together. that, my friend, is compromise. and with that regretfully i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. chair.
once again, i am sorely disappointed when before the end of december, before the new congress came into being, some of the suggestions here to move forward with conference committee reports, to bring them to the floor, to work with the president, now that we have the new congress sworn in, for the president to say, you know, you get those conference committee reports going, we'll do a continuing resolution to keep government open, we'll negotiate the homeland security bill off to the side but there's silence. there's no commitment. quite frankly, i don't know if the president would change his mind again if he would agree to that. with that, mr. speaker, i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from washington, a member of the appropriations subcommittee who serves on the secretary of the interior committee, mr. kilmer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kilmer: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i rise in strong support of
this bill, which will restore funding for the department of interior, for the forest service and for the environmental protection agency because it's simply wrong for federal workers to be held hostage. it's wrong for people who de pend on these agencies to be held hostage as they negotiate a tactic on a completely unrelated policy issue. the renal i represent has more than 600,000 -- the region i represent has more than 600,000 acres of national forest. it's home to olympia national park and it overlooks the iconic puget sound so i'm speaking on behalf of the hundreds of federal workers who protect and manage these natural resources, from park rangers to timber sales specialists to water quality monitors who've gone unpaid for almost three weeks. this isn't just about those federal workers who lost their pay. i'm also here to speak on behalf of the communities that
depend on these federal resources. gateway communities like my hometown where i grew up, port angeles, washington, where the economy depends on park visitors who come in and eat at local restaurants, stay in local hotelses, gas up their car -- hotels, gas up their car. remote towns like forks who need resources to help with roads. and those that support the local indian health clinics and cities like tacoma that trust the environmental protection agency to protect the quality of their air and their water. congress should end this shutdown now so that federal workers can receive the pay that they've earned for serving us and so that our communities can again count on the government to provide taxpayers with the services that they fund, services that belong to everyone in this country. this bill is a responsible way forward.
it has already passed the senate with the support of 92 senators including majority leader mcconnell. congress should not wait another day to pass this bill and reopen these agencies so i urge my colleagues to vote yes and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: thank you, mr. speaker. i may point out to my friend from the state of washington the earthquake warning system we both worked on is below the house number by $9.4 million. and so that's unfortunate. mr. speaker, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. westerman: i would like to thank the gentleman from california for yielding and for his hard work in putting together an appropriations product of the house which is a far cry from what this bill is. it's not a product of the house. it's more like something you would get from the bill of the month club. it has none of the house priorities that have been
debated here. mr. speaker, i would like to think about the number 85. 85 people perished in the campfire last year in california. the blaze destroyed an entire community, burned 14,000 homes, and left hundreds of other americans injured or homeless. adding to that, the campfire was just one of thousands of blazes that burned nine million acres across the country last year. let's face the facts. more and more americans are living closer to our nation's forests. these forests are becoming thicker, drier, and overstocked with flammable materials. when the temperatures rise and the arid winds blow, we have seen firsthand how these unhealthy forests become objects of mass destruction. the u.s. forest service now estimates that there are at least 43 million homes in the wildland urban interface, that's the part of our country where forests an communities
intersect. this is a major increase from the 31 million homes that were located there less than 20 years ago. meanwhile, millions of acres of public land are at a high or severe risk of wildfire. like paradise, california, some of these acres directly threaten the communities and the americans that live nearby. mr. speaker, the notion that congress would lower the level of hazardous fuels reduction in the wake of all this is outrageous. at a base level, the government must protect its citizens and the hernandez fuels reduction fuels nd the hazardous reduction will do this. however, this version of the interior appropriations bill drops $21 million out of the hazardous fuels reduction account. mr. speaker, we should be investing more on hazardous fuels reduction and sound forest management, not less. forest management is the essential component to protecting americans who live next to our nation's forests. again, forests which are
getting drier and deadlier with each passing year. further, hazardous fuels reduction leads to all sorts of environmental and economic benefits. in addition to protecting american lives, proper forest management leads to cleaner water, more rural jobs and less carbon in the atmosphere. i am all for fiscal soundness, but, mr. speaker, cutting the hazardous fuels money is illogical. it's like saying, we prefer a pound of cure over an ounce of prevention. while we may save money upfront, the american people are going to have to pay more over the long term as taxpayers foot the bill to put out these blazes and property owners have their homes and assets incinerated. in closing, we should be investing in protecting americans' lives and property and being good stewards of our environment, lowering the hazardous fuels reduction account accomplishes the exact opposite. failing the thousands of americans who live and around
our forests. thank you and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. . ms. mccollum: i think the gentleman and the chair would both be concerned and i quote from president trump, one of his tweets. billions of dollars are sent to the state of california forest fires that with proper forest management would never happen. unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, i have ordered fema to send no more money. it is a disgraceful situation, lives mbs and money. mr. chair -- lives and money, mr. chair, the gentleman who just spoke and the president, i would like to note that the bill that we will pass today, hopefully, shortly, will provide $1.76 million more than house republicans passed last year for the department of interior wild land fire management and $226 million more for the u.s. forest service for wild land fire and
management. mr. chair, i think we should all grieve for loss of life and loss of property for those who have been impacted by our wild land fires. mr. speaker, i would like to yield five minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, the chair of the house natural resources committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to the chair of the subcommittee, representative mccollum. i rise today to add my voice of support for the interior appropriations bill to fund the government. trump's ongoing government shutdown has damaged our economy, our national parks, and our public lands. this is not an inevitable outcome, this damage that we see. this is directly a a republican inflicted damage. trump and his enablers seem happy to let this shut down slow our economy, hurt underian country, and put our national parks and public lands at risk indefinitely.
it shouldn't be hard for our republican colleagues to choose between funding normal government operations or continue to make people suffer for the trump ego and obsession. this bill is nearly identical to the legislation that already passed the senate 92-6. it he reopens vital agencies and returns our national parks to normal business. this means we can clean up the trash and repair the damage that has been done through this shut down. opposing this bill encan courages trump to keep holding americans hostage to his elusional demands. ms. mccollum: would the gentleman yield for a question? as you know, mr. chairman, i feel as strongly as you do about the health and protection of our public lands. in your view as chairman of the committee that oversees the interior department, is the administration protecting the quality of our public lands
during this shut down? i yield back. mr. grijalva: thank you. the administration has done -- has not done enough to protect public safety or the quality of our public lands during this shut down. new roads have been bulldozed through protected land in joshua tree national park because that was not there to prevent it. hikers have been injured and rely on volunteers to carry them to safety. we all heard about the trash piling up at precious sites across this country. every day we see more damage to our public lands. and that involves also the vandalism and looting on protected areas, cultural resources, and historic resources in our public lands and parks. i haven't seen any serious willingness from the administration to end this shut down and get back to normal operations. ironically the permitting for gas, oil, mining continues unabated at the expense of the public, taxpayers, and
employees and of course our public lands and parks. the permitting process for -- in the refuge and other parts of new mexico and oklahoma continues unabated. that is one part of this shut down that was not affected at all. ms. mccollum: would the gentleman yield once more? i agree with my colleague that this administration when it comes to our public lands is making matters worse not better by choosing to keep some parks open during the trump shut down. this political attempt to minimize the consequences of the shut down will only result in further damage to our national treasures and place the safety of visitors at risk. using funds from fee collection to provide operations to support the parks hurts the parks in two ways. this small funding stream cannot replace the $2.5 million that we provide for park operations each year that ensures the safety of visitors, maintains clean and orderly park operations, and safeguards park's assets. redirecting these funds away from their intended purposes
delays the capital improvements needed to sustain our parks for our future. because of this, i join you, i join you in urging the president to slows the parks for the remainder of this trump shut down or better yet, sign this bill into law so that our parks can open fully and safely. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. i'm very grateful to my friend for her leadership on this issue, the tireless efforts of the appropriations chair. and smoker pelosi. -- speaker pelosi. they are working for people to fund and reopen this government and on behalf of people. i make one particular note. while the harm to our parks has been noted, the damage to indian country is less documented and in many cases much more personal and devastating. according to a january 1 "new york times" report, the shut down has trapped members of navajo nation in their homes due to unplowed roads. and has put many tribal members and their families in severe
economic stress. law enforcement officers continue working without pay because they are federal employees. similar scenarios are reported and playing out in tribal land across this nation. the national council of urban indian health found that 62% of their urban indian health centers will need to cancel programs or cease offering services if the shut down continues. that process has already begun. today i launched an online tool for americans to share their stories of how the trump shut down impacts their lives. i ask them to share their experiences being furloughed, forced to work without pay, and turned away from visiting public lands and denied essential services. trump and his supporters need to listen to these stories. i encourage everyone to speak out on social media with the hash tag, my shut down story. we're hearing from my families -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. grijalva: with that i yield
back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, has the right to close. i am a' the final speaker. the speaker pro tempore: that's correct, sir. mr. calvert: does the gentlelady from any additional peakers? the gentlewoman from minnesota has the right to close. miss column: i have no more sec -- ms. mccollum: i have no more speakers. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from california virginia tech. mr. calvert: i have served on the appropriations committee for a long time and i'm proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish in a bipartisan and bicameral manner which is the history of the appropriations committee. unfortunately, the senate bill before us today forces us to choose between abdicating our constitutional obligations and underfunding important programs in a way that's unacceptable to me and my constituents.
i'm afraid this is a a bad precedent and i hope this does not happen in the future that we just accept whatever the senate determines is the proper path forward. i'm just hardened by the democrats' closed process. it throws our bipartisan house priorities and will neither secure our borders nor reopen the government. rather than passing bills to score political points, i urge my friends on the other side of the aisle to work with us to find a solution that reflects the will of the house, will pass in the senate, and will be signed by the president. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. ms. mccollum: mr. chair, before i do my closing remarks i have two articles which i would like to insert in the record dealing with the administration's illegal use of taking fees to keep our parks and refuges open. the speaker pro tempore:
without objection, so ordered. ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. chairman. responsibility funding the government is one of congress' most important duties. republicans failed to meet this obligation and they have allowed president trump to pedal chaos. the trump shut down is creating uncertainty for families, businesses, and communities more than 800,000 employees are not getting paid today. and for that i am deeply heart sick. vital services are being disrupted. small businesses are being forced to lay off employees, but democrats are ready to end the trump shut down. the interior bill has already received bipartisan support from the senate, so after this house bill passes, senate republicans will have a a choice. pass their own bill end the shut down or reject it and keep the government closed. on monday, the national governors association sent a letter, and i quote from it, mr. speaker, a federal government shut down should not be a negotiating contact.
end of quote. i agree with the governors. i'm sure that federal employees whose paychecks are being withheld today feel the same way. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bill. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 28, the previous question is ordered on the bill. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill making appropriations for the department of the interior, environment, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. calvert: mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the bill? mr. calvert: in the current form, yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies. the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. calvert of
california-- mr. calvert: i ask for dispensing read of thing of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection? without objection, the read something dispensed with. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california is recognized for five minutes in support of his motion. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, the bill under consideration has $21 million less for major house priority that was included in the fiscal year 2019 interior environment bill pass in the last congress. i'm talking about doing more to prevent catastrophic wildfires. for the past four years, four fiscal years, the house has prioritized funding to improve our national forests and other federal forestland, the department of interiors and forest service's hazardous fuel reduction programs. these programs use methods such as thinning, prescribed burns, and removing underbrush to help unhealthy forests return to a healthy condition. in fiscal year 2018, congress
provided $614 million for these programs. last year, the house passed bill increased that amount by $30 million for fiscal year 2019. the bill before us today, h.r. 266, only provides a $9 million increase. my motion to recommit will fix this major problem and save lives. the increase is offset by reduction in the bureau of land management's deferred maintenance account and the forest service capital improvement and maintenance account. these infrastructure programs receive significant increases in fiscal year 2018 and they have a large careover balance. mr. speaker, my bottom line is i cannot support a bill that does not -- does less to prevent catastrophic wildfire. my home state of california experienced deadly and record setting wildfires last year. i was with the president,
former governor brown, and the current governor newsome -- newsom, our minority leader, and congressman lamalfa in paradise late last year. in 2017 i also visited santa rosa with my colleague from the northern part of the state, congressman mike thompson. the devastation i saw was undescribeable. and heart taking. while we can and should continue to debate what more needs to be done to improve the health of our nation's forests, i'm proud that the interior environment subcommittee on a bipartisan, bicameral basis has led the way. the subcommittee successfully negotiated a forest management reform package and fired borrowing fix as part of the fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill. it allowed for more on the ground forest management activities. these are the activities that prevent the natural cycle of ires from exploding into
terrible conditions. it provided smarter budgeting for wildfire suppression costs. the budgeting reforms go into effect in fiscal year 2020. i'm certain that the new chair of the interior environment subcommittee, my distinguished colleague and friend from minnesota, looks forward to that. it's been a pleasure to work with her as partners on the forest management and wild land fire budgeting issues. yet there is more that we need to do. today we can start by supporting this motion. it will send a strong message to the senate, it should focus --that they should focus on this issue. more importantly, it will show californians and other americans affected by wildfire that the house is doing something about this problem. i urge my colleagues to support the motion. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota seek
i reserve the balance of my time anything? ms. mccollum: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to this motion to recommit and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. mccollum: mr. speaker, it's with great reluctance at that i again read the tweet by the president of the united states. billions of dollars are sent to the state of california for forest fires that with proper forest management would never have happened. unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, i have ordered fema to send no more money. it's a disgraceful situation in lives and money. that was the president of the united states. mr. speaker, i don't even know where to begin with with to the president's recent threat to block disaster response funds to californians struggling to restore their lives, get back in their homes after the devastating fires of last year. so i'm going to spend the to th of my time directly responding to this motion. i think we can all agree, every single one of us, preventing wildfires is important and my
colleague and i just disagree on the best path forward. i believe that the best path forward is to reopen the government so the u.s. forest service can get back to work on the activities that prevent wildfires. critical activities like the hazardous fuel program that should be going on right now if we want to prevent fires this coming year. additionally, again, i'd like to note that the bill that we should pass today provides $1.7 million more than the house republicans passed last year for the department of interior wildland fire management. $227 million more for the u.s. forestry service and wildland fire management. responseably funding the federal government -- responsibly funding the federal government is one of the most important duties of congress. this previous majority failed to do so with the most basic tact of keeping the lights on.
here we are, day nine of the 116th congress. we democrats are ready to reopen the federal agencies that have been shut down by president trump. this legislation has already garnered strong support, strong bipartisan support, i would add, in the senate. we need to ensure that the federal government is open and it's working for the american people and that our federal employees get the paychecks they deserve. mr. speaker, with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. without objection, the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. the motion is not agreed to. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, i'd ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. the gentleman from california. 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 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which 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 maryland seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill s. 24. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 24, an act to provide for the compensation of federal and other government employees affected by lapses in appropriations. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, and the gentleman from montana, mr. gianforte, will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that --
all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: there is no objection. o ordered. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, as we enter day 21 of the trump shutdown, it is incumbent upon the house to do everything we can to address the pain and suffering being felt by dedicated federal workers who are missing their paychecks. most of them are living from paycheck to paycheck. and now they approach this day
on friday having moved from paycheck to no check. today, 800,000 federal employees will not receive their first paycheck of this new year. regardless of what members think about the causes of the shutdown, every single one of us should agree that hardworking federal employees who give their blood, their sweat, and their tears to lifting us up as a nation should not be held hostage to olitics as a result. 380,000 federal employees have been furloughed and locked out of their offices. another 420,000 federal employees, hardworking
employees working without pay. we will see them at our airports. we'll see them working today and tomorrow and have been for he last many days without pay. some even had to cancel already scheduled vacation days or sick leave to report to work. these 800,000 men, and women include personnel at the federal aviation administration , the bureau of prisons, the federal bureau of investigation , the department of homeland security, the food and drug administration, and departments of agriculture, treasury and justice. these are the men and women who keep our country safe, ensure the safety of our airports and
food, protect our national parks and, yes, keep our economy moving. senate bill 24 will provide back pay to federal employees furloughed during this shutdown and potential future shutdowns. the measure also would allow essential employees to use their annual leave instead of having to cancel already scheduled and approved vacation plans. many federal employees are suffering. but not only are they suffering, mr. speaker, their children are suffering and they are in pain and they're worried and they're scared. you see, they have mortgages and car loans to pay, daycare expenses to cover, and food to
put on the table. and even while they struggle to pay these bills, furloughed employees face the stress and anxiety of not knowing whether or not they will be paid when the shutdown ends. the least we can do is to relieve that uncertainty. the president claims that the federal employees support this pointless shutdown. he also had the nerve to say, why don't they just adjust? adjust with what? and how? and so i've not heard that from a single federal employee that they support this shutdown. what they want to do is to get back to work serving the american people. and what they are saying over and over again is, government,
do not hurt us. help us. do not hurt us. help us. so promising they will receive back pay once shutdown ends is the least we can do. finally, mr. speaker, this bill passed the senate with every single senators' consent. and prutch has indicated he will -- and president trump has indicated he will sign it. i urge every member of the house to do the same and support this bill. and let's end this shutdown and get the government open and working again. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland reserves. the gentleman from montana is recognized. mr. gianforte: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gianforte: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of s. 24, the government employee fair treatment act of 2019.
this bill is a promise to our dedicated civil servants, both those forced to the sidelines and those still hard at work without pay. when the house democrats stopped using federal employee's livelihoods as a political football to fund the government, including border security, paychecks will be issued. mr. speaker, to my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, we get it. you don't like the president. you made your point. it's now time to stop messing around. we need to fund the government so we can make good on the promise in this bill, and let's be clear. this bill does not stop the immediate pain of missed paychecks. under s. 24, federal employees still do not get paid until the funding bills are passed and the government is reopened. federal employees will still struggle to find ways to put food on the table and make ends meet until the house democrats
agree to negotiate in good faith. this bill also does not reimburse taxpayers for all the missed government services, like our national parks and indian health service. every day this shutdown continues, taxpayers are on the hook for paying federal employees for jobs they are legally barred from doing. every day this shutdown continues, border patrol agents and other federal employees are forced to work without pay. and every day this shutdown continues, many members of congress are still getting paid. i've instructed the administrative officials with the house to withhold my pay until the partial shutdown ends and until border patrol agents and other federal employees are paid. members of congress should not get paid when portions of the federal government are shut down. there are other pieces of legislation that would pay federal employees who are working during this partial
shutdown, and there are others that would hold congress accountable for not doing its job. i will support the government employee fair treatment act, but i urge my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, end the games, get back to work, let's get the job done. mr. speaker, i reserve the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from montana reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the distinguished speaker of the house, congresswoman nancy pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. for one minute. the speaker: thank you very much, mr. speaker. and mr. assistant speaker. i thank mr. cummings for bringing this important legislation to the floor in very expeditious time. the senate passed it by unanimous consent yesterday, and here we are today on the first day that some of our
federal employees will miss heir paycheck that congress is saying and guaranteeing that workers will be paid, not only for this shutdown, but god forbid if we have any future ones, that their pay will be guaranteed. . i support the bill and glad it has strong bipartisan support as it did in the senate, and that the president has given the impression that he will sign the bill. it ensures that 800,000 federal employees are going without pay because of the senseless shut down will ultimately get the back pay they deserve. but it's scarce consolation for these workers who are desperate to make ends meet right now. they are paychecks are going to be late, but they must pay their bills on time and in full. the impact of a missed paycheck is catastrophic in the lives of these americans when they can't
pay their mortgage, their rent, their utilities bill, their car payments, children's tuition on time, the list goes on. it affects their credit rating. and it affects the credit rating of the united states of america. i'm particularly concerned about the impact it has on our veterans. large percentage of the federal work force are veterans. they have taken their commitment to public service and the military to public service on the civilian side. we don't do any favor for our friends, our veterans and military families, if we affect their credit rating. so today the press reported that workers are desperately taking their -- taking to the internet to sell some of their household items and other things. sometimes their very reduced price. for just a couple can of dollars just to pay their bills. -- just --couple of dollars
just to pay their bills. this is just not right. people who work, we say two things come to work and don't get paid, or shut them out so they can't come to work. while they are not getting paid, again, thousands of these men and women are expected to show up for work. sending these workers their paycheck late is wrong. we keep saying that. it's wrong. but since there is a guarantee that they will be getting paid, i would hope that the commercial banks, the banks in our country would follow the lead of some of the credit unions by giving interest free loans right now to these families so that they can pay their bills in time and they can be respected for the work they do or anticipated to do. this shut down, by the way, soon to become the longest in history. it's creating chaos in our communities. it fails to meet the -- fails to have us, the government,
meet the needs of the american people. we're endangering the food -- safety of our food supply, the security of our airlines, the eviction of vulnerable families is affected. the support of our farmers. for their support systems as well as food stamps for the hungry and tax returns refunds, tax refunds for the american people. and the ability of the i.r.s. to supply information to taxpayers who want to pay their taxes but need guidance. it's a needless crisis that is inflicting pain on the american people. democrats support effective border security. we honor our oath of office to protect and defend, to protect and defend our borders, our country, our people, and our constitution. we need to look at the facts, according to the d.e.a., when the president says oh, we have to stop the drugs coming into he country,
the country, well, let's look at the facts. the d.e.a. says that almost all, 90% of illicit drugs coming into the country come in through legal ports of entry. that's the president's concern and it's a legitimate concern that we all share, we need to build the infrastructure, increase the size of infrastructure of the legitimate ports of entry. those are ports of entry for immigration, for trade, and to stop the unwelcome in terms of drugs, contraband, and weapons coming into our country. more infrastructure, improve the roads there to facilitate. we also need the technology exists, we have all committed that we would pay whatever it is, $400 million or more, for the infrastructure -- the technology to scan the cars. scan the cars for the drugs and
other contraband. again, technology is our friend in this, and it is very effective, proven, proven way to protect us from those intrusions. we can hire more personnel, which we must do. there are thousands of unfilled positions with the border patrols. we must have more people to do the job there. much of what i'm saying here is what the administration, department of homeland security, asked for. and we said yes. in the appropriation bills. and here we're having that fight later. and we can have more investment in innovation -- and innovation to detect unauthorized crossings. we don't need, the president first described as a concrete wall, 30 feet high, paid for by mexico.
cross out all of the above. it's not that. but the fact is, spending money on whatever that is that the president's describing it now as is an opportunity cost for doing what we know will work to secure our border, all of our borders. all of our borders. there is a humanitarian challenge for us at the border that we have to deal with in a way that is consistent with our values. but also protects our border. what the president is proposing, in fact, he has exacerbated the problem with his cool policies of taking children out of the arms of their parents, separating families, the list goes on. but to the point of securing e border, in a strong, cost-effective, values-based way, democrats have made that proposal, proposals have
bipartisan support. let me just say just before this bill came up on the floor, pass the legislation to a bill, passed by the senate on the -- to open up the department of interior and related agencies there. we have said to the republicans and to the president we will accept ideas, good ideas wherever they come from. these ideas came from the united states senate, controlled by the republicans, up until this new congress, within the last month. they controlled -- they still do control the senate. and they put legislation on the floor of the senate in a mini bus that passed 92-6. we said let's take your language, let's embrace your language, let's pass it on the house, and you once again pass your own language. they won't take yes for an
owns. -- for an answer. that might be part of a legitimate debate. but why do you have to shut down government? do you not have confidence -- i say to the president, don't you have confidence in your own ideas that you have to shut down government to increase your leverage and then threaten to take extraordinary measures when the answer is very simple, let's open up government, let's have a civilized debate, and let's do so in a way that honors our values as we protect our borders and meet the needs of the american people. i urge a yes and i'm glad we'ring going to come out of this with a bipartisan vote. again i thank mr. cummings for his extraordinary leadership in so many ways. most recently on this legislation. yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the distinguished gentlewoman yields. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the gentleman from maryland
reserves. mr. cummings: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas, mr. hurd, will control the time for the minority. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. hurd: thank you, madam speaker. i'd like to thank my friend, the distinguished gentleman from the great state of maryland for expeditiously bringing this piece of legislation to the floor because this is an important piece of legislation that ensures all federal employees receive back pay once this government shutdown is over. last week while flying back to washington i spoke with t.s.a. agents concerned about their paychecks and uncertainty created by this shut down. guaranteeing back pay is the least we can do to give more certainty to almost a million federal employees, including many in my district, who are missing their first paycheck today. i understand their concerns because my pay is being withheld during sh this shut down in solidarity with federal
workers. we all need to come together and find a bipartisan and realistic solution to reopen the government. if we're going to talk about border security, then the brave men and women who are on the ground every day securing our border should get paid. border security and immigration have been a contentious issue for a long time, but the only way we solve big problems here in washington is by working together. we need to push pause on requesting specific conditions before talks resume. we need to lay down our swords and be willing to find not a democratic solution, not a republican solution, but a solution for all americans. i urge my colleagues to stand with federal workers and join me in supporting this commonsense piece of legislation which has passed unanimously by the senate last night. thank you, madam speaker. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i
yield to the distinguished gentleman from virginia, and a member of our committee, mr. connolly, two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. connolly: i thank the speaker, and i thank my dear friend from maryland for his leadership. i certainly support this bill to keep our federal employees whole. i must say when i hear discussion and when i heard the words of our friend and colleague from montana, i thought are we rewriting history? this isn't about who likes president trump or who does not. where is the outrage in this body? when do we finally say enough? we had a bill, a bipartisan bill that passed the senate, it was ready to pass here. the white house said they would sign it. and because four, five right wing talking heads scared the president of the united states,
he pulled the plug. democrats didn't do that. republicans didn't do it. he did it. and now you are defending him, enabling him. even when he says, i never said mexico would pay for the wall. even though we have 212 explicit references in the last three years in which he said precisely that. nd meanwhile, because of that, votes which came out o of the right field -- folks which came out of the right field, 800,000 federal employees and all american citizens are held hostage. when do we come together? and say enough? when do we stand up for those federal employees who are civil servants, who serve our constituents? and when do we say this shut
down threatens the security of the united states? it is wrong. and we have had enough. so it's good that we're going to keep our federal employees whole this the shut down ends, but let's come together and make sure this shut down ends. even at the risk of taking on the president of the united tates politically. at the last analysis, can can can we not come together and -- can can we not come together and do the right thing for the american people? i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: i reserve the balance of my time, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. hurd: madam speaker, i'm going to continue to reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i yield my distinguished friend
and gentleman from the state of maryland, mr. rass conditions, two minutes. -- raskin, two minutes. mr. raskin: thank you very much, mr. chairman. 800,000 american workers, 800,000 workers in our federal work force have either been sent home and furloughed with no check, or told to report to work with no check. with no payment. i have got air traffic controllers living in my district, mr. chairman, madam speaker, who have had to take money out of their kids' 529 college funds, have had to take money out of their own retirement funds, in order to pay their family bills. there is a 10% penalty for doing that. who is going to pay them back the 10%? is the president of the united states going to do that? what about my constituents, i have tens of thousands of federal workers, what about my constituents being forced to put their mortgage on a credit
card this month? who is going to pay them back? what about the dishonor and humiliation brought on our government by this? the president of the united states didn't do this to hundreds of thousands of workers in putin's russia or in hungary or the philippines. this is our people that he did this to. this is our workers who he sent home with no paycheck. people are texting me, they are emailing me their pay stubs today which say zero dollars gross. zero dollars net. after having worked 40 or 50 hours this week. i have scientists in my district working on preventing outbreaks of e. coli contamination, salmonella, insect infestation of our food supply and they have been told not to go to work. madam speaker, this is an outrage and a scandal. at the very least we can pass on a unanimous bipartisan basis this legislation to try to repair the damage by saying
that every federal worker will get back every penny that he or she is owed by the united states government. . we need make sure that if this ever happens again, if the president ever holds the federal work force hostage, the federal work force will not be the ones who have to pay for it. we should pass this immediately and we should reopen the government immediately. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. >> madam speaker, i'm going to continue to reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the distinguished majority leader of this great house from the state of maryland, congressman steny hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i want to thank the
chairman of the government reform committee, mr. cummings. i also want to thank mr. hurd. who, if he was in the leadership, this shutdown would not be happening. if he were in the leadership, this bill would not be required. and i thank him for bringing it to the floor with mr. cummings. i also thank him for his leadership in trying to get this government open. madam speaker, the 800,000 federal employees affecteded by this shutdown deserve -- affected by this shutdown deserve to know that they will be paid once it ends. i was with a veteran last night who -- a veterans organization, who told me the highest incident of veteran suicide is brought about by financial instability. fear of being able to pay their bills. fear of being able to support their families. fear of being unable to pay
their mortgage. that's what this bill is about. to give confidence and stability to those who work for us. who work for the american people. that's why this bill is coming to the floor. i want to congratulate senators warner and cane from virginia and senators kardon and van hollen from maryland -- carden and van holden from maryland for shepherding this legislation through the united states senate. normally i'd be proud to bring this bill to the floor. but none of us should be proud that this bill is else in. no one should have to go without a paycheck -- necessary. no one should have to go without a paycheck just because the president thinks he can bully congress into giving him what he wants. taking them hostage in return for a ransom of agreeing with him. the american people and the hardworking federal employees who serve them should not be held hostage until they give their hard-earned tax dollars to pay for an expensive and ineffective border wall for which the president promised mexico would pay. so here we are, madam speaker.
21 days into what is now the longest shutdown in our history. with 800,000 americans missing today, because of donald trump. how shameful. how sad. i hope all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will join me in supporting this bill. i thank both parties for bringing this bill forward. it was a bipartisan bill in the senate and i'm sure it will be a bipartisan bill here. because it is not whether you agree with the shutdown, it is whether you agree to being fair to our federal employees. it's about whether you recognize and value the service and contribution of our federal workers. i am proud, madam speaker, to represent 62,000 federal employees. i am proud to represent them and i am proud of the work they do. they deserve better. frankly. than what they've gotten from
the congress over the last eight years of the republican majority. i made the point a little earlier today, this is a strategy shutting down government -- strategy, shutting down government. the government was shut down 10 times between 1981 when i came here and 1995. an average shutdown of 1.9 days. because you couldn't reach agreement, was going back and forth, but the government was open. but not a strategy to hold hostage for many, many days and weeks our federal employees until the other side did what you told them was absolutely essential for them to do. or you were going to hold hostages. they deserve better than this shutdown. as do the millions of americans impacted by the lack of services provided by these federal employees. this bill would provide a permanent solution to this problem. not only providing for back-pay during this shutdown, but guaranteeing the federal employees will get paid if any future shutdowns occur.
i might also observe, although it is not in this bill, it will be our intention and i look forward to working with mr. hurd on this, that there are state, county and municipal employees also impacted, which we lie on the flow of federal funds to -- rely on the flow of federal funds to pay their salaries, that i hope we'll address in the future of the i look forward to working with mr. cummings and mr. hurd toward that end. meanwhile, democrats will keep working. we'll keep working to end the current shutdown, and i call once more on leader mcconnell and president trump to do their part and reopen the people's government. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. cummings: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. hurd: thank you, madam speaker. i'm looking forward to working with the distinguished gentleman from maryland on making sure all employees are whole and i will continue to yield the balance of
my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i yield to the distinguished lady from texas, congresswoman sheila jackson lee. two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for two minutes. ms. jackson lee: madam speaker, it's a pleasure to be able to speak on the floor and thank you for your leadership. i thank the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, chair of the oversight committee, for his leadership. i thank my colleague from texas as well. and i would only say that we can't say it enough. thank you, chairman cummings, they are that payless. today they are no-check. today they are no more money today. they are broke today.
800,000 hardworking federal employees, their families, small businesses, all of those who work every day to contribute. as i go home today, i will be meeting with, today and tomorrow, federal employees. i want them to know that my office is open to be able to help them. 35,000-plus employees in texas, federal employees, 9,000 in the treasury. 5,700 in homeland security. now some 51,000 screeners who are not getting their dollars. and i have to pause for this one. the coast guard is not being paid. the very people that the president went to the border to celebrate, that they are trying to stop the multitudes of criminals, most of them under 10 years old, the coast guard on
the waters of this nation, the coast guard that rescued 1,000-plus in katrina, that rescued desperate houstonians in harvey are not being paid. they are military that's not being paid because they are under homeland security. this bill is crucial to ensure that those hardworking americans get paid, that they can use their personal leave, that no matter what happens, they will get reimbursed. and that we will make sure that we will not wait on their pay period, but they'll get it immediately. right now it is crucial for us to pass this bill, to ensure the integrity of all of us. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman has yielded. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. hurd: i continue to reserve, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- mr. cummings: madam speaker. if the gentleman has no further speakers, i'm prepared to close.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. hurd: madam speaker, i'd like to inform my friend from maryland, i have no further speakers and am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: the gentleman may close. mr. hurd: madam speaker, as the distinguished gentleman from the commonwealth of virginia said, we should make sure these federal employees are made whole. these are men and women that are making their own sacrifices to ensure that our country continues to operate. and i would recognize and suggest to all my colleagues, to support this piece of legislation that passed unanimously last night from the senate. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. cummings: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: madam speaker, first of all, i want to thank the distinguished gentleman, mr.
hurd, for his cooperation in working with us and always approaching these issues with a commonsense attitude. and always striving for bipartisanship. and we look forward to working with him and others, to continue to support our federal employees. as this shutdown drags on, it is wreaking havoc, madam speaker, with the lives of brightic federal workers -- patriotic federal workers who just want to get back to work and get a paycheck. hundreds of dedicated public ervants have called my office, this shutdown goes on record as one of the longest in history. worried and anxious about how they will pay their bills. for example, the shutdown is having a dire effect on 30-year employees at the i.r.s. whose finances and health are being imperiled.
she has multiple sclerosis and needs a monthly injection that has a $50 co-pay, which she simply cannot afford. she hasn't paid her mortgage and her lender won't give her a break. this is not an isolated example. thousands of federal employees face similar circumstances. and with that, madam speaker, we must end this shutdown and send our federal employees back to work as soon as possible. and i urge all members of the house to vote in favor of this legislation. and with that, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 24. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- the gentleman from maryland. mr. cummings: madam speaker. i ask for 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. proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. the motion to recommit on h.r. 266. passage of h.r. 266. the motion to suspend the rules and pass senate 24. and the motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 221. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote . pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, remaining electronic votes will be conducteded as a five-minute
vote -- will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the question agreeing to the motion -- on agreeing to the motion to recommit on h.r. 266 offered by the gentleman from california, mr. calvert, on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will redesignate the motion. the clerk: motion to recommit on h.r. 266, offered by mr. calvert of california. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on agreeing to the motion to recommit. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 190, the nays are 229. the motion is not adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. under clause 10 of rule 20, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 240, the nays are 179. the bill is passed, without objection, the motion is -- the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, to suspend the rules and pass s. 24. on which the yeas and nays are
ordered. the clerk will report the title. caller: compensation of federal and other government employees affected by appropriation. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 411 and the nays are 7. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, suspend the rules and pass h.r. 221 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 221, a bill to
amend the state department basic authorities act of 1956 to monitor and combat anti-semitism globally and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 411, the nays are one. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition?
>> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for the purpose of inquiring to the majority leader the schedule for the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. scalise: mr. speaker, -- the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. members will lease take their conversations off the floor -- will please take their conversations off the floor. the gentleman is recognized. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. scalise: with that, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield to my friend from maryland for our first official colloquy, the gentleman from maryland, and the majority leader of the house, mr. hoyer. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman for yielding. we have reversed positions, of course. for a number of years now, i've had the privilege of having a colloquy with mr. mccarthy, who
was then the majority leader. so, mr. scalise is now -- has now undertaken my role. a role probably he doesn't welcome. but i know he will do well. as minority whip. and as majority leader, i'm stim here doing the colloquy -- still here doing the colloquy. and i'm proud to be doing that with mr. scalise, who is an outstanding member. i congratulate him on his position and look forward to working with him through the years towards trying to create agreement, consensus, and action by the congress on behalf of the american people. mr. speaker, on monday the house will meet at 12:00 noon for morning hour debate, 2:00 p.m. for legislative biggs. with votes postponed until -- business. with votes pose postponed until 6:30 p.m. on tuesday and wednesday, the house will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour debate and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business. on thursday the house will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative siness, with last votes no
later than 3:00 p.m. we will consider several bills under suspension of the rules. the complete list of suspensions, as is the natural order, will be announced at the close of business today. in addition, mr. speaker, we will consider h.r. 268, which is the disaster supplemental appropriation act of 2019. chairwoman lowey released this legislation last week. it will provide relief and recovery assistance for americans affected by recent hurricanes, some of which were historic in their power. and devastation. wildfires, typhoons and other natural disasters. mr. speaker, we will also consider additional legislation related to fiscal year 2019 appropriations. we are on day 21 of this shutdown. and house democrats will continue to work so that it comes to end as soon as possible -- to an end as soon as possible. members are also advised that additional legislative items are
possible. and i might teed that, it is possible we will deal with one, two or three of the appropriation bills that haven't been passed. but it's also quite possible, and hopefully will, deal with the balance of appropriation bills which have not been enacted. we will have to see what transpires over the next 24, 48, 72, 96 hours. but hopefully we'll be able to move forward to get our federal employees back to work. i yield back to my friend. mr. scalise: i thank the gentleman from maryland. i appreciate the kind remarks and would return those as well. you're well versed at this process. a noble battler in the debate, of ideas. i look forward to having continued conversations about not only the areas where we may have some differences, but how we can find common ground and
you are very good at working with both sides to find common ground. obviously right now we're in the middle of one of those differences that hopefully can get resolved. as we've been in these meetings at the white house with the other leaders, both house and senate, republican and democrat, the unfortunate thing is that we've been at an impasse. the president, through his department of homeland security, has made a formal request and a detailed request for the amount of money it will take to secure our border. to properly give our agents, the people that are risking their lives to keep our country safe, the tools they need. it requires a lot of things it. might require more border patrol -- things. it might require more border patrol agents, more tools and technology. but clearly also physical barriers. that seems to be the area where we've had an impasse. i know that as the president put a formal offer on the table, backed up by the experts at the department of homeland security, for what it will take to secure
the border, up until this point we haven't seen a formal proposal, response to counter that offer. if in fact your side does agree that we need to secure the border, the president's made a formal request that came from our experts at the department of homeland security. the only offer i've seen put on the table is the speaker's offer, and i'm not even sure if it was serious when she said she would support $1. i know the gentleman from maryland will recognize that a dollar is not a serious counteroffer. the president has continued to extend an invitation that whenever there's a serious counteroffer that can be becomed up with an explanation of how that can secure our board fer that's the objective of the other side can the gentleman from maryland share with me when that counteroffer will be made, when a formal, serious proposal to get our government back open and secure our border will be
put on the table? i yield. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman from his -- for his observations theasms gentleman know we have and continue to be and are today even more so concerned about the fact that the president of the united states has taken hostage the government of the united states and shut it down. as a result, what we have asked for before we get into serious negotiations, let us open up the government. after all, when we're -- border security being a focus, nobody that is protecting the borders for the united states of america is getting paid. morale is low. apprehension is high. we believe very strongly that the first step we ought to take is open up government. then as the gentleman well knows, we have articulated on numerous occasions and i hope the gentleman believes we are honest and when the gentleman reviews the record of when we
were in charge of the house and the senate that we made very substantial investments in border security. as i think probably the gentleman knows. urthermore, we have been ready to support and offered the bills that the republicans have passed. and in fact, i think the majority leader at one point in time -- the minority leader in the senate said that he would accept the number that the president suggested. and we made some counteroffers. they were rejected. in fact, senator mcconnell believe he had an adwreement with the president on keeping government open, he sent us a bill, to do just that, in the waning days of december, and as the minority whip well knows, that bill was not taken up. on the floor of this house. in fact a bill which had been
pending for 11 1/2 months in committee came first to the floor with 10 days left in the year. included a number far above the number that the president originally asked for. and far above any number that had been discussed. and although it passed the ouse, the house knew then very well that it did not have the votes in the senate to pass and it did not pass. as a result, government shut down. and we continue to be in a place as we said at the white house to negotiate on border security, to secure our borders, to protect our people from those who would come across our borders, commit crimes, protect against drugs eing imported, protect against
trafficking of human beings, we all share that view, republicans and democrats. the issue is how we most effectively accomplish that objective. pending that, with the government -- we took power, it was our responsibility, what we have done over the last two weeks is to pass essentially your bills. i don't know how can be much more bipartisan than that. than pass your bills. mr. scalise: reclaiming my time. those were not our bills. the house had a negotiation going on with the senate. the senate as the gentleman knows passed some bill, not all the bills brought to the house floor, but brought some bills that were different from the house bills and as you know, when the senate passes a bill and the house has a different version you go to conference committee. you don't just say we're going to take the senate bill. also as you brought that bill to the floor, the speaker, the
majority leader, brought to the floor as part of that package a bill that did not pass the senate floor a bill that would have reversed the mexico city policy. that change was dramatic because that would have allowed taxpayer money to go to foreign government entities who provide abortion. it's been the policy of this country since ronald reagan went to mexico to deliver that speech and create the mexico city policy that we don't give taxpayer money to fund abortion. i know that's gone back and forth through different administrations. this president has made it very clear that he will strictly enforce the mexico city policy that bill on the floor would have reversed it. that's not lang wamming that passed the senate floor. in addition to that, if you go back throughout these negotiations, at the very beginning, the president has been talking about a crisis at the border. the crisis at the boarder is very real. in our first meeting with the leaders in the situation room at the white house about the
speaker -- both the speaker and the minority leader of the senate interrupted the secretary of homeland security every time she tried to go through this crisis. it's not just the drugs which are dramatic and we need to stop. it's not just the human trafficking which is dramatic that we need to stop. it's not just the murders that are happening, there are murders happening in so many state in your state of maryland, just recently, someone who is in this country illegally from el salvador was sentenced to life in prison without parole in montgomery county in maryland for the murder of someone. and he had no remorse for his crime. we just saw a police officer in california who was murdered by someone who came back and forth through this country illegally multiple times because we don't have physical barriers to secure our border. so that presentation was interrupted and we never got through the full presentation but ultimately the second retear of homeland security has laid
out why we have a crisis at the border and it needs to be resolve and they went into a detailed breakdown of the costs to secure the border. so at issue right here now is a difference in amount. if your side truly does agree that we have to secure our border, which i've heard the speaker, the minority leader and others say they need to secure the border, but yet they haven't been willing to agrow to more than one dollar in the request that's been made by the administration to secure the border. so the real question is, at the heart of this debate if we're all for border securitying we can talk about border security, in fact, back in 2006, president obama when he was a senator talked about the need for securing the border when ehe voted for the fence act. the minority leader, mr. schumer, at the time, voted for the fence act that language, and you can call it whatever you want, a fence, a wall, cement, steel
slats. but ultimately it's law. lang wang that allows what can and can't be built. the language that the minority leader, mr. schumer at the time, voted for in 2006 would have given the department of homeland security many of the tools they need in language but not the money. so now we're at a point where if it's all of a sudden he's against that kind of physical structure that he was for in 2006 he ought to explain why. and so shoiled others who have maybe change thared position. but if the language in 2006 would give the secretary of homeland security the tools they need and the authority they need to actually start securing the parts of the border between ports of entry. we have ports of entry. and everybody knows where those are. we by the way stop a lot of really bad people from coming into our country at ports of entry. what we don't know is how many people come through the areas where we have no ports of entry. where we have no brders. everybody recognizes that you
can't just stop people at the points of entry and then have no protection in the hundreds of miles, we're talking about over 500 miles of unprotected area of this country on the southern border where there is a crisis that's growing every single day. if we acknowledge that, now i know the minority leader than speaker went on tv the other night and said it's a fabricated crisis. how could you call this a fabricated crisis? when you see deaths, when you see -- over 90% of the heroin that comes into this country and kills americans every single day is coming across our southern border. that's not a fabricated crisis. those are real, serious things that are happening. that are bad. there are good people that come to this country. this country, america, is the greatest country in the world in letting people in legally. we let over one million people into our country legally every single year and it enriches our country. it's a legal process.
and there are millions of people waiting to come to this country the right way. so while we recognize that greatness of our country, we also recognize that there are people that are bad people, that come into our country every single day as well and we need to have the tools to secure our border so we can stop that. so the real question is, how much mup money is the other side willing to support to actually secure the border if the department that's tasked with keeping our country safe is saying they need $5.7 billion? if you agree for a smaller number, if you want to put on the table a smaller number, it's not $1, and let's at least recognize that was an insult. so if it's not $1, then what is the amount you will support and put on the table to start ta real gorblingse to solve this crisis? and i yield. mr. hoyer: mr. president, the government of the united states
partially has been shut down. that's the issue here. we can have the debate that the gentleman just discussed. not a word about opening up the people's government. not a word about 800,000 people who are not getting their salaries. not a word of the financial instability that he is subjecting 00,000 people to. he being the president of the united states. they are being held hostage for the ransom of doing what they believe is the right thing to d on border security. however, mr. hurd says a republican who has more border mileage on the border than any other congressional district in america, says what the president wants to do is not the right thing. senator ron johnson says a similar quote. lindsay -- lindsey graham said
he thought it was a bad investment he didn't say it yesterday or the day before he said it about a year ago. the issue -- if my friend will allow me to continue. mr. scalise: but lindsey graham did say we need to build the wall. he has a different solution than the gentleman from maryland. let's be clear. i just was speaking with senator graham last night about this. he wants to start building the wall and clearly your side has not been willing and the president by the way in the meeting in the oval office in the situation room two days ago looked at the speaker directly and said, ok, we don't agree even on some of these other areas of government that haven't been opened but if you'll agrow to work with me on the wall i will support another 30 days of keeping all government going even on the areas we disagree but to open everything up and continue negotiations on the wall and the speaker said no. we could have everything open today but the speaker is the one
being held hostage by the far left elements of your party because she's yet to agree to anything, not putting more than $1, she said on tv last week she'd support $1. that's an insult. and i have yet to see in any of the meetings i've been in her willingness to support more than that. and so we could have everything open today. that offer has been put on the table. the president himself has said you can write the definition of the wall. you can ban cement wall. the president has already acknowledge head would be willing to support that. he would be willing to support a lower number if you can justify how it secures the border but that offer has never been put on the table. we can end this crisis today. 21 days in is too lock. and there's a solution. but the solution includes, it's not going to be your way or the highway. you can't say no, we want everything or nothing. you've got to be willing to put something on the table that will secure the border of this country or just say you're not for border security. but you can't say you're for
border security and then not agree to more than $1. i yield. mr. hoyer: the gentleman yields? mr. scalise: the gentleman yields. mr. highway wrer: the government is shut down. there's no excuse for that. but the president wants his way. and he's taken 800,000 people hostage and the ransom he nands is his wall. nancy pelosi has nothing to do with shutting down this wall. we have passed bill after bill over the last two weeks to open up this government. if the minority whip thinks it's good for border security not to pay people who are protecting the border, he and i differ. let me tell you what mick mulvaney said. he wasn't there last night. and i talked to senator graham
last night. he made the statement that i just reflected to you. acting chief of staff mick mulvaney said, 2015, i understand it's not when he's working for the president who is paying his salary, to just say build a darn fence and have that at the end of an immigration discussion is absurd and almost childish. for someone running for president to take that simplistic of a view. 8/25/15.hat on wrhi on look it up. the government is shut down. we are fully prepared and if the minority whip will look at the record, we funded more money for border security in twine than was funded in the next -- 2009 than was funded in the next seven years. under republican control. they didn't bring their bill, mr. speaker, to the floor until
11 1/2 months had passed. but now border security has to be done right this second or we're going to close down government, keep it shut, and keep 800,000 people hostage and millions and millions of americans who he will -- rely on the services of government. a, we are for border security. we do not want people coming into this country who are not authorized to come into this country. c, we care about crime. we care about drugs. we care about investing money to stop drugs coming into the country and to treat those who are afflicted with drugs. the record reflects that, mr. speaker. but the record also reflects that the republicans had over shuttingagain used the down of government, the taking
hostage the people's government, to get their way. newt gingrich did it first for a long period of time in 1995 and 1996. 21 days. we're going to surpass that this time. he did it because president clinton said, i'm not going to allow you to cut education spending for the people of the united states as deeply as you want to cut it. and then senator cruz came over here and talked to the so-called freedom caucus sained, unless obama agrees -- and said, unless obama agrees to repeal the affordable care act, we're going to shut down government. and they shut down government. and very frankly, when we tried to open it up, the minority whip didn't vote to open it up. so maybe he doesn't care about opening up government, paying people who are working for the people of the united states. i don't know. and then just recently, a few weeks ago, when they came to the
end of the fiscal year, they had not done their job, the republicans are in charge of the senate, they were in charge of the house, and they have the presidency of the united states. so we did a c.r. and we voted for it. because we didn't want to shut down government. and then we came to the december date to which that c.r. ran and lo and behold the majority leader of the united states senate sent us over a bill. not our bill. it was a bill from the republican majority leader. it came here under unanimous consent. republican-led senate sent it here. and lo and behold the senate leadership and the house would not take that bill up. -- why? the president, who had told senator mcconnell he would sign it changed his mind -- sign it,
changed his mind. i don't know whether it was ann coulter, sean handity, rush limbaugh, i don't know who the principal adviser in that decision was. but one person communicated, i won't sign that bill, and so the republican leadership decided, we won't put that billen the floor and they put a -- bill on the floor and they put a bill on the floor they said over and over again, this week we put bills on the floor that wouldn't pass the senate. they put a bill that they knew would not pass the united states senate on the floor, sent it over there, it didn't pass. and government has been shut own. the president walked out because nancy pelosi said 30 days from now, when asked, will you support the wall, said no. and the president had a tantrum and he walked out.
he said, well, this is a waste of my time. this is not a process where the president tells us to do things. as i recall, mr. speaker, the constitution of the united states, article 1, says, we are the policymakers. we are the ones who pass the laws. we are the ones who say what the executive department carries out as policy. so we ought to pass these bills. and then, yes, we ought to deal honestly and openly and together to make sure the borders are secure. the gentleman said the immigration system does not work. it's broken. he's absolutely right. and the senate five or six years ago passed a bill in a bipartisan way with over 62 votes, 14 republicans, and sent it to the house under republican leadership six years ago.
they have never brought that bill to the floor. we have pleaded with them to bring that bill to the floor. to fix the immigration system. it has never come, mr. speaker, to the floor of this house. but what we should never do, we should never take hostage the government of the united states, the employees who toil every day on behalf of the policies that we adopt. and on behalf of the american people. we should never take them hostage and say, if you don't do what i say to do, we're going to keep them in an unpaid status, working, if they're critical employees, and locked out if they're not. mr. speaker, it is very, very unfortunate we find ourselves in this position. i would urge that the republican
whip, who is my friend and whom i respect, would talk to the president of the united states and say, let's open up the government. mr. hoyer has told me we will sit down and have a rational, easonable, fact-based, expert-based discussion on how in fact we accomplish the objective we all say we want to accomplish, and that is make our borders secure. we're prepared to do that. open this government. mr. scalise: reclaiming my time, mr. speaker. if the gentleman's finished. we'll obviously have more time to go back and forth on this. but let's keep in mind a few facts. first of all, the last shutdown of the united states government, which was dubbed the schumer shutdown, because the senate minority leader wanted to force his way on daca. mr. hoyer: would the gentleman yield? mr. scalise: let's keep in mind -- i will yield for one moment.
mr. hoyer: does the gentleman remember how long that lasted? mr. scalise: it lasted very shortly because the gentleman from new york realized he was on the wrong side of the issue. just like right now, your side is on the wrong side of this issue, opposing border security. and let's be very clear what the fight is about. it shouldn't be a fight. it's a fight because the president has said heerks a proposal that my department of homeland security has brought that said, these are the tools they need to keep the country safe. with a crisis at the border. and it can't be denied. i know some on your side want to deny it. i don't think the gentleman from maryland denies it, but clearly when the senate minority leader and the speaker of the house go on national it was and -- tv and say it's a fabricated crisis at the border, the american people see what's happening at the border. we can debate how best to solve it. the president, through the department of homeland security, has put down a proposal of what it's going to take. this is not a new idea. obviously the president ran on
this as a front and sent insure. not only ran on it, but he was elected by the american people as president to carry out border security and build a wall. it's part of the national debate. i know some people on your side don't even want to recognize that that election occurred and the result. but it happened. mr. hoyer: i think there was an election and he did raise that question and as i recall, that's why i'm the majority leader and you're the minority whip. mr. scalise: i don't -- you were not the majority leader when that happened. he was elected on that -- we were still in the majority. and when the omnibus bill came, let's remember why we're here. special election, he was elected in large part on building the wall to secure our country's border. so then we go to the first spending bill. as he was president. and we had a disagreement. there were a lot of things that we were in disagreement on. we wanted to rebuild our military.
and we finally came to a two-year agreement to do just that. it was critically important. to start rebuilding the military of this country that was decimated. to give our men and women in uniform who risked their lives for our country a much-need paid raise. we finally did that. -- much-needed pay raise. we finally did that. but in that negotiation the president wanted, and he was talking about $25 billion for full border security, to build out the full 550 miles that are not secure right now, and they're well identified. the gentleman from maryland knows those areas where we haven't built walls. sure, we've got some money to build walls. there's about 120 miles of wall being built. a wall that's not all cement. some of it is steel slabs. let the experts figure out the best way to secure our border. we're not the arc tects of the border. let -- architects of the border. let the experts be that. there's some wall being built, but not enough. especially in the areas where federal law today prohibits the wall from being built. in fact, you want to know howry dick louis some of the laws are
how -- howry dick louis some of the laws -- how ridiculous some of the laws are? laws prevent the president from building walls in the most cost-effective way. why do we have those prohibitions in law? we passed a bill in the house before the shutdown happened, you voted no, a lot of your side voted no, i think all of your side voted no, it was a bill the president would have signed that would have given him the tools he needs to secure the border and it went over to the senate and the reason it didn't get to the president's desk is not because there wasn't republican support. they have a 60-vote rule in the senate. i can disagree, you might even disagree. i don't know. i disagree that on appropriations bills they should at least let the majority rule so we can properly govern this country in a more efficient manner. but they have a 60-vote requirement. so the senate minority, the democrats in the senate, all voted together to block it. and that led to a shutdown. that bill would have kept the government running and secured the border. but democrats vote nod. in the house.
democrats vote nod in the senate. so we have a shutdown. how are we going to get out of this? how are we going to get resolved? we can talk about hostages and the people on your side of the aisle that refuse to support any border security with a dollar amount behind it. you can use words all day. but words don't secure our border. borders secure our border. walls and barriers secure our border. the president has said, you can call it and define it whatever you want. he's been very flexible in wanting to negotiate, but never one of those meetings there has not been a counteroffer put on the table by your side. so if we want to resolve the crisis, it involves both sides coming together. you've got the president already out there publicly in our meetings saying he's willing to negotiate and come into a different place. work with your side to come up with definitions. to come up with a different dollar amount. but it's got to end in securing our border. if we all agree on that, it has to end in the actual language and dollars to accomplish that
objective and when the president said i'll give you 30 more days, even though we don't agree on some of these other things, i'll agree to sign that into law, if you'll agree to work with me on the wall and the speaker said, it was the speaker who said no, not the president. that's why we're at day 21. we didn't even need to be at day one. we passed a bill out of the house. the senate killed it because every democrat voted no. so here we are. republicans and democrats, nerve this room knows how we can sthove problem. but it's not by y'all sitting there saying we're only going to support a dollar and nothing more. real money has to be put on the table to solve the crisis. i yield. mr. hoyer: we can go on and on, mr. speaker. the fact of the matter is the senate sent us a bill to keep the government open. they passed it unanimously. under republican lip. -- leadership. the president said he would sign it. he changed his mind and this house pulled it.
and the republicans who were in charge at the time wouldn't even put the senate bill on the floor . we're not prepared to be bludgeoned by taking hostage 800,000 people who work for the federal government and who are not now being paid, some of whom are working. and ironically they're working to protect the border. and to make sure our planes are flying, make sure people who fly on planes are not a danger. . we want the president of the united states to open up this government. we want the republicans to help us open up this government. we just passed four bills that are the senate bills. senator mcconnell is not going to take yes for an answer.