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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 186, the nays are 245. the amendment is not adopted. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to amend the internal revenue code of 1986 to create a pension rehabilitation trust fund to establish a pension rehabilitation administration within the department of the treasury to make loans to multiemployer defined benefit plans and for ther purposes.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i h forav what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? approach the december. >> the gentleman qualifies and motion. l report the >> mr. mass moves to recommit the bill to committee on education and labor with instructions to report the same back to the house floor with the following amendment. section. >> clerk will read. >> strike and
mr. mast: mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida is recognized for five minutes in support of the motion. mr. mast: this amendment, mr. speaker, is very simple. it would prohibit pension plans receiving loans under this bill from engaging in the boycott,
divest and sanctions movement gainst israel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. he gentleman will suspend. the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman will suspend. he house will be in order. the gentleman deserves to be heard. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mast: thank you, mr. speaker. i hear colleagues who must believe that b.d.s. is a one-day event occurring. so that's why it makes it even more important for us to speak about this m.t.r. mr. speaker, the house is not in order.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman deserves to be heard. he house will be in order. the gentleman is recognized. mr. mast: understanding this m.t.r. takes very few words. let me be very blunt about this. yesterday, as was aptly pointed out this chamber passed a bipartisan resolution 398 in support, 17 opposing, which opposed any efforts to delegitimatize the state of israel, condemning the b.d.s. movement as dangerous and anti-semitic. so today let's simply continue that progress. understanding that b.d.s. equals anti-semitism. and while anti-semitism may be a political investment by some, it has no place in managing retirement pensions, and b.d.s. has no place in thousand.
-- in this house. let us say simply, let us agree, let us plant our flag bipartisanly that anti-semitism and b.d.s. will have no home here in congress and no home in this bill. it's simple. if you are one of the 398 members who voted last night to condemn the b.d.s. movement, then you should support this m.t.r., stand with our ally, israel, and continue to combat this anti-semitic movement. thank you, mr. speaker. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i rise in opposition to the otion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
>> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong opposition to the motion to recommit offered by my republican colleagues. i oppose the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement full-stop. it is a movement that denies the jewish people's connection to the land of israel. refuses to accept the basic idea of a jewish state and seeks to delegitimatize israel in international forums, on college campuses and in global commerce. yesterday this body voted overwhelmingly to condemn the global b.d.s. movement 398 votes n favor, 189 republicans and 209 democrats united together to affirm the vital relationship between the united states and israel, our most important ally and closest strategic partner in a difficult region in the world. mr. schneider: we expressed our strong, bipartisan support for a negotiated two-state solution as the best way to resolve the israeli-palestinian conflict and ensure a future for two peoples living side by side in peace,
security and prosperity. as the lead sponsor of that resolution, i believe i speak with credibility when i say this motion to recommit is the -- in the context both of last night's vote and today's critically important legislation would not in any way help the fight against the global b.d.s. movement or strengthen the u.s.-israel relationship. yesterday's bipartisan vote set a clear, united message. today my republican colleagues are undercutting this achievement with a cynical, partisan gimmick, continuing a dangerous effort to make israel a wedge issue. it must stop. mr. speaker, the underlying legislation is too important for this political ploy. we have an opportunity to pass legislation addressing a national emergency. the multiemployer pension crisis. that threatens the financial
security of americans across the nation and leave the taxpayers on the hook for more than $100 billion over the 10-year budget window. let me remind my colleagues, these retirees did everything right. they planned for their retirement. people like those in the gallery today who chose year after year to contribute to their pensions, instead of taking a wage increase. if you support these hardworking americans, vote no on this motion. if you believe in the rare effort in this house to achieve bipartisan progress and it's too important to undermine with cynical partisan games, vote no on this motion. and if you believe it's critical that the united states-israel relationship remain bipartisan to ensure israel's long-term security and find a path to peace, vote no on this motion. yesterday we spoke in the -- in a united voice in support of our ally. let's do it again today in support of these workers and
vote down this motion. and with that, i yield the remainder of my time to my colleague from michigan, ms. stevens. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. steefssteefs mr. speaker, i rise -- steven nelson mr. speaker, i rise in opposition -- ms. stevens: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to this motion to recommit. the motion before us today is not bailout. it is a back stop and it is a solution to a boiling point that we ignore at the peril of more than a million workers who are now faced with financial catastrophe in retirement. if we do nothing, multi-- with this multiemployer pension crisis, taxpayers will pay the price. if we do nothing, our pension benefit guarantee corporation will crumble. if we do nothing, 1.3 million hardworking americans will lose what they paid into their entire working life. to the teamster who has played by the rules, to the carpenter who is already seeing a drop in his monthly benefits, we are here today to do something.
but the ringing irony, that the very people opposing this bill are some of the very people who rush to vote to pass a tax relief act for the wealthiest corporations and the biggest banks, ballooning our deficit by $1.9 trillion, we scratch our heads. and we ask, why is it that you cannot lift a finger for the middle class? today we deliver for the american people and we save the pensions of those who have never asked for anything. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman will suspend. ms. stevens: those who are not armed for the lobbyists but rather for the people. so our grocery stores are stocked, our cars are made and ur safety standards are met. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman will suspend. the house will be in order. the gentlewoman will suspend.
the gentlewoman deserves to be heard. ms. stevens: take it from me, my friends. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman will suspend. he gentlewoman will suspend. ms. speevepbs: thank you, mr. speaker. take it from me, my friends. i know what it's like to be on the phone with the pbgc when the auto industry needed our helps. i know what it means when they tell us the plans will run insolvent. i know what it's like to be working in the department of the treasury in the largest economic crisis of our times when republicans and democrats came together, shelving political right. make a uniquely butch lewis is a good deal, the kind of deal you make to protect our middle class and the economic security of so many. this is what you do, make
government work for us, contribute to the action and the outcome, save the retirement for hose who have worked for it. the speaker pro tempore: without objection -- without objection the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion. without objection the previous question is ordered and 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. speaker, because actions speak louder than words, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is 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.]
requested. those in favor of a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is 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 264rks nates are 169. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. -- 264, the nays are 169. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair will remind all persons of the gallery they are here as guests of the house and any manifestation of approval or disapproval of proceed sgs in violation of the house -- proceedings is in violation of the house. further consideration of h.r. 3239 will now resume. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: union calendar number 121. h.r. 3239. a bill to require u.s. customs and border protection to perform an initial health screening on detainees and for other urposes.
the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. he house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the bill? >> i am in its current form. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies. the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: mr. kinzinger of illinois moves to recommit bill, h.r. 3239, to the committee on the judiciary with instructions to the report the same back to the house with the following amendment. page 18, after line 10, add the following. section 15, sense of congress, it is the sense of the congress that the men and women of the
u.s. border patroled for continuing to carry out their duties in a profession al-manar, including caring for the extraordinarily high numbers of family units, unaccompanied alien children and single adults processed in united states customs and border protection facilities referenced in this act. the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. kinzinger: thank you, mr. speaker. this motion to recommit is very simple. it affirms this chamber's appreciation of and support for the men and women of the united tates border patrol. we in this chamber know that we can debate and disagree all day long. every day. and we have more than enough issues to argue about on a regular basis. but this institution makes laws. we pass the laws and we expect those laws to be carried out
faithfully. this motion to recommit today is about recognizing the men and women of our u.s. border patrol who carry out the very laws that we pass for their hard work and for their dedication. without question, we're facing a crisis on our southern border. our facility -- >> the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman will suspend. the gentleman deserves to be recognized. the gentleman is recognized. mr. kinzinger: without question, we're facing a crisis on our southern border. and our facilities are overcrowded and overwhelmed. and lacking the resources our personnel, our c.b.p. agents are overworked. and i can tell you this because i saw it firsthand. i didn't go in a wind breaker and get a photo op, i didn't start a live stream. mr. speaker, i went as a lieutenant colonel in the air national guard on a deployment to the mission in arizona. to the border. and for me, going to arizona with my unit in late february
was a nice respite from the bitter cold of illinois. but what i saw truly opened my eyes to the crisis at hand and the short comings that our c.b.p. agents face with their limited resources. this by the way was my fourth deployment to the border and it was only my first under president trump. so what does that mean? yes, that means that my three other border missions and my other deployments came under president obama. who also saw the crisis at the border and the dire humanitarian concerns. in february i watched from above as border agents struggled to thwart migrant groups who would stagger their attempts to run and cross the open border. my fellow guardsmen shared their accounts of agents giving their last water bottles to dehydrated migrants -- >> the house is not in order, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. ouse will be in order.
the gentleman is recognized. mr. kinzinger: thank you, mr. speaker. my fellow guardsmen shared various accounts and one was about agents giving their last bottle of water as they came across people that were dehydrated and in a bad situation, often risking their own safety and their own health. while my mission was nice in february, today it's pretty hot out in the desert. these agents are still expected by their oath and by the direction of the laws of this body to walk miles through terrible terrain that in many cases cannot even be accessed by vehicles. they're often met with a foot chase. sometimes with multiple people or with dangerous cartel members and sometimes this happens even at the end of their shift. so it means that later they're going to have to call home and tell their loved ones that they're not going to be home to tuck the kids into bed or say good night, because duty calls. i listened to defeated customs and border patrol agents talk about the emotional and physical tolls that this crisis was taking on them and their family. as they grappled with these
impossible tasks. and more than once it was mentioned to me the toxic rhetoric used in describing them , in many cases in terms reserved for just our enemies. i saw the compassion in a c.b.p. agent during one of my missions as he helped a young woman we found in the desert to safety after she was left for dead by her cartel handlers because they got spooked and they ran and abandoned her. these coyotes work for the cartels. and these cartels make money on two primary products. people and drugs. human lives are viewed as nothing more than commodities for them. and this is what i saw firsthand. this is what i experienced with the hardworking men and women of our border, who are often the first and only defense against such tragedy. and it's true. the c.b.p. has aeffectuated over 3,800 migrant rescues so far this fiscal year, risking their own lives to save others. if you remove c.b.p., you will cost lives and many people don't
want to believe that, maybe it doesn't fit a narrative, but it is an undeniable fact. we have placed an unprecedented burden on our agents, asking them to handle some really tough things. and for that they've been villenized. the c.b.p. facilities were not designed as long-term or even short-term shelters for families or children. and those resources do to accommodate them and handle the influx are limited. if this congress cannot agree to provide these agents the resources they need, as this bill fails to do, at least we can -- the least we can do is affirm our appreciation for their work. agreeing to this motion to recommit will not impact the passage of this bill. voting in favor of this will not kill the bill that we're voting on here today. today what we have is an opportunity and a moment in time to make a simple statement. this institution can leave politics aside and take this time to recognize the mothers and fathers, the brothers and sisters, the sons and daughters, the husbands and wives, our neighbors and the constituents we serve, the men and women of our u.s. border patrol working
in these facilities every day. let's show our support by rising above the fray of politics and vote in favor of this m.t.r. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. ruiz: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the m.t.r. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ruiz: you know, mr. speaker, my bill, the humanitarian standards for individuals and c.b.p. custody -- in c.b.p. custody act honors c.b.p. agent business giving them the assistance they have requested and so desperately need. this bill gives them the tools to help protect kids and families. you see, mr. speaker, this bill isn't about political trickery.
it's not about partisan gotcha politics. this bill is about the goodness of the american people. this bill is a call to our better angels. this bill, and i say this wholeheartedly, is inspired through prayer and by god's loving grace. you see, it asks us to remember and heed the words of jesus in the book of matthew, quote, i was hungry uric gave me something to eat. i was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. i was stranger and you welcomed me in. and quote, truly i tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. this bill asks us to fulfill the golden rule, do unto others as
you would have them do unto you. these principles, you see are fundamental to our american values. they are shared by the c.b.p. agents and doctors i spoke with. at the border. this bill protects children, women, and families by setting humanitarian standards that require basic health screenings and triage. formula for infants. diapers for toddlers. simple necessities like toothbrushes and soap. this bill also protects the health of our agents. proud americans who work tirelessly in dangerous an inhumane conditions, who are also parents and suffer lifelong trauma when someone else's child dies under their responsibility. today, i stand before you not only as a pluck health professional and an emergency medical physician trained in
humanitarian aid, i stand before you as a parent of two young daughters. stand before you as a patriot whose faith in our american values and the pow over basic human decency, has never been stronger. night's vote isn't about politics. it isn't about party. it isn't even about immigration policy. this vote is about the beauty and power of grace. this vote is about loving and protecting children. because in the united states of america, we recognize the inherent dignity of every human being. because in the united states of america, every child is worth saving. because in the united states of america, when children die on our watch, we take action.
so vote no on the m.t.r., then vote yes for humanitarian standards for individuals under c.b.p. custody. thank you and i yield back my ime. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the previous question is ordered. the motion is on the -- the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. >> i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a record vote is 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.]
for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california rise? >> mr. speaker, pursuant to the instructions of the house on the motion to recommit, i report the bill back to the house with an amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: page 18, after line 10, add the following. section 15, sense of congress. it is the sense of the congress that the -- ms. lofgren: i ask unanimous consent that the amendment be considered as read. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to dispensing with the reading? without objection, the reading is dispensed with. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the question is on engrossment and third reading. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to require u.s. customs and border protection to perform an initial health screening on detainees and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye.
those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from illinois. >> i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is 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.]
he house will be in order. members will take their conversations outside the chamber. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition ms. granger: i ask that the committee on judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 962 the born alive survivors protection act and ask for its immediate. the speaker pro tempore: under guidelines issued by successive speakers, of the house rules and manual the house is constrained the request in allowed by s been
house and committee leaderships. the gentlewoman from is not recognized. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, the chair will to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered. or votes objected 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 guam seek recognition? mr. san nicolas: i move the house pass the bill. the chair: the clerk will report
the title. the clerk: a bill to make corrections. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from guam mr. san nicolas and the gentleman from utah, mr. curtis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes. mr. san nicolas: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to extraneous material. mr. san nicolas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i would like to begin by inserting with the materials into the record, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. without objection. mr. san nicolas: this is the first time i have taken to this floor to deliver remarks to
congress. my constituents that i have never been one to shy away from the microphone. this is of such consequence that i uphold the privilege of this floor. guam 65 would make to the world war inch i recognition act, it is a component rooted in faith, hope and love in an imagine i believe. the recognition act was passed by congress at the end of 2016 recognizing the sacrifices tell hands of foreign occupiers. bombed ago, they he pearl harbor to control depalm nd many of whom were
avackwated. it is regarded as enemies were undefended. n the 974 days of the occupy si, too many people of guam who are american citizens were injured, raped, maimed, murdered and even forced to dig their open grave sites. they occurred due to the people of guam. 83-year-old survivor remembers isk her lives to help the only soldier who was tasked. e shared her and looking for and leaving a trail of tortured and dead in their path. another survivor said he was
looking for americans. one survivor, who was five years old at the time testified remembering her mother, pregnant with her siblings. hemorrhaged to a slow death forcing forced labor. the baby did not survive. there are people experience such cruel acts we hope that the faith of the united states will return and liberate us. 75 years ago this past sunday, true to their word, our servicemen took to the shores of guam and they reclaimed the island and these stories are the memories of our survivors who continue to carry the burdens of war. these survivors steadfast in their devotion to the united states of america were left out when america forgave for their
address who suffered under their occupation. three years ago, guam passed the claims process to have wartime and federal process that 75 years later has one time hurdle to clear with h.r. 1365. f the 14,000 who suffered, 3,663 survirus have filed claims with 11,000 have passed. nonetheless, the commission in october has certified over 600 claims and the commission continues to adjudicate all claims filed. perpt language was left out of the original bill preventing payment of claims certified for
compensation by the commission. congress' akes the intent through and and to ensure the language. mr. speaker, it is important to note for my colleagues, the money used does not create a new expense category. .r. 136 does not create a new expense category for the budget. it is originating from section 0 income tax monies already due to the money of guam. funding for these claims does not have a new expense. it is also important to note they are not just constituents of mine. they live in other 46 states and
territories andure constituents in 65 districts. alabama, aimants in arizona, arkansas, connecticut, lorida, georgia, hawaii, ohio, iowa, kansas, kentucky, maryland, massachusetts, maryland fer michigan, missouri, montana, nebraska, nevada, new hampshire, new jersey, new exico, new york, ohio, oklahoma, oregon, paffle, rhode island, south dakota, south carolina, tennessee, texas, utah, the great state that my colleague, virginia, washington, washington, d.c.,, wisconsin, wyoming, the commonwealth of the
northern marianas and depalm. and now our sons and daughters, others, brothers and sisters died that freedom fighters brought to our shoresment while we issuing will on guam, medicaid, and even basic voting rights, we remain the spark of america with the highest recruitment rates in the country. the brutality could not break the resolve of our relationship with the united states of america and to this very day reflect the patriotismism in our rates of service and those who sacrifice.timate i ask to pass this for the greatest generation of guam who
instilled democracy ap the closure they have been seeking since the end of world warl inch i. s the passage of 13 5 represents appear act of grace by the united states of america to a people who suffered for their loyalty to america. perhaps most importantly, it represents an after irmmation while slow to turn and sometimes to too slow, the land of justice does come full circle. the people i'm humbled to represent them in this body and stepped my thanks on baft of the speaker, majority leader, majority whip and minority leader and ranking committee members and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who do
us a tremendous honor. thamp you, mr. speaker, and i reserve. . . mr. curtis: thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. curtis: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 1365, as the gentleman has so well already explained this bill would authorize the release of certain funds from the guam treasury that have been set aside to pay guam world war ii survivor claims. many individuals living on the island during the japanese occupation suffered injury and in some cases death. in 2016, congress enacted the guam world war ii loyalty recognition act, to provide for the adjudication of claims and for the payment of compensation as recommended by the guam war claims review commission. their 2004 report. however, legislation language in the act unintentionally
prevented funds from being provided to borled war -- world war ii survivors and their heirs. this fixes the language to ensure survivors can receive these claims. i urge adoption of this measure. mr. speaker, we have no more speakers on our end. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from guam is recognized. mr. san nicolas: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank my colleague from the other side of the aisle for his support. mr. speaker, i want to extend my appreciation to various individuals and entities for their unyielding support and assistance in pushing this bill forward. thank you to ms. irene, an 89-year-old war survivor, who flew out here on her own to take meetings at the white house and who now has a white house special assistant on speed dial. congressman sablan for his assistance in moving this bill through the process. my predecessor -- predecessors for laying much groundwork over the years to bring to us this point. my leadership counterparts in
guam, the speaker of the guam legislature and the republican party of guam, who recognize and endorse this very important bipartisan measure. lastly, i want to thank the senior citizens of guam, war survivors, whose sacrifices, patience and fortitude have given us the strength and inspiration to bring this to a closure on their behalf. i urge my colleagues to support the legislation and i yield back he balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 1365, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from guam seek recognition? mr. san nicolas: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 434, as amended.
the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 99. hrment r. 434. a bill to designate the emancipation national historic trail and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from guam, ms. san nicolas, and the gentleman from -- mr. san nicolas, and the gentleman from utah, mr. curtis, will each control 20 minutes. mr. san nicolas: i ask unanimous consent that almembers have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. san nicolas: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. san nicolas: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 434, introduced by representative jackson lee of texas, celebrates the freedom of the last american slaves by authorizing the study of an approximately 51-mile route for inclusion in the national historic trails system. the study will examine the suitability of designating the emancipation national historic trail from galveston to friedmanstown in houston.
nearly 2 1/2 years after president lincoln's emancipation proclamation, the united states general gordon granger rode into galveston, texas, to announce the freedom of the last american slaves. upon gaining their freedom, many of the 250,000 newly freed slaves traversed the route from galveston to friedmanstown in houston. spreading the news to may bing communities. this bill is -- to neighboring communities. this bill is a lasting tribute to that. i want to thank representative jackson lee for championing this important legislation and for hard work moving this bill through the legislative process. i strongly support passing this bill and i yield to the representative from texas, ms. jackson lee. the sponsor of this bill, as uch time as she may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized.
ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman very much and i thank you for your leadership and the leadership of chairman grijalva for the full committee and certainly the ranking member for his courtesies. i thank the manager tonight, a friend from utah, for their kindness in yielding to me. this is an emotional moment for me and as well for many in my constituency. and i am delighted to be able to rise to give strong support to h.r. 434, the emancipation national historic trail act. i thank all of the members, as i've indicated. and also thank congresswoman haaland, chair of the natural resources committee, for holding the hearing that allowed the committee to learn of the strong support enjoyed by h.r. 434 and the hard work of dedicated historic preservationists to preserve the rich history of former slaves.
let me also thank naomi mitchell of houston, texas, for her stalwart efforts to preserve and share the stories of newly freed slaves who settled in freed manstown, section of houston, to begin their lives at the end of the civil war. i want to thank ms. carrier as an educator and historian and author with expertise in african-american music, texas history and heritage tourism. i also thank ms. eileen lawall for her april 20 -- for her april, 2019, oral testimony. an amazing, passionate expression of how vital this trail will be. she's the president of the houston freedmanstown conservesy whose mission is to protect and preserve the history of freedmanstown. the mayor of houston, the commissioner, the mayor of the city of galveston, my colleague, my original co-sponsor, congressman weber, who represents the galveston area. the work of h.r. 434 will result
in a second trail, only the second trail in the united states that chronicles the experience of african-americans. i am hoping that this will move swiftly through the united states house, then to the united states senate and then signed by the president of the united states. currently the national park service only has one national historic trail which centers on the african-american experience. it is the selma to montgomery national historic trail which covers 54-mile path between selma and montgomery. but as slaves lived in this land rom 1619 to 1865, as slaves, 250-year history, and to think only one trail would commemorate that historic moment, although a moment in history that all of us are saddened by. it is important to capture the bravery, the courage, the strength of those families who managed to stay together. the establishment of the emancipation national historic trail will be the second trail for which the national park services would have responsibility and again would
tell the story, the wonderful story for future generations of the rich history of the this -- history of this nation and the role that african-americans played in the economic, political, religious, cultural and governmental efforts of this nation. it ties into the work that we're continuing to do, the emancipation national historic trail act would pave the way for working to establish an important story. it will go 51 miles from the historic building and chapel in galveston, texas, along highway 3 and interstate 45, all the way up to freedmanstown, emancipation park, and independence height, which is the first city organized by african-americans here in the region of, the southwest region. h.r. 434 requires that we study the postcivil war history of newly freed slaves in a major slave holding state following the largest military campaign waged on domestic soil in the history of the united states. it is important to take note of the fact that those of us west of the mississippi did not know
that abraham lincoln had freed the slaves until 1865. captain granger came to the shores and said to us in 1865, those of our ancestors, that you have been freed. in his second inaugural address, president lincoln declared that slavery was america's original sin. yet if god wills, his quote was, that it continue, the civil war, until all the wealth piled by the bonds bondsmen's 250 years of unrequited toil shall be sunk. and until every drop of blood drawn with the lash shall be paid by another drawn with the sword, as was said 3,000 years ago. so still it must be. the judgment of the lords are true and righteous altogether. we know that abraham lincoln wanted to maintain the unity of this nation but he wanted it to be without slaves. the story of this trail will be enlightened because the newly freed slaves established communities. they established schools, they established churches, and they integrated into the houston community, coming up from that
emancipation trail. today the city of houston is fortunate to call those communities freedmanstown, emancipation park, the first park that was bought in the state of texas by freed slaves and independence heights. freedmanstown survived where other communities did not and it continues to have some of the historic buildings. by 1915, over 400 african-american-owned businesses existed in freedmanstown. by 1920, 1/3 of huffston's 85,000 people lived in freedmanstown. it's recognized as a historic district. emancipation park was established in 1872, it's texas' oldest park, and it was bought by freed slaves. for a mere $8. after the emancipation, freedmanstown became one of the only sanctuaries for free persons in houston. the community has fought to preserve its structures and though we are suffering from gentrification and the movement of our historic structures, we still have the character of that
community and i'm delighted that the new neighborhoods, the -- neighbors, the new residents of that area will now be able to recognize how important freedmanstown is and we can work together to build the historical story. one such struggle was to preserve the hand-made red bricks and this evidences the restoring, the very important ceremony to put the old bricks that were made by freed slaves, to put them back into freedmanstown. there are many stories that have come with this retelling of this trail. and i believe it will be an important trail, an important story as well. let me also indicate that independence heights, as i said, was the first city and we've already discussed the importance of emancipation park. on september 24, 2016, the national museum of african-american history and culture opened its doors after 13 years of planning and construction and over 100 years of struggle to see the history of former slaves as part of the
complex of the museums of the smithsonian that began in 1915. i'm proud to say that one of my predecessors was the first to seek to establish a museum dealing with slaves. then came john lewis who introduced his bill in 2003, and i was delighted to be able to be part of it. i am asking the strong support for h.r. 434. as i indicated, it brings back great memories of understanding our discussion in school about slavery and its aftermath. there was no commemoration to recognize that historic march, that historic migration when the slaves were freed in galveston at that time, and the settling that went on in the city of houston. it is very important to take knowledge of our history. with this trail, not only will the information about this historic trail be placed in the annuls of the history of the united states, but i'll be very
grateful that the children and their children's children will really understand the collective, important history of this great nation. again, i wish to thank all of those who supported this and it is important to be able to thank harris county precinct 1 commissioner rodney ellis, african-american library of the gregory school, houston freedmanstown conservatory, the freedmanstown committee, the emancipation park conservancy, independent heights, the coreville community, a cemetery association, texas center for african-american living history, rutherford b. hayes yates museum, the heritage society of sam houston park, the houston association of black psychologists, kender foundation, vanderbilt university, ramon manning, who heads the conservancy and emancipation park, was an avid and strong supporter, as i mentioned, silver turner, the mayor of the city of houston. the water development authority as well.
the head of the emancipation park conservancy and as well the director of parks and as i said, the mayor of the city of galveston was also a supporter. i thank the gentleman for yielding to me. i ask my colleagues to enthusiastically support 434 and we look forward to the history being told for all to know and to appreciate and to understand. i yield back the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah is recognized. >> i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i rise in support of h.r. 4 4 which would authorize the secretary of interior to conduct a study of the proposed he manspation of the proposed trail. this follows the migration route by the newly freed slaves from to 9th seaport town
houston. although president lincoln ended slavery on september 22, 1862, many slaves were not freed until much later when the news of the proclamation reached their towns. they lived in the south and were 1865. n june 19, n january 1, 1866, the emancipation proclamation was a church. apass -- at they marched from the courthouse to the church where the they read it. the emancipation proclamation is read every year. houston, texas has rich ties to
the african-american history. he trail proposed by h.r. 3 ends in freedom town. freemans town is the first and largest of the larmingest black communities in texas. and they left their plantations for safety in houston. emancipation park is significant to african-american history. in the years following the emancipation of slabes, they collected money to buy property dedicated to the celebrations in honor of their freedom, they named it amanspation park. this is a reminder as we have worked to form a more perfect union. i support representative jackson lee's efforts and support
african-american history in texas. we have no more speakers and i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from guam is recognized. mr. san nicolas: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 434 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection. he title is amended.
for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> i send to the desk a privileged report from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the titles. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution, resolution providing for 877 to amend the balanced budget and emergency control act of 1985 to establish a congressional budget for years 2020 and 202 and providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 549 to designate venezuela of the immigration and nationality act to permit nationals to be under protected status and waving a requirement of 6-a of
rule 18 with respect to certain resolutions reported from the committee on rules. the speaker pro tempore: ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from guam seek recognition? mr. san nicolas: i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 759 as amended. the clerk: h.r. 759 a bill to restore an opportunity for tribal economic development on terms that are equal and fair and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from guam and the entleman from utah will each control 20 minutes. mr. san nicolas: i ask unanimous consent that all members may ave five legislative days to include extraneous material. yield myself such time as i
may sume. h.r. 759 amends the ysleta del sur pueblo and alabama coushatta restoration act of 1987 to include the act to employ to the tribe. e alabama curebshata was terminated in 1954 followed by the ysleta del sur pueblo. congress rightfully restored the tribe in 1987 at one time by enacting the restoration act. the indian gaming regulatory act 8.s enacted in 198 however, since the restoration act was passed when indian gaming was emerging and it contained a section regarding
gaming. we know from the congressional record that the act was to clarify not to prohibit gaming on these lands in perpt pet, the language in the restoration act as been used to stymie the pueblo's to prohibit in class two gaming. additionally the only other federally recognized tribe in texas is allowed to as they are restored without any type of gaming restricks. remedies this inquality and have the same rights and responsibilities under the gaming and regulatory act as any other tribe in the united states. the legislation confers no new or special rights for pueblo or
the tribe nor does it limit the rights in texas. and is a matter of parity a i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. curtis: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. . mr. curtis: h.r. 759 sponsored by mr. babin would amend the act of congress that would restore to the two tribes in texas. the amendment would override a operate casinos under the indian gaming regulation act and not under texas law. the question is whether it applies to the two tribes is no longer under serious dispute. and the result of the litigation is the two tribes may not
conduct gaming unless congress allows them to do so. this bill enjoys support in the communities around the reservations and the members who epresent the tribe support the legislation. the bill enjoys support in texas, the governor of texas has written letters in opposition to the legislation. in view of the governor, this bill allows the tribes to it is my hope my concerns can be worked out as the process continues. mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from alaska, mr. young. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. young: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. mr. young: i thank the chairman
for yielding. this is about fairness and when you have been in this office as long as i have been, i was here when we passed the 1984 and 19 and 1986 gaming laws for the tribes and expected to do the right thing for all tribes and i have been involved with this. when i was chairman, it is the right thing to do and fair thing to do and it's a simple thing for fairness. these two tribes have been to d that any other tribe engage on class 2. class 2 its bingo. and the tribe has been offered bingo for the better part. second it should be noted that all communities surrounding the alabama ca shoota.
30 resolution in favor of h.r. 759 shows runs from the gulf of mexico to the red river border. this represents grassroots support for the people who will be most impacted. far from the will of the people of texas. i encourage my colleagues for someone who has worked on this legislation to vote in this legislation and i yield to the gentleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. mr. san nicolas: i yield five minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. babin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is ecognized. mr. babin: mr. speaker, i ran for congress to take on and address the tough issues facing
our nation and the world and leave it in a better place for our grand children which i will note will when i say the tough issues and the ones that we agree on, border security, immigration, trade, national security and on and on. wrking on behalf of your constituents can mean taking on issues that you will not expecting to and this is one such case and i'm proud and i'm honored to be here and i want to thank the leaders from both sides of the aisle who have come together and work to get h.r. 759 the ysleta del sur pueblo and the alabama-coushatta tribes settlement and act.
i have seen firsthand how these proud navy i have americans have provided jobs not only for members of their job but for texans and that's why the 32 government and civic organizations who live and work close to the organizations have given strong endorsements of this bill and i ask unanimous consent to insert the letters
and resolutions from every one of them for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. babin: and so, i thank you, mr. chairman. all i want is for this tribe in my district is to have the same rights and the same opportunities as their tribe inrts as the the eagle. and why should one tribe be able to play binge oof after another tribe not be able to in the same state of texas. texas is a scourge in but the consequences are dire on the reservation lans on the native american lands. this facility has already helped turn that poverty away from that
district, contributing 140 million in physical activity each year. but all of those benefits and more are not just at risk if this bill isn't passed. they are guaranteed to go away. please support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. . mr. hurd: i rise in support of he h.r. 759. as a representative with more tribes in their district than any other texan, it is my solemn obligation to fight on behalf of texas' native people. i'm a proud texan and there is no greater state in the union, no prouder people than we texans, and for all the blessings bestowed upon the lone star state, we still fall short in our efforts of providing true
economic stability to our native american tribes. the ysleta dell suer pueblo is the oldest community in the state of texas. during the texas revolution, it was the alabama could you shata of texas auto -- coushatta of east texas who provided food and medicine to the great sam houston and his army. their story is sewn into the fabric of texas history. h.r. 759 is not about whether one agrees or disagrees with gambling. this bill isn't about gambling. it's about letting two tribes in two of texas' most economically distressed zones engage in what every other tribe in america engages in. this bill would allow these two tribes in texas to do bingo. that's it. not black jack. not poker. not craps. just bingo. for too long, the alabama --
alabama-coushatta and the other tribes have been prevented from achieving self-sufficiency. it's time we right this wrong. we will take today in efforts to give these tribes a chance to embark on the american dream. we will vote to lift their families out of poverty, we will vote to educate their youth and we will vote to grow their economies. i'm hoping my 432 colleagues say yes with their vote. i want to thank the distinguished gentleman from the great state of texas, my friend, dr. babin, and i want to thank my friends on the other side of the aisle, chairman grijalva and others, because without them this would not have happened. things still work in a bipartisan way here in washington, d.c., and the fact that we're going to help these two tribes support their community is an example of this today. mr. speaker, i want to thank you and i yield back the balance of
my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. curtis: thank you, mr. speaker. we have no more speakers on this bill. we yield the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from guam is recognized. mr. san nicolas: thank you, mr. speaker. i too do not wish for my support of this measure to indicate or be misconstrued as support for gaming. my support of this measure has everything to do with what my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have stated. this is about parity and the unique sovereign that i recognized tribes have with the federal government through our own constitution. and if we're going to be recognizing this unique sovereignty, we should do so equally among all the other tribes and this equality is so necessary if we're going to maintain the credibility of the process. so i'm grateful for my colleagues and all the work they put into this and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 759, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3
for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 776, as amended. spoich the clerk will report the title of the bill -- the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. does the gentleman wish to call the bill as amended? r. pallone: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the chair does not have an amendment t this time. the bill will be called up without an amendment. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: union calendar number 136. h.r. 776. a bill to amend the public
health service act to re-authorize the emergency medical services for children program. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: 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 h.r. 776. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, for 35 years, the emergency medical services for children or e.m.s. -- emsc program has been the only federal grant program specifically focused on addressing the needs of children in emergency medical systems. if ever a parent or care giver is required to call 911 to get emergency care for a child, they should know that the child will receive the medical care that they need. the emsc program helps provide this peace of mind by enhancing
care for all children, no matter where they live, travel or go to school. the emsc program invests in research, care, delivery enhancement, data monitoring and innovation in both pre-hospital e.m.s. settings as well as hospital emergency departments. the group has led -- the program has led to real results and better care for children. for example, research funded by emsc has led to a new pediatric head injury algorithm which has led to a reduction in unnecessary radiation exposure from c.t. scans in children who have suffered head injuries. mental health and substance abuse screen -- screenings have been created to better assess children in emergency situations. and a full 50% of hospitals have adopted new guidelines to assist them in transferring children to appropriate facilities when specialized care is needed. any doctor, nurse or e.m.s. provide already tell you that we can't simply treat children as small adults.
they need specialized treatment and protocols to ensure that the care they receive is appropriate and available to them when and when -- when and where they need it. passing this five-year re-authorization of the emsc program will continue to provide innovative and appropriate care to children. i hope all of my colleagues will join me in supporting this bill today and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to speak in support of h.r. 776, the emergency medical services for children program re-authorization act of 2019. i would like to thank representatives king and castor for their work on this important legislation. the emergency medical services for children program was enacted in 1984 to provide grant funding to increase the ability of emergency medical systems to
care for pediatric populations. not only does this program provide funding so that emergency departments and hospitals can equip themselves with the appropriate pediatric medical tools, it enables partnerships and drives research and innovation in emergency care for children. whether children require emergency care following a car crash or fall ill in the middle of the night with nowhere else to turn, our emergency medical system needs to have staff trained in how to treat children. a major part of that is providing the resources to equip health care professionals with the right size medical tools. the emergency medical services for children program provides grants for the state partnership program to integrate pediatric care into the e.m.s. system and reduce pediatric morbidity and mortality. states can focus on providing quality pre-hospital and hospital-based care, in addition to establishing plans to handle disaster and trauma care.
our nation's health care work force still has much to learn about the treatment of pediatric populations, which is why continued research through the pediatric emergency care applied research network is crucial. this body is the first federally funded pediatric emergency medicine research network in the country and conducts a wide variety of research about acute illnesses and injuries in children. the re-authorization of the emergency medical services for children program is critical to maintaining and improving pediatric emergency care. i urge strong support of h.r. 776, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i have no additional speakers. i don't know if the gentleman does. if not, i will start to close. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from new jersey reserve? the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and i yield.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no additional speakers. i would urge support for this bipartisan legislation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 776. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection the -- without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2507 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2507. a bill to amend the public health service act to re-authorize certain programs under part a of title xi of such
act relating to genetic diseases and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. carter, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: 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 h.r. 2507. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, every year over 12,000 newborns are born with conditions that require early detection and treatment. with proper screening, parents can receive education and children can receive appropriate follow-up in treatment and ultimately better long-term health outcomes. over the years, as more screening tests and treatments have become available, as we've ex pappeded our medical and sign -- expanded our medical and scientific knowledge, we've also seen great pour tension for improving outcomes for children.
however, prior to congress passing the act in 2008, a patchwork of state requirements for screening led to some newborns screened for many disorders and others for very few. since the newborn screening law was enacted we have seen tremendous progress around the country, with all 50 states screening for at least 29 recommended conditions. but as we develop new screening tests and treatments for diseases once thought untreatable, we must ensure that states are able to adopt recommended screening tests more quickly. the bill we're considering today will do that by re-authorizing the program for five years with higher authorization levels, improved processes, and pilot testing for new screening tests and the study focused on how we can better modernize newborn screening for the future. this bipartisan bill would bring us closer to the goal of every child born in the united states receiving all recommended screening tests and will improve countless lives of the youngest americans. i'm proud to support it and ask all of my colleagues to join me in passing it today. and i reserve the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. carter: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise to speak in support of h.r. 2507, the newborn screening saves act -- saves lives act of 2019. newborn screening is critical in early detection and intervention for conditions, some life-threatening, for our nation's infants. thee screenings inform both physicians and the families of a newborn what steps may be necessary to treat or prevent further health complications as the infant ages. the newborn screening saves lives act, which passed for the first time in 2008, aims to improve the ability to address pediatric health by standardizing newborn screening programs. newborn screenings are incredibly important in providing physicians and families with information regarding their baby's health, enabling them to practice early intervention and treatment if
necessary. according to the march of dimes in 2017, only 10 states and washington, d.c., required infant screenings for the all the state, d.c. and puerto rico screen for 29 of the 5 recommended conditions. this will bill would re-authorize of the health resources and centers for disease control of prevention to ensure that our newborn screening and our nation's health care providers conduct the screening. newborn screenings that will families and doctors may not otherwise to detect at birth. and they are one or two days old in addition to hearing and heart screening. some have a condition that can
be detected. by catching these disorders, any can be detected. however, if not dweggetted and left untreated, they conditions can impact a child by causing disabilities and delays in development, illness. prior to the initial bill in 2008, states had varying standards. some states were screening for four where states were screening formon 30. this will allow to work with states to .more equal access to new brn screeningings. r. 2507 re-authorizes grants through the health resources and services organization that not only allows for screening
programs but to impositive care. the bill allows for the continuation of the national institutes of health screening program which helps to identify new treatments for conditions detected. i applaud representative roybal-allard and representative simpson and i urge my colleagues to support this. i have no further speakers at this time. i urge passage of this bill and i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields, with of the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: i yield to the chairwoman of the home lapped security subcommittee. ms. roybal-allard: i rise to support the authorization of newborn screening saves lives act which i introduced in 2002.
let me begin by steppeding my gratitude to mike simpson for our partnership championing katherine eening and clarke and joined us and my heartfelt protection to the public health groups who support my newborn efforts including the march of dimes. it involves a baby receiving a ood ts to identify life-threatening disease. prior to the tests being developed, these children would ve died or suffered lifelong disabilities. and until enact mant of my
newborn screening bill in 2008, to follow up information were not consistent and available to families in all community. at that time, only 10 states and the district of columbia required infants to be screened for a complete panel of recommended disorders and there was no federal repository on the information of the diseases. and national clearinghouse of newborn screening information is available for parents and professionals. rap i had identification and treatment makes a difference between health and disability or even life and death. for the approximately 12,000 babies who each year test
positive for one of these serious conditions. in addition, this simple test saves our health care system, millions of dollars in care for each child who is identified and treated early. this public health success story exemplifies what can be accomplished men private ndustry and parents partner to ensure a healthier future for our children. to maintain and advance the progress we have made over the last decade, we must re-authorize the newborn screening saves lives act. passing h.r. 2507 will ensure the advisory committee continues its work of recommending new
screening. it you will guarantee access to the programs and educational materials for parents and providers as well as high quality technical programs. re-authorization will commission a national academy of science study to make recommendations r a 21st century newborn screening system. i urge a yes vote on the passage our . 2507 to ensure all newborns receive a consistent testing and follow-up, that they will need for a healthy and productive life. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i have nor additional speakers and i would ask my colleagues to support
this legislation. i thank the sponsor, the chairwoman, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rule and pass the bill h.r. 2407. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the rules are suspended and without objection, the the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair announces the speaker's degsig nation of rule 15 of h.r. 169 on the measure to be considered this week.
for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek reckniss? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 69 . the clerk: h.r. 69 a bill to amend the protection act to designate additional en bloc acts, strengthen penalties for violation of the act and improve the department of agriculture enforcements of the act and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the
gentleman from oregon, mr. schrader and the gentleman from georgia, mr. georgia. mr. schrader: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. so ordered. mr. schrader: i am proud to lead prevent all he sorings tactic act. the past act would end the abusive of horse soaring. this is deliberately causing pain to ex acknowledger rate. the debate its called the big lick. they are trained to do this naturally.
the cannotage industry has been built up around this abusive. this is done to tennessee walking horses. oaring can be done by to a horse's leg, trimming their oves and wrapping action devices. the horse protection act of 1970 utlawed chemical soaring which causes soaring and they inject nails into the limb of the horse. it did not include the action device and the shoes are common in today's soaring techniques. we have a photo what this is like. the photo actually shows which we would like to get up at some
point in time, it is a package, plastic pads and wedges stacked on one another and nailed and attached to the bottom of the hoof. and it adds weight and pressure. he chains are wrapped over the increasing the pain felt by the force and ex gadge rating which again as i said before is not necessary. horses will move that action when properly trained by an actual trainer. our bill will make it illegal to and horses will be allowed to show. here is the photo. some people may argue these devices are not harmful, but the experts at the american vet association, american
association, the united states all say that pressure from these tempts caped in this produce pain in the hoof and ex gadge rate the gate. all of these organizations support a ban to protect the health and welfare of a horse. as a vet with over 30 years of experience. is is it is it disputeable unnecessary and unacceptable level of pain. it is horrible. you see what is going on. they use an iron to get to react. the horsees' d the act will end the unsuccessful of self-policing
that we tried for 40 years. the usda has let it run. our bill will let them run to train, license and oversee can tial inspectors that diagnose knows horses that have been soared. and the service will publish information so the folks managing the horse shows know who has broken the law. it has been illegal since 19750 and it is still taking place. there is a police there is a need to oppose this action and service to the people who work hard to train show horses in the right way without abusing them. that is who we should be focused on.
these athletes that we refer. the bill is supported by the american horse croum, american association of equine practitioners, national sheriffs' association and the all-american working. and humane society from all 50 states and many, many more. i ask unanimous consent to put in the record a report from one of those organizations please. it will ensure that this will be a thing of the past. this is widely supported and proud to 307 of my colleagues as co-sponsors and the original o-sponsors, dr. ted yoho and congresswoman schakowsky and congressman collins.
i urge my colleagues to support the past act ap i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 693 the past act. in a bipartisan fashion this bill takes a step forward to make the practice of soaring something of the past. know the vast majority of breeders care about their businesses. i can tell you there is nothing more offensive than people in your profession who don't follow the rules. . . although the practice of soring is already banned and the industry takes action to police
itself, there are still examples of this occurring in the united states. additionally, loopholes in federal law often disallow the united states department of agriculture from taking action against those individuals who were soring their horses. that's why this bill is so important. h.r. 693 amended the 1976 horse protection act to make important changes in enforcement and to address any criteria that could lead to soring. in addition to the technical provisions laid out in this bill, it is an example of the work that can be accomplished when both sides of the aisle work together. while i would have preferred we address this in the energy and commerce committee, we're hear because of the widespread support for this -- here because of the widespread support for this legislation which has 307 co-sponsors. simply put, we're here because we want to improve the sport and strengthen it, not weaken it. it is my hope that we can continue to work on these and other issues together to ensure
a better industry for all of those involved. mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. schrader: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield three minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, chairman of the energy and commerce committee, best committee in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you. i want to thank the gentleman from oregon, particularly for saying we're the best committee in the house. i rise in support of his bill, h.r. 693, the past act, and i want to start by thanking representative schrader and also yoho for their work over the past several years on this important bill. that will finally put an end to the cruel practice of soring. tennessee walking horses, spotted horses and other horses. this incredibly painful practice has been illegal in the united states for nearly 50 years, since congress passed the horse protection act of 1970. but despite the federal ban, soring continues to run rampant in some segments of the walking horse industry.
the bill would amend the horse protection act and finally put an end to the abhorrent practice for good. the bill bans the use at horse shows of chains, weighted shoes and other devies -- devices commonly used to sore horses and puts an end to the failed self-policing by giving the usda authority to train and license independent inspectors at horse shows. the legislation also strengthens penalties on those who violate the law. this bill has received endorsements from hundreds of equine and veterinary organizations, including more than 60 state and national horse groups and all 50 state medical veterinary associations. i thank representative schrader for his continued leadership and it's time that congress pass this legislation and put an end to soring once and for all. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. schrader: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield to the gentleman from florida, a gentleman who is a veterinarian,
who has worked on this bill tirelessly, and has done a yeoman's job at getting it to -- to this point here, representative yoho from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. yoho: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank my colleagues. i'd like to thank dr. schrader, the leadership of the house to bring this bill up. i'm here today for two reasons. one, we shouldn't even be here to have to run this through this body. and take up valuable time that -- legislative time that we could be talking about our debt, border, those kinds of things. but we're here. first, it saddens me that we have to pass a bill to stiffen fines and penalties to keep people from doing the despicable act of intentionally, intentionally soring so -- soring a horse's forelegs and this is due through chemicals, democrat cal -- chemical means or mechanical devices to artificially, and understand this, artificially accentuate the gate of the tennessee walking, racking or saddle horse. dr. schrader and i are both equinevets, the only ones in the
house. we know this. we have seen this, we have dealt with this. and as dr. schrader brought up, the horse protection act was passed in 1970 to stop this. it was passed to stop this. that industry has 49 years to bring this to an end and they wanted to self-police. they've had 49 years to self-police and they have not brought this to an end. i've got a shoe here that he had a picture of. this is a built-up shoe that we use on horses. i could drop it on the table, but i don't want to get the bill to fix it. this weighs about 10 pounds. this is one foot. on the front of a leg. and then we put these devices on there, after they put the chemical irritant on the leg to irritate it, that we put this on there, and you know why we do that? so they can win a blue ribbon. so that they can win a blue ribbon and take it and say, look at what we have accomplished. you know, it makes me sick that we have to spend the time to do this stuff.
secondly, it saddens me, we're talking about preserving a terrible practice of animal abuse. and i see it very clearly. you're either supportive of animal abuse, or you're against it. that's the bottom line here. and congress shouldn't have to do this. but again, that industry has had 49 years. i had one of the trainers come in to my office and the owner for an hour and a half to try to talk me not to support this bill. he showed me these weights and he looked at my watch and goes, that watch probably weighs about the same in relationship, body weight, as what you're wearing. i said, you know what, you're probably absolutely right. but there's a huge difference. and he goes, what's that? i said, i choose to put this watch on. that horse has no option. this bill is a good bill to get rid of a practice that is archaic, it shouldn't be done, and it won't hurt this industry, it will make this industry stronger. and anybody that says this is going to kill the tennessee
walking horse industry is the equivalent to the guy in the late 1800's that said, those automobiles are bad. if you go over 30 miles per hour you're going to die. we know that was a fallacy. their argument is a fallacy. every one of these agencies that he mentioned, the american association of equine practitioners, every veterinary college in the united states of america, 98% of the farrior associations are for this bill. they're against the opposition to this bill. and i stand with this and i yield -- or i yield back to the gentleman and thank you. mr. carter: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. schrader: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield four minutes to the other gentleman from oregon, mr. blumenauer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. blumenauer: thank you, congressman schrader.
for yielding the time and thank you for your tireless efforts on this with mr. yoho. i've watched as you've battled this for years. i've worked with you to get co-sponsorships. we've had the animal protection caucus having sessions, bringing staff members, having demonstrations of this horrific practice. this is the ninth year that this has been before us. now, i'm pleased that we are here. i am pleased that we're making the case. i am pleased that tonight we're going to pass this legislation. although i wish it weren't at 10:30 at night for a few minutes . because there's no guarantee that even with this case, with the momentum, that we are going to be able to get it through the senate. where we've seen objection in the past. i hope that this legislation
occasions a little bit of soul searching. the animal protection agenda of this congress is one of the areas that brings people together. like my two veterinary friends have shown bipartisan cooperation, dealing with the facts, mustering support, being far more patient than i would have. i mean, the last two congresses we had 280 co-sponsors? we couldn't even get a hearing. let alone get it on the floor. that's outrageous. now, there is a little bit of political blowback. some people who are part of that aren't here anymore. i hope that there are some lessons, both in terms of the polypolitics and the basic decent -- politics and the basic decency for protection of animal welfare. this -- i agree with the gentleman from georgia. i wish it went through regular
order. i wish that we had an opportunity in committees of jurisdiction to give a little bit of the time that is merited, to be able to give the public a view of what's going on. the bureaucracy that for 49 years has been unable to take the self-policing mechanism and be able to make it work. i hope that this is the first of a series of items. i plan on talking to our leadership and i hope we'll have leadership on the other side of the aisle who in the past have held off, despite overwhelming support to the frustration i know of one of the principal sponsors. i hope that we understand that this is something that shouldn't be dealt with in a partisan fashion. and there shouldn't be jurisdictional battles. people ought to be able to take fundamental animal welfare
issues and bring them forward on the merits, have the debate, and get them enacted. it will make people in this body feel better, because a number of days i think people don't feel so good watching what happens around here. and we don't have much to show for our efforts. so, i want to commend my colleagues for their patience nd their perseverance. mr. buchanan, co-chair of the animal protection caucus, has been writing op-eds with me and working on this. so it's a culmination of a lot of work. but i hope it is a first step towards dealing with an area that is supported by the american public, it's important work, it's not particularly controversial, except for a few special interests who, frankly, don't have a leg to stand on. even though they didn't have one of those things on their legs. and i hope that we can use this
as an opportunity to make more progress in a bipartisan way, to solve problems, not just for animal welfare, but other areas that the american people -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. blumenauer: thank you. and i yield back. mr. schrader: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: mr. speaker, at this to recognize the gentleman from tennessee, representative desjarlais, for four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. desjarlais: mr. speaker, i rise today to speak in opposition to h.r. 693, the past act. the only thing good about the past act is the name. because it's reflective of just that. the past. i've been listening to my colleagues and i don't think they've been spending time where i have, in the inspection barnes over the last six-plus -- barns over the last six-plus years, where i see people who love their animals take care of them and treat them like family. what i've seen is inspectors
that were abusing the process. not self-policers, people sent by the usda. and these people are being disqualified, not being able to perform and then not subsequently being cited or penalized after the fact. now, the last couple of years there has been an improvement. and today the tennessee walking horse has over 96% compliance rate, according to the usda's own numbers. the only problem with the tennessee walking horses today is that the current inspection methods are subjective. past act does nothing to change this. what's even more concerning is the past act would increase fines and penalties, including up to three years in prison, while still utilizing subjective inspection methods. i have a bill, h.r. 1157, that numerous groups, including the american farm bureau federation, believe is a better course of action. as it would require all
inspections be objective and science-based. as a medical professional, i realize the importance of utilizing science to identify medical conditions. usda realizes this problem and has sought to address it by partnering with the national academy of sciences to determine the best objective science-based methods to inspect the tennessee walking horse. i strongly believe that all legislation should be held off until this study reaches its conclusion next may. this legislation is a product of animal welfare groups spreading misinformation on the status of the tennessee walking horse industry. again, living in the past. i fear that to this point, some members have been fed one side of the story from powerful interest groups like the humane society or peta, who have been -- who in advocating for their position neglect the fact that numerous veterinarians, equine
experts and agricultural groups, including the tennessee and kentucky farm bureaus, have come out in strong opposition to the past act. an example of the biased presentation of this bill is the misguided scrutiny of action devices that are highlighted in the past act. the claims put forth by special interests behind this bill, that action devices are cruel or inhumane, rest on very little academic evidence. a study found that the politics of action devices to e feet of horses have no force. heard dr. yoho talk about it about wrist watches. but you wear those all day and
that doesn't hurt you. if there is an agent applied, then yes, that is going to cause problems. action devices are pieces of equipment no different than a bride will. next?ill they seek to ban i feel strongly that animal abusers should be pun ird. these horses are regulated, more so than any other horse in rodeo and those who race and jumping nd dressage. no other horse is subjected and these owners are compliant. and there is no additional cost
to taxpayers. c.b.o. has scored this legislation at $2 million per year. innocent bill. a it is a federal overreach into ich and including the food industry. i urge my colleagues to consider the consequence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. >> i recognize the gentleman from tennessee. mr. schrader: and he might have a special interest in talking about the industry from his perspective and if most of the industry is complying, he shouldn't object to this bill.
should ensure that the bad actors are taken care of. and therefore, not compete unfairly against the other 90% and doing the right thing. i will show you the picture. look at all this stuff. congressman yoho in our previous lives treated a lot of horses, a limb problems. this sort of thing almost guarantees a horse is going to be arthritic and end its career. it is completely unnecessary and unfair. the vet medical association states along with the american association of equine practitioners who are the medical experts not the farm bureau, they said it causes harm
to the horses. i believe the vet experts. there is no doubt. i would certainly hope that folks here would go with the body of evidence, the folks that care about the horses, passionately and have worked on them, let's be fair about this and make sure there is no unfair competition and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: i recognize representative roe from tennessee. farmer 8th generation
the grand tradition is among my earlierest memories. we take great pride drawing eighbors and frens alike for our world class showcase. this grand tradition is not un arred. soring has be r been nvestigated and congressesal leaders. tennessee walking who ares are. but they are harmed in ways that are cruel and unjust. soring, tors who are but most importantly, they endanger our pride tennessee
walking horses. we stand against this vial practice. my strong pop situation to soring is why i rise in opposition to the past act. this is not the best solution. while i appreciate the sincere motives, i call on my colleagues to consider another better solution. horse o-sponsor of the protection amendments act. his bill works tore end soring that is to end it and provides timely consequences. and inspections must be object jucttive but the past act does if the end the current process that ace used. h.r. 1157 creates a framework
inspection. ntific .r. 69 does not solve the issue. the current compliance rate is between 92 and 98%%. these compliance rates are based on the usda standards. as the farm bureau has pointed out, the tennessee walking horse has been the most inspected. it has a compliance rate than even the food industry. the rate of aattaching bad actors is extremely low. these low rates must mean we must be vigilant. vigilance will require a new system. reate a act does not
new process and until we have that, the remaining bad actors radar. under the it is because of these concerns i will oppose the past act today. i call on my colleagues to stand soring and stopping yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from organize is ecognized. slade said you have the horse people from those states and contrary to some of the remarks, the past act has science behind it and licensed trained
professionals and they are going to be the ones. i yield a couple of minutes to my colleague from florida. mr. yoho: the information you just heard, there is a lot of fallacy. and the farm bill is not behind it. got a list here of the infracks and 90% of them from tennessee and this bill, we sat down specifically with the usda the regulating body ol animal cruelty and we made sure that the owner was protected and the trainer was protected from an trainer.us they have to be certified and
trained. we e added the radiology, do swabs of the skin. we use the same technology that our department of homeland picked up traces of ploseiffs. and the safeguards were there with there for the ownership and trainer. an he said this was something in the past. and he brought the expense of this bill. we are saying it's ok if it is too expensive. that is a bogus argument and shameful argument. and you are either nam cruelty or against it. let me show you this, look at the nails in this. the horse doesn't feed the that. this is a win of a blue ribbon
and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. carter: i would like to recognize representative ted budd for three minutes. mr. budd: as a family owner than a fan of the tennessee walker breed, i rise in strong support of this very important bill. and i thank my good friend, dr. yoho for his leadership on this ill as well as dr. schrader. the past act bans the practice on oing and inflicting pain horses. breeder they give them to give inhumane.is
we have known about this harmful practice and very little action to remedy or fix the problem. tissuesnt story exposed by filing away the hoof. rews are then pierced in the pain. e tissue is burned away that burns the who are's skin and sometimes out in the open. the current enforcement mechanisms are not working well enough and important to pass this bipartisan legislation of. legislation. and they have done nothing to have the pain. the past act will ensure we have a more efficient system in place to protect them from inhumane
and cruel suffering. from k my friend, the vet florida for his work and let you know that our tennessee walkers, thank you as well, i yield my time back. mr. carter: i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. mr. schrader: i wish we didn't have to have this discussion. soring is still with us. and we need this commonsense bill and give the industry to clean out thgs bad actors that are a stain on the tennessee walkers. these horses are majestic. and so it's completely
unnecessary, good trainers. these horses are going to perform to make americans proud. i thank my colleagues and i urge you to support the past act. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative mr. schrader: mr. speaker, i request a recorded vote, please. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman ask for the yeas and nays? mr. schrader: yes, i do. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those requesting a vote by .he yeas and nays will rise and yaped. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20,
further proceedings on this uestion the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute peeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. lamalfa: i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: mr. speaker, this week marks 200 days into my first term as a member of congress. it has been an incredible honor to serve the residents of the 39th congressional district in
california. >> i'm very proud of what we have accomplished so far in congress. from the passage of three of my pieces of bipartisan legislation this week, which will expand access to benefits for veteran service members and their families, to the 32 amendments my colleagues and i have offered that were agreed to on a bipartisan basis. stefanos tsitsipas and the three bipartisan bill -- mr. cicilline: and the three bipartisan bills -- mr. cisneros: and the three bipartisan bills. i am most proud of the constituent services in my district. in just 200 days in office, we have retrieved over $190,000 from federal agencies for our constituents and worked on over 250 cases. i work for the people of my district. it's in what i have attended hundreds of local events and met with thousands of my constituents. i look forward to the next 100 days and beyond working for the people, bringing change to washington, d.c., and ensuring i give my constituents a representation they deserve. thank you, and i yield back the
balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. lamalfa: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lamalfa: mr. speaker, today the democrats got their wish and special counsel robert mueller testified before not one, but two, house committees. i wonder if they'd reconsider that in hindsight. i don't think it went as they had planned. today's hearings only hammered home the simple fact we already knew. the special counsel did not find evidence to charge the president with a crime. game over. sadly, this was nothing more than political theater and a colossal waste of time. democrats want reinforcement for their partisan witch hunt against the president, didn't happen. if anything, today's testimony's only raised more questions on why this entire investigation was even open in the first place , why ex cupttory evidence wasn't included in the report. after wasting 22 month, $25
million taxpayer dollars, and countless other resources, americans deserve to know the truth about how this whole episode was fabricated and who is responsible. the steele dossier, d.n.c.'s direct involvement, democrats , we might be rt able to get something done around here. i urge my colleagues to move on from this disaster and get back to work for the american people. the speaker pro tempore: are there any further one-minute speeches? for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? for what purpose does the
gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. lamalfa: i move that the house be adjourned. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning for morning >> the house gaveling out for the day after passing a number of bills, including one that establishes a trust fund in the treasury department for multi employer benefit plans, and another that set humanitarian standards for detained migrants. tomorrow numbers will take up a up ther bill that takes debt limit. work.n, for legislative counsel robertal mueller testified on capitol