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available at c-span.org. the new york city ceremony still under way, on c-span3. the house gaveling in next to take up two bills restricting oil and gas drilling in the u.s. live coverage on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by -- chaplain, father croix conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray, god of heaven and earth we give you thanks for giving us another day. today we remember a day 18 years ago, the terror and violence ended in heroic effort and courage. we mourn those whose lives were snatched from them and wish to comfort those left behind who still strive to cope with their loss. may you, god, give them peace and healing. we thank you again for the almost universal international
response to a great american tragedy which all the world recognized as theirs as well. all your children of goodwill could see the horror of actions by men who were presumed to act in your name causing so much death and destruction. may your spirit of peace and justice continue to fill the hearts of people of all faiths races and nations. help us to recognize your creative love in the lives of all who share this beautiful planet. bless the men and women who serve this great nation in the senate and house of representatives. may they be reminded of the importance of standing together to face the dangers presented by america's historical enemies and may they be confident in the knowledge that all americans stand behind them in their common effort to forge
legislation that will reflect the resilient greatness of our nation, protect our democratic process and build a vibrant economy into a safe and secure future. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the eaker pro tempore: chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, thejournal stands approved. pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from california, mr. levin. mr. levin: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.. the speaker pro tempore: the
chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: how familiar this day is. as a member of the united states congress who was in this building on 9/11, was a bright and shiny day in new york and washington, d.c.. as we fled this building, saw the billowing smoke in the pentagon, knew that the other towers had already fallen by someone telling us something had happened. hearing rumors that flames were flying into the white house and state department, we wondered about the resilience and freedom of this nation.
how grateful i am to stand here 18 years later to remind americans and those who were not yet born that that was day that should be reminding us every day of the greatness of our freedom, the value of our democracy, and the power of our people. we honor those who fell, those families who still do not know of their missing loved ones, those who went to war, those who have come back, but most of all this day is to remind us of the wonderment of the representation of this nation, the diverse nation that it is, people from all walks of life, whatever we have to overcome, whatever divisiveness we may see, yesterday, today, or tomorrow, it will never, it will never undermine the greatness of this country. and i will always, as one who is here, i will always remember, and will i never forget, and i honor -- and i will never forget, and i will honor those whose lives were lost, pray for those families
as we celebrate this country. as we sang on the east steps, god bless america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. on the 18th anniversary of the september 11 attacks, patriot day, we remember islamic extremist terrorists high jacked passenger jets to murder nearly 3,000 innocent americans in new york, washington, and pennsylvania. it is sickening to think of the men, women, and children who were slaughtered. our remembrance promotes the legacy of the people who were mercilessly murdered. i am humbled and inspired by the strength and resilience just as my colleague, sheila jackson lee, of our country when we stand together to remember this mutual tragedy. today i remain inspired by todd beamer's heroic immediate
response, let's roll. this summer i visited sites of islamic extremist attacks in benos aires, argentina in 1994, and mumbai india in 2008. the brave people of america, argentina, and india are prepared to stand together to resist further mass murder. on this day we honor the lives of the affected of the attack. it's also a day to salute our military who serve to protect our freedoms and deny islamic extremists, save haven in afghanistan. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war n terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, it is with
great sadness that i rise today to recognize an unimaginable tragedy that occurred in my district last month. on august 2, three women from the same family died when a coastal bluff at grand view beach collapsed on top of them. julie davis, annie clave, and elizabeth charles. they were enjoying a day at the beach with family and friends celebrating elizabeth's triumph over breast cancer. suddenly all three were lost. there is a lot i would like to say about the government's responsibility to help prevent similar tragedies in the future, but instead i want to use this moment to recognize the extraordinary life that all three of these women brought into the world. mr. levin: i had the opportunity to sit down with dr. pat davis, who lost his wife, one of his daughters, and sister-in-law on that day. today dr. davis is committed to ensure no one else experiences the same kind of loss he has. he has called for action from local, state, and federal officials to prevent future
bluff collapses. we stand together in these efforts. he is truly an inspiration. please take a moment to think of julie, annie, and elizabeth. may they rest in peace. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11, 2001. 18 years ago the lives of innocent men and women and children were senselessly taken at the hand of islamic terrorists under the command of osama bin laden. mr. williams: before day's end, nearly 3,000 civilians, firefighters, law enforcement officers, and service members would perish in the world trade center, on united flight 93 in pennsylvania, and in the pentagon. though another year has passed, the pain remains for the families who lost a loved one that fateful day. i pray for all of those people that have lost someone today and pray for them tomorrow.
and i pray for those in harm's way who continue to serve across the globe to ensure we can live safely in the greatest country in the world, the united states of america. never forget, and may god bless america. in god we trust. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for one minute. -- johnson: mr. speaker, texas is home to many gun owners. growing up my family owned guns for hunting. it was part of how we fed our family. thus, i don't want to infringe on second amendment rights of americans. i do, however, want to stop the killing of innocent lives because someone was at risk to
themselves or others who bought or accessed a firearm. ms. garcia: too many loopholes allow people to purchase, procure, or access a firearm. too many texans have already died in mass shootings. so this is very personal to me. most recently of course in west, -- west texas. the house has already passed two bills that would prevent mass shootings. last night three more bills were marked up and will be ready for a floor vote. senate republicans must allow a vote on gun control legislation. i'm tired of people being killed because they won't act. i end by asking them, mr. speaker, what will you do to save lives? what are you afraid of? thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? it >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute.
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. we all remember where we were on september 11, 2001. i, myself, drove my taughttory school on my way to work. she was in the third grade. driving over the susquehanna river in pennsylvania on my way to work i recalled thinking what a beautiful day it was. i watched with co-workers soon after that the horror of the planes hitting the world trade center and the pentagon. a few days later i was asked to come to ground zero to help. i'll never forget the hospitals were all prepared for injured in manhattan. but there were no injured or very few. i'll never forget the families and the communities who showed resilience and hope. i'll never forget the crowds of people shearing the first responders as they travel towards ground zero. i know have a flag hanging in my office with over -- with 2,977 names of those who perished that day. two of those names were my friends. september 11 now known as patriot day, brought us
together and unified our nation in defiance of terrorism and evil. mr. muser: let us continue to come together and never forget we are all americans and we here represent the greatest country on earth. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from maine seek recognition? ms. pingree: to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from maine is recognized. ms. pingree: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to recognize arts and education week. as children return to school from their summer vacations, i'm reminded the true education must go beyond language, arts, and math t must include daily access to creative subjects like dance, poetry, visual arts, and theater. 93% of americans agree. the arts are a vital part of a well-rounded education. and when schools make the investment, we see ripple effects across students' lives. a student involved in the arts is four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement. they are three times more
likely to win an award for school attendance. and are elected to class office more than three times as often as their piers. -- peers. we must do more that every child can access arts education. in the most recent appropriations bill passed by this chamber we included a $6 million increase for the department of education. i'm proud to work with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to support this program and will push to preserve strong increase any final spending bill. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from indiana is recognized for one minute. >> it's been almost 12 months since we reached a new trade agreement with mexico and canada. both mexico and canada promptly ratified the agreement, but the house majority party refuses to let us vote on it. while it's a multinational agreement, the benefits will be
felt greatly in my home state of indiana 47% of indiana's exports go to mexico and canada. generating $18 billion in revenue for the hoosier state. american workers need this hoosier workers need this. speaker pelosi, please, let's put partisan politics aside and do what's best for indiana, for our country, and for all of north america. mr. banks: it's time to find the courage to bring this trade deal to the floor for a vote. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. higin: mr. speaker, the events of september 11, 2001, and the courage of the first responders who ran into danger are forever etched in our minds and hearts. nearly 3,000 people were
killed. thousands more were injured. and for many who were at ground zero, their pain and suffering endures. this year we finally made the 9/11 victims compensation fund permanent. so that we can always take care of our first responders, volunteers, and their families. we learned many lessons on that day, lessons in sacrifice, sorrow, and bravery, as well as lessons in national security, preparedness, and foreign policy. as we pause today to remember the victims and all those who were impacted by the attacks, let us also remember those lessons and maintain constant vigil lance in our shared national commitment to never forget. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
never forget. 2,997 peaceful people were murdered by 19 jihadi terrorists who were directed by al qaeda to commit evil acts of war against united states of america. america is the debatest nation to ever exist. we news never waver to defend our way of life. terrorists should never be ignored or given sanctuary to launch their evil acts. scrupttur says, there is a time of war. following 9/11 was such a time. sadly america's focus has long since expanded from finding and eliminating terrorists. great nations don't fight endless wars-f we are to make america great again, we must be laser focused. america does not negotiate with terrorists. there is no substitute for
victory. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania eek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise in support of h.r. 205, three1146, h.r. bills which will prevent oil and gas leasing in our outer continental shelf, in alaska's national wildlife refuge and near florida's gulf coast. ms. dean: america suffered a disastrous oil spill off santa barbara. valdez. when will we learn? how much will our coastline will have to be ruined and local economies will be shattered and how many more lives will be
lost. republican and democratic officials oppose the administration drilling plans. they know the economic costs of oil spills and those accidents occur thousands of times each year. there is no reason to take s.u.v. risks when we have cleaner, safer ways of producing the energy we need. i applaud those who are protecting our planet and in the spirit of pennsylvania's constitution which guarantees the people of clean air, and clean water. i urge members to support these bills and i say god bless america this day and all days. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize national opioid awareness week.
our state has been the hardest hit. of over 1,300 people kentucky have died. we are combatting the nation wide opioid epidemic. we will honor the one-year anniversary of the support act. this landmark lemmings is already helping communities prevent the spread of opioid abuse. but more work needs to be done. last month, i visited the customs and border patrol facility at j.f.k. airport. i saw the fentanyl coming through our borders. it can be so potent and can kill anyone who comes in contact with it including law enforcement officers. i will continue to work with president trump and my colleagues to stop fentanyl from coming to our country and help stopping this epidemic from
harming our communities. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. engel: i'm a new york representative whose district is 10 miles from the world trade center and i lost many friends and constituents in that horrendous attack. president roosevelt stood right here and talked about a day of infamiliary regarding the attack on pearl harbor and also the day of these attacks was a day of infamiliary, september 11, 2001. i remember weeks, days and weeks after the attacks, we were just walking in the district and see papers, burned papers sort of dropping from the clouds. it's really something we will remember forever.
we remember the brave responders and the people that gave their lives so we could live and told us that we in the united states have to continue to fight tyranny and have to continue to remember those poor 3,000 souls whose lives ended. it could have been any one of us. they lost their lives. so i think this is a time for all americans to pause and say we cherish our values. we remember the people who lost their lives. and we'll always fight against oppression wherever it rears its ugly head. god bless america. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize national security agency policy officer
ms. karen brown for being named the 2019 federal law enforcement training center honor graduate of the year. he most prestigious award, she exceled with high marks, physical fitness and firearms training. she has worked at the n.s.a. for the last 15 years serving a number of roles, personal security, polygraph examination, counterterrorist examination and more. thank you, mrs. brown, to your service to our nation. a ceremony honored her on tuesday, august 27. in addition to mrs. brown's great work, i thank all of the students, recent graduates for their commitment to our nation and bettering their work force training. the federal law enforcement training camp does an tstanding job to give skills
so students that they may face in the fieldment i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives, madam, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on september 11, 2019 at 10:53 a.m. that the senate passed senate 1881 and senate 2035. signed sincerely cheryl l. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. chair, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous materials on h.r. 1941
the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to house resolution 548 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of h.r. 1941. the chair appoints the gentleman from texas, mr. cuellar, to preside over the committee of the whole. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of h.r. 1941, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to amend the outer continental shelf lands act to prohibit the secretary of the interior, including in any leasing program certain planning areas and for other purposes. the chair: pursuant to the rule, the bill is considered read the first time. general debate shall be concxds con find to the bill and not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the majority
and ranking member on natural resources, the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, and the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, each will control 30 minutes. mr. lowenthal: i yield myself as much time as i may consume. first question is, first thing is what do all the governors, republicans and democrats along the entire east coast and along the entire west coast of the united states and over 330 municipalities and counties from these states all have in common? you know what they have in common? they are all opposed to expanding offshore oil and gas development off their shores. today, we are here to ensure that these coasts, the atlantic
and the pacific receive the assurance and the protections that they deserve. h.r. 1941, the coastal and marine economies protection act, would permanently protect the atlantic and pacific coasts from offshore oil and gas drilling. from maine down to florida, from washington to california, over 3,000 miles of united states coasts are threatened by the fossil fuels industries driven agenda, which is driven by the trump administration. one of president trump's first actions upon taking office was mandating that the development of a new and totally unnecessary five-year plan for offshore oil and gas lease sales. january, 2018, former interior secretary sinkey released a
draft of that plan, which proposed opening more than 90% of the outer continental shelf to oil and gas development. this proposal included the en tiret of america's atlantic and pacific coasts and if enacted, drilling could endanger more than 72,000 miles of u.s. shorelines. speckedly, there was immediate citizens, elected ens, elected officials, governors, business leaders, all who understood their coastal communities are incompatible with offshore oil and gas. the public knows bringing an industry as risky and as dirty as oil and gas to the atlantic and pacific coasts is dangerous on many levels. our oceans sustain a rich diversity of marine life and
they provide immense value to america's coastal communities by helping to generate billions of dollars in economic output and by supporting millions of jobs. for example, thriving fish stocks and healthy marine mammals off the coast of new jersey, maryland and florida support tackle shops, whale watching tours and a massive seafood industry. and oil-free beaches in virginia and the carolinas drive business for local restaurants for vacation rentals and for outfitters. but coast tall residents are not the only one who will benefit from protecting these areas. some of our nation's most majestic national park units belonging to all americans are ong our coasts, including,
acadia, business contain, cape hatteras and point reyes. people from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds and both political parties cherish these special places and rely on healthy oceans, clean beaches and the abundant fish and wildlife that come with it. the inevitable spills and other impaths from oil and gas drilling have no place along our east and west coasts. over one million people are employed by the tourism and recreation industries along the east coast. these are real jobs that exist now and will only grow with fee we treat our oceans and coasts with care. that is four times as the energy-generated fantasies that
come with opening the entire atlantic seaboard to drilling rigs. four times as many jobs would be at risk from the industrial facilities that would be built along the coasts. four times as many jobs would be at risk from the chronic pollution and pipeline spills that are widespread with offshore oil and gas. and four times as many jobs would be at risk from a catastrophic blowout like the one we saw in the gulf of mexico only nine years ago. . knob of these facts or the outcry from concerned citizens have influenced a trump administration that is laser focused on doing the bidding of the oil and gas industry. instead of protecting our coasts, president trump and secretary bernhardt have played politics and now are hiding their plan to drill near our communities.
in january, 2018 immediately after the release of a draft leasing program, then secretary zinke met with then florida governor rick scott at the tallahassee airport and tweeted, he was removing florida from the leasing program. however it turned out that this was nothing more than a ploy meant to boost the political prospects of a republican senate candidate. first florida was in. then it was out. then it was in again. nd now nobody except secretary bernhardt and president trump knows for sure. for 2 1/2 years this administration has based it's offshore drilling decisions on politics, not on the needs or concerns of coastal communities. in april, the administration announced that their offshore leasing plans are now on hold
due to a recent court decision that's related to alaska. but that is only a short-term reprieve. at any moment the administration can restart their efforts to auction off our nation's marine resources which will undoubtedly happen if the president were to get a second term. coastal communities need assurance that their businesses, their beaches, their ways -- way of life will not be sacrificed to the fossil fuel industry by the trump administration. h.r. 1941 provides our atlantic and pacific constituents, including those along florida's atlantic coast, the necessary protections from the dangers of offshore oil and gas and deserve this body's full support. mr. chair, i reserve the
balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. >> thank you, mr. chairman many. mr. bishop: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: we are here on september 11, an anniversary of an event that has been impactful for all of us and has definitely changed our country. we cannot forget that. hopefully as a nation we can learn from that experience and from the dedication that people gave after that particular experience. we are here in what the democrats have called their energy week and their energy week proposals. the proposals are three very disjointed bills, not based on science but based on the idea of paying off specific political interest groups for political purposes. earl weaver when he used to
coach the baltimore orioles loved -- the umpires, one time he went out to the umpire and said, is this as good as it gets or are you going to get better? of course they threw him out of the game for saying that. however, today i want to turn to the democrats and say, guys, is this as good as it gets? are you going to get better? because what we have before us is not an energy policy, it's an energy nonpolicy. when i was in college, gas was 25 cents a gallon. and i remember driving my car into those gas stations and there would be a kid my age or younger coming out and filling up by tank and cleaning the windshields and checking the oil anti-tires and then they gave me either a plate or towel for showing up. i then went to europe for two years, and when i came back, the oil embargo had hit, no one came out to help me, everything was self service, no one gave me towels or dishes, and gas prices in the embargo era was
going up to astouppeding almost $1.40 a gallon which we could not believe. our new president at the time put on a sweater, started a fire in the fireplace, and came before the american people and told us basically, get used to it. live with less. take it as an honor to be cold in the dark. that's the proses is. fortunately this country didn't go along with that, nor did the industry go along with that, and instead of being a country in which we were dependent upon opec countries, 60% to 70% of our energy coming from opec, and i'm sorry that is not what an irish chicken does, that is a cartel that was very against the interests of the united states, instead of being that which was in the position to be bullied not by a major power but secondary power into thinking they could extort this country into changing our foreign policy simply by exploiting our energy vulnerabilities, well, america changed. and instead we decided that
that would not be our policy. we came up with a process of not only expanding our energy production but we expanded it in a way that produced energy more efficiently, that used it in a cleaner fashion, that used a smaller footprint to do it, that made us energy independent to the point that we could actually be instead of an importing country and exporting country in the concept of energy and that that energy was used not only to support the united states independence but also to support our allies and be able to confront negative forces like russia which was using energy as a political weapon and still would like to use energy as a political weapon. now we are faced with three bills here today. one much different than the other two. but the end result of the democrat vision of energy presented to us in this energy week is basically to use the rear-view mirror and take us backwards 50 years into the paths where we go back to the time where our economy was fragile and our enemies thought
they could take advantage of our energy dependency and they could do that to bully the united states. that is not what the process should be in creating an energy future for this particular country. like we have three bills before us today. none of them are scientifically grounded. all of them are actually political. paying off political experts. taking science and basically throwing it in the trash and saying, ok, what you can do. you got the votes to do t but don't have the awe castity to stand up and say this administration or this side of the aisle doesn't believe in science because these are politically motivated particular issues. there is no logic to what we are doing. in our committee it was wonderful. we had the entire committee on the same day that the first bill was voted out, also voting for lwcf. everyone loved land and water conservation fund we wanted to make this permanent and triple the amount of money that we were putting into that fund.
at the same time we voted to triple the amount of money in that fund, we also voted for bills that would basically cut the revenues from those areas that actually produce the money to go into the fund in the first case. and we call that logical. i call this hypocrisy as well. there is a vested interest as the majority here was saying that governors in their states should have the ability to make decisions on federal waters that are not within the boundaries of their state. but same breath saying that governors in the interior states should not have the ability to have decisions made on federal lands within our state. i'm sorry, that's pure hypocrisy. this is a lack of focus. this is -- it's lack of focus when a year ago the democrat leadership asked the president to find a way to cut down the cost of energy, oil, and gas to use his personal contacts to cut down the ability -- the cost and then we are bringing
bills in here today which will drive up the costs, which will cut down our possibility of doing that in the future. you can do it, but there is a hypocrisy to that very essence of what's going on. fortunately the three bills that will be thrown out here today by the democrats as their policy will have the net effect of destroying jobs, of harming our economy, potentially turning us into an economic tailspin, that could happen. more importantly, is it -- it's nice to have a visual contrast. this morning republican leaders, led by mr. scalise and ms. cheney and several others introduced a comprehensive energy package, an energy package that is for all energy, all of the above, both cost of fuel and alternative, one that actually will grow our economy, which will create more jobs, will give a logical standard of what we should do going forward with a clear view. the clear view of what republicans would like to do with having a logical comprehensive approach is in
vast contrast to the three disjointed, dispirited, nonscientific bills that simply want to pay off political communities. with that, mr. chairman, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. chair. i would now like to yield five minutes to the gentleman, cunningham from south carolina. the chair: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for five minutes. mr. cupping ham -- mr. cunningham: mr. chair, i rise in cunningham support of m h.r. 1941, the coastal and marine economies protection act. my bipartisan bill permanently protects the atlantic and the pacific coast from the threats of offshore oil and gas drilling. it reflects the tremendous importance that members of both parties place on healthy shore
lines and state and local economies that depend on them. this bill acknowledges that if we don't act drilling rigs could soon appear off of our beaches. folks from up and down the coast of my district understand that opposition to offshore drilling is not a partisan issue. whether it be a first grader like anna of upstate, south carolina who rallied 70 signatures to stop offshore drilling. or a group of mayors like billy, pat, tim, jimmy, or john who worked tirelessly to defend our coastline. south carolinians want to protect our community from the disastrous consequences that result from offshore drilling. the low country is a force to be reckoned with, and we stand firm in our opposition to
drilling off of our shoreline. down in the low country we know that offshore drilling would ruin our economy, ruin our vibrant natural resources, and our unique way of life. that's why opposition to offshore drilling is not a partisan issue, and i'm proud to work with both democrats and republicans to get this done. booming tourism industry that we have in the low country are mutually explosive pursuits. tourism in the palmetto state is a $22.6 billion a year industry and supports one in every 10 jobs in our state. and south carolina's tourism
ministry holds a great deal more promise for statewide economic prosperity. i want to take a moment to also consider how natural disasters would impact our state if we were to drill offshore. we have seen spills from on-shore infrastructure in the path of a hurricane. hurricane katrina is the best known example with roughly eight million gallons of oil spilled. last week, hurricane dorian was a sobering reminder that hurricanes and natural disasters can change course in a moment's notice and they can inflict tremendous damage on communities in the path of a storm. if charleston, hilton head, or buford had on-shore energy structure similar to galveston, the potential for a major spill or environmental calamity from dorian's destruction would have skyrocketed. opposition to offshore drilling is an economic one. but it's also a moral one. the book of genesis teaches us to be stewards and caretakers of all creation. i find it unconscionable that we can knowingly damage our
waters and consequently our marine life for such a pr suit. -- pursuit. offshore drilling is reckless, it's harmful, and it's absolutely disruptive to the communities that we call home. i urge my colleagues to support my bill that will permanently safeguard the first district of south carolina and coastal communities across this nation. thank you, mr. chair. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves -- yields the balance of the time. the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from south carolina with an unusual socks on today, yep, those are there, who has been through these wars before, mr. duncan, three minutes. the chair: the gentleman from south carolina is recognized for three minutes. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. i stand in opposition to this legislation which undermines the united states energy dominance and makes us
strategyly weaker as a nation. i remember admiral mike mullin saying there is no national security without energy security. we get that by exploring and developing the natural resources we are blessed with in this nation. currently 67% of the energy used on our nation is generated from oil and gas. 94% of the outer continental shelf is off limits to exploration. the department of interior projects that an estimated $89.9 billion barrels and 327 trillion cubic feet of natural gas has yet to be discovered on the outer continental shelf. opening up the entire atlantic o.c.s. could support nearly 265,000 new higher paying jobs, $22 billion a year in private investment, and generate almost $6 billion in new revenue for the government within 20 years of the initial lease. money ningham's blocks
going to school and roads. oil and natural gas development is funding for many valuable programs, royaltyy payments have generated $73 billion for the federal government. much of this money goes into conservation programs, such as the land and water conservation fund. many people on the other side of the aisle that will support this bill supported the re-authorization of this fund. n 2018, it received $893 million in offshore revenues. 5 th carolina received $1. million. oil and gas royalties totalled 90%. congress has permanently voted to re-authorize in this congress. how did the support of this bill intend to make up nearly all of the funding for a program that they supported, that they would be cutting with this bill? they would do it by taxing the
hardworking american citizens. blocking offshore development would not only significantly harm but decrease our dependence on energy. there was a russian l.n.g. tanker that arrived in boston harbor and traveled from russia to the u.s. and the united states is the number one producer of natural gas since 2009. new england relies on foreign countries for about 20% of its natural gas. we don't have the pipeline capacity up to new england so they are having to buy it from russia. development of our resources on the outer continental shelf, opening up areas that were blocked by past administrations to energy development, exploration and ultimately production provides money for the land and water conservation fund and provides national
security for places like new england and lessen their dependence on a foreign source of natural gas and that foreign source is russia. russia. let this this be a lesson. this bill leverages our adversary while undermining our security. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: i yield five minutes -- excuse me, i yield four minutes to the the gentleman from new jersey, representative pallone. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. chairman. and let me thank first the sponsor of this legislation, mr. cunningham, and also the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal and mr. grijalva for all their work on this legislation. and i want to say i do think a permanent moratorium on oil and
gas drilling in the pacific and atlantic oceans is something that we must do. it doesn't matter whether you represent the atlantic or pacific coast communities. a vote for a permanent moratorium is a vote for our country's economic vitality. i heard my colleagues on the other side of the aisle talk about national security and how we don't have an energy plan. the bottom line is that if you look at the consequence to the economy of the country in these coastal communities from something like the deepwater horizon disaster, it was a 10-year projected loss of $8.7 billion in fisheries from texas to florida. think of the impact on the tourism industry and i will pakistan on local businesses if we have a spill of this magnitude. tourism is the number one industry in my state of new
jersey. and don't tell me we don't have an energy plan. in our committee, we are very much in favor of all kinds of energy options, natural gas, nuclear power, whatever it happens to be and we have moved towards energy independence by having more natural gas, more production of oil. all we are saying here today, if you are talking about offshore drilling in the atlantic and pacific, if you weigh any benefits that might come either in jobs or money that comes back to the land and water conservation fund, you cannot possibly compare the economic loss we would have from a major oil spill to whatever gain you have from this relatively small amount of oil that is going to be captured by these oil companies in offshore drilling on the atlantic and pacific coasts. after the b.p. spill, i was on the natural resource he at the time and there were
recommendations put forward, not all of them adopted. in the seven years following the deepwater tragedy, there were 34 additional oil spills. there is no way to stop these oil spills from happening. they happen on a regular basis. and further out you go, more chance there is that you are going to have a spill. and we cannot risk that. the jersey shore has experienced hurricane sandy and don't need a manmade disaster that are going to hurt our environment, hurt increased and it has sea levels. we don't have to choose between clean ocean and energy production. any energy we harness could come from clean renewable sources like offshore wind. i'm not saying renewables are the only alternative.
fossil fuels, no question. but the damage to our local economies could not compare to the jobs that you think fossil going to be created or money from offshore drilling. it is miniscule to the economic impact to our areas. don't talk to me about jobs and loss of jobs, when you see the loss of jobs that occurred after b.p. there is no comparison, gentlemen. now we have put one year annual moratoriums and passed an amendment that i had in the spropingses bill interior appropriations. but it's high time that we have a permanent moratorium. not enough to address this through the process. i want to commend the gentleman from south carolina, mr. cunningham. i was actually in his district unanimous prize to
stop this drilling. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: mr. chairman, once again, i appreciate the opportunity to yield three minutes to the gentleman from colorado, someone who realizes not only does the base stop drilling, but if you add one of the amendments you had, you will stop seismic activity. mr. tipton from the grand western side of colorado. the chair: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for three minutes. mr. tipton: i rise in opposition of h.r. 1941, a bill that will rmanently block offshore drilling. i find myself engaged with my colleagues on the other side of the aisle about the importance of allowing local leaders to be able to manage the lands that
are around them, making decisions about what happens on those public lands that surround their communities. the argument i met with, public lands belong to all americans to benefit all americans. and it's true. the responsible energy development that happens on public lappeds in my district benefits all americans in the form of reliable and low cost energy resources. are here today debating a bill that would put the wishes of some states to close off submerged lands under federal land jurisdiction bill that would ahead of the interest of all americans. when it comes to local control, why should local coastal states lead the way when land locked western states are told that the federal government knows what is best. i have been a long time advocate for an all of the above energy plan in the u.s. is means, wind, solea, geothermal, natural gas, oil shale and minerals and inside climate news article from
january of last year outlined the investments offshore companies are making due to wind energy due to demand and unique position they are in. having made infrastructure investments according to a 2017, annual revenues from wind and solar could represent 1/12th of the revenues in oil and gas by 2035. as some major oil and gas companies seize wind opportunities. if the goal is to reduce our country's reliance on fossil fuels, why push policies that cut off the investment of oil and gas companies that are making renewable energy? we should be supporting industry . and not to impose drastic policies like h.r. 1941 that hamstring these efforts. earlier this year, the house and senate overwhelmingly passed public lands package that
permanently authorized the land and water conservation fund. all states benefits. we can't ignore the fact that the bill we are debating today would cut off the source of funding. there have been many calls from my colleagues on the other side not have e to mandatory funding. how can we push funding and at the same time advocate for a bill that completely cuts off their sources. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the underlying bill. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from colorado yields the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield one minute to the the gentleman from california, representative levin. the chair: the gentleman from
california is recognized for one minute. mr. levin: i rise in support of h.r. 1941, the coastal and marine economies protection act to ban offshore drilling along the atlantic and pacific coasts. my district is home to 50 miles of beautiful california coastline. it is home to some of the world's premier research institutions and surfing. in san diego and orange counties, the ocean economy accounts for 7.7 billion and sustains more than 140,000 jobs in coastal tourism and recreation. all it will take to jeopardize those jobs is like a massive spill that we saw off the coast of 2015 which p powered crude oil into the water and on to beaches across southern california. the people i represent have made their voices heard loud and clear no more drilling off our coasts. we can't allow the fossil fuel industry and their friends in
the trump administration to exploit our oceans, roll back safety regulations that help prevent spills and threaten hundreds of thousands of jobs. i expect we will hear from my friends across the aisle many of whom who represent landlocked districts that claim that is nothing to worry about. the people in coastal communities won't stop fighting to protect our oceans and our jobs. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i'm happy to yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, our new member in cline. t term here, mr. mr. cline: i thank the ranking member for yielding. i come from the commonwealth of virginia, a commonwealth advice rich in natural resources. we have an abundant supply but
this legislation would destroy research and investment in oil and gas resources off our coast. it would prevent job creation and limb the ability of our nation to relies long-term energy independence. studies have shown exploring offshore oil and fat tral gas resources would bring thousands of jobs to virginia and significantly boost the economy. earlier this spring i traveled with congressman scalise to his district and helicoptered out in the gulf of mexico and i saw firsthand the great strides that have been made in energy development and exploration and the great benefits accrued to louisiana schools, roads and port projects as a result. the amazing developments in ensuring that energy resources can be extracted safely demonstrated that similar efforts can be achieved back home in the waters off the coast
of virginia and our areas would be protected for future generations to enjoy while we lower energy costs for residents and businesses across our great commonwealth. h.r. 1941 would block millions of dollars going to virginia and other coastal states. the federal government should not be in the business of halting virginia or america's economic growth. failing to give states the ability to explore resources would be a grave disservice to our commone wealth and our nation. i urge my colleagues to oppose this misguided legislation. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized. lowenthal: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. cicilline: i rise in strong support of coastal and marine economies protection. mr. speaker -- protections act. mr. speaker, the expandable oil
leasing would pose significant damages to our areas. coulding to ocean ana, it have untold effects on fish and fish fe, from decreasing stranded mammals. ocean industry such as fishing, recreation account for nearly $2 billion in annual economic activity and support 41,000 jobs. throughout new england, it accounts for more than $17 billion annually. cannot afford to risk the dangers posed to our oceans and coast by the dministration's misguided proposal to expand oil and gas drilling in the atlantic. by and t afford to sit watch the president planneder benefit of for the bill oil companies, harming communities. i was proud to introduce the new
england coastal protections act prohibit drilling in outer continental shelf, which has support by every from new england. this will have a more cleaner, which stainable future protects our oceans and coastlines, stimulates innovation and spurs job growth. i strongly urge passage of this legislation, and with that i ield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from rhode island yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i'm happy to yield two minutes to the gentleman beingllinois, who happens the cochair of the steel caucus, mr. bos. bost.hair: -- mr. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. bost: we were told that oil gas reserves are depleted but we know how wrong those
are.ctions america is now the world leader in energy development. but don't forget about the jobs. production, jobs is a multiplier. ccording to recent studies, more than 10 million american jobs can be attributed to the oil and gas production. for each drilling and oil job, created in e manufacturing, transportation industries. in my district, we produce a country tubular goods. these products are used in oil and gas production. good-paying jobs with great benefits. in addition to the steel jobs in granite city, approximately 10,000 illinois manufacturers oil or gas at are industry -- have oil and gas industry ties. estimates, an me additional one million manufacturing jobs could be oil and gas gh the development.
about this as k the political fringes try to green new deal down our throats. i urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation. that, mr. chairman, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. he gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. chair. minute to the gentlewoman from maine, representative pingree. the chair: the gentlewoman from recognized for one minute. ms. pingree: thank you, mr. speaker. his you to the chair for work on this and for yielding me the time. oday, i rise in support of the coastal and marine economies protection act and to defend aine's coastline for future generations. this summer i was blessed to once again become a grandmother. new the birth of my grandson, i am now lucky enough to be the grandmother of four. my grandchildren the ocean nd around this summer, the gulf of maine, just as their parents have done
nd so many other mainers do every summer. the gulf of maine is an irreplaceable natural resource for millions of tourists each year and is critical to the maine economy. should not be exploited for oil and drilling. has taken a toll on our waters. it's caused ocean acidification sea levels, and the warming of the ocean has put maine's vibrant fishing in peril. drilling for fossil fuels in the gulf of maine when we should be energy isin renewable like trying to put out a fire by dowsing it with kerosene. duty as it is our elected leaders to leave this nation better than we found it. means ensuring we preserve our oceans for our children and grandchildren and we fight this climate crisis with all we got. my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will join me in -- can i have two -- i'd like to : yield 30 more seconds to the
gentlewoman from maine. very ngree: thank you much, mr. chair. i hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will join me h.r. 1931, because sacrificing our coastline to dependences nation's on fossil fuels is nothing short irresponsible. i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. utah is eman from recognized. mr. bishop: mr. chairman, i yield three minutes to the our good from georgia, friend, mr. carter. the chair: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. r. speaker, i rise today in opposition to this bill and the other two natural resources ills that we will be considering this week. let me start by saying, it's unfortunate that we're in this today.n one of the predominant reasons that is disappointment is i, like many of my colleagues, both support energy development natural king after our and ecological resources. i love my district dearly. i was born and raised there. i've lived there all my life and will continue to live there the
rest of my life. coastline e beautiful that we have in my district. but blanket bans instituted by the atlantic,ross pacific, gulf, and arctic, are and are quite plainly the wrong approach. in january of last year i raised concerns of bureau of ocean energy management how this plan would affect georgia and my constituents. of this year, after the georgia state legislature passed resolution opposing energy exploration in federal waters off of georgia, i sent a letter to secretary burn hart he exclude georgia from consideration under this plan. take public i service seriously. serve the elected to first people of district, i knew i would be serving the will of my constituents up here. that's why i have been firm in my stance that georgia be removed from consideration due from the state legislature. but while my request for to georgia from consideration under this plan stands, i firmly believe it will
counterproductive to move forward with this blanket ban on u.s. federal waters. knowing these bills would be to the floor, i knew i needed to do something to support the request i heard in he district that waters off of georgia be removed. that's why i in order to abide commitment to my constituents in our community, submitted three amendments to committee. unfortunately, my amendments, which would empower states to them, what's best for removed georgia from consideration and address were ea national security not accepted by my colleagues across the aisle. let me be clear. of wasn't a rejection including the amendments in the bill. this was a rejection of the debate them.en my colleagues across the aisle, who championed the will of the states to decide what's best for when it comes to this topic, would not let my amendments move forward. opposed to o are so energy development offshore, i didn't even have the opportunity removing amendment georgia from considering debated
on the floor of this house. mr. speaker, it's really unfortunate that we're voting on these bills which would of thousands of jobs and millions in economic enefits for political grandstanding. to setback on domestic energy evelopment is to promote foreign energy consumption. i can still remember when the united states was held hostage andiddle eastern resources, we can't allow that to happen again. while i believe georgia should e removed from consideration, these bills are not the solution. i oppose these three bills, and hope my colleagues will actually work with us on real olutions rather than promoting messaging bills. with that i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. he gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. chair. and 30 one minute seconds to the gentleman from new jersey, representative pascrell. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for a half. and a pascrell: thank you, mr.
speaker. chairman, ranking member, i rise today on behalf of our oceans and the communities and and ecosystems they support. y home state of new jersey boasts a multibillion-dollar industry. and fishing 50,000 jobs. year.lion every potential spills from oil and as development imperil every one of these jobs and every one industries. that's 50,000 jobs and $7 billion. n trigger -- could beautiful shore
$16.6 billion in wages to the stateillion coffers. too much is at stake. cannot auction off our environment. we can't auction off our economy. as heck can't auction off our future to the highest bidder. away from dirty ossil fuels that would forever change the character of our coasts for the worse. also protect the atlantic coast by permanently anning offshore oil and schis drilling -- and gas drilling. mr. speaker, we need a concrete plan of action like this because climate is changing in a way hat threatens our national security, our ecosystems and our economy. to h.r. 1931 -- and i the sponsors -- the
coastal and marine economies protection act, we are the atlantic from offshore oil and gas drilling right now. thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. ranking member. the chair: the gentleman's time expired. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. i'm reserving. the chair: the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield one minute to the from new jersey, representative van drew. the chair: the gentleman from recognized for one minute. drew: mr. speaker, i rise today because i holeheartedly support the coastal and marine economies protection act. authored by my good friend, cunningham. this bill does what seems obvious to almost everyone. theans offshore drilling in atlantic ocean. it is an issue that brings
ogether business groups, environmental groups, sportsman others.nd many, many it's an issue that transcends party lines. in my district, we had a press in support of this legislation and banning and we republicans, democrats, independents, business people, as environmentalists all together. in south jersey, our coast is our lifeblood. everything. it is our economy, it is our ulture and it's our way of life. our fisheries and tourism industry are worth neither $50 year, supporting well over half a million jobs statewide. if an oil spill were to occur on our coastline, our beaches, coastal esources, and properties would be wiped out in a heartbeat. casino workers, hospitality industry, estaurants, small businesses would all, each and every one,
suffer. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 1941, and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from utah. reserving, sir. the chair: the gentleman continues to reserve. the gentleman from california. r. lowenthal: i yield one minute to the gentleman from ted ornia, representative lieu. the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. lujan: thank you, mr. speaker -- lieu: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, representative lowenthal, for your leadership. today, i rise in support of this legislation by representative cunningham to ban offshore oil drilling in both the atlantic pacific. this would apply to new offshore oil drilling. it's both dangerous and it harms the coastal economy. my congressional district spans of los angeles from verdes to cties -- malibu. years ago in 2015, an
ruptured in santa barbra -- barbara, killing ildlife and forcing closure of beaches. this oil spill can affect large pieces of land and our and our economy suffered. h.r. 1941 a forward-thinking bill that will protect coast and help turn us away from fossil fuels at a time when tackling the climate critical.absolutely i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and i yield back. . the chair: the gentleman from reserves.a the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: continue to reserve. the chair: the gentleman from california. r. lowenthal: thank you, mr. chair. i'd like to yield one minute to he gentleman from maryland, representative hoyer. the chair: the gentleman from maryland is recognized.
>> i thank the gentleman from california for yielding and i thank mr. bishop for his leadership as well and i rise in strong support of this bill introduced by representative cunningham from south carolina and two others on the floor this week that will be considered. all three are bipartisan bills. i want to thank mr. cunningham for his leadership on this particular issue. a permanent moratorium on offshore oil and gas development and pristine untouched areas will protect ecosystems and economies along our atlantic and pacific coasts. the other bills we will be considering this week will prevent oil and gas drilling along the gulf coast of florida and protect the arctic national wildlife refuge. the trum administration is forcing a false choice between energy security and the health and safety of our coastal and
arctic environments. if we fail to protect vulnerable, coastal and arctic systems, we put at risks the livelihoods of millions of americans in those communities that depend on their continued health and abundance. in coastal communities in the pacific and atlantic oceans, tourism, outdoor recreation and fishing are crucial. in alaska, people rely on the carefully balanced arctic systems of hunting, fishing and ancient way of life. drilling in these areas creates an unacceptable risk both to our environment and the people who live in those communities. mr. speaker, the united states is now the largest producer of il and gas in the world. no one would have thought that
possible even a decade ago and yet, here we are. thanks to advances in technology over the past six years we have doubled the amount of oil we export. all of that has been made possible without touching vulnerable environments like the arctic refuge or off the home state. the trump administration is proposing to open the entire eastern seaboard for oil and gas development from the gulf of maine to the states of florida. states up and down along the atlantic oppose this move. we have seen what happens when something goes wrong as what appened to the deepwater horizon disaster. and destroying our fisheries or are harming the chesapeake would frankly be devastating.
instead of doubling down on fossil fuels, we ought to be working to reconfigure our economy to meet the challenges of climate change and seize the opportunities from developing new clean energy technologies and leading the world in transitioning to a low and evently zero carbon economy. the democratic-led house already took action on climate change earlier this year with the passage of h.r. 9, which would uphold our commitment to the paris climate agreement, which the president withdrew from. we will take meaningful action to stop the trump administration of rollbacks to protect clean air, clean water and natural environments for generations to come. our children, mr. speaker, and
our grandchildren and yes, our great-grandchildren deserve to inherit an earth and america that is clean, healthy and sustainable. we ignore this challenge, mr. speaker at our peril. and i thank the gentleman from california leading this effort. i thank mr. cunningham and i rise in strong support of the legislation we are going to consider and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: mr. chair, how much time do we have left? the chair: the gentleman from california has six minutes remaining. mr. lowenthal: i would like to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, the ighly respected representative carbajal. the chair: the gentleman is
recognized. mr. carson: thank you, chairman lowenthal, i rise in support of h.r. 1941, coastal and marine economies protection act to safeguard our environment against the threats of offshore oil drilling. i am proud toville worked with chairman grijalva and representative cunningham to make sure this measure includes my legislation h.r. 271, the california clean coast act. this would make certain that ere is no future oil and gas leasing off of california coasts and puts the interest of the american people first. we cannot put corporate profits of big oil above protecting our environment. my constituents have seen firsthand the damage of oil spills inflicted on our communities and local economy.
during the 1969 santa barbara oil spill, over 100,000 barrels of crude oil spilled into the santa barbara channel. this was the largest oil spill in california's history. it fundamentally harmed santa barbara's unique marine ecosystem and wildlife, recreational interests and commercial fishing. paired with the 2015 oil spill, the cleanup costs hit $92 million -- mr. lowenthal: i yield to the representative of california an additional 0 seconds. >> cleanup costs hit $92 million, we cannot afford even disastrous oil spill. california's coastal region, tourism, generates $1.9 trillion per g.d.p. per year and supports $731 billion in wages.
any future oil drilling would pose a direct threat to our local economy and the success of local businesses, which are tied and healthy ns ecosystems. we must safeguard our p planet and economies including my two grandchildren. this and healthy is why i urge h.r. 1941, coastal marine economies protection act. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from california. mr. lowenthal: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i would like to include in the record statement of administrative policy which indicates that the president advisers will recommend a veto of this particular bill in the unlikely event that it would be considered by the senate. and i would also like to insert in the record a letter of strong opposition to the bill by over entities, entities, u.s. chamb
commerce and laborers international union of north america. the chair: the gentleman's request will be covered by general leave. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: may i ask a question of the ranking member of how many more speakers he has . mr. bishop: i'm waiting for one more speaker coming over here, which may or may not be here. mr. lowenthal: just arrived. the chair: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i reserved his time for him, didn't i? at this time, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from arizona head of the western caucus, mr. gosar. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes.
mr. gosar: i thank ranking member about bishop. i rise in strong opposition of this misguided legislation. this legislation will put the united states at a distinct disadvantage with the rest of the world by taking some of our country's most valuable energy deposits offlimits. these are the people of the united states resources. under the current administration, america is experiencing an energy renaissance taking an all of the above approach. this administration has kick started unprecedented growth in our energy production. for the first time since 1950's, the united states will become a next exporter of oil and natural gas providing great benefits for our economy and national security. however, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle want to make these successes a short-term phenomenon. by permanently putting off the coasts offlimits, this bill ties one hand behind our nation's
back. instead of making potential energy deposits offlimits to develop, this congress should be interested in making sure that these deposits are responsibly developed. technological advancements in offshore energy development have made it safer than ever before. i urge my colleagues to oppose this legislation. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: mr. chair, how much time do i have? the chair: the gentleman from 1/2 ornia has 4 -- 4 minutes. mr. lowenthal: i would like to clarify, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time that remains and clarify a couple of things that have been said in this wonderful discussion. i want to thank all the speakers for coming before us. the sky is not falling.
let me repeat that. the sky is not falling. has been pointed out that this is going to badly hurt if we do not have drilling in the atlantic and pacific and hurt the land and water conservation fund because it is funded from offshore receive news. the idea that anything like the assage of 1941 will hurt the lwcf is completely false. this bill will not affect the lwcf at all. all the money for the lwcf comes from the existing oil and gas activities in the central and western gulf of mexico. the land and water conservation of the resources that come into the federal government from these areas, central and western gulf of mexico, the land and water conservation gets the first $900 million.
that's what comes in and it's distributed. ast year, what came in for the conservation fund, what came in should have been over $4.7 billion. in fact, in the last 20 years or 19 years, we brought in at a minimum, $2.8 billion, far in excess of the $900 million that goes to the land and water conservation. and there were projections that the existing activity in the gulf of mexico are enough to keep the lwcf funded for many, many decades to come. so we don't need to dill in the atlantic or pacific to fund the lwcf. receive news are not the problem. what is the problem? the real problem is that only twice in the history of the lwcf has congress appropriated the
full 900 million. as i pointed out, much more money has come into the treasury. only twice have we fully appropriated the money. in fact, we have collected almost $40 billion in revenues that should have been spent on the lwcf but we have appropriated less than half of that which is $18.4. i'm glad my colleagues on the other side of the aisle are concerned about the lwcf, but i would like to point out is let's make sure we work together and we get the full $900 million that we should be getting everywhere and not getting everywhere. with that, i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: could i ask the gentleman from california -- i'm done with speakers and ready to close if you are ready to close.
mr. lowenthal: i'm ready to close. mr. bishop: i yield myself the remaining time that we have. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: i appreciate the concern that the gentleman from california has for the lwcf. theish at hand is not what we have been appropriating. the issue is you want to triple that amount. if you are going to cut the potential revenue that is going to come from these areas, don't ask to triple it at the same time and i would ask or remind you, i have a part backlog bill don't take those funds from the backlog. that is far more significant we are talking about. the real issue is the difference in the approach to the country's energy solution, our future. you have three disjointed bill, none of them based on science. none of them science, but they are here in an isolated way
which the goal is to cut stuff, which is not produce. at least when jimmy carter put on the sweater and started the fire and talked to the american people, he was honest to say you have to lower your expectation. you won't be able to live the lifestyle you want in the future. no time anyone purporting this type of approach pushed by the democrats has talked about lowering thermo stats in the win or stop driving their boats or no longer going on planes, trains and automobiles. in some way. that's not a logical approach. it can be done but it's not a approach. doesn't just miraculously happen. the difference between what the republicans have placed on table is an overall approach to
energy, a comprehensive approach energy. not just a comprehensive approach to how we build on our we il fuels but also how build alternative energy and how we involve the states in that concept because every state has a ifferent requirement, different initiative, and a different need. and we are trying to do that, some one-size-fits-all blanket approach, as we're going to have in this bill and the that we'll actually have tomorrow. the approach the democrats are saying, we won't develop american sources because we might spill. rely on we will try to maybe them coming from somewhere else. some of our colleagues talked the russians are importing into boston. how california is already economy, % of its energy coming from saudi arabia, and, ey come in tankers mr. chairman, the problem is that we fail to realize, if you a higher t to have mathematical possibility of oil spills, it is significantly higher when it comes from
if we are than self-sufficient. a talk about not being self-support to our allies, someone that can be a major layer in the world, we will cutback automatically and actually make a greater risk in the process of doing it. silly approach and it contrasts specifically what we are attempting to do. have jobs, and we can have a future and we can have a ountry that will no longer be bullied by other countries seeing that we are energy weak. we approach it the way the republicans want to approach it. ut if we still do this disjointed, disspirited, onscientific approach based on more myth than reality, then actually we're going in the direction. the democrats, in their energy us back 50 march years to a time when america was which and ragile
which second-rate powers thought they could bully us into by taking simply advantage of a lack of strong, policy.t energy that's -- coherent energy policy. all to hy i urge you look at the bill introduced today, the republican approach it. it's bright, it's big, it's positive. it moves us forward. we're doing today with a bunch of bills, piece by piece, take us back from where we should never return again. i with that, mr. chairman, hate to interrupt you but with that, mr. chairman, i yield back the balance of my time. the gentleman from utah yields the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. you, mr. thal: thank chairman. i yield myself such time as i consume. i would like to just, in make a few statements reiterate - kind of has already been said so well
and how we must protect our coast. the united states 12.3 es in totality day.on barrels of oil a crude oil each and every day. it's an all-time u.s. record. that in 2018. we lead the world now in terms exports. production. we export of that 12.3 million, export over three million a day. it's more than any other nation two opec nations. we are the number one producer of natural gas. exporter of natural gas, but we also say we do it by and pening up the atlantic the pacific. e are not putting this tremendous resource of oil development at risk. gulf, open for development in the future, we
80 ally put up almost million acres in the gulf for leasing each year. now we're over 72% of the potential gulf that's opened for oil and gas development, 72% has developed.n there's an estimated 42 billion, b-i-l-l-i-o-n barrels in the gulf. it's enough oil there for the next 66 years of production at he same level that we have today. we must protect our coast. future.protect the and i urge swift adoption of the 1941, and i yield back remainder of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. has ime for general debate expired. pursuant to the rule, an amendment in the nature of a consisting of text of rules committee print 116-31 the amendment
house in part e of report 115-200 shall -- 116-200 adopted.considered as and the amendment shall be considered for original bill for purposes under the five-minute be considered as read. no further amendment to the the order ended, in except those printed in part f each such further amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read and shall be debatable for specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and opponent, not be subject to an amendment and shall not be for division and question. it's now in order to consider printed in mber 1 116-200. house report
for what purpose does the california seek recognition? mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 1 in house report 116-200 clock of --r. mckin mr. mcclintock of california. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, and a member pposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: this will remove the pacific coast for moratorium imposed under this legislation. california my democratic colleagues' heads' also manyut there are other reasons to support this amendment. pursuing is already these green new deal policies brown and jerry arnold schwarzenegger and
alifornians are paying the highest price in electricity and gasoline. has grown production 130%, it's declined in 20%.ornia by in 2000, california produced 50% consumed roleum it every year. 50%. 30%.figure's now down to in 2000, california imported 25% f its oil from foreign countries. today, it imports 60%. year, t the last california's oil purchases from audi arabia ballooned from 98 million barrels to 135 million barrels. hese foolish policies are contributing to one of the highest unemployment rates, the largest homeless population, and the highest effective poverty nation.our yet, leasing the 240 million currently off-limits can
support an additional 260,000 and inject $15 billion into our economy every year. reversed the p obama-era war on energy, and year america became the largest petroleum producer on the planet, outpacing both saudi first and russia for the time. these policies are also lowest ting to the unemployment rates for americans of african and hispanic heritage our history. rising wages after an entire of stagnant rate. the et us consider environment. california's coastal waters has seepage of 86 million atlantic ocean. development of our offshore resources reduces the pressure that produces seepage. grown up in coastal
ventura county 50 years ago, i firsthand of the conspicuous decline in national seepage that's occurred in the since the channel island spilled open. natural abundance of gas that's reduced our country's carbon dioxide emissions, far expensive and oppressive government regulation has accomplished in europe. leads the nation -- let me repeat -- while our production is up 130%, california's down 20%. while our nation has achieved independence, california's reliance on foreign doubled.ore than that's trailing the nation, not leading it. state, that is -- that has bountiful oil in the ation, has the least political do anything.
my democratic colleagues will set their hair on fire. i yield back the balance of my we can now watch and i'm ready to close when they are. the chair: the gentleman from california reserves the balance time. for what purpose does -- for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the amendment offered by representative mcclintock. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. >> there is absolutely no sense special exception to open the waters along the pacific coast for drilling. this amendment clearly represent districts many miles from the nearest coastline. the they never saw environmental devastation on southern california beaches santa barbra -- and ra planes oil spill maybe they have not spent time ith small businesses that depend on recreation to survive. maybe they don't know that drilling has more than in g.d.p. along the
west coast. however, i've seen that devastation. visited those small businesses. i'm well aware how many jobs we d and would be lost if suffer from another spill along the pacific coast. more than 91 at west coast municipalities in all and all ific coast -- three pacific coast state governors oppose offcoast drilling. the people i represent certainly do as well. they know that the risks far benefit that fossil fuel companies will reap from and i'm off our coast, here to raise their voices. mr. speaker, many of my republican colleagues in the committee try es to justify their push to destroy our coastal communities with claiming rilling by that the alternative to expandable drilling is imported foreign oil. friends on the other side of the aisle were serious about ddressing oil imports, they would not sit idly by as the trump administration works to ompletely undermine our country's fuel efficiency
standards. if they were serious, they would california state of as it works to strengthen fuel economy so that this country is dependent on oil, period, and so that americans can save pump.at the california is working to reduce oil imports with its vehicle and low standards carbon fuel standard, but the trump administration is fighting it by nd nail to stop revoking the state's clean air ct waiver and challenging its groundbreaking agreement with automakers to set strong standards. hose who support the trump administration's efforts are hitting my constituents not once but twice. mr. levin: first, they're making cars less efficient, and drives climate change hurts air quality in southern california and now supporters of this amendment are seeking to ncrease the chances of an environmental catastrophe that could do irrepairable damage to constituents' communities and our local economy. urge my colleagues on both
sides of the aisle to recognize the impact this amendment will economies ific coast by strongly opposing it. thank you, and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. r. mcclintock: thank you, mr. chairman. i readily concede this amendment to the ruling elite in sacramento. they had their way with california. they advocate on the house floor today are the same policies they have once golden my state during my lifetime. the policies produced highest effective poverty rate in the nation, among the highest country, ces in the and an historic exodus of other nians fleeing to states. the road to venezuela leads through california, and i would urge the rest of the nation to themselves, is that really a road they want to take? that road in the 1970's. the bill's author is perhaps too remember those dark
days when our nation was held hostage to foreign oil, when to get ed up for blocks gas, and every meeting of the opec nations was a national crisis. i checked the survey of gas prices in california. the average of regular gasoline is $3.63. . south carolina, it is $2.23 that is $1.40 a gallon difference. and i would ask the bill's author to consider if his constituents are ready to enact california policies and then pay for them through the nozzle. i yield back. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the
noes have it. he amendment is not agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 2 printed in part f of-116-2. mr. gosar: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 2 printed in part f of house port 11-200 offered by mr. gosar of arizona. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 548, the gentleman from arizona and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona. mr. gosar: i offer an amendment to change the title, the russian reliance and u.s. poverty act. the consequences of this legislation becoming law would have devastating long-term
impacts on the economic and national security of the united states. both putting the atlantic and pacific outer continental shelves permanently off limits and puts the united states at a distinct disadvantage to the rest of the world. we have seen policies from liberal states that are along the same lines of this legislation that caused certain parts of the country dependant on russian energy. new england was forced to import russian natural gas because of the decision by the state of new york not to allow pipelines to be built throughout the state. legislation would have similar consequences. new deposits will lead to be extracted much of which are located on the pacific and atlantic outer continental shelves. this would cause us to go back to the old days of old normal that was common place under the
previous administration. relying on russia to meet our energy needs is present pros terous. they may try to hide their true intentions but becoming clearer every day. they want to dismantle our domestic oil and gas industry, an industry that employs 10 million people and plays a critical role in our nation's energy security. i ask my colleagues to support this amendment so the american people are aware of the ramifications of this misguided legislation. i reserve. the chair: i rise in opposition to the amendment -- mr. lowenthal: i rise in opposition to the amendment. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. chair, this is a pointless amendment and frankly a little bit embarrassed that we are even discussing it. not only does it not improve the
bill but based on a false premise. let's be clear, we are not reliant on russian energy and the united states is not stricken by energy poverty. in fact, it's the complete of the present reality. the atlantic and pacific have remained off limits to oil and gas development for decades. but the united states is now -- produces 12.3 million barrels of crude oil each day which is an all-time u.s. record and produces the most in the world and exports over three million barrels of crude oil a day, more than all but two -- all but two members of opec exported more in 2018. so we are the number three
exporter of oil. we are also the number one producer of natural gas in the world and net exporter of natural gas. if we really want to lead in energy, we should be taking a bigger role in the production of renewable energy. costs for renewable energy have plummeted and our global competitors are jockeying to lead the world in clean energy development. unfortunately, republicans have dusted off the same tired talking points that they were using 10 years and even longer, 20 years ago before u.s. production skyrocketed. even worse, the trump administration acts like it believes those talking points and continues to believe that the future lies in coal, oil and gas. this is a silly amendment. and it achieves nothing. for this reason, i urge
opposition to the amendment. and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i find it interesting maybe the rules ki maybe should not have made it in order. so there is compliance from the other side. when we start looking at this aspect, we have to be truthful to the american people. the american people see the jargon we come up and want a straight shot, common sense. this is what it should be titled because we are taking inventory off that belongs to the american people. yes, i am one of those people that believe in all of the above energy policies and what we have to explain to them is there is a difference between base load power and intermittent power. the renewables does not have baseline power and to have a reliable electric grid to rely
upon, you have to have both. green energy does not have that application of base load power unless you are talking about hydro and that we don't even consider green energy anymore. i think we need to be clear to the american people, where these jobsr good-paying jobs, $90,000 and above with benefits. when we take these types of reserves, it is victimizing the american people. that's not something i want to make. i want to make sure these resources belong to the american people and no reason why we shouldn't be able to extract them diligently and cleanly. i ask everybody to vote for this and be clear to the american public what this stands for and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. lowenthal: i oppose the gosar amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
the now in order -- question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from arizona. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it -- mr. gosar: i ask for a recorded vote, the yeas and nays. the chair: pursuant to clause 6, rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from arizona will be postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 3 printed in art f of house report 116-200. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona seek recognition? ms. lesko: thank you, mr. chair. i yield myself such time as i may consume. choirment does the gentlewoman from have an amendment? ms. lesko: i could.
the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 3 printed in part f of house report 116-200 offered by mrs. lesko of arizona. the chair: the gentlewoman from arizona and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from arizona. ms. lesko: my amendment would require the department of interior in consultation with the department of defense to report on whether the policies of this bill would put our national security at risk. there are many reasons to support domestic energy production. many reasons to oppose the bans this bill proposes. but i believe chief among them is that harnessing the natural resources our country has been blessed with makes our nation and our allies safer. american energy production makes us less reliant on foreign
actors. more american oil means we'll less likely have to use saudi arabia oil. more american natural gas means our allies are less likely to rely on russian natural gas. our homes, factories and vehicles need energy. our allies need energy. and as our world grows, so will demands.ds. oil and natural gas are estimated to comprise 60% of global demand in 2050. the question is where will the united states get it? will we take it from our own open or will we rely on he can whose arab petroleum exporting companies recently stopped oil shipments to the united states and caused gas
prices to soar and threatened our national security. i support an all of the above proach which includes solar, wind, hydropower, nuclear, coal, and i also support domestic oil and natural gas. i believe in an all of the above approach benefits americans' pocketbooks and quality of life but especially our security. i urge support of my amendment because i believe our government should fully understand the security risks these bans and these bills entail. and i reserve the balance of my ime. the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? mr. lowenthal: i ask unanimous consent to claim the time in
opposition, although i am not opposed. the chair: without objection. jarblingd. mr. lowenthal: mr. chair, we do not have any concerns with the amendment and do not believe it undermines the underlying legislation. furthermore, it is our firm belief that if the department of interior were to consult with the defense department, they poses no h.r. 1941 national security risk to the united states. the underlying bill does not affect a single producing offshore lease that oil and gas companiesville tremendous opportunities for offshore development in the united states. let's be clear, the united tates offers nearly 80 million
acres in the gulf of mexico for new leasing every year. and companies now only hold 13 million acres of the acres in the gulf under lease, which means that 72% of the acres that have been offered are not yet developed. mr. chair, i resevere the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. . the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. ms. lesko: thank you, mr. chair, i want to thank representative lowenthal, my colleague from california, and thank my other democratic colleagues. i think this is a commonsense amendment and sounds like you approve of it. it is common sense and hope it will be voted oh, yes. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady yields the balance of her time.