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strongest country we have ever had. we have the best economy we have ever had. we have the best unemployment numbers we ever had. we have the best employment numbers we have ever had. we have now almost 160 million people working. that's far more than we have ever had working in our country before. thank you very much, everybody. thank you. >> live now to the house floor. legislative work gets under way. the chaplain: almighty father we ask your help in guiding the affairs of this great nation and we acknowledge you have appointed governments for the preservation of justice and protection of liberty. we recognize that the wisdom to accomplish these things comes only from you. may you grant that this body rule in a way that directs the men, women, and children of this country toward your business and enables them to respond in thankfulness to you, knowing each of us may give an account of our actions to you.
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may we perceive the love you have for us and may that translate into love for one another, especially the most vulnerable. finally, may we recognize that all this comes as a gift from you from jesus christ so that we can find new life in him. it is in his name i pray. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from south carolina, mr. wilson. mr. wilson: everyone, including guests in the fwalry, please join in. 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.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker is recognized for one minute. mr. walker: thank you, mr. speaker. you just heard a man in j.d. greear i have the distinct privilege of calling my friend. he leads the summit church in durham, north carolina. under his leadership the summit church has gone from 300 members to over 10,000. making it one of the fastest growing churches in our conterrorism his vision to plant 1,000 new churches around the year by the year 2050. he believes the deeper we dive into the extravagant love the christ, the more our lives will joy,lled with unquenchable audacious faith. he's the author of several life transformation books and is the current president of the southern baptist convention. one of his most important accomplishments is his dedication to his wife and their four children.
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it is an honor to have him here in washington, d.c., today. he's also the mentor of my pastor, andrew hopper, i look forward to his continued work as a father, as a pastor, and as a leader. with that i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. higgins: i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, sir. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the honorable gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, with each passing day we see an erosion of this country's ideals by a president who freely side steps congress, profits off his position, obstructs, justice, and places personal petty politics before national security. the validity of these violations are not in question. they are happening before us. the intelligence inspector general, who was appointed by president trump, said that the
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whistleblower complaint is of both urgent concern and credible. and its public release is the national intelligence director's obligation to the american people. impeachment inquiry is necessary to protect the values included in our constitution and to deliver the truth americans deserve. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. 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 is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, each august i participate in a bus tour of south carolina's second congressional district with my wife and dedicated staff from the washington and district offices. this year the tour took us to the clemson university santo research and education center in
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columbia. the center play as vital role in the growth of state agribusiness. we will welcome by long time friend ectr, director kathy coleman. during the visit we heard updates from faculty members corey, adam, and nathan on the research and agribusiness programming which promotes president donald trump's policies of farm exports. we learned from farm manager cody of the incubator program which provides small plots for start-up farmers to begin growing their business. the visit was jointly hosted with the south carolina farm bureau. we were welcome by david wilson, garey spires, and charles. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 anti-global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one
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minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to call for an investigation into former vice president joe biden and his son, hunter biden, for their unethical and potentially criminal actions in ukraine. in 2014, after being discharged from the navy for cocaine use, hunter biden was named a board member of barezima holdings, it was a natural gas company being is recognized by the ukrainian government for corruption. this strange hire for $1 million year was around the same period that vice president joe biden was the primary liaison to ukraine, supposedly assisting the new government in combating corruption. just last year joe biden dragged to the council on foreign relations that he threatened the ukrainian government while vice president with the loss of a billion dollars unless they fired the prosecutor general leading the ethics probe into hunter biden, or america would cut off that foreign aid.
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talk about quid pro quo. it's clear democrats would rather smear president trump than investigate biden's corrupt bullying of the ukraineon government. mr. speaker, i yield back. some tross -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina 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 gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. when congress passed the affordable care act in 2010, president obama made a famous promise, that american people would be able to keep the plans they liked while paying less for health insurance. mr. speaker, that famous promise was false and obamacare's consequences are still being felt to this day. over the proceeding decade premiums have more than doubled. patient choice has declined. and state exchanges have collapsed. this upheaval is a direct result of the law's rigid and costly
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regulation that is predated the trump administration. in order to bring down costs and increase choice, today i introduce the flexibility through lower expenses health care act. for the flex act. mr. budd: it codifies into the trump administration's rules on short-term limited duration and association health care plans. this will allow small businesses to band together to purchase affordable plans and give consumers the freedom to purchase low cost, short-term plans if they need to. madam speaker, it's time for congress to follow the trump administration's lead and make these rules permanent. all citizens of our great country deserve affordable health insurance option that is are free from obamacare's crippling regulatory regime. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from michigan is recognized for one
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minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to celebrate the launch of the 50th upward academy at the tyson foods plant in my hometown of zeland, michigan. this unique implant educational programs offers empowering resources and courses to all workers at no cost. by partnering with local community organizations, upward academy provides team members the opportunity to access important classes such as eng learn as a second language, general education development, and citizenship courses. mr. huizenga: the academy also includes multiple exobents focused on workplace skills and professional training to develop talent especially in rural and marnellalized areas. through programs such as drivers education, computer technology, and financial literacy, up jarred academy brings knowledgeable experts directly to workers so they can move beyond entry level jobs and receive valuable qualifications so that they can perform at even higher levels.
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the 50th launch of the upward academy will open the door for all team members to strive beyond their current situations. tyson foods and upward academy's commitment to cultivating a modern work force, that is prepared for the 21st century, helps our community grow stronger and make west michigan a better place to live, work, and raise a family w that 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 rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on september 25, 2019, at 9:28 a.m. that the senate passed with an amendment, h.r. 1158. that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 1590. signed, sincerely, cheryl l. johnson.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 577 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 43, house resolution 3577. resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 2203, to increase transparency, accountability, and community engagement within the department of homeland security, provide independent oversight of border security activities, improve training for agents and officers of u.s. customs and border protection and u.s. immigration and customs enforcement, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on homeland security now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 116-27, modified
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by the amendment printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on homeland security, and two, one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 3525, to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to direct the commissioner of u.s. customs and border protection to establish uniform processes for medical screening of individuals interdicted between ports of entry, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. in lieu of the amendment in the
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nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on homeland security now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 116-33 shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on homeland security, and two, one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 3, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order without intervention of any point of order to consider in the house the resolution h.res. 576, expressing the sense of the house of representatives with respect to the whistleblower complaint of august 12, 2019, made to the inspector general of
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the intelligence community. the resolution shall be considered as read. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the resolution and preamble to adoption without intervening motion or demand for division of the question except one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the permanent select committee on intelligence. section 4, it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of september 26, 2019, for the speaker to entertain motions that the house suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15. the speaker or her designee shall consult with the minority leader or his designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section. section 5, on any legislative day during the period from september 30, 2019, through october 14, 2019, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved, and b, the chair
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may at any time declare the house adjourned to meet at a date and time, within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution, to be announced by the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 6, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 5 of this resolution as though under clause 8-a of rule 1. section 7, each day during the period addressed by section 5 of this resolution shall not constitute a calendar day for purposes of section 7 of the war powers resolution, 50 u.s.c. 1546. section 8, each day during the period addressed by section 5 of this resolution shall not constitute a legislative day for purposes of clause 7 of rule 8. -- of rule 13. section 9, each day during the period addressed by section 5 of this resolution shall not constitute a calendar or legislative day for purposes of clause 7-c-1 of rule 22.
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section 10, each day during the period addressed by section 5 of this resolution shall not constitute a legislative day for purposes of clause 7 of rule 5. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized for one hour. >> for the purposes of debate only i yield the customary 0 minutes to the gentlewoman from arizona pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members be given five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, on tuesday the rule committees met and reported a rule providing for consideration of h.r. 2203, the homeland security improvement act, h.r. 3525, the u.s. border patrol medical screening standards act and house resolution 576, the expressing
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the sense of the house of representatives with respect to the whistleblower complaint of august 12, 2019, made to the inspector general of the intelligence community under closed rule. ms. scanlon: for h.r. 2203 and h.r. 3525, the rule provides one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on homeland security for each bill. the rule provides house resolution 576 one hour of general debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the permanent select committee on intelligence. the rule also provides blanket suspension authority for the legislative day of thursday, september 26, 2019, and standard recess instructions for the district work period from september 30 to october 14. at the end of this debate i will be offering an amendment to the rule to replace the text of house resolution 576 with the text of senate resolution 325. a bipartisan resolution which passed the senate unanimously
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yesterday. both of these resolutions uverage the complaints be transferred immediately to the intelligence committee as required by law. meeting es committee last night, several of my republican colleagues suggested that they would prefer that we take up the senate-passed language. to ensure that this congress speaks with one voice, clearly and unequivocally on this urgent matter, we will be amending the rule to do just that. mr. speaker, we are here today to debate the rule for three important pieces of legislative business which i will address serially. house resolution 576, with the text of senate resolution 325. h.r. 3525 and h.r. 2203. by now, every member of this body is well aware of the whistleblower complavent filed to the intelligence community inspector general following a call president trump had with the president of the ukraine. these types of complaints are far from unheard of and the law
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states the complaint must be turned over to the house and senate intelligence committee. however, the inspector general has testified that the acting director of national intelligence blocked the complaint after consulting with the department of justice from being turned over to congress despite the complaint fitting the requirements for being turned over under the law. the way this complaint was handled by the trump administration was a stark violation of that whistleblower law which states the director of national intelligence shall provide congress with the full whistle bler complaint. in addition to breaking the law, this sends a strong and chilling message to would-be whistleblowers that their courage and sacrifice in speaking out against impropriety and corruption will not be valued if it's not politically expedient. yesterday, the senate voted by unanimous consent to pass a nonbinding resolution directing the trump administration to hand over the whistleblower report filed against president trump, reportedly, to house and senate
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intelligence committees. the fact that senator mcconnell allowed this resolution to go to the floor should show house republicans that there is a point where you must stop turning a blind eye to this administration's betrayal of our constitution, our country, and our national security. it is a sad day when congress needs to pass a resolution to obtain documents we have an absolute right to see but this type of conduct is part of a pattern of obstruction by this administration we've seen time and time again. alouing the intelligence committee to see the complaint and interview the whistle bler is essential to our national security. furthermore, this resolution shows a show of support and solidarity with whistleblowers. if we allow partisanship to deter whistleblowers from act, we risk undermine agnes check on an unestrained administration. it's imperative that these brave americans are protected and their concerns are heard. it is also worth noting that these whistleblower protections
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were negotiated and implemented with bipartisan support over multiple administrations. protecting the integrity of our national security is vitally important. i urge my republican colleagues to follow the lead of their senate counterparts and join us in passing this resolution so that congress can properly meet its constitutional oversight duties. also subject to this rule are two homeland security measures. firth, h.r. 2203, the homeland security improvement act, is a timely and necessary bill to address our nation's immigration and security challenges at the southern border in a responsible and humane way. this legislation will assure accountability, transparency and oversight in the agency responsible for monitoring an securing our nation's borders. further, the bill establishes an ombudsman for border and immigration related concerns with the department of homeland security. this additional oversight in the department of homeland security will bring a much-needed level of independent accountability to
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the d.h.s. and ensure that the agents and employees working at the boarderer performing their duties to the highest possible standards. there's no doubt that the border security jobs are demanding and intense and the creation of an independent, neutral, confidential process to address complaints will help both the agents an employees working at the border as well as the individuals they process. this bill also creates a border communities liaison, appointed by the ombudsman in conjunction with the office for civil rights and civil liberties at d.h.s., to operate in each border patrol sector along the northern and southern borders. the liaison will be charged with fostering cooperation between i.c.e., c.b.p. and surrounding border communs. relationship that was become increasingly strained and distrustful in recent months. in addition the ombudsman will be required to conduct annual evalue weighs of all training given to i.c.e. and c.b.p. agents an officers.
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one of the many concerns i heard from i.c.e. and c.b.p. agents during my trips to the border is they are not given adequate training and resources to do their job under current conditions. it's clear that this administration is creating chaos at the southern border by instituting policies that prioritize political fear mongering over addressing the humanitarian crisis in central america. this is unacceptable given the complex challenges border agents face every day and an annual assess. or their training will serve to better equip these men and women for their very difficult jobs. another area where d.h.s. is lacking is utilizing advance. s in technology. that could improve jut comes for both border agents and migrants. this bill mandates the ombudsman in coordination with the c.b.p. commissioner, ice director and o.r.r. develop recommendations for an electronic tracking number system to keep track of children in u.s. custody. this wholly inhumane packties of
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separating children from their parents is preventable and tracking the location of a child who has been separated from his or her parent or guardian will help ensure that no child sfer again in custody, alone, and unaccounted for at our southern border. finally this bill requires the ombudsman to submit to congress a plan for requiring the use of body-worn cameras by u.s. border patrol agents and i.c.e. officers when they're engained in border security and immigration enforcement activities. this is a long overdue step. body cameras are already used by state and local police departments around the country and served to improve justice outcomes for the individuals who come into contact with the police and provide a level of oversight that is greatly needed at the border. mr. speaker, house democrats are committed to passing legislation that will improve conditions at the border and better ensure the safety of agents and employees who work there as well as the safety of migrants that come into contact. with increased accountability is necessary to improving the
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situation at the border, a situation, i might add, that my republican counterparts continuously say needs addressing. this bill is a chance for that added accountability. i commend my colleagues, representative escobar from el paso, for her hard work and dedication on this issue and chairman thompson and the homeland security committee for their thoughtful consideration of h.r. 2203. the second homeland security bill in today's rule is h.r. 3525. the u.s. border patrol medical screening standards act. in december of 2018, jacqueline, age 7, and felipe, age 8, beth passed away in custody of u.s. border pale to. following their deaths, c.b.p. announced new medical screening procedures for children but despite this, four more children have since passed away in federal custody. let's be clear that we're addressing an issue that has emerged with the implementation of the trump administration's inhumane border pl policys.
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no child died in c.b.p. custody for the entire decade preceding 2018. t we've seen six in the last 10 months. c.b.p. facilities must be better equipped to provide medical attention for individuals in u.s. custody, particularly children. one critical component of addressing the new reality is an initial health screening to identify acute or pressing medical issues that need mee or fol roeup attention. h.r. 3525 builds upon legislation passed by the house in yull of this year i bidirecting d.h.s. to research innovative approaches to address capability gaps for providing medical screening at the border an mandates the implementation of an electronic health record system. d.h.s. medical professionals and other medical caregivers at the brdver spoken of how much they need an electronic health system for c.b.p. in fact this was the genesis of the bill following
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representative underwood's visit to the border. this bill requires d.h.s. to make concerted process improvements including research done in consultation with national medical professional associations who have expertise in emergency medicine, nursing, pediatric care and other relevant medical skills. upon completion of this research, d.h.s. must submit a report to congress and its recommendations for improving medical screening, access to emergency care, and sets the department -- and steps the department plans to take in response. within 90 days of this enactment, d.h.s. must establish a -- an electronic health record system to be used by all d.h.s. components on our borders. i.c.e. already has their own in place, it's time they upgrade these capabilities. the deaths on our boarders are a stain on our nation. current medical screening processes are clearly not enough. an inspector genre port released a few weeks ago highlighted the challenges that o.r.r. is having
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in adepressing the mental health needs of those children released by c.b.p. to o.r.r. this bill deals with c.b.p., many of the issues transfer from agency to agency with the children. the trauma for these children begins when they're forced to knee their birth country and is exacerbated by the journey to the u.s. which for many is marked by violence, sexual abuse, hunger and sleep deprivation. once they finally arrive in the u.s. they then may be separated from their parents if that didn't happen along the original injure exee. causing further trauma. medical professionals are clear that these children are going foff lifelong trauma. they need a detailed medical record of the care they receive or do not receive while in u.s. custody so that they can receive adequate followup care. the i.g. report noted as well that the facilities where we house these children have not employed sufficient numbers of essential mental health clinicians. this results in higher case
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loads for staff and worse outcomes for these afflicted children. the electronic health record system required by this system will ensure that medical information does not get lost, help track when followup poims are necessary and prevent duplication of services due to lost or incomplete records once children are transfered to o.r.r. custody. this bill is the result of representative underwood's leadership and engagement with the treatment of migrants at our border and i commend her for her efforts. these two homeland security bills provided for in this rule will modernize the department of homeland security and support better jut comes for border agents, employees, and migrants who come into u.s. custody. house democrats understood the need to provide the department of homeland security with the resources it needs to effectively do its job. i urge my republican colleagues to vote for this legislation to support all those who work and live by the border. mr. speaker, i urge support nor rule an i reserve the balance of
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my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. miss lovego: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank representative scanlon for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr. speaker. the bills we consider today highlight how far the priorities of my colleagues across the aisle have diverged from the priorities of the american people. we consider two bills purportedly related to border security but which do nothing to solve the humanitarian crisis at our border. like the rest of their previous so-called solutions, make the problem even worse. instead of addressing issues that impact american citizens and legal residents, the
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democrats continue to cave to radical, left wing activists, cater to illegal immigrants over u.s. citizens and legal residents. and malign the president for his attempts to secure our border. then late yesterday afternoon a mere one hour and 45 minutes before the rules committee met, my democratic colleagues added another item to the schedule for this rule to further their witch-hunt against president trump. the democrats ran on kitchen table issues like health care, but it is becoming increasingly clear that their obsession with attacking this president and prioritizing illegal immigrants over u.s. citizens has impeded their ability to address the needs of our country. the first bill, h.r. 2203,
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expands the government by creating another federal bureaucrat, an ombudsman to investigate complaints against customs and border patrol protection and immigration and customs enforcement. our law enforcement on the border. a special ombudsman just for illegal immigrants to file complaints against law enforcement even though there are current avenues to file complaints. and it requires that bureaucrat to establish even more bureaucrats in each u.s. border patrol sector. on top of those bureaucrats, it creates even more to sit on a border oversight panel. the icing on the cake, the legislation gives the ombudsman no real authority to resolve any
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issues. this bill does nothing to address the root causes of the current humanitarian crisis on the southern border. in fact, i have introduced six bills to get to the root of the problem, none of them have been heard in judiciary committee. but instead their bills make up -- made up of policy provisions that cater to illegal immigrants and undermine our law enforcement at the border, thus weakening our national security. put simply, my democratic colleagues' answer to our border crisis is to create a taxpayer funded complaint box for illegal immigrants and it has no power to the ombudsman, gives no power to them. the second bill, h.r. 3525, throws each more taxpayer money at programs that will do nothing
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for the border security americans demand. it even jeopardizes our national security by requiring the department of homeland security to reprogram funding used for combating terrorist and criminal organizations and for responding to man-made and natural disasters and put it into an i.t. system to track illegal immigrant health records. the bill states that this new electronic health records program has to be completed in a record 90 days. once again my democratic colleagues are prioritizing illegal immigrants over u.s. citizens. our own veterans don't even have a system like this. in fact, we have been, in congress, been trying to get electronic health record system in the v.a. for years, and we found it would cost
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multimillions of dollars. yet there is no funding in this bill for this electric program, so we'd have to divert money from our national security priorities. this bill does divert money from protecting american citizens to enhancing the experience for illegal immigrants. i have been to a border facility in eloy, arizona, a detention center, and i have also been to an h.h.s. facility in virginia that houses unaccompanied minors. i saw that both facilities were clean and the occupants were treated well. i even eight -- ate with detainees, and the food was good. prioritizing where d.h.s. should allocate its limited resources, my firsthand experience leads me to believe that hurricane
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response and thwarting terrorists are greater concern than prioritizing illegal immigrants. finally, the resolution, h.res. 576, is an inappropriate rush to judgment without gathering all the facts. first of all, the president released the call transcript with the president of ukraine text today. i read it. to me it's a big nothing burger. in fact, it demonstrates -- i'm glad the president released it because it demonstrates how the media and some of my democratic colleagues were totally false in their allegations. one of the accusations was that eight times the president talked about this biden with the ukrainian president. totally untrue. second, the department of
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national intelligence isn't testifying before the house intelligence committee tomorrow, on thursday. and chairman schiff has already announced efforts to have a closed door meeting with the whistleblower this week. third, these things should occur before the house rushes into this type of resolution. i understand, and we are told on the floor today by my colleague, that democrats intend to amend the rule to match the senate passed resolution on this matter. and i'm glad. they are removing the disparaging language against the president and other people in his administration that was in the house version that we saw last night in the rules committee. in fact, as you know i brought this up last night in committee. and we could have done this last night. however, i am still concerned that this resolution as amended is still premature.
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even the two border bills pass the senate, and they won't, they would not help our constituents. i urge opposition to the rule and i reserve the balance of my ime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from arizona reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from maryland, distinguished member of the rules committee, mr. raskin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for four minutes. mr. raskin: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to the floor leader for her leadership on this, our from arizona chidse us because we campaigned on health care. we campaigned on health care proudly and we are defending pre-existing coverage against every effort by the republicans to destroy it, by repealing the affordable care act in this body, and we have defended it and continue to defend it in court as they are trying to destroy pre-existing coverage in texas right now.
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and we hope they will work with us on lowering prescription drug prices. i believe that my colleague should take up her own invitation to get to work for the american people. we have no problem advancing the public policy interests of the american people while we defend the constitution and rule of law against the conduct of this president. we had a resolution last night saying, obey the law. telling the administration there is a very simple whistleblower statute which gives people the opportunity to come forward to say that there is a violation of the national security act in a way that flags a serious or flagrant problem, abuse, or violation of law. that goes to the inspector general of the department. it went to an inspector general and that's an inspector general apointed by president trump himself. an inspector general found that the whistleblower's complaint was credible and it was urgent. it went to a serious problem.
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at that point, it goes to the director of national intelligence and that director has seven days to turn it over to the house committee on intelligence. their seven days came and went. this is the first time in american history when the director of national intelligence did not turn over such a complaint to the house committee on intelligence. so the u.s. senate in a bipartisan fashion, all the democrats and alt republicans, got together and said to the administration, to the director of national intelligence, turn that complaint over immediately to congress. and we had the exact same resolution last night and our colleague said, we don't like your resolution. it's too profuse, there's too much language. as the gentlelady says, we think that it may disparage the conduct of the president. you know what we did? we took them at their word. we purged all that language and we made it an exact replica of the senate resolution they were praising last night. they loved it last night.
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they said that's exactly what this should be. so we have conformed it precisely to what they are asking for and they still oppose it. what we need is an emphatic, unanimous, bipartisan statement that the federal laws of the united states must be respected by this administration. the law lessness must stop. -- lawlessness must stop. a whistleblower is someone acting in the highest, most noble tradition of the country. it's not a traitor as some have implied. a whistleblower is not something that's gone over there. a whistleblower is someone working for the american people. both parties understand that, not just democrats, will you republicans used to understand that. apparently the senate republicans do understand it. now we have a situation where we are saying, we've got a resolution, an exact replica of the senate resolution where we asking the administration on
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just to comply with the law. come forward and give us the complaint as you are required to do by law. the statute uses the phrase shall turn over the congress. shall. that means must. not may. not maybe do it. you must do t every other president, every other administration, every director of national intelligence has understood that. we ask our colleagues to stand by what they told us in committee last night which was they liked the senate version and they urged us to use the senate version and we are using the senate version and we hope that we will an imfatic bipartisan statement to -- an imfatic -- emphatic bipartisan statement. they must turn over this material according to laufment i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. miss lesko: thank you, mr. speaker -- mrs. lasko: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. if we defeat the previous question, i will offer an amendment to the rule to allow for immediate consideration of senate bill h. 20 -- 820, the
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debbie smith act of 2019, which re-authorizes funding to process the rape kit backlogs. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr. speaker. this program was re-authorized with broad bipartisan support in both 2008 and 2014. the senate passed the debbie smith act by unanimous consent in may. over four months ago. yet the house has yet to take up this important bill meant to end the rape kit backlog, even though it expires in just five days. as a survivor of domestic
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violence, and co-chair of the bipartisan woman's caucus, i am deeply disturbed by reports that some are using this program as leverage to get the senate to pass other things that have nothing to do with d.n.a. testing of rape kits. my amendment makes the vote on the previous question simple. vote no if you believe survivors of rape and sexual assault deserve to be one step closer to justice. vote no so we can immediately consider the debbie smith act. vote no on the previous question if you stand with survivors of rape and sexual assault. mr. speaker, i would like to yield three minutes to my good friend, mr. armstrong, from the great state of north dakota. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from north dakota is recognized. mr. armstrong: thank you, mr. speaker. i, like many people growing up, thought murder was the worst crime you could have in this country. however my career as a criminal defense attorney and as a legal guardian add lie tum for victims sexual assault taught me that's not true. violent sexual assault is the most terrible crime that can be committed. as opposed to other things, victims that have crime have to relive it when they are interviewed by law enforcement, they have to relive it when they are interviewed by doctors, nurses, they have to relive it when they are interviewed by prosecutors, and oftentimes have to relive it as they navigate through the criminal justice system. . we have all heard stories about life sentences in different areas, especially when it comes under these cases. one of the main reasons for that is because of the nature of the crime and the unwillingness of victims to continue to go through this process as they
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move through the croosm i have done this in a court of law. i have helped victims navigate this. the single biggest predicator for getting a conviction without a jury trial is d.n.a. evidence. this puts really bad people in jail, it protects victims, it protects future victims, and more importantly, it protects the very victims that are there from having to deal with this and navigate it in. five days, this expires. the f.b.i. has said 475 matches have happened through d.n.a. testing. of that 42% of those are directly related to the debbie smith law. this should be the only thing we're talking about right now. ky not imagine that we don't have broad, bipartisan agreement. this should be the previous question on every single bill until we get it passed. how we work. ow
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i understand how things move around. but there's absolutely no reason this should be used as a bargaining chip for anything else. this is simple, this is commonsense, this is good law enforcement and this protects victims of the most dangerous and despicable crime that can be committed on them. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from arizona reserves. the gentlewoman from ennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. dean. the speaker pro tempore: the yom is recognized. ms. dean: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of the rule and i thank our floor manager, my colleague and friend from pennsylvania, representative scanlon, for so abley guiding this argument. mr. speaker, as a speaker so eloquently stated yesterday,s that dangerous time for our democracy. our founding fathers understood the importance of whistleblowers as an integral part of the fabric of our democracy and ensuring the rule of law be upheld. the first united states
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whistleblower law which unanimously passed on july 30, 1778, by the continental congress, states, and i quote, that it is the duty of all persons in the service of the united states as well as all other inhabitants thereof to give the earliest information of wrongdoing to congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, fraud, or mismisdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of the states which may come to their knowledge. end quote. the founding fathers understood the simple principle that it is the duty of all patriotic americans to not only come forward with allegations of wrongdoing but tone sure that there is a path that these allegations be brought to congress. mr. speaker, what have we learned. that these principles that our founding fathers fought so hard tone shrine in our democracy are in jeopardy. it is our responsibility. it is our duty to restore faith of the public in our elections.
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and oversight of all elected officials including and especially our president. we know that the memorandum that was released today is only a memorandum of the conversation between the president and the president of ukraine and it undermines the integrity of his office. and that the president has betrayed his oath of office, his fidelity to that oath, putting himself and his personal political gain over national security and the rule of law. he must provide full details of the whistleblower information to congress, he must provide a full transcript or tape of that conversation with the ukrainian president, the public deserves our election -- deserves it, our election security relies upon it and the integrity of the office demands it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are remined to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the yom from pennsylvania reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i yield three minutes to my good mr. mr. rossen thaller from the state of pennsylvania. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. before i came to congress i served as magisterial district judge. i was on the front line of the criminal justice system. i handled preliminary hearings for sexual assault and rape cases. let me tell you, these crimes are incredibly heinous. stories from the victims are absolutely heartbreaking. many of these victims went through a grueling evidence collection process in the hopes that it would help catch their rapist. unfortunately, this evidence often sits untested on shelves for months to years. while sexual assault victims wait for justice and the rapists oam the streets. mr. reschenthaler: this is
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especially dangerous because those who commit sexual assault are likely to do it again. they are typically habitual offenders. when we delay testing of these kits, we do so at the expense and risk of others being sexually assaulted. so that's where the debbie smith act comes. in the debbie smith act provides funding for d.n.a. testing and training to eliminate the backwilling of untested d.n.a. and rape kit evidence. since 2004, nearly 200,000 d.n.a. matches have been made thanks to the debbie smith backwilling grant program. again that's over 200,000 d.n.a. matches since 2004. but without congressional action, legislation is set to expire on monday. the senate recognized that critical -- the critical immediate to re-authorize this bill. they passed this bill back in may andsen it to the house for consideration. but unfortunately, my democrat
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colleagues refused to bring this bill to the floor. they would rather play politics than put criminals in jail. this is absolutely despicable. sexual assault victims have been through enough. we should not hold this up for funding so that democrats can score cheap political points with their radical, far-left base. so i ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to re-examine their priorities an help us get justice for these crime victims. this issue is too important for partisan games. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the jerusalem from arizona reserves the balance -- the gentlewoman from arizona reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i would ask if the gentlewoman from arizona has more speakers? ow many? i reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from arizona is ecognized. mrs. lesko: i yield three minutes to my good friend, mr. kline of virginia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. cline: it's critical that we bring the debbie smith act up for consideration before it expires. i know all too well how critical d.n.a. evidence is for achieving justice in cases of sexual violence. debbie smith's willingness to share her story has made a depinches. thanks to this program incredible progress has been made to recuse the backlog. we cannot take a step backwards by allowing it to lapse. the importance of d.n.a. evidence in investigations and
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prosecutions is unquestionable. in my home state of virginia they are f.b.i.'s national d.n.a. index contains more than 447,000 offender profiles an aided in over 11,000 criminal investigations. this program has been re-authorized previously be bipartisan support and there is no excuse for it to be politicized now. s. 820 has been languishing in the judiciary committee for months. this failure to act enables violent criminals to remain at large and in our society. i urge the speaker to bring this bill to the floor and put it up for a vote so we can protect people from violent sexual predators and allow justice to be served through our legal system. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from arizona reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i yield three minutes to my good friend, mr. gohmert, from the great state of texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from -- the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. gohmert: thank you, mr. speaker. i would urge my colleagues to vote no on this previous question because in doing so we can finally take care of a matter that should have been taken care of long before now. that i understood was a bipartisan matter. both sides of the aisle wanted to help address the tremendous backlog of d.n.a. rape kits that needed to be analyzed, the debbie smith act as my friend from arizona indicated previously passed, re-authorized, and now we need to re-authorize it again. because even though there are 641,000 d.n.a. cases that were
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processed, there's still so much needing to be done. noigs crime scene evidence and rape kits, the debbie smith funds also are utilized to process offender d.n.a. samples to ensure evidence from unsolved crimes can be matched against our database. the funds provided by the act are incredibly critical since they will help solve crimes and get criminals off the streets. i know friends across the aisle and in our hearing that was just going on that i just left in judiciary, there's an effort as one democratic witness said, gee, we just, we're here to ask you to do something. well, rather than taking guns from law-abiding citizens as is being proposed, i would submit that better answer is, let's get
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the criminals off the street. i know there's a big effort to get criminals out of prison but how about if we get criminals back in prison for crimes they committed that have not been adjudicated. this needs to be addressed. it shouldn't be a political issue. let's just, if we would just vote no, we could get a majority to vote no on the previous question, then we'll get this in as part of the rule, this amendment, and then we can -- it probably -- i don't know if we would have more than a couple of people that would even vote against the debbie smith act. so it's all a matter of getting it to the floor. here we are about to enter october and we still have not taken this commonsense step to get criminals off the street. so i hope we'll do the right thing by all those victims, all those women that have been raped
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and are waiting for their criminal -- their horrible, torturous individual to be taken off the street, let's vote no on the p.q. and then we can do that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas yields back the balance of the time. the gentlewoman from arizona reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i'm prepared to close but i believe my colleague has one more speaker so i would reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield three minutes to my good friend, mr. grothman, from the state of wisconsin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for three minutes. mr. grothman: thank you. i'd like to address the underlying bills on this rule. i've been at the border three time this is year. while i've been in a lot of workplaces, a lot of work environments, there's nobody i've been more respectful -- respect for than the professional job that the u.s.
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border patrol does protecting this country. and they do it under the most difficult of circumstances. last time i was down there, they had 2,000 vacant positions. they were in may staffed at a level that was maybe a third of what it should have been given the huge number of people coming across. given the huge number of people coming across, in addition to just apprehending people they had to do mounds of paperwork. they had to in essence act as day care for all the young people that are sneaking in this country. but they did it without complaining, with the utmost professionalism. i find it hard to believe after watching these professional border patrol agents that other people went down on the border and felt the problem is we have to tie their hands still more with another ombudsman, more paperwork, inviting people to file false complaints. particularly since we already have an inspector general and an office of civil rights and civil
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liberties in the department of homeland security. so in addition to the watchmen on the border patrol, we had all sorts of new people down here. i guess i'm still surprised, but maybe i shouldn't be surprised. there's some people who look at an interaction between police and criminal and think there's something wrong with the policeman. instinctually don't like it. there are people in a crecks facility who look at a corrections officer and the prisoners and think the problem in the correction facility is the correction officers. that's what we have down on the border right now which is being cemented in this bill. rather than giving a thank you to our border patrol, i by adding additional people, we give them a kick in the teeth by saying there must be something wrong with you, we need more people to watch over you, make it easier to file paperwork against you, have you have to look out more than you have in the past. and such a dangerous job. i mean, you figure some of these folks, they're out there in the
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middle of the night, maybe they catch a caravan of 30 or 50 people sneaking into this country. and one border patrol agent is supposed to bring all these people in. what sacrifice for our country. and what do they get from this body? do they get filling out the positions? they don't get that. hat they get is a kick in the teeth saying we have something wrong with you. against the rule. i hope we vote against the acts. time to -- the peaker pro tempore: gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from arizona reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania recognized. ms. scanlon: is the gentlewoman close?izona prepared to the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr. speaker. before my closing statements, i record t to put on the
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mr. raskin had said earlier that in rules committee last night gushed over the senate resolution, and that's accurate.ot what we did is, after mr. schiff made some disparaging remarks about house republicans, if they idn't vote for the house resolution like the senate republicans did, that we didn't issue.out the and so then i merely pointed out the differences between the version and the house version. and so that's how that came about. closing, i will just summarize the bills before today. one creates government bureaucrats with no real authority. diverts money meant to protect americans from errorism, gangs, natural disasters. three, continues the obsession y my democratic colleagues to bash the president and others and is a political tool. democrats ran a kitchen --
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on kitchen table issues. after week they prioritized the demands of the activists overng the needs of the american people. mr. speaker, i urge no on the no on the estion, underlying measure, and i yield back the balance of my time. the peaker pro tempore: gentlewoman from arizona yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from recognized. is ms. scanlon: thank you. mr. speaker, the whistleblower resolution we'll vote on later critical to the constitutional oversight by onsibilities given to us the constitution. congress has a right to view complaint, eblower and it's important we join our senate colleagues in a ipartisan statement to this administration that congress will not abdicate its responsibilities. my republican colleagues in the house to join ouse democrats and a unanimous senate to support the final resolution, affirming to this
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dministration that we will perform our duty and to reassure whistleblowers that their valued us acts will be and welcomed by congress. r. speaker, the two strong bills to protect children and families from appalling onditions and treatment at our southwest border have been sent to us by the homeland security are representative of the types of structured through on that comes going through regular order. conditions address at our southern border and if tangible ll have a impact on the day-to-day working lives of the men and women who borders and the migrants and children that come into custody. onditions at the border are unacceptable. i think both sides of the aisle should agree on that, but what e would likely agree upon is simply throwing money at the situation will not help. we talk about the need for solutions a lot around here, and today we present you with two of them.
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border is on at the complicated and requires ongoing ttention, but we cannot let conditions at the border continue to deteriorate. have two bills will provide meaningful and much-needed reforms to our border detention system and help pave the way for larger scale immigration legislation. mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the amendment.report the the clerk: amendment to house esolution 577 offered by ms. scanlon of pennsylvania. strike section 3 of the resolution and insert the 3, upon -- section adoption of this resolution, it shall be in order without intervention of any point of order, a quorum is not present in the house a resolution, house resolution the sense of the house of representatives with respect to the whistleblower 2019, nt of august 12, made to the inspector general of the intelligence community. amendments to the resolution and the preamble specified in resolution f this
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shall be considered as adopted. the resolution, as amended, shall be considered as read. previous question shall be considered as ordered on the resolution as amended to intervening out motion or demand for division of the question except one hour of equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the ermanent select committee on intelligence. at the end of the resolution, add the following -- section 11, amendments referred to in section 3 are as follows. the rike all after resolving clause and insert the one, the -- that, whistleblower complaint received n august 12, 2019, by the inspector general of the intelligence community shall be transmitted immediately to the committee on intelligence of the senate and the permanent select committee on intelligence f the house of representatives and, two, the select committee on intelligence of the senate and the permanent select on intelligence of the house of representatives should be allowed to evaluate the in a deliberate and
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bipartisan manner consistent with the applicable statutes and processes in order to safeguard classified and sensitive information. b, strike the preamble. the speaker pro tempore: the istlewoman from pennsylvania recognized. s. scanlon: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania yields back the balance of her time. the question is on ordering the previous question on the amendment and the resolution. those in favor say aye. no.se opposed, in the opinion of the chair, the it. have the gentlewoman from arizona is recognized. mrs. lesko: point of inquiry. to make sure, i am going to ask for a recorded are we voting on the
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underlying rule or just the rule?ent to the the speaker pro tempore: the pending question is on ordering question.ous mrs. lesko: ok. i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: does gentlewoman ask for the yeas and nays? mrs. lesko: yes. i ask for the yeas and nays. the peaker pro tempore: yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the rise.nd nays will a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on ordering the previous question will be five-minute votes on the amendment to the resolution, as ordered -- if ordered, adoption of the resolution, if ordered. vote.s a 15-minute [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. house proceedings for political
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 227. the nays are 191. previous question is ordered. of question is on adoption the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from pennsylvania. aye. in favor say those opposed, no. the ayes have it. adopted.ment is the question is on adoption of amended.ution, as those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. amended.ution is
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the gentlewoman from arizona. mrs. lesko: mr. speaker, i ask nays.he yeas and the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a five-minute vote. five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 228, the nays are 191. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the teable. -- is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent, because i was held up chairing a hearing on the assault weapons ban, i missed the motion on ordering the previous question to the rule h.res. 577 regarding homeland security bill and the whistleblower bill and ask unanimous consent to place my vote in the record at the appropriate place. if i was here i would have voted aye. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman's remarks will be put on the record. ms. jackson lee: i thank the chairman. the speaker. the speaker pro tempore:
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pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess subject to the call of the chair. a number of them, including the murtha would call for the office of director of national to send the whistleblower complaint to the house and senate intelligence committees. we will have live coverage when they gavel back in here on c-span. on capitol fings hill from republican and democratic leaders. intelligence se committee chair adam schiff who late this morning briefed release of the transcript of president trump's phone conversation with the

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