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correct, sir. d.n.i. for e acting six weeks. i have -- mr. schiff: i'm just trying to is rstand because that suggested that you did have a conversation following the complaint with the president? no, no.r maguire: said.s not what i mr. schiff: director, you entioned early on when we were on the subject of what the inspector general was able to not investigate, whether the president is within he intelligence community or subject to the intelligence community -- >> we are now going to leave this house intelligence committee hearing. it appears to be just about over, but it will continue on and online at c-span.org. also, you will be able to watch it all again tonight starting at 8:00 eastern here on c-span. u.s. house about to gavel in to egin legislative work this afternoon. members will consider a measure terminating the president's declaration gency for the southern border. the senate approved the
termination yesterday. this are expected later afternoon. and now to live coverage of the u.s. house here on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. haplain conroy: let us pray. god, father of us all, thank you for giving us another day. all the world and certainly all americans know that this is a time of rare historic significance here in the capitol. bless your children, the men an women of the people's house with grace, patience, good judgment, and honesty in the deliberations of this day and the many to come. lord, have mercy on us all. may all that is done be for your
reater honor an glory, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal othey have last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. for sunt to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from california, mrs. napolitano. mrs. napolitano: place your hand over your heart and repeat. 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. long may she wave. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speech from each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> to address the house for one
minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. napolitano: good morning. rise to hon nor the life of sergeant gonzalez who died on august 21 in combat operations in afghanistan. he was a green beret who served with distinction in the military for 17 years, deployed seven times during his career as a marine, army infantryman and special forces engineering sergeant. he was relent -- recently assigned to the first battalion, second special forces group, florida. he served with incredible courage and bravery and was atwheard bronze star medal with vasor, purple heart medal, combat action ribbon, good conduct medal, marine corps good conduct medal an many other high
hons -- hon no, sir. madam speaker, mr. speaker, i intend to recognize and extend my deepest sympathy to master sergeant gonzalez's wife, children, his mother, father, family, friends and fellow soldiers in the first battalion special forces group, eglin air force base, florida. please know that the congress of the united states grieves with you. the courage, character an sacrifice he has made tour country will never be forgotten. god bless you, god bless america. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: to address the minute.or one the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. much.r, thank you very i'm grateful for clean energy and its advances in south carolina. president donald trump has been the achievement of energy independence for america. south carolina is home to seven nuclear power reactors that
95% of the state's emission-free electricity. facilities employ over 2,800 south carolinians. uclear energy is a reliable source, providing over half of the state's electricity. reliable gy is also a form of clean energy. currently, there's enough solar south carolina to power over 90,000 homes. i have been impressed by cyprus creek enewables, a solar farm in exington county, welcomed by juanell. fuel in energy via county, unty -- aiken along with woody at the savannah river site. conclusion, god bless our troops. we will never forget september 1 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. r. higgins: mr. speaker, this weekend the committee on ways and means released a report highlighting the disparities cost of prescription united states and united states and other developed nations. this report found that on average drug prices in the united states were nearly four times higher than in similar countries. affects all of our communities and too many americans can't afford the medications they need. program alone last for spent $135 billion prescription drugs. that's a lot of money. it's also a lot of leverage. that should bege used to negotiate lower drug rices for medicare and for the american people. negotiated drug pricing should be enacted now. back.d the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i addressimous consent to the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. r. speaker, i rise today to recognize september as national literacy month. reading is a fundamental part of expanding our knowledge of the world around us. it's especially important to in strong reading habits childhood that we can carry with lives.ughout our adult parents, educators, and the local community can all play a role in encouraging young people a book and to exercise their imaginations. resources -- great esource schools, museums, public libraries can take take age -- the advantage -- the library of congress surplus book program. this initiative gives surplus booings to institutions -- books nationwide.ons i encourage those to visit the library's visit for more information. r. speaker, reading at a young age is important. but a passion for books can
format any stage of life. the national literacy month, let's all pick up a new book and share the reading xperience with the children in our lives. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the back.man yields for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend, necessary. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. r. cohen: thank you, mr. speaker. a whistleblower complaint to the d.n.i. who sent it to the inspector general that they found to be a credible person a credible complaint threatening the security of our country. had taken versation place between our president and of ukraine, suggesting that he should, kraine, go into a criminal investigation that would affect he election of 2020 and condition it -- not through ords but through actions on military aid to ukraine.
this is subverting the threatening our national security. i commend speaker pelosi for calling for an impeachment inquiry. it's the right time. it's the right issue. an egregious subversion of our constitution. long may the united states as a true live democracy. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the ohio seek rom recognition? >> to ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, like more than a americans, vernon judd left his hometown in stark ohio, to serve in the army. he was one of 10 children with behind fond memories. his younger brother remembers fireworks show he would put on the community. he was six weeks away when he missing in action in 1950. being taken to a korean prisoner survived four
months before succumbing to the ation, exposure to element, according to a p.o.w. doctor. it was not until 1954 that he death. of his he was identified and returned after. years the homecoming celebration attracted thousands. that lost their life in service to our country. it brings peace and relief and comfort to the judd family and i sk my colleagues to pray for the families and the remaining service members missing in action and some peace. back.you and i yield the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? unanimous ker, i ask consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without bjection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to highlight month.l recovery the opioid crisis is deeply prevalent in upstate new york home to some t is of the highest overdose rates in
the state. overdose deaths have increased by 83% from 2016 duchess.e county, combating this crisis must nclude the prevalence of opioids, holding big pharma accountable, treating addiction it is.e disease that earlier this year, i introduced the bipartisan mainstreaming act.tion treatment this act does away with seeking special waivers as a requirement provide a medication that destigmatizees and addiction. a disease that requires treatment. honor those we have lost with action on bipartisan legislation to help those this disease. inaction costs us lives every day. 2482.pass h.r. time.d back my the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> to ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. while our nation's farmers continue to bear the brunt of the obstruction stopping passage of the usmca, there's a lot we can do to help our struggling dairy industry. urrently, i am a proud co-sponsor of three bills that will do just that and implement the priorities of not just in pennsylvania's 12th congressional district but farmers across our nation. bipartisan dairy pride act would provide truth in labeling nondairy products made from nuts, algae, seeds, using dairy terms. the whole milk of healthy kids by -- introduced by g.t. thompson, would allow taste and reap the nutritional benefits of whole milk and is a win-win for both dairy producers alike. another also sponsored by congressman rollback, offer
flavor low-fat michiganing in he national school lunch programs. mr. speaker, if democrat leaders bring up the usmca, we should find ways to solve these dairy farmers.r these are three bills that are a great start. back.you and i yield the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without bjection, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, the president continues to talk about how the tariffs are working, how china struggling, the economy is hurting and they're ready to make a deal. he reality is american businesses are suffering. the trade tariffs have had a negative impact on small my nesses and consumers in district. i repeatly met with the specialty equipment market association, an organization
that represents nearly 8,000 usinesses across the country, one million workers, and revenue of over $45 billion. businesses are in california's 39th congressional district. the ongoing uncertainty and new tariffs create an atmosphere of unpredictability and uncertainty that can inhibit innovation. mr. speaker, while businesses want to address unfair trade disagree with the administration's reckless approach to impose tariffs. increased prices for american consumers, hurt businesses and harmed american countries.ot foreign china is no closer to making a deal than it was six months ago. trade nd this reckless war for the sake of our consumers, our businesses, and acrossifornia's 39th and the country. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the seekeman from pennsylvania recognition? >> i 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 is recognized. i rise today to honor the life and legacy of
from n jason jones pennsylvania. captain jones graduated at the top of his class, from the academy ates military at west point. after graduating, he served as for the army's first battalion, third group special forces. overseas, he was tragically killed in action on in afghanistan. jason is survived by his wife, parents, jay and suzy jones, and sister and brother-in-law, doctors and alex gamboji. attended an event that was by hundreds of families and friends. mr. muser: it -- meuser: it would follow his patriotic pursuit of service. support those like captain jason jones who made the to safeguard fice our freedoms. he's so lovingly remembered by
his family and community. behind a great legacy and a proud and grateful community and country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? > i ask unanimous consent to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to honor ms. bristow. she became paralyzed from the chest down after a diving accident at the age of 23. she adjusted to life in a wheelchair, she struggled to navigate in an oftenly deeply inaccessible world. ms. shalala: before long she found what had is now access to living a chicago-based nonprofit organization focused on service and advocacy for people with disability. she served as c.e.o. until shortly before her death. she helped write the americans with disabilities act, landmark
legislation which ex-tened the civil rights act to people with disabilities . the bill was signed into law in 1990. four years later, president clinton appointed her to serve as chair of the national down soinl disabilities where she continued working to increase accessibility and to fight disability discrimination. her work revolutionized disability rights. she melded an unparalleled sense of legislative strategy with a deep compassion for people with disabilities. we'll remember her with pride as we continue to work to expand disability rights. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from the virgin islands seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. plaskett: thank you, mr. speaker. this week the united nations is hosting its climate action summit, robust funding and sound policies are needed to ensure we
effectively climate climate -- combat cly hat change. territories like the u.s. virgin islands stand at the frontline of this quickly escalating climate crisis. within the past decade, my district has reduced fossil fuel use by 20% and become a regional leader in clean energy. states and territories have also passed regional and state-specific legislation to combat climate change but we need a comprehensive forward-looking national plan to address this threat to our children and our children's children. while we don't yet have all the tools to address rapid climate change we must create them through increased federal investment in research, and deployment of emerging technology. across the nation, climate change is threatening our economy and our lives. hurricanes like -- like irma and maria collectively cost $140 billion, according to noaa, and
most importantly they cost thousands of lives. america must lead the charge to preserve our planet. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expire. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? without objection, the entlelady is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. this summer we recognize -- witnessed a record number of americans take the opportunity to travel. unfortunately this also meant a record number of travelers were subjected to hidden fees charged by hotels, motels an other places of accommodation. it is projected that in 2019 over $3 billion in revenue alone will be collected from consumers due dew to deceptive hidden fees. ms. johnson: that's why i, along with my colleague, mr. fortenberry of nebraska, have introduced h.r. 4489, the hotel advertising transparency act.
this bill would require the prices regularly advertised by hotels and online travel agencies to include all mandatory fees that will be charged to a consumer, excluding taxes. mr. speaker, consumers deserve full transparency when making their travel plans. they should be able to enjoy their vacation without being ripped off and financially burdened with almost twice as much for a room as advertised. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair announces a communication before the house. the clerk: though honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam. i write to respectfully tender my resignation as a member they have committee on the budget. it has been an hon nor to serve in -- to serve in this capacity. signed sincerely william r. timmons iv, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resignation is accepted.
the tchare lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam. i write to respectfully tender myres. egg nation as a member of the committee on education an labor. it has been an honor to serve in this capacity. signed, sincerely, william r. timmons iv, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, theres. egg nation is accepted. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam, i write to first thank thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve in the house committee on science, space and technology for the last several months. and am pleased to have represented the people of puerto rico and their interests on the advancement of science and research in this capacity. however i thund assignment was temporary in nature an i sadly and respectfully offer my resignation as member of the committee. it has been an honor to serve in this role and i remain available pending future vacancies.
i look forward to working with my colleagues in other endeavors. signed, sincerely, jenniffer gonzalez-colon. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 591 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 44, house resolution 591. resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the joint resolution, s.j. res. 54, relating to a national emergency declared by the president on february 15, 2019. all points of order against consideration of the joint resolution are waived. the joint resolution shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the joint resolution are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the joint resolution and on any 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 transportation and infrastructure, and, two, one otion to commit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one hour. >> mr. speaker, for the purpose of debate only i yield the customary 30 minutes to the distinguished gentlemanning, my friend from georgia, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution all time yielded is for purpose 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. the gentleman is recognized. >> on wednesday, the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 591, providing for consideration of s.j.res. 54, relating to a national emergency declared by the president on february 15, 2019, under a closed rule. the rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and
controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee committee tation on transportation and infrastructure and provides one motion to commit. mr. speaker, this joint resolution, pursuant to the national emergencies act, would terminate the national emergency declared by the president issued in july of this year. mr. morrall: the same day that -- mr. morelle: the same day the president declared the emergency he himself said, i didn't need to do this. it's now clear that statement is true. the president used an authority commonly used for construction at military bases in foreign countries during times of emergency that authority is being used to divert $3.6 billion away from needed military construction projects to build a wall that doesn't have the needed support in house and senate to be funded through normal appropriations. this emergency declaration was a politically motivated power grab seeking to undermine congressional authority to oversee federal spending. the executive cannot run roughshod over this
constitutional principle when the president fails to gain enough support for his policies. exaggerating the threat posed by asylum seekers at our border has not been a convincing argument. the american public has spoken. over 60% of the public oppose this emergency declaration. and what has been the result of the presidential proclamation? life safety violations an fire risks as dilapidated military facilities are going unaddress thsmed epentagon has been forced to defund billions of dollars from 127 different military construction projects around the nation and the globe. in portsmouth, virginia, warehouse with life-threatening condition bus workers will continue to work in a building without enough fire exits and without a working fire alarm or sprinkler system. that doesn't seem to matter to president trump though. fencing an barriers along the border is more important to our commander in chief. in maryland, money is being
diverted from a planned child care facility to help soldiers balance family commitment withs with service to our country. in kentucky, a middle school lost out on $66 million in condition instruction funding. in south carolina they won't be getting the fire station approved and funded by congress. our armed forces are also being denied a drone pilot training facility, a ballistic missile field, a submarine maintenance building and multiple training facilities, access improvements an safety upgrades. in my home state of new york a $160 million appropriation is being taken away from projects at the united states military academy at west point including a state of the art engineering facility to support the center for innovation and engineering. after being promised that mexico would be paying for this wall, we are instead harming military readiness, safety, innovation an response to a politically exaggerated threat. we in congress have already done our job to put military construction dollars where
they're needed most. now it's time for congress to again do our duty and prevent this overreach by the president. mr. speaker, i urge my i urge my o colleagues to vote for this rule and for the underlying resolution and i reserve the balance of of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> i thank the gentleman from new york for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: i'm usually excited to be here talk about that rule. it's an opportunity to set the stage for what the house is getting ready to do and this is a body filled with men and women who want to get something done. so the honor that mr. morrelle and i have to come down and begin that conversation is a special one. today unfortunately we're not coming down here to get new business done. we're coming down here on the exact same language that we have already considered this year. the exact same language that the
house has already passed this year. the exact same language that the president has already vetoed this year. and absolutely no expectation that anything different is going to happen this time. mr. speaker, when we talk about emergencies, the irony is not lost on me that i do consider it to be an emergency when thousands upon thousands of unaccompanied children are crossing the southern border in need of housing and in need of health care and in need of food and clothing and care. i do consider it an emergency when we have a southern border that is porous, that is the transit point for drugs, for human trafficking, for weapons trafficking. i do consider that an emergency. my friends on the other side of the aisle take issue with the president and his declaration of that emergency. again the irony is, we had an emergency meeting in the rule committees last night so that we could come down here and declare
this a nonemergency. it is a bipartisan, bicameral goal to provide safety and security on every border of the united states of america. i would encourage my colleagues to take a look at what happened in this body yesterday and again, i thank my friend in new york for his role in it on the rule committees. we brought a bill to the floor with the rule that was going to -- resolution to the floor -- that was going to demand the production of documents from the white house. and when we considered that resolution in the rules committee, it was full of partisan accusation after partisan accusation after partisan accusation before it got down to a request for a document. that was going to come to the there are and it was going to pass, but it was going to pass in a strictly partisan vote. i would argue that diminishes the institution. it diminishes the cause that the majority was seeking. to the majority's credit, they,
during consideration of the rule , rescinded all of those whereases, took all of the partisan material out of that resolution, brought the very same document request to the floor, and it passed unanimously. unanimously. there's so much that we have in common, mr. speaker, that gets overshadowed by the partisan nonsense that occurs here day in and day out. i want to ask my friends, i regret i didn't do it last night in the rules committee, i should have, to take a look at h.r. 1410. h.r. 1410 is a bipartisan bill that does what i know we beth want to do as article 1 members. and that's change the language of the emergencies act so that congress does reclaim the power from the administration. today as you know, mr. speaker, the president gets to decide what's an emergency. we delegated that authority to him, right or wrong, the congress, not this congress but a previous congress, delegated
that opportunity. mr. reed from new york again in a bipartisan way introduced language in february of this year, as this was unfolding the first time, say let's fix this language once and for all. let's not have ourselves miss in a partisan debate on the house floor about whether we like what one president or another did. let's reclaim article 1's power and decide that no president is going to be able to disburse funds as he or she sees fit that congress is going to reclaim that responsibility. to the best of my knowledge, mr. speaker, h.r. 1410 has not moved through committee. it certainly has not been been ered by the rule considered by the rule committees and is not headed to this floor. i don't disagree with my friends on the other side of the aisle
who want to reclaim article 1's authority. i share that goal, support that goal and would gladly apply my vote to that goal. what i do disagree with is a congress that has failed to create a functioning budget process. by continuing resolution now through november and instead of responding to what i think are very legitimate requests from this white house, for additional resources on the southern border, has chosen to again bring a resolution that -- a bill that may well pass this house but will not be signed by the president, will not impact the future goings on in this government as i know we all want to do. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york.
mr. morrelle: congress did act on this issue. there can be no question about that during the last appropriation process. the other thing that the gentleman mentioned which i do want to make clear is the reason that we're doing this now is different. perhaps the resolution is not different but we now have a complete list of all the projects that are now being defunded in order to move dollars over to the wall.
i'd also point out that not only was the original resolution bipartisan in the senate, but the resolution but passed within the last few days, had 11 republican senators support it. and i think one was unavailable that supported it in the past. indicated that he would continue to support the resolution. it is bipartisan. this is truly the act of congress. i know that my friend and colleague is well associated with article 1, section 9, clause 7 of the united states constitution, no money shall be drawn from the treasury in consequence of appropriations made by law. so we are bound and the congress has acted, the congress made the decision not to fund this, the president is using powers in a way they were not intended in diverting dollars away from must have-needed projects that enhance our military readiness. with that, i reserve. the speaker: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from --
steve woodard i am not sure if i -- mr. woodall: what i am certain about the language that's being used as it is written and it's incumbent upon this congress if we don't like the way the laws were drafted that we drafted that we go back and we change those laws. you will know, mr. speaker, yesterday we dealt with marijuana on the floor of the house. we didn't decide we were going to repeal the schedule 1 classification of marijuana. we just decided for those states were ignoring federal law we will let them ignore federal law and get them involved in the banking system. it's lost upon me why this body has concluded rather than changing things we don't like we should just ignore those things or complain about those things. if the united states -- it's the united states congress and we have an opportunity to do things, we weren't elected to talk about it, we were elected to get it done. i know my friend from new york knows this. if we defeat the previous question we will do something to get it done together.
i'll bring up an amendment to the rule to make in order debate on s. 820, the debbie smith act of 2019. mr. speaker, as you know, this authorization language is set to expire at the end of this month and it provides federal grants to states to reduce the d.n.a. backlog in criminal investigations. you don't have to turn on two news stations in your district, mr. speaker. just turn on one and you'll see the impact of what going back and testing that d.n.a., using technologies that were available today that were not ago has meant to sexual assault cases. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous materials immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: we have subject experts on everything in this institution, mr. speaker. i'd like to yield to one of our passionate advocates and experts on this issue, i'd like to yield five minutes to the gentlelady from missouri, mrs.
wagner. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. mrs. wagner: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my friend, the gentleman from georgia, for his tremendous service, mr. woodall, and for yielding to me this time to talk about this very, very pressing and important issue. i ride -- i rise today to urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question so that the use of representatives can finally debate and vote on the debbie smith re-authorization act. while my friends on the other side of the aisle play partisan games on border security and impeachment, critical programs authorizing the testing of d.n.a. evidence across the country are set to expire in just four days. on september 30. along with my colleague, carolyn maloney, i introduced and the lead republican sponsor
on the debbie smith act with the support of the rape, abuse, and incest national network. debbie smith programs provide funding to crime labs to process d.n.a. evidence and strengthen the national d.n.a. database that provides justice to victims. the legislation requires the states, states like mine in missouri, create plans for the reduction of backlogs and the testing of rape kits and other d.n.a. evidence. since this program was created on a bipartisan basis, nearly 200,000 d.n.a. matches have been made in criminal cases. since 2005. providing justice to victims in cases that might otherwise have gone unsolved. the number of d. namplet samples collected -- d.n.a. samples collecting is skyrocketing, sadly, and we
need the debbie smith programs now more than ever. the senate has already unanimously sent their version of the legislation over to the house. but house leadership continues to refuse to bring it to the floor. mr. speaker, is -- this, speaker, is unconscionable. every member of the house republican conference is demanding that we bring the debbie smith act to the floor. but our pleas for justice for victims of sexual violence are being ignored. please, i beg of my colleagues to join me in defeating the previous question and urge house leadership to put politics aside and re-authorize these critical programs to convict dangerous predators and
help end sexual violence in our country. i thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new york. mr. morelle: thank you, mr. speaker. i, with all due respect, this is nothing more than smoke and mirrors. the bipartisan debbie smith act was included in the violence against women act that was supported by this house and was funded in the c.r. which we just enacted which i was proud to support. i am not sure if all the members voted for the c.r. but did i and the debbie smith act is included in that. obviously to suggest this majority in this house is not interested in supporting women and women who are victims of violence is frankly reprehensible. let me move back to the rule of law, which we are actually debating here, and it relates to our authority under the emergency powers act. i do want to note to mr. woodall's point, we're not
adding new law. this is a resolution, which is clearly a provision in the national emergency act, that allows the congress to make the point that the emergency, if it ver existed, no longer exists. and this funding is not appropriate. this shift of funding. this is a simple resolution passed by the senate and indicates in our view the congressional authority is where the appropriation process lies. it's articulated well within the constitution and the congress has acted. and has acted before, will act again, and the projects that are necessary for military construction around the globe and throughout the united states are vital and indicate support of this resolution and the rule would be something that i would think mr. woodall and members of the house would agree to. i'll verve. -- i'll verve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves.
the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i enjoy working with the gentleman from new york. when i think about folks who are able to work across the aisle who are able to get things done, the gentleman from new york is at the top of this list. if you have not tuned into the rules committee, mr. speaker, number one, shame on you. on you. it's a vibrant discussion. it happens every monday at 5:00. at least once, if not twice. at least for an hour, if not for five or six. and it is rare that mr. morelle is questioning witnesses off of there that i don't learn something new, that i don't gain from his perspective. he's absolutely right when he talks about the resolution that the rules committee is trying to send to the floor, being a bipartisan resolution. when it passed the united states senate, there were 11 republicans who supported it along with all of the democrats. but what mrs. wagner is proposing that we replace it with isn't something that was passed by just 11 bipartisan votes. it's something that was passed unanimously, mr. speaker. it's true what my friend from new york says. we included this language in
the vawa bill that passed the house earlier. that was a partisan exercise, too. that bill hasn't moved through the united states senate. in contrast to decades of re-authorizations here, mr. speaker, where this d.n.a. authorization passes on a stand-alone bill, on broad bipartisan support, this congress, this year for reasons unbeknownst to me decided to play a political game with it. what mrs. wagner is offering us an opportunity to do is to bring a bill that passed unanimously in the united states senate to the house floor where it can pass unanimously here, too. my friend from new york is right. what this congress has done is provide funding for this bill all the way through the month of november. not the entire month of november. but three weeks in november. it's absolutely true this congress has done this important work for at least another month and a half. what mrs. wagner's offering us the opportunity to do is do this important work for another
five years which i know my friends on the other side want to do. to spook on this issue, i told my friend from new york i didn't have any speakers on the underlying bill, it's true. i expect that to be another partisan exercise. but on this language, mr. speaker, i do have another speaker. i like to yield five minutes, if he's willing, to one of our new members, mr. speaker, the mr. speaker, the gentleman from north dakota, mr. armstrong. the speaker pro tempore: the amount of time? five minutes. the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. armstrong: i know how c.r.'s work. we have a stand-alone bill from the senate. we could put on the consent calendar. the debbie smith act originally passed in 2004, and in 2008, under democratic control, the house passed the re-authorization under a suspension rule -- by voice vote. the senate, which was under republican control, passed the bill with an amendment by unanimous consent. the house subsequently passed bill and -amended
signed by president bush. and the democratic controlled senate passed it under unanimous consent. it was signed by president barack obama. so the question is, why can't we take a stand-alone bill? why does it have to be -- why all of a sudden in this congress did it need to be part of a larger bill that turns into partisan gamesmanship and fight between two chambers and two parties? in 2017 there were approximately 137,000 rapes. only four in 10 of rapes even go reported. that's actually an improvement not so many years ago, it was two in 10. 961 are unsolved. many never charged. out of every 1,000 sexual assaults, 995 perpetrators will go unpunished. just earlier this week, i sat in the rules committee and we argued on the repeal of forced arbitration and with passion --
by the way, i agree with my democratic colleagues. sexual assault should never be forced into forced arbitration. if we are going to make the argument that forced arbitration and deal with that in a civil proceeding and employment proceeding or these types of issues, clearly we can all agree that the single best way to put violent sexual predators behind bars, behind jail, in prison is with d.n.a. testing. i said it yesterday and i'll say it again, you have the best ability to convict criminals, the worst kind of criminals, and you have the ability to do it without revictimizing the person through a deposition, through a jury trial. many reasons why these crimes go unreported or unconvictedly, particularly children of sexual abuse, is with the trial associated with the criminal proceeding. you know what happens with d.n.a. evidence? you get guilty pleas. because you can't beat the evidence. conservative estimates say that the the untested number of rape kits
is around 170,000 -- 170,000 which are untested. every single one of those kits represents a human being and it's somebody's mother, sister, daughter, or granddaughter. and that person has gone through a horrible, terrible, grotesque trauma and deserve justice. this is easy. this is easy to do. we could do it today. we could do it tomorrow before we go home but here's the deal. it expires in 14 days. while we're gone for recess, 5,000 more rapes will be committed. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. morrelle: thank you, mr. speaker. i often think about what happens, i acknowledge i'm a bit of a football friend, not much of an expert but a fan, and i know that from time to time, play will be called and the
quarterback will follow all the offensive line moving to the right of the field and follow behind them and appear to be handing the ball off to a running back behind the offensive line but actually the quarterback has the ball, turns around and goes the other way. it's called misdirection. that's what is happening on the floor as we speak. i understand why my colleagues don't want to talk about the president's actions. i understand why the members of -- on the other side don't want to talk about actions that we consider considerably outside what was intended by the national emergency powers given to the president. so i would like to get back if i may, though, to the issue at hand. i want to just read something. we will vote on a resolution to reverse the president's ill-advised national emergency declaration that funds the construction of a border wall using money that congress has appropriated and the president has signed into law for other purposes such as military
construction. by declaring a national emergency, the president's actions come into direct conflict with congress' authority to determine the appropriation of funds. power vested in congress by the framers of our constitution and article 1, section 9. that is why this issue is not about strengthening our border security, a goal that i support and voted to advance. rather, mr. president, it is a solemn occasion involving whether or not this body will stand up for its institutional prerogative and support the separation of powers enshrined in our constitution. throughout our history, the courts have consistently held that only congress is empowered by the constitution to adopt laws directing money to be spent from the u.s. treasury. for the past 65 years the courts have determined the boundaries of presidential authority vis-a-vis congress on the -- under the doctrine of young steel sheet and tubes. the 1952 supreme court case reversed president truman's
seizure of steel during war. as the justice explained in concurrence in that case, the question of whether a president's actions are constitutionally valid should be determined by examining the source of the president's authority. in this case, the justice goes through three scenarios in which he assesses the president's power. according to justice jackson when acts taken by the president are against the express or implied twhoifl congress the president's power is at its lowest eastbound. mr. president, president trump's declaration clearly fall into that cat gir. now the president rests his declaration on the national emergencies act and that act fails to define precise hi hi what constituteance emergency but there is a commonsense rule that we can apply. it is a five-part test that was used by the office of management and budget under former president george herbert walker bush to determine whether or not funding requested merited an emergency designation urn our
budget rules. under that test, a spending request was designated as an emergency only if the need for spending met a five-part test. it had to be sudden, necessary, urgent, unforeseen, and not permanent. now whether or not one agrees with president that more should be done to secure our southern border -- and i do agree with him on that goal -- his decision to fund a border wall through a national emergency declaration would never pass all of the five-part test. another concern i have with the president's declaration is that it shifts funding away from kit call -- critical military construction projects. we don't know which ones. we have not been able to get a list but this could have very real national security implications. again, i note that the military construction appropriation bill incorporated recommended by the president was passed by both sides an signed into law. let me emphasize once again, the pe question is not whether you are for a border wall or against a border wall, it is not whether you believe that border security should be strengthened or
whether it is sufficient. it is not whether or not we support or oppose president trump. rather the question is far more fundamental and significant. the question is this. do we want the executive branch now or in the future to hold the pow ore they have purse, a power that the framers deliberately entrusted to congress. we must stand up and defend congress' institutional powers as the framers intended that we would even when doing so is inconvenient or goes against the outcome that we might prefer. i urge my colleagues to support resolution of disapproval and our constitution. some might think that was authored by a democrat. but it was not. senator susan collins of maine issued that back in march of 2019 when we considered the resolution for the first time. frankly, she's far more eloquent than i. i think i'll let it stand at that i reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume.
i know my friend from maine to be an eloquent speaker. i thought that was classic morrelle there. it sounded exactly like what i expected my friend to say. as you would imagine, mr. speaker, i don't disagree with senator collins, i don't disagree with mr. morrelle. that's not what this resolution does. when anybody starts talking about constitutional law, that's why i thought it was classic morrelle, mr. speaker, because he knows how much the law gets me going. he's not a lawyer and makes that point regularly. in the rules committee. but i am. when we start talking about the foundation of self-governance in this country i get excited. but this is a resolution -- this isn't a resolution about a constitutional question, mr. speaker. read this resolution. pursuant to section 202 of the national emergencies act, that's the act that this congress passed in a previous congress, that a previous president signed, the national emergency declared by the finding of the president on february 15 is hereby terminated.
that is exactly one of the procedures that can be used, one of three, to end the presidential declaration of emergency. what we're doing here today has nothing to do with reclaiming powers of article 1. we're just following the law that folks already wrote. we're just following the law folks already had said is insufficient if you believe this law is insufficient, as i do, mr. speaker, and as i know the majority does, h.r. 1410 is a bill to bring to the floor to reclaim our power that we delegated away. if you believe it's unconstitutional, the court is the place to go and reclaim that power. this resolution simply says, we disagree. it's the same one we passed earlier this year. it's the same one the president vetoed earlier this year. and we're going to have that same conversation again. i pledge to my friends on the other side of the aisle, when we
get ready to reclaim constitutional power count me in. i told you that in the rules committee two days ago. i cast that vote yesterday, i'll cast that vote again tomorrow. but mr. speaker, what my amendment will do if we defeat the previous question is in no way a partisan exercise. it's in no way a divisive exercise. it's not even the subject of this agreement passing unanimously out of the united states senate, historically passing unanimously out of this house as my good friend from north dakota describe. it's been passed by republican congresses an signed by democratic presidents and passed by democratic congresses, signed by republican presidents. do not disagree on the need to provide these dollars to those communities to reduce that d.n.a. backlog. i don't understand why, since may of this year when the senate passed it unanimously, this house has failed to take it up
at all. instead of spending our time taking up a bill that was unanimously passed by the senate, never considered here in the house, we're using our time to take up a bill that's already been passed by the house once, vetoed by the president once, so we can pass it by the house again and have it vetoed by the president again. i get the headline. i understand what the press releases look like. i watch the twitter feeds. i see the facebook posts. i get the communications narrative of looking -- look at us, look what we're doing. just am ready to be out of the business of look at what i'm saying. i'm ready to get out of the business of look at what i'm passing. i'm ready to get into the business of look what we're doing together and that's getting signed into law and making a difference. s.j.res. 54 won't fall into that category. it didn't in the spring. it doesn't today.
but d.n.a. testing does. mr. speaker. i urge my colleagues, think about what our choices are today. go down the same road we've been down already and to nothing, or go down a road that we traveled in a bipartisan way in every single authorization going back decades, and let's repeat that success together. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. morrelle: yes. i don't disagree with my colleague that we all grow weary, i never do, of spending time with him on the floor. i just want to acknowledge that. i would say a couple of things. last lot to unpack here. fundamentally this resolution should, i think you read, said that pursuant to the national emergencies act, the emergency declaration finding is hereby terminated that is actually in the law. what we are doing in this resolution already passed by the senate and hopefully will pass not only the rule but the
underlying resolution as well, will do exactly what the law does. there's no need to change the law. we may disagree,le of we do, about whether or not the president's use of the provisions violate the constitution, i say yes, my learned colleague differs. but what is clear is we are using this within the context of the existing law and so that's why we're here. i think the one difference, however, an i apologize, i have to put my eyeglasses on to see the fine print, but one of the differences that i note is, and i may have noted this earlier, i apologize if i'm repeating myself, we now have a specific list of projects. when i look at the for instance in virginia, the joint base langley use in january of 2020 is expected to have dollarrers in construction of cyber ops facility, money that's being redirected. if you look at in oregon, plymouth falls replatesing fuel facilities at the base there.
if you look at, i mentioned the child development center. i believe i mentioned, not in florida, the fire crash rescue station at tindale air force base. the list goes on an on. we now get more evidence of the fact that these projects are vitally needed by the military, by members of our armed forces, by the -- advance of security interests of the people of the united states and around the world. so we have detailed now of my view what amounts to a unconstitutional move of dollars without congressional approval. we have that. we are acting once again in conjunction with our colleagues in the senate to end the national emergency declaration by the president. and while we might agree or disagree as to whether or not that is really an emergency, we might disagree or agree on whether or not the use by the president of the act and the way
he did is constitutional. what is incontrovertible is that the current law allows us to do what wear doing today to end the emergency and that's really a question before us. with that, i reserve to my colleague. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i thank my friend from new york. i don't have any speakers remaining and am prepared to close if he is. i yield myself the balance of the time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognize. mr. woodall: it pleases me to see you in the chair, it's been a northwestern day so far. but the state of washington has a proud tradition on the rules committee. a lot of people don't understand what the rule committees does. if you look on this side of the aisle it looks like a representative sample of most the congress. but there's a loft folks with rules committee passion. you can't get to the floor of the house without going through the rule committees. i think of doc haste whogs labored on the rule committees year after year, mr. newhouse
labored on the rule committees, it's important what we do on the rules committee. we bring two kinds of bills to this floor. we bring things that are worked through the process, they're collaborative, they're agreeable, we get everybody on board, an we bring those under the suspension calendar. that's that calendar for things we've already sported -- sorted out. then there are bills we haven't quite sorted out. those things that might be a little controversial. in fact when we bring a rule to the floor, almost every rule vote is an entirely partisan vote because of disagreements about the way the underlying process was structured. . i have an amendment in the defeating of the previous question and amending the rule that has passed this house through that suspension process, through that collaborative in ess that is indisputed the way it's going to help families and communities across this country.
again passed the senate unanimously in may of this year. in the alternate -- alternative, we are going to bring a resolution that has already passed this institution only to be vetoed, and that will pass this institution again, only to be vetoed. we often talk about how many legislative days we have left on the calendar. we often talk about what it is that we can get done together. i just came from a hearing on civility in the modernization committee, and folks bemoaning how partisanship gets in the way of productivity. candidly i don't see that in most of my day. the men and women on both sides of the aisle that i have the honor of working with day in and day out mr. speaker, prioritize productivity over partisanship across the board. but as my friend from new york observed in his football analogy, there's a quarterback that calls the plays in this
institution. that quarterback calls the plays and one team runs with the quarterback and the other team runs against them. this happened for decade upon decade upon decade. but occasionally, mr. speaker, we have an opportunity to get outside of that who's going to score, who's going to win, who's going to lose, we have an opportunity for us all to win. support the rule today, defeat the -- support the previous question today, and we are going to have another opportunity for one side to claim victory, one side to claim defeat, and nothing to get done for the american people. but defeat the previous question and have my amendment added to the rule and then pass that rule, we have an opportunity to do something that i say with no doubt every single member of this institution believes needs to be done. the choice is with the members as they vote here in just a few
minutes. defeat this previous question and then let's pass the rule. in the absence of that, mr. speaker, we've got to defeat, if the previous question is not defeated, then we are going to have to defeat this rule lest we go through the same partisan exercise this house has already gone through time and time again this year. with that, mr. speaker, i want to again thank my friend from new york, both for his friendship and his mentorship. he says he never gets tired of visiting with me on the house floor, mr. speaker, but inevitably he only yields me 30 minutes and keeps the rest of the time for himself. i don't fault him for that. i'm grateful for that. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yield back. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. morelle: thank you, mr. speaker. first of all i should note that i probably shouldn't get into a football argument with the distinguished gentleman from georgia with a long history of that sport. i also shouldn't do it because if my wife is watching she will
be very unhappy that i used a sports analogy, which she decidedly does not like. i would just to torture the analogy more because mr. woodall raised it, misdirection does have a quarterback, but the whole point is to fool the opposition, and i think that's what, frankly, some of my colleagues here today are trying to do is fool the american public about what this resolution before us is all about. and i think that's unfortunate because the resolution on the floor is critically important. before i close, i just want to compliment my friend, i do enjoy this. i know this is serious topic. no one should see it as anything else. i always appreciate his passion, his intellect, his eloquence. it is always a joy to be with him in rules committee and here on the floor, and i so appreciate that. let me, if i might, mr. speaker, i do want to thank all my colleagues for -- in the rules committee for their support of
s.j. resolution 54 relating to a national emergency declared by the president on february 15, 2019. i urge a yes vote on the rule and a yes vote on the previous question. and i yield back the balance of my time. and move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. johnson: i rise to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2528. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk will suspend. just the gentlewoman call the up the bill as amended? ms. johnson: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 142, h.r. 2528, a bill to direct the director of the office of science and sthrog policy to carry out programs and
activities to ensure that federal science agencies and institutions of higher education receiving federal research and development funding are fully engaging their entire talent pool, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson, and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and to heir remarks include extraneous materials. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: it is recognized. ms. johnson: i rise today in support of h.r. 2528, the stem opportunities act of 2019. i want to thank my ranking member, mr. lucas, for joining me in introducing this bill. i also want to thank the committee co-sponsors on both
sides of the aisle and the endorsing organizations. this bill has been a long time coming. over a decade ago in 2007 i introduced an early version of this legislation in response to the national academy's report entitled beyond bias and barriers. this report was a call to action to address the biases and outdated institutional structures in universities that perpetuate the underrepresentation of women in many stem fields. the report made clear that it is not a lack of talent but external factors like limited access to support in campus resources, pay disparity, bias and discrimination that have hindered the advancement of women in academic stem careers. the national academies has a follow-up study under the leadership of former national astronaut dr. minimum wageor
mission. while progress has been made, the facts remain that women are woefully underrepresented in all levels of stem studies and in stem careers. we need action and we need bold leadership. women already comprise 50% of the population. by the year 20350, racial -- 2050, racial and ethnic minorities will also comprise 50% of our nation's population. many of these groups are woefully underrepresented in stem fields. our nation will not continue to lead in science and innovation if we do not tap into all of the talent this nation has to offer. while there are unique challenges for different groups underrepresented in stem, there are also many common themes and many common solutions. eventually i combine my legislation focused on the advance of the women in stem
with another piece of legislation focused on underrepresented minorities in stem. their combined legislation became the stem opportunities act. the stem opportunities act addresses both the uniqueness and the similarities and challenges and solutions. over the years i have updated this legislation to incorporate new experts recommendations and stakeholder feedback to reflect emerging needs. the stem opportunities act of 2019 provides for research and demographic data collection to better understand the participation and career projecttories -- protect torrey of women and underrepresented -- protectorries of women and under3re7ped women in science field. to develop consist tept policies at federal science agencies to minimize the effects of implicit
bias in the grant review process. help universities identify and address barriers to women and underrepresented north -- minorities in stem research careers. and accommodate the needs of grad recipients who have care giving responsibilities. the bill also directs the national science foundation to award grants to support computer science education at the nation's colleges and universities. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 2528, the stem opportunities act of 2019. as a co-sponsors of the legislation with chairwoman johnson, i'm pleased the house is taking this up for consideration today. h.r. 2528 continues the science
committee's long history of bipartisan support for stem education. the united states is in a race to remain the world's leader in science and technology. the only way we'll win is by utilizing america's most valuable resource, our people. this means developing a diverse stem capable work force at every educational level and from every background. the administration has recognized this need and the president's five-year stem strategic plan calls for increase in diversity, equality, and inclusion in stem programs. this legislation supports and builds upon that plan. authorizing activities at the white house office of science and technology policy and the national science foundation. the u.s. invests over $1 billion a year in federal stem education programs. but we have not made enough progress in growing a stem capable work force. one of the key provisions of
h.r. 2528 is a requirement for more comprehensive data collection and analysis on the students, researchers, and faculty receiving federal science grants this. data will help us identify and reduce the barriers that prevent underrepresented groups from entering and advancing in stem. you will also help us measure the success of federal stem programs. the bill also includes a provision directing n.s.f. to support computer science education through the existing tribal colleges and universities program. access to computer science resources and the development of computing skills is critical in today's economy. stem employment in the u.s. continues to grow faster than any other sector. employers in all sectors, including agriculture, energy, health care, and defense are desperate for workers with stem skills. in order to meet this demand, the development of talent from all groups is essential.
h.r. 2528 takes important steps to ensure we are fully engaged america's entire talent pool and maintaining our global leadership in science and technology. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. miss johnson: i reserve. -- ms. johnson: i referee:. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. mr. lucas: i yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from puerto miss gonzalez-colon. miss gonzalez-colon: thank you ranking member lucas, and chairwoman johnson, for introduce this great bill. today i rise in strong support of h.r. 2528, the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics opportunities act introduced by those two great colleagues. stem fields provide a great opportunity for academic and professional advancement.
according to the department of commerce, stem occupations are projectsed to grow by close to 9% compared to approximately 6% for those nonstem occupations. on average, students with stem degree are expected to have greater job prospects and earn close to 12% more in wages than other -- their nonstem counterparts. we should expect this growing trend to continue and therefore we need to ensure we both stem capabilities in education anti-work force to meet demand for stem professionals and remain at the forefront of scientific endeavors. h.r. 2528 helps ensure the stem field is diverse. and with women, students minorities, students with disabilities and other underrepresented groups. specifically this bill directs
the office of science and technology policy to develop best practices on how to support stem researchers who are also care givers, how to best reduce the impact of bias in the review of grant proposals and how to better identify cultural and institutional barriers of science agencies and federal labs. it also thrires federal since agencies to collect demographic information and grant proposals, awards from faculty direct the national science foundation to pport research and dissemination of dissemination of best practices to increase advancement of underrepresented groups in the stem degree programs an research careers. in puerto rico -- puerto rico has a strong stem academic and professional sector as well. we even created partnerships with universities and others to
help bolster this area. i myself graduated from a stem school. we have remarkable stem students and researchers that are engaged with their communities and are ready to contribute to their fields by producing innovate i work for the benefit of the island and for the nation. the objectives of this bill are key to increasing the scope of the scientific population amid -- and meet the current demands and challenges with stem. i'm a proud co-spon or of this bill and i would like to thank chairwoman johnson and ranking member lucas for their leadership not just in this area but many others, many other important areas and i encourage my colleagues to vote in favor. before i yield back, i would like to also thank them for their leadership in the science committee and for helping me and helping us harness the capabilities of the federal government for the advancement of science and technology on behalf of the american people.
unfortunately, i will be parting with the committee. however, i look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle on science and many other issues in the future and i commend you both for your -- and your staff for all your assistance during this month and i wish you all the best as you continue your great work and i really enjoy my stay in that committee. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: i have no other speakers, i believe she has the right to close, i'm prepared to close if that's her purpose. ms. johnson: i have no further requests for time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: i yield myself the remaining time. let me take a moment to note that the gentlelady from puerto rico will indeed be missed on the science, space and technology committee. the science, space, and technology and i think i can say this about our beloved chair,
it's a committee that still reflect miss of the traditions of the house, working together for the common good, trying to drive the great nation and all her good citizens forward. hopefully at some future time you'll have the opportunity to come rejoin us. i look forward to that very day. that said, in my closing remarks, i would like to thank chairwoman johnson an her staff for working in a bipartisan fashion on this legislation. and for incarp rating our feedback and ideas. i look forward to continuing to work with her to advance stem education efforts in this congress and congress will support and encourage and develop the next generation of stem workers. maintaining our global leadership in science and technology critical to our economic an national security. we will not be able to lead without a stem-capable work force for the 21st century. i urge all my colleagues to support h.r. 2528 and i yield
back the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to close and simply request that all members support this bill. it is a bill that we need for the nation and for our nation's future in innovation. in order to maintain any activity on the world stage in innovation. i thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules an pass the bill h.r. 2528 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the
gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. johnson: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 335, the south florida clean coastal waters act of 2019 as amended the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 335, a bill to require the interagency task force on harmful algal blooms and hypoxia to develop a plan for reducing, mitigating and controlling harmful algal blooms and hypoxia in south florida and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. johnson, and the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h.r. 335, the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. johnson: mr. speaker, i
yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. johnson: i rise today in the south .r. 335, florida clean coastal waters act of 2019. i want to thank the gentleman from florida, mr. mast if introducing this bill and for his commitment to the important issue. south florida has been suffering from economically and ecologically costly blooms of harmful algae in both its marine and freshwater systems for years and it continues to get worse. last year, south florida was plagued with one of the most severe, harmful algae blooms on record. toxic red tide and massive freshwater blue green algae blooms choked waterways an coastlines. this caused a mass mortality of wildlife including dolphins,
manatees and sea turtles. hundreds of tons of dead fish washed up on the shores. beyond the millions of dollars of lost revenues for businesses, problems nd other caused hell risks for humans from direct expoe sure and eating insected seafood. low oxygen, known as high pox sis, can result when algae dies, sinks to the bottom of the water body, and dei cass. it's a problem in the gulf of mexico dead zone and is a growing problem along coastal lines where it exists. the south florida clean coastal waters act authorizes a scientific assessment and act plan to help address the problem in south hypoxia florida. the assessment and action plan
will be conducted by interagency hypoxia lgae bloom and research and control task force led by noaa and the e.p.a. this task force researches, monitor, addresses, and hypoxies.habs and it will help address research gaps and detail methods if mitt gailing habs and hipoxies in south florida. these will help serve as a blueprint for federal, state and local decisionmakers an other stake holders to coordinate actions to reduce the habs and hypoxies in the region. this bill takeance important step in helping adress the habs and hypoxies issue in south florida and i strongly support this good bipartisan bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady we serves.
frup does the gentleman from oklahoma soak recognition? mr. lucas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: i rise in support of representative mast's bill h.r. 335, the south florida clean coastal waters act of 2019 this bill passed the interagency task force to spro provide an integrated assessment on the causes an consequences of h.a.b.'s along with mitigation options in south florida. the tasks for will look at the current status of reserm and identify gaps in research, monitoring and management efforts. this will lead to the development of an action plan for controlling h a.b. and hypoxia. although this bill is focused on south florida region, these harmful algae blooms have become an environmental problem in all 50 states. even in the freshwater, landlocked states like oklahoma, where the passage of this
legislation we'll gain more knowledge of the dangers associated with h.a.b.'s as well as potential mitigation strategies that could be applied to every state and region. i want to thank representative mast and representative walz for encouraging this interagency collaboration to conduct research that will protect our environment and health. i urge my creags to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time -- my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: i yield three mins to the gentleman from florida whose has work sod diligently on this bill, mr. mast. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mast: i thank the gentleman for yield, i thank the jerusalem for her support and i thank the committee for their work on this piece of legislation. now, ibarca is what we're talking about here, since 1998, habraca has dobe
incredible work in different parts across the country. they've done incredible work by working collaboratively across a number of different agencies whether you're talking department of commerce, interior , c.d.c., e.p.a. it's what's needed, collaborative efforts to go out and research and find real results, mitt gate the occurrences of harmful algal blooms and do this in waterways across the nation. now h.r. 335, the south florida clean coastal waters, focuses that interagency capable on the nation's most devastating example of harmful algal blooms and hypoxia to date, those that have occurred in the south florida area. and it's -- it truly is an environmental emergency that unkrnlt many have witnessed on the news and seen in other places. it's been a result of what's happened for almost a century, the u.s. government has embarked on a piecemeal compilation of infrastructure projects across florida that really contorted
and misshaped the natural waterways of florida. now decades ago it was realized that this patch work of uncoordinated and often very conflicting flows of water design resulted in toxic concentrations of newt treents in one area or the elimination of natural filtration systems that used to purify the watt orse of florida. so the south florida today is now riddled with environmental catastrophes from north to south like harmfulall gal blooms, like red tide, like hypoxia. these toxic overgrowths from ecological disasters. we've seen far too many devastating effects. massive fish kills, carcasses of whale shark, dolphins, manatee, millions of pounds of sea life. washing up on our shores. results of deaths in many other animals. and unfortunately, unknown health effects to humans that come in contact with this. now a couple of important factor that was played into this in
july, the core of -- the corps of engineers testified that for decades it had knowingly discharged quantities of toxic harmful algal bloom-laden watter from the lake in the south florida, lake okeechobee. one of the tox ins that makes up harmful algal blooms that so dangerous, cyanobacteria. after many requests to the e.p.a. made a report that said harmful algal blooms that had oevery a anobacteria, parts percentage -- 200 per billion, humans don't come in contact and we were having releases of 445 po parts per billion. it crippled small business, tourism, fisheries get destroyed, devastates obviously the environment. ecree ates dying ecosystems. it's in that that i think the committee for their support on
this because it is very serious to our community and i yield back to the gentleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: i now yield three minutes to a member of the science, space and technology committee who also is very focused on these issues, ongressman wolf. >> i want to thank my colleague for drafting this important bill to address the harmful algal blooms and improve water quality in florida. i also want to thank senator rubio for introducing the senate companion and give credit to my predecessor in congress, now governor desantis, for prioritizing clean water at the state level. red tides an green algae have plagued florida, it impacted lake okeechobee, the everglades,
indian river lagoon and both of florida's coasts. last congress the interagency task force was re-authorized which was an important step. this bill ensures that the task force will produce an integrate i assessment on the causes, the consequences and approaches to reduce h.a.b.'s, identify current gaps in research and produce an action plan to deal with it. . the health of the everglades impacts water quality acrots the state -- across the state. the scope of the introduced version of h.r. 335 attempted to take this into account by including "contiguous coastal near shore water" and the definition of eligible waterways. however, contiguous could be interpreted by the task force, this was my concern, in any number of ways, potentially excluding the northern reaches of the indian river lagoon. the entire indian river lagoon is part of the national estuary
program and the southern section is an army corps of engineers authorized res. vire, included in the exre hence i have everglades restore aplays. according to the corps indian river lagoon is home to more than 3,000 species of plants and nimals and considered the most biolongley diverse system in the united states. this dynamic ecosystem is sensitive, it's important to the environment for those reasons, but critically it's also important to our economy. and the 2016 economic valuation study found that the output of the lagoon is about 7.6 billion annually. for these reasons it's the right thing to do to ensure the task force includes the entire lagoon in coordination with congressman mast i offered a management amendment in committee in the science, space, and technology committee markup that lists the entire river lagoon and definition of waterways to be included in this bill.
we are not just seeing habs in southern florida. it's spreading to other parts of my district and all parts of florida. we have already seen blue green algae in the st. john river, and spreading into our spreading into our springs, protecting the springs in central florida is an ongoing effort. it's for this reason why the task force integrated assessment is so important. i will prove the water quality management harmful algae blooms across the entire lagoon. moving forward the congress should exam the clean water state e -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. waltz: which has not been updated since 1987. thank you to my colleague for yielding. importantly, in 2018 florida received a third lowest allotment per capita according to the e.p.a., yet it has the third most significant infrastructure needs in the country. this is unacceptable. particularly for a program so important in a state where water is so critical to our way of life. i want to thank congressman
lucas. i want to again thank congressman mast for his work on habs and this important legislation before us today, and i yield my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i would note to my colleague before i reserve the balance of my time i have no additional speakers, and i'll be prepared to close if she's done with her speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: i have no requests for time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 335 provides critical research on the harmful al ga blooms and high approximatea in southern florida. and will develop an action plan to mitigate and delole environmental threat. i want to thank representative mast and my science committee colleague representative waltz for their leadership on this bill. i strongly encourage all of my colleagues to support this
bipartisan legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. many the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i simply urge the passage of h.r. 3035 and thank all the staff as well as the bipartisan support of this bill. thank you. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 335, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid pon the table.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3710. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 151, h.r. 3710. a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to provide for the remediation of cyber security vulnerabilities, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. green, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas. you, mr. n lee: thank speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i
may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 3710, the cyber security vulnerability remediation act, and i thank chairman bennie thompson for his work in securing the nation against terrorist threats, including cyber security vulnerabilities that target critical infrastructure, civilian agency networks, and private sector cyber resources. i also thank subcommittee chairman richmond and the homeland security staff for working with me and my staff on h.r. 3710. i thank the ranking member of the full committee, mr. rogers, and the ranking member of the subcommittee. mr. speaker, just a few weeks ago we saw technology in the form of drones be utilized to attack with explosives refineries in saudi arabia. i think the basis of my
legislation speaks to the point that it is crucial that this congress and this nation prepare itself for the new forms of technology. yes, we have not had that incident here in the united states, but if you recall in /11, no one could fathom using loaded airplanes, fully filled with the material fuel that could be utilized as a weapon to attack the world trade centers to kill the brave at the pentagon, and the brave that anded in pennsylvania. h.r. 3710 is to speak to those vulnerabilities in particular cyber security vulnerability remediation which directs the
d.h.s. to prioritize efforts to help network operators address known vulnerabilities. if advises the infrastructure security agency to widely share mitigation protocols that counter cyber security vulnerabilities. authorizing the d.h.s. science and technology directorate to establish an incentive-based program to allow industry, individuals, agencies, and academia to compete in providing remediation solutions for the pry hiest priority cyber security vulnerabilities. we must be ever vigilant and diligent as we look to these new levels and these subsets of technology. it requires the csia to report to congress to share mitigation protocols and coordinate vulnerabilities disclosures with his partners. h.r. 3710 authorizes for the first time the sishe security and infrastructure agency to
develop and distribute play books in could be sultation with private sector experts to provide proceed urings -- procedures and mitigation strategies for the most critical known vussnerblets, especially those affecting software or hardware no longer supported by a vendor. one of the statistics we really know is that 80%, maybe higher now, to 85% of the nation's vulnerabilities, technology, infrastructure is in the private sector. . those are the sites our enemies would look eagerly to attack. the world trade center, in saudi the refineries, maybe some of our beautiful national monuments. outstanding sites here in washington, d.c. our national parks. these are the examples and the exhibits of the freedom of this are some se government, some private sectors. many know the terror that new
york collectively faced, but there are other sites along the west coast, midwest, deep south that would also exhibit what the freedom of america is all about. the play books we would make available to stakeholders would help them prepare network defense in the event of a cyber attack based upon vulnerability. i'd like to think that we could prevent that attack. a zero day vulnerability is a software bug that exploits or ploit that has not been patched. hackers can use these bugs and exploit based upon the vultnerblet to steal data or damage networks before patch could be developed to begin a preach. there are some that cannot be patched. these require the resources provided by the ply book that will be provided in my bill. h.r. 3710 authorizes d.h.s. science and technology directorate in consultation with cisa to establish a competition
program for industry individuals, academia, and others to provide remediation solutions for cyber security vulnerabilities that are no longer supported. the good news is it seeks to have the consultation of americans who have expertise. and to be able to work with them to provide remediation but also the playbook for prevention. the vulnerabilities that will receive entry into the playbook are serious. if used by an advisory can lead to significant costs and disruption of vital goods and services to the public. just think of your water system. run mostly by local entities. or the electric grid, run mostly by the private sector. in the 115th congress, i introduced h.r. 3202, cyber vulnerabilities disclosure reporting act, which addresses the federal government's sharing of cyber vulnerabilities disclose sure that critical infrastructure owners -- that disclosure to critical infrastructure owners and operators. h.r. 3710 goes further to
redress the remediation of identifying cyber security threats by incentivizing work to match or find solutions for cyber threats inherent in legacy systems. proactive and coordinated efforts are necessary to strengthen and maintain and secure critical infrastructure, including assets that are vital to public confidence in the cyber nation safety. i had hoped that we would see our way forward in getting proactive and preventive as we move toward new levels of technology. with that, mr. speaker, i wish to reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: i rise today in support of house resolution 7110, the cyber security vulnerability and remediation act. this bill enables cisa to develop important mitigation protocols for vulnerabilities existing in outdated software and hardware through collaboration with public and private sector entities.
this important legislation introduced by ms. jackson lee of texas helps ensure that we maintain security in our networks. i support this legislation and i urge my colleagues to join me in doing so. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me further explain what this bill does. i ask that i may use what time i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: this bill works with the department of homeland security and private network security owner and operators. most people don't know how long the government has used mputing to carry out vital process for the public. it first occurred as long ago as 1890 when an automated tabulation method was used to
tally that year's census on punch cards. imagine a cyber attack on the census project. since a modest beginning in 189, 0 the federal government has blazed -- blazed a path for adoption of computing technology which established an uns predened pace in the private sector that transformed our world from analog to digital 129 years. one of the consequences of federal government's use of computing technology over the last 129 years are the challenges of operating legacy systems that use outdated software which cannot be quickly upgraded to eliminate known cyber security vulnerabilities. the number of cyber entities report increasing more than 119% from 2015 and -- between 2009 and 2015. a cker exploited access by
files in the ss office of personnel management. more than 125,000 cyber incidents were reported, some of software no old longer supported by vendors. hackers have found better success through basic attack methods. i would hope my colleagues would consider recognizing that we must be in front of these potential attacks and not behind them. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserve -- the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. green: i urge adoption of the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me thank the minority for its support of this legislation. and ask my colleagues to support
it. as i to so, let me, mr. speaker, ask unanimous consent to put an article, rd "d.h.s. flags vulnerabilities in" in phillips patient monitors. they issue an advisory about cyber security vulnerabilities in the network mod yuflse illips inteliview portable monitors. i ask unanimous consent for that on to beton placed in record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee p.c. this is a real life example of what can happen if we're not first in front. so mr. speaker, i hope that my colleagues would join me in voting for h.r. 3710 and with that, i yealed back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h r. 3710. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the
rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2589 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2589 a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to establish a homeland intelligence doctrine for the department of homeland security and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. green, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas. ms. jackson lee: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i
may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i rise today in support of h.r. 2589, the unifying d.h.s. intelligence enterprise act, h.r. 2589 seeks to improve the department of homeland security's intelligence enterprise by ensuring intelligence officers across d.h.s. are sharing information and countering threats in a unified manner. since the department was established, intelligence and information sharing capabilities have matured but d.h.s. still lacks a coordinated intelligence enterprise. in 2016 the committee on homeland security released a review of the department of home lan security to counter terrorist threats and provide 30 recommendations. this bill directs the department of homeland security to develop and disseminate written d.h.s.-wide guidance for the process, analogies of homeland security and terrorism information. and ensures this guidance is
consistent with the protection of privacy, civil rights and civil liberties. given the diversity of missions across the department it is vital that component intelligence officers are working together, sharing information, and vetting that information against a broader u.s. intelligence community holdings. h.r. 2589 requires an assessment and description of how the dissemination of information to the intelligence community and federal law enforcement assists such entities in carrying out their respective mission. one of the key missions of d.h.s. is to act as a clearing-house for threat information and this bill will ensure that the department continues to evolve into a better , more effective asset. with that, i encourage my colleagues to support this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of house resolution 25 9, the unifying
d.h.s. intelligence enterprise act. in december of 2003, i had the unbelievable opportunity to fly with our nation's elite special operators -- special operations aviation unit in conjunction with our army's tyre one counterterrorism unit in the capture of iraqi dictator saddam hussein. it was a highlight of my army career and whether it was on missions in iraq or hunt osama bin laden in afghanistan, i realized that having a systematic way to gather, process,age ice and sis semi-- and disseminate intelligence information was critical to our success on the battlefield that experience encouraged me to introduce this bill back in may so d.h.s. can best fulfill its very important mission to keep america safe. this bill requires the department's chief intelligence officer to establish a homeland intelligence doctrine for the department and it requires the
-- requires them to maintain a dedicated staff. in the years following the attack on september 11, the department reshaped the domestic intelligence an counterterrorism structure of the u.s. over the years d.h.s. has matured an refiped its intelligence enterprise. significant improvements have been made. but there's not yet complete unity among the various intelligence officers within all the component agencies. in 2016, the house committee on homeland security released a comprehensive review of the department's use of intelligence to counter terrorist attacks. they recognized that d.h.s., and i quote, has improved its ability to protect the homeland against terrorist threats over time but major gaps remain. they prescribed over 30 recommendations to the department for impruffed intelligence sharing. the goal of h.r. 2589 is to ensure all of the component entities at d.h.s. are speaking
the same language. using the same trade craft, and disseminating their products to the appropriate stake holders which include both intelligence communities and state and local partners. this legislation will help professionalize the d.h.s. intelligence enterprise by establishing a shared an intelligence doctrine. across d.h.s., dedicated border an immigration agents are gathering information on individuals seeking to enter the united states. threats to transportation systems and critical infrastructure are gathered and assessed in realtime cyber threats so the government and private net yorks are analyzed. the incredible differences in the agencies of the department create natural barriers to information flow. given this diversity of missions it's vital that component intelligence officers are working together, sharing information, and vetting that information against intelligence community holdings. as a former member of the army special operations task forces, i know the value of synchronized
intelligence processes in order to connect the dots and successfully carry out a mission. this bill also authorizes the continued dedication to providing staff to the central -- to the chief intelligence officer ensuring that this distinct mission continues to provide the value necessary to support the intelligence enterprise. i sport this legislation and i urge my colleagues to join me in doing so. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair rill we -- will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed to inform the house the senate has passed without amendment h.r. 4378, an act making appropriations for fiscal year 2020 and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker. i thank the gentleman from tennessee, mr. green, for his service. and i thank him for this
legislation. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: it is worth noting that the bill we just pass and the bill we are now dealing specifically with cyber security and intelligence are crucial elements of our security. i think that with the combination of recognizing the importance of the intelligence community that is on the front lines of providing our safety, and then to acknowledge the vulnerabilities in the cyber system as one of the components of new technology, i started out my remarks by taking note of the drone attack on the refineries in saudi arabia. here we're talking about cyber and its impact. but i think the overall sense of these two initiatives is to ensure that we in homeland security are in the front end of dealing with the importance of
securing this nation on the new technology that we are facing every singling day. with that, i ask my colleagues to support the underlying legislation. i ask the speaker to allow -- to put in the following articles on this very topic. thousands of vulnerabilities in seattle's i.t. network attributed to siloed approach to cyber security, september 17, 2019. "leader of new national security cyber security directorate outlines threats and objectives and why," and that's dated september 5, 2019. and then august 30, 2019, "why focusing on threat hunting may leave you 1rul8 initial." the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: i ask for those articles sob submitted into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: with that in mind i ask that my colleagues support the underlying -- is the and i
gentleman -- i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. there's bipartisan support for a professional coordinated department of home lan security intelligence architecture. i want to thank chairman thompson and ranking member rogers for bringing this to the floor. it's time for the d.h.s. to function with the same precision and handling of intelligence information as our warriors in department of defense. i'm honored to have the opportunity to help them do so. i urge support of the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: the gentleman has yielded back? the speaker pro tempore: he has. ms. yk lee: i yield back my time and ask my colleagues to support the underlying bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2589 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.