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he had the louisiana purchase. isn't that illegal? shouldn't he have been impeached for that? to bring it to a more current president, barack obama. something he did i agree with. he assassinated a u.s. citizen. that is illegal as far as i know. ist i'm trying to say here there was a gentle and that called that said he stopped watching sports. please go back to watching sports, dude. this is not a team sport. >> we will leave this "washington journal" conversation here as the u.s. house of representatives is return for work on legislative business. embers will start working on extending the export-import bank's charter for 10 years. and now to live coverage of the house here on c-span.
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by
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dipesh chaplain, pandya dan from swaminarayan sanstha from warrington, ennsylvania. o'lord, lead us from illusion to the truth, lead us from darkness to light, lead us from death to immortality. may everyone in the world be happy. may everyone be healthy. may all be what is good. be there no suffering. o lord, may the skies give us peace, may space bring us peace, may the earth give us peace, may may herbs give peace,
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and plants give us peace, may all the beings of the earth may all of your creations bring us peace, may peace prevail throughout the universe. h we are here to celebrate a inch ndu festival of light, i nvoke my spiritual leader, his holyness, in the joy of others, n the progress of others, in the good of others. o lord, may all the members of this house and their staff
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receive your guidance in their thoughts and actions. may our armed forces be victorious and may they be protected. my god bless the united states of america. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the last day's proceedings and announced his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the seekeman from pennsylvania recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, 1 of rule 1, ause i demand a vote on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the peaker pro tempore: question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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the ayes have it. the journal stands approved. mr. thompson: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from comer.y, mr. mr. comer: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without bjection, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, is recognized for one minute. fitzpatrick: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to chaplain for guest
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today, along with members of the baps swaminarayan sanstha in our district in pennsylvania. they are here with hundreds of who nent indian americans are also members of the baps a-due faith that -- a hindu faith that holds across our districts. they are here to celebrate the fest national of lights, that is celebrated by indians across america. signifies the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge and hope over despair. there is a joy of serving god, serving ourcountry, community and our fellow citizens, particularly during despair.calamity and traditionally, candles were used o illuminate and dispel darkness. today, we are reminded we must work together, united and in friendship, to serve this great nation and the communities that in.ive
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indeed, the baps community throughout the united states ontinues to strive to serve society throughout charitable and humanitarian activities, ranging from food drives, efforts, elief including the planting of trees. on behalf of my fellow members i'm proud to ecognize and welcome the baps members that have traveled here from across the country. mr. speaker, i yield back. he speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 speeches on inute each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker. i rise today on behalf of nearly district, rs in my family-owned re farms. mr. delgado: i meet with farmers the challenges they have today. consistently
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flagged. that's why i'm proud to support he bipartisan farm force modernization act, a bill that scopefies and broaden the of the application process. in addition to ensuring critical workers, the r bill would finally allow dairy and other farm operations to h-2-a farm worker program, a critical priority for 19.ers in new york mr. chair -- mr. speaker, on behalf of upstate produce and growers, dairy operators and all farmers in my district, i applaud the colleagueswork of my in negotiating this important agreement. now, let's come together and get this done. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to remarks.d extend my the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. ilson: thank you, speaker. after over a month of secret investigations against the resident, democrats have now
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decided to open these controlled hearings to the public. his continued deception by democrats to mislead the american people is insulting. no republican witnesses, no of the president to participate, and full courageous by the president zelensky of ukraine. it's sad instead of focusing on military through the national defense authorization act or passing the united tates-mexcio-canada agreement to create jobs, which improves our schools, like lexington 1, democrats continue. they have wasted $30 million of axpayer money on the russian hoax. now proceeding with the ukrainian hoax. this partisan witch-hunt diverts attention of the president's successes. unemployment rate is a record low. there is record job creation. stock market is thriving, showing president trump keeps his promises. in conclusion, god bless our troops, and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. you, president of poland, a world hero, for testifying freedom.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker. i rise in support of lower drug prices because americans are squeezed while drug companies are raking in the cash. mr. deutch: one of my ckenny, runs mic m a minority owned small business in st. petersburg. crist: when mic's daughter was diagnosed with diabetes, he pull money out of the family's 401-k, and do, in his things.ther creative to make ends meet, when the insurance coverage ran out. point, he paid $120 for a three-day supply of the insulin to keep his daughter alive. $120 for three days. that's immoral.
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under the elijah cummings lower act, nearly 600,000 of my constituents will ay less for drugs, some dramatically so, end the drug prices abuse, lower drug now. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? i rise to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker, it is my greatest privilege to represent our military service members and in the 25th s district of texas, and i am umbled to be their voice in washington. mr. williams: we honor the dedication, commitment, and 2.6 million ices of military family members in the united states. these men and women may not take defend our liberty, but they are the forces behind our front lines. courage the faces of and the steadfast models of resolve right here at home. their contributions to our are nal security
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indisputable and because of them, america continues to shine as a beacon of hope throughout this world. to all our military families in district and across our nation, i salute you and thank ou for the sacrifices you have made. may god bless all these families. may god continue to bless the america.ates of mostly important, i yield back the balance of my time but in god we trust. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek 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 gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, this week, the supreme court heard oral daca.nts surrounded ow, 800,000 lives hang in the balance. 800,000 is a big number, and in the face of abstract figures, touch with these human reality, so let's think of maybe just one person. dean: one young woman who
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lived virtually her entire life in this country, where her family, community are here, who attends school, plays soccer team, who speaks english and no other language. would take that child to the border and send her across alone? which one of us would banish her she's never been? which one of us would force her language life in a she does not even know? which one of us could abandon hat child with a clear conscience? i suspect the answer is very few of us. if that is right, if in our we would not permit us to behave with such coldness and cruelty, then we cannot allow so either.ent to do as our dear colleague, mr. cummings, said, we are better than this. you, mr. speaker. i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for the gentleman es from kentucky seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute my to revise and extend remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. i rise today to celebrate
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national apprenticeship week. i'm proud the trump has once again placed an emphasis on these crucial skills, development, and advancement programs. the department of labor has continually recognized the apprenticeships to the future of work in our nation and for the fifth year in a row a week to highlighting the need for expanded access to hese educational and career opportunities. mr. comer: it's essential we increase awareness of the benefits of these crucial programs, which link our education system with our workforce development initiatives. as i travel throughout kentucky's first congressional district, i hear from employers all sizes and industries that say they are unsatisfied with graduates' credentials and they're lacking workers with the skills necessary to perform of their job. as a new member to the committee on education and labor, this i'm proud of the bipartisan pieces of legislation we have advanced and look orward to future opportunities to support employers, provide
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skills development for those enhance mployed, and the jobs and generations of the future. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek 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 minute.ed for one i rise today , with a call to action to bring pricings.ription drug how ipinski: that's just the market works, charging any price, but the market for many broken.tion drugs is as a diabetic, i know how the skyrocketedulin has for no good reason. 3 1/2 times more 2016 ulin per patient in than in 2007. americans depend on other
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drugs to survive. life-threatening allergies, emergency inhalers chemotherapy drugs for cancer. people can't simply vote with to fight back against price gougers. introduced h.r. 5039, to give medicare the tools it needs to bring down the price of life-sustaining drugs, imilar to other developed countries. american families deserve better quo.the big pharma status let's pass h.r. 5039 and give that to them. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: 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 for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to highlight the unfortunate position this
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institution has been placed in the last several weeks long before speaker pelosi launched the impeachment inquiry, many of my colleagues have made it clear their number one is impeaching the president. laws need to be executed faithfully, but this exercise has shown to be the ultimate manipulation of the legislative branch's oversight to achieve political gains. i caution my colleagues putting the vote for impeachment that will forever change this institution. imagine a future this body uses its tools to put the mib minority party on trial. the american people have elected their representatives to be their voice and vote on matters most important to this country. we must focus on these issues, not the political impulses of a few. for the sake of this institution and good of the nation, this
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cannot become the new normal. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virgin islands seek recognition? ms. plaskett: ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. plaskett: i recently spent time visiting schools throughout the virgin islands. while it's exciting to spend time with our young people but sad to see the school libraries re in dire need of books and liberarians to provide students and teachers with educational resources and territorial specific material that will enlighten the young people about their heritage. my office hosted two town halls with officials from the v.a. and u.s. postal service to discuss issues facing our veterans and community at large. within the next few months my hope is the postal service and
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v.a. will make measurable progress. i thank members for coming out. on monday we commemorated veterans' day paying tribute to those men and women. it will remain the land of the free only so long as it is home of the brave. virgin islands has the highest rates of military service including my father. i thank every veteran across america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> on behalf of the people of pennsylvania's 12th congressional district congratulations to the greater susquehanna being named the chamber of the year. located in -- the chamber has
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been in operation for 99 years and it is a conglomeration of other local chambers. it was named chamber based upon its organizational strengths including programs that encourage networking and chamber ambassador program. the chamber's most recent success is attracting a community college to open a branch campus. chamber officials credit its success through the work of its members and staff. working together to achieve positive outcomes for the people of the greater susquehanna valley. again, congratulations and president and c.e.o. on receiving the chamber of the year award. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized.
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ms. jackson lee: let me speak to a young man in my office who is studying at st. edwards college in austin, texas. he is a person who is able to fulfill his dreams because of daca. yesterday, the supreme court heard the case about all of these young people, 800,000 who are working as paramedics, in law schools, going zpwoo rural communities and being servants of the people. this is a program working well and this administration daca because of wrong-headed decisions about immigrants. this is a nation of laws and immigrants. we want to comply with the law. that's what daca was allowing these young people to do. we need to work together so young people no matter what walk of life they come from can have eaning opportunity. at the same time, i'm looking to reform the juvenile justice
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system. most people don't know that there is no sentence, no bail. the bail process is complicated. we are looking to provide an omnibus bill to ensure we don't throw away lives. if you have a mistake at the age of 12 or 14, that we help parents with wrap-around services. what i hear is a parent saying, help me, i don't know where to go. a nation as great as america can invest in her children, whether it is the daca status of our young children attempting to be part of this nation or it is those young people who made a wrong turn, a slight wrong turn and are thrown away for years in detention centers that are like jail. we are a nation that can do better. and yes, god bless our veterans. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to
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address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> today i rise to recognize eight cities in text as3rd congressional district who got tree city by the arbor day foundation, allen, fairview, frisco, mckinney, plain oak, prosper and wiley have proven they care about ensuring the environment around them is thriving and full of life. these collin count cities understand ta trees serve a purpose including improved health, clean air and water and positive impact on business and homes in the area. not only are these communities dedicated to providing municipal tree care, but encouraging residents to do the same. i commend these cities for their green infrastructure and creating a lasting positive impact for generations to come me. join me in congratulating these
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eight communities to maintain healthy green environments and neighborhoods. i yield become. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to honor the memory of a dear friend, jay kessler. he passed away at 71 and married to his wonderful wife sheila and father of brook and jay. jay retired as a navy captain and was the lead for the countermeasure office. he allowed to project capabilities into the future. he was respected by the percent and his superiors. he was our adversary's worst night officer. i will miss him as a decorated veteran, family man and mentor. he changed everyone's life for the better. fair winds and following seas,
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captain. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house the house for one minute. i rise today to remind our republican colleagues how much work that has been done by the house democrats. there has been a lot of discussion about the ongoing impeachment inquiry, but while that work is being done, we have been delivering on our agenda for the people of our country, diving down the cost of prescription drugs, raising family incomes and rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure of america and taking on the self-dealing and corruption in washington and getting the government of the people to work again. we passed over 300 pieces of legislation, 10 health care bills, four that will reduce prescription drugs and raised the minimum wage, providing equal pay for equal work,
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universal background checks, preventing out of the paris climate accord and new veteran tax credits and on and on. 80% of those bills are sitting on mitch mcconnell's desk. we passed h.r. 1, the biggest anti-corruption bill passed by congress since watergate. and again, 80% of those bills are awaiting in the senate. this is a legislative process. bring it to the floor, amend it, send it back, but do your job. the american people are expecting us to work for the country again. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, the impeachment hearings are continuing in spite of the following factors existing. number one, this is a very
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unfair process. if democrats were truly interested in determining guilt or innocence, allow the president due process. the leading democrat players have pre-determined presumptions of guilt and have been untruthful. the whistleblower's attorney even called for a presidential coup. number three democrat leadership does not have any facts that constitute an impeachable offense. there is no evidence of quid pro quo, no this for that. this is called a sham by many for these reasons. and this is great opportunity lost at a high opportunity cost to our country. because of this impeachment proceeding, there has been no usmca, no immigration reform, no lowering of prescription drug costs, nothing but investigations to nowhere. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in celebration of veterans' day when we honor the extraordinary sacrifices. while veterans' day has passed this year, congress must continue providing veterans with the support they need following their service. we saw significant progress in this area in june when president trump signed the bipartisan bluewater navy act into law. his bill expands vietnam veterans' access to benefits. the bipartisan keeping our promises act would further assist vietnam service members exposed to agent orange. may we focus the attention in this body of what our founders described as the pursuit of happiness. may we work across the aisle to
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give service members with the support and the resources they need. as theodore roosevelt said, a man who is good enough to shed blood for his country is good enough to be given a scare deal afterwards. thanks to the veterans and families. on behalf of the 4th district of arkansas, thank you for your service. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the honorable the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to remember the life of 17-year-old cole gordon, an active and beloved community member who tragically passed away on september 22, 2019 in a car accident. e was a lifelong resident of
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friends wood, texas and would have been a class of 2020 and planned on attending college to pursue a agree in agribusiness. he was part of future farmers of america and attended was on a livestock farm and volunteered with the lighthouse charity team right by his dad's side. he earned banners showing livestock all over texas even at the world part export in iowa. he had great plans to go big in his senior year raising six pigs for stock shows all over the nation. but it is this incredible dedication to service that will never be forgotten. before cole doing this, he spent
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his time volunteering and volunteered with the fire department and police and medical service departments along with the rotery club of galveston and galveston county response team. e rotery club stated, quote, cole exemplified the creed of service above self in serving nine years with the club. his service throughout his entire life supported nearly 750 charitable events helping to serve approximately 500,000 people. cole made a lasting impact on the 14th congressional district of texas, and will not, has not, will not ever be forgotten. today, we honor and we recognize the extraordinary life and
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service of cole eaton gordon. i yield the remainder of my time. . mr. desaulnier: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house for its n 965 and ask consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 53, house resolution 695, resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill, h.r. 4863, to promote the competitiveness of the united states, to reform and united rization the states export finance agency, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined
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to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on financial services. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on financial services now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 116-36 shall be considered as adopted in the house and in the committee of the whole. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such further amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be
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debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such further amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill, as amended, to the house with such further amendments as may have been adopted. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, section 201 of house resolution 6 is amended as follows, one, in subsection f-3, strike "at the conclusion of the first session of the 116th congress" and insert "by october 30, 2020". two, in subsection g-1, strike
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"on february 1, 2020" and insert "at the conclusion of the 116th congress." section 3, house resolution 661 is hereby adopted. section 4, house resolution 693 is hereby adopted. section 5, a, at any time on the legislative day of thursday, november 21, 2019, it shall be in order without intervention of any point of order to consider in the house a motion to discharge the committee on foreign affairs from further consideration of the concurrent resolution, house concurrent resolution 70, directing the president pursuant to section 5-c of the war powers resolution to remove united states armed forces from hostilities in the syrian arab republic that have not been authorized by congress, if offered by representative gabbard of hawaii. the motion shall be considered as read. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to its adoption without
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intervening motion except 20 minutes of debate equally divided and controlled by representative gabbard of hawaii and an opponent. the question of adoption of the motion may be subject to postponement as though under clause 8 of rule 20. b, the provisions of section 7 of the war powers resolution, 50 united states code 1546, shall apply during the remainder of the 116th congress to house 70.current resolution the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for one hour. r. desaulnier: thank you, mr. speaker. for purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes from georgia, n pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is only.e purposes of debate i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and .xtend their remarks
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. desaulnier: mr. speaker, yesterday, the rules committee and reported a rule, house resolution 695, providing for 4863, sideration of h.r. the united states export finance under a structured rule. the rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and the chair and ranking member on the committee services.al it makes in order it 21 -- order and provides a motion to recommit. upon passage of the rule, house and house 661 resolution 693 will be hereby adopted. the ionally, it makes motion to discharge house oncurrent resolution 70 in order -- on november 21 if offered by representative for 20 debatable minutes. lastly, the rule extends the positive work of the select modernization e of congress through the onclusion of the 116th congress. mr. speaker, given that the
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the third es is largest exporter of goods in the world, maintaining and upporting this industry is imperative for our economic and being and for jobs -- good-paying jobs across the country. we shipped over $2.5 trillion worth of commercial aircraft, machinery, industrial goods, and onsumer agriculture products overseas. bank, or ex-imrt bank, plays a large role in business. that through direct loans, medium and ong-term loan guarantees, working capital, insurance, the ex-im bank steps in where private financing is has been le and supporting american exporters for nearly a century. work like this, in the last 10 years, ex-im has 1.7 million american jobs. over the last several years, we a e seen the bank go through lot of unnecessary political
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turmoil. fter successfully re-authorizing the bank in 2015, the senate has failed to confirm under current law without it the affects were felt across the nation. in my own district, it was affected there. in the past five years, in my district in northern california, nine been home to exporters of which seven are small businesses and five are minorities.en and after shall negligence left the bank unable to do its work, oday there are only three exporters remaining in my district. re-authorizell, to the bank, we make substantial improvements that not only problems e political displayed by the -- in the senate, but also improve and activities.e bank's in short, the united states export finance act will help even more jobs with new emphasis on small business, minority-owned
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businesses. as a former small business encouraged by this effort. to stay on top, the united states must stay competitive. gives us that chance to help workers, help businesses, and help our economy. speaker, i thank you and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. want to thank my friend from california for yielding me the time. tell a different story, mr. speaker. you and i haven't got a chance work down here, when i come down here to sell these rules. back when i was in the majority on the rules committee, we always get it right, but as a rank and file member of the had a chancealways to improve the bill, to make it etter, to try to hear some voices. my friend from florida is not down here with us today. my friend from california knows worst thing about having alcee hastings on your committee up and all ll fired geared up and you almost get
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because so often he's right and he's pointing out your flaws and he's making you do it better. we need more of that from one another, mr. speaker, where we up, not elves wound about republicans and democrats, the process to do better. i know that your week and my week from california's has been just like my week. it started out with veterans day your back home in district, and you didn't find a manor woman who said -- man or who said, let's do more for democratic veterans or republican veterans or vice versa. you found men and women who were proud of their service. supported us. were und folks who grateful for opportunities to be in community with one another and do better tomorrow than we did yesterday. here on showed up tuesday after veterans day break our suspensionth
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calendar. for the life of me, i don't this institution hides all the good things that all the nd accentuates controversial things we do. if we take a poll outside the capitol today, mr. speaker, i want to ask -- i want to make sure i get it right. walking past the capital today know in a thertisan way you and i and gentleman from california came together on tuesday and passed bergman's g.i. planning act, to ease the burden on new as they try to sort out accessing their education benefits? issue that's ant been plaguing our veterans. we've been talking about it here in this institution. we got together on monday, and one d it together, not headline, not one 6:00 p.m. news story. republicans and democrats, standing together in this house on behalf of veterans who were served as well as we
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knew we could serve them, we fixed it together, but that's we're talking about. how many folks, mr. speaker, if we go outside today, are going ms. brownley'sed deborah simpson act, which needs zes the different that women veterans and newborn established a nd department within the v.a. to make sure those were met? the v.a. was formed as a male centric institution. there will be 19 needs that have been unmet. we talked about that. road, hed that down the but this house, this week, came together, republicans and solve that issue once and for all. but i challenge you to find outside who ding that's what their u.s. house of representatives has been working on this week. what about mr. cunningham's v.a. telehearing modernization act? same concerns in your veterans' community that i do, mr. speaker. olks trying to file their appeals, trying to get in touch
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with those hearing boards, but ecause their mobility is limited, because they're distant population centers they can't get it done. mr. cunningham's bill improves he ability to do that with the telecommunications that are available to us in 2019. of course, we should have gotten done. of course, we should have. we've been working on it. we've been perfecting it. this week, this house, and democrats came together. too.hat for veterans, mr. harder's protecting families of fallen service members act, ofensure that family members service men and women and active duty reservists who were killed injured on active duty are allowed to terminate dealings back home in a way that's easy. my father passed away last summer, mr. speaker. is incredibly difficult when you lose a family member to deal end of life hose issues. our families need
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to be dealing with is sorting pain every -- paperwork. we've come together to solve that issue. challenge you to find a man or woman outside the capital that knowsthat -- capitol that that. i tell you because that was just monday and tuesday. wednesday.of and we're not talking about that on the floor of this house. here today to wn talk about the ex-im bank bill, which is an important bill, an bill that we could have done in a bipartisan way but didn't. i don't know if you remember those headlines. them down here with me, mr. speaker, if you don't recall them. produced the e bipartisan ex-im bank bill, the one that was going to committee, there chairwoman waters and ranking member mchenry worked out together in a way back in -- back june. export-import bank deal in peril
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amid democratic backlash. the bipartisan bill that had been worked out didn't meet the in the s of some democratic caucus. the bill got pulled back. . this is a bill to impose restrictions. the democratic caucus pushed back. the bipartisan bill was pulled. what we have before us today, mr. speaker, is a bill that is completely partisan in its package. only thing that is bipartisan about the bill today is the people that voted against it. they said this isn't the right bill. all of these things we could be doing in partnership, like ex-im bank that started in partnership. it seems we go out of our way to focus on our divisions instead of our successes. so when we went to the rules committee in the midst of these great bills passing the floor of
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the house, we advocated to make improvements to the ex-im bank bill. this started as a bipartisan bill and one that had been sorted out between democrats and republicans and turned into a partisan bill. we tried to get republican amendments made in order to improve the bill. it is possible back home. if you are in a particular party, you don't have anything productive to add. having good ideas doesn't have a republican or democratic requirement to it. folks on both sides of the aisle have something to offer. but when republicans brought their ideas to the rules committee, mr. speaker, with the exception of two republican amendments, every other idea was rejected. every other idea was rejected. that's the way it went in
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committee, too. the amendments in committee that republicans offered werery jected on a party-line vote. they had their chance in the rules committee to improve upon it. those amendments rejected bun which one. in fact, mr. speaker, and it gives me no pleasure to say this, because my chairman on the rules committee worked very hard. the last two rules i have been down here to talk about, republicans got the same number or even a few more amendments than democrats got. first time that it happened. it did bring some partnership back to the institution. but for this bill, the ex-im bank, how do we finance trade in america, not a partisan issue, we've got individual democratic members who have been offered
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more amendments personally than the entire republican party has collectively. let me say that again, mr. speaker, because this institution is roughly divided down the middle here. i have individual members of the democratic party who have been offered personally more opportunities to change and improve this bill than the entire republican side of the isle combined, combined. it's as if we go out of our way to find division in what ought to be partnership issues. 81% of the amendments ta are offered are democratic amendments. 17 democratic amendments made in order, two republican amendments, two bipartisan amendments. the funny thing in this institution and you see it better in your chair, if you are in the majority, you get to win. two things are important to
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winning. being in the majority you have the votes. now you have to bring a good idea to pair with those votes, you can carry the day. we have all republicans or all democrats carry the bills one direction or the other. where are those opportunities like we did on veteran bill after veteran bill on tuesday and wednesday of this week to come together and do things collaboratively. i'll give you another example and i don't understand what the time here, mr. speaker that prevents us from celebrating what is the most democratic institution in the world today. this bill, this rule that we are talking about today hides deep within it, an extension of the select committee on modernization. the select committee on modernization is a bipartisan committee. only one we have right now, equal number of democrats and
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republicans. why? they are trying to improve the institution and trying to improve the process and make this institution work better for the american people. it's led by two great members, representative kilmer and representative graves. they have been leading this committee in partnership together tackling thorny issue after thorny issue in a collaboratively. the house authorized the committee for a year. this rule gives them a second year. it's a great idea and great thing to do. because this is a rule and because it contains all of these provisions that completely shut out republican contributions on the financial services legislation that is before us today, it will pass on the party-line vote. all the democrats are going to vote yes. many have not read it, which is
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a function of rules. we have a chance to have taken that language out to have done that together and talk about the successes we have had on the modernization committee. we are missing that chance today. i am not enough of a failed student at math to believe that i'm going to prevail on the rule today. i have done the math again in my head. they still have more votes than we have. up on doing better.. i challenge my friends on both sides of the aisle to find a partisan advantage in extending the modernization committee hidden inside the rule instead of having that debate on the floor of the house. you won't find it there. challenge the body to find a partisan advantage to spending 10 minutes on tuesday talking about serving veterans in a
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bipartisan way and spending two hours on thursday and friday talking about financial services in away that could have been bipartisan but has been converted strictly to a partisan issue and all but two republican amendments and bipartisan voices to the debate. i know that habits are difficult things to break. some of the bad habits that we are in in this institution started under republican leadership. some of the bad habits that are in this institution started under democratic leadership. if we want to have a day of debate of who's to blame, i have a pretty good idea how that will fall out. i'm interested in the day of debate not talking about who is to blame but how we are working together to fix it. i don't know if your constituency is like mine, but
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my constituency is starting to think we have given up. when my constituents talk on fox they r msnbc, is not what are talking about. it isn't all the things we are voting gets but the opportunities to vote for. we are here in community together, we have the opportunity to fix. i have one for you if you are interested and if you haven't had to look at it, it's the adoptey act. really smart people spend time with us to make us smarter. the adoptey citizenship is h.r. 2731 is a bill that my colleague adam smith and i offered together. when american families adopt children overseas in the 1970's nd 1980's, they didn't get
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automatic citizenship. you think they are going to become an american citizen. it is an incredibly long process. fast forward to september, 11, 2001, we started talking about citizenship status only to find out that thousands upon thousands of americans didn't have their citizenship because their parents didn't know they had to file this additional paperwork. now who among us is opposed to letting american families and been american families for 40 years and citizens who were adopted into american families, get that citizenship document and live the life they thought were supposed to be living here. h.r. 2731. the list of things we do cooperatively that make differences for the american people is as long as any state than anyone is going to read on
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the house floor today. and it's not going to be what we celebrate this week. if we don't start spending more time on this floor, last vote today is at 2:00, do amendment debate for the rest of the day, if we don't start spending more time on this floor celebrating those things we do together, we are going to lose our constituency back home. many families have lost confidence in us already. i don't shy away from the serious fights we are going to have down here at all. this is supposed to be a place where serious people come together and subsidy about ideas and sort it all out. what i take issue is when we stop trying to sort it all out and when we send the message back home instead of succeeding on behalf of our bosses, we are actually just arguing amongst
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ourselves. it's not true. it's not true. and we are missing another opportunity today as our ranking member said last night, to do better. and i know that we have the men and women on this floor in this institution who want to do better. can we fix it this afternoon? maybe not. and my commitment to my colleagues, for better or for worse, i will spend my next 14 months focusing on it as long as my friend continues to yield me 30 minutes for rule debate. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. desaulnier: i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from texas. the speaker pro tempore: gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentleman from california for his leadership and my good
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friend from georgia. i thank him for his explanation of the process of democracy in this place. but i'm excited to announce that this is a bipartisan effort, because the bipartisan aspect of it is results of how this legislation will impact all of america irrespective, not respecting the region, their faith or their party. let me be very clear of what we are actually talking about today and the real live stories that make a difference. it is called the export-import bank. and it is legislated as the united states export finance agency. nd its short name ks export-import. what does it mean? it means something to individual businesses. it means something to rural american farmers. it means something to million
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manufacturers. we have been documenting that manufacturing is going down. manufacturing is based upon how you sell your product. $175is a 10-year plan with million to help those businesses, those small farms, those entrepreneurs in your community. that's jobs. what it means is, the company that makes light bulbs can now export those to the developing nations on the continent of africa or go deep into southeast asia or asian sell products from the united states to a foreign country. for those of us who have seen the lopsidedness, there are governments that fund businesses outside the united states. we don't do that, mostly, unless it is through a grant or funding
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for a project that we need. so you are on your own. but this is going to provide extra sinesses with an hand up and help those in particular, minority and women-owned businesses, along with others. it's going to create a process so that it does not lapse. we couldn't help small businesses. i remember sitting in a room with this company said in a foreign country, u.s. company that was there and they said had it not been for the export-import bank, we would have lost 300 employees. this is bipartisan. we help people no matter who they are. i'm a strong supporter of this bill because it takes into consideration men and women and the environment. all of our union friends who provide a pathway of success for
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working americans support this bill because it helps bring back manufacturing. and we support it because it gives alternative options for energy a boost where jobs can be created with renewable energy. mr. speaker, let me just say --. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for an additional minute. . . ms. jackson lee: what i say is you have to live this to understand it. i have spoken to those businesses that have been fitted from export-import. it sounds like a name that you can't get your hands around, but just understand it simply, you want to do business overseas. you want to get your products overseas. it's a big hurdle. you need additional finance. this is the place to come. they have been successful in paying for themselves. that $175 billion is over 10 years, but it pays for itself
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with a number of businesses that americans can take advantage of and create new businesses on the sole purpose of selling that product overseas. selling that small farmer product -- produce what is on that small farm allowing them to send it to markets that are desperate for the wonderful bounty of food products raised in this wonderful country. in particular, i'd like to add, it's a good place for veterans who want to start their business to add to their business because many of them, obviously, understand the international realm. this is a good bill. i support this bill. the eximbang. i hope my colleagues will support it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself 30 seconds to say i agree with every good thing my
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friend from texas said that the bank is able to do which is why when this bill began it was a bipartisan bill by the chairwoman of the committee and the ranking republican on the committee. it devolved from that so that as it passed out of committee it is not a bipartisan bill. the only thing bipartisan about this bill is the opposition to it. republicans and democrats oppose it in committee, only democrats support it because of the partisan turn it took. now, mr. speaker, like to yield three minutes to a gentleman who tried to make the bill better, offered two amendments in the rules committee that would have brought bipartisan support to this bill. the gentleman from the financial services committee, the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for three minutes. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from georgia for yielding time. i come to the floor today to ask
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my colleagues to reject the rule that would enable a vote later this week on re-authorizing the export-import bank. many of you will say why, frank, of all people would you come to the floor to ask for the rejection of the rule and the underlying bill? the reason i would ask that is because no one has worked harder than i have in my career here to make sure that this economic tool is available to american businesses. no one has struggled harder than i have to make sure that those individuals who make their living in the industries that use the bank are able to continue to do that. no one's worked harder. the last time this bill was re-authorized i sat in the majority. in my leadership at that time was opposed to the re-authorization of the export-import bank. my colleague from tennessee and i used a procedure from the beginning of the previous century to discharge a clean
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version of the bill, to bring it to the floor, to pass it, and ultimately be passed by the senate and signed by the president. there is no one who appreciates more than i do the importance of this bill. so why am i here? i had a couple of amendments offered in the rules committee. i know some of my colleagues have said, frank, why didn't you offer those amendments in the markup of the bill? well, my friends, i have been around here long enough and i have been in this great life that we live in long enough to understand there are some fundamental rules. my ranking member an my chairman on that committee engaged in one of the most splendid, intense, philosophical battles over re-authorizing this bill that you'll ever see. they fought hard over every principle. and they had proponents on both sides of the committee trying to drive the bill farther to the left and simultaneously farther to the right.
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and that's a difficult set of issues to balance out. we saw, frank, why weren't you engaged? there is an old country logic that goes something like this. when your neighbor's bull jumps into your past ture or two of your bulls gets in the pasture together and engage in fight and get mad and get hot and try to fight to the death, you don't get between them because they'll kill you. they'll kill you. my perspective was let the committee do its will. but on the floor of this united states house let's offer alternatives. what were your amendments that were rejected that would have made a difference? amendment number 17 simply reflected what the white house had said. send us a clean 10-year re-authorization. clean 10 years. straightforward, understandable, logical. but being the practical fellow i am i offered amendment number
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18, what did number 18 say? basically it was the most popular bill in the united states senate at this time to re-authorize the institution. 10-year re-authorization, raise the capitalization level to $175 billion -- mr. woodall: but who opposes this rule i yield an additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma gets an additional one minute. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker and address the quorom requirement. either amendment i believe could have, would have passed the floor. one amendment would have assured us a signature immediately. the second amendment would have assured us, i believe, passage in the senate. but the forces fought themselves to exhaustion and i came as i had before to appeal to this body as a whole. i was denied that opportunity. so, yes, i'm voting against the rule. i'll vote against the bill. because, you see, somebody that matters greatly on the other
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side of this campus said, this bill will never be heard over there. never be heard. i'm here to make things happen working with you. i'm here to make things happen on behalf of our constituents working with you. that's what i tried, reject the rule, force this back to the rules committee, give me a second chance. give me a second chance. but you have to vote no on the rule. i thank the gentleman from georgia for the opportunity to express my concerns. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i first want to recognize my colleague from oklahoma and his passion and history on this bill and his argument. and i also want to thank him for the bull analogy, although i'm not sure how the chair might take that, of the committee. having said that i do want to talk to my friend from georgia a
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little bit about his comments and i find myself in agreement whenever i come down here and much of what mr. woodall says in terms of the aspiration of working more together. mr. deall nay: and still keeping our unique perspectives. i would hope that you would admit that the chair of the rules committee, mr. mcgovern, and the ranking member, certainly two of the members i respect the most in addition to my colleague, we have had these debates in the committee. and i think that there is an earnest effort on both parties to do better. as you said we can do better. so i would like to thank my colleague for mentioning and referring to the instances when we did agree. i would like to remind us all that mr. mcgovern has been very insistent on the 72-hour rule which has been helpful. we have done more -- higher percentage of structured rules to date and fewer closed rules to date under his leadership
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than we did under the previous congress. and just two weeks ago, not that this is a baseball game, but there were three times as many republican amendments in natural resources bill as democratic. having said that, i think we can do better and i do want to note to my colleague that i'm a co-sponsor of the adoptee citizenship act. great piece of legislation, great authors. do we continue to try to more together and better together, and i think you know iern to serve in a body like -- i yearn to serve in a body like that where we have legitimate differences of opinion from what our constituents expect and there is honest respect for both sides. and we create a work product that's probably more reflective of both. i have said that before. we have had this discussion. in this instance i think we are trying to do better all the time. and for me, and i know for the chair and our staff, we want to continue to work with you to do
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better. with that i would reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from california reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i i yield myself such time as i may consume. i do enjoy working with my friend from california. when i'm critical of our work product i'm critical of all 13 of us on the rules committee. we are tasked with getting the job done. when we don't get it done it falls on all of us. i was critical earlier today of stuffing so many things into this rule because i like to do things one at a time. if we are going to stuff all the things into this rule, mr. speaker, i had'd -- i'd like to tell my colleague if we defeat the previous question i will add one more into this rule and it will be a collaborative effort. not a republican effort. if we defeat the previous question, mr. speaker, i will add an amendment that will bring to the floor h.r. 2207, that's the protect medal innovation act of 2019, which most of my
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colleagues know is the bill to prevent the medical device tax, eliminate that tax. i would ask unanimous consent, mr. speaker, to insert the text of my amendment in the extraneous materials in the record immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, i told you this was a bipartisan piece of legislation. it has 253 bipartisan co-spopsors. it's author -- co-sponsors. it's authored by a democrat from wisconsin. great member, mr. kind. and it makes a real difference to so many americans. i can't explain it as well as my friend from indiana can. if she's willing, mr. speaker, i would like to yield three minutes to a member who has worked tirelessly to correct this legislative flaw on behalf of the american people. the gentlelady from indiana, mrs. walorski. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from indiana is recognized. mrs. walorski: thank you, mr. speaker. as my colleague said, if we defeat the previous question,
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republicans will amend the rule to include the consideration of the repeal of the medical device tax. the medical device tax hurts jobs and innovation, preventing the development of cutting edge, lifesaving technologies, that also increases the cost of patient care for all of our constituents, republican and democrat. there is not a quarter of the -- corner of the market for patient success and lifelong cures than the medical device tax elimination. hoosiers in my state are proud to be the leaders in medical innovation with more than 300 medical device manufacturers in my state alone. supporting nearly 55,000 good-paying jobs. however, after this tax took effect, the industry lost nearly 30,000 of those jobs nationwide from 2012 to 2015, according to the commerce department data. congress has temporarily
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suspended this job-killing tax since 2016. since 2016, and this expires in january. here we are at a crux that we never faced before. we are three months away, congress needs to act today, now. not for me. for all of us on this floor. these folks that live and die by medical devices do not declare themselves as being republicans, democrats, or independents. they are americans in need of our help. and they need it now. medical devices have literally changed the way we think about health care. in all of our districts. patients undergo less invasive procedures, which leads to shorter hospital stays. new technologies diagnose illnesses earlier, lowering the
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impact of care on a person's daily life. yet all these notable gains will be wiped out if the medical device tax elimination repeal is not carried through here today. it will divert millions of dollars that could have been spent on critical investments in research and development of cures and therapist. there is a huge bipartisan support for this bill. unlike very few other bills in this place, it is bipartisan. because we have already recognized at one time or another that our constituents need our help and we are doing something to help them. by defeating the previous question we can do that. we can unleash the potential of the medical device technology. who could be developing better treatments, management chronic care, improving the quality of life for people in all of our districts. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to vote against the previous question and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. desaw nay: i ask my colleague from georgia i have no further speakers if you're prepared to close. mr. woodall: i, too, am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i can't say better than my friend of oklahoma. he sports the goal of the underlying bill but going to oppose the rule because his ideas were not even heard, not that his ideas weren't put into the language but that he wasn't even allowed a chance to debate his ideas. i'll say it again, only two republican ideas made in order for consideration in this rule. more amendments given to individual members of the democratic party than the entire republican party combined. that's not the way we ought to be doing things.
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we ought to have a full hearing of issues and concerns. you heard it from the gentleman from oklahoma. vote no on the rule and vote no on the previous question. you heard from my friend from indiana. we have an opportunity in a bipartisan way to solve a nationwide problem in eliminating the medical device tax. everybody from the far left to the farite, from the east to the west, to the north to the south, we can do this together. if we have to do this closed rule that eliminates the diversity of ideas in this institution, let's do it with the medical device tax language included. vote no on the previous question. if we can't defeat the previous question, i ask my colleagues to defeat the rule and see if we can come back with a process that opens it occupy to more voices. we can do better than this and my colleagues know it as well as i do.
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i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. desaulnier: first, let me say it's always a pleasure to be down here or in the rules committee with my friend from georgia. i appreciate what we agree with and i appreciate the passion that he brings when he agrees with us. i do want to say as we fight for these things, a famous frenchman that president reagan, was, don't let the perfect be the enemy of the greater good. somewhere in this process, we can find the best product. i believe what we have in front of us is this product and i commit to this that we can always do better. mr. speaker, a vote for this rule in this bill is a vote to promote american-made jobs and goods and american economy. i urge a yes vote on the rule and previous question and i yield back. and i move the previous question
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on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the ordering of the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the iowas have it. mr. woodall: mr. speaker, 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, yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, this is a 15-minute vote. ordering the previous question with will be followed by adoption of the resolution if ordered and agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal, if ordered. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the
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united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 226, the nays
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are 198. the previous question is ordered. the question is on the adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it and the resolution is adopted. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. members, five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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