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the speaker pro tempore:on on this vote the yeas are -- on this vote the yeas are 226, the are 188. the previous question is ordered. is on the adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. no.e opposed, the ayes have it. adopted.ution is the gentleman from georgia. 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 will rise.ys a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote.
pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vet on the motion of the the gentlewoman from -- vote of the the gentlewoman from north carolina, ms. adams, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5363, as amended, on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 5363, a bill to re-authorize mandatory funding programs for historically black colleges and universities, and other minority serving institutions, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 319. the nays are 96. 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 upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material
on h.r. 729. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to haugs 748 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the consideration of h.r. 729. the chair appoints the gentlewoman from maine, ms. pingree, to preside over the committee of the whole. . the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the 729 which on of h.r. the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to amend the management act of 972 to authorize grants to indian tribes to further achievement of tribal coastal
one objectives and for other purposes. the chair: pursuant to the rule, considered as read the first time. be confinedte shall to the bill and shall not ex-keyed one hour -- exceed one and controlled by the chair ranking minority member of the committee on natural resources. the house is not in order. please take your conversations floor. order.mittee is not in the gentleman from hawaii, mr. case, and the gentleman from each mr. bishop, will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from hawaii. mr. case: thank you, madam chair. i yield myself such time as i consume. madam chair -- the chair: the gentleman is recognized. madam chair, today i'm forward ared to bring
those san bill for passionately committed to our toans, lakes, coastlines and the ecosystems and those that depend on them. want to acknowledge the representatives kilmer, wittman, ingree, carbajal, rupp ersberger, and young. this bill consolidates 10 bills co-sponsored by a total of 24 of my minority tackle the hat crisis and challenge of our time, climate change. of course, ge is, knows no partisan country or boundaries.de it indiscriminantly threatens us all but it is especially as it applies to our world's oceans, lakes, and coastlines. year the is intragovernmental panel on climate change issued a special eport on the ocean and chyrosphere making crystal clear that our oceans and coasts are
mortal threat. over 40% of americans live in right on our es oceans and lakes. these communities not only of our for nearly half u.s. gross domestic product but they are on the frontlines of limate change and need resources today to help prepare for and respond to the effects f climate change, including flooding, sea level rise, severe erosion, and tal changing water conditions that ffect ecosystems and fish populations. they need help, and as we help them, we help all of us. we know from a generation of data now that every dollar invested in predisaster saves at least $6 in recovery costs. bipartisan ludes measures that will do this in four ways. irst, it will improve coastal resilience and economic enhancement by making several important updates to the coastal zone management act, the then
1972 to nary law from establish a partnership between the federal government and coastal and great lakes states. it will also help communities implement climate resilient that shoreline projects use natural materials to protect communities and ecosystems or armored walls and infrastructure that we know are less effective. reinforce fish habitat conservation and fisheries research. will also authorize steady funding for the u.s. geological survey to conduct science and activities to support fishery management in the great lakes and to restore the loss of basic fisheries science capabilities and accelerate mplementation of new technology. third, recognizing that responsible management of the coasts, and great lakes relies on robust data, this bill integratedhorize the coastal and ocean observation time, , and for the first formally authorize the digital
partnership, both are led by the national oceanic and atmospheric administration. finally, h.r. 729 will update sea grant college program to ensure the united a strong marine and coastal policy workforce so we smart tinue to develop policy solutions in the future. this bipartisan bill is a plethora of diverse organizations across our the ry, including congressional sportsmen oundation, teddy roosevelt conservation project, american association, and ocean con -- conservancy. it will not in and of itself change.imate that takes a much larger and more focused and deliberate effort.ional but it will move our federal policy into the present and the to what risks are -- arise for our oceans, lakes, and and their communities, and this bill is an imperative
process we difficult face. urge my colleagues' support and reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you, madam chair. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. you.ishop: again, thank as we approach this particular there f legislation, re -- there are other issues that seem to be floating around this time of year that seem to ave sucked all the air out of congress. everyone seems to be talking about impeachment instead of i realize it's important for the majority party to try and give the illusion actually doing something and, therefore, we have this bill before us. if this bill is indeed the party that the majority wants to say is their way of helping climate control or
costs of and the betterment of our seas and oceans, if this is their philosophy, if this their vision, if this is the new big and gigantic, really cool thing that they're going to as their here statement of what's going to happen, they ought to be way.rassed in some this bill is like getting that once you package and tear off all the really paper and wrapping and satin bows, realize with this piece of legislation, it's an empty box. there are nothing there. 10 bills we have here. three would actually qualify to go as suspensions. with those, alms but it's certainly not groundbreaking new ideas that are coming up here. the rest of the bills -- in fact, one of those -- one of those is the one from mr. kilmer, has a great bill. it has one small problem with it that could create a problem in and there was a democrat amendment that was proposed to the rules committee
hich would be a perfect solution. unfortunately, of all the he plus or more amendments to rules committee decided to make order, they decided not to make that in order. it's great. it's marvelous. over on ry and fix it the senate side then. the other bills, four of them do absolutely nothing. fact, the testimony we had in committee on those bills was done by presently being the status quo. the agencies said in their testimony, they have the power to do this ority already. he only thing you're going to add by having these extra bills to$1.4 billion cost increase it. there are four of these bills that have no senate counterpart hich means we can pass them over here, they're going nowhere in the senate. so once again, this is simply a opportunity to do something. when we have so many significant in fact, in the rules committee last night they mentioned some of the things we
next friday fore like the ndaa, which should have been done in september, or the to go in ch was ready august, or the funding bill that e need to do which we should have done by june, or even the backlog maintenance bill, which mr. kilmer and i have, which has 330 sponsors and co-sponsors and still has yet to have a vote on floor, those actually solve problems. they do something. but we're not scheduling that stuff. sitting here with this illusion of coming up with something. e'll do these bills will amendments to the coastal zone an act that was signed into law by richard nixon democrats kind of an ironic sense of humor in doing that kind of amendment in this mosphere of particular time period. then, we also have a whole bunch of amendments that were made in order. four of those 29 amendments -- five of them -- four of them are bills that other people proposed. since nothing is really being
process he legislative here, this seems to be like the only game in town, so why not onto it?bill we saw the same thing happening on the ndaa when we did several things that were in the purview our committee that were added to that bill having nothing to do with the military but it was going in town, so add your bill on top of it. of them bills, three had absolutely no hearings whatsoever. been added on here. we're going to try and do this system ss the entire which is the way you're supposed slating in leblg this body. one -- legislating in this body. ne of them, i guess close enough for government worker highway, but the problem that we do simply have is there are so potential problems to this bill. now, two of these bills that this have dded to some specific issues, which we will talk about in the course of the discussion that we have on the bill. of them dealing with, once again, whether a city is the same thing as a state for
planning.nagement one of them will also be doing with some of the programs that mandatory under this articular -- this particular faldaral of legislation that's been cobbled together as if this was a good, bright, approach to try america. problems in madam chair, don't want to be oo critical because i realize one of these bills in here is yours. -- this me time, this package of bills, it's not a great idea. grand philosophy. doesn't solve anything. in fact, for the majority of it, got the power to do it. you don't need this stuff in here. there are better ways of doing it. is certainly not that. this is certainly not one of ways. i yield back -- sorry, i don't yield back. the chair: the gentleman from utah reserves. mr. bishop: that was the word i
to say.g i am still reserving. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: mr. speaker, i'd like an ubmit for the record exchange of letters between chair grijalva and science eddie bernice johnson regarding jurisdiction the bill. the chair: the gentleman's under will be covered general leave. r. case: i yield to the author of the bill, the gentleman, mr. kilmer. the chair: the gentleman may proceed. thank you, madam chair. i thank the gentleman from hawaii for yielding time. support of h.r. 289, the coast -- h.r. 729, a package of 10 bipartisan bills that will make significant strides to address the critical coastal s our communities face as a direct result of climate change and sea rise. tahola, the this is
an indian ge of nation. this shows someone canoeing hrough the streets of their village. after sea water flooded the area a storm. far too often, far too many times we have seen more severe rising sea levels threaten communities like this. seen it in , we've la push where the tribal school a rising crosshairs of ocean. we've seen coastal challenges threaten public safety and access and cultural landmarks for these tribes and hoe and theuding the macau tribes. these communities are seeing the change right mate now. breached sea walls, persistent mold damage, tsunami erosion puts al homes at risk. it puts schools at risk.
eldersty centers serving at risk. not to mention important ultural sites that date back generations. unfortunately, these changing landscapes from weather events can't be addressed by tribal alone.ent they don't have the resources. and while the federal government has resources to help coastal there is no ability under current law to make direct application for this funding. i grew up on the olympic peninsula. i hav i have seen firsthand the issues coastal communities face. we can't tell them they are on their own because today's proposal includes my bill, the resiliency act, which aims to uphold tribal sovereignty by modernizing zone management grant act to allow tribal governments to use these grants of requiring them to petition states to prioritize projects. mr. case: i yield the gentleman 15 seconds. mr. kilmer: thank you. there is about helping communities that face more increased ms and flooding in my region and around the country. this is about the federal
upholding its trust responsibility. this is about making a difference for coastal communities. pass this bill and help our communities. thank you and i yield back. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from hawaii reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. . mr. bishop: thank you. i yield four minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gosar: i thank the gentleman for the time. the package before us today represents the misguided partisan nature of this majority infecting everything congress touches. this package highlights the real lost opportunities before us because of the majority's insistence on impeachment all the time. the democrats have railed and promised real sweeping policies to create jobs, address our trade challenges, tackle our national energy needs, and fight wildfires, yet they have been so consumed with attacking our president impeachment they have nothing to show for it. to save face speaker pelosi loaded up her giant jumbo jet,
wasted taxpayer dollars to go to spain and talk about climate change. this coming week she's scheduled a series of bills on the house floor in the name of combating climate change that are retreads of programs that are already authorized and action that is are already being taken by the federal government. h.r. 729 is clear proof that the democrats have no agenda and no plan other than to impeach president trump. most of the bills included in this package before us today duplicate existing authority that the national oceanic and spheric administration, noaa, already have under the coastal zone management act. under also tribal czma climate change. and the fish and wildlife service have fishery research and management like the great lakes fishery or noaa has for digital coastal data platforms. this package represents deeply misguided priorities based off misguided efforts. start with the premise we need to designate a city, noncoastal
city, as a participating member of a coastal done management act. why would we declare the district of columbia a coastal city and give them veto power over federal actions affecting its coastal zone? once it develops approval of coastal zone management program. political partisan power. what does this threat? what happens when the district of columbia expresses concerns with the impacts of expanded federal operations at the naval station at norfolk? what happens when the federal government wants to expand the wilson bridge and i-495? does d.c. get veto authority? this bill could grant them that authority. next, be clear, the loan guarantee program under the working waterfront program will simply put the american taxpayer on the hook for local defaults with little or no adequate oversight. le while the national sea grant program is popular among coastal members, this bill establishes a mandatory fellowship program that provides free graduate students
to staff, democratic congressional offices at taxpayer expense. according to the c.b.o., the cumulative cost of this package to the american taxpayers would be upwards of $1.4 billion over the authorized periods. with the potential for an additional cost of $292 million outside the authorized windows. here we are, with massive new authorizations in the bill package that are necessary and like all things in this congress are much higher than current levels of spending. the agencies responsible for carrying out the legislation stated that it can do and is doing most of these functions under current law. so why are we here? to create giant authorization slush funds that future democratic congresses working with future democratic presidents while veilable to funnel money to their schemes to combat climate change. we should reject this package before us. we should pass the usmca, infrastructure permitting, and reforming the way we approve major projects in this country to create jobs and move america
forward w that i yield back my time. -- forward. with that i yield back my time. the chair: the gentleman from utah reserves. gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. quigley. the chair: the gentleman may proceed. mr. quigley: i rise in support of h.r. 729, which includes the text of my bill, the great lakes fishery research authorization act. the great lakes holds 80% of the world's fresh water supply and over 35 million people depend on the lakes for drinking water, recreation, fish and wildlife related activities, industrial water supply, and commercial navigation. the lakes support more than 1.5 million jobs and generate $62 billion in wages. of those jobs, more than 50,000 are directly sustained by the great lakes $7 billion fishing industry. the great lakes science center has field operations in five of the eight great lakes states, and owns and operates a fleet of large research vehicles that mon tort lakes and fishery to
ensure these crucial ecosystems stay healthy and productive. the center is the only agency that conducts multijurisdictional lakewide scientific assessments in the lakes and is crucial protecting and preserving this incredible esource and economic driver. due to the unique governing structure of the state lakes where there is no federal water, noaa, which normally manages fishing science, has no jurisdiction and gosc falls under the umbrella of the usgs. unfortunately, unlike coastal fishery management agencies, they had to piece together fund interesting the usgs base appropriation since it has no formal authorization or dedicated line item. is enforced to cobble together fund interesting three to four different sources and as a result has lagged far behind its peers into introducing 21st century technology to properly and effectively monitor lakes. in fact, its funding has been
rated and diverted to other projects, including fossil fuel extraction research. the great lakes fishery research authorization act would fix this problem and give the glsc the dedicated funding it needs. this bipartisan bill, which i will add, has more republican than democratic co-sponsors, will correct the authorization and funding deficiencies in a transparent manner and a way that puts the great lakes on par with other maritime environments in the nation. i yield back. mr. case: i reserve. the chair: gentleman from hawaii reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you. even though this is another wonderful program that already has three different agencies that do the same thing and they have the authority to do it, in the christmas spirit maybe you'll find out -- i yield two minutes to mr. upton from michigan. the chair: the gentleman may proceed. mr. upton: i thank my good friend. i thank mr. quigley who just spoke. as the two of us are the bipartisan sponsors of the
great lakes fisheries authorization act. we are glad it's part of this package. and i rise in support, madam speaker, today, for this package of bills to help protect our coasts and the great lakes. on the southwest there is a saying, don't mess with texas. well, as one that grew up on the shores of lake michigan there is an issue we have, too. don't mess with the great lakes. this issue is deeply personal. it's one of the great importance to the nation our great lakes holds 18% of the world's fresh water supply, covers some 9,000 miles of shoreline, and this helps generate over $7 billion a year in sport and commercial fishing industry alone. this bill would authorize the u.s. geological survey great lakes science center to conduct science and research activities to support fishery management decisions in the great lakes. funds will be used to restore the loss of basic fishery science capabilities, accelerate the development of
invasive species controls, and the restoration of native species and implement advance autonomous and remote sensing technologies. current authorizations for the u.s. geological survey great lakes science center is confusing and funding is often piecemeal. in the past the funds have been diverted to other unrelated purposes and disrupted ongoing research. that's got to change. with dedicated funding and clear authorization, the u.s. geological survey great lakes science center will be able to better ensure the health of the great lakes ecosystem. this will help enhance our coastal resilience, restore fish habitat, and protect our important coastal economies. i support the legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, the chair of the natural resources committee, subcommittee on water, oceans, and wildlife, mr. huffman.
mr. huffman: it's great to follow those warm bipartisan remarks from my friend from michigan because after all even though you wouldn't know it from the ranking member's remarks we are here to consider a package of bipartisan bills that provide commonsense, science-based solutions for issues facing our coastal communities. these bills reflect putting aside our differences, looking at the facts for the sake of our constituents and coastal economies around this country. last week i attended the u.n. climate conference in madrid. we were focused on international action on climate change. specifically the role of the oceans. because of climate change, coastal cities will be devastated from sea level rise and commercial fisheries could be either totally collapsed or moved beyond the reach of our coastal communities, all in my children's lifetimes. so, yes, adaptation and mitigation will be costly, but the cost of doing nothing is exponentially higher. the cost of inaction continues
to increase every day that special interests concerned with keeping the status quo are put ahead of our oceans, coasts, and future generations. this package of bills will provide tools and resources coastal communities need to prepare for the impacts of climate change and protect local economies. one section is based on my bill, the national sea grant college program amendments act. it updates the sea grant program to better respond to the needs of coastal communities through research, education, and extension programs. it also helps develop the coastal and marine research even policy work force that our country needs to respond to these challenges. re-authorizing this important program is critical. to date the program has improved the resilience of 462 coastal communities. it's also been an incredibly successful program in terms of leveraging federal resources with state and local funds to meet growing needs of these communities. last year, sea grant work supported over 7,000 jobs.
over 1,500 businesses, and resulted $624 million in economic benefits this. program consistently has bipartisan support because of its effectiveness and importance to communities around this country. again i thank the gentleman and yield the balance of my time. mr. case: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from hawaii reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you. even though it has been said you already read in some reports from the chairs of the committee of jurisdiction as well as the committee that could have sequential referral of this that they approve adding some of the amendments we'll talk about later into this package. i think the same thing is having a hearing and allowing members of those committees to have their will and say something. the process is not to allow chairman to determine what bills or will not be added. it's to allow the members of the committee to have that input. this process is eliminating that kind of input. it's my pleasure to yield four
minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, who knows more about this issue than the rest of us on the floor combined. the chair: the gentleman may proceed. mr. mcclintock: i rise in opposition to this measure. a collection of minor flawed bills was presented to our subcommittee on water a few months ago. and instead of correcting the flaws, they simply been repackaged and rebranded as a landmark climate change bill. the net result is the climate's going to continue to change and our country will be about $1.5 billion poorer for it. take for example h.r. 1023, included in this package, it creates a new federal fishery monitoring program for the great lakes basin. the national marine fisheries service and u.s. fish and wildlife service already conduct fishery studies right now. instead, this bill would task an agency that has little experience in fishery science management, the u.s. geological survey, to do the same thing.
this is especially baffling since we are currently paying noaa some $28 million a year for ocean, coastal, and great lakes research and another $.9 million for interjurisdictional fishery grants which can be used for great lakes management and science. h.r. 2405, this re-authorizes noaa's sea grant program bumping a $10 million higher than currently appropriated and then increasing that authorization by nearly 5% annually thereafter. this program's one that the president rightly sought to eliminate in his budget to free up funding for noaa to complete its most important core functions. another bill in this package purports to modernize and enhance the coastal zone management act. this is my favorite. what it actually does is to place the seaside resort of washington, d.c., into the coastal zone management act. now, i don't denied that washington is a world class
swamp. but it's not a coastal community. and placing it in a coastal zone doesn't make it one. what it does do is to rob legitimate coastal communities of funding and influence and it opens the door to further encroachments as more and more inland cities seek to claim coastal zone status. another measure is h.r. 3115, this bill which never had a hearing and rushed through markup, costs over $631 million and inserts federal priorities into coastal zone management, which counters the cdma's original intention of assessing coastal management needs according to the unique and diverse conditions and desires of the communities along our coasts. h.r. 1314 re-authorizes the integrated ocean observation system. this system is good. it provides coastal -- data to coastal communities and local fishermen on weather conditions.
it's critical, so far so good, but it follows up a very good public policy with bad fiscal policy by providing open limitedless funds for the program. it should be amended to stet specific authorization limits as senate versions to the measure have done. this is duplicative at wasteful of our resources a time this country is running dangerously high deficits. 1.4 ll require another spending. federal that's about $11 of every family. it's -- and with that i'd ask that the bill be rejected. yield back. the chair: the gentleman from hawaii is recognized.
mr. case: madam chair, i yield minute to the gentleman from the low country of south of lina and a valued member our natural resources committee, mr. cunningham. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. you, mr. ngham: thank case. americans depend on their oceans. n the low country, the oceans rise, our tourism economy is integral to who we are, which is need bold action to protect our coastal communities from the growing threats of sea rise and storms increasing severity.equency and h.r. 729 is an important step in this direction, and will empower coastal communities to better prepare for and respond to our coastlines.ging it will promote development of resilient shortlines that will protect our coasts and storms and improve fish wildlife habitats. it will shore up working water face their own challenges cased by a changing
environment. lifeline to be a our coastal communities at a time when they need it most, and colleagues to y join me in supporting this critical legislation. the balance of my time. mr. case: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from hawaii reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. reserve.op: i the chair: the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: madam chair, i yield minutes to the gentleman rom maryland, mr. rupp ersberger. -- ruppersburger. ruppersberger. mr. ruppersberger: we all have a our in protecting shorelines. our country has 95,000 of shoreline, not just oceans but to rs, streams, lakes, home more than 42% of our country's opulation and millions of businesses that supply most of our gross domestic product. unfortunately, current coastal geospatial data are orfully inaccurate, outdated
even nonexistent. my bill will allow professionals noaa to begin a comprehensive mapping process of our nation's shorelines. coastal communities will be able to use data to better prepare floods, s, manage restore ecosystems, and plan smarter developments near coasts, harbors, ports, and shorelines. noaa will train decisionmakers local and state level on how to use the data sets to answer questions about storm erosion, and water level trends. the data will also be available free and website for easy public access so that every the en can leverage expertise of the federal government. every day planners in our home townes are asking questions such as, what's the storm surge in the community? or, how much is the bluff going erode? or, what's the water level trends at the marina where we new dock?ild a i represent maryland, home of the chesapeake bay, which
to the $1 trillion economies of its watershed, so protecting the shores of the bay protecting jobs. bill -- republican don young alaska.ts there they rely on their shipping channels from the goods from the lower 48 states. search d mapping for andres could you operations and to support the -- and rescue perations and to support the fishing industry. the digital coast act will arm local planners and managers with data they need to make smart decisions and investments that could save people's lives. bill's ion to the republican co-sponsor, congressman young, i'd like to grijalva, ranking member bishop for their hard work on this package, even though i understand ranking bishop has some issues, and i also would like to thank lisa rs tammy baldwin and mother could you say key for championing -- lisa murkowski to support the bill in the senate. i ask members to support this
bill and i reserve the balance of my time. reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from hawaii reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you. appreciated the gentleman from maryland. he's got a good job. dutch, you have a good bill. suspension.e a we wouldn't even ask a vote for it. there's nothing wrong with that. 729 is a good, decent bill. what is so sad is the democrats take these two decent bills that should be suspensions nd hold them as hostage to attached a whole bunch of really well. stuff on them as that's the sad part of this. with that i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from utah reserves. is gentleman from hawaii recognized. mr. case: madam chair, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman castor.rida, ms. the chair: the gentlewoman may proceed. castor: thank you, madam chair. i thank the gentleman from time. for yielding the i rise today in support of the coastal and great lakes act, nities enhancement h.r. 729. i also rise as a proud floridian
and as the chair of the house committee on the climate crisis, our select committee is developing a climate action plan in the coming months. across communities america are grappling with the cost of the climate crisis. here in congress, we are working to be good partners with our back ors and communities home and provide the tools they take care of america's coastal nd vital communities. that's why last month i visited two of my colleagues in south that a, congresswoman halla and measure could you sayal powell. keys and he florida miami beach to see how their ommunities are responding to climate change. here we are with the sanctuary foundation. they are doing a lot. but we have to do more. across the keys, miami beach, this great ss country. local officials are taking bold
ction to adapt to sea level rise and make their communities more resilient. but they need our help. must ramp upngress bold climate action like this bill, which includes 10 separate to 4e7 coastal -- to help coastal communities become more resilient. one will provide a grant program shorelines.iving another will expand the use of climate data which is so vital to determining how we're going we're going nd how to adapt. this congress will continue to crisis.he climate next spring, our select committee will release a bold which will on plan serve as a road map for committees to take additional action. grinnelling and the natural resource -- but chairman grijalva and the natural resources committee are ahead of want to thank his committee members and staff to their deep commitment places we hold dear as we tackle the rising cost of climate. yield back.d i mr. case: thank you. i reserve the balance of my
time. the chair: the gentleman from reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: glad to get three gives to the gentleman from so he can once again explain how there are three good bills in this package and a lot of bad ones. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, as we heard in the rules committee debate billsday, this package of before us is the first major package put forth by house emocrats to solve the climate crisis that we hear about daily. democrats ran their last election on putting forth this angible solutions to situation. mr. hern: unfortunately, they letting their constituents down with this package. as ranking member bishop entioned, this package is the hodgepodge of provisions of rovisions that -- that reinstate other all to the tune f $1.4 billion taxpayer dollars. let's examine a few of the provisions in the bill. section 102 authorizes the shoreline grant program. according to the national oceanic and atmospheric
administrati quote, the ion, agency currently provides financial and technical assistance to coastal use of ies for the living shorelines through quote.g programs, end kroub estimates this provision -- c.b.o. estimates his provision will cost american taxpayers $300 million. section 103 authorizes the fronts grants program. under the -- oaa, under this, the c.b.o. estimates provision will cost american taxpayers upwards of million. section 106 authorizes coastal climate change adaptation, preparedness grants. according to nora -- noaa, states have the funds to implement plans. .b.o. estimate this is provision will cost american axpayers upwards of $114
million. 2 -- a of of title title 2 has the partnerships american a cost of taxpayers of nearly $40 million. supporters of this provision its great success which is very true. however, this program has been federal lly leveraging 2006, all unds since under existing federal funding. question why to we are now authorizing an additional $140 million for already been ave spending on since 2006. ultimately, this package is a attempt to act on climate policy. democrats have promised sweeping reforms and undelivered in major way. i ask my colleagues to oppose misguided legislation, and i yield back my time. he chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: madam chair, i yield
one minute to the gentlewoman ms. kaptur. the chair: the gentlewoman may proceed. ms. kaptur: madam speaker, i ise to support h.r. 4729, and -- h.r. 729, and thank togressman case for yielding me and talk about the u.s. service science center for the great lakes and commend congressman quigley for is hard work on the legislation. this service protects the great very arabs, y from destructive, invasive species threaten the ecosystem of the great lakes. the geological service is identify e charge to and work on a carp. every day our country sits in inadequate direction to the geological service. e allow invasive species to undermine the multibillion-dollar great lakes
fishery. come a longkes have way since the cuyahoga river caught fire 60 years ago and was healed but we have a go. way to with this authorization, the geological service will be able to conduct deepwater ecosystem better to help us understand fish movement and behavior. and for my district, which ontains the most productive, shallowest, warmest, $7 billion fishery of the great lakes, the erie, the in of lake services protects the region's ecological and economic future. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 729, and i thank you and back. thank you. mr. case: thank you. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from hawaii reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from utah reserves. hawaii is an from recognized. mr. case: i yield such time as e may consume to the gentleman from arizona, the chair of the natural resources committee, chair grijalva. the gentleman may proceed. mr. grijalva: thank you, madam chair. last week i was honored to
united nations climate change conference with speaker pelosi. democratic colleagues in congress. that conference focused on the to prevent climate change from destroying our oceans. clear, oceans s across the planet are already been damaged and coastal communities everywhere are hurting. at the conference, we were asked how we plan to respond to the crisis. we could either plan now and build a sustainable future or pay a very, very heavy price. to me that was an easy choice. what we need to end our dependence on fossil fuels, we also need to plan for the we already know are coming for millions of americans. that.ackage of bills does 40% of americans live in coastal fishing to om shipping to recreation and tourism, american jobs depend on healthy, resilient coasts. these communities need the tools
to protect themselves. to support our coastal communities and their adaptation plannings, ce especially indigenous and disadvantaged communities that risk.ten most at we need to support all these communities and funded a coast -- and fund adaptation and coastal planning way of l protect their life. this bipartisan package, led by members from across the country across the aisle, will help those prepare for and respond to of climate change that endanger livelihoods, communities, and ecosystems. i commend the many sponsors on this important work and urge my h.r. 729, to support and i yield back the balance of my time. yields r: the gentleman back. mr. case: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from hawaii reserves his time. preserving. i'm -- i'm reserving. the chair: the gentleman yields the time. i yield: madam speaker, two minutes -- the chair: the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: madam chair, i yield
the gentlewoman from maine, ms. pingree. the chair: the gentlewoman is two minutes.r ms. pingree: thank you, madam chair. the -- to my good friend from hawaii forgiving me the time. thank you to chairman grijalva or his work on this committee and to the ranking member even though he doesn't seem to agree on too much about this bill. . i rise today in support of this bill which includes my bill, to protect working water front at a time when rapid development threaten their future. more than 30,000 mainers rely on marine-related industries for their livelihoods. yet out of 5,000 miles of coastline, just 20 miles of workable water front remains in our state. coastal communities across the country are feeling that same squeeze. further reducing our usable coastline will adversely impact everything from aqua culture and boat building to coastal tourism and commercial fishing. my bill will help to reverse
this disturbing nation-wide trend of shrinking water fronts, it will protect jobs and preserve the character of coastal communities. it establishes a working water front grant program and a five-year loan fund pilot program for water front preservation. it sets up a tax force to identify and prioritize critical needs for the nation's working water fronts. through the task force bill, the bill will also help communities identify and mitigate the impacts of climate crisis. at a time when 42% of americans live in coastal communities, this task force is not only a vital planning measure for today, it will support the generations who will follow us. for eight years, the house leadership on the other side has stalled critical initiatives like this one to address the climate crisis. the scope and severity of this crisis requires comprehensive action and through my bill -- and though my bill addresses just one small piece, it will
make all the difference for communities in my state and across the country. i urge my colleagues to join me in support of working water fronts and vote yes on this bill and i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: i'm still reserving. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from hawaii. mr. case: madam chair, i yield 90 seconds to the gentlewoman from oregon, ms. bonamici. the chair: the gentlewoman is yielded 90 seconds. ms. bonamici: thank you, madam speaker. and thank you to the gentleman from hawaii. i rise in support of the coastal and great lakes communities enhancement act, which includes legislation to improve ocean data collection and information sharing between federal agencies and coastal observation partners. our coastal communities rely on accurate ocean data and monitoring for information about ocean acidification, harmful algal blooms, tsunami preparedness, navigation and port security. i worked with my fellow
co-chair of the house oceans caucus, congressman don young from alaska, to reintroduce the integrated coastal ocean observing system act, which is included in this bill. and will allow the integrated ocean observing system to strengthen its work using satellites, buoys, underwater gliders and tide gauges to deliver accurate and continuous data on our oceans and coasts. mapping the ocean floor is expected to be a top priority, as the united nations' decade of ocean science for sustainable development begins in 2021. we must strengthen investments in the integrated ocean observing system and ocean monitoring so we can meaningfully contribute to these efforts. i want to close by thanking my colleague from alaska for his leadership on the issue, thank you to chairman grijalva for his support, i encourage my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. mr. case: i reserve the balance of my time.
the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i give myself two minutes, if i could. the chair: the gentleman may proceed. mr. bishop: one of the things that we've been talking about, or the other side has been talking about, is how we need a vision, we need to plan for the future. which is true. the only problem is, the stuff we had before us, this isn't it. this is a collection of minor programs that already do exist and changing them in ways that sometimes make no difference but sometimes do have some negative counterpoints to it. there's one bill that was just talked about here that actually, if there is a default on that bill, all of a sudden now the federal government is on the hook to pay for that. it was never that way before. those are minor changes that if we were handling these bills separately, if they were actually being done in an appropriate way, we could talk about those minor changes in there. but once you put them all together in a package with a couple of really good things to lead the way, everything kind of falls in its place. let me give you another
example. e of the issues is the sea grant fellowship program which is discretionary, it would make it mandatory. sounds kind of nice. the program places fellows in the executive branch. we have no problem with that whatsoever. but what this bill would do, one of the things in the weeds of this concoction of bills that has been cobbled together, is simply it would use taxpayer dollars to supply free staff for members of congress. that concept is just plain wrong. the underlying program's not bad. re-authorizing is not bad. that one change in there is wrong. and if we were doing with these bills, bill by bill, talking about them one by one, instead of trying to add them all together in a big package of nothing, if we were dealing with that, we could be talking about those specific issues and making those kinds of decisions. that's the way legislation ought to be done. this is not the way legislation ought to be done.
the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: madam chair, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. mahomes norton. -- ms. holmes norton. the chair: the gentlewoman may proceed. ms. norton: i thank my good friend for yielding and i want to assure the ranking member that my program, the program i'm assessing, does not exist but should. i rise to express my strong support for the coastal and great lakes communities enhancement act which includes the text of my bill, the district of columbia flood prevention act of 2019. i thank my friend, natural resources committee chair, raul grijalva, and water oceans -- water, oceans and wildlife subcommittee chair, mr. huffman, for including my bill in the legislation. the legislation would amend the coastal zone management act of 1972 to include the nation's capital in the definition of coastal state. our bill would correct an
apparent oversight in the omission of the d.c. district of columbia in the czma and would make the district eligible to receive federal coastal zone management funding, including flood mitigation and prevention funds for this nation's capital. importantly, the bill is located -- the district is located on two rivers, which are tideally influenced and show tangible salt water effects and fish and are part of an -- a zone existing between high and low maritime tides. d.c. has suffered substantial coastal floods in the past and is also -- has also experienced numerous instances of river run and interior flooding, such as the massive flood of 2006, which flooded constitution avenue and caused millions of dollars in damage to the national archives, the internal
revenue service and other federal buildings. despite these factors, d.c. was omitted from the list of eligible states and territories in the czma, the oversight probably occurred because the czma was passed in 1972, before the district achieved home rule. because territories are included in the definition of coastal states under the czma, it appears that the district omission is a mistake, which only congress can correct. i appreciate the gentleman for including my bill in this act. mr. case: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i'm still reserving. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: madam chair, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from michigan, a member of the natural resources committee, mrs. dingell. the chair: the gentlewoman may proceed. mrs. dingell: madam speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 729,
the coastal and great lakes communities enhancement act. this strong bipartisan package is a culmination of months of work in the natural resources committee. includes many key priorities for the great lakes region, including representative quigley's great lakes fishery research authorization act. this bipartisan legislation will strengthen our understanding of great lakes fisheries and provide additional resources for research into the great lakes basin's fisheries and biology. cutting-edge technologies authorized by the great lakes fishery research re-authorization act will enable scientists to deliver near-realtime data on quickly emerging crises such as potential fisherys -- fishery crashes or new and very unwelcome invasive species like the asian carp. additionaly, the package includes key sportsmen's priorities like the national
fish habitat conservation through partnerships act, which builds off state and locally led joint ventures to better conserve wildlife and fish habitats. it's one of the co-chairs -- as one of the co-chairs of the great lakes task force here in congress, i urge all of my colleagues to support these important provisions and vote in favor of the coastal and great lakes community enhancement act. thank you, and i yield back. mr. case: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: glad to yield three minutes to the gentleman from louisiana, mr. graves. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. thank you, madam chair. i want to thank the gentleman from utah for yielding. madam chair, i was sitting in my office in a meeting and i looked up at the tv screen on c-span and i watched our distinguished chairman put a chart up that said that for every $1 you invest in
proactive predisaster mitigation, you get $6 in cost savings. i was somewhat shocked because i've used that statistic over and over and over again and have also used the statistic that the congressional budget office has a study that says you get $3 in cost savings for every $1 you invest. corps ever engineers says you get -- corps of engineers says you get $7.90 for every $1 you invest. every single time i've tried to do this, my good friend has voted against me every single time. so, this is something that's designed to send out press releases, this bill. it's designed to send out press releases and let me be clear. right now we have well over $100 billion, over $100 billion in resiliency projects that are needed across the nation. just last year, under a republican congress, we put tens of billions of dollars into funding those resiliency projects, through the corps of engineers, through fema, so
taking an existing program that manages our coastal resources and expanding the eligibility, expanding the uses of funding without adding new funds, all you're doing is further complicating the very mission that you're trying to achieve. the bill further goes on to give usgs permanent authority or at least authorizing them over the long term for fisheries management, fisheries. you know our fisheries agency -- no. they don't manage fisheries. that would be noaa. this program also takes funds for -- and does a set-aside of authorization for tribes under coastal zone. we've learned over and over again that the way that you manage your coastal resources is by integrated management. not by breaking it up further and further into smaller and smaller pieces. we already have 35 coastal states and territories. we need to have integrated management. we don't need to have louisiana doing something to mess up mississippi or texas. we need to make sure that we're looking at it holistically as a nation. look, i have been one of the biggest advocates in this congress for being proactive
and making investments in our communities. i represent south louisiana, one of the most disaster-impacted areas in our entire nation. the people i represent have been through it all. hurricanes katrina, rita, gustav, ike, isaac. we've had high water on the mississippi river four years in the last about six, record high water draining from montana to new york to canada on down. this is not the right approach. this is a flawed approach. i would be more than willing -- and i can't even believe i'm standing here. my friends have voted against me every single time we've tried to do thoughtful, integrated approaches to actually protect our coastal communities, protect our ecological protection and resources, and to come in and do this in a partisan manner and do it in a way that is totally hypocritical over previous actions is ridiculous. i urge rejection of this bill and that we sit down in a bipartisan manner and work out bipartisan solutions. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from
utah reserves. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: madam chair, i have no further requests for time and would inquire whether my colleague has any remaining speakers on his side. mr. bishop: i probably have a colloquy from me. mr. case: is the gentleman prepared to deliver the colloquy and close? mr. bishop: no, i was joking. i'm the last speaker i've got. mr. case: thank you very much. the chair: the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: are you ready to close then? mr. case: ready to close after you are prepared to close. mr. bishop: thank you. what the gentleman from louisiana was saying is exactly right. actually, he had an amendment that could have helped with that problem, that was not made in order by our crack rules committee. i'm sure if he would promise to shave next time he speaks, they probably would make it in order the next time we have this bill. not only are there a lot of bills that are basically meaningless, because this authority is record there, there are a few situations, simply where the new additions
to it does not make sense. one of the speakers in here was talking about one of the coastal zone management amendments, to add washington, d.c., to the coastal zone management plan. which would be good expect that, first of all, washington, d.c., is not a state, and, secondly, it's not even a coastal state. it would make more sense to have my hometown, because at least we're on the great salt lake and have bureaucraticish water that would be included in this thing, and it also would make a problem of simply reducing total amount of funds that go to the 35 states that actually have their programs already here, not a problem for utah, we're not part of it, but those states that have coast, they will have their programs reduced because of this, and more importantly, it provides -- it provides jurisdictional problems in how the city of washington, d.c., would interface with the federal government. now, those are not insurmountable problems. but they should have been worked out and they could have been worked out if you're actually dealing with these things in a logical, sequencive way, instead of lumping them all together into some kind of
overall program that actually doesn't necessarily meet the guidelines of what we're trying to accomplish. . look, there are three of these ills that could have gone on suspension. there is one amendment that had been made would have easily solved a problem and should have been done. but for the bulk of these bills, here, but bulk of the bills can actually be done under current statutory authority. as we had testimony from noaa on one of the bills, they simply agency already provides financial and technical ssistance through existing programs. there was no reason to add that particular bill to this list. another one that was on the list that tries to do under their uthority, states have discretion to use funding for many of the purposes of the program that grant was proposed by this particular bill. they can do it now. there is no additional authority needed.
another one of the bills that's legislation under one umbrella said that already have astal states already discretion to use funding to develop and implement adoption a specific ey gave example of how one of the states that does use that, noaa gave example how that flexibility already exists. look, we're saying over and over one of the problems we have with this is that you have bill by really decent mr. kilmer, couple of others hat should have easily been in suspension, and have used them a whole bunch dd of stuff to it. now, if you look at the amendments made in order, other ly when you take bills that haven't had hearings, haven't gone through the process, we are going to now add well, why would anyone want to do that? we're giving the illusion of getting something done, and this is the only game in town why not ing through so
put as many bills as you can? that way somebody can stand up we just passed 16 bills. wouldn't it be nice if the up?te picked them that's not the way we're doing it. 16 bills, most of have no senate counterpart. they will probably divide them do it piecemeal, which we hould have done in the first place. if this is a floss flee of make the losophy to climate safer or water more drinkable, it doesn't happen in this bill. things are simply a ideas that when authority is actually in existence. it.'re doing except in every once in a while little l you'll add a tweak here or a little tweak there there is something wrong be doing, uldn't
creating a program that provides without or our offices having it come out of our own budgets. that's not a great idea, but in here. creating new areas for something that's not a state, that's not so they canal state get part of that money, that's not a great idea but part of it is in here. are the things that if we did things on regular order, if we actually tried to be taking a bill and discussing it and then coming up with a solution to some of the problems, we could easily do in a bipartisan way. but we don't do that. instead, we just lump everything together in one package in an effort to say, look, we're being productive. but we're not solving a problem. we're not doing anything that's ball forward. all we're doing is checking a box saying, yeah, we were here n this particular day and giving the illusion of some kind of activity. need is we really activity. what we really need is to get on things that should be of
significance that should have the ndaa,before, like the trade treaty, and our backlog nd the maintenance bill, all of those things should be done but they are not being scheduled. coming up with a they don't lls that make the case, they're not ready for primetime. this is a package that we'll the senate if it's passed here and it will be ignored or it will be stripped and we will be asking the senate to do what we should have one in the first place in taking these things in a ogical, ekwengs -- see kwengs sequential way. spirit of the christmas, you'll be sorry if only if you this yuley-u-l-e, and then
there can be the pun, can you be satisfied? madam chair, this is fun. this is not a solution. is not a vision. this is not anything that really moves us forward. this is something that should been' nd could have been -- could have been done in much better way. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: did the gentleman time? the balance of his the chair: he did. mr. case: thank you, madam chair. first, let me thank of the favor of ho rose in the bill as well as a few members of the minority who did as well. gain, i thank the 24 republicans who supported some portion of this bill. that is at least a start on the time.nge of our climate change and the impacts n our oceans, our own coastlines and on our lakes. the ranking member complains on several fronts. first front he complains on is this is just an illusion, this is just moving the ball nowhere at all.
completely reject that. i completely reject the notion strengthening our federal programs that are directly our ed to resiliency of coastlines, that are directly related to good science applied oceans and lakes, that are directly related to finding solid, public-private partnerships to address the incredible negative impacts of change and other causes on our oceans and coastlines is the ball forward. in fact, i would suggest that the illusion we are talking the illusion that the ranking member cares at all about these issues. look at the u record, the record of addressing hese issues under the republican majority, that record is zero. hey have not moved any balls forward whatsoever. and further, pardon me for istrusting the current administration, because the ranking member complains that oaa and other federal agencies
are already exercising lexibility on many of these programs. fine. administrative flexibility is one thing and all power to good trying nd noaa who are to do the right thing, but that's different from a congressional mandate to do something. reason for the concern is staring us in the face. this year of administration, there have been proposed disastrous budget cuts noaa and other ocean-related programs. for the current fiscal year a cut of 18% restored by the house majority. eliminate or severely decrease funding to our critical sea and coastal programs, grant, coastal zone management, hydrographic surveys and ocean observing, limate change research, programs that manage marine mammals and sea turtles and many we're o pardon me if distrustful of this administration or of future administrations on severely flexibility that
these programs have to needs for critical not only our country but our -- congressional mandate in these areas that is really necessary. the ranking member and his colleagues complain that we are change by ng climate a step. if you want to advance climate hange with us, then join us in a major climate change initiative. the us in returning to paris climate accords. join us across the board. ranking member complains that no due consideration was given to these many bills. in fact, these bills were heard. they were discussed. with the exception to the entleman from louisiana, there were no republican amendments offered to any of these bills. the gentleman from oklahoma not ains that we should spend more on our oceans, lakes, and coastal cities. should not anticipate
disaster mitigation. he gentleman from louisiana argues that in fact, there is ot a positive cost-benefit in these programs and their funding going forward. the citation for that is the national institute of building sciences worth of data rs from fema, the economic evelopment administration, and h.u.d. investments upfront in the -- and the impacts of climate other manmade causations to our oceans and lakes and coastlines is in fact major return to not only our communities but to all parts of our country. all parts of our country. and the eman complains minority would have you believe hat this is a mandatory increase of over $1 billion in federal funding. it is not. large iscretionary in part to the appropriations committee. so as we go into the amendment process, i appreciate my
colleagues' support, and i truly hope that this can be a bipartisan bill. the gentleman's time has expired. mr. case: i yield back. the chair: all time for debate has expired. ursuant to the rule, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. an amendment in the nature of a consisting of the text of rules committee print considered as adopted in the house and in the committee of the whole. the bill, as amended, shall be original bill he for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute considered as be read. no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in except those printed in 116-330 and amendments en bloc described in house resolution 748. each further amendment printed 116-330 shall be considered in the order printed in the report, may be offered designated in r the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for specified in the report
equally divided and controlled opponent, ent and an shall not be subjected to amendment and shall not be a demand for division of the question. it shall be in order at any time committee ir of the on natural resources or his designee to offer amendments en loc consisting of amendments printed in house report 116-330 disposed of. amendments en bloc offered pursuant to this section shall e considered as read, shall be debatable for 20 minutes equally by the and controlled chair and ranking minority member of the committee on natural resources or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment or subject to demand for division of the question. for what purpose does the gentleman from hawaii seek recognition? section 3 ursuant to of house resolution 748, i offer the mented en bloc under rule. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment s en bloc. he clerk: amendments numbered
13, 15, 5, 7, 10, 11, 22, 24, 8, 19, 20, 21, in house d 28 printed report 116-330 offered by mr. case of hawaii. to house pursuant resolution 748, the gentleman from hawaii, mr. case, and the bishop,n from utah, mr. will each control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the hawaii.an from mr. case: thank you, madam chair. i yield myself such time as i consume. the chair: the gentleman may proceed. mr. case: thank you, madam chair. again, in the interest of an incredibly good bipartisan bill forward, i this bill offer this en bloc amendment, which is a package of a number offered by s colleagues that all seek to further improve the resilience and of our lines great lakes. i applaud the sponsors of these amendments for their thoughtful issue and forthis
acting to ensure that families in their districts are safe and dive jobs h proukt and -- productive jobs and clean environments. we are working to create a more healthy planet, and this package of bills and these amendments will move us in the direction. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from utah is recognized. bishop: thank you, madam chair. opposition to the en bloc amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. you.ishop: thank look, i first want to thank the democrats for at least not our time by debating all of these amendments individually. the nce again, within pockets, you'll find some good things and some not so good things that are part of what is there.n for example, there will be within that list some blanket sharingfor federal cost requirements. that's not a good idea to do it. there are some stand-alone bills have no regular
order consideration in this house. go not a good process to through. but if we're going to throw regular order out the window and amendments all at once that don't really have that significant of a change or an doing at least we're this in the most efficient and ffective way that we possibly could, and it's not -- it's not that'srily making a bill really not going anywhere better but at least we're getting stuff one so we can say we have the illusion of activity on the floor. so i urge rejection of the en bloc. i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: thank you, madam speaker. i submit a statement for this amendment from representative rouda of california. the chair: the request will be covered by general leave. mr. case: thank you. the chair: the gentleman may proceed. mr. case: madam chair, i yield one minute to my colleague, representative lipinski.
the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lipinski: i thank the gentleman from hawaii for yielding. and for his work on this bill. i rise in support of my amendment, to ensure that great lakes states have access to the resources in this bill so they can address climate change threats specific to our region. increased rain has already led to more agricultural runoff into the great lakes, resulting in higher bacterial counts and larger algal blooms. this has put our drinking water supplies at risk. lake michigan alone provides drinking water for 10 million people. climate change increasingly threatens great lakes wildlife, including fisheries important to our economy, by changing temperatures, precipitation patterns and ice cover. these are some of the reasons our great lakes states
need access to the resources in this bill. madam chair, i thank chairman grijalva for his support in including my amendment in this en bloc, and i ask my colleagues to join me in support of this amendment and the underlying bill. i yield back. mr. case: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: this is one of the few times i have a chance to close, i'm going to reserve until we're ready to end it. the chair: the gentleman from utah is -- the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: thank you, madam chair. i yield two minutes to my colleague from oregon, ms. bonamici. the chair: the gentlewoman may proceed. ms. bonamici: thank you, madam chair. and thank you to the gentleman from hawaii for yielding. i rise today in support of the en bloc amendment. the ocean covers more than 70% of the planet. it supplies much of the oxygen that we breathe, it regulates our climate, is linked to the water we drink, and is home to more than half of all life on
earth. but despite our intrinsic connection to our ocean, we no very little about what is beneath its surfalse. as co-chair of the house oceans caucus, i have worked with my fellow co-chair for the caucus, congressman don young if alaska, to improve ocean data and mop monitoring effort -- monitoring efforts through the introduction of our blue globe act. this would direct the noaa administrator to enter into an agreement with the national academy of sciences to assess the potential for and feasibility of an advanced research project agency oceans or arpa-o. coastal communities, like those i represent in northwest arkansas, -- oregon, rely on accurate ocean data and monitoring for information on ocean acidification, forecasting of harmful algal blooms, tsunami preparedness, navigation and port security. and after the stark findings in the latest intergovernmental panel on climate change, -- change special report on the
ocean and the changing climate, we know that ocean data and monitoring are more important than ever. -- ever in adapting to the climate crisis. my other amendment would add and expand a new grant program established in the underlying bill, to strengthen research opportunities on coastal acidification and hypoxia. the basic chemistry of our oceans is changing at an unprecedented rate. and additional research efforts like those established in this bill will help communities respond. i want to thank chairman grijalva and mr. christopher their support of these amendments and for their leadership. i urge my colleagues to support the en bloc amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. mr. case: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: still reserving. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from hawaii is recognized. mr. case: thank you, madam chair. again, these en bloc amendments are critical additions and positive additions to a critical bill.
these amendments address major issues related to the harmful impacts of climate change and other man-made effects on our oceans, our coastlines and our lakes. for example, they single out the destruction that is being wrought, as we speak, on our coral reefs throughout our entire country. our coral reefs throughout the gulf coast, throughout florida, throughout the west coast, in hawaii and beyond. the acidification that has led to bleaching of these coral reefs, and as we all know, or at least i hope we all know, as go the coral reefs, so go our oceans. these amendments would strengthen federal programs that address the health of our coral reefs. these amendments go to harmful algal bloom, which is a problem throughout our country as well. what can we and should we do about it, as a federally coordinated effort? of course we should do something about that. these amendments would strengthen this bill.
these amendments would forward a federal state-partnership -- federal-state partnership, a community partnership to address another armful consequence, which is killing our oceans. -- harmful consequence, which is killing our oceans. these amendments would address coastal resiliency. how do we prevent our ?oastlines from eroding moo my own home state of hawaii -- in my own home state of hawaii, we have seen significant erosion. significant increases in sea level over a very, very recent period of time, that has caused major erosion. how can we adopt better overall programs that adapt to a changing ocean and do not worsen the problem of coastal erosion? how do we do that? these amendments get at these issues. these are good, solid, positive additions that our colleagues have come up with to strengthen a good, solid and positive bipartisan bill. i support these amendments and
i yield my time. the chair: the gentleman from hawaii yields his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you, madam chair. i appreciate, especially the availability of putting all of these amendments en bloc to help move this process along. i'm just looking at some of the issues that have been brought up already and i'm looking at the list of the federal grants and the agencies that are already spending their money on these approaches. if the issue is obviously you want more money to spend on those programs, that's not an authorization that we're doing here, that's an appropriations issue. go to the appropriations committee and talk about how that fits into the overall budget. this does not necessarily move us forward, but at least we're not spending as much time as we would if we addressed each of these individually. so i'm going to urge a no vote, but with that, mr. chairman, i'm now ready to yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from hawaii. those in favor say aye.
those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the unblock amendments are agreed to. mr. case: i ask for a recorded vote. yeas and nays. the chair: the gentleman equests a recorded vote. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment en bloc offered by the gentleman from hawaii will e postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 4 printed in ouse report 116-330. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. brown: mr. chair, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 4 printed in house report 116-330 offered by mr. brown of maryland. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 748, the gentleman from maryland, mr. brown, and a member opposed each will
control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from maryland. mr. brown: thank you, mr. chair. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. i want to first recognize the hart work of chairman -- hard work of chairman grijalva and the sponsors of the underlying pieces of legislation. this packing an reflects a -- package reflects a bipartisan collaboration between members dedicated to conserving our natural resources. in the face of changing climate, extreme weather patterns and events, rising tides, disappearing species, and habitat destruction, it is critical we act now to preserve and protect our coastlines and the communities and local economies that depend on the continued health of our water resources. this includes the chesapeake bay, the large ms. esty: wear in the country -- large ms. esty: wear in the country in -- largest estuary in the country. this is important to an -- as
an economic engine that attracts millions of tourists and support thousands of jobs. for decades oyster harvesting was one of the bay's most important stress. yesterday today we're seeing an alarming decline in the bay's oyster population. a decline caused by climate change, years of overharvesting, ocean acidification, nutrient reduction, de-nightryfication, habitat destruction and oyster deby thetating disease. however, -- debilitating disease. however, there is still much we don't know as to why the depletion is occur and how best to conserve -- is occurring and how best to conserve oysters. mr. chair, my amendment strengthens the underlying bill by providing research grants to those working to reverse the depletion and decline of oysters in the chesapeake bay. these grants support collaborative partnerships to research the long-term conservation, restoration and management of oysters in the chesapeake bay. this program will encourage collaborations between the
academic community, the seafood industry, nonprofit organizations and state agencies to develop new, innovative solutions. these grants will help us better understand why oyster hatcheries are crashing and to develop best practices in mitigating habitat destruction. my amendment will provide us more tools to strengthen the oyster population and the health of the chesapeake bay. i encourage my colleagues to support this amendment and the underlying bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. bishop: i rise in opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i actually don't have great pleasure in doing, that because mr. brown is a vital member of our committee and does a great job and defends his state brilliantly and i appreciate him doing. that but once again, the process i'm going to be talking about, the process we are doing is adding another new taxpayer program that already has
existing programs in effect, and is actually a stand-alone bill that has not received a hearing or a markup or a c.b.o. score and adding that to this, because this is, once again, the only train in town and we're not taking time to do these things individually as we ought to. but when it comes to oyster research, which is extremely important, i recognize fully if you'd see by the chart, the total numbers in each these years, starting in fiscal year 2014, are how much have been given to this particular program. so, in 2018 it was $617 million in funds from all of the different government agencies that actually participate. that includes ag and commerce and defense and homeland security and interior and e.p.a. for watershed restoration. so noaa does have a chesapeake bay office, they do provide research, they provide grants, both maryland and virginia. last year they also provided a grant to the chesapeake bay foundation to add these programs in there. so what we're trying to say
here is, it's already being done. now, if this is a problem of not enough money going into there, as some of the other speakers have said, that's not an issue of authorization. the authorization authority exists. that's a question of how much we're actually appropriating, which is -- an entirely different -- different issue which should go to the appropriations committee. but the federal government does do this and they are increasing with it. and there's not a problem that needs authorization. if you need more money, that's an appropriations issue. this unfortunately is not about appropriations, this is about authorization. so i appreciate the gentleman from maryland. i appreciate his interests. i appreciate this issue. but it is already being done by other agencies, there is no need for another entity to enter into this particular market. and with that, so we can continue on, mr. chairman, i'll yield back the balance of my time, urging people to vote no. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the
gentleman from maryland. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. mr. case: mr. chairman, i ask for a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from maryland will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: d.h.s. now in order to consider -- it is now in order to consider amendment number 6 printed in house report 116-330. the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 6 printed in house report 116-330 offered by mr. huizenga of michigan. the chair: pursuant thousand resolution 748, the gentleman from michigan, mr. huizenga, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan.