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social -- in 2035, the social security trust exhausts. that means automatically, it would not require a democratic or republican president reduce benefits, they will already be reduced by 20 5% unless we modify the benefits >> the house gaveling back in working on two spending packages for 2020. votes expected. on house resolution 765, house resolution 765, if ordered, and the motion and pass the rules h.r. 183, h.r. 3530, and 722. the first electronic vote will e conducted as a 15-minute vote. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, remaining electronic votes will conducted as five-minute votes. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on ordering the previous resolution 765se
on which the yeas and nays are ordered. he clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 765, use resolution resolution providing for consideration of the senate 1158,ent to the bill h.r. to authorize cyber incident departmentams at the of homeland security and for other purposes, providing for consideration of the senate bill h.r. 1865, to require the secretary of the treasury to mint a coin in of the opening of the national law enforcement museum in the district of for other nd purposes, and providing for the adoption of the resolution house permitting 61, individuals to be admitted to the hall of the house in order to obtain footage of the house session for inclusion in the orientation film to be shown to visitor at the capitol center. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a 15-minute vote.
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 220 and the nays are 192. is previous question ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. aye. in favor say those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the have it. mr. cole: mr. speaker, on that i nays.request the yeas and the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the rise.nd nays will
a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. embers, this is a five-minute vote, five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. 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.]
pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20,le the unfinished business is the vote -- pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. takano, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 183. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 4183, a bill to direct the comptroller general of the united states to conduct a study on disability and pension benefits provided to members of the national guard and members of reserve components of the armed forces by the department of veterans affairs, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes y electronic device. it the bill as amended. 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
bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. takano, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3530, as amended. the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.r. 3530, a bill to amend title 38 united states code to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to enforce the license sure requirement for medical providers of the department of veterans affairs. 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
the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the mexico -- the new gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. haaland, to suspend the rules h.r. 722 on which the ordered.nays are the clerk will report the title. a bill to h.r. 722, designate a mountain in the tate of utah as miracle mountain. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house the nd the rules and pass bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be 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.]
floor. for what purpose does the entlewoman from new york seek recognition? mrs. lowey: madam speaker, resolution house 1158 with up h.r. the senate amendments thereto, desk.have a motion at the the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of he bill, designate the senate amendment and designate the motion. the clerk: h.r. 1158, an act to cyber incident response teams at the department of homeland security and for ther purposes, senate amendment. mrs. lowey of new york moves in the house concur senate amendment to h.r. 1158 with an amendment consisting of rules committee print 116-43. the speaker pro tempore: ursuant to house resolution 765, the motion shall be ebatable for one hour equally
divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority ember of the committee on appropriations. the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, and the gentlewoman ms. granger, each will control 30 minutes. the chair now recognizes the new york.n from mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i ask that all consent members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks the house material on amendment to the senate 1158.ent to h.r. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. speaker, i madam yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for time as she may consume. mrs. lowey: the national minibus appropriations ombines four bills, defense, commerce, justice, science, inancial services and general
government, and homeland security. i would like to highlight a few successes that our cardinals secured. $7.6 billion. madam speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is correct. take the ers to conversations off the floor of the house. he gentlewoman deserves to be respected and heard. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i highlight a few key successes that our cardinals have secured. billion more $1.4 than prurp pro -- president trump proposed to ensure a fair accurate 2020 census. $425 million for election grants to states, a key
a ority for democrats for program that was not funded last year. initiatives g for to improve the quality of life uniform.men and men in a 3.1% pay raise for federal employees. unfortunately, the president and enate republicans insisted on funding a wasteful border wall blocking ltaneously democratic policies that would make our immigration system more humane. however, i'm pleased that we immigration hed an detention ombudsman, that will rights of vidz in d.h.s. custody -- individuals in d.h.s. custody. the speaker, this is not bill i would have written on my own, but i am proud that we have do so so much good
in this political environment. i urge support and i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas rise? ms. foxx: madam speaker, i rise -- ms. granger: madam speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 1158, a bill thatly provide -- will provide fundings for the department of defense, commerce, justice, science, financial services and homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. granger: while i wish that we had been able to pass all the bills by the beginning of the fiscal year, i'm glad we're going to be able to finish the appropriations process without having to pass another continuing resolution. i'm also immensely proud of the job my fellow republicans on the appropriations committee did to bring the bill to the floor. the packages we will consider today will fully fund the government and ensure that president trump has the resources he needs to continue the great work he's doing on behalf of the american people. this bill will make us safer by ensuring we have the funding and tools to protect ourselves at
home and abroad. the bill will safeguard our financial system from bad actors, ensure all americans have access to a healthy and robust economy, and it will support our criminal justice system. in particular, this bill provides $1.375 billion of new funding for the border wall, places no restrictions on the president's ability to use funds for immigration and border enforcement, and protects the number of i.c.e. beds. the defense portion of this package provides funding to continue to rebuild the military after years of neglect during the obama administration, gives our troops a 3.1% pay raise, the largest in a decade, and funds the u.s. space force, a trump administration initiative to ensure the united states maintains its superiority in space. the bill provides increased funding for school safety
programs and also retains longstanding second amendment protections that some of my colleagues on the other side of the aisle wanted to eliminate. plain and simple, this package is good for america, and i'm proud to support it. i urge my colleagues to join me in voting in favor of this bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from maryland, the majority leader, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the majority leader is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hoyer: i want to rise, madam speaker, and thank chairwoman lowey and ranking member granger for the hard work that they've done and all of their staff. the staff, i know, has been working around the clock on both sides of the aisle. i want to congratulate the staff
director for the extraordinary work and leadership she's shown to get us to this objective. and i rise in strong support of this legislation. oth of these packages, which will fund all 12 bills before the end of the calendar year, unfortunately not by the end of fiscal year, i would have been very happy to get this done by the end of the fiscal year, and we did our work in a teamly fashion -- in a timely fashion. but unfortunately the senate did not pass any of its bills prior to the end of the fiscal year. therefore it was impossible to get that done. but i want to thank senator leahy and senator shelby as well for the work that they have done. i want to thank all of those who worked together, focused. there was some talk, i know, about going into next year, but
this is the right thing to do. this is what the american people expect us to be doing. this will provide our country with certainty needed to carry out their work, serving the american people. and continue making long-term investments in our national security, public health, public safety and economic growth. indeed, appropriation committee members and staff worked hard to produce appropriation bills that the house passed in june. 96% we passed bills to fund of the government by june 26 of this year. sadly, the republican senate, as i've said, and the trump white house failed to do their jobs short-term delays brought unnecessary uncertainty. as a member who has served on the appropriations committee for more than 36 years, although many of those years i've been on
leave, i know how much work is involved in reaching agreement on funding bills. nobody, not one of the 400 and i guess 33 of us that are here, got everything they wanted. believes this is a perfect bill. but it is a work product worthy of the appropriations committee and the house of representatives and of our country. it makes compromises, which is absolutely essential. takes a lot of late hours, caffeine and placing trust in colleagues across the aisle to achieve that objective. what appropriation committee members and staff have negotiated with the senate and white house, as i said, is not perfect. the chair does not think it's perfect. the ranking member doesn't think it's perfect. i'm sure there's nobody on either committees that thinks it's perfect. but it achieves key priorities and will avert a damaging government shutdown and give certainty to agencies as they move forward in the next nine months of the fiscal year, as to
what resources they're going to have available to get their job done. i know there's a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth of how awful the c.r. is for the defense department. i agree with that. but there ought to be a lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth about the adverse effect on nondefense agencies. because the effect is the same. uncertainty and an inability to operate in any kind of regular order fashion. this bill does not give president trump additional border security funding over last year, but it does give him what he had last year. that's a compromise. people on my side are not happy about that. people on ms. granger's side, i'm sure, are not happy about that. but it is a compromise. and it does continue critical investments in fighting poverty and expanding opportunities in communities across the country. specifically this bill increases funding for head start, national
institutes of health and initiatives to promote clean energy and a healthier environment. important victories for those items. and the working americans we are fighting to protect every day. this bill includes fundings to secure our elections against foreign -- funds to secure our elections against foreign interference and studies gun violence in our communities. it raises civilian -- ms. granger mentioned it raises the military, but it also raises the civilians, on parity, a policy that we pursued for many, many, many years. it's good for our staff, it's good for the federal employees. and it makes us competitive and the ability to retain people that we need. it raises the cap for staff pay. maybe we ought to hide that, but very frankly, our staffs are underpaid. the hours, the talent, the intellect, the commitment, the
patriotism they bring to their jobs, we don't compensate them properly. we're not competitive with the private sector, but we're not competitive with the executive department and we've lost good people. so i applaud the committee for that action. this comes just a week after we were able to secure a victory by extending paid parental leave for federal civilian employees across all agencies in the annual defense authorization bill. critically, these appropriation bills have buy-in from the administration, having been negotiated by secretary mnuchin on behalf of the president, so there's no legitimate reason that these bills would be vetoed. and my expectation, they will not be vetoed. so we will pass them through the house, hopefully the senate will pass them in the next 72 hours, and send them to the president and he will sign these bills. all of us ought to be proud of the fact that we got that done by the end of the calendar year.
again, let me stress, my objective will be next year to get that done by the end of the fiscal year. i can't remember when we last did that. but i will tell all of my colleagues, that will be my intent, to set that as an objective, as it was to subject december 20 as the deadline for getting these bills done. i strongly urge the president to sign these bills. federal employees in my district and in every congressional district in the country deserve better than to be told to go ome without their paychecks. 800,000 people who worked for us, we're the board of directors , we told 400,000 of them, you're not critical, go home. stay there. you can't even come to work legally. even if you wanted to. and 400,000 we said, no, you're critical, come to work, but by the way, we're not going to pay you.
now, they believed and we did in fact pay them retroactively, but that ought not to be the way you operate any small, medium or large business, much less one of the largest enterprises on the face of the earth. i guess the largest enterprise. so i hope all of my colleagues, democrats and republicans, will join me in voting for these appropriation bills, these 12 bills, quite frankly the only bills that have to pass. there are a lot of other bills that ought to pass from a policy perspective. but the government doesn't shut down if they don't pass. whether it's a tax bill, an environmental bill, whatever bill. let's send a resounding message of support to make it clear that this is the bipartisan path forward to avoid a shutdown and do our jobs for the american people.
again, i congratulate the chair, i congratulate the ranking member, and i'm so pleased that they are together and i join them in asking every member to vote for these bills. it is our job, it is our responsibility, it is our duty. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields back the balance of his time. the majority leader yields back the time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas rise? ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from alabama, mr. aderholt, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized for three minutes. mr. aderholt: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the ranking member and i also rise today in support of h.r. 1158, as the majority leader did. the consolidated appropriations act of 2020. while this bill is not perfect, as it was also mentioned, and
quite honestly i have concerns that there's an ongoing trend toward increased spending, i will say that division b of this legislation, the commerce, justice, science and related agencies appropriation act, includes assistance that's critical to law enforcement, the census, to nasa, among other things. i'd like to thank chairman certificate an' -- serrano. i'd like to thank chairwoman lowy, ranking member granger -- lowey, ranking member granger, as well as our senate counterparts for their leadership, diligence and their willingness to come together to form this meeting of the minds to bring this f.y. 2020 bill to the floor and come to fruition. i also want to thank mr. serrano's staff, mr. bob bonner, , ff ashford, trisha, t.j. shannon, matt and b.j. for their hard work and the many long days that no doubt were
dedicated to helping produce this legislation. i appreciate their cooperative spirit in which they worked with my staff to address so many of the issues that is in this bill -- that are in this bill. i of course also want to thank my staff for their outstanding work. our subcommittee staff, stephanie, and kristen, i want to thank them for their hard work, their long hours, their dedication over the last year and especially the hard work of the last few weeks in finalizing this bill. let me just briefly recap the bill, it has $22.6 billion for nasa. the funding will help support the president's art miss negotiatetive, which includes completion and further development of the space launch system. to ensure that the united states and not our adversaries will control future access to space. in addition to nasa, the bill includes $7.3 billion to support the 2020 census, which will be
necessary to get an accurate count of all americans, including those in hard to count communities. it also includes critical funding for the federal law enforcement components of the department of justice, including the f.b.i., the united states marshall service, the bureau of tobacco, alcohol, firearms and explosives, and i'm pleased to say that these funds will also support our attorney general barr's efforts to fight the scourge of violent crimes and acts of mass violence. in support of the valuable efforts of our local law enforcement partners back home, this bill also includes $547 million for the burn justice assistant grants. along win creased resources to eliminate the sexual -- with increased resources to eliminate the sexual assault kit backlog, it also funds the drug court programs and supports our vital initiatives that also -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. aderholt: try to fight -- ms. granger: i yield one more minute. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman is recognized for one one more minute. mr. aderholt: and support the other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic. this bill includes funding increases for agencies that ensures compliance with our trade laws, as well as programs to foster the american innovative and competitiviveness, not only in our communities -- competitiveness, not only in our communities and each of our states but around the world. finally, i'm pleased that this bill includes second amendment protections that were targeted for elimination earlier this year. in closing, i'd like to thank again chairman serrano for his great spirit to work with and now he's -- how he's led the subcommittee and i wish him the best. thank you, and i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm to yield four minutes to the gentleman from indiana, the distinguished chairman of the subcommittee, mr. visclosky. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman from indiana is recognized for four minutes. vizcaino i thank -- mr. visclosky: i like to thank the chairwoman for yielding. rise in appreciation of mr. calvert. he is a joy to work with. express my like to gratitude to the chairwoman, mrs. lowey, as well as the ms. granger, and the other members of the committee. each of our thank incomparable staff. this legislation would not be ossible without their -- llectual be aing u ccumen and outstanding sacrifices. this is the result of negotiated compromise. best efforts, i was ery disappointed on certain provisions of the house-passed bill. particularly those that restricted the ability of the to reprogram defense funding for the border all and others that would have returned some balance to the
oversight relationship between he executive and legislative branches. the department's actions in the past year have fundamentally relationship with this committee. with this agreement, we increase we emphasis on oversight as move forward. nevertheless, there is a of good s amount provided in this bill. the bill provides more than funding for the department of defense to make major readiness, but our primary focus has been on the well-being and morale of hose in uniform, their families, d.o.d. civilians, and the defense communities. the funding ides necessary to support a 3.1% men ary pay raise for our and women in uniform. this is the largest increase in base pay since 2010. provides an additional $110 million for upgrades to childcare facilities, which i see is just the first step in addressing the shortfall of quality
childcare within the military services. bill provides $315 million above the request to address ublic school infrastructure requirements on d.o.d. facilities. he bill provides $1.42 billion for environmental restoration be activities, $185 million above enacted levels for this year. bill provides he $1.8 billion in natural disaster unding for repairs and replacement of equipment at military bases damaged by atural disasters in eight states, including virginia, florida, california, and georgia. like to end by reminding the department of report language is permissive.ot ctions in direct controvention of congressional -- is unacceptable and must stop. my colleagues and
the staff. i thank my colleagues for the bills. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to the california, mr. calvert, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. calvert: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. of the ing member appropriation committee has done a tremendous job navigating all hese bills through a very difficult negotiation in such a short time frame. her steady leadership, and focus completing this difficult task was critical an end product that will garner support, republican support, and that the president will sign. want to thank chairwoman lowey for keeping the process on a very difficult political time that we're in. my also like to extend sincere thanks to my chairman, mr. visclosky, for the great -- of indiana.at state mr. visclosky has been a and ourus partner to me
side of the aisle throughout this whole process, maintaining a bipartisan nature of the subcommittee. e's been a very gracious and accommodating person. i continue to work in a collaborative manner within the year. it includes $693 billion for the department of defense, including $624 billion in base fund, $70.7 contingency.erseas in total, this bill is $19 fiscal year than 2019 level. although a thoughtful negotiation between the house nd senate, we've had a good balanced bill and we look forward to passing in both chambers and getting the president's signature. our number one priority is to provide for the nation's defense. he world remains a dangerous place. we have troops in combat against sis, al qaeda, authoritarian competitors, especially china and russia are seeking regional trying to upend
the post-world war ii international order. orth korea continues to modernize its nuclear weapons camability. capability. a hostile iran remains a threat to our forces in the middle east. south has in the produced conditions that bring people which tragically includes into our ied children nation illegally. for all these reasons, we must get this bill done. know, operating under a continuing resolution actually money and results in delayed capabilities. department needs stable, predictable, timely funds to prepare to face the needs. the threatscognizes world.the it also supports the men and omen in the military by addressing quality of life issues that chairman visclosky championed in order
addressing childcare, medical 3.1% pay raise. the bill increasing funding for maintenance, procurement for the next generation of equipment to in re our men and women uniform always have the tactical advantage. we also increased funding for to arch and development ensure we can meet and prfshlly preferably deter threats. to vote for eagues this bill. it's a bill that ensures our resources.s the i want to thank members on both sides. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mrs. lowey: madam speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from illinois, the distinguished hairman of the financial services and justice government subcommittee, mr. quigley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is for three minutes. mr. quigley: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to speak about the
financial services and general of the nt portion appropriations package before us. before i begin, i'd like to lowey, ranking member granger, and subcommittee ranking member tom graves for commitment ork and throughout this process. i'd also like to thank the staff on both sides for all their hard work behind the scenes, particularly my own staff and of financial services who don't put their name in know and gs but we thank lisa and others. our amazing subcommittee staff, particular, put in long hours to make this bill come together. bill provides $23.8 billion in total discretionary broad array of agencies and programs ranging from the department of treasury safety onsumer product commission. it is a bill i am not only proud of but one that collectively we all be proud of. my top priority as chairman this year has been to help states and local governments secure and
protect the integrity of american elections. that's why i'm proud to have successfully included $425 for the n funding election assistance commission to issue a new round of election to states.ants this is the first investment for this purpose since 2018. let us be clear. this is not a partisan matter. e know the russians interfered in the 2016 elections, and they are going to be back. we provide these funds so election officials can voting outdated equipment and implement protections to ensure our withstand stem can future attempts of foreign interference. i'm also proud that the bill investments to ensure that capital and other assistance gets to small low-income and communities. the bill boosts funding for the ommunity development financial institutions fund by $12 million, which helps support affordable housing, small businesses, and infrastructure
in underserved and rural to unities in addition supplying credit to disadvantaged communities. he bill also increases entrepreneurial development programs at the s.b.a. by $13 million. funding for the securities and exchange commission, provide for an trait e in the federal commission and include -- trade commission and include a long the ue investment in consumer product safety commission. another focus is bolstering taxpayers, o including increases for the and tax advocate counseling programs and for our hardworking federal workers, i'm bill includes a 3.1% pay increase. in closing, this financial is ices appropriations bill the result of bipartisan collaboration among members and staff.rk from our i urge my colleagues to join me in support of this bill, and i and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. texas.tlewoman from
ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. minutes.ann, for four the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for four minutes. mr. fleischmann: thank you, , and ranking member granger and chairwoman lowey. i rise to lend my strong support appropriations bills that will be before us today but specifically as the ranking member on the homeland subcommittee of appropriations, i'm here to speak about the homeland appropriations act, specifically. heard today from speakers on both sides of the isle, this is not an ideal bill, but i think it's a very good and strong bill. crafted in a ll difficult environment. probably one of the most seencult environments i've in my almost 10-year tenure. our l you, it's worthy of support, and as are all the bills are here today. specifically, though, want to
thank chairwoman roybal-allard. s the ranking member of the highest republican on this subcommittee, she is the head democrat. well together. we don't view the world and we don't view this bill in total agreement, but we got it done and that's very important, times.in these trying his homeland security bill provides us nearly $1.4 billion continued construction of border barriers in high-priority customs ntified by the and border protection and provides funding for the same detention beds as we year.n the fiscal 2019 it also maintains the same reprogramming authorities. the department of homeland vast agency, and looking at the bill beyond the investments in border and mmigration enforcement, there are so many activities,
programs, and initiatives that across the on aisle, across the capitol, and united cross the great states of america. as i've said before, 90% of the this bill we all can agree on. in our lid investments great united states coast guard and let's remember, this is the that anch of the military did not get paid during the government shutdown last year, of the men and women coast guard bravely continued their missions. for the coast guard, the branch with so many domestic missions on top of its ontributions to the nation's defense, this bill provides desperately needed new air and as well as s reinvesting in personnel. secret plus ups for the service to continue leading law specialent on national, security events, and protection for all of the presidential candidates. plused up for the
cybersecurity and national to keep infrastructure our i.t. system secure as well technical g for assistance to states, tribes, and localities. billion ore than $17 for fema disaster relief to whatever are ready for form -- whatever storm hits our homes, plus increases for over $90 million for grants to state and local communities to prepare disasters.e further, as our loved ones travel across this holiday eason, the bill provides an increase of over $210 million operations and equipment of t.s.a. in fiscal year 2020. madam speaker, finally i'd like to thank the staff for -- who have worked so hard together, and i'd like to especially thank the staff on both sides, majority and minority, derek, chris, bob, mike, rachel,
victoria, dina and kristen, plus daniel from my own staff, for all of their hard work to put together this good bill. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from ohio, the chairwoman of the energy and water, the distinguished ms. kaptur. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized for two minutes. ms. kaptur: thank you, chairwoman lowey. and i applaud you and the ranking member, ms. granger, for bringing us to this point today. i want to thank the appropriations subcommittees being discussed here now for advancing a conference agreement that provides critical funding for defense, homeland security, commerce, justice, science and financial services. h.r. 1158 and the defense package address the priorities of readiness, modernization, and reform to deter our main adversaries of russia and china. chairman visclosky has crafted a
careful compromise that ensures our nation regains the advantage in hypersonic weapons and many other areas. the homeland security portion of the bill also provides important investments. it places safeguards on the department of homeland security, to ensure their work is legal, safe and in the national interest. the safety of our homeland is increasingly threatened by bad actors, both here at home and abroad, and this bill protects the 2020 election, a top national security priority. the bill also provides funding for key issues at nasa, including for aeronautics, the regional economic development program, and for harmful algal bloom research at the national oceanic and atmosphere administration. lastly, the bill provides and invests in our nation's credit unions and community development financial institutions and makes critical investments in election security grants to hardin vulnerable election infrastructure. funding the government and keeping the lights on used to be
a norm and hopefully we help restore that today, when the house passes this bill, and we will be restoring the american people's faith in our ability to get the job done for our country. and again, i thank chairwoman lowey for her extraordinary intelligence, leadership and good demeanor that made this moment possible. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from ohio yields back. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers, for four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for four minutes. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i rise today in support of had this package, to fund the government operations in fiscal 2020. i want to extend my congratulations to this dynamic duo. the first time we have ever had females occupy the chair and ranking member of this committee. or for that matter, i guess, any
other committee in the house. but this dynamic duo has produced a very good document, a very good exercise of the power of the purse of the congress granted by the constitution. and o i salute these two wish them well as the day progresses. as a former chair of the full committee, i know of the extreme patience that is required in this job that you're occupying. and the difficulty of getting these 435 members in this body, as well as in the other body and the white house and the world, together under any stretch of the imagination. but you've done that. and it's difficult to do and we salute you for it. and i especially, having been there, want to thank you for the great patience that you've shown
in this bill, putting this together. this first package before us reflects our commitment to our nation's security and our military leadership across the world. the department of defense receives additional resources to support our war fighters with the best available technology. we also provide these brave men and women with a hard-earned and well-deserved pay raise. within the committee i've been particularly focused on keeping the d.o.d.'s electronic health records on track. meshing d.o.d.'s medical records with that of the v.a., and this bill takes bold steps in the right direction to ensure our service members continue to receive the best medical care when they transition out of active duty and into the hands
of the v.a. second, president trump is rightly focused on addressing the crisis at our southern border. and this legislation will support his efforts to end the seemingly unending flow of drugs that find their way into every american community and practically every american home. as well as the violence of the brutal cartels who profit immensely from this trade. nearly $1.4 billion is included for the border wall, along with additional resources for department of homeland security to hire more personnel and deploy advanced technology in this region. we were also able to eliminate dangerous riders that would have limited the president's ability to enforce our immigration laws,
while still ensuring a strong humanitarian response that reflects our values as americans. this package also continues our momentum in the fight against opioid abuse and addiction. with targeted resources for department of justice and other federal agencies, the diverse programs funded in this bill reflect the holistic strategy that congress has embraced against this problem, enforcement, treatment, education and prevention, all working in concert in a holistic fashion. drug courts, veterans treatment courts and prescription drug monitoring programs receive robust support in this first package. as well as -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. rogers: one additional minute? ms. granger: i yield the gentleman as much time as he may consume.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for such time as he may consume. mr. rogers: i thank the gentlelady. as well as anti-heroin and anti- meth task forces that bring law enforcement agents from multiple injures dicks together to end this scourge -- jurisdictions together to end this scourge. finally, the bill allocates $30 million within the economic development administration for assistance to coal mining communities that continue to struggle with the down turn in that industry, and it maintains all pro-life and second amendment protections that exist under current law. this bill is worthy of our strong support and i urge the adoption of this masterful package. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky yields back. the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, the chairwoman of the military
construction and veterans' affairs subcommittee, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for three minutes. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, madam speaker. and i thank the gentlewoman for yielding. i rise in support of this minibus package that but no means is perfect, and represents -- that by no means is perfect, and represents for sure a tough compromise. but it makes strong investments to protect our nation and uphold our values as americans. the commerce, justice, science division of this bill protects children by increasing missing and exploited children programs funding, but i was deeply disappointed that the house language, which would have directed $40 million specifically for the internet crimes against children program at d.o.j., was dropped from the final agreement at the insistence of senate republicans. this is inexcusable. "the new york times" just published an expose detailing
the explosion of child sexual abuse imagery on the internet. it is incumbent on congress to provide adequate sfor for the internet crimes against children task forces which were authorized by bipartisan legislation i passed to protect our children act in 2008. the internet crimes against children task forces have successfully rescued thousands of children and their success is directly attached to the amount of funding we provide for them to do investigations. notably the c.j.s. division also restores funding for the census bureau as it gears up for the 2020 census, providing $7.6 billion to the bureau to ensure that every citizen is -- everyone in the united states is counted and represented. c.j.s. also includes $19 million specifically for research to combat harmful algal blooms, which has devastated my state's coastal ecosystems and economy. i'm also pleased that the financial services division includes $1.3 million for local pool safety grant programs. drowning is the leading cause of
unintentional injury, death to children ages 1 to 4 in this country. which is why i sponsored and passed the safety act to create and fund these grants in 2007. additionally, this bill helps us protect and secure our democracy with $425 million for election security system grants to states, a vital provision that will help ensure our election security. the defense division of this package invests in our national security and our armed forces, providing $622.7 billion in base funding, which is an increase of $16.2 billion above the enacted and $88 billion above the president's own budget request. it also provides $110 million for peer reviewed d.o.d. cancer research funding, a long-time priority under the leadership of our chairwoman, and i'm proud and thankful that the language i sponsored to specifically include cancer in the final agreement is still in the bill. in total, the defense division provides almost $500 million for
cancer research. however, i do want to note that i was disappointed about the -- how the homeland security division turned out in this agreement. chairwoman roybal-allard put together an excellent house bill that included restrictions on the ability to transfer and reprogram funding for i.c.e. and c.b.p. the trump administration repeatedly violates congressional intent by shifting funding to i.c.e. beds and implement the dangerous and cruel migrant protection protocols. sadly, the bicameral agreement strips the house guard rails, i'm glad to see the house bill's immigration position is maintained. it also includes my language to demand -- madam chair, may i have an additional one minute? mrs. lowey: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: the legislation also includes my language to require on-demand admission to members of congress and d.h.s. facilities so we can conduct oversight without the administration whitewashing the reality inside before we arrive. that accountability is essential. the american people are counting on us to enact full-year spending bills that invest responsibly and provide
much-needed budget certainty. the bill also prohibits h.h.s. from turning over immigration information about potential sponsors of immigrants to our country, that is also vital to make sure that our immigrants are protected and they have sponsors that are eligible and don't live in fear of having their information -- their immigration status turned over to d.h.s. this bill does all of this and more. it is not perfect, but no compromise ever is. and i'm proud as a member of the promingses committee to join my colleagues in -- of the appropriations committee to join my colleagues in support of it. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from michigan, mr. molnar, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized for three minutes. mr. moolenaar: madam speaker, i want to thank you and chair lowey and ranking member granger for this opportunity to speak today on this appropriations
legislation. the bill before us right now provides crucial funding for our nation's military. giving our soldiers their biggest pay raise in a decade and providing resources they need to win on the battlefield. it's a strong complement to the next bill coming up today where we will fund the army corps of engineers and pass through congress historic progress at the sioux lock, funding the construction of a new lock that will be vital to shipping on the great lakes and american manufacturing. american manufacturing is responsible for millions of jobs and this legislation also supports hardworking men and women across our nation with the manufacturing extension partnership. constituents across my district have told me how this program does crucial work to support the production of michigan-made goods. another issue i know my constituents are concerned about is the opioid crisis and the threat of fentanyl to our communities. this legislation funds efforts at our nation's borders where
officials have already stopped thousands of pounds of fentanyl and heroin from entering our country. the opioid epidemic requires a robust effort from all levels of government, as well as law enforcement and medical professionals. the next bill also helps in this fight with record funding for the n.i.h., which will support research into nonaddictive treatments for pain, as well as the fight against cancer and alzheimer's. . final this bill funds noaa at the commerce department which with the great lakes initiative does outstanding work to protect our great lakes. the glri works with state and local government, conservation groups, and research universities, including central michigan university in my district. his year the glri is receiving $320 million in the legislation that is coming up next, and i know it will help protect the great lakes for future generations. i'm grateful for the support of many of these priorities from
our colleagues on the house appropriations committee, including leadership on both sides, and particularly from my friend from ohio, marcy kaptur, who visited the sioux locks with me and officials from the army corps this summer w that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i yield three minutes to the distinguished gentleman from texas, a member of the appropriations committee, mr. cuellar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. cuellar: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank my chairwoman, mrs. nita lowey, for all the work that she has been doing along with the staff. fantastic work. of course with my colleague from texas also, ms. granger, also for her and her staff for working together as a team. i'm speaking on this bill as -- any time you develop a consensus there are things that we might disagree, and i just have to say
that there are so many good things that i agree with. the work that they did for trade, commerce, education, health care, transportation, infrastructure, border security, the military, and our veterans. just to highlight a couple things. 673 million to hire more immigration judges and support staff. $7.5 billion, an increase in dollars for the census bureau. $8 million for the ticks so important for south texas. $50 million plus for the department of defense impact aid. and $20 million for the department impact aid for children with disabilities for our military bases in texas and across the nation. $32 million for carbon emission capture research and technology and storage. we are number one in texas and energy, but we want to make sure that we do it in a safe, environmental way. $135 million for small business development centers to make sure that we emphasize our small
business also. title 1 grants, our local schools got $16.3 billion. the pell grant we increased that to make sure that students have the money to go to college. i want to say thank you for that increase. on trade, there is money to hire 1,200 c.b.p. officers. once we pass nafta 2.0 later this week, we need to have those inspectors at the bridges. i want to thank the committee for adding that money. we also added $13 million to hire what we call border patrol coordinating officers. those are entry-level positions so we don't take border patrol or c.b.p. officers away from their work. we can have this new officers do the humanitarian care. unfortunately there is a little bit of money for the wall, which i don't agree with, but i do want to say thank you for the
language that i asked for, that is to make sure that we don't construct any fencing in certain areas of my district. the santa ana wildlife refuge. it the national butterfly center. brownsville. h in now we added the historical cemetery, no fence will be built in those areas. i also want to thank them for adding my language on making sure that the sit down with the local jurisdictions so if they have to work on the design or alignment, to mitigate community and environmental impact, i want to thank the committee for adding that language itself. again this is a good bill where the -- both sides got together. i want to thank ms. granger and mrs. nita lowey for the committee. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from texas. ms. granger: i reserve my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentlewoman from new york. madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the the gentlewoman from florida, a member of the appropriations committee, ms. frankel. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for two minutes. ms. frankel: thank you, madam speaker. thank you to our chair for your great work. madam speaker, later today in the energy and water resources bill, it will include significant funding for a critical, bipartisan environmental issue in my home state of florida. known as the river of grass, the everglades is 100-mile long natural region of tropical wetlands that is the main source of water for millions of floridians and visitors. it contains one of florida's and america's most popular national parks.
it is home to hundreds of animal species. the state of florida and the federal government are engaged in a long-term undertaking to restore its natural flow and improve water quality. this bill, madam speaker, includes $200 million for everglades restoration, the largest allocation ever by the federal government for this project. it will help protect south florida's magnificent ecosystem, keep our water safe, and drive our economy. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida yields back. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from tennessee, m fleischmann, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized for three minutes. mr. fleischmann: thank you, madam speaker. again i want to thank chairwoman lowey and ranking member granger, also ranking member simpson. today i rise, again, in support
of another one of our great appropriation bills. the energy and water and related agencies bills. testimony as the speaker knows i spoke earlier in very fervent support of the homeland security bill. the energy and water bill is robust, well funded. i spoke with a member of the press outside and the gentleman asked me over the past few years why the energy and water bill had been increased so much. and the answer is clear. it's because republicans and democrats in the house and senate and the administrations, including this administration as well, understands that the nation needs what the department of energy is doing. now, obviously i have a bit of a bias. i represent i think one of the greatest department of energy reservations at oak ridge. we have a national lab. we have the plant. we are building the uranium
processing facility. i thank the chairwoman for the robust funding for that great construction project. also legacy cleanup. all across the united states of america, not only in oak ridge and savannah river, hanford, washington. in los alamos, new mexico. republicans and democrats in communities are working together cleaning up legacy waste. there was a time in america when we were not as careful during the cold war and prior to world war ii when we manufactured these weapons and there was legacy waste out there. it's the obligation of the federal government to clean it up. it's high time that we do it. we are doing it with our funding priorities. whether it's our great national labs, there are 17 of them all across the united states, the nnsa, the office of science, it harkens me, again, at a time when we see a divided nation, a divided capital, that we can come together in very strong,
fervent, and robust agreement to support the -- this funding bill for the department of energy and its related agencies. that means our locks will be funded with the army corps of engineers. and all of our functions will be continued to be supported at the highest level. this keeps america at the forefront, ladies and gentlemen, my colleagues. we lead the world in super computing. we lead the world in materials research. we lead the world in advance manufacturing. thank you to my colleagues for your robust support of this bill. i urge its support with the other bills in this plan. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: ms. granger, are you eady to close? reserve.
ms. granger: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. granger: in closing i would like to take a few minutes to thank several individuals who were instrument in bringing this package to the floor tafmente first i'd like to thank my friend and full committee chair, nita lowey. though we don't always agree, she's respectful of other opinions and always works in good faith and a pleasure to work with. i'd also like to thank our republican members of the appropriations committee for their hartford work -- hard work to secure as many priorities as possible in this final passage. there were many other members who engaged in this process and their input was vital in producing a bill that reflects the input from our conference and the constituents they represent. it was also a pleasure to work with my senate appropriations committee colleagues, chairman richard shelby and vice chairman pat leahy. they were both incredibly tough negotiators. finally and certainly not least, i would like to thank the staff on both sides of the aisle in the house and the senate who
have worked virtually around the clock for the last month to bring this bill across the finish line. we have true professionals working for our committees and i think i speak for all members when i say just how thankful we are for their efforts. i urge my colleagues to join me in voting in favor of this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i urge support of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york yields back the balance of her time. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 765, the previous question is ordered. the question is on the motion by the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is agreed to. ms. granger: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman asks for the yeas
and nays? ms. granger: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york rise? mrs. lowey: madam speaker, pursuant to house resolution 1865, with p h.r. the senate amendment thereto and i have a motion at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the bill -- clerk will report the title of the bill, designate the senate amendment and report the motion. the clerk: h.r. 1865, an act to require the secretary of the treasury to mint a coin in commemoration of the opening of the national law enforcement museum in the district of columbia, and for other purposes. senate amendment. mrs. lowey of new york moves that the house concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 1865
with an amendment consisting of the text of rules committee print 116-44 modified by the amendment printed in house report number 116-353. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 765, the motion shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, and the gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneous material on the house amendment to the senate amendment to h.r. 1865. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for such time she may consume.
mrs. lowey: this domestic priorities and international assistance mini bus combines eight appropriation bills. labor-health and human services education, agriculture, energy and water development, interior environment, legislative branch, military construction, veterans' affairs, state foreign operations, and transportation housing and urban development. the appropriations committee is fortunate to have outstanding cardinals and they have done an extraordinary job negotiating these bills. because of their hard work we have secured record funding levels for head start, childcare and development block grant, title 1 schools, hundreds of millions of dollars in increases
for programs that expand access to housing. it $41.7 billion for lifesaving medical research at the n.i.h. a $2.6 billion increase and a record level. $25 million for gun violence prevention research at the c.d.c. and the n.i.h. which is being funded for the first time in more than 20 years. . strong funding for environmental protection, $9 billion for e.p.a., $495 million for the land and water conservation fund, and robust investments in clean energy to address the climate crisis. turning to my bill, i am proud that state and foreign operations subcommittee reached bipartisan agreement on a robust
bill that rejects the short-sighted, dangerous cuts proposed by the trump administration. our bill provides $54.7 billion in discretionary funding, which f.y. 2019,lion above and $11.3 billion above the request. to confront today's global challenges, from poverty to civil war, climate change to violent extremism, our bill provides strong investments in security, humanitarian and development assistance, basic education and global health programs like hiv-aids, nutrition, t.b. and malaria. it restores the state department
's and usaid staffing to 2016 levels and increases funding for many of our critical partners like the national endowment for democracy, the global fund, the s. institute of peace, the inter-american foundation and the u.s.-african development foundation. of critical importance, the bill limits the administration's ability to redirect or deviate from congressionally directed spending levels. amid all of these successes, i must note how disappointing it is that in these negotiations president trump and congressional republicans refuse to relent on their counterproductive assault on women's rights and health programs that provide basic
health care to women and families here and around the world. madam speaker, i join the appropriations committee because it is the best place to give more people a better chance at a better life. with this bill, we have lived up to that promise by making historic investments for the people. i am so proud that we are able to do so much good for children and families across the country and around the world. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this important legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: madam speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 1865, a bill that will provide
funding for the departments of labor, health and human services, education, agriculture, energy and water, interior, the legislative branch, military construction and the veterans administration, state and foreign operations and transportation and housing. this package protects the sanctity of life and provides vital tunding -- funding to promote the health and well-being of all americans. in particular, the bill maintains all prior-year pro-life protections and secures the largest pro-life victory in a generation, by maintaining the trump administration's title 10 family planning regulations. it provides funding to the national institutes of health to continue their groundbreaking research in the areas of alzheimer's disease and cancer research, including childhood cancers, and combats the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic in this country by providing funds
for prevention, treatment and recovery and research into alternative therapies for pain management. the bill also includes key provisions to help americans in rural areas, such as significant funding for broadband programs, support for those farmers and ranchers around the country severely affected by hurricanes, floods, drought and other national disasters in 2018 and 2019, and promotes economic growth and opportunity through loans for housing, utilities and businesses. increased funding for the army corps of engineers is also included in this package to support navigation and flood control improvements. in addition, the bill continues to advance the nation's all-of-the-above solutions to energy independence, through targeted investments in research and development. finally, the bill includes several key wins for the
military and veterans, as well as our diplomats abroad, such as an increase in funding for military construction and family housing projects, improved resources for veterans to address mental health and suicide, end homelessness and expand programs for female veterans. the bill strongly supports our ally, israel, and fulfills the u.s.-israel memorandum of understanding by providing funding for military assistance, and maintains funding to keep our embassies safe and secure. like the package we just debated, there are many provisions here that are good for our country. i hope we can move this bill quickly through the house and the senate so the president can sign it into law before funding runs out on friday, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas reserves the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i am
delighted to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from ohio, the chairwoman of the energy and water subcommittee, ms. kaptur. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized for three minutes. ms. kaptur: i thank our able chair for yielding me this time. thank you, chairwoman lowey, and ranking member granger, for bringing these important measures to the floor. the energy and water division of this bill makes critical investments in energy and water systems to sustain life on earth. to combat climate change. to build public water infrastructure. and to invest in nuclear security. i'd like to sincerely thank our ranking member, mr. simpson, who has been a truly constructive, able and amiable partner in these efforts, and i would like to thank our subcommittee staff, these young, gifted, patriotic americans, who have worked so hard to put this bill together. jamie, angie, scott, faruk,
mark, mike, and marcel. our bill rejects the president's short-sighted proposed cuts that would harm our nation's interests for both today and tomorrow. instead, our bill invests in the future, to meet serious national priorities. addressing the needs of the future, both economically and environmentally, requires that our nation be at the forefront of global innovation. the energy and water division of this bill moves our nation forward on that vital front. further, american companies require advanced means to produce and ship goods efficiently in a highly competitive and uneven global marketplace. we seek to advantage them. finally, ensuring water and electricity for millions of americans seems fundamental. but there are weighty, very weighty new challenges. we provide additional support to meeting those priorities.
we achieve this by providing $7.65 billion for the army corps of engineers, $652 million above 2019, likely our nation's premier infrastructure bill for 2020. we provide $1.66 billion for the bureau of reclamation, $110 million above 2019, for the desertization of western states. we provide $38.6 billion for the department of energy, $2.9 billion above 2019. within d.o.e., department of energy, we responsibly fund our nation's nuclear deterrent, while providing a significant boost for vital nonproliferation efforts. and our bill increases the department of energy's energy efficiency and renewable energy program, arpa-e, the advanced research programs, and the office of science, to sharpen america's edge to invent the
future and to ensure our nation's energy leadership, security and independence for generations to come, as all of our research labs, both public and private, across our our country are being hacked constantly by those who seek to steal our patents and our innovation. in sum, the energy and water division of this bill invests in innovative programs -- may i have an additional 30 seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. mrs. lowey: 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. kaptur: thank you. in sum, the energy and water division of this bill invests in innovative programs to yield future opportunities and jobs. our focus is ensuring future economic prosperity. we underpin national security. and we bolster economic security and trade. fundamentally, our work together prepares our country to mitigate, adapt to and intelligently manage the awesome challenges of climate change, including the significant water events across our country, including our great lakes region. our bill is needed more than ever to move america forward. we are living in a pivotal era.
i look forward to answering any questions that individuals may have privately. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. her time has expired. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers, for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized for five minutes. mr. rogers: madam speaker, i thank you and i rise today in support of this second appropriations package, to fund the government for fiscal year 2020. i especially want to state my heavy support for this portion of the bill that funds the state department and our foreign operations around the world. and i want to thank the distinguished chair, mrs. lowey, and the ranking member, ms. granger, on their masterful work to shepherd this compromise all the way through the maze that is
the congress, to this floor that we sit on today. i especially value chairwoman lowey's partnership on the state and foreign operations title of this bill, which she also chairs. she and i may differ on some issues. in fact, we do differ on some issues. but on the whole, this bill represents the priorities of congress in support of our national security. the agreement includes significant funding to secure our some 200-plus diplomatic posts around the world, embassies, consulates and the like, to support critical allies like israel, jordan, egypt, georgia, ukraine. it will allow us to respond to
the growing threat that china poses to our security. the bill prioritizes funding for latin american, as the region continues to face instability from the crisis in venezuela, as well as from the rampant drug problem and corruption. the bill also continues vigorous oversight of u.s. assistance, denies funding for the green climate fund, and respects the sanctity of life around the world. this package also includes a number of provisions of critical importance to my district in southern and eastern kentucky. first, there is a strong commitment to our coal miners and the communities where they live. i'm exceedingly proud that a bill i co-sponsored to protect our retired minors is also
included -- miners is also included in this bill. it ensures that these hardworking individuals receive the health care and the pensions that they've earned. and i hope the 100,000 families impacted by this provision will have peace of mind heading into this christmas season. this bill also provides $115 million for the abandoned mine lands pilot program, which has been monumentally successful in creating new economic development opportunities in appalachia. this funding is a strong complement to the appalachian regional commission, which is robustly funded at $175 million in this package. within the department of agriculture, there is strong emphasis on rural infrastructure, including broadband deployment. i'm also proud that my kentucky wildlands national heritage area study act is included in today's
package. i've been proud to work with leader mcconnell on this initiative to truly recognize the incredible natural and historic value of eastern kentucky. this legislation will ensure the veterans in our region receive the care they need and deserve. i'm advocating for a new pilot program to provide transportation assistance for our nation's many rural veterans like those in eastern kentucky. i'm grateful for the seed funding to get that all figured out. inally, nearly $6 billion is provided for opioid addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery. and research into alternative therapies for pain management. a new loan repayment program that is funded in the bill will
help get qualified treatment professionals and to underserved communities like ours in kentucky. but i'm especially thankful for he inclusion in this bill of sufficient funds to help us fight the problem of opioid addiction which got its start in my district some 15 years ago. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i urge support of this bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky yields back his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, the chairman of the transportation, housing, and urban development subcommittee, mr. price. the speaker pro tempore: for? the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for three minutes. mr. price: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to rise in strong support of h.r. 1865.
i want to first thank our chairwoman, nita lowey, also ranking member granger for their leadership and cooperation. and i want to thank my good friend, mario diaz-balart of florida for his collaborative approach. i couldn't ask for a better ranking member for our subcommittee work. the t h.u.d. section of this bill as we call it invests in america's transportation and housing infrastructure with the particular stress on safety, on addressing the needs of the most vulnerable, and on mitigating the impacts of climate change. it includes $74.3 billion in discretionary funding, that's an increase of $3.2 billion above the 2019 level, and it's $15.8 billion above the president's budget request. on the housing side of the ledger, all section 8 vouchers are renewed. the home program and community development block grants each receive $100 million in increased funding, and there is
a $95 million increase for public housing capital expenditures to address the growing maintenance backlog. vital transportation programs are also robustly funded, including $1 billion for build grants. we provide more than $3 billion in discretionary resources above authorized levels for highways, transit, and aviation projects affecting every state and territory in this nation. amtrak, competitive rail grant programs, and port infrastructure also receive strong funding. these investments support a renewed commitment to safety. the f.a.a. receives additional resources to bolster aircraft certification, including dedicated funding to hire new safety inspectors, engineers, and data scientists. every state will receive new funding to repair aging and deficient bridges. resources are provided to address hazards in federally assisted housing, such as carbon
monoxide, ray done, and -- radon, and lead. vulnerable populations are targeted in our prile. we prioritize assistance for them. for example, for the construction of new housing units for the elderly and disabled, new vouchers for veterans, as well as resources for the homeless, people with hiv-aids, necessaryic violence survivors, and at-risk youth. finally, i'm proud that this legislation lays the grountwork to integrate resiliency principles into the full range of programs under the bill's jurisdiction. for example, we require in this bill h.u.d. grantees to think ahead about storm and has around mitigationand hazard mitigation as part of their planning process. in closing we are proud of this bill. we urge its support. it makes forward-looking investments while boosting safety, protecting vulnerable populations. it will benefit and serve all american communities, urban and rural, and lay the foundation
for economic growth and prosperity. i urge colleagues to support this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield one minute to the gentlelady from washington, ms. herrera beutler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from washington is recognized for one minute. ms. herrera beutler: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 1865 which includes funding for the legislative branch. the recommendation for fiscal year 2020 legislative branch division provides for $5.049 billion. this is a 4.4% increase above fiscal 19. the allocation provides the budget request for the office of congressional workplace rights and the government publishing office, as well as increases for the house of representatives, capitol police, congressional budget office, library of congress, government accountability office, and open world leadership center. i'm really pleased this bill supports the capitol police as well as funding for important
architect of the capitol security infrastructure improvements to keep the capitol campus safe and the visitors safe and its staff and members and the folks who work here. i'm also supportive of the funding that supports a library of congress visitors experience enhancement and other programs that my constituents, all of our constituents, enjoy regularly. as well as upgrades to the capitol complex facilities for visitors and staff with disabilities, which will make it easier for the blind and visually impaired to access and enjoy the capitol complex. i appreciate -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. granger: i yield the gentlelady 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. herrera beutler: i appreciate the chairman's cooperation on support of several initiatives important to us and this institution. i would like to thank chairwoman lowey and ranking member granger for their support and guidance throughout this process. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of h.r. 1865. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time.
the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm very pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from georgia, the chairman of the agriculture subcommittee, the distinguished mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for three minutes. mr. bishop: i thank the gentlelady for the time. i rise in support of h.r. 1865. as chair of the agriculture, rural development, food and drug administration, subcommittee i'm pleased to briefly highlight the important national priorities addressed in this bill. from the safety of our food and medicines, to agriculture research, to rural development, and nutrition askisance, the programs in this bill test the lives of every american on a daily basis. the strong investments we make in this bill will improve people's lives at home and abroad. therefore our 20 agriculture bill provides $23.5 billion in discretionary funding, $183 million above the f.y. 19 level. in addition it provides the latest estimates for mandatory
programs required by law. it makes major investments totaling almost $3.8 billion in our rural communities, including $1.45 billion for rural water and waste program loans, and $545 million in grants nor clean and reliable drinking water systems. $640 million for broadband programs, including $555 million for the reconnect grants and loans. an issue with strong bipartisan support. the bill funds all of the domestic nutrition programs including snap, w.i.c., and the child nutrition programs sufficiently to meet anticipated participation in f.y. 20. in addition, it provides $35 million for the summer e.b.t. program, $30 million for the school kitchen equipment grants, $5 million for school breakfast exchanges grants. the bill provides $1.8 billion for farm programs, including $35 million to address staffing shortages at county offices to ensure farmers and producers receive the best possible customer service. it also extends and expands
disaster assistance to continue assisting farmers, ranchers, and producers in states that were devastated by natural disasters, including hurricane michael, the devastated my district. the legislation makes critical investments in agriculture research while providing $3.2 billion and $171 million increase over f.y. 19. we provided record levels of resources for the food for peace . these send american commodities all over the world to address global hunger and are an essential tool to american dim pacy. the food and drug administration receive $3.16 billion in discretionary funding with specific funding dedicated to fighting rare cancers, gaining efficiencies for generic drug abuse, improving response to food-borne outbreaks, and continued implementation of the good safety and modernation act of the the bill funds the commodity future trading commission at $315 million. a historic, necessary, and long overdue increase. i'm pleased that the bill
provides funding for several programs authorized in the 2018 farm bill, including the 1890 scholarship program. finally, i would like to thank chairwoman lowey and ranking member granger for their historic and effective leadership throughout the appropriations process. i would like to also thank the subcommittee's distinguished ranking member, mr. fortenberry. and of course -- the speaker pro tempore: the entleman's time has expired. the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. bishop: of course i have to give a tremendous shoutout to the hardworking appropriations committee staff, both majority and minority. they worked hard threw multiple challenges and they have delivered us a good bill although not perfect to avoid a government shut down. this is a good bill and i urge my colleagues to support it. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield the
gentleman from idaho, mr. simpson, four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized for four minutes. mr. simpson: i thank the gentlewoman for yielding time. i rise today in support of h.r. 1865 the further consolidated appropriations act for fiscal year 2020 and particularly the division c, the energy and water development and related agencies appropriation act. before i get into the details of the bill, i would like to thank several members involved in this effort. my chairwoman, marcy cap turks and our senate partners, lamar zearned and dien feinstein. we have worked several energy and water conferences together and i continue to appreciate the cliegeability and determination to advance national and constituent interests that my colleagues bring to the discussions. i also like to thank our full committee leadership, chairwoman lowey and ranking member granger, here in the house and chairwoman -- chairman shelby and ranking member leahy in the senate for their leadership and support throughout this year's process. as ranking member of the house energy and water appropriations subcommittee, i believe this fiscal year 2020 energy and
water bill is a good bill and i am pleased that so many house republican priorities are included in this final bill. first and foremost, the bill strongly supports our national nurt programs providing a total of $16. billion for the national nuclear security administration, including weapons activities, defense nuclear nonproliferation and naval reactors. weapons activities are funded at $12.5 billion, an increase of $1.4 billion above fiscal year 2019. within this amount the bill fully fund our nuclear weapons systems, including each nuclear weapons life extension, alteration, and modification program, as well as activities to rebuild production capabilities for strategy materials such as plutonium pits. the bill cls substantial investments in our nation's water resources infrastructure. the core of engineers is fund at a total of $-- corps of engineers is fund at $7.65 billion. within this amount an estimated
$1.63 billion is for the harbor maintenance trust fund activities. that level exceeds the annual hmtf target. it represents 91st5% of the estimated revenues compared to the original fiscal year 2020 target of 80% established in wrda in 2014. one of my personal priorities, the bill promotes innovation and growth in nuclear energy. an increase of $160 million above fiscal year 2019. within this amount, the bill establishes a new advance nuclear reactor demonstration program. the goal is to build new demonstration reactors by the 2020's in a move towards commercializing the next generation of carbon freerks nuclear energy technologies to be deployed here in the united states and around the globe. i'm last pleased to see several provisions included in other divisions of this bill, specifically the interior and environment appropriation bill includes many important policies and funding provisions to ensure
that sang grass remains off the endangered species list. the agreement could not be more important for rural counties thanks to full funding for pilt and two years of s.r.s. funding. this agreement is historic because it will be the first time the forest service and detcht interior will have access to budget cap adjustments for wildfire fighting. this allows wildfires finally to receive equal treatment with our natural disasters and allows our land management agencies to focus on prevention efforts to get ahead of the issue. in the agricultural appropriation bill this agreement delivers vital research funding for potatoes and other commodities and an important step forward for the sheep station in idaho and acknowledges the stakeholders who seek to collaborate and grow future research at the station. i'm eager to tint momentum to build capacity at dubois. finally, and probably most importantly, i want to thank the staff. the staff of all our subcommittees, particularly the
ones i work with on interior and energy and water. they do a tremendous job for us and they are here on weekends, they are here during holidays and other times. behind the scenes. putting together these bills. this is a job we could not do without their support. all in all this appropriations package -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. simpson: and core prates many priorities and i urge my colleagues to support t. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from connecticut, the distinguished chair of the labor, health, human services and hecation subcommittee, ms. delauro -- and education subcommittee, ms. delauro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. the gentlewoman from connecticut.
ms. delauro: madam chair, i rise to speak about the fiscal year 2020 appropriations bill for the labor, health, human services, education and related agencies subcommittee. the labor-h bill reflects our priorities as a nation. it touches our constituents at every single stage of their life, from birth to retirement, from -- for their health, their work and their education. it provides people with a better chance at a better life. and for years, the labor-h bill has been short changed. and now we are making up for lost ground. we fought the senate to win crucial investments, and the results -- a hard-fought positive bill with a net ncrease of $3.5 -- 3.5% over 2019, or $6.5 billion more for the people of this country. i first want to say a thank you to congresswoman nita lowey, the full appropriations chair, her
leadership and dedication to labor-h helped to ensure that this bill could create real opportunity for people. i want to say thank you to our ranking member, kay granger, for her dedication and determination. and let me acknowledge congressman tom cole, my partner, the ranking member of the subcommittee. we have found common ground over and over again, which is rooted in our shared values about what is good for the people of this country. let me describe some of the investments. education, $550 million increase for child care and development block grant. $550 million increase for head start. $25 million increase for preschool development grants. $450 million increase for title one. $400 million increase for special education. and a new initiative in social, emotional learning, including $65 million in innovation grants. $93 million increase for
minority serving institutions. and a $150 increase to the pell grant. in health, $2.6 billion increase for the national institutes of health. $637 million increase for the centers for disease control and prevention. that includes tobacco prevention, public health data modernization, and suicide prevention. full funding for a new h.i.v. initiative to eliminate new transmissions of h.i.v. over the next decade. and continued high funding for state opioid grants. i am disheartened that the republicans obstructed us from defending women's health, from the administration's attack on the title 10 program. we will continue that long fight and we will win in the near term. all women's reproductive health must be on equal footing. an incredible win was $25 million for evidence-based gun violence prevention research. the first time in 20 years we
have provided money and resources to look at research on trying to prevent gun violence. it follows our hearing on gun violence research, that was the first hearing that we had. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. delauro: thank you. the significance of the achievement cannot be overstated. it will save lives. labor, $48 million increase for worker protection. $30 million increase for work force innovation and opportunity for state grants. $25 million increase for job corps, a new $40 million grant for community colleges to train people for in-demand jobs. for too long, workers and families have been short-changed, we fought hard, we are making up for lost ground, we can make opportunity real for people. let me say a thank you to the staff on this job. our names are on the door, but the staff people, subcommittee, robin, julie, jackie, lori,
jarod, phillip, brad, my staff, letty, liz, kaitlin, the minority staff, susan and catherine. as i say, our names are on the door, but you do the work for us. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart, for three minutes. the chair: the gentleman from -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for three minutes. mr. diaz-balart: madam chairman, i rise to support this bill. i particularly want to talk about the transportation and housing portion of it. chairman price and i worked with our senate colleagues to craft a fair agreement to meet our nation's transportation and housing needs. the t-hud discretionary total is $74 billion which is $1.5 billion below the house-passed level. i would note that there are a lot of pressures in this bill because the bill requires -- we required $2 million above last year just to meet housing inflation. and another $2 billion just to make up for lost receipts. so there's a $4 billion hole to start with. some tough choices had to be made. let me talk about specifics.
$2.4 billion for high grants which provide funding directly to our state's dot. $1 billion for grants to help transform communities. $225 million for port infrastructure. this bill also emphasizes safety, safety. that's something we should all be proud of. for h.u.d., we provide $3.4 billion for community development block grants. a huge priority for both members, democrats and republicans. the bill meets our commitment to provide housing assistance to our most vulnerable, including the elderly, the disabled and our veterans. and i'm particularly proud and pleased that the bill provides $2.8 billion for homeless assistance. i've seen the results of this program firsthand. in miami-dade county, we eliminated homelessness among veterans in our county. and a final point on the t-h.u.d., i would not -- i would note that this agreement drops all, all of the controversial riders in the bill. but again, once again, chairwoman lowey and ranking member granger led, led us through this very difficult
negotiation by working day and night and never giving up and we're grateful for their leadership. finally, i would like to thank chairman price for his friendship and his partnership. he's been a joy and a delight to work with. as well as our senate counterparts, senator collins and reed. i'm proud of this bill. i think it's a great bill for transportation and infrastructure and also for our housing needs and i would urge a yes vote and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm very pleased to yield three minutes to the distinguished gentlewoman from minnesota, the chair of the interior subcommittee, ms. mccollum. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized for three minutes. ms. mccollum: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, chair lowey. i rise in support of this bill. it's a product of bipartisan negotiations that reflects compromise and shared desires to fund the federal government. the interior environment section
provides $36 billion which is $437 million more than last year's fiscal 2019 enacted bill. we make critical investments in environmental protection, in indian country, to public lands and the arts. and here's a few highlights. $43 million for pfas research to set standards for clean drinking water and for cleaning up pfas. an additional $24 million for e.p.a. enforcement and compliance activities. that's the first increase in a decade. and the largest increase in a decade for the national endowment of the arts and the humanities. each funded at $162 million. and the land and water conservation fund is at the highest level since 2003, at $495 million in new funding. the bill enhances the e.p.a.'s ability to protect human health, the health of our environment, providing $9.08 billion, the second highest level ever for
the agency. an all-time high for environmental justice funding is included at over $10 million. it also provides record funding for the endangered species program at a time when one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. we committee our committee's nonpartisan approach to our ative community. in the bill, we are serious about addressing the climate crisis and recognizing the importance of science and understanding how our planet is changing. we prioritize funding by providing $52 million for renewable energy development, $116 million for climate change research and adaptation activities, and $30 million in increases. programs in the interior bill impact all of us. preserving our natural and cultural heritage, ensuring the air we breathe and the water we drink is clean, not only for
today, but for future generations. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this bill. i wholeheartedly thank staff on both sides for their help in making this happen. and with that, madam chair, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota yields back. the gentlewoman from texas. ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from nebraska, mr. fortenberry, for four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized for four minutes. mr. fortenberry: thank you, madam speaker. first of all, let me say how thankful i am for the leadership of chairman bishop and for the partnership that we've developed over this past year. it's been truly remarkable. i also want to thank chair lowey and our ranking member granger for all of their intensive effort around this important piece of legislation and all of the staff. this is good for america. in agriculture, madam speaker -- and agriculture, madam speaker, is in its essence really essential to the well-being of our country. the agriculture portion of this entire package includes support for the hard work of our farmers and ranchers and producers who give us something that we really
all do take for granted -- some of the lowest grocery prices in the world. as well as protection for the most vulnerable who are in the midst of food insecurity. and disaster relief for humanitarian causes. madam speaker, in the midst of a house divided, i'd like to say this. food is food. a meal brings us together. agricultural production is the basis for economic and social well-being and i'm very proud of this effort. we found a reasonable path forward to consensus in meeting the needs of fellow members. this cooperation allowed us to fight hard to defend in a bipartisan fashion house member priorities. for example, this bill includes funding streams for the rebuilding and of critical infrastructure needed in our rural communities. from housing to utilities, to economic development. specifically, the bill includes $555 million for the reconnect broadband program we started just two years ago.
the senate bill didn't include this money for this base utility, but we have. the bill includes an additional $87 million for other rural broadband initialtives that help bridge the gap and create an ecosystem of liveability, for telework, telehealth, precision agriculture and a host of beneficial digital outcomes for rural america. but beyond food, our -- this bill also includes a certain level of responsibility for our nation's health care policy. we support initiatives at the food and drug administration to enhance blood safety, stop opioid abuse, reduce generic drug prices and further food safety. continued investments in generic drug competition will help bring down prices for the health care needs of all of our constituents. the bill before us maintains a number of very important provisions such as a buy america requirement for water and waste infrastructure, and flexibilities for child nutrition programs.
interestingly as well, the sale of tobacco and vaping products now moves to 21 years of age. no bill includes everything you fight for, but this bill includes a number of benefits for americans in our diverse communities back home. it supports a number of small yet highly impactful programs, enhancing nutrition programs for native americans, supporting the farm and ranch stress assistance network, and the rural microenterprise assistance program. but, madam speaker, let me highlight the importance of one particular program, the farm to school. we are on the verge of a new movement in this country. connecting the farm to the family, the city to the country. people want to know where their food comes from, madam speaker. and programs like this will inspire our youth, build new markets and uphold the value of agriculture to all americans. this is a good bill for all of us and i urge its support. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the distinguished gentleman from ohio, the chairman of the legislative branch subcommittee, mr. ryan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is ecognized. for three minutes. mr. ryan: thank you, madam chair. i'm pleased to rise in support f h.r. 1865, in particular division e, fiscal year 2020 legislative branch appropriations. my thanks go to the full committee chairwoman lowey, her ranking member, kay granger, for
putting this entire bill together. not just the subcommittee. this has been an amazing process. i want to thank my minority counterpart, representative herrera beutler, who have all guided and supported this bill through. i'm pleased to announce there's a $213 million increase to the legislative branch appropriations bill, $4.4 -- 4.4% above fiscal year 2019. this bill gives members and committees the funding needed to improve their constituents' services and legislative oversight responsibilities. with this bill, we've been able to increase our members' representational allowance, support committee budgets, restore funding shortfalls, in the account that pays house health and retirement benefits, the bill will allow an increase in internal allowances from $20,000 to $25,000 per member office so that a more diverse group can apply without worrying about the financial burden of working for free. .
the bill continues to fund the bound r wounded warrior program, as well as the new congressional gold star family fellowship program. we provided fund for the office of diversity and inclusion and others so congress has the cools to encourage greater staff diversity and effectively handle whistleblower complaints. it also includes funding to extend the select committee on the modernization of congress. the bill increases funding for our important support and oversight agencies, the c.b.o., the g.a.o., the g.p.o., and the capitol police. members will be pleased to learn that our bill provides another $10 million for the library of congress visitors experience for a project total of $20 million. i'm pleased that the bill includes a provision that permits an increase in the pay levels of senior congressional staff. i would also like to just make a
comment or two on the broader bill. i think speaker pelosi said this earlier in the day, and i know chairwoman lowey said it earlier in the day and the last few days. this appropriations bill, while it lacks things like the butch lewis act where we need to take care of pensions for some of our workers out in the country, this bill's about the future. and there are investments in here and social and emotional learning, healthy food, the department of energy creating an energy incubator fund so we can win the economy in the future around new forms of energy. this bill has money in it for new auto companies, $5 million for the advance technology vehicle manufacturing loan program, which will allow facilities like the one in lourdestown, ohio, to refurbish itself. this is a good bill. i encourage people to vote for this bill. this bill will help america win
the future. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield to the gentleman from ohio, mr. joyce, for four minutes. mr. joyce: i thank my ranking member for the time and for the opportunity to speak today on the interior and environment appropriations subcommittee. i also want to thank the chair of the subcommittee, my friend and fellow great lake advocate, congresswoman betty mccollum. we have worked tirelessly over the past month to negotiate a reasonable compromise in order to be able to deliver the product before you today and avoid a government shut down. while it's not the bill i would have written, there are things in here that i might not necessarily agree with, i do believe there is more in this bill that unites us than divide us. the bill increases america's investment in our own abundant energy and mineral resources. it fully funds the payment in lieu of taxes program which is so critical to counties with federal lands.
it also invests $1.8 billion for maintenance and construction of our nation's parks and our other public lands. this agreement also provides for a 29% increase to fight devastating wildfires that threaten our communities. this agreement provides an additional $392 million for health care, law enforcement, and related programs to honor our country's sacred trust and treaty obligations to the american indians and alaska natives. i'm deeply proud of our nonpartisan efforts in support of these important programs. just as important for the targeted funding increases for the long-standing policy provision, we have fought to hold on to, the new poison pill we have successfully fought to eliminate. for example, if succeeded in continuing two provisions blocking the green new deal regulation of greenhouse gas emission from livestock. successfully blocked at the department of interior and relocation of the b.l.m. and
e.p.a. offices. finally, as a lifelong ohioan, i want to highlight the work we did to protect the great lakes. one of the greatest natural resources economic powerhouses in the united states. it holds 95% of the united states' fresh surface water. it supports over 1.5 million jobs and $62 billion in wages annually. protect the great lakes is not a reddish shoe or bluish shoe. many members of congress from both sides of the aisle understand the important role the lakes play in our lives and the need to protect them. my colleague, betty mccollum, has been a great partner to work with in my fight to protect the great lakes and i'm happy to report the conference agreement includes $320 million, a $20 million increase for the great lakes restoration initiative. which helps us provide and address carp and runoff that causes harmful al ga blooms and protect and preserve the great lakes for future generations. in closing i want to thank chairman lowey and ranking
member granger for their leadership. and the staff on both sides of the aisle for their extremely hard work to get annual appropriations bills over the finish line once again. i urge all my colleagues to vote yes on this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, the distinguished chairwoman of the military, construction, veterans' affairs subcommittee ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for three minutes. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, madam speaker. i thank chairwoman lowey for yielding. i rise in support of this funding package which includes military construction and veterans' affairs funding which i'm privileged to chair. and seven other appropriations bills. this package increases funding for our national priorities and soundly rejects president trump's unseriously and immoral budget. this package increases funding and makes sure that our bicameral, bipartisan compromise we reached on the military
construction and veterans' affairs bill meets the needs of our service members, supports our military families, and provides for our veterans. i want to underscore that the agreement does not provide any money for back filling the funding that president trump took, really stole from our military projects after he declared a fake national emergency for the border wall. it also denies advanced back filling for the administration for their next attempt to steal more funding. there are zero dollars in the military construction veterans' affairs legislation for this wasteful border wall project. we secured a solid billion dollar increase in military construrks noteably in -- construction, notably in family housing. fully funds family housing construction at $1.3 billion and includes $140.8 million for costs associated with mold, lead-based paint and vermin. i am disappointment we could not get the agreement to limit the transfer funds for all milcon dollars, i'm pleased we were able to prevent vital disaster fund interesting being
transferred in the few tumplete the administration needs to think twice about moving money from congressionally approved projects to fund a border wall and understand that there is no backdoor around congress' power of the purse. i'm proud that the bill includes $585 million in funding for gender specific care for women for the first time. as well as additional funding for homeless assistance programs, whole held, and mental health and suicide prevention programs. as meafment energy and water subcommittee i'm thrilled by how much this bill invests in water infrastructure, clean energy, and economic ecosystem restoration and how much this bill helps my home state of florida. the bill includes mine and other floridians' request for full funding for everglades restoration. -- i'm also proud to have helped secure six new construction starts and funding to help major ports like port everglades in my district expand and adapt to the modern economy. as a breast cancer survivor i'm
glad that the labor d. hhs bill includes language i sponsored that young women have coverage beginning at age 40. it also includes $5 million to fund my early act legislation for the c.d.c. to promote breast cancer awareness for young and at-risk women. the foreign operations division ensures america helps venezuelans suffering through instability and economic pain and includes funding for democracy promotion, human rights, and civil society programs in venezuela. i'm pleased the mini bus also legislation that i sponsored and worked on with my south florida colleagues, the venezuela emergency relief democrat sayciesance and development act will require greater monitoring and strategies to prevent russian mendeling in venezuela's affairs, increase humanitarian aid, and restrict the exportation of weapons used to stifle domestic assent in venezuela. i urge all members to support this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the the gentlewoman from texas. ms. granger: yield to the gentleman from new jersey, mr.
smith, two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for two minutes. mr. smith: thank you very much. i want to thank both leaders, i want to thank kay grarninge for her extraordinary support for legislation that i authored that are two bills included in this act. thank you to nita lowey as swell, the -- as well, the distinguished chairwoman. the first bill is the tick act. i introduced the lime disease -- lyme disease initiative act of 1998. every two years, ever congress with well over 100 co-sponsors would have a bill that looked to create a national strategy in combating lyme disease t would also -- decease. this legislation includes that strategy. it's now named after senator kay haigen who sadly tied from a tick born disease in october, but it provides a national strategy, $150 million authorization for lyme research, prevention, and treatment programs. and enable additional federal agencies a step up and coordinate their efforts in the fight against lyme. as we know from the working
group, 300,000 new cases every year. high-end estimate is 437 thousand cases. chronic lyme is a serious problem. the n.i.h. came out with their new strategy. i'm very grateful to the trump administration for doing that. because there is no real detection capability that's reliable so the diagnosis is often faulty and there is also the very real problem, no their pudics that can deal with lime disease, especially if it's missed in the beginning from a tick bite. i want to thank you for that. the second bill has to do with ending neglected tropical diseases. another bill that just passed this house is my bill, on december 3. we know for a fact that 1.4 billion people are walking around with horrific worms and parasites which causes death but also there is a great deal of morbidity attached to it. and thankfully this legislation has that bill in its entirety. i want to thank you.
you don't have to worry about the senate take up the bill, it's in this bill and will become law. i have had a number of hearings on neglected tropical diseases in africa and other places, particularly the warm environment. people are walking around with parasites, they are walking around -- all the diseases -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. smith: i'm very, very grateful. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, i'm very pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished gentlewoman from california, a senior member of the appropriations committee, ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for one minute. ms. lee: thank you very much. first, madam speaker, let me thank chairwoman lowey for yielding. also for your tremendous and tireless workday and night on behalf of the american people. also to our ranking member, kay granger, for your leadership, thank you very much. i rise in strong support of this domestic and foreign assistance appropriations bill.
first as a member of the labor, health, human services, education, and related agencies subcommittee and also the agriculture subcommittee. i'm really pleased to see such a comprehensive bill that strongly invests in our rural and urban communities. for example, there is a 2 6 million towards the new ending h.i.v. initiative. this is new funding. we have an increase of $42 million to historically black colleges and university, a $19 million increase to hispanic serving institutions. these institutions help improve the higher education of our students of color. and also an increase in the healthy food financing initiative and the college hunger fund, which -- college hunger initiative which this bill addresses. it also includes 65 million for the education, innovation, and research grants for computer science for young girls and students of color. also 20 million, mind you, for special olympics education programs which the president's
budget initially proposed to eliminate. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. lee: i want to thank claire of the state foreign operations and related programs subcommittee for the increase for our international aides program and for the global fund. thank you again. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield the gentlelady from puerto rico, miss gonzalez yonal, two minutes. soap the the gentlewoman from puerto rico is recognized for two midgets. miss gonzalez-colon: thank you for yielding. i appreciate the hard work and bipartisan work that you and chairwoman lowey and the leadership have put together to make this bill a reality. i rise in strong support of this spending package for fiscal year 2020 because it includes several provisions that directly impact 3.2 million citizens living in puerto rico. by providing funding for nutritional assistance program,
as well as work work air national guard projects and army corps of engineers among others. i'm especially pleased of the agreement to provide a two-year funding for the island medicaid program. the funding levels included in the bill will give certainty to it 1.1 million beneficiaries who rely on this program to meet their health care needs and -- as well as put into effect several critical sustainability measures. designed to enhance the provision of health care. these guarantee of funding for the next two years considers an important step forward to correcting the problems of rising chronic underfunding of the program. i look forward to continuing this conversation for a long-term solution that can guarantee americans in work work a standard of health care that we can expect from the nation as great as ours. with that thank you, ranking member, and i yield back. .
mrs. lowey: i yield to the gentlewoman from california who is an appropriator and she is in our been invaluable discussions of this bill and these the completion of bills in an orderly, timely way, distinguished proementor, he speaker -- distinguished ppropriator, the speaker, ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. thespeaker: i want to thank gentlelady for yielding in a gracious way. i want to thank her for her tremendous leadership as chair appropriations committee, to bring a bill to the floor meeting shared values, the needs of the american people and to commend congresswoman -- member, kay granger, for her leadership as well, so bipartisan strong
support in meeting the needs of the american people. i congratulate you, madam chair, -- for ng all our getting all our bills done this summer. across the aisle an around the clock to craft appropriations bill to the floor. as you said, i am an appropriator. said to the administration and others, left to their own evices, our appropriators can get the job done. working inxperienced a bipartisan way. they understand everyone's concerns and regional needs and rest, and that we must, by the clock, get the job done. thank you for doing that and making today possible. weekend, i r, this bipartisan to join a delegation to observe the 75th anniversary of the battle of the bulge. spent time in lucks omberg
luxemburg and we met with members of the community. the arch duke. wonderful.l what was really important and the purpose of our visit was to with our own veterans, now are ars later, who revisiting the site and to thank ongoing to hear their stories and to hear their purpose in fighting. some of them were as young as 18 ears old at the battle of the bulge. you do your math. 90's.re in their one was 20, another 21. them full of vitality and concern about our country as we go forward. promised them in a
tribute to their courage, their determination, their patriotism, toknow our responsibility is build a future worthy of their sacrifice. nd that we also want to always be ready to meet the needs of our men and women in uniform they protect and defend democracy and freedom as our -- 75 ns did 73 years ago. mr. connolly was with us. will probably agree that -- and so i am glad in this legislation, we meet the needs of those providing for our -- defense and security of our country to make us the home of the brave and land of the free. i do believe that our success on this legislation began when together, we were able to come to an agreement on the make sure that although we obviously all support our security, we want to be
sure that people understood that of easure the strength america not just in our military might but in the health, education, and well-being of the american people. and this part of the agenda -- does just that. we will vote on the earlier part the part that deals with, shall we say, the health well-being of the american people. with this agreement, we are investing in the good health of the american people. quality, tecting the affordable health care of millions as we permanently repeal health care taxes and the president's a.c.a. sabotage nuclear options by ending ng him from auto loading and re-enrollment. we have robust funding for the health institutes of that our distinguished colleague, mr. smith of new mentioned. continue our leadership to combat the opioid epidemic and onoring the responsibility of
our fellow americans in puerto rico and the other territories. wanted more. of course, we need to get more at some point, but for now, we very pleased of the fact that we have two years adequate forward.o go forward to look preparing further into the future. while this legislation does not contain permanent fixes for itrything, we are proud that lays the groundwork for further rogress to end the financial catastrophe of surprise billing, to lower prescription drug to extend robust funding for key health initiatives. this appropriations package also chieves critical victories for the nationals -- as i mentioned, our national security and the economic security of the america people. our appropriation legislation makes america safer at home by violence search at the c.d.c. and the national institutes of health for the more than 20
years. thank you. funding election security grants protect against foreign ttacks, which the minority refused -- the republicans, then the majority, refused to do last year. andthese bills make workers families stronger. re-authorizing -- protecting the of 100,000 coal miners. job creating on export-import bank, extending the national flood insurance program, protecting schools, small businesses, and other of communities, as well as commercial interests by re-authorizing the terrorism insurance program and doing so in a timely fashion. tax provisions through 2020 that encourage investments in clean energy, relief for families recovering from disasters, support investments in low-income communities with the low-income housing tax credit, facing ects families
high medical costs with the lot foreclosure. again, this is very personal. people always talk about coming to washington having a seat at table. the most important seat at the table for us is the seat at table, where chen people talk about their plans or the future, how they intend to meet their financial obligations, whether it's the children, of their mortgage on their home, their medical expenses, providing for own pension, future. personally and officially, i am roud that this legislation takes strong action to advance the health and well-being of children. the most important issues facing the congress are the well-being our children, , our children. trengthening families first prevention services, securing ecord level funding for head start, title 1 schools and for thousands ng
of schools in rural communities across 41 states, because there better investment that congress can make than the investment in the education of our children. way, by the way, there is nothing that we can do more resources to the federal treasury than early ng in education, childhood, k-12, higher education, lifetime learning workers.aining for our i also want to acknowledge the investment this legislation does in idea, eeting the needs of our children with challenges. our title and job description re one and the same, representative. today, we must pass this legislation so we can meet the needs of the people whom we are represent.to i know this is going to be a strong bipartisan vote, and i hink that's a very good thing for the health, the economic security, and the well-being of the american people. very much, ranking
member granger, thank you very ofh, madam chair, and to all our leadership of our subcommittees who made this for us.ul day possible i urge a strong bipartisan vote one, minibus one and a great wo and investment for our children, our children, our children. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the california, them speaker of the house, yields balance of her time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: madam speaker, in losing, this is a strong conservative package that provides the president with the funding and authority he needs. passing these to bills through the house and senate and getting them to the president's desk for his before time runs out on friday. madam speaker, before i close, i special thanks to anne marie, ctor, for her tireless leadership process.t the
o her wisdom has been invaluable and the subcommittee members. urge support of this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, as we close debate on this important package, i want to thank the who made orking staff this possible. while there are too many to name my all, many thanks to staff at the state and foreign operations subcommittee, my staff led by ee shalanda young, chris, and to the minority staff as well. and to the extraordinary staff in my congressional office, i appreciation,ss my because it is teamwork that brought us to this point and, speaker, i urge support for the bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york yields the balance of her time. all time for debate has expired. to house resolution
65, the previous question is ordered. the question is on the resolution offered by the mrs. woman from new york, lowey. all those in favor say aye. all those opposed, no. the ayes have it. motion is agreed to. ms. granger: i ask for the yeas and nays. the peaker pro tempore: gentlewoman from texas asks for the yeas and nays. 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. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. proceedings will resume on previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2548, the motion in the senate
amendment to h.r. 1865 with an and the motion to concur on the senate amendment with an amendment. the first electronic vote will e conducted as a 15-minute vote. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. now a 15-minute vote. 20,uant to clause 8 of rule the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the mrs. woman from texas, fletcher, to suspend the rules h.r. 2548, as amended. the clerk will report the title. bill to : h.r. 2548, a modify eligibility requirements for certain hazard mitigation programs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house uspend the rules and pass the
bill, as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. indicated, this is a 15-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.]
nays are seven. 2/3 having responded in the ffirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the to the on agreeing motion to concur in the senate h.r. 1805 with an amendment offered by the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. on which the yeas and nays were ordered. redesignate the motion. the clerk: motion offered by york.owey of new the speaker pro tempore: the on agreeing to the motion to concur.
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the messenger: message from the senate. the secretary: madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has passed s. 4257. the president george h.w. bush robert bush act which the concurrence of the house is requested. e speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the motion to concur in the senate amendment on h.r. 1158, with amendment offered by the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the clerk will designate the motion. the clerk: motion offered by rs. lowey of new york. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on agreeing to the motion to concur.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york rise? >> mr. speaker, i send to the desk a concurrent resolution and ask unanimous consent for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 81, concurrent resolution directing the clerk of the house of representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of h.r. 1158. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the concurrent resolution? without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider s laid on the table.
for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york rise? mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i send to the desk a concurrent resolution and ask unanimous consent for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 82, concurrent resolution directing the clerk of the house of representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of h.r. 1865. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the concurrent resolution? without objection, the concurrentres. slough agreed to -- the concurrent resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on suspending the rules and passing h.r. 4719 as amended. which the clerk will report by title.
the clerk: h.r. 4719, a bill to amend the federal share of the fishing safety standards grants. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. pursuant to clause of rule 20, the unfinish -- clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is on suspending the rules and passing h r. 2726 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: h.r. 2726, a bill to amend title 49 of united states code to prohibit smoking on amtrak trains. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house sprulls and pass the bill? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. the house will be in order. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. rise today on this ninth day of salt because a bipartisan group of mayors have shared with me state -- me statements about how salt is harming residents in my district. the current trend is to sell the
house and pack the moving trucks right after the youngest child gradge waits from high school. the cap makes new jersey much less attractive for the average, hardworking new jersey family. the mayor of woodland park said 5 % of woodland park taxpayers pay more than $10,000 in local property taxes and that doesn't include their state taxes. that's over $1,8 -- that's over 1,800 residential property owners in our town. another mayor said the average roperty tax in his town is $1,840, 40% is no longer deduckable. that impacts people's pockets and impacts housing values. the mayor of the borough of waled elle -- caldwell said caldwell families manage their finances and tax liability closely. the speaker pro tempore: the entlewoman's time has expired.
ms. sherrill: thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight the department of agriculture's dairy margin coverage program. mr. thompson: the dairy margin coverage program, d.m.c. program, is a relatively new voluntary risk management tool for dairy pr deucers authorized in the 2018 farm bill. it replaces the margin protection program for dairy. as everyone knows, the industry is judget to -- subject to many unpredictable or uncontrollable factors. weather has left a sizable impact on production this year. he d.m.c. program exists for times like this. when factors outside of our control impact agriculture
yields. the enrollment period for d.m.c. program is extend through the ecember 20678 usda website has a lot of information on the program. agriculture is pennsylvania's number one industry with dairy being the largest sector. with just a few days left to enroll i'd like to encourage our hardworking dairy farmers to take advantage of the tools at their disposal like dairy margin coverage. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? without objection the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to celebrate the life of pete brady. i'm reminded of something my minister at harvard used to say often, the radical news of the gospel is not that heaven is a destination of the faithful. the radical news is that god wants us to flourish in our
present lives. our earthly existence. and to do so more in the future than in the past. mr. speaker, pete flour rushed. even in his darkest day he is looked toward the future. he was the epitome of strength, leadership, and courage, both as an athlete and an advocate. i have met a lot of inspiring people in this job but none more so than pete. mr. moulton: because of you, pete, we will cure a.l.s. julie, lucy, john, nancy, jennifer, and andrew, thank you for sharing him with us. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. -- let me tell
you if you come from the state of illinois you understand what it is to have an impeachment that's compelling. overwhelming, and bipartisan. and what it looks like. if you're a member on this house and you served from illinois you know because your constituents know as well. a decade ago, the illinois general assembly impeached governor blagojevich. mr. bost: there was clear and convincing evidence of crimes committed by the governor. i served on that bipartisan committee to reck 34e7bd impeachment, recommended by the committee 21-0. after impeachment advanced to the floor it passed 114-1, and the one that dissented was his sister-in-law. let me tell you that that was compelling, overwhelm, and bipartisan. what we have that we're dealing with here this week is not a crime. and it is not overwhelming. and it is not compelling. and it sure isn't bipartisan. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i echo the comments of my colleague from massachusetts, mr. moulton. on december 9, the united states lost a great hero. crushed a s once home run at fenway but he'll be remembered for another reason. a.l.s. would go on to rob him of his physical gift bus not his spiritual ones. pete simply refused to give up. he helped launch the ice bucket challenge which raised more than $220 million. these funds have begun to change the world. for a.l.s. patients. they helped find a new gene that may open pathways to treatment. it is said in the bible god breaks through to humanity 366 times to say do not be afraid. once for every day an once more
in case we just didn't get it. in the christmas season, we're reminded that god sent his most precious gifts to this planet for such a short time. we don't know why. but we do know he invites others to carry the message. pete was known for telling others, do not be afraid. to be great. i cannot think of better words to close out the year of our lord, 2019, or a better man for us all to honor. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, after months of delay, the house is on the cusp of approving the u.s.-mexico-canada agreement. a landmark trade deal that fulfills president trump's promise to renegotiate and improve nafta. this agreement reduces tariffs, cracks down on unfair trading
practices and removes other barriers to american grown and made products. this is true for many north carolina products. mexico and canada are north carolina's most important trade partners. north carolina exported nearly $10.5 billion in total to canada in 2018. our agriculture is dependent on trade with these two countries as well. my home state imparted $325 million in products. north carolina's farm famcies an expect to export more. this means more stability and prosperity for farm families as well as north carolina's economy as a whole. mr. speaker, i want to thank ambassador lighthizer and his entire to team at sumbings tr as well as the fine professionals at usda for their tireless work to make this achievement possible. that is a great win for america. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek
recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> our country's founders created impeachment so no president could place themselves above the law. a crucial constitutional check of power that ensure ours country's securities and values are protected against corruption and foreign influence in our election. i've listened to our communities, examined important testimony and evidence, and studied the drafted articles. the president has demonstrated a pattern of corrupt behavior and abused his power for his own personal political gain when he pressured foreign leaders to conduct investigations against political rivals. ms. underwood: jeopardizing our country's national security and the integrity of our election. the testimony and evidence put forth led me to a clear conclusion. in order to uphold my sworn
oath, i must vote to protect the constitution and will vote in support of the articles of impeachment. the speaker pro tempore: members will be reminded from engaging in personalities towards the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise to honor petty officer first class travis parker an american hero who served in world war ii and the korean war. he enlisted in the navy on august 26, 1942. he began his service on the u.s.s. midway during world war ii flying consolidated sea planes. he then flew os-2 u kingfisher float planes as a member of a scouting squadron during the korean war. was stationed on the u.s.s.
monterey. mr. burchett: he was honorably discharged in 1963 after serving 21 years. he became a very involved with the elementary school after his military service. he was consistently present at the school, greeting the children and serving as a mentor for troubled students throughout the years. mr. parker also devoted his time and resources to improving the school and always took it upon himself to help fix problems. he purchased school supplies, even fixed up a classroom after it was vandalized by hoodlums. our country's heroes are the men and women of the armed forces like mr. parker, not those who throw a baseball or football. they served and sacrificed for our freedom. it is my honor to recognize petty officer first class travis parker as the tennessee second district december 2019 veteran of the month. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the district of columbia seek recognition?
ms. norton: request permission to speak before the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from is recognized for one minute. ms. norton: mr. speaker, when the matter of impeaching president trump comes to the house floor tomorrow, the house will vote on its most solemn matter, except for matters of war and peace. yet more than 700,000 americans who reside in our nation's capital cannot be recorded. it is un-american to deny americans who pay federal taxes the vote on any bill. that denial is even more unconscionable considering that d.c. residents pay the highest federal taxes per capita in the united states. the 23rd amendment of our constitution gave d.c. residents the right to vote for president and vice president. it should follow as day follows night the d.c. residents should have the vote to remove the president as well.
yet another reason the house will pass our d.c. statehood bill this session. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to honor the 2019 florida fire marshall of the year. jennifer pierce. she currently serves as the fire marshall of the claremont fire department with over 15 years of fire service under her belt, she also overseas the daily operations of the fire prevention division which includes reviewing life safety plans, conducting fire investigations, and coordinating community relations. city manager darren gray highlighted how marshall pierce has provided the highest level of service to claremont's growing list of businesses, especially working with downtown's historic buildings and new business owners. mr. spano: in addition to being awarded the fire marshall of the year, she was chosen to serve as
the statewide director on the florida fire marshalls and inspector association board of directors. her dedication to the city has been exceptional. i'm confident we'll see more outstanding contributions from her in the future. from the bottom of my heart i thank you. and all the incredible first responders who serve district 15 in our nation. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? aol ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the pierce county high school competition cheerleading squad for winning the 2019 aaa state championship. located in the first congressional district of georgia, this is the fifth straight year that pierce county has won the state championship. it's the seventh time the team has posted a 97.5 point performance. this year was a unique challenge for a team which lost nine
seniors from the previous year and had 12 new members on the 2019 squad. however, they proved they were up to the challenge on the state's largest stage. congratulations, pierce county. you have made the first congressional district of georgia proud. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: thank you, mr. speaker. we are grateful for captain john j.t. nelson for having served in the washington office of the second congressional district of south carolina from the army for the past year as a defense fellow. after graduating from drexel university, he enlisted in the army, attended basic combat training at fort jackson, south carolina, then attended the u.s. army officer candidate school at fort benning, georgia, where he was awarded being commissioned as the top graduate of his
class. in 2017, he assumed command of headquarters and headquarters company, first battalion, 18th infantry regiment and deployed to eastern europe in support of atlantic resolve. he's also served in afghanistan and kuwait. he has been vital to the office for the past year. he was instrumental in repealing the widows tax. i'm grateful for him helping enact this important legislation for military families. i am thankful for his commitment to america and wish him all the best for continued success. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. with the leadership of president donald trump. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? it it >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will be is recognized or one minute. it >> i rise today to honor representative ray rogers as he
completes his distinguished service in the mississippi house of representatives. representative rogers has served his hometown with honor and integrity for 36 years. in that time he was appointed chairman of the military affairs committee, vice chairman of the ways and means committee, and he served as a member of the management and education committees to name a few. mr. guest: earlier this year, representative rogers was presented the mississippi civilian service award by the mississippi national guard for his distinguished career and public service. as a man of wisdom, kindness, and selfishness, representative rogers has made a positive impact on our state that will last generations. i am grateful for the example representative rogers has set for those serving in elected office and i wish him many years of happiness in his much deserved retirement. thank you. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the 60,000 members of the hmong community in minnesota who celebrated their 41st new year celebration. mr. emmer: my home state is home to one of the largest hmong communities in the nation. they are great neighbors and co-workers and they have been an integral part of the fabric of our state and culture since the first family arrived in 1975. although i was not able to participate in this year's new year's ceremony, the celebration's theme of embracing the present, inspiring future generations could not be more appropriate. minnesota's hmong families and leaders have worked hard to embrace everyone in their surrounding communities and inspire those interested in learning more about their rich heritage and history. i'd like to thank all of the hmong in our great state of minnesota for their many years of friendship with our office
and wish everyone a happy and healthy new year. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to pay official recognition to miss ira bartly from my hometown who recently celebrated her 100th birthday. while many may begin slowing down when they reach this incredible milestone, that is not who ira is. a mother of four, grandmother of 14, great grandmother of 30, and great great grandmother of seven, she can still be found weeding at her home and teaching sunday school at my church. mr. comer: an accomplished musician she's also known for playing her famous singing and guitar playing. after opening a beauty shop in her own home in the mid 1940's, she was a hairstylist until retiring at the young age of 92.
born and raised on a farm, she never foregoat the values of hard work, faith, and family. she has always lived out those values while also instilling them in her children and their families. while i know she still has many good years left, i nontheless wanted to take this time to honor ira for reaching the century mark. i'm honored to represent as respected -- someone as respected as her along with the rest of my constituents in the first congressional district. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? arkansas, sorry. >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to congratulate john on his retirement after more than 28 years with the company. he's been c.e.o. since 2013 and served as chairman of the board since 2014. in his time with new corps he's worked in facilities all over
the states. they take scrap meltal and recycle it into new steel products. he joined the company in 1991 they were a small steel company that made less than a billion half dollars in sales and opened two steel miss in mississippi county, arkansas. last year they generated $25 billion in revenue making it the largest steel producer in the united states. i have had the pleasure of working with him on the issues affecting the domestic steel strirks particularly the need for strong trade enforcement to ensure a level playing field. he appeared before the congressional steel caucus to testify on the state of the american steel industry and served as chairman of the board for both the american and ire steel institute. mr. crawford: i ask my colleagues to join me today in honoring him for his outstanding career in the steel industry and wish him all the best. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from indiana seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute.
mrs. brooks: mr. speaker, i rise today to express my strong support for the department of veterans affairs contracting preference consistency act and the ability one program. this vital bill corrects and error made in previous law to ensure thousands of blind and visually impaired americans, many of whom are veterans, are able to keep their jobs, bosma industries in my district, which has served indiana for over 100 years, served blind and visually impaired hoosiers by giving them meaningful work. these hoosiers want to work. they want to be self-sufficient. they want to contribute to their community. many contributed to their country through their military service. which actually is where they sustained injuries causing their blindness or visual impairment. but they rely on contracts with the v.a. through the ability one program to be able to provide those good jobs to hoosiers. sadly, changes in v.a. policy and a series of court rulings threaten the viability of this productive partnership. with this important bill, bosma
and many other ability one employees will continue to provide meaningful work to those americans. i'm proud to be an original co-sponsor of the bill and urge the senate to adopt and take it up. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. our founding fathers warned us again what is happening this week on the house floor when one political party abandons constitutional principles simply for political gain. tomorrow's impeachment vote is shameful and sets a dangerous precedent. without bringing forward any evidence of an impeachable offense, house democrats have rushed this partisan vote. you cannot impeach a duly elected president simply because you don't like him. for the past few months speaker pelosi and house democrats have been so obsessed with impeaching
president trump that they have forgot to do their sworn duty and that is to work on behalf of the american people. mr. allen: while i'm glad we are finally voting on the united states-mexico-canada agreement this week, the vital trade deal was used by democrats as a political pawn until after they brought forward their sham articles of impeachment. americans must question the timing of the votes this week. a rushed impeachment vote and much delayed trade deal. so when the american people asked me back home what in the world is going on in washington, i say it's just typical mills before the american people. thank you. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? without objection the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> thank you. our democrat colleagues have spent the last few months
claiming there was clear criminal conduct from the president, but they don't specifically cite the crime in their articles of impeachment which we are voting on tomorrow. mr. lamalfa: judiciary chairman mr. schiff says there was clear extortion but extortion is not a direct crime they're accusing the president of in the articles tomorrow. the speaker herself has decided to use the term bribery other the last few weeks. but that is not a specifically cited in the articles either. it seems like my colleagues across the aisle may have pulled back on accusing the president of bribery in the last week, realizing they couldn't enforce it. what sit then? collusion? quid pro quo? or just some vague catch-all charge? which is what we are seeing. it is clear the american people are not in favor of this impeachment. polling shows that they're moving against that direction. but what about polling? indeed. democrats know this isn't going to stick.
it's going to be a problem for them. especially those in the moderate districts. let's get back to work and do what needs to be done around here. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise to congratulate five state champion football teams from louisiana's fifth district. on december 13 and 14, louisiana high school athletic association held its state championships at the superdome in new orleans, louisiana. the ouachita christian eagles won the state championship, the trojans won the class 2-a state championship, and the oak grove tigers won the 1-a state champion. in mid november, the nid south association of independent schools held its football championships . the riverfield academy raiders won the 4-a championship and barfield academy won the 8-man
1-a championship. these five teams made their communities in northeast louisiana proud. please join me in congratulating them on a job well done. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. lewis of georgia for thursday, december 12. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request is granted. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declare it is the house in recess subject to beli
that with holding the aid for the reasons our investigation identifies did not harm national security? >> which ones are you talking about? >> i'm talking -- >> the ones that the majority stipulate to or the minority stipulates to. >> the majority. >> no, i do not agree with the majority's interpretation of the call. >> i seem to think that's going to be your role. you don't think that asking a president of a foreign country that is in a hot war that we with hold