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debates this week? guest: yes, especially the spending hawks. you have some folks who make the case that the spending has gone up seen and they will say that afghanistan has wound down, we do not have a large, conventional army in iraq [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] >> we're going to break away from this, take you live now to the floor of the house. a series of votes ready to get under way. live coverage here on c-span. ion calendar number 9 h.r. 2289, a bill to re-authorize the commodity futures trading commission to better protect futures customers provide end users with market certainty, to make basic reforms to ensure transparency and accountability at the commission, to help farmers, ranchers and end users manage risks, to help keep consumer costs low, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are -- the speaker: on this vote the yeas are 246, the nays are 171. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider slayed on the table.
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-- is laid on the table. members will please take their seats. the speaker: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the
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speaker, house of representatives, sir. i have the honor to transmit here with a facsimile copy of a letter received from the honorable c. gilbert hoseman jr., mississippi secretary of states, according to the preliminary results of the election held june of 2015, the honorable trent kelly was elected to congress for the first congressional district, state of mississippi. signed sincerely, karen l. haase, clerk. the speaker: for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi, mr. thompson, seek recognition? mr. thompson: i ask that the honorable trent kelly be permitted to take the oath of office today. his certificate has not arrived but there's no contest and no question raised with regard to his election. the speaker: without objection,
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will representative elect kelly and members of the mississippi delegation present themselves in the well of the house. will all members rise. will the representative-elect raise his right hand. do you solemnly swear you will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation of purpose of evasion and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you are about to enter, so help you god. mr. kelly: i do, mr. speaker. the speaker: congratulations, you are now a member of the 114th congress. without objection the gentleman
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from mississippi, mr. thompson is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you very much mr. speaker. friends and colleagues, i have the honor of welcoming the new representative from mississippi's first congressional district. for me that mean he is will be representing the neighboring district in the northeast corner of the state which most of you are familiar with. but also for others, it means he'll be representing the birth place of elvis presley. trent kelly is from the little known town of salito, mississippi. the speaker: the gentleman will suspend. the house will be in order. the gentleman may proceed. mr. thompson: thank you mr. speaker. trent kelly is from the little town of saltillo, mississippi.
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population 3,393. he knows the district well, having served as district attorney for the largest judicial district in that area. representative kelly has also served in our national -- in our nation's military and has spent 29 years in the mississippi national guard. representative kelly will be serving out the term of our dear former colleague alan nunnelee who passed away in february. as he hope he will follow alan's example of service and dedication to the people of mississippi. our colleague, gregg harper, will now join me in welcoming our friend from lee county, mississippi. mr. harper: mr. speaker, it's my
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great honor and pleasure to welcome the newest member of this body, congressman trent kelly. i'm confident that trent kelly will carry on the legacy of his predecessor, our late colleague, representative nunnelee, one of impeccable constituent services and an unyielding commitment to this country and her citizens. i look forward to working with representative kelly as he serves the first congressional district and the people of the great state of mississippi. congressman, i'm so honored to stand here and welcome you to the floor of the house of representatives. trent kelly. mr. kelly: i'll be brief. thank you, mr. speaker. congressman thompson,
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congressman harper and the rest of the mississippi delegation, and most importantly, thank you, god. i'd also like to thank senator wicker and senator kk ran, who are present. thank you to my family, which would include my mother and my wife and my three children. my brother who cannot be here. thank you to my friends who are in the gallery above. thank you to the citizens -- thank you to the citizen offense the first congressional district of mississippi and to my fellow members. i'm humbled and honored to be able to serve this great nation in this capacity and thank you and god bless you each and every one.
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the speaker: under clause 5-e of rule to -- rule 20, the chair announces to the house that in light of the administration of the oath of office to the gentleman from mississippi, the whole number of the house is now 434. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 287 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of
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the union for further consideration of h.r. 2577. will the gentleman from north carolina, mr. holding, kindly take the chair. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further consideration of h.r. 2577, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill making appropriations for the departments of transportation and housing and urban development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2016 and for other purposes. the chair: when the committee of the whole rose on thursday, june 4,015, an amendment offered by the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. esty, had been disposed of and the bill had been read through page 156, line 15. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 15, further proceedings will resume on which further proceedings
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were postponed in the following order. amendment number seven by mrs. blackburn. first amendment by mr. gosar of amendment. second amendment by mr. gosar arizona. first amendment by mr. posey of. an amendment by mr. schiff of california, second amendment by mr. posey of florida. third amendment by mr. posey of florida. the chair will re-- will redue to -- reduce to two minutes the time of any electronic vote in this steer -- in this series. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from tennessee, mrs. blackburn on which further proceed wrgs postponed, on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number seven printed in the congressional record offered by mrs. blackburn of tennessee. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered.
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members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote, the
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yeas are 163rk the nays are 259. -- are 163, the nays are 259. the amendment is not adopt. the unfinished business is on this -- is the request for a recorded vote on the first amendment offered by the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: first amendment offered by mr. gosar of arizona. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 22 and the amendment is adopted. the chair: the unfinished business is request on the second amendment offered by mr. gosar on which further proceedings were postponed. the clerk will redesignate the
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amendment. the clerk: second amendment offered by mr. gosar. the chair: those. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: the yeas are 136 and the nays are 286. the amendment is not adopted. unfinished business is a request for recorded vote on amendment by mr. posey. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: first amendment offered by mr. posey of florida. scharmente a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of a recorded vote will rise. a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: the yeas are 163 and the nays are 260. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is request for a recorded vote on amendment by mr. sessions on which the yeas and nays prevailed. the clerk: first amendment offered by mr. sessions of texas. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in favor will rise a and be counted. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: the yeas are 205 and nays are 18, the amendment is
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not adopted. recorded vote by the second amendment by mr. sessions on which further proceedings were postponed and the yeas prevailed. the clerk will redesignate. the clerk: second amendment offered by mr. sessions of texas. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of a recorded vote will rise. a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote, the yeas are 186, the nays are 237. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a railroaded -- rored vote on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california, mr. schiff, on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. schiff of california. the chair: those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and remain standing while counted. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. fund -- any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] .
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the chair: on this vote, the yeas are 154.
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 16 , the nays are 266. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on the amendment offered by mr. posey, on which the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: second amendment offered by mr. posey of florida. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having risen a recorded vote is ordered. -- is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the
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the chair: on this vote, the yeas are 148, the nays are 275. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on the third amendment offered by the gentleman from florida, mr. posey or chn -- on which further proceedings were postponed, on which the noes prevailed by
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voice vote. the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: third amendment offered by mr. posey of florida. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having risen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a two-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the chair: on this vote, the yeas are 134 and the nays are
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287. the amendment is not adopted. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart seek recognition? mr. diaz-balart: i ask unanimous consent that congressman amash be removed as a co-sponsor of h.r. 198. the speaker pro tempore: if the gentleman would withhold his request. for what purpose does mr. diaz-balart seek recognition? the chair: the question is on the motion that the committee rise. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly the committee rises.
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the speaker pro tempore: madam chair. the chair: the committee of the whole house having had under consideration h.r. 2577 directs me to report it has come to no resolution thereon. the speaker pro tempore: the committee has had under consideration h.r. 2577 and has come to no resolution thereon. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> i send to the desk a privileged report from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 303. providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 268 making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year september 0 2016 and for other purposes and providing for consideration of the bill h.r. to amend the
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agriculture marketing act to repeal country of origin labeling requirningtse and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that congressman amash be removed as a co-sponsor of h.r. 198. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the further consideration of h.r. 2577 and i may include material on the same. pursuant to house resolution 287 the chair declares the house in
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the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the further consideration of h.r. 2577, will the gentlewoman from florida ms. ros-lehtinen, kindly resume the chair. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further consideration of h.r. 2577 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill making appropriations for the departments of transportation and housing and urban development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2016 and for other purposes. the chair: when the committee an amendment mr. posey had been disposed of and the bill had been read through page 156, line 15. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> i move to strike the last word. the chair: the gentleman is
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recognized for five minutes. mr. diaz-balart: i yield to the gentleman from for new jersey for the purpose of a colquee. >> i thank you for yielding and thank you for your great work. for over 20 years i have been a staunch advocate for reducing aircraft noise. i have attended hearings and met with officials from the f.a.a. and responded to calls from constituents whose lives have been affected by increased aircraft noise. the vitality of our air transport system is important. people on the ground have a right to our quality of life with minimum exposure of noise overhead. time and time again, the federal aviation administration has turned ap deaf air to the
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tremendous impact that air noise has had. i brought the concerns directly to the administrator's attention. to date these pleas for help have gone unanswered. they must factor air noise into calculations. i look forward to working with the chairman to ensure that this is done. mr. diaz-balart: i thank the gentleman for raising this important issue and i appreciate your dedication to ensuring that your constituents -- their air noise concerns are adequately addressed by the f.a.a. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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for what purpose does gentlelady from california seek recognition? >> i have an amendment at the desk waters 045. the chair: the clerk will report. the clerk: amendment offered by ms. waters of california, at the end of the bill before the short title insert the following section, none of the funds made available may be used to establish any asset management position including any account executive, senior account executive and troubled asset position as such positions are described in the manual entitled transformation, multi-family for tomorrow of the department of housing and urban
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and development. the department of housing and urban development or newly hire an employee for asset management position that is located at a core office as term is used in such manual. before filing each management position that is located at a non-core office and has been vacated since october 1, 2015. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 287 the gentlewoman from california and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from california. water ms. waters: i rise to offer an amendment to h.u.d.'s transformation plan. i will withdraw this amendment because i know there will be republican opposition, but i think it's important for me to speak out against the plan.
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the department of housing and urban development is currently in the he process of a major consolidation of its multi-family offices which it has dubbed the multi-family transformation plan. i have been vocal of h.u.d.'s assurances that it will bring about significant savings. in fact, last year, this house approved an amendment to the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bill that required h.u.d. to follow a transformation plan that maintains asset management staff in its field offices. i authored this amendment because i believe the plan to consolidate the important function of asset management from 17 hubs overseeing 50 field offices into just five hub locations and seven satellite offices would significantly impair program delivery without
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resulting in significant cost savings. asset management is a hands-on job, which calls for knowledge of the local housing market. and frequently requires staff to make onsite visits to troubled properties. that is why it is so important to have access management staff in local field offices to respond to local needs. unfortunately i have been hearing from advocates that h.u.d. has been failing to replace vacancies in field offices and only hiring new asset management staff in hub locations. this is unacceptable. there are two field offices that have completely shuttered because they have no working staff. in los angeles, we have lost 15 asset management staff who have not been replaced. my amendment would ensure that
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h.u.d. prioritizes the hiring of asset management staff and local field offices for vake cans cyst that occur instead of continuing to consolidate this important function to a few locations. it would help ensure that our family field offices remain open and operating at current staffing levels. without this amendment, local offices will continue to have more vacancies that go unfilled. with that, i regretfully withdraw my amendment and i yield back. the chair: without objection. the amendment is withdrawn. mr. yoho: i have amendment number 34. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. yoho of florida, at the end of the bill before the short title insert the following
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section, none of the funds made available by this act may be used in contravention of subpart e of the regulations of the secretary of housing and urban development subpart-e relating to restrictions. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 287, the gentleman from florida, mr. yoho and a member opposed each will control five minutes. mr. yoho: my amendment no funds may be used for immigrants to be used. spending should be prioritized based on the needs not those who are residing in our country. constituents back in our district work hard every day and not play second fiddle to those who broke our laws. with the continued efforts by some in this country to disregard the rule of law much
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to the detriment of tax paying americans, i believe this amendment is necessary to clarify and reinforce the intent of congress providing via h.u.d. this is a simple commonsense amendment that shows we are serious when it comes to spending their tax dollars and not use their money to reward those who break our laws. i support the rule of law. and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek time snr mr. price: i seek time to talk in opposition. i do oppose this amendment. on the face of it, it simply restates existing regulations. but i fear there is another motive at play, an anti-immigrant agenda.
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let me explain. this amendment feeds into the widely held misperception that many undocumented individuals are obtaining federal benefits. despite restrictions, verification procedures specifically designed to prohibit such activity. we must not allow this appropriations bill to become a platform to denigrate immigrants in this country or score political points. we need real solutions and we need to fix our broken immigration system and shouldn't be wasting floor time on amendments such as these. we would be better served by talking about immigration reform. we are ready to do that. if the speaker would bring it to the floor this very week. until then, i would ask restrain on the amendments that no way alter existing law and regulation and only stir
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controversy and reinforce prejudice and distract us from the business at hand. i urge defeat of this amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. posey: you know, this amendment is strictly about the rule of law and following the rule of law and i agree we shouldn't have to debate immigration. this is about following the rule of law. and i would like to yield to my colleague from texas, mr. gohmert. . the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gohmert: thank you. this amendment has nothing to do with being anti-immigrant. in fact the gentleman's comments play into that accusation. this is entirely incorrect and inappropriate. in fact, it reminds me about a comment the president made right up there at that podium that no illegal aliens would get obamacare somebody thought
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that was not true and said so. turns out it was not true. they have gotten it. but i go home and face -- i talked to a number of people that were in and around wal-mart this weekend immigrants, people that are here illegally, and they can't find work and they need help they did everything to come here legally and properly. hispanic americans, asian americans, african-americans, anglo americans. and they just need help. so i would submit, if we're going to be true to the oath we have took to our constitution and the laws which uphold our constitution, we need to be about helping those that are under our care, those who have come legally and i support the gentleman's amendment and appreciate him doing it. it is a pro-immigrant amendment for immigrants that will come
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legally and there are plenty of those here. thank you. the chair: the gentleman from florida voiced. mr. posey: thank you. i appreciate the comments. the ranking member, i would love to have that discussion down the road about responsible immigration reform. and i think we need to have that. the american people expect it. they deserve it. and look forward to having that. but in the meantime, this is just a commonsense amendment that strictly puts the emphasis on following the rule of law. i think all americans regardless of what side of the aisle, would stand supporting the constitution, the very document that we all took an oath to. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from florida is the is -- is the only one reserving time. the gentleman from florida yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from florida. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. price: madam speaker. on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18 -- the gentleman is requesting a recorded vote. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18 further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from florida will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment.
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the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 16 printed in the congressional record offered by ms. jackson lee of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 287, the gentlelady from texas and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas. ms. jackson lee: let me thank the chairwoman and let me thank the ranking member, mr. price, and his staff and the chairman, mr. diaz-balart about a lart, for their work on -- mr. diaz-balart, for their work on something that's near and dear to many members' hearts. this amendment was passed last year. so i am grateful to have the opportunity this year to restate the fact that this amendment indicates that none of the funds made available by this act, under the heading federal transit administration transit grant, may be used in
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contravention of 6309. this is an amendment identical to the jackson lee amendment and might i just briefly speak to this amendment. it affirms the importance of nation -- to the nation of projects that create economic development, particularly in a transportation area, it particularly says that the secretary of transportation may make grants under the section to state and local government. the authority to assist in financing capital projects, small startup projects, including the acquisition of real property. the key is that these grants under the state and local authority can undertake capital projects which means that when local governments propose their projects, the secretary has the authority to go forward. nothing can contravene that authority. it is well documented, nothing enhances the competitiveness of a nation in this increasingly globalized economy than investments in transportation and infrastructure capital projects. i asked the chairwoman if i might put an article about transportation dated march 31 2015 into the record. the chair: the gentlelady's request will be covered by
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general leave. ms. jackson lee: thank you. just to emphasize finally that whether it is seaways, dams, highways or tollways, whether it involves other modes of transportation transportation projects or major -- are major engines driving the economy. that's why we're here on the floor. it's important for the local community to be drivers of that. the metropolitan regions will not be able to maintain economic vitality without this investment. finally, the jackson lee amendment clearly speaks to the global aspect of the secretary of transportation having the ability to work with our local and state governments -- governments. i ask my colleagues to join me in restating that the secretary of transportation has the authority to work with local and state entities on the proposed projects that they have and for these projects to continue to grow and develop, to ease traffic congestion. i ask my colleagues to support the jackson lee amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. does any member seek time in opposition?
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the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me thank my colleagues and again i ask for the support of the jackson lee amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady from texas yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from texas. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> i have an amendment ending in number 20 at the desk.
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the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. brooks of alabama. at the end of the bill, before the short title insert the following section none of the funds made available by this act may be used to provide financial assistance in contravention of section 214-d of the housing and community development act of 1980 42 united states code 1436-ad. the chair: pursuant to russ lease lugs 287, -- resolution 287, the gentleman from alabama and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from alabama. mr. brooks: thank you, madam chairman. madam chairman, america recently blue through the $18 trillion debt mark -- blew through the $18 trillion debt mark. in short washington's financial irresponsibility threatens america with a debilitating insolvency and bankruptcy that risks destroying the america our ancestors sacrificed so much to
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build. with this impending financial crisis as a backdrop, i ask the house of representatives to have the courage to have the backbone to be financially responsible. the house can do that in part by adopting my amendment that eliminates federal government housing subsidies for illegal aliens. how big is this problem? census bureau data analyzed by the center for immigration studies in 2012 reflects that at least 130 households headed by self-identifying illegal aliens live in public or subsidized housing. that's potentially hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars being illegally taken by illegal aliens with the open consent or even the encouragement of the united states government. think about that for a moment. while american families struggle to make ends meet, while america faces a
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debilitating and destructive insolvency and bankruptcy while american families and lawful immigrants are being forced to wait in line for public housing, this administration ignores the law to spend potentially hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing illegal aliens, thereby encouraging their illegal conduct. madam speaker, my amendment is simple. it prohibits funding to subsidized housing in violation of section 214-d of the housing and community development act that, for clarity, bars h.u.d. from providing taxpayer assistance for the benefit of an applicant, quote before immigration documentation is presented and verified, end quote. by d.h.s.'s automated, systemic alien verification for entitlement system, or a subsequent successful appeal. unfortunately this administration ignores the law
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and permits illegal aliens to move into public housing before the legality of their status is finally determined. also unfortunately the administrative and legal process being what it is it takes as much as two years to evict illegal alien tenants after their imlegal alien status is -- their illegal alien status is discovered. it is unaccept thabble in a time of out -- that in a time -- unacceptable that in a time of out-of-control debt and deficit, h.u.d. violates the law to give limited public housing benefits to illegal aliens rather than needy american -- american citizens and lawful immigrants. i urge the adoption of my amendment that first, denies public housing subsidies to illegal aliens and, second underscores the sense of congress that the law must be owe brayed and that it is wrong to -- obeyed and that it is wrong to use public housing subsidies to award illegal aliens for their illegal
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conduct. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from alabama reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. price: i wish to claim the time in opposition. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. price: i rise in opposition to this amendment. once again, we have an amendment that on its face simply restates existing law. in fact, the gentleman offering the amendment has acknowledged that existing law cat gorically prohibits h.u.d. benefits from going to undocumented persons. so what's going on here? what's lurking beneath the surface? i fear something is. and an ty immigrant agenda based on -- an anti-immigrant agenda based on fear appears to be the answer. we're feeding on widely misheld misconceptions that so many undocumented immigrants are seeking and receiving federal benefits, that federal programs, federal dollars are
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being abused and misused. well we do need to have a remedy for our broken immigration system. as i said earlier, a comprehensive immigration reform bill, bipartisan passed the senate last congress, it could be placed on this floor tomorrow and passed overwhelmingly. that doesn't appear to be happening. instead what we have is this drum beat of measures that are denigrating the immigrant community. we need to have some restraint in this body on such amendments. they don't alter existing law. they do, i'm afraid though, stir controversy they reinforce prejudices and stereotypes. they distract us from the business at hand. i think it's unworthy -- it's an unworthy amendment. i urge my colleagues to reject it and i'm happy to yield time to the chairman of the subcommittee. >> i thank the gentleman for yielding me some time.
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i think it's very important to just kind of always try to lower the dess billions as much as -- decibels atches as we can. mr. diaz-balart: this amendment does not change current law. it doesn't change current h.u.d. policies. it merely restates current law. so i don't see a reason to have the amendment. like wise, i don't see a -- likewise, i don't see a big reason to oppose the amendment. it just reinstates -- restates current law. i think i should ask all sides to try to lower the rhetoric on this issue. this amendment does not change anything. as the ranking member knows, i've been involved in trying to get immigration reform for a long, long time. i've worked with a number of republicans and democrats and i will tell you that both sides have had opportunities to get it done and neither side got it done when they had the
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opportunity to get it done. i'm hoping that we'll be able to get it done. but this is not the time and place to have that debate. so again, while i don't see the need for this amendment, i don't see what the issue is of objecting to an amendment that in essence does absolutely nothing. with that i thank the gentleman mr. price for allowing me some of his time. mr. price: i thank the chairman and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. brooks: thank you. i find interesting and somewhat perplexing how high good friend across the aisle talks about anti-immigrant agenda appealing to fear and prejudice. it seems that whenever we start talking about border security and lawful immigration, the race card is played and i'd submit that's because in part there's an essence of rational sound public policy for the position taken. let's emphasize something. america has far and away the most generous lawful immigration policy in the world. no nation is as compassionate
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with respect to lawful immigrants as the united states of america is and i challenge anyone to say different. and i wish that this kind of amendment was not necessary, but when you've got an executive branch that has shown itself to be willingly lawless to the point that two federal judges, one in pennsylvania and one in texas, have had to render decisions trying to force this administration to obey the law, then i would submit madam speaker, that it's as important to have these kind of amendments to also deny the funding that otherwise would be used for that lawless conduct. with that i ask for support of the amendment. . i reserve. if there's nobody else. i yield back. the chair: does the gentleman yield back? mr. brooks: if there is nobody else yes, ma'am. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from alabama. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it -- mr. price: i ask for a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from alabama will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 4 printed in the congressional record offered by mr. engel of new york. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 287 the gentleman from new york and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: on may 24, 2011, president obama issued a memorandum on federal fleet performance that required
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light-duty vehicles to be alternative fuel vehicles such as hybrid, electric or natural gas by december 31, 2015. my amendment echoes the president's memorandum by prohibiting funds to lease or purchase new light-duty vehicles unless that purchase is made in accord with the president's memorandum. i submitted identical amendments in 17 different appropriations bills over the past few years and every time they have been accepted by the minority and majority. i hope my amendment will receive similar support. we no longer pay $147 per barrel. the global price of oil is still largely determined biopeck. and -- by o pmp e crmp. we can change the technologies.
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federal government operates the largest fleet of light-duty vehicles in america, over 6 ,000 vehicles. more than 6,000 of these vehicles are within the jurisdiction of this bill being used by the department of transportation and the department of housing and urban and development. when i was in brazil i saw how they expanded the use of ethanol. people can drop to a gas station and fill their vehicle with gasoline or ethanol and possibly plends as well and make their choice based on costs. so i want the same choice for america's consumers and i'm proposing a bill in congress which will provide for cars built in america to be able to run in addition to gasoline. if they can do it in brazil, we can do it here.
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in conclusion expanding the role of these alternative fuels will help the leverage that foreign countries hold over americans. i urge that my colleagues support the engel amendment. i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves. what member seeks recognition. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. engel: in conclusion i would just say that energy policy is something that's really important and we can take a small step tonight to move closer to energy independent and protecting the american consumers and i urge members to support this. and i yield back. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it, the amendment is
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agreed to. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. hultgren of illinois, at the end of the bill before the short title insert the following section, none of the funds made available by this act may be used by the federal aviation association for the biodata assessment in the hiring of air traffic control specialists. the chair: the gentleman from illinois and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois. mr. hultgren: i offer my amendment that defunds a troubling hiring test. the intent of my amendment is not to slow hiring but to slow
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the hiring tests. i represent more than 270 air traffic controllers in illinois. more than a year ago, the f.a.a. made an obscure change to the long standing hiring practices with few details of how the changes would be implemented. setting aside its process by which qualified initiative students and military veterans were given preference. they had a questionnaire such as how many sports did you play in high school. how to improve on the test or what their final score was. many applicants failed after spending time to become air traffic controllers. they diverted the process around
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certified trainees and experienced veterans jeopardizing air safety. since then the f.a.a. has been under fire following a six-month investigation which uncovered that f.a.a. employees may have assisted in giving air traffic control recruits answers to help them gain jobs. this cheating is greatly disturbinging and jeopardizes any shred that it had in any test to determine who will be an air traffic controller. possibly with knowledge at the highest levels of the f.a.a. if employees helped applicants cheat, it is imperative we determine how widespread it is. i urged congress to get to the bottom of this discovery.
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these investigations have uncovered how the biocue is. but until we get answers to these questions, who knew about the cheating, we cannot let the f.a.a. employ people unfairly using the highly flawed biox. and disqualifying trained graduates because they did or did not play sports in high school is ridiculous. this amendment would restrict funding stopping its use by the f.a.a. when you climb into an irler, you trust the crew will keep you safe. i introduced the air traffic controllers hiring act to reverse the effect of the policy, restore safety and confidence and make sure we have the best and brightest. i hope -- i have hopes that this
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legislation with move quickly through the house and hold a hearing. now the subcommittee chairman is holding hearings, i look forward to the sanity. i yield to my good friend and colleague, congressman dan lipinksi. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lipinski: i tharning the gentleman for yielding and his work for thrm amendment and on the bill. as the gentleman said the f.a.a. moved to the tried and true knowledge-based test. impact on the air traffic tools. i have one the best of these schools in my district who won the best aviation program in the nation. many students chose to attend
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lewis because of advantages that other schools provided. they decided at a young age were given an opportunity to excel. madam chair, this amendment is a step in the right direction. this policy change had a negative change on students in training our future generations of air traffic controllers. i need to emphasize that this amendment should not come at the cost of slowing down the hiring air traffic controllers. we have suffered from the hiring and we can't afford slowing down of the f.a.a. they are understaffed and congress must ensure we are increasing the ranks. i urge my colleagues to vote yes. and i yield back.
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the chair: mr. hultgren: i urge my colleagues to support passage and have the safest towers in the world. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. diaz-balart: i very reluctantly claim the time in opposition. i actually understand and frankly listened to the gentleman's concerns and i actually want to work with him to make sure that nothing is used that is arbitrarily or totally unfair. i think the gentleman's concerns are very very valid. at this time and that's why i say reluctantly have to oppose. because at this moment, what i
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am concerned and we don't want to slow down the hiring of the air traffic controllers. we need to hire 1,500 air traffic controllers in 2016. i appreciate the gentleman's concerns and i share a lot of his concerns. reluctantly at this time, i'm concerned about the hiring of hiring. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from illinois. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. and the amendment is not agreed to. >> i ask for a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 rule 18, further proceedings on the the gentleman from illinois will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: at the end of the bill before the short title, insert the following, section 416, none of the funds made available by this act for amtrak capital grants may be used for projects off the northeast corridor until the level of capital spending for amtrak capital projects on the northeast corridor during fiscal year 2016 equals the profits during 2015. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 287, the gentleman from pennsylvania and a member
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opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. meehan: i would like to thank the chairman delarlt and all of their diligent work on this bill. my amendment seeks to ammortize the route by ensuring that operating profits that are earned there, stay there. last year amtrak's northeast corridor line earned nearly $500 million in operating profit. more than 100,000 americans get on a train that travels along the northeast corridor every day. but instead of re-investing those dal arizona and im profplgts in the line's infrastructure used to subsidize long distance amtrak routes. this has left amtrak's most heavily traveled route less
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funded and needed improvement to amtrak's only line to make a profit. it will ensure that amtrak earns are invested into improvements in the line's infrastructure and make travel along amtrak's route safer and also do so without adding to the taxpayers' burden. . . that was approved with more than 300 votes in this house earlier this year, so this tracks that same principle. and that legislation passed with leadership of my friend and fellow pennsylvania chairman, bill shuster, which says that amtrak direct capital investments into the northeast corridor where it's needed most. more than 11 million americans rode an amtrak train between boston and washington last year. millions more used rail lines operating on tracks owned by amtrak to get to work every
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day. the tragic derailment in my own area of philadelphia last month has shown that there's a desperate need to improve the strength of capital investments in the region. this directs capital spending where it's needed most. it will help amtrak tackle the backlog of capital projects that plague the northeast corridor it. will mean safer more efficient travel for millions of americans who rely on amtrak's northeast corridor every year and i urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. i recognize the gentleman from florida for 30 seconds. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. diaz-balart: thank you. i just want to thank the gentleman. there's a lot of work that goes into this bill and into amendments. but i will tell you that the gentleman from pennsylvania has worked nonstop to find real solutions to deal with making sure that amtrak is a safe, in particular the northeast corridor is as viable and safe as possible. i just must commend the
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gentleman for his hard work, for the way that he has just worked this issue day in, day out, to get to the point where we are today. i thank the gentleman and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. price: i wish to claim the time in opposition. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. price: i too want to commend my colleague for offering this amendment. i understand his intent. there are significant capital needs on the busy northeast corridor. it's amtrak's busiest and most successful corridor. and it's a fundamental flaw of this bill that we're unable to provide for the kind of investments that the service of that corridor warrants and indeed that the service of amtrak nationwide warrants. but the affect of this amendment, i fear -- effect of this amendment i fear, in the atmosphere or in the environment of inadequate investment this would provide
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a much-needed boost in investment in the northeast corridor, maybe still not enough, but it would do so at the expense of the rest of the amtrak network. that should give us pause when we consider this amendment. the amendment would require amtrak to spend at least $1.2 billion, the annual amount of northeast corridor revenues, on northeast corridor capital projects, before they could spend any other federal capital funding elsewhere. this would have the effect of halting all capital projects that are not on the northeast corridor. including all information technology upgraded safety technology, until very late in the fiscal year, at the earliest, and possibly longer should projects on the northeast corridor not be ready to advance this would also hinder amtrak's ability to manage state and long distance service. so i know that all these consequences are probably not my colleague's intent, but it
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does demonstrate the types of consequences that we need to consider when making such a policy change. so i ask colleagues to vote against this amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. meehan: i thank the gentlelady. before i close my comment i think it's important to recognize that the same principle has already been adopted by 31 members of this body -- 318 members of this body, including a near unanimous vote by my colleague from the other side of the aisle, his colleagues, on that side of the aisle. i will also say that i am not sure that the gentleman understands the actual effect of the bill. it simply is to reinvest the profits that are made on the northeast corridor. these are being made by the investments that are being made by the tax paying people who are purchasing those tickets. we can still look for ways to
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fund other parts of the systems around the country where they can deserve their merit or earn their investments on merit. we are asking in light of the fact that this is a line, which is so heavily used, the priorities be placed where it's most needed with that i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from pennsylvania. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. mr. price: i ask for a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from pennsylvania will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> i have an amendment on the desk. the chair: would the gentleman from washington please specify which version? there are two at the desk. mr. newhouse: number five. it should say on the lower right-hand corner. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. new house of washington -- newhouse of washington. at the end of the bill before
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the short title insert the following section, none of the funds made available by this act may be used to issue, implement or enforce the proposed regulation by the federal aviation administration entitled operation and certification of small unmanned aircraft systems f.a.a.-2015-0150, without consideration of the use of small unmanned aircraft systems for agricultural operations as defined in 14-cfr-21.25-b-1. the chair: pursuant that to house resolution 287, the gentleman from washington and a member opposed each will control five minutes. does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. diaz-balart: yes. i reserve a point of order. the chair: a point of order is reserved. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: thank you madam speaker. i rise today to introduce an amendment on an important popic that will undoubtedly having a
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growing impact not just on our nation's agricultural sector but on our economy as a whole. the use of unmanned aerial vehicles or u.a.v.'s has enormous possibilities for our economy. whether it's providing cost-effective means to deliver packages, offensing houses for realtors -- photo graphing houses for realtors, broadcasting sports games, assisting law enforcement with tracking criminals or providing mobile wi-fi hubs for internet access. however, one vastly underconsidered outcome for u.a.v. technology is that it could potentially transform our nation's agricultural sector. ideas have been considered using u.a.v.'s to survey crop land, determine property lines or to help plan for planting, spraying watering or harvesting of crops. however, pot tension applications are even greater. depending on how this technology evolves, u.a.v.'s may be equipped with special
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cameras to determine if if crops are dry and need extra water and where and how much should be applied. they may also be used to apply pesticides or fertilizer with precision, to ensure that too little or too much isn't being used. and depending on their sophistication, someday u.a. v.'s may even be used to harvest the food we grow. the potential applications don't just stop there, though. in my district last year, we experienced the worst forest fire in washington state history. consuming hundreds of thousands of acres. in the future, first responders the forest service and other stakeholders may be able to use u.a.v. to monitor the spread of fire to get people out of harm's way or to better predict where the best -- where to best apply water and fire retardants. they could even help with identifying dry or overgrown areas in advance to help stakeholders know where treatment is needed, which could prevent fires in the first place.
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madam speaker, i appreciate the steps the f.a.a. has taken in releasing draft rules regarding u.a.v.'s and that the f.a.a. has been more agreeable in allowing testing of u.a.v.'s for commercial purposes. while i understand that safety and privacy are enormous concerns being considered by the f.a.a. it is also important that we do not fall behind other nations and utilizing this tech -- in utilizing they can noling which are currently -- this technology which are currently developing more rapidly than we are here in the united states. madam speaker, my amendment today is simple. it merely limits f.a.a.'s rulemaking on u.a.v.'s, if the rules do not take into consideration agricultural applications of u.a.v.'s in the rulemaking process. i appreciate the work the f.a.a. is doing on this matter and i hope the final rules that are expected later this year generously allow for the safe testing and commercial use of u.a.v.'s ensuring the amazing agricultural prospects for these technologies are well
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considered in the process with that i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does the gentleman from florida insist on his point of order or will he continue to reserve? mr. diaz-balart: i continue to reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? mr. newhouse: could i withdraw this amendment? the chair: does the gentleman seek unanimous consent to withdraw the amendment? mr. newhouse: yes, madam chairman. the chair: without objection, the amendment is with draun. -- is withdrawn. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? mr. newhouse: i have an amendment on the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by
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mr. newhouse of washington. at the end of the bill, before the short title insert the following new section, none of the funds made available by this act may be used to issue, implement or enforce regulations by the federal aviation administration entitled operations and certification of small, unmanned aircraft systems f.a.a.-2015-0150, in contravention to 14-cfr-21.25-b-1. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 287, the gentleman from washington and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington. mr. newhouse: thank you, madam speaker. in my previous comments i addressed this amendment which is in order and i would just submit those comments to be used for this particular amendment. thank you. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. does any member wish to seek
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the time in opposition? the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from washington. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. garrett: to see what the gentlelady from california is -- no. i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. garrett of new jersey. at the end of the bill, before the short title, insert the following, section, none of the funds made available by this act may be used to implement, administer or enforce the final rule entitled implementation of the fair housing act
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discriminatory effects standard, published by the department of housing and urban development in the federal register on february 15 twirt. 78 fed regular 11460 docket number fr-5408-f-02. the chair: pursuant to the resolution, the gentleman from new jersey and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. . mr. garrett: i rise today to offer an amendment to restore fairness and certainty to our housing market. my amendment would undo harmful policies. you see, the department's final rule establishes regulation promoting the use of an illegal theory known as disparate
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impact. it allows the government to allege based sole on statistical analysis that finds diss proportionate results against people regardless of any evidence of any actual discriminatory actions or inat the present time. regardless of any evidence of actual discrimination, if for example, a mortgage leapeder uses a completely nondiscriminatory standard such as income to debt ratio. so real and actual discrimination must be prosecuted. that is something that everyone can agree on. but under the example i just laid out. that leapeder could have specific practices in place. we have rules in businesses in
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place but still found liable under this theory. predictably by creating a presumption of discrimination, this rule will result in insurers and landlords would be able to discriminate. why? just to protect themselves from entangled. if we specifically consider the examples commonly the construction materials the presence or absence of a security system, the existence of a fire house they could be barred if they were found of discriminating. the pricing and that unintentionally results in a statistical outcome, that is not discrimination. risk identification and
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classification is absolutely essential on the lending of insurance business. to be unfair and unwise, the h.u.d. rule is unnecessary. why? because classes are already prohibited from consideration in risk assessment practices. you see state law prohibits them from recording rates. and it turns it on the head and violates these laws. all 50 states in this country have anti-diss krim in a to tower regulations and there is no claim that these have been insufficient. the federal government should be encouraging sound business practices, not punishing them. we have seen what risky practices have done. and the supreme court should crack down and increase the cost
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and undermine the availability of credit. this house recently passed my amendment to the commerce, science and justice appropriation bill. and that would prohibit the d.o.j. from using this very same theory and take a stand against this. and i urge my colleagues to support this. with that i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from north carolina. mr. price: i rise in opposition to this amendment. it would nullify a critical enforcement tool that has been used, for example, to rule against discrimination and racially discriminate. practices exclude families. discrimination by leapeders,
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zoning requirements and it's a critical enforcement tool and would be a bad mistake to pass this amendment. i yield two minutes to the ranking member ms. waters. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. waters: i rise in strong opposition to this amendment and i'm surprised that this amendment is being brought by my friend mr. garrett. it seeks to empower the fair housing act in such a way that relies on the disparate doctrine and discriminatory policy. quality neighborhood schools and other resources. it is a very effective legal tool that has been used to address neutral policy.
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the diss par ate impact doctrine provides legal redress and ensures that woman cannot be evicted from their apartments because they were victims of domestic violence and are veterans with disabilities are not barred from living in certain places. and this amendment ignores the realities of harmful discrimination in our nation today and eliminate well established, decades of protections for american families. i urge my colleagues to vote no. and i yield back. mr. price: i thank my colleague and i yield two minutes to mr. green of texas. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. green: this amendment would absolutely totally and allow
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discrimination against our concrete advance. if you are a veteran and need a service animal and if there is an area that is set aside with no pet allowed that service animal will become a pet. with reference to this amendment being a theory all 11 circuit courts have upheld it. it's not a theory, but a standard. a standard that the courts adhere to and we must continue -- i'm absolutely opposed to this amendment and i beg my colleagues go on record being opposed to it as well. mr. price: i yield to the gentleman from florida. mr. diaz-balart: this is pending before the supreme court. the sponsor of the amendment is a good man, but i would wait for the court and then the committee
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of jurisdiction could properly debate and consider what action should be taken. for those reasons, i urge a no vote. mr. price: i yield to my colleague from minnesota. mr. ellison: i urge all members to vote no strenuously to this will amendment. the fact is that residential segregation in this country has limited the opportunities for people for so many years. i don't mean in terms of race. people are excluded because of age and gender. if we say that diss par ate impacts has no place, we will be precluded from looking into how disparity causes people to have different chances. we will be having a smoking gun
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or inat the present time to make this country fair and open. this is a very bad amendment. i urge my colleagues to vote no and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. the gentleman from new jersey recognizeed. mr. garrett: so the gentleman said everything we have heard for the last five minutes has nothing to do with this bill. this has nothing to do with vets and service nams or domestic violence and nothing to do with any of these weakening of state's standards. this says if a lender says you live in a wooden house versus a stone house there might be different rates. if your house is next to the fire house, there might be different rates for those nurns
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and mortgages you get. those are not discriminatory practices but reasonable practices that businesses enter into. this bill says we should continue to go after and prosecute when there is evidence of discrimination and intentional discrimination. this bill would not end your ability to look into those examples that the last gentleman raised but that businesses should be allowed to use standard rationales whether it is income to debts ratios, and with that reason and host of organizations that support this legislation and if this house just passed last week, we should do so again tonight. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new jersey. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. mr. garrett: i ask for the a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new jersey will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? mr. ellison: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the amendment. the gentleman will send his
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amendment to the desk. the clerk: amendment offered by mr. ellison of minnesota, at the end of the bill before the short title insert the following none of the funds made available may be used to enter into a contract whose disclosures of a proceeding of title 41, united states code, and the federal awardey performance and integrity system include the term fair labor standards act and such disposition is listed as willful or repeated. the chair: the gentleman from minnesota and a member opposed each will control five minutes. mr. ellison: this amendment simply says that the united states government should not
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give appropriations or contracts for people or companies who have found to have found willful or repeated violations of the fair labors standards act. in other words, if you have repeatedly and willfully stolen the wages of workers and you have a federal contract, then you are not the kind of contractor who the american people through the u.s. congress want to do business with. no hard-working american should ever have to worry that her employee will refuse to work overtime or take money out of her paycheck especially if she works for a federal contractors. federal contractors are still allowed to apply for federal contracts. this amendment, which my colleagues from the progressive
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caucus will ensure that funds may not be used to enter into a contract thatfulfully or repeatedly violates the fair labor standards act. those in violation of the law do not get fax pair support and should not get the rewards that other good contractors receive. it's important to point out to members contemplating this amendment that if you are a contracting who pays your contract toirs on on and avoid respeeded violations of the fair labor standards act, that as a good contractor should not have to compete with somebody who gets a mrs. comstock: peff advantage. we should have good contractors competing and not making repeated violations. this amendment relies on
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violations reported to the federal awardey to the information system. that system looks book to look at actions. thr amendment differs from previous amendments that i have offered similar to it because it targets actors who repeatedly engage in wage theft. the amendment would ensure that it would not disqualify a contractor but would show that clearly someone who made repeat ed violations would not be able to benefit from the contract. i urge members to vote in favor of this particular amendment because a penny worked for and a penny earned must be a penny paid particularly when that penny is derived from a company with a federal contract. we have a

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