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way through. all of us are committed to doing that. ms. bordallo. ms. bordallo: thank you very much, mr. chairman. as a representative from the asia pacific area, i'd like to start out by expressing my sincere sympathy for the people of belgium and for the family -- and the u.s. house gaveling back in today considering seven bills. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] understanding, give us strength and reason during these perilous times. bring consolation to the be reefed in belgium and public servants represent the great united states. collectively brothers and sisters, you are a tapes try of america, a beautiful quilt of diversity. the best of who we can be. our respective faiths remind us
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that the measure of society is how we treat the most vulnerable, the orphan, the widow, the stranger in our midst. god bless the members of this house, their families and staff and all those workers who humbly serve to care for and protect these hallowed halls. may these deliberations reflect the best of humanity honoring the divine spark in one another. long may our land be bright, with freedom's holy light as we continue to shine as a beacon of hope to those within our borders and around the world. amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1, rule 1. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from north carolina, mr. butterfield.
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mr. butterfield: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.. the speaker: without objection, the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego, is recognized for one minute. mr. allego: thank you, speaker. mr. speaker, it is my distinct honor to recognize my good friend, rabbi john leonard, as the guest chaplain today. throughout his life, he demonstrated commendable leadership to his family, to his faith and to causes of social justice. after graduating with honors from apple hearst college, rabbi linder spent his early years as a labor organizer and helped his family run the scrap metaling business before entering rabbiing school.
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he represented my temple which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. rabbi linder has continued to advance social justice as a leader in the union for reform judaism, the jewish family children services and many other local service and faith-based organizations. rabbi linder is also engaged in building a strong interfaith community in arizona. he has been instrumental in connecting the temple to other faiths and has invited a variety of other clerkymen in temple services. mr. speaker, please join me in welcoming rabbi linder to the house of representatives and thanking him for his dedicated service. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona yields back. the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin, the speaker of the house, rise? the speaker: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the speaker: mr. speaker, tomorrow the supreme court will hear arguments in little
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sisters of the poor v. burwell. and today i stand in support of e little sisters. mr. speaker, this order of catholic nuns who serve the elderly poor in 31 countries, we talk a lot about public service up here. well, these are the people who live it. they are the definition of public service. in fact, i had the honor of hosting two of the sisters at the state of the union address this january, and i was amazed to hear all the good work that they do. so the last thing the federal government should do is make their jobs harder, but that, unfortunately, is exactly what this administration is doing. under the health care law, the department of health and human services is insisting on a regulation that requires the sisters to offer benefits that violate their religious beliefs. the administration claims to have offered them an accommodation, but it is just a fig leaf.
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so this is a choice that they are facing. either violate your faith or pay up to $70 million a year in fines. mr. speaker, there is no good reason for any of this. a full 1/3 of the american people are exempt from this regulation, so why insist that the sisters of all people follow it? there are other ways to protect people's health that do not violate people's faith. and mr. speaker, it is clear to anyone with eyes that see that this is a violation of the religious freedom and restoration act. a broad bipartisan majority in congress voted for that law, and what congress said was this -- the burden is not on your faith to obey government mandates. the burden is on the government to respect your faith.
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mr. speaker, that is the very meaning of religious liberty. that is one of our founding principles, and that is why we should do everything we can to let people live out their faith. that is why many colleagues of mine and i have joined an amicus brief asking the court to grant the sisters relief they deserve, and that is why i am here today to stand in defense of the sisters, to stand in defense of the law and to stand in defense of religious liberty. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection. mr. higgins: mr. speaker, today the people of niagara falls will reclaim what was taken from them 50 years ago, access to arguably the world's greatest waterfront, niagara falls. since 1964, the robert moses parkway have cut off the city from its waterfront.
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the highway is one of several ill conceived projects rammed through cities 50 years ago that have kept western new york from realizing its full economic potential. three years ago, i issued a report that detailed the role of the new york power authority, which planned the parkway, ejicted homeowners and owns the land on which -- evicted homeowners and owns the land on which this is issued. shortly thereafter, work began on the removal of the southern portion, and now, as we propose, the new york power authority will fund the next phase, a $42 million project that takes down the parkway and builds up this city. two weeks ago, i stood with the mayor to demand the complete removal of the parkway. with today's announcement, niagara falls will reclaim its waterfront and all of the promise that comes with it. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from indiana seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise
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and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. i . brooks: mr. speaker, rise today to honor the life of deputy carl coons who was shot and killed sunday while serving a warrant. a three-year veteran of the howard county sheriff's department, he was more than a deputy. he was a husband to cassie, a father to baby noah, a son and a friend to his many law enforcement officers. yesterday, hundreds of hoosiers lined along the procession route from indianapolis back to his hometown to kokomo to pay their respect and honor his sacrifice. he was only 27 years old and in his short life he served howard county with courage and distinction. he was passionate about his job as a deputy. particularly his role as a school resource officer for the northwestern school corporation, where he was a role model as well as a protector of hoosier children. i'd also like to recognize sergeant jordan buckley who was also shot and injured and wish him a speedy recovery. law enforcement officers and
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first responders day in and day out put their lives on the line each and every day, and in memory of deputy coons, i'd ask everyone to please stand and thank all of our officers, the courageous law enforcement officers and first responders for their service and sacrifice, because on sunday, deputy coons paid the ultimate sacrifice. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. butterfield: i ask permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. butterfield: thank you. mr. speaker, i rise to celebrate the 100th birthday of sally baldwin howard, a friend and legendary citizen of wilson, north carolina. tomorrow, mr. speaker, sally b. howard will be honored as a grand birthday celebration at
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the charter school named in her honor, the sally b. howard school for arts and education. sally howard has lived an extraordinary life. her contribution to the arts and education is immeasurable. mrs. howard graduated as valedictorian from charles h. darton high school. she later graduated from a junior college, the anderson school of dance, new york city school of the american negro and received her masters degree in elementary education from hunter college. as an academic, writer, playwright, elementary school teacher, sally b. howard has used her vast array of talents and expertise to make a lasting impact on our nation's children. she is an active member of st. john, a.m.e. zion church. mr. speaker, the founder and executive director of the howard school, dr. jo ann woodard, remarks on mrs. howard that she is a phenomenal woman who inspires us to be our best.
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i ask my colleagues today to join me in celebrating sally b. howard's 100 years of life and recognizing herselfless service to humanity. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. > thank you. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the life of a policeman who was tragically taken from us too soon. in my district of south jacksonville, illinois, scott fitzgerald was on duty on the evening of friday, march 4, responding to a call of medical assistance when his car was hit by an ambulance. the 32-year-old father of two passed away several hours later. in his funeral procession, hundreds of citizens and admirers came to remember the officer who had personally aided them in times of need.
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sobering events like this remind us that our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line when think put on their uniforms. mr. lahood: i offer my prayers and condolences to officer fitzgerald's family, his wife, his two young children, a 4-year-old boy and a 4-month-old girl. as they grieve their loss. i also want to offer my sincere gratitude to all of our law enforcement officers for their crucial role in keeping us safe. the community of south jacksonville has set up a scholarship fund for his children and also a memorial 5-k run in his name. i applaud these displays of compassion and, mr. speaker, i encourage the citizens of my district and elsewhere to consider supporting these efforts. i would ask at this time that the house rise to pay tribute to officer fitzgerald for his public service. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from nebraska seek
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recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. ashford: mr. speaker, as i rise my prayers are with the victims of the terrorist attacks in brussels. today, i would like to pay tribute to a multifaith religious organization that rises above the divisive elements in our flakes and around the world -- nation and around the world. omaha's unique trifaith initiative makes it clear that what unites us far outweighs what divides us. the trifaith initiative is made up of jewish, christian and islamic religious groups practicing respect, acceptance and trust. omaha's temple israel countryside community church and the american muslim institute literally work side by side to realize the dream of three houses of worship on adjacent land. in three-part harmony, trifaith strives to challenge stereotypes, learn from each other and counter the flames of
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fear and misunderstanding. this initiative couldn't come at a more critical time in our history. america's greatness begins with its diversity. i am beyond proud that my hometown is home to the most important -- this most important melting pont. jews, christians and muslims working and praying side by side, that is america. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from nebraska yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, in a letter to the president, house foreign affairs committee chairman ed royce revealed, quote, since your administration advanced normalized relations with havana, the regime's oppression of basic human rights has gone from bad to worse. in the first two months of 2016 alone, the cuban commission for human rights has documented a staggering 2,588 political arrests. in spite of this, reports
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announce more one-sided concessions that will serve to shore up the communist castro regime, end of quote. while visiting havana, the president supports plans to end the embargo, yet ignores the fact that increased trade will not reach the cuban people. it will benefit the cuban military and intelligence agencies which have stolen cuba's most profitable industries. the president's bizarre legacy has led to more oppression as the failed dictatorship has propped up. may the president, by his actions, never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. our prayers go out to the people of brussels and the prime minister as the global war on terrorism continues. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from south carolina yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? . >> jacksonville, florida, ovember 13, 2015, travis james
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.yatt, hayden rose hyatt, caden glendale, arizona, february 23, 2016, vick buckner, 50. kimberly buckner, 49, caitlin buckner, 18, emma buckner, 6. roswell, new mexico, august 21, 2015, mayor contrer as, 31 years old. shelly bird, 25. damon oswald new mexico and. indianapolis, indiana, february 47, 14, walter burnell christie may sanchez, 22. haley navarrea, 21. chesapeake, virginia, february 7, 2016, doris dualy, 47 -year-old. todd dualy, 50.
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landon dualy, 22. brook dualy, 17. oakland, maine, november 4, 2015, amanda brag g. and -- the speaker pro tempore: time of the gentleman has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> permission to revise and extend my remarks. i rise in honor of the life of ann pride. she served as the director of federal government relations where she had been employed since 1991 and worked with the arkansas delegation to support energy programs and dedicated her life to serving the people of arkansas and served as a staff to representative bill alexander and senator david pryor first during his term as
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governor nor and in the senate. she was well respected among the arkansas delegation and on both sides of the aisle. she was a professional. her knowledge and experience was indispensible to her fellow colleagues and will be greatly missed by those who had the privilege to know her. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. without objection -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. maloney: mr. speaker, republicans often claim that they can manage the economy better than democrats, but the facts show something very different entirely. research by economists alan blinder and mark watson find that by virtually every measure of economic growth and health, including g.d.p. growth and job
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creation, the economy has performed better under democratic presidents than republican presidents. alan blinder and professor watson put it simply and i quote, the u.s. economy performs much better when a democrat is president than a republican, end quote. the staff, democratic staff at the joint economic committee updated and expanded on their analysis and found that on average since world war ii, real g.d.p. has grown 1.6 times faster under democrats than republicans, public sector job growth has grown 1.5 times faster under democrats. this chart tells a story. the democratic line is blue. the red is republican. and it shows clearly the job growth was higher and better -- under democratic
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presidents. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise to echo the remarks of speaker paul ryan. we must protect the sanctity of the lives of the unborn. the sisters of the poor versus burwell is a landmark case that rightfully challenges obamacare contraceptive mandate. i agree with the sisters of the poor and believe that life begins at conception. mother theresa said the greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself and if we accept that a woman can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? mr. fleischmann: the unborn are the most innocent and vulnerable
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members of our society. the constitution already protects life and i have sworn to uphold that. i will vote for life. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition? >> permission to address the house. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> today i rise to recognize my colleague and friend former north carolina zate nor who departed last week on super tuesday. she was a true trailblazer and the first black senator and served more than a decade in the north carolina house and on the board of commissioners. she was instrumental in helping victims of north carolina's rogram to receive restitution.
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and she fought for justice and our communities. she joined my staff as my outreach director expanding her territory to serve north carolina's 12th congressional district. she was loving, kind and respected and broke barriers. she has left an indelible mark across our state and nation. i have known her for many decades and proud to have called her my friend and one of my closest friends. her legacy will live on for generations to come and we salute her and her service to our state. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. >> we are in the midst of holy week, one of the most important time periods for the christian faith. sadly in too many places around the world, christians are under attack simply because of their religious beliefs. the stories of rape, assault and
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murder are heartbreaking. just look at some of the numbers from the middle east. in 2003, there were 1.5 million christians in iraq. now that number is down to 275,000 and falling. and the very language -- land screes us just walked, christians are becoming extinct. may we in the people's house fight christian persecution abroad and not discouraged orangery and fighting to encourage religious tolerance in the middle east and all around the world. mr. speaker, may we remember what is written in the gospel of john, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcometh. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. i rise in solemn observance today of the 13th anniversary of
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the week that one of the worst foreign policy mistakes of the 21st century was made, the invasion of iraq. mr. polis: march 20, twits. the human cost of the invasion 4,491 u.s. servicemembers who gave their lives, countless more who were injured or came back with difficulties facing the challenges of every day life. iraqi deaths between 151,000 and 500,000 including many innocent women and children, many more driven from their homes. the economic costs of the war in the iraq, $1.7 trillion are the estimates, money that was taken away from our roads, bridges, infrastructure and schools to send to iraq. and the national security costs of that colossal mistake, the creation of isis and arming isis with weapons that were paid for
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by american taxpayers supplied to the failed iraqi military. when will we ever learn in the words of the late great pete seager. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. in recent months, we have lost two important leaders on october 26 of last year, jeff david passed away and michael dody passed away. jeff was the longest publisher in the living ton parish news and mike was an editor of the newspaper. they had 90 years of newspaper experience. the news was established in 1898 and during the history, it has been awarded over 600 state and national awards for its journalism in excellence.
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mr. speaker, the living ton parish news covered the 1983 ligo project he which discovered for the first time ever gravitational waves, an amazing newspaper that has done a phenomenal job. they have 1,200 subscribers and over 60,000 online subscribers. the past six months have been a challenging time. jeff survived by his son, who carries on his father legacy. mr. speaker, today, i recognize and honor these men's service and contribution to our community and the great state of louisiana. both men were institutions in living ton parish and both will be missed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today during women's
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history month to highlight an outstanding woman in my district. my district has many female role models giving back to our communities. one example of a woman dedicated to service is jamie milk. jamie has served her district in the rotary club, florida gulf coast association of commercial realtors and other organizations. jamie is a co-founder of women in charge, helping to empower women by supporting them in managing their businesses. furtherering their professional goals and promoting their health and financial independence. jamie is one of the many role models i'm proved to have in our exuent. this month we have the opportunity to celebrate women like jamie making history for tomorrow's generation of innovators, newsmakers and community leaders. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. ros-lehtinen: mr. speaker, a picture is a thousand words. this poster shows president obama with the image behind him, coming soon to a new tee-shirt near you. he executed cubans. shay along with castro are responsible for misery and suffering. but it seems some people just don't care. yesterday, president obama said in an interview he would be happy to meet with fidel castro and president obama believes that he truly wants change in cuba. end quote. really?
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what's stopping castro from holding free and fair elections. let's start with that little change. this continued effort to legitimatize this regime is appalling and for those people who love freedom and apalling who have been political prisoners in castro's regime and appalling for those families who lost their loved ones because of this communist regime. today is a sad day indeed and this poster says it all, get the tee-shirt now. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and resize and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> i rise today to condemn the terrorist attacks in brussels that took place this morning. it claimed the lives of 30 people and injured at least 170 more. the people of brussels woke up
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this morning ready for another day in their life only to have their world rocked by the sudden and unexpected attack. some wished their loved ones good-bye to never return. this is the second time that our friends in europe have been struck. it is another chilling reminder we are at war against radical islamic terrorism and a reminder of the goodness in people. we saw people running into the flames and smoke and against the masses to give aid and comfort to the wounded. it's a reminder that we are right and just and we must be vigilant. we must stand in solidarity with the belgian people. and i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 4721, an act to
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amend title 41, united states code, to extend authorizations for the airport improvement program to amend the internal revenue code of 1986 to extend the funding and expenditure authority of the airport and airway trust fund and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. collins: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 653 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house -- house resolution 653, resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 2745, to amend the clayton act and the federal trade commission act to provide that the federal trade commission shall exercise authority with respect to mergers only under the clayton act and only in the same procedural manner as the attorney general exercises such authority. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as
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read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary, and two, one motion to recommit. section 2, on any legislative day during the period from march 24, 2016, through pril 11, 2016, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved, and b, the chair may at any time declare the house adjourned to meet at a date and time, within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution, to be announced by the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 3, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 2 of this resolution as though under clause 8-a of rule 1.
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section 4, each day during the period addressed by section 2 of this resolution shall not constitute a calendar day for purposes of section 7 of the war powers resolution 50 u.s.c. 1546. section 5, the committee on energy and commerce may, at any time before 4:00 p.m. on thursday, march 31, 2016, file a report o accompany h.r. 2666. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one hour. mr. collins: mr. speaker, for the purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from colorado, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on house resolution 653, currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i am pleased to bring this rule forward on behalf of the rules committee. the rule provides for
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consideration of h.r. 2745, the standard merger and acquisition reviews through equal rules act , or smarter act. the rule provides one hour of debate equally controlled by the chair and ranking minority member. and the rules committee put out call for amendments but none were submitted for consideration. yesterday the rules committee received testimony from the chairman and ranking member of the judiciary subcommittee on regulatory reform, commercial and antitrust law. a subcommittee hearing was held on this legislation and it was marked up and reported by the judiciary committee. the bill went through regular order and enjoyed discussion at both the subcommittee and full committee level. h.r. 2745 is supported by the u.s. chamber of commerce and the american hospital association because it is a matter of basic fairness and reducing uncertainty. this legislation makes two key changes to the procedures by which the federal trade
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commission litigates merger cases. first, it requires the fttc requires the same standard that d.o.j. must meet in meeting a preliminary injunction in court. second, it requires them to litigate merits of the contested cases under the clayton act just as the d.o.j. does rather than before its own administrative tribunals. currently they're authorized to have preliminary and injunctive relief while they must apply a test for having preliminary injunction in court if they want to block a merger. ourts styles held there -- additionally, the -- if the f.t.c. loses an injunction in federal court, it is able to legal the merits of the case ultimately adjudicated by its commissioners. however, the d.o.j. does not have this power. the smarter act addresses these
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disparities as recommended by the antitrust modernization commission. parties to a merger should not be subject to different treatment and standards based on the reviewing -- on the reviewing antitrust law enforcement agency. antitrust agencies are charged with reviewing transactions efficiently and fairly in order to ensure that competition is preserved, but the current law leaves the impression that there is a divergens of procedure and that whether or not a merger can proceed depends on the agency -- which agency reviews that particular transaction. importantly, this bill does -- doesn't make it easier for mergers to be approved. but h.r. 2745 does increase fairness and efficiency by ensuring that the antitrust enforcement agencies are not imposing unequal burdens on the merging parties. i'd like to thank the chairman goodlatte, chairman farenthold and their staffs for bringing these important issues to the floor today.
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i'd encourage all to support this underlying rule and gislation as it brings streamlines to the agency. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: i thank the gentleman for yielding me the customary 30 minutes and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. polis: that was complicated. my colleague from georgia, mr. speaker, explained a lot of stuff. there were definitely a lot of big words in there and words we don't use too often in colorado and it seems to me that this bill is designed to make it easier for very big companies o merge and reduce the oversight in making sure those big mergers don't hurt consumers. most mergers don't even go through this. i think it was in the rules committee yesterday where mr. marino testified it was maybe 3% of mergers. so only if both companies are ery, very, very big companies,
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multinational conglomerates, then it goes up for review. and this bill says that maybe there should be a little less review. i think even the proponents say there should be review. there are several government agencies involved. bill, seems to me this the standard merger and acquisition reviews through equal rules act of 2015 -- it takes a few breaths to take it. it's one of the longer words. it's really a stalling on the floor of the house bill until the republicans can figure out a budget. that's exactly what we're doing here, mr. speaker. i was -- would hope as we stall we can offer more substantive bills that we can do in the meantime. this bill, the standard merger and acquisition reviews through equal rules act is really truly a solution in search of a problem. you know, where does this bill
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come from? i'm certainly very pro-business. i founded several businesses before i came here and i took a long and hard look at this bill today. i'm all for streamlining government processes but i can't imagine what problem we're even trying to solve here. i don't know. i wonder where the idea of this bill came from? maybe from a town hall. i know the best ideas i get are from my constituents and small businesses back home. that was the argument we heard very passionated or ated when the lked about brick kilns other week. maybe they're fighting for people back home. maybe a constituent approached somebody in mr. collins' district and said we truly wish review processes for the largest corporate mergers were streamlined. something must be done about the f.t.c.'s administrative adjudication authority. maybe that was the call that was resounding in town halls across the country, but it didn't come up in any of mine. in colorado's front range it
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simply wasn't the issue my constituents were raising but i'll certainly give my colleagues the benefit of the doubt. perhaps there is a ground swell for adrissing the f.t.c.'s addressing the adjudication authority for large corporations that haven't reached colorado. perhaps that's the case. mr. speaker, this is an important point i want to make. time is very precious here on the house floor. taxpayers are paying for this time. in fact, apparently, the -- this is -- tomorrow will be the last day. this will be the last bill we vote on before we all get sent home for three-week vacations and we have very limited time to pass bills that benefit american people. 60 years ago the house took this workweek and passed a little something called the affordable care act. now, that might not be popular for my friends on the other side of the aisle but it certainly was consequential. in fact, 15 million more americans have coverage today
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because of what we did, this same week six years ago. we passed the first major piece of health care reform in a generation. like it or not, we had conviction and we passed bills that helped americans every day solve problems. here we are six years later and we're redating -- debating a measure that helps a few large corporations merge with each other to become even larger. look, if we want to help american business, let's find a backbone. let's look at tax reform. let's look at comprehensive immigration reform. let's invest in our infrastructure and in our schools to have a better prepared work force. be courageous. let's present solutions to problems. not solutions in search of a problem. here we are passing yet another bill the senate won't consider and that will never become law. and then go reward ourselves with three weeks of vacation. look, maybe someday this bill congom rate help
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another conglomerate. is that exciting, mr. speaker, to you? is that somebody that resounds across our country or would even contribute one iota to our country's economic growth? mr. speaker, this bill doesn't solve any of the problems this congress needs to take on. what should we be doing this week? we should be talking about making college more affordable. we should be talking about growing our economy, investing in infrastructure, reforming our bloated tax code and simplifying taxes. we should be talking about passing a budget. mr. speaker, most households have a budget. my household has a budget. this congress doesn't have a budget. instead of having a budget, everybody's going on a vacation. mr. speaker, this bill doesn't find a solution for the 11 million undocumented people in our country and fix our broken immigration system. this bill doesn't secure our borders, doesn't make college
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more affordable. it's a shame we're spending an entire week debating this nonsolution in search of a help one at maybe large company reduce the paperwork to the detriment of the consumer interest and the american people. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i think it's interesting to hear it doesn't help. as we come down here and debate and this is a floor to do that, mr. speaker, let's just be very clear. this doesn't help companies merge. i'm not sure why we're putting forth a statement that helps companies merge. it simply takes an and streamlines the process so you don't have two divergent paths where the scrutiny of a merger takes place. if we want to at least be faithful to the bill which is what this does, it does not make substantial changes to antitrust laws. this legislation standardizes the process between the two
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antitrust enforcement agencies. now, look, i grew up in north georgia. a lot of times, especially since i had some small businesses and i appreciate the gentleman from colorado but i bet there are many times in his businesses that the thing you do every day -- it's like being part of a family. it's doing chores. it's doing the work that needs to be done. it may not hit the front page of the paper. it may not be the glamerous piece that anybody wants to talk about. those things are getting discussed and maybe not at the pace some would like to see but we are moving forward with legislation. the question is if a bill that simply streamlines and provides some efficiencies that even this current department of justice assistant attorney general for the antitrust division stated, i don't think there is a practical difference how the court for joining a merger challenge by the f.t.c. or the department on the other. basically we're doing some of the administrative work that needs to be done to lay the groundwork so we don't have divergent opinions, so we don't have two processes out there. if that's not exciting enough,
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i'm sorry. there are a lot of things that do affects business. and there are things we are working on. i do want to emphasize something. i, for one, mr. speaker, this issue of will the designate take it up or not i frankly, mr. speaker, don't care. that's why there's two separate bodies on this hill. there is the house and there is the senate. we must work in tandem as we can and move forward what our perspective is a very conservative agenda for this country. also, the other thing that is very concerning is there's a lot of issues here. i appreciate the gentleman speaking, mr. speaker, about the -- where ideas come from. and i'm very concerned about it. i know the speaker is as well. about where ideas and processes come for bills here. .
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and the best place is, as the gentleman stated, is back home being with members and being with constituents and being with the businesses and being with the school groups and being with the folks from which we come from. i'm born and raised in my district. 've been there, as the god lord said, 50 years i've lived in my district. i know my district and getting to know their concerns and basically say what i believe -- yes, but i will never say that being sent home from d.c., i get to go home to my district and i get to listen to people. i'll be happy to read my schedule for the next few weeks while i'm in the district if that sounds like a vacation to you, maybe we'll have a different opinion what a vacation looks like because i'm going to be going to businesses who over the past few years have been hurt by a health care policy that was put into place where they don't know if they can hire new members. they have had to downsize. they had to stop progress and they are just being all the time in circle -- encircled with regulations that prevent them from hiring and providing good jobs in the ninth district
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of georgia. i don't know what others do on their time in their district but i talk to school groups asks what their future looks like with an ever amounting trial of debt, where they look at their future and say, what is this country, and they look at the country and they laugh around the world and see attacks in brussels and say where is the place in america, where is america's role? and these are the kinds of stuff that's discussed on my time in the district. i believe we can work up here every day and i will be supportive of that. but when i go back home to the district when it is scheduled for us as members to go home, then frankly maybe there's just a definitional difference in vacations. for me it is to go home and listen and to be a part and, yes, spend time with my family. at the same point in time when every day i go up and talk to the district and i talk to these people who have issues with washington, d.c., with their tax burden, with their regulatory burden, with their health care burden and all these supposed fixes and many times like i said, i believe the republican majority in the last five years have had to undo and fix the problems that
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were so forcefully allocated. we have a banking system in our district where we are having trouble with banks being able to make loans, banks being able to do the things they're supposed to be doing to help our business community because they're strangled with the regulatory burden. you see, these are the issues we can discuss here. and i appreciate the argument but also as we go back to the bill before us, you know, sometimes, it may not make the front page of whatever you read but when you have two agencies that do basically a similar function in the merger arena and they do it differently and even the current department of justice and the chairwoman for the mergers and acquisition where they were looking at this saying this just needs to be better, this bill is a positive step forward. as debate will happen this afternoon, i look forward to the debate of the committee as they discuss the ends and outs of this bill. but before we go any further, i think we just need to be honest with the american people and
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say these are ideas that's worth having and also when we're back in the district, their ideas are worth having because that is where the best ideas come from. that is where our homes are and that is who we represent up here and it's never a burden to go home. many times it's a burden to come up here and fight against values that you have in your district are not valid on the other side of the aisle. -- valued on the other side of the aisle. that is the burden we'll continue to fight. we'll stand a conservative bearer on our side to say this is a government that needs to work for the people and not at the people. that's the biggest difference you'll see on the floor today. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: i think the american people deserve to know what members of congress are doing to earn their salaries. this week, three days, this bill is the only bill under a rule that this congress is even considering. let me tell you how congress calculates days, mr. speaker. because most americans think,
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ok, a day. maybe i go to work at 9:00, come home at 5:00. that's a day. let me tell you, congress has a different definition of day for members of congress. monday, we started at 6:30 p.m. not a.m. p.m. now, mr. collins and i, we got to come in at 5:00 p.m. to start. we started early. mr. collins and i worked an extra hour and a half. didn't we -- i ask the speaker if mr. collins did and he started at 5:00 with me. we worked an extra hour and a half. you didn't start until 6:30. that's when the votes occurred. tuesday was a real day. started this morning around 8:00. i fully expect we'll go to 6:00 or 7:00. that's a good day. that's a good day that i can be proud for my kid and say i worked a good day. and tell anyone back home. tomorrow, wednesday, they say we're working a day. i'd ask my colleague from georgia, do you know what time we're expected to finish
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tomorrow? i ask mr. collins if he knows we're scheduled to finish tomorrow. mr. collins: it's the -- after it's the votes are -- speaker's prerogative. mr. polis: i heard 12:30. i heard a lot of members were discussing if they can leave at 1:00 or 2:00. i don't know if they're going off to the caribbean or what. in this week where the republicans are claiming we're working three days, i call it one day, tuesday, maybe half a day wednesday. and maybe an hour or two on monday. look. hat's not the
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i mean, what, let's do that half a day. let's do that monday. instead of coming in at 6:00, maybe we come in at noon and sleep until 11:00. that should be late enough for members of congress to sleep. you know, debate it for a few hours and let's do something else tuesday. let's do a budget tuesday. let's deal with something with the zika virus on tuesday or puerto rico. wednesday, let's get to work and do more, right? let's roll up our sleeves and get to work. let's not go home at noon. i have a very exciting motion i'll be able to make here, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question i'll offer an amendment to prevent the house from starting a two-week recess unless we do our job and pass a budget and without objection i'd like to insert that amendment in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: now, this is very exciting, mr. speaker, because i'm giving my colleagues an opportunity because this previous question vote, if we
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vote it down of a no vote means congress don't go on vacation, do your job and pass the budget. a yes vote means go on vacation and forget about a budget. and so with this motion that i am doing here if we defeat the previous question, i'm really calling members of congress to account of whether they think we should do our job or we should go home after making it easier for very big companies o merge. i hope the answer was the one that the men and women listening at home that would be logical, stay here and do our job but we'll see here in a few minutes what my colleagues want to do. whether they agree with me, that we should stay here and do our job, or whether they think we should allow bigger companies to have facilitated mergers and then go home. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from georgia.
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mr. collins: i reserve. i have no more speakers. would be interested if the gentleman from colorado has more speakers or if he's ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. polis: i'm ready to close. i yield myself such time as may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is ecognized. mr. polis: you know, it's interesting, mr. speaker. my good friend from georgia, mr. collins, said maybe this bill is important. it's not glamerous, it has to be done. i think it speaks volumes, mr. speaker, that not a single person showed up to this debate besides mr. collins and i who have to be here. no republicans who i guess support this bill. no democrats and there might even be democrats that support this bill. i mean, no one even came. no one even came. that's because everybody knows this bill isn't going anywhere. the senate won't consider it. the president won't sign it. the american people haven't been crying out for it.
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big corporations are able to merge today if they are not blocked by the f.t.c. or d.o.j. for antitrust. this bill doesn't solve any problems. not a single republican even came to the floor to argue about why we needed this bill. with the, of course, exception of my good friend and colleague, mr. collins and i, who have been to be here because we're running the debate. so i mean, what does that mean when even the proponents of this bill don't even come here to tell us why they want it? i think it shows a moral bankruptcy, mr. speaker, and it exposes the veneer off the fact that this is a time-stalling bill because the republicans don't have a budget and they want us to go on vacation right away. look, this bill to be considered -- and i'll address some of its merits it would ter the process in which the f.t.c. regulates mergers, prontects consumers. i'm sure -- protects consumers. the f.t.c. was created in 1914 as an independent bipartisan
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agency and has unique tools to look after consumers to make sure when two large companies merge it doesn't hurt consumers. and of course, because f.t.c. and d.o.j. have overlapping responsibilities, you know, there's issues between them. if there's a pressing problem i'd be happy to consider this bill under an open rule. what does that mean? i believe and the democrats on the rules committee yesterday made a motion to this effect that we should allow democrats and republicans to offer amendments on this bill to say, you know what, maybe there is a problem, maybe we need to improve it, maybe we need to change it. but you know what, that motion for an open rule was voted down on a partisan vote. perhaps that's the reason, mr. speaker, that no problems or democrats bothered to even comment on this bill because the republicans have locked us out of participating. they blocked the democratic and republican rank and file members that represent from texas and california and new york and wisconsin, democrats
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and republicans. no one with any good ideas could even try to make this bill better. no wonder, no wonder people aren't bothering to come to the floor in droves because their ideas, there are goods that come from republicans, mr. speaker, their good ideas are locked out of inclusion in this bill. you know what, in 2007, congress established the antitrust modernization commission which released 80 recommendations for revisions to antitrust law and policy. of those recommendations, one of them advocated for the elimination of the f.t.c.'s administration adjudication authority and the adaptation of a preliminary injunction standard. those are two things that are in this bill. to date, congress has not considered the other 78 ideas that came out of this obscure commission that reported back that only affects the world's largest companies merging with one another. look, if we had an open rule, i
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could bring forward some of those other 78 ideas. if this is such a pressing problem when we need to spend our full day in session here this week talking about making it easier for corporations to buy one another, why not go all out and allow a discussion of the other 78 ideas that the antitrust modernization commission recommended? mr. speaker, this is a half measure that solves a -- is a solution in search of a problem. instead of debating bills like the one here today we should be tackling problems that the american people sent us here to work on. we should work an honest workweek rather than an hour on monday, a full day on tuesday, half a day wednesday, take thursday off, take friday off. the american people deserve an honest week. they deserve us to get the budget done, just like our households have a budget, congress deserves a budget and i'm sure, my colleague, in the past reminded that democrats at
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times failed to reduce -- produce budgets. i'm saying neither side is perfect. i'm not proud that the democrats in the past failed to produce a budget. what we're talking about today is the republicans failing to produce a budget. i remember very distinctly when the republicans had difficulty producing a budget, they said, how dare you. our households produce a budget. why can't you produce a budget? the american people for that reason and perhaps others gave control of this body to the rrps and now here we are with the -- republicans and now here we are with the republicans are instead of producing a budget sending every member of congress to home for two weeks after working a very taxing 1 1/2-day week making it easier for multinational corporations to merge. mr. speaker, we can do better. as i mentioned earlier, when we do defeat the previous question on the vote, my amendment that i've offered into the record will amend the rule to prohibit
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the house from starting our vacation tomorrow unless we do our job and pass a budget. i strongly urge my colleagues to vote no on the rule, vote no on the underlying bill and instead work to pass a budget and find solutions to the big problems that we were sent here to face like improving our national security, like securing our border and replacing our broken immigration system and the one that reflects our values as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants, one that makes prescription drugs more affordable and improves upon the affordable care act, improves our schools, invests in infrastructure and so many of the other issues that i hear about from my constituents at our town halls, on the phone and in letters. . i urge my colleagues to vote no on the underlying rule. i he yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. collins: there's one thing, i always try to be positive, there's one thing do i agree with my friend from colorado just now, we can do better. we can do better about
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explaining what is actually going on here and talking about it in derisive terms, especially about a bill where i serve on the judiciary committee. there was one amendment brought to committee. this bill seems to be fairly tight because there seems to be general agreement here. there is one committee amendment brought to the committee, it was withdrawn. then there was an amendment process put out. it's something there are from this antitrust modernization commission, 78 other ideas, when my friend just spoke about the fact we had an open rule on the floor, they might bring up -- i just ask him where was he yesterday? we talk about showing up for work. maybe he didn't punch in last night. he could have brought 78 amendments last night to the rules committee. he chose not to. so, we can do better. we can do honestly discuss the procedures and the fact that right now while he and i are on the floor discussing this rule and preparing for this rule, the rest of the 433 members of the house of representatives, 32 now, i think we still have one open seat, they are in
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committees right now. they are meeting constituents. they are marking up bills. they are going through regular order which is the republican congress' way of doing the business' business. then also as we have already discussed whether the senate signs something or not, then brought up the fact that the president would never sign this piece of legislation. let's remind the people what the administration doesn't also sign. they won't also sign the keystone pipeline which takes away jobs from americans. they won't -- he won't also sign a refugee bill that actually would just put an extra measure of protection protecting the american homeland from possibly infill tation through the refugee program. they refuse to sign that, but we'll have the results of the world looking at that. he won't sign that, mr. speaker. administration, don't seem to want to hold iran accountable. for testing it's doing with its missiles. so we can discuss what this administration doesn't want to sign. i think using that as an excuse into the to move a bill is an abdication of responsibility.
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as we look forward, again, i have never thought anything that i do up here, especially when it comes to my office or in committee work, was not working. i think frankly, it's disrespectful to the folks who come to our offices and meet with us or the committee work that we do to say that the only quote, work, is here before the cameras making speeches. if that's what work's about up here, maybe we have just found the problem. so, mr. speaker, parties should expect the same treatment. regardless of the antitrust enforcement agencies. these parties should not be subject to attempts to threat of litigation simply because that is the agency reviewing the merger. the underlying bill preserves key standards of review, while removing disparities, for that reason i urge my colleagues to support this rule and h.r. 2745. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields back. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from colorado. mr. polis: on that i request a recorded vote. 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 are ordered. pursuant toe clause 8 of rule 20, further proceed ogs -- proceedings on this question will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later.
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for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4742, promoting women and entrepreneurship act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4742, a bill to authorize the national science foundation to support entrepreneurial programs for women. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from virginia, mrs. comstock, and the gentlewoman from connecticut, ms. esty, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from virginia. mrs. comstock: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and to heir remarks include extraneous material on h.r. 4742, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. miss come -- mrs. comstock: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to offer a
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bipartisan bill ms. esty and i introduced, h.r. 4742, the promoting women in entrepreneurship act. we were also joined by the chairman and ranking member of the science, space, and technology committee, congressman lamar smith, and congresswoman eddie bernice johnson, who are original co-sponsors of this measure. i'm pleased that the consideration of this bill occurs during women's history month. our bill amends the science and engineering equal opportunities act to authorize the national science foundation to use its entrepreneurial programs to recruit women and to extend their focus beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world. the bill also includes a number of findings regarding women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields, also known as the stem fields. one finding in this bill notes that only 26% of women who attain degrees in stem fields ultimately work in stem jobs. we want to improve these statistics and we believe this bill is a step in the right direction.
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again, i'm happy to collaborate with my colleague, congresswoman esty, on this legislation. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. ms. esty: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. esty: thank you. i rise today in support of h.r. 4742, the promoting women in entrepreneurship act. this bill would expand the mission of the national science foundation to support and strengthen women entrepreneurs. i drafted this legislation because we can and we must do more for women in science, technology, engineering, and math, the so-called stem fields, to extend their efforts beyond the laboratory and into the commercial world. women have the potential to be remarkable entrepreneurs, job creators, and innovators.
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unfortunately, women remain an underutilized force for starting small businesses that sustain the middle class. women make up roughly half of the labor force, but according to the commerce department, women only own 30% of private businesses in the united states. why is it that women aren't starting their own businesses more often? the sad truth is that women still face significant barriers to entrepreneurship, including limited access to capital, a lack of women mentors in stem fields. often difficult or unmanageable expectations for work life balance. and a subconscious bias against women in stem. now, an increasing number of women are earning stem degrees, however, women are still largely underrepresented in all stem fields, including significantly
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the ones that have the highest entrepreneurship rates. for example, in 2012, women earned only one in five ph.d.'s granted by u.s. institutions in computer science. we must do better at increasing representation of women in all stem fields. now, i may be biased, but my own state of connecticut is a great example of how far women can go with a stem background. we have women engineers who are designing life support packs for our astronauts at the international space station. we have women scientists conducting cutting-edge research in stem cell search at uconn and yale. we have women inventors and entrepreneurs making life changing discoveries and literally altering the course of history. we have wonderful local companies with women
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entrepreneurs such as jonal labs who are not only creating quality products but are fostering the next generation of women leaders in stem. and i think we might have had one in the gallery who was excited about our introduction of this bill. but it is not enough to promote women in stem careers. we must also work to increase the number of women who become entrepreneurs. the benefits of encouraging and supporting women entrepreneurs could be tremendous. according to the commerce department, between 1997 and 2007, privately held women-owned businesses added 500,000 jobs. during that same period, other privately held firms lost over two million jobs. women have unique experiences and perspective to bring to the table. we simply cannot afford in the
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same increasingly global economy to overlook the valuable and talented resource of over half our citizens. we must do more to promote women entrepreneurs and to better support women who are commercializing great ideas, starting small businesses, and creating jobs. and i know when i hear from the women and the men who are part of my stem advisory committee in connecticut about the challenges and yet the great opportunities that women in the stem fields have to create the next new exciting business, develop the next new cure to help americans. h.r. 4742 would help do that by supporting programs focused on helping more women, commercialize great ideas, start businesses, stimulate 21st century careers, and strengthen the middle class. i want to thank my colleagues on the science committee, mrs. comstock, ranking member johnson, and chairman smith for
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working with us together on this bill. and i ask my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. members are reminded not to make reference to persons in the gallonry. the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. mrs. comstock: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from california, the majority leader, mr. mccarthy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and her work on this important bill. mr. speaker, innovation rises up from all parts of this contry. one of the main purposes of the inknow -- country. one of the main purposes of this initiative is to empower people to make new discoveries and guide our country into the future. when we do that we ensure america remains a global leader and everyone in america and abroad benefits. so we have two bills today to build innovation from the ground up. focusing on future women leaders in america because when you look back on history, you see women
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at the forefront. you look at grace hopper, one of the first programmers of our earliest computers. stephanie, who invented kevlar. or shirley ann jackson who laid the foundation for amazing advancements in communication. like fiberoptic cables or portable fax machines. these are all women who fueled positive disruption with their ideas. the positive disruption america needs to prosper. so we should encourage the learning environment where young women continue to have the opportunities to explore the interests in stem subjects. and today we'll pass a bill by congresswoman comstock to enable retired astronaut engineers and scientists to work with female stem students who will lead the next generation. we are also voting to authorize the national science foundation to work with its entrepreneur programs to recruit more women
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who could be the top innovators in the lab and beyond. with these two items, the innovation initiative continues to empower the american people for the sake of the american people. removing obstacles to success while bringing innovation into government. i real i yield to back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yieldsing. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. esty: mr. speaker, i have no further requests at this time. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the entlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. mrs. comstock: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. costello. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. costello: i rise today in support of this bill. mr. speaker, over the past year stem education has been a critical part of many debates we have had here on the house floor. we have discussed it in the context of re-authorization of critical education programs and with respect to how it can drive
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american innovation in research and technology. the discussion we are having here today, a dialogue as to how we can encourage r courage more women who wish to pursue a study in stem fields to follow through beyond the classroom and build successful careers in science, math, and technology fields is very important for economic growth in this country and to ensure young women help pioneer new innovation in this country for generations to come. . we have heard the statistics. women make up half of the u.s. work force and half of the college-educated work force. women who attain degrees in stem fields end of working in stem jobs. that is why i rise today in strong support of this simple, commonsense legislation by encouraging entrepreneurial programs to recruit women to extend their focus into the
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commercial world and can take a significant step in the right direction. by having this debate and discussion today and by encouraging all of our best and brightest to pursue the career path of their dreams, we are taking the necessary step to include this as part of our ongoing dialogue with respect to the delivery of stem education in our classrooms and what it will take to develop future generations. i thank my colleagues for their efforts on this legislation and i urge my colleagues to support it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. mrs. comstock: i would like to enter into the record the statement from chairman smith on h.r. 4742. the speaker pro tempore: the request will be covered under general leave. mrs. comstock: as the mom of a daughter with a biology degree major and masters degree in forensics science working in the
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stem fields, i ask my colleagues to promote women in the work force and in stem fields and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4742. 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 -- mrs. comstock: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? mrs. comstock: i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r.
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4755, inspiring the next space piners, innovators explorers, women act, inspire. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4755 a bill to inspire women to go into science, technology, engineering and math through mentorship and outreach. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from virginia, mrs. comstock and the gentlewoman from connecticut, each will control 20 minutes. mrs. comstock: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 4755, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. comstock: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. comstock: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to offer another bill h.r. 4755, the inspire act and i
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i am offering this with lamar smith and representative johnson. this offers the nasa administrator to encourage young , men to study science technology and engineering and math through support of nasa initiatives such as nasa girls, inspire, and the summer institute in science, technology, engineering and research. sister. he goal of nasa is to create a mentoring project to offer lasses to middle-school. this is to aspire to inspire and reach out to young girls the science, technology, engineering and math opportunities through
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the real lives and jobs through early career women at nasa. the program is to increase awareness and provide opportunity for female middle will school students to explore fields with goddard flight center women engineers, scientists, technicians and researchers. 58 women have traveled in space, 49 of those have flown with nasa. most americans are familiar with sali ride, the first american woman in space. we remember that special moment when the trailblazer raised the bar of achievement and new heights and accomplished this milestone in 1983. in a lecture she gave, ride said she saw an ad for being an astronaut in the student newspaper. she said and i quote, the moment i saw the ad, i knew what i wanted to do. imagine how many young girls can
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see so many young women and be exposed to that leadership. we have to discuss the first african-american woman in space, an inspired leader. she was inspired by sali ride's achievement and applied to the astronaut program in 1983 and four long years before she received a call from nasa and selected from one of 15 candidates out of roughly 2,000 applicants. her trip to space was aboard the endeavor in 1992 and served as a mission specialist, which was a cooperative mission between the u.s. and japan during which 44 life science and materials and experiments were conducted. s.t.s. 47 happened to be the 50th shuttle mission for nasa. later in 1995, it was aisle even collins, the first female to command and pilot.
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she commanded two more space missions, one in 1997 and one in 2005. this mission s.t.s. 114 was another first as she became the first astronaut male or female fly it through a 360-degree pitch maneuver so individuals could inspect the belly of the shuttle. when asked to give advice for future astronauts, collins stated, my advice to young people is go into the field you are most interested in. if you love your job, you'll do well in your job. i know, mr. speaker, from my young women's leadership program where we are able to get young girls in junior high and high school to come and hear from young leaders, hearing from the young astronauts as we have been privileged to hear about all their work and the many different areas that they work in has been one of the most
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popular programs. so there are so many other women who have contributed to america's space-related endeavors and we want to continue to make sure that that path is widened for them. they are scientists, pilots, astronauts, doctors, the list goes on. according to the women at nasa website today, there are more opportunities than ever before to join as we reach for the stars. i urge you to visit the web .gov and we can help ensure ameria remains a world leader. these are the jobs that we want young american women to be engaged and involved in. and i urge my colleagues to support the bill and reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. esty: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may
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consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. esty: i rise today in support of h.r. 4755, the inspiring the next space pioneers, innovators, researchers and explorers women act. this calls on the nasa administrator to support initiatives that encourage girls and young women to study stem fields and pursue careers in areaospace. women are still underrepresented in stem fields including aerospace, but nasa is working hard. they developed a number of innovative programs that aim to inspire and encourage young girls and women to pursue stem degrees and stem careers. these include the nasa girls program, the us pire to inspire program and the summer institute in science, technology, engineering and research. the nasa girls program is a virtual program where middle
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school students are mentored by nasa employees on online. another online program where girls and young women can watch films. this program gives young girls a first-hand look at what a stem career at nasa could entail. and the summer institute insist ter, technology and engineering and research, is an intensive one-week program where middle school girls can explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math fields. it's almost impossible to overstate the value of exposing young students to stem role models who look like them. and i have seen the impact that a single encounter can have a young person when i helped arrange a direct link between an astronaut and 3,000 students in my district when he was in the international space station.
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it was electric and inspiring and everyone was thinking about reaching beyond what they knew. what these sorts of experiences, students, especially young girls, making careers in stem fields are not available to them. and i'm supportive of this bill, because it has a focus on middle school girls and research has shown that this is a crucial time to engage girls in considering pursuing careers in science. and i have to say, i, myself, got inspired to pursue more about science where i was at camp and joined my fellow campers staring up at the moon for the space walk and landing on the moon. i know the impact it can have on a 12 or 13-year-old. h.r. 4755 instructs the administrator to support these programs and other programs that
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encourage women and girls to study science, technology, engineering and math as well as to pursue careers in aerospace. the bill calls on nasa to submit a plan to congress on how it can best facilitate and support current and retired astronauts, scientists, engineers and innovators to engage girls study stem at the k-12 grade level. although retired engineers and scientists can inspire the next generation, early career women, astronauts, sciencists, engineersers and iators are instrumental. it is rather invaluable for oung women to have experiences interacting with role models to their age who are pursuing careers in the stem field. i thank my science committee colleagues, representative comstock for her leadership,
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representative clark, ranking member johnson and chairman smith for joining together in bringing this bill to the floor today. i ask my colleagues to support this bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. mrs. comstock: i'm prepared to close. i thank my colleague for her remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. esty: seeing we have no other speakers on this side, i'm prepared to close as well and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. mrs. comstock: thank you, mr. speaker. overall employment is projected to grow by 10% between 2008 and 2018, careers in stem-related fields are expected to grow at a much faster rate of 17% over that same time period. unfortunately current statistics
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show that women are less likely to focus on stem-related studies in college and of the women who pursue these areas 26% will work in stem-related fields. recognizing the need not only for more women in the work force but for women to be leaders in the work force particularly in the stem fields, i established the young women's leadership program that i previously mentioned where we have been been able to have astronauts come and speak and other people in the science and stem-related fields. this has been an effective tool in guarding -- guiding young women and i appreciate the opportunity today to join with my colleagues to support both of these bills and i ask you to support h.r. 4755 the inspiring the next space pioneers, innovators, researchers women act or inspire act. and i yield back the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4755. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. mrs. comstock: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: 2/3 being in the affirmative, the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. mrs. comstock: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. hose in favor say aye. a sufficient number having arisen, the the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. .
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 482, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 8, h.r. 482, a bill to redesignate ocmulgee national monume in the state of georgia and revise its boundary, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, and the gentlewoman
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from massachusetts, ms. tsongas, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman virginia tech. mr. mcclintock: h.r. 482 introduced by representative sanford bishop of georgia, would redesignate the ocmulgee national monument in georgia as the ocmulgee mounds national historical park and adjust the boundary of the park to include approximately 2,100 new acres. additionally, the bill directs the department of the interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the feasibility of adding the corridor to the national park system. the study will also examine the national significance of the site as well as the best methods and means for ensuring
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protection and interpretation of this area. this bill passed out of the committee by unanimous consent and i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of its passage today. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: mr. speaker, i i'm happy to yield such time as he may consume, to my colleague from georgia, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. bishop: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 482, the ocmulgee mounds national historic park boundary revision act of 2015. first i want to thank the co-author of this legislation, my friend and colleague, representative austin scott. he's been a tireless advocate on behalf of this legislation and we would not be where we are today without his help, advice, and collaboration. i would also like to thank chairman rob bishop and ranking member grijalva of the full house natural resources
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committee for their work in bringing this bill to the house floor this afternoon. chairman economic clin tock and ranking member tsongas of the federal lands subcommittee have been extremely helpful and i want to commend them and their staffs, especially terry and bran done, for their efforts. -- brandon, for their efforts. mr. speaker, there are few, if any, historic sites in the united states that have evidence of continuous human habitation from so long ago. when the first nomadic people came to north america to hunt ice-age mammals and began to settle the macon plateau. it is what makes the ocmulgee national monument so unique. on its 702 acres, one can find archaeological evidence from these first nomads. the mound builders of the mississippian period, british traders, and the late 17th century, and the civil war. our bipartisan legislation
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consists of three parts, first, it will expand the boundaries from approximately 702 acres to over 2,800 acres providing protection to additional archaeological resources linking two noncontiguous air yause and improving the site's connection to the city of macon bib, georgia. most of the land will be donated from nonprofit associations and government agencies. the property would also be acquired only from willing donors or sellers subject to the availability of funding. second, the bill retains the name from ocmulgee national monument to ocmulgee mounds national historic park. which would increase name recognition and draw additional visitors from across the country. finally, h.r. 482 would authorize a resources study to explore the possibility of expanding the park even further and include additional opportunities for hunting,
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camping, fishing, and other recreational activities. it the legislation enjoys widespread local support, including macon bib mayor rickert, the macon bib chamber of commerce, the macon bib business bureau, the macon bib commission, the macon bib economic development commission, the ocmulgee national park and preserve association, and the intertravel council of the five civilized tribes -- the cherokees, chickasaws, choctaws, muskogee creeks, and seminoles. i ask unanimous consent that letters of support for this legislation be included in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. bishop: in short, i believe that h.r. 482 will strengthen the current ocmulgee national monument, bolster the economy and cultural life of georgia and beyond. i urge my colleagues to support
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this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to jackson lee such time he may consume to the the onsor of this measure, gentleman from georgia, austin scott. mr. scott: thank you, mr. mcclintock, for your help on this. i rise today in support of h.r. 482, the ocmulgee mounds national park boundary act of to 15. i would like to thank my colleague, congressman sanford bishop, from georgia, many meetings in washington as well as back in the district on this particular issue, and certainly have enjoyed working with him on it. today's vote marks an important milestone and many years of effort to bring about increased recognition, enhanced cultural preservation of the ocmulgee national monument. it was originally authorized by
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congress in 1934 to protect the old ocmulgee fields which includes a network of very well preserved indian mounds of great historical importance. the history of the fields can be traced back to native americans who first came to the sight during the paleoindian period to hunt ice age mammals. the park is unique in that it vividly displays the story of many stages of the development including the mound builder period and highlights the important role of agriculture in the region. i'm proud to represent this area of georgia along with congressman sanford bishop. our offices have worked together along with many regional community partners to advance this goal. by expanding the current ocmulgee national monument area from 7 hundred acres to over 2,000 acres and redesignating the area as a national historic park, this legislation will provide significant economic, educational, and cultural benefits to middle georgia. additionally, h.r. 482 would authorize the resource study for future further expansions, including increased
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opportunities for hunting, fishing, camping, and other recreational activities. the expansion of the ocmulgee national monument area provide for critical identification of additional archaeological locations throughout the fields because of its significant historical and archaeological importance. the future must be preserved. the expanded park also would generate additional tourism in middle georgia while educating visitors on the fascinating history of the of the many civilization that is thrived in the region. however, it should be noted that property in the proposed expansion area would be required only from willing donors or sellers using private funds and that no federal dollars will be used to achieve expansion. i want to take this time to thank chairman bishop and ranking member grijalva as well as all the members of the house committee on natural resources for your work to bring this legislation to the floor today. i want to close by noting this legislation is a true example of what can be achieved when local,
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state, and federal leaders work together towards a common goal. the ocmulgee mounds national historical park boundary act was created fromed ground up with many letters of support from the area and 3,000 comments from individuals and community groups in support of the expansion. with this collaboration at every level -- without this collaboration at every level, none of this would be possible. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of h.r. 482, the ocmulgee mounds national historical park boundary act of 2015 and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: i yield myself such time as i may consume. due to its rich and diverse history, it's really only fitting that the future ocmulgee mound national historic park be preserved as a lasting memorial to the native cultures, historic structures, and priceless natural resource that is reside on the land. i want to thank representative sanford bishop who worked in partnership with representative
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austin scott, both of georgia, for this work on this bill. and i urge my colleagues to support its adoption. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from california virginia tech. mr. mcclintock: i reserve the balance of our time and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from massachusetts. ms. tsongas: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: i'm pleased to bill to the house and urge its adoption. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 482, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider sthravenlt -- is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mcclintock: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r.
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2857, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 342, h.r. 2857, a bill to facilitate the addition of park administration at the coltsville national historical park, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, and the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. tsongas, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcclintock: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcclintock: thank you. mr. speaker, h.r. 2857, introduced by representative john lettersson of connecticut, modifies a condition of the park service that it aguirre 10,000 square feet of space in east armory to allow the n.p.s. to aguirre that space within any
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part of the colt armory complex in hartford, connecticut. coltsville was the home of samuel colt industrial enterprise, the colt firearms company. in heart forksd samuel colt developed the use of the assembly line and highly meck it niesed tech noorks. colt manufacturing not only transformed the firearms industry but a major contributor to the industrial revolution by pioneering the use of interchangeable parts and precision manufacturing. this small modification to current law would provide the park service the flexibility in selecting a location for park administrative offices and visitor services at the coltsville site. i'm grateful for mr. larson's hard work to establish the coltsville historical park and urge my colleagues to vote in favor of its passage today. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. thanks to the leadership and hard work of my colleague, representative larson of
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connecticut, congress established the coltsville national historical park at the end of 2014. the law that established the park authorized the national park service to utilize a 10,000 square foot building known as the east armory, for the purposes of park administration. however, during the planning phase for establishing this new park, local stakeholders and the park service have determined that the colt armory complex is better suited for this purpose. this bill simply makes that change and authorizes the use of the colt armory complex. i support this simple fix to the enabling legislation that responds to the john the ground dynamics of this particular park and i want to thank the majority and my colleagues on the natural resources committee for expedited review of this legislation. thank you. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: i yield such time
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as he may consume to my accomplished colleague from connecticut, representative larson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from connecticut virginia tech. mr. larson: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague from massachusetts for yielding this time and i say with a note of pride that lowell, massachusetts, served and continues to serve as a model for urban national parks upon which we based coltsville becoming a national historic park. . i want to thank the chairman for his words. both he and representative strong ashave outlined what this - tsongas outlined what this does. this has been done in a nonpartisan way. in your brief history of
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coltsville, samuel colt died in 1962. it was elizabeth colt who was in charge, though she could not vote at the time, in charge of what was one of the top five corporations in america at that time and as you alluded to, it was the -- as a lot of new england was, the center of the industrial revolution and also where mr. ford came to study and look at the assembly line and pratt and whitney did internships at the famous aircraft company and spawned the bicycle, the automobile and the type writer, all which came from the great city of hartford at the time. i want to thank the neighborhood for the effort but especially the governor of the state for his hard work, former mayor, the
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current mayor. rk superintendent as representative tsongas pointed out when they went to the site and looked at the spectacular site, in the review, realized there was a better way to facilitate people seeing it and locating a section in this historic brownstone area, which this technical change in the legislation allows them to do. as representative tsongas said, this was done in an expedited manner. so i appreciate the great work of the committee and the staff of the committee as well. chairman bish hop -- bishop has been a strong supporter and as we struggled to get this legislation past, it was his leadership and that of ranking member grijalva who brought this to fruition. this is yet another demonstration of what can happen
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when everybody pulls together and certainly in the 100th anniversary of our national park service to preserve this historic landmark and to do it in the manner that's consistent with making sure that our national treasures here, whether they be our enormous national parks in the west or on the east coast, a number of our treasures, historic treasures. i would note that at the confluence of a national istoric river, a blue ways and greenways national historic endeavor, that this national park is located. and it's that confluence and the work of this committee in recognizing the historic achievement of samuel and elizabeth colt that we are so dearly proud of not only in hartford but across this nation. but i thank the chairman and i thank my dear friend and ranking
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ember ms. tsongas. thank you so much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. and the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i look forward to working with my colleagues across the aisle on those reforms to restore the free market principles that made america the manufacturing capital of the world for those great days gave success and the pros perts they meant for our nation can be reproduced in this nation. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: i commend this measure to the house and ask for its adoption. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r.
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2857 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mcclintock: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4119 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 337, a bill to authorize the exchange of certain land located in gulf islands national seashore jackson county mississippi between the national park service and the veterans of foreign wars and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock and the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. tsongas each will control 20 minutes. mr. mcclintock: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks
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and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcclintock: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcclintock: h.r. 4119 introduced by the gentleman from mississippi, authorizes the park service to convey to the veterans of foreign wars, 1.5 acres located within the gulf islands national seashore in jackson county, mississippi in exchange for a 2.2-acre parcel of land owned by the v.f.w. post. it benefits the post and the park service as it provides the v.f.w. post with permanent access to their facility via a long driveway currently opened by the park service while adding land to gulf islands national seashore. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of its passage today and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: i yield myself such
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time as i say consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. tsongas: this is a simple bipartisan bill that authorizes the exchange of two small parcels of land to provide needed access for our veterans in mississippi. the veterans of foreign wars post is located adjacent to a portion of gulf islands national seashore and while having a national park in your back yard is a desirable condition, the post has found themselves land locked and in need of direct access to their facility. to solve this issue, the gulf islands national seashore land exchange act will exchange approximately two acres of land owned by the v.f.w. with 1.5 acres owned by the federal government. the acreage acquired will be used to establish a short driveway directly to the post while the land given in exchange to the federal government will be managed as part of gulf islands national seashore. this exchange is supported by both the v.f.w. post and the
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national park service and simple and logical solution to a local issue. i'm pleased to see the national park service and the v.f.w. working together to form a solution to this issue. i urge members to support this bipartisan bill. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. and the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i'm pleased to yield such time as he may consume to the sponsor of this bill, representative palazzo of mississippi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. palazzo: i rise today in support of h.r. 4119 the gulf islands national seashore land exchange act. the gull islands national seashore is a national park that draws millions of visitors to the northern gulf of mexico and the mississippi barrier islands, horn island, east and west ship island, cat island and the davis buy you area.
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i'm important to have this historic site within my district. the gulf islands national seashore has been part of the mississippi gulf coast community since congress established the park in 1971. since that establishment the gulf island national seashore as worked closely with the v.f.w. post 5699. in fact, the post has shared a road with the seashore for the better part of the last 30 years. the gulf islands national seashore land exchange act would make permanent an easement that has provided an access road and driveway. in exchange the v.f.w. will give some of its acreage which includes wetlands. the gulf islands national say shore and the v.f.w. support this land exchange and the department of interior needs congressional approval before it can make the land exchange official. that is why i encourage the house to pass this bill today.
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and i would like to thank chairman bishop and ranking member tsongas and subcommittee chairman mcclintock and the committee on natural resources for their support and help in bringing this bill to the floor and seeing it across the finish line. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back and the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: if only the budget were this easy, i ask for the adoption of this measure. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4119 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? mr. young: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4472, modernizing the interstate placement of children in foster care act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 352, h.r. 472 a bill to amend title four of the social security act to rewire states to
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develop a system to expedite the placement of children in foster care or for adoption across state lines and to provide grants in developing such a system and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the you'll, the gentleman from indiana, mr. young, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana. mr. young: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to resize and extend their remarks and exclude extraneous material on h.r. 4472 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. young: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. young: there are a number of key points i would like to explain how this legislation came to be and why i believe it's so important at this critical juncture. we have four young children of our own. as a parent i speak for millions when i say every child deserves
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to grow up in a stable, loving home. when the bond between parent and child is broken and child cannot safely return home, they deserve to be placed in a setting thates best for them regardless of whether that is a home within their state or across a state line. however, due to various factors, children are languishing in the children welfare system. waiting to be placed with an adoptive family, a relative or foster parent in another state. one contributor is the fact that today in order to place a child with a grand parent across a state line, case workers must literally printout hundreds of pages of paperwork, package it up and mail case files to another state. the receiving state responds in kind completing their portion and mailing it back. it is an old process that takes more than five months to complete. at a time when communities, courts and case workers are
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already overwhelmed, this inefficient paper-based placement process is simply unacceptable. and for churn, the sooner we get them placed into a forever home, the better. i say this as someone with experience. before entering congress, i provided pro bono legal services for adoptive couples. these situations, i have seen can be extremely hard on all parties, but none more so than the child. and you just don't have to take my word for it. statistics show the longer the child remains in the child welfare system, the less likely they are to have successful outcomes later in life. when proven interventions that can help these children present themselves, it is our moral imperative to act. it's this belief that led to the solution we are discussing here today. the modernizing the interstate placement of children in foster care act would incentivize state
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to connect to a system that has already been tested in a handful of states including my home state of indiana and the district of columbia. now these are pilot programs that have achieved substantial reductions in the time it took to place these children into forever homes, reducing the time the child waited by 30%. for a child, that means a month and a half less time being shuffled from foster home to foster home, being taken in and out of school without a set routine. in one pilot scenario, indiana had an emergency request to place a child with a relative in florida. use of the system allowed both pilot states to exchange their case information the very same day, which under the current system, could have taken weeks. . another scenario a placemen

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