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its followers, but we must not disregard the growing threat posed by russia, whose global efforts of disruption must be checked, particularly against our allies and our alliances. and which must not turn away from threats posed by china, whose naval adventurism, infiltration of the supply chain and efforts to get around processes in the united states and to undermine data security, more generally, challenge our security and business interests abroad and threaten our asian partners. second, are we sufficiently protecting what we currently have, whether in space, at sea or in the cyber realm? third, are we leveraging commercial products and services while at the same time making investments in revolutionary technologies that do not yet have commercial application? fourth, are we recruiting and training and developing the most effective and diverse work force as well as leveraging foreign intelligence relationships and building foreign partner capacity? the u.s. has unquestionably the most advanced capable and reliable intelligence community
in the world. this will support -- that bill will support that by promote travel, support language training and increase diversity. it does this in part by expanding internship opportunities in the i.c. to students from diverse regions and backgrounds and allocates resources to building the capacity of our foreign partners. there are values and who we are as a country. there are many unknowns about the incoming administration and how it will interact with the i.c. we need to give them the tools to keep us safe and the oversight to ensure that they act in a manner consistent with our values and at all times. i'm pleased that this provides critical oversight of the i.c., ensuring our nation is secure and transparency and accountability are paramount. i am proud to support this. and i urge my colleagues to do
the same and i urge the senate to pass this bill and send this to the president's desk. and work with us before any differences before the end of the congress. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. nunes: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from utah, mr. stewart. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. stewart: i thank chairman nunes to speak in support of the intelligence authorization act. sometimes it's easy for us to forget that the primary responsibility is to help to keep us safe. i felt the weight when i was serving as an air force pilot and reminded of that same responsibility in my role on the house intelligence committee. we live in a dangerous world. the news is filled daily with
dangerous activities. all of us are aware, a young man, certainly inspired by terrorist ideology attacked students and faculty at ohio state university. and it doesn't stop with terrorism. we face tremendous threats from china, russia, north korea, iran. the list goes on and on. i'm grateful for the brave men and women serving who operate critical national security programs which protect americans and keep us safe. we must pass the intelligence authorization act. not only does this bill contain critical national security programs at a time when we face the most critical threat, but it contains good government provisions that have gained bipartisan support. this bill shines light on
and namo bay detainees strength thention congressional oversight and whistleblowers' provisions. this does not contain any provisions for related authorities. this bill is critical to providing the intelligence committee with the tools they need to protect americans and our national security. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this important bill. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california, mr. schiff. mr. schiff: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to mr. swal well, a very valuable people member of our committee. mr. swalwell: i stand here today in support of this bipartisan i.a.a. and the many provisions that it has that will continue to strengthen and empower our intelligence community.
this bill contains a few provisions i have championed during my time on the intelligence committee. it includes a provision that i added requiring a report from the director of national intelligence on programs from the intelligence community to manage student loan debt, knowing this is critical for recruitment and retention of quality intelligence members. the bill includes a provision that includes a stand-alone bill to track foreign fighters as they attempt to move. his passed this last year by 4 23-0. it includes a report on the current utilization of our national laboratories win the departments of homeland security communities the can expand. i represent two of these
laboratories and i have seen how important their work is to our national security. this bill is a result of both parties and both chambers to prioritize our national security needs. i also just want to echo what i have heard from our chairman and ranking member which is there is nothing more fulfilling especially during since national discord to come to work every day and work with the members on this committee. i think maybe the thought is here the chairman and ranking member are both oakland raiders' fans, but when you go into our committee hearing, republicans and democrats put party aside and put national security first. i also want to say i'm going to miss two members and that is congressman patrick murphy and he and i sat.
he showed up every day, worked hard and asked tough questions on behalf of his constituents and national security. i'm going to miss congressman mike pompeo of kansas and i congratulate of him being nominated as the next director of the c.i.a. i enjoyed traveling with him to iraq and i look forward to seeing him serve in his new role. mr. nunes: i have no other speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california, mr. schiff. mr. schiff: thank you, mr. speaker. and let me say on behalf of my chairman and myself, we were fans of raiders even when they were not winning. i'm proud to yield three minutes to ms. sewell, a member of our committee, from alabama. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. sewell: i rise in support of
this year's intelligence authorization act. our national security is a bipartisan issue and this legislation is a reflection of both parties' shared commitment to the safety and security of all americans of the this provides our intelligence community with the necessary resources and capabilities to defend our nation against ongoing and emerging threats from around the world. as a ranking member on the d.o.d. and overhead intellectual subcommittee, i was pleased this language continues to advance our capabilities on the ground and in space and provides necessary oversight of many critical, d.o.d. and n.g.a. programs. this legislation takes important steps towards enhancing thorough oversight of our surveillance capabilities whu while making investments in critically important strategic efforts. we invested in our greatest national resource, our people. i thank the chairman and ranking
member for accepting provisions that i promoted. we are now able to provide a summer internship program to students from existing centers of academic excellence in intelligence. we also now hold the i.c. more accountable tore doing a better job to assess minority fellowship programs and how they achieve their desired result which is to increase the number of minorities hired by the i.c. i had the privilege of hosting a diversity in intell summit. this served as a rare opportunity for minority groups interested in the i.c. to gain insightful and helpful advice from top national security officials. it further reaffirms our committee's shared commitment to help to ensure robust diversity entire i.c.he
i successfully included bipartisan language that promotes accountability and transparency in the i.c. federally funded entire academi programs to report on their recruitment and retention efforts. increasing diversity is an issue of good governanceance and encourages unique ways of problem solving which is necessary as we face more complex intelligence challenges. i'm proud of the work we have done. we have cut unnecessary funding while prioritizing the need to improve upon processes and be more efficient in the i.c. the reality is we live in a world where potential threats are developing changing. as our military missions continue to evolve, we need an i.c. that is both diverse, agile and adequately funded. i'm proud to support the intelligence authorization act and i thank the chairman and
ranking member for their hard work and i urge members to support. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. . mr. schiff: i'm ready to close. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself the remainder of the time. earlier this afternoon we bated h.r. 3929 honoring the heroes. we honor them today to express our deepest gratitude for the contributions they made during world war ii and our appreciation for the example they set for the present intelligence community and special operations heroes. they were part of america's greatest generation, and we will continue to honor. they face a complex and dangerous world and met those in europe and in the pacific. intelligence was critical to winning the war and preserving
the peace. as we look forward to the future and the dangerous world we inhabit to, we would do great to keep that in our mind. we should lead by example and strength. our intelligence community is the most capable and committed in the world to the ideals and rule of law. they seek to ensure we are given the information to guard and defend ourselves. we remain grateful for their hard work and dedication. my thanks to chairman nunes, and the members who are leaving the committee and to our excellent committee staff. i want to thank the many public servants who led the i.c. with whom we had the chance to work with over the past particular years and i thank those who are ending at the administration, and james clapper, c.i.a. irector brennan.
assistant secretary othe treasury who today is retiring after 31 years of federal service and undersecretary of intelligence. thank you to the lieders who are remainingeyond january 20 and thank you to the men and women of the intelligence community on who protect our country day and night through their crucial work. we appreciate everythg you do. and you have our continued support. i want to thank not only the hpsci members and the including staff. obert, lda, amanda, wells, reand, thomas, patrick, kristen, brandon and kimberly for their valuable service and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california, mr. nunes.
mr. nunes: i yield myself the rest of the time. we have four retiring members from our committee, mr. murphy, who was spoken about earlier, who did a great job attending a lot of the committee hearings or almost all of the committee hearings. we also have jeff miller, who served on this committee for a ver long time, who is chairman of the veterans affairs committee and representative westmoreland andr. joe heck, who chaired our architecture committee. and finally, it's premature, but we may not be able to congratulate mr. pompeo on the house floor. he will have to have senate confirmation next year, so i imagine he will be with the committee for a few months. but if we don't come down to the house floor, i want to
congratulate him. we are excited to have someone from our committee to be chosen in the next administration to run the c.i.a. with that, i would urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan, bicameral bill. and 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. 6393. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- mr. nunes: i ask the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? mr. byrne: i send to the desk from the committee of rules for filing under the rule. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 937, resolution
providing for the conference report to accompany the bill senate 2943 to authorize appropriations for military activities for the department of defense, for military construction and for defense activities for the department of energy to prescribe personnel strength for such fiscal year and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered print. proceedings will resume on the questions previously postponed. question on the motion to concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 34 with an amendment, the motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6393 and motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6304. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining votes is five-minutes. concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 34 about an amendment
offered by mr. upton on which a recorded vote was ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 34, an act to strengthen the tsunami forecast warning research and mitigation program of noaa and for other purposes. ism the question is on agreeing to the motion. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 392 and the nays are 26. the motion is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is on the vote of the motion of the the gentleman from california, mr. nunes, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6393 on which yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6393, a bill to authorize appropriations for 2017 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the united states government. the community management account
and the central intelligence retirement system and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 390, the nays are 30. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the house will come to order. the house will come to order. he house will come to order.
the house will come to order. please take your conversations out of the room. he house will come to order. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute for the purposes of making an announcement. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sessions: this morning, the rules committee issued the
process for filing amendments, the amendment deadline is set for monday, december 5, 10:00 a.m. the amendment should be drafted in the text of the rules committee print 114-68 which contains the text of the bill as reported by the committee on financial services with a modification and can be found on the rules committee website. feel free to contact me or the staff if you have any questions. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the unfinished business is the question on suspending the rules and passing h.r. 6304, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: h.r. 6304, a bill to 501 nate the facility at north main street in norns, arizona a the adolfo harpo
celaya post office. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i send to the desk a concurrent resolution and ask unanimous consent for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 174, concurrent resolution directing the clerk of the house of representatives to make a correction in the enrollment of h.r. 34. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the concurrent resolution is agreed to. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
the gentleman from california is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. fidel castro led a brutal regime of imprisonment in an island nation. while he and his family lived ke kings, the people of cuba lived in poverty. mr. lamalfa: thousands of human rights activists were killed over the years. the o was eager to see soviet union and the united states have a nuclear war.
kruschev had to remind castro the purpose of the nuclear weapons in cuba was to have power not to start armageddon. the denied the free press and denied international monitors such as the international committee of red cross access to humansand to investigate rights abuses. perhaps with this despot dead, the people of cuba can choose what they want for their lives. i hope we can be supportive of a free cuba and not further a bad regime. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. >> i rise in alarm over the stacking of wall street insiders in top positions for the
incoming administration. he aptur: in his -- while was running for president, he promised to drain she the swamp but president-elect trump even closed his campaign with a political ad bashing goldman sachs, yet now according to media reports he's chose an second generation goldman sachs partner, steven mnuchin, to serve as treasury secretary. he'll take the pest most responsible for watching the high risk, high stakes gambling behavior of wall street which he himself has endwaged in for decades he worked at goldman sachs for decades, his father worked there, his brother still works there and he frequently returns for alumni and social gathers. he was named the foreclosure king after buying the remains of indy mac, a california mortgage lender and evicted
thousands of people who could not keep up their mortgage payments. while president-elect trump promises to drain the swamp, he's not doing it. he's enlarging it. i yield back my remaining time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. are there further requests for one-minute speeches? for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, on october 7, 2016, the department of homeland security and the office of the director of national intelligence on election security released the joint statement saying that the u.s. intelligence community is confident that the russian government directed the recent compromises of emails from u.s. persons and institutions including u.s. political organizations, unquote. mr. connolly: the u.s. intelligence community went on to explicitly state that these disclosures are intened to interfere with u.s. election
processes. only russia's senior most officials could have authorized these activity, they said, unquote. despite this certification, the majority in this body has demonstrated zero interest in examining the unprecedented attack on one of our most cherished institutions, democratic free elections. i'm here today to plead with the majority to take an interest, not because i seek to undermine the results of the recent presidential election, that's not my intention. rather, it is my sincere hope that we understand the nature of the foreign interference and how to guard against it in all future elections. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: i rise in support of h.r. 34, the house amendment to senate amendment, the 21st century cures act. as a