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tv   Rep. Perry Amndt Defense Programs Bill  CSPAN  July 14, 2017 5:30am-5:45am EDT

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keynote speaker, canadian prime minister, just intrude oh. governors talk about computer coding and the importance of computer science in schools. code ceo andat tesla ceo elon musk who will speak at the closing session. watch the national governors association, summer meeting. the house will continue work on the 2018 defense programs and policy bill at 9:00 and eastern. it authorizes pentagon spending. more debate expected today. one of the amendments they debated on thursday dealt with climate change and national security. here is a look. thank you mr. speaker.
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i would also like to think the chairman of the committee for his hard work and his defense of those that where it the uniform ,nd take on that tough task especially in these tough and troubling times of financial austerity where he stood up and let everyone know that the military has been cut significantly and the impact on our national security. in that vein, my goal with this amendment is to prioritize those resources on those that pose an immediate and direct threat to our national security. would strike the requirement for the secretary of defense to submit a report on the vulnerability to military installations. change over the next 20 years. i'm not here to debate climate change, whether it's real or whether it's not, how it's
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created, how we fix it, all that stuff, that's for another day. my point is that this shouldn't be the priority of combatant commanders an our military. the united states military is currently operating in a very complex threat environment in which our country must be ready to face our adversaries. our country is facing direct threats from a myriad of sources including islamist extremists, isis, al qaeda, the taliban, abu sayyaf, the alphabet soup of names in that regard is continuous and unrelenting. north korea, china, iran, russia, even in space. over the past eight year, our military strength and readiness has suffered as a result of the underfunding and neglect from the previous administration and their support of sequestration. through the ndaa we must, simply must prioritize, decide what's most important, and be for that and let our war fighters know where we stand. these things will strengthen the rebuilding of our armed forces
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and resolve their focus on what they need to pay attention to. litanies, literally litanies of other federal agencies deal with environmental issues including climate change. all this amendment does is say, the federal mandate detracts if the essential mission, the essential mission of securing our nation from enemies for the department of defense and is best left to the agencies best suited, best suited to deal with this -- these issues. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek reck anything -- recognition? mr. langevin: i claim time in opposition to the amendment. the chair: without objection the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: i yield myself one minute and 30 seconds. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, this amendment would strike a provision that we have already thoroughly debated and approved in a bipartisan fashion within the armed services committee.
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ection 336 acknowledges what secretary mattis has already himself said and what we already know. that a changing climate will affect our military readiness and alter the threat landscape for years to come and we must study these impacts to prepare for them. i cannot see the harm in gathering information and doing an assessment. we already see the strategic implications of new ceilings being cut in the melting arctic where countries are seeking an economic advantage. as we speak, along our coast, rising seas are affecting our naval installations including naval station norfolk, the home of the atlantic fleet. the report requires in section 336 is not about causes of climate change, nor do we discuss specific emissions targets or green energy goals. instead, this amendment is very -- the section is very factual, focuses squarely on the
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readiness of our armed forces to combat the coming and existing climate threat starting with a study of the 10 most vulnerable bases in each service and report on how a change in climate will affect combat commanders' strategic battle plan. as secretary mattis said, the effects of a changing climate such as rising sea levels and desertification among others impact our national security. we need to support our leaders in the military and intelligence communities in addressing these concerns so i urge and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman's time has expire. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: may i inquire how much time is remaining? the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania has 2 1/2 minutes and the gentleman from rhode island has 3 1/2 minutes. mr. perry: mr. speaker, i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves.
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the gentleman from rhode island. mr. langevin: i yield one minute to the gentlelady, my good friend from new york, the chair of my subcommittee, emerging threats and capabilities on armed services. ms stefanik: i rise in opposition to mr. perry's amendment which would strike language to compile a report on the vullnerkts and requirements resulting from climate change. as we heard earlier, this language passed by voice vote on a bipartisan basis during our markup in committee. increased maritime access to the arctic, rising sea levels, increases in natural disasters, damage to infrastructure and other effects of climate change are drivers and degrade the security of the united states. we would be remiss in our efforts to protect our national security to not fully account for the risk climate changes
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poses to the bases, readiness and armed forces' mission. let's get the information. this is why we had bipartisan support within the committee. we must incorporate environmental factors in our contingency planning to ensure the long-term operation viability of our mission and the safety of our men and women in uniform and i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. mr. perry: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from rhode island. mr. langevin: i yield one minute to ms. ros-lehtinen. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much. and i thank the gentleman for yielding and i rise in opposition to this perry amendment, which will strip vital language regarding the impact of department of defense activities associated with climate change. the defense department does so many vital things for the safety and security of the united states and the american people.
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we owe the brave men and women who wear the nation's uniform a debt of gratitude. we must be cognizant of all the impacts that d.o.d. activities has across the globe. the defense department has a large footprint and the amount of military construction and other activity that it undertakes year round impacts our environment. how could it not? we are talking about possible implications, such as contributions to sea level rise which is particularly important to my constituents in south florida, that it would be irresponsible for us to ignore. i have a coast guard base in my district, coast guard miami located right there in miami beach and we know the impact of sea level rise in that area. as a member of the climate solution caucus, i urge my colleagues to oppose this perry amendment. we have to be clear-eyed about
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possible impacts of our military activities and that includes the impact that we place on our environment. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from rhode island. mr. langevin: i yield one minute to my good friend, mr. peters from california. mr. peters: last year the pentagon released a directive stating that the department of defense must be able to adapt to climate change in order to maintain an effective and efficient u.s. military. general mattis, now secretary mattis said that, quote, climate change is affecting stability in areas of the world where our troops are operating today. end quote. and bases in the region i represent in san diego, which is the largest concentration of military, for years the most dedicated leaders have been telling us that climate change is a national security threat.
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congress cannot afford to make this debate about politics or ideology and we don't have to agree what causes climate change but only agree with our military leaders that the effects of climate change are facing threats. i oppose this amendment. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: how much time is remaining? the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania has 2 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from rhode island has 30 seconds. mr. perry: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from rhode island. mr. langevin: as we noted in our committee markup, there would be nothing controversial about studying this threat and being prepared to mitigate the risks. in fact, that is our responsibility. the support for this climate language is truly bipartisan and send a strong message of support to the servicemen and women who will have to lead by opposing
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this language. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. perry: seems to me the secretary of dens doesn't need congress to tell him what the threats are. he knows what the threats are. and as a person who has been privileged for over 30 years to wear the military's uniform and as a person who is privileged to lead troops in combat in the middle east, i didn't need congress to tell me who the enemy is or was. we know that. and we don't need congress to tell us to report the issues that we might have in defending the nation to the congress or to the commander. we know our duty and we will have our duty. whether it's sea level rise or the enemy has a new weapon or we can't feed our troops, we'll report it and resolve it. we don't need people in washington, d.c., telling us how to run the war. that's our job. that's the military's job. this amendment says we ought to
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prioritize that. we ought to let combatant commanders and let the men and women who defend our country focus on the enemy. and if the enemy is climate change, then they'll focus on that as well and will submit information so we can make decisions. the point is, should all of us in this uniform in washington, d.c., be telling the fine men and women in uniform across the globe defending our country that we know better? that's what i'm trying to avoid here. little by little, drip by drip, we have watched our military's focus eroded. and believe me, i have filled out the reports. as an fer i filled out reports on a regular basis that have nothing to do with completing the mission with securing our nation and defeating the enemy. nothing to do with it. this is just one in the long line of them. my only goal is to send this
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where it needs to be, the agencies best adapted to deal with it and take it out of the agencies that shouldn't be dealing with it and should be securing our nation and fighting the enemy. with live, from providence rhode island at 9:45 a.m. eastern. senate republicans put out a new version of the health care law for placement till thursday. the congressional budget office the release its analysis of measure next week and the senate is expected to debate and vote on the measure next week as well. we have a link to the bill on our website, c-span.org. c-span's "washington journal" live every day with news and
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