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these and immigration -- on sanctuary cities and immigration reform. the students received an honorable mention prize of $250 for their documentary on the opioid epidemic. to all the students who took part in our 2017 studentcam documentary competition. to watch any videos, go to studentcam.org. studentcam 2018 starts in september with the theme "the constitution and you." >> earlier this week, the house debated a bill that establishes new sanctions and enhance s existing ones against russia, iran, and north korea. the debate from tuesday.
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>> thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield. thank you, speaker. now, this bill represents a very broad, bipartisan house-senate agreement that the united states must enforce tougher sanctions against north korea. against russia, against iran. i want to thank the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee from new york for his determined and excellent work on this legislation. regimes in dit parts of the world are threatening vital u.s. interests, and they are destabilizing their neighbors. it is well past time that we force fully respond -- forcefully respond. under putin, russia has invaded its neighbor, ukraine, seizing
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its territory and destabilizing its government. it poses a threat to our nato allies in europe as moscow works to undermine democratic values with determination and sophistication. as u.s. intelligence agencies have made clear, this former kgb colonel attempted toint fear with our own election. left unchecked, russia is sure o continue its aggression. putin's forces continue to prop up the murderous assad regime in syria, prolonging a deadly, deadly conflict that has driven tens of millions of people from their homes while enabling the chemical s shall -- weapons and other systematic human rights abuses chemical weapons and other systematic human rights abuses against the
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people of syria. the russia sanctions in this bill are substantially similar to those that overwhelmingly passed the other body. they give the administration important economic leverage. they give it diplomatic leverage targeting the targeting the th matter to putin. and that matter to his allies the most. and that is their corrupt efforts to profit from the country's oil wealth and their ability to sell weapons overseas. to focus their impact, we clarified several provision that is could have inadvertently companies' an control of global energy projects and impacted pipelines that our european allies rely on in an effort to end their dependence on russian gas. so this strengthens the bill to ensure these economic sanctions remain in place as long as putin's aggression continues, this bill empowers congress to review and disapprove any sanctions relief. this strong oversight is
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necessary, it is appropriate. after all, it is congress that the constitution empowers to regulate commerce with foreign nations. mr. speaker, russia has found a willing partner in iran. the regime's iranian revolutionary guards are fighting alongside russian forces in syria. at the same time tehran continues to threaten israel by providing funding and advanced rockets and missiles to hezbollah. hezbollah is its leading terrorist proxy. it continues to hold americans hostage while developing intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons. to strengthen the u.s. response to the threat from iran, this bill includes provisions my inally introduced by counterpart, senator corker, which increase sanctions on those involved in the regime's human rights abuses and its
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support for terrorism, as well as its efforts on the ballistic missile program, which for the iranian revolutionary guards forces control. finally, i am proud that this bill includes the text of h.r. 1644. this is the korean interdiction and modendization of sanctions action -- modernization of sanctions act, which we passed in may, we passed it out of the house by a vote of 419- 1. these provisions strengthened in consultation with the other body, expand sanctions targeting north korea's nuclear weapons program, but they also go after those around the world who employ north korean slave labor. this is a human rights abuse. it's one that operates by having a situation where the endentured the check fed, but
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instead of going to the workers goes to the regime. and that money then goes into the nuclear weapons program. it is estimated the check instead of going to the workers goes that this earns hundreds of millions of dollars for the regime in hard curncy. -- currency. with every test, kim jong-un's regime comes closer to be able a nuclear warhead on a missile capable of reaching the u.s. mainland. up an ly cannot pass opportunity to increase pressure in response to this threat. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of this legislation. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: i want to first of all thank colleagues on both sides of the aisle for all the hard work that's gone into this legislation so far. i want to especially thank our chairman, ed royce, who has been my partner on this committee for
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nearly five years. we have passed excellent legislation. the legislation today just adds cant, and it shows what you do when you work in a bipartisan way. i want to thank the chairman for all his hard work and all his courtesies. i support can do when you work this bill. i certainly plan to vote for it. but it seems we may be on the floor before we ironed out alt differences with the other body. -- out all the differences in the other body. there have been issues with the north korean sanctions which already passed in the house with a royce-engel bill and should have been taken up by the other track. a separate instead, it's now put into this body. i hope we don't face further delays when this bill gets back to the other track. instead, house. our job isn't done until we get this thing across the finish line. and we need to do that because this bill is critical to our national security. it does far more than just send a message to leaders in russia,
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iran, and north korea. it exacts a heavy price for their aggressive and destabilizing behavior. just like the bill we already passed, this legislation would update and expand our sanctions on north korea, closing loopholes that have allowed money to flow to the kim regime. funding its legal -- illegal weapons program, crack down on the trading partners, banks, and shipping vessels that enable the regime and goes after the regime's lucrative enterprises whether exported goods or pill fred wages of north korean labors sent abroad to work. with respect to iran this bill so many of the things iran's leaders do to drive violence and instability from tehran's ballistic missile program and support for terrorism. to the regime's abhorrent human rights record and efforts to build up its military. i have said this again and so m things again that we need to hold the regime's feet to the fire on all these issues. this bill does exactly that.
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and finally, on russia, this bill is a strong direct response to putin's efforts to undermine american democracy. it imposes new sanctions on those who want to do business with putin's cronies or with russia's military or intelligence. it strengthens existing sanctions for russia's illegal annexation of crimea, an armed intervention in eastern ukraine. it pushes back against russia's cybercrimes, including a hacking of our election to help donald trump, a story which congress and the special counsel are still trying to get to the bottom of, as well as putin's support for the murderous assad regime in syria. it gives the congress a strong oversight role in making sure that these russian sanctions are not lifted prematurely. this administration has shown over and over that they are willing to cozy up to putin. here's the truth, russia is not our ally. putin wants to harm the united
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states, slinter our alliances, and undermine western democracy. this congress will not allow him to succeed. i'm glad to support this bipartisan bill. i thank the chairman once again. we need to keep working to make sure this bill gets to the president's desk. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: yes, in recognizing the gentleman from texas, mr. mike mccaul, i just want to thank him for his good work to strengthen the bill, as he will discuss, and for his focus on pipelines that primarily carry oil and gas through russia that compete, that compete with russian gas and drives down the price of gas, with that i yield mr. mccaul two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. mccaul: i rise to increase sanctions on russia, north korea and iran. i thank chairman royce and ranking member eliot engel for their leadership on this issue. i cannot overstate the importance of sending a strong
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message to our adversaries that there will be consequences for their bad behavior. back in october of last year at the height of the presidential campaign, i was briefed by our intelligence community. they told me that russia engaged in a blatant effort to meddle in our domestic affairs and specifically our democratic process. i was an outspoken supporter of the need for a strong response then, and i remain so now. however, in the process of making russia pay in economic costs for their bad behavior, we must ensure we are not harming u.s. interests at home and abroad. i want to thank chairman royce for clarifying that section 232 of this bill only applies to russian energy export pipelines. we should not be in the business of sanctioning pipelines that help provide energy independence from russia. putin uses this as a tool to provide political leverage over his neighbors. so, again, i want to thank
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chairman royce for his leadership in working with me on this. i think clarification to the senate companion and his leadership in the house on this important issue and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield two minutes to my colleague on the foreign affairs committee, the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized for two minutes. mr. cicilline: i thank the gentleman for yielding. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 3364, the russia, iran and north korea sanctions act. i thank my colleagues, chairman royce and ranking member engel, for all of their work in reaching this important agreement. this bill will ensure that russia, iran and north korea and those that work with them will suffer consequences for their bad behavior. this -- passage of this legislation is important to hold iran accountable for its support for terrorism, human rights violations and continued defiance of international treaties, including on ballistic missiles.
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today we're taking an important step towards holding the iranian government, including the irgc, and anyone who seeks to support them accountable for their bad actions. anyone who contributes to iran's ballistic missile program, supplies it with its with weapons or assist the -- supplies it with weapons or assist with terrorists will be sanctioned. we will show our allies in iran that the united states is serious about continuing to enforce violations of international law. i'm also pleased to see additional sanctions imposed upon russia and north korea in this legislation. the human suffering that north korea has brought upon its own people is unimaginable. such a depraved leader such as un-- kim jong un getting missiles is bad. russia interfered in our 2016 elections. this is the fundamental
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foundation of our democracy, our elections, and we simply cannot allow any foreign country interfere. let's not mistake it for anything else, it was an attack on america. it's become necessary for congress to assert its role in this area and ensure russia will be held accountable. so, again, i thank chairman royce and ranking member engel, leader pelosi, whip hoyer, members of the senate who worked to get this bill to the floor and with that i ask my colleagues support this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: thank you, meesh. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith. chairman on africa, global health, global human rights and international organizations. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for two miss. mr. smith: i want to thank you for sponsoring this important bill. this brings stiff and timely sanctions against iran, russia and north korea. the administration was absolutely right in early february to put iran on notice
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regarding its continued testing of ballistic missiles. this bill underscores that warning by imposing expanded sanctions against iran's missile program, demonstrating that the united states will not sit idly by as iran augments its ability to blackmail united states, israel and its allies. -- our allies. as the world's largest sponsor of terrorism, it imposes sanctions on the irgc. it very importantly as well imposes sanctions on individuals responsible for iran's human rights abuses. the state department suggests there are as many as 800 political prisoners in iran alone. it also reminds us and draws attention to iran's despicable practice of arresting american citizens and using them as chips. putin's invasion of the ukraine and annexation of crimea, bombing of syria and threatening behavior toward our nato allies, above all in the
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ballotics, makes it important respects the worst actor in the global states today. putin's government has passed threats of aggressive actions against innocent people abroad. let's not forget in 2008 -- and i was there as it was happening, the russians invaded georgia and annexed city. as to north korea, a gulag masquerading as a country, we must cut off all economic lifelines to kim jong un and punish pyongyang's clients and enablers. a government that is working on more missiles and means to deliver them needs to be taken seriously. this legislation does that with very, very stiff sanctions. i want to thank chairman royce, eliot engel, also the majority leader mccarthy and steny hoyer as the principal sponsors of the bill. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield one minute to our colleague on the foreign affairs committee and member of the intelligence committee, the gentleman from texas, mr. castro. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. castro: thank you. and thank you, ranking member engel, for yielding. and i also want to thank chairman royce for your leadership on the sanctions package. the american people have been waiting some time for the sanctions package to finally pass. this bill dials up our current sanctions on north korea, iran and russia to hold their governments accountable for their destabilizing actions. the russia piece in this package is particularly necessary. russia has flagrantly violated international law by invading ue crane and interfering in american and -- ukraine and interfering in american and other elections. it will hold them accountable for their actions. it's a declaration that congress can and will act even when president trump refuses to do so. in addition to these sanctions,
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congress must continue to investigate to determine the scope of russia's attack on america's democracy and teash which americans, if any -- establish which americans, if any, had something to do with it. i thank you and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. hensarling, chairman of the committee on financial services. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. hensarling: i thank the gentleman for yield and certainly thank him for his leadership on this very important bill. so i rise in support of the russia, iran and north korean sanctions act. and mr. speaker, i particularly want to highlight the provisions that are the product of the hard work of the financial services committee's subcommittee on terrorism and illicit finance. the inclusion of these provisions will undoubtedly assist our government's anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing efforts.
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for instance, this bill includes language directing the president acting through the secretary of treasury to develop and maintain a national strategy for combating the financing of terrorism and related forms of illicit finance. the opportunistic nature of terrorist groups, combined with the emergence of financial technology, creates new challenges for our law enforcement opportunity and their efforts to disrupt terror finance. national strategy should also seek to enhance partnerships with the private sector that prevent and detect illicit financing and increase efforts to facilitate compliance with our anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing laws. i'd like to commend congressman ed bud for introducing the illicit financing act which is entirely corporated into the section 2 of the underlying legislation. i'd also like to recognize congressman pearce and congressman pittinger, the chairman and vice chairman of
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the subcommittee. their leadership on these issues have been instrumental to achieve the legislation that is before us today. we know, mr. speaker, that thomas jefferson once famously said the price of liberty is eternal vigilance and that is indeed true. thanks in no small part to the hard work of the subcommittee on terrorism and illicit finance, the bill before us today ensures we remain vigilant to address the evolving threats to our financial system. and i am proud to support it and encourage all members to support it and, again, i want to thank chairman royce for his leadership today on this bill and in our committee and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield three minutes to a gentleman who was instrumental in putting this bill forward, who has been with us every step of the way and so invaluable to this finished product. that's the distinguished democratic whip, the gentleman
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from maryland, mr. hoyer, and i yield him three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the distinguished whip is recognized for three minutes. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentleman. i thank the ranking member for yielding, mr. engel, and i thank mr. royce. i have said this before, i will say it again, mr. royce as chairman and mr. engel as ranking member are example, frankly, for all of us how to work together productively in a bipartisan fashion to reach a result that's good for our country, for our people and indeed for international security. i also want to thank senators cardin and corker for their leadership and their involvement. this legislation is the product of very careful and sometimes difficult negotiations on a bipartisan basis. it is strong, tough and an appropriate response for russia's attempts to meddle in our election process, its support for violent separatists in ukraine, its illegal
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occupation of crimea and and, es, it's unhelpful work in syria. this threatens our gulf allies and israel. russia's power comes from its ability to coerce other nations by its energy distribution in many instances. this bill seeks to make it harder for russia to use that type of coercion and empower other nations to join us in standing up against russian aggression. these sanctions will only be successful, however, if they are truly bipartisan and if congress continues to play its important and necessary oversight role. democrats and republicans are coming together on this bill, mr. speaker, to ensure that the president cannot alter sanctions toward russia without congressional review. this is a critical -- this is
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critical at a moment when our allies are uncertain about where this administration stands with respect to russian aggression. i remain open to additional sanctions on russia's energy sector at a later date if the russian leader and his associates fail to heed the message of this bill that their business as usual cannot and must not continue. once this bill passes the senate, as i believe it will, russia will know that sanctions levied because of its benevolent acts will be lifted only with the concurrence either tassidly or expressly of the congress of the united states. there will be no side deals or turning a blind eye to its actions. this legislation, mr. speaker, will also make it clear that russia's interference in ukraine comes with consequences and it puts pressure on iran to end its ballistic missile program. in addition, it deters
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hopefully north korea from pursuing its dangerous development of nuclear weapons and vehicles to deliver those weapons as close as the western part of this country. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and send it to the senate as quickly as possible and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york -- or the gentleman from california. mr. royce: well, mr. speaker, i wanted to recognize the good work of the democratic whip, mr. steny hoyer, and also the republican leader, kevin mccarthy, on this legislation and thank them. mr. hoyer: if the gentleman will yield? frankly, all four of us, yourself, your leadership, mr. engel, the majority leader and i were primpled to work together in -- privileged to work together in a way, as i said at the beginning, was constructive and i think has resulted in a very good product. i thank the gentleman. mr. royce: thank you. mr. speaker, i'd like to yield to the gentleman from texas,
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mr. pete sessions, he's the chairman of the rules committee, for the purpose of a colloquy. mr. sessions: i want to thank the chairman for yielding. i rise to applaud him for the hard work and the responsible actions that the chairman has taken, not only to ensure this piece of legislation is prepared but bettered and ready to go back to the senate. i think we have a forceful sanctions bill that is before the house today and one that targets not only iran and russia but also the north korean regime. as you know, the bill that was passed by the senate risks giving russian energy firms a competitive advantage across the globe by inadvertently denying american companies access to neutral third-party energy markets where there would simply be a small russian presence. the bill before us today prevents russia from being able to weaponize these sanctions against u.s. energy firms, and i want to thank chairman royce for his hard work on this
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issue. . i also want to ensure we have an understanding of the definition of the word controlling in section 223-d of h.r. 3364. for purpose of clarification and legislative intent, the term controlling means the power to direct, determine or resolve fundamental operational and financial decisions of an oil project through the ownership of an majority of the voting interest of the oil project. i would ask the gentleman, the young chairman, if he agrees with that definition? mr. royce: yes. that is my understanding. mr. sessions: i thank you for not only the clarification but making sure that we are most specific in what we are undertaking. i'd also like to note that the pipeline in the southern gas quarter projects will continue to be able to bring gas from the
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caspian sea, which is a huge find, to our european allies. reducing their dependency on russian energy. mr. royce: that is minding. mr. sessions: i thank the gentleman and i thank him for his time on the colloquy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i now yield 1 1/2 minutes to one of my senior colleagues on the foreign affairs committee, the ranking member of the terrorism subcommittee, the gentleman from california, mr. sherman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. sherman: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in strong support of this bill. which is really a combination of three bills. first, as to north korea, it embodies a bill passed on this floor last month, introduced by chairman royce, ranking member engel, mr. yoho and myself, from the asia subcommittee. we will expand our sanctions on north korea's precious metals,
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minerals, jet fuel, coal, and across the board, and especially banking sanctions, but keep in mind, malt matly we have got to force -- ultimately we have got to force china to decide whether they're going to support north korea or whether they're going to have access to american markets. we can't let them have both. as to iran, this bill designates the entire iran revolutionary guard corps as the cudes force has already been designated -- quds force has already been designated, as subject to terrorism sanctions, provides an arms embargo. and let us remember that the real face of this regime in tehran is not their foreign minister, but rather it is the hundreds of thousands who have died in syria as a result of iranian action. speaking of countries that have supported assad, finally and perhaps most importantly, this bill provides sanctions against russia, necessary because of its actions in the ukraine and its interference in our elections.
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we hit russia in a very important way. by dealing with the technology they would need to export oil. unfortunately, even under this very strong bill it would take a 2/3 vote for us to block a sanctions waiver, should our resolution be vetoed. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: yes. i yield two noins the gentleman from texas, judge poe, chairman of the foreign affairs subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. poe: i thank the chairman and the ranking member for their work on this legislation. mr. speaker, i've spoken to our military leaders and they said that the biggest threat to the united states is north korea. strategic patience is over. it's time for strategic sanctions. this bill will go a long way to tighten the screws on little kim and bring the dictator to his knees. question no longer stand by
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meekly while north korea terrorizes the world. this bill includes my bill that has already passed the house that calls on the state department to reassess if north korea should be on the state sponsor of terrorism list. let us not forget that north korea helped supply syria with chemical weapons. it has given iran ballistic missiles and advice on how to develop its own nukes. north korea and iran's evil cooperation is even going on as we speak today. they are now working together to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach american shores. this bill also puts china in the crosshairs. chinese banks have enabled the korean regime to avoid sanctions and build its illegal weapons programs. china even provided the vehicle used to launch the north koreans' new icbm. china also uses slave labor from north korea to help north korea avoid sanctions already in
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place. china needs to understand how its support for kim will not only endanger the united states in south korea, but it also endangers its own security. by targeting these rowing nations, we show -- rogue nations, we show we will not go away quietly in the darkness of science. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i yield 1 1/2 minutes to one of our senior members on the foreign affairs committee, the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. connolly: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the distinguished ranking member, mr. engel. mr. speaker, today this house comes together on a bipartisan basis, to address sanctions and the rules on sanctions for north korea, iran, and, most importantly perhaps, russia. importantly, because there's been a lot of doubt about whether this congress would ever
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again speak eloquently and forcefully about russian behavior. today we answered that question. overwhelmingly we say, russia's behavior is unacceptable in many, many ways. not least of which is the incursion of sovereign territory of its neighbors. specifically georgia, ukraine. including the crimea. i vote easily and enthusiastically for this resolution today. but it must not be construed nsk use it references the mi agreements that that means we don't mean to continue sanctions on the crimea -- the crimean invasion. we do. and the chairman and ranking member of our committee, we'll continue to be vigilant on that until that illegal annexation is ended. i commend the leadership for bringing this resolution to the floor. and i am proud today to be a member of this body in speaking
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with one voice about russian behavior. and the need for sanctioning it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield one 911 the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lance, a member of the committee on energy and commerce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for 1 1/2 minutes. mr. lance: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in strong support of this sanctions bill. the governments of iran, north korea, and russia do not share american values or interests. and are active threats to our national security. these regimes will see a united message from the congress of the united states with an overwhelming vote in favor of strong sanctions. iran is the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. north korea, the most dangerous and isolated place on earth, has tested long range missiles, demonstrating a frightening potential to target our west coast. and russia has intolerabley involved it self in our nation's democratic electoral process. its invasion of crimea and sanctions -- actions in the ukraine are totally unacceptable. but let us act decisively today
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and put these states on notice. violate international law by threatening the united states and thereby face the consequences. i urge a yes vote and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i now yield two minutes to the ranking member of the financial services committee, the gentlewoman from california, ms. waters. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for two minutes. ms. waters: thank you very much. i thank ranking member engel for his leadership and for the time. and i thank the chairman for his leadership and the way that he's worked with our side of the aisle. i rise in support of the russia, iran and north korea sanctions act. legislation that is desperately needed to prevent this administration from rolling back sanctions tied to russia's invasion of ukraine and interference in our elections. this bill's enhanced sanctions on russia are important in light of the actions of russian president vladimir putin, not to
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mention the many ties between the trump administration and the kremlin. in a recent development, the treasury department confirmed that exxonmobil violated existing russian sanctions while under the leadership of rex tillerson. who is now donald trump's secretary of state. indeed, in 2014 exxon signed documents related to oil and gas . ojects in russia a russian state-owned oil giant. he was one of the individuals subject to sagses. -- sanctions. exxon was fined a mere $2 million. a slap on the wrist for a company that earns $7.8 billion in profits in 2016. russia is continuing its aggression in ukraine. it is supporting the murderous regime of about a saar al-assad in syria -- of al-assad in syria. and it interfered in the 2016 u.s. election. that's why we must strengthen
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the sanctions against russia and we must block rex tillerson and donald trump from waiving or lifting those sanctions without review. before closing, i would also note that the legislation before us also includes several measures championed by democrats on the financial services committee. these provisions will focus the government on creating a national strategy to combat the financing of terrorism, enhanced treasury's tools for combating money laundering vulnerabilities, such as well known risk in high end real -- te and the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. waters: i thank so very much. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield one minute to the gentleman from north bud.ina, mr. mr. budd: thank you, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 2364679 i'm proud of the bipartisan language in the bill which would create a national
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strategy for combating terrorism and illicit finance. the financing of terrorism and related forms of elicit finance -- illicit finance provide a direct threat to our national security and financial system. so it is critical for the government to create and maintain a unified strategy to fight financial crime. both to accommodate new and developing threats, and to help congress develop legislative and funding priorities now and in the future. additionally, a national strategy should seek to enhance intergovernmental cooperation and to identify illicit financing trends and to encourage federal agencies to work with the private financial sector to do the same. mr. speaker, this bill does these things and will go a long way in making sure we are keeping pace with the ever-changing terror finance landscape. i'd like to thank chairman hensarling for his extraordinary leadership on the financial services committee, and for helping to include this language in the overall bill. additionally, i want to thank the chairman of the terrorism and illicit finance
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subcommittee, mr. pearce, and for his support and for my colleague, ms. sinema, for her work on this as well. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: thank you. no sooner said than done, the my pleasure to yield one minute to my friend on the financial services committee, the gentlewoman from arizona, ms. sinema. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized for one minute. sinn sinn i rise today in -- ms. sinema: i rise today in support of the bill. the regimes in these countries continue to undermine global peace and security and threaten the safety of the united states and our allies. their unfortunates -- efforts to undermine democracy is particularly troubling and demand a strong response. i thank chairman royce and ranking member engel for their bipartisan legislation that counters these regimes and ensures strong oversight by congress and the american people. the safety and security of our communities and our country must come before partisanship. i also thank the chair and ranking member for introducing our bipartisan legislation introduced with congressman budd to establish a hole of
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government -- whole of government strategy to combat the financing of terrorism. current efforts to counter this lacks sufficient coordination and the has no unified national strart to guide our efforts. money is the life blood of any organization. we must establish a comprehensive and effective strategy to deny money to terrorists. this strategy will enhance detection, deterrence and prosecution and ultimately strengthen our broader national security goals. again, i thank the chair and ranking member for advancing this important bill and urge my colleagues to vote yes. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i continue to reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. the gentleman from new york. mr. engel: i'm sorry. it's now my pleasure to yield one minute to my friend on the appropriations committee, the gentleman from ohio, mr. ryan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. mr. ryan: i thank the gentleman.
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i want to thank the chairman and the ranking member for their leadership on this. this clearly is a big issue pressing the country. and i just wanted to rise in support of what's happening here today, of taking a firmer stance on russia, iran, and north korea. trying to stabilize the pins la. trying to take -- peninsula. trying to take care of the funding that's coming out of iran to all of these terrorist groups across the country. and across the world. and just say that what's happening with these sanctions here, in the targeting of russian gas pipelines, their number one export, i think, is entirely appropriate. the nortstream 2 which carries gas from russia through the balance tacks to germany, and i know -- baltics to germany, and know germany isn't happy about it, but this is something we have to do. we have to address this issue in a comprehensive way. we must continue to focus on how we get our gas here in the united states, our natural gas to europe, to our allies, so
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they're not so dependent on russia. we have to have the sanctions, but we also got to be shipping liquid natural gas to some of these allies of ours so they're not so dependent on the russians, which is part and parcel of this entire approach. i yield back the balance of my ime. mr. royce: i continue to reserve. mr. engel: it's my pleasure to yield one minute to the the gentlewoman from illinois, a respected member of the energy and commerce committee, ms. schakowsky. ms. schakowsky: i rise in support of today's sanction legislation which i'm see that it has complied with the iran nuclear agreement. experts, the international community and even some of president trump's own advisers agree that the iran nuclear agreement is working. in june, the international atomic energy agency certified that iran is within the limits
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set by this historic deal. there are serious issues left to be addressed with iran, especially in regards to human rights violations and ballistic missiles, which this bill covers. the iran deal took nuclear weapons off the table and allowed us to deal with these remaining challenges, withdraw ing or violating the agreement would be an enormous mistake. this upholds our agreement with iran and holding russia and north korea accountable for their actions. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i continue to reserve. mr. engel: i now yield one minute to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. price. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. price: i rise to stress two critical aspects of this legislation, it would imfoes tough sanctions on its -- the
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its cyber russia and interference in the 2016 election. in the present context, it would prevent president trump from removing or softening existing sanctions without congressional approval. second, the bill addresses iran's unacceptable behavior in the nonnuclear realm such as human rights violations and financing of terrorism. he jcpoa celebrated its second anniversary two weeks ago and has given 24/7 access and provided a mechanism to ensure that iran's activity is solely peaceful and along debated iran's breakout time for over a year. as the united states continues o monitor the jcpoa and iran's behavior, it is important that congress continue to refrain from actions that would violate
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the deal, threaten the deal or impose careless sanctions that under the guise of being tough .n iran -- i thank the chairman so as the united states continues to monitor the jcpoa and iran's behavior, it's important that congress continue to refrain from actions that would violate the deal, threaten the deal or impose careless sanctions that under the guise of being tough on iran would make united states less safe. this legislation meets that test and i urge its adoption. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would inform the manager the gentleman from california has three 1/2 minutes remaining. mr. royce: i reserve the right to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york has one minute remaining. mr. engel: on putin's orders russia attacked america's democracy last year. this makes russia a threat to
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this country, just like iran and north korea. when the united states faces a real threat, we have the obligation to respond, so far our response to russia has fallen far short. that ends with this legislation. along with pyongyang and iran, they need to understand, you threaten the united states and its allies, there will be consequences. i wish we could send it to the president's desk today. leaders in both houses have an obligation to clear away any remaining issues and get this bill signed into law as soon as possible. so long as russia is a threat and iran and north korea defile norms, none of us is off the hook. i thank ms. pelosi for her advice and counsel. let's pass this bill and press this bill forward. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield myself such
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time as i may consume. mr. speaker, in closing, i would like to my colleagues, the ranking member, mr. engel, as well as our counterparts, senator corker and cardin, the majority leader, mr. mccarget and the minority whip, mr. hoyer. they deserve credit for their effort. let me also say it's critically important that we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our european allies in countering russian aggression and that is why in the bipartisan house-senate negotiations, we secured important changes to improve transatlantic cooperation. and so i'm confident under the text of the house -- this house bill that will pass today, these concerns have been addressed. let me also say that every time north korea tests a ballistic missile or a nuclear device, it gets closer to having the
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ability to strike the u.s. mainland with a nuclear weapon. for years, the policies of successive administrations have failed to get north korea to change. why? because diplomatic pressure has been applied only in spurts. it has been lifted prematurely for north korean promises that have never materialized. so we need leverage and leverage comes from real sustained pressure. and that's why i offered tough new sanctions to crack down on the regime to shut off their access to the hard currency it needs to fund its nuclear program and we have included that in this bill. these sanctions passed in this house in may by a vote of 419-1 and it is time for the other body to pick them up. and by including these north korean sanctions in the legislation, we ensure that our colleagues do so. we cannot afford any more delay.
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and that's why i worked with the other body to make small changes to the north korean sanctions in this bill to ensure swift passage in both houses. i'm confident this bill including the north korean sanctions bill will soon become law. and let me say that congressional engagement in foreign affairs is strongest when we all speak with one voice. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of the bill and join us in sending a clear message to jong un utin, to kim that efforts to threaten the united states and destabilize our allies will be met with a united american response. and i yield back the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3364. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 -- mr. royce: i request the yeas
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and nays. the speaker pro tempore: yeas and nays are requested. a sufficient number havin the house went on to pass that sanctions bill. the legislation sets new sanctions on russia, iran and north korea. it would stop president trump from removing any sanctions. the senate went on to pass the bill as well. the white house announced the president has reviewed it and plans to sign it. tonight a discussion on the future of data analytics. with remarks from a psychologist talksta scientist who about a method he developed for analyzing and individuals how thosey traits and profiles have been used in business and politics.
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