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just preface my comments by saying that. i think it's an excellent question t goes back for me to the earlier conversation we had this morning which is, if we're not dealing with the delivery system, reform of care itself, while we can watch cost goes down on a temporary basis if we're focused on the claims side or just the coverage side, sooner or later they are going to have to access that system of care and that's going to ultimately drive the cost of care back up. so really figuring out how to bring the two together, which is both the coverage and the care aspect and to create an accountable system is going to be critically important in the long run for this to be successful. added to that would be how do you make sure that you are innocenting the system to perform the way it is intended to perform -- >> we leave this hearing at this point. the u.s. house is with to gavel
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in to start legislative work today. you can continue watching this and both of last week's senate health care committee hearings on the individual health insurance market on our website c-span.org. live coverage of the u.s. house. prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conro y. chaplain conroy: let us pray. loving god we give you thanks for giving us another day. as members of the people's house return to washington, delayed by the storms that have blown through the southeast, we ask your blessing upon them. that they might be all the more focused in their work and as modeled by so many americans in their efforts these past days in helping their neighbors prepare to work together to address our nation's most pressing needs. continue to bless those who are
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recovering from hurricane destruction and those fighting still the storms of wildfire that plague our western states. blanket those who fight to overcome these natural disasters with your spirit of strength and endurance and preserve them all from harm. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pusuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern. mr. mcgovern: 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 ustice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute
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speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. smith: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. smith: mr. speaker, smith: mr. president trump's recent decision to end the unconstitutional daca program has received unfair criticism by the liberal media. when reporting on president trump's decision to end the daca program, "the new york times," "washington post," and cbs all included former president obama's criticism of the announcement. what is not being reported is that then president obama stated over 20 times before issuing daca that executive amnesty is an overstep of executive authority and is unconstitutional. to former -- to use former president obama's criticism of the termination of daca without also vote nothing that he himself considered daca unconstitutional is biased reporting designed to promote a
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pro-amnesty agenda. it's no wonder that the media's credibility with the american people is now at a record low. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, as kids we were taught that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. still, far too many students, especially those living in overty, arrive at school hungry each day. congress can and must do more to bolster our school breakfast programs so that all students across the country have access to a nutritious breakfast to start the day.y each day. i'm joined by my republican colleague on the house agriculture committee, congressman rodney davis, on a bill to expand commodities support to the school breakfast program. the bipartisan healthy breakfast help kids len act would provide schools with nutritional school to ensure no child starts school hungry t will allow schools to expand
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their breakfast programs, and serve schools nutritious american grown foods. school meals are just as essential as a textbook. i look forward to working with my colleagues to advance this bipartisan legislation that combined with other anti-hunger safety net programs will work to end hunger now. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the outstanding work alliance for a healthier generation and its mission alli generation and its mission to help our school children lead healthier lives. the alliance works closely with schools in pennsylvania and nationwide to improve student health and well-being. over the past decade healthier generation's groundbreaking work a schools, communities, and businesses have benefited more than 25 million children across this country. more than 950 pennsylvania schools have teamed with
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healthier generation helping children in the commonwealth make healthier choices. since 20 2007, 18 pennsylvania schools have been recognized with national healthy school works for their exceptional work. the healthy out of school time program has helped more than 11,000 pennsylvania children have access to healthier foods and focus on more active community programs outside the classroom. mr. speaker, as chairman of the subcommittee on nutrition, i'm so proud of our schools, students who work to serve healthier meals and snacks, get students to move more, offer high quality physical and health education, and empower school leaders to become healthy roll models. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. kildee: i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, congress can and
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actually congress today should act to pass the dream act. house democrats are working to pass a permanent solution to protect 800,000 dreamers. children who were brought here to the united states by their parents through no fault of their own, many of them as ver young children. america is the only country they know. they have registered with the government. they have paid their taxes. they make great contributions to o society. we have to ask ourselves, do we want to deport these youngsters from the only country they have ever known? is that the morally right question? we can argue the economics, and can i argue it's an onomic istake to lose these s dividuals, but it'
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essentially a ral question. if a member of congress believes that we should deport 800,000 productive people who only know this country, whare brought here as children, then come to the floor of the house and put thats essentially a moral question. if a mber of congress on the record. ote yes or no but bring up the dream act. this is an important question and it'she work of congress and we should do it now. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from missouri seek recognition? >>sk unanimous consent t address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady from missouri is recognized for one minute. mrs. hartzler: i rise today to honor and thank the airmen of the 442nd mission support group who returned home to on the whi air force base last mth after a six-month deployment. these dedicated reservists were deployed across six bases in support of operation resolute support and provided vital base functioning for our military overseas. the reservists of the 442nd left their homes, jobs, families, and friends to travel overseas to support our military's mission. i admire their commitment, their sacrifice, and
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kaheaku-enhada dead case to our nation. -- and dedication to our nation. i'm glad to welcome them home and thank them for their service to our country. i'd also like to take a moment to thank their families for their commitment to our country. america's military families say goodbye to their spouses, parents, children, and siblings for extended periods of time for the good of our nation. they are unsung heroes and they, too, deserve our recognition for their sacrifice. to the airmen of the 442nd, you and your families have our undying gratitude. you are truly heroes. welcome home. and thank you for your service. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? without objection, the
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gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. for the paths few weeks the country has tuned in to watch as catastrophic hurricanes mum pummle texas and florida. out west we have been facing our own natural disaster, one that doesn't get nearly as much attention but equally devastating and destructive, talking about wildfires. mr. schrader: across the west we have 137 wild fairs raging, burning a total of 7.8 million acres. my home state we currently have 26 ackive fires. as a member -- active fires. as a member of this body i have supported emergency appropriation package when natural disasters if hit this country. i supported funding for hurricane harvey and i will support it for hurricane irma. i have done this as a an american and member of congress it's the right thing to do. i call on my colleagues now to also support us in the west. we need to change the way we pay to fight for these wildfires. my good friend from idaho, mike simpson and i have once once
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again introduced bipartisan legislation, h.r. 2062rk the wildfire disaster funding act, that will begin to treat wildfires like the natural disaster they are. the bill will create a fund dedicated to the cost of fighting wildfires so the forest service and b.l.m. will no longer have to spend 50% of their budget on fighting fires that should be spent on managing our forests and sustainable health. common sense, my friends. time to act. time to recognize the importance of this issue, out ially to those of us west who face these infernos every year. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker, k: september is hunger action month. a month where people all over america stand together with a nationwide network of food banks to fight hunger. hunger can affect people from
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all walks of life. too many americans are one job loss or one medical crisis away from food insecurity. and some people, like children and seniors, stand a greater risk of facing hunger. that's why i'm proud of the bucks county fresh connect program. a free farmer's market bringing fresh and healthy food to our hungry neighbors. the program provides reliable and needed food to the 57,000 residents of bucks county facing hunger. about a third of which are children. this month i participated in e fresh connect program in ivyland where fresh produce was collected and delivered to the bucks county community college for distribution. i want to thank phil, the bucks county opportunity council, greater philadelphia coalition against hunger, st. mary medical center, united way of bucks county, rolling harvest food rescue, and sully farm for all their hard work in making this program possible. mr. speaker, these organizations and all their generous volunteers are a
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tribute to our community and to our nation. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back chingt -- back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ill know seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from illinois is recognized for one minute. -- gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to honor school nutrition professional across the country. from washington elementary school to st. bonafice catholic school i have seen firsthand the great work they do in schools across my district. mr. davis: as summer comes to an end and children head back to school, they'll be working hard to ensure students receive healthy and appealing meals. which is not an easy stask. each school day nearly 14u7bd,000 schools serve lunches to 30.4 million students. nutritious meals at school are an essential part of the day and help to nourish children, enabling them to learn. this could never be possible without dedicated school
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nutrition professionals. school nutrition professionals are passionate about ensuring that students have access to e nutrition they need to succeed. i would like to take this opportunity to honor school nutrition professionals who should take pride in the work they do every single day. keep up the great work. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair lays before the house communications. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following member from the second of the senate on september 11, 2017, at 7:58 p.m. that the senate passed without amendment h.r. 3732. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 4 of rule 1, the following enrolled bill was signed by the speaker on monday, september 11, 2017.
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the clerk: h.r. 3732, a bill-to-mend section 1113 of the social security act to provide authority for increase fiscal year 2017 and 2018 payments for temporary assistance to united states citizens returned from foreign countries. 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 votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedsings on postponed questions at later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3284, the joint counterterrorism awareness workshop series act of 2017, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3284, a bill to amend the homeland security act establish a joint
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counterterrorism awareness workshop series, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. fitzpatrick, and the gentlelady from california, ms. rragan, each will control 20 minutes. recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: as we gather this week to mark the anniversary of september 11, 2001, we remember the nearly 3,000 people lost in that heinous act, including 18 from my home in bucks county, pennsylvania, and we honor the first responders who perished and the countless others whose health were impacted.
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we have heard the stories of those brave firefighters, police officers, and e.m.t.'s who ran toward the danger and chaos on that tuesday morning and made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their community and country. today we remember them and we recommit to recognize their efforts. and to those efforts of all first responders around our nation. mr. speaker, since 9/11, we've seen the devastating impact of coordinated terrorist attacks on civilian targets. in these cases, first responders, include log call police, fire, and emergency medical personnel are the main response force. it is critical. these men and women have the training and tools to operate in these planned attacks. that is why i introduced h.r. 3284, the joint counterterrorism awareness workshop series act of 2017, to authorize a vital workshop series, allowing state and local jurisdictions to prepare for coordinated terror attacks. h.r. 3284, as amended, authorizes the joint counterterrorism awareness
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workshop series for phi years and delineates the activities required to be part of each workshop, include regular view of current plans, policies and procedures and an examination of the roles and responsibilities of each participating agency. h.r. 3284 ensures that the whole community, from government officials, law enforcement, fire, e.m.s., public health officials, to the private sector, participate in these workshops. additionally, mr. speaker, this bill allows the fema administrator to select jurisdictions to participate in such workshops. from jurisdictions that currently receive or previously received urban area security initiative funding and have requested to host a work shovep. finally, h.r. 32 4 requires the participants to develop a summary report after each workshop that includes key findings and strategies to mitigate the identified gaps. i introduce this bill with burn support and i'm proud of the backing of two first responder
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organizations whom i trust when working on this type of legislation. i would like to enter into the record a letter of support the international association of fire chiefs, and a letter of support from the federal law enforcement officers association. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. fitzpatrick: throughout our nation's history, our first responders have stood for peace, security, and liberty to make our communities great and our countries strong. for this, we are eternally grateful. and as we remember those who gave their lives on september 11, we unfortunately recall that the threats -- threat of a coordinated terror attack are not going away. today it remains critical that our first respond verse the tools and resources needed to protect our communities. the joint counterterrorism workshop series is one of these vital tools. mr. speaker, as a first responders myself i'm proud to work with the house committee on homeland security, emergency preparedness response on moving this meaningful legislation and i urge all members to join me in supporting our first responders by voting yes.
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thank you, mr. speaker, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. barragan: i rise in support of h.r. 3284, the joint counterterrorism awareness workshop act of 017 and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. barragan: thank you, mr. speaker. in a crisis like the atk on september 11, 2001, our nation's first responders, police officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel, take on enormous response blets. they take on the situation and keep people safe while putting their own lives at risk. these weighty responsibilities are central in terrorism related crisis. today, there's an appreciation of the importance of the whole of nation response for efforts aamong diverse take holders, including nontraditional first responders, are well-coordnailted and thoroughly plan the joint counterterrorism awareness workshop series is a
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program where one-day events are hosted across the droint bring people together who play a critical role in keeping their cities -- -- their city's residents safe in a terrorist attack tavepls collaborative effort among federal, state, local and private sector entities to ensure cities provide the best response to an organized terrorist attack. one of these workshops was conducted in los angeles near my district. i represent the port of los angeles. america's port. it touches every congressional district and faces a variety of threats that require coordinated preparation and response from federal, state, and local agencies. enactment of h.r. 3 84, the joint counterterrorism awareness workshop series act, would codify this important program in law. specifically, h.r. 3284 requires fema administrator, in consultation with the directors of the national counterterrorism
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center, and the federal bureau of investigation to establish a joint counterterrorism workshop series. importantly, the bill requires that at the conclusion of each event, the fema administrator in consultuation the nepc and f.b.i. directors and officials from the participant city hosting the workshop series provide all participants with an afinogenov action report that includes key findings about lessons learned and best practices from the event and potential mitigation strategies and resources to address gaps identified during the event. i strongly support this counterterrorism training program and believe that congress should show its support for the program by enacting this legislation. with that, i urge my house colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: i have no other speakers. if the gentlelady has no other
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speakers i'm prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. barragan: i am prepared to close. mr. speaker, h.r. 3284 is an important piece of legislation that has strong support on both sides of the aisle. it empowers officials and individuals on the local level to come together to make their communities more secure. this workshop series helps adress new, evolving terrorist threats. it also enhances the ability of state and local jurisdictions to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from terror attacks here in the homeland. as such, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 3284 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. fitzpatrick: i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 3284 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 32 4 as amended.
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-- 3284 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. mr. fitzpatrick: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. le does the gentleman in -- for
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what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2453, the d.h.s. intelligence rotational assignment program act of 2017. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2453, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to establish the intelligence rotational assignment program in the department of homeland and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. gallagher, and the gentlelady from california, ms. barragan, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. gallagher: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five ledge slacive days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gallagher: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gallagher: thank you, mr. speaker. the department of home lan security has nine designated component intelligence component
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with trained analysts who could benefit from an authorized, better organized rotation program in order to truly develop expertise, d.h.s. has to develop and expand programs to cross train their broad cadre of analysts. one of the major lessons we learned was the vital need to connect the dots by sharing information across on lit -- analytical silos. and the bill we're considering today builds on this foundation by authorizing a rotation program for intelligence analysts across the department. having served as a counterintelligence officer in the marine corps and as an intelligence officer, i know firsthand the value of analysts gaining experience in different mission areas and broadening their analytical skills. h.r. 2453, the d.h.s. intelligence rotational assignment program act of 2017, supports the effort to develop
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an integrated work force of analysts that will ultimately develop the homeland security intelligence expertise. the bill authorizes the intelligence rotational assignment program, or irap, and directs the department to promote and reward participation. there is an existing irap, but it's clear d.h.s. needs a more integrated, coordinated and transparent rotation program. for example, numerous intelligence components are not aware of irap's existence and it's not being coordinated with other rotational programs offered by the department or the intelligence committee at large. moreover, a recent joint inspector genre view involving i.g.'s from the intelligence community, d.h.s. and the department of justice specifically referenced the creation of the irap as an important step to help unify the d.h.s. intelligence enterprise but noted the lack of incentives to encourage participation in this initiative. so this legislation seeks to address these shortcomings by
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authorizing the irap and providing the program with a management structure and participation incentives and having a robust analyst rotation program is important for a number of reasons. first it offers key professional development opportunities bies exposing them to legal authorities, selection capabilities and kata -- data sets associated with different dps across d.h.s. and is a building block in intelligence as a core competency above and beyond individual mission areas of the department and it exposes intelligenceage cysts to their cournt parts in one of the eight other intelligence components, thus encouraging them to see themselves as part of a larger d.h.s. intelligence enterprise. in short, this bill promotes a more robust intelligence analyst rotation program to ensure the department is building a network of employees with a true homeland security intelligence expertise. this bill will make the country more same i urge my colleagues to support this measure and i yield back my time.
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reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman se reserves. -- the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. barragan: i rise in support of my friend's bill, h.r. 2453, the d.h.s. intelligence rotational assignment program act of 2017, and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. barragan: thank you, mr. speaker. 16 years ago, americans were jarred by the spectacle of the -- spectacle of the mighty twin towers collapsing and fires at the pentagon and in a pennsylvania field. the perpetrate yoferse -- perpetrate yoffers the attacks suth to bring the united states to its knees. while without question a deep wound that may never fully heal was inflicted on the heart of the nation on that day, we remain strong and resolution. -- resolute. we emerged from that devastating experience more determined and with lessons learned about the need for better information sharing. interoperability, and coordination. one major reform was the establishment of the dotcht
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homeland security as a multimission agency which today has 240,000 men and women serving in a range of capacities at our labs. air and sea ports as well as in the field working to protect criminal -- critical infrastructure from cyberand other attacks. the d.h.s. intelligence rotational assignment act seeks to provide d.h.s. employees with the opportunity to do a rotational assignment within d.h.s.'s intelligence and analyst division. by establishing this program, officers and analysts across d.h.s. who have a passion for keeping our nation secure would be provided the opportunity to develop or broaden their intelligence and counterterrorism skills. if organization -- organizations with such programs find they yield benefits far beyond what individuals who participate learn.
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i urge my house colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from wisconsin is ecognized. mr. gallagher: i have no other speakers. if the gentlelady has no other speakers, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. gare begun: h.r. 2453 was overwhelmingly approved by the committee on homeland security. this rotational program that it authorizes as the potential to not only provide dedicated d.h.s. employees a boost in morale and fresh perspective on the mission but also to enrich d.h.s.'s contributions to the intelligence enterprise. as such i encourage my colleagues to support h.r. 2453 and i yield back the balance of my time. . . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr. gallagher: i thank the
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gentlelady for her hard work and urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2453rk to bolster the analyst rotation program and strengthen the intelligence enterprise. i want to thank chairman noonest and house permanent select committee on intelligence fork working with the committee on homeland security to bring my bill as well as h.r. 2468 offered by representative perry and h.r. 2470, offered by representative rogers to the floor. i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record in exchange between the chairman of the committee on homeland security and the chairman of the permanent select committee on intelligence. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. is, will the house suspend the rules is, will the suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2453. 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 is laid upon the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass bill h.r. 2427, the pathways to improving homeland security at the local level act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2427, a bill to amend the homeland security act 2002 to direct 2002 to direct secretary for state and local law enforcement to produce and disseminate an annual catalog on department of homeland security training, publications, programs, and services for state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the wisconsin, mr. gallagher, the gentlelady from california, ms. barragan, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. gallagher: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous material
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on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gallagher: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gallagher: thank you, mr. speaker. the pathways to improving homeland security at the local level act sponsored by the gentlelady from florida, mrs. demings, ensures that state and local law enforcement will continue to receive valuable information on d.h.s. resources and programs available to law enforcement. the bill requires the office of state and local law enforcement to produce and disseminate an annual catalog that summarizes for training, publications, programs, and for publications, programs, and services available to nonfederal law enforcement agencies from the department of homeland security and to disseminate the catalog to state and local law enforcement entities within 30 days of production. this also requires d.h.s. to share the catalog through the homeland security information network by requiring the office to share this catalog through this existing information sharing platform, it will expand the number of state and local law enforcement partners who receive it. this bill is a commonsense
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easure focused on increasing transparency -- on d.h.s. tools and resources available to state and local law enforcement. i commend the gentlelady from florida, mrs. demings, for her work on this measure. unable to be present today because of hurricane irma. our thoughts and prayers are with her, her district, and the state of florida as recovery efforts continue. mr. speaker, on behalf of the committee of homeland security, i want to express our appreciation to the committee on judiciary for working with s and ask unanimous consent to insert an exchange of letters insert an exchange of letters between the chairman of the committee on judiciary and the chairman on homeland security. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. mitts barragan: mr. speaker -- ms. barragan: i rise in support of h.r. 2427, the pathways to improving homeland security at the local level act and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. barragan: thank you, mr. speaker. 16 years ago the terrorist attacks of september 11 brought
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home the reality that terrorism prevention and preparedness is a shared federal, state, and local responsibility. today the department of 's training rity catalog is a primary resource for state and local jurisdictions to find opportunities to enhance their counterterrorism and preparedness capabilities.'s tr catalog is a primary resource for h.r. 27 -- 2427 seeks to ensure that going forward this vital resource remains available to the first responder community. specifically, h.r. 2427 directs d.h.s.'s office of state and local law enforcement to produce and distribute an annual catalog of d.h.s.'s training, programs, and services for state, local, and tribal law enforcement. further, to ensure that this information is shared throughout the law enforcement community, the pathway to improving homeland security at the local level act requires competitive catalog be posted on the d.h.s. website as well
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as on the homeland security information network. my district is home to the coast guard. d.h.s. personnel, and officials from the port of los angeles who all have to work together to prepare and respond to threats. this bill would provide the information they need to work together and get the necessary training. this measure, which was introduced by my democratic homeland on the security committee, representative val demings, highlights the importance of eequipping law enforcement home with ty committee, necessary tools so they can quick-l adapt and discover new ways to evolve with the current terrorist threat landscape. enactment of this bill will further strengthen the department's partnership with state and local law enforcement to help with necessary protect the whomland. with that, i urge my house colleagues to support this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr. gallagher: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers.
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if the gentlelady a from california has no other speakers, i'm prepared to close. the chair: the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. barragan: i am prepared to close. mr. speaker, h.r. 2427 is an important piece of legislation that has strong support on both sides of the aisle. consideration of this measure today is particularly timely as this week we remember those who sacrificed their lives and ran toward danger during the worst terrorist attack on u.s. soil. we owe it to their memory and to the men and women that today stand on the frontlines to ensure that they have access to the training and tools they need to keep their communities secure. with that i encourage my colleagues to support h.r. 2427 . i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from wigs which is virginia tech. gallagher: mr. speaker, i
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once again urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2427 to ensure that state and local law enforcement continue to receive valuable information on the department of homeland security services and resources. i yield back the balance of my time. the gentleman yields back the balance of his 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. 2427, 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 is laid upon the table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? mr. gallagher: mr. speaker, morph that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2470, the homeland security threat assessment act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2470, a bill to require an annual homeland threat assessment, and for
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other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from wisconsin, mr. gallagher, and the gentlelady from virginia, ms. barragan, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from wisconsin. mr. gallagher: 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. gallagher: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gallagher: i'm pleased to speak in favor of this bill on behalf of congressman mike rogers. with the after effects of hurricane irma right now which is a tropical storm affecting his district i want to speak on behalf of h.r. 2470, which received bipartisan support with the during conside the subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence in may and was included in the department of homeland security authorization bill which passed the floor in july. h.r. 2470 requires the department of homeland security release an annual comprehensive homeland security threat assessment. this will provide a common threat picture across the
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department in four federal state and local partners. this week we're recognizing 16 years after the horrific events of 9/11, 16 years late our ability to accurately identify and evaluate threats to the homeland remains stunted in many ways. talented professionals across federal agencies and state and local level are hard at work gathering and analyzing threat information, there is still not a formalized process that evaluates homeland threats in a meaningful and comprehensive way. the assessment in this bill requires d.h.s. to incorporate and analyze departmental data in a strategic picture. by relying on information provided by the on the ground professionals, including state and local police and the department's operational component, this threat assessment will be unique contribution to the intelligence community, policymakers, and other stakeholders by requiring the department to consider specific cyber, transportation, and border security threats in traditional
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terrorism threats. h.r. 247 o ensures d.h.s. will focus on critical mission area where it can provide real value. additionally, the threat assessment required by h.r. 2470 can inform the department's budgeting and planning by clarifying the nature and scale of the threats d.h.s. was created to counter. with that, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues traditional terrorism threats. to pass h.r. res 2470. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. barragan: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 2470, the homeland threat assessment act of 2017. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. barragan: thank you, mr. speaker. since the attacks of september 11, 2001, which claimed the lives of over 3,000 innocent people, the terrorist threat has metastasized and decentralized. that was how then d.h.s. secretary john kelly described it in april. he went on to warn that the risk is as threatening today as it was that september morning almost 16 years ago.
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whereas in 2001, there was a centralized well funded terrorist organizationp planning and carrying out major attacks, today the landscape is a patchwork of small cells and lone wolves eager to embrace violence in furtherance of their terrorist ideology. today we consider h.r. 2470 a bill that requires d.h.s. to conduct an assessment of the terrorist threat to the homeland on an annual basis. the factors to be considered include, one, data on terrorist indents and activities in the u.s. two, current and potential future terrorist tactics. three, cyberthreats, particularly those to critical infrastructure and federal i.t. networks. four, threats to surface and aviation transportation. and five, the efficacy of foreign terrorist propaganda. in my district these threats are an everyday reality for the
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port of los angeles. who has the largest container volume in the country. and faces threats to their shipping, cybersecurity, and infrastructure. this bill will help d.h.s. assess the threats and provide the right response after an incident. we learned from september 11 attacks about the importance of recognize and analyzing the ever evolving terrorist threat landscape this. annual assessment will ensure that d.h.s. competitively -- comprehensively examine all forms of terrorism and extremism that could advantage the homeland today so that as a nation we can be vigilant. with that i urge the passage of h.r. 2470 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr. gallagher: i have no other speakers. if the gentlelady from california has no other speakers i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. barragan: mr. speaker, i'm
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prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. barragan: i want to express my support for this bill and highlight a particular profession that seeks to strengthen interagency collaboration on examining the threat. the provision requires d.h.s.'s office of intelligence and analysis to continue working with fusion centers which are the focal points for sharing related information between federal, state, local, and private sector partners. d.h.s. must continue to address and improve the nation's fusion centers' capabilities in gathering, analyzing, and sharing threat related information between partners on every level. thank the gentleman for -- i thank the gentleman from alabama, mr. rogers, for sponsoring this legislation and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized. mr. gallagher: mr. speaker, i once again urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2470. i yield back the balance of my time.
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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. 2470. 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 mock is threable. -- the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek rk in addition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass unifyingh.r. 2468, the d.h.s. intelligence enterprise
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act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.l. 2468 a bill to amend the homeland security act -- and for other purposes. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry and the gentlelady will each control 20 minutes. mr. perry: i ask unanimous consent that all members 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. perry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: 16 years ago, an attack on the united states revealed intense gaps in our information sharing. as a result the department of homeland security was established to consolidate 22 existing federal agencies and
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reshape the domestic intelligence and counterterrorism structure in the united states. over the years, d.h.s. has mature and refined its intelligence enterprise for what we know as d.h.s.i.e. even now the department has strug told fully unify the various offices within the component agencies. this has limited the value d.h.s. provides to the intelligence community and its state and local partners. disparate guidance for the intelligence components within d.h.s. undermines the department's about to fully utilize important data and conduct analysis. d.h.s. needs to follow the model of many other members of the intelligence community and produce an intelligence doctrine that clearly articulates roles and priorities across the d.h.s. intelligence enterprise. the lack of this internal structure reflects a painful legacy from the pre-9/11 era in which bureaucracies operated as silos and were poorly coordinated.
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h.r. 2468 empowers d.h.s. to address this continued failure. by requiring the department to produce guidance to all its exones on the processing, analysis, and dissemination of information and inteblings, bill helps professionalize the d.h.s. intelligence enterprise. such a doctrine will guide how operational information from across d.h.s. is incorporated into a wider strategic homeland security picture. this will increase the use of department-specific information in its analytic products. -- products and processes. h.r. 2468 also takes another step in strengthening the department's intelligence enterprise by formalizing the department's existing support for the d. h s. chief -- ligence officer or the though they serve as the department's chief intelligent intelligence officer, they carry
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different statutory authorities and disting missions. congress should support both functions. this does not authorize new hire bug re-authorizes the existing staff assign. and most importantly makes those assignments permanent. it is now time to hold the department accountable for developing a common foundation among members of the department's intelligence enterprise. by requiring d.h. stomplet produce these guidelines and ensuring the department's leadership is properly and reliably supported, h r. 2468 helps us to work to fulfill the promises made to the american people 16 years ago. never again. i am pleased, i am very pleased, the text of h.r. 2468 was included in the larger d.h.s. authorization bill which passed this house in july. i urge my colleagues to support the standalone measure to improve the quality of d.h.s. analytical products and help the department bet serve the intelligence community and its
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state and local partners. thank you, mr. speaker, and i reserve the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. miss rice: i rise in support of h.r. 2468, the unifying d.h.s. intelligence enterprise act of 2017 and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. miss rice: this helps safeguard our nation's homeland security intelligence information. it requires them to distribute department wide guidance on information related to homeland security and terrorism. 9/11 commission report found the u.s. government did not fully share or pool intelligence information prior to the attack. in response, policies and procedures were reformed at all levels to ensure the critical national security information is properly shared. intelligence sharing is critical to terrorism prevent, but it must be carried out in a manner that ensures sensitive information is properly handled and distributed.
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h.r. 2468 seeks to do just that. the bill requires the establishment of rules and regulations for the dissemination of such information both within d.h.s. and with homeland security stake holders at the state and local levels as well as in the private sector. with that i urge my house colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. perry: i have no other speakers, if the gentlelady my friend from new york, has no further speakers i'm prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the speaker: the gentlelady is recognized. miss rice: h.r. 2468 has strong support on both sides of the aisle, effective security measures to improve our intelligence mechanisms are critical to the in addition of -- mission of protecting the homeland. i thank the gentleman, mr. perry, for his work on this important legislation an encourage my colleagues to support it. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: i one again urge my
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colleagues to support h.r. 2468 and yield back the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2468 as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the -- 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 pennsylvania seek recognition? >> so good to see you today, mr. speaker. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2433, the homeland security assessment of terrorist use of virtual currencies act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2433, a bill to direct the undersecretary of homeland security for intelligence and analysis to develop and disseminate a threat assessment regarding terrorist use of virtual currency.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry, and the gentlelady from new york, miss rice, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. perry: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their rarblings and include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: the homeland security assessment of terrorist use of virtual currencies act, introduced by the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice is an important measure targeting new ways terrorists may be raising or transferring funds. through the use of virtual currencies. the bill directs the d.h.s. undersecretary for intelligence and analysis in coordination with federal partners to develop and sis semi-- disseminate a threat assessment regarding the actual threat posed by individuals using virtual currencies in furtherance of an act of terrorism including
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provision of material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization. it also directs the undersecretary to share this threat assessment with state, local and tribal law enforcement officials through the national network of fusion centers. as the threat of terrorism evolves, so do the methods to find the actors who plot to athk the united states. the federal government must evolve as well to meet these novel and technologically based challenges. this bill supports methods that have been utilized and to prepare for those that are soon to follow. this measure was considered by the subcommittee on counterterrorism and intelligence and included in the committee on homeland security's d.h.s. authorization bill which passed this very house in july. i want to take the time to thank the gentlelady for her work and for her diligence on this issue and i urge my colleagues to support her bill.
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thank you, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from noork is recognized. miss rice: i rise in support of my legislation h.r. 2433, the homeland security assessment of terrorists use of virtual currencies act and yield myself such time as amay consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. miss rice: yesterday marks 16 years since the 9/11 terrorist attack, when terrorists hijacked four plane two of which struck the world trade center in my home state of new york. the united states has led the global campaign to combat terrorism, thwarting plots on american shoil, identifying and disrupting terrorist networks around the world, hunting down terrorists wherever they hide and proving they can and will be brought to justice. with know the threat of terrorism is not the same as it was 15 years ago. it's a threat that constantly evolves and we need to einvolve with it. we need to evolve ahead of it. that's why i introduced h.r. 2433.
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in recent years we've seen instances in which members of some terrorist groups have turned to virtual currencies to support themselves and fund their operation. last year, the foundation for defense of democracies investigated a terrorist funding campaign in which a terrorist group in the gaza strip received donations of the virtual currency bitcoin. earlier this yeesh, indonesian authorities reported a syrian-base indonesian used virtual currency to fund attacks in indonesia. irtual currencies offer high speed and low cast ways to fund attacks. research suggests terrorists' use of virtual currencies has so far been limited to a handful of instances, two of which i mentioned but with groups like isil becoming more technologically sophisticated and virtual currency become manager accessible, the table is set for this threat to grow
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significantly in a short period of part-time -- short period of time. my bill requires d.h.s.'s office of intelligence andage stoice develop and disseminate a threat assessment of the use of virtual currencies to support terrorist activity. further, to ensure this information is shared throughout the law enforcement community , my bill requires the assessment to be shared with state, local, and tribal law enforcement, including those offices that operate within state, local and regional fusion centers. enacting this bill will give counterterrorism and law enforcement officials at all levels the information they need to evolve ahead of this threat and help keep americans safe. with that, i urge my house colleagues to support my bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. perry: my friend from new york has done an excellent job at outlining, explain, articulating her legislation, therefore i have no other speakers. if the gentlelady from new york has no other speakers i'm prepared to close once she does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves.
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the gentlelady is recognized. miss rice: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. mr. speaker, h.r. 2433 is an important piece of legislation that received overwhelming bipartisan support in the committee on homeland security. enactment of h.r. 2433 will ensure the department of homeland security closely monitoring this evolving threat so we're prepared to prevent terrorists from using virtual currencies to finance atoons the u.s. and around the world. i encourage my colleagues to support my legislation, h.r. 2433 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. perry: thank you, mr. speaker. i once again urge my colleagues to support a good, well thought out, meaningful, useful bill. h.r. 2433. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 24 3? 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
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the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2454, the department of homeland security data framework act of 2017 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2454 a bill to direct the secretary of homeland security to provide a data framework to provide access for appropriate personnel to law enforcement and other information of the department and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. hurd a thnd gentlelady from new york, miss rice,. we -- each will control 20 minutes. mr. hurd: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their
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remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hurd: 16 years after the 9/11 attacks by al qaeda terrorists on our homeland, most thatcans would be dismayed information sharing stovepipes still exists. while information sharing since that fateful tai has improved dramatically, we still have work to do at the department of homeland security. when d.h.s. was created, 22 component agencies were brought together with different missions, databases and legal authorities. d.h.s. personnel d.h.s. personnel have to search and vet information against a large number of databases using different log-in passwords and legal restrictions. the d.h.s. data framework was designed to bring together these vital d.h.s. data sets,
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including travel and cargo information, investigative data and critical infrastructure data, among others. the other important element of the framework is through replication of the platform on a classified network to allow classified analysis and vetting of law enforcement data against intelligence information. given the importance of the data framework initiative, the need to weigh security versus civil liberties as well as the federal government's history of delays and cost overruns on i.t. projects, it is critical that this program receive congressional oversight. this bill provides the first authorization for the data framework, mandates privacy and security safeguards as well as training for departmental personnel with access to the system. in addition to the personnel training and privacy safeguards, this bill also requires the secretary to ensure information in the framework is both protected and
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auditable. i was pleased that the committee on homeland security included this bill in the d.h.s. authorization bill which passed the floor in july, and i urge my colleagues to again support this measure. thank you, mr. speaker, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves his time. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. miss rice: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 2454, the department of homeland security data framework act of 2017, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. miss rice: thank you, mr. speaker. the department of homeland security data framework act directs d.h.s. to consolidate databases and systems at the department in order to establish a data framework. specifically, h.r. 2454 requires d.h.s. to ensure that the data framework is accessible to d.h.s. employees who the secretary determines have an appropriate security clearance, have responsibilities that require access to framework information and are trained in applicable standards for safeguarding and
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using such information. by strengthening the d.h.s. data framework, authorized personnel from each of the components in offices of the department will have easier access to the data they need in a timely manner. additionally, the d.h.s. security data framework act of 2017 allows the d.h.s. secretary to incorporate into the data framework systems' capabilities for auditing and ensuring security of information within the framework. such includes mechanisms for identifying insider threats and security risks and safeguards for privacy, civil rights and civil liberties. the anniversary of 9/11 is a time for reflection and remembrance but also a time to enhance our defenses. we cannot allow weak data infrastructure to leave the homeland vulnerable to attacks, and i thank my good friend and colleague from texas, mr. hurd, for introducing this commonsense legislation. i urge my house colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york reserves her time. the gentleman from texas.
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mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers, and if the gentlelady from new york has no other speakers, i am prepared to close once she does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. miss rice: mr. speaker, i am prepared to close. mr. speaker, this is an important bill that has strong support on both sides of the aisle. it maintains effective security measures while consolidating systems, creating a more feasible way for the men and women at d.h.s. to access the data that they need to fulfill their critical mission. i thank mr. hurd for his diligence on this bill. i encourage my colleagues to support h.r. 2454, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. all time has expired. the question is will the house -- the gentleman from texas. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i'd like to thank my colleague from new york, congresswoman rice, for her work on these initiatives, and i'd like to thank chairman mccaul and the ranking member for the bipartisan way in which we focused on these important
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issues of homeland security. and i, again, want to urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2454, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. all time has expired. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2454, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded 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 texas seek recognition? mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2442, the federal information
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resource to strengthen ties with states and local law enforcement act of 2017, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2442, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to require an annual report on the office for state and local law enforcement. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. hurd, and the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hurd: i rise in support of r. 2442, the office of state and local law enforcement information sharing review act,
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introduced by the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the office for state and local law enforcement is authorized in section 2006-b of the homeland security act, and is located within the d.h.s. office of partnership and engagement. the office largely serves as a source of information on d.h.s. resources available to state and local law enforcement partners as well as a point of contact for questions regarding d.h.s. policies and programs. this bill requires the report on the activities of office of state and local law enforcement within the department of homeland security. the report must include how the office is working to improve information sharing between d.h.s. and law enforcement agencies, an overview of the performance metrics used by the office to measure success, feedback from state and local stakeholders and then overview of ongoing activities. this reporting requirement will ensure the office is continually identifying areas
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for improvement in the department's information sharing effort and close gaps. i applaud the gentlelady from texas for including a sunset on the reporting requirement after five years, and while the information gathered through this report will be valuable for congressional oversight, it is important that we do not continue to require never-ending reporting requirements from the department. i urge my colleagues to support this measure, and i ask unanimous consent to insert an exchange of letters between the chairman of the committee on judiciary and the chairman of homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. hurd: and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves his time. the gentlelady from new york, miss rice, is recognized. miss rice: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 2442, the federal information resource to strengthen ties with state and local law enforcement act of 2017, or the first state and local law enforcement act, and i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. miss rice: mr. speaker, today we consider h.r. 2442, a bill to require d.h.s. to submit an annual report to congress on the activities of the office of state and local law enforcement. this bill, authored by the gentlelady from texas, representative jackson lee, seeks to highlight the activities of this important outreach to state and local law enforcement within d.h.s. the report is to include detailed information on those efforts, including steps taken to improve them and performance metrics to evaluate the effectiveness and feedback received from state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. yesterday, the committee on homeland security released a staff report that looked at d.h.s.'s progress over the past decade at implementing the 9/11 commission act. with respect to information sharing, it found that policies and procedures have been reformed at all levels to ensure the critical national security information is shared and recommended that d.h.s. continue to refine its channels for sharing such information to ensure that they evolve to
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address the threat, landscape and stakeholder needs. constructive engagement through the office of state and local law enforcement is essential to this effort. 16 years after the september 11 attacks, it is important that we stand together and recommit ourselves to doing all we can to prevent future terrorist attacks. with that i urge my house colleagues to support this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves her time. the gentleman from texas. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers, and if the gentlelady from new york has no other speakers, i am prepared to close once she does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. miss rice: mr. speaker, i am prepared to close. the first state and local law enforcement act seeks to ensure that for years to come state and local law enforcement know that d.h.s. is a full partner in their efforts to keep their communities secure. as such, i encourage my colleagues to support this bill, h.r. 2442, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentleman from texas. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i just want to urge my colleagues once
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again to support h.r. 2442, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time has expired. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2442, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded 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 pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. barletta: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the ules and pass h.r. 2442, the
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department of homeland security classified facility inventory act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2442, to require an inventory of all facilities certified by the tfs d.h.s. to host infrastructure or systems classified above the secret level, for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. barletta, and the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. barletta: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. barletta: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. barletta: thank you, mr. speaker. today we are advancing another bill to support the men and women who answer the call to keep their neighbors safe. yesterday, we honored the first responders and countless other americans who were murdered in the september 11 terrorist
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attacks. we will never forget them, nor their great sacrifices on their families -- of their families and loved ones. i come from pennsylvania, which has a proud history of service from the national guard to police to fire houses to e.m.t.'s. even one of our former governors, tom ridge, was a key player in setting up the department of homeland security. today, we in congress continue to work to reduce the blind spots that led to 9/11 and ensure our nation's newest department is able to get local law enforcement officers the resources that they need to keep our communities safe. having served as mayor of hazelton, pennsylvania, i have long known that it will be the police officer on the streets of hazelton, shipensburg, not some analyst in washington, who will recognize when a member of our community has radicalized or been recruited by a gang or
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terrorist sect. that's one of the reasons why i worked with the committee to introduce h.r. 2442, the department of homeland security classified facility inventory act. my bill strengthens information sharing between local, state and federal law enforcement by requiring d.h.s. to maintain an inventory of facilities certified to store information classified above the secret level. this is a follow-up to the fusion center enhancement act of 2017, which i first introduced last congress and has successfully passed the committee in the house. i come from a state with three fusion centers, the pennsylvania criminal intelligence center, known as pecic, delaware valley in philadelphia, southwestern p.a. region 13 in pittsburgh. this bill is part of my efforts to make d.h.s. share information with its state and
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local partners. more and more state and local officials are now getting the security clearnces they need to get impoant national security information that will help them. however, gaps remain. this bill will ensure that d.h.s. is tracking the specific location of all the department's secured facilities and make this information available to the appropriate state and local personnel as well as department employees. to be honest, it's frustrating this legislation is even needed. congress and d.s. share the same goal of keeping our communities safe. we must make it clear that information needs to be shared to allow for proper oversight both now and in the future. our state and will call law enforcement officials are professionals and leaders oour communities. however, far too often i have heard complaints that federal
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officials do not take local information seriously simply because someone has not been able to obtain a certain security clearance. my legislation will help address this concern. specifically, this bill requires greater transparency and information sharing on the locations of all facilities certified by d.h.s. to store classifd infrastructure or systems above the secret level commonly known as skifs. this gives law enforcement the resources they need to protect their communities and our nation as whole. it also requires d.h.s. to maintain a list of these facilities to ensure the depatment does not informs in new facilities in areas already covered. in turn reducing the chances of wasteful spending. i urge my colleagues to sport this measure which passed the
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hoe once already as part of the larger d.h.s. authorization bill in july. i hope that my colleagues in the senate will realize the critical need for my bill and will act quickly so prth trump can sign it into law. thank you, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. miss rice: i rise in support of h.r. 244 , the homeland security classified facility inventory act and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the entlelady is recognized. miss rice: this is important to many of us in the intelligence arena. d.h. is is the third largest federal agency and has a vast footprint. if d.h.s. doesn't maintain a centralized list of all places around the country where individuals with clearance can access classified information. h.r. 2443 tackles this issue by
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requiring d.h.s. to maintain an inventory of d.h.s. certified facilities that house classified information above the secret level on a regular basis. it requires d.h.s. to share part of all the inventory in accordance with information sharing standards. this will enhance congress' ability to assist d. shmplet in protecting classified facilities and with that, i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation an reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. barletta: i have no further speakers. if the gentlelady has no further speakers, i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. mr. rice: i'm prepared to close. h.r. 2433 is an important piece of legislation that has strong support on both sides of the aisle. great strides have been made to support this. it is important that all d.h.s.
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partners at all levels know where to go to access top secret information. as such i encourage my colleagues to support h.r. 2443 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. barletta: i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2443 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time has expire. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2443 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 n the table.
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frurn does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bhill h.r. 2471, the terrorist release announcements to counterterrorism recidivism act or tracer act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2471, a bill to direct the director of homeland security to share with state, local and regional fusion centers released information from a federal correctional facility, including name, charging date and expected date and place of release of certain individuals who may pose a terrorist threat and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. mccaul, and the gentlewoman from new york, miss rice, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. mccaul: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mc-- mr. mccaul: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: i rise today to honor the victims of the 9/11 attack and voice my support for the tracer act. 16 years ago, 19 cowardly terrorists hayeked four airplanes and used them as missiles to kill 3,000 innocent people. souls that were clost belonged to moms an tads, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. it was a day that we will never forget. each year, as we look back, we all remember something different about that morning. there are those who remember getting a phone call and listening to a frantic voice on the other end. some remember running into the streets as the twin towers fell in fear for their lives. others saw the pentagon in flames. and wondered who did this and why? there are many of the images and thoughts that are sear into our minds.
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however, we can also remember the heroism of our first responders. the brave firefighters and police officers who raced to the scene and charged up the stairs of the world trade center to save their fellow countrymen. we can picture strangers helping strangers navigate through the dust and debris in downtown new york and can be grateful for the courageous passengers on the -- on united flight 93 who saved an untold number of lives and perhaps this very building that we stand in here today. yesterday morning, i stood at ground zero in new york and listened to the -- to each of the victim's names that were read. i remembered a nation that came together and stood by one another as we recovered from this heinous attack. september 11 showed the entire world that terrorists could not -- could knock our buildings down but they could not dent the american spirit. in the aftermath, we pledged to
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work with one another and prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again. today, we are still engaged in a generational fight to defeat islamist terrorism. but i believe we will eventually win that fight as long as we pursue policies that will make it easier to protect our homeland and the american people. one of the lessons we learned from 9/11 was the need to strengthen information sharing among federal, state and local authorities. and while we have taken steps to address this in the past, we need to do more. this act, the tracer act, introduced by congressman rutherford, would require the department of homeland security to share with local and regional fusion centers important information regarding potential risks posed by individuals who were previously convicted on charges related to terrorism. more specifically, it would
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allow d.h.s. to share the expected place and date of release of these incarcerated terrorists. prviding law enforcement officials with this information will allow them to minimize potential risks to their communities by countering extremist recidivism. this legislation is an opportunity to strengthen coordination between all levels of law enforcement and help keep americans safe. again, i'd like to thank congressman rutherford for all his hard work on this legislation and i hope that his constituents and the entire state of florida make a strong recovery in the aftermath of hurricane irma. as someone who has personally toured devastated communities back home in my home state of texas as a result of hurricane harvey, it's clear that there are still many long days ahead. however, we can be very thankful for the men and women at d.h.s.,
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including fema and the united states coast guard as well as thousands of local first responders and volunteers who have been called to action. the american people deserve to know that all levels of government are working together to keep our homeland safe and i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. miss rice: i rise in support of h.r. 2471, the terrorist relief announcement to counterer extremeism recidivism act or tracer act, and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. miss rice: today we consider h.r. 2471, a narrowly tailored ill which seeks to ensure that certain officials are notified when convicted terrorists completed their term and are expected to be reloosed back
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into the community. the bill requires d.h.s., in coordination with appropriate federal partners as well as state and local law enforcement, to conduct preeredic threat assessments regarding the overall threat from known or suspected terrorists currently incarcerated in a federal correctional facility. it is our hope that those who were quicked of providing material support to foreign terrorist organizations or taking other actions in support of isil or an al qaeda affiliate have turned away from their terrorist past. however in an age where lone wolf terror attacks are more common it makes sense to let law enforcement know when a former terrorist is returning to the community they are entrusted to safeguard. i support this legislation that seeks to improve situational awareness at all levels of law enforcement about potential terrorist threats. i support patsage of h.r. 2471 and reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves.
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the gentleman from texas. mr. mccaul: i'm prepared to close once the gentlelady does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new york. miss rice: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 2471 will enhance the ability of law enforcement, particularly those participating in the national fletworg of fusion centers, prept terrorist attacks. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back they have gentleman from texas. mr. mccaul: i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, it's bipartisan, ensures that state and local law enforcement have greater access to federal counterterrorism information and most importantly, neighborhoods when terrorists are released back into communities, they at least know who they have in their neighbors. in neighborhoods. i also want to applaud congressman rutherford who cannot be here today because of hurricane irma. my thoughts and prayers are with the state of florida as they continue to respond and recover from that devastating hurricane.
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with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. all time has expired. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the h.r. 2471 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 is reconsider is laid n the table. pm for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? >> i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 931 as amended.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the tite of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 9 1, a bill to require the secretary of health and human services to develop a voluntary registry to collect data on cancer incidents among firefighters. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, and the gentleman from texas, mr. green, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: i thank the speaker and ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material into the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. h.r. 931, the firefighter cancer registry act of 2017, introduced by my friend and colleague on the energy and commerce committee, representative chris collins of new york, who we'll hear from shortly, will create a national registry to collect information to better understand cancer incidents in firefighters. these heroic first responders
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experience occupational health risks every day. in my district it's oftentimes from forest fires like we're having all summer long. this past weekend, i saw firsthand what our firefighters face as they battle a number of fires raging in oregon, putting themselves in harm's way to save property, infrastructure, lives, water sheds, habitats and our forests. i was deeply reminded yesterday morning as awatch -- as i watched some of the news conference that took us back 16 years ago to 9/11. seing the scenes of the buildings collapsing and burning and the people emerging, individual citizens, first responders, caked in dust and toxins and dealing with smoke, you realize just the peril that our first responders often find themselves in and they rush into buildings to save lives and we deeply appreciate what they do. and that's why this legislation is an important step to help
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them. . nationwide we have this problem with our firefighters. they came to us and said we need this registry and, again, going back to the west and what we face and i saw when i flew across the country to come here, not only are there fires and smoke throughout oregon but also all across the west. colorado, montana, wyoming, choked with smoke. close to eight million acres have burned from wildfires this year. more than half a million in oregon in both public and mostly private lands. thousands of residents had to be evacuated. firefighters, of course, stayed behind. they do what they do. multiple studies have shown a correlation between firefighting and cancer. the reasons behind this are not fully understood. we owe it to these first responders to understand the link to cancer and having better data to identify why firefighters are at an increase risk for some cancers will
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hopefully lead to better protective measures and ultimately reduce some of the hazards that they face when putting their lives on the line. so i thank my colleague from new york, mr. collins, for his good work on this measure. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves his time. the gentleman from texas is recognized, mr. green. mr. green: thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. green: mr. speaker, members, i rise in support of h.r. 941, the firefighter cancer registration act of 2017. yesterday, we recognized the 16th anniversary of september 11 terror attacks. the tragic events on that day exhibited the heroism of firefighters and other first responders run toward disaster while the rest of us run away. the long-term health consequences of september 11, including several forms of cancer and chronic respiratory conditions among first responders also serves the
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reminder of the unique health risk firefighters face. as they run into burning buildings and other environments they don't know whether carcinogens or hazardous materials are present. such exposures will cause cancer, the leading among of death among firefighters. my grandfather was a captain in the houston fire department and died from cancer. we don't fully understand the relationship between firefighters and cancer risks. that's why a more comprehensive approach is needed to understand this relationship. h.r. 931, the firefighter cancer registration act, will evaluate a voluntary cancer registration of firefighters to collect data on their cancer risks and outcome related to their job exposures. this registry will inform research into the health risk facing firefighters as well as ways to mitigate such risk. that evidence will allow us to implement new practices and develop new tools to prevent -- protect the health of individuals who courageously
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put their lives at risk and to protect the public. i ask my colleagues to support this legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. and i had you a now like to yield three minutes to the author of this very important legislation, important member of our committee, the gentleman from new york, mr. collins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: i want to thank the chairman. mr. speaker, i come before you in support of my bill h.r. 931, the firefighter cancer registry act. 16 years ago yesterday on september 11, 2001, we witnessed a horrible tragedy that will leave an impression on generations of americans forever. through this tragedy we witnessed the heroic actions of america's brave first responders working and volunteering in the days and weeks that followed. we lost many first responders during those attacks of 9/11, and we continue to lose more every year from ongoing health effects. all firefighters across our
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nation sacrifice their health every day to face the dangers of smoke inhalation and toxic chemicals. these dangers cannot be entirely avoided, which is why this bill, h.r. 931, is so important. this bipartisan legislation takes an important first step towards addressing the detrimental health impact faced by our nation's firefighters. the career of firefighting is a dangerous one. there are nearly 1.2 million men and women serving as firefighters in the united states, and with every single fire they fight, these heroes take their lives into their own hands. firefighters bravely risk their safety to protect our families, homes and our communities. unfortunately, the risks of firefighting surpass the scene of the fire. these men and women exposed to dangerous smoke and chemicals that often result in a lifetime of health trouble. we see firefighters across the united states with higher rates
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of cancer than the general population, and it is vital we learn more about this correlation. that is y i, along with my colleague, representative bill pascrell, introduced the firefighter cancer registry act. this bill will require the c.d.c. to establish a registry to track cancer incidents in the firefighting community. this comprehensive registry will work with fire departments across our nation to include e important variables of the firefighter's career, including years of service, number of fights attended and the types of fires attended. this information is essential o the development of protocols, equipment. firefighters put their lives at risk every day and congress should do all it can to shed light and reduce the health hazards they face. i'd like to commend chairman walden and ranking member pallone of the full committee and chairman burgess and ranking member green of the health subcommittee for a bipartisan showing of support
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during both markups of this legislation. and i cannot think of a morrell vant week to bring this legislation -- more relevant week to bring this legislation to the house floor. i ask my colleagues to support the firefighter cancer registry as we honor the tragic losses of september 11. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. green: mr. speaker, i am prude to year for as much -- i am pride to yield for as much time as he may consume the co-sponsor of the bill, mr. pascrell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pascrell: i rise in strong support of h.r. 931, the firefighter cancer registry act. i want to thank my partner, the gentleman from new york, mr. collins, for introducing this bill and thanks as well to chairman walden, ranking member pallone, dr. burgess, mr. green for helping to shepherd our bill through the energy and commerce committee onto the floor today. as co-chair of the congressional fire services caucus and lead democratic
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sponsor of this bill, i am proud to stand up for the brave men and women of our fire service. it is these individuals who put their lives on the line day in and day out to keep our communities safe. in addition to ensuring that our first responders are prepared in advance of disasters in other emergencies, we must also ensure that they receive the necessary medical care and services after answering the call of duty. when the courageous men and women in the fire services enter dangerous situations, they did not stop to ask whether they subject themselves to long-term health risks. yesterday, across this nation, we honor the first responders that answered the call of duty after the terrorist attacked us on september 11. many of those brave men and women gave their lives, and many more are living with
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long-term health problems stemming from the time they spent at toxic ground zero. as evidence on that day, many before and since, our first responders do whatever is necessary to keep our communities safe. that is why we must have their backs. while we know that firefighters are routinely exposed to a variety of known carcinogens and chaotic -- in chaotic and uncontrolled environments, we do not have a good sense of the full picture of the negative impacts of the exposure. according to the center for disease control and prevention and the national institute of occupational safety and health, firefighters are at higher risk for certain kinds of cancers, including brain cancer, leukemia, lung, kidney cancer when compared with the general population. despite the knowledge we've gained through these studies, many have limited by small
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sample sizes in an underrepresentation of key demographic groups. the first step to finding a solution is understanding the nature of the problem. further public health service on this topic is needed so we can start working to find ways to alleviate the risk. i am pleased h.r. 931 is on the floor today. it would create a national cancer registry for firefighters diagnosed with this deadly disease. the creation of a specialized firefighter cancer registry will provide scientists and medical professionals with the detailed national data that will allow them to study the relationships between firefighters' exposure to dangerous fumes and harmful toxins and the increased risk for several major cancers. in the future, this information could also allow for better protective equipment and prevention techniques to be
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developed. this bill enjoys strong support from five -- from major fire organizations across our nation including international association of firefighters, the congressional fire services institute, the national volunteer fire council, the international association of fire chiefs, the national fallen firefighters foundation, and the new jersey firefighters mutual benevolent association and the international fire services association. taking care of the brave men and women of the fire service is an important task. we cannot delay in getting them the help they need. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues in the house to pass this bill swiftly so we can work on getting it through the senate and onto the president's desk. i thank you and yield back. thank you, sir. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas rerves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i had you a now like to yield two minutes -- i'd now like to yield two minutes to the
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gentleman who helped move this legislation forward and leads our committee on matters of health, the gentleman from texas, dr. burgess. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. burgess: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 931, the firefighter cancer registry act. in 2015, a five-year study of nearly 30,000 firefighters found that these individuals had a greater number of cancer diagnosis and cancer related deaths than match controls in the general population. while this build upon prior studies between firefighting and cancer, the connection is still limited. to improve our ability to alleviate the health risks that these public servants face, representatives collins and pascrell introduced h.r. 931. this will authorize funding for the centers of disease control and prevention to create a national registry for the collection of data pertaining to cancer incidents among firefighters. this national registry will
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fill the void in our understanding of the health risks that our firefighters face and better prepare us to care for them. yesterday did mark the 16th anniversary of the september 11 attacks. we are reminded of the firefighters' willingness to run toward danger to help anyone who is in harm's way. across our country, firefighters answering the call whenever our families or communities are in need. supporting these important public health bills is one way we can give back to these heroes, and i urge all members to join me in supporting h.r. 931. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. green: mr. speaker, we have no further and i'll reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i had you a like to yield two minutes to -- i'd now like to yield two minutes to another important member of our energy and commerce committee, the gentleman from new jersey, who i know had many constituents horribly affected by the tragic
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events of 9/11, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lance. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. lance: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today in very strong support of the firefighter cancer registry act, sponsored by my close friends congressman collins and congressman pascrell. congressman collins has been involved in this -- on this issue for many years. congressman pascrell has spent his entire public career in defense of firefighters. as mayor paterson is a member of the state legislature and more than two decades as a member of congress. this would have the c.d.c. collect incidents of cancer among firefighters. we need this data to help save the lives of the brave heroes who put their lives on the line every day. the c.d.c. will compile critical information like risk factors and the dangers to which firefighters are exposed.
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this information collected on a get tary basis will help better protective and it's fitting we consider this legislation this week as our nation mourns the somber anniversary of the september 11 attacks. this country can never forget the images of firefighters, police, e.m.s. and other first responders initiating rescues and putting themselves in grave danger both during and after the attacks. many lives were lost that day and in the years that have followed from the rescue and recovery work. let's do all we can to make sure this information and best practices are shared so we can protect as many lives as possible. i urge a yes vote and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from texas reserves. . the gentleman from oregon.
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mr. walden: i yield to the gentleman from new york who had constituents affected by the events of 9/11, mr. faso. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. faso: i appreciate the gentleman's yielding -- yielding of time. as we take this week to somberly remember those who lost their livepbs september 11, 2001, it's equally important we remember the first responders who bravely ran toward the tragedy of 16 years ago, who woke up on the next day, on september 12, 2001, still beaten, tired, and bruised, but again walked toward those tragedies. still today, those first responders who heroically risked life and limb run toward tragedies. as americans we owe our first responders a great debt. nor reason, i ask my colleagues to support mr. doll lins' bill, h.r. -- mr. collins' bill, h.r. 931 the firefighters cancer
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registry act which makes important first steps in future cancer research for firefighters who are at disproportionately larger cancer risk. i urge passage of this important legislation and thank the bipartisan co-sponsors of this legislation as well. thank you, mr. speaker and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. mr. walden: we have no more speakers on our side either. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. green: i yield back the balance of our te. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: again, mr. speaker, we all join in thanking our first responders. this is the bleast of -- least of the things we can do to show how much we care about our firefighters and i would encourage our colleagues in the house to support this very important legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to
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house resolution 931. par ton de-- pardon me. the question is to pass the bill h.r. 931 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposedno. the ayes have it. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the resolution is agreed to. he bill is passed. the motion is reconsider is laid n the table.
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for whaturpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? mr. bishop: i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2611. the speaker pro tempore: e clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar 209, h.r. 2611, a bill to modify the boundary of the little rock central high school national his tore tick site and for other purpos. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, and the gentlelady fromhawaii, . hanabusa, will each control minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under nsideration. the speaker pro temporeithout objection. mr. bishop spb i yield the onsor of the legislation, representative hill ofrkansas, five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. hill: i thank t chairman for yieldin
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mr. speaker, 60 years o today all eyesere on south park street, that fronts the beautiful facade of central high school in little rock, arkansas. just days before,rkansas governor orville falvas had called out the tional guard to prevent nine black students from entering the school on september 789 central high and its beautiful neighborhood had become ground zero in the march to end the five-decade legacy of plessy vs. fergon, separate but equal. to bring it to reality. now just over three years after the brown decisn, it was time forction. in a few days, othe 25th of this month, we will celebrate the successful ingration of central high school. when the little rock nine entered the schoo escorted by the troops ofthe 101st airborne.
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it's fitting today, mr. speaker that we pay tribute to the little rock nine, their defenders, and the successful nd to separate but equal. we recognize this important miletone today on this house floor by passing a bill on the suspension calendar that expands the park body of the nional historic si at little rock central high school. this is a historic and important touchstone for all those modern-day history travelers retracing the steps of the civil rights movement. the national historic site visitor center was opened in 2007 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of integration o central gh. today's measure, h r. 2611 ia simple one. extending the park bouies to take into he houses at fronted t school along
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beautiful sth park street so that futureenerations will be able to picture this tranquil street and a tech -- an architecturally significant facade of central high d reflect back to those 21 ds of trauman september, 1957. i thank my colleague who is in our chamber today, civil rights pioneer and courageous actor john lewis for his co-spsorship. i thank r majority leader, chairman bishop, and the natural resources committee, for their expedious treatment of this important measure. and ialuteenator cotton f his leershipn advancing this in the united states senat. i look forward to presint trump signing this bill and again recognizing that we have to embrace our path and learn from our history. i urge my colleagues to support this legistion, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves.
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the gentlelady from haye. ms. -- from hawaii. ms. hanabusa: thank you, mr. speaker. is my honor at this time to yield to the civil rights pioner and legend, representative lewis of georgia, for as muchime as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlem is recognized. mr. lewismr. speaker, i want to thank the gentlelady from hawaii for yielding time. mr. speaker, i rise in strong supportf this bill. i'm proud to join the gentlelady from arkansas, mr. hill, in sponsoring this legislation to update the littl rock central gh school historic site. in 1954, thsupreme court issued a historic dision in the brown vs. board of education case which desegregated our nations publ schools. unfortunely, the lew of the practicenot become the
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of the people overnight. it took the will of brmen anwomen and some very brave children like the ttle rock nine. parents swallowed their fear r their children, strong, ient children put their bodies on the line to force the change that justice demands. the actions changed the heart and the soul of our nation and we mus admit today that our country is a better country and we are a bter people because of tese children. thers and fathers. theeachers. and manyf our citizens. in ltle rock, arkansas leade attempt to desegregate central hi school, the goverr fought
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back and chose to sta on th side of hate andigry. it took a termined mayor, a and arkansas natnal gudo rmy protect these nine teenagers a they etered the school. 1957, mr. speaker, i was 17 years old. and i remeer those days. insred all le of us to sta out, to speak up, and to speak out. my of us started saying if the children in little rock can do what they're doing, w too, can fight. for those of us watching on televisi, listening to the radio and reading the newspaper, we were deeplynspired, we were moved to do something, to say smog. -- someing. said to myself, we need to
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stand the sameway the udents in little rock are standing up. i remember thinking that i could, that i must find a way to get in the way. mr. speaker, central high is and must be preserved for generations yet unborn. i remember very well a few years ago, i visited that school. walked through the halls. there was a young african-american student, president of the stude body, that the principal asked to esort me tough thechool. i feltike i was walking in a speci p, almt a holy place. it brought tears to myyes. du those dark and diffict times, theational historic site became a beacon of hope. an ipirati that we can never give up, can never give ins we
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stve toward people's -- equal rights and justice for all. again, mr. speaker, thank the gentleman from arkaas for oducing is biland irge ll my colleags to stand with the gentleman from ar and the gentlewoman from wa. and pport this piece of legislation. with that, iield bky time. the speakeprtempore: the gentleman from utah. mr. biop: i yield to the ntleman from arkansas, mr. westerman -- mr.s trup. -- >> rse in support ofy colleague's bill that will modify the bary of the little rk centraligh school national hioric site to include seven residences on uth pk street

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