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why was -- why was the distinction -- distinction you drew in that case so important? mr. stras: it's a critical distinction. the role of a judge and role of courts is to decide actual cases and controversy and we had a number of cases. bigging is one. i wrote similar dissentence, where i said this is an abstract controversy. it's a question for the legislature to consider because there's no longer a live case or controversy before us. so i think that sets a theme of about two or three dissentence i have written over time where i said we need to be mindful of our proper role as judges. senator hatch: well, i support both of you and i want to thank both of you for being willing to serve. senator grassley: thank you. senator whitehouse. senator whitehouse: thank you, chairman. and welcome, both nominees. there is a distinction that i would like to try to elucidate that i hope you will both agree with. let me ask first whether you
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agree that we ought not base our -- >> this hearing continues online at c-span.org. the house coming in next. they'll take up a resolution later today requiring anti-sexual harassment training for members of congress and their staff. live house coverage now on c-span. pastor ron dunn, new hope ministries, akron, michigan. the chaplain: let us pray. our father and our god in heaven, we praise you for your goodness to this great nation. giving us blessings far beyond what we deserve. direct the elected leaders of this governing body to meet the many challenges that this nation faces today and in the future. give them wisdom to know what is right and the courage to act upon it. set their feet on the path of your righteousness and peace. strengthen their determination to give witness to these truths
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by the way we should live. give them harmony that puts an end to disunity. love for one another that extinguishes hatred. and compassion that overcomes hostility. and inspire all people to pursue your commandment of love for one another. we pray this in the name of god, the god of abraham, isaac and jacob, and my god, jesus christ. 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. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 he journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mckinley. mr. mckinley: mr. speaker, i ask those in the depalry to our s as we pledge allegiance and fidelity to the country. plan and to the republic for which it stands, one nation
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under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. -- i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from michigan, mr. mitchell, is recognized for one minute. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor pastor ron dunn from akron, michigan, who delivered that wonderful opening prayer. pastor dunn is an ordained bishop with the church of god and senior pastor for new hope ministries of akron, michigan, not ohio. pastor dunn has led new hope ministries to assist those in needs in the akron community. pastor dunn led new hope ministries in assisting them in finding food, clothing, assisted families in sending their children to summer camp. his service and work is truly an compasm for all of us here
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and across the country. pastor dunn is also known in our community as head football coach for the fair grove senior high school. pastor dunn's life of service extends back to his service in the united states army. he's part of operations desert shield and desert storm. mr. speaker, our community and our nation are grateful to pastor dunn's service and sacrifice. it's an honor to welcome him to the capitol today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> mr. speaker, over the thanksgiving holiday week, the state of arkansas and our
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nation lost a devoted public servant with the passing of state senator greg standridge. mr. womack: he was a graduate of russellville high school. he was co-owner of c.s.i. insurance agency in his hometown. longtime active member of first baptist church and member of the russellville booster club. he found time to serve on boards for work force investment, pope county 911, team challenge women's ministry and the pope county fair. he was active with the pope county emergency services rescue unit and was a volunteer firefighter. greg was elected to the arkansas state senate in a special election in 2015 and selflessly dedicated himself to improving arkansas while fighting his long battle with cancer. mr. speaker, as former president george h.w. bush said many years ago, any evaluation
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of having lived a successful life must include a measure of service to others. standridge may have died young at the age of 50 but his life was truly well lived. i join his wife, karen, their children, hunter, lincoln, bree, his mother, jewel, his late father, marvin, his sister and my classmate gina evans and many others in celebrating greg's life. we will always remember his infectious smile that could fill every room. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. gabbard: thank you, mr. speaker. for too long survivors of sexual harassment and assault has been isolated, shamed and
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bullied into silence while their abusers walk away scot-free, with the privilege of anonymity and with no personal or financial accountability. this has been happening right here in congress, in the media, in many sectors in our society. no one, whether it be a capitol hill staffer, a hollywood actor, school teacher, soldier or anyone in any profession, at no time should they have to choose between their job and personal safety. congress needs to act now to end the practice of taxpayer funded sexual harassment settlements, expose perpetrators of sexual harassment and assault and provide a fair and transparent path to justice for survivors. this behavior is absolutely unacceptable. it has no place in congress or in our society. it must end. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition?
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mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, tonight one of the biggest christmas events will take place in new york city, the lighting of the rockefeller center christmas tree. this historic event has ushered in the holiday season since the first official tree lighting in 1933. tonight's event is the 85th tree lighting. while it will be a star-studded event with various entertainers performing on the plaza, the biggest star of all is from state college, pennsylvania. the christmas tree. the 75-foot-tall norway spruce was chosen as the yule tide centerpiece. was trucked into mid town manhattan earlier this month. one was visiting a high school football game and saw a tree from the road and knocked on the homeowner's door to ask about the spruce. he is a penn state college who
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worked for the school district for 15 years. he believes the tree is about 08 years old. mr. speaker, i look forward to state college's star play a starring role in tonight's festivities. merry christmas. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? the gentleman. yeah. sorry. without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. look, i, like every member in this house, think we need to do something about taxes. we need bipartisan tax reform that actually works for everybody, but what the senate passed through committee and what the house passed here a couple weeks ago is not tax reform. it's a great big tax cut
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financed by middle-class americans and huge debt that will be passed on to our kids. it's just not right. we shouldn't do this. just to put points on the board . i mean, if we're going to get this right, we should do it in a bipartisan way. and many of us stand ready to do that. but what this shows, and the facts matter, is that every independent analysis, including our own analysis here in congress, that we have depended on for years, shows that millions, tens of millions, over 80 million middle-class americans will get a tax increase all to finance massive tax cuts for billionaires and corporations, people at the very top of the economy. this is a massive shift of wealth from hardworking americans to people at the very top. we ought to do this right. we ought to do it right.
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we ought to stop this nonsense and go back to the process that we were elected to follow and get this done in a way that's good for all americans. this bill is not that. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from west virginia seek recognition? mr. mckinley: mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mckinley: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to honor dr. robert martino of clarksburg, virginia. he began a unique program generously providing one day of free dental services to local active duty military and their families. he wanted to give back to those who have sacrificed so much, and he's continued to do so each and every year thereafter and has spread this idea throughout his professional network. this day of service has now swept across the nation with over 500 businesses now
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offering our soldiers everything from dental services to accounting. and it's become known as freedom day. that isn't enough. i want to challenge more businesses to participate. isit freedomday.usa.org. freedomday.usa.org to find out how to get involved. dr. martino, thank you for the example you set to america. you're truly a great american. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, native american hair tiff month affords us the opportunity to honor the native american veterans who fought for this great country. mr. o'halleran: i rise today to celebrate the contributions of all native american code talkers. throughout much of the 20th
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century, native american soldiers used their native languages to develop unbreakable codes for military operations. their actions were critical for many allied victories. every day i am reminded of the contributions of the code talkers who served at iwo jima. a tribute to their service hangs in my office. it contains the quote from major howard connor, a signal officer for the navajo code talkers. were it not for the navajos, the marines would not have taken iwo jima. i want to extend my sincere thanks to all the brave code talkers who served our -- with honor and our veterans. one of the founding principles of this country is the celebration of the diversity of its people. when we recognize that, we truly are more -- a more perfect union. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition?
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>> seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. marchant: mr. speaker, last saturday across america was small business saturday, a yearly event that highlights american main street businesses by encouraging consumers to locally shop, shop in their local shops. 45% of all companies in texas are small businesses. they provide jobs to four million texans. they are our neighbors, our family members, and our friends. they provide jobs to more than four million families as well as the four million texans. the tax cuts and jobs act provides small businesses in my north texas district with the lowest tax rates since world war ii, allowing them to invest in their community, hire more
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people and as the national federation of independent business says, this tax bill will lead small businesses into a better position. we highlighted small business last weekend with the tax cut and jobs act. we follow through with that with a tax code built for increased wage and long-term growth. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. himes: i rise to mourn the loss for real bipartisan tax reform. there were lots of democrats, mr. speaker, who were ready to make a deal to make our code simpler and more competitive. there were lots of democrats who would have said, yeah, let's lower rates, but let's do it responseably so we don't
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balloon the deficit and there were lots of democrats that would have said, let's eliminate the incentive for companies to operate abroad. but instead we are where we are today, where we have a bill here and in the senate that will raise taxes on millions of middle-class americans, that will deliver a huge windfall to the wealthiest americans, and which will send a tsunami of cash to american corporations. for what purpose? american corporations today are swimming in cash. they're profitable like never before. there is this fantasy they will hire more people, but let's actually listen to the corporations. cisco, pfizer and coca-cola said they will take this money and they will return it to shareholders as quite frankly they probably should since it's shareholder money. it's not going to go to new jobs and remember, this is the kicker. 35% of shareholders of american corporations are foreigners. this is not a win. this is a loss for the american people. i yield back. .
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, today i rise to recognize the lubbock chamber of commerce and congratulate them in their 2,000-plus members as they gather for their annual awards ceremony this week. for over 100 years the lubbock chamber of commerce has brought these hardworking men and women together to better our community, their commitment to excellence has earned them national recognition as america's first and only chamber to be two-time five-star credited and twice named chamber of the year. mr. arrington: as we say in texas, it ain't bragging if it's true. i want to recognize a few of our hardworking business leaders being celebrated this week. danny soliz, volunteer of the year, kathy tims. business person of the year, entrepreneur of the year.
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congrats to all these folks. congrats to my friend, eddie mcbride, and thank you for their leadership and thanks to all of our small businesses. they are the heartbeat of west texas. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from maine seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. pingree: mr. speaker, i recently sat down with mainers who are terrified of the republican tax plan. in tears, a high school teacher listed the items she purchased for her students in need. under this plan, she'll no longer be able to deduct them. a cancer survivor told me how she now writes off thousands of dollars of medical expenses every year. no more under the tax plan. a recent college graduate wondered how difficult it would be to achieve his career goals while paying off his student loan debt without a deduction for the interest. and a dairy farmer talked about
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a tax exemption that has allowed farmers to have more control over their businesses by forming coops. that's gone under the g.o.p. tax scam. in 10 years one in five mainers will pay more in federal taxes under this plan. their sacrifices and our national debt will pay for generous benefits to massive corporations, foreign investors and the wealthiest of the wealthy. i urge my colleagues to withdraw this thinly veiled handout to the one percenters and bring forth tax reform that will actually benefit the middle class. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor the distinguished career of lordes who has recently retired after 39 years in journalism. a native from my homeland of
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cuba, and a graduate from the university of miami, my alma mater, i got to know lordes as she began her tenure as a writer for the miami herald. where she covered my first election to the florida state house of representatives. in 1987 she joined miami's univision station and shortly after she became the network's d.c. correspondent, reporting to millions of hispanics in the u.s. about important policy issues being discussed in our nation's capital. for over two decades, she interviewed presidents, members of congress, heads of state from both sides of the aisle, and her professionalism has earned her our respect and admiration. lordes will be enjoying her well-deserved retirement in my congressional district. she tells me she never considered journalism to be a career, but rather as an adventure. so to my esteemed amiga, i wish you all the best in your next adventure and i look forward to seeing you in our south florida
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paradise. god speed, lordes. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. mr. schrader: thank you, mr. speaker. $1.5 trillion deficit. that's what this so-called fiscally conservative republican friends of mine want to add to our nation's already huge debt. a debt they decried for many years. a dead that -- debt that according to former chairman of joint chiefs is the greatest threat to our country in the coming decades. there's really no need for that. knob -- none. we can do tax reform that better advantages the middle class and small businesses without adding $1.5 trillion to our debt. by simply making the tax benefits fairer among income groups, you can have growth -enhancing, deficit-neutral tax reform with zero, yeah, zero addition to our debt and
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deficit. if a 25% tax rate is good enough for small businesses, it should be good enough for corporations. there's no need to eliminate the a.m.t. for wealthy americans earning over 2ds50,000. or -- $250,000. or completely eliminate the estate tax. why should wealthy americans get to deduct more working expenses than working men and women? make these types of changes, you can get rid of the gimmicks in the republican bill, benefit the middle class. there's no need to add $1.5 trillion to our debt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight the importance of comprehensive tax reform for our families and businesses.
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it's been nearly 30 years since hardworking americans have seen any significant changes made to our confusing tax code. our current system is broken. i think we all agree on that. taxes are too high. our families and businesses are the ones paying the price. not to mention nobody understands it. two weeks ago i was proud to cast my vote to cut, simplify and reform taxes and now the ball is in the senate's court. thankfully, as of yesterday, legislation has passed both the senate finance committee and the senate budget committee and now we expect a vote in the full senate as early as this week. mr. allen: under the trump administration, we are growing the economy. but nothing can compare to the effect that tax reform will have on jump-starting the economy, expanding small businesses, and creating a job -- createsing jobs. america, it is time -- creating jobs. america, it is time to go back to work. we are now closer than ever to making tax reform a reality. a new reality for families and
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businesses across america who deserve to keep more of their paychecks and have the opportunity to grow their businesses. i believe that we will uphold our important promise to deliver tax reform legislation to president trump's desk soon. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. langevin: 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. langevin: mr. speaker, i rise in recognition of national family caregivers month. care givers are our nation's -- caregivers are our nation's hidden heroes, mr. speaker. they foster family stability and help those with chronic and disabling conditions avoid costly out of home placements. in fact, family caregivers are very often the difference between costly institutional care or staying in their own home. family caregivers not only deserve our respect and gratitude, but also respite from the physical and emotional toll of ensuring their loved ones receive care that they need. but if the caregivers themselves
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aren't taken care -- taking care of their own needs, they won't be effective in taking care of their loved ones. mr. speaker, almost 44 million americans are providing over $470 billion in uncompensated care each year, if we had to put a dollar figure to it. these are our grandparent, parents, spouses, siblings, children, and even our grandchildren. and they are often the life line to accessible, quality care at home. we in congress need to do our part to support these heroes. y passing the caregivers respite act. it's the least we can do in appreciation of the sacrifices these family care givers make each and every day -- caregivers make each and every day. thank you, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor an impressive and dedicated public
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servant in my home county, phil, who is being honored here in washington, d.c., this week. phil is the chief information officer at -- of oakland county and has been recognized as the 2017 public official of the year by governing magazine. phil has spent most of his career handling technology issues for the county and has most notably spear headed a program to help smaller communities gain access to better technology. mr. bishop: in 2011 phil created the process online allowing smaller governments to take advantage of the county's state-of-the-art computing services through g to g cloud solutions. due to phil's hard work and dedication, the county's g to g cloud solutions now provides services to 82 agencies in michigan. and 721 users throughout the united states. phil's experience and innovation -- innovative mindset has earned the county national recognition as a tech leader. being named as the second most digitally advanced county in the
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country. mr. speaker, i'm honored to congratulate phil on being recognized as the 2017 public official of the year. i would like to personally recognize and thank him for his tireless efforts and unwavering dedication to the community. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, please. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. what do these people have in common? number one, a teacher who buys a prom dress for her students. a teach who are buys crayons and pencils for her students. a teach ever who -- a teach who are buys packages of paper -- teacher who buys packages of paper for his students? mr. boustany: my mom who calls me -- mrs. bustos: my mom who calls me and says, don't let them cut my medicare. the person who has a heart attack or is paying hard-earned
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money for his or her cancer treatment. none of those people will be able to write off their medical expenses, their educational expenses. my mom and the other seniors will see a $25 billion cut in medicare. what they have in common is that this tax scam will hurt all of them. as opposed to the folks who are the richest among us, the corporations who are doing very, very well. they'll see the tax benefits. this is not a tax plan, it is a tax scam. and our people that we serve deserve better. thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> i request to address the house for one minute, without objection, i ask -- i request to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to condemn the out-of-control president obama-appointed bureaucrats over at the consumer financial protection bureau. mr. harris: the cfpb has always been notorious for its questionably illegal agenda but the agency and its leadership crossed the line last week when its director resigned. before he left, he attempted to circumvent the president's authority by illegally appointing another bureaucrat to replace him, but instead president trump, under the vacancies act, appointed mr. mick mulvaney to temporarily head the c.b.c. instead of allowing mr. -- cfbb. instead of allowing him to get the cfpb working again, that bureaucrat tried to stage a coup against the president and mr. mulvaney by taking the president to court. mr. speaker, partisan career bureaucrats will do anything they can to discredit the president and block his policy agenda. this behavior is exactly why president trump ran for office in the first place. we need to drain the swamp and
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let's start with the crp. i applaud our -- cfpb. i applaud our jish system. we cannot allow petty partisan politics over at cfpb to obstruct our government's ability to govern. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, as congress careens toward passage of a massive rewrite of our tax code, we ought to look at the process that got us here. this tax bill has seen no hearings, no expert testimony, and absolutely no honest efforts to build bipartisan support. this is a terrible shame and the result is a terrible sham. who are the ones calling the shots on this tax bill? mr. sarbanes: the corporate lobbyists and the big money donors who will make out like bandits. they are the ones who will walk away with a smile on their face and money in their pockets.
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meanwhile, millions of hardworking americans will see their taxes increase under this plan. the latest numbers from the c.b.o. says that 82 million americans will be worse off. a good tax plan would be trying to address widening wealth and income inequality in our country. a good tax plan would be seeking to invest in our people and our infrastructure. it would seek to help working families and build up the middle class. but this plan does the opposite. mr. speaker, i urge my republican colleagues to pull the plug on this tax proposal that is of, by and for the wealthy and well-connected. we can and we must do better for all americans. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? . without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to
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honor the men and women who deliver the mail in rural america. the work is not easy. as the national rural letter carriers association notes, these carriers are essentially post offices on wheels providing many of the same services to rural residents that urban dwellers take for granted. mr. westerman: one such rural carrier was larry of arkansas. larry was my mail man for more than 25 years. as many rural letter carriers can attest, he was a part of the family. he knew my wife and children just as we knew his family. he was an integral part of our community and played an important role in the lives of rural garland county residents. simply put, larry was a friend to everyone. just as larry was a friend to all, he was also a faithful christian and family man. through his service at just 54 he had made an important and lasting impact in his community as many rural letter carriers do. that is why it was especially sad when we received word of his untimely passing last week.
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in the pain and grief of des, we remember christ, i am the resurrection and life. who believes in me -- may we strive to do diligence with a smile and positively impact our community as larry impacted his. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, in a year where we were dealing with health care, immigration and, yes, taxes, i'm very pleased by the volumes of mail that i have gotten from my constituents on all of those issues. mrs. davis: i will tell you the one issue that my constituents have contacted me the most on -- net neutrality. i hear from young people and college students, many who have been calling for the first time, about wanting an internet
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that's free from the meddling of a few large internet providers. as we know, the internet is perhaps one of the most important advances of our time. it is a tool that allows citizens to connect from all over the country and even the world and improves the quality of life. from elementary to graduate level students, all will be affected if the title 2 regulations from changed. from the student finishing home work to military families keeping in touch, we need a free and open internet. so why attack an institution that benefits millions for the gain of a few big cable companies? please join me in contacting the f.c.c. to tell them net neutrality matters to our constituents and it certainly matters to all of us. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: mr. speaker, this past weekend as americans across this country were enjoying thanksgiving with their families, over 385 americans were victims of gun violence. so what is the response of the house republican leadership? advancing the misguided concealed carry reciprocity act. that would eviscerate state laws meant to keep people safe from gun violence. this bill being marked up today in the judiciary committee would put lives at risk by forcing all states to recognize weapon permits from other states regardless of how lax state permitting laws they may be. house republicans have no right to curtail the safety reforms
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that new york and other states have put in place to protect their citizens. that's why law enforcement organizations from across this country strongly oppose this legislation. it should never come to the floor. americans deserve a better deal and more protection from gun violence, not less. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. velazquez: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in honor of a man whose heroic legacy must never be fore goten. a time when -- never be forgotten. a rabbi helped the people from slovakia from the horrors of the nazi regime. forming an underground organization called the working group, he led an effort to bribe german officials,
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ultimately succeeded to delay mass deportation. we cannot emphasize enough the great personal risk that the rabbi took on. had he bribed the wrong official or approach a hitler supporter, he would have been killed. yet, despite the real danger, he persevered and demonstrated an unyielding determination to stop the slaughter of the innocent. in 1945, he reached the shores of america, ultimately settling in new york. even after the war he worked to improve holocaust survivors' lives, establishing the first jewish campus in america. mr. speaker, the rabbi is truly -- he helped those who were desperate. it's only appropriate we honor him with the highest civilian honor, a congressional gold medal. i urge my colleagues to join me in paying tribute to his legacy
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by co-sponsoring h.r. 2740. i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. ms. wilson: mr. speaker, i rise to share sad news from my district. miami is mourning the loss of another young american hero who died while serving our great nation. specialist carlton butler of north miami who was just 22 years old was found dead at fort bragg in north carolina last saturday evening. assigned ratrooper, to 505th parachute infantry
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regiment. the circumstances of his death are under investigation and are very troubling to me and to his family. like sergeant johnson, my constituent who was killed last month during an ambush in ni jer, specialist butler made a positive impression during his short tenure in the military. and like sergeant johnson' family, sergeant butler's family is left wondering why and how their soldier's life ended in such a suspicious manner. they have many questions and so do i. i am determined to help get the answers they need to heal. both families, they need answers in order to heal. i will not stop pushing until these families are satisfied. when such devastating losses occur, we owe it to them to find the answers as quickly as possible. we really don't know.
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we are investigating. we can't say that. these answers are not acceptable. we seek the truth and our military families deserve the truth. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. waters: thank you very much. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the tax bill being debated in the senate. under this bill 2027, those making $1 million and over will see the biggest tax cuts. all the while, by 2021, families earning just $10,000 to $30,000 would start seeing their taxes increase. by 2027, taxes would increase for all americans earning
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$75,000 a year or less. the senate bill repeals a vital part of obamacare and would lead to increased premiums and 13 million people becoming uninsured. this bill is disastrous for america. california and my district. in 2027, california residents will suffer for an over $12 billion tax increase. i urge my senate colleagues to oppose the g.o.p. tax bill. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the chair lays before the house the following communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, sir, this letter is to inform you that due to my election to the committee on homeland security, i am resigning my seat on the committee on small business.
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it has been a privilege and an honor to serve with chairman chabot and address the issues facing small businesses in our country. i look forward to continuing to serve small businesses and my constituents in other capacities. signed sincerely, don bacon, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resignation is accepted. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from wyoming seek recognition? ms. cheney: i send to the desk a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: borpt -- the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 634, the following named are elected to the following standing kebs to the house of representatives, committee on foreign affairs, mr. curtis, committee on small business, mr. curtis. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from wyoming seek recognition? ms. cheney: mr. speaker, by the direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 631 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 105. house resolution 631. resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 3017, to amend the comprehensive environmental response, compensation, and liability act of 1980 to re-authorize and improve the brownfields program, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115- 40 shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to
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final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on energy and commerce, and two, one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 3905, to require congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument designation involving the national forest system lands in the state of minnesota, to provide for the renewal of certain mineral leases in such lands, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-41 shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any
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further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on natural resources, two, the further amendment printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, if offered by the member designated in the report, which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order, shall be considered as read, shall be separately debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to a demand for a division of the question, and three, one motion to recommit with or without nstructions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from wyoming is recognized for one hour. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. i now yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, pending which i
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yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks . the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i rise in support of house resolution 631, which provides a closed rule for consideration of h.r. 3017, the brownfields enhancement, economic, redevelopment and re-authorization act of 2017. and a structured rule for h.r. 3905, minnesota's economic rights in the superior national forest act. mr. speaker, brownfields refers normally to abandoned, closed, industrial properties that may be contaminated because of their prior use. these sites often represent a tremendous amount of untapped economic potential. however, developing that potential is complicated by the presence of hazardous substances or contaminants. the environmental protection agency has estimated that there are more than 450,000 brownfields in the united
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states. . the brownsfield program has enjoyed broad bipartisan support and has been critical in converting these vacant cites into tax generating properties and eventually well-paying jobs for american citizens. of may 1, 2017, the program has assessed that 26,722 sites, d they've leveraged over 124,760 jobs. on average, mr. speaker, over $16 is leveraged for every e.j.: brownfields dollar spent -- every e.p.a. brownsfield dollar spent. states all over the country have benefited from this grant program. in my home state of wyoming, we put brownfield grants to use in cities like casper, cheyenne, sheridan, evans -- evanston, laramie and dubois. brownfield sights -- sites have been revitalized using these
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funds in places like the minute maid park in houston, texas, development in the neighborhoods around danville, illinois, and the grijalva park at santiago center in orange county, california. the brownfields program has been expired, mr. speaker, since 2006. and it's high time we re-authorize this critically important grant program. the brownsfield program has enabled local communities to clean up and repurpose vacated sites, utilizing them for meaningful economic development. mr. speaker, the rule we consider today also provides for consideration of a very important bill, h.r. 3905. minnesota's economic rights in the superior national forest act, which was introduced by my colleague from minnesota, mr. emmer. h.r. 3905 requires congressional approval of any mineral
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withdrawal or monument designation involving the national forest system lands in the state of minnesota. and provides for the renewal of certain mineral leases in those lands. this is necessary, mr. speaker, because in the final hours of the obama administration the administration withdrew hundreds of thousands of acres in minnesota from mineral development and improperly terminated two federal mineral leases. the effect of this decision halted potential mining projects in minnesota, robbing the region of 650 direct and 1,300 indirect jobs, as well as the tax revenue for the -- the mining operation would bring. mining jobs, mr. speaker, are good, high-paying jobs. the average mining wage in minnesota is roughly $25,000 a year higher than the average wage in the state. coming from a state where we mine more coal than any state in the nation, i understand and appreciate the economic
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development mining projects can bring to a region. we also understand the burden that can be imposed by working with the federal government on these projects in wyoming. roughly half my state, mr. speaker, is comprised of federal lands. and receiving the appropriate authorizations to drill or mine on these lands can be a lengthy and cumbersome process that delays probablies for many years -- projects for many years. ultimately, mr. speaker, we must improve our federal regulatory process so we can better harelse in the vast natural resources we have in our country. while still protecting and conserving our environment. therefore, mr. speaker, i encourage support for the rule for these important bills and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from wyoming reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentlelady from wyoming for the customary 30 minutes. and i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker,
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today's rule provides for the consideration of two bills. the first piece of legislation, h.r. 3017, is a bipartisan compromise to extend the e.j.: -- e.p.a.'s brown fields program. the successful brownfield program assists communities across this country in cleaning up contaminated sites to reduce pollution and health risks and spur economic development. although funding for this program has enjoyed broad support over the years, its authorization lapsed in 2006, 11 years ago. it is certainly long past time for this important program to be re-authorized and i appreciate the work of republicans and democrats on both the energy and commerce and transportation and infrastructure committees in coming together to produce this legislation. mr. speaker, this is how the process is supposed to work. there was a hearing and there was a markup. now, youshy -- i should say for the record the majority could have issued an open rule instead of a closed rule but i'm not
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even going to criticize that today, mr. speaker. because experts on this issue came together to negotiate in a bipartisan manner and the result is a good piece of legislation which i look forward to voting for later this week. i want to commend mr. mckinley and mr. tonko, mr. pallone and all those who worked together. and i just want to say for the record, as one who routinely gets up here and criticizes the majority for issuing closed rules and structured rules all the time, i do so not just as a knee jerk reaction to what they've produced in the rules committee. i do it because usually they do closed rules and structured rules to basically stifle a deliberative process. they do so to shut off debate and to shut out other people's opinions. and quite frankly, the majority's records on rules is abysmal. but in this case, what we are doing is bringing forward something that represents a
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bipartisan process. and i just wish this wasn't an anomaly. i wish that the majority would understand that in the house of representatives, the views of democrats are just as important as the views of republicans. and if you want to get things done, you need to come together in the spirit of compromise and work together for the good of the american people. not just for the good of one political party, not just so you can issue a press release, not just so you can play gotcha games. but actually to produce things that are meaningful. if the republican leadership would drop their all or nothing approach to governing more often, support genuine bipartisan negotiations and compromise, and open up the process on all pieces of legislation, both minor and substantial, we might be able to get something done around here. maybe would have more than 12 bills of any sort of real significance signed into law in a year. mr. speaker, this rule also brings to the floor legislation, i'm sad to say, that would do
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irreparable thoorm our federally protected land -- harm to our federally protected land to allow a company to use a half century old lease to mine right next door to the boundary water canoe area wilderness. h.r. 3905 would allow a chilean mining company, which is facing tens of millions of dollars in fines from the chilean government for their failure to protect nearby water resources, the ability to mine just upstream of pristine u.s.-protected land. this is all based on a 50-year-old lease. a lease that didn't go through any environmental review because nepa didn't exist yet. there are members of this chamber who weren't even born when this lease was signed. my colleagues in the majority will claim that this bill will help create jobs. well, what about the 22,000 jobs that the local protected land already supports? what will happen to those jobs when the water is so polluted
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that no one can visit the recreational area around the mine? the truth is this isn't about jobs. it's about helping a few rich owners of mining companies line their pockets at the expense of the environment. in fact, the recipient of this republican handout is a ubsidiary of a chilean company which is controlled by chilean by a chilean billionaire. and get this. he just happens to be the landlord of ivanka trump and jared kushner. prup's -- president trump's daughter and son-in-law and senior advicers to the president trump white house. you cannot make this stuff up. this is part of a pattern of sketchy deals and questionable business contacts involving the president, his family, and their closest advisors. earlier this month we learned that president trump and his family made millions through a
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hotel in panama financed by colombian drug cartels and the russian mafia. we still don't even know how these -- how these new deals will boost president trump's income or how his family profits off of the presidency because we're 312 days into his presidency and we still haven't seen his tax returns. i mean, imagine if they were hillary clinton. imagine if this were barack obama. imagine the screams on the other side of the aisle demanding transparency and an open process. but when it comes to covering up all these sketchy deals on behalf of this president of the united states, silence. president trump promised to drain the swamp. but instead he's created a cesspool. there are so many conflicts of interest this administration is on a collision course with corruption. mr. speaker, we have only six legislative days left before the government runs out of money. but the speaker of the house
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thinks another corporate handout this time to jared kushner and ivanka trump's landlord, is the most pressing issue that need to be resolved in congress this week -- needs to be resolved in congress this week. if the speaker wants suggestions of things we ought to focus on this week, i know democrats in this chamber have a few. i'll give you an example. democrats think we should be debating a funding bill to avert the coming shutdown on december 8 when the temporary spending bill expires. democrats want a debate -- to debate and pass the dream act, ending the turmoil this president has caused by upending the lives of 800,000 young immigrant dreamers and their families. democrats want to extend the children's health insurance program known as chip and community health centers whose authorization expired two months ago. democrats think we ought to debate flood insurance re-authorization, which expires on december 8. democrats want to pass additional hurricane relief to help those who are still
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recovering from devastating hurricanes in texas, florida and puerto rico. democrats want to address funding for the vets choice program, which is set to run out of money before the end of the year. but instead here we are considering yet another ridiculous extreme anti-environment bill. mr. speaker, my friends on the other side of the aisle love talking about returning this country to the way it used to be. i've seen the make america great again stickers on many of their cars. i can think of no pastime more important, more significant to our national heritage, and identity, than our wilderness and protected areas. my friends and colleagues who have spent time in the boundary waters tell me how stunning it is. they say it's one of the most beautiful places in our country. and we're going to risk polluting this national treasure with copper sulfate acid drainage running into the streams that feed the boundary waters? worse yet, this bill makes these mining leases impossible to
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overturn ever. even should the bureau of land management conclude its environment assessment and rule against further mining in this protected national forest. this is a slippery slope. if we continue to allow corporations to pillage our federally protected wilderness areas, then we're opening the door to irreversible daniel. what's next? -- damage. what's next? clear cutting in yellowstone forest? oil drilling off the coast of acadahia national park? mr. speaker, i beg my republican friends to drop this assault on our public lands and urge the leadership of this house to bring up the urgent bills and priorities that we need to deal with before adjourning in less than three weeks' time. so i'm going to urge my colleagues to oppose this rule and to oppose efforts that will further degrade our natural resources and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: i think it's clear
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to be clear what this does. it does not eliminate environmental requirements. in fact, it will only allow mining as long as those strict environmental requirements are met. what it does do is allow minnesotans, allow minnesota itself, to advance its state and local economy. i applaud my colleague from massachusetts' commitment and dedication to working together to try to come up with solutions about things like, for example, funding the government. and i would just point out that if democrats were in fact so dedicated to working with republicans to fund the government, to begin to come to a solution, to come to an agreement, perhaps their leadership would have shown up yesterday at the white house to have the meetings and the discussions about funding the government. it's awfully hard to claim that you're dedicated and committed to that concept and then you don't even have leaders who show up to the key meetings. and i would also point out, mr. speaker, my colleague has called our bills and our process here ridiculous and extreme. i can't help but note that what is truly ridiculous and extreme, mr. speaker, are the massive
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increases in obamacare premiums that my constituents all across wyoming are now facing. my constituents are now facing a situation because of obamacare, because of this health plan that was supposed to provide coverage for everybody, low-cost coverage for everybody, that was supposed to guarantee access, guarantee if you liked your doctor you could keep him or her, guarantee that you would be able to afford health care, my constituents are now facing premiums that will bankrupt them. they are now receiving bills that demonstrate that their premiums next year, for example, for a retired married couple of two, the lowest amount that they can pay under the obamacare bronze plan is $2,700 a month. that is absolutely unsustainable and that is what is ridiculous and extreme. what we're doing today is making sure that we pass legislation that re-authorizes the important brownfield program, that restores rights to the state of minnesota, and, mr. speaker, it is now my pleasure and my privilege to yield two minutes
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to the sponsor of h.r. 3017, the gentleman from west virginia, mr. mckinley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from west virginia is recognized for two minutes. . mr. mckin ln-ily: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of the rule of h.r. 3017, the brownfield inhandsment economic redevelopment and re-authorization act of 2017. i am proud to be the sponsor of this bill which has broad bipartisan support, as you have been hearing about. will re-authorize the very successful e.p.a. program, brownfield program for the first time since it was enacted. like my colleague last night, -- will re-authorize the very colleague, mr. woodall, said last night in the rules committee. even though the brownfield site program is something that we all support and the brownfields are something we all have in our districts, working out the details of legislation like this is not easy. but the fact that we're here
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today with colleague, mr. a com bipartisan bill, and no amendment speaks volumes how much support there is for h.r. 3 017 and the brownfield program. there is no dispute that the e.p.a. brownfield program has been a success. as you just heard from the ntlelady from wyoming, the program has resulted in over 27,000 properties be reassessed to start this them on the road to be cleaned up. it has resulted in over 129,000 new jobs. over the life of the program the federal government has invested -- has resulted in over $25 billion in leveraged private investment. this is a program we all should support. should encourage our colleagues on the appropriation committee to fully fund this
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program in the future. h.r. 3017fidence that will make the brownfield program even more successful. i urge my colleagues in support of the rule and vote for h.r. 37 will make the passage. i want to thank the my committee al chairman, john shimkus, for his work and the staff's work in bringing this bill together in a compromise fashion. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady reserves. gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i would like to respond to my colleague from wyoming. when she raised the issue of why our democratic leaders didn't show up to the meeting at the white house. maybe she didn't catch the president's tweet in which the president made it very clear he didn't see a deal. and i'm glad our leaders didn't show up because they are not props and we in the minority are not props, either. to be rolled out to give the appearance of bipartisanship. or give the appearance that somehow you're working with us when you are not. the president showed his hand.
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he had no interest in a deal. no interest in working with us. i would say that's one of the problems in this house of representatives. the reason why we're not more productive in getting things done and producing real legislation to help the american people is because there is no bipartisanship. very little. i made one exception to the issue on this brownfields legislation, but on the big bills, nothing. the gentlelady brought up the affordable care act. what was her solution to the affordable care act? what was the republican majority's solution to making the affordable care act better? i mean bringing a bill to the floor under the most closed process that you can possibly imagine, a bill that would throw 23 million americans off of health insurance. what are my friends thinking? when people talk about health care reform and improving the affordable care act, they talk about lowering prices. they talk about more accessibility. they talk about more people
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getting coverage. what the republicans brought to the floor was a bill that would throw 23 million americans off of health insurance. that's their solution. away essential benefits protection for people who desperately need health insurance to deal with this opiate away essential crisis he bunch of other things -- crycy, and a whole bunch of other things. we don't want any lectures about what's extreme and ridiculous in this house of representatives. the way the majority conducts business in this house is extreme and ridiculous. the legislation, whether it is heir attempt to repeal the affordable care act or even this tax bill that's a giveaway to corporate special interests and is going to raise taxes on people earning $100,000, that's extreme. that is wrong. so, mr. speaker, i would just say to my republican friends, again, if you want to get things done, if you want to work with us, you got to treat us as more
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than just props. you have to enter into good faith negotiations. i would say if you did that, we actually might get some things done around here that might improve the quality of life of everybody in this country. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentlewoman from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: thank you, mr. speaker. i would just note in response to my friend and colleague from massachusetts that if the gentleman's leaders are so fragile that they are scared off tweet, then probably they need some new leaders. i don't suspect that his argument really is they couldn't go to the meeting tweet, then p need some new leaders. i don't suspect that his argument really is they couldn't go to the meeting because they were scared because of a tweet. we do need to work together to get things done. we're hard at work doing that. and in that regard, mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, the chairman of the environment subcommittee who oversaw this bill, mr. shimkus. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for two minutes. mr. shimkus: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. shimkus: thank you, mr.
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speaker. thank you to the chairman and my good friend, mr. mcgovern, for the kind words on what we did here was simple. not always simple to get the legislative process. but what we attempted to do was re-authorize a bill that hadn't been authorized, appropriated dollars were being spent, it's been the focus of the republican congress to make sure we re-authorize programs. we do that to fix things that have gone wrong over the years or how a changing environment has occurred. so the last time the bill was really authorized was 2002. so fast forward 15 years, things changed. the authorization amount was set. we spend more than the authorization amount was spent. and so people love this program. but we've got to update it to the modern days. we need to fix some of the items. so those are reflected in this
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bill and i appreciate the rules committee hearing the debate, addressing some of the concerns, and deciding that this bill can come to the floor and as it was stated, no amendments were offered to debate on this floor. which i think is a great process. simply put, you can look -- i have a friend from houston, texas, who is very proud of the citeon astros, and he will minute maid park. minute maid park is on a brownfield. if you looked at the world series and you saw that beautiful facility, well, that's the result of the brownfields program. that now we're trying to update and fix. even the stats are pretty clear. a $16 return for every dollar we put in at the federal level. that's a great return on investment. a jobs are increased by every
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projection. and even local land values around the brownfields, the property values, increase around them. so this and more will be debated and discussed when we bring the bill to the floor tomorrow. this helps us do that. i'll end on -- if the gentlelady would give me one additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. shimkus: the other thing i'll end on, i know we'll have a lot of debate and frustration and controversy, this did go through regular order. we had a hearing. we had a subcommittee mark as mr. mcgovern mentioned. we had a full committee mark. we invested with our democrat colleagues. they brought some ideas. me were accepted, some rejected, some of the ones that we had they rejected. and we have a pretty good product to bring as part of thi rejected, some of the ones rule. i would ask my colleagues to support the rule so we can bring the bill to the floor. i thank my colleagues on the rules committee for making it happen. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i want to again respond to my colleague from wyoming. when she again raised the issue why our leaders didn't show up to the white house. it's not because they have a fragile ego. it's because they didn't want to aste their time. it's because they didn't want to be a prop or there for a photo-op. they are actually focused on trying to do the it's because they people's business. and they are tired of the gamesmanship. if the gentlelady would talk about fragile ego, i suggest she observe the behavior of the man in the oval office. this is a guy who gets into a twitter war with the basketball players' father. i would say that -- i would just respectfully urge my republican colleagues now is the time for intervention. because we have serious business to deal with in this country. of war and sues peace.
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there are issues of domestic security. there are issues of economic ecurity that we have to deal with. instead we're dealing with constant nonsense coming out of the white house. so it is time for the republican majority to intervene and to say to the president, enough is enough. mr. speaker, for weeks tax experts have been reporting that the republican tax plans would raise taxes on millions of middle class families in order to cut taxes for the wealthy and corporations. their proposed legislation made directly -- may directly benefi with. instead we're dealing with constant nonsense president trump and his family members to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. according to independent analysis. president trump has denied this. stating he would be a bigger loser if the house g.o.p. tax bill is approved. well, without his tax returns, we simply have no way of knowing exactly how much president trump stands to gain from the tax bill. the american people deserve to know whether or not our president is directly benefiting from legislation that would hurt millions of americans. mr. speaker, if we defeat the
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previous question, i will offer an amendment to the rule to up representative eshoo's bill, h.r. 305, which would require presidents and major party nominees for the presidency to release their tax returns. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: withou bill, h.r. objection. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, as i have -- stated earlier, there are so many conflicts of interest in this administration. and especially with this president. this administration is on a collision course with corruption. it is time for democrats and republicans to stand up and to be united and to demand a little sunshine on what the reality is. to discuss our proposal i would yield three minutes to the distinguished gentlewoman from california, ms. eshoo. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from
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engaging in personalities tortsdz the president -- towards the president. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. eshoo: i thank the gentleman for yielding time to me. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the rule and i urge my colleagues to defeat the previous question so that the house can vote on my bipartisan legislation, the presidential tax transparency act. this bill codifies the long-standing, bipartisan tradition of presidents and presidential nominees disclosing their tax return information to the american people. the republican majority and the president can currently working in overdrive to pass a distorted tax bill that will raise the taxes on 82 million middle class families. it takes one's breath away. i and many others have spoken at
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length about the harm this bill will do to the middle class from targeting the mortgage interest deduction to raising the cost of higher education and graduate students and student loans, to limiting the deduct ict of state and -- deductibility of state and local taxes. at a time when our country is recovering from several natural disasters, including major wildfires in california, where 14,000 californians have lost their homes, the house-passed bill eliminates the deduction for personal property losses resulting from natural disasters. which i find to be especially cruel. while it's very clear that the republican tax bill will harm the middle class, it's less clear how the bill will benefit one taxpayer in particular. if he pays any taxes. the president of the united states of america. mr. trump is the wealthiest president in our nation's
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history. but he's also the only president going back to gerald ford and all presidents moving forward, that voluntarily put out their tax returns. 's the only one to refuse to release his tax returns. a lapse in disclosure that is made all the more troubling given his all out push for tax cuts for the wealthiest at the expense of the middle class and others in our country. how can americans have any confidence in what's going on? they are not fools. they understand that we're swimming around in conflicts of interest. and nothing is being done about it. today republicans have an opportunity. while we cannot know exactly how the republican tax bill will benefit the president, until he releases his tax returns, we can be sure that this tax bill,
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which is skewed towards the top 1%, will benefit the billionaire commander in chief and his family. what an example for the american people. the republican tax bill cuts the tax rate for so-called pass-through businesses, which is how many of the trump family's businesses are structured -- mr. mcgovern: i yield an additional minute. >> i thank the gentleman. how their businesses are structured. ms. eshoo: cluing -- including hotels, golf courses and real estate developments. specifically the tax rate for passive business income, which is derived from licensing, royalties and other arrangements that the trump organization specializes in, will be cut from 39.6% to 25% in the republican tax scam bill. that same bill also repeals the
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alternative minimum tax which we know from trump's leaked 2005 tax returns forced him to pay an additional $26 million in taxes that year. without the a.m.t. he is completely off the hook and would essentially have a measly 3% effective tax rate. another great example for the american people. it's no wonder they don't trust washington, d.c. lastly, the republican tax bill doubles the estate tax exemption to 22 -- $22 million and guess who wins again? mr. trump. mr. speaker, only with full disclosure the president's tax returns -- of the president's tax returns will we know how much he and his family will benefit from this republican tax scam. and that's why i urge my colleagues to stand up for transparency, listen to the will of the american people, and vote on this bipartisan legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have a tough job. they've got to argue for policies that have failed. argue for policies that we've actually had to live through the failure of those policies over the last eight years. my colleague on the rules committee from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, asked to us imagine if hillary clinton were president. imagine if barack obama were president. mr. speaker, we don't have to imagine. we lived through barack obama's presidency. we know that we would be today living through completely stagnant growth, a strangled military unable to meet its commitments around the world, out-of-control federal agencies. a federal government that believed that it had an obligation to run every aspect of people's lives across this country. and at the same time the federal government telling people that they were forced to purchase insurance they didn't want and they didn't need. and we know that that has failed. we know that the whole system that the democrats believed would work in terms of bringing health care costs down
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fundamentally failed. you cannot force people into the insurance pools. the concept was if you forced the young healthy people in, would you drive costs down for everybody. that's not what happened. so i have sympathy for them because it is a tough job that they're undertaking. but it's very important that we argue based on the facts on this floor, mr. speaker. and in fact the tax bill that i hope will come back from the senate, the tax bill that we passed out of the house and one that we will take to conference, reduces taxes for the middle class. reduces taxes for families all across this country. doubles the standard deduction. takes important steps towards making real, what we know to be true, which is that taxpayer dollars don't belong to the government, mr. speaker. taxpayer dollars belong to the american people. and if we allow people to keep more of their ownmen money, they will invest that money -- more of their own money, they will invest that money, they'll create jobs. that's how we're going to get this economy going and continue the expansion and economic growth that we've seen just since this president came into office. mr. speaker, with that i'd like to yield two minutes to the
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gentleman from minnesota, mr. lewis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. lewis: thank you, mr. chairman. i sincerely hope that our friends on the other side of the aisle will soon get over their obsession with the 2016 election and actually work with the majority ognjen win tax reform, genuine health care -- on genuine tax reform, genuine health care reform. to expand employment opportunities for my home state of minnesota, employers in the mining, energy, infrastructure and manufacturing industries have been struggling to invest in projects and employees over the last eight years. in fact, when a business finally figures out a way to go forward, determining the economic feasibility of a project, decides to invest, why then the federal government comes in and changes the rules, forcing them back to square one. minnesota is all too familiar with this process. last ditch, federal bureaucratic
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decisions are costing our citizens thousands of well paying jobs. it's costing many minnesotans their way of life. over the past 100 years, congress has studied and voted on where mining should and should not take place. minnesota has a proud history of protecting the state's natural beauty, while also encouraging safe mining, providing jobs for our citizens, especially in the northeastern part of the state. that's why they call it the iron range. we now have private companies that are willing to invest in innesota, employ our constituents, and what has the federal government done? they've put up a roadblock without congressional intent or input. the federal government is proposing to unilaterally ban mineral exploration and development on 235,000 acres of land that was meant to provide jobs in our state. mr. speaker, this bill, congressman emmer's bill, does not undo environmental studies. the bill does not fast track
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mining. it doesn't even approve a mine. it simply is a vote to let the state of minnesota review and approve mining operations based on each individual's project's merits and impacts. that's why the labor international union of north america supports the bill, international union of operating engineers, a number of business organizations. i would ask for 30 more seconds. ms. cheney: i yield an additional 30 seconds. louis louis north america's building -- mr. lewis: north america's building institution. they all support this. congress has always respected what activities should be allowed to occur in the several states. this legislation makes certain the public and the state of minnesota retain that authority. that's why i'm proud to vote in favor of this rule and eventual passage of the miner act that a louis minnesotans more -- that allows minnesotans more
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opportunity. thank you and i yield the remainder of my time to the chairman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. i just want to say to my colleague from wyoming, you know, she talks about this great tax bill that the republicans have proposed. i would call her attention to an article in "politico" today of h said that 8%, 8% americans believe that the senate should take the republican house-passed tax bill and enact it as-is. 8%. i don't know how much lower you can get. i thought my friends' health care bill was, you know, had terrible ratings. i think it was like 17% of the american people supported it. i don't know how you can walk around and be proud of what you're trying to do here when not only the majority, the vast majority of people don't want what you're selling. they believe that these policies
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will be harmful. we're supposed to be, you know, the house of representatives, the people's house. not the house of corporations. to give out special deals to mining companies or to pass tax bills that benefit corporations at the expense of middle class families or to pass health care reform that's a giveaway to insurance companies and rips away health coverage for millions of people. i mean, come on. and, mr. speaker, as i said, you know, we believe in transparency on this side of the aisle. and we need to know what's behind some of these proposals in this tax bill. to find out who's benefiting and who's not. we know a lot of middle class families will not benefit. they're going to see their taxes increase. but we'd like to know whether or not this president is going to benefit and i would like to now yield three minutes to the gentleman from missouri, mr. clay. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. clay: i thank my colleague from massachusetts for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today to
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offer a special welcome to the president of the united states as he visits my home state of missouri. which has a great need for brownfield remediation. i understand that president rump's visit will focus on the indefensible, reckless republican tax scam that will raise taxes on millions of middle class families. it will rob seniors, punish students, weaken higher education, strip health care coverage away from 13 million americans, and explode the debt by charging an additional $1.4 trillion on the national credit card. mr. speaker, the majority likes to talk about family values and there's no doubt that extremely wealthy families like president
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trump's will reap millions from your g.o.p. tax scam. but what about real americans? who will pay more and get less? i would like president trump to show me why he wants to raise taxes on over 320,000 middle class families in missouri. i would like president trump to ow me why he wants to bury 255,000 missouri students who hold student loans even deeper in debt by eliminating the deduction for student loan interest. i would like president trump to show me why he wants to harm 165,000 seriously ill missouri taxpayers who will no long beer able to deduct medical expenses. and i would like him to show me
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why, when asked about the state level impact of the trump g.o.p. tax scam, even the republican chairman of the missouri house udget committee, state rep scott fitzpatrick, told the st. louis post-dispatch on november a nd quote, we cannot have billion-dollar hole blown in the budget, we cannot afford that, end of quote. i would like mr. trump to show me why he wants to impose double taxation on every missouri taxpayer who will no longer be able to deduct state and local income taxes. and i would like him to show me why he wants to weaken medicare by robbing it of over $25 billion over the next 10 years
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to help pay for tax cuts for billionaires. and finally i'd like president rump to show me how he intends to ever look middle class families in the face again when he promised to lower taxes for every american. mr. mcgovern: i yield the gentleman an additional 15 seconds. mr. clay: instead, this shameful g.o.p. tax scam will ensure that the haves will have more and everyone else will pay for it. thank you and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i yield 3 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from minnesota, the sponsor of h.r. 3905, mr. emmer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized. mr. emmer: thank you, mr. speaker. today's debate on h.r. 3905, minnesota's economic rights in the superior national forest act, also known as the miner
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act, is not just important to the great state of minnesota. this legislation is critically important to the united states. the miner act will reverse the misguided last-minute actions of the obama administration to stop any exploration in one of the most valuable precious metal deposits in the world. the miner act will ensure that the people of minnesota will have the opportunity for jobs and economic prosperity that would come if the deposit can ever be mined in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. the miner act will renew the federal government's commitment and promise to the citizens of minnesota. when the superior national forest was created in 1909, and later when the boundary waters canoe area was established in 19 78, there was an express agreement between the federal government and the state of minnesota that mining and logging could continue in the superior national forest. in fact, according to the most recent superior national forest
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land use management plan, mining and logging are considered desirable conditions in the forest. this is about more than 10,000 jobs, which are now at risk because of the lame duck actions of the obama administration. this is about billions of dollars in revenue for minnesota's economy and billions more in potential education funding for minnesota's schools that are now on the line. this is also about strategically important metals and minerals which are used by americans every day. the miner act again is about protecting minnesota's right to explore and, if environmentally appropriate, to mine valuable precious metals. precious metals that are not only necessary to our everyday technology, but which are critically important to our nation's national defense. . there are some who would like to deny minnesota the right to explore and mine these precious metals. ey argue any mining activity
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could negatively impact our beloved boundary waters canoe area. this ignores if one is ever proposed, one has not, if one is ever proposed in the could negatively impact our sup national forest, it would have to satisfy all current, local, state, and federal environmental review and permitting requirements before it could ever be approved. we can and we will protect the boundary waters. i have no doubt we can find a way to preserve minnesota's pristine landscape without permanently destroying any future job creation or economic development in minnesota. by passing the miner act today, we protect thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue and education funding while leaving an extensive process intact to protect and preserve the environment and our state. in conclusion, i encourage all of my colleagues to support the miner act because we know that someday, someone might find a way to mine these important precious metals in a safe and environmentally responsible way.
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if that happens, minnesota deserves the opportunity and the jobs and economic prosperity that will ensue. i urge a yes vote on the rule and the underlying bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota yields back. the gentlelady from wyoming reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i would like to ask unanimous consent to insert in the record a letter from minnesota governor in opposition to h.r. 3905. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i would like to ask unanimous consent to introduce into the record a letter from the sportsmens for boundary waters in opposition to the bill. i'd also like to ask unanimous consent to introduce into the record a letter from the national parks conservation association. finally, i would like to ask unanimous consent to introduce into the record a letter from the girl scouts of minnesota and wisconsin lakes and pines in opposition to this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: i yield three inutes to the gentleman from
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arizona, mr. gosar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona virginia tech. mr. gosar: i rise today in support of the rule and h.r. 3905, the minnesota economic rights in the superior national arizona, mr. gosar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona forest act. 17,000 jobs, $3 billion for education. $1.5 billion in annual wages. and $2.5 billion annually for our economy are at risk if we don't pass h.r. 3905. than , there are more four billion tons of ore containing copper, metal resources in the area the previous administration tried to shut down which represents the largest than four known undeveloped deposit of strategic and critical minerals in the worrell f left unchallenged, these political anti-mining and anti-education actions set precedent for a sweeping executive power grab that threaten communities throughout the country. education will be significantly harmed as minnesota's projected to lose up to $3 billion in royalty revenues for the state's permanent trust fund that would support nearly 900,000 k through
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12 students statewide to withdraw applications and leases are not rejected. as the president on january 19 was leaving the office, they actually proposed a massive thdrawal in northern minnesota, immediately placing 245,000 acres off limits to develop potentially for 20 more years in the future. in conjunction with this massive mineral withdrawal, the obama administration's bureau of land management inappropriately rejected twin metal minnesota's am significance to renew two mineral leases in the superior national monument. i want to put to rest the false claim raised by the extremist groups that this bill would affect the 1.1 billion acre boundary water canoe area that has a significant buffer between this and the forest. no one is advocating to mine in the willedersness-o buffer zones. the bill clearly states on page 4, quote, nothing in this section may be construed as permitting the prospecting for
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development and utilization of mineral resources within the boundary waters canoe area wilderness or mine protection quote. d of congress has authorized the mining in the forest by law two different times. and in 1986 forest service, and congress has 2004 forest plans both concluded mining is a desired condition in the superior national forest. with that i ask the members to support this commonsense job creating bill and support the rule and bring this bill to the floor. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona yields back. the gentlelady from wyoming reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, one of the reasons why many of us are opposed to h.r. 3905 is because we see it as a corporate giveaway that puts treasure public lands in the hands of chi kyiian mining conglomerate -- chilean mining conglomerate. so much of what comes out of this congress is about rewarding those who are well connected and well off.
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rewarding corporations at the expense of average citizens. and i'll go back to our previous question. which is, would force a vote, everything would still move forward, but force a vote on a bill that was introduced by ms. eshoo that would require presidents and presidential nominees to release their tax returns. it's not just the connections between the trump family and this mining company that we have concerns about. it's the connections between and his dent administration and the tax bill that is being proposed that we know would raise taxes on millions and millions of middle class families and basically give a big tax cut to the wealthiest individuals and corporate special interests and corporations. we think that's all backwards. but i think the american people deserve to know who benefits and who doesn't.
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and again, for the life of me i don't understand why so many of my republican friends have circled the wagons in opposition to transparency, in opposition letting the american people know where this president's conflicts of interests are. and basically protect what i think may very well be multiple conflicts of interest and maybe conflicts of interest that lead to -- directly into a collision course with corruption. this is a letting the american know big deal. all this legislation we're talking about here today, there is a good piece of legislation, the brownfields legislation, bad piece. still goes forward. but vote with us to defeat the previous question so that we can bring up this other bill. now, my republican colleague from wyoming may say well, that's not what we're talking about here today. the democrats are trying to
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muddy up the discussion. the reason why we have to resort to a procedural motion to bring up this bill to force the president and presidential nominees to release their tax returns is because the rules committee shuts everything down that this leadership doesn't want to see come to the floor. we can't bring this bill to the floor to require the president to release his tax returns under regular order, or normal process. twhonet let us. we can't -- they won't let us. we can't offer it as an amendment. they won't let us. this is the only way we can do it. i urge my republican friends to stop defending the indefensible here. doesn't matter -- this would apply not just to donald trump but every president. we never had to do this before because every other president has released their tax returns. this president for some reason doesn't think it's anybody's business. well, given the nature of the legislation coming out of this
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house of representatives, i think the american people need to know and have a right to know. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities towards the president. the gentlewoman from wyoming is recognized. ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i would just once again point that we have important work we're trying to get done here. we have important work we have to do on behalf of the american people. mr. speaker, elections have consequences. and we have an obligation to do what our constituents sent us here to do. and that includes a whole range of things that we have been very effective at doing. historically effective in this body since january. in terms of deregulation. terms of passing the repeal of obamacare. in terms of moving forward on tax cuts. in temples actually passing the legislation to cut taxes. and importantly also, mr. speaker, moving forward to provide the resource that is our military needs. we all watched just over the course of the last 24 hours as the north koreans launched yet again another icbm. we live in a dangerous world.
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it's increasingly dangerous. historically dangerous. and those are the issues that we're focused on as republicans as members of this house. those are the issues we need to focus our attention on. again i think it's -- we have grown to expect, no matter what the rule is, no matter what the underlying bill s. we're going to hart same thing from our colleagues on the other side of the aisle. not addressing the substance of these issues. not addressing the substance of the things the american people sent us here to do. i'm very proud to stand here today doing that. with that i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. westerman: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to my friend and colleague from wyoming for yielding me this time. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this rule for h.r. 3905, as well as the underlying bill. mr. speaker, earlier this year i had the opportunity to travel to minnesota with minnesota congressman emmer and nolan and others to visit the superior national forest in northeast minnesota. while northeast minnesota is a
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long way from the fourth districts of ack a. the people, areas, and economics are somewhat similar. this is a rural area where local economies and constituencies depend on the ability to sustainably and responsibly harvest and mine the natural resources found there. unfortunately, the previous administration placed the wants of special interests and environmental groups before the needs of minnesotans and others depend on natural resources management. and in my opinion they trampled our article 1 constitutional authority of the legislative branch when doing so. january 19, 2017, one day before january 19, 2017, one da before president trump was sworn in, the obama administration published a 235,000 acre federal mineral withdrawal application in the federal register to impose a 20-year moratorium on lands within the superior national forest in northeast minnesota. mr. speaker, this was in direct conflict with the will of congress and the law going back to when the boundary waters
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canoe area was established. at the same time, the obama administration wrongly rejected twin metals application to renew two hard rock mineral leases that were renewed in 1989 and 2004. the land in question is not in the boundary waters canoe area. and it doesn't even border boundary waters. in fact, the land in question is outside a buffer area around boundary waters created by congress to protect the boundary waters. this politically motivated decision has the ability to destroy the local economy, kill job creation, significantly harm education in minnesota, and sets a bad precedent. i want to talk just a moment about the impacts this decision will have on minnesota education. if this withdrawal is allowed to take place, minnesota is skpwroketted to lose up to $3 billion in royalty revenues for the state's permanent school trust fund, supporting nearly 900,000 students. mr. speaker, as someone who represents schools, communities, and counties that depend on programs like secure rural
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schools and pit, i know the harm that will be wrought on school districts, specifically rural school districts should the withdrawal and application rejection go forward. how much longer will we allow rural communities and education to suffer because a special interest group doesn't agree with forest management or mining? even though any projects will be carried out in compliance with all environmental regulations in a responsible manner. mr. speaker, h.r. 3905 is a vital piece of legislation to not only minnesota but for other states and communities that depend on natural resource utilization. it is also important for the legislative branch to remind the executive branch it is not their job to make law or to change laws made by congress. for these reasons i ask my colleagues to support this rule and the underlying legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. from wyoming
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reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: if i could inquire of the gentlelady how many more speakers she from wyoming has. ms. cheney: we're prepared to close. mr. mcgovern: i did unanimous consent to insert two letters in the record in opposition to 3905 signed by virtually every environmental organization in the country. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, we oppose the overall rule, but will i say to the gentlelady that we would have no -- but i will say to the gentlelady that we would have no problem that the closed rule on the brownfields bill, one of the bills which has bipartisan support and reflects a legitimate process. what we have a problem with is h.r. 3905 which we think is a corporate giveaway that muts treasured public lands in the hands after chilean mining conglomerate. i agree with the gentlelady we ought to do important business here. i would argue rather than rewarding some chilean mining conglomerate, more important business the closed rule on the brownfields bill, would be makie keep the government opened because we have a government shutdown fast approaching on december 8. i would say to the gentlelady we ought to pass the dream act and help 800,000 people whose lives
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have been thrown into turmoil because of this president. we ought to extend the children's health insurance program. we ought to debate flood insurance. we ought to pass additional hurricane relief. we ought to address funding for the vets choice program. that is more important. that's more vital to the national interests than basically rewarding some chilean mining come glon rat. finally i -- conglomerate. finally i would say to my colleagues we would ask you to vote to defeat the previous question. we will ask you to defeat the previous question so we can bring up and have a vote on a bill that will require this president and all presidents and party nominees to release their taxes. i think the american people have a right to know. where the conflicts of interest are party nominees to release their taxes. with this white ho. i think they have a right to know who benefits from this tax bill we know is a giveaway to corporations that will raise taxes on millions of middle class families. they have a right to know who
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benefits from this. i am astounded that the bar keeps getting lower and lower from my republican friends. we have daily offensive tweets. we have irrational statements that come out of this white house on a daily basis. and there is silence. when it comes to transparency, it when it cops to making sure here are no conflicts of interest, my republican colleagues will not even allow us to have a vote on basically requiring this president and all presidents to release their tax returns. . that is not passing judgment on this president. it would be a requirement of all presidents and nominees. basically it's saying, let the sunshine in. let us make sure that there are no conflicts of interest. that ought to matter. because everything that comes out of this house seems to be directed at helping those who are well off and well connected. every corporation is cheering when this house comes up with
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legislation, whether it's on tax reform or whether it's on helping mining companies. because it always seems to benefit those who are the most well off. well, it's about time we put people first. it's about time the american people know what's going on in this government. let the sunshine in. there's nothing wrong with that. and we're doing it this way because it is the only avenue available for us to bring this to a vote. because the rules committee and the leadership in this house schutz off debate on issues that they -- shuts off debate on issues they find uncomfortable. this is supposed to be the people's house, not the russia house. we ought to be a place where we have deliberative engagement, where we discuss important issues, where we do things that benefit the american people. and i would say to my colleagues again, vote no on the previous question so we can have this debate. and if you want to help the president cover up his tax returns, fine. you can vote no.
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but we ought to have a vote. i don't know why this is so controversial. it to me is a no brainer. vote no on the previous question and vote no on the rule. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady will suspend. the house will be in order. members, please take your conversations off the floor. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. cheney: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleagues for their work on these importance bills. i want to thank my colleague, mr. mcgovern. i'm glad to hear him say that they want to put people first. that's exactly what we're doing, mr. speaker. whether we're talking about our tax bill, which is going to put money back in people's pockets. whether we're talking about repealing and replacing obamacare, which we've passed through this house, whether we're talking about defense spending that's going to protect the people of this nation. all across wyoming, mr. speaker, i know my constituents are very grateful that we are now suddenly putting people first. after years of putting the
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government first. we're not doing that anymore, mr. speaker. it's true, this is the people's house. and in this house, mr. speaker, we ought to always live by and remember the rules of alexander hallucinate ilton. here, -- hamilton. here, sir, the people govern. and in this house, mr. speaker, we are charged with carrying out the obligations of the people who elected us. the bills and the rule that we are debage -- debating today do just that. both of these bills are absolutely critical for spurring economic development across our country. therefore, mr. speaker, i urge adoption of both the rule and of these underlying bills. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays have been requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing
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until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, the chair will reduce to five minutes the minimum time for any electronic vote on the question of adoption of the resolution. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 227. the nays are 189. e previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: ordered. the question is on adoption of the gentleman from massachusetts virginia tech. mr. mcgovern: i ask for a recorded vote. -- massachusetts is virginia tech. mr. mcgovern: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 228. the nays are 186. this resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. members are advised to take their conversations off the floor. members will take their conversations off the floor.
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he house will be in order. 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 proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. the house will be in order. members are advised to take their conversations off the floor. for what purpose does the
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gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 630. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 630, resolution requiring each member, officer, and employee of the house of representatives to complete a program of training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each congress, and or other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: members are advised to take their conversations off the floor. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from mississippi, mr. harper, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. brady, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from mississippi. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and on house ir remarks resolution 630. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i yield such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of this
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house resolution. the resolution is one part of the committee on house administration's comprehensive review of the laws, procedures and resources concerning workplace harassment in the house. a harassment-free policy and workplace is vital in creating the culture -- the speaker pro tempore: the house is not in order. the gentleman will continue. mr. harper: a harassment-free workplace is vital in creating the culture that will require everyone on capitol hill to work together effectively. first and foremost, mr. speaker, there is no place for sexual harassment in our society and especially in congress, period. i believe as members of congress we must hold ourselves to a higher standard, a standard that demonstrates we are worthy of the trust placed to us by our constituents and the american public. there have been a number of accounts by current and former colleagues and staff that
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suggests not every office is achieving this goal. that's simply unacceptable. this resolution will mandate that each member, officer, employee, intern, and fellow of the house of representatives is fully aware of the laws that apply to them and their right to a harassment-free workplace under the congressional accountability act. the committee on house administration recently held a hearing as its first step in its review. we heard from members, house employment counsel, and the office of compliance. there was a broad consensus that mandatory training is a necessary step for the house to prevent and eliminate harassment in the workplace. it is important to note, mr. speaker, that republicans and democrats have joined together to take this step, and i want to specifically thank representative comstock and representative speier for their leadership on this issue. the resolution requires training and education to
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ensure that each member, officer, employee, intern, paid or unpaid, and fellow knows their obligations and rights. further, the resolution requires that each congressional office post in a prominent place a notice describing the rights and protections provided to house employees under the congressional accountability act. both of these measures are regular order in the private workplace, and the house should do nothing less. the american people have entrusted each of their representatives with enormous responsibility. each member is sent here to help make our country better, and the first place we should start is in our own chamber, training a workplace rights and responsibilities will ensuring those who are victims of harassment can obtain justice and work in that harassment-free environment. in ronald reagan's fare well address he spoke of his vision of america as the shining city on the hill, one built on rocks
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stronger than oceans with everyone living in harmony and peace. we are not perfect, and we never will be, but i believe in that vision. this resolution can be one important step to protect the members of our capitol hill community and to demand we have respect for each and every person here in this workplace. the resolution sets an important requirement that each member, officer, employee, including interns and fellows, must undergo this mandatory training or education every year. for the current congress, everyone must complete this training within 180 days of the start of the second session, january 3. following that, individuals will have to complete the training within 90 days of the start of each session. it's often said that the urgent gets in the way of the important on capitol hill. not today. this is an important issue, and today we will vote to ensure
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that the entire house community receives the needed training on how to ensure a harassment-free workplace. this harassment-free environment should be afforded to every single member of our community. from pa unpaid intern to -- that unpaid intern to the speaker of the house. awareness, education and training is the first step in the prevention and elimination of sexual harassment, which has no place on capitol hill. i look forward to working with my colleagues to achieve this goal, and mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this resolution. we would not be here today if it was not for the courage of my friend and colleague, the congresswoman from california, jackie speier. mr. brady: all of us should be grateful for her leadership on this issue. this resolution is a start, but it is just a start. we have to reform the congressional accountability
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act. we have to modendize to fully fund the office of compliance, and there is much more to do. i i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman appreciate the effort chairman, mr. harper, and the seriousness with which he has taken this issue and committed to bipartisan progress. the status quo cannot and will be tolerated. passing this resolution begins with the first step here. mr. speaker, i'd like to now yield one minute to the gentlelady, our democratic leader, miss pa lowsy. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady -- ms. pelosi. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. s. pelosi: thank you very much to the gentleman from philadelphia, from pennsylvania. mr. brady. thank you for your leadership. thank you, mr. chairman harper, for yours as well. thank you for bringing this legislation to the floor. here it is. november 28, 2017, an historic day in the history of the congress.
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a water shed moment in our congress' history because it is a day in which we will take the opportunity to make change. this body is taking a constructive first step to protect all members of our legislative community from harassment and discrimination in the workplace. this vote is vital to upholding the integrity of the u.s. congress. 're grateful for the tremendous leadership of congresswoman jackie speier. i have observed her leadership on this subject for a very long tremendous leadership of time. she has a lifetime commitment to exposing and ending the scourge of sexual harassment. i thank her for that leadership. i want to also acknowledge my own daughter, christine pelosi, the chair of the women's caucus of the california democratic party. she was a former prosecutor in
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san francisco. prosecuted these cases. strong been a strong, advocate for protecting people in the workplace. and has had some level of success with that. here we're at this water shed moment in the nationwide fight against sexual harassment and discrimination. brave women in every corner of the country and every industry are making their voices heard. as members of congress, we have a moral duty to show real effective leadership to foster a climate of respect and dignity in the workplace with absolutely zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, or abuse. anything less is unacceptable, my colleagues. requiring the members and staff to take training while valuable, and we must have it, must be only a first step. and we must make sure that that
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training is very effective as well. but the next step for congress to take is to pass the me too congress act, introduced by congresswoman spirkse to create greater transparency and accountability in the broken reporting and settlement system. taxpayer money should not have been spent to build a culture of silence and complicity around workplace harassment. we must make a judgment about how that was used. this bill, the me too congress act, will reform the policy that has persisted t will ensure that survivors who wish to share their stories publicly can come forward and they can come forward to the ethics committee. we want to create a culture that says to everyone who comes to work here, this will be hospitable for you. we want it to be a culture that is a model to the nation. in addition to that, mr. speaker, this moment is a moment of truth for the congress.
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it is disappointing and disturbing that some in the capitol have not served with the dignity and respect required of this office. it is very hard to accept that people we admire in public life and here in congress have crossed the line and broken the public trust and violated the dignity and respect of those who have worked for or with them. but zero tolerance means consequences for everyone. no matter your contribution to our country, do you not get a pass to harass or discriminate. no matter how great the legacy, it is not a license to harass or abuse. to the victims of harassment abuse, we hear you, we believe you, we're here for you. where there is harassment, women and men must have support to come forward. we have a duty, again, to address their concerns and provide them needed resources. we don't want to lose the
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leadership or service of any patriot who comes to work in or around the congress. we can't let harassment or discrimination destroy their safety or drive them out of public office. we cannot tell young women or men who aspire to serve in this historic body that they must put up with harassment and abuse. so, mr. speaker, i want to just close by again thanking congresswoman jackie speier for her leadership. ank you, mr. chairman, mr. brady, all who are concerned with it. it is utterly unconscionable that courageous survivors who seek to end the nightmare of sexual harassment are also dealt the injustice of having their voices silent. during this water shed moment, we must seize the moment and take real lasting action. the eyes of the country are on us.
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we cannot fail them or any prospective victims. i thank all of those who have brought this to the floor. congresswoman comstock, mr. harper, mr. brady, congresswoman speier. i urge a strong unanimous vote on this resolution. yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the yeal yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, the vice chairman of the committee on house administration. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, chairman harper. today i rise in support of this bill. this resolution requiring all members and staff to complete anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training during each session of congress. i'd like to thank chairman harper. i'd like to thank speaker ryan for announcing this policy change in the house. and i'd like to thank my friend and colleague on the house administration committee, barbara comstock, for introducing this important bill.
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no one should have to worry about sexual harassment when they come to work. as a former staffer and someone with a female-led office, i believe this resolution is an important first step in addressing this problem as we work to increase professionalism in the house and establish a workplace that is grounded in respect. in congress, we've got to lead by example. as a member of the house administration committee, we worked hard to pass reforms last congress to make house office spending more transparent and accountable than any other area of the federal government. and i am confident in this committee's ability to address in a bipartisan way this important issue as well. i look forward to the continued the committee will have on the committee will have on this issue as we work to institute policies that protect staffers against sexual harassment and ensure female staffers are provided leadership opportunities. i urge all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this resolution. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back.
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the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman raskin.yland, mr. mr. raskin: i thank the member for yielding and his leadership. and salute ms. speier and mr. hearp for their work. i rise in strong support of h.r. 630, which requires all members, staffers, and interns to undergo annual anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training to of us our all individual all of our hill offices and also in our district offices setting forth what the rights and protections are of our employees so they know this is how we got rid of minimum wage violations, violations of overtime protections in america. and this is how we will eliminate sexual harassment here on capitol hill. from coast to coast, america is in an uproar over sexual harassment and sexual assault in
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the workplace. from capitol hill to the white house, from the offices of fox news in new york to the studios of hollywood, from washington, to alabama, high officials and media luminaries are learning that sexual harassment really is against the law and it is a terrible offense against people lower down the hierarchy in the workplace who are just trying to do their jobs and make a living and support their families and develop their careers. this is america and they have a right to equal opportunity without being harassed, grabbed, imposed upon, and threatened in the workplace. it is the people's representatives we have an obligation to lead not just by legislation but by example. must have comprehensive training for everyone who has the honor of coming to work here in the house of representatives. the good news is that a paradigm shift is taking place in training for everyone who has america. women everywhere are bravely speaking out against conduct that prior generations were forced to accept as business as usual. it will no longer be safe and it should no longer be safe for men
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to sexually harass women in the workplace. experienced dramatic cultural shifts like this before in america and in congress. for many decades members of congress could convert money from their personal -- from their campaign funds to personal use. then we got rid of it. then it became unthinkable. similarly there was a time when lobbyists could wine and dine legislators, we got rid of it. i'm glad we're moving in the area of harassment free workplace on capitol hill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentlelady from indiana, mrs. brooks. she is the distinguished chair of the committee on ethics. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from indiana is recognized. mrs. brooks: thank you. thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today in strong support of resolution 630, introduced by my colleague, barbara comstock, which mandates anti-harassment and anti-discrimination
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education for all members of congress and their staff during each session of congress. i commend my colleagues, representative comstock and representative speier, who have worked on this bipartisan resolution together. both know this issue too well from the member and the staff level. both have seen firsthand how our current process has failed to protect many who devote their lives working on behalf of the american people in the house of representatives. the resolution they have introduced is an important and appropriate first step to educate members and staff on inappropriate workplace actions and on how to report such conduct. it is absolutely unacceptable to be subjected to harassment or discrimination of any kind wherever you are or wherever you work. importantly, this resolution requires all who work for the house of representatives from members of congress to staff, detailees, fellows, interns, whether paid or unpaid, to be
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educated on their rights in the workplace and where they can safely and confidentially go to report instances of misconduct. as chair of the house ethics committee, i can assure you the committee takes allegations of discrimination and harassment very seriously. under house rule 10, the house ethics committee is authorized to enforce standards of conduct for members, officers, and employees. the committee is authorized to investigate alleged violations of any law, rule, or regulation, and to make recommendations to the house for further action. the committee has sole jurisdiction over the interpretation of our code of official conduct. in order for the ethics committee to fulfill its obligation to investigate and potentially discipline members or staff, the committee must be given information on potential bad actors. the congressional accountability act was enacted over 20 years ago in 1995 and it needs to be re-evaluated. it established the office of compliance as the agency responsible to administer and enforce the civil rights, labor,
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and workplace safety and health laws of the c.a.a. there may be elements that are working well today, but silencing victims and spending taxpayer dollars to settle claims needs to be re-evaluated. it's time for congress to take action to reform a process that not working as well as it should. and to ensure we have legislation that protects victims while also ensuring due process for the accused. while there is much more working to done, i applaud the action m should. and to ensure we have legislation that protects victims while colleagues have taken by introducing this important education resolution. i'm committed to continuing to work with members of the house administration committee, as well as my colleagues in the house, to improve the workplace called the people's house. and the conduct of those who work in it. in supporting this resolution today, i believe we're one step closer to expressing to the nation the sexual harassment is wrong and must be prevented and stopped. and i urge unanimous vote by my colleagues in the house. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from mississippi
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reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: spree, i yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. speier, and again i thank her for her courage. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized for four minutes. ms. speier: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank our ranking member, mr. brady, for his steadfast support on this issue and to the chairman, mr. harper, who has moved swiftly to address this issue, and also to my colleague, congresswoman comstock, for bringing this resolution to the floor. . mr. chairman and speaker, i have been working on this issue since 2014. i am so delighted that we are here today taking up this measure. as we take it up, i hope that we remember that training must be more than an online module. it must be in person, interactive and specific to congressional workplace issues, and it must be taken seriously.
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today's bill is an important step in the right direction, but let's not fool ourselves. it is a baby step. let us not, to paraphrase shakespeare, thread the primrose path while leaving survivors to struggle, the steep and thorny way to justice. we are in the midst of a culture revolution. we are elected representatives of the american people, and we must not hesitate to do what is needed to fix this broken system. 70% of those who are sexually harassed never report it. never report it. one woman came up to me as i was walking here the halls of congress to thank me, and she said that she was on this very floor, on this very floor working later in the evening on a particular bill, a member came up behind her, grinded up
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against her, and then stuck his tongue in her ear. that happened on the floor with members probably standing around. so we do have a problem, members, and we must address it. unfortunately, due to the system, congress has created to protect itself from being exposed. there's been no accountability. it's now clear that this misguided attempt to protect the institution is instead harming it and leaving victims in its wake. we work in a very special place, a trusted place, but let me be very clear. we are not special. the outcry for accountability that we are hearing from all corners of the country must be heeded. we are seeing tightens of entertainment, news and every other business be swiftly terminated, yet here in congress we hide behind due process nicities when we have constructed a system that has
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shielded us from true accountable. did harvey weinstein or matt lauer receive months of due process before being terminated? when do we provide the victims a safe process to report and get justice? is one occurrence worthy of explullings? is it two or is it three? these are issues. we don't like to come down on our friends and colleagues, i get that, but don't we have a moral responsibility to victims, to society at large? when a c.e.o. of a major company is fired because of sexual harassment, the board of directors doesn't say, let's wait until the shareholders can meet and decide. well, colleagues, our board of directors are the american people, and they are loud and clear. they do not want us to hind behind opaque decisions by the house administration or ethics committees. they don't want to pay for our inability to keep our hands to ourselves. they want accountability and transparency and they want it now. colleagues, i urge your support
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for this bill, but i also call on you to join me in taking congress from a cruel and disgusting joke to a leader in workplace fairness. i know we can do better than this. the american people know we can do better than this, and we must rise to the challenge. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from maine, mr. poliquin, a distinguished member of the committee on financial services. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maine is recognized for two minutes. mr. poliquin: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you very much, mr. harper, for this opportunity to speak on this very important issue. and i want to congratulate jackie speier, a democrat from california, barbara comstock, a republican from virginia, to provide leadership on this issue, and i'm delighted to join them. there can be absolutely, mr. speaker, absolutely zero
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tolerance for sexual harassment, for bullying, for intimidation in the workplace. i don't care if you're a professional athlete or if you're in the media business or the entertainment business or certainly in the people's house here in congress, there can be zero tolerance for this sort of behavior. you know, it's about time, mr. speaker, that the legislative branch joins the executive branch in making sure there is mandatory training to try to prevent this from happening and end it right now. so i salute congresswoman speier and congresswoman comstock for their leadership. you know, mr. speaker, i have a millennial as a child, my only child. the last thing i want to worry about is my son going to work and being intimidated or harassed such that he can't do his work. my mother, who's now 89, had a terrific career in the health care business.
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she was a nurse. she could not have had a career in nursing had she showed up at hospitals and nursing homes being scared about a work environment. finding and preventing sexual harassment wherever it is, intimidation, bullying, this is a no-brainer for members of congress, and i'm asking, mr. speaker, mr. harper, i'm asking everybody in this chamber, whether you're republican or democrat, and yes, on the other side of the dome in the senate, also, to please, let's pass this resolution, starting in the house. it's a first step to change the internal rules to eliminate this anywhere on capitol hill. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back my time. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the time of the gentleman has expired. the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, mr. crowley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is ecognized for two minutes.
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mr. crowley: mr. chairman, i rise in support of this resolution. i'm grateful to the women, all the women who have come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment. to my own colleagues in congress who have shared their own very, very personal stories. thanks to their courage and strength. it's become clear how pervasive this problem truly is across our nation. that must stop shall and today starts the beginning of much-needed change. sexual harassment and assault comes in many forms, and none of it has a place here in congress or in any other work environment. period. stop. that's especially true here in the halls of congress. we must not set the gold standard. we must set the platinum standard. we must be that beacon on the hill. that is why we must pass this resolution. it is an important first step in our national conversation to
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change our culture of harassment. but this is not and cannot be the last stop. we must reform the entire reporting system here in congress. we must make sure victims are heard and they are cared for and we must shine a light on the settlement process. and then we must work to ensure that from congress to hollywood to media and to every kitchen table across our great nation, men and women, that they know that when they go to work they will be treated with respect, especially here in the halls of congress. it will take time and commitment to make that meaningful change, and i stand ready to help fulfill that commitment with this important yet vital first step. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i
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yield four minutes to the gentlelady from virginia, mrs. comstock, who is also a distinguished member of the committee on house administration. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from virginia is recognized for four minutes. mrs. comstock: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, mr. chairman, for your leadership on this important issue. i rise in support of h.r. 630, my legislation to deal with -- to begin to deal with the sexual harassment issue. 30 years ago in 1988, a 34-year-old legislative aide named dorina faced a very lonely fight when she decided to stand up to a powerful congressman, jim bates of california, who repeatedly sexually harassed her and others in his office with questions, comments and actions. such as asking her what type of sex she liked, saying different things that he would imagine. he talked about her breasts. he humped her leg in front of the staff and said vulgar things that are really too
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unpleasant to talk about in this body. she didn't get a lot of press attention or some of the support that victims get today. she got little support from this body. she went on her journey alone. she received nasty phone calls and even threats. she was warned they would release damaging information about her, but fortunately she prevailed and men and women in the workplace should know her name and know she was the first woman to win a sexual harassment case against a member of congress. and when we see these headlines and men leaving their jobs, behind all of them are women or other victims such as dorina and there is a lot of pain in such a situation. speaking with her recently, i could hear that pain even 30 years later. as a mom, former intern here in this body, former congressional staffer and counsel and a justice department employee, i do believe this is a watershed moment. i have a female chief of staff.
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i have a female district director, but we also need to have men and women involved in this process, and i am so happy with the men who are coming forward, because this is a workplace issue, it's a human rights issue, it's an issue that involves all of us, our sons and daughters. when i was working for congressman wolf, there were members like goodtime charlie wilson, hardy, har, ha . famously saying, you can teach them to type but you can't teach them to grow breasts. he used a more vulgar term. at the same time senator bob packwood, this is a bipartisan problem, assaulted over a dozen women and kept a diary of his debotchry. that had been ignored for years. it wasn't acceptable then and it certainly should be now. yet, we have stories of members still in this body today that my colleague, ms. speier, and
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other victims are bringing forward. i told one such story and i am pleased again that members have responded to that, say there's no place for that type of sexual action in this body. this legislation promotes the essential principles of accountability and personal responsibility. it is bipartisan legislation because bad behavior transcends party labels. men and women and all of us are coming together and you are seeing this beyond this body, obviously, in the corporate world just today. this resolution sends the message, as peggy noonan wrote in the wall street journal, the sexual harassment racket is over. i'd like to insert her op-ed from this past week for the record. she noted the patterns of the various predators of late and how their victims were now coming forward. these are the same kind of victims we often see in human trafficking or child abuse. she writes, quote, once predators who are almost always
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repeat offenders, understood the new way of reporting such stories, they understood something else. they weren't going to get away with it anymore. they'd never known that, and they were going to pay a price probably in their careers. they'd never known that either. sexual predators -- and we need to understand the predator behavior -- has no place in this body. so today's education efforts is just the first step. in the weeks going forward, we -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. mrs. comstock: revise our process -- mr. harper: i yield another 30 seconds to the gentlelady from virginia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. comstock: we must make it easier for women to come forward, provide them an advocate or counsel, as dorina recommended. we need to have a prohibition on any kind of member-staff relationship with subordinate. no taxpayer settlement, and transparency and accountability about who are the harassers. i'd like to insert in the record the many businesses and groups from the nfib to the
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chamber, who are supporting this legislation today, and i thank the business community for their support also. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from mississippi continues to reserve. and the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield two minutes to one of our valued members of our committee, the lady from california, ms. lofgren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for two minutes. ms. lofgren: thank you, mr. speaker. for we women who've been victims of assault or harassment, this is a very serious, serious matter. i intend to vote for this bill but as has t -- been mentioned, it's the first step. we know on the house administration committee that we are going to have to dig in and make sure that the training that's referred to in this bill is a lot better than what we have right now. it's deficient. i'd like to say, also, that the
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process that we have of -- for victims to come forward is an embarrassment. needs to be refined and reviewed, fixed from the point of view of the victim. . we here in america every day open our news feeds and see someone else who has been fired because of engaging in sexual harassment misconduct. it's part of really a component of devaling women. that's what this is about. -- devalueuing women. that's what this is about. i heard my colleague from the house administration committee mention the columnist who said that the sexual harassment racket is over. i'm afraid it isn't. not yet. but it's our obligation to make sure that it does end.
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we are the house of representatives. it should be expected of us that we take the lead, that we set the standard for how women can e valued in the workplace. i think this first step is valuable but if we had to walk a mile, this is a foot. so i'm happy to support this measure, but i'm looking forward to working with mr. brady, who has been such a leader in the committee. we've had a bipartisan effort, with the chairman of the committee. we've got a lot of work to do and look forward to doing it. i yield back with thanks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. >> may i inquire the time remaining in debate? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi has five minutes remaining. the gentleman from pennsylvania has eight minutes. >> mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. lance. he's a distinguished member of
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the committee on energy and commerce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. lance: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, chairman harper. i rise as well as a member of the house ethics committee and assure the public that the house ethics committee takes these matters very seriously. i rise in strong support of house resolution 630. and i hope that it passes unanimously today. i commend barbara comstock and jackie speier for their tremendous work in this area. congress should be leading on this issue, helping to forest ar workplace environment free of -- foster a workplace environment free of sexual harassment, discrimination and other terrible behavior. congress must ensure an atmosphere where those who serve their country here feel protected, supported and believed. particularly young people who come here with such idealism. no matter the power of the offender. i take these matters seriously, as should every member of congress. the reports that taxpayer funds have been used forsettlements related to harassment by members of congress are rightfully
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infuriating to the american people and to me personally. we need transparency and accountability and end to any sexual harassment settlements paid by taxpayers. today's action ensures that thousands of house employees know their rights and the services offered to victims. i strongly urge a yes vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i now yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from washington, d.c., ms. norton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for two minutes. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i want to thank the chair and the ranking member of the committee for bringing this bill forward at a time of national crisis in the workplace on sexual harassment. when i chaired the equal employment opportunity
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commission, which was 15 years after the statute had been passed, sexual harassment had not even been defined as a form of workplace discrimination. we held hearings and so defined it and the supreme court thereafter affirmed our findings. congress, nevertheless, exempted itself until 30 years later when in 1995, prompted by a controversy involving members of the congress, in fact brought congress under 13 major civil rights and labor laws. but mysteriously, and i cants understand why congress tempted it -- can't understand why congress exempted itself from the easiest provision. the provision we bring forward today for posting and training. i'll never understand that. but we're trying to move forward today other provisions. and i have introduced a bill to
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bring the comprehensive provisions that we now require of the legislative branch, of the private branch forward. and i thank the committee on administration for continuing to work on this. congress failed in 1964. it failed again in 1995. now in 2017 it is just mpossible to justify exempting congressional offices and members of congress from the comprehensive provisions congress now requires of private employers and federal agencies. we will never be understood until we are brought under the same laws as everybody else. congressional staff deserve the same civil and anti-discrimination protections afforded to other federal employees. it is important that powerful figures who play an outsized role here in congress be brought to the same level as other
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employers. and i thank my friends for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. costello, a distinguished member of the committee on energy and commerce. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. costello: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of house resolution 630, resolution i helped introduce that would require sexual harassment training and anti-discrimination training for members of congress, staff and interns. the requirements in this resolution are long overdue, mr. speaker. this is an issue which the federal government must be a leader on. under this legislation, training must be completed within a certain time frame and employees must provide proof they have completed the training to the committee on house administration. it's very important that we take serious steps to address harassment in congress. i've been proud to work with congresswoman speier and i applaud congresswoman comstock
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on her leadership, along with a bipartisan group of my colleagues to make sure we have a productive, safe and professional work environment here in congress. this resolution is part of that solution and i will continue working and pressing for additional reforms. i urge all of my colleagues to support this resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. lawrence: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of this resolution that requires every house member employee to complete anti-haurment and anti-discrimination train -- anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training. the first commonsense is to make this training mandatory. i introduced a bill a month ago, gathered over 100 co-sponsors, democrats and republicans, to make sexual harassment training mandatory. i'm glad the senate has required
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training with this resolution, and now the mouse must do the same -- the house must do the same. when women are at the table, mr. chairman, i am glad to say the conversation changes and the voices in congress of women have changed the conversation here. it is important that we must do all that we can to improve the congressional work force, reform our outdated processes, and i support this legislation to address this issue. and i know that my members of congress will do the same today. thank you. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from indiana, mr. messer, chair of the house republican policy committee, and distinguished member of the committee on education and work force. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. messer: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the chairman for his work. hoosiers get it. the recent reports of sexual assault and harassment in congress are reprehensible.
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i applaud representative comstock for her hard work on this resolution. the house resolution today is an important step in the right direction. it mandates that everyone working in congress has the proper anti-harassment training. but we must do more. the a.p. recently reported that the federal government has spent $17 million in taxpayer money settling harassment claims and other violations. it's astounding that tax dollars have been spent to protect members of congress and silence victims. it's not ok. that's why i'm filing legislation to stop taxpayer dollars from being used in this way, to settle sexual harassment claims against members of congress. and this legislation will empower victims by releasing them from nondisclosure agreements that prevent them from coming forward and telling their story. let's pass today's resolution and keep working to do more.
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thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new hampshire, ms. kuster. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new hampshire is recognized for one minute. ms. kuster: thank you, congressman brady, and to the chair. and i want to thank especially congresswoman speier and comstock for their good work on this issue. almost 40 years ago i worked here in the united states congress as a member of the staff. i was 23 years old. and i was sexual assaulted by a distinguished guest of the united states congress. neither i for this anyone in my office had received any type of -- neither i nor anyone in my office had received any type of sexual harassment training. i had no place to turn, i had no one to tell and i could do nothing about it. but today is a historic day. this is a water shed moment -- watershed moment. times have changed and people do
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make changes and this is one that we are all standing together, republicans, democrats, men, women, across the board to say, enough is enough. i support this bill as an important first step so that every member of congress and every member of the staff on capitol hill understand that we are drawing the line. we have had enough. we need to address sexual harassment and assault in the workplace, college campuses and our military and communities. but the halls of congress can be no exception. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from new york, mr. reid, a distinguished member of the committee on ways and means. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one minute. mr. reed: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, i rise today and join my colleagues in a
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republican-democratic, men and women standing together here on the floor of the house to join in the recognition that when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual assault across america, we say no more. we say, enough is enough. and, yes, this is a step, a small step in the right direction. but it is a legitimate step for us to reflect those that we represent across america and saying to the issue that has impacted all of us, my family included. when it comes to sexual harassment and sexual assault, we stand together as americans and in this body declare that no more shall sexual harassment and sexual assault be allowed to exist in our society. i applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for doing this and the leadership they have demonstrated on this issue. once and for all. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. frankel.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized for one minute. ms. frankel: thank you, mr. speaker. first i want to machado -- first, i want to thank my colleagues and all those me too survivers who have bravely come forward to tell -- survivors who have bravely come forward to tell their stories of sexual harassment. imagine you're a young congressional staffer who eagerly comes to washington to make the world a better place for -- and work for someone you actually believe in. instead your boss breaks your trust with unwanted sexual advances, groping, abusive language or worse. and you feel absolutely devastated and powerless. here's the thing. the united states congress has made sexual harassment in the workplace illegal. yet this behavior has sullied our own halls. and quite frankly i think it's pitiful and embarrassing that we even have to have this discussion. but with that said, today's resolution to require mandatory anti-harassment training is
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obviously a good step and necessary and there is more work to be done, as my colleagues have said. there must be respect and safety in all our workplaces. in congress and across america. i urge all my colleagues to support this good resolution and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i have no additional speakers. i need to inquire if my colleague, the ranking member, is prepared to close. mr. brady: i have one additional speaker. mr. harper: ok. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. maloney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: i thank ranking member brady for his leadership and chairman harper for moving so swiftly on this issue. and my colleague, jackie speier, who has selflessly worked on
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this issue for many years, along with barbara comstock. i rise in strong support of this bill. too often harassment was treated just like it's part of the job. and if anyone complained, they were fired or punished or paid off to be silent. so this is an important cultural change where harassment, which is illegal, is treated seriously .s a crime that needs to stop to train staff and members and officers on how to know what is right and what is wrong so that there is no misunderstanding. but this is the first step. i strongly support congresswoman speier's bill that has a comprehensive approach, which bans the use of taxpayer money
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to silence victims and to settle this. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from mississippi reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. brady: mr. speaker, make no mistake about it, this is bullying. sexual bullying, harassment. i have a wife a daughter, a granddaughter a great granddaughter. i have a responsibility to protect them. in the people's house we have people's wives, mothers, daughters, granddaughters, and great granddaughters and we have a responsibility to protech them. men have a responsibility to stand up and confront this behavior, wheff a -- we have a responsibility to confront bullies. men who use their power to
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harass and abuse others are disgraceful and we cannot tolerate their behavior and we need to stop having a system that enables it. i personally witnessed an incident back in the corner there of a congress lady leaning back talking to me and a congressman walked by and groped her from behind. i reached over and lucky for him i couldn't grab him. i wanted to chase him down the aisle but the congress lady said, no, don't do it, we'll take care of him he got taken care of pretty well. i wonder if women would be sexually bullied if their husbands or fathers were standing next to them if somebody tried to sexually harass or grope them. that's why i said men who do that are bullies and cowards. treat women with respect and dignity you would your own mother. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and i ask for
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unanimous con -- a unanimous vote on this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from mississippi is recognized. mr. harper: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr.harper: mr. speaker, this house, this special place, should not be tarnished any longer by the inexcusable behavior of some of our members. the standard needs to be high. i want to give a special thank you to our speaker, paul ryan, and his commitment that he has that we get this right. i want to thank the ranking member, mr. brady, for the way that we have been able to work together on this and certainly representatives speer and comstock have been invaluable in this process as we go forward. we've heard from so many members today on the importance of this and this is a resolution that is
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necessary, and it's a product of the strong bipartisan cooperation. this is something that's just the beginning, as has been said today. we had a hearing on november 14, we'll have another hearing on the congressional accountability act on december 7. but to have this resolution to make sure our members and staff are educated to know their rights and responsibilities is a critical first step and i urge the adoption of this resolution. 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 house resolution 630? 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 resolution is agreed to. without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, seek recognition? mr. gosar: pursuant to house resolution 631, i call up h.r. 3905, minnesota's economic rights in the superior national forest act, and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 312, h.r. 3905, a bill to require congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument designation involving the national forest system lands in the state of minnesota to provide for renewal of certain mineral leases in such lands and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 631, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting on the text of the rule committees printed 115-41, is departmented
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and the bill as amended is -- is departmented and the bill as amend -- is adopted and the bill as amended is considered read. the bill shall be considered for an hour equally guy dwid -- divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on natural resources. after one hour of debate it shall be in order to consider the amendment printed in house report 115-429 if ordered, shall be separately debated for the time specific in the report, equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent and shall not be subject to a demand for a division of the question. the gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar, and the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the
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gentleman from arizona, mr. gosar. mr. gosar: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks an include extraneous materials on h.r. 3905. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield the gentleman from colorado, mr. lamb born, five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. bam born -- mr. lamborn: thank you, mr. chairman. i thank mr. gosar for his leadership on this and other issues in the western caucus. i rise in strong support of this legislation. mr. chairman, mining in the superior national forest where these leases are located as priestly been authorized by congress on several occasions. first in 1950. and again in 1978. with that bill, the boundary water canoe area act, congress established a compromise in which mining was prohibited in the 1.1 million acres boundary waters wilderness area but was
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specifically authorized in the superior national forest. likewise, u.s. forest service plans for those areas identified mining in these superior forest locations as a, quo quote -- desired condition, unquote. despite this long-standing precedent , in december of 2016, the obama administration abruptly canceled mining leases that had been held and renewed for decades in northern minnesota. then in january, the day before leaving office, president obama signed off on a mineral withdrawal for an area spanning 425,000 acres including 95,000 acres of state school trust fund lands. there's a torrent of misinformation surrounding this bill with some alarmist groups begging that we, quote, save the boundary waters, unquote. mr. chairman, the boundary waters were saved in 1978. the low-impact mining arrangements these mining leases
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entail do not endanger the boundary waters. and it is itself protected by a significant buffer as well. the bill reiterates, redundantly, i'll add, but to make it crystal clear that mining is prohibited in the boundary waters and the surrounding buffer. to say otherwise is a blatant falsehood. a few other facts that you won't hear from alarmists but that deserve to be said this bill retains the full protections enshrined across the array of environmental laws and regulations which apply to mine leasing, permitting, and operations. the most notable in this case are the national environmental policy act, nepa, and the clean water act which still apply in full. but the fact is that this bill is not about removing environmental protections. as some may have said. rather, it is -- what about when you don't actually remove any?
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rather, what initiated this situation is an arbitrary overreach by the obama administration at the last minute. it was looking to score political points on its way out the door by taking the near unprecedented action of initiating a full mineral withdrawal. that was undemocratic and the huge support that this bill and mining in general enjoys in minnesota's eighth congressional district where the superior forest is located, is proof positive. but article 4 of the constitution vests congress with authority over public lands and it's now up to us to act. mr. chairman, i appreciate this chance to clear the air on some of the misconceptions and falsehoods that have been tarnishing this bill. it really is unfortunate that commonsense, local issues like this one are being dragged into a national, partisan -- partisan brawl. nevertheless, i hope my colleagues are able to see through deception, recognize the
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clear benefits of mining in minnesota, and vote yes on this important bill. finally, i'd like to share some comments from the associated general contractors of minnesota who noted that, quote, h.r. 3905 changes no environmental review processes, relaxes no environmental standards, and specifically restates congress' prohibition on any mining activity in the bwcaw and the surrounding protected buffer. unquote. mr. chairman, i'd like to enter their full letter which i have with me into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. bam loren -- mr. lamborn: thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back, the gentleman is recognized. mr. lowenthal: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. chairman, this legislation is quite simply a giveaway of mining rights on roughly 5,000
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acres of public lands right next to the boundary waters canoe area wilderness in northern mining a to a chilean conglomerate so it can develop a copper mine that will in all likelihood leach toxic acid waste into the boundary waters for decades if not centuries, to come. in order to do this, this bill overrides multiple laws that are in place to allow priceless natural places to be protected and it vetoes the scientific conclusions of the u.s. forest service. last year, the forest service recommended that two undeveloped 50-year-old mining leases in minnesota's superior national forest be allowed to expire.
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stating that the development of a -- stating that the development of a copper mine on these leases could lead to potentially extreme contamination of the boundary waters wilderness from acid mine drainage and leached materials. the boundary waters isn't just a pristine and unique wilderness. it's also an economic engine for northern minnesota. over 1,000 pristine lakes, 1,200 camp of streams, and 2,000 sites attract more than 150,000 visitors each year to canoe, kayak, fish, bird watch, ski, and simply explore and enjoy the natural beauty and the peacefulness that is like -- that is unlike anything else anywhere else in the united states.
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these visitors bring in tens of millions of dollars annually supporting thousands of local jobs. the ecological and economic value of the boundary waters led the forest service to conclude, and i quote, that development of regionally untested copper-nickel-sullfide ore mine within the same watt every shedd as the boundary waters canoe area wilderness might cause serious and irreplaceable harm to this unique, iconic, and irreplaceable wilderness area. as a result, the leases were not renewed and the forest service began a study to look at whether to protect the area adjacent to the boundary waters from mining for the next 20 years.
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this two-year study is an open, it's a public process designed to gather scientific information and local views on the potential impacts of copper mining which is immediately adjacent to the boundary waters and it's supported by an overwhelming majority, 79% of the voters in minnesota. . even this administration here in washington says it intends to allow the study to run its course before making any decisions. but this legislation would make that study meaningless. it would reinstate the leases and make it almost impossible for them to expire. it would block the forest service from acting on its study, no matter what it found and how the people in the region feel. and it would make it impossible
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for the president of the united states to protect this area using the antiquities act. all so a chilean mining company can move forward with a dangerous mine next to one of our most pristine and special atural places. mr. chairman, our public lands belong to all americans. not simply to wealthy mining companies with the connections and the cash to try to overturn decisions they don't like through legislation. the company that we're talking about is challenging this decision to not renew their leases in court. that is the appropriate venue for that debate. not here in the halls of congress. we shouldn't rewrite the law to make sure that they get their way.
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even if the company wins the case, we should not be tying the federal government's hands to make sure that this might be gets developed, no matter what, instead of listening to the science. that's the wrong thing to do with any project like this, less alone one that sits right next to a unique and delicate wilderness like the boundary waters. this bill is a blatant attempt to reward an individual foreign company at the expense of the american people and the american landscape. and i urge my colleagues to reject this legislation. mr. chairman, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. emmer, the originator of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from minnesota is recognized for four minutes. mrs. emerson: thank you. thanks to the --
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mr. emmer: thank you. thanks to the chairman. thank you, mr. speaker. today's debate on h.r. 3905, minnesota's economic rights in the superior national forest act, also known as the miner act, is not just important to the great state of minnesota. this legislation is critically important to the united states. the miner act will reverse the misguided last-minute actions of the obama administration to stop any exploration of one of the most valuable precious metal deposits in the world. the miner act will ensure that the people of minnesota have the opportunity for jobs and economic prosperity that would come if the deposit can ever be mined in an environmentally safe and responsible manner. the miner act will renew the federal government's commitment and promise to the citizens of minnesota. when the superior national forest was created in 1909, and later when the boundary waters canoe area was established in 1978, there was an express agreement between the federal government and the state of minnesota that mining and
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logging could continue in the superior national forest. in fact, according to the most recent superior national forest land use management plan, mining and logging are considered a desired condition in the forest. this is about more than just the 10,000 jobs-plus which are now at risk because of the lame duck actions of the obama administration. this is about billions of dollars in revenue for minnesota's economy and billions more in potential education funding for minnesota's schools that are now on the line. this is about strategically important metals and minerals which are used by americans every day. and this is about undoing a last-ditch effort to further a political agenda at the expense of the livelihoods that minnesotans have relied on for generations. the miner act again is about protecting minnesota's right to explore and, if environmentally appropriate, mine valuable and
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important precious metals. precious metals that are not only necessary to our everyday technology, but which are critically important to our nation's national defense. there are some who would like to deny minnesota the right to explore and potentially mine these precious metals. they argue that any mining activity could negatively impact our beloved boundary waters canoe area. this concern, however, ignores the fact that if a mine is ever proposed and to date there has been no mine proposed, if there is ever one proposed in the superior national forest, it would have to satisfy all current local, state and federal environmental review and permitting requirements before it could ever be approved to proceed. we can and we will protect the boundary waters. i have no doubt that we can find a way to preserve minnesota's pristine landscape without permanently destroying any future job creation or economic development in minnesota.
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by passing the miner act, we protect thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue and education funding, while leaving an extensive process in tact to protect and preserve the environment and our state. in conclusion, i encourage all my colleagues to support the miner act because we know someday someone might find a way to mine these important precious metals in a safe and environmentally responsible way. and if that happens, minnesota deserves the opportunity and the jobs and economic prosperity that will ensue. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentleman from california is ecognized. >> thank you, mr. chair. i yield eight minutes of my time to the gentlewoman from minnesota. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for eight minutes.
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ms. mccollum: mr. speaker, i rise today in opposition to this destructive bill. this bill undermines bedrock environmental and public land management laws in order to create a perpetual lease for a foreign-owned toxic mine. this mine will be on the doorstep of one of our country's last truly wild places. the boundary waters canoe area wilderness. the boundary waters contains 1.1 million acres of unspoiled woodlands and more than 1,000 pristine lakes. the water wilderness is beloved by adventer, canoers, sportsmen and sports women from all across the united states and around the world. to safeguard this natural
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treasure, congress has prohibited logging, mining and even the use of most motorized vehicles on this federal land. it has made the boundary waters a haven for birds and other wildlife, the most visited wilderness area in the united states of america. these visitors, over 250,000 annually, have helped the economy and created jobs in northern minnesota. but the bill we're debating today puts this all at risk. it paves the way for a massive sulfate-ore-copper mine just a few miles from the boundary waters wilderness. sulfite-ore mining is the most toxic industry in the united states. sull file mines pollute watersways with acid drainage which contain arsenic, led -- lead, mercury. this type of mining is particularly risky in the vast interconnected watershed that flows throughout the boundary
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waters into the national park and across the border in the canadian park. the supporters of 3905 claim that the bill simply protects the boundary waters because the mines will be located outside the wilderness area. mr. speaker, this is simply not the case. let me show you where the mining would take place. this is the site of the proposed mine. on the edge of a wilderness area. the river that you see flows through the boundary waters. the area contains popular forest service camp grounds and entry points to the wilderness. it's a base for scouting. and veterans' outdoor recreation trips. some of the superior national forest's most popular fishing lakes and hunting grounds are in this area. they are home to hundreds of people and businesses. if this bill passes, it will
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reate an industrial wasteland. this bill will be an unacceptable risk, an irreparable damage to a pristine wilderness. e 2012 study of american sulfite-ore minds -- mines found that all mines had leaked. 92% of them had experienced failures that negatively affected the local water quality. even state-of-the-art sulfite-ore-copper mines consistently polluted their surrounding environments. for example, august, 2014, a copper mine in british columbia released a toxic slurry. 10 billion who litres of waste water. five billion liters of tailings. it created a polluted distaupia of dead trees and contaminated
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salmon spawning areas. because of the risks involved with these mines, the forest service has begun a two-year environmental review that will determine if the boundary waters is an appropriate place for dangerous sulfite-ore-copper mining. or if a 20-year, a 20-year withdrawal of mining rights in the watershed is appropriate. this review is the process that congress established under the federal land policy management act for considering mineral withdrawal. the review is supported by minnesota's governor, tribal governments, and 79% of all minnesotans. it also has been supported by both the current and the former administration. just this morning again i spoke with the chief of the u.s. forest service and thanked him for the administration's commitment to allow the study to go forward. but the bill we are considering today stops this established scientific review process from going forward. instead it creates a loophole for the benefit of a foreign
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mining interest. it automatically reinstates two expired and denied leasings dating back to 1966, before modern environmental laws, like the clean water act. it allows permanent mining leases, permanent mining leases on the national forest land on our nation's public land. removing scientific safeguards, environmental considerations, and public input from the renewal process. it exempts federal forests in minnesota from the protections act.e landmarks and equity it sets a dangerous precedent and will have consequences all across our country. there is simply no justification for congress to rewrite the rules for our federal forests in minnesota. and that's exactly what this piece of legislation does. in short, this proposal is a giveaway of public resources to private interests. one of our nation's last wild
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places becomes collateral damage. good people of both parties all across minnesota and throughout this country know the importance of protecting this pristine wilderness. and that's why so many of them have submitted letters to congress in opposition to h.r. 3905. and i will be entering into the record a few of those letters from minnesota's governor, three , the theodore roosevelt concentration partnership, the national wildlife federation and other sporting groups, the girl scouts of minnesota and wisconsin. and veterans for the boundary waters. a coalition of dozens of national organizations that advocate for clean water and public lands and conservation. and i urge all of my colleagues to join them, to join me in opposing this bill. and i thank the gentleman from california for the time. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: yes, mr. speaker. i would like to yield four minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. lamalfa. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for four minutes. mr. lamalfa: thank you, my colleague from arizona. thank you, mr. speaker. you know, as a californian who lives in a very rural area, part of the state, that is economically in huge pain, when i see an opportunity for people in rural america to prosper, to do well, i see in h.r. 3905, again this opportunity for the people of minnesota. the miner act introduced by my colleague from minnesota, mr. emmert, will allow for the production of raw materials to make finish products here in the united states this bill addresses the 230,000 acres
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mineral withdrawal from superior national forest of minnesota which, really, it is about jobs, economic growth, while also maintaining clear standards for all projects across the nation. indeed, this is a very narrow bill. it explores the possibilities, which is only a small step, indeed, if minning was to occur, there's a litany of permits, years of process, required to take that following step. indeed, the arbitrary decision, the day before president obama left office, halted the $400 million project, jeopardized $17 -- jeopardized 17,000 american jobs, cut $3 billion from k through 12 schools and slashed funding from local governments and states. those types of things i feel in our district. any time there's a proposal to do something like that, whether it's timber harvest or whatever, you then hear about how the whole zone is pristine and
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unique. never been touched. these operations can happen environmentally correctly, environmentally soundly. that's the standard by which we have in this country is that we'll do things correctly now and we'll put them back when we're done. so though a 20 year moratorium was imposed on the area, similar plans had been approved by congress twice. they already commit to a strict environment real view process to ensure public safety and the protection of natural resources, as we all expect. you mine an area under the strict guidelines and you reclaim it. in most cases, mining companies must also put up bonds to pay for cleanup, sometimes for billions of dollars before a single shovel is ever turned. in this case we're talking about exploration of areas to see what the potential is. this bill doesn't overturn
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federal, state or local environmental reviews. instead, they're held to clear, scoint requirements, not arbitrary decisions. allowing physicians to support one project or another based solely on a whim goes against american ideals of fairness. to those claiming mining will damage the environment, i would ask you this. where would you prefer the minerals come from. would you like them to come from america, under strict guidelines, bringing american jobs to the front? or do we want to do it elsewhere in the world, places like china and others who have little respect for environmental process or review or operations that are sustainable. i think we should have it here. where would you have us get our minerals? where would you have us get the rare earth materials needed for production of new technologies? 3905 protects minnesota's
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economy, schools and state budget. it protects the rile of law, protects domestic access to important materials and minerals we need to have our economy get stronger. a very narrow scope, sound legislation, sound policy. so i thank you, mr. speaker. i thank chairman gosar for allowing me to speak on this today. i urge swift passage of this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minute of my time to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. paulsen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. paulsen: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to speak in opposition to this legislation and here's why. it threatens minnesota's boundary waters canoe area. it stops the scientific environmental review that's going on right now. it weakens the antiquities act. d it singles out minnesota national forests as not getting the same protections national
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forests in every other state receive. we have a rich history of mine bug the mine being proposed on the doorstep of the boundary waters, america's most visited wilderness is a massive copper sull fite mine, something we have no history of in minnesota. it would threaten some of the cleanest, most pristine lakes and water in the country. today there's a two-year review going on of mining leases to analyze the risks of copper sullfide mining in the boundary waters, based on science, supported by secretary purdue and secretary sinnkey. secretary sinnkey is supporting similar review of a review near grand another national park. this is not -- this says minnesota is not worthy of the same review process of any other state in the country. it carves out a special
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exemption from minnesota from the antiquities act used by 16 president as a conservation tool to proect -- protect america's history for future generations. why should the land and history of minnesota be less worthy of protection? and there's public excellents from 100,000 people that would be toss aid side. mr. speaker, the boundary watt sers minnesota's yellowstone. hundreds of thousands of people canoe and fish there annually every year. it's a national treasure. some of the best memories of my life have taken place in the boundary waters as i grew up or now with my daughters. we owe it to future generations to understand the impact copper sull fite mining poses to the boundy waters canoe area. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes.
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>> thank you to mr. gosar for yielding me this time. i rise in support of h.r. 3905, the miner act. mr. westerman: this does not remove or reduce the permitting requirements should a future project ultimately be developed in the superior national forest but nearly a year after president obama's departure from the white house, i stand before this body to speak in favor of a bill that would rectify an injustice placed upon minnesotans by the previous administration. as we've heard throughout this debate, on president obama's last day in office, the previous administration pulled such a politically motivated stunt that appears more as a thumb in the eye of hardworking minnesotans than sound policy. without a second thought, one stroke of his pen, president obama proposed withdrawing over
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land for a hard rock mining operation that had been renewed in 1989 and 2004 without controversy this decision endangered thousands of jobs. these are good-paying jobs, significantly higher than the median average wage in minnesota and the united states. additionally that decision could devastate the school's permanent school trust fund that will support 900,000 k-12 students nationwide if the withdrawal application and canceled leases are not rejected. at too -- at a time when it's vital our teachers and students are given the resources they require it would be foolish to allow this to take place. some may ask why a member from arkansas would care about this decision. it's close to 1,000 miles away from anymy cricket to the superior national forest. the answer is two-fold and simple. first, it restores federal land management oversight back to
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where it belongs, the united states congress. h.r. 3905 will prevent executive order overreach by requiring congressional approval of all mineral or monument withdrawals within national forest system lands in minnesota and reverses the unwarranted action taken by the obama administration to unilaterally block development in the superior national forest. secondly, as someone that represents communities, counties, and schools that depend on the safe, responsibility harvest and mining of our natural resources, i understand the real devastation that will take place not only in minnesota but possibly in my district and other areas across the country if h.r. 3905 is not passed. mr. speaker, for the protection of our constitutional system of checks and balances and preservation of rural economies, i believe it is vital we pass this piece of legislation. i encourage my colleagues to vote in favor of h.r. 3905 and i would like to submit for the
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record a letter from 5 bipartisan minnesota state legislators, a letter from jobs for minnesotans, and a letter from the minnesota top trades association. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. westerman: i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: i yield five minutes to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. ellison. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. ellison: you know, mr. speaker, one of the things i'm most proud of is being from minnesota. what a beautiful state that we have. people joke about how cold it is in the wintertime but let me tell you, minnesota is awesome all year around. one of the things we're so proud of is the boundary waters. mr. speaker, look at this picture. this is no glossed up photo, this is what it looks like. isn't this awesome? back before i was in congress i
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was able to bring young people to the boundary waters who were court-involved. one day the judge told me, mr. speaker, hey, ellison, come up here, you want to take some kids to boundary waters? i said fine, i kept doing it for five jurors straight because i love the place. and yet this bill will perhaps damage all that. all that beauty. that gem of our state. which not only is a beautiful place that needs to be preserved for people but also is a job generator. a lot of people earn good livings because of the boundary walters. if we just do this -- pass this bill, what it will do is jeopardize their livelihood and our crown jewel of our state this bill will grant a mining company the right to build sull fite ore copper mines around rivers and lakes that flow directly into the boundary waters. sull fite ore copper mining has
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never been done without polluting water and thousands of communities and wildlife will be at risk. you know, when you mine sull fite ore, water and air interact to create sulfuric acid. one leak or smill would contaminate substantial portions of the boundary waters, decimating wildlife and habitat and destroying the livelihoods of so many minnesota workers. the boundary waters are especially vulnerable to acid mine drainage because they lack a buffering capacity. this bill is a bad idea and i urge members to vote no. this bill will undermine core environmental laws, including the antiquities act, the federal land policy and management act and the environmental -- the national environmental policy act. the antiquities act is a bipartisan conditioner is vation law to protect irreplaceable federal lands including in the
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grand canyon, ar cadea forest, and the limpic national parks. if they undermine the antiquities act what else is in danger? i'd say every national treasure of the united states. this attack on the antiquities act is an attack against you are national parks and monuments, making this not only a minnesota issue but a national issue. this bill would permanently lock in all mineral leases on minnesota's national forest by overriding two laws on mineral leasing in minnesota's national forest that require forest service consent to any mining. they don't want to go around the regular process. they want to use congress to short circuit the process. if you've never been to the boundary waters, as i said, i urge you to go there. if you vote no on this bill you will not just be protecting the boundary waters for yourself and people around the -- all over the united states, you will be protecting it for your grandchildren. much is said here about children
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and grandchildren. think about the boundary waters when you think about the legacy we are leaving our grandchildren and how h.r. 3905 would destroy and jetchardies that legacy. you know, economic analysis by key log economics shows sull fite ore mining on the superior national forest lands and the watershed boundary and watershed of the boundary waters could lead to a loss of 5,000 jobs in occurism -- tourism, 5,000 to 20,000 jobs in the rest of the economy. as people tout this bill as a job creator, it is a job destroyer. i would tell you that if you are an outfitter or a wilderness guide or a forest ranger, your job is just as important as anybody else's and what this bill is saying, no, your job is no good, nobody cares about it, only the mine companies' interests are important. billions tand to lose
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in annual income and $500 million in private property reduction values because of this legislation. we shouldn't have to choose between a robust economy and clean environment we feel can and must have both. say no to this piece of legislation, gives us a chance at both. voting for it makes us pick one over the other and not just economic interests but certain interests notern's. . they are conducting a two-year study of the environmental economic and social impacts of copper mining in the boundary waters. mr. lowenthal: one additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ellison: i close here and i thank the gentleman for the extra time, the forest service and bureau of land management are studying this issue but the author doesn't want to wait for the study. they want to drive this mine
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straight through without doing the proper care. more than 126,000 americans participated in this study and asked for protection of the boundary waters. minnesota voters oppose copper ining by more than two-to-one. members, vote no on this. this is a bad bill. it's not good legislation. and the damage it will do is not republican nor is it democrat, it's american. vote no. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from minnesota. mr. emmer: i thank dr. gosar and i recognize my colleague, the representative from minneapolis for his love of the boundary waters that we both share. i want to address the representative from california first on the claim that h.r. 3905 solely benefits a foreign
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mining company. i think you should ask the people of our state, you should ask the gentleman who is named dan forsman who has benefited by mining. he was ridiculed by environmentalists in the "new york times" because while he loves the place where he lives, he wants to make a living. there are several other area. es exploring the tech has holdings within the proposed withdrawal area, the development of which would be impacted. and another company has a mineral holding within the withdrawal area and is waiting federal agency action on a submitted preference right-lease application. future expansion of the north shore mine could extend boo the area and could be impacted. another company has invested millions that will be negatively
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impact by the proposed mineral withdrawal. with the dahl proposal will hinder the state's ability to seek mineral development of more than 90,000 acres of school trust fund lands. twin metals is a minnesota company and has been part of the northeastern minnesota community for 10 years. the company has invested more than $400 million in project development activities investing in new facilities, providing local employment opportunities and supporting jobs in the construction, consulting and contracting sectors. and by the way, they also support all the outfitters, the wonderful businesses of tourism. twin metals has contributed more than $320,000 to local philanthropic needs and organizations. and i would add that nothing in this bill atlantaers any current environmental law or protection. the antiquities act, nepa and all the other laws still apply
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to minnesota. so, at the end of the day, we are protecting the boundary waters. we are protecting the superior national forest and we believe both the economy and tourism -- the environment can co-exist in northern minnesota. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentleman from california reserves. mr. lowenthal: mr. chairman, how much time do i have left? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california has 9 1/2 minutes. mr. lowenthal: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lowenthal: we have heard a lot about jobs, jobs, this is going to be a great job creator. i just want to highlight some of the inaccurate numbers that have been tossed around today. the sponsor of the bill earlier today said that 10,000 jobs would be created. and the majority's legislative analysis says that the bill will
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create 17,000 jobs. but that's not correct. that is not correct. even the company behind the project doesn't claim that many jobs. and in their may, 2017 fact sheet, they report -- and this is the fact sheet for the twin metals of minnesota, they report that once operational, they will directly employ 650 people, and i quote, will create an estimated 1,300 spinoff jobs in other industries. so that's 1950 jobs. that's good. but that's a long way and a far cry from 10,000 or 17,000 jobs. but let's also look at the downside. an economic study of the tourism
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industry in the region has shown that putting a copper mine could result in the loss of nearly 5,000 direct jobs and up to 22,000 indirect jobs. that is a terrible tradeoff. and that means that this mine is potentially a net job destroyer, not a creator. i urge my colleagues to protect jobs and to oppose h.r. 3905. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is ecognized.
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does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. lowenthal: i would like to yield myself such time as i may consume. i'd like to make sure that my friends on the other side are aware of a simple fact. and that fact is very important in this debate. ater flows downhill. they make a big deal about the fact that no mining would take place in the boundary waters. but how happy would you be if someone dumped millions of gallons of toxic waste just uphill from your home and said, not to worry, because they didn't dump anything in your house? these leases that we're talking
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about are right on the border of the boundary waters wilderness area. take a look at this map. these red parts are the leases we're talking about. there's no gap. there's no buffer. any acid mine waste from these leases will flow right into the boundary waters. there is no protection in this bill for the boundary waters. there's only terrible risk. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i thank the speaker. i want to remind everybody i'm wearing a copper tie and that's because i come from arizona and known as the cotton, the climate, cattle and the citrus and for copper. it's a critical mineral and we have seen these displays here in
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the well this morning diverting the public's attention about what truly is actually here. this is actually a site that they explained to people the clear definition. let's look at this. what you see in red and yellow, st like a light you see red, stop, yellow caution, green, go. the red is the boundary waters. the red is the boundary waters. no mining. no mining whatsoever. the yellow is a buffer. and by the way, the only place in the united states that is surrounded by a buffer. no. don't proceed. so they confused you with that map. this is where we're talking about, down in here in the gene water, it is not the boundary waters. the pictures you saw that were in the well were of the boundary waters, not where the mining is going to take place.
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so let's dispel the rumors. red, no mining. yellow, no mining, green, ok. but that's following rules. that's following all rules. once again, just to remind folks back home that are watching, the red is the boundary waters. there is no mining in the boundary waters. the pictures you saw in the well are in the boundary waters. no mining occurs in the boundary waters. and with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: i would like to highlight the overwhelming local opposition to a copper sulphite mine right next to the boundary waters. a poll done earlier this year found that 59% of the people of minnesota oppose copper sulphite mining near the boundary waters.
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79% support the existing two-year study that the forest service is doing on this type of mining, including in that 79%, the republicans support two-year study that the forest service is doing. now, we're not talking about a mining activists. the people of minnesota support copper sulphite mining in the state, 43% to 33%. but the people in the state of minnesota know that there are right places to have these kinds of mines and there are wrong places to have these kinds of mines. the boundary waters are the
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wrong place. the people of minnesota know it. the forest service knows it. and i hope that the congress realizes it and knows it, too. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i thank the speaker. so the charge is the people of minnesota strongly oppose mining near the boundary waters. let us go back and remind everybody about the red. we are not talking about the red and the yellow in the previous document. minnesota's democratic governor was for mining in the area. there is strong support for copper and nickel mining and for allowing companies to propose projects. in november of 2016, a poll of 400 registered voters in the 8th congressional district found that by greater of a three to one margin had a positive
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response. by greater than two to one margins support the building of a new mine and believe it can be done in an environmentally responsible way. and more than 60% support underground copper nickel projects, the twin metals mine. a poll of more than 600 registered voters found among other results a majority of voters, 56% favor expanding minnesota's mining industry. 48% are in support of the copper mining industry in the state. all mayors, state legislators and those who represent the region and the area proposed for the withdrawal are pro-mining advocates. 53 bipartisan state legislators and leadership of both parties support the passage. and why is that? these aren't just your average jobs. they don't pay service wages like $20,000.
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these are $100,000-plus and additionally having benefits. those are jobs that americans seek their teeth in and that's what built america. and stay tuned, i'm going to show photos of how they really look at mining. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: i yield one minute of my time to the the gentlewoman from minnesota. ms. mccollum: i thank the gentleman. and mr. speaker, i brought this poster to the floor earlier and i bring it again. this is the proposed area in which the twin metals mine has been looking doing the copper sulphite ore mining, which is 92% of the mines have polluted water quality and had leakage or seepage. this is the boundary water up here. we keep hearing it is just
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adjacent. this is an underground corridor. this is an underground corridor. and this is a deposit. this is where all the mining activity would take place. and i -- i, mr. speaker, i don't see how open water creates a physical boundary to stop pollution. north ution will go up of the divide and it will seep and go into the boundary waters can ue area, 1,000 lakes, rivers and streams. this is mining adjacent to a wilderness that will become forever polluted when this mine is to be built. with that, i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. michael: --
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the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: the senate has passed with an amendment h.r. 1892, an act to amend title 4, united states code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty in which the concurrent of the house is requested. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: thank you, mr. speaker. this bill alters no current environmental laws or protections. mining companies will still have to comply with the clean water act, clean air act, nepa and other state and federal laws. local communities -- everybody wants clean waters. these people actually live in the area. so let's go to the next one. these local communities actually want mining in minnesota, and because the results are for cleaner water. this is actually a viewpoint of an actual mine site. this is a long time ago. this is a pit. and what ends up happening here
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is they're very vowed because minnesota is very proud of their water. let's show them -- very proud because minnesota is very proud of their water. let's show them the next picture. this is after. can you imagine local municipalities and towns lining up for this water? this is the cleanest water in minnesota. this is how they actually reclaim the water. this isn't me. these are the people from the area that gave us these photos. if you want to see an in depth video, go to youtube and look up the video that the people back in this region put together. this actually shows you. this is clean water. this is where you have pristine fisheries. they line up for this water. there are no environmental hazards. minnesota's mining industry has been proud of what they've actually built. nce again, before, after, it's inconceivable differences. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. lowenthal: will the
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chairman yield -- answer a question? mr. gosar: i will answer a question. mr. lowenthal: what you just tacinite is that a pit or sulfite pit? mr. lowenthal: we are talking about sulfite. mr. gosar: it's all about all mining. this is not about copper. that's what you withdrew. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona reserves. mr. lowenthal: i'd like to talk about that because of what type of mine this is. i'd like to yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lowenthal: northern minnesota has had a long history of mining. but the mine that we're talking about here is not like any other mine in the state. this is a copper sulfite mine, and these types of mines are notorious for generating acid
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mine drainage. as the forest service puts it, these mines are -- and i quote from the forest service -- known worldwide for producing acid mine drainage that requires continuous management and perpetual water treatment. even in the absence of a major spill, having this acidic waste chronically leaking into the environment will create a problem that will last for generations and may never be fixed. a study of 14 similar copper mines found all but one had significant water quality impacts due to failure of the water collection and treatment systems from keeping the contamination from seeping out. as was pointed out by the opposition, most -- the majority -- most of these mines are in dry areas of the
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american southwest where there is far less water that needs to be treated than in a very wet environment like northern minnesota. the forest service also describes the specific threat that the boundary waters are under. they point out there is a direct flow of water -- and i quote that from them -- a direct flow of water from these leases to the boundary waters, and that there is a high likelihood of acid mine drainage from these ores and that the drainage from the mine is likely to be highly acidic. and members, once the problem starts, it's nearly impossible to make it stop. this is a perfect storm for destroying the boundary waters and it's not worth the risk.
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i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: yes. will the gentleman take a question? mr. lowenthal: certainly. mr. gosar: will the gentleman from california give me an example of a mine that he actually supports? mr. lowenthal: you raise it. i'm here to say that there are many mines in the state of minnesota that i do support, that are ecologically -- that are protected. but this is a different mine. we are only talking about -- about one time of mine. mr. gosar: reclaiming my time. you can't identify a single mine that's permissible in the opposition. with that i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. the gentleman from california as one minute. mr. lowenthal: are you ready -- is the majority ready to close? mr. gosar: i'm the last speaker. mr. lowenthal: well, i think that we made a very strong case
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that economically this does not make sense. potentially destroying the tourist industry and what makes minnesota unique is this -- are the wilderness areas, the boundary waters wilderness area, that there is a tremendous risk that they have never had this type of mining in minnesota before. that as the -- was pointed out by the forest service, there is a very high risk of acidic discharge and that this -- the mine will drain into the boundary waters. this is the wrong project at this time, and i urge a no vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: i thank the speaker. so we've heard some other charges that 3905 changes five federal laws for minnesota's national forest. this bill alters no current
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environmental laws or protections. the federal land policy and management act, nepa and all other environmental laws still apply to minnesota. let's go through this history. in 1950, congress took action to make land available for mineral exploration and development within the superior national forest. congress did. then, again, in 1978, congress passed the boundary waters canoe area wilderness act, a compromise that prohibited mining within the 1.1 million-acre boundary waters. once again, the red area. and the yellow. no mining. the superior national forest, the green. once again, red, no, yellow, no, green, go. but that's fulfilling all current legislative and environmental laws. the mining law of 1872 that we
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heard earlier governs most mining on federal laws -- lands. however, in this case, it does not. it's the weeks act that controls projects in this area because they are located on acquired national forest mineral leases on these lands. there are no indefinite agreements typically. they typically retain a nondiscretionary right, nondiscretionary right, once again, to renew every 20 years. the two leases for the mineral deposit in question began in 1966. renewed in 1989. and again in 2004 without controversy. the miner act halts last-minute political mineral withdraws by requiring congressional approval. once again, the magical word, congressional approval. the return of federalism. hmm. amazing. renews two mining leases denied for political reasons under the same terms they were renewed
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twice previously and ensures any future mining projects will have to satisfy all existing environmental permitting requirements, including nepa. these people demand that they do it in a righteous way. there's no digging right now. these are proposed. and the minnesotans that came up to visit and they so happily shared their history and their area with me, they want it done right because they live with the consequences. not somebody that comes from twin cities once in a blue moon. but once again let's go back. this is the boundary waters. this is what you heard misrepresented all the way around. there is no mining begun around in the boundary waters. there is no mining -- there is no mining around in the boundary waters. this is hallowed ground. green, go. now, it's also very unfortunate that we see rumors going around from members of congress that
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the interior department actually is against this. no further from the truth. so let's -- we just received an email from the secretary of interior that they are not opposed to this bill. i have over 150 groups, individuals, and community leaders who now want to be on the record supporting the lawful aspects of returning this back to the folks in minnesota for mining. i'd also like to enter into the record representative stewart's comments that he was not able to be here for the record as well. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gosar: and he also wants a letter from the international union of operating engineers to be entered into the record for support. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gosar: how much time do i have still? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona has 1 1/2 minutes. mr. gosar: you know, folks, what transpired here was a
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travesty. as i outlined historically, congress dictated twice in unusual fashion this green area for go. they designed the boundary waters and a buffer area for protection. once again, no boundary waters. you're being misled. no boundary waters are having mining. this is as clear as it gets. what ended up happening was an illegal action by the president earlier this year. he wiped this away. this doesn't wipe away any environmental laws. what it does is it returns it to the way it was. the way that it should be. the way that congress dictated. federalism. a return to the people in that state. and with that i ask everybody to vote for this bill and support this bill and would that i also ask everybody to go to a video that has been produced by the people in this iron ore range to see exactly how the people of that area of minnesota actually feel about
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it. it's magnificent. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. all time for debate on this bill has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i have an amendment at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 1 printed in house report 115-429 offered by mr. grijalva of arizona. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 631, the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. the american people are getting ripped off in this bill. the chilean mining conglomerate behind this bill makes out like a bandit. they get two expired leases back as well as exemptions from several key environmental laws that could be used to stop any of their dreams of massive profits from a giant copper
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mine. but the american people are the ones that are getting ripped off. this land is being given away for next to nothing. for the past 50 years, the lease holder has been paying rent of $1 an acre per year. think about that. $1 an acre per year, unchanged for 50 years. the american people are the landlords here. they're charging a chilean company about $420 per month for 5,000 acres of prime land right next to the most visited wilderness area in the country. i can only imagine how many hardworking americans would desperately love to be guaranteed having to pay only $420 a month for their homes for as long as they want. particularly if their home was over two million square feet, as these leases are. but we are not talking about someone building a house here. we're talking about a giant, destructive copper sulfite mine that threatens one of the greatest unspoiled spaces in
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the country, the boundary waters wilderness. don't be fooled that the boundary waters are protected in this bill. they are not even remotely protected. copper sulfite mining results in acid drainage. the same that comes from abandoned coal mines and destroyed thousands of miles of streams and rivers throughout appalachia. acid mine drainage from these regions would flow into the boundary waters into a neighboring canadian wilderness and to voyagers national park. that would permanently impact millions of acres of lakes and fish and wildlife habitat and risk the entire tourism and recreation economy of the region. the majority says it is worth it because the money can be used for education. give me a break. the only benefit from this legislation is children learning the chemistry of asidic water
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flows, the biology of dead fish and shattered tourism and recreation industry. but if the majority is concerned about the amount of money that a destroyed wilderness can be brought to the state, they should be embarrassed by the sweetheart deals in these leases. these numbers are absurd. these rock-bottom prices subsidize a foreign company to mine on public lands right next to an irreplaceable wilderness. the company needs to pay a royalty rate of 60% because that's the same rate that a senator has determined that company should pay for the oil national ctic wildlife refuge. it should be no cheaper to destroy wilderness in minnesota. with the extra of billions of dollars, perhaps it could fund
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education and help all the owners that would be put out of business. i will not support h.r. 3905 even if this amendment is adopted, but members should be given the opportunity to demonstrate that they don't believe that a foreign mining company should be allowed to get public land and public resources at rock-bottom rates and out in the west for free. i urge my colleagues to support the taxpayers and support my amendment. and oppose the underlying bill. mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona reserves. does the gentleman from arizona seek time in opposition? mr. gosar: i rise to claim time in opposition to the amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. gosar: in july, the subcommittee on energy and mineral resources heard all about royalties. ll instructed to diss in
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senttivize investment. this amendment is a hallmark example of a poorly designed royalty. this amendment doesn't specify what the royalty will be applied to, when in the mining process it will be assessed and doesn't have a cap. this amendment is a thinly veiled means to support the supporting mining project from getting off the ground. and with that, i oppose this amendment and i ask all members to vote against it. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva is recognized. mr. grijalva: let me just close by saying that this precedent eing set here with 3905 is a precedent that i think every member of congress needs to consider. the backdrop is the mining law of 1872 that hasn't been changed
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since then that basically provides the public resources and extraction of our public lands for free to any company and more prevalent now are foreign mining companies. no return to the taxpayer. no consequences are considered under environmental damage that these mines have caused, the abandonned mines that haven't been cleaned up. this is a backdrop to a more serious problem that this congress has to grapple with. on this piece of legislation, this can be destructive for the future and cut the public and the process -- cut processes that involve the public and safeguard the enretirement at the same time. i urge a yes vote on my amendment. and a no vote on the underlying legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. gosar: once again, we want
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to go back to misinformation. this does not pertain to the mining act of 1872. in fact, this is under the weeks act which controls projects in this area because they are on acquired mineral forest land. these agreements typically contain nondiscretionary right to renew. the question began in 1966 and renewed in 1989 and again in 2004 without controversy. i also would like to take the opportunity to go through a number of groups that actually are against this amendment and endorse the bill. 53 bipartisan state legislators from the state of minnesota are for this bill. as elected leaders of minnesota, we are rising in strong support of h.r. 3905. this supports jobs, economic development and industry in northeast minnesota and will reverse an onerous of overreach
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and politically motivated decision by the obama administration. it has our bipartisan support and we hope it will become law. a second one, range association of municipalities and schools. the results of the withdrawal and potential 20-year moratorium would have a devastating impact for support of our school-wide education system. they would be that would be employed. in 20 years of mining, our permanent school trust fund would reap nearly $3 billion in royalties if allowed to go forward. the mining act does not restrict these strenuous environmental review processes and there will be no mining in the boundary waters or the zone. next one, the american exploration and mining association. h.r. 390e5 will eliminate
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delays, return to good stewardship, a fair process and restore the opportunity to have critical minerals in one of the richest mineral deposits in the nation. the emerging mining industry is an investment in the nation. would this legislation make us at risk. the american enterprise institute. this is a welcome reassertion of congressional authority over public land. article 4 of the constitution vests congress, not the president with plenary power over public lands. members on both sides of the aisle should take umh bradge to away.chinings to come with a mere stroke of a pen. by treating public lands, regulation as a means tore build a presidential legacy. the previous administration
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flouted the spirit of participatory and inclusive land use statutes as designed by congress. you should pass h.r. 3905. and finally, the americans general contractors of minnesota. r. 3905 changes no processes and doesn't relax environmental . ws .r. 3905 would reaffirm long standing congressional intent that this area be designating for mining and timber sales. and i ask everybody to vote against this amendment and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the previous question is ordered on the bill as amended and on the amendment offered by the gentleman from arizona, mr.
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grijalva. pursuant to clause c, further consideration is postponed. the speaker pro tempore: the house will now entertain requests for one-minute peeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> permission to address the house tore one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today
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ith an extreme joy and excitement, my hometown of new orleans, next year we sell bait our 300th anniversary and leading us into our anniversary, you know over the years we were under french control and spanish control and back under french control and the louisiana purchase, but as we walk into our 300th year, we have elected and will be under the control of a female mayor for the first time in new orleans' history and that female is latoya can trell. he is focused on the future. and i congratulate her to be the mayor and assure the people of new orleans that we are going to go forward in our 300th year together and continue to improve the greatest city in the world
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and that is new orleans, louisiana. i congratulate ms. cantrell to be mayor of the city of new orleans and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker, as americans gathered around their thanksgiving tables joining hands with their families, a texas highway patrol trooper was murdered. while returning to his patrol car during a routine traffic stop, trooper allen was shot in the back by a dastardly criminal, the driver of that criminal.
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trooper allen was working alone, as most troopers in texas do. the multiple shots killed trooper allen. the crook had illegally procured a weapon in the homicide of trooper allen. the criminal, like most do, quickly fled the scene leaving texas rangers and law enforcement on a chase across texas, but he was finally apprehended. mr. speaker, this wasn't the first time that the criminal had targeted our men and women in uniform. a slew of previous convictions are on his rap sheet, including drug possession, evading arrest and violence toward law enforcement. the killer is now where he belongs, in the jail house. the bandit will face texas justice. the department of public safety officer allen was a devoted husband, a father of three and a
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15-year member of texas law enforcement. he served with courage placing the badge, the star, over his heart and reporting for duty every day. we pray for trooper allen and his family. trooper allen, like all peace officers placed his life between us and the lawless. we should remember him and thank god that such men have lived. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. are there any further requests for one-minute speeches? under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from ohio, mr. ryan, is recognized as the designee of the minority leader. mr. ryan: i appreciate the opportunity to be here for a special order. the issues of the day in shington d.c. are many and
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tonight i would like to talk about what is happening with the tax reform bill that is coming before the united states senate. we are getting rumors that it will be here this week and maybe a possible vote on friday. and it's important for us as we look at the first tax reform bill in 31 years to understand that we do need changes to our tax code has the become too complicated, too complex. it needs to be simplified. the tax code has become burdensome to small, medium-sized businesses. it's not always the most cooperative tax code for
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entrepreneurship or innovation. it lacks incentives for helping us in certain sectors of the economy to help us grow. but the most staggering problem itthe tax code today is that has direct and substantial benefits for the wealthiest people in the country. now, i'm of the mind set that we need to have a tax code and economy and public policies that are going to allow the free enterprise system to work efficiently, that will allow for growth, especially in communities that have been distressed for many, many decades and are looking for the private sector to come in and hire our workers. it's very important, but like most issues in the united states, like most issues that we face here in congress, we
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have to look at these issues in the context of what's happening in the free market and what's happening in the rest of the economy. so it's important for us to know that over the last 30 years, since the last time we've done tax reform, we've had a lot of growth in the country. globalization and automation has led to enormous amounts of wealth being created, and that wealth has goten consen -- gotten concentrated. it's gotten concentrated to a small group in the country, and it's gotten concentrated in certain areas of the country. so over the last 30 years, e've seen 96% of income growth in the united states has gone to the top 10% of the people in
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the country, the wealthiest 10% of the people. that's fact. that's fact. 96% of income growth has gone to the top 10%. for the majority of americans, we have seen wages that are stagnant. we have seen pensions that have collapsed. we have seen people go from making $30 or $40 an hour down 10, $12, so the great middle class of the united states has seen its wealth go up to the top 10% of the wealthiest families and people in the country. it's fact. we've seen now that the top 1% of the people in the country own 90% of the wealth in the
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nited states, and the ultimate tatistic that shows where most americans are is the one that , lls us that 63% of americans erican families, 93% could emergency. d a $500 now, think about that. 63% of american families can't , and and a $500 emergency we've had this huge wealth creation over the last 30 years that has gone primarily to the top 10%. so now we come back to the idea that we're going to reform the tax code, and we look at charts
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like this. this is corporate profits after and we back to 1950, see as globalization took hold and we started moving in that direction in the 1970's and into the 1980's and up in the 1990's and then into the 2000's , we've seen corporate profits go up. and then in 2001 and 2003, we implemented a new round of supply-side economics per george w. bush. cut taxes for the wealthy. they'll take that money. they'll reinvest it back in the united states. drive up wages. hire people. we'll get growth. that was the philosophy. ell, what we saw happen is a
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huge increase in corporate profits from that moment on until the collapse of the economy in 2009, 2010. so the philosophy was, we're going to cut taxes for the wealthy. corporations and the wealthiest families will put that money back in the economy. wages will go up. we'll get growth. we saw huge increases in corporate profits, and we saw he slowest growth, slowest decade of growth in our country since the great depression. now, you don't have to be a philadelphia lawyer to figure out that what our friends on the other side of the aisle what lling us back then
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the big tax cuts to the wealthy was going to do didn't work. this is what happened. funny. if you cut taxes for the wealthiest and you help corporations, their profits go up significantly. but growth for average families has been stagnant to the point where today we have 63% of families can't afford a $500 emergency. that is what the republican party is now talking about doing again, again. already proved not to work, but let's not let that stop us. let's keep going. and so we are now going to see a tax cut that will make permanent a lower corporate tax rate and any benefit at all
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at may go to the lower classes of people will not be permanent. that will go away. so not only that, now, here's the kicker. here's the kicker. in order to do this big tax cut , the united states is going to have to borrow the money because we can't afford it and we are going to give this huge tax cut to people primarily, primarily the wealthiest people in the country and we are going to -- we can't afford it, so we're going to go to china, and we're going to borrow the money from them and we're going to bring it back to the united states and we're going to give it to the wealthiest people in our country. and then we're going to pay china back with interest the money we borrowed to give to
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the wealthiest people in the united states. and all under the premise that it's going to get the economy going and it's going to lift up wages when we've already tried that and we know it doesn't work. so what re-- are we doing? not to mention the fact that the chinese are aggressively of ing slowly the erosion the united states of america. they're going to take our money that we've already borrowed from them and we are going to borrow more and pay interest on it and they are going to take that money. they're building islands in the south china sea. they're building islands. yes, islands, in the south china sea and then they're building airports and military bases on the islands so they
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can continue to project out force in the south china sea. we just borrowed a bunch of money. we are going to pay interest on it so they can go and finance build more islands. they are making huge investments in cyber. they're making huge investments in submarines, in their navy, in their military apparatus. financed primarily by money that they lend out like to us. so not only are we borrowing money and got to pay it back, our bank, china, is going to use the interest that we're paying to fund their war machine, and they've already moved into africa where they're digging out a lot of the minerals and natural resources that they're using to feed their industrial machine, putting a base in djibouti, projecting force into africa. and they're going to continue
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to do that and the united states is going to go an extra $2 trillion in debt and continue the concentration of wealth here. china's putting a ton of money into wind and solar. they just announced a few weeks ago that they're going to move to battery powered cars. renewable energy. they're putting billions of llars into things like additive manufacturing. this is our competitor. and we're getting everything wrong. everything. at this point this tax bill is not going to be good for the middle class. it's not going to grow the economy. it's going to put us $2.3 trillion in debt, and it's going to feed the beast that is
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china that is trying to come back after the united states in every which way. and then we see on the news today north korea's firing another missile. who do we got to get to talk to north korea? we have to get china to talk to north korea. president trump said china's got to help us with this. china's not going to help with anything. we owe them. that's the problem. that's the problem you get into when you borrow so much money. and when corporate profits are at the highest they've ever been, we can't ask these folks to help us. one-fifth of corporations, one-fifth of the fortune 500 corporations, you know how much they paid in corporate tax?
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one-fifth paid zero in corporate tax. and, look, the corporate tax is a mess too. but this is where the wealth is concentrated. the owners of these businesses. the shareholders of these businesses. and we have a situation where capital and capital gains has been given preference over labor. so if you make money off of money, you're good. you pay a lower tax rate. warren buffett said it a million times, he pays a lower rate than his secretary pays. that doesn't seem fair. and we stack the burden on top f labor. this is a huge concentration of
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wealth, and then we have a huge concentration of opportunity, too, in the united states. a lot of it through geography, where silicon valley's doing really well, wall street's doing really well, have little tech pockets here or there in texas, in austin, up in ssachusetts to the point where venture capital, which is the money that makes that engine go for growth, is concentrated in three states. % of venture capital goes to california, new york, and massachusetts. 90% of it goes to men, and only 1% goes to african-american people in this country. so opportunity is being concentrated. we need a new energy grid.
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we need broadband in the united states to reach to every corner of our country to plug these communities back in that have been unplugged from global -- the global economy and globalization. they need plugged back in. they need investment. they need technology. they need business incubators. they need research at their universities. their kids need access to broadband at their schools, and in rural communities across the country where kids literally have to go to mcdonald's to plug into the wi-fi to download their home work and to do it. is that where we are in the united states? is this what we're settling for ? are we ok with this? because i'm not.
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this stinks. this stinks. and we've got to do something about it. i want to make just one or two last points. you think about who's going to benefit. from this tax cut. and one of the prime beneficiaries is going to be the president of the united states and his families. his family members. one of the prime beneficiaries, one of the provisions is to get rid of the alternative minimum tax. which means if you got enough lawyers and you got enough
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accountants and you can find every loophole, then at the very least you'll pay the alternative minimum tax. and if the bill we're talking out passing here passes, and was applied to the only tax returns we have for the president, he would save $30 million just on the alternative minimum tax repeal. so, the donald trumps of the world are going to get a huge tax break and wages are stagnant for middle class families. and if you talk about the donald trumps of the world passing on their wealth, his family will save $1 billion.
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$1 billion under this provision will benefit the trumps. look, i'm not mad at anybody for being rich. i don't care. i'm happy for you. god bless. but, my goodness gracious. at a time of such great income inequality, at a time of stagnant wages for 30 years, and 60% of families in the united states can't afford a $500 emergency, can't blow a couple tires on your car or have your r break down, and your world unravels. somebody gets sick. your world unravels. and we're going to give the donald trump family $1 billion tax cut? we have communities that are dying from the inside.
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dilapidated homes all over the communities. that need to come down. no broadband, no nice roads, no nice schools, no new schools. teachers who haven't seen a pay raise for 10 years. erosion of the tax base. we need investment, public investment to stimulate private investment. into these communities. and we're going to borrow money from china. not to rebuild our own country, not to say we're going to borrow $2.3 billion from china, we're going to do roads, bridges, airports, put everybody back to work, drive up wages, broadband in every community, new emergency grid, jobs that are in -- energy grid, jobs that are in the ground and can't be outsourced to china. that's not what we're borrowing money for. we're going to borrow the money and we're going to give it to families like this.
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i just don't think this is the direction we need to be going in. the benefits for the middle class sun set and the benefits for the major corporations are made permanent. there's even a provision in the ouse bill for sure that allows companies to write off an expense, shipping their jobs overseas. now, can you imagine, who's writing this stuff? to where we're going to give the company and a big corporation the ability to expense moving equipment and people and all kinds of other things from the united states to china to vietnam to mexico to somewhere else.
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this is some dark stuff. what's happening here. and i will tell you that if somebody could prove to me that borrowing $2.3 trillion from china was going to create jobs in youngstown and akron, ohio, warren, ohio, nice, ohio, gary, indiana, buffalo. i'd be the first one to say, we got to do something. got to do something. let's talk about that. maybe it's worth it for us to borrow that money and make an investment like you'd borrow for your kids' education, you'd borrow for your house or your business to reinvest. maybe it would make some sense for us to do that. but there's no evidence that that's the case. so i say, let's start over. come talk to the democrats. there's no reason why this has to be done by the end of the year.
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what's the rush? what's the hurry? we haven't done this in 31 years, let's do it right. congressman ro khanna and i and several others have offered a $1 trillion tax cut for working class families. people who make $75,000, $80,000 a year and have two or three kids would get thousands of dollars back. let's approach that. how do we expand the affordable housing credits, how do we expand the wind credits for the renewable industry in wind and solar, industries that are growing at 20% or 25% a year? and then target those investments to distressed areas. let's sit down and talk about that. let's sit down and talk about how we can get all these government jobs out of washington, d.c., and spread them around the country. there's 300,000 here. let's get a good chunk of them and move them out. we don't -- everyone doesn't
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need to be in washington, d.c. these jobs could be done, 1,000 jobs in youngstown and 1,000 in akron and 1,000 in biloxi. 1,000 in tallahassee. stabilize these communities. and then rebuild. let's sit down. there's a way out. if we come together. this is going to get rammed through. no democrats are even at the table. trump, president trump said he invited our leadership over. come down to talk. and he tweeted before that, i'm not going to accept any of the democratic provisions. but come on over and happy to talk. i don't think the coffee's that good at the white house. if we're not going to have a serious conversation. this is a wrong move for our country. , u know, you start to think
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not to be doom and gloom, but we're already trillions of dollars in debt. we already have the highest level of income inequality we've had since the great depression. we have republican control of the house, the senate and the white house. and they're going to pass a tax bill that borrows another $2.3 trillion from china, feeds that beast, feeds the chinese beast all over the world, in africa, n the south china sea. while here in the united states we have communities that are collapsing. how much longer can we go? because i know in communities like mine, we've been dealing with this for 40 years. and it's time both parties step up with a grand solution or a
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series of strategies to fix it. and i will tell you, one of those strategies is not to give a huge tax cut to donald trump and his family, to the wealthiest corporations who have the highest corporate profits in the history of our country. that is not the solution. so we need to come together, sit down, make this right. start over. both parties need to be a part of this grand solution. this grand strategy. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess for a period of less than ut objection.
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mr. harper: mr. speaker, i yield such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. harper: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of this house resolution. the resolution is one part of the committee on house

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