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to call for election officials in pennsylvania. news this afternoon from the white house. the associated press is reporting that larry kudlow tells the associated press he has accepted the white house economics job, heading the national economic council, the garycon. position. opposes tariffs but, quote, is in accord with president trump's policy. le we'll hear more about that a bit later on. votes coming up in the house. the senate is in this afternoon as well. and they continue work on financial regulations as part of the remake of the dodd-frank financial regulation law of 2010. follow the senate over on c-span2.
the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. ordering the previous question on house resolution 773. aadopting house resolution 773, if ordered. and suspend the rules and passing h.r. 4909. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be conducted as five-minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on ordering the previous question on house resolution 773 on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number
131. house resolution 773. resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 4545 to amend the federal financial institutions examination counsel act of 1978 to improve the examination of depository institutions, and for other purposes. providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 1116, to require the federal financial institutions regulatory agencies to take risk profiles and business models of institutions into account when taking regulatory actions, and for other purposes. and providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 4263, to amend the securities act of 1933 with respect to small company capital formation, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the
vote the yeas are 234. he nays are 183. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption it of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. >> on that i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] 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.]
for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. pelosi: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. and it will be close to one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. pelosi: mr. speaker, today we in congress have the honor of recognizing an outstanding leader and esteemed colleague, ongresswoman marcy kaptur.
we have the esteemed honor of recognizing marcy kaptur as she becomes the longest serving woman in the history of the ouse of representatives. and it's not just about the longevity of her service but the quality of her leadership in the house of representatives in so many ways. it's fitting that we should recognize her outstanding leadership during women's history month. thank you for giving us the privilege of doing that. and i know that the people of ohio and our colleagues from ohio here take great pride and their association with marcy kaptur as with the rest of us
in honor to call her colleague. she has left her mark in so many ways. she is the first woman ever to be assigned to serve on the subcommittee of appropriations on defense, and in addition to protecting the american people, honoring our first responsibility to protect and defend, she was the champion for the world war ii memorial and a determined defender of all who served there and their legacy. thank you, marcy kaptur, for hat. marcy kaptur has taken great pride of being a constant, wavering voice for the american heartland in the u.s. congress. her faith is important to her. her faith in god. her faith in her community. her faith in our country. as a leader on the joint select committee on solvency of
multiemployer plans, for example, she's a strong champion for retirees and their endangered pensions. the list goes on and on. from childhood to pensions, marcy has been there in the lead on the appropriations committee. by the way, the longest serving woman on the appropriations committee as well. later today, the reception, which you are all invited in the rayburn room, i will read a letter of congratulations from barbara mull -- well, in the congress she is, but marcy in the house. it's really important to know the impact that marcy has had on all of us. she's a person of the greatest integrity, sincerity, she knows her purpose, she knows her subjects, her judgment is respected and she always has a plan. and, therefore, as i said so many times, if you want to save
yourself some time, just do what marcy asks you to do the first time around. the granddaughter of polish immigrants, she takes great pride -- >> mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the house will please come to order. ms. pelosi: as a granddaughter of polish immigrants, marcy takes great pride in her heritage, and as with most families taking pride in their heritage, she is fierceless patriotic and loves america and works every day for all families pursuing economic opportunity and the american dream. marcy, thank you for your outstanding leadership on behalf of ohioans, for sure, for all americans, on behalf of women, girls, and families across the country and across the world. it's an honor to serve with you , a privilege to call you colleague, a joy to call you friend. thank you, marcy kaptur.
the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the house will please come to order. please take your seats. will members please take their seats. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? the speaker: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house and to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker of the house is recognized. the speaker: i rise to wholeheartedly agree with the democratic leader. i'm not sure i've ever said that before. look, this is truly an
impressive milestone. got to say, look, marcy, the lawmaker that you are surpassing, edith norris rogers, famously summed up her time in office by saying this -- the first 30 years are the hardest. . you start it and you like the work and you just keep on. marcy, you have certainly kept on. the leader mentioned it, the world war ii memorial. this started in 1987, an exchange you had with a veteran at a fish fry back in jerusalem township in your district. i mean -- it took, what, six years to get a bill into law. then another 11 years to get the memorial built. that certainly is what it looks like when you're keeping on. now, marcy and i served together on the budget committee. what serving together in the budget committee means between of the two of us is we pretty
much disagreed on everything that we talked about in the budget committee. but i've always had great respect for how you engage in the battle of ideas and how you stay true to your principles and you do it in such an underlowest -- an uplifting way. passion is not hard to find in our politics today. there's no two ways about that. but passion sustained over a long time, over the long haul, without fail, takes an enormous amount of commitment. no matter which side of the aisle we are on, we can all take something from your example. you have been a tirlse advocate for your principles, -- tireless advocate for your principles, your point of view, and you have done it with honor and distinction and with that, that is a phenomenal example for all of us. really. no matter -- it's truly fitting that this is happening during women's history month as well. but this milestone i would say is not so much about days served, it is a testament to the endless possibilities that are in front of us.
i think of our own daughter, who was electeded vice president of her class last year. which goes to show that at least somebody in our family can get elected to vice president. her generation is just so fortunate to have all these pioneers to look up to. to have stories to hear from and to learn from. whether it's marcy kaptur, or nancy pelosi. our first woman speaker of the house. or cathy mcmorris rogers, the longest serving conference chair ince my mentor, jack kemp. or ileana ros-lehtinen, the first hispanic woman elected to cover. -- congress. or elise stefanik, the youngest woman ever to be elected to this congress. every day we get to work with
leaders who are making history and inspiring generations now and to come. so, marcy, thank you for keeping on, for all
12,858 of these days . thank you for your service and congratulations on this great distinction and honor. congratulations. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, five-minute voting will continue. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from virginia, mr.
goodlatte, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4909 as amended, on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4909, a bill to re-authorize the grant program for school security and the omnibus crime control and safe streets act of 1968. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that i may here after be considered as the first sponsor of h.con.res. 79, resolution originally introduced by former representative conyers of michigan. mr. nadler: for the purpose of adding co-sponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule -- 7 of rule 12. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that i may here after be considered as the first sponsor of h.r. 37, a bill originally introduced by former representative conyers of michigan for the purposes of adding co-sponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant o clause 7 of rule 12. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move that we suspend the rules and pass h.r.
3996, the protect access to the courts for taxpayers act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 455, h.r. 3996. a bill to amend title 28 united states code to permit other courts to transfer certain cases to the united states tax courts. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. issa, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. issa: thank you, mr. speaker. under general leave, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 3996 , currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. issa: mr. speaker, i recognize myself for such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. issa: thank you, mr. speaker. american taxpayers fighting the
internal revenue service deserve their day in court. not every taxpayer who thinks the i.r.s. is wrong is right. but not every time the i.r.s. brings a case are they right. the tax court is a unique creation of congress. it is in fact an article one court specifically created and dedicated to tax issues. the tax court has the expertise necessary to hear complex, or in some cases simple, tax cases. any situation in which a taxpayer is unable to contest an i.r.s. action therefore would be simply unacceptable. unfortunately the problem today is that due to an oversight in the federal law, you can find yourself in a situation by filing in good faith not to be able to use a tax court. unlike the i.r.s., not all taxpayers know about the
requirement to file tax disputes in the tax court. some taxpayers in good faith file in their local district court, which is wrong. and by the time it's discovered, their opportunity to file in tax court has expired. today when a federal tax court judge recognizes the improper venue under current law, he is prevented from simply transferring the case to tax court where it rightfully belongs. by the time this happens, the taxpayer usually has lost their day in court, since they only have a short time in which to ask for the tax court. along with the ranking member of the full judiciary committee, we introduced the protecting access to courts for taxpayers act. the legislation quite simply fixes this error that impacts dozens and dozens of americans
repeatedly every year. it is supported by advocates in the judicial conference and the tax courts. it just makes sense, mr. speaker, that, in fact, getting your day in court should not be nullified by an actual petition to a court and not recognized in time. in any other case in which you file in federal court, if the court determines it's not an appropriate venue, the case is transferred. this is a lone exception. and i thank my colleague from new york in his support in this legislation and his help in making sure it was drafted accurately. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. johnson: i rise in support of h.r. 3996 protecting access
to the courts for taxpayers act. this bipartisan legislation would ensure that taxpayers who mistakenly file claims in the wrong venue will still have their day in court. under court law when a federal court does not have jurisdiction over a case, it typically may transfer that case to the appropriate federal court that does have proper jurisdiction. however, due to a quirk in the law, the united states tax court is not authorized to have misfiled cases transferred to it, even when the tax court is the proper and in many cases the only court with jurisdiction to hear the case. this legislation would remedy that flaw in the law and enable federal courts to transfer cases directly to the tax court when appropriate. the need for this bill is not simply a matter of judicial efficiency, it is fundamentally one of access to justice.
the tax court was established to resolve dispute between taxpayers and the internal revenue service and many taxpayers choose to represent themselves in tax court proceedings. unfortunately, these litigants lacking legal representation can make procedural errors including filing in the wrong court. , by the time ces, a taxpayer's claim is dismissed for lack of jurisdiction, the strict guidelines and deadlines for filing in the tax court jenlly 90 days or fewer have long passed and the taxpayer is barred from filing a claim all together. by allowing these cases to be transferred to the tax court, h.r. 3996 ensures that the case will retain its original filing
date and the taxpayer will be able to preserve his or her claim. as a result of this significant amendment to current law, this bill will protect the right of taxpayers to be heard in court. i appreciate the efforts of the various tax court representatives for bringing this issue to our attention and guidance in helping us develop the legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. issa: at this time, we have no additional speakers and reserve the right to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia. mr. johnson: in closing, i would 3996's acknowledge h.r. author, representative issa, whose leadership on this is to commended and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
the gentleman from california. mr. issa: mr. speaker, i'm with my friend and i would like to associate all of my further comments with his. so, again, we urge support for this bipartisan legislation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 3996. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. issa: mr. speaker, i move that we suspend the rules and pass house resolution 506, the preventing crimes against veterans act of 2017 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 506, a bill to amend title 18 united states code to provide an additional
tool to prevent certain frauds against veterans and for other urposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california plrks issa, and the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. issa: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on house resolution 506 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. issa: mr. speaker, preventing crimes against veterans act of 2007 closes a small but significant loophole in federal law and gives federal prosecutors an additional mechanism to protect veterans from criminals who seek to defraud them.
in recent years, we have heard distressing and infuriating stories of particularly ell deerly veterans being swindled out of their benefits. some of those include those in low-income housing and they have been deceived by fraud steers who have preyed on their age and infirmity. helping vet rabs should be a priority of this congress. this is particularly insidious that in some cases the criminal ill claim to get a vet rans' benefits in record time and change outrageous fees and will provide the veteran with little or no assistance. they will just pocket the money that rightfully belongs to the elderly vet rarn. mr. speaker, this change in the law is critical. i want to thank mr. rooney, the author of the bill and urge that
we consider it quickly, close this loophole and provide prosecutors with the kind of ability to protect our aging veterans in a way that is currently not available. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i ask to address the house for such time as i my consume. i'm pleased to support h.r. 506 preventing crimes against veterans act of 2017 which would make it a crime to knowingly to engage in a scheme to defraud a veteran of their benefits. this legislation provides an important additional tool for federal prosecutors to combat veterans' fraud. we honor the service of our brave men and women and the sacrifices they have made for us, it is important that we protect them from fraud and ensure the protection. according to a 2016 aarp study
of investment of fraud victims, while veterans are less than 10% of the population, they were one-third, 33% of the victims of investment fraud. a recent federal trade commission study revealed that the number of complaints filed by military veterans has increased by 63% over the past five years. my state of texas highlighted these issues in an article which reported that several disabled veterans were unable to receive their benefits via direct deposit. a number of them didn't receive their disability checks due to the theft that occurred by perpetrators rerouting veteran benefits. veterans are the targets of many of the same types of fraudulent activities as the rest of society, including mail, telephone and online fraud and more victimized and lost money scams 16% more than
nonveterans. 78% of veterans reported have been a target of veteran specific scams like a v.a. loan and taking advantage of programs or paying for a back, knee or arm brace because of one's military service. nearly 22% of veterans report receiving 10 or more suspicious phone calls per week and nearly all veterans have received at least one scam attempt in the past five years. we hope we can stop this. there are 21 million veterans and more upcoming. men and women who served our nation and in the theaters of war from the second world war, korea, vietnam to more recent conflicts in iraq and afghanistan. and our veterans will continue to grow. and the vulnerable to scams.
many of our veterans as a result of their service have physical and mental scars. over 1 million veterans with service-connected disabilities. more likely are than nonveterans to become homeless. they comprise 17% of our homeless population even though they are eligible for veteran benefits. 50,000 veterans are sleeping on america's street. in recognition of the extreme sacrifice and the hardships many of them continue to face, it is our duty to provide to the best of our ability, the appropriate measure of compensation for them particularly those in need. we provide disability payments to those with service-connected disabilities, pensions to veterans, education and training and g.i. bill. this is the least we can do and
still not enough. there continues to be issues with medical care. some benefits are not being processed and paid because of the loss of claims. that is why we must prohibit any scheme to defraud a veteran of his or her veteran benefits. anyone could be convicted. those who defraud veterans endanger our system of veteran benefits not only by harming the veterans and diminishing the funds that are needed to help those who have served their country. i support 506 and i commend the bill's sponsors for the work on this important issue. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. issa: it's my honor to yield
such time as he may consume to the author of the bill, the gentleman from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. rooney: my district is home to over 75,000 veterans and i'm proud to represent an area that has one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the country. with that distinction comes a duty to fight on their behalf to ensure that the v.a. is funded at levels deserving of their sacrifice. as a member of the v.a. appropriations subcommittee, we have secured increases in funding for v.a. programs that are important to my constituents. on a daily basis, my staff and members of congress staff across this country try to help veterans navigate the v.a. bureaucracy. no secret the claims process at the v.a. is far too slow. we try to help veterans with
their claims and expedite the process when possible. we have won countless battles and helped constituents to get the care and benefits they deserve. one of our responsibilities as members of congress is to listen to these veterans when they tell us there is still more to be done to help fix the system. in 2016, a group of veterans brought us a disturbing problem to my attention concerning individuals who are deliberately stealing money from veterans and the v.a. without fear of criminal punishment. i started to hear story after story about people advertising their so-called services so veterans' claims for a fee -- so that veterans claiming that for a fee they could help veterans obtain certain v.a. benefits or expedite existing claims with the v.a. there are two problems with
this. it is illegal for anyone who isn't approved by the v.a. to charge fees helping veterans with their claims or appeals and two, these promises of assistance are empty and never followed through with. unfortunately, there are no penalties for breaking this law. one local v.s.o. explained to me how these scammers target senior veterans in low-income housing communities almost as a rule, because they consider those veterans to be the most vulnerable and most likely to fall victim to their schemes. i have heard countless accounts of these con artists going into assisted living facilities rounding up all the veterans and coercing them to apply for benefits that they don't even qualify for. when i hear people are taking varning of these heroes and making a quick buck off of them, makes me sick, because it's
wrong and it needs to stop. the reality is that this isn't just happening in my back yard but happening in every one of our districts. and these con artists are getting away with it. i refuse to let this fraudulent scheme against some of the most respective people in our nation continue. without a federal criminal penalty, we have been unable toll prevent these people from preying on our veterans. ted deutch of south florida joined me in introducing this bipartisan bill to penalize their cammers who make living. it would give law enforcement the tools they need to appropriate penalize these predators by imposing a hefty fine and putting them in prison up to five years or both. i urge my colleagues to join me in support of this bipartisan bill. and i hope the senate will act
quickly to send it to the president's desk. these criminals need to pay their price. our veterans have done everything to protect us and our way of life. now it's our duty in congress to make sure they are protected as well. i yield back. . ms. jackson lee: it's my pleasure to yield to the distinguished gentleman from florida, the co-author of this legislation, mr. deutch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: two minutes. mr. deutch: thank you to my friend from texas, thank you, mr. speaker. many veterans face extraordinary obstacles when they return home. especially in retirement. too often one of the obstacles to a safe and secure retirement for our veterans are so-called pension poachers. these are people who create high-pressure sales pitches that directly target older veterans.
they make big promises that they have no intention of ever delivering on. these are criminals, these are criminals who not only prey on our veterans, they prey on every american taxpayer who wants to do right by those who have served our country. they prey on the fact that we try to take good care of our veterans. and they try to do it for financial gain. it's despicable and we need to take action to stop it. and make them pay for it. it's our job to ensure that they can't get away with it. that's why i'm proud to have partnered with my colleague, fellow floridian, veteran, and my friend, mr. rooney, to draft the preventing crimes against veterans act. this bill will give federal prosecutors the tools that they need to target criminals who actively work to -- work, all while targeting our veterans. it's time to crackdown on pension poachers and fraudsters.
i'm thankful for chairman goodlatte, ranking member nadler, and my judiciary colleagues for their support in helping to get this bill to the floor. i thank every member of this house who voted to pass this legislation in the last congress. and finally i would like to thank veteran service officer greg dover of florida who has helped to alert my office of these schemes and has worked tirelessly on behalf of our veterans to stand up for their rights and the benefits they deserve. i ask all of my colleagues to support our veterans and to vote yes on preventing crimes against veterans act. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from california. the gentlelady from texas. ms. jackson lee: does the gentleman have any additional speakers? mr. issa:, no we have no additional. we'll just close. ms. jackson lee: you're prepared to close? mr. issa: we are. ms. jackson lee: thank you. again, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized.
ms. jackson lee: h.r. 506 create nauseserks 1352, on chapter 63, title 18, to penalize fraudsters that knowingly execute or attempt to execute a scheme to defraud a veteran of his or her benefits. that is a dastardly act. or in connection with obtaining that veteran's benefits, by imposing a fine, imprisonment or up to five years or both. under current law, you can be an agent or attorney and meet certain standards, and you can help a veteran. but there are many who are not so licensed or they were not connected or had the approval of various states or local governments and they were fraudulently taking precious resources from our veterans. and there was no criminal or financial penalty for breaking the law. so 506 provides that penalty. because in recent years,
financial predators across the country have targeted easy targets, those are veterans. and many as we said have been physically or mentally maimed by their service to this nation. many of whom were also elderly and they live in low-income housing. this bill is long in coming. and i thank mr. rooney and mr. deutch and working with our members of the judiciary committee for moving this legislation forward. we ask our veterans to lay their lives on the line so that we can enjoy freedom. which is at the heart of this great country. we owe them much. surely we can and should repay our gratitude whenever we can. protecting their veterans' benefits is one way of expressing our appreciation and it is the right and just thing to do. for these reasons, i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time.
the gentleman from california. mr. issa: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, our nation's veterans have sacrificed. they've given us so much. they've protected us. in his second inaugural address, president lincoln reminded us of ur solemn duty to care for him who shall have borne in battle and for his widow and for his orphan. by doing this today, we keep that promise of so long ago. the promise to give back as appropriate and to protect that giving back to the widows, the orphans and the veteran themselves. because our values don't just say that we write a check. we also protect, make sure that check gets to the true beneficiary. this enforcement will do just that. i urge my colleagues on a bipartisan basis, which this bill has been from day one, to support it, to vote it, and to move it to the senate. and i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 506, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. the chair will receive a message. the messager: a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: the senate has passed s. 2286, an act to amend the peace corps act, to provide greater protection and services for peace corps volunteers and for other purposes. in which the concurrence of the ouse is requested. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. issa: mr. speaker, at this time i move that we spend -- we suspend the rules and pass house resolution 3249, the protect
safe neighborhoods grant program authorization act of 2017 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3249, a bill to authorize the project safe neighborhoods grant program and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. issa, and the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. issa: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on house resolution 3249 currently under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. issa: mr. speaker, at this time it's my pleasure to yield such time as she may consume to the gentlelady from virginia, the author of the bill, mrs. comstock. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. comstock: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of my bill, h.r. 3249, the project safe neighborhoods grant
authorization act. i'd like to thank chairman goodlatte and the entire judiciary committee for their efforts on this legislation and for working with me through the process to bring this to the floor. i wanted to set out some recent headlines from the in depth reporting by "the washington post" on the rise of the ms-13 gang problem in the washington metropolitan area. that includes maryland, d.c., virginia, and why this legislation is needed. ms-13 is taking over the school one teen warned before she was killed. she told the girl she'd see her in hell before stabbing her. now she's guilty of an ms-13 murder. quote, people here live in fear. ms-13 menaces a community just seven miles from the white house. from the police, ms-13 member in
maryland stab a man and decapitate him. then, my local paper, ms-13 gang members convicted in a gruesome murder of a teenager. in this particular case in leesburg, virginia, the teenage boy, carlos, was stabbed over 50 times and his body was dumped in a quarry miles away in west virginia. the acting u.s. attorney for the eastern district of virginia in the case had this to say after the murderers were convicted. the hallmark of ms-13 is extreme violence. this brutal kidnapping and murder is a tragic reminder of the impact ms-13 has on communities here in northern virginia. my hope is that our efforts to investigate and prosecute this case will send a clear message. violence will be aggressively prosecuted. this and many of these other
cases are why we need the project safe neighborhoods grant authorization act, which authorizes $50 million but targets 30% for the project safe neighborhoods, but targets 30% of it directly to already established regional gang task forces. as we know, ms-13 is a transnational gang which has been found not only here in the washington metropolitan region, but los angeles, and long island and houston and other cities around the country. "the washington post" has highlighted how the 2014 border surge contributed to the ms-13 gang problem, writing, quote, the violence -- violent street gang is on the rise in the u.s., fueled in part by the surge in unaccompanied minors. the unaccompanied minors who often fled their native country to get away from the gangs arrive here only to find themselves targeted by those very same gang members they were fleeing. ms-13 preys upon these youngsters in their own community and let me emphasize
it. it is their own community that they are victimizing. they may not have much of a family structure. and in effect, ms-13 tries to become their family or threaten them with death if they won't. last summer when i went on a ride-along with our northern virginia regional gang task force, i was able to see their good work right in front of us. there was a young man on the side walk in sterling boulevard in sterling, virginia, just miles from here. the gang task force noticed him and turned around and decided to stop them and see what he was up to. with years of experience, the officers knew the ms-13 indicators. the boy looked about 16 years old from what i could tell. but it turned out he was actually a 22-year-old gang member. he was covered in ms-13 gang tattoo -- tattoos when he lifted up his shirt. he showed with all of the particular signs of ms-13.
from head -- all over his feet. it turns out he had been jailed in el salvador for murder as a teenager when he was 16 and had been deported from the united states twice for engaging in violent crime. now, it turns out that when they come to the border, right now we don't have the law to be able to stop them. fortunately this house did pass a law back in the fall on a bipartisan basis over in the senate now to be able to stop these gang members from getting in the country in the first place and being able to deport them quicker. but in the meantime, we need to increase the work and the support for these regional gang task forces. we also saw the technology they use. they can use something along the lines of an ipad or an iphone, ere they put this gang member's fingerprint on there and immediately the records, the international records showing that he was a murderer, they have been -- that he had been in jail, came to light. but they need more of those
resources. they only had two of those they were able to use and they said every one of their cars needs that kind of resource. that same night that we were on the ride-along, three other suspected ms-13 gang members were also picked up and this isn't an aberration. at a town festival in my district, the regional gang task force told us that they had identified an estimated 200 to 300 suspected gang members who were milling about while our children were getting popcorn, playing -- getting on the rides and people coming together to have a hot dog or hamburger at a community festival. according to the regional gang task force, an ms-13 gang member put a hit out on his own brother because he refused to joint organization. fortunately, because of the good intensive work of the northern virginia gang task force, they spared this young man from being killed by his own brother. . that is why we need to have these resources we are voting on
today. we need to help the community are task force and officers getting the kids out of this. getting into the schools, understanding where they are trying to target these young people and they are familiar with their communities and developed very good relationships with these communities. i.c.e. officials have been removing the gang officials after having been identified and they are preventing gang violence. the act would direct this additional federal funding towards these gang task forces so -- which are comprised in my area of 13 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies anty gang e the best effort. and mr. speaker, i have seen
firsthand what gang task forces can do to remove gang threats. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i thank you to speak to this. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlelady from texas. ms. jackson lee: i ask that i might speak for such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: to the distinguished manager and to the author of this legislation, there is certainly room for legislation that speaks to the needs of our children and speaks to those who obvious have joined vicious and violent gangs even though at young ages. i will re-emphasize the message that as we look at these
efforts, as i speak about my juvenile block grant voting and prevention act, legislation that i would like to see go through the judiciary committee, we must be reminded that in order to continue to be safe, this congress cannot ignore debate and passage of gun safety legislation. guns kill. ar-15's kill, the lack of raising the age for guns hurts our children from 18 to 21. not having universal background checks hurts our children. at the same time, we must find ways to stem the tide of gangs. and there are many gangs throughout the nation. just speaking with my law enforcement and the gang names that came to me were not just ms-13. we will find gangs in our
particular jurisdictions that have many names. whatever their names, their behavior is dastardly and ininjure youse and if we can keep our neighborhoods safe, the project safe neighborhoods act program of 2017 which would provide additional resources to event crime, we should stand together to do so. the bill would establish and implement a program to be known as the project safe neighborhoods block program at the department of justice, thereby providing a formal authorization for project safe neighborhoods programs currently implemented by d.o.j. a portion of the funding awards would be to fighting gang-related crime. while i support authorizing this program, i would like to highlight two concerns.
the juvenile block grant anty bullying and prevention act, would go to communities for a variety of reasons. that has been stalled in the judiciary committee under the pretense of not having an offset and this particular legislation es have a $70 million a year authorization without an offset. so i think we should work together. and as i support this legislation, i think we should support other legislative initiatives that can intervene. it's clear that the perpetrator in florida, there is some newspaper reporting that this individual was bulleyed and had a very difficult life and we see that there are reasons that young people become gang members. as we look to supporting this
legislation, i think we should look to broaden our support and work on the whole idea of steering our children away from the idea of gangs, guns and violence. i would hope, i hope the substantial portion of the funding would be to go to anti- gang forces. and i also want to make sure we look at dealing with young people and that we have alternatives for them, which block granting does in giving alternatives to communities to direct young people in other directions other than gangs. we must be vigilant in conducting oversight also of the use of program funds and in protecting those program funds so they can be utilized for authorization of other efforts to help our young people. let me also indicate that this
program should be one facet of working with young people. the program would be one facet of d.o.j.'s efforts to address guns and gang violence. the juvenile block grant which provides funds for a myriad of other activities in our local communities, we should view as an effort to supplement but not supplant alternatives that may employ different approaches which i'm speaking of. none of the funding prohibitions would serve the interest of public safety. for instance, the bill would eliminate a criminal justice program which helps communities to address crime in hot spots. that generates a significant amount of crime in jurisdictions. the burn community is a ed strategy that
aims to control gang activity in high-crime neighborhoods by providing funding to support partnerships between law enforcement agencies and community-based organizations. that balance targeted enforcement with prevention, intervention and restoration services. if you ask your local police, they will tout the burn program as being very successful. o.j.p. has coordinated the efforts of this program with related efforts to promote neighborhood revite lization. we see no reason to eliminate the possibility of funding for this program which is very, very helpful. so long with juvenile block grant program and many others, i believe this legislation can be enhanced and i hope as we make our way through the legislative process, we'll not only work with h.r. 4239 but also work with other legislation that will help the crime situation in our nation and secure young people
as they desire to be secured and particularly work on gun violence which is severe in many of our communities. with that, i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. mr. issa: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady have closing remarks? ms. jackson lee: i'm prepared to close. i ask the speaker for so much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: in closing again, i want to acknowledge the author for an important statement regarding gangs. could uld hope that we continue to work on these issues. for instance, the bill would eliminate the burn criminal justice program and i hope we can restore that. as well, i hope we can work closely on other legislative initiatives that are going through the judiciary committee.
and i hope we can restore the funding that is necessary for some of the programs that have been eliminated because of this legislation, good as it may be, it is important to do a combination of efforts to deal with protecting children and steering children away from these acks and i believe there are programs dealing with prevention of bullying that can complement that is being done here. and the burn program cleaning neighborhoods, making neighborhoods safe and i can see it in my congressional district, to come in and combine with those resources and then resources that uplift our young people and steer them in the right direction and provide alternative support systems for them. and as many people know in years that have gone by, midnight basketball, today i hear law
enforcement officers saying, you know, that midnight basketball worked so many years ago. we need to look at a collective approach of getting kids off the street and making sure children are safe and don't find as their only relief, gangs but can find clean, safe neighborhoods and neighborhoods free of guns. with that, i yield back my time on this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. issa: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the gentlelady from texas is quite right, this bill's pay-for comes from consolidation of programs. working with the attorney general's office, the author went to great lengths to find programs which are essentially doing much the same thing in which by consolidating, you pick
up efficiencies. and i particularly note that item two in the bill, the pay-for, the edward burn memorial criminal justice program is but a small part of the overall so-called burn program. there are many things that the gentlelady from texas cited are good and are not being son sole dated but a small amount. this targeted approach with our limited funds allows those funds to go further and particularly as we look at community outreach, these funds by being consolidated are part of a community outreach and will be used in similar ways to the programs that they are taking from but taking from it in a consolidated way. i want to thank a former staff member of the oversight and government reform committee, the committee that deals with efficiency in government, for
looking through the details of these appropriated funds and findings a way to bring them together to give them both flexibility and efficiency that i believe will adhere to. it's the reason that this is a bipartisan bill and the reason that it is so widely accepted is, it has been narrowly targeted. i agree with the gentlelady that in a perfect world we would be plusing up funds. i would support and work with the gentlelady at any time to do something similar on some of the areas of her concern. with that, mr. speaker, i want to thank you for the time. i urge passage and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. all time for debate has expired. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3249 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> pursuant to house resolution 773, i call up h.r. 1116 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerky reporl at the title. the clerk: union calendar 146, h.r. 1116, a bill to require the financial regulatory agencies to take risk profiles and business models of institutions into account when taking regular willer to actions and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 773, the amendment printed in part c of house report 115-595 as adopt and the bill as amended is considered read. the bill as amended shall be debated for one hour equally
divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on financial services. the gentleman in texas, mr. hensarling, and the gentlelady from kale, ms. watt irs, each will control 20 minutes. mr. hensarling: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous thornle bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hensarling: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman select niced. mr. hensarling: we were told many, many years ago that dodd-frank was passed to deal with big wall street banks. that somehow our community banks and our credit unions would be held harm lesms because, mr. speaker, they didn't cause the crisis. now, we can have the discussion of what did, that's a whole different discussion for a different day. but unfortunately, regardless of
what -- of whatever good intentions there might have been at the time, and i don't offer an opinion as to those intentions, the facts are that since dodd-frank was passed, the big banks are bigger. and the small banks right hand and credit unions are fewer. we are losing on average a community bank or credit union every other day in america and as we lose them, mr. speaker, so do we lose the hopes and dreams and desires of our constituents of so many hardworking americans. who deserve to buy that car. who deserve to be able to own their own home. who deserve after working so many years on the assembly line to finally capitalize their own mall business. but none of this is going to happen unless we actually tailor
this regulatory burden to the size and complexity of the financial institution, something that in many respects was promised by dodd-frank but not delivered by dodd-frank. and so i'm very, very happy that today we have yet another bipartisan bill from the financial services committee that is aiming to promote economic growth to help our hardworking americans again achieve their american dream because half, half of this country is living from paycheck to paycheck. and we need to ease that economic anxiety so we've got to make sure that the life blood of credit that capital is flowing through the system. it's our community banks in particular that fund our small businesses. unfortunately, up until the advent of the new administration, mr. speaker, small business lending by banks
was at a 25-year low. entrepreneurship was at a generational he. now thanks to the tax cut and jobs act, we've turned that corner but we have so much further to go. so a particularly hardworking member of the house financial services committee, the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton, has come to us today with h.r. 1116, taking account of institutions with low operation risk act. yes, mr. speaker, the tailor act. simply put, what this bill does is simply directs the federal financial regulation -- regulators to again simply ailor their regulations to entities based upon their size, their risk profile, their complexity. it also demands that we have some transparency in this process by requiring that the regulators report to congress,
report to the representatives of we the people, how they have actually tailored the regulations. again, snag was implied, something that was promised in dodd-frank, but did not actually occur. again, mr. speaker, every single day we hear from our community financial institutions. i heard from one in new mexico that said, you knowing we're a $300 million community tpwhank an area with high unemployment. 37% of our employees are active in community organizations, little league, charities. many serve in leadership positions in these organizations. and we also make tens of thousands of dollars in charitable contributions every year. but if our bank can't survive, you take away the local leadership, take away the economic ebb gin of our community. this -- the economic engine of our community this banker was talking about the regulatory
burden. heard from one in iowa, i'm a mortgage consumer lender and also the compliance officer of a small community bank in rural iowa. i've been in banking for over 30 years and always enjoyed my job until the last fife five -- until the last five years. the new rule that will be implemented are ridiculous and at that time we may continue -- may discontinue to offer in-house mortgage loans. unfortunately, mr. speaker, my mailbox runneth over. as our smallbacks and credit unions go so goes the american dream. at a bare minimum, let's tailor the rules and regulations to the size and complexity of the institution so our credit unions, so our banks, can thrive and thus our constituents can thrive and meet their economic goals and responsibilities and i reserve the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. waters: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. waters: i rise in opposition to h.r. 1116, the so-called taking account of institutions with low operation risk act of 2017, or the tailor act. this bill would weaken important safeguards established since the financial crisis by requiring agencies on the federal financial institution examination council composed of the federal reserve board, federal deposit insurance corporation, national credit union administration, consumer financial protection bureau and office of the comp troll ore they have currency to perform a biased analysis that favors lessening the cost for industry over protecting consumers and the economy. it was 10 years ago today that
bear stearns collapsed and the federal reserve used taxpayer funding to arrange a shotgun weding to j.p. morgan to avoid a catastrophe. we now know that much worse was to come. when a.i.g., lehman brother the money market fund industry, and hundreds of banks including all of the largest ones would need a bailout. and this says nothing of the tremendous damage inflicted on the millions of americans whose homes were lost to foreclosure, the millions who lost their jobs, and the trillions of drars of wealth that evaporated. congress took decisive action to ensure that we were never caught unawares again when it passed the dodd-frank wall street reform and consumer protection act. although some claim that the measure that is now before us is
aimed at helping community banks, that is not the case. if enacted, this bill would provide all financial institutions including the largest banks with opportunities to challenge any and every regulation in court if they felt it was not so-called uniquely tailored to their business needs. this bill would ignore the mandates and requirements of all other laws passed by congress and override decades of well-established administrative law requirements by subjecting all new financial rules to a vague, if not impossible, standard to meet. this includes an undefined standard of appropriateness and a vague standard of the ability to serve involving diverse customer needs and importantly the legislation includes no
similar mandates that regulators consider the benefits of federal regulations, including the promotion of our nation's financial stability or the protection of our consumers. let us not forget that the consumer financial protection bureau is the cent epriest of this dodd-frank reform. prior to dodd-frank, our consumers had nobody looking out for them. they were left and they were taken advantage of. that's why we have dodd-frank reform. but it seems that my friends on the opposite side of the aisle have forgotten about all of this. well, this set of standards that they're promoting not only applies to all future guidance and rule making but retroactively to all of the rule making in the past seven years which can conveniently for the industry covers all rules under
the dodd-frank act. financial regulators already have to go through extensive lookback reviews to refine and improve rules that make sense. in fact, under the economic growth and regulatory paperwork or egrpra which my leagues were just last week calling the gold standards should review regulations that federal reserve, fdic are required to review their rules once every 10 years. during this review, regulators must identify whether regulations are outdated, unnecessary, or unduly burdensome and consider how to reduce regulatory burdens on insured depository institutions. while at the same time ensuring safety and soundness. and the consumer bureau engages in a similar look back review
five years after a significant rule takes effect. make no mistake. i support tiered an tailored regulations for community banks and credit unions. but week after week, we've been on this house floor debating deregulatory gifts to wall street instead of moving legislation that actually benefits community banks and credit unions. i know my colleagues on the other side of the aisle and i have differences about dodd-frank. but something we worked hard to do in crafting those critical reforms was to make sure that the law did not impose a one size fits all approach on every financial institution. so as you can see, the toughest rules focus on the largest and most complex financial firms that as we saw in the crisis can
destabilize the financial system and inflict lasting damage to the economy and constituents we serve. we have monitored dodd-frank's implementation carefully and pushed regulators to tailor rules to reduce unnecessary compliance burdens while maintaining appropriate protections and safeguards for consumers, investor, and the taxpayers. we must continue to take this type of targeted approach instead of advancing measures like h.r. 1116, this bill we're talking about right now, which would force the regulators to prioritize cost to wall street over benefits to consumers and the economy. and expose rule making to needless litigation because of the nebulous standards in the bill. so i thank you and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. hensarling: i'm very, very pleased now to yield five
minutes to the sponsor of the tailor act, the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton who also serves as the vice chairman of the subcommittee on oversight and investigations of our financial services committee, a very, very hardworking member of the committee and a real leader to help preserve and maintain our community banks and credit nions. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. tipton: thank you, mr. speaker, and i'd like to thank mr. hensarling for his leadership on this issue as well. mr. speaker, the ever-growing burden and complexity of financial regulations has created a environment of difficult choices for community banks and credit unions. often they must choose to incur the cost of complying with a regulation or cease to offer the financial product the regulation modifies. whatever choice these community institutions make, it is the local consumer, the local
economy, that loses. burdensome regulations drive up the cost of financial products and limits choices for consumers. which decreases community's access to financial products and services that help their families to be able to buy their first home. help small businesses grow. in districts like mine in colorado that amounts to real economic impact. especially in towns where the community -- with a community bank or credit union -- where the community bank or credit union on the corner is the only truack sess to credit they have. when small institutions are unable to absorb the costs it's the small towns across america who are disproportionately affected. as one banker from colorado recently wrote me, we have seen time and again the impact of this regulatory environment consume many hours and resources of our compliance credit and audit team, despite the relatively simple business model we follow. mr. speaker, that's why the
bipartisan tailor act's consideration on the floor today is so important. the the tailor act directest -- directs federal financial regulators to take into account the risk profile and business model of institutions as they develop new regulations, making them more targeted an more deliberate. real burdens that small institutions will have to deal with, meaning real relief from the compliance from the burdens of community banks and credit unions. to put the impact of regulations into perspective, the dodd-frank act alone created 400 new rules and came with 30,000 pages of explanation. in my travels across colorado, i heard far too often the community institutions have been forced to stop making home loans or loans to small businesses because they can't afford to hire more employees to manage the added compliance