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it's simply not true. this is an amendment i believe is pro-safety, pro worker and pro economy. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and yield back the balance of my time. but the fact is, we've been dealing with this issue for a number of years. it's time that we finally avoid the confusion and straighten this measure out. the chair: the gentleman from california reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? >> i rise in opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. blumenauer: i yield myself two minutes. i offered a narrow fix for this in what was true interstate commerce because of the otential con fusion -- mr. defazio: i yield myself two minutes. i offered a narrow fix for this in what was a true interstate commerce. this is an incredibly broad
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exemption. we heard, you have to pull over. no matter where you are. if you don't take your rest break you have to be paid but you done have to pull over. this would preempt paid rest breaks, paid meal breaks, paid sick leave, paid family leave, payment for time detained at a loading dock, payment for anything other than a flat rate by the load. i mean, this this is an extraordinary preemption we have here. the drivers are already exempt from the fair labor standards act, so they can't get overtime. if we wipe out the state laws and there is no existing federal law, boy, truck drivers are really getting it stuck to them here. in fact, this amendment would expand federal preemption over trucking operations to include wages and working conditions, something that congress never
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thought about in 1994. largest trucking organization, the team steers, american association of justice and numerous safety groups. this is not as it is being presented. this is overly broad and it is -- it should be opposed. with that, i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. denham: i'm ready to close. reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves. mr. defazio: i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. napolitano: thank you very much, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. defazio. i rise in opposition to the denham amendment which would overturn a federal court decision that determined that california male and rest breaks apply to truckers. 17, the supreme
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court ruled that they must allow for 30-minute meal break after five hours of work and 10 minutes rest break after four hours. this is reasonable when you consider that truck drivers can be subject to 14 hours on on-duty time. this amendment would not only preempt california's law and preempt laws in 21 other states and territories. this amendment is harmful because it preempts that would prohibit local states from enacting laws that impose any additional obligation on motor carriers. laws our truckct drivers. mr. chairman, states should be
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allowed to set these important standards for truck driver working conditions as they see fit for the health and safety of their workers and also for the safety of our citizens. i ask my colleagues to oppose the denham amendment and i ask unanimous consent to include into the record letters of opposition from teamsters, american justice -- the chair: general request will be covered under general leave. mrs. napolitano: i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields. mr. defazio: how much time remains on each side? the chair: the gentleman from oregon has two minutes remaining. and the gentleman from california has one minute. the gentleman from is recognized. mr. denham: mr. defazio has said this is very broad. sint. ery, very suck
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the regulation in 40 c.f.r. 495. this is very fight compared to 1994 when the democrats had control of the house, senate and the presidency and mr. defazio supported it dealing with these issues. now we are dealing with meal and rest breaks only. i would like to yield to mr. cuellar on this very bipartisan measure. mr. cuellar: again, overall, i want to thank sharme shuster for bringing the f.a.a. bill in. it is a narrow fix on this and only dealing with the interstate itself. and again, this is a bill we want to provide some sort of uniformity and that's all we are asking, uniformity across state lines and asking for that type of uniformity. and again, the industries, those
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drivers cross state lines multiple times per day. i would ask that you support the denham-costa amendment. the chair: the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. defazio: i yield the gentleman -- the chair: for how long? mr. defazio: 30 seconds. mr. mceachin: this amendment preempts important state level protections to ensure that truck drivers are treated fairly and able to do their job safely. this not only erases breaks but affect all local and state wages with adverse implications from everything from workers' compensation to the minimum wage. these changes would be deeply hurtful and i urge my colleagues to oppose them. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is
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ecognized. mr. defazio: i have time in opposition. the chair: the gentleman has the only time remaining? mr. denham: would the gentleman yield? mr. defazio: no. like you, jeff, but no. look, this is -- i yield myself such time as i may consume. if you simply pick up a load in the port of los angeles and drive 10 miles, that is deemed interstate commerce. the problem i was trying to solve was a narrow amendment version was to say if someone is coming in from nevada and crosses the state line, there would be confusion. that is truly interstate commerce. and what would apply, the federal hours of service, and there could be a narrow fix to this issue. but this is a preemption.
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if you read the law, basically you cannot have from working to the full extent permitted or at such times permitted under said section or imposing any additional obligations on motor car years if employees work to the full extent or at such times as permitted under such section. so this would be a preemption in all the 50 states of whatever additional conditions they have put in place. truck drivers for many are who are apply abused. we have done away with detention times and put limits on when they can drive. they are sitting at a warehouse facility for hours earning nothing unless we can have states with additional laws saying -- if we aren't going to have federal detention times, perhaps states can help us. we don't want abused tired truck
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drivers out on the road. they need to be earning a living wage. i met the drivers who are in these deals to buy their trucks that they never get to buy and some of them aren't taking home 100 bucks a week and working many, many hours. this is going to make things worst. i oppose this amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. defazio: ask for a recorded vote. the chair: pursuant to clause 6, rule 18, further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california will e postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: i withdraw my
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request for a recorded vote on mendment number 67 and put the question de novo. the chair: is there objection to this request? without objection. so ordered. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from virginia. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the noes have it. and the amendment is not agreed o. it is now in order to consider amendment number 81 printed in part a of house report 1115-650. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from puerto rico seek recognition? miss gonzalez-colon: i rise in strong support of my amendment h.r. number 4 and i want to thank -- the chair: does the the gentlewoman from puerto rico
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have an amendment. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 839, the gentlewoman from puerto rico and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the the gentlewoman from puerto rico. miss gonzalez-colon: i rise in h.r. number 4 and the amendment that i'm supporting and sponsoring today and i thank chairman shuster to speak on behalf of this simple yet very important amendment that congressman don young has joined me in sponsoring. the data which congress can make informed decisions is a problem for puerto rico. the bipartisan congressional task force on economic growth on the island unanimously
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recognized this problem back in 2016 and made numerous recommendations that were defined to include puerto rico in federal statistical programs. my amendment to h.r. number 4 is consistent with that task force recommendation to remove regulatory burdens inhibitting commerce between puerto rico, u.s. mainland and international markets. puerto rico needs to diversify its economy base in order to emerge not just from the current disastrous situation but to have long-term stable economic growth. my amendment seeks to have puerto rico's potential as an air cargo hub and obtain recommendations how to best achieve that potential. it does not change the current statutory regime over air cargo operations on the island. it seeks to provide the hard data required to make a sound
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decision about it. it provides for the competitive situation in the caribbean region not just relative to puerto rico but to continental u.s. airport hubs. it also serves to provide a better picture for the future competitive environment on the region. puerto rico has the necessary infrastructure in the three international capable airports and a.m. will expansion space and ports. the island has the privilege gee graphical location that gives high potential for a hub between e caribbean, north and south america, europe and south america. and the puerto rico manufacture's association, largest business and employer organization on the island
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support this amendment and the potential development of the sland as an air cargo hub. manufacturers will benefit from puerto rico becoming an air cargo hub. chairman and members, this is the private sector and private investment. we will be there playing the leading role in rebuilding our island's economy. this is now more than ever critical as we continue to recover in the aftermath of the hurricanes. the islands are puerto rico and we look for new opportunities to grow our economy. and this amendment will provide the data and handle how we can have the capacity to develop this kind of business activity and what potential impact it will be on the local and national economy. i thank the chairmen for their
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support and guidance and i urge this amendment could be adopted as part of this re-authorization bill. i reserve. the chair: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? >> i rise to claim the time in opposition but support the amendment. the chair: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. > thank you, mr. chairman. mr. larsen: this amendment requires that u.s. government accountability office to study air cargo traffic in the caribbean including an assessment and data collection as data and assessment are needed to assess puerto rico's role as a cargo hub for international traffic. i look forward to see what the g.a.o. supports and i urge my members to support this amendment and with that, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from puerto rico. miss gonzalez-colon: i want to
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the chairman and committee members for supporting this bill. this bill will provide data that is important for that recognition in terms of the depakets of the island for the near future and i hope this bill will pass and give puerto rico the opportunities we need to fulfill the opportunities we have in the region and with the states. and with that, i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from puerto rico. all in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. . it's now in order to consider amendment number 84 printed in art a of house report 115-650. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek
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recognition? >> mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 84 printed in part a of house report 115-650 offered by mrs. comstock of virginia. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 839, the gentlewoman from virginia, mrs. comstock, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from virginia. mrs. comstock: mr. chairman, i ask unanimous consent that my amendment, number 84, be modified in the manner i have placed at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the modification. the clerk: modification to amendment number 84 printed in part a of house report 115-650 offered by mrs. comstock of virginia. mrs. comstock: mr. chairman, i ask unanimous consent that the modification be considered as read. the chair: is there objection? hearing none, the modification is agreed to. the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. comstock: thank you, mr. speaker. my bipartisan amendment
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reflects several policy recommendations that have been proposed in various forms over the last several years, including representative bridenstine's space renaissance act. state spaceports have become part of our national launch infrastructure contributing hundreds of millions in infrastructure improvements to launch sites to better support nasa, d.o.d., and commercial launch. spaceports like the mid-atlantic regional spaceport in virginia which launched -- launches objectals a.t.k.'s and rockets have provided new, low cost capabilities to nasa, defense, and commercial users while also improving resiliency and responsiveness. the recent nasa re-authorization act, which passed the house science committee, by an overwhelming bipartisan vote last week, included language urging nasa to fully leverage such spaceport investments to meet
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infrastructure demands to support national missions. as we now consider this f.a.a. re-authorization act, it's also important to note the faur currently plays a critical role in licensing and working with these spaceports as they grow their infrastructure and capabilities to support a variety of missions. this amendment will help recognize the important role of these spaceports to our national launch infrastructure, establish an office of spaceports to better coordinate licensing, policy, and technical support for spaceports as well as direct two important reports, one by the secretary of transportation, and another by g.a.o. to address policy issues facing spaceports in our growing launch market. the amendment is supported by a bipartisan group of my colleagues from virginia, maryland, and florida, and is supported by virginia space, space florida and the national association of spaceports, among others. i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan amendment and i
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yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady reserves her time. the gentleman from washington. mr. larsen: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise to claim time in opposition but support the amendment. the chair: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. larsen: so, mr. speaker, i support the amendment being offered by the gentlewoman from virginia. this amendment would create within the f.a.a. commercial -- an office of spaceports. an office that will support infrastructure improvements at national spaceports. it requires a report to congress the launch demands and offers recommendations on how we can further support and promote greater investment in commercial space infrastructure. it also requires comptroller general to study spaceport activities in the u.s. commercial space transportation enabled industries include satellite and ground equipment
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satellite services and remote sensing and distribution industries. in 2015, the size of the industry, the global industry was estimated to be $335 billion. the size of the u.s. space industry was approximately $126 billion, which includes $89 billion in revenues generated by satellite services, manufacturing, ground equipment, and launch services. the commercial launch of satellites is particularly important as these technologies offers a range of services to television, high-speed internet, weather forecasting. this amendment will strengthen the nation's competitiveness in this industry and offer us a better understanding of how we can maintain a robust and resilient network of space transportation infrastructure. so with that i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman the gentleman will yields back his time. the gentlelady from virginia. mrs. comstock: i urge passage of the amendment. the chair: i'm sorry.
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mrs. comstock: i urge passage of the amendment. the chair: does the gentlelady yield back her time? mrs. comstock: yes, mr. speaker. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from virginia, as modified. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment as modified is agreed to. it's now in order to consider amendment number 87 printed in . rt a of house report 115-650 for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. lynch: mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 87 printed in part a of house report 115-650 offered by mr. lynch of massachusetts. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 839, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. lynch: thank you, mr. chairman. first of all, i'd like to thank chairman shuster and ranking member defazio for their hard work and also mr. larsen as well. i have to confess that mentally in my mind i have a list of republicans i wish wouldn't run for office again, but i'm proud and happy to say, mr. shuster, you are not on that list. i just want to congratulate you on your good work, not only on this bill, but in the past on a lot of issues that affect not only the constituents in your district but also people across this country. so thank you for your service. i was hoping that i might come to the floor today to talk about ways that we might prevent terrorists and criminal organizations from registering aircraft in the united states. there's a department of transportation inspector general report that is well-known to members here that
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asically lays out the case for more closely scrutinizing the registration of u.s. aircraft. they came up with a few glaring examples that i'll mention here. recently, it was discovered that hezbollah, through a front person, also from lebanon, registered an aircraft here in the united states with no landing permit. addition, we had another aircraft registered through the f.a.a. through wells fargo bank which we understand was located in the tripoli international airport in libya just hours before the u.n. security council met to approve a nfls over that country. similar -- no-fly zone over that country.
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simile, we had one that mysteriously appeared in tehran -- iran in 2014, bearing an american flag emblem. this occurred, obviously, in the midst of u.s. and international sanctions. prohibiting the travel of u.s. aircraft to iran was the law at that point. the f.a.a. could not explain who was operating the plane or who owned it, and the lack of transparency and accountability in the f.a.a.'s registration system is a serious national security threat. now, there was a time when democrats and republicans could work on amendments like that and they would be accepted. i'm still mystified as to where the opposition came from. also, the public health and safety demands that the f.a.a. take immediate steps to mitigate the impact of concentrated flight paths, which come in and out of major airports around the country. they got a new system called next gen system that
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concentrates the flights over very narrow strips of neighborhoods adjacent -- in the areas adjacent to those airports. we can do a lot, mr. chairman, to mitigate that damage, but that is not in this bill. hat i am here to talk about is retrofitting aircraft with noise mitigation devices known as vortex generators. these devices are lightweight and divert wind from the vents on the underside of an aircraft's wing to significantly reduce noise during dissent. air an carriers, such as france adapted their older airbus aircraft and new models now equip with them. my amendment, which is co-sponsored by several of my colleagues on the congressional quiet skies caucus, would ensure that american air carriers are following suit. and i urge my colleagues on
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both sides of the aisle to support this amendment. mr. chairman, i yield back the balance of my time. i reserve. sorry. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? mr. shuster: i rise in opposition -- reluctantly rise in opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. chairman. i want to thank my friend and actually my classmate, mr. lynch. you, myself and joe wilson are the last of the special election eight that came in 2001. with me leaving it will be up to you and joe wilson. but i appreciate working with you. i appreciate the intent of your amendment. again, i reluctantly oppose it because of my high regard with you and the work you've done here. and i might add, too, what you're talking about, the registration, your amendment, i'm familiar with it. i think it might have unintended consequences. i also believe what they do in oklahoma city at the registry, we put some language in this bill to change that process out there. i intend to go out and see
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firsthand. there are some real problems out there with the way they operate out there in oklahoma city. so, again, i understand what you're talking about. but i do raise -- rise reluctantly to oppose the amendment. the amendment would require the f.a.a. to undertake a very unclear task, i believe, facilitating opportunities for air carriers to install noise reduction devices. air carriers, i believe, have a strong incentive. if you go into any community -- if you come onto the house floor, have an f.a.a. bill, the number one amendment that we have -- many, many amendments deal with noise. so it's a problem out there. but the air carriers, they do have an incentive to, again, operate -- reduce the noise of their aircraft. and each new generation of aircraft continues to reduce the noise. , i w in connecticut believe stratton has a facility
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up there, united technologies, they were talking about a jet engine that's going to reduce the noise by as much as 70%. again, technology, a lot of smart people are out there trying to figure out innovative ways to reduce the noise in the aircraft. having the f.a.a. involved i believe will stifle that innovation and set it back -- would set back that development. but, again, i thank the gentleman for his leadership. i am well aware of the issue, but i at this point would urge my colleagues to oppose the amendment. did the gentleman yield back his time? the chair: the gentleman has reserved. mr. shuster: i yield back mine. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. lynch from massachusetts is recognized to close. mr. lynch: i'd like to recognize mr. larsen. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. larsen: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to support the amendment offered by the gentleman. it would direct the f.a.a. to engage and cooperate with airlines to identify and facilitate opportunities for them to retrofit their aircraft with devices that mitigate
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noise. air traffic noise is an extremely important issue to those who live in communities surrounding our airports. this noise can be destructive to the well-being of the residents of these communities. this amendment would go a long way towards mitigating future noise issues around our airports. i support this amendment and ask my colleagues to do the same. i yield. the chair: does the gentleman yield back his time? mr. lynch: yes, sir. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from massachusetts. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it. the amendment is not agreed to. mr. lynch: mr. chairman, i'd ike a roll call. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18 further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from massachusetts will be postponed. it's now in order to consider
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amendment number 88 printed in art a of house report 115-650. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new york seek recognition? ms. meng: mr. chair, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 88 printed in part a of house report 115-650 offered by ms. meng of new york. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 839, the gentlelady from new york, ms. meng, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from new york. . ms. meng: this amendment is a simple one. the entire text reads as follows the f.a.a. administrator shall develop guidance capability. in plain english, this means the f.a.a. would be required to develop the capability to predict where convection occurs so aircraft can avoid it if
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possible. atmospheric convection is thought to induce a significant porpgs of turbulence experienced by commercial aircraft and that furnish but lens can lead to passenger and crew injuries and can result in high insurance costs for airlines. job .a.a. has been doing a to produce forecasts of domestic oceanic convection over a 36-hour time frame but work remains to be done to improve this capability globally. the f.a.a. would like to pursue further work in this area and has the hope of achieving this capability by the end of 2020. in order to support this effort, i believe congress should authorize the capability and after doing so it should give funds to accomplish.
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i'm committed to fully supporting the f.a.a.'s work in this arena through my seat on the appropriations committee. i know we would like a smooth flight in and out of d.c. each week, let's extend that to the american public seeking to cross an ocean or other continents of your travels. if you want smoother flights. i urge you to vote in favor of this amendment. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? mr. shuster: i rise to claim time in opposition. i thank the gentlelady for offering this amendment, but i do oppose it. this amendment would require the f.a.a. to develop a guidance system related to convection activity. the f.a.a. has resources to obtain necessary weather information for safe flight
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information including thunderstorm information and the f.a.a. is engaged in weather modeling development and working to deploy such capability in the future. this amendment would require significant budgetary resources from f.a.a. and noaa and the lack of details results in a vague mandate that may distract the f.a.a. and noaa. if the intent is to improve forecasting efforts, let's not distract them from those efforts. for these reasons, i urge my colleagues to oppose the amendment and i reserve the alance of my time. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the noes have it and the amendment s not agreed to.
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it is now in order to consider amendment number 96 printed in part a of house report 115-650. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i have an amendment at the desk, zeldin number 96. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 96 printed in house report 115-650, offered by mr. zeldin of new york. the chair: the gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. zeldin: i rise in support of my bipartisan amendment to address the deeply flawed north shore helicopter route which is impacting communities throughout long island and my constituents on the north port. the f.a.a.'s north shore helicopter route which was made
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mandatory in 2010 represents everything that's wrong with our unaccountable federal bureaucracy. it lacks fairness, transparency and common sense. it's not a bright idea to mandate aircraft traffic bound to the tip of an island when multiple all-water routes are available. in addition to being ill conceived which makes this mandate so extremely unfair, it shifts the majority of air traffic which does not have a busy airport or helicopter pad and thus doesn't get any of the economic benefit that the air traffic brings to neighboring communities on the southport that have an active seasonal airport. to close these loopholes, i offered a critical amendment that will force the f.a.a. to reassess the route and work with replacing it with a true-water
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route. this amendment requires the f.a.a. to hold public hearings. and the communities impacted by this route and open a public comment period so people who live with aircraft noise can have a voice. the f.a.a. has for years ignored my constituents and the law before i was before i was in congress. by continuing extend the north shore route, the f.a.a. has been waiving the requirements and other federal laws and regulations that require public comment and the local governments before any regulatory decisions are made. i represent a district that is completely surrounded by water, so it is common sense that aircraft departed for new york city can reduce noise by falling all true all water routes. and have altitude restrictions
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for the aircraft. this is not just an issue in my district, but impacts residents who are impacted by noise in national county in queens. i partnered with my col ease on this amendment. with that, i reserves. the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington rise? mr. larsen: i rise in opposition to the amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. larsen: i rise in opposition to the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york. this amendment directs the f.a.a. administrator to offer public hearings with the north shore helicopter route. would then be required to resue the applications and assess the noise impacts and the availability of alternative to reduce those impacts. so i oppose it on the grounds at it's not good policy to
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legislate on noise and address each airport one by one. i is not the best way to address air traffic noise. the committee has been aware of that and helicopter noise reported by residents in urban areas. we held a round table on this to explore this issue and perhaps it is time to re-up that round table to get some movement on this issue. further, i have concern about possible unintended consequences that could lead to the redistribution of aircraft noise. such proposals have social justice ramifications and could be -- socioeconomicically disadvantage communities. noise is needed to be distributed equitably. we would be happy to work with the gentleman and the co-sponsors to address these concerns by talking with the
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f.a.a., but i have to oppose taking the solution towards a legislative resolution. with that, i ask colleagues to oppose it. and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. zeldin: first off, with respect to my colleague on the other side of the aisle, it is very important for my constituents to have a voice. and this route was extended by the f.a.a. putting the federal register in the middle of a weekend, no one told myself or any of the local governments, there was no public hearing, there were no public comments accepted, actually the f.a.a. in this case went out of their way to ensure that my constituents had zero voice whatsoever. that is under the current federal law. i would like to yield as much as
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he may consume to the chairman. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. shuster: i thank the gentleman and i rise in support of his amendment. this amendment does address concerns of the people on long island. as gentleman pointed out, this was put in place without public comment and talking to the folks that live and have to live under these overflights. and i applaud him for his efforts and commitments to his constituents and worked tirelessly on this issue and has been an effective advocate. i thank the gentleman and i encourage members to support mr. zeldin's amendment. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from new york. mr. zeldin: i thank the chairman for his support of this amendment for doing everything in his power to ensure that my constituents have a voice, that they are heard, that they are represented, that they are able
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to provide their public comments, that they are allowed to have a hearing with the f.a.a. really is very much appreciated by the residents of my district and to my colleagues and to my congresswoman grace meng and everyone on the other side of the aisle who is showing leadership in supporting this effort is much appreciated understanding that this was literally jammed through in the federal register with all sorts of not just courtesies provided, but worse, muzz willing the voice of people that they couldn't even share any, any of their comments whatsoever. summer after summer, the quality of life has suffered due to the persistent issue of this noise. the f.a.a. have sole jurisdiction over the aircraft that have impacted these activities but from the route's planning, they have ignored the
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residents directly affected. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this amendment, and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it and the amendment is agreed to. it's now in order tore consider amendment number 97 printed in . rt a of house report 115-650 for what purpose does the gentlelady from michigan seek recognition? >> mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 97 printed in part a of house report 115-650 offered by mrs. lawrence of michigan. the chair: the gentlelady from michigan, mrs. lawrence and a member opposed will each control five minutes. the chair will recognize the
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gentlelady from michigan. mrs. lawrence: i offer an amendment that will direct the administrator of the federal aviation administration, f.a.a. to enter into an agreement with the national academy of sciences to conduct a study on diversity of the cybersecurity work force of the f.a.a. in order to develop recommendations to invees the size, quality and diverse work force, every day, federal departments and agencies across our nation face a barrage of cybersecurity attacks that threaten our national and economic authority. attack in 2006 forced the u.s. federal aviation association to shut down one of its air traffic control systems in alaska. another attack that involved malicious hacking and targeted 75 airports in the united states
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in 2013. now in recent years, f.a.a. has taken steps to improve cybersecurity protection member nisms. however, congress needs to ensure that the f.a.a. has the ility and resources to implement protocols across all segments of the national airspace system. the mission of the f.a.a. to and i quote, to provide the safest most efficient aerospace system in the world and one of the five values of the agency to execute on that mission include, and i quote, the vision statement, people are our strength and our uccess depends on the respect, diversity, collaboration and commitment of our work force. according to cyber speak, a national program of the
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institute of standards and technology and the department of commerce, in 2017, the u.s. ployed nearly 800,000 people in cybersecurity positions. however, that same report goes on to add that approximately 350,000 jobs remain open in the cybersecurity space. to ensure that f.a.a. continues to safeguard the world's safest and most productive aviation sector, congress needs to ensure that the f.a.a. has all the tools necessary to ready its work force. . the agency has over 45,000 employees who have diverse education and career backgrounds. so when we look at from our air traffic controllers,
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researchers, safety inspectors, mechanical and electrical software engineers, innovative solutions to national security -- national cybersecurity challenges will come from a diversity of per expectives. that is why -- perspectives. that is why my amendment will study the work force of the f.a.a. and help identify and address any gaps that exist and ensure that the size, quality, and diversity of such work force at the f.a.a. keeps pace with the rapid technology advancements in the aviation sector. i want to thank chairman shuster, our ranking member peter defazio for your strength and your leadership and i want to thank you, chairman shuster, for your leadership and emphasis on skills development and training. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady reserves her time.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? mr. shuster: i rise to claim time in opposition although i do not oppose the amendment. the chair: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. shuster: i thank the gentlelady for offering this amendment. it's a good amendment. cybersecurity will play a greater role in the years ahead. so i encourage all my colleagues to support mrs. lawrence's amendment, and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentlelady from michigan. mrs. lawrence: i thank my colleague on the other side of the aisle for your support, and i urge my colleagues to pass this amendment and i yield back my time with the comment that our skilled trade work force is one of the greatest challenges we have in america. supplying a work force that's going to address the skilled needs of our work force, if we don't address it and be proactive, it is going to be creating a challenge not only to filling jobs but creating the work force that will get the job done. thank you. i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady
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yields back her time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from michigan. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18, proceedings will now resume on those amendments printed in part a of house report 115-650 on which further proceedings were postponed in the following order. amendment number 42 by mr. defazio of oregon. amendment number 60 by mr. rohrabacher of california. amendment number 63 by mr. king of iowa. amendment number 78 by mr. lipinski of illinois. amendment number 79 by mr. denham of california. amendment 87 by mr. lynch of massachusetts. the chair will reduce to two minutes the minimum time for
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any electronic vote after the first vote in the series. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 42 printed in part a of house report 115-650 by the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 42 printed in part a of house report 115-650 offered by mr. defazio of oregon. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be 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 chair: on this vote the yeas are 192. the nays are 223. he amendment is not adopted.
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the house will come to order. the house will come to order. the chair advises all members to stay close to the floor. the next series of votes will be two-minute votes. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 60 printed in part of a house report 115-650 by the gentleman from california, mr. rohrabacher, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 60 printed in part a of house report 115-650 offered by mr. rohrabacher of california. the chair: a recorded vote having been requested, those in support for the request for a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a two-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 chair: on this vote the yeas are 37.
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the nays are 375. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 63 printed in part a of house report 115-650 by the gentleman from iowa, mr. king, on which further proceedings were postponed and on which the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 63 printed in part a of house report 115-650 offered by mr. king of iowa. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members on the floor, this is a two-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 chair: on this vote the yeas are 172. the nays are 243. the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 78 printed in part a of house report 115-650 from the gentleman from illinois, mr. lipinski, on
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which further proceedings were postponed and on which the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 78 house in part a of report 115-650 by the gentleman from illinois, mr. lipinski. the chair: a request for a recorded vote is requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a two-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 chair: on this vote the yeas are 92, the nays are 323.
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the amendment is not adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 79 printed in part a by the gentleman from california, mr. denham, on which further proceedings were postponed and the ayes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk: amendment number 7 printed in part a of house report 115-650 offered by mr. denham of california. the chair: a recorded vote has been requested. those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a two-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 chair: on this vote the yeas are 222, the nays are 19 3rks the amendment is adopted. the unfinished business is the request for a recorded vote on amendment number 87 printed if part a of house report 115-650 by the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch, which further proceedings were postponed and the noes prevailed by voice vote. the clerk will redesignate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 87 offered by mr. lynch of massachusetts. the chair: recorded vote having been requested, those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a record vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a two-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
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the chair: on this vote the yeas are 187, the nays are 227. the amendment is not adopted. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: mr. chairman, mr. chairman, i move that the committee do now rise. the chair: the question is on the motion that the committee rise. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted.
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accordingly, the committee rises. the speaker pro tempore: mr. chairman. the chair: mr. speaker, the committee of the whole house on the state of the union directs me to report that it has come to no resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the chair reports that that committee has had under consideration h.r. 4 and has come to no resolution thereon. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from california, mr. royce, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4744 as amended, on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4744, a bill to impose additional sanctions with respect to serious human rights abuses of the government of rab and for other purposes. -- of iran and for other
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purposes. 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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 410. the nays are two. 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed,
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and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from mississippi seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on house administration be discharged from further consideration of house concurrent resolution 118 and i ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 118, concurrent resolution authorizing the printing of united states capitol grounds landscape arc trek holmes design for democracy as a house document. -- architect holmes design for democracy as a house document. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the concurrent resolution?
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without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider s laid on the table. he house will be in order. the house will be in order. members, please take your conversations off the floor.
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the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> 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. cooper: mr. speaker, i rise today with members of the tennessee delegation and with the congressional black caucus to honor the victims of a deadly mass shooting at a waffle house in antioch tennessee, early on the morning of sunday, april 22. the four young lives that were perez, debony groves, akila, and fortunately james shaw jr. was also in the restaurant to confront the shooter and to take away his weapon with his bare hands, probably saving the lives of 16
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other people. let us honor all the victims and our hero, james shaw jr., ith a moment of silence. hank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker.
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i rise today to recognize along with my colleague congressman faso an outstanding group of young women from delaware academy in del high, new york. ms. teny: the varsity girl's basketball team won this year's new york -- new york state class d basketball championship. it was an intense game with a last three-minute point shot from logan bruce that carried the team into overtime. the game finally ended in the first overtime with delaware defeating franklinville with a score of 54-51. this is their first state basketball state title and first state title in the girl's team. the delaware team, known as the bulldogs, has 14 superior, talented athletes. first, the three-point shot which was made by logan bruce, olivia waken, catalin flinch, brenda, julia burns, alien, hannah baxter, regan, meredith
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mabel, care lynn grace, sofia waken, and eighth grader, believe it or not, silva lil'. mr. speaker, i just want -- sylvia lyttle. mr. speaker, i just want you to join me in congratulating this outstanding group of young women and their coaches, todd bruce, a.j., and tom on becoming new york state champions for the first time. as a former starting center for my high school basketball team, i am so proud to say, go, bulldogs. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, this week democrats are highlighting we're offering the american people. one area where this republican
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congress has given the american people a bad deal is health care. because of their repeated attempts to repeal and undermine the affordable care act. uncertainty has plagued our health insurance markets, leading insurers to file and -- flee and premiums to go up. republicans included in their tax law a provision that will take coverage away from 13 million people and hike premiums by more than 10% annually. the trump administration is also making every effort, mr. speaker, to unravel vital consumer protections through rulemaking. now, many who were finally protected under the affordable care act will again be vulnerable for discrimination and higher comprehensive coverage. that's the republican approach, unfortunately, to health care. higher costs, lower coverage, and, yes, an age tax. and the return to the days when insurers could deny coverage based upon pre-existing
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conditions. democrats are offering a better deal. stabilizing markets, bringing down premiums, making prescription drugs more affordable and protecting medicare and medicaid, which are republican targets. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. carter: i ask 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. r. carter: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the national prescription drug takeback day on april 28. in the 30 years i served as a community pharmacist, i saw prescription drugs save lives. however, i've also seen them, the same drugs, coupled with addiction, ruin careers, ruin families, and ruin lives. today, 89 people in the united states die every day from prescription painkiller overdose. prescription drugs have become the target of theft and abuse,
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and it's critical we do everything we can to combat the epidemic by safely disposing of unused medications. that's why i encourage you to go through your medicine cabinets, find any unused prescription medications and bring them to your closest takeback location. the d.e.a. website allows you to easily search the closest collection site. by disposing your own -- of your unused medications, you're saving lives in your community. again, national prescription takeback day is april 28. thank you, mr. speaker. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> i ask 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. speaker, last
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weekend was the 13th anniversary of global youth day of service. i spent saturday morning at the community food bank of new jersey to meet with around 50 young people who had volunteered their day to serve others. of course young people have always been great leaders. but with social media and other technologies, connecting people like never before, the power of diverse young minds coming together has taken on a new dimension. young people are comparing notes across the country and around the world, and they are doing something to change the course of history. young people are leading marches. they're running for office. and they are putting their minds and bodies to the service of others. i ask my colleagues to join me in honoring the community food bank of new jersey and young people across this country who
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participated in the 2018 global youth day of service. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the body and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. alan newman, 64, received his reward in heaven on february 15, 2018, after a brief illness. he was a loving husband for 4 years of lieu sillia. he was born on february 24, 1953, in sumpter, and was a son of the late lonnie newman sr. and francis newman. alan attended bethesda church of god where he was the bass player. he played in the band known as chief complaint. hal was administrator of northwood senior living with people with chronic or similar illness. he spent his life in ministry serving others

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