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influence the impact. the third has been brought up by my colleagues and gets to the heart of another very important issue. that is the issue of the secrecy of this activity. the fact that we know mr. mers he was engaged in this is -- mercer was engaged in this because of something called open secrets and other source that is weren't disclosed in the ordinary course of business in this. did you have any guidance from cambridge when you were there in terms of the secrecy of the clients that you were working for? mr. wylie: so, to your first point about non-u.s. nationals working in u.s. elections, cambridge analytica received formal legal advice, which i disclosed to the media. and that legal advice did make clear that the company should not be sending nonu.s. nationals to -- on american elections. >> this hearing on cambridge analytica's improper use of personal data from facebook will
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continue online at c-span.org. going to leave it here to go live to the u.s. house. today members considering bills dealing with assaults on police officers, veterans health care, and farm bill. live now to the floor of the u.s. house here on c-span.
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taker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, dr. ted kitchens, christ chapel bible church, fort worth, texas. dr. kitchens: please pray with me, father we praise you for allowing us to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. we embrace the truth that we are all created in your image and have value and purpose of in this life and country because of your love for us. the foundation of prosperity its righteousness and when it increases that people prosper and rejoice. would you cause personal and national righteousness to be our
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banner and vision so we can know your great vision across this great country. this house has business to do and i pray that all transactions that take place in these halls today will be made with wisdom resulting in the best of all. and good favor to jesus, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: pursuant to clause 1, rule 1 i demand a vote on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it and the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: i object to the vote on the point that a quorum is not present. the speaker: pursuant to clause
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8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. mr. cicilline: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible with liberty and ustice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests fundraise one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlelady from north carolina seek recognition. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm honored to stand before you to recognize the 64th supreme y of the court's landmark decision in brown vs. board of education. because of the relentless courage of linda brown, her parents, and civil rights leaders supreme court's landmark the abhorrent segregationist policy of separate but equal education came to an end.
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as a result, millions of children were afforded the educational opportunities they deserved and their rightful shot at a successful life. mr. speaker, as an educator, lifelong learner, as chair of the committee on education and work force, i believe with all my heart that education is the key to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 64 years ago the end of legal segregation in public schools recognized that inherent value as well. i honor the courage of those students who brought about that change and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition. mr. killed yes: -- r. kildee: mr. speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. kildee: thank you, mr. speaker. americans depend on good roads and bridges to get to work every day. o take care of their families. good infrastructure drives our economy.
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americans depend on water systems to provide clean and safe drinkable water. in this country, we have failed at the make the -- to make the necessary investments in roads and bridges, essential infrastructure that's important to drive our economy. i'll work with anyone on any question, on both sides of the aisle, to make sure that we invest in america's infrastructure. it's what we need to do to grow our economy. question, on both sides of the aisle, to make sure that unfortunately, what the president has suggested really puts the burden on state and local governments. communities like the ones i represent. my own hometown of flint, for example, if they had the money to put into their water system to prevent the disaster that occurred, they would have long ago done this. our communities need a strong federal partner. the democrats, we offer a better deal. we have a plan to rebuild america's infrastructure. this is what the congress ought to be doing. we ought not wait for the president to offer his
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suggestion. we should do the work ourselves. it's long overdue. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition. the speaker: i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. he speaker: my colleagues, today i rise to welcome all the law enforcement officers and their families who have come here to washington in honor of national police week. today i rise to welcome there is a saying in the law enforcement community, in this family nobody fights alone. en an officer goes down, the whole force feels the loss and carries that burden. it is so moving to see that spirit of solidarity right here in washington on display this week. 360 ear the names of fallen officers have been added to our national law enforcement officers memorial, including four from the state of wisconsin. e of them is detective jason
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wheeland of everest. the police department. he was shot and killed in the line of duty last march. his daughter, anna, 10 years old, spoke at his memorial service. she said, all of the amazing people in the world will always outnumber the criminals. those words resonated so much that anna's teacher helped her start a group called, be amaze aing. they honor her dad's memory by doing community service projects. how inspiring is that? another wisconsin story i want to share is that of officer brian murphy. last july officer murphy was hit by a drunk driver on interstate 41. he sustained a number of life threatening injuries. yet just weeks later he left the hospital able to stand on his own, surrounded by his family and fellow officers. it probably comes as no surprise to you to hear he's back on the job.
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this week, officer murphy said the decision to return to work was not difficult at all. it's about a good sense of purpose, he said. we have seen this resilience and this devotion of duty right here in the united states capitol. i don't think i'll ever tire of seeing agents david bailey and crystal griner back at their posts. as speaker, i have had the chance to work very closely with the dedicated professionals of the u.s. capitol police. it's been an incredible honor. it truly has. my colleagues, i know this is a law challenging time for enforcement. if there is one thing that we have come to recognize, it is that we must not take any of this for granted. whether it's the dangers of the men and women who wear the uniform and badge face, or the sacrifices that their families make, all the long nights, all the holidays that they do not
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get to spend together, we must not take any of it for granted. it is where our safety comes from each and every single day. we should consider it a privilege to serve those who serve and protect us. to all the cops on the beat, to all your loved ones, you do not fight alone. behind h you, we're you always every day. thank you and god bless you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, when it comes to affordable health care and prescription drugs, president trump and the republicans are forcing the american people to swallow a raw deal. they voted to dismantle protections for pre-existing conditions. they voted to raise out-of-pocket expenses. they voted to take away health coverage from 23 million
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americans. and gave billions of dollars in tax breaks to pharmaceutical companies and other health care organizations. last week, president trump outlined his plan to further line the pockets of big drug companies and their c.e.o.'s. democrats have a better deal. our plan will fundamentally reform the pharmaceutical industry. we'll put government on the side of consumers. and middle class families and not giant corporations by cracking down on outrageous prescription drug price increases, allowing medicare to negotiate lower prices for drugs and requiring drug manufacturers to publicly release hard data justifying any significant price increase. this is the kind of deal the american people deserve. a better deal that will reduce -- produce higher wages, lower costs, and the tools to succeed in the 21st century. not the raw deal the president and republicans are offering on prescription drugs. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition. mr. wilson: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one
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minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, yesterday an emergency session of the u.n. security council, ambassador nikki haley spoke truthfully about the terrific hamas terrorist attacks in gaza. over many years by tunnel and firebombs, using human shields financed by iran. ambassador haley explained, as the president said the location of our embassy has no bearing on the boundaries of israeli sovereignty in jerusalem or the resolution of contested borders. it does not undermine the prospects for peace in any way. the hamas terrorist organizations have been insighting violence for years long before the united states decided to move our embacy. this is what's endangering the people of gaza. make no mistake. hamas is pleased with the results of yesterday. the real story i saw in the jerusalem post is promises made, promises kept. not the fake news of hamas sympathizers. in addition, last night at the
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willard i was grateful-to-teand the interinitial republican institute dinner led by president daniel 2009ing where ambassador nikki haley was honored with secretary james mattis to received the freedom award n conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition. >> request permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. green: mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to the farm bill and the republican majority scorched earth and irresponsible approach to historically a bipartisan bill. throughout this congress, the republican majority has cast aside bipartisan efforts by keeping democrats out of negotiations. the farm bill's no different. from sabotaging the affordable care act to giving wealthy tax ies and corporations a break at the cost of hardworking families to make cuts, deep cuts and supplemental nutrition assistance program of the snap. this bill is on a dangerous
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path. we need to return to bipartisan discussion so that -- that made the farm bill a win-win for both urban and rural communities f this bipartisan bill becomes law, roughly 265,000 low-income children will lose access to free school meals and more than one million americans will no longer receive benefit they rely on to buy food. we can do better because america's farmers and children tea serve better. we had a farm bill every five years. is it worth kicking children and families off snap? no, mr. speaker. thank you. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? mr. gianforte: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. gianforte: mr. speaker, i rise today in recognition of national police week to honor the heroes who dedicate their lives to keep our communities safe and secure. montana's courageous law
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enforcement officers are the epitome of selfless public service. yesterday marked the 37th annual national peace officers memorial service. it's only fitting that i honor one of montana's fallen heroes. one year ago today broadwater county sheriff's deputy, mason war, made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. a routine traffic stop turned into a pursuit of two violent suspects whoallously took deputy moore's life. he was a dedicated husba father of three, including between teenage boys. his sacrifice to keep his community safe will not be forgotten. today, mr. speaker, i honor the law enforcement community in montana during national police week for their dedication, service, and sacrifice. i'm grateful for those in uniform to serve and protect our communities and pray for
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their safety. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition. >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, every week we seem to learn more about network bots and xiong line ads to spread information during the 2016 election. the trump administration refuses to see the very real threat or take the very necessary actions. earlier this year, we learned the office tasked with countering foreign propaganda at the state department had not deployed $120 million to counter information warfare. nor had it recruited a single analyst who speaks russian. mr. speaker, the administration needs to take this threat
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seriously and act with appropriate urgency. i introduced legislation to clarify responsibilities for the the g.e.c. and expand its hiring authorities and establish stronger congressional oversight. the g.e.c. has a crucial role to play understanding, exposing foreign propaganda and disinformation efforts. i urge my colleagues to join us to ensure we are better prepared to counter all efforts to interfere in our electoral process. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentlelady from indiana seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. brooks: i rise today during national police week to remember all members of law enforcement who have given their lives to protect and serve others. the national law enforcement officers' memorial displays the names of law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty. one of the names added this year
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was lieutenant allen of the southport police department, the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty. while responding to an overturned vehicle, lieutenant allen was shot and killed by the diver of the vehicle he was trying to assist. we already an officer who will be listed on the memorial next year with lieutenant allen's names. last night, i joined members of the indiana concerns of police survivors, spouses, children and parents of fallen police officers. these people provide resources to people like them, families who also experienced the pain of losing their loved ones. these volunteers help people cope with tragedy and loss. today, may we honor the commitment of our fallen heroes and support those who are missing their loved ones. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. > burt burt 41 million americans and have the ability to put food on the table hang in the balance as republicans push the farm bill with over $23 billion in cuts to the snap program. these cuts, mr. speaker can mean food taken off the table of hungry children. seniors and veterans. despite these benefits averaging $1.0 per person per meal, this program is a lifeline for tens of millions of americans and serves as an effective tool for ensuring long-term health and well-being especially for vulnerable children. the farm bill as currently written includes changes to snap that would make it harder for
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many people to remain in the program. 400,000 households nationwide and 133,000 individuals in north carolina would lose snap benefits if this legislation becomes law. even more disturbing, my republican colleagues understand what these cuts would do, but this assault. on i urge to vote no on this farm bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. ros-lehtinen: i rise today o congratulate on the 50th anniversary. this outstanding organization orteo in by mother 1968 with the goal of providing greatly needed child care
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ervices to nearly exiled cuban families. this organization has grown and xpanded to provide quality health care and services to disadvantaged children of all backgrounds with centers in little havana, it offers a health care and nurturing environment for over 1,200 underprivileged children. the staff also offers enriching and educational social programs for the parents of the students such as english classes, training work shops. these life-changing services empower children and their families within our debater miami community. mr. speaker, i would like to congratulate involved for all they have accomplished these past 50 years and thank them for improving the lives of so many in my congressional district. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yield back. for what purpose does gentlelady from arizona seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i want to thank you and the members of the distinguished body for welcoming me. representing the people of arizona's corningsal district 8 is truly an honor. ms. lesko: i'm eager to work with you to accomplish what my constituents sent me here to do, secure our borders, strengthen our military and create a strong economy. earlier today, i met with mike and colleen sutter from my district. mike and colleen have been small business owners for over 27 years in arizona. due to the recent tax cut package, mike and colleen were able to give across the board
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pay increases and bonuses to their employees. including a $3 an hour increase for hourly employees. the tax cuts have met real dollars getting into the poggets of americans and small businesses. mr. speake i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. for wt purpose does gentlelady from puerto rico seek recognition? miss gonzalez-colon: permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. miss gonzalez-colon: thank you, mr. speaker, today, i ask for the federal support of puerto rico to the power restoration must continue. we still have 20,000 homes without service on the island. last weekend, we visited one of the towns. people still without power on the island and this friday, u.s.
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army corps of gears and fema will be leaving. e current electrical mission through fema and the army corps must continue. under their contracts, without that expiration date. that's the reason. the alarming situation through fema and we are living in just 16 days away from the next hurricane season. i request fema and the army corps to extend the mission so crews can remain on the job until all areas are restored. this is a dass particular situation on the island and i request fema and army corps to help. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute. >> permission to address the house the house. mr. thompson: i rise to honor national police week.
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we are here in honor of national police week. accomplished by a joint resolution of congress in 1962, national police week pays special recognition to the law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others. national police week is an effort of many organizations dedicated to honoring members of the law enforcement community. and there is a time to remember officers who made the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lines in the line of duty. this week honors the men and women in blue who gave everything to protect their country and their communities. our officers put on their uniform each day knowing they can be in harm's way at any moment. mr. speaker, i say thank you to all of our officers who answer the call to serve. and i wish each and every officer, a happy national police week. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> permission to address the
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house for one minute and revise extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. lamalfa: it is also national infrastructure week. now we know much of our nation's infrastructure is in disrepair and battered levees and dams liter the country. large rural areas, the infrastructure gap is even more ex acknowledger rated where fund inis more difficult to come by. we have to stretch every dollar. not enough to pump more money into the system but make the dollars more effective. counties must jump through regulatory hoops from both the state and federal government and wastes time, money and makes no sense. local agencies are far more effective than federal counterparts. we have to streamline and allow
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to conduct environmental reviews on their own. the president's m.o.u. to have one federal decision policy, one stop shopping, indeed, one lead agency will streamline that vastly and help us get our highways done and levee projects to make us more economically sound. basic bipartisan reforms will make sense for the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following communication. the clerk: the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives, sir, due to my election to the house committee on education and the work force, this letter is to inform you of my resignation of the house committee on science, space and technology. jim banks, member of house. sir, due to my election to the house committee on appropriations, i write to inform that i resign my seat on homeland security and committee
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on veterans affairs, signed sincerely, john rutherford. the honorable, the speaker, house of representatives, sir, appointment to the committee on ways and means i resign my house seat on the veterans affairs and armed services. i thank you for the honor and opportunity to serve on ways and means. i may take this opportunity to express my appreciation for the opportunity to serve on the veteran affairs committee and armed services committee. it has been an honor to serve those committees to work on behalf of our nation's veterans and men and women in uniform and serve under chairman roe and chairman thornberry. although i'm departing these committees, i'm not leaving in mind and spirit and will be willing to contribute to their and to the house's efforts on behalf of our veterans and troops. thank you again to serve this nation in our new capacity and
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let me know to make sure that the transition is a seamless one. brad wenstrup, member of congress. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does -- the resignations are accepted. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. woodall: by direction of the house republican conference i send to the desk a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the esolution. the clerk: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i ask unanimous consent to consider the resolution as read. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. it is considered as read. without objection. the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? quood wood by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 891 and ask for
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its immediate consideration. the clerk: house calendar number 144, house resolution 891, resolved, that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill h.r. 5698, to amend title 18, united states code, to punish criminal offenses targeting law enforcement officers, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the bill shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and on any amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary, two, the further amendment printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, if offered by the member designated in the report, judiciary, two, the further which shall be in order without intervention of any point of order, shall be considered as read, shall be separately debatable for the time specified
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in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question, and three, one motion to recommit with or without nstructions. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider in the house the bill s. 2372, to amend title 38, united states code, to provide outer burial receptacles for remains buried in national parks, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of h.r. 5674 as reported by the committee on veterans' affairs, as modified by the amendment printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any
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further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on veterans' affairs, and two, one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 3, at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 2, to provide for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the department of agriculture through fiscal year 2023, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on agriculture. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five minute rule.
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it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on agriculture now printed in the bill. the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in part c of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment pursuant to this
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resolution, the committee of the whole shall rise without motion. no further consideration of the bill shall be in order except pursuant to a subsequent order f the house. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: pursuant to section 426 of the congressional budget and control act of 1974, i make a point of order against consideration of the rule, house resolution 891, section 426 of the budget act specifically states that the committee may not committee ma the point of order prescribed by section 425 of that same afpblgt section 3 of house resolution 891 states that, and i quote, all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived, end quote. therefore i make a point of order pursuant to section 426 of the congressional budget act that this rule may not be considered. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman makes -- the gentleman from massachusetts makes a point of order that the resolution violates section 426-a of the congressional budget act of 1974.
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the gentleman has met the threshold burden under the rule gentleman from massachusetts, a member of the -- who opposes, each will control 10 minutes of debate on the question of -- under consideration. following debate, the chair will put the question of as as the statutory means and disposing of the point of order. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgotsche: thank you, mr. speaker. -- mr. mcgovern: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, the unfunded mandates reform act. republican bill, passed in a republican congress. this act was supposed to stop congress from passing bills that forced huge new costs on state and lo governments without giving them the money to pay for those costs. apparently it didn't work because the farm bill, which is part of this rule, would impose massive new mandates on state and local governments in the
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republican majority's quest to kick families off snap. for anyone unfamiliar, that's the supplemental nutrition assistance program, which helped -- helps to feed millions of struggling american families every day. but one provision in the farm bill would force states to deny snap benefits to families with an absent parent unless those households cooperate with child support enforcement agencies. according to the c.b.o., that's the congressional budget office, a nonpartisan group of experts that analyze this stuff, this additional burden on single parent families would save the government -- federal government $4 billion much but my republican colleagues don't seem to have thought this through, because it would cost child support agencies over o $7 billion to recoup those child support payments. they are spending $7 billion to recoup $4 billion. c.b.o., that's the group of nonpartisan experts, says that the cost to states will have no say in this matter would be
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over $1 billion. i don't know who wrote this provision since it sure didn't come out of the agriculture committee or the hearings that we conducted, but whoever it was, they really need to work on their basic arithmetic skills. when you spent $67 billion to -- spendth 7 billion to regroup $4 billion, that's a terrible idea, not legislating. another unfunded mandate would require states to offer employment and training services to snap recipients as part of the bill's devastating new work requirements. according to c.b.o., and guess these are the nonpartisan experts, the bill won't provide states with enough funds to imprement the programs. not only are republicans heartlessly kicking millions of americans off snap with these additional burdens, they also are not providing states with enough money for training programs so that these people can find jobs and get their benefits back. you seriously can't make this stuff up. c.b.o., again the congressional budget office, those
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nonpartisan experts, reported yet another intergovernmental mandate that would prevent communities from restricting the use of dangerous pesticides. even if they determine the restrictions are necessary to protect children's health. like stopping harmful insecticides from being sprayed near schools or hospitals. this bill also requires every state to allow the sale of all legal agricultural products from other states preempting state's food safety and environmental standards. you heard me right. the republicans are preventing local communities from protecting their children from toxic chemicals and forcing states to allow products that break laws meant to protect the health and safety of their own citizens. mr. speaker, i thought the republicans were supposed to be all about states' rights. the unfunded mandates reform act was a republican bill, as i mentioned. and what about the rules of this institution? it's actually against house rules, believe it or not, to
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bring a bill to the floor that imposes unfunded mandates on state and local governments. not a problem, mr. speaker. the republican controlled rules committee, as i like to call it the break the rules committee, waived that rule and gave this disastrous farm bill a get out of jail free card. it turns out waiving the unfunded mandates rule is also against the rules of the house. that's right. republicans once the party of states' rights are rigging the rules, ignoring the law so they can pass this disastrous bill. here's a moment, i think, where liberals and conservatives can come together. where all my republican friends who oppose unfunded mandates can join with many of us on the democratic side and actually do something. this is your chance to prove it to stand up and to be counted. don't let the rules committee run roughshod over your values in the name of passing this lousy bill. or maybe, maybe unfunded mandates on state and local governments are fine with my
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conservative friends. just so long as they are imposed on a process that takes snap benefits away from millions of people. as i find myself saying far too often these days, a bad process produces bad policy. and this farm bill is a bad policy, plain and simple. it's not thought out. bunch of unfunded mandates. it is a disaster. it is bad for the millions of working families, children, older adults, and other vulnerable americans who will be kicked off snap or see their benefits reduced. it's bad for farmers and ranchers who are already suffering from low prices, low overhead, and market uncertainty, not to mention a new trade war courtesy of donald trump. and it's bad for state and local governments who will have massive unpaid for costs despite having no input whatsoever in the drafting of this bill. so let's send it back to the drawing table so we can sit down in a bipartisan way.
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and the bipartisan tradition of the agriculture committee and come up with senator, compassionate, forward thinking legislation instead of this. i ask my colleagues to join with us in a bipartisan way against considering this rule which ignores the cost this is bill imposes on state and local governments in violation of the reform act. ates you don't -- if you believe unfunded mandates are wrong, then you shouldn't support this rule. where are my conservative friends? where's the freedom caucus who rail about unfunded mandates? where are you? i hope you are you don't -- if unfunded mandates are wrong, then you shouldn't support this rule. going to stand up and have the courage of your convictions and vote with us on this and send this bill back to committee whe we ought to do farm bill in a biptisan and thoughtful way. this processfrom the beginning have a bill that has all kinds of protections because a there are all kinds of unfunded mandates on our states.
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wait until your governors begin to read the fine print in this farm bill. wait until your local agencies read the fine print in this farm bill. if you're for unfunded mandates, then vote against what i'm suggesting here today. but if you want to put an end to these unfunded mandates, then you need to take a stand. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i rise to claim time in opposition to the point of order and favor of the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies. is recognized. mr. woodall: i don't claim to know as much about the farm bill as my friend from massachusetts does. he has the privilege of representing his constituents both on the rules committee and he on -- and on the ag committee. i represent my constituents on the rules committee and budget committee. i work with c.b.o. day in and day out, as my colleague knows. c.b.o. is absolutely charged with being the nonpartisan scorekeeper. in all of these budgetary matters. but as the gentleman recalls, having worked for a former
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member of the rules committee himself, when republicans passed and president clinton signed the unfunded mandates point of order, it was designed with one goal and one goal only in mind. that was to make sure that when congress acts it considers the impacts of folks back home. it considers whether or not it is shirking a responsibility in washington and shifting that responsibility to state and local governments back home. ith certainty, w mr. chairman, that not a single member on this side of the aisle has waivered in that commitment from when this bill passed in 1995 until today. but what my friend from massachusetts references are programs that a are implemented y the states in order to a federal benefit.
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we see this happen all the time. day in and day out. you get all the transportation money you want, but you need a . we see this happen all the time. day in and day out. you get all the transportation money you want, but you need to alter your speed limit if you want to receive that transportation money. you can get all the transportation money you want, but you need to deal with your drinking age if you want to get that money. what a federal benefit. we see we're talking about toda at its core, mr. speaker, is whether or not at a time when we have the lowest unemployment rate in my lifetime, at a time when we have more jobs available to be filled in america than ever before in american history, whether it's a burden to say if you want to receive a federal benefit, that being food stamps, that you should try, try to find a job first. if you can't find that job, we should get you enrolled in a job training program so that you can find the job. at the end of the day, the farm bill aims to do two things with the snap program. number one, continue to provide a safety net for families in need.
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but number two, to make sure it remains that net and tries to lift folks out of poverty instead of trap them in poverty for generations to come. mr. speaker, this unfunded mandate's point of order was in congress at the time when it passed. as been speed bump, a needed speed bump in consideration of the legislation time and time again. sadly, more often than not, we see it's a dilatory tactic on the house floor. we see it raised as something to try to slow down the process and gum up the works. that's not what's happening here today. i want to stipulate that's true. my friend from massachusetts raises a legitimate concern. but what i would say to my colleagues is, this is a task, obligation that has been placed on the states in consideration of receiving a federal benefit. folks are not mandated to do anything at all. if we're to participate in the
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program, if folks are to continue to work through the program, if we're to get people back to work, if we're to provide this safety net, if we're to succeed on behalf of our constituents as we all want to do, then we're going to have a partnership between the federal government and state government to make that happen. again i respect my friend from massachusetts. mr. speaker, he is an authority on the farm bill. an authority on the snap program, but as far as the unfunded mandates point of order goes, i would encourage my colleagues to reject that request today and to vote in favor of proceeding with consideration of the bill. i reserve the balance of my time. . mr. mcgovern: how much time do i have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: three minutes. mr. mcgovern: do something radical and read the c.b.o. study. the bill would impose
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intergovernmental mandates by amending snap requirements and acing it on states and requiring new state activities in the snap programs. snap and child enforcement support and the conditions on states and localities as intergovernmental mandate if affected government lacks authority to offset the costs by requiring to those increases. and in areas where they have limited flexibility to amend their responsibilities and offset additional costs and would be intergovernmental mandates. in other words, on a whole range of issues, this bill requires states to do so much more and the federal government does not provide the funding to meet those obligations. if states want to provide snap benefits to their citizens which i think every state wants to do, they have to emprays these mandates and add additional
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costs on to what they are already paying. these are a big fat unfunded mandates. when your governors read this bill, when you read this bill, you are going to be amazed at all these additional burdens to be imposed on states and localities. if this isn't an unfunded mandate or what that republican initiative was all about when it was first implemented, i have no idea. under the work training programs, this bill would provide maybe $30 per person for education and training. we are told that education and training programs on average range from $7,000 to $14,000 to be effective. this is an unfunded mandate plain and simple. if you care about unfunded mandate, you will support us. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. georgia from georgia. mr. woodall: i yield myself the balance of the time.
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i recognize my friend's passion. this is not going to be the end of my friend's passion and will be together talking about the farm bill and see a new agree of passion because my friend from massachusetts is incredibly committed to his point of view on the snap program. what i would tell you, mr. speaker, and i will speak on behalf of my governor from the great state of georgia and speak on behalf of my legislators in the great state of georgia. folks want to be a part of lifting people out of poverty. nobody wants to be a part of trapping people in a cycle of poverty. and there is absolutely a agree of complicitness that this chamber has been involved in saying this is the best we can do and can't do any better and resign ourselves to the fact that generational poverty will continue. i say nonsense. i share my friend's frustration that what should have been a bipartisan reform bill, what
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traditionally is a bipartisan farm bill went off the rails somewhere in the process and folks walked away from the table and we can assign blame however we choose to do it. but in this case, mr. speaker, we are talking about a bill that is going to take a major step forward lifting people out of poverty and putting people back to work, and making sure that folks who receive federal benefits are those who need federal benefits but those who have opportunities to do more and better for their families, they have partners in federal and state governments to make that happen. i think that's what my colleagues here want. i encourage my friends to reject my friend's point of order and to vote to consider this bill today. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: all time for debate has expired. the question is, will the house now consider the resolution. those in favor say aye.
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those in favor say aye. , no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the ayes have it. mr. mcgovern: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote on the yeas and nays will please rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered members will record their vote 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 speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 223, the nays are 181. the question of consideration is decided in the affirmative. without objection, the the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. woodall: i thank my colleagues to consider this rule and the three underlying measures today. during consideration of this resolution, all time is yielded for the purpose of debate only and i would like to yield the customary 30 minutes to fellow rules committee member, the gentleman from massachusetts,
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pending which i yield myself uch time as i may consume. i ask that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the rule before us makes in order three pieces of legislation. the one that you heard discussed already today is h.r. 2, the agriculture nutrition act of 2018. two other measures are h.r. 5698, protect and serve act of 2018 and s. 2372, the v.a. mission act of 2018. . the speaker pro tempore: members are advised to take their conversations off the floor. gentleman's recognized. mr. woodall: as you know, this week is police week and police officers serving our communities
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every day with distinction, give this one week a year that we all take a moment to pause and say thank you. president trump made that point yesterday just outside the capitol talking about helps these heroes who put their lives on the line absolutely every day. to quote the president, he said your moms and dads were among the bravest americans to ever live when talking to the children of tallen officers and of course, he was absolutely right. and for that reason, i'm pleased that the rule today brings up the protect and serve act of 2018. brings it to the floor under a structured amendment process. the bill makes it a federal crime to intentionally cause or to attempt to cause serious bodily harm to any law enforcement officer. say that again, mr. speaker. it makes it a federal crime to attempt to cause or
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intentionally cause serious bodily harm to any law enforcement officer. we are trying to speak in the absolute strongest terms when we speak on behalf of our men and women in uniform. just last night in the rules committee, my friend, mr. mcgovern, said there was no disagreement between the parties and the chambers on this legislation. another bill we can agree on, mr. speaker, is the v.a. mission act. i was one with one of the american legion chapters just op monday talking about the very provisions in this bill and how they can make a substantive difference for our men and women who have served us in the armed forces. this is a four corners depreement bill, mr. speaker. by four corners, the chairman and ranking members on the house side and senate side have agreed on this legislation. they have worked together on this legislation.
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and they put it together in a way that we can all be proudly supportive of that final product. let me tell you what this bill will do in specifics, mr. speaker. it consolidates seven duplicative community care programs into one program that are easier for our veterans to understand and access. it ensures that the veterans' choice program has enough funding to continue working for our veterans for yet another year as the committees continue to perfect that program. i'm sure you hear the same good cttive counsel and for the opt out but the terans' programs have to approve promptly and get the doctors reimbursed. it creates a fair and transparent process for a comprehensive audit of the approve promptly v.a.'s physical facilities,
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where are those regions of the country that are underserved and regions of the country would better serve. the v.a. can transform its aging infrastructure. this bill provides a comprehensive audit process so we can modernize the v.a. for today's veterans. it expands the caregiver program, mr. speaker, to provide the benefits to pre--9/11 veterans so they are in parity post-9/11 veterans and provides recruiting and retention efforts so the veterans have access to the medical personnel. these reforms aren't just supported by the four corners that i mentioned, the republicans and democrats who lead the committees in the house and senate but supported by over 30 veteran service organizations from across the country.
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as chairman roe highlighted in the rules committee last night. i don't pretend that these measures do everything for everyone. they do not. but it is another in a long step of bills making progress on behalf of the american people whether we are talking about our men and women in law enforcement or men and women who have worn our military uniforms. it's another example of how chairman roe and ranking member walz and our colleagues in the senate are taking steps forward to repay our debts. and finally, mr. speaker, as we already discussed, this rule would make in order h.r. 2. it doesn't just make in order the base text, mr. speaker, but also makes in order 20 amendments that have been offered by both republicans and democrats in this chamber who would like to try to make that bill even better. 20 amendments have been made in order already and when we finish
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our debate, we will return to the rules committee upstairs and consider another round of amendments this afternoon to continue to perfect this bill throughout the week. mr. speaker, one rule, three bills, three bills that have the ability to make a difference for families across the country, north, south, east and west. i hope my colleagues will support this rule and get involved and support those bills on final passage as well. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i thank mr. woodal for the customary 30 minutes and i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks and yield myself such time as i may consume. the zpwa from georgia, one rule, three bills which has become a habit around here where we try to bunch a whole bunch of bills together in one rule so we don't focus on any one issue in a way
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that is meaningful. i think it's an attempt to stifle debate. we have a bill that would protect our police and a bill that deals with veterans and then the farm bill. i want to focus on the farm bill. i served on the agriculture committee since 2011. i it has been one of the most bipartisan committees in the house of representatives. that is how farm bills are crafted through compromise, through a coalition of members from urban and rural america coming together to get something done. that's why i have always had faith in this process. faith that minority views would be heard, even when it wasn't easy and even when the final product wasn't perfect, the end product was traditionally bipartisan until today. the process for this farm bill was a sham. in no way did it reflect the agriculture committee's long bipartisan tradition. i'm the ranking member of the nutrition subcommittee and i wasn't able to see a word of
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text until this bill was publicly released. i'm not even sure when republicans on the subcommittee first saw the language. er the last two and a half years, we held 23 hearings on snap. apparently they were just for show because not a single witness, democrat or republican recommended any of the drastic cuts or draconian policy changes to snap. when our distinguished ranking member, mr. peterson, was asked for democratic feedback, he gave a long thoughtful list of objections and suggested changes. his input was ignored with the majority changing barely a handful of words in this whole bill. the republican farm bill is filled with controversial provisions and no one will tell us how they even got into the bill. believe me, mr. speaker, i have asked. i can't get anance. maybe president trump ethically
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challenged white house kept words out of this bill and mbe a drop its wish listntthe bill. i suspect something more mundane and damaging. i think the speaker viewed this bill as his last chance to enact sweeping cuts to safety net programs before he retires. even the number of this bill, h.r. 2, was always reserved by he speaker for his so-called welfare reform bill. make no mistake, this legislation is a transformation of our social safety net dressed up as a farm bill. it beefs up the little and demonizes poor people across this country and doesn't try to put lipstick on this pig. last week, it was reported that the republican conference brought in frank luntz to justify republicans supporting this bill. they must be terrified. they know explaining the reality
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would appall and enrage most americans. he helped craft speaker gingrich's contract with america and earned lies of america in debunked claims of health reform and tried to turn the term or wellian into something positive. he has his work cut out for him here because i don't think he could craft something so cruel into so positive. snap is our nation's premier anti-hunger program, our first line of defense against hunger. people, including the most vulnerable, kids, the disabled and elderly turn to it when there is no other option. there is no plan b when they are struggling where their next meal is coming from. this is cutting $20 billion. many people
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many people would see benefits slashed and many would be cut off from assistance entirely. why are republics dointhis? to pay for their underfunded state-based work force bureaucracy experiment on the entire nation. that's why. i say unproven because i haven't seen any studies that any of this will work. in fact, i have a study here that points out the flaws in this proposal. it expands work requirements for poor parents while making millionaires and billionaires eligible for subsidies even if they don't work or live on a farm. can't make this stuff up. there is no evidence that this approach is effective. we have no idea whether states have the manpower to take this on and how much it will cost recipients going through a job training program. this gives $30 to train each person where we know it costs thousands of dollars to fund robust job training program.
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it would be laughable if this wasn't so serious. states are testing the effectiveness as a way to help snap recipients out of poverty but we aren't expecting to get the results until 2021. shouldn't we wait to see the results of state pilot programs? shouldn't we wait until we know what might work and what doesn't? why should we force our governors and states to gamble on a sweeping untested bureaucracy that appears doomed to failure? . . it will affect millions of vulnerable americans. this is from a party that claims to want a government so small they can drown it in a bathtub. apparently thea wan goverent ust small enough to leave millions of poor and working americans with nowhere to turn. this isn't about helping people. this is about putting up roadblocks that make nutrition
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assistance difficult if not impossible to get. the legislation also severs the link between snap and liheap. this is what has allowed disabled and working families to receive credit for out-of-pocket heating and cooling expenses without unnecessary trips to the snap office. but the changes in this bill would force recipients to make those unnecessary trips. and they would lead to more hassles and affordable errors and people falling through the cracks. i think the republican leaders in the house are the only people on this planet who believe creating unnecessary hassles counts as some sort of reform. it would eliminate broad-based categorical eligibility. this has been a critical option that states has used to help those in tough times. more than 40 states use this option, including 12 states with republican governors. eliminating it would cause 400,000 eligible households,
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close to one million people to lose their food benefits. the nonpartisan congressional budget office estimates that 265,000 students will lose access to free school lunches if this bill were to become law. you know, when was gwing up it was school bullies that went after kids' lunch -- went after the kids' lunch money, it wasn't the united states congress. this is shameful. let's also be clear here. that eliminating broad-based categorical eligibility would throw close to a million people off of snap who work, who work. basically it would deny snap benefits to people who earn under $16,000 a year. mr. speaker, what the hell is wrong with this place? i mean, these people can't get through the year on that. hat's not enough to feed one's self or one's family. the republican congress was take to raise -- to
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assistance away from families struggling with hunger. this entire congress has been one long slow march toward making life harder for the poor, hungry, working americans. i am tired of a congress that prioritizes the rich, that looks out only for the wealthy. the legislation we take up here today should reflect our values, but this bill doesn't reflact my values, mr. speaker. this is the farm -- reflect my values, mr. speaker. this is the farm bill that significant differences. it trades in scenario types to justify shredding our social safety net and it's hell-bent on king hunger worse in this country. this republican farm bill is disgusting and the process that got us here is disgusting. by the way, just so members are clear, the average snap benefit is $1.40 per person per meal.
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i say to my colleagues, try living on that. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself 30 seconds to say i agree with my friend. asking single working age, healthy, nondisabled men to go to work is going to make their life harder, going to work every day is hard. i also say to my friend, they will make their life better and a value we should share, not a value we should repudiate. this happens to be an area of disagreement, mr. speaker. there are so many areas of agreement we could be focusing on. with that i a value we yield fi to the chairman of the energy and commerce committee, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for five minutes. mr. walden: i thank the gentleman and i rise today in support of the rule and the good work you did there and the v.a. mission act which improves access to care for our veterans. funds the choice program and expands caregivers program for
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the pre-9/11 veterans. i'd like to thank the chairman, the ranking member for their work on this important legislation. i particularly like to applaud the inclusion of the v.a. medical scribes pilot act. now, this was legislation i helped write with chairman roe to set up a pilot program for including scribes and primary care teams at the v.a. research in the private sector has shown that allowing scribes to handle electronic health records allows the health care oviders, the doctors, to do more what they do best which is to treat the patients. so we have doctors treating patients rather than spending their valuable time doing paperwork. chairman roe joined me in my district last fall in a tour of the v.a. clinic in white city where we heard firsthand about the administrative challenges v.a. doctors face and how it affects their ability to care for veterans. so the underlying bill here that we will bring to the floor will help. the entire bill will help. this will help our docs spend
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more time with their patients. we will continue to work with the v.a. in the implementation of this program. i'm pleased this is in the bill. applaud my colleagues helping veterans get the benefits they have earned and deserve. with that, mr. chairman, i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the reserves.from georgia the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: let's be clear, my colleague from georgia, under this bill somebody who is working, who earns $15,800 a re. the gentleman from massachusetts is year, up to like $23,000 a year, who work, right now who currently receive snap, would lose it under this. that's how you're rewarding their work. i just find that appalling. mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. schneider. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. mr. schneider: i want to thank my colleague, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise in strong opposition to the cruel and partisan safety netrograms
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masquerading as the farm bill. the fam bill has long been a isan cause, offering assistance and security to farmers and needy families alike in the way that both democrats and republicans can support. but this extreme bill cuts more than $23 billion from nutrition assistance programs through eligibility reductions, restrictions, kicking a projected one million households off the snap program and reducing benefits for millions more. let me be clear, these are vital, lifesaving benefits to help americans put food on the table during moments of need. the average family spends just 10 months on snap. receiving assistance just long enough to get back on their feet. at the same time the program helps set our kids up for success. hungry children perform worse in school, and studies have shown children on snap achieve higher test schools and are more likely to graduate from high school. children on snap achieve higher test scores and succeed and have the opportunity to do well later
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in life. mr. speaker, the partisan approach was the wrong way to -- on tax reform. it's the wrong way on health care. it's the wrong way now. i urge my republican colleagues to abadon this party line legislation and instead approach the farm bill in a fair, bipartisan manner. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i agree with my friend. i think partisan approaches is the wrong way. this is not what my chairman desired. it's not what any of us wanted to end up. when folks walk away from the table. it's where we end up. this is the start of the process. this is not the end of the process. i regret the way that this is sorted out for my ag friends. but we can't -- we can't do nothing because folks have gotten up and walked away from the table. we have to continue to do what our constituents have asked us to do and this is a good step in my direction. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts
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is recognized. mr. mcgovern: happy to yield three minutes to the distinguished gentleman from colorado, a distinguished member of the rules committee, mr. polis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for three minutes. mr. polis: thank you. i thank the gentleman from massachusetts. i want to draw attention to provisions of this bill which attack bedrock environmental laws and recklessly promote logging over clean water recreation and wildlife. in a district like mine where the holdings of the u.s. forest service are extensive,his bill is a critical part of helping to protect our economy, our way of life, and the way we enjoy our public lands. title 8 of the bill includes blatant attempts that undermine the endangered species act, nepa, and the roadless area conservation rule. this bill allows for congressional exemptions. basically an earmark to prevent environmental reviews and public comment periods that actually prevents communities from having a say over what happens quite
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literally in their back yard. i think that we need to make sure we involve our local communities. this bill empowers washington, d.c., decisionmakers, taking that control away from our own communities. it weakens the endangered species act by eliminating scientific expert opinion about whether projects would harm endangered species and their critical habitats and it prioritizes logging over recreation, even going so far as a shift incentives to emphasize logging over environmental restoration and other areas that support the outdoor recreation economy, one of the biggest sources of jobs in my district, in my state. before the ink can dry on the omnibus, this bill reneges on the wildlife budget dill -- sorry -- the wildfire budget deal with more proposals that weaken protections and mitigation on our public lands. now, in my state, the 6,000-acre congressional exemption earmark would have a detrimental impact
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but would even have a worse mpact on the much smaller eastern and american forest where 6,000 ache are -- mid eastern forest where 6,000 acres could hurt. they need to take input from the public about how they would be affected. and, of course, it should consider how water, soil, and wildlife habitat can be protected. for years, the congressional debate over forest management has been framed by the need to address hazardous fuels for wildfires. this bill takes a step away from that and it makes it clear that reform efforts weren't actually about wildfire. they're about efforts to give away our public lands to the timber and other industries and silence the voice of residents. congress should stop trying to legislate logging projects and take control in washington. we should allow our communities have the say. the forest service has many tools today that include local input. all americans deserve is a say in how our public lands are
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managed. and endangered species should certainly not be sacrificed just so more of our forests can be logged. mr. chair, i'd like to submit a letter in the record from over 120 conservation groups opposed to the harmful provisions in this bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. polis: i urge colleagues to vote no and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the georgia families wake up every day back home and go out and often cases are working land that their father worked before them and their grandfather worked before them. we've had the georgia farm bureau in town pleading with us to bring some certainty to ag policy. there are two parts to a farm bill. for all the reasons that folks who got here long before i did can explain why it is we do a food stamp half of a farm bill
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and actual farmer half of the farm bill. it's so often true the snap program gets all the conversation, mr. speaker, but as you heard from my friend from colorado, there's -- while the money is not where the farmers and those farm families are, that's certainly where the policy is. it has been true time and time again that in a colbative, partin, bicameral way we have come together as a house and a senate and moved policy forward to provide market certainty for those farmers. you don't always appreciate the farmers in your community, mr. speaker, when you can go to the grocery store and grab anything you want absolutely anytime you want. those things don't happen by accident. they happen by a whole lot of sweat equity, risk taking and candidly a whole lot of prayer going across farm communities in this land. this bill responds to some of the marketplace needs that we're finding in the 21st century. you're going to see those
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collaborative veins throughout this measure, mr. speaker. i hope my colleagues will look not just at the snap program but also at the certainty that we're going to provide the very hardworking farm families across this country. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: yeah, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from georgia for his comments. i think, again, if he reads this bill, he and his farmers should be concerned about this bill because it doesn't -- does not increase support for our farm safety net and support prices so we have a lot of farmers who are deeply concerned about that part of the bill as well. mr. speaker, i'm going to urge we defeat the previous question and if we do i will offer an amendment to the rule to bring up representative lamb's legislation, h.r. 5805, which provides the fix need to implement the v.a. mission act to ensure that it is not hindered by budget caps. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. mr. mcgovern: to discuss our proposal, i yield four minutes to the distinguished gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. lamb. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for four minutes. mr. lamborn: the v.a. mission act is a good bill. our veterans question it when it means that we say we value their service. we cannot erase those doubts in one day or one bill but can take a positive step forward and doing that today. both parties are doing that together. together, we are finally giving all caregivers the tools they need for the heroic work that they do. we are strengthening v.a. at its core. and we are giving veterans a real choice to seek the best treatment anywhere, whether in or outside of the v.a. this is a good bill, but it's not perfect. we owe it to our veterans and to the taxpayers to explain how we
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will pay for this. there is a strict cap on v.a.'s budget and the mission act will bust that cap. all the good things in it will trigger harsh cuts in the rest of v.a.'s budget. it will force them to rob peter to pay paul. this is not hypothetical. one year from now, these cuts will be triggered and the veteran today would be right to ask if his favorite nurse will be laid off or if the old and flow computer systems at the v.a. will get older and slower. the money has to come from somewhere in the v.a.'s budget. but there is another way. the money we are spending today does not have to count against budget cap. that budget cap was set before we made improvements to the v.a. it's a separate issue and the cap number shouldn't hold us back. my bill, h.r. 5805 would count
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the new money as separate so it does not bust the rest of the v.a.'s budget. mr. speaker, both sides of this house are working together to improve the v.a. that's a great thing. let's not make it harder than it already is. instead, let's finish the job. we have to spend what it takes to get the job done, no more, but also, no less. our veterans are looking to us to make the v.a. stronger, not weaker. the workers of the v.a. are depending on us to give them what they need for their mission. automatic budget cuts will not accomplish that mison. i ask my colleagues on both sides to help us help our veterans and help our workers. vote no on the motion on ordering the previous question so my bill h.r. 5805 can be made in order. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves.
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the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume. first time on the floor with our new colleague from pennsylvania and i appreciate his service to our country. in general, i feel your pain. it's a good bill and not a perfect bill. i have been here seven years and i come down here time and time again to find good bills and i'm frustrated that we can't get it there. and what i will share with you, mr. speaker, what i have determined the reason is is because you folks do not agree with me is why i have decided i can't get to those perfect bills. i cannot get 434 people to agree with me all the time. i will tell my friend from pennsylvania, the most discouraging day i have had in this institution was after we passed the budget control act and we picked four of our finest republic carns and four of our
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finest democrats in the house and four from the senate, democrats and republicans and locked them in a room together for three months and said look at the mandatory spending programs and the discretionary programs, across the board budget cuts are nonsensical. so get together and talk to one another and work through it and figure out a way that we can make the books balance and we don'mortgage our children and grdchildren's futures but make the commitments. they met for three months and walked out of that room after having looked at hundreds of trillions and agreed on not one penny of change together. i cannot tell you, mr. speaker, well, you remember how discouraging that day was. moving these dollars from mandatory spending to discretionary spending are going to put pressures on the budget process.
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i see my friend from minnesota nodding his head. he is a true champion for veterans, but we have to stand up and say yes to those dollars. by raising the limits. but i have to go home and tell the story of how our meeting promises to veterans that we were not going to get met otherwise. i have to tell the story i'm meeting promises for children that weren't met otherwise and tell the story about how i don't have 218 votes to do it my way and the only way to get it done around here is in partnership. candidly, mr. speaker, we don't have a better example than the v.a. committee. mr. walz's leadership, dr. roe's leadership, time and time again, i see these men not follow tear own hearts and passions but do what is best for everyone, try
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to find a way forward. i hear the concerns of my new colleague from pennsylvania, mr. speaker and i believe he is absolutely right. we are going to run up against that conversation next year. the question is will we have the courage to stand up together and fund those priorities next year. i'm looking forward to the great bipartisan we will see today and the great outpouring of support when the funding time comes to make sure we are as committed to those promises tomorrow as we are together this afternoon. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from minnesota, mr. walz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walz: i thank my friend from georgia and see comrade redown here and thank you for pointing out what needs to be done.
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i rise in opposition to the rule and this is important on the rule. we may know it in here but americans, the rule is how we have this debate and this is an honest debate. and there is no one in this chamber that disagrees on the care for veterans. on these amendments that mr. lamb was proposing to offer are other things we would like to bring up to fix this, we should just debate it here. dr. roe did this. he had an open rule. i brought up my amendment, it hat is democracy.t lost. i understand that. but it is the conversation that brings our members in that gets us to consensus. so by structuring a closed rule for the american people watching this is, we know what the score is of this game. it's in this body that we should be having a detailed debate on this very proposal and then voting it down. and i think we say it because of time. we say it because of constraint
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and because we want to control the flow of what happens here. maybe the american people don't want that flow a little bit. we should have this debate and i will accept losing an argument. what i cannot accept five people up in a room on the third floor making something out of order that is clearly in order and whether it's accepted or not should be at least debated. i don't disagree with the gentleman's assessment. he is right about trying to find common ground. there will be a lot of support on this legislation when it comes up, but not having an open rule and honest debate is selling us short from us getting to a more perfect bill. and with that, i would encourage my colleagues to vote no on this closed rule. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i would say to my friend, i do not have any further speakers remaining.
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so ieserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman fr massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: we have a ton. i yield one minute to the distinguished the gentleman from rhode island, mr. cicilline. mr. cicilline: i rise in opposition to the rule and the underlying republican farm bill which would devastate worker families and seniors. currently more than 41 million americans receive benefits. close to 2/3 are children, the elderly and disabled. this partisan bill would reduce snap benefits by $23 billion and denying hundreds of thousands of food support. they will see benefits reduced because republicans are reducing the burden and changing eligibility requirements. in december, the republicans bill. the tax
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this republican tax scam increased our national debt by $2 trillion over the next 10 years and now our republican colleagues are trying to bill. r these huge tax cuts for the wealthy by taking away resources from americans who need the most. republicans are using this bipartisan process to continue to undermine the well-being of children, the elderly and the disabled to give gifts to the wealthy. this goes against everything we stand for as a country. i urge my colleagues to oppose the rule and oppose the bill and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from vermont. we well this farm bill -- mr. welch: this farm bilis outrageous. of our ps people in all districts that need the food. this bill has had no process. it is a continuation of an
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effort to ratchet down any help that americans need. that health care bill was going to help on health care by taking it away from 24 million people. this nutrition people is going to take $23 million worth of benefits, billions away from children, veterans, elderly, disabled who need that food? why? we passed a tax cut. and by the way, it wasn't paid for, $2.3 trillion added to the deficit for a tax bill where 87% of the benefits go to multinational corporations and individuals earning over $890,000 a year. well, the bill has come due and we have a proposal here to come up with $23 billion to pay for it and that's taking meals off the table of disabled people. and by the way, the work
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requirement, what is it really? that sounds good. who wants to work? everybody wants to work. we are going to pay for this so-called work requirement by paying bureaucrats and giving them the impossible job of putting people who are not able to work into jobs that don't exist. talk about cynical. that's what this bill is. i'm from vermont where we have lots of folks who need help and we have lots of vermonters who with very little money are doing things to put meals, good meals on the tables of those families. don't pass this farm bill. it takes that nutrition away from our vermonters and our american citizens. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from vermont yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: my friend from minnesota mentioned folks who
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might be watching this debate from their offices or from their homes, i think it's a shame that we don't often get to the core of what some of our disagreements are. as we sit here today, it's a fact there are more job openings in america than at any other time in american history. that's a fact. and it is a fact that as we sit here getting ready to move further into the millennium, that there are more able-bodied single men out of the work force than ever before. that's a fact. folks who have decided not to work. now there is no disagreement in this body about providing food assistance to hungry kids. none. none. the disagreement in this body is whether or not with more job openings than ever before in american history, with more employers saying they c

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