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continue to grow our industries of manufacturing and agriculture. host: lieutenant governor rebecca kleefisch of wisconsin has joined us on the c-span bus parked outside of the state capital in medicine, wisconsin -- madison, wisconsin. we want to thank our partners, spectrum, and the next stop is the capital of michigan, lansing. the house is now in session. live coverage on c-span. ays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. may 24, 2018. i hereby appoint the honorable mark e amodei to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. almighty god of the universe, we give you thanks for giving us another day. we pray for gift of wisdom to
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all with great responsibility in this house for the eadership of our nation. as the members prepare to dis-- disperse to the various districts as the members and our nation v a week which ends in memorial day, may we retret from the business of life may we remember our ancestors who served our nation in the armed services. grant that their sacrifice of self and so many of life would inspire all of america's citizens to step forward in whatever their path of life to make a positive contribution to the strength of our democracy. bless us this day and every day and may all that is done within these hallowed halls, be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair chare -- the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings. and announces to the house his approval thereof. jaurnl journal.
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-- pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from florida, mrs. murphy. mrs. murphy: thank and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to five requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. new houses: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to recognize and congratulate karen mcginnis on her retirement. for the past 20 years, karen the director for what is known as the hazardous materials management and emergency response federal training center. which is in my district in richland. i have personally visited and can truly say hammer is a one
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of a find facility. i have witnessed the hands on training they provide to federal employees like hanford workers and emergency responders who are deployed throughout our nation. the services they provide to the tri cities communities community and country are essential. karen has worked to strengthen the partnerships with federal and state agencies, tribes, safety professionals, and community leaders. she focuses on worker health and preparedness and she has a passion for employee safety. her leadership has made it one of the premiere training centers in the world. as director, karen has facilitated the training that makes it possible for the federal government to fulfill its obligation to clean up the hanford site. i want to thank karen for her dedication to hammer and i wish her the best in her retirement. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the
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gentlewoman from florida seek recognition. mrs. murphy: i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker, the american people have little faith in congress. they don't trust members to work together in a bipartisan way. to put public interests above self-interest. and to do their most basic job which is to set a budget and be fiscally responsible. our nation is strongest when our democratic institutions demonstrate confidence. and when we're leaders inspire pride. that's why congressman fitzpatrick and i introduced the faith in congress act. it requires house leaders to prioritize bipartisan bills over partisan ones because we must put country over bipartisan. it abolishes automatic pay increases for members of congress and prohibits first class travel at taxpayer
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expense because it's time we end these perks. it enacts a simple principal called no budget, no pay. which says if congress doesn't pass a budget and appropriations bills on time members don't get paid. the best way to stop incomme tense is stop rewarding it. finally, it imposes a lifetime ban on former members becoming lobbyists. there should be no doubt that members come to congress to serve the public not to line their pockets. it's up to congress to take the tough but necessary steps to earn the public's trust. the american people's faith in congress has been damaged and it's our job to repair it. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of mr. easterny simons, a long time georgia resident, brave hero of the vietnam war, and a dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly on behalf of the men and women who served in our armed forces.
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having first served as a marine in vietnam, mr. simons continued to serve as an employee of the georgia department of veteran services. during his 30 years there, he worked in a number of capacities, including the director of the georgia veterans memorial cemetery and director of the health and memorials division of the georgia department of veteran certificate vases -- services. april they renamed veterans drive adjacent to the home where mr. simons dedicated so many years as the easterny simons veteran way. there is no better tribute for a man who has given countless hours to our local heroes than have this road named in his honor. mr. hice: i ask my colleagues to please stand with me to of the life and legacy this georgia hero, greatly deserving the respect of all americans.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek of this georgia recognition. >> 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. speaker, i rise today to recognize a very special group who will celebrate their 75th anniversary this saturday in sweet water, texas. the women air force service pilots. when the forces of fascism and totalitarianism were upending the entire global order, it ook every ounce of our nation's measure and every man and woman to win world war ii. following the attack on pearl harbor, 28 female pay lots volunteered to form america's first female squadron from 1942 to 1944, over 1,000 women trained to fly the army way at avenger air field in west
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texas. mr. arrington: as the first women to fly american military aircraft, they logged more than 60 million flight hours, flying every plane in the military's arsenal, they ferried equipment, toed -- towed gunnery targets and others so we could win the war abroad. they were vital to the war effort and ultimately our victory. 75 years later their legacy continues to inspire us all. god bless these female freedom fighters who served with less recognition than their male counterparts at the time, but no less honor and distinction. god bless america and go west texas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition. mr. cicilline: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. president trump
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promised to drain the swamp. in reality he's made corruption much worse here in washington. yesterday we learned that a foreign government paid the president's personal attorney $400,000. they requested a government plane for the hon mi moon. the v.a. took a trip to europe with his spouse. and the republicans who control congress have done nothing about it. they are putting politics ahead of our country by turning a blind eye to this administration's corruption and focusing on getting things done for their wealthy donors instead of their constituents. the culture of corruption must end. that's why early this week democrats introduced a better deal for our democracy. a bold, competitive proposal to bolster our ethic cause over our campaign finance system and create more temperatures and accountability to government work for all of the american people. that's why the american people -- that's what they deserve. that's why -- what the better deal will deliver and democrats are fighting for it. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition. >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize my constituent, dixon police
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officer, mark dallas, for his actions during the shooting incident at dixon high school last week. on the morning of wednesday, may 16, a student opened fire inside the high school. without hesitation officer dallas chased down the student and returned fire. he disarmed the shooter and took him into custody. the swift actions by him demonstrate the difference between a job and one's calling. his fearless sacrifices are who mark is and god called him to be. as more details emerge, one thing is certain, he's an american hero. he stepped into harm's way to prevent a terrible tragedy and saved countless lives. he protected the students, including his own son, josh, the faculty, staff, and entire community. it's the men and women of our officer ement like dallas who embody the very best of who we're as a nation. the courageous service of america's finest is truly the thin blue line between order of dallas who and chaos. 16th district
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of illinois, thank you to officer mark dallas for his bravery and heroism, for his steadfast commitment to protection and serving, for being a role model to so many, and for making us all dixon strong. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, while democrats continue to focus on better jobs, better wages, and a better future for hardworking americans, republican indifference to the chaos, crisis, and corruption in this town, for example, at the e.p.a., is at an all time high. mr. jefferies: why in the world, in the context of the fact that we have got 17 different intelligence agencies who have concluded that russia interfered with the election, and an ongoing investigation into whether the trump campaign was involved in selling out our
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democracy do some folks continue to try to undermine this investigation. the ongoing criminal inquiry is a legitimate undertaking. it's not a witch-hunt. in fact, everyone leading that investigation is a republican. bob mueller, republican. rod rosen stein, republican. james comey, republican. christopher ray, republican. what exactly are you-all complaining about? it's time for the cover-up caucus in this institution to stop hiding the truth from the american people. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one to te. address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. on may 25, we celebrate national poppy day. after world war i, popty flourished in europe,
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scientists said the growth was because soil in france and belgium became enriched with left by the rubble the war. from the dirt and mud grew beautiful red poppies. the red poppy became to symbolize the blood shared during battle following the publish gation of a wartime poem in flanders field. while serving on the frontlines, the poppy honors those who served and died for our country. in all wars. mr. bost: and remind the american people of the sacrifice made bay our veterans. while protecting our freedom. to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, we say thank you. and, mr. speaker, with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker. house of representatives. sir, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the
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enate on may 24, 2018, at 8:12 a.m. that the senate agrees to house amendment to the bill senate 2372. that the senate agreed to without objection house concurrent resolution 121. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition. mr. thornberry: i ask unanimous consent members have five legislative days to revise and extend and insert extraneous material on h.r. 5515. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to house resolution 908 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further consideration of h.r. 5515. will the gentleman from nevada, mr. am mow day, kindly take the care. -- mr. amodei, kindly take the are.
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the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union fonr for further consideration of the bill h.r. 5515, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the department of defense and for military construction to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, and for other purposes. . the chair: when the committee of the whole rose on wednesday, may 23, amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, had been disposed of. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. thornberry: pursuant to h.res. 908 i offer amendmented en bloc number 4. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment the amendments en bloc. the clerk: consisting of amendments number 93, 94, 95, 102, 98, 99, 100, 101,
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103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109 printed in house report 115-702 offered by mr. thornberry of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 908, the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, and the gentleman from washington, mr. smith, each will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. rohrabacher. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. rohrabacher: i rise in upport of this legislation and especially this part of the bill which includes a provision that declares dr. afritty an international hero. for those who don't remember him, who now languishes in a pakistani prison, this was the brave soul who helped us identify osama bin laden, the
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mastermind of the slaughter of 3,000 americans on 9/11. trumped arhysed him on don't rr up charges and ignored by us, ignored by the world. this is an international hero. this is a man with courage. it is a disgrace that our country still has relations when pakistan rubs this in our face. i would hope that this congress and i'm glad -- thank you for putting this in the bill, that we are declaring to the world dr. afridi must be freed and he's a hero, an international hero to all of humankind. thank you very much. the chair: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. chairman. i now yield one minute to the gentleman from texas, mr. cuellar. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized for one minute. mr. cuellar: i want to thank the chairman thornberry and ranking member, mr. smith, and i rise in support of this legislation and in particular in support of an amendment
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offered by myself, mr. castro, mr. doggett. it requires the air force to conduct a core sampling study at lackland air force base, exas, to determine any hazardous substance. the proposed route transects two landfills whose contact 10ths are known. this will allow the project move forward, replacing the crumbling pipeline is important to avoid waste water spills which impact environmental health, both the military base and residents of san antonio. i urge all of my colleagues to support this amendment, the legislation, this en bloc amendment to bring waste water services to over 500,000 residents in san antonio, and yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the chair: the gentleman from washington reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i
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reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. chairman. i now am pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. correa. the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of my amendment, 96, that's included in this en bloc amendment. my amendment requires the secretary of defense to study how the department of defense can attract and recruit students from higher education institutions with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cybersecurity. to make sure we draw from the best and brightest of our country, this study would consists of students from all higher education institutions including but not limited to hispanic serving institutions, historically black universities and colleges, and asian
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american and native american, pacific islander serving institutions. world war iii is taking place in cyberspace and that's why it's important to find the best and brightest we have to fight this battle. additionally, with china racing to dominate the artificial intelligence space, we must find suitable individuals to keep up with china's artificial intelligence advancements and massive investments in this area. my amendment would ensure that our nation has the information it needs to recruit our brightest and best. with that i yield the remainder of my time. the chair: the gentleman from washington reserves. mr. smith: you don't have any more speakers, right? then i would actually yield one minute to the gentleman from illinois, mr. lipinski. the chair: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. thank you.i:
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i rise in support of my amendment to ensure that purple heart and medal of honor recipients, former prisoners of war have access to military and ges, economy sears morale -- commissaries and more al, welfare, and recreation facilities. we say we not only appreciate our service but enact policies such as this demonstrating this gratitude. a 2017 defense department report shows expanding access will not only make lives easier for these veterans but strengthen the commissary exchange system. this has been accepted by the unded warrior project, and others. i thank congressman walter jones for joining me on this
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amendment. i want to thank the chair and ranking member for including this amendment en bloc and for their work on this bill and i urge my colleagues to support these amendments and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. chairman. i now yield five minutes to the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee. the chair: the gentleman from texas is reeked for five minutes. -- jackson lee: let the chair: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: let me thank you for listening to both my concerns and the amendments we have offered and we're very -- pleased to have at least 10 amendments to deal with this important legislation and thank you so very much for having them. i rise to thank the chair and ranking member and also thank the chair and ranking member of the armed services committee for the en bloc amendments. i'd like to draw telling tick attention to a few jackson lee amendments as the congress prepares for memorial day.
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i want to thank those who serve in the united states military. the jackson lee amendment would guidance formation or on efforts at k-12 schools on federal military facilities to maintain safety and security from active shooters. just coming from my district gu on efforts and in the neighboring area, the santa fe tragedy which attended vigils over the weekend and listening to children talking about being fearful of guns and going to school has been a difficult set of circumstances. the jackson lee amendment would in fact seek an assessment from the secretary of defense of the strategies that may be used to reduce the security threats posed by active shooter incidents at public schools and secondary schools. they have 26,000 military connected schools and that's a process i think the pentagon, the defense department can be very, very helpful.
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the jackson lee amendment number 91 seeks to have a report 180 days following enactment from the secretary of defense which will include the coast guard on maternity mortality rates among the armed forces and department of such members. for every 100,000 births in the nuss 2013, the centers for disease control estimated 17.3% mothers died. the highest mortality rate of all industrialized countries by several times over. i believe we can be very effective in having solutions. my amendment number 68 considers a vital role in the national guard and reservist fields when called to service. i want to thank the texas guard and national guard. i've seen them in iraq and afghanistan and i believe it's an important assessment to continue to remind us of the work they do. civilian soldiers, of course. jackson lee 89 provides a report 220 days after enactment on the d.o.d.'s capacity to provide survivors of natural disasters. we're still experiencing the suffering of hurricane harvey and i believe this is a major
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important time. it is important as well to deal with cybersecurity and so i have an amendment that seeks an assessment that would consider the -- what occurred in 1992 following hurricane hambingy -- andrew, rather, when they stood up emergency housing and to look at those options. same thing dealing with cybersecurity. i believe it's important for the d.o.d. to deal with the feasibility of creating an apprentice program to address the agency shortages of cybersecurity persons. let me just simply say this legislation will be helpful in defining how we answer a lot of hard questions. i do want to take note of the fact i would like to see in the state department and the d.o.d. that we work on better relationships with pakistan and try to discern how we can weave through some of the difficult issues that we are addressing and develop that alliance, again. my other amendments deal with raising awareness among students traveling abroad,
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expanding a report to include information on the opportunities dealing with artificial intelligence, dealing with sign remember of technology of technology for civilian applications and something i have been working on for a number of years. just was in a meeting dealing with the impact of boko haram and as well its far-reaching impact throughout africa, north africa and the death it has been engaged in. so my amendment will be providing for d.o.d. assistance to the nigerian government in developing a missing persons database. the d.o.d. has provided the kind of assistance that's been allowed by our laws. but it is a horrific circumstance. then, finally adretsing dangers dealing with man -- addressing dangers dealing with manned space debris for manned and unmanned missions. i thank those who have managed this legislation, but i think the important part i want to make sure is the active shooter
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-- the mortality rates dealing with our mothers, maternal mortality rates, loss of mothers, and the loss of children in the instance of childbirth. i would ask my amendments be accepte and with that i would yield back my time. the chair: th gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: we have no further speakers. i urge adoption of the en bloc amendnt and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: theentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i yield the balance of the time on is amendment as well. the chair: the question is on the amendmes en bloc offered by the gentleman from texas now before the house. those inavor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the en bloc amendments are agreed to. fowhat purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. thornberry: pursuant to h.res. 908 i offer amendments en bloc number 5. the clerk: en bloc number 5 consisting of amendments
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mbered 110, 111, 112, 113, , 115, 116, 119, 120, 121, 126, 127, 24, 125, printed in house report 115-702 offered by mr. thornberry of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 908, the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, and the gentleman from washington, mr. smith, each will control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i currently have no speakers on this en bloc package and reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. chairman. i have no speakers on this. i urge adoption of the en bloc amendment and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: does the gentleman from texas yield back? mr. thornberry: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: thank you. the question is on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from texas. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the en bloc amendments are agreed to. the chair understands amendment umber 118 will not be offered. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, pursuant to h.res. 908 i offer amendments en bloc number 6. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment the amendments en bloc. the clerk: en bloc number 6 consisting of numbers number 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 139, 35, 136, 137, 138, 40, 141, 142, 143, and 144 printed in house report 115-702 offered by mr. thornberry of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 908, the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, and the gentleman from washington, smith, will each control 10
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minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i reserve the time on this en bloc package. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. chairman. i urge adoption of the en bloc package and yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: i also yield back the balance of the time. the chair: the question is on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from texas. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the en bloc amendments are agreed to. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, pursuant to h.res. 908, i offer amendments en bloc number 7. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment the amendments en bloc. the clerk: en bloc number 7 consisting of amendments numbered 145, 146, 147, 148, 49, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 55, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 165, 166, 63, 164,
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167 printed in house report 115-702 offered by mr. thornberry of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 908, the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, and the gentleman from washington, mr. smith, will each control 10 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. . mr. thornberry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thornberry: i want to take a moment as we approach the conclusion of this debate to again express my appreciation to the members of the armed services committee, to all of the members of the house who have contributed to this product, as well as to our staff. mr. chairman, i think many members do not realize that it requires a lot of long, hard,
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late work on the part of the staff to sift through the 578 amendments that were filed for the rules committee. our floor make consideration go as smoothly as it has. i want to express again, as i arted our general debate, my appreciation to not only our committee staff, who have been doing this throughout markup and on to floor consideration, but the appreciation to not only our rules committee staff. and the leadership staff on both sides that have facilitated this product. it was a good bill to begin with, but with the assistance of a number of members it has become a better product and it is certainly a rules committee . and worthy cause for to partici to show our support for the men and women who serve.
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at this point i would reserve the balance of the time on this en bloc package. the chair: the gentleman reserves. gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. chairman. i jams. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: i, too, want to thank all the people who worked to put together this product. as always our committee i think is a fine example both of the how to legislate and do it in a bipartisan way. starting at the committee process, starting with the chairman's mark, mr. chairman, everybody in the house who has contributed to this. it took an extraordinary amount of work on behalf of the members, most importantly on behalf of the staff to sift through all of those amendments, to reach agreements where they could, to set up reasonable debate where they couldn't, and they did an outstanding job. this is the best staff i have ever worked with. they do an amazing job. we all have to remember the baseline reason why we're doing this a the authorizing bill for the department of defense, this is the bill that sets the
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policy that helps the men and women who fight and serve to protect our country. t is an incredibly important task. i want to particularly thank the chairman's great working relationship this year as always. i think we have an excellent product. i look forward to getting it passed task. i want to particularly thank the chairman's great today and conference with the senate. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield one minute distinguished speaker of the house. the chair: the speaker of the house is recognized. the speaker: ask unanimous consent to revise and extend. the chair: without objection, so ordered. the gentleman distinguished spe the house. the chair: the speaker of the house is recognized. is recogni. the speaker: this is a very busy week in the house. i just came to the floor from a ceremony where i signed three major pieces of legislation now headed to the president's desk to become law. this house has been very busy keeping its promises. to unleash our economy, to take care of our veterans torques provide hope for the terminally ill. we just signed those three things that are now on the way to the president's desk.
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perhaps the most important promise that we made was the one that we made to the men and women who serve in our armed forces. we promised to start rebuilding our military. to give them the resource that is they needed to do their jobs. to reassert the united states dominance in our military and the world. after tax reform, that was my most important legislative priority because that was our most important legislative priority. mr. chairman, it is another promise kept. earlier this year, we enacted an historic increase in military funding. made possible by the bipartisan budget agreement that came before it. this allowed us to advance the bill that we have before us here today. i want to thank the members of the armed services committee, the ranking member, but i especially want to thank chairman thorn brir -- thornberry, for his work on tireless tireless advocacy
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for our men and women in uniform. this national dea fence authorization, it presents -- this national defense authorization, it presents another way to reform our military t will repair the damage done over the previous decade t starts with readiness t starts with readiness because this country has had a readiness crisis that has been costing us lives. more american service members are being killed in accidents the ining exercises than battlefield. as secretary mattis put it, he was shocked by the poor state of our readiness. we must reverse that. so this bill invests in training. this bill invests in equipment. it grows the size of all branches of our military, and it prioritizes missile defense and our nuclear deterrent. it's a very dangerous world. and this legislation will help us counter the threats. whether they are new or traditional. whether from china or russia or iran or north korea. like i said, we are not just rebuilding our military, we're
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reforming our military. the legislation streamlines the bureaucracy and improves the buying practices so that we're t devoting more resources to waste. we're devoting more resources to what counts, keeping this country strong and keeping this country safe. and of course we're taking care of our service members and their families with the biggest pay raise for our troops in nine years. i'm so proud of this legislation. i'm so proud of our legislators. i'm so proud of the chairman for making this moment possible. here we're not just keeping our promise but making this i'm so proud of a better, stronger, safer united states. this will have a lasting impact and this len sure that america continues to lead in the 21st cren 2ri. -- century. i thank the chairman and members of the committee. i urge adoption of this bill. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: thank you, mr.
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chairman. with appreciation for the kind words, but especially for the commitment from the speaker, i yield the balance of the time on this en bloc package. the chair: the gentleman ields. the question is on the amendments en bloc offered by the gentleman from texas. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the en bloc amendments are agreed to. the committee will rise nformally. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house n enrolled bill. the clerk: senate 1282, an act to redesignate certain clinics of the department of veterans ffairs located in montana.
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the speaker pro tempore: the committee will resume its sitting. the chair: it is now in order to consider amendment number 168 printed in house report 115-702. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition. mr. ferguson: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of my amendment number 168, to the 2019 national defense authorization act. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 168, printed in house report number 115 shall 702, offered by mr. ferguson of georgia. the chair: does the gentleman from georgia wish to dispense with reading of the amendment. mr. ferguson: yes.
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the chair: each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. ferguson: i yield myself uch time as i may consume. i want to thank first of all chairman thornberry for working with me on this amendment to provide clear legislative direction for the g.s.a.'s new e-commerce portal provider system for commercial off-the-shelf sales. my amendment would strengthen supplier data protection express the nd sense of congress that implementation of this program will be done in a manner that enhances competition. i fully support the committee's efforts to reform the procurement process, express th sense of congress that implementation of this program to be done in increase efficiency, and reduce waste for the federal government and most importantly the taxpayers. however, there's still some unanswered questions regarding the implementation of the program. moving forward i still believe there is still important work to be done to make to ensure the results to in robust competition from a broad range of suppliers. that's vital to achieving the efficiencies and cost savings that the committee is seeking. the american people have told
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us over and over again that they do not want the federal government picking winners and losers and i fully agree. we do an amazing job around here sometimes of creating very large monolithic monopolies as unintended consequences. i want to make sure we don't do that with this important reform. with my amendment, we will take steps to improve katea safeguards, but i remain concerned about the anti-competitive efforts and concerns of suppliers both large and small regarding the sideline data access between competitors. whether a small business or multinational corporation, private companies fiercely and understandably are protective of their proprimary data. competition requires willing competitors, and competitors expect a level playing field, and playing field on which the referee isn't also a player on the other team. promoting competition in this program requires that we continue to listen to and more importantly address the concerns of the potential suppliers.
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my amendment is a step in the right direction, but there is more work to do. i look forward to continue to work with the chairman in good faith to improve the system to make sure that it is achieving the results that we truly know that it can. today i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of amendment number 168. i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from georgia reserves. who claims time in opposition. the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. smith: thank you. i claim time in opposition though i am not opposed. i yield one minute to the gentlelady from florida, ms. frankel. the chair: the gentlelady from florida is recognized. ms. frankel: thank you, mr. chairman. i want to thank the committee for including language that will authorize the department of defense to include the role of women in their research on the national strategy on countering violent extremism. mr. chairman, we're learning that women are active agents deterring or engaging in
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violent extremist movements. a that women 2017 report by the organization futures without violence found that several contemporary organizations, for example the islamic state and boko haram, capitalize on women's efforts and demonstrate keen awareness of the strategic and tactical potential of female extremists. while many, many more women are victims of terrorism, some are serving as supportive wives and mothers to the next generation of extremists. as s are acting propagandas, fundraisers, and suicide bombers. the apparent proliferation of female actors and extremist groups often underestimated call for as propagandas, fundraisers, and suicide strategies that effectively counter their participation in violent extremism. thank you, mr. chairman. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from washington reserves. mr. smith: i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from washington yields back.
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the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. ferguson: mr. speaker, i yield the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment gentleman from georgia. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the aye vs. t the amendment is agreed to. those opposed, no. -- the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. there being no further amendments, under house resolution 908, the committee rises. the speaker pro tempore: mr. chairman. the chair: mr. speaker, the committee of the whole house on
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the state of the union has under consideration h.r. 5515, and pursuant to house resolution 908, i report the bill as amended by house resolution 905 back to the house with sundry further amendments adopted by the ommittee of the whole. the speaker pro tempore: the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration the bill h.r. 5515 and pursuant to house resolution 908 reports the bill, as amended, by the house resolution 905 back to the house with sundry further amendments adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on any further amendment reported to the committee of the whole? if not, the chair will put them engross. the question is on the adoption
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of the amendments. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendments are adopted. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2019 for military activities of the department of defense and for military construction, to prescribe military personnel strengths for such fiscal year, nd for other purposes. for eaker pro tempore: what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? >> i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: is the gentleman opposed to the bill? >> i'm opposed in its current form. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman qualifies. the clerk will report the motion. the clerk: motion to recommit
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offered by mr. thompson of california. mr. thompson of california moves to recommit the bill h.r. 5515 to the committee on the judiciary committee with instructions to report the same back to the house fort with with the following -- forthwith with the following amendment, add, conform the table of contents accordingly. division e, second rights protection. section 1, short title. table of contents. a, short title. this division may be cited as the public safety and second amendment rights protection act of 2018. b, table of contents. the table of contents for this division is as follows. section 1, short title, table of contents. section 2, findings. section 3, rule of construction. section 4, serveability. title 1, ensuring that all individuals who should be prohibited from buying a gun are listed in the national instant criminal background check system. section 101, re-authorization of the national criminal
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fishery records improvement program. section 102, improvement of metrics and incentives. section 103, grants to states for improvement of coordination and automation of nics record reporting. section 104, relief from disabilities programs. section 105, clarification that federal court information is to be made available to the national instant criminal background check system. section 106, codification of hipaa authority for covered entities to submit mental health records to the national instant criminal background check system. section 107, publication of nics index -- mr. thompson: i ask unanimous consent to dispense with the reading. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to dispensing with the read? the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. speaker, i reserve a point of order against the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the point of order is reserved.
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is there objection to dispensing with the reading? without objection, the reading is dispensed with and the gentleman from california is recognized for five minutes. mr. thompson: thank you. this is the final amendment to the bill and it will not kill the bill nor send it back to committee. if adopted, the bill will immediately proceed to final passage, as amended. mr. speaker, less than one week ago, 10 people were shot and killed in their school in santa fe, texas. as usual, members sent thoughts and prayers. they said things have got to change, and then they did nothing. we held our 47th moment of silence since the tragedy at sandy hook elementary school 5 1/2 years ago. for every member who looks into the face of yet another grieving family and says, i'm with you, and then does nothing, i have a message for you. you're complicit. you're allowing criminals and the dangerously mentally ill easy access to guns.
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your inaction is leading to grave stone after grave stone. we have not had one vote on legislation to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them. if we're not allowed a vote, there's blood on the hands of congress. since sandy hook, more kids have been killed by someone using a gun than all of our troops killed in combat since 9/11. let that sink in. 7,000 young kids dead. in part because of our inaction. i don't know about you, but that number keeps me up at night. these are children who are robbed of a lifetime of experiences and robbed of their future. instead of going to their graduation, their parents go and visit their grave. this amendment is straightforward, and if adopted, it will not kill the bill. it does two things. first, it provides grants to states to get more records into the background check system.
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i think we can all agree, for the system to work, it has to have the most up-to-date record. second, it would expand background checks to all commercial sale of firearms. so if you walk into a gun show and try and buy a gun, you have to undergo a background check. if you go online and try and buy a gun, you have to undergo a background check. this isn't some radical idea. 208 members of this congress, democrats and republicans, are co-sponsors. even 94% of gun owners support expanding background checks. and we can't get 94% of the people to agree that the sky is blue. this kind of consensus should unify us. it should empower us on this floor to do what's right. we know that background checks work. every day background checks stop more than 170 felons, some 50 domestic abusers, and nearly
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20 fugitives from buying a gun. but in some states, these same folks can walk into a gun show and buy the same gun without a background check. this motion would change that. yesterday, the gun violence prevention task force heard from young leaders who are begging congress to pass laws to help prevent gun violence. one of the hardest things for me to hear was one student saying that he was not actually surprised that there was a shooting at his school. kids now have an expectation that one day it will happen to them. this is shameful and it's the future that we're leaving for our children and our grandchildren. i know what the chairman's going to say. he's going to say the ndaa is no place for this amendment. first, this isn't an extraneous provision. the ndaa has language directly addressing guns and gun
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ownership. without that language in the bill, we wouldn't be able to offer this amendment today. second, the ndaa has long been a place for extraneous provisions. in this bill alone, the majority has weakened environmental oversight and permitted drilling, has addressed medical fees in national parks and has addressed yacht safety, just to name a few extraneous provisions. so i ask you to join me. no more complicitity. no more blood on the hands of congress. no more moments of silence. it's time for moments of action. vote yes on this motion. it will not kill the bill, but it will save lives. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve? the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition?
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mr. thornberry: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. speaker, i insist on my point of order. i have been advised that the amendment contains new direct spending. therefore, the amendment violates section 302-f of the budget act and the cut-go rule. therefore, i insist on the point of order and ask for a ruling from the chair. the speaker pro tempore: does any other member wish to be heard on the point of order? the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. thompson: no. the speaker pro tempore: ok. does any other member wish to be heard on the point of order? if not, the gentleman from texas makes a point of order that the amendment offered by the gentleman from california violates clause 10 of rule 21 by proposing an increase in mandatory spending over a relevant period of time. pursuant to clause 10 of rule 21, and clause 4 of rule 29,
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the chair is authoritatively guided by the chair of the committee on the budget that the net effect of the provisions in the motion to recommit would increase mandatory spending over a relevant period as compared to the bill. accordingly, the point of order is sustained and the motion is not in order. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, i ove to table the appeal. the speaker pro tempore: the question is shall the decision of the chair stand as the judgment of the house. the question is on the motion to lay the appeal on the table. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. thompson: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the
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yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the 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 speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 224. the nays are 199. the motion is adopted. the question is on passage -- the nays are -- yeas are it 224. the nays are 191. the motion is adopted. the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: mr. speaker, i demand a recorded vote.
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the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes 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 351. nays are 66. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. without objection, the title nae for what purpose does the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, seek is amended. recognition. mr. thornberry: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the clerk be authorized to make technical corrections in the engrossment of h.r. 5515, including corrections in spelling, punctuation, section and title numbering, cross-referencing, conforming amendments to the table of contents, and short titles, and the insertion of appropriate headings. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition. >> i have a privileged report at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: report to accompany h.r. 5952, a bill making
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appropriations for the department of -- departments of commerce and justice, science, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the union calendar and ordered printed. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 21, points of order are reserved. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on appropriations have until 5:00 p.m. on thursday, may 24, 2018, to file a privileged report to accompany measures making appropriations for the agriculture, rural development, food and drug administration, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition. >> mr. speaker, by the direction of the on oversight and government reform, i send to the desk a report to
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accompany house resolution 877. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. he clerk: house resolution 877, resolution of inquiry directing the secretary of commerce to provide certain 877, documents in the secretary's possession to the house of representatives relating to the decision to include a question n citizenship in a 2020 census of population. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that i may hereafter be considered the first sponsor of h.r. 1094, the weekend voting act. by ll originally introduced representative louise slaughter of new york, for the purposes
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of adding co-sponsors and requesting refrintings pursuant of rule 12. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. . the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition. mr. gianforte: to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from montana is recognized for one minute. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor and recognize the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our liberties, our freedoms, and our precious way of life. montanans are a proud and patriotic people who always answer the call mr. gianforte: to serve their nation. they are our mothers and fathers. brothers and sisters, sons and daughters. some did not return from the theater of conflict, giving their lives for our country and our liberty. i extend my heartfelt gratitude to them and to their families.
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weigh owe them a debt we can never fully repay as much as we try. as we mark memorial day, we pray for the families of the veterans whose sacrifices have freedoms. and we give thanks for the blessings of life and liberty, peace and prosperity, and that their service, that their service is secured for all of us. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition. >> move to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for ne minute. ms. jackson lee: mr. chairman, as the speaker come upon this weekend, i want to certainly offer my respect for the men and women in the united states military and those who have fallen in battle n this last authorization bill for the defense, i want to emphasize
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important amendments that i had approved dealing with active shooter, dealing with the violence against our children, and having that explained or researched and as well maternal mortality rate will be included along with 10 other of my amendments. i wish to i wish to speak about something that saddens me on the breach of the rule of law and the breach of the constitution that our president is engaged in. the maligning of the special counsel and of course the ttempt to expose a confidential source. let me hold up this picture of rudy giuliani in 1998 who said in another investigation of confidential source. let me hold up a president, he's got to do it. he's got to do it. so i would offer to say that the president of the united states needs to sit down with the special counsel and tell the truth. that is what our men and women fight for overseas, around the world, the democracy and rule of law. that's what the president
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should do. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition. >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, this weekend our nation marks one of the most solemn occasions, memorial day. it is a time when we honor the sacrifices made by our fallen military members. tomorrow marks the american legion's national poppy day. each year members of the american legion distribute poppy flowers with the request that those receiving the flower make a donation to support our veterans, active service members, and military families. at the end of the world war -- first world war, the poppy flourished throughout europe because of the lime and rubble left over from the war. the red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice that has been worn by americans since world war i to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. it reminds americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans who are protecting our
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freedoms. mr. speaker, i will proudly wear a poppy tomorrow to honor our fallen service members, and it is my hope that all americans will do the same. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition. >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of mr. clifford johnson senior who will be 100 years old on june 7. mr. johnson, a cherokee friedman, was born in oklahoma on june 7, 1918. he fought bravely during world war ii, serving as the staff sergeants in the u.s. army. he began a lifelong career with the united states postal service in 1946. mr. johnson is a loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather. mr. johnson is a patron of macedonia baptist church in
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california and a tribute to his longevity to being close to god treating other people the way he would want to be treated. i want to wish mr. treating oth johnson sr. a very happy birthday and thank him for his service to our country. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> mr. speaker, it is my honor to recognize staff sergeant dehart for the selfless actions and bravery he showed on april 10, 1969 during the vietnam war. while dehart for the conducting reconnaissance operation, him and his platoon were ambushed by a numerically superior force. he moved through the enemy fire to provide cover for injured soldiers and coordinate a counterattack. as dusk aroached, he at significant personal risk,
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moved to an observation posed position, and approached enemy soldiers halted their advance. mr. davidson: he also aided in a successful exfiltration of his unit. for his heroism, he recently had one of his two silver stars upgraded to a distinguished service cross. thank you, sergeant dehart for your heroism, courage, and service to our great country. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nevada seek recognition. >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you mr. speaker. today i rise to remember the life of rucio. they attended the festival in las vegas. the greatest accomplishment was being a mom to her four kids, marcus, christopher, so feea, and austin, and being engaged to her fiance. she lived through many major life events. she had given birth to her youngest child austin, just six
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weeks prior to her death. she was paralyzed after giving birth to her second child, christopher. she was a fighter who worked hard to walk again. after a loft work and training, she eventually was able to walk again. she was known as being a supermom who loved supporting her kids while they played baseball. she was an amazing mom who worked long hours as an assistant manager at california pizza kitchen so she could take care of her kids. humor a great sense of and she was always laughing, even through the tough times. she is remembered for being pasheyebt and love -- patient and loving by all those who knew humor and she was always laughing, even through the tough her. i extend my condolences to her family and friends. please note that the city of las vegas, state of nevada, and whole country grieve with you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition. >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. carter: mr. speaker, i rise
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today to recognize gordon "batman" varnidos 80th birthday which he celebrated may 19. he's a staple of savannah who lives to put a smile on everyone's face and never afraid to try something new. known to locals at "batman" he's often seen in parades wearing his cape and mask that earned him nickname in high school for his passionate belief in truth, justice, and american moment. he breaks out of his cape and into 18th century english aguirre as general james owingle thorpe, savannah's founder, to welcome visitors to this historic city. his latest projects including substitute teaching and owe fasheating in his general owingle thorpe persona. he sets records -- owingle -- oglethorpe persona. he's likely the oldest rugby player in georgia. and founded numerous organizations to help sports
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thriverb. everyone can learn from batman's enthusiasm for life and his ability to make the world a more colorful place. happy birthday, my friend. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition. >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. . > i want to honor coach glabb. he's been an important figure and coach for about 30 years. after wrestling in college for eastern washington university, the coach came to santa ana high school in 1990 where he became a teacher and head coach. he led the high school to 26 straight c.i.f. championship league titles. coach glabb coached two champs. tony perez in 1998 and jose
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leon in 1999. mr. correa: with the girls he was equally successful. he had two female wrestling state champs, lizette in 1999 and bernice in 2012. mr. glabb was more than a coach and teacher. he was a role model for a lot of kids that didn't have a chance to make it out of the neighborhoods. thank you, coach glabb. we wish you success in your retirement. mr. speaker, i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania 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, this weekend the nation sets aside time to remember those who gave all for our country. thousands will travel to washington, d.c. for the annual rolling thunder motorcycle ride to remember and honor the fallen and millions across the country will participate in parades or gather around monuments and parks to recall a loved one or neighbor who never
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came home. mr. rothfus: there will be the playing of "taps" and silent whispers of i miss you, i wish i could see you and thank you. memorial day is truly a national holiday in it is a day where politics are avoided and given some of the debates we're having and what we see on tv, that's not a bad thing. when you visit arlington cemetery or any of the national cemeteries across the country, including the national cemetery of the alleganies, not far from my district, the grave stones don't mark one party's affiliation. rather, the simplicity of the stone reminds us they are americans. they served and that they are remembered. may god grant eternal rest to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our country and may he bless the families of the fallen with his tender mercies. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and ask unanimous
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consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> today i rise to recognize mental health awareness month. we got to realize that one in six adults in the united states lives with a mental illness. however, only 43% of them receive any sort of treatment. mr. panetta: i saw this firsthand as a prosecutor. as many, not all, but there were many men, women, juveniles who were behind bars because of a mental illness. unfortunately, due to the cutbacks in funding and legislatures cutting back on sentences, many fail to receive the proper treatment and what we had was a revolving door where they no longer -- where we no longer could rely on the criminal justice system to house and treat those with mental illnesses. fortunately in my district in the central coast of california we have many organizations that realize this and attempt to provide proper services. santa cruz department behavioral departments and others. now it's time for congress to play its part.
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we in the bipartisan mental health caucus want to ensure good mental health treatment. for all ages of life and all walks of life contribute to the verall health of our communities and that is why we should continue to work to fund and provide mental health services throughout our country. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: mr. speaker, 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, recently santander of o the dallas police department was responding to a call, a thief at a home depot. as they attempted to arrest the outlaw, the crook pulled out a pistol and started blasting away at the officers. all three officers responding to the call were critically
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wounded. the criminal's bullets hitting his mark as he ran away cowardly from his crimes. police officer crystal almeda and a civilian home depot employee were shot and now recovering from their wounds. at just 28 years of age, officer santander was murdered in the youth of his life. another member of the thin blue line killed simply because he wore the badge to protect and serve the rest of us. a man of many hats, the three-year veteran of the force was a member of the rare breed, the american breed. his fellow officers, friends, and family members remember this texas law man santander as a person who always went the extra mile to protect and serve his community. without fail, he encouraged his friends and family to be the best version of themselves during their life. peace officers like santander are the last strand of wire in defense between the law and the
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lawless. we mourn his sacrifice but thank the good lord that a remarkable man such as he has ever lived. and that's just the way it is. i'll yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? mr. cohen: to lower the standard and address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cohen: thank you, mr. speaker. our country's democracy and rule of law are in danger. being threatened at every moment. today is my birthday and also birthday of bobby zimmerman, a.k.a. bob dylan and with that i quote bob dylan. come writers and critics who prove size with your pen and keep your eyes wide, the chance won't come again and don't speak too soon for the wheels still spin and there's no telling who that it's naming. for the loser now will be later to win. for the times they are a changing. come senators, congressmen,
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please heed the call. don't stand in the doorway. don't block up the hall. for he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled. there's a battle outside and it's raging. it will soon shake your windows and rattle your walls. for the times they are a changing. the line that is drawn, the curse that is cast, the slow one now will later be fast. as the present now will later be past. the order is rapidly fading and the first one now will be later be last for the times, they are a changing. my colleagues, get it together and save democracy and protect us from this president. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? >> 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. speaker, i rise today to recognize michigan international speedway as they celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2018. mr. upton: located in my district in the beautiful irish hills, michigan international speedway is one of the nation's
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premiere racing facilities. throughout the season, m.i.s. will be commemorating this milestone i will showcasing many of the memory labble moments and drivers in the track's history. mr. walberg: i join everyone to kick off their first nascar race of the year which is weeks away. in addition to nascar, m.i.s. offers year round entertainment and festivals, making it a leading tourist attraction for people near and you will far. through their extensive charity work and programs like the spirit of america blood drive, m.i.s. is actively involved in improving the community and impacting lives. mr. speaker, michigan international speedway is a staple of our community and the world of racing. we're fortunate to have them in the seventh district. here's to 50 more years of lasting memories for fans and drivers alike. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to
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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. engel: thank you, mr. speaker. you know, as the ranking member on the foreign affairs committee, i am absolutely flabbergasted at the announcement that just came out of the white house that president trump is canceling his meeting with kim jong un of north korea. the world held out hope that the trump administration's diplomatic engagement with north korea would be a fruit but you cannot have thin skin if you want to make progress with the difficult adversary, such as the kim regime. imagine how different the course of history would look if every chance for peace was scuttled because one party was too mean to the other. to make matters worse, the president's bizarre letter returns to the same bellicose rhetoric that last year heightened tensions and raised the specter of war. any type of military contact on
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the korean peninsula would come with horrific consequences. after years of alienating friends and allies, unwinding our commitments, drawing back from the world stage, it's clear the trump motto of america first actually means america lashing out, leaving america last and alone. we have been laid low not by a rival but by a president who has sidelined diplomacy, shut out expertise and thrown out any rational approach to making policy. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bishop: mr. speaker, june 1 will mark the end of an era in utah broadcasting. for the 40 years, they heard doug wright inform, uplift. on fridays he removed movies, gave prizes worth up to dollars. it was telephone torture but for the listeners it's been friendship through the
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airwaves. the doug wright show is where utah comes to talk and in utah it's not news until you hear it on doug's show. he was worthy of the trust ahans placed in with a microphone in his hand, he raised money to bring street lamps to eureka. his motorcycle raley the ride to light up eureka, continues to grow each year. doug has earned awards and accolades and has been at the top of the ratings but he'll tell you the best thing to come from the newsroom was his wife, dee. with her he grew a family and shared with the audience all the joyce and trials that come with a family. as doug advised us at the close of each day's program, tonight when you go home, make sure you hug the people you love. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california 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 gentleman is recognized for one inute. mr. lamalfa: i rise today in
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support of timely senate action of the just passed mr. nadler: for fiscal year year -- passed national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2019. we need to properly equip our troops for their safety and for their effectiveness in their mission. the steady decline of our armed forces under the previous administration is well documented. now we're continuing the revitalization we started last year by investing in our soldiers and giving them the necessary equipment needed to get their job done. this is about providing for the well-being of their troops and their families, including the largest pay raise in nine years. we're also investing in critical missile defense and nuclear deterrence programs will substantially improve our national defense capabilities. in order for america to continue as the leader of the free world, our military must be ready to defend us from all and any thrit. as we head into this memorial day holiday, we can in part honor the fallen by an effective ndaa and giving our
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military what it needs. and support indeed as we remember this memorial day weekend. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: are there further requests for one-minute speeches. -- one-minute speeches? seeing none, under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from new york, mr. suozzi, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the minority eader. mr. suozzi: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, today marks the 350th anniversary of the founding of my hometown, glen cove, new york, on may 24, 1668. earlier this year, we also celebrated the 100th anniversary of glen cove's designation as a city. i love glen cove. i served as the city's mayor from 1994 to 2001. my father, joseph, an italian immigrant, an american success story, was the first suozzi to
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serve as mayor from 1956 to 1960. my uncle, vincent, also known as jimmy suozzi, was the second. he served from 1973 to 1979, and, again, from 1984 to 1987. the most recent suozzi to serve as mayor, my cousin, ralph, served from 2006 to 2013. in fact, in the 100 years since glen cove became a city, a suozzi has served as mayor for 32 years. we suozzis have devoted a great deals of our lives serving the city we love and we are repaid with the satisfaction knowing our friends, neighbors, family will strive to work to ensure our best days are yet to come. glen cove was the first industrial center of long island. simpson, ter,s, bought property overlooking the long sound from the native american.
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there they built a lumber mill powered by the fresh water of the glen cove creek. originally named mosquito cove, which means a place of rushes in the native american language, it became one of the top four ports for smuggling on long island. as no one wanted to pay the english taxes on rum and wine. the area grew with craftsmen, weavers, millers, shipbuilders. corn farming developed in the surrounding area. a second was when dr. garvey discovered massive clay foss its and sent them to new york city and elsewhere on long island. he also began a daily steamship operation between glen comb and new york city that began to attract residents looking to escape the city's sweltering summer heat. tourism minded residents
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started to worry the name mosquito comb sounded too much like moss deeto comb. and in 1834 they changed the name to glen comb. it worked. by the mid 1850's, tourism was booming with daily steamship operations leading to the development of six major hotels, at that verns, and boarding houses. a new industry emerge taking advantage of the fresh water, grist mills, and became one of the world's largest starch factories. in 1878, they won the paris gold medal for the best starch in the world. industry flourished, tourism flourished, and glen comb began to attract more attention of the in the early 1900's, some of the wealthiest families in the world made glen comb their home. j.p. morgan, the wealthy finance year who bailed outs government.
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f.w. government. f.w. woolworth, founder of the original five and dime department store whose marketing began the commercialization of chris it's gift giving. and the pratt family that amassed their fortune by controlling the kerosene market and merging with john d. government.to form f.w. woolworth, founder of the original five and dime department store whose marketing began the commercialization of standard oil all bit their massive summer estates in glen cove leading to the monkerk, the gold coast. between -- moniker, the gold coast. between the estates with its vibrant downtown of merchants was booming. immigrants from all oferte world and america flocked to the -- over the world and america flocked to the starch factory or thelet works that tanned hides to be used for industrial belts. immigrants like my grandfather and father from italy and others from ireland and poland and germany and elsewhere worked not only in the factories but in the gardens, kitchens, pantry, and garages of the gold coast estates.
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rican-americans from the south migrated to south migrated to the area and found work. many as experts training and caring for thoroughbreds and polio ponies. around 1917, glen cove residents who saw the economic vibrancy from the estates, the factories, and vibrant downtown populated by jewish, italian, and english merchants no longer wished to sale their sales tax dollars with the town of oyster bay under whose jurisdiction glen cove existed as a village. they worked with the governor to break off and become long island's first city. glen could have has traveled a journey. its journey. its population exploded as did much of long island with veterans returning from world war ii. its industrial vibrancy which include lee tungstan, powers kempco, photo circuits, circuit board
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manufacturer, left behind a negative environment legacy but the city has now cleaned up as t moves forward to redevelopment and waterfront revitalization. with hundreds of acres of publicly owned nature reserves, three public beaches, golf courses, fishing peer, multiple ball fields and parks, glen cove has been restored to the waterfront community with a short commute to manhattan that once attracted some of the wealthiest families in the world. unlike much of long island that's either all rich or all poor or all black or all white or all this or all that, glen cove remains a diverse community with the wealthiest of the wealthy, a large supply of low-income housing, and anchored by a solid middle class. it's home to over 60 ethniesities. two catholic churches, two baptist churches, two jewish synagogues. it also has houses of worships methodist,
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episcopalian and others. glen cove is also home to a church, a sikh church, jehovah witness, and several latino churches. many movies, television shows, and commercials have been filmed in glen cove, including "north by northwest" starring cary grant. and "sabrina" starring audrey hepburn, william holden, and humphrey bogart. as mayor i met harrison ford while filming the remake of "sabrina." i met michael douglas while film "the perfect murder" and told him about how his dad had filmed "a lovely way to die" in the 1960's. the web institute of naval architecture was stately wayne manor in "batman forever." were all other movies
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filmed in glen cove as well. familyous historical figures called glen cove home. bobby kennedy resided in glen cove when he ran for united states senator. from new york. jackie kennedy called west island home after the president had been shot. the first female congresswoman from new york was ruth baker pratt, baseball legends including roy campanella, whitey ford. billy joel spent a short time n glen cove. while many other artists record here regularly at cove sound stewed yode. sergeant major dan daily, a marine, is one of only 19 men in u.s. history in our entire nation to have received the medal of honor, twice. many of the old estates have one epurposed, culling
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that served as home to the soviet ambassador to the united nations and still serves the russian ambassador. khrushchev visited the estate after pounding his shoe on the lectern of the united nations. another former pratt estate is a 200 acre nature preserve and serves as the nassau county memorial holocaust and tolerance center. not every glen cofer has a bald-faced name, but every resident contributes in their own unique way to our community. the first responders, the business owners, and the volunteers. the elected officials and city employees and coaches and moms and dads. the teachers and preachers and the gad phis that show up at the city council meetings. the world class restaurant tours and bakers. multigenerational shop owners, and too many to mention fraternal and service
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organizations. glen cove is alive and will continue long after these words are forgotten. glen cove.i love and glen cove is why i love america. it has diversity. it has history. it has wonderful people. glen cove has offered opportunity to so many families, including mine. it's what makes america great. e pluribus unum, out of many, one. glen cove is every type of ethnicity, religion, and income group. it enjoys low crime, low unemployment, and a robust community life. it works and will continue to work. happy anniversary and congratulations to my friends and neighbors. god bless our warm city with a cool sound and god bless the united states of america. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from california, mr. lieu, is recognized for the remainder of the hour as the designee of the minority eader. mr. lieu.s yours, mr. lieu: i'm congressman ted lieu, and thank you, mr. speaker. for giving us this time. i'll be here mr. lieu. mr. lieu: i'm with congressman gay yageo and we like to talk about -- gallego and we like to talk about how the president of the united states may be inadvertently giving away classified information. the president through public reporting shows he's unwilling to swap out his cell phones. there's a big problem with this. last term i was involved with this flaw called ss-7 flaw.
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it's something that allows foreign powers and criminal with tes affiliated foreign powers to listen in on our cell phone just knowing your cell phone number. with re's no real good foreign powers way to stop it. and our concern is if the president finds it too inconvenient to deal with this issue in the cell phones, then his conversations could be listened way to stop in to by other foreign nations or by criminal syndicates. we also find this somewhat ironic and hypocritical when the republican control congress last term went to great lengths to talk about the potential damage of having a private email server for secretary of state hillary clinton. this is a very similar concept. these are cell phones for which foreign powers can get the actual conversation of the president of the united states. so we just want the white house, the secret service, and other agencies to really talk to the president and say, look,
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you just got to deal with security, you are the most highly valued target in terms of intelligence information that foreign powers want, and please for our national security swap out your cell phones. now i'd like to yield my time to congressman ruben gallego. mr. gallego: i came down to this floor today to give a gentle reminder and a wake-up call to chairman gowdy and speaker ryan. i know they have a lot going on. the speaker is flying out to do a fundraiser today. but i want to make sure he actually understood what we know, is that this president is using a phone that is potentially compromising national security. rather than use the best, most secure communication technology in the world, president trump just reaches into his pocket and pulls out his regular off-the-shelf phone when he wants to discuss matters of state. if he can switch to another phone a. government provided phone, one that's secure, and still even tweet from that
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phone, but for some reason he is still stuck on this phone that is a national security risk. why would the leader of the world and our commander in chief expose sensitive communication to foreign intelligence agencies? why would he act in such world reckless neglect --negligent manner. simple answer is donald trump uses it because he feels like it. it's more convenient for him. forget the rules, forget the warnings from the military. he does what he wants and ignores the consequences. want to o -- i highlight this story because i know they care equally about data security at the highest level of our government. after all, when secretary clinton was found to have use add personal email want to highlight this story because i know server, they launched multiple month long investigations. they spent millions of tax dollars conducting five, five emergency hearings, including four who incidentally right before the election, and issued more than 70 subpoenas.
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their efforts helped generate huge amounts of media coverage. in one six-day period, "the new york times" covered as many stories about clinton's emails as they did to all conditions combined leading up to the election. w that president trump's widely irresponsible use of his personal cell phone has been exposed, now we know he could be exposing the greatest secrets to the enemies, surely my republican friends will be just as word rid about security as they were in the past, and conduct oversight. surely they will. they surely will request all the documents and hold hearings and question witnesses. surely. they'll want to get to the bottom of the scandal as soon as possible. prior to the election, chairman gowdy explained to the reporters, this investigation is not about politics. this is not even about one individual. if it wasn't about politics, and it wasn't just about
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stopping hillary clinton, the speaker of the house anti-chairman of the oversight committee should certainly feel interested in investigating the president's cell phone use. and yet coincidentally they have been completely silent. not one statement. not one letter. not one word of warning to the white house. it's almost as if they have no interest in conducting real oversight of this president. it's almost as if they are more interested in helping this president than holding him accountable. it's almost as if this republican party has completely lost its moral compass under this president. perhaps my good friend, congressman ted lieu, can shed some light on more of this troubling issue. mr. lieu: thank you. both of us served on active duty in the united states military. congressman gallego served in combat. we both know one of the most important things to our is is operational security and protecting our
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communications and making sure they are secure. donald trump is the chief of our military. if there is anyone that needs to have their communications secure, it's got to be your ommander in chief. unfortunately, the president and the republicans here that enable him are allowing him to have unsecured communications. that is really going to be harmful to our national security. and this is not some sort of theoretical flaw that exists. the federal communications commission has issued a report saying that this flaw where foreign powers can listen in on our cell phone communications is real. it exists. and people have used it not just to listen in but also to do nefarious things. a bank early this year lost millions of dollars because of this flaw. . so again we urge the president and the republicans here to change the president's behavior, to do oversight on this issue. and with that, we're going to conclude this segment. thank you for listening. nd i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from arizona, mr. gallego, is recognized --
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the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities oward the president.
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it's spare would entertain a egs -- the chair would entertain a motion to adjourn. mr. engel: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. engel: mr. speaker, i move that the house do adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house
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off the floor. the gentleman may proceed. mr. thornberry: i thank the chair. mr. chairman, i'm pleased to bring before the house h.r. 5515, the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2019. this measure was reported favorably out of our committee .y a vote of 60-1 and if signed into law, this would be the 58th consecutive year in which a national defense authorization act was signed into law. i want to begin by thanking the members of the house armed

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