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entering office, the f.t.a. it's been strained given the comments about the alliance kind of free riding ungrateful allies, particularly a lot of criticism of japan and south korea. sort of during the campaign seemingly making alliances a business relationship. we should get reimbursed 100% or we walk, which has not been appliances are based on. they are based on shared values and history. particularly the u.s.-korea alliance forged in blood. those of us who have children in the military don't see our children there as a money making operation or mercenaries. they are there for principles and shared values with our allies. when it comes to inter-korean relations, there was -- >> the summit set for tuesday in singapore. follow this online at c-span.org.
we'll leave the last few minutes here as the house is gaveling in next to work on two bills dealing with local and state anti-gang efforts. and federal water projects for next year. more than 50 amendments may be allowed for the water project bill. the last vote isn't expected until late tonight. live coverage here on c-span. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, the rabbi aaron krupnik, congregation beth israel, voorhees, new jersey. the chaplain: god of our ancestor. you led 12 diverse tribes instructing each to march under their own banner. they did not always see yie to yie but could nonetheless walk
shoulder to shoulder. they had sworn an oath to you to be one nation under god. help the members of the congress be mindful of the fact that the right to disagree is fundamental to our democracy. foster in them the art of disi greement the jewish people have been practicing formy lena. allow them to grant respect, to give those of differing opinioning the intellectual benefit of the doubt, to have sympathy for their motives and listen with empathy to their livense reasoning. grant the member os they have house of representatives insight into this art ofties agreement. endow them with discernment and wisdom, patience and understanding, kindness and compassion. let them walk humbly before those whom they serve and thereby bring us all that much closer to you and to one another. god bless this great nation and those who lead it. amen. the speaker: the chair has
examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, i demand a vote on the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker: the request se -- question is on agreeing to the speakers' a -- approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does -- the speaker: for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> i request the yeas and nays. the speaker: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from new york, ms. stefanik. ms. stefanik: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and ustice for all.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair asks that the husband now observe a moment of silence in honor of those who have been killed or wounded in service to who ountry and a all those serve, and their families. without objection, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. norcross, is recognized for one inute. mr. norcross: thank you, mr. speaker. it's my honor to recognize our guest chaplain. the congregation has been part of the south jersey since 1920, which it was originally founded
. now it offers spiritual home for hundreds of jewish families in south jersey. i came to our community in 1994 from montgomery, alabama. he helped lead interfaith services with peam like rosa parks. as you heard in his prayer, he often discusses patience, understanding, kindness, compassion. d religion to create so much conflict, rap by krupnick focuses on togetherness. he knows there is more that connects us than divides us. i have been fortunate enough to attend services and seder at beth el. i witnessed firsthand how the community is welcoming, loving, and supportive of all. mr. speaker, today i am honored to lcome rabbi krupnick the house of representatives and thank him for his offering of his morning prayers, his compassion, his teachings, his strong leadership have helped us in our vibrant jewish
community in our region. i know it will stay that way for years to come. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition. >> 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. mchenry: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to draw attention to the ongoing plight of pastor andrew brunson, a christian missionary from my district in western north carolina. who has been held as a prisoner of the turkish government for the last 20 months. part of being arrested -- prior to being arrested by the turkish government in 2016, he has lived peacefully in turkey for decades. he had opened a church, raised his family, and made a life in the country. that all changed in 2016 when the turkish government arrested him on a series of bogus charges. he's been detained ever since.
last months i sent a letter to the turkish president signed by a bipartisan group of 154 lawmakers calling on their government to release pastor brunson. it's a long time in coming but i hope and pray that pastor brunson will be released so he can be reunited with his family here in the united states. 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 minute. revise and extend my remarks 68 -- remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. schneider: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong opposition to the trump administration's shameful new policy separating parents and children sat our southern border. this policy is even being applied to those legally seeking asylum here while fleaing -- fleeing violence in their home countries. prioritizing those seeking protection rather than
assessing legitimate asylum claims has to stop. these are not our nation's values. our country is better than this. our people are better than this. but we have a chance to get something right. we're currently within just a handful of signatures of forcing a vote on a series of immigration proposals, ncluding the bipartisan u.s.a. act which is a resolution for our dreamers with smart investments in our border security. june, this months, is immigration heritage month, a time to reflect on the history of immigration that so many americans share. we must live up to our heritage by ending this cruel policy of amily separation, securing dreamers a permanent future here in the united states, and finally, formally, reforming our broken immigration system. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition. ms. stefanik: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the
gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. stefanik: mr. speaker, i rise today to honor an exceptional patriot and military leader, major general jeffrey bannister, who recently passed away. he served as the 10th mountain division commander and senior commander at fort drum in my district. i'm proud to have gotten to know him during my first term in office when we worked closely together to successfully prevent devastating personnel cuts from taking place at fort drum. drum, r i visited fort he was always a wonderful host. it was clear he commanded the greatest respect from the men and women stationed on post, and i know his greatest interest was their well-being. i remember running into jeff with his family at the cream cheese festival after he returned from a recent employment. he was carbleuely wearing his baseball cap and with his wife and they gave me a warm hug. the hearts of our entire fort drum community go out to the family of major general bannister, his wife, and
daughter during this difficult time. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition. mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. cicilline: mr. speaker, there is nothing that demonstrates the deeply held american value of living a retirement with dignity than the promise of social security and medicare. these are benefits that america's seniors have earned of hard work.me so they can enjoy their retirement years with dignity and economic security. but yesterday we learned the medicare trust fund will be depleted in just eight years. three years earlier than expected. the social security of hard wor. so they can enjoy their retirement years trust fund will run dry just eight years after that. a few months ago our republican friends passed a huge tax cut for the healthiest americans and most powerful corporations. how do republicans want to pay for it? by cutting social security and medicare. that's a bad deal for the american people. deserve better.
when democrats take back the majority, we're going to deliver a better deal for the american people. working g to put deserve people first and we're going to ensure a secure retirement for everyone who works hard in this country. most importantly, we're going to return the promise of america. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition. >> working mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. rerned. the speaker pro tempore: without objection -- revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. poe: mr. speaker, in the cold, damp, dark rain of morning, thousands of young american soldiers sailed across the treacherous english channel. the day was june 6, 1944. normandy, ation -- france. the mission, not conquest, but liberation of europe. operation overlord or d-day called for a massive ally invasion of the continent during world war ii. securing the brutal omaha and utah beach heads inch by norman france. the bloody inch our boys finally declared victory.
forcing hitler to begin his long retreat into oblivion. that victory did not come without cost, however. day, 9,387 crosses and stars of david overlook the silent beaches of normandy. marking the final resting place of america's war dead. the soldiers buried there were part of the greatest generation. young men from every state and territory in the united states. we remember them, our warriors, those that were killed. those that returned. and those that returned with the wounds of war. because, mr. speaker, the worst war is to be forgotten. that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition. >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. veasey: mr. speaker, i rise today to celebrate our
immigrants' heritage. over a third of north texans in the dallas-fort worth area were born outside of the united states. they live and work in my district. hondurans in south irving. somalians in six. mexican nationals in oak cliff. ether they are from tijuana, el salvador, they are our fellow texans. across the metroplex they version of own the american dream as teachers and classrooms, engineers who design defense equipment. doctors who care for our families and soldiers to protect our nation. quite frankly, mr. speaker, they are fulfilling a lot of jobs in agriculture and construction and other areas that are simply hard to fill and cannot be filled at home by native-born americans. this administration is attempting to abolish their plotism -- patriotism and demoralize their american pirit, but we can't let them
win. we need to heal the distrust and fear that comes from talks of border walls and instead build community ties that can withstand. let's start with the protection of our active duty service members and veterans. let's celebrate our immigrants' heritage this month by honoring win. we need to heal the distrust and fear that comes from talks our country's legacy as a nation of imgrants. pass a clean dream act now. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition. mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request 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. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today on the 74th anniversary of the allied d-day invasion of france to honor the bravery of our armed forces who served in that operation. 73,000 americans took part in operation overlord on june 6, 1944. this operation secured a beachhead on the european continent that began the liberation of france and the rest of western europe. sadly, the united states suffered more than 6,000 casualties in this operation. thousands more u.s. service
members would fall in the coming weeks and months delivering the rest of western europe from german control. the courage, bravery, and sacrifice displayed by our military on this day continues to serve as an example for the cost of freedoms that we enjoy in the united states today. mr. speaker, i recently had the honor and privilege of attending a wreath laying ceremony on omaha beach in normandy, at the normandy american cemetery in france. this memorial service -- serves as a constant reminder to the world that the united states will fight and die to protect the freedoms of not just american citizens but for citizens around the globe. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition. >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. kelly: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to celebrate pride month. for generations and across industries lgbtq americans have
directly contributed to america's greatness. chicagoland is home to many of these leaders like carol johnson, a une aon and h.i.v. activist. kim hunt, a policy expert. the late vernita gray. business leaders. in the last few years we have made remarkable progress toward equality. on june 26, we will celebrate the fifth anniversary of marriage equality for all americans. yet much work still remains. transamericans are still too trans he victims of -- americans are still subjected to harassment. too many resort to self-harm. and unfortunately we have someone in the white house who refuses to recognize june as national pride month. despite these challenges we stand as united as ever and will keep pushing until real, true and lasting equality isn't just
encode in law but is encoded in our hearts. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: i'm grateful that 28 years ago this week i was apointed -- appointed by the international republican institute as an election observer for the first free leches in bulgaria as it emerged from totalitarian communism. since that time aye seen bulgaria advance to be a democracy involved in nato and the european union. n the anniversary of the rerescue of jews from the holocaust, over 50,000 jews were saved by the bull garen people. the bulgarian jewish community is the only one in europe that survived world war ii and increased in size.
the bulgarian people should be appreciate nared courage and action. as co-chair of the bulgarian caucus, i cherish the mutually beneficial friendship between our countries. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. god bless the memory of the american-led allied troops who anded in normandy 74 years ago defeating national socialism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, on may 15 i join several of my colleagues from the house and senate officials from usda, ambassadors to the united states and 150 volunteers at a meal packaging event hosted by the nonprofit organization rise against hunger and the kraft-heinz company. mr. mcgovern: we packaged meals
that will be sent to mozambique. i admire the efforts of rise against hunger in hosting meal packaging events like the one i attended. they've served million offs people across the globe aze that word -- work toward the important goal of ending global hunger by 2030. i also applaud the work of kraft-heinz for their laudable goal of delivering meals to those struggling with hunger. the c.e.o. and board members traveled to d.c. to lead the event and i'm grateful to their commitment to ending hunger once and for all. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you so much, mr. speaker. it's been 48 days since ortega began his brutal crackdown on
the nicaraguan people. with other 110 nike rag wans killed include one u.s. citizen, the u.s. must take swift action to hold accountable those responsible for the blood shed. though i appreciate the administration's remarks condemning the violent attack, actions must follow. i sent a bipartisan, bicameral letter urging the administration to sanction two key regime operatives, francis ke lopez, head of albanisa, for money laundering and corruption and francisco diaz, who leads the national police, for or strating the repression and killing of nicaraguans. iles also urge our senate colleagues to pass my nika act to condition our vote at international financial institutions until nicaragua takes significant steps to restore democratic order. the u.s. has an opportunity to lead the way, mr. speaker. let's do that. thank you.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia georgia seek recognition? >> by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 918 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 150, resolved that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to take from the speaker's
table the bill, h.r. 3249, to authorize the project safe neighborhoods grant program, and for other purposes, with the senate amendment thereto, and to consider in the house, without intervention of any point of order, a motion offered by the chair of the committee on the judiciary or his designee that the house concur in the senate amendment. the senate amendment and the motion shall be considered as read. the motion shall be debatable for one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the motion to adoption without intervening motion. section 2. at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill, h.r. 8, to provide for improvements to the rivers and harbors of the united states, to provide for the conservation and development of water and related resources, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against
consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on transportation and infrastructure. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on transportation and infrastructure now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-72 shall be considered as adopted in the house and in the committee of the whole. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such further amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member
designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such further amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill, as amended, to the house with such further amendments as may have been adopted. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 3. at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill, h.r. 5895, making appropriations
for energy and water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five minute rule. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-71 shall be considered as adopted in the house and in the committee of the whole. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, for failure to comply with clause 2 of rule xxi are waived except as follows. page 66, line 14, through page 66, line 20.
no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules and pro forma amendments described in section 4 of this resolution. each further amendment printed in part b of the report shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, may be withdrawn by the proponent at any time before action thereon, shall not be subject to amendment except as provided by section 4 of this resolution, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such further amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment pursuant to this resolution, the committee of the whole shall rise without motion. no further consideration of the bill shall be in order except pursuant to a subsequent order of the house.
section 4. during consideration of h.r. 5895 for amendment, the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations or their respective designees may offer up to 10 pro forma amendments each at any point for the purpose of debate. section 5. a, during consideration of h.r. 5895, it shall not be in order to consider an amendment proposing both a decrease in an appropriation designated pursuant to section 251b-2-a-2 of the balanced budget and emergency deficit control act of 1985 and an increase in an appropriation not so designated , or vice versa. b, this paragraph shall not apply to an amendment between he houses. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for one hour. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, during consideration of this resolution all time is yielded for purposes of debate only. i would like to yield the customary 30 minutes to the
ranking member of the rules committee, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: i'd also like to ask unanimous consent that wife -- that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm excited to be down here with my friend from massachusetts today, mr. speaker. you heard the reading clerk work her way through this rule. it's a big one today. it's a big one because we have a lot to talk about today. i'm going to try not to go over. i appreciate the speaker starting proceedings early today so that we'd have time to get through all of the material that we have to work through. in this rule today, house resolution 918, we're providing for three separate appropriations bills to be considered as a single package. in addition to two other bills that are very important. today, all, the rule mr. speaker, provide for concurrence to the senate
amendment to the house passed bill h.r. 3249. it's today, the project safe neighborhoods grant program authorization act. you know, mr. speaker, our colleague from virginia, mrs. comstock, has been working so aggressively on this bill. you remember the house passed this bill by a voice vote back in march of this year. went over to the senate. senate amended it. they, too, passed it by unanimous consent. h.res. 918 today provides for the consideration to approve those senate amendments, send this bill directly to the president's desk, let it begin to make a difference in these communities right away. the bill supports federal, state, and local law enforcement efforts, mr. speaker, to combat gang related violence throughout our communities. and to get involved in other prevention techniques. we have all streen street gang activities increasing in our communities. if you are from a community that has not yet seen that impact, consider yourself
fortunate. according to the house judiciary committee, mr. speaker, we have these crimes on the increase. we have all been hearing about transnational gangs such as ms-13 as they are becoming increasingly organized and increasingly more violent. giving our nation's law nforcement authorities the americans safe, to have the tools they need to fight these gangs is a priority of all of us in this institution and approval of this rule today will allow to us bring that bill to the floor, send it to the president's desk for his signature. h.res. 918 also provides for a structured rule, mr. speaker, for consideration of the first of our f.y. 2019 appropriation bills. as i mentioned three bills in this package. it's americans safe, to have the tools they need h.r energy and water development bill with the legislative branch appropriations bill with the military construction and va affairs -- veterans' affairs
bill. puts them all under one umbrella. maintaining our commitment to the b.b.a. 2018 spending caps. the house appropriations committee, mr. speaker, has already passed six of the 12 annual appropriations bills. i'll say that again, six of the 12 annual appropriations bills have already moved through the house appropriations committee. i look forward to the remainder of those bills being on this floor very, very soon. in fact, the committee is marking up interior and environment today and the subcommittee is marking up the defense bill tomorrow. so before the end of the week i would expect we'll have seven of 12 appropriations bills ready for the floor. e'll be well on our way to having eight ready for the floor soon. that's only the first week of june, mr. speaker. this is already the progress that the house appropriations committee has achieved. i'm proud of their success. i'm going to talk about the bills they have before us today. u remember, mr. speaker, the
appropriations bill was approved unanimously by appropriations committee. republicans and democrats came together to support that bill. you will recall that we decided early on, mr. speaker, that thrift would begin here in this house. with this leg branch appropriation bill, not only are we funding shared priorities across the capital, we're -- capitol, we're also at faunding level still below the level which the house was funded the year i was elected to congress. thrift does begin at home. we avoided being penny-wise and pound-foolish. we funded important priorities, able to pass this out of committee on a unanimous bipartisan vote. the military construction, veterans' affairs bill also came out of committee on a unanimous bipartisan vote. 47-0 in both cases, mr. speaker. early this type of
collaboration, this type of bipartisan activity is something we would like to see more often in this chamber, but we have it collaboration, this type of in today. the third appropriations bill that's bundled together here, mr. speaker, is the energy and water bill. a bill that's tremendously important to my part of the world. there on the georgia coast. there involved in georgia water infrastructure. it passed the appropriations committee on a slightly less powerful vote. it was 29-20. still a bipartisan vote but not as big a majority. in fact not unanimous as the others were. it's critically important to so many of our states, mr. speaker, and i'm confident we'll be able to move it across the floor. i'll give you a couple examples. i know everybody has their own story to tell. m my state is provides $49 million -- in my state it provides $49 million as a federal partnership to the more than $300 million that the state of georgia has already put into widening, deepening the port of savannah. the port of savannah expansion project, mr. speaker, one of
the largest economic -- largest economic projects in the southeast eastern united states. engineers e of report authorizing this construction. georgia put all of its money in up front. now the feds are coming through with 49 million of their own. it includes millions of dollars, this bill does, mr. speaker, for operations and maintenance of the corps of engineers. if you live in the southeast earn united states, as i do, the corps controls your water supply. more than 80% of the people who live in the multimillion person, metropolitan atlanta area, mr. speaker, depend on corps of engineer facilities for their drinking water. 0% defend on corps engineer facilities for their drinking water. tremendously important to families across the district. i am heartened that the appropriations committee even though they could not be unanimous, persisted in moving this bill through committee in a bipartisan way. i'm optimistic of what it's going to do for water and
energy infrastructure for years to come. finally, mr. speaker, to a committee that is almost as near and dear to my heart as the rules committee, this bill brings to the floor a bill from the transportation committee. the water resources development act of 2018, folks often think of the veterans' affairs committee as being one of the on bipartisan committees capitol hill and candidly i think it makes us all proud to know that that is true. but the house transportation on capitol hill and committee sits a very close second. infrastructure projects, whether it be safe drinking water, whether it be roads and whether it be airport facilities, these are issues that we all confront and these are issues that bring us together in a -- also whether i unanimous these are fashion, mr. speaker. the house transportation committee reported the water resources development act of 2018, and we have that before us today. if you haven't gotten to see a good committee chairman and
ranking member working in partnership, mr. speaker, i would recommend chairman bill shuster of pennsylvania and ranking member pete defazio of fashion, oregon to you any time. to suggest these two men agree on everything would be followy. but to suggest that they find--follow-l. -- folly. but to suggest they find a way to work through everything, they never take no for an answer. they always work hard together. in the case of the resources development act, mr. speaker, that doesn't just exist at the chairman committee level it exists at the subcommittee. on the republican side of the aisle we have chairman graves from louisiana. on the democratic side of the aisle we have ranking member napolitano from california. again two members that work incredibly closely together. they produce a superior work product that you are going to be able to see in the line items in this legislation. we're talking about america's ports, waterways, locks and dams. we're talking about blood protection. we're talking about water infrastructure. ecosystem protection. line item after line item we
were able to o come together in a bipartisan way. i would argue this is going to be one of the most important bills that the congress passes in 2018, mr. speaker. again it took a lot of hard bipartisan work to get here. our nation's ports, mr. speaker, process about $4 billion in product a day imports and exports. about 11% of everything we buy in the state of georgia has come through one of our ports. nearly 440,000 jobs, mr. speaker, in my state alone, are dependent on ports and water ways. $25 billion worth of state income from that. that's just a state nearly 440,000 like georgia, mr. speaker. go to florida, go to north carolina, go to louisiana, go to california, go to washington state you are going to hear those same stories told time and time again. i'd like to believe because we passed this bill out of the transportation committee, where
transportation experts sit, we produced a perfect work product out of the transportation committee. but wearing my rules committee hat i recognize that other members of this chamber may have some good ideas of their own they would like to make in order for the debate on the water resources and development act. and to that end the rule today, mr. speaker, passed by this body l. make 52 additional -- will make 52 additional amendments to be considered for this bill. that's 19 republican amendments. 20 democrat amendments. and 13 bipartisan amendments. i'll say that again, mr. speaker. 52 amendments made in order by this rule for the resources and water development act. 19 republican amendments. 20 democratic amendments. and 13 bipartisan amendments. all amendments intended to make this bill better. this body will decide if this rule is approved whether, in fact, they do. we had four subcommittee meetings on wrda this year, this cycle, mr. speaker. two round table discussions in
florida and oregon. two hearings here in washington, d.c. all seeking to involve stakeholders. you may not recall, mr. speaker, but there was a while that this congress was unable to pass wrda bills. we went through seven years of this congress failing to pass any wrda bills at all. i was not in congress at the time that began, but i am in congress at the time that that comes to an end. beginning with bill shuster's leadership there on the transportation committee, we have gotten back in the habit of moving the water resources bill every single congress. this will be the third in that cycle. it matters. it matters for certainty. the stakeholders back home. it matters for certainty for constituents at home. it matters we don't have to do it all in one giant omnibus bill every single time. we're able to break it down into smaller chunks because we're taking care of it as challenges arise. again in a bipartisan fashion. mr. speaker, i'm proud to sit
t&i where the collaboration and mutual respect you heard me talk about exists every day. i thank the chairman and ranking member of that committee. mr. defazio and chairman shuster for making that environment one that can exist. i think we have brought a very fair rule to the floor today to the water g not just -- resources development act to the floor, not just project safe authorization program to the floor, but also the first three appropriations bills in our annual cycle to the floor. i hope all my colleagues can support the rule. i hope they'll support the underlying bills. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. chairman, i want to thank the gentleman from georgia, mr. woodall, for the customary 30 minutes. i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, this rule is a study in contradictions from my
republican colleagues. they have brought up h.r. 8, water resources development act. this is an incredibly important bill to improve our nation's ports, locks, dams, and more all across the country. it's a bipartisan bill. and it was the product of a process that shows how congress is supposed to work. hearings were held. thoughtful testimony was given. including from the head of the army corps of engineers. there was a markup. input and ideas were heard from members on both sides. remarkably a majority of amendments offered were adopted en bloc by a voice so the without much controversy. that's important to know because republicans aren't known for their lack of controversy. just this week, the president of the united states is talking about pardoning himself of possible federal crimes. his lawyer is floating wild theories about how the president could shoot his former f.b.i. director without facing prosecution while in office.
this bipartisan bill and the mostly collaborative process that got us here came as a welcome relief, until this bill got to the rules committee. that's when republican leaders ran into a back room somewhere and took out a bipartisan amendment from the ranking member of the transportation and train structure committee, mr. defazio. it would take money from the trust fund to make sure where it needs to go, maintaining our harbors. they did this without any debate. despite the fact that the chairman and ranking member of the committee supported it. the gentleman from georgia says he's on the transportation committee and he voted against his chairman and ranking member. so much for bipartisanship. the majority threw sand in the gears of what was a good process. they just can't help themselves. this is par for the course here. look at the uerer development bill, this could
have been another bipartisan measure. it funds most programs at an adequate level. but the majority recrerted -- reverted back to their usual ways, ignoring democratic ideas and filling this up with one partisan proposal after another. it's like a christmas tree loaded up with bad ideas. more than $400 million was cut from the 2018 enacted level for some of our biggest priorties, things like energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. even nuclear nonproliferation programs were cut. and for what, mr. speaker? so the majority can reward their allies by skewing resources toward the fossil fuel industry. there are controversial riders that are completely unnecessary and would do more harm than good and no business being in an appropriations bill. one of the riders would hinder the army corps' ability to protect clean water. another would kill the watts of the united states rule. there's one rider that would threaten the endangered species
act. there's even language tucked inside this bill that would allow firearms to be carried on all army corps lands. and this from a majority that refuses to even consider ways to combat gun violence on the house floor. we can't even get a vote on anything related to gun violence on this floor. this is outrageous. the majority is also using to this appropriation process to fund president trump's stupid, ridiculous, offensive border wall. mr. speaker, i -- didn't the president tell us mexico would foot the bill nor ridiculous wall? and it's being funded by shortchanging priorities for the middle class. that includes programs to educate our children, help students afford college, and provide job training to our workers. all for this stupid wall, more red meat for the most narrow parts of the republican base. and i remember my republican colleagues talking for years,
years, about the importance of passing a budget resolution. maybe that was just something they cared about under the obama administration. or something they do only when they're trying to take health care away from people. or reward the wealthy with more tax cuts. because here they are under republican president with a republican congress, pushing ahead with an appropriations package without passing a budget. that april 15 deadline came and went a long time ago. mr. speaker, what happened to doing one bill at a time? we used to consider appropriations bills separately. but the majority's rule lumps several together to try to speed up the process and i guess limit debate. and for what? funding the government is one of our most important responsibilities. two of these bills would probably pass with broad, bipartisan support. but apparently bipartisanship is not a priority for some of the republican conference.
so they had to cram them together with a partisan bill that is filled with harmful, ideological riders. i would like to think that the majority would want strong, bipartisan votes on appropriations bills. we used to have them in the past. we don't have bipartisanship -- we don't have any bipartisanship now as a direct result of the choices made by this republican leadership. mr. speaker, why is the majority using a process that makes it harder to pass bipartisan bills? it may please their base, but it's an awful way to legislate. now this majority has had eight years to decide how to run this place. mr. speaker, clearly they haven't figured it out. there's no budget. and not even an attempt to get one. where are all the republican budget hawks? where is your countdown clock with days since the st budget? this majority can't even keep the lights on. we've seen two government shutdowns this year alone.
and it's only june. my colleague from georgia again said, look at all we've done, and it's june. the other thing they did is they broke their own record. of being the most closed congress in the history of the -- history of the united states of america. i mean, they have brought more bills to the floor under a restrictive, close process than any other congress in history. yeah, they've accomplished a lot and it's only june. and it's going to get worse. there's virtually no oversight of the executive branch from this majority. none. just one example, and this is a beauty. we have an e.p.a. administrator who allegedly got a sweetheart deal on an apartment, spent $43,000 on a phone booth and you can't -- you can't make this stuff up. he asked a federal employee that reported to him to hunt for a used mattress from president trump's hotel. none of this seems to bother my republican colleagues. how is that possible? mr. speaker, it is time for the
adults in congress to stand up. bring sanity back to our government. bring professionalism back to our government. bring some integrity back to this institution. make your skits proud. make your government great again. you can start here today by voting no on this rule. i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: i didn't come to the floor today to tell anybody that the process was perfect and i didn't come to the floor today to tell anybody that the pieces of legislation before us are perfect. i'm certain they're not perfect, mr. speaker. because i didn't write every line or every one of them. that's my indication they didn't turn out exactly right. what i did do, however, because i serve on the committees of jurisdiction, is aworked with my democratic colleagues to get to a bill we can all be proud of. understand what we're talking about here today, mr. speaker. we can go back and have a series
of recriminations, talk about all the injustices that have happened, each and every one of us over the years. we can celebrate the fact that in a really difficult budget environment, we found a way to get the appropriations bills out, two out of three of these bills today, unanimously. to the floor. the third one that didn't come out unanimously still came out with a bipartisan vote, mr. speaker. we should be celebrating that. not pretending that we're not making an honest effort with one another to get things done. water resources development act, mr. speaker. largest water infrastructure bill that this congress will produce. and we produced it on a committee that has members from the far left to the far right and produced it unanimously. mr. speaker. because we did not take no for an answer, continued to work
shoulder to shoulder until we found a place that each and every member could live with. no, these bills are not perfect today which is why in the case of wrrda, for example, best work product the transportation committee could produce, we've allowed more than 50 additional amendments, more democratic amendments than republican amendments, bipartisan amendments as well. to try to improve that language. and how does this wrrda bill come to the floor? t comes after a long period of time where this congress was controlled by both parties where no wrrda bill was produced at all. i'll say it again, mr. speaker. it comes after a time when this congress controlled by both parties produced no water resources bill at all. no bill for inland waterway, no bill for water infrastructure, no bill for locks and dams, no
bill, mr. speaker, at all. fast forward to today, mr. speaker. we're talking about the third consecutive congress where we have come together and gotten it done. not gotten it done for one party or another. not gotten it done for one member or another. but gotten it done on behalf of all of our constituents who sent us all here not to find excuses, not to find things to complain about, but to find a way to make it happen. support this rule today, mr. speaker. i urge all my colleagues to support this rule today, mr. speaker. because if they do, we will bring that bipartisan work product to the floor. we will bring that unanimously approved gang violence prevention bill to the floor. we will bring those three appropriations bills all passing in a bipartisan way out of committee to this floor. something we can be proud of. i'm proud to be here with you to talk about it. i reserve the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i'm glad the gentleman came here to celebrate. i came here to remind everybody again that this is the most closed congress in the history of the united states of america. and i think that's an important fact for people to consider and digest. because process is important. process equals substance. and you know, i'm sorry but that's not something to celebrate. yeah, we have no problem with the wrrda bill. we'll support that, no problem. the gang violence bill i think most of us will support. what we have a problem is what you do with the appropriations bills. you took two appropriations bills where they could be virtual unanimity, certainly bipartisan support, and say, if you want those bills you have to swallow a poison pill. you've got to also vote as part of that package, an energy and water bill filled with anti-environmental riders. i get it. i get -- i know where the
allegiance of the majority heard party is when it comes to the environment. it's in the pocks of the oil company the fossil fuel industry and now the coal companies. i get it. but you know, for those who are offended by the anti-environmental record of the republicans who run this house and certainly by the anti-environmental record of this administration, we don't want any part of that. that's not a bipartisan process. that's not a good process. and by the way, these anti-environmental ride verse no business being on an appropriations bill. it's stuff that just was added because you could. so we can't celebrate that process. we'll vote for the wrrda bill, applaud chairman shuster, applaud ranking member go de-fazio, all the member thousands of transportation committee. you know. no problem with that. but i mean, this rule is designed for a purpose. and that is to limit debate and
that is to try to put pressure on people to vote for a package that includes some really horrendous riders on it that do great harm to our environment. that's not the way this place is supposed to work. and unfortunately, the majority isn't, you know, the majority controls the process. this is a process the majority chooses to embrace. it's not fair. and again it is now the most closed process in the history of the united states of america. mr. speaker, the infrastruck schur in our nation is in dire need of repair and maintenance. reports are that chairman shuster is hoping to release an infrastructure bill late they are summer. this is good news. given the republican majority's recent history, the american taxpayers first need to know where our priorities with that bill lie. and the american people have good reason to be worried about who such an important bill would actually benefit. just a few months ago, the g.o.p. passed a tax bill that
skewed nearly all the benefits to the wealthy and rich corporations, leading -- leaving working class people behind. we can't allow this same approach to trickle into the infrastructure bill that could skew the benefits to billionaires and wall street banks looking to profit from the privatization of our nfrastructure. instead will prioritize creating millions of living wage jobs without selling off our roads and bridges to private investors. chance ker, here is the to stand with the working people and not billionaires and foreign investors. if we defeat the previous question, i'll offer an amendment to the rule to bring lue's esentative resolution which allows for
efforts to have a bold infrastructure jobs and package. i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. to discuss the proposal, i yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from california, mr. lue. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. lue: thank you, mr. speaker. -- mr. lieu: thank you, mr. speaker. we have yet to take up an infrastructure bill and we need that. the next 10 years we need $10.4 trillion of train structure spending to keep pace and over $2 trillion of that is not funded. so for example, 53% of our public schools need funding to
make repairs. more than 18 million meshes drink from water systems that fail to meet federal lead tests. 40% of rural america and those in tribal lands lack broadband access. the president has designated week after week as infrastructure week but this house majority has yet to consider a serious infrastructure proposal and when it comes to infrastructure the president and this g.o.p. majority has been all talk, no ction. we have to address infrastructure. we have to have key principles for this infrastructure. first, we have to create millions of new jobs through investments in 21st century projects. we also need to emphasize public investment over corporate giveaways and selling of public goods. we need to embrace clean energy jobs including promoting energy efficiency and modernizing the energy grid. we need to ensure investments
are not paid for at the expense of social security, medicare, or medicaid and we need to not weaken or repeal existing environmental laws. h.con.res. 63 which embodies these principles is supported by a third of the house, 157 .o-sponsors we need to bring this proposal up rather than considering bipartisan appropriation bills that cut funding for renewable energy without offering a meaningful opportunity for debate. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from vermont, mr. welch. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized mr. welch: i thank the gentleman. i want to support the water resources development legislation. in communities across the country, our infrastructure is falling apart, colleagues on
both sides of the aisle have ointed that out. and this is evident in our dams. in vermont, dams are aging and the risk of the breach is continue to grow. congress took a positive step o address this issue we passed funding for the army corps to rehabilitate some of the nation's oldest corps constructed dams that are classified as high hazard potential. as you know, the failure of the dam that is so classified is anticipated to cause the loss of life. while section 1177 was a positive start, the limited authorization have hindered its effectiveness. to that end i want to thank chairman shuster and ranking member defazio for their willingness to work with me to address this matter. section 105 of the legislation before us addresses these
shortcomings by increasing the provisions of the authorization and giving dams greater authority to accrue federal funds over multiple years. the benefits of these changes to communities like waterbury, vermont, are very clear. in 2011, mr. speaker, waterbury suffered a devastating flood during hurricane irene. despite the damage the village suffered, totally flooded, the flooding in waterbury would have been far more catastrophic if it wasn't for the corps built waterbury dam, in need of significant repair. cton 1 will give the corps thtls it needs to get work done rehabbing high-hazard dams like waterbury across the country. both parties agree we need to improve our infrastructure. this bill will take important steps to do that and address some of most outdated has orderous dams in this country.
-- hazardous dams in this country. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from vermont yields back. the gentleman from massachusetts reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. woodall: i appreciate the words of my friend from vermont. he's absolutely right. fiscal conservatives, as a rule, are out there trying to save money and occasionally we find ourselves in those spaces where we end up being penny-wise and pound foolish. the flood mitigation projects that my friend from vermont referenced saved countless dollars but more importantly countless lives and some of these aging infrastructure projects look to be on the brink of failure, the time to act is now, not later. i'm glad to see we were able to come together to invest needed resources today in our water resources development bill so we're not spending dollars tomorrow in a disaster relief
bill. this is the right time to do it, and i appreciate my friend from vermont making that point. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from massachusetts is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, can i inquire of the gentleman from georgia how many more speakers he has on his side? mr. woodall: i'd advise my friend that i'm prepared to close when he is. mr. mcgovern: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: so, mr. speaker, in spite of the fact that this is the most closed congress in the history of the united states, i believe in giving credit where credit is due. you know, this wrda bill sar bill that is the product of -- is a bill that is the product of a bipartisan process. i applaud the chairman, mr. shuster, and the ranking democrat, mr. defazio, for working together and all the members on the transportation and infrastructure committee to come together. i regret very much that despite their good work in some back
room in the rules committee somewhere the majority decided to rip out a bipartisan provision that the chairman and ranking member had agreed on and then making that even worse, the chairman and the ranking member had an amendment to try to at least have a debate on the floor and let the members decide that issue but the rules committee decided not to make that in order as well. but anyway, i don't want to be too picky. overall the wrda bill is good and it will get a bipartisan vote. the three appropriations bills, this new approach where we bunch everything together so we don't have a lot of time to talk to them but two of the .ppropriations bills are fine i think it will be a bipartisan approach. the appropriations bills will pass with a strong bipartisan vote. i think that's a good thing. you know, the military construction-v.a. bill, that
would pass with a strong bipartisan vote. that's a good thing. but, you know, my friends, i -- they're allergic to bipartisanship. and so what they have to do is say, you know what, yeah, that's bipartisan, that's bipartisan, but we're going to bunch it in with a bill that is extremely partisan, that is filled with these horrific anti-environmental riders in it. you know, and, you know, if you want the good stuff you have to take this awful stuff as well. well, we're not going to do that, but you're not going to have a bipartisan vote. and i think if we were running this house, we would prefer to see a bipartisan vote than simply a partisan vote on everything. if this is the way you are -- if this is the beginning of an appropriations process that you're going to employ throughout the remaining time we're here, i worry about how
this all will end up. my guess it will be what it usually is, this massive, gigantic, you know, mess at the end that deals are struck behind closed doors and things are put together and we have to ote on one vote on one big massive bill, take it or leave it. and then we'll find out what's in it weeks and months later. at a ust -- i think we're point where we have to decide, you know, really, how this house should be run. and i would just respectfully say to my republican friends that this is not the way we should do the appropriations process, and in general, this is not the way we should run the house. we ought to have a -- we ought to be debating appropriations bills one at a time. you know, and we ought to be encouraging bipartisanship, not trying to make it impossible.
and, you know, we have to be more accommodating. it shouldn't be a proud day for the majority to be able to break their own record of being the most closed congress in the history of the united states. that's not the way this place is supposed to run. i think it's become too convenient for my republican friends to run it in a way where they just, you know, put bills on the floor to say, take it or leave it, my way or the highway. i guarantee you if you are more accommodating, if you are more open, you will have more bipartisan votes. you'll have less ranker in this chamber. and, you know, maybe people will actually like congress better if they see us working together. so i regret very much that, you know, i think my words are falling on deaf ears but it really is disappointing, and i
think it's a disservice to the institution so i am going to urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question so we can bring up mr. lieu's bill and, you know, if that doesn't pass, i would urge my colleagues to vote no on this rule. this is not the kind of process we want to see move forward on appropriations. i think this is the only opportunity for democrats and republicans to be able to express that by voting no on the rule. with that i yield back -- i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized for the remainder of his time. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, first thing's first. i mentioned, these bills are not perfect bills. this is the best. in the rules committee report, in the summary of mr. nolan's amendment, we did describe that amendment incorrectly. we now corrected that for the record. that's been submitted, but i just want to highlight there
for the purposes of transparency. i think my friend from massachusetts is exactly right, mr. speaker. it's time for us to decide how we want to run this institution , and my friend from massachusetts is exactly right. i don't question his numbers. he's very good at what he does, when he says this is the most closed congress in american history, i'm sure he has some set of numbers that backs up that attestation. but what i know is, when i was running for congress, when i was running for congress and democrats were leading this institution at that time, for the entire cycle that i was running, democrats allowed less than 1,000 amendments, total, for the entire session of congress. mr. speaker, this congress, we've considered more than 1,000 amendments before the month of may got out. we haven't even gotten into the appropriations cycle yet. that doesn't include the 30 amendments made in order on the appropriations bill today.
it doesn't include the 54 amendments -- the 50-plus amendments made on wrda today. we have already done more to allow members to be heard in this congress than was happening when the other side led this institution. i don't think that should be the murph success, mr. speaker. i don't think that should be the measure of success. my friend from massachusetts was right when he said we're going to get bigger votes and better votes when we bring better bills and better process to the house floor. let me tell you what i brought today, mr. speaker. i will tell you what i brought today. i brought a bill that passed this house unanimously before it went to the senate to be passed unanimously after a few amendments and i brought it back here so that we can again pass it unanimously, a bill to protect communities, to empower law enforcement to fight gang
violence on the front lines. i want to send that bill to the president, mr. speaker. and if we pass this rule today, we will be able to send that unanimously agreed upon legislation to the president. that's in this rule. also in this rule, the water resources development act, which passed the transportation committee unanimously. unanimously. democrats, republicans, liberals, everyone working together to bring a bill out of committee. we brought it out of committee unanimously. rules committee still made another 50 amendments in order, in case folks want to improve upon it, 50-plus, but we made those amendments in order to a bill that had already been agreed upon unanimously. what else does this rule do? it brings a third piece of legislation to the floor as a part of our appropriations package, the leg branch appropriations bill. it passed out of the committee
unanimously. republicans and democrats working together to bring that bill out of committee. we include the military construction-veterans affairs appropriations package. it came out of the committee how? don't tell me. unanimously as democrats and republicans came together to move that legislation forward. and then we have a fifth part of this package, the energy and water appropriations bill, which i confess, i want to be clear, i want to be transparent, did not pass unanimously. it just received a simple bipartisan vote to come out of committee. so i challenge my colleagues who want a better process, who want to see better bills come to the floor. we are already making more amendments in order than my friends on the other side ever dreamed of doing. we're already bringing bills to the floor that have passed in a collaborative, in fact, unanimous way. and if you support this rule, you'll be supporting five
things. four of them that passed unanimously, and one that passed with a bipartisan vote. is that going to get everybody that wants here today? i doubt it. it's a tall order. but is it worth supporting, mr. speaker? is it worth saying it's a step in the right direction? is it worth celebrating because you know it could have gone a different way but we committed ourselves to the excellence that we have here? it is. i'll finish where we began. i'm proud to be here. i'm the luckiest guy in the world to be able to come down here and talk about, because folks don't get to read it, they don't get that around the water cooler back home that we are working together. that we're working together not on the easy problems, but on the hard problems. that we're doing things here together that we have not done before, but we're doing them now because we have serious men and women on both sides of the aisle who want to make it happen. support thisule. support this rule.
but show the american people the work product that's gone into this legislation. the rule and those five underlying provisions. i urge my colleagues. vote yes. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: all time has expire the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. mr. mcgovern: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 and clause 9 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on ordering the previous question will be followed by five-minute votes on adopting the resolution if ordered and agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. this is a 15-minute vote.
the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 224,he nays 176. the previousuestion is ordered. thtione quess on adoptio of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: a recorded vote is requested. those favoring a recorded vote
will rise. a sufficient number having risen 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.]
pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal on which the yeas and nays were ordered. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. 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.]