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hose wilbe in order. the house will come to order.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mrwoodall:'d unanimous consent that dur consideration of h.r. 8 in the committee of the whole, pursuant to house resolution 918, the amendment by mr. mollton of massachusetts that is now at the desk be considered as though printed as the last amendment printed in part a of house report 115-711 and be debatable or 10 minutes. ill speaker pro tempore: the e in order. or.versas f the th wl reporthe amendment. the er add at the end of title 1 the following, section, corps of engineers -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: i ask unanimous consent that to dispense with the reading.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the reading is disposed of -- dispens ginal request ofhe ntleman from georgia? without objection, so ordered. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? gdlte: mr.peaker, nt housson 918 i call up the bill h.r. 3249, the project safe neighborhoods grant program authorization act of 2017, with the senate amendment thereto, and i have a motion at the
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desk. the sppro mpore: the clerk will report t title of th, designate the designateamdment and motion. -- clerk: h.r. 3249, a bill mr. goodlatte says the house concur in the designate amendment to h.r.9. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 918, the motion shall be bable divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on the judiciary. the house will be in order. the chair would ask all members to please take their onversations from the flr. the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte, and the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee, willa control 0 minutes.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. goo ear. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and incle treous material s on h.r. 3249. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: gangs are a poison in america. they bring violence, drugs, and death. they paralyze our communities with flagrant acts of violence and flood our neighborhoods with drugs. gang tear apartamilies by prema turrill taking the lives -- prematurely taking the lives of parents and children. some of our neighborhoods have been overrun by gang violence. homicide rates skyrocket in gobalt16. compared to the previous five years, 2016 represented a 15.8% increase in homicides in st. louis.
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12.7% increase in baltimore. 11.4% increase in chicago. we must stand up to violent gangs and provide an antidote to their poison. h.r. 3249 is a vital part of the antidote. this legislation reforms and re-authorizes the project safe neighborhoods block grant program. this program operates under four key principles -- partnerships, strategic planning, training, and outreach. first and foremost, the program brings all the importa actors together. anis legislation will foster improve existing partnerships between federal, s, and local agencies, community groups, and researchers. strategic planning is the foundation of the project safe neighborhoods program. moreover, 3249 promotes the robust enforcement of existing criminal laws and the development of intervention and prevention programs, suc justic
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activities, including street level outreach, conflict mediation, and social services. intervention and prevention programs provide extensive . aining and community furthermore, in relying on localized and contemporaneous data, this bill strategically prioritizes a focus on individuals or orgza that are rponsible for ngviolence in a particular geographic area. this legislation will ensure that 30% of project safe neighborhoods funding is allocated to gang task forces in regions experiencing a significant or increased presence of violent crime, firearm offenses, human trafficking, and drug traffickin as a result, critical resources such as the deployment of law enf funding, are put to their best use. all together, this legislation takes a balanced approach bymbi prevention to combat gang violence in our communities
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across the nation. mr. speaker, the comprehensive, coordinate nated and community focused -- coordinated and community focused part wil s a k part of the antidote of the poisonous effects gangs have on our country. i'd like to thank my colleague from virginia, congresswoman barbara comstock, for taking the lead on this important bill, and i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. ieshe bance meof my the ser proempore: the gentleman from virginia reserves. the chair would again ask all members to please take their onversations from the floor. please take their seats. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, th an is correct. the protection of our neighborhoo proteion of our young people, the securing of our schools, the stopping of guniolence, the safeguarding this nation are important
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responsibilities of this naion itself.certainly of the and so i join with this commitment of safeguarding our neighbors and friends and family and our children. so i would certainly like to say of thea amendment, dealing with the safe rauthorization act of 2018, it does provide additional resources to help local jurisdictions prevent and fight crime in their communities. it would authorize the attorney general to establish and implement a program to be known as the project safe neighborhoods block program whin the office of justice programs at the department of justice. thereby providing a formal authorization for the project safe neighborhoods program which is currently implemented by d.o.j. that is an absolutely positive step to protect neighborhoods. 30% of the funding awards under this program would be, however, allocated to fighting
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gang-related crime. while i support authorizing this program, i'd like to highlight two major concerns with this senate amendment. first, a substantial portion of the funding under this bill will be dedicated to anti-gang task forces. i support preventing and fighting crime no matter who the perpetrator might be, but i must caution against targeting yog people who are engaged in crime or who are standing around or who may be, in essence, said to be engaged in cme or mayberom cula neighborhood or ethnicities or backgrounds. i think all of our children deserve a chance to grow and become contributing citizens, and i would want to make sure that get the gangs we get those who are the deadly ones that are killing and maiming and those names we know
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have been cited, but i also want to make sure we give our children a chance. however, under the current framework, focus is placed on identified subsets of individuals or organizations responsible for increasing violence. this creates a danger where innocent young people will likely become targets, whether by virtue of clothes, color, mere acquaintans of someone in light of the various talk, if you will, about gangs like ms-13, which, i will acknowledge, are in all of our communities from east to west and north to south. let's get the bad guys. let's make sure weel our children not be destined to be the bad guys. we must not use law enforcement a mns to target individuals based solely on theirest nissity or national origin -- their ethnicity or national origin. it may be laced with bias toward difference. that's why i offered an
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amendment at the rules -- wanted to offer an amendment at the rules committee to the senate amendment which would reflect the original provision offered by representative comstock related to particular groups. that's one we were able to work with in this house. this specific provision in h.r. 3249 was a much better provision. if accepted, my amendment would ensure that funding be allocated justly based on sincere need and not on abuse that may occur to demonstrate a significant or increased presence of criminal ganizations. and, number two prevented funding being used for a wide range of people that need help but ld asriminal groups rather than the smaller number of people in communities responsible as you will hear law enforcement say for the majority of violent crimes like concentrated transnational organized crime groups as defined by the statute. this eliminates sweeping effect this bill will have in application where groups of people not defined by statute
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as transnational organized crime groups will become targets based on possible biases or rhetoric launched at wenore canthe reality people of our times that things may go awry. therefore, in addition to introducing legislation, we must beigilanonduing oversight of the use of program funds and in protecting such . second, i have concerns about therovision of the bill that focus on data-driven intervention and i advocate instead for rob initiatives that will save us enormous amount of moneenone ely. that's why i offered -- i wanted to offer a second amentou amend the crime control safe streets act of 1968 to allow for strong emphasis on gang prevention prm is key to curtailing much of these problems. it's needed to prevent the problems that are often costly, resulting in both human cost
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and tax dollars for our prisons. this amendment was practical and inexpensive. let me clarify something. data is very important because it helps us move toward best practices, but in addition to data, we need to be abl to use our good sense to talk aut intervention, prevention, and working with youngsters, again, who may be categorized as being violent but instead y be the right kind of targets for intervention and prevention programs. . this senate amendment authorizes $50 million for each of the fiscal years 2019 and 2021. $150 mllion. the senate amendment does not complyhouse cut-go requirements. i certainly believe where we're trying to help children we should also take that into consideration, particularly with prevention and intervention of gang violence and ant bullying --anti-bullying initiatives.
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they are equally worthy goals. i urge my colleagues to look further into how we continue to work together and to work to moilegislation to ensure there is not an adverse impact on individuals clearly because of neighborhoods and backgrounds, because that's what america's all about. an equal opportunity for particularly our yurning people to get out of where they are and to belerge to be a good and contributing citizen. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, at this time it's my pleasure to yield such time as she may consume to the gentlewoman from virginia, mrs. comstock, the chief sponsor of this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from virginia is recognized. mrs. comstock: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to urge the members of this body to concur with the senate amendment to my bill, the project safe neighborhoods grant program authorization act. so that we may send this bill to the president for his signature.
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i appreciate althwork that chama goodlnd t committee has done and the bipartisanure ey ha worked with us, as well as the administration and theory this bill will help address the problem of from gangs like ms- threaten immediate area in northern virginia, wells the entire metropolitan region and other places such as long island, houston, and los angeles. ms-1 is active in 40 states and the district of columbia. and their goal is to grow. gadges like -- gangs like ms-13 have branched into human trafficking as well as drugs, and of course their mur rampages. in virginia we actually several years ago increased the penati any members involved with human trafficking. so we know weonstantly need to change how we address these gangs. let's just look at some of the recent headlines in the packerp
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our local paper, whichy ve actually covered the th approximately over 30 re o killings over the past several years. that's the number, according to the gang task force. here's some of the headlines. quote, ms-13 is taking over the school, one teen warned, before she was killed. quote, he was flashing gang sign facebook. it got him killed by ms-13. heinous and violent, ms-13's appeal to girls grows as gang becomes ericanized. finally, one, she told the girl she'd see her in hell before stabbing her. w she's guilty of an ms-13 murder. that particular murder was etailed about a young woman, demarius revas, and her body was found here in springfield,
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virginia, about - a little over a dozen miles here from the capalyou can see th ms-13 gang s here. that's where they left her body. at age 12, she w brougo the u.s. by her mom to escape gangs in el salvador. by dead. killed by those very gangs. numerous gang members who then sent a video of her killing back to el salvador, because they get -- that's one of theirto show what they have done here. just to give awe little detail on this. fairfax county commonwealth's attorney. ray morrough, played the videos in the court saying he wanted to make clear for the judge involved in the horrific murde the high school girl. her mother was in the courtroom. she said -- the prosecutor said some kids are prodigies of the
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violent, andome kids are prodigies of violence. this is a prodigy at violence. the first video shows demaris in the springfield, virginia woods being interrogated by the ng members, numerous gang members. all of whom were bween the ages of 15 and 21. hey shout at her as he gets up ground. snow dusted at one point they slicked a cigar cutter threateninger she could lose a finger. they made her take off her shoes and her shirt so she could feel how cold it was. they were interrogating her about a previous ms-13 murder. people were wielding knives, and they could hear them stick the steel in her, another one was tellg them they took her away to another area. then they took her back intoh cords, forcing her to crawl through a three-foot tunnel covered in ms-13 graffiti.
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then they brutally murdered her d they left her body, and then th came back that night to take the video of the murder to be able to send it back. as the prosecutor expin, those videos were taken so some of the ms-13 members could send it back to el salvador to earn a promotion within the gang,ch theires violence to move up an. these are "the washington post" stories, i should add. and they also have written stories about how gangs are a problem in our jairals. ths. this is in maryland. incidents every month are predominantly ms-13, said a jail investigator speaking on the condition of of anonymity for his safety. they are vying for the control of our jails. so there's violence going on in ouil as a result of this also. , had another victim, carlos in leesburg, virginia.
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his body was dumped in a quarry in west virginia after a brutal murder. the acting u.s. attorney for the eastern district of virginia aid of the killing, quote, the ms-13 is extreme violence. this brutal kidnapping and murd certificate a tragic reminder of the impact ms-13 has on communities here in northern virginia. so i want toay, ms-13 is extrem violence. this brutal kidnapping and murd much -- they are preying -- on their own ey community as the example of this young woman. last summer i went on a ride along with the northern virginia regional gang task force, which is comprised of 13 local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies working together. they are going to be -- they should be some of the beneficiaries of the bill here today. and do i want on their own mnity to assure everyone they work very carefully with the community. what they do is -- their projects are to educate, prevent, to work with the children in schools. they have spanish speaking members of the task force so they can can make sure they are working with the kids to keep
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them safe. in one case, they had an m who t his brother to join the gang. then when his brother would not join the gang, they put a hit out on the brothe fortunately the gang task force was able to inene, protect that brother. cane and able -- bele -- abe el-- abel. their need for technology and resources. when i talk to them they talk about how they need to be out in the schools, at the fairs. at one local fair in herndon, i believe it was in mr. connolly's district, the task force told me on a labor they identified up to about 200 gang -- suspected gang task force members in there weaving about among the children. when we went on the ride along
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with them, in one night they picked up 14 suspected gang members. one turned out to be somebody who at 16 years old had committed murder in el salvador, then he had already been deported from the country twice, and was now back on sterling boulevard, in sterling, virginia, about 25 miles or so from the capitol, and there he was on a friday evening as children and everyone else were playing around. he was covered with gang signs when he lifted up his shirt. and one of the tools that our gang task force needs more of is a little device that looks like an i-pad. when you put the fingerprint of that gang member on the pad, his record thend could see the entire record. and the gang task force members knew who they were dealing with. so it is clear that the resurgence of ms-13 is a multifaceted problem that needs a multifaceted solution.
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orom a ating levels of government, law enforcement, and communities. passing the project safe act today, which the efforts fr levels of government, law enforcement, and communities. s now already passed, will really get us back on the path to getting the resources that they previously had in our local task force. they called us today to let us know they aren't even getting the money they used to get, state ately this was money that they used to get, that they aren't getting anymore. that the state attorney's -- attorney general's office state money that they used to get, that they aren't used to provide them. this is needed more than ever in regions like ours. i know the in just a moment in houston, they have problems there, too. and the beauty of this program is they work with those communities that are being targeted. they work with those children. theyt them. they become their friends. but they also get the ms-13 gang members out. we do have another bill that i know the children worked with u to get out which would make sure we don't havememb ms-13s
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able to get in the country in the first place. if they are here we can remove them moreuickly. that still needs senate passage. i'm pleased now today we have been able to make sure that we don't see this proliferating in our communities. this kind of gang activity and to see thee gang signs as we're a ccer gamee from work going going to see our kids and seeing this is going on in communities. this isomething that cannot be happening in our communities. i thank you. and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this important legislation, to protect our communities, and combat gang violence and provide more safe neighborhoods. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. . jackson lee: i thank the
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speaker. let me yield myself such time as i might consume. the gentlelady from virginia's absolutely right on our commitment to working to protect the children that we don't want to b the victims. certainly gangs like ms- are places. that is what my focus is. those bad guys, those who would do harm, clearly we stand united on. at the same time, i want to make sure that those who stumble in have alternatives, particularly this country, to get out of that web as we protect against them and give law enforcement their tools, i want to make sure that we give others -- to find find ays to move other ways to move away from this so that the bad intent, the murderous intent ggs ared and handled by law enforct oth young people have other opportunities. i might also say that i would hope that the department of
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justice will fund this program and fund -- when i say that congress will work with us to fund other programs of intervention. i might, if i could engage the , would, would olloquy gentleman yield for a question? mr. goodlatte: you have the time and i would be happy to respond. i . jackson lee: i thank you. uld be eager to hear your thoughts on this thought. i am concerned that all of th talk of fighting gang violence y be beyond this august hall laced with bias, racial bias, ethnicity, etc. the senate amendment includes a reference to focusing on identified subsets of individuals and organizations responsible for increasing violence in a particular geographic area. i might indicate that that may
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be some bad behavior kids. will you assure me that the intent of this provision, referring to subsets of individuals, is not to encourage or condone the targeting of anyone because of their race or national origin, and that they appen to be in groups? mr gdlatte: would the gentleman yield. the answer is yes. this legislation is intended to help our communities fight criminal gangs and the violence and mayhem they wreak and the bill is not intended to target anyone because of their race or national origin. ms. jackson lee: i thank you. i just want to make concluding comment. we worked together on this. would yls sat intervention and prevention programs are a positive contribution to helping our young people stay away from violence? mr. goodlatte: yes, i do. i certainly support at every
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level of government making sure that we're doing what we can to intervene and get people headed in the right direction and avoiding some of t pbls in the first place. certainly some of that is contained within the progrs t are funded by this le ms. jackson lee: i certainly look forward to us working further on these matters. i thank you. mr. chairman, do you have any ther speakers? do you have any othe speakers? mr. goodlatte: mrs. comstock wants to be recognized for a brief comment and then i'll be prepared to close. ms. jackson lee: i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: iield to the gentlelady from virginia such time as she may consume. mst comstock: i think i was talking about the ride-along with the virginia task force, someone said they had picked up 14 in onei st wanted to clarify sounded like 14 it meant to say four. it was four in one night.
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nevertheless, it goes to the problem right in our communities there were four people there that they were able to pick up. thank you and i yield back. temr. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm prepared to close, mr. chairman. ain, let me just say we have a solid and unified commitment to protect our children, our neighborhoods, our families, and to isolate violent gangs, some of whom carry the name ms-13. but also to work with law enforcement as they work to isolate those violent persons but help find a way to steer other juveniles into a way of redemption, if i might utilize that term. i want to continue working with judiciary and my colleagues on
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that very point. so mr. speaker, i do not argue the merit of this program. it would be but one facet of d.o.j.'s efforts to address gun and gang violence at the local, state, and tribal levels. we would view it from the holistic perspective and as an effort to supplement but not sue plant alternatives that may - supplant alternatives that that deals with anti-bullying, intervention, intervention in gang activity, cyberbullying, and prevention of gang activities fromrs the ctive that understand in our neighborhoods. during the committee's consideration of h.r. 3249 we expressed these funding concerns and urged tthese fundingbitions be eliminated. what i want to see is other programs continue to be funded that can help law enforcement and others on the question of prevention. today, we also address the concerns in the senate amendment to h.r. 3249 which
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states as a purpose developing and executing comprehensive strategic plans to reduce violent crimes, including the enforcement of gun laws and prioritizing efforts fose identified subsets of individuals, organizations responsible for increasing violence and in a particular geographic area. i want to thank the chairman for what i believe is a we on the co ill continue to monitor as we work with our law enforcement across the nation. for these reasons, i am respectfully asking that we continue to express our concerns, that we review it, that we ensure that the d.o.j., as it works through thesegrs, c thoughts, our in mind so that t bill is productive and certainly not counterproductive of what we intend to do. with that, i will yield the floor and, again, indicate a
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commitment that all of us have to get rid of those who terrorize our neighborhoods through the violence like of gangs like ms-13 and save our children who can be saved which i know the can be in our neighborhoods and rohout t nio with that i yield e speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady the gentleman f is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of my time just to say that i appreciate the bipartisan effort that has gone into passing this very important legislation which will now go to the president's desk for his signature and will do a lot of good in fighng gang violence and helpingg people steer towas a better future a a better life. botof tho things are the purpe othis lation. i want to especially thank, again, the gentlewoman from virginia, mrs. comstock, for
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her long dedicated work to fighting gang violence and helping our young people have better opportunities for the future, not only in virginia, but all across this country. with that i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and yield back the speance of my time. te for debate has expired, pursuant to house resolution 918, the previous question is ordered. the question is on e otion by the gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte. all those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is agreed . without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. mr. goodlatte: mr. speake the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. goodlatte: on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a suicnt number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that a members may have five legislative days toeve and and theem h.r. 8. extraneous materia the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to house resolution 711 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the consideration of h.r. 8. the chair appoints the getleman from alabama, mr. palmer, to preadvise over the ommittee of the whole.
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the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the consideration of h.r. 8 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill 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 chair: pursuant to the rule, the bill is considered as read the first time. the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr.ster, and the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. chan. maconsume.self such time as i the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. shustermr. chairman, i'm pleased to bring to the floor today the water resources development af isthe ird congress in a row that the transportation and infrastructure committee of the ces bill, so we are back to regular order when it comes to wrda, so i hope we bring it to the floor today and i hope we pass a wrda bill.
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's gd for the ople and the amicnom because wrda works. wrda works because it ensures that congress carries out its clear feeral role in addressing infrastructure that is critical to our commerce and competitiveness and to protecting communities t the country. wrda authorizes targeted investments in america's harbors, ports, locks, dams, environmental restoration, and other water resources infrastructure. this infrastructure maintained by the u.s. army corps of engineers is vital to every part of the country and every american benefits from it. you d't have to live near a port or a major waterway to experience these benefits. the health of this infrastructure directly impacts how efficiently thehis we buy get onto our store shelves and how quickly the goods we produce get to markets around the world. wrda improvements originate at the local level. they grow our local, regional, and national economies and they create good-paying jobs. restoring wrda legislation to a two-year congressional cycle
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was one of the first goals when by working together we passed oth of these measures attach broad bipartisan support and this bill is no different. passing out of our committee unanimously two weeks ago. i want to thank ranking member defazio, chairman garrett graves and subcommittee ranking member grace napolitano for working with me to introduce this bill. our bipartisan legislation follows fiscally responsible, transparent process for consiring corps activities that congress established 20 maintains strong congressional oversight and the constitutional authority of the legislative branch. it de-authorizes oldrojects fully offset new authorizations and sunsets new fure backllso builds on past reforms of the corps and explores new ways to delive projects more efficiently. in kn traditional
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wrda's, my co-sponsors and i agreed to narr work on the civil works of the corps. preserving the civil works program increases the likelihood of final pass if we t enact a bi this year we will delay necessary ter infrastructure improvements and increase ject cts let's approve this vital bill today. let's build our water infrastructure. let's grow our economy, and let's create jobs. let's passworda becaus does work, -- passworda because wrda does work and let's -- pass wrda because wrda works and let's pass td move itto thse i u colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio. mr. defazio: yumeds. the chair: -- mr. defazio: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. defazio: i rise in support of h.r. 8, the water resources development act of 2018. the hard e process of
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work of many months. this is the chairman's last wrda bill. before him language languished for a decade so this hasn trnd this isa good bill.however, it . in the last congress, i offered and amendment in committee to take the harbor maintenance trust fund off budget, allow the corps to spend proces and drawdown the surplus to deal with a backlog in all our ports. ports affect the entire nation. anytime you have an iort or export, which covers virtually all of the states of theon, andots harbors that are critical to our infrastructure. on a daily basis, our major of their a about 35% authorized depths.
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35%. why's that? well, because we don't have the money to fix them. and the yesterdayies are falling apart -- jetts falling apart. we don'tavneto fix them. well, we actuall d the n to fim, bx some very short sited pele around here -- shortsighted people want to play ga me we ta coll from the american people. minuscule tax..05 cts on the va every imported good that goes through a harbor. that is if you buy a $30,000 car, you are going to spend bout $37.50 that starting with rond dedicated to maintaining our harbors, proper depths, maintaining the jetties for the harbors and not limiting the funds to small but also critical ports that helps the fishing industry, recreation, others. however, this has been a bipartisan problem, starting even when democrats have been in charge.
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this has bun annual basis. today, there $10.5 billion of taxes collected from the american people sitting idle or havien sntewre el. it's got a theoret t now, th, you know, is going to grow every year as we underspend this tax. it could grow to $20 billion n awihi decade. so we don't have the money to dredge the ports. we don't have the money to fix the jetties because congress is diverting the money. actually worked on this with e e chairman's father some time a and thehaha been su efforts. unfortunately it was stripped out of that bill by the rules committee two years ago, and , you know, this was not,
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you know, thaey would not allow this to go forward. so we offered it in a different form to get around their technical objections about budget caps and discretionary spending. so we offered, well, there is a way arouey didn't like that eit they want to continue to steal money from the american people and divert it to be spent who knows where. somewhere else but not on our arbors and our po the administration actually sent what is called their -- statement down to us with a it really is a sap, they are saps. a statemt administration olicy is what it stands for. sorry. they sent down a provision -- they said, this is great that you're not allowing the congress
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to spend the tax collected from the american people on the stated purpose. what? really? yep. that's their position. say the ports should have greater flexibility to spend local money on the ports. they have all the flexibility in the world to spend local money on local ports. they can partner with the corps and fund corps activities. i did that a number of years ago in oregon. they don't have the money. and we're depriving them of the money. but this is the trump administration's soluon. the big infrastructure package? this is gog to be counted. we're going to add $3 billion to ec. pile of unfunded corps e got day $96 billion of corps projects, been authorized by congress, that aren't funded herehe foreseea will be 99, almost $100 billion. achievement.
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the administration is applauding this. they think thiss just great because it gives the local port. the capability of raising money spend mon raise to the improvements they can't make. -- to spend money on the improvements they can't make. meanwhile we're that project. all we need to do is get the money. maybe a future congress, maybe next year we'll start spending the harpor maintenance tax on harbor maintenance. who knows. might depend on who is in charge around here. there are other provisions in here that are critical authorizing the national levy
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safety initiative. promoting improved safety measures, reducing the risk to life and property. there is a couple of provisions that benefit measures, reducing the or would corps projects in my district. one relating to a dam and collapsing road near the dam. a number years ago we had to a edite funds to fix collapsing dam. now we have a collapsing road by the collapsing dam. hopefully the corps can get to that before we have a a major problem. and then delivering on a very long ago promise to -- indian tribes that were displaced by dams built -- 3/4 of a century ago, and their villawe flooded and displaced and this would authorize the corps to o provide housing assistance to those tribes. there are other meritorious things in this bill. again, i want to congratulate
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the chairman on what will be the third consecutive two-year authorization of the water resources development act. we just need to find the will antine to fund the necessaryoje withha i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. i nowec yield five minutes to the gentlen from louisiana, and the chairman of the subcommittee on water resources, mr. graves. the chair: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, mr. chairman. i want to thank the gentleman from pennsylvania for his leadership on this important legislation. i want it thank my friend from oregon and my friend from california for working with us on ts. as there is a bipartisan agreement to move this bill forward. mr. chairman, why are we doing this bill? people at home that are watching this, people that are living in their communities, why are we doing this bill? we're doing this bill because we need to ensure that people live in places that are safe. safe from flooding.
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safe from hurricanes. we just saw last year the 2017 hurricanes. hurricane harvey, irma, maria, nate where we spent well over $150 billion so far, near id 180 billion responding to those disasters. people need to live in safe, resilient communiti. to ensure navigation channels, we can build navigation channels that stay compatible with trends in shipping. we built the panama canal. the united states built the canal. yet the am stepped in to deepen the cal and lock system in a sho perioof time than we have been able to deepen ports here in e united states. then of course the environmental issues. the environmental consequences of these projects, including in my home state of louisiana, where we have lost 2,000 square miles of our coast. of engineers has not
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stepped in and done a single thing to actually restore the environmental consequences of their actions. 2,000 square miles of coastal wetlands. if you or i did that, we would be in jail today. the reason we're of engineers dl is because as the ranking member, mr. defazio mention add few minutes ago, we have nearly $100 billion backlog in projects. we're putting forth somewhere construfunds. ar in you can do theat i'm a math wiz and can i tell you you will finish those projects approximately never because $2 billion a year on $100 billion, you can't even keep up with inflation. e must reform the process and this bill moves in that direction. there are important reforms in this bill like allowing the nonfederal sponsors, the states, the parishes, counties, water boards, ports, to take these projects and move them on their own. working in clabbation with the corps of engineers to ensure we're moving them forward efficiently. making sure we're removing redundancies in the process and allowing these nonfederal entities to use the same process that the corps of engineers went
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through and spent millions of dollars complying with. we're still being respectful to the environment, but not forcing them to carry out redundant measures, paying twice for the same actions. because that doesn't make sense. let me go backtalkbout, again, what these outcomes yield. bo'r projects to pren communities from flooding. to prevent hurricane damages. to restore the environment. to ensure that our ports and waterways can facilitate the ships that are growing in width and depth across the globe to where we can have more cost-effective shipping in the united states and our port systems and we can facilitate the trade that comes around the globe and into our country. chairn, they have projects that have been in the study phase not for months or years but decades. we have projects that have been waiting on full implementation or construction for decades. once again my home state of louisiana. we have a project that's been
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around for 32 years, $100 millionearly has been spent, and nothing's been done to provide flood relief. $100 million. we have another project in south central louisiana -- s louiana wre the corps of engineers have spent nearly $80 million and hasn't put a shovel in the ground yet. how do you do that? when you look at the fact we have a $20 trillion deficit and we're spending those sorts of dollars on action that is aren't benefiting taxpayers. who is that representing? because it's not the people that sent us here. i'll say it again. this bill moves forward in tparenc it moves forward in efficiency while respecting the environment. it allows projects to be expedited. it gives more flexibilit the corps non andederal partners to work together to deliver these projects. and one thing that's in here that i know the chairman is a big fan of and we pushed as well, with our friends across the aisle, is taking a look to
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estudy er or not the corps of engineers should remain within the department of defense. is this a mission that is truly compatible with our department of defense? i want secretary mattis focused on syria and focused on iran and north korea and china and russia and other threats to our country. i don't want himo worried about what's happening with the coastal wetlands permit. i want him focused on the national defense of our country. so looking at where this mission could be better housed, better compassibility, a ultimately to deliver better outcomes to taxpayers across the country. thank you. yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. mrs. napolitano: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. napolitano: mr. chairman, i associate the remarks of my ranking member, airman of the committee, and my chairman of the subcommittee, mr. graves. i rise in strong support of the
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bipartisan bill, h.r. 8, the water resources development act of 2018. i very strongly thank mr. shuster, chairman shuster, ranking member defazio, chairman graves for their work on this legislation. it is encouraging to see that transportation committee and infrastructure committee continue in a bipartisan fashion on this legislation every two years. this bill authorizes the army corps of engineers a feasibility studies chiefs reports, and section 7001. water resources projects across the country for diverse array of purpose, including flood damage reduction, ecosy restoration, hurricane a storm damage reduction, water lyve im navigation. it also includes an important ther recycling project with west basin municipal water ri hbor south bay project including a $35 million
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increase for existing and successful authorization t improve microfiltration of wastewater and delivery to residents and businesses. this will create a long-term water supply reliability in our draft prone region. i want to thank my good friends, directors carol corn and gloria for their commitment to this cost-effective and innovative water supply option fll their constituents. also am pleased to see the inclusion of several provisions that would include -- continue the worwe have done rewent wrda to assist communities experiencing drought with additional water supply options. include section 109, require the corps to work with local governments on integrated water resrces t incorporate water cor pects lally developed plants for water management, and water quality improvement, my baby, water recycling. section 107, to provide for
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forecast information operations and weronrol manuals to ensure that dams are being used effectively to maximize local water supply. and in section 115, providing a comprehensive report on the operation and maintenance backlog of corpso that congress has the full accounting of the unmet needs of authorized water resource projects. we have such a backlog, and there is -- that fund that goes nowhere. the billions of dollars that should be going to the ports that do not benefit. we have a backlog, tremendous backlog. i am concerned the bill does not include a bipartisan provision supported by the transportation and infrastructure committee that would fully fund the harbor maintce fund. this dso reme
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inequity in the harbor maintenance trust fund once and for all so that the taxes paid into the system are benefiting the project they were intended for. i support theortsf stakeholders including the of port of port on authorities, includes all ports in the united states, which recently approved a national, for the first time, a national agreement with all ports to create fairness in the harbor maintenance trust fund. it is unfortunate, very unfortunate, the house leadership is using procedural tactics to prevent the house from addressing this critical issue. i am confident that this bill, when and in enacted, will provide drug-prone regions like mine and other very necessary areas with tools necessary to increase water supply and water conservation measures. for future storm for future stm events to capture and reuse the water that would have otherwise been lost. i want to thank my constituent water agencies for their input throughout this process, including upper san gabriel
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valley water district. the los angeles county department of public works, a local corps leadership, and others. mr. chairman, i urge passage of this bill and i ask them to support h.r. 8. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: it's now my yield three minutes to the gentleman from missouri, the subcommittee chairman of the highways and transit, the other mr. graves, mr. the committee on transportation and infrastructure. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, i rise today in support of h.r. 8. i want to say, too, the chairman's commitment to passing bipartisan wrda bills every two years has been very impactful on better managing the bureaucracy of the corps of engineers. we can agreehe corps needs regular examination of projects
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and policy to hold them accountable, and it's good government and policy i would like to see we can the committee remain committed to. in my district, this bill is extremely important to the whiesn ou and nomy and everyon mississippi rivers. my a board 400 miles of murian sssippi riverfrontage. we in northern missouri are directly affected by the corps action, i'm glad the commit adopted an amendment i put up to bring some commonsense to the gements of the endangered species. specifically the sturgeon. past efforts to help the sturgeon have led to mull tillp years of flooding and millions dollars of damage to my constituents. what's worse is the fact that the corps has spent money year after year on population recovery and has not helped them one bit. this is absolutely unacceptable. money, theyey spend are required to prove
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effectiveness. they are responsible for flood control and navigation. the corps shouldn't be focused on building environmental habitats. we've been down this road before with unproven methods to help fish over people. in close, this is a good bill. it's necessary to advance important flood control projects and ensure our waterways remain a reliable and efficient option for transporting goods up and te vers. i urge my colleagues to vote for h.r. 8 and with that, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves, the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. napolitano: i yield to the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. lawrence, for three minutes. chip the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes -- the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. mrs. lawrence: as a co-sponsor of this bill i rise in support of h.r. 8. our water infrastructure is
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important to the health of our economy and job growth, including infrastructure job opportunity and the skilled tr supporting our water infrastructure is essential to the goal of ensuring environmental justice. communities and pover -- in poverty, women and children are especially vulnerable to the harsh consequences of failing and faulty water infrastructure. let us not forget flint, michigan. this bill continues this important bipartisan process. as a representative from michigan, this bill promises to protect the great lakes region. the davis amendment confirms the commitment to fighting invase i species. completion of the long-awaiting study is needed to combat
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environmental threats to our region. the great lakes waterways create thousands of jobs and create billions in revenue annually. we must continue to support the army corps operations that operate these critical waterways. as you know, our nation's infrastruck schur is in desperate need of repair and we cannot kick the can road anymore. i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill and i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> thank you, i wish to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, a member of the committee, mr. davis. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. dais: thank you, mr. speaker, thank you, mr. chairman, thank you to subcommittee chairman mr. fwraves, ranking member defazi and my other good friend the ranking member on the subcommittee, mrs. napolitano. i'm proud to join them to support this bill and to say
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at wrda works. in 2014 in my first time in congress -- first term in congress we passed the first watterer source development act in 15 years. it added efficiencies to the corps process of studying and co pjects for authorization and ita i it set us up to get wrda back on a two-year psych ol of authorizations. this bill represents the continuation of that process. our bill authorizes eight reports we received since the last wrda was passed by us in 2016. all these rrts have been fullybyhe committee,at hearings congress and in an open and transparent process. i haven't shied away from my criticism of the corps in the past and i think the corps is good at building things buttuali is typically the most difficult part of the process. one partar prosion in this bill directs the national academy of sciences to analyze
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the corps' civil works functions and the potential impacts of transferring those functions to another federal agency and they'll be required to provide recommendations to us in congress. mr. speaker, it's truly clear that wrda works. the authorizing committee is diligent -- has dell gently worked over the last three congresses to get us back on this two-year psychle to ensure we continue to improve processes. i would also be remiss, mr. speaker, if i didn't mention thoserojects o national significance that have been authorized for many years and yet have seen very little progress, including the navigation and ecosystem sustainability program or nesp. this critical project would expand seven locks on the upper mississippi and illinois rivers to meet the demand for barges to support agriculture andcommodit global marketplace. unfortunately because of incongruent priorities at the corps in the past and reluctance from theommite we have yet
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to see this move forward. thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, we can and must do better to align our priorities with the corps to ensure critical projects of national significance don't languish in initial authorization. which is why, related to my earlier comments, i believe it's important forheor ns and efficient soifs moving the corps : the gentleman e back. . reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. napolitano: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from michigan, mr. kildee. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ildee: thank you, i thank the gentlewoman for yielding. i thank the committee for bringing this bill to the floor. one of the most important pieces of infrastructure in the state of michigan is the saginaw river.
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this federal port allows raw material froround the world to be brought into our communities to be used in nufacturing and agriculture and is really the blife blood -- life blood of the economy there. the depth of the river, however, currently limits the size of the ships at can use thiry important port. our dock ownse t saginaw river have joined with local government and businesses to propose deepening this s river treaso nc business opportunities and grow jobs in our region. the army cceorps p to author dngf the river however can sometimes be rather time consuming and while millions of dollars have been spent by dock owners, the current -- under current lawing the army corps construction plan for considering construction projects does not allow those investments that have already been made. so i'm supporting this legislation in part because of the reforms in the bill that changes the way the army
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do t cost-benefit analysis. on a project. it will greatly benefit many prgts including the saginaw river's project of deepening. this wl grow jobs in and in our state. and in our country. it's a step in the right direction. i encourage the corps to work with those local members that local coalition t deepening of this river using the reforms in this bill. this is really important for my district. i really appreciate the work of the committee in coming together and delivering these reforms and delivering a good bill to ther . i encourage my colleagues to support it. with that, i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> i thank the distinguished chairman and i yield two minutes to the gentleman from south carolina, mr. sanford. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sanford: i thank the chairman and rise as a conservative in support of this measure. as conservatives we want less government but the government we have, we want to work better.
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i think that wrda does that. i think that one thing we look at is how do we become more competitive as a society relative to all the other places around the globe way we deve gds whether by land by air, by sea, again, this bill does that i stand in support of this measure and thank the chairman for his work on it. i want to particularly single him out for what he's done with the -- with regard to process. as has been mentioned, it was a seven-year skip between wrda bills but there w a bill in 2014, a bill in 2016, a bill in 2018 that kind of predictability is aolsaryf you're going to see marine and other investment as we've seen in a place like charleston. too, i want to say thank you for what you're doing with regard to nonfederal sponsors. this idea of adding new flexibility in th we origin prs a lot of sense. one authorization means a bottleneck. what this bill does is frees up bottlenecks in the way that things get funded.
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third, i want to single out garrett gravers and again the ard to whether or not civilwos y actors. i think this is vital in moving the backlog through the that now exists on the wrda front. finally i want to say thanks for what ye co bene anal a plac likeharleston has been hampered as a consequence of their throwing in local money and what we want to reward at the federal level is more in the way of and lal money as we lee federal investment. thanks again for what you've rise support of h.r. 8. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. -- mr. welch: i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman, ms. ga. ms. gabbard: this is a
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pln dtrict and ie needed by florida awe there's nothing more necessary and base toik life than water. strengthening and upgrading our water infrastructure icritical to protect health, safety, and welfare of communits heountry. those like mine, those who ae surround by water, these in our coastal communities are acute awarethe diee for ment. for example in hawaii we rely on our porters in vast mit the basic needs and supplies that we have to ship in for our. we have alsod toc floods hawaii recently like other states. exposing the urgent need for investments in water infrastructure. just one example, experts in hawaii warned that the warshed to dastating flooding could result in financial devastation to the tune of over$1.1 llio damng more than
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3,000 structures, or to speak of the fact that the area is home to over r,0identd over0,000 sitors ery day this bipartisan legislation will secure critical funding for flood risk management on the canal, other places in hawaii and across the country, helping to provide that necessary safety and security foresidents. this is a critical piece of bipartisan legislation that deserves the support of congss. let's take this opportunity to better the lives of our ngthing ours, residents across national infrastructure and ensuring clean and safe drinking water for all. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserve the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> i n recognize and yield two minutes to the gentleman from orth carolina. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. >> north carolina's second congressional district is fortunate to have some of the
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most beautiful beaches andysn t generating more than $22.9 billion in revenue this water resources an development act is critical to strengthening our country's infrastructure prgts, all of which are so critical to the nation's economy. in the district i represent, carolina beaches, coastal storm damage reduction project reached the end of its 50-year authorization in 2014. while the army corps of engineers works to complete their study to determine future authorization of this project, this bill providefo continued authorization in the interim and long-term study. our ports, beaches, inlets and ecterways are the lifeline of omic activity and job growth for our coastal communities and they are incredibly important for the nation as a whole. i thank chairman shuster,
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ranking member defazio and the my colleagues on the transportation and train structure committee for putting forth a strong bill that addresses the unique coastal needs of north carolina's seventh district and makes great improvements to current law enabling critical critical projects to move forward while saving taxpayer dollars in multiple ways. a job well done. i urge everyone's support and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon is ecognized. >> i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from pen shuster: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from california, mrma f. lla -- lamalfa. mr. lamalfa: when i first got to the house a wrda bill hadn't pass in six years. since then the chairman has put
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us back on track on a two-year cycle. we're looking for predictability and stability inthis process. just a few weeks ago, the process continued as the water resources development act of 2018 passed through committeen imou fashion. now wrda stands before the house ready for final passage. importantly a review prosthofse t can save in the near term $3 billion. with $100 billion worth of work identified and maybe $2 billion per year allocated, when will we ever get caught up on this unless there's a review and new process few in -- put in place? and procedures greatly increase the role of local share holders incarrying out water evelopment projects. indeed the public will be much
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better served iny when rking o these levee projects and getting them done timely and lower costs. this whole wrda legislation will be key fortantvee work and other things that have been talked about today. this bill is an important next step in moving this process forward. i urge my colleagto it. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. shuster: i hav no more speakers. i yield back. time for general debate has expired. pursuant to the rule the bill should be considered for amendment t five-minute rule in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of 115-72 shall be considered as
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d considered as original bill for purpose of further amendmt. ls amended s be considered as read. no further amendment to the bill as amended is in order except those printed in part a of house report 115-711. each such further amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report 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 opponent and shall not be subject to ament and not subject to demand for division of the question. it is now in order to consider amendment number 1 printed in part a of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuste i have an an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 1 printed in part a of house report 115-711 offered by mr.
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shuster of pennsylvania. the chair: pursuant to house rule 918, the gentleman from pesylvana, mr. shuster and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: i yield myself such time as i may consume. this makes technical and conforming changes to the rules committee print and adds important provisions that we worked out with the minority. this amendment includes a provision that establishes regional long-term contract program in order to drive efficiency and cost savings. it contains a provision that the secretary deliver a report to congress on the current status of the old river control structure on the mississippi river. this amendment tt have direct spending authority for certain everglades projects and expedite five project studies and this amendment authorizes a
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project in boston harbor. i urge members to support this amendment and reserve. mr. defazio: i st the amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: i ask all members to support the amendmeand i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from pennsylvania. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number two printed in use rept 1-711
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azio would it be in rder to mov along if people aren't responsible to be here. the chair: it is now in order to consider amendment number 2. it iw order to consi amt number 3 printed in . ra of house report 115-711
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it is now in order to consider amendment number 3. the chair will mo onto the next amendment. it is now in order to consider amendment number 4 printed in art a of house report 115-711.
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it is now in order tore consider amendment number 5 printed in . rt a of house report 115-711
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the chair: it is now in orderto consider amendment number 6 printedn of house eport 115-711 does the gentleman rise as the designee of the the gentleman from florida? >> yes, i do. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendnt number 6 printed in house report 115-711 offered by mr. shoeser of pennsylvania. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 918, the gentleman from pennsylvania,r. is recognized and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: this amendment should help projects be executed more quickly and i appreciate m colleagues who worke on this,
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. posey, mr. mast, mr. hasings. and i think it's a good amendment and reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. any member claim time in opposition? the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: i support and yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from pennsylvania. those in favor say aye. thosopposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amement is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 7 printed in .art a of house report 115-711
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chair: it is now in order to consider amendment number 8 printed in part a of house report 115-711.
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mr. shuster: i move that the committee do now rise. commiee rise.n is on the motion
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ho favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. accordingly, the committee rises. the chair: the committee of the whowl house having had under consideration directs me to report it has come to no resolution. >> and has come to no resolution thereon.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that durg further consideration of h.r. 8 pursuant to house resolution 918 the following or 115-711, may be n part a of considered out of sequence, amendments number two, three, four, five, seven, and eight. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection? without objection, so ordered. pursuant to house resolution 918 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. 8. wile the gentleman from mississip.mr harper, kindly esume the chair.
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thir: t house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the uniofo further consideration of h.r. 8. the clerk: a bill to provide for the consideration of rivers and harr bors of the united states and for other purposes. the chair: when the committee of the whole house rose earlier today amendment number 6 printed in house report 115-711 offered by the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. shuster, had een disposed of. pursuant to the order of theous of today, it is now in oero consider amendment number 3 printed in part a of house report11. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek
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recognition? >> mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. e erk: thementaurm 3 printed in part a of house report 115-711, offered by mr. gibbs of ohio. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 918, the gentleman from ohio, mr. gibbs, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. gibbs: thank you, mr. chairm. ri to odment to h.r. 8, the water resources evopnt act to provide the army corps of engineers to -- greater flexibility to use a wider variety of factors to determine the suitability of projects. the army corps currently has considerable discretion at the district level whether to require financial assurance or a bond on a project this includes funding ed source of for a project. the exclusion of this relevant
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ata in determining suitability ork a the uneven district level. my amendment will give a more uniform framework with a wider scope of factors used in determining the financial mitigation requirements for a 404 project. i urge my colleagues to support this amendment and -- for regulatory certainty and reserve the balance of my time. the chair: e man erves. geleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. defazio: i claim time in opposition. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. defazio: i yield to my colleague, garrett graves. mr. graves: i want to thank the gentleman. mr. chairman, this amendment is an important amendment in that it tries to ensure that mitigation banks and other types
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of mitigation mechanisms are viable options to be able to build projects. in some cases you have unavoidable impacts. we need to have options to mitigate for those impacts so we can truly build projects. i want to commend the gentleman from ohio for raising this issue, for bringing this up. i do think we need to continue working on refining the text a little bit in working together in a bipartisan manner with our friends on the other side of the aisle to get this to a place where everyone can agree. again, i think it's an important issue for us to address, to ensure that mitigation ct are accessible and i want to see if the gentleman would be wihdr the amendment and with the understanding that we are going to work with him to ensure that we can address this issue moving forward through the legislative process. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. >> i think the comments from the
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subcommittee chairman and chairman's willingness to work on this as we goough e process i withdraw my amendment at this time and i yiback. the chair: the seament withdrawn. -- the amendment is withdrawn. pursuant to the order of the house -- for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 2 printed in part a of house report 115-711 offered by mr. soto of florida. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 918, the gentleman from florida, mr. soto, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlemafrom florida. mr. soto: thank you, mr. chairman. my amendment directs the secrery of e army to consider water storage when carrying out water resource development feasibility study.
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section 109 requires the secretary to con summit with local governments and integrate their water management plans when developing a water research development feasibility study my amendment would include consideration of water storage eneveloping these stories -- studies. water storage is a tool that many use to take full advance of water resources. in florida receive over f wauter annually but not always where we need it. fr november 1 20, 17, through june 4, 2018, the south florida waent strict d approximately 151 billion gallons of watter from lake okeechobee to preserve optimal levels for the ecosystem. in my own congressional district, our water district ses storage to pidimum water for the area. water storage is important and should be considered when studying water resource feasible. i urge support for my amendment
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and reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: i a unanimous consent to control the time in opposition to the amendment even though i do not oppe e amendme. the chair:entleman is mr. shust i thank the gentleman for offering this amendment. it offers clarification and will help communities and the corps work in partnership and i'm prepared to accept the amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recze mr. soto: i thank the gentleman and yield back. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: i'm prepared to accept the amendment and yield back my time. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from florida. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. pursuant to thed orer he
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u otoday it is now in nurint in part a of endment house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate amdmt.thclerk:ber 4 printed in part a o report 115-711, offered by mr. royce of california. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 918, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. let me start by just thanking the chairman of this committee and i thank his committee for working with me on my proposed changes and for including an additional amendment in the manager's package. the amendment before us expands the number of projects eligible under the nonfederal implementation pilot program and as you know, the pilot program was established by wrda in 2014. what it does is it allows
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projects that can demonstrate gater cost effective vens, greaterncy,o receive direct fund savings from this program then go toward either deficit reduction and other core projects. so the original pilot allowed for projects. this expands the program to allow for a total of 32 projects. these projects will need to be authorized and i -- and meet the criteria under the program and if more projects qualify under this pilot it has the potential to save taxpayers more money. so i urge support and i yield back the balance of my time. the chaire anields for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek mairm, ask unanimous consent to control the time in oppositioto this amendment even though i do not oppose the endment. the chair: without objection the gentleman is recognized. >> i thank the gentleman for offering this amendment this amendment makes additional
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changes to the pilot ram we -- program we authorized in wrda for nonfederalmplementation of corps projects. i appreciate my colleague's work on this issue and i'm prepared to accept the amendment at this time and reserve the balance of my time. sylvia hae only time remaining. mr. shuster: i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the gentleman from -- for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. chairman, i rise -- mr. royce: i rise as the designee of mr. ketoing to offer amendment number 5. the chair: pursuant to thed orer of the house of today it is now in order to consider amendment number 5 printed in part a of ho 115-711. for what purpose does the recognition? california seek
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mr. royce: i just rise as ea the designee of mr. keating and the purpose is to offer this chair: the clerk will signe the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 5 printed in part a of house report 115-711offered by mr. royce of california. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 918, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and a member opposed each will ntlem from california. mr. royce: thank you, mr. chairman. this particular amendment would expand the army corps of coalitions who are seeking to create or improve water infrastructure in their areas. the amendment today would help achievhe by encouraging towns and countieso crea partnerships with the army corps so they can pursue creative solutions to local infrastructure needs and th ca togher. and the reason for it is because watered do not follow
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municipal or even state boundaries, as we know. so it is regional approaches prt keating's district that provide effective and efficientsoluons. so thank you, mr. chairman and i urge my colleagues to support this commonsense amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognion nanius cot ctrol the time in opposition to the amendment although i do not oppose the amendment. the chair: without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: i thank the gentleman for offering this amendment. this clarifies the army corps' authority to provide assistance to regional coalitions under ceinlanniro s t good fix for the assistance program and i'm prepared to accept the amendment at this time and reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman frl california isntle tn from california is rnized. mr. royce: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the question i
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the amendment ofd by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. thosopsed, no. in the nonche chair the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. the house -- it is now in order to consider amendment number 7 printed in part a of house report 115-711. for what purpose doeshe ntman from california seek >> i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 7 printed in part a of house report 115-711 offer denhamcalifoia.the chair: pursu resolution 918, the gentleman from california, mr. denham, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. e chair recognizes the gentleman from california. r. h -- mr. denham: thank you. the denhamst which makes permanent authority of the u.s. army of corps of
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engineers to enter cost recoves processing of permits for natural gas companies and railroad carriers. the goal is to modernize the evaluation of permits to ensure critical infrastructure projects can be dd the public. this policy can benefit the central valley, napa, sonoma and other disaster-stricken areas, allowing them to rebuild faster too family can turn on their lights and cool their homes. i urge support of the passage and yield one minute to our co-sponsor, mr. costa. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. costa: i thank the gentleman for yielding and want to thank the ranking member and chair of the committee for allowing us to work with the coittee r what is an important member. the denham-costa amendment would ke permanent the exng authority for utility companies to contribute to funds to expedite permit reviewers in army corps of ngineers. we have this challenge around the country.
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eexpedited permit review reduces project cts, enhances public safety, by ensuring that projects are completed faster. it just makes good sense. projects could benefit from this permanent autrity include work to stabilize aging transmission line towers and the -- in the san francis bayreplacin natural gas tnss over and unr waterway, restoring water delivery systems associated with hydectric facilities. a lot of good come from the this amendment, it has broad support and i urge my colleague t th amendment and yiel back the balance of my time and thank the author of the amendment for his good cooperation. the chair: the chair: the gentleman from california. mr. denham: i yield back. the chair: o sime i opposition? seeing none, the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the
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ayes have it and the amendment is agreed to. pursuant to the order of the house of tay is now in order to consider amendment number 8 printed in part a of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from connecticut seek recognition? ms. esty: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 8 printed in house report part a 5-711 offered by ms. esty of connecticut. the chair: the gentlewoman from connecticut and a member opposed each will control five minutes. ms. esty: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of my amendment, which calls for a study on how the army corps of engineers evaluates projects to advance flood control and hurricane and storm damage control. i thank mr. babin for his work
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and to the chairman and the ranking member for their hard work in bringing this bill forward with us today. the study will look at how the corps calculates the benefits of potential projects and how they can improve the calculation so that more worth while projects are approved. specifically, the amendment tasks the national academy of sciences to study whether or not the corps calculates the total benefits of a corps project and considers them in evaluating the cost benefit of smaller projects within that ladger project. at the moment, it's unclear if the corps can or cannot do this. can the corps count the benefits of a larger overall project and apply them to the benefit cost of a smaller segmentt smaller insce? can the corps measure indivi pieces o project for
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justification purposes? these are questions that need real answers. mr. speaker, i raise this amendment today because this is a problem that affects cities and towns in my state and frankly across the country. in connecticut, we have rivers that chris cross the state leaving many of our communities subject to flooding. over the last 150 years, the experienced two 100-year floods. the good news is that this flooding is preventable by implementing mitigation efforts which will protect life and property. the city has been working for 20 years trying to get help from the federal government. it came to the corps lookior help. at this point, it has completed many projects and came to ask fo help. they were told they could not. the corps said we cannot look at that because we can only look at
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this segment. and the overall -- we can't look at the benefit of the overall project. this is not serving our community well and frankly not serving other communities well either. so we want to ask the corps, ask the national academy of sciences to look at the overall study. budgets are tight. cities and states and federal government needs to do its charge. so we are asking this body to approve this measure to have the academy of sciences look at what theps do and how can they leverage the resources to help our cities and towns. i would urge my colleagues to support this amendment. i think it will be very useful to know what the corps does in each and every district and find a better way to move forward. with that, i resevere the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek
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recognition? >> i rise in opposition to the amendment although i don't oppose. the chair: without objection. mr. graves: this amendment seeks to provide better information to the congress and federal agencies to ensure that we understand the value of investments that we're making and ensure that we understand the return on investments that we are making with public funds at the state and federal levels. i commend the gentlewoman from connecticut and commend the texor bringing this issue up and there is much we can do to perfect the information provided to the congress where we can make informed decisions to ensure that we are appropriately using the limited taxpayer resources. i urge adoption of themendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields bacbalae of his time. the gentlewoman from connecticut is recognized. ms. esty: i thank my cleagues and i ur a those to support
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is amendment. the chair: theueston is on the en offered by the gentlewoman from connecticut. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have imendment is agreed to. it is now in order tore consider amendment number 9in for wt the ort 115-711. gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. soto: mr.hair i hav desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the andment. the clerk: amendment number 9in the chair: tfr flor m soto, and a member opposed, eachill control e minutes. the chair recognizes t gentleman from fda : mentdds universities to the list of entities the secretary of the army corps should consider wh
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congress on the innovative materials and water resource pctn 128 requires the secretary of the army to describe the acttivaris entitiee development of innovative materials for r devepment projects. pertise, technolol centersof and other similar centers, ed of research and should be specified. while the current language could nclude cent s would be discretionary. and a single word members of congress we ask for reports and recommendations from ex c be utilized.es sohe here theiv b consered so we we can cah th tting researnd development and identification to best informed themy corps
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neerf gi report agrsional recomo resode jets. i urge support for my amendment and i reserve. the chair: doesk time time in opposition. the chair: the gentleman from unirsietohe list os studying in materials that is already ll but i'm prepared to accept this amendment. i yield bac ack the balance of his t the gentleman from florida is recognized. thankmr. shuster for his support and we yield back. aenenoffere theion is gentlen from florida. the those opposed, no. es have it. onfhair, th the amendment isre to.
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te part a of housnow inernsiden hnamoi: i would like to ofer anment, h 8. the chair: the clerk will th crk:mendnt number 10 printed in part a of house report15 the chairrs to house resolutior posed each will control fiv minutes. the chair recognizes the . krishmoierom illino myself s time as i may consume. iner timplement the many water infrastructure and thects authorized water resrces l a americans rely on th armof engineers. they have dedicated civilians and mitaryonl.
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they oe d maintain 13,000 annels, 12,000 miles of inland waterways, 700amnbuilt levees and work on more than 900 hash ours. our ability to build a robust infrastructure to develop resourc and implement environmentally conservation projects is linked to thstr of engineers' work force. we should do everything to recruit, hire and retain qualified employees to carry out duties that impact environmental sustainability and national serity.t addreesth su require the the comllrato i theapity and preparedness of the army corps of engineers' fork in its reptocogress. in providing these mmentions, the comptroller
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will evaluate many challenges includingot lit to thversit anon i offer this amendment when the national skills gap is at a accngo e bureau of labor statistics there are many jobs unfilled where employer't ndthhe adequate ills or training to fill them.6r deft seices alone. and despitpaff the skills continues to raise each month up from 6.1 million. we need to do better. i'm confident my amendment will develop a 21st century army corps of engineers work force will benefit national security, sustainability and the r the reasons, i monom colleagues to support this amenen and i reserve the balance of my
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time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. shuster: i seek time in po ah do plan to oppose. ai without obje the gentleman is recognized. mr. shuster: thismenen additional recommendations. and i thank the gentleman for the amendment and i'm prepared to accept the amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields thleman from illinois is recognized. mr. krishnamoorthi: i have no further speakers and am prepared to close. the b.l.s. reported there are more job openings than people looking for work. this amendment isn mp for clong. and i urge my colleagues to support it. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from illinois. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is goode to. -- is agreed to.
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it is now in order to consider amendment number 11 printed in part a of houep 115-711. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington seek recognition? squay jay i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 11 printed in house report 115-711 offered by ms. jayapal of r: the gentlewoman from washington and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from washington. ofy amendment which adds an rt aspect to a g.a.o. stewed that is already in the underlying bill. i thank the chairman and ranking member and my friendon the other se le representative woodall for his uppo. itcts dire g.a.o. to report to
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congress of the preparedness to make it a 21st century agency. the study will investigate investing and retention. d examine how thermy corps gineers is coping with the steady strick will of the baby boomer retiring and looking at the army corps of engineers and how can utilize technologies. it's import corps of engineers p w the partner in the delivery of its services the navigation industry work force is managing the impending retirements. we need to get a grasp of what they need to do for the graying of its a thefoore of the mariti shipping sectors. and it is critical to understand how all of this has a bearing on fety a operations

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