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are putting forward today, is -- says very clearly that the secretary of the army shall expeditiously carry out these flood control studies and make sure that they're built as rapidly as possible. i can tell you from my position on the appropriations committee, as subcommittee chairman representing southeast texas, i will use all the tools the appropriations committee has available to us, working with chairman mike simpson of idaho, chairman frelinghuysen, to make sure the corps moves rapidly. so i thank chairman shuster for his support of this amendment, and i want to thank my colleague, al green, who i've looked -- we worked together arm in arm in helping people recover from these three disastrous floods over the last three years and i urge support of this amendment which will make sure the army corps of engineers completes these studies rapidly, that they execute quickly, and building whatever is recommended to help protect the people of houston and southeast texas from the next storm and we're going to make sure as the people's elected representatives that r constituents' very scarce,
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hard-earned and precious tax dollars are wisely and carefully spent in an expeditious way to rebuild and to protect us against the next giant storm. and i reserve my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does -- the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: i claim time in opposition although i mr. shuster: i thank my colleague for offering the amendment -- thank you, mr. chairman. thank my colleague for offering this amendment. this is important due to the historic hurricane season from last year. i thank chairman culberson and chairman mccaul for offering this and i'm prepared to accept the amendment. and i resevere the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his ime.
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mr. green? mr. green: i would like to thank all of my colleagues who have been associated with this amendment. i want to let the public know that this has been a bipartisan effort. mr. culberson and i have worked together not only on this effort but to serve people. we have people who are still living in temporary shelters in houston and people awaiting fema assistance with 4.7 million people having been impacted, it is important that this amendment be adopted. and i'm appreciative that the chairman has indicated his support of it. and i thank mr. culberson and mr. mccaul and other colleagues for bringing this amendment to the floor. and i yield back. mr. culberson: i look forward to working with you, chairman shuster, and my colleagues in
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the house representing the great state of texas ensuring this money gets out the door to our constituents to help them recover and army corps of engineers is completing these studies and build the flood control structures we have to have. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania? mr. shuster: i yield back. the chair: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is goode to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 45 printed in art arch of house report 115-711. mr. weber: i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 45 offered by mr. weber of texas. the chair: pursuant to house
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resolution 918, the gentleman from texas, mr. weber and a member opposed, each will have 10 minutes. mr. weber: the corps has been developing levee risk without the close involvement without sponsors and this is unacceptable. the agency is trying to characterize flood risk to our communities without routinely offering alternatives or cost estimates. according to the u.s. army corps of engineers the report from march of this year, the agency indicates the following on page 28, there may be reluctance to hare it with the public. reluctance, reluctance indeed. the corps has been has had a classification. local levee systems in affected
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communities are labeled high risk, moderate risk, low risk or very low risk. 13% of the corps program levees are in the high or moderate risk categories. they are estimated to have eight million people that live behind them. nationally significant manufacturing have occurred since 1940, these ratings are affecting citizens and businesses will have significant consequences for life and safety concerns and zoning and local governance and these ratings have been formulated that is required for local hazard mitigation. the ratings are not accompanied by viable alternatives. we can and must do better than this.
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sac endment enhances the l risk tool. and but also include effective levee owners and operators in a completely integrated way to mitigate the full range of flood risks. only then will we progressively improve the scores and improve local safety conditions with viable long-term solutions. this amendment does not remove corps risk assessments that were asigned by the congress in 2007 wrda. it ensures that individual levee is systems are transparent and b, that they play a meaningful role in improving life-saving outcomes. this is a nonpartisan proposal. risk mitigation.
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and resources necessary for improvement my amendment for gos le number one, it fore that committee produced a draft report and formed the basis of the 2014 wrda which has not been executed. number two, the amendment eliminates the safety program and quote for such staff is necessary. the chief of engineers, the assistant act and eight corps division managers, multiple program chiefs and assist ant staffs would have studies. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california? mrs. napolitano: i rise in opposition to the amendment
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offered by the gentleman from texas, mr. weber. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. mrs. napolitano: this amendment, while potentially well intended could have the unintended consequences. i understand the gentleman plans to withdraw the amendment and i commit to work with the gentleman on the issue. , mr. to the chairman graves, for any comments he may ave. mr. graves: i agree with you there are fundamental problems in the safety program. i believe number one the fact that the corps produces these worst-case outcomes without making the data available. number two, the fact that they failed to provide alternative improvements with associated cost estimates on how these
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systems could be improved. look, there are many, many other concerns. i think your amendment attempts to address some of those, but you ups there are some concerns that are raised and legitimate. i would ask the gentleman if he is willing to withdraw the amendment and see if we can find something that everyone can agree to to make sense. no one here wants to do. i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady from california. mrs. napolitano: i resevere. the chair: the gentlelady from california reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. weber: with that in mind, if we can work together on this in attempting to address this, then i will withdraw the amendment. and i do yield back. the chair: without objection, he amendment is withdrawn.
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it's now in order to consider amendment number 46 printed in part arch of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. meeks: i rise to offer an amendment. the clerk: amendment number 46 printed in part a of how tall eport 115-711 offered by mr. meeks of new york. the chair: the gentleman from new york, mr. meeks, and a member opposed each will control five minutes, the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. meeks: i'm offering an amendment to expedite the army corps of engineers' study of superstorm sandy recovery efforts. allowing a response to economically damaged beach erosion in my district. to this day, my constituents suffer from the aftereffects of hurricane sandy.
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though coastal recovery has critted to positive economic development, the very same jobs created are now threatened by emergency beach closures. two weeks ago, only days ahead of beach season, of the beaches opening, 11 of our beaches central blocks were being unsafe due to erosion by the city of new york and all of the life guards therein. as a result, it will be crippling to the vendors whose livelihoods depend on their seasonal income. last year, there were four storms that devastated our beach front. we allocated for army corps of engineers to begin coastal protections and prevent further erosion. construction is not due to begin until 2019. in that time, beaches will be left vulnerable to coastal
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erosion, threatening more cleshshurs and threatening more jobs and economic activity in my district. this should be a concern. after sandy, the army corps of ngineers dumped two empire state worth of sand. stalled efforts to address resiliencey issues are allowing millions of federal dollars to be washed away. mr. speaker, my constituents cannot wait until 2019 for construction of reinforced activities. the study must be approved and completed in a timely manner so as to not leave our beach goers unsafe or vull nearly. while i continue to push for remedy, it is my hope that by expediting this process, the
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beaches will be made safe and operational for my constituents as soon as possible and certainly no later than spring season of 2019. and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from new york reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. shuster: i claim time in opposition although i do not oppose the amendment. i thank the gentleman. and the devastating effects of sandy on queens, new york. i understand his concern and the important -- given the impact of this storm and i'm prepared to accept the amendment and yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. meeks: i just want to thank the chairman and the ranking member from california for their understanding and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from new york yields. the question is on the amendment. offered by the gentleman from
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new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it, the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 47 printed in part a of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon he seek recognition. the clerk: amendment number 47 printed in part a of house offered by mr. schrader of oregon. the chair: each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. schrader: thank you very much. i want to thank chairman shuster and ranking member defazio and the staffs for working with us on drafting this amendment. it requires the corps to include
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any project or facility which there is a final report on disposition to the maximum extent possible. straightforward amendment. and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: claim time in opposition although i do not claim time in opposition. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. shuster: i thank the gentleman which requires the corps to include future studies and i'm prepared to accept the amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon. mr. schrader: i yield back. the chair: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 48 printed in
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part arch of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri seek recognition? mr. smith: i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 48 printed in house report 115-711 offered by mr. smith of missouri. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 917, the gentleman from missouri, mr. smith, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from missouri. mr. smith: i rise in favor of my amendment which protects the mississippi river. the mret is our navigation ystem down through louisiana near the gulf of mexico. since 1928, it has prevented $1 trillion in flood damage and protected the lives of millions who live in the mississippi valley. the flood ways and back waters
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relieve pressure on the mississippi levees during flooding and essential to keeping the system functioning. one of those is in southeast missouri. in 2011, the mississippi river experienced historic flooding leading to the army corp.' decision to explode. as a result, 130,000 acres of land were flooded destroying peoples' homes, towns and crops. the people of southeast missouri are resilient and in the aftermath of this tragic action they tried to pick up the pieces and return to their lives. it was not until over a year and a and-a-half later that the army corps of engineers that they restored the levees back to their original design. perhaps these levees not be built back at all. that is unacceptable. flood way activation impacts not
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just residents but all of the 4 1/2 million people protected. floodways are a critical part and their restoration after activation should never be in question. my amendment ensures in the event of activation of floodway or backwater, the m.r.t. will have restoration of the levees back to the original protection. activation of any floodway has serious consequences and should be done as a last resort. this amendment activates that an ctivated and to the proper function. i ask my colleagues to support this amendment. and i reserve. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek reck -- the chair: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania
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seek recognition? without objection. the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. >> thank you, mr. chairman. mr. smith, i want to thank you for offering this amendment. mr. graves: there's something you noted in the end and i want to make sure legislative intent is preserved here, mr. chairman. the gentleman from missouri stated that the amendment is intended to restore floodways. after they're opened up. as opposed to perhaps in south louisiana, where a crevas could open up that would provide freshwater and sort of mimic that natural process that created coastal louisiana and would currently restore coastal louisiana wetlands. i want to ensure, mr. chairman, the intent of the amendment in that we have -- and that we have a legislative history here, memorialize the fact that this is intended to address the restoration of floodways as opposed to crevasses that may open in the aftermath of a flood. i yield to the gentleman from missouri. mr. smith: i would say that the
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gentleman from louisiana is correct. it is for floodways and for restoration that have been activated. mr. graves: thank you. i yield back. mr. shuster: i'm prepared to accept the gentleman's amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from missouri is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, my friend. i yield back, i close. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from missouri. 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 49 printed in part a of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from alaska seek recognition? mr. young: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. young 49. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment, please. the clerk: amendment number 49 printed in part a of house report 115-711 offered by mr. yuck of alaska -- young of
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alaska. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 918, the gentleman from alaska, mr. young, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from alaska. mr. young: thank you, mr. chairman, for recognizing me to discuss this revived young american 49. i appreciate chairman shuster and rank -- amendment 49. i appreciate chairman shuster and ranking member defazio's help, the staff they have given us for the assistance to get this amendment to the floor. this amendment requires the secretary to conduct an assessment of dams classified as class 3 under the dam safety action classification of the corps of engineers. once the assessment is complete, this amendment requires the secretary to provide a report to congress describing two things. what will happen to local communities should the corps take up control -- give up the control of dam versus what will happen if the corps continues to maintain the dam. this amendment will show the importance of accurate design and construction. there's a hole the size of a
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familiar sedan in a tunnel that serves the city of stewart, alaska. the corps' assumed responsibility for this dam system and the design and construction flaw will only get worse until the corps fixes it. which they are committed to do. the current study for the alternative solution will not be completed until 2019. this amendment is critical to the alaska community because it prevents stewart from bearing undue hardships from frequent flooding and continuous damage to the outflow due to the unforeseen design of pulse. this would continue to require the course to expedite the study and place a critical importance on the fixing the dam system for my constituents in stewart. i want to thank, again, mr. chairman shuster, ranking member defazio, and their staffs for working with me and my staff on this amendment and for supporting my amendments here. we'll continue to work further on this issue in conference and i urge all of my colleagues to support my amendment, number 49. with that, i yield back.
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the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: claim time in opposition although i do not oppose the amendment. i thank the gentleman from alaska for offering this amendment. the gentleman is looking out for the state of alaska and also small and rural towns across america. so, this isn't -- this is an important issue and i thank my colleague for working on this amendment and i'm prepared to accept this amendment and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from alaska. 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 50 printed in art a of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. costa: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 50 printed in part a of house
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report 115-711 offered by mr. costa of california. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 918, the gentleman from california, mr. costa, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. costa: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the chair of the committee and the ranking member and all of the staff for their support and work on this important amendment. it's a simple amendment to the water resources development act. today as a result of action taken by the congress in the previous water bills, the army corps of engineers has the authority to accept funds from nonfederal interest top gate rules that cover the operations of reservoirs owned and operated by the corps. unfortunately there are a number of facilities that are regulated but not owned by the corps of engineers and previous wrda bills failed to provide similar authority to accept funds to update the operations of of of these manuals. these manuals are very important as it relates to flood control issues.
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although the corps regulations specify that water operation manual, including flood control, curves should be reviewed and updated regularly, the reality is the corps does not do this. because, what they got budget constraints. government accountability office reports release of the july, 2016, found that the corps-owned projects for revisions to water control manuals are often a lower priority than other operations and maintenance activities such as equipment, repairs, sediment removal, or levee repairs. as a result the corps oftentimes does not get to funding these water control manuals and this is important. we have floods all across the country. and it's important that these get updated. noncorps section 7 projects have an even lower budget priority. merced irrigation district in central california, which i have the honor to represent, is the owner of such a facility called
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new x checker dam. an important reservoir that has served for decades and decades to provide water supply, flood control benefits for the people of the san joaquin valley. the merced irrigation district wants to improve the spillway and water storage capacity of the dam and reservoir. and it's going to fund all of the improvements. but it's been prevented from doing so for years because the corps doesn't have the funding to review and to revise the project's water control manual. as a matter of fact, the last time it was updated was over 30 years ago. which is of concern. so, merced offered, guess what, to pay for the process. but the corps said, well, we can't do that because it's not -- they're not legally able to accept the funds. that doesn't make any sense. so this amendment would. it would resolve this by giving the corps the authority to accept funds to update operation manuals from the owners of all
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section 7 private facilities that are in fact regulated by the army corps of engineers. so, for the good folks of eastern merced county, this amendment will provide an opportunity for the merced irrigation district to explore the raising of the spillway gates at the dam, therefore increasing flood control protection and at the same time increasing the storage capacity of this reservoir that i said to existed for decades, another 57,000 acre feet of water. that's an important addition. it's a life line, can be, to our way of life in areas like the valley, where drought, where drought, as many of you have heard about, is an ever-present threat. every drop of water counts. so i want to thank the co-sponsors of my amendment, representatives denham and representative garamendi -- representative denham and representative garamendi and representative mcclintock for
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working together on a bipartisan basis to provide not only tools for the merced irrigation district, but all other facilities, entities, local water agencies, that have a similar type of project. so this is good, commonsense amendment. i know of no opposition to it. and i would like to, not seeing anyone else who would like to speak on it, yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from california yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: i claim time in opposition but i do not oppose the amendment. the chair: without objection. mr. shuster: at this time i yield three noins the gentleman from louisiana. the chair: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, mr. chairman. i want to thank the gentleman from pennsylvania. i want to thank the gentleman from california for offering this amendment. mr. chairman, actually i want to discuss some of the provisions that were included in the manager's amendment that i think
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are very, very important. number one, the provision in the manager's amendment that provides for the corps of engineers to take a fresh look at the old river control structure. a structure that diverts 70% of the water on the mississippi river system down the mississippi and 30% down the other. that's a rigid structure that dates back decades and decades. it has not been revisited. the science has not been updated. it does not reflect the fact that we have additional monitoring stations. d so the plan, a rigid 70/30 split, does not maximize benefits to the lower system. we could be maximizing craw fish production, coastal restoration, navigation features, flood control and others, and it's not happening. and so, mr. chairman, this amendment is designed to address that, to direct the corps of engineers to modernize this, to ensure that current best science is being applied, to ensure that the monitoring stations are being used, and that we're having the best outcomes for ecological productivity, for coastal restoration, for navigation and, importantly, for
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flood control, and stop this rigid, antiquated system of an artificially 70/30 split. secondly, the amendment also provides for a pilot program for five years, for operations and maintenance contract, a five-year operations and maintenance contract. instead of coming in and offering dredging contracts only when there is a show that has developed, instead coming in and offering a longer-term contract, over a five-year period, and ensure that navigation channels are certain, that the navigability of these channels and the port facilities are ac sebles, in many cases vess -- accessible, in many cases vessels may start weeks in advance trying to get to the united states. and if these nav channels aren't maintained, these boats don't have options but to divert to other ports. it's expensive. we need to ensure the predictability or the certainty of our navigation channels and the manager's amendment addresses that as well. and i want to thank the chairman, again, mr. shuster, for including that. i want to thank mr. defazio and
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ranking member napolitano for their work with us on that manager's amendment and those important provisions. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. shuster: i want to thank the chairman of the subcommittee, water resources, for his hard work on this piece of legislation. i appreciate all his efforts and his knowledge he put into making sure this bill is a good product. concerning mr. costa's amendment, again, i believe it's a good amendment. t builds on wrda 2016. corps owned and operated dams. so i urge my colleagues support it. i accept the amendment at this time and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. ose opposed, no. the chair: the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider
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amendment number 51 printed in part a of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. soto: mr. chair, i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 51 printed in part a of house report 115-711 offered by mr. soto of florida. the chair: the gentleman from florida and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. soto: my amendment would direct the secretary of the army to endeavor to inform all residential property stakeholders of army corps of engineers' interest in their property. section 137 would expand public access to residential real estate data by placing information to all real property data that army corps of engineers holds an interest in.
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not all constituents have easy access. elderly constituents may not be able to search information. thus my amendment would expand access to the information by directing the secretary of the army to the maximum extent to endeavor provide such information to all residential stakeholders with which the corps hold an interest. by informing residential stakeholders we will ensure how army corps of engineers might influence their property values, the enjoyment of their property or way of life. i urge support for my amendment. and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: claim time in opposition although i do not oppose the amendment. i thank the gentleman for offering this amendment. this amendment does clarify the responsibilities of the corps. and it's extremely important and
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i appreciate the gentleman offering this amendment and i'm prepared to accept this and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. squasm florida is recognized. mr. soto: i thank the gentleman from pennsylvania and i yield back. 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, the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 52 in part a of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? mr. paulsen: i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment printed in part arch of house report 115-711. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 918, the gentleman from minnesota and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from minnesota.
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mr. paulsen: let me start and this withi'm offering congressman ellison. there was a bipartisan coalition of minnesota lawmakers acting to protect minnesota's northern lakes and rivers from the spread of invasive speaks yes, sir specifically asian carp. it has spread up the mississippi river system and crowding native fish. so congress stepped in and decided to instruct the army corps of engineers to close the upper st. anthony's falls lock to mitigate the threat of the mitigation. the army corps of engineers took a disposition study of the lock and visitor and interprettive center. the city of minneapolis, the minneapolis park and recreation board supported repurposing the lock. my amendment would expedite this
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study would authorize a study by looking into modifications to the lock and dam to preserve recreation opportunities for the space as well as preserve the health of the ecosystem and maintain portions of the lock and dam necessary necessary to maintain flood control. the lock is the only major water fall and it presents a very unique opportunity to transform the waterfront of the twin cities. and within the st. anthony falls city district. it is significant to the city and to our state. the central riverfront is a jewel of the state and the stone arch bridge and st. anthony falls are two iconic features. the public features cannot be overstated by the city and park board and downtown council and local neighborhood.
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so now local governments have come together reflecting a commitment to engage in this project. this study should move forward. i want to thank chairman shuster and ranking member defazio for working with me and my colleague ellison. and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman resevers. for what purpose does? >> i rise to claim time in opposition although i do not oppose the amendment. mr. shuster: i want to thank my colleague from minnesota for his hard work and good work on this solid amendment. these are changes are bipartisan. and as i said, i really appreciate his efforts on this. and prepared to accept the amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from minnesota. mr. paulsen: i thank the chairman and my colleagues for
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supporting the amendment and yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from minnesota. 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 53 printed in part a of house report 115-711. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 5 port printed in part a of house report offered by mr. moulton of massachusetts. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 918, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. moulton and a member opposed each will
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control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. moulton: i rise in support of my amendment which will increase funding for the army corps of engineers storm and hurricane restoration and impact minimum ms.ation program. as communities across the country come together to rebuild in the wake of unprecedented storms, this program funds vital coastal projects across the nation. i emphasize resiliencey because this program saves money by making cost-effective investments now that will prevent that money having to be spent on costly recovery events. severe storms and hurricanes have devastated communities throughout our country costing us billions of dollars. we know that severe weather
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patterns are occurring at a more frequent rate and with the 2018 hurricane season vast approaching, the cities and towns need more resources to minimize the impact of storm surges and coastal erosion. what we don't need are more outdated government projects that are wasting taxpayer dollars. we fund the increases to this program. that makes this amendment fully offset and budget neutral. cities and towns in my district and throughout the country are undergoing studies to assess the feasibility of beach erosion under the storm and hurricane restoration and impact minimum ms.ation program today. by raising the cap on this program's authorization, we can ensure that the vital resources provided by the army corps of engineers are available to more districts throughout the country. there are states across the
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nation that have benefited, from alabama to louisiana, from alaska to florida, ohio, virginia, new jersey and indiana. all these states have benefited from this innovative program. i'm proud to have bipartisan support and we need to come together to support this solution that will empower us to protect our communities by leveraging innovation to enhance ecosystem areas and samb taxpayer dollars. with that, i reserve. the chair: the gentleman resevers. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? mr. shuster: i claim time in opposition although i do not oppose the amendment. i thank the gentleman from massachusetts for offering this amendment. the program assists communities in its efforts to recover from natural disasters and solid amendment and i accept the
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amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. moulton: i would like to thank the chairman for his help and ushering us through the process. i'm proud to have bipartisan support for it. and i yield to my colleague from alifornia. the chair: are you yielding? mouth mr. moulton: i yield my time to my colleague. mrs. napolitano: i want to take this time, this last amendment to thank chairman shuster and ranking member graves for their support and thank our staff, brian, mike, joe, my own personal staff, but mostly the , they workedounsel
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tirelessly and your staff, the republican staff that worked with our staffs so well and i thank mr. shuster. we are an example of bipartisan work on this wrda bill. thank you very much. and i yield. mr. moulton: i yield back. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from massachusetts. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. there being no further amendments under the rule, the committee rises.
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the chair: the committee of the whole house has had under consideration h.r. 8 and pursuant to house resolution 918 i report the bill back to the house with further amendments adopted in the committee of the whole. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the house has had under consideration the bill h.r. 8 and pursuant to house resolution 918 reports the bill as amended back to the house with further amendments adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule, the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on any further demanded?
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if not the committee will put them. the question is on adoption of the amendment. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the amendments are adopted. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to provide improvement to the rivers and and provide for the conservation of water and related resources and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from from new york seek recognition? ms. velazquez: i have a motion to recommit at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will -- is the the gentlewoman from opposed to the bill? ms. velazquez: i am opposed to
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its current form. the clerk: ms. velazquez moves to -- ms. velazquez: i ask unanimous consent to dispense the reading f the amendment. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the reading is dispensed with. the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. velazquez: thank you, mr. chairman. this is the final amendment to the bill which will not kill the bill or send it back to committee. if adopted, the bill will immediately proceed to final assage as amended. as we debate today, puerto rico continues to reel from the aftermath of hurricane maria. once in a generation disaster that was a humanitarian crisis. nearly all 3.3 million residents of puerto rico lost power
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following the hurricane. many have since endured the longest blackout in u.s. history. we all remember when president trump went to puerto rico last september. while he was there he said based on the then-reported 16 deaths, maria was not, and i quote, a real catastrophe. well, every day it becomes increasingly clear how out of touch that statement was. and every day the magnitude of this disaster becomes clearer. as the incompetence of this administration responds. just last week the harvard school of public health released a new estimate suggesting the death toll is staggeringly igher than previously thought.
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it's just an estimate, however, if the number most often cited from that report, 4,645, proves accurate, then maria will rank as the second worst natural disaster in u.s. hift are i. -- history. no matter what the were the president said, that is a real catastrophe. and now as puerto rico continues struggling, as thousands still do not have electricity, as we still do not know the total number of lives lost, we are entering another hurricane season. yet puerto rico and the virgin islands remain vulnerable should another storm come barreling out of the atlantic into the caribbean and make landfall. we should remember the 2017 hurricane season was not just devastating for the caribbean. we cannot forget how the houston
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area suffered under hurricane harvey. houston laid out and the city's infrastructure also proved vulnerable to flooding. , costing $125 billion in -- flooding, costing $125 billion in damage, yet despite 2017 being one of the worst in history in natural disasters, and though we are entering another hurricane season, our public infrastructure systems remain vulnerable. the motion to recommit is very straightforward. it would ask the secretary of the army corps to work to restore and strengthen the resiliency of public infrastructure in puerto rico, the virgin islands and in the mainland for areas damaged by maria, irma andujar i have. this is -- and harvey. this is common sense. it will mean we're better prepared for the next major hurricane.
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it could potentially save lives. in puerto rico, for instance, this would allow needed upgrades to a dam, a 90-year-old dam located in the northeastern shore of the island. and owned by the puerto rico electric power authority was severely damaged after maria. while the corps did good work preventing the collapse of the thing.is was a temporary american families living in puerto rico still face imminent danger. the corps should invest in this critical infrastructure project, seeking to prevent future damage from another storm. in other areas throughout puerto rico, rivers, lakes, wetlands serve literally as things for water to drain into. to control massive flooding in the next hurricane season, the
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corps needs to make the necessary investment for flood control, something else this motion will help advance. mr. chairman, sadly the administration largely abandoned puerto rico after maria. now we are learning the death toll from this tragedy will be heartbreakingly high. this congress has a moral obligation to do everything possible to prevent future deaths, to protect our fellow citizens. that is what this motion to recommit will do. i strongly urge my colleagues to support this motion to recommit, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. shuster: i rise in opposition to the motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman has five minutes. mr. shuster: thank you, mr. speaker. i oppose the motion to recommit. this bill, h.r. 8, has many
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benefits to all 50 states, the territories, including puerto rico. temperatures put -- it was put together in a bipartisan manner. we just here today adopted over 50 amendments in a bipartisan manner. this bill asserts congressional authority, continues regular rder of the corps of engineers and authorizing these programs. it's fiscally responsible. we fully offset new projects. and finally, it keeps american jobs and strengthens our competitiveness, ensuring our transportation system remains attract to have private sector jobs. so i oppose the motion to recommit. this being my last wrda bill that i'll ever be able to shepherd through the house, i'm proud to be here. hopefully we're going to have a conference report in the near future, to be able to pass that on the house floor. but i can tell you, i'm very, very proud of my term as chairman and one of the accomplishments i'm most proud of is getting wrda back on regular order. every corn authorizing these important programs so that the corps can move forward and the american people can benefit by
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these programs. again, i want to first off thank my democratic colleagues and the democratic staff on the other side of the aisle for their work, working together closely on this bill. and of course i couldn't get this done without my staff, dedicated staff, who have worked so tirelessly new york city only on this bill, but over -- tirelessly, not own on this bill but other the years -- but over the years. i thank them from the bottom of my heart. a personal order i'd like to take is that last -- in 2016 when we passed the wrda bill, september 28, 2016, i woke up that morning and found out that my mother had passed away. voice in myhear her head saying, go to work, do your job. we came to work that day, we were able to pass the wrda bill in 2016. and i was so proud that, as always, she was on my shoulder. this morning i woke up and didn't think about the date until i realized today, june 6, is my mother's birthday. it would have been her birthday.
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so again, my mother, who was always my greatest supporter, my greatest cheerleader, was here again with me today. i can hear her voice telling me to make sure you do your work. our family chain is broken and nothing seems to be the same, but as god calls one by one, that chain will link again and today, stronger than ever, that link with my mother is with me. and i want to thank my mother. i know she's watching down. pa triggsa shuster, as -- patricia shuster, as always, sitting on my shoulder, rooting me on to victory. so, again, today i'm very, very proud of the wrda bill, i'm proud that we're doing it on june 6, my mother's birthday, and again, i thank everybody on both sides of the aisle for the efforts and, again, i oppose the motion to recommit and urge all my colleagues to support h.r. 8, the water resources and development act of 2018. with that, i reserve the balance
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of my time. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman yield back? mr. shuster: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. shuster: i have the right to close. correct? the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the previous question is ordered on the motion to recommit. the question is on the motion to recommit. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. i'm sorry, the noes have it. ms. velazquez: mr. chairman. i request 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 and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess for a period of less
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than 15 minutes.
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