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the speaker pro tempore: on this the -- the -- the yeas are 225
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the nays are 187. the resolution acopted. adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the business on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. -- adopted. this is an electron. members have a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 213. the nays are 197. one voting present. the jourm stands approved. - journal stands approved. he house will be in order. he house will come to order. for what purpose does the gentleman from iowa seek recognition.
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>> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to take from the speaker's table the bill s. 1869, and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the. the clerk: senate 1869, an act to re-authorize and rename the position of whistleblower ombudsman to be the whistleblower protection coordinator. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to consideration of the bill? without objection, the bill is read a third time and passed. the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition. >> notwithstanding you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to take from the speaker's table, the bill h.r. 2772, with a senate amendment thereto, and concur in the senate amendment. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will read the title of the bill and senate amendment. the clerk: h.r. 2772, an act -- mr. roe: i ask the clerk to dispense with the reading -- the clerk: department of veterans affairs senior executive employees. senate amendment.
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strike all after the enacting clause -- mr. roe: i ask to dispense with the reading of the amendment. the speaker pro tempore: without objection s there objection to the original request of the gentleman from tennessee? without objection, the senate amendment is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. mr. roe: i ask unanimous consent that the committee on veterans' affairs be discharged from h.r. 474687 and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. will the gentleman submit a copy of the bill to the desk? rohan raja yes. -- mr. roe: yes.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee. does the gentleman seek to withdraw his request? mr. roe: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the equest is granted. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. frelinghuysen: i rise today to present h.r. 3, the spending cuts to expired and unnecessary -- the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman seek to general
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leave request? mr. frelinghuysen: yes, i do. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, all members ill have five legislative days for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen, seek recognition? mr. frelinghuysen: i rise today to present h.r. 3, the spending cuts to expired and unnecessary programs act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3, a bill to rescind certain budgetary to be ty to be rescinded rescinded in special messages transmitted to the congress by the president on may 8, 2018, in in accordance with title 10
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of the congressional budget and impoundment control act of 1974. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen, will have, and the woman from connecticut, ms. delauro, will each have 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen. mr. frelinghuysen: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today to present h.r. 3, the spending cuts to expired and unnecessary programs act. this package of recisions withdraws nearly $15 billion in funds previously appropriated to various federal programs and agencies. these funds are rescinded from programs and agencies that have -- that no longer need, cannot spend the money or from programs that no longer exist. when such funding goes unused for years, those funds should be returned to the federal
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easury as taxpayers should expect. this will not cause undo harm or hardship to the essential services at these agencies. in fact, year after year, recisions are included in our appropriations bills and dozens of such recisions have previously received bipartisan support. the bottom line is that it is not in the interest of the taxpayer -- taxpayers to let outdated unnecessary dollar balances sit idle, especially when the nation is facing such high debt and deficits. as i said many times, congress controls the power of the purse. it's up to us to keep our fiscal house in order in order to reduce wasteful spending, unnecessary spending whenever possible. such recisions are not new. over the past 20 years, there have been hundreds of proposed and approved in both democratic
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and republican administrations. i urge my colleagues to support this commonsense legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. delauro: i rise in strong opposition to this republican recision package. president trump and congressional republicans, mr. speaker, are trying to take deconstructing government to a new level. mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will come to order. please take your conversations out of the aisle to the back of the room. the house is not in order. the gentlelady may proceed. ms. delauro: thank you. president trump and congressional republicans, mr. speaker, are trying to take deconstructing government to a new level. they are proposing to take $15 billion in federal funds away from the citizenry and investments in our economy. budgeted for the children's health insurance program, medical innovation, advanced
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manufacturing, infrastructure projects, and the list -- the speaker pro tempore: please take your conversations out of the chamber. the gentlelady will proceed. ms. delauro: thank you. budgeted for the children's health insurance program, medical innovation, advanced manufacturing, infrastructure projects, and the list goes on. why? they are doing so to pay for a tiny fraction of their $1.5 trillion tax cut for the rich. this is just another example of their irresponsible governance. what is on the chopping block? with this recision package, the majority would cut the balances in the children's health insurance program by $7 billion. simply send them back to the treasury. they would cut funding when we should be investing in critical services for children and family. they would cut funding that helps workers who have lost their jobs due to trade access, health insurance. they would cut funding for
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americorps and prevent more people from serving vulnerable populations in their communities. they would cut funding for critical health care infrastructure projects. just a few months ago, we used these funds to replace the biosafety level four laboratory at the centers for disease control. this lab is necessary for handling the most highly thogenic organisms such as ebola, smallpox. this another piece of infrastructure. why would the republicans want to cut their source for funding? they would cut programs that rural america depends on. rural housing programs, rural water programs. for example, it would rescind $15 million from the value-added producer grant program, a vital lifeline for small businesses in rural america. i want to remind americans that the president and his house allies are betraying the promise they made to the
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american people, mr. speaker. in march, we agreed to historic and urgently needed funding for our families. the omnibus funding bill for 2018 made important investments in health, education, and job programs. it made critical investments that boost the middle class. it was not easy. we worked hard to come to an overwhelming bipartisan agreement that benefits the people of this country. and now months later, the trump administration and house republicans are violating the spirit of that agreement. it is not a serious way to govern. this is money for our children, not for the president to claw back, to placate federal reservent conservatives who maintain their drumbeat on twitter and tv. what do republicans get for breaking their word, going back on their promises and taking from children? well, according to the congressional budget office,
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mr. speaker, the actual impact of this recision package would amount to $1 billion over 10 years. that's less than 1% of the republicans' $1.5 trillion tax scam for the rich. .01%.t, it is if the republicans are so worried about spending, why not rescind money from the tax giveaways that corporations are using to buy back stock? they appear to be beholden to the lop yists and insiders who have -- lobbyists and insiders who have profited. and 83% of the tax scam benefits will go to the top 1%. and those big boosts to paychecks, they have not materialized. you look at wal-mart, they spent $0 billion on stock buybacks for their shareholders. yet, according to the roosevelt
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institute, had wal-mart dedicated that money to workers, they could have raised wages to more than $16 an hour. they did not. mr. speaker, budgets, spending, appropriations and recisions reflect our values, and it is clearer than ever that president trump, speaker ryan and republicans in the house value corporations and the wealthy, not people who work for a living or those who are the most vulnerable. they rig the rules for the rich and rob from the poor to pay for it. congress must reject president trump's proposal and put forth policies that work for the middle class and families and for those who are most vulnerable, not balance the budget on their backs. the american people would be far better served if congressional republicans joined with democrats to fund critical investments in education, health care, infrastructure, and protecting our retirement programs. and when teachers are protesting across the country for fair pay, republicans want to go backwards.
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when americans are stuck in jobs that do not pay enough to live on, republicans want to go backwards. when 40% of households cannot afford the basics of a modern middle class lifestyle, republicans want to go backwards. mr. speaker, it is unconscionable, and the american people deserve better. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield three minutes -- two minutes to the majority whip, mr. scalise from louisiana. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized for two minutes. mr. scalise: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the chairman of the appropriations committee for yielding and i rise in strong support, mr. speaker, of this recisions package. i want to commend president trump for bringing this bill to congress, a bill that would once passed be the largest recisions package in the history of our country. this was a process that's been used by republican and democrat presidents alike over decades, and it's an important process to make sure we keep our fiscal house in order.
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mr. speaker, i know some of my colleagues on the other side are feigning concerning over the children's health insurance program and most of them, by the way, voted against the funding for the chip program in the first place when the bill was before congress to full funding. in fact, we overfunded the chip program, and so as that surplus money was identified, we made sure that that money will be able to be used to reduce the deficit and go to other things, mr. speaker. and this letter from the congressional budget office confirms that not one child will lose insurance when this bill is passed because we overfunded the chip program. i ask unanimous consent that this letter from the congressional budget office be inserted into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. scalise: also, mr. speaker, i'd like to point out that there was a concern about a potential ebola outbreak. we were able to go back and work with our o.m.b. director, mick mulvaney, who worked really closely with us to make sure that this bill was put together properly to address what the president wanted while also making sure that we were able to respond to any
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potential ebola crisis, and i especially want to thank my colleagues, jeff fortenberry and don bacon from nebraska that we will be able to, with this bill's passage, respond to any possible ebola outbreak. hopefully we won't have one but we will be prepared thanks to congressman fortenberry and bacon. overall, mr. speaker, this is an important bill to help us reduce the deficit, keep our fiscal house in order while properly funding those programs like chip who are important for so many who voted for it. i'm glad those that voted against it realizes that it's an important program. maybe they'll support it next time. i encourage my colleagues to vote for this bill and i encourage the senate to take this up quickly because it only requires 51 votes to pass, not 60. i urge full passage, get this on the president's desk. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: the money they take from chip is not going into programs for children.
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it's going back to the treasury. so that we will take a look at cuts to head start, maternal child health programs, child immunization, newborn screening, tell the whole story and with that i yield five minutes to the ranking member of the appropriations committee, mrs. lowey from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the ntlelady is recnized for five minutes. mrs. lowey: mr. spear, it's outrageous that we are beginning this appropriations season by debating president trump's recisions bill which fails the american people, hurts children and families, injects needless partisanship into congress' important appropriations work. first and foremost, this bill fails the american people by eliminating funding for the children's health insurance program. just months after exploding nual deficits to the tune of
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$1.5 trillion and lavishing massive tax breaks to big corporations with their tax scam, republicans are now proposing to make children and families pay with a $7 billion cut from chip. . targeting chip for a rescission, prevents congress from re-investing in other priorities like child and maternal health, early childhood education, biomedical research, and our community health centers. additionally, the nearly $15 billion in rescissions cut numerous efforts to create jobs, grow our economy, and strengthen our communities. it cuts funding for the economic development administration, and for community development
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financial institutions. create jobs in rural areas and distress communities. treasury was prepared to cdfi's 114 awards from bank enterprise award program. this isn't merely spring cleaning by sweeping old funding up under the rug that would never be spent, it is taking investments away from local communities. it slashes billions of dollars from federal loan programs that foster innovation, create clean energy jobs, eight projects are in the pipeline through the advance technology vehicles manufacturing loan program. wo of which would create 2,400 manufacturing jobs and an $890
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million investment in ohio, indiana, and illinois. the republican raw deal would rescind these funds and prevent economic growth. i am also profoundly disappointed that republicans are willing to bring forward legislation that will undermines two years of bipartisan spending agreements. this bill includes cuts to funding that was appropriated into the fiscal year 2017 omnibus, which was negotiated just over a year ago. and it reneges on the bipartisan budget agreement from february by further restricting chip amounts that could be reinvested in future years. upending bipartisan agreements,
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poisoning the well, and makes future negotiateations more difficult -- negotiations more difficult. finally i must express my strong objection to the rushed process by which republicans have onsidered this rescissions bill. the white house submitted its final version of the rescissions proposal less than 48 hours ago. we have had no hearings, no markups, or even any bill. the debate at all on this bill in the appropriation committee. and we're considering it with no opportunity to debate the merits of each of these rescissions on their own. my friends, this is not regular order. and frankly, it's no way to make
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such a consequential decision. instead of rubber-stamping president trump's rescissions package, congress should conduct rigorous oversight to determine why the trump administration has not spent these funds even as ey misspend tax dollars on first class fights, fountain pens -- another o: i yield inute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for another minute. mrs. lowey: as they misspend tax dollars on first class flights, fountain pens, and luxury dining sets. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for another minute. mrs. lowey: spending cuts that hurt american families should be carefully considered not rushed through the -- to score political points or help the majority's whip
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count on other bills. i urge you to vote no. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the chairman of the defense subcommittee on appropriations, ms. granger of texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from fort worth is recognized for two minutes. ms. granger: mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. cuts to expired and unnecessary programs act. we must always be careful stewards of the taxpayers' hard-earned money, that's why i was proud to sign on as an original co-sponsor of president trump's rescission package. as a senior member of the house appropriations committee, i understand more than most that president trump's proposal rescinding nearly $15 billion is necessary. it's common sense that money sitting federal coffers and not being spent should be returned to the treasury. step to is a welcomed
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spending and restore fiscal sanity to washington. importantly, the rescissions package on the floor today no longer rescinds ebola funding. sadly that horrible disease has recently returned to the democrat republic of congo. it's also no longer rescinds fund for hurricane sandy victims. i hope the senate will pass this bill as soon as possible so the president can sign these historic spending cuts into law. i urge all members to support this commonsense proposal. thank you, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields spending and restore fiscal sanity to washington. importantly, the rescissions back.
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the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, the ranking member of the are vr rural communities all across america rely upon them. for example, the administration is proposing a rescission of $37 million for the rural water and usda. isposal program at this program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disprosal, and ---disposal, with all due respect that does not seem unnecessary to me. in fact, we, in congress, have added a special appropriation of $500 million for this program in f.y. 2017. in addition to regular program funds to begin to address the backlog in this program. even after the 2017 bill was
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enacted, the national rural water association estimated there was a remaining backlog of more than $2 billion. this rescission will only push down the hill in our efforts to address the needs for clean water and wastewater disposal in rural areas. this down the hill away nearly $15 million from the value package also takes added t market development grant program. $40 million from rural housing service mental assistance program. $14.7 million from ruret cooperative development grants. and $147 million from the farm and ranch land protection program. and this is just to name a few. there are even more cuts across agriculture, rural development, energy, and conservation programs. mr. speaker -- 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. bishop: the rescission is
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more than $15 billion. i cannot emphasize enough how much this bill will hurt our farmers, our ranchers, and all those who live in rural america. i ask my colleagues to join me in standing up for rural communities by rejecting this unconscionable rescission bill. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: -- mr. frelinghuysen: i'm pleased to yield two minutes, mr. cole of oklahoma. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for two minutes. mr. cole: thank you, mr. aiman. i thank you vy much, mr. chairman, for yielding. originally i have to say i was eptical when the administration raised the idea of rescissions. not because i'm against saving money. i think we need to do more of that. but because i thought this might undo the bipartisan agreement that the administration and our leadership had negotiated. frankly, this bill does nothing
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of the kind. and i want to complement the president -- compliment the president and the o.m.b. director, economic you mulvaney, for using a tool that's not been used in 20 years. right thing, they did it in the right way. this is the largest rescission package ever in the history of congress. it will save almost $15 billion. savings come those interesting? from funds that we, frankly, didn't use. we overappropriated. my friends talk a lot about chip. the authorization for $5 billion of that money ran out. you can't even legally spend it. why would you leave it in the account? another $2 billion is taken from an account when states go beyond their spending limits, we never spent more than $350 million of that money, and we actually left $500 million in the account. why not reclaim the savings and return them to the treasury? you can go on and on. $4.3 billion for the advance technical vehicle manufacturing loan program that nobody's
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applied for have been used since 2011. again, there's example after example. it's a wise thing to reclaim unused money and spending authority and return it to the treasury of the united states. proud to co-sponsor the legislation. i'm very supportive of it. and would urge its passage and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from ohio, the ranking member of the legislative branch appropriations subcommittee, mr. ryan. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. ryan: i thank the gentlelady. i have a lot of respect for my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. do wonder sometimes if we're living in the same country. , because when i look at a package like this, i look at the general philosophy over the course of the last year and a half, with the tax cuts that will, at the end of the day, cost our country $2.3 trillion,
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that money we're borrowing, and we're going to borrow a lot of that money from china, mr. speaker, and they are going to get interest on general philosophy over the course of the last that money, china is reinvesting back into their country. they are building islands in the south china sea. they are building bases in africa. they are making investments in nd, solar, battery powered a.i., additive manufacturing. they are moving and shaking around the globe. and we gave a $2.3 trillion tax cut, which we saw just last month, $200 billion of it went for stock buybacks, apple got it, put $100 billion into stock buybacks, who is investing in this country now? that's a.i., additive manufacturing. the main issue te talking about. yes, battery powered cars. yes, economic development administration. issues that the
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gentleman from georgia just talked about. college costs are going up. we need more stem people graduating from our colleges. we're not a healthy country. in this bill we're going to take kids off their health care, disinvest in economic development, and our country is getting left behind the global economy. you can talk about low unemployment all you want. the anxiety in our country has not gone down. you can talk about the stock market all you want. 66% of the people in this country make less than $40,000 a year. 50-some percent of the people in this country can't stand a $500 emergency. i ask the gentlelady for an additional 30 seconds. ms. delauro: i yield 30 seconds. mr. ryan: we have 50-some% percent in this country -- 50-some percent in this country can't withstand a $500 emergency. our financial aid system is collapsing. we have to make a decision to
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reinvest back in this country and the republican leadership here is disinvesting in the united states. we're seeing it with the stock buybacks, we're seeing it with the tax cut and now the recisions package. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: i am pleased to yield to the chairman of the financial services committee on appropriations, mr. graves from georgia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. and chairman, thank you. and, mr. speaker, i want to thank the majority leader, mr. mccarthy, for his leadership in shepherding the largest spending cut package through the house on behalf of president trump. this is a remarkable package. getting back be to the topic at hand -- getting back to the topic at hand this is taking back money, rescinding money that won't be spent. $15 billion of unnecessary spending. and this is an important step to getting our fiscal house in order. now, i note that every dollar in this package either can't, will not, or won't be spent at all. regardless of what you might hear from the other side of the
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aisle, this is money that just will not be spent for the purposes in which it was originally budgeted. now, when i think about where we are today and i think about this package, and i hear the arguments that just preceded mine, i don't understand why they wouldn't support saving some additional money and putting a down payment here on our deficit. for example, in this bill it cuts $4.3 billion from the advanced technology vehicles manufacturing loan program which has only made five loans. that's five, since 2007 and has been untouched since 2011. that's seven years ago. fund. nt this is good government. rescinding these funds is good government. it's a signal to the american people that president trump, congressional republicans are serious about getting our house in order and protecting our kids and our grandkids from this unsustainable and out-of-control national debt. now, to that point, another step we're taking with the president's example and
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leadership here today is the fund we created in the financial services bill which i chair and it's a fund for america's kids and grandkids. it's where we're putting additional savings in it. we have put $585 million into this fund. it's a 2.5% cut from our spending level wemplet' sending a signal to the american -- spending level. we're sending a signal to the american people. with this $15 billion and what we're doing in the next couple weeks, i look forward to getting my bill across as well and continuing on the progress we have here today. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from maryland, the democratic whip, mr. hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes -- three minutes. mr. hoyer: first, let me say, i heard the gentleman from georgia's argument that this money wasn't needed. i heard that argument a month ago. ebola money was not needed.
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guess what. ebola money was needed. i rise in opposition to this recision bill, mr. speaker, which i think is a sham, period. it's a shameless attempt by the majority to gloss over the tremendous deficits that has been incurred by its tax law. republicans are hoping they can fool the american people with a pretense of phony fiscal responsibility, but the american people can see right through it. they can see more than $1 trillion a year in deficits for the next decade and a future for our children and grandchildren mired in debt. and for what? to give tax breaks to the wealthiest while raising taxes on many in the middle class. we have before us, ladies and gentlemen, a bill that the majority hopes will make it
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appear fiscally responsible, but the c.b.o. says it would just save over $1 billion. that's a lot of money. but guess what. in the next bill, without any committee hearing, you've added $1 billion. so you already spent it, your savings of outlays of $1 billion. c.b.o. says it will save just over that amount. compared to the $1.8 trillion deficit that republicans incurred with their tax laws. i wonder if the majority $1,800 to bring another bills to this floor just -- 1,800 bills to this floor just like this one, because that is what it would take to make up for the tax bill they passed without any hearing and any american being able to testify. in fact, this bill resends less
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funding than the republicans just added, as i just said, to their military construction bill without a single vote being cast in the full appropriations committee, mr. chairman. but this bill is also dangerous and irresponsible for another reason. it is based on the glib assertion that these funds will never be used and no one will be hurt if they are taken away. but we've already seen that to be a false promise. the previous package, as i just said, cuts funding to combat ebola, and i was told by the majority leader, we don't need those funds. which republicans, however, now admit is very necessary to protect public health. the same goes for children's health, i would suggest to you. just because we haven't used these funds yet does not mean they won't be needed. it's a contingency to make sure that children aren't left out in the cold. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. hoyer: oppose this recision package and i you yield back
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the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, i yield to mr. womack from arkansas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. woman -- mr. womack: thank you. i rise in support of this commonsense request from mr. trump to rein in wasteful government spending. while the budgetary recisions tool has not been utilized by the white house for some time, the president's decision to use this approach today should be commended. it importantly sheds light on the need for fiscal responsibility. the amount of this proposed recision should also help us scale the challenge that is before us. today, mr. speaker, the nation's debt is an excessive $21 trillion, and that's not a stagnant figure. it's rapidly growing. it's grown in the short time that i've been at this
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microphone. the process helps us and congress confront the digsary side of our budget. however, in order to slow down spending and actually having a chance to paying down any debt, we have to acknowledge what is actually driving the majority of this spending. for years, mr. speaker, spending on mandatory programs has been on autopilot. it grows unchecked every year. unsurprisingly, mandatory spending, interesting interest on the national debt, comprises the largest share of federal spending. it might surprise a lot of people that listen to this program or read these remarks that federal spending -- in the pie of federal spending that mandatory spending accounts for 70% of that amount. and without reform, in the next 10 years, it will grow to nearly 80% of all federal
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spending. make no mistake, mr. speaker. there's a critical need for mandatory programs and the benefits they provide for vulnerable people, but unless we come up with real solutions, safety net programs like social security and medicare, they're going to cease to exist. can i have about 30 seconds? mr. frelinghuysen: i give an additional 30 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. womack: so programs like social security and medicare that people rely on now and those that will rely on them in the future will see those benefits quickly dwindle. c.b.o. says as early as 2026. i urge my colleagues to support this modest effort on the discretionary side, but i you caution that a sustainable and prosperous fiscal future is contingent on addressing the mandatory side of spending. and the longer congress takes, the more difficult those solutions will be. and i yield the floor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: yes. i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, the
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ranking member of the military construction, veterans' affairs appropriations subcommittee, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for two minutes. mst wasserman schultz: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. -- ms. wasserman schultz i thank you the gentlelady for yielding. rise in strong opposition to h.r. 3. particularly because it's incredibly deceptive that the trump-g.o.p. recisions measure has americans bundles all this into one badly flawed bill. or starters, the deception includes the ludicrous notion that all the money that's being repealed and pulled back wouldn't be used otherwise. this bill eliminates billions of dollars in funding for children's health insurance which will prevent congress from making smart, compassionate reinvestments in biomedical research and other childhood and maternal community programs which we could do if this bill was not being on the floor being forced
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down our throats. what's worse, this bill cuts job creation funds. while millions of families in distressed communities struggle to make ends meet. it includes cuts for the center for medicare and medicaid innovation and cuts badly needed programs for rural water funds. it also cuts transportation improvements in rural appalachia, national and community service programs as well as funding for energy efficiency and advanced technology loan programs that we know are sure fire job creators. neglecting these health, energy, and job needs is a policy failure on all fronts. it neglects to make smart reinvestments that will benefit workers and taxpayers in the coming months and years ahead. and it shamelessly pretends to put this nation's fiscal house in order while still leaving future generations saddled with crushing debt. it is rich that republicans are suggesting that they are the protectors of our deficit when
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they pushed through into law a tax scam bill that added more than $1.5 trillion to our annual deficit that gives massive handouts to corporations and the wealthy. budgets are a financial expression of our values, and this trump recisions bill just confirms that republicans care more about the wealthiest among us while the rest of america must fend for itself. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield three minutes to the chairman of the energy and commerce committee, mr. walden from oregon. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for three minutes. mr. walden: tnk you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker, thank you very much. you know, i was in small business for 21 years. my wife and i were small business owners and operators and had to meet a bottom line and pay the bills and all. i know our speaker was in the accounting world. to me, in is a basic accounting small business sort of set of principles. you got money there that can't be spent because it's no longer authorized to be spent. much of it is being just
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accumulated, and then somebody comes in the back door, maybe tries to grab a little here and there and spend it on things that aren't authorized for or whatever, but i can speak specifically to the children's health insurance program because i've been a big advocate for it. i voted for it every time. it's been up. as chairman of the energy and commerce committee, i led the effort to not only fully fund children's health insurance for five years, but then we were able to do it for six years. in the end, the package that was sent down to president trump that he signed into law fully funded children's health insurance for 10 years. that's double the length of time ever been done before. n my own state, that's 122,700 children and moms that will get coverage for health insurance. there's now certainty in this program more than its entirety history, double the certainty. so that resulted in some funds that were left behind that were used when we get against these cliffs and statements may have
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had overpayments here and there. they needed all this sort of emergency funding. there are other programs none of which is needed now because we brought certainty to the children's health insurance program, the longest extension in its history, 10 years. so the authority to use some of these funds expired last year. the authority expired last year. you can't spend it. the remainder of these funds simply aren't necessary and they sit unused in a contingency fund that has an ample balance. and, you know, there's been a question of, would this affect enrollment, would this affect beneficiaries? we asked the bipartisan, nonpartisan congressional budget office that question and they said c.b.o. estimates that rescinding the unobligated balances would reduce the budget authority by $7 billion but would not affect outlays or the number of individuals with insurance coverage. they also say it does not affect what happens with the states. that's because we did our work.
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we did our work. republicans led on this issue time and again, and it is now law. so the children's health insurance program is fully funded, fully funded. and kids will have access to insurance and other coverage that extends 10 years. 10 years. and so what we're doing here is taking surplus money that can't be spent on these programs anymore, not authorized to be spent on these programs anymore and applying it toward deficit reduction. the lifeline remains strong under this recisions program. this is just good business practices. and i think it's really important to do. by the way, the other republican proposals we passed in this house have resulted in one of the strongest economies in modern history, a million new jobs since the tax cuts took effect. we are on a good process. this is fiscally responsible. i urge passage. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from connecticut. ms. delauro: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from wisconsin, a member of the appropriations committee, mr. pocan.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wisconsin is recognized for two minutes. mr. pocan: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady. i rise to speak on the cuts to programs for working families that house republicans seek to pass today. earlier this year, congress did something responsible when it rejected president trump's bget request to make devastating cutto programs in which many americans rely. congress came together to make an investment in american communities and solve some pressing issues with an agreement by democrats and republicans. however, these cuts today suddenly go back on that agreement with the recisions package that will hurt working families all because you're saying that government is spending too much money. well, republicans caused that problem last year when you were grossly irresponsible and passed the g.o.p. tax scam, a multitrillion-dollar giveaway to your donors, billionaires and big corporations that you falsely sold as middle-class
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tax relief. your decision to blow a hole in the deficit and balloon our nation's debt did very little to benefit working families with 83% of the benefits going to the top 1%. the republican recisions package will hurt the american people and make $7 billion in cuts to children's health insurance. $800 million in cuts to center for medicare and medicaid innovation, and $40 million in cuts to rural housing programs, just to name a few. while g.o.p. toe nor, millionaires and billionaire, members of mar-a-lago still getter that gifts of tax cuts in the g.o.p. tax scam, republicans are committed to taking away what lit thail gave hardworking american families. that's apparently the priority of the majority republican party today. with actions like this, you'll likely be the minority party of tomorrow. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey.
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>> i'm pleased to yield one minute to the majority leader of the house, mr. mccarthy, from california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. mccarthy: i thank the gentleman for yielding. we are approaching the end of spring. there's still enough time far good spring cleaning. for families that may mean doing yard work of cleaning out a closet, maybe giving unused items to charity. for congress it means tackling long overdue budgetary spring cleaning. there are billions and billions of taxpayer dollars originally set up to fund different programs and projects that cannot or will not be used for their intended purpose. tonight, the house will d something about it. we'll take a first step in clean thing federal government's accounts by voting on the spending cuts to expired and unnecessary programs act. we're talking about taking spare change here, talk about something more than just that. tonight we have the opportunity
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to return $15 billion. that's billion with a b. to the treasury. as members we are charged with being good stewards of taxpayer money. this is a responsibility we all have. mr. speaker, we all claim on this floor many times. this shouldn't be a partisan exercise. historically, it hasn't been. mr. speaker, you can look at many members that have been here for quite some time. congress accepted 214 of ronald reagan's rescissions. mr. speaker, the majority party at that time on this floor was different than it was today. it accepted 111 of bill clinton's rescissions. president trump's spending cut request is a straightforward and smart way to trim a bloated federal budget. so where do the savings come from? i know many of you might ask. have you ever heard of the
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advanced technology vehicle manufacturing loan program? it's an obama-era subsidy program to green car companies like fister automotive which defaulted on its $192 million loan. just thank so lind -- just think solyndra but for luxury cars this efailed subsidy program hasn't issued a loan since 2011. mr. speaker, that's seven years ago. yet it has $4.33 billion sitting unused in an account. can any member think of a good reason why that money should continue sitting in that account? where it cannot and will not be used or just be wasted on another nonrelated government program? you know, i'd love to hear the reason but i doubt one will be coming. so what does this bill clean?
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it also brings back expired funds from the chip program. now before anyone claims republicans are cutting chip funding, which is children's health, mr. speaker, we debated this on the floor many time this is year, where one side of the aisle, the majority, passed it. not only did they pass it while the other side, the minority, voted against it, we passed it and made history. how did we make history? because we signed the longest he re-authorization of the chip it for 10 anteeing years. a full decade, mr. speaker. members of this floor had the opportunity to vote for it. unfortunately, it wasn't one time, mr. speaker. the other side voted no. it wasn't just two times. but thankfully, mr. speaker, to all the children across america that use this program, republicans were able to re-authorize it for 10 years. a decade. the longest.
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republicans have made sure that chip isn't going anywhere. we have removed any uncertainty about the stability of the funding of that program. the funds we are rescinding tonight were appropriated long ago and will not be used for their intended purpose now. and in fact, mr. speaker, democrats voted to rescind those exact chip funds just two months ago. they know they can't be used for their intended purpose. i'd like to remind my colleagues that the minority whip said he would not oppose, and i quote, money laying in accounts that has not been spent for one, two, or three years. even called it, and i quote a reasonable thing to do. so instead of partisan rhetoric and doomsday speeches, let's see this bill for what it really is, a smart approach to cleaning up unused accounts in the federal budget which has done many times before under president clinton
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and president reagan. before tonight's vote, each and every member of the house should consider this question. if this body cannot be trusted to reclaim money that will not or cannot be used for its intended purpose, can we really be trusted to save money nywhere else i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the following let inteers the record, the national sustainable agriculture coalition committee for education funding, the national housing conference, service employees international union and other national organizations. with that, mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, the raking member of the committee on education and the work force, mr. scott. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. scott: six months ago, congress passed a tax cut that cost almost $2 billion and
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overwhelmingly benefited corporations and the wealthy. today republicans are asking struggling children and families to foot the bill. nearly half of the $15 billion cuts in the trump g.o.p. rescission package targets the children's health insurance program, the chip program. eliminating this funding for chip will jeopardize its ability to ensure access to health care for children and families who depend on the bill every year. the bill contains an 80% cut to the chip contingency fund, particularly short sigh and dangerous need for health care assistance is greatest when our nation experiences unexpected challenges including recessions, public health emergencies and national disaster. hopefully that money will not be need bud we should not be stealing from the fund that provides vital care for children and families when communities are con fronted by these
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unforeseen but inevitable challenges. in addition the bill also includes cuts to corporations for national community service, center for medicare and medicaid innovation, health infraschuckture, water programs and many other small but important programs that protect our citizens, create job and grow the economy. an attempt to give taxpayers the illusion of fiscal responsibility my colleagues have once again revealed misguided priorities. we should not be paying for the irresponsible tax cut by making even more reckless cuts to the investments in our future. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves this gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to mr. aderholt of alabama. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. aderholt: it's disconcerting to hear my friends on the other
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side of the aisle talk about that funds -- any funds left in an executive branch should not be rescinded but congress should find a way to spend it. this is indicative of the problem of overspending we have, a problem so many of our constituents sent us here to address. the federal government runs an annual deficit. i think most people know that. these repeated annual deficits have combined to create a staggering national debt which stands more than $ 1 trillion. these deficits are not free, but costly, because the interest our country has to pay on these borrowed dollars. today with this legislation we mark a return to a legislative tool ta both republicans an democrats ialike have utilized to clean up accounts that went underutilized.
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the rescission tool that's being used in this legislation was commonly used in the 1970's when it was established all the way through the 1980's and 1990's as a way to return unused, unobligated tax dollars to the u.s. treasury. to recount the rescission bill we have before us today returns unspent dollars to the treasury. every dollar returned is a dollar we don't have to be boar re. and every dollar that does not need to be borrowed does not incur interest payments. while i understand there's no perfect bill this bill is an important step in restoring a measure of fiscal restraint. i'm proud to stand with the president to clean up some old accounts and prevent waste as well as abuse. let me add that some of these accounts with worthwhile but this is not a debate about individual accounts. this is about doing the necessary steps to clean up the executive branch balance sheets. there have been some discussions about this line item or that
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line item that may be available. >> wreeled the gentleman 30 seconds. -- yield the gentleman 30 seconds. mr. aderholt spks there's been discussion about this line item or that line item to rescind, but i point out we are in the middle of an appropriations process. we can work on these issues an address themism stand ready to work with my colleague as we face the challenges facing this nation as we continue to work on the appropriations committee and i welcome the input of my colleagues as we continue on for f.y. 2019. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized. >> i yield two minutes to the ranking member, mr. neal. mr. neal: the majority leader said $15 billion was spare change. let me tell you what he means by spare change. cutting food assistance for working families.
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and now taking $7 billion from the children's health insurance program. i guess that is spare change. the previous speaker just said he was alarmed at the prospect that on the precipice of borrowing that we were now going to cut back on our borrowing capacity as it relates to savings. after the same political party borrowed $2.3 trillion over 10 years to pay for a tax cut for people at the top. those are the priority. the priority is let let's cut taxers in strongest and wealth jets and pay for it by taking money from people who need it the most in america. we've seen time and again they are more focus thond needs of they have wealthiest and well connected. we should be addressing the challenges of the middle class in this session and making sure they have ample assistance. now they're after health care for children. now they want to propose $7 billion for the health care plan. let's be clear, their priority
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is one -- as long as i've been in the congress has been taking care of the strongest and the most powerful at the very top. in 2001, january 19, bill clinton said good-bye to the country. there was a $5.6 trillion surplus. ut taxes by $1.3 trillion in 2001, cut taxes by another trillion in 2003. there was $2.3 trillion of tax cuts, two wars, 1.5 million new veterans and think answer to that of course was let's have more tax cuts. and that's precisely what they did with their tax cut plan. $2.3 trillion borrowed to provide for a tax cut for the people at the top thafle call hemselves conservatives. they pronounce they are disciples of balanced budgets. it is their reckless spending we watched them embrace time and again. this is another example of that endeavor. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlelady from connecticut reserves. 2 1/2 minutes remaining. the gentleman has 13 minutes remaining. mr. frelinghuysen: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from kansas, mr. estes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. r. estes: i rise in support of this bill. these spending cuts or rescission express the die de-sire of president trump and many in congress to rein in overspending. as a businessman and former state treasurer, i the noah you can't build a strong economy on debt an borrowed money. spend mung we don't have on things we don't need increase ours understand sustainable $21 trillion national debt and mortgages the future for our kids and grandkids. by reducing the size and scope of government -- but reducing the size and scope of government isn't about a number, it's returning freedom an liberty to the american people. kansas families have to live
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within their means, our federal government should be no different. h.r. 3 is a great first step. today's spending cuts will save the taxpayers $15 billion, the largest rescission package since the tool was adopted in 1974. it comes from program that was expired or can no longer be used. if we don't pass this rescission bill it's like leading -- leaving cash laying around the kitchen table, the silverware drawer, in the corner. you may have the money available for use but it's a poor way to manage the taxpayers' dollars. returning the money to our treasury allows us to make investments in other needed areas without raising taxes or spending money we don't have. over the past two years, republicans in congress have jump started our economy through the tax cuds and -- cuts and jobs act and slashing government red tape and regulation. that helped our economy reach the lowest unemployment rate in 20 years. however, now is the time we need to get serious about cutting spending. today's vote is a great first step. i look fwrd to passage of h.r. 3
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and to identify even more ways to cut spending as well as reform entitlements and quasi-entitlements an grow our economy in the future. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: ms. delauro: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, the chair of the democratic caucus, mr. crowley. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. crowley: i thank the gentlelady for yielding time. i rise in strong opposition to the spending cuts to expired and unnecessary programs act. this bill strips $7 billion from the children's health insurance program. $7 billion for sick kids. it is unbelievable if you stop and consider it. the republicans are asking children to pay for their tax break to the rich. this is just another illustration of the g.o.p.'s
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convoluted priorities. $1.5 trillion goes to corporations and special interests. and when the budget comes up short, republicans dip into health care for children to make up for their recklessness. it doesn't have to be this way. chip was, for decades, a bipartisan piece of legislation. because despite any policy differences we may have had, democrats and republicans were always to come together and agree. chip is a fundamentally important program for our nation. what changed? where did your consciences go? i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from connecticut is recognized, with 30 -- minute and a half remaining. ms. delauro: thank you, mr. speaker.
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the republicans want to talk about spending. let's talk about the republican tax cut. it was rigid for the rich and 83% of the tax cuts to the wealthiest 1% to raise taxes on middle-class families and cost $1.5 trillion. we have a staggering national debt. why don't you rescind the money from the tax giveaways to the corporations and the corporations are using it to buy back stocks and not raise any wages. what we ought to be doing is re-investing, create jobs, not help billionaires and millions. if you wanted to do something about the chip program, you would have made it permanent or take that money and re-invest in programs that help children and not send it back to the treasury. find those resources from your rich donors and put them back into where they belong to the american people. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: i urge members to support h.r. 3 and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to house resolution 923, the previous question is ordered on the bill as amended. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. mr. bilirakis: a bill to rescind certain budget authority to be rescinded in special messages to the congress sent by the --.ident on may 8, 2018 and the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the bill is passed. and without objection is laid on the table. ms. delauro: i ask for the yeas and nays.
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the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution, the chair is in the house of the whole house for consideration h.r. 5895. the chair appoints the gentleman from michigan, mr. mitchell, to preside over the committee of the whole.
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the chair: the clerk will report by title. the clerk: water development and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019 and for other purposes. the chair: pursuant to the rule, the bill is considered read the first time. general debate will be confined to the bill and not exceed one hour equally divided controlled by the chair and ranking member on the committee of appropriations. .r. frelinghuysen and mr. frelinghuysen: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and stepped their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration and i may include tabular material on the same. the chair: the request will have
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tosh made in the full house. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 5895, first set of the fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills, energy and water, legislative branch and the military construction and veterans affairs. i am pleased that the house is considering three appropriations bills this afternoon. these bills provide funding to rebuild our military strurk, support military families, improve nuclear security, support our nation's energy and water infrastructure and ensure the smooth and safe operations of the legislative branch. to highlight a few of these important investments. the energy and water bill under chairman simpson's direction funds our national security and supports the energy and water infrastructure and keeps our economy moving and america open for business. in total his bill provides 44.7
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billion in discretionary funding to support a strong national security strategy in times of rapidly shifting global dynamics. he has increases and maintain an effective nuclear arsenal and maintain our nuclear-powered fleet and keps weapons out of the hands of those who would mis use them. the bill directs $7.28 billion to the army corps of engineers for projects and activities that will improve america's ports and waterways to pro promote public health and safety. it invests in the department of energy's programs to advance the goal of all the above solution to end energy dependence and includes funding to congressional efforts for the safe and secure storage of nuclear waste at yucca mountain. legislative branch appropriations bill under
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champleeyodder's lead provides $3. billion for the operation of congress and support agency excluding senate-only items. it may be the smallest 12 appropriations bills but important for the operation of our great democracy. this total represents a small increase above current enacted levels. these increases are directed to critical programs that make our capitol complex more secure and sufficient and this supports our dedicated police force and keeps the complex safe for members and visitors. the military construction led initially by former chairman dent and now by chairman judge carter, provides a total of $96.9 billion discretionary funding at a crucial time for our armed forces and the v.a. this includes $11.3 billion for military construction projects 2018 8% above fiscal year
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levels recognizing the need to rebuild our infrastructure. we will fight current and emerging threats around the globe and provide them with peace and mind and care for their families. this bill includes, $83.5 billion for the department of veterans affairs, largest amount for the v.a. these funds will be directed to critical priorities and improve access to health care, quicker claims processing and support for crucial health programs like suicide prevention, mental health and open yoid prevention. this includes money for v.a. electronic health system to accelerate the progress on this long awaited project. accompanying these funding increases are provisions that would increase accountability at
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both the pentagon and veterans' administration and dollars go where they areost needed. i want to thank the chairs and ranking members and all the staff who worked on these bills, that all members should be proud to support. these bills received bipartisan support in committee because they focused on universal priority, national security care for our veterans and military families in essential infrastructure. i'm extremely disappointed to read and hear the minority has directed its members to oppose this appropriations practice despite the fact that all of these bills were constructed as they always have been in a bipartisan manner. if there is no minority support for this package, those members will be turning their backs on this house's historic support for our veterans and their families and for modernizing our military installations around the world, which include medical
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facilities, new barracks, mess halls, playgrounds, schools and family housing. i want to thank chairman simpson, tormer chairman dent and now chairman judge carter and ranking member kaptur and debbie wasserman schulz and tim ryan from ohio for their work on these bills. i would like to thank the staff who helped bring these bills, sarah, y and film, sue, tyler and tracy. angey, lorraine, terry and amy from energyp and water subcommittee and front office staff and personal staff. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and vote yes on 5895
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and reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i rise in opposition to the three-bill package that republicans are bringing to the floor today. instead of following regular order and debating and amending the military construction -veterans affairs, energy and water and legislative bills separately, republican leadership is forcing us to consider them together. this broken process has a simple aim, republicans are using americans' veterans as a pawn to force through cuts to clean energy research and harmful policy provisions that weaken environmental standards. .
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we all recognize the tremendous debt of gratitude we owe to those who have sacrificed for us and our armed forces as well as their family members who share in their service to our country. at is why it is so important that congress ensure our veterans receive the honors, benefits, and assistance they have earned. i support many of the increases within the military construction and veterans affairs bill, republicans have created a dilemma by transitioning the v.a. choice program from mandatory to discretionary funding in the middle of fiscal year 2019. i want to make it clear, this is is a serious decision. it should have been adequately debated.
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even worse, republicans have blocked consideration of my amendment to solve this problem. that will mean a further squeeze and perhaps even cuts to programs that benefit the middle class. the bipartisan budget act provided an $18 billion increase for both defense and nondefense discretionary spending between iscal years 2018 and 2019. instead of using those resources to create jobs and grow our economy, republicans have chosen to devote $4.8 billion, more than a quarter of thatncrease, to the department of homeland security, presumabl for president trump's border wall. and the deportation forces.
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not only is such spending a betrayal of our american values, it's a waste of resources that crowds out investments that keep our families and communities safe, strong, and moving forward. frankly, it is just part of a pattern in which republicans have underfunding bills that will come later in the appropriations process. for example, republicans have not provided a single penny in additional resources to the labor, health, and human services and education appropriations bill. what does that mean? his means that they threat ton starve our schools, hurt job training, workplace right protection, jeopardize pell
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grants and limit access to affordable health care among many other things. we can and must do better than spending levels that prioritize president trump's border wall and attacks on immigrant communities over the urgent need of american children, families, and seniors. now with regard to the energy and water bill specifically, we are confronted with a partisan bill that contains cuts to many important priorities for the american people. gas prices approaching $3 a gallon. the bill cuts energy efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. it cuts transformational science efforts such as the successful and popular arpa-e program. and just as bad it contains many
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harmful riders including rolling back clean water protection, blocking the national ocean policy, further endangering salmon on the columbia river, and weakening gun safety rules on public lands. these provisions and the cuts to important priorities that drive innovation and safe forward our national security make it impossible for democrats to support this bill. we can and must do better. i urge my colleagues to vote no, oppose the republican raw deal that cuts critical priorities, includes harmful poison pill riders, sets congress on a path to future bills that will cause serious pain for american children, family, and seniors. however, before i reserve the
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balance of my time, i would like our chair, with whom i have always worked cooperatively, and your staff and my staff and all those who spend many, many hours making sure we can work together . however i do hope that the end of the process we can put together a more responsible, bipartisan bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the -- the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. free -- >> i'm pleased to yield three minutes to mr. simpson of idaho. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. simpson: i'm pleased to present the -- to the house the fiscal year 2019 energy and water development and related agencies appropriation act. before i review the details of the bill, i'd like to thank chairman free i think hisen for his leadership and unwavering commitment to the propings process. our committee is back on track to bring 12 bills through the
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committee markup and before the full house for the second year in a row. i'd also like to thank ranking member lowey and kaptur, as always, their thoughtful approach to the issues have made this a better bill etch though i was disappointed that the gentlelady from new york, who is my friend, said she didn't like the energy and water bill just now. the energy and water bill totals $44.7 billion, $1.5 billion more than last year's level and $8.2 billion above the budget request. increases over last year were targeted to those areas where they are needed most to provide for our nation's defense and to support our nation's infrastructure. the bill provides a total of $15.3 billion for the department of energy's nuclear weapons security programs, including weapons activities, defense nuclear nonproliveuation of million tors, a $644 increase above fiscal year 2018 enacted level and $222 million
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above the president's budget request. in alliance with the administration's nuclear posture review it calls for continuing to maintain a strong nuclear deterrent to meet the challenges of a changing security environment, revitalizing our nuclear complex and supporting effective arms control and nonproliferation efforts. additionally the bill provides for funding increases across the department of energy to defend against cyber attacks and within the administration's new cyber security, energy security and emergency response program to strengthen energy sector cyber security preparedness, response, and recovery. the bill includes strong funding for the army corps of engineers. $451 million more than last year and $2.5 billion more than the budget request. this is to address our nation's critical infrastructure needs, harbor maintenance activities are funded at $.6 billion, $00 million more than the fiscal year 2018 appropriation.
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the level exceeds the wrda annual target by $160 million and represents and i'm proud of this, represents 95% of the estimated revenue. basic science research and applied energy research development programs at the department of energy include nuclear energy, fossil energy, office of science energy efficiency and renewable energy and arpa-e are strongly supported in this bill. taken together these programs advance the all of the bf energy strategy that will support a strong national economy well into the future. finally they are bill sends a clear message that it is time to address the long-term storage of spent nuclear fuel and finish the yucca mountain license application with $220 million going to the department of energy and $47.7 million to the nuclear regulatory commission. we simply cannot wait any longer to finish the license application process and proceed to construction and operation of the permanent repository.
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this is a strong bill that incorporates priorities and interest of all noives house. in fact this bill addresses in full or in part 94% of the more than 3,000 separate requests we received from members. i urge my colleagues to support this and before i yield back, i would like to say and emphasize what the chairman said, these bills would not be possible without the strong work and competent work of the staff on the energy and water appropriations committee, both minority and majority, and also from our personal offices. they do a great job trying to address the concerns of individual members and the requests of individual members. we wouldn't be able to do this without the strong work they do and i thank them for that. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield five minutes to the gentlelady from ohio, the ranking member of the subcommittee on energy and water, ms. kaptur. the chair: the gentlelady is
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recognized. ms. kaptur: i wish to thank the ranking member, nita lowey, of new york for yielding me this time and for the wonderful work she's done on 12 bills. this is but the first and i also want to thank the chair of the ull committee, congressman frelinghuysen whose service has been so meritorious and we miss his service on the energy and water committee directly but he's moved up to greater things and also to thank chairman simpson and the members of our fine subcommittee and our staff on our side of the aisle, jamie and t.j. and on the majority side angie for their hard work on this bill under rushed circumstances. i value the hard work that all of you have put into this bill and dethe dispatch with which chair simpson moved through the process including with great cordiality. our bill contributes to ensuring the critical availability of energy and water and waterway
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improvements for domestic stability and national security. not just for today but for the tomorrows to come. energis the power that from thes and drives our economy and courses through our nation. sometimes people even forget it's there. binding our country together at the community level, connecting our nation from coast to coast, and assuring our superior defense posture. tpwhrobally. our nation has made enormous strides in increasing our energy independence by developing a broad portfolio of power sources with no bill more important than this one in reefing the strategic goal of energy independence for america's independence. but it is not yet time to declare mission accomplished. today the price of oil son the rise again. standing 50% higher than it was one year ago. due at least in part to unrest
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across our globe. it is no secret that every time in recent history, and i'm talking 40, 50 years that fuel price exceed $4 per tpwhron, our nation sinks into deep recession. actually, energy can become a tourniquet that throtlts economic growth. and rising fuel prices means our nation could be headed there again. so we must not lose sight of the ultimate goal of energy independence for american independence. largely thanks to the bipartisan budget agreement the chairman has been able to provide increased funding levpls to that end across much of our bill. turning to the water and waterway elements in our bill, all essential to human life, our bill significantly increases funding for the army corps of engineers to ensure continued forward progress in all regions of our country across all
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project areas, including navigation and environmental restoration. all projects are job creators and benefit future economic growth and environmental improvement. i'm grateful for the chairman's continued partnership to address the asian carp threat to our fresh water great lakes ecosystem as well as funding to keep our great lakes ports open to shippers which drive economic investment in the great lakes region. unfortunately, while the chair has been generous in the funding of most programs, unfortunately the bill cuts over $400 million in funding from this year's levels for next year for some of the highest priorities to those of us on this side of the aisle. and let me enumerate them. energy efficiency and renewable energy. where america is making great strides and nations like china seek to blunt our lead. transformational science driven by the highest research, highest level of research in our
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country, the advanced research and energy we call arpa-e. finally, in the third important area of nuclear nonproliferation. those accounts should not be cut. they all exist within the department of energy budget. these programs invest in new horizons to move our country and economy forward through innovation, creating jobs along the way. hink about this. 3 million americans work in clean industry energy industries. those jobs didn't exist 35 years ago. energy means jobs and new energy systems means economic growth. i remain troubled by the continued unsustainable spending in the department of energy's weapons program. but instead of working to bring in costs just over a month ago, the administration submitted a budget amendment to begin work on a new low-yield ballistic
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missile. i remain unconvinced this new capability will actually improve our nuclear deterrent and we owe it to the -- the chair: the gentlelady's time has expired. mrs. lowey: i yield 30 seconds. ms. kaptur: we need to have a full discussion and path before going down the path of new nuclear weapons. the bill includes several unnecessary and controversial policy riders including waters from the united states and legislating an ongoing court case. i ask my colleagues to vote no when i offer an amendment. the damage this bill does to other bills, like musical chairs. if we succeed with our bill, then the 11 bills that follow may not have sufficient funding. i thank everyone again and thank you, mr. chairman, for leading
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us to this point. and we are proud to be the first bill on the floor in this appropriations process. and i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady reserves. mr. frelinghuysen: i yield five minutes to the new chairman of the military construction-veterans affairs subcommittee, judge john carter and thank him for his leadership and work on homeland security subcommittee as well. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. carter: i'm pleased to be here as the newly apinted chairman of the military construction-veterans affairs and related agencies subcommittee. i arrived mid-post-season and i have a lot to learn but i have a great base to start with. charlie dent and debbie waser salesman schultz that it was approved 47-0 vote in the full committee.
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the military construction and veteran affairs bill provides generously for our service members, our veterans, their families and our monuments and cemeteries. the chairman and ranking member have provided strong support for this bill. i appreciate their leadership as well as the participation of all the members of the subcommittee and i want to thank my ranking member, debbie wasserman schultz. billionl contains $96.9 in budget authority, an increase of 4.2 billion over last year's level. funding recommendations include $11.3 billion for military construction, which is $412 million or 3.8% increase over fiscal year 2018 level. the bill increases 10.3 billion in base funding and $921 million
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in overseas contingency prayings funding, the level of $131 million below the request. $85.3 billion for the department of veterans affairs, which is an increase of nearly $4 billion or 4.8% over f.y. 2018 levels. of the $85.3 billion provided for the v.a., $71.2 billion is for medical care for 11 million veteran and making investments in v.a. programs including mental and suicide prevention and electronic v.a. health records, prevention of jopeoid abuse. $2 billion is provided as a second year of the budget deal
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commitment for infrastructure funding for v.a. facilities. this bill supports our troops and the facilities necessary to maintain readiness and morale at bases here in the united states and around the world. it funds our veterans' health care and benefits system to ensure that our promise to care for those who sacrificed in the defense of our nation is met as those men and women return home. this is a strong bill. and i urge everyone to support it. and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield five minutes to the gentleman from ohio, the ranking member of the legislative branch subcommittee, mr. ryan. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. ryan: i thank the gentlelady from new york for yielding and i want to thank her for her leadership on this committee on the appropriations committee.
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i also would like to thank my partner on the legislative branch appropriations subcommittee, mr. yoder, who was the chairman of the legislative branch appropriations subcommittee until recently. he carried out his responsibilities as chairman and inclusive and thoughtful manner. not only did we hold a budget hearing with almost every agency funded under the bill but we ended our markup with a bipartisan measure that gives most of the agencies in the legislative branch their full budget request. chairman frelinghuysen is now wielding the gavel for the full appropriations committee and the legislative branch subcommittee and i'm grateful for the courtesy he has shown me and in his shorten you are so far, as my subcommittee chair. he will continue to work with me as the ranking minority member in the same respectful bipartisan manner that mr. yoder did. i would like to thank the
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staffs. subcommittee clerk, jenny, tim, adam and ann and ryan. as mr. frelinghuysen noted, the legislative branch division of this bill provides $3.81 billion excluding senate items with $456 million for the capitol police, house million for the sergeant at arms and looking at the security needs of the staff and members and visitors. the bill $5.4 million for the office of compliance and $147 million for the house chief administrative officer will respond to the sex sexual harassment that has been pervasive. and has only recently become a national scandal. $642 million for the architect of the capitol will reduce our backlog of deferred maintenance.
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$579 million for the government accountability office and bring the auditor and watchdog up to the staffing level it needs to root out waste, fraud and abuse. those are some of the worth while issues we are putting taxpayer dollars in the legislative branch appropriations bill. unfortunately i have to oppose this bill, it isn't because the funding for the legislative branch agencies or energy and water or military construction and veteran affairs is inadequate. on the contrary. it's because the majority has taken the sequestration relief that democrats fought for and used it for republican priorities instead of putting it towards programs that help people support their families and grow the middle class. and that was not what we agreed upon. a number of the appropriations bills this year won't see an increase at all, even though there are billions more dollars
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available for domestic spending. the republican plan says the labor, health and human services and education bill that funds the mental services administration, national institutes of health, are not priorities. even in the face of the opioid crisis that we see in ohio. we're saying, it isn't a priority to fund the wage and hour division of the department of labor which enforces federal minimum wage and recordkeeping laws. we are saying we don't care about the international affairs labor bureau whose mission is to practice and strengthening labor standards and more. we are saying we don't care about job training but we have billions of dollars for wasteful unness ineffective border wall. shifting domestic spending away
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from programs that help the middle class isn't the only way the majority is violating the budget caps deal we agreed to in february. the majority is counting over a billion for bipaisan veterans' programs against the domestic spending caps even those dollars were previously outside the caps. they changed the rules to move it under the caps and you have to spend less somewhere else. it's another way of squeezing out funding for domestic priorities. and as we saw earlier today, the rescinding money that we were relying on to right 2019 spending bills that made investments. both sides understood we would use rescinded money to cover health and education. and now the republicans are taking that away. again, changing the rules to squeeze out spending for programs that help working amilies.
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mrs. lowey: 30 seconds. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. ryan: republicans are trying to sit on some of the domestic funds we agreed to in the bipartisan budget deal in february. for example, the financial services bill republicans are taking $585 million away. if republicans think they can get through this year's appropriations process without bipartisan cooperation, good luck. and to get good cooperation, you have to show good faith. we had a deal and need to keep the deal. mr. chair, i hope we can return working together when we produced the fiscal year 2018 omnibus less than three months ago. there is still time, but today we have to oppose this bill and i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady reserves.
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mr. frelinghuysen: i yield three minutes to the chairman of the interior subcommittee, mr. calvert of california and thank him for getting through a successful markup of five hours yesterday afternoon. i thank all members for their perseverance in that regard. i yield three minutes to mr. calvert. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. calvert: i rise in strong support of these appropriation bills on the floor. i would like to thank the full committee chairman for his dedication to regular order. we are committed to fulfilling our constitutional responsibility and pass these bills before the end of the fiscal year and i thank the relevant chairmen and hard work on these bills. one of the most important duties is to provide for the united states armed forces, the military construction and veteran affairs bill does just that. the bill provides $50 million in force protection funding for each of the services. this money could be used for
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access, control points, air traffic towers and air towers. this is important for my district, camp pendleton. bases are busier, including the deployment of troops every month. in order to ensure the safety, a new main gate complex is needed. at camp pendleton, the fire stations are in dire need. top six fire stations identified, five are at camp pendleton. one of the full-time stations are wood frame structures built in the 1940's. this would start the process and replacing old outdated fire stations with structures able to respond to the needs of our united states marine corps. i support the energy and water portion of the bill put forward by mike simpson. the funding for the bureau of
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reclamation including $134 million for water projects. it directs ferc to continue working with the industry on cost-effective ways to increase the resilience of our electric system. this is important following one of the worst fire seasons in california's modern history. the bill provides for strong funding for the army corps of engineers allowing them to update and improve water projects throughout the country. the report contains much needed language for the creek project in my own district. this is critical for the health, safety and communities. the bill repeals the disastrous water of the united states water rule that would restrict the ability of private land owners to make decisions about their own property, deciding how water should be used. it is a state and local effort, not the federal government.
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thank the chairman and ranking member and staff for their work. i urge passage of the bill. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield five minutes to the gentlelady from florida, the ranking member of the military construction, veteran affairs subcommittee, ms. wasserman schultz. . ms. wasserman schultz: thank you. i recognize former chairman dent for his hard work on the bill. i want to recognize chairman carter for taking up the reins on this bill. not in an easy, care-free situation, to come in after a bill has been completely written and then have to manage it. but i'm confident, given the track record that i've seen chairman carter have, that it's going to be be a absolute pleasure to work with him --

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