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to have faith in our country and believe things are coming out to be better. host: thank you for the call. we take you now to the floor of the house of representatives for c-span's live gavel to gavel coverage. backington journal" is tomorrow morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern time and 4:00 for those of you on the east coast and live on c-span radio. have a great weekend. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] efore the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's rooms, washington, d.c. june 15, 2018. the honorable mike bost to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the honorable mike bost to act as speaker pro
tempore on this day. signed, paul d. ryan, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will be offered by chaplain father conroy. chaplain conroy: the honorable mike bost to act as speaker pro tempore on let us pray. god of grace and goodness, thank you for giving us another day. your divine wisdom and power are abundantly sufficient for our many needs. endow the members of this assembly with the loyalty that never waivers and a courage that never falters as they seek to fulfill the high and holy mission which you have entrusted to them. as the house enters a long weekend of visits to their respective districts, may we all be mindful of and thankful for our fathers or the men who were father figures for us whose love and support enabled us to mature and become our ctive members of american society. our american society. may all that is ton this day be for your greater honor and glory. men.
the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition. >> pursuant to clause 1, rule 1, i demand a vote on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker pro tempore: so any as are in favor say aye. the question is to agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. >> i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain -- pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from . nnsylvania, mr. marino everyone to ask
stand and join in the pledge if you are able to, please. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to five requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. the speaker pro tempore: the for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition. >> i seek unanimous consent to revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of world blood donor day and celebrate and thank the seven million americans who donate blood each year. again rossity saved the life of my dear friend and roommate, congressman steve scalise, after a donate blood shooter at fellow colleagues and teammates on a ballfield during early morning baseball practice a year ago.
our supply depends on the selfless again rossity of our blood donors, because donated blood is parishable, it has a limited shelf life and continually replenished. mr. brady: it ensures the patients in need always have access to the life save gift of blood. in the summer we see a big drop in donations exactly at the time when people are out about and need it the most. i encourage my colleagues to o visit their local blood centers an help promote awareness. else.re for someone give blood and share life. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition. else. without objection the gentleman s recognized for one minute. mr. >> mr. speaker, i rise today and frustration
and a situation in my hometown illinois. and frustration i was shocked to read in yesterday's "chicago tribune" about a callous disregard demonstrated while poor and vulnerable citizens cooperate i i was shocked to read in with rehabilitation and health care center in my district, and i'm here today to call on all to shut it down. mr. rush: this so-called skilled nursing facility allowed a patient to remain on fire while an employee enjoyed a beverage. to add insult to injury, many residents have to encure bug bites, bruises, and other forms of neglect. this is the epitome of negligence and should not happen. this is america. it is not a coincidence, mr. speaker, that most of these
residents are poor seniors and african-americans. where was c.m.s. and the other regulatory and oversight authorities? mr. speaker, this is reprehensible. once again i call for this hellhole to be shut down immediately. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition. >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. rothfus: i rise today to recognize the unyielding ted case that my constituents have for our military. in particular i'd like to highlight the efforts of several folks back home who are responsible for a number of billboards dotting the highways of beaver county that encourage people to wear red on fridays to support our troops who are deployed overseas. for more than a decade, americans across the nation have worn red on fridays to show support for troops fighting in foreign lands n
this effort, red is not just a color, but a message. red is an acronym for remember everyone deployed. it is a message to remember our service members who are away from their families, risking their lives on the frontlines to it is a defend our freedoms and values. remembering them is especially important since we often do not see news of those deployed. wearing red on fridays is another way to show our troops we're thinking of them, that we support them, and that we're appreciate their sacrifices. i thank the volunteers of beaver county for promoting and reminding us of this wear red effort. i thank the speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition. ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, there is one person in the united states that can stop the mean-spirited separation of children at the border of my .tate
the vialness of separating babies as young as six months. babies who are breast-feeding is at the feet, hands, mind, and heart of president trump. this is not a democratic policy. we have never utilized this kind of deterrence. and we have never stopped an asylum possibility because of domestic violence or gang violence, as this administration is doing. secondarily, the i.g. report which i commend to the american people to read, has nothing to to with the mueller investigation. and mr. mueller with his inveg grit intact must continue that investigation and do it well and answer the questions of the russian clution in the election of 2016. -- russian collusion in the election of 2016. happy father's day, in memory of my great father, we miss you. all of the fathers who have fallen and those who live we wish awe wonderful day. as well, happy june teeth the to those who celebrate, recognize it was two years after the emancipation proclamation that
african-americans in the south, rticularly texas, freedom is precious. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition. >> seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. without objection. mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, last night we had our annual congressional baseball game and some healthy competition with our colleagues, but today is the big showdown. when the high school baseball team will play for the state championship versus cannon mcmillan at penn state's field. beat la e coach they salle in a come-from-behind victory in the semifinals. initially down three runs with only two at-bats remaining. this was compelled by nick's be salle in a sacrifice fly to left field, sending home dave barnett from third base. that left it up to the pitcher, nick, who closed out the game and finished with starter steve
aldridge began. wish these players and the entire team, coaching staff the community, the best of luck today and now they'll make all of us proud. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition. >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. thank erman schultz: you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, president trump's cruel attempt to sabotage affordable health care act is inhumane and mark my words, deadly. if trump has his way, anyone who has survived living with th you, mr. speaker. asthma, diabe any other medical conditions that you can think of, and many that you can't, will risk losing their health coverage. that's because the president is on dismantling the
affordable care act which protects americans with pre-existing conditions. before the a.c.a., insurance companies refused coverage or charged people more with these commonplace anomalies. they charged women more for being women. i am a woman and i also beat breast cancer. t sickens me to think of the anxiety and pain this is causing my sister survivors. it's absurd, scrimtorks and monstrous. every time it appears the reckless disregard for people's lives shown by this administration and their republican enablers in congress couldn't possibly get any worse, they find a new low. mr. speaker, there are too many real problems facing americans today. this president and his party need to stop creating deadly new ones. thank you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition. >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials to h.r. 2851. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to haugs 934 and rule
18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole on the state of the union for consideration of h.r. 2851. the chair appoints the gentleman from illinois, mr. bost, to preside over the ommittee of the whole. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of h.r. 2851, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to amend the controlled substances act, to clarify how controlled substance analogs are to be regulated, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the bill is considered as read the first time. the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. marino, and the the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, each control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from pennsylvania. thank you, mr.
chairman. mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: without objection. mr. marino: all members of the chamber are acutely aware of the devastation caused by opioid epidemic. the epidemic is destroying lives and families across the united states. it affects every area of our country, and grandparents, parents, and children alike. especially during the course of this week, we have been reminded that over 64,000 americans died from drug overdoses in 2016. over 20% of these deaths resulted from an overdose of synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, which can be as much than times more powerful painkillers like morphine. additionally, synthetic anna logs with street names bike
k-2, spice, bath salts are designed to mimic other drugs like marijuana, l.s.d., and ecstasy and can be more potent and deadly than the real thing. criminal drug manufacturers, wlargely from china and mexico, work continuously to stay ahead of our laws by altering the molecular structure of their drugs as soon as the government bans them. the controlled substance act, which was signed into law over 40 years ago, was designed to protect the public from the dangers associated with drugs and drug use. however, this law was not designed to handle the magnitude and speed with which these new psycho active substances have emerged in our communities. it currently takes three years to schedule a new drug, but criminals can can skirt the law by quickly changing a drug molecule and get it to the u.s.
streets, often through the mail. the bill we're considering today, the stop the importation and trafficking of synthetic analogs act, or sitsa, updates federal law to provide swifter action to stop the unlawful importation and distribution of synthetic drugs, and gives law enforcement effective tools to help keep our communities save. -- safe. while congress has taken action to combat the opioid epidemic through the historic comprehensive addiction and recovery act, it is clear that need more tools to combat the ever growing problem of synthetic drug abuse. . instead of taking three years to bring a drug under control, sitsa gives the attorney general to classify a new danger of drug within a matters of months when it is virtually identical to a
current schedule and powerful drug. the bill also requires the attorney general to work with the department of health and human services so that these synthetic drugs can still be studied by qualified researchers. supporters of h.r. 2851 include the national association of police organizations, the national fraternal order of police, the national district attorneys association, and the american college of emergency physicians. i fully support this legislation, and i encourage my colleagues to do the same and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the chairman, and i thank mr. marino and i want to make it very clear that we have spent a lot of time in judiciary, in this congress, energy and commerce in almost every other bill to stemming the tide, the rage, the horror of
opioid addiction. mr. chairman, i lived through crack cocaine addiction, heroin addiction -- now heroin has returned itself -- and i watched my constituents in these low drug offenses wind up not getting treatment, wind up getting the devastation of mass incarceration. frankly, if this bill had listed the synthetic analogues on schedule a and provided the science to determine what they were, this would be a bill with , butle house could support that is not the case, so i raise concerns that i hope this house will listen to and recognize that opportunities to fix this legislation as we move to the the kind ld make this of response that has been consistent with the view that
the incarceration of an opioid who are erson and/or limited sellers does not bring us to where we need to be. this bill, as i rise to speak, mr. chairman, and i ask unanimous consent to speak as much time as i might consume. the chair: without objection. ms. jackson lee: i rise to discuss the stop the importation and trafficking of synthetic hasogues act of 2017, which drugs to curtail massive importation, dwrirks. h.r. 2851 would also establish new federal crimes related to the misuse of controlled substance identified in the bill. i'm acutely concerned about the dangers presented by drugs like fentanyl and its synthetic analogue that contributed to a disturbing number of overdose
deaths. this bill is flawed for several reasons. the attorney general must work in collaboration with the department of health and human services as part of the scheduling process. absent collaboration of the scientific community, the a.g. under this bill will have sole discretion to unilaterally determine which drugs are schedule a substance. this is alarming because arbitrary scheduling of substances without verifiable data will undoubtedly create disproportionate incarceration of low-level drug offenders. second, this bill overcriminalizes drug offenders, many of whom are in dire need of support in their battles with addiction, substance abuse, mental illness. we recognize this san alarming epidemic and the need for medical treatment is very important. third, although we know that synthetic analogues are often manufactured and mixed with heroin outside the country, namely china, and where users
and sellers here may lack knowledge, this bill heightens the penalties, nonetheless. in june, 2016, the head of the d.e.a. testified before the senate judiciary committee that illicit fentanyl, fentanyl derivatives and immediate precursors are often produced in china. by the time the drugs enter in the united states, where they're sold, he said, buyers and sellers are often unaware of the comp significance and potency -- composition and potency of the drugs. there was a robust examination synthetic drugs and penalties. the commission is nonpartisan, an independent body which sets sentencing guidelines for federal drugs. since the introduction of this bill, the commission approved a multipartisan theyic drugs amendments in april, 2018, which included extensive public comment, expert testimony, and a
multiyear data analysis. the commission's recent amendment reflects the evolving nature of these synthetic drugs, creates a class-based approach, establishes a new drug ratio and new guideline penalty for fentanyl that will promote uniformity in federal sentencing. we must allow this process to come to completion absent the interruption by the attorney general, as provided in this bill. and lastly, this bill imposes mandatory minimum terms of supervise release not less than three years and imprisonment not less than six years if there was a prior conviction. furthermore, the bill appears to impose mandatory minimum sentencing. current law requires if a controlled substance analogue is intended for human consumption it shall be treated for schedule 2113.tance, 21 u.s.c. because the analogue would be treated as a schedule 1 drug, the penalty of such drugs is not
less than 20 years mandatory minimum if death or seriously body injury occurs. under 802-32-a, it's a substance, a chemical substance which was substantially similar to the chemical similar to a controlled substance which has a stimulant, depressant on the central nervous system. under this bill, a schedule a drug is one that has a chemical structure similar to the controlled substance in schedules 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. an actual or stimulant, depressant or hallucinogenic on the nervous system. the penalty in this bill is not less than 10 years. if serious bodily injury occurs, not more than 15 years. if the complex is similar to the substance in scheduled 1 or 2,
then we have a mandatory minimum problem. unless the bill says a schedule 1 penalty is not triggered by placement of a substance in schedule a. this creates great ambiguity with respect to sentencing because of vague -- the vague language leaves a number of individuals exposed to mandatory minimum and of course mass incarceration. given the number of new drugs out there and the constant evolving nature of these synthetic drugs, it's unknown at this point and unfair in this bill's framework the number of drugs that would trigger a mandatory sentence. if we are committed to steering people away from the use of opioid drugs, that will be the preferable approach to take note of the fact they are on schedule a, to provide the scientific background, and then allow the existing sentencing structure to proceed. mandatory minimum sentencing for drug offenses gave birth to explosion in our prison population. it is responsible for many of our criminal is it deficiencies. it is really the reason why we are fighting for sentencing
reduction. congress acknowledged this as a devastating policy approach and as a result passed the fair sentencing act. inclusion of new mandatory minimum sentences is particularly egregious because these one-size-sentencing laws prevent judges from fitting the punishment to the individual and the circumstances of their offenses. like a 19-year-old seller who, as the d.e.a. administrator said, not even knew it was laced. mandatory minimum sentencing caused the prison population to soar, led to overcrowding, exorbitant costs to taxpayers. so i ask my colleagues, let us work together to work on the bill before us and focus it on ways that gets to the dastardliness of synthetic an logs but as well -- analogues but as well responds mercifully to the increasing incarceration
of persons through mandatory minimums and the lack of using the sentencing commission guidelines. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: mr. chairman, i now give five minutes to the gentleman from new york, congressman katko. the chair: the gentleman from new york is recognized for five minutes. mr. katko: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding time to speak in favor of legislation i authored. h.r. 2851, the stop the importation and trafficking of 2017.tic analogues act of synthetic drug abuses crippled my community and the communities of many other members in this chamber. last year syracuse area hospitals saw a record number of overdose due to synthetic drug abuse. in may of last year, over 15 individuals had overdosed on synthetic drugs and were taken to the e.r. in the span of 24 hours. all of these synthetic drugs
were purchased at botega, stamped for not for human consumption and clearly that was the intent. unfortunately, stories like this have become the new normal. first, responders in emergency room physician -- and emergency room physicians have seen an increase of calls due to synthetic overdoses which is why i wholeheartedly support this. this is designed to mimic street drugs like marijuana, l.s.d., fentanyl, other hard drugs. they can be more potent than the real things and oftentimes more deadly. unfortunately, when law enforcement encounters and begins to combat a specific synthetic drug compound, which they must do under the law, manufacturers of these substances are able to slightly alter the chemical structure of the drug and this puts law enforcement at a serious disadvantage because that chemical alteration makes that drug technically not legal until it gets on the analogue statute.
this leaves them constantly one step behind. as a former federal prosecutor for more than 20 years, but more importantly, as a father, getting these drugs off the streets and out of the hands of our loved ones remains a top priority for me. right before i introduced this bill, i met with a constituent in my district, teresa wilson, whose son was tragically killed a synthetic drug known as xlr-11. he went to a store and called k-2 spice. he thought since it was sold over the counter it was safe. he had a seize year and drowned in lake ontario. unfortunately for theresa, the drug that killed her son managed to be legal and on the streets and sold over the counter in stores for four years after his death until it was finally added to the controlled substances list. this is unacceptable. and these families deserve more than that and they deserved
justice. the potency and dangers of synthetic drugs not only threaten users, we are now seeing local law enforcement and first responders put in harm's way simply by coming in contact by these highly potent and often legal substances, oftentimes being mixed with heroin, which is killing people at a record pace in this country. numerous cases across the country have resulted in emergency personnel becoming gravely ill and even dying while responding to these synthetic overdoses. the threats synthetic drugs pose to our communities and law enforcement must be stopped. h.r. 2851 takes a big step towards eradicating these harmful substances and protecting our communities. the bipartisan sitsa act will give local, state, and federal law enforcement the necessary tools to target synthetic substances and the criminals who traffic them. specifically, this legislation will create a new schedule to control substances act and establish a mechanism by which analogues can be temporarily or permanently added to that
schedule in as little as 30 days after the chemical composition is determined by the attorney general. with amendments adopted by the judiciary committee and on the house floor today, we have struck the right balance between providing law enforcement with the tools they need and facilitating research on these chemical compounds. i'd like to thank chairman goodlatte and chairman walden and their staffs, specifically tony and adam, for their tireless work on this bill. i'd also like to thank my legislative director who has done a tremendous job on this bill. the stories of synthetic drug use are in no way limited to my area of the country. this is a nationwide epidemic. i respectfully ask my colleagues to vote in favor of sitsa because every moment we fail to act another person is affected by synthetic drugs. since i have more time i want to address a specific issue, spoke about by my colleague from texas. under this bill, a substance
place in schedule a will be a schedule a controlled substance, as defined in 21 u.s.c. 8026. controlled substance analogue ase, the criteria of 21 u.s.c. 8032 must be met by each defendant, case by case, the elements of the crime. it cannot be simply asserted that it is similar pursuant to those provisions and the court arrive at 841-b-c penalty. mr. marino: i yield the gentleman another minute. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. . mr. katko: gentlelady is concerned a drug trafficker may have a harsh sentence when they cause someone's death. let me give you an example, brianna was five months pregnant. a drug trafficker pushed her, cajoled her over the course of 12 hours through texts that we
saw trying to get her to try this specific type of heroin. she took one dose. her mother found her. the heroin he gave her killed her and her five-month-old baby in her womb. that's the reality we're facing. he's facing 15 years in prison under that and he pled guilty to that. she is gone. her baby is gone. that's the reality. so we're trying to find the proper balance here. no one's suggesting that mandatory minimums under 841-b-1-a or 3-1-b will be applicable can. they are not. so please, let us try and find the proper balance here. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. chairman, lee: mr. i'd like to yield 3 1/2 minutes to the gentleman, ranking member of the education and work force committee, mr. bobby
scofment the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for 3 1/2 minutes. mr. scott: thank you. thank you, mr. chairman. i thank the lady from texas for yielding the time and her leadership in opposing this bill. to oppose the bill and this bill is yet another in another long line of so-called tough on crime bills, the congress has enacted since president nixon declared the war on drugs nearly 50 years ago. without have, question, failed to win the so-called war, but they have succeeded in placing the united states as number one in without question, failed incarceration rates in the world. to the extent it's so bad that some studies have actually shown that our incarceration rate is so bad that it actually adds to crime. because so many children are being raise bide parents who re incarcerated.
so much of the department of justice budget is spent on prisons that aren't doing any good when that money should be spent on things that could do some good. so much of the department of justice budget is spent on prisons that aren't doing any good when that money should be spent on things that could do some good. too many people have felony records and can't find jobs who are actually adding to crime by this so-called war on drugs. mr. speaker, there are three main reasons why i oppose this bill. first, the bill abandons evidence and expertise in exchange for expediency. by giving the attorney general the so much of the department of power to permanently on designate analog substances to new drug schedule. he'll be freep to ignore the experts at the health and human services and the food and drug administration. this is the attorney general whose judgment has led him to rip children from their parents at the border. the bill also codifies drug equivalency laws used in sentencing, absent any input from the united states sentencing commission, which is already conducting an in-depth study of analog drugs. in addition to research and expertise, the sentencing commission also poe hes the flexibility to adjust sentencing guidelines as necessary if its knowledge of
analog substance changes. second, the bill will add the problem to mass incarceration. by acting higher -- enacting higher sentences, people can can serve longer sentences even if they did not know the drug contained an analog substance. third, we simply do not need the bill. department of justice also prosecutors cases involving drug analogs under existing law. the then acting administrator of the d.e.a. said as much in the testimony before the judiciary committee in december of last year, when she described the current legal process as workable but resource intensive. mr. speaker, let's not enact another law that sends more eople to prison while ignoring the ruse cause of the current crisis. that is substance abuse which is a public health problem and should be treated as such. other opioid bills we have been considering take this public
health not criminal justice approach, and that's the approach we should take and we should take -- pursue that strategy by rejecting this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: i now yield three minutes to the gentleman from oregon, congressman walden, who chairs the energy and commerce the chair: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for three minutes. walden: i thank the gentleman. i appreciate all those who have put so much work into this, new ially mr. katko of york who has been relentless in his battle to stop illegal fentanyls from coming in and killing. i rise new york who has been today in supp 2851, the stop the importation and trafficking of synthetic anna logs, also known as sits a, act of 2017. -- sitsa act of 2017. this would give law enforcement officials additional tools to get and keep synthetic drugs
such as fentanyl off of our streets in america. in february 28, during our first of four legislative hearings on the opioid crisis, we focused on finding ways to protect our communities anti-people that live in them. -- and the people that live with them and equip law enforcement with the necessary stools to fight this deadly opioid epidemic that kills more people than traffic accidents in america. during that hearing, the chief of police from syracuse, new york, frank fowler, talked about how synthetic drugs tore apart his community. his call for this legislation rings as true now as it did then. after that hearing, we held a round table to hear from families who had been directly impacted by this deadly crisis. seated across that table from me was michael gray. he bravely shared his family's story hoping that their loss would help spur congress to
modernize federal laws. he gave me a picture of his daughter, amanda. amanda, and he gave me a new one yesterday when i met with him. and amanda's brother. this is amanda, amanda gray. she suffered from some mental illness and self medicated with something you and i would know as heroin. she wasn't a regular user. she was an intermittant user. and the person who sold her heroin knew that. st this past january, amanda bought some heroin and what she didn't know was that was not heroin. it's now been determined not only was it -- normally they cut fentanyl into heroin. this had no heroin, it was all fentanyl. let me explain why that is so deadly. it is so potent that if you took a saltshaker and sprinkled three or four or half a dozen grains of salt on this podium and touched them, you would
likely have that fentanyl go through your skin and fall on the floor here in this chamber. unless one of our folks here in the chamber or one of the edics nearby had narcan, naloxone to resuscitate you, you would difmente that's what happened to amanneda. she took what she thought was heroin and died from 100% fentanyl. that same night, her father recalls news reports saying additional people in their city died. it's a fatal but common trend with illicit fentanyl. mr. marino: i yield another minute. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: this illegal fentanyl that comes into our country from foreign countries, generally through our mail facilities, has been one of the deadliest waves of the opioid crisis to hit our nation. representative katko's bill will modernize the act to
create a new schedule of drugs that specifically concentrates on the rapidly changing synthetic anna logs of opioids such as fentanyl. in doing this, we must make sure to keep particular attention on not compromising important public health protections. a thoughtful amendment was offered by our committee member in energy and commerce, morgan griffith of virginia, which ensures that research and innovation will not impeded by sitsa. among other issues, if an applicant is registered to do research, they can continue to do that research that they may be pursuing with the schedule a substance while their application is being processed. the bill we'll vote on today is the result of bipartisan feedback from two house committees, as well as the collaboration of multiple agencies within the trump administration. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. walden: -- mr. chairman -- mr. marino: i yield as much time as he requires. mr. walden: mr. speaker, this is a thoroughly thought out bill. i encourage my colleagues to
support it to help stop the spread of deadly synthetic opioid anna logs. et -- an logs. let's -- analogs. let's remember why we're here. the parents who survive them, the parent who got worst call any parent can get, notifying them of the death of their child. we're going to stop this from happening in america with the package of bills we have going through the house and senate. mr. katko's work on this is extraordinary as is the other members of the committee. with that, mr. speaker, i call for members to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: yes, it's my pleasure it yield two minutes it bradley scott schneider, congressman who is a member of the house judiciary committee. the chair: the gentleman from illinois is recognized for two minutes. mr. schneider: thank you, mr. chairman, thank you for yielding the time. synthetic opioids are dangerous new frontline in our efforts to end the opioid epidemic
ravaging our communities. recent analysis found that synthetic opioids, particularly illicit fentanyl, cause more deaths in the united is found states in 2016 than prescription opioids. synthetics are many times more potent and fatal than heroin. sometimes requiring two, four, six, or even more doses of antidotes like naloxone to revive a victim. the federal control substances act was signed into law more than 40 years ago. it is not equipped to handle this dangerous new development. put simply, illegal manufacturers, especially those operating overseas, are creating deadly new synthetic opioid analogs faster than our logs and research can keep up. that is why i rise today in support of the stop importation and trafficking of synthetic anna logs act of 2017 to equip our law enforcement officials with the tools they need to keep our communities safe. this bill creates a schedule a in addition to the five
existing schedules in the controlled substances act. this is a mechanism to temporarily schedule and set regulations around new synthetic drugs while our scientific and research communities develop a better understanding of the asocial aated -- associated risks. this bill also adds 13 existing fentanyls to this new schedule. importantly, this crackdown is targeted at the manufacturers, importers, and distributors of these deadly substances, not the individual users. simple possession is expressly omitted from the scope of this bill. individuals suffering from addiction need medical help not prison time. to start to turn the tide on the opioid epidemic, we must address synthetic opioids. i urge my colleagues to join me and my fellow members of the bipartisan problem solvers caucus in support of this eeded legislation. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: reserve at this time.
the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania i reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: yes, mr. chairman. it's my pleasure to yield five minutes to the distinguished ranking member of the energy and commerce committee, mr. pallone of new jersey. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my colleague from texas. mr. speaker, i rise in opposition to h.r. 2851, legislation that would give the attorney general jeff sessions, through the drug enforcement administration, sweeping new authority to combat the synthetic drug crisis facing our country. in 2016, nearly 64,000 americans died because of a drug overdose, and the overdose rate from synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and fentanyl analogs nearly doubled. we know that they are extremely deadly, and increasingly are being shipped into our country through china. i know all members would agree that synthetic drugs are a very real threat that we have to combat. however, it's unclear it me that the appropriate response to this crisis is the creation
of a new schedule. schedule a. that would impose new burdens on researchers and manufacturers. it would also dramatically limit the scientific and medical role h.h.s. and the f.d.a. play in our scheduling process today. in fact, the d.e.a. already has the authority today to temporarily add these synthetic substances to the controlled substance act if they determine they pose an imminent hazard to public safety. the agency has used this authority over 80 times, including most recently to put all fentanyl related substances into schedule 1. d.e.a. also has authority under the analog act to treat synthetics that are substantially similar to a controlled substance, the same way they treat the controlled substance. and this is authority d.e.a. has and continues to use to combat this crisis. instead of proposing to improve the d.e.a.'s existing statutory authority, this bill creates a new schedule for synthetic substances. gives almost sole discretion
as to when substance can be temporarily scheduled in the new schedule a and expands temporary scheduling for up to five years. the another reason i oppose this bill, it also eliminates the scientific and medical analysis gives almost sole by h it only requires the d.e.a. to consider recommendations from h.h.s., eliminating the combineding nature of such analysis under the permanent scheduling process today. a letter in opposition from a coalition including the aclu, drug policy alliance, human rights watch, and the naacp, among others, has also raised concerns about sitsa circumventing the role of h.h.s. and the scheduling process. the letter notes, and i'm quoting, sitsa would enable the attorney general, an un-elected individual, to single-handedly determine which substances are acceptable for private citizens to consume. as a public health agency, h.h.s. acting through f.d.a. is best positioned to be making decision regarding scheduling drugs or substances based on
their scientific and medical analysis. we should not hand this over to a law enforcement agency and that's why i oppose this bill. i also continue to be used about the potential of this bill to undermine or stifle research and development of synthetic substances. we know that many synthetic drugs have the same chemical properties as drugs with known therapeutic uses. by subjecting schedule a substances to the same requirements as schedule 1 we may be unintentionally creating hurdles for the research community to evaluate whether these substances may be possible alternativelies for treatment of pain and -- alternatives for treatment of pain and diction. despite receiving primary referral on this bill, the chairman chose to cede our jurisdiction to the judiciary committee, denying our members to have a full debate on this legislation. for all these reasons i join
chairman nadler in opposing this flawed legislation, and i would urge all of my colleagues to do the same and i would yield back the balance of my time. thank you. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: how much time i have left? the chair: the gentleman has 16 minutes remaining. mr. marino: i yield to the gentleman from new york, mr. katko, four minutes. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for four minutes. catholic university of america i'd like to briefly respond to the comments made by my colleague on the other -- mr. katko: i'd like to briefly respond to the comments made by my colleague on the other side of the aisle. -- the attorney general will ist the substances temporarily on a control analogue list on schedule a and it gives them 180
days to overrule the attorney general. that's a check. it does not shift significant power to the attorney general. that's important to note. my colleagues also noted several times that limiting the research ability of individuals under this statute to research drugs, these synthetic drugs. this in ment addresses a powerful and potent manner and ensures individuals doing research can continue to do the research and will not be sanctioned or in trouble for doing that research. we worked closely with the industry to get their input. more importantly, we worked very closely with the health and human services and the drug enforcement administration to provide substantial input. based on the input, we made adjustments that are now memorialized in the griffith amendment. while we're talking here, let's keep something in perspective.
every hour in this country, at least five people die from heroin and opioid-related overdoses. five an hour. by the time we're done, five more people will have died. and of those individuals dying, the vast majority are dying because of the synthetic drug components that are being found in all the heroin overdoses. fentanyl, synthetic fentanyl. synthetic fentanyl and other synthetic drugs are generally made out of this country. the bad guys know when we find a chemical compound, to get it listed on the drug analogue statute, they tweak the compound and takes another three, four years to get the drug on the statute. again, the compound, make it illegal. it's a cat and mouse game we're losing. we're losing our children in closing, i'd like to note this, and i ask people to consider this. let's put a face on this stuff. john sochi had a daughter.
in front of her 18-month-old child, she was murdered by her boyfriend who was addicted to opioids. two years later, they lost her son to a heroin overdose. briana, as i mentioned earlier, died five months pregnant when a drug dealer repeatedly pushed her to try heroin even though she hadn't been using for seven or eight months. one dose and she was gone. that dose had synthetic drugs in it as well. there are so many other stories out there. law enforcement in trouble because of these synthetic drugs. being afraid to even touch them because a simple contact with them are going to kill them. so let's keep -- while we're complaining about jurisdiction and who was able to review this bill or whether researchers are properly protected, which i submit that they are, people are dying in this country at a rapid rate. we must do something. victor wilson, which i talked about earlier, who bought a
synthetic drug over the counter had a seizure and died. that synthetic drug was on the streets four years after he died, and it took us four years to get that drug off the shelves and off the streets of this country. i don't think it's a tall stretch to ask the attorney general to have authority when i believe this is not just an epidemic. it's a pandemic in this country. to get these drugs off the streets quickly. 30 days. attorney general messes up, we'll be right back here to fix it within 180 days. that's the backstop. we also backstop with them as well for the researchers as well. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i reserve. the chair: the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: mr. chairman, i recognize the chairman of the judiciary committee, the
gentleman from virginia, mr. goodlatte. the chair: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for as much time as he may consume? mr. marino: as much time as he may consume. mr. goodlatte: mr. chairman, i thank chairman marino. mr. chairman, kristen adored her little brother garrett. she cherished his warm heart and bigger than life personality. she loved her brother unconditionally, as did her mother and father, bobby and dawn. naufment, on february 9, -- unfortunately, on february 9, and dawn lost their son. kristen lost her little brother and only sibling. sadly, tens of thousands of family across the nation lost their loved ones to the opioid crisis. according to the centers for disease control, drug overdoses killed over 64,000 americans in 2016, a staggering increase of
over 21% from 2015. of those souls lost, over 20,000 deaths were caused by synthetic opioids, the same type of drug that took garrett's life. regrettably, the suffering shows no signs of slowing as deaths from synthetic opioids have more than doubled from last year. synthetic drugs can be more potent and deadly than the real thing. however, when law enforcement encounters a certain synthetic drug compound and takes steps under current federal law to bring the drug under lawful control, the manufacturers of these synthetics slightly alter the chemical structure of the drug to once again evade law enforcement. as a result, law enforcement is constantly one step behind the manufacturers. left undeterred, manufacturers and distributors continue to flood the u.s. with deadly synthetic drugs. seizures of illicit fentanyl by customs and border protection
increased 64,000% between 2013 and 2017. we must stop this flood of poison that is fueling an epidemic that has taken far too many lives. the stop the importation and trafficking of synthetic analogues act, or sitsa, ensures that manufacturers and distributors of deadly synthetic drugs cannot continue to evade law enforcement. sitsa modernizes the controlled substances act by clarifying the regulation of synthetic analogues. first, sitsa amends the controlled substances act to establish schedule a, a new category for controlled substance analogues. second, the act establishes a streamlined mechanism by which synthetic analogues can be temporarily and/or permanently added to schedule a but only through a thureo analysis by the -- thorough analysis by the attorney general and the secretary of health and human services. altogether, sitsa will combat
the flow of synthetic drugs that have taken both garrett's life and the lives of 20,000 americans over the last year. this bill was carefully crafted over the past two years with extensive coordination between law enforcement agencies and the department of justice and scientists and researchers at the department of health and human services. together, this bill strikes a balance between giving law enforcement the ability to stop the flow of deadly synthetic drugs while allowing the research community to study these dangerous drugs, identify the root causes of addiction, and advance the latest cures for serious illnesses. mr. chairman, we cannot stand idle as criminal manufacturers and distributors of synthetic drugs continue to flood our country and destroy the lives of countless americans. not one more family should feel the pain that the family felt after the synthetic drug shipped from china took garrett's life.
sitsa is a bipartisan bill and i commend mr. katko of new york and miss rice, also from new york, for their efforts in moving this legislation forward. i urge my colleagues to support sitsa and bring an end to the era where manufacturers and distributors can freely profit from selling these dangerous drugs and destroy so many lives. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: does the gentleman from pennsylvania have any further speakers? the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: at this point, i don't think so. one has not showed up. if he's not here he's not here. the chair: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: well -- mr. marino: so we're prepared to close. the chair: the gentlewoman from texas. ms. jackson lee: mr. chairman, i want to be assured there's no
other speaker. i'll be prepared to close if that is certain. mr. marino: we're prepared to close if you are. ms. jackson lee: thank you. the chair: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: thank you so very much. we all want to do good and all of us have had our tragedies as of lates to the use synthetic drugs and as i listen to my colleagues, they are very right, the heinous persons are hose who are the major exporters and the hardened drug dealers. and i want to save lives think we found over the last couple of months and years that hancing the research and providing treatment for those
very individuals who have ccumbed will provide us with that pathway. in the instance of the underlying bill, i would hope get have the opportunity to the bad guys. but in the instance of the way it is constructed, sitsa will worsen mass incarceration of drug offenders. it expands the use of harsh maximum sentences for drug offenses. the bill creates new penalties for thousands of synthetic drugs, calling for maximum sentences of 10, 20, 30 years or life imprisonment. the carveout for possession does not define quantities that would constitute possession and will not prevent many people who possess small quantity its or sell drugs to support their own
addiction from getting slammed by draconian new penalties in sitsa. so we have on the streets of our neighborhoods addicted persons who sell. they need treatment. that is what we should be focusing on. sitsa will punish people who lack criminal culpability. this bill will disproportionately increase low-level drug offenders who did not import or package the drug and often are unaware of the chemical composition of the drugs as the d.e.a. administrator indicated in his testimony before the senate that most of the sellers would not now that there had been traces of other drugs in that particular drug that they were selling. sitsa's unnecessary because the
attorney general can already ban synthetic drugs. this was demonstrated earlier this year when the attorney general used powers already granted by the congress to place illicit fentanyl analogues in that already regulated by the controlled substances act into schedule 1 for three years, allowing time to pursue permanent scheduling. through rulemaking, at a congressional hearing last month, acting administrator patterson indicated, this mass scheduling action addressed concerned prosecutors can't convict people for trafficking synthetic drugs. finally, sitsa has devastating impacts on scientific research. many synthetic drugs share chemical properties with drugs that have been known to have therapeutic uses such as opioids. under sitsa, once a drug has been added under schedule a, many of the same hurdles that apply to conducting research with schedule 1 drugs will apply to substances added to proposed schedule a.
these burdens will be costly and time consuming. some of them are research dealing with, how do you stop this addiction, how do you stop people's proclivity for addiction? and so this burden is costly, time consuming to the research, will have a chilling effect on provincing research toward opioid addiction, tharptetharpes and safer medications to treat pain that are desperately needed to help and the ongoing opioid overdose crisis. . while sitsa provides relief for researchers who already have a schedule one or two, there are many difficulties that we're facing. my time at reserve this moment. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: i reserve.
the chair: the gentleman reserves. ms. jackson lee: mr. chairman. the chair: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: how much time s remaining on both sides? the chair: the gentleman has -- the gentlewoman has eight minutes remaining. and the gentleman from pennsylvania has eight minutes remaining. thank you. lee: the chair: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. s. jackson lee: thank you. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: my final point -- the chair: question please.
is my major league colleague closing? r. -- ms. jackson lee: no. i have an additional speaker. white sitsa provide some relief for researchers who already , ve a schedule one or two sitsa does not provide accommodations necessary to assure researchers can object otain drug samples for research. commercial manufacturers are not likely to produce schedule a drugs. to ease requirements will help let to help researchers. here's the main point. the main point is that researchers are researching how to cease the addiction that is killing so many. low level sellers are caught up under this bill, and as indicated by the d.e.a., they, too, are victims. it is well-known that the idea
of mass incarceration does not solve the problem of addiction or cause the ending of the tragic loss of life. i hurt for those suffering from addiction. and it is important to be able to utilize our government knowledge to help that end. and the sentencing commission has done that. so, the difficulty we have is whether or not this bill, even though from judiciary, really bears down on saving lives. what we want to do is raise the treatment, deal with those already structured to handle the listing of analogs and work with communities to ensure that the laws we have are enforced. and that we don't create a whole new population of those ho will be victims of mass
incarceration. and at the same time do nothing to treat those who desperately need our help, our support, and our resources to move them away from addiction, to save their lives, and to allow them to live fruitful and productive lives. that is what i hope that we'll be able to do as we move forward on the right approach to dealing with drug addiction and the new surge of synthetic drugs. with that, i would like to -- the if i might, gentleman still has no further speakers, mr. marino. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: no further speakers, and we're still prepared to close. ms. jackson lee: thank you so very much. it's my pleasure to yield the remaining time to the distinguished ranking member of the judiciary committee, mr. jerry nadler of new york. the chair: gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. nadler: i thank the
gentlelady for yielding. rise in opposition to h.r. 2851. this bill is well-intentioned but fatally flaw i agree with the goal of preventing synthetic drugs but it 2851. -- it l reasonably incorporates medical and scientific analysis in favor of a law enforcement focused approach that would worsen the mass incarceration crisis and could undermine scientific research. there are already statutory mechanisms in place to provide for the scheduling and regulation of new drugs that may be dangerous if misused. those mechanisms require an appropriate degree of collaboration at the outset among the justice department, the drug enforcement agency, the department of health and human service, and the food and drug administration in scheduling synthetic anna logs. this is because each of these agencies is equally important
scheduling process. by marginalizing the roles of s. by marginalizing the roles of h.h.s. and the f.d.a. in this bill, we would establish a mechanism that does not adequately consider scientific substance in question. such input is critical to a process that nay result in the imposition of significant criminal penalties related to these analog drugs. der and medical evidence this bill, the attorney general hold the sole authority by himself to schedule these this substances, he or she would also have power to set sentence levels for newly scheduled analog drugs. by establishing a equifflencies between each newly scheduled analog and drugs already controlled. as a result, this legislation would expand penalties for drug offenses, concentrate an overwhelming amount of unchecked power within the justice department, the overcriminalize certain conduct, and punish individuals without adequate proof of intent. while the bill is slightly improved during our committee markup by eliminating the new
mandatory sentences, the bill nevertheless would impose potentially lengthy maximum sentences for offenses involving these analogs. i'm also concerned the substances designated as analogs under the procedures instituted by this bill, could contribute mandatory sentences under other provisions of the controlled substances act. although we have been told by the majority this is not the intent of the bill, this ambiguity is another reason to oppose the legislation. at the very least the bill would explicitly impose mandatory minimum terms of supervised release, which as the judicial conference of the united states observation, undermines the discretion of judges who are in the best position to make such determinations based on the facts and circumstances of each case. we can do more to address concerns about meerging and potentially dangerous analog drugs, but ditching scientific evidence, imposing new mandatory minimums is not the
answer. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: yes. let me thank the gentleman from new york and we hope that we will be able to work together to save lives and to fix the issues that we're addressing here today. th that, i yield back my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: how much time do i have left, sir? the chair: the gentleman has eight minutes. mr. marino: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm pusled by those who oppose this legislation. among the obligations we owe our constituents, one is to like eadly substances synthetic opioids out of our
country and out of the hands of drug traffickers. drug traffickers have no regard for the devastation they inflict on our citizens as their sole motive is greed and profit. sadly, their greed resulted in over 64,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016, destroying countless families. if a terrorist organization killed 175 americans each day and every day, we would all be certain that our response would be swift, ladser focused, and de -- laser focused, and decisive. there is no question and no greater responsibility congress has than to protect the health and safety of all americans. voting against this crucial legislation is a clear signal to our drug traffickers that congress is giving them a green light to continue spreading their carnage. while we may differ as to the priorities to solve the opioid epidemic, make no mistake, a responsible and truly effective solution must include treatment, prevention, and enforcement. over the course of this week,
this chamber has approved legislation in all three of those areas. this bill before us now gives law enforcement and the protectors of our borders the tools to keep these deadly poisons out of our communities. it also assures these potent chemicals can remain in the hands of qualified researchers, although this bill strikes the perfect balance to respond to this ongoing epidemic. mr. speaker, i want to state that i take a back seat to no one when it comes to treatment. there is no question that drug addiction is addiction. it's not only biological, it's mental addiction as well. as a prosecutor for 18 years, assistant district attorney, district attorney, and u.s. attorney i have seen my share of the devastation of drugs.
helped a lot of people get into treatment. put a lot of dealers away. unfortunately i have seen my share of people, thrick young people, on slabs in morgues -- particularly young people, on slabs in morgues. anyone dealing today with opioids, regardless if they read the newspaper, regardless if they watch tv, regardless if they are aware of 24 legislation -- of this legislation, knows because of publicity, because of the are cause bide opioids and fentanyl know that the probability of fentanyl or something like it will be in the drug that they are selling, so i are cause bide do not acce that they don't know that it's there. everyone knows that it's there. mandatory sentence i used when i was a prosecutor in my community, and it worked. it put the worst of the worst away. we also as prosecutors had discretion. my constituents demand that we
aggressively, aggressively act now on this problem. not only am i hearing it from the great commonwealth of pennsylvania, but across the country. and i want to explain one thing on the chemical makeup. i had enough chemistry in college to make me dangerous, but picture, if you will, a chain of molecules and picture a single molecule. the scientist in china --scientists in china have devise add way to take an atom from that molecule or add to it to slightly change the composition which technically emoves it from an illegal drug other illegal opioid. this is why this legislation is needed. the chinese are there every day trying to figure out a way, and they are figuring out ways, to alter how to get around the law. and we have to be a step ahead
them. this legislation is what is needed. it's good bipartisan legislation. i want to thank mr. katko, mr. rice both of new york -- excuse me, miss rice of new york for this very important them. this legislation legislation. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2851, and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. all time for debate has expired. pursuant to the rule, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on the judiciary, it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 115-74. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those
printed in part a of house report 115-751. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report by a member designated in the report, and shall be considered as read, earn shall be debateable for the time specified in the report. equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent. shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question. . it's now in order to consider amendment number 1 printed in art a of house report 115-751. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. griffith: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 1 printed in part a of house report 115-751 offered by mr. griffith of virginia. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 934, the gentleman from virginia, mr. griffith, and a member opposed, each will
control five minutes. the chair regnizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. griffith: i thank the speaker. this is a bipartisan amendment that incorporates an interagency agreement transmitted to congress by the office of national drug control policy, the united states department of health and human services and the united states department of justice it clarifies several issues. when the attorney general can temporarily and permanently schedule a drug or substance to the newly created schedule a. it prevents the attorney general from permanently scheduling a drug or substance if the secretary of h.h.s. determines that there is not sufficient potential for abuse. it also clarifies when research can be conducted with a schedule a substance while a registration application can pending. if an applicant is registered to conduct research with a schedule 1 or 2 substance, they can continue to do research they may be pursuing with a schedule a substance while their application is being processed.
likewise, if an applicant is registered to conduct research with a schedule 3, 4, or 5 substance, they can continue to conduct research with a schedule a substance while their application is pending so long as the component that gave rise to the schedule a determination is in the same or less restricted schedule. this amendment is important to research. this amendment will help ensure that research is not impeded or stunted because of a change in schedule of a substance. while we all want to get dangerous substances off the streets, history has told us when a substance is scheduled, many research options are taken off the table or made prohibited complicated. sometimes derivatives of dangerous substances can provide cures and treatments for deadly diseases or chronic conditions and we don't want to hamstring our researchers who are equipped to discover potential positive uses. though it may still need to be a scheduled substance, an analogue
in theory could be a less addicted form of an opioid pain relief. if researchers are looking at a possible less addictive form, i believe we would want to keep that research going and not impede that research as it moves forward. so i believe this is an important amendment, and i hope everybody will join me in supporting it. i also would like to thank mr. raskin and ms. jackson lee for their assistance and support of this amendment as well. and with that, mr. speaker, i believe that -- i'll reserve the remainder of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. raskin: i ask unanimous consent to claim time in opposition to the amendment although i don't oppose it. as far as i know there's no opposition to it. the chair: without objection. mr. raskin: thank you very much. mr. griffith, thank you for your succinct and excellent summary of the amendment. i rise in support of the griffith-raskin-jackson lee amendment.
i want to thank chairman goodlatte for his excellent work on this, which -- with his professional staff. it's an important, consensus amendment. i also want to specifically a -- n the hard work of work of d.e.a. i want to thank the national institutes of health which is headquartered in my district. this amendment will do a lot to aid n.i.h. scientists and allied researchers across the country who are presently working on the science of addiction and advancing medical efforts to treat and to prevent it. the amendment constitutes a significant improvement in the text of the bill. with the amendment, researchers will not have to immediately cease their work while they wait to clear licensing hurdles if a substance is placed on schedule a. the amendment creates a two tiered system for researchers. one section is for schedule 1 or
schedule 2 license and ones that have a schedule 3 through 5 license. researchers would schedule 1 or two licenses can work with any substance placed on schedule a without cessation of that work while an application for schedule a licensure is pending, this includes work with cannaboids and opioid, which is essential to our making progress in the field. researchers with schedules 3, 4, and 5 licenses can continue working with substances that are temporary placed on schedule a while an application for licensure is pending. however, the researchers will only be able to work with substances placed on schedule a whose similarity in chemical structure and actual or predicted effect is on schedule 3 through 5. they can work with analogues of schedule 3 to 5. and so on.
lastly, as a safeguard, the research exemptions do not apply to license practitioners, such as physicians, pharmacists, hospital, whose research is only coincidental practice to their work. this refines the research component of the underlying legislation and is not opposed by stakeholders in the research field. i urge my colleagues to support the amendment. yes, i'm delighted now to yield to ms. jackson lee. ms. jackson lee: let me just very quickly thank the gentleman from maryland, mr. raskin, and dr. griffith, and delighted to join you and simply say it is equally essential that science has a role in this very complex process to ensure the appropriate penalties are being applied based on compositions of the synthetic drugs involved. and i congratulate both of you for the excellent work that's been done, and i yield back to the gentleman with the support of the amendment and delighted to be a co-sponsor of the amendment. mr. raskin: thank you very much, ms. jackson lee. and with that, mr. speaker, mr.
chair, i'll yield back to you. the chair: the gentleman yields. mr. griffith: mr. speaker, i'll reserve. they yielded back. then i'll yield such time as he might need to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. marino. mr. marino: mr. chair, how much time is available? i'll be quick. so this amendment makes three impactful changes to sitsa. first, it changes strict definitions what constitutes a controlled substance analogue suitable in schedule a. it must have a close commercial, chemical, and scientific relationship to a substance already controlled in one of the other five schedules. second, it checks the power of the attorney general in the permanent scheduling process.
under this bill, the attorney general will bring certain synthetic drugs under temporary import and distribution controls. however, this part of the amendment ensures the secretary of health and human services, or h.h.s., possesses a veto power in the permanent scheduling process. if after more extensive analysis, h.h.s. concludes the drug lacks psychoactive properties, then the attorney general must remove from the schedule a list and decontrol it. third, ensures researchers with current federal licenses in any of the five existing schedules of controlled substances can continue their research. government, private sector, chemists and scientists are researching new drugs every day. these researchers already possess a federal license, registration to conduct their research. this part of the amendment safeguards the ability of qualified researchers to continue their research while
unsafe and untested synthetic drugs are controlled in schedule a. this amendment makes a great piece of legislation even better. i applaud mr. griffith and i applaud mr. raskin's efforts in doing so. i support this amendment and encourage all members to do the same. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. griffith: i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from virginia. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it's now in order to consider amendment number 2 printed in part a of house report 115-751. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: mr. chairman, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. 2 clerk: amendment number
printed in part a of house report 115-751 offered by ms. jackson lee of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 934, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. chairman. my amendment is simple. it restores the commission's jurisdiction over the federal sentencing guidelines as originally granted by congress in 1984. the united states sentencing commission has been working to address the seriousness and complexity of synthetic drugs for several years. if i might refer my colleagues to the april 12 meeting of the sentencing commission where the chairman began his remarks and indicated that the commission was going to move forward on a multipart amendment regarding synthetic drugs, which includes but be not limited to k-2 or
spice, fentanyl, fentanyl analogues. this amendment draws upon public comment, expert testimony, and data analysis gathered during a multiyear study of synthetic drugs. that's what the sentencing commission does. and so my amendment asks to remove the section in this underlying legislation that directs this responsibility to the attorney general. the process that was created by the sentencing commission created a new guideline definition of the term fentanyl analogue. it raises the guideline penalties for fentanyl analogues to a level more consistent with the current statutory penalty structure. to address the severe dangerousness of the amendment -- of fentanyl. it creates a four-level sentencing enhancement for knowingly misrepresenting or marking fentanyl as another substance which equates to an approximate 50% increase in sentence length. what i'm saying to my colleagues is that we have a structure.
, e report was issued on april 2018. the sentencing commission has done its job and i think we would do well to embrace the work that has been done here. the commission's recent amendment creates a crafts-based approach to synthetic drugs, established new ratios and guidelines for fentanyl analogues so it's unnecessary to have section 9 in the present legislation and i'd ask my colleagues to support the jackson lee amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman eserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania rise? mr. marino: i rise in opposition to the amendment though i am not opposed to the amendment. the chair: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. marino: section 9 of the bill will provide guidance and sentencing during the problematic time for courts, prosecutors, defenders. courts are having difficulties similar to those of law enforcement because the
constantly evolving nature of synthetic drugs and their chemical makeup. recently, the u.s. sentencing commission unanimously approved a slate of new amendments to the sentencing guidelines. among them are guidelines for the three most potent classes of synthetic analogues being imported from china and distributed in the united states. i view this a tremendous step forward in providing guidance to courts which are performing very labor-intensive examinations during sentencing proceedings. this amendment would strike section 9 of the bill. chairman god lat has spoken to and received -- goodlatte has spoken to and received support from the director of the sentencing commission. they ensured that synthetic drug guidelines will premain a priority to the commission -- remain a priority to the commission. i encourage them to provide guidance to the courts in these often complex cases. i support the jackson lee
amendment and encourage all members to do likewise. i yield back the remainder of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me thank the gentleman from pennsylvania and as well the chairman of the judiciary committee and the ranking member of the judiciary committee. we worked on this and glad that our staff was able to communicate. i think it is important to emphasize that going forward the sentencing commission will continue its multiyear study to ensure that the federal sentencing guidelines are updated to reflect any new changes -- any new challenges resulting from the serious drugs and they be addressed in the federal sentencing guidelines. consistent with this mission established by congress in the sentencing reform act of 1984, the commission will also work to update guidelines on an annual basis to reflect any new laws -- any new needs that we may need with respect to these new and
growing analogues, synthetic analogues and other drugs that are continually coming tragically into the marketplace. so i ask my colleagues to support the jackson lee amendment, and i'd also ask unanimous consent to put into the record public data presentation for synthetic drugs, january, 2018, and also the april, 2018, report, and as well the opening statement of the chairman of the sentencing commission dated april 12, 2018. again, i ask my colleagues to support the jackson lee. the chair: that will be covered under general leave. . the chair: the gentlewoman yields. the question is on oo the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from texas. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed it.
it is now in order to consider amendment number 3 printed in part a of house report 115-751. for what purpose does the ntleman from new york seek recognition. mr. maloney: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate recognition. the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 3, printed in part a of house report number 115-751. offered by mr. sean patrick maloney of new york. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 934, the gentleman from new york, mr. maloney, and a member opposed, will each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. maloney: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i offer this amendment in honor of a young man named daniel keegan. daniel served in the army's airborne as an intelligence analyst for eight years. he was deployed to afghanistan twice. in 2009, daniel was named the soldier of the year.
of the seven special forces group at fort bragg. he was a remarkable young man. like many of our heroes, he came home with ptsd. it took too long to get him hooked up at the v.a. there, were a bunch of dropped balls, so he began to self-medicaid. he did -- self-medicate. he did that with drugs found online. he could could order drugs right the from his own couch. daniel lost his life in january of 2016. and his mother, stephanie, came to my office not long after. stephanie keegan is now -- has now dedicated her life to improving services at the v.a. and fighting the heroin and opioid epidemic, particularly as it relates to our men and women in uniform. so just a couple months ago, stephanie joined me in the hudson valley to announce the stop online opioid sales act. that's what's in this amendment. we started looking at this
issue and we found out that we're losing the information battle in the fight to stop online drug sales. in fact, we don't even know exactly how much is coming into our country or where it's coming from. earlier this year, the senate released a report suggesting that $800 million of opioids were coming just from china alone and being sold online. i'm told that 50,000 doses of fentanyl can be fit inside a business size envelope. we need to get on top of this problem. these statistics are alarming. the trend is alarming. we don't know what's happening. we need the d.e.a. to get in he game on this issue. it's hard to keep up. when it comes to drug sales. the first to stopping the problem is understanding the scope. what we know is drug addicts right now can conduct their online habit without leaving their home.
their drugs come in the ups truck or fedex truck or u.s. mail and they can sell drugs to people who come to that location. i have spoken to recovering addicts who never left their house. who conducted for years an online drug business out of their own house and fed their habit with it. we need to get on top of this problem. that's what's in this amendment and what it would allow to us do. it would simply require the d.e.a. to compile a comprehensive report on the sale of drugs online within a year. and they would be required to continue issue annual reports containing this information. under the amendment. the reports would include the types and amounts of controlled substances and anna logs sold online, the name of each entity and person selling them, an estimate of the revenue being generated through these illegal channels. this opioid crisis has impacted folks from every state, party, and walk of life. it certainly doesn't care what party you belong to. so i ask all my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in support of this amendment so we can fight back against
this scourge and stop burying folks, young american heroes like daniel. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition. mr. marino: mr. chairman, i rise to claim time in opposition to the amendment although i am not opposed to the amendment. the chair: without objection. mr. marino: this amendment requires the drug enforcement administration to compile a report on both the flaul and illicit sale of synthetic drugs over the internet. the internet and dark web have become sizable marketplaces for ny illegal drugs, especially synthetic anna logs. chairman goodlatte stated earlier and lost his life from synthetic synthetic anna drugs he receive the mail from china. a report requested by this amendment will help congress and law enforcement to have bipartisan picture of the magnitude of the synthetic drug problem. i support the maloney amendment
and urge my colleagues to do the same. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. maloney: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for his support. i yield one minute it my colleague from texas. the chair: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me thank the distinguished gentleman from new york. let me also thank the gentleman from pennsylvania. let me thank the gentleman from new york for capturing the scourge of the epidemic of online drug sales that reach into the living rooms of so many innocent persons, and my sympathy for the loves one of our heroes who wore the uniform. i rise to support this amendment as contributing to the important information knowledge chain that is so necessary to families to help stop this scourge of going
after innocent persons in their homes. maloney, i rise to support the amendment. i yield back to the gentleman. the chair: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. maloney: i thank the gentlewoman. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the question maloney, i rise to support is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 4 printed in part a of house report 115-751. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition. mr. thornberry: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 4, printsed in part a of house report number 115-751, offered by mr. thornberry of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 934, the gentleman from texas, mr. thornberry, and a member opposed, will each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i yield myself three minutes.
the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, the let me commend bill, mr. he marino, and the author of the legislation, mr. katko. synthetic drugs are a plague on this country and part of the reason is our laws have not kept up with the evolving threat. mr. katko's legislation helps the law catch up somewhat, and that is important for the safety of our people. my amendment deals with another area -- related area where the law has not caught up. many of the purveyors of these poisons will seek to evade responsibility by printing on the label, not intended for human consumption. and the reason they do that is u.s.c. 813 says, and i quote, a controlled substance analog shall, to the extent for human consumption,
be treated for the purposes of any federal laws or controlled substance in schedule 1. the loophole there is, to the extent intended for human consumption. so what these people do is they just print the for human label, intended for human consumption, and that makes it more difficult to arrest and prosecute and to keep these drugs off of the street. so, my amendment simply replaces part of that sentence with six factors which should be considered to see whether it's really intended for human consumption. whether it's really a situation where people know full well that kids are buying this stuff, that they are smoking otherwise inguesting --
ingesting it and dying as a result. o as i said, this the chair: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition. ms. jackson lee: i rise to claim time in opposition. the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized for five minutes. ms. jackson lee: mr. chairman, i rise in opposition to the ment 13, proposed by gentleman from texas. the amendment adds a list of factors that may be considered when proving whether a particular substance was intended for human consumption. gentleman from texas. i oppose this amendment for two reasons. first, because criminal liability could result from one factors being proven merely under a negligence standard. only whether the defendant should have known the substance was intended to be consumed by injection, inhailing, ingestton , or any other immediate means. it is not an appropriate standard to which we should attach criminal liability,
particularly severe consequences such as mandatory minimums. now, i have indicated that we have a report by -- an action by the u.s. sentencing commission that took place on april, 2018. we have a detailed analysis of the range of anna logs, synthetic anna logs, including k-2, spice, and other analogs, but not limited to. and therefore we have a mark, we have a standard to save lives. what we should be emphasizing again is treatment. second, this amendment actually makes it easier to trigger mandatory minimums. for instance, a defendant could be subjected to a 20-year mandatory minimum in instances where serious bodily harm injury results. i'm opposed to amendment 13 because defendants could be subjected to such mandatory minimums relying in part on proof that they should have known a substance was intended for human consumption. let me be very clear, some of
these individuals who are defendants are themselves addicted. and therefore they are acting as an addicted person. it's not an excuse, but it that is we should steer ourselves more that is we steer ourselves more toward a maximizing of treatment and education to stop the scourge of the utilization of these drugs. that is clearly as well taken re of under the u.s. sentencing commission, meaning that these concerns of the gentleman, which i respect his concerns, are taken care of by a long list of responses and sentencing for the different drugs. that are noted as synthetic analogs. we do have a basis of going forward. the gentleman's concerns can be taken care of in already established law and policies by the u.s. sentencing commission. i have long opposed any laws that will trigger mandatory minimums because we have seen
the results of that. we have also heard over time from the u.s. judicial commission, if you will, because this takes away judges' discretion and interfere with their sound judgment in sentencing the individual defendants that appear before them. therefore i oppose amendment 13. i do want to take note of thanking the rules committee for allowing my amendment to be placed in order. i also believe that at this point, mr. chairman, we would do well to follow regular order to save lives and to i also continue to allow the sentencing commission to move forward as they made their commitment in the chairman's letter. the chairman of the commission said they will not stop working on synthetic analogs. and they will continue to structure the right kind of criminal justice that works as relates to sentencing to ensure that the concerns can of my colleague are taken. with that i reserve.
the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. marino. the chair: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. marino: mr. chairman, i thank the gentleman for yielding. this amendment would improve the analog act. a provision in the controlled substance act which during a prosecution allows a chemical which is determined to be substantially similar to a controlled substance listed in schedule one or two to be if it were also listed in those schedules. but only if the substance is intended for human consumption. drug traffickers, particularly those who traffic synthetic drugs, repeatedly attempt to evade federal law by labeling their synthetic drugs with the phrase, and i quote, not meant for human consumption, end quote. they do this routinely. in a preemptive attempt to rebut an assertion during their prosecution that they never meant the drug be infended -- intend forward human consumption.
the thornberry amendment sets for the six factors which a court may consider when determining whether a controlled substance analog was intended for human consumption. it also states a label on the product is not sufficient proof . standing alone that the defendant did not intend for a human consumption. this amendment is quite similar to senate bill 207, the salt act, which the senate judiciary committee reported favorly three weeks ago. i believe this is a useful amendment to the legislation before us. i urge my colleagues to join me in support of it. i yield back the balance of my time. . the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: thank you, mr. chairman. how much time do i have? the chair: the gentlewoman has 1 1/2 minutes. ms. jackson lee: thank you. again, let me indicate that i appreciate the gentleman's concern. simply a ned that negligent standard would be the standard for judging a defendant under this particular amendment,
should have known the substance was intended to be consumed by injection, inhaling, injection, or any other immediate means. that is not an appropriate standard that would attach criminal liability. and particularly severe consequences such as mandatory minimum. again, i am holding up the -- one of the reports from the sentencing commission, and i'd make the argument that it is thorough in its review, and our colleagues can be comforted by the fact that, again, the sentencing commission will continue its work and it will continue to address some of the concerns of my friend from texas, and i would hope we would allow that process to proceed. i think it would be concerning to all of us if we would have a negligent standard. i believe the courts will address the fact, based upon the defendant and the facts that we have in place. with that i ask my colleagues to oppose the underlying amendment
and oppose the underlying bill. with that i yield back my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. thornberry: mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. chairman there is nothing in the amendment that affects sentencing in any way. the amendment simply seeks to get-out-of-jail-free card that these per varies of poison have been using to try to evade responsibility. there is nothing that says if you meet any one of these factors you're automatically going to jail. what it is you have to look into these factors to determine whether or not it was intended for human consumption. that just putting a label that says, i didn't intend anybody to smoke this stuff is not enough to evade liability. i'd note, mr. chairman, that the federal law enforcement officers association, national association of police organizations, the fraternal
order of police have all supported this provision and as the gentleman from pennsylvania noted, a similar provision sponsored by senator klobuchar, was passed out of the senate judiciary committee recently. mr. chairman, this arises because a few years ago a constituent of mine named jesse in amarillo texas told his mother it was no big deal he was smoking synthetic marijuana. as it turned out it was this potpourri stuff that was sprayed with toxic chemicals. unfortunately, jesse died. as the police went to the place where he bought this stuff, it had prominently on the label, not intended for human consumption. it greatly hindered their ability to get that stuff off the street. this amendment fixes that. i urge members to support it. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from texas. those in favor say aye.
those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i ask for the yeas and nays. the chair: does the gentlewoman request a recorded vote? ms. jackson lee: i request a recorded vote. e chair: a request for a .ecorded vote those in support of the request for a recorded vote will rise and be counted. a sufficient number having arisen, a recorded vote is ordered. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the chair: on this vote the yeas are 223. he nays are 158. so the amendment is adopted. the question is on the amendment in the nature of a substitute as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the amendment is adopted. accordingly, under the rule, the committee rises.
the chair: mr. speaker, the committee of the whole house on the state of the union has had under consideration h.r. 2851. and pursuant to house resolution 934, i report the bill back to the house with an amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the whole house reports that the committee has had under consideration the bill h.r. 2851, pursuant to house resolution reports the bill back to the house with the amendment adopted. under the rule, the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on any amendment to the amendment reported to the committee of the
whole? if not, the question is on adoption of the amendment in the nature of a substitute as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the amendment is agreed to. >> mr. speaker, i would like a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the clerk: a bill to amend the control substance act to clarify how substance analogues are to be regulated and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. ms. jackson lee: i ask for a recorded vote. i request a recorded vote.
the speaker pro tempore: a ecorded vote is requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted.. a recorded vote is ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. . pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20. this will be followed by five-minute on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal, if ordered. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
the speaker pro tempore: the eas are 239 and the nays are 142. the bill is passed. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 the unfinished business is agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the question is on agreeing so the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. . those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. and the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek
recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent when the house adjourns to meet on tuesday june 19, and convene at noon at for morning hour debate and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute peeches. the house will be in order. will members please stake their conversations off the floor.
the speaker pro tempore: the ouse will be in order. he house will be in order. the house will be in order. will members please take their conversations off the floor. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? >> permission to address the house for one minute and revise and stepped my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, the house is not in order.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the house will be in order. will members please take their conversations off the floor. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. newhouse: in america, 91 people die every day from an opioid overdose. according to the washington state department of health from 2012 to 2016, almost 300 people in my 4th congressional district died from an opioid death. there is desperate need for the 35 bills we passed this week in regard to this crisis. i recently hosted an opioid summit in my district where i heard from constituents, federal officials, law enforcement and health professionals about the impacts this epidemic has in central washington. one constituent shared the story
of her son. he was exposed to opioids in high school and struggled with recovery. it was difficult to find help. his addiction did not live out his full potential and ultimately passed away in 2014 at the age of 22 years old. unfortunately, there are many more stories like eli's. we must put an end to this epidemic which is why i'm proud to support the legislation. by improving access to treatment, prevention practices and law enforcement, we are saving lives. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the house will be in order. will members please take their conversations off the floor. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, normally
at this time, the majority leader and i do a colloquy. we do a colloquy to discuss the schedule for the week to come. my suspicion is they don't know what the schedule is for the week to come, because they were going to offer two immigration bills to undermine the proposal that so many have made to have four alternatives on daca available for the people's house to speak for the people. e are noting today six years since president obama put into place protection for daca protectees. mr. speaker, 86% of the american people support doing just that. and the president asked this house to act. and mr. aguilar and mr. hurd, in
a bipartisan way, bipartisan, everybody says to the public, yes, we want to work in a bipartisan way. well, you have the opportunity to do it. and you have retreated from that responsibility and that assertion. i lament the fact we have not acted as the president asked us to on protecting daca. they are americans in everything but paper. i yield back. skip for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania recognition. mr. thompson: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. thompson: june is alzheimer's and brain awareness month. alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the united states. there is no effective treatment norks means of prevention, and no method for slowing the rogression of the disease. seniors e in three
will die with the disease. according to the centers for disease control and spreengs, 5.7 million americans are living with alzheimer's disease. by 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million americans. mr. speaker, every 65 seconds someone in the united states develops this disease. this is unacceptable. alzheimer's not only has a devastating impact on those diagnosed with the disease, but also with the caregivers and loved ones. more than 60 million americans provide unpaid care to those living with alzheimer's and other dementias. in 2017, these caregivers provided an estimated 18.4 billion hours of care. mr. speaker, the time to act is now. let's join the fight, take the pledge to raise awareness about alzheimer's disease. never stop searching for a cure. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from hawaii seek recognition. without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. gabbard: thank you, mr.
speaker. six years ago today daca provided a shining light for hundreds of thousands of young dreamers from across this country to come out from the shadows and live freely without fear in a nation that foremany has been the only home they have -- for many has been the only home they have ever known. these are people who were brought here as young children through no choice of their own, but no longer. now since daca was rescinded, their status and future hang in imbo with great uncertainty. their futures and dreams put on hold as those fears of being ripped from their families and eported to strange foreign countries has countries has re-entered their lives. we cannot afford this wait another day. the vast majority of americans support congress passing a final solution, a permanent solution, for these dreamers. the majority of congress supports finding a permanent solution for these dreamers. let's stab together -- stand together and work for the good of the people and this country
and pass a solution for these young people all across the country. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition. >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend and miremarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to recognize hank and ooh manneda recommends of the oneida rotary club. ms. tenney: they received an award to rotarians who demonstrated exceptional commitment to the community in good works. this dedication and devotion to community embodies the spirit of the motto, service above self. in 2002, ms. larson was nominated as president and chief executive officer of an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life present and future generations in central new york and around the world. amanda has worked diligently to ensure access to health care for uninsured and underserved
citizens is obtained. many of these people have not had the opportunity to meet with a doctor or medical professional for many years. in addition to his tireless work at the ymca, hank has lent his helping hand through all the united community and throughout the region. he served as a member of the united city school burden, board of education for five years and member of the united health care foundation board of directors for several years. in june, 2013, when many oneida devastating ffered losses due to flooding, it was hank who immediately offered the ymca's oneida facility as place to stay for devastating losses due those who needed shelter. mr. speaker and my colleagues, join me in extending sincere thanks and gratitude to amanda and hank for their unparalleled contributions to our community. they truly embody the rotary motto of service above self. i real back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from nevada seek recognition. >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
>> thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to remember the life of brad. he attended the route 91 festival in las vegas on october 1. he was a retired truck driver engaged to be married to his fiance. he was the father of three and grandfather of five. he was a kind and loving man who treasured the time he spent with his family. he loved lake trips, family gatherings, hunting, and camping. his everything to do was go out in the middle of the woods and purposely get lost. mr. kihuen: he would do anything for anyone who needed help. his family remembers him as being funny, generous, and full of joy. i would like to extend my condolences to brett's family and friends. please note the city of las vegas, state of nevada, and the whole country a-- grieve with you. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition. >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore:
without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i'd like to highlight an amazing thing we saw last night at the congressional baseball game. mr. lamalfa: the power of prayer and perseverence in exactly one year after that horrific shooting in virginia, we saw our officers, griner and bailey, as well as our friend here on the floor here, our whip, steve scalise, take the ield, as well as mr. scalise taking second base he krted out by our colleagues, mr. richmond and mr. wenstrup. it was an amazing thing to see that happen. again, the power of prayer and perseverance with him taking the base, taking his position on the field, and you couldn't write a better in a hollywood script in that the first ball hit in the infield went right to steve. fielded it, threw the runner out at first base. what an amazing thing. what an inspiration for all of
us. god bless you, steve. as well as officers -- others hurt on the field that day. and a year later here we're seeing really great things happy. bipartisan way, nonpartisan way, and miraculous way. with that, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: are there further requests for one-minute speeches? seeing none the chair lies before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. danny davis of illinois for today and mr. lewis of georgia for thursday, june 14, after 4:15 p.m., and the balance of the week. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition. mr. lamalfa: i make the motion to adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the house stands adjourned until noon on tuesday, june 19, 2018, for
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