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it closes real gaps in cfius' jurisdiction that could otherwise be exploited by bad actors it doesn't give the government a to go after deals or entire sectors on a whim. we target those transactions in country, including china and russia that truly present a national security risk but without strang -- stranglinging the investment and innovation that make ours country strong to begin with. it focuses on particular assets that are sensitive, assets like sensitive personal data of u.s. citizens or technical information in critical technologies and critical infrastructure. rather than walling off entire cat goifers u.s. companies and industries. this also -- it's also important to know what this bill doesn't do, mr. speaker. we don't change due process under cfius and we don't weaken confidentiality requirements that cfius is subject to.
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h.r. 5854 keeps cfius accountable. finally this legislation recognizes that cfius and export controls are complementary and it's two sides of the same coin, reforms to both clearly belong in the same bill. we are pleased to see this legislation include such reforms todd export control regime. again, reforms that pass the foreign affairs committee by voice vote in april. ey make the house version of firrma even stronger. i wish to thank members on both sides of the aisle, especially mr. pittenger, but all members on both sides of the aisle who contribute sod thoughtfully to this legislation, including the cooperation of the ranking member and i urge all my colleagues to support it and i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i
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may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for as much time as she wishes to use. ms. waters: thank you. i rise in support of h.r. 5841, the foreign investment risk review modernization act of 2018. this bill represents a bipartisan effort to bring much needed reform to the committee on foreign investment in the united states, or cfius. which serves as an important function in the national security area. i would like to thank chairman hensarling, chairman barr, ranking member moore, congressman pittenger, also sswoman maloney, and congressman heck who is here today in particular. congressman heck for a good part of a year been working very hard to ensure that any legislation addresses key jurisdictional gaps in the current scope of cfius authority. and this bill does just that.
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i thank him for his leadership. it is congress' responsibility to ensure that cfius appropriately balances the benefits of our traditionally open investment climate with the need to protect our national security and make no mistake, the national security threats we face today in this area with both serious and evolving. the world has become a much more complicated place since congress last reviewed and reformed cfius. a decade ago. the bill brings cfius into the 21st century. h.r. 5841 would expand the jurisdiction of cfius with regard to certain types of transactions that had previously avoided scrutiny and it informs the national security reviews performed by cfius to address growing concerns that foreign entities may be using acquisitions of and partnerships
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with u.s. businesses to chip away at american technological leadership. the pray marry concern here is china's industrial policy and efforts to invest in early stage cutting-edge technologies with potential military applications, including artificial intelligence and robotics in part to advance china's military modernization and diminish technological advantage. during the course of our deliberations on this legislation, despite some honest intellectual disagreement as to counter counter this threat at the end of the day we understood that we have a responsibility to address these in the most effective and efficient way possible. in way that is do not undermine other important functions of government. many of which also contribute to our national security. importantly, this legislation
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also recognizes that as the volume of cases and complexity of transactions continue to increase, expanding the scope of cfius without additional resources would not only undermine cfius mission, but it would also deplete other important governmentervices and functions, both domestically and internationally. so i'm very glad that this $20 ation authorizes million annually for the next five years to fund cfius operations, as well as provide the authority for treasury to impose a filing fee on the that file with cfius based the -- based on the value of the transaction and taking into account a number of other factors, including the effect of any given fee on small business concerns. the bill does not address everyone's concerns yet, including concerns by some entertainment industry stakeholders, which i share. as we move forward will i
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continue to support ongoing refinements to the legislation. h.r. 5841 deserves strong support in the house. i urge my colleagues to vote yes. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california reserves her time. the chair recognizes the texas, mr. om hensarling. mr. hensarling: mr. speaker, now i'm very pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, mr. pittenger, the vice chairman of the terrorism finance subcommittee and the author of the firrma bill before us. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized for three minutes. mr. pittenger: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. chairman, i would like to thank you for your leadership on this very important legislation. h.r. 5841, firrma. i'd also like to thank chairman barr, ongressman congressman heck for their significant leadership that they played in this bill, as well as my chief of staff, clark,
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assistant secretary of treshry, heath. they have put in countless hours working through details, language on this bill. mr. chairman, i have worked on fius related issues for nearly three years. prior to firrma i spent my efforts identifying problematic transactions engaging in a public media campaign to raise awareness and stoke the government action. three years later i'm so happy to say we have a robust impact on this issue. for example, we helped prevent the chicago stock exchange from falling into the hands of opaque chinese ownership. we protected our defense ply shane by helping a semiconductor being purchased by chinese tate-owned fund. our successful initiatives yet garnered the attention of senator cornyn. we began a year-long process to draft the organization version
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of firrma. mr. chairman, over the past year my staff and i have seen dozens of versions of firrma, both interduesed versions and redline edits from various offices and stakeholders. for months we have fought for he strongest cfius reform bill possible. today we reach a milestone where committee action is imminent. and congress -- committee action as well has been passed and floor action is imminent, which is a huge step forward for the causes of cfius possible. reform. the version we're considering today of which i am the sponsor includes a number of reforms to strengthen the current system and prevent the flow of military technologies to the chinese government in particular. the bill creates a process by which countries of special concern which would include china would have increased oversight when attempting to purchase critical technology companies in the united states. the bill also helps create an interagency process through export controls to review
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overseas joint ep ventures a. process that is absent under our current system. while i'm pleased we have gotten to this point in the legislative both the house and senate versions are departures from the original firrma concept. however both would improve significantly both the house an the cfius and export control processes, as well as have a strong impact on governing chinese and other adversarial investments. regardless of what actions are taken next to reconcile the differences between the version, language the cfius of the senat part of their ndaa, there are certain principle that is should be addressed in the final version. history will record whether we have ton our job to prevent the transfer of proprietary intellectual technology and critical technologies. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. pittenger: to this end -- mr. hensarling: additional 15 seconds. mr. pittenger: i'm encouraged by the progress we have made on this issue and grateful for opportunity to help move forward the important legislation to reform cfius and export
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controls. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. ms. waters: it is now my pleasure to recognize mr. heck, a member of the financial services committee, who has fought tirelessly on cfius reform and has been engaged in this process from the beginning or a colloquy for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. heck: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the ranking member. i do rise to engage in a colloquy with the gentleman from kentucky. the bill we're considering today unlike the senate cfius bill does not have specific language dealing with board seats. that notwithstanding, chairman barr and i share an understanding that the language of the bill that covers, quote, involvement other than through voting shares and the you substantive decisionmaking of the united states business, end quote, gives cfius jurisdiction over investments which would confer membership or observer
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rights or the right to nominate someone to the board of directors or equivalent governing body of a business. and i would be happy to yield to my friend to confirm that understanding. >> i thank the gentleman for yielding and i especially thank the gentleman for his cooperative and constructive bipartisan approach to the legislation and improving the legislation. and we're in agreement on this point that such involvement could cover activity including membership on the board of directors and observer rights. mr. barr: in addition the gentleman makes note of board nominations. as we have seen under current law, cfius looks at nominations and the risks that may arise from them. the broad com deal was a case in point. the language in this bill makes this jurisdiction clearer. the gentleman is right to focus on risk that is a board member may pose who is acting on behalf of a foreign investor who nominates the member. the whole point of such nations could be to involve the foreign investor in substantive decisionmaking in a way that results in national security
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risks. h.r. 5841 could cover such a scenario. again, i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. heck: i thank the gentleman for this exchange. i yield back. the speaker p t: th gentlelady from california reserves. and the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. hensarling: mr. speaker, now i am pleased to yield three minutes to the gentleman from kentucky, the chairman on the monetary policy and trade subcommittee, and the subcommittee chairman who helped craft the bill and helped shepherd it through the markup process, mr. barr. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas only has two minutes -- hensarling: hensarling: 2:45. the speaker pro tempore: the balance of the time is yielded to gentleman from kentucky. mr. barr: i rise today in support of the foreign investment risk review modernization act. i thank the house authors of this bill, thrick, representative pittenger, my friend from north carolina, for his outstanding leadership on this effort. and my friend, the gentleman from washington, mr. heck.
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also the senate authors, senators cornyn and feinstein and house chairman hensarling, royce, nunes, and walden. and house leadership for their efforts in bringing this nonpartisan reform legislation to the floor. by that list you understand how complex this issue is because it involves not only a multiagency effort of this government, it requires the concerted and cooperative efforts of many committees in this house and in the congress generally because of the shared jurisdiction. in 2016, new foreign direct investment added $894 billion in value to the u.s. economy. today .8 million american workers are employed by international companies, including 20% of u.s. manufacturing workers. including in my own district in kentucky, toyota motor manufacturing of kentucky, 8,500 jobs as a result of the direct investment. these are typically higher paying jobs. it is critical that we preserve in the united states an open
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investment climate to the extent possible consistent with national security objectives. but a comprehensive update to both the export control regime anti-committee on foreign investment in the united states or cfius, as it is commonly called, is needed due to the massive surge in malign investment by the chinese and other bad actors in u.s. assets. this legislation closes loopholes in cfius' jurisdiction and modernizes our process for critical technologies without duplicating agency efforts like earlier drafts of this legislation called for. all the while ensuring these transactions are thoroughly vetted in a timely manner so that america continues to attract much needed foreign investment that does not implicate critical technologies without national s. this legislation also authorizes cfius to review sensitive, noncontrolling investments in critical technology or infrastructure made by persons affiliated with countries of special concern, or threatening actors. these changes improve upon
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previous versions of the bill that failed to focus cfius' limited resources on the most searous threats and bad actors, including china. porge, this legislation grants cfius the authority to review the acquisition of real estate near u.s. military installations and other important national security assets. and the legislation uses a new and strengthened interagency export control process to review joint ventures and outbound activities. i thank chairman royce for his leadership on that point. these points strike the right balance between bolstering national security and ensuring economic growth. mr. speaker, i enurage my colleagues to support the legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from california is recognized and the gentlelady from california has 7 1/2 minutes remaining. ms. waters: i would now like to again recognize the gentleman from washington, mr. heck, for thr minutes for his remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized for three minutes. mr. heck: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the ranking member. i rise in support of this
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legislation which is urgently needed. our adversaries and competitors are, indeed, actively exploiting gaps in our existing cfius process, which i would argue has not been materially honorized in 30 years. there are gaps. right now purchases of land near our most sensitive national security installations, which are purchased to facilitate espionage, go unreviewed unless there happens to be an existing business on that site. investments that give our strategic competitors influence and insights into our critical technology or critical irastructure our coury relies on go unreviewed because they call just short of control of a company. . rights changes that could control the company without equity being contributed are not clearly within cfius jurisdiction. and there is a gap between cfius existing authority over involving a
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whole u.s. business and the export control systems authority over individual pieces of technology and know-how. good news. we closed these involving a whole gaps in this bill. i appreciate deeply the willingness of chairman hensarling and barr to work to ensure this legislation effectively addresses investments that could expose details of critical technology or critical infrastructure to our strategic competitors and to incorporate improvements suggested by our national security committees. frkly, howev, there's no secret, there are other changes that i would have like to have made. for example, the senate bill in the original house bill contained delegation authority to help manage an increased workload and more seniors officials to oversee the cfius process. i also continue to believe that the block list used in the house bill will ultimately be too easy for our adversaries to evade. compared to the approach taken by the senate bill and the original house bill, the original house legislation, the
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black list is also kind of a missed opportunity, i think, to encourage our allies and partners to establish their own cfius-like mechanism compatible with ours because the truth is we are no safer if we block our competitors from buying a capability here but they buy it from one of our allies or partners. that all said, this is a very important step forward, and i'm glad to stand before you today and urge your support on what i believe is a critical issue of national security. i'm equally glad to express my deep appreciation to the ranking member and to the chair, both mr. hensarling and mr. barr, and to my friend, robert pittenger. last, statement of the obvious warning, none of us is any better than the quality of our staff. i want to acknowledge that i have been very ably assisted on this matter for the betr part of a year by eric of my staff.
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he's been with me for six years. e's -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for the remainder of the time. mr. heck: he's been admitted to the school for advanced medical stud youies at john hopkins university. i know when you have a young person be with you for many, many years, it creates a sense of loss when they funally decide to take that next step. i'm only able to do this because i know that as ably as he's served the people of the 10th congressional district and our state from which he is from, i know with equal confidence that he will continue to serve america upon completion of his graduate program. he's been the point person in my office working with your offices and i'm deeply appreciative to him for all of his service. i urge the members of this house to endorse and to support this very important national
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security measure. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from california controls the remainder of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. royce, for five minutes. mr. royce: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from texas and i ask unanimous consent that he may control that time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. hensarling: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield a minute and a half to the gentleman from ohio, mr. davidson, a hardworking member of the financial services committee and a member of the monetary policy and trade subcommittee that dealt with this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized for a minute and a half. mr. davidson: mr. speaker, i want to thank my colleagues for working together on this bipartisan legislation, h.r. 4311, the foreign investment risk review modernization act. it addresses the intersection of national security, intellectual property, and property rights. we have a responsibility to protect the people of the
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united states of america from threatsd. and we al ha a responsibility to protect the system that has truly made the ited stes the world's land of opportunity. we've had free flow of goods, services, capital, ideas, and indeed people because we have a functions -- high functioning rule of law here in america. how can the entrepreneur living the american dream truly thrive in the spirit of enterprise when competing against a foreign state but that's the very state he's up again in trade as an entrepreneur seek to do this? this bill addresses these concerns. countries acting as companies that pose threats to our national security. this legislation has been done in a bipartisan, constructive manner and i appreciate inputs from members on both sides of the aisle as well as the administration and private sector who helped make this meaningful legislation what it is today. with that, mr. chairman, i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the
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balance of his time. the gentleman from texas reserves his time. and the chair recognizes the gentlelady from california. ms. waters: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: she reserves her time. the gentleman from texas. mr. hensarling: i'm pleased to yield an additional half minute to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. barr, chairman of our monetary policy and trade subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recnir 30 seconds. mr. barr: mr. speaker, this effort has been a success because we're balancing the impair tiffs of national security with maintaining an important open investment climate in the united states. and why that balance is so important is because preserving enign foreign direct investment and investment and capital so that research and development in the united states can flourish, that's important not only to preserve our competitive edge in the global economy, it's portant for national security. our economic strength contributes to our national security. we are striking the right balance with this new firm legislation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman security. yields back. the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentlelady from california.
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ms. waters: i continue to reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is reogfor a minute and a half. hens i yield myself the balance of the time. -- mr. hensarling: i yield myself for the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for the balance of the time. mr. hensarling: thank you, mr. speaker. again, i think this is a very impo pie of legislation that's come before the body. i also want to acknowledge, yes, it is very challenging for this body to engage in bipartisan legislation. but we have clearly achieved it today. i think we've achieved it because we know that as americans we must rallyround when it comes to issues of national security. so, again, i want to thank the ranking member. i want to thank the gentleman from washington and all other members on the other side of the aisle for coming together, and as the gentleman from washington said, perhaps not getting exactly the bill they wanted. i assure the gentleman from washington, i didn't get exactly the bill i wanted, but we have a very strong bill that
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i think balances our critical need to safeguard our technology but at the same time recognizes how important foreign direct investment is in growing our economy and being able to afford the type of defense structures that we need so that our national security is never second to none. again, mr. speaker, we could not have done this, first, without the leadership, the expertise, the drive of the gentleman from north carolina, and i believe that this bill, some form of this bill will soon end up on the president's desk, and we will all thank the gentleman from north carolina for his leadership in getting america to this point. i urge all members to vote for this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the time and the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. chairman and members. i think all of our speakers have been absolutely eloquent
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in the way that they have described the work that was done on this bill. and i'm very pleased and proud that on this issue of national security that we were able to come together and i think that what we have done is certainly in the best interest of our country. and as the chairman said, some did not get everything that they would like to have in the bill, but we were able to work through the various concerns, i think, in a very honest and open way. with that i would just urge all of my colleagues to vote aye on this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california yields back the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. oyce, for two minutes. mr. royce: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. royce: well, thank you.
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in closing, i'd like to thank several of my colleagues. the ranking member of the foreign affairs committee, mr. engel, as well as, of course, chairman hensarling and ranking member waters, mr. pittenger. i want to thank them for incorporating as title 8, the text that i authored as h.r. 5040, this is the expert control reform act of 2018. this is the measure we put out of the foreign affairs committee. this title modernizes and reforms outdated export controls designed to impose trade controls on the old soviet block. it was long past due that we update these controls to reflect the realities of modern international commerce and the national security threats of the century we are in right now. and i would urge my you colleagues to join us in modernizing both the cfius and
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export controls process, which we do now in this combined bill . a yes vote will ensure continued u.s. leadership in high technology industries essential to the health of our economy and essential to our national security, and i'll yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back his time. all time has been yielded back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5841, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. hensarling: mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. lamborn: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h.r. 2083. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to house resolution 961 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the
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committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of h.r. 2083. the chair appoints the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, to preside over the committee f the whole. the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of h.r. 2083 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to amend the marine mammal protection act of 1972 to reduce predation on endangered columbia river salmon and other nonlisted species, and for other purposes . the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the bill
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is considered as read first time of the the gentleman from colorado, mr. lamborn, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, each will control 30 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from colorado. mr. lamborn: mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use under the rule. mr. lamborn: h.r. 2083, a bipartisan effort by miss butler and mr. schroeder, aims to update red tape to provide a temporary expedited process to give states and tribes the ability to address california's endangered ays of salmon and other species on a limited basis. right now ratepayers in the pacific northwest invest hundreds of millions of dollars each year to help recovering salmon populations only to have them end up in the stomachs of sea lions. federal law provides conflicting mandates to protect each species
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but not the flexibility to account for broader ecological interactions. the california sea lion population on the west coast have exploded. salmon runs continue to decline. according to the northwest pow earn conservation council, the california sea lion population as grown to a level of roughly 300,000. marine biologists conclude they are currently at carrying capacity. california sea lions have for radged at the mouth of the colombia river but recently continued to move inland. as the sea lions move further upstream to feed, their diet consists increasingly more of endangered salmon. h.r. 02083 will authorize the secretary of commerce to provide to states and local tribes the tools necessary to humanely manage sea lions that have outside their historic range and that pose an imminent
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threat to fish species listed under the endangered species act. outside their historic range federal permits authorized under h.r. 2083 would be limited to state and tribal fishery managers who have a direct stake in a healthy regional ecosystem. it is absolutely imperative that we give stakeholders the tools they need to maintain a balanced ecosystem where both fish and sea lions can thrive. this bipartisan bill has broad support from states, tribes, public utility districts, advocacy groups, and hundreds of local businesses across the pacific northwest. it is a win for not only the endangered fish of the pacific northwest, but the ratepayers who are heavily invested in keeping these fish stocks flourishing and healthy. i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan commonsense bill, and that's just the way it is. the chair: does the gentleman reserve? mr. lamborn: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman resees. recognizes gentleman from arizona.
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mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for as much time he wishes to use. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise in opposition to h.r. 2083. this legislation claims to protect salmon in the columbia river by authorizing an increase in the annual permits it kill california sea lions, and harbor seals. it is true that many of our salmon and steelhead runs are not doing well. in 2017, runs of wild salmon and steelhead were the fourth lowest ince 1979, and the most recent three-year trend is downward. it is devastating, i agree. we should be legislating to ddress the real threats facing salmon recovery. impacts to salmon caused by seal and sea lion pails in comparison to the harm caused by so many other threats. take a minute to go over some of the significant threats facing salmon. habitat loss, pesticides and toxic contaminants polluting
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tributary habitat. hydropower, evasive species, hatcheries, overfishing, human population growth, climate ange, and the bill the house republicans push today to block court mandated water release from federal dams to aid in salmon recovery. i can't support this bill. it does not address the root causes of salmon population cline and instead unfairly scapegoats sea lions. for these reasons i urge my colleagues to vote no. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from arizona reserves his time. the gentleman from, mr. lamborn, is recognized for his time. mr. lamborn: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentlewoman from washington, ms. herrera beutler. the chair: the gentlelady from washington is recognized for five minutes. ms. herrera beutler: thank you, mr. chairman. thank you, mr. lamborn. let me also say thanks to kirk schroeder, who has been a partner with me on this legislation for a while.
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actually since before i was here he's been working on this bill. today is a good day. i'd like to think that there might still be salmon and steelhead to fish for when my great grandkids try fishing. that's from bob, who lives in brush prairie in my district. i heard his sentiments echoed from thousands of folks across southwest washington. unfortunately, our salmon runs are now fighting for survive a it's practically a miracle when a fish can make it up stream without getting caught between a sea lion's teeth. they certainly don't get caught unkansas citied. mr. speaker, what we currently have no the columbia river is an eyolk -- have on the columbia river is an ecosystem out of balance. i met with local fishing guides who with despair in their voices told me between 70% and 100% of the fish they land show visible signs of a struggle with a sea lion. barely escaping, becoming a meal for the already engorged sea
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lions. we're seeing fewer and fewer salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon making past this gauntlet of sea lieons as they make their way upstream. donald told me he reeled in a salmon, half of a salmon. a sea lion was fighting him for the other half. we're not anti-sea lion. no. we're just for protecting our native fish. pacific northwest icon. in order to do that we've got to make it easier to remove some of the most egregious offenders, problematic penipeds. sea lions are doing really well. they weigh a ton, literally. a stellar sea lion can weigh up to one ton. between the california and sea lions they are increased by hundreds of thousands and overindulging on an all you can at buff nay -- buffet on salmon. the ea lions are winning
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battle. shin knock adult salmon disappear. after much study the steelhead runs are facing a 90% chance of extinction due to predays. that's -- pred days. that's why we're here, mr. speaker, in a bipartisan effort to save our wild fish from being decimated by animals that have migrated out of their natural habitat and whose population sin creasing. my bill, the endangered salmon and fisheries predays prevention action, provides government and resource managers with the means to rapidly respond to remove sea lions from specific areas where they are posing the most harm. mr. speaker, the columbia river makes up the entire southern border of my district. the river is a life line for clean, affordable energy and benefit through both recreational and commercial fishing. while lethal take of sea lions is a last resort, it is necessary to protect the hundreds of millions of benefit
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both dollars in investments at the northwest residents have made to proteaningt enhance salmon and other e.s.a. listed species on the columbia river. nonlethal solutions like hazing and literally transporting sea lions hundreds of miles away and releasing them, none of them have worked. the sea lions come right back. in washington state we're forced to live with the cautionary tar heel of failing to take strong action. in the 1980's and 1990's, federal officials failed to grant authority, same authority we're asking for today, to halt the salmon slaughter in seattle. by the time congress finally acted, a whole run of steelhead was decimated. let's not allow history to repeat itself. h.r. 2083 is a much needed solution. the bill would amend section 120 of the marine mammal protection act to authorize the secretary of commerce to provide states and local tribes with the tools necessary to humanely manage sea lions on the waters of the columbia river and tributaries as long as the sea lions are not part of an e.s.a. listed
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species. this is common sense, mr. speaker. additionally, this legislation allows not only the northwest state wildlife agencies but also qualified tribes to obtain permits to help protect the recovery of e.s.a. listed salmon. authority not granted currently under the law. simply put, my bill cuts through the bureaucratic red tape, streamlines the permitting process, and allows streams and tribes to rapidly respond to remove sea lions from areas that pose the most threat. this is the last line of defense against fish runs bordering on extinction. this bill enjoys bipartisan support, both here in congress and at home. as i mentioned my friend and neighbor to the south, curt schroeder, has been a valuable partner. this legislation is supported by the governors of washington, oregon, and idaho. the columbia river intertribal fish commission, the washington idaho and organ state department of fish and wildlife. mr. lamborn: an additional
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minute. the chair: the gentl ely recognized for one minute. ms. herrera beutler: the coastal -- coalition of coastal fisheries, coastal conservation corporation of oregon and washington, are among the bill supporters. i'm also please add companion bill is moving through the senate now with bipartisan support underscoring the urgency of this issue. i ask my colleagues to join me today in supporting h.r. 2083. make sure our kids and grandkids and our great grandkids can experience the thrill of reeling in their first salmon on the columbia river. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady from washington yields back her time. the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, i'm disappointed to be standing here today to debate a bill that's become quite familiar to the house natural resources committee over the past three congresses. i must point out the obvious fact, mr. chairman, the killing of sea lions is not a silver bullet for a salmon recovery.
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this bill is a five cent solution to a $10 problem. the fact is the sea lion pre dation exails -- pails in consideration to the dam operation, invasive species, and others. the bill does absolutely nothing to address any of these major causes of salmon decline. for example, no fisheries found that the estimated salmon and steelhead production in the columbia river baseon is over 10 million fish below historic levels, with eight million of that loss attributable to hydropower development and operation. i must also point out that the hypocrisy here. the bill before us today is described as a salmon protection act. but it follows a series of house republican priority bills that would push west coast salmon population to the brink of extinction. in april my republican colleagues pushed through the house h.r. 3144, known in the fishing community as the salmon
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extinction act. intended to block protection measures that experts tell us are necessary for salmon survive a last year we saw similar attacks on salmon on tribes and fishingtry when house leadership rushed h.r. 23, also known as the grow act, through the house. this bill sought to eliminate protections from wild california and put california's native fisheries and thousands of jobs they propertied on the path to extinction. meaning thousands of job losses across california, oregon, and washington state. house leadership pushed that the bill -- even though estimates shothat 78% of california's native salmon will be extinct this century under current trends. and the congressional war on salmon has continued with riders in this year's appropriations bills. for example, the house energy and water appropriations bill approved by this chamber earlier this month will block the restoration of salmon runs in e columbia river and
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riv. rnia san joaquin as if that was not enough, the interior and c.j.s. appropriations bill also include riders that are being supported by the republican majority and yet here we're talking about killing hundreds of seals and sea lions river. as if that was not enough, the interior and c.j.s. appropriations because my repub colleagues claim they want to recover salmon. let's be clear. the anti-salmon legislation and riders coming out of congress threats to salmon recovery than the sea lions snacking habits. restoring wild salmon that are under threat requires a ophisticated response that tackles the most pressing issues impacting salmon population. instead, we're here today scapegoating marine mammals who are themselves in the threat from this house's efforts to roll back the marine mammal act protections in order to help oil and gas companies. marine mammals and salmon have coexisted together for millennium. unfortunately, neither one appears to have evolved enough
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defenses against the agenda of the republican congress. we don't have to pick and choose which creatures are worthy of survive a i would encourage my colleagues to get serious about addressing the whole range of stressors that are driving salmon to extinn. dam operations, pesticides, invasive species, and human activity that is are preventing full salmon recovery. i urge my colleagues to reject today's effort to force congress to pick and choose between fish and wildlife. i think - - thank you. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from arizona reserves his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. lamborn: thank you, mr. chairman. i would only say that when there is a population a of 300,000 sea lions, i would not call that endangered. they are froketting under a federal law but not found to be endangered or threatened as far as i know. at this point i would like to yield four minutes to a gentleman from oregon, who is also a bipartisan co-sponsor of
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this bill, mr. schroeder. the chair: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for four minutes. mr. schroeder: thank you, mr. peaker. so this is what i cuddly sea lions do to our iconic salmon in the columbia river. salmon are part of the culture, identity to the people and tribes of the pacific northwest. it's one of the reasons why we have put so much time, energy and resources into protecting these iconic fish. along with our good friend from the other side of the columbia river, ms. herrera beutler, we have worked with our colleagues here in congress to find common ground to craft a bill that meets our needs to protect endangered salmon but also addresses concerns about what happens to the sea lions.
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today's consideration of h.r. 2083 marks nearly nine years that i've been working on this legislation with my colleague from washington. during that time sea lion predation on the steelhead runs have increased exponentially and the results have been dramatic. much like the one in michigan we're facing our own imminent extinction threat with the steelhead run if we don't act immediately. hat's just a fact in case in michigan they didn't act soon enough and that drove the steelhead run to extinction. we cannot repeat the same mistake. nothing in this bill will harm sea lion populations. they are thriving thanks to the marine mammal protection act, a population that now hovers in the 300,000 range. noaa has concluded the california sea lions have reached their maximum capacity. it's a remarkable success story. we want that to continue.
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but with this success we also need to recognize that these sea lions no longer need the same level of protections they did when they first passed the marine mammal protection act in the 1970's when their numbers from only in the 70,000 range. now they're threatening in nonhistoric areas to move up the rivers where they have no historic history and eliminate our salmon. there's a 20% to 25% chance -- 20% to 25% predation on these sameon. our bill will a-- salmon. our bill will select those who are in some of the key trish tributaries, they would be removing these. we've heard some arguments we shouldn't focus on sea lion. we should take a more comprehensive approach. my good colleague from arizona said there's no silver bullet
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here. i agree. i agree. we have been doing nonlethal hazing for over 15 years. that's been totally ineffective. transport these sea lions from the coast to the middle of oregon, they're back in five days. every single entity involved from tribes to fibbermen have altered their behavior to protect salmon. ratepayers contribute nearly $1 billion a year. biggest fish recovery program in the world. to help fund the largest fish mitigation program. this goes toward habitat restoration, fish screens, turbins, proven hatcheries. it's our members to safeguard the public's investment and improve these salmon runs. this is not a radical bill. it's a thoughtful bill brought to us by the fish and wildlife from the three states in question and supported by jay inslee of washington,
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democratic governors, butch ter of ohio, republican, biologists. most importantly, the process will require the following -- noaa still will review the permit application and issue a request for public comment. noaa will form a task force to make recommendations. noaa will conduct a nepa review. we have great many people doing incredible work. i want to thank the tribes. mr. lamborn: i yield an additional minute. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. schrader: i want to thank everyone's support, the tribes, our conservation community, curt at odfw, shawn, ed, our friends on the other side of the river. all these folks have been tremendous partners. can't thank them enough. i can't thank my colleague from across the river, jamie herrera beutler. it's been a great partnership. i urge my colleagues to support our region to protect and
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support our salmon. i ask for your help and to support this legislation today. and i yield back. thank you. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from oregon, mr. defazio.
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the chair: the gentleman from oregon is recognized for two minutes. mr. defazio: for many, this is an emotional debate. i would concede the point this is not a silver bullet, but we're talking about in particular are a few species of salmon that are on the verge of extinction and whether or not this bill passes will determine their future. it already extrapated a run at bourd lock. we have a place in oregon called willamette falls, 120 miles from the moh of the columbia river. historically there have been no sea lions there. there have been no changes in that structure in 100 years. yet, the passage of wild salmon which was normally five to eight has -- 5,000 to 8,000, has dropped down to 500 because of the predation. 40 sea lions hanging out munching at basically at the fish ladder. now, here's where sea lions are at. the optimal population is between this red line and this blue line. they actually have exceeded
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that blue line which means they have recently exceeded and now are maybe dropping back to the maximum sustainable population. we are talking about a few hundred problem animals which then teach other animals where they can t a free lunch. and that's really the key here. this is not, you know, something that -- this is based in science. e have a probability of 89% of extinction of the willamette winter steelhead that go over willamette falls because of the sea lions that hang out there. sonic guns, harassment, removal, took them 300 miles away. they swim pretty good. they're back in five days. they tail other sea lions along the way. hey, follow me. i know a great place where to go. if we were to remove just a few
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of these problem sea lions, it will allow in the future, very likely it will be a long time before another set of sea lions learn to go 120 miles up the rir to willamette falls. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. lamborn: i yield two minutes to mr. defazz yo. mr. defazio: i thank the gentleman. so the conditions are that these would have to be problem sea lions that have marked, they have been removed, they have been harassed, they've come back and they have to be 112 miles up the river. this is not a normal condition that sea creatures are 112 miles up a freshwater river. and there are critical areas on the columbia up by the dams, up in e willamette falls and some of the tributaries where they are starting to hang out and they are eating almost
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exclusively salmon, steelhead and now sturgeon which are also a threatened species. as my colleague from oregon said, this noaa will review the permit. we will have public comment. they have a task force to review the application, make recommendations or modifications. there will be a nepa review. that was one of the critical elements. it was a problem with the earlier bill and a number of us insisted upon a nepa review. noaa will approve or deny the permit with conditions, and this will be monitored on an annual basis. now, again, the argument that, well, other sea lions are just going to take their place has not been proven by science. in fact, there's only a couple hundred that are these problem creatures and are going upstream. ultimately others will follow them and become habituated. if we can remove some of the problem ones then perhaps we
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won't drop down. the ectstimas we are down to a 6% chance for survival. is is a little out of date of the winter steelhead because of this year's predation. i don't have a chart. the structures are built 100 years ago. that impeded the winter steelhead. there's been a fish ladder. locks were built there for navigation. that hasn't changed in 100 years. so the populations were healthy at 5,000 to 8,000. suddenly we're down to 500. something is happening. it's the sea lions. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you. i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from washington, mr. kilmer. the chair: the gentleman from washington is recognized for three minutes. mr. kilmer: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise today in support of h.r. 2083, which would provide
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targeted relief to endangered salmon and steelhead stocks in the columbia river and its trish tear fathers the threat threat aries from the of sea lion i'd like to take the opportunity to talk about revisions from the national marine fisheries service, our state and tribal wildlife co-managers, and other key stakeholders that resulted in this compromised bill text. it's because of that consensus that i'm able to voice my support for this bill today. i'm thankful for that because i care about salmon and protecting salmon and i care about fishing jobs and i care about tribal treaty rights and i care about the other animals in our ecosystem that rely on a healthy salmon stock like the endangered southern resident orca population which there are very few in our ocean, fewer than the number of people who serve in this chamber. we heard from our state and tribal wildlife managers that if salmon predation at the
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willamette falls choke point isn't addressed immediately, there is a 90% at least one of the winter steelhead populations will go extinct. enhanced management of the sea lion predators at this site would make a difference immediately. i want to underscore we have years of data to show nonlethal hazing and those currently employed by wildlife managers haven't been effective controlling these predators. in fact the problem has gonte worse. a decade ago they used to only congregate at distinct choke points created by the bonneville dam and willamette falls. now they're moving in the inner tributarie. the university of oregon suggest only a small portion of the sea lion population will ever exhibit this behavior and removing these animals prevents additional animals from learning this behavior. so the sooner we act, the fewer animal will ultimately be affected. to put this in perspective, of
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the 4,000 california sea lions in the columbia river estuary, only about 200 ever swim upriver past the 112-mile mark. it's these animals that have the greatest effects on the animals in the watershed. i tell us what's at stake -- jobs. they are counting on us to rebuild these stocks. it's the future of our southern resident orca population that depend on spring chinook as a key food source. it is many ways defined by these iconic fish. we need to make sure they have the tools they need to address this threat in the most responsible and targeted way possible. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from arizona reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. lamborn: mr. chairman, i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record letters of support for this legislation from trout unlimited, the pacific coast federation of
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fishermens association, and an additional list of supporters. the chair: without objection, they will be covered under general leave. mr. lamborn: now at this point, mr. chairman, i'd yield five minutes to the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse. the chair: the gentleman from washington is recognized for five minutes. mr. newhouse: i want to thank the good gentleman. mr. speaker, proud to be able to rise and speak on this bill. i am a proud co-sponsor of h.r. 2083, the eng dengered salmon and fisheries predn prevention act and i'd encourage all of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support -- in support of this legislation. this bill was introduced in a bipartisan basis by members of pacific northwest delegation to address the matter of predatory sea lions that are consuming alarming numbers of endangered salmon, steelhead and other species in the columbia river and its tributaries. sea lion population have
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increased 10-fold, causing them to search for their food. there are too many for their traditional food sources. mr. speaker, they have found that source. sea lions swimming up to the bonneville dam are gorging themselves on endangered salmon. not only for food but, mr. speaker, there are so many of them they're also doing it for sport. i've seen this myself, i visited the tam and saw, fish passing by through those win toes that you can wash the my grating salmon they pass by with massive bite marks through their body. most of the time that leads to fatalities for the fish. found that study sea lions consumed 90% of salmon last year. the oregon department of fish and wildlife said steelhead will
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go, tinth if the sea lions are not managed this would amend the marine mammal protection act to allow noaa to issue permit it is allow local governments and tribes to use three lee that will control measures in certain areas. this is desperately needed to save endangered fish species. unfortunately, the ranking member of the committee and the minority of the house natural resources committee have once again reverted to fear mongering just as they have done on other issues facing the pacific northwest. i've heard this legislation called the slaughter sales and sea lions act. they claim the legislation will authorize a, quote, massive increase in annual permits to kill sea lions and seals. nothing could be further from the truth. this legislation demonstrates a targeted approach and a
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bipartisan concerted effort over many years to come to a consensus on this serious issue. in fact, the bill places strict limbs on sea lion removal that are one tenth the amount noaa says would have no impact on the population. i'm disapointed in these outlandish claims. the yakima nation state said we're saddened to see such an emotional and nonscientific attack on a bill our tribe wants to see enacted. the bipartisan support behind the legislation speaks for itself. from respective govern yoffers the three states of washington, regon, and idaho, to the yakimah tribe and other tribes, to group like the pacific power council, trout unlimited, pacific coast federation of
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fishermen's association this legislation is supported by environmental organizations, the fishing sfri, power and utility interes, state and tribal governments and both democrats and republicans alike right here in the house and in the senate. the ranking member earlier stated that this bill is not a silver bullet and mr. speaker, i don't disagree. but i certainly acknowledge that this is just one tool to continue the tremendous efforts and significant resources our region has devoted to fish protection and mitt fwation. but it is an important one. i continue to advocate for sound science approaches to managing our columbia river system, including speaking out against the recklessly mandated spill order place odd then federal river system. that's why i supported h.r. 3144 earlier this year, to stop the spill and provide experts who manage our river system with the ability to do so in the manner that is best for our fish species. for the record, the minority of
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the house natural resources committee called the bill the salmon extinction act, more disappoint -- more disappointing hyperbole. i encourage the ranking member and his staff to focus more on the science and lose then radical rhetoric. just as my bipartisan colleagues support this legislation we consider today, i continue to plead for my colleagues on the other side of the aisle and in the senate to recognize the science showing how dangerous this is. i want to thank the speaker and i urge all of my colleagues to 2083.es on h.r. thank you. the chair: the gentleman from arizona. mr. grijalva: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from washington. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. >> i thank the ranking member for yielding and rise in support of h.r. 2083. you've heard a good number of arguments in favor of this bill today. the urgent threat posed by sea
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lions to endangered salmon a steelhead, the fundamental importance of salmon to the economy in the pacific northwest and especially to native peoples who have dependen on these stocks since time immemorial. mr. heck: but i want to talk about another reason, the issue of the orca. june is national orca moh in washington state and the uthern resident orcas are an iconic species for us. they reside principally in the puget sound and they're dying. the fish being taken by these ea lions are -- migrate there. there are 75 orcas left, fewer than when they were put on the endangered species act. they don't have enough chinook salmon to eat and the reason is the sea lions are eating them first. i want to remind the chamber, these sea lions are not even
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indigenous to the columbia river. they've only been here a little more than three decades. they came here and found lunch. and along wit, put our orca at risk our state resource managers estimate sea lions consume about 20% of the columbia's spring chinook run. 20%. one in five. we all recognize saving these iconic orcas will take a somp rehencive solution, i don't deny that. and of course it's not a silver bullet. but it will help. it's something this bdy can do today to save our orcas. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and with my compliments to the gentlelady from the third congressional district and all who have work sod tirelessly on behalf of 2083 and with that, mr. speaker, i thank you, sir and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from colorado. mr. lamborn: i reserve the
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balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arizona. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. chairman. mr. chairman, h.r. 2083 -- the chair: the gentleman recognizes himself? mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. chairman. they have taken over 1,000 sea lions and an unknown number of seals annually. condition trare to what we heard this won't aid in the salmon population but needlessly targets seals and sea lions. i think we have to put this piece of legislation in context to what this house has done and the natural resources committee has done. a pattern. it's another example of how my republican cloogs view wildlife management policy in the 21st century. we have too many attacks on wildlife in this congress. last year, republicans released a bill to overturn 2016 judicial decision to allow the shooting of corm rants without
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ever considering nonlethal management. fishing m to protect though scant science, evidence, or facts exists to show the birds iac population. in february last year, this chamber voted to allow the fish and wildlife service to shoot bear cubs from a helicopter and gas wolf cubs in their den. to artificially inplate -- inflate populations of moose and caribou prized by trophy hunters. republics have introduced a number of bills against species like the grizzly bear, delta smelt and chinook shah mono. the trump administration announcement that the department of interior will consider trophy imports on a case-by-case basis gai rise to bills in congress
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supporting the killing of elephants and lions in africa for purported conservation purposes. in the midst of mass shootings in the country, republicans tried to disguise an n.r. a-backed bill as a sprtsman bill. all these attacks on wildlife have been constant, they have not been backed in science. they've not been supported by science or fact. and we all would like to see legislation that would tackle the real threats facing imperiled wildlife and in this particular legislation to do a study, to assess that, and then to talk about the kinds of efforts that could be undertaken to protect the salmon. but to merely do that without the science and the study sing a
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mistake and it fits into a pattern that is all too common and puts this legislation within the same context and the same pattern as the other pieces of legislation. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado. mr. lamborn: mr. chairman, at this point i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentlelady from washington who will talk among other things about the mitigation efforts at the rate payers have been funding for the salmon. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized for three minutes. >> i thank the chairman and ask unanimous consent to enter into the record letters of support from the public power council, the states of washington, oregon and idaho and the intertribal fish commission. the chair: that request is covered under general leave. ms. herrera beutler: i want to speak to one piece, i keep hearing this isn't a silver bullet, no one is claiming this is a silver bullet.
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this is a step in the right direction to protect endangered salmon runs that are critical for commercial, recreational and tribal resource use. this is really iconic to the pacific northwest. it is part of our heritage. it's something we'd like to pass on to our kids and grandkids. passing this bill today allows us to do that. rate payers will so committed to this, in washington state and oregon, rate payers who fund the power administration and the hydrosystem, we expend, there are hundreds of millions of dollars a year, upregards if you get it all together, almost cracks a billion dollars annually that's spent in mitigation efforts to protect the species that are impacted. these fish we, as rate payers, we spend a lot of money to protect and support these runs because it is so specific and unique to our way of life. this is a critical thing for us.
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so it's one of those things where you literalry -- literally bridge and the watch sea lions play with salmon. they take a single bite out. i found a sturgeon longer than my arm with a single bite mark out of her stomach, basically they took the eggs, took the caviar, and let it go. we as rate payers, because we should, spend hundreds of millions of dollars to protect these runs and bring them back into more or fuller house. and to watch these animals not even eat a full meal but just play with them, it's really -- it makes you sick, mr. speaker. so if you're someone who believes in protecting see pee cease and having a balanced ecosystem, this isn't about picking one species over the other, this is us trying to restore balance here. it's one of those things where you really, you'd have to fight
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hard to find a reason not to support this when very liberal governors and very republican conservative governors come together and ask us to pass this legislation it should cause you to stop and pause. this is one of those things this body should be about and today is a good hance -- a good chance to take a step forward in protecting these runs. i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from years. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. chairman. do want to indicate that the proponents of the legislation on i sides of the aisle, understand that they are representing not only constituent interest bus as they see a good piece of legislation. but let me just end by saying similar legislation has been proposed in previous congresses. but this bill would allow more killing of seals and sea lions than all those before it. when this version of the bill was introduced in 2015, it proposed an annual taking of 92 california sea lions. thunder legislation, h.r. 2083,
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this was increased by 10-fold and would include the killing of sea lions and harbor seals. i'm disappointed that the legislation before us today has ghon in that direction and i urge a no vote and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman is closed is that correct? the gentleman from arizona closed. is the gentleman from colorado prepared to close. mr. lamborn: yes, mr. chairman. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lamborn: we have heard a lot of debate. this is a good debate. i have been struck by the fact that every single speaker from the northwest on both sides of the aisle have spoken in favor of this piece of legislation. i find that very remarkable. rarely do we have that kind of consensus. yet we have it here with h.r. 20 3. just to conclude i would say that this is a commonsense piece of legislation. unfortunately, the federal government sometimes has
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conflicting mandates. we have a law on the one hand that protects sea lions but we have the endangered status of various salmon. and these two are in conflict, unfortunately. let's take the side of the endangered species and do so on a limited and scientific basis the way the bill has been crafted through compromise. in fact, before it takes in effect thrrks will be an environmental impact statement, which is a very lengthy process with lots of public comment, lots of judicial scrutiny and so on. i find this to be a very commonsense legislation with a lot of compromise built in and consensus and makes so much sense. i would hope there would be no opposition or almost no opposition when this comes up for a vote. with that, i yield back the
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balance of my time. let's adopt this great piece of legislation for our environment. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. all time for general debate has expired. pursuant to the rule, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the e nature of a substitute ent in consisting of the text of rules committee print number 115-79. 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 b house report 115-783. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally
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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 is now in order to consider amendment number one printed in art b of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? mr. kilmer: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number one printed in part b of house eport 115-783 offered by mr. kilmer. the chair: the gentleman from washington, mr. kilmer, and a member opposed shall each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from washington. mr. kilmer: i rise today in support of my amendment to h.r. 2083. this simple amendment would narrow the scope of this bill to
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clarify our intent that the leeth -- lethal take authority. this small important disstimping shon will ensure it targets those animals that pose an imminent threat to our native salmon and steelhead stocks and align our bill with the senate version that was recently introduced. hopefully ensuring this bill gets to the finish line. that is absolutely critical. some of our most vulnerable stocks due to nonnative sea lion predation. i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. lamborn: we have no objection to this amendment. the chair: so the gentleman -- does any member claim the time in opposition? seeing none, the gentleman from washington -- mr. kilmer: i have no further speakers on this amendment. so i thank the majority for
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their support and moving this important legislation forward and i urge my colleagues to adopt it and i yield back. the chair:. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from washington. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. he opion of the chair, the ayes have it, the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to -- the chair understands that amendment number two printed in the record will not be offered. it is now in order to consider amendment number three printed 5-783. e report of 15 mr. vargas: i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 3 printed in house report of 115-783, offered by mr. vargas of california.
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the chair: the gentleman from california, mr. vargas and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. vargas: i ask for unanimous consent that my amendment be modified in the form i have placed at the desk. the chair: the clerk will report the motorcycles. the clerk: the amendment as modified is as follows, add at the end the following, section, report, not later than 180 zace after the date of the enactment of this act, the secretary of th interior shall study and report to the congress on the potential febts of lethal taking of pinnipeds on the recovery of samon i had stocks on the columbia river. the chair: is there objection? mr. lamborn: the majority has no objection to this amendment. the chair: without objection, the amendment is modified.
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the gentleman is recognized for five minutes on his amendment as modified. mr. vargas: samon is economically important to the country. this must be rooted in science to address the most prevalent threats. this is at fishing pressures and has been dat loss. currently, there is very little scientific evidence that see lion predation has played a role in the decline. my amendment would rectify this lack of scientific evidence by requiring a study and report to the congress of lethal taking of sea lions in the columbia river system. if we are going to expand the lethal taking of sea lions, we should make sure it will help the salmon recover.
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i urge adoption of my amendment. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. lamborn: the majority has no objection to this amendment as modified. the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. vargas: i urge the adoption of this amendment. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields k the balance of his tim all time has expired. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the chair: the amendment is adopted. accordingly under the rules the committee rises. the question is on the amendment in the nature of a substitute as amended.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. rdingly to the rule, the committee rises. mr. eaker pro tempore: chairman. the chair: the committee of the whole house on the state of the union has had under consideration h.r. 2083. pursuant to house resolution 961, 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 of the state of the union reports the committee has had under consideration the bill h.r. 2083 and pursuant to house resolution 961, reports the bill back to the house with an
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amendment adopted in the committee of the whole. under the rule, the previous question is ordered. is a separate vote demanded on any amendment to the amendment reported from 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 ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. the question is on engrossment and third reading of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. third reading. the clerk: a bill to amend the marine mammal protection act of 972 to reduce predation of nonlisted species. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on passage of the bill. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the bill is passed.
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mr. lamborn: mr. speaker, i emand a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman request the yeas and nays? the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number havi arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on passage of the bill will be followed by five-minute votes on the motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5841 and agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal, if 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.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 288, the nays are 116. the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is vote
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on the motion of the the gentleman from california, mr. royce, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5841 as amended, which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5841, a bill to modernize and strengthen the committee on foreign investment in the united states to more effectively guard against the risk to the national security of the united states posed by certain types of foreign investments and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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