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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 400. the nays are two. 2/3 of those voting having esponded in the affirmative -- the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 400, the nays are two. 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question on agreeing to the
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speaker's approval of the journal, which the chair will put de novo. the question is on agreeing to 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. the journal stands approved. without objection, the title of .r. 2083 is amended. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. lamborn: mr. speaker, i ask nab consent that the clerk be altogether -- unanimous consent that the clerk be authorized to to changes to the bill, make changes to the bill, including the changes i have placed at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: without objection.
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the clerk will report the changes. the clerk: page 5, line 17. insert, i, capital i, or after clause, page 5, line 19, insert i, capital i, or after clause, page 5, line 19, insert eligible entities. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. the chair lays before the house the following enrolled bill. the clerk: h.r. 931. an act to require the secretary of health and human services to develop a voluntary registry to collect data on cancer incidents mong firefighters.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. granger: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 6157, and that i may include tabular material on the same. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentlelady from washington seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to have my named removed
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as a co-sponsor of h.r. 2069. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. pursuant to house resolution 961 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the consideration of h.r. 6157. the chair appoints the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, to preside over the committee of the whole. the chair: the committee will be in order. all members take your conversations off the floor. lear the well. he committee will be in order.
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members will clear the aisle. members will clear the aisles. take your conversations off the floor. then the house will proceed.
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the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of h.r. 6157, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the chair: pursuant to the rule, the bill is considered read the first time. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on appropriations. the gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger, and the gentleman from indiana, mr. visclosky, will each control 30 minutes. the gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger, is recognized.
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ms. granger: mr. chairman, i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm pleased to bring the defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2019 to the house floor for consideration. congress' number one responsibility is to provide for the defense of this nation. it is this bill that fulfills that most fundamental constitutional duty. last year general dunford, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, said, the u.s. military's competitive advantage against potential adversaries is eroding. over the last decade, sustained operational commitments, budgetary instability, and advances by our adversaries have threatened our ability to project power and we have lost our advantage in key war fighting areas. my approach to funding this bill is based on that statement. the priorities funded in this bill not only stop the erosion, but also enable our military to restore and increase their
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competitive advantage. this is all possible because the bipartisan budget agreement -- of the bipartisan budget agreement, which has allowed us to provide the necessary resources. the fiscal year 2018 defense appropriation act took the first step in rebuilding our military by addressing the toll taken on readiness, and began to make investments to improve our competitive advantage. building on the gains we made in 2018 and guided by the new national defense strategy, the bill before you is the next critical step to enable secretary mattis to build a more lethal, resilient and rapidly innovating joint force that can defeat the adversaries we face today and those we will face in the future. the bill also supports the secretary's efforts to work by, with and through our allies and partners, to help share the burden while protecting america's interests around the world.
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this bill reflects the advice the subcommittee received in hearings, briefings and meetings with secretary mattis, chairman dunford, the leadership of the mitary services, the intelligence committee, and other national security experts. the bill provides a total of $675 billion to the department of fiss -- for fiscal year 2019. this is d 19 billion above the fiss -- d 19 billion above the fiscal -- $19 billion above the fiscal 2018 level and is consistent with the total funding level in the house-passed authorization bill. the bill provides full funding to address military personnel needs, including full funding for an additional 16,400 active, guard and reserve soldiers, sailors and airmen. and fully funding for the 2.6% pay raise for our troops. the bill provides critical funding to repair and improve
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our military readiness, including $1 billion over the request for training and equipping our troops, including the national guard and reserve, and for ting, equipment, maintenance and spare parts and base operations. it includes $21 billion for depot maintenance, to get our planes and ships back in working order. for procurement, the bill provides adequate funding to modernize the force. major investments include increased funds for strikers, abrams tanks, humvees and other ground mobility vehicles. and to maintain air superiority, we provide increases for key platforms such as joint strike fighter apaches, ospreys, blackhawks and c-130's. we maintain our commitment to the national guard and reserve components, providing $1.3 billion over the request, specifically for their equipment
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needs. for ship building, we fund 12 navy ships, two more than requested. to ensure our technological edge $95 t our adversaries, billion is included for research and development. we keep our commitment to take care of our service members and their families, by providing over $34 billion for defense health programs, including $752 million other the request for medical research -- over the request for medical research. to address growing concerns on and around our military bases, we include over $1.2 billion to address environmental remediation and restoration. for ongoing global war on terrorism operations, the bill provides funding for additional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance for the war fighter, and $250 million for ukraine.
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given the serious challenges and significant resources at steak, the committee continues to exercise strong oversight over the department to ensure that our constituents' tax dollars are being spent wisely. i want to thank my ranking member and partner, mr. visclosky, his input has been invaluble. pete, the bill before us is better because of your involvement. i also want to thank our full committee ranking member, mrs. lowey, for her support for this important work done in this bill. most importantly, i want to thank my full committee chairman and the previous subcommittee chairman, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. frelinghuysen, for his leadership and his support. sadly, this is the last defense appropriation bill that the chairman will manage in congress. throughout his service, he has shown an unwavering commitment to the needs of our military and
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intelligence communities. i'll miss his wise counsel and steadfast commitment to the members of our military services. i want to thank all members for their participation and input as we put together this bill. the subcommittee received over 6,600 requests from members. the bill incorporates your ideas and recommendations and i thank you for your continued support. . i'd like to personally thank our hardworking staff for helping make this bill possible. on our majority staff, jennifer miller, walter hern, rick boyer, beachy wright, colin e, matt bauer, jackie ripky, hayden, bill, bairey. on our minority staff, becky, jennifer, chris bigalow.
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on my personal staff, johnny, john, spencer. in closing, mr. chairman, the defense appropriation bill for fiscal year 2019 is a great bill that takes the next critical step in rebuilding our military. i urge our colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady from texas reserves her time. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana, mr. visclosky. mr. visclosky: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume, and i ask unanimous consent that my full remarks be entered in the record. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to consume and without objection his remarks will be entered in the record. mr. visclosky: i want to say how i appreciate ms. granger. her abiding priority has remained at the safety, effectiveness, and efficiency of every man and woman in
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uniform. additionally, she has taken a thoughtful and bipartisan approach to our work. she has been transparent, consider the of every -- considerate of every member in this body and knows the constitutional prerogatives of the congress. i'd also like to express my gratitude to chairman frelinghuysen, ranking member lowey, and the other members of the subcommittee for their efforts. and this legislation would not have happened without the incredibly skilled staff that the chairwoman has just enumerated, and i would join her in thanking them for their outstanding work. i'd also be remiss if i did not also use a portion of my time to recognize that this will be the last time i will manage time on a defense appropriations bill with my very good friend, chairman rodney frelinghuysen, on the floor with us. he is a consummate gentleman,
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decent to his core, a tireless advocate for the people he represents, and always working for the best interests of our nation and those wearing its uniform. he will be sorely missed and this body will be lesser without him. i thank him for his service, and i thank him deeply for his friendship. with regard to the matters before us, i would like to begin by calling attention to an issue of great importance to me, the full integration of women in the military. female service members are invaluable to the defense of our nation. for the majority of the time that they have been allowed in the military, women have had to assimilate into a culture established by men for men. this is not the best way to maximize the effectiveness of our armed services. while i appreciate the opening of combat career fields to women and the department's emerging efforts to ensure that combat equipment is designed
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and fitted for female service members, i would submit that these are immediate-term solutions. bluntly, the way at which women leave service are glaringly obvious and will be difficult to overcome because they will require cultural and significant policy changes. but i am pleased that the house armed services committee in their fiscal year 2019 authorization bill has taken a step to establish a female retention baseline and develop ways to improve female retention. initiatives like these will help the appropriations committee to better focus funding where it can be most effece. specific to the bill, the chairwoman has provided an accurate summary, but there are a few areas i'd like to highlight. this bill increases funding by almost $200 million above the budget request for several important environmental cleanup accounts. the subcommittee, under chairwoman granger, and
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previously under chairman frelinghuysen, has been very proactive on emergency environmental issues, including those caused by firefighting chemicals. those living on or near military facilities and everyone throughout our country should not have to worry about access to clean drinking water. oversight of the management and is nditures of $674 billion a core function of this subcommittee. as such, this bill contains several cuts to accounts that have large unobligated balances or have underexecuted. the funds generated by those cuts have been invested in programs and initiatives that provide more benefit to our country and the war fighter. unlike the recently debated and recision bill, these are substantive that will benefit the taxpayers. is lieve good oversight
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good between the agencies and he committees. oversight cannot be effective when complex changes to a program are first communicated to the legislative branch through the media. i have great respect for the service for the secretaries and the chiefs but there needs to be timely and quality communication. the committee report to accompany this bill has several sections with a special focus on the army to adhere to its congressional direction, increase transparency for budget exhibits and improve the quality and timeliness of communications. i'm cautiously optimistic that the bipartisan budget agreement which provided relief from the budget control act will provide a pathway for completing the fiscal year 2019 bills in a somewhat timely manner. however, the next two fiscal years present daunting obstacles that make it even more important to complete our
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work as soon as possible. most obvious is the return of the b.c.a. caps for fiscal year 2020, which, if left unchanged, will require the department's base funding to be reduced by $71 billion from the level provided in this bill. a reduction of that magnitude would cause great disruption. inexplicably, multiple congresses have managed to alleviate the budget caps for seven of eight years, but only after significant and protracted political theater. i know senior leaders in the ntagon are not taking chances and have begun to identify ograms to cut in 2020 that will carry the least associated risk for the war fighter if these caps are not adjusted. additionally, senior military leaders have testified that we need real budget growth of at least 3% above inflation through 2023 and that
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increasing that competitive advantage would require even higher growth. i agree with the assessments that we need to make stark investnt i do not believe a gwtrate of that magnitude is sustainable. unless we act responsibly on the revenue side of the budget and address entitlements in a meaningful fashion, the money will not be there. while we are on the floor today debating the funding for the d.o.d. bill, we must consider that maintaining our competitive advantage in defense also requires other investments that we do not immediately equate with military matters. as only 29% of americans aged 17 to 24 qualify for military service, investments in our youth, difficult to retain populations, education, and public health are equally important. since fiscal year 2016, the annual funding level for the department of defense has increased by $100 billion. to put this into context, that
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$00 billion increase is larger -- $100 billion increase is larger than the budget of health and human services, the department of education, and the department of transportation. it is greater than the combined annual budgets of the department of homeland security and department of sbeeryomplet inally, -- interior. finally, we have seen long-term planning and strategy documents generated by the pentagon and white house over the last 500 days. the bulk of our ongoing military operations continue to be authorized by legislation from 17 years ago. there have been four presidential elections and eight congressional elections since 2001, and its authorization for the use -- in its authorization for the use of military force. i am disappointed that the rules committee did not make in order any amendments on this matter. it is a shame that this congress cannot muster the will to even talk about this
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important issue. but in closing, i, again, than the chairwoman for her great effort and her true partnership and i'd reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from indiana reserves his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas, ms. granger. ms. granger: mr. chairman, i yield six minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, the chairman of the appropriations committee. the chair: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized for six minutes. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i want to thank the gentlelady for the time and rise in strong support of her bill, the defense appropriations bill, and i join mrs. lowey in congratulating ms. granger and mr. visclosky for their excellent defense appropriations bill and their joint dedication to a very bipartisan product. they continue, i think, a very proud tradition. i may also acknowledge and thank the men and women who helped produce the bill who stand or sit behind us that have been mentioned by both the
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ranking and chairman. we want to thank them for making us look good and making sure that we have a very professional product. i do want to take the opportunity to thank the personal staff of the members on the committee as well as steve wilson from my office who has worked on my behalf for 15 years on defense issues. the distinguished chairman ranger and mr. visclosky highlighted their bill. as we're aware, it totals $675.6 billion for the department of defense. this is consistent, as ms. granger has mentioned, with the bicameral, bipartisan budget agreement hammered out last spring. in addition to the incriesed funding in this bill -- increased funding in this bill, the balancedudget agreement also has provided what we call critically important stability and predictability to the department of defense, our armed forces and our defense industrial base.
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enhancing their ability to plan, even in the short term, is good news for national defense and that of our partners. for the future, i'm deeply concerned that a return to the arbitrary caps established under the budget control act eight years ago will again force return to the shortsighted budget-driven thinking on national security spending that recently took place in recent years. this bill includes funding for more equipment, more munitions, more troops, and more training. restoring readiness is a key objective this proposal. we routinely ask our men and women in uniform, all volunteers, to go to great lengths to complete their missions, and they must be well equipped, well trained, and well supported. that's why this bill includes $246 billion for operations and maintenance, funding that will provide for more battle training, more flight hours,
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more depot maintenance. the bill also includes a total of $144 billion for military personnel, increasing the size of the army, navy, air force, and marines. i'd also note tat the chairman s mentioned we provided 2.6% pay increase for our troops. the largest of such increase in nine years. the bill looks after our armed forces and their families by providing funding for defense -- for the defense health program, continuing critical research, sustaining the well-being of our military's most valuable resource -- its people. beyond these important investments that will rebuild our military in the near term, the bill prepares for the future, providing research and development funding to modernize our military to meet current and future needs. the continued menace of terrorist units in southeast
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africa, ongoing threats by iran and north korea, china, the military expansionism of russia and china. mr. chairman, the legislation also acknowledges emerging dangers and challenges at home and abroad posed by drones, cyberwar, and transitional crime, and makes investments in capabilities such as i.s.r., artificial intelligence, to prepare and protect against these threats. in short, this bill prepares our war fighters to beat any challenge anywheret anytime. mr. chairman, the department of defense appropriations bill before the house today is a the largest and arguably the most important bill of our annual appropriations process. it deserves our support, and i congratulate the chairman, ms. granger, mr. visclosky, for putting forward an excellent bill on behalf of our nation. thank you. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from indiana.
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mr. visclosky is recognized. mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, i yield four minutes to the gentlewoman from new york, the ranking member of the committee, mrs. lowey. the chair: the gentlelady from new york is recognized for four minutes. mrs. lowey: thank you, mr. chairman. and at the outset, i, too, want to thank chairwoman granger, the chair, mr. frelinghuysen, mr. visclosky for the coordinated, collegial approach in producing this very outstanding bill and, of course, the entire staff on both sides of the aisle, we thank you for your important work. we couldn't do it without you for sure. . the bill does reflect the tradition of the dose defense subcommittee, providing ample funding for the needs of our armed services and intelligence community. there are a number of provisions i'd like to highlight. service members receive a 2.6%
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pay raise, although i am concerned their civilian counterparts who work side by side with uniformed personnel will not see any increase. $752 million is dedicated to congressionally directed medical research programs that are so critical and lead to breakthroughs on cancer, ptsd, parkinson's and more. $8.4 billion is directed to bolster cybersecurity initiatives. $100 million above the enacted level. and $500 million, the full amount in the m.o.u., is invested in the israeli missile defense cooperative program. the committee has taken its oversight responsibilities seriously, to encourage greater efficiency, improve transparency, strengthen communication and ensure the department of defense adheres to
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congressional direction. unlike other spending measures considered this year, this bill is the product of an inclusive process that invests in bipartisan priorities and is free of poison pill riders. it was written within the funding levels agreed upon in the most recent budget agreement , skipping gimmicks previously employed to skirt the cap funding levels. i urge your support and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from indiana reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: mr. chairman, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from arkansas, a member of the defense subcommittee. the chair: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i'm proud today to rise in support of h.r. 6157. the department of defense
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appropriations act for fiscal year 2019. i too want to commend the chairwoman, chairwoman granger, ranking member visclosky, and every member of our subcommittee for their commitment in providing for the common defense. i'm honored by the opportunity to work with them to fulfill our duty to our nation, and to our war fighters. mr. womack: earlier this year, mr. chairman, this body and our president made a strong commitment to our military by passing necessary funding increases to meet our growing global threats. i'm happy to report this bill continues that momentum by rebuilding readiness and giving our troops the equipment they need to combat threats. most importantly, this bill supports our war fighters through investments in training, recruitment and retention, while providing them a much-deserved pay raise. i'm particularly pleased that the bill prioritizes funding for the total force. mr. chairman, as a 30-year veteran of the national guard, i know firsthand the importance of
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the national guard and reserve forces play in our national defense. they are no longer simply a strategic reserve. they operate side by side with members of the active component every day, and this bill makes sure that they go into the fight with necessary training and equipment. this is a good bill, mr. chairman. i'm proud to see it make significant investments in arkansas' defense industry, and acknowledge the importance these arkansas businesses play in supplying our armed forces. with an ally in the white house, we can work with our colleagues in the senate to provide our defenders what they need and deserve and that is our unyielding support. i call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to make a statement of strength today, to show our enemies that regardless of our disagreements, we will always support our men and women who willingly go into harm's way to defend america's freedom. i urge a yes vote on the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from
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arkansas yields back. the gentlelady from texas reserves. thgeleman from indiana is recognized. mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from minnesota, the ranking member of the interior subcommittee, ms. mccollum. the chair: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognize -- recognized for two minutes. ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. chair. i want to thank everyone for their hard work on this legislation. the f.y. 2019 defense bill funds the level of the bipartisan budget agreement, providing robust investments in the department of defense. and i believe we've achieved a bipartisan product that will improve the readiness of our service members, to ensure that they have the training and equipment necessary to do their jobs and to come home safe. additionally, this bill makes serious investments in environmental cleanup by funding the environmental remediation accounts by almost $200 million over the president's request. this is a commitment that will ensure communities living on or around our military installations have access to clean drinking water.
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and in minnesota this fund has been critical to cleaning up the twin cities' army ammunition plant. it's a site in my district and the restoration has made that community and business development possible on what was once deeply polluted land. but i do want to mention one longstanding concern i have. regarding the amount of money that we are set to spend on the pentagon's nuclear posture review over the next decade. we already have an incredible nuclear deterrent, spending over $1 trillion on a nuclear tried a. and billions more on low -- triad. and billions more on low-yield nuclear weapons. we don't need, we don't need to -- by moving ry forward on this program. the american people don't see the sense in this either. that's why i don't support this program. i want to thank the chair and ranking member for their work and with that, i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time.
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the gentleman from indiana reserves. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: mr. chairman, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from florida, a member of the appropriations committee. the chair: the gentleman from florida is recognized for three minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today a proud member of the house appropriations committee and in strong support of h.r. 6157. the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill. this legislation makes critical investments in restoring our military's readiness, supports our men and women in uniform with the largest pay increase in nine years. and furthers congress' commitment to making america safer and stronger. i also want to thank chairwoman granger and her staff for including funding forverae programs that are of great importance not only to our nation, mr. speaker, but also to my district in northeast florida. mr. rooney: this includes the procurement of six e-2-d
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p.a.a. sock eyes, 10 aircraft. 24 faa-18 superhornets. three try tan unmanned aerial vehicles -- tritan unmanned aerial vehicles. and funding for the potential purchase of a light attack aircraft. as a representative of navaltation mayport, which is the east coast home fort for the la torl combat ship, i'm especially proud to see the committee reject the anyway very'srequest for only one l.c.s. for this fiscal year, by procuring three of these small surface combatants, in addition to two l.c.s. training facilities at mayport and the milcon v.a. appropriations bill, which we passed earlier this year. that is proof of congress' continued support for this program and to the health of our nation's shipyards. both are essential to the future of our navy and to our national
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security. as we continue to see global our s on the rise and as peer adversaries invest more and more in their own capabilities, i believe we have the responsibility to give our brave men and women in uniform the tools they need to protect this nation. this bill builds on the progress we've made in fiscal year 2018, to do just that. again, i would like to thank chairwoman granger, chairman frelinghuysen, and both of their staffs for their hard work on this very important piece of legislation, which i hope the president can sign before the end of this fiscal year. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from ohio, the ranking member of the energy and water subcommittee, ms. kaptur. the chair: the gentlelady from ohio is recognized for two minutes. ms. kaptur: i thank the ranking member for yielding and wish to congratulate chair granger and ranking member visclosky for
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their tireless efforts to produce this bill, to meet several unsettled security threats facing our nation. the content of their effort addresses difficult, shifting challenges. and with the national defense strategy deled just months ago, this bill defends america against the revisionist powers of russia and china, and numerous rogue regimes throughout the world. it rebuilds our military from a deteriorated state resulting from nearly two decades of constant conflict. this bill faces these challenges head-on and provides an unprecedented $675 billion for defense, defending our nation from all enemies, foreign and domestic. the funds will go a long way to strengthen troop levels, bolster cybersecurity, and space operations capabilities, gird our commitments to our allies and partners in nato, and check
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sovereign threats to nations like ukraine and numerous other priorities. most importantly, after 17 years of war and conflict, this bill provider advertises the health of our service members, providing $34 billion for the defense health program. it increases funding for mental health and traumatic brain injury, opioid abuse and pain management and a host of our critical health research areas. and while i am supportive of this bill and trust secretary of defense mattis to ethically lead our military with the utmost integrity, recent news reports that seek to utilize department of defense assets on the domestic front raises cause for concern. i am apprehensive about the news that our military was asked to house undocumented adults and children as they await court proceedings. in conclusion, i'm here today to urge my colleagues to support the defense bill. this legislation provides funds for much-needed technological advancements, strengthens the physical and mental health of our service members, and
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reinforces our military's strength for the future through major investments in readiness and force and defense medicine. let's get the job done. and i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady's time has expired. the gentleman from indiana reserves his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas. ms. granger: mr. chairman, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from nebraska. the chair: the gentleman from nebraska is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i stand in support of the fiscal year 2019 bill or the appropriations bill. it funds our critical defense needs, it's a great investment in our men and women in uniform, it's going to give them the tools they need to succeed. and it starts restoring our military's health. a year ago we heard about half the navy aircraft not able to fly. because of maintenance. of 58 combat brigades, only five ready to fight tonight. our fighter pilots only getting 1/3 of the time they used to get 20 years ago. mr. bacon: all of this is unacceptable. 80 fatalities doing routine
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operations. restore military funding by 10% last year, this bill maintains that and keeps it with inflation. it's a great bill that's going to restore -- keeping that restoration for our military. there are two points i'd like to make with this bill, though. first, i want to thank the chairwoman for what she's doing and what the committee is doing with the oc-135. of an air force base and is 57 years old. it supports the ocean skies mission. it has one of the worst maintenance rates in the united states air force. it frequently breaks down in russia, putting a very hostile, awkward situations with russians at their bases. so i thank the appropriations committee for getting this funding process started to replace these aircraft. the air force wants it, it is the right thing to do. secondly, this body has made great strides to get our bases in europe independent from russian gas. our bases are there to deter the
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russians, yet some of those bases are dependent on russian gas. it doesn't make sense. this will put our men and women in uniform in a terrible situation. so we have made strides to force the military, our military, to find alternative sources of power. but i understand that a colleague on the other side of the aisle wants to submit an amendment removing those restrictions, so once again we'll start using russian gas. it is wrong. and i thank the chairwoman for opposing the huffman amendment and i do too. this is a great appropriations bill and i stand in support of it. thank you. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady reserves her time. the gentleman from indiana. mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, a member of the committee on appropriations as well as the subcommittee on defense appropriation, mr. cuellar. the chair: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. cuellar: thank you, mr. speaker. i le to first thank chairwoman granger, ranking member visclosky, for their bipartisan work in support of
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our nn's tary. i also would like to thank the staff on both sides of the aisle, because they've worked very hard to put this very important bill together. first i would like to highlight that this bill provides over $606 billion to rebuild our armed forces, including $338 billion to restore critical military readiness programs. this is a significant investment in the men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us safe. his bill also includes a $2.-- 2.6% pay raise for our military families, the largest in nine years, which is the least we can do to show our gratitude for their service to our country. there's other investments and let me just highlight a couple of them. $40 million for military impact aid which enables schools to provide specialized counseling programs to meet the unique needs of our military children. there's also an additional $10 million to fund programs aimed at supporting military families
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that have children with severe disabilities. there's also $203 million for the national guard counterdrug program, which is, again, allows units to conduct more counterdrug operations, training exercises which will help us reduce the illegal drugs coming into our country. there's research for rare cancers to better understand the cancer causing elements impacting our service members. one more thing i'd like to highlight is it calls on the department of defense to partner up with hispanic-serving institutions and many specialties, especially foreign language programs, aircraft pilot programs and these types of programs -- partnership will provide diversity. again, a lot of other benefits. i want to say to both sides, job well done, keep working together, let's make this bipartisan and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields
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back. the gentleman from indiana reserves his time. the gentlelady from texas. ms. granger: mr. chairman, i yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from oklahoma, a member of the defense subcommittee. the chair: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for two minutes. mr. cole: i thank you, mr. chairman. i thank the chairman of the subcommittee as well. mr. chairman, for more than a decade, we have overused and underinvested in the united states military. this bill marks a welcomed change of direction and a recapitalization of the american military. i could go through a lot of the weapon systems and missions and programs. i'm fortunate enough to say we have marine artillery and air defense artillery. at tinker we have the largest air depot in the world. this bill will make a difference for all of those installations. much more importantly, people need to understand we will have
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larger army, a larger navy, larger air force, larger marine corps. they will be better trained, better equipped, and better able to serve us and thank goodness, better compensated as well. i want to thank chairwoman granger and ranking member visclosky. i wish people could have watched this process. i served under three capable chairmen. to watch them back and forth in such a bipartisan, pragmatic, and thorough way and to interact with the professionals in our military and to give every member of that subcommittee an opportunity to participate in a meaningful way was a legislative marvel and probably a minor miracle in the way things go. i think you can see that by listening to remarks on both sides of the aisle about our chairman, the ranking member, and the process which they engaged. i want to urge everybody on this floor to vote for this bill. it was arrived at the right way. it's the right thing for the country and the american military. but more than that, i'm proud of our chairman, i'm proud of our ranking member, and i'm
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proud to have been able to participate in this process. with that, mr. chairman, i yield back. the chair: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back. the gentlelady from texas reserves. the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, the ranking member of the military construction and veterans' affairs committee, ms. wasserman schultz. the chair: the gentlelady from florida is recognized for two minutes. ms. wasserman schultz: i thank the gentleman for yielding. i commend ranking member individuals close key and chairwoman granger for producing a bill that will reform the critical role of securing our nation. the bill funds both the access our armed services need and invests in service members, providing for a 2.6% increase in military pay. i thank our colleague, the chairwoman from texas, for including in the committee report, the research related to metastatic cancer. i look forward to working with the chairwoman and ranking member to ensure d.o.d. not only considers the recommendations from the task force but expeditiously implements them to ensure we're making progress in reducing the
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estimated 90% of cancer deaths that are due to the direct or metastasis. cts of i point out i filed an amendment to this bill that will stop members from visits facilities housing minors. myself and senator nelson were denied access after we were told we would be allowed access to a facility in homestead, florida. not letting us conduct our oversight role and without restriction is absolutely essential to us being able to make sure we can be good stewards of the people's resources. regardless of party affiliation, as members of congress, we should all agree it's not only our right but our duty to conduct oversight of the administration on our terms and on our timeline. i urge the republican majority to make my amendment in order so we can do just that. thank you, and i urge members
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to support this well-crafted defense appropriations bill and yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady from florida yields back. the gentleman from indiana reserves his time. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas. ms. granger: mr. chairman, i continue to reserve the balance of my time. the chair: reserves. he gentleman from indiana. the gentleman from indiana. mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, i'd yield one minute to the gentleman from california, mr. sherman. the chair: the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. mr. sherman: i want to commend the subcommittee and full committee for including in the base text a provision that says that no funds shall be used in controvention of the war powers act. this provision i originally proposed in 2011 as a floor vote, we lost it first, but it
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was adopted in 2011 and has been part of the base text ever since. the war powers act is the one restraint on a president who seeks to, on their own accord, send our troops into harm's way for permanent warfare. it says that troops cannot be deployed for more than 60 or 90 days without an authorization to use military force. but every president since the vietnam war has claimed that the war powers act was an constitutional, nonbinding provision on the president to send our troops. that's why i'm pleased to report to the house, former general mccasey said, but with this pvision, the president has to abide by the war powers act. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from indiana
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reserves. the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. visclosky: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly. the speaker pro tempore: -- the chair: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. connolly: i want to thank the chairman and the ranking member for their leadership on this bill. i rise in support of section 8129, particularly, of this bill. this section, mr. chairm would finally allow the secretary of defense in the event of a government shutdown to make military death gratuity payments to families of fallen service members. i commend the committee for including this long overdue provision which was my number one priority request to the committee and the subject of bipartisan legislation i introduced in every congress. i was pleased to co-lead that with my friend, tom rooney of fl it was shameful that congress previously would allow the government to shut down and
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allow grieving families of fallen service members to go without this small and partial murph our appreciation and gratitude -- measure of our appreciation and gratitude. sadly, that's what happened in the shutdown of october, 20e13, and the subsequent -- 2013, and the subsequent shutdown in january, 2017. the action taken by the committee pursuant to the bill we introduced, does just that. so i want to thank the committee for righting a wrong. no grieving family should worry when congress doesn't do its job and allows the funding of government to lapse that their payments, remembering their loved ones and the sacrifice they made are at risk. never again. i thank my colleagues for their leadership. i thank the committee for righting this wrong. i'm proud to have co-authored
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the bill that allowed us to get to this point. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from indiana reserves. the gentlelady from texas. continues to reserves. the gentleman from indiana. mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, at this time, i am not aware of any other requests for members on our side, and i will be prepared to yield back. ms. granger: mr. chairman, i yield back my time. mr. visclosky: i'd yield back my time. the chair: both sides have yielded back their time. all time for general debate has expired.
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pursuant to the rule, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the xtles cmittee print 115-77 shall be considered as adopted, and the bill, as amended, shall be considered as an original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. are there any points of order gainst the bill? no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in part a of house report 115-783 and pro forma amendments described in section 3 of house resolution 961. each further amendment printed in part a of the report shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall
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be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment except as provided by section 3 of house resolution 961, and shall not be subject for demand for division of the question. it's now in order to consider amendment number 1 printed in art a of house report 115-783. 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. the clerk: amendment number 1 printed in part a of house report 115-783 offered by ms. jackson lee of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, and a member opposed, will each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee.
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ms. jackson lee: mr. chairman, thank you. i ask unanimous consent to consume such time as i might consume. let me -- the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. jackson lee: let me first of all thank chairwoman granger and ranking member visclosky and the staff for shepherding this legislation. my amendment provides flexibility for the secretary of defense to allocate resources to provide technical assistance by u.s. military women to other military women in other countries. to have their impact of women and girls across the globe. more and more we're seeing that the countries where terror is perpetrated, more women are being apart of their military. we know of the growing leadership of women in our military rising -- in responsibility and rank throughout all of the services. nd as a member of the afghan task force of which i
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co-chaired for a number of years, i have seen women leadership dealing with peace around the world. the purpose of my amendment is to provide the secretary of defense flexibility to work with military women in the un states for them to interact with military women face-to-face, one-on-one, as they work to develop security measures that are in particular will protect women and girls. women and girls are nor subject to human trafficking. they are more subject to being victims of narcotics trafficking. to being re subject victims of war and terrorism as they try to protect their families. i remember in the early stages of the afghan war and after the attempt with the new president to begin to write a constitution in afghanistan, one of the issues was to elect more women at that time. we did do that. i met those women who are in the afghan government, but tragically in the period of time that we left to go to iraq, many of those women were
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killed as they went to their home districts. and so the idea of protecting women through women who are in the military oto develop strategies is very important. i'd ask my colleagues to support the jackson lee amendment to foster peace and relationships and the interaction between women here in the united states with their expertise and women who are now rising in various militaries in countries where terrorism is raging to be able to help those women as well. i reserve my time. the chair: the gentlelady reserves her time. does any member seek time in opposition? ms. granger: i rise to claim time in opposition but i am not opposed to the amendment. the chair: without objection, the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i'm sorry. i keep interrupting you. i apologize. i appreciate the gentlelady's concern. it's important to discuss these important issues. i'll continue to work with the gentlelady and the department to ensure these issues are addressed. and i reserve the balance of my time.
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the chair: the gentlelady reserve the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the chairwoman for her graciousness, and the ranking meer. mr. chairman, how much time do i have? the chair: the gentlelady has 2 1/2 minutes. ms. jackson lee: i want to emphasize, terrorism, human traffic, narcotics trafficking and their impact on women across the globe has a great adverse effect on us all. these have been employed as weapons of war affecting over 20,000 women and girls and i'm sure the number has grown. we're all well ea ware of the group of girls taken in nigeria victims of boko haram. ose affected have included members of the military and
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others. i ask my colleagues to support the jackson lee amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from texas, ms. granger. ms. granger: i yield back. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlelady from texas, ms. yk lee. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas, ms. granger, seek recognition? ms. fwranger: i move to strike the last word and yield to the gentleman from west virginia for the purpose of engaging in a colloquy. the chair: the gentlelady is ecognize for five minutes. >> thank you to the gentlelady for yielding. mr. speaker, or mr. chairman. increasing funding for arthritis
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treatment is important. noves military liveith higher than normaarritis rates. service members had osteoarthritis at a 26% higher rate than their civilian counterparts. in the same study, service mbers over 40 are twice as likely to develop osteoarthritis after returning to civilian life and arthritis affects one in three veterans and this is the second leading cause of medical discharges. the corresponding health care and disability costs are borne by the taxpayer. by increasing research fund, research funding, we can help identify ways to reduce the risk and help prevent the development of arthritis from our military raining and service. as co-chairman of the arthritis caucus with anna eshoo, i've
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been involved with the arthritis foundation and othering orny singse this important issue. we're asking, chairman granger, to commit to working with us to ensure that arthritis research receives some funding that it deserves and i yield back to the chair. the chair: the gentleman yields back this egentlelady from texas. ms. granger: reclaiming my time. i appreciate the gentleman's concern to provide funding for arthritis research. i'm a strong supporter of funding in this area. each year, congress provides money for research through the defense health program. arthritis research has received millions in research grants. i appreciate his engagement on behalf of our war fighters and agree to work with the gentleman from west virginia on this important topic. the chair: the gentleman is recognize. mr. mckinley: thank you for agreeing to work on this issue.
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i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back this egentlelady from texas. ms. granger: i yield back. choich the gentlelady yields back. it is now in order to consider amendment number 2 printed in part a of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. lowenthal: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 2 offered by mr. lowenthal of california. mr. lowenthal: i ask unanimous consent -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman -- chip the gentleman will suspend. pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal, and a member oppos each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal. mr. lowenthal: thank you, mr. chairman. my amendment would increased star-based program funding by $5 million far total of $35 million.
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star base is currently act nive 33 states and puerto rico at a total of 66 locations. it engages local fifth grade elementary students by exposing them to stem subjects through a hands on curriculum. program is carried out by the military services because the department of defense has identified a shortage of young adults graduating from the hard sciences. many students mt. program have no prior exposure to real world stem opportunities or military services. star base strengthens ties between the military and their communities and promotes strong stem skills for the next generation of young people. not only do students enjoy the stem program, the program works. in 2017, for example, knowledge scores of chemistry, engineering, math, ms.ics -- physics and technology increased by almost 30% for all students.
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it consistently improving favorability scores of math and science. students were 8 1/2% more likely to say they liked engineer,for example. again, i repeat, the program works. it's one of the most cost effective programs across the federal government, costing only $328 per sunt. -- per student. we had 2,952 classes in 2017, serving 1,318 schools. since its inception it's served approximately 1,110,000 students from 40 states. with this additional resources, star base hopes to expand to patrick air force base in florida, the air force academy in colorado springs, as well as anchorage, alaska, nashville, tennessee, and many other sites across the country that have asked for this program. this is very important and i, along with my colleague,
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representative cole, urge an aye vote. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? ms. granger: i claim time in opposition but i don't oppose the amendment. the chair: without objection the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. granger: star base programs supports programs to improve the interest and skill os students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. military volunteers engage students in experimental learning and the program has a proven record of success. as a result the committee provides an additional $0 million for the star based program. we're prefire department accept the amendment. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from california has yielded back. the gentlelady from texas, does she yield back. ms. granger: i yield back my time. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal. those in favor say aye.
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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 3 printed in art a of house report 115-783. it is now in order to consider amendment number 4 printed in part a of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the
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gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 4 offered by mrs. napolitano of california. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961 the gentlewoman from california, mrs. napolitano, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from kale. mrs. napolitano: thank you, mr. chairman, thank you for yielding. congratulations to the chair, ms. granger, and the ranking member visclosky on this great by i rise in support of my bipartisan amendment which increases funding for the natch -- by the national guard youth challenge program by $6 million raising the funding to $180 million this increase in funding is made possible by decreasing the operation and maintenance account by the same amount. this would allow the department of defense to continue three job challenge programs in georgia,
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michigan, and south carolina. that were previously funded through the department of labor grant that is currently ending. it will also help start new pilots of the youth challenge program in alaska, california, louisiana, and west virginia. thy have demonstrated the initiatives in combining education credentials with job training courses. ob challenge program acts as a reservation program for youth challenge graduates to gain job skills or training. for states that can't expand or open another program, this would allow them to focus on the next step for graduate cadets and help prepare them with essential skills to join the work force after completion of the national guard youth challenge program and the job challenge program. the youth challenge program has graduated over 150,000 of our nation's high school dropouts. the voluntary 2 1/2 week program is directed at 16 to 18-year-old
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youth and comes at no cost to them or their families. it is led by the national guard who helped enhance the cadet's life, physical, and educational skills and a. so obtaining their high school diploma or g.e.d. the program has grown from 10 to 40 program district of columbia programs nationwide since 1993. a 2012 program study found that for every $1 spent on the program, resulted in a return of $2.66. it further shows the program has distinguished itself as the most respected and cost etchingtive youth program for the at-risk young men and women. it provides a forum for members of congress and their staff to learn more about the program and work toward solutions to address the epidemic of high school dropouts. thank you, mr. chairman. and i thank mr. mckinley, my partner, for working with my office on this amendment and
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being its co-sponsor. i urge you to support this amendment which would provide the youth at risk a second chance and i yield back my time. the chair: the gentla ylds back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? . granr: i claim time in opposition but don't oppose the amendment. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. granger: the national guard youth challenge program is a youth development program that work taos improve life skills and employment potential of our youth through military base training and supervised work experience. like my colleague, i support this important program. this is why the bill includes $175 million to support the program. an additional $6 million will allow the program to have a similar budget to the f.y. 2018 level. therefore i support the gentlelady's amendment. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlelady from california has yielded back. the gentlelady from texas. does the gentlelady from texas yield back? ms. granger: i yield back my time.
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the chair: the sque on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from california. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 5 printed in part a of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? mr. mcgovern: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 5 printed in part a of house report 115-783, offered by mr. mcgovern of massachusetts. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from massachusetts. mr. mcgovern: i offer this amendment along with congressman emmer of minnesota and i want to thank him for his continued support on this issue. our amendment would provide
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$250,000 to initiate the creation and distribution of the atomic veterans service medal. last fall an amendment to create this medal was dropped from the ndaa conference report. i find that shocking as this amendment which i offered along with mr. emmer was approved by the house unanimously. by a vote of 424-0. last month the house once again voted to include the atomic veterans service medal in the f.y. 2019 ndaa. i prptfully ask my colleagues that we provide the necessary funding to honor these veterans and initiate the process to provide them with this service medal. between 1945 and 1962, about 225,000 members of our armed forces participated in hundreds of nuclear weapons tests. now known as atomic veteran, these g.i.'s were placed in extremely dangerous areas and were consistently exposed to potentially dangerous levels of readuation. they were sworn to secrecy, unable to even talk to their doctors about their past exposure to radiation.
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presidents bill clinton and george h.w. bush recognized the atomic veterans' valiant service and acted to provide specialized care and compensation for their harrowing duty. our allies, greatably tain, new zealand and australia, authorized their versions of this medal to honor their atomic veterans who served with the united states. regrettably, the pentagon remains silent on honoring our atomic veterans, arguing dng so would diminish the service of other military personnel who were tasked with dangerous missions. i find that a pit i can't believe excuse. tragically more than 75% of atomic veterans have already pass aid way, never having received this recognition. they served honorably. kept a code of silence. most st certainly -- that certainly led to many of them passing away prematurely. past administrations and congress have dealt with the thornier issues of legality and compensation.
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what remains is recognizing their duty, honor and faithful service to our nation and time is running out. i ask my colleagues to support the mcgovern-emmer bipartisan amendment on atomic veterans and i yield back. the chair: for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? ms. granger: i claim time in opposition but i don't oppose the amendment. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. granger: veterans were exposed to radiation during nuclear weapons tests. the military commanders have numerous personal military declarations such as meritorious medals, commendation medals and achievement medals available to approximately -- appropriately recognize members for their specific actions or sustain meritorious service. however, recognizing these individuals for their sacrifice is a very good idea. therefore, i support the .entleman's amendment
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i yield. mr. visclosky: i thank the gentleman very much. i appreciate the time. thank you very much. the chair: the gentlelady from texas. ms. granger: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from massachusetts. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. ms. granger: mr. chairman. the chair: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. granger: i move that the committee do now rise. the chair: the question is on the motion that the committee rise. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. accordingly, the committee rises.
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the speaker pro tempore: mr. chairman. commoip the committee of the whole house on the state of the union having -- the chair: the committee of the whole house on the state of the union having had under consideration h.r. 6157 directs me to report that it has come to no resolution thereon. the speaker pro tempore: the chair of the committee of the whole house on the state of the union reports that the committee has had under consideration h.r. 6157 and has come to no resolution thereon. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from wyoming seek recognition? ms. cheney: mr. speaker, i send to the desk two privileged reports from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the titles. and shall read the titles.
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referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. the clerk: reports to accompany house resolution 964, resolution providing for further consideration of the h.r. 615, making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. and providing for proceedings during the period from june 29, 2018, through july 9, 2018. report to accompany house resolution 965, resolution providing for consideration of he bill h.r. 200, to amend the magnum stevens fishery conservation act to provide fisher managers and stability for fishermen and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. pursuant to house resolution 961 and rule 18, the chair declares the house in the house in the committee of the whole
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house on the state of the union for the further consideration f h.r. 6157. will the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, kindly resume the chair. the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for further consideration of h.r. 6157 which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill making appropriations for the department of defense for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the chair: when the committee of the whole rose earlier today, amendment number 5 printed in part a of house report 115-783 offered by the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, had been disposed of. it's now in order to consider amendment number 6 printed in art a of house report 115-783.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia seek recognition? mr. allen: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 6 printed in part a of house report 115-783 offered by mr. allen of georgia. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentleman from georgia, mr. allen, and a member opposed, will each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia. mr. allen: thank you, mr. speaker. first, i'd like to thank chairwoman granger for her leadership and hard work on this critical legislation. voting for the annual department of defense appropriations act is one of the most important votes i take each year, and the great bipartisan work that the chairwoman and the ranking member have done to ensure that our military is fully funded is truly commendable. i rise today to talk about the allen-raskin amendment to h.r. 6157. this bipartisan amendment allocates $10 million to the fense p.o.w.-missing persons
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office to assist in identifying laimed remains missing since the korean conflict. as of today, there are almost 7,700 total personnel missing and unaccounted for since the korean conflict. one of those still unaccounted for is private first class ivan roberts, a proud native of georgia's 12th congressional district. november 5, 1951private first class roberts and three other men went missing during an attack to secure a korean hill complex. although i never had the opportunity to meet private first class roberts, i was able to meet his family and loved ones at a recent memorial ceremony in his honor. and i know that he was a beloved hero and patriot whose family wants peace and closure. as you may know, in the recent
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historic summit between president trump and north korea's kim jong un, president ump asked the -- north korea to return the remains of those lost in the war and kim jong un agreed. there are currently over 200 missing service members in the process of being returned to the united states. my colleague and i want to ensure that the defense p.o.w.-missing persons accounting agency has the resources it needs to identify the remains and carry out this important mission so that members can finally find an eternal resting place for their loved ones. i'd like to thank my colleague from maryland, congressman jamie raskin, for joining me in introducing this important amendment, and i urge all of my colleagues in the house to support the allen-raskin amendment. with that i'll reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves. who seeks time in opposition? the gentlelady from texas?
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ms. granger: i claim time in opposition but i do not oppose the amendment. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized for five minutes. ms. granger: the defense pow-mia agency tracks, low indicates and recovers our fallen heroes and i thank their continued efforts. the bill includes $10 million above the budget request to accelerate efforts to return our fallen heroes home where they belong. an additional $10 million will allow the program to continue to be successful. therefore, i support the gentleman's amendment. the chair: does the gentlelady yield back or reserve? ms. granger: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: reserves. the gentleman from georgia. mr. allen: again, i'd like to thank the chairwoman for approving an additional $10 million above the president's budget request to adequately fund this important mission. it's important to note that this amendment is offset by
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reducing other accounts. i urge passage of the allen-raskin amendment to sure the defense p.o.w.-missing persons office has the money it needs. i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from texas. ms. granger: mr. chairman, i yield back. the chair: the gentlelady yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from georgia. 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 7 printed in part a of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona seek recognition? ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 7 printed in part a of house report 115-783 offered by ms. mcsally of arizona. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentlewoman
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from arizona, ms. mcsally, and a member opposed, will each control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from arizona. ms. mcsally: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. mcsally: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of the underlying legislation, h.r. 6157, the defense appropriations act for fiscal year 2019, and i appreciate the chairwoman's hard work on this issue and her support for our troops. amendment is about the a-10 ward hog. i began the fight against the obama administration and their plan to moth ball the entire a-10 fleet. this is an airplane i flew and commanded in combat. i know a little bit about it. and we won that fight. since then, the a-10's been pivotal in bolstering european defenses, being south of the d.m.z. and now sent back to afghanistan. just recently, i visited the 25th fighter squadron in korea which continues to serve on the front lines just south of the d.m.z. from close air support to combat surge serch and rescue
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they continue to do heavy lifting and saving lives wherever it's called. now our fight is to minimize any operational impact to the a-10 fleet. fleet, 81 a-10's in the 109 needs new wing sets in order to remain in the air and to fight. i fought for and got funding in the 2018 bill to start this rewinging again and we're glad to see the air force has included funding in this year's request to help the rewinging. the air force, quote, expects the a-10 to continue flying until at least 2030, end quote. now we are all on the same page, we can't afford to lose its critical capabilities. we must rewing the rest of the fleet in order to mitigate impacts to current operations. that's why the house and senate's ndaa bills had $65 million above the requested amount currently included in is bill for rewinging in
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2019. if we only appropriate the base request we'll only secure enough funding to rewing between 12 and 16 aircraft. at that rate it will take too long to rewing the remaining 109 a-10's. these missions are happening now. we are literally flying the wings off these airplanes today and our enemies won't wait. we must accelerate the a-10 rewing to ensure we maintain the critical missions and capabilities for our troops. my amendment funds the wing replacement place to the fully authorized ndaa level by adding anditional $65 billion above the question. i ask my -- $65 million above the request. i ask my colleagues to support and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. granger: i rise claim time in opposition though i do not oppose the amendment. the chair: without objection.
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the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. grang: this amendment would add to the $120 million for a-10 wings that has already been provided as well as the $79 million included in the air force budget request. the air force's indicated to us that the additional funding in this amendment can be executed upon contract award which is expected by the middle of 2019. we're prepared to accept the amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. mcsally: i thank the chairwoman for her support and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield back my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from arizona. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 8 printed in art a of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. soto: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 8 printed in house report 115-783, offered by mr. soto of florida. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentleman from florida, mr. soto, and a member opposed each will control pive minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. soto: thank you, mr. chairman. my amendment would increase funding for the quantum information science program within the research, development, test and evaluation army account by $5 million and decrease the operation and
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maintenance defense-wide fund by an equal amount this amendment is intended to increase funding for innovative research projects within the army's quantum information science program q.i.s. this program sitz at the intersection of quantum material , computer, and engineering sciences with the potential to revolutionize multiple technologies for the army, department of defense, and the country as a ol these funds will allow the united states to maintain its vital leadership and quantum sciences. the importance of quantum science to our national security cannot be understated. the nation that first develops quantum communications technology will be able to complete secure networks and possess powerful decoding capabilities. recognizing the promise of this ground breaking technology, china has publicly stated its goal of surpassing the u.s. in quantum computing in the next
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decade and has invested $10 billion to construct a state of the art quantum research facility. investing in quantum information science will help the u.s. preserve its -- preserve itself as a global leader in the 21st century. the u.s. must preserve its global leadership and this amendment is a step in the right direction. i urge my colleagues to support my amendment and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman fre re-serves. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. granger: i rise to claim time in opposition but do not oppose the amendment. the chair: without objection. ms. granger: i thank the gentleman for his attempt to highlight the critical importance of this requirement. tasked with studying how this may affect command and control applications. this funding will help those efforts. i appreciate the gentleman's concerns and i accept the amendment. i yield back.
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the chair: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: i thank the gentlelady from texas for her support and yield back the remainder of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from florida. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 9 printed in part a of house resolution 115-783. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. langevin: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 9 printed in house report 115-783, offered by mr. langevin of rhode
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island. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentleman from rhode island, mr. langevin, and a member opposed, each will control phi minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from rhode island. mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: without objection the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: thank you, mr. chairman. i'd like to first of all thank the rule committees for making my amendment in order as well as chairwoman granger and ranking member visclosky for your hard work on this important bill. mr. chairman, i offer this bipartisan amendment with my good friend and colleague mr. gallagher in support of the electromagnetic rail gun, a technology described as revolutionary and a potential multimission game changer for long-range land attack, ballistic missile and cruise missile defense and anti-surface warfare. in brief this weapons system uses mag kneltic fields to launch a guided projectile with sufficient kinetic energy to travel significantly farther
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than conventional explosive propellants. rail guns also have considerably more lethality at range than traditional gunfire and they are more cost effective. whereas low-cost kinetic defenses run around $400 per round, surface-to-air interceptors and hyper velocity projectiles can cost less than 10% as much. these technologies have matured to a point where they can provide military capabilities for the war fighter, now for army, marine corps and navy applications, addressing critical caps -- critical gaps air defense against defense from peer and near peer competitors. we must recognize that the best mix of air and missile defenses will consist of complementary kinetic and nonkinetic weapons systems and the ability to defeat larger salvos of air and missile threats. rail gun has demonstrated
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ability to launch at a higher votes will -- velocity, providing extended range and enhanced lethality. appropriating funding for this will help in achieving these objectives for our ground and naval forces. for the last several years this amendment has been passed out of the royce with bipartisan support to give the department the appropriate resources to continue development and integration of this extremely promising technology. i hope the house will do the same, i urge my colleagues to support the amendment and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. chairman, i rise in opposition to the amendment. and claim time. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. >> appreciate the recognition. i appreciate the gentleman's amendment. i agree with everything he has
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said relative to the value of the program. mr. visclosky: but i would point out to my colleagues that in our bill we include $145 million for directed energy and rail gun weapon efforts. and this is an irease $25 llion over last year's level 120. last year he had an amendment that was successful. to add $24 million to that program bringing it up to $120 million. however, we're eight months into the fiscal year and to date, the department has only spent about 20% of that money that is $24 million. i would also again point out in the underlying bill we have increased that $120 million to $145 million.
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so we do as a committee understand the potential of the program. however, i think it is not good policy to continue to increase funding for the program without allowing the services time to adequately research and learn from their past investments. why should we continue to add more funding before the prior year's funding can even be spent or reasonably assessed as far as progress being made. therefore, with all due respect to the gentleman, i must oppose his amendment and would reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. langevin: i appreciate the gentleman's input but i'll remind the gentleman that significant progress has been made on directed energy as well. although the gentleman raises the point that there's additional funds for directed energy and potentially for rail guns, it is not guaranteed that the funds are going to be use frd rail gun itself. right now both the army, navy and air force have made
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significant progress in directed energy capabilities that had en under r&d in the labs for years and at the point where they're ready to mature and be deployed in the hands of the war fighter. but this amendment ensures that the funds actually will go to rail gun and that technology as well as we quickly get into the hands of the war fighter whether for the navy or army. i also mention to the gentleman to point out our adversaries are not standing still on the technology. china is building an electromagnetic rail gun as we speak. the united states in my opinion could be falling behind in the technology. while i appreciate the gentleman's input, i strongly disagree and hope my colleagues will join with me in supporting the amendment, enhancing support for our elect are magnetic rail guns so america can'ts to lead in this vital technology. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. vis closity: plmp, i
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understand i have the right to close? the chair: that's correct. the gentleman from rhode island is recognized. mr. langevin: with that, i again would remind my colleagues this is a bipartisan amendment. i encourage my colleagues to support the amendment and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields, the gentleman from indiana is recognized. mr. visclosky: i agree with the progress our adversaries are making and share your concerns about the progress we're make bug the fiscal remains unobligated moneys, there's a recognition by the committee of the value of proceeding with this in a deliberate fashion which is why we added another $25 million over existing level for a balance of $145 million additional dollars. we believe that this -- at this point that's enough which is why i do respectfully object and oppose the gentleman's amendment
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and i would yield back my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from rid. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion the chair the noes have it. the amendment -- mr. langevin: recorded vote, mr. speaker. the chair: pursuant to clause 6 of rule 18 further proceedings on the amendment offered by the gentleman from rhode island will be postponed. it is now in order to consider amendment number 10 printed in part a of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. lipinski: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 10 printed in part a of house report 115-783, offered by mr. lipinski of illinois. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentleman
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from illinois, mr. lipinski, and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizing the gentleman from illinois. mr. lipinski: thank you, mr. chairman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pinski: i rise in support of this amendment to provide $30 million for d.o.d.'s m.d.-5 the national security accelerator within the office of manufacturing and industrial olicba p the 2018 ndaa authorized support for national security innovation and entrepreneurial education md-5.ms including md-5 aims to educate and ild a network of regulators and entrepreneurs equipped with the expertise to successfully develop, commercialize and apply d.o.d. technology. it's a way of bringing american ingenuity and ingenuity and entrepreneurship from silicon valley to problems faced by the
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d.o.d. md-5 initiative educates veterans and others to technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, providing a way for veterans to leverage their expertise while learning cutting edge business method technology. this also increases post-military opportunities for service members and helps them apply their knowledge to new national security problems. through md-5, d.o.d. is growing a cadre of entrepreneurs adept at create i problem solving and the formation of successful ventures that deliver economic, national security, and social value. passage of this amendment would mean a $5 million increase from md-5's fiscal year 2017 and 2018 leve. the funding increase would allow them to scale up their entrepreneurial education program including a highly successful program for defense
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therwise known as h-4-d. h4d is taught across the country. it pairs student teams with sponsors from across d.o.d. and intelligence communities to apply methodnology, developed in silicon valley, to rapidly solve challenging nonclassified national security problems. of the 205 students across the nation who have already been through hacking for defense classes, 66% plan to continue working on the problem after the course is over. ine companies have been formed by alumni and six of them received d.o.d. or private equity funding to continue working on their projects. . that is the d.o.d. and/or private equity have found their attempts at solutions at these critical national security oblems to potentially be
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valuable. h-4-d not only delivers american innovation to problems that the d.o.d. is facing but also inspires smart young innovators, some who were active duty or veterans, to apply their talents to solving national security problems. these experiences serving their country and boosting our national security will influence them for the rest of their careers as well as the country being greatly benefited. mr. chairman, i strongly urge support for this amendment, and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. granger: i claim the time in opposition but i am not opposed to the amendment. i'm prepared to accept the amendment. the chair: the gentlewoman, is she yielding? ms. granger: i understand the department supports this program and will request funds
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for it in the future budget requests. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, i thank the chairwoman for accepting this amendment. thank you very much for your work on this bill. i also thank the ranking member for his work on this. i appreciate it. mr. lipinski: this will strengthen our national security and the next generation of problem solving for the d.o.d. and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman has the only remaining time. ms. granger: mr. chairman, i yield back my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from illinois. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to.
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the chair understands that amendment number 11 will not be offered. it's now in order to consider amendment number 12 printed in art a of house report 115-783.
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it's now in order to consider amount number 13 printed in art a of house report 115-783. it's now in order to consider amendment number 14 printed in art a of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. soto: mr. chair, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the erk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 14 printed in part a of house report 115-783 offered by mr. soto of florida. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentleman
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from florida, mr. soto, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. soto: thank you, mr. chair. my amendment would increase funding for the peer-reviewed gulf war illness research program under the defense health program by $1 million and decrease the operation and maintenance defensewide account by an equal amount. this amendment is similar to an amendment i offered last year that passed this bill by voice vote, and i urge my colleagues to support this amendment again this year. this amendment is intended to increase funding for innovative, competitively peer-reviewed research to provide a better understanding of the pathology underlying gulf war illness, identify objective markers to identify diagnosis and to develop treatments for the complex of gulf war illness symptoms and their underlying causes.
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gulf war illness is estimated to have affected between 175,000 to 250,000 of the nearly 700,000 troops deployed to the first gulf war. this program is working to make a significant impact on gulf war illness and to improve the health and lives of affected veterans and their families. i urge my cligse to support this -- colleagues to support this amendment and help find a cure for gulf war illness. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. granger: i claim the time in opposition but i am not opposed to the amendment. i appreciate the gentleman's desire to provide additional funding to research illnesses that affect veterans of the gulf war. the committee is committed to ensuring that our service members, their families, and veterans receive the highest level of medical care possible. the committee already provides $21 million toward gulf war
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illness research in the bill. research includes a close look at how service in the gulf war is linked to illness such as chronic fatigue, severe muscle pain, persistent headaches and others. i would be pleased to accept the gentleman's amendment to provide additional funding in this area. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. soto: thank you, mr. speaker. and i thank the gentlelady from texas for her support and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i reserve the balance of my time. i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from florida. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to.
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it's now in order to consider amendment number 15 printed in art a of house report 115-783. it's now in order to consider amendment number 16 printed in art a of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek recognition? mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, i rise as the designee of the the gentleman from florida and have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 16 printed in part a of house report 115-783 offered by mr. visclosky of indiana. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentleman from indiana, mr. visclosky,
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and a member opposed, each will ontrol five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana. mr. visclosky: mr. chairman, the amendment before the house increases funding for the peer-reviewed breast cancer research program by $5 million. our colleague, mr. hastings, has worked closely with mr. mcgovern of massachusetts, mr. costello of pennsylvania, as well as mr. king of new york. each of whom have co-sponsored this bipartisan amendment. the need to fund research in order to prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer is vital to both to savamerican lives and also to address important economic and health care costs, and i would ask my colleagues to adopt the amendment. i would reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. mr. visclosky: i'd yield back my time. the chair: the gentleman yields his time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. granger: i rise to claim time in opposition to the amendment but i am not opposed. i thank the gentleman for his concern for our service men and women.
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the bill already includes $130 million for the peer-reviewed breast cancer research program. funding for this important program is designed to end breast cancer by funding innovative, high-impact research through a partnership of scientists and consumers. i appreciate the gentleman's concern. i accept his amendment. the chair: does the gentlewoman yield? ms. granger: i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from indiana. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. the chair understands that amendment number 17 will not be offered. the chair understands that amendment number 18 will not be offered.
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it's now in order to consider amendment number 19 printed in art a of house report 115-783. it's now in order to consider amendment number 20 printed in art a of house report 115-783. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: mr. speaker, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 20 printed in part a of house report 115-783 offered by mr. poe of texas. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 961, the gentleman from texas, mr. poe, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes.
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the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. poe: mr. chairman, pakistan continues to be an unreliable partner in the fight against terrorism. nor two decades -- for two decades, we have hoped that pakistan will clear the terrorist safe havens along the afghan border andnd it support of terror groups with american blood on its hands. we have paid them $30 billion to do this over the past 16 years. but pakistan still has proven it is not serious about combating terrorism outside its borders. despite our efforts, such groups as the taliban, the haqqani network, qaeda conto survive because their leaders live in pakistan. pakistan accepts no responsibility for terrorists in pakistan, and still -- instead, it condemns us for pursuing terrorists living on its soil. pakistan does not fight groups hat threaten pakistan, but they fight -- let me clear that
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up. pakistan does fight terrorist groups that threaten pakistan, but does not fight those that attacks its neighbors. in many cases, it actually supports those groups. the group behind the 2008 attacks received support and instruction by pakistani intelligence. pakistan extremist views are common in the nation. pakistan actually hosts multiple centers of indoctrineation that radicalize pakistani youth by the thousands. one of these centers has so many terrorist graduates that it has earned the name the university of jihad. so pakistan is not just supporting terrorists, it creates terrorists. the fact that we call pakistan a major non-nato ally boggles the mind. this is nonsense. pakistani sponsorship of terrorism goes back for decades. it has proven a safe haven and support to the haqqani networks since the 1980's, allowing the
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group to become one of the largest killers of u.s. soldiers in afghanistan. it has supported terrorist groups of all stripes, including in kashmir in the proxy war with india since 0. beginning in the 1990's, pakistan reportedly provided training, intelligence, and material support to the afghan taliban. pakistani nuclear scientists even met with senior al qaeda leaders in 1998 to discuss nuclear technology. and after 9/11, osama bin laden and his men fled, guess where, to pakistan where he was eventually killed 10 years later by the americans. pakistan has moved quickly to revive the taliban after its defeat and has facilitated arms purchases for al qaeda. mr. speaker, pakistan's behavior has never changed. just a few weeks ago, the new commander of the coalition forces in afghanistan told congress, my

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