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i urge my colleagues from both sides of the aisle to join me in supporting it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, a former district attorney like dan donovan can tell you, if you are trying to get the attention of a thug, there's nothing like a reward on your head to create real fear for that terrorist or that criminal. we want wildlife traffickers to know the fear of being hunted. it is time we send the message toll wildlife traffickers around the world that the united states will use every tool at our disposal to stop them and to take them down. urge passage and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r.
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6197. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid n the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, proceedings will resume on motions to suspend the rules previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. h.r. 5923, by the yeas and nays. h.r. 3186 by the yeas and nays. and h.r. 4689 by the yeas and nays. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. remaining electronic votes will be ducted -- will be conducted as five minute votes. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from montana, mr. gianforte to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5923 as amended on
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which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar nurment 715, h.r. 5923 a bill to direct secretary of agriculture to exchange certain public lands national forest and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: the eas are 379, the nays are 3. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. he house will come to order. would members please clear the well.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker. california and the west as has become all too frequent have experienced devastating fires, the loss of life and damage to property has been immense and we are partially through the fire season. the firefighters whether they be u.s. fire, volunteers, contractors or municipal have worked hard to protect
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communities and resources such as the firefighters in northern california all the way up from l.a. county. mr. lamalfa: there were over 14,000 firefighters joining in this effort. the work is brutal, it's hot, iring and few breaks if any. in july, the ferguson took the ves of two, both killed by battling flames. later that month another fire is on record now as the largest wildfire in our state's history burning over 459,000 acres took the life of a battalion chief who died after working on the ranch fire. the karr fire was one of the most severe fires. it devastated 229,000 acres and
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destroying 1,100 homes and taking the lives of eight people . the fire was so large and hot it created its own weather system including a fire tornado the size of three football fields with winds up to 665 miles per hour leaving with families to find their time. the fast growing flames trapped four residents unable to escape, daniel bush as well as melanie and two great-grandchildren. as the flames continued, more than 5,000 firefighters put their lives on the line battling the fires working 24-hour shifts. many lost some of them lost their own
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homes in the flames but continued work to help others. their work will be remembered an i thank my colleagues from california here -- for their support, for our support of each other. we have all felt this as the fires continue through our state. i ask the house for a moment of silence for those who lost their lives in these fires and to stand in solidarity with those who are rebuilding their lives now. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, five-minute voting will continue. the unfinished business is the
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vote on the motion of the gentleman from montana, mr. gianforte, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3186 as amended. on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 678, h.r. 3186. a bill to establish an every kid outdoors program and for other urposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill as amended. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a phi-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 383, the nays
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are 2. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentleman from montana, mr. gianforte, to suspend the rules the ass h.r. 4689 on which yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2689, a bill to authorize early repayment of obligations to the bureau of reck la nation within the northport irrigation district within in the state of nebraska. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 376.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 378, the nays are one.
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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. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that i may hereafter be considered as the first sponsor of h.r. 2926, a bill originally introduced by representative meehan of pennsylvania, for the purposes of adding co-sponsors and requesting reprintings pursuant to clause 7 of rule 12. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i request the removal of co-sponsor of house resolution 6417. the speaker pro tempore: does 6147? tleman mean h.r.
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>> yes, sir. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i have a privileged report at the desk. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: report to accompany h.r. 6776, a bill making appropriations for the department of homeland security for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the union calendar and ordered printed. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 21, oints of order are reserved. for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? mr. gianforte: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5317 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5317, a bill to repeal section 2141 of the revised statutes to remove the prohibition on certain alcohol
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manufacturing on indian lands. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from montana, mr. gianforte, and the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. tsongas, each will control 2340eu7bs. the chair recognizes the gentleman from -- 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from montana. mr. gianforte: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. gianforte: i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from washington, ms. herrera beutler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. herrera beutler: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend for yielding me the time. i want to begin by saying thank you to the members of the natural resources committee and my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for helping move this bill forward in a truly bipartisan manner. my bill, h.r. 5317, repeals the antiquated 19th century law from 1834 to be exact, that prohibits distilleries on tribal lands. this prohibition was enacted at
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a time when the federal government took a more paternalistic stance with indian tribes and while many other provisions of the larger statute have been repealed, somehow the distillery prohibition remains. this issue came to my attention from a tribe from my home in southwest washington. the tribe began the permitting process for a new economic development project on reservation land, which includes a construction and operation of a distillery. in the midst of the project, they were made aware of the 1834 law from the bureau of indian affairs who suggested that the tribe move their project off their land or contact their member of congress and change the law. when they contacted me and told me what they were up against, i got to work. i'm pleased to put this bill forward today to help place indian tribes on equal footing with non-indian tribal citizens by allowing them to pursue the very same economic opportunities as everybody else. this repeal enables tribes to diversify their economic
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investments and helps provide jobs, not just for tribes, but for neighboring communities as well. this is a matter of fairness, mr. speaker. washington, d.c., shouldn't be in the business of telling indian country it cannot engage in business that's allowed everywhere else and is actually helping many neighboring areas in terms of revitalizing their local economy. lastly, and to be clear, while this bill provides additional opportunities for tribes, it does not provide special treatment. tribes will still be regulated or still be required to follow the state and federal liquor laws and regulations just as they current -- currently do for breweries and wineries. with that, mr. speaker, i urge my fellow members to vote in favor of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from montana reserves. mr. gianforte: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: mr. speaker, h.r. 5317 is simple and straightforward. it repeals an antiquated law that stands in the way of a tribal economic development
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project. the law in question dates back to 1834 and it prohibits the operation of a distillery on indian lands. on their face, these types of outdated laws may seem trivial, but they have real-world consequences. the tribe in washington began the permitting process for the construction and operation of an economic development project which includes a craft distillery. when they came up against the 1834 law. the project is a great economic development opportunity, one that will create jobs andriev knew not only for the tribe, but -- and revenue not only for the tribe, but for the surrounding communities as well. however, in order for the tribe to proceed with the project, the prohibition must first be removed. i support the goals of h.r. 5317 and urge my colleagues to vote yes. thank you and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from montana is recognized. mr. gianforte: mr. speaker, i
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have no additional speakers, i'm prepared to close. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. mr. gianforte: mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the ill, hrment r. -- h.r. 5317 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 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. for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? mr. gianforte: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6040 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 707, h.r. 6040. a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to
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convey certain land and facilities of the central valley project. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from montana, mr. gianforte, and the gentlewoman from massachusetts, ms. tsongas, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from montana. mr. gianforte: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gianforte: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gianforte: h.r. 6040 would transfer the contra costa canal to the contra costa county water district, contra costa seeks to enclose the earthen canal to increase water supply availability and improve public safety. officials in the region have documented 81 instances where individuals have drowned from falling into the canal but currently contra costa faces financial and bureaucratic challenges to conducting this important upgrade because it doesn't have title to the canal.
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this bill would allow local water users who best understand the unique challenges of the area to determine what is right for them. h.r. 6040 is not only advantageous to local beneficiaries, but it's also a relief to the american taxpayer. i urge adoption of the measure and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield as much time as he might consume to the author of this legislation, representative desaulnier of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. desaulnier: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. first i would like to thank the contra costa water district and the bureau of reclamation for their support and guidance in putting this bill together. i would also like to thank senators feinstein andujars i for carrying this -- and harris for carrying this bill in the senate. it transfers ownership of the contra costa canal from the bureau of reclamation to the
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contra costa water district. contra costa water district currently operates and amend -- and maintains the canal system as part of its infrastructure for providing water to half a million people. however, the bureau of reclamation still owns the canal, which it began in 1937. the transfer of the canal to local ownership will allow contra costa water district to invest in much-needed upgrades, repairs and it provides safety and environmental benefits to its customers. it will mitigate the risk and extend its useful life and prevent drownings which average about one per year. i appreciate that the contra costa water district has conducted extensive outreach with the local communities and has broad support in the district. this bill also acknowledges an agreement with the east bay regional parks district which will continue to
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maintain important recreational opportunities along the canal. in closing i'd like to thank chairman bishop and ranking member grijalva for their support in moving this legislation forward that will benefit and have enormous benefits for our community. thank you, mr. chairman, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. tsongas: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman if is recognized. mr. gianforte: i have no additional speakers and reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california. or massachusetts. ms. tsongas: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield as much time as he might consume to representative mcnerney of california. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcnerney: i thank the chair and i thank the gentlelady from massachusetts and i thank mark desaulnier for introducing this bill. this will allow the contra costa water district to assume control over the contra costa canal. it will make important safety improvements in the water way to
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protect against accidental drownings. there have been 81 drownings. if you look at the canals, the hot day, they look refresh, looks safe, it's not. it's very, very dangerous. even the best swimmers can drown in those conditions. it'll also improve both the water supply and the land around the canal for recreational use. additionally, it will upgrade the fish screening equipment to bet brother tect endangered species. so title transfers such as this will reduce the backlog for repairing and upgrading infrastructure and may reduce duplicative federal approvals. these type of water projects are the kind of pragmatic policymaking that we should be focusing on on a bipartisan basis. this bill is one of many pieces of legislation that is necessary to maintain the health of the california delta which supports the livelihoods of farmers, businesses, and families in my district. above all, we need policies that
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focus on water efficiency and resilience. this program will increase the resilience of the canals. and forward thinking legislation that concentrating on -- concentrates on mitigating damage from climate change. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from massachusetts. ms. tsongas: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from montana is recognized. mr. gianforte: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. ms. tsongas: thank you, mr. speaker. the contra costa canal serves as a primary water delivery system in contra0,000 people costa county, california. the system is too exposed, resulting in safety hazards, degraded water quality and supply and increased maintenance cost. tragically, 81 people have drowned in the canal since it
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became operational. h.r. 6040 will transfer ownership of the canal from the department of interior to the contra costa water district so the district can upgrade this 81-year-old water infrastructure with a secured -- a secure, buried pipeline. in addition to the benefits of this legislation to the people of the county, transferring ownership will also benefit wildlife. the planned update to the system will reduce unnecessary water losses from seepage and online portions -- in unlined portions of the canal and prevent further losses from evapuation. preventing water loss will ensure additional water is delivered to national wildlife refuges in california. i support passage of the legislation, urge my colleagues to vote yes and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from montana is ecognized. mr. gianforte: i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the
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bill h.r. 6040 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute peeches. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? without objection. >> mr. speaker, i rise today because it's been six years since the attack on the american
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consulate in benghazi and ask that we reflect on the four patriotic americans who lost their lives, petty officer first class glen doherty and chief petty officer tyrone woods, they were navy seals, doing what they love, serving as security personnel in libya, working to protect united states diplomats. mr. mast: ambassador chris stevens and staff sergeant smith served a combined 31 years. i'm asking that my colleagues co-sponsor h.r. 4135 to recognize these four men with a congressional gold medal for and sacrifice for our country. i ask my colleagues to think about their 12 hours of close combat, the crack of the ak-47, the unanswered calls for help, think about their life-saving actions on behalf of others and the fact that it cost them their
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own life. mr. speaker, i thank you for your consideration and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed to h.con.res. 46, directing the house of representatives to make a correction in enrollment of h.r. 5895 in which the concurrence of the shouse requested. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman s recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, hurricane florence is possibly the most devastating florida -- hurricane to hit the carolinas in a lifetime. let us prepare for the worst and
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hope for the best. mr. payne: as global climate change makes extreme weather events more likely and more dangerous, the trump administration is burying its head in the sand. a month ago, fema released an internal review of its response to hurricane maria, admitting that among other things, when hurricane maria struck, fema's warehouses in puerto rico were basically empty. then yesterday we find out that the trump administration diverted $10 million from fema to i.c.e. in order to boost its detention program and lock up children in cages away from their parents and by bys from their mothers. this is outrageous. it's just another example of how ka louse the trump administration is and how misplaced its priorities are. i hope that fema and the trump administration do better in the carolinas because hurricane
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florence is going to be devastating. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from florida seek recognition? the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise tonight to thank honest life south florida on its work to recognize outstanding veterans of our armed forces. this saturday, september 15, honor flight south florida, in conjunction with miami international airport, will again lead a group of these brave veterans on their visit to the nation's capital. since its inception in 2005, the mission of honor flight has been to welcome our heros to washington so that these patriots may visit their memorials. today, honor flight network has 140 regional hubs across the united states, each working tirelessly to pay tribute to these amazing americans. mr. speaker, as the wife of a
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combat-wounded vietnam veteran and stepmother and mother-in-law to marine corps aviators, i'm familiar with the courage and resolve that is required to dedicate one's life to the service of others. i'm so thankful for all the veterans' devotion to our nation as well as the great work of organizations like honor flight. we must never forget the contributions these brave men and women have made to our country and i wish honor flight and the vets they serve the utmost success in the years to come. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from ohio seek recognition? the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized for one minute. ms. kaptur: mr. speaker, i rise to condemn the efforts by the trump administration and its republican -- and this republican congress to strip health insurance coverage from millions of americans. before the affordable care act,
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greedy insurance companies locked out people with pre-existing conditions like it was nothing. a federal court is hearing a case, texas vs. the united states, which could dismantle several key health protections. one of which is protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. trump's justice department refuses to defend existing law which is unprecedented and shirks its responsibility to defend the laws congress has passed. this could hurt millions of people in the united states -- millions of people. in the united states there are 130 million people with pre-existing conditions. in ohio alone 42% of the population has pre-existing conditions. and a recent poll, 75% of the public regardless of party affiliation said protections for people with pre-existing conditions are very important. this is what the american people want. and need. as a congress we are charged to represent the interests of the people. to be for the people.
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not the big insurance companies. not the pharmaceutical companies that would profit even more from a lopsided health care system. every american life matters. every single one of them. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise again to bring attention to the impending province, syria. i spoke last week about the great work arkansans and others are doing in support of the syrian people. many of them with no connection to syria other than seeing years of pointless death and mayhem and wanting to help the syrian people cope with their country's destruction and return to their family, they villages, their work. i learned today that many of those syrians that my fellow americans support are now only a
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few kilometers away from the backed nes of assad's war sma sheen. the u.s. must continue to support turkey's push to achieve a diplomatic solution to delay assault on the province. i think chemical weapons shouldn't be the only trigger for american response but that we can't stand by why scores of innocents are massacred by the brutal dictator. i call on the president to call out assad's barbarous acts and continue to support the syrian people. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman om nevada seek recognition without objection. -- seek recognition? without objection. >> today i rise to recognize the life of christopher elijah parnum. on november 13rks2010, he was a victim of gun violence. a 14-year-old boy shot through
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the stomach as he played with his friends. chris spent over a year in the hospital recovering from his injuries. as he recovered chris devoted his life to serving others. chris worked to become an e.m.t. so that he could help those in need. in the aftermath of the october 1 shooting in las vegas, chris formed vegas out of ashes, a nonprofit devoted to helping those victims. mr. kihuen: chris personally corrected -- collected donations, promoted blood drives, visited local hospitals. through it all he struggled with ptsd and depression from his own trauma. the events of october 1 reopened his wounds and as he worked tirelessly to help those suffering around him, chris suffered himself. on august 19, 2018, chris lost his battle against depression. today i honor chris as a fighter who rose from his own ashes to to -- to put the needs of others above his own. who exuded love through his own pain and who embodied the best
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of what it means to be a 1/2ian -- a nevadan a las vegasian and an american. i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. poe: mr. speaker, more than a century ago, one of the most horrific genocides in history took place as the world was fixated on the great war raging in europe. the ottoman empire and its successor state, the modern republic of turkey, have always denied the atrocities they conducted against the armenian people. for too long our government has played along with turkey. we've allowed politics to blind from us the mass murder of 1 1/2 million innocent armenians by the ottoman turks. we must officially recognize this horrific crime to prevent similar events from occurring again. this also means pressuring the
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turks to acknowledge their past since. turkey under dictator erdogan has proved to be an apresser of his own people and today we see him adopt similar brutality against the turks that was applied to the armenians over a century ago. this behavior is unacceptable by a nato member and a supposed american ally. and that's just the way it is. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from wisconsin seek recognition? the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. moore: mr. speaker, tomorrow the house is going to take up and hopefully pass legislation that i've introduced to honor a wisconsin hero and one of my sheroes. it would designate a post office in her owner. she was the first of so many things. the first african-american and the first woman to become an
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alderman in the city of milwaukee. the first african-american woman to graduate from the university of wisconsin-madison law school. the first african-american judge in milwaukee county. the first and only african-american to win an election state-wide in wisconsin. but her life and contributions cannot simply be summed up by merely adding up her many firsts. such an approach gives short solicit of her local and -- shrift of her local and national impact. mr. speaker, she was a soldier for social justice in the national movement for desegregation in housing and the open housing movement. i first met value when i was 16 years -- val when i was 16 years old and she was a judge in a contest. that encounter has made a life-long impact for me. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. moore: she passed away earlier this year in her 90's but her legacy of love, service
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and commitment moves on. thank you so much, mr. speaker, for your indulgence. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? the gentleman from montana is recognized for one minute. mr. gianforte: jeanne mr. speaker, i rise today to bring attention to the tragic endemocrat -- epidemic that impacts too many montanans and americans. suicide rates are increasing across the country. on average a montanan dies by suicide every 33 hours. suicide is now the eighth leading cause of death in montana. the centers for disease control recently reported a 30% increase in suicide rates in the last 20 years. with nearly 45,000 americans taking their own lives in 2016. veterans account for almost 20% of all suicides in the united states. suicide rates amongst farmers have been increasing. we, however, can reverse the trajectory of one of the leading
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causes of death in this country. there is good news coming out of montana. the billings clinic, which i recently toured, announced it will launch montana's first psychiatric residency program. this will expand access to mental health care for our more rural areas. i speak out today during suicide prevention week because suicide is preventable. access to crisis resources saves lives. mental and behavioral health research saves lives. ending the stigma surrounding suicide saves lives. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to honor an american hero. sergeant gerald timen. he was a vietnam combat veteran
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who served in the 101st ashe from 1967 to 19 -- airborne from 1967 to 1969. he spent -- was exposed to some of the worst battles in the conflict. 10 days prior to the end of his tour, sergeant timen was hit by a grenade during combat, causing him to lose both legs. he says he is forever grateful to the brave medivac helicopter crews that under kwleve fire rescued him. in honor of his profound bravery, sergeant timen has deservingly received a number of awards including the purple heart, infantry combat medal and national defense service medal. the sergeant exemplifies the selfless courage of our military and i'm honored to share his story with the nation today. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute.
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mr. fitzpatrick: mr. speaker, i rise today to urge my colleagues, democrat and republican alike, and house leadership to support the permanent re-authorization of the land and water conservation fund. this vital program benefits millions of americans in innumerable ways. for promoting recreational activity to contributing to our nation's economy, along with furthering environmental protection. as we rapidly approach the deadline for this crucial program, which effects 98% of counties here in the united states, and contributes to an economy that encompasses one out of 15 american jobs, i urge this congress to take up full permanent funding for the land and water conservation fund. since its establishment 50 years ago, the land and water conservation fund has greatly benefited my home district in pennsylvania. treasury public lands such as tyler state park and hatfield community park are all just a
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few of the examples of the beneficiaries of this valuable fund. i'm encouraged by the strong bipartisan support for permanent funding of the land and water conservation fund. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to continue its authorization and funding on a permanent basis. mr. speaker, this must be a bipartisan priority and we must get this done. the alternative is unacceptable. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. holding of north carolina for today and the balance of the week and mr. rouser of north carolina for today and the balance of the week. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the requests are granted. the chair lays before the house a message. the clerk: to the congress of the united states. pursuant to the international emergency economic powers act, 50, u.s.c., 1701, the national emergencies act 50, u.s.c.,
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1601, section 212-f of the immigration and nationality act of 1952, 8, u. . - u.s.c., 1182-f and is -- i hereby report that i have issued an executive order declaring a national emergency to deal with the threat of foreign interference in the united states elections and authorizing the united states government to impose a range of appropriate and meaningful sanctions against foreign individuals and entities determined to have engaged in election interference. foreign powers have historically sought to exploit america's free and open political system. in recent years the proliferation of digital devices and internet-based communications has created significant vulnerabilities and magnified the scope and intensity of the threat of foreign interference. to deal with this threat, i have directed the director of national intelligence to conduct regular assessments of any
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information indicating that foreign election interference has taken place. i've also directed the attorney general and secretary of homeland security to conduct evaluations of the effects of any such interference that targeted election infrastructure or campaign-related infrastructure. and to provide updates and recommendations on appropriate measures to take in responls. in the event foreign -- response. in the event foreign election interference is determined to have occurred, the executive order provides for the imposition of sanctions on foreign persons determined by the secretary of the treasury, in consultation with the secretary of state, to have engaged in, sponsor, concealed or otherwise been complicit in the interference, as well as other related persons. the executive order further directs the secretary of our state and secretary of treasury to develop additional recommended sanctions measures appropriately calibrated to account for the severity of the interference and any collateral
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effects on the united states and allied financial stability and economic and security interests. targeting companies in significant economic sectors in a country whose government is determined to have been engaged in or sponsored election interference. i am enclosing a copy of the executive order i have issued. signed, sirnle, donald trump, the white house, september 12, 2018. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the committees on foreign affairs, the judiciary and house administration and the permanent select committee on intelligence and ordered printed. under the speaker's announced policy of january 3, 2017, the gentleman from kansas, mr. estes, is recognized for 60 minutes as the designee of the majority leader. ms. esty: i ask unanimous consent that all -- mr. estes: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise
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and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. estes: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to begin tonight by offering thoughts and prayers to the communities in the path of hurricane florence. my home state of kansas is no stranger to natural disasters and we are standing with those who will be impacted in the coming days. mr. speaker, i want to talk about how we are all better off now. there's been a lot of talk lately about our country's economic recovery. some of the debate recently has centered around when it started versus how it started. but it really indicates one thing's clear. that after years of stagnation, high unemployment, low wage growth, today there's no denying that america's better off now than we were two years ago. tax reform and getting government out of the way has helped fuel this economic recovery. for eight long years we had an administration working against business growth. now america has a president and
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the congress working to grow the economy. in addition to our economy, pro-growth policies have been championed that allow veterans, our armed forces, families and small businesses in every sector and in every community to be better off now. during this special order, i look forward to highlighting all of the exciting things happening in my district in kansas and around the country that are returning america to a place of strength, security and prosperity. throughout the august district work period, i traveled my district discussing how kansans were better off now thanks to the legislation that enhances our economy, secures our community and strengthness our military. during the past month i met with multitudes of small businesses and groups, some of which include the wichita regional chamber of commerce, a wind farm in pratt county, meeting with constituents at dave's pizza in
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cold water. learning about services provided at medicine lodge memorial hospital. meeting with constituents at a prescription plus in medicine lodge. hosted a town hall for veterans. participated in a round table with the realtors of south central kansas. celebrated the ribbon cutting of two low-income housing projects in wichita, one specifically designated for veterans. met with constituents at tigertown pizza in st. john, toured the golden belt feeders in stafford county, met with constituents at cars auto electric, visited the overly coop, spent a day in greensburg at a museum, the school, the senior center, the art studio and the media center. discussed the farm bill and several other issues relate to -- related to our agriculture community as i went to several county farm bureau meetings. spoke with wichita rotary club and toured the aviation
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manufacturing facility. i travel home to kansas every week and during the district work period to hear from constituents. even though there's more work to do, my latest district work made it clear as i spent time in the district that individuals, families and small businesses across our state and country are better off now. from our economy standpoint, the numbers really speak for themselves. the unemployment rate is at an 18-year low at 3.9%. youth unemployment is at the lowest level in 52 years. female unemployment is at the lowest level in 65 years. black and hispanic unemployment rates are at the second lowest ever recorded. veterans recently hit the lowest unemployment in 20 years. last quarter, our economy grew at 4.2%. for perspective on that, during president obama's term, the economy only grew at an average f 1.9%.
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consumer confidence in our economy is the highest since october 2000. and just yesterday, small business optimism surged to the highest level ever recorded passing the record since president reagan's presidency. jobless claims are at the lowest since 1969 and this summer, the u.s. had more job openings than job seekers. these numbers are great news for the millions of families but these numbers didn't happen by accident. i look forward to further discussion about how we are working every day to make america better off now. at this time, i'm pleased to ield to representative black from tennessee. mrs. black: mr. speaker, long before 2017, our tax code had
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become broken, complicated and outdated and no longer worked for our families or our businesses. we needed to rebuild confidence in our private sector and private relief and needed to bring back the competitive edge. and when tax reform was signed into law last december, we accomplished that. in our bill, we doubled the standard deduction and lowered the rate for individuals which means the parents and families are keeping more of their money in their pockets. we also dramatically reduced the tax rate for small businesses, so they can invest in the people that keep their businesses moving. and now, we want to make those cuts permanent. the tax foundation estimates will create 1.5 million new jobs
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and increase our g.d.p. by 2.2%. this will encourage the economic growth that has put our nation back in the front of competition and give taxpayers room to breathe when it comes to meet unexpected challenges or emergencies and it will allow our families to save money by expanding access to new and existing vehicles for their children's education. this is keeping taxpayers, to allow them to keep more money in their pockets so they can choose to do with their money. americans know how to spend their money. i'm proud of our accomplishments because it means people can preeth easier and with confidence but we still have work to do to ensure that our tax code is competitive,
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innovative. tax reform is boosting our economy and we want to add to that momentum. so, with the bill that the ways and means is working on, we have the opportunity to bring permanent certainty to millions of americans and we intend to do just that. yield back my time. mr. estes: i would like to yield to chairman sessions from the rules committee. mr. sessions: i appreciate the distinguished the gentleman from kansas i send to the desk a privileged report for filing nder the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman will suspend. reporting question is not yet at the desk. mr. sessions: thank you very
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much. i would instruct the clerk to ove the paperwork. i yield back my time until such time. i appreciate the gentleman from kansas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. mr. estes: now i would like to eld to my friend, mr. pete olson from texas. mr. speaker, i want to thank my dear friend from kansas for letting me share with the american people the stories from home, texas 22, my home district is on the verge of becoming close to 900,000 people. the tax and job cuts act has changed all of their lives in
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dramatic and very important ways. now. 22 is better off y own county in texas is the most diverse county in america. 100 foreign languages are spoken all over texas 22. every time i'm home, i ask people what they think about lower tax rates for their families. 21% corporate tax rate. full expenses in the same year and an end of the death tax. they say the same thing over and 100 languages have become
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one language and that language is pure texan. quotes from back home, how might these tax cuts, are they good? quote, dang straight. i reckon i can buy a new pickup truck, provide health care and rovide employees, back pockets and the wrangler jeans are so darn heavy. they are twisting their spine. say i aker, these texans can't understand how democrats and the u.s. house can call hese tax cuts their clubs. clubs. back home, they are puzzles. how can these democrats be so
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out of touch with america? be an they keep our money such a bad thing. he good ole boy texan solved this problem. he said, if the money i get in my pocket from keeping my money a crumbs, i'm fixing to be world record holder in the guiness book of world records as big l have a crumb as that rock. and ock is 640 acres big 525 feet above its terrain. hat's a dang big pile of
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crumbs. gary owen owns a tractor company right there in the county. and he has owned it for 32 years. being in the tractor business, agriculture, lots of ups and downs. one year hot, one year cold. the big city is coming his way and going his way in southeast texas. all this growth has made his and very, very, very valuable. he knows if he has to sell a plant sometime in the future, he'll have to pay a death tax and maybe his daughter, his son,
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his grand sons, his granddaughters won't have his dream, of their tractor company in their possession. but gary knows now he no longer has to worry that the death tax is dead. that's because of the tax cuts and jobs act. he said i have guys coming in and customers looking to buy a new tractor and all the farm implements that go with it. he's worried, because he is a hay farmer, piles and piles of hay. huge worried because so they'll block out all of the crops. my s a big, big, big -- time crumb story comes from an
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con. yes, sir. i yield. mr. sessions: thank you very much. i send to the privileged report a committee of the rule for filing under the rule. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 1059 resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 3798 toll amend the interm revenue code to repeal a 30-hour threshold for purposes of the ploirl mandate and patient protection and affordable care act and replace it for 40 hours. and conference report to company the bill h.r. 4895 making appropriations for water and related agencies for the fiscal year ending september 0, 2018 and providing for proceedings providing from september 172018
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hrough september 242018. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. olson: i thank the speaker. back the guiness record of cums. the final story i have, richmond ovoea. is name is andre he owns a restaurant. every crumb of the mexican food he makes, he sells, gives two crumbs back to his local community. cinco de mayogest festivity. he raises thousands and thousands and thousands of causes like meals on wheels.
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i has raised enough money to buy two advance for meals on wheels. and with the tax cuts and jobs act, he can buy another van, a third van for the county's meals on wheels. these texans are all excited. tax cuts and jobs act, 2.0 is coming quickly. that means this great law will be permanent. it will be more competitive. and guess what? we'll more and more records, a pile and pile of crumbs against the world records. americans are better off right now and they will be better off in the future. i thank my friend from kansas
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and i yield back. mr. estes: i thank my friend from texas. and i appreciate all of that information. talking about the positive impact that's happening all across america with the tax cuts and jobs act. when we talk about are you really better now, the tax cuts and jobs act is one of those examples that has been accomplished over the last two years. the act helped jump-start our economy. it repealed the obamacare individual mandate penalty. the standard deduction was nearly doubled up to $12,000 for single filers to $18,000 to head of households and to $24,000 for joint filers. the child tax credits for families was doubled from $1,000 to $2,000 and individual along
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with individual tax rates were cut across the board for every tax bracket. that means this year, a middle-class family of four in kansas will keep $2,000 1,000, money they can use, save for their retirement and save for their children's education and maybe go out for a dinner and a movie. they cut corporate rates which was the fourth highest in the 21%. to a competitive encouraging businesses to expand and to re-invest in america again. so far, more than 700 companies around the country has done just that, benefiting millions of hard working families with bonuses, higher wages and benefits. in kansas, 24 businesses with more than 700 businesses have
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boosted wages and benefits for tens and thousands of employees. during the august work period, i visited employees including legacy bank. it is a commune-based bank with roots dating back to 1885. today, legacy bank operates eight branches in my district and has 81 employees. in july, legacy bank announced a mid-year bonus up to $1,000 per employee. in august, i met with the employees that the bonuses wouldn't have been possible. last month, i met with workers from textron in wichita. in an earlier meeting, officials said the tax reforms of 2017 has strengthened the environment for aircraft sales in the united states and the outlook remains
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positive. it now hag the -- has the largest backlog of orders in eight years. supporting thousands of jobs in our community which we proudly call the air capital of the world. our district is also home to the largest tax cut bonus in the country. after the tax cuts and jobs act was signed, wichita railway stations, a railway car parts supplier, turned their tax cut into 3,000 -- $3,000 today 60,000 for its bonuses. its - $6,000 bonuses for employees. during a visit there, the c.e.o. of the small manufacturing company said, employees receiving the bonus will turn right around and invest in the economy. showing how these bonuses not only benefit the workers and their families, but also the entire community. other employees are better off now thanks to tax cuts that include fidelity bank which announced a $1,500 bonus for its
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400 wichita area employees. cox communications announced $1,000 to $2,000 bonuses for their 900 area employees. a roofing in wichita has been able to hire more employees thanks to the tax cuts and jobs act. and wichita's largest employer, spirit arrow systems, announced new investments in technology and training to help the rising demand in 2018. these numbers show that economic growth and optimism happening in my state and around the country because of the tax reform. and more importantly, behind each statistic are people who are finally better off now. recently my colleague, representative brad wenstrup from ohio, pointed out that the critics who proclaim that tax cuts only help billionaires could not be further from the truth. over $1.1 trillion in tax relief or 77% of the tax cuts and jobs
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act goes directly to families and small businesses. over 1/2 of the 2019 individual tax cuts or $133 billion goes to those earning under $200,000. middle income families see larger percentage reductions in their taxes than wealthier families. a typical married couple with two kids earning $73,000 would see a tax cut of over $2,000, a reduction in their income taxes of nearly 60%. the bill didn't just help the rich. under the new tax law, the share of taxes paid by millionaires increases from 19.3% to 19.8%. also when american companies are doing well, workers do well. just ask one of the four million workers who saw a benefit or pay raise due to the tax reform. i'd also like to point out that
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companies who had previously stashed money abroad are bringing it back to the united states thanks to the tax cuts and jobs ac. our tax code penalized companies who did successfully operate overseas and we wanted to tax them. our tax code wanted to tax them a second time for them to bring their money back home. so typically these companies would only bring about $50 billion in earnings abroad every quarter. in the first three months of is year, they brought $158 billion back to the u.s., according to bloomberg that's the biggest reversal on record since 1946. in addition, dividends received from abroad totaled $340 billion in the first three months of 2018. which is also a record. this money can be put to work in the united states. either investing in in -- in a
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new plant, paying for bonuses or salary increases, paying defendants or buying back stock. but at the end of the day, america's richer because of it and we are all better off now. families from the heartland and throughout our country are also better off thanks to lower utility rates that are a direct result of the tax reform. expanded family savings programs for education and retirement, and efforts to reduce crime in our communities, including human trafficking. we've also invested $2 billion to address school safety and mental health issues. a new career and technical education act for the 21st century is allowing more students to pursue career and technical programs at institutions like wichita state university tech. one of the things that i'm seeing as i travel across the district is that we have a drastic shortage of educated work force to help fill these jobs. and we wanted to make sure that
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utilizing the career and technical education act, that we get more people to be supplied as welders, auto mechanics, airplane mechanics, electronics technicians and sheet metal workers. the tax cuts and jobs act also helped promote rural broadband expansion. last month i visited with butler rural electrical coop which said they're now title of the bill provide faster internet to residents in rural parts of my district. and in june, the house passed a package of 58 bills to combat the opioid epidemic. this was the most significant effort by a congress against a single drug crisis in history. as we've invested $4 billion to address this epidemic. just to talk a little bit about that epidemic. in 2016 313 people died from from an opioid overdose in kansas, leaving thousands of
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family members and friends to cope with the loss. in 2018 more than two million americans will suffer from an opioid addiction. in june when the house passed the 58 bills, we want to focus on this being the most significant effort by congress to make sure that this drug crisis is addressed and resolved. last year's spending bill that spends the $4 billion to address this epidemic is being used to help law enforcement efforts, funding new treatment and prevention efforts and increasing inspection and surveillance to stop the flow of rugs into our country. human trafficking has become a major problem across the country. this year house republicans have passed dozens of bills to fight human trafficking, including the allow states and victims to fight online sex trafficking act, the department of homeland
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security blue campaign authorization act, the no human trafficking on our roads act, and the combating human trafficking in commercial vehicles act, which have been signed into law. as a result, online advertising for commercial sex trafficking has gone down by 60% to 80%. in another area, in may, congress sent the trickett indler, frank man yeley -- man jelly, jordan mclinn and -- right to riot to try act. as speaker ryan said, terminally ill patients and their loves ones deserve the opportunity wherever possible to take advantage of an offer that may provide them a chance for a longer life. for patients who may not qualify for certain trials, or who have tried other options of approved medication, this bill would allow them access to experimental treatments and
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therapies. after all, it should be their choice of what they do to help have that opportunity and the right to try. the good news doesn't stop with our economy and with our families. veterans in our armed services have been a priority in this congress. this year congress passed the v.a. mission act, which revolutionizes health care for veterans by streamlining services and ensuring veterans get the care they deserve from the v.a. or from their private doctor closer to home. this is the biggest improvement in veterans' health care in five years. and will build on the choice act to fulfill our promise to veterans by allocating $5.2 billion to pay health care costs through the veterans' choice fund. expanding eligibility in the v.a.'s care giver program and improving health care delivery, including telemedicine, mental
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health support, peer to peer support, and mobile deployment teams for rural and underserved veterans for routine and specialized care. also for veterans, the affordable housing credit improvement act that we passed in congress is helping establish affordable housing communities for senior citizens and veterans like the two that recently opened in my district. last month i was able to join one of those communities, specifically designed for veterans for the ribbon cutting ceremony. one veteran who participated told local media, this is a miracle right here. god's done a lot of miracles in my life, this is one of the top ones. when president trump signed the v.a. mission act on june 6, 2018, which happens to be d-day, it was to help revolutionize health care for veterans by making sure they get the
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options, the choices and the right to the care that they so richly deserve. we've also focused on how do we help our active duty military service members? we passed the national defense authorization act which invests $700 billion in rebuilding our military. it provides our troops the largest pay raise in nine years. it supports more aircraft like the kc-46 tankers from mcconnell air force base in my district. it sought down an increase of fees in tricare for retirees. tnd it allows former prisoners of war, medal of honor winners and service-connected disability veterans the access to the comsears starting in 2020. a sad note, there are 22 veterans a day who commit suicide. what we've done is focused on, as congress, we've passed five
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comprehensive bills to address this epidemic. house amendment 769 appropriates no less than $225 million for v.a. mental health and suicide prevention programs. h.r. 4635 directs the v.a. to emphasize peer support counselors for female veterans who, among other things, are also at risk of suicide. h.r. 4173 directs the v.a. to conduct studies on outcomes and efficacy of the veterans crisis line and report to congress the results. h.r. 2345 requires the f.c.c. to coordinate with h.h.s. and the v.a. in studying the feasibility of designing a three-digit dialing code for a national suicide prevention and mental health crisis hotline system. and h.r. 918 directs v.a. to furnish former members of the armed forces an -- mental health
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assessment and mental health care services required to treat mental health care needs, including risk of suicide or harm to others. there's many things that we've accomplished, there are still more things to do. this week we're going to vote to give the v.a. the largest dollar amount in history, that includes $206 million for suicide prevention outreach, for a total of $8.6 billion for mental health care freshmans. -- programs. d 192 million for inspector general, $25 million above fiscal year 2018, to provide the resources needed to investigate the overwhelming number of allegations being reported with regard to waste, claims processing backlogs and general accountability. fully funds family housing at $1.6 billion. $173 million above the f.y. 2018 enacted levels, for the families
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of those who serve. and $1.8 billion to homeless veterans programs. you know, overall there's just so many positive things that have been accomplished over the last 2 1/2 -- two years when we look at are we all better off now? i've talked a lot about some of the impacts of the various bills that we've passed,. so benefits that affects people in my district and people in the state of kansas. i have here a list of numerous countries -- companies throughout the state that have taken advantage of the tax cuts and jobs act. and i'm going to read just a few of those and a brief description what have they did. company gavepaper lawrence papr $500 and spent money on equipment.
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another company increased. weststar energy filed a request to reflect that its electric rates ought to be reduced by the full amount of tax savings from the change in the federal tax law. &t offered $1,000 bonuses to $1,500 kansas employees. wal-mart, 75 stores, received tax reform bonuses, wage increases and expanded. best buy which has 12 locations $500,0001,000 bonuses, bonuses to part-time employees. and taco johns, all full-time and part-time crew members received $200 after-tax bonuses.
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other companies that offered benefits may not what you think about but waste management incorporation which has multiple locations in kansas paid $2,000 bonuses. i have other companies that have taken advantage of the tax cuts and jobs act that we have implemented and reflect it not only as they as companies but employees are better off as ell. in closing, you know, all together these actions have encouraged rapid growth. security for our families and support for our vet raps and military. don't get me wrong. there's more to do. health care premiums increased $4,400 from 2010 to 2016. we stillville too many veterans
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needing health care and jobs. there is more to do to help small businesses grow, help families save for retirement and support our farmers and manufacturers. in the coming weeks, i'm glad we 2.0 by ate tax reform protecting middle class individuals and small business tax cuts from going up in the future, expanding retirement savings options and supporting entrepreneurs. but today, i'm proud of what we have accomplished thus far because of businesses like b.g. products based in wichita kansas. an automotive company was accomplished in world war ii. over time, b.g. products grew from an idea to an industry leader and products are used and
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sold in all 50 states and more than 60 countries by more than 40,000 shops, dealerships and technicians. two years ago, b.g. products determined whether or not to expand based on the economy and the climate of government regulation. b.g. products put new tax savings directly towards new building project and jobs. in july, b.g. represented kansas at an event honoring products that are made in america. following their white house appearance, i visited employees and towered their manufacturing facility where we discussed their plans to expand and finally on august 234, b.g. products broke ground on 145,000 square foot edition investing millions of dollars in our community and adding new jobs.
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this kind of expansion would not have been possible without our deproge economy. today our economy and our country is strong and better off now. i would like to thank all of my fellow representatives who supported the various bills we passed the last two years to help my district and my state of kansas and my country stronger and better off now. i would like to thank all of my fellow members who spoke on the bill today. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas rise? mr. estes: i move the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. the house stands adjourned until
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to come this week on a measure that will change the irs definition of an way -- a full-time employee for insurance coverage from 30 hours week of 40 hours a week. also a debate on a spending package with funding for energy and water projects, the legislative branch, and military construction and veterans affairs. the measure passed the senate this afternoon. more live coverage of the house tomorrow here on c-span. reporter bob post woodward is our washington journal guest monday at 7:00 a.m. eastern, talking about his new book. at 8:30 a.m.ay eastern, former independent counsel kenneth starr joins us

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