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>> freedom caucus and some of the president's most staunch allies will take to the floor not to abandon his border wall promise and to reform the catch and release policies. we will have to see if any of that happens after votes this evening. roll call votes happening at 6:30 p.m. eastern. an 1222, a bill
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act to amend the public health service act to coordinate federal congenital heart disease research efforts and to improve public education and awareness of congenital heart disease, and for other purposes . senate amendment. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, and the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and xtend their remarks and insert
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extraneous materials into the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 1222, the congenital heart futures re-authorization act. i'd like to thank representative gus bilirakis of florida, who is a valued member of our energy and commerce committee, for bringing this bill forward, and for his passion on this very important issue. as one of the original authors of this legislation, you drove this re-authorization forward and i'm proud to stand in front of it with you, mr. bilirakis. as a parent of a child who died from a congenital heart defect, i know how much today's vote gives hope to the parents, infants, and adults across the country who live with the effects of congenital heart disease, the most common birth defect and the leading cause of infant mortality. this affects 47,000 families every year.
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and roughly 25% of those on will need heart surgery or other significant interventions to survive. up to 200 each year do not survive. that's why this bill is so important. originally passed in 2010, expanded infrastructure at the c.d.c. and increased research to better understand and treat patients with congenital heart deeffects. this ensures continued investment to identify the root causes of these did he effects and address them from birth to adulthood. this house passed a version of this legislation earlier this year by a vote of 394-7. the amended version we are voting on has passed the senate. support passage of this bill into law. with that, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: i yield myself such time as i require. i rise in support of the senate amendment to h.r. 1222, the congenital heart futures reauthorization act led by congressman bill rackies and congressman schiff. this build on success of current efforts by the centers for disease control and prevention to improve and expand research, surveillance and public outreach programs related to congenital heart disease. more than 40,000 babies are born in the united states with a congenital heart defect and there are adults living with congenital heart disorders. this is the most common birth defect, there are so many unknowns. this legislation will expand our understanding of congenital
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heart disease across the life span and has the potential to improve the lives of the millions of children and adults living with congenital heart disease. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: it's my honor to recognize the gentleman from texas, dr. burgess, the chair of our subcommittee on health, two minutes to speak on the legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i thank the chairman for the recognition. this afternoon, supporting h.r. 22 is important. this is the congenital heart futures re-authorization act. this legislation passed this use by a vote of 394-710 months ago. our senate colleagues passed this last week. clearly there is a hearty consensus that this bill will
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make a positive impact on public health. according to the centers of disease control, congenital heart disease affects 1% of the united states. this legislation strengthens the ability of the department of health and human services to collect data related to congenital heart disease and increased public awareness. the secretary will be required to carry out activities at a study at a national representative based surveillance system to further understand this disease. this bill authorizes $10 million each year for fiscal year years 2020-2024 for the purpose of carrying out these activities. this bill does not focus on a subpopulation of individuals and aims to improve data regarding outcomes among all age groups,
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ethnicities and both sexes. the secretary will look at evidence-based practices for the treatment and care of individuals with congenital heart disease. overall the legislation is intended to improve our nation's approach to caring for individuals with congenital heart disease. i thank our house champions, gus bilirakis and adam schiff along with greg walden to get this ball across the finish line and i thank the staff for bringing it to the floor last year. i urge my colleagues to vote on this legislation which will improve the lives of americans suffering from this terrible disease and i yield back to the chairman. mr. walden: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: i continue to reserve, mr. speaker, unless the chair -- you have one more? i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is
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recognized. mr. walden: the chairman of the committee now recognizes the florida, mr. bilirakis. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. chairman and the committee's help. i rise today in support of h.r. 1222, the congenital heart futures act as amended by the senate which will ensure continued investment in surveillance research to evaluate the lifelong needs of individuals with congenital heart deeffects or c.h.d. these surveillance efforts will help improve our understanding of c.h.d. across the life span from birth to adulthood and this research will help us learn more or age, race, gender eggetnissity.
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it emphasizes the need for continued biomedical research at the national institutes of health on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of c.h.d. n.i.h. will research into the causes including genetic causes and study long-term outcomes in individuals with c.h.d. of all ages. n.i.h. may study data to identify effective treatments and outcomes and identify barriers to lifelong care for individuals. c.h.d. is the most common birth defect and leading cause birth defect of infant mortality. for the down syndrome community, about half of the children born with down syndrome have c.h.d. the road ahead may be scary and uncertain for any parent with a newborn who has c.h.d., but this
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bill gives hope to those coping with the diagnosis. babies are undred born with c.h.d. and 5% will not live to see their first birthday. we have to fix that. despite its prevalence and significance, there are still gaps in research and standards of care for c.h.d. patients. but for the estimated 40,000 babies who will be born next year with c.h.d., there is more work to be done. mr. speaker, i began on this journey almost 10 years ago with my good friend zach space. what we did, we first introduced the congenital heart futures act back in 2009. last congress, congressman schiff and i introduced the re-authorization of the original law. during this time, i met with a
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lot of patients with congenital heart defects and i have been touched by their stories, people like tray and nicole flynn, a young florida couple who lost their son holden while waiting for a heart transplant. he was two years old. this bill supports the essential research necessary to make sure another family doesn't have to leave the hospital without their child in their harms. lucas egena, a young man born with a complex congenital heart defect which left him with a half a heart. , lucas has surgeries hopes and dreams. this bill ensures that the medical research will keep pace with this generation as they grow to be adults with this
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complex illness. jackson reagan, born with half a heart, he has hypeoplastic left heart syndrome, which means the left side of his heart was underdeveloped and depended on research until his heart transplant at the age of 11. about 16 years old now, mr. speaker, and he will live his life with a heightened sensitivity with his new heart. nicholas bean, he was born with a complex heart disease and wasn't getting blood to the lower part of his body requiring heart surgery when he was just two days old. he now is in the top of his class and this bill will ensure that his future remains bright as he and-a-half gates this chronic illness through
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adulthood. who knows, maybe you may be a congress. abby gail adams, familiar name. a young florida advocate with down syndrome. roughly half of the babies born with down syndrome have a congenital heart defect. abby gail continues to advocate for individuals with down syndrome. my friend dave, dave was born with a condition where a heart valve will not open properly. he had emergency open heart surgery when he was two days old. another surgery at the age of 10 and many hospital visits and procedures in the meantime. . today he's a husband and father f two but he lives with atreel -- atrial flutter. this bill will help those with
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congenital heart problems. d care lynn h. born -- carolyn h. who had an open heart surgery when she was 10 years old to repair her heart but she will need surgery to replace the cadaver artery. these are just some of the patients that i met over the years, mr. speaker. many, many, many more. and lastly, i want to thank some of the advocates who worked with me on getting this legislation passed. i want to thank dave paluso. i want to thank david kastnik. i want to thank amy baskin, dr. brad mow reno, and jess -- brad marino, and jessica with the congenital heart association. get mark and
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danielle. also, vince rendazel, sarah reer, and nicole patton with the national down syndrome society. again, most importantly, i want to thank our chairman for getting this through. so thank you very much. i urge swift passage of this lifesaving bill. let's get it to the president as soon as possible. i yield back, mr. speaker. mr. walden: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, if there are no other of our colleagues that wish to speak, i'm prepared to close. echo my just again, support to senate amendment to h.r. 1222, worthy of our support. we will continue to build on the research and education concerning birth defects and most importantly will enable individuals and families who live with birth defects to have
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more hope. so with that i yield back. of the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: well, thank you very much, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for his kind comments on this bipartisan legislation. i think it's another fine work product from your energy and commerce committee in the area of health care and health research and helping families cope with these terrible tragedies that befall us. and, you know, your committee on energy and commerce, as you well know, mr. speaker, has done a lot of good work this cycle and i'm especially proud of our work on opioids and opioid addiction and our public report is over 300 pages of work looking at how americans got hooked on opioids and who's responsible and what we should do going forward. this legislation, 1222, on conjen tull heart futures re-authorization -- congenital heart futures re-authorization, it, too, will save lives and bring hope to american families. with that, mr. speaker, i urge our colleagues to support this legislation, and i yield back
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the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass -- concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 1222. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the -- the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. walden: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and concur in the designate amendment to h.r. 6615. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. he clerk: h.r. 6615, an act to
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eauthorize the traumatic injury program, senate amendment. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, and the gentleman from -- the gentleman from new york, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: i'd like to thank representative bill pascrell of new jersey for his good work on this legislation. i'm glad to support our efforts and glad to bring another bipartisan public health bill for the full house to consider. the house unanimously passed a version of this bill just last week and now the senate has made some technical changes and we're here to pass it once again and now send it to president trump's desk so it can become law. h.r. 6615 will re-authorize the c.d.c.'s traumatic brain injury
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initiatives and establish a national concussion surveillance system. this surveillance system will be able to accurately determine how many americans, both children and adults, get a concussion each year and the cause of that concussion. these data would provide real benefits to public health officials and to patients in local communities and states across the country as we seek to better understand traumatic brain injury and best practices surrounding these injuries. i know all too well from personal experiences -- i have a brother who was injured in a motorcycle accident and suffered pretty severe t.b.i., so i know as somebody who's dealt with that and continues to and work with men and women in uniform and those in our districts, this is important legislation. it, too, will help bring hope and better health outcomes for people that are -- that suffer t.b.i. and maybe even prevent a few of those injuries along the way. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is
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recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of the senate amendment to h.r. 6615, the traumatic brain injury program re-authorization act of 2018, led by congressman pascrell and congressman rooney. this legislation would re-authorize programs at the centers for disease control and prevention that would work to reduce the incidents of traumatic brain injury in the united states. these programs also help improve our understanding of the prevention and treatment of traumatic brain injuries through surveillance efforts. this re-authorization would expand upon existing efforts to authorize c.d.c. to establish a new national concussion surveillance system to determine the prevalence and the incidents of concussions in the united states. a strong bit of legislation, we commend the sponsors of this bill and the work they've done and i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and
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with that, mr. speaker, reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: well, mr. speaker, i'm honored, again, to recognize the gentleman from texas, dr. burgess, again, the chairman of our subcommittee on health, who's done so much work on the cause of good public policy related to health care, i'd recognize him for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i thank the chairman for the recognition. i wanted to rise in support of h.r. 6615, the traumatic brain injury program re-authorization act. for those watching last week, the house passed this bill by a voice vote and now our senate counterparts have passed the bill with a small amendment. it is important to note that should this bill pass the chamber today, as i believe it will, the legislation will be sent to president trump's desk and signed into law. i once again would like to thank our house leaders on this bill, representatives bill pascrell and thomas rooney, for pushing this important initiative. this legislation re-authorizes
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the centers for disease control and prevention traumatic brain njury initiatives. the aggregation of these programs that will be re-authorized by this legislation provides much hope to the individuals and families who are affected by traumatic brain injury. we still have a lot to learn about the risks and the short and long-term effects of traumatic brain injury, and this legislation will help increase our goal of increasing knowledge, awareness, and treatment of traumatic brain injury. once again, i thank my colleagues for supporting this legislation last week. nearly identical legislation now sent back to us from the senate with a small amendment and i urge passage, again, and thank the gentleman for the recognition. i'll yield back my time. mr. walden: and i reserve mine as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield as much time as he may consume to congressman
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pascrell, who's done tremendous work on this issue. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pascrell: i thank the gentleman from new york. mr. speaker, thank you. i rise today in support of h.r. 6615, the traumatic brain injury program re-authorization act of 2018. i join the traumatic brain injury community in expressing my gratitude to both chairman walden and our incoming chairman frank pallone for the work to swiftly move this important legislation forward. millions of americans living with a traumatic brain injury can be assured that better treatments and potential cures are in the not-so-distant future. while the house passed legislation unanimously just last week, the senate made some minor changes that are both elcomed and nonsubstantial
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when they passed the bill yesterday. there's one semantic change that does not have any impact on definition or programs as well as a regrouping of funding in the centers for disease control and prevention t.b.i. budget. while the bill includes some amount -- the same amount of funding that was included before, it will give the c.d.c. more flexibility to use and sustain their funding to implement the national concussion surveillance system. as the lead sponsor of this bill, i fought hard to ensure it contained the increase in funding that we secured in the iscal year 2018 budget omnibus. as well as enough money for c.d.c. to finally be able to implement the nation's first surveillance program -- i might add to the speaker and to mr. walden, this was my first -- ack in 1999 and 2000 when we
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put the committee together, the task force together with jim greenwood from pennsylvania and this was our first objective. finally after 20 years -- we're slow lerners -- we're finally get -- we're slow learners, we're finally getting it done. this will help doctors throughout america. the c.d.c. has wanted this to be implemented for years. this will capture the full picture of brain injury so we can understand the bred and depth of the -- breath and depth of the problem. helping people who have suffered these catastrophic injuries is not a political subject. there's no democratic or republican way to treat a traumatic brain injury. i'm pleased that we have strong sponsors and support from both parties on both sides of the aisle. when we founded the congressional brain injury task force in 2000, 2001, members,
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including me, were unaware of the extent and impact of t.b.i. -- i'll be very frank with you. today we fulfill decades' long work from tireless advocates, to bolster our federal agencies, states, and local providers. they deserve federal resources to provide the support and breakthrough research necessary to put an end to this condition. the t.b.i. act re-authorization will help service members on and off the battlefield, athletes on the ballfield, children and families across the country who are living with brain injuries. we have a long way to go, but the journey forward is clear today with the passage of this bill. commend bill. i commend senators hatch and casey for quickly advancing and supporting legislation in the senate. i'll continue working with them and my co-chair, tom rooney, to ensure this legislation is soon signed by the president.
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i thank you, all of you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: mr. speaker, we have no more speakers on other side of the aisle and i'll close -- i'll reserve and close after my colleague from new york. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. we have no other speakers, and so we're ready to close. i would just, again, encourage people to support this legislation, as was indicated, it's taken a long 20 years to achieve this success and so hopefully we can support this and provide, again, a great initiative on behalf of those who suffer from traumatic brain injury. so with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. this is really important work, and, again, i want to say to mr. pascrell, thank you, mr. speaker, through you to the gentleman from new jersey to commend him for his incredible
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efforts on this initiative. and i know it's taken 20 years. i might say maybe it just took the right chairman to get it done but it's probably more than that. i just want to say this really is -- this will bring, again, hope. it will bring better health outcomes and we'll save lives with this legislation as well, mr. speaker. and with that i would yield back the balance of my time and ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and concur in e senate amendment to h.r. 6615. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. walden: mr. speaker, i ask for a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: does
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those in favor of taking a vote. the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on the question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. walden: i move the house pass the bill s. 2076. the clerk: an act to amend the public service act to authorize the expansion of activities related to alzheimer's disease and brain health under the alzheimer's disease and healthy aging program and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon and the gentleman from new york, each will control 20 minutes. mr. walden: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to
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revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materials on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walden: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of senate bill 2076, bold infrastructure for alzheimer's act, i thank representative guthrie for his work to bring this bill to the house floor and for his terrific partnership as a real leader on our energy and commerce committee. the bold act is another bipartisan bill that will enhance our nation's public health infrastructure and improve lives for patients. more than five million americans have alzheimer's and it is the most expensive disease in our country and cost hundreds of billions of dollars each and every year and those numbers are only going up. this legislation before us now will help us address those by accomplishing centers of excellence to improve
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coordination of care for patients and our communities. these centers will increase data collection, analysis and better reporting to inform researchers and researchers across the country. and for patients and their families, care provided at these centers can make the burden of alzheimer's a little bit lighter. i have heard about the importance of the bill from maria who was one of thousands who served as unpaid alzheimer's caregivers and in her case, that loved one was her father. she was faced with not only a daunting system and difficult choices to make without much information but also an unexpected cost of care of $342,000 on average. according to maria, if passed, the bold act would ensure states such as oregon have the resources to support earlier
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detection and health care givers like here to grapple with this devastating disease. so, mr. speaker, on behalf of patients and their families across our nation, i urge my colleagues to join me in passing this important legislation as well. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of the bold infrastructure for alzheimer's act, introduced that i introduced with congressman brett guthrie. i thank chairman walden and ranking member pallone in support of this particular legislation and i appreciate the partnership with congressman guthrie and his staff to get this important legislation over the finish line. alzheimer's is a brutal disease.
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anyone whose life has been touched knows the heart-wrenching toll that this disease can and most often does take on an individual, on a family and on a community. since first coming to congress, i was laser focused to reduce the burden that this disease on our families and nation. we have had many successes in recent years with legislation such as the national alzheimer's project act and alings i'mer's accountability act, hoping to strengthen our case for the unprecedented investments that congress has appropriated to effectively treat and find a cure for alzheimer's with the hope for alzheimer's act we got c.m.s. to provide coverage for comprehensive care planning services to medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers following a diagnosis.
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these care planning visits are a critical tool for families struggling for answers and hope to lessen the burden of this disease. we are taking another huge step forward with the passage of the bold infrastructure for alzheimer's act, legislation that will invested in public health strategies for tackling alzheimer's disease. e know that in 2018, alzheimer's will cost our country $277 billion. by smartly investing in a public health infrastructure for this disease, we can reduce this cost burden on local, state and federal governments and improve care for those who received this diagnosis. the bold act will enhance our public health infrastructure in three main ways. it will increase public health centers of excellence and will be dedicated to promoting ffective intersentions and
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educating the public on alings i'mer's disease and brain health. these centers will implement the c.d. of the c.'s road map and take key steps to support health service professionals and families and communities. second, the legislation will allow for state and local cooperative agreements with h.h.s., that will be awarded to state health departments, subdivisions of states or tribe allen tits to carry out alzheimer's interventions. these awards will help build the foundation and help those states that are investing in a public health approach to amplify their initiatives through public-private partnerships. timely, the bold act will create data, analysis and cooperative agreements with h.h.s. that will alzheimer's ata on and health disparities are
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disseminated to the public in a timely manner. we need this legislation more than ever. the burden of this disease does not take a day off and congress cannot afford to either. in closing, i do then thank chairman walleder, ranking member pallone, house leadership, our senate sponsors and everyone who had a hand in this success today. without such dedicated bipartisan alzheimer's champions throughout congress, we would not be making this strong step forward. it's mighty progress. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i commend the gentleman from new york for his leadership on this issue as well. i recognize dr. burgess for two minutes to speak on the legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. burgess: i thank the chairman and i rise to speak in
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20876. of senate this was introduced by senator collins and it promotes awareness of alzheimer's disease. i need to thank the champions on the house side of this legislation, representatives guthrie and tonko, both valuable members. alzheimer's is a devastating disease that affects families. every 65 seconds another person in the united states develops alzheimer's and i is the sixth leading cause of death with one of three seniors dying of alzheimer's. over the past several years, congress has doubled down on its commitment to researching alzheimer's disease by substantially increasing our appropriations for the initiatives housed at the national institutes of health.
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this legislation will require the secretary of the department of health and human services to work with the centers of disease control and prevention to award grants, contracts or cooperative agreements to establish or support regional centers to address alzheimer's disease. the purpose is to increase awareness among public health officials and the public as it relates to alzheimer's disease by empowering our health care work force and our patience with more information, it will be increasing awareness of the disease and the impact it has on individual's lives and the possibility of treatments or interventions. the effects is daunting for the individuals and their families. this bill is infrastructure to support the ever growing population with alings i'mer's. i support senate 2076 and i urge
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my fellow members to do the same and i yield back to the chairman. mr. walden: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: i yield to mr. guthrie two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. mr. guthrie: i rise in support of my legislation and great to work with my good friend mr. tonko who came together as classmates in the 2008 election. we worked together because we want to create a public infrastructure to help those to receive the care they need. over 5 million americans are living with alzheimer's and making it the most costly
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disease. i have met people who have this disease and i had a great uncle had early onset alzheimer's and my family was trying to understand it and it wasn't even understood then when i was a child. and my wife's grandfather going through it and my mother-in-law being the primary caretaker. what it does to the person with the disease, what it does to the family caring for the disease, we are trying to move towards a care and by 2050, it estimated that it will cost over $1 trillion if we do not have some advances in caring and curing and delaying this onset. i used to say that for my children and grandchildren. 30 years, i will be in my
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80's. we need to move forward. and it is fiscally response i will to do. it would direct the c.d.c. to support the prevention, treatment and care of alzheimer's disease. we hope to take care of those now and hopefully find a cure for these debilitating diseases the the future. this bill has passeded the senate. i urge my colleagues to support it today and i look forward to seeing the president sign into law. do want to thank and i thank sophie from my office. at the end of this session, i appreciate her assistance and help. and i yield back. mr. walden: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: i continue to reserve, unless there are no other -- the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: we have a couple of speakers here. i'll recognize the gentleman from florida, mr. bilirakis, to speak on the legislation for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: thank you, mr. chairman. i rise today in support of senate bill 2076. i thank my good friend brent guthrie from the great state of kentucky and mr. tonko for sponsoring the house bill. this is so very important. the building our largest infrastructure for alings i'mer's act or the bold infrastructure act for alzheimer's is so very important and this bill will create alzheimer's disease centers for excellence. badly needed. through these centers, we can strengthen our efforts at increasing early detection and
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diagnosis and it will allow for the voluntary collection of data so researchers can care giving and health disparities in a timely manner. i know that's going to help so much in finding a cure for this disease. . . in the tampa area, we have the burr alzheimer's and research institute, which is one of the largest free standing alzheimer's centers in the united states. thank you. i just -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. bilirakis: this bill will help them in alzheimer's awareness and research. please support this bill. we need it badly for our constituents and i appreciate all the help, all the volunteers and advocates. again, i urge strong support for this bill and i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. walden: i have one more speaker. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker.
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i now yield as much time as she may consume to the representative from california's 43rd district, representative waters, who has invested a lot of time and work in this alzheimer's issue and especially in her role as co-chair of the congressional task force on alzheimer's disease. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you very much. and i'd like to thank congressman tonko for the leadership that he has provided and the opportunity to rise to urge all of my colleagues to support s. 2076, the bold infrastructure for alzheimer's act, and i congratulate senator susan collins for her shepherding this bill through the senate. i join together with my colleagues, representative brett guthrie, representative paul tonko, and chris smith, to introduce the house version of this bill in order to promote early detection and diagnosis,
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support caregivers and reduce health disparities related to the care and treatment of alzheimer's patients. as the house democratic co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral congressional task force on alzheimer's disease, i know how devastating this disease can be for patients, families, and caregivers. alzheimer's disease affects more than five million americans, and it is the sixth leading cause of death in the united states. there is no effective treatment, no means of prevention, and no method for slowing the progression of the disease. alzheimer's is a very -- is very costly to society. in 2017, the direct cost of care for alzheimer's and other dementias was approximately $259 billion, with 67% of those costs paid by medicare or medicaid. at the current rate, the direct cost of care for these tragic conditions will reach more than
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$1 trillion by 2050. most alzheimer's patients require constant care and attention, especially when they're in the final stages of the disease. more than 15 million americans provide unpaid care to family and friends living with alzheimer's and other dementias. the alzheimer's association calculated that caregivers provided more than $18 billion hours of unpaid care -- 18 billion hours of unpaid care for people with dementia in 2016. an estimated value of over $230 billion. alzheimer's has a devastating impact on caregivers. compared with caregivers for people without dementia, twice as many caregivers for people with dementia indicate substantial emotional, financial and physical stress. the bold infrastructure for
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alzheimer's act establishes alzheimer's centers of excellence around the country to expand and promote innovative and effective alzheimer's interventions. these interventions will support early detection, reduce the risk of hospitalizations, and cognitive decline, support caregivers and reduce health disparities. the bold act will also improve data collection on the incidents and prevalence of alzheimer's and related dementias. and so mr. walden: how much time do i have? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon has 12 1/2 minutes.
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the gentleman from new york has 12 minutes remaining. mr. walden: i yield to the gentleman from georgia, pharmacist on our committee, great leader on the energy and commerce committee, such time as he may consume on this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of s. 2076, the bold infrastructure for alzheimer's act, because of what it does to address this terrible disease. according to the alzheimer's association, nearly 5.7 million americans are currently living with alzheimer's. it's currently the sixth leading caught 'cause of death in our country. this debilitating disease continues to grow amongst our population, but we still struggle to understand and find a cure. but there's hope. this legislation would award agreements to establish national and regional centers of excellence focused on the alzheimer's disease as well as support state public health departments, tribes, and others working to help fight this. this disease impacts not only those who have it but also the millions of caregivers
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responsible for the well-being of those who have alzheimer's. these are often family members or close friends who have to make sacrifices in their own lives to care for others. this legislation will make great strides and better understanding to the cognitive decline associated with the disease, the impact on caregivers, and how we can continue to fight for a cure. i'm a proud co-sponsor of h.r. 4256, the companion bill in the house that was introduced by my good friend and colleague, mr. guthrie from kentucky. also want to take those across the country who have continued to advocate on this issue, including donna, who has been a leader on this issue in my district. i can't understand -- i can't understate my appreciate for all the hard work and dedication that so many people have poured into passing this legislation. today, with this passage, we can help bring about hope in the future for those who are victims of this disease.
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like my legislative director's grandmother, a courageous woman, who lived a long and happy live but who eventually succumbed to the effects of alzheimer's after a long and hard fight. while today's work isn't the final solution, it brings us one step closer in the fight to eradicate this disease. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and vote yes on its passage and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon reserves. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i don't believe we have any more speakers on this so i'll reserve and close when the gentleman's finished. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you. i strongly urge passage of this legislation, the bold act. it is another -- another bid of foundation that -- bit of foundation we have done to move forward and conquer alzheimer's and related dementias. we understand full well, those of us who function in government, that our federal, state, and local budgets have been impacted severely by
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alzheimer's disease but most importantly families have been burdened by this disease and so it is so important for us to move forward with this legislation that provides, again, hope to those families and individuals living with alzheimer's disease. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back and ask full support of the legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i, too, would join my friend and colleague from new york and our friends across the building in the senate in support of the bold act, senate bill 2076, and i urge our colleagues to support it and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 2076. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- mr. walden: mr. speaker. mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: i request the nancy. -- i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking
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this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. walden: well, mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the ules and pass the bill h.r. s. 2 -- s. 2278. the clerk: an act to amend the public health service act to provide grants to improve health care in rural areas. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from oregon, mr. walden, and the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from oregon. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and xtend their remarks and insert extraneous materials in the record on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walden: mr. speaker, i
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yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of s. 2278, the state offices of rural health re-authorization act, led by senator pat roberts, and by my energy and commerce colleagues mr. mark wayne mullen of oklahoma and fellow oregonian, kurt schrader, in the house. this re-authorizes and enhances federal grants to states for improving health care in rural areas through the operation of state offices of rural health. now, in oregon, my home state, the oregon office of rural health has been the coordinating body of this help since the 1970's. it partners with the university to improve the delivery statewide of resources to rural areas such as second district. telehealth, rotational programs for medical students in rural communities, and recruitment of health care providers are just a few examples of the oregon office of rural health's work to help patients in oregon's
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rural areas. i'm proud of the great work that they do. this bill will enhance their ability and those of allstate rural health offices to equip -- all state rural health offices to equip health care in rural and underserved areas so i strongly support passage of this legislation and i urge my colleagues to vote yes and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you. i rise in support of s. 2278, the state offices of rural health re-authorization act of 2018. i thank chair walden and incoming chair pallone, along with congressman schrader and congressman mullen for their work on this important legislation. this legislation would re-authorize the federal grant program that supports offices of rural health in each state
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including the charles d. cook office of rural health with the new york state department of health, for the first time. these offices assist states in strengthening rural health delivery systems and improving ackvess to quality services in rural areas. this work is particularly important because patients and providers in rural communities can face obstacles that can result in reduced access to care, increase health disparities and inhibit individuals from receiving optimal health. to ensure states can continue to meet the requirements of this grant program, this re-authorization legislation provides new flexibility for state offices to meet their federal match requirements as well as to request the waiver that would allow a state office to continue to receive federal funding if an office faces an extreme hardship in meeting that requirement. i urge my colleagues to support s. 2278 and with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance f my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: i yield to mr. markwayne mullin who is -- for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for three minutes. mr. mullin: mr. speaker, i rise today in favor of my bill, state office of rural health re-authorization act of 2018. this is a health care crisis right now going on in rural america. rural hospitals are closing their doors at an alarming rate. 85 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and 673 are vulnerable to close at anytime. more closures are coming and congress needs to start making changes to ensure that rural americans have the health care they need. my bill, the state office of ral health rural health re-authorization act, will help oklahoma rural
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hospitals keep their doors open by re-authorizing the oklahoma office of rural health. this office provides a valuable resource to the hospitals of oklahoma by helping hospitals explore innovative and collaborative ideas that can lead to improvements and savings. mr. speaker, i would be remiss not to mention that awesome sweater vest to which you are wearing, so in the spirit of christmas, i believe you just pulled that off. i'll yield back. mr. walden: i'll continue to reserve, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i now yield as much time as he may consume to oregon's district five representative, representative schrader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. schrader: thank you very much, mr. speaker. today i rise in support of the state offices of rural health re-authorization act. since 1979, as alluded to before, oregon's office of rural health has provided services critical to the folks in rural portions of my state.
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36% of oregonians live in rural communities. as we know these communities often face challenges not experienced in urban or suburban settings. people in rural areas might have long distance to travel, our mountainous terrain just to see their doctor or might have issues even finding a primary care provider or specialist who can help them where and when they need it. that's why we need the offices of rural health and why the house should pass this bill today. oregonians have come to rely on the expertise at the oregon office of rural health, help build up the workforce so folks in the community know they will be able to see a doctor, a nurse practitioner or other health care professional. the office of rural health has worked with small hospitals and emergency providers to ensure that patients are safe, the ethics are up to code and can work through the patchwork of programs and regulations. my state's office of rural health has been instrumental providing the data and policy expertise we've needed to
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ensure that all oregonians receive the care that the affordable care act and oregon's transformation projects have promised. everyone, including folks in our rural areas, should have access to quality health care. this bill provides the federal support and resources necessary to ensure all 50 states' offices of rural health can be there for their patients who need them. . i'm proud to have led on this bill in the house. i'm grateful that the chairman of the subcommittee and the full committee, mr. walden and mr. pallone, for getting this to the floor before a very interesting session. i thank them for their leadership on this issue and urge support for this bill. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: thank you very much, mr. speaker. again, i am honored to recognize the gentleman from texas, dr. burgess, chairman of our subcommittee on health, for three minutes, to speak on this legislation as well. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from texas is recognized for three minutes. mr. burgess: i thank the chairman for the recognition. i also want to rise in support of s. 2278. the state offices of rural health re-authorization act of 2018. this bill, which was introduced by senators pat roberts and heidi heitkamp, re-authorizes grants to state offices of rural health. i also need to thank our house champion of this effort, representative mullin, a veryable member of the health subcommittee. this legislation has already passed the senate and today we have the opportunity to pass it on the floor of the house, and it goes down to the president for his signature. the majority of counties in the united states are rural. while urban and suburban counties are growing in population, certainly in my own community, back in the 26th district of texas, we have a significant percentage of the population living in rural areas. citizens of rural america reap many benefits of their communities, but they are also faced with unique challenges, particularly when it comes to
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health care. s. 2278 will enable states to maintain and improve upon health care in rural areas by re-authorizing grants to state offices of rural health care. grantees will be required to maintain a clearinghouse for collecting and disseminating information on rural health care issues and research related to rural health care, as well as innovative approaches to rural health care delivery. the grantees will also be tasked with identifying both federal and state programs to address rural health and to promote technical assistance to public and nonprofit private entities regarding participation in these programs. state office of rural health provide much value to the 57 million americans that live in these areas around the country. many of us represent towns and counties that are largely dependent upon the strength of rural health care. for these reasons, i ask members to join me in supporting s. 2278
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, and i yield back to the chairman. mr. walden: mr. speaker, don't believe we have any other speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you. i rise in support, again, of the legislation before us. i want to commend congressmembers schrader and mullin for their great work on this important legislation. it shows great sensitivity to the health care needs of rural america and to the corresponding health delivery systems. so, for that reason alone this is worthy of our unanimous support. with that, i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: thank you, mr. speaker. i too want to thank members on both sides of the aisle, my colleagues who have worked so hard on this legislation, and frankly our friends in the senate as well, who worked with us on this. we're glad to bring this to a conclusion. and another very important health care will il-- health care bill will make its way to
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the president's desk. with that, mr. speaker, i ask our colleagues to support this legislation and 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 senate 2278. 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 gentleman from oregon is recognized. mr. walden: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules amend pass h.r. 7279. clinton: h.r. 7279, a bill to amend the federal water pollution control act, to provide for an integrated planning process, to promote green infrastructure, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from ohio, mr. gibbs, and the gentlewoman from california, mrs. napolitano, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. mr. gibbs: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 7279. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. mr. gibbs: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gibbs: mr. speaker, i am here today to express strong support for my bill, h.r. 7279, the water infrastructure improvement act, and ask my colleagues to join the bipartisan coalition who worked on this legislation to pass it. i introduced this bill to help codify into law a useful tool our communities should have at their disposal called the integrated planning. integrated planning provides flexibility for communities when they are confronted with the realities of managing waste water and stormwater systems. cities and other municipalities are charged with delivering those water utility services to residents. those same municipalities face the challenges of regulatory mandates from the environmental protection agency for waste water and stormwater systems. they also face the rising cost of these mandates, which can become severe financial burdens in repairing or replacing the
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aging water infrastructure. these financial burdens ultimately fall on the ratepayers. the residents of those municipalities, many of whom cannot afford dramatic and immediate increases in their monthly bills. without flexibility and the ability to prioritize projects so public health and environmental benefits can be maximized, local governments may be forced into costly consent degrees. integrating planning helps communities seek consequence their water projects. cities can use integrated planning to focus on projects that will actually deliver safe and affordable water utility services, rather than simply focusing on regulations and red tape. the water infrastructure improvement act also creates an important position inside the e.p.a., the office of municipal, to assist municipalities in implementing agency policy, ensuring local governments are adhering to their responsibilities under the clean water act, while utilizing
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integrated planning. this bill enjoys bipartisan support in the congress, and support from the national association of clean water agencies, the u.s. conference of mayors, the national league of cities, and the american public works association, the national association of counties, and the national association of regional consules. the water infrastructure improvement act provides a way forward for our communities to take a comprehensive approach in repairing or replacing outcated -- outdated water systems to deliver clean and sustainable water surfaces and keep it affordable to the ratepayers and taxpayers. we all tend to get wrapped up in the headlines of the day. the nonstop calls for outage, dominated -- dominates cable news and partisan differences on big issues grabs everyone he is a-- everyone's attention. because of that, the american people very rarely hear or see a real bipartisan work on issues important to their everyday lives, like easy access to safe and affordable and efficient water utilities.
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i want to thank my colleagues from california, mrs. napolitano, for her work on this issue. this is an example of many issues in congress that effect the lives of all americans, that find bipartisan support, yet fly under the radar. i strongly urge my colleagues to join me with mrs. napolitano, mr. latta, ms. fudge, mr. chabot, and mrs. bustos, in passing the water infrastructure improvement act so america's municipalities and their residents can maintain access to safe water. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from california is recognized. mrs. napolitano: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. napolitano: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 7279, the very bipartisan, as my colleague was saying, water infrastructure improvement act. let me first start by thanking the primary sponsor of the bill, the gentleman from ohio, mr. gibbs, and his great cooperation
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in this, and let me say that it was a pleasure doing it. like he said. and i associate myself with his remarks. it is very bipartisan, it is something that we all agree on, that needs to happen for the people of this nation. thank you, mr. gibbs. finally, reach a bipartisan agreement on this very important issue after more than four years. this legislation codifies the concept from the obama administration known as integrated planning, that can assist communities meet their requirements under the clean water act, while maintaining their obligation to achieve improvements in the local water quality. e.p.a.'s integrated planning framework provides communities with a voluntary opportunity to prioritize local clean water investments with the greatest benefit to human health and environment. this incredibly posh -- this is incredibly important to my communities in the congressional district, as well as many
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others, as they meet the challenges of the los angeles county ms-4 farm water permit and also across the nation. to be clear, the integrated planning is not about diminishing communities' existing obligations under the clean water act. rather, it provides an opportunity for communities to work with federal and state regulators to optimize their clean water infrastructure investments. the sad reality is that until the federal government increases its investments under the clean water act, communities will still struggle with affordability challenges. we can, we must do better. first, we need to re-authorize the clean water state revolving fund known as s.r.f., and i am hopeful that this is one of the first things we will accomplish next year on a very bipartisan basis again. we passed similar re-authorization of the drinking water program by voice vote in september. now it's time for a similar effort to protect local water
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quality. second, we need to address the cost of water and sewer services to these households with at least -- with the least ability to pay. no hardworking american families should be forced to go without water and waste water services simply because their local rates are too high. clean water should be a basic human right. yes, the utility should be able to recover the cost necessary to upgrade their local systems. but when those costs disproportionately effect individual households, we can and must do much more to help struggling families afford these basic services. that will be another issue, i hope this next congress will address in the coming year. protecting our nation's clean water and making it affordable for all american families. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. gibbs: mr. speaker, i yield to my colleague and friend from
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bowling green, ohio, mr. latta, for as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: i thank my friend, the gentleman from ohio, for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today in strong support of h.r. 7279, the water infrastructure improvement act. throughout my ten pour that congress, i have worked on legislation to give our nation's communities more flexibility to comply with costly regulations in regards to their waste water infrastructure improvements. each congress, since 2018, i've -- 2008, i've introduced legislation that addresses these issues and provides relief to our local communities. i've heard from many villages, towns and cities across my district over the years that struggle to meet waste water and stormwater improvement demands. this legislation is a key step to build on the work i have done to provide relief to our constituents by allowing them to more effectively and efficiently meet their specific water needs. there are billions of dollars worth of water, waste water and
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stormwater infrastructure needs in the state of ohio. it's critical to provide communities with the ability to meet their obligations in a more cost-effective manner. this legislation will codify the u.s. environmental protection agency, integrated and planning framework, and provide additional tools and flexibility for communities to comply with mandated waste water infrastructure improvement projects. this is important because it allows municipalities and clean water utilities to decide how best to spend their limited resources. integrated planning allows communities to allocate funds in a targeted manner, allowing them to focus on the most effective water quality improvements. . again, i want to thank representative gibbs and representative fudge, bustos for working together to get this bipartisan piece of legislation passed. i'll continue to work with my colleagues in both chambers to ensure this bipartisan bill reaches the president's desk in
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order to help improve our nation's water infrastructure and protect the ratepayers. i urge all of my colleagues to support this measure and, again, i thank my colleague for introducing the legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. gibbs: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. napolitano: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. gibbs: yeah, at this time, mr. speaker, i yield as much time as he may consume to my colleagues from cincinnati, ohio, mr. chabot. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. chabot: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise today in very strong support of h.r. 7279, the water infrastructure improvement act, and i want to thank congressman gibbs as well as congressman latta, who just spoke previously, and congresswoman fudge and a number of others who we have been working literally for years now to move
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forward integrated planning and provide more flexibility for local communities to meet clean water standards. the legislation that we're working on and that we've been involved in here i think is critical for communities like mine, cincinnati, hooment county, and communities -- hamilton county, and communities all over the country. want to thank you to hamilton county commissioner, todd porthune, who is a democrat,. we have been working in a bipartisan manner. the commissioner brought this to my attention a number of years ago as hamilton county dealt with the e.p.a. consent decree that they had entered into many years ago that's literally crippled the sewer system and caused dramatic price increases for the ratepayers. hundreds of thousands of whom are my constituents. commissioner porthune helped
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craft the early versions of this legislation, and he and commissioner monzell have fight to push this legislation across the finish lines. oftentimes when i see todd back in my area he'll bring this up to me and encourage me and we've been in this together for a long time now and commissioner monzell as well. i especially want to thank congressman gibbs for pushing this for many years now. it's -- i'm so glad we're actually finally getting there. the legislation that we're considering today will authorize the e.p.a. to work with local communities on integrated clean water plans that incorporate flexibility and innovative approaches. it will also allow integrated plans to be used to modified administrative orders or consent decrease. and it will allow compliant schedules that are longer than the current permit periods if
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the jurisdiction meets its state water quality standards. and that's the important thing. we want more flexibility to give local communities the ability to deal with their problems in a way that makes sense in that community. the problems that new york city has is very different than what rural mississippi district or my district in cincinnati would have. they are all a bit different. what we're saying, you still have to meet those high standards that the e.p.a. sets for clean water. we want our people to drink clean water, but we should give those different communities more flexibility so that they can do what makes sense in their particular community and then save the ratepayers their hard-earned tax dollars. that's what this is all about. maintaining the high standards that we have but doing them in a way that's more -- there's more flexibility the local communities can act according to what's in their best interests. together, these commonsense
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proposals represent a critical first step in addressing this issue. as we continue to work on further financial capability guidance so that communities can meet clean water standards in a fiscally responsible manner. and i, again, want to thank the chairman and the ranking member for their leadership on this and for moving this bill forward and all the members who have played a part in this process. it's been a long time coming. a lot of people worked very hard on this. i want to thank all of those who worked in a bipartisan manner. i'd like to see this house work this way even more. so we'll see. i yield back. mr. gibbs: i reserve. if they have more speakers i'll close but i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from california is recognized. mrs. napolitano: does the gentleman have other speakers? none. mr. gibbs: we're ready to close. mrs. napolitano: very fine. thank you. mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. napolitano: i want to thank, first of all, our staffs, our respective staffs
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for working together on this that did a great job and did a lot of work on this. mr. gibbs is right, this is a long time coming. this is something that came up over 10 years ago that e.p.a. was forcing california restrictions and california has the strictest rules on air and water so this is really efficient way of being able to help. california and other states to deal with. but this bill before us, a very good first step to ensuring the protection of our nation's rivers, lakes, and streams and deserves our very strong support. we have worked with cities, mayors, water agencies, sanitation districts, environmental groups, as well as our colleagues on the other side on this legislation. we are aware of none, no opposition, none to this bill. we thank all stakeholders for their input and support throughout this process. however, it is my hope that early in the next congress we
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can return to the house floor with a similar bipartisan legislation to address the funding needs and affordability concerns we discussed earlier. only then can we say we have delivered on our responsibility to provide clean, safe, and affordable water to all american families, including native americans. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. gibbs: mr. speaker, i'll recognize myself and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. gibbs: i want to, again, from my colleague from california, mrs. napolitano, for her help on the other side of the aisle to make this is a very bipartisan bill and it's a commonsense bill. the key to this, i think, that means -- that needs to be mentioned, it gives our communities flexibility. and also encourages all levels of government to work together, local y, e.p.a.,
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e.p.a., to solve the problems they have at the ground level. also in this bill there is a provision that requires the new position the e.p.a. ombudsman two years -- at least in two years they have to report back to congress about what happened with the integrated planning, the specific projects and review those and see if it needs, you know, tweaked or not. we'll get to see how it works. i think it's very important. it's working together and you see communities that have been under court orders, court decrees -- judicial decrees, and they can't get to where they need to get to and this bill gives them that flexibility and common sense because everybody wants to do the right thing and this will help them do that and help e.p.a. will be working in partnership. in closing, i just urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 7279, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields.
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the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 7279. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the the gentleman from ohio. the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. >> mr. speaker, the constitution requires a quorum to conduct this business and a quorum is defined as half the body. i see less than 10 or 12 members present so i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 7327. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 7327, a bill to require the secretary of homeland security to establish a security vulnerability disclosure policy to establish a bug bounty program for the department of homeland security , to amend title 41 united states code to provide for federal acquisition supply chain security and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore:
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pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. hurd, and the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. i yield mr. speaker, myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hurd: i rise today in support of the secure technology act. this is a bill that i introduced with the majority leader, kevin mccarthy, and epresentatives ratcliffe, lou, langevin. this bill has two bipartisan proposals to strengthen homeland security. first, it requires a vulnerability disclosure policy and establishes a bug bounty program at the department of homeland security. second, it establishes requirements for supply chain security and products purchased by the federal government. title 1 of the bill
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incorporated h.r. 6735, which is the public-private cybersecurity cooperation act, which was introduced by leader mccarthy and passed by a voice vote by this house in september. it is co-sponsored by myself and representatives ratcliffe, langevin, and khanna. senator portman introduced the senate companion to this bill, senate bill 3707, with senator hassan. this title seeks to protect the information systems of the department of homeland security by establishing a program to report security vulnerabilities discovered on these systems. this program allows d.h.s. to learn about security risks from private sector experts and requires d.h.s. to fix these at-risk systems. d.h.s. operates many systems and services other agencies use to protect their networks, so d.h.s. should set the example for securing its own information systems. title 1 also includes senate bill 1281, the hack the
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department -- the hack the .omeland security act of 2018 representative lieu introduced h.r. 2774 with representative taylor. it's co-sponsored by epresentatives meehan, khanna, jayapal, kilmer and it will compensate people who support security vulnerabilities to those at the d.h.s. bug bounties are widely serve as an effective and inexpensive way to identify vulnerabilities in i.t. systems. title 2 of this bill incorporates senate bill 3085, the federal acquisition supply chain security act of 2018, which was introduced by senator mccaskill and co-sponsored by nator lankford and senator johnson. this passed last night. this helps ensure the integrity
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of information technology and equipment purchased by the federal government by addressing supply chain risk that are governmentwide. the bill sets up an interagency council to identify products that pose unacceptable risks to these systems and set policy and information sharing and risk mitigation in federal i.t. systems. the bill recognizes the need to move away from an ad hoc approach to dealing with unacceptable products offered to the federal government by companies such as z.t.e. and wallway. it authorizes exclusion and removal orders for products who found unacceptable risks to these i.t. systems. this legislation includes judicial review and certainty about how lawsuits will be handled in the future. i want to thank the numerous members in the house and senate who worked tirelessly on these two pieces of legislation, especially to mccarthy, members on the house government oversight and government reform
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and members of the senate homeland security and government affairs committee. mr. speaker, i want to urge my colleagues to support the secure technology act, and i reserve the balance of my time. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. norton: i want to thank my good friend, representative hurd, for his leadership in introducing this commonsense legislation. the bill before us today includes a number of different measures. the bill includes a measure originally introduced by senator mccaskill to deal with information technology threats to the federal acquisition supply chain. the bill would address the serious cybersecurity risks that recently came to light after the discovery of the products had
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been installed on many government computers. the bill would establish the federal acquisition security council to facilitate information sharing among federal agencies regarding supply chain risks, when purchasing information technology products, and create procedures for evaluating such risks. the bill would give agencies the authority to mitigate supply chain i.t. risks, and authorizes the council to recommend excluding suppliers if warranted. the bill also would establish a judicial review process and reporting requirements to ensure fairness and accountability, if companies are excluded in the future. in addition, the bill includes several provisions to improve cybersecurity at the department
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of homeland security, which was originally authored by senator hasan of new hampshire. it would create a pilot program through which the department would be authorized to provide a financial reward to those who legitimately come forward to provide -- those who -- it would -- a pilot program through which the department would be authorized to provide a financial reward to those who legitimately come forward to report vulnerabilities on it d.h.s. websites -- on d.h.s. websites and software to prevent exploitation by cyberterrorists, state actors, and criminal organizations. so-called white hat hackers are an enormous pool of talent that the federal government has
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largely failed to leverage. the bill would also require d.h.s. to put in place policies to ensure that civic-minded hackers can identify and report bugs found on the department's information systems without breaking the law. i ask my colleagues to join me in supporting the secure technology act, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, i would like to let my friend, the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, who i always take every opportunity to work with, that -- aware that i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i thank my good friend, especially for his work on this bill and for his riendship.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. hurd: mr. speaker, this is another example of how we can actually get things done up here in washington, d.c. if we work together. this is a piece of legislation that's going to help secure our networks, make sure we're protecting the american people, and i urge the adoption of this bill and 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 bill, h.r. 7327. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky rise? >> the constitution requires a quorum to be present to conduct this business. and there is no quorum present. i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this otion will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. smith: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and concur in the senate amendment to the bill h.r. 6227, the national quantum initiative act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6227, an act to provide for a coordinated federal program to accelerate quantum research and development for the economic and national security of the united states. senate amendment. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. smith, and the gentlelady from texas, ms. johnson, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on
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h.r. 6227, the bill now under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, today the house considers h.r. 6227, the national quantum initiative act, before sending it on to the president. h.r. 6227 passed the house unanimously in september after negotiations with the senate in which we reached a bicameral and bipartisan agreement. i introduced this legislation, along with house science, space and technology committee ranking member, eddie bernice johnson, who is on the floor this evening, as well as 28 other committee members from both parties. america is now in a race with china and europe to develop the next technological breakthroughs -- breakthroughs based on the power of quantum science. it's a race we must win for our economic and national security. the national quantum initiative
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act creates a 10-year federal program to accelerate quantum research and development in the united states. the bill leverages the expertise and resources of u.s. industry, academia, and government, to move quantum information science to the next level. quantum information science uses quantum physics for the storage, transmission, manipulation, computing and measurement of information. this legislation establishes a national quantum coordination office within the white house office of science and technology policy. this office will oversee interagency coordination and strategic planning, serve as a central point of contact for stakeholders, conduct outreach and promote commercialization of federal research by the private sector. the bill also supports basic research, education and standard development at the national institutes of standard and tech knowledge knowledge --
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technology, the national science foundation and the department of energy. up to $255 million a year of these agencies' fund will be directed to new quantum -- funding will be directed to new quantum research centers and research. this will address fundamental research graps -- gap, create a stronger work force and generate transformative oinvations to give u.s. companies and workers -- innovate vegases to give u.s. companies and workers a competitive -- innovative -- innovations to give u.s. companies and workers a competitive advantage. h.r. 6227 was developed with input from industry, academia, national laboratories, federal agencies and the administration. the result is a strong consensus bill, which i urge my colleagues to support. and i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you very much, mr. speaker.
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i rise in support of h.r. 6227, the national quantum initiative act, and i thank chairman smith and our colleagues in the enate, senators thume, nelson, and others, for their leadership on this bill. this is a good bipartisan bill and i'm happy we'll be voting today to enact this bill into law before the congress expires. h.r. 6227 is a product of extensive formal and informal engagement with key stakeholders in industry, academia and the federal government. the science committee held a hearing late in 2017 in which we heard from federal agency, university and industry representatives. about ongoing research in future opportunities in quantum communication and quantum computing. we also heard about investments in quantum research across our
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agencies, and the need for a strategic and coordinated approach going forward. in addition to the hearing, committee staff held numerous bipartisan meetings and round tables to inform the development of this committee. quantum census are already beginning to enter the marketplace, with potential applications across all sectors, from environmental to biomedical imaging to the military battlefield. the race is on to lead the world on long-range quantum communications, which in theory at least would be unhackable. quantum communications is an area of quantum technology development where the u.s. is most at risk in ceding its leadership. our r&d investments pale in comparison to the scale of investments being made in china and elsewhere. many believe quantum computing
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technology has a potential to accelerate progress in some of our most pressing challenges, including how to address climate change and understand complex diseases like cancer. it is truly an exciting time for this field and for the broad spectrum of innovates that are are planning to take advantage of these -- innovators that are planning to take advantage of these breakthrough capabilities. it's also a time of increasing international competition and the stakes are high. global leadership in contracomputing brings with it a military and intelligence edge, as well as a competitive hat many expect to be a massive industry for decades to come. we must invest more in research. we must also ensure that we are educating and training the next generation of top quantum scientists and engineers. our nation's progress in
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advancing research in science and capitalizing on these investments to develop real-world technologies will depend on partnerships among our federal agencies, universities and the private sector. the national initiative -- quantum initiative act will set us on the right path. h.r. 6227 directs the president to establish a 10-year national quantum initiative program with the national institutes of standards and technology, the national science foundation, and the department of energy playing leading roles. through the establishment of a national coordination office, an outside advisory committee, and an intraagency working group, the program will take -- intra-agency working group, the program will take a whole of government priche to accelerating pro-- approach to accelerating project research and technology development in building a strong quantum science and engineering work
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force. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, at first i'd like it thank senator thune and senator nelson, the chairman and ranking member of the senate commerce committee, who introduced a companion bill to h.r. 6227 in the senate. i also want to acknowledge senator mccowsky and senator can't well, the ranking member of the senate energy and natural resources committee for their work on this bill as well. finally, the president's white house office of science and technology policy, as well as the leadership at n.s.f., nist and the department of energy, have been steadfast in their support. this legislation will help the u.s. to become the world's leader in quantum development. let's support this bill and send
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it to the president's desk. mr. speaker, i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no requests for time. i urge passage and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, with the speaker's allowance and permission, we have another speaker on his way to the house floor who we expect to be here in another 30 seconds. if we could talk slowly and go on for another 30 seconds, i think the gentleman from texas, mr. weber, will be here, and would like to have the last word.
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the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman yield? mr. smith: mr. speaker, i have no other requests for time and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and concur in 62 -- e amendment to mr. smith: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this otion will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6602.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar umber 827, h.r. 6602, a bill to re-authorize the new jersey coastal heritage trail route, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd 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. mcclintock: mr. speaker, the new jersey coastal heritage trail route was authorized by congress in 1988, and it runs along the entire eastern coast of new jersey. the national park service, the state of new jersey, the pinelands commission and other local organizations have partnered to promote recreation and appreciation of new jersey's coastal areas along that route. the route links wildlife refuges, historic sites, and natural areas to tell the story
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of new jersey's role in shaping u.s. history and in providing important habitat for birds and other wildlife. the coalition's efforts is to enhance public enjoyment and access, brings more visitors to these special places from new jersey and beyond. h.r. 6602 will re-authorize the secretary of the interior's authority to co-manage the new jersey coastal heritage trail route through 2025, and provide technical assistance. this authority expired in 2011. congressman frank lobiondo should be commended for his support for his constituents and for the coastal heritage trail and we're pleased to move this legislation before his retirement in the house. i'd urge adoption of the measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 6602 would re-authorize
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the new jersey coastal heritage trail route through 2025. h.r. 6602 would also instruct the secretary of interior to draft a strategic plan to enhance the trail route for the future, providing opportunities to sustain this very worthwhile program. i congratulate representative lobiondo for his hard work on this legislation. i urge my colleagues to support the legislation. thank you, mr. speaker, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. congressman lobiondo is going to be retiring from this house after many, many years of distinguished service at the close of this session and it has been my distinct honor and pleasure to with serve and to nct honor and pleasure yield to him. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lobiondo: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i'd like to thank my colleague from california for the kind words and for his service to our country and say ditto about an honor to serve with him and everyone else in this body. and i rise today to urge passage of 6602 to re-authorize the new jersey coastal heritage trail. this was something that i worked on with the late senator frank lautenberg a number of years ago and since its inception in 1988 the coastal heritage trail has been a major success throughout my district as well as the entire state. now, although there are 12 members of congress from the state of new jersey, the second congressional district, which i've had the honor of representing, is about 40% of the state geographically. so this trail spans nearly 300 miles along the coastline. it is to provide an enjoyable understanding of the natural, maritime, cultural sites of our coast, which i must admit, are
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many. the coastal heritage trail is divided into five regions linked by the common heritage of life on the jersey shore as well as delaware bay. finally, this trail has been a great example of the work that can be done through collaboration with public and private partnerships, and i think the success of the trail is really because of these collaborations and the different various and -- groups that have come together to understand how working together can really make a difference. through partnership with the national park service, congress, local organizations, the coastal heritage trail has received support and has been beautifully maintained until authorization recently lapsed. and with this lapse of authorization, the public sector groups and the private sector groups were not able to maintain the trail, which they had done most of the resource to take care of this. so it's been a big problem with
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the lapse. so mr. speaker, it's time to redesignate this trail so it can be enjoyed by countless residents and visitors to new jersey for many years to come. i urge passage of 6602 and just thank my colleagues for considering this and very much appreciate the opportunity to move this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. mcclintock: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. we have no further speakers. let me yield back the remainder of my time and urge a yes vote for this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, i would join mr. grijalva in asking for the support of this chamber of this measure. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6602. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- the gentleman
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from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this otion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? > i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: that request is not in order at this time. >> mr. speaker, point of order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his point of order. mr. guthrie: when a quorum is not present, without objection, the yeas and nays are automatic. will there be a vote of the yeas and nays? the speaker pro tempore: when business resumes, pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the demand for the yeas and nays will be in order. mr. massie: thank you, mr. speaker.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and concur to senate amendments of h.r. 2606. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. he clerk: h.r. 2606, an act to amend the act of august 4, 1947, commonly known as the stigler act, with respect to restrictions applicable to indians of the five civilized tribes of oklahoma, and for other purposes, senate amendments. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd 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. mcclintock: mr. speaker, i
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rise in support of the senate amendments to h.r. 2606. this bill would amend the 1947 stigler act to remove the indian blood quantum requirement for certain land to be maintained and restricted fee status for any member of the five civilized tribes of oklahoma. under h.r. 2606, restricted fee land currently owned by members of the five tribes would remain in restricted status regardless of the blood quantum of the owners. h.r. 2606 passed the house on september 12, 2018 by a voice vote. a clarifying amendment was adopted by being passed by the senate on december 13, 2018. i want to thank the sponsor of the bill, the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole, for his work on this bill. i'd urge adoption of the measure and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, again, mr. speaker. h.r. 2606 seeks to amend the
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147 stigler act by removing arbitrary blood quantum levels it established for indian landownership. this will ensure lands currently owned by the citizens of the five tribes -- by the citizens of the five tribes of oklahoma will remain in restricted fee status regardless of their blood uantum levels or that of their heirs. the house pass passed this once and i agree to the senate changes to mr. cole's bill. this should be of utmost importance to congress and the federal government as a whole. a tribal land base is not just about tax-exempt status or economic development, both of which are vitally important to tribal communities. it's also about construction of housing, schools, clinics and elder care facilities, things that are extremely vital to the health and well-being of tribal members. it's about recognizing a tribe's historical, cultural
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and spiritual connection to the land, land that they have -- they called their own until it was forcibly or wrongly taken from them. we need to ensure that tribal sovereignty and self-governance are more than just talking points. there are real-world decisions that we make that have very real consequences, so it is shameful that a dark chapter in history now repeating its -- is now repeating itself. i'm referring to the dire situation that is facing one tribe of massachusetts. they have inhabited present-day massachusetts and eastern rhode island for more than 12,000 years. their an sestors are the ones who -- the ancestors are the nes who welcomed the pilgrims. and like many tribes, they were intentionally and system @akely rendered landless through various actions by the states and the federal government. they have fought long and hard
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since that time to re-establish that which was taken from them. their homeland. they fought first for federal recognition, which they finally received in 2009, after a 30-year struggle, they then fought to establish a homeland for their people which they finally did in 2015, when interior approved their application to make 320 acres into trust to take -- to take 320 acres into trust for the tribe. things were looking optimistic, they constructed a government center including a school, courtrooms and multipurpose rooms, and they established a medical clinic facility. they were planning to embark on economic development opportunity to help sustain the tribal people and ensure prosperity for generations. then the rug was pulled out beneath them. in 2017, the department of justice under the trump administration inexplicably refused to continue to defend the stat thousands of tribe's reservation in court.
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then on september 7, 2018, the department of interior issued its first tertiary decision in which it refused to reaffirm its decision to condition firm the status of the tribe's reservation. the department of interior denied clear evidence that the jurisdiction. devastating. is this would mark the first time in the termination era that the united states de-established an indian reservation and made a train landless. on our side of the aisle we have been sounding the alarm for some time that this would come to pass and we didn't address the issue. yet the majority has refused to address that issue for almost a decade. many other tribes face frivolous lawsuits on lands they have had in trust for year, sometimes
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decades. these attacks eat up valuable tribal resource and funds, funds that could be used in housing, health care and a myriad of other tribal needs and concerns. as a result of this, the trump administration decision is that the mashpee and tribal government son the brink of total dissolve. the legal limbo that's been imposed by the decision is forcing the tribe to have to borrow thousands of dollars every day to keep its government running. this has resulted in de-stating cuts to essential service and massive layoffs. the majority of tribal members are employed with the tribe. due to this, the tribal unemployment rate has skyrocketed to 49%. they've had to essentially dissolve the police force except one patrol officer, laid off all tribal court staff. they are in the prosofse shut do you think their elder sir vises -- services around addiction treatment programs. they are having to shut down their language immersion school serving preschool and school-age children. this is completely unacceptable
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and sadly avoidable. if this was occurring with a state or will call government my colleagues across the aisle would have already rem did the situation. and we could do just that. we could address this issue head on by simply reaffirming the trust status of mashpee land. we could overturn the misguided agency decision and give stability and sovereignty back to mashpee people. this is exactly what many of us from both sides of the aisle have strongly advocated for months. however, the silence from leadership in the house, republican leadership in the house is deafening. legislation to affirm the mashpee homeland has existed for months even before the interior decision. yet the majority has refused to move it. inaction is complacency and the inaction of this body sets a dangerous precedent moving forward for other tribes that are having their sovereignty challenged. many of us work diligently over the years to right the wrongs of the past and rightfully return land back to tribes. so i implore my -- our
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republican majority to work with us now to ensure mashpee culture and way of life survives. congress must affirm its federal trust responsibility and ensure tribal sovereignty remains at stake. -- remains intact. we must not idly stand by as tribal people are on the losing end of another heinous wrongdoing. not on this watch. thank you, mr. chairman. mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: i want to congratulate the gentleman from arizona on an inspiring and eloquent speech on a subject that has nothing to do with the bill at hand. i'm now pleased to yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from oklahoma, the author of this measure, mr. cole. mr. cole: the -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. cole: i want to thank my good friend for yielding and want to thank him and chairman bishop for their assistance through this whole process. i rise in support of h.r. 2606,
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the stigler act amendment of 2018, and on the senate amendments to that legislation. i also speak on behalf of the citizens of the cherokee nation, the chickasaw nation, the choctaw nation of oklahoma, the muskogee creek nation and the seminole nation of oklahoma, commonly known as the five civilized tribes. this bill only addresses those tribes and lands of their citizens within the state of oklahoma. the passage of this legislation is critical to maintaining the inherited land of our native citizens -- citizen's ancestors. this legislation seeks to amend the original stigler act of 1947 and remove the one-half degree requirement of native american blood. the original stigler act provides that upon probate, if an heirs or devisies of original allotee have passed out
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of one-half degree of native blood, the allotment loses its restricted fee status. this bill ends that practice. it provides opportunity for the heirs to take title of the land and allow the parcel to maintain its restricted status. this legislation will also create parity in federal law in the treatment of native american allotted land by removing minimum blood degree requirements. currently these minimum requirements apply only to the citizens of the five tribes. the house has already passed this legislation in this congress by voice vote and it was passed in the senate with an amendment by unanimous consent. the senate amendment provides clarifying technical language which i fully support. i encourage my colleagues to once again support and pass h.r. 2606 to remove this outdated and discriminatory law and preserve what native-held land is left in oklahoma's indian country. i want to again thank the chairman for his help in this
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matter. it partially rights a historic wrong. with that, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. mcgovern, as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. mcgovern: thank you, i want to thank the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, for yielding and for his leadership on this and other important issues. i have no concerns with the underlying bill before us today and i thank my good friend from oklahoma whom i have the great honor to serve on the house rules committee, mr. cole, for his efforts on this bill. however, i am very concerned and i can't stress that enough, very concerned and disappointed that this majority has refused to allow an important bipartisan bill affecting a tribe in my home state of massachusetts from coming to the floor today. i want to express my appreciation for all the hard
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work my fellow massachusetts delegation members, joe kennedy and bill ketoing, have done to advance that bill. the federal government formally mashpee-wampanoag in 200 . the federal administration agreed to hold several hundred acres of land in trust. yet despite these actions, the status of the native american tribe that greeted the pilgrims on plymouth rock nearly 400 years ago is in question. in september the department of interior unjustly reversed its prior decision to hold the mashpee land in trust. the review of the department's prior decision came due to a quirk in a 1934 federal law, but that minor quirk could have major implications for this tribal community. schools could be shuttered. health care access could be restricted. and its economic sovereignty could be limited. mashpee-wampanoag
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tribe re-authorization act was introduced by my good friend bill keating. this would reaffirm the mashpee land as being held in trust in massachusetts, overturning this unjust decision by the department of interior. mr. speaker, congress has acted time and again to correct unjust actions taken by our government with respect to nate i american tribes across the country. we must do so again to protect mashpee-wampanoag tribe. i urge my colleagues to do just that, bring this to the floor for a vote as soon as possible. if that doesn't happen in the remaining hours of the congress i will look forward to working with the distinguished incoming chair of the resources committee to make this bill a reality. this is the right thing to do and quite frankly, it is just inexcusable that this house hasn't moved this issue forward. so with that, mr. speaker, i thank the chairman for the time -- the gentleman for the time
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and yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is prepared to close. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. with that, let me yield the remainder of my time and yield our time back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: i have no doubt the issues raise bird the gentleman will be addressed in the future. in the meantime, this bill addresses an important matter for the five civilized tribes of oklahoma and i ask for its adoption and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. this question is, will the house suspend the rules and concur in the senate amendments to h.r. 2606. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. for what purpose does -- the gentleman is not recognized yet. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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>> i object to the vote on the fwrunds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. the gentleman from kentucky, for what purpose do you rise? >> when a quorum is not present and that is noted by the member, under the rules the yeas and nays are automatic is that correct? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is incorrect. >> thank you, mr. speaker. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mcclintock: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 6652 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6652, a bill to direct the secretary of the interior to convey certain facilities, easements, and
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rights of way to the kennewick irrigation district and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. mcclintock, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. mcclintock: i ask unanimous consent that all members 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. mcclintock: h.r. 6652, offered by my colleague from washington, mr. newhouse, authorizes the secretary of the interior to transfer the ownership of certain water infrastructure resources from the bureau of reclamation to the kennewick irrigation district which already operates and maintains the facilities. to be clear, this is not a giveaway of taxpayer owned property. the district has a long-term contract with reclamation to repay the capital cost of construction with a payment to be completed by the time of the transfer.
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this legislation is about supporting local water infrastructure. the transfer will allow the district to more efficiently manage water supplies while giving the local community the ability to seek private financing through equity to improve vital water infrastructure. this is also a win for the american taxpayer. title transfers like this reduce regulatory paperwork and staff time for both parties, reduce the federal backlog for repairs and upgrades to improve the environment and public safety and reduce federal liability. i urge adoption of the measure and reserve the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from arizona is rk niced. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. grijalva: h.r. 6652 authorizes the conveyance of certain water facilities to kennewick irrigation district in washington. before transferring the water
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facilities, the associated lands -- and associated lands, the legislation wisely requires an assessment be completed under the national environmental policy act, the bill also required the department of interior to affirm the transfer won't have a negative effect on the environment or harm tribal trust resources before the transfer can take place. these are important safeguards, i applaud congressman newhouse for agreeing to them. i yield back the remained over our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized for the remainder of his time. mr. mcclintock: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield such time as he may consume to the author of this measure a leader on the natural resources committee, the gentleman from washington state, mr. newhouse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. newhouse: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to thank the good gentleman from california for yielding. i rise today to speak in support of my legislation h.r. 6652, to
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transfer the bureau of reclamation works to the kennewick irrigation district. as many of my colleagues know far too well, communities across the western united states too often are faced with the detrimental impacts of drought and water shortages. water providers across central washington and across the west face numerous challenges to supply water, including growing demand, aging infrastructure, and changing precipitation patterns. by transfering the bureau of reclamation works to a local entity like the kennewick irrigation district, water suppliers can better manage critical water resources and empower water managers to be as responsive, efficient, and innovative as possible in serving their communities. in addition to transferring the works, the legislation before us
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will provide for reduced federal liabilities and with the kennewick irrigation district prepaying for the work, there's an additional cost savings benefit to the federal government. i'd like to thank chairman bishop for moving this legislation forward which truly is a win-one for local water providers, the federal government, and taxpayers. if i could, mr. speaker, i would like to also thank mr. bill ball, the staff director of the subcommittee on water, power, and oceans, for his tremendous work at the committee and a personal shoutout to one of my office staff members, travis martinez, for his work. i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation on final passage, and i look forward to the senate moving swiftly to get this legislation to the president's desk. with that, mr. speaker, i yield
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back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcclintock: i urge adoption of the measure and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. both sides have yielded back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the ill h.r. 6652, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. mcclintock: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass s. 1520. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 1520, an act to expand recreation fishing opportunities through enhanced marine fishery conservation and management and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from, -- the gentleman from louisiana, mr. graves, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from louisiana, mr. graves. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. 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. graves: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as
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much time as he wishes to use under the rule. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, back in april of st year, april of 2017, we introduced legislation known as the modern fish act, modernizing fisheries and recreation act. on july 10 the senate introduced the companion measure. mr. speaker, the house bill has 4 bipartisan co-sponsors and on july 11, the house passed this bill, the house version, h.r. 2023, as part of h.r. 200, the overall magnusson stevens fisheries conservation act re-authorization. mr. speaker, this was first authorized in 1976, very important legislation that largely at the time was designed to manage commercial fishing out in federal waters across the united states. over time we have seen extraordinary changes in fishing, both in commercial
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fishing and technology and demand on species, changes in technology and science and our ability to better manage the species and importantly, mr. speaker, changes in the demand from recreational fisheries, people like you and i, our kids, we enjoy going out and fishing. magnusson-stevens was largely developed to manage the commercial side and it lacked the important balance or consideration of the millions and millions of fishers, anglers, go out and enjoy it just as families and this bill helps to fix that. the modern fish act will recognize law for the first time that recreational fishing and commercial fishing are fundamental different activities and therefore should be managed differently to fit the characters of each sector. commercial fishing is designed for profit. it's a for-profit activity.
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it's a business activity. we have seen significant evolution in the way that the states manage state waters, recreational, commercial fishing in state waters. let's keep in mind, there's no thing -- there's nothing that distinguishes state waters and federal waters. when you get outside the seaward boundaries of states generally three miles in most states, it's indistinguishable, the species go back and forth, but the management styles have fundamentally changed in my home state of louisiana, our recreational fishers have determined they will impose a fee on themselves to improve the collection of data, to improve the science, to better inform our fishery management decisions. the federal government has the opportunity to do the same thing and some cases to better involve states to ensure the complementary nature of fisheries management in the gulf of mexico, in the atlantic, the pacific, and alaska and in other areas. this bill will allow the recreational fishery management council to manage recreational
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fisheries more successfully based on public access without hard quotas or t.a.c.'s. ultimately, these changes will help to avoid sudden closures in drastically changing fishing regulations that have been plaguing many federal managed fisheries. the state of louisiana is one of the most productive ecosystems in the north american continent. we have nearly 90% of the freshwater inputs in the gulf of mexico coming into our state. we have one of the top commercial fishing industries in the nation. in fact, the largest in the continental united states. and we produce more shrimp, blue crabs, crawfish, other species than anywhere in this nation. it is important to also keep in mind that we're one of the top recreational fishing destinations and we are a place where many people like to come fish, red fish and speckled trout, kobe, and many other species. we have to have that balance. this bill moves in the right direction to ensure that we do have a balance. lastly, mr. speaker, let me
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just say this, the regulations, the laws that manage our roads, we have very different structure on how 18-wheelers, how trucks are managed versus cars. we have different rules on how civilians versus military engage. we have also different tax code for businesses and individuals. this bill simply does the same thing. it recognizes that there's a difference between commercial fishing and recreation fishing and especially in our home of the gulf of mexico, it recognizes that there is extraordinary participation on the recreational side of fishers of just the general public going out there and enjoying that activity to go out there and go catch in the gulf of mexico and we must ensure that we have better science, that we have better decisions in the gulf of mexico and we have better balance on how these fisheries are managed. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. grijalva: s. 1520 expands opportunities for recreational fisherman by encouraging the use of multiple fisheries management tools. it keeps the core conservation provisions of the magnuson-stevens act intact. they can use multiple tools. annual catch limits cannot be exceeded. this includes managers how to manage fisheries in a way that benefits both conservation and fishing access. i want to applaud senator wicker and senator nelson for the hard work they have undertaken to get this bill across the finish line. this bill is a major improvement from the version that was introduced in the house earlier this year. and i commend my colleagues in the senate for getting it to a place where all of us can support it.
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this year we have seen progress on recreational fisheries, driven by advanced in technologies and data collection systems. while the recreational fishing area is critical to the economy of the united states, the last thing we want is another tragedy of the policies that undercut that progress. the changes meant -- made to s. 1520 meet the demands of recreational fishing industry while also ensuring access to sustainable fisheries. i am thankful for the good faith effort shown on both sides of the aisle for a bipartisan bill that does not compromise the sustainability of our nation's fisheries. thank you, mr. speaker. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentleman from louisiana. i graves: mr. speaker, don't have any additional speakers and i am prepared to close. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is prepared to close. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker.
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we'll yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: yields back. the gentleman from louisiana. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i want to reiterate this is bipartisan legislation. i want to thank the gentleman from arizona for his cooperation and ensuring we get text that everyone agrees is a step in the right direction in improving that balance in the management of commercial and recreational fisheries and ensuring we have the best science in forming our decisions and our resource managers have access to that information, are allowed to use it. i want to thank the 24 co-sponsors, bipartisan co-sponsors from states like georgia, south carolina, florida, texas, and many other coastal states in the united states that worked with us on this to ensure we move in the right direction and i want to thank the dean of the house and king of the north, congressman don young, for all of the work that he's done for decades in progressing federal fisheries management policy. with that, mr. speaker, i want to thank bill ball. i want to thank justin davidson and the many staff that helped work on this legislation. i yield back the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 1520. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. graves: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from louisiana seek rick -- seek recognition? mr. graves: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this otion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana seek
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recognition? mr. banks: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill s. 3530 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. he clerk: senate 35 -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is advised that the bill at the desk is not amended. does the gentleman move to pass the bill to the desk? mr. banks: i move the house suspend the rules and pass s. 3530. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 3530, an act to re-authorize the museum and library services act. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from indiana, mr. banks, and the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from indiana. mr. banks: mr. speaker, i ask
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unanimous consent for -- that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on s. 3530. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. banks: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of s. 3530, the museum and library services act of 2018, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. banks: the institute of museum and library services was first established through the museum and library services act of 1996 to coordinate our federal library and museum programs. the majority of the funding they receive supports the library grants to states' program. this specific program provides population-based formula grants to improve library services, according to each state's five-year plan. it also provides funding for library and museum services and professional development for
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library and museum professionals and aspiring professionals through competitive grants. the museum and library services act of 2018 re-authorization e iimls and the programs under law through 2025 and authorizes funding equal to the amounts in current law. the legislation also provides ey reforms to the imls and its programs. s. 3530 updates provisions of the law to reflect the evolving role of libraries and museums in our society. it recognizes libraries as community hubs, equipped to serve community needs and the legislation highlights the unique educational role that museums play. the bill increases the set-asides for services for native americans and codifies the museum professional development program in a way that mirrors the laura bush
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program for 21st century librarians. lastly, the legislation puts an emphasis on the needs of rural communities and funds activities that will serve geographically diverse areas. this is commonsense re-authorization legislation that affirms the important role that libraries and museums play in our communities. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona. mr. grijalva: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for as much time as he wishes to use. mr. grijalva: this enhances the ability of libraries and museums to address community needs including work force development, accessibility for individuals with disabilities. the bill isported think -- by the american library association and the american ialicense of museums. this legislation strengthens the use of data-driven tools to
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maximize effectiveness of service, provides technical supported assistance to help with data collection responsibilities, authorizes the museum professional program to recruit museum professionals from diverse backgrounds, allows agencies to meet the needs of americans an increases the service for native americans. it's vital to ensure that our libraries and museums have the necessary resources to modernize their services and continue to sod so lid fi their role as technological hubs of our communities and as access points in our communities throughout this country. libraries and museums ensure access to information for millions of adults and children. across this country and i'm thrilled that we have the opportunity to promote the growth, expand their services, and safe forward these critical institutions for generations to come. i am proud to have introduced
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this legislation with ngressman hurd from texas, that introduce the companion legislation of the house and fully support the passage of 35 30 and i reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from indiana. mr. glass: i yield as much time -- mr. banks:foxx i recognize the chairwoman from virginia for as much time as she wishes to consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. foxx: s. 3530, the museum and library services act of 2018 is an excellent opportunity to honor the place of libraries in our diverse communities. as a girl growing up in the mountains of north carolina, libraries were vital to my own education. and that was the case for everyone in my community. almost 19 years into the 21st
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century, libraries continue to provide lifelines to life-long learners all across this great country. they are as vital as ever. we in the house are happy to do our part in ensuring these local institutions continue to play the important role they do in educating americans of every age in communities of every size. thank you again, mr. speaker, and i thank my colleague from indiana for his role in this and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back her time. the gentleman from indiana reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. with that, we yield back the remainder of our time. urge adoption of the legislation. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from indiana is recognized for the remainder of his time. mr. dwanks banks: i yield myself the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. banks: this bill is commonsense re-authorization
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legislation. i urge my colleagues to support s. 3530 and affirm the important role myh libraries and museums play in our communities. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 3530. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the nonche 2/3 being in the affirmative -- the gentleman from indiana. mr. banks: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8, rule 20 further proceed theengs motion will be postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a, rule 1, the house -- the chair declares the house in recess until
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