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tv   U.S. House of Representatives Government Funding Debate  CSPAN  December 21, 2018 9:34am-10:01am EST

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in recess for a period of less than 15 minutes. current government funding, as we mentioned, expires tonight at midnight. while the house is in recess here on c-span we'll show you debate from last night on that spending bill. lowey, each will
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minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. frelinghuysen: i rise today in support of house amendment to the senate amendment to house resolution 695, a bill making further additional continuing appropriations for the fiscal year 2019. this measure keep ours government open until february , 2019, and prevents a costly, destabilizing government shutdown. this continuing resolution reflects the house position on border security and provides $5 billion for the construction of physical barriers at our borders. this is the same amount that was provided in the homeland security funding bill approved by this -- by the house appropriations committee back in july of this year. in addition this legislation includes $7.8 billion in supplemental funding for disaster relief. congress has always been
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responsive to hurricanes, wildfires, and typhoons and other natural disasters. we must continue to do so to help our fellow americans as they rebuild their lives and livelihoods. i don't support a government shutdown and i never have. americans deserve stability and predictability of a government that is 100% operational. i would have much preferred to complete negotiations on our remaining seven bills with our senate counterparts. but there were several very challenging issues that remained. as i as i stated before, a continuing resolution is the last resort when it comes to funding the federal government. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this bill, and i urge the senate to do the same and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new york
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is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. lowey: last night, the senate unanimously passed legislation that would fund our government through february 8. democrats are disappointed that congress would kick the can down the road once again. yet, we remain willing to pass that bill to keep the government open. unfortunately, my friends, even that simple stopgap measure is apparently unacceptable to a president hell-bent on shutting down the government over his wasteful wall. and instead of showing leadership and moving forward with the senate legislation, despite the president's tweets, house republicans have caved once again to trump's political
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whims. they now have put up this grab bag of legislation that wastes taxpayers' dollars, fails to meet the urgent needs of disaster victims, and frankly, my friends, is dead on arrival in the senate. with all the challenges facing our country, from soaring health care costs to crumbling infrastructure, it is inconceivable that republicans want to spend $5.7 billion on an unnecessary wall that president trump himself promised mexico would pay for. moreover, the disaster supplemental attached to this bill shortchanges nutrition needs in puerto rico, needs that were apparent 16 months ago and republicans have continued their pattern of
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denying science by grossly underfunding mitigation and resilience against future disasters caused by climate change. mr. speaker, this bill is nothing but another attempt by lame-duck republicans to apiece president trump. it's a fitting -- appease president trump. it's a fitting final act for a dysfunctional congress in modern history. i oppose this reckless and irresponsible bill. i urge my colleagues to reject this legislation and instead pass the senate's clean c.r., keep our government open, and prevent a trump shutdown. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield a minute to the gentleman from florida, mr. dunn. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized for one minute. mr. dunn: thank you very much,
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mr. chairman. mr. speaker, just over two months ago hurricane michael ravaged the panhandle of florida. it was a devastating category 4.9 storm that damaged more than 90% of the air force base and decimated our agriculture industry and destroyed entire communities. mr. speaker, the folks back home in my district, the second district of florida, are hurting. this supplemental disaster funding is a down payment on getting the hardworking folks in my district back on their feet. this funding by no means is even close to what we will need to completely rebuild, but it is a start. i commend president trump for remaining steadfast in his commitment to our nation. after hurricane michael, president trump and vice president pence came down to the second district and made it clear that we have their support and we will rebuild. mr. speaker flexion flexion of hurricane mi across the south deserve nothing less.
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and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from ohio, the ranking member of the energy and water subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from ohio is recognized for two minutes. ms. kaptur: i thank the ranking member from new york, mrs. lowey, for yielding. here we are, mr. speaker, again and again and again. in fact, it's the ninth continuing resolution that the republicans have punted in this congress rather than getting the job done. this president claims to be a great deal maker but what kind of a deal does he even want? he keeps switching the goal posts again and again. it reminds me of a child who flips over a monopoly board when he realizes he's about to lose. the president's nonsense is compounded by the dysfunction, sadly, of house republicans. they are about to vote on funding a bill that has no
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chance of becoming law. zero. zero chance of becoming law. all of this because they want to waste money on a border wall that mexico was supposed to pay for and won't work anyway. because it's 13th century technology. imagine billions of dollars being able to pay some of the student loan debt around this country or help our teachers earn better salaries or pave the roads and bridges around this country that need repair or invest in good, clean energy jobs? take your pick, mr. president. but $5.7 billion for a wall that won't even work? no, thanks. the american people expect so much more of us in this congress. sadly, the republican leadership and this president are attempting 11th hour shenanigans to get a wall that voters across this country clearly, definitely rejected when they sent a new majority
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to congress and, frankly, they can't get here fast enough. the american people deserve better. i urge my colleagues to vote no. i thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentlewoman from new york reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. frelinghuysen: mr. chairman, i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from georgia, mr. buddy carter. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized for two minutes. mr. carter: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today to discuss the importance of any funding bill, including funding for the border wall, as well as funding for our communities and farmers who have been hit hard by natural disasters. for those of us representing rural communities, we know well how important the agriculture community is, not just in the livelihood of those areas, but to our entire nation. our farmers are often unsung heroes of our nation, helping maintain the breadbasket our country is known for. in short, the american farmer feeds the world. it's not by accident that american agriculture has developed or produced the
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safest and most abundant food supply in the world. it's through blood, sweat and tears over generations. in my own state of georgia, agriculture is our top industry. blueberries represent a $1 billion industry across georgia and the commodity is the backbone of many of our communities. after several hurricanes and other natural disasters, it's past time that congress takes the time to address their needs. plain and simple, disaster relief funding must be included in any end of the year funding package. georgia has faced devastating weather recently, including hurricanes and freezes. georgians at every corner of the state are feeling the impact. whether it's along the coast or southwest georgia, the need for disaster funding is very much alive. our number one responsibility is to our constituents, those who have put their faith in us to do what is right for our districts and for our country. for this reason, congress
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should stay here until we get this job done. we need border security and we cannot kick the can on disaster funding. i urge my colleagues to help us get this to the finish line and provide the help that millions of americans are depending on. vote for our national security. vote for our farmers and growers who desperately need this disaster assistance. let's get this done. thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i am pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from new york, the ranking member of the commerce, justice, science committee, mr. serrano. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for two minutes. mr. serrano: i thank the gentlewoman. you know, for me, this is a very simple thought. it's the same thought i've had all along. this country, of all countries, should not be building a wall. this country, the land of opportunity, the land of
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freedom, the land where people come to build a new life, should not be building a wall. so what do we do? there isn't the support necessary for building the wall. for funding it. so at the last moment we sneak it into a so-called must-pass bill or otherwise you shut the overnment down. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant back live to the house floor now for votes. tes will be taken following order. , use resolution 1063, house h.r. 7318 by the yeas and nays, h.r. 7319 by the yeas and nays. h.r. 7329 by the yeas and nays, h.r. 7293 by the yeas and nays, concur in the senate amendment to h.r. 4174 by the yeas and nays. 23191.6,
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first electronic vote will be uggetted 15-minute vote. the unfinished business is the question on on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk: hoist resolution 1063, resolution designated room h-226 of the united states capitol as the lincoln room the speaker pro tempore: members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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