tv U.S. House of Representatives House Debate on National Parks Funding CSPAN January 11, 2019 11:05pm-12:28am EST
funding and mitch mcconnell said he will not bring up a bill unless it does and then president trump holds a round table at the white house onboarder security. tomorrow, former housing and urban development secretary castro will announce in san antonio, texas, his decision on whether he will run for president in 2020. live coverage starts at 11:00 a.m. eastern on c-span. on day 21 of a government shutdown, the house debated a bill to reopen parts of the federal government including operations for national parks and funding for the e.p.a. here is that hour and 20 minute debate. 266, the fiscal year 201 interior, environment, and related agencies appropriations bill. today is the 21st day of the
trump shutdown and the damage it inflicts on the families and communities across this country continues to grow. more than 800,000 federal workers are without pay, and today will be the first missed paycheck for those families. many of our civil servants are working without pay and telling them they have to file for unemployment is outrageous and it's wrong. today, democrats are offering this bill that provides critical funds to reopen the department of interior, the environmental protection agency, indian health service, and other important agencies. our national parks, america's crown jewels, are under threat. this administration continues to allow visitors to enter as if everything is normal. our park service does not have the funding to ensure visitors' safety and address the most basic standards of cleanliness and protect park assets. joshua tree national park is
experiencing significant damage because there are not enough rangers to stop off-road driving in the park. new tracks are being cut into the sensitive landscape and many of joshua's trees, the precious namesake of this park, have been destroyed. just this past week, the department of interior announced an illegal plan to forest parks to start redirecting funds from entry fees. now, those fees are designated for capital improvement projects and now they will be used to clean toilets. there is no substitute for the park system's annual operation budget of $2.5 billion. and as i said, lasting damage is being done to our national parks, and their long-term upkeep is being compromised. we must ensure public safety and protect our pristine spaces and that's why i'm calling on the national park service to close all parks until the government reopens. congress needs to pass this
bill to fully fund and staff and protect our national parks. passing this bill will allow the forest service to get back to work on critical activities like hazardous fuel management. that work needs to happen now in order to prevent wildfires. the environmental protection agency's mission to protect human health and the environment, but the trump shutdown has furloughed more than 13,000 employees, stopping inspections at drinking water systems, stopping inspections at hazardous waste management facilities, and stopping inspections at chemical facilities. this places the health of the american people and their communities in jeopardy. the trump shutdown is particularly threatening to the health and safety of our native american brothers and sisters. once again, we have failed to meet our treaty responsibilities to tribal nations. basic services like health clinics, tribal justice services, food assistance for
seniors are being put at risk for nearly 1.9 million americans throughout indian country. approximately 54% of the indian health service budget goes to tribal organizations to run their own programs. during the trump shutdown, critical programs in indian country run by tribal organizations stop. this includes domestic violence prevention initiatives, indian children programs, the suicide prevention program, and alcohol and substance abuse program. native american lifelines is an example of a health care program that is under contract with the indian health service. clinics focus on care for the needy and the elderly, and i am outraged to report that as of today, these remarks that i deliver, well, those clinics have been forced to close. and they will not be able to coordinate care for their patients. like the 80-year-old woman who
depends on native american lifeline to help her manage her type 2 diabetes. it's time to reopen the government. the interior bill before us was drafted by the senate, passed overwhelmingly with a bipartisan vote of 92-6. this bill also should be familiar to everyone as it was part of a six-bill package that passed overwhelmingly on the house floor with bipartisan votes last week. this bill provides $35.9 billion, which is $601 million over fiscal year 2018 enacted. it maintains funding for nearly every agency at or above fiscal 2018 enacted level. including the environmental protection agency. it's important to note, however, this bill does not contain any new partisan riders. now, clearly i would have written things differently, especially with regard to funding for indian country. however, this bill will
immediately open up the department of interior and the peaverplet and other agencies and give us a path -- peaverplet and other agencies and give us a -- e.p.a. and other agencies and give us a path forward. republican leadership controlled the floor and they chose not to finish their work and then we thought there was be a agreement to keep the government open while issues of homeland security were being worked out. senator mcconnell brought the continuing resolution to the floor of the senate, and it passed unanimously, but speaker ryan, along with president trump, decided to shut down the government and congress went home. now nearly 800,000 employees are without a paycheck today, and democrats are doing everything that we can to quickly pass a bipartisan bill to reopen the government. we need to finish last year's work so that we can move forward to serve the american people in 2019. so i urge my colleagues on both
sides of the aisle to support this bill and, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: madam speaker, i rise in opposition to the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: thank you. i rise in opposition to h.r. 266, the democratic proposal for funding the department of interior, environmental protection agency, related agencies and the remainder for fiscal year 2019. this bill is almost entirely a senate product. as such, it ignores the bipartisan priorities of the house and perhaps even worse, it abdicates congressional responsibility under the constitution to keep the executive branch in check. before i get into the details of the bill, however, i want to congratulate my friend and colleague, betty mccollum, for her appointment as the new chair of the house appropriations subcommittee on interior, environment, and
related agencies. she's been a tireless advocate for programs under the jurisdiction of this subcommittee, a firm but fair overseer of agency operations, a tough negotiator, and above all, a good friend. she'll be an outstanding chair. i wish her well, and i look forward to working with her in both of our new capacities. madam speaker, over the past year, ms. mccollum and i worked in collaboration to write a bill representing the needs and priorities of the house. we held nine budget oversight hearings, including four hearings with nearly 80 tribal leaders regarding programs that honor treaty rights promised to our native brothers and sisters. we wrote a bill in some shape or form, roughly 93% of all house member requests, regardless of party, and on top of that, when the house came to the floor, 70 amendments were debated and 50 were adopted. when told to begin negotiating the house-passed bill last
year, we defended it against competing priorities in the senate. and we came together on numerous topics to write a report language directive to maintain a check on the executive branch. i'm extremely proud of our work. we are so close to a final product. we shouldn't be throwing it all away with a bill before us today, a bill that the senate has already said it will not consider. and the president will not sign. let me highlight just a few of the house priorities missing in this product which concern me the most and which are likely to concern our colleagues on both sides of the aisle. first, and foremost, the bill leaves all congressional report language and directives -- these directives are critical for keeping the executive branch in check. these directives are also the conduit through which the concerns of our constituents back home are heard directly by agency officials at the highest levels. all of our colleagues in the house who have worked with their constituents and worked
with the appropriations committee over the past year to craft these directives understand the effort that went into them. and the impact they have on people's lives back home. the bill before us today throws that away all that important work. we included language to protect the california water fix from fritch luss lawsuits -- frivolous lawsuits. by taking up the senate bill i'm prevented even fighting for my constituents, but this isn't about priorities. this is about all of the bipartisan priorities of the house of representatives that are flushed away by rubber stamping the senate bill. the bill provides $12 million less than last year's house passed bill for the u.s. geological surveys national hazards research, earthquake system. $21 million less for the forest service to clear dead and dying trees from our forests in order to prevent more catastrophic wildfires like the kind we
experienced in my home state of california. these ounce of prevention programs save lives, save money, and with so many fires, earthquakes, volcanos, other natural disasters in recent years, these programs should be a higher funding priority than they are in this bill. additionally, this bill provides $77 million less than the house republican bill for e.p.a.'s brownfields, superfund remedial programs. they leverage federal dollars, improve water infrastructure and spur economic development. instead this bill increases funding for e.p.a. regulatory programs in many parts of the country, particularly agricultural states. e.p.a. regulations and additional red tape are a bipartisan concern. even popular e.p.a. grant programs like the diesel admission reduction grants and target air grants were significantly reduced in this bill. the grants are essential to my
home state of california where air quality remains one of our biggest concerns. my state and constituents rely on these grant programs to help improve air quality, public health by accelerating the replacement of older engines with new cleaner engines. for our national park service the bill before us today falls $27 million short of the house-passed level for park operations, reducing the maintenance backlog. the park visitation on the rise, this is no time to cut corners on the budget. this bill also lacks important reforms implementation of the endangered species act, it lacks the funding needed to prevent the sage grouse from being listed. this bill is almost $10 million below last year's bill founding for historic preservation grants, including civil rights grants, and grants to underserved communities. the house felt so strongly about these programs it added $5 million in multiple amendments on the house floor
last year. why would we give up all that funding acceding to the senate. last but certainly not least, this bill falls $160 million short of last year's house-passed bill and treaty obligations to american indians. and alaska natives through the department of interior and the indian health service. early this week "usa today" with the latest news agency to run a front page article on the sad state of the mchealth care in indian country which is funded mostly through the indian health service in this bill. funding for the indian health service in this bill is $135 million below last year's house-passed level. for an indian health system that is also rationing the kind of health care most of us take or granted, every dollar makes a difference in the quality of life of one of our fellow americans. whose ancestors paid in advance with their lives, land to guarantee that the federal government would care for the
health of their desendants. properly funding this obligation is not optional. the house heard from nearly 80 tribal leaders and hearings last year about the importance of funding these programs. let's not turn our backs on them now acceding to the senate position. madam speaker, for these reasons and others i am strongly opposed to this bill, h.r. 266, and i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to stand up to their constituents' priorities, stand for their constituents' priorities and oppose the bill as well. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewomalewoman is recogn. ms. mccollum: thank you, madam speaker. i couldn't agree more with my colleague and the former chair when we were developing the bill that we had a much superior product as we came out of conference committee, but it's time to move forward. speaker ryan did not bring that to the floor. we must move forward and begin our work. our important work on 2020.
madam speaker, i yield 2 and a half minutes to the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, the chair woman of the full appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: madam speaker, the trump shut down is now in its 21st day. it is outrageous that more than 800,000 federal employees are going without pay. many of them while they are still working. and the american people are being denied vital services. all because of president trump's demands for a wasteful border wall. the bill before us today would reopen the environmental protection agency, department of the interior, and other critical agencies such as the indian health service and the chemical safety and hazard investigation board. the trump shut down has suspended cleanups of hazardous materials, delayed lifesaving rule making to keep toxic
chemicals out of american homes. the trump shut down threatens the enduring natural beauty and conservation efforts of our national parks as trash piles up and the safety of visitors is in question. public health and safety should not be political bargaining trips. house democrats have passed bills to open the government, but the president and the senate republicans continue to obstruct and delay instead of working with us to get the people's business done. the solution to this crisis is simple. pass the bills where we can agree. extend funding for homeland security for a month to allow time to negotiateation onboarder security and immigration policy. i hope that my colleagues across the capitol come to their senses and stop this ridiculous trump shut down. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves.
the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: i yield as much time as she may consume to the the gentlewoman from texas, the ranking member of the appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. granger: thank you. madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to h.r. 266. unfortunately, moving this bill across the house floor will not resolve the partial government shutdown as the president said he will not sign this bill into law. it's the job and responsibility of congress to appropriate funds. we must come together to find a solution that will reopen the government and fund border security. we need a a compromise that represents the will of both chambers anti-american people. by considering the senate-passed version of the appropriations bill, we're eliminating house members' involvement in the process. this bill isn't particularly ignores 93% of all house member requests that were included in our bill, including the 50 amendments that were adopted on the floor.
this appropriations bill for the interior department fails to include the $12 million that house members provided to u.s. geological survey programs like the earthquake early warning system that saves lives. it also reduces the amount of funds available to clear debt and dying trees from forest -- dead and dying trees from forest to help end the devastating wildfires we saw this year. we have heard a lot about the national park service during this shut down. this bill reduces fund being for our national parks by $27 million. -- these are just a few of the priorities of the house not included in this bill before us. madam speaker, republicans stand ready and willing to negotiate with our friends on the other side of the aisle on legislation that includes priorities of both parties and both chambers. that's how this legislative body and our system of government is designed to work. i want to thank my colleague
from california, mr. calvert, for his efforts today and over the last several months to ensure that the house's voice is heard this this debate. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. mccollum: madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, ms. lee, a member of the appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. lee: thank you very much, madam speaker. let me thank chairwoman mccollum for her leadership on this issue as we try to get the government opened. i rise in strong support of the fiscal 2019 interior appropriations bill which provides $35 billion to partially reopen the government. now, this bill would also reopen our beautiful national parks and the smithsonian museums. the situation in our parks right now is not acceptable. 16,000 park service employees
are not working. et me repeat that 16,000 employees. the national park service is losing $400,000 a day from this shut down when uncollected garbage is also piling up. madam speaker, this is horrible. it's ridiculous. we need this bill to reopen our parks, our museums, and visitor centers right away. we need to pass this bill to keep visitors safe and in the burr low of law enforcement personnel in our national parks. madam speaker, these closings are impacting every kiss trict in our nation. near my own district, for example, in the beautiful bay area, mir woods had to close this week. in addition to wreaking havoc on federal workers' lives, their families, their children, their livelihoods, this trump shut down is also having an effect on tourism and the economy.
so i urge he my colleagues to vote yes on this bill and yes to reopening the government. the public deserves this. federal workers deserve this. contractors deserve this. the parks, our museums should be open for visitors to visit. we need to get this government working again. thank you again, chairwoman betty mccollum. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the chairwoman reserves the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: i thank the gentlelady. i yield two minutes to the gentleman from alabama, mr. aderholt. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alabama is recognized. mr. aderholt: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, ranking member calvert, and thank you, ranking member calvert for your leadership on this bill that we passed back in december. but unfortunately as you know i'm rising, madam speaker, in opposition of h.r. 266. what we have before us today,
however, is yet another democratic appropriation bill that fails to reflect the house priorities. this time it ignores 93% of all the house member requests included in the house bill and in the report. i'd like to point out just a a few of the many house member priorities that were addressed in the house republican interior and environment tpwhail are not addressed in this current bill. compared to the house republican bill, this bill reduces funding for hazardous fuel reduction projects by $21 million. it also reduces funding for operation and maintenance of the national parks -- national park service by $27 million. it does not include any of the endangered species act reforms which are absolutely necessary for the law to work in a practical way. therefore, madam speaker, rather than spending our time debating senate-passed legislation, which fails to reflect any house priorities, i
ask that the democrats come to the negotiation -- negotiating table so we can can secure our border, so we can keep america safe, and we can resolve this partial shutdown that we're now entering on its 21st day. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. mccollum: thank you, maryland madam chair. the time to pass the 2019 bill was december of last year. we need to move forward. my priority is to get the government opened, to get it back working for the american people and have the federal employees working so hard and those who are forced to be home to have a paycheck. with that, madam speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. wasserman schultz, who is the chair designee of the va milcon subcommittee of the appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the gentlewoman for yielding. i rise today to urge my colleagues to support this appropriations bill which provides funding for the department of the interior, the
environmental protection agency, and related agencies. this bill would provide vital funding for water infrastructure, state drinking water systems, national parks, and everglades restoration projects. tweef been locket in a nonsensical shut down bus president trump continues to insist on his ineffective border wall scheme. while the president throws a tantrum people are suffering and our environment is suffering. many of us have seen the pictures of the piles of garbage and our environment cannot withstand this onslaught. they are overflowing in many of our national parks. our national parks are the crown jewels of our nation's natural heritage. in 2017 the national park service had 330 million visits, including more than 10 million in my home state of florida. these visits are not just from americans but people around the world who came to see the natural wonders america has to offer. in 2017, national parks contributed $35.8 billion to the nation's economy and $613
million to florida's economy. and they supported 306,000 jobs nationwide. today many are closed or short staffed and diminished law enforcement presence puts the well-being of visitors and wildlife at risk. this is not the only major consequence of president trump and congressional republicans' efforts to block funding for the shuttered agencies that would be restored by this legislation. e.p.a. has stopped making inspections of drinking water systems, hazardous waste management sites, and chemical facilities. during the last long shutdown in 2013, e.p.a. stopped inspecter more than 1,200 sites of environmental concern. now more than ever we need the ep taupe provide vigorous guidance. no one knows this more than the rest kents of flint, michigan, whose water is still not safe to drink. and closetory my home, floridians in ocala face the contamination of their water by harmful fire retardants used at the nearby fire college. halting inspections leaves communities like these more vulnerable. these cuts can truly impact the
people that we're elected to serve and i urge my colleagues to vote for this bill so that the senate can once again pass it and government can be reopened. with that i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from idaho, the former chairman of the committee, mr. simpson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. simpson: i thank my friend from california for yielding and for the job he's done as chairman of this interior subcommittee in the past. let me begin by saying we all want the government to reopen, all on this side, all on that side want the government to reopen. we don't agree with the shutdown. i want strong border security. i know you want strong border security. we disagree how we get there. these can both be accomplished with a little word called compromise. i heard everybody go back to that word. i looked up in the dictionary
because i thought i was mistaken what it is. it's a settlement of differences by mutual concessions and agreement reached by adjusting and conflicting claims by reciprocal modification of demands. we can't it a compromise and then go back to our hardened positions and say i want everything i want and you get nothing you want. this bill is not a compromise. if you would bring up the compromised conference bills between the house and the senate you'd have my support. but that's not what this is. this is the senate bill. we have a conference bill between the house and senate that was prepared to be brought to the floor last year, never made it. bring up that conference report. unfortunately, by adopting just the senate bill we might not even have a house chamber. why have a house chamber if all we're going to do is adopt whatever the senate's decides to do? this bill, as has been mentioned, reduces funding by
$160 million from the house bill for indian country. $21 million reduction for hazardous fuels reduction to prevent wildfires. $23 million reduction on sadge greenhouse funding. $27 million reduction from the house bill for national park funding that is needed to solve the maintenance backlog. $12 million reduction from the house bill for water infrastructure financing act, which is critical to financing community water projects given the enormous backlogs that exists for our water system. the bill also leaves out vital report language directives from the house bill that were carefully crafted to represent house members' priorities, both republican and democrat priorities. they are being totally ignored with this legislation. and in the end, we all know this isn't going anywhere. this is just a game. and i got to tell you, mr. speaker, i'm tired.
i'm tired of the finger-pointing, the name-calling, the games we're playing. i know that on the democratic side of the aisle you're getting phone calls by the hundreds if not thousands from your constituents that say don't give into trump, don't give into any border security wall or fencing or whatever. we're getting the same phone calls on our side saying don't you vote for anything that has trump's border -- that doesn't have trump's border wall in it. as elected representatives we're called upon to lead regardless of the consequences. and i have to say we've all failed. all of us. and for that i am very, very sorry. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho yields back. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized.
ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. chair. so i have a rhetorical question and that would be, if we had been able to bring the continuing resolution to the floor, if we would have been able to get the president to sign it, would that have given us the breathing space to bring back the conference committee reports, and would the president have signed it? i have not heard the president offer that as a solution. mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from maine, ms. pingree, a member of the appropriations committee, who proudly serves on the secretary of the interior subcommittee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from maine is recognized for two minutes. ms. pingree: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to our future chair for yielding me the time. i appreciate it. i consider it a privilege to sit on the secretary of the interior appropriations committee where we fund agencies and departments that are important not only nationwide but especially in my home state of maine. so it's particularly heartbreaking to be here today urging my colleagues to reopen these agencies as we enter our
21th day of an unnecessary government shutdown. today marks the first day that many federal government employees will go without a paycheck. there are over 1,100 federal workers and their families in maine alone. these include employees at maine's acadia national park and rachel carlson national usgs fe ref unal, the research -- refuge, the usgs research center. this shutdown has made life extremely difficult for these workers and families and it has halted critical work they perform. this bill funds critical programs to learn about the environment. so far the administration has used accounting gimmicks to give the appearance that these parks and agencies remain open, but you can't hide the real
consequences of this shutdown. for example, at our national parks, there have been reports of habitat destruction, injuries, and even deaths, since the beginning of the shutdown. we don't need gimmicks. we need to reopen the government. despite the president's refusal to do his job, i am proud that we are doing ours in congress by moving these appropriations bills forward to reopen the government. i ask my colleagues to support the american taxpayer, to support federal workers and their families and to support the important environmental programs that are funded in this bill. please vote yes on h.r. 266 and end the shutdown. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentleman from oklahoma, my friend, mr. cole. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i want to begin by thanking my friend, not only for yield but for his distinguished four years as the chairman of the
interior appropriations subcommittee. i want to congratulate my good friend, the former ranking member and now the new chairman of the house interior appropriations subcommittee as well. they work very well together over the last several years. i know they'll continue to work well together, and i know we'll continue to do good work on that committee. mr. speaker, to quote the great baseball player, american philosopher yogi berra, it's deja vu all over again. we considered this bill last week. the senate told us at the time if we sent it to them they weren't going to take it up and the president said, by the way, i am not going to sign it. so what are we doing this week? we're sending the exact same bill and the senate has told us the exact same thing and the president has told us the exact same thing. so if anybody thinks this is accomplishing anything, it's not. quite frankly, we should be embarrassed as members of the house of representatives to bring this bill to the floor. there's not a single speaker in
this chamber today that had a single thing to do with anything in this bill. no appropriator, nobody. totally a senate product. so every speaker that gets up and talks about how important this is literally had nothing to do with writing it. as a matter of fact, in many cases, they had to give up things that they had succeeded in getting into the house bill, both democrats and republicans. and i think, frankly, candidly, honestly, any of us would admit the house bill and the conference product that was finished is a much better bill than this. if we're going to bring something to the floor, why don't we at least bring something we're proud to bring here? nobody should be proud to bring a bill that actually cuts what the house did in indian health care by $135 million. nobody should be proud to bring a bill to the floor that cuts $26 million out of the bureau for indian affairs for which we all agreed on collectively and were concessions frankly we were going to win in the course of a conference. so the bill's an embarrassment,
and the outcome is going to be predictable. the senate is not going to pick it up, the house -- excuse me -- the president would not sign it if it were sent to him. and so we've wasted an entire week. and we've wasted the week because our friends can't sit down and split the difference which, by the way, the president offered us in december. he asked for $5 billion. he told negotiators i'll take $2.5 billion. splitting the difference is usually the definition of compromise. instead we hurdled on into a government shutdown that nobody in this chamber wanted, but wave standoff at the top levels. i don't think anybody looks good in this, the president, the senate, certainly not the house. so i would hope after we go through this charade -- and it is a total charade -- that we get back to work. and if we're going to present something here, let's at least present something we're proud of and we actually participated in writing. so with that, again, this will end another sad week in this
chamber and i would urge the majority to get to work, produce something that a senate that is in the other party will pass and that a president will sign. if you don't you're not governing. and to just be immoveable and then point fingers as if other people are responsible -- people that actually offered you a compromise to split the difference in december that would have avoided the entire shutdown, i think the responsibility is pretty clear for who brought the government to a close and that's our friends' failure to sit down and negotiate seriously with the united states senate and with the president of the united states. so i will oppose this measure. certainly will look forward to voting against it in the hope we will eventually get back to the product that we wrote and legislation. with with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. speaker. as i asked the rhetorical question earlier, if the
president would say, you know, i'm going to do a short c.r., i'll sign it, we're going to let the conference committee refile their bills for 2019 to open up the rest of the government and get the people back to work and get the paychecks back into those families' hands and while we're doing that we will negotiate the homeland security bill, i'd be all for that. but i have not heard that come from the president of the united states. so today, mr. speaker, i bring a bill to put paychecks back to people who don't deserve to be pawns in this government shutdown. with that, mr. speaker, i yield one minute to the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, who is the democratic majority leader. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland, the distinguished majority leader, is recognized. mr. hoyer: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i think this is my first time in a long time of having a
magic one minute and so i have some things to say. i was on the appropriation committee for 23 years. i came here in 1981. -- ad between 81 and 95 between 1981 and 1995 between 10 shutdowns. they averaged 9.1 days a shutdown. the longest one was three days. because of differences, not because of a strategy. in 1995, newt gingrich adopted shutting down government as a strategy. as a taking hostage not only of federal employees but of taking hostage of the american government and taking hostage everyone who has served on a daily basis by the federal government. and the reason i know it's a strategy because it's happened a number of times. the next one long term was in 2013 when ted cruz, united
states senator, came over here and talked to a number of members and said, unless the president will repeal the affordable care act, we're not going to fund the government. in other words, unless the president didn't take health care away from americans, the republicans would take government services away from americans. and hold hostage the government of the united states. nd now just a few years later, ladies and gentlemen, the republicans have begin taken hostage not only 800,000 people who work for the federal government, expecting them to work for no pay to protect our orders, to protect our seas, .o protect our food and so they've taken hostage
the government of the united . ates one more time and so we have a crisis but the crisis is not at the border. there is a challenge at the border. and we need to make our border secure. we are for that. the proposal the president made in a campaign speech, which got a lot of roars all the time he gave it was, we need a wall, a big wall, a wall along the whole border, a wall that the mexican government will pay for . it was total campaign rhetoric and demagoguery. it was not a policy. i agree with my friend from idaho. mr. simpson is the former . eaker of the idaho house
the far right in his party ran a candidate against him a few elections ago and thank got beaten badly thank heavens for that. thank you to the voters in idaho's judgment and i agree with my friend, tom cole, in part, but i -- if he were here -- unfortunately, he left the floor, but i would say to tom cole -- mr. cole, as you ended the congress with your side in charge, you rejected a bill from the united states senate, passed with unanimous consent, that would have opened up all of government. . you rejected that bill. because the president told you to put $5.6 billion in the bill. which you knew, i'm sorry tom cole is not on the floor because he says you know this
bill's not going to pass, which you knew would not pass the united states senate. but he said it anyway. why? because the president of the united states told you to do so. let me remind all of us that we're a co-equal branch of government. we're the article 1 branch of government. we're the policymakers of overnment. not to sit as stooges and be told by the president of the united states if you don't do what i want, what i tell you to do, i won't sign the bill. mr. speaker, on tuesday night the president went on television tried to argue that the american people should continue to endure a painful government shutdown until democrats give him funding for a border wall that has bipartisan opposition. democrats and republicans alike , not all, but oppose this $5.7
billion waste of money on a physical wall along the border. representative will hurd, who is will hurd? a republican member of the congress of the united states. he's a member of the congress of the united states from texas. he represents a district which has more border than any other district in america. what does he say? building a wall is the most expensive and least effective way to secure the border. but the president of the united states says you don't do that, i'm not playing. and because he's not playing, none of you are playing. i say to my republican friends. how sad. you were not elected by your constituents to do what donald trump tells you to do. you were elected by your constituents to do what's best for them and their country.
senator lindsey graham, friend of the president's, republican, senator from south carolina, said this, the border wall is probably not a smart nvestment. but the president has told lindsey graham, you're not for my wall, nimet for your bill, i won't sign it and i'll shut down government. one person is responsible for shutting down government. onald trump. and most of the people he shut down and are not paying, they don't have a dad that can say give me some money, dad. maybe he doesn't know that experience. opposing a new barrier at the border, acting white house chief of staff, nick mulvaney, listen to me my republican friends, said in 2015, you go go , you go around,
through, what they need is more manpower, more technology, and more willingness to enforce the law as it exists today. he said in 2015. not a wall. more manpower, more technology, more willingness. that's essentially what will hurd said. senator ron johnson, one of the most conservative senators in the united states senate, said he always thought that the president's wall was a "metaphor." now, if it is a metaphor for security, we're in. because we democrats want a border that is secure. that does not allow people who are not authorized to come into the united states, don't. the people, criminals that want to bring drugs in the united states are caught and prevented from doing sofmente that people o traffic in human lives are caught and stopped. we're for that.
the president's -- the president at the border said democrats don't care about crime, they don't care about human trafficking, they don't -- that's baloney. it is a lie. it is unworthy of a president of the united states to make such an assertion. senator john cornyn of texas said, and i quote, don't think we're just going to be able to solve border security with a physical barrier because people can come under, around it, and through it. that's why so many republicans said, wall's not the answer. ranking member michael mccaul, now he's the ranking member of your foreign affairs committee, i tell my republican friends, mr. speaker, but he was chairman of the homeland security committee when he said this, and i quote, a 30-foot concrete wall is a very expensive proposition. and there are a lot of other
things we can be done, technology wise, to make it a smarter border that's more effective and more cost efficient. so don't accuse of democrats because they are against the wall, being against border security. your republican leaders don't believe that. so you ought to stop saying it. they are among the republicans and democrats who believe we need a smarter, more comprehensive strategy to improve border security, not just building a a physical wall with taxpayer money. president trump said over and over and over and over and over again mexico was going to pay for this wall. god knows how any american voter believed that. now, of course, not surprisingly he admits that's not going to happen.
let's discuss border security which is important to democrats and republicans alike. let's sit down and figure out how best to do it. that is a debate on policy. but by the way, my republican colleagues did not bring the homeland security and the border security issue to the floor until december 20th. 11 /3 months after they took control -- 11 2/3 months after they took control -- in control, so they waited 11 months and 20 days to bring this critical issue to the floor. my, my, my. now they shut down the government if we don't do it their way. this is a debate on policy not politics. that's why i quoted so many republicans. there is no reason to maintain a dangerous and costly government shutdown while that debate occurs. let's end this shut down right now and turn to the real vision about border security without
holding america's workers, their families, and the people they serve, all of our constituents. let's have a vote in the senate which i believe would reopen government. leader mcconnell has a responsibility to do so. leader mcconnell has a responsibility to the senate and to his oath of office, the constitution, and the country. he swore no oath to president trump. none of us swore an oath to the president of the united states. we swear an oath to the constitution and to preserve and protect and serve our people. on august 24, 2014, senator mcconnell said this, that i am the guy that gets us out of shut downs. shut downs, he said, this is senator mcconnell, is a failed policy.
that's what mr. simpson said. that's what mr. cole i know believes. i have talked to him about it. i hope every member here believes that. so my plea is to stop pursuing it as a strategy. remember, 10 shut downs, average 1.9 days. your shut down's 21 days, 16 days, and now we'll have the longest shut down in history. because you have taken captive the government of the united states. how sad that it is us who are the enemy of the government of the united states. senator mcconnell, i hope will bring bills to the floor to open up the government, as he did in december when he sent a bill here and you would not take it up, my republican friends, when you were in charge. you were the leaders.
you rejected that bill. that would have funded government, kept government opened, kept serving the american people. but, no, you took a hostage. and government is shut down. the democratic-led congress is doing its part. the first day we came here we passed a bill that was exactly like the senate's bill. so one could assume that the bill they had passed when they got it back would, in fact, pass. and the homeland security we did for a short time so we could continue negotiations in a positive way without having hostages being taken. last week we passed a package of funding bills for fiscal year 2019. continuing resolution for the department of homeland security . and in order to reopen government and end the trump shut down. the trump shut down. the trump shut down.
if trump said to senator mcconnell, yes, i will sign the bill, the bills would be passed by the united states senate. no one disputes that. if trump said to the house members here, mr. speaker, they would pass. articulated at the white house that he would not open government until we agreed with doing what he wanted to do. that is not democracy. that's despotism. leader mcconnell was refusing to bring up our package of appropriation bills, the very same bills written by the republican senate as has been so often said, and i would prefer they were bipartisan bills, we're now sending him each of the bills individually. on wednesday we passed a bill that would among other things reopen the i.r.s. so taxpayers can get their refunds. they paid in more than they
owed and they ought to get it back and they ought to get it back in a timely fashion. but folks who are to do that are not being allowed to come to work. yesterday we passed the agriculture appropriation bill which would continue nutrition assistance for those facing hunger and reopen programs helping farmers in rural america. many of you represent rural farmers. and they are relying on payments from the department of agriculture to sustain them. and they are not getting them. we also passed yesterday a bill for transportation, housing and urban development to restore safety to air travel and keep low-income americans from losing rental housing assistance. i don't think there is any republican that wants to see people out on the street because they couldn't make their payment because they didn't get their peament from the federal government. today we're bringing this interior appropriation bill to the floor to reopen america's
national parks and restore services to native americans and tribal communities. i want to thank the gentlelady, ms. mccollum from minnesota, for the leadership she has shown and the work she has pursued to bring this bill to the floor. i ask my colleagues on o both sides of the aisle to vote on the merits of this bill. i hope that many republicans will join us. if you are for reopening government, vote yes. if you vote no, you're for continuing this trump shut down. i hope leader mcconnell listens to his senators. senator susan collins said this on the house-passed bills last thursday. it would be great to have them signed into law. because there is not great controversy over them and at least we would be getting those workers back to work.
senator corey gardner, republican of colorado, added we should continue to do our jobs and get the government open. i agree, mr. speaker. hopefully when we vote today we will have in mind the 800,000 people who are not getting paid . half of whom are working. hopefully we'll have in find all those who are looking for tax return, all those looking for a supplemental nutrition pavement so they can can can put food on their tables, all those looking to make sure they can settle on their house because f.h.a. is cooperating, all those who need visas extension or something of that nature. hopefully we'll be thinking of them. not just of small bore flicks of if you don't -- boor of politics if you don't do what i say i won't play. vote for this bill. send it to the snafment senator
mcconnell, put it on the floor. pass it. send it to president trump. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personality pernlts toward the president -- personalities toward the president. the gentleman from california. mr. calvert: people in the border patrol want a border. and most what majority mentioned it's part of securing the border. that's something that acts like using a football metaphor, an offensive line. it slows people down in order for technology and people at that point to pick people who are coming in illegally with drugs or otherwise illegal activity. ith that i'd like to recognize the gentleman from ohio, mr. joyce.
mr. joyce: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the distinguished gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, i rise today to highlight some of my concerns with h.r. 266. as a representative from the great state of ohio, i know how important it is to have programs to ensure we're protecting our natural resources and preserving them for future generations. one of the greatest natural resources and economic powerhouses we have in the united states and for the world, that matter, is the great lakes system, which is in my district -- which my district is lucky enough to have a portion have. the lakes provide more than 45 million people with drinking water. they support more than 3,500 species of plants and animals. studies have shown 1.5 million jobs are directly connected to these five lakes generating $62 billion in wages. that's why i fought so long and so hard for the great lakes restoration initiative. as members of this house, we have a responsibility to properly represent the people who sent us here to fight for their priorities and needs. unfortunately, this bill is
falling far short of fulfilling that responsibility. the fact is there is bipartisan, bicameral report language that would not go into effect if the bill before us goes into law. it reduces the growth of harmal algal bloom that have been a concern nationwide. affected lgal bloom people in toledo ohio. it would not help preventing and controlling harmful algal bloom. it doesn't help urban and rural communities control nutrients in their watershed. it doesn't include language about working to understand the risks of exposure to toxins that result from harmful algal blooms. these toxins can come through our drinking water and can be extremely harmful to humans. in the end this bill does not include the priorities many members have fought for for their constituents. it does not include language that supports programs that impact ohio as well as many
other states across the country. i cannot in good faith support legislation that does not treat our great lakes as the national treasure they are or invest in them to the fullest extent. please stand with me today in sending a message to protect our great lakes. i urge my colleagues to oppose this bill in its current form. we can do much better than this. we as members of the house must not abdicate our responsibility to craft these spending bills in the best interest of our constituents. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. i mccollum: mr. speaker, also hail from the great lakes state and the funding in the senate bill and the house bill for the great lakes was identical. so at least in this portion of the funding, it was equal for both the house and the senate. with that, mr. speaker, i yield
two minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. huffman, a member of the house natural resources committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. huffman: i thank the gentlelady for yielding, and i rise today in support of this bill to reopen our national parks and end the trump shutdown. over the last three weeks, the conditions in our national parks have reached unacceptable and unsafe levels as park employees are furloughed without pay and forced to keep quiet about the ongoing damage. here's what some of it looks like. dirty diapers, coffee cups, burrito wrappers, that's just the start of what congresswoman jackie speier and i saw this past weekend as we joined volunteers for a trash cleanup it the golden gate national recreation area, which we both represent. it took us a few minutes to bags wo 32-gallon trash to fill with waste. is that the idea, mr. trump,
the backup plan, to have our parks and park visitors and our professional park staff pay for the wall? you said mexico would pay for. and, mr. speaker, the damage from the trump shutdown does not end there. i have more than 24 federally recognized tribes in my district. each of these communities faces serious financial insecurity as a result of this shutdown. i refuse to stand by as indian country suffers, as our national parks suffer, and as millions of americans suffer so that donald trump can pretend he's building a medieval border wall. we need the house and senate to pass the interior aprops bill. we need the president to sign it, to prevent further degradation of our public lands. this government does not belong to donald trump. it belongs to the american people and it's time to reopen the government. i urge a yes vote and yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota
reserves. members are reminded to refrain from -- are reminded to direct their comments and remarks to the chair. the gentleman from california, mr. calvert, is recognized. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, i'm happy to yield 2 1/2 minutes to the gentleman from the great state of utah, mr. stewart. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stewart: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like to begin by stating the obvious, if i could, and my democratic colleagues call this a compromise. this bill is a lot of things but a compromise it is not. it takes away everything we have done for the last year, everything we have done for the last year and, poof, it's gone. it throws it away. there's an old saying in the house, it's not the opposing party that's the enemy, it's the senate. in is great illustration of this. as a member of the appropriations committee it pains me that my friends across the aisle have effectively removed my constituents from the process by just accepting the senate bill. every member of the house and our constituents have been silenced in this. we are not represented at all.
and not only is the democratic majority ignored this body's role in creating this budget, they are throwing away hundreds of hours of hearings, of markup, of floor time. again, as we are fighting for our constituents, we passed a bill. the house has done our work. let me say it again. the house has done our work. if this was a serious effort by our friends on the other side to open up the government, they would pass our house bill again. it would go to the senate and we would reconcile these two bills. let's consider some of the things that have been thrown way, poof, magically gone in smoke, money for our indian brothers and sisters, including for hospital staffing, money for road maintenance so children can go to school, money for our national parks for deferred maintenance. the list goes on and on. i ran for congress because i wanted to represent my district. this bill is my district. 70% of my district is owned by the federal government. how can i just sit by and say
that my constituents will have no voice, no voice in this bill or in this appropriations process at all? finally, my friends on the other side know these bills don't stand a chance of actually becoming law. they know that. the senate won't take these up. the president has said he won't sign it. if you want to talk compromise, then let's actually try to do that. let us take where we are, let us take where the senate is, try to bring them together. that, my friend, is compromise. and with that regretfully i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. chair. once again, i am sorely disappointed when before the end of december, before the new congress came into being, some of the suggestions here to move forward with conference committee reports, to bring them to the floor, to work with
the president, now that we have the new congress sworn in, for the president to say, you know, you get those conference committee reports going, we'll do a continuing resolution to keep government open, we'll negotiate the homeland security bill off to the side but there's silence. there's no commitment. quite frankly, i don't know if the president would change his mind again if he would agree to that. with that, mr. speaker, i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from washington, a member of the appropriations subcommittee who serves on the secretary of the interior committee, mr. kilmer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. kilmer: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentlelady for yielding. i rise in strong support of this bill, which will restore funding for the department of interior, for the forest service and for the environmental protection agency because it's simply wrong for federal workers to be held hostage. it's wrong for people who de pend on these agencies to be
held hostage as they negotiate a tactic on a completely unrelated policy issue. the renal i represent has more than 600,000 -- the region i represent has more than 600,000 acres of national forest. it's home to olympia national park and it overlooks the iconic puget sound so i'm speaking on behalf of the hundreds of federal workers who protect and manage these natural resources, from park rangers to timber sales specialists to water quality monitors who've gone unpaid for almost three weeks. this isn't just about those federal workers who lost their pay. i'm also here to speak on behalf of the communities that depend on these federal resources. gateway communities like my hometown where i grew up, port angeles, washington, where the economy depends on park visitors who come in and eat at local restaurants, stay in local hotelses, gas up their car -- hotels, gas up their
car. remote towns like forks who need resources to help with roads. and those that support the local indian health clinics and cities like tacoma that trust the environmental protection agency to protect the quality of their air and their water. congress should end this shutdown now so that federal workers can receive the pay that they've earned for serving us and so that our communities can again count on the government to provide taxpayers with the services that they fund, services that belong to everyone in this country. this bill is a responsible way forward. it has already passed the senate with the support of 92 senators including majority leader mcconnell. congress should not wait another day to pass this bill and reopen these agencies so i urge my colleagues to vote yes and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota
reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: thank you, mr. speaker. i may point out to my friend from the state of washington the earthquake warning system we both worked on is below the house number by $9.4 million. and so that's unfortunate. mr. speaker, i yield four minutes to the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. westerman: i would like to thank the gentleman from california for yielding and for his hard work in putting together an appropriations product of the house which is a far cry from what this bill is. it's not a product of the house. it's more like something you would get from the bill of the month club. it has none of the house priorities that have been debated here. mr. speaker, i would like to think about the number 85. 85 people perished in the campfire last year in california. the blaze destroyed an entire community, burned 14,000 homes, and left hundreds of other
americans injured or homeless. adding to that, the campfire was just one of thousands of blazes that burned nine million acres across the country last year. let's face the facts. more and more americans are living closer to our nation's forests. these forests are becoming thicker, drier, and overstocked with flammable materials. when the temperatures rise and the arid winds blow, we have seen firsthand how these unhealthy forests become objects of mass destruction. the u.s. forest service now estimates that there are at least 43 million homes in the wildland urban interface, that's the part of our country where forests an communities intersect. this is a major increase from the 31 million homes that were located there less than 20 years ago. meanwhile, millions of acres of public land are at a high or severe risk of wildfire. like paradise, california, some of these acres directly
threaten the communities and the americans that live nearby. mr. speaker, the notion that congress would lower the level of hazardous fuels reduction in the wake of all this is outrageous. at a base level, the government must protect its citizens and the hernandez fuels reduction fuels nd the hazardous reduction will do this. however, this version of the interior appropriations bill drops $21 million out of the hazardous fuels reduction account. mr. speaker, we should be investing more on hazardous fuels reduction and sound forest management, not less. forest management is the essential component to protecting americans who live next to our nation's forests. again, forests which are getting drier and deadlier with each passing year. further, hazardous fuels reduction leads to all sorts of environmental and economic benefits. in addition to protecting american lives, proper forest management leads to cleaner water, more rural jobs and less
carbon in the atmosphere. i am all for fiscal soundness, but, mr. speaker, cutting the hazardous fuels money is illogical. it's like saying, we prefer a pound of cure over an ounce of prevention. while we may save money upfront, the american people are going to have to pay more over the long term as taxpayers foot the bill to put out these blazes and property owners have their homes and assets incinerated. in closing, we should be investing in protecting americans' lives and property and being good stewards of our environment, lowering the hazardous fuels reduction account accomplishes the exact opposite. failing the thousands of americans who live and around our forests. thank you and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from california reserves. the gentlewoman from minnesota. . ms. mccollum: i think the gentleman and the chair would both be concerned and i quote from president trump, one of
his tweets. billions of dollars are sent to the state of california forest fires that with proper forest management would never happen. unless they get their act together, which is unlikely, i have ordered fema to send no more money. it is a disgraceful situation, lives mbs and money. mr. chair -- lives and money, mr. chair, the gentleman who just spoke and the president, i would like to note that the bill that we will pass today, hopefully, shortly, will provide $1.76 million more than house republicans passed last year for the department of interior wild land fire management and $226 million more for the u.s. forest service for wild land fire and management. mr. chair, i think we should all grieve for loss of life and loss of property for those who have been impacted by our wild land fires. mr. speaker, i would like to yield five minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, the chair of the house natural resources
committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to the chair of the subcommittee, representative mccollum. i rise today to add my voice of support for the interior appropriations bill to fund the government. trump's ongoing government shutdown has damaged our economy, our national parks, and our public lands. this is not an inevitable outcome, this damage that we see. this is directly a a republican inflicted damage. trump and his enablers seem happy to let this shut down slow our economy, hurt underian country, and put our national parks and public lands at risk indefinitely. it shouldn't be hard for our republican colleagues to choose between funding normal government operations or continue to make people suffer for the trump ego and obsession. this bill is nearly identical to the legislation that already passed the senate 92-6.
it he reopens vital agencies and returns our national parks to normal business. this means we can clean up the trash and repair the damage that has been done through this shut down. opposing this bill encan courages trump to keep holding americans hostage to his elusional demands. ms. mccollum: would the gentleman yield for a question? as you know, mr. chairman, i feel as strongly as you do about the health and protection of our public lands. in your view as chairman of the committee that oversees the interior department, is the administration protecting the quality of our public lands during this shut down? i yield back. mr. grijalva: thank you. the administration has done -- has not done enough to protect public safety or the quality of our public lands during this shut down. new roads have been bulldozed
through protected land in joshua tree national park because that was not there to prevent it. hikers have been injured and rely on volunteers to carry them to safety. we all heard about the trash piling up at precious sites across this country. every day we see more damage to our public lands. and that involves also the vandalism and looting on protected areas, cultural resources, and historic resources in our public lands and parks. i haven't seen any serious willingness from the administration to end this shut down and get back to normal operations. ironically the permitting for gas, oil, mining continues unabated at the expense of the public, taxpayers, and employees and of course our public lands and parks. the permitting process for -- in the refuge and other parts of new mexico and oklahoma continues unabated. that is one part of this shut down that was not affected at all.
ms. mccollum: would the gentleman yield once more? i agree with my colleague that this administration when it comes to our public lands is making matters worse not better by choosing to keep some parks open during the trump shut down. this political attempt to minimize the consequences of the shut down will only result in further damage to our national treasures and place the safety of visitors at risk. using funds from fee collection to provide operations to support the parks hurts the parks in two ways. this small funding stream cannot replace the $2.5 million that we provide for park operations each year that ensures the safety of visitors, maintains clean and orderly park operations, and safeguards park's assets. redirecting these funds away from their intended purposes delays the capital improvements needed to sustain our parks for our future. because of this, i join you, i join you in urging the president to slows the parks for the remainder of this trump shut down or better yet, sign this bill into law so that our parks can open fully and
safely. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. i'm very grateful to my friend for her leadership on this issue, the tireless efforts of the appropriations chair. and smoker pelosi. -- speaker pelosi. they are working for people to fund and reopen this government and on behalf of people. i make one particular note. while the harm to our parks has been noted, the damage to indian country is less documented and in many cases much more personal and devastating. according to a january 1 "new york times" report, the shut down has trapped members of navajo nation in their homes due to unplowed roads. and has put many tribal members and their families in severe economic stress. law enforcement officers continue working without pay because they are federal employees. similar scenarios are reported and playing out in tribal land across this nation. the national council of urban indian health found that 62% of
their urban indian health centers will need to cancel programs or cease offering services if the shut down continues. that process has already begun. today i launched an online tool for americans to share their stories of how the trump shut down impacts their lives. i ask them to share their experiences being furloughed, forced to work without pay, and turned away from visiting public lands and denied essential services. trump and his supporters need to listen to these stories. i encourage everyone to speak out on social media with the hash tag, my shut down story. we're hearing from my families -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. grijalva: with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. calvert: mr. speaker, has the right to close. i am a' the final speaker. the speaker pro tempore: that's correct, sir. mr. calvert: does the gentlelady from any additional
peakers? the gentlewoman from minnesota has the right to close. miss column: i have no more sec -- ms. mccollum: i have no more speakers. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from california virginia tech. mr. calvert: i have served on the appropriations committee for a long time and i'm proud of the work that we have been able to accomplish in a bipartisan and bicameral manner which is the history of the appropriations committee. unfortunately, the senate bill before us today forces us to choose between abdicating our constitutional obligations and underfunding important programs in a way that's unacceptable to me and my constituents. i'm afraid this is a a bad precedent and i hope this does not happen in the future that we just accept whatever the senate determines is the proper path forward. i'm just hardened by the democrats' closed process. it throws our bipartisan house
priorities and will neither secure our borders nor reopen the government. rather than passing bills to score political points, i urge my friends on the other side of the aisle to work with us to find a solution that reflects the will of the house, will pass in the senate, and will be signed by the president. and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. ms. mccollum: mr. chair, before i do my closing remarks i have two articles which i would like to insert in the record dealing with the administration's illegal use of taking fees to keep our parks and refuges open. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. mccollum: thank you, mr. chairman. responsibility funding the government is one of congress' most important duties. republicans failed to meet this obligation and they have allowed president trump to pedal chaos. the trump shut down is creating uncertainty for families,
businesses, and communities more than 800,000 employees are not getting paid today. and for that i am deeply heart sick. vital services are being disrupted. small businesses are being forced to lay off employees, but democrats are ready to end the trump shut down. the interior bill has already received bipartisan support from the senate, so after this house bill passes, senate republicans will have a a choice. pass their own bill end the shut down or reject it and keep the government closed. on monday, the national governors association sent a letter, and i quote from it, mr. speaker, a federal government shut down should not be a negotiating contact. end of quote. i agree with the governors. i'm sure that federal employees whose paychecks are being withheld today feel the same way. i urge my colleagues on both produced and would actually serve the american people better than this piece of >> the house debated a senate
passed measure which requires federal workers who have been furloughed during the shutdown be retroactively paid after the shutdown ends. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, as we enter day 21 of the trump shutdown, it is incumbent upon the house to do everything we can to address the pain and suffering being felt by dedicateded