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i believe when you and i sat down and met in my transitional office i hadn't been appointed to this committee yet, were you telling me it was the best committee in congress. mr. wheeler: i stand by that. it is the best committee in congress. senator cramer: before i forget. i invite to you my state of north dakota. you can can come in august if you like. but january and february, not quite as cold as alaska. you could bring family and go camping. we'd love to have you. especially to the environment research septre at the university of north dakota where we can have discussion on these and several other topics. >> this confirmation hearing expected to go another half-hour or so. can you continue watching it online at c-span.org. here on c spap taking you live next to the u.s. house as they return for legislative work. short speeches first then they'll begin consideration of another democratic bill to reopen the shuttered parts of the federal government. today's bill funding government through february 8.
providing over $12 billion in disaster relief. live house coverage now on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. thank you, o lord, for giving us another day. we call upon you this day to be with our nation during these difficult times. thousands are without work, services are diminishing, futures are increasingly precarious. may your spirit impel those who are empowered to do so to bring resolution to the current shutdown. in such a contentious time, mayhew millity be manifest in the exchange of opposing positions that all might find
relief and those charged with serving to secure our safe travel and our borders can be properly compensated in a timely fashion. lord, have mercy on us. may everything we do be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from indiana, mr. banks. mr. banks: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with iberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side.
for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek wreck -- the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. johnson: thank you, madam speaker. today marks the 26th day of president trump'sers responsible and destructive government shutdown. not only has this shutdown resulted in hundreds of thousands of americans who are furloughed, but it is also inflicting long-term damage to our nation's research and development enterprise. during my 26 years on the science committee, i have witnessed the consequences of our federal science and technology agencies being forced to shut their doors. mely science from the u.s. internovation failure.
we fail to compete globally as our competitors strengthen their own investments in r&d. researchers rely on regular funding from now close the agencies are struggling to keep their projects afloat as they miss important deadlines. they have crucial gaps in data. we have seen contractors at work in coordination with the federal government being furloughed with no promise for back pay. when the president's temper tantrum is finally over, we hope to get back on course. we want to remain a global leader innovation, we must end this shutdown. thank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise. >> madam speaker, unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: madam speaker, south carolinians are celebrating the life and achievements of a senior who passed away last week at the age of 99. he should always be remembered
for his valiant service in the army, liberating europe during world war ii. this was chronicled in his auto biography, strike and hold. his heroism led to the capture of the magden bridge in the nether lands. basis of the movie "a race too far." upon his return he he established an extraordinary family, business success, and the first statehouse caucus leader was a pioneer in developing the modern republican majority in south carolina. my wife and i offer our deepest sympathy to the family. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise. >> a madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> today i rise on behalf of the communities affected by of devastating wildfires in northern california.
these past few months have been a a trying time for our community. entire towns were destroyed, crops burned, and thousands of families were left with nowhere to call home. my relatives' home was completely destroyed in the paradise fire. in my district we had to wear masks because of the terrible air quality. farmers throughout our region took a huge hit with missing livestock and crops unit by ash. today i'm proud to lead a bipartisan amendment bringing $1.9 billion in relief to our farmers for crop and livestock losses during the fire. this is incredibly important to my district and it's just the start in helping our communities rebuild. it's also a perfect example of how we can put party labels aside, actually work together, and do what we were sent here to do, help people. i know a lot of people in my district are frustrated we can't even work together to keep our government opened. i'm frustrated, too.
let this be an example, and a sign that out of tragic loss we can can remember what unites us. thank you, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to call attention to the crisis on the southern border. i stand with the president and my colleagues in the house and senate in their calls for securing our southern border. as the former secretary of state of texas, i was the chief liaison for the texas border and mexican affairs. my experience in that role taught me that our border was vulnerable and sadly that remains true today. mr. williams: while i was secretary of state, now the representative for texas 25th district, i'm encouraged by all that our border patrol and federal law enforcement agents do to protect this great nation. however i am disappointed that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have abandoned reason and asked these patriots to do more with less. the federal government should
provide all resources necessary to secure our border, not make it more vulnerable. our agents need more boots on the ground. more advanced technology. and ultimately a barrier to keep those who may not want to do the right thing out. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle to come back to the table, negotiate in good faith, reopen our government, and protect the sovereignty of the united states of america. in god we trust. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam speaker madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> a thank you, madam speaker for allowing me to pay tribute to our coast guard. one of my favorite things in life is if you want to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk. politicians like to talk. we like to give speeches. yet we talk about our coast
guard, how noble they are, how brave they are, how they stand up for us, these strong men and women, but currently our coast guard men and women are suffering and are without pay. it's also true for our f.a.a. and federal corrections officers. i ask everyone to support my bill, h.r. 350 and h.r. 419, so that they can can get paid. whether democrat or republican, our duty as americans is to treat these men and women who serve our great nation and with decency and with honor and respect. mr. van drew: and may god always bless them. i yield the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from washington -- >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. mr. newhouse: mel stottlemyre is a household name for baseball fans across the country. to us in central washington he's a a hometown hero.
hailing from the small town in the yackmaw valley, his career voted to the heights of becoming a star pitcher for the new york yankees and one of the most impressive pitching coaches in all of baseball. he shared his passion for baseball with all those around him. from his son who followed in their father's footsteps to pitch in the colleague major leagues, to the young players he coached at baseball camps in yakima. throughout his career, he pitched for five all star teams. he went on to secure five world series dreams as the pitching coach before returning to his home state to coach for the seattle mariners. he passed away on january 13 after a long battle with cancer. but his spirit persevered and compassion will not be forgotten. i urge my colleagues to join me in celebrating mel stottlemyre and the legacy he leaves. my prayers go out for his wife
and his sons at this difficult time. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new mexico rise? unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. one minute. -mr. lujan: they do not have the luxury of ignoring bills until the president figures out what it takes to run a government. president trump does not understand the anxiety that comes from choosing between a mortgage payment, gas in the tank, or not able to pay your bills at the end of the month. i i heard from many in my district who are hurting because of the trump shut down. constituents like andrea, her family became a a one income household after her 4-year-old son was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and epilepsy. her husband is a furloughed
usda employee. because of her son's medical needs their fame has already been living paycheck to paycheck and the shut down immediately put them into survival mode. the shut down must end. democrats have put multiple, bipartisan plans on the table to open the government. madam speaker, i implore mitch mcconnell to let the senate vote to end this shut down for the hundreds of thousands of families being hurt. families just like andrea's. i thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from indiana rise? >> unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> madam speaker, i rise today because i believe there is a purpose and a god-given right to every life. it has been nearly 46 years since the tragic supreme court decision of roe v. wade. a decision that has denied the unalienable right to life to over 61 million innocent children. while we mourn the loss of
millions of innocent lives and reflect on the work left to be done, we gather together this week for the march for life to celebrate the progress of the last two years. from the continuation of president trump's expanded mexico city policy, to the landmark protecting life rule, the pro-life movement is making major strides promoting a culture of life in america. friday i will march alongside hundreds of thousands of americans from all corners of this country in honor of those who never had a chance to march for themselves. the leading the march will be students from a a high school in my district in fort wayne, indiana. who will be joining us there that day. i can't wait to join them tomorrow as they carry out this honor on the national mall and ask my colleagues to join me. mr. banks: as we reaffirm the sacred nature of all life. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida rise? >> unanimous consent to address
the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i stand with millions of americans who say, it's time to end this irresponsible and ruel trump shutdown. n florida, where in florida, where our borders are surrounded by water, we rely on men and women like coast guard petty officer seth, to keep us safe. miss frankel: now like 800,000 other government workers, our coast guard is not getting paid. and that leaves the officer a and his wife and two sons at home worried about money for food for diapers, to pay their mortgage, to get their gas. as lawmakers we can debate about what's needed for a secure border, but innocent people show up to work every day to serve the public should not be held hostage by the political whim of a president. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for
what purpose does the gentlelady from missouri rise? >> madam speaker, i rise to ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, we were sent to congress to lead. but this partial government shutdown is not leadership. it speaks to a bigger problem in washington, the reluctance to reach across the aisle and serve in the best interest of our constituents. mrs. wagner: playing political games should not take precedent over securing our border and keeping americans safe. but it seems to me that is exactly what's happening right now. i call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to come to the table so we can find a solution to this partial government shutdown and make sure federal workers get paid for the work they are doing and the work they have done. this inability to come together on commonsense border security funding has gone on too long
and affected too many americans. we must put partisanship aside, secure our border, and reopen this government. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas rise? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for ne minute. >> madam speaker, today on the 26th day of the trump shutdown, rise on behalf of lauren, in my district on the texas-mexico border. she's married to a d.e.a. agent. every day her husband puts his life on the line to serve el pasoans and our nation and last week he missed his paycheck. lauren describes the touchdown -- the shutdown as discouraging and scary and they are struggling to make ends meet for
their family of three small children. lauren and her family and the hundreds of thousands of federal employees in america should not have to face this dire reality and don't deserve this treatment. we must reopen the government now, give our public servants the pay they have earned for their honorable work, and i will repeat what i know to be true. the border has never been more secure or safer. we in the house have voted on a number of bipartisan bills to reopen the government. i urge my colleagues in the senate to come together, thend absurdity, have some compassion and do the same. i yield. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman texas rise?eek -- >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> america is great because america is good but what's good about terminating the god-given, sacred life of unborn americans?
mr. speaker, friday, thousands of students, pass tors, priests, and patriotic americans from all across our great land will fwather in our nation's capital to take part in the 46th annual march for life. madam speaker, written into the declaration of independence is our founding faith and principle that all are created by god, endowed by our creator, created as a gift, created as an american to have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. however, since roe v. wade we've fallen short of that national ethic by not acknowledging that life at every stage is precious, valuable, sacred and ought to be protected. madam speaker, this march for life is a call to conscience and it's a challenge for all of us to work toward a future where every life, born and unborn is celebrated, cherished and protected. may god continue to bless those who are marching for their passion and their love for the unborn and may god continue to
bless these united states. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida rise? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, the house will vote again today to reopen the united states government and end president trump's government shutdown. it is unwarranted and wrong to force our coast guard, our t.s.a. and customs and border officers, our air traffic controllers and others to work without pay. one of my neighbors who runs a small business in tampa in her retirement years to support her son with mental disabilities advised me that as a tax preparer, i cannot get responses from the i.r.s. that affect my clients. another neighbor who hoped to retire by year's end and is also running out of hope says, we are told there is no more funding after january 18 for the court. and our colleagues in the u.s.
attorney's office were not paid today although they stay on the job prosecuting criminals. ms. castor: our t.s.a. officers, customs and border officers and traffic controllers at tampa international airport are outstanding. 12-year office luis mendoza advised -- advised me i have experienced previous shut downes and close calls but i feel this will be a tough one to get through. the officers in tampa are trying to hang in there because we believe in the oath we took to guard against threats but many are trying to figure out how to get through. this i urge our senate colleagues and president trump to take up our bipartisan bills, reopen this government. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to recognize the 46th annual march for life.
in congress, i believe i have the responsibility to support life beginning at conception which is why i voted last congress to defend life and defund planned parenthood. however, i am disheartened that this legislative body continues to funnel taxpayer money to the abortion industry. the of the-repeated talking int exists -- that planned parenthood exist as a women's proved rganization is false by their president who says our primary mission is to provide access to abortions. i am a proud spon soffer the defund planned parenthood act. an organization whose core mission is taking the lives of 61 million unborn children should not, should not be receiving taxpayer funds.
madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from arizona rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i stand here today on behalf of southern arizonans and all our federal employees. i stand here as their public servant because i work for them. and they have called, sent letters, shown up in our offices, pleading for action. they're scared. and not because of immigration. they're scared they can't pay rent, they're scared they might not be able to feed their children. mrs. kirkpatrick: to our constituents at home i'm sorry but be out-- but the outrage. john from southern arizona a customs and border patrol agent is furloughed and worried about how he's going to keep the lights on.
it's outrageous that cochise community college students, many of whom are veterans, are worried they may not resee their financial aid. it's outrageous that over 900,000 arizona participants in snatch, 72% of them with children, are in jeopardy of losing their nutrition assistance. the majority in this house has publicly stated our willingness to work with the president. we must reopen government, be outraged because i sure am. thank you madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from hawaii rise? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. 2018 was a tough year for so many americans. we had families and farmers and people all across california whose homs -- homes were
destroyed, people who lost their live, lost their farm, lost their businesses, and other parts -- and in other parts of the cuventry there were storms and hurricanes that similarly devastated communities. ms. gabbard: my home state of haye was one of them -- of hawaii was one of them. we were battered by storms last year in on nearly all our islands, major mud lidse and slandlithesdz, an erupting volcano throughout may and june and flooding and wildfires throughout multiple islands in august. but time and again, people are proved their resilience and strength and living aloha, taking care of each other even when they have lost everything. today we're voting to pass funding that is sorely needed by communities like mine where people are still struggling to get back on their feet with limited resources. this bill provides funding for things like crop insurance, reconstructing facilities, water infrastructure projects, crisis counseling resh building homes and small businesses, and more.
i urge my colleagues to pass this necessary funding bill and provide a helping hand to those whose lifes will never be the same because of thesers. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. this trump shut dunn is forcing servicemens and retirees to go without pay. yes, our president is withholding coast forward pay because of his reckless demands who does that? a constituent wrote to me, as a coast guard retiree i'm face nothing pay during the shutdown. it is outrageous that after 26 years of service i face financial troubles due to my country not facing its obligations. i agree. this is unacceptable. unacceptable for those who served our country and it is unacceptable for those currently
serving and not getting paid. can't we agree that supporting the coast guard is better than having a stalemate on a political issue? we must take action to help our service members and hardworking government employees and our whole economy which is being hurt even more than we thought. madam speaker, how can the president think it's a good idea for national security to not pay those who protect us? i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from nevada rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. on behalf of the people of nevada's third district, i rise today to say it's time to end this shutdown. this weekend i had the opportunity to meet with federal workers in my district who are dealing with the very real consequences of this unnecessary
shutdown. one employee is now driving for uber, another one has been forced to sign up for food stamps at the age of 51. a high tech employer in nevada who employees federal contractors is dealing with his third federal government shutdown in 12 months. his highly skilled employees are sick and tired of the uncertainty and missed paychecks and if the shutdown persists he'll lose employees which will not only hurt his company but our overall economy as well. this is in way to run a country. the government should never be shut down over a single policy, any policy. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from pennsylvania rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute.
>> thank you, madam speaker. a concerned constituent recently sent me this handwritten letter about president trump's shutdown. and i quote, as an air traffic controller i want you to know how the partial government shutdown is affecting me. for the last two weeks, we have remained on the job, dedicated to the safety of every flight. but we don't know when we'll receive our next paycheck. i was putting my 7-year-old daughter to bed and i could tell something was bothering her. she had heard my wife and i worrying about our next mortgage payment and the credit card bills. ms. wexton: my daughter said she was scared what would happen if we couldn't by pais for our home our bills? i had been teaching the value of responsibility, i showed her by hard work and excellence you can make a good life, for you, for your family. but my daughter should not have to worry about bills when we have valuable jobs and are doing our work.
please representative dean, help me teach my daughter about responsibility. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan rise? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> while republican attempts to repeal the affordable care act their texas flames, vs. united states lawsuit seeks to subvert the woifl the american people and take our health care away. in december, a judge ruled in favor of republicans issuing a decision that would strike down the entire a.c.a. if that ruling stands, every american will lose vital protections like those for people with pre-existing conditions. i've co-sponsored congressman
allred's house resolution 14 which authorizes the house to intervene in this case and defend the law of the land. because my family and i, like so many others, are no strangers to the cost of pre-existing conditions. mr. levin: madam speaker, i'm a two-time cancer survivor and two of my four kids have crohn's disease and have been living with it for 14 years. bills upwards of $10,000 are not unusual in my household. despite all this i consider us lucky. why? because thanks to the a.c.a. my sons and i cannot be turned away or charged more because of our medical histories. all of that would change if republicans and president trump got their way. i thank my friend from texas, congressman allred, for introducing this important resolution and i yield back the remainder of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york rise?
>> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> madam speaker, >> madam speaker, this is day 2669 reckless trump administration shut down. coast guard officers and their families suffering. border patrol agents and their families suffering. mr. jefferies: t.s.a. agents and their families suffering. because the president has decided to hold 800,000 federal employees and the american people hostage. we're prepared to have a conversation about infrastructure on the border. proped to have a a conversation about personnel. prepared to have a conversation about technology. we're prepared to have a conversation about border security in a comprehensive way. prepared to have a conversation about our broken immigration system and how we fix it in a bipartisan fashion. but madam speaker, we're not prepared to have a a conversation about these issues
in the midst of a reckless shut down where the president has decided to hold the american people hostage and try to force us to pay a $5 billion-plus ransom note. it's time for the adults in the room to get their act together. reopen the government so we can can continue the business of the american people. for eaker pro tempore: what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek further recognition? mr. jefferies: by direction of the democratic caucus i offer a privileged resolution and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the rule. the clerk: house resolution 46. real solved the following members be and are hereby elected to the following standing committee of the house of representatives. mr. jefferies: madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the
resolution be considered as read and printed in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the resolution agreed to, and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland rise? mr. raskin: madam speaker, by direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 43 and ask for its immediate consider. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 2. house resolution 43. resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill, h.r. 268, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority
member of the committee on appropriations or their respective designees. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 116-2, modified by the amendment printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted in the house and in the committee of the whole. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. clause 2-e of rule 21 shall not apply during consideration of the bill. no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules. each such further amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be
debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such further amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill, as amended, to the house with such further amendments as may have been adopted. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and any further amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, the requirement of clause 6-a of rule 13 for a two-thirds vote to consider a report from the committee on rules on the same day it is presented to the house is waived with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of january 23,
2019, relating to a measure making or continuing appropriations for the fiscal ear ending september 30, 2019. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized for one hour. mr. raskin: madam speaker, for the purpose of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from oklahoma, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and . tend their remarks the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. raskin: madam speaker, on tuesday, the rules committee met and reported a a rule, house resolution 43, providing for consideration of h.r. 268, making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019, and for other purposes. the rule provides for consideration of the legislation under a structured rule. the rule makes in order 15 amendments from members on both sides of the aisle. the rule provide one hour the debate equally divide and a
controlled by the chair and ranking member of the appropriations committee. the rule also waives a requirement for /3 vote to consider a report from the committee on rules on the same day it is presented to the house with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of january 23, relating to a measure making or continuing appropriations for the fiscal year ending eptember 30, 2019. i rise now in support of the rule for h.r. 68, our emergency tiss as ter relief bill provides $1.14 billion in recovery and relief assistance to millions of americans suffering from the damage caused by recent hurricanes, typhoons, mudslides, flooding, earthquakes, and wildfires. these natural disasters follow decades of scientific warnings to o congress that accelerating climate change would bring us extreme weather events characterized by you our unprecedented ver rossity and violence.
here we're now in the middle of the global crisis of climate change dealing with the -- with profound natural catastrophes like these. last year hurricane michael, the most intense hurricane ever to strike the florida panhandle, brought winds surpassing 125 miles per hour and gusts up to 200 miles per hour, killing 45 people who were crushed and drowned by the hurricane and inflicting $40 billion in economic damages and $5 billion in insured losses. in 2018, the people of california, who lost 10 million ericks of forest in the last decade to wildfire, experienced the deadliest and most destructive wildfire season in recorded history. with more than 8,500 fires burning an area of 1,893,913 acres, the largest area of burned acreage ever recorded in
a fire season in the united states of america. and an astonishing ,100 structured rtaursbund to the ground. in july and august it seemed like the entire state was ablaze with the worst damage taking place in northern california, which was declared a disaster area. billions of people in san francisco and the bay area were forced to wear gas masks to go to school or go to work. in november, yet another round of wildfires visited massive destruction of life, limb, and property on the people of california. one fire, the so-called campfire, displaced tens of thousands of people and killed at least 86 men, women, and children, burning many of them to death in their cars or as they sought refuge and tried to flee from their cars and ran down the road. the fire which lasted many days annihilated more than 18,000 structures and buildings and destroyed the entire town of paradise, turning it into an inferno, a hell on earth. this was in our country. the same kinds of astonishing
events that destroyed entire communities in florida and in california were experienced by people all over america last year. hurricane devastation in puerto rico, texas, and the carolinas. unprecedented flooding and drought all over america. typhoons in the territories. a catalog of climate change and entense fide misery and suffering that the entire congress should see as calling upon the decency and resources of the american people to address. the $12 billion legislation the majority brings forward today in h.r. 268 will ensure communities across the land can can recover from these disasters with the resource that is they need to rebuild. the bill helps farmers suffering from crop and livestock losses, coast 58 communities rebuilding -- coastal communities rebuilding their infrastructure. dislocated workers, veterans, students, and other americans displaced and uprooted by these
trofse. -- catastrophes. this bill invests in disaster damage forest. it sends aid to state and local communities to restore more than 250,000 acres of water shed. funds restoration of rural communities. it 600 million to continue disaster nutrition benefits to the hard hit people of puerto rico, still reeling from hurricane maria. it allocates critical funding for social services, mental health, education, nutrition assistance, and infrastructure resiliency in communities across the land. we will rebuild our transportation systems with this legislation. we will repair housing. rewill repair businesses and public infrastructure. we will repair and reconstruct hurricane damaged veteran administration and department of defense bases and facilities across the conterrorism but the majority is not stopping there. we're -- accost the country. but the majority is not stopping there. we're not just offering aid to states and a local communities
to renew, we're reopening the government of the united states so we can actually send this aid so we can offer the expert technical assistance these communities need so we can use the full apparatus of our government, including the currently closed down department of homeland security and the coast guard where our hardworking personnel are not being paid to get america moving again. the national governor's association, bipartisan group of government -- governors from the 50 states called for an immediate reopening of the government that will allow for the release of $85 billion in federal aid and loan assistance that is being held up because a third of the government has been shut down. that is the governor's of our states, the people closest to surveying the damage on the ground. indeed, by reopening the government of the united states of america, we're not just helping to address the disasters that have befallen our people across the country, we're ending the man-made
disaster of the government shut down. and when i say it's man-made, don't mean to use archaic sexist language, madam speaker. i am trying to be precise. this is the shut down that one man, president donald trump, gave us and proudly claimed as his own in the december 11 white house meeting when he said, quote, i am proud to shut down the government, chuck. i will take the mantle. i will be the one to shut it down said the president of the united states. i'm not going to blame you for it. so far this shut down that the president is proud to have delivered to his people has closed nine federal departments, state agriculture, interior, commerce, justice, homeland security, treasury, h.u.d., and transportation. it has caused 800,000 federal workers to be furloughed. or compelled to work with no pay at all a.
it has threatened public safety in national parks which are overflowing with garbage and backed up waste in the bathrooms. it is threatened the tax refund of millions of americans. it's threatened 38 million low-income americans who depend on snap benefits for proper nutrition for their families. and it has unleashed profound chaos and anxiety in the land. in my congressional district, tens of thousands of federal workers have been denied pay. air traffic controllers, coast guard personnel, n.i.h. researchers, scientists at noaa. i have heard from scientists at f.d.a. who have been furloughed and prevented from working on the prevention and containment of e. coli. salmonella, and insect infestation of our food supply. i have spoken to an a arm yvette ran who has spent the rest of his career after leaving the army as an air traffic controller must raid his own retirement plan and his daughter's 529 college plan
with a 10% penalty in order to pay his mortgage. i have spoken to several constituents who have been forced to pay their mortgages with credit cards or loans from other family members. i have talked to constituents who have been forced to forgo medical treatments because they can't balance their checkbooks when they are ordered to work but receive a pay stub, like many have emailed to me, showing zero net pay, zero gross pay. and hundreds of thousands of people who work for private contractors and small businesses, working with the government across america, have been injured as well. many furloughed, laid off, or fired with no real promise of making their money back. unlike the federal workers who, at least i hope, should be getting their money back because of legislation that the majority has brought forward. but the 172,000 federal workers in my state are losing $778 million every two weeks and the state has already lost more than $60 million in taxes.
the economic reverberations arefall and spreading. . now, this shut down is a brutal assault on the separation of powers and the constitution of the united states. it does not form a more perfect union. it does not establish justice. it shuts the justice department down. it defunds the department of homeland security, it does not provide for the common defense but rob ours coast guard personnel of their paychecks. it does not promote the general welfare but furloughs food inspectors, cheats civil servants out of their salaries, it pr motes tax fraud by locking i.r.s. agents out of their office and idles environmental scientists, diplomats, air traffic controllers and t.s.a. agents who are calling in sick because they can't afford to get to work. this policy is not in
service of we the people and that's why every public opinion poll shows the american people overwhelm tpwhi rejecting the trump shutdown this scandalous assault on the public good. in america we don't hold the government or the work force or the people hostage over a policy dispute. that's a betrayal of the separation of powers and how government is supposed to work in the united states of america my good friends across the aisle should be confronting the shut down with us. we are asking them to join us in getting the emergency aid to our people all across the land and in reopening the government. i know it wasn't their idea, madam speaker. i know they were backed into this situation by president trump and fox news and ann coulter who the president apparently saw on tv and then changed his mind and decided to shut the government down. but now i'm afraid that our friends across the aisle have become enablers of the
president. and now they own a piece of the shutdown. the party of abraham lincoln who saved the union with malice for none and charity for all has become the party of donald trump who shut down the government with charity for none and malice for all. let's put an end to it right now, madam speaker. in the age of climate change we have no time left for these foolish and self-destructive games. we must act as first responders for the american people and our new majority in the house of representatives is up to the task, we are ready to govern, we are ready to lead. let's help our people recover from the natural disasters which have been exacerbated by climate change and let the manmade disaster of the shutdown of our own government right now. right now. americans know the truth of this situation. let's act together to end the trump shutdown which the american people rightfully de-despise anteemployer. let's put the government back to work for the general welfare
starting with the millions of americans still buffetted by the terrifying weather calamities of 2018. madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. >> madam speaker, i want to thank the gentleman for yielding the cust mir 30 minutes and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: i want to congratulate my friend for his recent appointment to the rules committee where we have had the opportunity to to interact with one another. i want to congratulate him for bringing his first rule to the floor as well. madam speaker, we are back here again in appropriations only this time the majority is taking what was an important, likely bipartisan, disaster relief appropriations bill and turned it into a partisan football. last night the committee on rules was scheduled to meet on a
$12.1 supplemental appropriations bill. at the last minute the majority chose to make in order and self-execute an amendment that would tack on an additional measure, a continuing resolution to fund the government through february 8. i don't know if i can fully convey how disappointed i am that the majority is seeking to play politics with this important issue and use an otherwise noncontroversial disaster appropriations bill as a vehicle to pass a controversial spending bill that is going absolutely nowhere. last year, the nation faced a wide variety of disasters from wildfires in the west to hurricanes that hit puerto rico and the virgin islands and the southeastern united states to volcanos in hawaii. when disaster strikes we have an obligation to help each other. i don't think there's a single member of the house who would disagree with that fundamental principle. before the rules committee acted last night, we were on our way
to a bipartisan bill that fulfilled that principle. but today we're considering a partisan bill that will not resolve the shutdown and it holds up crucial aid for disaster victims. to that end, madam speaker, i have to say that the original version of the bill was actually very good. it took roughly what the house had passed at the end they have last congress and added to it. in december, we passed a bill that provided $7.8 billion in disaster relief, the original bill up today would provide $12.1 billion in disaster relief. with additional money going mostly to increase existing accounts and provide nutrition assistance to puerto rico and frankly i was prepared to be fully supportive of that measure. moreover i was especially pleased that the majority took steps toward an open process. they issued a call for amendments, considered them, and made some good amendments in order. i want to commend chairmanmark govern for taking these steps an giving members on both sides of
the aisle an opportunity to present the case for their amendments to the rules committee. and many -- in many cases to the full house. instead of moving forward on a joint disaster relief bill, the majority decided at the last minute to turn this noncontroversial piece of legislation into a controversial one by attaching a self-executing manager's amendment which adds a continuing resolution to fund the government through february 8. madam speaker, i want to be clear. i want to end the government shutdown as well. i have said countless times on this floor and elsewhere that the primary responsibility of legislators is to fund the government and keep it open. our constituents deserve no less than the full amount of government services we have promised them. and at the end of december, i voted in fare of a bill that would have done exactly that. it would have funded the government through february 8, it would have funded disaster relief, and it would have
provided funding for border security. a majority of the senate favored that bill and the president had said he would sign it. unfortunately, the democratic minority in the senate blocked consideration of the bill. a bill that could have stopped the shutdown before it ever happened. proposal s the fourth by my friends across the aisle to reopen the government. tomorrow we'll likely be considering a fifth proposal. unfortunately each of these has in common the same flaws. the senate made it clear it won't take up any spending bill the president cannot sign and the president has made it clear that he will not sign any bill that does not address border security. yet my friends across the aisle continue to put forward measure after measure that simply do not provide funding for border security. and today the majority is seeking to one up itself. they've take an disaster relief bill to provide funding for vims of hurricanes, of wildfires, and
volcanos, and they're attaching to it the same funding bill the house previously passed, the house may have passed it but the senate won't, and the president won't sign it. why then does the majority insist on using disaster victims as leverage to avoid addressing border security? madam speaker, i want to reopen the government. i want us to provide for disaster victims. and i want us to provide for border security. we can accomplish all three of these things. the house can do all three of these things. in fact the house has done all three of these things as recently as december. why the majority only wants to accomplish one of those and wants to to so by using disaster victims as leverage is beyond me. i know my friends think they can force the senate and the president to bend to their will but they cannot and will not. in divided government, negotiation and compromise are incy di spenceable in governing. so far my friends have engaged
in neither. madam speaker, today we should be acting to provide need red leaf to disaster victims. instead, we're here on the fourth proposal from the majority on government funding. and on the fourth proposal that does not address fundamental problems, does not negotiate with the majority and does not put forward a bill that can become law. to quote the baseball legend and philosopher yogi berra, it's deja vu all over again. i would suggest my friends go to the bargaining table with the united states senate and with the president of the united states and see if they can actually work with the other bodies and help us come to sam resolution of the differences between the two. with that, madam speaker, i urge opposition to the rule and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair will receive a message. the messenger: madam speaker. a message from the president of the united states. the speaker pro tempore: mr. secretary.
the secretary: madam speaker i'm directed by the president of the united states to deliver to the house of representatives a message in writing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland. mr. raskin: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank my friend, the distinguished gentleman from oklahoma for his thoughful words and that kind welcome to the rules committee. i've heard nothing but wonderful things about how you operate on the rules committee and we're indeed fortunate to have you serving in this capacity. i really to look forward to working with you in the months and years ahead. you know, i admit it's been an -- a somewhat awkward process trying to reopen the government of the united states. this shutdown is unique for at least two reasons i can think of. one is, it is already the longest shutdown in the history of the united states. and the second is that when the shutdown began last year, under the 115th congress, it was the
only time that the congress adjourned during a shutdown. so rather than stay and try to work it out, we were adjourned before recess and the congress went home. it was left in the hands of the new majority and the new 116th to try to get it going again which is why yes, it is the absolute first order of business for us to open up the government of the united states. madam speaker, i now yield one minute to the gentlewoman from florida who is also a new and distinguished member of the rules committee, ms. chalet lay -- ms. shalala. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. shalala: i thank the gentleman for yielding the floor. by providing more than $12 billion in disaster relief to various departments and agencies we can ensure the communs have the resources and funds they immediate to rebuild. h.r. 268 confirm ours commitment to communities like my district and my state who are often hardest hit by natural disasters.
this rule funds crucial infrastructure projects that will better equip our hurricane centers and tracking predicting and forecasting large storms. it increases nutrition assistance programs, including $600 million for puerto rico, in addition to over $1 billion will be available to cover crop losses in many parts of the country. but critical to implementing this bill is an amendment to reopen the government. without the government open, federal agencies, states, and communities are having difficulty accessing disaster aid. anyone who cares about disaster relief should be voting for this bill. which will end the shutdown, open the government, and help people across this country who have been victims of natural disasters. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland. mr. raskin: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: thank you very much,
madam speaker. if i may, i would like to yield three minutes to my good friend, the distinguished gentleman from the state of washington, mr. newhouse a former move the rules committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. newhouse: i thank my fend from oklahoma for yielding time. madam speaker, today i regretfully rise in opposition to this rule. the base text of the legislation before us is vitally important. i'll admit that it demonstrates bipartisan, in fact, i would say really nonpartisan efforts negotiated over months between both sides of the aisle to provide desperately needed resources to communities ravaged by hurricanes, typhoons, wildfires and other disasters in 2018. unfortunately, madam speaker, as is becoming all too familiar under democrat control of the people's house, democrats are now pulling political stunts. jeopardizing these vital
resources from reaching communs who need them most. last night democrats on the house rules committee stuck a continuing resolution into this appropriations package. thereby sealing the fate that it will not be taken up by the senate nor signed into law by the president. madam speaker, i find that shameful that house democrats are playing partisan politics with disaster relief. it is so unfortunate and shameful that chairman mcgovern and rules committee democrats are jeopardizing these funds from reaching the areas that so desperately need them. communities pummeled by hurricanes in the southeast, families devastated by wild it is fires across the west, territories struck by typhoons in the pacific will now have to face the fact that help is not on the way. madam speaker, when i learned that the rules committee was going to be considering this disaster relief package, allowing amendments on the
legislation, i frankly was looking forward to coming to the house floor to commend chairman mcgovern for allowing a vigorous process with amendment consideration. but unfortunately, they chose to play politics with the disaster aid an not only sit disappointing, madam speaker, it is wrong. vote no on this rule. let us send a message to communities devastated by disasters that we will not play politics with the resources they so desperately need to rebuild. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from oklahoma reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. . mr. raskin: i thank you, madam speaker. and i thank the gentleman from washington state for his comments. i would urge him to stick with his original instinct to support the legislation. he said that he finds lots of important stuff in it, aiding the victims of hurricanes and
earthquakes and floods and so on. all of that is absolutely right. we urge him to vote for it too. he says we're playing politics in a shameful way, engaged in partisan politics by adding a measure to reopen the government of the united states that will allow us to get aid to all of these people and to allow all of our workers to be paid. what i consider shameful is holding the government of the united states of america, the federal workforce, private contractors, and the people hostage over a policy debate. we've never seen anything like this before. now it is the longest shutdown in history. so let's reopen the government and we're willing to debate anything you want, but we can't do it in a hostage-taking, ransom-type situation. since when did it become -- since when did opening the government of the united states become a poison pill? i just don't see that. madam speaker, i now yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. escobar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for
two minutes. ms. escobar: thank you for yielding, congressman raskin. madam speaker, i rise in support of the rule for h.r. 268, the disaster supplemental appropriations act of 2019. this bill would provide over $12 billion in necessary funds to help affected communities recover from natural disasters, including puerto rico, the commonwealth of the northern mariana islands, and farmers who lost crops due to hurricanes michael and florence. i'd like to thank my colleagues for addressing the underlying bill and for making in order an amendment to prevent these funds from being used to plan, develop, or instruct a new border barrier -- construct a new border barrier. sadly, this amendment is necessary because this administration wants to divert critical disaster aid, meant for other projects, to go toward border wall construction. the reality is that our country needs help recovering from some of the greatest natural disasters we have seen in our
lifetimes. puerto rico is still recovering from the devastating aftermath of hurricane maria, a storm that claimed the lives of nearly 3,000 people. i'm glad to see that the underlying text provides $600 million in disaster nutrition assistance to the island where over three million u.s. citizens reside. i urge my colleagues to support this measure, the underlying text, and this important amendment. let's hold this administration accountable and ensure they do not deceive the american people by pulling a bait and switch. thank you. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland reserves. mr. raskin: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: thank you, madam speaker. i'd like to yield three minutes to my good friend, a new body of this body, from the great commonwealth of pennsylvania, mr. meuser. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is
recognized for three minutes. mr. meuser: i thank the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole, for yielding. madam speaker, i rise to voice the frustration of the residents of my district in pennsylvania. two weeks after the start of the 116th congress, the democrat leadership in the house continues to refuse to come to the table, negotiate -- negotiate a compromise, secure our borders and to put an end to this shutdown. i've been hearing every day from hundreds of people in my district, do our jobs, secure the border, put partisanship aside and get things done, reopen the government, yes, and build a barrier securing the most vulnerable parts of our southern border and put an end to this humanitarian and national security crisis. it's in our hands. this is what the people want, and this is what they expect. instead, democrat leadership appears to be treating this like a game, like we've taken
an important issue -- disaster relief for tragedy stricken parts of our country, and poisoned it with partisanship. this is a messaging bill that makes for good talking points on tv, but does nothing to make our country safer or end the shutdown. let's negotiate and do what the people expect of us. we were sent here to serve the people, not our political ambitions. it's long past time we start doing it. i urge a no vote on the rule and on the underlying bill. i thank the gentleman from oklahoma for yielding me the time, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from oklahoma reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. raskin: thank you, madam speaker. the first thing i am afraid i need to point out is a certain number of our friends on the other side of the aisle are experiencing a kind of political speech impediment where they're unable to correctly pronounce the name of our party. we're the democratic party, not
the democrat party. i was reading a biography from franklin roosevelt called a treater to our class. call us a democracy. so those would be the two choices that will be most suitable at least from our side of the aisle. the second thing i want to point out, this is a clean continuing resolution. we have not loaded it up with a bunch of partisan sweeteners or you know, ideological gotcha resolutions. this is a clean continuing resolution to get disaster assistance to our people, the people of the united states, and it opens up our government to make that assistance possible and so we can end the man made disaster of the shutdown. so i think that it well suits those who are saying they both want to get the aid to americans and they want the government of the united states to be reopened. will now yield one minute to
e gentlewoman from nevada, mrs. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. lee: thank you, madam speaker. i thank the representative for yielding. madam speaker, i rise in support of the rule and the underlying bill. i'm proud to help these communities recover and families rebuild their lives after the devastating effects of extreme weather but this bill is also the reminder of ignoring the cost of climate change. as the planet continues to warm because of manmade causes, more and more communities are at risk of extreme weather. in my home state of nevada, lake immediate is as 50% as large it was in 2000. as the water level continues to fall, water prices will continue to rise for families across southern nevada. and according to the g.a.o., climate change has already cost taxpayers over $350 billion
over the past decade. we make concrete steps to curb climate change. the cost, both human and financial, are already too high. i urge my colleagues to support the rule and the underlying bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman from maryland. mr. raskin: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, madam speaker. i'd like to yield three minutes to my very good friend, former law enforcement professional, sheriff from florida, mr. rutherford. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. rutherford: thank you, mr. cole. madam speaker, i rise today in opposition to the political ultimatum that's now poisoned this bill. i would have anticipated originally i would support chairwoman lowey's proposal to provide disaster relief for american families that were struggling to rebuild from these recent disasters like hurricane michael that tore up my state of florida.
however, last night the majority slipped in to this bill another short-term continuing resolution that they know will hold this bill back from ever becoming law. instead of doing the right way and passing a clean disaster relief bill, the other side of the aisle continues to play games in an effort to resist the president's call for border security with mexico. the senate and president have made it clear, government funding bills brought to the floor without border security will not be signed into law. it's time to accept the reality of the situation that we find ourselves in. compromise is the only path forward, but the other side of the aisle seems content to blame the president while punishing victims of natural sasters, including those and in the speaker's observe own state of california while they continue to recover from
devastating wildfires. attempting to score political points at the expense of disaster victims, it's despicable and no way to legislate. this bill before us today could have provided much relief -- much-needed relief for a flood of families recovering from hurricane michael. it's not just those that will suffer but the florida farmers and many that rely on them who had their crops devastated by this storm. 26 days into the shutdown and we're still playing these games. madam speaker, if you are serious about providing disaster relief to americans, al g a clean supplement funding bill. quit playing games for those in the northeast and panhandle of florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. raskin: madam speaker, thank you very much. i continue to be baffled about
why some of my colleagues think that opening the government of the united states, our government is a poison pill and something they can't support. look how far we have fallen, madam speaker. we are voting for billions of dollars in aid to the people of florida and the people of texas and california and puerto rico so we can deal with the mounting natural crises and emergencies around the country. we need to open the government to do it, and there are those who say that's too high of price. they want to get the aid to the people but it's too high a price to reopen our own government. now, i know -- we can't find an example of another democratic country where the chief executive has shut down his own government the way the -- the way president trump has done in this case. we know that he expresses a lot of admiration for vladimir those n russia and for
and ngary and for turkey for the crown prince of saudi arabia. those are his friends. those are the people he looks up to. maybe he thinks this is a normal way of doing business. this is not for those in the united states of america. let them put the civil servants in the philippines at rest. why don't they shut down the government of saudi arabia? why are they doing this to the people of the united states of america? we're not playing games. he's playing a game with us. he's holding us hostage over his pet obsession, and the american people know it. madam speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from oregon, ms. bonamici. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from oregon is recognized for three minutes. ms. bonamici: thank you, madam speaker. and i want to thank my colleague from maryland for yielding time. i rise in support of the rule and the supplemental appropriations act for fiscal
year 2019, which will provide relief and recovery assistance for those affected by natural disasters. i'm pleased that this bill includes $150 million for commercial fishery and fishery resource disasters declared by the secretary of commerce. oregon's commercial salmon fisheries were devastated in 2016 and 2017 when they saw more than a 70% decline in their salmon catch compared to the five-year average. despite considerable federal and state investment? chinook salmon recovery, many factors outside the control of the fishing industry, including drought and changing ocean conditions exacerbated by climate change, continue to impede salmon population. in oregon, the 2016 salmon catch levels were so low that they measured among the worst nationwide fisheries disasters of the year. 2017 was even worse at less than half of 2016 value.
these disastrous salmon seasons have already hurt the distressed economies that rely on the commercial salmon fishing. i heard from jeff reeves. he fishes, he farms and logs to make ends meet. he scraped and he invested $200,000 in a boat. then the back-to-back disaster seasons arrived and he had to sell it. as jeff points out, fishermen are small business owners and a bad season can be devastating for their leaflyhoods. i was proud to -- livelihoods. was proud to join my colleagues to declare a disaster for the chinook salmon and i was proud they issued the declaration last fall. the $150 million included in this bill will help the hard-hit communities that depend on fisheries revenues like those in the pacific northwest to seek federal assistance and begin the recovery process.
i thank chairman mcgovern and chairwoman lowey for their leadership and mr. raskin as well on this commonsense bill to support communities affected by natural disasters across the country. i urge all of my colleagues to support this bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentleman reserves. mr. raskin: i thank the gentlewoman for her thoughtful remarks and i'd reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: i wish to notify the ouse if we depete pre-- defeat the priest question, i'll bring up the appropriations package the house passed in december, including full funding for the government, $5.7 billion for border security. madam speaker that's a bill that the senate will actually take up and pass. that's a bill that the president
has said he will actually sign. so madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. with that, i continue to urge a no vote and i urge a no vote on the previous question. on the previous question. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. raskin: may i ask how much time we have remaining? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman if maryland has 6 1/2 minutes. the gentleman from oklahoma has 16 minutes remaining. mr. raskin: thank you very much for your patience. our beloved colleagues across the aisle have asked us to come back to the negotiating table and to compromise. madam speaker, we have compromised. the bills that we started out passing were bills that were
overwhelmingly or unanimously passed by the republicans in committee or on the floor. so we're passing their bills to reopen the government. the very first order of business is to reopen the government. i am going to be prepared to close in a moment if they are prepared to close, we have no more speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: i'm prepared to close whenever my friend is. mr. raskin: we reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, madam speaker. i thank my friend again for the time. i thank him for participating in the debate. i congratulate him on being close to finishing his first rule. madam speaker, in closing, i want to respond to a couple of things that my good friend said. first of all he said they brought their bills to the floor, meaning our bill, i presume. you didn't bring our bills to the floor. you brought senate bills to the floor. actually those bills are nothing
like the bills that the house passed and in many cases are quite inferior to the product that had been jointly compromised between the two bodies. just speak for something i know very well, which is indian health care, which the bill you presented to us had absolutely no house input from either republican or democratic members. had $135 million less for indian health care service, had $16 million less for bureau of indian affairs, i can go on and on and on. the bills actually that frankly we were pretty close to having conferenced and done were honestly quite superior. they had many democratic and republican suggestions and many member suggestions. if we pass what the majority is presenting, all we're doing is just turning over the appropriations function of the united states house of representatives to the united states senate. and saying we don't really need
a house, anything you guys do is fine. and that's the product that been presented to us. it's not acceptable to our side to simply throw away house prerogatives and positions. so again my friends have the majority here. we respect that. you're -- you'll almost certainly prevail on the rule and the vote. i certainly accept that. that's the way this institution works. but what you fail to tell me is whether or not you're going to get the senate tover pick this up. so far you haven't. this is the fourth attempt. we'll see another one tomorrow. and whether or not you can actually produce legislation that the president of the united states will sign. so far you haven't. you're the majority. but under our constitutional system, passing legislation through the house is simply not sufficient. it has to be able to pass the united states senate, it has to be signed by the president of the united states, unless 2/3 of the house and the senate are willing to override the -- his
veto and frankly i don't think my friends have 2/3 majority either here, they certainly don't in the united states senate. so i have a modest proposal, probably the people that are producing this legislation here should sit town and talk with the united states senate. ahead of time. and say can we split the difference here? can we find some common ground? actually the president did that in december. literally sent the vice president to negotiations to say, we don't -- we would loik to get $5 billion. we think that's the appropriate amount. but what if we settled at $2.5 billion. that's no. that's a normal, reasonable compromise, it's called splitting the divens. the president tried to do that i do nend my -- commend my friends, i know they're sears about want -- wanting to reopen the government, we would love to work with them on getting that cone but it's going to entail compromise. frankly over the next two years if my friends want to get anything done, and i know they do, they'll have to compromise. been there before. we were in a situation where we
were the majority in the united states house of representatives a democratic majority in the senate and democratic president. it took, i will say, some of my colleagues a long time to figure out that we had to have help in the united states senate and we had to have a president that would sign bills and we were going to have to compromise son some -- on some things we thought were fundamentally very important. i suggest my friends learn from our experience and -- in that regard. again, i respect the effort to reopen the government. i would love to participate. this bill quite frankly could have been something i think would have started us down the right direction. and it almost was. we had members on both sides of the aisle that very much wanted to vote for this legislation. and frankly and again i want to commend the chairman of our committee, mr. mcgovern, he set up a process so that we could provide amendments, member input, we had a full consideration of those amendments in the rules committee. i would have liked a few more to be made in border -- in order
but i can't complain about the ones that were. i think it was a fair process. only the democratic leadership's insistence on putting something they knew the senate would not pick up and they knew the president would not sign stopped that disaster relief bill. that's all. that literally could have been passed out of here today, could have been passed immediately by the united states senate, would have been signed by the president, would have gotten us out of this cycle, at least a little bit. would have shown us what functioning government actually looks like. but i guess the fear of the moment is more important than actually getting disaster relief to people. so we're going to go through this exercise yet again. madam speaker, in closing, i urge opposition to this rule and the underlying measure. majority has take an noncontroversial, bipartisan supplemental disaster appropriations bill and has turned it into a political football. today's bill was originally intended to provide for relief for disaster victims. and instead, the majority is
turning it into yet another continuing resolution that's not going anywhere. this is the same continuing resolution that the house previously passed and the senate refused to consider. whether the democrats like it or not they need to engage with republicans on border security. but instead, they are now bringing up their fourth attempt to pass a government funding bill without border security. and this time they're using disaster victims as levrg to burn their policies. the majority would be better served to undertake serious negotiations with republicans over the need for border security and find a way out of the crisis of their making. rather than pushing the exact same bill again. madam speaker, i urge a no on the previous question, no on the underlying measure, and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma yields back. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. raskin: thank you very much. i want to thank my friend and colleague for conceding the
fairness of the amendment process that we adopted here today. i do hope it will be the beginning of a new era in congress where we can work together and bring in the best wrds from everybody. having said that, we still have a disagreement. and the disagreement is this. we brought forward four continuing resolutions that incorporated the language that came from republicans in the senate and were voted out on a 92-6 basis. in order to pass this. now my distinguished colleague says well maybe the republicans in the house would have felt differently about that. of course they controlled the house in the last session but they adjourned without us ever taking it up. you adjourned into christmas break and into a shutdown. so we were left with this mess when we got into power, that's why our first order of business must be to reopen the government of the united states. we've offered multiple continuing resolutions in order to do that.
i think a dozen of my republican colleagues have already voted for different c.r.'s in order to keep the government going. so when the gentleman kindly asks well how can you expect us to do this? lots of republicans understand the urgency of reopening the government. one position says we'll reopen the government if you do what we want and our position is let's reopen the government. you see the difference there? we're not holding anybody hoss tam. there's no political ransom. we're not making any demands. we're saying let's pass this legislation that is overwhelming if not unanimous support to get disaster relief to you are people and let's reopen the government so we can get them the relief. instead we get accused of playing political games. they call reopening the government of the united states a poison pill. that's got to be making some history in itself. the word emergency has been bandied about a lot, madam speaker, over the last few week. the president even threatened to invoke emergency powers that he
think he is has in order to impose his fantasy wall on the government when it's very clear that he didn't get it through two years of republican controlled house and senate and he's not getting it through this congress and he didn't get the funding from the mexican government which was what the original promise, so now he wants to see if he can find emergency powers to do it but he's delayed the emergency. think about that. it's as if you saw an emergency in your neighborhood and say well instofede calling the police or the fire department, i'm going to wait a few weeks to do it. that's not a real emergency. what's a real emergency? climate change is obviously a real emergency. the entire weight of scientific evidence tells us that's an emergency. the government shutdown is an emergency. for more than 800,000 federal employees who now have to explain to their kids why they don't have a paycheck. and why their borrowing from their own retirement funds or from the kids' college funds or people can't get needed medical
care. they're not able to pay for medically indicated conditions they have because they don't have the money to do it. that's an emergency. hurricane florence and michael, those are emergencies. and that's why we want to get aid to the people there. that's what this legislation is all about. the california wildfires which killed dozens of americans, that's an emergency. that's why we're trying to get aid out to the people of california. but a legislative debate over the proper means of homeland security when we spent more than $9 billion on homeland security over the last decade and our side is fighting for the best innovations, the best technology to invest in border security? that's not an emergency. that's a legislative debate we can have. so we go back to the basic points. let's get aid to our people from puerto rico to north carolina and south carolina. from florida to texas. that's what this bill does.
it gets aid to our people, it reopens the government of the united states, it puts us back in the business of promoting the general welfare. that's what we've been sent here to do. to promote justice and the yen welfare and domestic tranquility, not shut down the government. let's open it up and let's get aid to the people of the united states of america. i yield back. -- speaker pro tempore: mr. raskin: i encourage a yes vote on the rule, yield back my time and move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. mr. cole: madam speaker, on that i would request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes
by electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20 this 15-minute vote on ordering the previous question will be followed by five-minute votes on adoption of the resolution, if ordered, and the motion to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 190. this will be 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.]
>> madam speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma rise? mr. cole: madam speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas an nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]