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oday, 4-g is about full signal transition. 5-g is about network slicing into pieces. there must be a general expectation that no matter how technology develops, the essential networks must be open , just, and reasonable. thank you. mr. doyle: thank you very much. and let me say both to mr. powell, mr. wheeler, i should have referred both of you as chairmen, not commissioner. my apologies. with the conclusion of witness testimony, we're now -- >> we'll leave this hearing at this point as the u.s. house is about to gavel in. a reminder you can watch all of our programs at c-span.org. the house expected to debate several suspension bills today and start work on access to childcare for veterans. part of the rule for that includes interim funding for
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two new house committees through the end of march. also, government funding runs out february 15 over negotiations over border security continue. and now to live coverage of the house here 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. eternal god, we give you thanks for giving us another day. on this day of the national prayer breakfast, we gather as a nation founded by people of faith. and their wisdom and we hope with your inspiration, our founders recognized that the power of government ought not be utilized for the advancement of religion nor validated by religion but rather to guarantee the freedom of citizenings to worship as they feel called by god's spirit to do. rom its inception, the
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predominantly protestant colonial population has become a national population of protestants, catholic, jews, mormons and countless other congregants, americans all, who have flourished on this continent, not without trials and tribulations. we pray together that our blessing continue upon us all an most especially on the members of this assembly, trusting that in the depths of our hearts, we are seeking to hear your call in the following of our consciences. bless us this day and every day. may all that is done here 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 his approval thereof.
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pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1, the journal stands approve. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from south arolina, mr. wilson. mr. wilson: everyone, including our guests in the gallery, please join in. 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 liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. kirkpatrick: mr. speaker, this past weekend, i held a congress on your corner in tucson, arizona. i met face to face with my
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constituents at a supermarket. they shared their grave concerns over the president's words and actions. one woman had never attended an event like this, but she stopped by to tell me she was terrified of losing her health insurance. another woman was concerned about how inaction on climate change would impact her children. no one president can solve every issue, but we need a president that unites and fights for america's future, not divides us by party, economic status or the country we were born in. president trump's address on tuesday was more of the same. he doubled down on his divisive and destructive agenda with blatant lies. time and again, he has failed the middle class and misinformed the public from the power pulpit. the president didn't utter a word about climate change, and he mischaracterized activity at
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the border. but i'm listening and here to work. i'm focused on investing in hardworking families and fighting for people, not corporations. we will have votes on the floor this week that prove our investment and care for these issues. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, president donald trump made the courageous decision to withdraw from the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty last week. this was long overdue. sadly, there have been obvious russian violations since 2011. the 1987 i.n.f. treaty was achieved by president ronald reagan to prohibit development of ground launch cruise missiles. the treaty was the gold standard of arms control agreements for years, but russia has been in violation of
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the agreement while we have continued to limit our research and development. allowing russia to violate the i.n.f. treaty endangers american families. now, russia will find more incentive to return to the negotiating table encouraged by secretary of state mike pompeo. we must continue to seek peace through strength. it is with this strategy implemented by president reagan that prompted moscow to sign the i.n.f. treaty in the first place. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we will never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rom nevada seek recognition? mr. horsford: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. horsford: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak about legislation that i introduced to protect nevadans from the pain of another government shutdown. federal employees and
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contractors shouldn't be on the hook for the fees, interests, and fines that pile up when the government shuts down. that's why yesterday i introduced legislation to ensure these workers don't just receive back pay but they also get back pay for the late fees and overdue rent notices they receive through no fault of their own during any government shutdown. this bill also requires the federal government to reimburse states and tribes for extra funds that they're forced to spend during shutdowns, ensuring nevada taxpayers aren't picking up the tab when the government -- federal government fails to do so. the president made clear on tuesday night that he's willing to create another self-imposed crisis so that he can get money for a border wall. this bill will ensure that our federal workers and state and tribal governments aren't footing the bill for that crisis. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> the congressional budget office is supposed to help congress evaluate the fiscal cost and benefits of legislation. given the weight these scores have on the ability of members of congress to make policy decisions, it should be a top priority that the c.b.o. standards are of the highest possible quality. c.b.o. should improve and could improve the accuracy of its projections by adopting a transparent process that would allow independent experts to provide technical contributions and verify their conclusions as is the standard for all academic journals. that is why i have introduced the c.b.o. show your work act, which would require the c.b.o. to publish online all
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nonproprietary data, models and processes utilized in the analysis and scoring of legislation. c.b.o. is our internal accountant for every member of congress, and therefore, members of congress and the public they serve should have access to this data, the models and processes which create the numbers we rely on. mr. davidson: thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from california is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in honor of black history month. this month, as we pay tribute to the pioneers, trailblazers and leaders who helped bend, enforce the moral arc of our compass, i rise to recognize my
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constituent, paula massie of hanford, california. she is founder of women with vision unlimited. they work with youth and literacy and summer school programs to improve the academic attainment of children in the central valley. paula raises scholarships for high school seniors, organizes numerous events and focuses bringing awareness to valley fever, an illness deep to hear heart. paula lost her son to valley fever in 2017 and quickly realized there was lack of knowledge about the disease. not only from the community but from the physicians treating their patients. and thanks to the advocacy of paula and many others in 201, california governor proun signed a bill requiring the state department of health to conduct outreach and awareness to educate the health care providers and physicians in the public about the symptoms and treatment of valley fever. as paula put it, awareness is the key and the central valley, we are an agriculture community
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with many fields where dust blows. many people will contract this disease and not know until it's too late. i'm proud to represent paula and the 24th congressional district. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: mr. speaker, request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for one minute. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, one of our finest american traditions took place this morning, the national prayer breakfast. penny and i were honored and inspired to join members of congress and leaders from across the globe, gathered here in washington, d.c. for what's become an international forum. since 1953, the national prayer breakfast has united people, nations, religions, and even politicians who come together to celebrate faith, fellowship and prayer. it is a time where we reflect on faith and focus on the year ahead. it's a time where we put aside
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differences and unite the pray -- unite and pray for our leaders, our friends and our families. every president since president eisenhower has attended the prayer breakfast, and president trump delivered excellent remarks this morning, urging the nation to build a culture that cherishes the dignity and sanctity of life. president trump said, and i quote, let us always give thanks for the miracle of life creation and the grace of god, end quotes. mr. speaker, i agree. it's my hope the unity and fellowship we felt this morning stays with us always in our work and in our lives. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from ohio is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise to honor some of our local heroes.
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this past weekend, in claremont county, ohio, two police officers came under fire responding to a call that was believed to be an attempted suicide. it instead turned out to be an ambush. the gunman lured detective bill brewer, who's remembered in this photo, along with lieutenant nick derose. he lured them into his home where he proceed to fire at both deb utes through a wall. lieutenant derose was injured and detective brewer gave his duty. the line of i pray that god will bring comfort to his family, to his wife, jamie, and his young son, braxton, and to my friend, sheriff leahy and the claremont county sheriff's department and all of those in our community grieving this loss. mr. wenstrup: i pray for a
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speedy recovery for lieutenant nick derose. and while god has called bill brewer away from us, the positive effects of his works in this lifetime shall never perish. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman from illinois is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. as the co-chair of the alzheimer's working group on the ways and means committee, i rise today to raise awareness about this disease. which has a profound impact on so many families across illinois and our country. alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, causing issues with memory and behavior and over three million individuals are diagnosed with alzheimer's per year. alzheimer's transcends race, ethnicity and socioeconomic standing, touching families of
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all backgrounds. mr. lahood: for 2019, over 400 million dollars was allocated for research. but it's more than just funding that is needed to find a cure. as a member of congress, i have been proud to support legislation aimed at finding a cure for this disease. such as the raise family caregivers act and the bold infrastructure for alzheimer's act, both of which were signed into law. while we have taken important strides to find a cure to this disease, we still have much work to do. and i look forward to working with members on both sides of the aisle to find a cure for this devastating disease. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. today, i rise to speak about a great man, a man who was a
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proud son of my home of nelson county, virginia. emery, nelson county rescue squad captain, passed from this life on january 31 after a courageous battle with cancer. raised in my home county of nelson, he dedicated his life he helping friends and neighbors who found themselves in harm's way. he fought countless wildfires across the commonwealth and the nation leading to his commendation as forest warden of the year in virginia. he was asked to serve as captain of the nelson county rescue squad and chief of the fire department. his dedication to public safety and to helping all the men and women of nelson county should be recognized and commended. he put his life at risk time after time to save people he didn't even know across the entirety of the commonwealth. eddie lived a life of selflessness and for that we are all thankful. mr. riggleman: for me and all those who have served, rest easy, chief, and i yield my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> 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 recognizesed for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker, i ise to call on both parties to find a solution to prevent a government shutdown before next friday. many don't agree with president trump's wall because they say it sends the message that immigrants are not welcome. yesterday i met with farmers in my district who told me how much they rely on skilled foreign labor. -- labor. one farmer had 800 jobs an did not receive one single american applicant. they are concerned if this shutdown continues they will not be able to hire from abroad.
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we can and must do better. the strong economy led by president trump has created more jobs than there are americans to fill them and we want to encourage legal immigration not only to fill a need but also because immigrants create a stronger america. after all, without legal immigrationing, my great great grandfather, francisco spano, would not have immigrated from italy and i would not be standing before the house today. it's time for the house to come together, avert another shutdown, continue growing our economy an push for an immigration system that's fair, just, and inclusive for all. i yield back the balance of my ime. >> for what purpose does the gentleman from kansas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise to honor black history month. kansas is no stranger to the
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fight for equality. at times in our nation's history, kansas has led the charge. bloody kansas was a series of violent civil confrontations in the 1850's surrounding slavery. brown vs. the topeka board of education helped end racial segregation. in 1968, dr. martin luther king jr. chose kansas to deliver his speech entitled the future of integration. in that speech he said, if democracy is to live, segregation must die. let us strive to live up to his memory, let us strive to come together, and let us choose greatness. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, madam.
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pursuant to permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 206 the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on february 7, 019, at 11:11 a.m. appointments, joint committee on taxation. members of the senate finance committee as congressional advisors. public stenet center for development. with best wishes, i am, signed incerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman
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from new york seek reck necessary? >> by direction of the me on rules i call up house resolution 105 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house kallen daughter -- calendar number six, house resolution 106. resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill, h.r. 840, to amend title 38, united states code, to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to provide child care assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services provided by the department of veterans affairs. 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 veterans' affairs. after general debate the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute
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rule. it shall be in order to consider as an original bill for the purpose of amendment under the five-minute rule an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 116-3. that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. all points of order against that amendment in the nature of a substitute are waived. no amendment to that amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be in order except those printed in the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such 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 amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for
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amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such amendments as may have been adopted. any member may demand a separate vote in the house on any amendment adopted in the committee of the whole to the bill or to the amendment in the nature of a substitute made in order as original text. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, house resolution 86 is hereby adopted. ection 3, it shall be in order at any time through the legislative day of february 15, 2019, for the speaker to entertain motions that the house suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15. the speaker or her designee shall consult with the minority leader or his designee on the
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designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized for one hour. >> for the purpose of debate only i yield the customary 30 minutes to the gentleman from georgia, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. all time yielded is for the purpose of debate only. i ask unanimous consent that all members be given five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, on wednesday the rules committee met and reported a rule, house resolution 105, providing for consideration h.r. 840, the veterans access to childcare act under a structured rule. the rule provides one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on veterans afears. it makes in order 21 amendments and provides for adoption of house resolution 86, a resolution providing interim funding for our two new select committees. lastly, the rule provides suspension authority through
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next friday, february 156789 mr. morelle: mr. speaker, the veterans access to child care act would make permanent the v.a.'s child care program, allow manager veterans to access child care when they receive medical and other intensive treatments through the v.a. a similar measure pass lastd year without objection. it is my hope this congress will support these efforts to make it easier for our brey service members to get the care they need while supporting their families. millions of working families across the nation are struggling to afford the rising cost of child care. families in my own state of new york pay upwards of $15,000 each year to place one child in a child care center. some parent mace find themselves owing their entire salary each month to day care. this can be so debilitating many are drin out of the work force. for veterans these struggles may
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be more acute. many are primary care givers to their children or even grandchildren. they rely on the v.a. for health care but they are forced to miss appointments or forego treatment alstogget because they don't have access to health care. this nation is facing a crisis. each day, 20 american veterans take their own life. studies have shown that mental health disparities are a leading cause of suicide rates among vet rons who struggle with post-traumatic stress. the suicide rate is faster among veterans who have not recently received treatment through the v.a. system. addressing these differences is critical and we know make caring more accessible will change lives. currently the department of
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veterans affairs has a program for cost-free child care to help veterans seeking medical and mental health treatment at facilities across the country. this program has been extended by congress several times and provided care for thousands of children already. congress has the chance to extend this pilot and expand this service to every v.a. facility in the nation. this will allow more veterans to receive cost free child care, ensuring they never have to choose between caring for their family over caring for their mental health and well being. this is especially important for single parents across the nation. an increasing number of female veterans have been in combat. one in five female veterans military sexual trauma. it's clear that female veterans face unique health challenges and unique barriers to accessing the kear they need. this will work to dismant they will barriers so we can build on
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the progress v.a. has made in treating female veterans. if many it's not only important that they receive care, but that they receive the care quickly. they shouldn't have to worry about their babysitter dropping out or how they'll pay for a day of day care or how to find someone to take care of their child while they go to the hospital to receive services. we must ensure that the men and women who vlade their lives on the line have timely access to the life-saving services they need and we have promised to provide. i urge my colleagues to vote for this rule and the underlying legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time they feel gentleman from georgia is recognized. >> i want to thank my friend if new york for yielding me the customary 30 minutes, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. woodall: i don't have the opportunity very often, so i want to take the opportunity to
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say it here, i agree with everything mr. morelli had to say. if you are ever having a good day and want to bring some discord to your life, come upstairs, we have a 9-4 disparity on the committee, it opportunity matter whether it's democrats leading or republicans leading. last night we had a chance to talk about something that unites us all. i oppose the rule because this is a bill that passed last year. and we passed it unanimously through the veterans affairs committee. all the republican, all the democrats voted yes. and then we brought it to the house floor and we passed it unanimously here on a voice vote. but the difference between the bill we have before us today and the bill we had before us last year is that when we made new promises to our veterans for much-needed benefits last year,
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we went and we found ways to pay for those promises. not controversial ways. not device i ways. but ways that we agreed to unanimously at the committee and the full house level. when the bill reappeared this year, those pay-fors weremy rack lousely -- were miraculously absent. i'm concerned about that for two reasons, mr. speaker. i think the body should reject the rule and give us a chance to improve this bill. we tried to approve it with an amendment last night and the amendment was nongermane. for those new to the institution, understand that if the committee that sends the bill to the house floor decides they're not going to pay for it, any effort to try to pay for it is nongermane. and so once the committee sends a bill that's flawed to the rules committee, unless there's a waiver of the house rules to allow a pay-for amendment,
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pay-if amendments are -- pay-for amendments are not in order. so we're making a new about $120 million commitment to our veterans. a wonderful commitment. i agree with everything the gentleman from new york had to say. his heart for veterans is pure and his words were true. but that $120 million commitment we're working, make, eets followeded into the veterans' affairs budget. which means we have to cut $120 million worth of other veterans' benefits in order to pay for this veterans' benefit. that's not what everybody on this floor wants to do. in the budget committee today, we were talking about the caps, talking about how to deal with caps. nobody wants to dip into the already-promised benefits that we made to america's veterans, but the mystery to me in this -- in this chamber that america
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perceives as being so divided, in this town that america perceives being so broken, we came together last year unanimously to do it the right way, and with new house leadership this year, mr. speaker, we've instead chosen to do it the easy way. i think our veterans deserve better, but more importantly, i know the members of this institution can do better. we have and we can, again. i hope my friends will reject this rule and give us a chance to go back, pay for this, make sure there are not any unintended consequences of cutting other veterans' benefits that every man and woman in this chamber supports. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. morelle: thank you, mr. speaker. i first of all appreciate the comments by my distinguished and wholly entertaining colleague from georgia, mr. woodall.
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i do want to make a couple of points related to his comments. first of all, as the gentleman indicated, the amendment that he talked about was not germane, not before the house, and that was ruled such yesterday. as it relates to the pay-go rule, we are entirely in compliance with that. in fact, the congressional budget office advised us there is no direct spending in the bill. as my mother want to say, you can't be holier than the church. c.b.o. has ruled on it and indicated that the bill does not add a single penny to our deficit or to the national debt, period. i do, mr. speaker, however, find it somewhat ironic -- i was thinking about this just yesterday after our conversation in the rules committee, and i do note the appropriation over the next five years, $120 million -- that's million with an m, not billion with a b, certainly not trillion with a transformed, and i do find it -- with a t, and i do find it ironic that
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the gentleman and his colleagues would enact a tax cut which provided 83% of its benefits went to the wealthiest americans, and if we were here each day, mr. woodall and i, for 365 days a year, for the ext 30 years, 10,000 days, 10,000 times that tax bill would have spent more money than this would during that time if we did this for 10,000 days. think about it. the work that we do here, authorize spending on a program for veterans, not our wealthiest americans, those who are struggling, those during their time provided great service and sacrifice to our country, who have kept us safe, and i know mr. woodall and i share an appreciation for all the work that our veterans do, but this is a policy bill, mr. speaker. it is not an appropriations bill. it has no direct speck. but what it does, it helps save the lives of veterans and helps put them on a more safe, more
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sound baring for the future. the cost for implementing it, as i said, is $120 million for the next five years. it seems to me, seems to my colleagues that this is appropriate given the priorities we have for our nation and for our veterans. so the next step, as the gentleman knows, to provide funding through the appropriation process, and i hope this congress does invest in our veterans, particularly those who have challenging health issues, whether they be financial, mental, behavioral, who happen to be the parents or caretakers of our young children. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back any time to mr. woodall -- i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. it's not like me to correct the speaker of the house because he serves the entire house. i will tell you it's entirely possible that mr. morelle and i
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could yield back and forth. this is the nature of the institution's support for veterans. i have to tell you that's what hurts me the most about the way this bill has come to the floor. my friend is exactly right, mr. speaker, when he says that the c.b.o. says this -- there's no direct spending in this bill at all. i just want you to think through that with me. we're promising veterans new benefits that cost money, and the score keeping institution of the united states house of representatives says this bill will cost nothing. now, why is that true? it's true because there are other laws on the books. the budget caps that are on the books that say, if you add one penny of veterans' funding in this category, you got to cut a penny from this category. when we did this bill last year, we all recognized that. i'm not telling anybody anything they don't already know, and it pains me to see the defense of this bill as we
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didn't have to, they didn't make us, it's not required, all of those arguments were true last year, too. they didn't make us, we don't have to, it's not required, it's just the right thing to do. and we came together and we did it. you have a different vantagepoint of this chamber. it may look like bipartisanship breaks out across of this chamber in mass quantity its every day of the week, but from my position behind this podium, we don't find that many things that both spend money and save money. those things that make new promises while revising old promises that prpt working as well, those things that make promises today but pay for them today instead of passing the bill onto our children and grandchildren, and we did that together last year. we did it together. how can folks forget? yes, we have lots of new freshmen in this chamber, but
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we came together last year unanimously to do this bill right, to tell veterans we do want to serve you better, we are going to create a new benefit, and we're not going to force cuts to other benefits as a result. i'm not going to give up on bipartisanship breaking out in this chamber again and again and again, and i'm certainly not going to give up on the bipartisan commitment that we have to serving our veterans. there are only so many days in a year. there are only so many weeks in a congress. we cannot waste them doing a halfway job when we could have done the job right, and in this case, it's not as if we don't have a road map of how to do the job right. we did it. and it's not as if we thought about doing it. we voted unanimously together to do it. yet, in this new day we've chosen a different path, an inferior path, and i just challenge my colleagues, as
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ul ryan used to say, raise your gaze. this is a good idea. this is a good prom attic policy, but we -- problematic policy, but we need to pay for it, not cut veterans' benefits in order to squeeze it in. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. morelle: thank you, mr. speaker. i would ask the gentleman whether or not there are other speakers or whether i should use this opportunity to close. mr. woodall: i would welcome my friend to close but in the spirit of bipartisanship, i will be happy to begin that process. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: with your recognition, it is a -- it's a different job in the minority. the power that mr. morelle has to open this debate and close to debate, it lends credence to his words. i stipulated at the beginning, everything he said was true. it's what he didn't say that we
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can do better on. i'll say this one more time, because, again, for new members of this chamber, you may not understand how the rules committee works. if a committee does not pay for legislation, if a committee just makes promises and does not find a way to pay for it, it is not appropriate under house rules to then try to add a pay-for. it requires a waiver from the rules committee of house rules in order to include a pay-for in a bail that's not already paid for -- in a bill that's not already paid for. we offered that amendment last night. it was rejected in the rules committee. so, mr. speaker, if we defeat the previous question today, we will offer a solution. and i'd like to ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with extraneous material immediately prior to the vote
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on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. woodall: thank you, mr. speaker. the amendment that we will offer if the previous question is defeated would add the language that by collecting fees on housing loans would pay for this new childcare benefit so that we don't have to go deep into the veterans' benefit, cutting other benefits in order to pay for this, so we don't have to violate budget caps and borrow from our children and our grandchildren, so we can make promises to men and women who deserve and need this benefit and know that we have come together and done the heavy lifting to pay for it today. i hope my friends will unite as we did last year in approving this funding language, unite in defeating the previous question
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so that i can bring this amendment up and we can do this in the same honorable, bipartisan, collaborative way that we unanimously passed this very same language just a few short months ago. i urge my friends, know that we can do -- know that we can do better and with that, mr. speaker, while i contemplated yielding back, i'm going to reserve my time just in case there are any more speakers who have been affected by my words and want to come and join this effort that we have today. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. morelle: yes, thank you, mr. speaker. i apologize, i'm still learning this lingo on the floor of the house is much different than of the o on the floor new york state house of representatives. you have me at a bit of a disadvantage. i do want to reiterate before i yield, in fact, this is a policy we set with this rule
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and this bill and it will be up to the appropriators to make a decision whether this is a priority whether they go through the process in order to determine there will be funding. with that i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas, ms. lee -- jackson lee is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent to address the house three minutes. i have been yielded that. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i thank the speaker. let me say that the gentleman from new york, you are doing an excellent job. so you have translated the great leadership of the new york legislature and you brought it here to the house so we thank you for your service. and i have been affected by the gentleman from georgia's comments. we have been on this floor together. and i know we have a heart of service and as well coming from georgia, coming from texas, we know veterans and we certainly know active duty persons as well. and so i rise to support the
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policy underpings of this legislation that's been -- underpinnings of this legislation that's been so well articulated to the gentleman from new york. just to note as background, when this government was wrongly shut down, we lost $11 billion, $3 billion of which may be recoverable but $8 billion will never -- $3 billion that we will never see again, and $8 billion that we may see again. but in the course of that, all of us interacted with our veterans. many of them devastated because some of them were in positions that caused them to be furloughed. that means they were not getting a paycheck. some of them, of course, are disabled veterans or veterans who are engaged in the veteran health system. and we know that these veterans have pride. and so this bill is an authorizing bill that affirms that pride, that allows veterans, many of them young
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veterans, having been in the afghanistan war, having been in the iraq war, having been in syria, many of them young with young children that they can go to get their medical care that is well needed by now having childcare during their medical care visits. and i'm glad the gentleman from new york made it clear over and over again that this is an authorizing bill. there's no need for pay-go. there's no need for the offset. that will be handled -- this is a policy point. this is democrats hopefully joined by republicans to affirm our commitment to the service of veterans. but as i do that, maybe the gentleman from georgia would join me in reconsidering the new tax cuts by the g.o.p. which would cause $3.8 trillion to the deficit. this second round. and create a $3.2 trillion in the federal deficit over a
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decade. maybe my good friend will join me and indicate that our veterans are more important, that services to our families are more important, and, therefore, let's reconsider this deficit-busting g.o.p. tax bill. but as it relates to this policy, i'm grateful to the leadership of the veterans' committee, i thank the gentleman from new york and the rules committee for bringing forward this thoughtful, smart veterans' bill. remember, you have been hearing us talk about smart border security, and we are working on that right now to keep the government open, but this is a smart bill. i have a veterans' hospital in my area. formerly in my district. and i know how important medical care is, mr. speaker. i rise to support the rule and i rise to support the underlying legislation, which is an authorizing legislation to help veterans have health care -- childcare when they go to get their medical care. i thank you and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas yields. the gentleman from new york reserves.
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the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i'm prepared to close if my friend is prepared to close. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker: the gentleman is recognized, the gentleman from georgia. mr. woodall: it is troubling to me that we have those things that divide us, that permeate these conversations that could be uniting. again, i don't think we have that many opportunities where we're able to come together as an entire institution, unanimously, to support legislation. i deeply regret we've missed that opportunity. i want to encourage my friends on the other side of the aisle not to fall into the same trap that i think republicans fell into just eight short years ago. every single conversation we have now in the rules committee, the tax cuts come into it. the fact that so many of my democratic friends didn't want tax cuts for the american people is of a mystery to me.
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i got no one democratic vote on the entire bill. one team thought it was a god idea, one team didn't. but we cannot use that disagreement as an excuse not to do the very best that we can on each and every bill going forward. i'll give you the example from republican's experience. i was cat fworically opposed to the takeover of health care that was the affordable care act. i was categorically opposed to the small businesses losing options and those that were promised they could keep their doctor, keep their plans, those promises were broken. but i came together with my friends on the floor to find additional moneys for veterans, plus up those health care accounts, to find ways to serve veterans and plus up those accounts. the fact that we disagree on really big, important issues, doesn't mean we cannot come together --.
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i talked about how we unanimously passed this bill last coming. unanimously passed it out of committee and on the froor of the house. it came to the floor of the house on a suspension calendar, so no amendments were made in order. but the way my friends on the other side brought it up, there are amendments. we passed the bill unanimously under our leadership but there was not an opportunity to improve it my friends on the other side have chosen a different path that does allow an opportunity to prove it -- to improve it but doesn't allow the opportunity i'm seeking to pay for it. i don't have to demean my friends or their intentions. their intentions are pure and they are thoughtful, honorable members of this institution. the fact that we disagree about policy does not mean we have to disagree about the motives of one another. when we have these opportunities
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to do not just good, but better. not just good, but good in a way that we don't pass the bill on to our children, our grandchildren, we take care of that bill today. i'll close with this, mr. speaker. i can't disagree with any of the words my friend from new york tells, because the half of the story he tells is absolutely true. this is an authorizing bill where we make a new promise to veterans. if this bill passes the floor of the house today, it then goes to the appropriations committee to fulfill this promise that we all celebrate today. and the appropriations committee will have not one new penny to pay for this new promise. we've all been in this business long enough to know what happens to promises that folks don't put money behind. what happens to promises that don't get paid for. the law prevents the
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appropriations committee from funding this new promise unless they cut dollars from existing veterans promises today. this bill is doing all the right things for all the right reasons. let's not make another veteran have to pay in a cut for what we're promising to one of his brothers or sisters in a new benefit. defeat the priest question. allow us to pay for this bill. and let's put our money where our hearts and our mouths are. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is ecognized. mr. morelli: i want to thank the gentleman for his indulgence and patience, i appreciate your comments. i do want to note that this bill , the amendment the gentleman speaks of, would not have been
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germane in the previous congress either. mr. morelle: i do want to thank my colleagues for their words of support for this. the veterans access bill, i want to thank the sponsor, congresswoman julia brownley and chairman mark takano of the veterans affairs committee, as well as the ranking member, mr. roe, for their work in supporting our nation's veterans. i'm proud the rule provides for so many diverse ideas including minority and bipartisan amendments, something that would not be allowed in the previous congress but i'm proud we have taken this bipartisan approach. i appreciate all the work that chairmanmark govern has done to make sure that's part of the work we do i urge a yes vote on the rule, a yes vote on the previous question, i yield back the balance of my time and move the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is on ordering the previous question of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. mr. woodall: mr. speaker. i would request the yeas and nays to confirm the speaker's ruling. 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. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. pursuant to clause of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or votes objected to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on the postponed questions at a later time.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and 494, the tiffany
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joslyn jewell accountability block grant program e-authorization act. the speaker pro tempore: does the jerusalem ask for the bill to be brought up as amended? ms. jackson lee: i ask the bill be brought up as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 494, a bill to amend the omnibus crime control and safe streets act of 1968 to re-authorize the juvenile accountability block grant program and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from texas, ms. jackson lee, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas. ms. jackson lee: i ask unanimous consent that all members have revise islative days to
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and extend and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. jackson lee: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. jackson lee: this is a very special bill to my heart and to constituents and to the many, many advocates dealing with the reformation of the juvenile justice system and the importance of such. i would like to take note of many of them but in particular the national juvenile justice and delynn againity prevpb prevention council and coalition that represents decades of work all over the nation, organizations that recognize that the best place for our young juveniles that have had some encounter with the system is not in a detention-like jail. and i hope that as we move forward on criminal justice reform, juvenile justice reform, that we can reform the places and the attitudes toward
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juveniles who run awhy of the system all over the nation. this bill is named for tiffany may joslyn, a champion for criminal justice reform who formerly served as deputy chief council of the crime subcommittee and whose life tragically was sut cutt short on mar 5, 2016, in a car accident which also claimed the life of her brother derek. she was just 33 years old. her family loved her, her family still remembers how much she talked about her work on the house judiciary committee and the subcommittee on crime that i served at that time as ranking member. patsage of this bill last congress in this body was both bitter and sweet but i would understand that tiffany, in the place where she is, would have been proud as she championed these causes fearlessly. this moment is for both her and for all of the millions of young people that will be helped by this bill. we worked very hard on this bill
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and it is a bipartisan bill. it has, i believe, those who have an interest in doing the very best for our nation and for our young people -- the tiffany joslyn bill will help stem the juveniles in the -- juveniles in the justice system by re-authorizing the juvenile justice system and juvenile accountability block grant program and providing funding to state and local governments for the creation of anti-bullying and anti-gang prevention programs and intervention. it is clearly important to recognize that it is only us that can begin to reframe the old fashioned attitudes about lock 'em up. we know that there was a period of time, mr. speaker, when it was a shift so that schools and the education system were saying get the bad apples out of your classroom, not even into the
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principal's office or not even into the auditorium for detention. they leak from the classroom into the hands of law enforcement officers who then as we've seen some of the untoward actions had to wrestle them down, there was emotional encounters, they went downtown, as many of us would say, to the county jail or the detention center. we hope that we will provide other tools to be able to intervene on behaviors by way of providing resources to some of our well documented groups and organizations and new ones that have creative ways to have intervening in juvenile's lives, how many of us have heard the story of how a pilot, a lawyer, a doctor, started out their life and then how they wound up as being contributing citizens because someone intervened. this bill is about intervention. in addition to re-authorizing the juvenile justice program the
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tiffany joslyn accountability block grant program clarifies how to address the occurrences of bullying through developmentally appropriate intervention and prevention techniques which center on evidence-based models and best practices. best practices bring people together. because it doesn't matter whether you're republican or democrat, it brings people together. and that best paratieses that rely on schools and communities rather than the involvement from law enforcement and the justice system. what we want is to put a big red stop sign in front oaf -- in front of the life of every juvenile that may be awry with the system and procedures and rules to be able to find an alternative way. h.r. 494 is designed to help both the victims and perpetrators of bullying. research studies have shown 25% of school bullies will be convicted of a criminal offense
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in their adult years. we also recognize that cyber bullying has become an epidemic, particularly for young people. their life is centered around technology. many times they are in their homes, bedrooms, etc., only with technology. and they use that in a way because their brains are not matured until 25 and over, so they use it in a way that they don't fully comprehend how vicious how devastating this can be to the receiver of that information, how exposing that could be to the receiver of that information. let's get in their lives. let's use this legislation to do so. it also includes provisions for gang prevention programs which will help guide our children toward socially beneficial paths. if we want our children to learn we must be able to maintain a safe an healthy school environment. bullying is a massive issue in our nation's schools. over the years i have worked with young children as young as 10 or 12. some of them have organized
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their own anti-bullying organization. looking to us to affirm them. and i hope in this legislation we will have the opportunity to do. so if we want our children to learn, that is what we must do. the national center for educational studies shows that 14% of 12 to 18-year-olds surveyed reported being victims of direct or indirect bullying. one of four kids is bullied. cyber bullying is in the midst of that that's why i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation and i also urge them to consider that we may have short memories on some things but i'm sure many of us can go back and remember that middle school, that early age leading up to 18 and then going off, some to college, some at some point to work. we remember that indecisive moment. we remember wanting to have friends and wanting to be liked
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and we remember the alternative of those who might take advantage of that. with that in mind, here we are with an opportunity to deal with best practices and help our young people in the best way possible. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas reserves her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: i rise today in the bill rethoses the justice department's juvenile accountability block grant program, strengthens the program to reduce youth crime, and contains vigorous accountability to ensure taxpayer dollars are efficiently and wisely utilized. i would like to say thank you to the sponsor of this legislation, congresswoman jackson lee, and also for her hard work. she just explained in great detail the many things about this bill that are good for us and why i will support this bill. when young people commit crimes it has a serious and long
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lasting detrimental impact. our children represent the promise of a bright future and hope for continued prosperity. that means improving the juvenile justice system. the program provides grants to states, tribes, and localities to strengthsen juvenile justice systems and reduce recidivism among defenders. the program currently has 17 authorized purpose areas, including the implementation of graduation sanctions for juveniles, support for prosecutial initiatives aimed at curbing drug use, violence, and gangs, and the establishment. uvenile drug courts and bull cyber bullying. i thank my colleague, congresswoman jackson lee, for her hard work on this legislation. i would encourage my colleagues to support this bill. at this time i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. let me first of
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all thank the ranking member for his kind support of this legislation. i think we have been together long enough to know how important this kibet -- kind of work is and tribute to your father who certainly probably ran a across a a few juveniles in the course of his work as a law enforcement officer. we thank you so very much. i want to thank the chairman of the committee, mr. nadler, for his support of this legislation. and continued work in this area. and it is my privilege to yield to the distinguished gentleman om georgia, a chair on the subcommittee on intellectual property, for such time as he he might consume, mr. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. johnson thank -- mr. johnson: thank you, madam speaker.
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today i rise in support of h.r. 494, the tiffany joslyn juvenile accountability block grant program re-authorization act. we can can can cannot as a nation continue to condemn our children into the criminal justicecies he tell. -- justice system. african-american youth are significantly more likely to be tried as adults. in 2014, although black youth were only 14% of the juvenile population, they represented 52% of the youth's tried as adults in this country. this legislation re-authorizes important programs that ensure sentences for our young people are appropriate and not excessive, and funds accountability-based programs to intervene when youth are most vulnerable in the system. i support this legislation and i urge my colleagues to do the same. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields the balance of his time.
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the gentlewoman from texas reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: at this time, mr. speaker, i have no other additional speakers for this and would inquire of the gentlelady if she is ready to close on this piece of legislation. ms. jackson lee: let me thank the gentleman. we're inquiring and aim going to say it publicly, mr. ranking member, we were about to engage you but we're inquiring to be sure that the bill is complete. its language was an anti-bullying and iventvention act. that is what the bill has carried over a period of time. i was trying to get a a ruling about that addition to the title. mr. collins: is the gentlelady asking for a correction to the short title? ms. jackson lee: that's clearly what we're trying to do. if i might engage the gentleman in a dialogue. it reads the tiffany jocelyn juvenile accountability block
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grant program re-authorization act. and it has always read over the years and anti-bullying and intervention act. and anti-bullying and intervention act. it is in my text here and the bullying prevention and ntervention act. mr. collins: i see the gentlelady's concern here on lines four, five, and six of the ill. are we awaiting a a ruling -- ms. jackson lee: we're waiting a ruling. at least want to get it on the record, mr. ranking member. you see what i'm saying? mr. collins: i understand. ms. jackson lee: that's the name that's been carried over the years that we have had it. mr. collins: from my perspective i have no problem to continue our colloquy here, i have no problem with the name. i think it was probably an
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oversight in drafting from a previous time. ms. jackson lee: i believe so. mr. collins: i think -- not sure how we would do it at this point unless we could agree -- mr. speaker, parliamentary inquiry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will state his inquiry. mr. collins: is it possible from an inquiry position, is it possible we could unanimous onsent change to this title? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman may withdraw her pending motion and reoffer the motion with the amended text. mr. collins: mr. speaker. continuing my parliamentary inquiry. could it also be a possibility for the gentlelady to understand this is the intent and we have this in the record if she was to move ahead with this that i'm sure this will be probably well respected and well-founded in the senate that we could make
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the change in the senate and have it back over for us so we can can make this and not hold up the further proceedings today. the speaker pro tempore: that is not a proper parliamentary inquiry. mr. collins: it's a proper question. ms. jackson lee: if i might i ssume i can proceed without -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas. ms. jackson lee: i want to thank the ranking member for his courtesies and thank the committees for their courtesies. i would not desire to not move orward h.r. 494. i will make -- any motion for amending at this time, i would like unanimous consent to withdraw and to emphasize what he bill is in my debate. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman seek to withdraw the pending motion? ms. jackson lee: i seek to not withdraw h.r. 494.
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just any request for editing for the legislation. mr. collins: if i hear the gentlelady-- if the gentlelady would yield. if i hear the gentlelady correct, what she's asking is continuing as we were five minutes ago in this process and continuing on s. that the gentlelady's intention? ms. jackson lee: that is my desire at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. i -- ckson lee: mr. collins: i'm ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i have no further speakers. mr. collins: i do not. ms. jackson lee: i will close at this time asking for support of this legislation. but as i do so, i cannot help but thank -- the eaker pro tempore: gentleman from georgia is recognized to close and a then
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yield and you'll close. ms. jackson lee: thank you. the speaker pro tempore: gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: i appreciate it. the gentlelady from texas has the ultimate passion on this bill and i would not say anything except we support this legislation. we look forward to moving it. i'm sure she'll be able to make any changes she needs to. we continue to support. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: thank you very much. i thank the gentleman from georgia for engaging in the colloquy on this important issue. and i think we have created a record that indicates that this bill is the tiffany joslyn juvenile accountability block grant re-authorization and a does cover bullying prevention and intervention. we'll move forward with that understanding. and recognize the importance of those elements of the bill. i want to just take a moment in my closing to acknowledge the national coalition dealing with
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juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. and to indicate their support for a bill that has gone unfunded for now six years. and to indicate in their letter that 494 updates the j.b.c. to reflect current research and practices, incentivizes states to use graduated sanctions, and incentives rounded in positive youth development, enhance anti-bullying measures, gang prevention programs, and a digsal youth violence prevention anti-intervention services. it also updates it to include evidence-based practices such as trauma informed practices and mental a health care. i'm excited about this legislation. i close by saying bullying is just not just a school yard action, it is a crisis that's taking over our nation. gone are the days children can come home and seek solace and escape from their bullies. technological advances have made it easy for young people to be
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tormented on social networks at any time from any place. they are never out of harm's reach. this needs to end. american children should be protected and no child should be persecuted or for existing or exercising the american right to just be themselves. it is time for us to come to a conclusive solution to america's bullying crisis so we may keep all our children safe. i think we're on the right path. passing h.r. 494 moving it to the senate, that is why i support this bill and ask my colleagues to do the same. thank you very much, mr. speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas yields the balance of her time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass bill h.r. 494, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 450 as amened. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 450, a bill to amend title 18, united states code, to provide an additional tool to prevent fraud against veterans and other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from california, ms. bass, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california, ms.
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bass. ms. bass: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. bass: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. bass: i am pleased to support h.r. 450, the preventing crimes against veterans act of 2019 as amended, which would make it a crime to knowingly engage in any scheme to defraud a veteran of his or her veterans benefits. this legislation provides an important additional tool for federal prosecutors to use to combat veterans' benefits fraud. because we honor their service and because of the sacrifices our veterans have made for us, it is particularly important that we protect them from fraud and ensure the integrity of the. so benefits we provide for them. currently there are about 21 million veterans of the u.s. military. men and women who selfishly serve our nation. unfortunately many of our
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veterans as a rule of their service have been scarred whether physically, mentally, or both. often it is the scores we cannot visually see that are hard toast address. there are well over one million american veterans with service-connected disabilities. the suicide rate among veterans is 300% above the national average. and it is estimated that about 30% of all vietnam veterans and 20% of veterans of the recent middle east conflicts suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder in a given year. in addition veterans are more likely than not veterans to become homeless. they comprise 17% of our homeless population on any given night, an estimated 50,000 veterans are sleeping on american streets. that's just not right. in recognition of the extreme sacrifice by our veterans and the hardships many of them continue to face after their military service, it is our duty to provide to the best of our ability an appropriate measure
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of compensation for them, particularly those in need. this is the least we can do and it is still not enough. there continue to be issues with the medical care we provide our veterans and problems about some benefits never being processed and paid because of the loss of claims by the veterans benefits administration. that is why we must prohibit any schemes that would defraud a veteran of their benefits. under h.r. 450, anyone quicked of such crime could be fined, imprisoned, or be subject to both fenlts. this bill is important because it fills in a gap in enforcement for the protection of veterans. urn current law the v.a. allows agents or attorneys to assess a nominal fee to assist claimants who are appealing different aspects of their benefits. it is illegal for a nonattorney or a person not registered as an agent to assist such claimants. however if an unauthorized individual offers veterans assistance in person they cannot be prosecuted under current
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federal law. the wire fraud statutes do not extend to such in-person contact. because of this, fraudsters routinely take advantage of this loophole. i'm aware of at least one specific instance in which a bad act yorvitted an assisted living facility in florida and asked staff to round up all the veterans for a seminar. he could not be prosecuted thurn elaw as it stands today. this is unconscionable. we need this bill because the example i just gave is not an isolated incident. more broadly, those who defraud veterans of their surviving spouses endanger their system of veterans benefits not only by harming victims but also diminishing services to pay claims and help those who are serving our countryism commend the bill's sponsors, mr. deutch and mr. modos, for their hard work and bern efforts to address this critical problem. i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation and i reserve the balance of my teem
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the bill before us today makes a small but significant change to a federal fraud statute to protect veterans from fraudsters who seek to steal their benefits. inserts a new law into the statute. there have been a rise in people entering nursing homes and attempting to the fraud veterans. the worst part is people often present themselves as helpful to the veteran. this is a heinous crime worthy of kuok's attention. this legislation has passed this house twice by overwhelming margins and also incorporates technical assistance if the department of justice ensuring at it will be an effective
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rule. this is supported by many. as a member of the air force reserve and an iraq veteran, this issue is near and dear to my heart. i have introduced numerous pieces of legislation to protect our veterans expedite the benefits process. our men and women have sacrificed much from us. they are entitled to our gratitude, respect, and protection. as abraham lincoln reminded us, it is our duty to care for them who have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan there is nothing in my mind more heinous than someone who tries to defahd a veteran of what they have earned. this is something we can all come around on. with that, i urge support of this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman fre serves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. bass: i yield five minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. deutchful
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. deutch: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend from california for the time and for her support of this legislation. i thank mr. collins of georgia for his service and his support of this legislation. i rise today in support of our nation's veteran. our veterans distinguish themselves in service to our country but that distinction so too -- is too often recognized and preyed upon by scam artists. h.r. 450 will close a loophole in our criminal law and will give federal law enforcement the tools they need to crack down on financial fraud schemes that target our veterans. my friend, veteran an former congressman tom rooney introduced this bill with me in the last two congresses. it passed by voice vote in the 115th, and passed unanimously in the 114th. it's time to pass it again and finally to make it law to help protect our veterans. i'm grateful to representative meadows for continuing this
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important bipartisan work to protect america's veterans. in 2017 survey, aarp found that 78% of veterans receive scam pitches specifically targeted to their military service. they also found that 16% of veterans lost money to financial fraud over the past five years, double the rate of nonveterans. i'd like to thank, mr. speaker, greg dover of palm beach county veterans services who sound the alarm and help fight for this important legislation. i've heard too many stories from south floridians, veterans, survivors, families and their veteran service officers who have been taken advantage of through so-called pension poaching. scams that target supplemental aid and attendance benefit. in one case, a veteran respended to solicitation with the hope of securing additional pension benefits. he was montana with a high pressure sales tactic in his own home. the sales representative tried
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to convince him to apply for benefit he is doesn't want and wasn't eligible for. in addition to filing an improper claim on the veteran's behave, this scammer lied and told the veteran he was required to enter into a long-term health care contract in order to receive the benefits. pension poachers comb through south florida's senior communities to look for targets. they gather residents for high pressure sales pitches, convince them to file inaccurate claims. in one case, a scammer intentionally with held spousal income from a veteran's application to illegally unwelcome additional benefits. the veteran paid excessive filing fees of over $600. that wasn't the worst of it. the v.a. eventually learned about the additional unreported nbling and they learned the veteran was not eligible and sought to claw back nearly $50,000 in overpayments. by the time the veteran faced financial ruin, the scammer had
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disappeared. and couldn't be found. as our senior populations continue to grow, aging veterans will require assistance with activities of daily liveing that the veteran aid and attendance benefit can provide. the application and financial eligibility requirements offer an opportunity for scam artists to take advantage of our most vulnerable american veterans with empty promises and hidden consequences. veterans don't have to face benefit hurdles alone but they shouldn't be easy targets for criminals either. this legislation will help law enforcement fight back against pension poachers and other scammers. it will root out scam operations and protect our veterans from falling prey to these ploys. i urge my colleagues to be there for our veterans just as they have been there for us. please vote yes on this important legislation. i thank the speaker and i yield back the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. bass: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentlelady from texas, ms. jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the jerusalem from texas is recognized for five mins. ms. jackson lee: i thank the gentlelady from california for her leadership and i thank both the ranking member and the full committee chair and i thank mr. deutch of florida for, it looks like in this instance florida and texas and many other states certainly are, how should i say, in coalition with the number of veterans that we have and the stories we have heard about fraudulent activities as it relates to our veterans. i would think that all veterans want to do after battling on behalf of this nation and securing this nation to come home to a safe and secure community and people who welcome them and treat them with the dignity they deserve.
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but unfortunately, because veterans have resources through their veterans benefits, they who have d by those no good will but evil intent. currently, there are approximately 21 million veterans of the united states armed forces living in our country, ast it's estimated that 30% of vietnam veterans have had ost-traumatic stress disorder. and many more veterans are estimated to suffer from ptsd in a given year. given the extreme sacrifice by our veterans and the hardship many continue to face after their military service, it is our duty to the best of our ability to have an appropriate measure of compensation for them, particularly for those in need. for instance, disability payments, pensions for veterans, limited income education, training under the g.i. bill and
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various life insurance benefits. 71,000 veterans live in my congressional district. h.r. 450 provides law enforcement another tool to bring to justice those who knowingly defraud a veteran of their benefits or engage in fraud in attaining veterans benefits. unfortunately, there are many of them. hundreds of thousands are living with ptsd and need their benefits. how many have come to your offices and told you that through a telemarketing scheme they've fwiven up their benefits, or taken their benefits to buy something that they never see, it doesn't help them. i want to thank the gentleman for being sensitive enough to listen to his constituents and listening to my constituents and solving cases in our offices. cases that come into our offices where veterans have had their benefits taken away or they are
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winding up homeless because resources are taken away and they don't have the necessary resources. this is a good, good step to acknowledge their service and how important they are to stop those who think they are easy prey from defrauding our veterans and to make the right kind of legal traps, if you will, that the law enforcement can place not for veterans who have served but for those who wish to defraud them. with that i want to congratulate the gentleman from florida and ask my colleagues to support h.r. 450, preventing crimes against veterans act of 2019. with that, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas yields the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from california reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i would inquire of the gentlelady does she have any more speakers? we have no other speakers at this time so i would be ready to
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close. ok. mr. speaker, i will take this opportunity to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: i think this is something we can all get around. when you deal with our veterans, i have made the comments many types before, in dealing be fraud, dealing with issues that are just heinous, anyone who would d this puts themselves on the margin of society. but also a broader picture of dealing with veterans. i long for a time in which my constituent services folks back in georgia, i long for a time when i listen to their report each week, i want to come to a time in which there is no veteran issue. we should strive in our country to have a time in which no veterans should feel the need to have to go to their congressman to get help. that's something we can all shoot for. that's a worthy goal. i would love to have that time to let them help other people and not these men and women who have served us so proudly. i know you'd join me in that, mr. speaker. i ask for support of this bill
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and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. bass: we should do everything we can to protect our veterans. our veterans have laid their lives on the line. we owe them much and should repay our grttude whenever we can. helping to ensure their veterans benefits are protected against fraud as h.r. 450 would do is one way of expressing our aa preeshation and it's the right and just thing to do. for these reasons i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. i ask for recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields the balance of her time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass bill h.r. 450, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the -- ms. bass: ask for the yeas and
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nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. bass: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 507. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 507, a bill to direct the attorney general to study issues he relating to human trafficking, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from california, ms. bass, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, each will control 20 minutes.
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the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from california. ms. bass: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and include remarks extraneous material on the bill under consideration. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. bass: i introduced h.r. 507, the put trafficking victims first act, with my colleague, the gentlelady from missouri, mrs. wagner. mrs. wagner, thank you for your hard work over the years on this important legislation. we're here today because of your dedication and willingness to work in a bipartisan manner to address the problems faced by victims of trafficking. we both recognize that congress must do more to combat this heinous crime. h.r. 507 is designed to ensure that survivors of human trafficking do not go unnoticed. first, it expresses the sense of congress that law enforcement set aa side a a portion of the funds they receive for combating human trafficking to ensure that
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victims receive support that is trauma informed and victim centered. this will provide victims with a better chance of recovering from their experiences. second, this legislation addresses the tremendous need for expanded victim services, improved data gathering on the prevalence and trends in human trafficking, and effective mechanisms to identify and work with victims in an effective and respectful manner. it directs the attorney general to form a broadly-based representative working group to assess the status of the collection of data on human trafficking and recommend best practices. could be duct a survive of survivors -- conduct a survey of survivors, and prepare a report to congress on federal efforts to estimate the prevalence of human trafficking, the effectiveness of current policies, a addressing victims' needs, and analyzing the demographic characteristics of trafficking victims and recommendations on how to address their unique vulnerabilities. the bill also directs the
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attorney general to implement a pilot project testing the methodologies identified by the working group and requires the attorney general to report on efforts to increase restitution to victims of human trafficking. with this type of information in hand, congress with provide appropriate oversight of efforts to combat human trafficking and researchers, advocates, and law enforcement agencies will all have a shared resource as they continue to develop innovative approaches to stop traffickers. finally, the bill expresses the sense of congress that states should implement trauma informed victim centered care for all trafficking victims. forced labor and human trafficking are among the world's fastest growing criminal enterprises. globally these inhumane practices generate an estimated $150 billion a year in profit. that's three times the amount that the top fortune 500 companies made in 2016. criminals are profiting from the
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systematic abuse of vulnerable people around the globe. sadly, women and girls represent a approximately 71% of these victims. the u.s. state department estimates that between 14,000 and 17,000 people are trafficked into our country from other nations every year. these victims are part of the estimated hundreds of thousands of victims of trafficking currently living within our communities. my home state of california has the ninth largest economy in the world. it is also one of the nation's top four destinations for human traffickers, especially for child sex trafficking. in 2018, of the 5,000 reports to the national human trafficking hotline, 760 were from california. as the founder of the congressional caucus on foster youth, i'm very aware of the risks of vulnerable youth. foster youth along with run aways and homeless youth are at the highest risk of being sex trafficked. experts agree that the foster
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care system is yielding a disproportionate number of human trafficking victims. nearly 60% of all child sex trafficking victims have histories in the child welfare system. we can can cannot allow this to continue. washington, d.c., is home to the most powerful government in the worrell. yet even in d.c. women and girls are being trafficked. organizations like courtney's house are working to improve the outcome of trafficking survivors. h.r. 507 will improve the implementation of the justice for victims of trafficking act of 2015. trafficking victims face many challenges, even after they are freed from trafficking rings, ranging from access to social services and utilizing assistance programs. survivors face difficulties navigating social services and assistance programs. a component of h.r. 507 encourages law enforcement and prosecuting agencies to make every attempt to determine
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whether an individual has been a victim of human trafficking before charging them with offenses that are the result of their victimization. this is of particular concern to communities of color. mr. speaker, congress' intent is clear. protecting victims from the heinous crime of human trafficking is of the utmost concern can. i am proud to have a cross the aisle with congresswoman wagner on this important legislation, and i urge our colleagues to support it. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves the bam of her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 507, the putting trafficking victims first act of 2019. human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery which has taken its toll on our communities. it is a multibillionle toar criminal industry that denies freedom to more than 25 million people around the world. they use violence, threat,
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deception, debt bondage, and other tactics to force people to engage in commercial sex or provide labor or services against their will. this creates an enormous need for expanded victims' services. improve data on the prevalence of human trafficking and h.r. 507 expresses a sense of congress that a portion of the funds available under this act should be devoted to increasing the safety of victim service providers, many of whom are threatened because of their positions. it also provides a trauma informed evidence-based and victim centered approach to providing services to the victims of trafficking. additionally, it promotes the effective prosecution of human individuals. it encourages safe to improve efforts to identify and meet the needs of human trafficking victims of the the bill also establishes a working group to identify barriers to the collection of data on the instance and labor trafficking and recommended practices to
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promote better data collection and and aaalcies. finally 507 will provide assistance to trafficking victims seeking restitution. many of whom still face many obstacles in federal court. it will increase mandatory restitution for victims by providing congress with the relevant data. mr. speaker, this has been an issue in my home state of georgia. it is one i'm very proud to know under governor deal, our previous governor, and continuing under governor kemp, that the sipty of atlanta has unfortunately became an area which this was sexual exportation and human trafficking was something that became a scar and still affecting our city. we saw that around a the super bowl and the many-- several arrests that took place. this is something that needs to be erased from our vocabulary. this is something that does not need to be talked about. again, human trafficking anywhere in the world is wrong and hopefully will be relegated to the anals of the history books. i want to commend the
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gentlewoman from california and my friend the gentlewoman from missouri for their tireless devotion to continuing this path and bringing this forward each congress. i'm looking forward to this becoming law during this section. -- session. i urge all my colleagues to support this. at this time i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. bass: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentlelady from texas, representative jackson lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from texas is recognized for five minutes. . jackson lee: i thank the gentlelady very much. i acknowledge the words of the ranking member of the full committees and acknowledge the work of the chairman, mr. nadler, of the committee. and i am glad that these bills that we have just debated and one coming up that i know is mr. collins' bill dealing with the fees to provide resources to those who file lawsuits,
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justified lawsuits and have no recourse, these bills are coming outs of the judiciary committee in a bipartisan -- out of the judiciary committee in a a bipartisan manner. this is a a very important statement we're making. the new majority and working with the minority on very important issues. this was an issue that has claimed our attention for decades and the fact that we're working every day to improve and do as mr. collins has just indicated, never have to talk about sex traffic, human trafficking again. if we can eliminate this scourge, i think all of us will find peace. just a few years ago as the ranking member on the homeland security committee, we did the first human trafficking hearing ith then chairman mccaul and ranking member thompson in houston, texas. to listen to many who claimed
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and documented that houston, texas, was the epicenter of human trafficking. in that region but in the nation. not something that we're proud of, but we're proud of the add a vow cats who work with -- advocates who work with our law enforcement to put again a red stop sign in front of this travesty. so i acknowledge the work that has been done by many of my colleagues. the work that has been done by congresswoman wagner. and many others who gathered. that hearing was the first in history in that community and first field hearing that was addressing that question. it was quite a a few years ago. i want to ack a knowledge from -- ometown jackie who acknowledge from my hometown jackie who has found and saved lives of victims of human trafficking in our hone community. katherine griffin who likewise has been at the forefront of stopping human trafficking, particularly of young children.
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sex trafficking. and has been a refuge for many who have suffered. constable rosen, constable may walker, sheriff gonzalez, mayor turner who has an outstanding program in the city of houston. i rise to support h.r. 507 for several reasons. not the least of those being how much it will impact the local community and the work that is being done. this measure will strengthen the effectiveness of the 2017 acts in various ways which i am he' very proud to have supported. the 2017 act directed the toiming to study issues related to human trafficking, response to trafficking concerning services, and benefits for victims. criminal justice, domestic sex trafficking of children, and training. for example h.r. 507 increases the personal safety of victim service providers who may face intimidation or retaliation for their activities. many of us may not realize but sometimes these providers within
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the context of the law may have one or two of these individuals at their own homes or secreted them somewhere. they are in the eye of the storm. as i indicated we have the first human trafficking hearing of any committee in houston, texas, several years ago under the auspicious of homeland security committee. i'm proud of the facts that came out, but giving local people the opportunity to talk about the difficulties and challenges that they face trying to stop the scourge of human trafficking, particularly with young people. our committee determined that the safety of these victims should be our number one concern. innocent people deserve our this traping an funding is critical tone sure human trafficking victims are treated with respect and tignyity. t ensures that law enforcement
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makes an effort to find out if they are a victim of human trafficking. this will ensure that law enforcement officers do not add trauma and pain to the victim that was already endured an enormous amount of suffering and let me remind my colleagues that human trafficking even beyond the scourge of drugs is a product that can be used, or is used over and over again, how devastate, how deadly, how heinous it is that these individuals can be used in human trafficking, sex trafficking and the act that they may be called upon to do over and over again. as a result h.r. 507 will ensure that most effective practices are standardize sod sex trafficking victims are protected and treated with respect at all times. lastly the legislation ensures the effective prosecution of traffickers and individuals. for these reasons i would say that this should be a bill that all of us support. let's put up more than a stop
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sign and fight human trafficking, sex trafficking. support this legislation. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expire. the gentlewoman from california reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: at this time, it is my pleasure to yield time to someone who has been a tireless call, she's been a sponsor of this, she's been outspoke on this, she's been a fighter on. this it is along with the other folks who have talked about this, it is my pleasure now to give as much time as she may consume to the gentlelady from missouri, ms. wagner. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. wagner: i thank the ranking member very much for his voice on this issue and so many others and my dear friend from california, karen bass, thank you for your leadership. mr. speaker, i rise today to urge my colleagues to support the put trafficking victims first act which i wrote and introduced in the last congress with congresswoman karen bass. the bill passed unanimously in
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may of 017 and i hope that the house will again stand with the victims of human trafficking. too often trafficking victims are overlooked and underserved. in my home state of missouri i've met with many survivors and listened to their painful stories. they need help to rebuild their lives and that's exactly what this legislation will do. america's courtrooms need to adopt a victim-centered -- need to adopt victim-centered practices oriented toward justice and recovery. while victims tech anythingly have act stose mandatory restitution in court the sad reality is that according to one estimate, sex trafficking victims get restitution in only 14% of sex trafficking cases. this is unacceptable, mr. speaker. this legislation will direct the attorney general to work on increasing restitution and to adopt victim friendly procedures in criminal cases. we believe that trauma --
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trauma-manufactured care helps victims recover and cooperate with law enforcement so we may put pimps and buyers behind bars. lack of health for victims in the justice system can lead to revictimization or even result in victims being criminalized offenses they were forced to commit. the put trafficking victims first act encourages training for agencies, law enforcement, to others across the country take a victim-centered approach to trafficking. it also encourages law enforcement to make every attempt to determine that a victim's participation is free from traffic. the lack of good data on how to find and rescue victims of trafficking is a major challenge in the united states. we don't know how best to
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identify and locate victims. while a portion are coming from ages, care, or their ethnicities or other characterist exs, we can't help victims if we can't find them and we need to improve victim outreach. the put victims first act develops a working fwupe to develop a survey of survivors and robust methodologies to address the prevalence of traffics. this will help us understand how and where victims are accessing help to improve service provision. victims of trafficing are mostly served at the state level. so it is critical that states improve how they respond to victims. we need to make make sure that all child trafficking vims receive the same level of care that any other child abuse survivor would receive. the bill encourages states to improve outreach, and the justice system.
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screen foreign nationals who may be labor trafficked, create safe harbor laws an develop emergency response plans. together, we can get victims of trafficking out of dangerous an aid busive situations and make trauma-informed services more accessible. i urge my colleagues to put trafficking victims first and join congresswoman bass and myself in voting for this legislation. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from missouri yields back the balance of her time they feel gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. bass: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. cohen: thank you. i wanted to stand on this bill because this is an important area. i want to commend representative bass for bringing it, i'm happy to be a co-sponsor, and particularly ann wagner. when we had a bill last year,
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the soar act, stope, observing act, respond, training, a pilot program to trean health care workers who come into contact with people who have been sexually trafficked, they often do so health care workers because they've been beaten up by pimp, they've gotten a venereal disease, they might have to go in for birth control or for some other reason, sexually related oftentimes, that we need to train health workers to observe and to know when they were seeing somebody trafficked to stop, to observe, to see if that person might be in that situation and then to ask them and then to send them to an agency that can help them. this is an important bill we were able to pass in the senate and make law. representative kinzinger helped, representative cardenas helped, representative wagner was my star. i want to thank her so much for working with us, helping on the senate side particularly to get it passed and thank you an i'm proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill. i yield back the balance of my time. the to mention that
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representative is a strong supporter of this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california reserves her balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask the gentlelady, we have no more speakers on our side, we are prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. much has been said about this bill. i think all of it is very timely. i think again as we look at this, this is a time when we come together and make a strong statement in support of this bill and i would urge all my colleagues to support it and yield back the plan of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. bass: organizations like courtney's house are working to improve the outcomes for sex trafficking survivors. tina fruts from the director of courtney's house right here in d.c. asserts that african-american and latino communities are not immune to human trafficking.
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her organization provides trauma-informed services to sex trafficking survivors between the ages of 12 and 19. tina is also a child sex trafficking survivor. as a 9-year-old girl in foster care, she was sex trafficked. by the time tina was 14, she became one of two million children who run away from home each year. nearly 00,000 of them will be sex trafficked. in tina's case, her adult abuser was more than twice her age and forced her to become a child sex workers. it took her years to escape. now tina helps children like her recent client, a 12-year-old girl, whose 25-year-old abuser called himself her boyfriend. rather than her trafficker. mr. speaker, h.r. 507 supports efforts to stop human trafficking. we're making progress in protecting those who have been caught up in this horrific
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criminal activity and this bill is a great example of what we can accomplish when we focus on helping the most vulnerable among us. we have an obligation not only to end human trafficking but to support people who undergo horrific experiences like these. this bill is yet another step in the right direction. once again, i'd like to thank congresswoman wagner, congresswoman jackson lee, for all of their -- all of their efforts in this regard. i was pleased to team up with congresswoman wagner again on this legislation and hope that we can continue to work on these issues in the future. for these reasons, i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill today. mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields back the balance of her time. the question is, will the howls suspend the rules and pass bill -- will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 507. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- >> i ask for the yeas and nays.
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the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having risen , the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? suspend the move to rules an pass the bill h.r. 752. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. to reward .r. 752, words and fees to court cases to
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which the united states is a party and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen. mr. cohen: i ask unanimous consent that all members have up to five legislative days to revise and extend their remark and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cohen: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cohen: i rise in support of h.r. 752, the open book on equal access to justice act, a bill house judiciary committee ranking member collins and i worked on together for several years. the equal access to justice act was enacted to allow americans to recover attorneys' fees an costs associated with lawsuits against the federal government. this has enabled ordinary citizens such as veterans, seniors, small business owners, advocates for clean air and clean water and any other type of citizen to fight unfair or
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illegal government actions without fear of court costs. the law has been a success. in 1995, however, an important reporting requirement was removed from it which made it harder for the public to know how much money the government has award. our bill, the open book on equal access to justice act, reinstates the equal access to justice act's tracking and reporting requirements with respect to payments awarded so the american people can have access to this important shfings. it would do this by requiring the administrative conference of the united states, a highly respected nonpartisan agency, to prepare a report for congress on these case. the report would include the number of nature of the claims involved. h.r. 752 would promote greater transparency and accountability. i urge my colleagues to join me and mr. collins in voting for this measure today and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves he balance of his time the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker.
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look, it has been -- there is so many times on the floor we come down here and we talk about things that divide us. i have to say, mr. cohen and i, we have had so many times we don't see eye-to-eye but we are still friends. this one we have been pursuing for a long time. this is a bill, i have been privileged to have him be part of and sponsor. h.r. 752, the open book and equal access to justice act is to provide transparency and oversight for taxpayer dollars, award under the equal access to justice act. all the folks who have been co-sponsors on this mr. cohen has stood out among all. it's good to have him with us managing this bill. i would like to thank representatives cheney and peterson for being co-sponsors in their leadership on this this is something we should have passed last congress, we went ahead and worked it and today we're also excited to have identical legislation introduced in the senate by senators
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barrasso and coons. this is a commonsense bill that restores commonsense and oversight. congress passed the equal access to justice act in 1980 to remue a barrier to justice for those who limited access and to recover attorneys' fees to go with such suits. it was to allow citizens to defend against unreasonable government actions where they might be detered from doing so ecause of high expenses. this law has been on the books for decades and remains important. however in 1995, tracking and reporting requirements on the payments under the law have been halted. without a comprehensive federal report on the total amount of fees urn the law we have fallen behind in oversight responsibilities and can't tell in a meaningful way if the law is still working as intended. in fact, a government accountability office report indicated that without any
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direction to track payments most agencies simply do not do it. we only have anecdotal evidence about how much we're spending on attorney's fees and the agencies paying out the fees and what types of claims are being covered. the open book on equal access to justice act reinstates kneed transparency and accountability requirements to ensure the act is hetching individual, retirees, veterans and small business as intended. it requires the admfertive conference of the united states to develop an online sergeable database that inclues information on the number, nature, and amount of the awards, claims involving the controversy and other relevant information. agencies would be required to povide the information requested by the acus for the development an maybe nance of the database. they would be required to with hold information from the database if the disclosure is prohibited by law or court order. i continue to expect the acus to make appropriation measures to ensure individual-specific
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health care information such as diagnosis and dreams is not contained in the database. this places expend churs in the public eye. where the federal government is spending money, government needs to exercise oversight to ensure it is being done in accordance with the law and congressional intent. tracking and reporting requirements preserves the integrity of this act a and will enable congress to evaluate the law to make sure it is working effectively for those people it is intended to help. we owe it to small business, social security claimants, veterans, and similarly situated individuals faced with the daunting task to take on the federal government who rely on the law o make sure it is working. i look forward to continued bipartisan efforts to move this bill forward and it becoming
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law. the consensus behind this legislation reflects the need to address this issue. americans' right to know how their taxpayer dollars are being spent, it is time we gave them that transparency. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. cohen: i just want to recognize also today a lady who served in this congress named cynthia lummis. she was the original co-sponsor i had on this bill and a worked hard on it and was a very fine representative. we also work with a man named lowell bear. mr. bear wrote a book called, inside the equal access to justice act. environmental litigation." he was a grit supporter of this concept and i want to recognize his efforts. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: at this time i would like to yield as much time as she may consume to a gentlelady from wyoming, our conference chair, who has been a great supporter of this ena
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actually i would also be remiss, mr. speaker, to not also say it was her predecessor who actually introduced me to this issue, mrs. lummis, who always seems to be around. she keeps this agenda in focus as well. i say thank you to her for her previous work and now the very able hands of also ms. cheney who is alongside as a co-sponsor. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from wyoming is recognized. miss cheno: thank you very much, mr. chair. i'd like to also thank my colleague and the republican leader of the judiciary committee, mr. collins, as well as my colleague from tennessee, mr. cohen, for their work on this important issue. and chairman nadler for helping bring this important bill to the floor. and of course echo my colleagues' fond words for my predecessor, congresswoman lummis, and all the work she did over the years on this issue and a so many others for our great state. i would like to thank them for the opportunity to speak on this important bill.
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as you know, mr. speaker, the equal access to swrusstiss act was enacted in 1980 for good reason, to ensure that private citizens could make sure that they obtained legal representation in cases against the federal government, in cases where it was deserved. while the equal access to swrusstiss act serves that important purpose in holding these federal agencies accountable, in the past 20 years we have seen this process abused too often by outside organizations. this program was intended to help everyday citizens seek swrusstiss. but those seeking profit -- justice. but those seeking profits have also had access to this program. they have turned the equal access to justice act into their own personal wallet through frivolous lawsuits. this program was never intended to be a slush fund for serial litigators. making matters worse, the perversion of the equal ack a sess to justice act is funded by american taxpayers. --equal access to justice act is unded by american taxpayers.
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it is clear that the equal access to justice act needs modernizing. h.r. 752 is the first step towards that goal. this legislation still aa forwards citizens, organizations, and other aa effected parties the same right to financial rewards in a prevailing lawsuit, but it finally would establish transparency and accountability for these funds. under h.r. 752 an online database detailing funds awarded to prevailing parties, the agency and a the party involved in the case and description of these claims will be made available to the american people. this provides accountability and transparency, not only to outside organizations, but to our federal agencies, and most importantly to the american people. the american people have a right to know how their hard earned
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money is spent and this legislation takes a a crucial step towards doing just that. i'm pleased, mr. speaker, to support this important legislation and i urge my colleagues to support it as well. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from wyoming yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from georgia reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. cohen: i'm -- i don't have any further speakers and would be wanting to close. mr. collins: i am prepared to o close and have no other speakers. mr. cohen: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. collins: mr. speaker, i thank you for the opportunity and i thank the gentleman from tennessee. this is definitely anaire which i look forward to. it should have happened last congress for my good friend from tennessee. it will happen during this congress. we have both the house and senate and a i think this is something the administration will support. this is simply a good bill that opens up transparency and allows
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us to make better decisions in congress. that's whatter would supposed to be about. again i want to thank my friend from tennessee as being a constant co-sponsor and a part of that. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia yields back the balance of his time of the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. cohen: i would like to thank all the other people, members of the academy and producers and directors, but also ranking member collins for his continued partnership on this bill which passed the house last congress and almost passed the senate. we always have to remember the enemy is not the republicans it's the senate. i want to thank representatives collin peterson and ms. cheney as well. urge my colleagues to pass this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 752. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is
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passed, a and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid pon the table. proceedings will resume on the questions previously postponed. votes will be taken in the following order. ordering the previous question on house resolution 105, the adoption of the house resolution 105, if ordered, and motions to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 450 and h.r. 507. the first electronic vote will be conducted as a 15-minute vote. paul d. ryan, rule 20, the remaining elech -- pursuant to clause 9, rule 20, the remaining electronic votes will be five-minute votes. prit, the unfinished business is the vote on ordering the previous question on house resolution 105 on which the votes are ordered. the clerk will report the title
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of the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 6, house resolution 105. resolution providing for consideration of the bill h.r. 840. to aa mend title 38 united states code to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to provide childcare assistance to veterans receiving certain medical services provided by the department veterans' affairs, providing for adoption of the resolution, house resolution 86, providing amounts for the expenses of the select committee on the climate crisis and select committee on the modernization of congress, and providing for consideration of motions to suspend the rules. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question. members will record their votes by electronic device. this is a a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 227. the nays are 189. the previous question is ordered. the question is on the adoption of the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: on that i ask for the yeas and nays, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 225 and the nays are 193. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentlewoman from california, ms. bass, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 450 on which the yeas and nays -- as amended, on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the clerk will report the title . the clerk: h.r. 450, a bill to amend title 18, united states code, to provide an additional tool to prevent certain frauds against veterans, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 450, as amended.
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members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a five-minute vote. five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 417. the nays are zero. 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the vote on the motion of the gentlewoman from california, ms. bass, to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 507 on which the yeas and nays are ordered.
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the clerk will report the title . the clerk: h.r. 507, a bill to address the attorney general to study issues relating to human trafficking and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a five-minute vote. five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote, the yeas are 414, the nays are 1. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to house resolution
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105, house resolution 86 and considered as adopted. the speaker pro tempore: the house is not in order. members, please carry your conversations off the floor.
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for what purpose does the gentleman seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent that the committee on judiciary be discharged from further consideration of h.r. 962, the born alive survivors protection act and i ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: under depide lines consistently issued by previous speakers as recorded in section 956 of the house rules and manual, the chair is constrained not to entertain the request unless it has been cleared by the bipartisan flooring committee leps. . scalise: a parliamentary question. i understand the guidelines, but seeing no objection from either side of the house, would that
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constitute clearance and allow the chair to entertain my motion under the rules of the house. the speaker pro tempore: the unanimous consent for consideration of that measure would have to be receiving clearance by the minority and majority leadership. the chair is unaware of such clearance. erefore the chair cannot entertain that request. mr. scalise: seeing no objection on either side of the aisle, what is required pursuant to section 956 of the house rules to allow my motion to be considered. the speaker pro tempore: the chair would have to be made aware of such clearance. mr. scalise: mr. speaker, is there any guidance under section 956 of the house rules to have that motion be in order? the speaker pro tempore: again, the chair has not been made aware of the requisite
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clearance. mr. scalise: can the ruling of the chair be challenged? the speaker pro tempore: the chair has not ruled. mr. scalise: i ask the chair to rule on the motion of unanimous consent. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman was not recognized for that unanimous consent. mr. scalise: so, mr. speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: the request cannot be entertained. mr. scalise: so mr. speaker, is there a motion that can be made under the rules that have been cited to allow for the immediate consideration of h.r. 962 the the speaker pro tempore: the chair will not issue an advisory opinion on that request. mr. scalise: mr. speaker, if this unanimous consent request cannot be entertained, i would urge the speaker and the majority leader to schedule the born alive bill immediately so we can stand up and protect the sanctity of human life.
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and i would ask all others to in. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman from california have a request for general leave? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on .r. 840.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered.
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the speaker pro tempore: rule 18, the chair declares the house in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for the consideration of h.r. 840. the chair apoints the gentlewoman from virgin islands, ms. plaskett to preside over the ommittee of the whole.
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the chair: the house is in the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of h.r. 840, which the clerk will report by title. the clerk: a bill to amend title 38, united states code to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to provide child care assistance to veterans provided by the department of veterans affairs. the chair: pursuant to the rule, the bill is considered read the first time. general debate shall not exceed ed and r equally divide controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee of veterans affairs. the gentleman from california, mr. takano and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. row, each will control 0 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california, mr.
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takano. mr. takano: the chair: the committee will be in order. mr. takano: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in strong support of h.r. 840, the veterans access to child care act. we ask our service members to risk their lives in service of our country. and in return, we promised to provide health care and benefits so they can live happy, healthy and successful lives. and provide for their families. as our veterans' population becomes increasingly diverse and number of lg about the and women veterans goes up, we must ensure every veteran has the opportunity to access their health care and benefits.
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addressing underserved veterans is the pillar of my vision, which will drive our work on the committee of veterans affairs in the 116th congress. i proudly chose congresswoman first bill to bring to the house floor because it addresses a sometimes overlooked group of veterans, veterans who are parents and caregivers to young children. providing cost-free, safe and convenient health care so veterans can see a mental health provider for treatment of post-traumatic stress, cancer resulting from exposure from agent orange, spinal cord injury and treatments for drug and substance abuse so they can be loving parents and caregivers to
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the children who depend on them. under my leadership of the most diverse and talented committee on veterans affairs of the history of this chamber, underserved veteran, women veterans, minorities and homeless veterans, departed veterans will be a top priority. we will work together to shatter the barriers and structural challenges underserved veterans face in this country. they selflessly served and attending to their most basic and essential needs, health care. . brownley, the chair of the subcommittee and the head of the task force on women veterans has been a tireless advocate for veterans since being elected to congress. her bill makes an already
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successful and popular pilot program permanent, a program that helps mothers, fathers, grandparents and caregivers who need their v.a. health care but struggle to find safe and convenient health care or struggle to afford the high cost of child care for their children. a veteran should never be made to choose between caring for their children and their health. this bill will ensure veterans will not have to make this choice. this was first authorized a pilot program we are making permanent today. under the pilot, v.a. could provide child care services to eligible veterans seeking mental health care, intensive mental health care services and other services that require veterans to travel to v.a. hospitals, clinics for regular or frequent
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appointments. the first program started in buffalo, new york in october of 2011. within two years, v.a. expanded the program to north port, new york, and american lake, washington and brought child care to dallas, texas. the two-year pilot program was meant to end in september of 2013. but congress has re-authorized the program for the past six years due to its success and popularity. since the beginning, over 10,000 children have used the child care pilot program and as more veterans and children use the program, the costs decrease. last congress, the legislation authorized in this program passed unanimously. and now, we will the opportunity to improve this already great bill with amendments we will be considering today and tomorrow. i'm optimistic this bill will pass with the same bipartisan
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unanimous support. so i'm very excited to work with dr. roe the ranking member on this bill and future bipartisan legislation. before i give him a chance to share his thoughts on this bill, i would like to share one of the things we received from a social worker who helps homeless wise as the hud fast program. d i quote, just this week, a veteran discussed child care with me. she was relieved because she scheduled an appointment that she was going to cancel because she had no one to care for her son. this is a veteran who came to us homeless with a newborn and unmanaged diabetes. she is now following her medical regimen and makes appointments.
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she is housed in the community enjoying being a mother, attending college and working part-time. i do not think we would have been able to stabilize her life without the support of child care to allow her to get to her appointments and receive the care that will helped her succeed. veterans' lives have been improved because of access to v.a. health care. i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from tennessee. . mr. roe: thank you, madam chair. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: you are recognized. mr. roe: i rise in support of the veterans' access to childcare act, and i acknowledge chairwoman julia brownley of california, the sponsor of this legislation,
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for her hard work and leadership on this issue. as a father of three and a grandfather of three more, i know firsthand how important affordable, accessible, and safe childcare is and how difficult it can be for busy parents to find. i never want a veteran, particularly one struggling with mental health conditions, that requires regular, ongoing treatment to manage, to be unable to get the care they need because of a lack of childcare. the veterans' access to childcare act would prevent that by authorizing the department of veterans affairs to provide childcare assistance to veterans who are receiving mental health or certain other intensive health care services. since 2011, v.a. has been providing childcare assistance to eligible veterans in select sites through a pilot program that's been extended by congress on a consistent basis. this bill would permanently authorize that program and expand it across the v.a. health care system. i was proud to support this bill last congress as it passed
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the house with unanimous bipartisan support, and i am proud to support it today. however, my support is not without some reservations. when we passed this bill last congress, it had been reported out of the committee fully offset with a mandatory pay-for that, again, passed the house with unanimous bipartisan support. an amendment offered by congressman gus bilirakis of florida that will use the same pay-for to offset the cost of this bill which increased from $96 million two years ago to an estimated $120 million today was ruled not in order by the rules committee yesterday and that's a shame. as chairman of the veterans' committee in previous congress, i entertained frequent objections to other good policies from my friends on the other side of the aisle due to concerns about how improvements to the v.a. health care system will be accounted for under discretionary caps. it appears those concerns have suddenly disappeared.
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yesterday afternoon, chairman takano noted no offset was provided by this bill because the house democrats have no requirement for discretionary cost to be offset and it would be up to the appropriators to provide the funding v.a. needs to implement this program. the democrats' lack of rule promoting of fiscal discipline does not mean we should not aspire to be good stewards of taxpayer money. the american taxpayers should expect and certainly deserve more from their elected officials than literally passing of the buck. i also have reservations about this bill because it failed to move through regular order which it most certainly would have benefited from. i commend my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for offering a number of thoughtful amendments to this legislation. i look forward to considering a number of those later today. that said, we do not know what the department thinks of them. we do not know what veteran service organizations think of them. we are blind to the second and third order implications they
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will undoubtedly have on this program and its costs. what's more, not all of the thoughtful amendments that were offered to this bill were ruled in order or will be up for debate. i offered an amendment that would have provided the asset and review infrastructure commission greater flexibility by removing a prohibition against the commission meeting n any calendar year except 2022 and 2023. the air commission is a data-driven, transparent process that will consider a.'s real property portfolio as a whole on how it will be realigned, by continuing the high quality of care that veterans will need in future years. the bill today could result in the repurposing of existing space or creation of new space to be used to provide childcare services. decisions about how limited v.a. medical facility space will be used must not be made in a vacuum. especially when congress has
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already established a process for how those decisions should be made. i fail to see how my amendment doesn't apply here and it's a shame we didn't have an opportunity to have a robust debate on that in committee or on the floor. another good government amendment that was unfortunately ruled out of order was offered by congressman arrington of texas. congressman arrington's amendment would require any employee to provide childcare pursuant to their bill from spending their time on taxpayer funded union activities rather than performing the childcare duties they were hired to perform. i agree that government employees should be doing the job for which they are hired and receive taxpayer funded paycheck to do and do nothing else. again, it's a shame we won't be able to discuss or debate that amendment. despite these issues, i do find the underlying bill to be a worthy one, and i will be supporting it today. i thank congresswoman brownley, again, and chairman takano for bringing this bill to the floor
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today, and i look forward to working with them in the next two years on these and other important issues of our nation's veterans. with that, madam chair, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: thank you, madam chair. i thank the gentleman for his support of the bill. i just want to say with regard to the amendments we would have entertained more amendments, would be happy to do so, had they been germane and we would have been glad to entertain but they were not. before i yield to ms. brownley, the sponsor of this legislation, i'd like to enter into the record a letter of support from the easter seals. this bill is also supported by the american legion, the veterans of foreign wars, and the vietnam veterans of america, and other veteran service organizations. so i'm pleased to say we have heard the v.s.o.'s weigh in on ms. brownley's legislation.
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at this moment i'd like to yield five minutes to the gentlewoman from california, the author of the bill, representative brownlee. the chair: those requests will be covered under general leave. and the chair recognizes congresswoman brownley. ms. brownley: thank you, madam chair. and thank you, mr. chairman, for yielding time and for bringing my bill, the veterans' -- talk into the microphone -- and thank you, chairman, for yielding and bringing my bill, the veterans' access to childcare act to the floor for consideration. thank you, ranking member roe, for your support of the bill. as a member of the house veterans' affairs committee, i believe that it's critical that veterans have the support they need to ensure they are able to access needed health care services at the v.a. for many veterans, the lack of access to childcare is a barrier to receiving v.a.
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health care, especially mental health care and intensive care services. research has shown that women veterans more commonly face this barrier as they are more often responsible for caring for young children. that said, we know that the problem is not unique to women veterans as male veterans have also reported lack of available childcare as a barrier to making their health care appointments as well. in 2010, congress passed legislation directing the v.a. to start a pilot program to provide free childcare at a small number of v.a. medical centers and clinics throughout the country. since then, this pilot program has been successfully implemented and hugely popular at several locations around the country. the v.a. reported that the pilot program in 2015 -- excuse me -- the v.a. reported that the pilot program had provided
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childcare assistance to more than 10,000 children, and since then, many more veterans have benefited. the pilot program has been popular among the veteran community and there's been strong support for its continuation from veteran service organizations. that is because we all believe that veterans should not be forced to choose between getting necessary health care and caring for a child. my bill, which we are debating today, would make the veterans' childcare pilot program permanent and expand the program to v.a. facilities all across the nation. like the original pilot program, my bill is narrowly tailored for veterans who are full-time caretakers of veteran and who need intensive medical care or mental health treatment. and for those veterans who might otherwise miss their appointments because of lack of available short-term childcare during their appointments.
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for instance, a veteran who is undergoing cancer treatment cannot afford to miss these critical and intense medical appointments and may need a safe place to leave their young child while they receive chemotherapy or radiation therapy. likewise, veterans who have regular mental health care appointments may need a place to leave their young children because it would be inappropriate for young children to be present for tough conversations with a therapist about military sexual trauma or other battlefield trauma. like the pilot program, my bill also gives v.a. flexible authority to determine how to provide childcare assistance during veterans' medical appointments. options include providing the benefit through stipended payments directly to veterans to pay for their childcare expenses, direct provisions of childcare at v.a. facilities, direct payment to childcare providers, collaboration with other federal departments and agencies, or other appropriate
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forms of assistance that the secretary determines are appropriate. passage of this legislation will benefit veterans of all airas who are primary caretakers -- eras who are primary caretakers. many of the caretakers who use he pilot program are grandparents who take care of their grandchildren. this program will ensure a safe, reliable and cost-free option for childcare during those appointments. for our colleagues who are new to this body, i would note similar legislation passed the house in the 115th congress by voice vote. i urge my colleagues to, again, support this legislation, and i especially want to thank my colleague, mr. higgins from new york, who has been a tireless advocate for expanding and making permanent the childcare pilot program. s partnership has been
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invaluable to moving our bill forward. i also want to thank senator patty murray from washington, who has introduced similar legislation in the senate. thank you, again, madam chairman, and thank you, again, mr. chairman, for bringing my bill to the floor. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from california reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe. mr. roe: thank you, mr. chair. i have no further speakers. i am prepared to close. the chair: the gentleman reserves at this time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: madam chair, i, at this time, like to yield to the gentleman from new york, . presentative brian higgins the chair: the gentleman from the great state of new york is recognized. mr. higgins: thank you, mr. chairman. and thank you, mr. chairman, and ranking member phil roe. i rise in support of this bill
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to provide childcare assistance to our military families. nearly a decade ago, the veterans administration survey found over one in 10 veterans have had to cancel their v.a. medical appointments due to the lack of childcare. in response, congress created the v.a. childcare pilot program, the first in the nation opened in my hometown of buffalo, new york. the program has been a tremendous success. since its inception it has served countless military families. more than 1,000 kids went to the facility while their parents received care. veterans place their lives on the front lines for our freedoms. many veterans return to their families from combat with injuries and posttraumatic stress disorder that requires regular treatment at their v.a. madam speaker, we need to remove barriers to care and give our veterans certainty.
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by passing this legislation, congress will make childcare available to veterans who need it while being cost-effective and improving health outcomes. in closing, i want to thank congresswoman brownley for her tireless work on behalf of our nation's veterans and strongly urge my colleagues to vote on passage of this important legislation. with that i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields. mr. takano: i reserve, madam chair. the chair: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: reserve my time. the chair: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: thank you, madam chair. i -- we have the data to show how access to health care services improves and saves lives, but i think it's important we also hear from the veterans and the providers whose lives have been improved by this program. i like to share another story before closing. another story from a childcare staffer in buffalo, new york.
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buffalo also has a -- and i quote -- and i quote -- buffalo also has a world war ii veteran now 97 years old who cares for his great-granddaughter. he heard of the service, stopped in to see the facility and ask questions to verify he felt safe in leaving her in their care. as the primary caretaker for this child, he is so pleased to be able to attend his appointments at his elderly age and keep his family close, end quote. . let me add, i want to address the reservation, although the ranking member has stated his general support for the bill but his reservation about the legislation h.r. 840 lacking a pay-for that was included in last year -- last session's legislation and the pay-for that they said was necessary this
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time around. i just want to state, h.r. 840 makes permanent a program that we as a congress have re-authorized six times since 013. in fact, the c.b.o. has never required that we do it. and the pay-for that the gentleman keeps speaking of will not pay for this program but will take money and send it to the treasury and the v.a. will still have to find the money to pay for it. each of the six times re-authorized this program not once did our colleagues insist on a pay-for. only when we are introducing legislation does this suddenly pop up as a concern. even if we included the pay-for, the treasury wouldn't see the funds for nearly a decade. i ith that, madam chair,
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reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: just to, i guess to respond to the chairman, look, if the program costs money, the money has to come from somewhere and we have programs -- and the appropriators have to decide if it costs money to take it away from some other v.a. program. that's all we're talking about. and every single one of us in this chamber in the last congress agreed to pay for it. so now, something has changed. i have no further speakers on the bill and am prepared to close. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: just in response, the pay-for which the gentleman
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from tennessee is referring to is under mandatory spending would not actually pay for the program. every return to the treasury and the discretionary funds simply -- there is no pay-for on the discretionary funds. so simply as i reiterate, each time this pilot program was re-authorized under the majority, never was it a demand n their part that there be a pay-for. madam chair, i have no further speakers and i am prepared to close. the chair: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. does the gentleman wish to close? mr. roe: i do. i thank ms. brownley for her
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leadership. i have been at one point in my life a single parent and a veteran and i understand the difficulty in child-bearing and rearing from my previous life as took care octors and of single parents who struggled to get the health care they need. i think this is a great bill. i think it should be supported unanimously in this congress. and there will be american heroes who have severed this country to get the care they need. we know that in this country, 20 veterans commit suicide each day, 14 of them have not gotten into the v.a. care. we don't know the reasons, but i hope it's not the barrier of child care. i encounseling my colleagues to support unanimously 840.
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and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. . takano: madam chair, i support ms. brownley's bill h.r. 840. i urge my colleagues to join me in its passage and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields ack the balance of his time. all time for general debate has expired. pursuant to the rule, the bill shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule, it shall be in order to be considered as amendment under the five-minute rule the amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the rules committee print 116-3. the amendment in the nature of a substitute shall be considered as read. no amendment to the amendment in the fate of a substitute shall be in order except those printed
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in house report 16-6. each such amendment may be offered only in the order printed by the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the pro opponent and opponent, shall not be subject to the amendment and not be subject to demand of the division of the the unfinished business is the question on. it is now in order to consider amendment number 1, printed in house report 116-6. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. brindisi: i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the america. the clerk: amendment number 1 printed in house report 116-6 offered by mr. brindisi of new york. the chair: the gentleman from new york, mr. brindisi and a member opposed each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york.
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mr. brindisi: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. brindisi: i thank the gentlewoman from california, the chair woman of the v.a. health subcommittee for introducing this important bill as well as the chairman of the the gentleman from california. veterans should never have to miss a doctor's appointment because they don't have access to affordable killed care. this ensures our nation's veterans have access to the care they've learned. i'm glad to see the house picked up this issue. my amendment would clarify that outpatient clinics are included under the bill's definition of the department. and veterans who receive their care are able to access v.a. child care assistance. many veterans live in rural areas and do not have full service hospital neerby and rely
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on primary and metropolitan atal health care. this benefit would include them, no matter how small or large their v.a. facility is. as a new member of the house committee on veterans affairs, i will continue to work to improve access to v.a. health care and benefits, including veterans living in rural contest. i thank the gentlewoman from california for introducing this bill and i urge our colleagues og both sides of the aisle to pass the underlying legislation. i relemb. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i ask unanimous consent to rise in opposition, although i am not opposed. the chair: without objection. mr. roe: i yield myself such time as i may consume. charmede you are recognized. mr. roe: i rise in support of congressman written difficult si
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and the amendment that would clarify that veterans receiving qualifying treatment from community clinics are eligible for child care assistance. they are an important access point for veterans and health care continues to be transition away from in-patient hospitals and form the basis of outpatient care. it makes care much more available to our veterans. child care burdens are no less a factor than it is for veterans who seek care in a v.a. medical facily. this amendment rightly recognizes that fact and ensures that we don't create a disparity for veterans with the same conditions seeking the same treatments who happen to use difrent v.a. medical facilities. i urge my colleagues to support amendment and i thank
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congressman brindisi and congresswoman kuster and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. brindisi: i yield to the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i thank the gentleman for yielding and i support this amendment because by clarifying community-based outpatient clinics we are ensuring that veterans are able to receive no-cost child care. i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. the gentleman reserves? the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i have no further speakers and am prepared to close. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. brindisi: i urge adoption of
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the amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i strongly support this amendment and i yield back. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the amendment is agreed to. -- it is inclause 6 order to consider amendment number 2. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from american samoa seek recognition? mrs. radewagen: madam chair, i have an amendment at the desk. the clerk: amendment number 2 printed in house report 116-6 offered by mrs. rad weighing and of american samoa.
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the chair: each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from from american samoa. mrs. radewagen: i want to thank representative brownley for introducing this legislation to help our veterans and their families. i'm offering this amendment to clarify that the child care benefit be made available for veterans while they are participating in v.a. health care services, i.e. when they e traveling to and attending not other time. this is reserved for veterans who need it most and does not replace more long-term child care programs. if there is an a need. it should be created separately and i would be happy to work with my colleagues on that. with that, i ask my colleagues
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to support this amendment. thank you. i reserve. the chair: the gentlewoman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: iize in opposition even though i'm not opposed to the amendment. the chair: without objection. the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: i rise in support of this amendment to ensure our dollars are spent according to congress' attempt. child care should be provided to veterans when they are using child care to attend their appointments. i appreciate the chairwoman working with me and they cannot revoke this benefit. the intent of this amendment is not to be an incentive to access care but to make it easier to make it to their appointments. we need to have close oversight of our program.
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this committee will keep close watch over the resources we provide and the programs we authorize at v.a. we will hold the leaders accountable when these programs are not carried out or made in a haphazard or without the purpose of doing what is best for veterans. i look forward to oversee the successful execution of this childcare program so any eligible veterans who needs childcare can get it. and i reserve. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from american samoa. mrs. radewagen: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from tennessee. the chair: the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: i want to thank this woman for bringing this up. and she travels i guess about as
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far as anybody. 24 hours in the air to get here. so she is a tireless advocate for our nation's heroes and i thank her for that. i rise in strong support of this amendment that would clarify that childcare assistance while attending a v.a. appointment or traveling to or from a v.a. appointment and not at any other time. this is in line to provide access to child care services so veterans who would otherwise be burdened could have easier access to the care that is needed. when they provided child care assistance will be provided, this will help ensure that this program is sustainable, not unintentionally abused and will help the debatest number of veterans. the congresswoman is a valuable member on the committee and i thank her for bringing this commonsense good government amendment today and i urge my
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colleague to join me in supporting it and i reare i reserve. the chair: the gentlewoman from -- mr. roe: i'll yield time. the chair: the gentlewoman from american samoa. mrs. radewagen: i yield back. the chair: the gentlewoman from american samoa yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: thank you, madam chair. i would like to yield two minutes to the gentleman from northern mariana islands, mr. sablan. the chair: the chair recognizes the gentleman from northern mariana islands, mr. sablan. mr. sablan: thank you, madam chair. i seek consent if i could have a short colloquy with my distinguished colleague from merican samoa. the chair: yes. mr. sablan: thank you very much. madam chair, it is in her district, it is in my district,
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sometimes we have to leave our home, travel by airplane to a place where we could receive the medical attention we need for v.a. services for our veterans. discover, to just which i think i may already know the answer, but just for the record, that a veteran who a s, say, saipan, going to medical center in hawaii, that childcare is provided for that time, including the travel time and the time when the veteran receiving medical attention in hawaii until that veteran returns home, is that an appropriate -- is that a correct interpretation of this legislation?
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mrs. radewagen: that's a good question, madam chair. that's something we have to work on. mr. sablan: thank you. because it's -- it happens almost -- many times that a veteran, again, has to leave. for example, in my district, they would have to leave the island of rota, fly to saipan, telemedicine is video with their licensed social worker, their psychologist, psychiatrist. it takes time. flights are just once a day, for example. a fly to guam requires an overnight stay. for the time that the veteran leaves home, goes to guam, for example, gets the care and comes back, i was hoping that
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that would be -- that the restriction was -- is appropriate. it's not outside of -- the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. . takano: madam chair, i reserve. the chair: the gentleman from california has two minutes. does he wish to yield any dational -- additional time? mr. takano: may i require the time remaining? two minutes. i yield 30 seconds. 30 seconds. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for 30 seconds. mr. sablan: yes, i yield to -- mr. roe: thank you, madam chair. mr. sablan and i worked together on these unique issues on where he lives in american samoa. that's why we would have had regular order. you do have unique circumstances because of long travel distances. an i think that's something else we need to look at in the
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committee. i will pledge myself to work with you on this issue as ranking member. mr. sablan: so i thank the ranking member. mr. roe: i yield back. mr. sablan: and my distinguished colleague from american samoa. and i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: thank you. the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, madam chair. let me just say for the record that i believe, if a veteran is receiving care at a facility, in this case, in hawaii, on travel from saipan, that the intent of the legislation would provide that childcare for the time necessary for that veteran. that's my -- and would be a v.a. facility. we are talking about a -- it would be childcare at the v.a. facility in hawaii, in this particular case. and i reserve.
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the chair: the gentleman has the only remaining time. mr. takano: oh. so madam chair, i at this time i have no other speakers and i am prepared to close. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: so i do urge that my colleagues support the amendment by mrs. radewagen and i conclude my -- make my closing remarks. thank you. the chair: does the gentleman yield back? mr. takano: i yield back. the chair: the gentleman's time has expired. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from american samoa. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 3 printed in house report 116-6.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. rose: madam chair, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 3 inted in house report 115--- 116-6 offered by mr. rose of new york. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 105, the gentleman from new york, mr. rose, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. rose: i yield as much time as i may consume. thank you, madam chair. i rise to offer an amendment, which would make clear that health care related to substance and drug abuse counseling are included in the covered health services in this bill. madam chair, the opioid epidemic has not only affected my home of staten island and south brooklyn, and to be clear, it very much has, but this has touched constituents in district after district, state after state. it's disproportionately affected our nation's greatest heroes.
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as the fathers, wives, husbands and children of the veterans fighting this disease can attest, combating this addiction is daunting and heartbreakingly difficult. imagine how excruciating it can be when a mother has to make the choice between receiving the treatment that she so desperately needs and making sure that her own children are cared for. that is the choice veteran parents need to make time and again. it's a disgrace and on both sides of the aisle we have not done enough. you know, make no mistake here, if congress does not act, these barriers to treatment will absolutely persist. whether you're a republican or a democrat, it's our constituents who are suffering and we need to act now. if we do not address this, this epidemic will continue to wreak havoc on our districts, our communities, and our families. a national survey from the substance abuse and mental
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health services administration showed that one in 15 veterans suffer from a substance abuse disorder, but for vets who left active duty post-9/11, it's nearly one in eight. these veterans are twice as likely to die from an accidental overdose as a nonveteran. as one of the few post-9/11 combat veterans who are serving right now in this body, i've seen the courage of my fellow former soldiers who seek the help they so desperately need. i've seen that substance abuse counseling at our v.a. facilities can really save lives, save families, and i've seen what happens when my brothers and sisters who serve do not get the treatment they need. and i'm here to tell my colleagues that i refuse to watch that happen again. that is why i offer this amendment here today so that the veteran mother who i mentioned and the fathers who are full-time caregivers of their children are no longer trapped in an impossible choice.
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they can receive treatment for ptsd, for cancer, and for counseling to combat life-threatening addiction with the peace of mind that their children are safe and cared for. that's the very reason why congress directed this pilot program to start in the first place. when we put party politics aside and put our constituents first, this country really succeeds. we can all agree that this country is battling an opioid epidemic. let's show our constituents that we're more than just talk, more than just thanking vets for their service and actually do something about it. we have to stop treating addiction as anything but the disease and the public health crisis that it actually is, and we need to encourage, not punish, those who are taking this fight head on and taking the care that they so desperately need and deserve. i'd like to thank ms. brownley for sponsoring this legislation and commend my colleague, mr. norcross of new jersey for co-sponsoring this amendment
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and applaud my colleagues, ms. sherrill, ms. stefanik, and others who offered amendments to strengthen this bill. thank you, madam chair. i urge adoption of this amendment. the chair: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? mr. roe: thank you, madam chair. i rise in opposition although i am not opposed. the chair: without objection. mr. roe: madam chair, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the chair: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roe: madam chair, i rise in support of congressman rose's comment, and i thank -- amendment, and i thank him for his service to our country. unfortunately, our veterans are not immune to the scourge of addiction that has tragically impacted far too many of our communities for far too long, particularly in the last few years of the opioid crisis. veterans seeking substance abuse treatment from v.a. should certainly have access to
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childcare assistance if they require it, and i'm grateful for congressman rose for sponsoring this amendment to make sure that they are specifically included in this bill. i hope i am joined by awful my colleagues in supporting this needed amendment today. and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. rose: madam chair, i yield one minute to chair takano. the chair: the chair recognizes the gentleman from california for one minute. mr. takano: thank you, madam chair. and i thank the gentleman for yielding. i support this amendment because veterans are not immune from the opioid epidemic. they are not immune to alcoholism or substance abuse. when a veteran is offering suffering from posttraumatic stress that caused dependency, we should do everything we can to make sure that veteran can receive care. i thank the gentleman for offering this very important amendment, and i urge all of my colleagues to support it. i yield back the balance of my
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time, madam chair. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york reserves. mr. rose: madam chair, i reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: thank you, madam speaker. we have no further speakers, and i'm prepared to close. the chair: the gentleman is prepared to close. the gentleman yields back -- sorry. the gentleman from new york enjoys the right to close. does the gentleman from new york have any other speakers or wish to reserve to close? mr. rose: madam chair, we wish to reserve to close. thank you. the chair: the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: thank you, madam chair. i urge support of congressman rose's amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. do you wish to close? mr. rose: madam chair, we wish to close in support of this amendment. the chair: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman yields back. the question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from new york. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. he amendment is agreed to. it is now in order to consider amendment number 4 printed in house report 116-6. for what purpose does the gentleman from michigan seek recognition? mr. bergman: madam chairwoman, i have an amendment at the desk. the chair: the clerk will designate the amendment. the clerk: amendment number 4 printed in house report 116-6 offered by mr. bergman of michigan. the chair: pursuant to house resolution 105, the gentleman from michigan, mr. bergman, and a member opposed, each will control five minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from michigan. mr. bergman: madam chairwoman, i rise today to offer an amendment to h.r. 840, the veterans' access to childcare act. my amendment is simple. it prohibits v.a. from
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constructing new childcare facilities, using funds made available by this bill. it does not prohibit the v.a. from using existing facilities. while i support the underlying bill, and believe something as simple as childcare services can greatly improve veterans' access to care, i also understand how bloated v.a.'s infrastructure portfolio has become. . just last year the congress passed the v.a. mission act to establish the asset and infrastructure review commission. this commission is designed to assess areas in which the v.a. can modernize and realign its existing infrastructure portfolio to save valuable money and refocus on its core mission of caring for our veterans. madam chairwoman, offering child care services has the potential to make v.a. benefits more
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accessible and convenient for all families. h.r. 840 allows v.a. to provide child care services via private centers and through collaboration with other federal agencies, thus utilizing already existing facilities. until the asset and infrastructure review is complete, it would be irresponsible to allow v.a. to invest more limited resources in new construction when positive, viable alternatives are available. i appreciate the work our committee has done to help improve access to care, and i look forward to our continued efforts to realign v.a.'s priorities and its unused or underutilized assets. i urge support of this amendment and reserve the balance of my time. the chair: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california rise? mr. takano: mr. chair, i rise to claim time in opposition to the
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amendment. the chair: the gentleman is recognized for five minutes. mr. takano: mr. chairman, i rise in opposition to the amendment, which would prevent additional v.a. hospitals and clinics from providing onsite child care to veterans receiving care at v.a. hospitals and clinics. v.a. only has four child care sites throughout the v.a. system. and this amendment would prevent further expansion of the program by preventing a v.a. hospital or clinic from even doing basic things to provide convenient child care. things like covering electrical sock ets to make a facility -- sockets to make a facility safe for young children, or putting up fencing around a playground so children can play safely. as our colleague reminded us during the rules committee meeting yesterday, as many parents of young children quickly learn, most private child care facilities do not allow young children to be temporarily dropped off for just a few hours. child care facilities need to know

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