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quare because -- in the thur good marshall courthouse, we've launched a circuit-wide project, justice for all, courts in the community. i think the nation's first coordinated program involving every court in our circuit. and we have this wonderful learning center where children can come in and meet with judges. we have teachers institute where teachers come in and meet with judges and scholars about social studies. we have financial literacy programs. for adult education. we have a curriculum. >> we leave this now, the u.s. house gaveling quickly back in live here on c-span. 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of the representatives, the clerk
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received the following message from the secretary of the senate on february 14, 2019, at 12:50 p.m., that the senate passed, senate 488. signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. madam, pursuant to the permission granted in the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on february 14, 2019, at 4:28 p.m. that the senate agrees to the report of the committee of the conference, house joint resolution 31, signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. madam, purr subte to the measure -- pursuant to the permission granted in the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on february 14, 2019, at 4:54 p.m. that the senate agreed to senate concurrent resolution 4.
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signed, sincerely, karen l. haas. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i send to the desk a privileged report from the committee on rules for filing under the rule. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: report to accompany house resolution 131. resolution providing for consideration of the conference report to accompany the joint resolution, house joint resolution 31, making further continuing appropriations for the department of homeland security for fiscal year 2019 and for other purposes. and providing for proceedings during the period from february , 2019, through february 22, 2019. the speaker pro tempore: referred to the house calendar and ordered printed. for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado rise? mr. perlmutter: madam speaker, by direction of the committee on rules, i call up house
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resolution 131 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 8. house resolution 131. resolved that upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in order to consider the conference report to accompany the joint resolution, house joint resolution 31, making further continuing appropriations for the department of homeland security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes. all points of order against a conference report and against its consideration are waived. the conference report shall be considered as read. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the conference report to its adoption without intervening motion except one, one hour of debate and, two, one motion to recommit if applicable. section 2. on any legislative day during the period from february 15, 2019, through february 22, 2019, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved
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and, b, the chair may at any time declare the house adjourned to meet at a date and time within the limits of clause 4, section a, -- 5, article 1 of the constitution, to be announced by the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 3, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 2 of this resolution as though under clause 8-a of rule 1. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized for one hour. mr. perlmutter: madam speaker, for the purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to my friend, the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perlmutter: during consideration of this resolution, all time is yielded for purposes 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: so ordered. mr. perlmutter: madam speaker, the rules committee met and
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reported a rule, house resolution 131, providing for the consideration of the conference report to accompany h.j.res. 31. the consolidated appropriations act of 2019. the rule provides for consideration of the legislation under a conference report rule, and provides for one hour of debate. the rule also provides for standard recess procedures through friday, february 22. madam speaker, this legislation has been a long time coming. in december, the senate passed a clean continuing resolution for the seven appropriations bills which hadn't been completed. the president said at the time he would sign that bill. but then the president changed course and demanded $5.7 billion for his campaign promise of a border wall. as we now know, this led to the longest government shutdown in united states history, 35 days. it put our country in jeopardy by withholding paychecks for
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800,000 federal employees who are patriots and provide critical services to our country and to all americans. put simply, this was not an issue worth shutting down the federal government. that is why i am pleased we're here today to avoid another shutdown and begin to get the agencies affected by the shutdown back on track. this bill provides appropriations for the seven remaining appropriations bills through the end of the fiscal year. including agriculture and rural development, commerce, justice and science, financial services and general government, homeland security, interior and environment, state and foreign operations and transportation, housing and urban development. over the past six weeks, we heard testimony from the chairs and ranking members of the appropriations committee numerous times as we tried to
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reopen the government last month. a constant theme from those hearings, from both democrats and republicans, was a respect for the appropriators and their ability to negotiate a deal. today's result is confirmation of that trust we place in our appropriators. and i want to congratulate all the committee members and staff for their work over the last few weeks. the conference report in front of us today is by no means perfect. but it represents a compromise between democrats and republicans and between the house and the senate. and there are many programs well funded by this bill. for instance, the census bureau will see an increase of more than $1 billion as they prepare for the 2020 census, to ensure an accurate count. nasa, which invests heavily in colorado, and across all of the country, will see a $763 million increase over last year to fully fund nasa's science
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mission directorates and support human exploration from the international space station to the moon and on to mars by 2033. this legislation provides $17 billion in funding for new infrastructure investments in roads, bridges trrnings its and housing -- bridges, transit and housing, and the bill blocks attempt business the white house to hamstring the e.p.a. and other agencies from protecting our environment. and importantly the bill overrides the president's decision to freeze federal employee pay this year. instead, it provides a $1.-- a 1.9% pay raise for all federal employees. this conference agreement also makes smart investments in border security by investing $755 million in infrastructure and technology at ports of entry, additional funds to hire customs agents, $563 million for immigration judges, to reduce the backlog, and humanitarian aid for central american countries and along
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our border to those who need the help. the bill also provides $1.375 billion for border fencing, with restrictions protecting sensitive areas and local involvement. and takes steps to reduce the immigration detention bed levels for which i'm confident the louis provide rigorous oversight. madam speaker, there are a few things missing from this agreement, to help us repair the damage from the longest partial government shutdown in united states history. first, the bill does not provide federal contractors back-pay from the shutdown. federal contractors often work side by side with other federal employees and perform jobs important to the country and all americans. these contractors did nothing wrong and deserve to be made whole, just like the 800,000 federal employees who missed paychecks. congress needs to work together and make this right. additionally, during the shutdown my state of colorado, along with california, louisiana, vermont and washington, took steps to
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ensure fairness for accepted federal employees to make -- employees, to make them eligible for unemployment insurance because they were forced to continue working without knowing when they would be paid. unemployment benefits are a life line for situations just like this, where there's nowhere else to go. but unfortunately the united states department of labor chose to make it more difficult for states to provide these benefits. the department has said it will not reimburse states for these legislate costs and -- legitimate costs and puts workers at risk. i'm a co-sponsor of legislation introduced by representative katie hill from california, which would clarify current law and ensure our states are reimbursed as intended by congress. for reasons i don't quite understand, my friends on the other side of the aisle would not accept this provision and i plan to continue working with representative katie hill and chairman richie neal from the ways and means committee to help states like colorado.
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additionally, i worked to introduce two pieces of legislation during the shutdown to help federal employees deal with the affects of the shutdown. first was h.r. 545, the financial relief for feds act, which was introduced by representative pete olson from texas, and representative don beyer from virginia, and me. this was to ensure federal employees who made withdrawals during a shutdown from their 2015 savings plans or other retirement accounts weren't penalized for their early withdrawals. t.s.p. saw a 35% increase in hardship withdrawals during the shutdown as federal employees did anything they could to help pay their bills. and i hope our legislation is considered by the house quickly to make these federal employees whole again. i also introduced h.r. 781, the student loan leaf for feds act, with representative will hurd from texas, to allow federal employees to defer their student loans without penalty during a government shutdown.
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a typical student loan payment is between $200 and $300 per month and that's money you don't have if you're not getting a paycheck. these examples of legislation -- these are examples of legislation we need to pass to fix problems created during the shutdown. and there's one more bill i'll be introducing today, i just put it in the hopper, to prevent these shutdowns from ever happening again. if congress and the white house have a political disagreement, our federal employees and the american people shouldn't be the pawns who suffer the consequences of the disagreement. my bill, the no more shutdowns act, provides automatic continuing appropriations for any fiscal year when appropriations haven't been enacted. this means whenever there would be a lapse in appropriations funding would continue at previously enacted levels. along with an increase for -- to the account for inflation. until congress passes an appropriation bill. this is common sense and would allow our federal agencies to continue their work without the start and stop of shutdowns and
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short-term c.r.'s. i hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will join me in working to make sure shutdowns dobt happen again -- do not happen again. overall, madam speaker, this is a good compromise to fully fund these agencies, so we can finish last year's work and allow congress to move on to other important issues. that -- issues that we were sent here to do. like reducing health care costs and repairing infrastructure across the country. i urge all of my colleagues to support the rule and the underlying conference agreement and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you, madam speaker. i want to begin by thanking my good friend from colorado, mr. perlmutter, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, we're here today to pass an appropriations package that should complete our work and full requesty -- and fully fund the government for fiscal year 2019. as members of this body know, this has been a long road.
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perhaps much longer than we expected at the beginning. as we sawality the start of this congress, the -- as we saw at the start of this congress, the difficulties this body can sometimes face in coming to an agreement can translate into difficulty and hardship for the american people. i think i can speak for all of us here in this body when i say that government shutdowns are bad for the american people, bad for government, and bad policy. and we should all strive to never let them happen again. now, of course we have a little bit different view of how that shutdown came about. it's worth noting for the record that the house actually did vote to fund the government and produced a bill in december that the president said he would sign, that a majority of the united states senate actually favored. but the senate gets to set its own rules. they couldn't reach the number of 60 because the democratic minority chose not to do that. so given that, that's what shut down the government. and we've all been dealing with the consequences of it ever since.
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but today we're poised to finish our work and though the road may have been difficult, i do not think members should look back on this process and commend themselves for what they have accomplished. or should look back and commend themselves for what they have accomplished. last september we finalized and passed into law five of the 12 funding bills, an accomplishment we had not matched in over 20 years. those five, which included the two largest bills, defense, labor, health and human services, and education, covered approximately 75% of all federal discretionary spending. prior to the end of the f.y. 2018 year, the house also passed four additional spending bills, which we then moved to conference with the senate. indeed, the seven -- of the seven outstanding spending bills, six of them were negotiated with the senate, and have been ready to be moved for final passage for quite some time.
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the sticking point has been the final bill. that for homeland security, which vexed members for some time. but though we did not reach a deal on homeland security quickly, we did eventually reach a deal and today i am pleased to be standing with my colleagues to bring up seven bipartisan, bicameral, fully negotiated and conferenced spending bills that are ready to be passed and sent to the president's desk for signature. as we finish the work for fiscal year 2019, and move into our efforts for fiscal year 2020, i want to commend my fellow members of the appropriations committee for their hard work. thanks to the leadership of people like ranking member kay granger, chairwoman nita lowey, and former chairman rodney frelinghuysen, and thanks to the hard work of dozens of members, we are at last ready to send these bills to the president. i congratulate my friends and colleagues on both sides of the
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aisle, and indeed offer the same congratulations to the entire house. i look forward to working together on fiscal year 2020 in the weeks and months ahead. perhaps working together we can get all the bills passed, conferenced with the senate, and sent to the president by the end of the fiscal year. that will certainly be my goal and the goal of every appropriator on both sides of this chamber, and on both sides of the rotunda in the capitol building. so with that, madam speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado. mr. perlmutter: i yield myself such time as i might consume. i want to thank my friend, mr. cole. we had a lot of hearings in the rules committee where we heard a lot of appropriations bills and, quite frankly, we knew that if we had some time and the appropriators were able to act, that they would come to an agreement. an agreement that didn't give everybody all that they wanted, but gave them something that they wanted.
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and i think our trust was appropriate at that time. with that, i'd like to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california, mrs. torres. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. mrs. torres: thank you, madam speaker. since the 116th congress took office this january, i have voted five times to open up the federal government, and today i rise in support of the conference report and i want to congratulate the conferees and thank specifically chairwoman lowey, ranking member granger, and all of the conferees for their hard work, for coming together, spending so much time to ensure that we have a bill moving forward that opens up our government. this is a bipartisan statement about who we are as a country. this was a fight to reclaim the country that welcomed me as a
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little girl from guatemala, to make sure that this country welcomes other children who come here fleeing violence and poverty. this bill will prevent another stupid, costly government shutdown, and it's time that we give our federal workers some certainty, move past this crisis, and get down to the business of governing. i urge all of my colleagues to support this measure and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: if we defeat the previous question i'll offer an amendment to the rule to provide 1259, sideration of h.r. the protecting women act of 2019. this bill provides a straight extension of the violence against women act, or vawa, as it's commonly known, through the
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end of the fiscal year. since its passage, vawa has provided money to investigate violent crimes against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. unfortunately, vawa is scheduled to expire tomorrow and thinkmy friends on the other side frankly are just stand big and watching it happen. even though they control this chamber. republicans fought to include an extension of vawa in the underlying conference report as we have done in previous continuing resolutions but we were rebuffed by our friends on the other side of the aisle and they've not made any move to schedule a separate vote on this floor to avoid a lapse in this critical program. so republicans will. madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to insert the text of my amendment in the record along with ex-trains you material immediately prior to the vote on the previous question. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. cole: with that, i urge a no
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vote on the previous question and yield my good friend and fellow member of the rule committees, representativeless coe from arizona, as much time as she may consume to discuss her bill and this p.q. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. >> thank you very much, madam speaker. i thank representative cole for yielding time. ms. lesko: if the previous question is defeated we'll amend the rule to bring an extension of the violence against women act which i've entitled the protect women act of 2019. without action, the violence against women act will expire tomorrow at midnight. madam speaker, i am a survivor of domestic violence. and as a survivor of domestic violence, i am calling on all of my colleagues to re-authorize this critical bill that helps
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women and children who have experienced the trauma and pain of abuse and who need our support. while we may not agree on every provision of the current violence against women act, i think we can all agree on the overall importance of this law and the programs and services it provides. since the violence against women act was first signed into law in 1994, it has played a vital role in supporting american women who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and trafficking, and improving our response to these crimes while we work to prevent them altogether. progress has been made. but there is more work to do. in fact, according to the centers for disease control,
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about one in three women and one in six men experienced some form of contact sexual violence during their lifetime. i'm confident that every member of this body believes those statistics are unacceptable. i know that we agree that we must end domestic violence and care for victims left in its wake. we need to enhance awareness, work for prevention and ensure those harmed physically and mentally have access to resources and support they need. a clean extension of the violence against women act through the end of the fiscal year ensures that the law and the programs it supports remain in place. it ensures there isn't a lapse in services for those in need while we discuss ways that we can strengthen and improve it ogether.
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as chairwoman of the women's bipartisan women's caucus of the congress, i want a bill that every woman in this chamber can support. i know that my co-chair of the women's caucus, congresswoman brenda lawrence, has also told me she wants a violence against women act that every woman in this chamber can support. that's why if the previous question is defeated, republicans will seek a vote on a clean extension of the last violence against women act re-authorization. this will give us time, republicans and democrats, to work toward a bipartisan solution that helps women and girls protect -- and girls, protects religious liberties, and protects women and children. i hope all my colleagues will recognize the importance of
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acting now to prevent a lapse in authorization and defeat the previous question so that we can work to protect the vulnerable from these heinous crimes. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado. mr. perlmutter: i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perlmutter: i appreciate ms. lesco's comments and mr. -- ms. lesko's comments and mr. cole's. in the bill there's millions for vawa, it's not as if it's been forgotten. i hear this and over the last few years, republicans have done nothing but try to defund vawa. i'm expecting a bill that was signed by bill clinton, was authored by the former chairwoman of the rules committee, louise slaughter, will be something that democrats will certainly push forward and i -- after listening to mr. cole, and ms. lesko, i'm sure
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all the republicans will be on board with extending the vawa. with that, i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from texas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for two minutes. ms. jackson lee: this is the republican will we're trying to keep the government open and not holding our federal employees hostage. i know in the 2020 fiscal year, democrats will put forward a humane bill that addresses many of these issues. with egave $1.37 billion for barrier, not the wall. for protecting the environment in hi own ate, the national butterfly center, santa ana wildlife, places where i've gone and people are plead, don't put fences there we've brought down the number of i.c.e. detention beds from 49,000 to 40,000 and of course we have provided as i have indicated and fought for facilities that deal with those children and women that are coming across, 415 million for
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enhanced medical support, transportation, food, clothing for migrants, detention, particularly children, and 30 million for participants. as my good friend said, we brought up the alternative detention from 2,000 to 100,000. as my good friend said, 400 million for vawa. we are funding these programs because we understand how important they are. finally of course in the justice area, we have given money for burn grants, sexual assault kids, d.n.a., second chance act and we founded -- funded nasa. more importantly, i think we've made a very important point that should be made and that is as we work toward f.y. 2020 appropriations it's critical we ensure that robust accountability of d.h.s., including limiting the agent agency's transfer authority and dramatically reducing the number of people held in detention, utilizing proven alternatives to detention, including community-based alternatives for the vast majority of people who pose no public safety threat or
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risk, i.c.e., we have to realize there must be due process and justice. and it is unfortunate that this administration is both expensive -- its treatment of immigrants is unconscionablened inhumane. but the final point of all this is today we stand on the floor to not hold our federal employees hostage and to open the government. i will be going forward with the qualifications of working on a better bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: i yield myself such time as i may consume the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: i want to thank my friend for his response on the vawa issue. i don't pretend to speak for all republicans. i will point out that actually the last time we did re-authorization, voted against the republican bill to bring the senate democratic bill to the floor because i thought it was a better bill. it was a stronger bill. it had tribal provisions, had areas we had not addressed previously. i thought those were good changes. pretty unusual for me to break
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with my own team but itches proud to do it because it was a better bill. i don't think simply having money in place is the same as having the authorizations in place. this is an opportunity in my view to just have continuity while we do exactly what my friends suggest. find a way, come together, i think we will. that's traditionally been a bipartisan bill. i hope we do it. but i don't see any reason why we should have a lapse in authority. this is something we tried to put actually in conference in the base bill. and it would not have prevented my friends from going on and offering a new authorization, it was just simply let's keep this going. so to me, the previous question is we'll offer should the rule be defeated will have that opportunity. i hope my friends avail them of that. in addition to that, i want to thank my friend genuinely for the cooperation in this process on the appropriations bills themselves. as i said, look, six of these
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bills were se en-- essentially agreed to in december by an -- in a bipartisan way, between both the house and senate. so we'll hear the argumenting or could hear the argument tonight that all this is new and there's 1,000-plus page bill, what have you. the reality is probably about 75 pages i'm told from the conferees of new text here. most of this is actually something that this house has vote on and passed in december. and so you know, not reopening old issues and settling them where we could, and then moving forward, is something my friends ought to be proud of. i think it was abslutly the right thing to do. let us get on to the important business of fiscal year 2020 for quickly and expeditiously. then my friends are in the majority, if they want to make changes there additions or subtractions, they'll be in a position to do that. but i think closing the book here is a good one. i hope all of us, honestly as republicans and democrats, you know, i've been around here long
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enough to be in the minority and in the majority and the minority again. it tends to move back and forth. but these -- my friends have pointed out these are funding bills that provide for continuity of government. in these negotiations nobody gets everything they want. not possible. even when one side or the other controls both chambers and the white house. i've been here when that's happened on our side and my friend's side. you still never get everything you want in appropriations. i think there'll be a premium placed on cooperation, negotiation, going forward. there's no question. we have a democratic house, we have a republican senator, we have a republican president. everything we're going to accomplish in the next 18 months for the american people will have to be a compromise where we work together. i actually think this is a good first step. in starting that process. i think my friends are to be commended in doing that. we won't get every vote for this
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underlying legislation on our side. i doubt my friends will get every vote on their side. but we'll have a pretty substantial bipartisan majority in favor moving forward, keeping the government fully funding the government and hopefully that sets the example for what we do in f.y. 2020. again i look forward to working with my friends going forward. i look forward to beginning that process here tonight. by working together to pass a bill, that the senate has already passed in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion and that the president has said he'll sign and i assume that he certainly will. but again, as difficult as this road has been, madam speaker, i think this is actually a hopeful moment for this chamber and maybe the beginning of good habits of negotiation, compromise and cooperation because we're certainly going to need those habits going forward. so with that, madam speaker,spe reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado.
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mr. perlmutter: i would like to ask my friend if he has any other speakers. mr. cole: i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i thank my friend and i want to thank him quite sincerely. we have had the opportunity to work together now on the rules committee for a little while. we hadn't had that opportunity previously. he's always a thoughtful and interesting voice on that body and certainly here on the floor. i look forward and while we'll disagree over the rule, might well disagree over the previous question or the underlying legislation i sppt my -- i suspect my friend and i will be voting on the same side tonight. that's something i hope the american people take note of. we will have lots of democrats and lots of republicans voting on the same side. and yes, we have our differences. about how we got here or what we would have liked. but at the end of the day, we've come together and given the american people what they deserve. and that is a fully funded,
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operational government. and we've resolved our differences in conference. i too want to join i too want to join my friends in congratulating the chair of the conference committee and our ranking member and congratulating their counterparts, senator shelby and senator leahy, for the work they did in working through these notty issues and bringing us -- knotty issues and bringing us together. i wish it had happened more quickly but they're not the only players and i think all four of them worked in good faith and served our chambers well in their deliberations. so, madam speaker, in closing i urge support for the underlying measure. while the process of finalizing full-year funding for fiscal year 2019 may have taken longer than expected, today's measure will complete the process. i expect the house will pass these seven bills today and i expect that the president will sign them in the very near
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future and so i want to applaud and commend my colleagues for their hard work and hope that we will carry this spirit of bipartisanship with us as we move forward into the fiscal year 2020 appropriations process. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker -- thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank my colleagues for joining me here today to speak on the rule and the conference report. providing funding for the federal government is one of our most basic responsibilities here in the congress. unfortunately the congress in the last session failed to get it done and pass an appropriations package or even short-term continuing resolution and that resulted in a 35-day shutdown. the longest in u.s. history. and something i hope we all can avoid from this point forward. starting on day one of the new congress, house democrats began by working to reopen the
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government so we could negotiate the remaining issues on border security and finish last year's work once and for all. and today we are accomplishing that goal. i want to close with a thank you to the appropriations committee who worked very hard to get this done. i want to thank the rules committee, where we heard every one of these appropriations bills, but i especially want to thank the 800,000 federal employees affected by the shutdown, as well as the other 1.2 million federal employees across the country. you are patriots. the employees are patriots for the work they do each and every day on behalf of our country and our citizens. i met with dozens of federal employees during the shutdown. i heard about the uncertainty of how to pay bills and the mental anguish from being sidelined from work because you were not accepted or essential. but despite all that --
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excepted or essential. but despite all that, i still heard they were proud of their work, of 10, 20, 25 years in public service. and how they just wanted to get back to their jobs. i am hopeful too, mr. cole, that we can come together on these important responsibilities. there are going to be basic disagreements and hopefully we can work together to iron most of those out. but shutting down the government is something we have to avoid from this point forward. so i hope the lessons we in congress learned from this shutdown -- shutdown are not forgotten and we continue working together to prevent this from happening again. with that, madam speaker, i encourage a yes vote on the rule and on the previous question. i yield back the balance of my time. and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. all in favor say aye. opposed say no. in the opinion of the chair,
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the ayes have it. for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma rise? mr. cole: thank you, madam speaker. on that i would request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes y electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20rks this 15-minute vote -- 20, this 15-minute vote on ordering the previous question will be followed by a five-minute vote on adoption of the resolution, if order. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: the yeas are 229 and the nays are 195. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. . those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. and this will be a five-minute
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the speaker pro tempore: on
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this vote the yeas are 230, the nays are 196. the resolution is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. he house will come to order. he house will come to order. members will take their conversations off the floor.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york, ms. lowy, seek recognition? mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, pursuant to house resolution 131, i call up the conference report on the joint resolution, h.j.res. 31, making further continuing -- mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is correct.
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the house is not in order. please cease your conversations. the gentlelady is recognized. mrs. lowey: i call up the conference report on the joint resolution, h.j.res. 31, making further continuing appropriations for the department of homeland security , for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes. and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the joint resolution. the clerk: house joint resolution 31. making further continuing appropriations for the department of homeland security for fiscal year 2019, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 131, the conference report is considered read. the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey, and the gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger, will each control 30 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may
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consume. mr. speaker, the bill before us would prevent another government shutdown by completing the remaining appropriation bills for fiscal year 2019. it represents what is possible in a strong democratic process when we work hard to reach agreement that puts politics aside and puts the american people first. this bipartisan compromise rejects the president's irresponsible budget cuts and instead invests in priorities that will strengthen our families, communities and economy. additionally, it dozen not contain poise -- does not contain poison pill rides that are threaten the environment, public health and um -- riders that threaten the environment, public health and consumer protections in the house versions of these bills. among the bill's vital increases are $80 million for
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state and local law enforcement to keep communities safe, $1 billion for the census bureau, $308 million for research and development at the national science foundation, $25 million for the environmental protection agency, $293 million for port infrastructure, and $123 million for grants to combat homelessness. strong international affairs funding will help stabilize the world's economy, meet unprecedented humanitarian needs, and continue our fight against radical extremism and terrorism. federal workers will receive a 1.9% pay raise that the president attempted to deny hardworking families. the homeland security division of this bill opposed democratic values and funds smart and effective border security, including construction in
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screening technology at ports of entry, where most drugs illegally enter the country. the $1.375 billion it provides for border barriers is 76% less than what the president demanded for a concrete wall and critical protections are put in place for environmentally sensitive areas. neither democrats or republicans got everything you wanted. every democrat and nearly every republican who served on the conference committee to write this bill has signed it in support. i thank the conferees for their hard work and commitment to this process, which we couldn't have completed without our excellent dedicated staff, both majority and minority, and my friends, i urge a yes vote and
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reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger. ms. granger: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of house joint resolution 31, a bipartisan plan to fund the department of homeland security and the remaining appropriations bills for fiscal year 2019. earlier this month i had the opportunity to travel to the southern border to see firsthand the situation we face and hear from experts on the ground about the best way to address the crisis there. the president is correct, this is a crisis that must be addressed. both for the safety and security of the american people, and for the well-being of those who are coming here. we have a responsibility to come together and support what experts on the border say they need to address the security and humanitarian crisis. while this bill falls short of what i would have liked to see,
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it will provide our customs and border patrol and immigration and customs enforcement agents the tools necessary to continue combating the threat we face. in particular, the bill 55 des $1.375 billion for new miles of wall or physical barriers, as well as additional technology to combat human and drug trafficking. it's a good down payment that will allow to us build new barriers in the areas that the border patrol says it needs it most. the bill also supports immigration and customs enforcement priorities by funding the detention beds at a higher level than the amount enact last year. this will allow agents the flexibility to address surges in illegal immigration and apprehensions. it also -- this does not include any limits on i.c.e. enforcement actions that could cause dangerous criminals to be
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released into our country. the agreement prevents another unnecessary shutdown by including funding for the remaining unfunded appropriations bills. agriculture, commerce, justice and science, financial services and general government, interior, state and foreign operations, transportation and housing and urban development. funding these vitalby areas, we will secure america and our allies, promote economic prosperity, protect human life, promote the health and safety of all americans and make vital investments in our nation's infrastructure. mr. speaker, it would take hours to go through all of the bipartisan provisions included in this bill, so let me take a few minutes to discuss some of
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the highlights. the increased funding for federal law enforcement to , bat terrorism, espionage gangs and combat terrorist groups and strengthen the development enforcement of sanctions against iran, north korea, russia and cuba by providing increased funding for the office of terrorism and financial intelligence. we keep our commitment to israel's security by funding the new memorandum of understanding. we encourage economic development in rural communities across the country. we boost growth in development of america's small businesses by providing the opportunity to obtain capital through various small business administration loan programs. we provide funding necessary to
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implement the tax cuts and jobs act of 2017. this will ensure that american families are keeping more of their dollars, our small businesses are empowered to expand and investments flowing to communities that need it the most. we maintain pro-life language under the republican majority. we advance drug treatment and recovery initiatives and improve by investing in grant programs that support things like prescription drug monitoring. e increase and fund on filetting opioid abuse. we advance drug and biological product manufacturing within the united states and approve rare disease medications. we modernize generic drug
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development. we provide increased funding for the department of interior and u.s. forest service to fight devastating wildfires that threaten our communities. and we ensure rural areas have the same access to utilities that urban areas do by investing in critical infrastructure. i want to thank my colleague and friend, chairwoman lowey for her hard work. she has been an honest broker and tough negotiater throughout the process. i look forward to working with her. i thank my partners on the other side of the capitol, senator shelby and vice chairman leahy for their hard work and all the members of the conference committee, especially the house republicans, congressman fleischmann, and graves. i want to thank the hardworking
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staff of the appropriations committee for their tireless work over the last three weeks in particular. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this measure and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to yield four minutes to the hardworking the gentlewoman from california, the chairwoman the homeland security committee. ms. roybal-allard: let me begin by thanking the ranking member of the subcommittee for the courteous way in which he fought for the minority's priorities. the negotiations on the d.h. funding bill were among the hardest i have experienced to date. although we did not win every battle, we won many. we are giving funding for
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personnel and increase detention inspections. we won funding to increase compliance with the prison rate elimination act and provide more specialists and expand the alternative to detention programs including $30.5 million for case management. we held firm on the provision to revent i. c.e.o. to detain and remove sponsors of unaccompanied children and we improved transparency pi requiring to make information public about the numbers and categories of people in its custody. while i'm not happy with the outcome on border fencing, we $1.35. fencing to
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we won protections for he can logically areas. and we secured efforts to ensure migrants who spent time in custody are cared for. we have large investment in equipment to detect drugs and other contrabands where the real threat lives. it funds new 600 custom officers to reduce wait time. the bill includes response of the coast guard first heavy ice breaker in 0 years and provides robust report for fema preparedness. compared to the current detention bed level, we reduced the funding level for the rest of this fiscal year. unfortunately, we were unable to reach agreement on how to i.c.e. o.m.b. for giving
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a plank check for continuing esolutions and and prevent i.c.e.'s authority for prevention beds. this is the unfor seen changes in circumstances. not to be used as a tool for congressional intent orme spending. as chair of the homeland security appropriations subcommittee, i will demand the department to honor the intent of congress and fully justify the use of its transfer authority. i will hold public hearings to ensure the american people know when that authority is being abused and if not corrected redouble my efforts to ensure that authority is taken away. though not a perfect bill, the only alternatives to this is a year-long c.r. which will not
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only include h.r. but the departments and agencies for which the bill before us has significant new initiatives important to democrats and republicans alike. the fact is that federal agencies need full-year funding bills if we expect them to carry out their missions especially after the trauma of the longest partial government shutdown. it is time to put f.y. 2019 behind us to start in earnest on f.y. 2020 and the opportunities it provides. i urge my colleagues to vote for the bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield four minutes to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. rogers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized.
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mr. rogers: i rise in support of this legislation. but first, i want to congratulate our committee's distinguished chair and its ranking member on their masterful work in shepherding this compromise to the floor. this is a historic dynamic duo we have in charge of our committee and they produced a historic product that we have before us tonight. r. chairman, we have a crisis. at our southern border, period. there's no denying that our nation's security is threatened by the seemingly unending flow of drugs that find their way into every american community as violence by utal our cartels.
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so we do have a problem. it's an emergency. president trump is absolutely correct that we can't allow this ruthless criminal atlanta to continue unchecked. this bill takes important steps to secure this country. $1.3 billion for a wall and additional resources for d.h.s. to hire more personnel and employ advanced technology in the region. but in addition to the security crisis, there's also a very real humanitarian crisis that we simply can't ignore. thousands of vulnerable women and children seeking a better, safer life in the confines of this country, it's not the american bay to turn our backs on these people. and that's precisely why we have
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processes under federal law to facilitate legal entry into our country. this bill takes important steps to enforce our laws. the alternatives to detention program and also increases attorney and courtroom staffing to reduce the backlog of currently pending immigration cases. while the challenges at our border have grabbed headlines, the bill funds another important federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year. it ensures that our dedicated public servants can continue to show up to work without fear of losing another paycheck. in my district, hundreds of federal employ yeohs showed up for a thankless job not in knowing when the next paycheck would come. and i'm pleased to support this
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bill that will support the bureau of prisons. this bill continues our momentum in combatting the opioid epidemic by supporting drug courts to get people into treatment. this bill provides $115 million r the abandonned land mine pilots program in appalachian coal communities. and timely, as the ranking member of the state and foreign operations subcommittee, i'm especially pleased that this bill includes significant funding to secure our diplomatic posts and support israel, egypt, jordan, you contain and others. it continues vigorous oversight. and prohibits funding for the green climate fund and respects
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the sanctity of life around the world. this bill is not perfect. it's not everything we wanted, but it's a true product of compromise and i urge my colleagues to support it. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york is recognized. mrs. lowey: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas a member of the appropriations committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. i want to thank our chairwoman and the staff on the democrat and republican side. thank speaker pelosi, chairwoman roybal-allard. ranking member and the conferees who worked hard to come up with this spending package. they worked together to make
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sure we seek an acceptable funding solution for the different types that we have. what do we have here? it's a madam of vision. there are some people who see a crisis at the border. and i disagree. we see the border as a place of community and opportunity where we raise our families and send our kids to school and where we have played into tourism. mr. cuellar: i will tell you if you look at crime rates, that border crime rate is lower than the national crime rate. i'm not going to pick any selective city. and the crime rate in those cities are higher than the border crime rate that we have. so again, we came up with a balance between what those two visions were. and we found a way to provide
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technology, ports of entry, applying a way to find balance of border security but at the same time provide security. we on the border, we don't believe in open borders. we want to see smart border security. it's a bill that provides funding for border security and there are six other bills that provide money for ag, education and health care. and because of that reason, i ask all members to vote yes on this conference report. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back, the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield two minutes to mr. diaz-balart. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. diaz-balart: this bill shows that despite our disagreements, when you work through our differences to find common ground you can break the
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gridlock. so i want to thank, by the way, chairman price for his leadership and partnership. we have worked together now for over four years and i have gained a special appreciation for his dedication to public service and frankly for his deep understanding of the programs under our jurisdiction. i look forward to continuing working with him and continue developing our friendship. but i would like to say a quick word about chairwoman lowey and ranking member granger and the role they have played in pulling this funding bill together. i have had the privilege, mr. speaker, of knowing these two leaders for a number of years now. what you saw, all of us saw achieved in the last few tais is no surprise to any of us in this body who know them well. they only chay thieve -- achieved through the -- this through hard work, tough compromise and grit. and they deserve, they deserve our thanks. plg, let me turn for a minute -- mr. speaker, let me turn for a
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minute to the things in this bill. this bill doubles our investment from the 2018 t-h.u.d. bill and it's a second historic down payment to rebuild our nation. we provide a total of $20 billion in new funding over two years for roads, for bridges, for rails and for ports. it's a big number. as i said before, the t-h.u.d. bill is the infrastructure bill and maybe the only one that we'll get a chance to vote on. this bill will create job, improve the quality of life of countless americans. i'm also particularly proud that this bill makes a new investment in port infrastructure with a focus on sea ports at high volume locations. this port program, coupled with other transportation investments in the field will create opportunities for american manufacturers and exporters. i'm also proud of the housing portion of the bill. this meets our commitment to help the most vulnerable among us. with decent, affordable housing.
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this is a good bill, mr. speaker. particularly if you care about our veterans ours adibbled. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. granger: i yield the gentleman one minute. mr. diaz-balart: again, this bill exceeds those commitments with new funding for the elderly, the disabled, and our veterans and includes funding to rebuild urban, suburban and rural communities with block grand funding. that goes to local decisionmakers and communities. this is a good bill, mr. speaker. i want to thank, again, the leaders for putting this together and i urge your yes vote on what i believe is a bill that will create jobs, rebuild our communities and secure our future and yes, and stop the gridlock. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the gentleman from north carolina, the distinguished chairman they have
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transportation, housing, urban development subcommittee, mr. price. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. price: i thank my colleague for yielding. i rise in support of this air greement, a conference agreement, bipartisan, bicameral, averting a second reckless trump shutdown. this legislation represents the best possible deal to responsibly fund our government, secure our border, while holding true to our values as americans. this agreement denies the president billions for an unnecessary wall, includes a number of provisions to hold the administration accountable, and it boosts funding for humanitarian support for migrants, for alternatives to detention, and for family case management. the bipartisan agreement also includes six additional appropriations bills beyond homeland security. for example, the transportation-h.u.d. bill, on which chairman diaz-balart and i
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worked cooperatively for many months. that bill is included in this package, it increase thinks trump budget for infrastructure by $23 billion, and it includes investments that were totally eliminated in the trump budget. community development block grant, ehome program, for example. new starts for transit. the build program. all these are made whole. having been, of course, eliminated in the earlier trump budget. these six bills were all caught up in the trump shutdown. they are now salvaged by this agreement. the deal is not perfect, we know that it represents the best way to reject the president's outrageous border demand, keep our government open, and address our pressing national needs. so let's send this bill to the president's desk. then let's fight to overturn this phony national emergency. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlelady from texas is again recked. ms. granger: i yield three
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minutes to the gentleman from idahoing, my friend, mr. simpson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. simpson: i rise today to support this conference report and commend chairwoman lowey and ranking member granger and their staffs for the hard work that go into this, not many people understand the important and longtime -- and long time spent by the staff in trying to put these bills together. i could sit here until the cows come home, which may be shorter than we think if we run out of cows and get rid of those, but i could talk about what's -- what the provisions in this bill that are important to idaho whether it's the payment or the sage grass listings, but this is an important bill. what i would like to bring to my colleagues' attention is a very important section of this conference agreement. section 7. it is with sadness that this section is included. steven seth. late
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he spent the last eight years as senior advisor to the house appropriations committee. he was instrumental in the enactment of section 0 of the 2018 consolidated appropriation act. i know this division well because it was fire borrowing and forest management reforms i advocated and worked on for years. he worked over several years to resolve the problems that fire borrowing caused for the forest service and department of interior. more than that, he helped solve a problem which threatened the lives and property of people in the west and all other the country. his strength, his courage, his sense of humor and vast knowledge of the federal budget law and rules, made him indispensable, especially to his colleagues. without him, section 0 would never have passed. a i along with my colleagues on the appropriations committee, the chairwoman and ranking member, i know our former colleague had a hand in this,
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rodney frelinghuysen. we would like to express our and to e to his life, his family, and his children, for allowing us the many hours we he worked to make this better. let's put the 2019 appropriations behind us to move on to 2020. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished gentlewoman from california, a senior member of the committee and a conferee who worked so hard to put this bill together. ms. lee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california, ms. lee, is recognized. mrs. lee: thank you very much, mr. speaker. first of all, let me thank chairwoman lowey for yielding. also i must thank her for her tireless work day and night on behalf of the american people. also let me thank our homeland security chairwoman, lucille
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roybal-allard for her brilliance and her hard work. she pushed hard for a bill that reflects our american values and i appreciate her leadership. the phenomenal work of chairwoman lowey and chairwoman roybal-allard and all of our leaders, all the members of the conference committee and all the appropriations chairs and ranking members, that work has just been amazing. i really do salute you for that. this has been a very, very difficult negotiation. but you all did it. this legislation of course mr. speaker is not perfect. it's not the bill that i would have written or chosen. and yes, i have serious concerns with several of the provisions which i will discuss. but, let me tell you, this bill will keep the government open, it will prevent another shutdown which caused so much misery for federal workers and their families, and it provides
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funding for humanitarian assistance which is desperately needed at the border. what's more this bill, the package of bills at least, includes funding increases for six other spending bills, including housing for people living with aids, transportation grants for low-income communities, increased funding for homelessness and section 8 vouchers. and as a member of the department of homeland security conference committee, i was proud to fight for many of our priorities in this bill, which really reflect ours american values. and being born and raised in the beautiful bordertown as i've said before of el paso, texas, i understand what it means to live in a border community. and why these issues are so important. they speak to our sense of morality and who we are as a country and yes, as well as our security. with this bill, democrats held
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the line, madam chair, may i have another 30 seconds? the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady has 30 seconds. mrs. lee: we held the line, mr. speaker, in denying the president $5.7 billion in funding an unnecessary concrete wall. instead it includes $1.3 billion in border fencing and includes strong language to protect sensitive locations. last year i traveled to brownsville, and mcallen, texas, where i saw he horrors of the trump administration's family detention jails, i saw children sleeping on concrete floors, it was cruel and inhumane. not only did we secure $450 million for humanitarian relief, including enhanced medical support and food on our border we got many, many programs and understood if -- and funding for alternatives to detention. finally, mr. speaker, 10 seconds? let me just say it's a first step, it's far from perfect but it does lay the groundwork which really addresses many of the
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issues between myself and the deleens conference committee have fought so hard for so i support this bill and i ask for an aye vote. thank you again. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. granger: i yield five minutes to the gentleman from tennessee, mr. fleischmann. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. fleischmann: i rise in support of this joint resolution. earlier today, our colleagues in the united states senate overwhelmingly passed this bill, i believe it was 83-16, but at this point in time i'd like to begin by thanking my colleagues in the house. mrs. lowey, the chairwoman of the committee, ms. roybal-allard, the distinguished subcommittee chairman, ms. granger, the ranking member, and i have been privileged to serve, mr. speaker, as the ranking member of the highest republican -- as the ranking member, the highest republican on the house appropriations homeland security
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subcommittee. where were we? from time to time in our great republic, we hit a blip. we have a problem. we run into a difficulty. and we did that in this shutdown. this was a very odd situation. we had actually passed five appropriations bills and seven were left remaining. mr. speaker, that put us in a very awkward situation where there was a partial government shutdown. i heard the rhetoric on both sides of the aisle and i know it was sincere. but it hurt. it hurt our country, it hurt workers. but we reopened the government and then in a room, members of the house from both parties, members of the senate, from both parties, came together. an we convened. there was a wide, wide difference of opinion on that first day. i heard it, i was in that room.
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everyone was acting in good faith. strong-held convictions. a lot of naysayers and skeptics and cynics said we weren't going to get there. but we owed it to the american people to get there. and mr. speaker, we got there. we didn't get there with a bill that i would have drawn. my bill candidly would look more like the bill that president trump would have wanted. more money for the border security, more money for i.c.e. but, we came up with an agreement that the vast majority of americans could support and the vast majority of members in both houses could support. and that's what i think the american people need to look to. where did we agree? we agreed in this great bill for increased funding for our beloved ally in the middle east, israel. just in this chamber the other
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day, members of both parties condemned anti-semitism as we must. we backed that commitment up with our full support and unprecedented funding for our ally israel. we, n all be proud of that mr. speaker, came together with a compromise bill that will have some new border wall. not as much as i would have wanted. we'll have more i.c.e. beds, not as many as i would have wanted. ut mr. speaker, i've been i have been this chamber for eight years. our differences are bipartisan and sometimes our differences are bicameral and we will come together and pass this bill. it is not a great bill but it is a good bill but represents
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compromise and it will, i believe, restore the faith of the american people, not only in our institutions but in our debate republic. we can be proud that we came together when they said can't ap we said can. so i will vow to continue as we work forward to work with ms. roybal-allard, a very fine lady. we view the world differently. ut as we go into 2020, we fall under the dracronian control act, the dreaded sequester. the american people need to know our work will not be easier, it will be harder. but let our resolve be to do the work of the american people as we have done today and we will do in the future. and may god bless the united states of america.
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thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i'm very pleased to yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from california, a member of the appropriations committee and a very important conferee, mr. aguilar. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. aguilar: i would like to thank the chairwoman for her leadership. it has been thee weeks since the endest of the longest shutdown, 35 days. where we saw friends and neighbors who hurt, where this body didn't do enough to push back against the shutdown that hurt our communities and it hurt individuals throughout this country. this is a compromised bill. and we are here today to reflect that goodwill and good faith effort of republicans and democrats negotiating together to find compromise.
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let's talk about what this bill will do. it protects our national security. this bill works to improve the only true crisis that we have at our southern border, which is the humanitarian crisis. this bill invests in technology and ports of entry. this bill ensures that we have the resources to protect this country and unlocks the other appropriation bills that funds the environmental protection agency and make investments in transportation. what this bill will not fund the president's wall from say to shining sea. a wall that he said mexico would pay for. so we tried another path. we tried a bipartisan path of working together to iron out our differences and come to an agreement, to keep government open to protect our national security. that was the focus of the
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conferees and that is what we sought to accomplish. we did two important things in this document. we ensured that the congressional intent was there when it comes to topics we don't always agree on and we will ensure that we will hold the administration accountable and provide oversight that hasn't been provided and we will ensure that national security is protected. mr. chairman, i would like to -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman is allowed an additional 30 seconds. . aguilar: i thank the chairwoman and ranking member and i would like to thank all of our staff members on both sides of the i'll who worked day and night to make sure this document was in front of us in a timely matter and ensured we didn't
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have another shutdown. i support this joint resolution and i yield back. ms. granger: i yield one minute to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: i thank the gentlewoman from from texas. mr. speaker, this is bad policy llowing bad process, 1,100-page bill dropped last night and we can't walk and chew gum. we can't fix our border situation. and that's really the problem. at least, if nothing else, we should do know harm. let's not make the situation worse. this bill provides amnesty for anyone in the household of an unaccompanied minor and the people who smuggled those people in the united states and encounselinged them to do more. once they are here, we cut $700
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million out of i.c.e. and there are less people looking for those people here illegally and when we find the criminals, we can't even keep them, we have to release them back into our communities. city counsels are now deciding where we secure our border. mr. speaker, i appreciate the time and i urge a no vote. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from new york. mrs. lowey: i yield one minute to the gentleman from from new mr. he chairman of the serrano. in serrano: this bill comes above 2018.lion one of the highlights of the bill, it restores programs that
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had been zeroed out including he legal services corporation. they get extra money for climate research and put in $368 million for opioid epidemic issues which is -- the president by $336 illion, we came in at $368 million. billion for the crens us. this is a major victory and thank the other side for agreeing this is something that has to be done and something that is important for all of us. i'm asking not only for you to applaud the c.j.s. part of the bill but to vote for the whole part of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlelady from texas.
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ms. granger: i yield four minutes to the the gentleman from ohio. mr. joyce: i rise in strong support of this bipartisan conference agreement and i thank my ranking member to highlight e several members in the environment. i want to thank my colleague the former chairman of the subcommittee for his leadership. the highlights i'm about to summarize is to negotiate a compromise and current chair of the subcommittee. the vision of the conference agreement provides $35.6 for the department of exterior, the forest service, i indian health service and more than a dozen related agencies. this conference agreement enhances our economic prosperity in many ways. by cutting $15 million to the
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eep regulatory programs by funding the programs which is critical to the counties and by increasing america's investment in its own energy resources. this promotes health and safety by providing to accelerate the leanup of lands, water and shed. and health care, law enforcement and related programs to honor our trust in treaty trust. and by providing brs 3.9 to fight wildfires that threaten our communities. timely this conference agreement continues to make critical investments in our nation's infrastructure including $47 .ill yop to reduce maintainance
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$2.9 for the clean water revolving loan funds and the water infrastructure program which will be leveraged with private investments to finance $7 billion in water infrastructure projects. have a vested interest in this. having grown up in northeast ohio, i treasure fishing and swimming in lake er inch e. and in protecting this precious. the great lakes is one of the great economic powerhouses and constitute the largest group of fresh water and hold 95% of the united states fresh water and 1.5 million jobs and $62 billion jobs. it is not a red issue or blue issue. many members understand the important role the lakes play in
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our lives and understand the important taps of protecting them. my colleague has been a great partner to work with and the conference agreement includes full funding for the great lakes funding initiative that addresses asian carp and protect and preserve the great lakes for future generations. i want to thank the staff of both sides of the aisle for their hard work and professionalism and to work under difficult circumstances to get an annual appropriation bill over the finish line. i thank my thousands of federal employees that are covered. your dedication to serving your fellow america caps inspite of the sacrifices is the glue that binds us all together. i urge my colleagues to support this conference agreement and i
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yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: i am pleased to yield one minute to the gentleman from jea, distinguished chairman of the agricultural subcommittee, mr. bishop. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bishop: thank you very much. when i spoke on the floor about nishing the f.y. 2019 bills, thankfully the shutdown is behind us. the bipartisan leadership and staffs and the conferees have done an admireable job. it is s improvements and a moderate increase for conservation, domestic nutrition programs are well funded. the bill provides good funding for food for peace in the
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mcgovern-dole program and it gets significant investments to fight the opioid epidemic. my strongest regret we are not considering the last supplemental. the house ap senate passed bills. our farmers and ranchers that would devastated by tragic devastated. but those bills must be reconciled and get this passed soon. and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. it's a good bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger. ms. granger: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from florida, mr. rutherford. mr. rutherford: i rise in support of the compromised
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package which includes major wins for our national security and our economic success. this vote tonight will authorize seven different appropriate bills that funds agencies and programs within our government. this is not the bill i would have written and probably not the bill that any of my colleagues in the other aisle would have written. but we have found a compromise that congress can pass and the president has indicated he will sign into law. this is not a loss for the president but at quinn for the department of homeland security and a significant step for border security. democrats called for no-wall funding. today we will appoint $1.4 billion for new barriers. they called for pro-abortion policies, but today we will approve and maintain multiple
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pro-life protections. democrats called for less i.c.e. detention bezz. today we will approve for an estimated 45,000 beds and an ditional $750 million for 13 thousands beds if needed. e increase i.c.e. funding, increase c.b.p. by almost a billion and approve a coast guard ice breaker in over 40 years. this brings us one step closer to bringing our southern border under operational control. this includes many priorities. this $4 billion in funding to help fema respond to national disasters like hurricanes michael and florence and $468 to
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help communities to help combat opioid trafficking. and i'm the first anniversary of 17 lives murdered in parkland florida i'm proud to support in $100 million grants authorized which was signed into law last year. since the passage of this bill, the stop school violence act has yielded over $175 million in grants to help protect schools across the united states. i understand this is i understand this is not a perfect bill but we cannot afford another shut dunn that puts almost a million people out of work and we cannot afford another c.r. that kicks the can down the road. causing uncertainty and incroosing the cost of government. let's end this stalemate, build the wall, and secure our southern border. i congratulate the committee and
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i urge my colleagues to support this compromise package and send it to the president. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: thank you very much. the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey. mrs. lowey: i'm pleased to yield one minute to the distinguished gentlewoman from minnesota, the intarewhom of the interior subcommittee, ms. mccollum. the speaker pro tempore: the yom is recognized. ms. mccollum: i rise in strong support of this conference committee report. the interior environment section provides $35.6 billion which is $300 million more than fiscal year 2018 enacted. we made critical investments in this legislation in indian country, environmental protection, public land management and the arts. the environmental protection agency is funded at $8.8 billion. this funding will enhance the e.p.a.'s ability to protect human health and the health of our viral. we continue to nst in land and
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water conservation fund and the presser ration program. we worked to increase bipartisan funding for the endowment for the arts and humanities. finally it's critically important that this upholds our frust responsibilities to our native brothers and sisters. funding for indian country is over $1 billion more than the president's budget and we did in it our committee nonpartisan way. programs in the interior bill impact all of us, propreserving our natural and cultural resources to protecting our safety. i support this bill and encourage my colleagues to vote for it as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from texas, ms. granger. ms. granger: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlewoman from new york, mrs. lowey. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker i'm pleased to yield one minute to the gentlewoman from florida,
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the chairwoman of the military nstruction veteran affairs subcommittee, ms. wasserman schultz. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. wasserman schultz: i rise to support this bipartisan agreement which, while not perfect, keep oirs government open and funds many essential crucial needs. it also passes sound policy like one preventing our government from using asylum-seeking children to be used as bait to arrest immigrants seeking to sponsor them. i urge all members to vote for this important compromise. however i cannot stay silent on the president's threat to declare a national emergency to pay for his boondoggle of a board ewall. this is a craven act based on distraction he president would steal funds we use to support -- brave, young soldiers to for a monument to waste.
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he would try to steal his way to his totem to vanity and hate. will he ever look our veterans and soldiers in the eye and tell them it is they who will pay for this? of course not. he wants to -- if he is going to try to do this, he has to come through congress to do it. i urge support of this bill and reject president trump's national emergency lie. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the gentlewoman from texas. ms. granger: i support this conference report before us and today and urge a yes vote. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new york. mrs. lowey: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and -- on the conference .eport to acompmy h.j.res. 31 mr. speaker, i yield myself --
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. lowey: i yield myself the balance of my time to close. and i i would like to once again thank my fellow conferees. the speaker pro tempore: the jerusalem is recognized for the balance of her time. mrs. lowey: i would like to once again thank my fellow conferees. in divided government none of us will get everything we want but i'm proud that 16 of us, all appropriators, could work through a series of difficult decisions and sign a bipartisan agreement. i urge my friends on both sides of the aisle to vote yes. and i wreeled back the balance of my time. -- i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to house resolution 131, the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the conference report. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the conference report --
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ms. granger: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise. a sufficient number having risen the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. this will be a 15-minute vote. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20 this 15-minute vote on adoption of the conference report will be followed by a five-minute vote on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal, if ordered. this is a 15-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 300, the nays are 128. the conference report is adopted. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. he house will be in order.
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the house will please be in order. members will please take their seats. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to speak out of order for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, members are advised that, with house and senate passage of the fiscal year 2019 conference report, votes are no longer expected in the house on friday, february 15. next votes, members, are expected on monday, february 25, 2019. at 6:30 p.m. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the unfinished business is the question agreeing to the speaker -- on agreeing to the speaker's aprolvet journal which the chair will put de
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novo -- approval of the journal which the chair will put de novo. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it and the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to take from the speaker's table senate concurrent resolution 4, and ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: senate concurrent resolution 4. concurrent resolution providing for a correction in the enrollment of house joint resolution 31. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, is there objection to the consideration of the concurrent resolution? without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed it and the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from oklahoma seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on judiciary be discharged from
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further consideration of h.r. 962, the born-alive abortion survivors protection act, and i ask for its immediate consideration in the house so we can defend life. the speaker pro tempore: under guidelines consistently issued by successive speakers, as recorded in section 956 of the house rules and manual, the chair is constrained not to entertain the request unless it's been cleared by the bipartisan floor and committee leaderships. the house will please be in order. members of the house will please take their seats. does the gentleman from oklahoma continue to seek recognition? mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, we've had a bill that's been tied up in judiciary for a long time. it's about defending life. it's about making sure that we do not take away life from people that are unborn. i just ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman has not been recognized for debate. for what purpose does the gentleman from maryland seek recognition? mr. hoyer: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that when the house adjourns today it adjourn to meet tomorrow at 10:00 a.m., there will be no votes expected. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the motion? without objection, the house ill adjourn -- so ordered. the chair will now entertain requests for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york rise? >> to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from ew york. the house will be in order, please. all members will please take
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their conversations off the floor. >> mr. speaker, i rise today during black history month to honor -- >> mr. speaker, the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the house is not in order. the chair requests you please take conversations off the floor. he house will be in order. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new york. mr. clarke: -- ms. clarke: mr. speaker, i rise today during black history month to honor a man who represents brooklyn, new york, to the fullest. a trail blazer, an innovator and a sin matic genius, brooklyn's own spike lee. on behalf of the people of the ninth congressional district --
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mr. speaker -- the speaker pro tempore: members of the house, please take your conversations off the floor. the gentlewoman from new york will continue. ms. clarke: mr. speaker, i rise today during black history month to honor a man who represents brooklyn, new york, to the fullest. a trail blazer and innovator and a cinematic genius. brooklyn's own spike lee. on behalf of the people of the ninth congressional district of new york, i'd like to congratulate spike lee, a son of brooklyn, on receiving the first-ever best director oscar nomination, despite more than 30-year career in film. he joins the ranks of only six other african-americans to ever be nominated for the category. mr. lee was raised in brooklyn
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and attended morehouse college where he received a bachelor's of arts and mass communications. deceived a fine arts degree from n.y.u. school of the arts. many of mr. lee's films have been examined -- have examined race relations, colorism in the black community, and the role of the media in contemporary life and political issues. spike has never ceased to speak out against injustice and in the black community, he's been outspoken on police brutality, environmental injustice and other issues that effect communities in brooklyn and beyond. his love of brooklyn is reflected in his activism and his work. 40 acres and a mule, spike's production company, is based in brooklyn, contributing in part to the economy that keeps our city running. he shot films like "do the right thing" in brooklyn, allowing viewers to experience all that we know and love about brooklyn. spike lee continues to produce work that pushes the envelope
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on topics that need to be discussed. received nsman" has praise and admiration for combating racism. with, that mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> i ask for unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to honor the life, service and legacy and my friend and colleague from north carolina, walter jones jr. congressman jones served the people of north carolina's third district honorably for this than two decades, being elected 13 times starting in 1994. he passed away on sunday in greenville, on his birthday. congressman jones will be remembered for his courage,
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conviction and character. he was a man led by his faith, never wavering in his support for the unborn. he was known as a staunch pro-life advocate. he was just as tough when it came to his support of the military. bud bud his district covered -- mr. budd: his district covered both the marine corps at camp lejeune and cherry point and he worked hard to give our service men and women a better quality of life. our country's better off when people like walter jones are serving in this body. please join me in praying for his family and for loved ones throughout this difficult time. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> let's be clear. donald trump's presidency is the real national emergency. president trump fired the f.b.i. director to protect his national security advisor, he
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tried to rip health care from millions of americans and destroyed protections for people with pre-existing conditions, he orchestrated the largest transfer of wealth from middle class families to rich families, and trump has done nothing in the face of epidemic levels of gun violence and devastating impacts of climate change. mr. gallego: why is trump lying about a national emergency at the border? he's doing it to distract the american people from the fact that he has no plan to improve health care or improve our schools. or do one damn thing for our working people in this country. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personalities toward the president. the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from california 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. mr. lamalfa: thank you, madam speaker. i rise tonight in the memory of our friend, walter jones, congressman from north carolina.
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walter was a kind, gentle, sweet soul of a man. who i admired, even in the brief time we had to serve here together. i found him to be a man of integrity, who always put what he thought was right for the people of his district and this country forward first. sometimes he had a vote he might regret, but he did everything he could to make that right. he went so far as to make the families feel that much more comfortable with the letter to every one that he could possibly do, a letter to those families of a fallen soldier. showing the compassion, showing that at least one congressman knows what their pain is. so to his family, to his wife, jo ann, his daughter, ashley, all his constituents and friends and neighbors in north carolina, our hearts are with ou, at the loss of a man whose
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main goal twoose please god and walk with jesus christ. -- goal was to please god and walk with jesus christ. we admire him and will miss him. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from washington seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to express my relief that the house of representatives has passed a bipartisan compromise that keeps our government open, secures our border, and upholds our values. this is not an agreement that either party would have written on its own. but rather than funding for an ineffective border wall, this bill instead prioritizes border security funding for methods and technologies that have proven effective. this bill also rejects irresponsible budget cuts and instead invests additional dollars in important priorities, like funding for economic development assistance programs and environmental
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protection and transportation infrastructure. mr. kilmer: i want to thank all of the conferees for working together to forge a bipartisan consensus to fund government, invest in our priorities, and keep our country safe. it's about time that congress gets to work on more legislative priorities that will strengthen our families, strengthen our communities, and strengthen our economy. that's what the american people elected us to do. and i hope my colleagues will join me in these efforts going forward. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. gohmert: to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. gohmert: thank you, madam speaker. i too miss my friend, walter jones. just greatly treasure the hour , it week we spent together was a fitting tribute today at
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his funeral. i do want to address this bill we just passed. i'd hoped to vote for it, after i was hearing, well, it's not much money, it's less than $2 billion. but the trouble is, there's provisions in here that are going to make it difficult to remove anybody that's here, if they got a child in there and, yes, i know there's language that says if it's based on information shared by h.h.s. -- so that means they're going to be covered up with discovery requests, four-year requests. probably people will find obama judges that let people out. this was not a good bill in the end. that's why i had to vote no. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlewoman is
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recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: madam speaker, have ll that we came to to fix as a republican bill was a compromise but it was a compromise with humanitarianism and passion and compassion. this border security and funding bill that democrats fixed did some good things, in particular 100,000 the number to alternative detention sites for women and children. it provided health care where there was no health care so little children would not die at the border. d it prevented i.c.e. from using data to try to deport people picking up their children. the good news is our federal workers won't be held as hostages, we've given them a 1.9% inen crease in rages.
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and we have given more to food for peace and as a member of the judiciary committee we provided $422 million for the burn grant and $178 knoll address sexual ssault kit and d.n.a. and $100 million to stop school violence and $470 million for the violence against women act, madam speaker, is humanitarian bill and i ask our colleagues to recognize it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from connecticut 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 recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, it's valentine's day, we've all spent the evening together, which is funny, and we did it in the service of keeping the government open with a bill that funds the government in a
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strong, bipartisan vote and that's a good thing. but madam speaker, valentine's day will never again be a truly happy day because it is the one-year anniversary of the marge roe stoneman douglas shootings in florida in which 17 young people with their lives ahead of them had their lives snuffed out at the end of a gun. and it's a particularly poignant moment for me and for those of us from connecticut because we still can't forget, of course, the 20 children 6 to 7 years old and six adult staff who lost their lyes in december, 2012rks at the sandy hook elementary school. so i just rise to point out we're hearing tonight about an emergency declaration. and if 30,000 to 40,000 americans including these young angels losing their lives every single year is not an emergency, i don't know what is. this house after eight years of inaction and pathetic moments of silence moved a bill h.r. 8 for universal background check out
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of committee yesterday. the least we can do as an institution is to take the small step of passing that bill into law to keep young and all americans safe. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new hampshire seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise today to express my relief that democrats and republicans have come together to advance a bipartisan spending measure, to keep the government open and deliver for the american people. president trump's recent irresponsible government shutdown over his demand for an unnecessary, medieval wall was misguided and hurt our dedicated federal employees, their families, and threatened our
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economy. i want to applaud my colleagues, the incredible chairman nita lowey, representative pete aguilar, representative roybal-allard and all of our conferees for their diligent work to reach the compromise bill that we are sending to the president's desk tonight. ms. kuster: this legislation promotes 21st century border security and humanitarian support for migrants and detention, alternatives to detention and family case management. the american people sent a strong message when they elected a democratic majority in this house in november. and they want congress to focus on delivering real results that will benefit the lives of hardworking middle class families. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: are
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there further one-minute requests? the chair lays before the house the following personal requests. the clerk: leave of absence requested for mr. quigley of illinois for today. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the request is granted. for what purpose does the gentlelady from new hampshire seek recognition? ms. kuster: madam speaker, i move that the house do now adjourn. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on the motion to adjourn. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the motion is adopted. acordingly the house stands adjourned until 10:00 a.m. tomorrow.

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