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edge off of this fiscal cliff? the bill says nothing about financing. it says it will be ok. i think the average person would worry about that. when you look at the recent polls by the kaiser family foundation they found democrats don't want medicare for all. -- wejority of democrats are not talking about politicians we are talking about normal people, they would like some fixes for the affordable care act. in other words, work on what you have rather than starting all over. host: follow-up question, if i am a pharmaceutical company how my looking at this proposal? guest: i don't think you are worried because it is not going anywhere. >> "washington journal" is live every day at 7:00 a.m. eastern. watch this segment and all of today's program at c-span.org. the u.s. house is gaveling in next for legislative work. lawmakers getting ready to
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debate bills this afternoon dealing with radioactive waste and a measure on energy efficiency in schools. off the floor, the house will begin work on the rule for h.r. 1, a bill that will make changes to campaign finance, voting rights and ethics rules. the rules committee will meet this afternoon at 5:00 eastern. we'll cover that live over on c-span3. you can also watch that at c-span.org and listen on the c-span radio app. the senate at this hour, votes coming up this afternoon on judicial nominations. right now live to the house floor here on c-span. oceedingse recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or votes object jeggetted to under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. tonko: i move to suspend the rules the streamlining energy efficiency for schools act of 2019.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 762 a bill to amend the conservation act to provide for the dissemination of information regarding available federal programs relating to energy efficiency projects for schools and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, squasm new york, mr. tonko and the gentleman from michigan, mr. upton, each will control 20 minutes, the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 6762. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. tonko: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i want to voice my strong support for h.r. 762 introduced by my good friend and colleague from pennsylvania, mr. cartwright. this legislation will provide a
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coordinating structure for our nation's schools to help them better navigate available federal programs and financing options. across our great country, school districts spend billions of dollars each year while an estimated 14 million children attend deteriorating public schools. by upgrading these systems we can increase efficiency and focus school funding to achieve better educational outcomes. we have the huge opportunity to make major investments in our nation's infrastructure cluding our most important infrastructure. we can save local taxpayers money while upgrading and modern idsing these facilities. this legislation has passed the house in each of the last two congresses with broad bipartisan support. and i am proud to be an original co-sponsor of this year's
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iteration. i commend representative cartwright and the co-sponsors and i urge my colleagues to join me in voting for the bill. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. upton: i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. upton: this bill h.r. 762 was introduced by representative cartwright on january 24. i would note that it is identical to bills that passed the house in prior congresses by voice vote, unanimous and bipartisan. this legislation would require that the secretary of energy establish a clearinghouse to share information regarding available federal programs to help schools initiate and finance energy efficiency and retrofitting projects. these types of energy upgrades will help schools stretch their
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budget and reduce their impact. it is a good bipartisan bill and will help schools take advantage on their energy use and we encourage energy efficiencies to address climate change and this bill is a good step in the right direction. mr. speaker, when i was a student, i never had a legislator come visit my class. d and as part of my district operation, i visit a school literally every week. so we all have districts that look pretty much the same. i have probably 100-some school districts. close to 500, 600 school buildings for sure. and as i have visited these classrooms in the years that i have served, every school is different. many of these schools are 40, 50, 60 years old. this legislation is needed.
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we want to make sure that the money for education not only goes to help our students move forward but, in fact, they are in a safe environment and energy conservation is something that is needed at almost every one of our schools. so this is a good piece of legislation and i hope we can pass it again today by a strong bipartisan, perhaps unanimous vote and urge that the senate take it up as quickly as they can and i resmb. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i would now ask you to recognize the gentleman from pennsylvania's 8th congressional district, representative cartwright and yield to him as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. cartwright: i would like to thank the leadership bringing this bill under suspension today and to representative tonko for
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yielding time and also to republican leader upton for his kind words. i would like to thank the entire energy and commerce committee for their long-term support for this support and i say long-term because this bill has passed the house under suspension in each of the three past congresses. our friends in the senate and i use that word loosely, have yet to bring it to the floor. i'm glad this house is taking this bill to the floor. i thank congressman welch from vermont for his leadership on this bill. it's no secret, he is one of the great energy efficiency gurus in the house and it has been a pleasure for me to work with him. across the country, school districts spend billions of dollars on their energy and these are schools in need of upgrades and in its most
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infrastructure report card, the america can society of civil engineers gave the condition of our nation's schools a grade of d-plus. what this bill proposes are enhancements that improve the state of our schools, our economy and our environment by implementing economically and environmentally sustainable changes. school administrators can address short-term and long-term needs. in reducing their energy bills, schools can put the savings toward other educational priorities. according to the e.p.a. and the department of energy, k-12 school districts nationwide spend approximately $8 billion on their energy every year. second only to personnel costs. $8 billion exceeds the costs of textbooks and supplies. and an estimated $2 billion of that cost could be saved by
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improving energy efficiency, an amount that can pay for 40 million textbooks. moreover, 43% of schools according to a department of education survey indicated that the poor condition of their facilities interferes with the delivery of instruction. in fact, high performing schools can lower a school district's operating costs by up to 30%. now there are numerous federal initiatives already available for schools to help them become more energy efficient. but these programs are spread across the federal government making it challenging, time consuming, difficult and costly for schools to identify and take full advantage of these programs. we are talking about busy school administrators who don't have the time to dive into that kind research.
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we should make every effort to assist schools in enacting accessible upgrades and help our schools run smoothly and efficiently. this provides a coordinating structure for schools to help schools better navigate available federal programs and financing options. this legislation does not spend any additional money and it keeps decision making authority with the states, the school boards and the local officials. the bill establishes a clearinghouse through the office of energy efficiency and renewable energy. it will disseminate information on federal programs and financing mechanisms that may be used to develop energy efficiency and energy retrofitting projects for schools. the bill also directs the office
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of energy efficiency and renewable energy to coordinate with federal agencies to develop an outreach program to streamline communications and promote available federal programs. for example, outreach may provide a single website where school officials can learn with one-stop shopping about the relevant programs. this is commonsense legislation that will ensure that schools can more easily take advantage of energy efficiency programs. it is strategic and cost-saving investment to relieve the pressure felt by school districts while bringing us closer to energy security. i urge my colleagues to pass this bill. and i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york reserves. the gentleman from michigan. mr. tonko: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york
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reserves. the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. upton: i have no further speakers on my side so i'm prepared to yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: i now yield to my colleague and friend from the state of vermont, representative welch for as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. welch: i thank the sponsor of this bill, a good bill and persistent advocacy. what you said makes sense. it's pretty bad the condition of many of our schools. throughout the country. about 43% are in substandard condition and has a real impact on learning. it also has an impact on expense and it means that kids are in cold and drafty schools or it's too hot. one or the other. and energy efficiency programs can make a huge difference and there are some that are available. as mr. cartwright said, the
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teachers and principals want to focus on instruction in taking care of the kids. they don't have time to manage and investigate what are all of the programs out there that may allow them to rehab their schools. and this allows the secretary to essentially provide a blueprint so that whether you are in a norwich, like vermont, in a population of 3,000 or urban district in the middle of chicago, you will get the information you need without absorbing a lot of staff time. and by the way, kids are getting involved in this question of climate change. this is a big deal, because at our schools and our high schools, there is a lot of leadership that is saying, we've got an obligation to protect our planet. and what is going to happen when we embrace energy efficiency on
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a large scale but start locally, that is going to reduce carbon emissions. when we passed the waxman-markey ll, where the goal was 80% reduction, 40% of those reductions was coming from energy efficiency. seas the cheapest way to reduce carbon emissions. and the other thing, every time you are doing energy efficiency, it means local trades men and women are doing the work. if those kids are going to have a warmer or a cooler school and it's their moms and dads who will be doing the work to make that happen. this really makes a lot of sense. and i thank the sponsor of this legislation and leadership on the committee for their work in bringing it forward. and i yield back the balance of
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my time. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, we have no further speakers on our side they . up ton indicated have no further speakers. mr. upton: i yield back and i urge my colleagues to vote for this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: i encourage my colleagues to support this measure. h.r. 762 enables us to make certain that we target wastefulness and energy efficiency as a good way to make certain that resources that can be committed to education are not wasted -- are wasted through energy efficiency and it's a great bill, i applaud representative cartwright and his co-sponsors and i ask my colleagues to support this measure and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 762.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on he table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. tonko: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 347 the responsible disposal re-authorization act of 2019. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 347, a bill to extend the authorization of the uranium bill control act of 1978 relating to the disposal site in mesa county, colorado. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, and the gentleman from michigan, many upton, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all
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members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 347. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. tonko: last september, the house approved an identical bill, h.r. 2278. in the 115th congress by a voice vote. unfortunately that bill did not move in the senate so we are ck to reconsider h.r. 347, introduced by mr. tipton and co-sponsored by my energy and commerce colleague, ms. degette. the uranium raid yoigs control act established a process for remediating active uranium ore processing sites such as the one in colorado. to protect the public, uranium mill tailings must be disposed at a site that is licensed and meets standardsest pablished --
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established by the nuclear regulatory commission. the continued operation of the cheney disposal cell is critical. last year, the colorado department of public health and environment provided the following for the record. given this is the only uranium mill tailings disposal site left in the country it is critical that this facility remains open to receive and dispose of the uranium mill tailings discovered in our communities. this action will ensure the continue prod tech of human health and the environment, and i close quote. the cell receives approximately $2,7 -- receives approximately 2,700 cubic yards of waste a year and could receive an estimated 86 more years of operation at current rates. h.r. 347 would authorize the department of energy to continue to operate the cheney disposal cell through september, 2048, or
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until it is filled to capacity. currently, d.o.e. is authorized to operate this cell through september of 2023. mr. speaker, this is a good, bipartisan bill. i doe d hope we can move it forward today. with that, i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman reserves. without objection the gentleman from illinois will control time for -- time for the majority. the gentleman is recognized. mr. upton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> first with apologies to the reporter and directed at you, la le h bonn -- at you laissez h.r. 347 extends
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the authorization of the uranium mill tailing radiation control act of 1978 site in mesa county, colorado. the legislation was passed by the house last september and the bill today is identical to what we passed last year save a change in dates. mr. sim cus: the legislation was considered by this subcommittee on environment and markup through regular recorder. it was reported by the full committee by a voice vote. mining and processing of uranium generates a byproduct known as uranium mill tailings. congress established the uranium mill tailings act four years ago to deal with those left over from our activity. it authorized the jand junction site to serve as a disposal location. this is the only disposal site
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left open in the nation. h.r. 347 extends the site's current authorization until 2031. the extension will enable the site to plan long-term operations to protect public health and the environment. i urge passage of this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves, the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: we have no additional speakers on our side and i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserve the gentleman from new york illinois is recognized. mr. shimkus: i yield to the gentleman from colorado, mr. tipton, for such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tipton: mr. speaker, the department of energy's cheney disposal cell is a critical component of the d.o.e.'s legacy management mission to protect public health the environment they have cell receives radioactive waste materials produced decades ago in the
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uranium milling process. waste materials continue to be uncovered during road construction, home foundation excavation an other construction activities in several towns in western colorado. once the waste materials are discovered they must be properly disposed of at the chaney cell. the operation for the chaney disposal cell expires at the end of of 2023 or when the site is filled to exasstism currently rethe remaining capacity in the cells, approximately 234,000 cubic yards, and therefore an extended authorization is required. h.r. 347 would extend the authorization until 2031. as my colleague from illinois noted, we passed this legislation in the last congress, but this bill is now coming up at a critical -- critically important time. according to the department of energy if a disposal cell ♪ re-authorized this year, d.o.e. will have to take steps to begin to decommission the site. this means no more materials will be accepted in 2019.
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and we will lose a critical component of the d.o.e.'s slig management program. i'd like to thank my colleague from colorado, ms. deset -- -- degette for her support on this bill for recognizing -- and the energy an commerce committee for recognizing the need to bring this bill up now. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 347 and yield back. the speaker: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: we have no additional speakers, i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. shimkus: i urge passage of the bill and yield back the black of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: i too for the reason that this legislation would allow nornle of its kind in the country it's important that we pass this important infrastructure concept and i encourage our colleagues to support the bill. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the
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bill h.r. 347. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. tonko: i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1138, to re-authorize the west valley demonstration project. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1138, a bill to re-authorize the vest valley nonstration prompt and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. tonko, and the gentleman from illinois, mr. shimkus, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative
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days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1138. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. tonko: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker: the gentleman is recognized. mr. tonko: thank you. mr. speaker, last september the house i -- approved an identical bill, h.r. 2389 in the 115th congress by a voice vote. unfortunately that bill did not move in the senate. today we reconsider h.r. 1138 which has been reintroduced by my new york colleague and friend, mr. reed. the western new york service cent for the west valley, new york, has been the center of disputes and lennell slative actions since the 1980's. this site is a difficult reminder that we are still dealing with the consequences of our nation's entry into the atomic age. while the site is owned by new york state, between 1966 and 1972 it was operated by a private business to reprocess spent nuclear fuel primarily provided by the federal
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government. those reprocessing activities ended decades ago but high level waste and other waste continues to be stored at the site. a cost-sharing agreem for the site's remediation has been resolved but disposal of the waste remains a point of contention. since 1986, d.o.e. classified the waste at commercial rather than waste depriving from atomic energy defense activities. under this classification, d.o.e. believes that the cost for disposal of the waste should be borne by the state of new york. new york state believes that since 60% of the material sent to west valley was from facilities that conducted defense activity and 80 noveget preprocessed plutonium shipped out of west valley was sent to defense facilities it should be categorized as testifies-related waste. this classification disagreement has major consequences for how the waste can be disposed of.
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and who will be responsible for covering the cost. while i would prefer more certainty in clarifying the waste classification, this legislation puts us on a path toward solving this issue by requiring a g.a.o. report on the orr-ins of and disposal pathways including cost estimates. in addition, the bill re-authorizes the west valley demonstration project at $75 million annually for seven years. this funding level is in line with historic appropriations levels and will ensure the cleanup will continue on schedule. this bill may not resolve the decades-old dispute between new york and the department of energy. it does address funding for the remediation of the site and attempts to move the ball forward to ensure that wastes are disposed of properly and most importantly, fairly. with that, i reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is
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recognized. mr. shimkus: thank you, mr. speaker. i recognize myself for as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. shimkus: h.r. 1138 is a bill to re-authorize the west valley demonstration project, introduced recently by our new york colleague, tom reed, i also my brian higgins on the floor and i know the chairman has been involved with this for many, many years. this house passed an essentially identical version of this bill last year on suspension. prior to that vote, it had moved through the energy and commerce committee through regular order. it was reported by the full committee beorian -- with bipartisan amendment by voice vote. h.r. 1138 authorizes appropriations to support the department of energy, environmental remediation at its west valley cleanup site in new york through 2026 and directs a study to help congress determine the final disposition of
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radioactive waste at d.o.e. is cleaning up at the site. 1138 continues the work of congress to address the federal government's obligation for treatment and disposal of the legacy waste produced during the cold war and through the federal government's early efforts to develop a civilian nuclear energy industry. the department of energy has successfully remediated 92 sites of this waste for the most technologically challenging projects remain in process at 17 locations, one of which is the west valley site. in 1980, congress passed the west valley demonstration project act to direct d.o.e. to address legacy environmental issues and authorize appropriations only through fiscal year 1981. the project has not been re-authorized since that time. despite congress' funding d.o.e.'s work at that site for the past 37 years. h.r. 1138 corrects the situation, provids a path to answering important questions concerning the waste disposition and ensures spending at the site
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is subject to an active authorization. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 1138 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: mr. speaker, i would like to now yield to my colleague and friend, the gentleman from new york's 26st -- 26th congressional district representative higgins for as much time as he may consume. mr. higgins: i rise in strong support of congressman tom reed's house bill 1138, which authorizes funding for the cleanup of the west valley demonstration project and nuclear waste remediation site in western new york. advocates are in washington this week to remind kuok of the importance of the great lakes as a source of clean water for millions of americans. the long-term cleanup of west valley, which sits 30 miles from lake erie and at the foot of the -- of a transcriber to -- tributary stream will prevent
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harmful contamination to the region. the department of nrning has an obligation to ensure the glistens of high level radioactive waste are solidified and disposed of safely and expeditiously. this will bill -- this bill will allow us to do that. i urge support and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entleman from the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. reed: thank you, mr. speaker. and thank you, mr. shimkus for yielding me the time and your leadership as well as my good friends, paul tonko and brian higgins in regards to the act before us. obviously, i rise in support of this legislation. this legislation deals with a project located in our district in western new york in west
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valley. west valley, new york is the home of radioactive waste that has been distributed there and deposited there over the years. i will tell you over the last 15 years, this site has led the nation in coming up with techniques and technologies that are deployed across other nuclear waste sites to handle that radioactive wastes from those facilities as well as those in west valley. i think it is only right to bring further clarity and certainty to our area in regards to this bill given seven years of re-authorization legislation to send a signal that not only do we stand and support the appropriations that go to this facility in order to cheen it up in the most effective manner, but we stand as authorizers to say this type of facility and this type of program needs to be renewed for seven years.
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it is going to take many more years to clean this site up. giving this site additional certainty is only the right thing to do in order to have these folks that are doing the hard work given the indications from congress that we stand with them as they engage in this effort. as i close, mr. speaker, i want to thank the entire energy and commerce committee, mr. shimkus for his tireless work on the issue of nuclear waste cleanup and standing with us on this piece of legislation and in particular, mr. speaker, i would like to thank the local officials, the town of ashford superviseor, charles davis, the deputy manager, scott anderson and the other local leaders that have stood in concert in a community effort in order to bring this site to a complete closure in the near future with the legislation we have before us. i ask my colleagues to join in
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support of this legislation and truly appreciate their efforts to join us today. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: we have no additional speakers on our side and continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from illinois. mr. shimkus: i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1138 and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. tonko: west valley has an issue that has been there for a long time and it is good to know we are moving the ball forward and i encourage my colleagues to support this measure and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1138. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid n the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on h.r. 1381. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass pits registry
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enhancement act. the clerk: h.r. 1381 a bill to direct the secretary of affair o ensure that certain to a registered individual cause of death and other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe each will control 20 minutes. i recognize the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: i rise in strong 1381.t of h.r. h.r. in parts of the world where american service members were deployed, the department of defense exposed veterans to toxic fumes in open burn pits.
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some of these were human wastes, batteries, tires, medical wastes and other toxic substances. service members had no way to avoid inhailing the smoke from these burn pits that were loathed on their bases, sometimes right next to their barracks. when we had a hearing we heard from a founder of burn pits 360 who breathed in burn pit smoke aire administrationed in an base in iraq. when he returned home in 2008, he needed immediate hopization for lung disease. other veterans suffering from medical conditions are still fighting to receive health care and benefits because illnesses
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potentially caused still aren't recognized by v.a. research to understand the harmful effects these toxic effects on service members is now under way. however, the totality of effects is yet to be fully known and understood and may take years for scientists to understand the health effects or discover effective treatments for those who are exposed. in an effort to track these ex poshe issues had on deployed troops, congress required v.a. to create the open burn pit registry in 2012 to compile self-reported data or veterans who believed they were exposed to open burn pits while serving in iraq and afghanistan. this registry allows v.a. to communicate with this population
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of veterans as well as track trends in the population that may indicate a further need into certain health concerns. however, the registry failed to provide in it the ability to report cause of death for veterans who are registered and then subsequently pass away. congressman ruiz's bill, the burn pit registry enhancement member d allow a family to update the veterans file with a cause of death. these additional data will allow researchers and v.a. to identify trends, similarities and correlations in this population that will reform research efforts on the effect that these open burn pits have on service members. with the addition of more data, we hope this will help v.a.
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conduct groundbreaking research hat will lead to prevention to oxic exposures and toxic and connected to military service. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. .o: mr. speaker, i yield myself i rise in support of h.r. 1381 the burn pit recommendation stray enhence mant act. is is sponsored by mr. rue ease and dr. wenstrup. they are medical professionals and co-chairs of the house burn pit caucus. i'm grateful to them both for their efforts to -- with respect to this legislation for their continued dedication to serving
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our nation's veterans on a bipartisan basis. the response of growing fears congress required the v.a. to create the airborne hazards and open burn pit registry in 2013. the registry was intended to provide a forum for service members and veterans to document the toxic exposures they experienced and report health issues that may be connected to those exposures to assist in research regarding toxic impacts and treatments. while the registry continues to be an important tool for those worried about burn pits and other toxic environmental exposures, advocates have expressed concern as the registry is not being used to its greatest potential. during a hearing before the subcommittee on health last june, two important stakeholder groups, burn pits 360 and
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veterans of foreign wars recommended that the registry be improved by allowing family embers to update the registry. accordingly the burn pit registry enhancement would on the death of a service member allow an immediate family member or designated individual to report that person's death to the death and list his or her cause of death. according to burn pits 360 without tracking the mortality rates through methods of allowing a surviving family member to report the death, related to conditions and associated to toxic exposure will be precluded. i'm pleased to support this bill. i do regret that it did not move through regular order. had it been subject to a committee hearing and markup, it
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would have benefited from discussion by committee members by v.a. and veteran service organizations and other interested parties and perhaps made even stronger. i look forward to continuing committee work on this important subject. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: i appreciate the comments from my colleague, the ranking member about regular order. i can assure you we will discuss this subject further and i take to heart his comments. i would like to yield five minutes to my good friend, the gentleman from california and rueauthor of this bill, mr. ease. mr. ruiz: thank you for your staff for their work. thank you for your tireless work in support of our veterans.
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roe. you dr. phil and ar special shoutout to doctor congressman wenstrup. we are leading the efforts in the bipartisan burn pits caucus to give answers to our veterans who have been exposed. the burn pit registry enhancement act will help our government to better understand the health effects of toxic burn pits of our men and women in uniform. as a nation, we have the responsibility to provide our veterans with the benefits they earned and deserved and keep them safe when they are on the field. we bear that responsibility even more heavily when the actions of our own government its use are causing veterans to have severe pulmonary, can -- cancers that e making young and healthy
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veterans. and oxygen dependent and totally dependent and in some cases. this what happened to generalner kepner a veteran of the united states air force. despite being only 39 years of age, living an active lifestyle, very healthy, not having any other risk fact oirgs, jennifer developed a very aggressive pancreatic cancer that took her life. her doctor conducted an environmental risk assessment and found the most probable cause of her cancer was her exposure to burn pits. these are sometimes 10 acres big of open burn pits where they burn everything and anything and like that garbage open burn pit with jet fuel that exposes our service members to cancers and
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huge clouds of black smoke that traverse long distances. while jennifer was fighting against her cancer, she had to fight tooth and nail to get her health benefits and the v.a. did not recognize her cancer. i was there in her final days and wanted us to do something. she called it our generation of agent orange. she wanted to help other veterans. there is a principle that i use as a doctor and public health expert. when there is a high enough suspicion that could cause enough health consequence, we have to act on that suspicion. in that case, we have enough suspicion given the information out that burn pits are toxic and causing health problems and this affects -- even death. so we need to do something.
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there are four prongs that there's four prongs we need to pursue. one is stop the use of burn pits. two is jut reach to veterans and providers and educate them about the risks. three is take care of the veterans by providing health care and benefits they have earned. and also to more research so we fully understand the full effects, health effects of being exposed to burn pits. so this bill and the burn pit registry will help with two of those fronts, one is that it is a vehicle for the v.a. and d.o.d. and our government to communicate with veteran who was been exposed to burn pits and their family members about any recent health topics, research, or any policy change that they may be interested in. samples elps them grab of veterans for future research
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so that we can better understand when more -- with more robust research, scientific research, the full effects of burn pits in their life which could lead to beater understand, better health care, better outreach and more benefits for our permanently disabled veterans. so it's very important that veterans who have been exposed to burn pits register into the burn pit registry and build this communication vehicle with the v.a. and our government and those of us who are strong advocates for our veterans. my bill will allow a -- an entry into the burn pit registry after a veteran passes away with a cause of death. for example, right now, if a veteran passes away there's no way toup date his burn pit registry with the cause of death. this alouse -- allows a spouse or designee to enter that cause of death.
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those causes of death could be pancreatic cancer, brain cancer -- >> i yield an additional 30 seconds. mr. ruiz: these causes of death, brain cancer, pancreatic cancer, autoimmune diseases, lymphomas, leukemia, constrictive bronchialites and ores. i urge every member to support this bipartisan bill. together we are taking a crucial first step toward hon norg jennifer and improving and saving the lives of countless veterans and mr. chairman i want to thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i would like to yield two minutes to an active member and marine on the committee, marine veteran, mike boston of illinois. -- mike bost of illinois.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bost: i rise in support of the burn pit registry enhancement act. as the ranking member said, i'm a marine. as a member of the veterans affairs committee, caring for those people who have serve in our nation's veterans that have served and protecting them is a top priority for me. they should have the pess of mind knowing that they'll be cared for by a grateful nation after having that time that they served. i've had veterans come into my office with health problems. health problems that they shouldn't be having. they're young. they don't have a family history. but sometimes they just can't pinpoint the cause. all too often, it can be from the use of burn pits in iraq and afghanistan. it's deep fri hi frustrating that the v.a. doesn't have enough data to fully understand thesques of burn pits. we saw this -- we have seen this movie before, we saw it with
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agent orange and that agent orange also being exposed to the people serving offshore and the problem we've dealt with blue water navy for our vietnam veterans. they too face the cons agains of unknown exposure and risk. we must do better. this bill seeks to do that. this is a step forward. it's not a fix all but at least we're trying to move in the direction that we need to move and not be trapped in the same situation we were with agent orange. it's a bipartisan effort. and it put ours veterans first. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back, the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. the gentleman from tennessee reserves, the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: i'm pleased to yield three minutes to my good friend and member of the house vet rains fairs committee, the gentleman from south carolina, mr. cunningham. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. cunningham: thank you, mr. speaker. today i rise in support of h.r. 1381, the burn pit registry enhancement act. i want to thank my colleagues, representatives raul ruiz and brad when strum for -- wenstrup for all their hard work on this bill and for their leadership as the co-sponsors of the bipartisan burn pit caucus. as member -- as members of this body are aware, one of the many pearl rill ours men and women in uniform face overseas is the threat of toxic exposure from burn pits. to dispose of their waste, service members in iraq and afghanistan toss every variety of waste into massive pits to be set on fire. not knowing the harmful chemicals they were likely breathing in as a result. but even today, we still do not fully understand all the risks associated with exposure to burn pits. that's why congress established a voluntary registry for veterans who serve in the
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vicinity of burn pits to document their experience and learn more by ongoing studies. the data from this registry further enables doctors and the v.a. to better study the health impacts of burn pit exposure and to develop life-saving treats. h.r. 1381 would strengthen this registry by allowing families of deceased veterans to update the registry with the veten's cause of death thfl added data will give medical research ears more complete picture of the effects of toxic burn pit exposures and bring us closer to giving veterans the answers and the treatment that they deserve. as meeve the house committee on veterans awares -- affairs i'm pleased to support h.r. 1381 and i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass this common sense and pragmatic bipartisan bill. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized.
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mr. takano: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: at this time i'd like to yield four minutes to my good friend, congressman, colonel, dr. brad when strum, a member of the committee and incredible advocate. dr. wenstrup. mr. roe: thank you, mr. chairman, former mr. chairman, i appreciate that i rise in support of this legislation i sponsor with dr. ruiz, the burn pit registry enhancement act. i'm pleased to have dr. ruiz's expertise engaged on this issue. our service members suffer a variety of threats to their health and well being, many of which extend well beyond come ass. many don't show up until later in life.
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i support increased research into the range of health impacts that can arise from burn pit exposure. in order to effectively help our nation's veterans we need an accurate registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to burn pits as well as detailed records of impacts from that exposure. currently the airborne hazards registry monitors the health records of veterans exposed to burn pits. this helps identify problems possibly related to burn pit exposure or other airborne hazards. it keeps veterans of thed -- informed about studies and treatments and helps improve programs to help veterans who are concerned they may have been exposed to toxic chemicals while deployed. the burn pit registry and enhancement act will allow the veteran's family member or other selected individual to update the burn pits registry with the
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cause of death. this will improve the reported data available for studies related to burn pits an help researchers examine the full range of diseases, health conditions and outcomes that may result from exposure to burn pits. dr. ruiz did an excellent job when he spoke to many of those types of things that we need to be concerned about. we still have a lot to understand about the impacts of burn pit exposure, no doubt about it. this is one small but important step toward that full understanding. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i'm so pleased to see that we have three doctors that either now or were associated with the veterans affairs committee and they have supported this legislation. i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close. so i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roe: i'd like to thank dr. ruiz, a very active member of committee, affairs i hated to see him leave, he was a tremendous asset to the committee and continues to be that asset. i think one of the things, mr. speaker, that this registry does, it also shows us on the committee how important it is to get our electronic health record done so an active duty military recruit can go in at 18 years of age and have a virtual lifetime record so we'll have a treasure-trove of data there, 30, 40 years later as we're doing right now, trying to figure out what to do with agent orange. if we do this correctly we'll be able to not make these mistakes in the future or to be able to go ahead and rapidly, rapidly go ahead and make these claims, adjudicate these claims so
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veterans are treated properly and get the medical care they need. i strongly urge support of this bill, urge my colleagues to do this and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: i fully associate myself with the remark they was -- of the ranking minority member of the committee and again i want to express my gratitude to the professionally trained physicians who have weighed in on this legislation. i also -- further commented about the importance of the electronic health records and the important oversight that was begun in the last congress and which will continue in this congress. around my leadership. i agree it is really important that we get those records to work properly and that the communication between the department of defense and the .a. is -- is functional.
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and i also think it's very important that we make sure we get those legacy records from the d.o.d. wrapped into this whole package because the service history and where our military service members have served, what they were exposed to, will provide a very important piece of information that will help us understand how toxic pokes she -- exposures have affected our veterans. with that, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in passing h.r. 1381 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1381. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, -- >> mr. speaker, i i request the yeas and nays. -- mr. speaker, i request the
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yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until downed. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative day in which to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on h.r. 1271. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. without objection. for what purpose does -- mr. takano: i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1271, the veteran specific education for tomorrow's health care professionals act, better
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known as the vets h.p. act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1271, a bill to establish in the department of veterans affairs a pilot program instituting a clinical observation program for preed me students preparing to attend medical school. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. rowe, each will control -- mr. roe, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. r. takano: i yield myself such the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: i rise in strong support of the veteran h.p. act. 49, 985 vacancies. 10% of the positions at v.a. are unfilled. sadly, a majority's vacancies are health vacancies.
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v.a. doesn't have enough doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners and physician assistants and other medical providers to make sure veterans have timely access to the high quality health care delivered by v.a. with shortages in areas like mental health and primary care, it can be difficult to maintain a facility's efficiency and quality. that is why it is so important that v.a. does everything it can to fill every last vacancy. the committee is not blind to the challenges of meeting this laudible goal. hospital systems across the country, rural areas and some urban areas are the most in need of providers. however, that should not be an excuse for inaction and relying sole on community providers who face shortages and lack the
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expertise and cultural competency to provide for veterans' specific health care needs. it is incomplete, problematic and high-cost solution. v.a. must recruit and retain recruit employees who are guided by one goal, to provide the best possible care to veterans when they need it. the bill offered by congresswoman kaptur of ohio is creating necessary step to fill each vacant position. the vet h.p. act seeks to expose students to experience the health care environment by allowing undergraduates to observe the work of staff at v.a. medical centers firsthand. the department can begin recruiting early by talking about the health care and professionals opportunities.
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as an educator of 70% of the nation health care providers, v.a. can create an early familiarity with students thinking about or preparing for careers in medicine. our providers may be more likely to choose at residencies and careers at v.a. if they are more familiar with v.a.'s mission and able to observe the improvements v.a. clinicians are able to make in the lives of those who serve our nation. as the veteran population becomes more diverse, v.a. should recrut students from backgrounds from backgrounds clinicians itary so reflect that growing diversity and are able to understand the needs of the veterans they serve. so in an effort to create a pipeline of diverse-
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mission-focus student, this bill focuses on students who gauted from high schools. students who attend historically black colleges and universities and other institutions of higher education that serve minorities and first generation college students. giving students this exposure to v.a.'s mission will help vead 895 vacancies. thank you, and i reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. >> i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise in support h.p. 1271 the veterans act. the bill would create a pilot program to provide undergraduate students with the clinical observation expense with the
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department of veteran affairs medical centers. it is sponsored by representative kaptur. i appreciate her efforts to give students to give them a window in the health care mission. it would educate those who expressed interest in the medical field an early introduction to the v.a. health care system. it is my hope this program would inspire the pilots. while this bill did not move through regular order, this congress, it did move for regular order last congress where it was supported by various veteran organizations. i worked with my democratic colleagues to pass this bill through the house and i'm pleased to get it through the house today. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves.
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the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: i yield five minutes to the the gentlewoman from ohio, ms. kaptur. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. kaptur: i want to thank chairman takano for his staunch leadership for veterans and for moving this bill through his committee. and i also want to thank ranking member phil roe for his continued bipartisan support and encouragement. .r. 1271, the vet health professional act, vet h.p. act, called the veteran specific education for tom's health professionals act, i'm honored to speak on its behalf this evening. by expanding opportunities for future physicians interested in serving our nation's veterans, this legislation will lay the groundwork to help build as was mentioned earlier, the
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department of veterans' affairs nearly 50,000 medical vacancies by creating a viable pipeline. it creates a three-year pilot program that will operate in at least five v.a. medical centers for pre-med students to gain clinical observation experience, allowing them to gain a deeper understanding of veterans' specific health needs and experiences. we heard about those. several years ago, three pre-med, andrew frank, shame us erger and michael macnamara, , our ghted to my team legislative assistants that struggle minority and other young people that lack personal connections face as they apply for medical school.
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help schools recommend or require clinical observation hours, but there is no formal process to apply for these hours. and let me tell you in the field f neuropsychiatry, it is particularly difficult. this is often bassed on where you go to school. students who attend schools outside major cities as well as those whose families lack connection to the medical community find it harder to shadow and disadvantaged in medical school admissions. this places an unfair burden on otherwise qualified students who come from affluent communities or rural areas. the students realized an immense opportunity. this bill prioritizes students in medley underserved areas.
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first generation college students, students referred, at minority-serving institutions and veterans themselves. it prioritizes training for students where there is an identified staffing shortage. this important bill will far oove the professional gap and ensure we are training pre-med students in careers that are in demand and necessary. the three v.a. medical centers that service our constituents in ohio are located in cleveland and ann arbor and detroit. they have 542 medical and dental. how are we to serve veterans when we don't have medical professionals to do i it. this provides opportunity and help strengthen the work force with a pathway going into the
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department of veteran affair. pre-med students in this pilot program will gain deeping understanding of veterans' health needs and experiences which is critical for health professionals who treat veterans. one of our top responsibilities to ensure that american's ceive it from highly trained professionals. i would like to thank chairman takano and ranking member roe bringing this bill to the floor and i urge my colleagues to support the bill's passage to strengthen medical care inside our vet rans' health care system and help the future be built through our work here tonight and i yield back my remaining time. mr. takano: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. >> i have no further speakers
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and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i strongly support this bill. i know -- and i spent much of my time mentoring my students in high school, college and medical school. i taught at east tennessee state university college of medicine. i tell the students, i say, look, you you need to go into medical school. that's not how i start the conversation. but i look back as a young man when i started and i asked myself having now served in the u.s. congress, what would i do if i had those choices and i would go back to the examining room. it is a phenomenal way to help people. and i think we have to share that. i'm a first generation college graduate in my family. and i want to thank both the
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chairman for his tremendous support for medical education and the choice bill we passed five years ago when there was a scandal in phoenix occurred, we put in that bill 1,500 residency slots so that we would encourage those young doctors to stay where they are training and many of us will do that and will stay where we have done our training. i thank the congresswoman for her interest. the students she brought up, those are future doctors that will be caring for all of this. i support and urge my colleagues and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee yields. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i appreciate the comments from my colleague, the ranking member, about our effort to insert 1,500
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medical residencies into the choice bill. that was one of the accomplishments of that particular congress. i would point out that we still face shortages nationally of physicians and specialists. and we face a great challenge with our medical work force, our health care work force and that impacts the v.a.'s ability to fill these positions. i particularly want to highlight he gentlewoman from ohio's comments about young people who not have the connections to medical professionals or they are not necessarily connected to the professional segments of our society where they might be exposed to what it means to be a
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medical professional and what it means to serve the v.a.'s mission. i think her insights and experience and what she brings of his bill is a tremendous the need for those of our young people who come from lower incomes or come from segments of society that could be left behind, that we have americans of great ability that we need to recruit and expose to the opportunities that await them in organizations like the v.a. let me just say that filling these vacancies is going to be a high priority of the committee. poke, prod in order to make sure these
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positions are filled. these positions are funded. these are funded positions and they are empty and that to me also indicates that we have a work force training challenge before us and h.r. 1271 offered by ms. kaptur is one of the necessary steps that we need to take in order to fill those vacancies. i urge my colleagues to pass h.r. 1271 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 1271. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. . for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all
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members may have five legislative days to revise and and to heir remarks insert extraneous material on s. 49. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 49, to designate the outstation of the department of veterans affairs in north ogden, utah, as the major brett taylor vet center outstation. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: s. 49, a bill to designate the outstation of the department of veterans affairs in north ogden, utah, as the major brent taylor vet center outstation. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: i rise to remember the life of major brent russell taylor who was killed in afghanistan on november 3, 2018. i thank my colleague, mr.
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bishop from utah, for bringing this bill before us so we all may be able to pay tribute to a selfless public servant. brent was born on july 6, 1979, in ogden, utah. the second of eight children of steven and tamara jones taylor. five of his brothers joined him in his military service in the army national guard. at an early age, brent showed his passion for business and politics. during his senior year at chandler high school he earned his eagle scout award and was elected student body president. he graduated in 1997. brent was a man of faith. he was a life-long member of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints and he spent two years serving as a missionary for the church in the brazil mission in -- from 1998 to the year -- to the year 2000. this time of full time service
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largely impacted the course of the rest of his life. after his mission, brent attended brigham young university where he met jennie on a blind date less than a month after she returned from his own full-time service as a church missionary in the chile -santiago north mission. they enjoyed a sweet courtship and were engaged on a saturday in june of 2003. brent enlisted as a soldier in the utah national guard the following tuesday with jennie proudly by his side. they married on september 18, 2003. in 2006, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant from brigham young university. he went on to work for the defense intelligence agency, the national guard -- national ground intelligence center and the department of homeland security. over the course of 15 years, he
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served in the utah national -- utah army national guard, deploying four times in support of operations in iraq and afghanistan. in 2009, he was elected to further serve his community by sitting on the -- north ogden city council. in 2013 he was elected mayor of north ogden, utah. in 2018, major taylor, a purple heart recipient, left on his fourth deployment, acting as an advisor to the afghan border police. he was the first known city mayor in utah history to deploy for wartime service. tragically, on november 3, the 39-year-old major taylor was killed in an insider attack by an afghan trainee he was trying to help. in addition to his wife, jennie, major taylor is survived by seven children, gan, lincoln, alex, jacob,
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ellie, jonathan, and caroline. he's also survived by his parents and several siblings. in letters to his wife, jennie, and his children, his comrade, afghan air force major abdul raman, said of major taylor, he died on our soil but he died for the success of freedom and democracy in both of our countries. your father was a loving, caring, and compassionate man whose life just wasn't meaningful, it was inspirational. in his last message to his community on october 28, 2018, major taylor wrote, and i quote, it was beautiful to see over four million afghan men and women brave threats and deadly attacks to vote in afghanistan's first parliamentary elections in eight years. many american, nato allies, and afghan troops have died to make moments like this possible. as the u.s. gets -- as the
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u.s.a. gets ready to vote in our own election next week, i hope everyone back home exercises their precious right to vote, end quote. he also further wrote, and that, whether the republicans or the democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more -- far more as americans that unites us than divides us. as lawmakers, the least we can do to honor major taylor is to come together to pass s. 49 into law. his legacy of fighting to protect democracy and freedom and working to unite his community and all americans must never be forgotten. we can all learn from major taylor's example to serve as he however , whenever and i can. we owe a debt of gratitude to major brent russell taylor and his family for their sacrifice to our nation. and ly support this bill
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urge my colleagues to do the same. thank you, mr. speaker. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of senate bill 49, a bill to designate the outstation of the department of veterans affairs vet center in north ogden, utah, as the major brent taylor vet center outstation. this bill is sponsored by senator mike lee of utah and is a companion bill to h.r. 54, which is sponsored by congressman rob bishop, also of utah. i thank both of them for honoring major trent in this way. after lost friends and classmates in vietnam, i know the loss that this family is suffering is incalculateable. family, friends, community,
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state, and nation mourn his loss. major taylor's life was characterized by service both in and out of uniform, and i'm pleased to strongly support this bill in his memory. major taylor represents all that is right and good in america. my colleague, congressman chris smith of utah, is here to support this bill, as he has a personal connection to the taylor family. i yield to him to detail the incredible life he led and the legacy he leaves behind. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stewart: i rise to honor the life of a man who gave everything to his god, his family, and his country. these three great loyalties guided the life of major brent taylor and the lives of his devoted wife and children. as has bin been indicated, i
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come from generations of military service. some of my family had the great honor of serving with major taylor. we know from personal experience the great leader and the great man that he was. 15 years ago brent taylor hand in hand with his new fiancee jennie, walked into a recruiting office. since then it is him and his family -- and it's so important we remember his family and the many other families of military services who sacrifice and serve as well. well, this men and his family lived patriotic exemplary service. he deployed twice in 2006 and 2007 and served in afghanistan in 2012, for his outstanding dedication during combat operations in iraq, major taylor was awarded the bronze star. this citation credited the ability of major taylor to think calmly and decisively to keep his subordinates safe while traversing more than
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600,000 miles in iraq, areas riddled with improvised explosive devices and ambush. this reward showed more than his carried out assigned task. he samantha went above and beyond to make a positive difference in the world, believing that his actions to be a small sacrifice compared to what so many in our nation's history have given up to keep this the land of the free and the home of the brave. serve exemplary services is equally evident in his life outside of the military. fter serving as city councilman, they elected him to be mayor of north ogden city. in this role major taylor's initiatives included improvements to public works and infrastructure, attracting businesses to the area and developing a local community center. the citizens of the community loved his snowplow updates and in utah we get a lot of snow and his ability to see
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potential and possibility in everything around him. serving as mayor was the greatest honor and highlight of his civilian professional career. he believed that service is really what leadership is about. on january 8, 2018, major taylor announced he would temporarily step down as mayor to continue his service as a member of the army national guard on what would be his fourth and final deployment. he didn't deploy just once, not twice, not three times, four times. he answered the call to serve. and once again remembering his family, they answered the call to allow their husband and their father to serve. this man recognized that there was an immediate need for his experience and skills and gracely rows to call to serve in our -- rose to call to serve in our nation's war in afghanistan. in his final months, he was killed by an apparent inside attack on november 3, 2018, while training afghan security
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forces. the loving husband and devoted father, major taylor is survived by his wife, jennie, and as you see here his seven beautiful children, megan, ncoln, alex, jacob, ellie, jonathan and caroline. and one thing i'm sure major taylor would say, his family was the most important thing in his life. nothing made him more proud than his wife and children. the impression that major taylor left was profound. he called on us to brighten someone else's day, to make our city, our state, our county, our nation a better place. this man and his family paid the ultimate sacrifice to fulfill this call. so it's only well and fitting as a tribute to this amazing life, congress name a facility in his honor of his shining example of service and sacrifice as has been mentioned, the department of veterans affairs outstation in north ogden city will provide a
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range of services to help guide veterans and families as they transition from the military to civilian life. major taylor recognized that military service involves the entire family. as such i'm proud to support the designation of this facility, located in the city that he loved and served and called home as the major brent taylor vet center outstation. the naming of the building will never repay the debt the nation owes to major taylor and his family, but it can stand as a humble reminder of the faithful man who lived and died in the service of his god, his family, and his country. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i just want to say to my friend and colleague, the gentleman from utah, that our hearts go out to
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the families. when i read the names of the seven children, it was -- it was a very difficult moment for me. and we certainly pay -- paying tribute today to his family, his children, his community of north ogden where he served as mayor. o it's our tribute to him. mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to enter into the record three letters, a letter from frank, the commander of the disabled veterans -- disabled veterans department of utah, and a letter from the commander of the american legion department of utah, and a letter from nick flake, commander of the v.f.w. department of utah, all in support of s. 49. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and i am prepared to close.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you. i have no further speakers. mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. it is -- this is one of the more difficult things we do and obviously to see a beautiful family like this whose dad and whose husband have made the ultimate sacrifice is difficult for me to stand here and understand the pain that they have. sometimes revelation 21: 4 that may help just a little bit and i want to thank that family for their service and wish them nothing but god speed going forward. they'll have some tough days, i know, ahead of them but this is a grateful nation and we very much appreciate his service to our great country. it's not better for its loss. our country is not. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from california is recognized.
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mr. takano: i echo the comments of the gentleman from tennessee. we are a grateful nation and i'm privileged to pay tribute. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 49. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed -- mr. takano: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking this vote will rise and remain standing. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule
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1, the chair declares that the house is in recess until

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