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>> sure. >> i say that in the context of requiring now, voter registration happened online, i have real concerns, doing away with all the voter machines in georgia, during an update about our concerns about voter integrity. online registration, tell me how it is the bill guarantees that only voters are getting registered through this? >> well, the first thing to know is that every person who is registering has to be advised of the consequences, what the standards are, and what their liability is should they stray from that requirement. what we have found >> part of last night's rules committee meeting on h.r. 1. you can can see it all at c-span.org. they agreed to a two hours of general debate. the floor of the hoist will consider some 7 amendments. that debate coming -- 72
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amendments. that debate coming thup afternoon. live coverage next as we take to you the house floor here on c-span. the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: let us pray. eternal gd we give you thanks for giving us another day. during these days on the hill, there are many americans walking the halls, speaking to their representatives about interests of great concern to them. the american osteopathic society, national kidney foundation, v.f.w., national down syndrome society, lupus foundation, boys and girl scouts of america, among others, have been advocates for so many who are in need. we thank you that we live in a
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nation blessed by the rights and opportunities for americans to petition their government. bless the members of this assembly who know best how to respond to such entreaties with the ability to meet so many needs. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory, amen. the speaker: the chair has the chair has examined the journal of the last day'sed the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal strands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina rise? >> madam speaker, pursuant to clause 1, rule 1, i demand a vote on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker: the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina
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seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and a make a point of order that the quorum is not present. the speaker: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from california, ms. brownley. ms. briownley: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized.
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>> madam speaker, i rise today in support of the efforts in congress to clean up our democracy and deliver power back to the american people. i never thought that i would run for congress. i never thought that i would have the chance to stand right here on the floor of the house of representatives. i am here today because i was tired of watching corporations and special interests cutting to the front of the line ahead of the people. mr. kim: i was tired of watching dark money grow, gerrymandering polarize our politics, anti-american people pushed aside. now we have a precious chance to fix this. and to build the kind of government the american people deserve. as we make up our minds and cast our votes, i ask us not to think of this as a partisan issue. i assure you that the people in my district on both sides believe that the system isn't working for them. i call on my colleagues to vote to pass h.r. 1 and deliver the change our constituents demand and deserve. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for
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what purpose does the gentleman from south carolina seek recognition? mr. wilson: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. wilson: mr. speaker, as co-chair of the congressional bull fwarea caucus, i and his e ambassador wife for their hosting a reception yesterday in recognition of national day of the republic of bulgaria at the library of congress celebrating 141 years of liberation. bulgaria is a close strategy al -- strategic ally and partner of the united states. this month we celebrate 15 years where bulgaria joined the nato alliance. during this time recently in sofia, nato secretary-general noted bulgaria has contributed to the strengthening of the alliance. he also thanked the prime minister for his government's commitment to reach the nato defense spending goal of 2%. i am confident the partnership
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between the united states and bulgaria will continue to grow in the years ahead. it would be mutually beneficial to promote peace through strength. in conclusion, god bless our troops and we'll never forget september 11 and the global war on terrorism. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona 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 gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, our constituents sent us here to represent them. to be a voice for their families, to fight for their values, to vote in their best interests. i am here for the residents of arizona's second congressional district. i am here to work for them. we must reject the culture of corruption here and put the power back in the hands of the people we represent. mrs. kirkpatrick: our government works best when it is focused on people and
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american families. not some special interest group or large corporation. we can clean up the muddy swamp behaviors by passing h.r. 1. we need to reduce the role of dark special interest money, and to make it easier to vote. we need to have accountability here. i will be voting for h.r. 1 so that our constituents become the top priority for all of us, not special interest groups. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. there is no room for anti-semitism anywhere in this chamber. this past january the house voted nearly unanimously to condemn white supremacy.
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and named a republican member as we did that. i voted for that. back in january around the same exact time we had a member apologize for remarks about srael had hypnotized the world an anti-semitic trope. mr. zeldin: a month later apologizing for an allege if you support israel that you have been bought off by jews. and now claiming that if you support israel, that means you have allegiance to a foreign government. but this time there will be no apology. i commend my colleagues on the other side of the aisle who have spoken out against it. this chamber today should be taking action. to condemn anti-semitism, to be naming names. and where that member in january was removed from his committees, including the small business committee, the member who has been putting out the anti-semitic tropes should not
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be serving on her committees, especially the house foreign affairs committee for many reasons. i encourage a vote today to remove congressman omar from the house foreign affairs committee. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to call on my colleagues to support h.r. 1. it is no coincidence that the largest freshman class since watergate will also be the one to pass h.r. 1 this week. we're a class that is born of voters' frustration was a broken system. americans have seen this chamber pass bills that hurt the middle class, raise prescription drug prices, gut consumer protections, and failed to act on climate change. why? because the special interests have more power than the american people. it is the exact opposite of what should happen in the people's house.
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in the army i was thought the values of serve and leadership. as a captain that meant leading by example. i jumped out of the plane first, overwhelm then would my soldiers follow. as a member congress it means we hold ourselves to the highest standards of ethics, accountability, and transparency. servant leaders don't hold a tight grip on power, they empower those around them. the first step to doing that is to pass h.r. 1 and return power to the people who sent us here. let's show america that we're the representatives and that we're elected to serve them. not the megadonors and not the special interests. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask you unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. brownley: thank you, mr. speaker. my favorite three words in our constitution are the first
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three words, we the people. the will of the people is the basis of our entire democracy. but for far too long special interests and big money have rigged that system against everyday americans. this week we take a major step to change that. we're voting on h.r. 1, transformational legislation that will finally put the power back in the hands of the american people by toughening federal ethics laws, fixing the broken campaign finance system, and strengthening voting rights, including two bills that i have worked on with my colleagues to end partisan gerrymandering and requiring same day voter registration. i encourage everyone to support h.r. 1 this week because it's long past time we return our government to one that is of the people, by the people, and for the people. once again.
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mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from massachusetts seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i request 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. >> mr. speaker, amid the tragedies of the iraq war i witnessed one of the proudest demonstrations of democracy in modern times. when iraqis voted for the first time, they dipped their fingers in inc. -- ink and rather than hiding those fingers for fear of reprisal, they held them high walking through the streets. what they were saying was that for the first time in their lives their opinion mattered. their vote counted. it's the most fundamental requirement of a democracy. today we know that this basic right has never been truly guaranteed here at home. mr. moulton: our ehe lections are not free when americans must choose between providing for their families or casting a vote.
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our elections are not fair with gerrymandering makes some votes count more than others. our people do not have a voice when they are turned away by voter i.d. laws that make it easier to buy a gun than cast a vote. h.r. 1 changes that. taking a stand against citizens united, resolving to end gerrymandering, and making it far easier for americans to vote. i believe that america, however imperfect, is the greatest democracy on earth. h.r. 1 finally makes us act hat way. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from minnesota seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i rise to voice my full hearted support of h.r. 1, the for the people act. as i spent time with parents and business owners, retirees, and millennials, republicans and democrats back home in
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minnesota, one thing is clear, people are losing faith in the integrity and fairness of our political system. and for good reason. when i arrived in washington i witnessed firsthand the corrupting influence of money in politics. envelopes with packed checks offered after handshakes and culture in which votes often seem to have price tags attached. we can do better. and we must do better. that is why i say no matter your number one issue, please make campaign finance reform your number two. because we cannot address our country's greatest challenges when we place special interests over our common interests. mr. phillips: let's pass h.r. 1 and begin the hard and principled work of restoring our democracy for the people. i i yield the remainer of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today in
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support of h.r. 1. when i was running for congress, i heard again and again that americans are losing faith in their government. asking why the votes they cast don't lead to the outcomes they want. at a time when we're so divided, i can can think of nothing more unifying than a bill that addresses the source of their discontend tenth. to those who raised concerns about h.r. 1 here, let me say in my district i have not met a single person, republican or democrat, who thinks it's a good idea to let anonymous donors spend millions of untraceable dollars on political attack ads or have a campaign finance system so opaque that russian uh-oh lig arcs can channel money into it. i haven't met a single person, republican or democrat, who think it's fine for democrats of congress to serve on corporate boards or presidents to hide their tax returns or anyone whose pleased with with partisan gerrymandering or happy we have done nothing to spur our elections -- secure
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our elections from foreign hacking since 2016. mr. mall lynn now i ask: when i -- mr. malinowski: when i vote yes on h.r. 1, i will do what my constituents are asking to make democracy work better for everyone, regardless of our party or point of view. i can't wait to cast that vote. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> today i rise in support of the medicare drug price negotiation act, a bill i'm proud to co-sponsor. this bill is a critical step in expanding access to quality, affordable health care by bringing down prescription drug costs. too many of my constituents and too many americans across this country can't afford the health care coverage they need. there's no bigger driver of this
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problem than the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs. the united states pays the highest prices for prescription drugs in the world and over the past decade, prices of over 90% of brand name drugs have more than doubled. how sit up with in five american adults cannot afford medicine? one in five? in the wealthiest country in the world it's inexcusable that we have seniors who have to choose between prescriptions and buying groceries. we have diabetics who ration the insulin theyed me to survive. the medicare drug price gerks act couldn't be more commonsense. it allows us to negotiate drug prices putting consumers first not the drug industry. my constituents sent me with a clear mandate to fight for quality, affordable health care and this bill is a crucial part of that work, with that, i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition?
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>> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> i rise in support of h.r. 1, the for the people act. i'm an engineer and as an engineer i fix things that are broken. but it doesn't take an engineer to tell you that our politics is brecken. confidence in our government and in the house of representatives has never been lower. we have a system of gerrymandering where in many parts of the country today, voters don't choose their politicians, politicians choose their voters. special interest money has drowned out the voices of working people. h.r. 1 is an opportunity to fix this imbalance h.r. 1 will ensure the people's voices are heard at the ballot box. h.r. 1 will ensure big money influence in our politics is ended. h.r. 1 will ensure the voices of people are heard.
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passing this bill is a moral imperative for our democracy and our nation. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognize -- for one minute. >> i'm a single mom. when i ran for congress last year i spent thousands and thousands on child care. running for office requires 60 to 90-hour workweeks. i worked every single day, every single weekend, and i worked challenging hours, most days starting at 6:45 in the morning, ending with campaign events well into the nightism juggled child care providers for nearly two years, without whom i would never have made it to congress. i have three children. leaving them alone was not an
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option and bringing them on the campaign trail was often impossible, inappropriate and could have even been dangerous. for the past two centuries congress has written many, many laws about what women may and may not do but until this year, women's representation in congress was less than 20%. ms. porter: even with the election of my historic class we are only 102 women. there are even fewer moms in congress and even fewer single moms. as in nobody but me. i've introduced language today, -- thank you. ll the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from virginia seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. >> our democracy isn't working
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the way it should for a majority of americans but h.r. 1, the for the people act, can fix that. this legislation will end partisannierry mandering by creating independent redistricting commissions, letting the voters choose the politicians, not the politicians choose their voters. h.r. 1 will promote online registration, same-day automatic voter registration because we should be making it easier, not harder for people to vote. ms. wexton: it will also prohibit arbitrary voter role purges, expand early voting and vote by mail options and ensure the restoration of voting rights for those who have paid their dues to society. the right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy, as sacred as the free tom of religion and speech. the american people want clean and fair elections and h.r. 1 is a once in a generation opportunity to restore the faith and function in american democracy. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the jerusalem yields back.
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-- the gentlewoman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, by direction of the committee on rules i call up house resolution 172 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 11. house resolution 172. resolved, that at any time after adoption of this resolution, the speaker may, pursuant to clause 2-b of rule 18, declare the house resolved into the committee of the whole house on the state of the union for consideration of the bill h.r. 1, to expand americans' access to the ballot box, reduce the influence of big money in politics, and strengthen ethics rules for public servants, and for other purposes. the first reading of the bill shall be dispensed with. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. general debate shall be confined to the bill and shall not exceed two hours equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on house administration. after general debate the bill
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shall be considered for amendment under the five-minute rule. in lieu of the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on house administration now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 116-7, modified by the amendment printed in part a of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted in the house and in the committee of the whole. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as the original bill for the purpose of further amendment under the five-minute rule and shall be considered as read. all points of order against provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. section 2, a, no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution and amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution. b, each further amendment printed in part b of the report
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of the committee on rules shall be considered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. c, all points of order against the further amendments printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules or amendments en bloc described in section 3 of this resolution are waived. section 3, it shall be in order at any time for the chair of the committee on house administration or her designee to offer amendments en bloc consisting of amendments printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution not earlier disposed of. amendments en bloc offered pursuant to this section shall be considered as read, shall be
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debatable for 20 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on house administration or their designees, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. section 4, after the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment and a final period of general debate, which shall not exceed 10 minutes equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on house administration, the committee shall rise and report the bill to the house with such further amendments as may have been adopted. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill and amendments thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 5, it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of march 7, 2019, or march 8, 2019, for the speaker to entertain motions that the house
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suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15. the speaker or her designee shall consult with the minority leader or his designee on the designation of any matter for consideration pursuant to this section. the speaker pro tempore: the jerusalem from -- the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized for one hour. >> thank you, mr. speaker. for the purpose -- for the purpose of debate only i yield the cust mir 30 minutes to the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. ms. scanlon: during consideration of this resolutioning all time yielded is for the purposes of debate only. i now ask unanimous consent that all members be given five lebling slative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. scanlon: on tuesday, the rules committee met and reported a rule providing for consideration of h.r. 1, the for the people act of 2019, under a
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structured rule. the rule provides two hours of general debate equally divide and controlled by the chair and ranking member of the committee on house administration. the resolution self-executes chairwoman lofgren's manager's amendment and provides for the consideration of 72 amendments debatable for 10 minutes each. the rule also provides authority for en bloc amendments debatable for 20 minutes each. the rule also provides 10 minutes of final general debate after amendment consideration, equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on house administration or their designee. lastly, the rule provides suspension authority through friday, march 8, 2019. mr. speaker, as you know this past weekend i had the honor of traveling to selma, alabama, with over 40 of our congressional colleagues on a pilgrimage to observe the 54th anniversary of bloody sunday.
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the violent confrontation at the edmund pettus bridge in selma. that confrontation seized the nation's attention and launched one of the most important periods in the history of our republic, culminating in the passage of the voting rights act. when our colleague, representative john lewis, along with martin luther king and other civil rights pioneers organized voters to register, crossed the edmund pettus bring and marched from selma to montgomery they did so know that their lives and the lives of those they loved were at risk. the institutional opposition they faced was fierce and violent. but their message of nonviolence and justice strengthened them and their resolve. they marched and risked their lives in order to secure the right to vote. they understood that they would never be equal citizens of the united states until they had a voice in their destiny and they understood that the united states could never be the
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republic it aspired to become until all of its citizens had the right to participate in decisions affecting their future. we undeniably have made progress since then but not enough. and frighteningly we seem to be moving backwards. in recent years we have seen new forms of voter suppression emerge, whether in the guise of strict voter i.d. laws, purges of voting rolls, partisannierry mandering, or unfounded allegations of voter fraud. as an election official, election protection organizer and voting rights act advocate for over three decades, i have seen all these tactics in play. in fact, several of us in the pennsylvania delegation were able to join this congress in part because of federal -- because a federal court ordered that pennsylvania's congressional districts had been so gerrymanders that they must be redrawn. they were unconstitutional. we have heard and will undoubtedly hear again today that democrats are pushing voting rights reform because of
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the expectation that new voters will likely be democratic voters. i would hope that those with a sense of history would resist this, recognizing that the very same argument was used to oppose the voting rights act in 1965. out of fore that those who had been oppressed would factor that experience into their voting decisions. it is telling that a similar fear vote vates -- motivates some in this chamber today who would rather deprive citizen os of a fundamental right than face them at the ballot box. the cynicism of those who would continue to place barriers in the way of those who wish to vote gos a long way to explaining why our citizens lack faith in us to work for them. those with power, voting and otherwise, too often try to preserve that power through means that are neither transparent nor understood by the people of this country. we have to be bold and shed some of that institutional power in order to regain the trust of the people. i want to thank my colleague,
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representative john sarbanes, who has worked for years in tirelessly crafting this legislation. i also want to thank speaker pelosi and the democratic leadership team for making this bill the top priority in the house for the 116th congress. i am so proud that the first order of business of this congress, our h.r. 1, is dedicated to good government and restoring trust in our democratic institutions. our elections are the bedrock of our democracy. during the recent mid-term elections the american people charged us, the new congress -- new congress, to make sure our government works for them they've put their trust in us to champion our uniquely american creed of government of the people, by the people, and for the people. h.r. 1, the for the people bill, is our commitment toe that trust. this reform package will address many barriers to democracy that he prevent too many eligible voters from having their voices heard, including our seniors,
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communities of color, service members, college students, those with disabilities, and low-income families. but it's up to us to see it through. i'm immensely proud to be part of a caucus that's prioritizing legislation that people are asking for. legislation that will protect the right to vote for every american and ensure clean and fair elections. that will end the dominance of big money in our politics. and it will clamp down on corruption to make sure public servants put public interest first. recent polls found many americans do not vote because of difficulty registering or accessing their polling places and americans are really concerned about the ethical standards of their elected representatives and government officials, and equally concerned about the influence of special interests and corruption in washington. mr. speaker, the democratic majority takes what the people are asking for seriously. this is a bill that addresses their concerns and resets our democracy so that it works for
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the people not special interests. h.r. 1 will make it easier for eligible americans to vote. allowing and enabling americans to vote should not be a divisive partisan issue. our nation can only stand to benefit when all eligible voters have a voice. the very fact that my colleagues on the other side of the aisle have greator electoral success when fewer people turn out to vote is not just a stain on our democracy but a direct threat to it. automatic voter registration will make it easier for young adults and working families to make sure that they are not left out of the process due to issues with registration. this bill will make critical fixes to voter purging policies that have disenfranchised millions since section 4 of the voting rights act was struck down by the supreme court in shelby vs. holder. over four million more names were purged from voter rolls after that decision came down than they were in the years before. these purges affected poor minority communities at a
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vastly disproportionate rate, further marginalizing people who already face significant institutional barriers to voting. election security has been a bipartisan concern across the country for years, and h.r. 1 will make considerable investments to ensure our elections are secure, independent, and free from foreign interference. empowering the election assistance commission will allow states to get the funding they need to upgrade or improve their election infrastructure and improvements in elech administration will help protect voting systems from cyber threats. election infrastructure is critical, and this bill finally recognizes the role that congress must play in he protecting our elections. a specific priority of mine that i'm excited to see included in the bill will make it easier for persons with disabilities to participate in the electoral process. for too long individuals with disabilities have faced barriers there them participating at the ballot
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box. i introduced legislation that will direct and assist states to improve access to voter registration on the ballot box for persons with disabilities. these democracy driven policies represent just a handful of the voting rights reforms contained in h.r. 1. they will improve access to voting, promote integrity in the voting process, and ensure the security of our elections. going further h.r. 1 acts to shine a light and address the dark money which the citizens united decision unleashed into our politics. each year that we do not act on reversing citizens united, more and more untraceable money is spent on campaigns. this bill will overhaul the federal election commission, the f.e.c., so that we have a real cop on the beat to enforce our campaign finance laws. it will upgrade political advertising kiss he clow -- disclosures and require donors giving more than $10,000 to politically active organizations to be publicly identified. simultaneously this bill seeks to empower everyday americans
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by creating a small dollar match system that will bring more people into the conversation while reducing the impact large donors have have on any one campaign. while small dollar campaign fund something new to the federal system, it has been trialed in states and large cities to great effect. i'm proud h.r. 1 also includes a bill i drafted to keep presidential inaugural funds from becoming shadowy slush funds or opportunities for dark forces, whether foreign or domestic, to influence our government. the bill will prohibit donations to inaugural funds by foreign nationalses or corporations, ban personal use of inaugural funds by a candidate, and require disclosure of all donations and disbursements. h.r. 1 will also help to restore voter confidence in our democracy by codifying ethics standards for all three branches of government. the bill requires the development after code of ethics for support justices, mandatory recusal of presidential appointees from
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matters which concern the president, and increased enforcement of the registration of foreign agents. the bill will prohibit members of congress from using taxpayer funds to settle employment description cases against them, preventing members of congress from hiding this conduct, and protecting taxpayer money from being misused. finally, h.r. 1 will address presidential conflicts of interest by requiring sitting presidents and vice presidents, as well as presidential and vice presidential candidates to he release their tax returns. those occupying the highest office in the land should be required to show if they have financial interests that would influence their decisionmaking. having an executive beholden in any way to a private company or nation only serves to undermine our democracy. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i want to thank my good friend from pennsylvania, ms. scanlon, for yielding me the customary 30 minutes. i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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mr. speaker, we had quite a debate on this bill in the rules committee last night. and i expect the debate on the floor today will come along similar lines. today's bill, h.r. 1, which my friends on the other side of the aisle are calling the -- by the misnomer, quote for the people act, unquote, unfortunately this bill is completely misnamed. it's not for the people. it's instead for the democratic majority, by the democratic majority, and in hopes of maintaining the democratic majority for many years to come. and every provision in this bill reflects that goal. that began with the process the majority used to put this bill together. h.r. 1 was referred to 10 different committees, yet only one, house administration, held a markup. my friends hold a two to one advantage on that committee. there are only three republicans that can participate. later we'll be hearing from some of the republican ranking members of these committees, each of whom will talk about provisions they hoped to
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address had their respective committees marked up the bill. this failure to allow other committees with jurisdiction to mark up the bill reinforces the desire of the majority to push this bill through as quickly as possible without any additional consideration. without further hearings and markups, it's all too easy for the majority to sweep the bill's flaws under the rug and pass it quickly without allowing the american people to see what they are up to. this bill would be more aptly named the for the politicians act, or welfare for politicians act. it reinforces the idea that the majority cares only about passing a bill that will lead to more democrats in the house of representatives. you do not have time today to go over every provision in this bill, but for now i'll take a moment to point out some of the bigger flaws in this product. first, h.r. 1 takes taxpayer dollars and uses them to create a special piggy bank for campaigns. that's right, democrats want to use taxpayer dollars of the
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american people to finance their political campaigns. h.r. 1 creates a matching program of small donor --dollar campaign contributions, thereby shifting taxpayer dollars to politicians to run their campaigns. in essence, democrats are demanding that your tax dollars be used to subsidize and fund political candidates. according to the bipartisan policy center, since 2000, total spending on federal elections has exploded. $2.7 billion t -- to $6.4 billion in 2016. with so much money being raise interested private sources, one wonders why the majority wants to waste taxpayer dollars adding even more money into the campaigns. second, h.r. 1 completely takes over elections. removing authority from states and local election boards and giving it to washington, d.c. currently states have the authority to determine how they want to structure their own elections, including voter
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registration, timing, and redistricting. all that goes away under h.r. 1. states would no longer be able to set voter registration requirements nor hold elections where and how often they want. nor reapportion voters into appropriate districts. instead, under h.r. 1, washington d.c. takes over all these functions. i doubt any secretary of state or supervidsor of elections in america -- supervisor of elections in america supports this process. at the meeting last night, mr. speaker, i introduced a letter from the oklahoma state election board opposing h.r. 1 on precisely thee grounds. i would like to enter that into the record again today. i would also point out that in the case of redistricting, if the state can't reach a resolution, h.r. 1 hands over the redistricting function to an un-elected federal court here in washington, d.c. everywhere you look, this bill represents an erosion of
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traditional state authority and a power grab for democrats here in washington. perhaps even more egregiously the bill places limits on freedom of speech. criminalizing action that is we would currently describe as mere advocacy for candidates. not since the sedition act of 1798 has the federal government tried to pass something that trappled so heavily on freedom of speech as h.r. 1. the bill is owe bad in this regard that even the american civil liberties union is opposing it. which is a peril stration of just how bad h.r. 1 really is. mr. speaker, i could go on and on. everywhere you look h.r. 1 fails to do what the majority has promised. it promises to be about returning power to the people. instead this bill only gives power and money to democratic politicians. it takes away authority from states and gives it to the federal government. it wastes taxpayer dollars on political campaigns, and weakens the voting system and limits freedom of speech.
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in sum, mr. speaker, i cannot imagine how any member can stab up -- stand up a straight face and support this bill. with that i urge opposition to the rule. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from florida, ms. castor. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. castor: i thank the gentlewoman from the rules committee for yielding the time. i rise in support of the for the people act, h.r. 1, and the rule. we promised the american people and our neighbors back home have urged us on to strengthen america's ethic flaws, to fix our broken campaign finance system, and empower american voters. i represent the state of florida. you better believe that we have got to protect access to the ballot box, ensure the voting rights of everyone, and count every vote.
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i want to thank the rules committee for including a bipartisan amendment that i have worked on to address the abuse of zombie campaigns. many folks don't understand this, but sometimes members who retire from congress keep their campaign accounts, and they live on for decades. hence the title zombie campaigns. they oftentimes will misuse the unspent campaign funds, and it is wrong for campaign accounts to live on forever. we're going to address that abuse as well. this bill has important he reforms that strengthen american democracy, root out corruption, and ensure that our government here in the united states of america works for the people. i urge a strong bipartisan vote and yield back the balance of my time. the eaker pro tempore: gentlewoman -- the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves her time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized.
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mr. cole: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to my good friend, distinguished gentleman from oklahoma, mr. lucas. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the gentleman for yielding. i rise in opposition of the resolution for consideration of h.r. 1 h.r. 1 includes provision that is fall under the jurisdiction of the house science, space, and technology committee of which i am ranking member. buried in the 600-page bill of requirements that would greatly expand the role of the national institute of standards and technologies. nifts in the election sort. misan important agency one our nist is an important agency. it provides guidance to state and local governments to help ensure election results are secure and accurate. keeping our elections safe from cyber attacks and fraud is not a partisan priority. it is a priority for all of us. unlike the more partisan parts of h.r. 1, i believe that if we had been given a chance on the committee, chairwoman eddie
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bernice johnson and i would have come -- been able to come to an agreement on bipartisan legislation to update nist election security activities. however the democratic leadership has rushed this legislation to the floor without giving our committee an opportunity to even hold a single hearing on the bill. rp provides -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lucas: mr. speaker, all of the issues raised in the responses from nist were ignored. the opportunity to have a hearing on this subject matter in the committee was ignored. i urge my colleagues to vote against the rule and the underlying bill. we can do better. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. scanlon: i yield two minutes to the quelt from rhode island, mr. cicilline.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cicilline: i rise in support of the rule and in support of h.r. 1, the for the people act which would provide the most significant reform o-- to our democratic system in decades. this represents the fulfillment of a promise to the american people to restore our democracy by expanding access to the ballot, reducing the corrupting influence of corporate money and political campaigns an restoring ethics, integrity and transparency to government. we live in a time in our nation's history where americans have a deep sense that government does not work for them. and they're right. that cynicism is caused by policies that respend to the voices of the rich and powerful while ignoring those of ordinary americans and practices that seek to reduce and restrict participation in our electoral process. americans are sick and tired of corruption and mismanagement here in washington and they elected us with the expectation that we take real steps to clean up the mess and return power to the people of our great country. h.r. 1 provides us with the
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opportunity to do this by offering the most sweep regular forms to our democracy since watergate. it makes real strides in rooting out corruption, strengthening voting rights and restoring government by and for the people. i want to particularly thank you, mr. speaker, for your extraordinary leadership in shaping this bill, drafting it and working with our colleagues all across the caucus in producing this product. h r. 1 includes the dispose act which i introduced to shine a light on unlimited corporate spening that has overrun our election. without fixing our broken campaign finance system an taking power for the powerful special interests and returning it to the people of this country, it will be almost impossible to make progress on the other issues that are important to the american people. the disclose act will require organizations that spend money on elections to disclose doe no, sir give $10,000 or more in the election cycle and prevent actions meant to conceal the
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identity of doe no, sir. legislation uded to make eligible americans registered to vote when they register with the department of motor vehicles. may i have an additional minute? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may proceed. mr. cicilline: making registration automatically ensures that everyone who wishes to be added to the voter role will not have to think twice about it. for too long, mr. speaker, washington has acted on behalf of wealthy and powerful special interests. l.a. congress republicans passed legislation to take away health care from 23 million americans o give zillions in tax cuts to billionaires. americans responded by voting them out and entrusting us to clean up this culture of corruption. let us repay that trust by passing this landmark legislation. i urge my colleagues to support the for the people act and urge adoption of the rule and yield
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back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves her time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i yield one minute to my good friend, the distinguished gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. perry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perry: i thank the gentleman from oklahoma, mr. cole. this rule is about what's called the for the people act. to me it should be called for the swamp act. we'll have plenty of time later to debate the fleefers bill but right now we're talking teabt rule and what brings us to the floor. i want to remind everybody that this bill was given jurisdiction in 10 committees. 10 committees. but one committee marked it up. one committee took a welcome at it and said this is wrong, let's fix this, let's change that. one committee with nine people. 2%. 2% of congress have been involved in this bill. and we understand we're in the minority here. we get that. we get we're not going to get our way. but we're asking to have a say. that's all we're asking for here. this bill is about shutting down
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the process and honest debate. this rule bill. which makes sense because the underlying bill does the same thing for me earn -- for the american people. with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve? mr. cole: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i yield three and a half minutes to the gentleman from massachusetts, the distinguished chairman of the committee on rules, mr. mcgovern. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: thank you. i want to thank the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. scanlon, for yielding me the time. mr. speaker, in 1997, i stood on this floor and urged action to fix our broken campaign finance system. i spoke then about how newspapers were filled with daily stories detailing how unregulated campaign contributions were corrupting our political system and threaten the very essence of our democracy. that was my first year serving in this institution. and i'm sorry to say that this problem hasn't only persisted
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it's gotten worse than many of us could have imagined. who could have thought that the supreme court would issue a disastrous ruling like citizens united. or that some would have us try to believe corporations were people or we'd have a president in the white house who has take then republican churl of corruption to a whole new level. i could go on and on, mr. speaker, the news that once made the front page of the newspaper is now in front of us on our smart phones nonstop. we see over and over again how big money has infected our political process. and prevented action on things that the american people care most about. how new roadblocks are being put in police to prevent some eligible americans from casting their ballots. and how some have used their office to side with special interests over the public interest. this legislation is about finally fixing our broken democracy including modernizing and securing our election
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system. we care so much about this that the for the people act is literally our top priority. that's why it is h.r. 1. now my republican friends are talking about process like it's something to be ashamed of. are they kidding? i mean these are crocodile tears. you know when they were in charge of the last congress, their priority, their h.r. 1, was a tax cut for the super rich. ours is literally a bill for the people. and their h.r. 1, by the way, as you can see from this chart had zero hearings. none. our h.r. 1 had five. our h.r. 1 has 15 hours of hearings. you know how many hours of hearings their h.r. 1 had? zero. a big fat zero. no hearings at all. we had expert witnesses come to testify. and give their input. pro and con. they had none when they did h.r.
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1. our bill is a structured rule, we made over 70 amendments in order. when they had their h.r. 1 bill to help the superrich, you know how many amendments they made in order? zero, none, a big fat closed rule. the cost of our legislation to clean up our democracy zero. you know how much theirs was? at least $1 ppt 5 trillion. mr. speaker, what we are doing here is how the legislative process is spezzed to work. imagine what we could achieve once we get special interests out of the way. whether it's lowering the cost of prescription drugs or strengthening our health care system or passing sensible gun safety legislation or protecting the dreamers. this is about ensuring that our elections actually reflect the constitution my friends on the other side of the aisle so often talk about. the preamble doesn't begin with
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we the corporations or we the special interests. it says with we the people. i urge my colleagues to join with the majority in supporting this rule and the underlying legislation so we can put our government back in the hands of the people. i yield back the balance of my ime. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in personals toward the president. the gentleman is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield one minute to my good friend, the distinguished republican ranking member on the committee on oversight and government reform, my friend mr. jordan from ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. junior dan: i want to thank the gentleman for yielding. thank him for his service on the important rules committee as our ranking member and his years of service in the congress and on that particular committee. most of the grab bag of democratic favors are unrelated
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to each other. how does demanding unfunded president ate to divesting from holdings. only one committee marked up this legislation. the amendment in the nature of a substitute was 447 page the rules was 6 2 pages. the oversight committee had ubstantial interest in this. we sent a letter to the chairman asking for a markup, we got a letter saying we'll do that after the vote on the bill. how does that work? i think the underlying legislation is wrong for the country. the idea that every single tax payer is going to have to finance public campaigns, finance election campaigns? just what the voters wanted. just what they need. the very people in the swamp, you now have to pay for them to get reelected to stay in the swamp. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. jordan: i urge we oppose the rule and i urge we oppose the legislation as well. with that, i yield back. thank you, mr. speaker. mr. cole: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, mr. doggett. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. doggett: thank you. texas is ground zero for voter suppression. texas republicans enacted the most stringent voter i.d. law in the country, they slashed communities across our state through partisan gerrymandering, and now this year, in what a federal court has just described as a hamhanded move which, quote, exemplifies the power of government to strike fear and anxiety and to intimidate the least powerful among us, the abbott administration initiated a massive voter purge by making the false claim that tens of thousands of people have voted
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illegally in our state. our state has a problem. it's not too many people voting illegally. it's too few people voting at all. and the difference that you see in this debate is that we believe elections should be won for one party or the other based on turning out the voters and too often our republican colleagues believe they're won by throwing out the voters. i believe that the important reform that we're considering today will replace these purges with the urge to have voters participate by removing the many obstacles that stand in their way. it makes the right to vote more than a paper guarantee, it makes it a reality by allowing people to know their own power, to shape our democracy, and hold every public official accountable. for the people means stopping the steady trump erosion of our democracy by empowering the people to make their voices heard.
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i am so pleased that this legislation includes a provision that i authored to ensure that we seek the business tax returns as well as the personal individual returns of candidates for president. now this particular amendment is directed not specifically at mr. trump, but his conduct underscores why we must require it. he had his personal law firm review his tax returns and they awarded him an all clear from any russian connection. they noted -- do you have an additional minute? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. doggett: they noted he was sole or principal own over five accept -- 500 separate business entities from azerbaijan to miami and they gave him an all-clear which he asked us to rely without noting that the same firm proudly boasted it was, quote, the russia law firm of the year. some of us believe we need a little more credible source to
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review his conduct but not just his conduct, that of anyone for either party that aspires to be the most powerful person in the entire world. even president nixon invited the joint committee on taxation to review his tax returns, explaining that the people have got to know whether their president is a crook. something very relevant to our times. candidates who cannot meet the very low richard nickson standard have no right to our highest office. if left untouchable and unreachable without exposure to sunlight, we will find business tax returns hide the darkest secrets. it is good that we have a strong act demanding disclosure of those returns. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserve? the gentleman from pennsylvania -- the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserve the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: i yield one minute to my good friend, fellow member of
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the rules committee and classmate, the gentleman from texas, mr. burgess. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. burgess: i thank the gentleman for yielding. mr. speaker, a little over two years ago, president trump stood on the west front of this capitol and pledged to dedicate his administration to taking care of the forgotten men and women of this country. this bill does not take seriously the plight of those forgotten men and women. it does take seriously the plight of protecting democratic incumbents and candidates. . it does -- it's important to talk about it because it reveals the agenda of the democratic majority here in the house of representatives. this bill, things like the green new deal, things like a massive single payer health care system, and it's pretty clear. democrats don't care about the economy. they don't care about the middle class. every election i've been in people talk about rebuilding the middle class. my gosh, donald trump has rebuilt the middle class. but you don't care about that.
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you don't care about jobs. you don't care about what people earn in those jobs. otherwise, you wouldn't be opening the borders the way you are. you care about your own power. you care about maintaining your own power. it's our job to notify and magnify what is going on with the democratic leadership in this house of representatives. that's why i'm speaking out about it today. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma reserves his time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from maryland, distinguished member of the rules committee, mr. raskin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. raskin: i want to thank ms. scanlon for this time. our friends across the aisle are nothing, if not courageous. they got the brazeon at the atter to raise the question of -- brazeon at that matter to raise the question -- the most
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cloused house of representatives. let's compare to their h.r. 1 when we got started with our h.r. 1. those were filed, marked up, passed within two weeks with no hearings, no amendments made in order, and no expert testimony at all. our h.r. 1 was filed on the first day of the new congress for all of the public to read. there have been hearings in five different committees with over 15 hours of expert testimony culminating in a full committee markup in house administration. 60 days later, we're now on the floor for consideration in an open and transparent way. so you think they would have the decency not to raise the question of process after running the house of representatives like king kong over the last two years. but they want to turn it into a quaker meeting house somehow. they should be thanking us for the openness of our proceedings. their h.r. 1 blew a $1.5 trillion hole in the deficit, a
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staggering and unprecedented assault on the fiscal integrity of the united states of america to shower tax cuts on the wealthy and well-connected. our h.r. 1 is an effort to reclaim our democracy from the wealthy and well-connected people who are the beneficiaries of their h.r. 1. by creating a 21st century campaign finance system that responds to the people. on the substance of the matter, amazing to me that my colleagues raise the question of the swamp. they got elected two years -- 2 1/2 years ago campaigning against the swamp. it was a great slogan they borrowed from nancy pelosi. they moved to washington. they moved into the swamp. they built a hotel on it. and they turned the government of the united states into a money-making operation for the president and the president's family and the president's friends and business associates. now, what are we doing in h.r.
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1? we're trying to reclaim american democracy. this legislation is anti-gerrymandering legislation. this legislation says every state in the union will have to have an independent redistricting commission. no politicians involved. they want the politicians to be involved. amazingly, they embrace the title of being the gerrymander party. they want to keep gerrymandering because that's how they keep their strangle hold on power. that's why we start with independent redistricting commissions. we move to publicly financed elections because either the big wealthy special interests are going to own the elections or else the people are going to own them through a small donor leveraged system, and that's what we're doing. we have ethics reform in this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. ms. scanlon: 15 seconds. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. raskin: i encourage, mr.
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speaker, everyone to actually read the terms of this landmark reform legislation, which insists upon ethics reform at the supreme court, ethics reform in executive branch, empowering the office of government ethics to have real subpoena power and to actually be able to root out corruption -- to prevent corruption in the future. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves her time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the distinguished gentleman from illinois, my friend, mr. davis, the ranking republican member on the house administration committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. it's great to be here. great to follow my colleague on the house administration committee, mr. raskin. obviously as you'll hear over the next minute -- minute and 50 seconds, we disagree. this bill was rushed. this bill does not live up to the promises that the
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democratic majority said they were going to do when they ran the house and how open, how bipartisan, and how transparent they were supposed to be. h.r. 1 means this is the democrat majority's priority. this bill was introduced on january 3 and had a press conference introducing this bill many different outside special interest groups were noted for helping craft this piece of legislation. it's 571 pages. it's turned into 622 pages. has turned into 72 amendments that were ruled in order. now, let's take a step back. 10 committees of this house, 10 committees had jurisdiction within this bill. one committee, the smallest committee in the house of representatives, the house administration committee, is the only one to mark this bill up. that is not regular order. that is not an open process, and frankly, it's a process that american people should demand be much, much different. we, republicans, were not consulted during the drafting of this piece of legislation.
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we, republicans, during the only markup that lasted five hours, offered 28 amendments that would have made this bill better and not a single one was passed. all failed on a party line vote. that is not bipartisanship. that is not openness. that is not a process that's inclusive and, frankly, the american people should be very petrified what this bill will do. it is not a bill that responds to people, as my colleague, mr. raskin, just mentioned. this is a bill that is going to cost the american taxpayers billions of dollars, creating a mandatory program that's going to line the campaign coffers of every single member of congress with government money. that is not what the american taxpayers are wanting. that is not what this institution should be doing. we want every single person in this country to be able to cast their vote and make sure that they have the right to do it, the ability to do it, and to ensure that vote is protected, and this bill does nothing to make sure that happens. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. mr. davis: and i yield back.
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mr. cole: i reserve my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from oklahoma reserves his time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: yes. i yield a minute to the gentleman from massachusetts. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcgovern: mr. speaker, i'm confused when i listen to the gentleman from illinois when he complains about process. he's complaining that we have over 70 amendments in order as if that were a bad thing. we think that's a good thing. you know, we -- when they did their h.r. 1, which was a big fat giveaway to big corporate special interests in this country, they had no amendments. they had no hearings in any committee. the house administration committee is the main committee of jurisdiction, and they did a hearing and the markup. so did the other committees. they had hearings. i don't understand what the problem is. the problem is you don't like this bill because it undercuts your strangle hold on the political system, where all the big money, corporate special interests can basically get their way with the republican majority. enough. people, whether they're democrats, republicans, independents, have had enough of this corrupt political
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system that my republican friends have embraced. we are sick of it. they are sick of it. we are going to change it, and it begins here today with passing h.r. 1. i urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle, stand with us, clean up our political system, support h.r. 1. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. does the gentlewoman reserve? the gentlewoman reserves her time. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield a minute to my good friend, distinguished lady from arizona and fellow member of the rules committee. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. lesko: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my good friend, mr. cole, the ranking member of the rules committee, for yielding me time to speak on this most important issue. mr. speaker, and those of you here today and throughout america, this is a terrible bill. i have to tell you, the more that i read about it, the more that i study about it, the worse i think that it is. first of all, it's a total
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overreach of the federal government into states' rights. i mean, we didn't even -- in this bill, the majority didn't even consult with the secretaries of states and the election officials throughout the entire country to see if they even liked it. and so you're mandating on the states how they should run their elections. not only that, it's mandating to the states how they should run redistricting. now, in the state of arizona, the voters of arizona set up a redistricting commission and determined how it should be run. but in this bill, it says, no, no. it shouldn't be up to the state. it shouldn't be up to the voters. we know better here in washington, d.c., how to -- how to do your business. a total overreach. mr. cole: i yield an additional 15 seconds. mrs. lesko: thank you. the worse is that it subsidizes politicians with public money. a 6-1 matching ratio giving
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millions, billions of more dollars to candidates. you know, my constituents don't want to see any more of those tv commercials at all. no more signs. no more robo calls. this bill will add more money to those nasty things. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i'd like to inquire if the gentlewoman from oklahoma has any more speakers? mr. cole: i advise i have more speakers. i'm not prepared to close. ms. scanlon: i'd reserve, then. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield two minutes to the distinguished ranking member, republican ranking member on the financial services committee, my good friend, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mchenry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mchenry: i thank the republican leader on the rules committee for yielding. it's unfortunate that we're here today to debate a bill
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like this. this bill is nothing more than a partisan power grab. that is the sum and substance of what has been offered here as h.r. 1. this is about the priorities of democrats in the house, and the priorities of democrats in the house is to change our election laws in such a way to benefit their party. and -- and hurt the american voters and the will at the ballot box. that's the deep problem here with h.r. 1. this is a partisan power grab by one party to seize power by manipulating our laws to get an outcome counter to the will of the people. it's not about fairness. it's just the opposite. this is a problem. even the process that the democrats went through, the majority went through for this bill, we had one markup in one committee even though we had multiple committees, including
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the house financial services committee. that's how big this bill is. it had multiple committees of jurisdiction that were supposed to have markups on this and they did not go through that full process. and so this bill, at the end of the day, seeks to limit free speech. it uses taxpayer dollars to fund partisan campaign efforts and main dates outcomes designed to get more democrats in power. this is not about fairness. it's just the opposite. let's vote against this rule and let's vote down this bad, bad bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from oklahoma reserves his time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, i yield a minute to the gentlewoman from california, ms. eshoo. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. eshoo: i thank the gentleman and thank you, mr.
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speaker, for your leadership on h.r. 1. i can't believe what i'm hearing from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle. against higher ethics in congress. they're, what, accepting any kind of corruption in this institution and what corrupts our democracy, you're for gerrymandering, you want dark money to continue? this is absurd. this is about strengthening our democracy. this should have 435 votes. i am so proud that two of my bills have been incorporated in h.r. 1. one that we have a national holiday for our national elections. people shouldn't have to choose between their job, their families. they should be able to go and vote. and presidents and all presidential candidates should be mandated to put out 10 years of their tax returns so that
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the american people can vet them in their own minds to see if they are worthy of the highest office in the land. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. ms. eshoo: and i yield back. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from oklahoma is recognized. mr. cole: thank you very much, mr. speaker. 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 add a provision that bars candidates from receiving matching funds thunder bill unless that candidate certifies that no tax lien exists on any property owned by that candidate by reason of that candidate failing to pay any state or local tax. the ladgic -- logic is simple. the majority is going to insist that millions, really billions, of taxpayer dollars should spent
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on campaigns, the candidate hould certify that they have paid all the taxes against them and if they have a tax lien against them they should not receive fundsism ask unanimous consent to insert the section of -- text of the amendment in the record immediately prior to the vote and with that, mr. speaker, i urge a no vote on the previous question and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: i'm inquiring again if the gentleman from oklahoma has any more speakers? mr. cole: i am prepared to close, thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: ok -- ms. scanlon: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserve the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: in closing, i yield myself the balance of my time, i urge opposition that rule and
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the underlying measure. the majority has brought up a misnamed bill that instead serves only to preserve its own power. h.r. 1 will create a taxpayer funded a.t.m. to waste federal dollars on political campaign. let me say that again. to waste federal dollars on campaigns. this will injection, my friends are worried about the power of money, they're injecting billions of new taxpayer dollar into this. and the taxpayer has no say in where those dollars go. they don't get to pick a candidate, we're just going to willy nily have their dollars support candidates they may not agree with. this doesn't just reply to democrats and republicans, there are fringe candidates that will funding under this, candidates that would probably embarrass my friends and ourselves. i think this is an enormously misguided idea. it'll take over elections and
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voter registration from states and transfer power to washington. my friends are voting to literally turn over the state election operations of 50 separate states and federalize them. they haven't talked to very many secretaries of state. i think there was only one that was allowed to testify in opposition to this bill. instead we're going to foist off billions of dollars in unpaid mandates on every state in the country so my friends can continue this misguided effort to alter the political landscape of the greatest -- greatest republic and democracy in the world. this will will weaken voting systems and weaken enforcement mechanisms that forward against fraud and undermine american's fundamental first amendment rights. mr. speaker, i would strongly urge my friends on the other side to reconsider their course of action. this bill is not going to be heard by the senate. it will never be signed by the president of the united states. and instead of building a bipartisan coalition for election and campaign reform, it
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will partisanize this process further. there was and still is an opportunity to have this bill considered in markups across every committee of jurisdiction. instead, the majority is simply ramming it through using a committee where they hold a 2-1 majority and limiting frankly the ability of members to participate in the prosofse writing the bill. we can do better than this, mr. speaker. we should strive to do better than this now. i urge my colleagues to vote no on the previous question, no on the underlying measure, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman jeeleds back -- the gentleman yields back his time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. scanlon: mr. speaker, the reform this is h.r. 1, the for the people act, will remove barriers to our democracy that drown out the voices of too many americans. h.r. 1 will put the people back in charge. these reforms will bring about systemic change which in turn will lead to policy outcomes
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that improve the lives of all americans. from lowering the cost of prescription drugs to rebuilding our nation's infrastructure, to raising wages and creating better job opportunities, each of these policies require the voice of the people to be fully heard and respected. they all rest on fixing our broken democracy. we've heard the call for change from our friends, neighbor, and constituents. that's how i got here and how so many of my colleagues did too. and to those people who voted for such historic change, know that democrats hear you and we're ready to give you the government you deserve. crossing the edmund pettus bridge in selma last weekend was a poignant reminder that change does not come quickly and it certainly does not come easily. heroes like representativelewis remind office the sacrifices that were made in order to preserve our uniquely american creed, of the people, by the people, and for the people.
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h.r. 1 is the to be priority of democrats because it will strengthen the core of our democracy. it is a man tait with which we were trusted by voters this last move and it's the first step in restoring faith in our institution. i urge all members of this house to support this rule to show that you want big none out -- big money out of politics. support this bill to show you believe voting should be made easier, not harder for eligible voters. and support this rule to show that you believe those elected to public positions deserve to be held to the highest possible ethical standards. in the words of our esteemed colleague, representative lewis, the fight to vote is precious, almost sacred. it is the most powerful nonviolent tool or instrument that we have in a democratic society. to the american people, we hear you. in the words of the civil rights anthem, we must keep our eyes on the prize and hold on to the vision of a more perfect union, one in which the voices of the people are heard and respected.
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our caucus is eager to restore the promise of our democracy and give you the government you deserve. that's why we're urging passage of h.r. 1, for the people. mr. speaker, i urge a yes vote on the rule and the previous question and i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. mr. cole: on that 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 y electronic device. pursuant to clause 9 of rule 20, this 15-minute vote on ordering the previous question will be followed by five-minute votes on adoption of house resolution
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172, if ordered, and 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 232, the nays are 191. the previous question is ordered. the question is on adoption of the resolution. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the -- in the opinion of the chair the ayes have it. the gentleman from oklahoma. mr. cole: thank you, mr. speaker. on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of a vote by the yeas and nays will rise a sufficient number having risen
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-- will rise. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. members will record their votes by electronic device. members, this is a five-minute vote. members, five-minute vote. [captioning made possible by the national captioning institute, inc., in cooperation with the united states house of representatives. any use of the closed-captioned coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.]
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