Skip to main content

tv   U.S. House of Representatives U.S. House of Representatives  CSPAN  April 8, 2019 4:45pm-5:59pm EDT

4:45 pm
600 number and the pentagon would give more guidance. do you have any contacts as to ow that number came about? mr. hook: there were estimates. i think in the obama administration someone said north of 500. it took a while to pull the information and be accurate about it. and the number that has come out from the defense department is over 600, i think the number is 603 -- >> go online at creeg amien: -- go online at c-span.org and search d.o.d. e h proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and agree to h. con. res. 16 authorizing the use of the capitol grounds for the national peace officers
4:46 pm
memorial service and the national honor guard and pipe band exhibition. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concxds con krnt resolution. the clerk: house concurrent resolution 16, concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the capitol grounds for the national peace officers memorial service and the national honor guard and pipe band exhibition. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from minnesota ms. gray and the gentlewoman from north carolina, mr. meadows, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from minnesota. gray gray i ask -- i ask unanimous consent members have five legislative days to include ex train materials on h. con. res. 16. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. craig: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h. con. res. 16.
4:47 pm
h. con. res. 16 authorizes the use of the capitol grounds this may for the annual national peace officers memorial service and national honor guard and pipe band exhibition. the use of the capitol grounds is a worthy recognition of the honorable sacrifice of our nation's brave first responders and their families. this year, the national peace officers memorial will honor 228 women and men including 158 officers who were killed in the line of duty last year. and 59 officers who responded to the attacks of september 11 and cently died from illnesses esulting from their day. and honoring hometown heroes act being memorialized who passed away between 2014 and 2018. unfortunately, this year's
4:48 pm
honororeys include two officers from minnesota, correction officers joseph go mmp b and joseph perise. their deaths are a clear reminder of the sacrifices that law enforcement officers make every day, putting this their lives on the line. my sincere condolences to the families of their fallen officers who have had to endure the tragedy of their loved ones' deaths. i have a deep appreciation for their honor and sacrifices they made on behalf of their local communities. i strongly support this resolution and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this tribute to law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. i reserve. . . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina, mr. ned oast, is recognized.
4:49 pm
-- mr. meadows, is recognized. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: i thank the speaker, and i'm honored to join my colleague opposite in support of this resolution. i am an original co-sponsor of house concurrent resolution 16, which authorizes the use of the capitol grounds for the annual national peace officers memorial service and the national honor guard pipe band exhibition. now, this year will be -- we'll be honoring those soldiers, including more than 150, who died in the line of duty in 2018 and eight, mr. speaker, from my home state of north carolina. and i would like to recognize them right now. it's officer jason b. quick of lumberton police department. officer jared franks of greensboro police department. corporal travis wells of the dallas police department.
4:50 pm
frooper kevin k. connor of the north carolina highway patrol. trooper samuel m. bullord of the north carolina highway patrol. senior police officer christopher driver, deputy sheriff david l. manning of edge comb county, and deputy sheriff alexis locklear. it's with sadness i recognize them but in honor of their great service, mr. speaker, this resolution demonstrates our bipartisan support, not only for the men and women in law enforcement who put their lives on the line each and day to risk them, to leave their families to serve their community but the broader family of law enforcement in general. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and seeing that the gentlewoman has no additional speakers, i'm going to yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back the balance of his
4:51 pm
time. the gentlewoman from minnesota, mrs. craig, is recognized. mrs. craig: thank you so much. i would encourage all of my colleagues to support this legislation, and with that i yield back the balance of my time as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota yields back the balance of her time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution 16. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, and the concurrent resolution is agreed to and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota seek recognition? mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution 19, authorizing the use of the capitol grounds for the greater washington soapbox derby. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution. the clerk: house calendar
4:52 pm
number 17, house concurrent resolution 19, concurrent resolution authorizing the use of the capitol grounds for the greater washington soapbox derby. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from minnesota, mrs. craig, and the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from minnesota, mrs. craig. mrs. craig: 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 house concurrent resolution 19. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i rise in support of house concurrent resolution 19, authorizing the use of the capitol grounds for the 2019 greater washington soapbox derby. this year's derby marks the 78th running of this event here in the district. i would like to acknowledge the
4:53 pm
efforts of the gentleman from maryland, mr. steny hoyer, who has been such a champion for this event for his constituents. the soapbox derby allows children to develop leadership skills and highlight their creativity, dedication, and commitment to their communities. not only are these youngsters competing for a trophy and the glory of being the fastest car down the course, but the winners of each division qualify to compete in the national soapbox derby tedeschi downs track in ack -- derby downs track in akron, ohio. this is open to the public and free of charge and the organizers will coordinate with the capitol police and i ask my colleagues to support this resolution. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves his time. the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows, is recognized. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, i
4:54 pm
yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. meadows: i thank the speaker and i rise in support of house concurrent resolution 19 that indeed authorizes the use of the capitol grounds for the annual greater washington soapbox derby on june 15. now, mr. speaker, i will be very clear. had i not risen in support of this, the gentleman from maryland would have given me the what for not today, not tomorrow, but from now until the end of time, and so i recognize the gentleman from maryland's unyielding support for this particular effort and i join him in that. i certainly also recognize his desire to really support the youth that get involved in this. i've been one of the few members of congress, other than the gentleman i just referred to, to actually witness these races. we don't have those, mr. speaker, in north carolina. i live in the mountains. if you start a soapbox derby up there we'd end up in atlanta, georgia, by the time we were
4:55 pm
finished. i can tell you we're very pleased to help the mission of the soapbox derby is to build knowledge and character and to teach fair and honest competition. indeed, it does exactly that. as the gentlewoman has expressed, it has been around since 1934. and carrying on this time-honored tradition allows children to demonstrate their dedication and creativity and winners from this local competition will actually go on to other races and compete, hopefully, it the world championship in akron, ohio. so i would urge all of my colleagues to support this resolution, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i wish to yield one minute to the gentleman from maryland, mr. steny hoyer. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland, mr. hoyer, is recognized for one minute. mr. hoyer: i want to thank the gentlelady from minnesota, mrs. craig, for yielding, and i want to thank my friend, mr.
4:56 pm
meadows, for his comments, for his support of this effort, which is, as he said, and as mrs. craig said, congresswoman craig said, very much about giving young people a sense of competition, a sense of accomplishment, a sense of creating a vehicle through their own hands and their own work and their own efforts. so this is a very good effort for us and for young people. one of my favorite events of the year is the soapbox derby. i'm speaking, of course, from experience in terms of our district which i'm going to talk about. this resolution i am calling up today or has been called up today, along with other members of the region's congressional delegation, representative connelly, beyer, and wexton from virginia and david trone
4:57 pm
and john sarbanes and anthony brown from mrd and, of course, the representative of the district of columbia, eleanor holmes norton, who is a big supporter of this. now, mr. speaker, this is my 28th year sponsoring the soapbox derby resolution. and i'm pleased it passed every year unanimously. this is the greater washington soapbox derby's 78th year. it will be held on, as has been said, june 15, and we'll see soapbox racers from ages 8 to 17 compete in three divisions, stock, super stock, and masters. the winners from each division, as has been said, will each have a chance to compete at the national all-american soapbox derby in akron. soapbox derbies have been called the greatest amateur
4:58 pm
event in the world. we have a long history of families participating and many adults carry fond memories having built soapbox racers with their parents or other relatives during their childhood. soapbox derbies are educational, teaching children about sportsmanship, engineering, manufacturing, leadership. many of the racers are sponsored by civic groups, police, and fire departments, and service organizations with members coming out to cheer on their participants. several greater washington soapbox champions, as it will not surprise you, mr. speaker, have come from maryland's fifth district. in recent years, including the , ners from 2007, 2008, 2009 2012, 2013, 2014, and last year, 2018. so we are really into this and we have some very, very
4:59 pm
talented young people who are excited about participating and obviously do well. our racers, mr. speaker, even won the national championship in both 2007 and 2008. so soapbox derby is a big deal in the fifth congressional district. last year, tyler jamison, from hollywood, maryland, won the stock division. his brother, ryan, won best decorated soapbox racer. decorated as a maryland flag which we love very much. aspen from waldorf, maryland, which i represent, won in super stock and then went on to win third place at the national all-american race in akron. kenny, her brother, prevailed in the masters division and took fifth place in akron. so i have a lot of confidence in our fifth district folks. mr. speaker, you can imagine i would be in a lot of trouble if this resolution didn't pass, allowing them to compete in this wonderful event. so i want to thank the
5:00 pm
organizers of the greater washington soapbox derby, as well as the co-sponsors of this resolution, and in particular, congresswoman craig and congressman meadows for their support and help in getting this passed. it's a fun event but also a great event to teach young people values and participation and competition. thank you very much, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields back. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: i want to reiterate my support for this resolution. mr. speaker, i was jovial earlier on but i want to get serious. on on this floor you will see passionate debate. yet on this particular issue and others like them, the boys and girls club, other things that
5:01 pm
minister to the needs of children in our nation, the gentleman from maryland is not only an advocate, he's a champion. i want to recognize that this day and thank the gentleman from maryland for his leadership not only on this but a number of things that affect our youth in this great country. today we are unanimous in the support of promoting that future generation and i want to thank the gentleman for his leadership and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support the legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house concurrent resolution 19. 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
5:02 pm
concurrent resolution is agreed to and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, 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 counted. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman seek recognition? mrs. craig: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1331, the local water protection act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1331, a bill to amend the water pollution control act to authorize certain
5:03 pm
programs relating to nonpoint source management and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the yom from minnesota, ms. craig, and the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentlewoman from minnesota. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1331. the speaker pro tempore: without objection so ordered. mrs. craig: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota, ms. craig is recognized. mrs. craig: i rise in support of h.r. 1331. h.r. 1331 is a bipartisan bill to re-authorize appropriations for the u.s. environmental protection agency's non-point source management grant program. i'd like to thank my colleague, the gentleman from florida, many mast, for introducing this bill with me. i'd also like to thank the gentlewoman from california,
5:04 pm
mrs. napolitano, for her support in moving this legislation through committee. the clean water act was enacted in 1972 to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integ i have to the nation's waters. in 1987, the clean water act was amended to add section 319 to create a nonregulatory program through which e.p.a. administrators ian yule grant to help states develop and implement their own program for managing nonpoint sources of water pollution. under e.p.a.'s 319 program, states retain the primary role for addressing non-point source water pollution. calls by -- caused by snow melt and rainfall runoff. which they do largely through voluntary means and financial incentives. however, according to the governmental accountability office, the extent of available incentives has declined in recent years.
5:05 pm
as grants to states under the section 319 program have declined by more than 30% from a high of about $240 million annually in fiscal year 2004. the section 319 program was initially authorized at $70 million annually in fiss tall year 1988. and its authorization level steadily increased to $130 million in fiscal year 1991, the last year of authorization for this program. this bill, h.r. 1331, would re-authorize $200 million annually for the 319 program's grant fund which gives local and state governments the flexibility to make conserve -- conservation practice improvements aimed at decreasing water pollutants through partnership within their local communs. in minnesota we take the quality of our 10,000 lakes very seriously. and we all want to preserve the
5:06 pm
quality of these important waterways for generations to come. and we also know that local communities are the experts on the most effective and innovative ways to keep these water ways clean. that's why this bill is so important. it gives local and state governments authority to create best voluntary conserve -- conservation programs that work for their communities. here are just a few examples of section 319 grants in action from minnesota's second congressional district. the scott county soil and water conservation district saved native plant and eshoreline, protecting mcmahon lake. the grant also significantly hepped reduce pollution through the though the county by planting filter strips, building control grade structure, lining waterways with raft and planting native grass. the -- dakota county created and implemented projects to validate, demonstrate and refine
5:07 pm
best practice management prack first nitrogen fertilizers for corn production that will lower nitrate levels in dakota county's groundwater and surface water. the goodhugh county conservation direct is working to reduce pollute tans in mississippi river watershed by 20%. in waukesha county, the whitewater watershed project worked to increase awareness of water contamination and provided low interest loans to improveres. endrble -- residential infrastructure and help farmers come into compliance with pollution standards. the south washington watershed district i want grailted a stormwater reuse plan that captures roadway storm watt entire two existing ponds. this integrates into two golf course irrigation system and provides new water amenities within the public golf courses. this is estimated to reduce potable water uses by more than
5:08 pm
$40 million -- by more than 40 million gallons annually. finally in rice county, the cannon river watershed partnership is working to engage local, regional -- regional and state programs and organizations to develop a way for their local community to engage in pollution reduction in a meaningful and long-term way. again, i want to say thank you to the gentleman from florida for introducing this bipartisan bill with me. this legislation passed out of committee with bipartisan support. it's a good bill and i'm pleased to support it. i urge my colleagues to do so as well. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady -- does the gentlelady reserve the balance of her time? mrs. craig: i reserve. the chair: the -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. >> i rise in support of the local water protection act and i want to thank my colleague from minnesota, ms. craig, for her
5:09 pm
leadership and my good friend from florida, mr. mast, for introducing this important bill. mr. meadows: h.r. 1331 re-authorizes the environmental protection agency's section 319 which is a nonpoint source pollution control program under the clean water act. indeed, the section 319 program takes a cooperative, nonregulatory approach toward addressing nonpoint sources. re-authorizing this program reinforces the federal leadership being provided to help our state and local partners in their nonpoint source control efforts. this program has benefited water bodies all across the country, including in my district. for example, when agricultural runoff impaired the mills river, a source of drinking water for more than 50,000 people in western north carolina, the north carolina division of water quality used $450,000 of section
5:10 pm
319 grant to restore the mills river and remove it from the state's impaired list in 2006. there are hundreds more success stories from states across the nation where section 319 program has addressed nonpoint sources and restored water bodies and for this reason, mr. speaker, i support this program, i urge all members to support the passage of h.r. 1331, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. craig: i ask unanimous consent that a letter of support for h.r. 1331 from trout unlimit bd submitted to the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. craig: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield as much time as he may consume to the gentleman from
5:11 pm
florida, the sponsor of this particular legislation, the mr. eman from florida, mast. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mast: i rise in support of h.r. 1331. i thank both of my colleagues for their support and comments on this legislation. let's talk about what this really does. thousand bill is so important. how it makes a difference. nonpoint source pollution. point source pollution,'y to identify for most people. they have an image in their head. it's that pipe coming out of some sort of seawall, coming out of the side of the ground somewhere, dripping something that doesn't look so fresh into their water ways that they want to look pristine and beautiful. that's easy to identify. the nonpoint stuff not quite as easy for everybody to go out and see. what this does is helps us prevent toxic agricultural runoff that can be an impact from things like fertilizer, spraying things out there that are put on our crops at different types, can help implement best management
5:12 pm
practice, install pump stations where they might be needed, it can assist with septic to sewer conversions for issues that arise in our more suburban an residential areas where we have runoff coming off yards, leaky septic tanks, things we also don't want in our waterways. it can help address legacy pollutants already in our waterways. it can help keep other forms of pollutants from coming. in this is why it's so important. for us, mr. speaker, in florida, this is a huge issue because our florida waterways, we know how irreplaceable of a treasure they are. they're ecologically unique. they're strool our economy. they're central tour health because our family members are in and out of the water so often, whether they're fish, whether they're swim, whether they're boat, if it's part of their livelihood it's what they're in, it's a big deal for our health. the community i represent and many others are plagued with toxic alfwal policewomans that result from unnatural infusions
5:13 pm
into our fresh water, fresh water infusion into our salt water. when this nutrient loaded fresh water hits salt wart estuaries, it wreaks havoc on the coast. this past summer we had water, fresh water that was release intured coastal estuaries that was labeled nearly 50 time taos toxic for human contact. and now that water has tested positive for a number of toxins in areas that are very heavily populated. it's a very bad situation for what we experience each and every year. this bill, it helps to stop this pollution by increasing the e.p. ample's successful section 319 grant program. it addresses nonpoint source pollution through state-run nonpoint source pollution management. not washington, d.c. one size fits all approach bus state run. the bill re-authorizes this program, increases funding levels up to $200 million
5:14 pm
annually through 2024. this is an amazing bill. very proud to work with everybody else on it in. short, mr. speaker, this is a bill that can make a real difference for communities across our country, plus specifically for communities in and around florida and our beautiful peninsula as well. i fully support its passage. i thank congresswoman craig for leading this effort with me. and by the way, congratulations to congresswoman craig on passing her first piece of legislation as well. and in that, let's get this bill passed and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida yields back the time. the gentleman from north carolina -- mr. meadows: i thank the speaker, i thank the gentleman for his leadership, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. craig: i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from california, mrs. napolitano. the speaker pro tempore: the yom is recognized for two minutes. mrs. napolitano: thank you, mr.
5:15 pm
speaker. thank you, ms. craig. i rise in strong support of h.r. 1331, the bipartisan local water protection act and i wish to thank representatives craig and mast for their leadership in introducing this bill that will help many communities in minnesota, florida, california, and around the country manage and treat pollution from our others. akes and this authorizes $200 million in grants for states to address water pollution. this pollution comes when runoff -- runoff carries toxins, fertilizers, metals and other contaminants from farls and forest into the water body. today, according to the data provided by the state of californiaing, my home state, approximately 99% of my state's assessed rivers and streams currently do not meet the state water quality standards. that's pretty high. and of that number, somewhere
5:16 pm
between 30% to 60% are impaired because of nonpoint sources of pollution in the state. both urban and rural resources. . the number is staggering and has been relevant around the decade. states are experiencing unacceptable pollution entering their waterways and this bill will address it. mr. speaker, i, again, thank the gentlewoman from minnesota, mrs. craig, the gentleman from florida, mr. mast for introducing this bipartisan bill, and i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation which will help all of our congressional districts and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields back the balance of her time. the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, i, again, i rise in support. i thank the leadership of mrs. craig from minnesota, mr. mast from florida, and i urge all of my colleagues to support it and i yield back the balance of my
5:17 pm
time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota yields back the balance of her time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1331. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the gentlewoman from minnesota. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed.
5:18 pm
for what purpose does the gentlewoman from minnesota seek recognition? mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 327 of mend section the robert t. stafford disaster relief and emergency assistance act, to clarify that national urban search and rescue response system task force may include federal employees. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar a bill to .r. 639, amend section 327 of the robert t. stafford disaster relief and emergency assistance act to clarify that national urban search and rescue response system task forces may include .ederal employees the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from minnesota, mrs. craig, and the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the
5:19 pm
gentlewoman from minnesota. mrs. craig: 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. 639. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. craig: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 639, introduced by the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. hartzler. h.r. 639 is a technical correction bill which will amend section 327 of the robert t. stafford disaster relief and emergency assistance act to explicitly clarify that federal employees are able to participate in the national urban search and rescue response system task forces, coordinated by the federal emergency management agency. fema has developed the national usar response system over the last several decades to act as a force multiplier for disaster
5:20 pm
rescue missions. the system is comprised of 28 task force teams from across the country and includes highly skilled volunteers who are constantly training for a variety of hazard scenarios, both manmade and natural. task force teams have proven their effectiveness time and again across this nation. following enactment of the national urban search and rescue response system act at the end of the 114th congress, certain federal agencies that employ members of some of these task forces have unfortunately been misinterpretting language that granted liability protections for non-federal task force members equal to federal first responders. only when their task force was called into federal service, resulting in an impediment to those federal employees serving on a task force. this bill will simply clarify that nothing in section 327 of the stafford act shall be interpreted to mean that a task force cannot include federal
5:21 pm
employees and that in instances where a federal employee is detailed to a national usar response system task force, the sponsoring agency shall enter into an agreement with the relevant employing federal agency. the critical emergency services provided by the national usar response system and these highly skilled operators are too important for us to delay this fix any longer. i strongly support this bill and urge my colleagues to join me. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentlewoman from minnesota, mrs. hartzler, for her leadership on this legislation. nothing is so valuable as someone who looks at a problem, sees the problem, and then endeavors to fix it and that's exactly what the gentlewoman has done. h.r. 639 clarifies language that was passed in the national
5:22 pm
urban search and rescue response systems act of 2016 to ensure, as the gentlewoman was saying, that the urban search and rescue response task force can include federal employees. fema's national urban search and rescue response system was established in 1989. the system is composed of some 28 task forces and the teams include members from the federal, state, local and private sector. all of that personnel responding together to meet the needs in the time of disaster. the teams are locally supported but can be called up by fema when a disaster strikes. these men and women are the ones that head into collapsed buildings, conduct search and rescue missions to save disaster survivors. and for a long time, the committee worked to clarify protections for these team members who put their lives literally on the line to serve their community. and in 2016 is congress passed
5:23 pm
the national urban search and rescue response system act to do just that. however, it was one technical fix that needed to happen to make sure that federal participants in these teams can continue to be deployed as part of these task forces. i want to thank the gentlewoman for her leadership there, because this bill indeed does clarify this. i would suggest that it should have tremendous bipartisan support, and with that i urge my colleagues to support the legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. craig: well, i just want to urge all of my colleagues to support this, and i reserve the balance of my time as well. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows, is recognized. mr. meadows: thank you, mr. speaker. i'll yield as much time as she may consume to the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. hartzler, fore her explanation of what this bill does.
5:24 pm
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. hartzler, is recognized. mrs. hartzler: i thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise today to urge passage of h.r. 639, national urban search and rescue parity act. i want to thank the gentlewoman from north carolina and the gentlelady from minnesota for their kind remarks about this bill and their support. i also want to thank chairman defazio and ranking member graves for bringing the bill to the floor today as well as thank my colleagues gerry connolly and blaine luetkemeyer for co-sponsoring this legislation as well as the national association of fire chiefs for endorsing this bill. my bill is a commonsense technical correction that makes clear that federal employees can serve on fema urban search and rescue teams. over the past three decades, fema has developed the national urban search and rescue response system which consists of a network of task force teams of dedicated volunteers
5:25 pm
who respond quickly when disaster strikes. currently, 28 task force teams across the country utilize their unique skills and resources of local volunteers to act as a force multiplier for disaster rescue missions. these teams train constantly for a variety of situations, including rescuing survivors from collapsed buildings or giving airlift rescue operations. they are ready to deploy within hours of being called up in response to floods or tornados, and they can be prepositioned in advance of coming disasters, such as hurricanes. and i'm proud to represent missouri task force 1, based out of columbia, missouri. in september they received a call to deploy to north carolina to preposition search and rescue resources for hurricane florence. as the team prepared to deploy, one of their members, who had spent years training and working as a dog handler on the
5:26 pm
team, was forced to stay home. not because of physical inability or a family conflict, but because he works out of a regional office for a federal agency as his normal day job. due to a new interpretation of federal statute, a willing, able, and trained volunteer who could have helped save lives was forced to stay home. unfortunately, fema has interpreted the national urban search and rescue response system act of 2016 to mean that federal employees are not allowed to serve on federal task forces. despite the fact they did for years. this goes against congressional intent. the 2016 legislation codified non-federal employee benefits and liability protections but failed to specifically list federal employees. this is not intended to mean that fema should preclude federal employees from participation.
5:27 pm
since passage, fema has issued mixed guidance on several occasions on whether federal employees can serve, and this has created confusion and frustration for our dedicated search and rescue volunteers. my legislation is a commonsense solution to resolve this problem, by simply clarifying that federal employees can serve on these vital task forces. congress must resolve this issue swiftly so our dedicated volunteers can respond at full strength when the next disaster strikes. so once again, i want to thank my colleagues who have spoken in support of this, for those who have co-sponsored it, and i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 639, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from missouri yields back the balance of her time. the gentleman from north carolina reserves the balance of his time. mr. meadows: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. i just want to thank the gentlewoman for her leadership. it is a good testimony for all
5:28 pm
of america when we see the efforts of our first responders coming from missouri to north carolina, coming from north carolina to california and in between. we need to understand that they need our support. this is an important piece of legislation, and with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from minnesota is recognized. mrs. craig: i just like to thank the gentleman from north carolina, mr. meadows. thank you so much. i encourage all of my colleagues to support this legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from minnesota yields back the balance of her time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 639. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on he table.
5:29 pm
for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. mr. grijalva: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2030. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2030, a bill to direct the secretary of the interior to execute and carry out agreements concerning
5:30 pm
colorado river drought contingency operations and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, and the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from arizona. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. grijalva: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. grijalva: h.r. 2030 would direct the secretary of the interior to immediately execute the drought contingency plan agreement, allowing us to immediately respond to the historic drought conditions in the colorado river basin. these conditions pose a threat to 30 million people and 5.5
5:31 pm
million achers of farmland. this bill calls on the secretary authorization. they are in accordance with the environmental documents. these documents include the 2007 e.i.s. and colorado interim guidelines and coordinated operations for lakes powell and immediate. nurment two, existing e.s.a. documents for the colorado river storage project act initially -- initial storage unit reservoirs. additional environmental compliance is only applicable to fourth federal elections be undertaken that are outside the range of effects analyzed in the previously mentioned environmental documents. mr. speaker, that essentially means that the drought contingency plan agreements fit within the frame of existing environmental compliance. this compliance allows the secretary of interior to immediately sign the drought
5:32 pm
contingency plan agreements. this is essential for protecting the water supply for millions of people in the american southwest. i would like to thank the many people who worked for years to evelop and finalize the d.c.p. i want to highlight the contributions of the colorado river indian tribes. without their contributions d.c.p. wouldn't be possible. i want to thank the seven basin states and others who work with me and my staff to finalize d.c.p. enabling legislation over the past several weeks. i'm glad they were able to work together to develop legislation that has earned broad bipartisan support here in congress and with affected stake holders. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from utah. mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop,
5:33 pm
is recognized. mr. bishop: this is a totally unique bill. what we have done is allowed the seven affected states to get together and work out a solution and bring it to us and then we in congress didn't screw it up. too badly. so what we have done now is if this bill can go into law, have allowed for the system to build a capacity to store 60 million acre-feet of watter that will help 5.5 million achers of irrigated lands, 40 million people and can also produce over 4,000 mega watts of clean electricity. it's rare for congress but in this case we respected what the states have done and we are moving quickly to try and get this into law and i appreciate the chairman and the 30 other members from the affected states who have joined me as part of this bill and now i hope we can expedite this and send it over to the senate where we will ask them to refrain from their usual practices and quickly get this bill on the president's desk.
5:34 pm
i would like it because not only is this bill bipartisan, this bill is that important. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: yeah, let me thank the ranking member mr. bishop and his staff for helping expedite the process and for their input throughout the process. mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlelady from california for her comments. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized for two minutes. >> thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. gri hall virginia i also rise in very strong support of h.r. 2030, the colorado river drought contingency plan and implementation act and i thank mr. grijalva for his leadership on this issue that is so vital to the seven colorado river basin states including arizona, california, colorado, nevada, new mexico, utah and wyoming.
5:35 pm
mrs. napolitano: the colorado river drought contingency plan, known as d.c.p. is a great achievement of collaboration, compromise and foresight, agreed to by the seven basin states after two years negotiations. as stated by my colleague on the other side is quite an important matter to the states. it reflects a realistic operation by water managers in the colorado river system of increasing water scarcity with the watershed in its 19th year of drought. that's a long time and i think this will help prevent it. collectively the basin states develop a practical, workable approach that provides for enhanced conservation and new tools to address shortages on the river system. this will allow california and other water users to store water in lake immediate for the goofed the entire system and habitat and increase conservation measures in the basin and bank
5:36 pm
of all things, bank water supplies for future use. the drought contingency plan is supported by the california department of natural resource the colorado river board of neavel -- california native tribes and the metropolitan water district of california. this legislation will authorize the secretary of interior to implement what the seven basin states have agreed upon. the legislation protects all environmental laws and existing environmental documents that govern the river. enactment of this authorizing legislation will not only support the agreement but would also implement amendment 323, our treaty with mexico, to address transnational cooperation on the colorado river. this allows mexico to bank water in lake immediate for the benefit of our country to prevent shortage conditions and maximize power production. we are blessed we have a good snow pack in the colorado river.
5:37 pm
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for aan additional 30 seconds. mrs. napolitano: we are blessed to have a good snow back new mexico upper colorado river this yeek. -- this year. this bill allows us to take advantage of this by taking advantage immediately of the d.c.p. we must take measures to manage our most precious resource, water. the d.c.p. increases water, increases dependability to water users in the seven basin states. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and urge the senate to pass this immediately. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from arizona reserve the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from colorado, one of the original co-spon or sors of the bill, mr. tipson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. tipton: i rise in support of h.r. 2030, the colorado river
5:38 pm
drought contingency plan authorization act. following a historic two decade long drought in the southwest i'm glad to see an effective strategy produced after years of collaboration between the seven states involved in the federal government. demand for water is -- has drastically increased over the years due to population growth but prolonged drought has diminished water supplies. colorado plays an especially crucial role in the management of our most precious resource. this past winter brought much needed snow pack to the region but there's no certainty that this trend will continue in coming years and it is important to have a contingency plan in place. ensuring the colorado river can meet the demands after all water users who rely on shared responsibility among the upper and lower basin state the drought contingency plan agreed to by the basin states will
5:39 pm
ensure continued hydropower operations. now each state must work to develop a plan for meeting the obligations of the d.c.p. within the state of colorado it will be critical that all stake holders come together to shoulder the burden of voluntary demand management of programs. the west slope cannot carry the entire load, nor can the front range. i'd like to thank local and state governments who have worked on d.c.p.ing, my colleagues in the house and senate for recognizing the urgency of this issue. i'm proud to con spore -- co-sponsor h.r. 2030 and i'd like to urge my colleagues to vote in favor of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from arizona, mr. o'halleran. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. o'halleran: i rise today to express my strong support of the colorado river drought contingency plan.
5:40 pm
in arizona and across the southwest, communities have struggled through 19 year long drought. during my time in the state legislature, i spent years working with republicans and democrats alike to create arizona's first conservation, drought, and statewide water management plans. cannot be -- you understand how hard arizona has worked to implement a drought plan that ensure ours state continues to have access to the colorado river and other in state water sources. i am pleased to see the resulting plan was passed earlier this year. now it is our turn. this legislation will complete the process by directing the secretary of the interior to enter into agreems with each of the seven river -- colorado river basin states and will ensure that water conservation efforts can begin quickly. the sooner we get these agreements signed, the sooner we
5:41 pm
cab address the water issues across the region. i applaud the great work being done here in washington and in the seven states impacted by this drought contingency plan to put forward innovative solutions and protect our precious water assets. it is important to remember that we are not done. we must continue through these conservations and work together to manage our rivers in ways that allow cities to grow, ensure farmers and ranchers are successful and keep our obligations to native american tribes and nations. i urge a yes vote on this important legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona yields back. the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: i'm pleased to yield two minutes to another former member of the committee and another longtime worker on water
5:42 pm
issues in congress, mr. calvert. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. calvert: i rise in support of h.r. 2030, the colorado river drought contingency plan authorization act. the colorado river is a critical source of water for approximately 19 million people in southern california region. after 19 years of drought, colorado -- on the colorado, lake immediate is near critical levels. if no action is taken, it's estimated that by 2021, lake immediate could reach critical baser ations where reservoir operations become inpossible. we are here today because they have leadership of the seven colorado river basin state, water users throughout the basin. traditionally the shared resources of the colorado river have been managed through consensus and collaboration and the drought contingency plan, d.c.p. is no exception. water users agreed to voluntary
5:43 pm
conservation measures that protect existing water rights in order to protect water supplies in lake powell, lake immediate for the foreseeable future. i want to commend the bill's son sor for working to ensure that the solvency is protected thunder legislation. d.c.p. was developed with input from stake holders throughout the basin including water users, tribal leader, environmental group, california holds the senior water rights in the lower basin. in the short-term, however, california may have the most water security in this historic drought but water leaders in my region recognize the importance of protecting lake immediate now to protect southern california's long-term water supply reliability. i want to extend thanks to jeff for his tireless efforts on behalf of the metropolitan water district to get this his tore iic deal across the finish line. if not for his work over the last several years we would not be here today. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time.
5:44 pm
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is ecognized. mr. grijalva: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from arizona. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. staten: i thank the gentleman for yielding. and i thank you for your leadership on this important legislation. the importance of the colorado river to the west and to my state, arizona, cannot be everstated. 40 million people in seven western states get water from the colorado and nearly 40% of the water used in phoenix comes from the colorado. we must absolutely protect it and we must do so without delay. to prepare for the impact of the changing climate and drier future, water users in seven colorado river basin states reached agreements to
5:45 pm
voluntarily conserve water to avoid the risk of water levels falling to perilously low levels in lakes immediate and powell. mr. stanton: a little over a week ago, the natural resources subcommittee heard testimony from representatives of all seven basin states on the urgency to authorize the drought contingency plan as quickly as possible. this urgency was also expressed by the u.s. because reof reclamation, commissioner brenda burrman who describes the consequences of not addressing the drought contingency plan. she said, quote, this is a dangerous situation where we could be reaching critically low elevations that affect the drinking water of 40 million people that affect 5.5 million achers that could go dry that affects species both endangered an nonendangered, that affect entire economies and recreation of the southwest. action is needed now, unquote. the legislation before us today is critical because it directs the secretary of the interior to immediately execute the
5:46 pm
agreements reached so water conservation efforts can get under way this year. this is by no means a permanent long-term solution. we all recognize that more must be done. but this legislation is an important step and it must be advanced without delay. it is also important to note that this legislation has the strong support of a wide variety of interests across the state of yeads from our table leaders including the indian community and the colorado river indian tribe the cities and municipalities across the state including the city of phoenix, industrial user supported environmental organizations, and i urge my colleagues in joining us to support this bill and i yield the floor. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. . mr. bishop: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd like the record to reflect, though they are not noted as original co-sponsors, congressmens, amodei, buck, and
5:47 pm
tipson were there supporting this bill from the beginning. due toon error in the introduction of the -- due to an error in the introduction of the bill, they should have been original co-sponsors. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah reserves. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from utah, mr. mcadams. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. mcadams: i rise in support of this bill. my state is one of the four upper division states and utah gets 22% of its total water supply from the colorado river. the water is not only the lifeblood for farmers and ranchers in eastern utah, it also supplies cullnear water to the wasatch front, a fast-growing urban area where most of the state's residents live. since the year 2000, the colorado river basin and state of utah have been in severe drought. we don't know whether the drought will continue or due to
5:48 pm
climate change may permanently alter the river as a source of water. in the meantime, demand for water continues to rise. both lake powell and lake mead appear to be operating as designed but are at low levels. this new agreement needs to be implemented and water conservation efforts can get under way. the upper basin drought contingency plan is aimed at protecting the upper basin water supplies to keep lake powell from getting below a certain elevation. this ensures hydropower needs, water delivery and protections for endangered species continue in compliance with the colorado river compact. i strongly support this bipartisan, collaborative measure which builds on past effort to decrease stress on basin water supplies and lets states and water users drive the decision rather than have the federal government make
5:49 pm
unilateral water cutbacks. i would like to thank chairman grijalva and ranking member bishop for bringing this bill to the floor. this is supported by the state of utah. i like forward to sewing it signed into law. thank you. nd i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, reserves the baffle his time. the gentleman from utah is recognized. mr. bishop: pleased to recognize three minutes another one of the ona, great members of this community and this house, mr. schweikert, three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. schweikert: thank you, mr. speaker. another one from arizona? look, i want to actually sort of echo what you heard and that is a certain happiness that we were all able to move this forward together. i appreciate the chairman, but
5:50 pm
i want to add a little bit of a caveat that we understand the work isn't done. particularly for those of us in arizona and i hate to admit how old i am but in the early 1990's i was one of those who worked on what we called our groundwater recharge district in maricopa county. when we had excess water, particularly from the central arizona project in those years, we stored it. that, i think, actually we look back now 25-some years was somewhat revolutionary visionary. we will have to do things like that to meet our requirements that are part of this legislation. this legislation does not lay out every last step that those of us in arizona must do. we are going to have to step up and meet our obligations. and i think that's important that we understand there's still much more work to be done. as that moves forward, i'm going to ask all of us, particularly those who are supporting this drought contingency plan, that we think
5:51 pm
creatively. are there technologies, are there encouragements of farming techniques as we're doing urban construction and types of plants in our communities? we need to go to the next step and think what this brings our communities, particularly those of us from the phoenix metropolitan area that live in the desert southwest. with that i hope we get a resounding vote of approval a little while from now and with that i also hope that this is the right direction. we got to keep focus, just because we had a big hydrological year doesn't mean we are not going to be back having this conversation a year or two from now. and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from arizona is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no further requests for time and would inquire of my colleague, mr. bishop, if
5:52 pm
there's any remaining speakers on his side. mr. bishop: no. just me. just i. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from utah, mr. bishop, is recognized. mr. bishop: look, i appreciate everyone who's spoken on behalf of this particular bill. it is a significant piece of legislation, and as mr. schweikert said, hopefully we'll never have to use it. even in april of this year, the flow into lake powell is 33% below average. snow pact is 33% of the year average. hopefully we will never have to implement it but sometime it may indeed happen. having this in place now provides for that future necessity, if and when that negative time has to take place. and i'm proud the states came together, they've come up with a plan that will be successful, a solution to it because if this thing does not pass, utah will keep all the water and the est not.
5:53 pm
with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona, mr. grijalva, is recognized. mr. grijalva: thank you very much, mr. speaker. another one from arizona, let close by thanking the ranking member and also noting that 2026 is around the corner, and the work that was being done today, the drought contingency plan, is a very important door into what needs to be done in the future. the cooperation, the collaboration and the urgency going forward, as mr. schweikert said, the job is not complete yet. there's much still to do, and i hope that the stakeholders and everyone involved getting the plan to this point continue to with earnest and with purpose continue to address the issue of water availability in the southwest and as our areas become more and more arrid, this is not an infinite
5:54 pm
resource, water, it's a finite resource, and we need to treat it that way. i urge my colleagues to support the legislation, and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2030. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until approximately
5:55 pm
5:56 pm
ahead for congress and the white house this week. at 8:30 eastern on c-span2, testimony from nasa administrator jim bridenstine on president trump's 2020 budget request for in a sasm and at 8:00 p.m. on c-span3, another budget hearing as deputy direct yordan smith looks at the 2020 budget request for the national ark service. >> c-span's washington journal. live every day with news and policy issues that impact you. coming up tuesday morning, a discussion of efforts to obtain president trump's tax returns with university of virginia law school professor of law and taxation, george ian.
5:57 pm
in michigan, republican congressman paul mitchell and llinois democratic congressman raja krishnamoorthi discuss their college prans parentcy act. and we talk about staffing trends and congressional ommittees with casey burget. watch "washington journal" live at 7:30 een tuesday morning. join the discussion. >> tomorrow, attorney general william barr testifies on the president's 2020 budget request for the justice department. he'll speak before a house appropriations subcommittee starting live tuesday at 9:30 a.m. eastern on c-span3. after that, secretary of state mike pompeo will look at budget requests for the state department, testifying live before a senate appropriations subcommittee tuesday at 2:30 p.m. eastern also on c-span3. >> once, tv was simply three
5:58 pm
giant networks and a government-supported service called pbs. then in 1979, a small network with an unusual name rolled out a big idea. let viewers decide, all on their own, what was important to them. c-span opened the doors to washington policy making for all to see. bringing you unfiltered content from congress and beyond. in the age of power to the people, this was true people power. in the 40 years since, the landscape has clearly changed. there's no monolithic media, broadcasting has given way to narrowcasting, youtube stars are a thing. but c-span's big idea is more relevant today than ever. no government money supports c-span but its nonpartisan coverage of government was -- is sponsored by our cable provider. c span is your unfiltered view of government souk make up your own mind.

18 Views

info Stream Only

Uploaded by TV Archive on