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nomination. >> and live as the u.s. house is about to gavel in for work on two bills coming up later this week, reversing trump administration changes to the customs and border protection and retirement savings flexibility. also today, nine bills dealing with veterans' issues. and now to live coverage of the u.s. house here on c-span.
the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by the guest chaplain, pastor r. perez gatling, eastbound neezer baptist church, -- ebenezer baptist church, virginia beach, virginia. the chaplain: let us pray. o lord, our lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth. we give thanks for this day this day that you have made, and we give thanks for these courageous and committed public servants who you have called and commissioned to be the voices of the people. we are grateful for the freedoms we enjoy in this country, and we are thankful for all of the patriarches and matriarches and our uniformed and civilian soldiers who selfish -- selflessly sacrifice their lives as payment for this freedom. i pray that you will endow our
legislative leaders with knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and discernment. give each leader in this chamber a heart for the people they represent. i pray that through today's proceedings a more perfect union will be formed, justice will be established, domestic tranquility will be assured and ensured, and the blessings of liberty will be secured to ourselves and our posterity. in jesus' name, amen. the speaker: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house her thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from exas, congresswoman escobar.
ms. escobar: 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: without objection, the gentlewoman from virginia, mrs. luria, is recognized for one minute. mrs. luria: madam speaker, i rise today to honor the reverend perez gatling, the 13th pastor at ebenezer baptist church in virginia beach. i thank him for his powerful and poignant prayer on the house floor and know that his words will give congress strength. known as the church that reaches out, ebenezer baptist church is the oldest african-american church in the city of virginia beach and has been the cornerstone of our community since 1859. pastor gatling leads it by humble example, sharing with whomever he meets his personal motto, i'm just a nobody trying
to tell everybody about somebody who can save anybody. pastor gatling is not only a faith leader but also a mentor to so many through his church's prolific community outreach, specifically for students of all ages. pastor gatling is accompanied today by his loving family, cleo, louis, russell, leo williams, care lynn williams. thank you for joining us today. thank you, pastor gatling, for bringing your wise words and wonderful family to congress. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 further requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does -- for what purpose does the gentleman rom new york seek recognition?
without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> as we approach memorial day, we are a reminder of the brave service men and women who have given their lives to defend our country. the family of those who died in had conflict, known as the gold star families, can never forget these sacrifices. mr. higgins: our country is indebted to these selfless americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. no amount of financial support can ease the pain of losing a loved one, but veterans' benefits to surviving spouses and children provide an important lifeline during these important times of need. the 2017 tax law brought unintended consequences that congress is trying to fix, including a significant inyou crease in tax rates for the children of these fallen service members. this is completely unacceptable. congress must pass legislation to fix this now so families that have already given so much are not asked to give even more. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for
what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin seek recognition? >> i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, today we celebrate an important moment in our nation's history. 100 years ago today, clifford randall, the representative from the first district of wisconsin, left his office like awful us colleagues in the house, walked to this very chamber and cast his vote in favor of women suffrage. mr. steil: the 19th amendment gave women the right to vote. today we commemorate that vote. wisconsin was a leader in the women's suffrage movement. in fact, wisconsin was the first state to ratify the 19th amendment. i'm wearing a yellow rose today just as the supporter -- the supporters of women's rights did a century ago.
as we commemorate the 19th amendment, let's focus on how we can work together to support women and ensure that future generations will never forget that historic vote. yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for ne minute. ms. jackson lee: what an amazing day. 100 years ago the congress voted out a resolution to empower women with the right to vote. it was interesting, when the last day -- last state, tennessee, when the vote was taken, or when it was about to be taken, the then speaker, who was against it, wearing a red
rose, said, we got the votes, but there's nothing like the power of a woman and power of a mother and a young legislator got a letter from his mother that very morning that said, son, be a good boy and vote to let women vote. and lo and behold, tennessee ratified that right because that 24-year-old voted to let women vote. it's an important time now for women to be empowered, because the states of alabama and texas and mississippi and missouri and others are now trying to rein back the rights of women and the right to choose. we respect other values, respect the constitution, and the ninth amendment, but alabama and mississippi and texas and missouri, we're not going back because women got the right to vote and just like that young man, be a good boy and leave women alone for them to choose their own right. the right to vote. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the
gentleman from kentucky seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute . >> madam speaker, i rise today in honor of my constituent, madison dozier of alexandria, kentucky. madison is an honor roll student at riley elementary and the daughter of proud parents ronnie and melanie dozier. madison is also the 2019 ational winner of the annual national missing children's poster, sponsored by the office of juvenile justice and delinquency prevention at the department of justice. mr. massie: students are invited to be part of the competition which is to foster awareness and discussion among schools and law enforcement regarding the tragedy of missing and exploited children. this year madison's poster received the national award following a unanimous decision from the judging panel.
congratulations to madison and her teacher and her proud family as they visit washington, d.c., for the award ceremony this week. her poster will be on display in the great hall at the department of justice. check it out. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, today marks the 100th anniversary of the house passage of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. it's hard to think 100 years later that for most of our nation's history, including my grandmother's and great-grandmother's generation, women contributed to the building of our nation but lacked this basic civil right. in america, your vote is your voice, it's what makes all of us equal. we each have one vote.
voting is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen. when the 19th amendment passed over 100 years ago, only one woman served in the united states house of representatives. when i began my congressional career here in 2003, 60 women were serving in the house. ms. sanchez: today, i'm proud to serve in the house with 127 women, including 14 other latinas. that, my friends, is progress. while we have made significant improvements to expand the representation of women in our political system, we still have a long way to go. so let us honor this anniversary by committing ourselves to continue the unfinished work toward achieving full equality for women in this country. thank you, madam speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arkansas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute.
>> i rise to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and the efforts of the women's suffrage movement in the united states. susan b. anthony once said, oh, if i could live but another century and see the fruition for all the work of the women, there is so much yet to be done. now that we stand on the other side of the century, we honor the suffragists who paved the women to vote. mr. westerman: my home state of arkansas became the 12th state to ratify the 19th amendment. i'd like to specifically recognize ms. hattie white, the first woman to ever be elected to the united states senate. and whose portrait is prominently displayed outside the senate chamber. a truly representative democracy necessitates that all
voices be heard. and the 19th amendment significant any find a turning point in government. america's regular is i of strong women continues on today in the lives of each woman who casts a ballot and runs for office. i'm honored to serve alongside these women. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house floor fore one minute. the speaker pro tempore: -- >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. i rise to celebrate the 56th congress. 100 years ago today, in 1919, this house voted to pass the 19th amendment to grant women the right to vote. i rise today to celebrate the women's suffrage movement and the women who were at the time was seen as revolutionary for demanding a voice of representation in our democracy. mr. delgado: today we applaud the women who organized in
upstate new york in seneca falls, who marched down pennsylvania avenue, and who lifted their voices across this country to demand votes for women. as we prepare to celebrate 100 years of women's suffrage, let us work the tireless work of women to demand the right to vote and the women, including -- sorjourner truth. i want to recognize the men and the men who stood on the right side of history. they set the stage for the historic 116th congress full of trailblazing women and first in their own right. madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from washington seek recognition? >> i ask permission to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my raveragets
the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. rodgers: i rise to celebrate susan b. anthony a o-life women, emma smith davow who led the suffrage movement in washington state. it was exactly 100 years ago today that this body passed a constitutional amendment granting women the right to vote. its leaders like susan b. anthony and others who infire generations of women to live their dreams, to be courageous, and to be risk takens. they fought in serve of a more perfect union, to make sure the promise of america was available to women of all walks of life so that we, the people, are able to make our voices heard. madam speaker, i'm grateful for them. i'm honored to stand here today, 100 years later. their legacy reminds us all why we are empowered to do our part
and write the next chapter of america's history. i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? mr. defazio: if you listen really carefully, you can hear some drums. now, i wish it was a drum circle -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. does the gentleman ask for unanimous consent to address the house for one minute? mr. defazio: i would ask for unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. defazio: ok. if you listen carefully, you can hear drums faintly in the background. not a prayer circle, it's john bolton down at the white house. beating the drums of war. now, yes, this is the same john bolton who thought invading iraq was a really, really great idea. in fact, he said, you know, he said, i expect the american role will be quite minimal. quite minimal? the greatest foreign policy mistake in the history of the
united states of america, fairly minimal? he wants to do the same thing in iran. now, iraq was one thing. saddam hussein and a relatively small country. iran? really, buddy? he hasn't seen any problem around the world that he can't change by regime change. regime change. north korea, regime change. venezuela, oh, that worked out real well a couple weeks ago, regime change. now iran. what about russia? oh, he's kind of quiet about russia. i wonder why that is. might have something to do with his boss. his boss goes back and forth. war, no war, war, no war. i don't know. we have a whole -- we have to hope bolton doesn't win this debate. he has never repented. he said in 2015, i still think that the decision to overthrow saddam was correct. the same guy who said, i confess i had no desire to die in a outheast asian rice paddy.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? mr. thompson: madam speaker, 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. mr. thompson: thank you, madam speaker. madam speaker, exactly 100 years ago today the house passed the 19th amendment. on june 4, 1919, the senate approved it. and the women's right to vote began the race to ratification, requiring 3/4 of the 48 states to ratify it before it was added to the constitution. that happened on august 26, 1920. madam speaker, a woman having the right to vote is not at all controversial today. however, in 1848 when the first women's rights convention was held in seneca falls, new york, the issue was so contentious that the group of mostly women only narrowly passed, including voting rights in their statement of sentiments. we know some of the leaders of the movement like susan b. anthony, elizabeth cady stanton and identifya b. wells, but there are thousands of other women whose names will never be
known. they also gave hearget and courage to ensuring equality for women. the passage of the 19th amendment ensures that all americans were included in staring our nation toward the future -- steering our nation toward the future. 100 years later, it remains just as important. thank you, madam speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from oregon seek recognition? >> i request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. bonamici: thank you, madam speaker. i rise today to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the house pass afpblgt 19th amendment, giving women the right to vote. suffragettes across the country bravely fought for decades to make that moment possible. enduring hardship and pervasive discrimination. i think about trailblazing women like oregon's abigail scott dunaway. the right to vote empowered women to shape policy, it elevated public discourse and more. we have come a long way. there's a record number of women
not only voting but serving in congress. with more women at the table. i hope we'll finally enact policies that support all women and their rights, including the right to make our own reproductive health care decisions. to affordable child care. to paid family and medical leave. to retirement security. and to equal pay for equal work. we still have work to do. we must continue breaking down barriers so future women leaders of all backgrounds can be heard. together we will achieve great things. i urge all of my colleagues to join me in the celebration of the 19th amendment and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from missouri seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise today to support house resolution 354, celebrating the 100th anniversary of this body passing the 19th amendment. on may 21, 1919, the house of
representatives approved a proposed amendment to the constitution that provided suffrage for women. this amendment not only ensured that all women are full participants in our democracy, it ensured that the united states is a full democracy. ben wagner women and girls have always -- mrs. wagner: women and girls have always supposed the same fundamental rights as men and are seengs -- are essential to stable, peaceful societies. i honor the role the ratification of the 19th amendment played in fulfilling the principles of the constitution for women. i commit to working to strengthen our democracy as we remember the remarkable women like susan b. anthony and elizabeth cady stanton and others who fought for our freedoms. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from texas seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i seek unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you, madam speaker. today we recognize an historic
day in our nation. the 1 u.n.th anniversary of the house -- 100th anniversary of the house pass afpblgt 19th amendment which once gratified -- once ratified granted women the right to vote, bridging them one step closer to equality with their male peers. that ratification was 10 years in the making and sadly this pace of progress this slow pace, is still all too common. ms. escobar: throughout history, women have had to fight for the same rights automatically afforded to men. today that fight continues. as we stand on the shoulders of all the women who challenged convention and fought and refused to quit so that we could be here in a moment where some 68 million women vote in america, and the first two latina women represent texas in . e people's house we are witnessing women's rights
today and fighting for equal treatment and opportunity for all. thank you, madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from missouri seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. hartzler: thank you, madam speaker. going door to door in my first campaign, a sweet elderly lady invited me in for iced tea. as we discussed my race, she shared that she had never missed a chance to vote since she was a young girl. one day her mother had hitched the horses to the wagon, pulled up in front of the house, told her to get in, flicked the reins and they were on their way to town. with determination and pride, her mother announced, today for the first time in our country we get to vote. we must always exercise this privilege. and that girl did. every election for over 74 years. as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of this chamber
passing the 19th amendment to our constitution, giving women the right to vote, we must all reflect on what this right to vote truly means. i am grateful for this privilege. not only to vote on election day, but to stand here and represent the good people of missouri's fourth district and cast their vote here in congress. we live in the greatest country in the world. let us always remember those who secured our freedoms and honor their legacy by exercising the right to vote. thank you. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new york seek recognition? >> permission to revise and extend my remarks and to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. maloney: just over 100 years ago, my mother was born without the right to vote. like other women of her time, she had no vote, she had no voice in her government.
and so today we honor the courageous women who marched, staged hunger strikes, went to jail and persevered in order to win this fundamental right for half the country, forever altering our democracy. by ensuring that everyone in this country, including women, had the constitutional right to vote. i'm deeply grateful that my mother benefited from their efforts and that she would live to see her daughter run for and be elected to congress. millions of women voted for the first time in november of 1920, and in the nearly 100 years since. but we still have much more work to do. i am determined that one day soon all our daughters and sons will witness the ratification of the equal rights amendment, which at long last makes it
clear that equal means equal. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from arizona seek recognition? without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. lesko: thank you, madam speaker. i am proud to speak before the u.s. house of representatives in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the house passage of the 19th amendment that gave all women the right to vote. this centennial is one of the most important in our nation's history and i am thrilled to be celebrating it with my colleagues here on the house floor. the fight for women's suffrage in my state of arizona began when we were still a territory in the 1800's. brave women like joseph hughs -- josephine hughs led the suffragette movement in arizona so women in arizona won the
right to vote even before the 19th amendment passed. let us celebrate the many women and men who fought for so much over so many years to ensure the right to vote for women in america. as the daughter of a great mother, as a mother of a wonderful daughter, and a grandmother to a 1-week-old granddaughter, i am so proud to be here today to honor this great historic moment. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute, to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker. as states like alabama move forward implementing medieval laws that seek to imprison doctors and punish women for their personal health care decisions, i want to make one thing absolutely clear. i will always stand up and defend a woman's fundamental right to choose. these near total bans on
abortion are not only unconstitutional, they endanger the lives of countless women who will be forced to turn to unsafe procedures. mr. morelle: in 1930 illegal abortions was listed the official cause of death for almost 2,700 women, nearly 27% of maternal deaths recorded that year. we have come too far in the fight for women's equality to retreat to an era when women lack the basic right to autonomy over their own bodies. my district of rochester, new york, is the proud home of susan b. anthony and today we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. but the fight for women's rights is far from over. we must remain resolute in our commitment to protecting and upholding roe v. wade, we must support critical health care programs like planned parenthood and we must ensure every single woman across america has the right to make her own decisions. hank you, madam speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from delaware seek recognition?
ms. blunt rochester: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. blunt rochester: madam speaker, i rise today standing on the achievements of brave women who came before me to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the 19th amendment's house passage, expanding the right for women to vote. as we celebrate this historic day, i want to pay tribute to an overlooked but trailblazing woman who helped make it possible. delaware pioneer and suffragette marianne shad kerry. in her words, we should do more and talk less. using the power of the pen, she was the first woman to edit and publish a newspaper in north america, using that role to combat systemic racism and slavery. after the civil war, she set her sights on a new cause, voting. she became one of the first black female lawyers in the united states to testify before the house judiciary committee in
1874, advocating for women's suffrage in these very halls. described as well educated with determination shining from her sharp eyes, she blazed trails for women everywhere and throughout her life always fought in the name of justice and equality. we owe it to her and we owe it to all to continue to fight for our rights. thank you, and i yield back. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from california seek recognition? without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, i rise to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment, which granted women the right to vote. the 19th amendment played a pivotal role in paving the way for a new political agenda that would finally put women's issues at the forefront of our democracy. ms. barragan: not only did it help move women closer to
equality, it created more opportunities for jobs, fairer wages, access to education, and more health benefits. eventually, more women began to run for office. 100 years later, and women have made an impact at the ballot box like never before, electing a record breaking number of women to congress. but there's still work to be done. we're still fighting for full equality for all women, including lgbtq women. we're still fighting for reproductive rights. we've seen countless states enact laws that stripped away a woman's reproductive freedom, criminalizing a decision that should be between her and her doctor. autonomy over their own body and well-being. in order to truly support women, we need to safeguard and improve, not limit, access to comprehensive health care. as we celebrate the strides women have made in our country, we also recommit ourselves to the fight women have endured since the founding of our nation. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from florida seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and ndis r one minute. js madam speaker, america has always been a work in progress, and, therefore, we always have the opportunity to make our democracy better, stronger, when we simply do the right thing. mrs. demings: the declaration of independence may have said that all men are created equal, but it took a brave group of americans to say that it should really be all people. if the law applies to each of us equally, then the right to vote must also be equal. the women who fought for their right to vote weren't in it to make friends. they were mocked and beaten, called extremists, told to slow down, told that good things would come if they simply waited. but nevertheless, they persisted. today, on the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment passed in the house, let's be inspired by
this group of women who took the hard fight and did the right thing because they knew our democracy would be stronger and better for it. madam speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlelady from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. >> quote, young girls need to see role models in whatever careers they may choose, just so they can picture themselves doing that job someday. you can't be what you can't see, end quote. sally ride, the first american woman in space, spoke toes words. ms. houlahan: she one of the few women in stem i could look up to a child. i'm grateful for sally because she showed me as a young girl being a woman did not prevent
her from entering a male dominated world in space. yesterday, i spoke on television with my friend, mikie sherrill. another young girl was watching. why do the two have the same necklaces on? her father explained the explain how e pin, we were elected to the united states government. to see a path for her dream, we need more women in leadership. our representatives need to be more reflective of the america we represent. maybe that young girl yesterday will go into politics. maybe she won't. but she saw -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. ms. houlahan: you can't see -- you can't be what you can't
see. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> madam speaker, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the vote to pass the 19th amendment, i'd like to recognize tennessee's crucial role in the amendment's ratification. mr. cooper: state representative harry t. burn was a slow learner. he was originally anti-suffragist but he turned his nay vote to a aye to heed his mother's advice to, quote, be a good vote -- be a good boy and vote for ratification. our state was the final state needed for ratification. representative burn explained his vote this way. quote, i know a mother's advice is always safest for her boy to follow, and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification, end
of quote. so thank you for representative burn and above all to his mother, ms. feeby burn, for your crucial -- phoebie burn, for your crucial vote. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from wisconsin, ms. moore, seek recognition? ms. moore: i'd like to address the house for one minute to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. moore: thank you, madam speaker. and i am so honored to join my colleagues in commemorating the 100th anniversary of house passage of the 19th amendment to the united states constitution. guaranteeing women the right to vote everywhere in our country, my state, wisconsin, was the very first state to ratify the constitution and i'm wearing this yellow rose today in honor of the remarkable women who fought for their seat at the table.
they persevered. they resisted. they persisted. and the face of congress is different because of them. wells, susan b. b. anthony and sojourner truth said we must fight for what is right. wisconsin was the first state o ratify the 19th amendment. they are now leading the efforts to disenfranchise people. it's because of this powerful legacy that i will continue to fight to make sure that no one is denied access to the ballot due to them as citizens. with that, madam speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> madam speaker, i ask unanimous consent that the committee on judiciary be discharged from further consideration of house resolution 354, celebrating the 100th anniversary of house
passage of the 19th amendment of the united states constitution and i ask for its immediate consideration in the house. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 354, resolution celebrating the 100th anniversary of the passage and ratification of the 19th amendment, providing for women suffrage to the constitution of the united states. the speaker pro tempore: is there objection to the consideration of the resolution? without objection, the resolution is agreed to and the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives, ma'am, pursuant to the permission
granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on may 21, 2019, at 9:24 a.m. hat the senate passed senate 163. with best wishes i am signed sincerely, cheryl l. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from colorado seek recognition? mr. perlmutter: madam speaker, by direction of the committee on rules, i call up house resolution 389 and ask for its immediate consideration. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: house calendar number 24, house resolution 389. 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. 1500, to require the consumer financial protection bureau to meet
its statutory purpose, 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 amendments specified in this section and shall not exceed one hour equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on financial services. after general debate the bill 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 financial services now printed in the bill, an amendment in the nature of a substitute consisting of the text of rules committee print 116-15 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. no further amendment to the bill, as amended, shall be in order except those printed in part a of the report of the
committee on rules accompanying this resolution. each such further amendment may be offered only in the order printed in the report, may be offered only by a member designated in the report, shall be considered as read, shall be debatable for the time specified in the report equally divided and controlled by the proponent and an opponent, shall not be subject to amendment, and shall not be subject to a demand for division of the question in the house or in the committee of the whole. all points of order against such further amendments are waived. at the conclusion of consideration of the bill for amendment the committee shall rise and report the bill, as amended, to the house with such further amendments as may have been adopted. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto to final passage without intervening motion except one motion to recommit with or without instructions. section 2, upon adoption of this resolution it shall be in
order to consider in the house the bill, h.r. 1994, to amend the internal revenue code of 1986 to encourage retirement savings, and for other purposes. all points of order against consideration of the bill are waived. the amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the committee on ways and means now printed in the bill, modified by the amendment printed in part b of the report of the committee on rules accompanying this resolution, shall be considered as adopted. the bill, as amended, shall be considered as read. against ts of order provisions in the bill, as amended, are waived. the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, and on any further amendment thereto, to final passage without intervening motion except, one, one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the chair and ranking minority member of the committee on ways and means, and two, one motion to recommit with or without
instructions. section 3, on any legislative day during the period from may 4, 2019, through may 31, 2019, a, the journal of the proceedings of the previous day shall be considered as approved. and, b, the chair may at any time declare the house adjourned to meet at a date and time, within the limits of clause 4, section 5, article 1 of the constitution to be announced by the chair in declaring the adjournment. section 4, the speaker may appoint members to perform the duties of the chair for the duration of the period addressed by section 3 of this resolution as though under clause 8-a of rule 1. section 5, each day during the period addressed by section 3 of this resolution shall not constitute a legislative day for purposes of clause 7 of rule 15. section 6, it shall be in order at any time on the legislative day of may 23, 2019, for the speaker to entertain motions that the house suspend the rules as though under clause 1 of rule 15, relating to a measure making supplemental
appropriations for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019. section 7, the requirement of clause 6-a of rule 13 for a 2/3 vote to consider a report from the committee on rules on the same day it is presented to the house is waived with respect to any resolution reported through the legislative day of may 23, 2019, relating to a measure making supplemental appropriations for the fiscal year ending september 30, 2019. section 8, the committee on appropriations may, at any time before 5:00 p.m. on sunday, june 2, 2019, file privileged reports to accompany measures making appropriations for the fiscal year ending september 0, 2020. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from -- for what purpose does the entleman from -- gentleman is recognized for one hour. mr. perlmutter: i thank the
speaker and i thank the clerk for reading that long rule. madam speaker, for purposes of debate only, i yield the customary 30 minutes to mr. woodall from georgia, pending which i yield myself such time as i may consume. during consideration of this resolution, all time yielded is for purposes of debate only. . i ask unanimous consent that all members be given five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perlmutter: madam speaker, the rules committee met on monday night and reported a rule, house resolution 389, which covers a lot of territory. it provides for consideration of h.r. 1500, the consumers first act, under a structured rule. which makes in order 17 amendments. the rule also provides consideration of h.r. 1994, the setting every community up for retirement enhancement act or the secure act, under a closed rule which self-executes
chairman neil's manager's amendment -- neal's manager's amendment. the rule provides same-day authority and suspension authority through thursday, may 23, and it provides filing authority for the committee on appropriations through 5:00 p.m. sunday, june 2. finally, the rule provides recess instructions through next friday, may 31. madam speaker, h.r. 1500, the consumers first act, reverses the anti-consumer actions taken by this administration to ensure the consumer financial protection bureau once again serves the needs of american consumers. more than a decade ago, the united states experienced one of the worst financial crises in our history, caused in part by a failure to have strong protections for consumers of financial products and services. through the dodd-frank wall street reform and consumer protection act, congress created the consumer bureau to be a
strong and independent federal agency with a mandate to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive or abusive acts or practices in the financial marketplace. when the consumer bureau was first stood up, it was a powerful ally to consumers and middle class families across the country. under former director richard cordray, the consumer bureau returned nearly $12 billion to over 30 million consumers who were harmed, handled over 1.2 million consumer complaints about financial institutions, and implemented new safeguards to better protect consumers who utilize a wide range of consumer financial products and services. unfortunately the trump administration has politicized the agency, weakened supervision and enforcement, and reduced transparency and accountability. the bureau has dismantled protections for active duty service members, weakened fair lending enforcement, blocked
payday loan cases, and terminated the consumer advisory board. and these are just a few examples of how the agency is failing to meet its mission. the consumers first act would block the trump administration's anti-consumer agenda and ensure the cfpb starts working for the people once again. among other things, the bill would direct the consumer bureau leadership to reverse all anti-consumer actions taken under the -- this administration, including resuming military lending act oversight. the bill restores the supervisory and enforcement powers of the office of fair lending and equal opportunity, it also re-establishes a dedicated student loan office to help protect students as they find ways to finance their education. importantly, the bill requires adequate agency staffing across the bureau, including for supervision and enforcement. i want to thank chairwoman waters for her work on this legislation, which i
co-sponsored, and is supported by 51 consumer, civil rights, housing and labor organizations. this rule also provides for consideration of h.r. 1994, the secure act. i'm also a co-sponsor of this bill to make it easier for american workers to save for their future. one of my number one priorities is ensuring all coloradans and all americans have the opportunity to find a good job, can afford to send their kids to college, and have something left over for their retirement. unfortunately nearly half of -- americans in the private sector work for an employer who does not offer a retirement plan. a 2018 study by the national institute on retirement security found over 100 million people of working age have few, if any, retirement assets. the secure act is a bipartisan bill which was approved unanimously by the ways and
means committee. and i'm eager for the thousand pass this important legislation -- for the house to pass this important legislation. the secure act would make it easier for small businesses to offer retirement plans to their employees by eliminating outdated barriers to the use of multiple employer plans and improving the quality of these providers. this could result in hundreds of thousands of new retirement accounts to help people save. additionally, the bill would allow long-time part-time workers to participate in 401-k plans and create a new tax credit to incentivize small employers to set up retirement plans for their employees. it would also add more flexibility for how long individuals can contribute to their retirement accounts and when they must begin drawing down on those accounts. this legislation is a big step forward in helping americans save and prepare for retirement. and i'm proud to support it. i urge all my colleagues to support the rule and the underlying bills and with that i reserve the balance of my time.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, madam speaker. i want to thank my friend from colorado for yielding me the time. it's a close knit bunch of folks up here on the rules committee, madam speaker. it's only 13 of us there. it's easy to remember everybody's name. but you don't go to the rules committee when you have important bipartisan legislation to bring to the house floor. you go to the suspension calendar for that. you go to the rules committee when you have contentious pieces of legislation to bring to the floor. i regret that we are here today on things that are absolutely contentious, that could have been absolutely partnership bills. i want to reference first h.r. 1500. that's the bill my friend from colorado spoke about, as it relates to the consumer financial protection board. he's absolutely right. the way this congress set up the consumer financial protection board, when democrats were
running this institution, and president obama was in the white house, was to make it a completely administration-driven agency with no accountability to congress whatsoever. that was a mistake. but the folks who set it up liked the team that was running it at the time. and so our efforts in the minority to stop that from happening were rebuffed. now we're here today, madam speaker, you might think that we have a list of legislative fixes to the consumer financial protection board, not so. i encourage you to pick up a copy of 1500, just to see what those fixes might be. it's a 40-page bill. you'll have to get to page 21 before the accusations and assertions against former director mick mulvaney end and the important work like changing the way we reference the agency by name begins.
i don't have any language today. no amendments were offered in the rules committee last night, madam speaker, to talk about all the things that former director core dray did while he was there. the -- cordray did while he was there. list of things he did that i think violated the actual text of the law, pretty long. but he's gone. and we have the ability to fix anything we want to fix that he did. so no amendmentses were offered, to i -- amendments were offered, to impugn the integrity of the former director. well, not the former director, mr. cordray. but the former director, mick mulvaney, yes, acting director. 21 pages of a 40-page bill dedicated to personal attacks on the former director. madam speaker, if we wanted to do something about the consumer financial protection board that brought its authority out of 1600 pennsylvania avenue, right back here to where it belongs in article 1, we would make this agency subject to congressional appropriations. this is a bipartisan issue. you want to find something that
we agree on as an institution, let's talk about making article 1 the lawmaker in this country rather than article 2. let's talk about taking it out of the white house's hands and putting it back into the people's hands on capitol hill. you will not find that idea in these pages. it's a disappointment because we could be doing something in partnership, standing for consumers is a shared value, not a divisive one. go now to the bill coming out of the ways and means committee, h.r. 1994. madam speaker, as my friend from colorado referenced, this bill passed unanimously out of the ways and means committee. unanimously. take a look at the men and women on the ways and means committee. i think there are 42 of them. these are not shrinking violents on the ways and means committee. i see a couple of them out here. i won't call anybody out by name, mr. panetta, but they are not shrinking violents on this committee. these are serious public policy advocates who represent very diverse parts of the country and
who fight hard for the values of their constituents. unanimously they came together as a committee, madam speaker. to change the rules for retirement. to make it easier for families to save. to change the rules around college savings plans so that families who ran into challenges in secondary years, families who -- whose kids developed special needs might not be going on to college, but who have very real needs today, to allow those dollars to be tapped by those families to serve the educational needs of their children. unanimously it passed the committee. in fact, i'll read from the committee report. this is not something that was done lightly in committee, madam speaker. we're talking about hundreds of pages of legislation, hundreds of pages of committee report. this was a thoughtfully designed and crafted piece of legislation. the committee said this.
the committee believes that expanding 529 plans will help families save for education expenses that meet each family's unique needs. we run into that problem often, madam speaker. we try to do something that's god for america, turns out -- that's good for america, turns out millions of americans have different needs and priorities. so the ways and means avoided a one-size-fits-all solution and recognized unique needs. the committee says, by allowing tax-free distributions for apprenticeship expenses, home schooling expenses, student loan repayments, elementary and secondary expenses, in addition to tuition, families can customize the use of their education savings to make education more affordable. we didn't read that on the headline of any major newspaper when the ways and means passed that unanimously. i'm sure there was something on the headlines of that major newspaper about wars in foreign
lands. i'm sure there was something in the newspaper that day about partisan politics and how folks were poking each other with sharp rhetorical sticks. not a word about how the men and women of the people's house on the ways and means committee came together unanimously, not because it wasn't hard to craft solutions, it is hard to craft solutions, but came together unanimously on consensus language to move out of committee. sounds like i'm going to tell a story with a happy ending, madam speaker. and i should be. i should be. this should be a story about how we get things done, but what happened last night that you also won't see on the front page of the paper, is we took this consensus product that was passed unanimously by republicans and democrats, we took it up there to the rules committee and on a straight party line vote we ripped out all of the language protecting families who are trying to help their children at home. children who may not be getting
everything they need through the public schools and so they get additional education at home, families that may have opted out of the public school system because they couldn't get what their children need and they're home schooling their children. this language that was agreed upon unanimously in a bipartisan way, ripped out in a party line vote in the rules committee last night, we'll never vote on it in this chamber, madam speaker. the ways and means committee, long committee report, long committee language, they deliberated over this language, concluded that the right thing to do was to help all american families. but somewhere between that unanimous vote in committee and late last night in the rules committee, the decision came down from on high, and by on high i do mean your side of the aisle, madam speaker, because when you sit in the speaker's chair, you have that kind of authority, the rules committee is in fact the speaker's committee. that said we're going to rip this language out. we offered an amendment last night and i think it's only right, right, folks comes here
to watch the people's business, they think we're going to operate a transparent building here and we work very hard to do that. we offered an amendment last night in the rules committee to allow a simple vote of the people's house on this provision. if you don't like parents supplementing their students' education at home, so be it. i don't understand it, but so be it. but let's have a vote on it here, just like they did in the ways and means committee. on a party line basis, the amendment to allow the people's house to have a vote on this provision was defeated. and so you might not have noticed it when the reading clerk was reading, madam speaker, i won't tell you how long that took to read, we have a lot of things packaged in this bill, you'll have to go all the way down to the 12th section of the rule and the important words are, modified by the amendment
printed in part b of the rules committee report. modified by part b of the amendment printed in the rules committee report. i'll translate that for you, madam speaker. that means with no vote of this institution whatsoever, with no consultation or input from the ways and means committee that crafted this legislation, we are going to revoke all benefits that would have gone to families who cannot find the services they need outside of the home and thus they are paying for those services inside the home. . representative mitchell came the rules committee to testify on this. he said his family's blessed enough to have the financial resources to take care of their special needs family member. he facked about all the american families -- talked about all the american families he's met in his district. you have them in yours, i have
them in mine who don't have the financial means, who don't have that sense of security. the ways and means committee in its wisdom unanimously said let's provide that security to american families. . the rules committee in an roar n judgment -- in an error in judgment repealed it because six members voted yes last night. that's all it took. all it took to silence the institution of 435, madam speaker, was six members voting to include this one seemingly innocuous line that disadvantages families and children all across this nation. it's another missed opportunity, madam speaker. he we could have been here today celebrating the things that we do together. we could have been here today celebrating shared values. we could have been here today making a difference your constituents have asked of you and my constituents have asked of me. from the start of this process
for the weeks in committee, for the weeks since the committee passed it we were doing exactly that. and about six minutes of voting last night we erased it all. it took weeks to build bipartisan consensus, madam speaker. it took moments to erase it all. we have choices in this institution, madam speaker. we made the wrong one in the rules committee last night. i urge my colleagues to defeat this rule, give us a chance to make a right one. but we only get so many bites at this apple. the trust of the american people in us a as an institution and individuals is not infinite. if we betray that trust often enough, it will disappear forever. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. >> thank you, madam speaker.
i start where my friend from combafment just left off. mr. perlmutter: complaining about a tiny section in the bill that was stricken in the rules committee, he's correct. because there are individuals within our caucus that don't think it's appropriate. the bill, however, has dozens of provisions that benefit americans of every stripe. millions of people. and i say to my friend from georgia, you feel so strongly about it, then bring it up in your motion to recommit. it isn't the last statement here. want to see how many people want to vote for this, then certainly bring it up there. but otherwise, as my friend said, this was a major step forward on retirement security for so many americans. and the perfect shouldn't be the enemy of the good. the bill, the secure act,
advances that. secondly, i wish speaker maloney were in the chair, madam speaker, because she would recognize as it a applies to the consumers first act, that the purpose of having a single agency focused on consumers first was so important because we saw that by having certain activities handled by the housing and urban development department, others handled by the federal reserve, others handled by the federal trade commission consumers were not being protected. so much of that failure to the ct, sharp practices in credit card industry, bad practices in the mortgage industry, led to the recession that we faced back in 2008, 2009, and 2010. so the purpose of having an
independent agency like the cfpb was to avoid that and put consumers first just as h.r. 1500 is intended to do. that i yield three minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. panetta. mr. panetta: thank you, madam speaker. thank you, mr. perlmutter. thank you, mr. woodall, for your advocacy as well as your oratory skills, i'll tell you that. as a member of the ways and means committee, do i want to talk about the secure act. obviously the work that we did in the ways and means committee in regards to h.r. 1994 but more particular a certain part of that bipartisan legislation that helps home health care workers save for their retirement. that include the over 375,000 home health care workers in my home state of california.
madam speaker, we know that home health care is usually less expensive, more convenient, and most times just as effective as the care people receive in a hospital or in a skilled nursing facility. home health care workers not only provide critical services for seniors and those with physical, mental, or emotional disabilities, they also ensure that our loved ones with special needs are able to live their life in a dignified manner. and that dignity, that skill, that care i can tell you is something that i experienced firsthand throughout my childhood. when my grandmother suffered a debilitating stroke and had to live with us, we took her in, and realizing that the effects of her stroke were permanent. that's when my family decided to make sure that she had the appropriate health care, not just from family but full-time home health care workers. now, with both of my parents working full-time, we were forced, but yes we were also fortunate, to hire home health
care workers. people who actually came into our home, took care of my grandmother, and allowed her to live a life with dignity and with the care necessary to enjoy the latter years of her life. however, and unfortunately, right now under the current federal internal revenue code, home health care providers, like those who cared for my grandmother, are not able to participate in a retirement plan or save in a i.r.a. if are you a home health care worker in california who works in and helps out families, you would be ineligible to participate in the cal savers retirement program due to the current federal law. that's why this bill is so important because it would allow home health care workers to contribute to a defined contribution blan or i.r.a. giving home health care workers the ability to save and prepare for their own retirement. these health care workers give our family members dignity.
that's the least-- this is the least we can do for home health care workers so that they can can retire with dignity. that's what this -- so they can retire with dignity. that's one of the reasons i voted for this bill and it's also i will and urge my colleagues to support the rule and underlying legislation. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. you heard the earnestness that mr. panetta just described the committee's work. you can can go through every line of the committee's work and you are going to find a story similarrer to the one mr. panetta told about his family that applies to hundreds and thousands and hundreds of thousands of families across the country. that's what this work product was. that's what the committee spent weeks and weeks putting together . that is, candidly, what my constituents think we do up here every day. find problems, find partners,
craft solutions, and bring them to the floor. my friend from colorado said we shouldn't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. i haven't voted forer a a perfect bill. i haven't had that opportunity. i voted for bills that moved the ball in the right direction even if hi been king for day i could have done better. the flip side don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good is that this bill passed out of the ways and means committee unanimously. t was perfecter if bipartisanship was your goal. -- perfect if bipartisanship was your goal. it's now good legislation, but with this change it's perfectly partisan. and i would just advise my colleagues, we spent a lot of time when we were in control, and i had the pleasure of leading the rule as my friend from colorado does today, protecting our members from tough votes. you may not know, madam speaker, but the way the rules committee
works we could have offered waivers. if you wanted to strike protections for homeschooling families, if you wanted to strike protections for families that need to buy more than what they can can find in their public school system for their special needs child, you could have brought an amendment to the floor of this house and said i don't like those protections for those families, i want to strike them. but then you would have had to stood up and said that whatever your ax was you were grinding that day took priority over those families. and no member in this institution wants to do that, which is why it comes to the rules committee as a seemingly innocuous line in a committee report, why it only takes six members to vote yes on it up there to make it a part of the underlying bill. it pretends that the committee voted on it when they did not. if we want to vote on these issues, let's vote on these issues. i would just tell my friends here in their fifth month of leadership, you will begin to rue the day that you told your
new members they could come to capitol hill, be a united states congressperson, and not have to take tough votes. we began to rue that day when we started down that road. and you only get one chance to start again. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: i yield myself such time as i may consume. responding to my good friend from georgia, we're going to have a chance to vote on this in the rule. we'll see whether or not a majority is in favor of the changes that were made as part of this rule package. and i would say to my friend, as part of the changes, we actually are adding gold star families and other children to this entire secure act package, to benefit them, because in the $2 trillion tax cut to the richest americans, the republican party forgot about a lot of families.
and a lot of children. and that's being corrected in this bill and in this amendment. i urge my friend to take another look at it because this rule does benefit americans all across the board and all income levels. with that i yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from massachusetts, mrs. trahan. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from massachusetts is recognized. mrs. trahan: thank you. madam speaker, i rise to offer my strong support for the rule and for the setting every community up for retirement enhancement act. this is an important retirement saving measure that has the support of a wide range of stakeholders, from the united states chamber of commerce, to the girl scouts. what a credit to the committee for taking up this important legislation for the people. i want to highlight section 105, a provision that the committee included to offer a tax incentive to small businesses for setting up automatic
enrollment for their employees' retirement plans. madam speaker, while half of private sector employees have access to a retirement plan through their employer, it is estimated that just 15% of small businesses offer a retirement plan. yet small businesses employ approximately half of the nation's private sector work force. ensuring that small business employees have retirement options just like those who work for larger companies will increase small businesses' competitiveness at a time when the job market is tightening. and it will position these employees for a secure retirement. establishing automatic enrollment and retirement plans is critical. participation rates and defined contributions plans like a 401-k are above 90% among new hires when automatic enrollment is the default. moreover, 80% of participants increase their contributions over time. attorneyly when employers do not offer automatic enrollment, new
hire participation is below 50%. section 105 is based upon a bill mr. kelly and i introduced, the small employer retirement savings auto enrollment credit act. it would provide small businesses with those up to 100 employees to defray the start-up cost of offering automatic enrollment. the tax credit would also be available to small business that is convert their existing employee retirement programs from an opt-in to auto enrollment. i was pleased to work with the chairman and his staff, as well as the gentleman from pennsylvania on this issue. i urge adoption of the resolution and the secure act. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i want to associate myself with everything my friend from massachusetts just said. every line of this bill as
crafted by the ways and means committee was designed to make a difference in a family's life, a difference in every single one of us can be proud of. no one has a single bit of concern about that language, the concern is that instead of being down here celebrating this bipartisan product, in the dark of night, it was converted. my friend from colorado is absolutely right. not only was the homeschooling provision stripped out, a provision for gold star families was put in. i'll just tell you, if you have any concerns, madam speaker, let me speak on behalf of the republican conference, if you want to stand up for gold star families, i have got members who want to stand with you. don't have some, i have them all. to be fair that has nothing to do with being a republican. if i go to the democratic side of the aisle, look forer members to stand with gold star families, i won't find one, i'll find them all. that's another thing that unites us, and kudos to richard neal as chairman of the ways and means
committee for taking an opportunity to make the bill better in that way. i happen to have his manager's amendment here, madam speaker. this is the language that was taken up by the rules committee last night, again stuck in because only six people voted yes, and page after page is dealing with those gold star families and trying to right that clerical error in drafting. it's in the middle of page 3 with looks like seven words, in section 302 strike subsections b and d. . you might not know what section 302 is and sections b and d are, madam speaker. i'll read some of that to you again from the democratic chairman's committee report, from the unanimous legislation that was passed. the provision allows tax free treatment to apply to distributions made for certain additional qualifying expenses on behalf of designated
beneficiaries attending elementary and secondary schools. this is the offensive language that my friend referenced that some members of his caucus had problems with that needed to be taken out. here it comes. i don't mean to offend you by reading these word, madam speaker, but i'm going read them directly because i feel the burden to do it. in addition to tuition, tax-free treatment would apply to a distribution made for expenses for fees, tutoring, special eeds services, books, supplies and other equipment incurred in connection with the attendance of elementary schools. i'm aghast. i'm aghast that that's what the ways and means committee decided to do. i'm just going tell you again, madam speaker. the committee in its wisdom unanimously decided that we whold speak up for families had problems with expenses for
fees, academic tutoring, special needs services, books, supplies and other equipment incurred in connection with their child's attendance in elementary school. that's what this big to-do is about today. if you want to have a vote on the floor of the house that says, i don't want children in elementary school to have any help, we can have that vote. i think it would lose and so do my friends on the other side of the aisle. that's why we're not going to have that vote. we're going to sneak it in the rule, never be able to speak on it, and i appreciate my friend raising the gold star issue, because that is yet another area of agreement. like the issue my friend from massachusetts spoke about, like the issue my friend from california spoke about. madam speaker, when you're in the majority in this chamber, it's easy to get legislation passed. you control the rules committee, you control the votes on the board. you get to jam everything through. i know, i spent eight years in the majority. that's the way every day is when
you're in the majority. but you don't have to jam everything through. occasionally, just occasionally, there are bills like this bill from the ways and means committee. where every single line is dedicated to solving problems. problems that effect your district, problems that effect my district. occasionally, just occasionally, we find members on both sides of the aisle sitting down, rolling up their sleeves, looking for solutions instead of talking points. and when that happens, you produce good legislation like the bill chairman neal brought before us today. we could have been down here celebrating that legislation, madam speaker. instead we're talking about the efforts to unwind it. and for the life of me i just don't understand why that's the path we've chosen. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: i yield myself so much time as i may consume. and just in response to my friend, you know, we have two
bills that are encompassed in this rule. h.r. 1500, the consumers first act, and h.r. 1994, the secure act. focusing on one sentence out of dozens of provisions that benefit millions of americans, to complain about this rule and what was done. well, people get to vote on this rule. it isn't just six people or 10 meme or 13 people -- people or 13 people. there will be 435 of us voting on whether we approve the rule or not. there are other opportunities to take care of the one sentence, if my friend is so aghast that it might be stricken in favor of dozens of other provisions, including the gold star family and children across america. so, i appreciate the rhetorical abilities of my good friend from georgia. but, quite frankly, he's missing the forest for the trees through all of this.
secondly, h.r. 1500 is the key -- is another key piece of legislation that is encompassed in this rule. to really get consumers first again. as opposed to, you know, the financial services industry being first, which appears to be the effort of the trump administration. i'd ask my friend from georgia if he has any other speakers. if not, i suggest we close. mr. woodall: thank you, madam speaker. i don't have any speakers remaining. i have a powerful previous question vote that i'd like to describe. but i'm prepared to do that -- mr. perlmutter: i'll reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. we can't always get exercised about every single line and every single bill. we would never get anything done. we have an amendment process so if you get exercised about a particular line in a particular bill, you can bring your amendment to the floor and we vote on it. we're going to get into the
appropriations process soon, when we spend money it turns out to be one of those issues that people feel strongly about, we're going to entertain hundreds of amendments, republican amendments, democratic amendments. some republican amendments are going to pass. some are going to fail. some democratic amendments are going to pass. some are going to fail. but we're going to work the will of the body and we're going to do the best we can to get to a final package that we move across the street to the senate. my frustration in this moment, madam speaker, isn't that we have the inability of moving things forward and discussing ideas. we do have the ability to do that. and we did that well in the ways and means committee. my frustration is that when people don't like the way the committee unanimously in a bipartisan way did something, because they have partisan concerns, and to be clear, the concerns about this language are not republican concerns, this language was not stricken because republicans objected. this language was not stricken to satisfy any bipartisan concern of any kind.
this was purely a partisan exercise. and if you want to have a partisan exercise, i know 435 members who are here all day, who can come down here to the house floor, vote on it, and dwoke that. and so i want to offer that opportunity, madam speaker. for folks who think this is about public policy as it was when the committee considered it in a bipartisan way, i want to offer an amendment to this bill. if we defeat the previous question, madam speaker, i will offer an amendment that strikes this offending section and what that means, in lehman's terms, is the bill would contain the gold star family language that is very important to every member of this chamber. it would contain the pension language that's very important to every member of this chamber. it would contain every line designed bipartisanly by the ways and means committee to make a difference in families' lives. ut it would strike the
majority's effort with only six votes on the rules committee to eliminate protections for home schooling families altogether. vote against the previous question, defeat the previous question and we can restore the bipartisan consensus language the ways and means committee crafted and we will add the gold star family language that my friend from colorado and i agree on. i don't serve on the ways and means committee, madam speaker. they've got big ideas they have to work on over there. i don't serve on the financial services committee. they've got big ideas they have to work on over there. i serve on the rules committee. my job is to get bills to the house floor and to make sure that voices are heard on perfecting that language.
if we defeat the previous question, we can achieve exactly the partisan goal that the majority wants. but we can achieve it by actually having a vote of the house on that goal. i think the american people are tired of things being done in secret. i think they're tired of things being done without the full story being told. and i talked -- i talk to my friends on the other side of the aisle daily, regularly, hourly, madam speaker. i know the hunger from your side of the aisle to deliver on behalf of the meernl. i know that hunger -- american people. i know that hunger. i know the hunger on your side of the aisle to roll up sleesks and do the hard -- sleeves and do the hard things. because the easy things somebody else has already taken care of. all that's left for you and me is the hard things. going to the well of partisanship, pulling your sharp stick out of your equivalenter and poking the other team -- quiver and poking the other
team, those aren't the hard things, those are the easy things. and candidly, those aren't the surprising things. they've become all too commonplace. i don't get to run this institution. but i do get to vote in it. i see opportunities for partnership, not because everybody wants it, but because it has to happen. republican president, republican senate, democratic house. the only way we succeed, madam speaker, is to succeed together. that's the only pathway forward. if anybody in this chamber ran for their seat because they wanted to stand up here and talk about it for two years, we've got a great pathway for you. but if you ran for this seat because you actually wanted to get it done, these bills today aren't doing it. senate won't consider them. president is not going to sign them. but they're ideas in these bills, madam speaker, as expressed unanimously by the ways and means committee.
that america's hungry for. and you and i can deliver. let's exceed expectations today. defeat the previous question. and let's restore this bill to a bipartisan compromise that the ways and means committee created. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: thank you, madam speaker. i yield myself so much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. perlmutter: i want to thank mr. panetta and ms. tran for joining -- tram for joining us today to speak on this rule, the consumers first act and the secure act. just briefly, with respect to the consumers first act, there are dozens and dozens of consumers, civil rights and labor organizations supporting the consumers first act and how we're approaching it pursuant to this rule. the americans for financial reform, the center for
responsible lending, the communication workers of america, the consumer federation of america, the naacp, just to meanings few. with respect to the consumers -- just to name a few. with respect to the consumers first act. with respect to the secure act, aarp, seiu, the church alliance, the girl scouts, the boy scouts, the national association of women business owners. and today is the 100th anniversary of a woman's right to vote. so here we've got the national association of women business owners. national council of farmer cooperatives, tiaa, airline pilots association. so we have consumer groups, insurance groups, business groups supporting the secure act. so that millions more americans can feel secure in their retirement. something that so many people feel insecure about today.
the bill has dozens and dozens of provisions. the amendment that is in the nature of the manager's endment by mr. neal includes additional children, gold star families, a lot of people who were left out by the giant tax cut that the republicans passed a year and a half ago to benefit the wealthiest americans. so, these two bills are important steps forward for the constituents that you represent, madam speaker, that the gentleman from georgia represents, that the people that i represent. the consumers first act will realign the consumer bureau's focus as a truly independent voice protecting consumers first. we've seen what the bureau can accomplish and the millions of consumers that were helped under director cordray, and our constituents need the bureau to continue to foe -- focus on them.
the secure act is an important bipartisan package which addresses retirement security and makes an important technical change to the g.o.p. tax bill for gold star families. among others. this package was developed with both sides of the aisle and many stakeholders. and while the other side of the aisle may be upset over one provision out of dozens and dozens of provisions, i hope they can recognize the effort that went into this package to bring both sides together and the millions of americans who are benefited by this legislation. these are both commonsense bills and i look forward to their passage. and with that, madam speaker, i encourage a yes vote on the rule and the previous question, i yield back the balance of my time, and i move the previous question on the resolution. . i yield to my friend from georgia.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. woodall: i want to ask unanimous consent that the text of the previous question amendment be included in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perlmutter: i kind of wanted to object but didn't. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado is recognized. mr. perlmutter: i'll close again. with that, madam speaker, i encourage a yes vote on the rule and the previous question. i yield back the balance of my time and i move the previous question on the resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from colorado yields back. the question is on ordering the previous question on the resolution. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the yes have it. for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia -- mr. woodall: to request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those favoring a vote by the yeas and nays will rise.
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