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just about everything. and if we can do something to help the people of syria get intook some form of shelter and -- or a humanitarian basis, and that's what the word was earlier, humanitarian basis. i think that both of us would be very interested in doing that and we will do that. thank you very much. >> president trump and russian president vladimir putin earlier today. you can see all of that online at c-span.orgful we'll show you all of today's events beginning tonight at 9:00 eastern here on c-span. we're leaving that to take you live to the u.s. house. they're beginning their legislative week momentarily. meeting this afternoon to debate 24 bills, nearly half to rename post offices. among the other bills is one to require federal agencies to preserve electronic records. late they are week, more work on 2019 spending the package includes the treasury and interior departments as well as the number -- a number of independent agencies and the
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house will debate a nonbinding resolution saying carbon tax is detrimental to the u.s. economy. all that later in the week in the house. the senate also in session gaveling in this afternoon. follow the senate on c-span and the house next here on c-span. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2018] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
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>> u.s. house gaveling in momentarily. lots on the aka. -- on the agenda. president trump now returning from the summit with vladimir putin, the russian president on his way back to the u.s. to joint base andrews this evening. we'll show you all of the day's activities from helsinki tonight at 9:00 eastern here on c-span, including the 45 minute news conference with president trump and president putin. postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered. or votes objected tound clause 6 of rule 20 -- to under clause 6 of rule 20. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the
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bill, h.r. 1376, the electronic message preservation act of 2017. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1376. a bill to amend title 44, united states code, to require preservation of certain electronic records by federal agencies, to require a certification and reports relating to presidential records, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 1376, the electronic message preservation, introduced by the gentleman from maryland and ranking member of the committee on oversight and government
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reform, mr. cummings. the electronic message preservation act will ensure the federal government continues to take the necessary steps to modernize its risk record keeping. despite the significant shift to electronic communications over the last two decades, many federal agencies are just now moving away from a print to file method of electronic record preservation. using paper to preserve electronic records is inefficient, difficult to manage, difficult to search, and risks loss of the records. paper-based systems can also increase the cost to the taxpayer. at the end of 2016, the office of management and budget began requiring agencies to preserve records electronically if they were created electronically. this bill codifies that requirement. this bill ensures agencies will continue to electronically manage their records where possible, and closes gaps in current law. h.r. 1376 also requires electronic presidential records
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be held to the same archival standards as those of executive agencies. i would like to thank the gentleman from maryland for his work on this important issue this congress. and in the previous congress. i encourage my colleagues to support the bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i rise in support of the electronic message preservation act and i want to thank mr. gowdy, our chairman, for getting this bill to the floor. i introduced this bill with the goal of modernizing federal and presidential records act. this bill would require the archivists of the united states to issue regulations mandating that all federal agencies
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manage and preserve their email records electronically. this bill would help ensure , then il records federal agencies and the us who are preserved. according to -- the white house are preserved. according to a report from the national archives and records administration, approximately 46% of agencies continue to print and file paper copies of email messages. these records are more likely to get lost and are harder for agencies to retrieve during record searches under the freedom of information act. this bill would put into statute what agencies are already required to do under a directive issued by the archivists and the director of the office of management and budget.
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in 2016 the national archives issued a document for agency records, officers, titles, and i quote, why agencies need to move towards electronic record keeping, end of quote. to document, identify the number of reasons, including long-term cost savings, information security, and more efficient and effective implementation of the freedom of information act. this bill also would require the archivist to establish standards for the preservation nd management of email records that are presidential records, and to certify annually that record house's management controls are in place that meet those standards. under this bill the archivist must report one year after a president leaves office on whether the controls used by
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the president met the required standards. this legislation would provide accountability that encourage every president to have the controls in place that are necessary to preserve emails and other electronic records. this bill has been passed by the house with bipartisan support several times before. i urge my colleagues to support the bill again today. and i hope that the senate will act on the bill and send it to the president's desk before the end of the year. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i would like to make the gentleman from maryland aware i have no further speakers and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. we have no further speakers, mr. speaker.
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i thank the gentleman from north carolina and i've laid out very nicely exactly an eloquently what this bill is all about. it is very important that we modernize all of our systems in the federal government and record keeping is so important. and we see it particularly in our committee, the government reform committee, because we are constantly trying to get records and requesting records, and occasionally subpoenaing records. so this is a way, i believe, to make that whole process more effective, efficient and transparent. and with that, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: thank you. the gentleman yields. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, urge adoption of the bill. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 1576 -- 1376. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair,
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2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass 415, the h.r. 4 -- 5 gao-ig act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5415, a bill that requires agencies to submit records -- reports on recommendations submitted to congress. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. cummings, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. walker: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of my bill, h.r. 5415, the gao-ig act. the government accountability office and inspectors general are two of the best sources for recommendations to improve the operations of the federal government. their efforts help fight waste, fraud and abuse. promote economy, efficiency and effectiveness within the executive branch. and save taxpayer dollars. g.a.o. and inspector general audits and investigations often end with corrective recommendations to the agency. as of may, 2018, the g.a.o. has issued more than 1,500 products with about 4,800 open recommendations. since 2014, i.g.'s have issued over 8 st 900 reports with -- 8,900 reports with ley 40,300 total rentalations. during that same period, i.g. identified over d 99 billion in potential savings -- $99 billion in potential savings. but all of these
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recommendations are only as valuable as the agencies' commitment to implement them. i introduced the gao-ig act to ensure every agency evaluates and implements recommendations by g.a.o. and the inspector general. the bill requires agencies to include the unresolved g.a.o. and i.g. recommendations within their annual budget justification to congress. agencies must also report on the implementation status of each recommendation. and why they are not fully implemented. this creates a formal process in which agencies must take stock of their open and unimplemented recommendations each year. this increased transparency will encourage each agency to work with g.a.o. and its inspector general to identify and implement high-priority open recommendations. i would like to thank representatives palmer, duncan, bishop and fitzpatrick for their co-sponsorship of this legislation. i would also like to thank chairman gowdy and ranking member cummings of the committee on oversight and government reform for their support. the bill passed out of the committee unanimously by voice
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vote earlier this year. i urge my colleagues to support this important legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: thank you very much, mr. speaker. first of all, i want to thank r. walker for introducing this well thought out bill, a very important bill. i support this bill, which would increase the transparency and accountability of federal agencies. the bill would require agencies to include in their budget justifications to congress, a summary of recommendations made y g.a.o. or the agency's inspector general. agencies would also be required to explain what steps they are taking to address these recommendations, or if they disagree with them, why they
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disagree. g.a.o. and the inspector general provide critical oversight of the executive branch. knowing what agencies are doing or not doing to address g.a.o. and i.g. recommendations will assist congress in conducting its constitutional oversight role. this is indeed a commonsense measure that i strongly support . and with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i would like to make the gentleman from maryland aware i have no further speakers and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. cummings: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. cummings: we have no further speakers on our side either. and i just want to urge the house to pass this bill. one of the things that has concerned many of us in the
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congress is the issue of accountability. accountability is so very, very important. and we all have a tremendous mount of respect for the inspectors general and for g.a.o. and over and over again they make recommendations and the question becomes, whatever happens to those recommendations? are they placed on a shelf and never -- shelf, never to be seen again? or are they put into place? after all, the american people are spending a lot of money with regard to the research and the investigations conducted by the i.g. and research conducted by the g.a.o. and so we are very supportive of this legislation. and with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time.
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the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5415, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4446 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the
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clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 636, h.r. 4446 a bill to amend the virgin islands of the united states centennial commission act to extend the expiration date of the commission and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume sproism this gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: i rise in support of h.r. 4446 offer intro deuced by the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett. it would establish the virgin islands centennial commission by one year. congress established the virgin to mark the sion
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virgin ary of the islands transfering from danish e to american control. this gives the commission one extra year and delays the deadline for filing the report by one year. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman from virgin islands is recognized. ms. plaskett: i rise to speak on my bill, h.r. 4446. i'd like to thank chairman gowdy and ranking member cummings, house leadership and staff for their work to bring this bill before the house floor. the virgin islands centennial commission act was signed into law in 2016, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the virgin islands of the united states becoming an unincorporated territory of the united states
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and discuss its relations with the territory. since its cree they commission has seen the appointment of senators lisa mruczkowski, bill and marco rubio, and assistant ecretary of interinsular affairs dominic. the commission expires in 2018 without such extension. it's been formed to plan, develop an carry out such activities as the commission considers fitting and propper to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the virgin islands of the united states becoming part of the united states. the commission also will prvide advice and assistance to the federal, state, and local governmental agencies as well as civic groups to carry out activities to commemorate this milestone in the movement of the virgin islands and its relationship with the united states. passage of this bill would allow the commission additional time
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to accomplish its mission to study specific issues related to the virgin islands of the united states by extending the final report, termination deadlines by a year to january 31, 2019, and september 30, 2019 respectively. in june, the centennial commission met and selected a chair, and interim executive director. we are currently in the prosofse collaborating to with the national african american history mue zen on public programs as well as hearings here and in the virgin islands. the commission is also in the prosofse engaging stake holders to become involved in developing the future project to meet its goal and objectives. last september, as we all know, the virgin islands faced catastrophic damage from two unprecedented back-to-back category 5 hurricanes. the recovering american sit vens siding in the islands would benefit greatly from the continued congressional recognition as well as the or of -- work of the commission, not
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only in commem right past but more importantly talking about our future and our continued relationship with the country. this commission has received national and international support and an extended life span of the commission would allow it to better benefit from this support and further examine the often inadequate relationship between the territory and the rest of the united states. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 4446 and i thank you, mr. speaker for the time. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields? ms. plaskett: i yield back fble the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: i urge tchoachings bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4446 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4890. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4890 a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 9801 apollo drive in upper marls bro, maryland, as the wayne k. curry post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: i rise from support of h.r. 4890 to name the post office in upper marls bro,
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maryland, as the wayne k. curry post office building. after graduating from western maryland college, he began working for prince georges county while earning a law degree at night. in 1994 he ran and was elected to position of county executive he passed away from lung cancer in 2014 at the age of 63. he was a dedicated public servant and we honor him today by naming a post office after him in the county in which he serb. i edge krbling -- encourage my colleagues to support this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. plaskett: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of h.r. 4890 to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 9801 apollo drive in upper marlboro, maryland, as the wayne k. curry post office building. i yield such time as i may consume to the gentleman from maryland, mr. brown, to tell us more about mr. curry. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized.
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mr. broun: thank you and i want to thank my colleague from the virgin islands for yielding time. i'd like to thank the committee for its consideration and support of h.r. 4890 as well as thanking all the members of the maryland delegation for their steadfast support. i rise in support of h.r. 4890 which designates the post office in upper marlboro, maryland, in maryland's fourth congressional district, the wayne k. curry post office in honor of our late county executive. mr. brown: wayne curry was born in new york and grew up in a racially segregated neighborhood in maryland. his family was one of the first nonwhite families to integrate the community in the 1950's and he and his brother were the rst to integrate their elementary school he began his public service from 1975 to
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1978. through his devotion and tireless work ethic to make a better prince georges county, he quickly rose through the ranks of county ghovement went on to serve in various roles, including community affairs assistant, administrative assistant to the county chief, senior assistant. he commuted nightly into baltimore eventually graduating with honors from maryland law school. from 1980 to 1938 he worked as counsel for a large real estate development company and later destide start his own practice in 1984. forerved as general counsel high profile clients. ough he was a partner in a lucrative law firm, public service had a grasp on his heart he served the united way, president of the chamber of commerce, chairman of the school
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superintendents advisory committee and chairman of prince georges county substance abuse advisory board. when the opportunity presented it , he ran for prince georges county executive in 1994. run thagse underdegree , he ultimately prevailed he made history as the first african-american to serve in the county's highest elected office hism brought a renewed strie vitality to the office and focused on the economic empowerment of his constituents. the transformation of prince georges county reflected his own life from a sleepy southern hollow that was rural and all white to a large african-american majority and increasingly cosmopolitan. county executive curry presided over a period of unprecedented population growth, development and modernization of prince georges county and making it the national standard of african-american success in local governance. under wayne's leadership, prince georges county was the first count y in our history where
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education and income levels rose as it transitioned from majority white to majority african-american. his business-friendly approach led prince georges county through a severe financial crisis. the end of court mandated bus, the construction of 26 new schools and a new stadium for the washington redskins. he saw the county go from a ficit of $108 million to a $128 million surplus. county executive wayne k. curry pass aid way july 2, 2014, at the age of 63 after lose his battle to lung cancer. he's survived by his wife sheila and his john jewel can and daughter taylor. wayne curry never sought to make history but simply to serve the community and the people and to better their lives. it was always about the future and getting it right. wayne k. curry will live on both through his impact on the people i represent and this bill will
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honor the vision and contribution and legacy of the iconic wayne k. curry and will be a daily reminder in the heart of the county he cared so deeply about. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from virgin islands reserves. ms. plaskett: i have no further speakers at this time, i urge passage of h.r. 4890 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: i urge adoption of the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4890. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5238.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5238, a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at? st. johns place in brooklyn, new york, as the major robert odell owens post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: i rise in support of this bill to name the post office in brooklyn, new york after major robert odell owens he led a life of public service beginning as librarian at the brooklyn public library. at around the same time, owens became a member of the brooklyn chapter of the congress of
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racial equality where he worked to fight racism and discrimination in new york city from 1975 to 1982, he served as new york state senator. in 1928, he won election to the u.s. house of representatives where he went on to serve 24 years as representative to the citizens of new york city. in congress, owens fought passionately for many causes including education policy. he was active in the congressional black caucus' education brain trust, promoting read, science, and math education. this bill would honor congressman owens' service by naming a post office in brooklyn in his name. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from the virgin islands is recognized. ms. plaskett: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm pleased to join my colleague in consideration of h.r. 5238 to designate the facility of the united states postal service at 1234 st. johns place in brooklyn, new york, as the major
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robert odell owens post office. this is particularly important to me as congressman owens was my congressman as a child growing up and st. johns place was the street on which my mother lived when she came from the sir gin islands to live in nokt. i yield such time as she may consume to the gentlewoman from new york city, and that great place called brooklyn, ms. clark, tell us more about ongressman owen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. clarke: i thank the gentlewoman for yielding me this time. i rise today to ask my colleagues support for h.r. 5238 usps post office designation. today i rise in recognition of a former colleague a ground breaking legislator, who is credited and lauded for being a
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fore run ore they have progressive political movement in brooklyn, new york, my predecessor, the honorable major robert odell owens. . ms. clarke: congressman owens served in this body from 1983 to 2007. and he served in both brooklyn's 12th and 11th districts of new york. congressman owens still brings to mind, to memory for many the fond recollections of his groundbreaking legislative accomplishments, as a senior longstanding member of the education and labor committee, and of the -- and a member of the congressional black caucus. mr. owens spent eight years in the new york state senate before he was elected to serve in brooklyn, new york,'s, 12th congressional district, a seat previously held by the
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honorable cheryly chisholm, his predecessor -- shirley chisholm, his predecessor. he then went on to everybody he -- to serve his community for two decades. through his committee work and work with the congressional black caucus' education brain trust, major owens became known as the education congressman. but he was also deemed with another moniker. the wrapping rep -- rapping rep. due to his ability to intertwine his political perspective into rhythmic poetry. mr. owens will always be remembered for the legislative victories he achieved on the hill. his spectacular fight, particularly for the americans with disabilities act of 1990, r which he's credited, its passage. his accomplishments in congress are vast. and many are steeped in his life-long passion for education, community development and equality.
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mr. owens' passion for education began during his career in librarianship. where he served as the community information librarian at the brooklyn public library, for a decade. his friends and fellow activists in the brooklyn community noted that mr. owens was known to place collections from the brooklyn public library in local stores, restaurants, laundry mats and more. because his passion lied within sharing knowledge and resources to those who may not have immediate access to it. mr. owens was one of the founders of the new york social responsibility round table, which was an organization that is now a part of the new york library association. his mission, their mission, is to create a central position for libraries and librarians in the battle for civil rights, social justice, peace and
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ever-improved public access to education and information. congressman owens' dynamic passions for public education, information sharing, equality and civil rights became driving forces for him to run for congress. as a former head of the congress of racial equality. his legacy in brooklyn led him to become a continued feature speaker at the white house conference on libraries, as well as a recipient of the american library association's highest honor, honorary membership. fittingly nicknamed the librarian in congress, mr. owens was dedicated to helping communities of color receive access to information resources through local public libraries. mr. owens was a pillar within the united states congress, as an advocate for americans with disabilities, social justice reform, and library funding,
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education reform, as well as development in public schools and libraries. to ensure underserved communities did not lack access to information and education resources. as a young public servant myself, i was inspired by mr. owens' work with the disabilities activists who often visited his office and eventually provided testimony before mr. owens' house subcommittee on select education, where he fought to pass the americans with disabilities act, the a.d.a. today brooklynites benefit from public library resources, initiatives because of his advocacy for funding. the a.d.a. still stands as law to prevent discrimination against americans with disabilities as a guarantee -- as it guarantees to create equal opportunity for the special needs community. to this day, my colleagues and i work to protect this law at all costs.
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and thanks to congressman owens' dedication to ensure that this law was enacted. i am so proud to be his successor. h.r. 5238 would designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1234 saint johns place in brooklyn, new york, as the robert -- excuse me, the major robert odell owens post office. congressman owens will always be remembered in the district that he represented. and i am extremely pleased that the house will consider this bill in honor of his rich legacy and contributions to our great chamber. as i continue, the distinct -- continue the distinct honor of representing the ninth district of new york, i look forward to commemorating the life, memory, integrity of our former house colleague, congressman major odell owens. my trailblazing predecessor. i thank you, mr. speaker, i
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thank the gentlelady, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the entlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from the virgin islands is recognized. ms. plaskett: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i urge passage of h.r. 5238 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from north carolina is recognize the. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i -- recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5238. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill, s. 2962. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2692. an act to designate the facility of the united states
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postal service located at 4558 broadway in new york, new york, as the stanley michels post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. plaskett: i yield myself such time as i may -- mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: i rise today in support of the bill to name the in broadway t 4558 -- 4558 broadway in new york, new york, as the stanley michels post office building. he was active in environmental protection and public health. having sponsored new york city's first law regulating smoking in public places. michels also sponsored one of
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the first city laws to prevent childhood lead poisoning. and he played a significant role in expanding the city's are he cycling program. he was a dedicated public servant. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the virgin islands is recognized. ms. plaskett: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of s. 2692, to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 4558 broadway in new york, new york, as the stanley michels post office building. i yield sufficient time as he may consume to the gentleman from new york, mr. espaillat. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new york is recognized. mr. espaillat: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank congresswoman plaskett for yielding me time, as well as ranking member cummings and chairman gowdy for their support in bringing this bill to the floor. a special acknowledgment and thank you to senator gillibrand
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who introduced the senate version of my bill, which is before us today. i rise in strong support of s. 2692, to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 4558 broadway in manhattan as the stanley michels post office building. stanley michels was a great public servant much he was a loving family man -- servant. he was a love family man, and he was from my neighborhood, washington heights. he served on the city council from 178 to 2001, representing council district six, and always did so with distinction and with integrity. as the chairman of the council's committee on environmental protection, for 1992 -- from 1992 through 2001, stanley was best known for his activism on environmental issues. particularly water quality and also he was a strong advocate of tenants' rights. he was a strong supporter, a very strong supporter of new
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york city parks. they call him the king of the parks in new york city. and he injected thousands and millions of dollars into the park system across the city of new york. but particularly in northern manhattan. rks like high bridge park, bennett park, all of these parks in the long narrow neck of manhattan received tremendous funding from stanley michels. in many ways, stanley was ahead of his time. in 1987 he was the prime sponsor of the clean indoor air act. which was new york city's first law regulating smoking in public places. he was also the visionary behind the childhood lead poisoning prevention act of 1982. legislation that is still very relevant today in new york city, in new york state he played a significant -- -- state. he played significant roles in expanding the city's recycling program and advocating for a
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memorandum of understanding among the city, the state and upstate communities to protect the city's water shed in the mountains. after years of public service, and a long fight against cancer, stanley passed away in 2008. but his legacy will not be forgotten. it is my honor to see a post office named in his honor. stanley michels and his family pour their hearts into making new york city a better place for all of us to live in. this included his wife, molly michels, his sister, ellen grant, his son, jeffrey, and his two daughters, karen and sherry michels, who is now a new york city civil court judge. and three grandchildren, stanley michels left a tremendous legacy and he made a difference. naming this post office after stanley michels is a fitting tribute to honor his memory and all of his contributions to new york city. i am proud to have sponsored
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this bill and look forward to celebrating stanley mick else' -- stanley michels' legacy next month. thank you, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time -- the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the virginiaen islands is recognized. ms. plaskett: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i urge passage of s. 2692, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is -- the gentlewoman from the vrger virgin islands yields. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass s. 262. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting 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. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 4407. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4407.
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a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 3s101 rockwell street in wainwrightville, illinois, as the corporal jeffery allen williams post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 4407, introduced by the gentleman from illinois, mr. hultgren. this would name the post office in rockwell street in wainwrightville, illinois, in honor of the life and service of corporal jeffery allen williams. corporal williams was born in 1985 and grad in 2003. shortly after graduating, williams joined the army and trained to become a medical specialist dedicated his creef in life to help his fellow
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soldiers. he was deployed to iraq in 2005 where he was assigned as a medic in then colonel h.r. macmaster's personal security detachment. tragically, corporal williams was killed in action in iraq in september, 2005. he's remembered by his troop as a dedicated, tough and disciplined medic who always put others before himself. his decorations include the purple heart, the bronze star, and the army commendation medal. we thank corporal williams for his is -- for his service and sacrifice. i urge my colleagues to support this bill to honor him. i look forward to hearing more about corporal williams from the sponsor of this bill, mr. hultgren in a few minutes. and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the virgin islands is recognized. ms. plaskett: i yield myself such time as i may consume and i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of h.r. 4407 to designate the facility of the united states postal service at 3s101 rockwell
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street in warrenville, illinois, as the corporate jeffrey allen williams post office building. corporal williams began his career in 2003, completing basic training in fort benning, georgia, qualifying as a specialist and medical technician. he went to iraq in 2005 and was tragically killed in action on september 5 of that year while serving as a medic for the regimental commander's detachment. corporal williams' awards include the purple heart, global war on terrorism service medal and bronze star, as well as the come bat medic badge. he's well loved in his community -- and held high regard for the post office having spent many days in his youth getting to know the staff. we should pass this bill to name the post office in memory of corporal williams and the
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ultimate sacrifice he made to his community and this countryism urge passage of this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves, the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: i yield five minutes to the gentleman from illinois and sponsor of this bill, mr. hultgren. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. hultgren: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my friend and colleague, congressman walker, for yielding. i rise today in honor and memory of corporate jeffrey allen williams from my district in warrenville, illinois. jeff will be remembered by his fellow service member and women as a dedicated, tough, disciplined medic who always put others before himself and was committed to his medical mission and fellow soldiers. upon graduation from wheaton war bville south high school he gran his military training in 2003 at foort bening, georgia, and continued his training at fort sam houston, texas, graduating
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as a 91 whiskey medical specialist and basic emergency medical technician. in 2004 he was assigned to fort carson, colorado work medical troop support squadron of the third army call vary regiment. he was assigned as a medic for the regimental commanders personal security detachment. during his tour, jeff recognized the dire need for qualified medics and desaied to re-enlist to further serb his fellow soldiers and his country. when his service would eventually end, he intended to continue his college education and become a physicians assistant after his return from iraq. tragically, while serving in tel afar, iraq, he was killed in action on september 5, 2005. during his all too brief but distinct military career he received various awards and decorations, including the bronze star medal, purple heart,
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army commendation medal, iraqi campaign medal, global war on terrorism service medal, national defense service medal and defense service rib bonn and was award the combated me ibbling badge. while jeff is remembered by his army colleagues as a dedicated and selfless soldier he was that and much more to his family and friends back home. those in the warrenville community describe him as the gregarious glue that connected our social networks together. his sense of hue -- humor was magnetic and his ability to care about others was incredible he feel befriended pretty much everyone in his class of 700 at wheele to -- wheaton-warrenville high school. he had a special affection for new students and was often their first friend, he made a point to sit with them and launch and -- lunch and include them in his circumstancele of friends.
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jeff and his younger brother were raised by their mother. as the older brother , he took on many households responsibilities including running errands for his mother. his frequent and favorite errand was going to the post office. over time he came to know the employees by name and they him. he became friends with most of them he would go out of his way to brighten everyone's day there he would often get lost in conversation, causing him to arrive home late. his mother came to realize that if jeff wasn't home he was he likely was at the post office making friends and engaging with all who crossed -- crossed his path. therefore, it is entirely appropriate in honor-of jeff's service to our nation that i'm introducing this legislation, h.r. 440 , to name the facility of the united states postal ervice low catted at 3s101 rockwell street in warrenville, illinois, as the corporal
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jeffrey allen williams post office building. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation to name the post office facility in his hometown after that remarkable young man so his service and sacrifice and his impression on his community may be long remembered. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the virgin islands is recognized. ms. plaskett: i have no further speakers. i urge passage of h.r. 4407 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: i urge adoption of the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4407. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina
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seek recognition? mr. walker: i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill senate 931. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 931, an act to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 4910 brighton boulevard in denver, colorado, as the george sakato post office. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentlewoman from the virgin islands, ms. plaskett, each will control 20 minutes. mr. walker: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman select niced. mr. walker: i rise in support of this introduced by the senior senator from colorado, cory gardner. it would name the post office on brighton boulevard in denver,
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colorado as the george sakato post office. he served in the regimental combat team in world war ii. on october 29, 1944, he showed extraordinary heroism, charging on a hill on the front line in france. winning control of the site and assuming control of his platoon after his platoon leader was killed in action. in recognition of his heroism, congress awarded him the highest award for military valor, the medal of honor. after returning home , he committed 27 years of his life to work at the stack yards station post office. today, through this bill, we celebrate private sakato's life in service to his nation. i urge my colleagues to support this bill, honoring his life and service, and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from the virgin islands is recognized. ms. plaskett: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of s. 931 to designate the facility
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of the united states postaler is as the george sakato post office. born in california in 1921, george sakato overcame discrimination to become an american hero. classified as a, quote, enemy alien because of his japanese heritage, mr. sakato was rejected by the army air force when he tried to enlist shortly after the attack at pearl harbor. mr. sakato did not quit though, saying decades later in 2009, quote, what do you mean enemy alien? i'm an american. mr. sakato continued trying to enlist until he was finally intipped the earp ground forces in 1944 and sent to fight in europe and we're glad he did. there he exemplified hard work and severallessness, serving with the 442 second reg meantal command team a unit of japanese americans what that would become the most highly decorated combat unit of its size and time
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serving in u.s. history. he would contribute to that legacy, earning america's second highest combat honor, the distinguished service cross after leading his soldiers to overtake the enemy in france after his platoon leader was kimmed. in year 2000, he was awarded arks we heard, the medal of honor, along with 21 other asian american world war ii veterans he worked for the united states post office in denver for more than two decades and pass aid way at the age of 94 in 2015. we urge the passage of s. 931 to commemorate plivet sakato's service and honor the contributions he and so many other japanese americans have made to this nation. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i would like to make the gentlewoman from the virgin islands aware that i have no further speakers and am prepared to close.
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the speaker pro tempore: the jerusalem is recognized. ms. plaskett: i have no further speakers, i urge passage of this bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: i urge adoption of the bill and yield back they balance -- the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass s. 931. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the house rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2979. the speaker pro tempore: the salesclerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2979, a bill to dez ignate the facile i have to the united states postal service at 390 west 5th street in san bernardino, california, as the jack h. brun post office
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uilding. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentleman from maine -- maryland, mr. sarbanes, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: i rise in support of h.r. 2979 to designate the facility of the united states postal service in san bernardino, california, as the jack h. brown post office he served in the vietnam era. after returning he took a job at a popular grocery store and would go on to found stater brothers charities along with
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the children's fund of san bernardino count kwlism did a great deal for his community and it's fitting we name now a post office in his hometown in his honor. i encourage my colleagues to support this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of h.r. 2979 a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 390 west 5th street in san bernardino california as the jack h. brown post office building and i would like to yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from kale, mr. aguilar so he may tell us more about the honorable veteran from san bernardino, kale, mr. jack brown. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. aguilar: thank you, mr. speaker, and i thank my colleague for yielding. many communities have larger than life figures people who
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dedicate themselves to the service and others. leaders who touch so many lives with their legacies that outlive them. for my community in southern california's inland empire, that figure was jack h. brown. he was executive chairman of stater brothers markets, one of the inland empire's largest employers. but he'll be remembered far more for his success as a local community member than as a business leader. jack poured himself into the community, using his time and resources to make the inland empire a better place. especially for children. he helped establish the boys and girls club of san bernardino to give the children of our community a safe plates to learn, live, and grow. and he served as founding chairman for the children's fund of san bernardino county a nonprofit that's provided assistance to over 1.4 million children in our region since its inception in 1986. but his commitment to his
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community didn't stop there. each time our region has been rocked by earthquakes, wildfires, floods, or acts of terror, like on december 2, 2015, we knew that jack brown would be there for the community and for the brave first responders who ensured that loss of life didn't continue to grow. when we lost jack brown in late 2016, we lost a constant presence in our community. that's why i offered this bill to designate the u.s. post office at 390 west 5th street as the jack h. brown post office building. while i can never truly repay jack for all he did for our community, i'm hopeful that honoring his name in this way will restore that constant presence and remind the inland empire of the contributions of this truly great man. jack and i had a great relationship. although he liked to tell me
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that i was his mayor, jack was sure to remind everyone that san bernardino was his hometown. and i'm proud that this bill will memorialize his name at the center of the hometown that he loved so much. i urge my colleagues to pass this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers at this time. i want to thank the gentleman from california for his testimony and urge the passage of h.r. 2979. i'll yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 279. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. -- 2979. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, mott mogs -- the
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motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 4946. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the bill. h.r. 4946. a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 1075 north tustin street in orange, california, as the specialist trevor a. win'e post office. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. sarbanes, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: i rise today in support of h.r. 4946, a bill to name the post office at 1075 north tustin street in orange, california, after specialist
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trevor win'e. specialist win'e enlisted in the army shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks to train as a patrol -- as a petroleum supply specialist. he was set to deploy in south korea but requested to deploy with his unit to iraq, a request the army granted. one year later, he was killed when his convoy encountered an i.e.d. attack in tikrit, iraq, causing fatal injuries. today we honor specialist trevor win'e's bravery and sacrifice for our nation with a small but lasting symbol of our gratefulness and respect. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. dzhokhar tsarnaev thank you, mr. speaker. i yield -- mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may a couple of. i am pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of this bill.
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i'd like to yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from california, mr. correia, to tell us more about trevor anthony win'e. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. correa: mr. speaker, i'm honored to rise today in support of h.r. 4946. freedom is not free. all gave some and many made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and for our freedom. army specialist trevor anthony win'e, one of my constituents, made the ultimate sacrifice. and i am privileged today to introduce this bill to name the united states post office at 1075 north tustin street in orange, california, after army specialist trevor anthony win'e. trevor was born on september 24, 1981. he was the youngest of three
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children to rick and deborah win'e. he attended cavalry chapel high school in santa ana, my hometown, graduating in the year 2000. his family and close friends recall trevor as a compassionate and devout young man always willing to help, always willing to lend a hand. trevor was indeed a man of strong convictions who wanted to serve our country. just months after the 9/11 attack on our country, trevor enlisted in the u.s. army on may 1, 2002. after basic training, trevor was trained as a petroleum supply specialist. he was assigned to the army's 24th quarter master supply company at fort louis, washington, where he had a key role in multiple training operations. according to lieutenant colonel john pratt, commander of the 24th, trevor was dedicated to
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his fellow soldiers. in november of 2003, trevor's company was scheduled to deploy to iraq, but trevor was assigned to move to korea instead. trevor, of course, requested he deploy and to serve alongside his fellow service members in iraq. trevor was granted his request and continued to serve with his company, with his co-workers, in iraq. in tikrit, iraq, trevor was an -- elite leet truck truck serving as a front gunnar. unfortunately the company was attacked by multiple improvised explosive devices and trevor suffered severe injuries. the following day, on may 1, 2004, two years to the date of his enlistment, trevor died. he was 22 years young. trevor was proud of his
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military service and wanted to serve in capacity critical to the operations of a fighting force. trevor answered the call of duty after our nation was attacked. and naming the post office after trevor is a fitting tribute to his service and sacrifice to our great country. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 4946 . i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman reserve? mr. sarbanes: yes. mr. speaker, i actually have no further speakers. i do want to thank the gentleman for his powerful words about a life well and honorably lived. and i urge the passage of h.r. 4946. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 4649 -- 4946. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair,
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2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, -- mr. walker: 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. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5504. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 480 is west van giesen street in west richland, washington, as the sergeant dietrich schmieman post office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. sarbanes, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks
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and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 5504, a bill introduced by the gentleman from washington, mr. newhouse, to name a post office in west richland, washington, in honor of marine sergeant dietrich schmieman. marine sergeant dietrich schmieman grew up in richland, washington. after graduating high school in 2009, schmieman -- schmieman enlisted in the marine corps, eventually attending the special operations school. he completed two overseas deployments. he received multiple honors during his service, including two marine corps achievement medals and a navy meritorious unit commentcation. he -- commendation. he alsoed achieved his -- also achieved his goal as a radio operator. he was tragically killed in a cargo plane crash over mississippi. we thank sergeant schmieman for his service to our nation and i urge my colleagues to support this bill in his honor. i look forward to hearing more about this bill from
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congressman newhouse in a few minutes, and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of h.r. 5504, to designate facility of the united states postal service located at 4801 west van giesen street in west richland, washington, as the sergeant dietrich schmieman post office building. a graduate of columbia basin college, dietrich schmieman joined the marine corps in 2009. following a deployment to okinawa, japan, as a military parachutist and diver, dietrich was promoted to sergeant and selected for marine corps special operations school. you heard that he tragically lost his life in a cargo plane crash in july, 2017, but before that sergeant schmieman would complete a second overseas deployment and attain his goal of serving as a critical skills operator. sergeant schmieman received 14 awards and decorations during
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his service, and continues to be deeply missed by his marine team. who plans to climb his beloved mount rainier in his honor this summer. mr. speaker, i urge the passage of h.r. 5504 and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentleman from washington and sponsor of this bill, mr. dan newhouse. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from washington is recognized. mr. newhouse: i want to thank my colleague from north carolina for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise today to support -- to speak in support of legislation that will commemorate the life and service of a young man from central washington who died serving his country just over a year ago, on july 10, 2017. marine sergeant dietrich schmieman grew up in richland, washington, with his parents, eric and susan, and his two brothers, aaron and hans. he attended christ the king catholic school, hanford high school, and columbia basin college, where he met friends
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who would remain close to him throughout his entire life. in 2010, with a world of opportunity ahead of him, he chose to dedicate his life to service and enlist in the united states marine corps. it was his goal to serve within special operations command. throughout his service he received 14 awards and decorations, including several achievement medals, good conduct medals, and the global war on terrorism service medal. he had completed two oversees de-- overseas deployments, serving our nation during operation enduring freedom. he achieved his goal, honorably serving as a critical skills operator in the u.s. marine corps' second raider battalion at camp lejeune, north carolina. when he was tragically killed in a kc-130 plane crash. in mississippi on july 10, 2017. my legislation would designate the u.s. postal service
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van ity at 4801 west giesen street in west richland, washington, as the sergeant dietrich schmieman post office building. dietrich and his fellow service members gave the ultimate sacrifice and i hope to honor his memory, as well as the memory of the 15 other men and women killed in the crash. with this dedication to their service. dietrich's strong ties to his family, friends and hometown continue to be evident. an avid sky diver, dietrich's death inspired his parents, his childhood friends and fellow marines to complete a memorial skydive over central washington . he had a tattoo symbolizing his love of the pacific northwest, and requested that his ashes be spread on mount rainier, where his marine brothers in arms will hike this august in his
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honor. we recently observed the one-year anniversary of the devastating plane crash and i know that the designation of this post office will mean a lot to dietrich's family and to our community. serving as a local memorial and a reminder of the sacrifice he and his fellow service members gave to preserve the freedoms that are the cornerstone of our nation. i encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation, to name this building, which will be visited often by friends and family, after a courageous young man whose life and service deserve this honor. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back the balance of my time. mr. walker: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i urge the passage of h.r. 5504, in memory of sergeant schmieman, an american hero, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from north
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carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 5504. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting 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. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 3076, the cases for constituents act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3076, a bill to amend section 552-a of title 5, united states code, commonly referred to as the privacy act, to require agencies to accept electronic release forms and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. sarbanes, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i ask
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unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3076, the cases for constituents act, introduced by the gentleman from louisiana, mr. graves. one of the most important services we can provide our constituents is helping -- is help navigating the complicated bureaucracy of federal agencies. whether it is a senior who needs help with a social security office or a veteran whose benefits are delayed, as members of congress we can help our constituents reach a real person and get better service from agencies. the privacy act requires constituents to complete and sign a consent form before agencies can provide a member of congress information about the case. the constituent prints the form or obtains it in person, signs it, mails, faxes, emails, or physically brings it back to the congressional office. the congressional office must send the consent form to the agency. this process has unnecessary
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steps leading to delays that frustrate our constituents, many of whom need help quickly. h.r. 3076 helps speed up the process by allowing constituents submit privacy consent forms electronically directly to the agency or a central portal. it instructs the office of management and budget to issue guidance to federal agencies to accept electronic consent. o.m.b.'s guidance will maintain a role for congressional caseworkers to act on behalf of constituents for a swift resolution. a swift resolution is especially important for those constituents in wake of natural disasters since victims often need to reach out to multiple federal entities for relief. at a time when many citizens need help from their government, allowing them to communicate more easily with the government is the very least we can do. mr. speaker, i would like to thank representatives garrett graves and patrick kennedy for introducing this bill to improve constituents' experience when they are seeking help. i urge my colleagues to support this practical solution and reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sarbanes: i support this bill, the cases for constituents act, introduced by representatives garrett graves and joe kennedy. this bill, as you heard, would modernize the way federal agencies process privacy act waivers, make it easier for members of congress to help constituents get assistance from federal agencies. we all know what this means. it helps to speed up the process of assisting your constituents, so it's a very valuable and proven. a constituent has to provide an agency written consent before a congressional office can get information on behalf of the constituent. some agencies, as we heard and know, have outdated policy and still require these consent forms to be mailed or faxed. under the bill before us, the office of management and budget would be required to establish standards for federal agencies to accept electronic consent forms and for agencies to accept such forms.
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the bill also would require the o.m.b. to operate a consolidated online portal that would allow individuals to submit electronic consent forms and to track the status of their form. the bill would also allow congressional offices to provide online links to the portal. i appreciate very much the bipartisan language this bill was developed. i want to thank the majority for their cooperation and making a number of improvements to the bill. for example, the substitute amendment would require o.m.b. to include features to protect the privacy of individuals who use the consolidated online portal required under the bill. this is a good bipartisan bill. i urge my colleagues to support it and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentleman from louisiana and the sponsor of this bill, mr. garrett graves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from louisiana is recognized. mr. graves: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from north carolina for working with us on this as well as many
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staff and members from the o.g.r. committee. mr. speaker, can you nadge for a minute if you -- imagine for a minute if you had an emergency at your house and you had to mail a form to the ambulance service to have them come address the heart attack victim or other type of medical emergency that's occurring at your house? how irrational is that? obviously it doesn't make sense to do something like that, to mail for something that may be an emergency. mr. speaker, can you imagine even in today's time with the strict demands we have for customer service, if we actually had to truly mail order forms to different online companies to have them deliver something, to retail outlets to have them deliver something, a product to our house? there would be no tolerance for that. in mr. speaker, -- in fact, mr. speaker, our government today, our own united states government which is here to serve our own americans, only has a customer service rating
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of about 70%. in fact, it's less than 70%. while that might be a high water mark for my grades in school, maybe, mr. speaker, that is absolutely unacceptable. absolutely an unacceptable level. this is our government. these are our taxpayers. why is it that private industry has been able to use technology to provide better customer service, to provide faster services? it's because they care about their customers. they care about their business. there's an incentive for them to do so. they don't have a monopoly like the federal government does to offer them the services. it doesn't excuse them. mr. speaker, i had an opportunity to work with congressman joe kennedy to help develop this legislation, and this is a solution to help bring the united states government into the 21st century or perhaps the 20th
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century. it simply does the same thing that private companies have figured out how to do for decades now, where we can access our banks online, we can access our insurance online, we can go online to buy groceries and virtually any other good or service that we need. we can even file our own taxes with the federal government. yet, the privacy act of 1974, as it's implemented today, requires in order for us to provide service to our constituents, which may be an emergency situation, they have to print out a form and mail it in. then we have to take it and mail it to an agency. that is ridiculous in 2018. and it's unacceptable. so this legislation, bipartisan legislation addresses that. it allows for people to access their own government, access government services to address important things like perhaps accessing their v.a. benefits, like perhaps fixing a wrong
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that the i.r.s. caused, or dislodging a permit or some other type of service that the government is supposed to provide and is sitting on in some cases as we dealt with for years. mr. speaker, i want to tell you a quick story. in 2016, in august of that year, in my hometown of baton rouge and south louisiana, we experienced a 1,000-year flood and people were calling us by the hundreds per day, calling and saying, i need help, i need help with fema, with s.b.a., and other government agencies. and so we say, yeah, you bet. go to our website and print out this form and mail it to us. mr. speaker, i can't say on the house floor some of the responses our office received whenever they were telling us about the four feet of water that their computers and printers and other equipment was under. moment. real a-ha how ridiculous we sit here and act like we're 80 years ago as a government. we can do better. this simply brings us to current technology, to allow
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constituents to reach out to our offices when we're addressing urgent issues like our own issues, like citizens aren't getting the benefits they paid for or they earned. it gives us the ability to quickly step in and address their issues, to intervene on their behalf, and get these issues resolved. mr. speaker, i want to thank especially my friend, joe kennedy, for working with us so closely on this bipartisan legislation. congresswoman mimi walters, congressman gene green, congressman kevin mccarthy, congressman mark meadows, congresswoman eleanor holmes norton, congresswoman barbara comstock helped us perfect this legislation and get here today. i want to thank the bipartisan co-sponsors and folks that helped us on this. i urge adoption and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. does the gentleman from north
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carolina reserve? mr. walker: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker. obviously this bill would work a very substantial improvement on our constituent services operations. i have no further speakers at this time and urge passage of h.r. 3076 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3076, as amended. 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. without objection, the title is amended. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4960. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. , a bill to .r. 4960
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designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 511 east walnut street in columbia, missouri, as the specialist sterling william wyatt post office uilding. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. sarbanes, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: 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 the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 4960, a bill introduced by the gentlewoman from missouri, mrs. hartzler, to name the post office at 511 east wal nut street in columbia, missouri, in honor of specialist sterling wyatt. he was born and raised in columbia, missouri. even before he graduated high school he had shown great service and achievement. he participated in the youth group and brighted the sound equipment for his church. he made the rank of eagle scout. he received a black belt in taiwan dough. after graduating in 2009, he
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enlisted in the united states army where he was assigned to the second battalion, ultimately deployed to afghanistan. on july 11, 2012, while on patrol in kandahar, afghanistan , he was struck by an i.e.d. and killed in action. he made the ultimate sacrifice in service of his nation. in recognition of his heroism, he was awarded the medal of valor, the bronze star, and the national defense service medal, among others. we commend him for his service and we honor him for his sacrifice. mr. speaker, i thank congresswoman hartzler for introducing this bill and look forward to hearing more about the bill from her in the next few minutes. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reservices. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sarbanes: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of h.r. 4960, to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 511 east wal
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nut street in columbia, missouri, as the specialist sterling william wyatt post office building. specialist wyatt epitomized dedication and hard work, becoming an eagle scout, first degree black belt and a certified nurse attendant before his high school graduation. he carried that spirit with him when he enlisted in the army, joining the 20th infantry regiment. he deployed to kandahar, afghanistan, and gave his life on july 11, 2012, when his vehicle was hit by an i.e.d. just 21 years old, specialist wyatt was awarded the medal of valor and a bronze star. mr. speaker, we should pass this bill to remember the ultimate sacrifice paid by specialist sterling william wyatt. i urge the passage of h.r. 4960 and reserve the balance of my ime. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized.
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mr. walker: i yield to the sponsor of this bill, mrs. hartzler. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. hartzler: i ask support for h.r. of 4960 which would name the -- h.r. 4960, which would name the post office in honor of our nation's heroes, specialist sterling william wyatt who proudly served in the united states army. i want to thank the chairman and the ranking member and so many of my colleagues for your support of this legislation. sterling was born and raised in columbia, missouri, located in the heart of missouri's fourth congressional district. early on sterling showed his commitment to service by being an active participant in his youth group and in his church. through his service and hard work, he was quite an accomplished young man. he earned the rank of eagle scout, first degree black belt in taekwondo and certified rse attendant before graduating high school in 2009. he joined the united states
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army. he was assigned to the fifth battalion, 20th infantry regiment, third striker brigade at joint base louis mccord in washington. tragically specialist wyatt was killed on july 11, 2012, while on patrol in kandahar, afghanistan. he was only 21 years old. his vehicle was attacked with an enemy scombrow advised explosive -- improvise explosive device. his medals were, the medal of valor and bronze star. specialist wyatt's dedication to serving his community and country were a testament to his faith and his family, especially his loving parents, randy and sherry wyatt. it is fitting that we bring this bill today for a vote before the united states house of representatives because just a few days ago we solemnly remembered the sixth year anniversary of his passing.
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as representatives of the people who bravely serve our country, especially those who pay the ultimate sacrifice, we owe it to their lives and memories to never forget all that they have done for us. although sterling was taken from us too soon, this bill will enshrine his memory in our community for prosperity so everyone can know this brave soldier and be reminded that freedom is not free and maybe when others learn about sterling's story and sacrifice they, too, will put service above self and answer the call to serve which is the noblest and honorable action anyone can ake. sterling did this sterling did this for his brother and sisters in arms. for those who yearned to be free in desperate land. for all of us. we will forever be grateful. and with the renaming of this post office in columbia,
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missouri, the specialist sterling william wyatt post office building, we will always remember and always be grateful. i ask my colleagues to support this legislation to honor specialist wyatt's memory. and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back the balance of her time. does the gentleman reserve? the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. i urge the passage of h.r. 4960 in honor of specialist wyatt. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland yields the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 4960. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, -- mr. walker: 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.
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a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek recognition? mr. walker: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 3230. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3230. a bill to designate the facility of the united states postal service located at 915 center avenue in payette, idaho, as the harman killebrew ost office building. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule the north carolina -- north carolina -- the gentleman from north carolina and the gentleman from maryland will be recognized for 20 minutes. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. walker: i rise in support of h.r. 3230 to name the post fice at 915 center avenue in
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payette, idaho, in honor of harmonn killebrew. he began his career playing major league baseball in 1954. he played over 22 seasons with multiple teams and when he retired in 1975 he had the fifth most home runs in major league history. killebrew was elected to the baseball of hall of fame in 1934. in 1976, killebrew co-founded the denny thompson memorial, an annual golf tournament that raises money for cancer research. sadly on march 17, 2011, killebrew passed away. he left an incredible legacy, one we continue to-er with this bill. i thank the gentleman from idaho, mr. labrador, for introducing this bill. and look forward to hearing more from him about mr. killebrew in a few minutes. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sarbanes: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to join my colleagues in consideration of h.r. 3230, to designate facility of the united states postal service located at 915 center avenue in
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payette, idaho, as the harmon killebrew post office building. a member of the washington senators, minnesota twins, and kansas city royals, harmon killebrew exceled in major league baseball for 22 years. during that time, he notched an impressive 2,086 hits, played in 13 all-star games, and tallied nine seasons with over 100 r.b.i.'s. in fact, i can remember as a kid rooting for the orioles, that we didn't want killebrew coming up to the plate. killebrew retired in 1975 in fifth place for career home runs. he was inducted into the baseball hall of fame in 1984. mr. speaker, we should pass this bill to honor harmon killebrew's accomplishments to the great american pastime. i urge the passage of h.r. 3230, and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentleman from idaho and sponsor of this bill, mr. labrador. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from idaho is recognized. lablab thank you, mr. speaker.
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i rise -- mr. labrador: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 32 30rks a bill that honors idaho's greatest athlete and one of our great humanitarians. h.r. 3230 names the poasts office in payette, idaho, after harmon killebrew, a hall of fame baseball player who later built a legacy of charitable work. idahoans take great pride in killebrew's great success and rightfully so. his career began in 1954, when herman walker, the u.s. senator from idaho, tipped off the owner of the washington senators' clark griffith about the 17-year-old slugger. griffith sent a scout who almost didn't get to see killebrew play. after a night of rain, ground keepers burnt gasoline to make the field playable. killebrew did his part by hitting a ball 435 feet into a payette beat field. immediately signed as a -- beet field. immediately signed as a bonus baby, killebrew debuted a few weeks later. during his 22-year career with
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the washington senators, minnesota twins, and kansas city royals, he hit 573 home runs, more than all but four major league players at the time of his retirement. he was the american league's most valuable player in 1969, hitting 49 home runs and driving in 140 runs. he played in 13 all-star games and was inducted into the hall of fame in 1984. killebrew built his strength lifting 10 gallon milk cans on idaho dairies and leveraged his work ethic into legendary status. for fans across america, killebrew was beloved for remaining the down to earth farm kid who signed a major league contract before turning 18. twins teammate called him one of the classiest people i've ever met in my life. he treated people with respect, even with the stature that he had. what he liked to do for can fun, killebrew once said, well, i like to wash dishes, i guess.
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in the offseason he worked selling cows. after retirement from baseball, he sold insurance, ran a car dealership and worked as a broadcaster. in 1976 killebrew helped found the dappy thompson memorial golf tournament in sun valley, idaho, now called the killebrew-thompson memorial. the event benefits cancer research. the harmon killebrew foundation founded in 1998 with his wife, nita, has built more than a dozen miracle league fields designed for kids with disabilities, including one named for him in payette. baseball and football fields at payette high school are named for killebrew much he died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 74, after entering into hospice care, a treatment he had advocated for for years. at his memorial service, his wife read a tribute from a fan. quote, harmon is an extraordinary, beautiful, loving, compassionate human being who also happens to be a legendary baseball player,
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closed quote. in the days after his death, his high school team, the payette pirates, made an improbable run for state championship, entering the district tournament with a louising record, the pirates won four straight -- losing record, pirates won four straight to reach the state title game. the team wore h.k. patches on their sleeves. harmon's been with us the entire time, said one player. the pirates finally lost to a 25-1 fruitland team, taking home the second place trophy. he still is touching people, said nita killebrew, who worked with my office on the bill and lives in idaho. killebrew's legacy of generosity lives on and it is appropriate to honor his legacy with the legislation we're considering today. i urge my colleagues to join me in voting for h.r. 3230. through this bill we will recognize one of idaho's greatest stars and we will advance the legacy of one of america's most charitable athletes. thank you. mr. speaker -- thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back the balance of my time. mr. walker: i reserve the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: i have no further speakers. i urge the passage of h.r. 32 30rks to name the post office -- 3230, to name the post office in payette, idaho, after harmon killebrew. i yield back the balance of my time. mr. walker: i urge adoption of the bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 3230. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the -- without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina seek vecknition? mr. walker: i move to suspend the rules and pass senate 899 with an amendment. the chair: clesh -- the speaker pro tempore: clerk the clerk had report the title of the bill. the clerk: an act to amend title 38, united states code torrential sure that the requirements that new federal employees who are veterans with service connected disabilities are provided leave, for
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purposes of undergoing medical treatment for such disabilities, applied to certain employees of the veterans' health administration, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from north carolina, mr. walker, and the gentleman from maryland, mr. sarbanes, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from north carolina. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. walker: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of senate 899 introduced by the junior senator from hawaii. senate 899 is the senate version of h.r. 2648 introduced by the gentleman from iowa, mr. stivers. in 2015 congress enacted the wounded warrior federal leave act. the wounded warrior federal leave act provides paid sick leave to veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more. the sick leave is used to attend medical treatment related to the service-connected disability and must be used within 12 months of beginning employment.
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the law, however, did not explicitly apply to veterans hired into certain medical occupations at the department of veterans affairs. the v.a. has applied the provisions of the act to these occupations this bill would ensure new veterans highered -- hired in these positions continue to receive paid sick threeve treat their service-connected disability. mr. speaker, i would like to thank representative stivers of ohio for sponsoring the house version of this bill and for his dedication to caring for our nation's veterans. i would also like to thank chairman david roe and his staff as the house committee on veterans' affairs for working with us to bring this bill to the floor. i will be including in the record an exchange of letters on this bill between chairman phil roe and chairman trey gowdy. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from maryland is recognized. mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sarbanes: i want to thank representative stivers and at that cabo for their sponsorship of this -- takano for their sponsorship of this bipartisan bill which would expand coverage of representative
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lynch's wounded warriors federal leave act to newly hired health care professionals at the veterans health administration. approximately 1/3 of the v.a.'s new hires are veterans. it is no surprise the veterans who leave military service want to continue to serve this country and the american people. we are grateful that tease brave men and women, many of whom are wounded themselves, choose to devote their civilian careers to taking care of their fellow wounded warriors. the bill would provide newly hired doctors, nurses, physician assistants, dentists, op tomorrow terrorists and chiropractors at the v.a. with 104 hours of sick leave during their first year of employment to take care of mayor in medical conditions. this is a very good bill that i urge my colleagues to support. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i yield five minutes to the gentleman from ohio, mr. stivers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of senate s. 899, the veterans
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providing health care transition improvement act. i want to thank the gentleman from california, mr. takano, for helping me, being the lead democrat on this. this is bipartisan and bicameral legislation. senator hirono is the sponsor in the senate, we're sponsors in the house. but, mr. speaker, it's great to have a veteran in the chair today. mr. speaker, as a brigadier general in the ohio national guard, i know firsthand the incredible sacrifices that our veterans have made in the service of our country. and we owe it to them to provide them time when they come home to deal with the things they need to work on, their medical and other conditions. in 2015 the wounded warrior federal leave act was signed into law, which was great. it gave sick threeve people that are newly hired federal employees, rather than waiting on that leave to accrue, if they had a disability rating, a service-connected disability
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rating of 30% or more. unfortunately that bill did not extend those benefits to title 38 employees. those are v.a. employees like physicians, physicians assistants, registered nurses, chiropractors, dentists. they are health care providers themselves and it's no small number of employees. in fact, as we sit here there are over 14,000 vacancies in title 38 jobs, that means up to 14,000 people can benefit from this bill. . again, it's bipartisan. it's a simple change that they can get deal to deal with their wounded warrior conditions rather than waiting for that leave to accrue over time. it's a bipartisan bill. i want to thank mr. takano for that. and a lot of veteran organizations have supported it. the national association of v.a. physicians and dentists,
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the nurses association, the american legion, the v.f.w., paralyzed veterans of america, disabled veterans of america, association of the u.s. navy, american federation of government employees, national federation of federal employees, afghanistan veterans of america, am vets, and the federal managers association. i want to thank the oversight and reform committee, the gentleman from north carolina, the gentleman from maryland, and the chairman from south carolina for their hard work on this. i also want to thank the veterans' affairs committee and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, for their expertise as they work through this bill. i want to thank the sponsors of the senate legislation, again, thank representative takano for joining me in this important effort and i urge my colleagues to support this commonsense, bipartisan legislation. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland is
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recognized. mr. sarbanes: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm pleased to yield five minutes to representative takano, one of the sponsors of this very, very important bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. taxpayer assistance center i thank the gentleman for yielding -- mr. takano: i thank the gentleman for yielding. 899, in support of s. the veterans providing health care transition improvement leave ich extends sick for those in the first year of work at the department of veterans affairs. as lead democrat on this bill, i want to thank representative steve stivers from ohio for his bipartisan leadership on this issue. let me hasten to add, i do enjoy the work we do together as founders and co-chairs of the bipartisan maker caucus, bringing attention to the congress about advanced manufacturing technologies. back to the issue at hand.
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i also want to thank senator mazie hirono for taking the lead on this important issue in the senate. veterans who choose to provide their medical skills and expertise to serve other veterans at the department of veterans affairs should not have to take a leave of absence to receive the care that they need. by improving the wounded warrior federal leave act to extend benefits to wounded warriors working at the v.a., we will help veterans who need to take time off to get their own medical care. this will also help in hiring and recruiting what are known as title 38 employees at the v.a. and those -- this group of employees includes physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, chiropractors, podiatrists, optometrists and dentists. according to 2018 data from the
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veterans health administration, 38 are over 14,000 title vacancies nationwide. this is why we need to make it a priority to fill these vakeansies to ensure the v.a. -- vacancies to ensure the v.a. is well staff. extending benefits to title 38 employees at the v.a. can help with the recruitment and hiring of veterans who want to continue helping other veterans. veterans working at the v.a. already make incredible sacrifices to help their fellow veterans. their paychecks should not be one of them. this is why i urge my colleagues to stand with our veterans and support this legislation. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i'd like to make the gentleman from maryland aware i have no
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speakers and i am prepared to close. mr. sarbanes: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers either. i urge the passage of h.r. 2648 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. walker: mr. speaker, i urge adoption and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 899 as amended. 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. without objection, the title is amended.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from illinois seek recognition? mr. davis: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to suspend 66 ules and pass the bill as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 66, a bill to establish the route 66 sen continental commission, to direct the secretary of transportation to prepare a plan on the preservation needs of route 66, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from illinois, mr. davis, and the gentlewoman from california, mrs. napolitano, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from illinois.
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mr. davis: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 66, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. and i rise today in support of h.r. 66, the route 66 sen continental -- centennial commission act. i want to thank my colleague, representative grace napolitano, for sponsoring this legislation with me and also chairman shuster and ranking member defazio for helping shepherd this bill to the floor along with highway subcommittee chairman, mr. graves. i'm proud to have route 66 run through the middle of my district and i believe it's important we celebrate the history of route 66. in 1926, route 66 became our nation's first all-paved highway under the federal highway system connecting chicago, illinois, to santa monica, california. early on, the road was used by hundreds of thousands of
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americans seeking to escape the dust bowl and provided critical employment opportunity for road crews paving the road during the great depression. during world war ii, the highway transported troops, equipment, and supplies to military bases across our country and was used after the war by thousands of troops returning home to their families. by the 1950's, route 66 began to see a rise in tourism and became the true symbol of american freedom and independence that we all know today. in april of last year, i went ton an extended tour of illinois' stretch of the highway with my colleague, representative darren lahood, and also many state and local leaders. i had the opportunity to see the economic impact that the mother road brings to illinois. it supports many jobs and key economic activity in small towns and it helps generate important revenue to support those small rural communities. for example, travelers along route 66 in illinois can see a
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giant pink elephant statue and other larger than life sculptures at the pink elephant antique mall in livingston, illinois. mr. speaker, as a matter of fact, my family and i were coming back to my hometown of taylarville, yesterday, and we stopped and had a great lumpling at the twisty free trade, -- lunch at the twisty treat. if you want to go there, they have great burgers. i had a pork tenderloin sandwich. and topped off with tasty treats famous ice cream. if you're traveling route 66 you can stop and see a movie at the theater in edwardsville, illinois. that originally opened in 1909. or stop at an all-day break fast at jungle gym's cafe, a quintessential roadside dinner in springfield, illinois. those are a few of the thousands of local businesses along route 66 whose livelihood
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depends on the historic highway. you don't have to be in a car 66. -- car to ride route they provide paths for hikers and bikers. a centennial of this highway will be an international celebration and the state of illinois will be ready to welcome travelers from around the world who want to experience the history and magic of this scenic byway. h.r. 66, this bill, mr. speaker, will create a 19-member commission to recommend activities to honor the 100th anniversary of the mother road in the year 2026. it also directs the u.s. department of transportation to develop a plan to ensure the first all-paved u.s. highway connecting the midwest to my colleague, mrs. napolitano's district in california will be preserved for many years to come. and in doing this, the secretary of transportation will work with our governors of the eight states that this historic highway passes through to develop a comprehensive
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preservation plan. h.r. 66 is endorsed by the national trust for historic preservation, the route 66 road ahead partnership, the national historic route 66 federation, auto club enterprises, also known as a.a.a., and the route 66 alliance. under general leave, i submit their letters of support for the bill for the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. davis: thank you, mr. speaker. throughout its history, route 66 has become more than just a way to get from point a to point b. it's evolved into a symbol of american independence and prosperity, and i'm proud to help continue the legacy of route 66 and i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 66 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. napolitano thank you, mr. speaker. -- mrs. napolitano: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise in very strong support of h.r. 66, the
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route 66 centennial commission act. i thank my colleague, congressman davis, for introducing this legislation with me and i want to thank chairman shuster and graves and ranking members defazio and norton for moving this through committee. route 66, as was pointed out, runs east to west through my district as foothill boulevard my cities of laverne, san dimas. our local restaurants, shops, businesses like so many others from the heartland to the west coast, provide rest breaks for travelers. our communities are proud to be part of the iconic road. the city of duerte celebrates every year in september with a parade and classic questions, groups and marching bands. along the highway, there are
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signs still there from long ago from showing route 66 lives there. the theme of the los angeles county fair this year, which is very popular fair, is route 66, with memorabilia and route 66 movie theme nights. states and local governments across the country are reinvesting in route 66 as an icon of american history and culture. the federal government should be involved in this effort as well. h.r. 66 creates a national commission to recommend activities to commemorate the 100th anniversary of route 66 in 2026. the bill also directs the department of transportation, as was pointed out, to develop a plan on the preservation needs of this iconic route 66. the department is required to consult with eight states through which route 66 travels, includes california, arizona, new mexico, texas, oklahoma,
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kansas, missouri, and illinois. mr. speaker, route 66 is a significant part of american past but it also continues to provide transportation, economic and community benefits to our society today. we must continue to improve this historic road so that many more generations can, in the words of chuck berry, get the kicks on route 66. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to support route 66 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i'd like the gentlelady to know i have no further speakers, so i'm prepared to close, but if she has other speakers i'll reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mr. davis: i reserve. mrs. napolitano: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields. mr. davis: mr. speaker, i want to thank my colleague, mrs. napolitano, and also my colleague, mr. lahood, for going on the route 66r

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