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starting the day off with speeches, then work on legislation from energy and commerce and foreign affairs committees. dealing with the security of the u.s. electric grid and media diversity. over on the other side of the capitol, work in the senate this week on the yet to be released bipartisan infrastructure bill. take you live to the house. on c-span. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., july 19, 2021. i hereby appoint the honorable sean casten to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, nancy pelosi, speaker of the house of representatives.
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the speaker pro tempore: the prayer will now be offered by chaplain kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. holy god, bless these next weeks that lie ahead of us. in this time when resources are highly contested and the premises on which decisions are made are highly charged. grants your infinite wisdom and careful guidance. give us your vision that we would keep our eyes straight ahead, our gaze fixed before us that our priority would be what you would have us see, your perfect will for us and for this country. that enable us to give careful thought to the paths our feet must take, that our steps would be firmly planted in your truth. protect us from being derailed by foolish impulse or fall wayward from our misjudgment but cause us to be steadfast in our
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ways. that we would align with your will and our certainty would be grounded in faithfulness to you. lord, our sight, our walk, our actions and decisions are so easily influenced by whim and worry. may this day, we remain committed to you, in your sovereign name we pray, amen. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 188, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton. ms. norton: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
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the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the district of columbia seek i reserve the balance of my time anything? ms. norton: i rise to request one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i come to report significant progress on d.c.'s statehood and to thank my colleagues for passing my bill to make the district the 51st state. i especially thank senator gary pierce for holding -- peters for holding a senate hearing on the bill in june, only the second in senate history. i particularly appreciate the work of senator tom carper, the lead senate sponsor, for a record 45 senate sponsors. these efforts in the house and senate have resulted in 54% of the american people now supporting d.c. statehood.
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d.c. is more than ready. indeed, is overqualified for statehood. residents pay more federal taxes per capita than any state, more taxes per capita than 12 states, and has a larger gross domestic product than 17 states. the district of columbia is well on its way to becoming our 51st state, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i rise to address the house and ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. >> mr. speaker, at the grocery store and at the gas pump, american families are facing a harsh new reality, rising prices have effectively created both a tax hike and a pay cut for the workers. at the height of summer, families are now paying 3% more
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for fruits and vegetables, 9% more for milk, and 18% more for bacon. instead of addressing this crisis, president biden and liberals in congress are doing what they always do, spending money that we don't have and asking taxpayers to cover the difference. another $3.5 trillion spending bill is not what our country needs. passing the green new deal, under another name, will not help american families. in pennsylvania, inflation has harsh consequences on our local businesses like guy chemical in sommerset county, that has seen a 30% to 50% rise in cost. mr. joyce: let's make it clear. president biden's failed policies are putting american businesses and american families at risk. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to
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address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize the important work being done by our former first lady, michelle obama, through her pass the love campaign. ms. scanlon: in partnership with a healthier america, mrs. obama has been on a mission to distribute one million healthy meals to families in need. we found out last week that philadelphia, part of my district, has been selected as the next city for this campaign. it will fill abundance healthy meal kits to 5,000 families. over the course of four weeks, they'll provide 240,000 meals for those experiencing food insecurity. children in philadelphia and across america are hungry. creative initiatives like this one from the former first lady should be lauded for what they do, but they cannot solve the systemic issue on their own.
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our country has every resource required to eradicate hunger. we can and must make the decision to end the hunger in america now. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which the yeas and nays are ordered. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later time. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move
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to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3119, the energy emergency leadership act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 68, h.r. 3119, a bill to amend the department of energy organization act with respect to functions assigned to assistant secretaries, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 3119. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: and mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3119, the energy emergency leadership act. this bill and the two others
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that will follow it will protect our grid from cyber attacks. all three of these bills passed the house last congress but was never taken up in the senate, and that needs to change this year as this becomes more important by the day. we heard repeatedly from security experts and regulators over the past few years that our energy infrastructure and grid are being attacked by state actors or other entities. indeed, two months ago, large parts of this country suffered from gas shortages after a ransomware attack on the colonial pipeline. former energy secretary perry took the first step of reducing cyberattacks by creating the cybersecurity and energy security emergency response office, or ceser. he enhanced its statue by making its leader assistant secretary. this bill would amend the department of energy organization act by establishing
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the new assistant secretary position responsible for cybersecurity and emergency response issues. this bill also makes clear that the senate secretary would have jurisdiction over all energy and emergency security functions related to emergency supply, infrastructure, and cybersecurity. and it also vests the assistant secretary with the authority to provide d.o.e. technical assistance upon request and it requires the assistant secretary and the department of energy to coordinate with the department of homeland security and other relevant federal agencies in carrying out the bill's provisions. now, ceser had a whole of government response to the colonial pipeline attack. this bill will go a long way to helping the nation's infrastructure from hackers and
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other bad actors who would attempt to disrupt our energy grid and harm our daily lives, our overall national security. it would also appropriately raise the stature, i should say, of ceser, the office, and provide more accountability over the vital functions with a lead person tasked with carrying them out. so i commend energy subcommittee chairman bobby rush and representative wahlberg for their bipartisan effort to protect our energy infrastructure. this bipartisan cooperation is essential as we continue to work to defend our country from the threat of cyberattacks. i also want to thank our ranking members rogers and our energy subcommittee ranking member upton for working to move this bill and the other two cybersecurity bills that will follow. mr. speaker, i urge all my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill. and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: well, thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: so recognized. mr. latta: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 3119,
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the energy emergency leadership act. this bill, sponsored by representatives rush and walberg, has strong bipartisan support and passed on suspension last congress. the bill is necessary to strengthen the department of energy, d.o.e., important emergency mission. it does so by requiring the well-established the functions at d.o.e. are organized under the leadership of an assistant secretary confirmed by the senate. 3 1/2 years ago, secretary of energy perry recognized the importance of elevating this position within the department. he established an assistant secretary led office, the office of cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response, which proved its worth in various situations in the past two years, including assistance relating to hurricanes and the recent colonial pipeline rance omsware -- ransomware attacks. this amends the established law
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of d.o.e.'s energy emergency -- emergency response in cybersecurity functions. this will make sure the office has leadership to more fully protect the public from fuel and electricity supply disruptions against all hazards, natural or manmade, including emerging threats from our foreign adversaries to the nation's electric grid. the bill has been drafted to ensure they carry out the responsibilities by improving coordination across the department, ensuring more effective interagency collaborations, and increasing accountability to congress. establishing accountable leadership of this d.o.e. mission is an important step in the face of increased threats, vulnerabilities, and interdependencies of energy infrastructure and end use
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systems. protecting energy security requires defense and depth. this means a strong energy sector, strong state's capabilities, and ensuring sector agencies like the department of energy have the tools and accountability -- accountable leadership they need to respond to energy emergencies. a vote for h.r. 3119 is a vote for ensuring accountable d.o.e. leadership over energy emergency for the benefit of public safety and well fair and for stronger -- wellfare and for stronger -- welfare and for stronger systems. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no additional speakers, but i believe you have mr. walberg. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. at this time i yield to my good friend, the gentleman from michigan, one of the co-leads on this piece of legislation, five
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minutes at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from michigan is recognized. mr. walberg: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my two good friends for allowing me this opportunity. i rise today in support of h.r. 3119, the energy emergency leadership act. i'd like to thank my good friend from illinois, mr. bobby rush, for continuing to work with me to get this bill across the finish line. this is a third congress in a row we have introduced this bill, each time passing the energy committee with unanimous bipartisan support. and frankly, given what we have seen just over the last few months in disruptions to our energy supply, including the colonial pipeline attack, it is well past due for this important energy security measure to be enacted in law. . the health and safety of the american public depend upon the reliable and uninterrupted supply of fuels and electricity.
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hazards of all forms including natural disasters, digital, and cyber attacks are no longer just threats. they are occurring at an alarming and continuing rate. whether it's power outages in texas and california due to weather events, or foreign adversaries hacking into our pipelines or grid, it is critical that we better equip our federal agencies to prevent and respond to attacks in a way that fully protects the public. presidential administrations of both parties have recognized this by providing the department of energy with the responsibilities, expertise, and tools to ensure the reliable supply of energy. it's time congress does its part by requiring the energy emergency and cyber security functions at d.o.e. to be organized under the leadership of an assistant secretary confirmed by the senate. this will ensure the department has focused and accountable
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leadership with high-level continuity throughout future administrations. h.r. 3119 will ensure more effective and seamless information sharing with federal and industry stakeholders on energy security threats, risks, and incidents. as well as recovery and response. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of h.r. 3119 in order to protect our nation's electric infrastructure from foreign adversaries who are attempting to disrupt our energycies teanl cause untold harm to our economy -- energy systems and cause untold harm to our economy and national security. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio controlled crolse the time. -- controls the time. mr. latta: i'm prepared to close. mr. speaker, again i want to thank representative walberg and representative bobby rush for
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their work on this very important legislation. it's going to ensure the department of energy has the focus and accountable leadership to more fully protect the public from any fuel, any electricity fuel, supply, disruptions against all hazards, natural or man made, including threats from foreign adversaries to our nation's electric grid. with that, mr. speaker, i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank both sides of the aisle, mr. latta and others, for their help in get this bill moved. i would ask support for the legislation and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3119. so many as are 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
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the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2931, enhancing grid security through public-private partnerships act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 67, h.r. 2931, a bill to provide for certain programs and developments in the department of energy concerning the cyber security and vulnerabilities of and physical threats to the electric grid, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: thank you, madam speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 2931. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so moved. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i
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yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i want to begin by thanking my energy and commerce committee colleagues, representative mcnerney of california, representative latta of ohio, for their continued work and cooperation on energy security issues and for introducing h.r. 2931, the enhancing grid security through public-private partnerships act. this legislation could not be more necessary. our nation is facing an increasing number of physical and cyber threats to its electric grid and infrastructure. this bill addresses those threats by directing the secretary of energy in consultation with the electric reliability organization, states, other federal agencies, and industry stakeholders to create and implement a program to enhance the physical and cyber security of electric utilities. it calls for cyber security training to mitigate supply chain risks and improving the cyber security of third party utility vendors. it also encourages utilities to share best practices and data within the electric sector.
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the bill requires the secretary of energy to deliver a report to congress on general sishe security concerns and to coordinate with the department of homeland security and other relevant agencies to ensure good communications and smooth implementation of this program across the government. finally, the bill instructs the secretary of energy to update the interruppings cost estimator calculator which is an electric reliability planning tool for estimating electricity interruppings costs and benefits associated with reliability benefits. h.r. 2931 is an important bipartisan bill that will help address the security of our nation's electric utilities and i urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from ohio seek recognition -- sorry, the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: thank you very much, mr. speaker.
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i rise today in support of h.r. 2931, the first of two grid security bills i have worked closely with my good friend and colleague, the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney, over the last several congresses. the goal of these two bills is to improve the resiliency of our nation's energy grid against cyber attacks. since the house last considered these bills on the floor, our country has experienced a new wave of cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure. on december 13, 2020, the cyber security firm, fire eye, published research that malicious actors exploiting a supply chain vulnerability in solar winds products to hack into government and private sector information technology networks. on may 8 of this year, the colonial pipeline company announced it was forced to halt its pipeline operation due to a ransom wear attack which disrupted critical supplies of gasoline and other refined products throughout the southeast and the east coast.
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cyber attacks on our critical infrastructure will only continue to grow in both size and severity and congress must take a stand. h.r. 2931, the enhancing grid security through public-private partnership act would facilitate and encourage public-private partnerships to improve the cyber security of electric utilities. specifically it would develop and provide for voluntary implementation of, maturity models, self-assessments, and auditing methods for assessing the physical security and cyber security of electric utilities. h.r. 2931 would provide training and technical assistance to electric utilities to address and mitigate cyber security supply chain management risks and increase opportunities for he sharing best practices and data collection within the electric sector. timely, as this legislation requires the secretary of energy to submit a report to congress that assesses priorities, policies, procedures, actions, and implementations of
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electricity distribution systems to address threats to and vulnerabilities of such electricity distribution systems. we cannot allow criminal cyber behavior to go unchallenged. both h.r. 2931 and h.r. 2929 will help in the fight against cyber attacks. i thank chairman pallone, chairman rush, leader roger, and leader upton for their efforts to advance these bills and encourage all my colleagues to vote yes on final passage. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield such time he may consume to the democratic sponsor, mr. mcnerney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcnerney: i thank the chairman. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of my sligse, h.r. 2931, the enhancing grid security through public-private partnership act first i want to say the prior bill, this bill, and the next bill are good examples of working together on
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a bipartisan basis to accomplish things that are very critical to this country. i want to thank my colleagues for being very important part of this partnership. i'm pleased we are considering this bill today because we simply can't afford to wait any longtory secure our nation's critical infrastructure, including the grid. the colonial pipeline attack coming on the heels of the solar winds attack was a bright warning sign that we need to act quickly to pass this legislation. since the colonial pipeline attack, ransom wear attacks have continued to skyrocket and the need to enact h.r. 2931 has become even more pressing. h.r. 2931 would create a program to enhance the physical and cyber security of electric utilities. this program would develop methods for assessing security vulnerabilities. it would also provide cyber security training to electric utilities, advance cyber security of utility third party
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vendors. and promote sharing of best practices and data collection in the electric sector. under this legislation, the secretary of energy would work in consultation with states, federal agencies, and industry stakeholders to create this program. by encouraging these partnerships, we will better position ourselves to keep the nation's lights on and to protect our grid from the growing cyber threats. additionally, h.r. 2931 would require the interruption, cost estimate calculator, got that right, which is used to calculate the utility investments to be updated at least every two years to ensure accurate calculations. i would like to thank my good friend and partner in this legislation, representative latta from ohio, for working with me on this important bill. i would also like to thank chairman pallone, ranking member rogers, and the staff of the committee for moving us --
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helping us moving this legislation. i urge my colleagues to support it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields. the gentleman from new jersey controls the time. mr. pallone: i have no additional speakers. let the gentleman from ohio close. mr. latta: thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. again from the recent attacks we have had across the country in the last year and a half, it shows the importance of making sure we are protecting on the signer security front. and -- cyber security front. working with my good friend and colleague from california, it's been so important we get these two bills across the finish line today. i urge all members today to support h.r. 2931. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i would also ask everyone, all our colleagues to support this on a bipartisan basis. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2931. so many as are in favor say aye.
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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 upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2928, the cyber sense act of 2020. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: union calendar number 66, h.r. 2928, a bill to require the secretary of energy to establish a voluntary cyber sense program to test the cyber security of products and technologies intended for use in the bulk power system, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pane loan, and the gentleman from ohio -- mr. pallone, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r.
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2928. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i rise in support of h.r. 2928, the cyber sense act of 2021. grid security is a national security issue. fortunately there has not yet been a broad cyber attack that has taken down large parts of the electric grid in the united states. as learned from the ransom wear attack on the colonial pipeline earlier this year, we must not let our guard down. i'm proud to support h.r. 2928, which gives the electric sector critical tools and technologies necessary to protect our grid from malicious harm. this legislation gives the department of energy an important new authority to facilitate the adoption of more secure technologies and equipment in our nation's grid. it does this by requiring the department of energy to set up a voluntary cyber sense program to identify cyber secure products for use in the bulk power system. the bill also requires the
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secretary of energy to coordinate with the department of homeland security and other relevant federal agencies to ensure smooth and seamless implementation across the federal government. this program would also provide technical assistance to electric utilities and product manufacturers to assist them in developing solutions to mitigate sishe vulnerabilities in the grid. i want to again thank my colleagues representatives mcnerney and latta for their hard work on this critical issue and persistence in pursuing this bill for the last several years. their partnership and bipartisan leadership on cyber security issues continues to benefit us all. mr. speaker, i urge all my colleagues to support this important bipartisan bill. i reserve the balance of my time. . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 2928, the cyber sense act, which is the second of two grid
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security bills that i've worked closely with my good friend and colleague, the gentleman from california, mr. mcnerney. this bipartisan legislation will establish a testing process under a newly established voluntary cyber sense program to test the cybersecurity of products and technologies intended for use in the bulk power system including products related to industrial control systems and operational technologies such as supervisory, control, and data acquisition systems. it would provide technical assistance to electric utilities, product manufacturers, and other electricity sector stakeholders to develop solutions to mitigate identified cybersecurity vulnerabilities and products and technologies tested under the cyber sense program. h.r. 2928 would also develop guidance for electric utilities for procurement of products and technologies and consider incentives to encourage the use of analysis and results of
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testing under the program in the design of products and technology for use in the bulk power system. the solar winds attack showed vulnerabilities. others can go undetected and as a result in the costly process and disabling them from production. allowing a testing of cybersecurity would help maintain coordination with the federal government to keep pace with the evolving cybersecurity threats. h.r. 2928 would accomplish these goals. again, i want to thank chairman pallone and chairman rush and leaders rogers and upton for their support. i ask my colleagues for their support and i reserve the
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balance of my time. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey reis recognized. mr. pallone: i yield to the gentleman from california, the sponsor of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mcnerney: i rise in support of h.r. 2928, the cyber sense act of 2021. the cyber sense act is another piece of bipartisan legislation that takes steps to improve the security of our nation's electric grid infrastructure. it would establish a program to identify cyber secure products for the bulk power grid through a testing and verification program. the bulk power system is essential for providing reliable electric power to the american people. we must ensure that this system is as secure as possible. any vulnerable component in our grid is a threat to our security and this bill will take important steps to strengthen the system. it would also require the department of energy to provide
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technical assistance to electric utilities, manufacturers, and other relevant stakeholders related to cybersecurity vulnerabilities and products under the cyber sense program. in today's world, there are literally billions of connected devices in use, and the number is rapidly increasing. most of these devices have no standards, there's no way for electric utilities to verify the security of the products. and we're seeing cyber threats continue to increase. this legislation is badly needed. i want to thank my good friend, again, mr. latta, for his partnership on this bill. we've been working together on a number of issues, and this is a sign of our partnership. i also want to thank chairman pallone, ranking member rogers for working with us to move this legislation quickly. i don't want to forget the staff of the energy and commerce committee who have been so helpful. i urge my colleagues to support it and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves -- yields. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: -- mr. pallone: at this time i have no additional speakers so i'll reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: mr. speaker, we have no other speakers and i'm ready to close. again, as the gentleman from california mentioned about the ongoing cyberattacks we've had in this country and why it's absolutely essential we get this bill across the finish line, h.r. 2928 will help accomplish these goals to help protect our grid out there. so i urge all my colleagues to support this legislation. with that, mr. chairman, i yield back the balance of my time. mr. speaker, execution me -- excuse me. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: and mr. speaker, i would urge my colleagues on both sides to support this bill and i also yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house
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suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2928, as amended. sorry, as introduced. i apologize. 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. the gentleman from montana is recognized. mr. rosendale: i ask for the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1250, the emergency reporting act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1250, a bill to direct the federal communications commission to issue reports after activation
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of the disaster information reporting system and to make improvements to network outage reporting. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1250. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: and mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you. i rise in strong support of h.r. 1250, the emergency reporting act. this is an important and timely piece of legislation. as many of our western states are currently experiencing devastating wildfires, and as we enter another electric hurricane sh -- atlantic hurricane season, it's important in my region as well. we need to have a connection
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during an emergency. this is essential to ensuring our collective safety and often it can be the difference between life and death. it is the responsibility of the federal communications commission to ensure americans stay connected when it matters most and communication providers are prepared for whatever disasters might come their way. so if we want do improve the reliability of communication networks, we must begin with better data. the disaster information reporting position, or dirs, was launched by the partly cloudy in 20 -- by the f.c.c. in 2007 so that providers can help during disasters. dirs is activated in response of a potential storm as a precautionary measure. in more extreme cases, dirs is activated in the leadup to the disaster and stays active for days on in and that's because systems can go on and off-line.
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under this big, the federal communications commission would need to conduct a report during which dirs is activated and stays active for a minimum of seven days. they would be required to issue a preliminary report six days after the date dirs is deactivated and this would include the number of outages, whether or not the communications infrastructure was affected and how many 911 centers were affected by service outages. the bill would require the f.c.c. to hold a field hearing not later than eight months after the commission diactivates dirs. to make sure that f.c.c. gets out of washington and sees and hears the real areas impacted, we could examine the events and how can prevent them from happening them in the future. i want to thank ms. matsui for her passion for improving communication resiliency and
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reliability. i want to thank my republican colleagues for working with us to move this bill through the energy and commerce committee and out of the full house last congress. this is a good bill that will help make our communications systems more resilient in the future. i urge my colleagues to support the measure, look forward to to consideration by the senate and i reserve the balance of my time, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 1250, the emergency reporting act, that was zoe deuced by -- introduced by representatives matsui, bilirakis, thompson, and this would allow 911 centers to have access to confidential information on potential 911 outages subject to appropriate safeguards. in times of disaster, 911, public safety answering points, do not always know that 911 calls may not be going through.
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the federal communications commission, f.c.c., currently collects information on the status of communications infrastructure and communications network outage information. they make that information available to the department of homeland security to coordinate overall response efforts within a state, between state and local first responders. given the sensitive nature of this data to both national security and commercial competitiveness, this information is confidential. however, as first responders work to ensure the 911 system can seamlessly get back online and route calls to neighboring call centers, access to this confidential information is important. this bill would help make timely outage information available to help first responders on the ground restore service as quickly as possible. the bill also requires the f.c.c. to hold a field hearing
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in which the disaster information reporting system, dirs, is activated for more than seven days, and to provide the initial and final report on the status of communication networks. the f.c.c. only activates the dirs system for significant natural disasters, such as major hurricanes or wildfires, and the bill limits these types of reports to only areas were damage was significant and sustained. this is an important bill to the resiliency of our public safety networks, and i urge my colleagues to colleagues to support the measure. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i have no speakers, so if the gentleman from ohio wants to proceed. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. this bill is, again, an important piece of legislation that's come out of the energy and commerce committee. it's important to make sure we do have the resiliency out
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there, we make sure our 911 system, which is so important to that person picking up that phone call but also who's receiving on the other end. with that, mr. speaker, i ask the house pass e legislation, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio eld intoes. -- ohio yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this important legislation 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. 1250. 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. for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? mr. rosendale: i'd ask the yeas and nays, mr. speaker. thank you. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this
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question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1754, the media diversity act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1754, a bill to amend the communications act of 1934 to require the federal communications commission to consider market entry barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals in the communications marketplace report under section 13 of such act. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1754. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: and mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i rise in strong
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support of hurt 1754, the measuring the economics driving investments and access for diversity act, or the media diversity act in 202 -- of 2021. it requires the federal communications commission with the input of its office of communications business opportunities to consider market entry barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals in the communications marketplace. . while member and people of color make up over 50% of our population, broadcast ownership by them is only about 10%. that's extremely concerning when you think that media outlets can influence people's opinions and perceptions through the program decision that is are made. diversity in ownership of media outlets helps to ensure programming offers different perspectives and that viewers have access to programming that is relevant to them. experts have also found that
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ownership diversity can provide financial and competitive benefits. but in a concentrated communications marketplace, barriers for entry still exist and the s.e.c. is already tasked with studying what those barriers are. this bill asks the s.e.c. to also consider market entry barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals. creating ownership parity to reflect this country's diversity is a worthy goal and this bipartisan effort is a step in identifying rocket entry barriers. to be clear there is so much more that we need to do, mr. speaker, while incredibility steps are critical we must do more. i look forward to working with my colleagues to take additional steps to diverse fit media. i commend representatives long and veasey for their bipartisan work on this legislation. i hope we can now come together in a bipartisan fashion to do the additional work that is needed to finally eliminate the barriers so that the owners of our media outlets begin to look more like the communities that they serve.
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mr. speaker, i urge all my colleagues to support the media diversity act of 2021. i reserve the balance of my time . the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i jams. -- i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: i rise today in support of h.r. 1754, the media diversity act introduced by my colleague from missouri, representative long. this legislation represents another step forward to uplift minority voices and promote diversity in the media marketplace. i understand how important it is to serve communities of local programs that accurately reflects a community's population. i have also seen the media industry make great strides for diversity and create new content to appeal to the communities they serve. by establishing programs and initiatives to promote opportunities for women, minorities, veterans, and other socially disadvantaged individuals to participate in the media marketplace. of course, the media industry is only one small part of a vast
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communications marketplace that encompass as large variety of organizations, including mobile wireless providers, online video distributors, fixed broadband providers, and so on. it's also important to keep in mind that there are new entrants in the tech industry who provide additional opportunities for minority, women, veterans, and other underrepresented groups who might not have heard before to make their voices heard. nonetheless there is still work to make sure those previously unheard voices and underserved communities are represented in traditional media and all other areas of the large communications marketplace. this legislation will help. i'm glad to support this piece of bipartisan legislation to allow -- to evaluate the market barriers, socially disadvantaged individual space in the communications marketplace as a whole. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, again
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i have no additional speakers. i'll go back. we'll proceed to the gentleman from ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. again i would urge all members to support this piece of legislation. it's very important. it was introduce bide our colleague, mr. long from missouri. with that i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i would ask my colleagues to support this legislation 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. 1754. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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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 upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? mr. daines: thank you, mr. speaker. i request the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.res. 277. a resolution reaffirming the commitment of the house of representatives to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 277. resolution reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common
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ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. mr. latta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.res. 277. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: yacht is recognized. mr. pallone: i rise in strong support of h.res. 277, reaffirming the commitment to media diversity and pledging to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to develop common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to media diversity. this resolution promotes much needed diversity in the communications marketplace where we continue to see vast inequities. for example, the owners of broadcast and cable media outlets do not reflect our diverse population.
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owners of these media outlets make critical decision abouts the educational, political, entertainment, and news programming americans watch. these decision can influence people's opinions and perceptions. mr. speaker, diversity and viewpoints and diverse ownership of media outlets promotes programming that offers different perspectives and enables viewers to access programming that is relevant to them. a diverse media marketplace is also essential to an informed and engaged electorate which is essential to a vibrant democratcy. committing to adverse media marketplace, one that reflects our nation as a worthy goal, and this resolution reaffirms that goal. today's resolution is a good step forward but there is much more we need to do. the numbers and statistics are clear. our media marketplace does not resemble the people we serve. i want to commend representative demings for her work on this resolution and for continuing to bring attention to not only the lack of diversity in our media
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outlets, but also to the impact that it has on our communities and our nation. i hope we can come together to do the additional work that is needed to improve the state of diversity today. i urge all my colleagues to support this resolution. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.res. 277, a resolution introduced by our colleague, mrs. demings. this resolution reaffirms the commitment by congress to work with media entities and diverse stakeholders to find common ground solutions to eliminate barriers to expanding diversity in our media. while today's resolution focused specifically on broadcast stations, this problem is not unique to one segment of the industry but to the cable and digital streaming competitors in the marketplace as well. i appreciate the many steps the broadcast and cable industries have taken to not only recognize
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these barriers but the many programs and initiatives they have put in place for opportunities for women, minorities, and veterans. however data shows we have room for improvement. while the house is considering this resolution today, it is my hope we can work together in a bipartisan manner to address inequality that this resolution seeks to address. republicans on the energy and commerce committee have put forward solutions to uplift minority voices and promote media diversity that can breathe life into this resolution for us today. today we also considered h.r. 1754, the media diversity act sponsored by mr. long, which would help us better understand the market and regulatory barriers for socially disadvantaged individuals to enter and compete in the marketplace so we can make informed policy decisions. we have also worked with advocates and industries alike to try and find consensus on legislation to establish the long sought broadcast incubator program to help increase the number of minority-owned
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broadcast stations. last congress, republicans introduced a broadcast diversity leadership act which would incentivize large established broadcasts and work with aspiring broadcasters to break down barriers to capital and provide mentorship and experienced a new minority entrance to ensure the long sustained success in serving their local communities. while the supreme court has recently reinstated the republican-led pilot program, congress should continue working to ensure it is expanded and made permanent with improved safeguards. we urge the majority to continue working with us on these important issues. with the passage of this resolution we are affirming our commitment to work toward common ground and solutions and republicans stand ready to work across the aisle to turn our common ground solution noose law. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i would yield such time as she may consume to the sponsor of the resolution, the gentlewoman
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from florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from florida is recognized. mrs. demings: thank you so much, mr. speaker. thank you to the gentleman from new jersey for this opportunity. we all know the united states is a diverse nation with diverse people. diverse viewpoints. and diverse perspectives. every community in america, no matter their age, gender, zip code, or income should be allowed to tell their stories in their voices whether in news, movies, television, music, or more. it is important that our media represent the wonderful diversity of our great nation. the resolution simply states that all americans should have the opportunity to tell their story and hear their story through their own eyes and voices. i am glad that our resolution reaffirming congress' support of media diversity will be voted on
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this afternoon. as we work together to remove barriers, i am grateful to all of the congressional co-sponsors on both sides of the aisle and media representatives who helped move this bill forward. every child in america should hear a voice that sounds like theirs, and see a face that looks like theirs. as we face some of america's greatest challenges, i am excited about the work still yet to come. i want to thank my colleagues again on both sides of the aisle for their support of this resolution resolution. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the the gentlewoman from florida yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i reserve, but i have no additional speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: mr. speaker, we have no additional speakers, ready to
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close. mr. speaker, i urge support of h.res. 277, and ask the house for its passage today. thank you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i also urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan resolution and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 277. so many as are 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 resolution is agreed to, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid upon the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? mr. rosendale: mr. speaker, i request the yeas and nays please. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move to hules and pass h.r. 3003, the promoting united states wireless leadership act of 2021. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3003, a bill to direct the assistant secretary for communications and information to take certain actions to enhance the representation of the united states and promote united states' leadership in communications, standards, setting bodies, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 3003. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: i yield myself, mr. speaker, such time i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i rise in strong support of h.r. 3003, the
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promoting united states wireless leadership act of 2021. this legislation will help ensure the u.s. continues to lead the world in advanced communications technologies and deployments. it does that by directing the national telecommunications and information administration, ntia, to encourage participation by american stakeholders in standard setting bodies such as the third generation partnership project, bet attorney as 3-g p.p. and the ieee. the legislation also calls on the ntia to offer technical assistance to the u.s. stakeholders that do elect to participate in developing standards for 5-g networks and future generations of communication networks. . other governments around the world are setting advanced telecommunications technologies and discussions about 6-g are already under way. this legislation will give our stakeholders the ability to
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better engage in policy choices that are being made today by the standard setting bodies. these policy choices will have far-reaching implications for the development of 5-g and other advanced communication technologies in the future. by ensuring that globally developed standards meet the needs of the u.s. and our partners, this bill will help the u.s. continue to innovate. it will also help us guard against nontrusted actors, high jacketing -- hijacking processes. so i want to commend this bipartisan effort from representatives wahlberg, dingell, kuster and thank chairman meeks, in particular, for working with us to bring this legislation to the floor. i hope we can come together on this important issue, and i urge all my colleagues to support the bill. and i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields. reserves. i'm sorry. sound caught me by surprise. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 3003, the promoting united states wireless leadership act. our communications network are a critically important asset for facilitating domestic and international commerce. for decades, the u.s. has led the development of wireless technology with like-minded nations. with the deployment of the next generation wireless technology, 5-g, expected to skyrocket in the coming years and months, we must continue to focus on boisering the found bolstering the foundational developments. as these standards are set in
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global bodies, we must enhance participation by u.s. companies and remain vigilant that bad actors don't game the system for their own economic and national security interests. to keep accountability and ensure proper transparency, we must ensure participation by trusted like-minded partners. the national telecommunication and information administration, ntia, plays a central role in these efforts as the executive branch agency with technical expertise on wireless innovation. it has decades of experience working with industry and other stakeholders to develop these technical standards globally, and i'd also like to thank the dedicated career staff who worked tirelessly to advance u.s. global wireless leadership. as we move to the ex-next decade -- as we move to the next decade, we must preserve u.s. wireless leadership. i urge my colleagues to support this important piece of
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legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i have no additional speakers so, again -- oh, you want me to -- mr. speaker, i'd like to insert into the record an exchange of letters between the chairman of the committee on foreign affairs and the chairman of the committee on energy and commerce on this bill, there are 300 -- h.r. 3003. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd defer to my colleague from ohio. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio and a new microphone is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all my colleagues to support h.r. 3003. again, an important piece in our infrastructure structure in this country. so i urge support and i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd urge support for the legislation and yield back the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3003. 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. for what purpose does the gentleman from montana seek recognition? mr. rosendale: thank you, mr. speaker. i'd request the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from new jersey seek recognition? mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 678, the phone act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. -- h.r. 678, a bill to amend the communications
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act of 1934 to provide for a moratorium on number reassignment after a disaster declaration, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pallone, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. latta, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new jersey. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 678. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pallone: and mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pallone: i rise in strong support of h.r. 678, the preserving home and office numbers in emergencies act, or the phone act. the phone act is a bill that representative mike thompson was inspired to write because of stories he heard at home in his district in the aftermath of devastating wildfires in northern california. after being evacuated by the atlas and tubbs fires a few years ago, representative thompson's constituents returned to their home determined to rebuild what was lost. however, when it came time to
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hook up their telephone service again, they were rightly outraged to discover the phone company rescinded their phone numbers and reassigned them to different subscribers. nobody should have to worry about losing a phone number they have had for years because their home or their small business was left uninhabitable by a natural disaster, like a wildfire or hurricane. this legislation makes sure that doesn't happen again. the phone act prohibits providers from reassigning phone numbers of subscribers within an area subject to a major disaster declaration. specifically, if the president has issued a major disaster declaration and a governor has designated the area to the f.c.c., the phone numbers in that designated area cannot be reassigned for one year. and if a subscriber needs more time, this bill will give them a year-long extension. the legislation would allow consumers whose homes are inaccessible or inhabitable to
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cancel their service could you tell a cancellation -- without a cancellation fee. what we're doing here, mr. speaker, ultimately is ensuring some stability for people who have lost their homes or businesses after a major disaster hits their community. this is one less thing a resident or small business will have to worry about as they work to pick up the pieces. in the age of robocalls, our phone numbers are how our friends and family know who is trying to reach them when they call and that's why this legislation is necessary. when disaster strikes, our constituents should know they won't lose their numbers, especially the seniors and the small businesses who rely on land line telephones more than others. i'd like to thank representative thompson for his tireless leadership on this issue as well as my republican colleagues for working with us to improve the bill before it passed last congress. this is a really good bill. the same bill we passed and sent to the senate last fall. so mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this
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commonsense legislation. i hope our colleagues in the senate will finally take up the phone act, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: well, thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. latta: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today to speak on h.r. 678, phone act. this legislation will ensure that americans whose homes are lost during a fire or other natural disaster do not have to worry about losing their home phone numbers. as we've seen from the horrific fires over the last several years, they destroy everything in their path. no matter how resilient a home or communications tower may be, you cannot regulate your way out of a fire's burning path. today, when a natural disaster strikes, the federal emergency management agency, fema, is activated to provide housing assistance and other resources to respond to the crisis at hand and if your home is completely burned to the ground, the last thing you should have to worry about is your home phone number
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will be available when you return. thankfully, the federal communications commission, f.c.c., can prevent that from happening. the f.c.c. can waive rules and regulations to require land line phone numbers to return to the pool of available numbers when a home is completely destroyed by a natural disaster. this bill codifies that process, but we still must be cautious. this should rely to areas where significant physical damage has occurred to render a home inhabitable, as is the objective of the bill. it is fema's role to determine which houses have sustained damage in an affected county which this bill does not codify and we hope can be addressed as it moves through the process. as the experts on the ground, we should defer to their assessment before these regulations go into effect. while it may be easy to grab a cell phone upon evacuating, land lines cannot be brought on the go. for many people, especially our
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seniors, they rely on their land line phone number to stay connected to family, their doctor, and others during such a trying time in their life. during a traumatic event, one less thing they should have to worry about is losing their home phone number. with that we support the measure moving forward, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: mr. speaker, i'd like to yield now such time as he may consume to mr. mcnerney. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. mcnerney: well, i thank the chairman. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 678, the phone act. as we stand here today, wildfires are raging across the west, including my home of northern california. last year, california witnessed a devastating and terrible fire season. we saw some of the largest fires in the state's history and a record breaking 4.4 million acres burned. nearly every part of the state was blanketed by fire and spoke, and -- smoke, and we have not
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gotten much of a break. the amount of wildfires and acres burned in our state so far this year greatly exceeds the totals for the same period last year. excuse me. climate change is resulting in longer and more extreme wildfire seasons, and this is expected to continue. worrying about deadly fires spreading quickly is the new norm that my constituents are now living in. and worrying about whether they will have to evacuate their homes is also part of this new norm. because of this legislation that we're considering today, the phone act, which i'm proud to co-sponsor -- excuse me -- my constituents, californians, and americans all across the country that are impacted all too frequently now by natural disasters due to climate change will have to worry about one less thing when they are forced to evacuate their homes, and
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that is the ability to keep their phone numbers. under this legislation, communication providers will be prohibited from reassigning phone numbers of customers in areas covered by a major disaster declaration for the duration of the declaration and this may be extended. it will prohibit providers from assessing early termination fees to cancel services or connection fees to resubscribe to a new address for subscribers whose residence is inaccessible or inhabitable due to a major disaster. there's so much that wildfire victims already have to worry about. we must move quickly to ensure the phone act is signed into law so there's one less item on their plate. it's hard enough to pick up the pieces after a disaster. let's not add insult to injury. i want to thank my good friend, representative mike thompson,
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for his hard work on this legislation. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: i have no speakers, but i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: well, thank you, mr. speaker. i'm prepared to close. we support h.r. 678 moving forward, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. pallone: thank you, mr. speaker. before we conclude this series of bills under the jurisdiction of the energy and commerce committee, i wanted to say that this is a bittersweet day for me. after 25 years of outstanding service, jeff carroll, who is sitting behind me, who has been my long time chief of staff and now the staff director of the committee, will be leaving the house at the beginning of august. just another 10 days or so.
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it will be an understatement to say that jeff has been my most trusted advisor for almost my entire time in congress. he's known to members and staff on both sides of the aisle for his candor, political savvy, and commitment to the little guy. and he's never forgotten his roots back in new jersey. that, again, would be an understatement. many of you know that he's a die-hard fan of bruce springsteen but also the mets, the giants, and the vaunted pork roll. he's a jersey guy through and through. i don't think anybody would argue with that. he joined my staff as an executive assistant in 1997 after graduating from george washington university. i won't tell you how many people from g.w. he has hired in the office and on the committee. before that, he briefly served as a staff assistant to then-new jersey senator robert torricelli. shortly after joining my staff,
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jeff took on the added responsibility of serving as my legislative aide on both labor and defense issues. it was here he began his longtime work of trying to protect new jersey military installations from closure. he was my defense staffer on 9/11 and during the debate on the re-authorization for the use of military force against iraq. i value his counsel and my vote against that authorization and the invasion into iraq remains one of my most proud moments as a member of the house. i will have to tell you without jeff, it might not have turned out that way. within six years, he became my chief of staff, serving with distinction the without a doubt the largest crisis we confronted during his time as my chief of staff was superstorm sandy in 2012. my congressional district is along the coast of new jersey and was one of the hardest hit. for more than a year he led my
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team in response and recovery, being out there, both in new jersey and here, they worked around the clock helping families and small businesses pick up the pieces. jeff also fought relentlessly for me and others in new jersey and new york to ensure we received the federal assistance our states needed and deserve. inned 2015, when i was elected the ranking member of the energy and commerce committee, and that was certainly in large part because of jeff, he became the democratic staff director. and then four years later when i became chairman of the committee he became the committee staff director. as staff director of the committee, jeff has led the committee staff in all the committee's accomplishments over the last six years and i'm going to list some of them but i have to tell you it is an incredible list of accomplishments through jeff's effort, including of course the latest covid-19 pandemic and the severe economic downturn. jeff helped shepherd four bills through the house to help combat
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the coronavirus that became law. these laws helped ensure congress had the tools and resources needed to bring an end to the terrible pandemic while also bringing releaf to american families. jeff was also strultal -- instrumental in our bills to reduce and block robocalls, to reduce con sums of hydroflour carbons, to repair methane leaks, protect network comiment, expand treament for people fighting opioid use disorder and to invest in new medical treatments and cures of some of the most debillion dating and life threatening diseases, to modernize the toxic substances control act -- that took about 14 years. and to extend critical funding for programs that improve the health and welfare of million of
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childrens, families and seniors across the country. that's not an exaggeration, jeff, your role in all that. he's been by my side through through my greatest trials and achievements in office my congressional office, the committee, congress and the nation have benefited enormously from jeff's commitment to achieving meaningful progress for the american people. it means time away from his family. there have been a lot of long nights, late-night phone call -- i'm known for that -- and weekends spent moving forward. i don't know what to say other than to acknowledge the unwavering support jeff has received from his wife shannon, his daughter liz see and son ryan, and i thank them for sharing him with us all these years. -- i know i'm going to continue to be talking to jeff and getting advice from jeff but when i say bittersweet, i mean it.
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i don't know how we'll do without him. we have to continue. that's the way it goes. i want to conclude by saying the american people have benefited from jeff's 25 years of public service, i'll miss him tremendously and i wish him nothing but the best in his future pursuits. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. >> if the gentleman will yield -- mr. pallone: i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. latta: i want to congratulate jeff on your future endovers -- endeavors. our staff do so much for us. the hours you put in aren't ever recognized and the work other the weekends, i know when i talk to our committee staff, especially when we've worked on pieces of legislation the last several congresses and the
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amount of work that goes into it, we have got to thank our staffs. for all your years of service here and your future endeavors, best wishes. i thank the gentleman for yielding. the speaker pro tempore: i believe the gentleman from ohio has yielded, i believe the gentleman from new jersey has yielded, i believe the other gentleman from new jersey has traded in his wings for some wheels. the equestion is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r.678. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 2/3 of those 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 gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i request a record of the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered.
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pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r.1158, the refugee sanitationation facility safety act of 2021. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r.1158, a bill to provide women and girls safe access to sanitation facilities in refugee camps. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from illinois, ms. houlahan, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewomann from pennsylvania. ms. huell houlahan: i -- ms. houlahan: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. houlahan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. houlahan: i rise in support
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of the refugee sanitation act. there were at least 26 million people worldwide living as refugee, the highest number ever recorded. as people forced to leave their home countries because of persecution or violence, refugees are amongst the globe's most as a rule nucial populations to make matters worse, they must often settle in areas that are inadequate in terms of necessities such as access to water, shelter and sanitation. simply put, the conditions refugeesing rely endure are unacceptable. people should not have to surrender access to sanitation for their own safety this bill would ensure that refugees have safe and secure access to san sanitation facilities with a special emphasis on women and girls and the most vulnerable population. by providing for safe and secure sanitation facility, this bill will not only improve the health and safety of tens of millions living in reffee settle lts but
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also allow those same teem to focus more of their energy and ingenuity into rebuilding their own lives. i thank my colleague from new york, representative grace meng, a tireless champion for the rights of women and girls, for authoring this legislation. i urge my colleagues to support it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman is recognized mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of the refugee sanitation facility safety act. i want to commend my colleagues, representative meng and chairman meeks, for their work on this issue. as we all know around the world we are seeing uns predenned levels of displacement due to conflict and humanitarian disasters. many of these crises have gone on for many years, even decades. like we have seen in south sudan. i would just shoate parenthetically that my good friend, karen bass, and i have been to refugee camps throughout africa and seen the great work
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done by the united states working with other agencies an organizations, saving people who otherwise would die of starvation or sickness. what a great humanitarian effort is made by this country and other countries including the unacr. i would point out to my colleagues that new emergencies like ethiopia, growing instability in afghanistan have etch stretched the capabilities of the international community. the covid-19 pandemic, as it surges in much of the world, is making the crises worse. lack of access to clean water and cramped living conditions continues to hamper prevention efforts. generations of young people is growing up knowing only the life in a reffee camp the conditions in many camps around the world is dire. particularly dangerous for vulnerable populations such as women and children. this bill ensures support for safe sanitation facilities for refugees and displaced persons living in camps around think world.
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the u.s. continues to be the largest donor to refugees and displaced persons around the world. that has been a historical fact no matter who is in the white house. again, speaking to the humanitarian beliefs of this country. to care for those who are at risk and who are vulnerable. i urge my colleagues to support the legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserve or yield? mr. smith: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: i have no further requests for time and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves, the gentleman from new jersey is recognized mr. smith: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: i yield myself such time as i may consume for the purposes of closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman vek needs. ms. houlahan: this life-saving -- this is
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life-saving legislation. by helping ensure women and children who make up the majority of refugees around the world have access to safe and secure sanitation facilities, this body will dramatically improve the health and quality of millions of people who have suffered so much. i again thank my friend, congresswoman meng, for introducing this invaluable legislation. i urge my colleagues to give their full support and yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r.1158. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the a -- in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is pass and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i request record of the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20,
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further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek reck -- seek recognition? ms. houlahan: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r.826, the divide familys reunification act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r.826, a bill to require reuniting americans with family members in north north korea the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. houlahan and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, each will control 20 minutes. ms. houlahan: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 826. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. houlahan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. houlahan: i rise in support of h.r. 826, the divided families reunification act introduced by my colleague,
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representative grace meng, who has been a tireless champion of reuniting korean american families this bill encouragings the state department to engage with the south korean government regarding opportunities to reunite those families with their relatives in north korea many korean families -- korean americans have been unable to see or hear from their loved ones for over 70 year a unique heartache very few of us can really understand. family is the bedrock of our society. tragically for thousands of korean americans their sisters and brothers an even daughters and sons have been painfully out of reach. while there have been 21 family reunions held since 1985, korean americans with family members in north korea have been unable to participate. as many of these korean americans are age, we must advocate for humane policies to help american familys reunite with loved ones in north korea we have the technology to help
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unite them now we need to implement a more compassionate policy. i support this measure and urge my colleagues to do the same. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the gentleman is recognized mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: i i rise in support of the refugee -- divided families reunification act. the nation of korea subjects its people to utter tyranny. the kim regime threatens the peace and security of south korea, the reeng and even the world. families remain broken. from those still fighting to bring their loved ones and to be in contact with them but remain home to those with family members trapped in north korea, this is an attempt to try to say let's get this moving to try to
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get those families reunited. our vibrant korean community, including the korean american grassroots conference, feels this legacy -- i congratulate congresswoman meng which directs the state department to consult with north korea and korean americans to help families reunite. i trust the state department will be vigilant in making sure that organizations tied with north korea will not exploit their loved ones to raise hard currency for the kim regime. with that in mind, i support the bill, and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i'd like to yield such time as she may consume, congresswoman young kim, an original co-sponsor of this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. mrs. kim: thank you, congressman smith, for yielding. i'm proud to stand in support of h.r. 826, the divided families reunification act, and i want to thank congresswoman meng for introducing this bill and for the house foreign affairs committee for ensuring a speedy passage of this timely legislation. i'm also proud to co-lead another bill under consideration today that addresses this issue. house resolution 294, from congresswoman karen bass. since implementing family reunions in 1985, the south and north korean governments have facilitated 21 in-person reunions and seven video
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reunions. however, the nearly 100,000 korean americans with family members in north korea have been left out of this process entirely. as a long time advocate for human rights and humanitarian aid in north korea, i have consistently spoken on the need to prioritize these issues, especially by appointing a special enjoy on north korean human rights issues, which has remained vacant since 2017, and remains unfilled under president biden. time is running out for separated family members. as many are in their 80's and 90's and their numbers continue to dwindle. congress and the biden administration must come together to make korean american participation in reuni -- and reunifications a reality before it's too late. my mother-in-law was one of the many koreans who made the brave journey across the 38th parallel
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line to bring her family to south korea. she crossed five times to go back and forth and bring family members across to south korea. as an immigrant from south korea whose family lived through the korean war and now as one of the first korean american women to serve in congress, i'm proud to use my voice in support of this issue that is deeply personal to me and our korean american community. i want to, again, thank representatives karen bass and grace meng for introducing these measures and for working to garner strong bipartisan support. i urge my colleagues to support house passage of these bills today and for the senate to prioritize consideration of this issue on behalf of the tens of thousands of korean americans that are alive today waiting to reunite with their long lost family members. thank you and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california yields. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. smith: i yield back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. >> i yield myself such time as i may consume for the purpose of closing. mr. speaker, for decades, korean americans have been unable to see or speak with their family members in north korea and for too many, time is running out. ms. houlahan: this heartbreaking reality has taken a huge toll and it's time to take action. this bill, introdeuced by representative meng, would spur the state department in finding units to reunite them with their loved ones and help this humanitarian issue. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and with that, i 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. 826. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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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. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: mr. speaker, on that i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? ms. houlahan: mr. speaker, i ask the house suspend the rules and agree to h.res. 294. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: house resolution 294, enencouraging ren unions of divided korean american families. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from pennsylvania,
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ms. houlahan, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from pennsylvania. ms. huellan: -- ms. houlahan: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on house resolution 294. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. hew has: -- ms. houlahan: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the korean war claimed millions of lives and left the korean peninsula and its people absolutely devastated. though an armistice ended hostilities in north and south korean 70 years ago, many wounds inflicted by the war never fully healed, in part because 10 million koreans were separated from their families during that conflict. today, there are thousands of korean americans waiting and hoping to see their family. mr. speaker, the pain of being separated from your family does
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not dull with time. this resolution will give piece of mind by eye didn'tfying families in the united states and in north korea who are willing and able to participate in family reunification. this resolution would also allow for organizations like the red cross to assist in reuniting families and working with our allies in south korea to reunite families through video reunions. we must act now because the number of surviving relatives is declining, and time is running out to right the wrong with these families and that these families have suffered. there is an urgent humanitarian need to reunite korean americans with their war-torn loved ones and provide much-needed healing, closure. by passing this humane bipartisan resolution, this body will provide korean americans the precious opportunity they have been denied for too long. i thank representative bass for authoring this important humanitarian legislation, and i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it. and i reserve the balance of my
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time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. smythe: thank you -- mr. smith: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: i rise in strong support of house resolution 294 which reaffirms the house's commitment to support our korean american families seeking to reunite with relatives who have trapped in north korea. the resolution, authored by my good friend and colleague, congresswoman bass of california, rightly observes the family reunification is a humanitarian priority. as she points out, it calls on the united states and north korea to begin the process of reuniting north korean and korean american divided family members with their immediate relatives through ways such as, as i quote from the resolution, identifying individuals in the united states and north korea who are willing and able to participate in a pilot program, fighting -- finding matches through organizations such as the red cross, working with the government of south korea in
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video reunions. and accordingly, urging the restoration of contact between divided families physically, literally, or virtually. it's a very, very good resolution. i thank my good friend and colleague for authoring it. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey reserves. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: i yield to my great friend, ms. bass, who is a champion of these issues. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. bass: i want to thank chairman meeks, ranking member mccaul and ranking member smith for bringing this important legislation, encouraging reunions of divided korean americans to the house floor today. this is a bipartisan resolution that calls on the united states and north korea to begin the process of reuniting korean american divided families with
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identifying their families in the u.s. and north korea who are willing and able to participate, finding matches for members of such families through organizations such as the red cross, and working with the government of south korea to include american citizens in intra-korean video reunions. we heard the awful stories of those who were divided from family members for nearly 70 years. a couple years ago, i had a constituent in my office who was quite elderly and he was very concerned that he actually was not going to live to see his siblings that he has not been able to see for many decades. this resolution also urges the restoration of contact between the divided families physically, literally, or virtually, and calls on the u.s. and north korea to pursue reunions as a humanitarian priority of immediate concern. when the korean war armistice agreement was signed in 1953, it was meant to be a temporary
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measure. there has been relative peace between north and south korea, but tensions remain volatile and the border separating them is heavily militarized. more than 10 million families, including those u.s. citizens, have been divided and we must do everything we can to prevent this from continuing. representative kim and i agree that korean americans should not have to wait another day, let alone another 70 years to meet their family members who live in north korea. the bipartisan support shows that this resolution wants to support the administration and find a sustainable solution to this important issue. i want to thank representative kim and many of my other colleagues on both sides of the aisle for co-sponsoring h.res. 294. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman's time has expired. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania reserves. the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. smith: mr. speaker, i yield
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back the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: i i yield myself such time as i may consume for the purpose of closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. houlahan: mr. speaker, for nearly 70 years, korean americans and their relatives have hoped and prayed to one day be together again. we cannot further delay. this resolution is common sense, bipartisan, and it is long overdue and will make an invaluable impact on the lives of thousands of korean americans and their families. i thank representative karen bass for working so diligently on this essential humanitarian resolution, and i ask all of my colleagues to give it their support and i yield the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 294. 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 resolution is agreed to, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> yes, sir. i'd like to request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. . for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? ms. houlahan: i ask the house suspend the rules and pass h.r.2118. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title the clerk: h.r.2118, a bill to control epidemics and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized.
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ms. houlahan: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous materials on h.r. 2118. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. houlahan: i rise today in support of h.r.2 2118 securing america from ep tellics act and i'd like to thank my colleague, representative behra, chairman -- representative bera, chairman of the subcommittee on asia and southeast air force base. this bill would authorize the united states to participate in the co- in the coalition for epidemics, to help -- a public-private partnership to help work against epidemics including ebola and covid-19. covid-19 has shown how connected our world is. by developing vaccines and
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enabling countries to administer vaccine doses effectively we can end pandemics. we do this by ensuring vaccines get into the arms of the most vulnerable and instilling confidence in people that vaccines save lives. now more than ever with the rise of the dead lidell ta variant and covid-19 cases ravaging comuns across the country where vaccinations are low, national government, civil society and health experts are all vital to ending the pandemic by supporting sefi we demonstrate the value of leveraging individual strains toward elective actions and create a leading global framework of developingesquive vaccine response to stop future pandemics. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized
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mr. smith: i rise in support of the securing america from epidemics act. i want to thank my colleagues, congressmen bera and fitzpatrick for introducing this bill. covid-19 has shown that pandemics know no borders and that the united states and the world must be better prepared to respond to disease outbreaks including pandemics ash the worrell the bill authorizes the united states to participate in the alliance for countries and private partners financing and coordinating and developing new vaccines for infectious diseases. in addition to covid-19, sefi developed lees of priority diseases including mers, the northeast respiratory sin dome. sefi seeks to develop vaccines before a disease outbreak occurs. i would note parenthetically that in october of 2020, the
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trump administration gave sefi a $20 million grant to advance its work. mr. speaker, according to the johns hopkins resource center, covid-19 has killed over 4, 092,000 people worldwide including 609,000 in the united states in my home state of new jersey, 26, 546 death, the most cove 19 deaths per capita in the united states. the pandemic could cost the global economy $10 trillion or more than 12% of global g.d.p. the loss of jobs and businesses is unprecedented in modern times and all of us know it, from our casework working with local businesses. this has been an incredibly horrible pandemic and we have to make sure it never repeats itself. developing vaccines for emerging infectious diseases is important to national security including economic sturt r security.
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our committee has worked together over the last several months in response to covid-19 the safe act, for example is an example of this kind of bipartisan effort. i urge all of my colleagues to believe we must do all we can to prevent another pandemic like covid-19 from emerging in the feusm future, support this legislation an i reserve the balance of our time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: i have no further requests for time and reserve. mr. smith: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: i yield myself as much time as i may consume for the purpose of closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. houlahan: covid-19 has demonstrated the need for collective global action to end pandemics. the securing american from pandemics act encouragings
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partnering in sefi to help build a global framework we call covid-19 with a once in a lifetime pandemic but we all share concerns that these outbreaks will become more and more frequent and more cat stroivelg. there is an urgent need for the public-private global action h.r.2118 would help accelerate. not only for covid-19 but god forbid for any other future pandemics. i thank my colleague, representative ami bera for his leadership in championing this bill. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2118. 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 the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i would like to request a record of the vote. pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause # of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? ms. houlahan: mr. speaker, i move hat house suspend the rules and pass h.r.1079, the desert locust control act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r.1079, a bill to establish an interagency working group to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to control locust outbreaks in the east africa region and avert future outbreaks to avert food insecurity and for others. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. houlahan tharyngd gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, each
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will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from -- the gentlewoman from pennsylvania. ms. houlahan: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on h.r. 1079 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. houlahan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. houlahan: i rise in support of h.r.1079, the desert lo kaws control act introduced by my colleague, representative chris smith, ranking member of the africa and global health subcommittee. starting in late 2019, swarms of locusts entered the horn of africa from the gull of aden multiplying and spreading throughout the region. ever since it began the outbreak has plagued the most as a rule vulnerable and threatened their ability to lead full live, generate income and feed themselves and their families. locusts are a highly mobile insect and have the ability to
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consume vast amounts of crops in a sort period of time. each small swarm can consume food for up to 35,000 people each day. this has devastated large swaths of crops throughout east africa including kenya, somalia and ethiopia and stretching as far as the republic of con goa. food security already hangs by a thread in h legion and help has been hindered by covid restrictions. while some efforts have been successful in containing the outbreak from spreading further into west africa, good rain this is spring allowed for additional breeding, threatening future harvests if so -- in somalia. i. this measure would harness efforts to evaluate and respond to the locust outbreak bringing in support of the u.s. mission to the food and agricultural organization usaid and others to establish a work group responding to the outbreak. we've already seen the ripple
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effects of covid on poverty, food insecurity, health, education and so much more we must ensure that we don't let this outbreak exacerbate and accelerate those existing channels. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. smith: i rise in strong support of the desert lo locust control act i introduced along with my good friend and colleague chairwoman bass of california. we have worked on this issue together for quite a long time. trying to mitigate the impact it is hag particularly on africa. i want to thank chairman meeks and mccall for their work then suring that it's on the floor today so we can vote on it and hopefully see it enacted into law. this bill will establish and this is the core of it, an interagent -- an interagency working group to control locust
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outbreaks in the east africa region and avert famine, starvation and masdz scale food insecurity and the potential destabilization that go goes along with all of that according to usaid, the desert locust is one of the most destructive migratory pests in the entire world. rapidly consuming most vegetationation in its path incrudding crops and pastureland critical to maintaining the food security livelihoods of populations in east africa. locust swarms are highly mobile and car round the winds. they can travel up to 100 miles per day and even a relatively small .4 square mile sized swarm can consume an amount of food sufficient for approximately 35,000 people. in just one day. as recently as july 2, the u.n. food and ag organization has said that, quote, a desert lo kaws upsurge is still under way in the greater horn of africa and the arabian peninsula and
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although substantial control operations are under way, the battle to control the desert locust is not yet over the world bank notes that a new generation of locustest merge every eight weeks. each generation sees a 20-fold increase in the population. the growing swarms spread to new areas, disrupting the food supply, upending livelihoods and requiring substantial resources to address. mr. speaker, i believe there are three very important reasons to support the bill. the first is an obligation we have to mitigate suffering wherever and whenever it is found and where we are able to do. and to prevent starvation, famine, food insecurity and stunt, stunting increases when food is not available to young people especially during the first 1,000 days of life from conception to the second birthday the second is our strategic u.s. national interest. food insecurity causes instability as we saw with the rise of the muslim brotherhood in egypt a decade ago.
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the horn of africa is a vitally important and we see an area wracked by war and violence the war in the tig ray region of et -- in the tigre region, somalia. on top of the political chaos is the food crisis caused by locusts compounded by the ongoing covid concerns. the third is that the legislation is both pennywise and pound-wise. the bill calls for greater intergovernmental coordination so we don't waste efforts. further by addressing the food insecurity problem at the source, locusts, we mitigate the need down the road to provide disaster and humanitarian assistance which is more costly not only in terms of dollars but most importantly in terms of human lives. i would like to further note that just last week, administrator samantha power
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addressed the foreign a affairs committee and addressed how saving -- spending a little money up front could save more down the road while underscoring there is much work to be done. she said, and i quote, we have treated more than five million achest of infested land since 2020. the last administration and this administration is very focused on providing 4.2 metric tons of crops, that's crops saved by the virtual ewe of this effort. things got better and are turning downward again so this is something that has my attention she went on to say whether it's providing surveillance, pesticides, training about how to use the pesticides in order to avoid environmental damage and so forth it is very important enabling complement of the work we do on food security, close quote. finally lied toik liek to call amention to theoman's -- to the
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yeoman's work done by our adviser. he advised us, provided unbelievely important insights and information that helped us craft a response to push previous administration to do more and hopefully that will help coordinate everything. i would note that president biden has nominated cindy king to fill that role, i look forward to working her and the rest of the administration on this important issue. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman ms. houlahan: i yield to the gentlelady from california. ms. bass: i want to thank the chairman and ranking member for bringing h.r. 1079 desert locust control act to the house floor today. as chair of the subcommittee, i
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am glad to co-lead this important bill with ranking member smith. ranking member smith has been the lead on this issue for several years. the current desert locust issue that plagues east africa is the worst it has been in 70 years and causing famine and instability. during a recent yearg, samantha power confirmed the need to address the millions of people facing food scarcity and compounded with the resurgence of a new covid-19 variant and most people in africa do not have access to the vaccine. this is an issue that affects child education, local economies and political stability. h.r. 1079 is a great first step to alleviate the locust problem to aim to set up ain agency working group to combat the
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locusts to meet annually and reporting progress to congress. this bill would allow the interagency working group to review region national efforts to control the outbreak and coordination among relevant u.s. government agencies, regional governments and international organizations, including the world food program and u.n. food program and cultural organization. i thank representative smith for his leadership and i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 10779. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california yields. the gentlelady from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey is recognized. mr. smith: i want toll yield one minute. i thank congresswoman karen bass chair of the africa
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subcommittee. we have worked so close. sometimes she takes the lead and sometimes i take the lead but we are striving for the same outcome and thank you for your great support on this and it is an honor to work with you. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey yields. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. given the incredible damage locusts can inflict, our ability to respond to these outbreaks is efficient including the you goses mission to the agricultural mission. that is what this bill will support regions that were struggling with food security from being impacted by locust swarms. i thank representative smith for introducing this important bill and i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1079 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative, the ules are suspended and without objection, bill is passed -- >> i would like to request a record of the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from pennsylvania seek recognition? ms. houlahan: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1036 bassam barabandi rewards for justice act. the clerk: a bill to amend the state department basic authorities act of 1956 to authorize rewards under the
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department of state rewards program relating to information regarding individuals or entities engaged in activities in contravention of the united states or united nations' sanctions and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule the gentlewoman from pennsylvania, ms. houlahan, and the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, each will control 20 minutes. ms. houlahan: 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. 1035. i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentlewoman request general leave snr ms. houlahan: i ask that all members may have legislative days to include extraneous material on h.r. 1036. the speaker pro tempore: without
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objection. ms. houlahan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in strong support of h.r. 1036 bassam barabandi rewards for justice act, bipartisan legislation introduced by my friend, the gentleman from south carolina, congressman joe wilson and the gentleman from florida ted deutch. whistleblower programs have been proven effective. in 2017 u.s. department of justice collected $3.7 billion from false claim act cases against companies and individuals who defrauded the government. 92% came from cases brought by whistleblowers. whistleblowers have easier access to misdeeds and deeper knowledge of the bad actors engaged in unlawful behavior. this bipartisan bill would authorize the department of state to offer rewards for
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information about the identity or location of individuals who defile sanctions imposed by the united states or united nationses. this legislation builds on several programs that provides rewards. this bill will also increase compliance with international sanctions programs and serve as a valuable role promoting human rights, good governance. i want to thank mr.¦wilson and mr. deutch for their work on this legislation and i encourage all members to support it and i reserves. mr. smith: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in strong support of the rewards for justice act introduced by joe wilson and congressman deutch. good bipartisan bill and it will
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make a difference. the bill would expand rewards for justice program to authorize rewards for individuals coming forward with information on sanctions evasion practices and it was inspired by bassam barabandi, a syrian defector at the syrian embassy who worked against critics. are he lobbied the u.s. government on syrian oligarches. the assistance highlighted the need to create a mechanism to encourage individuals to come forward. the legislation will do just that and enhance compliance with u.s. and international sanctions, increase competence in the rule of law and regimes trying to circumvent regimes. i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from pennsylvania is recognized. ms. houlahan: i yield myself such time as i may consume for the purpose of closing. this legislation is vital to helping the united states protect human rights and the rule of law around the world. by allowing the state department to exen says individuals to bring forward criminal misconduct, america will punish those who flout the rule of law. i thank representatives wilson and deutch putting forward this legislation and i urge my colleagues to support it. and with that, i yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1036. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill
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is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from illinois seek recognition? >> i would like to request a record of the yeas and nays, please. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8. yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20. further proceedings on this question are postponed. pursuant to clause is 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess until>> washing.
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