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business. part of our long time commitment to bring you live gavel-to-gavel coverage of congress. the house today will consider 20 suspension bills including a measure to compensate c.i.a. personnel who suffered brain injuries while serving in havana, cuba. now live to the floor of the house here on c-span. coverage of the house proceedings for political or commercial purposes is expressly prohibited by the u.s. house of representatives.] senator capito: the speaker: the house will be in order. the prayer will be offered by our chaplain, chab lynn criben. -- chap kibben. chaplain kibben: would you pray with me. o lord, our god, as we set our sites on the week ahead, we do so with a certain degree of anticipation and anxiety. there is much to discuss, many concerns to address, and a wide array of perspectives to consider. by your gracious guidance as
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you lead us into these next couple days, call us to pay attention to your wisdom. to turn our ears to your words that we would keep them within our hearts. above all else, may each of us keep watch over our innermost souls, knowing that everything we do reflects its integrity. keep our mouths from perverse it and corrupt talk from our lips. but remind us to look straight ahead with purpose. fixing our gaze today and throughout the week on the goals you would have us reach. may we be intent on taking heed of your direction. may we be steadfast in all we do. may we be worthy of this place and time to serve you, this country, and our communities. in the strength of your name we pray. amen. the speaker: pursuant to section 11-a of house resolution 88, the journal of the last day's proceedings is approved.
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the pledge of allegiance will be delivered by the gentleman from michigan, mr. levin. mr. levin: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker: the chair will entertain up to 15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side of the aisle. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? mr. dingell: unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. dingell: madam speaker, i stood here nearly a month ago to deliver a very similar message, once in a lifetime storms are becoming a reality in michigan.
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and the last month seat michigan has flooded three times in the city of dearborn. nearly 20,000 homes have been impacted. my constituents can't recover from one flood before another -- before it worsens and another one hits and there is more damaged property, more lost valuables. people are angry. people are scared. and they have every right to be. that's because we have known the solution to these disasters for a while. the time for climate action is now. this starts with investing in resilient infrastructure to protect our communities from the impacts of cly mad crisis -- climate crisis. we need to invest in infrastructure that can withstand natural disasters and make it easier on the american people to recover. we can't continue to have these floods once in a lifetime when people are dealing with unimaginable damages.
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in my city for the third time in four weeks. we need a strong infrastructure package that takes bold action and addresses climate change head-on. thank you, madam speaker. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, it's nearly august, seven full months since the biden administration assumed control of the white house and still there is no end in site for the biden border crisis. it's been a month since biden border czar harris hopped off a jet near the border which she dubbed as the southern border visit and nothing changed. march was the highest month on record for illegal crossings until april. april was the highest month on record for illegal crossings logical may. may was the highest month on record for illegal crossings
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until june. mr. nehls: we are on pace to set another record in july. how many records must be broken? crimes committed. victims trafficked before the biden administration wakes up to the roaring crisis at our southern border. the american people are sick and tired of the talk. they are sick and tired of excuses. they are sick and tired of the political games. enough is enough. secure the southern border. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from the district of columbia rise. ms. norton: to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. norton: mr. speaker, with a detailed poll showing that 54% of the american people now support statehood for your nation's capital, the district
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of columbia, we are optimistic about passage in the senate of h.r. 51. i thank the house for passage of our statehood bill. for that as spurred the american majority that now supports d.c. statehood. the recent hearing in the senate helped further educate americans about the statehood bill. noting that it is the only -- that our country is the only democratic country that denies equal representation for the people of its capital. with continuing success with
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our d.c. statehood bill, we look forward to reporting progress on our bill on the state of -- on the state becoming the state of new columbia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from iowa seek recognition? >> thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. mrs. miller-meeks: mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize a young woman in my district who has become an inspiration to women and athletes everywhere. aaron, a university of northern iowa sophomore and track star from solan high school earned a position on team u.s.a. for the paraolympics in tokyo. she has 2400 vision due to
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optic nerve degeneration in both eyes is ranked fourth in the world after achieving a 58.23 seconds in the trials earlier this month. finishing second overall in both the 400 and 100 meter dashes. the second district and the state of iowa are lucky to be represented by stellar athletes like erin, thomas, and kenny competing in this year's summer owe limb pings. i could not be prouder to represent these three in congress. good luck, erin, thomas, and kenny. bring home the gold. last week i wished my sister a happy birthday and this week i would like to extend a happy birthday to her husband, ralph. happy birthday, ralph. we are delighted to have you in the family. thank you, mr. speaker. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the the gentlewoman from the virgin islands seek recognition? ms. plaskett: i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentlewoman is recognized for one minute. ms. plaskett: thank you very much, mr. speaker.
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the biden administration's proposed $2.65 million american jobs plan contains a commitment to resources to overcome structural inequity driven by decades of gender discrimination exclues. in addition to be undercapitalized by the p.p.p. in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, black business owners experienced an acute decline of 41% in their numbers. latin x businesses fell by 32%. asian businesses, 26%. compounding these inequities black indigenous and people of color, particularly women of color, have been hardest hit by unemployment and job losses. these groups have been left behind and held back for far too long. resulting in multigenerational poverty, wage, and wealth gaps. to meet the moment, house democrats are proposing systemic solutions rooted in
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equity to ensure prosperity for all americans. these solutions are driven by targeted, long-term investments to improve our infrastructure by igniting our economy for equity, making accountable to equitable practice and outcomes. where safety, health, and well-being of the people are a priority. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? >> one minute to address the house. revise and extend. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> thank you. biden's team of neighborhood basically disturbers showed up as a constituent's house this past weekend demanding that they reveal their vaccine status. after asking for them by name. our agents on the border cannot test the tens of thousands being released into the country on a monthly basis, and tens of thousands are going in without covid testing and without
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vaccines. mr. biggs: the biden-harris, the first president with a hyphenated game name, is going door to door in an orwellian fashion to pester americans about vaccines. welcome to the thorntarian turn of the new democrat party. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? >> ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, is anyone else tired of hearing the insurrectionist in chief continue to lie about the 2020 election? mr. jeffries: over the weekend once again the former twice impeached disgraced so-called president of the united states of america falsely claimed that he actually won the election. and that it was stolen from joe biden. something is really wrong with this guy. and i need some help in trying
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to figure it out. is donald trump, a, a pathological liar? b a socio-bath? c, a malignant nar sissies? or d, all of the above. i'll be around all week. look forward to hearing from you. the speaker pro tempore: the chair lays before the house a communication. the clerk: the honorable the speaker, house of representatives. madam, pursuant to the permission granted in clause 2-h of rule 2 of the rules of the u.s. house of representatives, the clerk received the following message from the secretary of the senate on july 26, 2021, at 1:41 p.m. that the senate passed, senate 89. senate 189, senate 894, senate 1910, and senate 2382. signed, sincerely, cheryl l. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule
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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 virginia seek recognition? mr. scott: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill s. 848. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 84le 8, an act to amend the higher education act of 1965 in order to improve the service, obligation verification process for it teach grant recipients and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. scott and the gentlewoman from indiana, mrs. spartz, each will control 20 minutes. the chair wreck -- recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks. and insert extraneous materials on s. 848 much.
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the consider teachers act. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. scott: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. scott: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of s. 848, the consider teachers act introduced by senators ron and sinema in the senate and led by delegate holmes norton and representative spartz in the house. high quality teachers are the backbone of our nation's education system. since even before the covid-19 pandemic, communities across the country, particularly low-income communities, have faced a growing shortage of educators. to address this shortage, the teacher education assistance for college and higher education grant program, or the teach grant program, offers up -- up-front grant aid to incentivize individuals to pursue teaching and serve low-income communities. since 2007, these grants have helped people across the
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country become high quality teachers in communities where they are needed most. however, administrative issues with the program have inadvertently converted thousands of these grants into loans which must be paid back with interest. according to investigative report in 2016, upward of 63% of teach grants have been converted to loans, leaving badly needed teachers with burdensome debt. . this bipartisan bill addresses these issues in two ways. first it implements the reconsideration process to ensure that teach grant recipients do not see their grants converted into loans by mistake and the bill creates flexibility so the teachers can fulfill the grants' requirement ments. simply put consider teachers act is a bipartisan legislative fix to ensure and strengthen and
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expand our teacher work force. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanreserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from indiana. mrs.spartz: i yield myself such time as i consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs.spartz: i rise in support. the teachers act program was to support teachers. the grant program has run into administrative challenges brought on by paperwork issues. approximately 2/3 of all teach grants are converting into federal student loans. to address this inadvertent error, they need to ensure that teachers make simple mistakes. it gives grant recipients to reverse a conversion in either the timeline for when the grant recipients must certify with the
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department of education. second, the bill expands the time when recipients have to fulfill their service obligation in in the pandemic. the pandemic affected all of our lives and teachers shouldn't be unfairly punished for sirses outside of their control. the teach grant program, the federal government may a commitment to future teachers and this fulfills the original progress of the program. i urge all members to support this bill. with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. gentlewoman virginia. mr. scott: i yield such time as she may consume to the gentlelady from the district of columbia, ms. holmes norton. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. norton: i thank my good friend for yielding and i rise
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in strong support s.848 consider teachers act of 2021. i interviewed the companion bill with congresswoman with congresswoman spartz. i would like to thank senators mike brawn and senator sinema for their leadership and my good friend, chairman bobby scott, for bringing this bill to the floor today. this bill would improve the service obligation verification process for the teacher education assistance for college and higher grant program or teach, as it is called. the teach grant program was created to attract the best and brightest of the teaching profession in underserved communities. the teach grant program provides
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up to $4,000 a year in grants to students who agree to serve at least four years as full-time teachers in a high-need field in a public and private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income families. the rockets to teach four years must be completed within an eight-year period. those who do not fulfill their service requirements will have grants converted into stafford loans, which must be paid back, with interest. these loans cannot revert to grants. according to the office of management and budget, 66% of grants are converted into loans. though 21,000 grant recipients have completed the program without conversion, 94,000
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recipients have had their grants converted to loans. those conversions are often triggered by paperwork issues, such as submitting the annual form one day late or missing a date or signature. in 2018, u.s. department of education released a reconsideration process for recipients who had their grants reverted into loans but have rather fulfilled or could have fulfilled this service obligation. the department also turned back the clock to allow teachers who have left the teach grant program once their grants were converted to loans to give them more time to complete their service rocketses. these changes allow the department to lift the debt of
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2, 300 recipients. i'm pleased the department made additional improvements to the program on july 1, 2021, including opening the reconsideration process to all teach grant program recipients. this bill would codify some of these changes creating a safeguard from changes in-depth leadership. this bill would also outline yearly deadlines and notification requirements to rectify some of the teach grant programs previous administrative mishaps. furthermore, the onset of the coronavirus pandemic left many recipients with finding qualified work. this grant would provide a grace
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period for those individuals by extending the fulfillment period by three years for anyone who was fulfilling their obligations when the coronavirus pandemic began. this past year has given us all a hard lesson in the invaluable service that teachers and educators provide to our society. as many young students have turned to home schooling and remote learning, we have all come to appreciate the hard work and incredible talent of our teachers who foster, the mental, physical and emotional growth of our children every day. this bill ensures that part-time for talent, for the teaching profession remains strong and that we do not undual burden teach grant program recipients who have dedicated themselves to serving our most valuable
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communities. i understand what that means, because my own teacher delia holmes was a teacher in the public schools. i urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: gentlew oman from district reserves. the gentlewoman from indiana. mrs.spartz: i'm ready to close. mr. scott: i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs.spartz: the teach grant program fails many of our teachers and needs to be fixed and it's important that our federal government honors its promises and consider teachers and streamlines processes. i urge all members to vote in favor of this bill. teachers are essential for high quality learning. thank you, mr. speaker. and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlemanfrom virginia. mr. scott: i yield myself the balance of the time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanis recognized. mr. scott: i wish to thank represent activities spartz and delegate holmes norton for working across the aisle. as my colleagues have said the teach grants program is to prepare high quality diverse educators for our nation's underserved students. today it is critical that the teach grant program that actually work as intended as we recover from the global health emergency that cost education jobs, exacerbated achievement gaps and worsened the teacher shortage in many states and districts. me must ensure the initiatives to strengthen the teacher work force make it easier for people to enter the teaching profession. it would help achieve that goal ensuring the teach grants do not
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have the unintended effect of leading educators with burdensome loans. this will allow teachers across the country to continue accessing resources they need to pursue careers in teaching. this bill is an opportunity to demonstrate that regardless of party affiliation we share the commitment to improving the quality of education by investing in well prepared teachers. so i urge my colleagues again to support the bill, vote for the consider teachers act, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house with us penned the rules and pass senate bill 848. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- the gentlemanfrom arizona.
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mr. biggs: request the yeas and nays. pursuant to section 3-s, the yeas and naysare ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does gentleman seek recognition? >> i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s.1828 helping american victims or
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havana act. the speaker pro tempore: clerk senate 1828 to amend the central intelligence act of 1949 to authorize the provision of payment to central intelligence agency that authorize the provision of payment to the department ofstate who incur similar injures and for other injures. pursuant to the rule, the gentlemanfrom texas, mr. castro and the gentlemanfrom texas, mr0 minutes. mr. castro: i ask members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on senate 1828. mr. speaker, i rise in support of s.1828 havana act of 2021 and urge my colleagues to support
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its passage. america's intelligence professionals are the best in the world dedicating their lives to protect the american people. as citizens, we are in their debt. as lawmakers, we have a responsibility to protect their health and safety making sure they have the resources they need to do their jobs effectively and providing them with the necessary support if they are harmed in the line of duty. the havana act is a critical piece of legislation. the incidents behind the havana syndrome are still under investigation and have affected american personnel from keuba and -- cuba and china, europe and potentially here in washington d.c. it is imperative that the state department working in conjunction with the intelligence community, department ofdefense and other partners and allies get to the
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bottom of what caused these events and deter them from happening them in the future and protect our people. while i'm confident that the biden administration is working hard, congress must do its part especially when it comes to helping those who have been directly impacted. the havana act ensures that diplomats are appropriately taken care of and exen indicated for injures they incurred with these events. fixing an important gap in existing law. i'm glad that this legislation will provide necessary supplemental funds to those who have been infected while in no way touching of any other benefits that come with federal employment. this is a good bipartisan measure and i commend our senate colleagues, senators collins and mark warner, for sending it over to the house today. the havana act which the senate unanimously passed is the
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companion legislation that adam schiff interviewed along side gregory meeks. as a member of the foreign affairs and intelligence committees, i appreciate the sacrifices of our intelligence first who are working hard toe denied our national security. i urge my colleagues to support the havana act. thank you, and i reserve. mr. mccaul: around the world american personnel are being attacked in their homes and on the streets. for some it starts with what seems like a wild noise, followed by pain or pressure in the head. many are left with chronic damage, including hearing loss, vert go, cognitive and motor impairment, severe headaches,
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and inability to sleep. in the words of a recent report our diplomats are suffering a quote, concussion without a concussion. the senate passed bill before us today provides important authority to assist these brain injury victims. and it deserves our unanimous support. we all must do more. unfortunately these attacks have continued and spread. first, it started in havana in late 2016, and spread to china in 2017. two months ago press reports described more than 130 possible cases all over the world, including right here in washington, d.c. just last week, two dozen new cases among u.s. personnel in vienna were rerevealed. simply put this is scary stuff. the people who serve our nation overseas are generally worried for themselves and their families. they need to know that we have their backs. when the prior administration
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pulled our personnel out of havana, they said numerous havana employees have been targeted in specific attacks. they have suffered significant injuries as a consequence of these attacks. and contrast, president biden has refused to call these what they are. attacks on u.s. personnel. and secretary of state tony blinken publicly said, perhaps no one is responsible for causing these injuries. i will tell you from my briefings and briefings in another annex, that is absolutely incorrect. we may not be able to fill in all the blanks yet, but we know too much to dismiss these attacks as unexplained health incidents. four years ago medical experts convened by the state department agreed victims were likely dealing with brain trauma from a nonnatural source. the and the evidence has only grown more conclusive since then. last year the national academy
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of sciences said that directed pulsed radio frequency energy is most likely the cause. according to the n.a.s., the situation raises grave concerns about bad actors who may have weapons. so while we must desist victims with today's bill, we must do more. we must call these heinous attacks what they are. they are attacks. the people attacking us need to know the consequences will be severe when we find out who they are when we get the attribution. otherwise we aren't doing what we can do to deter future attacks. the men and women who serve our nation overseas deserve no less. i have prepared a bill to do just that which i'll be introducing this week. i want to thank chairman meeks and our intelligence committee colleagues for their bipartisan work on the havana act which i strongly support. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves.
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the other gentleman from texas is recognized. mr. castro: i yield three minutes to the chairman of the house permanent select committee on intelligence, the gentleman from california, mr. adam schiff. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized for three minutes. mr. schiff: thank you. request permission to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. schiff: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of the havana act. i was proud to introduce this legislation in the house. i appreciate the continued support from ranking member nunes, chairman meeks, and ranking member mccaul in moving this legislation through the house and to the president's desk. every day thousands of patriotic americans serve our country abroad, representing our values and interests across the globe. they are diplomat, soldiers, intelligence officers, and more. but we must never forget they are also mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, sons and daughters who routinely make tremendous personal sacrifices in the service of their country. in return for their service to our nation, we have a seek red responsibility to make sure
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that we take care of them. that's what this bill does. over the past several years public servants from the intelligence community and elsewhere have experienced symptoms of unknown origin. these cases, which have been described as havana syndrome or anomalous health incidents named for the cohort whose symptoms on set in havana remain a mystery. two things are clear. we must spare no effort to identify their source and hold anyone responsible accountable. and second, we must ensure that those who are injured receive the highest quality of care and the benefits that they need as they recover. the havana act does just that. it would adjust and expand the authority we give to the intelligence community and state department in 2019 to provide compensation for those experiencing these injuries to also include those suffering from dramatic brain injuries. members of both parties have united behind this critical legislation to provide benefits
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through afflicted individuals. even as we pass this legislation, oiler work is not done. on a bipartisan basis the intelligence committee has continued to provide vigorous oversight of how individuals experiencing these health incidents were treated and how they are being treated today. we will continue to prioritize this issue and put our people first. i thank my colleagues, mr. castro, mr. mccaul, for their efforts. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: mr. castro reserves. mr. mccaul is recognized. mr. mccaul: i yield to the gentleman from california, mr. nunes, ranking member of the permanent select committee on intelligence and a co-author of the house version of this bill, as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. nunes: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from texas for his work on this bill. and my colleagues on -- on the senate side and house side. i rise in strong support of this legislation. when intelligence community
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officers risk their health and safety in the service of their country, they need to know they receive the full support of the united states government, if they are injured. that assurance is crucial for the officer's ability to carry out their missions. as the public now knows, the officers have been victims of targeted attacks around the globe. i want to say up front these incidents are real anti-officers' combts are credible. -- accounts are credible. victims have described the sunned onset of symptoms such as dizziness and cognitive difficulties. some have resulted in traumatic brain injuries. pain and other serious health issues. many victims continue to experience chronic health problems and require sustained treatment. over the past several months we have been looking into these incidents. in my view, there are three objectives. the first is to determine the best way to help these officers and their families. the second is to find out who is perpetrating these attacks. third, to conduct strong oversight of our agencies and
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make the necessary changes to achieve the first two objectives. that will require vigorous effort but i am committed to uncovering the truth. the bill we are considering today takes important steps to assist the victims of these attacks and to ensure that our people will be compensated for their brain injuries. it build on legislation we passed last congress to improve workers' compensation for certain personnel and their dependents. some have called the legislation technical, which it is, but it is nevertheless vital. patriotic americans serving to promote and protect our freedoms deserve our gratitude and full support. the senate has already passed this bill by unanimous consent. i fully support it. and urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to do the same. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: mr. mccaul reserves mr. castro is recognized. mr. castro: i have no further requests at this time. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mr. mccaul is recognized.
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mr. mccaul: mr. speaker, i'm prepared to close. i i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mccaul: i want to thank the chairman of the house intelligence and ranking member, mr. nunes, for his strong support of this bill. it's very important. i will be introducing a bill next week on this. i hope to work with house intelligence on that as well. very concerned the administration may be planning to send u.s. personnel back to our havana embassy. i just got off of a big rally across the street from the white house with a lot of cubans. just searching for freedom. and democracy over tyranny and oppression and communism. but our personnel can't -- we can't send them back until we say who or what caused these brain injuries that prompted the trump administration to pull our people out of there
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for their own safety in 2017. over these last few weeks the world has watched cuba's brutal police state in action. and venezuela military are there as well. silencing people just for exercising freedom of speech which they don't have under a communist dictatorship. the same surveillance system that tracks dissidents and sensors -- censors the internet has been unwilling to share necessary information about these attacks against americans. i have no doubt that the cuban intelligence are involved in this. if the administration sends u.s. personnel back to havana without holding the regime accountable, all american diplomats are at risk. so again i support this bipartisan havana act. urge my colleagues to support as well. i think these men and women both state department diplomats and our intelligence officers deserve better from our nation. they need to receive the proper
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care that they deserve. again i want to thank chairman meeks and the intelligence committee and look forward to its passage. with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. mr. castro is recognized. mr. castro: i yield myself such time as i may consume. for the purpose of closing. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. castro: mr. speaker, i believe it is imperative that we as the elected representatives of the american people working with the executive branch get to the bottom of exactly who is behind these events, why they are occurring, and how to stop them. but we must also make sure to do our part and take care of the public servants who put themselves on the line every day for our own interest. i want to say thank you to the president, to secretary of state, the state department for taking these cases seriously, for listening to the families and all of the trauma that they have gone through and showing them nothing but the utmost respect. this bill is an excellent contribution to this effort and i look forward to working on a bipartisan basis on this
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critical issue going forward. i thank chairman schiff for his hard work. i ask all of my colleagues to support this bill. with that i yield the balance of my time. soipt question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 1828. 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 -- for what purpose does -- >> request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arizona rise. pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8 the yeas and nays are ordered. freight -- pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. follow
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2278, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2278, a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to designate the september 11 national memorial trail, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. dingell, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and
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include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 2278 introduced by representative gerry connolly, would designate the september 11 national memorial trail route to honor the family members and loved ones who were victims of that day's attack as well as the heroes of september 11. the route would consist of a series of trails and roadways linking the three sites of the september 11 attack. the world trade septre in new york, the pentagon in arlington, virginia, and the flight 93 memorial near shanksville, pennsylvania. as we approach the 20th anniversary of this horrific act of terrorism, this bill would honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 americans who lost
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their lives and would serve as a lasting reminder of the heroism and perseverance of our nation's first responders. i would like to thank representative connolly for introducing this important legislation and urge my colleagues to support this bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. . >> i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanis recognized. >> this year, as the gentlelady pointed out marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of the september 11. two decades have past since that tragic day, we will never forget the thousands of innocent people who lost their lives and the first responders who put their lives on the line. memorials have been established nationwide to honor the victims and first responders who were killed in the attacks including
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the national 9/11 pentagon memorial in virginia, flight 93 national memorial in pennsylvania and national september 11 national museum in new york. h.r. 2278 authorizes the secretary of the interior to designate a memorial trail approximately 1, 300 miles to link the three september 11 memorials in virginia, new york and pennsylvania. the route will intersect states and will be add minimum sterted. this bill will pe severe the memory of the innocent people who lost their lives on 9/11 and ensure that we never forget the who are oos. i hopes it serves as sole ace to the victims who can use this trail to remember and honor
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their lost loved ones. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. gentlewoman michigan. mrs.dingell: i recognize mr. connellly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr.connolly: i thank the speaker. in a troubled time and seem like we can't get together, here's an opportunity to come together as we did 20 years ago on september 11. i rise in support of h.r. 2278, designating the september 11 national memorial trail, a 1300 of trails and roadways that connect all three sites on september 11, 2001, the world trade center in new york, the
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pentagon here in washington d.c. and flight 93 memorial near shamptionville, pennsylvania. as our nation prepares for the 20th anniversary of september 11, we have an opportunity to create legacy. it provides trail goers with a chance to reflect and learn about our nation's resilience and per certainance following that dreadful day. in addition to the three 9/11 memorials, travelers can learn about our founding with stops at valley forge and independence hall in philadelphia or visit antietam national battlefield or gettysburg to remember one of the other darkest days. this route connects travelers with these points in our history and landscapes while driving tourism and recreation.
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it starts at the pentagon memorial in arlington and extends northwest to the pennsylvania site and continues east to new york city national september 11 memorial and museum. and then heads south following the east coast green way connecting to the 9/11 memorial dparden of reflection and connects to the national mall here in washington, d.c. and returns to the pentagon memorial memorial remembering that dreadful incident at the pentagon that cost so many lives. it extends through six states and the district of columbia. it is a multiuse trail with more than 50% of the route offroad. it was borne at the mid-atlantic governors' conference. conference chair and then director, david brinkly presented the trail route
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connecting the pentagon and site of flight 93 and twin towers in new york city. he founded the september 11 national memorial trail alliance and following year to develop the september 11 national memorial trail. this route would be administered by the secretary of the interior in consultation with the affected land owners but would not be considered as a unit of the national parksystem or as part of the national trail system. the secretary would be authorized to produce and dis emfate educational materials and create an official symbol to mark the trail routes. the bill authorizes the secretary to enter agreements with and provide technical and financial assistance to states, localities and private entities as may be required designating the september 11 national memorial trail route will serve as embodiyment to never forget the heroes and victims.
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it honors the memories of 3,000 family members and loved ones we lost on that day. and it is a tribute to the heroes that responded. and i was a local board of supervisors' member and i was in the fire station, fire station 30 and i saw firsthand those first responders who went to the pentagon to try to save lives putting their own at risk. i hope this bill gives anyone touched by the tragedy of 9/11 an opportunity for reflection, comfort and healing. it's also a moment for us to come together once again to remember the heroes and the victims of that day to honor them and come together as republicans and democrats in that pursuit. i thank my friend, and i yield
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back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan reserves. werm werm is the -- is the gentlelady closing? mr. westerman: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs.dingell: i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and 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. 2278 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does -- mr. biggs: seek the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to section 3-s of house resolution 8, pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are
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postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from michigan seek recognition? mrs.dingell: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1029. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1029 a bill to waive the application fee for any special use permit for veterans special events at war memorials on land administered by the national parkservice and district of columbia and its environs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. dingell and the gentlemanfrom arkansas, mr. westerman, each will control 20 minutes. mrs.dingell: i ask that members may have five legislative days to include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs.dingell: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs.dingell: i rise today in
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support of h.r. 1029, the free veterans from fees act, interviewed by my colleague representative steube. this bill would honor the sacrifices made by our veterans and gold star families by waiving fees for special events at war memorials on land administered by the national parkservice in our nation's capital. the national parkservice has ar long standing practice of waiving application fees for special use permits, for most veteran events at war memorials, veteran organizations have often have to pay administrative fees and associated costs to obtain permits for events such as honor buses. by codifying a version of this practice in law, we can ensure that veterans and gold star families are not required to pay when visiting the national war memorials that were built to
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commemorate the bravery and sacrifices. i would like to thank representative steube for interviewing this important legislation. and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i resevere the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentlemanfrom arkansas. mr. westerman: i yield myself such time as i may consume. h.r. 1029 offered by congressman steube of florida would waive the flakes fee associated with special use permits for any veteran demonstrations or special events at war memorials located on federal land. each year hundreds of veteran groups and gold star families visit our war memorials. this is done by veteran organizes. to obtain a permit for special events they hold, these groups may be required to pay administrative fees and other processing costs to the national parkservice. the free veterans from fees act
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waives these fees from veteran groups and hold their special events at war memorials administered by the national parkservice in the district of columbia free of charge. the last thing they should worry about is paying administrative fees when visiting memorials. they fought to defend our nation and we should honor their sacrifices by making it as simple as possible to visit these sites. i commend congressman steube and i urge adoption of the measure and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanreserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs.dingell: i yield five minutes to the distinguished the gentlemanfrom wisconsin, mr. kind. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanis recognized. mr. kind: i thank the gentlelady. i was an original co-sponsor with my good friend and colleague with mr. steube in the free veterans from fee act.
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it would waive application fees for special use permits for honor flights and gold star family events, other veteran demonstrations and special events at our nation's war memorials. it's the right thing to do to reduce the cost for a lot of these important occasions happening right here in our nation's capital. throughout the years, i had the privilege to attend many of the freedom honor flights that came from my hometown in lacrosse, wisconsin. they are joyous occasions, much celebration honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans and more importantly allowing them many for the last time to hop on a plane come to washington and pay their respects at the memorials and conflicts they were involved in for the fallen comrades that didn't come home. and i know this is true, on the way home there is a mail call where the family members write
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letters of thanks to them as they are coming home. when they arrive, it is a celebration of music and again thanking their service and sacrifice. it is a great thing to behold. and the fact that the cost of this is compounded with unnecessary application fees in order to attend these events at our war memorials is something we can rectify and we are doing this. along with gold star events that occur here. i'm the original author of the veteran history project archiving it at the library of congress so we never forget the service and sacrifice and trying to capture these events, and have veterans share their story of what it was like to serve our country during types of conflict and peace and it was a gait avenue to reach out and get the
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oral histories that we have collected, close to 120,000 veteran stories so far and counting. this is a way to reduce the cost and ease the burden and make it easier and chance to reach out and asking them to share their memories asking them what it was like to serve our nation. i thank my kol -- colleague from florida and i call for its passage. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanfrom arkansas. mr. westerman: is the gentlewoman ready to close? mrs.dingell: i have no further requests at this time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanis recognized. mr. westerman: this is a great bill to honor our heroes and say thank you in another way. i urge a yes vote and yield back the speaker pro tempore: the gentlemanyields back the balance of his time. gentlewoman from michigan. mrs.dingell: you have heard all
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the reasons. we have been given honor flights from michigan. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1029. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- the gentlemanfrom arizona. mr. biggs: request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clues clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are postponed. ... the clerk: h.r. 1154, a bill to authorize the secretary of the interior to conduct a study to
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assess the suitability and feesability of designating certain land as the great dismal swamp national heritage area, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. dingell, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: 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 the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1154, the great dismal swamp national heritage area act, introduced by my natural resources committee colleague, representative donald mceachin. this would require the secretary of the interior to conduct a
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study to assess the suitability and feesability to designate certain lands the great dismal swamp national heritage area. it's of environmental and cultural importance and it's been home to indigenous people since time immemorial. the swamp includes the ancestral lands of three tribes and was one of the only known water-based stops on the underground railroad and home to a thriving community descenting from the colonial free people of color whose family exist -- resisted slavery who found refuge within the swamp. in 1974, the swamp was designated as a national
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wildlife refuge due to the ecological significance, and today, it holds the largest remnants of vast forests that once covered more than a million acres. designating the great dismal swamp as a national heritage area will help share the often untold stories of some of our nation's underrepresented communities. from the indigenous communities who first called the swamp home to the enslaved african-americans who endured the swamp's hardships in their fight for freedom, these are stories worth sharing with current and future generations. i would like to thank my friend and colleague, representative mceachin, for championing this important legislation, and i urge all of my colleagues to support this bill. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: mr. speaker, i
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yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. westerman: h.r. 1154, offered by congressman mceachin, requires the secretary of the interior to assess the suitability and feesability of designating a national heritage area comprised of cities and counties in virginia and counties in north carolina to be known as the great dismal swamp national heritage area. while many think of washington, d.c., as a great dismal swamp, it's actually a marshy region on the coastal plain of virginia and northeastern north carolina that stretches 37 miles north to south and covers an approximately 750 square miles. the great dismal swamp has a long history of native american intab wants. -- inhabitants. this measure passed the house as an amendment to the protecting america's wilderness and public lands act earlier this congress. i did not support the measure
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then because it had not gone through regular order and was being added to a package that greated 1.35 million -- 1.5 million acres of new wilderness. you can say it was bogged down in the swamp. i'm happy this bill has gone through regular order and i would, therefore, urge adoption of the measure. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time and would inquire if my colleague has any remaining speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: we have no more speakers. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. i'm glad that my colleagues came through the swamp and i urge my colleagues to support the legislation. 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. 1154. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. biggs: i ask for 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 michigan seek recognition? mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1664, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1664, a bill to authorize the national medal of honor museum foundation to establish a commemorative work in the district of columbia, and its environs, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. dingell, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 1664, introduced by my distinguished colleague from texas, representative marc veasey, would authorize the national medal of honor museum foundation to establish a monument in the district of columbia commemorating the extraordinary acts of valor, selfless to service, and sacrifice displayed by the medal of honor recipients. the medal of honor is our country's highest military declaration and since its creation during the civil war, the medal has been awarded to more than 3,500 members of the armed services.
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this bill would honor the unparalleled bravery and sacrifices of medal of honor recipients and ensure that the medal's value of courage, sacrifice, patriotism, citizenship, integrity, and commitment are shared for generations to come. i would like to thank representative veasey for his leadership on this important legislation and urge my colleagues to support this bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. westerman: h.r. 1664 would establish a commemorative work on federal land in the d.c. area to recognize medal of honor recipients. the medal of honor is our highest medal awarded to members of the u.s. armed forces. the medal was first authorized
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in 1861 for u.s. navy sailors and marines, and the following year for army soldiers. since then, more than 3,500 medals of honor have been awarded to members of all department of defense services and the coast guard. medals of honor are awarded sparingly and only bestowed upon the bravest of the braj whose -- brave whose courage and valor is documented. according to the medal of honor society, at least 10 arkansans have been awarded the medal of honor that includes john henry pruitt, an arkansan who is only 19 soldiers to get the medal of honor twice. our state capitol in little rock depicts a bronze eagle surrounded by plaques representing each individual recipient from arkansas. i'd like to thank congressman veasey and congressman blake moore from utah, a freshman on our committee, for their
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leadership on this important bipartisan bill. i urge adoption of the measure, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentleman from texas, representative veasey. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas is recognized for two minutes. mr. veasey: mr. speaker, today i rise to urge my colleagues to pass the national medal of honor monument act. this is bipartisan legislation, as was mentioned, that i introduced with representative moore of utah. this bill honors our nation's brave service members by behaving the way for a monument in our nation's capital recognizing the medal and the more than 3,500 is he -- recipients. they are patriots. they have put their lives on the line to ensure we can live freely and prosperously in the greatest nation on earth. that's why i'm happy to have spearheaded this from the beginning and pay homage to the values of the medal of honor recipients because they represent courage, patriotism, citizenship, commitment, and
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sacrifice. and the brave individuals who earned it are -- earned it in service to our country. the national medal of honor museum will actually open in my district in arlington, texas, over the next few years and also serve as a beacon for these values. my hope is that we're able to pass this legislation to honor these individuals because this is a very, very prestigious award for our nation's veterans and for those that have sacrificed. we want to make sure we do everything we can to rally around this and honor the bravest individuals who have served in our country by having a monument here in washington, d.c. i yield back the balance of my time, mr. speaker. thank you very much. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves -- the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: i'd like to inquire if the gentlelady is prepared to close. mrs. dingell: i'm prepared to
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close. mr. westerman: i urge adoption of this bill and strongly support creating this memorial, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, my colleagues said it well. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation, and 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. 1664, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? mr. biggs: i seek 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 michigan seek recognition? mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r.
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2365, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2365, a bill to extend the authority for the establishment of a commemorative work in honor of gold star families, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. dingell, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: 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 the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. h.r. 2365, introduced by representative andy kim of new jersey, would extend the authorization for the establishment of a commemorative work to gold star mother families until january 2, 2027.
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the gold star mothers national monument who -- monument would recognize the tradition that dates back to world war i when families would display service flags bearing a blue star for each family member serving abroad and a gold star for each family member who had been lost in combat. although this commemorative work was originally authorized in the national defense authorization act for fiscal year 2013, the authorization expired in january, 2020. in november, 2015, the u.s. commission of fine arts approved a location for the memorial on the national park service property west of the arlington national cemetery visitors
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center. following that approval, the national capital memorial advisory commission has engaged in consultation with the gold star mothers national monument foundation regarding the memorial's design. this bill would build on these efforts by extending the authorization needed to establish the monument. . while we cannot repay the debt to gold star members and their families, h.r. 2365 would honor the sacrifices they have made. i thank representative kim for interviewing this important legislation and urge my colleagues to support this bill. i research the ball ands of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: i yield myself such time. h.r. 2365 would extend the
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authorization of the gold star mothers national monument. legislation signed into law during the 112th congress authorized the national monument foundation to erect a monument on washington, d.c., who would honor mothers whose children defending the united states. this bill would allow more time for the foundation to ensure the monument's completion by extending the completion by january, 2027. we cannot understand the grief these mothers must face and i hope this new memorial is a collective place for them to heal and remember their brave children who fought to defend our country. i urge my colleagues to support this measure. and if the gentlelady is prepared to close, i'm prepared to yield back.
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mrs.dingell: i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs.dingell: i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2365 as amended. favor, say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona rise? mr. biggs: request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t 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 michigan seek recognition? mrs.dingell: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2497 as amended. the clerk: union calendar number
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73, a bill to establish the amache national historic site in the state of colorado as a unit of the national parksystem and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. dingell, and the gentleman from arkansas, mrl 20 minutes. mrs.dingell: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs.dingell: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs.dingell: i rise in support of h.r. 2497, amache national historic site act interviewed by the chair of national forests
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and public lands, representative joe neguse. h.r. 2497 would establish the amache site in southeast colorado as a national historic site to ensure permanent probings and provide for the interpretation of the amache site of japanese-american incarceration. following the united states' environs try into world war ii, president roosevelt issued an executive order removing 120,000 people primarily of japanese descent to 10 remote military-styled prisons across the nation. the grenada relocation center, known as the amache was one of those centers located in the state of colorado. amache was the smallest of the
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relocation centers, it became the 10th largest city in colorado with more than 10,000 people passing through the camp between 1942 and 1945, nearly 2/3 of home were american citizens. most had never been to japan and most were given a week or less to leave their homes and dispose of everything they owned, everything they had worked hard to build up for themselves. this unjustifiable, horrific and unconstitutional incarceration of japanese americans is one without doubt one of the darkest chapters in our history. while these incarceration sites no longer hold prisoners, many of those imprisoned are still with us even as anti--asian
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rhetoric permeates our country. as we reckon with our painful history, it is critical to honor and share the stories of those who came before us. it is vital that we remember and learn from their fight against injustice and for equity. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on h.r. 2497 and join me in working to ensure that we remember this dark time in our nation's history so we may honor those that lived it, share their story and continue to heal as a country. with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: i yield myself such time as i may consume. h.r. 2497 would establish the amache national historic site in
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colorado as a unit of the national parksystem. in 1942, president roosevelt issued an executive orderer to forcibly remove tens of thousands of japanese-americans and 70,000 american citizens from the west coast to internment centers further inland. the smallest internment camp was known as amache. over 7,000 residents of japanese ancestry were imprisoned from 1942 to 1945. the a matchee site was added to the national register of historic places in 1994 and designated a national historic landmark. amache is owned by the town of grenada, colorado and maintained by student volunteers led by their social studies teacher and
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known as the amache preservation committee. we heard testimony from an amache survivor, mr. bob fuchagam emp. he was 11 when his family was removed to amache and he said the following about the bill. quote, designating amache a national park site would help tell a story. it is an american story. adding the amache site will help educate americans about this dark chapter in our nation's history and help us not to repeat the mistakes of our past. amache will remind us of the challenges our nation has faced and the mistakes we have faced to form a more perfect union.
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i urge my colleagues to support this bill so in his words, we can help shine a light on this forgotten history. if the gentlelady is prepared to close and i will yield. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs.dingell: i urge my colleagues to support this legislation. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2497 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being -- for what purpose the gentleman from arizona rise? mr. biggs: i seek the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to section 3-s of rule 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further
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questions on this will be postponed. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4300 a bill to direct the secretary of the interior to make free national parks and free recreational land passes available to members of the armed forces and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, mrs. dingell, and the gentlemanfrom arkansas, mr. westerman, each will control 20 minutes. binge. mrs.dingell: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and include extraneous material on the measure under consideration. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mrs.dingell: i rise in support of h.r. 4300 the alexander
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lofgren v.i.p. act. this bill would provide free annual america the beautiful passes to current military servicemembers and free lifetime america the beautiful passes to veterans and members of gold star families ensuring that those who have sacrificed so much in the service of our nation are able to access our national parks and public lands at no cost. anyone who has visited america's public lands understands the significant mental and physical health benefits of getting outside and connecting with nature. and it's time that we ensure our military servicemembers, veterans and gold star families are able to access these beloved places at no cost. although the annual america the
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beautiful pass became free for veterans and gold star families in 2020, the change for veterans has never been codified in law. while we will never be able to repay the debt owed for their service and sacrifice, h.r. 4300 will ensure that this benefit is protected and that all of our american heroes are able to rek create and find solace on the land they fought so hard to protect. i thank representative miller-meeks for her service including working for natural resources chair to rename the bill in alexander lofgren. he served as a combat engineer including a deployment to afghanistan.
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afterwards, he served in chair grijalva's office as part of the wounded warrior program handling issues and constituent case work concerning veteran health and benefits. as a staffer and veteran, he was a great proponent for his community, veterans and our nation's public lands, often encouraging returning veterans to reconnect with nature. tragically, his life was lost during a recent outing in death valley national park. our hearts go out to his family. renaming this legislation after mr. lofgren is a fitting tribute to his legacy and service to our nation. i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas.
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mr. westerman: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. westerman: i am proud to speak today in support of h.r. 4300 alexander lofgren v.i.p. act which is sponsored by congresswoman miller-meeks of iowa. this bipartisan bill which currently has 150 co-sponsors would provide free annual passes to our national parks and public lands for current active military and free lifetime passes for gold star families. we can never repay the debt. however, as a small acknowledgement of their sacrifice this bill will ensure they can access 2,000 federal recreational areas across the country that they fought to denied. by codifying these passes, it
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guarantees this benefit can never be taken away from these brave men and women. this bill is important not only because it honors the sacrifice of the men and women of the military and gold star families but because our public lands held a special value particularly those wounded in combat. a constituent of miller-meeks and purple heart recipient summed up the purpose of this bill when he testified before our committee earlier this month. quoting captain faluska. i mentioned the word freedom, is it a concept, a place, is it the result of an action? what does it mean for each of you on this committee? for me it is all of those and i'm so very fortunate to visit the outdoors and our national parks, end quote. this bill will not only our
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veteran and gold star family members to enjoy the freedom of our national parks, it will remove any financial barriers they may face to accessing they may use. and in addition to the 150 bipartisan co-sponsors of the bill, there are 60 organizations currently endorsing the measure. these organizations represent diverse variety of interests from the outdoor recreation industry to veteran groups and include the american legions, veterans of foreign wars paralyzed veterans of america, r.e.i., this outdoor, the augdobon society. i ask unanimous consent to submit five letters for the record in support of the bill from the outdoor industry association, sierra club, the american cultural resources association and evangelical and
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environmental network. ... the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. westerman: i'd like to note that our committee markup earlier this month, as the gentlelady stated, we added a bipartisan amendment to name this bill after a wounded veteran who sadly passed away earlier this year. alexander lofgren was a military and veterans liaison for chairman grijalva and a lover of the outdoors. i was happy to co-sponsor chair grijalva's amendment to name the bill after him and hope that this fitting tribute helps carry on alex's leg a -- legacy and provides some level of comfort to his family and friends. i'd like to thank representative miller-meeks for her leadership on this effort. a veteran herself who served as a private nurse and doctor,
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congresswoman miller-meeks is the perfect champion for this legislation. i commend her for her bipartisanship and her work on behalf of our veterans and her constituents. i'd ask my colleagues to support this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i have no further requests for time. and would inquire whether my colleagues that any -- colleague has any remaining speakers on his side. mr. westerman: we have speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: mr. speaker, i yield two minutes to the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. herrell. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized for two minutes. ms. herrell: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise as a proud original co-sponsor and supporter of h.r. 4300, the v.i.p. act, offered by my friend from iowa, congresswoman miller-meeks. this legislation would codify into federal law an initiative put into place by the trump administration last year that
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grants free passes to visit our national parks, national forests, and wildlife refuges to those who deserve the most, our nation's active duty service members, veterans, and gold star families. our national parks and public lands are an essential part of our history and provide great recreational opportunities for the american people. recreating in the most beautiful places our nation has to offer brings needed healing and relaxation for those who have and still do put it all on the line to protect their freedoms each of us take for granted as americans. as a member of this body from southern new mexico, i have the privilege of representing two of the most iconic landmarks in the nation, white sands national park and carlsbad calf rans -- caverns. it provides a strong economic boost to their surrounded communities. providing greater access to public lands will not only
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enhance economic opportunity for those who surround public lands, this legislation enjoys the support of a wide cross-section of organizations representing all strings of political opinion and areas of interest, such as the national association of counties, congressional sportsman foundation and national wildlife federation. i'm proud to be an original co-sponsor of this legislation and once again congratulate and thank my colleague, congresswoman miller-meeks, for her hard work and urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this bill. i yield back, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico yields back. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. mrs. dingell: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the author of the legislation, the gentlewoman from iowa, mrs. miller-meeks. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from iowa is recognized for three minutes.
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mrs. miller-meeks: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to my colleagues on the natural resources and thank you for yielding me time to speak, mr. westerman. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in strong support of my bill, h.r. 4300, the alexander lofgren veterans and parks act. i was so proud to introduce this overwhelmingly legislation with congressman gallego. our commonsense legislation would give our service members, veterans, and our gold star families free passes to our beautiful national parks and federal lands for life. this is a reasonable piece of legislation for those who have sacrificed so much for our liberties. our nation has the most beautiful parks and public lands. millions of americans access the more than 2,000 federal recreation areas including national forests, national parks and wildlife refuges. this includes some of the most iconic national treasures from acadia national park in maine to
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the redwood national park forest in california. the america the beautiful annual pass became free for veterans and gold star families. this has never been put into law and can be done in future years. my bill protects these veterans passes and making them lifetime passing instead of annual passes that would have to be re-sent every year. it makes the job of the park service easier and ensures our veterans have full access to the benefits they so richly deserve. finally, my legislation also creates annual passes for the current service members which can be converted into lifetime passes once they retire. from sea to shining sea, we are a nation of incredible beauty and biodiversity. congress recognizes the mental and physical health benefits of outdoor recreation for current service members and veterans. in fact, i think at our hearing
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there was not a dry eye when the captain spoke on behalf of this bill. as a 24-year army veteran, i understand the sacrifices made by our liberty and our loved ones and believe we must do whatever we can to honor these v.i.p.'s. my bill provides these americans with free access to the land they have sacrificed to defend. our national parks are their for all of us -- there for all of us. getting outside into nature provides an outlet with mental and physical benefits. no one is more deserving than those who have fought to keep us free. unfortunately, it's all too easy to pay lip service to the military sacrifice and not follow through. we cannot fully repay our veterans for their sacrifice but we want to show their gratitude by giving them lifetime access to america's most beautiful landscapes. i ask my colleagues to join me in supporting this commonsense
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bill, h.r. 4300, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yield back? mrs. miller-meeks: i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is recognized. mr. westerman: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. thompson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized for three minutes. mr. thompson: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank the ranking member for yielding. and i thank the gentlelady for her sponsorship of this. i -- mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h.r. 4300, the veterans in parks act. across the country, our national parks provide endless opportunities for americans to learn about our nation's history and culture. the national parks generate opportunity which encourages visitors to spend time outdoors. to the allegany railroad to
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valley forge, pennsylvania is home to 19 national parks and seven heritage areas, providing these benefits to pennsylvanians throughout the commonwealth and visitors alike. as representative of pennsylvania's 15th congressional district, it continues to be an honor to serve our veterans, active duty service men and women and proud military families. this legislation would simply give veterans and gold star families free access for life to public lands and also provide free annual passes to active duty service members. studies show outdoor recreation is an effective way to decrease symptoms of ptsd and help veterans reintegrate to the civilian life. this bill is a step in the right direction when it comes to assisting our service members' health. h.r. 4300 is one way to say thank you to our brave men and women in uniform who have selflessly served and have already given so much to protect
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our nation. mr. speaker, as the father of a combat-wounded soldier and as the ranking member of the agriculture committee, which also received referral on this legislation, i support this legislation, and i urge my colleagues to vote in its favor. with that, thank you, mr. speaker, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania yields back. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: mr. speaker, again, i'd urge adoption of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from michigan. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i commend my colleague from iowa for her leadership on this bill and urge my colleagues to support the 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. 4300, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition?
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mr. biggs: i seek the yeas and nays, sir. 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 michigan seek recognition? mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill s. 325. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 325, an act to amend the alyce spotted bear and walter soboleff commission on native children act to extend the deadline for a report by the alyce spotted bear and walter soboleff commission on native children, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from michigan, mr. dingell, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. -- mrs. dingell, and the gentleman from arkansas, mr. westerman, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from michigan.
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mrs. dingell: 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 the measure under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. dingell: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. dingell: thank you, mr. speaker. s. 325, introduced by senator lisa murkowski of alaska, provides a two-year extension for the alyce spotted bear and walter soboleff commission on native children to publish its report and make policy recommendations for federal, state, and tribal programs that serve native children. native children experience severe health and socioeconomic disparities compared to all other racial and ethnic groups in the united states due to the cycles of intergenerational trauma. it is the federal government's trust, responsibility to provide for the health and well-being of
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native children. however, the covid-19 pandemic delayed much of the commission's essential work. passage of s. 325 will grant the commission an extension of time and ensure that the report best addresses the need of native children through the much-needed expertise and cultural wisdom. i want to thank the distinguished senator from alaska, senator murkowski, for introducing and championing this critically important legislation as well as my dear friend and natural resources colleague, don young, for leading the house companion bill. i urge my colleagues to support s. 325. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan reserves. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. westerman: mr. speaker, i rise in support of s. 325, which
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would amend the alyce spotted bear and walter soboleff commission on native children act. to extend the deadline of the commission's report from three years to five years after the commission has fully appointed and fully funded. in 2016, the alyce spotted bear and walter soboleff commission on native children act was signed into law. it was to establish within the u.s. department of justice's official -- office of tribal justice a commission on native children and to conduct a comprehensive study regarding the federal and local programs, grants and support available for native communities and native children. . three years after the commission is appointed and funded, the commission shall offer a report to congress how to achieve better use of existing resources, measurable and enhance partnerships and iment
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takes. funding for the commission was not authorized. however the fiscal year 2019 consolidated appropriations act provided $400,000 to the commission. with delays in securing funding and the full appointment of commission members, the commission was not able toll hold the first meeting until december of 2019. the covid-19 pandemic delayed much of the commission's work. in response to these challengeses faced by the commission, mr. young newsed the house companion bill to ensure that the commission has adequate time to produce a complete and comprehensive report. i would like to commend mr. young for his work on american indian and alaskan natives. i urge adoption and reserve. mrs.dingell: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from arkansas is
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recognized. mr. westerman: i yield as much time to the dean of the house, mr. young. mr. young: i thank the gentleman for yielding. and i would like to thank chairman grijalva and ranking member member for scheduling this bill for final passage and i would like to thank debbie dingell and i have been listening to these bills. these are good bills. i appreciate it. i interviewed this bill on the house side. i would like to thank congressman case. s.325 gives the commission on native children two more years to complete their important work and report findings to congress. the commission is comprehending state and local and with the goal of developing a system that
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develops service for native youths. the commission was put in place in 2016. was not able to have its first meeting until 2019. other meetings were displayed by the covid and things weren't going according to scale. but my good friend serves as chairman of the commission and i am thankful for her leadership to ensure that the commission has enough time to do important work. without this extension, the commission would be rushing to conclude regional meetings in order to meet congress' deadline. it could have far reaching effects on native communities. we need to ensure the commission to do good work and consider the options. my colleagues noticed recently in a lot of publications about some of my schools concerning native youth and will this commission also look at that process and see what is
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happening in the past and avoid what is going to occur in the future. this is a needed commission and needed bill. i urge my colleagues to support s.325 and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from alaska yields. the gentleman from arkansas. mr. westerman: i urge adoption of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from michigan is recognized. mrs.dingell: i thank the leadership of the dean of the house and senator murkowski. i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 325. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from arizona seek recognition? pursuant to section 3-s of house
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resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question are post preponderance postponed snow
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from district of columbia seek recognition? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 24885, access to congressionally mandated reports
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act as amended the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the clerk: h.r. 2485, a bill to le wire the director of the government publishing office to maintain an online portal access to the public and allows the public to obtain reports in one place, and for other purposes pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from district of columbia, mr. norton and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr0 minutes ms. norton: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise their remarks and include extraneous material on the measure before us the speaker pro tempore: without objection ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized
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ms. norton: i thank mr. quigley h.r. 2485, the access to congressionally mandated reports act is a noncontroversial bill that has been approved by the oversight committee many times it is a measure that would make the government more transparent and accountable and create a one-stop shop where congress and the public could access congress reports to congress agencies submit thousands of reports to congress each year this will improve congressional oversight to find and access those reports h.r. 2485 would give the public access to agency reports currently, members of the public often have to file requests under the freedom of information act to obtain reports to congress because many of these reports are not available online
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and online library of federal reports would improve our ability to use the noar in them to make sound policy i would encourage agency policy requirements -- it would require agency requirements -- compliance with reporting requirements finally, it would support timely access by state and local governments, students, academics and others with the additional benefit with decreasing the burden on agencies to process freedom of information act requests the access to congressionally mandated reports act has been endorsed by 40 organizations i support this bill and i urge all my colleagues to support it thank you, mr. speaker i reserve the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the gentleman from pennsylvania
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well well i -- kerl can kerl -- mr. keller: this act championed by mr. mike quigley, represents an effort to modernize congress and improve the article one power the bill does this by bolstering the ability of congress to access and understand the thousands of legally mandated reports compiled by the executive branch and sent to congress each year it estimated that there are 4,000 written reports every two years that is a lot of valuable information for the american people and their representatives in the u.s. house these mandated reports contain insight into activities of federal agencies like the status of an agency establishing a new program or combat efforts to combat waste, fraud and abuse
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there is no way to access these reports most reports are sent via email and can get lost in the shuffle of an ever-changing and evolving congress and where they are sent to specific committees which prevents the rest of congress and the viewing public to look at them this establishes a sental portal for these reports at the government publishing office congress and members of the public will be able to fully search and download reports from this website this gives the whole of congress and american citizens access to all of reports submitted to congress these are reports that the taxpayers paid for this bill also includes protections for classified and sensitive information in keeping with the principles of the
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freedom of information act in summary, once congress can get a handle on all the mandated reports we can reduce unnecessary reporting burdens i thank mr. mike quigley for working together with the ranking member, james comer on this good government bill i reserve the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentlewoman from district of columbia ms. norton: if the gentlemanfrom pennsylvania has no further speakers, i am prepared to close the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the gentleman from pennsylvania mr. kelly: i yield to the gentleman from kentucky as much time as he wishes to consume mr. comer: i rise to support this bill which i worked along
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side with congressman mike quigley this bill will expand the legislative branch's oversight over the executive branch every year, agencies prepare and submit reports to various congressional committees they cover topics as implementation and status of legal requirements in recently passed laws and ongoing effort to address waste, fraud and abuse and our nation's stability, homeland security and public health readiness in short, congressionally mandated reports how the congress fulfills its duties over the executive branch and the legislative branch mandates that executive branch agencies report to the house and senate on their activities and compliance with the law as representatives in the house, we have an obligation to the american people to maintain constant visibility into the
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executive branch a congressionally mandated reports to our useful daily oversight tools however there is a problem congress lacks the central inventory to require agencies to send us and makes it hard to know if they are fulfilling their reporting obligations or for members to find reports from previous years the american public has little to no access to these valuable reports which contain insights into agency programs and missions which directly affect them h.r. 2485 is the solution we need with the bill's establishment of a single website, we will be able to find the reports we need when we need them a fully searchable of these reports makes complete sense in the modern world this newportal will enable each house member to do their job on behalf of the american people they represent american taxpayer dollars are
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funding the preparation of these reports as well as the agency activities they report on and for sensitive reports containing classified and only the congressional committees will be able to access such reports i thank mike quigley to work with me to re-interviews this government-wide transparency bill i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2485 i thank the gentleman from pennsylvania for managing the floor, and i yield back ... >> thank you, mr. speaker. i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman may proceed. >> yes, i close. the speaker pro tempore: ok. jabt. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. -- the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i urge passage of h.r. 2485, and i 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. 2485, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, the ayes have it. 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. without objection, the title is amended. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the district of columbia seek recognition? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass s. 272, congressional budget justification transparency act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 272. an act to amend the federal funding accountability and transparency act of 2006, to require the budget justifications and appropriation requests of agencies be made publicly available.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. keller, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on the measure before us. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. norton: the bill before us, the congressional budget justification transparency act, is a commonsense, good-government measure every member should support. it boo require the congressional -- it would require the congressional budget justification documents that agencies prepare for congressional committees to be posted online in a centralized, searchable database. this would make these detailed, plane-language explanations of how agencies plan to spend taxpayer dollars more accessible to the government. i want to thank representative mike quigley for his work on the house companion of this
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measure. he has a long history as a strong advocate of transparency in the operations of the federal government. this bill builds on the work of the committee to improve government transparency by allowing the public to more easily learn about how federal agencies spend their taxpayer dollars. i support this bill and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: thank you. i rise in support of s. 272, the congressional budget justification transparency act. the congressional budget justification transparency act is a long overdue reform that would ensure congress and the nation's taxpayers can understand the full scope and context of the annual federal budget. i would like to thank
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congressman mike quigley for working together with house oversight committee ranking member comer to pass the nearly identical companion bill, h.r. 22, through the house at the beginning of this year. last year more than 6 -- $6.8 trillion was spent to fight the covid-19 pandemic. public spending transparency resources like u.s.a. spend -- usaspending.gov, and pandemicoversight.gov, helped the public track agency spending, but they are not enough. annual federal budget -- annual federal agency budget justifications provide detailed and plain-language explanations of how agencies plan to spend congressionally appropriated funds. however, these necessary justification materials are scattered across agency websites and often difficult to find. the bipartisan legislation will ensure the american people and congress can easily access these important budget justification materials to
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review proposed agency spending. the bill requires every agency to make their annual budget justification materials publicly available on a single website. to do this, bill requires the office of management and budget to issue a full listing of agency budget justifications and the individual agency web pages where they are located. and thanks to another law produced by the house oversight committee, the 2018 good accounting obligation in government act, congressional budget justifications also now list unimplemented inspector general audit and g.a.o. report recommendations. this means the bill will also help congress and the public annually track open i.g. and g.a.o. oversight recommendations. the congressional budget justification transparency act makes the executive branch annual budget process truly open to the american people. and provides needed transparency of each agency's
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detailed budget justifications. the american public and their congressional representatives deserve full access to agency plans to spend their hard-earned tax dollars. america's tax dollars must be used wisely and i encourage my colleagues to support this bipartisan bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: if the gentleman from pennsylvania has no further speakers, i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: mr. speaker, i would like to yield as much time to the gentleman from kentucky, mr. comer, as he would consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from kentucky is recognized. comb comb thank you, mr. speaker -- mr. comer: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the gentleman from pennsylvania for yielding. mr. chairman, rise in support of senate bill 272, the congressional budget
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justification transparency act. this bill is a timely and important reform to ensure congress and the public can review all federal spending. this bipartisan legislation will make it possible for the public and every member of congress to readily find and compare the annual budget justification and supporting materials that each agency prepares and sends to congress. this detailed review is critical to ensuring that our tax dollars are spent properly. this reform is also needed now more than ever. last year alone the federal government spent more than $6.8 trillion. unfortunately this trend in massive government spending does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. the congressional black caucus -- the congressional budget justification transparency act will require all agencies to make their budget justification materials available online in plain language. in doing so, this legislation will empower congress' ability to conduct oversight of federal agencies' use of taxpayer dollars by consolidating agency
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data. it will also provide much-needed transparency to the american people, requiring each agency to provide detailed plain-language explanations of how they intend to spend taxpayer dollars, ensures americans can review those decisions at any time. i want to thank my colleague, congressman mike quigley, for working with me on h.r. 22, which we were able to pass through the house back on january 5 of this year. i was glad to see the senate's recent action advancing this much-needed reform bill through congress. this legislation illustrates the importance of working across the aisle to improve congressional oversight, to ensure american tax dollars are spent efficiently and effectively. today the house sends the congressional budget justification transparency act to the president's desk. i look forward to working on many more bipartisan government accountability bills and encourage my colleagues to support this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i strongly urge my colleagues to support this commonsense transparency bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i urge passage of s. 272, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. >> mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman rise?
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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 the district of columbia seek recognition? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3533, the federal career opportunities in computer science work act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3533. a bill to establish occupational series for federal positions in software development, software engineering, data science and data management and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. keller, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all
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members have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous materialen -- materials on h.r. 3533. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. norton: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3533, the federal careers opportunities in computer science work act. i commend my colleagues, representative observer noletty and representative -- obernolte, and representative waltz for their bipartisan work on this measure. this will establish occupational series for federal civilian physicians in software development, software engineering, data science, data management as well, within 270 days of enactment. it would implement a recommendation that was included in the final report of the national security commission on artificial
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intelligence. in its report the commission stated, and here i'm quoting, the artificial intelligence competition will not be won by the side with the best technology. it will be won by the side with the best, most diverse and tech-savvy talent, end quote. to attract and retain digital talent, the commission recommended that the federal government create the civilian occupational series that are included in this bill. this bipartisan bill would help support recruitment of professionals with these specialized skills for federal employment. this is an important step in helping federal agencies recruit, hire and retain the talent that is needed to remain competitive in the digital domain. a -- i strongly support this bill and i urge my colleagues to do the same. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the
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balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: thank you. i rise in support of h.r. 3533, the federal career opportunities in computer science work act. in a world that increasingly relies on digital technologies, the federal government needs to be able to hire and attract the right talent. therefore, the ability to recruit and retain qualified software and data professionals is important. particularly as our government and private sector must with stand more frequent and sophisticated cybersecurity threats. the national security commission on artificial intelligence released their final report earlier this year and found that, quote, digitally talented people should be able to reasonably expect to spend a career performing meaningful work focused on their field of expertise in government. the report goes on to recommend
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that new federal career fields in digital technologies be established by creating new civilian occupational series for software development, software engineering, knowledge management, and data science. the bill under consideration requires the office of personnel management to either update existing occupational series or create new ones in the fields of software development, software engineering, data management, and data science. this will ensure that the federal work force represents current specialized fields necessary for bringing america's government into the 21st century. the bill also enables the federal government to better target recruiting and retain qualified professionals in these essential fielded. -- fields. i appreciate congressman obernolte and congressman welch's leadership on this issue and i urge my colleagues to support this smart government modernization bill. i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i have no further speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. ms. norton: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to yield five minutes or as much time as he may consume to the gentleman from california, mr. observer nolte, the sponsor of the bill. -- mr. oner noel tee, the sponsor of this bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. obernolte: mr. speaker, i along with most of the country, was recently horrified by the cyber attacks against critical parts of our national infrastructure. in particular, the cyber a attack against the colonial pipeline that shut down gasoline deliveries for much of the
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eastern united states and also the cyber attack against j.b.s. wheat processing which disrupted operations at one of the largest food processing fa facilities in our country. it has become increasingly clear that to deal with these threats will require highly trained professionals in the computer sciences and data sciences as part of not just our civilian work force but our federal work force. unfortunately, many people are surprised to learn that we do not currently have federal career occupational series that are dedicated to the computer sciences. this bill, the federal career opportunities in computer sciences work act, will establish those series in such fields as data management, artificial official intelligence and software engineering. this will enable our federal government to better atrack and retain a highly qualified technical computer scientist talent needed to respond to these attacks in the future. this is bipartisan legislation
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it's an easy and commonsense solution to this problem and i urge support for this bill. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: no -- i have no further speakers and am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: i strongly urge my colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation that will help improve the technical skills of our federal work force ultimately modernize our government, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i urge passage of h.r. 85 p 33 -- h.r. 353 and yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on suspending the rules and passing the bill h.r. 3533 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. 2/3 of those being in the
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affirmative -- >> mr. speaker, i ask for the recorded votes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the yeas and nays are ordered. further proceedings on this question are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from the district of columbia seek recognition? ms. norton: i mief to suspend the rules -- i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3699, the federal rotational cyber work force program act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: h.3599, a bill to amend the federal rotational cyber work force act of 2021. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from district of columbia. ms. norton: i ask that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their
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remarks and insert extraneous material on h.r. 3599. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. ms. norton: i rise in support of h.r. 3599, the federal rotational cyber work force program. this is a result of the oversight and reform committee member, representatives khanna and mace, and i want to thank them for their work on this bill. earlier this year our committee held a hearing on the government accountability offices 2021 high risk report which details the arias of government operations at greatest risk of failing to meet the considerable challenges they face. cyber security was near the top of the list, along with cyber skills gap -- along with the cyber skills gap that persists across the federal work force.
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as the government accounting office report described federal agencies are struggling to ensure that staff has the skills required to address the critical cyber security risks and challenges that our government faces. recent cyber attacks have demonstrated the dire consequences of failing to improve the federal government's cyber security operations. these include the solar winds breach in which russian hackers infiltrated the networks of nine federal agencies and when unt detected for months. around the same time, seener attacks linked to the chinese government targeted microsoft enterprise email software and threatened the internal data of federal agencies. in addition, russian hackers successful breached the servers of the u.s. department of state and stole thousands of emails.
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federal rotational cyber work force program act, as it is called, would enable cyber security professionals in the federal government to rotate through assignments outside of their regular position. this would allow more agencies to benefit from their enterprise and give program participants the opportunities for professional development. the prom would be authorized for five year -- the program would be authorized for five years and after three years the government accountability office would assess the operation and effectiveness of the program. this legislation would go a long way toward improving federal agencies' capacity to strengthen cyber security operations, help retain top talent, and facilitate the exchange of expertise in this critical field. the security of federal information technology systems and data is essential to
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national security. preserving public trust in government institutions and to ensure that agencies meet their missions in serving the american people. i strongly support this bill and urge my colleagues to do the same. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. the federal government has significant work to do on the cyber security front my colleagues, representative khanna and mace, represented this harsh reality when crafting their bill to improve our federal work force's cyber security and expertise. we face many challenges including adequately securing i.t. infrastructure of cyber intrusions, attacks and ransom ware. each the subject of recent front page news. our cyber readiness depends in
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part on our ability to maintain a work force to defend our nation's government from a relentless onslaught of cyber attacks. toward that end, the federal rotational cyber work force act continues efforts created and implemented in the trump administration to promote cyber rotational details throughout federal subject as -- agencies to our valuable federal cyber experts continue to sharpen their skills. this bill seeks to codify an additional rotational opportunity for cyber professionals throughout the federal government. former president trump's executive order, america's cyber security work force, established a mechanism for federal employees to be detailed to other agencies through a cyber security rotational assignment program. the federal rotational cyber work force act places management of similar type of program under the office of personnel management. importantly, for oversight
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purposes, the bill established requirements for a detailed operational plan and a report from the government accountability office to enable congressional oversight. this will help congress evaluate whether the rotational program is running as intended and meaningfully addressing both professional, personal and agency needs. if this new rotational program is not providing the intended value to the federal government, congress will have the opportunity to decline re-authorizing the program after it sunsets in five years. this is a valuable safety valve to the expansion of the federal government which i'm glad to see included in this bill. i thank my colleagues for their work on this bipartisan bill which builds upon the cyber work force efforts of the prior administration. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i
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recognize the gentleman from california, representative ro khanna, for two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. khanna: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, delegate nortonton for your leadership. i want to thank ranking member comer for his leadership on the bill and of course representative mace has been a colleague and helped craft this together. everyone recognizes that our country faces cyber attacks and in the private sector, we don't silo cyber security officials, you don't say, you just work in one department. they rotate through a company. we shouldn't have separate silos in the federal government. this bill is commonsense. it says we need a rotational system in the federal government so you can have expertise from all the different agencies and we can have a comprehensive
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response and helps us get talent. and it is bipartisan. we should give credit to the previous administration for having, as was pointed out, the executive order. i worked with matt lehrer at the previous white house. there's nothing partisan about making sure america isn't attacked with cyber crimes and cyber attacks. that's a bipartisan issue. this does build on the work they did. it makes it stronger and we put ultimately resources toward it. but i'm proud of the work, i'm proud of working with representative mace on it. frankly, i think we ought to be doing more things in this body in a bipartisan way that strengthens american security. thank you. i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield as much time as she may consume to the gentlewoman from south carolina, ms. mace. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. mace: thank you, mr.
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speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 3599, the federal rotational cyber work force program act. it's a long title but it is a very good bill. i want to thank my colleague, ro khanna, for his leadership. cyber security is national security. and this is one area where it's not democrat or republican. when 11 federal agencies were hacked last year, by an organization affiliated with russia, they didn't care if you had an r or a d by your name. imagine if in the federal government or at least a portion of the federal government we could work and operation more like a business than a bureaucracy. we can do that right here today with h.r. 3599. i want to thank again ro khanna home run his leadership and allowing mu -- khanna for his leadership and allowing me to work with you. we have an opportunity to show tremendous leadership here today, i've heard a number of my colleagues say this afternoon
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republicans and democrats working together for the american people, putting the american people first. that is what we're doing. everyday criminal -- every day, criminal elements are trying to steal our secrets, disrupt or infrastructure and damage our economy by extorting money from businesses across the united states. most recently in the state of south dakota -- of south carolina we saw the colonial pipeline hacking and attack. it's a reminder that america's adversaries are creative and cunning and our government must be the same to combat this growing threat. it's impeartive to that our government able to train and retain cyber and technology talent needed to counter sophisticated hackers akoss the globe. the rotational cyber work force act will allow federal employees to collaborate and broaden work experiences, knowledge and skill sets across federal agencies much in the same way their counterparts do in the private sector. i want to thank my colleagues
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today, republican and democrat, and i urge each and every one of them to vote in favor of this legislation this evening. thank you and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no further speakers, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. it is important to improve the ready -- readiness of our nation's cyber work force through cooperation between our federal agencies. i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i urge passage of h.r. 3599 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. 3599? as amended? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- >> mr. speaker.
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i ask for the recorded votes. 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 postponedful for what purpose -- postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from district of columbia seek recognition? ms. norton: i ask unanimous consent to agree to h.r. 1204. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: to allow the district of columbia to establish the rate of pay of the district of columbia. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr0 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from district of columbia. ms. norton: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on
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the measure before us. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. this bill would give the district of columbia the authority to increase the pay of the d.c. financial officer. d.c. requested that i introduce this bill so that it can retain and recruit the best c.f.o.'s. at the outset i want to emphasize that the c.f.o. is paid excuse exclusively with local funds, not federal funds. under the d.c. congress established a maximum rate of pay for the c.f.o. and the d.c. council has no authority to increase that rate. congress does not cap or otherwise establish the pay of any other d.c. employee. under this bill the c.f.o. would be paid at the greater of a rate equal to the maximum rate of pay of the c.f.o. in current law, or at a rate established in law by the district of columbia. the c.f.o. was established by congress in 1995. congress vested the c.f.o. with
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extraordinary powers and designed the c.f.o. to be independent of the d.c. mayor and council. the c.f.o. may be removed only for cause by the mayor, subject to the approval of 2/3 of the council and a 30-day congressional review and comment period. this bill would maintain the independence of the c.f.o. by establishing a permanent floor on the c.f.o.'s pay and by prohibiting the council from reducing the c.f.o.'s pay during the c.f.o.'s term. the d.c. c.f.o. is unique to the united states, in the united states d.c. cannot obligate or expend funds without the c.f.o.'s certification that available funds exist. the f.c.o. manages a $17 billion budget that consists of
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state, county and city functions, the c.f.o. has more than 1,700 employees. d.c. is currently searching for a permanent c.f.o. although c.f.o. is the most important nonelected official in the district, more than 20 d.c. employees are paid more than the c.f.o. d.c. must compete with both the private and public sectors for high-combault c.f.o.o.a. -- for high-quality c.f.o.'s and there are many that are paid more than the d.c. c.f.o. i thank chairwoman maloney for her support of this bill and i thank ranking member comer for his support of this bill in committee. this bill is critical to the financial operations of the district of columbia. i urge my colleagues to support it and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized.
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mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. the chief financial officer plays an essential role in managing the district of columbia's financial challenges and should be properly compensated for such efforts. i understand some of my colleagues may be concerned about the financial health of the district of columbia, and share many of those concerns. but that is why we -- why we need to ensure the best people are selected to fill the c.f.o. position. one way to attract the best candidates in a job search is by paying professionals a competitive salary. the c.f.o. is responsible for the district's financial separations, including more than 1,700 staff members and the district's multibillion-dollar budget. if the district believes that it needs to adjust the rate of pay for this position to recruit a more qualified, senior financial management official, then congress should support such efforts. i believe compensation for local executives is a matter
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best handled at the local level. and i believe this bill balances local autonomy with the commonsense solution for atacting -- for attracting talent to the district. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. kertkert mr. speaker, i have no further -- mr. keller: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and i'm ready to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. because i believe this is sensible legislation and good for the financial health for the district of columbia, i will vote in support of this sensible bill, and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i urge passage of h.r. 1204 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspended the rules and pass,
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h.r. 1204, as amended. excuse me, as introduced. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative -- mrs. greene: mr. speaker, i ask for recorded votes. 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 gentlewoman from the district of columbia seek recognition? ms. norton: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2978, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 978, a bill to require the head of each agency to development a safety plan for any work site in which employees and contracters are required to be physically present during the covid-19 pandemic and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton, and
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the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. keller, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from the district of columbia. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks and insert ex traun yo -- extraneous materials into the measure before us. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. norton: h.r. 978 would require federal agencies to establish protocols and protections to ensure the health and safety of federal employees upon learning of their -- upon returning to their regular workstations. each agency would be responsible for posting a policy on its website and properly notifying employees of the procedures within within 60 days of enability -- within 60 days of enactment. within six months the inspector general of each agency must submit to congs a view on implementation -- congress a
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view on implementation of procedures. i am proud to be an original co-sponsor of this bill which is named in honor of one of representative connolly's constituents, a fellow employee, who died tragically of coronavirus in may of last year. federal employees both here in washington, d.c., and across the country have been on the front lines of the government response to the coronavirus pandemic from the beginning. as more are preparing to return to their regular work sites, this legislation will help make that -- make sure that policies are clearly conveyed to employees so return happens safely. i'm pleased to support this bill and urge members to vote yes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman is recognized. kerlker thank you, mr. speaker -- mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to express sincere condolences to the family of mr. suthammanont. the pandemic has meant painful losses for many families across america. i want to thank my colleague, mr. connolly, for his work on this bill. discussing this legislation is a reminder as to how precious life is. every loss impacts a community and the survavegging -- surviving family members. over the past year and a half, the covid-19 pandemic has extraordinarily challenged our nation. for example, the pandemic presented unprecedented work force challenges for the federal government. every state and territory was under historically unprecedented emergency declarations and sought assistance from federal agencies. both the trump and biden administrations have issued numerous guidance materials to federal agencies to ensure that vital work of america's government could continue in a safe manner.
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this bill is well intentioned and i support government-wide transparency to the american people in the federal work force. but the reality is i fear this bill is creating unnecessary and duplicative work -- paperwork requirements. both the trump and biden administrations publicly released much of the information this bill seeks to obtain and the biden administration continues to require the current planning the bill seeks. further putting restrictive reporting requirements on agencies may hinder the new administration's ability to bring the federal work force back to work rapidly as it's determined safe to do so. i have concerns it may be duplicating existing efforts of the federal government. we hope to continue working together with our colleagues across the aisle to make sure the federal government is effectively delivering necessary resources and services to the american people in a safe manner. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized.
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ms. norton: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to submit to my good friend and regional colleague, mr. connolly, five minutes or such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized for five minutes. mr. connolly: thank you, mr. speaker. i thank my good friend and neighbor, the congresswoman from the district of columbia, ms. norton. i also thank the republican manager for his kind remarks about a grieving family in my district. last year he -- year i brought a similar version of this bill to the floor, requiring federal agencies to communicate safety plans to their employees before returning to their offices. it's not an extra layer of paperwork, it's a plan. you just have to have a plan. so that we don't have more chai suthammanonts diing from covid. -- dying from covid. seems to me that's something we ought to come together on a bipartisan basis -- on on a
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bipartisan basis. while our country opens for business, covid-19 cases and hospitalizations that had been declining just a month ago are again on the rise and the dangerous delta variant that accounts for 83% of those cases in the united states. meanwhile, only 56.3% of the total u.s. population has had at least one dose of the vaccine and in 16 states few than 50% of the population has had at least one dose. including, i believe, the state of the distinguished republican manager today. we're clearly not out of the woods. and we must look to ensure the safety of both our federal work force and contract federal work force as they return to the workplace. the chai suthammanont remembrance act would require
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every federal agency simply to prepare and communicate a safety plan for how to do that. the plan would include descriptions of the personal protective equipment that the agency will provide to asign site employees and contractors, guidance of other mitigation efforts, protections for employees whose work requires them to travel offsite, testing, contact tracing if necessary, and vaccination protocols. and procedures that ensure the continuity of operations in the event it is necessary to reverse onsite requirements. the bill would also require every agency's inspector general to report on whether the agency has published and implemented a safety plan consistent with c.d.c. guidelines. we shouldn't be looking to rush federal employees back to the office no matter what the cost, because that cost is too high. already two of our colleagues in this body who have been
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vaccinated have in fact contracted the delt variant -- delta variant. people are at risk. the man after whom this bill is named tragically lost his life in may of last year, 2020. he was an immigrant from thailand, came here at the age of 17. he built a life as a man known for helping others. even in retirement chai's call to service brought him to work as a federal employee at the marine corps community services child development center nearby here, quantico, virginia. he worked to prepare meals for the children of our marines. he developed a unique handshake for every kid at the daycare, making every child feel special and included. on april 27, chai worked his last full shift at the daycare
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kitchen, as one of his co-workers coughed repeatedly and looked very ill. the problem was there were no protocols in place. and that person subsequently tested positive. a month later, after 13 days on a ventilator, my constituent, chai, lost his life. unnecessarily. because there was no plan. there were no protocols. this bill would prevent that. this bill will save lives. i plead with my friends on the other side of the aisle, please let's not make this a political pawn. . for the sake of chai, his surviving widow, his family, his colleagues at the marine base in
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quantico, can we not do the right thing? i can talk a lot about the need for this, mr. speaker. i can talk more about chai and his family. but i rest on the hope and believe that today on this matter we will hear the better angels of our nature and make sure that no more chais have to die because of lack of protocol, lack of plan to protect the work force in the federal workplace. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: i have no further speakers and i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: i do not intend to request a roll call vote on this bill but i am concerned it may be duplicating existing efforts of the federal government. thank you and i yield back the
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balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i have no further speakers and i close. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. the gentlelady yields back. ms. norton: i urge passage of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the question is bill the -- the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 978 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair -- mrs. greene: mr. speaker, i ask for the recorded votes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from georgia is recognized. mrs. greene: i ask for the recorded votes. the speaker pro tempore: yeas and yeas are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20
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further proceedings are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from district of columbia seek recognition? ms. norton: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 2617. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will -- does the gentlewoman wish to call up the bill as amended. ms. norton: yes. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2617, a bill to amend section 15 of tiet 381 of united states code to amend how performance goals are achieved. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr0 minutes. ms. norton: i move that the house suspend the rules and agree to the bill h.r. 2617. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized.
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ms. norton: as amended. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert ex-trainus materials on h.r. 2617. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. norton: the performance enhancement reform act offered by representative connolly and mr. highs builds on the -- mr. heist builds on the -- mr. hice builds on the rules. the law was updated in 2010 to require greater involvement by the office of management and budget to offer government-wide goals and requiring agencies to publish plans and reports online. the performance enhancement reform act would require the development of a more comp
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rehencive annual performance plan. through collaboration between federal agency leaders, including chief human capital officers, chief performance officers and chief information officers, and the chief financial officer. the bill would also require agency performance plans to include descriptions of any skillset the agency needs to meet its performance goals. this would be an important reform to identify any gaps in expertise or resources agency must address to accomplish its goals. this commonsense, bipartisan measure will enhance agency management and strengthen the focus on achieving the agency's missions. i urge my colleagues to vote for h.r. 2617 and i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: the performance enhancement reform act would require proper agency collaboration with annual agency performance planning. this bill directly addresses a problem with technology and data resources sometimes struggle to support agency operational work flow and program goals. it recognizes the reality that agency leadership must involve their technology and data leader ins strategic planning. under the government performance and results act of 1993 and the government performance and results modernization act of 2010, federal sijt -- agencies are required to create annual performance plans. the performance enhancement reform plan puts the agency chief performance improvement officers in charge of coordinating the annual agency performance goals. the bill would also make sure that the agency's performance
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planning process considers the resources necessary to support operations and achieve mission success. such resources include information technology capabilities, supporting data assets, and human work force capacity and skills. it also directly ensuring that during this -- ensures that during this annual planning, agency chief saijt officers, chief data officer, chief financial officers are informed on whether the goals are realistic and proper resources exist. i want to recognize my colleagues, mr. connolly and mrg this legislation in the house oversight committee. agencies should be committed -- committing the goals that have real chance of succeeding and this legislation requires the proper coordination to make that happen. i reserve the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i yield to my good friend from virginia such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. connolly: i thank the speaker and thank my good friend and neighbor from the district of columbia and thank mr. keller, he republican manager, for his kind works -- kind words and support. this bill requires agencies to develop a performance plan every year that define theirs mission, lists goals and objectives and defines ways to achieve them. agencies use that to align resources and guide decision making to guide priorities and improve outcomes. these performance plans should support planning across organizational units and describe how agency components are working together toward
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common results that serve the public. they should inform agency decision making about the need for major new acquisitions, strategic human capital planning evaluation, and other evidence-building and exas capacity-building investments -- and capacity building investments. moreover they can enhance stimulation to advance agency goals. with such a broad and robust purpose, these plans should be prepared collaborative by using the best available data and evidence to form a strong foundation from which to execute agency missions. current law, however, requires only the chief human capital officer to contribute to the creation of this performance plan. current law does not require agencies to incorporate data and evidence or information technology solutions into their performance plans. in the 21st century.
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these narrow requirements overlook the invaluable expertise of key stake holders and crucial resources in the formation of agency plans and exclude the critical area of agency planning. for example, chief information officers must identify a plan for an agency's i.t. needs. i.t. is critical to mission delivery at every agency. missions are threatened by jut dated legacy systems, software, and hardware, to say nothing of their being cyber insecure. c.a.o.'s deserve a seat at the table to engage in performance planning that drives meaningful i.t. modernization so agencies can provide the critical services upon which the american public relies. the pandemic has certainly made that clear. current law exacerbates the lack of collaboration that plagues leadership in many federal
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agencies and stymies successful i.t. modernization. the performance enhancement reform act requires agencies to integrate i.t. modernization and evidence metrics more effectively into their performance plans and gives the c.i.o. a seat at the table. the bill requires agency performance plans to include descriptions of human capital, i.t. and skill sets needed for the agency to meet its performance goals. finally the bill requires performance plans to include descriptions of technology modernization, systems upgrades, staff skills needed, stake holder input and feedback on other resource and strategies. as the distinguished lady from the district of columbia mentioned in her opening remarks this is a bipartisan bill my ranking member, mr. hice of
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georgia, collaborated with us fully in tieing to get to this point. this is a good government measure. i certainly commend it to all our colleagues. we approve this, we will take a giant leap forward in trying to modernize performance planning for every federal agency to serve the american public better. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from district of columbia reserves. the gentleman -- ms. norton: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. keller: i have no further speakers, i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. this bill would ensure the creation of more realistic capability and resources based on agency performance goals. i urge my colleagues to support this smart government reform bill. thank you and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from district of columbia. ms. norton: i urge passage
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of-2617 and yield back the balance of my -- of h.r. 2617 and 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 h.r. 2617 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentlewoman from georgia seek recognition? mrs. greene: i ask for the recorded votes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, the nays and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this measure are postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman seek recognition? ms. norton: i move to suspend the rules and pass s. 2382. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 2382, to authorize the national cyber director to accept details from other elements of the federal
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government on nonreimbursable basis and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from district of columbia, ms. norton, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr0 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from district of columbia. ms. norton: i ask all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous terls on s. 2382. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. norton: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of s. 2382 which would allow the national cyber director to accept details from other elements of the federal government as -- on a nonreimbursable basis. last year, the committee on oversight and reform held advanced legislation to hold the national cyber director in the executive office of the president. it fulfilled a key recommendation of the u.s. cyberspace solarium commission
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which was established by the 2019 national defense authorization act to review the condition of our nation's cyber security posture and to develop solutions to defend against cyber threats. the national cyber director act was signed into law through last year's national defense authorization act, creating a centralized cyber security position in the white house to assist in the development and streamlining of the federal government's strategy coordination and response to cyber threats. we have thrilled to see president biden nominate and the senate confirm chris inglis, a member of the solarium commission, in the nation's first -- as the nation's first cyber director. now, he needs a team to get to work immediately to address
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cybersecurity, which remains one of the most urgent threats on the federal government's offices' high-risk list. indeed, state and nonstate actors from russia, china, iran, north korea, and all corners of the globe are waging a silent war, capable of shutting down our critical infrastructure, breaching our sensitive information systems and jeopardizing critical sectors in america and globally. until congress acts to provide the office of national cyber director its first appropriation, the office requires the ability to bring on details on a nonreimbursement basis. this bill would grant that authority. cyberattacks are critical, widespread, complex, and escalating as a threat to our national and economic security. a challenge as grave and
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pervasive as cybersecurity requires that our government be strategic, organized, and ready. it is imperative we pass this bill immediately to allow the office of national cyber director to get up and run as it awaits a full appropriation. i strongly support this bill and urge my colleagues to do the same. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. the national cyber director, n.c.d., is a recently authorized commission for coordinating our nation's cyber infrastructure and activities, located within the executive office of the president. according to the statutory interpretation of the authorizing statute, chri
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inglis cannot staff his office with qualified talent on loan from other federal agencies. the administration has determined that the n.d.c.'s authorizing statute does not provide the national authority to accept nonreimbursable detailees from other federal agencies. congress intended the n.c.d. to use details to staff his office. the n.c.d.'s authorizing statute gives power to the director to utilize with their consent the services, personnel, and facilities of other federal agencies. even voluntary and uncompensated services. but the administration is preventing the n.c.d. from accepting federal details while congressional appropriations are also pending. s. 2382 will help clarify the n.c.d.'s authority to accept federal details for a period not to exceed three years and will help this new office properly
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staff itself in the immediate months ahead. we recognize the importance of helping this new office stand up its operations during a time when the nation deals with cyberattacks. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from the district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: mr. speaker, i'm pleased to recognize the gentleman from rhode island, representative langevin, for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized for five minutes. mr. langevin: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 2382. i commend senators portman and peters for offering this important piece of legislation. i've said it before and i'll say it again, cybersecurity is the national economic challenge of
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the 21st century. for 30 years we've been increasing the number of connected devices, processes and services connected to the internet at an exponential rate. we can now instantly communicate with people half a world today and use repository to drive advances in medicine, clean energy and commerce. yet, with this connectivity comes vulnerability. the united states has struggled to get a cybersecurity strategy and implement it to better protect the country in cyber space. while we've seen breaches ranging from the devastating -- the tens of billions of dollars in damage caused as well as the mundane. just in the last half century, we've witnessed the russian government target us through rams om wear attacks through -- ransomware attacks through solar winds, the chinese government break into instances microsoft exchange services and criminals wreak havoc on the colonial
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pipeline and j.b.s. with ransomware attacks. we are not where we need to be. congress recognized this fact in the 2018 when they appointed a body. through a year of deliberation we had a layered cyber deterrence and recommendations to make that a reality. it runs from changes to our military to regulations on private companies. underlying all of them is the recognition that the u.s. government itself is still not organized for the success. now enter the national cyber director. this key recommendation called for a senate-confirmed leader within the executive office of the president with the policy and budgetary authority to develop a national strategy to oversee its implementation and coordinate response to significant cyber incidents. with the help of congressman gallagher and through the leadership of carolyn maloney
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and her staff, the n.c.d. made it into last year's n.d.a.a. -- ndaa. the president confirmed our director to takeoffs as the -- take off as the first director. chris had help the government coordinate cyberspace policy. once this office is fully staffed up, there will be a well of speerties within the white house to -- expertise within the white house to ensure the federal bureau of investigation, management risk agencies, united states cyber command, the intelligence community, and all the other elements of the government are working in concert to improve our cybersecurity. office, the office of cyber director is a startup at the moment. while we will be voting on a full budget for this office later this week, including, i hope, an amendment to provide the full $25 million year-long appropriation recommended by the solarium commission, we xnt
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wait -- we can't wait until the full fiscal year 2022 budget to get the director on his feet and up and running. our adversaries are not constrained by our budgetary calendar. by drafting the bill, we thought the n.c.d. would call upon the federal departments and agencies with the permission, of course. however, there seems to be some amble gut within -- ambiguity. while i thought the original intent is quite clear, this bill would clear this up once and for all. this legislation will help the director get his staff and guide in place to ensure he and his successors can take advantage of the expertise resident at the various agencies that contribute to our success in cyber space. so mr. speaker, let me, again, thanks senators portman and peters and chairwoman maloney for working to address this
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urgent issue. congress has already shown tremendous support for this office and i thank the speed which this bill moves is a testament to our commitment to its success. with that i urge all of my colleagues to support s. 2382, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from the district of columbia reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. keller: thank you, mr. speaker. i have no further speakers and i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. keller: yield back the balance of my time -- i yield back the balance of my time, thank you. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from district of columbia is recognized. ms. norton: i support this bill and i ask my colleagues to do the same 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 senate 2382. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentlewoman from
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georgia seek recognition? mrs. greene: mr. speaker -- mr. speaker, i ask for 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.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s. 957, the dump opioids act. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: senate 957, an act to direct the secretary of vicious affairs to ensure that certain medical facilities of the department of veterans affairs have physical locations for the disposal of controlled substances medications. -- medications. tylenol pursuant to the rule -- the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and mr. bost will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on s. 957. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: mahalo, mr. speaker.
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i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i'm pleased we are bringing up to the floor senator kennedy's bill, s. 957, the dump opioids act. i also want to commend congresswoman miller-meeks and congressman trone for their work in introducing a house companion to this legislation. we have all seen reports of a dramatic increase in accidental and intentional overdose deaths during the pandemic, both among veterans and nonveterans in our communities. while addressing the factors that lead to substance misuse, we must also act immediately to lower access to controlled substances for those in distress. and i applaud my colleagues for vantsing this -- advancing this legislation as one piece in our lethal means safety approach to suicide and accidental death prevention. the department of veterans
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affairs has been a leader in decreasing the prescribing of opioids and in developing nonopioid forms of pain management. this is vitally important, given what we know about the health risks that even prescription opioids pose for veterans and others in our nation. at the same time, chronic pain is a challenging, significant, and ongoing concern for many veterans, and there are times when opioids are appropriately prescribed and monitored. we need to make sure, however, that people have safe ways to dispose of opioid medications when they are either no longer needed or when they could be used unsafely in a home. this bill ensures that veterans and members of the public may safely dispose of unused controlled substances in special repositories on v.a. properties, on days specifically designated by v.a. as public takeback days.
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the secretary of v.a. has the authority to set appropriate guidelines for safe disposal by members of the public. mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues -- mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in supporting the dump opioids act, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from illinois is recognized. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. bost: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of s. 957, the dispose of unused medications and prescriptions, or dump opioids act. last year, congress passed legislation that would allow veterans to dispose of excess prescription medications at the v.a. medical facilities. the dump opioids act would allow nonveterans to do the same thing. it would also authorize a v.a. education campaign to make veterans and nonveterans alike
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aware of their ability to dispose of leftover medication at the v.a. this bill is sponsored in the senate by senator kennedy and in the house by congresswoman miller-meeks. i'm grateful to both of them for their leadership and advocacy on this important issue. earlier this month, c.d.c. released data showing that opioid overdose deaths surged throughout the pandemic. . in 2020, more than 93,000 americans died from an overdose this is a 0% increase from 2019 we have to do everything we can to help everyone we can to overcome their addiction one way is making controlled substances less readily available by making it easier for unused opioids opioids and other
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prescription medications to be disposed of, this bill will help do that i hope every member will support in dumb the opioids opioids act and i reserve the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from california is recognized mr. takano: i have no further speakers and am prepared to close and i reserve the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time the gentleman from illinois mr. bost: i yield three minutes to the retttive from iowa miller-meeks >> i rise to support in dispose unused medication and prescription opioid act president trump signed the johnny isakson and benefits improvement act under this law, the v.a. is required to set up prescription
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drop boxes so veterans can dispose of excess of controlled meed kaig the dump opioids act directs the secretary of the v.a. to designate periods where people can dispose of medications in april i partnered with congressman trone and i am proud to see this bill before the house today as a doctor, i have seen the challenges created by the opioid pandemic all of us know someone who has been harmed by addiction this act is a simple expansion of current law that will give americans to disposal sites congress must give our constituents the tools they need to tackle this head on america has been hit head on especially during this past year during the pandemic as
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illustrated by my colleague from illinois with opioid-related deaths up, we need to be more focused on our efforts to treat and prevent addiction as a physician, i am proud to do my part i thank senator kennedy for his work on this bill and i urge my colleagues to support the dump opioids act and i yield back mr. takano: i reserve the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the gentleman from california mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker i ask my colleagues to join me in passing s.957 and i yield back mr. bost: i encourage my colleagues to support the bill and i yield back the speaker pro tempore: will the house suspend the rules and
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pass s.957 those in favor say aye those opposed, no in the opinion of the chair 2/3 being in the affirmative -- for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek rek recognition? mr. weber: i'm going to request a recorded vote pursuant to section 3-s of house resolution 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to rule 8, clause 0, further proceedings on this proceeding is postponed mr. takano: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass s.1910 the clerk: senate 1910, an act to authorize major medical facility projects of the department of veteran affairs for fiscal year 2021 the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california and the gentleman from illinois each will control 20 minutes
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mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material on s.1910 i yield myself such time as i may consume i rise today in support of senator tester's s.1910, major medical facility authorization act of 2021 i would like to thank my good friend and valued member representative colin allred for interviewing the companion to this important piece of legislation each year, the department of veteran affairs submits an annual budget request to congress and it is our job to authorize and appropriate the funding that v.a. needs to care for american veterans and
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families and we need to replace and modernize its medical facilities this year's construction request is over $2 billion and will build a spinal cord center in dallas, texas and renovate and outpatient facilities in -- in new york construct an outpatient new york inalla immediata, california and allow for the construction of a new specialty care building in wisconsin, among other things this congress, our committee, has highlighted v.a.'s aging infrastructure it might surprise some members to learn the median age of v.a. medical centers is 58 years old in the private sector, it is 11
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years delivering 21st century buildings in buildings that were built in the latter half of the 19th century is far from i'd israel and not what our veterans deserve entities have found v.a. provides better care than private it provides better care even though it is working from outdated facilities imagine what those findings would look like if v.a. was competing from a modern infrastructure the committee has learned in order to recapitalize the department's portfolio, the v.a. would need roughly $100 billion the biden's administration to enhance the v.a. infrastructure is a downpayment to ensure that
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veterans have the most robust infrastructure that we can provide my colleagues across the aisle may argue that potentially spending $18 on v.a.'s infrastructure is premature because it fails to consider efforts underway and will argue that we should wait for the commission's findings we cannot afford to wait until the commission provides recommendations to congress and the white house life, safety and other issues across the portfolio must be addressed now regular maintenance should not be delayed because of budgetary concerns nor not meet moo the needs women veterans or delay addressing the needs learned from this nation's first
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pandemic in more than 100 years if we are going to build back better, and build back trust in v.a., we have to start making serious investments in the outdated infrastructure meant to serve them and three-fourths of americans agree that is why i support s.1910 and i thank senator tester, the chairman of the senate veterans affairs for prioritizing and passing this legislation i reserve the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves the gentleman from illinois is recognized mr. bost: i yield myself such time as i may consume i rise in support of s.1910, the major medical facility authorization act of 2021 this bill would authorize the v.a. and major medical facilities construction projects in california, washington, new york and texas, those projects
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include outpatient clinics of specialty clinic, two community living centers and more these projects are formally requested by the v.a. in the most recent budget submission and would benefit hundreds if not thousands of veterans this pill is sponsored by senator tester and chairman of the senate v.a. committee i thank him for interviewing it and urge my colleagues to join me in supporting it the v.a. health care system has massive capital assets profile it is comprised of medical facilities that are on averaging more than five times older than private sector medical facilities in 2018, congress passed the asset and infrastructure review or the air act to bring the v.a. health care system into the 21st century, it would lay the foundation to
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modernize the v.a. medical facilities to better serve the veterans and i'm proud to support this bill to update medical facilities to the veterans in these four states but we have much, much, much more to do to deliver modern medical care to our veterans across this country i hope we can pass this bill today and then continue working together to ensure the a.i.r. act lives up to its im immense promises that it has to the veterans with that, i reserve the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from illinois reserves the gentleman from california is recognized mr. takano: i would like to yield such time as he may consume to my good friend and member of thehouse veterans' committee where he is a member of the health committee, mr. allred
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mr. allred: i ask unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks mr. allred: i rise in support of my bill the f.y.2021 bill as the wars in afghanistan and iraq come to an end, as an nation, we are reminded of our profound and sacred commitment to make sure each and every one of our veterans get the support services and care they need when they return home we owe this to veterans who have severed and i know this when i visited in afghanistan as a member of this committee whether it's exposure to toxic air, coping with the stress and mental toll or trying to find a good job, we must do all we can to support our vet rans i was proud to lead this bipartisan bill in the house this bill will create jobs by authorizing the construction of several v.a. medical facilities
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and spinal cord industry center in dallas, my hometown the dallas project currently underway will construct a 30-bed long-term care with the capacity to expand to 60 beds and help will have tools including warehouse administration building, parking garage in addition to providing long-term care, 9 center will have a residential setting where immediately complex veterans can live on a long-term basis and utilizing everything they require i worked with people in both parties to have a new health care hospital in garland this is a new hospital it took months and months and meetings of calls and now up and
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running for over a year it proves when we provide the v.a. with the resources it foods, the hardworking folks will go above and beyond the facility is expected to create 5,000 jobs and better serve 174,000 veterans i'm honored to keep building on this work because like our sacrifice, our commitment to them must be sacred i thank my house co-sponsors i thank chairman takano and ranking member bmp ost and i thank senator tester and senator jerry moran i urge my colleagues to support this measure and i yield back the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves the gentleman from illinois is
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recognized mr. bost: i am ready to close i encourage my colleagues to support this bill and with that, i yield back the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the gentleman from california mr. takano: again, i ask all my colleagues to join me in passing s.1910 and i yield back the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass senate 1910 those in favor say aye those opposed, no in the opinion of the chair -- mr. weber: i request the yeas and nays the speaker pro tempore: pursuan t to section 3-s of section 8, yeas and nays are ordered pursuant to section 8, rule 20, further questions on this proceeding are postponed
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